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Honour killing: Circumstantial evidence did the accused in
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 17
Even as Tahira’s mother, Zubeda Begum, her maternal grandfather Kalandeen and Gayur, her maternal uncle, turned hostile as they stepped into the witness box yet father Shaukeen and Salim were not spared.It was the circumstantial evidence that led to the court awarding them capital punishment.

Though the three turned hostile, yet their statements proved that the excavated dead body was that of Tahira and she was buried after being killed.

It was also stated in the support of prosecution, that the police must have got a tip-off that Tahira was buried outside the Khangesra village.

“ Once it is proved that the dead body of the deceased was excavated from a place which was not known to anybody except the accused persons, it itself shows that she was killed and buriedsaid the court.

Even her lover didn’t stand by her

Even the boy for whom Tahira lost her life failed to step into the witness box to prove that she was killed as he feared for his life. Wasim, alias Gola said during the investigation, that though he was engaged to Tahira’s sister, Sayara, yet he intended to marry Tahira . It was stated that her parents were against their relationship. 

‘Videography came in handy’

IO Inspector Arvind Kumar said, “We just wanted that the girl should get justice. It was difficult since her mother and others also turned hostile. We had videography of the body being excavated and produced circumstantial evidences before the court. The prosecution has successfully established its theory. From the spot, a pillow, cot and bike were also recovered. 

Was killed by external force

The post mortem report also established that the deceased was killed by external force ie. by assaulting her and smothering her. The postmortem report said she died 2 to 4 weeks ago and the same correlated with the call details of Shaukeen and Salim. 

Second capital punishment awarded by P’kula court

This is the second capital punishment awarded by a Panchkula court. The first capital punishment was awarded in 2008 in the murder of a retired major and his wife in Sector 25.



HC order awarding benefit to land acquisition victims
PUDA accused of non-compliance
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 17
Certain residents of Sohana village, whose land was acquired by the PUDA around 30 years ago, have accused the authorities of not giving them benefits under the national rehabilitation policy despite the court’s orders.

Gopal Attri, one of the 16 persons who had filed a civil writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, lamented that the court had issued orders in their favour on January 23 this year, directing the authorities concerned to consider their claim. ‘If the competent authority decides not to alter the existing policy framework, in that event, the benefits admissible to the petitioners under the existing policy shall be considered and if found eligible, the same shall be granted to them within a period of four months from the date of receiving a copy of the order’, stated the order.

Attri and other petitioners lamented that even as eight months have passed since the issuance of the court order, the PUDA/GMADA authorities did nothing to comply with it.

GMADA law adviser Harmail Singh said he had to check the record before commenting on the issue.

Attri claimed that he along with other petitioners had met Inderjit Kaur Kang, the land acquisition collector-cum-estate officer, GMADA, last week. “She told us that she didn’t get any file or order in this regard,” he claimed. Repeated attempts made to contact Kang proved futile.

Notably, the state government had acquired land in the Sohana grain market in early eighties. Several land owners had refused to accept the compensation then and moved court. After losing their cases in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Supreme Court, the petitioners had again approached the High Court praying to direct the authorities concerned to allot one plot each to them and other members of the Market Committee under the National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007.

Fact file

  • The state government had acquired land in the Sohana grain market in early eighties.
  • Several land owners had refused to accept the compensation then and moved court. However, they lost their cases in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Supreme Court.
  • Later, they approached the High Court praying to direct the authorities concerned to allot one plot each to them and other members of the Market Committee under the National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007.
  • The court, on January 23, 2014, decided the petition in the land owners’ favour.



Lok Adalat quashes PSPCL’s demand for sundry charges
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 17
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), Mohali, has partly allowed an application moved by Ranjit Singh of Badanpur village in Kharar tehsil in which he had stated that Rs 35,027 was being demanded from him by the respondent, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), on an allegation that he was committing theft of electricity through a “kundi” connection.

The respondent had issued him a notice and thereafter, the final assessment of penalty was made. The respondent also demanded Rs 9,520 from him as sundry charges, which was paid by him. The contention of the respondent was that during a surprise raid, meter inspectors caught the applicant committing theft and therefore, the penalty was accordingly assessed.

After hearing both parties, the Permanent Lok Adalat (PUS), headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal, held that in view of Section 22 C, the court had the jurisdiction to entertain and try the case relating to the theft of electricity because the said offence was compoundable. The demand of Rs 35,027 was maintained because the applicant had never denied in his application or affidavit that he was committing theft of electricity whereas the respondent produced the affidavits of the meter inspectors who detected the alleged theft.

