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new rail link
Superfast train to chug off today
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 18
The much awaited Ludhiana-Chandigarh rail link will become operational from tomorrow. The trial runs on the Sahnewal-Morinda section have been carried out successfully and the Railway Safety Organisation has accorded its nod to the newly laid track.

The Union Railway Minister, Pawan Bansal, will formally inaugurate the new rail link by flagging off 12241/12242 Chandigarh-Amritsar-Chandigarh superfast express train on the Chandigarh railway station at 5.30 pm tomorrow, which will run with slight changes in the existing time table.

Railway officials said, the train would leave Amritsar at 5.20 am, reach Ludhiana at 7.15 am and after a five minute stoppage, would proceed further to reach Sahnewal at 7.40 am, Mohali at 8.34 am and finally Chandigarh at 9.05 am. On its return journey, the train will leave Chandigarh at 5.30 pm as against the existing time of 6.50 pm. It will reach Mohali at 5.42 pm, Sahnewal at 6.50 pm, Ludhiana at 7.05 pm, Jalandhar at 8.06 pm, Beas at 8.39 pm and arrive in Amritsar at 9.10 pm.

With the train taking the new Ludhiana-Chandigarh route via Khamano and New Morinda, the existing stoppage at Sirhind will be discontinued from tomorrow.

The daily passengers commuting from Amritsar and Jalandhar to Ludhiana and especially those travelling between Ludhiana and Chandigarh are upbeat about the new rail route becoming operational, which will also cut down the journey time between Ludhiana and Chandigarh by half-an-hour.

"However, for those commuting between Ludhiana and Chandigarh, the train will serve half the purpose," said Harish Verma a daily commuter. He said the revised departure time from Chandigarh was a welcome move, as the train would now reach Ludhiana around 7 pm.

"But for those coming to Ludhiana from Chandigarh in the morning, no such train is available and they will still have to travel by bus which takes more time and the journey is more expensive as compared to the train fare," he added.

Several other daily passengers felt the need to extend the train service on the Chandigarh-Amritsar-Chandigarh section by providing a pair of trains so that both ways, the rail travel facility in the morning and evening was available on this route.

Chandigarh-Ludhiana-Amritsar super fast train
Time Table
12242 Amritsar-Chandigarh
Arrival Dep.

Amritsar 5.20 am
Beas 5.50 am 5.51 am
Jalandhar City 6.22 am 6.24 am
Ludhiana 7.15 am 7.20 am
Sahnewal 7.39 am 7.40 am
Mohali 8.34 am 8.36 am
Chandigarh 9.05 am

12241 Chandigarh - Amritsar
Arrival Dep.
Chandigarh 5.30 pm
Mohali 5.42 pm 5.44 pm
Sahnewal 6.49 pm 6.50 pm
Ludhiana 7.05 pm 7.10 pm
Jalandhar City 8.06 pm 8.08 pm
Beas 8.39 pm 8.40 pm
Amritsar 9.10 pm

No stoppage at Sirhind
With the train taking the new Ludhiana-Chandigarh route via Khamano and New Morinda, the existing stoppage at Sirhind will be discontinued from Friday.


Civic body yet to recover Rs 25 lakh house tax from 67 private schools
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has not been able to recover the house tax of Rs 25 lakh pending against 67 private schools, falling under Zone D alone.

Responding to an RTI application of Ravi Kumar, a resident of Dal Bazaar here, the APIO (house tax), Zone D, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, said that Rs 25 lakhs was pending against 67 private schools under Zone-D.

The private schools against which the house tax of Rs 1 lakh or more is pending include Kundan Vidya Mandir, Rajpura Road, (Rs 2,11,345), BCM Arya School (Rs 1,66,860), Guru Nanak Public School (Rs 1,02,870), Sacred Heart School (property number 3618/1) Rs 1,23,120, Guru Har Sahai Public School (Rs 1,10,970), DAV School (block 35, property 1/1) Rs 1,92,132. Apart from this, more than 36 other schools had to pay house tax of Rs 50,000 to the municipal corporation and the remaining are in the less than Rs 50,000 slab.

Congress Councillor Parminder Mehta said that it was unfortunate that the municipal corporation had adopted a lenient approach towards these schools,as a majority of them were minting money by charging exorbitant admission, tuition fees and other charges.

