04102017-CT-01.qxd 10/4/2017 12:40 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 4 OCTOBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Vendors Act Phase 3B1 library Rasha blanks Maaliha As many as 86 essential and mobile vendors get themselves registered in the city. P2 The library at Rose Garden is yet to be made functional in the absence of staff, books and furniture. P5 Rasha blanks Maaliha Ahuja 6-0 to win the girls’ U-12 title in the STA Open Tennis Championship. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.4°C MIN 22.3°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.04 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.18 AM Thieves’ gang busted, 36 vehicles recovered Free-for-all Ambala RLA clerk among those held Amit Sharma Tribune News Service The accused in police custody along with the stolen vehicles. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 3 The crime branch of the UT police has busted an interstate gang of vehicle thieves and recovered 36 vehicles. The police said the arrest had helped them solve 11 theft cases. A team, led by Inspector Amanjot Singh, arrested six persons, including a scrap dealer based in Malout who used to purchase stolen vehicles and further sell these to scrap dealers. The police said on a tip-off, an accused, identified as Chanpreet Singh, alias Channi, a resident of Delhi, was arrested with a stolen Lancer car bearing a fake registration number. The car was stolen from Rajpura near Patiala. Channi was interrogated, which further led to the recovery of four vehicles, including an Innova, a Maru- ti car, a motorcycle and a scooter. Channi was earlier arrested by the Panchkula police and was out on bail. Further investigation led to the arrest of other gang members, identified as Dhanwinder Sharma and Harpreet Singh, both residents of Ambala City, Sher Singh, a resident of Kakroli village in Kurukshetra, and Raj Kumar, a resident of Sandhala village in Yamunanagar district. SP (Operations) Ravi Kumar said a scrap dealer, Sanjeev Kumar, alias Kali, a resident of Malout, used to purchase the stolen vehicles and further sell these. His interrogation led to the recovery of 21 two-wheelers and four vehicles,” the SP said. The accused used to steal vehicles from Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Delhi and various parts of Punjab and Haryana. Two-wheeler-loaded truck recovered A truck loaded with 19 stolen two-wheelers was recovered from Daria in Chandigarh. It had been there since August, with the one who parked it looking for an opportunity to transport these to Punjab. Gang had stolen Fortuner The gang had earlier stolen a Fortuner belonging to a judicial officer from Mohali. Since the SUV had the GPS, it was tracked and given back to the owner. Accused confess to stealing vehicles During their interrogaton by the police, the accused reportedly confessed to stealing 15 more vehicles, including 12 Alto cars, which were dismantled and sold to scrap dealers. Chandigarh, October 3 Several vehicles with temporary numbers that were stolen by the vehicle thieves’ gang were registered in Ambala on fake documents with the help of one of the arrested gang members, husband of a constable who works as a clerk at the office of the Registering and Licensing Authority, Ambala. Police sources said the accused, Dhanwinder Sharma who was working as a clerk on a contract basis, used to tamper with the documents of stolen vehicles and get these registered in Ambala. The sources said Chanpreet Singh, alias Channi, the kingpin, used to get the vehicles registered in connivance with Sharma. “The accused used to look for documents related to the sale of the vehicles. The papers were then tampered with and the vehicles registered in Ambala,” the sources said. One of the stolen vehicles was being used by Sharma for his personal use. Vehicles sold online Vehicles that were registered in Ambala on fake documents were also sold through an online car selling site. After preparing the registration certificates of the vehicles, the accused used to look for gullible customers and sell these to them. 1,00,000 km, and pedalling Gagan K Teja Tribune News Service Patiala, October 3 Having started cycling 12 years ago as a way to keep fit and disease-free, Bhavjit Singh Sidhu had never thought that his passion would bring him so far. When did this become a passion from a mere exercise routine is something even he seems to have forgotten but now there is no looking back for this 55year-old amateur cyclist. Sidhu has achieved a rare feat by covering 1 lakh km on his bicycle in the past 12 years. He has won the title of Super Randonneurs by completing 200, 300, 400 and 600 km brevets this season. However, Sidhu is in no mood to stop here and wants to continue till his last breath. Sidhu, who works as an artist in the Patiala Civil Surgeon’s office, says for him, cycling happened by chance. “When I was 43, I happened to visit the house of one of my friends who owned a manual treadmill. I tried to use it but within minutes, I got breathless. That’s when I realised that I had become so unfit and wondered as to what will happen after a few years. After this initial shocker, I started cycling in June 2005 and have been continuing since then,” he said. Sidhu initially started cycling for a few kilometres on a simple bicycle that was available at home and gradually went on to increase the distance. However, he started Bhavjit Singh Sidhu competing in brevets in June 2015 and since then has taken part in dozens of brevets across the country. Till date, he has changed four bicycles and has covered 1 lakh km, the record of which is available on his speedometer. “For the initial 10 years, I cycled alone and it was so much fun that I decided to spread this message of healthy living among the masses. I joined hands with like-minded people and officially made the Royal Patiala Riders group, which is actively pursuing cycling. People from different walks of life are part of this group and the only common factor among them is their love for bicycles. c m y b Vehicles were caught in traffic snarls from 1.15 pm to 2.15 pm due to non-functional lights at the Sector 19/27 light point in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU Tutor found guilty of raping 16-year-old POWER SHUTDOWN Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 3 A Sarangpur-based tutor was found guilty of repeatedly raping a 16-year-old girl at his house by a local court today. Nischal Sadana, alias Ashok Sharma, was arrested by the police on a complaint of the victim’s mother who had caught the accused raping her daughter. The quantum of sentence will be announced on October 6. Then 42, the accused was working as a tailor and also took tuitions in Sarangpur and was living under a fake identity. The victim, then in Class IX, was one of his students who took tuitions from the accused. continued on page 4 Hotels at Kajheri village in Chandigarh on Tuesday. MC orders closure of 123 guest houses in 2 months Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 3 The local Municipal Corporation has ordered the owners of 123 guest houses being run from villages under its jurisdiction to close these down within two months for violating building bylaws. In case of failure to do so, the MC will seal these guest houses, hotels and motels. The order, issued by Uma Shankar Gupta, Additional Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer, MC, reads, “The guest house owners are directed to close down their business within two months from the date of the issue of this order. Otherwise, the MC will seal the guest houses at the risk and cost of the owners.” “...the running of the guest houses is not only causing a nuisance but is also continued on page 4 CHANDIGARH 9 am to 1 pm :Parts of Sec 44, 47, 49 and 50, and Bair Majra village 9 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sec 24 and 25 10 am to 3 pm: Parts of Sec 19, 27, 40 and 55, and Palsora village 10 am to 5 pm: Parts of Vikas Nagar, Mouli Complex, tubewell No. 5 near BBMB, Kalagram, Railway Colony, Railway Washing Plant, TA camp and commercial and residential area in Shivalik Enclave/NAC, Mani Majra 10 am to 4pm: Parts of Sec 9, 33 and 34 RAISE A TOAST IN MOHALI MARKETS WITH IMPUNITY! PAGE 5
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