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MC swoops down on shopkeepers
12 encroachments removed in Ghumar Mandi
Our Correspondent

MC staff remove wares from Ghumar Mandi as vendors give them the slip
MC staff remove wares from Ghumar Mandi as vendors give them the slip in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Ludhiana, October 24
Tempers ran high in the upmarket shopping area of Ghumar Mandi here as a team of the Tehbazari staff of the Municipal Corporation (MC) swooped down on shopkeepers and vendors, who had either stacked their goods on the roadside or were occupying a part of the road to sell their goods. The operation ‘clean up’ continued for well over two hours and at least 12 encroachments were removed.

There was pandemonium in the market and the vendors as well as customers ran helter skelter as MC employees started removing goods, tables, benches and other items and loading these in a truck accompanying them. There were heated exchanges between the shopkeepers and the MC staff, led by the Tehbazari Superintendent, Mr Daljit Singh. Some of the affected shopkeepers alleged that the MC employees had taken money from them in the morning, with a promise of not interfering when the festival purchasing was at its peak.

However, the MC staff termed these allegations as baseless and a result of frustration against their attempt to clear encroachments and ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the busy commercial centre.

Temporary encroachments by the vendors and shopkeepers in this area were posing a serious problem in the way of traffic movement and several measures adopted or proposed by the MC and the traffic police had failed to have the desired results. A proposal by the traffic police to have one-way traffic in the entire commercial centre was rejected by the shopkeepers, who felt that any restriction on the movement of vehicles would dampen the spirit of buyers and adversely affect the business.



MC fire staff on high alert
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
While the festival of Divali brings joy and happiness to everybody and is a time to celebrate, the fire brigade personnel of the Municipal Corporation (MC) have to remain ever vigilant and in the highest degree of preparedness on this day till the next morning in order to bring incidents of fire under control. Last year, there were more than 40 incidents of fire in different localities of the city after midnight on Divali.

According to the MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, the 90 odd employees and officials of the Fire Department had been put on high alert along with the entire fleet of 30 fire tenders and a rescue tender on Divali. All holidays and weekly offs this Saturday and Sunday had been cancelled and the fire brigade staff in all four fire stations at Mata Rani Chowk, Samrala Road, Focal Point and Miller Ganj would be present in full strength. Men and machines would remain in a state of readiness to meet any eventuality, he added.

During an intensive exercise in the past couple of days, all fire tenders were thoroughly inspected for any malfunctioning, and necessary repairs and maintenance were carried out. Similarly, all fire hydrants and hot lines for water supply, particularly in the thickly populated and congested areas of the old city, were checked to make sure that these were functional.

The fire-fighting capacity of the MC fire brigade had been further strengthened with the recent addition of a most modern and state of art 'rescue tender', which is equipped with high-tech tools, fixtures and features to deal with cases of major fire incidents, including those caused by chemicals and explosives, Mr Sharma added.



Making the most of Divali
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
While trade and business circles might not be too optimistic about Divali as they claim it has not shaken the inertia off the slump- stricken business, there is another section of society, which includes bureaucrats, police officers and politicians, who are making the most of Divali. For Ludhiana’s affluence is best witnessed during Divali in terms of the gifts that the rich shower on the people who matter.

Being the industrial and business capital of Punjab, industrialists and businessmen are known for making the most of the occasion and lavishing expensive gifts on officers, journalists, bankers and politicians.

Anybody who is somebody here in the city is handsomely “gifted” on Divali. The range of gifts is wide and extensive and expensive as well, depending on the importance, the preference and the proximity of the person to be given the gift. These include jewellery, electronic gadgets, imported liquor and woollens.

No wonder some of the bureaucrats, police officers and politicians are also found to search the buyers in the post-Divali period for excess items. The volume of gifts is usually enormous, with some important officials being flooded with gifts. Not only bureaucrats and politicians, even schoolteachers and principals are also presented expensive gifts on Divali.

However, there are some exceptions among bureaucrats, the police and even politicians who do not accept gifts on Divali. Although very few in number, these people assert themselves and politely refuse everyone who comes with gifts. Divali is considered to be an occasion where relationships are acknowledged, and that too handsomely.

