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Dalit’s body found in well
Jupinderjit Singh and Mahesh Sharma

Dhulkote (Mandi Ahmedgarh), May 25
A pall of gloom engulfed Dalit Colony in Ghungrana and Dhulkpot village when the mutilated body of a middle-aged Dalit was found in a dried-up well this morning, nearly 40 days after the man had disappeared from this village.

The body was identified as that of Bakhtavar Singh, alias Bauria, of Ghungrana village. He used to look after the farms of Mr Kuldip Singh, who lived elsewhere. The deceased’s friend and co-worker Didar Singh, who had reportedly seen him last, disappeared today.

Though the body was decomposed beyond recognition, some papers found in a wallet and a wrist watch recovered from the body led to the identification of the deceased. Over Rs 1000 was recovered from the wallet.

The Dehlon police had registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC. The police suspected that the man could have been killed because of some personal enmity. Village source said there was a dispute over the farms looked after by the man.

The villagers took out the corpse from the well after noticing that a foul smell was emanating from it. The villagers had thought that some animal had fallen in the well, but were shocked to find that it was a human body. At the instance of village elders, they called the police.

Some receipts of wheat sale were found from the wallet recovered from the body. Sons of the deceased — Balraj Singh, Hakam Singh and Jagtar Singh — confirmed the identification on the basis of the wrist watch.

As the wallet contained over Rs 1,000 and the wrist watch were not taken away, it seemed the man was killed because of personal enmity, said a police official. The sources said the deceased had taken a tough stand against some persons involved in a land dispute with his employer.

The Dehlon police booked Didar Singh on the charges of murdering Bakhtavar Singh. He was booked on the complaint of members of the family of the deceased.



Reliance Infocomm detects fraud, lodges complaint
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Reliance Infocomm has unearthed a case of fraud where based on a customer’s complaint, the company has lodged an FIR against Rakesh Chopra of Ludhiana under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of IPC. The accused is absconding and the police has initiated a search for him.

A company spokesman said Rakesh Chopra was neither an employee of Reliance Infocomm nor was he connected with the business of the organisation. He and his allies used to approach Reliance India Mobile customers and promise them certain waivers from the company. The unsuspecting customers used to handover mobile phones or cash to him. By forging the customers signature, they used to get the phone number of the connections changed, and while the phones continued to be in the original person’s name, somebody else was using them with a different number, illegally.

He said when the company received a complaint from the customer, investigation was conducted and based on this report, the company had registered a complaint against Rakesh Chopra with the Ludhiana police.

Mr Himanshu Kapania, CEO, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, said, “We are committed to providing support to our customers. We will also ensure that necessary legal action is initiated against the offenders, and the interest of our customers is safe-guarded”.

He said, “the subscribers are advised to directly contact company outlets, viz Reliance WebWorld or deal only with authorised partners for any assistance. Reliance Infocomm has issued identity cards to all customer care and other authorised personnel. Customers are requested not to handover handsets or cash to any unauthorised person claiming company representation”, he said. 



JE suspended in manhole case
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 25
The Municipal Corporation (MC) today ordered the suspension of the Junior Engineer (JE) concerned of the O and M wing after the tragic death of one Santosh Kumar, a resident of Chander Nagar in Haibowal, who had sustained serious injuries when his scooter along with the pillion rider Ullas had fallen in a partially covered manhole. Ullas was also injured during the accident and was undergoing treatment in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

According to the Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Prem Mittal, the MC Joint Commissioner was conducting an inquiry into the mishap and the report would be available within next two days. He said the MC would take strict against defaulting employees or officers on the basis of the inquiry report and the family of the victim would also be adequately compensated on humanitarian grounds.

The Superintending Engineer of O and M wing, Mr Subhash Dua, told Ludhiana Tribune all supervisory officers had been instructed to ensure that all manholes in their respective areas were properly covered so that such tragic incidents could be averted in future. Terming the death of Santosh Kumar, who succumbed to injuries in the hospital, as most shocking, Mr Dua, however, maintained that the manhole did have a cover but the level of manhole was lower in comparison to the road, which was constructed later. Due to incessant rain on Sunday evening, the depression around the manhole was covered under water which led to the accident.

Sources in the district police revealed that a case under Section 174 (death caused by accident) of the IPC was registered after the family members of the deceased expressed their desire for no further action. However, it was reliably learnt that a compromise had been arrived at between the affected family and certain employees of the MC, who paid an undisclosed sum of money to the dependents of Santosh Kumar.



