Tuesday, July 22, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Boy’s parents deny abduction
Say SP’s daughter, their son have married
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
The suspected love angle behind the alleged abduction case of a daughter of a Punjab SP, came to the fore today when the parents of the suspect claimed in a district court that the “eloped” couple had got married.

The case became murkier following claims and counter-claims of both parties over the age of the missing couple and the manner in which the parents of the suspect, Gurjinder Singh, were arrested.

A Gurmeet Inder Singh, a PSEB employee posted at Jalandhar, and his wife Charanjit Kaur were arrested last night for “conspiring” the abduction of Rupinder Kaur, daughter of Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhatti, a former SP(Traffic), Ludhiana, and currently posted with the Investigation Department, Lok Pal, Punjab.

They were presented before the Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr Jasbir Singh, amid high drama at the district courts complex this afternoon. The police escorted them and prevented mediapersons from interviewing them.

The couple broke down before the judge and said they were being falsely implicated to pressure their son and daughter-in-law to surrender before the police. Mr Gurmeet Inder Singh claimed that they were not allowed to contact a lawyer and were ill-treated in the police custody.

He gave a twist to the case by claiming that he had no idea where the duo was but had been informed by the girl over the phone that they had got married.

He claimed that both of them were major. While being frisked away by the police, Charanjit Kaur said her son was 23 years old and the girl was 18.

They had been arrested from the house of Mr Bhatti where they had gone last evening to extend their cooperation. She maintained that they neither had prior information about the plans nor had they any idea about their whereabouts.

However, Mr R.K. Bakshi, DSP, Sarabha Nagar, said the police had arrested them from Jalandhar after a raid as they had conspired with their son. He said the couple should present themselves before a court if they were major. He denied that the police was harassing them.

The police had on Friday registered a case of abduction against the suspect. 

Girl is a minor

Rupinder Kaur, the allegedly abducted daughter of SP Sukhdev Singh Bhatti, is a minor as per her date of birth documents available with Guru Nanak Girls College here, where she was a student of Class XI.

She was born on April 6, 1987, as per the records attached with her admission form at the college. Highly-placed college sources said as per the domicile certificate she was a resident of Barnala in Sangrur district. She was 16-year-old as per the records.

The Judicial Magistrate (First Class) has remanded Mr Gurmeet Inder Singh and Ms Charanjit Kaur, parents of the alleged kidnapper, to one-day police remand for conspiring in the case.



Coop society staff dupe farmers
Peon says he had told Badal about irregularities
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
Members of the Kila Raipur Cooperative Agricultural Society have been asked to repay the loans which they had already repaid. The amount repaid by them had allegedly not been credited into their accounts, courtesy certain employees, who had reportedly pocketed the same.

These employees pocketed Rs 11.76 lakh. The authorities are still trying to figure out who took how much. Meanwhile, the farmers are shocked at the notices issued to them for repaying loans.

The society was formed in 1978 and had been showing profits till four years ago. The genesis of the scandal lies in the appointment of Mr Tarlochan Singh as the secretary of the society. He allegedly accepted money from farmers, entered the amount in their pass books, but did not enter the same in the official account books. Their are signed entries in the farmers’ pass books confirming that the loans have been repaid.

Mr Hoshiar Singh, Mr Gurdev Singh, Mr Rajinder Singh, Mr Sukhdev Singh, Mr Darshan Singh and Mr Gurdev Singh, some of the affected farmers, said they had been bringing irregularities to the notice of the authorities concerned for the past many years, but the Cooperative Department did not pay heed to it. The management and employees connived to pocket the money of the society, they alleged.

They alleged that the senior officials of the department, besides some inspectors, were in the know of the scandal, but they did not bring it to the notice of their seniors. An officer was suspended some years ago, but others got together and got him reinstated clearing the way for the scam, they said.

At least 100 members had received recovery notices a few days ago. They have decided to submit a memorandum to the higher authorities to defer the notices, besides demanding a high-level inquiry into the matter. They said the guilty officials included Inspector Harchand Singh, Inspector Narinder Kumar, Secretary Tarlochan Singh, besides President of the society Bhupinder Singh.

