Nikhil Sharma

Nikhil Sharma is a staff reporter who covers Faridkot district in the Mansa region of Punjab.

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India-Aus ODI in Mohali today: Roads around PCA stadium blocked, routes diverted

According to officials, only spectators will be allowed pedestrian entry in the area surrounding the stadium, located in Phase 9 in Mohali; parking areas have been designated as per gate numbers

Team India players during a practice session at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 05:43 AM IST
By, Mohali

At least 10 people fall prey to snatchers in Chandigarh every month

Since 2021, as many as 363 people in the city have become victims of snatchers, most of them making off with their mobile phones, gold chains, earrings and handbags, as per police records from January 1, 2021, to August 31, 2023.

Hot on the trail of snatchers to bring down street crime, Chandigarh Police have arrested a total of 463 snatchers since 2021. (iStock)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 12:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Non-bailable warrant out against sacked Chandigarh SI in 1-crore extortion case

Chandigarh Police will also approach court for initiation of proclaimed offender proceedings and attachment of their properties

Posted as additional station house officer at the Sector 39 police station, Chandigarh, before his dismissal, Naveen Phogat has been on the run since August 5. (HT File)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 02:37 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Accused of mismanagement, cop in charge of shooting range transferred

Holding the post for the past 18 months, sub-inspector Harwinder Singh, who himself is a former shooter, has been replaced by Sukhna Lake post in-charge Pramod Kumar, who has been assigned additional charge

Singh’s transfer came on the complaint of some players, who approached Chandigarh SSP Kanwardeep Kaur. The players, in their written complaint, accused the SI of mismanagement and not maintaining sanitation at the shooting range. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 03:33 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Businessman shoots himself dead at friend’s flat in Zirakpur

His friend, a property dealer, tried to pacify the businessman when he took out his licensed pistol to shoot himself, but failed, said Zirakpur police

Police said the deceased, who was a resident of Majri Mohalla, Markanda, Haryana, did not leave behind a suicide note. (iStock)
Updated on Sep 12, 2023 03:33 AM IST
By, Mohali

World Suicide Prevention Day: 10 people kill themselves each month in Chandigarh

91 suicides recorded in Chandigarh in first eight months of 2023; family problems among primary reasons for extreme step

The National Crime Records Bureau lists family problems as the leading factor contributing to suicide in India. (HT)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 02:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh ASI recruitment exam: Invigilators role under scanner in impersonation case

The suspect is a primary government schoolteacher in Chandigarh and was deployed at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, the centre from where two impersonators were nabbed.

Notably, Chandigarh Police had conducted the written examination for recruitment to 44 posts of ASI (executive) on August 27. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 12:59 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Sexual harassment case: Police chargesheet picks holes in Haryana minister Sandeep Singh’s claims

The FIR against Haryana minister Sandeep Singh, who was also former captain of the Indian hockey team, was registered on December 31, 2022, on the complaint of the junior athletics coach. Singh on January 1 gave up his sports portfolio, saying he has taken the step on moral grounds, and claimed the charges against him were baseless.

The chargesheet filed by the Chandigarh Police in the sexual harassment case against Haryana minister Sandeep Singh contradicts his claims of the victim remaining at his official residence in Sector 7, Chandigarh, for 15 minutes. It says she was there for over an hour in July 2022 when the alleged crime took place. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 01:17 AM IST
ByNikhil Sharma/Tanbir Dhaliwal, Chandigarh

Google Maps to help Chandigarh Police time traffic lights better

In an effort to synchronise traffic lights with traffic volume for optimum vehicle movement, the Chandigarh Traffic Police are coming up with the “Green Light project” in coordination with Google Maps India

As per officials, the project was already in effect in Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. While communication with Google Maps has already been initiated, according to officials, the project for Chandigarh is yet to be finalised. (HT File)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 03:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU polls 2023: Police strike at crack of dawn to catch outsiders at hostels

