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Trinidad and Tobago high commissioner visits Sanghol
Our Correspondent

sanghol (bassi pathana), September 6
Chandradath Singh, High Commissioner, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, visited the Cordia Group of Institutes, Sanghol, on Monday.

The High Commissioner inspected various facilities available on the campus and interacted with the faculty and students of different institutes. He appreciated the quality of education offered at various institutes and appreciated the efforts of Lord Rana in creating educational infrastructure in a rural area. Dr RK Sharma, director, Cordia Institute, highlighted achievements of the institute.



Missing realtor’s case handed over case to CBI
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Just more than two years after Panchkula businessman Deepak Rai Sagar went missing, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today entrusted the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The directions by Justice Mahesh Grover came on a petition filed by the missing businessman’s son, Sameer Sagar.

In his petition before the high court, 28-year-old Sameer had expressed apprehension that his business partner had kidnapped his father. Sameer had alleged that he had “provided sufficient names to the investigating agency and sufficient reasons for his suspicion about the commission of the offence”. Claiming to be in the real estate trade, Sameer had added that his father had started the business under the name of “Deepak Estate”.

In 1999, one of the accused in the case, Vinay, who was running a printing press in Panchkula, visited his father’s office; and soon they became friends.

He added that Deepak on June 1, 2009, was at Vinay’s house for about one-and-a-half hour. Later, when contacted, his phone was switched off.

Justice Grover asserted: “Having said that the efforts of the state would unfairly be commented upon, if it is said they are not sufficient, the concern of the court is also aroused in view of the perspective of the citizen of the country, who prays for the restoration of his confidence in the process of law.”

In his detailed order, Justice Grover added: “It is necessary to refer the matter to an independent agency in order to achieve the object and for the reason that prejudice will be caused in the event of not adopting such a course.

“The prayer of the petitioner is, therefore, allowed and the matter is referred to the CBI, keeping in view the gravity of the situation, where the father of the petitioner has gone missing and also keeping in view the fact that grave efforts of the respondent State of Haryana have failed to elicit any material, which will point to satisfactory conclusion of an investigation”.

Before parting with the order, Justice Grover added: “The respondents are directed to handover the complete file of the case to the Director, CBI, at Chandigarh.

“The CBI shall conclude the investigation as expeditiously as possible and submit its report to the court”.

Time Line

June 1, 2009: Realtor Deepak Rai Sagar went missing along with his car.

June 18, 2009: Haryana DGP RS Dalal announced reward of Rs. one lakh to the person, who will provide any kind of information about Sagar.

June 23, 2009: Lie detector test of Rajesh Thapar conducted.

June 24, 2009: Lie detector test of Vinay Kumar conducted.

July 15, 2009: Family holds protest march in Panchkula.

August 26, 2009: Police converted kidnapping case into murder.

October 15, 2009: Sagar family moves HC.

February 19, 2010: Police wants narco test of suspects and Sagar family members.

September 6, 2011: High Court transfers the case to the CBI.





P’kula cops wanted narco test of five
Including victim’s son and brother-in-law
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, September 6
Though the Punjab and Haryana High Court today transferred the Panchkula-based realtor Deepak Rai Sagar’s kidnapping case to the CBI yet during the investigation, the Panchkula police had raised finger of suspicion on five persons, including two family members of Deepak Rai Sagar.

In the case, the Panchkula police had filed their affidavit before the Punjab and Haryana HC demanding narco-analysis test of three suspects -Rajesh Thapar, a resident of New Delhi, Brijesh Kapoor, a native of Gurgaon ,Vinay Kumar, Panchkula resident, and two family members - Sameer Sagar and his brother-in-law SS Monga.

Initially, the Panchkula police had taken intensive steps to trace the businessman and even announced a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for anybody providing information about his whereabouts. A lie detector test of two persons was also conducted, but that too failed to give any significant result. When contacted, Sagar’s son Sameer Sagar, said that now he was satisfied that the high court had transferred the probe to the CBI. He further added that from the very initial stage he was suspecting that business rivals of their father had murdered him but the police was not conducting a fair probe.

