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Forgery to grab plot detected
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 13
The district administration has detected a forgery to grab a plot measuring 911 square yards Dholewal village by two persons in connivance with three retired revenue officials by executing a wrong mutation. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, has written to the SSP to register a case against the persons under Sections 420, 465, 467 and 468 and Article 120-B of the IPC.

Mr Verma said the action follows the complaint by Mr Harcharan Singh, alias Gurjit Singh, of Dholewal Chowk, who said two persons, Bhag Singh and Harmail Singh, had grabbed his plot in connivance with area patwari Tirlok Singh, kanugo Raj Pal and Naib Tehsildar Ajmer Singh by forging the mutation.

He submitted that neither he nor his father had ever sold the plot but the mutation had been executed in the favour of the other party and it had been entered in his khasra numbers illegally. The complaint was marked to SDM(East) for inquiry. The SDM (E), in his inquiry report established the allegations and reported that the accused persons, Bhag Singh and Harmail Singh, in fact purchased the land bearing khasra numbers 1041 and 1008 vide sale deed numbers 3952 and 3953 dated September 1, 1971 from Ms Balwant Kaur in 1981.

He said Bhag Singh and Harmail Singh, in connivance with the then revenue officials, got executed the mutation vide mutation numbers 13827 and 13828 with regard to Harcharan Singh’s land having khasra numbers 1248 and 1249, instead of 1041 and 1008 of Dholewal village which they actually purchased. It was illegal and the mutation was sanctioned by the then Naib Tehsildar Ajmer Singh. They also took the possession of wrong property, which was not actually mentioned in the sale deeds. The SDM reported that in the mutations, both the ownership and khasra numbers were not tallying with the numbers of sale deeds and the mutations were completely illegal and false.

He reported that the forgery had not been detected by any officer for more than 20 years and boundary wall had been constructed around the plot bearing khasra numbers 1248 and 1249, hadbast number 176 and inside the boundary wall a wood cutter had been fitted and four to five labour quarters had also been constructed. The property had never been sold by the complainant. He established that the mutation numbers 13827 and 13828 were entered and sanctioned illegally.

The Deputy Commissioner informed that after receiving the inquiry report from the SDM(E), a legal opinion had been obtained regarding the case from Mr A. A. Pathak District Attorney. The District Attorney opined that this was the result of a criminal conspiracy hatched for committing forgery in revenue record by preparing false documents, especially pertaining to mutation sanctioned on the basis of the aforesaid sale deeds, and prima facie an offence under Sections 420, 465, 467 and 468 read with Section 120-B of the IPC, be made out and accordingly a case registered against Bhag Singh, Harmail Singh and others including revenue officials.

The Deputy Commissioner said on the basis of the SDM’s inquiry report and legal opinion of the District Attorney, a case was being registered against the accused persons.



ST evasion worth crores unearthed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 13
The continuing efforts by the Department of Excise and Taxation have brought rich dividends as the Enforcement Wing detected evasion of sales tax worth several crores in the course of inspection at several places in the state during the past few days.

The department officials said in a press note here today that the inspection of the business premises of Singla Traders of Rajpura, M.K. Wood Pvt Ltd of Rajpura, G.C. Garg Trading Company, Nakodar Road, Jalandhar, and Garg Trading Company of Phillaur were carried out simultaneously on yesterday, after credible information. Preliminary investigation supported with documents seized from the business premises of these firms, revealed hiding of information about sales worth several crores of rupees. The Rajpura-based firm was the wholesale dealers in timber and supplied the material not only to Punjab but to the adjoining states as well.

According to the officials, on a tip-off, the department had earlier detained 14 trucks carrying goods belonging to Singla Traders, Rajpura and M.K. Wood Pvt Ltd Rajpura. These vehicles were being brought by the dealers without recording the information at any Information Collection Centre (ICC) at entry points. Moreover, the goods were not accompanied by the mandatory declarations in the ST-XXXVI Form.

The department had taken all these vehicles into custody and notices under Section 14(B) of the Punjab General Sales Tax Act were issued to the dealers. Further information collected form the drivers of the vehicles indicated that these firms must be indulging in the evasion of tax to a very large scale. Further, the defaulting firms were not only suspected of hiding the information about sales but also indulging in under-valuation of goods up to 50 per cent and thus evading massive sales tax.

The officials disclosed that the inspection team at Singla Traders of Rajpura was able to impound bogus GR book belonging to Sood Transport Company of Rajpura. No carbon copies were being retained in the GR book and the proprietor of the transport company denied of having issued any such book to the firm. When confronted, the dealers voluntarily issued a cheque for Rs 6 lakh pay due sales tax and penalty. It was estimated that suppressed turnover of Rs 2 crore was likely to be unearthed in the case of this firm.