Mr Varinder Singh, who worked as a peon with the society, said the officials were fudging accounts and extorting money from the farmers on one pretext or the other. “This had been going on for a long time and I had submitted affidavits to the authorities, but nothing came out of it. I had even brought the matter to the notice of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and sitting Akali MLA and former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha, but nothing was done,” he said.



Save challan or ‘jaan’, choice is yours
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
What do Mr Surinder Singh, currently lodged in the trauma ward of the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ms Tannum, admitted to Satluj Hospital, and Mr Rajinder Kumar (all names changed) have in common? No they do not suffer from HIV, nor do they have cholera or jaundice. They all share a common habit — each one, till now refused to wear a seat belt while travelling in a vehicle.

They are all in hospitals only because no cop or the fear of a challan deterred them from being ‘dare devils’, who travelled at high speed without adequate precautions in terms of wearing a seat belt. They are not alone, there are hundreds of others like them who are convalescing in various city hospitals after getting involved in road accidents. In most of these cases, their fellow travellers, wearing seat belts, escaped unscathed.

Mr Surinder Singh, his wife and two children had left for Chandigarh around 9 am. At 9: 30 am their Honda City car smashed into a truck that had taken a sudden turn towards Bhaini Sahib. His son, Samsher, was in the driving seat and his daughter, Prabh, was sitting along side. His wife, Kamal, and he himself were occupying the rear seats. All, except Mr Surinder Singh, were wearing seat belt. The three escaped without a scratch, while a broken collar bone has immobilised Mr Surinder Singh for at least six weeks.

Research in western countries has shown that many of the fatal road accidents would have been non-fatal, had those involved in the accidents were wearing seat belts. The study says “Failure to buckle up contributes to more casualities than any other single traffic safety-related behaviour”. The study further says, “If every state in the USA made using seat belt compulsory, it would save 1,900 lives, prevent 49,000 injuries and save Americans $3 billion in health care, taxes and insurance costs in just one year.” No such study is available in India as yet.

According to the Western India Automobile Association, “The modern three-point automotive seat belt was the brainchild of Swedish aircraft engineer Nils Ivar Bohlin, who, spent early years of his career designing aircraft ejector seats. His invention — a three-point combination lap and diagonal belt positioned across the pelvis and rib cage — has saved thousands of lives since its introduction in 1959”.

Mr Avinash Bansal, his daughter, Parul, and wife had a miraculous escape today morning when their Maruti car hit a Punjab Roadway bus head on at Bharat Nagar Chowk.

The car went into a spin and turned turtle. All of them would have been thrown out of the car, but for the seat belts they were wearing.

When Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 32, two years ago following a road accident, he went on record to say that his Pajero had been smashed, but his life was saved only because he was wearing a seat belt. His driver killed in the accident.

Mr Abdul, a city resident, was also involved in a road accident on the GT Road near Karnal. He saw his co-passenger, Ranjit, meeting his death after flying out of the Tata 207, simply because he was not wearing a seat belt. Mr Abdul got saved because he remained entrapped in the seat because of the seat belt.

It has become almost fashionable in Ludhiana for women not to wear a seat belt and when they are questioned by the traffic police personnel, they say they have been advised by their doctor not to wear seat belt because they are on a family way.

When women do this, they do not realise that they are putting their lives at risk. Most people have a choice: feign wearing a seat belt on seeing a cop and let go of the belt later to save a challan or to save their ‘jaan’ (life).



Sordid tale of lust, deceit
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
Blinded by the desire to migrate to Canada, a resident of Sadarpura village sent his wife to Canada after a registered marriage with his NRI brother, who raped her for many years.

While she had to surrender to the desires of her husband’s brother, in the hope of a happy life with her husband in Canada, little did she realise that she would be deserted by her husband. Today she is with her parents in Malak village.

