Saturday, August 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


It rained woes for city residents
Water in streets, houses exposes MC preparedness
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, August 1
The heavy downpour in the city today morning resulted in water in accumulation in many city areas causing inconvenience to thousands of city residents besides throwing the normal life out of gear.

The heavy rain also resulted in chocked sewerage in many areas where the drain water entered several houses. The low-lying areas in old city as in well as in the posh localities were inundated.

People had to wade through knee-deep water at several places as it took quite some time for water to drain out. Several areas like Shakti Nagar, Malhar Road and others were water logged till the evening.

Residents of some areas in Civil Lines, Green Field, Shastri Nagar, Model Town, Cheema Chowk, Green Park and Kitchlu Nagar blamed the civic authorities for their inability to make arrangements to check flooding during the rainy season.

Old city areas like Ashok Nagar, Ghanta Ghar Main Road, Lakkar Bazar Chowk, Janakpuri Main Road, near Partap Chowk, Sunder Nagar and others like New Madhopuri, were also waterlogged.

The office-goers had to wait for the water to get drained before venturing out. There was knee-deep water near Domoria bridge also. Mr Bachittar Singh a resident of I-Block Sarabha Nagar, said the drainage system in the city was the worst. His house was filled with water after the rain and he and his family had to throw it out manually.

He said this was an everyday story during the rainy season and repeated complaints to the authorities concerned had not yielded any response. He added that the road outside his house was flooded and his children could not move out.

Mr Manpreet Singh Cheema, a resident of Vikas Nagar, said he could not take his car into the area so he preferred staying out only till the water receded. He also said repeated complaints in this regard had failed to move the authorities.

Meanwhile the rain brought cheers to the farmers in the district who said the good rain in the season had actually reduced pressure on the underground water and electricity supply. They said the rain was very good for the paddy crop.

Just about 90 minutes of heavy rain this morning which began at about 8 am caused such a deluge in several old city areas that normal life was literally thrown out of gear.

Several low-lying areas of the old city, particularly New Shivaji Nagar near the CMC hospital, Hargobind Nagar, Hari Kartar Colony and several localities in the Janak Puri area were water-logged. In the Field Ganj area, commuters had to wade through knee-deep water in several streets particularly Kucha Number 5, 7 and 8.

Apart from the old city areas, colonies on the Tajpur Road were also water-logged. In Vishwakarma Nagar, water entered houses in Street Number 1. People had to wade through waist-deep water at places. Commuters using the Domoria bridge too had to negotiate knee-deep waters.



Suffering sullage and stench in school
Deepkamal Kaur

Students of Government Senior Secondary Model School, Model Town, play in water on the school premises after a downpour
Students of Government Senior Secondary Model School, Model Town, play in water on the school premises after a downpour in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Ludhiana, August 1
Inundated classrooms, flooded grounds and passages, accumulation of water outside the main gates of many government schools in the district in low-lying areas brought their functioning almost to a halt after a heavy downpour this morning.

The day was marked by poor attendance of the students as well as the staff members. While most of the schools start at 8 am, it had started raining heavily by 7.30 am. As a result only those who had started early from their homes could make it to their schools without getting, drenched, the others either preferred to stay back home or reached the school totally drenched with wet bags.

One of the worst affected schools was Government High School, Chowni Mohalla. Water from the over-flowing drains outside the school entered the classrooms bringing with it a lot of garbage and silt. The classrooms were stinking because of this water. Students were made to sit atop their desks. As the stink was unbearable several children covered their noses with the handkerchiefs. By noon, the rain had stopped but the water had not been drained. So the children had to sweep the water out through the same outlets in their classrooms.

Not just the classrooms, the water also entered the office of the Headmistress and the corridor of the school. Ms Harminder Kaur, headmistress, when asked, said in order to stop the water from coming inside the building, she had even raised the plinth of the classrooms, but it too had failed to keep the water out today. She said back-logging of water from the drainage system running outside the school having, outlets in the classrooms, had resulted in the flooding today. She said she would now have to get the outlets closed soon.