Accident victim needs monetary help
Our Correspondent

Ratan Kumar
Ratan Kumar

Ludhiana, May 25
Future seems to be uncertain for Ratan (17), who was knocked down by a three-wheeler while he was going on a bicycle with one of his friends near Dhandari Kalan Chowk in the city.

He was rushed to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) where he was operated upon for fractured ribs and lacerated liver and had to be kept in the ICU.

Life has virtually come to a halt for him. He had to miss his Class X examinations and the expenditure on his treatment spelled misery for his family of five members. His grief-stricken father, a labourer earning Rs 70 per day, finds it beyond his means to pay for the treatment.

His hopes are pinned on charitable organisations to come to his rescue and make a contribution of about Rs 2.75 lakh needed for the treatment.

The CMCH management said those who wished to help Ratan Kumar could contact the office of the Medical Superintendent and payments should be made in favour of Christian Medical College and Hospital with “treatment of Ratan Kumar” written on the back of cheques and drafts.



NGO adopts deranged woman
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, May 25
The Ludhiana-based Nishkam Sewa Ashram has expressed its desire to adopt a new-born and her mentally upset mother who are undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital, Samrala.

The woman whom hospital employees call Manju, had given birth to Khushbu on the night of May 15 outside the hospital. Though the hospital authorities had known about her pregnancy but due to her violent behaviour, they could not get her admitted to the labour ward.

After her delivery she was spotted by a chowkidar who informed Dr Rashmi Kapoor who brought her to the ward and started the treatment.

In the beginning, the woman did not bother about her child but after some days, she started looking after her. She gets violent when someone touches her baby.

The authorities have appointed three ward women to look after them.

The SDM, Samrala, Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, contacted some NGOs but no institution came forward to adopt them. His efforts bore fruit when the Nishkam Sewa Ashram agreed to adopt the mother and the baby.

Efforts to find out her identity have failed since no one can understand her language. It is believed that Manju had probably been raped.



15 litres of pus removed from man’s stomach
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 25
In our country typhoid has been accepted as an ordinary ailment. The habit of washing hands before eating is disappearing, as a result of which the bacteria keeps resurfacing.

These observations were made by Dr Narotam Dewan who spent six hours to remove about 15 litres of pus from the stomach of a patient suffering from intestinal perforation due to typhoid.

Dr Dewan said people had become more inclined towards astrologers and yoga for the management of ailments. He stressed on the need to realise that infections could be life-threatening sometimes.

The bacteria entered the lumen of the intestine and started digging at the inner layer of the intestine. Feeding on flesh and blood, it increased in number rapidly. Trillion of these attackers spread in the body. Antibiotics were prescribed to tackle the problem.

If the infection was allowed to continue, it could cause leakage of food eaten by the patient and the intestinal juices entered the stomach, resulting in pus formation.

He said in order to be free from diseases like typhoid, hepatitis, tuberculosis, ameoebiosis, worm infestation, cholera and dysentery, it would have to be ensured that no one suffering from these diseases was allowed to prepare or sell food.

“We shall need to register every person involved in this job. After investigations, they should obtain a clean chit from the regulating authority and those found suffering from such infectious diseases should be prohibited from touching food material till they were free of infection,” he said.




MC draws flak

The cash rich Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and its Fire Brigade drew criticism from local residents when it could not supply a collapsible ladder to the fire fighters when a high-rise building caught fire the other day. While the cops and the fire fighters were seen rescuing the persons trapped inside, some of them were seen busy bringing small ladders and tying them together to reach the roof of a multi-storeyed building. Finally, they used the ladders to rescue the persons. The fire fighters claimed that they had asked the MC authorities to provide them with a ladder for fire fighting in the multi-storeyed buildings, but to no avail.

Website on city

With a view to providing easy access to information about Ludhiana, Mr Ashok Aggarwal, Managing Director of the Oswal Spinning and Weaving Mill, has taken the initiative of building a website about the city. Located at www.ludhianadir.com, the site highlights areas and segments linked to the service and the manufacturing sector with the objective of assisting in the exploration of new areas of growth. At present, the portal is offering free listing and plans to introduce forums such as helpline, and opinion poll.

Dial 104 for accidents

Spice has introduced a new service in the city whereby residents can dial 104 and seek information of medical emergencies and road accidents. The calls would be charged as per the outgoing tariff plan. The service would help the caller in providing motorbike rescue and ambulance services in Ludhiana.

Global warming

Come summer and there is a brisk sale of air-conditioners. The mercury is saoring and people want to remain indoors. The ACs are working overtime to keep rooms cool round the clock now. While poeple seek relief from ACs no thought is being spared for its detrimental effect on environment. Studies have been claiming that the ACs are contributing much to global warming. It is very damaging for the ozone layer. Humans have been playing with environment for their own comfort. We can help save environment damage by enjoying the cool comfort of an AC to the minimum possible.