Denying the allegations of Sameer Sagar, Panchkula SP Maneesh Chaudhary said that they were investigating the matter properly.

Sagar has been missing since June 1, 2009. He was in his black Skoda car and had gone in his car to meet his friend, Vinay, at Maheshpur village in Panchkula on June 1, 2009 from his office in Sector 11. Vinay had told the police that Deepak had reached his home around 7.15 pm. He reportedly stayed there till 9 pm. After that, he left for home, but never reach there.



Mumbai resident booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The UT police has booked a Mumbai resident for defrauding a city resident of lakhs of rupees.

The accused had taken the money on the pretext of arranging a world tour for the complainant.

In a complaint to the police, Rajiv Makkar, a resident of Sector 34-C, alleged that Jinder Dosanjh, alias Geena, duped him of Rs 4 lakh.

He alleged that Geena, a resident of Wing Shastri Nagar, Lokhandwala, Mumbai, had allegedly taken Rs 4 lakh from him on the pretext of arranging a world tour.

However, the accused failed to deliver the services as assured.

He neither arranged the tour nor returned the money, the complainant alleged.

The police has registered a case against the accused under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code at the police station in Sector 3.

The police is investigating the case.



Man arrested for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The UT police has arrested Vikram Verma in a case of property fraud. The police said the accused had changed his name to Karanveer Singh Mann to deceive a person into buying a house in Sector 19.

A case of forgery and fraud under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against him.

The case had been registered against Verma on the complaint of Dinesh Dudreja of Panchkula after he charged Verma with cheating while selling a house in Sector 19, Chandigarh.



Youths on bike snatch chain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
One snatching and two theft cases were reported from various parts of the city in the past 24 hours.

Jasbir Puri, a resident of Sector 18-C, alleged that two motorcycle-borne youths snatched her gold chain near Sector 18 yesterday. The police has registered a case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC.

In another case, Paramjit Kaur, a resident of IT Park road, reported to the police that a bag containing Rs 15,000 in cash, four gold rings and some documents were stolen from an Innova car (CH 04 E 3060) yesterday.

The complainant claimed that the vehicle was parked near Azad Market in Sector 20 when the theft took place.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-19.

In another case, Shiv Kumar, resident of Sector 40-A, alleged that four women took away suits, mobile phones and a stereo system from his house yesterday.

The complainant alleged that his family was away from the cremation of a relative when four women came to his house and took away four suits, a watch, mobile phones and a stereo system.

All four have been arrested and a case under Sections 454, 380 and 411, IPC, registered at the police station-39.



4 snatching cases solved, six held
Tribune News Service

Mohali (Kharar), September 6
The police today claimed to have solved four cases of snatching in Mohali district with the arrest of six persons. The accused were arrested by a special team on September 4 from Kharar and recovered weapons along with stolen motorcycles from their possession.

A senior police official stated that during the interrogation, the accused confessed that they were targeting persons who were returning from banks after withdrawing money. The accused admitted that they had a gang of 70 persons, who were operating in various states in small numbers. They had stolen the motorcycles from Mazat and Matur.

The police official said accused Ravinder and Rajinder Singh had confessed that they had snatched Rs 35,000 from a person who was returning on his bicycle after withdrawing the amount in 2010. 



Sector-42 AstroTurf a Shambles
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The condition of the six-a-side AstroTurf field at Sports Complex, Sector 42, belies the high claims of the UT sports department of providing top-class infrastructure to budding players.

The AstroTurf, laid in January 2004, is in a dilapidated condition now. Due to its poor maintenance, algae have started growing on the field.

As a result, the surface has got slippery, which results in injury to players at the junior level. Wild weed growth is also seen covering the field. Fences that cover the field are also broken.

“There is no question of growth of grass and weed on the artificial surface. The area should be cleaned and maintained at regular intervals of six months. Proper maintenance can increase its life up to 10 years,” said an official, on the condition of anonymity.

