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Woman burnt to death; in-laws booked
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 4
Roopinder Kaur, 19, was burnt to death in her in-laws’ house at Bhagwan Nagar near Dholewal Chowk here this afternoon. She had wed merely a month ago.

The Division No. 6 police has registered a case against her husband, Luvshakti Sharma; mother-in-law, Janki Rani; and sister-in-law, Suman Rani; under Section 306 of the IPC, for abetting her to commit suicide.

Police sources, however, maintained that it might be a case murder. A number of clues support the theory. For instance, the woman was alone in the house, but the main door was found locked from outside.

The sources said the murder section would be imposed if the viscera examination of showed some injury or any other cause of death.

Meanwhile, the area residents have informed the police that they had seen the deceased’s husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law leaving the house some 20 minutes before the flames were spotted.

Mr Gurnam Singh, a prime witness, told the police that he had seen all three of them coming out of the house. “They seemed quite shaky and when I approached them, they left in a hurry, saying that they had some urgent work.”

Roopinder had married Luvshakti Sharma, a clerk posted at district courts here, in early May. The couple withstood strong pressure to solemnise the marriage. They had fallen in love earlier this year and got married after eloping.

The man even moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, alleging that his father-in-law was threatening to kill him. The father-in-law, however, gave in writing to the court that he had nothing to do with the couple after the marriage.

The fire was spotted in the house around 2 p.m. Some neighbours climbed the roof from the adjoining house and forced their way into the house after breaking open a door. The woman’s body was found on the floor. She was burnt beyond recognition.

Mr Harjinder Singh, SHO, said the police had registered a case of suicide following the preliminary investigations. Sources said Janaki Rani had called up a police official, stating that Roopinder had committed suicide. She said she, her husband and her son would soon surrender before the police.

The murder theory is based on the points that the in-laws of the woman were untraceable, the girl did not raise an alarm, a pillow was found on the stairs away from the bedroom and a completely burnt stove was also found in the bedroom.

Roopinder’s parents and other relatives reached the place within an hour. They were inconsolable and accused her in-laws for the tragic incident.

A mob, comprising relatives, friends and area residents, was agitated and the Division No. 6 police had to deploy additional forces to prevent any law and order problem.

A police official said there was no clue about the whereabouts of the in-laws of the deceased. They had tried to contact her husband in the court, but could not find him.



Rs 2 lakh robbed from school board counter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 4
Three armed robbers struck at a cash counter of the Punjab School Education Board in Katani Kalan village under Sahnewal police station this afternoon and decamped with over Rs 2 lakh after injuring a sub-divisional officer.

The police has, however, put most of the blame on board employees. It claimed that a PCR vehicle team had gone to the cash counter half an hour before the incident to inquire if police security was required for the movement of cash. Power supply bills were being deposited at the counter and the police had made arrangement of providing security to the employees.

The SP(Detective), Mr Gurpreet Singh Toor, told the Ludhiana Tribune that a board official told the cops at about 1.15 pm that since there was no cash there was no need to worry. However, at quarter to two, the robbers struck.

He also claimed that the employees were supposed to keep the main door of the room locked and only a small window had to be kept open to receive the cash. However, the door was wide open which enabled the robbers to commit the crime easily. The police has written to senior officials that against the strength of 12 employees, only two were present.

School board sources revealed that the robbers were three in number. An accountant, Mr Mohindra Prasad Mishra, was at the counter when two robbers ordered him to hand over cash at gunpoint.

While one of them was stuffing the money in his pockets, the second with a pistol in his hand went into the room of SDO Megh Raj Goyal and ordered him not to move.

Mr Goyal later told the police that he thought the weapon was a toy and grappled with the robber. The criminal, however, proved stronger at which Mr Goyal fled from the room through a window. He sustained some injuries but managed to call the police from a nearby house. The police has registered a case.



Housing society faces contempt proceedings
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 4
Four members of the managing committee of the Ludhiana Aggarwal Cooperative House Building Society, including its president, are facing charges of criminal contempt of court for allegedly casting aspersions on the Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies (DRCS) in the course of a petition filed in his court under Sections 55 and 56 of the Punjab Cooperative Societies Act, 1961.

The Advocate General, Punjab, after initial scrutiny of the contempt petition, has issued notices to Mr Gobind Ram Bansal, president, Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, cashier, Mr Shiv Kumar Mittal, Mr Janak Raj Garg, both directors and members of the managing committee and Mr Faquir Chand Kaushal, manager of the society for July 14.

The petitioners, Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal and three other former directors of the society contended that they had filed a petition before the DRCS, exercising the powers of Registrar Cooperative Societies, here for reference and adjudication of a dispute. In the written reply, filed by the society with the consent of the members of the managing committee, besides raising the issue of jurisdiction, remarks of contemptuous nature were made against the DRCS, who was acting as a judicial officer in the case. Such remarks, the petitioners, asserted, not only substantially interfered with the course of justice but also tended to lower the authority of the court and prejudiced the mind of judiciary.

Quoting the relevant portion from the written reply filed before the DRCS, the petitioners observed that the society while pointing out that in moving the court of Deputy Registrar, the applicants had skipped the Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies (ARCS), which was the lowest court having jurisdiction under Sections 55 and 56 of the act. The society further charged that it had gathered information to the effect that petitioners (former directors in this case) were having good relations with the presiding officer (the DRCS) and could obtain a stay order against the respondent on the basis of their influence on the presiding officer of the court.

