Sunday, September 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Husband turns out to be the killer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
If the brutal method of killing of a 47-year-old woman in Model Town around two-months ago was a hair-raising one, her alleged murderer and the motive behind the crime has come out to be even more chilling.

For the woman was allegedly murdered by her own husband, Harpal Singh (51), who as per the claims of the Model Town police, slit her throat open for not being able to bear a child. The man allegedly wanted to have a second marriage and executed a well-planned murder.

The local police is relieved to have solved the case, which had become a prestige issue for the police, as the Kolkata-based parents of the woman had hired private detectives from that city to crack the case. Model Town SHO Harwinder Singh said the police had suspected the deceased’s husband from day one but was not able to find incriminating evidence.

Harpal Singh, a former bank manager and presently the owner of a dairy farm, has been arrested by the police. He has been remanded in three-day police custody. Interestingly, he was the complainant in the case as the FIR of the murder was lodged on his complaint. He had claimed to be the first one to reach the crime scene.

Mr Harwinder Singh revealed to Ludhiana Tribune that the man had claimed that his wife was probably killed by some robber. However, the police had found Rs 3 lakh from the house and no apparent signs of robbery. They had picked up the man earlier also but had to release him as no evidence was found.

However, through some family source the police found out that the man was planning a second marriage. He used to have regular quarrels with his wife and often reprimanded her for not bearing a child. The woman had been keeping unwell for the past few years.

Certain calls were made by the woman on her mobile phone to her parents in Kolkata. Mr Harwinder Singh said the police remand was sought to ascertain if the man had any accomplice in the crime.

The police claimed that the case was cracked by their efforts and that the private detectives had no role to play. The view of the detectives could not be gathered as they had left for Kolkata.

Sources informed Ludhiana Tribune that the parents of the deceased woman were settled in Kolkata (West Bengal) and owned a huge property. They were not happy with the police investigation here and hired their own detectives to find out the murderer. The parents had doubts about the activities of some close relatives of their daughter and had put the detectives on the job of gathering evidence.

Amarjit Kaur was murdered in her house late in the evening of June 27. She was alone at the house at the time of the murder, which took place between 8.45 pm and 10 pm. In the FIR, the complainant and now the accused, Harpal Singh, had stated that when he came home that night, he found the door open and saw his wife dead on the sofa.

The post-mortem examination report conducted on the deceased’s body confirmed death due to slitting of throat.


10-yr RI for four in rape case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 6
A fast track court has sentenced four accused, including two politicians, to 10 years imprisonment on the charges of abduction and raping a girl in March, 1999. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on the accused.

Delivering the verdict, the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Sunil Kumar Arora, held that the accused had forcibly abducted and raped the girl, working in a PCO at Alamgir. The plea of leniency raised by the accused was declined by the judge.

The convicts are: Yogesh Khurana, Ravi Gupta of Gurpal Nagar, Pargat Masih of Lohara village and Jaswinder Singh of Parbhat Nagar. However, the court acquitted co-accused Surjit Kaur giving her the benefit of the doubt.

The accused were booked at Focal Point police station on March 18, 1999 under Sections 363, 366, 366-A, 365 and 376 of the IPC on the statement of Sunita Banerjee, mother of the victim. Initially, only Pargat Masih and Surjit Kaur were challaned by the police. The then SP, Mr A.S. Rai, had declared the other accused innocent after holding an inquiry on the verbal orders of the then SSP, Ludhiana.

But during trial, on the application preferred by prosecution under Section 319 of the Cr.PC, the court summoned the remaining accused to face trial, finding prima facie evidence against them.

The prosecution had alleged that on March 7, 1999 the girl had gone to attend her duty at the PCO but on the way, she was intercepted by Jaswinder Singh, the owner of a PCO where earlier she was employed. He pushed her into a van and thereafter Yogesh Khurana put handkerchief on her mouth, as a result of which she became unconscious.

When she regained consciousness, she found herself in a room where all the accused were present. They then raped her repeatedly for days, added the prosecution. The prosecution examined as many as eight witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused.

While the accused pleaded that they were falsely implicated at the instance of Rajesh Kumar, president of the Daba Road Shop Keepers Association, as they had opposed him in the election of presidentship.

One accused even tried to make out the case that he had married the girl but later on she falsely levelled allegations against him.

But the court, finding no force in it turned down the version.

