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Crackdown on bootleggers
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, March 31
It was a hard day for bootleggers as many were arrested and booked under the Excise Act at various police stations yesterday.

The local police seized 17 cases of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) from a vehicle, searched during a routine checking at Neemwala Chowk in the old city. A person, identified as Pritpal Singh, has been arrested under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act.

According to SSP Narinderpal Singh, a police party, headed by Inspector Harjinder Singh, had set up a naka at Neemwala Chowk under the operation night domination on March 30 when a Scorpio vehicle was signalled to stop. The search of the vehicle yielded a haul of 17 cases of 8 PM whisky, for which the driver could not produce any licence or permit.

The driver has been taken into custody and a case registered. The accused, Pritpal Singh, a resident of Hukam Singh Road, revealed he used to bring liquor from Chandigarh where it was available at cheaper rates and sell it in the local market.

The SSP said the police suspected that smuggling of liquor from Chandigarh was a well-organised racket and interrogation of the accused could lead to exposure of the network behind this activity.

Meanwhile, the Jagraon police has arrested six persons under the Excise Act and seized 200 bottles of liquor from their possession form different places in the area of police district.

Mr H.S. Bhullar, SSP, Jagraon, said on March 30 the police arrested Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Sujjapur village, from the Malak drain bridge and seized 23 bottles of 8 PM whisky and 84 bottles of country liquor. Raisdeen, a migrant from Bihar and now resident of Sidhwan Bet Road in Jagraon, was nabbed from Agwar Gujjran and 12 bottles of countrymade liquor seized from him.

Mr Bhullar said other persons arrested for trading in liquor included Pritam Singh, a resident of Pona Aligarh, with 12 bottles of IMFL (Royal Crest) and 12 bottles country liquor, Gurdev Singh, a resident of Hissowal, with 33 bottles of country liquor, Jagroop Singh, a resident of Khorran, with 12 bottles of country liquor and Megh Nath, a resident of Talwandi Khurd, with 22 bottles of country-made illicit liquor form.

The Jagraon Police chief said the police also arrested Paramjit Singh, a resident of Tahlian Deeyan Chhana in Jalandhar district, and seized 5.5 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The accused had been booked under Sections 15/61/85 of the NDPS Act

Som Nath, a resident of Gurmail Park on the Tibba Road, was intercepted at the Amarpura culvert and 10 bottles of hooch seized from him while Gajjan, a resident of Ram Nagar, was arrested with 11 bottles of hooch.

The Haibowal police arrested Harchand Singh, a resident of Nurpur Bet village, and seized 48 bottles of Bagpiper whisky and 36 bottles of Director’s Special whisky from the Maruti Esteem car being driven by the accused near Partap Singhwala village. The car was also impounded. Another person, identified as Pardeep Singh of Bank Colony in Haibowal Kalan, was held near Joshi Nagar in the locality with 60 bottles of 8 PM whisky and 24 bottles of Green Label whisky.

The division number 6 police arrested Satish Dhawan, a resident of Guru Nanak Dev Nagar, from in front of Ranjit Singh Park and nine bottles of McDowell whisky were seized from his possession.

Five alleged bootleggers were arrested by the Sadar police under the Excise Act. Those arrested have been identified as Major Singh, a resident of Laddian Khurd village, who was arrested with nine bottles of Bagpiper whisky, Suraj Kumar, a resident of Lohara village, from whose possession nine bottles of Red Knight whisky were seized, Jagrup Singh, a resident of Sarinh village from whose possession seven bottles of hooch were recovered, Gurpal Singh, another resident of Sarinh village who was arrested with nine bottles of hooch and Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Bais village, who was arrested with 120 bottles of 8 PM whisky.



Clash near courts, 6 arrested
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 31
The local police prevented a clash between two groups, armed with sticks and kirpans, adjoining the District Courts Complex here today. The SHO, Division police station no: 5, Mr Anil Joshi and PCR men reached the place of incident.

They arrested six persons: Bunty, Inderpreet, Yadwinder, Bablu, Pardeep and Jagtar Singh under Sections 323, 324, 341, 148 and 149 of the IPC following a complaint by Mohinder Kaur.

