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PPP candidate threatens to take to road
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 28
Didar Singh Bhatti, PPP candidate from the Fatehgarh Sahib Assembly constituency, who along with his son and supporters, was booked in three different cases for thrashing supporters of SAD candidate Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, has threatened to take to roads if the police and SAD leader harassed him or his supporters.

In a meeting held here yesterday, Didar Singh Bhatti said he was implicated in false cases. He said his party would not tolerate injustice. He said he remained MLA for 10 years and not even a single incident of violence was reported during his tenure. He urged the police not to register an FIR under any political pressure.

The supporters of Bhatti and Chandumajra had clashed thrice. Chandumajra had alleged that his close confidants were being targeted by Didar Singh Bhatti. He had laid seize to SSPís office and got the case registered against Bhatti.

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Gangrape on wheels
Accused withdraws plea to turn approver
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 28
In the infamous case of gangrape on wheels here, in which two students had raped their friendís minor sister, one of the accused, Marshal Arora, today withdrew his application to turn prosecution approver.

He had moved the Panchkula court to turn prosecution approver, but recently, the Panchkula police opposed the application filed by the accused, maintaining that it had a strong case against the accused and did not need any approver.

Arora had stated in his application, ďThe applicant is in the knowledge of certain facts regarding the case which have not been brought to the kind notice of the court by the investigation agency.Ē In his application, he had sought court permission to allow him to become an approver in the case.

The police had filed a charge sheet against Sahil Puri of Sector 2, a mechanical-engineering student at a Baddi-based private university, and Arora, a BA student of a Chandigarh-based private college.

The Panchkula police arrested Puri and Arora on June 28 on the complaint of the victimís family.

The victimís father had told the police that he went for some work on June 26 and found his daughter missing on his return. He had added that after looking for her, he informed the police. He had further said the accused threw her near the gate and fled in a car.

In his complaint to the police, he had stated that the accused took advantage of his absence and forcibly took her with them.

He had also mentioned in the complaint that they made her consume liquor and later, raped her in the car.

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Immigration firm owner arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The special investigation team (SIT) of the Chandigarh Police arrested Brig Rajbir Singh Khanna (retd) of the Silicon Global Education Immigration Company here today.

He was arrested following a complaint by Anuradha Sharma of Mohali, who reported that his company made a false promises of sending her abroad.

She also alleged that the money she paid since 2006 was not returned. The accused was produced before a magistrate, who remanded him in custody till March 13. He has been running the business since 2000.

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3 nabbed for stabbing student

Chandigarh, February 28
A 19-year-old student was injured after three persons tried to rob him, near the railway track in Ram Darbar, here today. A case has been registered. Victim Kuldeep was stabbed with a knife by the three accused with a motive to rob him off his mobile phone and money. 

He was coming back after attending classes from a Sector 32-based computer coaching institute and on his way he had also deposited some money in a bank. Later in the evening, the police arrested all the three accused, including Ravi, Avneet and Vijay, all residents of Ram Darbar. The accused was rushed to GMCH, Sector 32. ó TNS

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One arrested with 30g charas

Chandigarh, February 28
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police arrested Deepak Kumar of Sector 38 on January 27 and recovered 30gm charas from his possession. A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

Vehicles stolen

Brij Mohan Sharma of Burail alleged that some one has stolen his car (CH-04-2040) from Leisure Valley, Sector 10, on Monday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC had been registered at the Sector 3 police station. In another case, Dinesh Kumar Chaudhary of Sector 19 reported to the police that some one stole his car(CH-01AG-9043) from his house on the intervening night of February 26 and 27. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 19 police station.

Theft cases

Rajesh Uniyal of Mani Majra has reported to the police that some one had stolen his motorcycle (CH-03Q-9569) from the parking lot of Rose Darden of Sector 16, on Monday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. Richa Gupta of Sector 9 reported to the police that some one had stolen one laptop from her office in Sector 9, on February 24. A case had been registered at the sector 3 police station. ó TNS

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Hockey lovers in for delight
Stage set for the inauguration of World Series Hockey
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Stage being prepared for the performance by Bollywood stars at the opening ceremony of WSH.
Stage being prepared for the performance by Bollywood stars at the opening ceremony of WSH. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, February 28
The opening edition of the World Series Hockey (WSH) tournament might not witness the star players of Olympic qualifiers playing in the event, but the city fans are all set witness the faster version of the game.

With the local Chandigarh Comets all set to face Bhopal Badshahs in the opening match tomorrow at the hockey stadium of sports complex, Sector 42, The Tribune team met some hockey enthusiasts who plan to see the match live.

Although the excitement level of hockey enthusiasts is up, the selling of tickets is yet to witness a rise. On the first day, a total of 50 tickets (40 tickets of Rs 50 and 10 tickets of Rs 100) were sold at Hot Millons. The bank where the tickets were supposed to be sold remained closed due to a strike.

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Football tourney to begin today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The Chandigarh Senior Menís State Football Tournament is scheduled to begin at the football stadium in Sector 17 tomorrow. As many as 13 teams have confirmed participation.

The inaugural match will be played between the Youngster Football Club and Youth Football Club, Sector 30, at 1.30 pm. Prominent teams taking part include AG Audit Haryana , AG Audit Punjab , Panjab University Campus, Coaching Centre Sector 17, Blue Star Club, Youth Club, Golden FC, Manimajra FC , Youth Club Dadumajra and DAV Club. The meet is being played on a knock-out-cum-league basis.

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Vijay Hazare Trophy
Punjab beat Himachal to enter knock-out stage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Punjab defeated Himachal Pradesh by 84 runs in their last North Zone league match played at the SSCB New Delhi ground to qualify for the knock-out stage of Vijay Hazare Trophy. Winning the toss, Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh opted to bat first.

Punjab scored 217 for 8 in their allotted 50 overs. Gurkirat Mann (59 off 43 balls) with 7 boundaries, Mandeep Singh (34 off 56 balls), Chandan Madan (22 off 43 balls), Taruwar Kohli (31 off 30 balls) with two sixes, Manpreet Gony (11 not out), and Siddharth Kaul (2 not out) were the main run getters for Punjab. For Himachal Pradesh, Rahul Singh (3 wickets for 38 runs), RR Dhawan (2 wickets for 44 runs) were the main wicket takers.

In reply, HPCA was bundled out for 133 in 41.5 overs. They were helped by AS Bali (26 off 55 balls), RR Dhawan (43 not out in 51 balls), and PS Chopra (18). For Punjab Manpreet Gony (2 for 23), Rajwinder Singh (5 for 20) and Bipul Sharma (2 for 31) were the main wicket takers. Punjab won the match by 84 runs and with this win qualified for the knock-out stage by attaining the second position in the North Zone with 16 points. Delhi with 19 points lead the table.

Brief scores:

Punjab: 217 for 8 in 50 overs

Gurkirat Mann 59, Mandeep Singh 34, Chandan Madan 22, Taruwar Kohli 31, Manpreet Gony 11 not out

Rahul Singh 3 for 38, RR Dhawan 2 for 44

HPCA: 133 all out in 41.5 overs

AS Bali 26, RR Dhawan 43 not out, and PS Chopra 18.

Manpreet Gony 2 for 23, Rajwinder Singh 5 for 20, and Bipul Sharma 2 for 31.

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