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Police wants to shut suicide case, father writes to NHRC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 4
Questioning the claims of the police that the case of suicide by Ashish Hansi, a local IAS aspirant, should be closed as the SMS received on his mobile phone were forwarded under the number of a customer care service, the father of the victim today produced a list of incoming calls from the mobile number that had been provided by the Telecom Department some months ago.

The police had written to the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) that there was no need for an investigation as no calls could be made or SMS forwarded by this number.

Ashish had committed suicide on February 20 last year. His father, Mr N.M. Hansi, had been alleging that he had committed suicide following pressure as was evident from SMS received on his mobile after his death. The call list was made available by the telecom department in November after Mr Hansi moved the PSHRC. The department had also submitted a list of incoming calls from the “suspected” number to the commission.

Mr Hansi produced the list of calls made from 9417099995 between November 5, 2002, and February 9, 2003. ‘‘Surprisingly, the police had stated to the PSHRC that my son's mobile phone had not received any SMS and hence there was no need for an investigation,’’ he said.

Mr Hansi claimed that after his son's death, he had read some suspicious SMS on his cell phone. He said he could not make out anything as the message was in a coded language.

The call list issued by the BSNL authorities shows that Ashish had received calls from 9417099995 which was a number of the mobile service centre of the BSNL at Chandigarh.

‘‘I am submitting the list to the PSHRC again as I want to counter the claims of the police. How can it say that no SMS was received by Ashish when we had started fighting the case on the basis of SMS only?’’ he asked.

Mr Hansi said he suspected that the number concerned belonged to a bureaucrat and the police was trying to shield him. He alleged that after his son's death, the number had been surrendered.

Mr Hansi said he had also filed a petition to the NHRC stating that he was not satisfied with the proceedings of the case. He has also written to the President, alleging that the mystery could not be unravelled as the BSNL authorities were claiming that the number was of the mobile service centre.

Ashish's suicide note said ‘‘he was feeling too pressurised.’’ On the fateful day, he was studying in his room. When his father knocked on his door, he got no response following which he broke open the door and found his son hanging. He was taken to hospital where he was declared brought dead. 



Six killed, 29 hurt as truck overturns
Our Correspondent

Samrala, March 4
Six persons were killed and 29 injured when a truck overturned near a petrol station in Hedon village, 7 km from here, today.
While two were killed on the spot, four succumbed to their injuries at the Civil Hospital here.

The injured were also admitted to the same hospital, but five in serious condition were shifted to Ludhiana.

Four of the dead that could be identified were Kala, Sewa Singh, Sarabjit Singh and Baljinder Singh, all of Mallanwala village, near Ferozepore.

The truck was a white Tata 709 (PB-05 F-9642). The victims were going to Anandpur Sahib to celebrate Hola Mohalla.

Those identified among the injured were Joginder Singh, Major Singh, Dalip Singh, Gurbachan Singh, Kulbir Singh, Gurdev Singh, Tarsem, Raj Kumar, Sukhbir Singh and Santokh Singh.

The victims were removed to the Civil Hospital by vehicles passing by on the road and residents of nearby villages.

The bodies have been kept in the post-mortem room of the hospital and kin of the deceased have been informed by the police.

According to the SMO, Samrala, the condition of the injured persons in the hospital is stable.



Man held for hoodwinking police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 4
The police today arrested a resident of Phulanwal village when he was allegedly trying to take away a tractor on “supardari” papers obtained from a Ludhiana court by personating as the owner of the vehicle.

A Ludhiana-based advocate, who identified the man, Karamjit Singh, before the judge and another resident of Phulanwal village who stood guarantee are also in soup.

The tractor, reportedly used in a land grabbing incident in Dehlon, was in the possession of the Dehlon police.

The accused was unable to start the tractor and in the meantime, a police personnel who was suspicious of his credentials managed to learn the truth.

SHO Dehlon Rachpal Singh said the tractor was confiscated by the police after some persons left it behind in an abortive land grabbing incident in the village early this week. An FIR had been registered by the police. He said as per the papers of the vehicle, it belonged to Harnek Singh of Kaniyan Hussaini village near Sidhwan Bet. Karamjit Singh claimed to have bought the tractor and had not got it transferred in his name.

