Monday, October 20, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Transfer DSP, Inspector, orders rights panel
Implication of industrialist in a false case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has asked the state government to transfer a Deputy Superintendent of Police and an Inspector from Ludhiana district.

The orders have been issued after an inquiry conducted by Mr J.R. Singla, a former Additional District and Sessions Judge, indicted the cops.

The report stated that DSP Gurjit Singh and Inspector Devinder Kumar, a former SHO, Division No. 8 police station, in connivance with businessman Narinder Kapoor had falsely implicated industrialist Shammi Kapoor in a fraud case. The cops also tortured Shammi’s relatives, forcing them to pay a huge money to the cops and the businessman.

Mr B.C. Rajput, member, PSHRC, in his orders on October 17, has issued a show-cause notice to the accused. They have been told through the IGP (Litigation) to explain why they should not be prosecuted for the offences proved in the inquiry, grant interim relief as compensation to the victims and recovery of Rs 46 lakh from Narinder Kapoor.

They have been directed to produce evidence in their defence by November 19 before the commission. The orders said the commission upheld the request of the complainant regarding the transfer of the cops as they had threatened Shammi Kapoor and were interfering with the probe.

According to the inquiry report, Mr Shammi Kapoor runs a firm under the name of M/s Kapoor Cotsyn (India) here with his partners. The accused, Narinder Kapoor, played a fraud with the firm and caused them a loss of Rs 46 lakh.

When the victims approached the court, the cops allegedly in connivance with Narinder Kapoor started harassing the family. A false case was registered against the victim and his family members on April 24 under Sections 420, 341, 323 and 506 of the IPC even though the police was aware that petitions were pending in the court regarding the case.

On April 24, Narinder Kapoor came to their residence with SHO Devinder Kumar and abused the family, ordering them to come to the police station. Neighbours came to their rescue and showed the documents in their support.

The cops refused to listen and took away Dalip Kapoor and his son Rishi Kapoor. The two were humiliated at the police station in front of Narinder Kapoor.

The victims were stripped, kept in isolated rooms and forced to drink urine. The family was forced by the police to compromise with Narinder Kapoor and pay a huge amount to him.

The inquiry officer took the statement of Narinder Kapoor, DSP Gurjit Singh and Inspector Devinder Kumar regarding the allegations. He examined documentary proof of the fraud and took statement of some independent witnesses. He found the allegations true and indicted the cops.



Murder victim’s family forced to remain indoors
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
A family, comprising an aged couple and their three grown-up daughters, here has been living in fear for the past two days from a group of murder accused, who are being helped allegedly by some policemen. The murder accused, including a former police cat-turned-policeman, Gurmeet Singh, alias Pinki, and his gunmen, have been threatening the family to withdraw the case.

Apart from the family, residents of street No. 2, New Aman Nagar, are also having a bitter experience of how difficult and dangerous it is to seek justice in the murder case of Avtar Singh, alias Gola.

Having rejected all offers of compromise, including Rs 1 crore, the family is terrified as the cops have even begun calling young girls to the police station on one pretext or the another.

Mr Amrik Singh, father of the victim, alleged that last night Pinki visited his residence and threatened his family members.

The family is so terrified that they have not even dared to go to the police station to lodge a complaint, fearing the police might arrest them. Today the house was swarmed by some political leaders and mediapersons.

Mr Taresm Jodhan, a former MLA, has demanded security for the family and action against the accused.

The DSP, Mr R.K. Bakshi, said the police had reopened the case of burning down the house of Pinki on the directions of the high court. The court had stated that Pinki was facing trial in the murder case but those people who had taken law in their hands and damaged his house should also face punishment.

He said the police had earlier filed the case as untraced but now it was to be reopened. He termed the allegations of harassment and threat levelled by the family members as baseless as the police was just working as per the law. He said if the family had any objection in coming to the police station, they could send the complaint in writing or come with their advocate. He said no one had complained to him about the threats issued by the accused.

