Monday, January 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Complainant made accused under ‘pressure from top’
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 20
Strange are the ways of the police in Ludhiana. It does not require much effort on part of the police here to change the nature of a case, thus making a complainant accused and vice-versa, depending on who is more influential. This has happened with one K.L. Chhabra, a local property dealer. He was allegedly assaulted on the night of January 11. The police registered an FIR, on January 12 in this connection. However, within a week, the police changed the FIR and made him (Mr Chhabra, the complainant) the main accused, allegedly at the behest of a senior police official and a ruling Akali Dal politician.

Mr Chhabra alleged that the police had implicated him on the directions of a senior police official, who is posted in the Punjab Police academy, Phillaur, besides a former MP and senior Akali leader, who is contesting elections from Ludhiana district. In a communication to the Director General of Police, copies of which were sent to the National Human Rights Commission and other authorities, Mr Chhabra alleged that he was being victimised and not given a proper hearing.

He claimed that on the night of January 11, he received a phone call from his security guard, Darshan Singh, posted in his colony at Sarabha Nagar Extension in Dad village that some people were digging roads and trying to erect a wall there. He rushed to the spot along with Darshan Singh and his son, Gurpreet Singh. When they reached there, some people allegedly fired at them. Mr Chhabra said that fearing threat to his life, he rushed to his office located in the same colony and closed down the shutters. He alleged that he was followed by Kartar Singh, his son, Jagdishpal Singh, and Harjinder Singh. They tried to break open the shutter but did not succeed.

Later an FIR was registered against the four at the Sadar police station and two persons Jagdishpal Singh and Harjinder Singh were arrested with some illegal arms. Currently they are under judicial remand. He claimed that the police did not arrest Kartar Singh and Jaswinder Singh despite the fact that they were wanted in the case. He alleged that they were enjoying the patronage of a senior police official and a former Akali MP and had even threatened him (Mr Chhabra) of dire consequences.

He claimed that Kartar Singh was wanted in a murder case and non-bailable warrants had been issued against him and still the police was not arresting him, thanks to the patronage of the said police official. The warrants, he disclosed, had been issued after a complaint was filed under oath by the relatives of the deceased, who are living in Dad village.

The police has now registered an FIR against Mr Chhabra, his son, Anil Kumar, his friend, Darshan Singh, Gurpreet Singh and site engineer Karanjt Singh, accusing them of the same charges about which Mr Chhabra had complained. He claimed that the police was trying to shield the main accused from the very beginning as it had not imposed relevant sections of the IPC in the FIR. He has sought the intervention of the Director-General of Police, pleading with him that while he was fearing for his life, he was being implicated in a false case.



4.5 lakh administered polio drops
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The main function of dispensing polio drops was held in slum area dispensary, Haibowal Khurd. The chief guest on the occasion was Deputy Commissioner, S.K. Sandhu. He administered polio drops to few children. Dr Rajinder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, and Dr Kuldeep Kaur, District Immunisation Officer, supervised the whole operation. Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, area councillor, was also present on the occasion.

In another programme at Janata Nagar, Mr R.L. Kalsia, Municipal Commissioner, inaugurated second round of the Pulse Polio Campaign. Dr Neelam Bassi, District Family Welfare Officer, inaugurated the programme at Kidwai Nagar, Guru Nanakura.

In the entire district, total number of children to be given polio drops were about 4.5 lakh. As far as 756 camps were organised in urban areas whereas 1,016 camps were set up in rural areas. About 10 mobile vans were used to cover the migratory population and 100 posts were set up at bus stand and railway station. All those children who are not covered today, will be given polio drops on January 21 and 22. Mr S.K. Sachdeva, Deputy District M.E.I.O., informed that the workers will go house to house to give polio drops to the children who could not reach dispensaries.

Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the second phase of Pulse Polio Campaign by administering polio drops to the newly born babies at Civil Hospital here today. He informed that more than 293 pulse polio camps have been set up and 73,394 children between the age group of 0-5 have been administered polio drops in the district. About 1,200 employees besides volunteers from various social organisations have involved themselves for this noble cause. He appreciated all those organisations that are actively participating in the campaign to eradicate polio from the district.

