Wednesday, August 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S



PAU abolishes Pro V-C’s post
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
In a surprise move, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has abolished the controversial post of Pro Vice-Chancellor. The decision was taken at a meeting of its Board of Management at Chandigarh yesterday.

While the university authorities declined to comment on the development as the proceedings of the meeting were not recorded as yet, sources told Ludhiana Tribune that after a discussion on the issue yesterday, the board decided to abolish the post.

Interestingly, the issue of the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor was not on the agenda of the meeting and it is still a mystery how the discussion started on it and the extreme decision was taken.

The decision has, however, ended the speculation rife on the campus in the past few months that the authorities were facing political pressure to fill the post although the Vice- Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, had categorically ruled out the filling of the post.

The VC had said that the university had decided not to fill the controversial post till the Punjab and Haryana High Court decided on a writ petition challenging the very existence of the post.

The high court had dismissed the petition two months ago terming that it had become infructuous as the Pro VC had already submitted his resignation.

The post of Pro Vice-Chancellor was “created” in PAU in November, 1999, by the university board and Dr Aulakh was immediately appointed as Pro VC. A group of teachers had opposed the move. They had alleged that the post was created specially to accommodate Dr Aulakh whose closeness to the former Vice-Chancellor, Dr G.S. Kalkat, was well known. They were also alleging that Dr Kalkat had got this post created to facilitate the progress of his relative, Dr Aulakh, who subsequently was elevated to the post of VC. The university statutes did not include such a post. No one was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor before Dr Aulakh ever since the university came into being in 1962.

The opposing group had also said that there was no need for a Pro VC for the functioning of the PAU as there was no such post since the inception of the university. The VC had at that time said that he was keeping busy in interacting with the government about the agricultural policies so a Pro VC was required to devote time to education, research and extension of education by the PAU.

Subsequently a petition was filed in the high court, demanding cancellation of the post as the PAU statutes had no provision for any such post. The university faculty was also divided over the issue.



Gang of car thieves busted, 6 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
The local police today claimed to have busted a gang of car thieves who were responsible for many car thefts in the city during the past few months. The police arrested six persons and recovered five cars from them.

Out of the six gangsters, four were involved in stealing cars and two others were involved in preparing forged documents for these and later on selling these at much lower prices. With the busting of the gang the police claimed to have solved a number of cases of car thefts.

A police party of CIA, on getting a secret information, set up a barrier at the Kohara chowk and arrested the six accused when they were crossing the chowk driving a Tata Sumo ( HR-01F-3007). Later it was found that the vehicle was stolen from Division No 6 near Ghora Factory.

Those arrested at the barrier were Narinder Kumar, Puran Singh, Balwinder Singh and Piara Singh who belonged to different places including Ludhiana, Batala and Hoshiarpur. Two others, Kuldip Kumar and Amarinder Singh, were later arrested on the information given by the four gangsters.

The modus operandi of the gangsters was that the four of them used to steal cars and the two others used to get the documents forged to sell the cars off at nominal prices. On interrogation they revealed that one of the members used to steal the car from a crowded parking place while the other three used to stand at various places near the parking space to alert him of any danger.

Responsibility of preparing forged documents rested with the other two. They used to steal cars from Ludhiana and sell these at Mukerian, Gurdaspur and Sunder Nagar in Himachal Pradesh.

The recovered cars included a Maruti Zen ( HP-1L-7879) which was stolen from Samrala Chowk, Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, and three Maruti cars stolen from Focal Point and Division No 6.

The leader of the gang, Tilak Masih, was still at large. The police has launched a manhunt from him.


Improvement Trust chief summoned to court
Our correspondent

Ludhiana, July 31
Mr Madan Mohan Vyas, chairman, Improvement Trust, Ludhiana, and five others have been summoned to appear in court in person on September 26 to face trial for causing hurt to Mr Mahesh Kumar, criminally intimidating him and trespassing property.

Passing the orders, Mr Balwinder Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, observed that prima facie, there was sufficient material on the file to summon the accused, Mr Madan Mohan Vyas, Mr Sudarshan Aggarwal, Mr Krishan Lal Khera, Mr Dalip Kumar, Mr Girish Garg, residents of Kitchlu Nagar, and Mr Bal Krishan, resident of Haibowal Khurd, under Sections 323, 446, 447, 504, 506 and 120-B of the IPC.

