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Post-protest, liquor vend to be shifted 

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 5
Hundreds of residents of Sirhind today protested against the reopening of a liquor vend near the district administrative complex opposite the Bachat Bhavan here.

A delegation of residents, led by former municipal council president Sher Singh called on Prem Singh Chandumajra in this regard.

They told him that drunk persons often created nuisance on the main road even in the daytime. They said people in general and schoolchildren in particular were inconvenienced.

They demanded that the liquor vend be shifted. They added that they had been presenting memoranda to officials, but to no avail.

Chandumajra visited the spot and held discussions with the liquor contractor and district-level officials. He said they agreed to shift the liquor vend. — OC



10 challaned
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 5
The health department raided a number of shops here today to check smoking at public places and the illegal sale of tobacco products.

Officials issued 10 challans, six to shopkeepers who had not put up proper boards at their shops and four to persons found smoking at public places, and collected Rs 1,600 as fine.

They said boards should display the information that tobacco caused cancer and tobacco products could not be sold to anyone under the age of 18.



Guru kills disciple
Buries body with another disciple’s help, at large
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, April 5
A religious guru assaulted his disciple and did him to death at the Dudhadhari Dera in Mubarikpur, near here, on the night of April 2.

The guru fled after burying the body of the 40-year-old disciple on dera land. The police exhumed the body this morning.

It registered a case under Sections 304, 201 and 34 of the IPC against the guru, Rattan Nath, who was still absconding.

On the night of April 2, the guru and his disciples Bagichi Nath and Thanedar Nath consumed liquor, after which Rattan and Thanedar had a scuffle.

The guru hit a baton on his disciple’s head and Thanedar collapsed on the spot. Rattan dug up land and buried the body with Bagichi’s help before fleeing.

Villagers got suspicious on finding two persons missing from the dera. The police filed a case against Rattan and Bagichi after Sunil of the same village lodged a complaint.

SHO Gurdial said the body was exhumed after obtaining the SDM’s permission, and later, the post-mortem examination was conducted.

This was the second such incident at the dera. A 70-year-old guru had been murdered by a disciple around five years ago.



Suvidha centre inaugurated

Dera Bassi, April 5
A suvidha centre was inaugurated at the tehsil complex here yesterday to ensure speedy revenue department work and timely problem resolution.

The work to be done at the centre included issuance of senior-citizen identity cards and marriage and caste certificates, verification of documents and affidavits and submission of applications under the RTI Act and for old land registration copies. — OC



Two teenagers die in mishap
Our Correspondent

Banur, April 5
Two students were killed in a road accident near here this evening. They were identified as Varinder Singh and Vaibhav Sharma, BA-I students at Khanna, near Ludhiana.

They were returning from the Chhat Bir zoo, near here, when the motorcycle they were riding rammed into a bridge at the Rampur village turn.

They were killed on the spot. Both were around 18 years of age.

The bodies of the victims were sent to the Gian Sagar Hospital here for post-mortem examination. 



Woman remanded
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 5
The district court today sent a woman to two-day remand for duping two brothers of Rs 4 lakh on pretext of sending them abroad.

Twentysix-year-old Urvashi, who was arrested by the Mohali police last night, was produced in a local court here this afternoon.

The owner of Rhythm Consultancy, she had been at large following a complaint against her by Arvind Gautam and his brother Ramesh Kumar last year.

According to the police, Urvashi had duped them of Rs 2 lakh each by promising to send them to Malaysia on work permit.

Neither were they sent to Malaysia, nor was the money returned. Urvashi refuted the allegations, saying she had returned the money.



Vegetable vendor crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
A 60-year-old vegetable vendor was crushed to death under the wheels of a Tavera MUV at the Mani Majra traffic light point in Chandigarh today.

The victim, who has been identified as Devi Dayal, was on foot when he was hit by the vehicle. An injured Devi Dayal was taken to the PGI where he died. The police arrested the driver of the vehicle, identified as Jasbir Singh.

He was booked in a case of causing death due to negligence. The victim used to sell vegetables at the Grain Market in Sector 26 here. 



