Monday, June 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Cong-CPI differences come to fore
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Mansa, June 1
The differences between the Congress and the CPI, which fought last Assembly elections as alliance partners, came to the fore today when senior CPI leader and member, party secretariat of Punjab unit, Mr Hardev Singh Arshi, demanded the resignation of Congress MLA and Chairman, High Powered Finance Committee, Mr Surinder Singla, for making a statement that the alliance between the Congress and the CPI had been harming the Congress while addressing a workers’ convention at Bathinda yesterday.

Mr Arshi, talking to TNS here today, alleged that Mr Singla was playing into the hands of communal parties like the SAD and the BJP as he was trying to create a wedge among secular forces like the Congress and the CPI by making irrelevant statements regarding the Congress-CPI alliance and the mass base of the CPI in Punjab.

Mr Singla, while addressing the workers’ convention, made a statement in the presence of the PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, that the party’s alliance with the CPI should be done away with as it had harmed the party in the last Assembly elections and would be harmful in future in the Lok Sabha and other elections due to fact that it had lost its relevance on the Punjab political scene. He said the Congress had lost eight Assembly seats due to the alliance. Mr Singla predicted that the AICC chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi, would not become Prime Minister if the Congress continued its alliance with the CPI.

“The CPI has supported Mr Singla in Assembly elections from the Bathinda seat and played a significant role in his victory. If Mr Singla wants to prove that the CPI has no base in Punjab, he should resign and contest the Assembly elections again so that people can decide whether Mr Singla or the CPI has no base among the people,” said Mr Arshi, adding that he would take up the matter with the CPI and the Congress leadership.

He pointed out that by making this statement, Mr Singla had shown his political immaturity as Ms Gandhi had categorically stated in Jammu and Kashmir at the Congress Chief Ministers’ conference that the Congress would adopt the politics of political alliances to oust the BJP led NDA government at the Centre, which had been pursuing a communal agenda in the country. He advised Mr Singla to consult senior Congress leaders before making any statement regarding his party’s alliance with any party.

Mr Arshi, who was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition during the Beant Singh’s government, pointed out that Mr Singla, who used to call the shots in the Congress, had deprived the party of any political allies. He added that Mr Singla’s statement in connection with the Congress-CPI alliance and the base of the CPI in Punjab was condemnable.

He asked why Mr Singla was not telling the people that on almost all Assembly seats from which CPI candidates contested as part of the Congress-CPI alliance, a section of Congress leadership fielded Congress workers as rebel Congress candidates to facilitate the defeat of the CPI candidates.

“We are not worried about our alliance with the Punjab Congress, against which a resolution was passed by the national council of the CPI for its anti-people policies in the recent past. We are worried over the fact that Mr Singla has been trying to create differences among the secular forces which succeeded in ousting the communal SAD-BJP combine from power in Punjab last year,” pointed out Mr Arshi. He added that alliances were an out come of the political situation at a particular point of time and benefited the parties which enter into these.


Special task force for border: Swami
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 1
Union Minister of State for Home I.D. Swami today said a special task force was being created for border management which would report directly to Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani.

Mr Swami, who was here to visit Akali leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who is admitted to a local hospital, on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister, said a secretary-level officer would be held responsible for proper border management. He said in the first phase fencing of the Jammu and Kashmir border with Pakistan would be completed following which the fencing of the border with Bangladesh would be taken up. The minister said the entire exercise was expected to be completed by 2007.

Speaking on the issue of the recent initiative taken by India vis-a-vis Pakistan, he said Pakistan still continued to give training to mercenaries in camps in its territory. He said unless these camps were closed, talks may not bring about any concrete result. He said India had taken various confidence-building measures and now it was up to Pakistan to reciprocate them.

When his attention was drawn to the recent statements by the Shiv Sena that it would not allow resumption of rail and air traffic to Pakistan, he said the sena had the right to say anything but the decision was being taken keeping in view the sentiments of the people of the country. He said the government wanted to make serious efforts to end the 20 years of proxy war between both the countries through this move. The minister even rebuked the sena statements by saying, “you know how much strength they enjoy”.

Speaking on Akali politics, Mr Swami said the Bharatiya Janata Party wanted the Akalis to fight the Congress unitedly. He said a united Akali Dal along with the BJP would easily defeat the Congress in the state as it had done in the past. He hoped Mr Tohra would recover swiftly from his ailment.


Prisoners plead for right to motherhood
Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The previous orders of the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) declining the right to motherhood to wives of prisoners notwithstanding, petitions continue to pour in before the commission raising similar but complex issues.

