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Land Acquisition Row
Farmers to move HC
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, February 19
With no outcome emerging out of a meeting with the Chief Minister yesterday, the agitating farmers of Bhankarpur village have decided to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court, besides carrying on with their agitation, to get justice. The farmers had accused the state government of ignoring their demands and not finding a solution to their problem.

Farmer leaders Satpal Singh and Jai Singh said they met with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the presence of local MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny, the director panchayat, the secretary panchayat, the Deputy Commissioner and the Additional Deputy Commissioner but it failed to yield any result.

They alleged that the government was not considering their demands sincerely.

On the 27th day of their dharna today, Bhankarpur farmers reiterated their demand for getting ownership rights of 650 acre of land, which had been under their cultivation for the past 50 years.

The farmers had started their dharna and hunger strike on January 24 after the director panchayat declared the land a common land.

The land was provided to the farmers under a consolidation scheme and four nambardars and 84 tillers were shown in the ownership column of the records of the revenue department. However, land was later declared a common land.

Meanwhile, Bunny has asserted that the state government is trying to find a solution to the problem.



Reptile comes out of tap
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 19
Panic gripped in Navi Aabadi area of Sirhind when a small reptile came out of a water tap this morning. The reptile crawled out from the water tap in the house of Mohanjit, a resident of Navi Abadi. Mohanjit’s wife was the first one to spot a snake-like creature coming out from the water tap. She immediately informed her husband and neighbours, who expressed shock to see the crawling reptile coming out of the tap, the water of which is also used for drinking purposes.

Area residents said few months ago also water samples of various localities got failed.

Demanding clean drinking water, the area residents said stringent action should be initiated against the erring Municipal Council officials responsible for adopting a lackadaisical approach to deal with the civic problems.

Municipal Council officials of the area said the reptile might have entered the water pipes as the repair work of these pipes was on at various places.



Gang of burglars busted, 3 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Chandigarh Police has busted a gang involved in recent burglaries in the city with the arrest of three persons here today. The accused have been identified as Mukesh, alias Chikna, a resident of Sector 16, Vikram from Uttarakhand and Manpreet Sharma, alias Montu, a resident of Amritsar.

The police said the gang was involved in burglaries that took place in and around the city recently.

The police recovered four laptops, six mobiles, 10 pen drives and 135 cell phone recharge coupons from them.

Giving details of the modus operandi of the accused, police sources said that after stealing the goods, one of the gang members used to sell them off in the city and its periphery the very next day. “The other members of the gang then approached the purchasers, pretending themselves as the owner of the stolen property. They also took along their accomplices, who had sold the articles to the vendors and threatened them to call the police if they do not return their ‘stolen’ articles. This way, they used to sell the stolen articles again and again,” said the police.

The police said that all the three accused have a tinted past and were also arrested by Mohali and the Chandigarh Police. The accused were produced before a court and were remanded in 14-day judicial custody. 



High drama at RLA office
Man beats up wife, breaks her teeth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
High drama was witnessed in front of the Regional Licensing Authority office in Sector 17 when a man allegedly beat up his wife when she was about to leave the office at 2 pm today.

Kiran, who is a data entry operator at the RLA office, was left with two broken front teeth following an alleged attack with a helmet by her husband, Parikh Kundra.

Talking to The Tribune, Kiran alleged that she had a dispute with her husband and left his Sector 40 house on February 4 to stay with her mother. “Today he came to my office when I was about to leave for home and attacked me with a helmet following which I fell unconscious,” she said, adding that she was taken to the General Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, by an unknown couple.

While the victim alleged inaction on the part of the police, the SHO of the Sector 17 police station, Jaswinder Singh, said the medical examination of the victim had been conducted. “A case will be registered after we get the report,” he said.



Illegal Sand Mining
4 tractor-trailers, 2 trucks seized
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 19
Officials of the Mohali mining department and the district administration today conducted a raid near Dairi village and seized four tractor-trailers and two trucks that were used for illegal sand and earth mining in a seasonal rivulet here. A case under the the Mining Act has been registered against the violtaors at the Sohana police station.

Following a tip-off that some landowners were allowing mining adjoining a choe in Dairi, Chau Majra and Durali villages, a team led by Mohali SDM Amit Talwar conducted the raid. The SHO of Sohana was directed to seize the material and register cases against the violators. Against the norm of five feet, digging up to 14 feet had been done in the fields.

The drive had been carried out on the directions of a committee constituted by the Punjab Chief Secretary in light of the directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Similar drives were being carried out in Kharar and Kurali.



Motorcycles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Anil Singh Rawat, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar, Naya Gaon, reported that someone had stolen his Pulsar Motorcycle (CH-03-V- 4109) from SCO 129-130 in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 3 police station.

In another incident, Daya Shankar, a resident of B-Block, Colony No 5, reported that someone had stolen his motorcycle (CH-03-N-8869) from Sector 17 on Friday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.



25-yr-old woman ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
A 25-year-old woman of Sector 20 allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with a ceiling fan this afternoon. The deceased, Hemlata, who was married to Rahul, an employee in a private company, was found hanging by her younger brother Gaurav, on his return from his educational institute. Gaurav stays with his sister in Sector 20. Rahul was reportedly at his work place at the time of the incident, said police sources.

The family claimed that there was no dispute between the couple. “Hemlata, who was an employee in a factory in Phase II, Industrial Area, here, was also about to leave for her job in the morning,” said sources.

The couple had a two-and-a-half-year-old son. No suicide note was found from the spot, added the police.



Youth jumps to death
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 19
A 29-year-old resident of Ropar, Ramandeep, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of Ivy Hospital in Sector 70 here late last night. The victim was admitted to the hospital after he received serious injuries during an accident on January 28 at Ropar. The hospital at Ropar had referred him to Ivy Hospital.

According to the police, the victim was under depression due to some family reasons. Last night when his paternal aunt left his room, he jumped from the third floor of the hospital. About three years ago he had divorced his wife. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC and handed over the body to the victim’s family members.



DJ owners booked
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 19
The Zirakpur police has booked two DJ owners for playing loud music at marriage palaces on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway after 10.30 pm on Friday night.

Those booked have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Sector 40-A, Chandigarh, and Abhishek Singla, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula.

Investigating officer Ramesh Kumar said after receiving the complaints, the police team raided Sekhon Marriage Palace and Sohi Banquet Hall in Zirakpur and registered cases against them for violating the Deputy Commissioner’s orders.



Punjab, Haryana to face-off in cricket final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
In an exciting match, defending champions AG Punjab defeated Delhi Audit to book a place in the final of the North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department (IA&AD) Cricket Tournament here today.

After levelling the score, the visitors went down on the last ball of the innings, as they lost more wickets than the winning team.

Batting first, AG Punjab scored 178 for 3 in the stipulated 35 overs. Manoj Rajan (31), Amit Kakria (69) and Arun Tulid (53) were the main contributors to the total.

In reply, Delhi Audit had a shaky start when Rajiv Bhatia got the wicket of Chandersekhar. Neelmani (67) and KS Rana (48) were the main contributors.

In the last over, Delhi Audit needed seven runs to clinch the game, after conceding six runs in first five balls the visitors levelled the score.

On the last ball of the game, SP Singh of Delhi Audit was bowled by Arun Tuli to win the match.

In the second semifinal, AG Haryana defeated AG UP by five wickets. Batting first, the winners scored 156 all out in 39.5 overs. Sanjay Bharti (37), Vippan (42) and A Abass (21) were the main contributors.

In reply, AG Haryana achieved the target in 26.5 overs.



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