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Gang of robbers busted
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 20
A gang of robbers, which was active in Mandi Gobindgarh for the past few months, has been busted with the arrest of nine of its members by the local police today.

The arrested accused have been identified as Ravi Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Gurdarshan Singh, residents of Mandi Gobindgarh, Ramesh Kumar, Sukumar, alias Babu, Varinder Kumar, alias Chhakka, residents of Uttar Pradeh and Ajay Kumar, alias Ajay, a resident of Bihar.

Stating this to the media, SSP Hardyal Singh Mann said after receiving information the CIA staff headed by In-charge Buta Singh laid a naka at Mandi Gobindgarh and arrested the accused. The police has recovered .315 bore country-made pistol, three live cartridges, a knife, an air pistol with 30 cartridges, an iron rod, hammer and a Tata 207 truck with registration number PB-11W-9353.

Mann said during investigation the accused informed the police that they used to sell stolen steel items to one of its gang members, Arun Kumar, also a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh. The police recovered steel scrap worth Rs 2 lakh from his position. The police had also recovered 260 gm powder from the accused Ravi Kumar, who had been booked under the NDPS Act. He said the accused had revealed to the police that they used to pilfer steel scrap from a factory. They had stolen the electricity wires from 15 tubewell motors installed in the Sirhind area. 



Man found unconscious
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 20
A Pragpur resident was found unconscious near Sukhmani College here today. ATM card, Rs 40,000 cash and other things were found missing from his pocket. He was admitted to Sukhmani Hospital.

Police said Surmakh Singh, who is a retired from government college official, was found unconscious and important things were missing from his pocket.

The police suspects that someone had drugged him and stolen the cash and other things from his pocket.



Pollution board trying to find cause of groundwater contamination
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 20
After finding Aldrin and Atrazin pesticide in the groundwater in some villages near Dera Bassi, the officials of Pollution Control Board has started the continually checking of groundwater.

Following High Court orders, Punjab Agricultural University had taken eight samples from Issapur and nearby villages and after analysing the samples, Aldrin and Atrazin pesticides were found in two of the samples. This report was submitted in High Court. Now the Pollution Control Board is trying to find out the cause of the contamination. Officials of the Board said there was no industry in the area which could lead to the contamination.

However, residents of Issapur and other adjoining villages have alleged that some chemical industries were discharging effluents in the nearby drains.

Former Panchyat Samiti member Balwinder Kaur and other residents, including Amarjeet Singh, Ranjeet Singh and Udham Singh, alleged that crops were damaged due to contaminated groundwater. They said water of the hand pumps was not safe for drinking purpose. They demanded that thorough examination should be done of nearby industries.



Investigate torture of minors, Juvenile Justice Board told
Erring children's statements to be recorded in camera
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
In a first, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Chandigarh Juvenile Justice Board to ascertain whether erring children, produced before it, were subjected to torture in police custody. The High Court has also ordered that their statements "be recorded in camera by the Board".

"If the Board is satisfied that a child has been subjected to torture, such a child shall be medico legally examined, for taking action in the matter against police personnel responsible for such torture," the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain ruled.

The directions came on a petition filed by young Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Utsav Singh Bains. In his petition against the UT and another respondent, Bains had sought issuance of directions for dealing "with the children, who are in conflict with law, in a kind and proper manner and not to torture them in police custody".

Directions were also sought to the Juvenile Justice Board "to record statements of the children, whether any of them was subjected to torture while in police custody, whenever they are produced before the Board".

Disposing of the petition, the Bench asserted: "Having regard to the facts and circumstances of this case, we issue directions to the Juvenile Justice Board, Chandigarh, that as and when any child in conflict with law is produced before it by the police, an attempt be made to ascertain whether the said child was subjected to any torture in any way by the police while in custody".

The directions are significant as Bains, in his petition, had asserted that he interviewed children inside the Sector 25 Observation Home in April-May, last year, when he was in the final year at law school. "The interviewed children disclosed to the petitioner that they had been illegally detained, stripped naked and tortured with electric-shocks by police officers inside police stations in Chandigarh".



drug-trafficking case
HC raises suspicion over cops’ role 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in its scathing order, has not only expressed suspicion on the involvement of Panchkula Police officials in contentious case where bail was granted to an alleged drug trafficker, but has also asserted “the means used were foul to achieve an unholy object”.

