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Four injured in clash, 5 booked
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, February 11
Four persons were injured in a clash that took place between two families at Meerpur village on Monday night. The clash reportedly took place due to old enmity between the families.

One of the injured, Mahaveer Singh, was admitted to GMCH, Sector 32, in a serious condition.

Singh told the police that some family members of his neighbour allegedly attacked him with sharp-edged weapons.

On his complaint, the police registered a case against one Jailla Singh, his wife Labhoo, sons Bant Singh and Hans Raj, and daughter under Sections 307, 452, 148, 149 and 323, IPC. Meanwhile, SHO Atul Soni visited the site today and took stock of the situation.



National Insurance Company fined Rs 20.98 lakh

Chandigarh, February 11
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission penalised the National Insurance Company, Chandigarh, today for keeping a claim pending for more than two years, despite its surveyor recommending the claim.

The commission headed by Justice Sham Sunder directed the company to pay Rs 20.98 lakh along with a compensation of Rs 70,000 and Rs 11,000 as legal cost.

Atul Loomba, resident of Sector 43, filed a complaint alleging that he got his heavy goods vehicle tanker (Volvo Prime Mover) insured for a declared value of Rs 22 lakh from March 23, 2011, to March 22, 2012.

The vehicle had an accident on December 19, 2011, while crossing the Rangchang Khola bridge in East Sikkim. In the incident, the bridge collapsed suddenly, plunging the vehicle into the river from a height of 100 feet.

The commission observed that the surveyor had concluded in his report that the prime mover was not overloaded and the insured driver could not be held responsible for the accident. There is no gross negligence on the part of the driver.

The final surveyor's report dated March 30, 2013, found no fault of either the driver or the complainant.

The commission is of the opinion that there was no justification for delaying the claim for more than two years, and, to allow the same on non-standard basis. — TNS


Contractor held for Rs 2.65-cr fraud
Constructed 12-storey building; prepared inflated bill for 13 storeys
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 11
A contractor was arrested by the NRI wing of the Punjab Police today for allegedly duping his employer, an NRI builder, of Rs 2.65 crore.

The accused, Ashok Gupta, was arrested from Patiala following a police raid.

Inspector Sanjeevan Guru, station house officer of the Mohali wing, said, “Accused Ashok Gupta duped a Canada-based NRI, Harish Gupta, by preparing false bills and documents.”

In his complaint, the NRI alleged that he had allotted the construction work of his housing project, Trishla Apartments, coming up at Zirakpur, to the accused.

The accused, who had constructed a 12-storey tower under the project, allegedly fraudulently prepared a false inflated bill for 13-storeys.

“This way, the accused took Rs 2.65 crore more than the stipulated amount through electronic transaction,” said Inspector Guru.

“Besides this, the accused also submitted fake documents of his firm, HR Goyal Constructions, to the complainant to get the project,” said the police official.

“Though the accused got his firm registered on February 7, 2012, he submitted its documents to the complainant on February 3, 2012,” he added.

The fraud came to light when the NRI came to India and verified all documents related to the project.

Subsequently, an FIR was registered on January 20 this year.

“Besides Ashok Gupta, we have also booked his relatives — Ishu Gupta, Ashish Gupta and Nand Lal Gupta — under Sections 420 and 120B, IPC,” said Inspector Guru.

Meanwhile, the remaining accused are at large.



Snatcher held in Mohali

Mohali, February 11
The Mohali Police arrested a snatcher last night.

The accused, identified as Saajan, resident of Sector 52, was arrested when trying to flee after snatching a girl’s purse near the Phase III-V traffic lights. To thwart his attempt, the victim, Abhilasha, caught hold of the accused. However, he bit the girl and managed to flee.

The police was immediately summoned and the accused was arrested following a brief chase. A case of snatching has been registered at the Phase I police station. — TNS



Gang rape accused confesses to Dell employee’s murder
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 11
With the arrest of key accused Davinder Singh Lalli in the case of recent gang rape of two nursing students, the Mohali police also managed to crack the one-year-old blind murder of a Dell employee, Parsoon Aggarwal.

During interrogation, Lalli, a resident of Malakpur village, confessed that he, along with his accomplices, had shot Parsoon Aggarwal during the night in the Siswan forests on March 14 last year. The reason behind the murder was the deceased's girlfriend Anuradha, who was with Aggarwal at the time of the incident.

Kharar DSP RS Mrar said Lalli had been wanted in the gang rape case. "Today we arrested him after raiding his possible hideout," said Mrar.

"Lalli told the police that he possessed a 12-bore gun. As Parsoon Aggarwal was also killed by with a shot from a 12 bore gun in the same area, we got suspicious about his involvement in the murder case. During investigation, he confessed to the crime," said DSP Mrar.

