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Forgery case
Traffic police in-charge suspended
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 11
The local traffic police in-charge, ASI Paramjit Singh, has been placed under suspension after being booked for forgery and corruption. The police officer had reportedly been using a fake challan book to issue traffic tickets to offenders here.

The case had been registered following an inquiry report submitted by the IG (Traffic).

IG (traffic) RPS Brar had received a complaint from an Ambala-based NGO in which three persons had submitted fake traffic tickets issued by the Dera Bassi traffic police.

On the basis of the tickets, the IG conducted an inquiry and found that the tickets were fake, as these could not be traced back to the routine challan book.

Later, it was found that the tickets were being issued from a duplicate book. As the challans bore the initials of the traffic police in-charge, the police had registered a case under Sections 420, 465, 466, 468 and 471, IPC, and under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

DSP Jasdev Singh Sandhu said the complaint was filed through an Ambala-based NGO in which the names of the challan victims had not been mentioned.

He said the erring police officer had not been arrested yet.



Child labour practice rampant
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 11
Tall claims of the labour department of putting in efforts to check child labour in the town seem to have fallen flat, as a large number of children can still be seen working on roadside dhabas, tea stalls and restaurants.

Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow said the district administration would conduct raids at such places. “A special team has been constituted by the district administration to check child labour,” he added.

The department should take steps to check the menace. “The need is to sensitise people against child labour,” said Vijay Kumar, a social worker.

Sources said the government in compliance with guidelines issued by the Central government imposed a complete ban on child labour and prohibited employment of children below the age of 14 as domestic workers or servants in eateries, hotels, motels, teashops or other recreational centres.

Though efforts have been put in by officials concerned to contain child labour, the problem seems to worsen with more and more children being forced into it.

A resident said child labour was rampant not only in dhabas and restaurants, but also in brick kilns.



Saplings planted
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, September 11
Social organisation “Go Green My Mother” planted saplings at cremation ground, ITI, City Park and other places in the town today. Satbir Singh Nogawan, president of the block Congress was the chief guest. Saplings of Tulsi, neem and pipal were planted.

In his address, Satbir Singh said it was the need of the hour that every section of society should take responsibility in checking the menace of growing pollution.



Chemist gets RI in cheque-bounce case
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 11
Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ajaib Singh has sentenced Harish Rajan, a chemist running Cheema Medical shop in Phase V here, to rigorous imprisonment of one-and-a-half years and a fine of Rs 30,000 on being held guilty under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.

The sentence was awarded after Haropinder Singh Bains, a resident of Phase VII, moved an application before the CJM stating that he had entered into an agreement with the accused regarding purchase of medicines worth Rs 14 lakh. All the cheques issued by the accused could not cashed, as he had stopped the payment. After hearing both the parties, the CJM pronounced the judgment.


Thieves strike in Sector 32
Take away jewellery, cash, manhole covers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
Thieves struck at Survey of India Colony in Sector 32 late last night and committed a series of thefts in the area. The UT police was caught napping as the thieves made hay. They ransacked a house, stole petrol from parked scooters and did not even spare manhole covers. There is no security guard in the colony.

Rajesh Kumar, a resident of house number 621, Sector 32-A, reported to the police that someone stole gold and silver jewellery, four ATM cards, Rs 25,000 in cash and important documents from his house. Rajesh and his family members were sleeping when thieves sneaked in his house.

The complainant told the police that the thieves had sprayed some medicine rendering them fast asleep.

“Such incidents are now common in our locality and police is unable to make any headway. The thieves enter with no fear of the police. Manhole covers and petrol from scooters was also stolen in our colony last night,” said Rajesh Kumar, who works as a steno with the Survey of India.

A case of theft under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Two arrested for eve-teasing

The police arrested two persons for misbehaving with a girl. The incident took place near Panjab University.

The accused have been identified as Vishal Garewal and Rinku Sagwan, both resident of Sector 38 (West). According to the police, the victim was on her way home when the accused approached her and passed lewd remarks and made obscene gestures. The victim informed the police and the accused were later arrested. A case under Sections 294, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Sector 11 police station. Both the accused were later released on bail.

Mobile snatched

Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched a mobile phone from a Sector 46 resident.

