Sunday, March 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Woman booked for selling daughter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
The Jagraon police today arrested a couple on the charges of being involved in a sensational case of human trafficking that had rocked the region recently. The couple, along with five other persons, including two women, have been accused of selling destitute women for lakhs of rupees by cheating them through fake marriages.

With the arrests, the worst fears of the presence of such a gang in the region have come true. Earlier, the version of a victim, Sukhwinder Kaur, who was the first to expose the racket, was being suspected to be motivated.

The most shocking part was that one of the accused, Baljit Kaur, was the mother of the victim, Sukhwinder Kaur. She had taken Rs 25,000 from the alleged gang to sell off her daughter. The police said the exact motive behind the woman’s move to sell her daughter would be known only after her arrest. The police suspects from the circumstances of the family that the woman could have taken the extreme step because of poverty or to get rid of her daughter.

According to police sources the police had arrested the main accused Swaran Kaur, and her husband Harbans Singh, after a two-week-long inquiry into the human trafficking case which had hit the headlines in late February. The inquiry was conducted by the DSP, Mr Paramjit Singh Goraya, who found enough evidence to indict the couple and others in the case.

Confirming the arrests, the SSP Jagraon, Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, said the police was conducting raids on the hideouts of other accused identified as Gulshan Kaur, Bhinder Singh, Baljit Kaur, Joginder Singh, who were relatives of the main accused and Baljit Kaur, the victim’s mother. The SSP said the accused had confessed to selling Sukhwinder Kaur, a resident of Lope Agvard village near Jagraon to a man in Moga district.

The SSP said the couple had confessed that they had taken Rs 1.70 lakh from the buyer and then organised a fake marriage ceremony to convince the bride and her parents. The marriage took place about year ago and the woman found about the farce only last month when her husband prohibited her from going out of the village by saying that he had bought her.

The couple also revealed to the police that they had bought a tractor-trolley from the money thay had got from the ‘bargain’. Besides, they had given Rs 25,000 to the girl’s mother and 15,000 to their daughter and son-in-law.

The SSP said the accused gang had admitted to having sold four other women who were being traced. Disclosing the modus operandi of the gang members, the DSP, Mullanpur Dakha, Mr Paramjit Singh Goraya, said Swaran Kaur used to look for probable victims through other members of the gang. The members used to influence the needy parents that Swaran Kaur would find a good match for their daughters and even help them financially. The gang then organised meeting of the prospective bride and the groom and went through the ceremonies of the marriage.

The accused couple, however, maintained that they were into the trade to make both ends meet as they had a large family to Support. The couple had been fixing up matches since long but this started when some person offered them money to buy a woman few years ago.

Sukhwinder Kaur told police that she had been married to a man in Raiwal village but had left him due to some matrimonial dispute. She was lured by the accused woman who promised her a second marriage. Ultimately she was married to a Moga-based man. After some days of marriage, she wanted to visit her parents but her husband refused to let her go and said he had bought her and could not take the risk of letting her go. Sukhwinder had also organised a press conference in Jagraon last month to narrate her tale of woe.

An alleged second victim, Parminder Kaur, had also given a similar statement to the police. The police said her case has also been made part of the invstigations.

Interestingly, some police sources here have pointed out that the alleged flesh trade racket exposed in Jagraon was in fact a part of flesh trade racket that was exposed in Samrala last year, where the Sangrur CIA police had also arrested some women a couple of months ago. Sources said in all the previous scandals, the police had failed to bust the entire gang and only some of the members of the gang had been nabbed.



George gives away degrees at CMC
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
Defence Minister George Fernandes exhorted the medical and nursing graduates to keep ‘shradha’ or faith as their mantra and try to follow the principles of hard work of the prestigious Alma mater when they pass out and assume their roles as doctors and nurses.

Mr George Fernandes was addressing students at the annual convocation and prize distribution ceremony of the Christian Medical College and the College of Nursing on Saturday afternoon.

He further said he had heard a lot about CMC and was happy that it was able to produce good doctors over the years. He lauded the role of Dame Edith Merry Brown who had the vision and knowledge to start this institution. He was disappointed to note that whereas 65 per cent of students were serving their bond in 300 hospitals in farthest parts of the country, yet a survey showed that 60 per cent of doctors were not sure what they were going to do after obtaining degrees.