Mohinder Kaur had alleged that she had come here to meet his son, Yadwinder Singh, who was in judicial custody in the murder case of Rupinder Singh Gandhi. When she was returning alongwith her husband Jarnail Singh (one of the accused in murder case), persons of Rupinder Singh’s family attacked them.

Rupinder Singh Gandhi was murdered in September 2003 in Khanna. Eleven persons were booked in the case. Of them nine are still in custody and two, including Jarnail Singh and Shamsher Singh are on bail.



Teacher gets 5-yr RI for causing death of a student
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 31
In a significant judgement, a Fast Track Court has sentenced a teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Pakhowal Road, to five-year rigorous imprisonment 
on the charge of causing death of a student by giving him corporal punishment.

The Additional Sessions Judge cum Presiding Officer of Fast Track Court, Mr Sunil Kumar Arora, sent Jinder Pal Kaur (58) of Pakhowal village to the Central Jail, Ludhiana. A fine of Rs 1,000 was also imposed on the convict. In default of payment of fine she would have to further undergo three-month imprisonment.

A class X student of Government Senior Secondary School, Pakhowal, Jagroop Singh beaten up by Jinder Pal Kaur for not bringing an exercise book of Punjabi.

Jinder Pal was booked under Section 337 and 338 of the IPC at Raikot police station on July 
10, 2002, following a written complaint of Lakhbir Singh, father of the student. Later on Section 304 of the IPC was added to the FIR after the death of the student.



On exam eve, students await roll numbers
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, March 31
Some private candidates, who have to appear for graduation and post-graduation examinations starting tomorrow, are worried as they have not received their roll numbers as yet. The parents of these students are also upset over the irresponsible attitude of the authorities concerned at Panjab University.

This correspondent tried talking to the Controller of Examination, Mr Sodhi Ram, but he was not available.

However, his PA, Mr J.Dhiman, said the roll numbers had been dispatched 10 days before the start of examinations. He maintained that some admit cards had come back to the university as the students had not given correct addresses. “The university cannot be held responsible for it,” he asserted.

Mr Dhiman said duplicate admit cards bearing roll numbers were being issued to the students coming to the Controller’s office.

However, the affected parents are not ready to accept the university’s version. Mr Sardana, whose daughter is appearing for the BA final year examination, said: “When my son had to appear in exams, we had to go to Chandigarh to get his roll number. And now, the same thing is happening again. This time, my daughter is appearing for her BA examination but did not receive her roll number. She had to go to the university office to get a duplicate admit card. I do not know why after taking a hefty examination fee, the university cannot send the roll numbers in time.”

He added that due to the unnecessary botheration, the students cannot pay undivided attention to their studies.

Dr S.M. Sharma, the Principal of Arya College, said they had appointed superintendents for girls as well as boys sections. “The students will be allowed to enter only if they are carrying the admit cards,” he said.

Mrs Harmit Kaur, Principal, Ramgarhia Girls College, claimed that all students had received their roll numbers.



BSP candidate begins campaign
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 31
Mr Man Singh Manhera, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate for Ropar parliamentary constituency, started his election campaign here yesterday.

A press note issued by the party said public meetings were organised at Kauri, Baho Majra, Rasulra, Ikolaha, Naraingarh, Rajewal, Rohno Kalan, Rohno Khurd, Isru and Nasrali villages.



Advani yatra ignored J&K: Panthers Party
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, March 31
Mr Lal Krishan Advani has been criticised for excluding Jammu and Kashmir from Bharat Uday Rath Yatra.

The Punjab Pradesh Panthers Party chief, Mr Gurinder Sood, said in a recently by ending the first phase of yatra at Amritsar, without touching Jammu and Kashmir, showed that the BJP did not consider the state as part of Bharat.

Mr Advani had travelled as Deputy Prime Minister with all the security bandobast for a purely political purpose. He had misused his official position for electoral gains, Mr Sood added.

