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Money stolen claims financier; no, says police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
A leading financier of the city and the Division No 2 police have locked horns over an alleged theft incident in which he claimed that some person stole a polythene bag containing money from his car in Field Ganj near Karimpura Chowk late last night.

The financier Harkirat Singh claimed that some person had taken away a polythene bag containing Rs 5.50 lakh kept on the front seat of his car. However, due to some unknown reasons, he later kept on reducing the amount to Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh to finally to Rs 50,000.

Though he claimed to reporters at the crime spot that the bag contained Rs 5.5 lakh, later in a written statement to the police he claimed that the only Rs 50,000 was stolen.

The police however, did not believe his claims. It said that no such incident had happened. The police claimed to have taken statements of some eyewitnesses who said they did not see any person running away with the bag as claimed by the financier.

Mr Harkirat Singh said that he had begun operating from a new office in Field Ganj. Last night he had closed the shop and kept the money on the co-driver’s seat in his car. He said some person suddenly picked up the bag and ran away. He said he shouted and chased him but could not catch him.

He claimed that some PCR cops standing near did not try to chase the accused despite his requests. He claimed that some other businessmen and shopkeepers of the area also chased the accused with him.

But the financier, however, changed the stolen amount a number of times when the police confronted him about the source of the money. Sources said the victim was quite upset at being asked by the police about the source of money instead of taking prompt action at his complaint.

The alleged incident had caused quite a sensation as senior officials, under pressure from public because of spate of robbery and snatching incidents, rushed to the scene. They, however, claimed that there were many loopholes in the complaint of the alleged victim and they doubted if any such incident took place.

Hence the case was registered only today. Inspector Gurpreet Kaur, SHO, Division No 2 police station, said that the financier was not able to explain the incident properly and kept on changing his statement especially the amount of stolen money repeatedly.

The SHO claimed that the police had taken written statement from some shopkeepers of the area who were present at the crime spot.



Immigration racket: Global Infolinks owner booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Close on the heels of registration of a case at the Kotwali police station here against a Mumbai-based company for duping 300 persons, the Sarabha Nagar police has booked two persons for cheating a large number of persons on the pretext of sending them to New Zealand.

Police sources said they had received complaints from three persons, including a Chandigarh-based couple, against officials of Global Infolinks. The police said a large number of victims were yet to lodge formal complaints.

The police has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against Rohit Sikka and another case under Sections 420 and 120 of the IPC against Sikka and his aide, Shamsher Singh.

According to the FIR, Sikka, a resident of Panchkula and the owner of Global Infolinks, had accepted money from some residents for sending them to New Zealand. After duping aspirants, the travel agent fled after closing down his office.

According to police sources, Sikka had been running his office from Sarabha Nagar main market for the past many years. He had been receiving money from the persons willing to go abroad. He also got their passports in possession and disappeared.

Mr Jugesh Raj Garg, a resident of Chandigarh, in his complaint to the SSP had claimed that Sikka and his accomplice had received Rs 1.5 lakh from him for sending him and his wife to New Zealand in September, 2001. But they could not send him abroad even after three years.

In a similar complaint, Ms Reetu Bala alleged that Sikka had received Rs 53,800 and her passport for sending her abroad.



SGPC poll
Sokhi to be elected unopposed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
The SAD (A) said today that the Panthic Morcha had opened its account in the SGPC elections from the district. Mr Charan Singh Lohara, party general secretary, and Mr Balwinder Singh Bains, president of the youth wing, said its candidate from the Ludhiana South 71 (Women reserve constituency), Ms Sukhwinder Kaur Sokhi, would be elected unopposed.

He said the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, had directed Ms Kulwinder Kaur and Ms Gurmeet Kaur, both candidates of the SAD, to contest from a general seat, citing technical grounds. Now Ms Sokhi is the lone candidate and will be declared the winner in the absence of any opposing candidate.

Mr Lohara said Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s candidates had mentioned their constituency as 71 Ludhiana South instead of 71 Ludhiana South women reserve. During the scrutiny, this was pointed out by party workers who filed objections before the returning officer, Mr Mohinder Singh Grewal, who rejected the objections.

Following this, SAD (A) candidates filed a revision application before Mr Verma. During arguments, their counsel, Mr M.L. Saggar, stated that as per Rule 15 of the Sikh Gurdwara Election Rules, 1959, it was the duty of a candidate to submit the nomination papers complete in all respects in Form IV.

There is a clear-cut column regarding constituency in Form IV and it is for the candidate to mention his choice properly in this column at the time of filing of nomination. In the present context, the returning officer has gone beyond his powers to change the name of the constituency itself from 71 Ludhiana South to 71 Ludhiana South women on the forms by his own hand.

