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Grain dealers block highway
Demand action against slum-dwellers who took away paddy bags
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, October 28
Around 200 grain dealers of the New Grain Market, Ambala City, blocked the Ambala-Hisar national highway for an hour to protest against police inaction.

President of the Ambala Grain Dealers Association Duni Chand Danipur said on Diwali when most of the shops were closed in the grain market, slum-dwellers made away with hundreds of paddy bags lying in front of the shops. He said when they approached the police, it instead of listening to them, threatened to register a case against them. He said later a case against a few grain dealers was also registered. He said some gain dealers had ransacked jhuggis of poor people.

Following the incident, grain dealers called an emergency meeting today.

The dealers demanded action against the guilty. They also suspended the sale and purchase of paddy. Later, they blocked the Ambala-Hisar highway. Deputy Commissioner Samir Pal Srow and DCP Shashank Anand reached the spot. The DCP said he had already marked an inquiry into the incident and if any police official was found guilty, action would be taken against him. Deputy Commissioner assured the protesters of doing the needful.

Around 200 jhuggis have come up adjoining the grain market on HUDA land. The grain market association and residents of Sector 8 have been demanding the removal of slum colony for long, but it could not be done as a few political leaders do not let it happen as the slum-dwellers form a major vote bank.



Swami Vivekanand’s works pull crowds
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 28
A special exhibition train throwing light on the life and achievements of Swami Vivekanand reached the Ambala Cantt railway station today. The train was flagged off from Howrah on January 12, 2011, to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand.

The train aims at spreading the message of religious harmony and universal brotherhood.

The train consists of ICF Shatabdi type express coaches where the exhibits, including rare photographs and archival material, have been put on display. Vivekananda’s signatures and some of his sayings have also been displayed.

The exhibition train has been attracting a lot of visitors from the town and will stay at the Ambala Cantt railway station till October 30.



Five booked for assault
Tribune News Service

Kharar, October 28
The police today booked five persons in an assault case on the complaint of Anil Kaushik, a Kharar-based advocate. The accused have been identified as Vijay Kumar, Lovepreet, Lovely, Deepak and Aman, all residents of Kharar.

In his complaint, Anil Kaushik said old enmity had led to the assault. A case has been registered in this regard. The police said it was investigating the matter.



Immigration firm owner arrested, office sealed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
The special investigating team (SIT) of the Chandigarh Police, formed to crack down on illegal immigration firms operating in the city, arrested the owner of a Sector-34 immigration firm, Institute of Personality and Aptitude Test, for duping a resident of Kapurthala district of Rs 4.30 lakh on the pretext of sending her abroad. The police also sealed the company’s office.

The SIT had received a complaint from Darshan Singh of Phagwara tehsil in Kapurthala district that the accused, Rajneesh Kumar Hannu, owner of the firm, had promised to send his daughter to Canada on a study visa. Neither was she sent abroad, nor was the money returned. Despite repeated attempts, Hannu had refused to refund the money.

Sources in the SIT said that the accused used to dupe people and shift office to other parts of the city. “In 2010, Hannu used to operate his immigration business from Sector 22 under the name of Hannu Consultants. Later he shifted to Sector 34-A. For the past few months, he was operating from elsewhere in the same sector,” an SIT official said.

Sources said Hannu, who was presently residing in Sector 33, also used to frequently shift his house to dodge aggrieved customers. “Raids were conducted at various places and finally, he was arrested this evening”, the official said. A case was registered at the Sector-34 police station and an investigation initiated.



Television serial actress raped
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 28
A 27-year-old married woman was allegedly drugged and raped here yesterday on the pretext of providing her a chance to work in Bollywood. The victim, in her complaint lodged with the police, stated that she had worked in a few television serials earlier, but was out of work at present.

She alleged that Atul Kumar of Sector 11 here, who knew her for the past four months, told that he had contacts with many film producers. He promised her a role in a movie, she added.

She further alleged that Atul called her on Wednesday and told her that a friend of his, who worked as director, was coming to the DT Mall in Chandigarh. He invited her to the mall so that he could arrange a meeting.

