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Prisoner on parole commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Lalru, February 9
Ram Singh (27), a prisoner, who was on parole, allegedly committed suicide in his house by hanging himself at Bhukri village last night.

A case was registered on the basis of the suicide note. The police said he was on 30 days’ parole from January 11 to February 8 in the case of murder of his wife. He was serving life imprisonment in the case.

In the suicide note, Ram Singh had mentioned that he was “facing false sentence that could not be tolerated”.



PO arrested

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 9
A proclaimed offender (PO), identified as Baldev Singh of Nandpur village, was arrested today. The police on May 11, 2007, booked the accused under Sections 323, 324, and 34 of IPC. He was declared absconding by a court in January 24, 2011. — TNS



Parsvnath, CHB told to refund down payment with interest
Anuja Jaiswal/TNS

Chandigarh, February 9
In two separate orders, the UT Consumer Forum has asked Parsvnath Developers and the Chandigarh Housing Board to immediately refund the down payment along with SBI’s current interest rate for term deposits to buyers who were allotted flats in the controversial housing project slated to come up at IT Park.

The forum also handed over a compensation of Rs 50,000 and Rs 10,000 to two complainants.

In their complaint, Rohit Harmesh Ghanara and his mother Veena Ghanara of Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula, stated that they had applied for a residential flat worth over Rs 50 lakh in the project floated by Parsvnath and CHB and paid Rs 16,85,750 in two installment.

They stated that under the agreement the construction of the flat was to be completed within 36 months from October 6, 2006 but the construction could not be started even till June, 2010. It was further stated that when they approached Parsvnath for a refund, the officials cited clause 5(a) of the agreement and offered to make a refund without interest and after forfeiting 5 per cent of the basic price i.e. Rs 2,57,150.

In an identical complaint, another buyer, Sanjay Gupta, a resident of Gurgaon, stated that he had paid Rs 2,57,000 and Rs 14,28,750 in separate installments for a one-bedroom flat but the construction for the same hadn’t begun till June, 2009.

He said he had approached the company officials for a refund but they paid him Rs 14,28,750 after deducting Rs 2,57,150 as per the clause.

In both cases, the complaints termed the forfeiture illegal and accused the company of deficiency in service. They demanded the payment of interest from the company.

In their response, Parsvnath denied the allegations and appealed for the dismissal of the plea on the grounds that the project could not commence as the land delivered to them was not free from encumbrances.

Relying on clause-9(d) of the Flat Buyer Agreement Annexure stating, “If as a result of any rules or directions of the government or if any competent authority delays, withholds, denies the grant of necessary approvals for the project, or if due to any force majeure conditions, the developer is unable to deliver the unit to the buyer, the developer and the CHB shall be liable to refund to the buyer the amounts received from the buyer with interest at the SBI term deposit rate as applicable on the date of refund”, the forum ruled in favour of the complainants.

They ordered that the complainants were entitled to the refund of the entire money deposited by them along with SBI term deposit rate. They said the complainants could not be forced to wait for an indefinite period for the possession of the flat, therefore, they were entitled to the refund of the entire amount.

In Sanjay Gupta’s case, the forum ordered the refund of the forfeited amount of Rs 2,57,150 and payment of interest on the earlier refunded amount. He was also paid a compensation of Rs 10,000 for the harassment caused.

Both orders were passed by forum I comprising presiding member Ashok Raj Bhandari and member Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota.



Rs 20,000 fine slapped on gas agency, HPCL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
A gas agency’s bid to make a fast buck by forcing a family to buy a new stove and a regulator in lieu of their registration for LPG supply has boomeranged with the consumer forum asking the agency, Parnam Gas Agency, Sector 37 D, and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) to pay Rs 20,000 as compensation for harassing the customer.

Besides, they have been told to pay Rs 7,000 towards the cost of litigation.

KL Chadha, a retired government servant, his son Tarun Chadha and daughter Nisha Chadha had filed a complaint against the owner of the gas agency, KL Maini, accusing him of forcing them to buy a gas stove and a regulator in return for their registration. The HPCL and it’s area sales manager Rajiv Bhargava were also made a party to the case.

The complainants claimed that they had registered themselves with Premier Gas Service in 1987 and had paid Rs 450 for a gas cylinder and Rs 50 for regulator.

After the marriage of his son, KL Chadha had obtained separate gas connections for both his children.

In May 2008, when KL Chadha retired and shifted to his own house in Sector 41, they approached Parnam Gas Agency for registration of their connection but the latter imposed the pre-condition of purchase of a new gas stove and a regulator. On their refusal to comply with the deal, the agency owner did not register them. Their complaints in this regard to the HPCL fell on deaf ears.

