Monday, April 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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1 killed, 3 hurt in robbery
Fourth incident in 5 days; SHO transferred
Our Correspondent

Khanna, April 14
In the fourth robbery incident within five days in the Khanna Sadar police station area, one person was killed and three others were seriously injured in the morning today.

The police is, however, yet to assess the value of cash and articles taken away by the robbers.

According to information available, about seven unidentified armed and masked robbers struck at the house of Mehar Singh on the outskirts of Bullepur village.

They injured Mehar Singh, his wife Swarn Kaur, son Sarbjit Singh and daughter-in-law Harpreet Kaur. While Mehar Singh died on way to the hospital, his wife was admitted in Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, where her condition is stated to be critical. Sarbjit Singh and Harpreet Kaur had been admitted in a serious condition in Doraha Hospital.

It may be mentioned that the robbers first struck at the house of Gurdev Singh of the same village but due to the vigilance of the house-owner, they failed in their attempt.

Tarlochan Singh, a chakki-owner, said injured Harpreet Kaur told him the whole story, and after that villagers reached the spot.

The injured persons were rushed to various hospitals by the villagers.

Forensic experts and a dog-squad were pressed into service. A police party led by SSP Khanna Devinder Singh Garcha and DSP Balbir Singh also reached the spot.

A case under sections 458, 459 and 148/149 of IPC has been registered.

It may be recalled that on Monday night, three robbery incidents took place in two villages, in which cash worth Rs 45,000 and gold were looted. Three persons were injured but the police is still clueless.

Meanwhile, the SHO, Sadar police station, Mr Anil Kohli, has been transferred to Ropar district on the direction of the DIG Ludhiana, Mr Rohit Choudhary, on account of increasing robbery incidents in the Sadar police station areas. SSP Khanna Devinder Singh Garcha SSP said Mr Satnam Singh, in charge, CIA staff, Khanna, has been appointed the new SHO of the Sadar police station.



Girl’s death: ‘police version hard to buy’
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Seora, (Ludhiana), April 14
Almost two days after the recovery of the remains of the two-year-old girl, who had gone missing ten days ago, the family is finding it hard to believe that she was done to death by wild cats as claimed by the police.

Too shocked to react, the family members said they failed to figure out any other reason for her death and the circumstances leading to her death.

Even as Khanna SSP Devinder Singh Garcha asserted to Ludhiana Tribune that the child was devoured by wild cats according to the police investigation, the circumstantial evidence suggests that there is lot more than what meets the eye in the case.

The decomposed skull of Jaspreet was found in the fields of the village, around 100 metres away from the place where the girl was left sleeping under a tree by her mother. According to her mother, Sukhwinder, who was assigned to the job of harvesting wheat, on April 3 she had after feeding the girl left her under a tree while some other children were playing nearby.

She said the children who were playing had gone to a school near the fields to fetch drinking water. On returning after about half an hour they told her that Jassi was not there. She searched for the girl near the fields but to no avail. Some women who had gone to fields day before yesterday spotted the skull as it was emanating foul smell. The police was informed and her father Bikkar Singh identified the girl by her hair and colour of the ribbon.

A pall of gloom had engulfed the village when the Tribune team visited them. The villagers, finding it difficult to believe in the theory put by the police, said it was not possible that the girl was consumed by wild cats. They said the clothes recovered from the scene bore no stain of blood. The bangles of the girl were also found intact. They opined that had the girl been devoured by wild animals the clothes would have been torn and these would have borne stains of blood. Moreover, if the girl was caught by some animal she would have screamed or cried.

Her grandparents, Mr Gurmukh Singh and Ms Gurdial Kaur, said they did not suspect anybody. They said they had no enemies and could not say whether it was the handiwork of a tantrik or not. They said it was the first ever case in the village and they had not heard of any tantrik activity in the village.

Interestingly, the family does not know whether the police has registered any case or not, while the police has registerd a case under Section 174, IPC. They said the police had got their thumb impressions on a piece of paper. 



Lodhi Club closed as staff go on strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
The Lodhi Club has been closed since yesterday as the staff went on strike over the alleged misbehaviour by the club secretary, Mr Bal Mahajan, with the manager and the mess contractor. It was probably for the first time that the club remained closed for the full day and all the scheduled functions for the day were cancelled.