Similarly, no account books were made available at the business premises of M.K. Wood Pvt Ltd to the inspecting team. Huge stocks, found lying within the premises, were recorded by the team. Apparently, the same modus operandi was being employed by this dealer and an estimated Rs 2 crore of suppressed turnover was likely to be unearthed in this case.

The officials claimed that the inspection team at Jalandhar had detected a suppressed turnover of Rs 70 lakh while inspecting business premises of Garg Trading Company located at Phillaur.

Inspection at the Phillaur business premises also led to discovery of concealed turnover of around Rs 66 lakh. Though, the dealer claimed tax deduction to the tune of Rs 3.01 crore but no details were furnished to substantiate the claim.



Sangathan activists lathi-charged
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 13
A large number of activists of the Bhartiya Jan Jagran Sangathan, who were today holding a demonstration at the local railway station during the visit of the Northern Railway General Manager, Mr R.R. Jaruhar, against the high handedness of the railway staff, were lathi charged by the GRP and the local police. While functionaries of the sangathan alleged that several workers had sustained injuries due to indiscriminate use of force, senior officials of the GRP and the police were not available for comments.

The organisation had announced that the General Manager Northern Railway would be gheraoed on his visit to the railway station here today for inaction of the management against those members of the railway staff who were harassing and fleecing the poor and illiterate passengers, particularly the migrant workers coming from other states in search of work.

Mr Prem Pandey, national president of the organisation, told this correspondent that a large number of the GRP and local police personnel laid a security cordon at the railway station and stopped the protesters from entering the railway platform to submit a memorandum to the visiting General Manager.

“Even after the assurance that the protest will remain peaceful and the workers will disperse after handing over the memorandum, we were not permitted to meet the General Manager. Thereafter, the policemen, started the use of force and chased away the protesters”.

Later, as the General Manager was about to board the train for his journey to Phillaur and Jalandhar, Mr Pandey managed to enter the railway platform and handed over the memorandum to the General Manager, who assured that he would look into the matter.

The organisation, in its memorandum, alleged that the migrant labourers coming from other states were subjected to extortion, physical assault, torture and persecution at the hands of the TTEs and other railway officials. It further charged senior railway officials, including the Station Superintendent with shielding and protecting the erring railway staff.

Meanwhile, Mr Jaruhar, who was on an official visit here, conducted a thorough inspection of the delivery of services and facilities being provided to the rail passengers.



Evicted migrants stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 13
Residents of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) colony today staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in protest against the eviction of around 20 families from their apartments by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA). The families had been living in 10 one-room-apartments for the past many years.

Stating that they were forced to spend nights on the roadsides along with small children, the residents, mainly the migrant labourers, said PUDA officials had forcibly thrown their belongings on the road and later sealed their houses.

They claimed that they had stay orders from a local court but the PUDA officials refused to have a look at them. The protesters submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, who they claimed would be dispatching a team of some officials to the colony to review the situation.

Satiram Rao, a migrant, said the families were issued yellow cards by PUDA in 1995 and it had claimed that the residents would be issued green cards within three months. But nobody issued them the cards till date. They claimed that green cards were a requisite for the allotment of houses in the EWS colony.

The migrants raised slogans against PUDA officials and alleged that there was a mafia of some property dealers and PUDA employees who wanted to allot the houses to some persons after accepting some gratification.

Vijay Kumar, another migrant, said they were not even issued a single notice by PUDA before evicting them from their houses. He said as per the rules the authorities were supposed to issue a notice asking the residents to vacate the house otherwise action would be taken against them. They said they did not even know what was their fault.

Another migrant, Bahadur, said his family was spending nights on the roadsides after the action by PUDA. He said as the weather was becoming colder, it was becoming all the more difficult to survive with small children.



Slum-dwellers create nuisance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 13
Slums mushrooming around four blocks of Housefed super deluxe flats in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on the Pakhowal road here have become a nuisance for hundreds of residents, giving rise to insanitary conditions, health hazards and environmental pollution.

The unlawful occupants on the roadside, adjoining the flats as well as vacant plots belonging to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, allege that the slum residents cook their food using waste material as fuel which emits an unbearable stench and toxic gases all round the day and pollutes the environment.

"To further add to the misery of the residents here, the jhuggi-dwellers rear pigs and keep pet dogs. As a result of the animals creating insanitary conditions we have to live under a constant threat to health and sanitation."

Another resident pointing towards the ponds of stagnant water dotting the area around the complex, said there being no drainage facilities, the waste water was disposed off towards every vacant piece of land with impunity and least consideration towards the residents. The stagnating water had become the breeding ground for mosquitoes and there was every likelihood of the area being gripped by diseases like malaria and dengue if preventive measures were not immediately taken.

