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kharar shootout case
Non-bailable warrants issued against SAD leader, 21 others
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 14
A Kharar court has issued non-bailable warrants against 21 persons in an eight-year-old Kharar shootout incident in which two persons were killed.

The court has issued warrants against SAD leader Kiranbir Singh Kang, Congress leader Rajbir Singh Padiala (previously with the Akali Dal), his brother Tejbir Singh Padiala, former Ropar SSP Surinder Singh Virk and SP (D), Majitha, Jasdev Singh Sandhu.

The incident took place on July 3, 2004, when two Akali factions clashed during an SGPC rally at Anaj Mandi in Kharar.

The court has also issued warrants against inspector Ramandeep Singh, sub-Inspectors Bhagwant Singh Riar and Gurdip Singh, assistant sub-inspectors Harbhajan Singh and Kulbir Singh, constables Avtar Singh and Amarjit Singh, Nagar Singh, Harinder Singh, Bhag Singh, Tajinder Singh, alias Goga, Anokh Singh, Karamjit Singh, alias Karma, Sajjan Singh, Ravinder Singh, alias Kala, Manga and Surinder Singh, alias Jeevanjot.

During the course of hearing on May 16, a supplementary chargesheet was presented in the court by SHO, Kharar, Vijay Kumar. The case will come up for hearing on July 19.

Harbir Singh, the then vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal, and Paramjit Singh, a SOPU leader, were killed in the shootout incident. Three persons, including Kang, Sukhdev Singh and Sajjan Singh, were injured. Sources said that both Kang and Padial wanted to show their strength before Parkash Singh Badal who was scheduled to address a rally at the Kharar Anaj Mandi.

Kang and his supporters had alleged that the police remained a mute spectator and did nothing to control the situation. Later, the police registered case under Sections 307, 302, 120-B, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. After registration of the case, Kang evaded arrest while Rajbir Singh Padiala surrendered after four days of the incident.

The three-member inquiry committee constituted under ADGP (Crime) Shashi Prabha had given a clean chit to Kang and his supporters. Two petitions were also filed in the apex court against the inquiry report, but both were dismissed in 2007.

Meanwhile, more sections were included against 21 persons and a separate DDR was lodged on September 12, 2011.

The incident took place on July 3, 2004, when two Akali factions clashed during an SGPC rally at Anaj Mandi in Kharar. Two persons, including Harbir Singh, the then vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal, and Paramjit Singh, a SOPU leader, were killed in the incident



DC for steps to check bonded labour
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 14
All the laws meant for discouraging bonded labour would be strictly implemented in the district and the SDMs and the District Food Supply Controller will ensure that whenever any migrant labourer comes to work at a brick-kiln, the owner must get him registered under the Migrant Labour Act, said Yashvir Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a meeting of the district-level migrant labour welfare committee here today.

He directed the SDMs to carry out surprise checks at brick-kilns and other public places where migrant labourers work and ensure that they get clean potable water and toilets, particularly for women, so that they may live and work in a healthy atmosphere.

He directed the brick-kiln owners to take a initiative for the education of labourers’ children besides providing them with basic civic amenities.

Mahajan also directed the chairman of vigilance committee, which has been formed to curtail the menace of bonded labour, to conduct surprise checks at brick-kilns.



13 protesters remanded
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 14
The police has registered a case against 13 persons, including a boy and his father, on charge of attacking the kin of a girl and hurling stones at police officials.

They were protesting against the return of a runaway couple to Ravi Dass Basti the panchayat of which had banned their entry to the locality.

They were produced before a local court which remanded the boy and his father in police custody for one day while the other 11 agitators were sent to judicial custody.

The agitators had also pelted the police officials with stones when they came for the rescue of the runway couple.



Boy drowns in pond at treatment plant
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, July 14
The body of a boy was recovered from a pond of the Public Health Department in Ghasitpur village this morning. The deceased, who has been identified as Lovely (15) of Shalimar Bagh, Ambala cantonment, had gone missing on Friday.

His mother had filed a missing complaint with the police. A passer-by noticed the body floating in the tank and informed the police about it.

A treatment plant and two ponds have been set up in the village. Potable water is supplied to different localities of the cantonment from these ponds. The administration has banned swimming and taking bath in these ponds.

The police handed over the body to his relatives after a post-mortem examination.

A month ago, a boy had drowned in this pond. The administration has not taken stringent steps to prevent children from taking bath in the ponds.

Lovel’s relatives said his death was caused due to negligence on the part of the administration.



Rs 2 lakh stolen

Ambala, July 14
Bhupinder Singh, a resident of the Green Park area, has lodged a complaint with the Ambala cantonment police stating that someone has stolen his Rs 2 lakh when he went to a branch of ICICI Bank to deposit the amount.

While he was filling in the deposit slip at the bank, someone took his bag containing the cash. The police has asked the bank authorities to supply it the footage of the cameras installed in the bank. — OC



Bus passenger robbed
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 14
Miscreants robbed a bus passenger at the bus stand today. Gulsher Khan, who had come from Solan, was found unconscious at the bus stand.

Passersby informed the police about the matter. His son, who reached here from Sahranpur, told the police that his father was carrying Rs 20,000, which was missing. Gulsher was admitted to the civil hospital.



judge bribery case
Hearing adjourned to August 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The hearing of the judge bribery case involving former Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Nirmal Yadav was adjourned to August 11 today.

The case was adjourned as the decision on the special leave petition (SLP) filed by Nirmal Yadav before the Supreme Court is still awaited.

On last hearing i.e. June 1, the trial court had received orders of the Supreme Court not to proceed with the framing of charges against Nirmal Yadav and co-accused in the cash-at-judges doorstep case till the Supreme Court adjudicates upon the SLP filed by Yadav, the trial court is requested to adjourn the case. Yadav had filed an SLP in the apex court demanding quashing of the charge sheet against her and had requested the court to hear her SLP.