Situation in model schools in city was no better today. Government Model School, Model Town, was heavily flooded today. While the water here did not enter the classrooms, it made its way into the office of the Superintendent. Grounds were full of water and it was impossible for the teachers and students to go from one block to another. As a result, many classes had to be suspended today. Attendance in the school was almost 60 per cent.

Similarly, the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, was also affected. The grounds, scooter and cycle stands were flooded till the afternoon, making it extremely difficult for the staff and students to bring their vehicles out.

Government High School, Salem Tabri, however, had some respite as the newly raised building and covered verandah, prevented the water from entering the rooms. However, the backyard and grounds in the front were submerged in knee-deep water. Water had accumulated outside on the school road resulting in inconvenience of the children and staff members.

Water had accumulated in the grounds of Government Senior Secondary Schools in Bharat Nagar and Jawahar Nagar also. However, the situation there improved after the rain stopped a little before noon.



Over 10,000 BSNL landline connections surrendered
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 1
Over 10,000 subscribers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Ludhiana have surrendered their landline connections. The number is learnt to be increasing as more and more people are opting for mobile connections offered by various companies, including the BSNL itself.

Disclosing this, well-placed sources in the BSNL revealed that a number of subscribers were surrendering their landline connections for various reasons. One of the main reasons, the sources claimed, was the availability of other options like the wireless local loop (WLL) and the cellular phone services. And these services come cheaper than those provided by the BSNL.

It is learnt that the BSNL officials during their survey found that most of the surrendered telephone numbers were only “additional”. The sources maintained that the BSNL landline connections still counted in lakhs. Moreover, it is not that the subscribers are opting for other services. “For the landline services, there is no alternative to the BSNL”, a senior official said, while adding that there is not a single example where a subscriber has surrendered all his telephone numbers.

The official pointed out that the telephones were surrendered only by those who had extra services. Earlier, he said, the people would take two or three connections to ensure that in case one telephone got out of order they could use another. Since the telephone faults are minimum now, they do not find much use in having additional services as the telephones seldom get out of order.

The official admitted that the people were now opting for mobile and other handy services at a relatively lesser price. The official did not agree that the landline connections were surrendered for the lack of proper services by the BSNL. He pointed out it was not that people were not applying for fresh landline connections. While at some places the phones were installed on demand, at other places there were feasibility problems.

It is learnt that in order to ensure that the BSNL did not lose its subscriber base to cellular and WLL services, it has introduced value-added services with the landline connections. These include the caller identity, call waiting, call forward, call transfer and the answering machine system. These services are being provided free of cost. In fact the answering machine system has been liked much by the people and the BSNL has got phenomenal response.



Former city Mayor’s brother arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 1
A brother of a former city Mayor has been arrested on the charges of a criminal breach of the trust, criminal intimidation and conspiracy for not honouring a sale-purchase deal with a city trader.

Narinder Kumar, brother of former city Mayor Chowdhry Sat Prakash, and his partner Vijay Sharma, who owned a company, Allwyn Enterprises India in Industrial Area-A, have been booked under Sections 406, 506 and 120-B, IPC, by the Division No. 6 police on the complaint of Mr Vishnu Gupta, a city-based trader.

Narinder Kumar was arrested today from his office near Cheema Chowk and produced in the court of the Judicial Magistrate, Mr Jaspal Verma. The accused was remanded in two-day police custody. The other accused has absconded.

The case was registered after the police conducted investigations and obtained legal advice. Chowdhry Sat Prakash is a BJP leader.

According to the FIR, complainant Vishnu Gupta had placed an order of 600 fans with the accused’s company in June last year. He had deposited the entire amount of Rs 3 lakh in advance. The accused supplied 100 fans within a month but the remaining order was still pending.

