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Hospital releases Bindu’s body
She died of asphyxia, says post-mortem
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
The agonising wait of a Raikot family for the body of their daughter ended this evening when the Safdargunj hospital authorities at New Delhi finally released the body after 10 days.
“We have won a small battle. But the battle for getting punishment for the persons responsible for the death of Ikwinder Kaur, alias Bindu, is on” said an agitated family member.

This was made possible after a two-day-long legal battle was fought at the Delhi high court, which ultimately went in favour of the aggrieved family. An FIR was lodged at the Indira Gandhi International Airport police station in Delhi this morning against her NRI husband, mother-in-law and other relatives under sections 498 and 302, IPC. The accused are based at Manila, Phlippines, while some of their close relatives live in Kalsan village here.

The post-mortem examination conducted at Safdargunj hospital states asphyxia as the cause of death. Injury marks were found on the neck which could be of strangulation by a rope.

this was told to The Tribune over the phone, by Mr Keval Kaushik, advocate of the deceased's family. the Delhi police might take the help of the Punjab Police for further investigations.

Though the Delhi High court had directed the hospital authorities to release the body on January 28 and conduct a post-mortem, the hospital authorities had refused, saying it could not do so until a FIR was registered in the case.

The deceased's father Karnail Singh again approached the court yesterday. A copy of the orders by Judge B N Chaturvedi noted that the family had already complained to the police station at the IGI Airport but no action was taken. It directed the police officials to immediately lodge an FIR so that the body could be released and a post-mortem conducted.

Family sources said Karnail Singh and Naseeb Kaur cried unconsolably at seeing the body. They had send her off as a bride and were seeing her corpse today.

It was two years ago that the aged couple gave a warm send-off to their young daughter, Bindu, who flew to Manila with her NRI husband, Rajinder Singh. The family had then sold off 2.5 acres of land to arrange for her dowry. The woman was four months’ pregnant and had a one-and -a-half-year-old daughter, who is with her father in Manila.

Bindu reportedly died under mysterious circumstances at Manila on January 14. The news of her death were broken to her family here by her husband over the phone.

The family alleges that their daughter was often harassed for dowry and beaten up for objecting to her husband having an illicit relationship.

“Her husband said she committed suicide by hanging herself but her mother-in-law said she fell from a motor cycle and died”, said the aggrieved father .

Karnail Singh put pressure on his son-in-law to send the body back home a common relative, Tarsem Singh ,was to accompany the body. However, on January 20, when they reached the airport, the body had arrived but Tarsem Singh was missing. He had cancelled his ticket at Manila itself.

With no papers accompanying the body, the Airport officials refused to give it to the claimants. However, Karnail Singh alleged one of the officials demanded Rs 20,000 for "getting everything cleared". He said he and his friends could arrange for only Rs 6000 at that time, which was rejected by the official. 



Cong loath to try senior leaders: Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal said today that the “dynastic” Congress was banking upon the perceived charisma of Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi to win the parliamentary poll as the Sonia Gandhi card had failed to click with the electorate in the Assembly elections.

Accompanied by party general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal, he called upon ailing former SGPC chief Jagdev Singh Talwandi here this evening. The latter was admitted to Hero DMC Heart Centre yesterday. His condition is stated to be stable.

The Badals also enquired about the health of Mrs Sukhdev Kaur Grewal, mother of former minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, who has also been admitted to the heart centre.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Parkash Singh Badal said the Congress was not willing to test other senior leaders but were projecting Rahul and Priyanka as the new faces, even though the latter had nothing to show in the political arena but their lineage. He stated that the Congress had failed to remain in step with the times and it was not in touch with the ground realities.

He said the “stock” of the Congress was at an all-time low and the party was desperate to make “opportunistic” alliances that could ensure victory in the Lok Sabha poll. He said the Congress was not averse to joining hands with those regional parties which were not ideologically similar to it. Mr Parkash Singh Badal charged the Capt Amarinder Singh government with betraying the mandate of the people by pursuing “anti-people” policies. He said the “people-friendly” schemes started by the previous SAD-BJP government had been discontinued. He alleged that the government had sabotaged the Bathinda refinery project which was brought to the state by the Akalis.

Replying to a query on whether Mr Sukhbir Badal would contest from Ludhiana, he said the party was yet to decide on the candidates but stated that the former would recontest from Faridkot. “We are shortlisting candidates and will release the final list after the elections are announced. Only ‘winnable’ candidates will be picked by the party,” he pointed out.



City to have seven multi-level parking lots 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has chalked out an ambitious plan for the construction of seven multi-level parking lots in different localities of the city. On completion, these parking lots would provide sufficient parking space for vehicles in prime commercial areas and ease congestion on the roads due to indiscriminate parking by motorists.