This case is the outcome of the ongoing controversy over the ownership of a plot, measuring 581 square yards, in 24 Acre Development Scheme of the trust. Mr Mahesh Kumar of BRS Nagar is the attorney for Mr Ramesh Chand, allottee of the plot concerned. The sale deed of the plot was executed on July 18, 1988, and since then they were in possession of the plot.

The complainant, Mr Mahesh Kumar, had alleged in the complaint that in April 1996, he was threatened that a road would be carved through the plot. A civil suit had been filed in court. After a four-year legal battle, the then Civil Judge, Senior Division, Ludhiana, decided in favour of the allottee on April 26, 2000.

According to the complainant, the court had observed that the sale deed and allotment letter were genuine documents and the defendant could not carve any road through it without taking due course of law, while restraining the trust and the municipal corporation from interfering in the plot.

The complainant had alleged that on April 29, 2000, when he, along with some labourers, reached at the site of the disputed plot, they were intercepted and he was abused. He had further stated that Dalip Kumar and Krishan Lal Khera slapped him and forcibly took him to the house of Dalip Kumar, where he was illegally kept confined for about four hours and beaten up.

The complainant had added that he was implicated in a false case. The complainant was released from jail on May 7, 2001, after he was granted bail. He filed the criminal complaint against the accused the next day.


Villagers seek arrest of Dalit’s rape accused
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 31
Hundreds of residents of Bhagrana village led by the secretary of the state unit of the CPI, Mr Balwant Singh, today presented a memorandum to SP (H) and demanded that the alleged rapist of a Dalit girl should be arrested. He alleged that even though the rapist had been rounded up by the police, he was being given VIP treatment at Badali Ala Singh police station. He also alleged that one of the top officials of the district police was making allout efforts to save one of the rapists.

While talking to this correspondent, Mr Balwant Singh alleged that the rape case was registered only when he presented the victim before mediapersons at Chandigarh. He said though the police had rounded up the suspects but not arrested as efforts were being made to hush up the case. He alleged that Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Minister for Local Bodies, was also pressurising the police not to arrest the culprits. He said the relatives of the rapists were making raids at the residence of the relatives of the girl and were threatening them to withdraw the case and to work out a compromise.

Mr Inderjit Singh, Sarpanch of the village, alleged that Hardev Singh, a close confidant of the minister and member of the Planning Board had kidnapped the father of the girl and forced him to name the Sarpanch in this case and had pressurised him for a compromise. He said they had sent the girl somewhere else as the culprits were making all out efforts to trace and kidnap her.

Mr Balwant Singh said they wanted that the case should be solved and proper action should be taken according to law. He warned that if the police failed formally to arrest the culprits and tried to delete any name, he would call an all-party meeting at Chandigarh and an action committee would be formed and an agitation would be launched.



Police orders confiscation of licensed weapons
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
The Sadar police today ordered confiscation of all the licensed weapons of Lalton Kalan village in the wake of alleged use of firearms in personal rivalry and village groupism instead of ‘self-defence’ from anti-social elements.

The immediate provocation for the orders was an unsavoury incident that took place at the village last midnight in which shots were fired in the air by two village groups who had been at loggerheads with each other for the past few weeks over the issue of the transfer of a school principal.

A Punjab Police commando was also beaten up by villagers from Thrike who mistook him to be a member of the notorious “kale-kachchewale” gang. The constable was held hostage by the a hundred men-strong mob and was tied to a tree. Timely intervention by the Sadar police team headed by SHO Ramandeep Singh prevented the scene from taking an ugly turn. The SHO has also sought an explanation from a head constable at Lalton police post who had allowed the commando to go alone to the village.

The problem started at about 7 p.m, when a villager, allegedly in an inebriated condition abused and teased certain members of a the other group. Both the groups were embroiled in a tussle over the post of school principal in the village. While one group was supporting the serving principal, the other was opposing his appointment.

The school principal was finally transferred a few days ago. Jubilant over their victory, the allegedly drunk villager, boasted about it and seemed to have gone too far. His behaviour added insult to the injury and the opposite group complained to the police about him. But he fled in a car.

