Monday, April 23, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


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IG initiates probe against SSP Kuldip Singh
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 22
The alleged role played by the district police chief in registration of a dowry case and later his alleged ‘wilful’ ignorance of a police inquiry giving a verdict against the case is under scrutiny. On the directions of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, IG Police J P Birdi has started an inquiry into the case and the involvement of the said police officer.

Confirming the inquiry , Mr Birdi said he had received the directions of the Chief Minister in this regard and had summoned the relevant records of the case. He said he would complete the inquiry and send the report by the end of this month.

The inquiry will specifically look into the allegations levelled by Mr Jagjit Singh Lyalpuri, a city resident, that SSP Kuldip Singh deliberately ignored a police inquiry conducted on earlier orders of the Chief Minister. The Inquiry conducted by SP city-I,Mr. S. S. Sandhu, last year had clearly stated that the dowry case registered against the family of Mohinder Singh, a resident of Panchsheel Enclave, Ferozepur Road, on the directions of the SSP, was not true.

Even though the inquiry report was finalised in March 2000 with the opinion of the DA Legal that any further pursuance of the case would only mean the wastage of time of the police and the court and the case should be cancelled, yet the case stood.

Surprisingly, when the complainant Kuldip Kaur, married to a son of Mohinder Singh, filed a petition in the high court in April 2000 that the police was not taking any action against her complaint, the police in its defence, did not mention the inquiry report that had gone against the case.

SSP Kuldip Singh denied any involvement in the case at any point of the investigation. He admitted that the case was registered on his directions but added that he may have given such instructions in hundreds of cases. He said that he had already submitted the inquiry report by SP city in a district court on the directions of the high court.

Mr Jagjit Singh Lyalpuri, a relative of the family of the accused Mohinder Singh, however, maintained the allegation that the SSP was listening to only one party in the case. He said no doubt the police had now included the earlier inquiry by the SP in the case but this had been done only one year after the completion of the inquiry.

Narrating the incident and his allegations, Mr Lyalpuri said that his relative Mandeep Singh was married to Kuldip Kaur in 1995 but later due to certain family bickerings the girl went back to her parent's house. Later she lodged a complaint of dowry harassment against her in-laws.

Mr Lyalpuri alleged that instead of investigating the case, the SSP Kuldip Singh immediately ordered the registration of a case. He alleged that the SSP even got the FIR written in his office only. The SSP denied these charges.

Mr Lyalpuri said he took the matter to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who directed the DIG, Ludhiana, to inquire. SSP Kuldip Singh was, meanwhile, transferred.

On the directions of the DIG, SP city inquired into the matter. His inquiry report stated that the dowry case was false. It said that there were definitely difference between the woman and her mother-in-law but there were no evidence of any dowry demand.

Mr Lyalpuri claimed that even the registration of the case was wrong. He claimed that the complaint was an after-thought as the boy's family had already moved an application in the court demanding restoration of the conjugal rights. He alleged that even if the case was registered, the police allegedly at the behest of the SSP did not listened to the point of view of the boy's family.

Later, the SSP was transferred back to the city. He allegedly ignored the inquiry by the SP. Mr. Lyalpuri also alleged that the SSP kept silent when the police was to reply on a petition filed by the complainant that the police was not taking action against her in-laws family.

Mr Lyalpuri, in detailed complaint to the Chief Minister, further alleged that when the court gave a direction to the police for investigating into the matter and file a charge sheet against the in-laws family, the police proceeded. However, when he approached the high court and informed it about the inquiry report by the SP S. S. Sandhu, the court ordered the police to include the inquiry report in the investigation, It also directed the city police to submit the inquiry report in a court of law in which the case is pending.

However, after claiming that the inquiry report was untraced, the police finally submitted it in the court in second week of April only. Mr. Lyalpuri said that this was only done when he had brought the matter into the notice of the Chief Minister.


Residents block traffic, resent police inaction
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 22
An angry mob protesting against the death of a man in an accident near the Jalandhar bypass blocked traffic at Ghanta Ghar for two hours this afternoon.