The Chief Election Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections, by his interpretation of rules had also clearly said if a woman candidate files nomination papers in a plural constituency without specifically indicating that she is contesting against a reserved seat, then the only logical and legal conclusion would be that her candidature could not be considered against a reserve seat but it should be considered against a non-reserved seat.

After hearing counsels of both sides, Mr Verma ruled that the SAD candidates should contest from the general seat.

A formal announcement of victory would come on June 21, which is last date of withdrawal nomination papers, he added.



Residents allege bogus votes in SGPC poll
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
In the run-up to the ensuing Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections, residents of the city areas falling under constituency No 71, South Ludhiana, have alleged that a large numbers of votes in the voters’ list are bogus.

In a representation to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, the residents have alleged that in booth Nos 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 and 46 falling under Ward No 30 and booth Nos 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 falling under Ward Nos 24 and 26, the voters’ list did not have the addresses of the voters and the column was left blank.

According to Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the DC directed the SDM (W), Mr Malwinder Singh Jaggi, to look into the matter. In a signed statement, he claimed that Mr Jaggi found that only a few votes found in the lists were genuine and the rest were all bogus or fictitious. He claimed that out of the total votes falling in the constituency more than 50 per cent were bogus.

Mr Grewal urged the district administration to get the voters’ list verified and delete fictitious votes from the list.

Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, a candidate in fray from the constituency No 71, claimed that a representation of Akali leaders had left for meeting the Gurdwara Election Commission in Chandigarh in this regard.



BSNL giving its subscribers a raw deal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 20
Even in the face of stiff competition being faced from private operators of cellular and basic telecom services in the region, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) continues to give a raw deal to its subscribers here to the extent that its customer base in the industrial hub of Punjab is fast shrinking and harassed subscribers have either deserted the PSU or were in the process of weighing other options.

Notwithstanding the claims of the BSNL officials of providing better services to the subscribers by way of mobile cash counters and extension of bill payment facility through certain designated banks, the noose around the necks of the subscribers remains as tight as ever and particularly the task of getting refund of the security deposit after surrendering a telephone connection or payment of bills in routine, still proves to be a daunting affair.

If the harassed subscribers are to be believed, most of the times when refund of security deposit is claimed after the surrender of a telephone connection, the subscriber is more often than not, slapped with one or the other old bill, stated to be unpaid and asked to either produce the receipt or make payment of the bill before his security deposit is released.

Even before the case for refund is processed, handing over the telephone instrument back to the department itself turns out to be a job full of hassles and the subscriber is made to make many rounds of the telephone exchange concerned to give back the set and obtain a receipt from the designated officer.

A city resident, having a couple of BSNL telephone connections at his residence and business premises for the past more than 40 years, said that he was recently sent a notice for making payment of a bill pertaining to 1993, after a gap of more than 10 years when he decided to surrender all his telephone connections and switch over to basic and cellular service of private companies. The payment of BSNL telephone bills still involves standing in long queues at post offices, particularly during the last dates of payment.

Some of the unfortunate subscribers who are unable to make payment of bills by stipulated date for non-receipt or late receipt of the bill or some other personal reasons have to undergo such an ordeal which, in itself, turns out to be an experience of the life time.

In a whimsical decision, the BSNL officials are reported to have switched over to the primitive system of not accepting the late payment of telephone bills at post offices, banks or other counters even when the subscriber was paying late payment surcharge, until the bill was presented to the TRA section and authenticated. More often than not, in the process of making rounds between the TRA office, located far away and the payment counters, the telephones of such scribers are disconnected and a reconnection fee of Rs 100 is recovered.

It is also not uncommon for a large number of BSNL subscribers to receive a telephonic notice of non-payment of bills, which are paid well in time and for no fault of theirs, the subscribers are forced to go to the TRA office and produce the relevant receipt lest their telephones should be disconnected.



Mandira Bedi charms city women
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 20
Local women came in a large numbers to play ‘Gully Cricket’ with celebrity Mandira Bedi today. The women of the city had a truly ‘deewana bana de’ experience, thanks to the Set Max channel of Sony Entertainment Ltd which organised the show to popularise the game of cricket among women.

Mandira Bedi played cricket with the women, including housewives and college students, who thronged the localities, Sarabha Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and Model Town, where the event was organised.

Mandira, attired in a red short shirt and jeans, sporting the Max logo, a sizeable Sunday crowd greeted her at the playground created at the parking enclosure of main market of Sarabha Nagar.

After a brief chat with the women participants who had been waiting for her for some time in the scorching heat, Mandira wielded the willow.