Mr Gupta states in the FIR that he had been knocking the doors of the accused time and again but they were always making one excuse or another. A couple of months back, he demanded his money back, but was instead abused and threatened with dire consequences. He complained to the district police, which ordered an inquiry.

Police sources said raids were on to nab the other accused.



Unfazed by clout, police challans VIPs’ sons
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 1
A team of district police challaned two minor sons of VIPs at Sarabha Nagar market last night for driving cars without valid documents. The police had to face stiff political and bureaucratic pressure seeking cancellation of the challans or letting the violators off with a warning.

Setting a rare example, the police failed to buckle under pressure and went ahead with issuing challans to the offenders.

Those challaned were Ankur Dawer, a 17-year-old son of Mr Surinder Dawer, a Congress MLA, and Nikhit Sharma, son of Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation.

Both were driving separate cars with their friends at the Sarabha Nagar market, a favourite hangout for youngsters in the city, when the team of police intercepted them.

Ankur Dawer was challaned for driving the vehicle without a driver’s licence. The glasses of the car were also found tinted without requisite permission. The violator pointed at the sticker of MLA pasted on the car and questioned police’s authority to stop the car. A bitter argument then followed between the two.

The second violator, also driving a car (PB-10 AM-5199), was also challaned at the same spot. He was charged with four counts — driving a car with tinted windowpanes without permission, without pollution control certificate, without wearing a seat belt, and without a driver’s licence.

Argument again broke out between the police and the offender. The policemen stuck to their stand and said the drive was being carried out on the orders from SSP Narinderpal Singh to check traffic violation irrespective of the status of the offender.

The police team came under some stiff pressure from political and bureaucratic circles to let the offenders off. Phone calls were made to senior police officials to prevail upon the police team to withdraw the challans.

Challaning of VIPs’ wards or relatives is a rarity here. While commoners driving two-wheelers can be stopped and verified anywhere in the city, wards of VIPs get away with traffic violations with impunity.

It is not only the wards of bureaucrats or politicians but those of several rich businessmen too who go scot free after breaking traffic rules. The district police has been launching several drives to check violation of traffic rules but they have so far managed to elude the law.

At least four hit-and-run cases have taken place in the city involving children and close relatives of politicians, bureaucrats and even a Sikh religious leader.



Govt order angers vocational staff
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 1
It was a rude shock for hundreds of teachers imparting vocational courses when they yesterday received a notification from the Punjab Government asking them to pay back their arrears.

The teachers said that after much persuasion, their salaries had been increased in May this year to a scale of Rs 6400 to Rs 10,640 with effect from November 11 last year. Therefore, in May this year, they received their arrears and an increment in their salaries as well. They, however, regretted that now they were being asked to pay back their increments as well as their salaries.

The teachers said that the government had been meting out a “step-motherly treatment” to them, denying them their rightful dues.

To protest against the move of the government, the teachers said that they would hold a protest rally at the office of the DPI (secondary), Chandigarh, on August 27. Mr Tota Singh Chahal, general secretary of the Senior Vocational Staff Association, said that the teachers would be demanding withdrawal of the notification and other “anti-vocational education policies”.



Akalis, BJP want Mayor to go
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 1
The Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party have sought the resignation of the city Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, for acting in a “dictatorial manner”. The leaders of these parties, while addressing a joint press conference, claimed that the Mayor had lost the confidence of the House and he had “no moral right” to continue in his post.

These leaders, who included Mr Hira Singh Gabria, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar and Mr Bhajan Singh Dang of the Akali Dal and Mr Harbans Lal Sethi and Mr Praveen Bansal of the BJP, alleged that the Mayor was trying to “gag the voice of opposition”. Referring to Wedensday’s adjournment of the Municipal Corporation house without any business, they accused the Mayor of being “stubborn” in his attitude.

