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Road mishap victim dies

Kalka, May 17
A 62-year-old retired HMT employee — who sustained injuries in a road mishap on Friday — succumbed to his injuries at PGI today. As per Mohini, wife of the deceased, said her husband, Vidya Sagar, got injured in a road mishap near the Mallah roundabout, Pinjore, at 9pm yesterday. 

He was rushed to Amarvati Hospital from where he was referred to Sector 6 hospital, Panchkula. He was later referred to PGI.The deceased was riding a scooter which slipped off the road, causing injuries to him. — OC



Kataria lead from first round
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Kalka, May 17
The BJP-HJC MP from Ambala Rattan Lal Kataria took a lead from his rivals Raj Kumar Valmiki (Congress) Dr Kusum Bala Sherwal (INLD), Dr Kapoor Singh (BSP) and SP Singh of AAP from the very first round of vote counting in the Kalka segment.

While Kataria got 58,032 votes sin this assembly segment, his opponents Raj Kumar Valmiki could fetch 23,873 votes, Dr Sehrawl 14,496, Dr Kapoor Singh 3,589 and SP Singh 7,476.

As per the records of the officials records, Kataria got the highest (653) votes in from Bhagwanpur village and he could get only 416 votes (minimum) Rampur village. Similarly, Raj Kumar Valmiki was most favoured in Garhi village where he got 410 votes but he was voted out by resident of Kalka (Mc Community Centre Hall). He got just 152 votes here.



Co-op society to sell property of loan defaulters
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 17
Paploha Primary Agricultural Co-operative Society (PACS), Kalka is going to sale out the property of the loan defaulters. Balinder Singh, manager, Kalka PACS, said following the directives issued by the higher authorities of the cooperative society, Haryana, the PACS will make an auction of the land and other house hold articles of the loan defaulters if required, in case they do not deposit their loan amount with interest. 

Notably the state government has already waived of 50 per cent of interest on loan amount, in case they deposit their loan in lump sum. PACS has granted Rs 3 crores, 65 lakh as loan (agricultural and non-agricultural) to 1,670 account holders. Out of which only 269 debtors have been regularly paying the loan and 1,411 account holders are defaulters and the society has to recover Rs 2 crore,41 lakh. According to the new norm of the PACS, every account holder is required to maintain minimum balance of rupees five hundred.



Water line damaged; supply affected
Tribune News Service

Pinjore, May 17
Residents were at the receiving end today as water supply to a large number of houses in the Bhima Devi Colony and neighbouring areas was disconnected as a main waterline to the area got uprooted owing to construction work.

The local civic body has allotted the work for the construction of streets in the colony to a private contractor. The contractor today pressed an earth-mover in service, following which the main underground waterline to the area was uprooted.

The colony residents faced inconvenience as water got accumulated on the streets, making it difficult for the motorists to commute.

Sant Sharma, a former municipal councillor, accused the contractor for negligence. He also accused officials of the local civil body for not monitoring the construction work being carried out by the contractor.

A few area residents, including Phool Kumar, Sanjeev, Arvind Singh, Sarita Devi and others, alleged that the contractor was in a hurry to finish the work.

“He used heavy machinery instead of manual labour,” they alleged. Meanwhile, Gopal Kalawat, engineer of the Pinjore civic body, assured the residents that the waterline would be repaired by tomorrow.

Pipeline uprooted

The local civic body has allotted the work for the construction of streets in the colony to a private contractor. The contractor pressed an earth-mover in service, following which the main underground waterline to the area was uprooted.



Man robbed

Ambala, May 17
A robber took away gold bracelet and a mobile phone of a teacher after giving him some sedative substance in the cold drink this evening. The victim Ravinder Kumar (44) is working as a teacher in a nearby village of Ambala Cantt.

Ravinder had come in the market to meet someone this evening. A youth met him near Gandhi Ground and offered him some drink.