In yet another case, a woman from Malerkotla, whose husband is lodged in the jail, has in a letter sent to the commission pleaded that she should not be denied the right to be a mother and has sought necessary directions for conjugal relations. She has also asked why should she be denied the right to become a mother and be with her husband when she has committed no offence.

Such cases only bring to the fore the basic issue — depriving a woman of her right to motherhood, which is of larger concern. The complainants, who legitimately feel that they have a right to motherhood, have a common grouse when that right is temporarily suspended by the law for no fault of theirs.

The commission, had disposed off a similar plea of Ms Kalpana Daniel, a qualified nurse of Ludhiana, in December 2002. The former chairman, Mr N.K. Arora, had observed that the existing provisions fully protected and covered the right of a wife of a convict to attain motherhood in a fair and legitimate manner. Hence, “no special legislative or administrative measures were warranted.”

Ms Kalpana, whose husband Mr Sunil C. Daniel, was lodged in a jail in Ludhiana, had sought permission for conjugal relations with her husband so as to enable her to complete her family. Mr Daniel, who had been convicted in a murder case, had already undergone five years of imprisonment by then.

Following detailed discussions with the then IG (Prisons), Mr R.S. Chalia, it was observed that in Punjab land-owning convicts were entitled to long spells of parole (6 weeks) twice a year. Even those, who do not fall in this category have the right to parole, (4 weeks) subject to good conduct. And parole is admissible in certain cases of emergencies also. Hence, the convict can fulfil her aspirations of motherhood then.

The jail manual also allows another two weeks for the inmates once they get the required clearance reports from the DC and SSP of the area concerned.

Further, since Ms Kalpana already had a 12-year-old daughter, her motherhood stood sanctified. The orders, however, left it to the department concerned to take up the matter with the government for a policy decision.

It is pertinent to mention that in foreign countries women are allowed to co-habit with their spouses in jails and bear children, if they express a desire for the same.

Legal experts are of the view that the issue needs to be closely looked into for those undergoing imprisonment under TADA and other serious offences who may not be allowed to go on parole.

ADGP (Prisons), Mr R.S. Chalia when contacted said the accused under TADA and other prisoners were not allowed to go on parole.


Villagers panic as youths abduct girl
Tribune News Service

Kot Khurd (Jalandhar), June 1
Panic engulfed residents of this village when 21-year-old girl was allegedly abducted by four Sumo-borne youths from outside her house at around 9 a.m. yesterday.

The abductors, except the driver, were allegedly attired in women’s clothes at the time of the incident. Residents of the village immediately gathered in front of the victime’s house after the incident.

Sukhwinder Singh, brother of the victim, said the family came to know of the incident from Sonu, a cousin, and the only eyewitness in the incident. He said the family bore no animosity with anybody in the village even as a migrant labourer was suspected to be behind the incident, particularly since he had been missing from the village after the family received a call by a person who introduced himself as Shankaria. Shankaira told father of the girl that he had seen his daughter, along with three persons, near Buddha Nullah in Ludhiana and that he should come with the police to take the girl back. But when the girl’s father reached Ludhiana, along with a police party, he did not find the girl there.

Residents of the village maintained that after the call they suspected the involvement of a migrant labourer Shankaria but on inquiry, it was found that he was present at the farm. Meanwhile, the family received another call by Shankaria at around 3 p.m. who inquired if the girl had returned home. When the family members asked him to disclose his identity, he put the receiver down. The family said another migrant labourer was missing from the village after the family received the call. His acquintance Sanjay was rounded up by the police. Residents have alleged that though the police authorities had claimed that a number of nakas had been put up to nab the culprits, no such naka was seen by them.

When asked as to why the police authorities were not using the caller identification facility on the family’s phone, Mr Narinder Kumar, ASI at Paragpur police post, said it was not the responsibility of the police but for the family members to get the same installed on their phone.


Clerk booked for duping kabaddi players
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, June 1
The Nawanshahr police today registered a case against an employee of the Education Department posted at Balachaur for cheating 12 women kabaddi players of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of making necessary arrangements to ensure their participation in a kabaddi tournament being held in Hong Kong.

Ms Neerja Voruvuru, SSP, Nawanshahr, while talking to this correspondent over phone, said a case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B, IPC, had been registered against Davinder Singh, a clerk in the Education Department, for criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy following the receipt of complaint submitted by 12 women kabaddi players and their coach Gurmukh Singh.

