Tuesday, October 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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Kidney racket victims were minors
Policemen, MC officials part of nexus
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Investigations into the recently-busted kidney racket have revealed that two of the three complainants were operated upon despite being minors. Besides, they were given false identities by agents allegedly mixed up with officials of the Police Department, the Municipal Corporation and some politicians. This is in violation of the Organs Transplant Act. Following investigations by Ludhiana Tribune, two more victims of the racket have also been identified.

The racket is now assuming a wider magnitude from what has been registered in the FIRs. It has come to light that the main accused Amritpal used to bring about 25 persons, mostly Nepalese, from Delhi every month for kidney transplantation. Some of them, however, escaped on discovering the racket, while others were lured either by money or force. Another charge that has come up against the police is that the police gave a report to the government screening committee in each case of kidney transplantation, stating that no transaction of money had taken place. This is in contravention of the accepted facts of the case.

Interestingly, while the Police Department has not been able to find any other alleged victim of the racket, Ludhiana Tribune found two other victims and interviewed them last night. While one of them, Sunil, agreed to come on record, the second one, also a Nepali, did not agree for a photograph or giving his identity at any cost. Both the victims wept unconsolably and even fought with the ‘contact’ found by Ludhiana Tribune to meet him. Both of these have not got a penny for their donation and were allegedly under 18 years of age.

Ludhiana Tribune also became the first to interview the three complainants — Sagar, Prem and Sandeep Bahadur — late last night at their temporary dwelling in a dingy place in the city. These three were earlier quoted in news reports based on the FIR but had not met any mediapersons as the police was not disclosing their address and had sort of kept them underground.

Located through reliable ‘contacts’, a Tribune team met them at about 10:30 p.m. last night. Initially, wary of talking over the issue, the three agreed to spill the beans after some persuasion. It was on their information that the reliable contact took the Tribune team to two other victims.

The story narrated by the three complainants says that they were working as waiters on daily wages in marriage parties in a city hotel. The arrested accused Rajesh Kumar first met Sagar Bahadur and promised him a better job for which he has to undergo medical examination. The complainant said he was kept with about 25 from boys at a house in Daba road area for about a month. The other boys were brought from Delhi. Most of them were under age. Even he was 17 years of age then. They were taken to a hospital where their medical examination and test were conducted. They were given good food and Rs 50 daily as pocket money.

Sagar said he was shocked after about a month when the accused Rajesh and Amritpal told him he could make fast money if he donates his kidney for Rs 60,000. He said when he declined they showed him his photographs undergoing medical examination and said they would give the photos to the police and implicate him in illegal kidney transplantation Act.

Sagar and the other two complainants who were operated in Jalandhar admitted that they were both lured by money and were also afraid of the suspects. They said the suspects had even got their thumb impressions on some papers while they were undergoing medical examination. They said they went ahead and were kept with different families for some days after which they were interviewed by a screening committee. They ultimately donated their kidneys but were then told to shut up or face dire consequences. The three complainants admitted that they were not 18 when they donated the kidney.

The Tribune team then met Sunil who had also donated his kidney under the same circumstances. Sunil was so apprehensive of the suspect that he fought with the ‘contact’ on revealing his whereabouts and then wept unconsolably. He said he was lured by Rajesh Kumar and Amritpal who frequented the Ghanta Ghar area of the city besides the railway stations and the Industrial Area in pursuit of fresh victims.

The fifth victim who admitted that the racket was going on did not agree to be identified or photographed.

What the DMC says

Reacting to the allegations of the involvement of some DMC staff in the racket, the DMC Medical Superintendent and Dr. S.S.Ahuja, Principal of the DMC College and a member of the Kidney donors screening committee, today said that there was no evidence of the involvement of doctors or other staff of the hospital.

The officials said the doctors always kept the patients’ interest in mind and it was impossible for them to take out a kidney without the consent of the patient. The officials said the doctors learn about the donor only after the screening committee clears the name.