"A majority of the private schools under Zone D are posh schools, which can easily pay the taxes. Why isn’t the MC recovering these taxes? Only officials know. On the one hand, we are asking the common man to pay property tax, on the other, we are sparing those who can easily pay high taxes", said Mehta. 



dsp muder
Warrant against farmhouse owner
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 18
Additional Sessions Judge Paramjit Singh today ordered the issuance of a bailable warrant against Sanjay Agnihotri, a friend of slain DSP Balraj Singh Gill, as he failed to appear before the court despite service of summons.

The court has directed the office of Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, to serve the summons for April 29.

Agnihotri, a prosecution witness, is the owner of the farmhouse in the Golf Link area where the DSP and Monika Kapila were brutally murdered on Feburary 1 last year.

DSP's father Kashmira Singh Gill, who had lodged the FIR, was present in the court for cross-examination along with his lawyer Harpreet Sandhu. The court directed him to be present on the next date of hearing as well, because the defence lawyers wanted to cross-examine both the witnesses at the same time.

Charges were framed against the accused on January 15 this year. Since then only one witness, Kashmira Singh, has been examined.



ludhiana stock exchange
Licence renewed, but fate still uncertain
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) got an extension for another year as its license was due to expire on April 27, but its fate is still uncertain with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) laying down two conditions for it to continue working as a stock exchange.

The conditions laid down for all the regional stock exchanges include an annual turnover of Rs 1,000 crore and a net worth of Rs 100 crore.

VP Gaur, chairman of LSE, said, “At present only two options are left with the exchange; the first is to opt for a voluntary exit and the second is to go for the consolidation model of Calcutta Stock Exchange which meets both the conditions.”

Ludhiana Stock Exchange has sent both these proposals to SEBI, he said.

“Apart from Calcutta Stock Exchange we are also trying to enter into a pact with MCX-SX, which began operations as a stock exchange in February,” said Gaur.

In the recent months, SEBI has allowed three stock exchanges to exit from the capital market. These are Hyderabad Stock Exchange, Coimbatore Stock Exchange and Saurashtra Kutch Stock Exchange.

In a statement earlier this month, SEBI had said that four more exchanges had applied for exit, which included recognised stock exchanges that were not operational.

The previous chairman of LSE, Padam Parkash Kansal, had resigned from his post after the conditions laid down by the SEBI did not go down well with him. After submitting his resignation Kansal had raised apprehensions about the future of LSE.



Thrashing of woman
Fourth accused surrenders
 Residents of Prem Nagar seek reinstatement of Daba SHO
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, April 18
The fourth accused in the women thrashing case, who was on the run, surrendered today. The other three accused who were arrested yesterday were presented in a local court today. They were sent to four-day police remand.

Meanwhile, a group of residents of Prem Nagar called on the Police Commissioner and submitted a memorandum. In the memorandum, they demanded that involvement of Jatinderjeet Singh, SHO, Daba Police Station, should be fairly investigated. They also demanded that there should be correct information regarding the victim’s caste.

Resident Ravinder Rawat, who was heading the group of residents, informed that they had sent a letter to the National Commissioner of SC/ST, State Commission for SC, the Director-General of Police and the Ludhiana Commissioner of Police, in which they opposed the addition of Sections of the SC, ST Act in the case as the woman belonged to the OBC category.

“The SHO should be reinstated as he did not do any thing wrong and it is not fair to punish any officer like this", Ravinder Rawat, a resident of Prem Nagar, said.

Ishwar Singh, Police Commissioner, said, "We are investigating the matter and will not be able to divulge any detail till the investigation is over. Regarding suspension, we will take decision only after the probe is over".

After a video footage of woman being thrashed by four men went viral on channels, the Police Commissioner suspended three policemen and initiated an inquiry.



SHO siding with accused: rape victim
 Meets vice-chairman of national SC panel; action-taken report sought 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
A rape victim of Hawas village has levelled allegations against the Station House Officer (SHO) of Meharban police station for siding with a SAD Sarpanch and his aides who are accused in the rape case.

The rape victim today met vice-chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Raj Kumar Verka, and narrated the incident.

Verka has sought action-taken report in three days and told the police to add sections under the Atrocities Act, so that she could be compensated.

The accused identified as Mann Singh, sarpanch, Achar Singh, member, panchayat, Gurdev Singh, member, panchayat, and Gurmeet Singh were booked under Sections 376, 363 and 120- B of the IPC for kidnapping and raping a woman on April 9, after a DNA test confirmed that the woman was raped and gave birth to a girl child.