Gurmeet Kaur, the desolate woman, after returning from Canada has lodged a complaint of rape against the NRI. She has also complained against her husband and her in-laws for conspiring against her.

Gurmeet Kaur was married to Jasbir Singh of Sadarpura village in Jagraon on February 13, 1998. Her husband wanted to migrate to Canada. For the purpose, her in-laws demanded Rs 2 lakh from her to pay to a travel agent.

When she failed to get the money, they decided to get her married to her husband’s brother. She was forced into marrying her brother-in-law, Chamkaur Singh.

She left the country on the promise from her husband that he would join her in Canada soon.

Her repeated complaints to her husband against her brother-in-law bore no fruit. Finally, she was sent back to India. Back home, her in-laws and her husband refused to accept her and left her at her parents’ house in Malak village.

The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case against seven persons, including her husband and brother-in-law, under Sections 498-A, 376, 506 and 120-B, IPC. 



Performing feats of faith
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
Several South Indians have settled in the walled city of Ludhiana. Though a new generation of South Indians has sprung up, it has not forgotten its rites and rituals and takes out religious processions dedicated to Mariamma.

They are devotees of Mariamma also known as Sheetla Mata. Madrasis, as they call themselves, yesterday took out a procession in honour of the deity from Daresi Grounds. Several devotees had pierced their cheeks with iron rods. They neither feel pain nor do they develop wounds after removing the rods. They fast for a few days before the great day. One man had hooks in his back. Shankar (45), pulled a Maruti car tied with a rope and looped to the hooks.



Final round for voter cards from July 27
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
The final round of photography for the preparation of photo identity cards of the voters in 58-Ludhiana West Vidhan Sabha constituency will be done on July 27 to July 28 from 8 am to 6 pm.

Mr S.R. Kaler, Deputy Director, Local Bodies and Presiding Officer for the constituency, said the corrections in the existing voter identity cards would also be carried out during this period. The cards would be made according to the voters’ list of 2003.

Mr Kaler appealed the voters to get their photo identity cards prepared during this final round as in future, these cards would be used as official identification documents.

Following are the dates and areas where the voters would be photographed during this period.

July 27— Booth No. 1,2 at Guru Nanak Stadium, Booth No. 3,4 at Shastri Hall, Booth No. 5,6 at Arya College for Women, Booth No. 7 at Arya Higher Secondary School, Civil Lines, Booth No. 8,11,12 and 13 at GGN Khalsa College for Boys, Booth No. 9,10 at Malwa Khalsa College for Women, Booth No. 14,15 at Ludhiana High School Green Park, Booth No. 16 to 19 at Arya College for Boys, Booth No. 20 to 23 at Ludhiana Public High School, Booth No. 24,25 at Government High School, Gobind Nagar, Booth No. 26 to 28 at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Rajpura Road, Booth No. 29,30 at Bhartiya Mandir School, Udham Singh Nagar, and Booth No. 31,32 at Government Senior Model School, PAU.

Booth No. 33 to 37 at Hollick Rasit Senior Secondary School Kitchlu Nagar, Booth No. 38,39 at Co-Education High School, Gobind Nagar, Booth No. 40 to 43 at Government High School, Haibowal Khurd, Booth No. 44,45 at MC Veterinary Hospital, Haibowal Khurd, Booth No. 46 to 49 at Jeevan Jyoti Public School, Rishi Nagar, Booth No. 50 to 52 at Shivalikwala Doon School, Rishi Nagar, Booth No. 53 to 56 at Government High School, Gobind Nagar, Booth No. 57 to 60 at Government Girls High School, Dhoos Mohalla, near ESI Hospital, Booth No. 61 to 64 at Malwa High School, Model Gram, Lajpat Nagar, Booth No. 65 to 69 at CFC School, Gurdev Nagar, Booth No. 70 to 74 at New High School Sarabha Nagar, and Booth No. 75, 76 at Employment Exchange, South Model Gram, near Railway Station.

