Tuesday, November 14, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
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Bad blood between riot victims, MC over allotment of booths
From Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, Nov 13 — As the municipal corporation here has initiated the process of scrutinizing the applications of victims of anti-Sikh riots of 1984 for the allotment of booths on reserve price at several places in the city, the procedure adopted for this purpose and charges of favouritism have led to widespread resentment among the affected persons.

The MC general house had adopted a resolution at its meeting, held last month, for the allotment of booths and shops in several commercial centres of the city at reserve price as a relief measure. The item had generated a lot of heat and several councillors, cutting across party lines, successfully pressed for an amendment that victims of militancy should also be covered under the scheme. Several others, opposing the move, had alleged that booths allotted earlier by the civic body, had been usurped by undeserving persons, who had further sold the commercial premises at a premium and pocketed the money, while a large number of deserving riot victims were yet to get any relief.

A large number of riot victims, most of them still waiting for the promised relief and rehabilitation measures of the government to materialise, had converged at Nehru Planetarium, adjoining municipal Rose Garden, where a committee, headed by city mayor Mr Apinder Singh Grewal was to interview the beneficiaries and scrutinise their documents. Others assisting the mayor were Mrs Anita Darshi, Assistant Commissioner (Grievances), Mr O.A.K. Sondhi, Assistant Commissioner of MC, and councillors Mr Kulwant Singh Dukhia, Dr Parshotam, Mr Hakam Singh Giaspura, Mr Kirpal Singh, Mr Kashmir Singh, Mrs Barjinder Kaur and Mrs Harpreet Kaur.

Mr Surjit Singh, president of the Danga Peerit Welfare Society, who was also present on the spot, charged the civic administration with adopting a ‘pick and choose’ policy in calling the riot affected persons for interviews. “The criteria of income, fixed by the MC for eligible beneficiaries, is a farce.” He said the welfare society has not been taken in to confidence and it was a matter to be seen, whether those benefiting from the scheme were genuine and bonafide persons.

Echoing similar sentiments, Mr Joginder Singh, a retired government clerk, who had migrated from Aligarh, almost broke down while talking to Ludhiana Tribune. “My son Harmit Singh (34), is unemployed till date and unmarried. We are living in a small rented house. Both Harmit and my mother-in-law Mrs Vidya Wanti hold red cards, issued by the MC to the riot victims, but despite submitting applications for allotment, none of them has been called in.” He said he had proof that many of the so called ‘riot victims’ had manipulated to get benefits repeatedly but “they could pull strings, which we can not. So we are destined to suffer,” he remarked in a helpless manner.

Some others present on the spot alleged that certain influential persons, including a few councillors, were trying to derive political benefit from the exercise, since the civic elections were a little more than a year away. A middle-aged woman, awaiting her turn to be interviewed, observed in a sarcastic tone. “We know that the entire process is a drama and only those with sifarish of a politician or a councillor will get all benefits.” She, however, chose not to be identified, for obvious reasons.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, the City Mayor, Mr Grewal, as well as Akali Dal councillor Mr Kulwant Singh Dukhia admitted that only those with a monthly income of up to Rs 1500 were called in for interview. But the matter has been reviewed and it has been decided to send call letters to all applicants. Only after thorough scrutiny of documents and verification, a final decision for allotment would be taken.

According to Mr Dukhia, at present the MC had 324 booths available under the scheme, as against a total number of over 16,000 applications. Making available sufficient number of commercial sites for genuine and deserving persons was not a problem, he said confidently. But preference will be given to widows, with no other source of income, handicapped persons and members of those families, which had suffered loss of life in the riots.


Martyr’s house in bad shape
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Nov 13 — The death anniversary of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha falls on November 16.A team of Ludhiana Tribune visited his native village Sarabha to know how the natives looked at his legacy of ideals.

"Hind wasio rakhana yaad sanoo, kitey dilan chon na bhula dena; Hind wasio chamakana chand wangoo, kitey badlan heth na aa jana", said the great martyr, Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, in 1915 while going to the gallows. He was hanged for questioning the ‘greatest power’ on the earth, the British Empire that ruled the world.

Perhaps he was having too exalted a hope from his countrymen. When the country became independent, his village folk remembered him by naming a school, a hospital and a park after his name, but forgot to carry on his ideals or even to have a befitting memorial at his residence.

