Thursday, June 5, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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No check on sale of diseased hens
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 4
Next time you savour chicken delicacies, beware! For you may be consuming a diseased hen, infected severely or killed by a mysterious disease that has spread in the district and has already killed thousands of hens.

Intriguingly, hundreds of hens, dying due to the mysterious disease identified as mutation of Ranikhet disease by poultry farmers, are making their way into the market. These are either being sold as dressed chicken or are being served in eateries.

Investigations have revealed that many hens which are killed by the disease are sold to outlets selling raw or cooked-chicken by the poultry farmers who want to make money.

The smarter ones are even selling the infected hens to the outlets. As the disease starts with a loss of appetite and minor fever, the chicken outlets are not able to differentiate between a diseased and a healthy hen.

Some poultry farmers told TNS on condition of anonymity that they had sold diseased hens in the market. Without mincing words, they said it was common practice for them to sell sick birds in the market. They said they charged between Rs 20 and 30 per bird, whereas a healthy chicken was sold anywhere between Rs 50 and 60.

They added that their customers included small-time chicken sellers, restaurant owners and even some outlets selling frozen meat. A farmer said the dead birds were collected from farms and packed in gunny bags. Then these were transported to the identified customers who bought the bird for around Rs 25 and sold it between Rs 70 and 80.

While some poultry farmers claimed that they were burying the dead birds in pits, they could not prove their claim. Despite various requests to some farmers, they declined to show the place where they buried the birds. One of the farmers said, ‘‘what is the need to exhume the dead birds?.’’

Dr Kulbir Sandhu, Head, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Punjab Agricultural University, however, said there was no need to panic. He said the pathogens causing diseases were species specific and rarely caused the same disease in two different species. ‘‘The virus causing the disease in hens may not infect human beings. Moreover, the tradition Indian style of cooking non-vegetarian dishes makes sure that the pathogens of all sorts are killed. ’’

He added that it was a known practice in the city that dead birds were sold to some chicken outlets, selling cooked flesh. Stating that a bird cost around Rs 15 to a poultry farmer and they sold a dead bird to the outlets for around Rs 25, he advised the people to check for the freshness of chicken before buying it.

‘‘But why should we consume a diseased bird when we pay for a healthy one? This amounts to cheating. Even if it is not causing any disease to human beings, the fact that it gets putrefied cannot be belied. Poultry farmers and chicken sellers should stop indulging in such a trade. ’’said Mr Pritpal Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar.



National award for 3 city teachers
Our Correspondent

Ranjit Singh, Amarjit K. Gill, G.K. Kochhar

Ludhiana, June 4
Three teachers from government schools here have done the city proud after they made it to the final list of national awardees of this year declared last evening.

The three teachers, Mr Ranjit Singh, Headmaster of Government High School, Salem Tabri; Ms Gurcharan Kaur Kochhar, social studies teacher from Government Model Senior Secondary School at Punjab Agricultural University and Ms Amarjit Kaur Gill, Principal, Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School at Gill village, will be among the 15 teachers who would receive the award from Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President, during national-level Teachers’ Day function to be held at New Delhi on September 5.

The teachers said they had been feeling elated since they received the news late last evening. They said they felt satisfied as their efforts were being recognised and appreciated by higher authorities. They would continue to improve upon their teaching method and strive to become better teachers, they said. The Government of India is giving them two years’ extension in recognition of excellent services in education.

Mr Ranjit Singh is one of the most respectable science masters of the city and his efforts in devising novel teaching aids for science subject are known to all. The Government of India had gifted him a hi-tech kit to develop various science models at a national-level function held in 1995 at Calcutta. Using his kit and his God-gifted creativity, he has developed more than 100 science models that have brought him at least 10 national awards during annual science exhibitions held in different cities of the country. His model on dyeing and drying machine finds his name in a book titled ‘Innovative models for schoolchildren’ published some time back.

The science master started his career in 1968 from AF High School, Roorke Kalan, Jalandhar. After four years, he was posted at Government High School at Mangat village. In 1975, he was transferred to the government school at Millerganj.

