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Chandumajra kicks off campaign
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 31
Though the SAD (B) has not officially declared the candidature of Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra from the Fatehgarh Sahib assembly constituency, Chandumajra has started his campaign as the SAD (B) candidate.

Sitting SAD (B) MLA Didar Singh Bhatti has been told by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during his visit to Bhatti’s residence on Thursday that the party has certain reservations for re-nominating him from Fatehgarh Sahib and tried to pacify him by offering him chairmanship if the SAD (B) formed the government again.

Supporters of Bhatti gathered outside his house and started shouting slogans in favour of Bhatti.

Later addressing his supporters, Bhatti told them that the Chief Minister has expressed compulsion to allot the party ticket and now it is up to them to decide the next course of action. He said he had been deceived. The supporters advised Bhatti to contest the election either as an Independent or from another party. On the other hand, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra yesterday organised a public darbar at Sirhind City to redress grievances of the people at their doorsteps.



3 killed in road mishaps
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 31
Three persons were killed and one was seriously injured in two separate road accidents in Ambala late last night.

According to information, Devinder Singh (26), Vikas (23) and Amar Singh (17) were going to Adhoya village close to Barara on a motorcycle when an unidentified truck hit the motorcycle.

Devinder Singh and Vikas died on the spot, while Amar Singh sustained serious injuries and was later admitted to MM Medical College, Mullana.

The police has registered a case against the unidentified truck driver.

In another accident, a speedy vehicle hit a motorcyclist on the Ambala-Jagadhari road near Mullana.

The victim, Sia Ram (42), a resident of Saurgarh village, sustained serious injuries and was taken to MM Medical College where doctors declared him brought dead. A case was also registered.



Assault case
Doctor gets bail
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 31
Arun Dalal, a doctor of the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, who was arrested on Thursday on charges of assaulting a scribe, was granted bail by Duty Magistrate Vivek Yadav here today.

The court had sent him to judicial custody yesterday.

The Baldev Nagar police station had registered a case against him under Sections 323 and 506 of the IPC and Arms Act on December 25 on the complaint of a local reporter.



Nomination of nine Councillors
Court no to stay on mayoral poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31
On a petition challenging the selection of nominated councillors to the municipal corporation, the district courts today declined to stay the mayoral elections, scheduled for January 1, and directed the petitioners to file a counter-reply on the point of maintainability of the petition.

Meanwhile, the municipal corporation also filed its reply and maintained that the petition was not maintainable and should be dismissed.

Earlier, the UT administration had also demanded the dismissal of the petition, stating that the petition was motivated and not maintainable in court.

Petitioners Surinder Bhardwaj, president, Janta Dal United (JDU), and Subhash Kataria, president, Traders Association, Sector 17, had sought directions to the administration and the MC to restrain nine nominated councillors from working as councillors and exercising rights and powers given to the nominated councillors.

The petitioners had alleged that the nominations had been made due to political reasons and under the pressure of the ruling party (Congress).

Giving details of the political affiliation of the nominated councillors, the petitioners had alleged that Dr Amrit Tiwari was the Ludhiana MP and Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari’s mother, while Maj DS Sandhu (retd) had remained an office-bearer of the Ex-servicemen Cell of the local Congress unit and had played the role of stage secretary during the election meeting held in favour of Congress candidate Chander Mukhi Sharma.

Besides, another nominated councillor Shagufta Parveen was Congress minority cell chairman Khaleel Ahmed’s daughter-in-law. Ahmed was also the vice-president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC).

Also, Sat Paul Bansal was a family friend and distant relative of local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, the petitioners had alleged.

The plea

Petitioners had sought directions to the administration and the MC to restrain nine nominated councillors from working as councillors and exercising rights and powers given to the nominated councillors



Gill took Rs 33 lakh to free two children, says police
Tribune News Service

Abduction accused Ravinder Singh Gill in police custody at Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, December 31
Kidnapper Ravinder Singh Gill, accused of abducting Jiya and Arnav from Sector 7 here, had taken Rs 33 lakh as ransom for releasing the children. The accused had taken Rs 18 lakh for releasing Jiya, two-and-a-half-year-old daughter of the owner of Platinum Gymnasium, who was kidnapped on October 20, 2009.

He had taken Rs 15 lakh to release Arnav, one-and-a-half-year-old son of a Chandigarh-based businessman, who was kidnapped from the courtyard of his house on October 5, 2010.

He had also demanded ransom from the parents of five-year-old Mehak, who was abducted from outside her house on February 24, 2010.

The Commissioner of Police, Ambala range, AK Dhull, today said Gill was involved in about 11 cases, including those of murder, kidnapping, theft and snatching in the tricity.

He said the accused, after selling his share in a farmhouse and marriage palace in Punjab for Rs 35 lakh, had purchased a flat at Sector 20 and used the rest of the amount in lottery.

He added that Gill had sold that flat and purchased another flat at Sector 21, and later, shifted to Mumbai. He said after selling his property in Mumbai, he moved to Gurgaon.