The case had rocked the judiciary in August 2008 when a parcel containing Rs 15 lakh had been handed over to Justice Nirmaljit Kaur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, allegedly meant for Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav by Prakash Ram, a clerk of Sanjiv Bansal, former Additional Advocate General, Haryana.



Two vehicles stolen

Chandigarh, July 14
Two cases of vehicle thefts were reported in the city today. Sushil Sharma, a resident of Burail, reported that his Indigo car was stolen from in front of the Panchayat Bhawan, Burail. In another case, Kamaldeep Singh, a resident of Bhadheri village, reported that his motorcycle was stolen.

2 held under Excise Act

The police arrested Raj Kumar of Kajehri village, Sector 52, Chandigarh, from Dadu Majra colony and recovered 16 boxes of country wine from his possession. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against him.

In another case, the police arrested Inder Singh of Jalowal village, Panchkula, with 10 boxes of country wine. ––TNS



Arunima, Yash take lead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Arunima Goyal (U-25) and Yash Mishra (U-11), with two points each, are leading in the Chandigarh Under-25 and U-11 Girls and Boys Chess Meet being held at St Xavier Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, today.

A team of four players in the Under-25 category and two girls and two boys in the

Under-11 category would be selected to represent Chandigarh at the nationals, to be held in Maharashtra (Under-25) from August 21 and Jharkhand (Under-11) from August 5.

A total of 63 players are participating in this championship, which has been organised by the Chandigarh Chess Association.


Point position in Under-11 at the end of second round

2 points: Yash Mishra, Soham, Saksham Goel, Tarini Goyal, Jaskeerat Singh, Kashish Kaushal, Aryan Oswal.

1½ points: Paras Chauhan

1 point: Anhat Singh, Ishaan Singh, Jashanpreet Singh, Aryandeep Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Maurya Mahajan, Aditya Dubey, Aditya Rana, Avni Taneja, Manveer Singh, Soumiljit Singh, Vyomm, Pratyaksh Goyal, Soumya Lamba.

½ point: Arhaan Pahwa, Nikhil, Shishir Lamba, Harjeev Singh, Nikhita, Shivom, Tanya

Point position in Under-25 category at the end of second round

2 point: Goyal Arunima, Nivedan Bhardwaj, Arjit Sarswat, Tarundeep Singh, Webel Singh, Anubhav Tuknayat, Nagpal Tejas, Hritik Arora.

1½ point: Amartya Bhattacharjee, Prateek Munjal , Akash Bhardwaj

1 Point: Shweta, Chander Mauli Mishra, Rishabh Jain, Suresh Kumar, Gagandeep Singh, Ishu Tewari , Jasjit Singh Saini, Rahul Arora, Aman Kulshreshtha, Manish Mandal, Harshit Jindal, Love Gaba, Rishu Tewari.

½ Point: Prateek Wadhwa, Naman Chauhan, Arshdeep Singh.



Tennis: Digvijay, Gurneet enter final qualifying round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Digvijay Pratap and Gurneet Bhundal have moved into the final qualifying round of the Under-16 CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament held at CLTA courts here today.

The final qualifying rounds will be played at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) Complex and Lake Sports Complex from 8.30 am and 9.00 am, respectively, on Sunday. The players from different states of India have come to participate in this tournament.


Boys’ U-12: Jaskaran Singh bt Arnav Gill 7-1, Sam Chawala bt Aum Chopra 7-2, Kunal Patiyal bt Kavan Sandhu 7-4, Jagnoor Singh bt Naman Sharma 7-6 (2), Divansh Kakkar bt Aditya Dhawan 7-4, Bavdeep Singh bt Japrasoolvir Goel 7-5, Divesh Gehlot bt Ritbij Shashtri 7-0, Pratham Sharma bt Aryan Sharma 7-6 (3), Simran Singh bt Arunab Singh 7-5, Shrenik Bhalla bt Samney Singh 7-0, Navjot Singh bt Pranshu Gupta 7-4, Mankreet Singh bt Ansh Mahajan 7-1, Udit Kamboj bt Bhavuk Kukresa 7-0, Rohan Mittal bt Samarth Suri 7-6 (0), Robin Singh bt Dipin 7-2, Abhinav bt Gurjosh Singh 7-3, Nishant Dabbas bt Siddharth Goel 7-4, Josmal Arora bt Kamal Saksham 7-5, Paramveer Singh bt Pavtesh Singh 7-0, Upnishad Bhardwad bt Siddhant Chugh 7-0, Karman Singh bt Gurshana Randhawa 7-4

Boys’ U-16: Yuvraj Sangwan bt Ramanjot Singh 7-1, Digvijay Pratap bt Indreasi Singh 7-0, Ankush Mishra bt Ratik Khanna 7-2, Aniket Khosla bt Adityavir Rao 7-4, Chinoy Sethi bt Navjot Singh 7-6 (4), Sajender Singh bt Deepak Chahal 7-0, Raunaq Singh bt Abhishek Mehta 7-2, Sarvesh Maria bt Sanjam Harish 7-5, Parmeet Deol bt Savneet Bajwa 7-4, Sahil Rawat bt Abir Heeranadani 7-4, Waiga Arya bt Mirnal Mukharjee 7-3, Gaurav Seth bt Saksham Khungar 7-3, Calvin Golmei bt Inderpreet 7-0, Abir Jain bt Vineet Jolly 7-2; Amaljit Virk bt Ratik Mohaptra 7-6 (5), Nirvaan Sahwney bt Shivam Viz 7-0.



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