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Student found murdered at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
A student from Bihar was found murdered in Nawan Bagh orchard in the interior of Punjab Agricultural University here today. The police suspects that he has been murdered by some debtors of his brother.

Pramod, 25, was stabbed 26 times all over his body. A pocket telephone diary was found in the nearby bushes, while Rs 150 and a Hanuman Chalisa booklet were found in his pockets. There were marks of struggle on the wild grass in the orchard. Blood stains were also there.

The Sarabha Nagar DSP, Mr Ravcharan Singh Brar, said the youth had gone with two persons, who owed his brother Rs 10,000, last evening. He was found dead in the morning.

The deceased’s brother, Mr Vinod, has, in a statement to the police, expressed suspicion on two persons, Sanju and his unidentified accomplice, with whom the deceased had gone out last evening. The police was conducting raids to arrest Sanju. He lived in Haibowal here.

The DSP said the police had lodged an FIR against the two, but the charges were subject to investigation. He said Vinod was a mason specialising in laying marble floors. He lived as a tenant in Gurdev Nagar. His younger brother, Pramod, had passed BSc (medical) examination from Bihar and had appeared in the Bihar Service Commission examination. He had come to the city about a month ago and was awaiting the result of the examination.

Sanju owed Rs 10,000 to Vinod, but he was not returning the money. Vinod sent Pramod with the accused on a bicycle last evening in that connection. However, Pramod did not return.

The police faced the tardy job of identifying the body in the morning. The telephone diary found near the body contained numbers most of which were of persons from Bihar, while some of these were local numbers.

Most of the person, whose names were in the diary, did not cooperate with the police. However, on the persistent persuasion of the DSP, a person named Ajay came to the spot and called one of his friends who identified the deceased and called his brother.



Crime analyst to help Ludhiana police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
Local residents can hope for an early detection of crime as the Ludhiana Police have availed the services of an expert crime scene analyst, who began his job today at the murder scene of a youth, Pramod, on the Punjab Agricultural University campus this morning.

Reporters covering the spot were surprised to see the crime scene cordoned off by a red tape in quite contrast to the old practice where cops, journalists and curious onlookers destroy vital clues and fingerprints at the crime spot by walking all over the place.

Instead of a police photographer armed with outdated camera, a photographer with a video camera was seen capturing the minute details at the site. The fingerprint experts and other cops were seen wearing latest gloves instead of using bare hands and thus destroying the evidence.

The head of the team is the crime scene analyst, Mr Krishan Dutt, who is a topper in forensic science from Calcutta University. He has just returned from the USA and has set up a state-of-the art crime scene analysis unit at a cost of Rs 1 crore in Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Dutt revealed that a similar unit was being set up in the Police Lines, Ludhiana, which has become the premier police district to start scientific investigation of the crime scene.

He said people trample all over the crime scene and vital clues are lost. ‘‘ But now, the police would cordon off the area with red tape and use latest scientific instruments, including lasers to detect and pick clues, fingerprints, blood stains, dust or other particles left by the shoemarks from the scene.

‘‘The preservation and protection of the crime scene solves more than 50 per cent of the police investigation work’’ he revealed. He said the state DGP, Dr A A Siddiqui ,and Ludhiana SSP,Mr Narinderpal Singh, were quite interested in the work and had taken the initiative.



Robbers beat up shopkeeper, loot Rs 65,000
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
Five robbers armed with sharp- edged weapons struck at a cloth shop-cum-house near Manju cinema in Miller Gunj and decamped with about Rs 65,000 after severely beating up the 84-year-old shop owner, who lived alone in the upper floor of the building.

The police claimed later in the evening that one of the accused has been identified as Laxman alias Bahadur, who used to work as a salesman in the shop sometime ago and knew that the victim , Madan Lal, lived alone and opened the shop daily at 6:30 a.m. However, no one has been arrested so far.

The victim, who locked the doors of the shop, Punjab Khadi Emporium, from inside and slept in a room on the upper floor had opened the doors as per his daily routine in the morning when a youth, seemingly waiting for him, stormed in and sought towels. The aged man said he was yet to react when two more youths barged in and threw him on the floor.

They pounced on him and hit blows on his face. They then tied him up with clothes and towels and also gagged him. Two more youths, who carried a long knife, joined them and threatened the old man to give them keys or they would slit his throat. All the accused were clean-shaven. After getting the keys, two youths went upstairs while the remaining opened the locker. They found Rs 65,000 in the locker and pocketed it.

The accused searched the place and upper room for more cash and also threw bales of cloth on him. The accused remained in the shop for about 15 minutes. Mr Madan lal said he managed to free one of his arms and raised the alarm.