Avtar Singh was murdered allegedly by an Inspector and his gunmen in Ghumar Mandi in January 2001.

The youth’s fault was that he dared to seek way from the ‘drunkard’ cops who were blocking the road. He was first beaten up and then shot dead. His father also suffered a bullet injury.

“We were offered Rs 1 crore”, claims Mr Amrik Singh. “The offer came when they had refused all previous offers, including a house at Kitchlu Nagar, and a hospital in the memory of the murdered youth.”

Pinki’s house was damaged by a mob. After Gola’s murder and police inaction, the family and area residents had staged demonstrations and blocked roads for a couple of days. The mob had damaged the house in anger.



Probe into infant’s death begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
Accepting the request of the Sangrur police, the local police has started investigating the case of death of an infant, who died at CMC Hospital here a few months ago allegedly due to doctors’ negligence. The Sangrur police had asked the local police to conduct a thorough probe into the allegations levelled against the hospital.

ASI Mohinder Singh of the Division No. 3 police station recorded the statement of Ms Indu Bansal, mother of the child.

The statement of hospital staff and doctors would be recorded shortly. Sources said the police might get the medical report of the child examined from Civil Hospital doctors or any other expert.

Taking cognisance of a complaint lodged with the police by Sangrur-based woman, Indu Bansal, that her newly-born baby died at CMCH in July because of doctors’ negligence, the Sangrur SSP, Mr A.S. Rai, had got her statement recorded.

He had requested the Ludhiana SSP, Mr Narinder Pal Singh, to investigate the matter further.

Mr Rai told Ludhiana Tribune over the phone that: “We have special instructions that no case of negligence against a doctor be registered before a proper investigation. So we have not registered a case.”

The CMCH authorities have already termed the charges as baseless. Dr Rajeev Kapoor, Deputy Medical Superintendent, said the baby had died at the hospital on July 14 because of serious complications, which were well-known complications of infection in the newly born.



24-year-old burnt for dowry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
The menace of dowry has snuffed out another life. Pardeep Kaur, 24, of Dangia was allegedly burnt to death by her in-laws when their demand for a Maruti Zen was not met. The police has registered a case against her husband Bhupinder Singh, mother-in-law Naseeb Kaur and Bhupinder’s brother Harvinder Singh.

According to information, Pardeep Kaur of Sudhar was brought to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, with burn injuries and the police registered the case on her statement. She later succumbed to injuries. According to her statement, she was married about three years back to Bhupinder Singh of Dangia. She said her father had made adequate arrangements for the wedding and given a car in the dowry. But her husband sold it off and started humiliating her to bring either cash or another car.

She said she informed her father and he, along with his brother, came and tried to settle the matter, but her in-laws took them to some other room. After this, Harvinder Singh caught hold of her hands, Naseeb Kaur poured kerosene over her and her husband set her on fire.



Special plan for weaker sections
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Transport Minister, Punjab, said today that the state government was committed to the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society and informed that a Special Component Plan for the integrated development of the Scheduled Castes had been chalked out and during 2003-04 funds amounting to Rs 819.95 crore were being spent in the state and a sum of Rs 159.46 crore had already been spent for this purpose during 2002-03.

Mr Tej Parkash Singh was addressing a well-attended function organised to celebrate the Parkash Utsav of Bhagwan Sri Valmiki at Ghaloti village about 30 km from here.

He said it was always during the tenure of the Congress government when substantial steps were taken for the welfare of the weaker sections and whenever a non-Congress Government ruled the state, poor people were completely ignored and treated badly.

The minister said the government had also launched a prestigious programme to provide gainful self-employment to the youth belonging to the Scheduled Castes. During the current financial year subsidised loans amounting to Rs 63.50 crore would be released through the Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development Corporation. Loans amounting to Rs 30.87 crore were distributed last year under this programme, he added.