In May, 2000, he was shifted to Government High School, Lapran. After four months, he was transferred to Government High School at Dhandran village. Almost a year later in November, 2001, he was posted at Government High School, Salem Tabri, where he is working till date.

During his tenure as headmaster in the school, Mr Ranjit Singh has transformed the school completely. The school did not even have a boundary wall and trespassing on it was common.

The headmaster managed to arrange nearly 3,48,000 from various sources, including the MP fund and development fund available with the district administration, and got a boundary wall and new classrooms constructed.

Ms Amarjit Kaur Gill is known for her association with various cultural organisations. In collaboration with ‘Sabhyacharak Sath’, she has been organising Ms Punjaban contest.

She has also been organising Sabhyacharak Mela at Mullanpur with the help of the organisation. In collaboration with the Bibi Bharni Charitable Trust, she has been helping widows by providing them with grocery and other household items. She has also been inspiring people to donate their eyes as member of the Khattri Milap Sabha.

Ms Gill received the state award in 2000 while she was posted at the government school of Harnam Nagar. She has also been awarded the ‘Best teacher prize’ by the Ludhiana Citizens’ Health Council in 2000.

However, her contribution to the development of Government School, Gill village, has been the maximum. She managed to arrange Rs 20 lakh through donations from MP, MLAs, NRIs, businessmen and villagers and converted a dingy two-room school building into a 14-room complex having an advanced computer section. 



Registrar’s office holds back sale deeds
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 4
Hundreds of plot holders have been making rounds of the local Registrar’s office to procure sale deeds. The documents are reportedly being held back by the tehsildar concerned as the allottees are being asked to deposit additional registration fee as per to the existing market rates.

The holders said they had been allotted plots by the Improvement Trust and PUDA several years ago. Since the sale deeds were not finalised at that time, these remained pending. These plots are spread across all over the city in different areas like Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Raj Guru Nagar and other localities.

According to Mr D.P. Grover, he was allotted a plot in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in 1985. At that time, the rate was fixed at Rs 110 per sq yard and he made the payment. As his sale deed was finalised last year, he affixed revenue stamps according to the price he had paid. However, now he was being told to get the sale deed finalised according to the existing market rates of the land.

Mr Grover and others like him have been arguing that while they purchased plots say for example, for Rs 1,000 about 20 years ago, now they were being asked to get the sale deeds finalised according to the market rate which was 10 times more.

They said it was illogical that “we should be made to pay for the sale deeds according to the current rates when we have purchased them for an amount which is far less than what it is today”.

Mr Grover said there were about 400 such sale deeds pending with the Registrar’s office which were being held back “without any rhyme or reason”. As of now, only the sale deeds finalised till November, 2002, have been released while the rest are being asked to deposit the registration fee according to current market rates.

The allottees have sought the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner, urging him to intervene and get their sale deeds released. They expressed surprise as to how the government could claim the arrears with retrospective effect for such a long duration of about 20 years.



Calling good Samaritans for poor girl’s aid
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, June 4
Sangeeta and her 32-year-old elder sister Madhubala had gone to visit a temple on the outskirts of Patiala on April 26. While returning home, their two-wheeler was hit head-on by a police Jeep. Seriously injured, both the sisters were taken to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, by the eyewitnesses.

Madhubala suffered from fractures and injuries on all four limbs. She was discharged from the hospital a few days back. Sangeeta received serious head injuries and her right arm was fractured. From Rajindra Hospital, she was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh as her condition deteriorated.

Sangeeta had emergency brain surgery at the PGI and continued to remain critical afterwards with continuous high grade fever. She was discharged from the PGI, Chandigarh, a few days back. The family brought her back to Patiala and got her admitted to a private nursing home but she did not get any relief. Frustrated, the family brought her to a local neuro and trauma center here on May 10.

Sangeeta was admitted at the ICU and her treatment started. She started responding to the treatment and accepting high calorie feed given to her through a tube in her nose, her fractured arm was put in a plaster cast. She remained in the ICU for 17 days and only after the fever subsided was she shifted to a room. She is recovering slowly but at present is still in a semiconscious state.