Every year the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Sports Club organises sports tournaments on his death anniversary .Dramas are also staged and political leaders gather to deliver their rhetorics and promise to build monuments.

After 51 years of independence, in 1998, the state government acquired Sarabha's ancestral house and declared it a monument of national importance. Interestingly, till then villagers had been throwing garbage and the inheritors, the children, used to use it as a public toilet.

Now a chowkidar has been appointed to look after the ‘ national house’ which is in a dilapidated condition. The roof of this six-room house has already collapsed. People have taken away the wooden logs and bricks for their use.

Mr Balraj Kumar who runs a clinic in the area said,‘‘ The earlier management of the club had gobbled up lakhs collected from the surrounding villages and the NRIs belonging to the village. As the village leadership is divided into two groups, they do not allow the well- meaning followers to do any thing worthwhile.’’

An English daily had recently published a story on the pathetic conditions, but not a single official bothered to visit the village, what to talk of doing anything. The ministers of the state government express their helplessness as the government is passing through ‘ financial crisis.’

Ms Jagdish Kaur, 95-year-old cousin of the great martyr, is living alone in the nearby house of the family. She laments,‘‘ Mr Parkash Singh Badal and other political leaders have visited this place and promised to do something in the memory of the martyr, but without any result.''

She is suffering from uterus cancer, but neither any government agency nor any NGO has come forward to help her. She contacted the Minister of Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, but he also expressed his helplessness.

What is she asking for? Money! No, simply an arrangement of a conveyance to visit the Oswal Institute of Cancer at Ludhiana for treatment. What an irony that people spend lakhs and lakhs on unnecessary functions, but do not have money to arrange a conveyance for her.

She says that people do gather every year to celebrate the anniversary, but this all is a superficial show of games, bhangra and political speeches. No one cares about the real inheritance of the martyr.

Mr Balraj suggested that people should come forward to set up a memorial in the memory of the martyr. ‘‘At least a library can be established where children can read literature on these martyrs. We always criticise western countries. But we should learn from them how to remember our national heroes,’’ he adds. 


Stress on integrated weed control methods
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Nov 13 — Dr Jaspinder Singh Kolar, Director of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, has emphasised the need to develop environment-friendly agronomic practices for control of weeds so as to reduce dependence on costly herbicides and to get rid of their ill-effects on the ecosystem.

Dr Kolar was speaking at the concluding function of the five-day state-level training programme in weed management in field crops in which 20 Agricultural Development Officers and officers of the State Department of Agriculture got training. He said under the changed scenario of agriculture in the state, the extension functionaries have a great role to play for solving the problems of farmers.

He also emphasised the need for educating the farmers about GATT and its implications for agriculture in Punjab. He advised the field functionaries to continuously update their knowledge by remaining in touch with the PAU and other such institutions which provide latest technical know-how. Dr Kolar gave away certificates to the trainees.

Dr K.K. Dhingra, Head, Department of Agronomy, said that colour of Green Revolution would have faded much earlier had wonder chemicals (herbicides) not come to the rescue of farmers to control weeds, and the Department of Agronomy is making all efforts to tackle the emerging weed problems. He advised the participants from the State Agricultural Department to follow rotational use of herbicides to avoid problem of development of herbicide resistance in future.

Dr Lal Singh Brar, Senior Agronomist (Weed Control) and Course Director, said integrated weed control should be adopted rather than using herbicides only.

Dr S.P.S. Brar, Additional Director of Extension Education, also addressed the participants and explained the role of Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the transfer of technology.


Gold lure made him poor
From Our Correspondent

KHANNA, Nov 13 — The Khanna police has registered a case of cheating and fraud against a tantrik of Machhiwara and another case against Rajinder Kumar of Khanna.

According to the SSP Khanna, Mr R.N. Dhoke, Pritam Singh, resident of ward no 8, Machhiwara, had filed a complaint against the tantrik, Satwant Singh, that he had cheated him by making him believe that there was a lot of hidden gold in his house left by Muslims. After some days, the accused sent Tota Singh who told the complainant that this gold may be dangerous to their lives. He said to save their lives and to get the hidden gold, they should conduct 21 hawans and demanded Rs 11,000 for each hawan.