Dr J.S. Gujral, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, conferred degrees on 55 medical and 54 nursing graduates. Dr Gujral said new doctors should continue to update their knowledge as it was expanding at a fast pace.

A total of 47 merit awards/medals were also given for special achievements in various fields. Ashish Jaison received the gold medal for best outgoing student and also shared the University Honour with Vineta Sethi, Manmeet Zhawar and Preeti Pal. The ‘Pfizer’ prize for best student went to Dr Suhasini Gazula. The Lifetime Service Award for the year was presented to Dr Thomas Mathew (1965 batch) for his exemplary commitment and quality medical service extended to the poor in remote regions of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.

The awards from the College of Nursing were bestowed upon Shiny Juby (all-round best student), Hardeep Mann (best community health nurse), Sukhdeep Kaur (first in aggregate and intern) and Alice Oommen (best bedside nurse).



Modest minister

Dressed in his usual attire, khadi kurta pyjama, with ordinary pair of flip-flops, the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, today awed hundreds of people at the convocation of the Christian Medical College and Hospital with his down-to-earth attitude.

At one stage, it was difficult to make out whether it was really the Defence Minister of the country who was so freely talking to people, mixing and mingling with students, faculty members, guests, troops (of the Army and the Indian Air Force) and the jawans of the Punjab Police, making them feel that he was ‘like them, for them and from amongst them only’.

After addressing a press conference held at the residence of the Director of the CMC, he declined to sit in any of the vehicles. Instead, he preferred to walk a distance of about 100 yards up to the venue of the convocation, in the lush green lawns of the CMC residential colony. He was accompanied by the Rajya Sabha member, Mr Lala Lajpat Rai, the Minister of State for Stationery, Punjab Government, Mr Rakesh Pandey, Director CMC, Mr Silas Charles, and other senior-officers of the district administration.

Whosoever tried to shake hands with him could do so conveniently. He was prepared to talk to anyone on anything. Immediately after making entry into the venue, he posed for the photographers sparing good time for each of them. Then he started moving around. Except for one Deputy Superintendent of Police, who tried to keep pace with him, Mr Fernandes did not allow the security personnel to surround him.

During his round that lasted for about 20 minutes, Mr Fernandes also listened to ‘Sare jahan se achha Hindustan hamara’ played by Sub Inspector Kartar Singh and his band. He talked to Kartar Singh. He appreciated the Ordinance band led by Bhajan Singh. Having shaken hands with the Defence Minister, an elated Kartar Singh remarked: “he looks like an ordinary man”. Vimal Sumbly



Minister inaugurates MC building
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 16
The Transport Minister, Punjab, Mr Tejparkash Singh, today inaugurated the renovated building of the Municipal Council, Doraha. The annual budget of the Nagar Council was also passed at this occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tejparkash Singh said that a meeting would be organised soon to seek improvements in the transport facilities of the state, improvement in the state of bus stands and buses engaged on various routes. He also said that a bus would be arranged from Doraha to Naini Devi soon. Also the street lights, sewerage system, water supply of Doraha town would be improved.

Condoling the bereaved members of the families of those who died in the bomb blast near Doraha, Mr Tejparkash Singh said that the peace and stability of the country would be maintained at all costs and it was the responsibility of the government to make high level investigations into the case and punish those involved in the heinous crime. At the meeting of the Nagar Council, presided over by the Transport Minister, the councillors asked the approval from the Minister for erecting a statue of late Chief Minister Beant Singh in Doraha and also erecting of the statues of Rajguru, Sukhdev and Bhagat Singh in the grain market of Doraha. The minister, along with Mr Gurmit Singh, former political secretary to Mr Beant Singh, was honoured on the occasion.

