Nikhil Sharma

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

Articles by Nikhil Sharma

Mohali: Wife of key witness in Beant Singh assassination case held with banned tablets

Cops had initially registered a case against an unidentified accused, but Gaganpreet was later nominated in the FIR registered under the NDPS Act at the Nayagaon police station

Mohali police on Sunday arrested the wife of Balwinder Singh, a key witness in the assassination case of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, with 960 banned tablets. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Mar 27, 2023 09:49 AM IST
By, Mohali

Police thwart Sikh protesters’ march from Sohana Chowk to Punjab Raj Bhawan

According to police, around 15 protesters arrived at Sohana Chowk after circulation of a message on social media to gather there on Sunday in support of Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh

Even after the site was cleared, Mohali police, along with Punjab Police Commandos, stood guard to ensure law and order. (HT)
Published on Mar 27, 2023 03:28 AM IST
By, Mohali

Chandigarh: Two cops in CBI net for seeking 1 lakh as bribe

The cops, who were deployed at the Sector-24 police post, have been booked under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of transcripts of conversation between them and complainant Ranjeet Singh

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a head constable of Chandigarh Police for allegedly seeking <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh as bribe from a Dhanas man for not implicating him in a rape case, officials said on Wednesday. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 06:27 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Crackdown on Amritpal: Rain fails to deter Sikh protesters, travel woes mount on manic Monday

Protesters refused to vacate the protest site at Sohana Chowk until they get a report on the whereabouts of Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh and his supporters

Sikh protesters wielding arms at Sohana Chowk, where they also pitched a tent in the middle of the intersection on the third day of the blockade. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 04:37 AM IST
By, Mohali

Crackdown on Amritpal: 36 hours on, Sikh protesters keep chokehold on Sohana Chowk

Traffic around busy intersection on Airport Road thrown into chaos; pleas from commuters, air passengers fall on deaf ears

Sikh protesters blocking Sohana Chowk in Mohali on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 02:24 AM IST
By, Mohali

Crackdown against Amritpal: Sikh protesters block Sohana chowk in Mohali

Carrying arms, Sikh protesters lay siege to crucial intersection on Mohali’s Airport Road amid rumours of Punjab Police detaining Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh

Armed protesters taking out a march in support of Amritpal Singh in Mohali on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 05:02 AM IST
By, Mohali

18 temporary roundabouts coming up in Mohali to check road accidents

Mohali DC requests police to set up 18 temporary roundabouts using drums at major intersections; to slow down speedsters, Mohali police had earlier set up three temporary roundabouts on the stretch from District Administrative Complex in Sector 76 to Sector 81

Vehicles bypassing the newly constructed roundabout at Sector 77- 88 light point in the absence of robust traffic policing. (Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 12:21 AM IST
By, Mohali

1992 disappearance of bank employee: 30 yrs on, 2 cops convicted of illegal detention, kidnapping

A Central Bureau of Investigation court in Mohali has convicted two Punjab Police cops 30 years after the alleged disappearance of a bank employee from Amritsar.

Tarn Taran resident was picked by police on June 2, 1992, from Amritsar and his whereabouts are not known to date . (Representational Photo (Shutterstock) )
Updated on Mar 16, 2023 10:42 PM IST
ByNikhil Sharma and Anil Sharma

Mohali: 73 lives snuffed out in Airport Road accidents in five years

An audit report on the accidents and blackspots has factored in data of mishaps that took place on the stretch between the intersection point on NH-5 (elevated section) near Gopal’s sweets in Kharar and the intersection point on NH-152 near McDonald’s, Zirakpur

Constructed to ease off traffic congestion in Kharar, Mohali and Chandigarh, the 21.2km-long Airport Road (PR-7) has claimed 73 lives and witnessed 176 accidents between 2017 and 2021, shows the audit report prepared last year about the accidents and blackspots on the stretch. (HT file photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2023 11:39 PM IST
By, Mohali

CCL team owner held for duping Zirakpur realtor of 4 crore

Anand Bihari Yadav, a resident of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from a Jodhpur hotel a few hours ahead of his team’s scheduled match at the city’s Barkatullah Khan Stadium on Saturday

Anand Bihari Yadav is the owner of Celebrity Cricket League team Bhojpuri Dabanggs. (HT)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 01:31 AM IST
By, Mohali

MLA Kulwant raises concern over rising road mishaps in Mohali, demands 16 roundabouts

Punjab minister of housing and urban development Aman Arora assured the MLA that roundabouts will be constructed at all black spots in the city after checking the feasibility. The minister said tenders for construction of three roundabouts --Sectors 67/68/79/80 Chowk, Sectors 68/69/78/79 Chowk and Sectors 69/70/77/78 Chowk have already been processed.