They pointed out, “heavens would not have fallen had the Mayor allowed the Zero Hour in the beginning and provided the councillors a chance to raise important issues”. They said, earlier also the Zero Hour was called in the House and the councillors raised genuine issues. They observed that the Mayor was scared of the Opposition as it was set to “expose” the claims of the government about the “progress” in the city.

The Akali-BJP leaders claimed that the developmental works in the city had come to a standstill after the new government took over. They said that the MC was not being provided any funds and various departments still owed MC over Rs 300 crores. They disclosed that whichever work was being done today, had been sanctioned during the Akali-BJP regime. In fact the progress of work had slowed down during this government.

The Opposition leaders also disputed the claims of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation of providing water to all the population living within its limits. They said, the Akali Dal and the BJP had formed joint committees which will identify the areas within the municipal limits where there was no drinking water supplied by the MC. They stated that the list of the unapproved colonies would be prepared separately.

The leaders appeared to be quite angry with the Mayor, accusing him of partisan approach. They alleged that he (the Mayor) acted in a partisan manner in the dispute between the Congress councillor Mr Satpal Puri, and a BJP worker, Mr Bharat Bhushan. Similarly, they observed, the Mayor was not taking any action against the husband of a woman councillor who had allegedly slapped an SDO.

The leaders said, they had no regrets over forcing the adjournment of the house without any business. They pointed out, even if the House sat for a few hours, there would hardly be any productive work as the ruling party will only try to enforce and approve its own agenda. They said, had the Mayor been impartial, he would have allowed the Zero Hour and provided the councillors to raise the issues of urgent nature. On their part, they claimed, they were prepared to provide all cooperation in the developmental works and carrying out the business of the house properly and smoothly.

It was probably for the first time after Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra joined hands that Mr Avtar Singh Makkar and Mr Hira Singh Gabria shared the dais. Both are claiming to be the Ludhiana district unit presidents of the Shiromani Akali Dal. Today they evaded the questions saying, it (the issue) was not on today’s agenda.



BJP hails relief to farmers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 1
The Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha has welcomed the package of relief for the farming community announced by the NDA government at the Centre. The morcha would organise a rally in the national Capital tomorrow to express gratitude to the government.

Addressing a meeting of the body here today, the kisan morcha convener, Mr Jaswant Singh Chhapa, said that by slashing the interest rates for farm credit the government had provided a major relief to the farmers and at the same time conceded one of the main demands of the morcha and other organisations representing the farming community. The farm economy would get the much-needed boost with the relief measures.

He said that the NDA government, headed by Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had always been sympathetic to the genuine demands of the farmers and the issues raised by BJP Kisan Morcha from time to time were addressed in a positive manner. Mr Chhapa observed that the government was being asked to accept the other pending demands, including remission of agricultural loans up to Rs 50,000 and introduction of a crop insurance scheme to save the farmers from natural calamities.

Claiming that the Delhi rally would be attended by farmers, workers and activists of kisan morcha from all over the state, he said the participants would assemble at Murthal, near Delhi, in the morning, from where they would march in a procession to Talkatora Stadium.

Prominent among those present at the meeting were Mr Aspinder Singh Grewal, Mr Ajmer Singh Jhandeana, Mr Roop Singh Khandoor, Mr Ram Lal Singh, Mr Gurpreet Singh Chahal, Mr Ravinder Singh Tony, Mr Satwinder Singh Jhordan, Mr Manoj Parbhakar, Mr Amar Singh Mander, Mr Ujagar Singh Sihar, Mr Nirbahi Singh Alamgir, Mr Karamjit Singh Narangwal, Mr Babbu Singh Paunt, Mr Bhim Singh Bathan, Mr Arwinder Singh, Mr Balbir Singh Garcha and Mr Parkash Singh Patwari.



