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11 theft cases solved, seven held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 15
The district police today claimed to have solved 11 cases of theft registered at Basti Jodhewal police station by arresting seven persons who have confessed to having committed the crimes.

The seven arrested persons are Chandan Kumar and Shashi Kumar from Muzzafar Nagar, Bihar, and Kulwant Singh, Vipan Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh, Jatinder Kumar and Gurdeep Singh of Ludhiana.

The police has solved the case of a theft in a Post Office at Bajra Road which was committed on the night of August 22. The thieves had stolen thousands of rupees and the police had registered a case on the statement of Post Master. Kulwant Singh, Vipan Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh and Gurdeep Singh confessed to having and stolen the cash. The police has recovered the stolen amount.

The case of theft at Anokh Singh's resident in New Shakti Nagar has also been solved. The police has found Kulwant Singh guilty of stealing household goods from the house on April 14 last. The stolen goods have been recovered.

Similarly, the culprits behind the theft in Dinesh Kumar's residence on Tibba Road has also been identified. According to the police, Kulwant Singh and Vipan Kumar had broken into the house of Dinesh Kumar on July 7 when he had gone to his relatives house with wife and children. The duo had decamped with gold and silver ornaments. The jewelry has been recovered.

Similarly, on the night of September 18 , the house of Mohinder Singh in the local Baldev Nagar was broken into and some cash and gold ornaments were stolen. The police claimed that it was the handiwork of Kulwant Singh and Vipan Kumar and the gold ornaments were recovered from them.

A case of highway robbery on October 11 involving Pradeep Kumar, who was coming to Mangat from Meharban village when he was intercepted by three youths who had robbed him of a mobile phone and Rs 13,000 has also been solved. Kulwant Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Gurdeep Singh allegedly committed the robbery. The mobile phone and cash have been recovered.

Readymade garments worth lakhs were stolen from the factory of Ajay Gupta on November 9. The police claimed that Jatinder Kumar of Bhattian Bet confessed to having committed the crime. The garments have been recovered.

A Maruti car (PB-10-X-3037 ) belonging to Sachin Malik of New Shivpuri, which was stolen on October 14, has also been recovered. The police has also recovered various goods from Chandan Kumar and Shashi Kumar, who had stolen these on March 25.

The cases were revealed by SP (City-II), Mr Pritam Singh, at a press conference here today. He said the criminals used to survey the areas by posing as different persons like a balloon seller or some other vendor. They then had a look at the various houses in which nobody was present. Then they committed thefts by breaking into the houses.


Punish ‘kabootari’ suspect, says friend
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, November 15
Another complainant in the “desi kabootari” gang, who lodged an FIR against the alleged gang members here today, is hurt at being betrayed by his old friend than losing lakhs.

Gursharan Singh of Chak Kalan village had a 25-year-old friendship with the main suspect, Kimti Lal Jain, and his wife Renu Jain. The couple ran a cloth shop in Raikot and are suspects in the mutli-crore emigration racket. Both are at large. It was on the basis of friendship that he agreed to solemnise the marriage with an NRI bride and gave Rs 15 lakh for the purpose.

He is the latest victim who has approached the police with a complaint. More and more people are coming forward after reading news reports or seeing pictures of the girls published in newspapers. Gursharan Singh had married off his nephew Harmandeep Singh to Komaljit Kaur, alias Renu. The dreams of a good life came crashing two days ago when the police busted the gang.

‘‘We have lost face in society and have also lost the money. But I am terribly hurt at the fraud played on me by Kimti Lal Jain. Our families knew each other for over two decades and it was on the basis of his friendship that I gave the money, ’’ he said.

‘‘We had seen the papers but I believed Kimti Lal Jain more than any document,’’ he said, adding that ‘‘ He should be shot. The government should give exemplary punishment to these persons so that more families are not exploited.’’ he said

The marriage of his nephew Harmandeep with the accused girl, Renu alias Komaljeet Kaur took place on May 27 this year. They paid Rs 15 lakh in instalments to the suspects. The final instalment of about Rs one lakh was paid on November 4 only. Just few days afterwards the, police caught the gang members.

DSP Dakha Jatinder Singh Khaira, the main investigating officer said police has registered a fresh case on the complaint of the victim. He said the accused girl in this case Renu of Ghah Mandi, Jalandhar has already been arrested. He said the police was making raids to arrest more accused in the girl.