A large number of residents observed that at the time of purchasing the super deluxe flats in Housefed Complex with their hard-earned money, they had never imagined that they were bargaining for living in such pathetic surroundings.

The residents strongly felt that as the flats complex were surrounded by the residential area of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, being developed by the Improvement Trust, it became the bounden duty of the trust authorities to maintain the area with due attention towards cleanliness and public health. The authorities should also launch a concerted drive to clear the encroachments from the public roads and streets and effectively check unlawful settlement on vacant plots, which if allowed to continue, could also lead to prolonged litigation at a later date, besides denial of lawful right of possession to the allottees.

The affected residents of Housefed flats have submitted a signed representation to the Deputy Commissioner, with copies to the Chairman of Ludhiana Improvement Trust calling for immediate steps to put an end to their suffering.



Fancy dress shows mark Children’s Day celebrations
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 13
Fancy dress shows, cultural programmes and recitation competitions marked Children’s Day celebrations in many schools of the district here today.
The tiny tots of Blooming Dales Model Town Extension, organised cultural programme and recitation competitions. Kids clad in colourful dresses took part with great enthusiasm. The girls wearing Punjabi suits presented giddha.

Ms Barjinder Kaur, Principal, threw light on the importance of Children’s Day. Ms Gursharan Kaur, supervisor of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, gave away prizes to the winners. After this, the kids were given sweets and refreshments.

At Kiddies Paradise, Kochhar Market, Children’s Day was celebrated as a ‘Flora and Fauna day’. A fancy dress show was organised based on the theme. Tiny tots dressed up as potato, brinjal, chilly, coconut, apple and mango. A student Karan, dressed up like peacock won the first prize. Ereena, who was dressed up like a butterfly, kept on fluttering here and there. She received second prize in the contest. Muskan dressed up like a tiger was declared third. Principal Gulshan Kaur said Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was an embodiment of peace. The Director, Mr Randhir Singh, congratulated the winners.

The students of GGN Public School, in association with the Krishna Welfare Society, organised inter-school painting and bhangra competitions. Students from more than 10 schools participated in the contest. Mr Naunihal Singh, SSP Vigilance, inaugurated the contest.

Children of the Daycare Centre at Punjab Agricultural University organised a rally to celebrate Children’s Day today. Kids dressed up like Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, joker, tomato, butterfly soldier, drummer, Nihang and farmer took a round of the College of Home Science on the university campus. The function was organised by the Department of Sociology and Human Development in the College of Home Science.

The Day was also celebrated at Small Wonders Nursery School, Civil Lines. Dance, song and fancy dress competitions were held to mark the day. Dressed up like grocer, magician, fairies, butterfly, fish, rat, Mickey Mouse, bride and Naradmuni thrilled the audience. Abhay bagged the first prize on the number ‘Chali Chali’. In the song competition, Sarthak and Larika were awarded first and second prizes on the song ‘Chalo sair karenge’. Saksham dressed up as Pandit and Bhavya as s fairy selected for the top rank. Anika bagged the second prize and Vivek got the third prize.

Ms Maini and Ms Sushma were judges on the occasion. Vaishali and Bhavya entertained the audience with their skit ‘Meri gudia padi bimar. The children raised slogans ‘Chacha Nehru zindabad’ and ‘Jai Hind’. The function concluded with Nanha munna rahi hoon’ sung by Arjun. Principal Neeti Dewan appreciated the performance by children.



Rigid outlook makes people intolerant, says Dr Johl
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 13
“Zameen ke trishna lab, jame lahoo na do, Dharti jab khoon peeti hai, to aag barasti hai”, said Dr S.S. Johl, Vice-Chairman, Punjab State Planning Board, in his address at a Sarv Dharam Conference. He said it was rigidity in the outlook of people that made them intolerant of other religions. Fundamentalism and a narrow-minded outlook of people was giving rise to religious strife. These days people believed in form and not content. “We can understand other religions better if we have an insight into these.

“There is no system of teaching open-mindedness in religion. So a Sikh becomes a Sikh as he is born into a Sikh family and so on. Let the children be taught all the religions and let them choose a religion of their choice. The basic tenets of all religions are tolerance and love for fellow beings. The underlying fact of every religion is to make everyone a good human being with compassion.”

Dr Johal was the chief guest at the conference. The Swami Vivekananda Study Circle had organised the conference here this morning at Government College for Boys. The circle celebrated the 110th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s address at the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago, USA, in 1893. At this conference, Swami Vivekananda had warned the world against fanaticism. He was of the view that as all rivers go to one sea, all sects ultimately reach that one spirit. To commemorate the event, a religious conference was organised for the first time here.

The programme started with the rendering of Vande Matram. The audience was thrilled to hear the voice of Swami Vivekananda as his historic speech, recorded 110 years ago, was replayed before them.

