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75-yr-old woman rescued
 Had been locked in a room of a house for four days
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
In a shocking incident, a 75-year-old woman, suspected to have been thrashed, was rescued from the room in a house where she had been locked for four days. Naseeb Kaur, a resident of White Quarter near Abdullapur Basti, was rushed to the DMC Hospital in a serious condition.

Naseeb Kaur was living separately on the ground floor of the house and her son Gurmeet Singh and daughter-in-law Balbir Kaur were living on the first floor.

The matter came to light here this morning when Surjit Singh, son-in-law of Naseeb Kaur, a Kapurthala resident, arrived at the house and asked for her.

Balbir Kaur expressed surprise and said she was thinking that Naseeb Kaur was visiting her daughter in Kapurthala.

Gurmeet also reached the place, and both Surjit and Gurmeet called their relatives to know the whereabouts of Naseeb Kaur. But there was no clue.

In the meantime, Surjit decided to break open the lock and found foul smell coming from inside the room. He broke open
the door along with Gurmeet Singh and rescued Naseeb Kaur.

The police also reached the spot and started investigation. The investigating officer said arrest would be made following the statement of Naseeb Kaur.

Needle of suspicion

While Balbir Kaur suspected the 'involvement' of a labourer, employed for whitewashing the place, for attacking and locking Naseeb Kaur, the police suspect that some insider might have attacked Naseeb Kaur and locked her room in order to let her die a natural death.

Crime Scene

* Fingerprints experts pressed into service to lift the fingerprints from the lock to find out who locked the room.

* Naseeb Kaur has sustained injury on her neck and her denture was lying on the floor.

* She was suspected to have been thrashed so badly that she could not move from bed and urinated and defecated on the bed.

* Her condition was stated to be serious as she was bedridden for four days. 


travel woes
Vacation plans go awry as long route trains choked to capacity
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 8
With most of the long-haul trains on trunk routes choked to capacity, vacation plans of city residents as well those of a sizeable section of migrant labour, intending to visit their native places during the summer break in the schools, have gone sour. Railway reservation not being available in any class even a month or a month and a half in advance, those having travel plans till mid-June are perplexed as no alternative travel modes other than railways are available for such long journeys.

A heavy rush of passengers on the Ludhiana railway station.
A heavy rush of passengers on the Ludhiana railway station. photo: Inderjeet Verma

It is not only the trains that run to places like Katihar, Jaynagar, Samastipur in  Bihar and Basti, Gonda, Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh but trains to Mumbai and Kolkata, and even to Jammu from the mega city are almost fully booked for the next two months. While rail travel to these places in cases of emergency is nearly impossible, for those who had planned their journeys well in time, getting confirmed tickets for their intended journey has also become a big problem.

Waiting lists in sleeper class of trains like 12920 Jammu Tawi-Indore Malwa Express, 15708 Amritsar-Katihar Express, 14674 Amritsar-Jaynagar Shaheed Express, 12204 Amritsar-Samastipur Garib Rath, 12588 Jammu Tawi-Gorakhpur Express and 12716 Amritsar-Hazur Sahib Nanded are running into hundreds with no hope of confirmation. And in most of the Kolkata-bound trains including 13050 Amritsar-Howrah Express and 13006 Amritsar-Howrah Mail, there is no room (even waiting tickets are not available) up to June 15.

Situation is no better in trains to Jammu where confirmed reservation is not available in any of the trains like 14645 Shalimar Express, 12445 Uttar Sampark Kranti, 14033 Jammu Mail. 11077 Jhelum Express, 12473 Himgiri Express, 12473 Sarvodaya Express and 12919 Malwa Express before June 15.

Translated into realistic terms, the "no room" situation in most of the long route trains will come as a dampener to school children and their parent as the summer break in schools, is just about a fortnight away but the travel plans during the vacations, or even pilgrimages to places like Hazur Sahib (Nanded) or for that matter Mata Vaishno Devi shrine have either been put on the hold or altogether shelved.

Left with no other choice, the desperate railway ticket seekers are turning towards touts and middlemen operating at the railway reservation complex who promise to get confirmed tickets for most of the trains, of course at a hefty premium. 



15-yr-old dies in freak accident
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
In a freak incident, a 15-year-old boy died after he fell from a staircase and a scissor lying on the floor pierced his heart here this evening. The incident took place when Deepak Kumar, a class VIII student, was playing with his friends on the rooftop in Guru Arjan Dev Nagar near Samrala Chowk.