She further said efforts were being made to arrest the accused for allegedly duping kabaddi players and their coach of lakhs of rupees. They had to return from Hong Kong after being denied permission to play in a tournament there by the organisers as they had not been invited to participate in the tournament.

Earlier, Gurmukh Singh, coach of the 12-member kabaddi contingent of Rustem-e-Hind Sports Club, alleged in his complaint that Davinder Singh had cheated him and the team members by assuring them that they had been invited by Gurdwara Hong Kong authorities to participate in a kabaddi tournament being organised on the eve of Baisakhi.

“All 12 players and myself deposited Rs 30,000 each with Davinder Singh as the latter had to arrange for air tickets, board and lodging for us,” said Gurmukh Singh, adding that an additional sum of Rs 1.76 lakh was also given to Davinder Singh, who accompanied them to Hong Kong allegedly on a fake passport.

Gurmukh Singh further alleged that though a kabaddi tournament was actually being held there, but on reaching Hong Kong, the gurdwara authorities simply refused to allow them to participate in the tournament as they had not been invited to it. Davinder Singh, however, fled from there and the team had to return to India.

Gurmukh Singh further contended that when he asked Davinder Singh to return the money, he refused to oblige and threatened him of dire consequences, if the matter was reported to the police.


Hanspal’s plea
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, June 1
Mr H.S. Hanspal, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), yesterday asked the party workers not to waste money for buying garlands or other items for party functions and urged them to put the money so saved in PPCC fund.

Mr Hanspal, who was here yesterday in connection with a party function said that the wastage of money for party functions should be minimised and more funds mobilised for the party fund.


Govt incurs losses as farmland lies unused
Lalit Mohan

Ropar, June 1
The decision of the Punjab Government to take over the Ropar-based 602-acre Birla farm from the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is proving to be penny wise but pound foolish.

The government had taken over the farm from the PAU in January this year. The Birla family initially owned the farm that is located 7 km from Ropar. The family had donated the farm to the government in 1971. The government further gave it on lease to the PAU at a rate of Rs 30 per acre per annum. After the takeover, the PAU developed a research centre by constructing well-equipped laboratories and accommodation for staff.

The PAU used the farm for three-fold purposes: the production of different varieties of seeds; supply of seeds to various agencies; and organising training camps to help the farmers of the Bet area around Ropar. However, recently the Punjab Government raised the lease amount of the farmland from Rs 30 to Rs 5,000 per acre per annum. The PAU authorities expressed their inability to pay the increased lease amount and opted to vacate the farm.

The government then handed over the farm to the Agriculture Department of the state. The district agriculture authorities had demanded about Rs 1 crore for starting commercial activities on the farm. However, since the takeover, the department has not sanctioned any amount for maintaining the farm. As a result, the farmland is lying useless.

Sources here said the Agriculture Department had not been able to deposit even the electricity bill of the farm. The PSEB has disconnected the electricity supply to the farm.

The sources further told that besides the loss to farmers of the area due to the winding up of the PAU research centre, the government was suffering a loss of about Rs 60 lakh per crop season due to the non-utilisation of the farmland.

Due to the non-availability of funds, the Agriculture Department has not been able to sow any kharif crop on the farm. The government has not even posted any staff on the farm. Due to the absence of attendants, an attempt has been made to encroach upon the farmland.


Town faces water shortage
Our Correspondent

Nabha, June 1
Contrary to Municipal Council’s tall claims people are facing shortage of during water. The water supply has been very poor even in the first month of summer. Residents resent Municipal Council’s failure on this front. They complain if all water comes pressure is very low and quality poor.

Mr Devinder Paul, said that water does not flow from taps for most of the time. He complained that booster pump, meant to serve people of at least three wards of the town around Railway station, bus-stand and cinema, had been out of order for the past one and a half month and they get water only for a few hours.

Another resident, Dr Prem Kumar Gupta of the Cinema Road, claimed that water was also of poor quality as pipes were rusted and due to seepage, the drain water gets mixed with the domestic supply. He feared that this would lead to diseases like cholera, jaundice, gastritis and gastro-enteritis. He disclosed that low pressure was due to insufficient water tanks in the town as the town had only one water tank.

Mr Jiwan Das an office-bearer of the ‘Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association’ said that no measures were taken by the Municipal Council to meet water crisis. He told that the authorities attributed the water problem to booster pump menace in the town but what could the tullu-pumps draw from waterless pipes.