Parveen Kumar was granted bail on July 27 in FIR number 10, dated January 26, registered under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act at Police Station, Sector 14, Panchkula.

His bail plea was rejected by the Sessions Court on the ground that the quantity of contraband involved was “commercial” and he was allegedly involved in another case. But the High Court allowed his plea as he was in custody since January; and the trial was likely to take time. The order was passed without going into the merits of the case.

Soon after, Hakam Rai, a relative of another accused, complained that Praveen Kumar had told the accused that bail was “possible against a payment of Rs 37 lakh” and that he had procured bail “with the help of some persons, including police officials, who submitted false information to the Court and concealed true facts.”

Ordering Parveen Kumar’s arrest after canceling his bail, Justice Jitendra Chauhan asserted: “The bail was primarily granted on the ground that the quantity of contraband recovered was not commercial quantity, that no charge-sheet was laid in spite of the incarceration of the accused since January 26, and that no criminal case was pending against the accused as on that date”. The detailed order was procured by The Tribune today, a day after it was pronounced in the open court.

Justice Chauhan added the facts were not brought to his notice at the time of moving the bail petition. Referring to the news report carried in The Tribune and another newspaper, Justice Chauhan added: “Even if there is a smallest fraction of truth in the allegations as published in the newspapers, it is a very grave situation...”

“The accused has secured a favourable order by misrepresentation and concealment of facts, which ultimately culminated into passing an order, which ought not to have been passed if true facts had been supplied by the accused.”

“The allegation of payment of Rs 37 lakh is against some persons, including police officials, who submitted false information to the court and concealed true facts…. The enquiry relates to a very sensitive matter wherein, the involvement of some police officials, working at the same station is suspected.”

Handing over the probe to the CBI, Justice Chauhan added: “Considering the gravity of the allegations and the involvement of the police officials, the Court feels that the enquiry/investigation should be entrusted only to the premier investigating agency of the Country. Therefore, with a view to reach truth and to keep the fountain of justice totally unsullied and also to ensure that the offenders should not be allowed to go scot-free, this Court in exercise of its marks this case to Central Bureau of Investigation.



Rs 5.5 lakh stolen from school

Chandigarh, September 20
A theft of Rs 5.5 lakh has been reported at St. Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh. 

The incident, however, dates back to September 13, as reported by the complainant Grace Joseph in her complaint. She said that someone on September 13 had stolen cash from safe (locker) of the school. The police has registered a case. — TNS



Eve-teasing case: Third accused arrested

Chandigarh, September 20
The UT police today arrested the third accused involved in the eve-teasing incident in which a college girl was assaulted at Sector 42 yesterday evening.

The police has arrested the absconding accused Karandeep Singh. The accused, Karandeep, was identified by the victim. Two others Lakhbir and Khushwinder have been arrested yesterday and released on regular bail.

A 20-year old BA-III year student of Government College for Girls (GCG) Sector 42, was attacked and hit on the head with a blunt weapon by three youths at Sector 42.

The injured suffered head injuries and was admitted in emergency ward of GMSH-16. The swift car of accused Lakhbir, who is a son of sweetshop owner, was impounded. The parents of accused, Khushwinder, are government employees in the public relation departments of Punjab and Haryana.

The incident occurred when the girl had resisted an eve-teasing attempt on her by a few youths who also tried to force her into their Swift car. — TNS



Nurse ends her life, names husband in suicide note

Chandigarh, September 20
A nurse reportedly committed suicide at the nursing hostel of Government Medical College and Hospital here today. The deceased was identified as Rajbir Kaur (26). Rajbir, in a suicide note, has alleged that her husband was responsible for it.