July 28 — Booth No. 78,79 at Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Model Gram, Booth No. 80 at the office of the Joint Chief Controller for Import and Export, Shakti Nagar, Booth No. 81 to 85 at Government High School, Jawahar Nagar, Booth No. 86,87 at Government High School (primary section), Jawahar Nagar, Booth No. 88 to 91 Government Girls High School, Jawahar Camp, Booth No. 92 to 94 at Nauharia Mal Jain School, Ferozepore Road, Booth No. 95,96 at Amar Public School, Shyam Nagar, Gali No. 6, Booth No. 97,98 at Sri Ram Bhawan Dharamshala, Shyam Nagar, Booth No. 99 to 101 at Government High School, Manjit Nagar, near Engine Shed.

Booth No. 102,103 at Co- Education School, Railway Quarters, Jagraon Bridge, Booth No. 104,105 at the Community Centre of Sacred Heart Convent School, Booth No. 106,107 at Sacred Heart Commissionary Centre, Sham nagar, Booth No. 107 to 111 at Vikas Dharamshala, Abdulahpur Basti, Booth No. 112 to 115 at Sri Ganesh Middle School, Kamla Nagar, Booth No. 116-117 at Government Primary School, Vishkarma Nagar, Booth No. 118-119 at Guru Nanak Co-Education Bhatha Bhagat High School.

Booth No. 120-121 at Guru Ravi Das Dharamshala, Abdulahpur Basti, Booth No. 122-123 at Mahanvir Model School, Abdulahpur Basti, Booth No. 124-125 at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Booth No. 126,127, 129, 133 at R. S. Model School, near Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Booth No. 128, 132 at Joint Chief Controller’s office, Shastri Nagar, Booth No. 130, 131 at BCM Arya Model School, Booth No. 134, 135 at the office of the Joint Controller, Import and Export, Booth No. 136 to 138 at Nishkam Vidya Mandir, Ambedkar Nagar, Booth No. 139 to 141 at Vijay Convent School, Ambedkar Nagar, Booth No. 142 to 145 at Gujar Khan High School, Model Town.

Booth No. 146 to 149 at Guru Singh Sabha High School, Model Town, Booth No. 150 to 153 at Junior Model Middle School, Model Town, Booth No. 154 to 157 at Dashmesh High School, Gill Road, Booth No. 158 to 161 at Atam Public School, Atam Nagar, and Booth No. 162 to 165 at Guru Arjan Dev Model School, Sewakpura.



Epidemic threat in Dugri
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
Residents of Phase-I of Dugri are living under the threat of an epidemic as a park in their area has been converted into a pond after rain lashed the city two days ago.
At places, about a foot-deep water is collected in the park, which has remained neglected for years.

Residents said the park was developed by PUDA and handed over to the local Municipal Corporation about two years ago, adding that it was not being properly maintained by the authorities concerned.

They said the park had turned into a grazing ground for stray cattle. Moreover, mosquitoes were breeding on the accumulated water.

The area residents claimed that no employee of the Health Department or the Municipal Corporation had visited the locality despite their repeated complaints in this regard.

“People have started contracting malaria, but nobody bothers. No one has come to spray insecticides as yet,” said a resident.

He said the local residents had protested a number of times against the area being ignored, but they only got assurances in return. He alleged that the municipal authorities had been turning a deaf ear to their complaints.

The residents fear that as the monsoon progresses, the streets would again be inundated and the accumulated water could overflow into their houses.

Mr Amarjit Singh, a resident of the area, said they were living amidst filth and diseases. He said: “What to talk about the parks, the streets remain under sewage or rain water for several days. Besides mosquitoes, germs and bacteria are flourishing in this area and there is a fear of outbreak of an epidemic.”



Rain floods city areas
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
Rain and gutsy winds lashed the city and surrounding areas for almost three hours this morning with the result that most of the city roads and low-lying areas remained under water, affecting normal life in many localities. Office-goers and schoolchildren had to wade through ankle-deep water at several places.

