13102020-CT-01.qxd 10/13/2020 12:22 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 13 OCTOBER 2020 | CHANDIGARH DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING A HIT AMONG MOHALI RESIDENTS More and more people prefer to visit drive-through Covid testing centre at Sports Complex in Sector 78, Mohali. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA SAMPLES TESTED 88,819 75,587 SAMPLES REJECTED 543 — POSITIVE 13,260 6,640 NEGATIVE 75,016 — RECOVERED 11,898 6,147 REPORTS AWAITED 138 — ACTIVE 1,170 392 RESENT — — DEATHS 192 101 MOHALI 88,090 — 11,473 75,457 10,334 1,160 931 — 208 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 110 PANCHKULA 142 MOHALI 115 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 7 am to 12 noon: Parts of Sector 17 10 am to 3 pm: Parts of Sector 15, Jaypee Garbage Plant and New Garbage Plant, Dadu Majra: 10 am to 4 pm:Parts of Sector 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 18, 19 and 38 10 am to 5 pm: Parts of MHC, Waterworks, Duplex Houses, Mari Wala Town, Shanti Nagar, Police Station, Old Ropar Road, Samadhi Gate, Darshni Baag in Mani Majra PAGE 2 CHHATBIR ZOO MAY OPEN NEXT MONTH, SOPS TO BE SENT SOON PAGE 2 INTEGRATED COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRE LAUNCHED Closed since March due to lockdown, Chhatbir Zoo is expected to be thrown open to public next month. MAX 35°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.6°C | MIN 20°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:54 PM UT Adviser Manoj Kumar Parida inaugurates Integrated Command and Control Centre at MC building. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:24 AM No stopping trigger-happy youths Shots fired as two groups scuffle outside a club in Sector 9, TikTok star injured Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 12 Three shots were fired outside a night club in Sector 9 following a fight between two groups who had come to the club last night. A 22-yearold youth, who is popular on TikTok and Instagram for making short videos, suffered a gunshot wound. According to the police, the complainant, Akash, a resident of Zirakpur, reported that he, along with his friends Sourav Gujjar and Kunal, reached the EskoBar club around 9.30 pm. The trio was sitting on a table while the suspect, Mouvis Bains, along with four others, was sitting on the other table. After sometime, members of both groups started dancing on the dance floor. While The spot outside a club in Sector 9 where gunshots were fired on Sunday night. MANOJ MAHAJAN SHOOTING INCIDENTS PUT CITY NIGHT LIFE UNDER A CLOUD PAGE 3 dancing, Sourav and Mouvis exchanged heated words when the latter threw money before him apparently as a reward for his dance moves. When Sourav asked a worker of the club to pick up the money, Mouvis slapped him. The bouncers intervened and both groups came out of the club where they again quarrelled. According to the complainant, one of Mouvis’ friends opened fire at Sourav and his friends. Three gun shots were fired. One hit Sourav near the waist. The suspects fled the spot after the incident. The police were informed about the incident around 11.40 pm, following which a team rushed to the spot. Meanwhile, Sourav was rushed to the PGI. The police scrutinised the footage of the CCTV cameras installed outside the club. A case under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC and 25/27/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered at the Sector 3 police station. The police said raids were being conducted to nab the suspects. “Two teams have been sent to Ludhiana and Kharar to nab the accused,” said a police official. Sourav (22) is famous on TikTok and with background music. 19-yr-old girl shot dead Assailants identified, bike found EX-SOPU CHIEF’S MURDER Bishnoi’s aide by cousin in Patiala Tribune News Service INBRIEF ACTIVA RIDER DIES IN ROAD MISHAP Zirakpur: An Activa rider died after being hit by an unidentified car near Big Bazaar here on Monday. Harpal Singh (30) was coming to Chandigarh from Patiala around 6 am. The car driver sped from the spot after the mishap. Harpal was reportedly not wearing a helmet. His head banged on the road. He died at a hospital. TNS TWO HELD WITH 7 STOLEN BIKES Mohali: The police have arrested two persons who were allegedly involved in two-wheeler thefts in the district for the past couple of months. The suspects have been identified as Gurvinder Singh, alias Gindi, and Netar Singh, alias Goldy, residents of Bariyali village here. The police have also recovered seven motorcycles from their possession. They had stolen these vehicles from different areas of Mohali. The duo was produced before a court, which sent them to threeday police remand. The suspects were arrested on Sunday following a tip-off. Several cases were already registered against the suspects in the recent past, said the police. A case has been registered against the duo under Section 379 of the IPC at the Phase 1 police station. TNS ITI student electrocuted Tribune News Service Patiala, October 12 In a shocking incident, a 19year-old girl was allegedly shot dead by her cousin brother at Bolar Kalan village in Sanour here today. The suspect shot the girl, who was a student of Class XII, in her head reportedly over online chatting. The police said the suspect, who had been identified as Gurinder Singh, fled from the spot after the mishap. Gurinder, who is still at large, was living opposite to the girl’s house. The police have Was to get married on Oct 28; online chatting the trigger registered a case against the suspect under Section 302 of the IPC. It has been learnt that the weapon used in the incident is illegal. Ajaypal Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Rural), said the