The enraged members of the opposite group chased him in their car and did not take the police with them. However, at a check-post near Thrike village a police party stopped them. The persons sitting in the second car said they were following the car because its driver was fleeing after hitting a rickshaw. A constable sat in their car but was shocked when member of the two groups started firing at each other.

Later, the persons sitting in the second car fled from the village but police officer was left behind and was beaten up by the villagers.

SHO Ramandeep Singh, who saved the commando, arrested members of both the parties and brought them to the sadar police station.

However, today evening, both the parties arrived at a compromise and the matter was resolved. 


Conman dodges Mumbai Police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
A team of Mumbai Police led by a Sub-Inspector which had been camping in the city for the past five days in order to arrest a master conman had to return empty-headed as the accused managed to escape once again.

The team’s visit, however, exposed how the alleged conman managed to escape from the city police net on the basis of forged documents even though he had been arrested in an accident case last month.

According to sources, the Mumbai Police team had been in search of a conman who has been identified as Paramjit Singh. The name can be an assumed one as according to the members of the Mumbai Police team the conman had committed several crimes of different nature under various names at Mumbai. The latest being the theft of a truck-trailer from Mumbai. The Mumbai Police searched for the man in the city for four days on their own along with certain police informers and a Constable. However, they did not inform the senior police officials. Later, on the fifth day, they approached the SHO Sadar Ramandeep Singh.

The subsequent verification brought out a shocking revelation that the conman in question was none other than a driver of a truck-trailer, which had met with an accident with a scooter on Ludhiana-Ferozepore road on May 29. An old couple riding on the scooter had suffered serious injuries after they were hit by the trailer. The truck-trailer was impounded and the driver was arrested. However, he was released on bail later and the vehicle was also released as the driver produced its registration copies.

According to the registration copies, the truck was purchased from Haryana and its number was HR-29-D-9816. However, the police learnt later that the driver had managed to escape the police net by submitting forged documents of the vehicle, which was a stolen one.

SHO Ramandeep Singh, said the police after learning about the conman had sent police teams to arrest him as well as a local man who had given his surety. No success has, however, been achieved so far.



40 tonnes of ammunition seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
About 40 tonnes of explosive material has been recovered from the steel scrap from the Dhandari Kalan Dry Port area during the past five days’ search operations. The quantum of explosives found has unnerved the district authorities as it could have led to a disaster had anything gone wrong anywhere. The explosive material had been lying at the dry port for the past eight years.

In order to ensure that nothing of the sort is repeated in future the district administration has ordered that no scrap would be allowed to be downloaded without ensuring that it does not contain any explosive material. According to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, the explosives recovered included heavy artillery projectiles, mortars, 155 mm calibre ammunition of the Howitzer Guns, TNT filing, 165 detonators, five improvised explosive devices, three anti-personnel and anti-tank missiles, three full rockets, a huge quantity of cordext, charges of various types, steel cartridge cases and other type of explosive devices.

The Deputy Commissioner said, the search operation was jointly carried out by the Army and the police and it lasted for five days. All the explosive material and other ammunition had been taken to the Field Ammunition Depot, Baddowal, near here, he said.

Mr Sandhu said he had issued instructions to the Punjab Warehousing Corporation, the customs, the Railways and the local police authorities to ensure that any consignment containing any explosive material was rejected and dispatched back to the station of its origin. He said the administration expressed its gratitude to the Army authorities for rendering assistance for the location and disposal of such a huge quantity of ammunition.

He said the ammunition was found in the heavy metal steel scrap imported by industrialists of Ludhiana and its surrounding areas. In 1994, four school children lost their lives when some material they had been fiddling with exploded on the banks of the Sirhind Canal. On searching the canal bed over 100 live bombs were found.

At a recent meeting which was chaired by the Deputy Commissioner and attended by military officers, the SSP, manager of the Warehousing Corporation, railway officials and custom officials it was decided that no consignment would be accepted by the dry port in Ludhiana which could be containing any type of explosive material. The DC made it clear that it would be the responsibility of the importer of the scrap to certify that the consignment did not contain any explosive material.