Mr Vinod Kumar, brother of the victim, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune said that he was the only bread-winner in the family. “We have already spent Rs 2 lakh on her treatment and all our resources have now dried. But Sangeeta is still in unconscious state and doctor has advised that she should stay in the hospital for another month. For further treatment, more money is required and we are unable to bear the expenses of the treatment. Ludhiana has no dearth of philanthropists. I hope someone will come to our rescue also”, added Mr Vinod.

All those who wish to help Sangeeta can contact the attending doctors and her relatives at Sobti Neuro Center, Ludhiana.



MC enforces revised water, sewerage cess
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 4
In the wake of upward revision of water and sewerage charges for all urban local bodies by the state government, the Municipal Corporation has given effect to hike in water and sewerage charges for the city population for the year 2003-2004.

According to an official release by the civic body, the monthly water and sewerage charges per connection for houses on plot size up to 5 marla will remain unchanged at Rs 50 each while residents living in houses with plot size between 5 marla and 10 marla will have to pay Rs 75 each for water supply and sewerage. The monthly charges for houses with plot size between 10 marla to less than one kanal will be Rs 100 each.

For houses with plot area of more than one kanal, only metered water supply will be provided at the rate of Rs 2 per kl and an amount equal to water charges will be recovered as sewerage charges. All institutional, commercial and industrial consumers will be provided metered water supply and the tariff will be double than the domestic rates. The water meter will have to be arranged by the consumers at their own expense and before installation, these will have to be got tested in the MC laboratory and tagged accordingly.

The MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma has made an appeal to consumers to acquire the water meters and get them installed after testing from the MC lab in civic body office on Daresi road in the city. 



585 development projects under way: Minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 4
The government is committed to providing all basic amenities, including sewerage, drinking water, streetlights and, roads, in all urban areas and in this context another installment of Rs 61 crore have been released to different municipal corporations and councils for undertaking these projects. With this, the total amount of released funds for urban development had touched Rs 145 crore during the past one year, says Ch Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies Minister.

The minister was addressing a well-attended function after laying the foundation stones of two sewerage projects from Lohara to Dugri and the GT Road to Lohara to be completed at a cost of Rs 14 crore at Daba village today.

Ch Jagjit Singh said the state government had decided to accord top priority to providing these amenities to the urban population. At present 133 towns of the state had drinking water facility for 75 per cent of its population and sewerage facility for 52 per cent of the population.

The minister said the government was committed to fulfilling all poll promises and it had decided to remove octroi in the state. This decision was being implemented from July 1.

He said with a view to compensating the municipal bodies, the Local Area Development Tax had been imposed at the rate of 2 per cent on the total arrival of material in the state, which would fetch more than Rs 750 crore for development in the urban areas. He claimed that with the removal of octroi, the development process in the cities and towns would not be affected.

The minister asserted that the foundation stones of the projects were being laid after the required funds for the works had been released. Where as the previous SAD-BJP government had been laying the foundation stones without even earmarking the funds in the budget to get cheap publicity.

Giving the details of the projects being carried out by the Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, the minister said 585 development projects costing to Rs 131 crore were under way and the state government had released Rs 11.60 crore during the current financial year.

Referring to the special attention given by the government to the development of villages merged with the municipal corporations, the minister said he had directed the Mayor and the Commissioner of MC to accord priority to the sewerage and water supply and other works in these rural areas. He announced that he would send Rs 12 crore exclusively for providing sewerage in the rural areas merged with the Ludhiana MC.

The Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, said the city had achieved a distinction in Asia for providing drinking water to its 100 per cent population and in the coming days a large number of new projects would be taken up. He said the work on the repair of all roads in the city had been started on a war footing and all parks in the city would be properly developed and maintained.

Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA, while welcoming the minister, said a large number of development projects were in progress in his constituency in Ludhiana city and claimed that all link roads and streets were being repaired on a war footing. He also laid the foundation stone of Daba to Lohara road.

Mr S. K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, said with strict financial measurements, the financial condition of the corporation had improved substantially and now the corporation had Rs 12 crore surplus after offsetting a loss of Rs 11 crore within a period of one year. He claimed that the civic body had installed 42 new tubewells within one year, which enabled the provision of drinking water to the whole population.