“The centre has a sufficient amount of sweepers, gardeners and maintenance staff, but no one is bothered to clean the field. The authorities should take immediate steps to overcome the situation and get the area clean as soon as possible,” said a parent.



Triple delight for veteran athlete
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Veteran athlete Ragbir Singh Bhullar of Mohali district has won two silver and a bronze medal in the recently concluded 31st National Veterans Championship at Puducherry.

He won a silver medal each in the 400m (1 minute, 8 seconds) and 200m (30.53 seconds) races and a bronze in the 100m (14.47 seconds) in the above-55 category.

Ragbir had been running an academy, where he was training youngsters and the elderly. His main aim was to stay fit and keep fit.

“The young and the aged come to attend training sessions at the parks in Sectors 23 and 36. I have bagged more than 40 medals at national and state levels,” he said.



BTS-48, DAV-8 romp home with ease
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Hosts Banyan Tree School (BTS), Sector 48, and DAV School, Sector 8, registered wins in the ongoing BTS Cup Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-14) here today.

In the first match of the day, BTS defeated CCA XI, Sector-16 stadium team by seven wickets. Electing to bat, CCA XI scored 140 runs in the allotted 20 overs.

Rahul (60) and Jagmeet (26) were the main contributors. For BTS, Parvesh Sharma took one wicket for 22 runs.

In reply, BTS achieved the target with seven wickets in hand. Shubhman Gill (48 off 38) and Parvesh Sharma (29 off 20) guided the team to victory.

In the second match of the day, DAV- 8 defeated GNPS-36 by 30 runs. Batting first, DAV scored 135 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs.

Shubham Chand hit a quickfire 75 off 37 balls. Chasing the target, GNPS managed to score only 105 runs in the allotted overs.

Shubham Chand was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 15. Tavi (37) was the top scorer for the losers.

Brief scores: CCA XI: 140 for 5 in 20 overs (Rahul 60, Jagmeet 26, Parvesh Sharma 1 for 22); BTS: 141 for 3 in 19.3 overs (Shubhman Gill 48, Parvesh Sharma 29, Shubham 1 for 24); DAV-8: 135 for 8 in 20 overs (Shubham Chand 75, Shrey Verma 22, Rakshat 1 for 18); GNPS: 105 for 6 in 20 overs (Tavi 37, Yogesh 22, Shubham Chand 4 for 15).



Mukesh, Umesh, Karambir win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Mukesh Chopra defeated Akshay Goyal 2-0 in the opening match of the first Chandigarh Club Amateur Snooker Tournament, being held at Chandigarh Club, here today.

Mukesh won the first set 63-59 and the second 47-40. In the second match of the day, Umesh Bhandari defeated Navtej Singh 2-1.

Umesh got past Navtej 17-36, 45-20, 43-10. Karambir Singh Nalwa won the third match of the day. He defeated Gaurav Gulati 2-0 (88-32, 63-35).



4 Punjab players for cricket camp

Chandigarh, September 6
Four Punjab players, opener Manan Vohra, medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma, wicketkeeper Mohit Handa and Kamal Passi, have selected for the conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, to be held from September 11 to 23.

The camp will help condition players for the quadrangular under-19 cricket series, to be held at Vizag from September 27 to October 9. Sri Lanka, West Indies, Australia and hosts India are the teams competing in the tournament. — TNS



Local karatekas bag medals
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
Lakshay Sharma and Gurbachan Pal Gupta, both students of Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11, bagged gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the 19th Haryana State Karate Competition organised by the Haryana Karate-do Association at Kurukshetra recently.

Lakshay and Gurbachan Pal Gupta bagged the medals in the under-18 category. While Lakhshay won a gold medal in the under-35 kg section, Gurbachan Pal Gupta bagged a bronze medal in the under-50 kg section of the event.

The district sports officer, Panchklula, has selected the two for the upcoming National Games to be held later this month.

“We are quite happy with our performance in the competition. Our coach Jeetendra Kumar was instrumental in getting us medals. We are looking forward to the upcoming national games,” the two said.



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