Sub-Inspector Rachpal Singh said they had informed the judge from whose courts the papers had been issued. The police had got permission from the court to examine the documents presented by the accused while staking his claim.



Leaders working in tandem: Cong
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 4
Admitting that there are some differences between Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh and his deputy, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Congress spokesman, Abhishek Singhvi said here today that they were working in tandem to ensure phenomenal success for the party in the state.

Addressing a press conference, after attending a meeting of block presidents of the district, Mr Singhvi stated that both leaders had already resolved their differences and were working overtime for the success of the party in the Lok Sabha elections. Replying to a question as to why Ms Bhattal avoided sharing the dais with the Chief Minister, Mr Singhvi maintained that even if they were holding separate rallies, their agenda was to strengthen the party.

The Congress spokesman said he was confident about the party prospects in the state as the tally was likely to improve here. About Ludhiana, he said the party would win with a larger margin. While he did not speak anything about the candidate, he said, the names would be announced soon.

He criticised the National Democratic Alliance government at the centre for its ‘total failure’. He observed that the feel-good factor was a myth which was getting shattered with each passing day. He alleged that the NDA government had wasted the precious money of the state for glorifying itself.

Mr Singhvi ridiculed the ‘Bharat Uday’ rath yatra of Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, apprehending that it had been planned to polarise the society once again as the BJP could not afford to avoid the temple issue. He observed, that it was the continuation of the ‘India Shining’ campaign only and had been translated into Hindi.

He claimed that Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi was getting a good response in her mass contact programme. He hoped it would be reflected in the elections.

The Congress spokesman maintained that the NDA government had nothing of its own to show to the people except continuing the same measures and policies initiated by Rajiv Gandhi in the sphere of technological advancement and computerisation and the economic policy initiated by Mr P.V. Narsimha Rao.

Earlier, addressing block presidents’ meeting at Circuit House, Mr Singhvi exhorted them to establish mass contact with the people and tell them about the policies of the government. He also pointed out that the Congress had not only provided a clean government in the state, but had punished the corrupt. He claimed that the Congress government in the state had many reasons to feel optimistic.



SAD kicks off campaign
Tribune News Service

Bhagpur, March 4
The SAD today stole a march over the Congress by kicking off its campaign from the native village of Akali candidate Sharanjit Singh Dhillon here today.
Villagers presented a purse containing Rs 1.50 lakh to the candidate in addition to weighing him against coins.

Despite the initial dissent over his selection, the Akalis seemed happy today and presented a united face at the akhand path at Mr Dhillon's house.

Mr Dhillon said people were fed up with poor governance and slow development by the Congress. He claimed that he had the support of people of his constituency.

He said people were angry at the way the anti-corruption drive had been used to target the Akalis.



This Holi, say no to synthetic colours

Preparations for Holi are in full swing, and that makes it the right time to take a look at what colours are made of and what effect they can have on us. Colours can be obtained from both natural as well as synthetic sources. Till mid-19th century, almost all dyes were of natural origin, extracted from roots, leaves, flowers, barks, fruits and seeds of plants. With the invention of synthetic dyes, the natural sources lost their importance. The synthetic dyes attracted were quickly adopted due to their wide range of shades, ease of application and consistency in reproducing a particular shade. However, these dyes are can be harmful to health.

Almost all synthetic dyes have their origin in coal tar. Therefore, they have harmful effect on skin. At the same time, effluents from dye houses using synthetic dyes are a chronic environmental hazard. It is high time a second thought is given to the use of synthetic dyes. A shift towards natural dyes has thankfully started.

One of the steps towards the promotion of natural colours is their use in Holi. As the festival involves the application of colours directly on skin, it requires extra precaution. Synthetic colours, whether liquid or dry, can cause severe skin allergies and disease. This can be prevented by using natural colours like the yellow obtained from “haldi,” blue from indigo, green from “harar,” orange from annatto seeds and grey from “golden drop.”

Extracts from these sources can be well utilised to make “gulal” powders that have not only the freshness and fragrance of nature, but also do not trouble the skin in any way. There is a need increase awareness on natural colours. Department of Clothing and Textiles, PAU, Ludhiana.



