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Youth dragged out of hospital, assaulted
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, March 10
Despite a police post in the vicinity of the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, a patient was forcefully taken away by a group of youths last night from the emergency ward.

Around 12 youths barged into the emergency ward of the hospital and forcefully took away an injured Ravi, who was admitted in the hospital last evening after a group clash.

Later, they thrashed him and left him near Jandli village in the midnight. Ravi sustained serious injuries and reached the hospital in the wee hours today, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

A clash took place between two groups of youths on the playground of Sector 8 while playing cricket yesterday. A youth, Gurpinder Singh, who was attacked with a sharp edged weapon on the chest, got seriously injured and was referred to the Government Medical Hospital at Chandigarh.

Another youth of the other group, Ravi, also sustained injuries in the clash and was admitted to the civil hospital.

According to hospital sources, around 12 youths came in their vehicles late last night in the hospital with sharp edged weapons. They entered the emergency ward where Ravi was admitted. They threatened the lady doctor on duty and another paramedical staff with dire consequences and forcibly took away Ravi with them.

The hospital staff got terrorised and took a refuge in a room. Later, the staff informed the RMO, who further informed the matter to the police. Senior police officers reached at the hospital. Though the police had registered a case in this regard, no arrest was made so far.

An ASI of the Baldevnagar police station had recorded the statement of Ravi at the PGI. Meanwhile, the doctors of the Civil Hospital, especially the female doctors, had urged the police administration to deploy police force in the emergency ward during night hours or it would be difficult for them to perform their duty during odd hours.



Missing children case
Father alleges police inaction
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 10
A resident of Kotla Dadheri village near Mandi Gobindgarh today alleged police inaction in the case of his two missing children.

Balwinder Singh had lodged a complaint with the police wherein he stated that his 12-year-old daughter Kiranpreet Kaur and 10-year-old nephew Balwinder Singh Sunny went missing since September last year.

He suspected the role of his sister and brother behind the incident. Balwinder alleged that despite making rounds of the police station umpteen times, no action was initiated to trace the missing children.

Mandi Gobindgarh SHO Bikramjit Singh Brar said the children left the house on their own and also took away their clothes and a few hundred rupees. Efforts were on to trace them, said the police official investigating the matter.



Water supply union supports protesting safai sewaks
Civic condition of town to worsen further
Surinder Bhardwaj

Bassi Pathana, March 10
Due to the ongoing strike of municipal safai sewaks from the past three days, the civic condition in the town had worsened as heaps of garbage could be seen in every nook and corner.

The garbage had started stinking as stray dogs, cattle and pigs were feeding on the dump. The residents had to make their way to their houses through slush. An epidemic could break out if immediate measures to clean the area were not taken.

The situation was going to further deteriorate as the Water Supply Men’s Union also declared their support to the striking safai sewaks in a meeting held here today. They threatened the government to either concede to the “genuine” demands of the municipal employees, or they would paralyse the water supply in the town.

Addressing the striking employees, Daulat Ram, district president of the Safai Sewak Union, said they had been struggling since long to get their demands fulfilled, but the government had always shown an indifferent attitude. Therefore, there was no other option than going on an indefinite strike, he added.

He said now their strike would continue till the government regularised the services of part timers, scrapped the contract system, inducted new recruits and paid them as per commission report.

Meanwhile, Kulbhushan Malhotra, council president, had urged the government to concede to their demands to end the stalemate.



Murder case of woman
Police still gropes in dark
Aman Sood
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 10
Following the inability on the part of the Civil Lines police station in cracking the murder case of a woman, who was murdered on January 25, the city police had shifted the investigations to the a special investigation team (SIT). However, no one from the SIT wanted to take the responsibility of the case.

While SHO, Civil Lines, GS Sikand claimed that the CIA staff was investigating the case and was aware about its progress, CIA in-charge SS Chauhan said he knew nothing about the case.

The SIT consisted of the DSP (D), the CIA in-charge and the Civil Lines police station.

Lakhvinder Kaur, a power board employee, was found murdered at her house in Delight Colony, after unidentified persons stabbed her to death and later set her room on fire. Initially, the police had ruled out robbery bid, but they were still to gather evidence on what exactly went missing from the house, besides a laptop.

Meanwhile, sources in the police department told the TNS that initially numerous persons were rounded up in relation with the case, but no major breakthrough could be reached. “We had summoned a person from Patiala and had recovered some SIM cards from his possession, but could not establish his involvement in the case,” they added.

CIA in-charge SS Chauhan claimed that he was not aware of the progress in the case, despite the fact that he was the SHO, Civil Lines, in January when the murder took place.

Chauhan had even visited the crime scene and had initially questioned all the relatives. “There is nothing to talk about in the case. You please contact other officers,” he told the TNS.

A senior police officer ruled out the role of any political personality in the case, as earlier it was suspected that an Akali leader had some shares in the property of the murdered woman. “However, nothing of that sort could be proved and the petrol station was also being run by the daughter of the victim, who stayed with Lakhvinder Kaur,” he added.