Accumulation of rainwater was reported from several localities, both in the old city areas and posh colonies. Main roads and streets in areas like Salem Tabri, Noorwala Road, Shivpuri, Hargobind Nagar, Kidwai Nagar, Industrial Estate, Gill Road, Pakhowal Road, Sarabha Nagar, Feroze Gandhi Market, New Kundan Puri, parts of Haibowal remained flooded with water for quite some time.

In many localities, roads damaged due to digging by telecom companies for laying cables added to the woes of the people as the depressions were filled up by water and posed danger to pedestrians, cyclists and two-wheeler drivers.

Municipal corporation authorities, however, claimed that the sewer lines and the stormwater drainage system in the city were functioning to their full capacity because the entire sewerage network, storm sewer lines and road gullies were thoroughly cleaned before the start of rainy season.

The superintending Engineer (O and M) of the MC, Mr Subhash Dua, said the city areas had 1275 km length of sewer lines for disposal of waste water while approximately 70 km long storm water disposal lines had also been laid, exclusively for drainage of rainwater. Substantial parts of the old city, including Old G.T. Road, Chaura Bazar, Nizam Road, Saban Bazar, Ghas Mandi, Lakkar Bazar as also CTI Chowk, Gill Road, Basant Park to Partap Chowk, Mall Road and Sarabha Nagar to Ferozepore Road had the facility for stormwater drainage and usually the accumulated rainwater was drained out almost as soon as the rain stopped. Occasionally, when the rainfall was heavy and more than the capacity of the storm water sewer, the time taken for discharge of accumulated water was obviously more.



Autorickshaw passengers a harassed lot
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, July 21
In the absence of a proper transportation system to take commuters from one part of the city to another, thousands of autorickshaws running on city roads are indeed serving the people well. These are readily available and can be stopped anywhere one prefers.

But it is an altogether different story when it comes to paying for the service for a short trip, say between Damoria Bridge and Arya College or between CMC Hospital and Samrala Chowk. Scenes of heated arguments between autorickshaw drivers and commuters have become very common on city roads. In fact, commuters in the city are being held to ransom by unscrupulous autorickshaw drivers who, in the absence of any authorised fare structure, charge passengers according to their fancy.

As rate list of fare between various points on a particular route is not displayed anywhere, autorickshaw drivers are having a field day as there is virtually no authority to check their malpractices.

According to a man, who has been a regular commuter between Bhadaur House and the Civil Lines for the past two months or so, he normally pays Rs 3 per trip, but he comes across an autorickshaw driver now and then who insists on charging one rupee extra. When he tells the driver that the normal rate is Rs 3, the driver more often than not gets angry and start using abusive language. Most of the passengers generally give into his unjust demand. Such unscrupulous drivers are virtually holding commuters to ransom,” he says.

Commuters on the local ‘adda’-Focal Point route are also facing the problem of overcharging by autorickshaw drivers. While fare between Samrala Chowk and local ‘adda’ is normally Rs 3, some drivers are charging up to Rs 5 from commuters. Whenever any commuter objects to overcharging by drivers, they try to pressurise passengers by raising their voice and exhibiting bad temper.

Mr Kuldeep Singh Katani, president of the autorickshaw drivers’ union, Clock Tower, when asked about overcharging by autorickshaw drivers, said drivers of autorickshaws leaving from the stand did not overcharge commuters. Only those drivers, who were not affiliated with the stand and whom he termed as ‘outsiders’, indulged in overcharging, he said. He said it was beyond their means and capacity to stop ‘outsiders’ from plying on the route.

According to a commuter, all autorickshaws plying on different routes in the city should be numbered stand-wise and the fare structure for journey between various points should be displayed on the vehicle itself. Such a step would go a long way in ensuring a smooth, hassle-free commuting for city residents, he opined.



Action against councillor’s husband sought
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
The incident in which the husband of Ms Santosh Mehra, Congress councillor, had allegedly slapped a Subdivisional Engineer of the Municipal Corporation has prompted the association of Subdivisional Engineers and Junior Engineers to seek stern action against the accused.