Meanwhile, the Inquilabi Kendra and several other bodies have condemned the indiscriminate use of force upon functionaries of the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee and their subsequent arrest when they had gone to meet Mr Advani.

A joint meeting, attended by functionaries of the Inquilabi Kendra, the Democratic Teachers’ Front, the Moulder and Steel Workers Union, the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch, the DMC Hospital Employees Union, the PAU Democratic Employees Front, the Punjab Naujawan Sabha, the Mass Media Education Employees Association and the Mahan Sabha, Punjab, held here recently observed that the refusal of the BJP-led government to recognise the martyrs of Kamagata Maru and the Kooka movement as freedom fighters had surprised none because the present leadership of the party comprised of some such “anti-national” elements who were alleged to be collaborators and cronies of the then British empire in India.

The All-India Bairagi Mahan Mandal has also termed it as most unfortunate that the government had denied the status of martyrs to those who had laid down their lives during the Kamagata Maru and Kooka movements in the freedom struggle of the country. Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the body, said the BJP leadership was pursuing the agenda of the RSS and the “negative” role of the RSS during the freedom struggle was well-known to everybody.

The rath yatra of Mr Advani failed to evoke a favourable response from the people of Punjab and was an indicator of the dipping popularity of the NDA alliance.

Mr Charan Singh Lohara and Prof Jagmohan Singh, general secretaries of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), said the people had given a befitting reply to the “hate campaign” of Mr Advani and for this the party congratulated all Punjabis. Similarly, the Amritsar visit to the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister was a damp squib.

The Punjab leg of the yatra was a dismal failure as the largest crowd — around 5,000 — that gathered to listen to Mr Advani was at Amritsar. It was a total rejection of the communal politics advocated by the BJP and its support by Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his party. The yatra was supposed to touch upon the achievements of the BJP, but could not enlist any achievements for the state of Punjab and Punjabis, they pointed out.

Prime Minister Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister Advani failed to touch upon any issue relevant to Punjab during their visit. Mr Badal is shouting hoarse that Capt Amarinder Singh is the stumbling block in the setting up of the Bathinda refinery, then why did he not ask the Prime Minister to summon the Chief Minister to Delhi and set things straight, they questioned.

As far as the BJP and the SAD are concerned, the Bathinda refinery is no longer an issue. The two parties failed to take any steps while they were in power and are now making excuses to wriggle out of a sticky situation.

The SAD (Amritsar) unequivocally rejects the call of Mr Vajpayee to link river waters all over the country. We will not allow this. Under the international riparian laws as well as the Indian Constitution, the people of Punjab have unfettered rights over the waters of Punjab, they added.

The party rejects the call to abrogate Article 370 from the Constitution. In fact, the party believes that the federal nature of the Indian polity will be strengthened if more autonomy is given to all states in India.



Police action against Manawala farmers decried
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 31
Demanding a free and fair judicial probe into the lathicharge and police firing on agitating farmers at Manawala (Amritsar), the BJP Kisan Morcha has asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to quit on moral grounds.

In a statement, the state organiser of the Morcha, Mr Jaswant Singh Chhapa, observed through unprovoked use of force on farmers the state government had denied farmers right to protest.

The Lok Bhalai Party president, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, who is contesting in the Lok Sabha elections from Ludhiana, has called for providing adequate compensation to the victims of police brutality and stern action against erring police officials.

The Moulder and Steel Workers Union organised a rally and demonstration at the local Labour Office on Gill Road here today against the police action against the farmers at Manawala.

The protesters called for a judicial probe into the police firing, legal action against those responsible for unprovoked use of force against farmers, compensation to the victims of firing and immediate release of arrested farmers.

Doraha (OC): The district secretary of the CPI , Mr Kartar Singh Buani, and Mr Nirmal Singh Bhattal, Vice-President, Punjab Kisan Sabha, Ludhiana, criticised the killing of a farmer in the police action at the Manawala Railway Station incident, near Amritsar, yesterday.