The Executive Officer of the Municipal Council claimed that the town had adequate number of tubewells but people had created a problem by installing tullu-pumps on water pipes.


Village women lock liquor shop
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Hoshiarpur, June 1
Irked by the opening of a liquor shop in the nearby Jahan Khelan village allegedly without the permission of the village panchayat, a group of about 50 women gheraoed and locked the shop while raising anti-government slogans this morning.

The women led by the BJP circle president, Mr Subhash Sharma, village Sarpanch Jugal Kishore and member of the panchayat Kapoor Kaur alleged that the liquor shop could have an adverse effect on children as it was opened at a place which was adjacent to the village school and the Police Training Centre.

The protesting women gheraoed liquor shop employees when they came to open it and then also locked it after a heated arguments with the employees.

Later, they staged a dharna in front of the shop for about two hours, and shouted slogans against the government.

The women threatened that if the district administration failed to enforce the closure of the shop, they would gherao the district administration complex. They alleged that the state government was adopting a dual policy by allowing the opening of such shops on one hand and by inserting anti-drug addiction advertisements in newspapers on the other.


Tubewells ease water supply
200 Tullu pumps seized
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 1
The Municipal Corporation has made 14 newly dug-up tubewells operational besides conducting a simultaneous drive against Tullu pumps to ensure adequate water supply to all parts of the city.

The newly dug-up tubewells have eased the water situation in some parts of the city which were facing an acute shortage of water supply. Parts of the city, particularly those situated along Quila Mubarak, used to face problems in getting piped water supply as the area is situated along a slight mound. People in these areas used to get water straight from the streets or use Tullu pumps which cause problems further along the line.

A tubewell situated in the Quila Mubrarak complex had been out of order for five to six years. Besides this a water tank situated in the Quila complex was also not being used. Now the tubewell has been redug and the tank made operational. Tubewells have also been dug up in other areas of the inner city which had been acing chronic water shortage. This includes the Maiji Di Saran and Sheranwala Gate.

Corporation sources said tubewells had become operational in Tej Bagh Colony, Maiji di Saran, Arjun Nagar, Division Number Four, Tripri, Yadvindra Colony, Bara Khuan in Model Town, Quila Mubarak, Tara Singh Park, Hira Nagar, DDLG Office, Passey Road, Sheranwala Gate and Badungar Park.

Corporation Mayor Vishnu Sharma said the corporation had made a plan to dig up tubewells at Makkar Colony, Daru Kutiya, Green View Colony, Rattan Nagar, Badungar Park, Ghuman colony where two tubewells would come up and Guru Nanak Nagar. He said work on these tubewells was being taken up in a phased manner and would be done by December this year. He said the corporation had also decided to acquire land for three more tubewells in the city.

The Mayor said the corporation had also started using 11 of the 14 water tanks in the city which had ben repaired recently. He said water tanks had become operational in the heavily populated areas of the Anardana Chowk, Sheranwala Gate and Division Number Four resulting in an increase in the water pressure in these areas. He said the corporation was using water from both the tubewells and the water tanks simultaneously to ensure adequate pressure throughout the city.

Meanwhile, the corporation is maintaining a check on the use of Tullu pumps in the city as there are still many areas where water does not reach the top floors. Mr Vishnu Sharma said the corporation had seized more than 200 Tullu pumps during the recent drive launched by it. He said a corporation main lines in a rotational manner. He said violators were being fined in the range of Rs 100 to Rs 500. He said the names of violators were fed on computer and their premises were rechecked to see whether they were using the pumps or not. People were also being encouraged to make water tanks on the ground floors and transfer water to overhead tanks using jet pumps.

Meanwhile, sources revealed that the maximum number of Tullu pumps were being used in the Khalsa Mohalla and Top Khana Mor areas. They said this was because water was still not reaching the first and second floors. Residents said separate tubewells should be dug up for these areas.



Water scheme for Sangrur village
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, June 1
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, laid the foundation stone of a water supply scheme at Dhandoli Kalan village, near Dirba, today. The scheme will be completed at a cost of Rs 17 lakh.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Bir Devinder Singh said with the completion of this water supply scheme, about 2,600 persons would be benefited. He assured the gathering that the scheme would be completed in just six months. He said he would also get monthly progress report from the authorities concerned so that the scheme could be completed in a stipulated period.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh also emphasised on the proper use of potable water so that future generations could not face any type of water scarcity. He said the watertable was depleting rapidly which was a matter of concern for all of us.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh appealed to the people to plant saplings everywhere to maintain ecological balance.