Meanwhile, in a press note released by Mr Sudarshan Kumar Sharma, president, Nagar Council Doraha and Mr V K Mehta, Executive Officer, it was said that the budget of the Nagar Council for 2002-2003, was passed by Mr Tejparkash Singh. The annual income was estimated to be Rs 315.45 lakh and the amount to be used shall be Rs 310.40 lakh, while Rs110.22 lakh shall be spent on the staff of Nagar Council, Doraha, Rs 28.60 lakh on contingency and Rs 174.58 lakh on developmental works. As much as 55 per cent amount would be spent on development work that would include the construction of roads, construction of streets, work of maintaining street lights, cleanliness, water supply, sewerage etc and 35 per cent on M C staff and 7 per cent on contingency shall be spent.

Those who were present on the occasion included Mr Amarjit Paul Singh, ME, Mr Tarsem Kumar Sharma, SO, Mr Bant Singh Daburjee, Chairman, Budhewal Sugar Mills, Mr Surinder Pal Sood, councillor, Mrs Raj Rani, Councillor and Mr Surinder Kumar, accountant, Nagar Council, Doraha.



Woman booked in ‘abortion’ case
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
A resident of Kot Umra village is running from pillar to post to prevent his wife from aborting their child. The interesting case came to light when the man, Khajan Singh, lodged a complaint with the Jagraon police that his wife was adamant on aborting the child against the law and against his wishes.

The Jagraon police has registered a case against the woman, Basso Bai, and has marked the case to the women cell. The cell is recording the statements of the persons concerned in the case before taking some action against the woman. The man is, however, not very optimistic about the developments as he fears his wife will go ahead with the abortion as she was living in a village in Ferozepore.

The police sources also said that as per the preliminary investigations the women was being guided by her mother to go for abortion as she wanted to remarry her daughter.

Sources close to the complainant said he was married to Basso Bai a couple of years ago and was deeply in love with her. However, as the couple was not economically sound, some differences had cropped up in their relationship. The woman went to her mother’s house after she become pregnant. Later on the man learnt his wife had met a doctor and requested her to terminate the pregnancy. The doctor had told her to wait for some days as she was not medically fit.

The man states in the FIR that he somehow got wind of the plan and approached the doctor to cooperate with him. He then approached the Village Sarpanch Balraj Singh, who along with the panchayat visited the woman’s house and implored her not to go ahead. The talks, however, failed. The man then sought the intervention of the police and lodged a complaint.

According to Jagraon police sources, the police will prevent the woman from getting the abortion done as under the law abortion is prohibited. Local lawyers when contacted said the woman can be imprisoned if she goes ahead with the abortion.



Liquor cartels bury hatchet
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 16
In a total turnaround from the earlier situation preceding the auction of liquor vends last year, two major groups of liquor contractors, headed by a liquor baron from Uttar Pradesh Mr Ponty Chadha and Mr Man Singh Garcha, brother of Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, a Cabinet minister in the previous SAD-BJP government, decided to bury the hatchet to avoid competition, which could push up the bids for each of 15 groups of vends even beyond a limit which would make the business not viable.

Unlike previous years, the significant feature of the auction of vends, held here yesterday, which yielded a whopping Rs 206 crore to the state exchequer, was that there was no political interference. Although, senior government functionaries had been camping in the city prior to the auction to hold negotiations with the groups of contractors and they might have played a role in an apparent patch-up between the two liquor cartels, but it was clear that the political powers, except for giving a brief to the officers of the Excise and Taxation Department to achieve a reasonable increase over last year’s revenue, stayed away from the parleys.

In fact there was quite a bit of 'behind the scene' activity before the vends were put to auction. As a result, both the Chadha and Garcha groups were so confident about there being no attempts to outbid each other that as bids were invited for each group of vends and the reserve price announced, a representative of the group, which already held the vends, would increase the bid by a lakh or so and the hammer would fall in acceptance.

Interestingly, the contractors sitting or standing in the front rows were seen making way for representatives of other group of contractors, when the vends held by that particular group were put to auction. To give credence to the general impression that almost everything was pre-determined, more than once during the auction, a contractor would marginally increase the bid over reserve price and without waiting if any body else would go up further, announced the firm’s name on whose behalf the bid was made so that it was noted down as the successful bidder.

At the conclusion of the auction, every body was happy that it went on smoothly. The Excise and Taxation Department having achieved a reasonable hike in revenue of about 7 per cent, the liquor cartels having done without even a semblance of competition and there being no upsets or hard feelings. However, the only ones having no reason to rejoice were the liquor consumers because there were clear indications from some of the prominent contractors that some portion of the hike would have to be pass ed on to the consumers.

