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SAD wins 17 SGPC seats
Tribune News Service

Mr Balwinder Singh Bains, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar and Mr Kewal Singh Badal with their supporters after being elected in the SGPC elections from the Ludhiana South, West and Sidhwan Bet constituencies, respectively, in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photos by IV

Ludhiana, July 12
It was a day marked by jubilation and celebrations by workers and leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, after the party registered an impressive victory in the (SGPC) elections yesterday in Ludhiana district, winning 17 of the 19 seats. The winners include former SGPC president and senior Akali leader Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi from Raikote.

The only upset result was the defeat of the senior vice-president of the party and the sitting SGPC member, Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia from Ludhiana North. Mr Bhatia was unseated by Mr Balwinder Singh Bains of the Panthic Morcha in a close contest by a victory margin of slightly over 3000 votes. Mr Bains is a close confidant of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann. The Panthic Morcha candidate, Ms Sukhjinder Kaur Sukhi, had won the Ludhiana South (for women) unopposed.

The contest was mainly between the SAD and the Panthic Morcha. Prominent winners in today’s elections from Ludhiana district include former SGPC president, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, from Raikote, vice president of the SGPC, Mr Kewal Badal from Sidhwan Bet, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar from Ludhiana West and Mr Kanwal Inder Singh Thekedar from Ludhiana North. While Mr Talwandi defeated Mr Rajwinder Singh, Mr Kewal Badal defeated Mr Milkiat Singh, Mr Makkar defeated Mr Parvinder Singh and Mr Thekedar, who is son of senior Akali leader Mr Surjan Singh Thekedar defeated Mr Jarnail Singh. All four losers belonged to the Panthic Morcha.

Other winners include Mr Gurmail Singh Sangowal, who was re-elected from Doraha, Mr Ranjit Singh Mangli from Ludhiana Rural (general), Ms Bhupinder Kaur from Ludhiana Rural (women), Mr Surinderpal Singh Badhowal from Dakha, Mr Gurbax Singh Purian from Sidhwan Bet (general), Mr Harsurinder Singh Gill from Jagraon, Jathedar Daya Singh from Khanna, Ms Balwinder Kaur Khatra from Khanna (women), Bibi Harbans Kaur from Raikote (women), Mr Raghubir Singh from Payal (general) and Mr Devinder Singh Cheema from Payal (reserved for men), Mr Harpreet Singh garhca from Pakhowal and Mr Kripal Singh Khirnia from Samrala.

The biggest victory margin in the district was that of Mr Kripal Singh Khirnia, who defeated Mr Gumukh Singh of the Panthic Morcha by a margin of 10,760 votes. The lowest lead was that of a former SGPC president Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, who defeated his nearest rival Mr Rajwinder Singh of the Panthic Morcha by a slim margin of about 1000 votes.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: The Polling for two seats of the SGPC passed off peacefully in this part of the Malerkotla constituency. Around 60 per cent of the electorate used its right to cast vote to elect two members from this area, one from the general category and another reserved for women. Though the Sehajdharis were not allowed to cast their vote, they outnumbered keshdharis at the polling booths.

Mr Suraj Prakash Sharma executive officer of the local Municipal Council claimed that polling passed off peacefully if the town and surrounding villages including Channa, Akbarpur Channa, Dehliz, Nathumazra and Momnabaad, The polling took place for election of two SGPC members from this area.

The contest for general category was between Ajit Singh Chanduraian, SAD nominee and Mr. Hardev Singh Kalyan, Panthic Morcha candidate. the contest for the seat reserved for women was triangular with Ms. Jaswant Kaur Bhutani (Panthic Morcha), Ms Surinder Kaur Sehke(SAD) and Ms Mundian(Independent) being the contenders.



‘Last’ date leaves students fuming
Our Correspondent

Harried students jostle with one another to collect forms at Punjabi Bhavan in Ludhiana
Harried students jostle with one another to collect forms at Punjabi Bhavan in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, July 12
Hundreds of students with reappear cases in Classes X and XII board examinations thronged Punjabi Bhavan here to collect forms, presuming that it was the last day today. Their resentment became evident when they learnt that the last date for procuring forms had been extended to July 20.