On the occasion, Mr Surjit Singh Dhiman, Dirba MLA, Mr Baljit Singh, sarpanch and Master Balwinder Singh also spoke.

The Deputy Speaker also inaugurated three dharamshalas in the village.


30,000 new connections: Hanspal

Hoshiarpur, June 1
The Punjab State Congress President, Mr H.S. Hanspal said today that the state electricity board would provide over 30,000 new connections to farmers to energise tubewells for the new paddy crop season.

Talking to reporters in a village near here Mr Hanspal assured that the Congress Government in the state was aware of the electricity requirement of the farmers and would ensure adequate power supply for the crop.

He said under the special scheme the electricity board was planning to provide round-the-clock power supply to over 1,500 villages in the state to facilitate farmers in their work.

In reply to a question about the possible arrest of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, he said inquiry on various charges against Badal was in progress. UNI


Issue proclamation for arrest of Badal’s OSD: court
Our Correspondent

Kharar, June 1
Ms Preeti Sahni, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, yesterday ordered to issue proclamation for July 12 for the arrest of Hardeep Singh, OSD to the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

These orders were passed on the request of the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab after recording statement of the Vigilance Inspector that the accused could not be arrested despite best efforts and hence proclamation should be issued. The court ordered that the proclamation should be pasted outside the house of the accused, at a public place and outside the court.

The VB has registered a case against the accused on August 29, 2002, at SAS Nagar on the charge that he amassed wealth through corrupt practices when he was OSD to the former Chief Minister.



Deserted’ bride’s mother pleads ignorance
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, June 1
“Contact Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, President, Lok Bhalai Party, if you want to know about our next step following allegations on the characters of our daughter by her in-laws,” said Ms Charanjit Kaur, mother of Ms Veerpal Kaur, Rampura Phul, who allegedly was deserted by her NRI husband.

It was learnt that Ms Veerpal Kaur along with her father Mr Amarjit Singh and mother Ms Charanjit Kaur had held a press conference at Rampura Phul town. Mr Nachhatar Singh Sidhu, District President of the Lok Bhalai Party was also reportedly present at the press conference.

Efforts to contact Ms Veerpal Kaur or her father at their residence at Rampura Phul town proved futile. Ms Charanjit Kaur told this reporter on phone that neither of them (Ms Veerpal and Mr Amarjit Singh) was at home. She said that she was not present at any press conference held at Rampura Phul town either by Ms Veerpal Kaur or Mr Amarjit Singh.

It is learnt that Ms Veerpal Kaur is planning to file a case of defamation against her laws for levelling allegations that she was not of good character. However, Ms Charanjit Kaur said that she was not aware of any legal action being taken.

When pressed to comment on next step in the ongoing tussle between the two families, she said that for any information either Mr Ramoowalia or Mr Nachhatar Singh Sidhu should be contacted.

Efforts to contact Mr Ramoowalia and Mr Sidhu proved fruitless.


PPSC examinees to move court

Chandigarh, June 1
The Punjab Public Service Commission examinees today decided to approach the court against negative marking and mistakes in the PPSC examination held on May 27.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held under the convenership of Mr Gurmukh Singh.

The next meeting would be held at Punjabi University in Patiala on June 4. TNS



38 children leave for Kashmir Valley
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 1
As many as 38 children of serving Army personnel of the Western Command left for the Jammu and Kashmir Valley under the “maitree se ujala” programme aimed at offering an opportunity to children from the rest of the country to meet the children of the Valley to promote national integration.

The children, who left Katoch Stadium in the cantonment area here this morning after a send-off by Lieut-Gen S.Pattabhiraman, GOC of the 11 Corps, belonged to Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab.

The children from the Valley would play host to these children even as it was envisaged that the children from the rest of the country would build a bond of friendship and promote national integration through a series of interactions, lectures, adventure activities competitions and workshops. The children, according to the Army authorities, belonged to a cross section of society.

General Pattabhiraman, during his interaction with children, said the children would play the role of massengers of friendship, peace and harmony. He said the visit was being organised to reinforce the bonds of friendship with the masses and especially the children of Kashmir.


Train fire: panel submits report

Ferozepore, June 1
The three-member committee, constituted to probe into the fire in which the engine and three coaches of a six-coach diesel multiple unit were gutted near Jalalabad on the Ferozepore-Fazilka section of the Northern Railways on May 28, submitted its report to Divisional Railways Manager (DRM) Hukum Chand Punia here today.