It was held that the mere fact that no notice of the raid was given to the applicant or his family members were not joined or the wires were not taken into custody or photographs or videography was not done, could not disprove the theft, which had not been denied by the applicant himself. The demand of Rs 35,027 was, therefore, upheld.

However, the PSPCL did not give any details as to why the sundry charges were sought. So, the Permanent Lok Adalat allowed the application with respect to the sundry charges and directed the Powercom to adjust Rs 9,299 in the future bill while recovering Rs 35,027.

The case

  • The PSPCL had demanded Rs 35,027 from Ranjit Singh of Badanpur village in Kharar tehsil for allegedly committing theft of electricity through a “kundi” connection. The Powercom also demanded Rs 9,520 from him as sundry charges.
  • The Permanent Lok Adalat did not allow the sundry charges as the PSPCL failed to give reasons for levying the charges.



Four get 7-yr jail for attempt to murder
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 17
A local court today sent four persons to seven-year jail in an attempt to murder case. Eight other accused in the case have been acquitted.

Mohali Additional District and Sessions Judge held Rupinder Singh Rockey (24), Simranjit Singh (22), Satpreet Singh Satti (22) and Malkit Singh (22) guilty of the crime and sentenced them to seven years in jail along with a fine of Rs 10,000. In case of non-payment of fine, the term would be increased by five months, stated the order.

Those acquitted were Pappu, Nirmal, Jimmy, Timmy, Sandeep and three unidentified youths.

The case in this connection was registered in May 2012 on the complaint of a Derabassi resident, Rishipal Sharma. The complainant had alleged that the accused had attacked his brother with an intention to kill him.



Man held on murder charge 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The Chandigarh Police have claimed to have solved the murder case of a labourer whose body was found near Labour Chowk, Sector 20, on September 10. The deceased was identified as Ram Kishan, a resident of Kushi Nagar district, in UP.

Police officials said the accused, Sriniwas Yadav, a resident of Gorakhpur district had been arrested in the case. During investigation, it came to the fore that Ram Kishan was working as a labourer and was an alcoholic. It was found that September 9, the deceased and a person named Lambu were seen together at Badheri Chowk, where they had consumed liquor together. Apart from the name “Lambu” there was no clue about his identity or whereabouts.

A police parties then started locating Lambu, raids were conducted during late hours at all roundabouts, night shelters, Gurdwara Nada Sahib, Mansa Devi and even at Patiala. Finally, Lambu was identified and his name was confirmed as Sriniwas Yadav. The police arrested the accused today.

During interrogation, the accused confessed to his crime and disclosed that after consuming liquor on September 9 he along with the victim came to old Labour Chowk and sat in the middle of the roundabout where he killed the victim by hitting him with stones. “There was some old dispute between the duo over money following which the accused murdered Ram Kishan”, the police said.



Woman robbed of gold ornaments in P’kula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 17
A 64-year-old woman was robbed of her gold jewellery, worth Rs 70,000, by two persons in the Sector 12 market here today.

In her complaint, the victim, Usha, a resident of Sector 12, stated that she was walking towards the market when she was approached by a woman, who appeared to be from a well-off family.

She added that the woman struck a friendly conversation with her. After that, a man in white ‘kurta’ came, whom the woman introduced as a ‘saint’. The woman said she could tell him if he had some problem.

Then, Usha was asked to keep all her gold jewellery in a handkerchief, following which the ‘saint’ chanted some ‘mantras’. The victim was asked to open the handkerchief at home.

On reaching home, she opened the handkerchief and found two silver bangles in it.

A case has been registered at the Sector 5 police station. The police have procured a footage of the CCTV installed in the market. 



City gets first indoor basketball stadium
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The much awaited Chandigarh’s first indoor basketball stadium, at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, is now open for players. The venue, expected to get ready by 2009-10, has finally received a green signal from the UT Engineering Department, and opened for the players.

The venue will host the 31st Youth National Basketball Championship. The tournament is scheduled to be held from October 7 to 14. And the stadium is expected to host a formal inauguration ceremony on September 6.

“The arena is open for players and they are allowed to practice on the turf under supervision of an appointed coach. The engineering department is yet to complete some work however the major construction work is over. The arena is fully equipped with flood lights and other facilities giving the players facilities of international standards,” said Sanjay Sharma, manager of the Sports Complex.

The UT Engineering Department was expected to complete the construction work during the year 2009-10 but the delay by the UT Sports Department compelled the authorities to drop their original plan of organising an All-India Basketball (U-19) Tournament in 2009-10. Earlier, also the department faced the flak for handing over the partially constructed Basketball Court of Sector 7 with a delay of over one year.