Police officials inspect the room where Rajbir Kaur allegedly committed suicide at the Nurses’ Hostel, Sector 32, in Chandigarh
Police officials inspect the room where Rajbir Kaur allegedly committed suicide at the Nurses’ Hostel, Sector 32, in Chandigarh. tribune photo: parvesh chauhan

It was in the morning that Rajbir was found unconscious at her room No 105 of the hostel. She was shifted to the hospital immediately where doctors declared her brought dead. It was apprehended that she has injected some poisonous substance, said the doctors.

Rajbir was married to Ranjit, a resident of Gurdaspur, three months ago. It was alleged that recently she came to know Ranjit was already married to some other woman. Amandeep, brother of Ranjit’s first wife, was threatening her as well. Rajbir in her suicide note alleged that Ranjit and Amandeep were responsible for her suicide, said the police. The police has registered a case. — TNS



Man kills sister for ‘honour’, surrenders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Suspecting his sister of having illicit relations, a person of Chandiala village murdered her and surrendered before the police here. The accused, Gurbachan Singh (33), murdered his younger sister, Rupinder Kaur (24), in her sleep. Rupinder Kaur, a mother of two children, was at her parents’ house in Chandiala village when the incident took place.

The police has arrested Gurbachan Singh and registered a murder case against him at Sohana Police Station following recovery of the deceased’s body.

The area’s DSP DS Mann said Rupinder Kaur was deserted by her husband about five years ago. She was staying in a rented accommodation at Balongi. “She had come to her parents’ house and was murdered there by Gurbachan Singh,” said DSP Mann.

According to the police, Gurbachan Singh had confessed his crime. “He has (Gurbachan) admitted his crime.

She was turned down by her in-laws as they had suspected her of having illicit relationship,” said the police quoting the accused.

Gurbachan Singh, a daily wager, claimed that to save the family from shame he had killed her.

The court has sent Gurbachan Singh to judicial custody.



Graft charges framed against Forest Dept clerk
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The CBI Court today framed charges of corruption against an upper clerk in Chandigarh Forest Department who was arrested in a bribe case this January. The CBI Special Court of Vimal Kumar framed charges under various sections of Preventions of Corruption Act against the accused Vishnu Kant.

The case dates back to January 23, when Vishnu Kant, an Upper Divisional Clerk in Chandigarh Forest Department, was caught red-handed by the CBI sleuths while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000. The CBI court granted him bail on February 14.



jp atray memorial cricket Tournament
ONGC win by seven wickets, earn 5 points
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
In the first match of ongoing 19th All-India JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament for the Pearls Trophy, the team of the PCA Colts faced a 7-wicket defeat at the hands of ONGC here today.
A batsman in action during the JP Atray Memorial Tournament at St John’s High School, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Thursday
A batsman in action during the JP Atray Memorial Tournament at St John’s High School, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Thursday. tribune photo: manoj mahajan

With this outright win, the visiting side earned 5 points, including a bonus, while the PCA Colts got (-1).

Winning the toss and opening to bat first, the PCA lads were bundled out for 134 in 36.2 overs. ONGC’s, Puneet Mehra engineered claimed a 5-wicket haul after giving for 26 runs. He was supported by Sohil Sharma and Sorab Kumar, who grabbed two wickets each. For bowling side, Jeevanjot (23) and Kunwar Raina (22) scored the most for the team.

The ONGC team hammered 135 for 3 in 24.2 overs with Mayank Tehlan (72 off 56 with 11 boundaries and 2 sixes) and Sandeep Sharma (38 off 56) thrashing the PCA bowlers all over area. For PCA colts, Yogesh Kumar claimed 2 for 45 while Kamal Passi took 1 for 26.

Brief Scores:

PCA Colts-134 all-out in 36.2 overs (Jeevanjot 23, Kunwar Raina 22, Puneet Mehra 5 for 26, Sorab Kumar 2 for 14, Sohil Sharma 2 for 32).

ONGC-135 for 3 in 24.2 overs (Mayank Telhan 72, Sandeep Sharma 38, Yogesh Kumar 2 for 45, Kamal Passi 1 for 26).

At the PCA Stadium, Mohali, the DDCA led by opener Jagrit Anand who blasted an unbeaten ton 117 off 120 balls, which included 8 rousing boundaries and five lofted sixes, all of them clearing the field by a huge distance and landing on the last tier of the Terrace Block.

