12102020-CT-01.qxd 10/12/2020 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 12 OCTOBER 2020 | CHANDIGARH RESIDENTS PEDAL TO PROMOTE CYCLING AT SECTOR 42 LAKE PAGE 3 Chandigarh Smart City Limited organises a cycle rally to promote Cycle4Change Challenge in the city. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA SAMPLES TESTED 87,485 75,015 SAMPLES REJECTED 539 — POSITIVE 13,162 6,593 NEGATIVE 73,784 — RECOVERED 11,787 6,068 REPORTS AWAITED 129 — ACTIVE 1,184 424 RESENT — — DEATHS 191 101 MOHALI 87,039 — 11,415 74,354 10,190 1,270 1,017 — 208 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 110 PANCHKULA 105 MOHALI 114 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH Parts of Sector 41 and Badheri: 10 am to 2 pm Parts of Sector 25, Panjab University, Aman-Chaman and Ambedkar Colony, Dhanas village, Khuda Lahora, Khuda Jassu and Colony number 1 and 2: 10 am to 3 pm Parts of Sector 19, 27, 37, Jay Pee Garbage plant, New garbage plant at Dadu Majra Colony and Maloya colony flats: 10 am to 4 pm Parts of Motor Market, Mori gate, Gobindpura, Thakurdwara, Civil Hospital, Motor Market, Shivalik Enclave, NAC, Pipli Wala Town, Mari Wala Town, Shanti Nagar, Darshni Bagh and Bank Colony in Mani Majra: 10 am to 5 pm BETTING RACKET: SUSPECTS ALSO INVOLVED IN DRUG SMUGGLING PAGE 3 The Mohali police recover 570 grams of heroin worth ~2.85 crore from the possession of two suspects. MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 19.4°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:55 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:23 AM FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Assailants fire 6 shots while he was waiting for friends in SUV near Emporium Mall Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 11 A 26-year-old former state president of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) was shot dead by three unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants outside City Emporium Mall, Industrial Area, Phase I, here last night. The victim, identified as Gurlal Brar, was an acquaintance of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi. Gurlal and his friends had come to Playboy, a nightclub at Emporium Mall, for a party on Saturday night. After sometime, Gurlal left for Paara, another night club, at Centra Mall to celebrate a woman friend’s birthday. The police said Gurlal left Paara around 12.15 am after telling his friends that he would leave his SUV near City Emporium Mall for his friends who were partying at Playboy. “While leaving, Gurlal told his friends at Paara to pick him up from outside the mall after 10 minutes,” the police said. Gurlal reached the mall. While he was parking his SUV on the roadside, a security guard of the mall asked him to park the vehicle somewhere else. Gurlal then drove the SUV on to the pavement opposite the mall. While he was sitting in the SUV waiting for his friends, two motorcycleborne assailants opened fire ON FACEBOOK, GROUP CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY Later in the evening, members of the Davinder Bambiha group took the responsibility of Gurlal’s murder through a Facebook post. The post read that Gurlal was killed at the behest of Lucky to avenge Lavi Deora’s murder. Deora was killed in July 2017 at Kotkapura, allegedly by members of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. VICTIM’S CONNECT WITH LAWRENCE BISHNOI Although Gurlal was not a student of PU, he actively participated in the party’s activities on the campus. He had support from gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s group. Gurlal had also shared Bishnoi’s pictures on his FB profile. VICTIM GURLAL BRAR WITH GANGSTER LAWRENCE BISHNOI (RIGHT). WAS BOOKED BY UT POLICE IN SEPT Pieces of broken glass and blood stains at the spot near City Emporium Mall where Gurlal was shot. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR at him around 12.20 am. While two assailants walked up to the SUV to shoot Gurlal, the third one waited on the motorcycle. Police sources said at least six shots were fired apparently from a .32bore pistol, of which three hit The police said two girls known to Gurlal had an argument with other girls outside a mall. The two girls called Gurlal to the spot. Gurlal and his friend reached there and had a heated argument following which a girl was slapped. A case under Section 354 (assault or criminal force against woman with intent to outrage her modesty) was registered against Gurlal and his friend at the Industrial Area police station. While Gurlal was absconding in the case, his friend was arrested. the victim. He was shot in the neck, shoulder and hand. The assailants escaped from the spot on the motorcycle. Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Tribune News Service A NATIVE OF HIMACHAL The arrested accused has been identified as Ramesh Kumar, who hails from Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, and lives at a flat in Zirakpur. He is an associate of Happy Brar, who had allegedly fired at the victim, Anil Thakur. shot dead Anil Thakur (35), a native of Mandi. The victim was living at Kharar and is survived by his wife and a 10month-old son. The police said they had some leads and were trying to trace the suspects. Meanwhile, the police are also questioning the victim’s friends to know more about the incident. Chandigarh, October 11 Even though the UT is witnessing decline in cases for the past two weeks, its test positivity rate (TPR) of is still higher at 15 per cent and the second-highest in the country after Maharashtra, which has the TPR of 20 per cent. On May 12, the World Health Organization advised governments that before reopening, positivity rate should remain at 5 per cent or lower for at least 14 days. Punjab, on the other hand, has stemmed the TPR to 5.8 per cent with increased testing. Dr KK Talwar, Health Adviser to Punjab Government and former head of PGI, said, “We are conducting around 30,000 tests every day. The testing capacity has Man stabbed at Raipur Rani, one arrested In his complaint to the police, Gurmeet Singh stated that he, along with his brother Rajiv Kumar and friends Amrik and Sanjeev Kumar, was playing volleyball at a school around 8.30 pm on Friday. He added that they had installed a volleyball net and lights in the school ground. He said Shish Pal, his brother Rishi Pal, Pardeep and two continued on page 3 TEST POSITIVITY RATE National average Maharashtra Chandigarh Delhi Haryana Punjab HP 8.1% 20% 15 % 8.6% 6.5% 5.8% 5.3% SOURCE: COVID19INDIA.ORG (AS ON OCTOBER 10) IT WAS 30.21% ON SEPTEMBER 1 The test positivity rate of Chandigarh has dipped from 30.21 per cent on September 1 to 15 per cent on October 10, but it is still above the national average of 8.1 per cent. been increased by adding more manpower and machinery. We started ondemand testing in government hospitals. We are effectively carrying out testing in micro-containment zones.” He said it would be a good indication if the number of tests had been constant over a period of time but the positivity rate had come down. At least 10 contacts of each continued on page 3 The security guard, who was present at the mall entrance, didn’t hear the gunshots. The police said when the victim’s friends arrived at the spot to pick him up they saw him lying in a pool of blood. His head was resting on the steering wheel. They thought that Gurlal might have met with an accident as the SUV was parked on the pavement. One of Gurlal’s friends called a bouncer who works at a club. He reached there and they all rushed Gurlal to the PGI where the doctors declared him brought dead. “On reaching the hospital, the victim’s friends came to know that he was shot,” said a police official. The police came to know about the incident after a police patrol party saw the SUV with the pieces of the driver side windowpane scattered on the road. Police teams then started an investigation. The footage of CCTV cameras installed outside the mall as well as at the showrooms nearby is being scrutinised by the police. Police officials said personal rivalry angle in the case was being probed. A murder case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station on a complaint by Vikas Tiwari, a valet parking driver of the mall. Gurlal, who was a native of Kotkapura in Faridkot, was residing in Mohali. Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 11 The City Beautiful has witnessed a sudden rise in shooting incidents during the past 18 months. Eleven shooting incidents, including six killings, have been reported exposing the deteriorating law and order situation in the city. Gangsters from adjoining states have been fearlessly targeting their rivals in Chandigarh. Shooters have been found moving around the city with no fear of the UT police. The murder of Gurlal Brar, who was an acquaintance of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, is a grim reminder of the city turning into a safe place for carrying out attack on rivals. In May this year, five assailants had fired shots at hotelier Rakesh Singla’s house in Sector 33. The assailants had come looking for Rakesh’s brother Arvind Singla, a liquor baron. The attack was allegedly a handiwork of the Bishnoi gang. Two days later, assailants of the Bishnoi gang opened fire at a liquor vend in Sector 9. Earlier in March, Surjit Singh, a bouncer-turned-financier, was shot dead in his car by miscreants in Sector 38 (West). In December last year, two students were shot at their rented accommodation in Sector 15. Members of the Bishnoi gang were allegedly behind the double murder. Rajbir Singh, alias Sonu Shah, a financier who had a CRIMINALS SHOOT AT WILL 2020 . June 2 Two assailants open indiscriminate fire at employees of a liquor store in Sector 9, leaving three injured May 31 Five assailants come looking for a liquor contractor and fire 17 shots on his brother’s house in Sector 33 March 16 Bouncer-turnedfinancier Surjit Singh shot dead by motorcycle-borne miscreants at Sector 38 (West) February 12 SUV-borne miscreants fire gunshots into the air following a quarrel with another group at Mani Majra January 10 Four persons open fire outside the GMCH-32 2019 . December 18 Two college students shot dead at their rented accommodation in Sector 15 November 30 Two assailants fire eight bullets at the wall and the door of a nightclub in Sector 26, as they are stopped by a bouncer at the entrance September 28 Sonu Shah, a financier, shot dead by four assailants at his office in Burail September 4 A 26-year-old youth, a murder accused, shot by four assailants at Sector 17 March 6 A 24-year-old former student leader killed at a flat in Sector 49 criminal past, was shot by inside his office at Burail in September last year. The murder was allegedly committed at the behest of Bishnoi. Three succumb in tricity 37 more test +ve in P’kula Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 11 With 85 new cases of Covid19, the UT tally today reached 13,162. The city also reported one death due to the infection. 