According to sources, the report points towards a mechanical fault in the train engine. The report will be sent to the headquarters in New Delhi and appropriate action would be taken against the guilty, if any. UNI


Ammonia gas leak causes panic
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, June 1
Panic was caused this evening following the leakage of ammonia gas from Jalota ice factory on the Phagwara-Banga road. Local fire brigade and staff of the factory plunged into action to plug the leakage. A fireman and another employee fainted twice due to the pungent smell during the plugging operation. They regained consciousness soon after and joined the operation. The gas had leaked earlier this morning also but also controlled by the factory staff as the leakage was mild. However, the gas leak in evening was very large and caused respiratory problems and irritation to the eyes of the passers-by.

The local SDM, Mr Pritam Singh, told newspersons that the owner of the ice factory Naresh Kumar Jalota had been told to keep the factory closed for two days. 


Health officials raid markets
Our Correspondent

Ropar, June 1
A team of the Health Department officials led by Dr Hardeep Kaur, SMO, Kiratpur Sahib yesterday inspected markets in Nangal town to check insanitary conditions at sweet shops, meat, vegetable and fruit shops.

Dr Kaur said that the raid was made on the directions of the Deputy Commissioner Ropar. The team found conditions at the sweet shops unhygienic. Owners of the sweet shops were found to be cleaning utensils with water far from being clear. The ‘unsafe’ material lying in the shops was disposed of by sanitary inspectors accompanying the team. Directions have been issued to sweet shop owners to wash the utensils with potasium permanganate, the SMO said. 


Revenue official held for graft
Our Correspondent

Ropar, June 1
The Punjab Vigilance Department nabbed Bagh Singh, a revenue official while he was accepting bribe of Rs 600.

The vigilance on the complaint of Jaswant Singh of Behrampur Zamidara village in Ropar had laid a trap.

The complainant had alleged that he raised loan of Rs 18 lakh from the Khadi Board. Since he couldn’t repay the loan his case was sent by the Khadi Board to the Ropar Tehsildar. Tehsildar summoned him and told to deposit the loan by June 10.

However, Tehsil Jamadar threatened to issue a warrant if he did not bribe him by May 30.

On being harassed by the Tehsil Jamadar he reported the matter to the DSP vigilance Ropar Tarsem Singh who nabbed the cuprit.

The complainant handed over the marked currency notes of Rs 600 to the Tehsil Jamadar on Friday evening. The Vigilance officials who were standing outside, nabbed the accused red handed and recovered the marked currency from him.

A case under the prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the tehsil employee.


One held, Rs 1.74 lakh hawala money seized
Our Correspondent

Kapurthala, June 1
The Bholath police has arrested Nishan Singh of Avtar Nagar Jalandhar for carrying Hawala money in Bholath police station area.

In a press note yesterday by Dr R.N. Dhoke, SSP said that the Bholath police set up a naka and a person, on a scooter number (P.B.-8-3497) carrying Hawala money to Bholath village from Jalandhar was intercepted. On his reach Rs 1.74 lakh was recovered from him.

Dr Dhoke identified the arrested person as Nishan Singh of Avtar Nagar, Jalandhar.

During interrogation he disclosed that he was running garment shop in Begowal village and he distributed the hawala money.

The police has sent information to the Enforcement Staff Jalandhar for action against Nishan Singh.


3 killed, 4 hurt in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, June 1
Three persons namely Jagjit Singh (60), Rajinder Singh (42) and his wife Kiranjit Kaur, all residents of Guru Nanak Nagar in Jammu, died on the spot while Daler Singh (20), Navneet Kaur (15), Palwinder Singh (16) and Gurleen Kaur (2) were injured when a truck (PB-08 M 9733) hit their cars — Tata Indica (JK 02 T 3377) and Maruti (JK 2M 2955) parked along the road near Har Bhagat Dwar at Beerowal village on the Chandigarh road, 15 km from here, on Saturday.

Jagjit Singh had been given farewell party after his retirement from the Army at Ambala Cantonment on Saturday and the family had come to pay obeisance at Har Bhagat Dwar. They parked their car on the roadside and Satvir Singh got out of car to get the gate of Har Bhagat Dwar opened.

Meanwhile, a truck hit the Tata Indica from behind, which subsequently hit the Maruti car. Later, the truck overturned. The three persons sitting inside Tata Indica were killed on the spot while those sitting inside the Maruti car were injured. The police has registered a case.


Pak national arrested
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, June 1
The BSF nabbed a Pakistani national from the Ramdass area falling under Majitha police district late last evening.

