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Villagers block national highway
Demand proper supply of electricity
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, June 16
Hundreds of villagers of around 20 villages blocked Ambala-Hisar Highway near Matheri Chowk close to Ambala city here this morning for two hours to protest against the acute scarcity of electricity in the area.

A large number of buses, trucks and cars remained stranded on the highway, which caused great inconvenience to road users.

The villagers parked their tractor trolleys in the mid of the highway and did not allow the vehicles to cross there. The police persuaded the agitated crowd but the people were adamant to continue blockade till some senior officer assured them to make the power supply regular.

Charnjit Mohri, member of Zila Parishad while addressing the people said that around 20 villages of this area had been getting power supply hardly for 5 to 6 hours everyday. He said that the paddy-sowing season had started and the farmers were facing great difficulty due to non-availability of power.

Later, the farmers lifted the blockade when the XEN (operation) UHVPN, V K Khurana reached the spot and assured them that sufficient power would be supplied to their area. The villagers said that if the situation was not improved at the earliest they would block the National Highway again.



Ex-serviceman sent to judicial remand
Police yet to arrest two other accused

Panchkula, June 16
The retired colonel Subhash Chander Kohaar was sent to the judicial custody at Ambala till June 18 for his involvement in beating up of a watchman of a house at Sector 6 on Wednesday night.

Kohaar, a resident of Sector 34, Chandigarh, arrested by the police last evening, was produced in the district court today. The police is yet to arrest the two other accused involved in the thrashing of the watchman besides damaging the CCTV and other lights of the house.

According to information, a retired colonel had given the complete information including the name and addresses to the police besides the number of the vehicles used in the crime. The police said that they would soon recover the vehicles and the iron rod used by the accused in the crime.

Talking to the media outside the court complex, Kohaar said that he had gone to the house at Sector 6 along with his two friends, Vikram Dua and another a resident of Mubarikpur near Dera Bassi, in his Skoda car. He said he was misled by his friend Vikram who told him that his Santro car was parked at Sector 6 and requested him to drop him there. He said that as they were in an inebriated condition they started damaging the CCTV cameras and lights installed near the gate of the house. He said Vikram Dua was responsible for the crime as he had some dispute over financials transactions with complainant Meenakshi’s husband Lovelish Garg. Investigating officer in the case, Mange Ram, said that Subhash had been sent to judicial custody and added that all other accused would also be arrested soon.

A case under Sections 452, 427, 323, 506, 34 of the IPC has been registered against the three accused.

Notably, Meenakshi had complained to the police that she along with her sons Harsh and Dhruv and her sister were going to sleep when they heard the sound of stopping a car stopping near the main gate of her house. She alleged that when watchman, opened the gate, the accused caught hold of him and started beating him with an iron rod besides hurling abuses on her family. She further alleged that 3 accused also threatened that they would eliminate her husband and other members of the family. — TNS



Five cases of immigration fruad registered
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 16
The Mohali police has registered five different cases against several persons who allegedly duped people lakhs of rupees on the pretext of sending them abroad.
Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Nangal, complained to the police that he gave Rs 1,94,670 to the Ravel Group at Phase VI, which promised to secure a Canadian work permit for him. However, neither he received any work permit nor his money was returned to him.

In another case, Surjit Singh of Tungalwara in Gurdaspur district filed a complaint against Harbinder Singh and his wife Harinder Kaur of Sector 39, Chandigarh, that they had taken Rs 8, 80,000 from him near the Verka milk plant here and had promised him to send him to Switzerland on a work permit. But nothing had been done accordingly and that his money too was not returned.

In the third case, Charanjit Singh of Pinjore village at Garhshankar tehsil complained that he had given Rs 3.75 lakh to Amrit Bhatia, Gurpreet Singh and Iqbal Singh of Phase II here to make arrangements for sending him abroad. However, they allegedly did not arrange it and also his amount too was not returned to him.

In the fourth case, Jaswinder Singh of Basant Nagar, Khanna district, made a complaint to the police against Nisha Chawla, Brij Lal Chawla, resident of Nayagaon, Ritu Mishra, Amarjit Kaur, Kuldeep Singh and Vishal Kumar. He alleged that he had given Rs 3.50 lakh to them for sending him to Singapore which was never done and even he never received his money back.

In the fifth case, Parampal, a resident of Chahalpura at Ludhiana tehsil, complained that Neena Sharma of Gurkirpa Enterprises took Rs 2 lakh from him for sending him abroad but did not do so. He also alleged that the amount had not been returned to him.

The police has registered cases under Sections 420, 406 and 120, of the IPC in this regard.



4 snatchings in 24 hours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Four snatching incidents were reported across the city during the past 24 hours. Two of the incidents took place this morning.

A snatching incident was reported in Sector 32 where motorcycle-borne youths targeted Ritu Singla, a Sector 32-A resident. Ritu’s chain was snatched in front of her house in the morning.

Another snatching case was reported early in the morning near Geeta Bhawan in Sector 52. The police stated that motorcycle-borne occupants snatched a hand bag from two women walking down a road. The victims complained that the bag had a mobile and Rs 4, 000.

Two snatchings were reported on Friday. Karnail Kaur, a Sector 35 resident, complained that unknown persons came on a motorcycle and fled after snatching her earring near Attawa Chowk.

In the second incident, Kalawati, a resident of Sector 37, stated that two motorcycle-borne youths fled after snatching her gold chain near her house.

Interestingly, all victims failed to read the registration number of the motorcycles. Cases have been registered in different police stations and inquiry initiated.

Meanwhile, the sudden spurt in the snatching incidents has forced the police to hold anti-snatching nakas. The police held surprise nakas at 50 locations, especially to check two-wheeler riders.

“The snatchers generally target during the evening hours, following which we have decided to hold nakas from 5 pm to 8.30 pm," said a police official.



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