The incident took place near the Sector 46 Community Centre. The victim, Dinesh Sharma, reported that he was attacked by motorcycle-borne youths, who came from behind and snatched his mobile phone. The victim told the police that all accused were not wearing helmets.

Woman killed in accident

Zirakpur: A 30-year-old woman was killed in a road accident that took place near Singhpura on the Zirakpur-Ambala highway this morning. However, the Zirakpur Police has denied having any information regarding the accident.

According to sources, a family was travelling towards Ambala from Chandigarh in an SUV. The incident happened when the driver of the SUV was trying to overtake a truck and collided with the divider on the highway.

Sources said the vehicle turned turtle due to which the family sustained injuries and were admitted to the hospital where the woman died during the treatment.

Man held with country-made pistol

The police today arrested Bhim, alias Rajesh, a resident of Shyam Nagar, Ropar, and recovered a country made pistol, along with two live cartridges, from his possession.

It claimed that the accused was also involved in a firing incident that occurred at Baltana in 2008.

The accused was nabbed during a naka laid near Peer Baba in Baltana and a .315 bore country made pistol was recovered from him.

He was produced in the Dera Bassi court which sent him to two-day police remand.

Body found

An unidentified body of a man was found near Dhakoli railway tracks this morning.

The police said the man was wearing a white and red striped shirt and black trousers. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for identification. An inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC has been initiated.

Two killed in road mishaps

Ambala: Amardeep Kaur (60) died on the spot whereas her husband Mahal Singh, a resident of Barnala, sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, when their Activa scooter was hit by a bus near a fuel filling station at Saddhopur in Ambala City while both were on way to Chandigarh to see their daughter.

The bus driver managed to escape from the site. The body was handed over to the family today after the postmortem.

In another accident that took place near SD College on the Ambala-Jagadhri road in Ambala Cantt, Parkasho Devi (55) was run over by a truck and died on the spot whereas her son Hargopal sustained minor injuries. Both were going to the bus stand to catch a bus for Chandigarh to visit the PGI where the victim was undergoing treatment. A case has been registered in this connection.



2 booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The UT police has booked two owners of a company -- Ultratech Fuel and Pollution Control -- operating from Sector 17 for allegedly duping a Ludhiana resident of Rs 5 lakh. The two took the money in lieu of a deal for selling their product.

However, the product turned out to be ineffective in reducing fuel consumption, which led to losses to the dealer. A case of cheating and criminal breach of trust under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC has been registered against the owners in the Sector 17 police station.

Pritpal Singh Garewal, a resident of Krishna Nagar, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, alleged that JS Brar of SCO number 68-70, Sector 17, Chandigarh, and Captain GS Mangat, a resident of Patiala, had given an advertisement in a newspaper regarding a “quality product” of their company named Ultratech Fuel and Pollution Control.

After having seen this advertisement the complainant contacted the two who told him that a “quality device” would reduce the consumption of fuel by 25 per cent and emissions by 51.9 per cent and was being successfully utilised in various countries. They told the complainant to submit Rs 5 lakh for dealership. The complainant paid Rs 5 lakh through pay order in the account of the accused and they provided him with the device. However, the product did not work.



Opium seizure: 5 remanded in police custody
Tribune News Service

The accused being produced in a court in Panchkula on Sunday
The accused being produced in a court in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, September 11
The police today got five-day remand for five persons nabbed with 3 kg of opium and arms and ammunition from a house in Sector 9 last night. The custody of the accused was required to know their links in other areas and the hideouts of their other accomplices, said the police.

They also recovered a pistol, a revolver, 18 cartridges along with an Innova and a Swift car from the accused. Gurdyal Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Dilbag Singh, Navjot Singh and Sarabjit were arrested following a raid by CIA staff yesterday while three of their accomplices escaped from the spot.

According to sources, accused Dilbagh Singh had left the job of the Punjab Police recently and joined the other members of the gang. The gang used to procure opium from their links in Rajasthan and was involved in supplying it in the region, said sources.



guard murder
Police gropes in the dark

Chandigarh, September 11
A day after the brutal murder of a security guard in Makhan Majra in the Industrial Area, the police is still clueless about the identity of the accused. The police is questioning employees at the godown and labourers residing near the area for any clues.