Harmohan Singh, a student of Class 12 from Raikot, said: “Why couldn’t they give us this information earlier through print or electronic media. Had they done so we would not have had to stand in long queues in this humid weather — thirsty and hungry.” Students had arrived from near and far-flung areas of the state to get the forms.

The District Officer of Regional Office, Punjab State Education Board, Mr Ramesh Kumar, said they had informed through newspaper about the extension of the last day to July 20. He said: “We had put up a notice to this effect too, but since Saturday and Sunday were holidays, students did not check the notice board. Besides, why do students have to wait for last date to fill the forms?”

It was a nightmarish experience for students who had to stand in a long queue to get the forms. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, some students said they should have bought the forms prior to the stipulated day.



SHO had kept extortion money in police station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Former SHO, Hambran, Manmeet Singh and his two accomplices had kept Rs 1 lakh, allegedly extorted from a Ludhiana resident, in the police station itself. A Jagraon police party today recovered the amount.

DSP Jatinder Singh Khaira said the accused inspector had kept Rs 80,000 in his almirah, while the accused Special Police Officers (SPOs) — Bhajan Singh and Raj Kumar — had kept Rs 10,000 each in their trunks in the police station.

The three accused had allegedly forced Balwant Singh of Ludhiana to pay them the money, else he would be implicated in some case. The accused were arrested yesterday. Manmeet Singh who was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, seems to have a liking for controversies. In his short career, he has been booked under various offences for the third time.

He was booked for firing without any provocation in a boy’s hostel on the Punjabi University campus last year. He was under training at that time. The FIR was cancelled after a few months but he was soon booked for opening fire at some persons in a marriage ceremony in Jalandhar. Later, a compromise was struck and he got a reprieve.



Rain disappoints farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
The sharp showers that lashed the district in the morning, brought cheers for city residents, but failed to enthuse farmers who found it to be inadequate for quenching the thirst of their parched land.

While the Ludhianavis had a respite from the blistering heat after a long time, the farmers feel that they were cheated by the weather gods.

The farmers said after remaining elusive for so many days, it rained for less than an hour this morning. They said it would not ease the pressure on the groundwater table as well as electricity.

A survey of various villages by the Ludhiana Tribune team revealed that as the weather had gone pleasant the farmers were utilising the time in finishing various works.

Mr Harmel Singh, a farmer, said he was waiting for a cooler day to use fertilisers on the crop as in hot weather it caused various diseases. “After waiting for long I got the time today. Other farmers are spraying the pesticides also as it is dangerous to spray them on a hot day,” he said.

Other farmers kept complaining about the inadequate power supply. They said with the grim power situation prevailing in the state, the government should forget about a bumper crop. “It is very difficult as in many villages the plants have withered. Moreover the grain formation will also be affected as the health of plants is not very good this time,” said another farmer.

PAU experts said 15 mm of rainfall was experienced in the city today. In the next 24 hours, the weather is expected to remain partly cloudy with the possibility of isolated showers, they added.



Now watch time anti-clockwise
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Harpreet Singh Dang has sought to change the concept of time watching. He has created an “anti clock” which moves anti-clockwise and shows right time. Although there are not any special features of this watch, it has generated thrill and excitement among the people.

Harpreet belongs to a family of watchmakers. It was his father, Mr Avtar Singh, who started a career in watchmaking in 1955 and learnt it from Mr Budhiraja, a famous watchmaker of Ludhiana. He polished his skills under the training of Mansa Ram, considered to be the best watchmaker of the city. Mansa Ram was authorised by the Municipal Corporation to repair Clock Tower.

Harpreet picked up skills of watchmaking from Mansa Ram only, whom he considers to be his guru. Today Harpreet is a consultant watchmaker. He claims to have been repairing watches of top brands only. He said, he had always been contemplating how to create a winding (mechanical) watch which moved anti-clockwise. He said, he contacted his Guru and the father also. But both of them expressed their helplessness in guiding him in this connection.

He took a Japanese winding watch and made some changes in it to move it anti-clockwise. He said, while the quartz watches could conveniently be made to move anti-clockwise just by changing the polarity, in a mechanical watch wheels were to be rotated in an anti-clockwise direction, which was relatively difficult.