Local grapevine has it that the integrity of an officer is judged only on Divali. Notwithstanding the reputation of any officer in the administration or the police about his honest credentials, Divali happens to be the acid test in which some people do resist the temptations. Some of the officers even do not accept sweets and dry fruit. They will just like to exchange greetings with the visitors.

Queues of cars, most of these luxury, can be seen outside the residences of most of the officers in the administration, police and also the politicians. Gifts are not given to officers at random, but only to those who matter and who can be of any use later in the year. Divali helps in establishing and consolidating relationships with the people who matter. 



Brisk sale of diyas
Our Correspondent

The colourful and attractive diyas beckon customers
The colourful and attractive diyas beckon customers. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Ludhiana, October 24
The colourfully painted earthen lamps, kandeels’ (paper lanterns) made of coloured paper that are put up on front doors to symbolise Divali registered a brisk sale today in every market in the city.

Women and children who had set up their shops by the roadside were displaying the diyas in an attractive manner to lure the customers. Sugar candies and heaps of puffed rice could also be seen as these are important ingredients of Divali ‘puja’.

Many people were seen buying pictures of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. Calendars with pictures of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi were also selling like the proverbial hot cakes.

Last night the midnight bazzar too was on as on the occasion of “Dhanteras”. Entire families had come out to buy utensils and kitchenware and the shopping spree continued till late in the night.



Cracker sale banned in congested areas
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, October 24
The Subdivisional Magistrate, Samrala, Mr Jaspaul Singh Jassi, imposed Section 144 of the CrPC on the eve of Divali, banning people from selling crackers in certain places Machhiwara and Samrala.

The orders have been imposed in Purana Bazaar, Machhiwara, and Darbi Bazaar, the Guru Nanak road and the Sabzi Mandi in Samarala. The orders will remain in force till November 8.

Talking to press correspondents, Mr Jassi said he had imposed Section 144 to avoid any untoward incident.



Be careful while bursting crackers
Shivani Bhakoo

Do’s and don’ts

  • Never burst crackers inside containers and at congested places.
  • Always wear cotton clothes and avoid nylon or synthetic clothing.
  • The loudness of the cracker should be less than 100 dB or it could cause irreparable damage to the eardrum.
  • Parents should light crackers. Children should do so only under the supervision of adults.
  • If the clothes catch fire, douse it by pouring water on it and keep doing so until the pain subsides.
  • The person who catches fire should not run around in panic as air could intensify the fire. Just lie down on the floor and roll from one side to another.
  • Do not apply any ointment and do not try to remove any clothing or shoes as they are stuck to the body and could peel off the skin.
  • Wrap the person in a clean cloth and take him to the nearest qualified doctor or to hospital.

Ludhiana, October 24
When eight-year-old Manpreet Singh of Sirhind was igniting a firecracker in an empty steel container last year on Divali, little did he know that it would land him in so much of trouble. The crackers burst, the steel container split and a jagged portion hit him in the neck. The vocal box and the windpipe was damaged by the steel shrapnel and the injury snatched away his ability to speak. He was rushed to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital with his throat bleeding profusely.

While Divali festivities were at their peak, senior doctors of the DMCH were struggling to save Manpreet. As he was unable to breath, an emergency upper respiratory bypass procedure was performed to pump air into his lungs and stop the bleeding. After giving first aid, the biggest challenge for DMCH doctors was to restore the voice of Manpreet but this task was not so easy as his voice box was blown to pieces. But taking timely decision, multiple plastic and reconstructive surgery was performed on his voice box and windpipe by Dr Manish Munjal, ENT expert at the DMCH. Dr Dinesh Sood gave paediatric anaesthesia. Assistance in the surgery was provided by Dr Puneet Bajaj. During the past year, minor procedures were performed to restore his torn voice box and give him back the gift of speech. Dr Munjal said such incidents could be avoided if precautions were taken.