Major Singh, a policeman, who was posted at Meharban police station when the rape incident took place, was also sent to the police lines for siding with the accused.

While Mann Singh has reportedly fled to Canada, the other accused are roaming freely. Getting a case registered against Mann Singh from SAD was not a cakewalk for the 40-year-old woman. The woman ran from pillar to post for nearly 13 years to get the case registered.

It was in 2000 that she first lodged a complaint with the Meharban police stating that the sarpanch's aides kidnapped her and took her to Mann's house where he raped her. The woman alleged that Mann Singh even made a video of the rape incident. Her repeated request fell on deaf ears of the Police Department.

After getting no respite, she approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2010.Taking a cue from the paternity case of veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari and his son Rohit Shekhar, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the Ludhiana Police Commissioner to take DNA samples of the sarpanch to establish the paternity of the 17-year-old girl. The DNA reports testified that the girl was the daughter of Mann Singh.

Narrating the tale, she said, "I came in contact with the sarpanch 18 years ago. He was a self-styled godman then and had a considerable following. As I was childless, I used to visit various shrines seeking blessings for a child. One day Gurmeet Singh along with his accomplices came on an auto-rickshaw and kidnapped me. They took me to Mann Singh's house and raped me." She said that seeking justice was not an easy task as she was implicated in false cases at the behest of Mann Singh.



Child charred to death
Our Correspondent

Machiwara, April 18
A one-and-a-half year old child of a labourer was charred to death when fire broke out in their shanty on the banks of Sutlej river near Mand Udhowal village. The child’s parents were out to work when the incident took place.

The inconsolable father of the victim
The inconsolable father of the victim. A Tribune photograph

Fire broke out in Manoj Paswan’s shanty while a minor girl was cooking meal. A spark from the stove reportedly led to the incident. The girl ran out to call the family, but by the time they reached the fire had spread charring the boy, Ankush, to death.

Farmers ploughing the nearby fields tried to control the fire but in vain. A goat was also burnt in the incident. Finally, a fire brigade vehicle reached the spot and helped in dousing the fire.

Station House Officer, Machiwara, Harjinder Singh confirmed the incident and said that all the belongings of the inhabitants of the shanty were destroyed in the fire. He said the body was kept in the mortuary of the Samrala Civil Hospital and would be handed over to the family tomorrow after conducting an autopsy.



Heaps of wheat lie in market as government fails to make payment
Gurminder Singh grewal

Khanna, April 18
Although Punjab Government has directed the concerned authorities to release the payment of crops within 24 hours, the authorities have failed to release the same even after more than five days, while heaps of procured wheat have been lying there at Khanna, Asia's biggest grain market. A farmer Gurjeet Singh along with some others alleged that they had been waiting for the lifting of their procured crop and payment.

Kamaljeet singh , a commission agent in the market alleged that despite the directions by the state government to release the payment of crop within 24 hours, they were yet to receive payment even after five days. Kamaljit revealed that the process of procurement had started about a week ago but they were still waiting for the payment.

Harbans singh Rosha, former chairman of the Market Committee, khanna, alleged that due to shortage of labour in the grain market, lifting process was affected. He demanded that the problem of shortage of labour should be solved soon by raising labour rates.

District Mandi official, Narinder Pal Singh Tiwana said that there were certain problems due to new payment system, but the matter would be sorted out soon.

He said that total wheat arrival in the grain market up to April 17 was 25506 tonne, out of which 24976 tonne was purchased by different procurement agencies.

When Ravinder Cheema, vice-chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, was contacted in this regard he claimed that a meeting of the concerned officials of the procurement agencies was held and the payment would be released soon. Regarding lifting, he said that there was some problems but they had directed concerned officials to sort out the issue as soon as possible. He assured that there would be no problem of lifting and payment all over Punjab.



Ensure proper disposal of industrial effluents: electroplaters’ body chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
The Annual general meeting of the Ludhiana Electroplaters' Association was held under the chairmanship of Joginder Kumar, president of the Association.

Joginder Kumar, apprised the members of the association about the stubborn attitude of PPCB and exhorted the members to get the genuine effluent lifted to Common Effluent Treatment Plant and ensure that the effluent is not discharged into the sewerage or bye-pass.

He exhorted the members to set up two tanks in their premises, one for highly toxic effluent and other for cleaning, washing and treating the washing effluent.

