31052018-CT-01.qxd 5/31/2018 1:22 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 31 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Mohali top in tricity Cops suspect insider’s role Prinkle in semifinals Mohali tops tricity with a pass percentage of 93.24 in CBSE Class X examinations. The police have not ruled out the role of an insider in the murder of Punjabi singer Navjot Singh. P4 Prinkle defeats Prakriti to confirm her berth in semifinals of girls’ U-18 in tennis tournament. P6 FORECAST P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 40°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C MIN 29.2°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.19 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.22 AM Khaki wrath HIGH-PROFILE MURDERS Police found wanting, CBI nobetter Probe into three cases transferred to central agency in past eight years, none solved Sham Mall owner’s murder still a mystery Amit Sharma Tribune News Service The police use water cannons on protesting computer teachers and lab assistants in Panchkula on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR P4 Airport reopens tomorrow HCS officer booked for molestation Mohali, May 30 A total of 37 flights will operate after June 1 when the Chandigarh international airport reopens post-repair work. While four new flights have been added, one has been restarted. The four new flights are Kolkata-Chandigarh-Srinagar, Ahmedabad-Chandigarh-Srinagar, Indore-Chandigarh-Indore and Bengaluru-ChandigarhBengaluru. The Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi flight has been restarted by Jet Airways. These flights will operate from July 1 till October 27 except the Indore flight, which will operate from August 1 to October 27. A new feature this time is the Pawan Hans heli-taxi service. A Pawan Hans chopper will operate from June 4 (Shimla-Chandigarh-Shimla) till October 27. — TNS flight schedule on p6 Tribune News Service Panchkula, May 30 The local police on Thursday booked an HCS officer, Reagan Kumar, administrative officer-cum-secretary and CEO of Utkarsh Society, Secondary Education Department, for allegedly molesting a woman employee of the office. According to the complaint, the woman employee alleged that on May 28, the official called her to his cabin and offered coffee, which she refused. The woman said on Tuesday the official again called her to his cabin and allegedly tried to sexually abuse her. She stated that she called her brother and later submitted a complaint to the Haryana DGP . “We have booked him under Section 354 A (for Chandigarh, May 30 Exposing the inability of the UT police, the investigations of three sensational murder cases have been transferred to the CBI in the past eight years. The murder case of Akansh Sen, who was former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s nephew, is the recent one that the UT police failed to solve following which it was transferred to the CBI. Two other murder cases, which were investigated by CBI sleuths, remain unsolved. The murder of Sham Mall owner Amarjeet Singh Khurana in 2009 and that of Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu, aka Sippy, in 2015 are the ones which were transferred to the CBI and still remain a mystery. The UT police could not make headway in these cases after which the investigations were taken over by the CBI. Akansh murder case: Prime accused at large Reagan Kumar physical touch) and 354 D (for stalking) under the Indian Penal Code. The case is under investigation,” said DCP Panchkula, RK Meena. , Director, Secondary Education-cum-vice-president, Utkarsh Society, Rajiv Rattan withdrew work from Reagen Kumar and forwarded the case of sexual abuse to the internal complaints committee of the department on Wednesday. The murder of Akansh Sen (28) took place on February 9, 2017. He was run over by a BMW car in Sector 9. The accused, Balraj Singh Randhawa, a resident of Sector 77, Sohana, Mohali, was allegedly driving the BMW car, while Harmehtab Singh, alias Farid, a resident of Radewala Farm, Landran, Mohali, was sitting next to him. While Farid was arrested from Haridwar a week SIPPY MURDER CASE YET TO BE CRACKED The murder of advocate Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu, aka Sippy, remains a mystery even two and a half years after he was shot dead. The CBI, which is investigating the case for the past two years, is yet to crack the case. Sippy was shot dead at a park in Sector 27 on September 20, 2015. A .12 bore gun was used in the crime and four bullets were fired from it. Since the day of the crime, the UT police were found groping in the dark, though a special investigation team (SIT) was constituted to crack the case. Several people, including a Judge’s daughter, were questioned in the case. The UT police also had to face criticism for going soft on the prime suspect in the case. On a demand of Sippy’s family, the case was transferred to the CBI in 2016 after which the investigating agency registered a murder case and began a probe. In September 2016, CBI sleuths also failed to make any headway in the case after which they announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for providing a clue that could help crack the case. The CBI also gave a newspaper advertisement stating that “there is a reason to believe that a woman was accompanying the murderer of Sippy Sidhu at the time of the murder. The said woman is also being given this opportunity to come forward and The mangled remains of a car that met with an accident near Bhankarpur village in Dera Bassi on Wednesday. NITIN MITTAL Woman killed, 2 hurt in car crash Our Correspondent Dera Bassi, May 30 A 62-year-old woman was killed while two suffered injuries when the Swift Dzire car they were travelling in crashed into the median on the national highway near Bhankarpur village, Dera Bassi, here on Wednesday. It has been learnt that the driver dozed off, resulting in the accident. The deceased has been identified as Ramesho Devi, while those injured are her son Anil Kumar (33) and driver Sethpal, all residents of Keorak village in Kaithal. The injured were admitted