Sources disclosed that on April 12 the club had organised Baisakhi celebrations.

After the function concluded, the secretary, accompanied by guests went for the dinner. He had reportedly ordered dinner for 30 persons.

However, the food fell short and Mr Mahajan got furious. He allegedly started abusing the mess contractor, his staff and also the manager, who tried to intervene.

While the mess contractor has been maintaining that Mr Mahajan had ordered food for 30 persons but when they came for dinner the number was much more. With the result the food fell short and Mr Mahajan allegedly abused the contractor. When the club manager tried to intervene, he was also abused and pushed aside.

The infuriated staff of the club and the mess contractor went on strike to protest the alleged misbehaviour by Mr Mahajan. Club has remained closed since yesterday.

Till filing of this report, the club had not opened as the stalemate continued with the staff and the secretary blaming each other.

Mr Mahajan confirmed that the club had been closed since yesterday. He however denied that he had misbehaved with any of the staff members or the mess contractor. But he alleged that some of the staff members and the employees of the mess contractor were drunk.

He said, nobody was there to offer them food. The secretary said action would be taken against those found guilty and discipline would be maintained at all costs.

Mr Mahajan stated that the club was a public institution and no person would be allowed to hold the club to ransom. He claimed that the staff and the contractor had admitted their mistake and also tendered written apology.

He alleged that some persons within the club, who were opposed to him, were trying to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the club.



Even the policemen admire this murder accused
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
Murderers or murder accused are normally a hated lot. But a 19-year-old boy, accused for the murder of a history-sheeter, who was a terror among residents of Giaspura and surrounding colonies in the city, is a clear exception. The murder accused, Amardeep, is currently a subject of eulogies for scores of people as he killed a noted criminal, Ashok Kumar, alias Dulwa, single-handed, at a house in Giaspura colony, two days ago while saving his mother from being killed at the hands of the deceased.

Quite like a formula Hindi film showing the terror of a local don which is subsequently relieved by a commoner, residents of Giaspura, family members, friends or relatives of Amardeep and any person who knew the deceased Ashok Kumar, are in a highly elated state at the act of the youth in killing him. The deceased was a terror, especially in Giaspura colony, where he had committed at least five murders, robbed several persons besides committing thefts and harassing residents especially women, daily.

Even the cops do not behave with the accused as they normally do with other murder accused. While asserting that the youth should be punished for breaking the law of the country, a number of cops at Shimlapuri police station have admiration and sympathy for him. ‘‘ He had removed a permanent headache of the police. There were about two dozen cases registered against the deceased in several police stations and he was released on bail from the central jail a month ago only ’’.

The incident took place late night on April 11. The deceased Ashok Kumar was searching for Darshana Kaur, the accused youth’s mother for the last one month. He had made some attempts to attack her but the woman somehow managed to escape. The history-sheeter was searching for the woman as she had helped the police in nabbing him in a criminal case.

The woman lived with her three children at Issar Nagar behind Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College.

According to an FIR registered against Amardeep Singh under Section 302, IPC, at Shimlapuri police station, the incident took place in the house of Ms Kajal, a family friend of the accused, in Giaspura colony. The FIR states that Amardeep Singh, alias Sonu and his mother Darshana Kaur had come on an informal visit to Kajal’s house when the deceased Ashok Kumar, allegedly involved in several cases of robbery and murder, came to the house and attacked Darshana Kaur with a sharp-edged sickle and injured her arm.

The deceased was about to strike a second blow, when the woman’s son came to her defence and snatched the sickle from the accused’s hand. In a scuffle between the two Ashok Kumar was killed.

Amardeep Singh did not run away from the spot. He waited for the police and surrendered before a team of Shimlapuri police station along with the weapon used in the crime.

‘‘ I have no regrets. I saved my mother’s life and would do it again,’’ said the youth. He added that he had never thought of killing the man even though he was a terror in the area and was following his mother for the past several days. ‘‘We were living in fear ever since Ashok returned from jail. I could not control my rage when he attacked my mother,’’ said the youth.

