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Maruti Suzuki told to pay relief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
Maruti Suzuki and one of its local dealers have been penalised for failing to rectify a fault in the engine of the complainant’s newly purchased Maruti A-Star car. The UT Consumer Forum has directed both the parties to take back the car and return the invoice price and also pay Rs 25,000 as compensation for mental agony.

The Mohali-based complainant, who had brought the car in June 2011 from Auto Space Network Pvt Ltd, kept struggling with the problem for six months despite taking the car for repairs regularly.

"Over these six months, the complainant, Jaswinder Singh, took his car several times to the Auto Space workshop. Initially, the dealers told him that the problem occurred due to an inappropriate engine mounting-which according to them was common in Maruti A-Star models," said advocate Ravinder Sharma, counsel for the complainant.

Despite the replacement of the engine mounting, the problem persisted and the complainant wrote a letter to Maruri Suzuki. The dealers then changed the IC valve of the car in the presence of Maruri Suzuki's territory service manager, yet the problem was not solved.

The complainant then wrote a letter requesting both the parties to take back the vehicle and return his money within 15 days. In November 2011, he dropped the vehicle at the dealer's workshop.

The complainant alleged that the dealer attended the vehicle for over 10 days and on receipt of a satisfaction report from Maruti Suzuki, he picked his vehicle from the workshop, but observed the same problem before dropping the car at the workshop. 



15 drunk drivers imprisoned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
A local court today imprisoned 15 drunk drivers till the rising of the court.

The 15 offenders, who had come to the court to get their challans cleared, were made to stand outside the court. The traffic police challaned the offenders and impounded their vehicles after the alcohol content in their blood was found over the prescribed limit of 30 mg. The prescribed norm under the Motor Vehicle Act is 30 mg per 100 ml. 



rape case
Two accused sent to police custody, one still at large
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 26
A local court sent the two rape accused, including one boyfriend of 15-year-old girl, to one-day police remand today. Accused Amit Sharma and his friend Gaurav Sharma were produced in the court by the police this evening while the third accused in the case, Swarn Singh is still at large.
The accused in police custody in Mohali on Tuesday.
The accused in police custody in Mohali on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

The victim, a resident of Raipur village, and Amit Sharma had become friends when they attended a marriage ceremony, held on February 3. On February 22, Amit had called the victim on pretext of celebrating his birthday and sent his two friends, Gaurav and Swaran Singh to pick her up from her house. He along with his friends kept the girl at a rented accommodation at Kharar for two days and allegedly raped her.“Raids are on to nab the third accused in the case,” said Deepinder Singh,SHO, Sohana Police Station.



Man convicted for forcing wife to commit suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
A local court today convicted a 40-year-old man for forcing his 33-year-old wife to commit suicide. Last year, Accused Gurmeet Singh’s 14-year-old daughter who had been living with him, has deposed before the court against him. She told before the court how her mother hanged herself.

The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on February 28. In July, last year, the girl had told the court that her mother was constantly being tortured by her father. She said that her mother committed suicide as her father use to beat her up regularly.

The incident dates back to August 1, 2011, when Harpreet Kaur committed suicide at her Sector 38 (West) house after she was subjected to mental and physical torture by her ‘drunkard’ husband Gurmeet.

The girl broke down several times while recording her statement in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal.

She had told the court that her mother Harpreet Kaur was constantly harassed and beaten up by her father Gurmeet Singh and her grandfather Bhupinder Singh supported him.The police had booked Gurmeet and Bhupinder Singh (Gurmeet’s father) in an abetment to suicide case.

The couple had three children and Jatinder (the girl who deposed) is the eldest of the siblings.

She was the sole eyewitness to the incident when her mother locked herself in a room and committed suicide.

Jatinder had also told the court that her mother was abused and thrashed by her father minutes before she committed suicide. He used to often threaten her that he would set her on fire.



Rs 1.57 lakh stolen from briefcase at city airport

Chandigarh, February 26
An amount of Rs 1.57 lakh were stolen from the briefcase of a Senior Private Secretary to Forest Minister, Himachal Pradesh (HP), at the Chandigarh Airport on February 25.

Police stated that Prem Chand Yamba, Senior Private Secretary to the minister, complained that some one had stolen Rs 1.57 lakh cash from the briefcase while he was at the Chandigarh Airport. Surjit Malik, DSP (South), said that Yamba who was on his way to Chennai noticed that the money had gone missing after reaching the destination. He then informed the Chandigarh Police. “We received a complaint from him through an e-mail and registered a case”, the DSP said.

He further added that the CCTV footage of the airport was scrutinised, however, nothing substantial could be found from the CCTV footage.

“Right now, we don’t even know what the briefcase looks like from which the money was stolen. We don’t even have the photograph of the complainant”, the DSP said. — TNS



Gold chain snatched in Mohali
Tribune News Service

The victim narrates the incident to a policeman in Mohali.
The victim narrates the incident to a policeman in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, February 26
In a snatching incident, the wife of a local Youth Akali Dal leader lost her gold chain in front of her house at Phase 3B2, here this afternoon.

Sources said, a miscreant approached Kamaldeep Kaur, wife of Malkit Singh, a local Youth Akali Dal leader and businessman on the pretext of asking her an address, written on a slip at around 1.30 pm.When the victim was reading the slip, the miscreant snatched her gold chain and fled away with his accomplice, who was waiting on a black-colour motorcycle nearby. Both snatchers were wearing helmets at the time of the incident.

The police was yet to register a case in this connection, as no complaint was reportedly lodged by anyone in this regard.



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