Initially, he reported that the robbers had taken away lakhs of rupees kept in the upper room, but during a search by the police and finger experts team, the money was found.

The family members and area residents were quite agitated at the police for delaying its investigation by over five hours. Though two PCR cops came within 5 minutes of the family's telephone call, the Division No 6 police officials, finger experts team and dog squad took over 5 hours to reach the place.

Though an ASI of the police station came in the morning, he returned saying he had not brought any papers with him to write statement of the victims. The police explained the delay by saying that there was major tension over a gurdwara land in Sector-32 and the force of several police stations was deployed there.

The SHO, Division No. 6, Mr Harjinder Singh, later claimed in the evening that the police had achieved major success in identifying one of the accused. A worker in the shop, Ram Lubhaya, told the police that former worker Laxman alias Bahadur had come to the shop a few days ago and inquired if the aged man was still living alone or not. The police official said the accused would be arrested soon.



Malwa belt a den of racketeers?
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 27
With the busting of another gang involved in the printing of fake certificates, this belt of Malwa has virtually been dubbed as a den of racketeers. Interestingly, the local police could not put its hand on any of the racketeers who were caught by cops of other police districts. The latest in the sequence, the Dehlon police nabbed three youths who used print fake certificates of Punjab School Education Board at a photo-studio situated in the busy market of the town. Earlier gangs involved in the printing of fake currency, including US dollars, were busted by the police of Hoshiarpur and Jagraon districts.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board has called upon the public in general to be aware of swinders who might use the name of board employees while transacting their illegal business of fake certificates. He welcomed inquiries regarding establishment of genuineness of any of the documents concerned with the education board.

Commenting on the arrest of three youths on Saturday, Mr Rajiv Ahir, SSP, Jagraon, said the youths — Rohit Jindal, a local photographer, Harpal Singh alias Enchi of Dehlon village and Jaspal Kumar Jassie of Brahman Majra village — were nabbed by a police party led by Sukhdev Singh, additional SHO, police station Dehlon, on secret information.

On receiving the information about activities of the racketeers, Mr Gurmukh Singh Cheema DSP(D) Jagraon had directed the Dehlon police to raid the studio and residences of the suspects.

The police seized a computer, scanner and printer besides 11 fake certificates of class X of PSEB. One of them was prepared showing Harjit Singh, son of Sohan Singh, having passed class X under roll number 935182 in 2001. The certificate, dated July 6,2001, bore fascimile signature of Mr Jagjit Singh Sidhu, the then secretary of the board. The accused were booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Rohit Jindal use to prepare the design of certificate and print. Enchi and Jassie used to fetch customers for Rohit. They were paid Rs 1000 each out of the total proceeds that ranged between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000.

Besides being sought by aspirants of government service, these certificates were in demand for establishing the date of birth at the time of getting passports issued. Passport authorities normally do not get the certificates verified by the issuing authorities. In case the certificate was wanted by some NRI, the rates were accordingly.

The police could not confirm the total number of victims, yet some academies or teachers are also suspected to be working as agents of the gang. Printing of degrees of some universities situated outside the state was not ruled out. A local woman who had earlier got a job at a local government aided senior secondary school, on the basis of a fake degree and had since resigned due to obvious reasons, is suspected to have purchased degree from some gang.

Meanwhile, Dr Kehar Singh, chairman, Punjab School Education Board, has called upon the public to be aware of swindlers who might use the name of some board employees while transacting their illegal business. Welcoming inquiries regarding establishing genuineness of certificates he said,” We have incorporated many security marks in certificates of all classes. Any deviation can be detected with an infra red ray equipment maintained at board office at Mohali, within no time.” 



PUDA officials prevent usurping of land
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
Vigilant officials of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) today prevented the usurping of a piece of commercial land by some persons in Sector 39, Samrala Road, Urban Estate.

A group of persons accompanied by 100-150 persons including women and children, reached on the prime land, belonging to PUDA, raised a temporary Nishan Sahib and started the recitation of the path of Guru Granth Sahib last evening.

Receiving a tip off, the J.E. and S.D.E., Building Branch, of PUDA swung into action and reached the spot. The illegal occupants were bringing construction material in trucks. The construction continued throughout the night.

At around 6 a.m. the PUDA officials accompanied by a police party reached the spot and demolished the structures that had come up overnight.

Some persons tried to overpower the PUDA officials and were stopped by the cops. The PUDA has lodged a complaint with the police against Balwinder Singh, Chhotte Lal, Mahinder Singh Gaba and Amarjit Singh for usurping the land.