They said the screening committee decides the case on the report of the police that no transaction of money has taken place in the case and that the antecedents of the donor have been checked. The report is signed by the SSP after the lower officials do the ground work. The officials said then the report of the MC as well as the councillor or a politician of the donor’s area is also taken through which the donor’s residence and place of dwelling is proved. Even the donor’s age is verified through these reports.

They said with such reports in the donor’s favour, the committee has little to suspect. Still, there were several cases in which the committee rejected the donor.

A DMC official revealed that in one case a migrant labourer was presented as a Punjabi. However, by chance, when the doctors administered anesthesia and asked his name, the donor in a semi-conscious stage revealed his true identity, at which the operation was stopped and the case rejected.

The DMC Employees Union claimed that as per their inquiries, there was no involvement of any DMC employee. They had, however, insisted on a thorough probe into the matter to clear all suspicions.

What makes the case a kidney racket

* Under the Act, the kidney can only be donated and not sold. As per the complainants’ statement, they had not donated the kidney but had sold it.

* Giving fake identity to the donors is another violation. Under the Act, a relative or a close member of the family can only donate the kidney. The complainants have exposed the police verification report as well as the MC or a councillor’s report about the address.

* The donor has to be less than 18. This clause is also violated in some cases.

* Agents have no legal standing. They constitute the racket by arranging the donors and thus minting money through illegal business.
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Cancer has won, help is useless now
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, October 15
Gagandeep Kaur, 21-year-old student, who was suffering from blood cancer and awaiting the bone marrow transplant, did not survive long enough to undergo the surgery. She died of complications leading to her kidney failure on October 11. “She did not wait for her 22nd birthday, which was only 3 days, later and for which she had already made plans and also invited her friends”, grieves Sarabjeet Kaur her mother, while adding, “she did not live even a bit longer to celebrate her birthday”.

Gagan was suffering from blood cancer and her case was highlighted by the Ludhiana Tribune. It had generated some response and some people had come forward with some financial help. However, she required about Rs 45 lakh for the transplant which was to be done in America.

Her parents were desperately arranging for the money as the amount was too big for the middle class family to arrange in a short period. They had already sold most of their moveable property, including a car and a house to save her life. They had already spent about Rs 15 lakh for her treatment. Although a few philanthropists did come out with help, it was not enough for the transplant. Still her parents had not lost hope and were preparing for the transplant.

Although Gagan was aware of the disease she had been afflicted with, she did not give up courage. She fought it till the end with a brave heart. She would even console her parents. But she was upset as well, for the huge expenses her parents had to bear for her treatment. The family is so closely knit that everyone helped her to fight it out, but the fate willed otherwise.

Her birthday was on October 14. She had already arranged a party at Hot Breads and invited her friends about 15 days earlier. “Probably she knew she may not be able to invite them later”, mourns her mother. Gagan suffered brain haemorrhage on October 4. While she was undergoing treatment for the haemorrhage, her kidneys failed her on October 11, which led her to death the same day.

The family struggled almost alone, except for minor aid from here or there. Although some of the students of the Government College claimed that they had collected Rs 1 lakh for her transplant, nobody came forward with anything when the family needed it the most. Said Mrs Sarbjeet Kaur, Gagan’s mother: “Although one of the girls, Rajdeep, told me that they had kept Rs 1 lakh for Gagan, they did not give it to us, when we required it after her haemorrhage as we had already incurred an expenditure of about Rs 50,000. She said, the money could be given only for her treatment in America”.