Condemning the incident, the leaders have demanded adequate compensation for the bereaved family of the deceased. They have also demanded an inquiry into the entire incident and the release of the arrested farmers. They want that justice shall be done as the farmers were fighting for a genuine cause. They said such an incident was a terrible blow to the democratic set-up of the state.



Authorities told to check mayhem on city roads
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 31
After two persons, in their prime youth, fell victim to a speeding vehicle on their way to Gurdwara Alamgir on Gill Road, a little away from the city limits here recently, there was increasing demand from the city residents to enforce stricter traffic regulations and to bring about better management of traffic, both within the city and on main entry points on state and national highways.

The duo, residents of Field Ganj locality, were going on a scooter when a bus of a private transport company hit them head on at a blind turning near Gill village.

According to residents of the localities on both sides of Gill Road, the blind turn, where the accident took place, was turning into a potential death trap as the speeding vehicles, particularly buses and trucks, more often than not, ram into the oncoming vehicles or pedestrians. Similarly, the T-junction towards Gurdwara Alamgir from Gill Road, a state highway, was yet another traffic hazard, more so on Sundays and other religious occasions, when a large number of city residents go to the gurdwara to pay obeisance.

The people from the city localities on this stretch and population of the villages between the city limits and Alamgir have been pressing upon the administration for installation of amber blinking lights on T-junction of Gurdwara Alamgir and putting up speed - breakers on both sides on the blind turn near Gill village to make the vehicles slow down and make the section of the road safer for the people. Representations to this effect had been submitted a number of times by various residents’ bodies as well as political, social, cultural and religious organisations to the district and police authorities.

Sources in the traffic police here revealed that at an average the road accidents in the city took a toll of 17 human lives every month while another 13 were injured, some of them suffering physical disability for the rest of their lives. In comparison to last year, the number of road accidents during this year had gone up by around 15 per cent with 45 cases of road accidents being registered by the police every month.

In a bid to streamline the movement of traffic within the city and to make the road a bit more safer, the police had identified certain points as being ‘sensitive’ where efforts were being made to better enforcement and traffic management.

These points included Giaspura Chowk, Ladhowal Chowk to Amaltas Motel, Sherpur Chowk to Sahnewal on G.T. Road, Tajpur T-point, Samrala Chowk and from Octroi Post on Ferozepur Road to Baddowal.



Hospital saves poor triplets
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 31
Three premature male babies delivered by a resident of Giaspura, Shayna Khatoon on March 15, are being taken care of by the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital free of cost. The attending child specialist said that one of the babies had already been discharged as he had gained normal weight. The other two would be at the hospital till they gained sufficient weight, he added.

Shyna’s husband Nazim is a migrant labourer. The couple has five children (three daughters, two sons). The three babies were born premature and condition of one of them was critical. The Lifeline Hospital where they were born, had referred the family to the GTB Hospital as the babies required incubator care.

Dr Vibhu Narad, the attending doctor said that the two admitted babies suffered from septicemia and weighed 1.1 kg and 1.4 kg respectively. The weight of a normal newborn should be around 2.5 kg. She said, “the babies were showing improvement and in the next few days, they would be discharged.

The father and an aunt who lives nearby, look after the two babies at the hospital as their mother stays at home to look after the third one and five other children.



LBP women’s wing to work for empowerment
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 31
The women’s wing of the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) has expressed concern at the plight of women and reiterated its commitment to work for their empowerment. The unit will fight for their rights and privileges and try to restore their honour and dignity in the male-dominated society.

Addressing mediapersons here recently, Ms Daljit Kaur, a spokesperson of the party along with other members, said foeticide, sexual abuse, irrespective of age and status, is frightening. Male prejudice is the enemy and any excuse is good enough for domestic violence at the in-laws house. Foeticide, too, is rampant in our society.

They are discriminated from childhood. Girls generally get confined doing domestic chores and not encouraged to take on gainful employment. Girls, thus, grow up with the mindset that they are a burden and unwelcome at their parental as well as in-laws homes. This gloomy scenario prevails in the middle, low-income and poverty-stricken groups in urban and rural areas. Girls in educated families are lucky to escape such social stigmas, but they are few in numbers, she added.