The police examined SP A.S. Rai, who had declared them to be innocent after holding an inquiry.

The witness deposed in the court that during the investigation, he had recorded the statement of Subash Chander who had produced love letters written by the girl.

Another person stated that the girl was having an affair with him. He asserted that he had found the allegations of girl to be false.

But the court discarded the evidence with the observation that no such letter seen during investigation were produced in the court.

Mr Arora observed that the girl’s affair with Subhash Chander did not give the accused the licence to ravish her honour.


City crime graph goes up
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, September 6
Petty crime in the city, particularly thefts and cheating, is on the rise even though the city is being patrolled round-the-clock by policemen on nearly 150 motor cycles in three shifts each.

Incidents of theft of cycles, scooters and cars from outside houses, commercial complexes, marriage palaces and markets have become a common feature. A scrutiny of such cases in the past few weeks reveals that the general preference of vehicle thieves active in the city is for Bajaj scooters rather than for fancy motor cycles, since such scooters are abundant on roads. With a couple of alterations — of colour and removal or addition of accessories — a stolen scooter can be sold in a few days, if not right away.

Similarly, car thieves prefer the more common Maruti brand. But of late, they are also going in for brand new models of more expensive cars. The moment they spot a new car with an “Applied For” (AF) sticker on the registration plate, it is followed, watched and stolen at the first available opportunity. A resident of Model Town lost his brand new Santro car with an “AF” sticker from outside a swimming pool in Rakh Bagh.

The increasing success of these car thieves has been attributed to the use of mobile phones. Explaining the modus operandi of these car-thieves, a source said the gang members hang outside marriage palaces and keep a watch for lonely visitors, preferably men. As the visitor parks his car on the road and walks in, a well-dressed member of the gang follows the man inside. His cronies await his call on their mobile phone. Once the gang member is sure that the car owner has no intention to return soon, he informs his cronies, who go ahead with their job. And in order to ensure a smooth passage for the stolen car, an advance party warns them about the presence of police through mobile phones.

Sources further reveal that these gangs are in constant touch with agents who either prepare a forged registration copy or manage to get fake ones issued from the DTO’s office to facilitate the sale of stolen vehicles. The local police recently busted a gang of car thieves, which got fake registration papers issued from Solan in Himachal Pradesh. Thus a car originally bearing a Punjab registration number is sold in the market with a Himachal Pradesh or Maharashtra registration number.

Burglaries have also shown an upward trend. There has been an alarming increase in house, shop and office burglaries in the area falling under the Shimla Puri police station. The second most prone area falls under the Haibowal police station. Two unidentified youths entered a house in Dhilwan Colony, terrorised the lonely housewife at knife-point and decamped with her gold earrings on Thursday night. Here also, burglars use mobile phones to warn their men of any possible danger.

Thieves have not even spared religious places. A number of incidents from gurdwaras and temples have been reported in the recent past. Recently, a thief sneaked into Sanglan Wala Shivala, near the division No. 3 police station, and decamped with gold earrings adorning an idol of a goddess in the temple.

Some thieves were nabbed recently by the Focal Point police. Following their interrogation, a couple of “kabaris” were also rounded up. Sources reveal that the amount of “recoveries” made by the police is not even the proverbial tip of the iceberg compared to the actual booty in the Focal Point area alone. Maximum thefts, of various kinds of raw materials from the factories located in Focal Point, take place with the connivance of security guards employed in various factories. Stolen goods are transported at night on cycle-rickshaws. More often than not, such thefts from factories go undetected by the factory owners.

Cheats and thugs are also having a gala time in the city. Everyday, gullible men and women are duped of their hard-earned money and ornaments by these criminals.

Unsuspecting young men move with cleverly fabricated currency wads in their pockets looking for a likely target. These wads contain some real currency notes on the top and bottom while the rest is just plain paper. Two such youths were overpowered by people at Baba Thaan Singh chowk few days ago.

Mr H.S.Sidhu, former SSP, had introduced beat system under which beat officers from various police stations were given specific beats with instructions to identify anti-social elements in the area with the help of the citizens advisory committee of his area.

But after the initial enthusiasm, the scheme fizzled out. Sources affirm that because of heavy paper work involved, the beat officers had little time left to visit their areas on a regular basis.

Sources further point out that incidents of theft would increase further with the onset of winter. Because then, it is easier for thieves to move about with their “kits” well hidden under jackets and blankets.