Divali celebrated in schools
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
Divali was celebrated in Jesus Sacred Heart School here today. On this occasion, a card, diya and candle making competitions were held. A party and a general knowledge quiz were also organised.

Students of Sanatan Vidya Mandir perform puja as a part of the Divali celebrations in the school
Students of Sanatan Vidya Mandir perform puja as a part of the Divali celebrations in the school in Ludhiana on Friday.

Sanatan Vidya Mandir: Students of Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School also celebrated the festival. The school wore a festive look and a class decoration competition was held for all classes. The students put in their best effort and decorated the rooms using charts, earthen lamps, candles and rangoli. They also performed a puja of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The judges, Mr Ashok Taneja, Mr Amit Taneja, Ms Madhu Taneja and Ms Shiwani Taneja, adjudged Classes II A and V B at the first position and while Classes V A and IV B at the second.

In the middle section, the top position went to Classes VII A and VII B and the second to Classes VIII B and VI B. In the senior section, the first prize was bagged by X C and the second prize by Classes IX A, IX B and plus one B.

A cultural programme was also organised on this occasion. The students presented devotional songs. The Principal of the school, Ms Sadhna Sharma, highlighted the importance of Divali. She advised the students not to burst crackers and make the environment peaceful, happy and pollution free.

Mr P.C. Gupta and Mr C.L. Sachdeva president and manager of the school, respectively, extended Divali greetings to all.

Sharad Divali Utsav: The Sharad Divali Utsav was organised in the primary wing of New Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines. Students presented a colourful cultural programme, including Gujarati garba, Rajasthani folk dance, Raslila and bhangra. The show concluded with the Headmistress, Ms Varun Lalta Patel, extending Divali greetings to children and staff members. 



School kids’ date with Ramayana characters
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
On the eve of Divali students of Hilanthus Day Boarding School tiny tots enacted episodes from the “Ramayana”. Students were informed about golden age of Rama’s rule. Students were dressed as different characters and depicted the various incidents of Lord Rama’s life.

First prize was given to Kahan, who enacted the role of Rama, Prerna for her performance as Sita. Second prize was given to Isha who acted as Kakaiyee.

Rohan who was dressed up as Ravana, Pupral (Shivji), Mudit (Hanuman) and Sachin (Brahma) also won prizes.



Divali festivities at Ek Prayaas
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
Festive spirit was visible on each and every face when of Ek Prayas celebrated Divali, the festival of light and joy, yesterday. The children enacted the roles of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman. The significance of Divali was impressed upon the children by the teachers by narrating the story of Ramayana.

Ganesha and Lakshmi puja was performed in a traditional manner. The children enjoyed the bursting of crackers and were thrilled to watch fireworks. The Principal thanked the members of the management, guests, parents and volunteers for attending the function.



The dark side of Divali
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, October 24
“We have no time to celebrate Divali as we are daily wagers. We will have to go to the construction site where we work and do our daily labour and only the n we will be able to cook our meals. By the time we will come home in the evening, we will be tired. But may be as a special concession, we will spend Rs 50 on sweets like jalebis, which are affordable, and buy some candles,” said Bheeku and his wife. They work at a house being constructed in Dugri and are employed on a daily basis by a building contractor.

Many other migrants and daily wagers, including children and women selling their wares by the roadside, will work till late on Divali night in the hope of selling as much as they can. Divali is not an off-day for them. Even roadside vendors, in the hope of making maximum sales, do not mind forgoing their Divali to make an extra buck, which will come handy to enable them to buy woollens for winters.

Beggars also work overtime on the day. The people get emotional during festivals and loosen their purse strings easily. So the queues of beggars outside temples lengthen on Divali, as people moved by the religious aspect of the festival give alms more readily.

“Celebration, what celebration!” say some of the beggars sitting outside the Dandi Swami Temple. “We do not even have a proper roof over our heads. We will be lucky if some generous soul gifts us a blanket. Some people do that every year. We are so many and everyone wants a blanket as the nights are now turning colder. We will get a lot of assorted sweets and money on Divali, but for that we will have to sit and wait. This will ensure that we do not go hungry for the next couple of days. Divali is for well-off people, not for beggars.”

