Thursday, November 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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MC staff up in arms against irregular promotions
Authorities warned of agitation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
Municipal Corporation employees here are up in arms against what they term as out-of-turn promotions and direct recruitments at the instance of certain senior bureaucrats and ruling party functionaries. They have threatened to launch an agitation if the government did not mend its ways and went on with such whimsical and irregular acts, which also violated a direction by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the undertaken given by the government.

Close on the heels of appointment of an official of inspector rank in the MC here on transfer from Jalandhar, another direct recruitment of a woman and her posting in the Accounts Department has created a ruckus, with the employees making it clear in no uncertain terms that they would not tolerate the injustice being meted out to the employees.

Mr Devi Sahay Tandon, president, Municipal Employees Federation, and Mr Tarlochan Singh Lochi, president, Nigam Karamchari Dal, separately met the MC Commissioner, Mr R.L. Kalsia, and submitted memoranda to express their resentment against irregular promotions and appointments.

Both Mr Tandon and Mr Lochi said that the officer, posted here in supersession of more than 400 employees in the common seniority list, was not permitted to take charge and the MC employees would fight to the last to seek justice. Similarly, the fresh recruitment made for a post in the Accounts Department was tantamount to usurping the rights of hundreds of MC employees, who were serving on adhoc basis and were waiting for regular appointments years together. Moreover, direct recruitment to supervisory posts tended to block the promotion channels of eligible employees.

The union activists warned the government and the civic administration against such whimsical acts of favouritism forthwith and threatened to launch an agitation if injustice and discrimination against the employees continued.



Forum penalises ISP dealer
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed SAB Infotech Limited, Bharat Nagar Exchange, Ludhiana, to pay Rs 10,000 on account of deficiency in services to Mr Barjinder Singh Kochhar, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. The forum has also directed the respondent to make the computer of the consumer fully functional with in 15 days of receipt of copy of the order.

According to the complaint, the respondent was Internet service provider and the consumer had purchased a Glide connection in a package of 4,500 hours with the HCL Personal Computer for Rs 40,000 on September 18, 2000. The consumer stated before the forum that the dealer had promised to provide Glide internet service with the speed of 56 KBPS. Despite the fact that the dealer was charging a double rate of Rs 36 per hour as compared to charges quoted by Satyam and VSNL, just because the respondent’s assurance of providing 56 KBPS speed, he added.

‘‘One KBPS is equal to 1024 bytes while the respondent could not provide the claimed speed as the down load speed reaching him was only 200 bytes per second. Moreover, I lodged complaints many times. But the engineers of the dealer could not make the computer functional properly despite repairing ,’’ the consumer disclosed.

The consumer further stated, ‘‘Working of the computer has been defective from the very inception, Firstly, its RAM crashed and then monitor became defective’’. When he complained to the respondent, an engineer was sent, who disclosed that the system had crashed and took away the computer on December, 15, 2000, the complainant added.

Mr Kochhar said that after sometime, he got his computer back but the faults could not be removed properly. He alleged that there was a clear deficiency on the part of the dealer for not providing services properly.

The respondent pleaded that the system sold to the complaint, had the capacity to work at the speed of 56 KBPS and it had not been promised that the Internet speed would of 56 KBPS. Moreover, the complainant was using it for commercial purpose and he was not a consumer, it added. It had been denied that the complainant had sent e-mail messages as the address mentioned, was not of the respondent. The respondent stated that there was no deficiency in because whenever the complainant lodged a complaint the necessary action had been taken.

The forum observed that the warranty period was of 12 months and the computer became defective on December, 15, 2000 which was given to the respondent. The forum stated that the computer was given back on March 3,2001.

The forum held that taking two and a half months to repair a computer was a deficiency in services. 


Arrangements for closing ceremony finalised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
All arrangements for the closing ceremony of the 31st National Games on December 1 have been completed. Stating this here today, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S K Sandhu, who is also Chairman of the Regional Committee, National Games, said that the closing ceremony would start at 4.30 in the evening.

