Wednesday, August 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Main accused in triple murder case nabbed
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 13
Following the arrest of Ramesh Kumar, alias Mahesh Kumar, the main accused in the triple murder case involving members of a family in Gurmukh Singh Colony here on August 3, the police claimed to have solved the mystery surrounding the crime. Mr B. Chander Shekhar, district police chief, Fatehgarh Sahib, said in a press conference at Mandi Gobindgarh on Tuesday.

Mr Pritpal Singh, SP(D), and Sushil Kumar, DSP, Amloh, were also present during the press briefing.

On the night of August 2, Shamsher Singh, his wife Surinder Kaur and two sons Harcharan Singh and Davinder Singh were sleeping on the terrace of their house when Harcharan Singh, their elder son, got his father mother and younger brother killed through contract killers.

Harcharan Singh had been living at Dhagana village in Muktsar district for the past 15 years alongwith his family and used to cultivate the ancestral land. But after patching up the differences over property he had begun to live with his parents about one month before the crime His own family lived at Muktsar.

The family had landed property at Mullanpur village in Fatehgarh Sahib district besides a house at Mandi Gobindgarh.

During interrogation, Ramesh Kumar, the contract killer, had confessed that Harcharan Singh, son of Shamesh Singh, had struck a deal for Rs 50,000 with him, out of which Rs 5,000 were paid in advance and the rest of the money was to be paid after the murder of his father, mother and brother.

Harcharan Singh had come into contact with Baldev Singh, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, both were addicted to poppy husk, the latter introduced him with Ramesh Kumar, a migrant labourer from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, with whom he fixed a deal for murdering his family members. Harcharan Singh managed to get a room on rent in his house for Ramesh Kumar on July 28, six days before the crime.

Providing further details of the crime, Ramesh Kumar has confessed before the police that as per the plan, on August 2 his two accomplices Pappu, alias Amali and Ramu armed with sharp- edged weapons also joined him at his rented room on the ground floor. As per the plan, Harcharan Singh, who was sleeping alongwith his parents, opened the door after midnight and the three joined him and they all murdered Shamsher Singh (65), his wife Surinder Kaur (62) and younger son Davinder Singh (28), who were sleeping on the terrace of the house. Out of the four the three migrant labourers escaped alongwith their weapons after committing the crime. Harcharan Singh informed his sister Kamaljit Kaur in his neighbourhood about the concocted story of his narrow escape from the attack of armed robbers at his house. On the basis of this story his sister had lodged a complaint with the police on August 3.

On August 6, Harcharan Singh confessed before the police about his involvement in the incident and was sent to judicial lock-up at Nabha jail. On August 11, Ramesh Kumar, the main accused, came to Gobindgarh to get the balance amount of Rs 45,000 from Harcharan Singh but was nabbed by the police party near Jassran village on Amloh Road. The police claimed to have recovered the weapons of Ramesh Kumar from Bulepur village in Khanna police station and the accused has been remanded into police custody till August 14 by the Amloh Court.



Colleges await PU's nod to start diploma courses
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, August 13
Most city colleges are awaiting a written approval from Panjab University to begin new professional graduate and postgraduate courses. They had applied for these courses about three months back.

Several procedural bottlenecks, like sending applications to the university for desired subjects, setting up of adequate infrastructure, inspection by university teams and seeking written permission for starting admissions have proved to be hurdles for starting the courses. While some of the colleges are still in the process of getting the inspection done, others are waiting for a written sanction.

The university had decided to start 17 vocational courses from this year with an aim to add variety and help students become self-reliant. These included graduate or postgraduate courses in chemical analysis of food, marketing management, personnel management, management of public enterprises, labour laws, taxation, refrigeration and air conditioning, international trade, foreign languages, health, family welfare and population studies, clinical laboratory techniques, forensic sciences and criminology, and maintenance and servicing of electrical and electronic instruments.

Ramgarhia Girls’ College had sought a permission for a postgraduate diploma in marketing management, Guru Nanak Girls’ College at Model Town had applied for a PG diploma in chemical analysis of food and a PG diploma in personnel management and labour welfare, and AS College at Khanna and GGN Khalsa College at Civil Lines for a PG diploma in international trade.

