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Taxman visits 4 city jewellers
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
The Income Tax Department today conducted simultaneous surveys of four leading jewellers of the city and seized incriminating documents and unaccounted jewellery from some places. Surveys of the residential and other business premises of these jewellers were conducted to detect irregularities. Panicked by the surveys by four teams led by officer of the rank of a Joint Commissioner, the jewellers from various parts of the city held an emergency meeting in a jeweller’s shop on the College Road late this evening.

According to reliable sources, the surveys of jewellers namely Ganpati Jewellers on the Mall Road, Jain Diamond on the College Road, Jain Jewellers on the Rani Jhansi Road and Jagannath Ram Sahai and Sons on the College Road started around 11 am. Investigations were still going on till the time of filing of this report.

The survey teams were accompanied by police personnel to avoid any untoward incident. Last year some jewellers in the old city beat up members of the survey teams that had gone to scrutinise the records and stocks of some jewellers.

It is learnt that at a jewellery shop, a team under the Joint Commissioner, Mr Jot Singh, discovered a list of debtors who had purchased jewellery worth Rs 80 lakh and were yet to pay to the jeweller. The team members called some of the debtors and checked if they actually owed the jeweller the money standing against their names. Interestingly, the list also names an Excise and Customs official, who allegedly owed that jeweller Rs 10 lakh.

An official of the Income Tax Department said that it was premature to disclose anything at this time as the surveys were still going on. The official confirmed that there were simultaneous raids on the various business and residential establishments of the four jewellers in and around the city. Nearly 60 personnel from the department were involved in the operations that were likely to continue till late in the night. 



Lust ties rakhi bond into knots, 2 end life
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
The conflict arising out of the transformation of a Rakhi bond into an illicit relationship led to suicide by a couple in a hotel room in Bhadaur House last night.
A pocket diary found in the room revealed why the couple, Harwinder Singh, 37, and Amritpal Kaur, 21, entered into a suicide pact. Forty-one pages of the diary were found filled with highly emotional statements in which the man has expressed his guilty conscience for having ditched his wife and children and at the same time his inability to come out of the illicit relationship.

Forty pages have been written in Punjabi by the man while the girl has written just one. The note describes how the man was caught between his family responsibilities and the illicit relationship. It seems to be his decision to commit suicide. The girl apparently went along with the decision. She wrote, “Mein suicide note naal sehmat haan. Meri maut da koyi zimewar nahi (I agree with the suicide note. Nobody is responsible for my death).”

“We have gone too far. I have lost the sense of right and wrong. I am sorry,” Harwinder has said to his wife, two children and aged father Sukhdev Singh. He has written the relationship should not have developed, but it did, and now they cannot return. He has desired that his son, Gurmukh Singh, should light his pyre.

The two were missing for the past one month or so. Their families had reported their being missing to the police, but no one had suspected what actually happened.

It seems the couple chose to end their life after weighing all issues for a long time. It was not the first time they decided to commit suicide. The note reveals that the couple tried to end their life at least 10 times before they could finally take the step. “Marna asaan nahi hai. Bahut himmat da kam hai. Aseen kayi war koshish kiti par himmat nahi payee. Saanu maaf karna (Dying is not easy. It needs a lot of courage. We tried several times, but could not get ourselves to do it. Please pardon us),” the note says.

Harwinder was conscious of his duties too. He has devoted several pages to the financial position, including who owes money to him. He has noted that the instalments for a motor cycle have ended. He has advised his family to sell the motor cycle at a certain price. He has apologised to his wife time and again and has expressed his strong desire to see the faces of his children just once before his death.

Harwinder Singh worked as a foreman in a factory and the girl ran a PCO near the factory. They had come in contact about two years ago and started visiting each other’s house and also tied a rakhi.

Sukhdev Singh, Harwinder’s father, who lives in Shimla Puri, and the girl’s parents, who live in Ram Nagar, were unable to comprehend the turn of circumstances. “The couple thought only about themselves, not the families and society. We don’t know how it happened. We can’t understand anything,” say the distraught parents.

Neither of the families wanted any police action in the case.

The bodies were spotted by the staff of Hotel Lucky, near Clock Tower, last evening. Both had given fake addresses and names. The diary revealed the true identity. The suicide note revealed that they had started writing it in the morning itself, as different times have been mentioned in between. The note ends with “Good Bye”.



In need, her own money is no use to her
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
Rules should be people friendly, but many a times they end up being a stumbling block, doing more harm than good.

The case of 66-year-old Rughbans Kaur of Model Town, who is battling for life, is one such instance. She has suffered a brain haemorrhage and has terminal cancer and is admitted in the local Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital since August 13. The problem is that her family members cannot withdraw money from her bank account in the Model Town branch of Punjab and Sind Bank to pay her medical bills, as rules forbid that.

Ms Rughbans Kaur’s sister, Ms Harchanranjit Gurnam Sekhon, and a bother, Capt (merchant navy) Bhupinder Singh, say, “We were shocked to know that we cannot withdraw money to meet her medical expenses under the rules. Our sister retired from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Baddowal, after 36 years of service and has money saved to see her through the old age as she is single. Now, when she is ill and lying in a hospital, the bank authorities inform us that there is nothing they can do."