Among others who were present on the occasion were Mr S.R. Kaler, DDGL, Mr Rajinder Singh Basant, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, president, PCC (urban), and several municipal councillors.



Rescued mentally challenged to be shifted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 4
Four mentally challenged persons, who were rescued from a charitable ashram near Laddowal by the district administration recently, are all set to be shifted to the mental asylum at Amritsar for further treatment.

The administration has decided to seek the permission of the Chief Judicial Magistrate to shift these patients to Amritsar. An application has already been prepared by the officials concerned.

The four patients, Krishna (32), Inder Singh (35), Dyal Singh (36) and Alka (20), are undergoing treatment at the local Civil Hospital and as per doctors, are doing well. The doctors attending on them said after getting the permission from the CJM, they would be moved to Amritsar.

Sources in the department said the rescued persons were not kept in special ward. Even the male and female patients were kept in a common ward, causing problem for the nursing staff.

Dr Sarabjit Kaur, Head of the Department of Psychiatry, said relatives of these patients had not turned up despite being called by the hospital authorities.

She said they had improved a lot and were able to look after themselves. But they required to take long-term treatment that was not possible in the present circumstances as there was nobody to look after them and the hospital could not take their responsibility for long.

The hospital authorities are facing problems in housing these persons as the hospital does not have a separate ward for them. Doctors say they can not be kept with psychiatric patients as they can cause trouble for them. At present they are being kept in an Intensive Care Unit room and nobody is behaving in a violent manner, they say.

The sources said the survey of the mentally challenged was almost complete and the department was preparing a data base of the total number of mentally challenged persons in the district.

Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, said doctors of his department had advised relatives of such persons in the district. They had even referred some cases to the local Civil Hospital. He said they had not come across anybody who was still chained by his relatives. 



Cong rally today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 4
Led by the newly nominated president of District Congress Committee (Urban), Mr Jagmohan Sharma, Congress activists will hold a march and a “show of force” rally in the city on June 5.

The march will commence from Sanglawala Shivala Mandir in the old city and passing through various localities and commercial centres, will conclude at Congress Bhavan, where the rally will be organised.

This was announced by the DCC chief Mr Sharma, while addressing a felicitation function in the New Kundanpuri locality here. Mr Jai Parkash Sharma and Mr Raju Thapar, both Congress Councillors, were the guests of honour.

Mr Sharma said an elaborate exercise was being undertaken to streamline the working of the party and performance of all office-bearers at the ward and block levels was being evaluated. He called upon party functionaries to mobilise public opinion in favour of the party and apprise the people of policies and programmes of the Congress .



Confusion over gurpurab persists
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 4
With the SGPC adamant on following the Nanakshahi calendar and the Punjab Government declaring a holiday today on account of the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev confusion prevailed among devotees here.

While most gurdwaras followed the directions of the SGPC and announced that the gurpurab would be observed on June 16 as per the Nanakshahi calendar, there were a few like Mai Nand Kaur Gurdwara in Ghumar Mandi that held a darbar on account of the martyrdom day today. Chhabeels were organised by the gurdwara as well as various social organisations near Jagraon Bridge, Chaura Bazaar, Basti Jodhewal and other places. However, all of them were directed by local SGPC members not to perform the ardaas, mentioning the day as the ‘‘Shaheedi purab’’.

Admitting that a few gurdwaras had violated the orders of Akal Takht, Mr Gurmel Singh Sangowal said this was probably due to some communication gap. He said there had been a lapse in distributing the Nanakshahi calendar to gurdwaras. He said it had now been decided that the Shaheedi Dal would hold a nagar kirtan in the city on June 14, and on June 16 the gurpurab would be observed.

Mr Amarjit Singh from Gurdwara Alamgir said there had been much confusion among the sangat for the past one week. He said that jantris issued by the SGPC recently were also being distributed and once the Nanakshahi calendars reach the gurdwara, these, too, would be distributed to all.