to the PGI, said the police. Their condition is stated to be stable. Harnek Singh, investigating officer, posted at the Mubarikpur police post, said the incident occurred around 8 am when the victims were on their way to the PGI from Kaithal for a routine check-up. The impact of the collision was so strong that the car was totally damaged. Ramesho Devi, who was sitting on the rear seat, died on the spot. The police suspect the car was being driven at a high speed. The police have initiated inquest proceedings in the matter. The postmortem of Ramesho Devi will be conducted on Thursday. Panchkula, May 30 A 15-year-old girl died under mysterious circumstances at Nada village here. The police on Wednesday booked Mukesh Kumar, a resident of the same locality, on a murder charge. The girl, Sahiba, had injury marks on her neck and wrist. The exact cause of the death will be known after the postmortem. DSP Noopur Bishnoi said a case of murder was registered on a complaint of the parents of the victim. She said when the victim’s parents reached home around 5.30 pm, the room was locked from inside. They forced open the door. When they went inside, the Property tax: Use cheque, DD also Chandigarh: The local Municipal Corporation has decided to collect property tax on May 31 through cheque and DD also. Residents can also deposit their property tax at eSampark centres on May 31 through cheque and DD. TNS A police official inspects a knife at the spot where Sahiba (inset) was found dead at Nabha village in Panchkula. Sept 20, 2015: Sippy shot dead at a park in Sector 27 in Chandigarh Oct 10: Police question a Judge’s daughter to probe her alleged involvement in the case Oct 14: Victim’s kin submit a representation to the Chief Justice of the High Court Oct 17: Judge’s daughter questioned again Nov 29: Family holds a candlelight demonstration outside the IGP’s residence Nov 30: Kin give a representation to Adviser after the crime, Randhawa is still absconding. The police had announced a reward on Randhawa, but that turned out to be of no help. After the accused could not be arrested, the court declared Randhawa a proclaimed offender in the murder case. boy was found unconscious and the girl was lying in a pool of blood. It is learnt that Sahiba’s parents wanted to take her back to their native place in Uttar Pradesh and had gone to book the tickets. Finding her alone at home, Mukesh Kumar went to meet her. “The accused is hospitalised. He probably took poison. He is a major,” said Bishnoi. She refused to comment on the relationship between the two as the accused is hospitalised and his statement is yet to be recorded. Asked whether both had tried to commit suicide together, Bishnoi clarified that the case was registered on a complaint of the victim’s parents and the probe was on. Constable gets life term for murder Mohali, May 30 A Punjab Police constable has been awarded life imprisonment for murdering a 27year-old youth four years ago. The convict, Amritpal Singh, stabbed Manjinder Singh in an inebriated condition near the Phase 8 police station. He has been directed to pay a fine of Rs 25,000 by the court. The victim was reported to be a budding singer. The vic- c m y b contact us if she is innocent. Otherwise it shall be presumed that she was a party to the offence”. Meanwhile, Sippy’s family has pinned all hopes on the CBI. His mother Deepinder Kaur alleged that the UT police deliberately did not solve the case due to pressure. “Evidence that could have nailed the accused was ignored by the police”, she said. Sippy’s younger brother Jippy said the UT police had disappointed him. However, he still had faith in the CBI. TIMELINE Mystery shrouds minor girl’s death, youth booked Tribune News Service Mother of Sukhmanpreet Singh ( Sippy ) at her house in Mohali. tim, the convict and two others, Mohan Lal and Rashpal, were having drinks and dinner on June 24, 2014. They brought food from a nearby dhaba. One of them got angry since there were no chappatis. The remaining three went back to a dhaba in Phase 9 around 11 pm. There, they had an altercation which escalated and Amritpal stabbed Manjinder. — TNS Dec 13: Sippy’s kin gather at Matka Chowk and hold a candlelight march towards Sector 17 Dec 18: Kin hold a candlelight demonstration on Sippy’s 35th birth anniversary Dec 24: Kin stage a silent protest near the PM’s residence in New Delhi January 2016: Investigation in the case transferred to the CBI September: CBI announces ~5 lakh reward Timeline Feb 9, 2017: Akansh Sen run over by BMW car being driven by Balraj Singh Randhawa Feb 16: Harmehtab Singh, alias Farid, arrested Feb 20: BMW car, which was found abandoned in Mandi Gobindgarh, handed over to UT police March 2: UT police announce Rs 50,000 reward on Randhawa April 5: Randhawa declared proclaimed offender, reward money increased to Rs 1 lakh May 6: UT police file a 443page chargesheet The murder case of Amarjeet Singh Khurana, owner of Sham Fashion Mall in Sector 34, is still a mystery. Amarjeet was shot dead outside his house in Sector 35 on May 5, 2009. A man armed with a pistol came up to his car, broke open the driver’s side window and opened fire on him. The UT police constituted a SIT. However, nothing conclusive came out. Amarjeet’s family moved the High Court following which the investigation was transferred to the CBI. The family announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for anyone providing a clue to solve the case. It was raised to Rs 20 lakh. However, it turned out to be of no help. The CBI filed a closure report in the case in 2012. It was not accepted and the court asked the CBI to reinvestigate the case. In 2015, a second closure report was filed, which was also turned down by the court. Finally, in 2016, the special CBI court accepted the closure report. Timeline May 5, 2009: Amarjeet shot Oct 2010: Case shifted to CBI Nov 27, 2012: CBI submits closure report. The court refuses to accept it Aug 5, 2014: Court orders fresh investigation Jan 8, 2015: Second closure report filed Feb 9, 2016: Special CBI court accepts closure report
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