City to have two flyovers
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 6
The Municipal Corporation has initiated necessary steps to provide flyovers at Samrala Chowk and Gill Chowk to facilitate traffic movement on these busy and perhaps the most problematic areas for vehicular movement in the city. While a multi-tier flyover is proposed to be constructed at Samrala Chowk, Gill Chowk will have a flyover, either on the link road which will be an extension of sorts of Dhuri line railway overbridge or on the Gill road for traffic moving towards Malerkotla side.

According to the MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, the preliminary survey and studies of traffic pattern have led to the conclusion that a multi-tier flyover at Samrala Chowk is the only solution for decongestion of traffic at that spot. For quite some time now, Samrala Chowk, where the National Highway No 1 (GT Road), the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, a link road and the Shingar cinema road meet, has been a major bottleneck in traffic management. Various attempts to bring some semblance of order, have failed to yield the desired results. Even with the installation of traffic lights and deployment of traffic police personnel, the existing set-up is not enough to cope with the amount of traffic on these roads.

The tentative design of the proposed flyover at Samrala Chowk provides for an elevated road for traffic on the Delhi-Jalandhar section, a subway for the Ludhiana-Chandigarh section and movement of local traffic at the road level. Mr Sharma said since the site for the flyover was on the GT Road, the matter had been taken up with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) under the Union Ministry of Surface Transport for taking over the responsibility of the project. "In case the NHAI is reluctant, the MC would seek necessary permission from the Union Government and go ahead at its own," he said.

In a bid to finalise the suitable design for a flyover at Gill Chowk on the Link Road-Gill Road intersection, the civic body had recently issued a public notice, inviting conceptual designs from consultants, architects and builders of repute. "We will select the most suitable and practical design on the basis of traffic pattern and the optimum capacity to decongest the vehicular traffic at the spot." he said. The firm whose design was finally selected for construction of a flyover would be awarded consultancy for the project with the entire responsibility of conducting traffic-pattern surveys in the area and making suitable modifications in the design, getting necessary approvals, arranging tie-up with financial institutions and coordinating with the government agencies to secure loans and grants.

Gill Chowk being a major link between the industrial belt and the city localities, the MC was hopeful of covering substantial cost of the project through grants from the Union Ministry of Commerce for infrastructure development and soft loan from the Punjab State Infrastructural Development Board.

The MC, besides taking up the redevelopment of several intersections in different parts of the city, has undertaken a study of some more road junctions where flow of traffic needed to be improved. Besides, 19 additional sites have been identified for development as parking places to meet the increasing demand for parking space in the mega city.


DAV students call off strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
The five-day long strike by the students of Desh Raj Vedhera DAV College, Phillaur, has finally being called off after an agreement was reached between the striking students and the college administration over some of the demands of the students.

Normalcy returned to the college as students attended classes today. College Principal A.K. Vaid accepted the demand of the students to put up pictures of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh in his office. He said he always respected martyrs and had never insulted them.

The strike was called off by the students even though some of their other demands like the alleged “over-strictness” in the college and segregation of the sexes, were left pending. Other demands like action against some policemen for beating up four striking students would have to be taken up with the police and civil administration, the students were told.

The deadlock ended after a meeting between the college management, striking students and representatives of various student and political organisations who had supported the agitation.

The organisations were the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujwan Sabha, the Desh Bhagat Mission Front, the Lok Morcha and the All India Sikh Students Federation.


Rs 225 cr for water supply, sewerage facilities in state
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
A comprehensive programme to provide water supply and sewerage facilities in all cities and towns in the state has been launched by the Punjab government at a cost of Rs 225 crore. During the first phase, an amount of Rs 145 crore has already been released to 43 municipal councils for different development projects.

This was announced by Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies Minister, while addressing a largely attended function after laying the foundation stone of a sewerage and water supply project to be executed at a cost of Rs 5.50 crore at Samrala, about 40 km from here, today.

The minister said the state government had decided to accord top priority to provide basic amenities to the whole urban population. At present, drinking water facility was available to 75 per cent, while sewerage facility to 52 per cent of the population in cities and towns.

He said the Congress government was committed to fulfil the promises made during the elections in its five years’ tenure. With the overcoming of the financial crisis, the state government was going to embark upon its most prestigious development plan under which funds amounting to Rs 907 crore would be spent on the repair of the roads in the state, he said.