Meanwhile, a Jagraon court has remanded 8 others in police custody till November 18. They are Swaran Lata, Saradara Singh, Baldev Raj, Rama Rani, Surinder Kaur, Prem Lata, Banso and travel agent Mohinder Singh.


From ‘lakhpati’ to jailbird
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 15
It was bad luck for an employee of a local firm, who withdrew Rs 5 lakh from the local branch of ICICI Bank, but was caught when he went back to the bank to take the cheque book he had forgotten there.

He entered the ICICI Bank at Feroze Gandhi Market this morning. He walked into the bank with a cheque book that was signed by the proprietors of the firm he worked for. He filled in a cheque for Rs 5 lakh and presented it for clearing. Since the man was a regular at the bank, it raised little suspicion.

Minutes later, the man was in the parking lot with the cash. He decided to go back to his employers and place the cheque book back in the hope that none would discover the missing cheque. But as luck would have it, he realised that he had forgotten the cheque book at the bank. He went back to collect it.

A vigilant bank employee noticed some signs of nervousness and saw something that looked like a weapon. He rang up the company from the account of which the money was withdrawn to crosscheck the employee’s antecedents and to ask if the cheque book be handed back to the person concerned.

The bank employee raised the alarm and summoned the security guards to apprehend the man, who fled, brandishing something that looked like a revolver. The security guards overpowered him about 200 yards from the bank. He was later brought back to the bank, where he was handed over to the police. The money withdrawn by him was seized.


Martyr’s cousin threatens to renounce title
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 15
A day before the martyrdom day of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, his cousin, Bibi Jagdish Kaur has again threatened to renounce the title of ‘‘Punjab Mata’’ in protest against the stopping of preservation work on the Sarabha memorial in his native village, near here. The title was bestowed upon her by the former Akali government in the state.

Saying that the government was ‘‘indifferent towards the contribution of the martyr’’, she said she was upset with the government ‘‘What does this honour mean to me if the government docs do not bother about my brave brother?,’’ she asked. She was in the city today to attend a seminar on the martyrdom of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha and Shaheed Vishnu Ganesh Pingley organised by Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch.

She said though the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, Mr Anurag Verma, had assured July 29 that facilities, including a telephone connection, would be restored. However, her phone was still out of order.

‘‘I had gone to the DC’s office once. He asked me to go to the ADC. I went to him and he asked me to go to another officer. I threw the papers there and then. I do not seek alms. It was the former government who had given me these facilities. I had not asked for them,’’ she said.

Bibi Jagdish Kaur, who is suffering from uterine cancer, has sent SOS calls to the state government a number of times but to no avail. She alleged that after the new government came to power, the remaining grant to the memorial was never released. She said she could die soon as the cancer was spreading fast and it was her last wish to see the memorial constructed.

Work on the memorial was started by the Akali government in 2000 after agitation by Bibi Jagdish Kaur. A grant of Rs 101 lakh was announced for it and Rs 40 lakh was released in three instalments.

The house was declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Department of Punjab in 1998 but now it stands abandoned. ‘‘I have been driven from pillar to post to get the house converted into a memorial. I donated the house to the government and requested each and every Chief Minister to raise a memorial on it. The former CM had accepted my plea and declared it as a protected monument but the present government is not paying any heed to my requests,’’ she said.

“I only want that my brother should be remembered and the house should be converted into a memorial,” she said.


Man, wife get life term for murder
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 15
Mr Baldev Singh, Sessions Judge, has sentenced Darshan Singh (50) and his wife Manjit Kaur (40) of Khandoori village to undergo life imprisonment for killing Ranjit Kaur in November, 2001. The deceased was the wife of younger brother of Darshan Singh.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Baldev Singh held that the prosecution had proved beyond any of doubt that the duo committed the murder intentionally. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 each upon the accused.