‘‘I am proud of him,’’ said the youth’s mother, Darshan Kaur, who had suffered a deep injury on her right hand while saving herself from a blow by the history-sheeter. ‘‘It is better he died, otherwise, he would have killed several other persons,’’ she said.

The residents of Giaspura colony minced no words in expressing their happiness at the demise of the history-sheeter. Mrs Shanti, a resident, told Ludhiana Tribune that the man used to bully the residents, extort money from them and commit all kinds of crimes. She remembers how a couple of years ago, the deceased had hacked to death three persons in one day only.

The Ludhiana Tribune team met a large number of persons in the area who had suffered at the man’s hands. but they were not willing to be quoted fearing some problems as the police might pressurise them to give some statement in the court regarding the man’s activities. A youth Ramesh ( name changed ) said Ashok Kumar had been harassing women and young girls and no one could dare to stop him. He said the terror of the youth was quite similar to what we normally saw in films. 



DIG marks probe into alleged false case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
Mr Rohit Chaudhary, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ludhiana, has directed SP city-I, Naunihal Singh to inquire into an alleged implication of a man, his son and daughter-in-law of Jhande village in a case registered at Sadar police station two days ago. The case against the man was registered on the complaint of his second son.

The DIG gave the instructions to SP city-I, after the complainant and the alleged victim, Amrik Singh, prayed to him that they did not trust the police officers of the Sadar area as they were fighting a land case against influential persons allegedly supported by a senior police officer of Ludhiana.

Amrik Singh said in his complaint that his son Jatinder Singh and daughter-in-law Surinderpal Kaur have been booked by the Sadar police on a complaint of his second son Manjinder Singh. They had been accused of attacking and injuring Manjinder’s wife with a sharp-edged weapon. They had been booked under Sections 323, 325, IPC, two days ago.

Amrik Singh, who presented himself before the DIG last afternoon said his son, Manjinder Singh, had been harassing him and other family members for the past several months and was allegedly hand-in-glove with some persons and some cops, who had been conspiring together to snatch their property in the village. He claimed that two days ago, he was restoring a telephone connection to his house cut by his second son, when Manjinder attacked him with a knife. He said he was saved by Manjinder’s wife Parminder Kaur, who suffered an injury in the process of snatching the knife form her husband.

Amrik said, next day he was shocked to learn from the Sadar police that he and his son Jatinder Singh and daughter-in-law Surinderpal Kaur have been booked on the charges of attacking the injured woman.

DIG Rohit Chaudhary, confirming the orders, said he had marked the inquiry to an officer of the other area of the city for an impartial report.



Restore holidays: bank staff
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 14
The local unit of Punjab Bank Employees Federation (PBEF) has condemned the state government decision to curtail holidays of bank employees on major festivals like Holi and Baisakhi.

The PBEF president, Mr Ashok Awasthy, and secretary, Mr Naresh Gaur, lamented in a press statement here yesterday that all banks were open on Holi and Baisakhi, whereas the offices of Punjab Government remained closed on both days. It was a discrimination towards the bank employees, they added.

The activists urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to restore all holidays curtailed by the previous Akali government under the Negotiable Instruments Act.



Wheat worth lakhs gutted in fire
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
Wheat worth Rs 5 lakh was gutted when it caught fire in Kailpur and Dakha villages, near here, this evening.

According to Mr Jasmail Singh, a farmer of Kailpur village, the fire was caused by sparking in a tubewell and it spread to the other village damaging the crop in 42 acres. He said that it was controlled by farmers themselves. He said that the fire would have damaged hundreds of acres had it not been controlled.

According to him, six farmers suffered losses due to the fire. They included Nirbhai Singh and Gurdev Singh of Kailpur village and Kulwant Singh, Jagroop Singh and Major Singh of Dakha village.



Tributes paid to Dr Ambedkar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
Glowing tributes were paid to Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his 111th birth anniversary here today. Several functions were organised by various political and social organisations in memory of the leader.

The main function was organised at the local Congress office by the District Congress Committee Ludhiana (urban) under the chairmanship of its president, Mr K K Bawa. The meeting also paid homage to the victims of communal violence in Gujarat and condemned the inaction of the state government. Two-minute silence was also observed in memory of those killed in Gujarat.

