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One killed, 25 hurt in road accident
Tribune News Service

Ropar, April 9
One person was killed while 25 others were injured in a road accident at Bara Pind, near here, today. The deceased has been identified as Sukhjit Singh, a resident of Ludhiana district.

The police said the victims boarded a canter from a gurdwara at Bhuttan village in Fatehgarh Sahib district and they were on their way to Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi.

The canter was hit by a truck, which was overtaking it. The canter driver, Sukhjit, lost control over the vehicle and it jumped the divider on the National Highway 21. A bus coming from the opposite side hit the canter, leading to death of Sukhjit and injuring others travelling on both vehicles.

One of the injured, Tejinder Singh, a resident of Bhuttan village, was referred to the PGI as his condition deteriorated. A case has been registered against the drivers of the truck and the bus.



Contractor's house raided
Tribune News Service

Ropar, April 9
A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from Srinagar raided the house of a contractor, Avinash Kumar, here today.

CBI sleuths seized documents and scrutinised bank accounts of the contractor.

The team comprising nearly six sleuths headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Karnail Singh reached the residence of the contractor. The search was going on till the filing of this report.

A case was registered for embezzlement of hydrated lime supplied to the Border Roads Organisation in 2008-09. In order to look for any clue in the case, the search was conducted at the house of the contractor, said sources.



Chargesheet filed against woman accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 9
The UT police filed a chargesheet against a woman in the case of kidnapping of a three-year-old girl reported in January this year. The police filed a chargesheet against accused Chinar Dutt, while the two accused in the case, Jagpal Beniwal and Raju, are still absconding.

As per the chargesheet, three-year-old Harmieini, alias Eddu, was kidnapped from Hotel Royal Inn in Sector 22 on January 15 and her mother Priya Arora had received a ransom call from accused Jagpal demanding an amount of Rs 60 lakh for her release.

Harish Arora, his wife Priya Arora, son Hridev and Harmeini had come to the city from Delhi on January 12 and were staying at the Sector 22 hotel. Jagpal Beniwal, the main accused who was Harish’s business partner and knew the family for the past 18 months had then joined them on January 15 and later fled with their daughter.

After six days of intense police operation and dispatching four separate teams to Haryana to trace Eddu, the UT police had finally recovered the girl on January 21 from a Raipura village near Jind in Haryana.

Chinar Dutt was known to Jagpal and had kept the girl with her for six days in connivance with Jagpal, while Raju, who is the brother-in-law of Jagpal, was also a part of the conspiracy. While Chinar was arrested, the police could not arrest Jagpal and Raju, despite camping in Haryana for many days.

To recover the girl, Harish and Priya, had entered into a settlement with the accused and had assured them that they would withdraw the complaint against them in writing following which the girl was released. The chargesheet includes the recorded conversation of the accused with the child’s family when he was repeatedly making the ransom calls.

As per the chargesheet, Hairsh Arora and Priya Arora owed Rs 60 lakh to the accused and they had also given him some cheques, which had bounced in the bank. This had irked accusedJagpal and he kidnapped his daughter and demanded the ransomof Rs 60 lakh from them.

Harmeini kidnapping case

Harish Arora, his wife Priya Arora, son Hridev and Harmeini had come to the city from Delhi on January 12 and were staying at a hotel in Sector 22. Jagpal Beniwal, the main accused who was Harish’s business partner and knew the family for the past 18 months, had then joined them on January 15 and later fled with their daughter. The accused, Chinar Dutt, was known to Jagpal and had kept the girl with her for six days in connivance with Jagpal.



Kidnapping case
Man gets 3-year imprisonment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 9
A local court on Tuesday awarded three-year imprisonment to a Colony Number 5 resident, guilty of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl, on the pretext of marrying her. He has also been imposed a fine of Rs 3,000.

As per the prosecution case, 19-year-old Guddu was arrested in October 2012 after brother of the victim alleged that the accused had kidnapped his 12-year-old sister.

The police said the accused had taken the victim to Uttar Pradesh from where the police had recovered the victim.

The girl had refused to get her medical examination conducted at the hospital and the police had arrested Guddu and started the investigations. He was later convicted.



