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Man crushed to death
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, May 15
An autorickshaw-driver was run over under the wheels of a train on the Ambala-Chandigarh section near Ambala City here this evening. The deceased was identified as Manish Loothra. The body was recovered from the rail track near Baldev Nagar.

The railway police was informed and it transported the deceased’s body to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination.

It was not revealed whether it was suicide or an accident. In the other incident, the legs of a person were chopped off.

The person was found injured near Ambala City on the Ambala-Rajpura section around noon. He could not be identified so far.

The victim was taken to the Civil Hospital here in a serious conditions. He was later referred and sent to the PGI in Chandigarh.



50-kg poppy husk seized
Parmod Mehta

Banur, May 15
The Banur police has seized 50-kg poppy husk at a 'naka' near here today. Following the receipt of information, the police set up a 'naka' on the Chandigarh-Ambala road. It seized two bags of poppy husk from the possession of two persons who were travelling by a scooter.

The arrested were identified as Gurcharan Singh and Hardeep Singh, residents of the Sainia mohalla here.

The police registered a case against them. It said the poppy husk had been put in two bags and was located during the search.



College awarded
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 15
Punjab College of Engineering and Technology, Lalru, flagship Institute promoted by Gurunankdev Educational and Charitable Society, was awarded with India Education Excellence Award 2012 in a function in New Delhi recently. This award was given on the basis of a survey conducted by Time Research Media, New Delhi.

Chairman of the institute Parmod Kumar Dhawan received the prestigious award from Chetan Bhagat, an Indian author. Institute chairman said this award was the result of sincere efforts of the faculty and other staff members of the institute. He expressed hope that the institute would continue its efforts in getting more prestigious awards in future as well.



No Ashiana hijack: HC
Rehabilitation of jhuggi-dwellers occupying public land
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that that Ashiana scheme, launched to rehabilitate jhuggi-dwellers occupying public land, cannot be allowed to be hijacked by those dealing in property or seeking multiple accommodation.

A Division Bench also upheld the order passed by the HUDA estate officer, cancelling the allotment of a flat at Sector 20 in Panchkula to a person already possessing a tenement.

Acting on a petition filed by Gautam Parshad against the State of Haryana and other respondents, the Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice AN Jindal asserted, "The entire purpose of the scheme is to rehabilitate jhuggi-dwellers, who were dwelling on public land, and not to permit such jhuggi-dwellers to indulge in the purchase and sale of plots allotted in such a manner as they find convenient."

The Bench added, "The purpose of the Ashiana scheme is the rehabilitation of jhuggi-dwellers and not to allot multiple sites to so-called jhuggi-dwellers."

Referring to the case in hand, the Bench observed, "Ashiana is a scheme of the government for the allotment of flats to the poor, helpless and homeless, who live in jhuggis, but the petitioner is said to have taken the illegal benefit of the scheme by producing wrong documents?.

"From the show-cause notice, it appears that wife of the petitioner is in possession of a kothi at Sector 20 in Panchkula, on the basis of a general power of attorney. A finding has been returned that the original allottee is not available and all instalments in respect of the flat have been deposited by the petitioner.

"The fact that the petitioner is in possession of a tenement is not disputed, but it is contended that such a tenement is not allotted under purpose of the Ashiana scheme?.

"Still further, a son of the petitioner is a member of a group housing society. The fact itself explains that there is an alternative property available to the petitioner.

"We do not find any infirmity in the order passed by the estate officer, HUDA, Panchkula, which may warrant any interference in the writ jurisdiction of this court dismissed in limine (at the threshold)."


Drug peddler held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
A team of the police control room (PCR) today arrested a drug peddler here. The police had set up a barrier in front of the GMCH, Sector-32, when they stopped a pedestrian on suspicion and recovered 45 pouches (containing 100 tablets each) of phenotill tablets (which is prescribed to diarrhoea patients but if consumed in excess is just like drug) from his possession.

After preliminary investigations, the police claimed the person was Jagser of Sangrur district.

Dr Sunil Chaudhary, Drug Controller, also verified these were prohibited drug tablets. The police claimed that Jagser admitted that he was to deliver the pouches to youngsters. He has been arrested under section 22 of the NDPS Act.

100 challaned

The PCR team, headed by DSP Roshan Lal, issued 100 challans for visible traffic violations at midnight and early morning before traffic duties on May 13 night. As many as 82 persons were issued challans for not wearing helmet while driving two-wheelers. On May 14, the night PCR team issued 24 challans out of which 21 were for driving without helmet.



Case against deceased councillor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
Three months after his death, the UT police has registered a case of cheating against Arshad Khan and his women colleague Seema Khuteen for duping a UK-based woman of Rs 71 lakh.