According to Chandigarh police, all were found to be PU students, including classmates of hostellers and freshers awaiting hostel allotment

Police detaining youths after a surprise check at PU hostels on Thursday morning. They were later let off after police confirmed that they were all PU students. (Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 03:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU polls 2023: ‘Booze for vote’ under police radar

Chandigarh SSP Kanwardeep Kaur on Tuesday directed senior police officials to keep a close watch on newly enrolled students, most of whom are under the legal drinking age of 25, being served liquor

Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar along with ABVP members who joined the NSUI at Congress Bhawan in Chandigarh. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 02:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University polls: Police keeping eye on 92 probable troublemakers

70 of these students are from Panjab University campus, 22 from DAV College; list forwarded to sub-divisional magistrate as a preventive measure to maintain peace on the campus

SOPU will be only be contesting for the post of general secretary this year. (Sanjeev sharma/HT)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 01:59 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

100% minor rape victims in city knew perpetrators: UT police data

In the first seven months of the year, the city saw 60 rape incidents, of which the victims in 35 cases were minors

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Updated on Aug 28, 2023 12:07 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

4,000-strong force guarding Chandigarh borders amid farmers’ gherao call

Traffic officials say in case any entry/exit point is sealed, road diversions will be made immediately to avoid inconvenience to commuters

Cops deployed at the Chandigarh-Mohali border on Monday ahead of the farmers’ march. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 12:39 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Cross-border drug smuggling ring: Nabbed hawala dealer was key player in Dubai-Punjab drug trade

Ludhiana resident arrested by Chandigarh Police was paid ₹2 crore per smuggled consignment for moving drug money through hawala

Punjab drug lord Akshay Chhabra had disclosed that between 2020 to 2022, he had delivered around 2,000 kg heroin, received from Haji Yusuf, and earned around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>60 crore. (Getty image)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 01:13 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Deadlock ends, morcha agrees not to enter Chandigarh

Since January 7, Sikh activists under the banner of the Qaumi Insaaf Morcha have been protesting at YPS Chowk in Mohali, blocking traffic movement on the crucial Chandigarh-Mohali route

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Updated on Aug 15, 2023 02:46 PM IST
ByMohit Khanna/Nikhil Sharma, Mohali/chandigarh:

Chandigarh: Two held for kidnapping, gang-raping 2 Class 9 students

Chandigarh Police have identified the accused as a 23-year-old city resident, who has completed his B.Tech, and a 20-year-old lab technician

Chandigarh Police initially registered a case of kidnapping following complaint by their family members after the victims (15 years) went missing from their respective houses on August 9. (Getty image)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 12:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Police propose adoption of Gujarat Prevention of Anti-social Activities Act

With a vision to mainly tighten noose around gangsters and anti-social elements involved in organised criminal activities, Chandigarh Police have sent a proposal to adopt the Gujarat Act to the Union ministry of home affairs through the UT administration

Giving more strength to Chandigarh Police, the Prevention of Anti-social Activities Act aims to provide preventive detention of bootleggers, dangerous persons, drug offenders, immoral trafficking offenders and property grabbers. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 03:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Talks fail, morcha’s August 15 march to Chandigarh on

At a meeting with police, Qaumi Insaaf Morcha seeks specific route to take out march, but Chandigarh Police make it clear they will not be allowed entry in the city

Since January 7, Sikh activists under the banner of Qaumi Insaaf Morcha have been protesting at YPS Chowk in Mohali, blocking traffic movement on the crucial Chandigarh-Mohali route. (HT)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 01:49 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

2-lakh bribe sought by CSI on behalf of Chandigarh MC health supervisor: CBI report

CBI on Tuesday had arrested Sandeep Dhankar, health supervisor in the sanitary department, Chandigarh MC, and CSI Chander Mohan, and recovered ₹1 lakh from them

Submitting transcripts of the conversation between complainant Jitender Kumar of Baltana and CSI Mohan in court, CBI inspector Sharad Bhasin stated that Mohan agreed to accept <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh as first instalment on August 8. (iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 01:48 AM IST
ByTanbir Dhaliwal/Nikhil Sharma, Chandigarh

1-cr extortion case: Slain gangster’s brother, UT cop booked

Two days after the Chandigarh Police booked a sub-inspector (SI) along with three others for kidnapping a Bathinda-based businessman and extorting ₹1.01 crore from him, police on Tuesday booked two more persons, the brother of slain gangster Sonu Shah and a UT constable who is deployed as former’s personal security officer (PSO).