He said the Congress government was laying the foundation stones of various projects after releasing the required funds for the works, whereas the previous SAD-BJP government had been laying the foundation stones without even earmarking the funds in the Budget.

He said strict financial measures had helped in improving the financial condition of the state and financial institutions had already agreed to fund various development projects and welfare programmes of the government. He said the current financial year would be observed as development year and funds amounting to more than Rs 1,000 crore would be spent on the development through different departments.

He said the state government was firmly committed to empower the Panchayati Raj institutions envisioned by the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He said on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 the state government would organise a special function for handing over the responsibility of elementary education, primary health, veterinary sciences, rural drinking water supply, social welfare and social security to the Panchayati Raj institutions.

The minister further claimed that the state government was committed to provide clean, corruption-free and transparent governance and during the past about one year, a large number of big fishes had been netted for indulging in corruption during their rule and many senior leaders, including former ministers of the Badal government, had been booked and put behind the bars.

He said the drive against corruption would be further accelerated in the coming days and it would continue till its eradication at all levels.

Referring to the present sewerage project in Samrala, he said the project would be executed within a record period of one and half years, which would provide sewerage and water supply facilities to 100 per cent population of the town.

He announced a grant of Rs 20 lakh for different developmental projects to the Municipal Council, Samrala.

Addressing the function, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, MP, said the state had been making development in various fields. He said the SAD-BJP government had ruined the financial condition of the state, but now, with efficient and proper fiscal management by the Congress government, the economy had shown positive results. He said Rs 30 lakh had been given out of his LAD funds for development in villages of Samrala constituency during the current financial year.

Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, Samrala, said the Samrala town had been completely ignored by the previous government and the present sewerage and water supply project would prove a milestone in the development of the city. He said the Congress government was committed to provide sufficient grant for the development project in each village of Samrala constituency.

Mr Jasbir Singh, President, MC, Samrala, welcomed the minister. He demanded sufficient funds for the development of the town.

Among others who were present on the occasion included Mr S.R. Kaler, Deputy Director, Local Bodies, and Mr B.S. Gill, MD, Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board.


CM ‘rejects’ demand to bring back ex-DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is learned to have rejected the demand by a senior Congress leader and Member Parliament from Ludhiana to post back a former Deputy Commissioner here. The leader is learned to have even tried to use the influence of some AICC leaders to get the DC posted back here.

The Congress leader who is likely to contest the general election again is learned to have tried to explain to the leaders that the DC “was ideally suited” for the city as he had served here for about a year. He even argued that his posting would enhance the Congress prospects in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

However, another section of the Congress, which includes the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, legislators Mr Surinder Dawer and Mr Milkiat Singh Dakha, has strongly opposed the idea to post back the DC. They have “argued” with the Chief Minister that they were happy with the present DC who had remained accessible to the general public and stayed away from all controversies.

The current DC who belongs to Punjab, they said, was also well versed with the language and culture and had familiarised himself with the people in the area. Moreover, they have maintained that any change in the existing setup in the district administration might prove to be detrimental to the interests of the party in the general elections.

The Congress here has remained divided on the issue of the posting of deputy commissioners. One of the former deputy commissioners was transferred following the persistent demand by local leaders and legislators. It took the government quite some time to transfer him. It is only few months ago that the new Deputy Commissioner was posted here. Moreover, the Congress legislators and one minister have reportedly told the Chief Minister that if the government went on changing the deputy commissioners every four months it would convey negative message.

Interestingly, the case was weakened further after some controversies erupted at the place of the former DC’s new posting. His opponents reportedly told the Chief Minister that their stand had already been vindicated and there was no reason for getting him posted back to Ludhiana.

It is learned that the leader expressed his wish to the Chief Minister and the party high command only after the probable candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary elections were asked to suggest the names of the officers they would like to be posted in their respective constituencies. They said the leader, who enjoyed a good rapport with the former Deputy Commissioner, reportedly tried to utilise the occasion to oblige him.


Punjab Christians seek nomination to RS
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Christians living in Punjab have demanded that one of the members of their community be nominated to the Rajya Sabha, since they were not being adequately represented either in the state legislature or in Parliament.

In a memorandum submitted to the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during his recent visit to the city, the Ludhiana Masihi Welfare Society, a representative organisation of Christians of Punjab, said there were about eight lakh Christians living in Punjab, but they had no representation in the legislative bodies.

