Monday, July 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Tangri’s son, nephew booked under Arms Act 
Cong men, officials ‘pressurising’ police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
The issue of police raid at Gur Mandi to check illegal preparation of duplicate CDs is turning into a controversy as the police has registered cases against some family members and close relatives of Shiv Sena leader Jagdish Tangri and some Sena workers. The police claimed it to be a criminal-politician nexus running in the market.

Police sources said that the CIA wing of the district police had booked Sunil Tangri, a son of Jagdish Tangri, his nephew SP Tangri, along with three other persons, for allegedly preparing bombs and gathering arms to attack the police yesterday.

Four of these S P Tangri, Sai Dass, Harwinder Pal Singh and Yadwinder Singh, were arrested by the police last evening. Mr SP Tangri was released on bail today morning. The accused have been booked under the explosives Act, arms Act and relevant sections of the IPC amounting to violence and disrupting duty of government employees.

Sunil Tangri, one of the accused, however, claimed that no case had been registered against him. He said he had even met several police officers today and no one had told him that he was wanted.

Sources informed Ludhiana Tribune that at first what appeared be a simple case of a raid on shopkeepers preparing fake CDs, had now become a major issue.

The district police was reportedly resisting all pressure mounted on it not only by the Shiv Sena leaders but also by some senior state-level police officials and some Congress leaders.

A sitting Congress MLA even visited the CIA wing last night when accused S P Tangri was in police custody and was being questioned. The MLA returned after police officials convinced him about the sensitivity of the case and the kind of evidence against the accused.

The police was reportedly resisting pressure from some senior state-level police officials. One of them was known for being close to the leader during the terrorism days. It was such kind of support that probably encouraged illegal activities in the market.

Sources said the police action, though long pending, was unprecedented.

Meanwhile, today went off peacefully in the Gur Mandi. Though there was perceptible tension in the air but no untoward incident was reported.

Mr Jagdish Tangri was seen roaming in the market and was quite vocal in his statements to the Press. He dismissed the police action as undue harassment instigated by his political rivals.



Living amid ponds of diseases
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service


* Sewerage discharge and rainwater gets collected in the area. Residents have been facing this problem for the past two years.

* No MC official has visited the area for over an year.

* People have started contracting diseases, including gastroenteritis and malaria.

* Some years ago there was an epidemic of gastro diseases in the area.

Ludhiana, July 7
Even as the Municipal Corporation authorities have been claiming of reaching out to the public by visiting residential areas and solving their civic problems, the residents of Chander Nagar and Bhaura village, under Ward No 5 of the MC, are not that fortunate enough. In fact, they have been waiting for the past about two years for a visit by an MC officials to get their grievances redressed. All this, while they are living amidst pools of stagnant sewer and dirty water.

Even as Mr S.K. Sharma, MC Commissioner, has been claiming that he will take action against any MC employee found guilty of dereliction of duty, particularly regarding sewer blockage and water-logging problems, residents of the Ward No 5 claimed that the MC had never come to their rescue.

Residents of the area said that due to incomplete work of sewerage laying and an improper drainage system, they had to face flood-like situation every monsoon. ‘‘This year, the streets are filled with water much before the onset of the monsoon,’’ said Dr Malkiat Singh, a resident of Bhaura village.

“Millions of larvae of mosquitoes are thriving in the stagnant water. People have started contracting malaria. But nobody seems to bothers. No one has come to spray any insecticide in the area. I think, in our city, the health of the people is on the mercy of gods,” he added.

Speaking as a spokesman of the residents, he said the residents had protested a number of times against the MC for ignoring the area, but they only got promises that remained unfulfilled. The MC officials had been turning a deaf ear to their complaints and representations, he said.

He said the councillor of the area, Ms Kashmir Kaur, had given Rs 1 lakh for laying of sewerage, but the project could not be completed with this amount. After that no fund was sanctioned for the completion of the project, he said.