85 fresh cases reported from UT A 34-year-old man from Sector 50, who was also suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome, died at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 here. With 125 single-day recoveries, the number of cured patients in the city has reached 11,787, thus increasing the recovery rate to 89.5 per cent. A total of 1,184 patients are still infected with Covid-19, while 191 have succumbed to the disease. 97 NEW CASES IN MOHALI Mohali: The district on Sunday saw one more fatality due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 208, and 97 fresh cases. Among the new cases, 82 were reported from Mohali (Urban), seven from Dhakoli, three each from Dera Bassi and Lalru and one each from Kharar and Kurali. Meanwhile, 124 persons defeated the virus and were discharged from the hospital. So far, 11,415 persons have tested positive in the district and 10,190 of them have been cured. There are 1,017 active cases. Panchkula, October 11 The district today recorded one more fatality due to Covid, taking the toll to 101. Besides, 37 fresh cases were reported today, taking the tally to 6,593. Civil Surgeon Jasjit Kaur said a 69-year-old woman, a resident of Sector 7, had succumbed to the virus. She said the woman was suffering from comorbidities. The fresh cases include six from Kalka, five from Sector 16, four each from Barwala and Sector 19 and three each from Sector 7, 15 and 21. — TNS RECOVERY RATE 92% Panchkula has achieved 92 per cent recovery rate as 6,068 of the total 6,593 patients have recovered from the virus. City girl Kashvee to play for Trailblazers in T20 Challenge Deepankar Sharda Tribune News Service Panchkula, October 11 The Raipur Rani police have arrested a person in a case of stabbing. The suspect has been identified as Shish Pal of Raipur Rani. Gurmeet Singh, also of Raipur Rani, was attacked with a knife on Friday night. The victim suffered serious injuries in the attack. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Ex-SOPU chief shot dead in Ind’l Area 11firing incidents in 18 months in city ZIRAKPUR ROAD RAGE Tribune News Service PAGE 3 Members of Aam Aadmi Party take out a protest march against poor condition of roads in Kajheri village. Day after murder, key At 15%, UT positivity rate suspect’s aide held second-highest in country Zirakpur, October 11 A day after a native of Himachal Pradesh was shot dead on VIP Road here following an altercation over the issue of overtaking, the CIA wing of the Mohali police arrested a close aide of the key suspect. The arrested suspect has been identified as Ramesh Kumar, who hails from Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, and lives at a flat in Zirakpur. He is an associate of Happy Brar, who allegedly fired at the victim, Anil Thakur. Ramesh ran a car accessory shop in Phase VII. He was produced in a local court, which sent him to police remand. The police said the search was on to arrest the other six suspects in the case, adding that they hoped to arrest them soon. The incident took place on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday when a Faridkot native, Happy Brar, AAP HOLDS MARCH AGAINST POOR CONDITION OF ROADS AT KAJHERI Chandigarh, October 11 Right-arm pacer Kashvee Gautam (17), who had a dream run earlier this February when she claimed all 10 wickets against Andhra Pradesh in a match of Women’s U-19 One-day Trophy Plate Group, has been called by the BCCI to play for Trailblazers in the Women’s T20 Challenge. Kashvee will be the first teenager from the city to play in this championship. International wicketkeeper and local girl Taniya Bhatia (22) will be playing with Supernovas and Mohali’s Harleen Deol (22) will be representing Trailblazers in the championship. Taniya and Harleen, both international players, are already part of the BCCI’s contractual system. The Indian cricket board has decided to host the third edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge in the United Arab Emirates from November 4 to 9. The women cricketers will assemble in Mumbai on October 13 and will be under quarantine for more than a week before flying out to the UAE for the championship. The players are likely to leave for the UAE on October 22 and they will be tested multiple times during their quarantine period. c m y b Her 10-wicket haul Kashvee Gautam (left) with her coach Nagesh Gupta. In February, Kashvee picked up a hat-trick as well as she became the first Indian cricketer, as per available records, to pick all 10 wickets in a limited-overs match. In the match played at KSRM College Ground in Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh), she claimed 10 wickets for 12 runs off 29 balls, wrapping up the Arunachal Pradesh innings at 25 runs. Chandigarh won the match by 161 runs. “Playing in the Women’s T20 Challenge will be a moment to gain vast experience for me. It’s been almost two weeks that I have started reworking on my bowling attack. During the lockdown period, I was concentrating more on gaining physical fitness. I am looking ahead to get a chance for featuring in the playing squad and showcasing my talent,” said Kashvee. She will be sharing the pitch with the likes of Jhulan Goswami and Smriti Mandhana. In the U-23 One-day Trophy, she picked up 31 wickets in the league stage while in the T20 format, she claimed 14 wickets and scored 160 runs for Chandigarh. “She is a natural talent and if she performs well in this trophy, it will be a big breakthrough for her. continued on page 3
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