The memorandum pointed out, since Independence, Christians had played a vital role in nation-building and the socio-economic life of the state. It said the Christians have offered their best talent in health and education field. “It is disgusting to note that till date no state government or the Central Government has ever taken interest in nominating any Christian to the Rajya Sabha. In other words, the Christians have been ignored politically and socially. This will not only fulfil the genuine demand of a minority community, but will also bring them on a par with other communities in the state”, the memorandum said.

In a separate memorandum submitted to the President, the society has also sought a ban on the activities of the RSS, the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

It alleged, “During the BJP-Akali government regime in Punjab, more than 40 times and five times in the regime of the present Congress government, Christian prayer meetings have been attacked by anti-social and anti-Christian elements”. The memorandum said the propaganda against Christians led by “Hindu fundamentalists” that Christians converted people by “force and allurement” had proved false. It pointed out, even the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had already “given a clean chit that government had no proof” that conversions were forced.

The memorandum urged the President to pay “urgent attention to the horrifying situation” and direct state and Union Government to protect the interests of Christians.


Election fever grips Aggar Nagar colony
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 6
Battle lines have been drawn in the Aggar Nagar colony, one of the posh localities in the city, as the residents elect seven new directors of the Ludhiana Aggarwala Cooperative House Building Society for a term of five years tomorrow. More than 700 members will cast their votes to elect a new managing committee and the election will be conducted under the supervision of officials of the Cooperative Department.

The Aggar Nagar Colony, developed and managed by a cooperative, is perhaps the only locality of its kind in this region, where a body, elected by all eligible members of the society, is responsible for all development works, including roads, parks, water supply, sewerage and community development projects. The society also runs Tagore Public School, an English medium institution affiliated to the CBSE.

Both parts A and B of the colony, located along the Ferozepore Road, are covered with banners and posters, put up by the contenders — 11 in all — for the seven posts of directors. The candidates, however, were putting more thrust on personal meetings and door-to-door visits to canvass support. Small groups of contestants or their supporters fan out in the entire colony in the morning and later in the evening to meet the voters and outline their agenda for further development of the colony.

The electioneering, though largely confined to the colony, has also given rise to fierce factionalism with the supporters of the two groups being divided and like in all other electoral battles, charges and counter-charges were flying thick. However, an old resident of the society remarked that this was not a new phenomenon. "It happens every time when the elections are held but once the elections are over and a new team is in place, everything comes back to normal."

Those in the fray included Mr Gobind Ram Bansal, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, Mr Shiv Mittal, Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, Mr Jaspal Singh, Mr Janak Raj Garg, Dr Sukhpal Singh, Mr Ashok Kapoor, Mr J.P. Aggarwal, Mr Prem Jain and Mr Sanjeev Gupta.

An interesting feature of the election is that by virtue of provisions in the relevant act for cooperative societies, the reigning directors were not eligible for re-election in the next term, and as a result each election brings new faces to the fore. Though, after a gap of one term, those who have held the posts earlier, could contest again.

The present team of the managing committee feels that the timing of the election could not have become worse for the reason that the Cooperative Act has been amended to curtail the term from five years to three years and further the condition that directors were not eligible for re-election, had been removed. But the amendments, approved by the state cabinet, were yet to be notified and given effect.


Harsha Bhogle in city
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 6
One of the India's leading cricket commentator, Harsha Bhogle sees no wrong in women commentators doing commentary. He was in the city on Friday. He said if women commentators were good and acceptable to the viewers, their was nothing wrong in engaging them.

He said this when he was asked to comment on Sony Television's move to engage TV artist Mandira Bedi for commentary during the last Cricket World Cup held early this year. He said “Sony Television is an entertainment channel and there is nothing wrong in engaging women commentators.”

Harsha has been appearing in various cricket programme for ESPN and STAR Sports, besides a commentator of repute. He has presented 75 episodes of the magazine show 'Inside Edge', 28 special episodes of 'Cricket Up-Close' and 24 episodes of cricket quiz show 'Stumped', 180 episodes of 'School Quiz' and close to 80 episodes of 'Harsha On-Line'.

Moreover, he has covered more than 70 Test matches and as many as 325 One-Day Internationals.