Exam blues

Examinations have been always the ‘bete-noire’ of students. But these days the students really shrivel up before reaching the examination centres. The reason being that they do not know whether they would be able to answer the papers. With the papers leakage becoming comman, the uncertainty in the minds of students has grown. They are in a grip of fear and tension wondering whether paper will leak.Whether they will have to slog till another date of examination is announced.

Beauty pageant

‘‘If you were appointed the Chief Minister of Punjab in the recent Parliamentary elections what would have been your priorities for the state?’’ was a question posed in a beauty pageant during a function organised by a local ladies club. The woman who was vying for the title of summer queen started listing her priorities with she and the overconfident compere little realising that the Chief Minister was elected after the assembly elections and not the Parliamentary elections. Similarly many such questions were posed. —Sentinel



CM equates Sonia with the Mahatma
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today claimed that Congress President Sonia Gandhi had made a great sacrifice by declining the post of Prime Minister. He said Ms Gandhi had achieved the same status which the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, enjoyed during the freedom struggle.

Addressing a workers’ meeting organised by the Youth Congress as a thanksgiving to the people of Ludhiana for having supported the party candidate, the Chief Minister maintained that Ms Gandhi had set an example. He resolved that the party and the government in the state would work hard and serve people well.

Referring to development works in the state, he said now that the Congress-led government had come to power at the Centre, things would be easier. He maintained that a friendly government at the Centre would prove a boon for the state. He pointed out that the country had got a Prime Minister who belonged to this state, which should be a matter of pride and honour for people of the state.

About the failure of the party in recent elections, the Chief Minister said the party high command had constituted a committee headed by senior leader and former MP Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder. He said Ms Bhinder would submit her report to the party high command within two months. The Chief Minister came here for a brief stay. 



Protest against killing of BSF jawans
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 25
Activists of the All -India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) organised a demonstration here today in protest against the killing of BSF personnel and their family members in Jammu on Sunday.

Raising slogans like 'Pakistan murdabad', 'Hizbul Mujahideen murdabad' and Pakistan- stop terrorism' , the protesters, led by state secretary-general Yogesh Dewan and district president Anil Sharma burnt an effigy of terrorism in old Sabzi Mandi Chowk.

Speaking on the occasion, the functionaries of the AIATF said such acts had the backing of the Pakistan Government as it was using terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy to coerce India to submit to its unjustified demands.

They said the Central Government should try to rectify the mistakes committed by the previous NDA government in relation to Pakistan. "Pakistan is a sworn enemy of our country and it can never be trusted," they said.

The AIATF leaders maintained that the exchange of delegations between the two countries was a farce as these could never change the nefarious designs of Pakistan rulers towards India.

If Pakistan was even a little serious in establishing friendly relations with India, then it should first stop giving shelter to terrorists and all wanted militants provided asylum in Pakistan should be handed over to the Indian government.

The front called upon the Central Government to hand over entire Jammu and Kashmir to the Army and adopt the policy of bullet --for- bullet by issuing orders to shoot the terrorists at sight. "Terrorism can be curbed only with an iron fist," the front leaders asserted.

Meanwhile, Punjab State Rashtriya Janata Dal workers, led by vice president Krishan Lal Sharma also burnt an effigy of Lashkar-e -Toiba here today to register their protest against the killing of paramilitary personnel.



Probe ordered into Deesha case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The Director-General of Police, Punjab, Dr. A A Siddiqui, today said that an inquiry had been ordered into the Deesha fake encounter case, in which a terrorist claimed by the Punjab police as killed in an encounter a decade ago was found alive by the Jagraon police recently.

Dr Siddiqui revealed this while talking to mediapersons after attending a function at a local college here today.

He declined to elaborate saying the inquiry would pinpoint whether action should be taken against any police official for the claim.



Youth’s body found hanging from tree
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Mystery shrouds the death of a Nepali youth whose body was found hanging from a tree in Block-G, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here today.
The 25-year-old youth, Suraj Nepali, was an employee of a cement trader and had been missing since last evening. He was living in the house of a woman Congress leader Pushpinder Kaur and was a domestic help there.

The body was spotted in the morning by area residents. There were injury marks on his face and the condition of the clothes suggested that the body had been dragged here.

However, the police has not registered a case of murder maintaining that first investigation under Section 174 of the CrPC would be done and then a case of either murder or suicide would be registered.


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