Confusion dogs voters’ ID card drive 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 1
Even as heavy rain affected normal life in the city, enthusiastic response was seen at booths set up for the preparation of voters’ ID cards here today.
However, confusion was witnessed in some areas over the voters’ list as some names were found missing in the lists. At around six booths set up by the local administration at Government School in Bhaura Colony, many residents had to go back without getting photographed for the ID cards.

Residents had to brave the rain by standing in the queues as there was no arrangement for shelter in the school. Availability of only one photographer irked the residents, as the work moved at snail’s pace.

They claimed that they had to wait for more than two hours to get themselves photographed for the cards. Residents, who had started gathering at 8 am, the time mentioned in the advertisement by the authorities, had to wait for many hours before they were photographed.

Mr Mandeep Kumar, a resident, said he had been standing in the rain since morning to get his ID card but could wait no longer. He said he had to leave as the work was very slow and it would take hours before he got his turn.

Another resident complained that his name was not mentioned in the list although his vote was marked in the area. On voicing his grievance to the authorities concerned he failed to draw a favourable response.



Expose Pak’s nefarious designs: Bitta
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 1
Instead of restoring contacts with Pakistan — diplomatic or otherwise — India should step up its efforts at various international fora to get our hostile neighbour declared a rogue state which supports and abets terrorism, says the chief of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front Maninderjit Singh Bitta.

The former chief of the Youth Congress was in the city to appoint the president of the newly created economic cell of the outfit here today. The wing will be headed by local entrepreneur Amrit Lal Aggarwal. He also met the office-bearers of the front and urged them to fight against all kinds of social evils prevalent in society, especially the rampant drug abuse among the youth.

Commenting on the need of having an economic cell, he said the industrialists of the state were facing a lot of problems in the absence of a forum dedicated for getting their grievances redressed. I was approached by many people who said that there was a great need to revive the ailing industry and that some dedicated persons should be deputed to get the problems of the people solved. Hence, the creating of an economic cell.

Referring to the peace moves with Pakistan, he said they were misplaced gestures since our best efforts at having peace with them have always been spurned by our neighbour with whom we have fought three wars. The insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir cannot be forgotten which is the creation for Pakistan and has resulted in thousands of civilian and Army casualties.

Mr Bitta also condemned the visit of Maulana Fazlur Rehman to India and said that the visit should not have been allowed by the government since it has encouraged fundamentalist elements in the country.

He said the visit of RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav to Pakistan should be stopped since any of his ‘ irresponsible utterances’ could result in greater damage to our country’s image and stance against terrorism. We should stop such initiatives and concentrate our energies in exposing the real face of Pakistan and get it to disband terror camps on their land, he asserted.

Commenting on the alleged incursion of Chinese forces into Arunachal Pradesh (AP), Mr Bitta said that AP was an integral part of the country and any efforts to describe it as a disputed territory should be discouraged. A high-level committee should be despatched to China to thrash out the issue at the highest levels.

He said it is unfortunate that in face of our inability to protect our borders, our neighbours are becoming increasingly bold in asserting their expansionist designs. While Pakistan has staked its claim on Jammu and Kashmir and China on AP, what would we do if tomorrow Bangladesh says that its wants West Bengal and Bhutan claims that Assam is its territory, he questioned.

Mr Bitta also informed that they will take out a nationwide mobile exhibition highlighting the contributions of the martyrs and freedom fighters of the country. The exhibition would also comprise of photos of the victims of terrorism worldwide, he said.

He also referred to the happenings in Uttar Pradesh as unfortunate and demanded the rule of law in Bihar. He added that he would be visiting the bomb blast victims in Maharashtra and also urged the Shiv Sena and other like minded parties to come together to fight terrorism in all forms.



Action sought against missing boy’s father
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 1
Various teacher unions have demanded action against a resident of Bilaspur village, who according to them had allegedly harassed an activist of the Democratic Teachers Front and Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Nathu Majra, and his minor son by falsely implicating them in a child kidnapping case.