Though the gas agency and the HPCL refuted the allegations, their plea was rejected by the forum.

The forum ordered the release of the remaining two LPG gas connections, one each in favour of KL Chadha’s son and daughter and a compensation of Rs 20,000 (Rs 10,000 each) to them.



Cases under IT Act
Give figure of tech-savvy officials, HC tells DGP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The Punjab Director-General of Police was today asked by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to inform the Bench as to how many police officers in the state were competent to investigate cases under the Information Technology Act, including cyber crimes.

Justice Alok Singh issued the directions during the hearing of a case after taking note of the fact that an investigation officer, who did not have the knowledge of operating a computer, had been appointed to probe a cyber crime case.

The DGP had also been directed to file a reply explaining under what circumstances the investigation officer had been appointed in the case under the Information Technology Act.



Jalandhar resident held for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The UT police has arrested a Jalandhar resident, Gagandeep Singh, for allegedly duping a Sector-49 resident of Rs 12.21 lakh. The accused had taken the money on the pretext of getting the victim’s son admitted to an engineering college.

The accused had posed himself as Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister to the complainant while making the offer.

Gagandeep Singh was also wanted by the Punjab Police in six cheating cases across Jalandhar, Ferozepur and Amritsar besides an attempted murder case in Jalandhar.

The police said the accused frequently changed his SIM cards, which were procured using fake identities. He used to change his number every time he duped a person.

The complainant, Harsh Vardhan, an employee with the Chandigarh municipal corporation, had approached the police accusing Gagandeep Singh of committing a fraud with him. The economic offences wing of the police investigated the case.

The accused had contacted the complainant by introducing himself as Principal Secretary to the Punjab CM and offered to arrange the admission of Harsh Vardhan’s son in Ryat and Bahra College of Engineering in Kharar.

He demanded Rs 70,000 from him, which was subsequently paid to him by Harsh Vardhan in April, 2010. He also took two blank cheques along with a photo identity card and voter’s card of the complainant.

The police said Gagandeep Singh demanded more money, claiming that the college authorities were seeking donation and other charges.

Harsh Vardhan told the police that he later transferred Rs 12.21 lakh to Gagandeep’s Andhra Bank account in Jalandhar.

However, Harsh Vardhan’s son didn’t get admission and Gagandeep also refused to return the amount.

The police said during the course of the investigation, it came to light that Gagandeep was also an accused in five cheating and an attempted murder case registered at a Jalandhar police station.

The accused was produced in a local court, which remanded him in two-day police custody.



Illegal access to business establishments
Twelve booked for disobeying orders
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 9
The police today registered a case under Section 188 of the IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) against 12 violators for disobeying the prohibitory orders issued under Section 174 of the CrPC issued by the Deputy Commissioner for compliance of the Punjab and Haryana High Court direction regarding streamlining of traffic on the national highway. The case has been registered on the complaint of the Project Director of the National Highway Authority of India.

A police official stated after receiving the complaint the case was registered against Paramount Tower, Bristol Hotel, Sharma Farm, Swami Motors, Sethi Dhaba, Yuvraj Estate, Hotel Alofet, Eicher Motors, Dasmesh Marbles, Sher-e-Punjab dhaba and other unknown establishments under Section 188 of the IPC.

On February 8, the NHAI carried out a drive to close the unauthorised access to the commercial establishments and closed 12 illegal entries. Earlier, the NHAI closed 21 unauthorised entries on January 25.

The NHAI official stated that the drive had been carried out to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the highway. But it was found that 12 property owners, out of 21, had re-connected their illegal access to the NH-22. He claimed that two of the property owners, whose access was cut yesterday, had later in the evening filled up the trench.

Meanwhile, Zirakpur MC President NK Sharma claimed that he had applied for a permission to get access on the highway with the NHAI, but still did not get any approval. He alleged that the NHAI had not carried out its own works properly. He rued that the space beneath the flyover turned into a dumping ground as the authorities concerned were least bothered to clean it. He also claimed that the Zirakpur MC had written many times for an NOC from the NHAI to set up a green park beneath the flyover but the authorities did not give them permission.

Gurpreet Singh, owner of the Bristol resort, claimed that he had already submitted his application to the NHAI in August last year for seeking a permission to get access on the highway. He said he had fulfilled the norms as per law, but still did not get the approval.