Lt. Gen(retd) J.F.R. Jacob,Governor, would be the Chief Guest and Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha would preside over the concluding function. Mr Sandhu said the function would include march past, band show, horse show and other events.

The programme would include some folk songs from popular singers like Harbhajan Mann. Mr Sandhu said that the cards had been issued to the invitees bearing their block number and entry gate number. Entry to the general public without passes would be from gate number 2 and gate number 8. People are advised to take Basant Singh Khalsa Marg from Durga Mata Mandir side to avoid inconvenience.

The general parking would be at military camp near Jagraon Bridge parking of all vehicles would be in Government College for Women ground which would be approachable from Durga Mata Mandir side. He informed that no mobile phones and bags would be allowed inside the stadium.

Other dignitaries coming for the closing ceremony include Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemical and Fertiliser and Mr Suresh Kulmandi, President Indian Olympic Association. 



Rehearsals on for closing ceremony of National Games 
Deepkamal Kaur And Asha Ahuja

A police band practises before the concluding day celebrations for the National Games at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi 

Ludhiana, November 28
With just three days left for the 31st National Games to conclude, rehearsals for the closing ceremony have begun in full swing at the Guru Nanak Stadium, now that all athletics events are all over.

While the opening ceremony was marked by a beautiful cultural ceremony, the closing ceremony includes just one cultural item by Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann who would regale the audience with his popular numbers. To make sure the audience can understand all instructions and announcements, the Deputy Commissioner , Mr. S.K.Sandhu, said the sound system was going to be revamped.

Earlier, on the opening day due to the poor quality of sound , the audience could not understand the Punjabi songs and other items and instructions clearly. From today, the improvement in the sound system started. The Deputy Commissioner S.K. Sandhu and Mr S.R.Kaler, Additional Deputy Commissioner, were personally supervising the rehearsals.

The SP (Head Quarters), Mr Naunihal Singh, informed that the ceremony would begin around 5 pm and they would like it to be over in two hours but it may take an extra half an hour. NCC cadets from 12 local colleges would start the ceremony with march past. Their number has been chosen as 31as these are the 31st National Games.

Thirtyone girls wearing white suits, pink jackets and pink dupattas and 31 boys dressed up in white kurta pyjama and Malwai turbans would participate in the march past. Deepak Sharma, a BA (II year) student from SCD Government College, would lead the contingent while the leader among the girls would be Sukhpreet Grewal, a BA (III year) student from Government College for Women.

The NCC students would be followed by the march past of contigents of different states. Local girls carrying placards with the name of states would lead the states in an alphabetical order.

The march past would be followed by an exciting band competition from bands of different parts of Punjab. A PT show by a group from the Jahan Kila Police Training Centre has also been planned. It would be followed by a horse show wherein the horses would gallop in unison with its riders to the beat of the music. The sturdy and beautiful horses with their trained riders would entertain the spectators for 10 minutes. The glittering prize distribution ceremony would take place just before the exciting fireworks. The residents living nearby would get a chance to witness fireworks this evening as a rehearsal of pyrotechnique would be carried out.

The grand finale would be a display of pyrotechniques, specially arranged from the points outside the stadium. Earlier, the organisers had thought of arranging a laser show, but later the idea was dropped. Mr B.D. Tandon, Sports Director, said that the fireworks would be within 124 decibels, the digits recommended by Supreme Court.

Elaborate parking arrangements would be made at the closing ceremony by the district administration. While the general parking would be at the military camp near Jagraon Bridge, the VVIPs’ and officers’ vehicle would be parked at the Government College for Women. Vehicles coming from Haibowal, Civil Lines and Ghumar Mandi would be parked at Arya College for Boys and those coming from Mullanpur side would be parked at Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar. Cars and other light vehicles from Jalandhar side would be parked at Municipal Corporation Multi-Storey Parking Complex and those form Delhi side and Chandigarh would be parked at Dholewal Army Complex.



