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Lalla’s murder exposes gang war
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 13s
The arrest of the four accused in the Lalla murder case, announced by the police this evening, has brought into limelight a gang war. The rivalries reached a high point with the murder of conman Anil Sharma, alias Lalla.

Each of the six accused in the Lalla murder case had a personal score to settle with the deceased and had come together with a common desire of taking revenge on him.

According to the police the rivalry began with a murderous attack on Nirdosh Dhand last year. The district police claimed that Dhand was an arms supplier.

SSP Narinderpal Singh told mediapersons that DSP Simrat Pal Singh Dhindsa and SI Gurpreet Singh arrested four persons near Partap Singhwala village late last night, who were later identified as the four wanted in the February 9 killing of Lalla.

They are Raman Kumar, Akashdeep Singh, Mohan Lal and Kuljinder Singh. The SSP said three weapons were used in the crime, of which a .12-bore countrymade pistol has been recovered.

According to the police, it was Dhand who had arranged the weapons from Uttar Pradesh and supplied it to the suspects. Nirdosh Dhand and his brother Vijay Dhand were still on the run.

Police officials disclosed that the four had in their questioning revealed that Lalla had rubbed them on the wrong side on many occasions and they were waiting to teach him and his accomplices a lesson. Kuljinder Singh used to ply a Tata Sumo and smuggle liquor along with Lalla from Chandigarh to Ludhiana. On being caught Lalla had put the blame on Kuljinder and was booked.

Akashdeep was supporting Kuljinder in the case and was beaten by Lalla and his men in the court complex. Similarly Raman Rana was also beaten by Lalla in the Civil Hospital complex.

Mohan Lal was the police informer in the casino busting case in Model Town last month. Lalla was sheltering the persons running the casino and threatened Mohan Lal.

Dhand and his brother were also gunning for Lalla’s blood as he was allegedly sheltering some youths who had stabbed Nirdosh outside his house last year.



4 accused held, in police remand
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 13
The Judicial Magistrate, Mr B.S. Deol, remanded four suspects in the Lalla murder case in police remand till February 17.
Raman Kumar, Akashdeep Singh, Kuljinder Singh and Mohan Lal were produced in the court afternoon amid tight security to avoid any untoward incident. The Assistant Public Prosecutor, Mr Sanjeev Kochhar, sought police remand for all on the plea that pistols used by them while committing offence were still to be recovered.

Defence counsel opposed the prosecution with the plea that their clients were already in police custody. He added that they had been falsely implicated. As the dispute between Rana and Lalla had already been resolved there was no question of killing him.



Infant found dumped in sack
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 13
A newborn girl was found in a garbage dump in the Chander Nagar area this morning.
The infant, whose umbilical cord was still attached, was found in a sack, which was tied tightly with a rope, and left to die in the dump. The infant was spotted by some ragpickers.

While picking rags, they heard the cries of a child from the sack. They opened the sack and found the infant without clothes.

The ragpickers then called a resident living opposite the vacant plot, being used as a dump. His brother, Mr Pushpinder Bhanot, a political activist, took the infant to his house, where his wife arranged for clothes, besides feeding the infant.

Later, Mr Bhanot took the infant to the local DMC Hospital where the doctors diagnosed her with pneumonia due to prolonged exposure and admitted her to the emergency ward. Her condition was stated to be out of danger. Doctors attending on her said she would be discharged within a day or two.

After the news spread, three families came forward to adopt the infant. Interestingly, these families almost entered a brawl, claiming their right on the infant.

Mr Bhanot then took the possession of the infant and said he would enquire about the families interested in adopting it. “How can the girl be passed on to an unknown person. Had the infant been male, it could have been given to anybody. It is a girl and needs to be in safe hands,” he said.

He added that it was a five to six hours old infant and there was a possibility that it was dumped in the midnight.

“She could have died had the ragpickers not seen her. Her hands and feet were cold and she was crying. She has got a home now,” said Mrs Bhanot.

As the incident shook the onlookers, who gathered near the spot soon after the news spread like wild fire in the area, three families came forward to adopt the girl.

Women were seen talking about the cruel manner in which the girl was dumped by her parents.



Youth Akali Dal rally may run into rough weather
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 13
While the youth Akali Dal is gearing up for its February 16 rally at Bhanaur, near here, some leaders in the Bharatiya Janata Party have reportedly expressed their reservations over the participation of some leaders from the parties which have already parted ways with the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre. This has threatened the very success of the rally as the local BJP is learnt to have conveyed to its national leadership that the presence of leaders like Mr Omar Abdullah, Mr Ajay Chautala and Mr Abhay Chautala might be embarrassing for them.