The complainant sold off his plot to arrange the money amounting to Rs 4 lakh and gave Rs 2.5 lakh to Pritam singh. He promised him that he will return his money if he failed to recover the gold. But next day, the accused said that the work was difficult and could be done only with the help of a big tantrik.

He met the father of tantrik who assured him that his money will be returned. He purchased his van no. PBO A.B. 3369 for Rs 1.20 lakh, but when he demanded the balance payment, the accused took him to his residence and tried to get his signature on plain paper which he refused. The tantrik threatened to kill him if he reported the incident to anyone. After the inquiry the police has registered a case under Sections 420, 406, 342 and 506 of the IPC.

In another case, police registered a case under Sections 420 and 506 IPC against Rajinder Kumar for cheating an old lady, Partap Kaur, in a land deal.


Rs 50,000 stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, Nov 13 — As more cases of theft continue to be reported each day, the local police is having sleepless nights.

According to information available, a theft of Rs 50,000 was reported in a hosiery unit in the Dal Bazar area today. It is learnt that miscreants sneaked into the office of Matta Hosiery last night after breaking open the door on the first floor.

The thieves then went to the ground floor office and broke opened the lock of a wooden chest and stole around Rs 50,000. The theft came to light this morning when the owners opened the shop.

In another incident, a stolen LML Vespa scooter was recovered from Sanjay Kumar, alias Goldy, and Deepak Mitra during a special naka organised by SI Dalip Singh, in charge, Vardhmaan police post.


Organisers mad at ‘ban’, athletes love it
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Nov 13 — The administration’s reported order to ban all events involving animals in an ongoing rural sport meet at the insistence of the People For Animals has offended many persons here.

About 200 teams of bullock-cart racers and 125 teams of dog racers had to return home after the reported order was issued. The organisers had to listen to the abuses of participants and spectators. When the TNS team visited the stadium to know the reaction of participants and spectators, a hockey match was going on, but the ground presented a deserted look.

Mr Inderjeet Singh Grewal, President of the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Sports Club, criticised the administration’s decision. He said, “We had already asked the participants not to drug the animals or use force to train these. It was wrong on part of the government to issue such orders at the last moment. We had to bear the expenses of the participants and face their wrath. We have suffered a loss of more than Rs 10,000 due to this order.”

Mr Bahudhar Singh, another member of the club, said, “Instead of sabotaging this old meet, the government should do something for the general welfare of animals. Lakhs of cows die every year due to hunger and diseases. The ban on dog races is pointless,” he said.

He said a dummy tortoise was dragged on a wire controlled by hand to make the dogs run. He said persons spent lakhs of rupees on training dogs for these games.

Mr Harinder Singh, who has participated in the bullock-cart race twice, criticised the decision. He said, “We used to beat animals and prick these with pins to make these run fast. However, such practices have been discontinued now.”

Mr Mahinder Singh Pahalwan of Cheema village had come here with his two dogs to participate in the competition. He said, “I have imported these dogs from Canada by spending Rs 3 lakh. These are given highly nutritious diet and live in great comfort that ordinary people cannot even imagine. Now, will Maneka Gandhi take care of these animals?”

Gurnam Singh, a 65-year-old athlete who has won a number of medals in this tournament, said, “The government should have found some other alternative than imposing a ban.”

Mr Manjeet Singh, a former Director of the Land Mortgage Bank of Ludhiana, said, “The organisers should have been informed in advance. The government should also ban horse races in big cities and take care of stray animals.”

Mr Gursimrit Singh, Sarpanch of Sarabha village, said, “Injuries to animals should be prevented at any cost. However, the awareness regarding this can be created in a better way than what has been done.”

However, most athletes were happy at the decision. They said organisers and spectators would now shift their attention towards hockey, football, athletics and kabaddi events.

Mr Malwinder Singh has been taking part in the football matches in this meet for the past 10 years. He said, “The ban is a right decision and people should welcome it. The other sport should get more attention. Instead of wasting lakhs of rupees on training bulls and dogs, people should donate money for building much-needed sport infrastructure.”


A journey down the drain
From Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Nov 13 — There is no other apt example of the environmental degradation than the sad tale of the city's Buddha Nullah. From a clean water channel just four decades ago, along whose left bank the city flourished in the late 19th century, it has today turned into a slow moving stream carrying black coloured and foul-smelling toxic elements from the city to Sutlej river.

