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Man dies after consuming medicine
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, September 15
Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Chandimandir, died after consuming some medicine mistakenly in Bhagwas village this morning. In a statement to the police, his father Bhagwant Singh said Gurmeet Singh was living with his in-laws for the past some years.

Gurmeet’s health deteriorated after he consumed the medicine.

He was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, but doctors failed to save his life, Bhagwant said.

The police have handed over the body to the family after autopsy.

The Dera Bassi police have initiated inquest proceedings in this regard.


jyoti murder case
Court blasts prosecution theory
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 15
The judgement in the Jyoti murder case has given credence to her father’s apprehensions that the investigations were not conducted properly. In the 80-page document, the court has minced no words in blasting the prosecution theory.

The judge stated that the prosecution theory is dependent, more or less, on its three foundation stones: call detail records, disclosure statements against the accused and recoveries made in accordance with these.

“The prosecution has failed to establish the veracity of its three foundation pillars,” stated the judge.

After Jyoti’s father, Buti Ram, had made repeated allegations that the investigations were not “foolproof”, a special investigation team, headed by the then Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashwin Shenvi, was constituted in April 2013. The SIT, however, failed to fill the gaps in the probe. A supplementary challan was also issued, but to no avail.

On offence under SC/ST Act

The judge stated that it had not come on the file that accused Ram Kumar was aware of the fact that Jyoti belonged to the scheduled caste or scheduled tribe category. Therefore, the subsequent addition of the offence under the SC/ST Act to the FIR was simply an overdoing on the part of the investigating agency.

On Jyoti’s friend Sumit’s involvement

The court observed that it was quite probable that on failing to develop relations beyond normal friendship, Sumit, alias Simi, might be nourishing grudges against Jyoti and had a motive to eliminate her. The investigating officer should have investigated on this line, which had not been done, stated the judge.

On telephonic conversation

Pointing towards the conversation that took place between one of accused, Harbhajan Singh, and one Krishan Joshi to the effect that “Ram ne Panchkula panga pa liya”, the court said the prosecution had failed to show that the person named Ram in the Hindi transcript of the conversation was Ram Kumar Chaudhary and “panga” meant Jyoti’s murder.

On mobile phone location, call details

As the defence pointed out several contradictions in the location of the mobile phone, the court did not take it into consideration. Regarding call details, the court stated that unless the electronically generated record relied upon by the prosecution was foolproof, it could not be made the basis for holding the accused guilty.

On recovery of mobile phones

The judge said, “One fails to understand that why not even an effort was made to join independent witnesses despite their availability.”

On site plans of recoveries

Noting another point that remained not proved, the judge said that ACP Varinder Sangwan had deposed that site plans pertaining to the places of recovery of above said mobile handset and SIM cards were prepared by ASI Jai Singh. However, when the ASI stepped in the witness box, he, instead of admitting this fact, pleaded his inability to answer the question when asked who had prepared the said two site plans.

On recovery of cars, truck used in the crime

“It may be noted here that the prosecution has failed to prove that all the said vehicles or any of them were used in the commission of crime, as alleged. So, the recovery of above said vehicles is of no consequence,” said the judge.

On harbouring charges

The court stated that it was needless to say that the prosecution had failed to lead any evidence to prove that accused Harbhajan Singh, Nirmal Singh, Kamaljeet Singh and Baljit Singh had committed any act of harbouring the accused. “Another unexplained lacuna in the case of prosecution is that why accused Harbhajan Singh was not caught red-handed along with the said unknown person, when they were seen giving/receiving money,” said the judge.



Youth gets two-year jail for theft

Chandigarh, September 15
A local court today awarded two years of imprisonment to a drug addict habitual of committing thefts. The court of District and Session Judge SK Aggarwal also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the convict, identified as Nizamuddin (32) of Milk Colony, Dhanas.

As per the police, three cases of motorcycle theft and a case of chain snatching has been registered against Nizamuddin. He was arrested on the complaint of Surinder Singh, a resident of Yamunanagar, whose bike was stolen from the Sector 22 market.