It was after a long process that the explosives could be removed from the scrap. The DC, Ludhiana, took up the matter with the local Army authorities and also wrote to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, for taking up the issue with the General officer Commanding, Western Command, Chandi Mandir, Chandigarh. The DC and the Chief Secretary discussed the issue with the GOC, Western Command, in a meeting held on June 19 at Chandigarh where the Army authorities agreed to provide assistance in disposing of the explosives.



Barely into her teens, Rani sells datuns near the Clock Tower (see picture) and reminds one of Tina Munim in the film Man Pasand. In the course of her work during the day, she comes across many people, some good and others bad, but Rani never lets the smile go off her face as that ensures good business. She has learnt to be meek and gentle too early in life is aware of her destiny.

Fashion show

Lakshmi Ladies Club recently celebrated Teej by organising a fashion show. It was difficult to understand the logic behind organising a fashion show to celebrate a festival rooted in tradition. No designer creations were displayed. The traditional lamp was lighted by the wife of the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana.

Unique strategies

Shopkeepers are forever coming with new concepts of sales. One enterprising shopkeeper here has offered discounts on every item in the showroom but with a difference. After a customer has bought an article or articles, the purchased articles are placed at the counter. Lying close to the counter is a box containing chits with different percentages written on these. The customer picks up the chits and places these on the purchased articles. If the person is lucky, the chit can have 90 per cent written on it. In that case the customer gets 90 per cent off. The second time the chit drawn out may have 5 per cent written on it. The customers are enjoying the suspense and are eagerly trying their luck.

Computer jobs

Getting admission to computer courses has become easy and employment opportunities are few. Many universities are offering more than six courses in computers, but because of high lay-off rate, cases of underpayment in IT industry and recession in jobs, graduates in computers are now preferring jobs. Trends have also changed in admission to engineering colleges. This year there were more applicants for courses in electronics and mechanical engineering.

Fewer parks

Ludhiana may boast of having an agriculture university and a number of industries, but it does not have enough parks for its residents. As a result, there is so much rush in Rakh Bagh, Rose Garden and PAU campus in morning and evening hours that one finds it difficult to have a peaceful walk. The hawkers selling eatables at these places add to the chaos. One wonders why the Municipal Corporation and PUDA cannot build parks in upcoming colonies on the outskirts of the city.

Not eligible

More than 4,000 students in Ludhiana have got compartment in the Class XII examination conducted by Punjab School Education Board. According to Panjab University rules, those getting less than 20 per cent marks in the compartment paper are not eligible to get admission in the first year of graduation, but Punjabi University, Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjab Technical University allow such students to take admission. Since most of the colleges in Ludhiana are affiliated to Panjab University, students are denied admission though hundreds of seats remain vacant.

Noble cause

Mr Lakhbir Singh and Mr Sukhdev Singh of Nathowal village have set an example by donating both eyes of their mother Harnam Kaur. She had died recently after a brief illness. Dr Ramesh, director of Eye Bank, Mansuran, transplanted corneas of Harnam Kaur in two patients free of cost at Rural Hospital, Mansuran. This was the seventh eye donation to the eye bank from Nathowal village.

Stone covered

The foundation stone at the start of the bridge over Pakhowal canal connecting Sarabha Nagar and Randhir Singh Nagar is covered with advertisements. Not even an inch of the foundation stone is visible. One not familiar with the topography of that area can easily miss the foundation stone.

Without utility

Ludhiana can boast of a number of modern bus stops. These are used for advertising products in a most aesthetic manner. At night, the neon signs increase their beauty. The seats are new and a security guard is posted lest people sit on the seats. Passengers sit and wait for the buses in the old bus shelters on Ferozepore road. A few feet away from this bus stop is the new bus stop, which has a solitary guard, but neither buses nor passengers.

Shaky decisions

Living exactly up to the title of the Hindi movie Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, the authorities of Punjab Agricultural University are so shaky in their decisions that they issue an order, only to revoke it the next day. A clerk is suspended for sitting over a file and is reinstated after two hours. The closure of gates is ordered and the order is revoked the following day. The auction of air-conditioners is announced and is cancelled after two days. Gate number 6 is permanently closed and an S-type gate is constructed through it within days. The media, while reporting the new orders, prepares in advance to report the next orders of revoking the previous orders.

