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Fake police verification racket busted, cop held
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
A Punjab police head constable, posted at the SSP office Ludhiana, was today arrested indulging in for fake police verification racket in which he along with two others posed as CID policemen and ‘extorted’ money from people needing police verification for going abroad.

A team from Sudhar police station under the Jagraon police district arrested the main accused, head constable Joginder Singh. The Sudhar police has also identified two other policemen, as accomplices of the main accused but there names would be included in the FIR only after further investigation, said Mr Shawinder Singh Dhillon, SHO, Sudhar.

Interestingly, Joginder was handling the media wing of the Ludhiana police and used to distribute daily crime files to mediapersons, besides the routine press notes. He was also entrusted with the duty of inviting mediapersons for conferences.

The Sudhar police and the Ludhiana CID Department had received many complaints in this regard.

When they actually went for verification they were shocked to learn that certain policemen had already completed the exercise and pocketed some bribe too. The persons whose police verification was required also used to complain harassment at the hands of policemen who used to come one after the other for verification.

A case under sections 420, 386, 171 of the IPC has been registered at police station, Sudhar.

The arrested policemen has been remanded on police custody till June 4 by Ms Jitinder Walia, Senior Division Judicial Magistrate, Jagraon,

According to the FIR, Joginder Singh, was posted at the security cell at the office of Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana. The office receives police verification orders through the Department of Home for verifying antecedents of people who were going abroad.

The accused in alleged connivance with some others in the passport branch used to open such letters and visit the houses of these persons. On May 28 contacted Dalip Singh of Kailey village, whose son Ranjit Singh wanted police verification.

The policemen prevailed upon Dalip Singh to pay money for positive verification and the deal was struck for Rs 3000 for verification Rupees 1500 were paid on the same day with a promise to pay the balance on June 1. However, the policeman was arrested in a well laid-out trap by the Sudhar police.



Sunila tops Class XII (humanities) exam
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
Sunila Kumari of BCM School, Focal Point, has topped the Class XII examination (humanities) conducted by the Punjab State Education Board. In the vocational stream, Prabhjot Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, has topped in the state. Results of science and commerce streams were declared earlier last month.

This time also girls have shown excellent results. The second position in the state has been bagged by Neha Goyal of Sanmati Vimal Jain School, Jagraon. Swati Vohra of RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, stands second, bracketed with Neha Goyal. Lisa Bhatia of RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, has bagged the third position.

Swati and Lisa said, “First of all we thank God for our good results. We are thrilled to be in the merit list and are happy that the result of the school has remained good and we have not let it down. We are grateful to our teachers and the Principal, Mr M.L. Kalra, without whose support we would not have fared so well. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our parents.”

Swati wants to get into computers besides pursuing her graduation, whereas Lisa wants to join a course in fashion designing.

“We studied for five to six hours every day and did not take any tuitions. Self-study, in our opinion, is the key to success,” they said.

Vishav Thakur of BCM School, Focal Point, is placed fifth, whereas Lakhvir Kaur of Chopra Public Model School, Machiwara, has bagged the sixth position. Rupinder of Shakti Public School, Machhiwara has stood seventh.

Monica of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, has got the eighth position, while Pallavi of Hindu Putri Pathshala, Khanna, stands ninth. Richa Dhand of Arya College, Ludhiana, has got the 10th position, whereas Kulbir Kaur of Swami Roopchand School, Jagraon, has got the 11th position. Sonam and Kitty of RS Model School, Ludhiana, have secured the 13th position jointly.

In the vocational stream, Prabhjot of Government Senior Secondary School has topped in the state. Amanbir Kaur of the same school and Richa Rani have secured third and fourth position, respectively. Amarpreet Kaur Kochar, Megha Malhotra and Jasmeet Kaur have secured seventh, eighth and ninth positions, respectively, while the 10th position has gone to Sarabjit Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School, Konkan Kala.

Prabhjot said earlier she had stood first in the Class X and Class XI examination in the district. She said, “I want to become a lecturer in English as my father is also a teacher.”



No clue in Jain murder case
Tribune News Service

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 2
Though the local police has registered a murder case against unidentified persons for allegedly killing Mr Sham Sunder Jain, a former vice-president of the local Municipal Council whose body was found in a canal near here on May 4, the police could get no clue to the suspects as the matter had been complicated by some local leaders who had tried to take political mileage and settle scores with their rival on the basis of concocted stories.

Meanwhile, the MLA of constituency, Ms Razia Sulatana, has taken serious notice of the reports regarding frivolous allegation against local leaders, including some industrialists. Sources at local police station revealed that a case already registered in connection with the death of Mr Jain has been converted to an FIR registered under Section 302 against unidentified persons. Though the police has conducted investigations from different angles, no accused has been named so far.

Meanwhile, the MLA of the constituency has taken a serious notice of the reports regarding frivolous allegations against local leaders, including some industrialists.

While talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Ms Razia said she had received a representation from local leaders that showed that some leaders had been using the death of Mr Jain to take mileage and settle scores with their opponents.