They raised slogans against the police for their apathetic attitude towards family members of the victim. They were demanding the immediate registration of the case.

According to Mr Kala Hans, president, Safai Majdoor Congress, the accident occurred at around 8.15 pm. last evening in which a recovery private van had reportedly hit an auto-rickshaw driven by Charanjit Singh.

He sustained injuries and died at a hospital. Mr Hans said they had tried to lodge a compliant with the police but they refused to register the case. He disclosed that the police was shielding culprits.

The traffic was restored after the intervention of the DSP, Mr Satinder Singh, who assured necessary action against culprits.

The dharna was lifted when the police has registered the case under Sections 304-A and 279 of the IPC. According to police sources, no arrest has been made so far as the accused could not be identified.


Steel industry in crisis
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, April 22
The Bhavnagar steel market is facing a crisis due to high prices of ship-breaking material and less demand for finished goods. Small rerolling mills of this steel complex, already going through recession, have also to contend with shortage of raw material.

According to sources in local steel units, shortage of ship-breaking material was felt all over the country as the ship-breaking went down at Kochi, Bhavnagar and Kolkata. The earthquake provided an opportunity to the steel majors to let loose propaganda that bar and rod structural material made of ship-breaking scrap was of inferior quality, causing extensive damage to the buildings in which it was used in in Bhuj and Ahmedabad.

The steel majors also demanded from the government that the customs duty on absolute ships be increased from 5 per cent to 25 per cent to bring it at a par to that on material. This propaganda had resulted in low purchase of finished goods.

According to Mr Anil Suraj, general secretary of the All-India Steel Rerollers Association (AISRA), 460 small-scale steel rerolling mills here had become a target of false propaganda by the big majors with a motive to earn more profits.

Mr Raj Jindal, regional president of the northern region of AISRA, protested against this move and appealed to the government to stop this propaganda. He urged the government to increase the output of ship-breaking material from 3 million tonnes to 4 million tonnes per annum.


INA veteran disillusioned with politicians
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 22
After having spent his youth for the freedom struggle of the country, Mr Amar Singh Wadhera(85), an INA veteran, is a disillusioned man in the twilight of his life. A captain in the Indian National Army (INA), who rubbed shoulders with Netaji Subhas Chander Bose, in an interview with the Ludhiana Tribune, said that this was not India of his dreams.

Quite a celebrity in the city, Mr Wadhera is exasperated with various scams and the Tehalka exposure rocking the nation. ‘‘ We never thought after being freed from the clutches of the colonial rule the country would once again pass into the hands of politicians for whom the security and progress of the country is secondary to their personal motives ’’.

Recalling past memories, the veteran, who is often seen on the city roads riding his Kinetic Honda and participating in social service programmes, said that he, along with 50 other living veterans of the INA, always believed the Netaji died in that fateful Aircrash in 1945.

Commenting on the over 50-year-long controversy surrounding his death and the recent confirmation of his death by a British doctor, he said that he did not even for a second believed people who was saying Netaji was alive. ‘‘He was such a dynamic man that no power on the earth would have kept him hidden all these years.’’ he argues.

‘‘He was so much committed to work for the freedom of the country and he went missing at such a crucial juncture of this struggle that had he not been dead he would have come back for it,’’he added.

Recalling the days of partition he said , ‘‘That was the worst part of the freedom which we attained after years of struggle. It was not a perfect freedom as it brought pain along with the happiness. I can say that it was the worst practical joke that the British played on us.’’ He still remembers the horrifying experience of the day when he had to come back to the divided India from Rawalpindi and his job in Relief and Rehabilitation Department of Ludhiana made him unforgetful of the wounds the Partition had inflicted.