According to information, the case was registered against the accused by Mr Sher Singh, Inspector 19 Battalion, BSF, who stated that Moulana Masud (42), a resident of Nairowal district in Pakistan, was found roaming under suspicious circumstances near the border when he was spotted by the jawans. The accused did not have any passport. A case has been registered under Sections 3, 34 and 20 of the Passport Act.


Prisoner escapes

Jalandhar, June 1
An undertrial prisoner booked under the Drug Act yesterday fled from hospital where he was admitted for treatment by giving the slip to the cops on duty, the police said.

The incident occurred in the morning when Paramajit Singh, arrested under the NDPS Act on July 22 last year, and admitted in the civil hospital for the treatment of TB, told the cops that he was going to toilet, they said.

When he did not come back after half an hour, cops got suspicious and on search found that Paramajit had fled.

The jail authorities informed the police about the incident and an alert has been sounded to nab the accused. PTI


2 booked for selling spurious seed
Our Correspondent

Abohar, June 1
The city police has registered a case against a local firm for selling “spurious” hybrid cottonseed. The action was taken on the complaint of Mr Parminder Singh, Inspector Seed in the Agriculture Department. Two persons have been booked under Sections 353, 186, 420 of the IPC and 8,9,13(1), 18 of the Seed Control Act, 1983, and Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.

According to sources Mr Ramesh Kumar of Lakhewali village had stated that he had purchased Ankur brand hybrid seed from a firm located near the old city police station against a bill issued by a partner of the firm. But as the seed failed to grow, he sent a complaint to the seed company based at Nagpur and the Chief Agriculture Officer, Ferozepore.

The company took in its custody the record pertaining to the sale of 600 kg of seed on receiving the complaint. A team of the Agriculture Department conducted a raid on the sale outlet of the firm. Representatives of the seed company assisted the team. Official sources said the partners of the firm could not produce any stock and sale registers of any seed.

The bill book used for selling the “spurious” seed was seized on the spot. Representatives of the company said the company had not marketed the seed of the batch number given in the bills by the firm in any part of the district.

The firm had never been permitted to sell Ankur hybrid seed. The partners of the firm also allegedly misbehaved with the raiding party during search of the premises.

The city police said so far no arrest had been made.

The Agriculture Department has so far taken 335 samples of seed in the district but only 19 failed. Out of 480 samples taken by the Plant Protection wing of the department, only 27 were found to be sub-standard. Only five of the 324 samples of fertilizers, taken by the department, were found to be below specification.

These officially confirmed statistics speak volumes about the “fairness” of the anti-adulteration campaign launched by the Agriculture Department. The Bharat Kissan Union and other representative bodies of the farmers had been alleging that sellers of spurious seeds, fertilizers and insecticides were conniving with officials of the department.


One held for murder
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, June 1
The Talwandi Sabo police yesterday arrested one person charged with murder, committed on the night of May 12.

Sources said yesterday that the murder related to a love affair and added that Bagga Singh of Jaga Ram Tirath village had illicit relations with Sukhpal Kaur, of the same village. On the night of May 12 Bagga Singh went to the house of Sukhpal Kaur where he was seen by her brother-in-law (devar) who thrashed him. Bagga Singh received serious internal injuries and reportedly died on the spot.

The body of the deceased was thrown in a chowk of the village by the accused and the kin of the accused cremated him believing his death to be natural. 


Cheating case against 2 lawyers

Faridkot, June 1
Two advocates of Moga have been booked for cheating a petitioner of Rs 60,000.

The complainant alleged that the two advocates demanded Rs 60,000 for a judicial officer in whose court his appeal was pending so that the ‘judge’s favour’ could be obtained for him.

He alleged that he gave the sum to the advocates but the appeal was decided against him and when he asked the advocates to give back his amount the advocates returned him Rs 10,000 and failed to give back the remaining amount.

He said the advocates refused to return the money rather demanded more money for filing second appeal in the High Court. A case against the advocates was registered on Friday and a probe is on. PTI


Bank peon booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Ropar, June 1
The Nangal police has booked Shanga Ram an employee of the Bhanopli branch of the Punjab and Sind Bank for fraud of Rs 3 lakh with 25 customers of the bank. Sources here said that Shanga Ram was deployed in the said bank branch by the employees there. Shanga Ram used to work as a peon and was paid for by the employees themselves. However, Shanga Ram allegedly in connivance of certain bank employees duped illiterate clients. He used to collect the amount from illiterate clients coming to deposit it in account but did not deposited it with the bank. The entries were used to be made by Shanga Ram in the pass books of the clients but the amount was never entered in books. In a few cases even fake pass books were issued by the accused.

