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Female foeticide: Officials seal nursing home, arrest doctor
Our Correspondent
Surinder Bhardwaj

A team of health department officials seals an ultrasound machine at Oberoi Nursing Home in Fatehgarh Sahib. A tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 9
A nursing home was sealed by a team of district health department yesterday. The team was led by Dr Gurmail Singh Chahal, civil surgeon. The nursing home was being run by a BAMS couple, near Administrative complex district, carrying out female foeticide in the area by using unregistered ultra sound machine.

The department registered a case registered against Dr Dinesh Oberoi and has recovered the equipments used for abortion. The police has registered the case under Section 312 of the IPC, 23 PC and the NDPT Act.

Addressing media persons, Dr Gurmail said that one pregnant woman, Jasbir Kaur, a resident of the nearby Adampur village had registered with the health department for routine check-up and ASHA workers used to visit her everyday. Thereafter, the woman was found missing from her in-laws house for the past three days. Dr Gurmail added that he got suspicious and formed the teams to check all the nursing homes in the district immediately. After he got suspicious, their team visited Oberoi Nursing Home, Fatehgarh Sahib and with the help of ASHA workers, the team succeeded in tracing the woman, who had gone to her parent's house. He said that the questioned the woman who further revealed that she had aborted her female foetus child at Oberoi hospital after conducting ultra sound at the same place.

Dr Gurmail said that said, the team took the lady along with them who identified the hospital and the doctor. The team of doctors raided the hospital and was able to seize the unregistered ultrasound and equipment used for abortion. He said that the department was further tracing the woman, identified as Tarlochan Kaur, a resident of Balahri a "Dai" who worked as a middleman for the nursing home for female feticide.

He said the department was taking female feticide and drug abuse strictly and a campaign has been launched against the same.

When contacted the woman, admitted in hospital, she said that she already had two girl children and her in-laws took her for abortion, when they came to know that the police was after them, they took her to her parent's house.

William Jayjee, the SHO Fatehgarh Sahib, said that the police had arrested the doctor and presented before the court, which remanded the doctor to the police custody.



Ill-effects of female foeticide, deforestation bared
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 9
‘Katha Rukhan te Kukhan Di’, a play written and directed by noted theatre artist Prof Sompal Heera, was staged at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib today to celebrate International Women’s Day. The play conveyed the message that decreasing number of trees, coupled with the problem of female foeticide, are leading to imbalance in the Indian society.

The play was sponsored by Santokh Singh Sukhana, chairman of the Punjabi Naat Academy. The play witnessed a jam-packed audience in the Giani Ditt Singh Auditorium of the College. The play depicted the tragedy of a village where all the female children taking birth are killed. Eventually, the village ends-up in a terrible condition wherein the males fail to find brides for them.

Another village, the story of which is presented in the play, is a drastic example where the villagers have extracted so much of water from the earth by cultivating crops like rice that eventually the village runs out of water and people start fighting and dying due to shortage of water. Dr MS Grewal, principal of the college, appreciated the efforts of Prof Heera and Santokh Singh for staging a wonderful play with a social message.

Declamation and poetry recitation contests were also organised on the occasion. In the declamation contests, Jaspreet Kaur won the first position while Sukhdeep Sohi and Sapandeep Kaur bagged the second and third position respectively. Ranjot Kaur, Parminder Kaur and Pushpinder Kaur won the first, second and third positions in the poetry recitation competition.



One killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Kalka, March 9
One person died in a road accident yesterday. Karan Raj and his friend Jai Singh were coming towards Kalka when a a recklessly driven car hit their scooter near the Ramnagar T-point. The scooterists sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the Civil Hospital at Kalka. From there, they were referred to the PGI in Chandigarh.

Karan Raj died on the way. He had been residing in rented accommodation at Kalka. The condition of Jai Singh was stated to be critical.

Another accident took place near Lohgarh village on the Pinjore-Nalagarh highway today. Two youths sustained serious injuries as a speeding Tata-407 rammed into their motorcycle.

The victims belonged to Manakpur Devi Lal village of Pinjore. One of them was identified as Rajat. They were rushed to the PGI in Chandigarh. The police impounded the truck.



Group clash leaves seven injured
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala March 9
As many as seven persons were injured in a group clash at Ambala City this afternoon. The injured of both the groups were admitted to the Civil Hospital, here. According to information, there was some old rivalry between the two groups. One of the groups belonged to Laharsa village while the other was from Moti Nagar area. Both the groups were carrying sharp weapons and clashed this noon near Moti Nagar. There was a tense in the hospital premises. The police has recorded the statements of the injured of both the groups and has started investigating the matter.



