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Man gets 7-yr jail term for murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The court of District and Sessions Judge SK Goel handed down a seven-year jail term and a fine of Rs 5,000 to a murder accused, Nizammudin, here today. Nizammudin was held guilty of murder of Panjab University employee Angrej Singh, alias Naresh Kumar, of Dhanas by the court. The murder had taken place on February 15, 2008.

During the trial, the prosecution had claimed that the murder was committed as the accused wanted to develop physical relations with the victim.

The accused had stoned the victim to death, the police had said. The prosecution also stated in the court that the murder was committed with the intention of robbing the victim. Naresh Kumar’s body was found in a nullah in Dhanas with a bludgeoned head and multiple stab wounds.



Tractor driver booked for killing boy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
Raj Kumar, a resident of Unao district (UP), has been booked for killing a 10-year-old boy, Sunil Kumar, after he knocked down the victim with his tractor (HR-03C-3469) near the poultry farm chowk, here on March 6. In his complaint, the victim’s father, Surinder Singh, a resident of Colony No 5, said his son was taken to the GMCH-32, where the doctors declared him brought dead. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A, IPC, has been registered at the police station-31.

Vehicle thefts

Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Sarangpur village, reported that his Pulsar motor cycle (HP-28-4466) was stolen from his residence on March 1. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-11. Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Govind Colony, Kharar, reported that his Maruti Zen car (CH-01Z-5804) was stolen from the parking of the Parade Ground, Sector 17, on March 5. A case has been registered at the police station-17.

Man booked

Raju, alias Ajay, a resident of Mauli Jagran, was booked after a Santro car bearing a fake registration (CH-01F-4655) was recovered from his possession on March 6. A case under Sections 473 and 411, IPC, has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.


Ajit Dass, a resident of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra, alleged that Sonu, a resident of Mari Wala Town, robbed him of a mobile phone and a purse containing cash Rs 160 near the market of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra, today. A case under Sections 392 and 411, IPC, has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.


Tara Devi, a resident of Ram Darbar, Phase I, reported that a gold ring, three gold lockets, three silver bracelets and one silver necklace were stolen from her residence on the intervening night of March 6 and 7. A case has been register.



Death of minor in mishap
Cab driver arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The police claims to have arrested the cab driver who had dumped a three-year-old child after he had hit him with his vehicle on March 3. The apathy on the part of the accused, Hirdynand, led to the death of the child, Sonu Kumar.

On the vital information provided by eyewitnesses to the accident, a team comprising sub-inspectors Ravinder Singh, Ajinder Singh and Rajdeep Singh arrested the accused near Taj Hotel, Sector 17, here.

The police also impounded the cab (CH02-0104) of Indus Taxi, which the accused was driving at the time of the accident.

The police sources added that Hirdynand, a resident of Hariyian village (Uttar Pradesh), had confessed to having put Sonu in his cab after the accident but later abandoning him near the church in Sector 18, after the victim’s condition started to deteriorate.

“The boy was alive when he dumped him in Sector 18,” the police said.

The accident took place at the Sector 20-30 intersection, near Sai Baba temple, in the afternoon.

Sonu, who had come to the temple to partake of “langar”, was crossing the road towards Sector 30 to meet his father, Ram Sarup, a rickshaw-puller, at the rickshaw stand.

From the church, Sonu was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, by a Mani Majra resident, Mandeep Singh, where he was declared brought dead.

The police has added Section 304, IPC, in the case, registered at the Industrial Area police station.



Car chase, assault, yet no complaint!
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
For onlookers, it was nothing less than a leaf from a Bollywood flick. For, over a dozen persons chasing an Accent car (CH03-M-3049) in three vehicles — a Lancer, an Innova and a Punto — intercepted the car and brutally assaulted its two occupants with clubs and sticks in broad daylight in Sector 49 here today.

Before fleeing the scene, the attackers also smashed the car of the victims around 4.30 pm.

Interestingly, the victims, who were identified as Vishal of Mohali and Honey of Sector 40 not only refused to lodge any complaint but also declined to go to the hospital for medical treatment.

According to a police control room vehicle official, who reached the scene after the attack, both victims were being chased from Phase 11, Mohali.

“When we asked them (the victims) to identify the attackers, they refused to do so. They failed to jot down the numbers of the three vehicles that had pursued them,” the police official said.

“We don’t know why they have beaten us up,” the victims told the police.

“They (Vishal and Honey) apparently wanted to conceal some facts, which prompted them not to file a complaint in the matter,” said the PCR official, who let them go after registering their credentials.

The victims left in their damaged vehicle. Meanwhile, the police recovered a sheath of a sword from the scene.



Class XII student held for snatching
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
A class XII student of GMSSS-21 was arrested along with a minor accomplice in a case of snatching here today. The student, a resident of Sector 20, is appearing in his board examination. His accomplice, a resident of Ram Darbar, is pursuing his studies in Swami Parmanand Group of Colleges, Lalru.