Ms Jasbir Kaur, acting Principal, Ramgarhia Girls’ College, said the college had set up adequate infrastructure, appointed the faculty and even got the inspection done, but no written approval had yet been received.

She said the university had informed the college that the course had been approved of and a written sanction would be dispatched soon. The college authorities were ,however, still waiting to advertise for the course and start the admission process.

Similarly, Mr Gurdip Singh, officiating Principal, GGN Khalsa College, said that an inspection team from the university had visited the college four days back. He said that the team had found the infrastructure up to the mark but he was awaiting for orders in black and white.

Mr Gurdip Singh said the college had earlier applied for three postgraduate diploma courses in international trade, marketing management and maintenance of electrical and electronic instruments, but the application was rejected as the last date was over. He requested again, following which the university approved of one course

However, Mr Tarsem Bahia, Principal of the AS College in Khanna, said he had received the sanction to start PG diploma in international trade for which they had already advertised.

Ms Charanjit Mahal from Guru Nanak Girls’ College also said that she had received written approval for two PG courses . While only B.Sc students with chemistry as one of the subjects could apply for the PG diploma in chemical analysis of food, graduates in all streams could send their applications for the PG diploma course in personnel management and labour welfare, for which the last date was August 24.



Sainik Welfare Dept manages to save face
Ex-servicemen’s contingent for I-Day parade
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
The district Sainik Welfare Department has just managed to escape a major embarrassment it could have faced on the Independence Day by arranging more than half members of the mandatory 21-member strong contingent of ex-servicemen that participate in the I-Day parade.

The department has been ‘forced’ to rope in at least 11 members from the Sainik Welfare Department and War Museum to escape the blues as none of the over 10 government departments acceded to its request of sending ex-servicemen for the coveted I-day function and parade at Guru Nanak Stadium.

The situation was quite grim till today morning with only five ex-servicemen available to take part in the parade. The contingent has to have 21 or 24 members.

Sources informed Ludhiana Tribune that ex-servicemen were losing interest in the parade over the past several years. They were complaining of not getting good treatment at the function in the past. The SWD had sent invitation letters a couple of weeks ago to several government departments besides individual ex-servicemen. However, none of the government departments responded to the request.

Deputy Director SWD and Wing Commander M.S. Randhawa (retd) revealed to Ludhiana Tribune that they had just managed to scrape through today morning by arranging members from their own department. He said there was a gradual decline in the number of members available over the past few years but the situation was never so critical as this year.

Department sources said the district administration office, Education Department, Agriculture Department, some colleges, Excise and Taxation Department, Municipal Corporation, Zila Parishad, Co-operative Department, Homeguards and the Fire Brigade department among others were sent several reminders but none of them responded positively.

Sources said it was not possible for the department to sent invitations to all the ex-servicemen. Earlier, there were good number of ex-servicemen willing to participate but gradually the figure declined. This year only two volunteers surfaced.

Mr Randhawa opined that while talking to the ex-servicemen, he felt that their interest had decreased as they felt it was just a routine event. There was no special recognition or even refreshment for the ex-servicemen, some of whom were medal winners.

Mr Randhawa said the scenario was quite disturbing and in future some serious problem can be faced in this regard.

Besides the 11 members of the SWD and the War Museum, four have been sent by Punjab Agricultural University and two by Industrial Training Institute (ITI). There were two volunteers also. Sources added that there could have been more members from the PAU as the Sainik Welfare Department had sent invitation letters to several departments.



‘Lakkar pul’ gives way to modern flyover
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 13
One of the most prominent landmarks in the city is about to go. The landmark, which has been a witness to the development of the city from a small settlement to a metropolis, will make way for a modern flyover.

With the engineering wing of Northern Railway closing the “lakkar pul” for pedestrian traffic from August 7, decks are cleared for dismantling this 70-year-old overbridge which provided a link between the old city localities and the Civil Lines area.

A motorable flyover would replace it and one side of approach road from the old courts side has already been laid by the Public Works Department (PWD), which is the executing agency for this Rs 15.70-crore project.