He further claimed that the Backward Classes were also being properly looked after and during the current year loans more than Rs 7.02 crore would be released to the unemployed youth belonging to this section. Loans amounting to Rs 1.34 crore were distributed during last year for this purpose.

Paying tributes to Bhagwan Valmiki, the minister exhorted the people to follow the philosophy and teachings of saint given through the creation the Ramayana to carve out a harmonious society, where every human being could avail of equal opportunities to flourish irrespective of the caste, creed and religion.

Among the others who were present on the occasion included Mr Nazar Singh Lapran, president BCC, Doraha, Mr Gurmail Singh, president, and Mr Mohan Singh, vice-president of the Youth Valmiki Sabha, and Mrs Pritam Kaur, Sarpanch.



Funds released for Bhagwan Valmiki Chair
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
The Punjab Government has decided to accelerate the work on the research regarding the philosophy of Bhagwan Valmiki and released funds amounting to Rs 10 lakh for the Bhagwan Valmiki Chair, established in Punjabi University, Patiala, by late Beant Singh so that principles propounded by the saint scholar could be preached for the creation of a value-based society.

This was announced by Ch Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies and Employment Minister, while addressing a function organised by the Bhagwan Valmiki Sabha to celebrate the parkash utsav of Bhagwan Valmiki here today.

The minister asserted that the Congress government was committed for the integrated development of Ram Tirath, where Bhagwan Valmiki had written Ramayana, and a special Ram Tirath Development Board had been set up for the development of Ram Tirath. He claimed that funds amounting to Rs 1 crore had also been released by the Chief Minister and Mr Sardool Singh, Excise and Taxation Minister, had been nominated as its Chairman to carry out the development of Ram Tirath. He said that during the SAD-BJP government tenure, no funds were released for the Valmiki Chair and the development of Ram Tirath.

He said to provide houses to SC families in urban areas, the Ambedkar-Valmiki Awas Yojna, had been launched in the state by the government. Under this scheme, 10,000 houses were being built for the weaker sections, Out of those, 4,000 house would be constructed in Ludhiana alone.

He said the state government was providing free education to children belonging to the Scheduled Castes and appealed to the followers of Bhagwan Valmiki to make maximum use of the scheme so that their children, after getting education, could adopt other professions. He announced that refundable loans, amounting to Rs 2000 each, would be given immediately as a Divali gift to the safai karamcharis of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, and a grant of Rs 50000 for the sabha.

Addressing the function, Mr Sardool Singh said Bhagwan Valmiki was a great scholar and poet whose philosophy of morality and equality in the society was still relevant for the creation of a harmonious society. The minister said Bhagwan Valmiki had propounded moral and human values for the establishment of Ram Rajya on earth.

Referring to the commitment of the Congress government for the uplift of the weaker sections of the society, Mr Sardool Singh informed that a special component plan for the integrated development of the Scheduled Castes have been chalked out. During 2003-04, funds amounting to Rs. 819.95 crore were being spent in the state and Rs 159.46 crore had already been spent for this purpose during 2002-03.

He said that during the tenures of successive Congress governments, substantial steps had been taken for the welfare of the weaker sections. He assured that all demands put forward by the sabha would be implemented shortly.



Prof Mohan Singh mela begins
Our Correspondent

A balancing act being exhibited at Punjabi Bhavan
A balancing act being exhibited at Punjabi Bhavan in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 19
The silver jubilee of the Prof Mohan Singh Memorial International Cultural Mela started with enthusiasm here today. Prof Mohan Singh’s contribution to the Punjabi literature is well known. The memorial mela, organised by the Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, was attended by a large number of dignitaries.

The procession started from his home, near the Aarti cinema, and culminated at his statue at the Aarti Chowk. The statue was garlanded by his children and others. Eminent citizens like Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister for Printing and Stationery, Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Dr S.S. Johal, Vice-Chairman, Planning Board, Mr N.S. Gill, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, and Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, participated in this ceremony.