The two have confessed to snatching a purse, carrying Rs 6,000 in cash and a mobile phone, from a woman going on a rickshaw. The incident, which happened in Sector 37 on March 2, had left the woman injured as the rickshaw had overturned.

The two have also confessed to having snatched a mobile phone in Sector 21.

The police is interrogating their involvement in other snatching incidents.



Man held for stealing vehicles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The Chandigarh Police has arrested a resident of Sector 44, Sandeep Kant on the charges of stealing a vehicle.

Giving details, Charanjit Singh, SHO of the Sector 39 police station, said Kant was arrested on a tip-off and the police had recovered a car and a Kinetic Honda from his possession.

“He stole the car from Sector 40 a few days before, while the scooter was lifted from Sector 44,” said Charanjit Singh. Sandeep, whose mother is a Class IV employee in BSNL, is a drug addict. The police has registered a case under the IPC at the Sector 39 police station.



Hitesh stars in SBI athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
Hitesh Bhagat and Subhash Hooda secured first and second positions, respectively, in the 100m race during the SBI Athletics Meet orgainsed by the Circle Welfare Committee, State Bank of India (SBI) Circle, at the Sports Complex, Sector 46, here today.

SK Sehgal, chief general manager, SBI, declared the meet open for the participants drawn from 911 branches in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Other results: 200m: 1 Hitesh Bhagat (IDC Jalandhar); 2 Naresh Kumar (Dhapali branch).

400m: Hitesh Bhagat (IDC Jalandhar); 2 Kuljit Singh (Hisar branch).

800m: 1 Hitesh Bhagat (IDC Jalandhar); 2 Jagtar Singh (Bathinda branch).

1,500m: 1 Hitesh Bhagat (IDC Jalandhar); 2 Baldev Kumar (Shimla-2).

100m (women): 1 Amita Gosain (Sec 34 branch, Chd); 2 Tejpal Kaur (Mohan Nagar, Amritsar).

4x100m relay: 1 RBO Jalandhar; 2 Main Branch, Chandigarh.

100m (above 45 yrs): 1 Sant Lal (Hisar branch); 2 Sat Pal Sharma (Katra, Jammu).

4x50m relay (women): 1 RBO Jalandhar; 2 RBO Hisar.

Long jump (women): 1 Amita (Sec 34 Chandigarh); 2 Rani Kamal (IDC Jalandhar).

Javelin throw: 1 Vijay Kumar (Jagraon, Ludhiana); 2 RK Rangra (Hoshiarpur branch).

High jump: 1 Hitesh Bhagat (IDC Jalandhar); 2 Satinder Rawat (Hisar branch).

Short put (men): 1 Vijay Kumar (Jagraon, Ludhiana); 2 Kanti Rai (main branch, Chandigarh).

Short put (women): 1 Sarita Jsl (Hisar branch); 2 Rani Kamal (IDC Jalandhar).

Discus throw (women): 1 Amita (Sec 34 branch, Chd); 2 Rani Kamal (IDC Jalandhar).

Tug of war: 1 RBO Chandigarh; 2 RBO Jammu.

Kabaddi: 1 RBO Hisar; 2 RBO Chandigarh.



Pace up Roach’s sleeve
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, March 7
Despite finding it hard to bowl on subcontinent pitches, Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach has been successful in upsetting batsmen in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.

A debutant in the World Cup, this West Indies pacer has already touched the 150-kmph mark and claimed six wickets, including a hat trick during the match against The Netherlands at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. He also scalped three wickets in their tie against Bangladesh, who were bowled out on a paltry 58 runs.

The young bowler believes the road to success is not easy. “All one needs is to work hard, give your best on field and enjoy it later,” he says.

According to him, the team is looking forward to registering a win against Ireland at the PCA Stadium on March 11.

On any special plans to counter the Irish team, he says there will be a strategy but the team has not discussed it yet.

After sweating it out during a practice session at the Cricket Stadium in Sector 16, Roach says: “It is always difficult to bowl in the subcontinent as the conditions here are not easy. The 150-kmph mark is difficult to maintain as the conditions here are different. So it is best to stick to the basic plan, i.e. to bowl straight,” he adds.

“I work hard; the harder you work the better the rewards,” says the pacer.

According to him, Corey Dalanelo Collymore, former West Indian seam bowler, is his bowling hero. “Collymore is a close friend of mine and I call him ‘dad’ sometimes,” he quips.



3-month golf camp for kids
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 7
A three-month summer camp for children in the age group of 6 to 17 years will be held at the Chandigarh Golf Club from March 15, in which young trainees will be taught the basic fundamentals of the game.

The summer camp will be conducted by Manjit Kochar, director (overseas), Junior Golf Development Programme, Indo-Canadian Golf Association (ICGA), Canada.

On the completion of the course, the participants will be awarded golf trophies and certificates issued by the ICGA. More details can be had from Manjit Kochar at 98155-54788. 



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