AAP MLA Kulwant Singh along with MLA Vijay Singla on the second day of budget session at the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Monday. (Ravi Kumar)
Published on Mar 07, 2023 01:55 AM IST
By, Mohali

Disproportionate Assets Case: Mohali court rejects ex-minister Dharamsot’s bail plea

A local Mohali court on Saturday denied regular bail to former Punjab forest minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot in a Prevention of Corruption Act case registered at vigilance bureau police station, Mohali on February 6, 2023.

Court of Parminder Singh Grewal, Judge, special court, Mohali stated that a detailed vigilance enquiry dated August 5, 2022 was conducted against the Dharamsot by the vigilance bureau before registration of the FIR. (Representational Photo (Getty Images/iStockphoto) )
Published on Mar 04, 2023 10:33 PM IST
By, Mohali

With tenders to be floated within fortnight, Mohali steps closer to mechanical sweeping

With a shortage of manpower, Mohali MC had been facing a major challenge to keep the roads clean and garbage free with manual sweeping since then

Ten mechanical sweeping machines at the cost of around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 crore will be purchased for Mohali. (HT File)
Published on Feb 27, 2023 11:28 PM IST
By, Mohali

Accused who chopped off Mohali youth’s fingers fled to Kala Amb after crime

Both accused who chopped off Mohali youth’s fingers aged less than 26; took shelter in Himachal with help of aides; sent to eight-day police custody by court

Two of the three accused who chopped off a Mohali youth’s fingers. (HT File)
Published on Feb 27, 2023 04:24 AM IST
By, Mohali

Mohali RPG attack: Shooter Ranga sent to 10-day police remand

A Mohali court on Sunday sent Deepak Ranga, alleged shooter in the rocket propelled grenade attack at Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in Mohali on May 9 last year, to 10-day police remand.

The Sohana police on Sunday brought Ranga on a production warrant from Delhi. He was arrested by the National Investigation Agency last month from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2023 10:08 PM IST

Three booked for chopping off 24-year-old youth’s fingers in Mohali

Three men chopped off four fingers of a 24-year-old youth in Barmajra village, Balongi, on February 8, suspecting his involvement in the murder of one of the assailants’ brother

The victim, Hardip, underwent an eight-hour surgery for the reattachment of two of the four severed fingers, but it remained unsuccessful due to infection. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 25, 2023 03:53 AM IST
By, Mohali

PU asst prof held for dowry death case: Victim’s phone call recordings deleted, alleges father

According to Chandigarh Police, the woman’s father alleged that his daughter’s phone recorded calls automatically, but after her death, they didn’t find the recordings of their conversations with her on Thursday, a day before she was found dead

The woman was found hanging at her house in Nayagaon on Friday, said Chandigarh Police. (iStock)
Published on Feb 20, 2023 02:52 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Qaumi Insaaf Morcha protest: Students take exams amid security cover in Mohali

In the wake of the board exams, the principal of the school had written to the Mohali deputy commissioner and the senior superintendent of police raising concern regarding the ongoing Qaumi Insaaf Morcha protest near their school which is one of the key centres for CBSE exams in Mohali.

The examinations of Classes 10 and 12 of the CBSE on Thursday were held amid police deployment outside Lawrance Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 51, Mohali, which is located near the ongoing protest site of the Qaumi Insaaf Morcha. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 02:08 AM IST
By, Mohali

Qaumi Insaaf Morcha stir: With cops handling protesters, policing takes a hit in Mohali

A violent clash had taken place last week in which 33 police personnel were injured after armed protesters under the banner of Qaumi Insaaf Morcha went on a rampage, smashing vehicles and cornering cops, near the Chandigarh-Mohali border on the Sector 52/53 dividing road.

The policing in Mohali has been hit due to the ongoing protest by the Qaumi Insaaf Morcha that is spearheading the stir for the release of Sikh prisoners at the YPS Chowk since January 7. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Feb 17, 2023 12:02 AM IST
By, Mohali

Stray bullet from ITBP firing range hits Derabassi office door

The ITBP base camp is around 3.3km far from treatment storage and disposal facility in Dera Bassi. According to the officials, the guard was barely a few inches away from the door when the bullet hit the door of the office around 6:15 pm.