The Garcha group was also a little unhappy over what it termed as a discriminatory attitude of the senior officials of the department. A representative of the group pointed out that the officials had earlier given an assurance that corrections would be allowed in the reserve price of both Samrala Chowk and Ferozepore Road group of vends which were auctioned at abnormally high prices last year due to fierce competition between the two liquor cartels.

‘‘However, to our dismay, the department slashed the reserve price of Ferozepore Road group of vends, held by Mr Chadha, which went for Rs 14.55 crore as against the last year's bid of Rs 16.26 crore whereas the Samrala Road vends were not treated in the same manner and were auctioned at Rs 12.92 crore against the earlier bid of Rs 12.86 crore,’’ said a member of Garcha group.


Govt seized of fiscal crisis: Ratra
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
The Chief Secretary, Mr Y.S. Ratra, yesterday said the government was seized of the grave financial crisis facing the state and a Cabinet subcommittee for fiscal reforms, headed by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had already been set up to find ways and means to tide over the crisis and to put the state economy back on rails.

Talking to mediapersons here, he said the white paper on the prevailing financial situation of Punjab was being prepared by the Finance Secretary, Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, and would be submitted to the Cabinet subcommittee for necessary follow-up action.

In reply to a question on agitation by employees for non-payment of salaries for the going month, he admitted that the state was facing a severe resource crunch, but at the same time maintained that the situation was not that bad that payment of salaries to the government employees was posing any problem.

On wholesale transfers ordered by the new Congress government immediately after taking over, Mr Ratra claimed that the transfers were well received both by the public and the bureaucracy.

“In the new postings of both the IAS and IPS officers, we have chosen persons with proven integrity and track record.

The same criteria will go for the transfers and postings of PCS officers, which are to be ordered during the next few days.”

Mr Ratra, who also holds charge of the Financial Commissioner (Taxation), informed the Department of Excise and Taxation would contribute Rs 4,200 crore to the state revenue during the next financial year, out of which one-third or Rs 1400 crore would come from excise income.

Asked on a proposal to set up special excise police to deal with the menace of illicit distillation in the state, he said the plan could not materialise due to financial constraints and had been shelved for the time-being.

“However, within the available enforcement machinery and resources, the department would continue its relentless fight against illicit distillation.”



Revival of economy tough: minister
Our Correspondent

Amloh, March 16
The newly formed government has to face a herculean task of tackling with financial crises and crippled economy in the state before undertaking development works promised to the electorate in the party manifesto, said Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Minister of state for Public Health, Rural Development and Panchayats, while talking to mediapersons at Lakha Singhwala, his native village, 3 km from here, on Saturday.

Providing details of poor financial health of the state, Mr Randhawa commented that the previous government had taken loans of Rs 62,000 crore from commercial banks and boards having rate of interest ranging between 15 and 18 per cent. The Badal government had dumped the scheme of Rs 11,300 crore loan at one per cent interest recoverable in 30 years from the World Bank for water supply schemes. The previous government violated the conditions of the World Bank by announcing free power and water supply to the farmers.

In reply to a query, the minister assured smooth procurement of wheat for which arrangements had been made in spite of crossing the limit of Rs 220 crore overdraft fixed by the Reserve Bank of Indian by distributing the money in sangat darshan programmes by the previous government.

On corruption issue, Mr Randhawa alleged that for appointments in services and posting at lucrative posts, bribe was the main criterion whereas the present government had transferred officers on merit at responsible posts. The MLAs and ministers would provide details of their property in the Vidhan Sabha session, he remarked.

Earlier, after the Akhand Path bhog organised by the village panchayat, Ms Jaswant Kaur, mother of Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, the minister was honoured at a function that was addressed by Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, who assured all round development of the district on the guidelines of the government. Among others who addressed the gathering included Mr Gurdev Singh Khanian, vice-president of the District Congress Committee, Mr Harnek Singh Gharuan, former minister, Mr Baldev Singh Mianpur, president of the Kissan Union, Mr Makhan Lal Lalka, president of the PPCC (Bazigar Cell), Mr Harinder Singh Bhambri, president of the Youth Congress, and Mr Gurdev Singh Amloh, Member PPCC.