Entertainment missing’ at National Games
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
The National Games have certainly helped the state to bring thousands of guests here, who are more or less satisfied with the arrangement of games. However, a number of them are feeling bored due to inadequate entertainment arrangements.

They are feeling dull and unenthusiastic as the organisers, they said, have not paid attention to arrange tours, cultural programmes to make their evenings and free time colourful. The lack of tourist spots, good theatres and a high level of pollution and congestion in the city have forced number of players to pack up even before the concluding ceremony, to be held on December 1.

Talking to mediapersons, the players of other states generally appreciate the beautiful campus of Punjab Agriculture University ( PAU), rose garden, inexpensive hosiery products, and their visits to Ghumar Mandi, Ghanta Ghar and other places in the city.

Some of them even visited Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Wagha border. However, on deeper probing, they remarked that these were not certainly the ‘best’ games, and they are finding it difficult to pass their spare time.

Mr Akhilesh Kumar, a member of UP handball team, has already visited NIS, Patiala and the Golden Temple, Amritsar. He said,‘‘I am really impressed by the Golden Temple and Jalianwala Bagh, however, I have not found a single good theatre or a park here. Ludhiana is so polluted that I fail to understand how the players play games here,’’.

The players staying at the Hostel No 4 and 5 in the PAU complained that the organisers had not made adequate arrangements for the local sight-seeing tours or any entertainment in the evening. Mr Arun Sharma, coach of the MP’s handball team, said,‘‘No doubt the organisers have tried their best to provide good food and lodging. However, they could have also arranged the telecast of local matches in the hostels by arranging with the Cable Network or some cultural programmes in the evening,’’.

When asked about the relative arrangements of the National Games Organising Committee, as compared to earlier games, the players said in one voice that the National Games organised in Pune in 1995 were ‘the best’ from every aspect.

Some of the players were also unhappy with the arrangement of games at six different places. They said it would have been better had all events been held at a single place to ensure the feeling of National Games.

Interestingly the soft-spoken UPities and the other players were curious at the way, some Punjabi players hurled abuses at each other. Mr Akhilesh said,‘‘I have visited number of places in my sports career, but I had never seen players and coaches using such kind of language anywhere. However, the spirit of players and public, which we found here, is missing in our states,’’.

Brushing aside the demand of players to build a single sports village, Mr I.S. Bindra, Secretary General, Organising Committee of National Games, had reportedly said recently, ‘‘The distance between the cities, where the games are being played at, is not more than one and half hours drive. There was no point in investing in infrastructure at a single place, which would not be optimally used later,’’.

Mr Sheikh Fazal Ahmad, Secretary, J & K State Sports Council, admitted that it was not possible to provide all the facilities all the time. The organisers had tried their best, he added. 



Decorations for Games to be utilised afterwards
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
Many will be wondering what will happen to the pretty decorations at the main entrance of Guru Nanak Stadium and at the reception area that has been set up to receive the participants of the National Games.

Dr J.S. Bilga, Xen, Horticulture, MC, responsible for this aspect of the 31st National Games, said,” We are going to enjoy the streamers and other knick-knacks like pankhis, beautiful peacocks, peedis, and etc. We are going to let the hangings outside the stadium for two-three months as reminders of the games.

The stars and peacocks will occupy a pride of place in the lobby. Some of the artifacts will be placed in the VIP committee room. Others would be placed at strategic places in Shastri Indoor Stadium. We are going to see that we make the best use of these hand-made beautiful objects.

Dr Bilga and his team had planned the whole decor and a Chandigarh decorator helped them execute the plans at the cost of Rs 2 lakh. The cloth used in making the decorations is waterproof and won’t be damaged in rain. The designer had prefabricated the whole thing in Chandigarh. Dr Bilga said that they came a week before the games started and fixed every thing.

