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Youth found dead on railway tracks
Tribune Reporters

Kalka, February 6
The police recovered a body of a youth from the Kalka-Ambala rail track, who is suspected to be run over by some train last night. The deceased was identified as Rahul (19), a resident of Dera Bassi, who had come to meet his friends in HMT, Pinjore, a couple of days ago. The investigation in this regard was on. The police came to know about the incident today around 8 am.

Clothes worth Rs 5 lakh stolen

A shopkeeper at his shop where theft took place on Saturday night on the Dera Bassi-Barwala link road
A shopkeeper at his shop where theft took place on Saturday night on the Dera Bassi-Barwala link road. A Tribune photograph

Dera Bassi: Thieves decamped with cash and readymade clothes from a cloth house here last night. According to information, the thieves had stolen clothes from Shyam Cloth House on the Barwala road, Dera Bassi, after breaking the shutter of the shop at night.

The theft was noticed this morning by shop owner Gulshan Kumar. He told the police that readymade clothes worth Rs 5 lakh and some cash was stolen from his shop. The police has started investigation.

Injured woman dies

An unidentified woman succumbed to injuries at the GMCH here on Saturday. The woman got injured in a road accident near Dappar on the national highway four days ago. She was hit by an unidentified vehicle while crossing the road. The body had been kept for identification for 72 hours at the GMCH.

48-yr-old found dead

Zirakpur: Sahib Singh (48), a resident of Sham Nagar, Baltana, was found dead near the flyover on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, here yesterday.

Sahib Singh used to run a milk dairy at Baltana. According to investigating officer, the victim may have died due to over consumption of alcohol, but the exact cause of the death will be ascertained after the post-mortem examination.

The police said that they received the information that a man’s body had been lying near the flyover since 9.20 am. The body has been handed over to the family after conducting the post-mortem at the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital. An inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC had been initiated, the police added.

6 booked for trespass

Mohali: The police has booked six persons for allegedly barging into the house of Satwinder Singh and assaulting him. The complainant said on February 4, Nibber, Jaji, Sahiba, and two unidentified persons entered his house while he was watching TV along with his friend and started assaulting him.

While firing in the air, they threatened him of dire consequences. The complainant has been admitted to the civil hospital, Phase VI. The SHO of the Phase VIII police station said the matter was being investigated.


Sikander and Narinder show their injury marks at the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, in Mohali
Sikander and Narinder show their injury marks at the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

Narinder, a resident of Phase XI, alleged that he was badly thrashed by his employer in Industrial Area, Phase IX, on the night of February 2 before being dumped in his room.

Presently admitted to the civil hospital, Phase VI, along with another victim Sikander, he alleged that his dues were pending with his employer Ranjit Singh, owner of Suncap Ltd. When Narinder repeatedly asked for his wages, Ranjit forcibly brought him to this unit in Industrial Area and allegedly thrashed him. He further alleged that the police was not taking action against his employer.

Ranjit Singh, however, denied the charges. “It was Narinder who stole a laptop from my unit and I had already complained against him with the police a few days ago,” said Ranjit Singh.

Head Constable Sarabjit Singh, who is handling the case, confirmed that a complaint of theft was pending against Narinder. “I can record the statement of the victim only after he is fit to give his statement,” said the Head Constable.

Man held with whisky

Bassi Pathana: The police arrested a person with 18 bottles of liquor being smuggled from Chandigarh to here today. A naka was laid on the Jarkhelan Mohalla bypass road where a police team noticed a suspicious person approaching and signalled him to stop. He tried to flee but was overpowered.

The police team recovered 18 bottles of whisky, meant for sale in Chandigarh only, from him. The accused was identified as Amarjit Singh, alias Tonny, a resident of Mohalla Singh Pura, Bassi Pathana.

In another incident, a naka was laid at the bus stand and the police asked a motorcyclist to produce the documents of the vehicle. The accused tried to flee, but was overpowered and during the interrogation he revealed that he had stolen the motorcycle from local ITI.

The accused was identified as Jagmohan Singh, a resident of Dufera village. His accomplice, who was identified as Jeeti, a resident of Kotla Fazal village, managed to escape. Both the accused were arrested and produced in the court. The magistrate remanded them in judicial custody.



100 take part in painting contest

Dera Bassi, February 6
Drawing and painting contest was held at Mount Litera Zee School, Sundran. More than 100 students from various schools participated. Chairman Gaurav Goel inaugurated the function, while her wife distributed prizes to the winners.