Harsha was in the city on Friday in connection with the shooting of his new programme 'Harhsa Unplugged'. He was to prepare an episode on two young hockey players Gaganajit Singh, captain of the Indian junior team that won the World Cup two years ago, and ace full back Jugraj Singh. But unfortunately, Jugraj met with an accident on Tuesday and Gagan was preoccupied with some function of his employers, Punjab Police.

Harsha went to Ferozepore to shoot the programme with Gaganajit Singh. Talking to newsmen on Friday night, he said he was pained to learn about Jugraj Singh's accident as he had done extremely well during the last many tournaments, particularly in the Champions Trophy in Holland last month.

Harsha signed a card "Get Well Soon' for the injured hockey star, Jugraj Singh, and also sent him a bouquet with a message wishing him a speedy recovery.


Cheques disbursed for development
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 6
Mr Sukhdev Singh, Rajya Sabha Member, laid the foundation stone of “pucca” prayer ground, to be built at a cost of Rs 2 lakh, at Government Girls Secondary School here today. Last year, he had presented a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the school for development works.

“The development of the country depends on the standard of education. So we should involve all our resources to upgrade the educational system,” he added.

A set of books, “Zindan Eyeh Nidosian”, depicting the supreme sacrifice of Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, sons of Guru Gobind Singh, was presented by Seth Kanahaya Lal, president of the school Parent-Teacher Association, to the chief guest. The book has been written by Mr Surjeet Singh Marjara.

A cheque for Rs1 lakh was presented to the Principal of Government Secondary School (Boys), Rs 50,000 for development works in Ladpur village and another Rs 50,000 for development works in Bad-Gujjaran village. Ms Rana Preet Kaur, Principal of the school, spoke about the development works in the school. Among others Mr Jassa Singh Ahulluwalia, Mr Sewa Singh Kukur Majra, Mr Karamjeet Singh Bhugrana, Mr Harchand Singh, Mr Alok Singh, Mr Tajinder Singh Salana, and Mr Randhir Singh Bhambri were present.


200 sewing machines distributed
Our Correspondent

Amloh, September 6
The government employees employed in villages should serve people honestly as most of the population in the country lived in villages, said Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA, at a function after the inauguration of Class XII school at Faizullapur village, near here, today.

He distributed 200 sewing machines costing around Rs 10 lakh among needy women drawn from various villages to enable them to earn their livelihood.

He also distributed scholarships among Scheduled Caste students.

Among others Zila Parishad Chairman Pakhar Singh, block samiti chief Dilbaag Singh, Block Congress president Shingara Singh Salana, Surjeet Singh, Joginder Singh Narayangarh (Zila Parishad members), senior Congress leader Partap Singh Baini, district welfare officer Pritam Singh, Principal Nirbhay Singh and school development committee’s chief Harbhajan Singh also addressed the function. Schoolchildren presented a cultural programme.


4 booked for abetting suicide
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 6
On the statement of Constable Gurminder Singh, who is attached as a gunman with Mr Jatinder Singh Khatra, DSP, Dakha, Jagraon, the Sarabha Nagar police yesterday registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against Rachhpal Singh, Gurpal Singh and wife of late head constable Sohan Lal and her father. The complainant had stated that deceased Sohan Lal, was a gunman in the security of the DSP and that he committed suicide by consuming poison.

He died in his house in Bhai Ranhdir Singh Nagar on the night of September 4. A suicide note found on the bed mentioned that he was taking the extreme step because of continued mental harassment caused to him by the accused, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

One killed in mishap

The Civil Lines police has registered a case under sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Harbans Singh, a resident of Bhundri village falling under the Sidhwan Bet police station, against Bachittar Singh, a resident of Panjeta village, which falls under the Koom Kalan police station. The complainant has stated that the accused, who was driving a bus belonging to Sutlej Transport Company, hit Ramesh Kumar, an assistant booking clerk, at the general bus stand on Friday. Ramesh Kumar died on the spot. The accuses is absconding.

Dowry death

The Salem Tabri police has registered a case under Section 304-B of the IPC on the statement of Mr Gurnam Singh, a resident of Butean village near Bhogpur in Jalandhar district, against Inderpal Singh, Kuljit Singh, Kamalpreet Kaur, Narinder Kaur, residents of New Aman Nagar. The complainant has stated that he had got his daughter, Gurpreet Kaur, married with Inderpal Singh on May 11. But after the marriage, her husband and other members of his family started harassing and threatening her for dowry. His daughter could not stand the harassment and committed suicide on Friday morning. No arrest has been made so far.