BKU to hold indefinite dharna in front of SC
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) activists would stage an indefinite dharna outside the Supreme Court building in Delhi from March 19 to protest against denial of the rights to river waters to the state of Punjab. A meeting of the executive committee of the union was held here last evening, under the presidentship of Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal.

The BKU secretary general, Mr Manjit Singh Kadian, said that the meeting observed that successive governments entered into several agreements on sharing of river waters under political pressure while ignoring the interests of farming community, whose very survival depended on river water. Similarly, several tribunals, set up by the government from time to time for this purpose also failed to safeguard the interests of the farmers.

‘‘The BKU, with a total membership of two lakh and representing well over 20 lakh agricultural families, is morally bound to raise a voice of protest against victimisation of Punjab farmers. A special leave petition (SLP) has also been filed by the union with the Apex Court, seeking review of its decision on SYL Canal,’’ Mr Kadian said.

The BKU has also pleaded that a committee of technical experts be set up by the Supreme Court to assess the total availability of river waters with Punjab and to determine whether the state had any excess quantity of waters to share with other states.

The meeting further urged the Union Government to announce the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat and other rabi crops, based on wholesale price index. It wanted the wheat price at a minimum of Rs 988 per quintal and adequate arrangements for the procurement of coming wheat crop. The BKU warned the government that it would be forced to launch an agitation if the procurement prices of wheat and other forthcoming crops were not announced within a week.



Tiger Safari set to welcome new guests
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Barking deers arrive at Tiger Safari.
Barking deers arrive at Tiger Safari.
Photo by Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, March 16
The local Tiger Safari has received a gift of eight barking deer from Solan Zoo and is all set to welcome many other animals who would become a part of the family of the animals at the safari.

While the barking deer have already arrived in the safari, enclosures are being constructed for other animals who would be arriving here within this month. These would include 10 Royal Bengal Tigers, lions tailed monkeys and two bears. The safari has already got two families of Royal Bengal Tigers, spotted deer and black bucks.

The barking deers, named so due to their dog like bark, are being kept in a temporary enclosure in the safari. A gift from the Mini Zoo in Solan, three of them unfortunately died on way from Solan to Chhat Bir Zoo, their first destination. Then rest were transported from Chhat Bir Zoo in Banur to local safari yesterday.

As many as five small enclosures are being constructed in the zoo for these creatures, who are a little nervous in the environs of their new home. When Ludhiana Tribune team visited the safari today it found these resting in thatches erected specially for them near the spotted deers’ enclosure.

According to Mr Raj Kumar Joshi, Chief Wildlife Warden, the newcomers are being given fodder and grams as food. He said the authorities were doing their best to make these animals feel at home.

He said these animals had very small hearts and were very sensitive to the changing habitats. So it was natural for them to be uncomfortable for some time. He, however, said they would adapt themselves to the new surroundings soon.

The zoo authorities are making it sure that the work on the enclosures would finish by the end of this month as the soaring mercury would make it difficult for the deers to remain in the temporary thatches.

Mr Joshi said the proposal to shift bears was long pending with the zoo authorities. The proposal would materialised now as the enclosures would be ready for them. He said arrangements were complete for 10 more Royal Bengal Tigers who would be shifted here from Chhat Bir Zoo any time. As many as 10 strong iron enclosures had already been constructed in the safari.

The new arrivals are a part of the Central Zoo Authority’s direction to various zoos to exchange their surplus animals, birds and reptiles with other zoos. The direction had come after the officials of CZA had conducted a survey in various zoos after mortality of white tigers in Nandankanan Zoo in Orissa. 


Encroachers — a determined lot
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, March 16
While traffic chaos on the GT Road stretch between the Jagraon bridge and chowk Ghanta Ghar has increased manifold due to the ongoing work on the elevated road project, vendorsas well as shopkeepers on both sides of the road remain an adamant lot as far as encroachments made by them are concerned.