Recalling his days with the INA, Mr Wadhera said that he joined the INA at the time of Gen Mohan Singh in 1936 at Singapore. ‘‘I was sent by the British with the Indian Army to Singapore during the last great war. I had gone with Number 36 Ordinance Workshop Company to Malaya. Then on capitulation of Singapore by the Japanese I joined the INA. Later Netaji selected me as a writer, commentator and announcer at the Azad Hind Broadcasting Station, Singapore. ’’

‘‘I worked there for some time when we were broadcasting for the cause of freedom of motherland and Netaji, after getting impressed with my work, selected me to organise and command Field propaganda unit at Rangoon. This unit became a very important organ of the INA to win over the personnel of British army at the battle front. It was a very challenging job as we had to lay wiring and install microspeakers in the enemy's area. I was also a commanding officer of a unit of Azad Hind Dal whose function was to rehabilitate the area vacated by the British,’’ recalled Mr Wadhera.

He said that the INA was advancing in taking over the British rule in many parts of India when after atom bombs fell at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered and the INA also had to lay down their arms.

‘‘In March 1944, I was detained at various concentration camps in Multan, Assam and Delhi for 15 months and was only released after confiscation of all arrears of pays and dues and was categorised as ‘black’.’’

Currently Mr Wadhera is the president of Punjab Pradesh Freedom Fighters Association and has been holding this office for the past three years.


DC bans sale of cut fruit
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 22
Priya, Shalini and Kamini come out of their college in their latest designer clothes and make a dash towards chat, papadi rehriwala and eat chat without bothering that the man selling the chat has unclean hands and dirty nails. His gol-gappa pani has been cooled by the ice that has been made in the most unhygienic conditions and from impure water. The sad part is that the girls are educated and yet they have no qualms about eating uncovered food from a rehri on the roadside. Most of them are subjecting themselves to gastro troubles in order to satiate the taste of their tongues.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner has issued orders yesterday banning the sale of any foodstuff that is not covered. “Busy roadsides have hundreds of cars, scooters and three-wheelers spewing out obnoxious carbon monoxide fumes in the atmosphere, which definitely settles on the food and fruits lying in the open. The less one talks of flies, the better. Who does not know of diseases like gastroenteritis, tricoma, cholera, para typhoid and typhoid etc,” says Dr Vatsyayan.

Another doctor says it is the duty of the Municipal Corporation to see that no food is sold uncovered. Due to high temperatures, fruits like water melons, papayas ferment very quickly, giving rise to a host of diseases.”

“The way plates are washed in a sloppy manner by small boys with one bucket of water is too sickening to see. I can’t think of eating from such rehris”, says a horrified housewife Mrs Juneja. Mr Tota Ram, a fruit seller, was asked why he did not cover the food and was he not aware of the dangers of exposed food. He said, “I did cover my water melons one day but nobody purchased from me whereas my neighbour fruit-seller sold all the exposed cut fruit. So the moral of the story is not to cover the food”.

Health officials of the city have deployed three food inspectors to check the sale of adulterated and uncovered food. But three is too less a number to control thousands of shops selling uncovered food stuff. 


Burning of Zaman’s house condemned
our correspondent

Ludhiana, April 22
Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, a former MLA and chairman of the Bhai Mohan Singh Foundation, has condemned the burning down of the house of Fakhar Zaman, chairman of the World Punjabi Conference, recently held in Lahore. He appealed to the Prime Minister to summon the Pakistan High Commissioner and seek arrest of miscreants responsible for the incident.

Mr Jassowal said the people who wanted to create a divide between the Punjabis of the two nations were responsible for such acts. He added that a Punjabi renaissance movement was taking place. He said, “All Punjabis are one with Fakhar Zaman. We want him to know that we are with him. We are going to invite him for the annual Professor Mohan Singh festival.”


3 die in accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 22
Three persons were killed in an accident near Alamgir village today after they were run over by a bus. They were riding a motor cycle which was bit by the bus.

The police was trying to identify the victims.


Punjabi NRI writer honoured
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 22
Shamsher Singh Sher, a writer and poet from Denmark, was awarded the first Bibi Gurdev Kaur Gill Memorial Award started by Mohinderdeep Grewal, a Punjabi journalist, in the memory of his mother. The award was presented to him by Mr Jagjit Singh Anand, former MP and senior vice-president, Punjabi Sahitya Academy, at the Punjabi Bhavan this morning. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 2,100, a shawl and a memento. Starting from this year, the award will be given to Punjabi writers of eminence.