Harpreet said the only difficulty in anti-clockwise watch was that the time was to be adjusted after removing the covering glass. The winding key could not adjust the time properly and accurately.

Harpreet is trying to find a solution to this problem also. He hopes to reach an understanding with some watchmaking companies. He agrees that his creation mainly has an ornamental or decorative purpose, but he hopes that it will definitely have a wide appeal among people. He has so far kept it a secret even from his father whom he wants to give a surprise.



Deep Nagar residents resent contaminated water supply
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Hundreds of residents of the Deep Nagar area today staged a demonstration against the supply of contaminated water in the area for the last two weeks. They alleged that despite having made repeated representations to the Municipal Corporation, no remedial measures had been taken.

Mr Sudhir Modgil, a resident of the area, said they had been getting sandy water for the past two weeks. He said that the residents had staged several demonstrations and brought the issue to the notice of the municipal authorities also. But no action had been taken so far.

Mr Modgil said it was very difficult to consume the contaminated water. The water could not be used for even washing purposes, he added.

Another residents, Mr Ashwani Anand, said he had to procure drinking water from another area. He said when he approached the corporation officials in this regard, he was told that there was some problem in the tubewell. The officials claimed that the tubewell was being repaired, but nobody knew how long it will take.

Meanwhile, residents have urged the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, to intervene and get the tubewell repaired. They said they had been fed up with officials who did not bother about their problems. The residents said they were left with no option but to come on roads. 



Models showcase wedding costumes, jewellery
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 12
Last night was a night to remember as models dressed in different bridal costumes walked down the ramp for “Vivah -2004”. The modelling show on the Indian wedding theme was organised by Yugam Creations and Diamond Card.The “brides” dazzled the audience with their glittering costumes with sequences and stones.

The show began with the saree round, salwar kameez and lehnga round and was led by a “bridegroom” and “bride” dressed in traditional costumes. The costumes were designed by Ms Lovely Bhatia, a local designer. The second round had the models showcasing designer jewellery , an intrinsic part of bridal wear.. The models came wearing exquisite jewellery pieces like stunning necklaces, armlets, rings, heavy earrings, rings.

Models also wore clothes of daily wear and designer suits. In between the rounds choreography by Jeet Brar and the dances brought in fun and liveliness. 



BJP protest march today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 12
The local unit of the BJP (urban) met here today to review preparations being made in connection with a demonstration targeting tainted ministers in the Central Government, led by the Congress, to be held here tomorrow.

Prof Rajinder Bhandari, general secretary of the state unit of the BJP, addressing the meeting said it was unfortunate that the persons facing serious charges such as dacoity, extortion and corruption had been inducted into the Union Cabinet whereas four nationalist and patriotic Governors were sacked only because they belonged to the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS). Prof Bhandari appealed to the President of India to immediately suspend such ministers.

He criticised the Union Budget calling it a cruel joke with the people. The Centre reduced the rates of tractors but at the same time, prices of steel had been hiked, he said. Prof Bhandari urged the government to increase subsidy on farm produce.

Dr Subhash Verma, district president, BJP told the meeting that more that 10,000 people were expected to take part in the demonstration. Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, former Punjab minister would lead the protesters. The protesters, sporting black badges, would take out a march from Chowk Clock Tower and pass through Chaura Bazar, Sarafan Bazar, Chowk Ghass Mandi. The march would culminate at Division No 3.



Office demolition infuriates lawyer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
The demolition of an advocate’s office in the Old Courts Complex here late last evening by the Public Works Department (PWD) has evoked a protest from the advocate, who claims that the department had no right to raze his concrete structure, that too without issuing him a notice.

The office of advocate Dev Raj Sharma was demolished by the PWD at 9.15 pm last evening with the help of a bulldozer. Digging work had been in progress on the site for the past many days and the advocate had already moved court against it.

While the case was to come up for hearing on July 16, a demolition squad swung into action and demolished his office. He claimed that his valuable books, which were lying in the office, were lost in the operation besides some other goods.

The digging work has been in progress to construct an elevated road on the spot. Offices of many advocates, which were wooden structures, were razed in the process. But Mr Sharma’s was the only concrete structure to be torn down.

