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IPSC Golden Jubilee meet commences
Tribune News Service

The IPSC Golden Jubilee meet for boys and girls (Under 19) began at the PPS, Nabha, today.

The event is significant as the trials for SGFI Nationals (for Under 14 and 17 category) for both boys and girls of IPSC athletic teams will be held simultaneously.

More than 450 athletes from 20 member IPSC schools are competing in the tournament. 



Giddha, bhangra mark annual prize distribution function

Patiala, November 8
SDSE Senior Secondary School, Patiala, run by the Shree Sanatan Dharam Sabha (regd) organised an annual prize distribution function. GK Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, was the chief guest during the occasion.

School manager, Anil Gupta, welcomed the guests and school principal, Arun Kumar Sood, read the annual report.

Harinder Kaur, District Education Officer, Patiala, expressed her pleasure over the valuable contribution of the school in uplifting the standard of education and inculcating the moral values among the students.

More than 250 students of the school were awarded for their glorious achievements in the sphere of education, sphere of games and sports, cultural activities and co-curricular activities. Play, group songs, fancy dress competition along with giddha and bhangra were the star attractions of the function. —TNS



4 drug peddlers held
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 8
Intensifying its campaign against the drug peddlers, the district police arrested four drug peddlers during patrolling. The police has recovered 14,000 intoxicant tablets and 250 gm of narcotic powder from their custody.

Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, SSP, said the campaign was launched against the drug peddlers has started yielding results as people are coming forward to provide information about drug sellers.

He said the Fatehgarh Sahib police arrested Kapil Dev, a resident of Bhadal Thua, and Harvinder Singh, a resident of Ratton, and recovered 14,000 intoxicant tablets from their possession.

In another such case, the police on a tip off also arrested Jagdish Singh and Manpreet Singh, residents of Khamano, and recovered 250 gm of narcotic powder from their possession.

The SSP said the accused used to supply intoxicant tablets and powder in the rural areas and the police was keeping a close watch on their activities. He said the the accused have also admitted that they had been carrying out this menace for a long time. The police has booked them under the NDPS Act. 



Lincoln Law College students participate in international moot court
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 8
Two students, Mayur Karkra and Anish Sharma, of Lincoln Law College, Fatehgarh Sahib, brought laurels not only for the college but to Punjab as they represented the country to participate in the John Marshal Law School's 32nd Annual International Moot Court competition organised by the school and centre for Information Technology and Privacy Law, Chicago, USA.

Addressing the mediapersons, Didar Singh Bhatti, chairman of the college, said 21 teams from different countries from all over the world had participated in the competition. Chief Justice and Senior Judges of State Supreme Courts of the USA along with other dignitaries had presided over the moot court competition.



Now, travel agents can register by November 30
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 8
All travel agents, emigration consultants and ticketing agents must register themselves by November 30 with the Government under the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act so that they may be issued licenses for the regulation of the profession. He said the date of registration had been extended up to November 30 by the government. If anyone fails to get registered, he will not be allowed to continue his profession, said Arun Sekhri, Deputy Commissioner.

He said due to the illegal activities of various so-called travel agents, a number of Punjab residents had to suffer untold miseries. The State Government had enacted the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act by which it has been made mandatory for all these to get registered.

He said that Form 1 for the purpose was available on all the Suvidha centres in the district. A travel agent, operating for the past five years, has to deposit Rs 1 lakh as fee along with certain documents and an affidavit. Those who have started their profession before five years have to deposit Rs 25,000 along with documents.



Man booked under Arms Act

Ropar, November 8
The district police has recovered a revolver and two live cartridges from Baljit Singh, a resident of Balachaur, during search at a check point yesterday night.

Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti, SSP, Ropar, said the accused was signalled to stop his Ford Figo car at a police check point set up at the T-intersection of Katli viilage and he tried to flee. But the police party intercepted him and recovered a revolver and two live cartridges from his possession, he said. A case under the Arms Act has been registered against the accused, said the SSP. — TNS



HC slams UT for North-South divide
Critical of setting up flyover, failure of traffic cops to make cycle tracks fully functional
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The Chandigarh Police and the Administration were at the receiving end this afternoon, as the Punjab and Haryana High Court slammed the powers that be for the North-South divide. The Bench was also critical of the setting up of the new flyover, the parking of the vehicles on the road berms, and the failure of the traffic police to make the cycle tracks fully functional.

The Centre was also asked to look into the issue of increasing the number of traffic police personnel. Directions were also issued to make the cycle tracks functional within two months.

As the traffic regulation case came up for the resumed hearing, Justice Rajive Bhalla minced no words to verbally observe in the open court that the focus of the Administration was on the VIP Sector.