Due to its present deplorable condition, the Buddha Nullah is looked down upon as an agent of spreading diseases in the city in spite of the fact that it qualifies for being called the lifeline of the city's sewerage system. People cover their noses while passing by it hardly realising that they are themselves to blame for its pitiable condition.

It may not be known to most of the citizens that the nullah had a golden past. It will not be wrong to term it as one of the attractions for migrants to the city to come and settle here. There was a time when the Sutlej river actually used to flow at the place where the present nullah is. Though exact time of the change of path by the river could not known, it is said that this happened about three to four centuries ago.

There is substantial evidence about the nullah being the erstwhile path of Sutlej river due to certain remnants of human inhabitation along its banks . One of the main evidence is the Lodhi Fort which according to historians and Ludhiana Gazetteer was constructed in the 17th century on the banks of the Sutlej river. Today Sutlej has drifted considerably towards Phillaur but Buddha Nullah flows quite to near it .

Second evidence is in the form of several places on the left bank of the river like the Jeewa Ram Ghat and the Gaushala Ghat. Stairs and heavy chains hooked on to them to help bathing in the river can still be seen here. Then there is a locality called Dhobbi Ghat on the left bank. According to Dr R. Vatsayan, the place was inhabited by dhobis in the past who washed clothes here. Then there was another ghat on which farmers from nearby villages used to wash their vegetables before selling them in the city.

The left bank of the present nullah is in itself an evidence of the people's claim that Sutlej used to flow here. This bank which was towards the city is much higher than the right . It confirms to the practice of raising one side of a river bank along which human habitation existed.

Originating from several streams coming from the hillock near Ropar, the Buddha Dariya takes proper shape near Macchiwara. It then passes through the city and then joins Sutlej in the bet area. Though Sutlej changed its path, the streams continued to feed the Buddha Dariya.

Dr Vatsayan also revealed that till the 1960s, the water of the nullah was substantially clear. His assertion is backed by the study reports of the Punjab Pollution Control Board about the pollution level of the nullah. While mentioning the level of pollution, a study report done in 1993 specifically states that the nullah which was then called Buddha Dariya had as many as 56 types of fishes prior to 1964. It says that the nullah is having none at present due to the high levels of toxicity in the water.

After the 1960s the clean Buddha Dariya began changing form as a number of industries especially the dyeing , electroplating and acidic, began depositing effluents in it. Even a number of hospitals in the city began throwing trucks load of medical waste into it.

According to Mr A. P. Singh, Editor ( English), Communication Centre, PAU, and a noted freelance photographer, apart from the industries, the expanding city also played its part in destroying the river. The household waste began freely flowing into it. The sewerage of the MC also found its way into it.

Several schemes to clean the nullah and restore the glory of the Buddha Dariya days were made, but none of them were followed in letter and spirit. There were schemes of converting the nullah into a lake , or cleaning it under the Sutlej Action Plan, but nothing changed on the ground level. 


Youth exhorted to fight social evils
From Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, Nov 13 — The District Youth Congress (DYC) President, Mr Parminder Mehta, has exhorted the youth to launch a fight against corruption, rising prices, unemployment and other social evils.

Addressing a party meeting in the Bhagwan Nagar locality here today, he called upon the youth to take active part in politics so that they could contribute towards nation building and serve the people.

He said the government had taken a step forward by granting the voting right to the youth above 18 years but bringing political awareness among the younger generation was still to be done. Mr Mehta rued that it were those asking the youth to take the lead who were blocking all avenues for them to move up in the political system. Rampant corruption, spiralling prices, poverty and unemployment had given rise to frustration and widespread resentment against the system which demanded immediate remedial measures.

Lambasting the SAD-BJP government, led by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for its failure to check the increasing unemployment among the youth and the alarming rise in the number of educated unemployed people in Punjab, the DYC President observed that the promise to provide three lakh jobs by the Chief minister had proved to be a hoax. Both the central and the state governments had put unbearable burden on the common people by way of repeated hike in taxes and jacking up the prices of essential items, including petroleum products.