The DSP said the accused wanted to rape Aggarwal's girlfriend. "As he resisted, Lalli and his accomplices shot him dead," said Mrar. Aggarwal's girlfriend had saved herself by hiding in the bushes.

The police said Lalli was a habitual criminal. He was one of the seven accused in the gang rape case. 



Youth found dead, drug overdose suspected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The body of a 26-year-old youth was found lying under mysterious circumstances at his rented accommodation in Sector 22 here today.

The police suspect drug overdose as the cause of death. They believed the youth died two days ago. The body had turned blue. However, the exact cause will be ascertained after the post-mortem examination report comes in.

Sahil Thakur, a budding cricket player and a bouncer by profession, hailed from Hoshairpur district of Punjab. He had played for Himachal Pradesh Cricket Academy for three years and was also providing coaching to cricket enthusiasts.

A small pouch containing smack along with a blackish silver paper was recovered from near the body.

The police sources said the deceased's room partner, Sonu, had gone to her native house in Nawanshahr on February 9 and since then, she had been calling up Sahil on his phone but failed to get a response.

Vicky, a bouncer and a close friend of the deceased, said, “I along with three others knocked at the door of the Sahil's place but did not get a reply. We broke open the door and found Sahil's body. His cell phone was switched off.”

The police did not find any clue which could point at a scuffle and ruled out any foul play as the room was bolted from inside.

The body was handed over to the deceased's family members after post-mortem examination was conducted at the GMSH-16.



Four held for molestation

Chandigarh, February 11
Four persons were arrested for allegedly molesting a girl at an eating joint in Sector 28 last night. Later, they were released on bail.

In her statement to the police, the girl, who is staying as a paying guest in the city, stated that at about 10 pm while she was having dinner along with her three friends, including two boys, four persons sitting behind them started passing lewd remarks. They also made attempts to touch her and her friend. A verbal spat ensued and the victim called up the police. A case of assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe her (Section 354 A) has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. The accused have been identified as Anoop and Gainda of Nayagaon, Deepak of Sector 18, Chandigarh, and Rajeev Thakur of Sector 24, Chandigarh. — TNS



Woman ends her life 2 days after suicide by husband
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
Two days after her husband's death, a 21-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree near her house in Sector 19 Panchkula.

The victim, identified as Suman, had got married two years ago. Her husband committed suicide two days ago by swallowing a poisonous substance in Zirakpur. A case was registered by the Zirakpur police.

Sector 20 police station SHO Inspector Satish Kumar said the victim used her 'dupatta' to hang herself. "Her family members said she was depressed as her husband had committed suicide," he said.

The victim was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where doctors declared her brought dead.



Two vehicles with blue beacons stolen
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 11
Two government vehicles with blue beacons were allegedly stolen in Phase 2 here today.

The vehicles, Boleros, belonged to the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board and the District Forest Officer of Mohali.

The drivers of the vehicles informed the police about the theft in the evening.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) RS Sohal said it was a serious matter as the vehicles with blue beacons could be misused.

DSP RS Sohal said a high alert had been sounded and the registration numbers of the vehicles were flashed across the Tricity.



Warriors-Lancers clash ends in a draw
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The hockey stadium of Mohali was never as loud as it was on Monday evening, courtesy a fine see-saw clash between teams that were never equally poised throughout the 70-minute game.

In their third home game full support of the audience, the Jaypee Punjab Warriors side fought hard against the Kalinga Lancers and managed to end the game in a draw (3-3).

The spectators witnessed a quality game that had six goals, 10 penalty corners and six warnings (yellow and green card). "It was the most amazing match of the tournament so far. Both the teams played their best and proved good against another on certain occasions,” said Kumar Vashisht, a Panjab University student.

Out of 10 penalty corners, eight were awarded to the home team but the Punjab Warriors could convert only one into goal. Earlier, the visitors silently took the lead through the young legs of Mandeep Singh. He posted the ball over the goal line in the 10th minute.

Struggling to collect their long passes, the Punjab team, however, managed to level the score in the 18th minute albeit missing golden chances. Christopher Ciriello levelled the scores through an awarded penalty corner.

The Punjab team was now trying hard to take the lead when Jake Whetton pumped in a brilliant field goal in the 22nd minute. Using wingers at regular intervals helped Punjab to sneak through the visiting defence and get the second goal. However, within a span of four minutes, the Kalinga Lancers bounced back with its young striker Mandeep Antil chipped in a rebound pass in the nets to level the score 2-2.

The next 45 minutes remained a high pitch affair again. It was the Punjab team, placed second on the points' table, that was expected to clinch the game but lack of confidence on the part of half-backs and strikers resulted in the match ending in draw.