Children were administered polio drops in different camps organised by the Health Department and various social organisations today. 



Guinness is coming to assess wonder tailor
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
Hard work and persistence have made Pawan Kailey come close to fulfilling his ambition of entering the Guinness Book of World Records. This 26-year-old tailor of a small town called Goraiyan has been trying tailoring feats for the past two years. Kailey, a school dropout, says, “I was never interested in studies. After reading Limca and Guinness Books of Records, I had a burning desire to see my name in these books. I thought I would create a tailoring wonder for this purpose.”

Finally, the Guinness people have asked him to keep the required documents and his articles ready for inspection by a team that would visit him soon. The tiniest night-suit entered in the book is of a 3-inche dimensions. Kailey has prepared a night-suit of two-inch length. The jacket and the pyjama is of one-inch length each. He has also created a jacket of half-inch length with buttons.

Kailey has spent a lot of time and money for his world-record attempt of stitching a set of 35 jackets that can be worn in 9,800 ways and a pyjama that can be worn in 6 ways. Pawan has also stitched a trouser that can be worn in 10 ways. Pawan says, “Everyone asks me how will I be able to communicate with the Guinness team in English, but I say that they should learn Punjabi if they have to talk to me.”

Pawan Kailey is confident of facing the team well as the TV channels like Punjab Today, Zee, Alpha Punjabi and Jalandhar Doordarshan have already done features on him. He also has articles on him published in all leading newspapers and magazines of India.

The latest creation of Kailey is a small kite that can pass through a needle hole and took him months to make. He also used his concentration to balance one egg atop another.



Villager beaten to death
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, January 20
A villager, Bhupinder Singh, was beaten to death and his brother, Surinder Singh, injured allegedly by five Tata Sumo occupants near Goraya, in Phillaur subdivision, last night.

The SHO, Goraya, Mr Sarabjit Rai, said today that the victims were returning on a tractor-trailer from Sangowal village. The driver of the Sumo wanted to overtake the tractor. As the road was narrow the tractor driver could not give way to him. The Sumo driver after overtaking the vehicle parked the Sumo in front of the tractor and beat them up.

The SHO said the accused then took Surinder in the Sumo and threw him near Chachrarri village. Surinder then reached his uncle’s house and spent the night there.

This morning family members searched them and found Bhupinder dead. The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC.



Encroachments removed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The police today cracked down on roadside sellers occupying more than the permitted space in the Sunday market in Chaura Bazar here today. A posse of police officials descended upon the market at noon and started pushing back the roadside sellers of hosiery and other goods. Those who were obstructing the flow of traffic by putting up their paraphernalia in violation of the prescribed norms were pushed to the wall.



Parties mobilise teams
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The Congress Sewa Dal activists have resolved to support Mr Harnam Das Johar, party candidate from the Ludhiana West Assembly constituency. The decision was taken at a meeting in Model Town here, where the chief organiser of the Sewa Dal, Mr Sushil Parashar, was also present.

At the meeting, Mr Johar said more than two dozen election offices had been set up all over the constituency and several others would come up Jawahar Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Model Town, Lal Quarters and Fauji Mohalla. A prayer meeting was also held in Sri Krishna Mandir.

The BJP candidate from the Ludhiana North constituency, Mr Pran Nath Bhatia, said Punjab had witnessed all-round progress under the SAD-BJP regime, so, the ruling combine would return to power. He was addressing party workers on the opening of his election office in Chamba Complex on Daresi Road here.

Mr Sat Pal Gosain, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, said the other parties had no issue to take to masses.

Mr Mehnga Singh Khaira, head of the OBC Cell of the BJP, urged the backward classes and the Dalits to vote for the SAD-BJP candidates.

The All-India Muslim National Conference, meanwhile, has criticised the SAD (B) leadership for the nomination of Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal as the party candidate from Ludhiana Rural constituency, ignoring the claim of Mr Jagdev Singh Tajpuri.