Those present were of the view that females are perceived to be soft targets at any place, any time by males. Take the case of large scale desertions of married girls by their run-away husbands, particularly NRIs and PIOs, mainly for dowry. The abused, tortured and brutalised girls are sent to their parents homes while the errant husbands are safe on alien shores.

Instead of redressing their plight, the society is quiet, our social and religious leaders are mum, the government’s NRI sabhas are a sham, and what is more saddening, our political leaders both at national and state levels are indifferent. Needless to say that the law and order machinery is painfully slow.

She also lashed out at the Ludhiana SAD candidate Sharanjit Singh Dhillon for attacking party chief Balwant Singh Ramoowalia for taking up these burning social issues and safeguarding the rights of hapless girls with honest intentions. Mr Dhillon has slipped low by branding them as “dancing girls”.

“We protest against such character assassination. We condemn it and demand a public apology. We are also serving legal notice on Mr Dhillon,” she revealed.

Women voters in Ludhiana parliamentary constituency account for 50 percent, about 7. 5 lakh. “We consider them vital voters who can swing and tilt scales in any candidates favour. We are asking them to exert influence on their family members and caution them not to fall prey and succumb to the allurement of money, liquor or drugs — a common ploy being used by the Opposition,” Ms Daljit Kaur added.

Activists of the Lok Bhalai Party addressing a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday.



Senior citizens honoured by Helpage India
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 31
“Helpage India is doing a tremendous job by providing help to the elderly, who feel neglected in this phase of lives. It is one of the biggest institutions working for this noble cause,” said Mr A.P. Bhatnagar, DGP (Jails), Punjab, at a seminar on “Children’s rights” and “Care of the aged” , organised by the Punjab Police State Apex Committee of NGO’s through Helpage India and the BSP Welfare Society at Doraha yesterday.

The programme was presided over by Dr P.S. Jassi, a former DHS, Punjab. Guests on the occasion included Mr Gursharanjit Singh, general secretary, Punjab State Apex Body of NGO’s, Dr V.C. Pandey, Regional Director, IGNOV, Punjab and Chandigarh, Mr S.K. Rana, state Manager Helpage India, Ms Poornima Bhardwaj, Assistant Programme Adviser, and Dr V.K. Aggarwal.

Mr Gursharanjit Singh said more and more day-care centres should be set up in the state to provide safe and peaceful atmosphere for the elderly. Dr Pandey said IGNOV was determined to open more such centres. Dr S.K. Rana gave a detailed working of Helpage India.

Mata Angrez Kaur Canada, Ms Amarjit Kaur Canada, Mr Nirmal Singh, Mr Pardeep Nanda, Dr V.K. Aggarwal, Mr Gurmit Singh, Mr Jatinder Puri, Mr Hardeep Chand were honoured on the occasion.

As many as 50 elderly persons were provided ration, clothes and money. 102 volunteers were honoured on the occasion. Mr Bhatnagar also inaugurated a TB centre at Sidhu Hospital. Children were provided books free of cost at Elementary Government School Centre, Bajigar Basti.



IAP launches adolescent chapter
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 31
To understand psychological, physical and social problems of adolescents, the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Punjab, launched its adolescent chapter at the Christian Medical College and Hospital recently. Fortyeight members were enrolled on this occasion.

Dr Ajit Sing Chawla has been elected president of the chapter while Dr Kusum Mahajan from Patiala is secretary. Other office-bearers include Dr R.S. Sibia, joint secretary-cum-treasurer, and Dr Jugesh Chhatwal, president elect. The executive members include Dr Karuna Thaper from Amritsar, Dr Rakesh Gupta from Jagraon, Dr Ratna Khullar from Jalandhar, Dr J.S. Dardi from Hoshiarpur and Dr H.S. Bains from the DMC.



Readers write
TV shoots add to noise

I want to draw your attention towards the noise pollution and disturbance to residents of BRS Nagar, I-Block, Ludhiana. Shooting of Sansui Antakshri for ZEE TV, anchored by Anu Kapoor and Pallavi Joshi is playing havoc with the career of students of matric and plus 2. CBSE papers are under way but the shooting at Lodhi Club is disturbing their preparations. The students are distracted by the loud volume daily from 7 p.m. to late midnight.