Following a pass by Vickram Kanth, Ryan Archibald scored the third goal for the Kalinga Lancers in the 41st minute.

Down but not out, the Punjab team initiated some attacks and was successful in the 50th minute when Simon Orchard had a brilliant run from the left flank towards the goal area. He smartly swiped his stick to dodge the Lancers' custodian.

The match ended in a 3-3 draw. In the next home match, the Punjab Warriors will face the Uttar Pradesh Wizards on February 15.



Basketball trials tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The UT Sports Department will conduct trails to shortlist Chandigarh's Civil Services Basketball Team for the All-India Civil Services Basketball Tournament.

The trails will be held at the basketball courts of the Sports Complex, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on February 13 at 3.30 pm.

Officers of all the departments of the UT Administration are eligible to take part in the trials. They are advised to bring their identity cards for verification of eligibility.

District Sports Officer KS Bharti said the selected team would represent Chandigarh in the upcoming All-India Civil Services Basketball Tournament to be held from February 19 to 22 at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. 



Chandigarh Baptist, DAV School to clash for title today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Chandigarh Baptist School will play DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, in the finals of SS Bawa Memorial Cricket Cup for boys (U-16) at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, here tomorrow.

In the semi-finals played today, Chandigarh Baptist defeated Saupin's School, Sector 32, by four runs while DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, thrashed Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, by 6 wickets.

In the first match, Saupin's School invited Chandigarh Baptist School team to bat first and managed to restrict it at 119 runs. The latter’s innings was studded by a fine batting performance by Karanveer, who contributed 43 runs to the team's total. Nikhil and Sahil were the other main scorers for the team with 21 runs each. For the Saupin's team, Gouravdeep claimed three wickets.

Chasing the target, the Saupins' team tried hard but failed to achieve the target falling short of four runs. Varun scored 33 runs and Sachin 27 runs.

In the second semi-final match between DAV Senior Secondary School and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, the latter won the toss and decided to bat first. However, the team failed to stand tall against the bowling attack and could only muster 98 runs. Karan with 44 runs remained the top scorer for the team. Vijay of DAV School claimed three wickets.

Batting second, DAV School reached the 99-run target in merely 12.1 overs.

Prashant’s unbeaten knock of 58 runs helped the team to claim the match with ease.



Binay Bhengra dribbles Army Red to victory

Chandigarh, February 11
Sepoy Binay Bhengra scripted the Army Red's victory over the Indian Navy (2-1) in the opening match of the 61st Inter-Services Hockey Championship, at the 3 Base Repair Depot (3 BRD), Air Force (AF) station, here today. Striker Bhengra posted both the goals.

Both the teams started off well but it was the Army Red that pressurised the rival's defence at regular intervals. In the 25th minute, Bhengra trapped a lofted pass before hitting the white ball on the wooden plank.

But the celebration was cut short by the Navy's Faheem Khan, who levelled the score to 1-1 in the 29th minute of the game. He scored a brilliant field goal.

After sealing the first half at equals, the Navy side was in attacking mode as the second half of the game kicked off. However, missing on opportunities regularly cost the team to lose tempo. Taking advantage of the situation, Bhengra went past the Navy's defence in the 56th mintue and succeeded in hitting the second goal for his team. The Navy side failed to level the score and lost the match. A total of four teams, namely the Army Red, the Army Green, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force are participating in the championship. — TNS



Himachal Pradesh beat Punjab Circle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The host Punjab Postal Circle lost its inaugural match in the 27th All-India Postal Kabaddi Tournament held at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here on Tuesday.

In the opening encounter, the hosts lost to the Himachal Pradesh Postal Circle by 18 points.

In another match, the Karnataka Circle beat the Kerala circle by five points. A total of 10 league matches were played 
on the first day of the championship.

Results: Andhra Pradesh Circle beat Uttar Pradesh Circle by 42 points; Himachal Pradesh Circle beat Punjab Circle by 18 points; Gujarat Circle beat Delhi Circle by 38 points; Karnataka Circle beat Kerala Circle by five points; Tamil Nadu Circle beat Uttar Pradesh Circle by 12 points; Maharashtra Circle beat Himachal Pradesh Circle by 17 points; Andhra Pradesh Circle beat Delhi Circle by 32 points; Kerala Circle beat Punjab Circle by 11 points; and Karnataka Circle beat Himachal Pradesh Circle by 27 points.



Skating carnival from Feb 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Rolling Tiger Skating Club will organise the 1st St Soldier's Open Speed Skating Carnival-2014 at St Soldier's School, Sector 16, Panchkula, on February 15 and 16.

Skaters of all age-groups from the Tricity can participate in various levels of the rink and road races.

The interested skaters can enrol themselves with the organising secretary, Chander Singhla (9878925557).



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