At a meeting of the association convened by Mr Pargat Singh Grewal, secretary general of the Council of Diploma Engineers, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, here today, engineers condemned the alleged inaction on part of the MC to charge Mr Raj Mehra, a clerk in the MC and husband of the councillor, with assaulting Mr Kulwant Singh, SDE, on duty.

Speakers, at the meeting, including Mr Joginder Singh Sandhu, and Mr Daljit Singh, president and vice-president, respectively, of the Municipal Engineers Association, Punjab, demanded that the accused be placed under suspension and made to face police action.

Mr Pargat Singh Grewal said engineers in government departments and local bodies would resort to agitation if the authorities failed to accept their demand.



Employees to join stir on July 23
Our Correspondent

Amloh, July 21
A meeting of the Class IV Government Employees Union, Amloh, was held under the chairmanship of its senior vice-president, Mr Joginder Paul. The union decided to participate in the government employees’ rally to be organised at Patiala on July 23 in protest against the alleged anti-employee policies of the state government.

The meeting was addressed by Mr Shiv Dutt (district chairman), Mr Hari Chand (district chief), Mr Som Nath (tehsil secretary), Mr Ram Paul, Mr Surjit Singh, Mr Norang Singh, Mr Harnek Singh, Mr Amar Singh and Mr Gurmeet Singh.

The union leaders spoke against the policy of privatisation of boards and corporations. They said the government was bent upon reducing the strength of lower-rung government employees, whereas the number of administrative posts had been raised to accommodate kin of high-ups. Salaries and perks of MLAs and ministers had been increased, but the government had no money to meet the demands of lower-rung employees, they said.



Cheque given to jawan’s widow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
Tributes were paid to Subedar Brahm Dass Sharma of 17 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, who was killed by militants in Srinagar, and an ex-gratia relief was given to his widow during a function here today.

A cheque for Rs 2 lakh was presented to Ms Nirmala Devi, by Brig Sunil Dhawan, Station Commander, Ludhiana.

On November 3, 1999, at about 5.45 pm, a suicide squad of militants entered the cantonment and opened heavy firing, killing the PRO and Subedar Sharma alongwith four jawans.



5 Dalits injured in attack

Ludhiana, July 21
Not voting in favour of a particular candidate in the panchayat poll has costed them dear. Five Dalits, who were injured in an attack, have been admitted to Civil Hospital, Jagraon. Mr Jagdishar Singh, brother of Mr Shamsher Singh Dangie, chairman of the Block Samiti, Jagraon, lost election for sarpanch and bore a grudge against some Dalits of his village who did not cast their votes in his favour. Mr Kuldip Singh Gheela had won the election. Ms Harbans Kaur of Dangie village, who was elected a panch, said her family had supported Mr Gheela. She alleged that today, Mr Shamsher Singh Dangie, Mr Jagdishar Singh and their other relatives caused injuries to her, her daughter Harpal Kaur, Mr Binder Singh, Mr Bula Singh, and Mr Balbir Singh. TNS



Dalits stage dharna

Ludhiana, July 21
Hundreds of Dalits of Basti Jodhewal today staged a dharna for one hour before the police station in the area to condemn an alleged biased police action in a clash between the Jats and the Dalits in the area last week.

Mr Kashmiri Lal, spokesperson of the Dalits said the police had rounded up only the Dalit youths and taken no action against the Jats. They submitted a memorandum to Mr Narinderpal Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, in this regard. TNS



Man booked for suicide bid
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
On the statement of Mr Ravinder Pal Singh, ASI, the Division No 7 police yesterday registered a case of attempted suicide under Section 309 of the IPC against an unknown driver of a three-wheeler, who allegedly tried to kill himself by hitting his vehicle against a truck.

The complainant had alleged that while he, along with a police party was on duty at the main market in Jamalpur, he saw the driver made an attempt on his own life. The police has the registration number of the three-wheeler but no arrest has been made so far.