According to victim's father Madan Lal, his son slipped from the staircase while playing with his friends and the scissor that was lying on the floor pierced his heart.

The boy was rushed to hospital, where he was declared brought dead.



16-year-old suffers eye injury
 Petty quarrel in classroom proves costly
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
A petty quarrel with a classmate proved costly for 16-year- old Gagandeep Singh, who has suffered partial blindness. Gagandeep's classmate had attacked him with a compass following a quarrel at a school here on May 3.

Gagandeep would be operated upon for the second time after a month and only then the doctors would be able to tell whether he would be able to see again from his right eye.

The angered parents of Gagandeep Singh today lodged a protest against the school authorities for inaction and reported the matter to the police.

Later during the day, the issue was resolved. "The boy's parents agreed on bearing expenses of operation, following which we withdraw our complaint," said Gurdev Singh, Gagadeep Singh's father.

The incident took place at Kalgidhar High School, located near Sangeet Cinema, when Gagandeep fought with his classmate Gurdeep Singh over a petty issue. In a fit of rage, Gurdeep Singh pulled out a compass and attacked Gagandeep in the eye.

Gagandeep was rushed to hospital where he was operated upon. His second operation would be conducted next month. 



Thieves strike twice, 1 nabbed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
Striking in a house for the second time proved costly for the thieves, as one of them was nabbed by an NRI resident and his friend at New Sarabha Nagar on the Pakhowal Road here today.

The incident took place during the wee hours when Jeevan Vema, president of the overseas congress cell in Dubai, returned home along with his friend Vishal Nayyar and family following a vacation.

Jeevan Verma said, "I opened the gate and saw the lights in the room switched on. I sensed something wrong and rushed into the house. I was shocked to see three persons in the room. One of them attacked me. I and my friend overpowered him. However, the other two managed to flee from the scene."

The thief has been identified as Arun, while his accomplices, Hardeep Singh and Laddi, managed to escape. The suspect was handed over to the Lalton police station. The trio was operating auto-rickshaws and used to target locked houses.

Arun, in the police custody, said they took away laptop, mobile phones and imported watches from the house during the first attempt and last night they had planned to steal other valuables lying in the house.



Stray dog menace at Doraha
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, May 8
The stray dog menace has literally taken the town in its stride. The stray dogs have become a nuisance for residents of the town. “We are nowhere safe. The moment we step out of our homes, the stray dogs standing in the streets give us an ignoble welcome. Children are the worst sufferers, as they fail to get rid of them by just shooing them away,” expressed Arun Bector, a resident of the town.

“To make things worse, people are left with no other option but to buy intra-muscular, which is costly and administered by private doctors. “A complete course of anti-rabies vaccine costs between Rs 1,800 and Rs 2,000,” informed a surgeon.

Inderjit Singh Kala, president of the municipal council when contacted said, “Our hands are tied due to the ban imposed on the killing of stray dogs. The council is helpless. It is now for the government to think in terms of saving human lives rather than pondering about the safety of dogs in the first place. Even in my street, we have a number of cases bitten by dogs but I cannot find any solution to the problem since we cannot go against the law.” 



Ward number 7 presents a picture of neglect
 Most of the areas are deprived of basic amenities like clean water supply, sanitation and sewerage
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Services

Ludhiana, May 8
Ward no. 7 is an evidence of neglect by the civic body and ward councillor Mandeep Kaur Sandhu. Most of the areas of the ward are deprived of basic amenities like clean potable water supply, sanitation and sewerage. Some of the areas have been turned into roadside dumping grounds while streets and all vacant places are filled with garbage. Stagnant water on the streets and uncarpeted roads make life of the residents worse. According to the residents, no change has happened in the ward in the last five years.
Stagnant water alongside a road at EWS Colony in ward no. 7 in Ludhiana.
Stagnant water alongside a road at EWS Colony in ward no. 7 in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Some of the areas are still deprived of sewerage. EWS Colony, where a majority of factory labourers reside, is the worst area of the ward.