Many persons below the poverty line hardly get to eat two square meals in a day and for them Diwali has no significance. For people living on the roadsides, many even without even a bedding, Devali will mean lighting the stub of a candle. And many would probably have to go without meals this Divali.



Divali gift for PF contributors
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
As a Divali gift to contributors of provident fund, the sub-regional office of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) here has introduced the “claim form drop box” scheme under which PF claim forms can be submitted on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

According to Mr K.L. Goyal, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, the provident fund subscribers could lodge their claims on holidays through the drop box scheme and also obtain the PF claim forms on holidays from the security staff. He asked the PF contributors to provide complete particulars in their claim forms and attach necessary documents to ensure speedy settlement of claims. The local sub-regional office is also accepting claims pertaining to other cities for onward transmission.

Mr Goyal said a PF lok adalat was being organised on the 10th of each month (next working day if 10th fell on a holiday) to settle complaints and grievances of PF contributors and efforts were being made to take on-the-spot decisions.



Sehajdhari body chief trains guns at RSS, Akalis
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, October 24
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation said today that the Union Government notification debarring Sehajdharis from voting in the SGPC elections was part of a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by the RSS and the Shiromani Akali Dal.

In a press note issued here, Dr P.S. Ranu, national president of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation, said the notification would soon backfire on the “conspirators”.

Dr Ranu alleged that the SGPC and the Sikh leadership was playing into the hands of RSS under a conspiracy to drive a wedge between the already fragmented community, besides denying representation to 80 per cent of the Sikhs in the world.

He asked that when a particular Act had been enacted by Parliament, then was any modification vide a notification legally justifiable by any Union Government. He said his party’s legal affairs committee was working it out with various legal experts regarding the notification and was determined to challenge it in a court of law shortly.

He stated that as per Section 2(9) of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, a Sikh was a person who believed in Guru Granth Sahib and the 10 Gurus and performed all ceremonies as per Sikh rites. Basically, there are only two categories of the Sikhs — the Amritdharis (baptised) and the Sehajdharis (non-baptised).

He said Sindhi Sikhs were the followers of Guru Nanak Dev and had firm faith in the religion. Labelling them as non-Sikhs by the SGPC leadership is not only an insult to the community but violation of the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev, he added.

He said the SGPC leadership had misguided the Union Government apprehending that non-Sikhs may take over their shrines. “All this is contrary to the fact since the issue of management of shrines has been addressed and stands protected in terms of the provision of Section 45(6) of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, under which qualification of the right to contest for a post has been confined only to Amritdhari Sikhs and all other categories excluded to maintain the purity of management”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Lok Bhalai Party, headed by former Union Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, has flayed the Akali leadership for the denial of voting right to Sehajdhari Sikhs in the SGPC elections. The party has appealed to this section of the electorate not to cast their vote in favour of Akali Dal in Assembly and Parliament elections as well.

In a statement issued here today, the general secretary of the party, Mr Paramjit Singh Sidhwan, said the Sehajdhari Sikhs, including the nirmale and udasi sects, had unflinching faith in Guru Granth Sahib, were an integral part of the Sikh community. These people have made significant contribution in bringing glory to the Sikh Panth and they are still following all tenets and traditions of the Sikh religion in their daily life, the statement said. On the other hand, the self-styled representatives of the Panth, including key functionaries of the SGPC, are themselves flouting the teachings of the religion with impunity, it added.

Terming the denial of voting right to Sehajdhari Sikhs as a gross discrimination against them, Mr Sidhwan alleged that ever since the Akali leadership had assumed control of the SGPC, the basic values of the religion and the promotional activities (dharam parchar) had been given the go-by. “Under a well- thought-out conspiracy, the ‘illiterate’ leadership of the Sikh Panth has not only been committing nefarious acts like misappropriation of gurdwara funds and silencing the critics with muscle power, but also pushing intellectuals and the elite section of the community away from religious institutions, Mr Sidhwan said.”