For quite some time, since Gagan was diagnosed for blood cancer, the family had a tough time. And now their predicament is more severe. Gagan is no more and they have to listen to so much rumours about the donations from people. Both her parents protested that they wanted all the rumours to be stopped. “Gagan’s loss is too much a grief for us to ask for more, just tell the people to stop spreading rumours”, a distraught Sarbjeet told this reporter, adding, “we just want her soul to “rest in peace”.
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HC declines stay on elevated road project
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, while admitting two writ petitions, filed by representatives of the affected shopkeepers against the elevated road project, has declined their plea for grant of a stay order against the controversial project. Two separate civil writ petitions filed by Mr Kartar Singh and others and Mr Rajesh Mehra and others, being similar in nature, were clubbed together by the court.

A two-Judge Bench of the High Court, comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohanta, in their brief orders, pronounced on October 12, observed: “Stay declined. Admitted to be heard within one year.”

The proposed elevated road, being constructed over the existing Old G.T. Road from Jagraon bridge to Chand Cinema in the city, at an estimated cost of Rs 32 crore, had generated a lot of controversy, creating sharp divisions between the ruling SAD-BJP combine in the civic body. After many a hiccup, the project was finally approved in the general house meeting of the MC on July 18 and work order was issued to Kverner Cementation India Ltd, the successful bidders.
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Temple trust encroaches upon park space again
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
Slack enforcement and lackadaisical attitude of the Municipal Corporation towards removing encroachments is having its toll on the city. Though the Durga Mata Mandir controversy is yet to be resolved, the issue of alleged attempts to encroach upon a park near Shri Bhole Nath Temple in the ‘F’ Block of Kitchlu Nagar here has come to the fore.

An iron gate installed at the entrance to the park by the temple management and dismantled by the area residents was reinstalled past night. Residents opposed this vehemently and, fearing trouble, the district administration posted a police contingent at the site, while the MC authorities were yet to initiate any action.

After its first unsuccessful attempt to restrict the entry of public to the park by putting up a gate, the temple management had tried to “complicate the issue” by claiming that the park development committee was responsible for the move. However, when the park development committee denied this, the temple management owned up and said the gate had been installed to keep stray animals out of the park. The temple management said, public outcry notwithstanding, it would proceed with reinstalling the gate again obtaining permission from the MC.

Residents of the locality a certain office-bearer of the temple management trust who also held office in the area park development committee was responsible for this stand of the trust. A housewife who lives near the park charged the MC with failing to take preventive measures after the gate had been put up illegally and pulled down by residents.

The fear of the residents that the temple management wanted to encroach upon the park were not misplaced. Marble slabs were laid in a part of the park, a ‘havan kund’ had already been built and the park was being put to occasional use by the temple management. A few years ago, there had been attempts to raise unlawful construction in the park and the structures had then been demolished by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust.

The MC administration failed to take a timely action to check the encroachment this time, though the MC Additional Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, had said on Friday that the temple trust or the park development committee would not be permitted to install a gate at the entrance to the park because it was a public place.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, who is the acting MC Commissioner, is in Chandigarh. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.R. Kler, said the MC had been asked to look into the matter. The MC Town Planner, Mr S.S. Bhatia, said he had submitted a report to his superiors, that the installation of the gate was indeed an act of encroachment. Mr Raminder Singh, Additional Commissioner, is on leave and the other senior MC officials could not be contacted.
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Case of fraud against LSE broker
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The police has registered a case against Mrs Usha Garg, a Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) broker, and her son, Mr Shagun Garg, proprietors of Usha Garg and Company, for committing fraud with Mrs Nidhi Jain. Both have allegedly denied that a payment of Rs 49,960 was due to Mrs Jain. A cheque issued by Mrs Garg was also reportedly dishonoured by a bank. Mrs Jain and her husband, Dr Deepak Jain, have alleged that they had been threatened by Mrs Garg and her son for demanding the money.

According to an FIR registered at Sarabha Nagar police station, Mrs Garg had issued a cheque of Rs 49,960 on July 16, to Dr Jain in lieu of the settlement against the sale of some shares. The cheque, issued in back date ie March 31, was later dishonoured by the Chaura Bazar branch of the State Bank of Patiala, due to insufficient funds in the account of the accused. Later, when Dr Jain and her husband contacted them at their residence, giving assurance of the payment they tore out the cheque. However, Dr Jain alleged that payment had not been made so far.