An F.I.R was registered against the accused at Dakha police station on the statement of Chamkaur Singh, husband of the deceased. Initially the police has challaned only Darshan Singh, as his wife was declared to be found innocent in an inquiry conducted by the DSP. But during trial, the court found prima facie involvement of her and she was summoned to face trial vide order dated June 14, 2002. The complainant had stated to the police that on the day of the murder, he along with his wife was sitting in a room of their house. They heard Darshan Singh abusing. Ranjit Kaur went out of the room. He followed her and saw that Manjit Kaur caught hold of the hair of his wife and pulled her towards the courtyard.

In the meanwhile, Darshan Singh gave ‘’kahi’’ blows on the head of Ranjit Kaur and she died on the spot, added the complainant.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed that due to enmity they were implicated falsely. They took the plea of alibi.

But, convinced with the submissions made by District Attorney, Mr Amar Ashok Pathak and after appreciating the evidence on record, the court observed that the defence version had no truth and announced the sentence.


Work to cover drain with slabs begins
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 15
Congress legislator Surinder Dawar commenced the work for laying slabs on a small open drain in Field Ganj in Ward No 51 at a function. Speaking on the occasion, he said with the completion of the work at a cost of Rs 8 lakh, a long-pending demand of the local residents would stand fulfilled and the problem of overflowing water entering into the houses on both sides would be solved permanently.

Mr Dawar focussed on major and minor development projects being taken up by the civic body for bringing about qualitative and quantitative improvement in the amenities.

The area councillor, Mr Sanjeev Talwar, while giving details of the ongoing development works and those to be taken up in the near future in the area, said the small open drain had been thoroughly cleaned and it was now being covered with removable slabs so that periodic cleaning before and after the rainy season was possible. The drain from Kucha No 7 to a local temple would be covered with slabs.

He said work would soon start for the pavement of drains in Field Ganj from Kucha No 8 to Kucha No 16 and water supply lines would be laid in left out areas by the end of the financial year. The ongoing work for the beautification of the park on Hargobind Marg was near completion and it would be inaugurated in next couple of days.

Prominent among others present at the occasion were Mr Prem Mittal, Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Rakesh Parashar, councillor, Mr Parminder Singh Kanwal, Mr Ajaib Singh Kapoor, Mr Vikas Dua, Mr Goldy Sabharwal, Mr Kanwaljit Singh Bobby, Mr Vipan Gulati, Mr Nand Sabharwal, Mr Madhu Sudan, Mr Chanchal Singh, Ms Pinki Arora, Ms Darshna Devi, Mr Paramjit Singh Pamma, Mr Parminder Singh Kittu, Mr Gursharan Singh Pappu, Mr Inderjit Singh Sweety, Mr Inderjit Singh Manga, Dr Amarjit Singh and Mr Ashwani Kumar.


Spurious drugs worth lakhs being sold in city
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, November 15
Spurious medicines worth lakhs of rupees are being brought and sold in the city openly by the drug mafia around the region. According to the latest reports, out of the Rs 20,000-crore pharmaceutical market in India, spurious drugs alone amount to nearly Rs 4,000 crore. Sources add that spurious medicines worth lakhs of rupees are brought and sold in Ludhiana and Jalandhar after every two-three days as the cities are considered to be the biggest market of fake medicines in this part of the region.

Even the district Druggist and Chemist Association has expressed its helplessness in stopping this unethical practice. The general secretary of the association confirmed that a substantial amount of spurious drugs were being brought and sold in the city without bills. “Authorised company stockists, retailers or wholesale dealers are not involved in the scam. The persons responsible for this menace do not have godowns or offices. They have a huge network with many agents and operate on their own. These medicines are brought to the city through the border areas of Delhi, Haryana and Ghaziabad. We are against the drug mafia which plays with the lives of innocents. But we really cannot do much because it is ultimately the government which has to take action,” said the general secretary.

A source in the Health Department said on condition of anonymity that medicines were being brought to the city openly by the culprits. “But it is unfortunate that the departments concerned have failed to bring the culprits to book. Is it possible that without the connivance of officials, this illegal business can flourish so much?”, he asked.

The pharmaceutical industry, including those manufacturing spurious drugs, is growing at the rate of 20 per cent annually, which means that every year the chances of buying a medicine that can do more harm than good are also rising proportionately. Despite the use of a hologram by large pharmacy companies to protect their products, spurious drug business continues to flourish in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, etc.

