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Three booked for murder
Tribune News Service

Morinda, February 8
The Ropar police has booked three persons for murdering a resident of Sugar Mill Road over a minor issue late last night.

The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Kirpal Singh. Police officials said the wife of deceased had a tiff with wives of three other villagers.

According to the police, the accused have been identified as Gurpreet and Kamaldeep, both residents of Rangian village, and Sukhchain of Sugar Mill Colony.

They fought with each other over the supply of drinking water.

Some elderly intervened during the scuffle and tried to pacify all the quarrelsome residents.

However, the trio reportedly attacked Kirpal Singh who succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead in a nearby hospital.

The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC in this connection. However, no arrests have been made in this regard by the police.

Efforts were on to arrest the accused, said a police official.



Cash, jewellery stolen
Our Correspondent

Kalka, February 8
Thieves decamped with cash, mobile and jewellery from two houses in Pinjore last night.

In his complaint, Virender Singh, an employee of HMT and resident of Abdullapur, Pinjore, said he was not at home when the incident occurred. Another theft took place at Shiv Colony. Owner of the house Harvinder Singh said he came to know about the incident the next day as he had gone to attend a wedding ceremony.



Hailstones damage wheat, fodder

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 8
Hailstones and high-speed winds affected the early sown varieties of wheat and standing green fodder besides some vegetables and fruits grown in various blocks of Fatehgarh Sahib last evening. Khamano block was the worst affected wherein Bilaspur, Naglan, Ranwan, Bathan, Bhamian, Hawara Kalan, Gagarwal and Kalemajra villages got affected.

The roads of the area got completely covered with hailstones, which interrupted vehicular traffic for sometime. Villagers said nearly 40 per cent wheat crop and 50 per cent vegetables got damaged due to the hailstone.

Administrative officials said they had not received any official figure in this regard from the agriculture department. They, however, stated that compensation would be given to farmers after receiving orders of special ‘girdawri’ from the state government. — TNS



Reader gets 1-yr jail for graft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
The Court of District and Sessions Judge, SK Goel, today announced one-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kailash Chander after holding him guilty in a graft case.

The accused was posted as a reader in the office of SDM (South) when he was booked.

Kailash was booked by the UT vigilance department in December 2002, for demanding illegal gratification after he was caught accepting bribe of Rs 5,000 from complainant Rajan Singh, a resident of SAS Nagar.

Chander had demanded money from complainant on pretext of getting his eviction orders stayed.

The UT vigilance department had raided the office of SDM and caught the accused red-handed. 



Judge appointed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 8
Darshan Singh today took over as the District and Sessions Judge of Panchkula district. Some of the important judgements pronounced by him include the conviction of former Director-General of Punjab Police KPS Gill in the molestation case of an IAS officer and the conviction of a former Chief Secretary of Punjab Bikramjit Singh.



Consumer Courts
‘Pay fee for classes attended’
Private institute told to pay refund
Anuja Jaiswal/ TNS

Chandigarh, February 8
In an order having serious consequences on schools and teaching institutes refusing to refund the advance fee charged from students even after they drop out in mid session, the UT Consumer Forum has ruled that fee should be charged on proportional basis only for the number of days attended by a particular student.

The forum today ordered Abhimanu Visions Pvt Ltd, to refund fee to a student who had to drop out from a preparatory course for competitive examinations conducted by the UPSC.

In her complaint, the student, Vinayshree, a resident of Sector 21, Chandigarh, stated that she had paid Rs 19,500, including admission fee and a one-time charge, for the entire course on July 14, 2007, but had to drop out after two weeks. She claimed that the institute refused to give her the refund amount.

In their response, the institute maintained that the request for the refund couldn’t be met, as the student had accepted the terms and conditions on the enrollment form, in which it was mentioned that fee once paid, would not be refunded.

Quoting some earlier decisions, the forum, comprising Ashok Raj Bhandari and Madhu Mutneja, directed the institute to refund the fee after deducting administration charges of Rs 1,000 and fee for July 13 to August 12, 2007, since the student had left the course after two weeks.

Also, the institute was directed to pay compensation of Rs 10,000 for mental agony and litigation charges of Rs 7,000.



NRI raped on pretext of marriage
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 8
The police has booked an Ambala resident for repeatedly raping an NRI girl on the pretext of marrying her. The victim, who had come from France to pursue her study, alleged that the accused had promised to marry her, but later he refused.

The accused has been identified as Gurinderpal Singh, a resident of Ambala City, now residing in Dheer Majra, Lalru.

A police official stated that the victim, a resident of Green Enclave, Zirakpur, alleged that she had come from France, along with her mother and brother, to pursue her study in 2009.

She was studying at a private college in Dera Bassi, where she met Gurinderpal Singh, who was pursuing BTech in MM Engineering College at Mulana, Ambala, the official said. She said they became friends and he promised to marry her. She alleged that she got pregnant after the accused made physical relations with her. However, when she asked the accused to marry her, he refused, the police official added.

She reported the matter to the Punjab women cell. The victim alleged in her complaint that she was four-month pregnant. The police official said after recording her statement, a case of rape was registered against Gurinderpal. The accused was yet to be arrested, he added.



3 hurt in group clash
Tribune Reporters

Panchkula, February 8
Three persons of a family were seriously injured when about 12 persons attacked them with lethal weapons at their house in the Old Panchkula area late last night. The attackers had a grudge against the victims due to an old rivalry.

The injured, who have been identified as Vijay, Barkha and Golu, were rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, for treatment.

The victim in their statement to the police said the unidentified accused had come to their house at 10.30 pm yesterday and attacked them with swords and iron rods. The police did not register any case against the accused till the filing of the report.

One of the victims, Vijay, while talking to the media, said they had already filed a complaint with the police as they were getting threats. But the police did not take any action against the accused, he added.

In charge of the Sector 6 police post said there was an old enmity between the two groups as they had already received the complaint from these groups.

He said they were awaiting the medical report and action would be taken against the accused as per law.

Accident victim dies

Lalru: A 50-year-old woman succumbed to injuries in GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, today who was injured in a road accident near Lalru last evening. The deceased was identified as Gurdev Kaur of Mauli Wedwan.

According to information, Gurdev was injured after being hit by a car near Lalru on the national highway yesterday. The car driver fled from the spot.

She was admitted to the GMCH in a critical condition. The police had registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A.



3 booked for snatching

Chandigarh, February 8
Surekha Rani, a resident of Sector 28, lodged a complaint with the police that three unknown persons snatched her bag, containing ` 700 and a mobile phone from Sector 15 yesterday. A case under Sections 379 and 356 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 11 Police Station.

In another incident, Suresh Kumar, a resident of Ram Darbar, alleged that Sandeep, another resident of his locality, snatched his gold chain yesterday.



Two held for assault

Chandigarh, February 8
The police yesterday arrested two persons for their involvement in an assault case. The accused have been identified as Tarsem Singh and Kuldeep, residents of Dadu Majra, for assaulting Ajay over a prior enmity. Ajay sustained grievous injuries in the attack and is presently admitted to a hospital.The police registered a case. — TNS



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