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Fake DTO nabbed
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 17
The district police has arrested the wife and a close relative of the impersonating DTO, Neeraj Saini, while duping the truck drivers on the old toll barrier near Amloh on Friday.

Gurpreet Singh, Superintendent of Police (Detective), said the CIA staff caught red-handed the accused who was checking the vehicles and taking money from the truck operators. The police has also seized a Swift car, number PB D 3411, with a blue light atop and a fake name plate of the DTO. The police also recovered Rs 4,300 in cash, a name plate of vice-chairman of the Human Rights Manch, Fatehgarh Sahib, affixed on the rear of the Swift car.

Singh said during the investigation, the accused, Neeraj Saini, had revealed that he had hired the Swift car from a taxi stand in Mandi Gobindgarh on a monthly rental of Rs 42,000.

He said Neeraj’s wife, who was identified as Baby, used to remain seated in the car while he used to threaten the truck operators.

The accused had also revealed that he has looted more than 50 truck operators in Ludhiana and Jagraon till now.

The SP said the Swift car was driven by Neeraj’s close relative, who was identified as Jony.

He said further investigations in the case were on and if the involvement of the Swift car’s owner was found, then action would also be taken against him. He further informed that Neeraj was involved in many other cases of duping in the town. He said Baby and Jony have been arrested and investigations in the case were on.



Punjabi varsity’s publication on Ghadar Movement released
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 17
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal released a monumental publication of Punjabi University titled, ‘Ghadar Movement: Background, Ideology, Action and Legacy’ at a special function held at his residence in Chandigarh.

The book, published in collaboration with the Ghadar Foundation of America, has been edited by such renowned scholars as Dr JS Grewal, a former VC of GNDU, Amritsar, Prof Harish K Puri and Dr Indu Banga.

Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, who has patronised the publication, a historical document, said the book was earlier presented to the Canadian audience as a mark of dedication to the heroes of the Ghadar Movement at San Francisco to mark the centenary celebrations of the movement on July 13 last year.

Divided into five sections, the book carries the authentic evidence of valiant deeds of the heroes of the Ghadar Movement, which sparked the struggle for India’s freedom on a foreign land, Dr Jaspal Singh said.

The VC said Punjabis in general and Sikhs in particular had made maximum sacrifices during the movement leading to the generation of awareness about the fruits of freedom among the masses. The book will be translated and published in Punjabi as well, he said.

While lauding the unique effort of the Punjabi University, Badal said this would help remind and revive the feeling of patriotism, while bringing into reference the significant role of the Ghadarites on various fronts.



Govt to refund security of Punjab rice millers
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 17
The state government has decided to refund the securities of the rice millers to the tune of crores lying with various procurement agencies.

Commissioner, Food and Civil Supply, has directed the district food and civil supply controllers to retain the past two year’s securities of the rice millers and to release the rest of the securities by obtaining an affidavit.

He has mentioned that the securities should be released with his prior permission and the rice millers should give an affidavit stating that they have cleared all the arrears of the government. If any recovery arises later on pertaining to custom milling, they would be bound to pay.

Nakesh Jindal, press secretary of the Rice Miller's Association of Punjab, said 10 per cent of the securities was with various procurement agencies from past many years.

He said custom milling bills had been cleared and millers had submitted affidavits to the district heads of the procurement agencies in this regard.



Power board introduces voluntary disclosure scheme
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 17
Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam introduced a Voluntary Disclosure Scheme 2013 for all categories of consumers (except CT/PT meters) for the declaration of tampered and faulty meters.

Those consumers who voluntarily declare tampering of their meters/faulty metres installed on their premises shall be charged at a reduced penalty — at 50 per cent of the normal penalty rates as in theft cases.

This penalty shall be calculated on the basis of the sanctioned load or maximum demand recorded in meter which ever is higher.

The payment of penalty shall be made by the consumer along with the application of voluntary scheme. In such cases, the existing consumer meter shall be replaced with electronic meters by the nigam at the cost of consumer. The scheme shall remain in operation till September 2.

