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anupama case
CTU files written arguments
Says no negligence on driver's part, Anupama tried to board moving bus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
During the hearing of the Anupama case today before the UT State Consumer Commission, the CTU filed its written arguments. The counsel for Anupama’s parents, Pankaj Chandgothia, pointed out that the contentions raised in the written arguments filed by the CTU were contrary to the statements made by SP Parmar, CTU General Manager, in his affidavit given during the cross-questioning by the counsel, earlier.

In reply to her parents’ claim to compensation, Parmar had earlier stated that there was no negligence on the driver's part.

Based on the FIR, Chandgothia had questioned Parmar on his affidavit. In the affidavit submitted in response to Chandgothia's questions, the CTU GM said "Deponent tenders an unconditional apology that the name of Sh Ashok Kumar was mentioned inadvertently in my previous affidavit.

As per the office record, Atul Kumar Gautam was the driver on duty and he was driving the bus under which Anupama’s leg was crushed on July 17, last year.

He had further admitted that both the driver and the conductor, Harpal Singh had been chargesheeted and the departmental inquiry initiated against both the officials was being conducted by Amrik Singh, GM, CTU-III.

However, in the written arguments filed today, CTU has again said that there was no negligence on the driver's part and Anupama had tried to board the moving bus and therefore she fell down and suffered injuries.

The case has been adjourned to March 18 for hearing of oral arguments by the counsels of all the parties.


6 held for plot to dupe hotel owner
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 5
Six youngsters posing as Swiss bank agents have been arrested. They used to dupe people by saying that they have a software which converts black money into white. The arrested youngsters, who are in the age group of 21 to 27, have been identified as Yash, Shiva, Nitin, Rakesh, Satish and Mujesh. All of them hail from Himachal Pradesh.

Two days ago, they visited a hotel at Maheshpur, Panchkula, and introduced themselves as the Swiss bank agents. The gang had also duped many people in Delhi, Chandigarh and other areas.

“They showed a fake list of Swiss bank agents to the hotel owner. They told the owner that they had a software, which converted black money into white,” said Inspector Chhattar Singh, in charge of the CIA.

A few days later the youngsters called up, saying that "their international software", which converts and transfer money, is not working and they need around Rs 4 lakh to get it repaired.

The hotel owner got suspicious and informed the police. The police arrested the accused from Sector 21.



advocate’s murder
Police recovers pistol used in crime
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 5
The Mohali police today claimed to have recovered 7.65 mm pistol following information given by Jaswinder Singh, alias Kattu, son of the SGPC member Ranjit Singh and one of the accused in advocate Amarpreet Singh’s murder case.

Giving details, Mohali SSP, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, said the weapon was recovered from near YPS School at Phase VIII. “The accused confessed that the weapon was thrown there after the crime,” said the SSP.

When asked whether or not the weapon was used in the crime, SSP Bhullar said prima facie it seemed that it was used. “We will send it to the CFSL to match with the bullets, which were recovered from the spot,” said SSP Bhullar.

However, the police sources claimed that during interrogation, Jaswinder Singh had confessed that he had fired shots from the weapon and had thrown it while running away after the incident, which took place on February 27 at Phase IIIA, here. SSP Bhullar said that raids were on to nab the other culprits.

SSP appeals for public help

The SSP, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, has appealed to the public to help arrest the remaining suspects in the advocate Amarpreet Singh Sethi murder case.

He said those giving information about the suspects would be given a reward and their names would be kept a secret.

He said three suspects had already been arrested. The other suspects wanted in the case were Sunil Bhanot, alias Vicky, of Sector 45, Chandigarh; Rajat of Sector 51, Chandigarh; Dharminder Singh Garewal of Ludhiana; Deepak Kaushal, alias Golu, of Phase III-A, Mohali; Kewal, alias Ricky, of Kharar; and Vishal Shekawat of Sector 50-B, Chandigarh.



Official jailed in bribery case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The court today sentenced Jagmahinder Singh, Assistant IO (jail), posted with the Haryana civil Secretariat to two years imprisonment in a case of corruption. The UT Vigilance had registered a case against him and charged the accused for demanding a bribe of Rs 3,000 from an official posted in the fisheries department.

He has also been imposed a fine of Rs 15,000. The bribe was being demanded to issue copy of transfer orders.

The case dates back to September 2008. The accused was arrested by the UT Vigilance sleuths for demanding bribe to hand over a transfer letter to the Assistant District Attorney with the Fisheries Department. The official was posted at Hisar.

Theft in temple

A theft was reported at a temple in Sector 20 on Monday night. The priest at Laxmi Narayan Mandir in Sector 20 reported to the police that thieves fled with cash amounting to Rs 25,000 from the temple after breaking donation boxes.The police said the thieves were three in number. According to CCTV footage, the thieves entered the temple at 2 am. A case of lurking house, trespass and theft under Sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Sector 19 police station.



Thief goes on a shopping spree
Buys items worth Rs 74,000 using victim’s ATM card at Zirakpur Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 5
In a first-of-its kind case, a thief who stole the wallet of a man at a cycle rally went on a shopping spree at Pantaloons and Woodland showrooms in Zirakpur and spent Rs 74,000 from the victim’s ATM card.

The victim, Abdullah Khan, had come from Delhi to participate in a cycle rally here in Panchkula when his wallet containing money and ATM cards might have fallen on the way. A case has been registered at the Sector 5 police station.“The next day, the victim came to know of his missing wallet when Rs 74,000 had been withdrawn from his ATM card. The thief had then gone to shop at Pantaloons and Woodland showrooms in Zirakpur,” said a police official.

He further added, “We will check the CCTV footage of the mall and the accused will be nabbed soon.”



Woman constable teased
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
A woman constable posted with the PCR vehicle was teased by youths on a motorcycle on this evening. The police has registered a case against the driver of the motorcycle and the pillion rider. A case has been registered.

The motorcycle was without the number and the police managed to arrest the pillion rider Vikesh Kumar, alias Vicky, a resident of Subhash Nagar, Mani Majra. The driver was driving rashly and the pillion rider made obscene gestures at a constable of the PCR near DT Mall, IT Park, Mani Majra. The driver of the motorcycle sped away but the pillion rider Vikesh was arrested. Vikesh was later given bail.



P’kula girl brings laurels
Wins gold at Asian Martial Arts Championship in Dhaka
Tribune news Service

Panchkula, March 5
Ishika Goel, a local sqay martial arts performer, brought laurels by winning gold medal in the 3rd Asian Martial Arts Championship held at Dhaka (Bangladesh). By wining the top honour, she has booked her place in the upcoming world championship, to be held at Melbourne(Australia) in the month of May.

A total of eight teams participated in the Asian cup. "It was a great tournament and I am looking forward to perform in the world cup qualifiers and hopefully, I will bring laurels for my country. I received a tough competition during the Asian meet and I am expecting the same in the upcoming tourney", said Ishika.

Adding further she said," To win the upcoming major tournament, I am undergoing daily practice sessions with positive frame of mind and eagerly waiting for May".

The player has also won silver medal in the 13th Sub-Junior Sqay (Martial Arts) National Championship at Kurukshetra, gold medal in 4th sub-junior, junior, senior sqay championship, gold medal in mini Olympic, silver medal in 5TH Haryana state sub-junior, junior & senior sqay championship and also brought laurels in various inter-school, inter-district and open championships.

"The state level tournaments provided me the best platform to perform and attain confidence. I have played many nationals and other tournaments for enhancing my skills. I am confident to win this time" added Ishika.



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