The Payal police had registered a case against Mr Jagmeet Singh and his son Navjot Singh, a Class XII student of Sant Ishar Singh Public School, Rara Sahib, for allegedly kidnapping Tanjot Singh, a classmate of Navjot. Though the missing boy was found in Hazoor Sahib on Monday night, he has not been presented before the police so far.

Leaders and activists of various unions, including the Democratic Teachers Front, the Government Teachers Union, the Punjab State Subordinate Federation, Government School Lecturers’ Union and the BKU led by Mr Harcharan Singh Chana, state secretary, DTF, alleged that Jaswinder Singh of Bilaspur village had misinformed the police about the disappearance of his son, Tanjot, to conceal his own guilt and harass a law abiding citizen.

A Congress minister and an MLA had allegedly pressurised the police to “interrogate” the accused to please the complainant.

Mr Chana said Tanjot, who had been missing since July 13, the day he left village Kalahar, was found at Gurdwara Hazoor Sahib in Maharashtra on Monday night. Leaders demanded that statement of the boy be recorded publicly and action be taken against his father and others for lodging a false complaint.

Mr Hari Singh, Mr Bhagwant Singh, Mr Tarsem Lal, Mr Yoginder Azad, Mr Bhazan Singh (all DTF leaders), Mr Baldev Singh Latala, Mr Harbans Singh (GTU leaders), Mr Sikander Singh Jartol (a PSSF leader), Mr Balbir Singh, Mr Kamikar Singh (Adhyapak Dal leaders), Mr Hakam Singh, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bath (Government School Lecturers’ Union leader), and Mr Darshan Singh Kuhli (BKU Ekta leader) were among those who demanding action.

Mr Jagmeet Singh on the other hand apprehended foul play at the hands of relatives of the boy. He said: “It is strange that the boy has not been brought from Hazoor Sahib till now. How can a mother bear separation from his son, who has been found after a fortnight.”

He suspects that the boy has already been brought home and family is not producing him before the police lest he may disclose the truth and put them in trouble.



Gizmos on the rampage
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, August 1
The latest gadgets or gizmos are so unique and thrilling that they take the fancy of many a people. In every field, be it electronics, or information technology, security systems for offices, homes and cars or even music, the latest gizmos are getting popular by the day.

Old tuners and great musicians always extolled the virtues of hours of ‘riaz’ to become great maestros — specially true of learners of classical music. Now no need for brutal punishment of ‘riaz’ for researchers at Imperial College, London, at Charing Cross Hospital have built gizmos which rely on a process called ‘neuro feedback’. This trains budding musicians to clear their minds and produce more creative brainwaves without striking a single chord. This technique has helped musicians to an average by 17%, the equivalent of one grade or class of honours. Musicians can rejoice now.

The new remote system used for the cars has improved a lot. Sunny has installed a new gizmo that has a plate on the windscreen of the car. If any one wants to contact him , he just has to tap on the plate and his remote sensor tells him that somebody wants to contact him. He says he finds it very convenient as when they go shopping, his wife can let him know that she is back by touching the plate. The gizmo does not come cheap but the car is locked after 1minute of switching off and will open when the person has the remote.

Gear shift locks will help to keep your car safe. Since the cars get stolen, gear shift locking system will disable the engine and hence the car is secure with the owner.

Then there are electronic pets by which the children can be taught how to take care of pets. The toys bark when hungry and indicate by other sounds when they want to be taken out.

The new lights that are coming change according to the degree of the light and the environment. Illumination is measured in lux. The lights change according to the measuring of light in lux so automatically lights change according to the need.

If you are a dog lover, then the best thing to put round your dog is a collar with a transmitter. So even when your dogs gets away, the collar would transmit its position, and you can retrieve your dog. Similarly your mobile is now traceable on the radar. The mobile phones can be only switched on when it can sense that finger prints are that of the owner.