Mr D.P. Dubey, general secretary of the Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives of India, while talking to this correspondent said it was high time now to check this menace as the World Health Organisation (WHO) had also recently expressed its concern over the sale of fake drugs.”The government should appoint more drug inspectors to control the growing problem of fake drugs”, Mr Dubey said.

Meanwhile, various city doctors said spurious drugs posed a major threat to the patients. A city-based gynaecologist, Dr Iqbal Ahuja said,”With these medicines, the disease is not cured. The patient becomes panicky and loses trust in the doctor. In severe cases, if the disease is not controlled, the patient can lose his life also. The rapid growth of fake medicines should be stopped immediately. At times, it becomes very difficult to tell the difference between fake and real medicines by merely looking at the package. The technology employed for making fake drugs has become so advanced that even an expert cannot tell the difference”.

The president of the local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said fake drugs generally contained the same salts but their purity and quantity was suspect. As a result, patients consume more amount of drugs to get relief but they do not get the desired result. “A lot more has to be done to eradicate fake or substandard medicines. The administration should ensure that chemists sell drugs on prescription only. This single step alone will lower the sale of medicines by half”, said Dr Gursharan.


‘Politicians to blame for social ailments’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 15
A section of political leaders who took over after the British left and have continued to rule India on the same capitalist system of British imperialism are responsible for problems of the country.

This was stated by Prof Randhir Singh, political scholar and retired professor in political theory at the University of Delhi, who was delivering his keynote lecture on “Our forgotten heritage-in context of present Indian scenario” at a seminar on the contribution of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha and Shaheed Vishnu Ganesh Pingley of the Ghadar movement organised by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch at Punjabi Bhavan here today.

Prof Randhir Singh said that the continuation of the same socio-political system was the root cause for all sufferings of the common man in the country. The revolutionary stream of freedom fighters, who wanted to liberate India, not only from the British rulers, but also from its capitalist political structure, had wanted to build Indian society on the basis of economic and social equality. Their dream was not fulfilled as rulers changed, but Indian society could not be liberated from the exploitative political system of imperialism.

This political system was responsible for the ever-growing exploitation of the working class and the Indian economy at the hands of imperialism. The main objectives of the freedom fighters of Ghadar movement were to build an independent India on the basis of equality, communal harmony and liberation from exploitation, he added.

The function was presided over by Prof Jagmohan Singh, nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, and Mata Jagdish Kaur, sister of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, was chief guest. A discussion was held on problems faced by Indian people and their political theoretical solution.

Prof A.K. Maleri, president of the manch, put forward a resolution to resist the Tamil Nadu Government’s oppressive measures to curb the rights of the Press and against the move of the Indian Government to hand over Nepal Communist leader Chander Prakash Gajurel to the Nepal Government.


Amarinder govt to fall on its own, says Kanwaljit
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will not make any effort for the fall of the Amarinder Singh government in the state, which will collapse within days due to its wrong policies and internal dissatisfaction among Congress legislators said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD General Secretary and former Finance Minister. He was talking to mediapersons at Salana, his native village, after a condolence meeting on Thursday.

Lashing out at the policies of the Congress government, he pointed out that compared to the income target for the current fiscal year of Rs 3,300 crore from sales tax, it was not likely to cross Rs 2,400 crore. To cope with the situation, the Punjab Government had been trying to seek a Rs 5,000-crore loan from World Bank, which had imposed conditions like the privatisation of the PSEB and hike in power tariff, potable and canal water rates and school and college fees.

The maintenance of old roads and laying of new roads had come to a standstill and the government would impose toll tax on state highways, he alleged. All these measures would prove disastrous for the people of Punjab he asserted. During the SAD regime, the Congress had opposed the proposal of the World Bank loan in the Vidhan Sabha on the ground that it was against the interests of the people of the state.

The cost of farming inputs imported from other states were higher than the procurement price of farm produce, he said. Crop procurement rates were under stagnation for the last two years, he added.

Punjab was in a financial crisis and had not been able to pay pension benefits to the retired, medical bills, building rent and arrears of employees. The government had banned recruitment and all development works were in a state of stagnation, he maintained.


Bank manager caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 15
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau yesterday claimed to have caught a bank manager for taking bribe from a city resident in order to clear a loan.