Mr Shagun Garg, however, had denied the allegations of committing any fraud or threatening Dr Deepak Jain and his wife. He said: ‘‘We had issued a cheque in July to Dr Jain, who is also our relative, in lieu of the sale of around 300 shares of SBI, which were never transferred to our account.

However, we made a payment of Rs 50,000 after they had promised to transfer the shares. The cheque was taken back and not torn out, as alleged by him. Rather they owe us Rs 50,000, not vice- versa. Further, we have taken a pre-arrest bail in that case.’’

Interestingly, Mr Garg also alleged that an SSP had sent the complaint to the legal cell, which had recommended not to register any FIR against them. However, the police had registered a case against them under pressure.

It is also learnt that the police had raided the residence of Mrs Garg after registering a case on October 12, but they were away, according to the police sources. However, Mr Shagun Garg was available today at his office at the LSE, and denied all these allegations. 
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Confrontation over foundation stones
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
As the assembly elections in the state are drawing closer, the politicians seem to have already taken the fight to the streets. Leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD), have emerged as the worst rivals with strong mutual aversion for each other. And this is all happening between the three sitting MLAs of the AISAD and their rivals (read the prospective candidates) from SAD.

The latest in the series is an incident of the removal of a foundation stone of a power supply station in Nangal Kallan village in the Killa Raipur assembly constituency, allegedly by the supporters of the senior Akali leader and Technical Education Minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha. Senior AISAD leader and an MLA, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, was supposed to lay the foundation stone on Friday. However, the supporters of Mr Garcha allegedly removed the stone just to prevent the function of the next day. Mr Grewal said, it was the sense of panic among the ruling circles that they were not tolerating any constructive work by the opposition parties.

There were similar incidents at some other places involving Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, an AISAD legislator from Dakha and Mr Hira Singh Ghabria, AISAD legislator from Ludhiana Rural assembly segment. And all the incidents were related to the foundation stones.

In August, a controversy lasted for several days after the foundation stone of a drainage system laid down by Mr Khalsa was removed by the supporters of SAD vice-president, Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia. The police had also registered an FIR in the case. The issue was settled only after it was agreed that the foundation stone laid down by Mr Khalsa would be reinstalled at the same place.

Another confrontation took place between Mr Hira Singh Ghabria and his rival in SAD Sharanjit Singh Dhillon again over the foundation stone of a school in the Ludhiana (Rural) constituency. Mr Dhillon, who is acting as a defacto MLA from the constituency, was supposed to lay down foundation stones at some places. Mr Ghabria reached the same places one day in advance and laid down his own foundation stones.

And people are aware of the fact that this is the politics only which revolves round the foundation stones as no development works follow. There are two typical examples one in Alamgir village and another in Jarkhar village. While a bus stand, for which foundation stone was laid down in 1997 by the Chief Minister, still awaits starting of work on it.
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COMMUNITY

Irked by ‘illegal melas’, residents hold dharna
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
In protest against the non-closure of melas in Focal Point, which had been declared illegal by the district administration, residents of the area staged a dharna in front of the area's police station here yesterday.

Addressing the agitating residents, several speakers accused the administration and the police of having succumbed to the pressure by the mela mafia because of which the melas were still being organised. They said a delegation of the Sikh Sangharsh Committee had called upon the Deputy Commissioner, the Additional Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police, a couple of days ago but regrettably no action had so far been taken. The speakers also demanded action against culprits responsible for putting up such melas.

Mr Gurdev Singh Batalvi, who led the agitating residents, said the purpose of such melas was to collect money for personal ends. Currently, two melas were being operated in close proximity to each other. He said none of the mela organisers had obtained a valid permission from the district administration prior to holding these melas.