Joginder Kumar, chairman of the Electroplaters’ Association, Ludhiana, also demanded that the land being acquired by Punjab Small Industries & Export Corporation limited, Near Machhiwara should be reserved for relocation of polluting industrial effluent.The cluster for the industry has already been approved of the association.



Rs 35.31 crore to be spent on rural water supply, sewerage projects
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 18
Rs 35.31 crore will be spent on providing potable water to 104 villages and sewerage facility to another 10 villages during the current financial year.

Presiding over a meeting of the district water supply and sanitation committee, Zila Parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali said the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Punjab, would execute the project as a part of Rs 1,280 crore financial assistance provided by World Bank to the state of Punjab.

He said Zila Parishad and the department had been actively pursuing the task of providing safe drinking water and sewerage facility to the rural population. For this purpose, several plans were in various stages of execution and adequate grants were being provided to the village panchayats, said Ayali.



Graft Allegations
110 patwaris go on mass leave
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
About 110 patwaris of Sub-Registrar (East and West) offices have gone on mass casual leave till April 23. Perturbed over the daily allegations of bribery and excessive workload in the offices, the patwaris went on leave. They say that unless higher officials called their meeting and discussed their issues in detail, they will be on leave.

The president of the Revenue Patwar Union, Rupinder Grewal said that the Patwaris of both east and west had gone on leave. He said,

"We have been burdened under excessive workload. In big district like Ludhiana, there needs to be at least 440 patwaris but there are just 210 patwaris managing the affairs. The rules and regulations are as old as 1980s when just 400 documents were registered in one year. Now about 5000 mutation deeds are cleared by each patwari every year. The work-load has been increased tremendously but not the man-power".

Besides, the patwaris said that the recent allegations of bribery against patwaris had added to their woes. "The public has started blackmailing us. They come with several documents and want us to provide them mutations on the spot which is not possible.

If we tell them about our limitations, they start levelling allegations that we demand money to get their work done. Under so much pressure, it has become difficult to work", said Gurmel Singh and Satwinder Singh Virk, presidents of East and West patwar union here. 



Too many raids irk shopkeepers
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, April 18
Irked over the continuous joint raids by the Health Department and police, the Retail Chemists Federation met Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, and submitted a memorandum of their demands here today. The office bearers of Retail Chemists Federation alleged that a number of policemen, who often raided their shops, created panic among the chemists and their staff.

Vinod Sharma, president of Retail Chemists Federation Ludhiana said, "Heath department officials and police have been raiding our shops regularly. The way these raids areconducted is not justified."

Dr Inderjeet Singh, from Retail Chemists Federation said, "We are responsible citizens and admit that there are some black sheep in our profession but police should not treat us as criminals. We feel humiliated when 20 to 25 policemen enter the shop. We think that two or three policemen are sufficient to tackle the situation."

The Police Commissioner, Ishwar Singh, listened to their problem and promised to solve it soon. 



Three acres of standing wheat crop gutted near Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 18
The wheat crop standing over three acres of agricultural land was destroyed when a major fire broke out in the fields of Kotumra village near Sidhwan Bet. Villagers said the crop in the fields of two farmers was destroyed in the fire.

The incident came to light around 11 am when a villager returning from Sidhwan Bet saw plumes of smoke rising from the fields, following which he immediately informed others. As soon as the news of fire broke out, an announcement was made from the speaker of village gurdwara.

Following this, a large number of villagers rushed to the spot and made every possible attempt to douse the fire. The fire had engulfed many fields by then, and by the time it was brought under control the wheat crop standing in these fields had already been destroyed.

"The crop standing in the fields belonging to two farmers was gutted in the fire. We made every possible effort to douse the fire, but by the time it could be brought under control, it had already destroyed the crop spread over three acres of land. The fire could have caused much more damage if villagers had not taken a timely action,” said a villager, Sikhwinder Singh.

The cause behind the fire has not yet been established, but sparking in the high-tension electricity wires crossing over the fields is believed to be the main reason.

The villagers have demanded compensation from the state government for the farmers whose crop was damaged due to the fire. 



power tariff hike
Industrialists observe black badge protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
City-based industrialists today wore black badges on their shirts to show resentment against the hike in power tariff and other problems being faced by them.

The decision to observe a silent protest was taken during an emergency meeting of over 40 industrial associations of the city on the premises of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) yesterday.