PCA turned into fortress
1,227 police personnel deployed to beef up security
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 9
As many as 1,227 police personnel, seven anti-sabotage teams, four quick reaction teams, four teams of mounted police, two tear gas squads and one bomb disposal teams will be deployed to provide security around the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Phase IX, Mohali, where Chennai Super Kings will take on Kings XI Punjab tomorrow.

A good quality fielding helped our team to beat Pune Warriors in our last encounter. In our first home match, we want to continue the winning streak. The players are in high spirits. — Adam Gilchrist, captain, Kings XI Punjab

Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, while giving details, said the police was in no mood to compromise on security and at every gate of the stadium portable explosive detectors have been installed.

The security during the IPL matches would be of the same level as was provided during the international cricket matches here, said SSP Bhullar.

There would be a three-tier security at the stadium, which has been divided into four zones under the arrangements.

He said that as many as five SP officers, 20 DSPs and 20 inspectors will supervised the law and order situation in their allotted areas.

“For the traffic management, around the stadium, as many as 60 traffic policemen will be deputed,” said SSP Bhullar.

Apart from that two water cannons and one Vajra vehicle would also be stationed at the site to give more teeth to the security arrangements.

SSP Bhullar said search was on at all the public places, hotels, guest houses, bus stand, railway station and religious sites to check any unscrupulous element.

When asked about the steps being taken to recover the pending payment of Rs 16 crore from the PCA authorities in lieu of the security arrangements, SSP Bhullar said a special committee has already been constituted to look into the matter.

“Our utmost priority is to avoid any untoward incident during the match so we are focusing on it right now”, said SSP Bhullar.



Underprivileged children’s date with Kings XI Punjab players
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Kings XI Punjab players Bhargav Bhatt, Dimitri Mascarenhas and David Hussey with underprivileged children at a hotel
Kings XI Punjab players Bhargav Bhatt, Dimitri Mascarenhas and David Hussey with underprivileged children at a hotel on Tuesday.
Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, April 9
It was a memorable moment for 16 children of Janta Colony when they met their favourite cricket players of Kings XI Punjab today morning at JW Marriot Hotel. During a cake-making competition organised by NGO “Choti si Asha” at the hotel, underprivileged children of the colony shared a quality time with these cricketers.

“It was an amazing experience to be with these cricketers. I had never thought of meeting them and talking to them. They are also children by heart,” said Sunita, Suraj and Sajna, a group of underprivileged children.Azhar Mahmood, former Pakistani player, and an all-rounder of Kings XI Punjab, said: “Being a father, I can understand the importance of these smiling faces. We are happy that we could bring a smile on their faces. It was a nice period to spend and also to examine our decorating skills. Although our team has made a good cake, the cake on the next table seems to be more tempting,” said Azhar, who was teaming with Shivani, Seema and Akhil. “We have seen these players on television screens only, but it’s for the first time that we are meeting them personally. They treated us like a part of the family and spent a quality time with us,” said Pawan, Akash and Ravindar, another group of children.



Budding shooter felicitated by Stepping Stones school
Tribune News Service

Aditya Sharma receives a trophy from Anu Kumar, principal, Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, April 9
Aditya Sharma, a national level shooter, was felicitated by the Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, Chandigarh, today. He was adjudged as the best sportsperson.

He participated in the GV Mavalankar Shooting Championship and qualified for the National Shooting Championship. He has also qualified for the nationals in youth category for life time and also booked his place in the Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship.

"My school has supported me throughout to represent the school at various national level tournaments," said Aditya. On opting shooting as career, he said, "After attending the First Combined Annual Training Camp of the NCC, held in Sector 26 in 2011, I opted for shooting," said Aditya.

In January 2012, he attended the annual training camp, held in Sector 26, organised by the 2nd Chandigarh Battalion of the NCC. He won gold medal in .22 open sight rifle. In March 2012, he was selected as the Directorate's Best Cadet from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. He was also given the Best Cadet Scholarship of Rs 3,500. Later, he attended the North Zone Shooting Coaching Camp and attended the Inter-School Group Shooting Championship from where he was again chosen for the NCC Directorate Shooting Team. In September, he won the gold medal in the Inter School Shooting Championship organised by Chandigarh Rifle Association. In the All-India Inter Directorate, he bagged silver medal in the 10m Rifle Shooting Tournament.



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