Speaking on the occasion the DCC president while paying tributes to Dr Ambedkar pointed out that he had conceived one of the greatest constitutions of the world, which gave the country secularism and democracy. However, he regretted that under present circumstances, communal and divisive forces were threatening the same sacred ideals.

Mr Bawa condemned the communal violence in Gujarat and demanded the dismissal of the BJP government led by Mr Narinder Modi. He alleged that the BJP was implementing its communal agenda in Gujarat that is why it was not asking Mr Modi to quit.

The DCC president said, that the greatest tribute to Dr Amedkar would be to defeat the designs of the communal forces who were bent upon creating division between members of different communities.

Among those present on the occasion were the PCC general secretary, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mr Manjeet Singh Malerkotla, Dr Harbans Kaur, Ashwani Sharma, Surjeet Singh Ahluwalia, Shyam Sunder Malhotra, Kuldeep Janda, Gurmail Mela, Jasbir Chadha, Satpal Puri, Hansraj Jassa, Dalip Thapar, Ashok Gupta.

A function was also organised by the Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj at the Daresi ground. A large number of people attended the function, which was presided over by the national joint secretary of the samaj, Mr Vijay Dhanav. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Dhanav lauded the contribution of Baba Sahib Ambedkar in the uplift of the Dalits and weaker sections of society. He said it was because of Baba Sahib only that the dalits had got respectable status in society today.

Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Valmiki Sabha ciritcised Mr K.K.Bawa for not inviting the Congress Dalit leaders to the function held to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr B.R.Ambedkar.

In a press release, the BVS president, Mr Sudesh, and chairman, Mr. Som Dutt Sahota, said that while on one hand Mr Bawa was trying to portray himself as a well-wisher of the Dalit samaj, on the other hand he was showing his thinking towards the Dalit and the Valmiki Samaj. The leaders further stated that they would soon bring the matter to the notice of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh so that such lapses were not repeated in future.



Thunder, sparkle enliven city parties
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, April 14
Ludhianvis love partying. They love to celebrate birthday bashes, engagements, sangeets, anniversaries, receptions etc. They always look for novel and innovative ideas. Pyrotechnics, not the original fireworks but electronic fireworks, are being increasingly used to add sparkle to the party. They are being widely used much to delight of party-goers.

Prabjit Singh Wahi has been instrumental in introducing pyrotechnics into parties. He has had a chequered career starting as sub-dealer of Maxpage to running a restaurant and deejaying. Pyrotechnics is an art of making and using fireworks. Earlier, they were used in warfare, but now fireworks are displayed at auspicious functions, at the end of important games, to mark important celebrations of a country like Republic Day, and on many private occasions. The traditional pyrotechnics are suitable for outdoors. With the expansion of technology, electronic blast is safer and creates almost the same effect and can be used indoors.

Wahi says, “Electronic blasts are easier to operate and are devoid of any explosive material and hence can be used in halls. The process is rather simple. A one-and-a-half-foot pipe is filled with glitter and confetti. At the base of this cylindrical pipe is placed a fuse connected with an electronic board. On pressing the button, the glitter and confetti, being light, fly up to 25 ft and form a canopy over the guests showering them with silver, gold and other bright colours. On special occasions like marriages, rose petals are filled and when the couple walks in, these are showered on them.”

Electronic pyrotechnics are becoming increasingly popular and add gaiety and colour to a party. Electronic blasts are being used at religious functions too. On festivals like Holi, colours are filled in a pipe. On birthday parties, small toffees and sweets rain down on children.

Another new concept of making children happy is the introduction of huge teddy bears at a children’s party. These are inflatable. Just like balloons, hydrogen gas is filled and they grow up to seven feet. Much to the delight of children, the bear dances and shakes hands with them. Children enjoy playing around it and have a good time. Parents are happy too as kids, fascinated by the bears, let the parents enjoy the party.



Importance of Vedas stressed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 14
Noted Vedic scholar Acharya Bhagwan Dev Ji Chaitanya has emphasised the need for studying Vedas, as they teach great human values, which have kept alive the ancient and glorious traditions of the Indian civilisation. He said the Vedas are not only a study of values but a guide for the practical life of human beings.

