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Minor boy, two others arrested for snatching
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The spot where Gulfam was killed at Lakhnour village on Thursday.
The spot where Gulfam was killed at Lakhnour village on Thursday. Tribune photo: vicky gharu

Jarnail Singh at the Phase-IV hospital in Mohali on Thursday.
Jarnail Singh at the Phase-IV hospital in Mohali on Thursday. A tribune photograph

Kurali, September 8
With the arrest of three persons, including a minor, the Mohali police today claimed to have solved the Wednesday night snatching case.

Two of the accused were identified as Narinder Singh of Kurali and Mandeep Singh of Badheri. The minor boy was from Chinlol village.

The case was registered on the complaint of Ram Dulari of Kurali. In her complaint, she stated that the accused snatched her bag, containing cash, while she was returning home.

She alleged that the accused threatened her and fled. She added that she raised an alarm, following which people nabbed one of the accused and handed him over to the police.

A police official stated that the accused disclosed the names of his accomplices during investigation. On the tip-off, a police team raided various places and arrested the rest.

The police recovered the booty from their possession. The accused would be produced in court tomorrow.

Cyclist killed

A 60-year-old cyclist was killed when he was hit by a tractor-trolley near Desu Majra village, near here, on Thursday morning.

The deceased was identified as Pal Singh of Hasanpur village. He had been working with a private company at Sector 34 in Chandigarh.

Pal Singh was pedalling towards the Chandigarh side when a tractor-trolley hit him from the rear around 7:30 am.

A passerby immediately informed the police, who took the victim to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

The body was handed over to his family after post-mortem examination. A case was registered and an investigation started.

Labourer dead

Mohali: Gulfam was killed when a tractor fell on him at Lakhnour village on Thursday. The victim, who worked as labourer, died on the spot.

According to police, he and other labourers were climbing atop the tractor to go to the fields when the mishap took place. The police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Man attacked

Jarnail Singh, district president of the Sehajdhari Sikh Party, was injured seriously when unidentified persons attacked him with swords and other sharp-edged weapons while he was sitting at his shop in Bad Majra village on Wednesday night.

He was admitted to the ICU unit of the Cheema Hospital at Phase IV here. In a complaint to the police, his nephew Balbir Singh said some youths came in an Elantra car and attacked his uncle.



Bail plea turned down
Accused threatened rape victim
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Panchkula, September 8
A local court today dismissed the bail application filed by Virender Khanna, who had threatened the class-XI Delhi student who was allegedly gangraped at Sector 20 here and at the Ridge View Hotel in Shimla.

On August 27, the police arrested Khanna, who had made phone calls to the victim, telling her that he would kill her mother, who lived in Delhi, if she did not assist the accused.

On August 21, the victim, a resident of Arjun Nagar in Delhi, was accompanied by Rakesh, a youth,, to Panchkula. The latter had allegedly promised her family that he would help her enrol for an airhostess course in Chandigarh.

On August 22, the two arrived at GH-79, a housing society at Panchkula, where Rakesh allegedly raped her. That evening, they left for Shimla with three others. During their stay at the hotel there, she was allegedly raped by the accused.

On August 23, she was brought back to Sector 20 at Panchkula. According to the police, she insisted on returning home, but the accused did not allow her to do so.

She began shouting, which drew the attention of neighbours, who called up the police. Besides Rakesh, the other accused were Uttam, Pankaj and Uma Koirala.



Quota for wards of HC staff
Haryana, Punjab Cabinets to take the final call
Saurabh Malik/TNS

Chandigarh, September 8
The Haryana and Punjab Cabinets will eventually decide whether the wards of the Punjab and Haryana High Court employees are eligible for reservation meant for the children of Punjab and Haryana state employees.

As the case filed by a student, Kanchan Sindhu, came up for resumed hearing, counsel for the State of Haryana told the Bench of Justice Rajive Bhalla that the matter in dispute is already before the Council of Ministers. The State of Punjab, on the other hand, sought short adjournment on the ground that the matter in dispute is to be placed before the Chief Secretary and thereafter, before the Council of Ministers. The case will now come up for further hearing on September 26.