He charged the ruling party with disposing of prime government land in various towns of Punjab at throwaway prices to its favourites, all in the name of urban development. Mr Mehta also expressed serious concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and called upon the government to take effective measures to tackle the situation and to inculcate a sense of security among the masses.


Animal welfare camp
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Nov 13 — The Blue Cross Society organised an animal welfare camp at Sarabha Nagar yesterday. A group of animal lovers from the Veterinary College of Punjab Agricultural University launched this socio-welfare organisation two years ago.

During the two-hour camp, 45 animals were treated. A team of experts, including surgeons, gynaecologists and interns from PAU's Veterinary Clinic diagnosed pets, horses, cows and stray dogs. Free medicines were distributed and anti-rabies vaccination was given.

Literature containing useful information related to the care of pets was also distributed. Tongawalas and rehriwalas also brought their horses for check-up.

Mostly residents from Sarabha Nagar, Model town, Pakhowal Road and other nearby areas brought their pets to the camp for check-up.


Gurcharan Singh honoured
From Our Correspondent

SAMRALA, Nov 13 — Olympian boxer Gurcharan Singh Rurewal, was honoured by Shahi Rural Educational Society, Samrala, here today.

It was first time in the history of Punjab that first women boxing championship was organised by a private sports institute run by Mr Gurbir Shahi.

Today a procession started from his native village Rurewal bet near Machhiwara in which more than 250 vehicles participated. On the occasion Mr Anil Sood, President of the Nagar Council Machhiwara, Mr Jagjiwan Singh Khirnian, Chairman of the Land Mortgage Bank Samrala, and Mr Gurcharan Singh Mithewal, Chairman of the Market Committee Machhiwara, flagged the procession and participated in procession which passed through the streets of Machhiwara and reached Samrala where he was given warm welcome by Narinder Singh, Minister of Public Health, Surjit Singh Rakhara, senior Akali leader, Sant Harpal Singh of Bhaini Sahib and Sukhjit Singh, story writer.

All the 100 women participants got certificates and 24 winners got medals and certificates from Raja Narinder Singh and Surjit Singh Rakhra.


City’s waste pollutes canal
From Minna Zutshi

LUDHIANA, Nov 13 — Along the villages around Ludhiana, the Sidhwan Canal flows like a stream of crystal clear water. Once it enters the city, its waters become murky. The reason for this pollution becomes clear when the canal is dry. Its bed is littered with all kinds of junk and polythene bags.

A few decades ago, the canal presented a shimmering look. An old resident remembers the time when as a child, he used to go the canal often for a swim. Today things are different. Swimming is simply out of the question. Only a few street urchins are seen splashing about in its muddy waters.

The canal has become a receptacle of all types of discards. A farmer of Barewal village says that he has often seen city residents bringing their household waste in polybags and throwing it in the canal. This is done openly and without any compunction. Flowers, coconuts and idols are immersed in the canal almost daily. These objects often settle on the bed of the canal.

According to officials, these sediments are not a temporary irritant. They are causing a permanent damage to the canal. They raise the level of its bed and this will, in time, affect the capacity of the canal.

The Superintending Engineer, Sirhind and Sidhwan Canal, says that orders for cleaning the canal have been issued. He claims that the department cleans the canal regularly. However, the junk settled on its bed tells a different story.

Still, if the people keep dumping their waste material in the canal, the authorities cannot be expected to launch a cleaning campaign too often. When the farmers need water for their fields, the cleaning process is halted as it requires a dry canal bed.

An effective way of dealing with the problem can be to make dumping of waste material in the canal a punishable offence. Guards can be posted to keep a check on such actively, especially during the morning and evening hours.


Tributes paid to robbery victims
From Our Correspondent

SAHNEWAL, Nov 13 — Tributes were paid to Harbans Kaur and Amarjit Kaur, victims of the Nandpur robbery case, at Gurdwara Reru Sahib on Sunday.

After the bhog ceremony, various prominent personalities paid tributes to the deceased. The bhog ceremony was attended, among others, by Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Technical Education Minister, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Mr Heera Singh Gabria, MLA, Mr Sharanjit Dhillon, General Secretary, youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Jagir Singh Dard, former MP, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bulard, former member of Parliament, Mr Tarsem Jodhan, former MLA, Mr Daya Singh, District President, SAD, Mr Amrik Singh Isaroo, District President, Akali Dal (Mann). They expressed their deep sorrow over the killings. 