SSP, Patiala, Gurpreet Singh Gill claimed that investigations were on and the accused would be arrested soon. “We would surely arrest the accused in the case. The SIT is looking after the case on day-to-day basis,” Gill added.



Motorcyclist killed in accident 
Tribune Reporters

Dera Bassi, March 10
A 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a road accident near here last night. The deceased was identified as Sukhbir Singh, a resident of Bhagwanpur.

The youth was hit by an unidentified vehicle on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road. Sukhbir was the lone son in the family. He was on his way to his home after celebrating the purchase of a new tractor with his friends.

The body kept lying on the spot throughout the night and was taken to the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital this morning. The police had registered a case against the driver of the unknown vehicle.

Warrant against ex-Armyman

Mohali: The Mohali District Court today issued conditional arrest warrant against Lt Col Jitender Singh Hundal (retd) for failing to pay monthly maintenance compensation to his estranged wife. The wife of the retired Army officer had moved the court on the allegations of being harassed by him.

In the matrimonial dispute case, the court directed the retired Army officer to pay the maintenance allowance to his wife after she complained that Hundal had stopped paying the allowance to her.



Consumer commission revises forum’s order against co.
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has revised an order where the district forum had directed New India Assurance Company to pay Rs 1,21,065 to a Ferozepur resident as reimbursement for the expenses incurred on the treatment.

As per the commission order, Manjeet Kaur will get Rs 1 lakh. Manjeet had filed a complaint with the district forum that she had spent Rs 1,21,065 for the same.

She claimed that as per the Hospitalisation and Domicillary Benefit Policy, she should be reimbursed the entire amount. She had also claimed that the company had objected to reimburse the amount on the plea that she underwent total knee replacement, which comes under first four years exclusion clause. However, the policy was in third year of inception.

After hearing the complaint and counter arguments, the forum had directed the company to pay Rs 1,21,065. Aggrieved by the district forum order, the company appealed the State Commission and contended that the district forum had erred in ordering payment of Rs 1.21,065 when the company’s contractual liability was only Rs 1 lakh.

The commission, comprising Justice Shyam Sunder and members Neena Sandhu and Jagroop Singh Mahal accepted the plea and revised the forum order.

However, the company will still have to pay Rs 25,000 as compensation and cost of litigation of Rs 5,500 as the earlier order of the forum.



Gangrape case: Three get 10-year imprisonment
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 10
A Panchkula court awarded 10-year imprisonment to the three accused in the Kalka gangrape case here today. The three accused Vikram Chaudhary, Madan Yadav and Sumit, all residents of Uttar Pradesh were convicted by the court on Tuesday.

Additional district and sessions judge Ritu Garg also slapped a fine of Rs 7,000 on each of them.

The fourth accused Sushil, a native of Uttar Pradesh, who managed to flee, was arrested by the police on January 24 this year and is facing a separate trial.

It was on January 9 last when four youths kidnapped the victim, a resident of Broad Gauge Railway Colony, from road near the Pinjore-Kalka Highway in their car.

On their chase, Panchkula Police was informed by employees at the Parwanoo barrier that accused had crossed over to Himachal Pradesh.

The occupants of a car while passing through the barrier threw Rs 30 to be charged as entry fee at the barrier and fled, the police said.

Himachal Pradesh police was alerted and a “naka” was put up near Dharampur.

The car, when reached near Dharampur and on seeing the police naka, the accused took a sharp turn, ramming the car into a truck. All the accused were injured.

The police took them to a hospital from where one of them was referred to the PGI.

However, the girl escaped with minor injuries.



2 constables hurt in road mishap

Chandigarh, March 10
Two UT police constables sustained minor injuries in a mishap near the Chandigarh Club here this evening. The incident took place in Sector 3 around 5.30 pm.

Constables Harminder Singh and Deva Singh were on a PCR motorcycle and were heading towards the Sector 3 police station when a car coming from Kansal hit them. The car was driven by one Vikas Dogra.

Deva Singh suffered injures on his left leg, while Harminder Singh, who was driving the motorcycle, sustained injuries on head. Both were rushed to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16 (GMSH-16).

A case was registered against the accused. — TNS



One arrested with charas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The operation cell of the UT police arrested one person and recovered 1.5 kg contraband from his possession. The accused has been identified as 28-year-old Surinder Kumar, a resident of SAS Nagar, who hails from Bihar.

A team of operation cell had laid a “naka” at Mauli Jagran. The accused was on a scooter and was stopped by the police for verification of documents.

During the search of his vehicle, the police found 1.5 kg charas.

A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

The accused was produced at a local court and was sent to two-day police remand. The police is still investigating the matter.

Laptop snatched: Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youth snatched laptop from a Delhi resident here on Thursday.

The incident occurred near Sector 34. The victim, Snighya Jyoto Pal, is working with Wipro and had come to the city for training.

Snighya told the police that two motorcycle-borne youths snatched his bag containing laptop.