The 1,275-acre land of the Old Courts Complex was transferred to PUDA by the state government three years ago. The courts were shifted to a new complex and the old building was yet to be utilised by PUDA. With work on road in progress, a lot of digging was being done in the area and some offices, situated along the roadside, had been brought down.

Mr Sharma has complained to the police about the incident. He claimed that some officials of the PWD had told him that his office would be demolished and he had moved court for a stay. “As they knew that I was going to get a stay, they razed the structure yesterday without even informing me. I was told by a fruit-seller on the telephone and I reached the spot. I told them that it was illegal to undertake demolition at night but they did not pay heed to my arguments.”

He said the office was recorded in his name in the documents lying at the DC office. He added that he had constructed the office in 1984 by spending Rs 70,000. He said PUDA was bound to pay him a compensation if it wanted to acquire the office.



Will male chauvinism ever change?
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, July 12
“Didi, can’t you put a button on the top of your shirt”, asks 9-year-old Siddarth to his 11-year-old sister Ridhima. This comes as a surprise as the neckline is not deep. The two have come from Canada for a holiday and this adds to the surprise. Is it natural for boys to be protective towards their families’ women folk.

“As far as girlfriend is concerned they would love her to expose, but in case of a wife they would admonish her for wearing a revealing dress”, says Pooja Jindal, a working woman. She said she got married to Sudesh, her date. They had been dating for a long time and after two years, they got married.

Pooja says,” In two years of courtship I did not come to know of the Sudesh’s nature. When we were not married he revealed the modernity of his personality. He never used to mind my talking to my colleagues, wearing fashionable clothes, reaching home late. But suddenly after marriage I realised he was truly a male chauvinist.

“After marriage I had to wear a saree or a salwar kameez and not jeans or skirts. I was not allowed to attend office parties. He used to accuse me of having an affair with my boss.I can’t believe that I had loved this man as I loathe his sight now. The most irritating part is that if he comes late I have to be understanding. If he goes out with his secretary it is an office lunch. Everything should be acceptable to the wife as he is a man and God has made men superior to women, so I should obey him,” She complains.

Dr B.P. Mishra, a clinical psychiatrist at Dayanand Medical Hospital, says, “Men have always thought themselves to be superior for they are endowed with more physical strength. Secondly for centuries they have been providers and so men have the authority to treat the family as they like. Moreover, parents tell boys that they are better than girls. Even if their character is not good no stigma would be attached to them. They are given better food and education than girls.”

He adds that the situation is changing since women have started working. Actually this period is of transition and they feel their manhood is being threatened as the women are not only earning money but are efficiently running the house and also taking the responsibility of the children, he adds.

“Men have to go a long way for changing their attitude towards women,” says educationist and columnist Kulwant Jagraon.



Economist lays stress on human development
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Prof Pritam Gill, an Oxford-based economist who teaches at Oxford Brooks University in England, has suggested that the Indian economy needs to shift from the agriculture to the service sector. He said it holds equally true for the Punjab economy, as agriculture cannot be taken too far. At the same time, Professor Gill stressed the need for focus on human development.

Professor Gill, who did his MA and MPhil in economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh moved to Oxford Brooks University in 1987, where he is teaching economics since then. He observed that Indian economy was witnessing a subtle progress, but much more needed to be done on the human development front.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune here yesterday, he pointed out that even the United Nations had stressed that the focus should be on human development. He said there are three factors that determine human development.

These are the per capita income, literacy rate and life expectancy. India, he observed, needed to improve on the human development index.

The Oxford economist pointed out that service sector was seeing a worldwide growth. He said while the agriculture and industrial sectors are production-oriented, there is no such thing in the services. He observed that the agriculture industry had reached a saturation point.

Now the focus should be on the services. Hopefully, he added, this sector was witnessing a progressive growth in India also and it needed to be extended to Punjab.

Suggesting remedial measures for the Indian economy, he observed, “We need to bring morality into economics”. Morality leads to trust and trust increases efficiency and output. He stressed the need for evolving a healthy work culture in the country. He said the ‘’laid-back’’ attitude ailed the Indian economy and it was also having bad repercussions on the economic efficiency.