When the road was narrowed down due to the ground drilling work for raising pillar for the elevated road, one hoped that encroachments made by shopkeepers and roadside sellers would be removed to facilitate the flow of traffic and provide relief to pedestrians using the stretch. But nothing happened, with the result that vehicles were forced to crawl at a snail’s pace and the pedestrians had to weave their way out of the congested stretch.

The footpath sellers of rice, meat and fish etc., along the railway station park, who have been in business there for a long time continued to run their businesses with wooden benches for their customers occupying a part of the road. A useless bus stop, which has come up on the footpath outside the railway station and serves only the purpose of some advertisers, has further come to the aid of these roadside sellers of cheap food. The bus shelter, which earlier advertised a particular brand of cigarettes, now advertises mineral water following protests over the advertising of cigarettes. Bus drivers in general ridicule the stop as no bus can actually stop here because of the electricity transformer next to it. The shopkeepers of the adjacent Kamla Nehru Market also did not pull back their extensions. And further towards the Ghanta Ghar, rehris selling groundnuts and other eatables continued to be stationed at their old positions. The shops selling suitcases and bags continue to display their stuff on the footpath.

And on the opposite side of the road, i.e. from Ghanta Ghar to the Jagraon bridge, various roadside sellers of hosiery, electronic goodies, shoes and so on, also refused to budge. The whole footpath, which one hoped would be finally made available to pedestrians, remains occupied with encroachments. And right opposite the railway station, along the boundary wall of the Railway Colony, extensions made by the shopkeepers of unauthorised booths also have not dismantled the temporary extensions, thus adding to the woes of the general public. Further towards the Jagraon bridge, rehris selling sugarcane juice and fruit and footpath sellers of rings, beads and sleazy magazines continue to be in business as usual. As if the footpaths of the city have been leased or bought by these roadside sellers and the pedestrians have lost their right to use the same.

About more than a week ago, Mr. R.L. Kalsia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, had visited this stretch and on seeing the grave traffic situation had told the media- persons that the footpaths along the railway park and outside the Kamala Nehru Market and also elsewhere on the stretch would be dismantled to make room for the pedestrians in view of the construction work that had narrowed the road. But nothing of the sort has happened so far. Footpaths continue to be there and so do the encroachments upon the same. The only difference in the scene being that scooters are now parked parallel to the footpath.

‘Come what may, we are going to stay’, the encroachers on the road seem to say. A number of local mini buses, which ply between Ghanta Ghar and the general bus stand and a couple of other places, now drop the passengers near the railway station as they prefer not to waste their time on the congested stretch of the road.



Minister to lay stone of flyover today
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 16
Another ambitious project of the Municipal Corporation will take off with the Punjab Minister for Local Bodies Mr Jagjit Singh, laying the foundation stone of Rs 13 crore flyover here tomorrow. This flyover will replace the Lakkar Pul (railway foot bridge) to provide a motorable link between old city localities and the Civil Lines area. The minister, on his first official visit to the city, would later address a public function, which would be presided over by the Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, Mr Rakesh Pandey.

Giving details of the ongoing major projects of the civic body, the MC Commissioner, Mr R.L. Kalsia, said work on two flyovers at Dhuri Railway Crossing (Rs 9.5 crore) and at Dhandari Kalan on National Highway No 1 (Rs 15 crore) was scheduled to be completed by July 2002. The construction of elevated road on Old G.T. Road had also commenced and the project was slated for completion at a cost of Rs 32.6 crore in August 2004. The flyover to replace Lakkar Pul was being so designed as to be integrated with elevated road for two-way links with the existing Old G.T. Road near Raikhy Cinema and one-way link at Mata Rani Chowk.

According to Mr Kalsia, in its bid to provide better infrastructure facilities to the city population, the MC has constructed four bridges at Sidhwan Canal at Gill Road, Pakhowal Road, Sarabha Nagar and Jawaddi at a cost of Rs 1.80 crore and four more bridges had been provided at Chander Nagar, Bajwa Nagar, Madhopuri and Old G.T. Road over Budha Nullah at an expenditure of Rs 6.5 crore.



LSS holds kirtan march
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
The Ludhiana Sewa Sangh organised a ‘kirtan march’ from Indodevi temple in Rupa Mistry street to the Sanglan Wala Shivala here yesterday.