Justice Rajive Bhalla had, earlier, asserted: “I am, prima facie, satisfied that as the employees of the Punjab and Haryana High Court are discharging the duties in connection with the affairs of the states of Punjab and Haryana, their wards shall, therefore, be entitled to be considered against any quota reserved for the wards of the employees for the states of Punjab and Haryana.”

In her petition, Sindhu had earlier asserted that she was denied admission to first year of integrated BA-LLB (honours) course in Kurukshetra University, even though her father was an employee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The reason behind denial was “she cannot be considered against a quota reserved for the wards of the employees of the State of Haryana,” counsel NC Kinra told the court.

Enlarging the scope of the petition, Justice Bhalla had asserted: “As the matter requires a reasoned response and will also affect the State of Punjab, let notice be issued to the respondents and the State of Punjab.” Before parting with the order, Justice Bhalla had directed: “A seat be kept reserved for the petitioner in the first year of the five year integrated course.”The development is significant as the doors will open for the High Court employees for other benefits also, if the Bench comes to the conclusion that they are eligible for reservation meant for the employees of the two states.



High Court to wear a new look soon
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court will soon wear a new look with one Judge moving out and another becoming Acting Chief Justice. Six advocates are expected to be administered oath as Judges, while three more are to be elevated soon.

Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel is moving to the Guwahati High Court as first pusine, where he is eventually expected to take over as Chief Justice.

Justice Goel was given a warm sendoff today by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

As of now, Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur is the Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court. He may eventually be shifted to Hyderabad as Chief Justice, paving the way for Justice Goel to take over as Chief Justice. Justice Goel was elevated as a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court with effect from July 2, 2001.

He was appointed Executive Chairman of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority on May 17, 2005. As Justice Goel shifts out of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice MM Kumar takes over as Acting Chief Justice. Currently, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is on long medical leave.

In another development, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar is all set to be elevated to the Supreme Court. A Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge, he is the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court.

With Justice Goel’s departure from Chandigarh, the number of Judges will come down to 42 against the sanctioned strength of 68. Already, the High Court is facing the aftermath of shortage in the number of Judges. As of now, more than two lakh cases are pending in the High Court. The situation is expected to improve in the near future as the names of six advocates have been cleared for elevation as Judges.

Available information suggests the files are on their was out of the Prime Minister’s office. The lawyers to be elevated are RN Raina, NK Sanghi, Rameshwar Malik, TS Dhindsa, PS Dhaliwal and Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia. Sessions Judge VS Malik’s name, too, was considered by the collegium. He was administered oath two months back. 



1 convicted, 3 acquitted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 8
A local court today convicted a person and acquitted three others in a murder case, which dated back to January 2010.

The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on convict Bal Krishan tomorrow. The court acquitted Chajan, Ram Khiladi and Anil, residents of Rajiv Colony.

The police said Dumber Singh had died in a fight following a water dispute between him and the four accused in the case.



School librarian turns molester
Suspended after complaint, inquiry
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 8
A case of molestation at school rocked the town today. Several girl students of the Government Model Sanskriti Senior Secondary School at Sector 20 here complained of the indecent behaviour of librarian Sadhu Ram.

Following this, Haryana’s department of secondary education placed him under suspension and directed the principal to lodge an FIR against him. The librarian allegedly took two girls, who were students of class VII, to a chamber of art and craft. Following this, the two girls lodged a complaint.

When a team of the department of secondary education visited the school today to inquire into the incident, more girls in other classes confided in the officials the inappropriate behaviour of the librarian with them.

A spokesman of the department said the girls had collectively asked the officials that the librarian should not take their adjustment classes as his behavior was inappropriate.

Students of classes VI to X indicated that he would send boys to the playground during the adjustment period, with only girls staying back.

Sadhu Ram, when contacted, refuted the allegations. “I was indisposed yesterday. I went to the chamber and sat on a table to rest. The two girls who were already there left. After some time, they came back and I left. Nothing else happened,” he stated.