Apart from a large number of Akali leaders, various office-bearers of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, HL colony, also participated in the dharna.

The SHO, and DSP, Focal Point, assured them of removal of melas by 10 am tomorrow.

According to a press note by Mr Sukhdev Singh Mander, an AISSF leader, the committee had asked the police and the administration to get the mela sites cleared by 6 pm on Monday, else the committee would initiate its own course to achieving the end. 
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Seminar on 400th Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
A seminar in connection with the 400th Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib was held at Punjabi Bhavan here today under the auspices of the Senior Sikh Bhudijiwi Council in which more than 200 scholars , intellectuals, bureaucrats, doctors, professors and others from all sections of society participated.

Eminent Sikh scholars, Dr Jodh Singh, Dr Tarlok Singh Anand and Dr Gurnam Kaur dwelt on the various teachings of Guru Granth Sahib and underlined the need to follow the same for the maintenance of peace and tranquility throughout the world. Principal Surjit Singh presided over the function. Mr Balvinder Singh, Mr Lochan Singh, president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Sachdeva, general secretary and Dr Paramjit Singh, convener, of the council also addressed the gathering.

Mr Gurbax Singh Bhatia, chief coordinator, thanked the audience and moved a resolution to appeal to the Centre and state government to take immediate steps to uphold the sanctity of Guru Granth Sahib and punish the guilty indulging in sacrilege. An appeal was also made to exercise restraint in the interest of maintaining peace and goodwill in the state.
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Rally by Youth Congressmen
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
The District Youth Congress organised a “Congress lao, Punjab bachao” rally here today which was organised by Mr Rajesh Chopra and Mr Anil Kumar Pappi.

Addressing the rally, Mr Davinder Singh Babbu , President , Punjab Youth Congress, said that these days people were dissatisfied with the Akali-BJP government. He also condemned the law and order situation in the state.

Mr Nahar Singh Gill said that the farmers were committing suicide every day under the current regime because they were overburdened with debts. He said that a large number of factories had been closed in the state during the past few months.

Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa said that Mr Badal had fulfilled none of the promises made in the 1997 manifesto of the Akali Dal. He accused the Chief Minister of making undue and illegal use of governmental funds. Mr Parkash Singh Badal had also failed to streamline the state’s economy. He revealed that Punjab was under a debt of Rs 58,000 crore.

Mr Pawan Diwan alleged that under the veil of the sangat darshan programmes, the Chief Minister was distributing grants and funds among his favourites only. He said in view of the declining popularity of the Akali Dal, Mr Badal was adopting new tactics to befool the masses.

He warned Mr Badal that people would not be misled by his sangat darshan programmes and fresh promises of development in the state. He said the economic atmosphere in the state was not conducive to the setting up of new industries and as such a number of industrialists were being forced to deposit non-construction charges on plots in the Focal Point area of the city.

The rallyists shouted pro-Sonia Gandhi and pro-Captain Amarinder Singh slogans on the occasion. Among the prominent Congress leaders who participated in the rally were Mr Santokh Singh Gill, Mr Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Mr Palwinder Singh Taggar, Mr Harpreet Singh Mangat and Mr Sudhir Chopra.
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Case registered against factory owners
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana. October 15
The case of a Nepali labourer, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances outside an industrial unit, near Sherpur, yesterday, took a new turn this evening when the Focal Point police registered a case of murder against the owners of a factory, Ram Lal and Sons, where the deceased used to work.

The registration of the case came in the wake of a protest dharna staged by activists of a Nepali Ekta Union and relatives of the deceased, Khem Bahadur at Civil hospital this afternoon where the post mortem of the deceased was being conducted. The activists lifted the protest when the police agreed to register a case of murder besides accepting that the post mortem would be conducted by a board of doctors.

However, a police official said that the police did not suspect any foul play in the incident as the man had died of some disease. He claimed that the relatives were demanding money and said yesterday they had given some statement and today they were saying that the man was murdered.