Addressing the members, the sangh president, Mr Suresh Gupta, said it was unfortunate that the BJP, which came to power on the basis of its commitment to build Ram temple at Ayodhya, was now backing out of its promise because it was in power at the Centre.

He said the decision of Swami Param Hans to agree to perform ‘shila daan’ at a place outside the temple site was unfortunate. He said the people of the country would not forgive the BJP for its diabolical politics.

Among those who attended the meeting held before the march included Mr Chander Hans, Mr Mangal Passi, Mr Ashok Dhiman, Baba Gian Chand, Mr Sumit Dhir, Mr Pawan Tayal, Mr Deepak Gupta, Mr Subhash Kumar, Mr Rinku Bansal, Mr Sohan Lal Dhiman, Mr Dinesh Verma, Mr Amit Kumar and Mr Sanjay Sood.



Shiv Sena chief flays Wadala’s comment
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
The Shiv Sena president, Mr Jagdish Tangri, has strongly reacted to the observations of Mr Kuldip Singh Wadala, president, Akali Dal (Democratic), that the Hindu community was guilty of committing atrocities against minorities.

In a statement here recently, Mr Tangri said Mr Wadala and other Akali leaders like him had failed to utter a word against blood bath in Punjab, which had continued for over a decade.



BYM leader booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Ahmedgarh, March 16
The local police has registered a case of rioting and beating some persons against former state president of the Bharatiya Yuva Morcha and four others for allegedly assaulting Municipal Council president and his family and ransacking his house. The police has booked the accused under Sections 452, 457, 323, 148, 149 of the IPC and 314 of the Untouchability Act. Activists of various municipal employees unions held protest march and rally to impress upon the police to arrest the accused.

Mr Kishori Lal Badhan, president Nagar Council and his family members stated to the police that Mr A.T. Vinayak, along with his associates, knocked at his door on Friday at 10.30 pm. Sensing danger he did not open the door. The visitors started hurling abusing at him and broke open the door. The assailants then beat him up. No arrest has been made so far.



Desire to marry costs him dear
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
In a bizarre case, a bridegroom who came to the city to marry, not only had to return without his bride but had to lose half of his property as well.

According to information, Mr Palwinder Singh, a resident of Baba Bakala village in Amritsar district, has stated in his complaint that he had obtained a legal divorce from his wife. One of his relatives, Mr Trilok Singh, had arranged his marriage with a resident of Partap Singh Wala in Haibowal, whose husband had died sometime ago. But when he reached his bride’s house on March 13, the date fixed for the marriage, along with the marriage party, the father of the bride, Mr Joginder Singh, refused to marry off his daughter. All members of the marriage party tried to persuade him but in vain. When asked about the reason behind his refusal, Mr Joginder Singh allegedly put forward a condition according to which the bridegroom was to transfer half of his property in his daughter’s name. At this, some members of the marriage party accompanied Mr Palwinder Singh to the district courts where property transfer papers were got prepared and handed over to the bride’s father. Mr Palwinder Singh further alleged in his complaint that soon after getting the property papers, Mr Joginder Singh forcibly pushed him and other marriage party members out of his house. The Haibowal police has registered a case.

Tipsy cop fires: The Focal Point police has registered a case under Section 336 of the IPC against a head constable, Inderjit Singh, on charge of creating a scare in the area by firing about half a dozen shots from his service revolver in an inebriated condition on Thursday night. The accused, who is reportedly attached with a DIG as a bodyguard, has been absconding after the incident.

Eve-teasers arrested: The Basti Jodhewal police has arrested Talwinder Kumar, a resident of Mangat Colony, and Devinder Kumar, a resident of New Kailash Nagar, and booked them under Section 509 of the IPC and Sections 3 and 5 of the Noise Control Act on charge of indulging in eve-teasing and causing noise pollution. According to information, Mr Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of the Nooranwala road, had complained to the police on Thursday that the accused arrived outside his house on scooters when his daughter was about to leave for her school. The accused started indulging in using their scooter horns and teasing his daughter.