An All-Industry Forum was formed during the meeting to tackle various problems being faced by the industry. Members have also decided to paste stickers with the slogan ‘Sarkar Jago’ on their cars, and will also be distributing pamphlets among the public.

In the meeting held yesterday, representatives of various bodies showed resentment against the hike in power tariff and non-refund of VAT.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of UCPMA, was nominated as the convener of the committee. During the meeting Avtar Singh, general secretary of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, said the power tariff hike was uncalled for and would have a negative impact on the industry with the cost of production going up, making the industry uncompetitive.

He urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, to advise the Punjab State Energy Regulatory Commission and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited to review the exorbitant hike in the power tariff effective from April 1. 



bogus billing
Firm slapped with Rs 2-cr penalty
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 18
In yet another case of bogus billing, the Excise and Taxation Department has slapped a fine of Rs 2 crore on a local firm. The firm, Aashirwad Sales located in the Janakpuri area, was registered as a firm dealing in plastic goods and cosmetics, but was carrying out transactions of iron scrap.

"Transactions were made with firms located in other states and some Mandi Gobindgarh–based firms are also involved in this case," said Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner HPS Ghotra.



gadvasu notes
Akhand path

A student serves food at Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha, PAU, in Ludhiana on Thursday.
A student serves food at Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha, PAU, in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet verma

To mark the Gurpurb of Guru Angad Dev, bhog of Sri Akhand path of Shri Guru Granth Sahib was solemnised at Guru Anagd Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. Thereafter the community langar was served. Dr Darshan singh Bari, welfare officer said that a calendar, dedicated to Guru Angad Dev was also released by Dr VK Taneja Vice-Chancellor of University. The framed pictures of Guru Angad Dev were also presented to all the officials of the varsity. Dr SPS Sangha, director, students' welfare said that this was a joint effort of employees, teachers and students of university. On this occasion a large number of devotees from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, PAU and outsiders, participated.

Office-bearers elected

A meeting of Goat Farmers Association was held in Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, under the guidance of Dr JS Bhatti, HoD. The meeting was attended by 20 goat farmers from Punjab. Scientists of GADVASU delivered technical lectures on different aspects of goat production. Dr Chandera has informed about management of stall fed goat production.

The Association unanimously selected Col Paramjeet Singh Gill of Chugwan village, district Moga as President, Karaminder Singh Sidhu, District Gurdaspur as Vice-President, Kulwant Singh Village. Bagrari, district Faridkot as Secretary, Gurmukh Singh, Mahal Kalan village, district Barnala as Joint Secretary and Manwinderjeet Singh, Shahkot village, district Janalandhar as Treasurer. — TNS



From colleges
Principal nominated

Ludhiana: Gurminder Kaur, principal, Government College for Girls has been nominated as member of Punjab School Education Board for two years. Sikander Singh Maluka , Education Minister Punjab, impressed by the functioning of Government College for Girls here, nominated Gurminder Kaur in this decision-making body of high repute. Only five members have been nominated from the state to improve the functioning of the board, by the minister. The staff members of GCG, Ludhiana, congratulated principal Gurminder Kaur on this occasion. Gurminder Kaur did her graduation from Government College for Girls, Chandigarh and post graduation from Dehradoon. She was appointed as lecturer at Government College for Girls, Patiala, and then was transferred to Government College for Girls, Ludhiana in 1979. In 2009, she was promoted as principal at the Government College, Malerkotla. She was transferred to Government College for Girls Ludhiana in 2010.

Students bid adieu

A farewell function Rukhsat was organised at GGNIMT by the students of pre-final year for their seniors in MBA and MCA today. The evening was a kaleidoscope of bhangra, bollywood numbers, western dance and songs. Rukhsat started with a group dance by BCA girls, Parminder, Gurpreet and Beant. There foot tapping performance was followed by a moonwalk on the medley of Michael Jackson numbers by Shivam and Deepak of BCA. Dilsher of MBA fourth semester along with Puneet entertained the audience with their self composed song on life in college. In the end a performance Giddha was delivered by MCA girls.

Highlight of the evening was personality contest, with 19 students vying for the honours. After a ramp show in which the contestants flaunted their costumes, nine students made it to the final round. In this grand finale, after answering some really challenging questions, the jury selected the stars of Rukhsat. While Harleen of MBA fourth semester was adjudged as the miss farewell, Dilsher Singh of MBA fourth semester was crowned as the mr farewell.

