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Property dispute takes new turn
Man held captive by son, allege villagers
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Jhande/Aiyali Kalan (Ludhiana), September 2
A four-year-old property dispute between two brothers of Jhande village has taken a new turn, with some villagers, including the Sarpanch, coming in support of the younger brother, claiming that their father was being held captive by the elder one, who allegedly had an eye on the entire property.

Jatinder Singh and his younger brother, Manjinder Singh, sons of Mr Amrik Singh, had been levelling allegations and counter-allegations against each other that they were eyeing five acres worth Rs 2 crore owned by their father.

The villagers held a meeting in a gurdwara at Jhande village today and resolved that they would get a share in the property for Manjinder. Sukhjinder Kaur, the Sarpanch of the village, while addressing mediapersons, alleged that Amrik Singh (60) was kept in illegal custody by Jatinder Singh, who was giving him sedatives to upset him mentally.

Jatinder Singh had held a press conference and alleged that his brother had tried to kidnap his ailing father, who had disowned Manjinder Singh some years ago. He had produced some documents supporting his claims.

Countering the allegations, the Sarpanch, who was accompanied by some villagers and the Sarpanch of Aiyali Kalan village, said the entire village had come in support of Manjinder Singh, who was a claimant of one-third of the land.

She alleged that Amrik Singh had told his younger son in the presence of villagers that he was being beaten up and given sedatives everyday by Jatinder Singh because he wanted to inherit the entire property.

She alleged that Jatinder Singh had forced his father to sign on an affidavit by him, declaring that he was disowning his younger son. Tracing the chronology of events, the Sarpanch said she knew the family for many years and the elder brother used to live with his aunt at Barnala. After the death of his mother, he came to Jhande village and married a nurse. Later, he shifted to Aiyali Kalan village with his father, alleging that he feared attack from his brother. A case under Sections 7 and 51 of the CrPC was registered against Manjinder Singh in 2002.

She claimed that Manjinder and his wife, along with some villagers, had gone to meet Amrik Singh at Jatinder’s place in Aiyali Kalan village on August 24, but were not allowed to do so.

When a Tribune team went to Aiyali Kalan village to meet Amrik Singh, nobody was at home. When contacted over the cellphone, Jatinder Singh said he was away to Chandigarh along with his father, who was filing a writ petition in the high court, demanding security on the plea that his life was under threat.

He faxed some documents to The Tribune office, including a certificate by Dr Mohit Walia of the Department of Neurology, CMC, issued on August 17 that ‘‘Amrik Singh was admitted with a diagnosis of HSV encephalitis from July 21 to August 3 to CMC Hospital. He improved, but had significant residual cognitive impairment, which may improve over the months. Till then he will not be able to give any statement before any authority.’’

Jatinder Singh confessed that his father was on sedatives, but claimed that these were prescribed by a doctor. He produced an inquiry report by the SDM (West), dated July 9, 2004, that police officials were not supporting Jatinder Singh in the case although a case of trespassing should have been registered against Gurcharan Singh of the village.



4-year-old killed in accident
District Attorney booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
District Attorney (Prosecution) Amar Ashok Pathak was booked by the police this morning on a charge of causing death of a four-year-old girl and injuring to her mother and some others by driving a car rashly and allegedly under the influence of liquor at Bhai Bala Chowk last night.

The police department is, however, rethinking on the registration of the case after the accused claimed that the accident did not take place because of his fault. He claimed that his son Mandeep Pathak was driving the car and that too at a slow speed. He said neither he nor his son were drunk.

The victim has been identified as Mansi, daughter of Mr Sanjeev Kumar Dhanda, a jeweller and resident of Gandhi Nagar here. Mr Dhanda was driving the car. His wife, daughter, mother, sister and her husband, besides their one-year-old son were travelling in the car.

The family was returning home after attending a marriage ceremony. The accident reportedly took place at about 2 a.m. when Mr Pathak’s car, coming from the Arti Chowk side, banged into the victim’s car at the Bhai Bala Chowk intersection.

Such was the impact of the collision that Mr Dhanda’s car overturned several times. According to the FIR registered at the Division No 5 police station, Mr Pathak bragged about his “high position” and told them nothing could be done against him.

He left the place and the injured were rescued by other relatives returning from the marriage palace. They were shifted to a hospital where Mansi was declared brought dead.

The registration of the case has reportedly sent the police department in a tizzy as the accused enjoys “influence”. He was arrested from the site by a PCR motor cycle squad and handed over to the Division No 5 police station. His arrest, however, has not been confirmed.