The topic selected for the conference was ‘Apne dharam mein dusre dharmaon ke prati sanman ki bhavna. “Representatives of Christianity, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Jainism put forward their viewpoints on the topic. The aim was to take an initiative in creating harmony among different communities and religions.

Father Rev Isaac Newton Jhonson explained the relevance of the life and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to sacrifice his life for the sins of mankind and thus made man in his own image. His mission was to reconcile the relations of man with God. By doing this, he restored the justice of God, peace, love and equality in the human race.” Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you.” With this as the underlying philosophy of Christ, Christianity teaches tolerance for all other religions.

Rev Jhonson also talked about burning social issues like foeticide and asked everyone to unite in fighting such evils.

Prof Jasbir Singh Sabar, Department of Studies of Guru Nanak Dev University, talked on Sikhism. He said Sikhism believed that all human beings belonged to one religion. It never opposed other religions. He said Guru Arjan Dev said, “sab dharam hai shresht dharam”. He said divisions were unnatural. Everyone was human being first, then anything else. He even demonstrated that in Guru Granth Sahib, Vedas were appreciated in true spirit. Names of Rab, Allah, Ram, Gopal, Krishna occurred many a time. What made a man low or high were his deeds. This was emphasised by Guru Gobind Singh in his words, “Deh Shiva var mohiihe, shubh karman te kabhun na taroon’.

Dr M.A. Zahir, Professor Emeritus, business management, PAU, said about Islam that the Prophet emphasised that Islam was based on two pillars. One said that one should have belief in God. In Quran, the Prophets of Jews and Christians were mentioned with respect. The second aspect of Islam was one’s duties to one’s fellow beings. Dr Zahir said the Prophet had also emphasised that ‘Ibadat’ was essential but more important was the fulfilment of one’s duties towards one’s neighbour. All religions preached this. Islam believed in the equality of all men. Dr Zahir said if one made a comparative study of all religions, one found that the basic tenets of all religions were the same. “The tragedy of modern times is that everyone is trying to ignore the similarities in religions and is emphasising on the differences and, thus, the chasm between different religions is widening,” he said.

Mr Roshan Lal Arya, President, Arya Samaj, Dal Bazar, explained that Hinduism believed that religion was the “highest common factor” acceptable to all sects and creeds. In the Vedas, it is written that the main aim of religion was to do what was acceptable to your soul. He quoted Dr Home who explained ‘Aitrey Brahmana’. In the Rigveda, oneness of God is emphasised though He was called by different names. Hinduism believed in the prosperity of the whole world.



Cycle rally across Punjab
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 13
Hi Bird Group of Industries, the manufacturers of Hi Bird brand of bicycles, in association with the Lions Cub Ludhiana (District 321-F), is organising a cycle rally across the state on November 14 to create awareness about environmental protection and good health. In Ludhiana the rally will be flagged off by the Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr HS Hanspal.

Briefing reporters here today, Mr RD Sharma, Chairman of the Hi Bird Group of Companies and district coordination committee along with the District Governor, Mr R.K. Mehta, and the District Congress Committee (DCC) president, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, said that over 20,000 school children were expected to participate in the rally.

The rally which would be organised to mark Children’s Day celebrations will seek to create awareness among the general public about the importance of good health. 



60,000 BSNL cell phone subscribers in city: GM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 13
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is emerging as the largest cellular phone service provider in Ludhiana. According to the General Manager, BSNL, Ludhiana, Mr G.S. Julka, there are 60,000 BSNL cellular phones working in Ludhiana and the number is much more than that of private operators like Spice or Airtel.

However, Mr Julka maintained that there was no competition with other operators and it was a matter of options available with the customers. He said the BSNL had assured prompt and efficient services in the entire cellular range and had set up several towers to ensure maximum possible connectivity at all places.

Referring to other services being offered by the BSNL, he said ‘sulabh’ was the latest. Under the scheme, any customer could opt for a telephone connection with the incoming call facilities only. This had been done in response to complaints by many customers that they were receiving inflated bills despite not having used the outgoing call facility. If they want to make calls from the same phone, they could opt for the prepaid BSNL ITC cards and make calls while using the card. Such telephone connections would be charged relatively lesser rent.

The General Manager said the WLL service of the BSNL would soon be operational in the city. He said the entire city area, besides the suburbs had been covered. He claimed that the connectivity of the BSNL WLL phones was “marvellous”. He said while the registration charges for the WLL would be same as those for the landline, the BSNL would provide the handset to the customers for Rs 20 only, which in fact would be the insurance premium of the handset.

Mr Julka maintained that the BSNL was trying its best to maintain efficiency in services. He admitted that although there was great scope for improvement, but at the same time the services were prompt and efficient. 


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