Professor Gill spelt out the role for the Indian diaspora, particularly Punjabis for social and economic development. He said the Indian diaspora needed to learn from the Chinese diaspora, which has greatly contributed in transforming the Chinese economy.

He said the phenomenal economic progress by China was not because foreign investors invested there, but because of the fact that the Non-resident Chinese invested there.

Professor Gill is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Punjab Studies. The journal focuses on two Punjabs (Indian and Pakistani), besides the Punjabi diaspora. It monitors activities of Punjabis all over the world in all spheres.



Book on environment released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 12
Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, released a book, “Environment and Pollution Education”, authored by Mr Pavitar Parkash Singh and Mr Sandhir Sharma, faculty members, Punjab College of Technical Education, yesterday.

“The book represents a framework of environment and pollution upon which policy makers and educators can develop curricula design to create well-educated, literate persons familiar with the environment and pollution,” remarked the Deputy Speaker while releasing the book.

“The book is an attempt to understand how the environment for both people and nature can be improved at minimum economic and social costs. The book may serve as a foundation for environment and pollution education for curriculum development as text on environmental studies,” remarked Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director, PCTE, while congratulating the authors.

The project of the book was undertaken by the two with an aim to spreading awareness about the necessity of environmental maintenance and upkeep by citing various examples from the practices being adopted by Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Philippines to keep their environment free from pollution. The book also shows its concern about the need for introducing environmental education in Indian system.

The book includes various parameters and measurement techniques associated with environmental pollution. The contents of the book include: foundations of education, basic education and environmental awareness, emergence of environmentalism, measuring environmental effects, concern for vanishing wilderness, atmospheric pollutant system, biological pollution, pollution prevention in medical group, water pollution by pulp and paper mills, measurement of pollution performance environmental concern for overpopulation, pollution prevention in motor groups, Asian styles of environmental movements, biological pollution, etc.



Army man was crushed to death under another train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
The Army man who was thrown out of the Pooja Express by three other soldiers had not only received injuries suffered from the fall but was crushed under a train coming from the opposite direction.

One of his legs was amputated. This was revealed in the post mortem examination conducted at the Civil Hospital, Phillaur yesterday. The report received by the Government Railway Police Station, Ludhiana, stated that the man had died due to excessive bleeding.

Meanwhile, two of the three suspects, Somalya Banerjee and N.K. Kandaswamy, arrested in the case have been remanded in two-day police custody by a court in Jalandhar, investigating officer Harbans Singh revealed.

The third suspect D.K. Pradhan, is still on the run. The police has found out that he lives in Orissa and raiding parties have been dispatched in this regard.

All three suspects were soldiers of the same regiment. The body has been handed over to Army officials. It would be taken to his native place in Jodhpur.



Readers Write
Stop violation of building bylaws

The increasing bylaw violations by the owners of houses in the old areas of the city and the lack of action by the civic authorities encourage others to follow suit. The violations become an accepted norm for the inspecting staff and silence on their part generates considerable illegal income for enforcement officials. In the old areas not many persons have sought clearance of building plans from the Municipal Corporation. Narrow streets become more narrow as people, while make alterations on the first floor, extend projections, construct walls and widen rooms.

There are thousands of such violations of the bylaws. If this trend is allowed to continue, after a decade or so houses with upper storeys will obstruct air and light to those living on the ground floor.

The corporation, as we read in newspapers, makes tall claims of razing unauthorised constructions in new areas. But it is almost silent in the case of old houses. This “relaxation” on the part of the corporation in the case of building bylaws will tell upon the health of residents of the old areas.

The corporation needs to be alive to the situation and devise ways and means to check the violation of the bylaws.

Subhash Behal, Ludhiana

Put good leaders at helm

If the Central and state governments have not learnt to govern it is only fair that the public should punish the politicians concerned at the hustings.

Ever since the days of coalitions at the Centre, parties — whether the Congress or the BJP or a group of parties like the NDA — have failed to carry the masses with them.

The latest example is the drubbing Congress candidates got in the recently held parliamentary elections which was the result of the misgovernance of the party in Punjab. Capt Amarinder Singh and his close associates were busy unmasking corrupt politicians and bureaucrats during the Badal regime, but his opponents within the ruling party were busy pulling the rug from under his feet rather than working in their constituencies.