The petitioners, pointed out in the contempt petition that the managing committee of the society had wilfully and intentionally used language which was contemptuous in nature, to pressurise the court and to prejudice the mind of the presiding officer. Pleading for acceptance of the petition, the applicants sought permission to sue the respondent society for criminal contempt in the interest of justice and fair play so that the respondents might be punished in accordance with the provisions of Contempt of Court Act.

The respondents have been asked by the Advocate General to file their reply to the petition before the next date of hearing.



47 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 4
It was a happy day for Mahant Ram. His case against his employer, Hero Cycles, was settled in a lok adalat today. He got Rs 1 lakh as per the settlement. The Additional District Judge-cum-Presiding Officer of Labour Court, Mr A.K. Singla, settled 47 cases pertaining to disputes between labourers and employers. Sixty-three cases were placed before the lok adalat. The total amount disbursed to the labourers was nearly Rs 2.38 lakh.

A number of lawyers, including Mr J.K. Kapila, Mr Parshotam Sharma, Mr B.N. Sehgal, Mr L.C. Bector, Mr Manoj Bansal, representatives of the various labour organisations, and the Assistant District Attorney of Legal Services Authority, Mr Arvind Markan, played an active role in the success of the lok adalat.

Mr Singla appealed to the people to settle their cases through lok adalats as it would save time.



SAD (A) calls for Panthic unity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 4
The SAD (A) has urged all Panthic parties to contest the SGPC poll unitedly so that the committee could be freed from the clutches of SAD (B) chief Parkash Singh Badal.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Charan Singh Lohara, the general secretary of the party, said they were open to alliances with all like-minded Panthic parties that were committed to see the rout of the Badals. This family had done more harm to the Panth than all its detractors put together.

He said they were holding parleys with Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, Bhai Ranjit Singh, the Sant Samaj, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, Mr Baldev Singh Mann and the Khalsa Panchayat. Some other organisations, too, were in touch with them and a final decision would be taken in a day or two, he said.

The Akali leader said they would choose those candidates who could champion the cause of the Panth and would work for the betterment of the community. Their stress would be to hold the poll as per maryada and shun the past practice of winning by money power. He added that non-Panthic outfits would not be allowed to stall the elections. Similarly, “patit” candidates would not be given the ticket.

SGPC member Kaur Singh Khalsa from Mansa announced that he was leaving the SAD (B) to work for the SAD (A).



Want big cash? Bring a pistol
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 4
The district police has directed the managers of various banks here to make heavy payments in cash only if the clients have a weapon with them, or are escorted by security guards. Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon, Senior Superintendent of police at Sangrur, claimed that implementation of the new directions had shown good results. He said,” Incidents of robberies had increased in the area, Armed robbers usually target unarmed persons carrying heavy cash. So we appealed to the traders to make big payments through cheques or drafts. We also asked bank managers to discourage cash payments above Rs. 1.5 lakh to persons who did not have a weapon.”

He said the police would provide security guards on demand for taking huge amounts from one place to another. However, bank employees resent the move. 



DCC general  secretary suspended
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 4
Vaid Hari Krishan, President, District Congress Committee (DCC), in a press release here today said that Mr Pankaj Goel, General Secretary, DCC, had been suspended for his anti-party activities. It was alleged in the complaint made by Mr Manoj Garg block Congress chief (Urban), Mandi Gobindgarh, that the role of Mr Goel in the Lok Sabha elections was found against Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, official Congress candidate for the Ropar parliamentary constituency. 



Married woman kidnapped
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 4
On the statement of Mr Mool Chand of Attal Nagar, the Basti Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Section 366 of the IPC against Jaswinder Pal Singh, alias Laddu, of the same area.

The complainant stated that the accused had kidnapped his wife, Veena Kumari (42), on the evening of May 25 and taken her to an undisclosed place.

Woman injured: On the statement of Ms Pritam Kaur, a resident of Rajapur village, the Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323,324,506,148 and 149 of the IPC against Jageer Singh, Balvir Singh, Harnam Singh, Avtar Singh and Bittu, residents of the same village.

The woman had stated that the accused had attacked her in the village on Thursday afternoon and inured her with sharp-edged weapons.

Assaulted: The Kotwali police yesterday registered a case under Sections 452, 324, 323, 506, 427 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Deepak Kumar, who lives on the Bindraban Road, against Lucky, alias Aman, and Manoj Kumar.

The complainant stated that he was working in a plastic goods shop. On Thursday morning, the accused entered the shop and started beating and threatening him. When the shopowner, Mr Rakesh Kumar, tried to pacify them, he was also beaten and injured with sharp-edged weapons by the accused. They also damaged the goods of the shop before going away, alleged the complainant.



Labourer murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana June 4
The body of a migrant labourer, Anil Kumar Sharma, was found dumped in a vacant plot near Meharbaan village in Basti Jodhewal today.
The deceased had several stab injuries on his body. He seemed to have been stabbed with an ice pick. The police has registered a case and investigations are on. The deceased was identified on the basis of his name tattooed on his wrist.


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