The DSP, Mr R.S. Brar, said the FIR had been registered under Section 304-A, IPC, on the basis of a complaint lodged by Mr Dhanda. He said the police was also looking into the claims of the accused who had been maintaining that the case had been registered in haste and that he was not at fault.



Institute violates rules, admits married woman
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 2
A Jammu-based nursing institute, affiliated with the Punjab Nurses Registration Council, Mohali, allegedly admitted a local woman to the general nursing and midwifery course in violation of admission rules and eligibility criteria. In the process, it broke up a family, including two children aged nine and eight years.

Mr Pawan Kumar, a resident of Laxmi Nagar in Haibowal Kalan here, is moving from pillar to post for the cancellation of admission to his wife Poonam Kumari.

As per the admission notice of the institute, the course was offered only to “unmarried female candidates” whereas Ms Poonam Kumari, hailing from Kangra district, married Mr Pawan Kumar in 1994 and they have a daughter (9) and a son (8).

Mr Kumar has alleged in a written complaint to the institute, with copies sent to the Punjab Nurses Registration Council, that Ms Kumari was his wife and had allegedly obtained admission to the nursing course on the basis of misrepresentation of facts and fabricated documents. In support of his claim, he submitted an affidavit and wedding photographs.

He admitted that his relationship with his wife had gone sour as a result of which she had gone back to her parents, taking their daughter along. It was under the influence of her mother that she sought admission to the nursing course, claiming to be unmarried.

She had filed a petition under Section 125, Cr PC, against her husband in April 2003, claiming maintenance allowance. After his attempts to bring back his wife and daughter failed and she remained adamant on completing the course, he also filed a case for divorce in a local court here.

His efforts to persuade the authorities at the nursing institute and senior officials of the Punjab Nurses Registration Council to intervene and cancel the admission, has not yield any result.

He said the admission had turned out to be a stumbling block in the way of their coming together.

“May be we both are at fault but why should our children suffer. If my wife gives up the idea of becoming a nurse and comes back to me with our daughter, all of us can once again, live together like a family,” he said.



Clash between truck union, FCI contractor averted
Our Correspondent

Amloh, September 2
With the deployment of heavy police force by Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, a clash between the local truck union and an outside contractor on the loading of rice from FCI godowns was averted today except a minor incident on the Gobindgarh road when two motor cycle borne persons smashed the panes of a truck loaded with rice on its way to Mandi Gobindgarh.

Mr Shingara Singh Salana, president of the Janta Truck Operators Union, (JTOU), Amloh, said in May, FCI Regional Office, Chandigarh invited tenders for a term of two years. Mr Jasbir Singh,a contractor from Rajpura, quoted a rate of Rs 6.80 per quintal as compared to the rate of Rs 8.22 two years ago.

It was to spoil the business of the local transporters and more tran 400 families of the area would have to suffer on this account.

Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Amloh , Mr Daljit Singh Rana, DSP, Amloh, along with DSP, Khamano , DSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, and heavy police force were present at the time of loading at different points. The JTOU had parked and locked their trucks on the gates of two FCI godowns and blocked the entrance which was lifted with the help of cranes kept ready for any incident. 



CAs, advocates observe strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The District Bar Association, Ludhiana branch of Chartered Accountants, District Taxation Bar Association, Taxation Bar Association and Sales Tax Bar Association today criticised the action of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in arresting Mr Anil Sood, a practising chartered accountant, who had rendered professional services to his client for which the Vigilance Bureau had allegedly implicated him.

Mr Arun Gupta, president of the CAs body, said that this was the fundamental right of any professional to render services and the Act of Vigilance Bureau to hinder in discharging his professional duties was violation of that right.

Mr Bhandari, Mr Harish Dhanda, advocate, Mr Ashok Juneja, advocate said that in protest against this action of the Vigilance Bureau, members of all associations would observe complete strike tomorrow also.

The members of all association today gathered at Dandi Swami Income Tax Office to protest the arrest of Mr Sood and raised slogans against the Vigilance Bureau.

The members also demanded an inquiry into the matter by the independent agency and demanded action against ‘erring’ officials of Vigilance Bureau.



Jagir Singh Dard dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
A former member of Rajya Sabha and a senior Congress leader Jagir Singh Dard died today morning at Sahnewal. He was 81. He is survived by four daughters. He was cremated at Sahnewal crematorium. A large number of people were present at the funeral.

Jagir Singh Dard was elected MLA thrice in 1957, 1962 and 1967 from Khanna and Dakha constituencies and was appointed Member, Rajya Sabha in 1994. He was a known Congress leader and a social worker. He was a writer also and had authored a book.