On the Civil Road side of the station the attractive reception centre for receiving various teams attracted attention and appreciation from visitors. A typical rural house made of mud and straw is on display. Even a well is dug and beautiful peacocks with their fine plumes fascinated sportspersons on their arrival. Since that entrance is at a stone’s throw from the stadium, many teams used this entrance. The traditional charka and phulkari, found favour with all sportspersons.

Mr N.S.Grewal, JE , MC, said even local people are bringing their children to have a look at all these Punjabi traditional things as they have not seen these earlier. Girls seated on wooden takhats dressed in typical Punjabi attire set the right mood for the start of the games.

The reception would be dismantled but the pretty things displayed inside will find appropriate places to be displayed.



Child kidnapper gets 10-yr RI
A Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
A abductor of an one and half year old child has been convicted and sentenced to undergo 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment. The course has also imposed a fine of Rs 1,500 upon the accused.

Mr G.R.Banyal, Additional Sessions Judge, Ludhiana held guilty Uma Shankar of Patna for abducting the child, to get a ransom of Rs 50,000 and awarded him a severe punishment.

An FIR was registered against the accused on February 9, 2000 at police station Jagraon, under Sections 363/369/506 of IPC, on a statement by Avtar Singh, father the child. Later the child was rescued from the clutches of abductor on the same day of abduction.

According to the prosecution on February 9, 2000, complainant and his wife, belonging to Kamalpura village, were giving fodder to the cattle, whereas their son Gurpreet Singh was playing outside the house when the accused kidnapped their child.

When he was taking away the child wrapped in a blanket, the child started weeping and crying. Meanwhile, grandfather of Gurpreet was coming back from fields when he heard the cries of a child coming from inside the blanket. Suspecting some foul play he stopped the accused and upon searching, recovered the child, who was luckily his own grandson.

Uma Shankar immediately fled away from the spot. Later a letter was also recovered from the house of complainant, written in Hindi. In the letter, parents of abducted child were directed to pay Rs 50,000 as ransom in cash beneath a tree near the village’s gurdwara.



Tohra loyalist flays sangat darshan programme
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
With eyes clearly on the coming assembly elections, the Akali Dal legislators, owing allegiance to Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, were now resorting to open criticism of the ruling SAD-B, and its chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Taking the expected political stand, the Akali Dal legislator, Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, representing the Dakha area in this district, launched an attack against the ongoing ‘sangat darshan’ programme of the Chief Minister, Mr Badal , saying for more than four years the government was in a slumber and now an attempt was being made to purchase the loyalty of village panchayats through paltry grants of Rs 2 lakh each. “The people of Punjab are well aware and awakened now and they will not be misled by the government, which they very well know is pursuing anti-people policies.”

Addressing a largely attended meeting in Gure village under Dakha assembly segment after inaugurating a community centre, Mr Khalsa asserted that he was duty bound to serve the people of his constituency, who had reposed their confidence in him. He claimed that despite being in a camp, opposed to the ruling SAD-B, he had so far disbursed development grants worth Rs 2 crore in both the urban and rural areas of the constituency. He presented a cheque for Rs one Lakh for development works to the village Sarpanch, Mr Sohan Singh, on this occasion.

Mr Gurbaksh Singh Pudain, member, SGPC, and Mr Sukhwinderpal Singh Garcha, lambasted the government, led by Mr Badal, which they said was guilty of damaging the religious institutions of the Sikh community and patronising corruption. “The government has failed to tackle the mammoth problem of unemployment and even the lower government posts are being sold at a hefty price, which is virtually out of reach of the lower and middle class people. They exhorted the masses to reject the candidates of the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine in the next elections to give the state a clean government.