Meanwhile, the NHAI official stated that they got the application for the highway access only from Bristol hotel and higher authorities will give the permission only. He denied that no application was received from the Sharma Farm. The project report of road widening and setting up of a green park beneath the flyover was sent for approval and the work would be started after getting the approval, the NHAI official claimed.



Two killed in accidents
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 9
The Barwala-Panchkula National Highway-73 and Panchkula-Pinjore National Highway 22 continue to snuff out lives as two persons lost their lives in two different accidents late last night. In the first incident, Sanjeev Gupta, a native of Safidon in Jind district, was crushed by an unidentified truck coming from the opposite direction near Fort Ramgarh at Ramgarh village on the NH-73.

The eyewitnesses told the police that the victim, who had come to the hotel for participating in a marriage function, had gone to the nearby place to ease himself.

However, the victim was crushed by a truck coming from the opposite direction. The victim died on the spot.

However, the truck driver, along with his vehicle, fled from the spot.

In another accident, Neelam, a resident of Chandigarh, was returning to her home along with her husband Ravinder after attending a function at the HMT rest house in Pinjore.

Their scooter was hit from rear by an unknown vehicle near the Chandimandir area resulting in on-the-spot death of Neelam. Her husband was also seriously injured and was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6.



Three injured in group clashes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Three persons were injured in two separate group clashes in the past 24 hours. While one person was stabbed following a group clash in Mauli Jagran here this evening, two others were seriously injured following a group clash at Furniture Market in Sector 53 last night.

At Mauli Jagran, Vipin Kumar sustained knife injuries and was admitted to a hospital.

The police has registered a case of attempted murder against Prem, who is at large. Vipin was stabbed following an old enmity, the police said.

In the second case, two persons sustained injuries during a group clash at Furniture Market last night.

The police has registered a case against Avinash Aggarwal, owner of a furniture shop, and his accomplices at the police station-39.

The incident happened when Thakur Chauhan, a Mohali resident, got into a scuffle with Avinash Aggarwal.

Avinash attacked Thakur and others joined in. Two persons, Sanjay and Babu, received injuries on their hands.



Man abducted, robbed
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 9
Anil Kumar, a resident of Muzzafar Nagar, alleged that he was abducted by five unidentified persons outside Punjab National Bank on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway and dumped near Banur after being robbed of thousands of rupees here today.

Narrating the incident to the police, the victim, who runs a transport business in Zirakpur, stated that the incident took place when he was standing outside the Punjab National Bank. He had come to deposit the money after withdrawing Rs 57,200 from Yes Bank.

While he was standing outside the bank, three youths in a silver Indica car asked him for Delhi highway. While he was giving the direction to youths, he was pushed inside the car from behind, he added.

Anil said the miscreants drove the car towards Banur side where they robbed him and later threw him out of the running car near Banur. He sustained injuries, but managed to reach the Zirakpur police station to submit his complaint, Anil added.

The SHO stated that a complaint was received and further investigations have been initiated. “We are also trying to check CCTV footages of the bank to get clue about the miscreants,” he added.



Two hit by train, die
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Two youngsters were killed after a passenger train coming from Ambala hit them at Hallo Majra this afternoon. The two were walking along the track. They have been identified as Shanbabu (19) and Aijaj Alam (20), both residents of Hallo Majra.

A police official of the GRP said the incident occurred at 3.15 pm when the two were walking along the railway track and the train hit them, killing them on the spot. The bodies were sent to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, for a post-mortem examination.

Investigating officer Shiv Ram said the identity of the victims was established from a diary found on Aijaj.

An inquest proceeding has been initiated, he added.



PCA ‘largesse’ for residents
To give 7,000 free tickets
Reason: Both matches don’t feature the Indian team and coincide
with exams dates of schools
Akash Ghai/TNS

Mohali, February 9
Call it a bonanza for cricket lovers of the tricity or a bid by the cricket authorities to fill the stands (with a seating capacity of 27,500) during the first two ICC World Cup matches, scheduled to be held at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here next month.

Nearly 7,000 tickets (each) of certain stands for the first two World Cup league matches at the PCA would be distributed among local residents free of cost by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the PCA.

The cricket authorities expect a very low turnout on the given days. The matches are scheduled for March 3 (South Africa vs Netherlands) and March 11 (West Indies vs Ireland).

The ICC authorities have asked the PCA to provide them as many as 5,000 tickets of certain blocks which they would distribute among local residents during the various promotion programmes of the forthcoming World Cup in the area. The PCA authorities also took a decision to give at least 2000 tickets of the selected matches to the budding cricketers of the area free.