Youths booked

Meanwhile, three youths, identified as Amit, Devinder and Naveen of Sector 46, Chandigarh, have been booked under the CrPC after they created ruckus outside a restaurant in Sector 35 on Sunday night. The police said the youths tried to force entry into the restaurant where a party was under way. — TNS


Forged signatures on PSEB registers
Investigating officer suspended
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 15
The Mohali police have suspended Assistant Sub-Inspector Rakesh Kumar for his “dubious” investigation into the case of forged signatures found in attendance registers of the Punjab School Education Board’s high-level meetings.

ASI Rakesh Kumar, who was the investigating officer, was found taking along a senior official of the board to record statements of other officials of the PSEB.

The issue was highlighted in these columns (“Investigating officer’s ‘style of working’ under scanner”) on Sunday.

Today, confirming the development, Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said he had put ASI Rakesh Kumar under suspension for his alleged “misconduct” during the investigations.

ASI Rakesh Kumar was posted at the Phase VIII police station, where a case in this connection had been registered under Sections 419, 468 and 120-B of the IPC against an unidentified person on November 29 last year.

Questions were raised on the ASI’s “style of working” after it became known that he took a senior official of the PSEB, also one of the suspects in the case, to the residence of the board’s former chairman Dalbir Singh Dhillon at Patiala to record the latter’s statement on Saturday.

“The senior official in question (who was accompanying the ASI) is also one of the suspects in the case and the ASI in question was taking him along to record statements of the board’s other officials. This is really ridiculous,” said GS Batth, secretary of the board, while claiming that a written complaint in regard had been sent to the Mohali SSP today.

“After putting the ASI under suspension, we are looking into the matter,” said SSP Bhatti.

The forged signatures found in attendance registers of meetings held in 2007 and 2008 pointed to the accused incurring some benefit from the act of showing full quorum in those meetings.



katoch shield
Sarabjit’s fifer puts Patiala on back foot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Mohali were bundled out for 198 runs in their first innings against Patiala, on the third day of Katoch Shield, giving the opponents a chance to claim vital first innings, today. After resuming day’s play at 26 runs for no loss, Mohali bundled out on 198 in 71.5 overs.

Opener Simrat Bawa and Manul Jain lost their wickets early taking Mohali to 41 for 2. Uday Kaul and Mayank Sidana added 35 runs for the 3rd wicket before right arm leg spinner Sarabjit Ladda caught and bowled Mayank Sidana for 18 runs and sent skipper Gurkirat Mann (2 runs) to pavilion. Uday continued to play well and scored 51 off 153 balls with 3 boundaries before being trapped in front by Rajwinder Singh. Jaskaran Singh Bhuttar (28 runs, Manpreet Gony (28 runs) and Kunal Mahajan (15 runs) were the main scorers for the side. For bowling side, Sarabjit Ladda hogged the limelight claiming 5 for 73 while Rajwinder Singh took 4 for 49.

Patiala, in the 2nd innings, posted 115 runs for 2 in 36 overs at close of 3rd day’s play. Jeevanjot Singh 68 off 108 balls with 6 boundaries and Kunwar Raina unbeaten 40 off 101 balls put the team in commanding position. For Mohali, Varun Khanna and Gurkirat Mann scalped one wicket each.

In the second match, Amritsar’s bowlers bundled Jalandhar side for 172 runs in 58.5 overs and conceded a vital 17 runs lead on first innings. Ashwani took 4 for 52 while Sunny and Vinay Chaudhary claimed three wickets each. At the close of 3rd day’s play, Amritsar scored 56 for 4 in 27 overs with medium pacer Subek Gill getting a hat-trick claiming Rohan Marwaha, Rahul Khosla and Sharad Lumba. Amritsar team is leading by 73 runs.