Shamsher Singh Sher started writing poetry at an early age and was invited by the ‘sangat’ of Afghanistan to recite poems on the occasion of Baisakhi purab. The organisers impressed by his poetry arranged a tour for him to the European countries where he spent about one and a half years. Thereafter he decided to settle in Denmark. He not only writes poetry in Punjabi and Urdu, but has also been promoting the same in India and European countries like Norway, Sweden and Denmark, by organising poetic symposia and other cultural programmes for the past 28 years.

His compilation ‘Phul Kaliyan’ has been selected as a text book of Punjabi by the CBSC. ‘Dalhakadey Hanjoo’ and ‘Terian Yadan, Mere Geet’ in Punjabi and ‘Sada-E-Dil’ in Urdu are his other famous books. ‘Khum Khana’ in Urdu, ‘Jag Mag Deep Jalle’ in Hindi, ‘Billed Ord Bog for Born’ (dictionary for children) has been translated into Hindi, Punjabi and Danish. His five new books are in the process of publication. These include ‘Poetic Transcreation and Translation of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s ‘Zafarnama’, ‘Kuaree Peerr’ (a collection of Punjabi songs), ‘Translation of ‘Japuji Sahib’ in Danish language, ‘Pergateo Khalsa’ (collection of Punjabi poems and songs on Sikh religion) and ‘Collection of Urdu Gazals & Poems’.

He lead a cultural troupe to the border areas in 1965. Late Prime Ministers Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, the late President, Giani Zail Singh and many other dignitaries acclaimed his services time and again.

At present he is the Director, Radio Sabrang, Denmark. He is also the president of the International Punjabi Cultural Foundation, India, and the chairman of the Indian Arts Promotion Council.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, he said, ‘‘What Punjab needs is stage poets, who can reach the hearts of the people through their poetry. My message to the young Indians is that they should try to know about their forefathers. One, who studies, the glorious history will never do anything wrong.’’

The president of the Punjabi Sahitya Sabhayachar Manch, Mr Kulwant Jagraon, recited some couplets on the occasion. Dr Satinder Singh Noor, Head of the Punjabi Department, Delhi University, Dr S. Tarsem, president, Kendri Likhari Sabha, Mr Ravel Singh, secretary, Punjabi Section, Delhi, Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, chairman, Bhai Mohan Singh Society, and Mr M.S. Cheema were also present on the occasion.


Bhatia’s book released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 22
The Punjabi Sahitya Academy organised a function at the Punjabi Bhavan today to release an autobiographical collections of essays titled ‘Karniwale’ written by Prof Surjit Singh Bhatia, a former Deputy Director, Public Instruction, Colleges, Punjab. A former Secretary (Asian) of the World Bank, Dr K.S. Teere, released the book.

‘Karniwale’ is a short biographical collection. Professor Bhatia reconstructs his life and time at Lahore with particular reference to Sikh cultural ethos concerning religious, cultural and education. He writes from his own point of view of Bhagat Puran Singh. His recollections are significant which will merit attention by critical readers.

He has written about Jathedar Achhar Singh, who was part of Sikh revivalism. In his time the first centenary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was celebrated in 1939.

Professor Bhatia studied at Khalsa High School, Lahore, when Bawa Udham Singh was the headmaster. This biographical essay throws multi- dimensional light on him and work with emphasis on contemporary educational policy and practice.

Professor Bhatia has developed a prose style which is very pleasing for readers. The Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh, was one of the distinguished audience present at the function.


Punjabi writer passes away
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 22
Famous Punjabi writer Raj Dular, who was recently awarded Bal Sahitya Shiromani Award by the Bhasha Vibhag passed away on April 13.

Dular was the author of more than a dozen books. He was well-known for the books on children.