Laminated notes

The cycle-scooter parking owners have joined the shopkeepers in devising new methods to deal with the worn-out currency notes of small denomination as well as to meet the shortage of change. While a number of shopkeepers have been issuing tokens to customers in lieu of currency notes, parking stand operators have started dealing with currency notes covered in polythene. A parking lot contractor says he buys small plastic bags, folds the notes which are in poor condition into these and seals them.

— Sentinel


SAD — SHSAD row over foundation stone
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 31
The removal of the foundation stone for a Rs 133-crore sewerage project in Simla Puri locality in Ward No 31 here on Saturday has snowballed into a major contentious issue between the ruling SAD (B) and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal.

Upset and agitated over total inaction by the district administration and the police, the SHSAD legislator from Dakha, Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, today threatened to resort to a mass agitation, including a dharna at the Mini Secretariat, over the issue.

Narrating the sequence of events Mr Khalsa told Ludhiana Tribune that the foundation stone for the sewerage project, laid by him in the morning on Saturday, was removed and the pedestal was dismantled by Mrs Sukhwinder Kaur, the SAD-B councillor from Ward No 31 and her supporters on the plea that the funds for the sewerage project were being provided by the Municipal Corporation. Mr Khalsa contested the claim of the councillor and maintained that it was a NABARD project, financed by HUDCO. He also brought the matter to the notice of senior district and police officials.

Mr Khalsa was informed by the district administration that the matter had been sorted out and he could lay the foundation stone for the project at the same site in the evening, which he did. But to his utter shock, the foundation stone was once again removed and broken into pieces by the councillor. Among others, SAD (B) Vice-President Amarjit Singh Bhatia and several other functionaries of the ruling party, besides police personnel, were also present at the site.

Mr Khalsa alleged that the removal of the foundation stone, which formed a part of his constituency, was a result of a well thought-out conspiracy, which smacked of political vendetta. “When the administration claimed that the matter had been sorted out and the foundation stone was re-laid at its instance, it was the moral duty of district and police officials to protect the same.”

The SHSAD legislator, along with his other party colleagues — Mr Hira Singh Gabria, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh, both MLAs and Mr Surjan Singh Thekedar, Acting President of SHSAD, met the DIG, Ludhiana range, Mr Suresh Arora, Deputy Commissioner S.K. Sandhu, and new SSP H.S. Sidhu, demanding stern action against those responsible for the removal of the foundation stone. He had also lodged a formal complaint with the Secretary, Punjab Assembly and the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, alleging breach of privilege.

Mr Khalsa observed that by taking the incident lightly, the ruling SAD (B) was not only setting a bad precedent but also creating an atmosphere of confrontation with other political parties. “If the administration failed to take stern action against the accused persons, and persisted with their stand that no offence was made out, SHSAD activists would resort to removal of all foundations stones of various development projects all over the state.”


Did Ludhiana BJP boycott Gupta’s visit?
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
Did local BJP leaders boycott the visit of Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Chaman Lal Gupta to Ludhiana on Sunday? The question assumes significance given the fact that none of the local BJP leaders was seen when the minister was around. Local BJP leaders and workers are reportedly irked over the visit of Mr Gupta to Ludhiana, as they were not informed. BJP leaders about the visit. However, senior party leaders said there was some confusion about the arrival time of Mr Gupta that is why BJP leaders could not meet the minister.

Mr Gupta, who, besides being a minister, is a senior BJP leader from Jammu and Kashmir came here on Sunday. During his entire stay none of the BJP leaders met him. According to the party district president, Mr Harbans Lal Sethi, the local unit of the party did not have any information about his visit.

On the other hand, another senior leader, Mr Kamal Chaitely, said the local unit of the party got information about Mr Gupta’s visit very late. He said BJP workers were waiting for Mr Gupta at the local Circuit House. He claimed party leaders and workers waited for the dignitary a few hours there. As Mr Gupta arrived here late, he straightway drove to the residence of Mr Balraj Bhasin, a leading industrialist of the city, and son-in-law of former BJP legislator and senior leader Om Prakash Gupta. However, Mr Bhasin, belongs to a family of Congressmen. Mr Bhasin’s father, Mr Ram Lal Bhasin has been actively associated with the Congress.