From there the procession reached Punjabi Bhavan where several literary and non-literary events were held. Participants had come from all over the state to present traditional forms of entertainments including balancing act and tight-rope walking.

A state-level inter-college poetry recitation competition for college students was conducted by Mr Jaswant Zafar and Mr Nirmal Jaura. The students recited compositions by Prof. Mohan Singh.

The function was dedicated to late Mr Harbhajan Halwarvi, a Punjabi poet and former editor of Punjabi Tribune.

It was followed by “bal gayaki darbar” in which school students participated. The programme was conducted by Mr Daljit Jassal.



Satsang highlights spiritual awareness
Our Correspondent

Sant Thakar SinghMaharaj addresses a congregation in the memory of Sant Kirpal Singh
Sant Thakar Singh Maharaj addresses a congregation in the memory of Sant Kirpal Singh in Ludhiana on Sunday. 

Ludhiana, October 19
Sant Thakar Singh Maharaj addressed a congregation today at Manav Kendra on the Ferozepore road.

The satsang was arranged by Ruhani Satsang in memory of Param Sant Kirpal Singh Maharaj. Sant Thakar Singh said God resides within human beings. He said till man found spiritual happiness, he would not find real happiness.




Rights panel asks police to file report in 4 weeks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
Coming to the aid of an aggrieved city resident, whose son, Ashish Hansi, had committed suicide under mysterious circumstances earlier this year, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the local police to file an action taken report on the complainant’s petition within four weeks.

The complainant, Mr N. M. Hansi, a resident of Sanchar Colony, had accused the police and the telecom authorities of not solving the mystery. The telecom authorities were not providing him information about a phone number from which Ashish had received some ‘disturbing’ messages. The SMS continued a few days after his death, but the number was not displayed.

The PSHRC has directed the police to find out why the information was not being provided and file the action taken report by November 13.

The parents of Ashish, a 21-year-old IAS, aspirant, are being haunted by the mystery that engulfs their son’s death. While the police has not been able to crack the case, the aggrieved family is pinning hopes on a mobile number, from where SMS are being received on Ashish’s mobile, even after his death.

He said he had written to the BSNL office several times to provide him the details of the number, but everytime he received the word “unknown” mentioned in front of this number.

He added he had requested the authorities to find out the address and identity of the owner of the phone but to no avail, as no one was helping him in this matter.

Mr Hansi said his son committed suicide on February 20. The suicide note seized from his possession said, “He was feeling too pressurised”. “I want to know what was the problem confronting my son. Had he told me I would have helped him in some way. I want to know it now and the finger of suspicion is on the mobile number.”

Ashish had committed suicide by hanging himself from a hook in his room. He was a hard-working student and preparing for the IAS examination. On the fateful day, he was studying in his room and only his grandfather was at home. When his father reached home, he knocked at his door.

Getting no response from inside, he broke open the door, only to find his son hanging. He rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Man booked: On the statement of Monica, a resident of Naughara Mohalla, the police yesterday registered a case under Sections 341, 323 and 506 of the IPC against her husband Anil Kumar. The woman alleged that the accused beat her up and threatened her on Saturday.

Assault cases: The Division No. 7 police registered a case under Sections 354 and 323 of the IPC on the statement of Seeto, a resident of EWS Colony, against Jai Singh, Rurha, Gopal and some others. The woman had stated that the accused stopped her on the way, tore up her clothes and teased her on October 16.

In another case, the Salem Tabri police has registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 506, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Subhash Kumar, a resident of Shimla Colony in Basti Jodhewal, against Sat Pal Puri, Romy, Ajit Fauji and Kaka. The complainant alleged that the accused intercepted him on Saturday, assaulted and threatened him.

One arrested: The Kotwali police arrested Joginder Kumar and booked him under Section 283 of the IPC yesterday . The police said the accused had jammed traffic on the road by parking his three-wheeler in front of a dhaba on the road. The accused was later bailed out, added the police.