The police official said the police registered a case as per their demand and had started investigation.

The activists claimed that Khem Bahadur was murdered and had not died of any illness.
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Concern over nexus between drugs and elections
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, October 15
The delegate session of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in a significant decision, today, endorsed and pledged to rout drug menace from the state. During the ensuing Assembly and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee elections in the state, over 200 delegates from 10 zones of Punjab and 9 states of the country would launch an aggressive awareness campaign exhorting the electorate to reject bartering their votes with alcohol and drugs.

Principal Ram Singh, chief organiser, and Mr Gurmit Singh, chief secretary, expressed concern over the rise in drug addiction in the state — particularly among youth and school students. They called upon the study circle cadre and people of the state to think, talk and tackle the problem of drugs. Slogans are being popularised to fighting the menace.

In the session on “Election and Drugs — a great threat to democracy”, Prof Sarabjeet Singh, Director, Social and Health Services, cautioned masses about its serious threat to democracy during elections by luring of voters. He proposed a special action plan for six months in order to mobilise the public opinion against the use of alcohol and drugs during the elections. He suggested a three step strategy: Mobilisation of public opinion, signature movement and memorandum to political parties and politicians and liaison with Chief Election Commissioner as well as national and international agencies engaged in drug abuse prevention. He said Punjab could no longer keep quiet and that any party which distributed intoxicants would have to face the consequences.

Dr Sukhdev Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, PAU, in his paper called for taking hard decisions to break the nexus between drugs and elections. On this occasion, stickers, posters, hand bills, cards, setencils etc. were released as a promotional material on drugs and presented in bulk to all zonal secretaries at highly subsidised costs. Among others who addressed the gathering included Principal Rawail Singh, Dr Pushpinder Singh, Dr Deepinder Singh and Mr Jasbir Singh.
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Shehzad village gets 24-hour power supply
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
The 24-hour power supply scheme was inaugurated by Mr Jagdip Singh Grewal, Chief Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, in Shehzad village in Lalton Suburban Division of the PSEB. In providing this facility to the village, a long pending demand of the villagers has been accepted.

The village panchayat organised a function to mark the occasion. Addressing the function, Mr Grewal explained various plans to be executed by the PSEB in the region. He said the PSEB was committed to providing better power supply to the rural areas. Mr Kuldip Singh, sarpanch, Kila Raipur, drew the attention of PSEB officials toward the frequent power cuts and deep power crisis in the state.

Mr Jaspal Singh, Superintending Engineer, Suburban Division, Mr Jagdev Singh Grewal, a former Superintending Engineer, Mr C.S. Mann, Senior Executive Engineer, and several other officials of the PSEB were honoured on the occasion by the panchayat. Mr Surinder Singh, sarpanch, Gram Panchayat, Shehzad village thanked the Chief Engineer, Mr Grewal and other board officials for covering the village under 24-hour power supply scheme.
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YC to launch agitation against corruption
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
The District Youth Congress (DYC) has threatened to launch a mass agitation against the alleged irregularities and rampant corruption in Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) if the LIT chairman fails to take remedial measures to root out corruption and red-tape.

Addressing a meeting of party office-bearers in the Amarpura locality here yesterday, DYC president Parminder Mehta observed that increasing number of public complaints against the working of LIT had revealed that people were being harassed and even routine works were deliberately delayed. Middle-men and ‘fixers’, in connivance with corrupt employees, were having a field day, he added.

Mr Mehta claimed that after the recent demonstrations against the Municipal Corporation and the Food and Supplies Department by party workers, there had been some improvement in the day-to-day working.