Although Mr Bhasin has no apparent political aspirations, local BJP leaders, particularly those aspiring for the party ticket seem to be more concerned over his proximity with Mr Gupta. Their absence from all functions Mr Gupta attended here was reportedly deliberate, meant to convey their displeasure to the party high command about the minister’s visit without taking the local unit into confidence.

The Union Minister also attended a function organised by Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal. Mr Aggarwal belongs to the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and is a confidant of Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, the only Hindu minister from the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) in the government. None of the local BJP leaders had been invited to the function organised by Mr Aggarwal.

Even Rajya Sabha member and senior party leader Lala Lajpat Rai, who was very much in the town on that day, did not meet the minister. Sources in the BJP revealed that it was a conscious decision by the party to stay away from all functions attended by Mr Gupta just to convey its reservation and disappointment.

The sources said as a matter of courtesy some leaders waited for Mr Gupta at the Circuit House. This was done despite the fact that the party had no official information about the visit. Since Mr Gupta did not reach on time, BJP leaders could not wait for long. Besides, Mr Gupta did not arrive at the Circuit House. Sources disclosed since none of the leaders was invited to any of the functions attended by Mr Gupta, it was not proper to go anywhere uninvited. Nothing more than that should be read into it and no inferences should be drawn, BJP sources clarified.



Teenager’s Day today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 31
With a view to spreading awareness among adolescents and their parents about the physiological and emotional changes taking place in their lives, the Indian Council of Paediatricians celebrated Adolescent Week from July 25 to July 31. August 1 will be celebrated as the Teenager’s Day.

Western countries have already felt the need for dealing with their problems and have equipped themselves with counsellors and psychiatrists to deal with the problems that plague them. But In India, teenagers face physical problems associated with puberty. They are curious to know about sex, the changing behaviour and emotions, but the Indian Society is not permissive and adolescents have half-baked knowledge about sex. The misconceptions and wrong ideas about sex grow further as classmates and movies confuse them further. The emotional problems due to hormonal changes cause further conflict as they are at cross-roads, neither classified as adults nor as children.

Ludhiana Tribune talked to a few teenagers about their problems, their views and how they were coping with the problems on a day-to-day basis. Most of them did not know about Teenager’s Day. They confused it with Friendship Day, which happens to be sometime later. They could not believe that one day was specially earmarked for them.

Khushbu (16) was innocence personified. She did not know very much about what is happening around though she studies in a college. She said: “I know there is a lot of corruption but I have no idea how to stop it. What I feel is that there is definitely a generation gap between parents and teenagers. We do not feel educational institutes are good here. We lead very sheltered lives. So we are really not much aware of the difficulties people face.”

Deepa Thapar was more open. She said: “At least I have to count my blessings. My parents and grandparents understand our problems and so there is no generation gap. But what bothers me is rampant corruption widely prevalent in society. How will we get jobs? What does the future hold for us? But we, the youngsters, are going to create awareness among people so that politicians are not able to make fools of us. I am martyr Sukhdev Singh’s granddaughter and so our family has always been conscious of our social obligations.”

Ishardeep (15) says that the future appears dismal for them. “I go for three tuitions for I want to take up engineering. I don’t even know whether I will get a job. In the college we have had no Punjabi teacher. Where do we have the time to think of personal problems? We can’t even think of anything at this time. But I am glad that people our thinking of our problems.”

Sachin, a resident of Ludhiana, is studying in AFMC, Pune, and is back in the city for holidays. He said: “After going to Pune, I realised that in Ludhiana, society is still not ready to understand friendship between boys and girls. Moreover, the parents don’t like us partying. Infact, we are diametrically opposite in our ideas and views. We like, they dislike. The generation gap is too wide. I feel I can take my decisions, but the parents think we are still babies.”

His friend Bikram said: “We can’t go out as our parents think that good children should be back home by the evening. At times we feel suffocated as every action of ours is misconstrued. If we try to help some one, people tell us not to show off. If we behave in a playful manner, we are asked to act our age. Most of the times I wonder whether I am an adult or a child. What certainty do we have of jobs?”