Mr Prem Singh, circle president, Jagraon, presided over the meeting. Among others present were Mr Sukhwant Singh, sarpanch, Chak Kalan, Mr Kuldip Singh Issewal, Mr Manjit Singh Simlapuri, Mr Bhupinderpal Singh Chawla, Mr Sarbjit Singh Gure, Mr Harminder Singh and Mr Gurnek Singh.



Heavy rush for Cong ticket
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
There seems to be a great rush of aspirants for the Congress ticket for the four assembly segments in Ludhiana urban. While the last date for submitting the prescribed application form is December 3, about 30 candidates have already submitted their applications to the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC).

Sources in the PCC disclosed that the party has invited applications from the prospective candidates from each assembly segment. The applications are to be filled in the prescribed form. The forms are reportedly selling like hot cakes. The application form is to be accompanied by a demand draft for Rs 5,000 in favour of the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

The application form requires various details to be filled. Besides the usual information about the name and address, it specifically asks the candidates whether they are involved in some criminal case or not. Besides, they have been asked to mention their contribution to the party and the period for which they have been involved in party activity.

The sources revealed that a maximum number of candidates have applied for the Ludhiana west assembly segment. Ludhiana west, from where Mr Harnam Dass Johar, contested unsuccessfully in 1997 seems to draw many applicants as there is no strong candidate who can have any decisive edge over others. Prominent among those who have applied for the party ticket from here include the national chairman of the India Youth Congress (Urban Development Cell) Mr Pawan Dewan, Mr Johar, Mr Ajit Singh Chawla, who is the elected general secretary of the Satluj Club, Ludhiana, Mr K.K. Bawa, Mr Gopal Bhushan Gupta, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, Mr S S Ahluwalia, Mr Jeewan Dhawan, Prof Satish Sharma and several others.

For the Ludhiana east the main applicants include the District Congress Committee (Urban) president, Mr Surinder Dawer, who is said to be the main contender, followed by Mrs Gurkanwal Kaur, the daughter for former Chief Minister, Mr Beant Singh, Mr K.K. Chhabra, Mr Rajinder Singh Basant, Mr Pappi Prashar, Mr Prithipal Singh Ghayal and others.

From Ludhiana rural Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mr Ashok Garcha, Mr K.K. Bawa and Mr Mikait Singh Birmi are among those who have applied for the ticket. While the nomination of the sitting MLA from Ludhiana north, Mr Rakesh Pandey, is almost certain, two candidates are said to have applied from this segment also.

The PCC sources claimed that these applications will form the basis for selecting the candidates for various assembly segments. The sources said the information would be independently verified by the party and the final selection would be made “only on the merit of a candidate” depending on his ‘winnability’ and contribution to the party. Similar procedure has been adopted in Uttar Pradesh also for selecting the candidates for various assembly segments.



Nagar kirtan processions in city
Devotional songs, gatka mark the occasion
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
An impressive nagar kirtan was taken out from Gurdwara Kalgidhar, Field Ganj, in connection with the birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev here this afternoon.

The nagar kirtan, which was led by the Panj Piaras, was greeted by people with bowed heads and folded hands along the entire way to Jagraon bridge, the Clock Tower , division number three chowk and to the gurdwara via Subhani building chowk. Little boys and girls clad in yellow were a special attraction of the nagar kirtan. Besides, a number of gatka parties also exhibited their talent in ample measure to mesmerise the spectators at various places on the way. Bands played religious hymns and devotional songs in praise of the Guru. Langars were also served along the route of the nagar kirtan.

Meanwhile, the members of the Lakshmi Ladies Club celebrated Gurpurab here at their club premises today. The members had arranged kirtan and Guru ka langar on this occasion. Bhai Harnek Singh raagi from Alamgir Sahib Gurdwara recited shabad kirtan to mark the occasion. A number of members and guests had gathered to celebrate Gurpurab.

The Ved Parchar Mandal, Ludhiana, will hold a function at Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, on Thursday in connection with the birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev. Ms Veena Sehgal, the school principal, will preside over the function.