Heat inside- A major problem

Patting their back for indoor stadium, even with delay of five years, the officials of engineering department are toiling hard to find ways for controlling temperature on the courts. The roof over the court is covered with fabricated-sheets and heat, caused by sunlight reflections during day time, is making players to suffer more throughout the day. Also on opening the windowpanes, for cross ventilation, birds fly inside that leads to unhygienic circumstances inside the court. “We are happy that the court is ready but struggling out with heat is a tough. Playing under such circumstances is good to increase stamina but risky for junior players. Even the window panes are not covered with reflector-films,” said a player.

“The public health department has proposed to install big wing air vents on the roof while the engineering department has proposed to cover windowpanes with sheets to cut down temperature,” revealed a source. However, the same would be installed after the national competition. 



Table Tennis Tournament
Kalyani, Dev win titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Table tennis players Kalyani and Dev Saini claimed the glittering trophy in the women’s and men’s category, respectively, on the concluding day of 2nd Chandigarh State Table Tennis Ranking Tournament, here. In the final of the women’s category, Kalyani of SD College defeated Naina Suri of same college 4-3. In final the title winner went down in first two sets by 7-11 and 4-11 while in the third gathered win at 11-9. In the next Kalyani again tasted dust at 10-12 however in the next three sets she bounced at 11-4, 11-4 and 11-2.

In the finals of men’s category, Dev Saini beat Pankaj Sidana 4-2. After winning the initial set at 14-12 Dev fumbled in the next at 9-11. In the third set he again managed to take the lead at 11-9 however Pankaj leveled the score in the next set at 8-11. The last two sets were won by Dev 11-4 and 11-9.)

Results: Women’s singles

Semifinals: Naina beat Nadia (11-13, 12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9) (4-3); Kalyani beat Pareen (8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6) (4-1)

Men’s quarterfinals: Dev beat M.A Khan (11-8, 11-5, 11-7, 17-15) 94-0); Deval beat Vikas (13-11, 11-5, 6-11,11-5, 11-0) (4-1); Mayank beat Aseem (11-8,11-9, 11-6, 11-5) (4-0); Pankaj beat Aditya (11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6,12-10) (4-1)

Semifinals: Dev beat Deval (11-7, 11-7, 11-5,11-5) (4-0); Pankaj beat Mayank (11-6, 11-7,9-11, 11-7, 11-8) (4-1).



Katoch Shield 
Chandigarh bowled out for 279 in first innings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Chandigarh lads failed to perform against Ludhiana, in the ongoing match of the Katoch Shield, held in Ludhiana. After resuming from their overnight score of 215 runs, Chandigarh side was bowled out for 279 runs in 81 overs, conceding a vital 51 runs lead to Ludhiana on first innings.

For Chandigarh, Gurinder Singh, who bagged 7 wickets, scored unbeaten 31 runs. Amritpal Bajwa, Simranjit Singh, Rahul Singla and Vaibhav Narang of Ludhiana claimed two wickets each. In reply, Ludhiana, in their 2nd innings, lost two quick wickets for 13 runs in 16.1 overs. Skipper Gitansh Khera (48 runs) and Vaibhav Narang (38 runs) played a fruitful partnership of 81 runs for the 5th wicket.

At the close of day’s play, Ludhiana closed at 139 for 6 in 69 overs increasing their overall lead to 193 with 4 wickets. Gaurav Gambhir claimed 3 for 39 and Gurinder Singh took 2 for 55.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (1st innings): 333 all out in 112.5 overs (Sunny Pandey 85, Karan Goel 129, Gitansh Khera 43, Deepak Bansal 24, VRV Singh 1 for 43, Anshul Tripathi 1 for 14 and Gurinder Singh 7 for 91, Jatinder 1 for 45)

Chandigarh (1st innings): 279 all out in 81 overs (Amit Prashar 54, Sarul Kanwar 82, Jaskaran Singh 12 and Anshul Tripathi 12, Jatinder Billa 22, Gurinder Singh 31 not out, VRV Singh 19, Amritpal 2 for 32, Vaibhav Narang 2 for 21, Rahul Singla 2 for 88 and Karan Goel 1 for 21, Simranjit Singh 2 for 92)

Ludhiana (2nd innings): 139 for 6 in 69 overs (Sunny Pandey 38, Gitansh Khera 48, Vaibhav Narang 38, Gaurav Gambhir 3 for 39, Gurinder Singh 2 for 55, Anshul Tripathi 2 for 29)

Earlier, on Tuesday, Patiala and Jalandhar recorded victory defeating Mohali and Amritsar, respectively. Patiala beat Mohali by 161 runs on the last day. Patiala declared their innings at 264 for 6 in 68 overs setting Mohali a target of 366 runs. Patiala’s second innings was stabled by a 112 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket between Jeevanjot Singh (68-runs) and Kunwar Raina (63-runs). Kunwar scored partnership of 81 runs with Amitoze Singh (71 runs). Karan Kaila also chipped in an unbeaten knock of 46 runs. In reply, Mohali innings was studded with a 110 runs partnership between Sachin Sohal (72 runs) and skipper Gurkirat Mann (40 runs).