Giving details of the project, the Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, said the sites identified for the parking places were Feroze Gandhi Market (21,000 sq ft), near Mai Nand Kaur Gurdwara in Ghumar Mandi (8,000 sq ft), Mini Rose Garden (6250 sq ft), Campa Cola Chowk on Gill Road (15,000 sq ft), Main Market Sarabha Nagar (25,000 sq ft), Daresi Road (16,000 sq ft) and Bhadaur House (30,000 sq ft).

The total estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 9 crore and these parking lot would have different levels ranging between basement and ground floor up to a maximum of two and a half storeys depending upon the design, availability of the ground space and the tentative need for parking space. The funds for the construction of the lots would be provided by the corporation from its own resources and subsequently the cost would be recovered by auction of these paid parking facilities to contractors.

Mr Sharma said the corporation had been making efforts to regulate the traffic movement and check the tendency of parking vehicles on both sides of the busy and congested roads in the city without much success so far, primarily due to lack of adequate parking space. In some areas like Ghumar Mandi and Mall Road yellow lines were painted on both sides of the road for parking of the vehicles, but the exercise did not yield the desired results as the stipulated space within the yellow lines was far too inadequate for the number of two-wheelers and cars.



Car thieves held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
The district police today claimed to have achieved a major success with the busting of two inter-state gangs indulging in car thefts and looting of passengers in the region for the past quite some time.

Four members of a gang specialising in stealing cars after drugging car owners have been caught by the Division No 3 police and nine vehicles have been recovered from them. The Division No. 2 police has nabbed four members of a separate gang for the same crime and recovered a stolen Indica car from them.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Harish Kumar, SP City-I, and DSP Harpreet Singh Mander, said the police was on their pursuit for quite some time.

The gang members were identified as Major Singh, his brother Dalip Singh, Paramajit Singh, alias Pamma, and Suresh Kumar. Dalip Singh was the gang leader and his brother, Shamsher Singh, alias Shera, had absconded.

The gang used to hire taxis and then drug the unsuspecting drivers with ladoos or cold drink that had been laced with intoxicants. The second gang after stealing the cars would ply them as taxis and then loot passengers by offering them eatables laced with drugs. These gang members were identified as Sunil Kumar, Raj Kumar, Gurmeet Singh, and Balwant Singh.



MC employees stage dharna
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
The ‘sangharsh committee’ of Municipal Corporation employees organised a ‘silent dharna’ in front of corporation’s headquarters here yesterday in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands. While submitting a charter of demand to the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, the protesters, led by Mr Hans Raj Gagat, lamented that the state government and the civic authorities had done a little to grant justice to the employees despite giving repeated assurances.

According to him, the committee had served an ultimatum of 15 days to the civic administration on November 13 for acceptance of demands and an agitation was proposed to be launched from November 27 in case the government failed to take a positive approach. However, on the assurance of the corporation administration that the matter would be taken up with the government for acceptance of their demands, the employees had deferred the stir.

The main demand of the agitating workers was restoration of recruitment on compassionate grounds for one eligible family member of the employees dying while in service. Even though the government was said to have removed the ban on such recruitment but practically no headway was made and all pending cases of recruitment on compassionate grounds were gathering dust for a long time.

Other demands listed in the memorandum included regularisation of daily wagers, filling up vacant posts of sanitary supervisors, promotion of eligible safai sewaks to the posts of sanitary supervisors and sanitary supervisors to sanitary inspectors, payment on rates approved by the Deputy Commissioner to part-time safai sewaks, insurance cover for safai sewaks, sewer men and other Class IV employees, filling vacant posts of clerical staff, providing needed equipment and implements to safai sewaks and sewer men, payment of salaries by cheques to avoid exploitation, time-scale promotion to all employees and issuing passbooks of provident fund accounts to all employees.

The committee further called to scrap the system of area sanitation committees and deployment of permanent employees for this job, grant of arrears of bonus, dearness allowance and other allowances, settlement of pending cases of insurance claims of deceased employees, grant of promotion to educated and eligible Class IV workers and completion of backlog in all departments through due promotions or recruitment.



Father of the Nation remembered 
Our Correspondent

Ludhianvis pay tributes to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi
Ludhianvis pay tributes to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, January 30
Rich tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi on his martyrdom day here today. Congress party workers led by president of the District Congress Committee (Urban) Jagmohan Sharma, took out a 'parbhat pheri' in the morning.

Reciting 'raghupati raghav raja ram', the Congress men marched to the statue of the Father of the Nation near the main office of the Municipal Corporation and paid floral tributes.