Ms Kashmir Kaur, councillor, said she had done a lot for the public as well as the area. It was her political rivals who were crying foul and airing such grievances, she said. She had won the elections with overwhelming majority for the second successive term. This was possible only because she had taken care of the development work in the area.

A Ludhiana Tribune team visited the area and found that there were pools of sewer water and rainwater in most of the streets. With the monsoon around the corner, residents feared that the streets would again be inundated with water and the water might even enter into their houses.

Mr Ramesh Lal, another resident, said the residents were literally living amidst filth and diseases. He said, “What to talk about streets, even the main road remains covered with sewer or rainwater. Mosquitoes, germs and bacteria were flourishing at this convenient breeding ground and there is a fear of an outbreak of an epidemic in the area. “Then the officials will come, spray insecticides here and there and wash their hands off the matter,” said Mr Lal.



Trader drugged, looted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
In yet another incident of looting a passenger in a bus or a train, a Ludhiana-based trader coming to the city from Delhi was drugged and looted of Rs 70,000 somewhere after Ambala on the route by some unidentified persons last night. The man rendered unconscious due to the drug was found lying near Hotel Amaltas at about midnight last night.

The trader, Mr Rakesh Kumar, was rushed to CMC Hospital and is now reportedly out of danger. Family sources told Ludhiana Tribune that he had gone to Delhi on a business trip and was returning on a bus last evening. He had a talk with his wife over a mobile phone at Ambala but after that the family lost touch with him.

According to sources, the family members tried to reach him over the mobile phone but no one was answering the call. Once the line got contacted but instead of hearing the trader's voice, his wife heard noise of a vehicle moving along with blowing of horns. Then the phone was switched off.

At about 11 pm, some unidentified person answered the phone call and just hung up saying that the man whom they were trying to contact was lying near Hotel Amaltas.

Family sources said the drug given to him through some eatable was quite strong. The victim was still not able to recollect what exactly had happened with him. He was only able to remember that some person become friendly with him en route. Both of them took cold drinks at Ambala after which he does not remember what happened.

The police has registered a case against unidentified persons.



2 liquor smugglers held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
Two liquor smugglers were arrested late last night by Excise officials after they were found selling illegal liquor in the city. According to the Excise and Taxation Officer, Ludhiana, Mr G S Bahia, following a tip-off that some people were indulging in liquor smuggling officials of the department conducted raids at 14 different places in the city.

Mr Bahia said it was found that the smugglers used to bring liquor from Chandigarh, where it is available at relatively cheaper prices. The liquor bottles seized were marked as ‘‘for sale in Chandigarh only’’. He said 12 bottles and 11 pouches were seized from their possession.

The two smugglers arrested have been identified as Bhupinder, alias Pappu and Sohan Lal. Both of them were nabbed red handed. A case has been registered against the two under the Punjab Excise Act at Basti Jodhewal Police Station. The raids were conducted mostly in the Rahon Road area.

The raids were organised under the leadership of Mr Bahia and most of the hide-outs of the bootleggers and smugglers were raided for the sale of illegal liquor. Besides Excise Inspectors, Excise police force and other staff of the department jointly conducted the raids. 



Woman’s gold chain snatched
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 7
Ms Raj Mohini, a woman who lives in Street Number 1 of Janak Puri here, was taken by surprise when chain-snatchers made her their target early yesterday.

She was outside her house when a person snatched a gold chain from around her neck. She raised an alarm, but the man’s accomplice arrived there on a scooter and took him away. A case under Sections 356 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Janak Puri police post in this regard.

Accused of seeking dowry: The Civil Lines police registered a case here yesterday under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC on the statement of Ms Vinney, a woman of Model Town. The complaint is against her husband, Bikramjit Singh, and his mother, Rajinder Kaur.

According to the complaint, the accused harassed the woman mentally and physically and told her to bring more dowry. No arrest has been made, so far, in the case.


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