The police has acted on a complaint by UK resident Paricia Craig who has alleged that she was duped of Rs 71 lakh by the two.

The police has also issued a notice to Seema to join the investigation.

In her complaint to the police, Craig has alleged that deceased councillor Arshad Khan, his colleague Seema and some others had cheated her of Rs 71 lakh on the pretext of investing the amount in a project. They took the money one and half years ago when she deposited the money with Arshad Khan.

Meanwhile, the police raided Seema's house at Sector 24. She has absconded.

In yet another complaint against Arshad Khan, the UT police has issued a notice against a senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer for joining the police investigation in another inquiry. The probe also belongs to the involvement of late Congress leader Khan.



Gang member admits his involvement in shootouts
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 15
A member of the Nishan Singh gang, lodged at the Ambala jail at present, confessed before the police that he was responsible for the recent shootouts on traders here. Manga was brought to the town on a production warrant. He told the police that he wanted to mint money by demanding money as ransom from influential businessmen.

He said he knew the background of every trader in the town. He was a resident of a village near Raipur Rani.

Sub-inspector Deepak Kumar of the detective staff, who was the investigation officer, said Manga accepted involvement in the shootout on the car of a property dealer at Sector 4.

Deepak added that Manga said he was able to carry out operations while in jail. Deepak said Manga would be produced in court tomorrow. Deepak said they were investigating the case regarding the arrest by the Mohali police of two accused who had demanded Rs 10 lakh as ransom from a doctor, claiming that they belonged to the Manga gang.



3 snatchings reported
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
Three incidents of snatching were reported in the city today. Ishwar Devi, a resident of Sector 43, reported that two motorcycle-borne miscreants sped away after snatching her gold chain near her residence on Tuesday.

The police has registered a case under sections 356, 379 and 34 of the IPC at the Sector 36 police station. In a similar case, a woman was standing outside her residence at Sector 22 when the pillion rider of a motorcycle snatched her gold chain and fled from the scene.

In the afternoon, the pillion rider of a motorcycle snatched Rs 10,000 from a city resident near a wine shop in Hallo Majra.



Police remand for inspector's son

Chandigarh, May 15
An Inspector's son Parminder Singh Rana, who was arrested in a kidnapping case yesterday, was remanded in three-day police custody today. The police is investigating the source of his weapon. Parminder used a pistol to threaten Tarun at gunpoint and then kidnapped him.

Rana, who is the son of a UT police Inspector, Tarsem Rana, has been arrested for kidnapping and robbing Tarun Kumar. His accomplices have absconded.

The police said they were verifying the source of his pistol and it was also being investigated as to whether he used his father's service revolver. The police said there was possibility the pistol was part of a consignment of hundreds of pistols which was looted in Hoshiarpur district. The role of Rana's brother also came to light. — TNS



6 children, 3 teachers injured in mishap
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 15
Six schoolchildren and three teachers had a narrow escape when the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in overturned near the Balongi traffic light point here this afternoon.

Students and teachers of the government school at Sector 36 in Chandigarh sustained minor injuries in the accident.

They were taken to the Civil Hospital at Phase VI here, where they were given first-aid and later discharged. A case was not registered in this regard.

The police said the vehicle was being turned towards Mundi Kharar when it overturned in the driver's bid to avoid a collision with a bus coming from the Chandigarh side.



PU sports quota rules changed
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
Making it tough for players seeking admission in the Panjab University (PU), the authorities stated that they will consider a student under sports quota only if he or she has represented the state in any national tournament.

The authorities will not consider a student under sports quota if he or she has played at inter-state, inter-school, inter-college or inter-department championship from this year.

Earlier, players who took part in lower category tournaments were entertained under the C-category. From this year onward during the admission under sports quota, a player’s performance in last two years will be considered instead of three years.

Sources in the Vice-chancellor’s office said the amendment was made after taking experts’ view and proper study.

According to a source, the main objective of the amendment is to fill the sports quota seats more authentically. “The amendment was pending for a long period and hopefully this will make the filing of seats more authentic. Playing lower level tournaments are easier than representing a state in the nationals,” said the official.

When asked, about favouritism adopted in selecting the teams at national level tourneys, he added, “The committee is there to see all the facts during the selection trails under sports quota. If anyone in the committee is caught adopting favouritism, he or she will be punished as per law,” said the official.

An official of the sports department on the basis of anonymity said, “The change in achievement period was necessary as many people approached with three years old certificates. A real sportsperson would always be in touch with the game. The cut off to two year will now remain a worry for people, who use sports as a support for taking admissions at various departments,” said the official.

However, when asked about the discussion at high level meeting under the VC, Gurmeet Singh, Director Sports (Additional Charge) PU, shrugged his shoulders and said, “No big amendments were made by the sports department.



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