Iris Recognition Technology protects homes, and increasingly more things like vaults of the bank, are being controlled by the patterns of Iris. Only when the gazer’s pattern of iris matches with that loaded in the vault, or the locks, it would open ensuring the safety of one’s vault or homes.

Good news for couples living alone. In order to fuddle people into believing that there are more than two people living in the house, new shut in and shut off voice devices have come. When the device is put on the phone, the voice will change with every call thus making the caller think that there are many people in the house.

Everyday more gizmos are flooding the market. Man always wants to discover more and more unique things and it is this quest for excellence that brings into market more gizmos, new more exotic than the other.



250 tableaux to take part in Janmashtmi shobha yatra
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 1
Preparations to take out a grand Janamashtmi shobhayatra or religious procession on August 18 in connection with Janamashtmi celebrations are in full swing, according to Mr Madan Lal Chopra, chairman of Shri Sanatan Dharam Mahotsav Committee, which has been organising the show for the past 54 years.

Mr Madan Lal told Ludhiana Tribune today that a meeting to review the preparations made so far and to finalise organisational details was held recently at Syndicate Building on the Vrindavan Road in which a large number of representatives of various religious and social organisations had taken part and had assured of their full cooperation to make the shobha yatra a memorable affair. About 250 tableaux depicting scenes from the life and times of Lord Krishna will be part of the yatra. At least 35 of these tableaux would be entered by Shri Chintpurni Mandir, Haibowal. While some of these have been completed, work on the others was on.

Other organisations also participating with their tableaux, include Dandi Swami Tapovan, which is also entering some bhajan-mandli groups in the shobha yatra, Shiv Shakti Mandir, Kidwai Nagar, Mandir Illaichigiri Trust, Prem Mandir, Tilak Nagar, and the Harmilap Prem Mandir.

Mr Chopra also told that a special “deepmala” would be held on the occasion of the shobha yatra this time. A large number of bhajan-singing groups would also take part in the yatra apart from the usual bands and groups of schoolchildren.

Among the temples and social service organisations which are collaborating with the mahotsav committee in making the shobha yatra on August 18 a success are Shiv Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, Prem Kutia,, Vishnu mandir, Shiv Sena ( Bal Thackeray), Haridev Mandir, Krishan Mandir, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Mahavir Sewak Sangh, Durgeshwri Vidya Mandir, Shakti Ashram, Shri Ram Lila Committee, and Dasehra Committee, Kitchlu Nagar.



Rishi Nagar girl raped
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 1
On the statement of a girl residing in Rishi Nagar, the Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 376 and 342 of the IPC against a boy of the same locality for allegedly raping her on Thursday morning.

Bindu, the victim, had alleged in her complaint that Amar, alias Kaddu, forcibly took her to his room in the locality and raped her at 10.30 am. The accused is at large.

Girl abducted: The police yesterday registered a case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Vikram Singh, a resident of Mohalla Jujhar Nagar in New Shimla Puri, against Surinder Kumar and Manoj Kumar, both hailing from UP, for allegedly abducting his daughter Vimla Saini (16) on July 28. No arrest has been made so far.

Cases of assault: The Jodhewal police has registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 148, 149 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Dalvir Kaur, wife of Mr Darshan Lal, a resident of Street No. 2 in Mohalla Ram nagar on the Tibba Road, against Jasbir Singh, a resident of the same locality, Satnam Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Gurnam Singh, residents of Janak Puri, and some other unknown persons. The woman had alleged that the accused had stopped her on the road on July 28 night, beaten her up and intimidated her. No arrest has been made.

The Koom Kalan police yesterday registered a case of assault under Sections 323, 341 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Bagga Singh, a resident of Kadiana Khurd village, against Manga, a resident of the same village. The complainant had alleged that the accused had intercepted him on the road on July 27, beaten him up and intimidated him.

In another case of assault registered at the same police station under the same Sections of the IPC, Mr Sham Lal, a resident of Mattewara village, alleged that Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Mangli Khas village, intercepted him on the evening of July 29 and beat him up.