Meanwhile, bureaucrats have been amassing wealth through corrupt practices. The net result is there for all to see. There is no dearth of good Congress leaders in Punjab, but they have been marginalised and it is up to Ms Sonia Gandhi to put them at the helm of affairs before it is too late.

Major SS Khosla, Ludhiana

Maintenance of parks

The job of maintenance of parks was hitherto being done by welfare societies of the area concerned. But now the work has been transferred to contractors. The deal was that the societies would employ their own labour and maintain the parks. For that they were to be paid at the rate of Re 1 per sq metre of the park area. But the administration rejected this arrangement as it was not financially viable. The contractors have been allotted this work at the rate of 50 paise per sq metre.

The societies had been maintaining these parks quite well by employing adequate number of labourers and keeping a strict check on the work. The park in Tagore Nagar-A came to be regarded as a model one.

Now, when the rate has been slashed, the contractor will not be able to employ the required number of labourers as was being done by the societies. This will tell upon the quality and quantum of work. Only time will tell how good the arrangement is.

Will the Municipal Corporation look into this aspect and take some measurers to keep Ludhiana clean and green?

S.L. Katyal, Ludhiana

Small-scale industries

Small-scale industries are the backbone of the country’s development. These provide jobs in large numbers, reducing dependence on the government for employment.

Till March 31, 2002, there had been incentives for setting up small-scale industries in the whole of India. The total income used to be tax free for five years with partial exemption during the next five years. In addition, capital subsidy as well as sales tax exemption were available to such units.

It is important that there must be tax exemption under the Income Tax Act for another 10 years followed by capital subsidy besides sales tax and excise duty exemptions.

The UPA government has promised a minimum of 100 days’ employment to at least one person in a family in one year. In fact, employment should be available throughout the year to all adult members of a family other than retired ones. Only then can we achieve the GNP target as well as prosperity.

S.R. Mittal, Ludhiana

Need for changes in poll system

I read with interest two letters in Ludhiana Tribune dated June 10 by Sher Singh and S.R. Mittal. A number of good points have been suggested in these in the larger interest of the country. It is a serious matter that about 10 per cent of the names of voters do not appear in the voters list and no one in the government takes responsibility for such lapses.

It is important that a person claiming to be the representative of a particular party must get more than 50 per cent of the total votes cast. Therefore, the suggestion of Sher Singh that there should be a provision for transferable votes is useful. However, Mittal’s suggestion on having a constitutional provision for a two-party system is still better.

A two-party system will also take care of the problems which arise in the case of a hung Parliament. Reforms must be introduced in this sphere on priority. If Parliament finds that it is difficult to have a law in this regard, the judiciary should initiate such reforms.

N.C. Dhunna, Ludhiana



Three months on, police still awaits autopsy report
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 12
Even after three months of the disappearance of a Dalit farm labourer of Hungrana village near here and subsequent recovery of his body from a tube well, the Dehlon police still awaits the autopsy report to decide whether he was murdered or he died due to an accidental fall. The person who was booked on the charge of murdering the labourer has since been let free after preliminary investigations.

Sources said Bakhtawar Singh, alias Bouria, had disappeared from the farm of his master in April. His mutilated body was recovered from a tube-well at Dhulkote village on May 25. A case under Section 302 of the IPC was registered against Didar Singh, who had reportedly been seen with Bouria prior to his disappearance.

Self-contradictory statements of members of the deceased’s family made the case more complicated and investigation officer chose to wait for autopsy report. The investigation of the case was later shifted to the CIA, Jagraon. Mr Gurmukh Singh Cheema, DSP(D), Jagraon, meanwhile, claimed that the police had some clue to the case and it would be solved shortly.



Girl commits suicide

Ludhiana, July 12
Not being able to come to terms with her failure in the BCom-I examination, a 20-year-old girl committed suicide in Abdullahpur Basti by consuming some poisonous substance on Saturday night.

The girl was taken to a city hospital by her parents but she could not be saved. SI Mukesh Kumar said according to the her relatives the girl had been upset for the past few days over failing in the examination. He said the police had started proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. TNS


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