Brief scores

Patiala (1st innings): 300 for all out in 139.1 overs (Ravi Inder Singh 77, Prabhjot Singh 88, Kunwar Raina 28, Karan Kaila 44 not out, Jaskaran Singh Bhuttar 4 for 33, and Varun Khanna 3 for 76, Gurkirat Mann 1 for 67, Manpreet Gony 1 for 33).

Mohali (1st innings): 198 all out in 71.5 overs (Manul Jain 24 and Simrat Bawa 7, Uday Kaul 51, Jaskaran Buttar 28, Manpreet Gony 28, Rajwinder Singh 4 for 49 and Sarabjit Ladda 5 for 73)

Patiala (2nd innings): 264 for 6 in 78 overs (declared) (Jiwanjot Singh 68, Kunwar Raina 63, Amitoze 71 and Karan Kaila 46 not out, Varun Khanna 1 for 90, Gurkirat Mann 2 for 44, Jasinder Singh 2 for 88 and Jaskaran 1 for 16)

Mohali (2nd innings): 205 all out in 51.1 overs (Uday Kaul 19, Mayank Siddana 22, Gurkeerat Mann 40, Sachin Sohal 72, Jaskaran 12, Manpreet Gony 22, Karan Kaila 2 for 33, Rajwinder Singh 3 for 75, Sarabjeet Ladda 5 for 57)

In the second match Jalandhar piped Amritsar by 9 wickets. Trailing by 17 runs on the first innings, Jalandhar bounced back strongly to dismiss Amritsar for 112 in 51 overs. Medium pacers Subek Gill 4 for 30 and Taruwar Kohli 4 for 20 bundled the innings of Amritsar.



CLT20: Little excitement for Kings XI opener
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

A thin crowd outside the ticket counter of the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Wednesday.
A thin crowd outside the ticket counter of the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Chandigarh, September 17
Kings XI Punjab may not have enough support on its home turf during the opening game of Champions League T20 Championship against Hobart Hurricanes, on Thursday (8pm), at the PCA stadium.

Sale at ticket counters reveal a grim picture, as only handful of tickets were sold, till date, leaving the organisers worried. The authorities are planning to devise methods to attract crowd. “The sale is less this time. We were expecting a good business.

The performance of the teams in the opening game will attract the spectators to watch the upcoming matches,” said a ticket seller.

However, the demand for free passes is high.

“Mostly everyone looks for free passes. However, with no option left, later they buy tickets.

We have booked the entire members’ block for our members and rest the trend could be seen in tomorrow’s match. Let’s see if the presence of home team can attract nice crowd,” said an official of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).

Last year, PCA stadium witnessed a very low turnout for the Champions League matches. However, this time, the presence of home team is expected to attract some crowd. 



SGGS-26 drub Moga college 2-0 in volleyball
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Spikers of SGGS College, Sector 26, defeated Guru Nanak College, Moga, 2-0, during the ongoing Panjab University Inter-College Volleyball Championship for Men (A-division) Championship, held at PU, here today. In ongoing league matches, the team registered a 25-18 and 25-18 victory over the rivals.

In the second match, BBPUCC, Balachaur College, defeated Malwa College, Samrala, 2-0 (25-20, 25-19). GP College, Alour, defeated JCDAV College, Dasuya, 2-0 (25-12, 25-15). In aother match, Panjab University Campus defeated DAV College, Sector 10, 2-0 (25-15, 25-21). However, in their previous league match DAV College beat BAM Khalsa College, Garhshankar, 2-0 (25-18 and 25-18). In other league matches, held in evening session, DAV College, Hoshiarpur, beat BB PUCC, Balachaur, 2-0.



Skating officials nominated 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Local skating officials, Harpreet Singh of Principal Accountant General (A&E), Punjab, and Sarabjit Singh, skating coach, UT Sports Department, have been nominated to officiate in the 16th Asian Roller Skating Championship. The tournament is scheduled to be held at Haining (China) from September 19 to September 29. Harpreet Singh has already officiated in more than 40 international matches while Sarabjit Singh will officiate for first time in any international championship.



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