The police on Tuesday booked two more persons, the brother of slain gangster Sonu Shah and a UT constable who is deployed as former’s personal security officer (PSO). (Representational image)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 12:13 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

1-cr extortion case: Constable who accompanied sacked SI arrested by Chandigarh police

The accused, identified as constable Varinder, is deployed at a beat box in Sector 41; he is accused of accompanying SI Naveen Phogat, along with another constable, when he extorted the money from the victim, Sanjay Goyal, in Sector 40 on August 4

Chandigarh Police had sought his remand, contending that <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>26 lakh of the extorted amount was yet to be recovered and Varinder may help trace the whereabouts of the absconding accused. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 04:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

5-lakh bribe was demanded on behalf of inspector, constable: CBI report

Manish Dubey, alias Bablu, brother of BJP leader and former deputy mayor Anil Dubey, and Anil Kumar, alias Koki, a scrap dealer, were caught red-handed while accepting ₹3 lakh as the first instalment in Industrial Area on Monday

The deal was settled for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5 lakh, of which <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3 lakh was to be paid as first instalment, said the CBI report. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 02:35 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Khaki in dock: Red-faced, Chandigarh police to weed out tainted personnel

A high-level committee has been constituted to scan the services of the complete force within a month, and police personnel found on the wrong side of law will face action, including compulsory retirement

The committee has been tasked with scanning the service record of all 5,700 personnel in the Chandigarh Police. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 02:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Graft case: Brother of former Chandigarh deputy mayor in CBI net, inspector shunted out

CBI catches BJP leader’s brother, scrap dealer red-handed accepting ₹3 lakh as bribe; PCR constable on the run

Manish Dubey before being presented before a court in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 04:42 AM IST

Extortion racket in tricity: Chandigarh Police ask ED to step in

Since July 18, when the extortion racket being run by the Deepu Banur gang was busted, the cell has arrested a total of five gang members, including Deepu, who is a close aide of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, and his cousin Ravi Banur

Chandigarh Police have also nominated gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s close associate Kali Shooter in the extortion case. Kali, who is lodged in Patiala jail along with Deepu, will be brought on production warrant here this week. (Getty image)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 02:03 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Police turn to mini-rotary in Sector 24 to rein in mishaps

Chandigarh Traffic Police have also requested the UT engineering department to shift the entrance of the Sector 24-C market to prevent wrong turns

The mini-roundabout at the intersection of Sector 24-B and C tertiary road in Chandigarh has been set up at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5.5 lakh. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2023 12:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Two minor girls raped, impregnated in Chandigarh

In the first case, Chandigarh Police arrested Sameer, a native of Haridwar and currently residing in Burail, on the complaint of a 16-year-old girl, who was found two months pregnant

Separate FIRs under Section 376 (2) (n) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act Act have been registered against the two accused. (HT)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 01:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Extortion racket in Chandigarh: Bishnoi aide Deepu Banur, two others land in net

Deepu was formally arrested in the said case by the local police, following which the operation cell team led by SP Mridul, DSP (Operations) Jasbir Singh and inspector HS Sekhon, recovered two country made pistols and four live cartridges on his disclosure

Deepu allegedly arranged weapons for his gang from jail. (iStock)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 01:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

First six months data: Fatal mishaps come down in Chandigarh

While 50 people lost their lives in the first half of the last year, 42 people succumbed to their injuries in the first six months in 2023

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Updated on Jul 25, 2023 01:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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