Brief scores

Amritsar: 189 all out in 64 overs (Rohan Marwaha 19, Raman Arora 34, Charanjit Singh 56, Vinay Chaudhary 38, Ashwani 17, Shubek Gill 2 for 27, Taruwar Kohli 2 for 27 and Yogesh Kumar 2 for 27, Rahul Sharma 1 for 51, Pargat Singh 1 for 9, Navdeep Singh 1 for 45)

Jalandhar: 172 all out in 58.5 overs (Pargat Singh 24, Abhishek Gupta 29, Bhupinder Singh 36

Ashwani 4 for 52, Vinay Chaudhary 3 for 34, Sunny 3 for 49).Amritsar (2nd Innings): 56 for 4 in 27 overs (Arush Sabarwal 16 * and Mohit Handa 12 *, Subek Gill 3 for 9 and Taruwar Kohli 1 for 10).

Brief scores

Patiala: 300 (all out) in 139.1 overs (Ravi Inder Singh 77, Prabhjot Singh 88, Kunwar Raina 28, Karan Kaila 44*, Jaskaran Singh Bhuttar 4 for 33 and Varun Khanna 3 for 76, Gurkirat Mann 1 for 67, Manpreet Gony 1 for 33).

Mohali: 198 (all out) in 71.5 overs (Manul Jain 24, Simrat Bawa 7, Uday Kaul 51, Jaskaran Buttar 28, Manpreet Gony 28, Rajwinder Singh 4 for 49 , Sarabjit Ladda 5 for 73)

Patiala (2nd innings): 115 for 2 in 36 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 68 * and Kunwar Raina 40 *, Varun Khanna 1 for 38 and Gurkirat Mann 1 for 26).



Kings XI upbeat ahead of Champions League T-20 opener
Tribune News Service

Virender Sehwag plays a shot while practising at the cricket stadium in Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Monday
Virender Sehwag plays a shot while practising at the cricket stadium in Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, September 15
Kings XI Punjab, the team that enjoyed a perfect run but lost in the final of the last Indian Premier League (IPL-7), is all charged up to kick-start their 2014 campaign on a high. Head coach Sanjay Bangar and skipper George Bailey believe that the team will be able to perform better and win the CLT-20.

Skipper George Bailey stated that the team is well aware about the new opponents and will plan differently to make it a perfect cut.

“The last IPL was good but didn’t end as planned. The team is focused and we are confident to start our campaign with a win. This time, it’s a new start and we, as a team, are hopeful to perform best,” said Bailey. When asked about his form, he said, “I am feeling good and also notched some runs in the practice matches.

That is a good sign to start with. Rest, it depends on the focus during the matches. To play against new rivals needs more planning and hopefully we are right on track.”

He said if team’s frontline bowler Mitchell Johnson, presently injured, could play and star opener Virender Sehwag, known for firework innings, give fine performance, the team could put the rivals on back foot.

The youngsters in the team including Chandigarh lad opener Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha, Parvinder Awana, Akshar patel will also play a big role in supporting their seniors, he added.

“It’s a collective effort and youngsters are equally responsible,” said coach Bangar.

On Sehwag’s form, Bangar said, “Sehwag plays cricket the way only he can. He is under no pressure and in the upcoming series things are going to be no different,” said Bangar.

When asked about Johnson’s absence, the coach said, “We are still waiting for a clearance from Cricket Australia. We will be able to plan only after getting a reply from the Australian board. He is a quality performer…but the team is ready for the upcoming tournament even if he is not available.”

We have a group of individuals who can play an important role whenever the team needs,” he said.

On budding players, he said, “After last year’s IPL, many of our young players played for India (A) team and it’s a good sign. It wouldn’t be fair, if I name only one performer. The youngsters are playing good role and words of wisdom from senior players help them. Hopefully, they will continue to perform well,” said Bangar.

Practice session

The Kings XI Punjab team performed a two-hour long practice sessions at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16. After the regular warm-up session, the team played a friendly match with Punjab Cricket Club. Kings XI registered 83-run victory.

Batting first, the winning side posted 218 runs in 20 overs. David Miller scored unbeaten 71 runs with five boundaries and five sixes. Opener Virender Sehwag scored 40 runs off 23 balls with seven boundaries and one six while Thisara Parera quick-fired 49 runs off 22 balls, including five sixes and a boundary. Skipper George Bailey scored 23 runs off 23 balls with two boundaries. In reply, the Punjab Cricket Club scored 135 runs with Aksar Patel scoring 40 runs with two sixes and three boundaries and Manan Vohra scoring 22 runs.