Mandira faced some deliveries bowled by the young women before Geetanjli Jolly off Kiranjeet Kaur caught her. Then it was Mandira’s turn to bowl. She found a tough batswoman in Manisha Kataria who hit the star bowler for three consecutive sixes.

The successful participants were given gift hampers by Himalya Herbals Protein Shampoo, the co-sponsors of the event. Earlier, addressing the mediapersons, Mandira Bedi said that this event was organised to convert millions of passive female viewers into avid followers of cricket. She said that she was overwhelmed with the response.

To a question, what was the motive behind organising this show in select cities, Mandira said this event conceived as an innovative build-up to create awareness and promote the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy scheduled to be held in England later this year.

About her experience of playing cricket with women, Mandira said that it was indeed a fulfilling experience as the women showed enthusiasm, which proved that cricket, was definitely more than just a men’s game.

She praised the Indian women cricket team’s performance in the series against the New Zealand whom they drubbed 4-1 and the West Indies whom they blanked 5-0.

She informed that in the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy, she would be the co-presenter with Charu Sharma.



ASI, constable booked
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 20
The Khanna police has booked an ASI, a constable and a woman on charges of corruption on a complaint by a local resident. DSP(D) Rajeshwar Singh said the case had been registered after preliminary investigation in which the two were found guilty.

According to complainant Iqbal Singh an employee of a private firm, he and Ranjeet Kaur, a resident of Kartarnagar, were going to Manji Sahib on a scooter. Near Dehru village Dharm Singh ASI, and a constable Gyan Singh posted at the criminal investigation staff Khanna, signalled to stop them. They threatened Iqbal Singh to implicate him in a case if he failed to pay an amount of Rs 50,000. The policemen searched his pockets and took out Rs 2000 and a mobile phone. They agreed to let him off after he paid them Rs 10,000. He was told to leave his scooter but he told them that the scooter was of his employer. He informed his employer who advised him to file a complaint against the two. The DSP(D) Mr Rajeshwar Singh confirmed the registration of a case.



Man held for cheating people
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 20
The local police today claimed to have arrested a person, Banarsi Gupta of Bihar, on the charge of cheating people by promising them to double their money within two months.

Giving the information, Mr Sandeep Sharma, SHO of Kotwali police station told mediapersons that the police had recovered Rs 40,000 from the accused which he had taken from a person and assured him to double it.

The accused had taken the money from Mr Nachhatar Singh of Sangrur in the presence of Mr Gurbachan Singh of Ludhiana three months back.

But after the lapse of two months, the accused failed to return the money as promised Mr Nachhatar Singh asked him to return this money many times but he avoided him. Ultimately, the matter was reported to the police and a case was registered under Section 420 of the IPC on June 16.



Four fraud cases registered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 20
On the statement of Mr Avtar Singh, resident of Kheri village, near Dhuri, in Sangrur district, the Kotwali police has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against Banarsi Gupta.

The complainant had stated that he had given Rs 40,000 to the accused on loan about three months ago but the accused had not returned his money and had thus committed a fraud on him.

Another case of alleged fraud was registered under Sections 420,467,468 and 471 of the IPC at Division No 1 police station on the statement of Mr Kulwant Singh, Assistant Superintendent of Post Office, City Division, against Binit Bhola, resident of Shamsher Avenue, opposite Raj Guru Nagar.

The complainant had alleged that by using his forged signatures, the accused had withdrawn Rs 20,400 from his post office account at Bhadaur House post office on February 10.

The case was registered after an inquiry by the police of Division No 5 police station.

The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Sections 420, 465, 467 and 468 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Harbhajan Singh, resident of Model Town, against Hardeep Singh, owner of a seed corporation located outside the Punjab Agricultural University.

The complainant had stated that the accused had purchased seed from his farm valued at Rs 3,15,000 for which he had given a cheque in 1997. The cheque was not honoured by the bank concerned.

On the statement of Mr Rakesh Jain, the Civil Line police has registered a case under Sections 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC against Manmohan of Messrs Bedi Tyres located opposite the military camp.

The complainant had stated that he had purchased a shop from the accused and had made full payment for the same. But later on, he came to know that the accused had already sold the shop to someone else .The accused had committed a fraud on him, added the complainant.

Eve-teasing: The Division No 6 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 354,294 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Dimple, resident of Street No 5 of the Kashmir Nagar mohalla, against Davinder Kumar, resident of New Goraya Market.

The complainant had stated that the accused came to her house and teased her. The accused also threatened her on telephone, added the complainant.

The Division No 3 police has registered a case under Sections 294 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Ashok Kumar, resident of F-Block in Sarabha Nagar, against Sumit Dhawan, resident of the Shivala Road, area.