The Congress workers took a pledge to follow in the footsteps of the Mahatma and to uphold his ideals of tolerance, peace, truth and communal brotherhood.

Mr Jagmohan Sharma exhorted the party workers to safeguard the hard won freedom of the country and to work for the creation of a classless and equitable society .

Among others, Mr Sushil Parashar, Mr Pritpal Singh Ghayal, Ms Sheela Masih, Mr Dharmvir, Mr Sanjay Sharma, Mr Ashwani Kapoor, Mr Baldev Sharma, Mr Sat Pal Lamba, Mr Inderjit Toni, Mr Brij Mohan Sharma, Mr Harwinder Happy, Mr Bittu Bhullar, Mr Vinod Gogi, Mr Varun Mehta, Mr Rakesh Sharma and Mr Gurmel Singh Pardesi were present at the occasion.

Youth Congress activists held a prayer meeting in New Vishnu Puri locality. they garlanded the portrait of Gandhi and observed a two-minute silence in memory of the leader.

Speaking at the occasion, party functionaries observed that it was largely due to freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi that the country had attained independence and the Indian people had the privilege of living in a free country.

the non-violent movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi to force the British to leave India, had no parallel in the history of the world.

Prominent among those present at the meeting were Mr Kewal Arora, Mr Pankaj Sood, Mr Balbir Billa, Mr Nirmal Bittu, Mr B.S. Thakur, Mr Ravinder Bittu, Mr K.K. Kharbanda, Mr Rajesh Rajja, Mr Nek Chand, Mr Sher Chand, Mr Amarjit, Mr Sat Pal, Mr Harpreet Singh, Mr Sewa Ram, Mr Ved Parkash, Mr Shasher Singh and Mr Rajinder Kumar.

The Punjab Pradesh Panthers Party workers burnt an effigy of Nathu Ram Godse, assassin of Mahatma Gandhi ,as a symbolic protest against all violent forces.



Ludhianvis in Lahore for World Punjabi conference
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
A number of people from Ludhiana have gone to Lahore to attend the World Punjabi Conference. And some of them have reportedly been trying to mark their attendance with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who is also attending the conference. Some of them are learnt to have seized the opportunity to prepare their ground for furthering their case for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Prominent among those who have gone to Lahore included the Minister for Higher Education, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, the Vice-Chairman of the Punjab Planning Board, Mr S.S. Johl, the president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association, Punjab, Mr N.S. Nanda, and Congress leaders namely Mr Jagpal Singh Khangoora and Ms Gurdial Kaur Khangoora.

It is learnt that some businessmen have also gone to Lahore to explore the possibilities of trade. Although the decision to that effect will need to be finalised and approved at a higher level, yet the businessmen are learnt to be exploring the potential there so that they can push the case back home for approval (with the government of India).

While Mr Johar has gone in his capacity as the head of the languages department, Mr Johl’s inclusion in the delegation is said to be quite significant since he may provide on the spot inputs to the Chief Minister, who is said to be keen on exploring the possibilities of exporting wheat to Pakistan. Mr Johl is a well-known agricultural economist.



Naik cremated

Sahnewal, January 30
Naik Chanan Singh of 14 Sikh Light Infantry, who died in an avalanche in Guraj sector of Srinagar on January 25, was today cremated at his native village, Kaddon.
His body reached the village in the morning. Naik Chanan Singh, 27, was the son of Kala Singh and Kesar Kaur and the only brother of four sisters. He had got married three months ago.

The bhog ceremony will take place on February 8. Among those who attended the cremation were Mr Tej Parkash Singh Kotli, Transport Minister, Punjab, Lt- Col Vohra, Mr Manpreet Singh, SDM, Payal, Mr Pardeep Singh Bains, Naib Tehsildar, Commander Tarloahcn Singh, District Army Welfare Officer, Commander Makhan Singh, Lt Nitin Gulati and DSP Amrik Singh Minhas. OC



‘Indane  safety clinic’ organised
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 30
“Indane safety clinic” was organised here by Gian Gas Service, Doraha, under the aegis of Indian Oil Corporation Limited to increase awareness about oil and gas conservation.

The fortnight-long clinic, which began on January 15, was presided over by Mr S.K. Wassan, assistant manager and district coordinator, LPG, along with Mr Devinderpal Singh, proprietor, Gian Gas Service, Doraha, made people aware of the correct methods of using LPG products and other safety measures.



Council passes projects’ estimates
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 30
The local Municipal Council today passed estimates for various development projects worth Rs 1.6 crore at its monthly meeting held in the municipal town hall.
The meeting was presided over by the vice-president Mr Sanjay Ghai. The council also decided to continue the suspension of clerk Malkit Singh and deferred the promotion of some employees.


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