Thursday, July 17, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Child rescued from kidnapper
Tribune News Service

Shiv Shankar with a police party which arrested him
Shiv Shankar with a police party which arrested him.

Ludhiana, July 16
The police has solved the kidnapping of 3-year-old Rahul with the arrest of a Bihari migrant labourer who worked for the father of the victim.
The accused was allegedly demanding ransom from the family after luring away the child who was playing outside his house last evening.

Narrating the sequence of events, Mr Gurpreet Singh, SP (D), said yesterday Sonu Kalra, the child’s father who works as a florist in Khud Mohalla, sent his servant Shanker to deliver prasad from the famous Shiv temple to his residence.

When the accused reached home, he saw Rahul inside the house. After handing over the offering to a family member, he picked up the child and lured him outside.

He took the child along with him and after sometime called up Sonu on his mobile from a PCO near the Sherpur chowk and demanded a ransom of Rs 5,000. He threatened to kill the child if the money was not paid.

Displaying presence of mind, Sonu called up the PCO number which was answered by its owner. He told the owner that the person who had called him up had kidnapped his son and that he should not only keep a watch over him but also prevent him from going out.

On hearing this, the PCO owner called up his friend, Head Constable Amrik Singh, who in turn called up his friend, and reached the PCO. They pounced upon Shanker and rescued the child who was sitting quietly near the accused. He had not been harmed and was oblivious of the fact that he had been kidnapped.

The SP said 16-year-old Shanker had been employed three years ago by Sonu and was a trusted servant and used to sleep at the shop at night.

However, his antecedents had not been verified from the police at the time of employment.

A case under Sections 364 and 387 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.



Another boy missing
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, July 16
The father of a schoolboy of Bilaspur village has alleged that his son has been forcibly kept by the boy’s friend and his father of Kolahal village for the past five days.

Mr Jaswinder Singh of Bilaspur has complained to the Payal police that his son Tanjot Singh (16), student of Sant Ishar Singh School, Rara Sahib, went with his friend Navjot Singh to his house at Kolahal, few days back. When he and his wife went to his friend’s house to bring Tanjot back, he refused to come with them, saying that he would come the next day.

After that, some days had passed, but he never returned. The father of Tanjot Singh blamed his friend Navjot and his father Jagjit singh who, he said, are responsible for the disappearance of his son.

On the other hand, Navjot and his father contend that Tanjot went from their house the next day and they had made him board the bus to his village They said they were ignorant of his whereabouts.

A case has been registered against the father and the son under Sections 365 and 34 of the IPC at Payal police station and the investigation is being conducted by SI Avtar Singh.



Fruit seller gets life term for killing wife
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 16
A fruit seller, Gulshan Kumar Arora (39), of Mullanpur has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment for killing his wife Gita (27) in July, 1999. A fine of Rs 5,000 has also been imposed upon the accused.

Delivering the verdict, the judge of fast track court, Mr A.S.Kathuria, held that the prosecution had proved the guilt of the accused beyond any doubt. The accused is not entitled for any leniency, keeping in view the gravity of the offence, added the judge.

The accused was booked under Section 302 of the IPC at Dakha police station on the statement of Kuldeep Kumar, father of the deceased on July 14, 1999. He remained beyond the reach of the police for a number of days. On July 31, the accused was produced before the police by Surinder Kumar of New Kundan Puri before whom the accused had confessed about his guilt, according to the prosecution.

The father of the deceased had stated to the police that the accused was a drunkard and used to beat his wife. His daughter was married nine years back. The relations between the husband and wife were not cordial.

Three years back, the accused had turned out his daughter after beating her. Since then, she had been residing with them. Only one and a half months prior to the fateful incident, she was taken back to the matrimonial home with the intervention of some persons, added the complainant.

He further submitted that his daughter was doing a beautician’s course at Mullanpur. Her husband was not happy with this and he stopped her from going there.

On the fateful night, Gita’s father had gone there to see her. After taking dinner, he went to the roof to sleep. At about 2 am, he heard some noise and immediately came down. The accused was inflicting blows on Gita with the help of ‘tesi’ (used for cutting bricks). Thereafter, he stabbed an ice-pick on the chest of Gita and she died on the spot.