The sad part is that senior bureaucrats are the chief guests in most of the episodes. Will the administration look into it seriously?

N.K. Sharma

Sad discrimination

It sounds strange to hear from the “murderers of democracy” that democracy is being murdered in the conduct of the state Assembly’s current proceedings. Even the speaker, Dr Kewal Krishan, Member of the ruling party in Punjab, came down heavily on the ruling party functionaries in the state Assembly’s current session proceedings. It is a good omen for the future of the country. Unless the wrong-doer accepts his mistake, there can be no scope for improvement or reformation, which is urgently required in the present-day disgusting scenario created by the self-seeking politicians and thoroughly corrupt bureaucracy.

It is not in the functioning of the state Assembly that democracy is being murdered or stifled. It is being done in every walk of life. Like for example, the main roads in Ludhiana town frequented by VIPs. The roads are being repeatedly, repaired, resurfaced and upgraded where as most of the roads, even in government developed posh colonies like Dugri, Urban Estate-I and II, Focal Point, Urban Estate, 32 and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar are being neglected. Some of the roads in Dugri Urban Estate-II have even disappeared from the face of the earth, what to talk of their condition. These facts have been brought to the notice of the politicians and concerned officers through hundred of letters written by scores of aggrieved residents of the area. To the utter surprise of all concerned, no action has so far been taken to correct undemocratically created imbalance in society in the form of beautiful roads on one side for 10% of the population which matters, and no roads at all or roads hardly worthy of being called roads for the remaining 90% of the city population.

Major S.S. Khosla

Draconian Bill

The country has witnessed a controversy over the J&K Bill. The bill intends to impose disqualification on girls marrying a person from outside the state. This is not a step in the right direction. This is a discriminatory step against the women of the state. In the present times of globalisaion, when even national boundaries are becoming meaningless, the controversial Bill intends to make boundary within India itself. Choosing a life-partner will have to be necessarily within the same of J&K. Leave alone marrying outside country, even marriage within the country will deprive them the right of inheritance and state subject. The Bill has been shelved for the time-being because it could not be passed in Legislative Council though it was passed in the Legislative Assembly after a discussion of six minutes. It will be good if this highly discriminatory Bill is put permanently in cold storage.

Anil Sharma

Struggling lawyers

The lawyers of Ludhiana are struggling hard for their survival particularly the young lawyers who are not finding any place to sit in the New Judicial Complex. The pitiable and pathetic condition of the aforesaid young lawyers is beyond any explanation of human word. We fully support the youngsters entering into the professional arena of legal field with respect to providing them chambers and requisition of new space by the district administration in order to fulfil their cherished dreams. Capt. Amarinder Singh must look into the grievances of the lawyers and should direct the district Administration to accrue land for the purpose of construction of chambers for the young lawyers who had already submitted memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana in this regard.

Pradeep K. Sharma

Neglecting war widows

We should think about the condition of war widows. These widows who are not getting any pension have to work hard with petty jobs. The government should come forward to extend more concessions to Army widows as well as other widows who have no source of income. The education of the children of widows should be made free and widows should be given preference in government jobs. In view of the hardships to the Army widows, there seems to be no impact on people for joining the Army. There is heavy rush at recruitment centres whenever selection is to be done. The shortage in the officer rank is due to not making selections in time. Death is certain. But to die for the sake of the motherland is a matter of pride.

Sher Singh



Cyclist killed in road mishap
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, March 31
The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on a complaint of Mr Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Mohalla Uttam Colony that falls in Ward Number 17 at Khanna against Heera Lal, who hails from UP.

The complainant has alleged that the accused while driving his Tata Tempo hit an unidentified cyclist near the petrol station at Bhagwan Chowk killing him on the spot. No arrest has been made so far.