His scintillating knock despite his bout of cramps won the applause of all and sundry as he took his team to a five-wicket win to garner four points. He was given the man of the match award by Mr. Sandeep Patil, Director NCA.

In the second match, the team of Delhi and District Cricket Association defeated PCC by 5-wickets. Batting first, the PCC team started their innings with Karan Goel building a 109-run partnership with Taruwar Kohli for the 2nd wicket, before snapped by Anand off Kshitiz for 52 of 84 inclusive of 4 boundaries and 2 sixes.

Later, Taruwar (70) and Mayank Sidana (56) stabled the team’s innings and ended at 268 for 8 in 50 overs. For the DDCA, Sunny Sherawat, Rishit Saini and Kshitiz 
Sharma claimed two wickets each.

In reply, the DDCA team chased down the target in 49.1 overs.

Jagrit Anand and Rahul Yadav star in team’s win after contributing 117 runs for the third wicket before Rahul was trapped in front by Gurinder Singh for 54 off 72 with 9 boundaries.

Jagrit along with Kshitiz Sharma guided the team to victory after the duo contributed unbeaten 93 runs for the sixth wicket Kshitiz remained unbeaten on 53 off 50 inclusive of four boundaries and two sixes.

Brief Scorers:

PCC-268 for 8 in 50 overs (Karan Goel 52, Taruwar Kohli 70, Mayank Sidana 56, Sunny Sherawat 2 for 66, Rishit Saini 2 for 46, Kshitiz Sharma 2 for 38).

DDCA-271 for 5 in 49.1 overs (Jagrit Anand 117 not out, Rahul Yadav 54, Kshitiz Sharma 53 not out, Barinder 1 for 47, Sandeep Sharma 1 for 43, Karan Goel 1 for 33, Gurinder 1 for 44).

In another match, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) defeated State Bank of Patiala (SBOP) by 132 runs to garner 5 points including a bonus.

After wining the toss, the wining side posted a healthy total of 240 runs. Gaurav Gambhir (48) and Kuldeep Rawal (66) scripted team’s scorecard after contributing 114 runs for the 6th wicket.

For bowling side, Siddharth Kaul was the pick of bowlers after grabbing 4 for 33.

In reply, the SBOP team lost first four wickets on a mere total of 46 runs. Pankaj Dharmani (35 off 47 with three boundaries and a six) was the main batsman for the SBOP. The team was bundled out for 108 in 30.4 overs. Bowler Bipul Sharma and Paramvir claimed three wickets each while Imtiaz grabbed 2 for 14.

Brief Scores:

CAG-240 for 9 in 47 overs (Gaurav Gambhir 48, Kuldeep Rawal 66, Bipul Sharma 29, Bharat Lumba 37 not out, Siddhart Kaul 4 for 33).

SBOP-108 all out in 30.4 overs (Pankaj Dharmani 35, Bipul Sharma 3 for 26, Parambir 3 for 12, Imtiaz 2 for 14).

In the last match, the BPCL ousted the SBOH by 7 wickets with four balls to spare and garnered four points.

Brief Scores:

SBOH-130 for 9 in 26 overs (Akash Bhandari 36,Kiran Adav 3 for 20, Sairaj Bahutule 2 for 22 and Anoop Revandekar 2 for 8).

BPCL-131 for 3 in 25.2 overs (Bhavin Thakkar 43 Uday Kaul 52 and Skipper Munish Pandey 33, Aoop Pai 1 for 1).



Shooting championship to begin tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The Chandigarh Rifle Association will organise the 13th Chandigarh Inter-School Shooting Championship from September 22 to 23, at St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here.

The competition will be organised in air weapon (Air Rifle and Air Pistol) category in both boys and girls category of junior (U-19) and sub-junior (U- 15) category. The participants obtaining qualifying score will represent the city in the upcoming 16th All India Kumar Surendra Singh Inter-School Shooting Championship, to be held in Hyderabad from October 16 to 21. The players can enroll themselves on the opening day of the competition.



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