2 woman robbers held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 8
The Mohali police claimed yesterday that they had busted a gang of women which robbed persons after offering them a lift in their car.

The accused were identified as Karamjit Kaur and Gulab Kaur of Patiala. The police claimed that many cases of snatching were solved with the arrests.

Mohali SSP Gupreet Singh Bhullar stated that the accused had given a lift to Bikram Singh of Phillaur from the Phase-VII roundabout, robbed him and dropped him near the roundabout separating Sectors 52 and 53.

He said the accused had snatched gold bangles from Sawarn Kaur after giving her a lift. He added that they had also snatched gold jewellery from Mahinder Kaur of Sector 7 in Chandigarh.

He stated that the accused had snatched gold worth Rs 2 lakh in various incidents. During investigation, the police found clues regarding the gang. “We deputed a police team to raid various places,” he added. A case was registered at Mataur.



PGI doctor sets herself afire, dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
A 60-year-old doctor with the PGI allegedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze at her residence on the campus last night. She later succumbed to her burn injuries in the PGI.

Inderjeet Kaur had been suffering from depression following her husband’s death last year, the police said.

Inderjeet, a doctor at the department of dermatology at the PGI, was currently on leave. She had been staying at her official accommodation.

She doused herself with petrol and set herself ablaze while her daughter was in the other room.

She was admitted to the institute with 100 per cent burns but later succumbed to the burn injuries.

The police said her son and daughter-in-law were doctors with private hospitals in the city. The victim’s husband, Harjinder, was also a doctor with the PGI.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings in this regard.



Chirag hogs limelight in snooker
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
Chirag Jain defeated Mohan Singh Judge in the match of the 1st Chandigarh Club Amateur Snooker Tournament being held at the Chandigarh Club here today.

Chirag overpowered Mohan by 2-1 (43-50, 63-58, 32-27), while Sandeep Kochhar drubbed Ranveer Duggal by 2-0 (52-28, 73-40) and Deepinder Singh Patwalia overcame Rajesh Jain by 2-1 (39-48, 65-57, 72-64).

In another match of the day, Gursher Singh got the better of Vikramjit Singh by 2-1 (45-34, 34-46, 56-46), whereas Pranav Jain beat Pankaj Gulati by 2-1 (56-67, 45-42, 54-50). In the last two matches of the day, Aseem Verma overcame Rajan Gulati by 2-0 (45-41, 53-49), while Gurpreet Singh Batra defeated Gurminder Singh by 2-0 (52-49, 67-18).



10 teams to vie for hockey tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
Ten teams will vie for the 9th Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial six-a-side Hockey Tournament to be held from September 13 to 17 at Shivalik Public School, Mohali.

Teams, including Indian Oil Corporation, Bangalore; Bharat Petroleum, Mumbai; ONGC, Delhi; Indian Air Force, Namdhari XI, CISF, Haryana XI and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, have already confirmed their entries.

The tournament is organised by the Dharam Singh Memorial Trust in memory of the legendary hockey player.



Junior Champions League in October
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The Punjab sports department in collaboration with the Idea Cellular Group will organise the Junior Champions League in six cities of Punjab, including the tricity, in October.

The league will include events like athletics, judo, hockey, relay race, long jump, shot put, javelin throw and volleyball in both boys and girls’ (U-17, U-19) categories.

In the annual inter-school sports championship, 17 schools of the tricity, 11 schools of Jalandhar, 13 schools of Ludhiana, 10 schools of Patiala, 10 schools of Bathinda and 11 schools of Amritsar will participate.

“The collaboration with the corporate sector will definitely help us to increase the importance of sports among players. The sports department will provide all infrastructure, including coaches and grounds, so that the competition will remain a smooth affair,” said SL Lotey, deputy sports director, Punjab.

According to organisers, the teams will be selected from schools through trials and selected players will represent their respective schools in the mega inter-school sports competition.



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