The matter came to light when a few clients went to withdraw the amount were told that they had no credit balance. The scam came to light in March this year. The management of the bank has shifted certain employees including the bank cashier to the head office at Chandigarh. However, no action has been taken against them.

The police has registered a case under sections 406 and 420 of the IPC against Shanga Ram who is at large.


Father, son kidnapped
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, June 1
Ganesh Dass and his father, both residents of Jaipur in Rajasthan, were kidnapped by at least 10 armed persons Bhilowal village in Mehta on the night of May 30.

Ms Darshana, wife of Ganesh Dass in a complaint lodged at Mehta police station in Majitha police district here late last evening, alleged that Daljit Singh, Sukhjit Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Ranjit Singh and Nirmal Singh, all brothers and residents of Bhilowal village along with five other unidentified persons attacked the dera of Sarup Singh (where they were staying), and kidnapped her husband and father-in-law. She alleged that all the persons were armed with sharpedged weapons.

According to the police, Ganesh Dass has a land dispute with the accused persons. He had given his 16 acres on lease to Tara Singh, father of the accused, during the period of militancy. But after the death of Tara Singh, the accused allegedly grabbed the land. A case was pending in the court and both (Ganesh and his father) had come here for hearing.

Ms Darshana said that Gurnam Singh and Jagir Singh, both sons of Sarup Singh, were the eyewitnesses of the crime. The case has been registered under Sections 365, 506, 452, 148, 149 and 25/54/59 of the Arms Act. No arrest has been made so far.


Youth’s body found
Our Correspondent

Pathankot, June 1
The body of a local youth, Bhupinder, was recovered by the police from the tributary of the Ravi at Sarna, 7 km from here. It is said that Bhupinder, son of Mr Ranjit Singh, working in the local office of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, had gone to take a holy dip in the tributary on the occasion of solar eclipse yesterday. When he did not return, the matter was reported to the police.


SLIET house panel dissolved
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, June 1
Following the resignations of four members of the House Allotment Committee (HAC) of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, Dr R.C. Chauhan, Director of the institute, dissolved the HAC yesterday.

Giving this information over the phone, Mr Sudeep Singh, Estate Officer of SLIET, said Mr Rajesh Kumar, senior lecturer, to whom a house had been allotted, had withdrawn his representation given to the authorities about the house allotted to him and occupied by him. He had given in writing that the decision in this regard to be taken by the Director, would be acceptable to him.

The house was allotted on May 21 to Mr Rajesh Kumar which was occupied by him the next day. He put a lock on its main door. But the same day, the SLIET Estate Office put another lock on the main door, which led to a controversy.


Alumni association of college revived
Our Correspondent

Faridkot, June 1
The Alumni Association of the local Desh Bhagat Pandit Chetan Dev Government College of Education was revived here today.

Mr Upinder Sharma, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, who is also a former student of the college, urged the students to work hard and not feel let down by the adversities of life, which, he said, were transient in nature.

Mr H.S. Punia, Principal of the college, said in his address that the Alumni Association had an important role to play in the progress of the colleges. He said old students were like brand ambassadors of their colleges, which had played a key role in development of their personality and honing of their professional skills. He said that some of the old students had been holding top positions in various colleges and universities and had brought laurels to the college.

Mr Punia admitted that the college had not grown on a par with its peers in terms of infrastructure and had not seen much development. He urged Mr Sharma to tap channels in the government for granting of some financial and non-financial demands.

Mr Rattan Lal Mittal, who had officiated as the Principal of the college for some time, said the college was more than his home to him as he had studied, taught and retired from this college which was among the oldest B.Ed colleges of North India and was the oldest in Punjab. Prof Indira Prabhakar briefed the students about the history of the college.

The following were elected office-bearers of the association; president — Mr Upinder Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr Rattan Lal Mittal; vice-president — Mr Inderjit Sharma; finance secretary — Prof Kanwal Deep Singh Brar; general secretary — Prof Shashi Jindal; and press secretaries — Mr Suresh Arora and Mr Pushpesh Kumar Sharma. 


BA, B.Sc (I) results today
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, June 1
The results of BA and B.Sc (I) of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April last will be declared tomorrow. Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar of the university, in a press note here today said that the results would be available on Internet after 7.30 p.m.

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