During trial, the accused pleaded innocence and took the plea of alibi. He asserted that at the time of murder, he was not at home. Because he had gone to Mata Chintpurni. He examined two witnesses — Darshan Kumar and Prem Inder Kumar — to substantiate his version.

The prosecution examined 10 witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused. 



City parks wilting under official apathy
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 16
With the Municipal Corporation (MC) washing its hands off from maintaining parks and the Park Management Committees (PMCs), which were entrusted with the job of maintenance and upkeep of the parks, also going defunct for almost two years now, more than 500 parks in the city appear to be nobody’s baby. The situation is no better in the colonies being maintained by Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority (PUDA).

The state of lush green lawns, plants, bushes and shrubs in these parks has gone from bad to worse with many of them having literally been converted into garbage dumps. Due to lax control and persistent neglect quite a few green belts have also gone under unlawful occupation.

The entire stretch of the green belt along the Old GT Road from the Budha Nullah bridge to New Sabzi Mandi is an example of the rotten state of parks. Almost without exception, these parks are either under siege by unlawful occupants or have become garbage dumps, with hordes of stray animals thriving at these places, which were meant to serve as lungs for the city residents.

In particular, the parks outside New Sabzi Mandi are being used by vegetable and fruit dealers for loading and unloading purposes. Perished fruits and vegetables are also dumped in these parks, creating unhygienic and insanitary conditions.

In most of the city localities, it is a common sight to come across a number of parks, which have a portion occupied either by jhuggis or being utilised for commercial purposes. Particularly in the industrial belt, including Focal Point area, many an industrial units have been using the stretches of green belt to dump raw material and building material in case some construction work was going on.

The condition of the parks in colonies developed by the Improvement Trust and PUDA is nearly identical except for a few parks where the residents themselves are contributing in terms of money and time to tend for the green areas.

As a result of slack enforcement on the part of the civic body, the residents individually or certain groups are resorting to blatant encroachment on parks, much to the resentment and discomfort of other residents in the affected areas.



Head of partially delivered child cut
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, July 16
In a bizarre incident, the head of a partially delivered child was severed from the mother by a midwife after she failed to successfully deliver the breach baby.
The incident occurred here this morning when the midwife failed to send the case for a Ceasarian section. The mother was later rushed to the local Civil Hospital in a precarious situation where an operation was conducted to remove the head of the baby.

A resident of Kila Mohalla, Pritam (not his real name), husband of Narani, told the Ludhiana Tribune that poverty, illiteracy and lack of awareness cost them dear. “This was our fourth child. My two daughters, aged 12 and 10 years are normal. But my son, who is four, is suffering from polio. He cannot move on his own. Being the only bread-winner in the family, I could not bear the expenses of the treatment. I never took my wife to any doctor for consultation. Nor did was she given any medicine throughout the pregnancy. The midwife was known to us and she had delivered my other kids. We used to give her nominal charges like Rs 250,” said Pritam.

The midwife was called at 6 am for delivering the baby. Narani’s sister-in-law, who accompanied her to the Civil Hospital, said that everything went well. “We were hoping to get a ‘good’ thing. Suddenly, the body of the baby came in the hands of the midwife while the head got stuck. The midwife tried to take the head out but she failed.”

After partially severing the baby from the mother, the midwife suggested the family members to take Narani to some hospital as she could not do anything more than that. The family took her to a local doctor who suggested them either to take the patient to CMC or DMC as her condition was very critical.

But the family members took her to a government dispensary at Salem Tabri. Narani was bleeding profusely at that time. The doctor at Salem Tabri asked Pritam to take his wife to the Civil Hospital immediately. Finally, they reached the Civil Hospital, where an ultrasound was conducted and Narani was immediately operated upon by a doctor.

When asked about the sex of the baby, the family members said that they were so worried that they could not see whether the baby was a boy or a girl.



Fear of ragging missing
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 16
“No ! We do not want to rag the freshers. It is barbaric to tease girls or make fun of, taunt, insult or laugh at newcomers. Actually we were never ragged. We have heard stories that some students are so humiliated and tortured that they commit suicide,” said Amandeep and Tapdeep of BA III of the local Government College for Women.