Fraud alleged

The Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 468 and 471 to the IPC on the statement of Mr Surinderpal Singh, Manager, Punjab National Bank, Haibowal Kalan, against Surinderpal Singh and his wife, Jaswinder Akru, residents of Shastri Nagar. The complainant had stated that the accused secured bank loans twice on the basis of forged property papers and committed a fraud on the bank. No arrest has been made so far.

Theft accused escapes

On the statement of Head Constable Paramjit Singh, the Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 224 and 332 of the IPC against Sohan, a resident of New Chander Nagar. The complainant had stated that the accused, who had been arrested in a theft case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC, ran away from police custody, while he was being taken to the police station after obtaining a two-day police remand from the new courts on Friday afternoon. No arrest has been made so far.


The Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 341, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Mandeep Singh, a resident of Isher Nagar mohalla, against Hem Raj Singh, Tarsem Singh, Jaswant Singh Gill, residents of the same locality, and some other unidentified persons.

The complainant had alleged that the accused, because of an old enmity, intercepted him near the canal bridge, Gill village, and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons on Thursday. He was injured in the attack, added the complainant.

The Koom Kalan police has registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Jagtar Singh, a resident of Miani Village, against Makhan Singh, Shinderpal Singh and Ram Lal, residents of the same village. The complainant had alleged that the accused stopped him on the way, beat him up and also threatened him on Friday afternoon. No arrest has been made so far.

Booked for eve-teasing

The Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 451, 354 and 504 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Dilbar Singh, a resident of Baranhara village against Jagjit Singh, a resident of the same village. The complainant had stated that the accused entered his house on August 30 in the afternoon and teased his daughter. He also threatened her. No arrest has been made so far.

Held for jamming traffic

The Civil Lines police yesterday arrested Rahla Luthra, a resident of Seeta Nagar and booked him under Section 283 of the IPC. The police said the accused had caused a traffic jam by placing his hostel goods on the road near the PRTC workshop on Friday evening. The accused was later released on bail, added the police.

Knife seized

The Sarabha Nagar police has arrested Shiv Kumar, a resident of Sangatpur, and seized a ‘kamanidar’ knife from his possession. He has been booked under the Arms Act.


Poppy husk seized

The Jagraon police has seized about 411 kg of poppy husk. According to a police note, Mr Satnam Singh, Sub-Inspector, raided the house of Kulwant Singh a resident of Raniwala Khuh Agwar Ladhai, and seized 10 bags of poppy husk containing 355 kg of the contraband Kulwant Singh and his accomplice, Sukhdev Singh of New Chuhar Chak, were arrested. A case has been registered under Section 15/61/85 of the NDPS Act.

In another incident, the Sidhwan- bet police arrested Rano Bai of Kania Hussain from Sidhwanbet area and seized 56 kg poppy husk. A case has been registered.


Persistent hike in steel prices irks industry
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 6
The Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India (FTSII) along with six other industrial bodies has decried the inaction on the part of the Union Government over continuous rise in prices of iron and steel material.

Mr Joginder Kumar, president of the federation, and other representatives of different industrial bodies flayed the increase in the prices of basic raw material by different producers by around Rs 2,000 per metric tonne. He said despite great hue and cry in the 17th meeting of the National Steel Consumer Council here and assurance given by the government functionaries for effective remedial steps, the steel producers continued to hold the industry to ransom.

“Main and secondary producers have created monopoly and are violating the clauses of the MRTP Act. To complicate the matter further, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RNIL) has curtailed the rolling programme from five days to three days for MS rounds (16, 18, 20, 22 and 25 mm) which are required by the bicycle industry,” he said. He was in constant touch with Mr V.K. Duggal, Union Secretary (Steel), about unabated increase in prices without any positive action on the part of the government so far, he added.

He alleged that the units in Punjab were not being treated properly and supplies of MS rounds were not being dispatched to Punjab by the steel giants in public sector. He sought the intervention of the government to redress the situation.

Meanwhile, Mr Joginder Kumar, who also heads the Ludhiana Electroplaters’ Association, made a fervent plea for identifying the clusters of electroplating and zinc-plating units in the residential areas of the city in the wake of acceptance of 'environment clause' at Doha Conference on WTO. 

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