girl’s wedding was fixed for October 28. However, her cousin reportedly objected to online chatting and suspected that she continued on page 2 Chandigarh, October 12 The UT police have identified the assailants who had shot dead Gurlal Brar (26) outside City Emporium Mall in Industrial Area, Phase I, on Saturday night. The motorcycle used in the crime has been recovered by the police. Gurlal, former state president of Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), was shot dead by three motorcycle-borne assailants outside City Emporium Mall while he was waiting for his friends in his SUV on the roadside. The UT SSP Kuldeep , Singh Chahal, confirmed Man succumbs to Covid in city 98 more found infected |111 cured of deadly disease Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 12 The city today reported 98 Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 13,260. The UT also saw a death due to the virus, taking the toll to 192. A 70-year-old man from Sector 50 died at the GMCH32. He was also suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension. A total of 111 patients were discharged after being cured. The total number of cured patients stands at 11,898. The recovery rate in EXPERTS WARN OF 2ND COVID WAVE IN WINTER the city stands at 89.7 per cent. The UT has 1,170 active cases. As many as 1,334 persons have been sampled in the city in the past 24 hours. Chandigarh: After Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday announced that the onset of winters could lead to a spurt in coronavirus cases, experts too here warned of another wave in the winter season, if standard protocol was not followed. From the past three weeks, active cases have started to decline in the city as daily recoveries are surpassing new cases. The city is witnessing a declining trend with 0.8 per cent growth rate. PAGE 3 that the suspects had been identified and the motorcycle on which they arrived at the spot had also been recovered. Meanwhile, a few persons were questioned by the police at the crime branch, Sector 11. Sources said several teams had been dispatched to raid the possible hideouts of the assailants in Punjab. The police are investigating the rivalry between the Bishnoi gang and the Davinder Bambiha group. “The FB post, reportedly uploaded from the profile of Davinder Bambiha, is also being investigated,” said a police official. 47 infections in P’kula, no death Panchkula, October 12 The district today reported 47 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 6,640. The fresh cases include five each from Bhainsa Tibba, Police Lines, Sector 16 and Sector 27, four from Sector 7, three each from Power Colony and Sector 20, two each from Pinjore, Sector 15 and Sector 17, one each from Nanakpur, Rajiv Colony, Sector 10, Sector 12, Sector 12-A, Sector 25, Sector 4, Sector 6, Sector 8, Sector 9 and Surajpur. The district did not witness any death due to the virus today. — TNS threatens murder witnesses Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 12 Gangster Lawerence Bishnoi’s aide Monty Shah has been booked by the Chandigarh police for threatening deceased Sonu Shah’s brother Parveen and his associate Tirath at their office in Burail, Sector 45, yesterday. Last year, Sonu Shah was murdered at his office at the behest of Bishnoi. Parveen and Tirath are witnesses in continued on page 2 TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE FB easy platform for cyber war of gangsters Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 12 Social media, especially Facebook, has turned out to be a platform for the socalled gangsters to issue threats to their rivals and claim responsibility for killings carried out by them. A day after Gurlal Brar was murdered, a Facebook post was uploaded from one of the profiles of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi that says: ‘It is start of new war”. A picture of Gurala with Bishnoi was also shared with the post. There are multiple social media accounts of student leader-turned-gangster Bishnoi which are updated on a regular basis. For three recent murders reported in Chandigarh, gangsters or their groups claimed the responsibility through Facebook posts, barely a few hours after the killings. In September last year, Rajveer Singh, alias Sonu Shah, was shot dead by four assailants inside his office at Burail village, Sector 45. The assailants had pumped 10 bullets into Shah’s body. His two colleagues, who were present at his office at that time, had also suffered bullet injuries. A day later, a post was updated on a Lawrence Bishnoi’s Facebook profile claiming the responsibility for the murder. Later when Bishnoi was brought by the Chandigarh police on production warrant, he revealed that the Facebook post claiming responsibility for Sonu Shah’s murder was posted by one of his henchmen. In March this year, Surjit Singh, a bouncer-turned-financier, was shot dead by two Mohali recovery rate touches 90 per cent Deepankar Sharda Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 12 A 20-year-old youth was electrocuted on the road separating Sector 56 and Maloya yesterday. He has been identified as Mandeep (20), a resident of Sector 56. He was pursuing ITI from an institute in Mohali. Sources said Mandeep, along with his friends, was going to Maloya to play football. Mandeep was electrocuted when he touched a light pole while crossing the road. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, Mohali, from where he was referred to the PGI. He died in the wee hours today. The police have launched investigation into the matter. Chandigarh, October 12 From being one of the top scorers of the third Khelo India U21 Games to performing small-time labourer job, an 18year-old ace hockey striker, Harpreet Singh, had never thought of doing anything like this out of desperation. A former trainee of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) and a Class XII student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37D, Harpreet is working as a labourer in two shifts to earn ~800 a day and bring home bread and butter for his family. He practises hockey from 4 am to 6 am before attending his first job of the day as a paving and surfacing labour- er from 8 am to 5 pm. Later, he works as an unloading labourer at a local vegetable market or at local rice mills from 8 pm to 2 am. Having played 11 nationals from Chandigarh and several local-level championships, Harpreet is one of the unlucky talents to skip the eyes of national selectors. He had scored eight goals to remain the highest scorer of the Khelo India Games held in Guwahati in January this year and was also adjudged the best player of the 2016 Nehru Cup. A resident of Mangarh village in Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib, Harpreet was inducted in the Chandigarh Hockey Academy in 2015. “I don’t know how I skipped getting a call for the Former CHA trainee does double shifts to earn ~800 a day PRACTISES HOCKEY FROM 4 AM TO 6 AM Harpreet practises hockey from 4 am to 6 am before attending his first job of the day as a paving and surfacing labourer from 8 am to 5 pm. Later, he unloads goods at a vegetable market or at rice mills from 8 pm to 2 am. c m y b “It is start of a new war” - fresh post on Lawrence Bishnoi’s profile after Gurlal’s murder motorcycle-borne persons near his house in Sector 38 (West). He was returning home in his car when the assailants opened fire at him. Within a few hours after the murder, an unidentified person updated a post on the Facebook page of gangster Davinder Bambiha, stating that Lucky has avenged the killing of Amit Sharma who was shot dead at Saketri, Panchkula in 2017. Gangster Bambiha was killed in a police encounter at Gill Kala, near Rampura, Punjab, in 2016. However, Facebook profiles with his names and photos are updated frequently. Similarly, two Facebook profiles on Bambiha’s name were updated a few hours after 26-year-old Gurlal Brar, an acquaintance of Lawrence Bishnoi, was shot dead outside City Emporium Mall in Industrial Area, Phase I. The posts state Lucky had avenged the murder of Lavi Deora. Lavi was killed at Kotkapura, Faridkot, allegedly by the Bishnoi gang. Police sources said many gangsters had been operating mobile phones from within jails of Punjab and Rajasthan. “They have been ordering killings from inside the jails,” said a policeman. ZIRAKPUR ROAD RAGE Dist sees 58 cases, 144 recoveries, no death Mohali, October 12 The district has witnessed over 90 per cent recovery rate. A total of 11,473 Covid cases have been reported from the district and 10,334 of these have been cured till Monday. As many as 58 more persons contracted the infection in the district today, taking the tally to 11,473. Meanwhile, 144 patients defeated the virus and were discharged from the hospital. Among the fresh cases, 42 were reported from Mohali (urban), seven from Kharar, six from Dera Bassi and three from Kurali. The district did not witness any death due to Covid-19 today. So far, 11,473 persons have tested positive in the district and 10,334 of them have been cured and discharged from hospitals. There are 931 cases with 208 deaths in the district. — TNS Best scorer of Khelo India Games works as labourer Tribune News Service PAGE 3 Indian junior probable squad. The more shocking was not getting selected for the Khelo India scheme. I was expecting to get some kind of scholarship to improve my hockey skills and help my family. But these were back-to-back setbacks,” said Harpreet. His father works in a hotel, while mother accompanies him to paving and surfacing labourer job. “I work twice a day to earn ~800. In Chandigarh, I get support from coaches and friends, but here I have to work to earn money. I don’t know if I will return to complete Class XII. If the hockey academy opens, I will surely be going to practice there. I was in similar situation in the pre-Covid times,” he said. Last hope for scholarship The ace striker said he was eager to comeback and join hockey training to get some kind of scholarship. “Playing for India is always a dream, but performing consistent is what I focus on. With the labourer job, I am not able to concentrate on my game. Mental stress and lack of diet are suppressing my body. I just wish to come back soon and find some place in the scholarship scheme. I don’t know if I will be able to pass my higher education,” said Harpreet. “I am unaware what went wrong with him. He is not made for working as a labourer. One should see him playing. He is natural but needed support or else he will end up as a lost soul,” said CHA coach Gurminder Singh. Two more arrested Tribune News Service Zirakpur, October 12 Two more suspects, including a woman, have been arrested by the Mohali police in connection with the murder of a Himachal Pradesh native in a road-rage incident. The male suspect has been identified as Lovepreet Singh, alias Love, a native of Muktsar. A silver Fortuner, which had a fake registration number, and a red Swift belonging to the suspects have been impounded. Earlier, the police had arrested Ramesh Lal, a Chamba native, in the case. “We have formed teams to trace the other accused. Soon, they will be caught,” said a police official. The incident happened on the night of Friday when a Faridkot native, Happy Brar, reportedly shot dead Anil Thakur (35), a native of old Mandi, who resided in Kharar with his wife and 10-monthold son. The two groups had a fight over overtaking.
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