Case property vehicles not sold, says police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The district police claims to have “found” some case property vehicles which had allegedly disappeared under mysterious circumstances from the malkhana at the division No 6 police station recently.

The police said the vehicles were shifted to the main malkhana at the Sadar police station and the allegation that some employees of the police station had sold them off was found wrong.

In an inquiry conducted on the orders of the local SSP, Mr Narinderpal Singh, the police said due to shortage of space in the police station for the parking of these vehicles, the vehicles had been deposited in the district malkhana as per the prescribed procedure.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, the SSP said he had got sworn affidavits from the staff concerned regarding the allegations and they had stated that not a single vehicle was missing.

Interestingly, the police inquiry did not include the questioning of some scrap dealers who were allegedly the buyers of the vehicles sold off by some non-gazetted rank officers of the police station.

Commenting on this, the SSP said he did not view any stronger proof than the affidavits to give a clean-chit to policemen.

He said 30 vehicles, including three trucks, 12 cars and 11 scooters, had been deposited in the district malkhana and 13 vehicles were available in the police station malkhana.

He said it was impossible that somebody could sell off vehicles in such a manner. He said a fortnightly checking of case properties of malkhana was regularly done by the SHO and a report in this regard was made in the roznamcha regularly.



DSP to probe charges against cop
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 24
The Jagraon police chief has ordered a probe into charges levelled by the sarpanch of Chhapar village against the in charge, police chowki Latala.
Mr Mukhwinder Singh Chheena, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon said he had received a complaint against Mr Shawinder Singh Dhillon, in charge police chowki, Latala.

Mr Ajaib Singh, Sarpanch, Chhapar, had accused the chowki in charge of beating up Mela Singh, a social worker, and Dhanna Singh another resident of the village. The two had reportedly demanded Rs 50,000 from the in charge which he had borrowed from them on the occasion of Chhapar Mela in September. Mr Chheena said, “Though the allegations seem to have come up as a result of political factionalism prevailing in the village, Mr J.S. Khaira, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Dakha, has been deputed to investigate the matter.”

Referring to the preliminary information received from the chowki in charge, Mr Chheena said a Dalit shopkeeper of Chhapar, Mela Singh, had complained to the Latala chowki on October 19 that Mela Singh and Dhanna Singh had beaten him up and threatened him with dire consequences. Mr Dhillon had taken action against the suspects and registered an FIR under Section 160 of the IPC. The village panchayat then levelled charges against the incharge.

Mr J.S. Khaira, DSP, Dakha, said he was yet to start the investigations.

Mr Dhillon denied the charges and maintained that he was being made a scapegoat, as he had dared to book those persons who were proving to be a nuisance for the villagers. The Dalit, Mela Singh, who had lodged a complaint against Dhanna Singh and Mela Singh, alleged that he was being harassed and threatened by supporters of the sarpanch for political reasons, Malkiat Singh, a Dalit panch, has urged the district police to conduct a fair inquiry.



Cash-strapped museum offers tax rebate to sponsors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
Struggling to arrange funds for the Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum, the authorities of the museum have devised a novel way to collect funds by attracting sponsors, offering them income tax rebate on the donations.

This was stated today by Brig J.S. Jaswal, Director, Sainik Welfare Department, during the review of progress of work on the museum after the release of a grant of Rs 50,000 by the state government a few months ago.

Expressing satisfaction at the pace of work, he said two galleries had been completed with the first grant of Rs 50,000. He said the second grant of Rs 35,000 would be released shortly.

Lt-Cdr Tarlochan Singh, Assistant District Sainik Welfare Officer, Ludhiana, said work on the museum was suffering due to lack of funds. He said donations would help in expediting the work.

The museum has been struggling for funds since its construction was started in 1991. Originally planned to be completed in two years, the museum remains incomplete even after more than a decade.

Sources said the museum had last received funds from the state government a few months ago after 2000-01. While the paucity of funds has been quoted as the primary reason, the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities concerned seems to be a major factor, particularly in the post-Kargil phase, where the state government had umpteen times announced policies to commemorate sacrifices made by defence personnel hailing from the state.