Jewellery, cash stolen from house
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 5
Thieves struck at a locked house in the Krishna Enclave, Dhakoli, Zirakpur, here and decamped with gold and silver ornaments and cash.

The owner of the house, Anil Gupta, was away to Yamunanagar when the incident occurred. On his return today, he found that the lock of the main door had been broken. In his complaint, Gupta said thieves took away more than 20-g gold jewellery, 110-g silver jewellery and Rs 1,000. The police said a case would be registered after an inquiry.

Two booked for fraud

The police booked two persons on Thursday for duping a Zirakpur resident of Rs 7.5 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Italy.

The police said Sandeep Singh of Dyalpura village had filed a complaint that Suvinder Singh and his father Bagga Singh of Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib had taken Rs 7.5 lakh from him.

Sandeep alleged that the accused neither sent him abroad, nor returned the money. A case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC was registered.



Gully cricket in full swing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
The ongoing Gully Cricket Tournament continues to make its mark, as today about 15 matches were played at different parts of the city. The league matches were played in all four divisions.

To make the tournament more exciting, organisers will conduct the knockout stage of the competition from April 8. Earlier, the Chandigarh Administration has announced and sanctioned a total amount of Rs 15 lakh to organise the event.

A total of 547 teams are participating in the tourney and the winning team will be awarded a total amount of Rs 2 lakh.



Anubhav, Tejas lead in open chess championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Chess players, Anubhav Tuknayat and Tejas Nagpal, made a three-point lead during the opening day of Chandigarh Open and Boys and Girls (U-17) Chess Championship, being held at St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, here today.

A total of 46 boys and girls are participating in the chess championship out of which, the top two players (each category) will be selected to represent the city in the forthcoming National for Boys and Girls (U-17) to be held at Pondicherry from July 16 to 27.

Point Position: Boys (U-17)-3 points-Anubhav Tuknayat, Tejas Nagpal; 2½ points-Jaskeerat, Yash Mishra, Abhinav Bansal; 2 points-Aditya Bedi, Tarini Goyal, Manish Mandal, Gurfateh Singh Doabia, Lakshay Bhatia, Sachleen, Brahmjot Singh, Prateek Wadhwa, Utkarsh Sidhart, Shishir Lamba, Kashish Jain; 1½ points-Akshit, Arsh Mahajan, Maurya Mahajan; 1 point-Amartya Bhatacharya, Jashan Khurana, Anhat, Sidharth Mahajan, Aryan Oswal, Kashish Arora, Archit Gupta, Prankush, Sachin Kumar, Soham Modi, Ishpuneet, Archit,Jashanpreet; 0 point-Manveer, Raunaq, Shivom, Pranav; Girls (U-17)-3 points-Arunima Goyal; 2 points-Arshjot, Inayat, Kritika; 1 point-Monash, Mahira, Avni; 0 point-Kanika. 



Naresh, Bharu win laurels in wrestling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Grapplers, Naresh Khanna of Delhi and Bharu Khanna from Punjab, won first two positions in the +90kg category during the bouts of 7th Gulzar Gold Cup Wrestling Tournament being held at Zirakpur, here. In the same category, Dalbir secured third place after getting better of Arvinder Kumar.

In the 90 kg group, Jaspal defeated Gunga to secure first place while Akash Khullar overcame Rampal to finish third.

In the 80 kg category group bouts held yesterday, Deepak and Gurjeet won the top honours while Sandeep and Vinod secured third and fourth positions.



Karishma to represent UT in tennis

Chandigarh, April 5
Tennis player Karishma Mehta has been selected to represent the city in the upcoming Women’s Inter-State Nationals today. The tournament is schedule to be held at the RK Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, from April 16 to 21.

Karishma is a trainee of the Sector 42 Sports Complex and Lake Sports Club. The three-member squad also includes two trainees of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), Nikita Bishnoi and Gayatri Kumaraiah. As per the present national rankings, Gayatri and Nikita are sharing the stand at 79th, while Karishma is holding the 144th rank. — TNS



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