Most of the time the trucks of the municipal corporation unload garbage at a vacant ground in the colony instead of the dumping ground situated near the jail. By doing so the MC employees save on fuel. Blocked sewerage and stagnant water on the streets in the ward have become major health hazards. Not only the residents of EWS Colony, but also those of Juneja Colony, Prem Vihar, Jeeven Nagar complain that the councillor is not accessible to the poor.

Height of negligence can be seen in EWS Colony where shops at a market, which was constructed about a decade ago, have failed to find takers. Now, the market has become a safe haven for drug-addicts and anti-social elements.

Major areas of the war include Banda Bahadur Colony, Heera Bazar, Subash Nagar, New Subash Nagar, Sutantar Nagar, Garewal Colony, EWS Colony, Raju Colony and Prem Vihar.


Population: 50,000 
Voters: 16,500

Councillor Speak

Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, CouncillorA major chunk of the grant has been spent on building dharamshalas for various communities. More than 80 per cent development work, including the laying of sewerage and water supply lines, has been completed. Owing to the laying of sewer lines, most of the roads and streets are in a bad shape. After completing the sewerage and water supply projects, we will start the recarpeting of roads soon. To overcome the shortage of potable water, I have got four tubewells sunk. When the government extends the boundaries of the corporation it never conducts a survey on the basis of development works. Development in some of the areas of the ward is not an easy task as the ground level is 10ft or 15 ft lower in Jeven Nagar and its adjoining areas. Morover the area of the ward is very big. The problem of sewerage blockade and dumping of garbage in the open can be solved if the residents cooperate with the MC.

Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, Councillor



Basic amenities non-existent at ward number 8
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
While development work is on in some of the colonies of ward no. 8, a large part of it is deprived of even basic civic amenities. Entering the ward from the GT Road, the area seems somewhat developed, but beyond Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, the pathetic condition of the colonies speaks volumes of the negligence on the part of the authorities.
A view of the road at Gurmail Park. The area sans basic amenities like streetlights.
A view of the road at Gurmail Park. The area sans basic amenities like streetlights.

Open drains on the Tibba Road passing through the ward and in colonies like Puneet Nagar, Geeta Nagar, Punjabi Bagh are an open invitation to diseases. These open drains turn into a nuisance during the rainy season, complain residents.

The roads of many of the colonies have not been carpeted. Some of the roads of Rishi Nagar are like sand dunes. Poor water supply and non-existent streetlights haunt residents in many areas of the ward. Vacant plots are the usual dumping grounds. The MC has failed to install garbage disposal bins.

An open drain at Puneet Nagar.
An open drain at Puneet Nagar. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Councillor Daljit Singh contested the last election as an independent. He lost the legislative Assembly polls this year, contesting as an independent.

There are about 34 colonies in the ward, including Rishi Nagar, Ram Nagar, Gurmail Park, Sat Kartar Nagar, Kabir Nagar, Iqbal Nagar, Jagdish Pura, Preet Nagar, Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Gulabi Bagh, Gopal Nagar,Partap Nagar, Bihari Colony, Company Bagh, Ramesh Nagar, New Ramesh Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Shera Colony, Kartar Nagar, New Juneja Colony, Moti Nagar, Puneet Nagar, Geeta Nagar and Ramdit Nagar.

Population: 55,000 
Voters: 23,000

Councillor Speak

Daljit Singh Grewal, Councillor"The problem of sewerage in the ward has mostly been resolved. During my tenure, about ~6 crore was spent on getting the roads carpeted with premix. About ~3.5 crore was spent on laying bricks on the road. ~75 lakh was spent on installing streetlights while ~85 lakh was spent on sinking tube wells. About a crore was spent on laying interlocking bricks, the work on which is still under way. Narrow lanes are being cemented. If elected for the new term, I would like to get a dispensary for the ward. There is no government high school in the ward, and I would like to push in that direction. Pollution is the key concern of the city, and plantation of saplings can solve this problem. I would like to make my ward greener during my next term. I am going to the owners of vacant plots asking them to create boundary walls around them." — Daljit Singh Grewal, Councillor



Industrial State Level Advisory Board formed
 Seven from the city its members
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
The Industrial State Level Advisory Board has been notified by the Governor of Punjab. The main aim behind forming the board is the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

Seven industrialists from the city have been appointed as members of the board. Inderjit Singh Pardhan from the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, Parveen Aggarwal, President of the Offset Printers Association, Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association, Vinod Thapar, president of the Knitwear Club, SC Ralhan, president of the Ludhiana Hand Tools Association and Joginder Kumar, president of the Ludhiana Electroplaters Association, are the members appointed from Ludhiana.