Ms Inderjit Kaur Gill Vashisht , principal of the college, said there had been no incident of ragging in her college and she had been the Principal of the college for the past three years.

Going by the statements of students of both girls and boys colleges, ragging seems to have gone out of fashion. Earlier, senior students thought the best way to get to know freshers was to tease them to remove the inhibitions among tem.

Omar Preet, Divya and Divesha, students of BA III, GCW, said they felt that mild ragging, like asking the names of students, asking some questions about their school life and sending them on some errands, would break the ice among them.

Sonam, Harpreet, Chandeep, and Sandeep and Ravneet, freshers at the GCW who have taken admission into BA I, said they had no fear of ragging. They said, “We know that ragging has been banned by the university. Moreover, going by the reputation of our college, we know that ragging is not permitted here. We have no tension and feel that seniors will get friendly with us by and by.”

Some teachers said ragging within limits could be fun, but it should not entail any humiliation for the freshers. Some students come from a rural background and they feel nervous about interacting with more city girls. Ragging just fills them with a fear psychosis.

Manmeet and Ramandeep, plus two students of the local GGN Khalsa College for Boys, also said that ragging was not the norm at their college. Pawan, Gurmeet, Rahul and Summit of BA I of the same college said they were thinking of harmless ways of ragging.

Deepti, Kanika, Ruhi, Neha, Sonam and Ekta, freshers at Khalsa College for Women, looked very relaxed. They said, “Our seniors are sweet. We have no apprehensions about being ragged. The atmosphere is friendly and we are enjoying ourselves.” Aman and Jasmeet, final year students, said they did not feel like ragging their juniors as they had not been ragged by their seniors.

Visits to different colleges showed that ragging was not much in favour and the Principals were relaxed on this account.



PSEB sets up control rooms
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
To ensure the supply of eight hours of uninterrupted power to the farm sector and to deal with the problems of urban consumers, the central zone of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has set up control rooms where the people can get the all the necessary information about supply besides registering their complaints.

According to Mr J.N. Sachdeva, Chief Engineer, central zone, control rooms have been set up following directions of the board chairman, Mr Y.S. Ratra, that the consumers should be able to call up the numbers round the clock to know the power situation and in the event of any eventuality, like a natural calamity, the steps being taken by the board to deal with the exigency, he added.

Special efforts have been initiated to deal with natural calamities and officers have been asked to ensure that the equipment lying at the substations was properly maintained and look after.

While the control rooms have been set up at the circle level, a special zonal control room has been set up under the supervision of Mr V.K. Bhatia, XEN. The aggrieved consumers can avail of the necessary information besides lodging their complaints at telephone number 245377 during office hours. The consumers can lodge their complaints at the interactive voice response system at 2458372 after office hours.

Mr Sachdeva stressed that all the complaints would be dealt with promptly and the officers held responsible for any lapses will be pulled up. This was part of the efforts being initiated to tone up the responses of the officers and make the functioning of the board more transparent and accountable.

A spokesperson of the board said that the control rooms are functional from today. These centers will deal with the complaints of subscribers pertaining to power failure, unscheduled power cuts besides tip offs regarding graft by board employees.

The consumer can also visit this centre to seek information and circulars of the board. Besides this, consumer care centers are already operational at the Central Zone circle level since June 1.

The numbers are as follows :

Sub-urban circle: 245543

Khanna circle: 226098

City North: 2450369

City South: 2455000



Life is a perpetual struggle for him
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, July 16
Life is a perpetual struggle for Ram Pal, a 23-year-old youth from Phagwara, who has spent the past 15 years of his life trying to settle down in this sprawling city but without any success so far. He is still struggling to make both ends meet in this city of plentiful.

Born in a family of poor daily wagers, Ram Pal left home when he was only eight and arrived in Ludhiana to be on his own. Utter poverty at home had driven him to leave his hearth and come to the city. In the beginning, he did several menial jobs at a number of places for just having two times meal a day. He had to cope with many ups and downs to survive and grow.