Sewadars of Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran said many devotees visited the gurdwara today believing it to be the gurpurab. Other prominent gurdwaras, including Gurdwara Shaheedan, Gurdwara Kalgidhar on the Kamaran Road and Gurdwaras Sri Guru Singh Sabha at Model Town Extension and Krishna Nagar also did not observe the gurpurab today.



Baba Farid Foundation team to visit Pak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 4
The groundwork is being prepared for the visit of a 15 member delegation of the Baba Farid Foundation International to Pakistan following the thawing of relations and confidence-building measures initiated by the two nations.

According to Mr Pritam Singh Bharowal, chairman of the foundation, a delegation will formally meet the Minister of State for Home Mr I.D. Swami, in this context although the necessary formalities paving the way for the visit were already under way. He said the positive stance of the Pakistani Prime Minister was encouraging and had soothed the hurt feelings of the common people across both borders.

He said he would lead the delegation which would not only visit the religious places in Pakistan but also interact with the social organisations, including artistes and performers, of that country who were committed towards furthering cordial relations between the two nations.

Once the delegation returned, the foundation would organise cultural programmes where the artisans of both the countries would share the stage. Similarly, school and college students would also be invited to interact with the students here so that the animosity and the hatred, which was being preached there, could be countered and the students could see the ground realities for themselves.



Steps to provide potable water
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 4
The World Environment Day theme selected for 2003 is ‘Water — Two billion people are dying for it’. According to a survey, water-related diseases kill a child every eight seconds worldwide and are responsible for 80 per cent of all illnesses and deaths in the developing world. The statistics are even more disturbing which show that one among every six persons is without regular access to safe drinking water.

Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, said, “What is needed, along with fresh water, is fresh thinking.We need to learn how to value water. We are trying hard to provide safe drinking water to every resident and for that we are regularly chlorinating water. Sixteen water samples are taken everyday from the four zones and are tested at our own level. Majority of the tested water samples are fit for human consumption. Corrective steps are immediately taken where the water lacks chlorine”.

Mr Sharma also said the corporation had recently purchased 2 lakh chlorine tablets and launched an awareness drive to educate residents about safe drinking water.

The president of the Sambhav Society, an NGO working for environment protection, Mr Amarjit Burjee, stressed on the need to change the psyche of people in the city. “Residents feel that the prevailing conditions in the city can not be changed.” 



Two killed in mishap
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 4
Two persons were killed and another was injured in a road accident near Markfed Vanaspati Mill on the GT Road, Khanna, last night.
According to information, three persons were coming from Delhi to Ludhiana in a car after purchasing electronic goods. When they reached near Markfed mill at Khanna the car collided with a truck.

The roof of the car was separated in the accident. The head of the driver was severed. While Jeeta driver, and Sukhraj died on the spot, the third persons Gurdev Singh, received serious injuries.



Lure of miracle lands him in jail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 4
A migrant from UP, who thought that a ‘tabeez’ would change his life for the better, landed in the police lock-up on Tuesday.
The Division No 3 police arrested one Pawan Kumar, hailing from Qila Bazar, Rae Bareilly, and currently living in the Transport Nagar here, on the charge of collecting the mortal remains of dead bodies from cremation ground. He has been booked under Section 297 of the IPC.

Preliminary interrogation of the accused revealed that some tantrik had advised him to bring some bones of the dead to enable him to make a ‘tabeez’ for him. Mr Panna Lal, a resident of Bajrah Mohalla, had noticed the accused while he was picking up the bones from the ashes, and complained to the police.

3 held for assaulting cop: The Kotwali police on Tuesday arrested three persons on the charge of fighting with each other at a public place and interfering in the discharge of government duty by two PCR cops who arrived on the scene while patrolling the area.

A case under Sections 353,186,160 and 34 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of constable Kuldeep Singh, stationed at the Police Lines, against Rajinder Singh, a resident of LIG Flats, Dugri, Jaspal Singh, a resident of Islam Ganj and Pritpal Singh, a resident of Moh. Nagar. The constable stated in his complaint that he, along with another Constable, Sukhdev Singh, was patrolling on the PCR bike. When they arrived on the scene of fight, the accused entered into a scuffle with him and tore up his uniform thus hindering him in the discharge of government duty, he added.