While the principal secretary of industries will be its chairman, the director of industries will be the vice-chairman, and the director, MSME, will be its member secretary. The tenure of the board will be for three years while the chairman can invite four members for discussions.

"It is a very good step taken by the government in the interest of the MSME sector. The board will help in the progress of this sector, which is the need of the hour. In addition to this there are several schemes of the central government for the MSME sector. This board will see if all these schemes are implemented properly," said Badish Jindal

Vinod Thapar said it was a welcome move by the government and will help taking forward the MSME sector. 



Encroachments removed
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khamano, May 8
A team of the PWD officials led by an XEN, Ropar circle, Karnail Singh, and the SDO Kirpal Singh swung into action to remove illegal constructions on Ludhiana-Chandigarh road at Khant, Pohlo Majra and Sanghol villages.

The officials reached near Bus Stand Sanghol with a JCB in the morning at 9.30 am and other concerned officials also reached with the police force.

The team started demolition of Captain Dhaba first of all where the big portion coming under the proposed area was demolished. Later, some portions of Zimidara Dhaba and Mittran da Dhaba were also razed within no time. The team then demolished some houses at Pohlo Majra village and some shops at Sanghol.

Some people alleged that they were not given time to pick their valuables and luggage. Although the team continued its drive till evening, the people failed to protest jointly. They said that although they argued with the officials but due to the fear of police they remained mum.

Baljinder Singh owner of the Captain Dhaba alleged that the team razed all of his belongings. Prem Singh of Pohlo Majra whose house was razed alleged that of the entire house only verandah remained.

The SDO Kirpal Singh, when contacted, said that they are following the guidelines of the government and the concerned people were already informed and given time to give proof. He said that those who presented their proofs of constructions before 1995 were cleared and they swung into action after completing all formalities. He said that this drive would continue till all the illegal constructions in Fatehgarh Sahib district are cleared.



Police to crack whip against tipplers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
Tipplers, who were enjoying till now Patiala pegs while sitting in their vehicles outside eateries located on Pakhowal road, would have to relocate a safe heaven as the police has decided to crack it whip on boozers.

The Division No 5 police has launched a drive against tipplers consuming liquor in cars following orders of Commissioner of police.

Giving details about the drive, Beant Juneja SHO Division No 5 said there have been complaints that tipplers after consuming liquor create ruckus.

After committing liquor they indulge in reckless driving and often lead to accident. "They not only put their lives in danger but also to other commuters as well," said Beant Juneja.

He said that these eateries have been warned previously about the drive and if eatery authorities would not comply with the rules action would be taken against them as well," said the SHO.

He said the police in muftis would be deployed in outside these eateries to nab tipplers.



Lunch-hour demonstration by I-T officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
Income tax officials at their office at Rishi Nagar held a lunch hour demonstration here today. The officials were protesting against their long pending demands and said that they had asked the director of central board of direct taxes to give them time so that their problems could be discussed thoroughly.

"We are not getting time from director due to which our demands are lingering on. Our long pending demand of promotions and other issues are pending," said Rajiv Puri, an official.



Tavern owners flout rules
 Sell beer above maximum retail price
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
Tavern owners in the city are openly flouting the norms and selling beer above the maximum retail price (MRP) fixed by the department.

Earlier, the department used to fix the minimum price and venders had a choice of fixing the price on their own but in the Excise Policy 2012-13, the price of light beer has been fixed at Rs 70 while for strong beer the rate has been fixed at Rs 75. The MRP for few imported brands have not been fixed since export duty is being paid on it. Due to summers the sale of beer is up and it is being sold between Rs 90 to Rs 100. Some of the vend owners have even mentioned the price of beer as Rs 100 on the list pasted outside the vends.

The extra profit is going in liquor contractor's pocket while consumers are being taken for a ride. "I was shocked to see that the price written on the bottle was Rs 70 while I was asked for Rs 100. When I confronted the person on the counter he said they are selling as asked by the contractor and the rate list outside the vend mentions the price," said Gurkirat Singh, a consumer.

According to the estimates nearly 10,000 beer bottles are sold every day and going by these figures, liquor contractors are earning nearly Rs 10 lakh every day.