A part of the bridge, over the Ludhiana-Delhi tracks, would be constructed by the Northern Railway for which the Municipal Corporation has already deposited Rs 4 crore. In addition, the civic body has also paid Rs 2.36 crore for the railway land to be utilised for the flyover.

Old timers say the “lakkar pul” was constructed sometimes during the period of the two World Wars when the movement across the Ludhiana-Delhi railway line increased manifold.

However, with the PWD having stopped construction of the flyover for the time being, the completion of the project as per the schedule appears to be remote. A delay in the construction of the flyover would also affect the ongoing elevated road project, with which the flyover is proposed to be integrated to provide a link to the traffic coming from the Civil Lines with old G.T. Road near the Raikhy cinema chowk, Chand cinema and the Mata Rani chowk through the multi-storeyed parking complex of the Municipal Corporation.

During a review of all major development projects of the MC recently, the MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, had taken a strong notice of the delay in the flyover by the contractor engaged by the PWD because the department, despite having received Rs 1.05 crore from the civic body for the project, had failed to make a single payment to the contractor.

The MC had served a show-cause notice to the PWD and due to lack of response from the department, the withdrawal of work from the agency could not be ruled out, said MC sources.

According to the sources, the work for construction of the motorable bridge had been delayed too much as the amended alignment of the flyover, necessitated by the need to link it with the elevated road over existing old G.T. Road from Jagraon bridge to Chand cinema, did not meet the approval of railway authorities as they were not prepared to provide additional railway land for the revised design.

The amended alignment provided that the flyover would have a two-way road width for linking down to old G.T. Road near the Bank of India building at Clock Tower Chowk through railway land and would be further integrated with elevated road by one-way road through Bhadaur House at Mata Rani chowk.

The flyover, after crossing the railway tracks, will have a rotary near Society cinema, from where an integrating link to elevated road would be provided through the Bhadaur House area at Mata Rani chowk by a 7.5-metre road.




The rain has consistently played truant with the people in Ludhiana. In fact people feel discriminated that while all the surrounding areas, as close as Sahnewal and Doraha had heavy rainfall several times, Ludhianvis were denied the same for some unknown reasons. This seems to some natural retribution as of all the places why should Ludhiana city not have any rain. People organised several havans to please gods so that rain comes. Ultimately it was on Tuesday that the gods were pleased and the rain did come for a couple of hours providing much sought after relief to the people. However, for the ‘genteel ladies’ of Ludhiana it hardly made any difference. For they had been celebrating Teej for the last few weeks even if there was no rain. Obviously it made hardly any difference to them whether it rained or not as all of them would come out of their houses board their luxury cars and rush into equally luxurious hotels to celebrate what they call Teej. And above all the organisers of these programmes make all arrangements for media coverage so that pictures are flashed on television and printed in newspapers.

Guzzling deal

Usually it happens that goods or anything else is sold in the market for more than the specified or prescribed price. There are always umpteen number of complaints with people being overcharged for different articles by the oversmart shopkeepers and traders. But there is an exception. With the ongoing liquor war between two rival groups reaching to the highest pitch, they have started slashing their prices. The competition (read rivalry) is so intense that the government had to intervene and fix the minimum price below which the liquor venders cannot sell their liquor. It is the other way round. While the government has to enforce maximum price in most cases, for liquor it has to enforce the minimum price. What a great and guzzling deal for liquor lovers. This may give them the added reason to consume liquor like great Urdu poet Iqbal said, ‘waiz sabut lae jo mai ke jawaz mein, Iqbal ko yeh zid hai ki peena bhi chhor de’ (should the preacher produce proof against liquor, Iqbal promises never to touch it).


Ludhianvi traffic rule offenders will no longer need to go to courts as very soon on-the-spot fine is likely to be started in Ludhiana. Ludhiana is a special case with the Deputy Commissioner having been delegated with the authority of transport commission. Now traffic police cops can fine the offenders on the spot and take money from them in full public gaze without any suspecting eyes looking at them, and the money would straightway go into the state exchequer through the same hands of the ever vigilant traffic cops. And after the setting up of traffic police station in Ludhiana, probably first in the region, there are also 16 motor cycle-ridden teams of the traffic cops who would be prying on the offenders always throughout the day. So don’t you dare to suspect a traffic cop when he is taking money from an offender on the road. Now he will have the sanction and authority as well.