Beaten up: The Division No 5 police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 341 and 323 of the IPC in the statement of Mr Nazar Singh, a resident of Satguru Nagar, against Sanjay, a resident of Model Gram. The complainant had alleged that the accused intercepted him on the road on Tuesday and beat him up.

The Basti Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 342, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Bonu, a widow living in Shakti nagar, Jodhewal, against Sheeba and her husband Kamal Kumar, residents of New Shakti Nagar. The widow had alleged that the accused came to her house on Tuesday, beat her up and also threatened her. No arrest has been made so far.

Illegal possession alleged: The Salem Tabri police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 447,448,511,147 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr. Avtar Singh, a resident of Kartar Complex, against Takson, a resident of Samrala chowk, Swaran Kaur, Kulwant Kaur and Kiran, all residents of Shivaji Nagar, and about six unknown persons accompanying them. The complainant had alleged that the accused were in illegal possession of his plot in New Azad Nagar.

Car stolen: The Sarabha Nagar police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Kirpal Singh , a resident of Krishan Nagar, against an unknown person who allegedly stole his car from outside Basant Resorts on Sunday last.

Booked: A case under Sections 279,337 and 338 of the IPC was registered yesterday at the Sarabha Nagar police station on the complaint of Mr Chalani Sahni, a resident of Barewal, against Jaspreet Singh,a resident of Sukhdev Nagar. The complaint had alleged that the accused, who was riding a Bullet motorcycle, had hit his son Subhodh Sahni in the main bazar of Sarabha Nagar on April 8 last as a result of which he was injured. The accused had fled the scene after hitting his son, he added.

Road mishaps: The Sahnewal police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 279,304-A and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Ram Murti, a resident of Old Bazar, Sahnewal, against the driver of a truck. The complainant had stated that while he was travelling in a three-wheeler along with his brother Krishan Kumar, the truck driver hit the vehicle as a result of which his brother died on the spot. The truck driver fled the scene.

The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on Tuesday on the statement of Ms Shanti Devi, a resident of Jain Colony, against Ganesh Kumar, a resident of Rajipur village, in Jallandhar district. The woman, who hails from UP, stated that the accused, who was driving a Qualis, hit her husband Bharangu Nath and Vikas Ram and both of them died on the spot. No arrest has been made so far.

The Salem Tabri police, on the statement of Mr Rajnish Sharma, a resident of Delhi, has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC, against Amar Singh, a resident of Lopon village falling under the Samrala police station, and PEPSU Roadways bus (PB-11F 9389). The complainant had alleged that the accused hit the bus against his car as a result of which it was damaged. No arrest has been made so far.

Spurious kerosene seized: On a tip-off that certain persons were selling spurious  kerosene in the black market, the Division No 6 police on Tuesday arrested two persons and recovered 12,000 litres of the spurious kerosene along with a tractor from their possession. The arrested men have been identified as Pinki Kumar, a resident of East Uttam Nagar in New Delhi, and Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Banuki village, falling under the Makhu police station in Ferozepore district. A case under the Essential Commodities Act was registered against the accused.

Beaten up:
Four members of a family were beaten up by a neighbour in the Sabzi Mandi area on Tuesday. The victim, Gulab Singh (48), said he had given Rs 2000 to his neighbour few months ago. When he went to the house of the neighbour to get his money back, the latter refused and beat him up. His wife was also beaten up. Later, his sons Gissi Lall and Muthun, were also beaten up with iron rods.

Gulab Singh’s wife and two sons have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Khanna. The police has been informed about the incident. OC



Woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 4
An old woman of Panjrukha village committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance here on Wednesday.
According to information, Charn Kaur (60), a mentally challenged woman, wife of Hardev Singh consumed some pesticide mistakenly at her residence today. She was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where she was declared dead. Her body was handed over to her family members after conducting a post mortem.



Mutilated body found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 4
A badly mutilated body was found in the Budha Nullah here today.
The police said no clue about the identity of the person had been found so far and investigations were on.


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