Mr Roshan Lal Arya, general secretary, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, told Ludhiana Tribune that an on-the-spot painting competition for junior and senior students would also be held on the occasion. The parchar mandal would also give various prizes to the participants.

The Shri Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Society, Model Town Extension, Block -D, will hold a religious samagam in connection with the parkash utsav (birthday) of Guru Nanak Dev opposite Kehar gas company from 10 am to 1.30 pm on December 2.

Eminent ‘ragis’ and ‘katha vachaks’ will participate in the samagam. A langar will also be organised.

A nagar kirtan was taken out by Gurdwara Guru Singh Sabha on the occasion of the 532 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji to be celebrated on November 30.

Many schools, Saraswati Model School, Khalsa Girls High School, Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Dashmesh Model School and the residents of the area participated in the nagar kirtan that began from the gurdwara to the main market.

The traffic was well controlled by the police. The students recited poems in the praise of the Guru.

At Sahnewal, the nagar kirtan will be taken out on Thursday from Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, Dehlon road.



Organisation urges MC for change in billing system
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
Mr A.K. Bhandari, general secretary, Public Cause, a social organisation, has urged Mr. R.L. Kalsia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, to personally look into water billing system being adopted currently and order suitable changes to mitigate the genuine public problems in this regard.

Alleging that the corporation has devised a novel but illegal method of enriching its coffers, Mr Bhandari, said in a press release here today that bill were sent to consumers after long intervals . And the amount is inflated as in addition to the interest demanded on ‘arrears’, the rebate of 10 per cent which is given for paying the bill on time , is also denied.

Quoting a specific case of Mr Ashok Kumar, the Public Cause leader said in his case, no bill was rereceived for the period from July, 1999 to September, 2000, and demand for the same has been included as ‘ arrears’ which includes interest. When Public Cause contacted Mr Manjit Singh, Superintendent, Billing Department for Water Supply and Sewerage, he is reported to have said that since the courier employed by the corporation had made a mess of the job allotted to him, an advertisement was inserted in a couple of newspapers calling upon the consumers to collect their bills from the corporation’s office.

Mr Bhandari further stated that the course of action adopted by the Municipal Corporation thereafter was not legally tenable because ‘substituted service can be resorted to only if the consumer gives the receipt of the bill’. ‘Simply because the courier concerned did not perform his duty properly, the municipal corporation cannot shirk its obligation to submit the bill to the consumer for payment. All consumers do not read newspapers and those who read, subscribe to the papers of their choice which might not have carried the said advertisement or just escaped their attention’, added Mr Bhandari.

He urged Mr. Kalsia to remove the public greivance before the last date of deposit of bills or extend the same till the removal of the grievance.



21.69 cr for sewerage, water supply
Iqbal Singh

Khanna, November 28
The Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) has passed a sewerage and water supply scheme amounting Rs 21.69 crore for the town. It has sanctioned a loan of Rs 17.35 crore for the scheme to the Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Punjab, which would execute the work. The remaining money will be generated by MC, Khanna, f rom its own sources.

The Municipal Council, Khanna earlier passed two resolutions to raise loan for the project directly from HUDCO but HUDCO authorities refused to release loan directly to the MC as per decision taken at a meeting called by the Chief Minister, Punjab, with the management of HUDCO to release loan to the PWSS instead of individual local bodies.

According to the Executive offficer of the Khanna MC, Mr A.S. Sekhon, outer areas of the city like Model Town, Samrala road, Bazigar Basti, Nandi Colony, Guru Teg Bahadar Nagar, Khalsa School road, Bhattian, Krishna Nagar, Gulmohar Nagar and some other colonies would be covered under this scheme.