Silver jubilee

The first playway school of the city will turn 25 on this Independence Day. The Hollyhock Nursery School situated in the Civil Lines was started way back in year 1977. It was here that several renowned city doctors, professionals and bureaucrats started their schooling. The school started with the innovative ideas of Mr S. S. Garewal and his wife, Ms Amrita Garewal, at times when most mothers preferred their toddlers to stay back home and get admission directly to high schools.

Over celebrated

A decade ago, the festival of Teej was celebrated privately and by a very few women. Teej is basically a festival for newly married women. It falls in the month of Shravan. On this festival, the newly married women dressed in their fineries, mostly in green colour (as attribute to the romantic month of sawan) , wear green bangles and return to their parental houses. The swings are put up so that the young girls can enjoy themselves. It is an age bound function when there were hardly any means of entertainment.All the ladies clubs are celebrating it in a big way. That is understandable to some extent. But when pre-nursery schools and clubs for children are celebrating it , it appears to be strange. How would tiny tots know about Teej?

No respect

Independence Day seems to bring about a lot of patriotic fervour, specially in school students. Every school has an Independence Day function. In the cultural programme definitely in a song and dance item, the students would be carrying flags in their hands. The flags are available in the stationery shops for as much as Rs10. So far so good. What is not good is the disrespect shown to the flags once the function is over. The children just trample over the flags or tear them up and throw them into dustbins. The students should be taught how to honour their flags.. or else not to use them. The National flag ought to be respected and preserved.

‘Torture’ training

Punjab police’s well-known methods of solving a case provided a hearty laugh to mediapersons and participants in the inaugural function of the week-long training of five cops of Afghanistan police at Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, recently. While interacting with the foreigners and the academy authorities, a mediaperson stunned the cops by asking if the Afghan cops would be given training in third degree torture and custodial deaths also. There was a pin-drop silence for few moments until a senior officer in the academy broke the ice by breaking into a loud laugh and joking that everything will be taught to ensure good news to the media.


It was a fine display of maternal instincts at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, after the passing out parade was over. Some of the women cadets who had just completed their training and participated in the passing out parade were soon seen holding their young children. The children were also seen enjoying sitting in the laps of “cop-moms” and were conveying the message that child-mother bond was the softest yet strongest and was able to survive the hard police training that is known to convert sensitive individuals into “hardened cops.” 


Some private companies have taken a cue from government departments, who write ‘On government duty’ on their vehicles, hoping and demanding special passage or non-checking of their documents on the road. One such bread manufacturing company could not think of something else than to proudly claim, ‘On bread duty’.




50 MIG flats allotted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 13
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) today organised a draw of lots for allotment of 50 of the 81 MIG flats under construction in block C of the Rishi Balmiki Nagar locality here. The Administrator, Mr Raminder Singh, took out the draw of lots in the presence of buyers, officials and representatives of the Deputy Commissioner and the Deputy Director, Local Government, in the office of the trust.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Raminder Singh focussed on various development schemes being undertaken by the trust, with special reference to City Centre being developed in Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar and an-ultra modern commercial complex under construction on the Maharani Jhansi road.

He said the remaining 31 MIG flats in the fully-developed colony would be offered for allotment through a public offer for which registration would commence on August 16 and remain open till September 15.

He said the trust, at the same time, was making another offer of MIG and LIG flats numbering 14 and 24, respectively, in posh locality of Model Town Extension Part II under self-financing scheme.

In addition, the trust would offer for sale various other prime commercial and residential properties in different schemes in the city through public auction on August 28, the Administrator added.



Dhand booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
Nirdosh Dhand, a former Youth Congress leader, who was arrested yesterday by the district police, has been booked for allegedly planning and attempting to murder one of his former accomplices.

The details of the case, made available by the police here today, stated that Nirdosh had been booked under Section 302 of the IPC for conniving and attempting to murder a man, Raji, in December last year. The victim of the attack was a former member of his group.

The case was registered in December last year. However, Nirdosh Dhand had pleaded before a court that he was innocent and was being framed. 


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