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Man ‘kills’ cousin, injures another in brawl
Our Correspondent

Sukha started arguing and abusing my father, which resulted in a scuffle. He stabbed my father with a sharp-edged weapon and when the woman tried to intervene, Sukha stabbed her too. While the woman died on the spot, my father suffered critical injuries

— Vinod Banga, Victim’s son

Bassi Pathana, November 3
A cloth merchant, who went to nearby Sampla village for the recovery of his outstanding dues from one Malkiat Kaur, was brutally stabbed by a relative of his customer. The woman who owed him money tried to intervene, but the inebriated relative stabbed her too and she died on the spot. The shopkeeper was rushed to a private hospital in Mohali in a critical condition.

The police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 307 of the IPC on the complaint of Vinod Banga, the son of the injured shopkeeper. The accused fled away after committing the crime.

Banga, former president of the local unit of the BJP, told The Tribune that his father Madan Lal was running a cloth shop in Chuni Kalan town and he gave cloths on credit to the nearby villagers.

He said Malkiat Kaur, a resident of Sampla village, owed Rs 38,000 to his father. When Madan Lal went to her residence for recovery, she called her cousin Sukha, who was in an inebriated condition.

“Sukha started arguing and abusing my father which resulted in a scuffle. He stabbed my father with a sharp-edged weapon (kirch) and when the woman tried to intervene, Sukha stabbed her too,” said Banga.

While the woman died on the spot, Madan Lal made a call to his son and was taken to Cheema hospital, Mohali, in a critical condition. The police has registered a case against Sukha, who is a son of a retired sub-inspector and cousin of the deceased woman.



Three youths arrested for robbery
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 3
A team of CIA staff, Ambala, arrested three youths involved in a robbery case at Sony Showroom at Ambala Cantonment on October 25.

Talking to the mediapersons, KK Sindhu, IG, police, Ambala range, said a gang of three youths, in the age group of 20 and 25 years, was arrested by a team of CIA staff last night from a hotel.

Sindhu further said that the police had also recovered a country-made pistol, two live cartridges, a stolen Sony Handicam, a digital camera and a Swift car having Delhi registration number.

The kingpin of this gang, Rajesh, was also involved in a murder case and was presently out on bail. Sources said his younger brother Vishal and friend Vijay, residents of Khewra village in Sonepat district, were produced in the court at Ambala today and were remanded to police custody for interrogation.

Sindhu said the police was yet to inquire about other stolen goods from the showroom. Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused had attempted to rob the showroom owner a few days earlier too.

The police also visited MM University campus yesterday where accused Rajesh and Vishal’s sister is studying. In a reply to a question with regard to the arrest of the girl, Sindhu said the police might arrest her in case she was also involved in the robbery plan.

Sindhu said security measures in Ambala range were in process for which Rs 1.5 crore were being spent in the first phase to install CCTV cameras at the Haryana-UP border near Yamunanagar, along with six other stations in the state.

Shashank Anand, SP of Ambala, who was also present on this occasion, said there was also a provision for installation of CCTV cameras at the sensitive spots in Ambala, including railway station, IOC bulk depot and the roads having maximum number of banks in the twin city.



13-yr-old girl killed in fire incident
Tribune Reporters

Dera Bassi, November 3
A 13-year-old girl of Fatehpur Bahra village was killed in a fire incident. According to information, the fire broke out when the girl was working in a kitchen yesterday. She was admitted in the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where she succumbed to her injuries. The police has registered a case under Section 174. The body was handed over to the family members after conducting the postmortem.

Two booked for assault

Mohali: The police has booked a resident of Madanpur village on charges of injuring one person and using derogatory language in connection with his caste.

The police said Harvinder Singh, a resident of Mohali village, had complained that Amardeep Singh and his brother had allegedly assaulted a worker at his welding shop in Madanpur village. When the worker managed to flee from the spot, the two allegedly attacked Harvinder with a knife and injured him and he had to get himself admitted in the civil hospital.

The police has registered a case under SC/ST Act, 1989, and Sections 324, 323 and 34 of the IPC in this regard.


The police has booked four persons on charges of theft. The police said SI Ramji Dass had complained that Gurjit Singh, Jarnail Singh, Charanjit Singh and Sarabjit Singh had allegedly stolen metal from a factory in the industrial area, Phase I.