RK Sharma, SE (OP), UHBVN, Ambala, said after the closure of the scheme, a special campaign for checking the theft cases shall be launched vigorously.



Man arrested with 5 kg poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 17
Bassi Pathana police claimed to have arrested a person possessing 5 kg poppy husk here today. The accused has been identified as Amrik Singh, a resident of Dappar in district Patiala.

A police team led by Rajwant Singh, chowki in charge, had set up a naka near Bassi Pathana.

The police officials directed a motorcyclist to stop and during the search operation, they recovered 5 kg of poppy husk from his possession.

The police has registered a case under various sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act Act. The investigations are on.



Ban on hookah bars in Fatehgarh Sahib

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 17
In view of the general health and goodwill of the public and particularly to ensure that school and college-going youngsters and minors do not become a victim of tobacco abuse, District Magistrate Arun Sekhri ordered that no hookah bars would be placed for consumption by visitors in restaurants and they are banned in the district under section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code, 1973.

The Civil Surgeon apprised the DM that a number of hookah bars are operational in the district, which are serving tobacco molasses containing nicotine, to people including minors.

At times, there is suspicion that apart from tobacco, other harmful substances are also mixed and served in these bars, the officials said.

The order would be in force till October 6 and the person, who violates the order, would be punished under Section 188 of the IPC. — OC


Man acquitted in kidnapping case
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 17
Claims of the police to nab the high profile criminal, Ravinder, by laying a trap proved to be untrue when the court acquitted him in this case. Sources said in most of the cases, registered against Ravinder, the shoddy investigations by the police have ‘helped’ in his acquittal.

In Jiya kidnapping case, the court had particularly mentioned that the shoddy investigations were done to help the accused.

It was after the three witnesses from the police department gave contradictory statements of him being nabbed from three different places in the city, that the court acquitted him. Also, the sole public witness failed to identify Ravinder to be the one who was nabbed by the police by laying a trap on the day of arrest. The case had come up for hearing before a local court today.

Ravinder, has already been convicted in Jiya and Arnav kidnappings. It was recently when he was acquitted in a diamond jewellery robbery that took place at gunpoint outside the outlet of Dominoz pizza in Sector 9, Panchkula. In the diamond jewellery too, the witness from the police department had failed to confirm the place of recovery.

Belonging to a well-off family, a graduate, Ravinder, owned many marriage palaces in Zirakpur which he sold in order to invest in some gambling business. Ravinder, a father of two, is a resident of Gurgaon. He was currently staying her at his in-laws house at Sector 12, Panchkula, when he started committing the crime. In 2001, Ravinder murdered his father after his father’s attempted to rape his cousin.

He has been awarded life imprisonment in case of Jiya and Arnav kidnapping in Panchkula. Jiya, a daughter of the owner of a city-based gymnasium, was kidnapped on October 20, 2009, one and a-half-year old Arnav, son of a businessman, in 2010.



NRI woman robbed of jewellery, cash

Chandigarh, August 17
Paramjeet Kaur, a 57-year-old NRI women, was robbed of gold jewellery, cash and other valuables at her house in Sector 37 today. According to the victim , two unidentified women visited her house and asked if she stitched clothes. When the victim said that she did not stitch the clothes, the two women called a man inside the house.

The man locked the door from inside. "The victim has complained that the man threatened her and asked to hand over all the cash and jewellery," said a police official. The robbed jewellery included two gold sets, a diamond ring and separate gold earrings. The exact cash, which was robbed, is yet to be calculated.

The incident took place around 11.30 am when Paramjeet was alone at home. The police came to know about the crime when the victim raised an alarm and passed on the information to the police control room.

Sources said the statement of Kaur was recorded and sketches were being made to trace the accused. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. — TNS



Thieves land in police net

Mohali, August 17
The Mohali police on Saturday arrested two persons, including a brother of a Chandigarh police Sub-Inspector, for stealing a gypsy from the Sector 23 market on the Independence Day.