‘No factionalism in BJP’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 22
The Ludhiana district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has denied reports of factionalism within the party. The district President of the BJP, Mr Harbans Lal Sethi, said: “Factionalism in the BJP at Ludhiana is now a thing of the past”.

Mr Sethi claimed after he was “re-elected unanimously as president of the district BJP, there is a lot of change at the organisation level and all took part and cooperated in the election and there is no factionalism in the party”.

He asserted that the party was united and its organisational work was being strengthened. He said all decisions were being taken collectively and no individual worker or officebearer was authorised to take any decision on his own.


Residents resent pig menace 
Shivani Bhakoo

The roaming pigs amidst garbage present a poor picture of civic amenities in Ludhiana.
The roaming pigs amidst garbage present a poor picture of civic amenities in Ludhiana. 
— Photo by Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, April 22
Residents and the shopkeepers of the Model Gram, near the railway station area are a harassed lot due to inconvenience caused by reared and stray pigs, besides dirt, filth and garbage. The pigs have created a menace to the general public and environment.

Mrs Aarti Goel, a resident of the locality, complained that despite repeated requests to the municipal corporation authorities, their demand for removing garbage and pigs from the area was yet to be solved.

What is more shocking is that the rubbish of the entire area of the locality is dumped in the open presenting a very unpleasant and ugly sight.

Mr Manjit Singh, another resident, complained that most of the people reared pigs in the area.‘‘They conveniently set the pigs free and whole day the pigs dig the grounds and make big pits which could be very dangerous to the small children playing outside.’’.

The residents also complain that the pigs create a traffic hazard also. ‘‘They can be seen roaming on the roads, in the streets, relaxing outside residents’ houses. The pigs appear in front of the vehicles which can cause accidents also. If they are crushed under cars or scooters, their owners demand money’’, said Mr Amarjit Singh, another resident of the area.

The pigs menace has also become a health hazard. The residents of the Model Gram area complain that due to garbage, dirt and filth, the locality is filled with flies and mosquitoes which can easily spread various diseases and infections. During the rains, the open pits made by the pigs are filled with water and garbage.

The residents allege that the municipal corporation has claimed to have built a pig pen at Tajpur Road but hardly any pig has been shifted to the pig pen by the staff concerned of the MC. ‘‘Despite repeated complaints, the authorities failed to provide any solution to the problem’’, said Mr Manjit Singh.

The area councillor, Mr Inderjit Panchi, also has not been able to do anything regarding this matter. Mr Sanjay Tiwari, a resident near the railway station said, ‘‘Pigs die on the roads and no body takes the responsibility to remove them. If we approach the councillor with our problem, he says that the problem has to be dealt with by the residents at their own level.

With the MC authorities indifferent to the fate of the residents, the hapless people are left to fend for themselves, with no permanent solution of the problem in sight. 


Efforts to help martyrs’ families
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 22
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vikas Partap, yesterday handed over an appointment letter to Mrs Ajaib Kaur, the widow of Lance Naik Gurmeet Singh of Rasoolpur village. Gurmeet lost his life during Operation Rakshak in Jammu and Kashmir. Mrs Ajaib Kaur has been posted as a sewadar in Government Senior Secondary School at Balhari Kalan.

The Deputy Commissioner told mediapersons that during the Kargil conflict and in other Army operations, five young men from this district had sacrificed their lives. The families of four martyrs had been given an ex-gratia grant of Rs 2 lakh each along with Rs 5 lakh for the construction of houses.

Three family members of the martyrs had been given employment; one of them had been given the post of ETO. The two others had been posted as Class IV employees. The case of one martyr’s family had been sent to the government for a Class III post. He said that with the appointment of Mrs Ajaib Kaur, all the affected families in the district had been given some relief.

Capt Kesar Singh, Sainik Welfare Officer, said the roads leading to the villages of the martyrs had been named after the brave men. Similarly, suitable memorials were being constructed in the five famous villages. Later, the Deputy Commissioner and other officers paid their homage to the martyrs.


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