Among various things he learned to eke out a meagre living were how to ply a mule-driven rehra as a daily wager and pedal a rickshaw. In the past 15 years, he had been living a life of a nomad not knowing where he would be spending the next night.

But now after shifting his place of temporary residence several times in the past 15 years, he has now found a secure niche near the Clock Tower at the back of the boundary wall that separates the GT road and the railway periphery. He has three companions who share the place with him. Among them are two migrants, who ply rickshaws and a lonely handicapped local man from Shimla Puri who sells cigarettes and bidis by the roadside to be able to buy some roadside food to appease hunger.

When this correspondent visited his make-shift residence this morning , Ram Pal was relaxing on a wooden bed along with a migrant friend of his after a hard night’s labour on his rickshaw. The rehra , which is owned by someone else, was parked nearby. As for the mule, which was not there, Ram Pal explained that the same had been taken away by someone on hire for his tonga.

Back home in Phagwara, Ram Pal has an elder brother who is a welder by profession and a younger brother who repairs cycles on a road, about 17 km from Phagwara. His sister had been married a few years ago. The only regret the young man has is about his illiterate status. Had he been to school for some years, he would have got a nice job, he feels.

Ram Pal has no specific plans to improve his lot. He thinks that the rest of his life would pass like the past 15 years. 



Bride walks out on epileptic groom
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, July 16
If you are planning to get married, tell your medical history to your spouse or else you could be headed in the wrong direction instead of a honeymoon. Alleged concealment of facts has landed a just married groom in hospital and his brother in a lock up. The bride now insists that the marriage be annulled and her family compensated.

It all happened on Sunday when a Hoshiarpur-based family was all set to leave with the bride. But as luck would have it, the groom suffered an epileptic fit and fell. All hell broke loose. Instead of attending to the ‘jamai raja’, the girl insisted that she had been fooled. While, the ‘baaratis’ took the groom to Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) Hospital for treatment, the ‘ladki walas’ were on their way to the Model Town ‘thana”.

A complaint has been lodged for wilful concealment, deception and fraud. While the groom is still convalescing at GTB Hospital, his younger brother was picked up by the Model Town police and has been confined to the lock-up since Sunday. The police, who have their own strange ways of dealing with situations, have kept Rohit (name changed) in illegal confinement. The logic simply is to pressurise the two parities to reach a compromise.

Visibly “black and blue”, possibly from a beating, Rohit told the Ludhiana Tribune that he and his family are totally dazed at the situation.

The groom, Sumit (name changed), narrating the incident at the hospital said, “I got married on July 13. Just as we were on our way to Hoshiarpur after the doli was sent, I suffered an epileptic attack. I was admitted here by my bride and family members from both sides. Now the girl and her family want to annul this marriage on the ground that I suffer from epilepsy. The girl’s family is demanding from us in writing that we concealed the disease and are willing to break up the marriage. At present, I am not in a position to persuade them”. He further said that last night, two policemen picked up his brother from the hospital and took him to the police station.

When this correspondent tried to talk to Rohit at the Model Town police station, the police tried to prevent it saying, “We took him in because we wanted his relatives to come here and cooperate with us. If they will not do the needful, we will register a case against them”. When asked about the injuries Rohit had sustained after being picked up from hospital, the policeman on duty said, “The entire family suffers from epilepsy. Last night, he fell down and sustained injuries when he got a sudden epileptic seizure”. Fearing police reprisal, Rohit could only tell that he was not suffering from epilepsy and that he did not know how he got injured.

One of Sumit’s relatives said the family never hid the fact that the groom suffered from epilepsy. “Till the time Sumit was admitted here, we did not know that he suffered from epilepsy. We came to know from his mother that when he was four years of age, he fell unconscious and was given a medicine. After that incident, nothing happened to him again. We know him since his childhood and he never had epileptic seizures”, claimed the relative.

Another relative of the groom said that they were not in a position to “disobey” police officials. “We will compromise if they want”, he said. No case had been registered till the filing of this report.

Meanwhile, Sanjiv(girl’s brother) when contacted said that after the incident, the boy had confessed that he was suffering from the disease for the past six years. “We should like to discuss the matter with his mother who’s missing. We have not registered any case till now. We are also trying to meet the SSP to find a solution to this”, he said. 