The foundation stone for the museum was laid in 1991 by Gen O.P. Malhotra, the then Governor of Punjab. At the ceremony it was announced that the museum had been planned to commemorate the sacrifices made by people from Punjab in defending the country. The museum aimed to present at one place almost all feats of the defence personnel of the state.

Though it was promised that the work on the museum would be completed on a war footing, it has now been 12 years since the initiation of the construction work.

Four years ago, a hall for screening a film based on the feats of Punjabis in both pre and post-Independence India for defending the motherland was completed and inaugurated.

The completion of this work had raised hopes that the remaining portion would also be completed at the earliest but these are yet to be fulfilled.



Doctors condemn Gagandeep’s arrest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
PCMS Postgraduate Doctors’ Association of Ludhiana has condemned the arrest of its patron, Dr Gagandeep Singh.
Dr Bhupinder Singh, president of the association, in a press statement today said members of the ass ociation were shocked over this incident. He said Dr Gagandeep was not directly concerned with than particular case. The members requested the government to shun such activities otherwise they would launch a state-wide agitation.

The members also criticised the case filed against Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, a urologist. “The calibre of Dr Aulakh can be judged from the fact that he will be organising an international conference of live operative endo-urology and the 13th annual conference of the Urological Society of India, next month, which will be first of its kind in the city,” said Dr Bhupinder Singh.

The members said Dr Aulakh did this particular surgery as per international standards. The patient should have thanked Dr Aulakh for saving his life and kidney. The booking of the doctor under Section 307 amounts to disrespect of the entire medical community, said the doctors.



State-level Vishwakarma Divas tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The Punjab Government has decided to organise a state-level Vishwakarma Divas Samaroh to celebrate the Prakash Utsav of Baba Vishwakarma for the first time in Punjab, at United Cycles and Parts Manufacturers Association Complex here on October 26.

Giving details Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, informed that Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, would be the chief guest and Mr Harvinder Singh Hanspal, President, PPCC, would preside over the function. He said a number of ministers of the Punjab Cabinet, MPs, MLAs and scholars would also address the function.

To give the final touches to the arrangements, the Deputy Commissioner along with Mr Kuldeep Singh, SDM West, and other officers concerned and office-bearers of the Vishwakarma Foundation International visited the site of the function and issued the required directions. Mr Verma said the function was being organised with the active involvement of the Vishwakarma Foundation, Ludhiana. He urged the followers of Baba Vishwakarma to participate in large numbers to pay their tributes to the sant.

Mr M.S. Bhogal, president, Mr Ajit Singh Kular, general secretary of the Vishwakarma Foundation International, Mr Jagat Singh, Chairman, Ramgarhia Educational Council, Mr K.K. Seth, general secretary, Ludhiana Engineering Association, and Mr G.L. Pahwa, president, Mr Varinder Kapoor, general secretary, and Mr Manmohan Singh Ubhi, Mr Inderjit Singh Navyug, senior vice-presidents, United Cycles and Parts Manufacturers Association participated in the meeting and welcomed the initiative of the Chief Minister.



Car catches fire on Jagraon bridge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
A resident of Mullanpur Dakha had a providential escape when the car in which he was travelling caught fire due to a short-circuit in the vehicle on Jagraon Bridge late in the afternoon today.

Mohan Singh, the car owner, had come to the city to buy tyres for the car. The vehicle caught fire on the bridge in the thick of traffic. The driver, however, managed to come out of the car in the nick of time. The incident caused a major traffic jam and the police had to divert traffic.



Thieves drive off truck full of paddy
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, October 24
A truck filled with paddy was forcibly driven away by four unidentified thieves, near Pirthipur village, on the Machhiwara-Kohara road on Wednesday night. The thieves injured the owner, forcing the driver to drive away the truck.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune about the incident, which took place in the vicinity of the Koom Kalan police station, Mr Barjinder Singh Dhillon, DSP, Sahnewal, said the owner of the truck, Mr Surjit Singh, had loaded 500 bags of paddy in his truck (PB-06 2845) from Markfed, Amritsar, and was accompanied by his driver Kaka Singh. They were supposed to unload the paddy at the Kiran rice mills, Machhiwara.