Holi utsav

Ludhiana: Shri Shyam Sunder Katha Samiti will celebrate Holi utsav from 7 pm to 10 pm on Saturday at Tapovan Ashram in Civil Lines. A meeting to review the preparations for the utsav was held on Wednesday. — OC 



Sacked employees rejoin duty
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 4
About 50 sacked employees of Hero DMC Heart Institute rejoined their duties here late last night after they were given an assurance by the management of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) that they would be given wages for the non-working period.

Mr Chander Mohan Kalia, president of the DMCH Employees Union, said they had called-off their dharna and the issue had been resolved. He said the management also assured them that the union would be taken into confidence before taking any major decisions.

About 50-odd employees of Hero DMC Heart Institute were on dharna for more than six days as the management was not allowing them to join their duties. During this phase, the union had also terminated the services of its joint-secretary, Ms Rajwant Randhawa, alleging that she had become the spokesperson for the management.

The decision of reinstating the employees was taken late last evening during a meeting of the employees’ union and the management. Union leaders had gheraoed the members of the managing society and management yesterday. 



Roads home of stray cattle
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 4
Frail and ailing cows or oxen squatt in the middle of busy roads and intersections. Honking motorists, desperately trying to manoeuvre past them is a common sight in the old city and posh localities. Cattle running helter skelter cause serious accidents. There are no takers for the stray cattle. Not even for holy cow. The couple of ‘gaushalas’ in the city are far too inadequate.

The city’s pound was closed about two years back and the responsibility for providing shelter to unproductive and stray cows was entrusted to the local ‘gaushalas’, who were being provided regular financial assistance.

In the absence of a municipal cattle pound, and the gaushalas having limited capacity roads alone are homes of stray cattle. In absence of an identification system for cattle the civic body can’t even impose a fine on owners.



Woman, accomplice held with charas
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 4
Mohinder Kaur, a widow living in Bhatha Bhagat Singh area of Abdullapur Basti, and Surjit Singh, of Dr Ambedkar Nagar in Model Town, were arrested last evening by the Division No. 7 police and booked under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.
The police said today that 120 gm of charas was seized from the accused.

Three booked: The Salem Tabri police on Wednesday registered a case under Sections 363, 366-A and 120-B of the IPC against Teli Ram, his wife Swarani, and Ravinder, residents of Bhaura village, on the statement of Ms Rajinder Kaur, a resident of Aman Nagar.

The woman had stated that the three had kidnapped her 17-year-old daughter Sunita on January 29 and taken her to an undisclosed place. Dowry allegation

The Division No. 3 police on Wednesday registered a case on the statement of Ms Puja Rani, who lives near Neem Wala chowk, against her husband Manoj Kumar and in-laws Bholi Rani and Kiran Kumar, residents of Haibowal Kalan.

The woman had stated that her in-laws were torturing her mentally and physically for dowry. No arrest has been made so far.



Kidnapped boy rescued, couple held
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 4
The Khanna police has rescued a minor boy who was kidnapped by a couple from Kishangarh village on Tuesday.
The couple Kuldeep Kaur and her husband Karnail Singh kidnapped, Maninder Singh son of Parminder Singh from Kishangarh village on Tuesday.

Following a tip-off a police party conducted raid at the residence of the accused couple in Mehndi Piur village. The child was found from the house of the accused. The couple was arrested.



Biz Clips

: South Indian Bank opened its branch here on Thursday. Located at Mall Road, it was inaugurated by Mr Satish Kumar Dhanda, chairman of the Engineering Export Promotion Council. Mr Suraj Bhan inaugurated the ATM while Mr M.M. Vyas inaugurated the lockers. The function was presided over by the chairman of the Bank, Mr A. Sethumadhavan. TNS

SAFETY DAY: Vardhman Spinning and General Mills observed National Safety Day here on Thursday. Mr V.K. Goyal, chief executive of the unit, was the chief guest. Mr M.P. Beri, Deputy Director of Factories, was the guest of honour. TNS

DECISION HAILED: The CICU on Thursday appreciated the decisions of the Excise and Taxation Department on increasing the limit for summary assessment from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 75 lakh and extending the facility of deemed assessment for cases upto 1999-2000. It condemned the insistence of the local excise and taxation authorities on trade and industry for producing Form ‘C’ and Form ‘H’ before the finalisation of deemed assessment cases. TNS


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