Prayag Raj Singh (55) was brutally killed while on duty the night before yesterday. The victim, was found lying in a pool of blood. The police suspects the murder to be the handiwork of persons with whom he was consuming liquor, as a number of liquor bottles were recovered from the spot. — TNS



Two youths detained with 1.4-kg gold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September11
The operation cell of Chandigarh Police apprehended two youths with huge quantity of jewellery from Sector 17 on Sunday. Both the youths were rounded up by the police. The youths, identified as Ashok and Bajrang, were detained by the police after they were found carrying 1.40-kg gold, 27 diamonds and two bracelets in a bag.

The police said both the youths claimed themselves to be employees of a courier company. They said they were to deliver the consignment in Mumbai.

Though no case has been registered by the police, a probe has been initiated and the youths are being questioned.

“The youths will be released only after confirming the information provided by them,” a police official added.



Ajay pockets snooker title
Tribune News Service

Ajay Singla plays a shot during the final match of the Chandigarh Club Amateur Snooker Tournament on Sunday
Ajay Singla plays a shot during the final match of the Chandigarh Club Amateur Snooker Tournament on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, September 11
Ajay Singla defeated Sandeep Kochaar to win the seven frame final match of the 1st Chandigarh Club Amateur Snooker Tournament held at the Chandigarh Club here today.

In an exciting match, Ajay lifted the title after defeating Sandeep by 4-3 (43-39, 38-43, 52-40, 46-56, 67-69, 57-62, 53-47).

Earlier in the semifinal matches, Sandeep Kochhar got the better of Vaibhav Anand 3-2 (56-39, 43-52, 65-49, 47-53, 72-60), while Ajay Singla overcame Pranav Jain 3-2 (45-40, 56-34, 48-54, 36-56, 53-50).

Gurpreet Singh Batra was adjudged the best player of the tournament, whereas Chirag Jain bagged the consolation prize. Chandigarh Club president Mukesh Bassi distributed prizes among the winners.




PU Campus football team selected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The 18-member Panjab University campus football team for the upcoming Inter-College Football Competition was selected at Panjab University grounds here today. The competition will be held under the league-cum- knockout basis at PU grounds.

The host team will clash with local outfits, Post Graduate College for Men, Sector 11, in their first knockout match.

PU campus team finished as the second runner-up after a long span during the inter-college tournament held last year.

The selected players are Ishaan Dogra (goalkeeper), Sukhdeep Singh, Anil Bhandari, Parkash Purnia, Gurpreet Singh (defenders), Pawan Kumar, Harjeet Singh, Prabhdeep Singh, Parveer Singh, Karanveer Singh, Hardeep Singh, Harkirat Singh (mid fielders), Piyush Anand, Dharmindera Singh, Jagjeet Singh, Kamai Thomas, Guruteshwar Singh and Simerpreet Singh (strikers), Bhupinder Singh (coach).



City team out of cricket tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The Chandigarh tennis ball cricket team lost to Karnataka in the knockout stage of the ongoing 16th Sub-Junior National Tennis Ball Cricket Championship being held at Tamil Nadu today.

In the quarterfinal match, local team went down against Karnataka by 10 runs. Earlier in the league stage, Chandigarh team defeated Puducherry by six wickets and Goa by 20 runs.



Wrestling meet from Sept 24
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The Chandigarh Wrestling Association (CWA) will organise the State Wrestling Championships for Men and Women from September 24 to 25 at the Wrestling Coaching Centre here.

According to CWA general secretary Darshan Lal, winners and runners-up in each category will attend a coaching camp from September 26 to October 12 at the Sports Complex, Sector 42.

The Chandigarh team will be selected on October 10. The selected wrestlers will represent the city in the senior national wrestling championship at Ayodhya from October 13 to 16.



T-20 meet on Sept 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
Divya Public School, Sector 44, will organise a T-20 tournament to promote eye donation on September 18. The Divya Drishti Cricket Championship will be held on the school premises. The matches will be played with a tennis ball.

The interested institutes, schools, companies and registered clubs can confirm their entries at the organising venue before September 13.



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