School principal Kavita Mandal said competitions were held for the students of four different age groups. In group A (3-4 years), Monu Kumar of Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Mubarikpur, stood first, while Pavi of Bhavan Vidyalya, Chandigarh, was adjudged best in Group B (5-6 years). Neha Vani of Little Angel School and Prem Kumar of Deepmala Public School, Dera Bassi, remained best in Group C and D, respectively. — OC



Two held for stealing Gypsy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Two persons were held for stealing an official Maruti Gypsy belonging to the CID Cell of Punjab Police. The accused have been identified as Vikas Bhalla (24), a resident of SAS Nagar, and Deepak Kumar (25), a resident of Amritsar.

Both the accused are unemployed. They were nabbed by the Punjab police. The accused were later handed over to the local police.

The police said the vehicle was parked outside the Punjab Police Training School in Sector 22 and was found missing by guard Mahinder Singh around 5 am, who informed it. Gurnam Singh, along with his colleague Randhir Singh, reached office.

The duo followed the tyre marks left on a wet road and found their vehicle near the Sector 20 Labour Chowk.

One of the accused was putting a rope in the vehicle to tow it with an auto-rickshaw, while his partner was standing with driver of the auto. On being inquired by Gurnam, they introduced themselves as government employees and said their Gypsy had broken down.

Gurnam Singh and Randhir Singh nabbed them and handed them over to the local police. A bag containing gold jewellery and passport was also recovered from their possession. In charge of the Sector 22 police post sub-inspector Rajiv Kumar gave a clean chit to the auto-rickshaw driver as he was not involved in the crime. The police said it would make more recoveries from the accused.



35-year-old man stabbed, robbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
A 35-year-old man was allegedly stabbed and robbed near the railway station by three unidentified persons around 9 pm today. The victim, whose identity was not immediately known, was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, by the PCR staff.

Doctors attending to the victim described his condition stable, but said he was not in a position to give a statement as of now.

According to Inspector Rajesh Shukla of Mani Majra police station, attempts were being made to establish the identity of the victim on the basis of documents found in his possession.



Proflex Cup
Godrej & Boyce sail into final
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 6
An all-round performance by Rohit Singh (51 not out and three for 28) enabled Godrej and Boyce XI to beat Talwar Cricket-11 by seven wickets in the IInd Proflex Cup Inter-Corporate Cricket Tournament at the Sector 3 Cricket Stadium here today.

With the win, the winning team also sailed into the final of the tourney being organised by the Cricket Federation of Haryana.

Earlier, batting first, Talwar Cricket-XI made 139 for nine in 25 overs. Sushil Siwach hit 36 runs, the highest in his squad. Rupinder Singh and Ravinder Malik contributed 22 and 18 runs, respectively.

Rohit Singh was the pick of the bowlers with three for 28, whereas Umesh Kaira consumed two for 34.

Godrej and Boyce XI rode high on the unbeaten half-century by Rohit Singh (51 not out) to overhaul the target in just 22.5 overs. Simrat Bawa was another notable contributor with his 37 not out. The team lost three wickets in the course. HDFC Bank and Godrej and Boyce will vie in the final match, scheduled to be held on February 13 at the stadium.

Brief scores:

Talwar Cricket-XI: 139 for 9 in 25 overs (Sushil Siwach 36, Rupinder Singh 22, Ravinder Malik 18; Rohit Singh 3 for 28, Umesh Kaira 2 for 34)

Godrej & Boyce XI: 141 for 3 in 22.5 overs (Rohit Singh 51 not out, Simrat Bawa 37 not out).



DAV-8 pocket cricket title
Tribune News Service

A player of APJ Academy, Kharar, in action during a cricket match against DAVSSS-8 held at St Stephens School in Sector 45, Chandigarh
A player of APJ Academy, Kharar, in action during a cricket match against DAVSSS-8 held at St Stephens School in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, February 6
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, lifted the champions’ trophy after thrashing the APJ Cricket Academy, Kharar, by 82 runs in the final match of the Inter-Academy Winter League (under-16) at St Stephen’s School ground, Sector 45, here today.

The set target of 173 runs in 40 overs, APJ, Kharar, gave up at 92 all out in 33 overs.

Earlier, DAV-8 put on 172 all out in 40 overs with the help of half centuries by Pradeep Kumar (52) and Karan Panta (50).

