13082017-CT-01.qxd 8/13/2017 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 13 AUGUST 2017 | CHANDIGARH Poll fever yet to catch up More swine flu cases Festive fervour While PU is abuzz with activities related to student elections, the poll fever is yet to grip city colleges. P2 Two persons each from Chandigarh and Mohali district test positive for swine flu. Students dance during the Teej celebrations at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women. P2 FORECAST P4 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.3°C MIN 24.4°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.06 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.49 AM Gold worth ~25 lakh found on int’l flight Tribune News Service Mohali, August 12 Customs sleuths recovered about 950-gram gold worth Rs 25 lakh from a flight at Chandigarh International Airport here today. The gold was hidden under a seat of the Dubai-Mohali flight. According to sources, the gold, in the form of small discs, was kept in a packet hidden under a seat of the aircraft, which was further scheduled to fly to Delhi on domestic service. However, nobody was nabbed as all international passengers had reportedly crossed the immigration counter before the recovery of the gold, the sources said. The recovered gold discs are plated with other metal. “Somebody, who was travelling from Mohali to Delhi, was to pick the packet before landing in Delhi, but alert sleuths foiled the smuggling attempt,” said the sources. A similar attempt was made on June 14 when the customs staff had nabbed a 19-yearold smuggler and recovered 840-gram gold worth Rs 23.11 lakh from him at the airport. The accused, Arsalan from Delhi, had hidden the gold in a belt and kept it under the cushion of his seat in the aircraft from Dubai to Mohali. Same man behind Balongi shooting, Baltana murder Trader hatched plan, hired ‘supari’ killers in jail; 3 assassins held Tribune News Service Baltana-based Ajay Jain murdered over business rivalry, killers identified Mohali, August 12 The Mohali police today claimed to have worked out last month’s firing incident at Balongi village, in which a financier was injured, with the arrest of three members of a “supari” killers’ gang, main conspirator Rohit Madhok and co-conspirator Rajinder, alias Joker. The police have also claimed that Madhok had also hired three other assassins to kill Baltana-based Ajay Jain following business rivalry and they have been identified. The arrested “supari” killers have been identified as Vipan Kumar from Nanheri, Fatehabad (Haryana); Sunil Kumar, alias Seelu from Serawali Baglehar (Himachal Pradesh); and Hardeep Singh, alias Happu from Bhalaan. The police have also recovered two .32bore pistols along with 35 cartridges, three 315-bore pistols with 39 cartridges, one 30bore pistol with two cartridges and a motorcycle In the Ajay Jain murder case, the police claimed to have identified the other “supari” killers whom Rohit Madhok had hired for Rs 14 lakh through Amit Kumar Malik, alias Bhoora from Sarnabali (UP). Madhok, who was earlier lodged at Patiala Jail in connection with attempt to murder his wife Reena, had come in contact with Bhoora and hatched a conspiracy with him to eliminate Jain over business rivalry. “Then Bhoora contacted Sushil Fauji, who was posted at Military Regiment 105AD, Ambala, to execute the killing plan. Fauji arranged the ‘supari’ killers, Neeraj, alias Bawa from village Atta (Uttar Pradesh); Ajay, alias Happy from Meerut; and Naresh from Noida. Madhok’s father Mahavir had given the ‘supari’ amount to Bhoora’s accomplices in three instalments. Bhoora is already facing at least 17 cases of heinous crime, including dacoity and murder. “Bawa and Happy, too, are notorious criminals. I am being made a scapegoat: Barala Mohali SSP KS Chahal holds a press conference on Saturday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH (PB12B 9438) used in the crime from their possession. Madhok and Joker, who are already lodged in Ropar Jail, were brought here on production warrant by the Mohali police, which later arrested them. Joker introduced the ‘supari’ killers to Madhok for the elimination of Balongi-based financier, Harwinder Singh, aka Hira, and Madhok’s wife Reena. The deal was closed at Rs 2.5 lakh. Madhok suspected that his wife had illicit relations with Hira. The conspiracy to eliminate Hira and Reena was hatched by Madhok and Joker in Ropar Jail. Earlier, Madhok was arrested for opening fire on his wife Reena last year, and was sent to Patiala Jail. Later on, he was shifted to Ropar Jail. Madhok is the same person, who had hired three other ‘supari’ killers to kill Baltana-based Ajay Jain over business rivalry. Jain was shot dead by the ‘supari’ killers on April 27 in the main c m y b market of Baltana. Giving details, Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal said Vipan, Seelu and Happu were hardcore professional killers, who took money from Madhok through Joker to eliminate Hira and Reena. “The miscreants had opened fire at Hira on July 14 after calling him out of his house at Balongi and fled the scene. Hira, who had suffered three gunshot wounds in the Continued on page 4 Accused Vikas Barala being taken to the district courts in Chandigarh on Saturday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 12 “I am being made a scapegoat and have done nothing.” These were the words of Haryana BJP chief’s son Vikas Barala as he spoke to his lawyer, Surya Prakash Garg, in a local court today. This is the first time that the accused has talked in public in the stalking case involving Varnika Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer. He, along with his friend Ashish Kumar, was booked on August 5 under various sections, including stalking and attempt to abduction (added later). Garg, who could speak to Judicial remand for both accused The court of Duty Magistrate Gaurav Dutta on Saturday sent the duo to Burail Jail in judicial custody as the Chandigarh police did not seek their further remand. They were remanded in two-day police custody on January 10. During the past two days, the police reconstructed the crime scene on the route where alleged stalking took place. There was no word from the police about the motive of the crime. Earlier, while pleading for the accused’s police remand, the police had stated that they wanted to find out the motive. Barala for a second, said: “By this, he meant he had done Continued on page 2
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