The Model Town police has registered a case under Section 308 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Ashok Nagar falling under the Division No. 5 police station, against Dharam Pal, a resident of Lal Quarter Basti in Abdullapur Basti, for assaulting his brother with an iron road and injuring him seriously. The victim has been admitted to the CMC Hospital where he is stated to be in unconscious state. The accused is at large.

Cases of duping: On the statement of Ms Rakesh Jain, wife of Late P.D. Jain, hailing from New Delhi, the Civil Lines police yesterday registered a case under Sections 406, 420, 506 and 120-B of the IPC against Madhu Vij, Neeraj Vij, Pankaj Vij, residents of Prem Nagar, Jagmin Bindra, a resident of Civil Lines, Sanjiv Mohan, S.K.Vasudeva, a resident of Brown Road, and some other persons. The widow alleged that the accused presented themselves as representatives of a registered company in the US selling franchise rights on its behalf. The complainant gave Rs 10 lakh to the accused to become a franchisee of the company. But the accused neither gave her the franchise nor returned the money.

The Division No. 6 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 406, 506 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Mr Vaishnu Gupta, a resident of Mohalla Kothi Megh Singh, against Narinder Kumar and Vijay Sharma, partners in a firm in Industrial Area-A. The complainant, a fan dealer, alleged that the accused bought fans worth Rs 3 lakh from him but did not make any payment.

The Division No. 2 police has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Parkash Kaur, a widow residing in Khud Mohalla, against an unknown person for allegedly duping her of gold ornaments, which the accused changed with those made of iron. The woman said the accused had met her outside Gurdwara Chhevi Patshai on Thursday afternoon.

Case of dowry: On the statement of Ms Jasvir Kaur, a resident of New Shiva Ji Nagar, the Division No. 6 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 498-A and 406 of the IPC against her husband Harmohinder Singh, mother-in-law Iqbal Kaur, father-in-law Balwant Singh, Paramjeet Singh, Sweety and Mona, all residents of the same locality. The woman alleged that the accused had been harassing her for dowry.

Injured: On the statement of Guninder Singh, a resident of Model Town extension, the police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279, 338 and 427 of the IPC against Gurdev Singh, a resident of Model Town for allegedly ramming his car into the motor cycle that the complainant was riding. The complainant broke his leg in the accident.

The Jodhewal police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Harpal Singh, a resident of Bajra Colony, against Manga Bahadur, a resident of Transport Nagar. The complainant had alleged that the accused had hit his Tata-407 vehicle into his scooter on the evening of July 29. The accused was today arrested but later released on bail.

Held for quarrelling: The Division No. 4 police yesterday arrested Jaswant Singh, a resident of Nand Puri, and Sugrim Kumar, a migrant, and booked them under Section 160 of the IPC. The accused were involved in a quarrel in Prem Gali in Daresi locality, causing obstruction to traffic.

The Division No. 7 police yesterday arrested Sona Singh, a resident of Indra Colony, Amrik Singh, a resident of Maya Puri, Raj Kumar, a resident of Ramesh Nagar, and Jagjit Singh, a resident of Iqbal Nagar, and booked them under Section 160 of the IPC for quarrelling at Sabzi Mandi and harassing the general public.

Liquor seized: The Shimla Puri police yesterday arrested Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Old Police Chhawni Road, and seized 10 bottles of country-made liquor from his possession. He has been booked under the Excise Act.

Satta bookie held: The Division No. 4 police yesterday arrested Jagmohan Sharma, a resident of Dhakka Colony, and booked him under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act for indulging in satta booking. A sum of Rs 220 was recovered from his possession.

Knife seized: The Division No. 4 police yesterday arrested Chander Shekhar who lives near Shiv mandir on Kali Sarak and booked him under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. A “khamanidar” knife was seized from his possession.


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