Martyr cremated with full honours
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 31
The mortal remains of Major Singh of 4 Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, who laid down his life while fighting terrorists at Para Barmulla in Srinagar on July 28, were consigned to the flames with full honours at his native village, Lapran, near here, today. He is survived by his father, three brothers and an unmarried sister.

Earlier, Col M.S. Randhawa, H.S. Toor, Deputy Commissioner, S.K. Sandhu, S.S.P. of Khanna, R.N. Dhoke, Mr Balraj Singh Sidhu, a former Cabinet minister; Mr Malkit Singh Dhoka, general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee; Mr Gurkirat Singh Kotli, a former political secretary, Mr Gurmit Singh, Mr Kartar Singh Buani and Mr Sadhu Singh Ghudani, MLA, placed wreaths on the body.

The Deputy Commissioner has announced Rs 5 lakh in cash, an ex-gratia grant of Rs 2 lakh and a plot for the bereaved family. 


‘Shardhanjali Samaroh’ for Udham Singh
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 31
To commemorate the martyrdom day of Udham Singh, a ‘shardhanjali samaroh’ was organised at his memorial in Roza Sharif here today. Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function.

Paying tributes, the Deputy Commissioner said it was because of the enormous sacrifices of the great martyrs of the freedom movement that the country had achieved Independence and made substantial achievements at the international level. He said Shaheed Udham Singh had taken revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by killing Gen Dyer in England 21 years after the incident.

The Deputy Commissioner said though the country had made great achievements in diverse fields during the past 50 years since Independence, and became a recognizable power in the world, yet the national character had witnessed an alarming decline. 


Inquiry begins into torture case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
The Jagraon police today started a high-level inquiry into the alleged torture of a youth of Ghungrana village by the Dehlon police in the wake of the discovery of a treasure from a village haveli amidst reports that officials of the Dehlon police had launched the operation cover up in the case.

SP (D) Raghbir Singh Sandhu, along with a DSP and other police officials, visited the village today and recorded the statements of the people concerned. However, the visit was marred by reports that a team of the Dehlon police had picked up the father and brother of the victim, Nirmal Singh, alias Dhiddi, and taken them to the police station and later to a hospital in Mandi Ahmedgarh to allegedly pressure them into speaking in favour of the police. The victim youth was admitted to hospital as his condition deteriorated yesterday. His relatives were later sent home.



3 hurt in dispute over control of dera 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 31
Three persons, including a woman, were seriously injured in a fight among the members of two families over the control of Cheenta Wala Dera.

Ms Sadhna Kapoor accused Narinder Beri of Ludhiana and two of his sons, along with Kali Charan, for causing injuries to her and her husband, Mr Amit Kapoor, in an attempt to stop them from distributing prasad to the devotees. According to sources, Kapoor family distributes prasad every Sunday at the dera as it has a samadhi of Mr Amar Chand, who belonged to the family.

Meanwhile, Beri family has refuted the allegation levelled against it. The local police has registered a case under Sections 307, 324, 323, 506, 427 and 341 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Kapoor.

Ransom demanded

Mr Balwinder Singh, a resident of Cheema village, has lodged a complaint with the police that he has been receiving threats on telephone from some unidentified person that he will eliminate his son, Prabhjot Singh, if he did not pay him a ransom of Rs 2 lakh.

Auto driver stabbed

Binder Singh, a young autorickshaw driver and a resident of Jamalpur, was stabbed on Monday by four roadside gambling operators, near Sahnewal.

According to the victim, he was going on his autorickshaw when he was stopped near Vishwanath temple on Metro Road by miscreants, who asked him to take them to the Giaspura railway crossing. On reaching Giaspura, the miscreants asked him to take them to Patiala. He resisted but was threatened. On reaching Patiala, the assailants set up their shop by the side of a road and made plenty of money hoodwinking the gullible and greedy customers. On way back, when Binder Singh asked for the money fare, he was attacked with knives, near a canal tributary at Sahnewal.

Petrol station looted

About Rs 950 along with some quantity of mobil oil was looted from a petrol station at Koom Kalan by two scooter borne youths on Sunday. According to Saudagar Singh, a salesman at the petrol pump, two persons came on a LML Vespa scooter and asked to fill up the tank. After getting the petrol tank filed, they snatched the money.


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