Dhull further said Gill was residing in a flat at Jalvayu Tower in Gurgaon. with his wife Harvinder Kaur, hailing from Sector 4, Panchkula, and two children.

He said the accused stole a Maruti SX4 car from a parking lot at Mohali on November 24 and was driving it with a fake number plate affixed to it.

He further said a police team led by CIA inspector Karambir Singh would leave for Gurgaon and Mumbai to ascertain his involvement in cases registered against him there.

A case under Sections 420, 473, 474, 467, 468 and 411 of the IPC had been registered against Gill at the Sector-14 police station. He was remanded in police custody till January 9.



2 booked for forgery
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, December 31
The Zirakpur police today booked two persons of a Mohali-based event management company in a forgery case on the complaint of Tarun Mahajan, a resident of Chandigarh, who had taken Chimney Heights Resort on lease. The accused, who had booked the resort to organise a New Year party, have been identified as Gurbax Singh and Saurabh Chopra, caretakers of an event management company of Mohali.

A police official said Tarun in his complaint alleged that the organisers had handed over the cheque of Rs 1 lakh for organising a New Year party, but the cheque was bounced when he deposited the cheque in the bank. The organisers had booked the resort on Rs 5 lakh.

Tarun claimed that he had made all arrangements related to the party and when he tried to contact the organisers, their mobile phones were switched off. The accused had also given advertisement in the newspaper about the party, the official added.

For the revellers, it was a night of disappointment, as they had bought passes of the party after spending huge amounts. A police official added that they got the complaint from many persons about the fraud.

SHO Zirakpur Yogi Raj stated that he got the complaint about the forgery from Tarun Mahajan and a case has been registered. A hunt was on to nab the accused.

Meanwhile, the SHO also said the Baltana police had also received a complaint against the unidentified organisers who were organising a New Year party at Sohi Banquet Hall.

The SHO said they had started their investigations and a case would be registered after the inquiry.



Man ends life

Chandigarh, December 31
A forty-two-year old man committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Sector 22 here today. Rajesh Kapila was working at a printing press in Sector 17. According to the police, Kapila’s wife was the first one to discover his body hanging from the ceiling.

He is survived by his wife, who works at a private firm in Industrial Area, and a son, a student. TNS



Shivalik School-DP Azad match ends in tie
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31
The match between the DP Azad Cricket Academy and Shivalik School, Mohali, ended in a tie in a Saupins 32 Tricity League Cricket Tournament organised by Saupins Cricket Academy at BTS Grounds.

After winning the toss, the Shivalik school elected to bat first and was bundled out for 82 runs in 19 overs. Hargobind scored 50 runs for his team. For the DP Azad Nipun took 3 wickets by giving 15 runs while Naman too 4 wickets with 13 runs.

In reply, the DP Azad scored 82 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 8 wickets. Vinod scoed 14 runs while Nipun and Naman 10 and 9 runs, respectively. For Shivalik School, Mohali, Chandresh, Ginni and Jaskaran took 2 wickets by giving 16, 19 and 6 runs, respectively.

Today’s second match was played between the LIC Cricket Academy 26, and the MCA (Team A) Mohali, in which the MCA (Team A) Mohali has won the match.

The LIC Cricket Academy won the toss and elected to ball first. The MCA scored 135 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 9 wickets, Gurmeher, Kunal and Inder made 27, 12, 12 runs, respectively. Ajay took 3 wickets by giving 14 runs while Imran took one wicket with 19 runs.

The LIC scored 96 runs in 15 overs with all out. Imran scored 38 runs and Karan 29 runs. Prabhjot took 2 wickets on 18 runs.

Tomorrow’s fixture

1st match: St Soldiers Vs LIC Cricket Academy at 9.00 am

2nd match: BTS 48 Vs Shivalik Cricket Academy, Mohali, at 11.30 am.



Saiyyan fashions St Anne’s victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31
Fine batting performance by Saiyyan (41 runs) enabled St Anne’s School to beat GMSSS 26, beat by 5 runs in the Blessed Edmond Rice Cricket Tournament. St Anne’s after winning the toss, elected to bat first and scored 128 runs on the for the loss of 2 wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. In reply, GMSSS 26, failed to achieve the target and were bowled out for 123 runs for 9 in 20 overs.

In the second match, all round performance by Jagpreet Singh with bat and ball enabled St Stephen won the match by 54 runs against St John.

St Stephen won the toss and elected to bat. The team scored 162 for 6 in 20 overs. Opener Jagpreet Singh scored 40 runs faced 30 balls. Gurronak scored unbeaten 38 runs. For St John’s, Abhishek and Mehul got two wickets each.

In reply St John’s scored only 108 runs in 20 overs. Vaibhav Kaushik was the only batsman to score 42 runs and batted up to end. For St Stephen Jagpreet Singh and Sukhraj got two wickets each.



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