The accused have been identified as Sanjam Pal, alias Sanju Bhullar, a resident of Sector 23, and Nishan Verma, a resident of Panchkula. Sanjam's elder brother is a Sub-Inspector in the Chandigarh police. The police has also recovered the stolen vehicle from their possession on which they had put a fake registration number of Anandpur Sahib. The police said both the accused had stolen the vehicle on August 15. "The accused were arrested at a check point with the gypsy," said the police. The owner of the gypsy said: "My son had parked the vehicle in a market and went to purchase some goods when the incident happened." — TNS



One held for murder

Chandigarh, August 17
Three days after the Chandigarh police found a dead body in Kishangarh, the police has claimed solve the case with the arrest of one person. On August 14, a dead body of a youth was found in the forest area near Kishangarh.

The victim has been identified as Deepak, alias, Deepu, a resident of Phase I, BDC, Sector 26. “On the checking of the record of criminals maintained by the Chandigarh police, it has come to the light that the victim was involved in several cases of theft,” the police said.

The police has arrested Jagpal Singh, alias Gaggi, a resident of Phase I, BDC, in this regard. According to the police, the accused has confessed to the crime. — TNS



GNPS win by 3 wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Guru Nanak Public School, Chandigarh, (GNPS) defeated St Anne’s in the first U-17 Inter-School Cricket Tournament, organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).

St Anne’s won the toss and elected to bat first. While batting, the team piled up 86 runs for 6 wickets. Jaideep’s 30 in 36 balls and Kanishk’s 17 runs in 29 were the top scores.

GNPS won the match with three wickets to spare.

Brief scores

St Anne’s: 86 runs for 6 wickets in 20 over. Jaideep 30 runs in 36 balls, Kanishk 17 runs in 29 balls.

GNPS: 87 runs for 7 wickets in 19 over. Anurath 22 runs in 24 balls, Bheem 11 in 19 balls. Jaideep 2 for 16, Ritik 2 for 12.

In the second match, Saupin’s defeated St Joseph’s by 10 wickets. St Joseph’s won the toss and batted first. However, the poor batting performance plunged the team to all out at 53 runs in 18 overs. Subham with 15 runs was the highest scorer for the team. On the other hand, Saupin’s easily achieved the target in 8 over without losing any wicket. Next match will be held on Monday.

Brief scores

St Joseph’s: 53 all out in 18 over. Shubham 15 in 26, Zoravar 10 in 10 balls.

Saupin’s: 54 without loss of any wicket in 8 overs. Swapnil 28 in 18.



Tanmay powers St Kabir into final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Deadly bowling spell by Tanmay (3 for 7) enabled St Kabir School, Sector 26, beat Chandigarh Baptist School by five wickets and enter the final of St Joseph’s League-cum-Knockout Cricket Tournament which is being played at school cricket ground here.

Batting first, Chandigarh Baptist XI scored just 62 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the 20-over match. Manav Kumar remained unbeaten on 27. Tanmay of the winning side claimed three wickets with just 7 runs.

Chasing the winning total, St Kabir middle-order batsman, Ujjwal, played sensible inning of 23 runs, achieved the target in 15th overs. Tomorrow’s match will be played between St Joseph’s B team and Shivalik, Mohali.

Brief score

Chandigarh Baptist School: 62 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs (Manav Kumar 27, Abhisek 8, Bhagwant 8 Tanmay 3 for 7, Shivang 2 for 10).

St Kabir School, Sector 26: 64 runs for five wickets in 15th overs (Ujjwal Mariya 23, Ridham 12 Piyush 2 for 15).



Hockey meet from today

Chandigarh, August 17
The Rock Rovers Hockey Club, Chandigarh, is going to organise 12th ONGC SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament from August 18 to August 25 at the Sector 42 hockey stadium, Chandigarh.

Two matches will be played everyday during the tournament. The inaugural match will be played tomorrow at at 3 pm. The second match will be played between Chandigarh XI and Baba Uttam Singh Hoackey Academy, Khadoor Sahib, at 4.15 pm tomorrow. This is a league-cum-knockout tournament. Chandershekar, former DGP, Punjab, will inaugurate the tourney. — TNS



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