The rally being organised by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, president of the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal, is being viewed as his bid to build up pressure for getting the party nomination for the Ludhiana parliamentary seat. However, his plans may go haywire as Mr Abdullah and the two Chautalas are no longer with the NDA. All of them have been spitting venom at the BJP of late after parting ways with the NDA.

However, Mr Dhillon tried to play down the issue while insisting that it is not the party which the leaders would be representing. It is for their being young. He maintained that the young leaders from different states have been invited. Besides the two Chautalas and Mr Abdullah, the organisers have also invited Mr Udhay Thackrey, son of Shiv Sena chief, Mr Bal Thackrey.

Notwithstanding the claims of Mr Dhillon, it is learnt that the senior BJP leadership might keep away from the rally. It may even make Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, two Akali stalwarts to review their plans to attend the rally as they may not like to share the dais with the leaders who are no longer a part of the NDA. Rather, they have turned NDA’s bitter critics.

The rally is being organised under the patronage of Mr Sukhbir Badal. There are apprehensions among the BJP leaders here that encouraged by the stand taken by the National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian National Lok Dal in Haryana, the Shiromani Akali Dal may also be trying to exert pressure on the BJP, although it may not afford to part ways with the party right now. This is apprehended to be done at the behest of the junior Badal, who is understood to believe that SAD should have an assertive and dominant role in the alliance, at least in Punjab.

A senior BJP leader here said that the rally may serve the purpose of voicing the aspirations for the ticket of a youth leader, but it might disturb the cordial nature of relations enjoyed by SAD and the BJP so far against all odds. Ultimately the rally might prove to be a low key affair.



Noise pollution nuisance for students
Our Correspondent

Ahmedgarh, February 13
Mr Tarsem Sharma, president of the Subhash Chander Bose Society, a social welfare organisation, yesterday urged the district administration to curb the rising noise pollution in the town in view of the forthcoming examinations.

Mr Sharma told Ludhiana Tribune that noise pollution in the town was high due to various melas and ‘jagrans’ being held in the town from time to time and the student community was finding it hard to concentrate on studies . Apart from the noise from ‘jagrans’ and marriage palaces, noise from religious places, especially in the evenings, was also adding to the problem, he added.

Mr Sharma has written to the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur and the Chief Secretary, Panjab Government to get the Supreme Court orders in this regard implemented at the earliest so that the students could prepare for their examinations.



Kalpana Chawla’s biography released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 13
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr K.S. Aulakh, yesterday released a biography of Kalpana Chawla. It has been written by Gurdeep Pandher, a local youth who belongs to Siar village near here.
Dr Aulakh commended the efforts of Pandher in compiling such a good book.

He pointed out that a lot of labour went into compiling a book. Moreover, writing a biography demands a lot of research, labour and hard work. He praised the commitment of Pandher in accomplishing this task, which he performed single-handedly within a short time.

The Vice-Chancellor said the youth and the students should seek inspiration from the life and achievements of Kalpana Chawla. He pointed out that Kalpana Chawla had achieved starry heights and great success in her short life. It only needs commitment and perseverance to reach the top, he pointed out.

He said, there was always a great deal to learn from the biographies of great people like Kalpana Chawla who serve as inspiration for millions.

Pandher said he had always been impressed by the glorious achievement of Kaplana Chawla. He pointed out that Kalpana had immortalised herself by her glorious death. He said Kalpana had lived and died in glory only and set an example for millions and millions of youth not just across the country, but everywhere in the world.



Debate held on Valentine’s Day
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 13
The local unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised a debate on “Celebration of Valentine’s Day is an attack on Indian culture” at Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College here today.

A team of two students each from seven colleges of the city participated in the debate. Richa of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women won the first prize. The second prize was shared between Vibhuti of Arya College for Women and Shilpi of SDP College for Women. Teamwise, the first trophy went to Arya College for Women. The team of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women was declared runner up.

Mr Jagmohan Gupta, president, Sanatan Dharam Sabha, was the chief guest. Principal B.D. Budhiraja presided over the function. 



11 students hurt in mishap

Khanna, February 13
Eleven students of Nankana Sahib Public School, Isru, were injured in a an accident near Nasrali village today.

According to information, a school bus collided with a truck coming from opposite side. Eleven students and the driver of the bus were injured. Two students along with the driver, who were in a serious condition, had been referred to a Ludhiana hospital. OC


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