Through a resolution, the DYC paid tributes to veteran freedom fighter Nand Lal Ahuja on his death anniversary. The party also decided to confer Shri Nand Lal Ahuja Award upon an institution that was carrying on selfless social service. 
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Laugh your blues away
Kamal Kishore Shankar

Ludhiana, October 15
“Laugh and the world will laugh with you; weep and you weep alone”. These lines by Ella Wheeler Wilcox are still true. One who remains happy and stays cool in all adverse situations can defeat all odds and emerge as a winner. Everybody enjoys the company of cheerful persons and not of frustrated and desperate persons. Laughter is a heavenly bliss without which life can be hell.

The importance of laughter being a key to success was well understood by our forefathers. They had included ‘hansiyog’ as a part of yoga in the ancient times because they knew that laughter was one of the ways to relax and to ease tension. These days, a large number of people have started practising ‘Hansiyog’ during morning walks at different parts of the city. This exercise is picking up in the city as one can witness many people practising ‘hansiyog’ at Punjab Agricultural University, Rose Garden, Model Town Park, Rakh Bagh and other parts of the city. After a long walk or some exercises, many people make a group and start laughing.

Perhaps the residents of Ludhiana have realised the secret of being happy and cheerful as a means to cross all hurdles in life. Most of the people work for more than 12 hours a day. They need to do some exercise to reduce the pressure of excess workload and laughter is the best exercise to do so.

Dr Hardial Singh Aulakh, president of the PAU unit of the Bhartiya Yog Sansthan, says it is not necessary for anybody to be a student of yoga to do this exercise. Anybody can practise it at any time when he or she is free. One has to do a simple exercise while doing ‘hansiyog’. One needs to concentrate and to take a deep breath before laughing as much as one can. While laughing one should try ignore all tension and things around, he adds.

Dr Aulakh says while laughing, about 72,000 arteries, nerves and veins work together, which improves efficiency of the human body. Dr Aulakh has about 50 students of yoga who laugh for 10 to 15 minutes every day after practising other yogaasanas. There are no rules for Laughing and one can enjoy laughter any time without knowing all its benefits.

A B.Com first year student, Sanju regularly participates in the laughing exercise. She says it is a good experience. She is of the view that this is the time when one concentrates on oneself and introspects to become a better human being. This exercise improves concentration which helps her while studying, she adds.

A professional, Mr A.S. Chawla has a very hectic work schedule. He says a laughing session of just 15 to 20 minutes in the morning has changed his life. He feels that laughter helps him to keep cool while working, which has improved his efficiency. He says Ludhiana has always been the first to experiment new things in the state. This exercise will help citizens of the city to combat increasing stress.
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Book on Sarabha’s life released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
‘Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha’, a book written by Dr Gurcharan Singh Muhay and published by the Publications Division of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was released at a function organised by the Sirjandhara in Punjabi Bhavan here on Sunday. The General Secretary of the academy, Dr Parminder Singh, released the book and Mr Karamjit Singh Aujla presided over the function.

Prof Mohinder Singh Cheema, Mr Kulwant Singh Jagraon and Mr Karamjit Singh Aujla were among those who spoke on the book. Prof Cheema said the publication of this book was a right step towards popularising the language through a popular theme. He said all libraries of the state should have this book. He also said the author had been honest to history in his work.

Mr Aujla said that the book was a rare work in Punjabi and more such books on the lives of freedom fighters should be written. Mr Kulwant Jagraon said the book was a deep probe into the life of a man in hurry to get freedom for his country.

On this occasion, Mr Inderjit Singh Wasu said writers should keep the philosophy of martyrdom in mind while writing such books.

The others who spoke on this occasion included An Urdu poet and elder brother of film star Dharmendra, Ajit Deol of Bombay, Ms Sukhwinder Amrit, Gurcharan Kaur Kochar and Gurcharan Kaur Thind. Mr Gurdial Raushan, Mr Mohinderdeep Grewal, Dr Kulwinder Kaur and Mr Pritam Singh Pandher also participated in the discussion. About 45 writers of Ludhiana attended the function.