Mr Dhillon said an empty truck started chasing his truck from Kohara. The truck was stopped by the thieves at a distance of 2 km from the Pirthipur bus stand.

The culprits asked Mr Surjit Singh to come down and assaulted him mercilessly. After this, they fled away with the loaded truck and its driver after throwing injured Surjit Singh on the edge of the road.

However, he somehow managed to reach the Pirthipur bus stand. Next morning a woman saw him and informed the Koom Kalan police station and he was admitted in the Civil Hospital, Sahnewal.

The thieves were speaking Malwai language and appeared to be from the Ludhiana region, SHO Inderjit Singh said. The police has registered a case under Section 82, 364 and 34 of the IPC.

According to the information, the police was able to seize the empty truck from near Bela village in Ropar district, but whereabouts of the driver and the thieves were not known. 



Man held for clubbing woman to death
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
Sheetal Singh, who allegedly clubbed to death a woman in Gopal Nagar yesterday, has been arrested and booked under Section 302 of the IPC at the Haibowal police station.

A complaint was lodged against the suspect by Rajesh Kumar, son of the victim. The woman had developed illicit relations with the suspect after her husband’s death. The complainant stated in the FIR that the suspect was trying to persuade his mother, Reeta Rani, to quit working as a housemaid but she had been resisting his efforts. The suspect, who lives in Pawitter Nagar, came to the woman’s house yesterday and beat her up with a cricket bat. The woman later succumbed to injuries.

Man succumbs to injuries: The Focal Point police, on the statement of Amarjit Singh, a resident of Pakhar Colony, Gias Pura, yesterday registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC against Sukhminder Singh , a resident of Focal Point. The complainant had stated that the suspect, who was driving a truck, had hit his son, Harpreet Singh, and injured him seriously near the gurdwara in Gias Pura. Harpreet Singh, who was admitted to Cancer Hospital, succumbed to injuries yesterday.

Cases of fraud: The Civil Lines police yesterday registered a case under Sections 420,406 and 471 of the IPC on the statement of Bhajan Singh, a resident of Koom Kalan village, against Jaswinder Singh, alias Joginder Singh, who lives near the Red Cross Market at Fountain Chowk, Patiala. The complainant had alleged that the suspect prepared a duplicate affidavit attested by a tehsildar in Ludhiana and with his help had usurped landed property belonging to his father.

The Haibowal police registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC yesterday on the statement of Kiran Kumar, a resident of Udham Singh Nagar in Civil Lines, against Anita Bedi and Amit Bedi, residents of Rishi Nagar. The complainant had alleged that he had paid Rs 5,02,4000 to the suspects for getting his two sons sent to a foreign country. But the suspects neither sent any of his sons abroad nor returned his money, the complainant said.

Another case of alleged fraud was registered under Sections 429,120-B and 180 of the IPC at the same police station on the statement of Reeta Rani, a resident of Arjan Nagar in Kara Bara village, against Yograj Singh, Preetam Singh, Kamal and Banso, residents of Partap Singh Wala village. The complainant had stated that the suspect had prepared forged documents pertaining to her plot in Partap Singh Wala village and sold it to somebody.

The Model Town police has registered a case under Sections 406, 468 and 471 of the IPC on the statement of Arvinder Singh, managing director of a finance and consultancy firm operating from Model Town, against Sandeep Kumar Sarna, a resident of Durga Puri, Haibowal. The complainant had alleged that the suspect had fraudulently obtained a loan by showing himself to be the owner of a company.

The Sadar police registered a case under Section 406 of the IPC on the statement of Man Kaur, a resident of Baddowal village, against Sonia, a resident of the village. The woman had alleged that the suspect had borrowed Rs 1,50,000 from her but failed to return the money in spite of repeated reminders.

Booked for assault: The Shimla Puri police has registered a case under Sections 323,341,379,506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Sheetal Parshad Gupta, a resident of Mohalla Kabir Nagar, against Narinder Kumar Sharma and his son. The complainant had alleged that the father-son duo had stopped him on the way, beaten him up and snatched his mobile phone and Rs 1200.