Stolen articles recovered

With the arrest of Santosh Kumar of Dholan, the police has claimed to have recovered two television sets, three LPG cylinders and seven bicycles stolen from the houses of Kulwinder Singh of Roomi, Balbir Singh of Agwar Lopo and Bhushan Kumar of Mohala Sanchra. Kulvinder Singh had lodged a complaint against Santosh Kumar in this connection.

3 held for fraud

On a statement of Mr Rahul Sharma of the Tajpur Road, the police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 420,465,467,474 and 471 of the IPC against Dinesh Kumar, a migrant from Bihar living in Street Number 4 of Preet Nagar, and Shammy Bhushan and Deob, another Bihari migrant living in Ram Nagar.

The complainant has alleged that he was running a computer center in Guru Arjun Dev Nagar and the accused came to him and got some fake letter heads prepared in the name of CMC Hospital with the intention of duping people. The police said on Wednesday that the accused had been arrested and the fake letter heads seized.

Factory goods stolen

The police on Wednesday registered a case under Section 381 of the IPC on a complaint of Mr Sameer Sekhri, a resident of Model Town, against Zeewan Parkash and Balvir Singh of Nirankari mohalla.

The complainant had alleged that he had a factory in Industrial Area-B where spare parts of trucks were manufactured. The accused, who were his employees, had been stealing goods from the factory and selling the same at retail shops in the city without his knowledge. No arrest has been made so far.

Bid to take away car

On the statement of Col G.S.Cheema, who runs a detective agency at Chandigarh, the Civil Lines police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 382 and 511 of the IPC against four unknown youths.

The complainant had stated that the accused stopped his car on the Ferozepur Road and tried to snatch it. When he raised an alarm, the accused fled away with the keys of the car. No arrest has been made so far.

Knife seized

The Model Town police on Tuesday arrested Kanchan, a resident of Dr Ambedkar Nagar, seized a ‘kamanidar’ knife from his possession and booked him under the Arms Act.



Landowner booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 31
A landowner of Dad village in this district sold the same piece of land twice. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, has written to the district police chief to register a case of fraud against Jasbir Singh, son of late Surjit Singh, who allegedly pulled a fast one on an unsuspecting buyer.

Mr Verma informed that Rajinder Singh, son of Gurdial Singh of Lalton Khurd village had lodged a complaint with his office alleging fraudulent deal made by the accused. The Sub Divisional Magistrate, Ludhiana (West) was directed to inquire into the matter, who found that Jasbir Singh was owner of the piece of land.

Jasbir Singh had sold the land through three sale deeds bearing Nos. 7162 dated 5.12.95, 7163 dated 5.12.95 and 14360 dated 16.9.96. Thereafter, even mutations were entered and sanctioned on the basis of the above said sale deeds. But subsequently the landowner, apparently with malfide intention, again sold a portions of the same to Balwant Kaur wife of Kulwant Singh vide sale deed no.1070 dated 15.4.99. This was a clear cut case of fraud as Jasbir Singh, having already sold his entire land, was no longer its owner.



Bank of Maharashtra branch inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 31
A branch of the bank of Maharashtra was inaugurated by Mr B.K. Piprayia, General Manager of the bank, at GTB Market here today.

Mr S.S. Bathla, Manager of the Khanna branch, said the management of the bank was keen to serve the people, especially the weaker section of society.

Mr S.C. Goel, Assistant General Manager of the bank, was also present on the occasion.



Schemes for owners of machine tool units
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 31
The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a Government of India enterprise, in association with the Ludhiana Machine Tools Makers Association (LMTMA), organised an awareness programme for the development of machine tools units through a number of schemes floated by the corporation.

Inaugurating the programme, Mr Rajiv Kapur, senior branch manager, NSIC highlighted many such schemes with specific reference to domestic and international marketing.

“The NSIC has schemes under which the small industrial units can be provided financial and technical support for upgrading.

The corporation officials, during an interactive session with the participants, said they could obtain assistance to market their products in domestic as international markets.

They said the NSIC had established two offices — one at Dubai and the other in South Africa — and already started exporting of products of the small industries from India.


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