Haji Maqsood Ahmad, head of the AIMNC, said the Muslim community was not happy at the choice of the party candidate. He said Mr Aliwal was not only an outsider but also a man with a poor track record as an MP.

The Punjab unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) would work hard on the party campaign in the state, according to the unit chief, Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor. The unit also hailed the nomination of Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa as acting head of the DCC (Urban).

The Ludhiana Youth Federation has criticised the Congress leadership for its choice of candidate from the Ludhiana East constituency — Mr Surinder Dawar. The federation chief, Mr Rohit Sabharwal, a former Joint Secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress, said denial of ticket to a prominent Beopar Mandal leader, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, was a betrayal. The federation would convene a meeting of traders here to chalk out a strategy to field Mr Jagmohan Sharma as an independent candidate.



Youth Cong to hold awareness drive
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The District Youth Congress (Urban) will organise an awareness campaign to expose the ‘misdeeds and anti-people policies’ of the ruling combine in to garner canvass support for Congress nominees in the coming Assembly elections.

At a meeting held here yesterday, DYC activists observed that as a result of wrong policies of the SAD-BJP government, the public distribution system had collapsed and prices of essential commodities had registered a steep hike. There had been repeated increases in power tariff and bus fares and the common man had been hit.



Resentment among SAD workers
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 20
The Lok Bhalai Party got a shot in the arm today when many supporters of the SAD, including sarpanches, pledged their support to Mr Jagjit Singh Lopo, LBP candidate from the Jagraon constituency.

At an election meeting held in the new grain market here, they expressed their resentment against Mr Parkash Singh Badal for allotting the party ticket to Mr Bhag Singh Malak, who, they alleged, was a protector of corrupt people.

Those who pledged support to Mr Lopo included the sarpanches of Galib Kalan, Amargarh Kaler, Chuhar Chak, Kothe Rahlan, Dangia, Dalla, Sherpur Khurd, Khawaja Baju, Basuwal Khurd, Kothe Pone, Sardar Pura, Akuwal and Bujkar; former sarpanches of Kothe Khazure, Gidderwindi, Rasulpur, Malah, Gagkalan and Pablan and president and chairman of Sugar Mill Cooperative Society, Rasulpur, and members of the Brick-kiln Union.



Does it ring a phone bell? 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
A retired Colonel has complained that despite repeated complaints, his telephone has remained non-functional since March, 2001.

In a written complaint, Dr Dalvinder Singh Grewal, a retired Colonel and a resident of Sukhdev Nagar, Focal Point, said his telephone (676428) had remained only partially functional for over the past 10 months. He did not receive outside calls most of the time.

Colonel Grewal said both his sons were in the Army, one at the Siachen and the other in Assam. “My only and immediate means of communication with my sons is through the telephone for which the Ministry of Defence allows calls to be made to home. But due to the non-functional phone, I cannot receive calls from my sons and at time I get worried because of the communication gap”, he said.

He said several times he had complained in writing to the exchange supervisor, SDO and General Manager, Telephones, in the past 10 months regarding the non-functional telephone, but to no avail.

“My neighbours tell me that because I was not paying regular ‘bakhshish’ (bribe) to the persons concerned, my telephone will never get functional. I am sure that that there is someone in the department who ensures my telephone remains non-functional”, alleged Colonel Grewal.

He said as a soldier, he would not bow before the “pressure tactics” if at all these were there. “I will rather prefer to forego the telephone facility and the only communication with my sons who are now in most difficult areas serving the nation with sincerity than compromising with principals.”

Colonel Grewal said because of the “callous” attitude of the telecom officials, he had requested the department to withdraw the facility.

The telecom officials, however, were not available for comment.



Young Voice
‘Sport cheers me up’

Amandeep Dhillon
Amandeep Dhillon

MS Amandeep Dhillon, a BA-III student of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, believes in the maxim “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. She loves playing games and makes it a point to exercise daily. She says, “In these taxing times, playing is the best way to keep oneself physically as well as mentally fit.”