The perusal of the representation pointed out that the former president of the Municipal Council Mr Rajnish Sharma, had accused some industrialist owing allegiance to the group of councillors who had voted him out from his chair during a no-confidence motion. Interestingly Mr Sharma, who had been visiting the office of the SSP, Sangrur, along with members of the JAC constituted to pursue the case, had claimed at the rally organised at Bhagat Singh Chowk here on Monday, that one person who had seen the murder taking place had been staying with him since the death of Mr Jain.

“After going through the representation received from the leaders of the area, I took up the matter with the police authorities who assured that no innocent citizen would be harassed on the pretext of the case,” said Ms Sultana. She further said that she would take up the matter with the Chief Minister, Punjab if required. 



ITI students stage dharna at minister’s house
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
The ongoing agitation by students of the ITI (Girls) against the suspension of the Principal of the institute gained momentum as the students staged dharna at the house of the Punjab Minister for Science, Technology and Industrial Training, Mr Rakesh Pandey, in the Udham Singh Nagar locality here today.

The students of the ITI (Boys) also held a demonstration and burned the effigy of the minister, charging him with taking “vindictive” action against the Principal, Mr Tejinder Singh, who had dared to blow the whistle against a conspiracy to get the building of the institute vacated at the instance of a senior ruling party functionary and an influential builder.

Activists of the Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa) demanded that the Principal should be reinstated and a criminal case should be registered against the builder.

They said the stay granted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the shifting of the ITI (Girls) had vindicated the stand taken by the Principal.

Functionaries of other students’ and trade union bodies like the Punjab Students Federation, the PSU, the DMC Employees Union and the Moulder and Steel Workers Union have expressed solidarity with the students.



Two liquor vends looted
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 2
Two liquor vends were looted here yesterday while another attempt was foiled when the police reached the spot at Khumna village on the Amloh-Khanna road, around 3 km from here.

According to police sources, four unidentified persons came on two motorcycles, Bajaj Pulsar (PB 23E-3881) and Bajaj Discover (without number plate), and looted two liquor vends at Nandpur Kalaur and Khanpur in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, said the police was alerted in the district. Later, the motorcyclists were spotted near a liquor vend at Khumna village. A police party tried to nab them, but they managed to escape leaving behind their vehicles.



Driver gets life term for killing cleaner
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
A truck driver, Kuldeep Singh of Berpura village falling in Ambala district has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment for killing a cleaner, Jai Narain, in 1997. The accused has also been ordered to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Harbans Lal, Sessions Judge, held that the prosecution had proved the charges levelled against the accused beyond any doubt.

As per the statement of Surinder Rajak, his brother had been working as a cleaner with the driver. Another driver Devinder Singh, had recorded his statement with the police that he had seen the accused committing the crime.



Assurance company opens women’s cell
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
To stop sexual harassment of working women New India Assurance Company here has recently opened a women’s cell here. The redressal cell. will inquire and investigate sexual complaints of women employees. The cell will cater to the problems of women working in the 52 branches of the assurance company in the state.

An all-women committee has been constituted by the company in this regard. The committee comprises three members, two internal officers and one social activist. They include Ms Kiran Srivastava, Assistant Manager, Regional Office, Ms Rashmi Lucyvarwa, Administrator Officer, Regional Office, and Ms Pappo Abnash, a social worker.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Vivek Prakash, administrator officer with the company said the apex court has asked all organisations to open a women cell.

On asking whether the cell has received any complaint till date, Mr Vivek said the committee was constituted recently. It would take some time for women to be courageous. “Its not that women could not face any problem here but the percentage would be low as ours is a public sector. There is no hire-and-fire policy here. There is no direct link between the boss and women subordinates. They are given promotions, increments as per the company rules and no one can challenge or deny it. Chances of sexual harassment are higher in private sectors.



Psychological counselling service formed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
The Psychological Assessment and Counselling Services (PACS) has been set up at 95-A Model Gram, Ludhiana. The organisation will help dealing with intellectual, emotional and psychological problems of children.

The director of the PACS, Dr Ravinder Kala, along with her team of experts, conducted a survey on 1,400 schoolchildren recently where she found that around 50 percent of children are either experiencing emotional problems, academic difficulties or behavioural problems.

In the light of these experiences, the PACS organised a personality development course for adolescent and pre-adolescent children.

This course was interactive and the children actually experienced changes in their feelings, moods, thoughts, perceptions and confidence level. The course included an interactive group seminar on team working. It was followed by personality evaluation sessions.

The children also underwent practical psychological experiences in managing anger, tension, sadness and sibling rivalry.

The programme also focused on handling difficulties in concentration, balanced lifestyle and inter-personal social skills. They also had relaxation sessions for improving concentration and public speaking sessions for confidence building.

A two-day programme on parenting skills will be held on June 10 and 11 from 4 to 7 pm. Another personality development programme for children will be held from June 24 to 26 from 4 to 7pm.