When contacted Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Kanwalpreet Brar, he said that they have already asked the liquor contractors to sell beer according to the MRP fixed by the department. Those flouting the norm will be taken to task "We will be monitoring the vends and see that they are selling beer according to the MRP fixed by the department," he said.



Governor forms industrial state-level advisory board
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
The Governor of Punjab has formed the Industrial State Level Advisory Board. The main aim behind forming the board was the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

Eight industrialists from the city have been appointed on the board. Inderjit Singh Pardhan from Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, Badish Jindal, president of Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, Parveen Aggarwal, President of Offset Printers Association, Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association, Vinod Thapar, president of Knitwear Club, SC Ralhan, president of the Ludhiana Hand Tools Association and Joginder Kumar, president of the Ludhiana Electroplaters Association and Gurmeet Singh Kular president of the United Cycle parts association are the members appointed from Ludhiana.

While principal secretary of industries will be the chairman, director of industries will be the vice chairman, director MSME will be the member secretary. The tenure of the board will be for three years while chairman can invite four members for discussions.

"It is a very good step taken by the government in the interest of the MSME sector. Board will help for the progress of this sector, which is the need of the hour," said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association.

Objectives of the Industrial State Level Advisory Board

* To advise on all issues concerning the MSME sector, especially state related matters.

* To coordinate between different agencies representing the MSME sector in the state.

* To overview the functioning of the District Industries Centre and MSME and various other bodies under the purview of MSME.

* To implement various centre sponsored schemes for MSME.



Students meet adc
Admin is to acquire sports ground of women’s college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
The students of Government College for Women submitted a memorandum to the Additional Deputy Commissioner to stop the acquisition of the sports ground of the college for widening the road.

The students, in their memorandum stated that this move would be a big discouragement for the sports of college.

A group of girls met the Rupanjli Kartik and explain the problem.

Upneet Kaur, head girl said, "Students of our college have always brought laurels. This session, hockey team for the third time, basketball team for the second time and weight lifting for the forth-consecutive time won the Panjab University championships. Many of our college students play inter-varsity also,"

"In the time when the students are losing interest in sports, our college has stood up to the challenge. We want the sports to develop more and also believe that we can achieve laurels but this move of Municipal Corporation is not in line with our aspirations," she further said.



From college
PTU launches faculty development programme

Ludhiana: A five-day faculty development programme on Research Methodology was inaugurated at Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) located at the GT Road, Doraha. Punjab Technical University (PTU) sponsored the event for training of faculty working in institutions affiliated to it. 

Many scholars from different institutions of Punjab participated in the event. Sukhpal Singh, chairman of Doraha Group of institutes welcomed the resource persons and participants on the occasion. 

Research methodology is important part of training of teachers of technical institutes and the event was aimed at inculcating research culture in the PTU affiliated institutions, said Supreet Kaur, coordinator of the college while sharing the objectives of the programme. Umal Kaur, chairperson, DIMT was also present on the occasion along with Japvir Singh and Tapvir Singh, both renowned philanthropists and directors of Doraha Group of institutes.



From schools
Display Board Competition

Ludhiana: An inter-house display board competition was held for the students of primary classes of Vajra Army School, Ludhiana, here on Tuesday. The theme promulgated by the principal for the competition to the students was 'The Great Personalities of India'. The staff members and the students of each House exhibited their unique talent and skill to bring glory to their respective House. The innovative ideas of each of the four Houses were reflected in the form of excellent and colourful display. The competition was adjudged on the basis of neatness, presentation, creativity and the personalities selected where upon Gandhi House was declared the winner.

Trip to a farmhouse

The Pre-school organised a field trip to a farmhouse for the kids. The kids visited a Farm House to see farm animals in their natural habitat. Little cherubs saw animals like turkey, horse, cow, rabbits, chickens, roosters, buffaloes and goats. They were awed to see the lush greens, plantations and farm animals it was an enthralling experience for the kids to see farm staff milking a cow. Children were given information about the flora and fauna of the farmhouse and shown the vegetable garden to see how vegetables grow.

Orientation programme

Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised an orientation programme 'Grooming Our Adolescents' for the students of Class IX and their parents. The Orientation Programme was presided over by Navita Puri, principal. Meena Jindal, PGT-Commerce, formally welcomed the principal, parents and students. She enlightened the parents with valuable tips on parenting. She said that children have more need of models than of critics. There are two lasting bequests we can give our children-one is roots, the other is wings.