She has won top positions in national-level competitions in softball, throwball, baseball and athletics, held at various places, like Shimla, Solan, Delhi, Jaipur, Goa, Hyderabad and Madhya Pradesh. She was awarded roll of honour for representing India in Indo-Nepal throwball match held in Kathmandu and Pokhara from June 19 to 23, 2000.



Woman beaten up
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The Division No. 4 police station has registered a case under Sections 452, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act on the complaint of Ms Mamta Rani, a resident of Bajwa Nagar, against Varinder Singh and Anita Duggal. She has stated in her complaint that the accused came to her house and beaten her up at gunpoint on Friday.

Student stabbed

The Model Town police station has registered a case against a student of a school at Dugri for stabbing in the back another Class XI student of the same school, Gurmeet Singh. The victim has been admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Fraud cases

The Focal Point police station has registered a case of fraud under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC against Ujagar Singh Makkar on the complaint of Mr Mohan Lal Dhingra, a resident of Dhandari Kalan. He alleged in his complaint that the accused procured a bank loan after forging his signatures.

The Civil Lines police station has registered a case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC against Bharat Bhushan, who obtained a loan of Rs 20 lakh from HDFC Bank but refused to pay back.

Theft cases

The Sahnewal police station has registered a case under Sections 408 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Harjit Singh Kapila, Managing Director of a firm, against Tek Chand Sharma and his brother-in-law, Bunny Sharma. Mr Kapila alleged that the accused had stolen Rs 1 lakh along with some important documents from a drawer on the premises of the firm.

The Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 420 and 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Bhagwan Singh, a resident of Jassian Road, against Jeet Lal, a resident of Durga Puri. The complainant alleged that on Friday the accused, who was also his business partner, stole Rs 30,000 from his room and fled.

The Sadar police station has registered a case against Darshan Singh, owner of a dhaba in Harnam Pura, under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC for allegedly stealing an iron rod from a shop and selling it in the market.

One held

The Division No. 7 police station has arrested Krishan, a resident of Janta Nagar, Rahon Road, under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act.

Liquor seized

The Division No. 2 police station has arrested Harbans Singh, a resident of LIG Colony, Dugri, and seized 22 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession. The Model Town police has arrested Sandip Kumar, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, and seized nine bottles of illicit liquor. The Sadar police nabbed Gurmukh Singh Soma, a resident of Manewal village, and seized eight bottles of illicit liquor from him.

Pistol seized

The Focal Point police on Friday arrested Namdev, a resident of Dhandari, and seized a .12 bore pistol along with two cartridges from his possession. The accused has been booked under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

Case registered

The Division No. 2 police arrested Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Kishore Nagar, Tajpur Road, and seized a knife from his possession on Friday. The accused has been booked under the Arms Act.



RK Machine Tools clarifies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 20
The management of RK Machine Tools Limited, in a press note issued here today, has claimed that they have repaid the loan amounting to Rs 8.89 crore taken from Allahabad Bank in March 1993 and have also cleared the loans taken from the ICICI .

The company has issued this statement in response to a report published in this paper yesterday, on the basis of a report published by All-India Bank Employees Association ( AIBEA) that the company had to pay Rs 8.89 crore as on March 31, 2000, and its account was declared ‘doubtful’ due to non-payment of instalments on time.

Mr Vinod K.Soni, Managing Director of the company, admitted that at one time they had defaulted, however, they have settled all the loans with the bank and at present the company had not to pay any loan to any bank or financial institution.

He said, “The RK machines is a prestigious group of the city, which is supplying vital parts and material to the Defence Ministry. We have not wilfully defaulted and the loans have been settled to the satisfaction of financial institutions.”



Retailers’ conference
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 20
Donear Industries Limited, Mumbai, organised its retail dealers’ conference in a local hotel here today.

The conference was attended by over 10 retail dealers from the region. Talking to mediapersons, Mr G.M. Thapar, vice-president of the company, said over 350 varieties of fabrics were displayed on the occasion. Dealers placed booking orders of more than Rs 50 lakh on the occasion. Mr Thapar also stated the company had introduced ready-to-stitch fabric.


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