Sarthik Grover claimed three wickets for 35 runs, whereas Sahil Chander returned with the figure two for 38.

Chasing the target, the APJ team was never in the match. Only two batmen, Sahil Chander (28) and Sagar (22), could cross the double figure mark.

For DAV-8, Naveen Kumar took three for 11, followed by Pradeep Kumar’s two for 15.

The tournament was jointly hosted by DAV-8 and DP Azad Cricket Academy.

Brief score

DAV-8: 172 all out in 40 overs (Pradeep Kumar 52, Karan Panta 50, Pradeep Yadav 21; Sarthik Grover 3 for 35, Sahil Chander 2 for 38).

APJ academy: 92 all out in 33 overs (Sahil Chander 28, Sagar 22; Naveen Kumar 3 for 11, Pradeep Kumar 2 for 15).



Work on sports complex begins
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 6
After lying in disuse for years, the work on the multi-purpose sports complex has finally been initiated by the Punjab Sports Department. Apart from the international-level hockey stadium with synthetic turf, the 20-acre site would be used to develop an ultra-modern swimming pool and other sports facilities.

The total funding of the projects, which comes to around Rs 35 crore, would be borne by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA). While the major funding was being done by GMADA, the sports department would be bearing the cost of sports equipment. A Ludhiana-based company has been given the contract to complete the facility in eight months.

Already four kanal have given been in the complex for an Olympic Bhavan. “To begin with, the hockey stadium would be constructed,” said NK Sharma, Chairman of the District Planning Board.

Though the land has been handed over to the sports department, the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) had appointed consultants to plan out the activity. There had been inordinate delay in finalising the consultants and designs of the complex.

For the last over 17 years, the prime chunk of 20 acre has been converted into garbage dumping ground. Heaps of garbage and debris lie scattered all around the walled area, as plans to create sports infrastructure have remained on paper so far. After the construction of boundary wall and gates in 1994, the work was stopped.

Against Rs 1.85 crore to be spent on the construction of boundary wall, PUDA had spent Rs 6.85 crore on the same. An inquiry into the expenditure of wasteful spending of Rs 6.85 crore by PUDA was still going on.



Puma League Meet
Ajay fashions Kundan academy win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
An unbeaten ton by Ajay Kumar (103 not out off 87) steered the Kundan Cricket Academy to beat Kapsons XI by three wickets in the ongoing Puma League Tournament being played at Kundan International School, Sector 46, here today.

Batting first, Kapsons XI managed to accumulate 162 for nine in the allotted quota of overs. The target was chased by Kundan team in just 17 overs, while losing seven wickets in the course.

Earlier, Kapsons team got off to a bad start, as the team lost their both openers when the scoreboard reading just a total of 16 in four overs. Ishan Sharma, trying to build the innings by his defiant knock of 56 runs, was ably supported by Chand Singh, who chipped in 31 runs.

For Kundan team, Dhanwant and Ajay got two wickets each conceding 23 and 33 runs, respectively.

Chasing the target, Ajay Kumar played a vital role with his unbeaten ton. He hit 103 not out in 87 balls, studded with six boundaries and four sixes. Dhanwant, who remained unbeaten on 23 runs, gave him the required support.

Brief score

Kapsons XI: 162 for 9 (Ishan Sharma 56, Chand Singh 31, Joginder Singh 22; Dhanwant 2 for 33, Ajay Kumar 2 for 23).

Kundan International Academy: 165 for 7 in 17 overs (Ajay Kumar 103 not out, Dhanwant 23 not out; Satyam 2 for 24).



Prabhdeep, Harshini declared best athletes
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 6
Prabhdeep Singh and Harshini Madan were declared best athletes in the U-19 annual inter-house cross country races organised by Yadavindra Public School here yesterday.

Prabhdeep Singh of Patiala House and Harshini Madan of Ranjit House were awarded Milkha Singh and PT Usha Trophy, respectively. Earlier, principal of the school Janajit Ray flagged off the race.


Tagore House U-19 (boys): Prabhjit Singh (Patiala House), Ranjodh Singh (Nalagarh House), Amanjit Singh (Aitchison House), Jagjot Singh (Tagore House) and Harneet Singh (Patiala House); U-19 (girls): Harshini Madan (Ranjit House), Ada Gupta (Tagore House), Palakpreet (Patiala House), Neelam Sidhu (Nalagarh House), Mannat Dhaliwal (Nalagarh House) and Mannat Lumba (Tagore House).



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