Arhtias call on minister
From Our Correspondent

KHANNA, Nov 13 — A delegation of the local Arhtias Association met Capt Kawaljit Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, at Desheri village, 6 km from here, today and submitted a memorandum to him, protesting against the delay in making payment of wheat and paddy by government agencies.

Mr Ranbir Sood, Press Secretary of the Federation of Artia Associations, Punjab, said that the government agencies were not releasing the payment of paddy procured before October 18. He said the amount of wheat was more than Rs 1 crore and that of paddy about Rs 5 crore which had not been given to the commission agents.


What a street !
From Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, Nov 13 — Number seven is generally supposed to be lucky. But if you happen to visit street number 7 of New Janta Nagar located on the Gill road in the city, you are most likely to form an opinion to the contrary.

The dusty street presents a scene straight out of hell with two open manholes as if meant to hang the sinners upside down. It is not that the print media has not highlighted the problem. A number of English-language as well as vernacular newspapers have already published photographs of open manholes and the general filth in the street. But regrettably, the powers that be have chosen to remain lazy instead of waking from their sweet slumber.

A resident of the area, Mr Sher Singh, was critical of the local municipal corporation which he said liked to brag about making the city a Mahanagar and what not. He said he had been to the officials concerned several times with newspaper clippings depicting the sorry state of the street but to no avail.

Instead of initiating any meaningful action, the official told him that he was waiting for the newspaper clippings to be sent to him by his seniors which normally takes a couple of months. The manholes have been lidless for the past three months or so already.

Some bureaucracy, that ?


Man succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, Nov 13 — Ram Nivas, who was seriously injured in an accident with a DCM Toyota at around 8 p.m. on November 11, succumbed to his injuries at Oswal Hospital within a few minutes of being admitted. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered.

Liquor seized

Fortyfour bottles and a quarter of illicit liquor have been seized by the police in three separate incidents.

While 12 bottles of illicit liquor were seized from Gurbaksh Singh, near Ladowal, 11 bottles were seized from Raju Kumar, alias Santosh Chaudhry, by head constable Raunki Ram and nine bottles were seized from Sanjay Kumar. Besides this, 12 bottles and a quarter of liquor were seized from Rajesh by ASI Dalip Singh of Subhash Nagar police post.


Accused serves notice on dept
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Nov 13 — The Rs 6.5 lakh postal fraud case of Abdullahpur Basti that was registered against a person named Garib Dass, has taken a new turn. The accused, pleading not guilty, has served a notice to the Department of Posts, seeking the repayment of Rs 80,000 that he had deposited with the department, along with an interest. The department had allegedly forced his son to deposit this money after the detection of the fraud.

The accused has also challenged the department’s move to get a case registered against him. This is because the department has already issued him a no-due certificate at his retirement.

Mr M.K. Khan, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, when contacted, said the notice had been received, but the argument of the accused was not justified. He said the fraud had been deducted in June, while the accused had taken a voluntary retirement in March. He said, initially, it had been found that a small amount had been taken by the accused, so, his son had been asked to deposit Rs 80,000. However, subsequent inquiries revealed that the fraud was to the tune of more than Rs 6.5 lakh.

The police took about four months to register a case against the accused. Though the fraud was detected in July, the case was registered only two days ago. The accused is yet to be arrested. The police said the delay had been caused due to time taken in the collection of evidence against the accused. The police said the scrutiny of papers had also consumed a lot of time.

According to the FIR, the accused committed the fraud by pocketing the money deposited by persons in postal saving banks. Inquiries revealed that the accused had not only committed the fraud, but had also stolen some saving-account records from the post office.


Acid thrown on woman's face
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, Nov 13 — A man is alleged to have made an attempt on the life of his beloved by throwing acid on her face in a fit of rage.

According to an FIR registered under Section 307 of the IPC, it is alleged that Ms Kusham Devi, was having an illicit relation with the accused, Sunil Kumar. She is married to Mr Shiv Narayan, a resident of Guru Nanak Colony.

It is alleged that in the early morning on November 10, when Ms Kusham was present at her residence with her husband, the accused came there and threw acid over her face. She is now undergoing treatment at the LM Civil Hospital.


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