Police retrieved a total of 13 bullet shells from the premises of the unit in Derabassi, which treats the industrial waste. (HT File)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 01:36 AM IST
By, Derabassi

Protest hotbed Mohali witnesses over 100 stirs in 9 months

Commuters at the receiving end; last year while 10 stirs were held in protest hotbed Mohali in June, 17 were reported in July, 30 in August, 12 in September, 11 in October, eight in November and a total seven protests were recorded in December.

Mohali has become a hotbed of protests and dharnas, putting the vehicular traffic out of gear. Over 100 protests have been reported since June last year giving commuters a harrowing time. (Keshav Singh/HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2023 09:38 PM IST
By, Mohali

162 passengers stranded for 20 hours as Air India cancels Chandigarh-Leh flight

After protesting for four hours on Saturday, they were eventually accommodated in hotels near the airport and adjusted on another flight, but only on Sunday morning

The stranded passengers staging a protest against Air India at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport in Mohali on Saturday. (Source: Twitter)
Published on Feb 13, 2023 04:51 AM IST
By, Mohali

Mohali: Road mishaps snuffing out fives lives every week

Road accidents claimed 278 lives in Mohali in 2022, a 17% spike from 237 deaths in 2021; another 19 people killed in January alone in 2023

Of the total 278 road mishap deaths in 2022, 62% were reported from Kharar, Lalru, Dera Bassi, Zirakpur and Sohana. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 12, 2023 03:07 AM IST
By, Mohali

4 Mohali factories to ditch coal, use paddy straw boilers

To control farm fires in the district, PPCB along with local administration has motivated four more factories to switch to boilers which use paddy straw as a fuel and not coal. It will not only curb the stubble burning menace but also benefit industrialists. -- senior PPCB official

While there is only one factory in the district which uses paddy straw as fuel in the boiler instead of coal, four more factories are setting up new boilers based on paddy straw in Mohali. (PTI)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 01:33 AM IST
By, Mohali

Security up as tension prevails at Chandigarh-Mohali border, day after rampage

A day after rampage, Sikh activists stage sit-in, organise ‘paath’ on Sector 52/53 dividing road; as many as 33 cops were injured and dozens of police vehicles damaged after the armed protesters, under the banner of Qaumi Insaaf Morcha, had clashed with the police on Wednesday, after they were stopped from marching towards Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Chandigarh, to press for the release of Sikh prisoners.

Qaumi Insaaf Morcha members staging a sit-in on the Sector 52/53 dividing road on Thursday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 07:01 PM IST
ByShailee Dogra and Nikhil Sharma, Chandigarh/mohali

Sikh activist-police clash: BKI chief Hawara’s foster father among 6 booked for murder bid, rioting

The violence reported on Wednesday at the Mohali-Chandigarh border in which 33 cops were injured was part of a “well-thought conspiracy”, claims a first information report registered by the Chandigarh Police.

The violence reported on Wednesday at the Mohali-Chandigarh border saw 33 cops being injured. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2023 10:29 PM IST
ByShailee Dogra and Nikhil Sharma

Range Rover case: Accused was headed to in-laws’ house with gun, says uncle

Mowed down cousin, and injured mother and uncle when they tried to stop him from leaving for in-laws’ house with a weapon

The accused’s injured uncle Jarnail Singh said Davinder got married last year, but was jobless. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:49 AM IST
By, Mohali

Terror-funding case: Gangster Bhagwanpuria sent to 4-day police remand

A Mohali court on Tuesday sent gangster Jagdip Singh, alias Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, to four-day custody of the Punjab Police State Special Operation Cell in a terror-funding case.

Bhagwanpuria was brought to Mohali on a production warrant from Bathinda jail. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 10:38 PM IST

Unpaid property tax: Mohali MC seals 11 booths in Phase 3A

According to Mohali MC officials, an MC team led by superintendent Avtar Singh Kalsi sealed booth numbers 41, 44, 45, 48, 50, 52, 53, 56, 61, 63 and 64 in Phase 3A

An MC team sealing a propery tax defaulter’s booth at the Phase 3A market. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 01:03 AM IST
By, Mohali

Botched bike robbery in Dera Bassi a revenge plan gone awry, say police

22-year-old Haryana youth wanted to avenge uncle’s murder in Bhiwani, but reached Dera Bassi on wrong train and tried to rob bike to reach back home, say Mohali police

Planning to avenge his uncle’s murder, the Haryana youth travelled to Madhya Pradesh eight days ago, where he came in touch with a middleman who helped him source a pistol and cartridges for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>34,000 from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. (Getty Images)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 02:33 AM IST
By, Dera Bassi
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