When she reached there, Atul told her that his friend had gone to the Morni hills, where shooting was going on, said the victim in her complaint. Atul took her towards Morni in his Alto car, she alleged.

She further alleged that Atul gave her a soft drink laced with a drug in the car. The moment she sipped it, she fell unconscious. She informed the police that Atul parked the car at a secluded place and raped her.

Atul refuted the allegations. When contacted, he said he did not know the complainant. “I do not know who the complainant is and why is she implicating me. I went to the mall yesterday to get movie tickets for my family. When I did not get any, I returned home,” said Atul.

The police registered a case. When contacted Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police Manish Chaudhary said the police was verifying facts before arresting the accused.



1 stabbed to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
Kishore Pal (35) of Colony Number 4 in Industrial Area, Phase-I, was stabbed to death when he tried to intervene in a bloody brawl on Thursday night. The incident took place near the victim’s residence when four persons attacked one Jetinder Kumar with some weapons.

The police at the Industrial Area police station said Jetinder Kumar was attacked by Berru and his accomplices, all residents of Colony No 4, after an altercation between the two.

The police stated that Berru had sent a marriage proposal to Jetinder’s sister, which was turned down by her that led to an altercation between Jetinder and the accused. Additional SHO of Industrial Area Police Station, SI Bashir Ahmed, said Jetinder was attacked as he had decided to file a police complaint against Berru.

However, when Kishore Pal tried to intervene in the matter, the accused, who was accompanied by Arjun, Rinku and Hussain, stabbed him several times.

An injured Kishore was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Sector-32, where he later died.

Police officials said Beeru, Arjun, and Hussain had been arrested and raids were being conducted to nab Rinku, the fourth accused. Meanwhile, the weapons used in the crime are yet to be recovered. A case under various Sections was registered at the Industrial Area police station and an inquiry initiated.



Labourer hit by car, dies
Tribune reporters

Zirakpur, October 28
An 18-year-old labourer died after being hit by a speeding car near Shagun hotel on the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Mahesh Kumar, a resident of Peermuchalla.

The accident occurred when Mahesh Kumar was walking towards Zirakpur, along with his friends. On reaching the hotel, a car coming from Kalka side hit him.

He fell down and sustained serious injuries. He was admitted to GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries. The body was handed over to the family after conducting an autopsy. A case has been registered against driver of the vehicle.

Abducted girl traced

Zirakpur: A minor girl, who was reportedly abducted from Bareli in Uttar Pradesh nearly two months ago, was traced to Nabha Sahib near Zirakpur here today. The local police with the help of Uttar Pradesh police arrested the accused, Vicky, from the main market.

Zirakpur SHO Yogi Raj stated that they got the information that the accused Vikas Pal, alias Vicky, had allegedly abducted the minor girl after misleading her on the pretext of marrying her. A case was registered against him at the Subhash Nagar police station. The SHO said mobile tower location helped the police nab the accused. Both of them were handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police, he added.

3 killed in mishaps

Ambala: Bahadur, a resident of Zirakpur, died on the spot when a vehicle hit him while crossing the Jandli Bridge near Ambala Cantt.

Passersby said he was hit by a fast driven vehicle.

In another accident near village Mohra 6 km from Ambala Cantt on the GT Road, a beggar was hit by an unidentified vehicle. He died on the spot. The body was taken to Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantt. Anti Lal, a resident of Faizabad, died on the spot when a passenger train hit him near Nayagaon village. The railway police took the body in possession and sent it to the Civil Hospital.

Seven booked in robbery case

The police today booked seven persons for snatching a mobile phone and a gold chain from Sanjeev Rana, a resident of Shivalik Vihar, Zirakpur.

The police said one of the accused Amarjit was arrested from Zirakpur, while the other accused managed to flee from the spot.

In his complaint to the police, Sanjeev Rana stated that he, along with his friend, was going towards the bus stand when the accused stopped them and started assaulting. Sanjeev alleged that the accused snatched his gold chain and mobile phone. When they raised the alarm, the accused fled from the spot.