Farewell party

The Students’ Chapter of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) of Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, organised a farewell party here today. The function was started with the welcome dance. The director Dr Col HS Singha addressed the students and asked outgoing students to be the ambassadors of the institute. He also emphasised that an Institute was known by its alumni. He exhorted the outgoing students to work hard and do well in their jobs. The function was then followed by the presentation of mementos to the outgoing students. Various cultural events were also part of the party. — TNS



Three arrested in murder case
Our Correspondent

Sudhar, April 18
The police claims to have solved the case of blind murder of 40-year-old mason of Halwara village, whose body was found under the heap of garbage in dry drain near Buraj Littan, here on Wednesday. Three accused, including deceased's wife were arrested from various places today. The police has also recovered weapons and motorcycle (PB 10 DW 5122), used in the crime and a mobile phone belonging to the deceased.
The accused in police custody at Sudhar on Thursday.
The accused in police custody at Sudhar on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Manjit Kaur of Halwara village, Lakhvir Singh Lakha of Roomi village and Shiv Kumar Sonu of Jiwan Basti of Kothe Ponna in Jagraon segment were arrested from different places by the police team led by SHO Sudhar Rajesh Sharma today.

The investigation revealed that Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana Rural, Ashish Chaudhary had advised Deputy Superintendent of Police, Raikot, Amrik Singh Minhas to investigate murder of Harjinder Singh, a mason of Halwara village.

The preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased was the third husband of his wife Manjit Kaur. Charan Singh of Talwandi Rai, deceased's father suspected that his son had been killed by Manjit Kaur and her accomplice. It was alleged that Manjit Kaur wanted to eliminate Harjinder Singh as he used to stop her from having relations with Lakhi and Sonu.

The accused Manjit Kaur had instigated Lakhi to kill her husband so that she could start life with someone else afresh. The trio had laid trap for Harjinder Singh at his home before he returned from work at 5 pm. The accused waited till midnight after which they killed him with sharp edged weapons and dumped the body in the drain. Two blood stained large sharp-edged knives were recovered from Lakhia and Sonu.



Elderly woman robbed of earrings
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 18
Three unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched earrings of an elderly woman and fled away. The incident took place at Street Number 3 of Shastri Nagar, located on the College Road.

According to Yashpal, the victim's son, his mother was returning home after visiting the house of one of their family friend. "When my mother reached near Mata Rani Mandir, three youths, with their faces covered, snatched the gold earrings that my mother was wearing and fled away," informed Yashpal. According to Yashpal, the market value of the gold earrings snatched from his mother would be around Rs 15,000.

When the snatching was committed, the victim started shouting. Though some local residents chased the snatchers, they failed to nab them. Later on, the victim's family members along with other residents reached Jagraon city police station and lodged a complaint about the incident.

The Investigating Officer, ASI Hari Mittar said that the police had registered a case against unidentified persons on the complaint of victim's son Yashpal and further investigation was on.

Ironically, this was the third snatching incident in last two weeks in Shastri Nagar locality. Several other snatching incidents have been reported in the town since last two months and due to the repeated snatching incidents, a feeling of fear and panic prevail among the local residents.

Meanwhile, some unidentified thieves broke into a house located on the outskirts of Malak village, around three kms from Jagraon. According to house owner Sant Ram, the theft took place when he along with his wife had gone to Jagraon for some urgent work. "When we returned home, we were shocked to find that two gold earrings measuring 5 grams, cash worth Rs 10,000 and a mobile phone was missing from the house", complained Sant Ram. A police case has been registered at Jagraon Sadar police station in this regard.



Gang of thieves busted, four held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 18
The Jagraon police claimed to have busted an alleged robber's gang, after arresting four persons. According to police, this gang was active in Jagraon area for the last few months and has executed many robberies and theft incidents in the area.

The accused arrested by the police have been identified as Bohar Singh, a resident of Daulatpura village in Moga district, Gursewak Singh and Kali of Jagraon and Harjinder Singh of Sherpur.

The SHO Jagraon, Kanwarpal Singh Bajwa said that two of the accused were arrested by a police team led by ASI Hari Mittar from Sherpur Chowk, Jagraon, while remaining two accused were arrested by a police team led by ASI Joga Singh from Kothe Khajura village located on the outskirts of Jagraon last evening.

Bajwa said that the police has seized three sacks of stolen wheat, fake currency notes worth 6500 and some other stolen goods from the accused. The police has also recovered a large quantity of habit forming drugs from the accused. 