Ms Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, Additional Chief Administrator, said a police party had been posted on the spot and the area had been cordoned off. 



Shiv Sena activists burn Mufti's effigy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
Activists of the Shiv Sena (Hindustan) today staged a demonstration against the Jammu and Kashmir Government for failing to safeguard the life of people there. They also burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Mufit Mohammed Sayeed.

The National General Secretary of the party, Mr Pawan Sharma, and the district president, Mr Krishan Sharma, alleged that while on the one hand the Mufti government had failed to safeguard the life and property of people, as was evident from the killings of 12 innocent persons yesterday, on the other the Chief Minister was interfering in the religious matters of the Hindus.

The activists demanded the government not to curtail the Amarnath yatra period. They said the government should take note of the enthusiasm among the people across the country about the yatra. Instead, they observed, the government was putting up roadblocks in the way of the yatra.

The Shiv Sena leaders asserted that the people of the country would not accept the government’s orders of curtailing the time period of the yatra. They said the Hindus would not let their religious freedom be curtailed by the government. They threatened the Chief Minister and the Congress, which is supporting him, to desist from such interference, which could otherwise have serious ramifications.



Red Cross help for needy patient
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma and President District Red Cross Society, has announced to provide a financial help of Rs 21,000 from the local branch of the Red Cross to CMCH for the treatment of a five- year- old needy patient Mohammad Ashraf of Malerkotla.

Mr Verma has announced the help following an appeal carried in these columns of Ludhiana Tribune. The financial help was urgently needed, as the poor parents of Ashraf, admitted in the CMC were unable to bear the expenses of around Rs 60,000 required for the life saving surgery and after care in the hospital.



BKU flays Union minister’s statements
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has taken a strong note of the statement by the Union Minister, Mr Jai Parkash Narayan Yadav, that Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan were the riparian states of Ravi, Sutlej and Beas.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president of the BKU, said it was unfortunate that the minister had made such an 'irresponsible' statement. He said by making such statements, the Centre Government was doing injustice to the farmers of the state.

While demanding the resignation of Mr Yadav, the BKU leader said if the Punjab water was given to any other state, it would not only affect the agriculture sector, but also the industry and the common man. He said the BKU would not allow any government to divert Punjab waters to any other state.

Stating that even as the water of the Sutlej was being used by the state alone, Mr Lakhowal said the water-table was declining every year. This indicated trouble for the years to come. If the water of the Sutlej was given to Haryana and Rajasthan, one third of the agricultural land in the state would become barren.

He said the Rajasthan Chief Minister's act to pressurise the Centre Government in getting the SYL Canal constructed was an indication that Rajasthan was also trying to get more share in river waters. ‘‘This move is aimed at destroying the agriculture sector in the state,’’ he added. Mr Lakhowal said the BKU would not allow anybody to divert the water of state.



11-year-old boy mauled by dogs
Admn fails to check canine menace
Ravi Inder Singh Makkar

Machhiwara, June 27
The district administration seems to be turning a blind eye to victims of stray dogs. The negligence of the Ludhiana Administration is evident from the fact that many villagers fall prey to stray dogs every day.

The magnitude of the problem can be assessed from the fact that an 11-year-old boy Kuldeep was badly wounded by some stray dogs on Friday at Panjeta village (Koom Kalan police station ), situated on the Machhiwara - Kohara road. Kuldeep , a student of class III, narrowly escaped from the jaws of death. No part of his body was left unhurt by the stray animals. Marks of teeth and paws of dogs can be seen all over the body of the child.

The youngest of four sisters and two brothers, Kuldeep is in a state of fear psychosis to talk about the incident. He reluctantly told that he was going to take bath in a nearby tubewell of Jagir Singh when on the way, he was bitten by seven dogs. He struggled for a long time before being saved by some migrant labourers.

Kuldeep's helpless mother took him to a nearby nursing home at Katani with the help of villagers. Later he was referred to the Civil Hospital Samrala. Doctors at the Civil Hospital had to make stitches at five places on different parts of his body. Unfortunately, his mother could not get any medicine from the hospital dispensary. She bought all medicines from the market, which were required for the boy's treatment. She said she had spent Rs 1000 on Kuldeep's treatment with the help of some villagers. Now she is worried how she would manage money for six more injections required for Kuldeep.

Meanwhile, villagers said that many incidents of dog biting had taken place before in the village but such a horrible incident had happened for the first time.

Kuldeep's words, "Save me, I am son of a poor widow", have shaken everybody's heart in the village.