Tributes paid to Rajju Bhaiyya
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
Tributes were paid to Rajendra Singh, former chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, who was popularly known as Rajju Bhaiyya. Several condolence meetings and functions were organised in his memory where people paid homage to the departed leader. The speakers described him as a great visionary, who, besides being a true nationalist, was a great scientist also.

A condolence meeting by the local unit of the RSS was held at the Udham Singh Nagar branch of the Bharatiya Vidya Mandir here today. It was attended by hundreds of RSS volunteers and other people from different walks of life. Prominent among them included a Rajya Sabha member, Lala Lajpat Rai, and Mr Madan Mohan Vyas.

Paying tributes to Rajju Bhaiyya, Lala Lajpat Rai said he (Rajju Bhaiyya) had lived a spartan life. Despite coming from an affluent family during the time of British rule and having become a leading scientist, Rajju Bhaiyya opted for social work. He devoted himself wholeheartedly to the mission of national reconstruction.

Rajju Bhaiyya symbolised the sacrifice and commitment of a great man for the nationalistic cause, Mr Rai said. He added that despite having risen to a position of eminence, Rajju Bhaiyya remained a spartan man in character. He was always accessible and would never differentiate between an ordinary RSS worker and a senior office-bearer.

Born on January 21, 1922, Rajju Bhaiyya did his masters in nuclear physics from Allahabad University. Later he became the Head of the Department of Physics in the same university and had among his students former Prime Minister V.P. Singh and Union Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi.

Rajju Bhaiyya was also the first sarsanghchalak (RSS chief) who opted out of the post because of ill health. Otherwise, the next ‘sarsanghchalak’ takes over only after the death of the incumbent ‘sarsanghchalak’. He was also the first non-Marathi, non-Brahmin chief of the RSS. For quite some time, he was not keeping good health. However, he was still taken into confidence by the senior BJP and RSS leaders on various issues concerning the country.

A separate function was organised by the district unit of the Bajrang Dal to pay tributes to Rajju Bhaiyya. The meeting was attended among others by senior RSS, BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders who recalled the outstanding contribution of Rajju Bhaiyya towards nation building. 



Bank employees observe protest day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
The Ludhiana unit of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation observed a protest today against the ‘draconian attack’ on the employees by the Tamil Nadu Government. A rally was held in front of the State Bank of Patiala, Millerganj, Ludhiana.

Addressing the rally, Mr Naresh Gaur, secretary, and Mr Ashok Awasthy, president, PBEF, Ludhiana, said Tamil Nadu sate employees were protesting against the state government’s denial to release the dearness allowance, withdrawal of certain benefits and reduction of pensionary benefits of the employees.

Since the negotiations with the government, including the Chief Minister, failed, the employees were compelled to start their indefinite strike from July 2. But from the midnight of June 30, thousands of leaders were arrested under ESMA.

The strike began on July 2, as scheduled, and it paralysed the functioning of the government offices. The state government brought an ordinance amending the Tamil Nadu ESMA and providing for the summary dismissal of employees without any inquiry. More than 2,000 employees and leaders were arrested and put in jail and the government also simultaneously dismissed nearly 2 lakh of its employees.

In this background, some unions approached the high court, which held that the government should release the arrested leaders, re-instate all employees. The union agreed to withdraw the strike.

The union leaders regretted, the government went on appeal to the Bench, which has held that while the leaders be released from jail, the court cannot interfere with the dismissal and the employees may approach the state administrative tribunal. 



Taking diligent care of books
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, July 16
“When I receive good books in my library, my happiness knows no bounds,” says retired Principal Prem Singh Bajaj, honorary librarian of the Research Library attached with the Punjabi Sahitya Akademy.

Mr Bajaj offered his services to maintain the library after he retired from the post of Principal of Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon. He had served as Principal of the college for over three decades. Later he took over as Principal of a private school and in 1993, he offered his services to look after the library. Mr S.S. Johal was the then President of the Punjabi Sahitya Akademy.