"Adding insult to injury, a Senior Manager of the bank, Mr R. S. Sehmbey, coldly told us that the money would be ours after her death. We have asked the bank to remit the money directly to the hospital."

"We have pooled our resources and are paying for the daily expenses on her treatment, over Rs 2,500 daily, and have spent over Rs 80,000," they point out.

"What really pains us is the callous response of the bank officials who visited the hospital reluctantly. The doctors attending to our sister told them that she was slipping in and out of consciousness and would be unable to give a statement. Dr Sanjay Saluja, Senior Medical Specialist, prepared a certificate after taking her thumb impressions in the presence of two other doctors and one independent witness. But even this was not acceptable to the bank authorities,” Capt Bhupinder Singh adds.

He claims the procedure followed was approved under RBI guidelines in 1998.

Ms Sekhon says the bank wrote back to her saying, “On a visit to the hospital, we found that Ms Rughbans Kaur was in a state of coma and was unable to indicate the amount and the person to whom the said payment was to be made. In the absence of any statement, we are not in a position to pay the amount, which is against bank rules.”

When contacted, Mr Sehmbey, Senior Manager, said they were bound by the rules.



Second wife kills first, gets life term
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 21
A city court has sentenced Gurjeet Kaur of Santokh Nagar to rigorous life imprisonment on the charge of killing the first wife of her husband, Paramjteet Kaur. She had set her ablaze in connivance with her husband, Balwinder Singh, who died during the trial.

Delivering the verdict, Additional Sessions Judge D.R. Arora also fined her Rs 5,000. The Judge declined a plea for leniency made by her.

The accused were booked under Section 307 of the IPC at Sadar police station on April 8, 1998, following the statement of a badly burnt Paramjeet Kaur. Later, they were booked under Section 302 and 34 of the IPC.

Balwinder Singh got married to Paramjeet Kaur about 13 years ago, but they did not have a child. He then married for the second time and had been living with both the wives in the same house.

However, there was no child even from the second marriage and the second wife.

On April 7, 1998, Gurjeet Kaur and her husband poured kerosene on Paramjeet and set her ablaze. Before dying, she recorded a statement that the accused had burnt her with the intention of killing her.



Ludhiana Calling

Photo by Sayeed AhmedThings have been moving at snail’s pace after the Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhry Jagjit Singh, laid the foundation stone of a flyover (at Lakkar Bridge) that would connect Civil Lines with the old city. Not many people are happy with the slow pace of work. But everyone is not unhappy either. Family of a migrant labourer is using the wall of the foundation stone as a side wall of their makeshift hutment. For this family the longer it takes to complete the flyover, the longer will they have a roof on their heads.

Non-cooperative public

It is too easy to blame the police for increase in the rate of crime. But when it comes to helping the men in khaki to check the crime graph, city residents have not been much co-operative. The police has launched the tenant-servant verification drive umpteen times to keep a check on the activities of migrants in the city. But not many residents have come forward to co operate. The police had to discontinue the drive after some time due to pressure of the residents and the politicians. It is high time that the residents act as responsible citizens and do their duties. After all, a landlord or the employer is the one who was likely to be a victim.

Gear load

No offence to women drivers, but it is generally believed that the clutch plates of cars driven by women wear out very faster because the heel of their footwear prevents the clutch from being pushed all the way forward. But this one driver takes the cake. Recently this woman driver offered to give a lift to a friend. When the friend pointed out that she was not changing the gear in accordance to the speed she floored her with this reply, "What is that? I have been driving for the past two years, but I have never shifted the gear, except when I have to reverse".

Bad roads

The condition of roads in rural areas in the district is deplorable. The state government seems to have forgotten its promise of improving the road network. Condition of roads like, Mullanpur-Raikot, Pakhowal and southern bypass is so bad that the upper crust of the roads has completed withered. Work on Ludhiana-Pakhowal section was started sometime ago but it has been left incomplete due to the paucity of funds. Commuters have to either spoil the tyres of their vehicles on these roads or have to take a longer route via Dehlon or Sarabha village. It is hightime that Congress ministers or officials of the district administration travel on these routes to get a taste of the problems faced by commuters daily.

— Sentinel



6 booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 21
The Raikot police, on the complaint of Mr Sadhu Singh, a resident of the Tajpur Road area, Raikot, has registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, IPC, against travel agent Kulbir Singh Dhillon, Navjot Kaur, alias Joti, Gurdev Singh Dardi, Tej Kaur, Amar Rani and Bittu of Barnala.

According to information, these persons cheated the complainant of Rs 25,000 on the promise of sending him abroad. However, they neither sent him abroad nor returned money. No arrest has been made so far in this regard.



Biz Clips

APPOINTED: Mr Vimal Kumar Rai has been appointed the Manager, Punjab region, of Singapore Airlines. He will oversee operations of the three weekly direct flights between Amritsar and Singapore, to be launched from October 1, stated a company note. TNS

WORKSHOP: The Ludhiana chapter of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India has organised a workshop on the role of company secretaries in changing global scenario as a part of its foundation day celebrations. Mr N.K. Jain, secretary, ISCI, was the chief guest. TNS

EXHIBITION: World Bazaar, a USA-based furniture showroom in New Delhi, organised an exhibition of furniture and accessories at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza here. The two-day exhibition concluded on Tuesday. TNS


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