Assault cases: The Division No. 4 police station has registered a case under Sections 452, 506, 323, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Satish Kumar, a resident of Chhawni Mohalla, against Sanjiv Kumar, alias Vicky, Ravinder and others. The complainant had alleged that while a litigation was on between him and the accused in connection with a beating case, the accused, armed with lathis and swords, forced their way into his shop on Thursday and indulged in beating him.

The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Sections 323, 452 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Bhupinder Singh, a resident of New Model Town, against Inderjit Singh, a resident of the Jalandhar bye-pass area, and two of his accomplices. The complainant had alleged that due to a property dispute, the accused entered his house forcibly, beat him up and injured him.

Two youths were allegedly injured in an attack in Joshi Nagar in the Haibowal area on Friday. According to information, Mr Varinder Singh, a resident of Punjab Mata Nagar, Pakhowal Road, along with his business partner, Samrat, went to the house of Ravi in Joshi Nagar to get back a drill which he had borrowed from them. Mr Varinder Singh alleged that when they asked for the drill, Ravi along with his brother and father allegedly attacked them with swords, lathis and brick-bats as a result of which both of them sustained injuries. The injured have been admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Fraud case: The Civil Lines police station has registered a case of fraud under Sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Ms Shinderpal Kaur, a resident of Sirsa, against Nath Singh Dhillon, Veena Rani, Pardeep Kumar, Parminder Singh, Saudagar Singh and Trilochan Kaur. The complainant had alleged that the accused, who run a finance company, committed the fraud on her by forging some papers.

Transformer stolen: The Koom Kalan police has registered a case of theft under Sections 379 and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Ram Nath Sharda, SDO, PSEB, Katani Kalan, against some unknown persons, who stole a transformer from Panjeta village on Thursday.

Gambling case: In separate raids on Thursday, the Haibowal police arrested Rakesh Kumar, his father, Ramesh Kumar, and Raj Kumar, all residents of Salem Tabri, and Rohit Kumar, Ram Ditter and Ashok Kumar on charge of gambling and booked them under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act.

One killed: Satnam Singh, 32, a resident of Sangowal village falling under the Shimla Puri police station, was killed on the spot after his scooter skidded near the Lohara bridge on the Sidhwan canal on Friday. The victim, who was a government employee, leaves behind three daughters.

Three arrested: The Model Town police on Thursday arrested Vivek Kumar, Mahesh Sharma and Mohinder Singh on charge of drinking at a public place and booked them under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.



Bunte Bunte contest results
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
Vardhaman announced the results of their mega contest ‘Bunte Bunte Kismat Chamke Phirse’ here yesterday. Ms Nancy Arora from Amritsar won the first prize Matiz SD car.

The second prize winners of Tanishq jewellery worth Rs 45,000 were Nirmala from Jind, Sunita Rano from Kaithal and Sushma from Ludhiana. The third prize winners of LG Washing Machine (WP 421 SPC) were Sushma Singh from Faridabad, Surinder Virk from Karnal, Usha from Parduana, Bibbo Devi from Rai Bareilly and Motia Devi from Faridabad.

The fourth prize winners of Aiwa Music System (NSXSZ2) were Chander Kanta from Saharanpur, Vandana from Mandi, Gyanti Shamra from Patiala, Suridner Prasad from Muzaffarpur, Sadhna Mudhusia from Mahaganj, Hardeep from Assandh and Jasbeer Kaur from Patiala.

The fifth prize winners of IFB Microwave Oven (Electron) were Teena Malhotra and Santosh Rani from Patiala, Omwati Raghav from Bulandshehar, Vinod from Sitapur, Nirmala from Indore, Vimla Singh from Satna, Anita from Gangtok, Surinder Devi from Patiala, Rama from Kathmandu and Sarla of Shimla.

Mr V.K. Goyal, Chief Executive, Vardhman Spinning and General Mills, while congratulating the winners said, ‘‘It’s a proud privilege for us to successfully complete the promotional campaign for the second consecutive year.’’

He informed, ‘‘This year we had over 1,58,000 consumers from across 3,250 towns and cities participating in the contest. The contest has helped us in building a strong brand loyalty and in generating awareness among the consumers about the ‘lock tag on hanks’ and thereby identification of authentic Vardhaman Knitting Yarn.’’


Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
122 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |