Thursday, August 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S



Love, betrayal and murder
Hunt on to nab killer
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
It is a tale of love and betrayal. The love was about a 28-year-old woman who was allegedly made to leave all her near and dear ones for her betrothed, and the betrayal was of her alleged paramour, who deceived her by making false promises of marriage for more than five years. When she could not take it any more, he finally allegedly killed her to clear way for his marriage with another woman.

This is the story behind the brutal murder of Jagroop Kaur, a resident of Dhollan village, whose highly decomposed body was found from a vacant plot near Cheema Colony, Pakhowal Road, on August 19. In less than four days the Sadar police is learnt to have completed the investigations in the blind murder and unearthed the interesting plot that allegedly led to the murder.

While the police, for reasons known to them, was not going official about the solution of the case, informed officials revealed to Ludhiana Tribune the tragic tale of the woman whose major fault seemed to be believing a man who not only betrayed her in the end but had also committed a large number of frauds with several persons in the city. He had allegedly even lied to his parents, who live in Rajgarh village (Pakhowal), that he was settled in Germany, whereas he was staying in Ludhiana with the woman as her paramour for the last three years or so.

According to police investigations, the love story of Jagroop Kaur, the deceased, and her alleged paramour Gurjant Singh of Rajgarh village began in 1990-91 when Jagroop Kaur used to travel in a bus daily to Jagraon where she was studying in a college.

Gurjant Singh was the conductor of the bus, boarded daily by the girl. Soon, a love affair started between them and it continued till late 1992, when Gurjant suddenly got married to some other girl and went to Lebanon.

Jagroop Kaur was also married (allegedly against her wish) to a boy in Kanjaari village, near Khanna in 1993. However, Gurjant came back from Lebanon after a few years and allegedly sent photographs to the husband of the Jagroop Kaur. He had already divorced his wife. As his love affair with Jagroop became an open secret, the woman’s husband divorced her in 1996.

She had then nowhere to go. Her education was not complete and she could not get a decent job anywhere. It was in such trying circumstances that Gurjant again come in her life. Subsequently, she began living with him. However, they were not married.

According to the police. Gurjant was a swindler who was involved in a number of frauds. He even defrauded a number of persons in the city claiming that he was the relative of a senior police official. He fell in the police net sometimes, and some cases were also allegedly pending against him. Gurjant had even reportedly lied to his Rajgarh-based parents that he was living in Germany.

The couple, in order to remain unidentified, frequently shifted their place of dwelling. For the last two months, they took a house on rent in Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar. However, a few months ago, Gurjant, who used to talk frequently to his Rajgarh village-based parents over the phone to tell them he was fine in “Germany”, learnt that some good families had approached his parents for his marriage.

He is then learnt to have told his parents that he was returning, and his marriage with another girl in Chuhrchak village near Moga, was finally solemnised on July 29 last. When Jagroop Kaur learnt about the betrayal, she is learnt to have threatened Gurjant with dire consequences. The police sources said Gurjant came to her house some time last week and allegedly killed her with a hammer, Gurjant allegedly left the body in the room and returned after a few days and dumped the body in a plot where, it was discovered by the Sadar police.

Sources said police parties had been raiding all these villages in the last three days. The whereabouts of the accused have been found and a police party was sent to arrest him.



Studying in ‘open’ classrooms
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, August 22
A large number of students coupled with shortage of rooms at Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, has forced the students to attend their classes in the scorching sun.

For more than 2,000 students forming 43 sections, there are just 22 classrooms. As a result, half of the classes have to be taken out in the open. The students and teachers find it difficult to bear the hot and humid climatic conditions but they have no other alternative.

Besides, several classrooms do not have lights and fans and have improper ventilation and teachers, therefore, prefer to take classes in the open. Teachers said some of the rooms had tin sheets for the ceiling and much heat was accumulated inside the rooms making them unfit for taking classes.

Since the school is short of staff, the problem has aggravated even more. Different sections of a class have to be combined and the strength reached around 150. Since they cannot be accommodated in one classroom, the students and teachers have to came out in the open for attending the classes.

The situation is grim especially for the students of Class XI and Class XII where the staff for compulsory subjects like English and Punjabi is short and the strength and the strength exceeds 300 for a particular class. Such classes are being regularly taken out in the open. Students said the disturbance from the surroundings caused much distraction and it was difficult for them to concentrate on the lecture. They were not able to write properly as they had to do without desks, they added.

In a visit to the school this afternoon, Ludhiana Tribune found that different sections of Classes VI to IX were being taken in the open. Students said they had to sit outside as some rooms were being renovated, while two newly constructed rooms were awaiting inauguration by a VIP before the classes were started. Besides, the students were also attending a music class out in the sun as simultaneously another class was being taken in the music room.

Also, the students of class XI and Class XII who have taken vocational courses, said for doing any practical, they needed space but the rooms were small in comparison to the strength for a particular trade. Therefore, while half of the class took the practical inside the rooms, the rest of the students had to sit in the sun and perform their practicals. Under such circumstances, the teachers too find it difficult to attend to the students properly.



Singer sentenced to two years in prison
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
A singer, Baljit Singh alias Bheeta, a resident of Alipur village, Khanna, has been sentenced to two years in prison and fined Rs 2000 in a corruption case by the Special Judge, Mr G.R. Banyal. The police had recovered Rs 20,000 from the accused out of Rs 60,000 accepted as bribe.

Two other co-accused, Anokh Singh and Om Parkash, have been acquitted by the court, giving them the benefit of the doubt as complainant did not recognise them before the court. According to prosecution, the daughter of Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Majri village, had died on March 26, 1998. Thereafter, two police officials from the CIA, Khanna, picked him up from his residence on April 20,1998.

In the CIA office, Jaswinder was beaten up on the allegation that he had murdered his own daughter and that a murder case would be registered against him. The police officials later called Baljit Singh who told the complainant that he could save him from the clutches of the police, provided he paid Rs 2 lakh. The complainant agreed to give Rs 1 lakh for the purpose. Finally, his family gave Rs 60,000 to Baljit.

Three to four days later, the accused came to their residence and raised the demand of remaining Rs. 40,000. But the complainant refused and reported the matter to the SSP, Khanna, on whose directions DSP Balwant Singh, after a probe into the allegations, booked them on May 18, 1998, and an FIR was lodged at the Sadar police station, Khanna.



Understaffed colleges make students suffer
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
Following the relieving of ad hoc staff and many recent retirements at the two government colleges of the city, the students are being made to do without classes in view of the colleges having become understaffed.

While there are as many as 25 vacancies of lecturers at SCD the Government College, nearly 26 posts are lying vacant at the Government College for Women. Since majority of the vacancies in the colleges are of compulsory subjects like English and Punjabi, students of almost all the classes have been affected.

At SCD Government College, against one post each for public administration, microbiology and psychology, there are no teachers and as a result, the students of these three subjects have not been able to attend even a single class since the beginning of this session last month.

Besides, there are eight vacancies in English, five in Punjabi, four in economics, three in geography, two in mathematics and one each in political science, history, sociology, physical education, botany and Hindi.

The BA final year students, with a combination of public administration and sociology, said the course for the two subjects has not even been started yet. They said a newly appointed lecturer in sociology was teaching other classes and their class was being ignored. The students said they come to the college just to attend one class as the lectures of English and Punjabi were being rarely taken. Even the final year students of history said while one section of the students was being regularly taught, another section was not being attended to.

The first year students of the Government College for Women said they had joined the college with much enthusiasm but they were annoyed now as they were not getting regular teachers. The students of public administration said that a teacher of political science was teaching them.

The vacancies have not only hit the students, even the teachers have been affected as they have been assigned extra work load so as to adjust all the classes. A teacher of Punjabi at the Government College for Women said since there were just four teachers against the nine posts, she was forced to take up seven classes daily. She said the teachers had been told to take all the classes even though the periodicity could be up to two classes a week. She said frequent changes in the time-table had caused much confusion among the teachers as well as the students who daily came to the department asking if there would be any class that day.



Engineers charge top brass with mis-management
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
The PSEB Engineers Association has strongly condemned the attitude and functioning of the board management, saying it had failed to protect the overall interests of this important and vital organisation. The board management has not only been instrumental in violating the statutory provisions of the Electricity Supply Act, 1948, but it had also flouted the statute.

Mr M.S. Bajwa, president of the association, said in a statement here today that the board had abrogated its responsibility of protecting the autonomy of the board and had been totally subjugated to bureaucratic manipulation. It was because of these reasons that the PSEB, as an organisation, was becoming financially starved day by day. In the current scenario, the PSEB management had not even cared for the State Electricity Regulatory Commission before reducing its tariff in case of the D/S category and other sections last week.

Lambasting the poor personnel planning of the PSEB, the association observed that the management had fared badly. It could not recruit assistant engineers and it was a pity that the board had cancelled the written examination three times. The board was losing revenue as a number of posts of SDO in the field were lying vacant. Mr Bajwa pointed out that the board management had failed to fill a number of vacancies of superintending engineer as it was dithering in giving effect to promotions and posting in the face of an illegal directive from the state government . “The board is fully autonomous in making promotions, posting and transfers as per provisions of Clauses 79 (C) and (D) and it cannot be covered under clause 78 (a), where state government may issue any directive only in policy matters.”

Mr Bajwa alleged that the PSEB had surrendered its autonomous character and was compromising its interests at every step. As a consequence, the overall functioning at all levels was adversely affected and its financial status was eroding sharply. “The decision to reduce the tariff at this stage is ridiculous, particularly in view of the fact that the board is already financially starved.” While the PSEB top management had shown undue haste in going ahead with reduction in power tariff, it was ironical that the it had failed to rationalise the pay scales of engineers and other categories in the past six years where financial implication was almost negligible.

The association has urged the board management to firmly follow the statutory provisions of the Electricity Supply Act and other Acts, otherwise the engineers shall be constrained to adopt agitation means to safeguard the financial and other interests of the PSEB.



NGO adopts 20 villages for de-addiction drive
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, August 22
With a view to curb drug addiction among the youth in Ludhiana district, the local branch of Prajapati Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya has adopted 20 villages to check drug addiction among the youth.

Known for promoting spirituality, the Brahmakumaris’ spokesperson, Behan B.K.Rajkumari, says that this is the first attempt to channelise the energies of the sect members for a social cause.

The local chapter of the vidyalaya, which hitherto taught divine qualities such as humility, tolerance, patience, contentment and sweetness, feels that it is as much their responsibility to eradicate drug menace in the region as anyone else’s. ‘‘Statistics show that 90 per cent of the drug abusers are below 25 years of age, which means that the ‘monster’ is mainly destroying the powers of youth, which is the most constructive, creative and productive period of life,’’ said Behan B.K.Rajkumari, head of the local chapter of vidyalaya.

The members of the vidyalaya believe that those who learn and practice the godly knowledge and raja yoga taught by Brahmakumaris are able to come out of the vicious circle of the dependence on alcohol and other drugs in a short time. The few persons who are not able to concentrate, experience relaxation and change their belief systems need longer time to break the vicious circle.

The NGO has started its mission with an awareness campaign in about 20 villages of the district. Volunteers of the organisation, a doctor and social activists of the city, visit remote areas and spread awareness about drug abuse in a different manner. ‘‘We try to understand as to why one started abusing drugs. Majority of addicts get hooked to drugs due to mental stress, disturbed home, peer pressure, to show maturity and easy availability’’, said another volunteer of the organisation.

The volunteers have visited many villages, including Siar, Butahari, Gujjarwal, Phallewal, Ajitsar Mohi and Sahouli and educated the masses (specially the youth up to 25 years of age) about drugs, stressing them not to try the first trip itself.

The members have found that majority of drug addicts demand more money from parents, spend more time in the toilet, come home late or are physically or behaviorally changed.

‘‘We make them understand the bad effects of drugs. The number of accidents increases, there are disturbances in the family and friends, the digestive system gets affected, the addict suffers from sleeplessness, loses his memory and are laughed at by the public,’’ said B.K.Rajkumari.

Recently Ludhiana Tribune had revealed how pre-teen children were taking to drug addiction by consuming substances like boot-polish, cough syrups, tablets etc. These children, have in past, left no opportunity to get a quick kick while other children of their age group were beginning to read and write. Starting off on a pleasure trip, these children within matter of days find themselves addicted to various substances.

Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, a non-government organisation(NGO) based on moral and spiritual values, has over 4500 branches spread over India and more than 70 countries. With its headquarters in Mount Abu, the organisation, which started in 1937, preaches that meditation enables one to have spiritual transformation. The vidyalaya is run mostly by women, who are called behanjis and believe that meditation purifies one’s sanskaras, builds one’s character and gives many physical and spiritual benefits, mental relaxation and eliminates stress and negative thoughts.

Besides, the Brahmakumari Academy has 13 other departments such as education, social service, administration, women department, business industry, youth, medical and rural development.



Passport-seekers seek foolproof system
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
Despite certain reservations, people have welcome the decision of the state governments to notify all Deputy Commissioners' (DCs) offices as collection centres for receipt of passport forms. Most of the people have demanded and suggested a more foolproof and effective procedure of issuing passport.

As per the proposal, passport seekers need not go to the Regional Passport Office (RPO) at Jalandhar and Chandigarh to submit their application forms. Any passport-seeker can submit his or her application to the DC. The application forms would be then referred to the Senior Superintendent of Police for verification and would have to be returned within two weeks. The DC has to send the verified applications to the RPO within four weeks of the submission of the application.

Mr Kuldeep Singh Grewal, a senior advocate, favoured and welcomed the decision. He said: "This is a better scheme than the earlier one and would facilitate the citizens. Time is very precious and nobody wants to waste the whole day for just submitting the passport application form." He said that earlier those could not pay hefty amounts to the agents, had to go through a rigorous procedures to get their passports and this scheme would really work better than earlier one.

Mr Grewal said: "This scheme is a check on the people whose passports are cancelled and they get second passport by misrepresentation and disclosing material facts. Certain persons are deported from other countries for doing some illegal activities and the passport authorities cancel their passports. This scheme would make the administration more accessible to check these irregularities."

An executive in a multinational company, Mr Sumesh Pujara, favoured the decision of the government. But he thinks that if government really wants to streamline the procedure of issuing passports, they should have notified the Senior Superintendent of Police offices as the collection centre for the passport application forms and provided the SSP office with additional staff to look after the work. He opined that the removal of the DC in the chain would speed up the procedure and the work that would take four week could be done in two weeks only.

A municipal councilor, Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, supported the state government for simplifying the procedure of issuing passports. He was of the view that "the passport-seekers now do not have to pay hefty amounts to the middlemen (agents) to get their passports. Moreover, they could enquire about the status of their application themselves without wasting a lot of time and money. But the government should provide the district administration with separate staff to deal only with the passport matters as the workload is already very high."

An exporter, Mr Ashok Thapar, appreciated the decision of the government to make it convenient for the citizens to get the passport in their district only. But he is quite doubtful and not sure whether this decision would facilitate people or increase the corruption. He thinks no job could be done without paying hefty amounts to the bureaucrats and this scheme would increase one more channel, which would increase the rate of getting a passport.

A businessman, Mr Raju Sharma, has favoured the scheme. He thinks this scheme would make the system more accessible to keep check on irregularities in issuing of passports. Moreover, a Deputy Commissioner has more accessibility than an RTO and any discrepancy in a case could be detected easily, he added.

Disclosing the flaws in the earlier procedure of issuing passport, he said that one of his friends, who had paid a hefty amount to his agent, had got his passport without any police verification inquiry and the police came later for verification. He opines that this scheme would really make a convenient affair to get passport issued in the state.



Snake found in drinking water supply
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
Claims made by the Municipal Corporation administration on the quality of water supply in the city notwithstanding, the supply of contaminated water, at times mixed with sewerage water and sullage or carrying foreign matter like insects and even snakes, continues unabated in the city.

Residents of the Labour Colony in Jawahar Nagar locality here received a shock of their life when an eight-inch-long snake came out of a tap along with the supply of water. According to Mr Rajesh Sharma, a resident of the locality, this was the third instance of the reptile being found in the municipal water supply. The area residents have made several attempts to draw the attention of the civic officials towards their plight but to no avail.

Complaints of supply of contaminated water and inadequate supply were rampant from several city localities, as the administration acted in an indifferent attitude to the pressing problem of the city population.

The officials of O and M Cells of the MC, responsible for the water supply in the city, were not available for comments.



Most Ludhiana dairies have unhygienic conditions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
A number of dairies in the district have been found lacking in the basic hygienic facilities needed to be provided to the animals. Officials in the Animal Husbandry Department also admit that most of these dairies are overcrowded and are flouting the specifications set by the Municipal Corporation for their maintenance.

Yesterday’s tragic incident in a Haibowal dairy, which resulted in the death of 26 buffaloes, has brought into focus the living conditions of the animals there. All dairies are having good profits with a good monthly turnover amounting to lakhs of rupees. And yet most of the owners have been found to be reluctant to maintain the dairies properly.

There are about 500 dairies in Ludhiana with one lakh milk-producing buffaloes and cows. The total milk production in the city is put at five lakh litters as all animals do not produce milk all time. These dairies employ about 10,000 persons and also supply milk to the entire city. While most of the dairies are located in Haibowal Dairy Complex, there are several others situated on the Tajpur Road.

Over two decades ago, during the chief ministership of Giani Zail Singh, the Punjab Government had set up dairy complex at Haibowal, providing 500 and 1000 square yard plots to the dairy owners. This was done to ensure that the dairies were properly maintained. All these dairies were till then situated in the city, where it was not possible to maintain cleanliness.

However, only few dairy owners took the cue and followed the guidelines regarding the maintenance of dairies. There were some dairies which are being maintained cleanly and hygienically. According to Mr Balkar Singh, who owns a large dairy with about 200 milk-producing animals, it does not take much to maintain cleanliness. ‘‘You only need an attitude towards it,’’ he said.

He is also a councillor representing the Haibowal area, in which most of the dairies fall. He said that the dairy owners on their part tried to take all possible measures for keeping the animals in good conditions. He disagreed that the dairies were not maintained cleanly. There might be a few dairies which were not being maintained properly, but most of the dairy owners lay important emphasis on cleanliness, he added. ‘‘We cannot afford to risk the life of our animals by keeping them in dirty environs,’’ he pointed out.

Some of the dairies, however, looked better maintained than others. The dairies belonging to Mr Bharat Bhushan, Mr Jarnail Singh or Mr Chaman Ahuja were few of the cleanly maintained dairies, besides following the specifications laid down by the Municipal Corporation.

According to Dr B S Gill, Director of the PFA, an NGO working for the welfare of animals, most of the dairies were overcrowded. The PFA president, Dr Sandeep Jain, also questioned the claims of the dairy owners about providing better conditions for the animals. Dr Jain, who regularly visits the area, as the PFA hospital was situated here, pointed out towards the poor maintenance of a dairy located in the same area.

The dairy owners seemed to have only commercial interests in mind. They did not allow any animal, which did not yield milk, to survive. All calves produced by the buffaloes, whether male of female were not let to survive beyond a few days.

Admitting to the fact, one dairy owner disclosed, ‘‘None of us can afford to rear a calf for three or four years as it will cost at least Rs 15,000 to bring it up, while for the same amount we can purchase a milk-producing buffalo". And the callous commercial sense seems to guide them everywhere, whether in the maintenance of their dairy farms or supplying pure unadulterated milk to people.



ORP rank orders welcomed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directing the state government to withdraw the ORP ranks given to police officers has been welcomed by and large by the political parties and the police personnel whose promotions had been held up or delayed for the past more than 10 years.

A number of the ORP rank officers in the city police were, however, left sulking.

The city has a number of ORP rank officers who have not only been appointed as bosses over the otherwise seniors but have also been allegedly violating the norms by wearing uniforms and badges against the norms.

A number of police officials whose promotion was withheld as the vacancies were given out of turn to the ORP rank officials were jubiliant at the orders. “Poetic justice” is what they termed as their victory. Most of the officials have even calculated their seniority number, the date of promotion and even the arrears.

Mr R.P.S Bajwa senior vice-president, PPS Association, and Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill, vice-president, Police Service Officers House Allotment Association, welcomed the orders.

On the other hand, the ORP rank officials were sulking as they face the ignonimous future of saluting the officers who used to be their colleagues or juniors now.

The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has also welcomed the Punjab and Haryana High Court order quashing the own rank and pay (ORP) promotions of Punjab police personnel devised by former DGP K.P.S. Gill.



Social activist dead
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
Just within 24 hours of the death of Ludhiana industrialist and philanthropist Mr Indermohan Singh Grewal, his paternal uncle, Mr Joginder Singh Grewal known as PP Sahib died last night. He was 103 years old.

Mr Joginder Singh Grewal was a leading educationist, legal luminary and a social activists of this town and was instrumental in the establishment of a number of educational institutions in Ludhiana town and the district.

Mr Joginder Singh Grewal was the founder trustee of the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, which was set up in 1956 by the SGPC and was also a founder trustee of the Khalsa Dewan Education Society, which is running half-a-dozen educational institutions, including a Woman Arts College and a Woman Training College.

Mr Joginder Singh Grewal, who was a practicing lawyer was also appointed as district attorney for sometime and was known as public prosecution thus became popular among the locals as ‘PP Sahib’.

He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Punjab Agricultural University as he offered the present building of the Khalsa College for Woman for housing and displaced Government Agriculture College of Lyallpur after partition which provided the foundations for the establishment of the PAU in Ludhiana. He was chairman of Gurdev Trust which set up Gurdev Hospital on Ferozepore Road.

Mr Joginder Singh Grewal participated in the funeral of his nephew Mr Indermohan Singh Grewal yesterday at Narangwal village.

Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, SGPC, mourned the death of Mr Joginder Singh Grewal and his nephew and described them as real sons of the soil. He expressed his sympathies with the bereaved families.



Policemen hurt in riot-drill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
More than 10 police personnel are learnt to have suffered injuries during a riots combating drill in the grounds of Police Lines.

The police, however, deny the incident.

According to eyewitnesses, a drill was organised on August 20, in which senior police officials also participated.

The force was divided in two groups. One group with 30 members was armed with shields, helmets and batons to combat the second group of the force which acted as public on the rampage.

This 60-member group was directed to pelt stones and attack the police.

Eyewitnesses said the scene looked like an actual riot and it quite scared passers-by on the Hambran road.

When contacted the SP(H), Mr Naunihal Singh, denied that any police personnel was injured in the routine exercise.



Jassowal honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, president of the Vishva Punjabi Academy, was honoured by the Bairagi Maha Mandal, Punjab, at a function held here today .

Speaking on the occasion Mr Jasowal said that by remembering Banda Bahadur, the Bairagi Maha Mandal was doing a great service to the Punjabi community. He said that it was unfortunate that our Gurus and martyrs were being divided among different castes. “Martyrs are common to every one and the thoughts of Gurus are for the entire humanity,” he pointed out.

He said that Bairagi Biradri was a secular body but during the election days all parties talked about castes but the people of Punjab were basically secular in outlook.



Speaker to be honoured
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, will be honoured in a special function to be organised here on August 25 by the Mazhabi Sikh Unity Forum.

According to Mr Tara Singh Tara, chairman of the forum, Mr Atwal will be taken in an open jeep from Model town extension gurudwara to Shaheed Baba Jiwan Singh Park, the venue of the function.



Booked for abducting minor girls
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
The Model Town police has registered a case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC against a resident of Dugri, Phase II, for allegedly abducting two minor daughters of a woman of the same locality on Monday.

According to the FIR lodged yesterday by Ms Poonam Khurana, Happy and his unknown friend abducted her two daughters, Rishu (17) and Shiwani (16) when they were on their way to a computer training centre to attend classes. Mr Dalip Kumar, SI, Dugri police post, is investigating the matter.

The Sarabha Nagar police has registered case under Sections 452, 354 and 506 of the IPC against Kuldip Singh alias Bunty, son of Mr Jeet Singh of Malaudh town, on the complaint of Mr Lakhbir Singh, a resident of Sarabha Nagar. The complainant alleged that the accused entered his house forcibly, caught hold of his wife and threatened both of them with dire consequences.

The Sadar police is on the look-out for a tractor driver who hit a youth yesterday near Ghawaadi village and fled.

The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 427 and 304 A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Manjit Singh, a resident of Ghawaddi village, against the driver of a Swaraj tractor. The complainant stated that on August 21, he and his cousin, Gurmukh Singh, were going on cycles to factory when the tractor hit Gurmukh Singh. He was taken to CMC hospital in an injured condition where he died .

Illegal vend operation:
The Salem Tabri police has booked Rakesh Kumar, son of Mr Girdhari Lal Pandit, for operating a liquor vend after 11 p.m. in violation of the orders of the Deputy commissioner. The case has been registered under Section 188 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Malkit Singh, ASI. The accused was arrested and later released on bail.


13 hurt in bus accident: Thirteen passengers of a bus belonging to Brar Bus Service, on its way to Ludhiana from Faridkot, were injured when the driver, Mr Swaran Singh, lost control of the bus while saving a scooterist, and hit it against a tree near Kotha Baggu. The injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital and Sukhmani Hospital in Ludhiana. The driver of the bus also sustained injuries.

Woman dies: Baljit Kaur of Kothr Rahlan died when she fell from a scooter that her brother, Gurmit Singh, was driving. They were going to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Sahib Nanaksar when she lost balance, and fell onto the road. She sustained head injury and died on the spot.



Blind murder case solved
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The police today claimed to have solved a blind murder case of Inderjit, a migrant labourer, whose body was found in a sack near Deepak Hospital in December last year.

According to a press release issued by SSP Harpreet Singh Sidhu, a team of the Sarabha Nagar police led by Sub-Inspector Dilpreet Singh has traced the accused who was a friend of the deceased and allegedly killed him for money.

According to the SSP, the body of Inderjit Singh was found in a sack near Deepak Hospital on December 6 last year. The police groped in the dark for several months until last week when a man called Raji, alias Badshah, alias Raj, was nabbed by the police for allegedly robbing a man travelling in his rickshaw. The accused during interrogation confessed of having killed Inderjit Singh, another rickshaw-puller, in order to loot him. The accused had allegedly killed him for Rs 2,000.



Bid to dupe 80-yr-old woman
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
Women of the city, please beware of anyone who tries to sell you some powder that cleans and shines gold ornaments.

A youth in his early twenties came to Mrs Malkit Kaur’s house in street number 6 of Durgapuri locality here this morning and said he represented a company manufacturing a powder that cleans and shines gold ornaments. Eighty-year-old Malkit Kaur was reluctant to buy the powder. But the youth persisted and finally succeeded in taking off a heavy gold bangle from her hand. On the pretext of washing it, he put it a small acid jar for sometime. When the woman wanted to know what he was doing with it, he said it needed washing. The youth took out the gold bangle from the acid jar and wrapping the same in a paper gave it back to her saying that it should be kept in the refrigerator for a while as it needed some cooling. Meanwhile, a woman tenant of Mrs Malkit Kaur and her daughter who live close by arrived.

Smelling a rat, the women took out the bangle from the fridge while the youth was held up by them. Mrs Malkit Kaur found out that the weight of her bangle had been reduced to almost half. Nearly 10 gram of the precious metal had been dissolved in the acid. Soon people from neighbourhood gathered on the spot, roughed up the youth a little bit and called in the police, which took him to the Haibowal police station under which the area falls.

The Haibowal police station sources said further investigations were on.



Three held for graft
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 22
Two linemen of the Punjab State Electricity Board and one Patwari have been arrested by the Vigilance Department, according to Mr R.P.S. Bajwa, Superintendent of Police (Vigilance Bureau), here today.

Talking to mediapersons at the local Civil Rest House, Mr Bajwa said the bureau arrested Avtar Singh and Jatinder Nath, linemen of the PSEB, for demanding and accepting a sum of Rs 2,000 from Mr Parvinder Singh for repairing a defect in his electric meter.

In another case, Patwari Hardev Singh was arrested for demanding and accepting Rs 2,000 from Mr Gurinder Pal Singh of Daburi village for giving him the copy of mutation.

The police has registered cases, against the two.



Seminar on growth agenda today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The Ludhiana Management Association, a local chapter of the All-India Management Association, New Delhi, will organise a seminar here on “Growth agenda of Punjab-Ludhiana in focus’’ on August 23.

Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab, will deliver the keynote address and share his views on the subject. The seminar will be also attended by senior government officials, industrialists, entrepreneurs, management professionals, academicians and senior citizens of the city.

According to Mr V.K. Goyal, Punjab has grown over the years and placed itself in the global map. Ludhiana has a special place in the state. It is for this reason that the seminar on that subject is being organised. The association believes that the city can be made a much stronger industrial centre for the future and can give lead to entire state for rapid industrial growth. It is expected that a number of important issues which have a direct bearing on the economic development of the state, shall be discussed in the seminar.

Mr S.P. Oswal, Chairman, Vardhaman Group of Industries, Mr B.M. Lal Munjal, Chairman, Hero Group of Industries, will also participate in the seminar. Prof K.S. Aulakh, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University will present his views on ‘Role of agriculture in the development of Industry in Punjab.’ Mr Suresh Arora, DIG, Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.S. Sandhu, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, will also attend the seminar.


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