The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 324,323,148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Surinder Singh, a resident of Urban Estate, Phase-II, Focal Point, against Pal Singh, Varinder Pal, Sunny, Hunny and Khalsa. The complainant had alleged that the suspects had beaten him up and injured him. He had to be admitted to a hospital, added the complainant.

On the statement of Ms Naresh Kanta, a resident of Gopal Nagar, the Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 451,323,506 and 34 of the IPC against Sanjay Kumar and two other persons accompanying him. The woman had alleged that the suspects came to her shop, beat her up and threatened her. The assailants also took away her gold chain before running away, she said.

The Salem Tabri police has registered a case under Sections 323,342,506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Punit Khera, a resident of Kabir Nagar in Basti Jodhewal, against Arvind Jain, a resident of Kabir Nagar, Raju and Pawittar. The complainant had alleged that the suspects came to his house, beat him up and threatened him. The suspects bound him up and confined him in a room in Shiv Puri on October 20, the complainant said.

Cane crop burnt: The Sahnewal police has registered a case under Sections 435 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Hardial Singh, a resident of Mangarh village, yesterday against Balwinder Singh, and Anokha Singh residents of Kohara village. The complainant had alleged that the suspects had set fire to his sugarcane field and damaged 4.5 acres of sugarcane cultivation on the evening of October 21, causing a total loss of about Rs 2 lakh to him.

Forcible possession: The Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 447,379 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Darbara Singh, a resident of Dad village, against Bikkar Singh, another resident of the village. The complainant had alleged that the suspect had taken forcible possession of his plot in the village and carted away bricks from the plot yesterday.

Poppy husk seized: The Sadar police yesterday arrested Mukesh Kumar, a migrant from Uttar Pradesh, and seized 50 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The suspect was booked under the NDPS Act.

Scrap recovered: The Focal Point police yesterday arrested Ramesh Kumar, a migrant from Uttar Pradesh, now living in Dashmesh Nagar, and booked him under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC. The police said today that a bag containing stolen scrap was recovered from his possession.

Gamblers held: Two cases were registered under the Gambling Act at the Haibowal police station yesterday. Those arrested in the first case were Ravi Kumar, a resident of Raghbir Park, Kamal Kumar, a resident of Sher Colony, Haibowal, Hardeep Singh, a resident of Naveen Nagar and Jaspal Singh, a resident of Jassian Road. A sum of Rs 30,200 and a deck of playing cards were seized from their possession.

The other case was registered against Ramesh Ravat, Rahul, Rajesh and Santokh Gupta, residents of Anand Nagar. A sum of Rs 1820 and a deck of playing cards were seized from their possession, The police said today that the suspects were caught while gambling at a public place.

The Model Town police also registered two cases under the Gambling Act. In the first case, those arrested were Sonu and Ramesh, residents of Dhakka Colony. A sum of Rs 100 was seized from their possession. The other case was registered against Shivkaran Giri, a resident of Bakery Wali Gali, Rishi and Kala, residents of Ambedkar Nagar. A sum of Rs 330 and a deck of playing cards were seized from their possession.

The Salem Tabri police arrested Raman Kumar, a resident of New Aman Nagar, Bhupinder Kumar, a resident of Laxmi Pura, Jatinder Singh, a resident of Salem Tabri while they were gambling at a public place and booked them under the Gambling Act yesterday. A sum of Rs 11,575 and a deck of playing cards were seized from their possession.

The Shimla Puri police also registered two cases under the Gambling Act. Those arrested in the first case were Joginder Singh, a resident of Janta Nagar, who was booking darra and satta bets in the area. A sum of Rs 2600 along with some incriminating slips were seized from his possession.

Another satta operator arrested was identified as Keso Ram, who lives near the Arora Palace cinema. A sum of Rs 550 was seized from his possession, the police said today.

Liquor seized: The Kotwali police arrested Harpal, a resident of Jamalpur village, seized 12 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession and booked him under the Excise Act yesterday.


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