After taking the drink Ravinder got unconscious. The youth took out his bracelet and mobile phone. Someone informed his relatives that Ravinder was lying unconscious. He was brought to civil hospital. He narrated the entire incident to his kin who informed the police.— OC



Another accused lands in police net
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 17
In another breakthrough in the Morni ‘rape’ case, the Punjab Police today arrested a youth — part of the gang that levelled false rape charges on the Dera Bassi-based realtor — today.

Accused Ramesh was arrested in an attempt to murder case.

The Panchkula Police said they would take him into custody on production warrants.

During investigation, the Panchkula Police stumbled upon the fact that accused Ramesh was also ‘wanted’ by the Punjab Police in another case. About six months ago, accused Ramesh, resident of Karnal, had allegedly opened fire at a few youths in a college in Lalru. He was wanted ever since.

Station House Officer of the Lalru police station, Gurjeet confirmed that Ramesh has been arrested.

On May 14, the Panchkula Police had arrested a ‘rape victim’ involved in the sensational Morni rape case for allegedly concocting a story and demanding for ~1.5 crore to withdraw the case.

The police found that four more youths were involved in the racket. Investigations revealed that the gang was operating at other places too.

The police claimed that the gang was preparing to target a businessman in Himachal Pradesh.

“The calls of the accused were intercepted and we came to know that they were preparing to target a businessman in Himachal Pradesh,” said a police official.

“On March 2, the call locations of all accused were traced to Rishikesh. We suspect that they’ve targeted somebody there too,” said ACP Jagtar Singh.

The police also came to know that a Karnal-based doctor had been arrested on rape charges two months ago and the involvement of the same gang is suspected.

“The gang has a vast network. We will arrest all the accused soon,” added ACP Singh.

The fake rape victim, Priyanka (28), was sent to judicial custody by a court. The police have also got the Dera Bassi-based realtor, Tony, against whom she allegedly levelled false rape charges, discharged from the court. 



2 youths held for thefts in P’kula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 17
The Panchkula Police today arrested two youths for committing thefts and their involvement in a vehicle robbery case in Panchkula. The police are suspecting their involvement in the recent spate of mysterious thefts that took place here.

The youths have been identified as Bhola and Vijay, both residents of Chandigarh. One of their accomplices, Varinder, fled the scene. A team of assistant sub-inspector Sushil Kumar arrested the youths after laying a naka.

The police got a tip-off that three youths were travelling on a stolen motorcycle. Then the police came to know that the youths had committed theft and robbery incidents in the city. These two youths were also arrested earlier by the Chandigarh Police in a spate of thefts. They were out on bail.

The youths confessed that they had robbed the employee of Red Bishop of the Activa scooter on the road dividing Sectors 5 and 6. They also confessed that they had committed two thefts in Sectors 10 and 4. These thefts were committed in the presence of the families.

Investigations revealed that it is a gang of about six youths.

“They committed the thefts when the families were inside the houses. Their modus operandi is also the same like taking off grills and breaking window panes. We are suspecting that they can be involved in the recent theft incidents,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Adarshdeep Singh.



3 vehicles, wheels of car stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Thieves stole three vehicles in the city last night. They also took away two wheels of a Swift car.

Sukhpal Singh, a resident of Mohali, complained that he had parked his Honda Activa scooter in the parking lot of the GMSH-16 and went to meet his relative, who was admitted to the emergency ward of the hospital. When he returned after sometime, he found that his scooter was missing from the parking lot. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

In another incident, Rakesh Kumar of Sector 44 said his motorcycle was found stolen from outside his house on Saturday morning. He parked his motorcycle outside his house on Friday night. The police said the thieves apparently used a duplicate key to steal the motorcycle.

Meanwhile, an Alto car of Suresh Kumar, a resident of Sector 42, was also stolen from outside his house.

The thieves also stole two wheels of a Swift car, which was parked outside the house of its owner Aseem Patni in Sector 21.

The police have registered cases and started investigations. 