The villagers have requested the district authorities to take immediate steps to prevent such incidents and have sought financial help for the victims.



Uncertainty mars govt functioning
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
With the prevailing political uncertainty following the resignation of all ministers in the state, the functioning of the state government appears to have come to a standstill. The situation was further complicated with the reports that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh had asked three of the four Mayors, including that of Ludhiana to resign.

There are four ministers from Ludhiana district. They include senior leader and the Higher Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, the Transport Minister Mr Tej Parkash, the Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, Mr Rakesh Pandey and the Minister of State for Jails and Urban Development, Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi. The political grapevine has that at least two of these will have to go.

All four ministers are said to be camping in Delhi to try their bit to be retained in the ministry. Even some legislators are also reportedly trying their luck on the presumption that all those ministers who had not been able to maintain a lead in their assembly segments during the last parliamentary elections might be dropped.

While the Mayor is also reported to have been in Delhi, but he said, he had not been asked to resign. But he said, in case he was asked to resign by the Chief Minister, he would take no time to do that as his loyalties were unfailingly with him (the Chief Minister).



Group meetings keep the superannuated going
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, June 27
After a busy, hectic, productive and useful life, a single day, ‘the retirement day’, changes a man from active, purposeful man to a retired and not so useful man. Retired, when he still feels the active forces of life coursing through his veins. Superannuation — the word conjures a picture of usefulness — though a few days’ rest gives freshness. And then what!

When each day the others get ready to go for work, the man also dresses up to go but where? A study has revealed that most of the people lose their will to live an aimless life after retirement, and many die within 4 to 6 years. Some of the lucky few get some alternative jobs and keep happy and busy, but for most of them their status in the family and society declines This change affects their persona, and they also change from forceful persons to hapless ones.

Mr Rajinder was an officer in a bank. “It is true,” said he, “the movies show a true part of life” He said that when he was working, everyone was fussing around him. He got his meals on time. His clothes were kept neat and tidy. But like a movie script, he, too, after retirement, lost prestige in the eyes of the family. He did not get breakfast on time as he was told that he does not have to go to office. If he wanted a cup of coffee as he was used to drinking coffee in his office, he was told by his wife that he should switch over to tea as coffee was very expensive. This statement of his wife stunned him. Now that the sons had got good jobs, she was more partial to them. What about the marriage vows that made them promise to be together in sickness and happiness?

Soon he became melancholic and went into deep depression. Then the family took him to a psychiatrist who said that he needed to be loved and made to feel useful. And then the family introduced him to other retired people who met regularly in the Rose Garden and spent two to three hours together. Rajinder revived Rajinder found out that when you share problems, anecdotes, life experiences, time passes swiftly. He liked the optimism of a few of the old people and that strengthened his will to continue living happily. He made a routine to go the Rose Garden every day to spend a few hours and share his views on politics, rise in petrol prices, the mentality of people and modern day values. The meeting was like a catharsis that helped them to download all that was weighing on their minds.

From others experiences, he learnt that one has to make oneself a useful productive member of the family and society to earn respect. He became a member of an NGO that had undertaken to teach adults and destitute children who were all working and could just study for one hour. He found that he got a lot of satisfaction when he saw that children were learning manners and improving in the studies, at home he undertook the responsibility of teaching grandchildren mathematics, accounts and English. Soon time started flying and Rajinder felt useful and happy.

“What the retired people need is a lot of affection and to participate in the family’s activities. They should not be pushed back but given all respect due to them viv-a-viz their experience and age.” 



Applications invited for Haj
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
The Punjab State Haj Committee has invited applications from Muslim pilgrims desirous of participating in Haj to be held at Mecca Mukarramah and Medina Munawwarah in Saudi Arabia.

This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, here today. “Those desirous of participating in Haj can of send their applications to the Punjab State Haj Committee (Adalti-1 Shakha, sixth floor hall), Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh, by July 10,” he added.

“The pilgrims can procure application forms from the office of the SDM, Malerkotla, on any working day,” he added.

“An advance payment of Rs 10,550, towards advance foreign exchange and miscellaneous dues, should be to made through a bank draft drawn in favour of the Punjab State Haj Committee. It is required to be attached with the application form. The amount of airfare and the balance amount of foreign exchange has to be remitted directly to the Haj Committee of India, Mumbai, in the shape of bank drafts drawn in the name of that committee,” he added.



Body of youth found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
An unidentified body of a youth was found in semi-naked condition at Hazoori Bagh Colony in Salem Tabri today. The youth had multiple stab marks on his body.
The police has sent the body for post-mortem. Sources said some personal enmity seemed to be the reason behind the crime.


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