Acharya Chetanya was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the annual function of Arya Samaj Model Town. Seventeen girls were initiated into Vedic studies at the function today. The girls, all of them studying in class VI, will study Vedas along with other subjects according to the syllabus of the Punjab School Education Board till Class X at the Arya Kanya Gurukul, exclusively meant for girls and only of its kind in Punjab.

According to Mr Satyanand Munjal, president of the Arya Samaj, Model Town, this is the fourth batch of girls who will study Vedas. Earlier, the gurukul started teaching Vedas from the fifth standard, but now the students are taken from the sixth standard.

The girls were initiated into Vedic studies at a simple but impressive function, which was attended by hundreds of people. Some of the girls, recited Vedic chants verbatim. So far 85 girls have been admitted to the Arya Kanya Gurukul for Vedic studies. 



Sewadar dies after fall
Our Correspondent

Khanna, April 14
A man was killed when he fell down from the ‘Nishan Sahib’ of gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha here today.

According to information, Mr Jagtar Singh, a regular devotee of the gurdwara (sewadar), had climbed up to robe it with new cloth. While on his way up, the rope snapped due to which he fell down and died.

He is survived by his wife and two children.



Car-borne youths stab couple
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 14
A couple travelling by a Tata Sumo was intercepted by some Maruti-borne youths here yesterday and stabbed with knives. According to information, Mr Satish Kumar and his wife Ms Seema Rani, residents of New Panjabi Bagh Colony in Basti Jodhewal area, were going to the house of a relative when the car-borne assailants intercepted them and injured them seriously. The Jodhewal police has registered a case and is on the lookout for the alleged stabbers.

The Focal Point police has registered a case of alleged stabbing on the statement of Mr Tejpal, a safai worker and a resident of Urban Estate Phase-I, against four unknown persons who allegedly stabbed him with knives in the stomach. The injured man, who has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, alleged that while he was returning home at around 8.30 pm. on Friday, the accused stabbed him in the stomach and took away Rs 4,000 from his pocket. The accused allegedly stabbed him because of a business dispute, he alleged further.

Mr Jagtar Singh, 29, a resident of Vachittar Nagar falling under the MERADO police post, was allegedly hit in the neck by his neighbour Mast Ram with a sharp-edged, shoe-making tool here on Saturday morning. The accused allegedly hit him due to some old enmity. Jagtar Singh has been admitted to the Civil Hospital.

In another incident of alleged beating, Mr Parvinder Singh, a resident of Gill village, was injured by six lathi-wielding men on Saturday. According to information, some persons were trying to occupy a portion of the village shamlat and when the victim opposed them, he was beaten by the accused with lathis. Parvinder Singh has been admitted to the Civil Hospital. The police has registered a case.

Fraud cases registered: The Basti Jodhewal police has registered a case of alleged fraud under Sections 420,467,471 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Mr Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Jeewanpur village, against Faqir Singh, Daljit Kaur, Manjit Singh, Rajinder Singh, Mohinder Singh, Pardeep Singh, Manjit Singh and three other accused. The complainant had alleged that the accused prepared forged documents pertaining to his plot and got the same registered in their name.

The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 406,420,506 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Mr Yadvinder Singh, a resident of Dholewal chowk area, against Arun Kumar, Satish Kumar, residents of Katra Sehgal, Dhandari Kalan, Purnia Narang, Mohan Chand, Bhatola Mitter and Chander Parkash. The complainant had alleged that he had made full payment to the accused for a plot but the accused refused to get the same registered in his name. When he demanded back his money, the accused resorted to threatening him. No arrest has been made so far.

Dowry harassment case: The Civil Lines police has registered a case of alleged dowry harassment under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC on the statement of Ms Varsha, against Rakesh Kharbanda, Madan Lal, Shanta, Rajesh, Sanjiv and Kuldeep, all members of her in-laws’ family and residents of Basant Road, Civil Lines and Jaswinder Singh and his wife Simran. The complainant had alleged that all accused had been harassing her mentally and physically and demanding more dowry. 


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