Dr Gurcharan Singh Muhay is a veteran journalist of Punjab. He was in the Indian Information Service and an Information Officer in the Press Information Bureau in New Delhi, an AIR correspondent and editor of radio and TV news. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of the Delhi traffic police. After his retirement, he has published five books, so far, and working on two more books.

He has published nine books in Punjabi on religious and literary themes. His yet-to-be-published books are ‘Vaar Asasari da Saar’ and ‘Guru Gobind Singh’. He has translated 23 books on technical, literary and science subjects into Punjabi. He is a regular contributor to a popular English daily and he writes about Punjabi and Urdu writers of Ludhiana.”

His first book was ‘Philosophy of Life’ followed by ‘Guru Nanak Darshan’ based on the philosophy of Guru Nanak. His book on Japji Saheb, ‘12 March Sandesh’, too, became popular. ‘Sukhmani Sukh Amrit Prabh Naam’ was published last year. A book in English on Sarder Paanchi, an Urdu poet, is almost ready for publication. Mr Mohay wants to keep writing for as long as possible.
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CRIME

Kidnap bid, one booked
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 15
The division No 5 police station has registered a case against Garish Kumar who allegedly tried to kidnap a boy, Prashant Rattan, in Haibowal yesterday.

According to the complaint lodged by the boy’s grandfather, Mr Kewal Krishan, a resident of Haibowal, the accused made an attempt to kidnap his grandson but ran away from the spot after being challenged. The police has registered a case under Sections 364 and 511 of the IPC.

Injured A case under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC has been registered at the Division No 5 police station on the statement of Mr Gurprit Singh, that a Tata 407 vehicle (PB-10-C-9972) hit a Hero Honda motor cycle near Kaka Marriage Palace, Ferozepore road, as a result of which the complainant received injuries.

Beaten: The Model Town police has registered a case under Sections 447, 448, 452, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Gurwinder Singh against Manjit Singh, a resident of New Kartar Nagar, Ludhiana, and four to five other unknown persons. The complainant has alleged that they forcibly entered his house and beat him up before escaping.

Dowry Case: The Division No 6 police has registered a case under Sections 420, 406 and 498A of the IPC on the application dated September 5 last from Ms Jatinder Kaur, a resident of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, against her husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law residents of Chakki Piara Singh, Mohalla Ramgarhia, Goraya. The complainant stated that her in-laws demanded more dowry from her. Mr Tehal Singh, SI, Shimlapuri police post, is the investigating officer. No arrests have been made so far.

Duped: The Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 406, 420 and 120B of the IPC on the statement of Mr Prem Pal Rana a resident of New Shakti Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, against Sudesh Kumari, resident of Sector 30, Chandigarh. The complainant alleged that he gave Rs 53,000 to the accused for sending him to a foreign country. But the accused neither sent him to a foreign country nor returned his money.

Jagraon
Poppy Husk seized:
The Raikot police has arrested Jagtar Singh of Shabazpura from Rajgarh, and seized 10 kg of poppy husk from his possession. A case has been registered against him under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act .

4 booked for fraud: The police has booked Sulakshan Garg, Nathu, Somnath and Jagdev Singh under Sections 467, 468, 471, 506 and 120-B of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Romesh Kumar for forging documents of a plot situated near Nirmal Sweets on the College road here, and forcibly taking its possession. According to the complainant, he and his wife shared ownership of the plot, from where they used to carry coal business. But due to slump in the trade, they decided to sell the plot to Sulakshan, who was Romesh’s friend. They handed over a copy of registered sale deed and other documents to him, but he pressurised them to sell him the plot at a throwaway price. On their refusal, strained relations developed between the friends. The complainant alleged that some persons tried to kill him a few days ago.

While investigating into his complaint, the police inquired Amar Nath alias Nathu, who told them that he and his brother Somnath had negotiated a deal with Romesh for the plot’s sale, and the documents were with Sulakshan. But Romesh denied having reached any deal with them.
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