They were going to Kumbra to sell the stolen material. On getting a tip off nakabandi of the area was done and the suspects were arrested. A motorcycle was also recovered from them apart from the metal. The police has booked them under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.

Labourer found dead

Panchkula: A half-burnt body of a labourer was found in Mattawala village near Pinjore here this morning.

The police said the victim, who has been identified as Chunnu, was working at a sawmill near Pinjore. Some passers-by had informed the police that a half-burnt body was lying in a forest area.

The police said the charred body appeared to be two to three days old and had been kept at General Hospital, Sector 6, for the postmortem to be conducted tomorrow. A case has been registered.

Man dies in accident

Bassi Pathana: A man riding a motorcycle was killed on the spot when a speeding vehicle hit him on the Chuni-Chandigarh road last night and fled away.

Gurnam Singh (38), a resident of Ghel village, was going to his village last night on his motorcycle when the vehicle hit his bike from rear near Bhagalpur village.

A passer-by informed the police in the morning about the accident and the body was taken to the civil hospital for the postmortem.



Festival season dampens bandh call
Tribune News Service

Kharar/Ropar, November 3
The state-wide call for observing bandh in support of ’84 riots victims, failed to evoke any response from Kharar and Ropar.

Most of the traders and businessmen preferred to open their shops and establishments in the wake of the festive season. In parts of Anandpur Sahib, many ’84 riots victims themselves opened the shops and commercial establishments.

“We support the cause for which bandh call was given whole heartedly. But being peak business season, we can’t afford to remain closed. With Diwali just a day away, the last minute shoppers keep us busy,” pointed out Dharampal, a shopkeeper in Ropar main market.

“We cant even dream of closing the shop even for 10 minutes. This is the only time of the year when one makes maximum earnings,” pointed out another shopkeeper at Kurali. At Ropar, ardas (prayers) was performed at local gurdwaras pledging support for the ’84 riot victims.



Panchayat secy succumbs to injuries

Kalka, November 3
Ashok Kumar, panchayat secretary in BDPO office, Kalka, who had sustained serious injuries in a road mishap last week, succumbed to his injuries in the PGI, Chandigarh, yesterday.

According to information, Ashok Kumar was hit by some unknown vehicle last Wednesday when he was returning to his home on his motorcycle. He was rushed to the PGI where his condition was said to be critical.

Ashok was resident of Khuda Ali Sher, near Chandigarh. His last rites were performed today. The staff of the BDPO office has expressed grief on the sudden demise of Ashok Kumar. — OC



Demanding Graft
Tainted I-T official comes under scanner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Already convicted in a corruption case by the CBI Special Court and presently under suspension, Shanti Lal Sharma, an inspector with the income tax department, has once again come under scanner, as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has submitted a chargesheet against him on charges of demanding graft yet again.

Shanti Lal had threatened Kuldip Goyal, owner of a karyana shop, of opening files in the income tax department against him, if Goyal would not give him Rs 10,000.

The investigating agency has submitted the chargesheet under Sections 7 and 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Special public prosecutor for the CBI, Pawan Kumar Dogra, filed the chargesheet.

Earlier, a case had been registered against Shanti Lal on September 15, 2006, wherein he was caught red-handed, demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from complainant Karan Pal in Chandigarh. The court has already convicted the accused in the said case on September 3, 2009. The appeal is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Shanti Lal was posted as the inspector in the I-T department and was placed under suspension with effect from September 15, 2006 by the director of I-T department.



Accused of cheating, firemen granted bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The CBI Special Court today granted bail to Tinku and Satbir, who were arrested for securing jobs in the fire and emergency department by fraudulent means.

Satbir Singh and Tinku, residents of Sonepat district in Haryana, were arrested on October 12 and a case of cheating, impersonation and criminal conspiracy was registered against them and their unidentified accomplices under various provisions of the IPC.

The duo was undergoing training at the fire station, Phase II, Industrial Area, and had drawn three months’ salary.

It was also said that the accused had been regularised.

The fire department had conducted a recruitment test in May this year and 47 persons were recruited for the posts of fireman, telephone operator and driver.



32-year-old medico ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Unable to endure backache, a 32-year-old doctor, Shweta, hung herself to death at her Sector 15 residence on Tuesday afternoon. The police said Shweta had held no one responsible for her death in her suicide note, saying she could not endure the pain and was ending her life.