“This is a step to provide chance to budding cricketers and certain buffs to witness the matches of the biggest cricketing event,” said a PCA official.

Apart from that, the ticket rates of the league matches would also be lesser than that of the semifinal match, also scheduled to be held on March 30 at the same venue.

The ticket rates of the semifinal match are three to five times (varying from block to block) more than that of league matches. “The tickets will be put on sale from the third week of this month,” said the official.



Cricket: Kapil fashions GNPS win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Host GNPS-36 defeated Ropar Cricket Academy (Ropar CA) in the ongoing Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) U-16 Cup being held at GNPS, Sector 36, here today. A brilliant ton by Kapil Poonia (102 runs studded with 11 fours and two sixes) played the vital role in the win by a huge margin of 115 runs.

After winning the toss, Shivam Bhambri and Arjit Singh from the host team built a partnership of 56 runs for the first wicket before Arjit Singh got out on the score of 33 runs, whereas Shivam managed to score a half century (51) before getting caught by Harpreet Singh. Then Anmolpreet Singh (81 runs) and Kapil Poonia (102 runs) steered the team to a huge total of 302 runs with their 180-run stand.

Chasing the target, the Ropar CA team were all out on 187 runs. Harpreet Singh finished as the top scorer for his team with 75 runs. In the second match of the day, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, defeated APJ School, Kharar, by seven wickets.

The DAV-8 team restricted the rivals on the score of 145. Karan Panta wrecked the batting line of the rivals with his five-wicket haul for 24. APJ’s Abhimanyu Singh contributed 60 runs.

DAV-8 achieved the target with the help of 75-run partnership between Karan Panta (29) and Arvind Chauhan (37).

Brief score (Match I):

GNPS-36: 302 for 5 in 45 overs (Arjit Singh 33, Shivam Bhambri 51, Anmolpreet Singh 81, Kapil Poonia 102; Harpreet Singh 2 for 47, Kavi Raj 1 for 66, Shubhankar 1 for 40).

Ropar CA: 187 all out (Harpreet Singh 75, Kamal Jeet 32, Kavi Raj 21; Jagjit Singh 2 for 42, Anmolpreet 2 for 18, Arpit Singh 1 for 24).

Match II:

APJ: 145 all out (Abhimanyu Singh 60, Siddhant 13; Karan Panta 5 for 24, Sagar Sharma 2 for 20).

DAV-8: 146 for 3 (Bhagwinder 26, Pardeep 35, Karan Panta 29 not out, Arvind Chauhan 37 not out).



World Cup
Replicas catch fancy of sports organisers
Deepankar Sharda

A cricket lover looks at the replica of the World Cup trophy in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
A cricket lover looks at the replica of the World Cup trophy in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, February 9
Cashing on the forthcoming ICC World Cup euphoria, miniature World Cup trophy replicas have caught the fancy of city’s sports organisers, who are giving these as winning trophies in local tournaments. Many organisers have been awarding these replicas, which are available at certain shops in various sizes, as winning prizes during the local tournaments.

“When budding cricketers come to know that the trophy is alike the World Cup, they want to win it at any cost. These trophies are imbibing fighting spirit among young cricketers,” said Nagesh Gupta, a city-based coach and organiser of the age-group tournaments here.

“The replicas excite all of us. Choosing these trophies as awards is a good move by certain organisers, as it gives us a feeling that we are also part of the World Cup,” said Shashya Jammal and Rajesh Kumar Bedi, local cricketers.

According to local businessman Vipin Kanitura, who is selling the replicas here, said these trophies were drawing tremendous response these days. “The replicas made of brass are being sold like hot cakes. With the World Cup fever griping the city buffs, their sale has been increasing each day,” said Kanitura.

Another shopkeeper Haroon Rashid said he had sold around 15 replicas last week.



Vijay Hazare tourney to begin today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The Punjab cricket team led by Uday Kaul will lock horns with Haryana in the opening match of the North Zone Vijay Hazare Tournament, beginning tomorrow at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.

In the second match of the day, HPCA will take on SSCB in the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, whereas in the third match of the day, DDCA will play against JKCA at the Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala.

All matches of the tournament, except two, will be held in Punjab. Two matches have been shifted to Una, Himachal Pradesh, due to the forthcoming three World Cup matches at the PCA Stadium.

The other members of the Punjab team are Sarul Kanwar, Ravi Inder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Siddana, Bipul Sharma, MS Gony, Rahul Sharma, Love Ablish, Taruwar Kohli, Amit Uniyal, Kunwar Raina, Amitoz Singh, Gurinder Singh and Karan Goel.



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