The complainant had stated that the accused had teased his daughter on telephone on Wednesday..

Arrested: The Model Town police has arrested Pawandeep Singh, resident of Dugri, and registered a case against him under Sections 353 and 186 of the IPC on the statement of constable Harjit Singh.

The constable had stated that he had gone to the house of the accused along with constable Surinder Kumar to verify a complainant made against him by his brother Jagdep Singh who had alleged that Pawandeep Singh had beaten his wife. But Pawandeep Singh entered into a scuffle with him and interfered in the discharge of his duty, added the constable. The police said the accused was arrested on the spot.

Unauthorised colony: The Focal Point police yesterday registered a case under various sections of the Apartment Property Regulation Act of 1955 on the statement of Mr Jaswant Singh Grewal, Additional Chief Administrator , PUDA, against Laxman Singh, Bachitter Singh and Sukhdev Singh, residents of Dhandari Kalan, Avtar Singh, resident of Kartar Nagar, and Gurmeet Singh, resident of the Kalsia Road.

The complainant had stated that the accused, without obtaining any permission from PUDA, carved out an unauthorised colony in Dhandari Kalan and sold plots.

Injured: The Model Town police has registered a case under Sections 279,337 and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Sukhpreet Singh, resident of Barewal village, against Harkamal Singh.

The complainant had stated that the accused had hit his motor cycle with his car near a petrol pump at Dugri and sped away on June 13.

The complainant said that he was injured and his motor cycle damaged.

Liquor seized: The Sarabha Nagar police yesterday arrested Ajmer Kumar, native of Haryana living in a slum close to Balmik Colony in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, and recovered eight bottles of country liquor from him. He was booked under the Excise Act.

The Basti Jodhewal police yesterday arrested Gop Singh, native of Haryana, recovered 19 bottles of whisky from him and booked him under the Excise Act. The accused was intercepted in Kirpal Nagar while carrying the bottles in an attache case, said the police.

The Shimla Puri police yesterday arrested Paramjit Singh, resident of Street No 1 of Gurpal Nagar, recovered six bottles of rum from him and booked him under the Excise Act.



BoB to launch Baroda Premium Current Account
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Bank of Baroda (BoB) is launching the Baroda Premium Current Account (BPCA) to meet the needs of the business community.
Such account holders will enjoy a host of benefits like free cheque book, free credit card, free demand draft, free personal accident insurance and several other facilities hitherto not available to current account holders in banks.

Mr K Kamraj, Chief Manager of the bank, said BPCA could be opened by individuals, partnership companies, limited companies and large corporates excluding banks and financial institutions.

There were two kinds of BPCA - one where the requirement was a minimum Average Quarterly Balance (AQB) of Rs 1 lakh and BPCA (Privilege), where the minimum AQB requirement was Rs 3 lakh.

BPCA and BPCA-Privilege holders would be entitled to free monthly statement, free use of banking at any branch, telephone banking and internet banking facilities, free Bobcard (two partners or directors in case of companies) and free personal accident insurance.

Account holders would also enjoy free unlimited cheque book facility and free services like balance and signature verification.

In addition, BPCA-Privilege holders would enjoy free demand drafts, free bankers cheques and free collection of outstation cheques. These three services would be available to BPCA holders at 50 per cent discount.

The customers availing this facility would get immediate credit up to Rs 50,000 on outstation cheques, while for Privilege customers, this limit would be Rs 1.50 lakh, he added.

All BPCA and BPCA-Privilege customers would also enjoy discount of 25 per cent on demat and custodial charges (up to two directors or partners in the case of companies and authorised managing members in case of other bodies), waiver of processing charges on car loans and free unlimited use of folio.

These accounts would be ideal for individuals and organisations who carried an average quarterly balance of Rs 1 lakh plus as they could now avail an array of free benefits, never before available from a current account.

On account of its attractive features, BPCA was expected to become popular in both individual and corporate segments.

The product was being test -launched in all fully computerised branches in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore and Ludhiana.

In Ludhiana, Mr Kamaraj said the scheme would be launched tomorrow and 125 customers had already given their consent in opening the account. This would be followed by a countrywide launch shortly thereafter, he added.



Blue Mount to open another showroom
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Jain Udhay Group of Companies is opening up another exclusive showroom for its brand Blue Mount.
This would be the second exclusive showroom of the company to be opened tomorrow on the Pakhowal Road.

Mr Ramesh Kumar Jain, Chairman of Sharman Udhyog Limited, and Mr Tarsem Kumar Jain, chairman of the Jain Udhay Group, said the showroom would present a wide range of products including shirts, T shirts, trouser, jackets, summer and winter wear.


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