Quoting the example pf the roads passing in front of the Governor’s house, the PGI and Sector 7, Justice Bhalla asserted it was re-carpeted or repaired every three months, while pot holes on the other roads were not uncommon. To make the matters worse, the street lights in the non-VIP areas remained virtually non-functional.

Moreover, the project of installing CCTV cameras in other parts of the city remained only on the papers.

The court also asked Navdeep Asija, instrumental in designing and introducing the eco cabs in Fazilka, to carry out a comparative study of northern and southern Sectors. On a pointed query by the Bench on the deployment of home guard volunteers in the houses of the VIP houses, the Chandigarh Police gave the break up. It said 212 volunteers were with the traffic police, 120 with the PCR, 317 with the security and 124 were deployed at the police lines.

Justice Bhalla also referred to the newly commissioned flyover in Sector 17 and questioned its benefit. The Judge was also of the view that undertaking of project just to benefit some was not entirely unknown.

Referring to the parking of vehicles on the road berms, the Bench came down heavily on Deputy Superintendent Of Police (traffic). Justice Bhalla also described as unfortunate the failure to improve traffic facilities and bring down the number of increasing accidents.

Justice Bhalla also verbally observed that the birthdays of foreign national were celebrated with much fanfare in the city, while the birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi were a comparatively low-key affair.

The Bench also asked for a report by the Central Government on increasing the number of traffic police personnel, particularly when it had UT IGP’s nod.

Now, Mohali SSP to face music

Buses will not stop at a distance less than 100 metres from the Zirakpur flyover. Justice Bhalla asserted failure to prevent such parking would see Mohali SSP in the dock. Blaming the police for negligence, which was resulting in an increase in accidents, Justice Bhalla said buses could be seen stopping on the flyover and just before it, while the traffic police remained a mute spectator.



geetanjali case 
Victim’s family, defence counsel enter heated argument in court
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 8
In the Geetanjali murder case, victim’s family and defence counsel entered into a heated argument at the District Courts today. The victim’s family alleged that the reply filed by the defence counsel saying that Geetanjali’s daughters were in Jaipur was false and they had the current photographs of the children in Sector 38, Chandigarh.

The family of the victim had moved the court saying that the birthday of the eldest daughter, Aasma falls on November 6 and they wanted to seek her custody for three days.

However, the defense counsel in the court said the children were in Jaipur and would return on November 10. But after the victim’s family said that the children were here, the court deferred the case to November 11.

“Today, we told the court that the children were here itself and we also clicked a picture in Sector 38 Chandigarh,” said a relative Amit Jindal.

On that reason, the victim’s relatives entered into an argument outside the court. The police personnel also reached the spot to control the situation.

It was on July 17 when Geetanjali was found shot dead in Gurgaon. Later, the postmortem reports revealed that she was shot at three times.

Following allegations by the victim’s family and the investigations by the police, a case under Section 302 was registered against Geetanjali’s husband, Ravneet Garg, father-in-law, KK Garg, and mother-in-law. Rachna Garg.

Ravneet, who was posted in Gurgaon, had moved with Geetanjali from Jagadri to Gurgaon two months ago.



Man dies in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
A day after two persons died in separate road accidents in the city, another pedestrian died in a road accident at Zirakpur today. His body has not yet been identified.

The case was registered on the statement of an eyewitness, Satpal of Behlana village, who told the police that at about 5 am he saw a person crossing the road near the Zirakpur barrier.

The pedestrian was hit by a truck coming from the Zirakpur side and the truck sped away from the spot. Satpal informed the police and the victim was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

The police said that the victim appeared to be 40 years of age.

In a separate incident Rajinder Pal Singh Deol, a resident of Sector 45 D, reported yesterday that while driving near the road separating Sectors 35 and 43, he saw a car hit a cyclist from the rear side and managed to flee the spot. The cyclist was rushed to the PGI where he is critical.



3 theft cases reported 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Three cases of theft were reported in the city during the past 24 hours.

Yashpal Singh, a resident of Phase II, Industrial Area, reported to the police that cash amounting to Rs 1.80 lakh was stolen from his office yesterday.

Mohit Kumar of Sector 22 reported that someone had stolen his motorcycle (CH-03R-6496) from a parking area near wine shop, Sector 17A, yesterday. Hardeep Singh of Sector 45C reported that his motorcycle, Bajaj Discover number CH03Z8239, was stolen from outside his house on the night of November 5.

The police has registered separate cases of theft under Sections 379 and 380 of IPC in all the incidents.



Decomposed body found 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The decomposed body of a 29-year-old man, who was missing from his house since Diwali, was recovered from a ditch in a secluded area near Sector 56 today.