Mr Bajaj says, “I have been a member of the Punjabi Sahitya Akademy for 35 years. I used to visit the Research Library often as I have a passion for books. During my visits there, I realised that stocked with some rare books and rarer manuscripts, the library really needed to be looked after. So I volunteered my services. When I took over, the library had 10,000 books and within a decade the number of books had increased to 35, 400. Now the library gets a grant of Rs 1 lakh and we use it to buy furniture and books.When I joined, money was needed desperately, so I collected Rs 50, 000 and bought almirahs to stock the books.”

The book lovers have come to know that their books are looked after well here, so they offer their collection of thousands of books to the library. Mr Bajaj said he had received precious books from the family of the late Mahinder Singh of Khanna. He was busy stamping the name of Mr Mahinder Singh Sargodhawale on all books.

He said the library had some rare manuscripts as well as photographs. Bhai Veer Singh’s photograph albums had some rare pictures of pioneer of Punjabi writing. Mr Bajaj proudly showed books written in Shahmukhi script by Pakistani writers. He said while we used Gurmukhi script, Pakistani writers used Persian script.

He said, “The library is of great help to students appearing for the IAS or the PCS examinations who have taken Punjabi as a subject. It provides reference books for students of eight local colleges and four colleges in Ludhiana district. It gives me and my two assistants great happiness to help the students locate the books they are looking for.”

A Japanese scholar who had come from Tokyo University said in his remarks that the library gave personalised service. He further said that his research work had taken him to a number of libraries, but nowhere did he get so much personalised service. Most of the libraries had become quite impersonal because of computerisation. “I recommend that the personalised services of the library should continue for another decade,” he said in a note.

Mr Bajaj’s love for books is so much that if he gets any information regarding anybody wanting to donate rare books, he himself goes to collect these. Most of the times, visitors to the library see him mending the torn books with glue. He comes to the library every day and puts in eight hours of work. He takes care of the books as tenderly as a gardener would of rare plants.



Anti-corruption drive hailed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
The Anti-Corruption Council of India leader, Dr Shiv Gupta, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (Labour and Employment Department) Chairman, Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum president, Mr Sushil Malhotra, the Indian Crime Prevention Society (Punjab) president, Mr Naveen Sharma, in a joint statement have appreciated the anti-corruption drive against a former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. They alleged that Mr Badal was involved in corruption cases, and amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

They pointed out that the vigilance bureau had registered more than 250 cases against corrupt officials. They alleged that the Badal government was involved in direct recruitment by charging lakhs of rupees and thus meritorious and poor students could not get jobs in government departments.



2 killed in accidents
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, July 16
Two persons were killed and another injured in two separate road accidents that occurred near here, in the past 24 hours.
In one case, Baldev Singh of Heeran village who was on his scooter was allegedly run over by an Esteem car which was being driven by Vinod Kumar, a resident of Ludhiana.

The pillion rider, Devinder Singh, a resident of Dhandari village, was injured in the accident. He has been admitted to CMC Hospital at Ludhiana.

The case has been registered on the statement of Jaspal Singh of Heeran. The driver of the car is reported to have absconded.

In another case, Viresh Kumar Singh, son of Raj Bansi of Bihar, has complained to the Sahnewal police that he was standing near Pawa Khagat village along with his brother Amodh Kumar Singh when a Maruti car, in an attempt to overtake the vehicle ahead from the wrong side, came upon them, injuring his brother.

He was immediately taken to the Civil Hospital, Sahnewal, from where he was referred to Mohan Dai Oswal Hospital at Ludhiana. He breathed his last today at the hospital. A case has been registered against the car driver. 



Talwandi’s aide shot at
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 16
Assailants shot at and injured a close aide of former SGPC President Jagdev Singh Talwandi in Talwandi village near here late last night. The incident took place when the victim, Mr Amritpal Singh, was watching television in a room outside his house.

Three assailants, who came in a car, asked Mr Amritpal Singh to open the door of the room. When he did not respond, they opened fire from the window and a bullet hit Mr Amritpal Singh in the waist.

The police was informed immediately and the DSP, Raikot, took Mr Amritpal Singh to the Ludhiana Civil Hospital, where his condition was stated to be stable.