An extempore competition in Hindi was held at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, PH-1, Dugri, here on Tuesday. The topic during the competition was given individually to the participants and they were given just two minutes to think about it and then they were expected to speak non-stop for five minutes their views on the topic. The objective behind the competition was to truly assess their communication skills. The topics were chosen from their daily life, school life and social life.

Mother's Day celebrated

Mother's Day was celebrated in the campus of the GMT Public School here Tuesday. In the morning assembly the students were acknowledged with the importance of Mother's Day. A speech 'Mother is Second to God' and poem was also recited marking the occasion.

Mother's Day

DARPAN celebrated Mother's Day with loads of joy and happiness. All the students came with their mother and many games were being played like musical chairs, dumb charades. The students performed dance items.


Investiture ceremony of the students' council was held at GGN Public School, Rose Garden, Civil Lines, here on Tuesday. In all 42 students were sworn in and appointed as school captain, vice-school captain, house captains, vice house-captain, sr. prefects and prefects.

Students learn safety rules

The safe transportation of our children to and from school concerns all of us. To promote and ensure the safety of its students Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, has initiated a new transportation policy, "Be Cool-Follow School Bus Safety Rules", facilitated by Shamina Deol, child counsellor of the school. Under the policy, the school bus driver safety workshop was conducted wherein the moral aspects of their duty and the code of conduct to be followed while handling children were also discussed.

Heritage quiz

To enlighten the students of the glorious history of India, a Heritage quiz was organised on the school premises. There were four teams in all named 'Warriors', 'Sultans' 'Emperors' and 'Shehzade'. There were four rounds in all which majorities of the questions were based on the glorious history of Delhi. Various slides depicting the different Indian monuments were a source of curiosity for not only the participants but also for the audience. Team Warriors won the quiz.



Ludhiana scan
Memorandum submitted to DC

Ludhiana: The officials of Lal Bahdur Shastri Social forum met Deputy Commissioner to present a memorandum regarding the maintenance of parents and senior Citizen Act 2007 here on Tuesday. The Act was enacted by parliament in the year 2007. The State Government have notified sub-divisional magistrate as maintenance tribunal under Section 7 of this Act.



Rape accused nabbed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
In a major breakthrough, the Division No 4 police nabbed notorious criminal, Vicky Mahant, who was at large in a rape case. The accused, who was arrested from Joshi Nagar in Haibowal along with a stolen motorcycle, was also wanted in several snatching incidents.

Giving details about the arrest, the SHO Division No 4 Vinod Kumar said the accused had created panic in the area with his criminal activities. The arrest of the accused would bring a respite the area resident, said the SHO.



Man attacked with weapons

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 8
Yadvinder Singh, a resident of Sanaur district, Patiala, had a narrow escape when over 18 assailants armed with sharp edged weapons attacked him.

According to the statement of the complainant recorded with the Mandi Gobindgarh police, Yadvinder has stated that he was going in his car when three cars of assailants intercepted him here on Monday and attacked him with sharp edged weapons.

During the attack his car was badly damaged but he managed to save his life. The police has booked as many as 18 unidentified persons under Sections 341, 427, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC. — OC



Theft at factory unit

Ludhiana, May 8
There seem to be no stopping of the theft incidents at Focal Point and Sahnewal area. In a latest case, thieves struck at a factory unit at Sahnewal and decamped with scrap material and forging tools worth Rs 3 lakhs.

Gautam Gupta, owner of the factory unit, said that the thieves struck at factory unit last night. They made a hole in the wall of the factory and fled with scrap material worth Rs 3 lakhs.

The matter came to light here today when the workers reached the factory unit and saw a hole in the wall. They informed the factory owner about the incident. In the meantime, the police has registered the case and started the investigation. — TNS



Handball trials on May 11
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 8
Trials to select probables for the state handball team (sub junior girls) will be conducted at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University campus, here at 10 am on May 11, according to Balkar Singh Brar, honorary general secretary, Punjab Handball Association.

Players born on or after January 1, 1997, are eligible to take part in these trials. The selected players will represent Punjab in the 29th Sub-junior National Handball Championship scheduled to be held at Bilaspur from May 23 to 28.

The aspirants have been advised to report well in time at the venue.



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