Brief scores

Kings XI Punjab: 218 for 4 in 20 overs (Virender Senwag 40, David Millar 71not out, George Bailey 23, Thisara Parera 49, Rishi Dhawan 23 not out, Maninder Singh 1 for 59, Anureet Singh 1 for 27, Harmeet Bansal 1 for 53, Anil Kumar 1 for 38)

PCC: 135 for 9 in 20 overs (Akshar Patel 40 ,Manan Vohra 22, Sunny Sohal 18, Gaurav Gupta 20, Balaji 3 for 21, Karanveer Singh 3 for 46).

Winning attitude

Skipper George Bailey stated that the team is well aware about the new opponents and will plan differently to make it a perfect cut. The last IPL was good but didn’t end as planned. The team is focussed and we are confident on starting our campaign with a win. This time, it’s a new start and we, as a team, are hopeful of performing to our best, he said.



Football Stadium-17 gets a makeover
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The UT Sports Department is giving a makeover to Football Stadium, Sector 17. With 16 teams vying for the 12th Administrator’s Football Cup for Boys (U-17), scheduled for September 22, the stadium has finally succeeded in catching the attention of the authorities. However, no new infrastructure is on the cards.

The authorities decided to prohibit the entry of local players inside the stadium till September 30. The step was taken in order to keep the grass intact and avoid unwanted footprints on football field. “We are happy that the football stadium will undergo a makeover however the step to stop players from playing shocked us. Except the main field, the players should be allowed to perform regular exercise on the six-a-side football field and use gym. There are many exercises which could be performed without the ball. Banning the entry inside the stadium should not be the way after all we have paid to become member of the same ground,” said a player.

A total of 16 teams have confirmed their entries and will vye for the Rs 2 lakh and winner’s trophy. The runners-up team will be awarded with a total cash prize of Rs 1 lakh while the third position holders will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 50,000.

Participating teams

  • Mahilpur Football Academy
  • Bengaluru Football Club
  • Dashmesh Martial Sports Academy
  • Pune Football Club
  • JJ Soccer Academy, Bangalore
  • Madhya Pradesh Football Association
  • Dalbir Football Academy
  • The Indian Football Association
  • Sambalpur Football Academy
  • Sahayatri Football Club
  • Thau Sports Academy Imphal-West
  • Gujrat State Football Association
  • Mohun Bagan Sail Football Academy
  • Chandigarh Football Association
  • Delhi Public School-40
  • DAV Senior Secondary School-8



Basketball: Ludhiana eves clinch title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, bagged the title of Panjab University Inter-College Basketball Tournament for Women, concluded on the campus grounds, here today. In the final of the championship, the title winners defeated GGS College for Women 52-15.

SUSCET-Tangori lift kabaddi trophy

Lalru: Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology (SUSCET), Tangori, bagged the title of the PTU Inter-College Kabaddi Tournament, held at Universal Group of Institutions (UGI), today.

PIT, Hoshiarpur, bagged the second position followed by NWIET, Dhudike. Over 18 teams of different colleges affiliated with the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, participated in the tournament.

The two-day tournament was held on league-cum-knockout basis. Dr Gurpreet Singh, chairman, UIG, was the chief guest on the valedictory function. The Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, defeated GGS College for Girls Giddarbaha 30-08, to claim the third place.



ITBP shooting competition begins

Chandigarh, September 15
The 29th Inter-Frontier Shooting Championship of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) began at its Basic Training Center (BTC), Bhanu, today. As many as 159 ITBP personnel from six frontiers are participating in the meet.

The four-day competition will comprise of 13 different events. The competitors will be using three standard weapons—INSAS rifle, sub-machine carbine and 9mm pistol. The aim of the competition is to enhance professional shooting acumen and also identify talent for the ITBP’s national shooting team. The event was inaugurated by the Deputy Inspector General, BTC, PS Papta. — TNS



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