The police said that this could be a case of revenge as Mr Amritpal Singh’s father; Jit Singh, is currently in jail for a shoot-out that took place in the village last year in which one person had been killed.

The Raikot police has arrested three persons namely Sarabjit Singh, Vijay Kumar and Sikander Singh. A revolver and a car (HR 01B-1682) allegedly used in the crime have also been seized. A case has been registered at the Raikot police station.



Rape of minor alleged, accused absconding
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 16
The Sahnewal police has registered a case of under Section 376 of the IPC against Mithu for raping 11-year-old girl on the statement of Ms Kulwant Kaur, a widow living in Kotla Afgana village. The widow had alleged that when her daughter Harvinder Kaur, was returning from her school in Ram Garh village at about 3 pm on Tuesday, the accused raped her and ran away. No arrest has been made so far.

Fraud alleged: The Division No 2 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Mr Avtar Singh, a resident of Field Ganj, against Harjit Singh and Manjit Kaur, residents of Mohalla Cantt Parsian, Jalandhar. The complainant had alleged that the accused had borrowed his car ( DL-30- 7987) for some days on January 15,2002, but did not return the same in spite of repeated requests. The accused had thus committed a fraud on him, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

The Model Town police yesterday registered a case under Sections 420 of the IPC and Sections 51,53-A,63 and 68-A of the Copyright Act on the statement of Mr Rajiv Sharma, field officer of T-series company, against Rajesh Kumar, owner of Jeewan Jyoti Music Centre, Dugri, and Navneet Singh, owner of Guru Nanak Music Centre, Dugri. The complainant had alleged that they were selling duplicate CDs of Hindi films and MP 3 audio CDs. The police said the accused were arrested on Tuesday evening and several duplicate CDs were seized from the possession of the accused.

The Division No 7 police registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC yesterday on the statement of Mr Balwinder Singh, a resident of Bhamian Kalan village, against Gurchet Singh, a resident of the same village. The complainant had alleged that the accused had shown to him a forged registration document and ‘intkal’ of a plot measuring one kanal and 15 marlas in his name and committed a fraud on him. No arrest has been made so far.

The Division No 2 police yesterday registered a case of fraud under Sections 468 and 471 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Sudhir Ahuja, Manager, State Bank of India, Miller Ganj, against Naveen Garg, Veena Garg and Juhi Garg, residents of Maya Nagar. The complainant had alleged that the accused procured a loan in 1999 on the basis of a forged registration document and had not returned the loan or any part thereof so far. No arrest has been made so far.

Dowry cases: The Division No 2 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 420, 406, 498-A, 506, 34 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Ms Sunita, a resident of Prem Nagar, against her husband Rajinder Kumar, his father Gopi Chand, Saroj, wife of Gaheer Chand and Prem Parkash, all residents of Bikaner and Anupam, a resident of Shri Nagar, Ajmer, in Rajasthan. The complainant had alleged that the accused subjected her to physical and mental harassment and demanded more dowry from her. The accused also threatened her, added the woman. No arrest has been made so far.

The Shimla Puri police yesterday registered a case under Sections 498-A., 406 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Ms. Satwinder Kaur, a resident of New Shimla Puri, against her husband Ashwani Kumar, his father Hakam Singh, his mother Karam Kaur, Raj Rani, sister-in-law, Paramjit Kaur, Karamjit Kaur and other members of her in-laws family, all residents of Azad Nagar near Ferozepore railway lines. The complainant had alleged that all accused started harassing her after marriage and demanding more dowry. No arrest has been made so far.

Injured: The Civil Lines police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279,338 and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Harjyot Singh, a resident of Cheema Park, Model Gram, against Ranjyot Singh, a resident of Khera village falling under the Dehlon police station. The complainant had alleged that he was going on a scooter with his father and the accused rammed his car into them. As a result of the accident, his leg was broken and the scooter was also damaged. The accused was arrested and later released on bail

Another case under Sections 279,337,338 and 427 of the IPC was registered at the same police station on the statement of Mr Tara Chand, a resident of Baba Jeewan Singh Nagar on the Tajpur road, against an unknown driver of a PRTC bus (PB-11-H 9854). The complainant had stated that he and his brother Ved Prakash were going on a cycle near ESI Hospital when the bus driver hit the cycle as a result of which he was injured and the cycle was damaged. The driver of the bus ran away from the spot. No arrest has been made so far.

The Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279 and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Umesh Jain, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, against Amrik Singh, a resident of Samana in Patiala district.

The complainant had stated that the accused had rammed his Tata Sumo vehicle into his Maruti Esteem car on the Ferozepore Road near Manav Palace on Tuesday afternoon. The accused was arrested and later released on bail

Beaten up: The Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 341,323,506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Surinder Kumar, alias Puppy, a resident of Kailash Nagar, against Davinder Kumar, a resident of Mangat Colony and three other unknown persons accompanying him. The complainant had alleged that when he was passing through Mangat Colony on Tuesday, the accused stopped him on the road, beat him up and also threatened him. No arrest has been made so far.

Servant booked: The Sadar police has registered a case under Section 381 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Satnam Singh, a resident of Chahra village, against his servant Raju , resident of the same village. The complainant had alleged that the servant took his Rajdoot motor cycle which he had given to the servant on the afternoon of July 11 for getting a puncture fixed. The servant had not returned so far, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

Woman held: The Shimla Puri police yesterday registered a case under Sections 355,186 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of a PCR cop, Mr, Gurmel Singh, against a woman named Vidya, wife of Mr. Ashok Kumar, a resident of Daba village. The complainant had stated that on getting a tip-off that some suspicious persons had come to the house of the woman, he went to investigate the matter. But when he knocked on the door, the accused woman came out and started abusing him. She also tore apart his uniform. The woman was arrested and later released on bail.

Gamblers held: Two cases under the Gambling Act were registered at the Division No 7 police station yesterday. In the first case, Davinder Singh, Som Nath and Mohan Singh were arrested while they were gambling near the BCM School and a sum of Rs 2,000 and a set of playing cards were recovered from their possession.

The other case was registered against Davinder Pal Singh, Gurdev Singh, Satish Kumar and Ramesh Kumar. The accused were arrested while they were gambling on the Tajpur Road. A sum of Rs 1,000 and a set of playing cards were recovered from their possession. All the accused were later bailed out.

Liquor seized: The Division No 6 police yesterday arrested Sukhwant Singh resident of Sunet village near the Transport Nagar, seized 20 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession and booked him under the Excise Act.



Beopar Mandal to move Centre against excise duty
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 16
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) would soon take up the matter of slapping Central excise duty on hosiery and readymade garments with Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and Union Finance Minister Jaswant Singh. This was stated by Mr Sunil Mehra, state general secretary, while addressing a meeting of steering committee, held at the residence of district general secretary of the mandal Mohinder Aggarwal. Baba Ajit Singh presided over the meeting which was attended among others by Mr Kasturi Lal Mittal, Mr Raju Bindra, Mr Ashok Jain and Mr H.S. Rana.

Mr Mehra claimed that as a result of imposition of Central excise duty, almost 8,000 out of a total 12,000 units of hosiery and readymade garments had closed down and many others were in the process of shifting to Himachal Pradesh and other tax-free zones. He said the government had betrayed the industry as the sector had been brought under the Central net even after a blanket assurance that Central excise regime would not take effect before 2005.

The PPBM functionaries flayed the bureaucracy for causing avoidable harassment to the trade and industry while calling upon the political leadership in the Centre to effectively intervene and save the hosiery and readymade garments sector from ruination. Mr Aggarwal and other speakers apprehended that mass shifting of the industrial units from the state would have adverse impact on overall development and growth due to huge loss of revenue in the shape of sales tax and other taxes.

Both Mr Mehra and Mr Aggarwal urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, to put an end to reign of terror let loose by the officials of the Excise and Taxation Department with the tacit approval of the government. “The Congress government has come into being with the massive support from trade and industry but the same section is being harassed by the officials to the extent of pushing them out of business.” Making it clear that the members of trading community would not take the things lying down, the PPBM announced a programme to consolidate and revitalise the body up to ward level and further to hold a convention here in the near future.


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