Dr Kala said, “It has been an immensely satisfying experience to conduct this programme. When small emotional needs of a children are addressed, they can develop into more positive and focused individuals who can face the challenges of life in a better way.”



Tributes paid
Our Correspondent

Samrala, June 2
Rich tributes were paid to Lambardar Nachhttar Singh Gehelewal, general secretary of the Tehsil Lambardara Union, in his native village Gehlewal, 5 km from here, yesterday.

On this occasion Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, president SAD (Longowal), Jathedar Kirpal Singh Kheernian, member SCPC, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the BKU, Mr Ishar Singh Meharban, former minister and general secretary of the PPGG and local senior Akali leader ( Badal) and president of the Nagar Council, Samrala Mr Jasvir Singh Dhillon, highlighted the service rendered by Lambardar Nachhattar Singh for the general public of the area.

Bhanglan society meeting: The general body meeting of the Bhanglan cooperative Marketing Society has held here today under the presidentship of Mr Kashwinder Singh, president.

Mr Kaswinder Singh said the society had collected Rs 5 Lakh which would be distributed very soon to the shareholders.

On this occasion, Mr Swaran Singh, officer from cooperative Department also participated besides 250 shareholders.



DSP interacts with the Press
Our Correspondent

Khamano, June 2
The new DSP of Khamano, Mr Satinderpal Singh, held a meeting with journalists after assuming his office.
He said the police and the Press should work together for the welfare of society.

He appealed to the people to give right information about bad elements, who, he said, would be dealt with sternly. He appealed to the people to stall thikri pehra to ward off any untoward incident in villages.

Market panel chief: After a long wait of 17 years, the chairman of the Market Committee, Khamano, assumed his office at a function organised at the market committee office.

Mr Parminder Singh Dhillon of Samrala was declared chairman and Mr Sushil Kumar of Khanna was declared vice-chairman of the committee a few days ago.

Mr Dhillon assumed his office in the presence of Samrala MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon and Parliamentary Secretary Bibi Harbans Kaur Dullo. Rural and urban block Congress presidents remained away from the function in protest against the nomination of the chairman from outside Khamano. Chairman of the Khamano Block Samiti Harbhinder Singh, Nagar Panchayat president Harbhinder Singh and other leader were also present.



Day train between city, Dehra Dun sought
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
In the wake of persistent demand from city residents, Capt Rajesh Mittal, a member of the Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee, has made a strong plea with the Union Railway Ministry to start a daytime train on the Ludhiana-Hardwar-Dehra Dun section.

In a representation to the Union Railway Minister, Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav, he pointed out that a large number of people from the city visited Hardwar for religious purposes and many others were regular visitors to Mussorie beyond Dehra Dun. However, there was no daytime train on this section which caused inconvenience to the public.

Captain Mittal, who also represents Ferozepore division of the Northern Railway in the Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee, further asked the railway authorities to remove encroachments along the tracks and railway land in an expeditious manner.



Civil Defence awareness training
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
Civil Defence awareness training is being given by Mr DS Bawa, Mr Samarjit Singh and Mr Rajinder K. Goel, at Government College for Women ,Ludhiana.The training has been going on since May 23 and will continue till June 10. More than 70 males and eight females are receiving training.

The training is being given by Mr Jatinder Yakhmi, Superintendent , Civil Defence, and other officers. Mr Yakhmi told Ludhiana Tribune that civilians were being taught ‘rescue operations’ and how to handle emergencies at home. They are being taught how to control fire if it breaks out at home and how to maintain one’s cool. He said participants were being trained in preparation of different kinds of bandages and how to deal with falls resulting in injuries and minor fractures.



IHRO condemns govt on memorial
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has condemned the Punjab Government and certain Sikh groups for opposing the SGPC move to build a memorial to martyrs of the Dharam Yudh Morcha.

Asking the government to desist from opposing the memorial, the outft said the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, and Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal should not intervene in this sensitive issue.

Mr D.S. Gill, chairperson of the outfit, said instead of committing a political blunder, the Chief Minister should counsel Ms Sonia Gandhi to apologise at Akal Takht on June 6. 



Workshop on e-returns
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
The Department of Income Tax will hold a workshop on the filing of electronic tax deduction at source (TDS) returns at Pal Auditorium in Punjab Agricultural University here on June 7.

Giving this information here today, the Commissioner of Income Tax (III) Mr A.K. Mehrish, said the Finance Act (2), had made it mandatory for all government departments to file TDS returns electronically. 



Protest against lottery

Ludhiana, June 2
The Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj today held a protest march against the growing culture of buying lotteries. The march began from Mata
Rani Chowk and culminated at the Jagraon bridge. The members demanded a ban on the sale of lotteries. TNS



Hotel owners condemn VAT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Condemning VAT, the Hotel and Restaurant Association has said the business had been reduced by over 50 per cent due to it. Addressing a meeting here yesterday, Mr Harinder Singh Grewal, president of the association, said the Punjab Government should impose only 4 per cent VAT on food served in hotels and restaurants as was being done in Himachal Pradesh.


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