SHO of the Sector 11 police station Sukhbir Rana said the death came to light at around 1.30 pm yesterday when Shweta’s husband, Dr Chander Shekhar, a senior resident in the PGI, returned home for lunch. When his repeated knocks went unanswered, he peeped through a window and found his wife hanging from a ceiling fan. He informed his landlord who called the police.

Meanwhile, Chander Shekhar lowered Shweta and rushed her to the emergency ward of the PGI, where she was declared brought dead.

The SHO said the couple had married in 2007. Shweta, who hailed from Bihar and was preparing for the entrance test for MD.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this regard.



Man caught stealing in temple
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
A Mani Majra resident was caught red-handed while stealing a silver bucket and Rs 250 from a temple in Mani Majra.

Krishna Nand, a priest at Sitla Mata Mandir, Mani Majra, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Satinder Kumar, a resident of Pipli Wala town, was caught stealing on Tuesday. A case has been registered in this connection.


Prem Chand, a resident of Sector 35-C, reported to the police alleging that Vinay Kumar, a resident of Sector 45, was caught red-handed while stealing his laptop from the Sector 43 ISBT on Tuesday. A case has been registered.

Charas seized

The police on Tuesday arrested Krishan Singh, a resident of Mani Majra from near Bitta petrol pump and recovered 200 grams of charas from his possession. A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.



DPACA Red emerge victorious
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The DPACA Red beat DPACA Blue by five wickets to emerge victorious in the Blue Chilly Summer League Tournament, played at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

Batting first, DPACA Blue made 172 runs in 39.4 overs. Gaurav Singh, who chipped in 46 runs, was the highest scorer for the team. Lovejit claimed four for 18, while Siddharth Chaudhary took two for 20.

In reply, DPACA Red chased the target in 31 overs, losing five wickets in the course. Rahul Chabra hit 36 runs, followed by Lovejit Singh, who made 34 runs.

Brief score:

DPACA Blue: 172 all out in 39.4 overs (Gaurav Singh 46, Karan Aggarwal 36, Siddharth Raut 19; Lovejit 4 for 18, Siddharth Chaudhry 2 for 20).

DPACA Red: 178 for five in 31 overs (Lovejit Singh 34, Gurpinder Singh 30, Rahul Chabra 36, Shivam Chaudhry 23; Gaurav Singh 2 for 36, Angad 2 for 7).



Kang triumphs in golf meet
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 3
Seasoned amateur city golfer HS Kang logged 34 points to win the Chandigarh Golf Club’s intra-club round of the McDowell Signature Club Golf Championship, played in the 18-hole power play plus stable ford format at the Chandigarh Golf Club here on Sunday.

Playing in the 0-8 handicap category, HS Kang emerged a clear winner with Col SDS Batth finishing four points behind at 30.

KS Bhattal triumphed in the 9-16 handicap category logging 41 points, with Brig PPS Dhillon finishing second at 37.

A total of 176 golfers took part in the event to pick a six-member team, which will play against five other clubs like Noida Golf Club, Lucknow Golf Club, Jaipur Golf Club, Army Golf Club (Delhi) and Classic Golf Club (Gurgaon) at the Lucknow Golf Club on November 16.

The champion club from the northern region will then clash with the champion clubs from other three zones in the all-India final to be played at Chang Mai in Thailand.

The results:

0-8 handicap category: HS Kang (34), Col SDS Batth (30); 9-16 handicap category: KS Bhattal (41), Brig PPS Dhillon (37); 17-24 handicap category: Col JS Kang Jr (47), JS Kesar 39; signature beautiful drive (hole No. 4): Yashvir Mahajan (on the line); signature bold power play points: KS Bhattal 14 points; Kingfisher Airlines longest drive (No. 6): Brig PPS Dhillon 285 yards; Indian Oil longest drive: HS Kang (280 yards).



DAV-15 pocket U-19 girls’ tennis title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
DAV Model School, Sector 15, established their dominance by winning the Chandigarh Inter-School Lawn Tennis Tournament-2010 in the under-19 girls’ category.

The winner beat Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, by 2-1 in the final match, played at the Lake Club, Sector 6, here today to clinch the title.

DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, finished third in the tournament.

In the under-17 girls’ event, Delhi Public School, Sector 40, beat Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, 2-0 to lift the top honours.

While Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, which got walk over against St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, secured the third position.



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