Snatcher nabbed
Our correspondent

Ambala, March 9
A few passers-by nabbed a chain snatcher while he was trying to fleeing after snatching the chain of a woman.

Sources said Sudesh Rani, the victim, was going in a rickshaw when two youths came to her snatched her gold chain. She raised alarm for help. Some passers-by chased the snatchers and succeeded in nabbing one of the snatchers while the other one managed to flee.



Man stabbed, 2 booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Anil Kumar of Colony Number 4 reported to the police that Karan and Ravinder stabbed him near Phase I of Industrial Area on the night of March 7. A case under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC was registered at the Industrial Area police station.

Six arrested

Damanjit Singh of Attlan village in Patiala was arrested from Sector 9 on March 7 for consuming liquor at a public place. A case under Sections 68, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act was registered at the Sector-3 police station.

Manoj Kumar of the Kesri market at Dhanas was arrested on March 7 for carrying 10 half bottles of countrymade liquor. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act was registered at the Sector-11 police station.

Michal of Mauli Complex at Mani Majra was arrested on March 7 for playing ‘satta’. The police recovered Rs 320 from his possession. A case under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act was was registered in the Mani Majra police station.

Vikram alias Vicky of Sector 56 was arrested from Sector 26 last night for carrying a ‘kamanidar’ knife with him. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered at the Sector-26 police station.

Heera Yadav of Colony Number 4 was arrested form near his house for carrying 15 quarters of countrymade liquor. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act was registered at the Industrial Area police station.

Ravi Kumar of Sector 7 was caught with a stolen motorcycle (CH03Y-6817) from a ‘naka’ and was arrested at Sector 26 here today.

Phone snatched

Rohit Chauhan of Maloya village reported to the police that three persons sped away on a black motorcycle after snatching his mobile phone on March 7. A case under Sections 379 and 356 of the IPC was registered at the Sector-39 police station.



After five months of efforts, police arrests man
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 9
The local police has arrested a man, Harjinder Singh, in connection with some alleged frauds related to property. The accused was produced in a local court and was remanded in the police custody for one day.

After making efforts for five months, the police nabbed Harinder Singh, who was, allegedly, wanted in connection with the a scam related to the plots, claimed the police.

The accused was arrested, reportedly, from a flat at the Pancham Society. A case of cheating was registered against him in October last year. Sources said that he also misbehaved with the police team that had gone to arrest him.

According to reports, the police had kept a track of Harjinder Singh after he came from England to Amritsar.

The police said that Harjinder was also wanted by the Chandigarh police in connection with a case of cheating. Five persons, including Harjinder Singh, were booked on a charge of collecting huge amount of money by giving false assurances to the people for providing them with plots.



High drama after mishap
Tribune News Service

The government ambulance vehicle that hit a scooter in which two riders sustained injuries. tribune photo: Manoj mahajan

Chandigarh, March 9
There was high drama at Sector 20 here after the driver of an ambulance, posted at the MLA hostel at Sector 3, hit a scooter near the beat box last evening.

The driver of the ambulance (HR68A-0183) was reportedly under the influence of liquor at the time of the incident. The scooter (CH14T-2035) was being driven by Deeksha of Sector 20.

No major injury was reported. According to the investigative officer, both parties arrived at a compromise later. “The driver was drunk at the time of incident. He was arrested, but both parties made a compromise later. A case had been registered against the driver earlier,” said Gurbax Singh, the officer.



Senior State Netball Championship
DAV Model School Club beat Sports Complex
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 9
The DAV Model School Club, Sector 15, beat Sports Complex, Sector 46, by 10-6 in the final match of Chandigarh Senior State Netball Championship held at the Government College, Sector 11 A, here today.

Harmohinder Singh Lucky, the president of Chandigarh District Congress Committee, distributed the prizes to winners.

Results: (Boys) Final: DAV Model School Club, Sector 15, beat Sports Complex, Sector 46, by score 10-6

Girls (Final): Panjab University Campus Club beat Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, by score 07-5.



Veterans’ cricket tourney to start today

Chandigarh, March 9
Three teams will take part in Saupin's-32 veteran league cricket tournament (above 50) to be started here from tomorrow.

The three teams — AG Haryana Cricket Club, BTS Cricket Club, and Chandigarh Cricket Association —will play two league matches against each other in a total of six league match series to played at Banyan Trees School. The first match of the tournament will be played tomorrow between AG Haryana Cricket club and BTS Cricket Club. — TNS



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