Ludhiana police cracks whip on drug peddlers
15 cases registered on Wednesday, two arrested on Thursday from various parts of city
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, April 18
The police arrested a youth who was carrying two kgs of opium here today. The accused, Sanjiv Kumar, is a resident of Sunet village. In another case, the police nabbed one Surinderpal Singh Goldy, a resident of Vishkarma Nagar, at Tajpur. Over 1,300 tablets and capsules were seized from his possession.

Cracking a whip on drug peddlers, the city police had registered 15 cases under the Narcotics Act yesterday. One Rashpal Singh of Mangat village was arrested at a checkpoint in Mangat village with 16 kg poppy husk. Two men, Balwainder Singh of Aliwal village and Tehal Singh of Gehna village, were also held with 10 kg poppy husk yesterday evening.

The police also recovered 4 kg poppy husk from a drug peddler, Babali, and 4.5 kg of the contraband from one Sunny of Abdulapur Basti.

Deepak, a resident of the Jagraon Bridge area was arrested by the police of Division No 2. The policemen found 55 gm of a powdered contraband in his possession. One Deepak Kumar of Ghati Valmik was held with 1.25 kgs of a powdered contraband. The city police also recovered 15 gms of smack from one Raj Kumar of Sarabha Nagar.

Man dies in accident

A man was crushed to death by a speeding jeep here yesterday. The victim has been identified as Tarlok Singh, a resident of Himmatpura. Deceased’s grandson Hardeep Singh said Tarlok Singh was on his way to work on a bicycle, when a speeding jeep hit him from the rear side at a petrol pump near Dhandra village. The police has registered a case against the unidentified driver. 



Tehsildar gets bail in graft case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 18
Additional Sessions Judge Kamaljit Singh Lamba today granted bail to Tehsildar-cum-Sub-Registrar Arvinder Singh in a case of corruption. The Vigilance Bureau had conducted a raid on the office of the Sub-Registrar (West) situated on Hambran Road on April 5.

The bureau officials had arrested one Bunty, an alleged aide of the tehsildar with Rs 2,000 bribe money. Later the bureau claimed that Bunty was acting as a middleman, who used to pass the bribe to Lamba. In return, he was paid Rs 500 daily.

The bureau officials, however, had failed to recover any bribe money from the tehsildar despite keeping him in police remand for two days.



National Three-on-Three Basketball Meet
Punjab lads, eves enter quarter-finals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 18
Hosts Punjab along with neighbouring state Haryana got off to a fine start, winning their league encounters in the boys’ as well as girls’ categories to advance to quarter-finals in the First Junior National Three-on-Three Basketball Championship that started at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Nihangs perform gatka during the opening ceremony of the basketball championship at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Nihangs perform gatka during the opening ceremony of the basketball championship at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu mahajan

Nineteen teams in the boys’ section and 18 in the girls’ section are vying for the top honours in the inaugural edition of this short version of the game. The match lasts for 10 minutes and can be completed even earlier if a side scores 21 points before the stipulated period of time.

In the girls’ section, besides Punjab and Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan qualified for the last-eight stage, while in the boys’ section, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu recorded victories to make it to quarter-finals.

Punjab lads got better of Maharashtra 21-12 and then thrashed Himachal Pradesh 21-6.

Haryana boys too scripted victory over Himachal Pradesh 18-13 and pipped Punjab 21-14 to enter the knockout stage.

In the girls’ section, Punjab overwhelmed Andhra Pradesh 21-6, while Haryana prevailed over Karnataka 12-11 and defeated Chandigarh 11-8.

Earlier, Harjit Singh Sohi, Director (Investigation), Income Tax, inaugurated the meet. DIG, Ludhiana Range, MF Farooqui; Assistant Commissioner (Grievences) Jatinder Pal Singh, Arjuna awardees Suman Sharma and Sajjan Singh Cheema were among other prominent persons present during the inaugural ceremony.



Players honoured
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, April 18
Players who bagged laurels for Ludhiana district in the Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games and Punjab State Games were honoured at a function here today.

During the function, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rahul Tiwari felicitated 165 players at Guru Nanak Stadium.

102 players in men’s and women’s section were awarded Rs 10,000 each, while 63 players who represented the district in boys’ and girls’ categories were given Rs 5,000 each.

During his address, the Deputy Commissioner said the Punjab government was committed to promote sports culture in the state.



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