6.75 lakh looted, 2 employees shot at
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 2
Two employees of local Dutt Metals were shot at by some unidentified persons on the GT Road last evening. On a statement of Vikas Tondon, of Mandi Gobindgarh the police has registered a case.

Vikas said he, along with Mr Jarnail Singh another employee of the firm, were coming from Khanna side on their scooter after collection of payments around Rs 6.75 lakh. A Maruti car (DL-1-CE-7253) pushed them from behind and they fell on the roadside near H.K. weighing bridge. When Vikas tried to pick up the cash bag which had fallen from his hands, the robbers fired at them and took away the cash bag.



Man beats up wife, mother-in-law
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
An estranged husband was booked under Sections 457,347,323 and 506 of the IPC at the Jodhewal police station after he allegedly entered the house of his mother-in-law, where his wife was also staying, in New Shiv Puri on Sekhewal Road on Wednesday, beat up both of them and locked them in a room.

Ms Naseem Begum, a widow, had stated to the police that her daughter Nasreen Bano got married to Abdul Razzaq, alias Raju, who hails from Kaithal district in Haryana. However, due to a marital discord, her daughter was living with her. The suspect came to her house and beat up both of them and threatened them before locking them in a room. .

Assault case: The Kotwali police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323,324,341,506,148 and 149 of the IPC on a statement of Mr Pardeep Kumar, who lives in Kuldeep Nagar, against Amit, Som Nath, Viksa and two other persons accompanying them.

The complainant stated that the suspects waylaid him on the GT Road outside the local railway station and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons on Tuesday afternoon. As a result of the attack, he sustained injuries.

Extortion alleged: The Civil Lines police, on a statement of Mr Ramesh Kumar, who lives in Railway Colony No. 8 in Sham Nagar, yesterday registered a case under Section 384 of the IPC against Raj Kumar, alias Rocky, who lives in Jawahar Nagar Camp.

The complainant had stated that the suspect threatened him into paying an extortion amount of Rs 300,

Cop booked: The Division number 2 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC against Head Constable Ajit Singh, a guard posted at the Civil Hospital, and Harinder Singh, lodged in Central Jail.

The complainant in the case, SPO Tarlok Chand, another guard posted at the Civil Hospital, had stated that Harinder Singh was lodged in Central Jail in connection with an alleged rape attempt on a minor. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital in the custody of Head Constable Ajit Singh. However, due to the negligence of the cop, the prisoner managed to flee the hospital on Wednesday.

Arrested: The Division number 6 police yesterday arrested Sukhpal Singh, who lives in New Hargobind Nagar, and booked him under the Excise Act. The police said today that the suspect was drinking liquor at a rehri on the road at Cheema Chowk.

Hooch seized: The Division number 7 police yesterday arrested Sukhdev Singh, alias Debu, who lives in Indra Puri Colony at Machhiwara, and seized 12 bottles of hooch from his possession and booked him under the Excise Act. The police said today that the suspect was intercepted with the contraband near Central Jail on Tajpur Road.

Four booked: The city police registered four more cases under section 188 for disobeying the orders of the District Magistrate, according to which they were supposed to furnish information about their employees and tenants to the police.

The four persons booked yesterday have been identified as Pawan Kumar, who runs a grocery shop in Vaishno Devi Chowk, Rajinder Singh, who runs a dhaba in Santokh Nagar, Rajinder Singh, who lives in Field Ganj, and Harpal Singh, who lives in Ghumar Mandi.



Man dies after consuming poison
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 2
Jinder Singh (30), a resident of Litteran village now residing at Kacha Malak Road Jagraon has died under mysterious circumstances. According to the information Jinder Singh, driver by profession was married to Kuldip Kaur of Bujkar a year back and had shifted to Kacha Malak Road, one and a half month back.

His wife was doing job at Khanna PCO Jagraon. Jinder Singh was brought to the civil hospital by his wife and some other as alleged he had consumed some poisonous substance but he later died in the hospital . His body was subjected to a postmortem examination but not handed over to his wife who claimed the same. Later the village panchayat of Litteran was informed and ex sarpanch Joginder Singh took away the body. The police has registered a case under 174 CrPc. It is learnt that his wife has left the house and was not available for comments. 



Suicide by woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Unable to cope with a disease, a middle-aged woman today committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her house in New Hargobind Nagar in Division No 6 police station yesterday morning.

Manju alias Babli was allegedly suffering from a neurological disorder for the past several years and was allegedly depressed due to it. In a suicide note recovered from near the body, she said that no one was responsible for her step.


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