The officials of the Sewerage Board, Khanna, told that HUDCO had passed Rs 17.35 crore for this scheme from which Rs 16.09 crore would be spend on sewerage and Rs 4.47 crore would be spend on improving the water supply. He said the project is expected to be started within next two months. The total amount of the project is around Rs 21. 69 crore and the remaining 20 per cent, Rs 4. 34 crore shall be arranged by Municipal Council from its own sources. He told that the loan is repayable in 15 years including the construction period and will bear 13.75 per cent interest per annum.

Mr Nirmal Singh Jassal, officiating president of the M.C., Khanna, said he would try to deposit the council’s share of money as early as possible so that the project may complete in time. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune he told that another sewerage project of Rs 85.22 crore is already in progress which will solve the problem of disposal of sewerage water of the whole town.



Two killed in road accidents
Our Correspondent

Ahmedgarh, November 28
In two different road accidents, two persons were killed, while another two were injured. The police has registered a case against the driver of the truck, Shingara Singh, of Loharbaddi village who hit two scooterists of Kalsian village on Tuesday. Jeet Singh (22) was killed while Sukhwinder Singh sustained injuries.

The driver of the truck fled from the scene. The police has impounded both vehicles.

In another accident which took place on the Chhapar road, a speeding truck fled after hitting Harpal Singh and his wife Surinder Kaur of Ludhiana. Surinder Kaur died on the spot. The Dehlon police has registered a case against the unknown driver of the truck number 6738 (area code was not read).



Booked for making noise without permission
Our Correspondents

Ludhiana, November 28
The city police yesterday registered a case under the Noise Control Act of 1956, against some persons for using a public address system mounted on a three-wheeler without having obtained the permission to do so.

The case was registered at the division number 8 police station under sections 3 and 5 of the Act against Jarnail Singh, son of Mr Gopal Singh, resident of Qila mohalla, Jagmohan Lal, resident of Chhauni mohalla and Jarnail Singh, the driver of the three-wheeler.

The accused were making a public announcement over the public address system at a high volume.

Beaten: The Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 341,506,324,148 and 149 of the IPC on a statement by Mr Malkit Dass, son of Mr Sawan Dass, resident of mohalla New Preet Nagar in Basti Jodhewal, against Charanjit Singh, Inderjit Singh, both of the same locality and another unknown person.

The complainant had stated to the police that the accused arrived at the complainant's tea stall in Preet nagar on November 25 at 2 pm and after damaging and breaking some glasses,beat him up, his son, Deepak and his wife as well. The accused also threatened them with dire consequences before leaving the scene.No arrest has been made so far. Mr. Amrik Singh, ASI, is investigating.

Dowry case: The division number 5 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 406,498-A,379,323,324,506 and 34 of the IPC on an application submitted by Ms Meena Kumari, daughter of Mr Hakam Chand, resident of New Model Town, Ludhiana, against her husband Surinder Kumar, father-in-law Roshan Lal, mother-in-law Pushpa Rani and brother-in-law Sunil Kumar, all residents of Gurgaon in Haryana.

Meena alleged in her complaint that the accused members of her in-laws subjected her to mental and physical harassment due to insufficient dowry. As she could not meet their demand for more dowry, she was turned out of her home by the accused. No arrest has been made so far.

Liquor seized: The Shimla Puri police arrested a Bihari migrant,Sanjiv Kumar, resident of Kothi Mangal Singh, and seized12 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession yesterday. The accused has been booked under Sections 61,1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

The Model Town police also seized eight bottles of country liquor from Raj Kumar, alias Raju, resident of mohalla Baba Deep Singh, during a special drive yesterday and booked the accused under the Excise Act.

The Raikot police yesterday seized 90 kg of poppy husk from Bhajan Singh at Talwandi Rai.

It had been stored inside a bunker built in kitchen at his residence. The local police has registered a case in this regard. 

Opium seized:
The Sahnewal police yesterday arrested Dogar Mohammad, son of Lal Din, resident of Bhairon Munna village and seized 1 kg of opium from his possession. The accused has been booked under Sections 18,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. Mr Manjit Singh, ASI, is investigating.


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