Beaten up: The Division No 7 police registered a case under Sections 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr. Chhotu Lal, a resident of Vehra Sarpanch Colony, Jamalpur, against Mintu, Dhanna and Biney, residents of the same locality. The complainant had alleged that the accused had beaten and injured him on Sunday. No arrest has been made so far.

The Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr. Hem Raj, a resident of Mohalla Isher Nagar, against Jagjit Singh, alias Pappu, Hena and about eight other unknown persons accompanying them, residents of the same locality. The complainant had alleged that the accused locked him in a room on the night of July 18 and beat him up. The incident allegedly took place in the same locality. No arrest has been made so far.

The Salem Tabri police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Gian Singh, a resident of Guru Har Rai Nagar, against Nanak Singh, Daljeet Singh and Mohan Singh, all brothers living in the same locality. The complainant had alleged that the accused stopped him on the road, beat him up and also threatened him on Saturday night. No arrest has been made so far.

The Koom Kalan police, on the statement of Mr Sukhwinder Rai , a resident of Jeewan Pur village, registered a case under Sections 323, 341 and 506 of the IPC yesterday against Harjinder Pal Singh, alias Shinda, a resident of the same village. The complainant had alleged that the accused had intercepted him on Saturday night in the village when he was going home, beaten him up and injured him. No arrest has been made so far.

Rash driving: The Division No 6 police yesterday arrested Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Sanjay Gandhi Colony, and booked him under Section 279 of the IPC. The police said today that the accused was passing through the Cheema chowk on his scooter at a high speed.

Eve-teaser held: The Division No 2 police yesterday arrested Manoj Kumar who lives near the Gopal mandir in Kishan Ganj and booked him under Section 294 of the IPC. The police said today that the accused was teasing girls at Khera chowk on Saturday afternoon. He was released on bail.

Held for quarrelling: The Division No 4 police yesterday arrested Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Kara Bara village, and Vinod Kumar, a resident of Harbans Pura, and booked them under Section 160 of the IPC. The police said the accused were quarrelling with each other on the road at Malli Ganj chowk and disturbing the general peace of the area. The accused were later released on bail, added the police.

Suicide bid:
Domestic dispute led Malkit Kaur to make an attempt to commit suicide, but timely medical aid saved her life. According to Malkit Kaur, 22, she was married to Sarbjit Singh a year ago. As it was a love marriage, relatives of both were unhappy over it. The couple was putting up at Moga. About five days ago, Sarbjit had a quarrel with her and left for Jagraon. She came to Jagraon to call him, but he refused to accompany her. In anger she consumed some poisonous substance near the local bus stand. She was taken to a nearby hospital immediately and her life was saved.

Body found: The dead body of an unidentified woman of about 45 years of age was found on the main Moga-Jagraon GT Road near new Chuharchak. The body was later sent for a post-mortem examination to the Civil Hospital. According to information, probably some vehicle had nit the woman on the road. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC. No one has claimed the body so far.



Industry rues lack of infrastructure 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
Lack of infrastructure and the indifference of the government towards their problems has set industrialists up in arms against the government. Be it the price of steel, which has been witnessing a continuous increase for the last one year, electricity tariff or the condition of roads or drainage system, industrialists feel that they have nothing to cheer about.

According to Mr Jagat Singh, president of the Ludhiana Motor Parts Manufacturers Association the government does not seem to have any policy for the industry. He said, “Highest rates of steel items, erratic power supply, high power tariff, lowest quality of infrastructure, discouraging policies of the state government, unnecessary burden of different laws and repeated inspections by department officials are only some of the factors that are making the industry in Punjab very uncompetitive”.

Mr Charan Singh Kohli, general secretary of the association, said under these circumstances it was difficult for the industry to compete in the era of WTO regime. Mr Jagat and Mr Kohli maintained that while the industry in general was facing serious crisis, the auto-part industry was the worst hit.

They said for improving the quality and ensuring that the local industry stayed in competition, it was essential that the industry got world-class exposure. 


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