Pedestrians robbed of cash, valuables
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Three unidentified motorcycle-borne youths robbed two pedestrians of their cash and valuables on the intervening night of May 15 and May 16. The police are suspecting that the same accused robbed both the pedestrians.

Surinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 28, employed as a teacher in a government school, said three youths came on a motorcycle and robbed him of his purse containing Rs 3,000, an ATM card and important documents, a mobile phone and a bag containing clothes near Centra Mall light point. A case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station.

In another incident, Vijay Singh, a resident of Sector 27, working as a cook, in his complaint to the police alleged he was walking down the road when three unknown persons arrived on a motorcycle. They robbed him of Rs 3,500, a mobile phone, an ATM card and important documents near the gurdwara in Sector 28.

A case has been registered at Sector 26 police station and an investigation have been initiated.



Man held for thrashing constable

Chandigarh, May 17
A Chandigarh Police constable was thrashed by a resident of Jalandhar in Sector 34 here on late Friday evening.

Constable Dharminder Singh, who is posted under the Sector 34 police station, alleged that while patrolling in Sector 34 he saw the accused, Kamaldeep Mahi, sitting in a suspicious condition on a two-wheeler in the parking area near Allen Institute.

The constable said on being asked to disclose his identity, the accused entered into an argument. The situation went out of control when the accused allegedly punched the constable on his face.

The accused was then overpowered by two other policemen accompanying Dharminder. The accused has been arrested and a case under Section 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) has been registered against the accused at the Sector 34 police station. — TNS



DAV-8 clinch title 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Hosts St Soldier International School, Sector 28, lost to DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, in a tie-breaker during the final of the sixth Saint Soldier Football Trophy here today.

In the stipulated time of 70 minutes, both the teams displayed possession-skills and tied the match at 2-2. Jigmet of St Soldier scored a goal in the initial minutes of the game. He scored the lead in the fifth minute. However, gaining ground, the DAV side came back through Rizulm, who successfully netted the equaliser in the 15th minute. On the other end, while initiating their attack, St Soldier again put themselves ahead in the 20th minute through striker Sumit. However, the hosts failed to maintain the lead and DAV again levelled through a solo effort from Harish in the 25th minute. The second half of the game witnessed both sides failing to turn the fortunes in their favour. Later, in the tie-breaker St Soldier lost the match 7-6.

The best goalkeeper award was awarded to Krishan of DAV-8 while Sumit and Shubhkarman of St Soldier were awarded the best scorer and best player award, respectively. 



City footballer to train with international club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Right-sweeper Nikhil Prashar of SGGS College, Sector 26, has bagged laurels by making it to the final squad for attending an exposure trip to Argentina to train with the Club Athletico Boca Juniors.

Nikhil is selected for the international exposure trip, after a nation-wide hunt for 15 players, shortlisted by IFB Boca Football Champs. Prashar is among the final 15 promising school and college level football players who have been selected from across the country, to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina and train with the legendary Club Atletico Boca Juniors from Argentina as part of the IFB Boca Football Champs football scouting initiative.

Before the final selection, the shortlisted 30 players participated in a one-week training camp in Goa conducted by coaches from Club Atletico Boca Juniors, Alejandro Javier Blasco and Alberto Jose Estevez along with the Head
Scout at the Boca Football Champs.

In the end, Jamshid Nassiri selected 15 players for the main exposure trip. 



Tennis tourney: Easy win for local players Vikrant, Param
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Local players Vikrant Dahiya, Param Pun and Aditya Sharma won their respective matches in the ongoing CLTA-AITA Men's and Women's Rs one lakh tennis tournament, being held at CLTA courts here today.

In the second round matches, Vikrant Dahiya had an easy win over Harmeet Luthra 7-1 while Param Pun also had a cake walk against Karan Lal Chandani with a similar score of 7-1.

Also, Aditya Sharma defeated his opponent Harjasleen Singh 7-2.

In the first round matches in the women's category, Neelanchal Gupta defeated Komal Deshmukh 7-2 whereas Tanya Batra defeated Astha Malhotra 7-5.



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