The deceased has been identified as Distoniya, a resident of Phase II, Mohali. The body was partially eaten by stray dogs. It was later kept in the mortuary of GMSH-16 for postmortem examination.

The police has ruled out any foul play behind the death. Kin of deceased had lodged a missing complaint at Sector 31 police station on November 4.

The motorcycle of deceased bearing a temporary registration number was also recovered from near the body. SHO Sector 36 police station Inspector Bhupinder Singh said prima facie, Distoniya fell into the ditch and died due to severe head injuries. He said the ditch was situated at the end of a temporary road, which was being used by the motorcyclist.

The deceased is survived by his wife and an eight-year-old son. The police has initiated an inquest into the proceedings under Section 174 CrPc.



Mohali SSP directs DSP to probe impersonation case
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 8
Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, has directed the DSP (City 1) to inquire into a case of impersonation by a miscreant in a case registered against him at Naya Gaon Police Station, here.

SSP Bhullar has asked the DSP, Rajinder Singh Sohal, to fix the responsibility of policemen, who did not perform their duty properly.

Notably, the case came to limelight when the miscreant, Jagdeesh Deesha, who had befooled the police by giving his false identity as Harpreet Singh in a case, registered at the Naya Gaon police station in July, had tried to escape from the clutches of police by jumping off the police bus in Kurali yesterday but was nabbed. He was being taken to Ropar jail after a case hearing in Mohali when the incident occurred.

During the interrogation at the Kurali Police Station, the fact came to light that he had given his false identity at the Naya Gaon Police Station.

DSP Sohal said two more Sections of the IPC have been added to the case against Deesha at the Naya Gaon Police station. “Earlier, a case was registered under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC against him. Today, we added Sections 419 and 420 of the IPC in the case. He would be re-arrested now,” said DSP Sohal.

On being asked about action against the erring policemen, who did not verify his credentials properly, DSP Sohal said role of investigating officer and station house officer in the case was being checked. “I would submit my report to the SSP soon in this connection,” said DSP Sohal.

Notably, another case under Sections 420, 224, 511 of the IPC against Deesha was also registered at the Kurali police station yesterday.



Gang rape victim turns hostile

Chandigarh, November 8
A case of gang rape of an 18-year-old girl took a U turn in the court today when the victim turned hostile in court and failed to recognise the co-accused. The prime accused in the case is still absconding. 

The case was registered on July 29, 2011, when the girl student was allegedly taken by the accused from her school during the break. The two took her to a house in Ram Darbar where they had allegedly raped her. The police has arrested one of the youths Gaurav while his accomplice Bhaskar is still absconding and has been declared a proclaimed offender. At the time of the incident, the girl, a class X student was allegedly blackmailed by the youths who told her that they would circulate her obscene MMS. —TNS



BSF reaches semifinal 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The Border Security Force team (BSF) reached the semifinal of the ongoing 14th All-India Police Lawn Tennis Championship 2013 by defeating Himachal Pradesh in the quarterfinals held today at the CLTA complex, Sector 10.

Other teams who reached the semifinal were ITBP, Andhra Pradesh (AP) and CRPF. AP reached semifinal by defeating Chandigarh police by 2-1. ITBP defeated Karnataka police while CRPF thrash NSG to make a place in the semifinal.

The semifinals will be held tomorrow from 10 am. BSF will play against Andhra Pradesh and ITBP against CRPF. Besides this, Pre-quarterfinals in open singles and quarterfinals of veteran singles were held today. Open doubles and veteran doubles events will be played tomorrow. In open singles, pre-quarterfinal, Ashish Kapoor beat Vinod Bhangarua by 7-1, AK Tomar beat Chanchal Shekhar by 7-2, MK Yadav beat Manmohan Guleria by 7-2 and SB Sharma beat Rakesh Aggarwal by 7-2.



MCA register win 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
MCA, Mohali, won the match against Bharti Vij Cricket Academy by 93 runs during the ongoing 1st Kanwar Bhan Memorial Under 13 Cricket Tournament organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Academy (CCA), here at GNPS Cricket Ground in Sector 36, today.

MCA, Mohali, won the toss and scored 227 runs for 6 wickets in 40 overs. Siddharth’s brilliant knock of 134 runs in 116 balls was the main highlight of the match.

Besides, Gurkanwar scored 39 runs. From Bharti Vij team, Vishal took 2 wickets for 29 runs and Lakshay 2 for 56.

In response to the mammoth target, Bharti Vij Cricket Academy fell down at 134, loosing the match by 93 runs. Gagan was the top scrorer with 68 runs.

The next match will be played on Monday between Saupins and Sarvihtkari, Mohali, at the above mentioned venue.



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