Surinder Chopra, Manager, UCO Bank, Lalton, was caught in a raid by the Vigilance Bureau at his residence in New Kitchlu Nagar here. He was accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Harjit Singh of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.

According to a spokesman for the Vigilance Department, the complainant had applied for a loan from the bank. The bank manager demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000 for clearing an instalment of Rs 2 lakh. The complainant approached the Vigilance Bureau, which laid a trap and caught the accused red-handed.


Scooterist robbed of Rs 51,000
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, November 15
Unidentified car-borne robbers snatched Rs 51,000 and a mobile phone set from scooterist Mohammad Raqib near Masani village under Goraya-Phillaur police station on Thursday night. A case has been registered.


Punjab seeks freight subsidy on egg export
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 15
The state government has sought freight subsidy from the Centre on export of eggs from Punjab through the Kandla port in order to increase their demand and marketability so that poultry farmers in the state can earn more benefits.

This was stated by Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister, Jagmohan Singh Kang, while addressing the Punjab poultry farmers conference after inaugurating it at Pal Auditorium on the PAU campus here, today.

Mr Kang said earlier, Punjab was the leading state in poultry production, but of late, it had been relegated to third position. He said this conference had been conducted with a view to ponder over the decline and hoped that something fruitful would crystallize after interaction of poultry farmers with scientists’ technical experts and private poultry sector staff.

Mr Kang said to save the poultry farmers, marketing of eggs and broiler meat was the key area, where a major overhaul was needed. He said the price of the produce was not remunerative as, a major portion of a profit was gulped down by traders.

The minister called upon big private houses to set up egg and meat processing plants in the state, for which the government would offer all necessary help. He exhorted the farmers to pay attention to quality of eggs and see to it that the eggs produced by them were bacteria-free and free from chemical residues, so as to compete in the global market.

Mr Kang said for diversification of agriculture, poultry, dairy, piggery, fisheries offered a good alternative and it required little infrastructure and provided employment. The minister said yesterday, the government launched the mobile veterinary hospital scheme in order to provide veterinary services in remote and far- flung areas of the state, where veterinary services were not adequate. He further said 45 mobiles would operate in the state which would cover 540 villages.

The Vice-Chancellor , Dr K. S. Aulakh lamented that the prices of eggs during the past 20 years had not increased appreciably, though the cost of inputs had increased manifold. He stated that in India, per capita consumption of eggs was 36 per year, whereas, in China it was 312, Japan 346 and USA 255.

The Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Mr D. S. Bains, stated that in order to fetch remunerative price, the poultry farmers should go in for value-added products. After processing, keeping quality and self-life of products could be improved and could be exported to other countries. He further added that all Deputy Commissioners had been issued guidelines for giving egg as midday meal to schoolchildren. Mr Bains remarked that the state government had started the turkey pilot project to increase the income of farmers who could start it as back yard farming.


Reliance offer a big draw
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 15
The Reliance India Mobile (RIM) celebration offer, launched all over the country by the cell phone giant, turned out to be bonanza for subscribers in the city, with a host of prizes being won by them. Local Reliance subscribers won prizes of one Videocon one-ton airconditioner, three Videocon 21-inch flat televisions, one Videocon mini-refrigerator, one Videocon refrigerator, three Videocon automatic washing machines, six LG travel chargers, seven Samsung batteries, 15 LG car kits and 274 US-Canada cards with 51 minutes ISD talk time.

Mr Kapil Taneja, Head Operations, Ludhiana region, distributed the prizes. He congratulated the winners and assured them of world-class customer service experience.

The company had launched RIM celebrations offer for its customers across India, where the slogan was ‘Everybody wins everyday’. Prizes worth Rs 10 crore were offered under the scheme. The bumper prizes under the scheme included one Cheverlot Optra car, 40 Samsung Plano 34-inch televisions, 100 Zenith Pentium PCs and 100 Videocon 1.5-ton airconditioners.

The weekly draw prizes included 300 Videocon 21-inch flat televisions, 300 Videocon automatic washing machines, 300 Videocon refrigerators, 300 Videocon one-tonne airconditioners, 30 Videocon DVD players, 300 Videocon mini-refrigerators, 2500 LG car kits, 500 Samsung battery chargers, 500 LG batteries, 1000 Samsung batteries and 1000 LG travel chargers.

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