3 booked for firing at Mehta
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 19
The police, on a complaint of Constable Jagsir Singh, registered a case last evening against Jatinder Singh, Sukhvir Singh and Gagan, all residents of Field Ganj. The complainant stated that he was attached with Mr Parminder Mehta, a Congress leader, on security duty and while Mr Mehta was sitting in a crackers shop near the Civil Hospital on Saturday evening, the accused fired at him with the intention of killing him. But Mr Mehta managed to duck in time and save himself. He further stated that when he gave a chase to the assailants, they fled but he managed to arrest Jatinder Singh on the spot.



Cotton prices rule high
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, October 19
Prices of cotton (American cotton) are ruling high in the markets of the Punjab circle, comprising Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan states despite the fact that the cotton production is going to be higher by about 40 per cent this years. The prices in the international market are very high and the textile industry sources say that such a hike is being witnessed after five year. The textile sources further say that cotton prices in Pakistan are also high for the first time in the past 50 years.

The reasons for the rise in the prices of cotton are attributed to the low carry over stocks of cotton and bulk purchase of cotton from the international markets by China. China is making purchase of cotton from the USA, CIS countries and West African countries. Cotton prices in the international market were quoted at 74 cents per pound New York futures compared with the price of 54 cents per pound during the corresponding period of the last year.

Enquires made by The Tribune show that the markets of Punjab circle are receiving as many as 20,000 bales of cotton daily which are double than the arrivals of the last year. The prices of cotton range from Rs 2,500 to Rs 2,600 per quintal against the prices of Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,000 per quintal for the narma (American cotton) of the last year.

Abohar mandi in Punjab is receiving the maximum arrival of cotton-1600 bales followed by Mansa-800 bales and Muktsar-400 bales, respectively. Sirsa in Haryana is receiving 2500 bales and the prices are similar to these prevailing in Punjab mandis. The prices of cotton in Rajasthan are little lower-Rs 2,300 to Rs 2,400 per quintal. Sriganganagar circle of Rajasthan is getting 4000 to 4500 bales of cotton daily.

The main buyers of cotton in these markets are the cotton spinning mills and cotton traders.

The cotton mills from southern states are also making purchase of cotton from the Punjab circle mandis as the arrivals in the central states have not picked up as yet due to delay caused by heavy monsoon this year. According to Mr D.L. Sharma, Executive Director, Vardhman Group of Mills, the cotton mills are making purchase of cotton according to their consumption. So far there is no storing of the cotton stocks and daily needs are being met first. The daily consumption of cotton in India is 50,000 bales and the arrivals in the mandis of the different states in the country are 40,000 bales, he added.

Mr Sharma revealed that in Pakistan cotton was being quoted at Rs 3500 (Pakistan currency) which was the highest in the past 50 years. The cotton production in India is likely to be around 170 lakh bales against 136 lakh bales of the last year. The cotton production in Pakistan has been estimated at 105 lakh bales.

The cotton production in Punjab circle is expected to touch 30 lakh bales against 19 lakh bales of the last year. The production in Punjab may touch 13 lakh bales and in Haryana it is going to be more than Punjab — 13.5 lakh bales and Rajasthan — 4.5 lakh bales, respectively. Last year the cotton production in Punjab was 7.5 lakh bales.

The mandis of Punjab have received more than two lakh bales of cotton so far against 75,000 bales received during this period of the last year. The cotton quality is also good this year and the yield is expected to rise by 40 per cent, say the cotton experts. In view of this bumper increase in production and low level of pest attack particularly American sundi, the area under cotton is likely to increase next year. If the situation continues to improve, the Punjab state may revive its status of leader in ‘white golds’.

Following the rise in prices of cotton, the prices of cotton yarn have also started witnessing upward trend. The prices of 30 count combed yarn was quoted at Rs 145 per kg today.


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