Both the accused were on a motorcycle and wearing helmet and the victim failed to note down the registration number of the vehicle.

A case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC has been registered.



Motorist’s false claims laid bare by cops;
car impounded
Tribune News Service

The car that was impounded at Zirakpur on Thursday.
The car that was impounded at Zirakpur on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Zirakpur, March 10
A red beacon light, black film on the windows and “Ministry of Finance” printed across the numberplate - the SUV gave the impression of the motorists being “someone important”. It was only when the Zirakpur police asked for the papers of the vehicle from the driver Amanpreet Singh that the facts came to light.

It became clear that the resident of Faridabad was just another motorist without authorisation as he failed to produce the documents regarding the red beacon and the black film. He could not even justify the presence of the plate of the finance ministry.

Giving information, Zirakpur SHO Yogi Raj stated that the police team had laid a naka on the Patiala road in the wake of ICC World Cup match between the West Indies and Ireland and carried out checking of vehicles.

He said during the checking, the police team stopped a grey SUV, bearing a Delhi registration number, along with the red beacon, black film and a nameplate of the “Ministry of Finance (Government of India)”, driven by Amanpreet.

Failing to provide the documents needed by the police, the driver told the cops that his father was working with the finance department.

The SHO added that Amanpreet had come to meet his friend in Zirakpur and was staying in a hotel. The car was impounded and challaned under the Motor Vehicles Act.



5 city lads make it to list of probables
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, March 10
Five lads of the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) have made it to the list of probables of junior (U-16) Indian soccer team.

Gurusimrat, Daniel Lal Hlimpuia, K Lal Ramzauva, Zothanmawia and Nishu Kumar will undergo training at a camp to be organised by the All-India Football Federation in Goa from April 1. The selected players will prepare for the upcoming Asian junior football games and other international tournaments.

The players hogged the limelight during their on-field performance in the All-India Junior (U-16) Football National championship in Kolkata last month. The team qualified for the competition after winning the North Zone National championship held at Uttaranchal.

Notably, 10 players from the CFA were part of the winning team, out of which, five players made it to the final list.

“This is not the first time that our players have brought laurels to the city, it is their effort and dedication which has helped them achieve their goal,” said Harjiender Singh, coach, CFA. The players will have to attend three sessions of the camp. The first one is of 20 days.

“We will surely put in more efforts and come up with good techniques. This is a great platform,” said defender Gurusimrat and Nishu Kumar, who plays at sweeper back position and full back, respectively for their team.

Daniel Lal Hlimpuia and K Lal Ramzauva, both midfielders, are also looking forward to the camp.

“We are getting a chance to polish our skills. Being a backbone of the team we have to supply ball and support the team to defend as well. We can get some new tips at the camp,” said the duo.

“I am attending the camp for the first time. I will try to make most of the opportunity,” said goalkeeper Zothanmawia.



Parveen first in shot put event
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 10
Parveen, secured first position in the shot put event during the 64th Annual Athletics Meet of the PEC University of Technology here today. Bharat Handu secured second position.


Boys-High Jump: Utsav, Shivam and Shaurya; 5000m: Atinderpal, Manjit and Harmeet; 4,800m (Cycling): Parveen, Omparkash and Babanpreet; Broad Jump: Shivam, Ankit and Raghav; 800m: Atinderpal, Atam Prakash and Ansh Gill; 1,000m (Cycling): Parveen and Omparkash; Discuss throw: Praveen, Ravi and Amanpreet Singh

Girls-Shot put: Renu, Harshita and Leher; 50m: Harshita, Ankita and Radhika; Discuss throw: Harleen, Renu and Amrit Pal Kaur; High Jump: Archana, Harshita and Livleen; 200m: Livleen, Harleen and Ankita; Slow cycling: T Divya, Renu and Harleen; Three-leg race: Renu and Divya, Livleen and Harleen and Kriti and Archana.



Amandeep, Pooja declared best athletes 
Our Correspondent

Sanghol (Bassi Pathana), March 10
Vivekanand House was declared overall winners, whereas Tagore House secured the second position in the fifth annual athletics meet at Smt Jawala Devi College of Education, Sanghol.

The meet concluded today. Students participated with enthusiasm in various events.

Earlier, the meet was declared open by CL Sharma, secretary, Smt Jawala Devi Memorial Trust.

Dr RK Sharma, director, Cordia Group of Institutes, presided over the prize distribution ceremony.

Amandeep Singh and Pooja Rani were declared best athletes.

Dr Hemraj Vohra, principal, Smt Jawala Devi College of Education, addressed students.



Fencing academy at GMSSS-10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The UT Education department will establish a fencing academy for the city fencers at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 10, here.

Sandeep Hans, DPI (S), while visiting the school premises motivated the fencers.

The girls’ team from the school recently won a bronze medal at the 34th National Games held in Ranchi also seven fencers were selected for the Junior India camp to be held later this year.

The DPI (S) has announced to come up with a fencing academy to promote the game among city players.



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