Fire breaks out in store

Mohali: A fire broke out in a junk dealer’s store at Industrial Area, Phase I, here this evening. The fire spread rapidly causing panic among those present there. Two fire engines had to be pressed into service to douse the flames. The flames were brought under control in about 10 minutes, but an hour was spent on completely dousing the fire. A PCR party had noticed the fire and informed the fire brigade. The owner was also informed about it. Subfire officer Karam Chand, who had gone to the spot, said cotton and plastic material were lying in the store. Foam had to be used to douse the flames. He said it was not clear what had caused the fire but the owner had claimed that a fire cracker had led to the fire. The extent of the loss would be ascertained tomorrow, he added.



No firing at shooting range yet
Material used for its construction is of substandard quality
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
The work of much-awaited shooting range at Panjab University has come to a halt when it was found that substandard quality of material has been used for its construction.

This was revealed at the recently held Senate meeting when a Senator brought bricks used for the construction and broke them in pieces with his hands to prove that the material used is of substandard quality.

Notably, the correspondent found the same after visiting the spot. It was found that the bricks could easily be broken when collided with each other.

As a result, PU Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti constituted an executive committee, including Senator Dharinder Kumar Tayal, Hardiljit Singh Gosal and executive engineer RK Rai, to look into the matter.

When contacted, executive engineer RK Rai said, “We were aware that the material used was of substandard quality even before it came to light and have asked the contractor to remove the same,” said Rai.

Notably, the stack is still lying a few steps from the spot and when asked did the authorities take any action, he refused to comment and stated, “You can ask the rest to the director public relations (DPR).”

“The issue came to light when a Senator proved it at the meeting. The committee is inspecting whether the material already used for construction is substandard or not,” said one of the committee members.

He also added, “The matter is still under consideration and the final report will be submitted soon,” said the Senator.

On the other hand, director sports CS Grewal refused to comment by saying, “No comments.”

A total of Rs 1 crore was sanctioned for the dream project. The soundproof shooting range of 40x20 m is coming up at one of the corners of the main playground.



Vinoo Mankad cricket Trophy
Punjab enter knock-out stage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
Punjab cricket team defeated Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) to retain the all-win record during the last north zone league match of the ongoing Vinoo Mankad Trophy being held at Delhi.

Punjab defeated HPCA by 55 runs to gain five points, including a bonus. Earlier batting first, Punjab was bowled out on the total of 215 runs in the allotted 50 overs.

Skipper Manan Vohra and Ankit Pursharthy made 55 runs for the first wicket before Manan was bowled out after scoring an individual score of 31 runs.

Ankit Pursharthy (49) and Vikramdit (50) were other noticeable scorers for the team. Akash Vashist was the pick of the bowler for three for 32, while Nikhil Gangta and Rahul Chara took two wickets each.

In reply, HPCA was bowled out for 142 runs in 49 overs. Prashant Chopra (25) and Nakulraj (38) were the main scorers, while for Punjab, Sandeep Sharma took three for 30.

Punjab ended with 20 points to head the north zone league and entered the knock-out stage of the tournament to be played at Mysore.

Brief scores:

Punjab: 215 in 50 overs .

HPCA: 142 in 49 overs (Prashant Chopra 25, Nakulraj 38; Sandeep Sharma 3 for 30, Veerkanwar 2 for 36, Kamalpassi 2 for 22, Rahul Kanojia 1 for 15).



SD shuttlers drub Dasuya college
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
Shuttlers of local GGD SD College defeated JC DAV College, Dasuya, by 3-0 during the match of the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton Tournament for Men (team event) played at Panjab University gymnasium hall here today.

In the second match of the day, Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Chandigarh, defeated SD College, Hoshiarpur, by 3-0 and JC DAV College, Dasuya, defeated SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, by 3-1.


Malwa College, Samrala, bt GTBN College, Dakha, by 3-1; GGD SD College bt CCET, Chandigarh, by 3-0; GNN College, Doraha, bt MMD DAV College, Gidderbaha, by 3-0; Government College of Commerce and Administration, Chandigarh, bt Malwa Samrala 3-0; PGGC-46 bt GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, by 3-0.



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