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Mob damages buses after 2 brothers die in mishap
Tribune News Service

Halwara, September 3
Hundreds of villagers from Halwara and the surrounding areas went on the rampage here and damaged two buses, besides blocking traffic for a few hours at the Mullanpur Dakha-Raikot highway, when two brothers of Khaddoor village, Pritam Singh (54) and Avtar Singh (55), were killed when a bus hit their motor cycle in the market at about 10:15 a.m today. The bus was allegedly running on a high speed.

The mob gathered there within minutes and managed to stop the bus. However, the crowd went unruly after sometime only when another bus of the same transport company, that was also running on a high speed, passed by the area.

It was alleged that the mob stopped the bus and urged the driver to drive slowly as two persons had already been killed. However, bus driver Piara Singh said death was not a big deal as such incident happen on the roads.

The remarks proved to be the flashpoint for the already agitated mob and they stoned the bus. The mob broke windowpanes of both buses, smashed TV sets inside and tore apart the seats. No passenger was injured as they managed to alight the bus.

They villagers accused Kehar Singh, driver of the first bus, of rash driving and charged Piara Singh of the second bus of passing insensitive remarks regarding the incident.

Raikot DSP H. S. Brar and Sudhar SHO Jasbir Singh reached the spot and managed to control the mob. They later told Ludhiana Tribune that a case under Section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) had been registered against accused bus driver Kehar Singh. They also held the second bus driver responsible for inciting the mob with his insensitive remarks.

The buses were later impounded by the Sudhar police. Kehar Singh managed to flee the spot. Second bus driver Piara Singh denied that he had made any such remark.

No case has been registered against any person for rioting.

Meanwhile, heart-rending scenes were witnessed at Khaddoor village. Marriage celebrations of a relative had gone sour with the news of the tragic death of the two brothers. Both were farmers.



Portion of DC’s office auctioned
Failure to pay relief to claimants
Our Correspondent

Property of the DC’s office being auctioned in Ludhiana
Property of the DC’s office being auctioned in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Ludhiana, September 3
Following a court directive, a part of the Deputy Commissioner’s office was today sold for Rs 42.66 lakh in an open auction. Land measuring 250 sq yards abutting the boundary wall of the office was auctioned by the court auctioneer on the spot.

The order regarding the auction was passed by the court of Mr Baldev Singh Sodhi, Additional District Judge, in case of Nirmal Singh and Bant Singh of Mangli Nichi village as the government had failed to deposit the awarded amount.

The land of these persons was acquired by the Land Acquisition Collector, Industry Department Punjab, in 1991. They were compensated by the government in terms of money in 1994, as per the award passed by the then Land Acquisition Collector. However, feeling dissatisfied with the compensation, they approached the court for enhancement of compensation.

In 2000, a district court enhanced the compensation after taking into consideration all aspects but the government failed to completely satisfy the award passed by the court. The matter kept on lingering and the proceedings continued.

Nirmal and Bant Singh had filed the execution application with the prayer that the government should be directed to pay the balance amount. When the department concerned failed to pay the remanning amount of Rs 19.72 lakh, the court ordered the attachment of the property of the Judgement Debtor/ government last year.

With the orders of the court, the property of the Deputy Commissioner’s office was attached on December 22, 2003. A prohibitory order, restraining the Deputy Commissioner to sell or alienate or transfer the attached property was served on the Nazir Branch on December 24, 2003. After pasting the notice regarding the auction outside the court on August 3, 2004, the proclamation was effected on August 18.

Today the property was auctioned in favour of the highest bidder, Mr J.R. Singal of Sarabha Nagar. An official from the office of the Director, Industries Department, Punjab, Mr Jaswant Rai, was also present at the auction, besides others.

The court had also ordered to auction another portion of the Deputy Commissioner’s office measuring 700 sq yards in case of Janam Singh of Mangli Nichi village. However, it could not be sold today for want of bidders.



Another dowry victim pleads for justice
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Can mere disowning of a son and daughter-in-law provide immunity to their parents against a dowry case? This was a question raised today by an alleged dowry victim, who claimed that she was subjected to mental and physical torture allegedly by her in-laws and husband yet only the husband was booked by the police for dowry harassment.

Ms Jaspreet Kaur(26), a resident of Vishawakarma Puri area on Gill Road, today alleged that it was her mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law who had been inciting her husband to demand dowry from her. But then they had allegedly disowned him in 2002 when they started fearing that she would slap a case of dowry harassment against them.

Addressing a press conference here today, Jaspreet, accompanied by her father Paramjit Singh, said that she was married to Sarabjit Singh, a resident of Sargodha Colony here on December 9, 1998.

She alleged that her in-laws and her husband had started demanding a car, a generator, an airconditioner and a cash of Rs 50,000 a month after her marriage. Her father fulfilled their demand of cash but could not gift a car and other items. This allegedly annoyed them. Her in-laws then started abusing and beating her up.

When her parents went to meet her at her in-laws’ house, they were not allowed to meet her unless they fulfilled their demands, she alleged, adding that she was even made to sleep on an empty stomach.

Mr Paramjit Singh alleged that his wife had a heart attack and paralytic attack after she learnt of her daughter’s condition.

Jaspreet was allegedly thrown out of the house on June 26, 2002, and the in-laws filed an application to the Deputy Commissioner against her parents claiming that they were not allowing their daughter to live her married life peacefully.

Then a decision was taken by a panchayat which forced her to stay with her in-laws.

After that her in-laws got a rented accommodation for her and her husband and promised to pay an amount of Rs 20,000 per month.

The arrangement worked well for two months but later, the in-laws allegedly kept creating problems in her marital life.

Then she was again thrown out of her house on November 25, 2002 at night and she took shelter in the house of a neighbour, Mr Manmohan Singh, who left her at parents house on November 26.

After this she did not go back to her husband’s house and filed a suit for maintenance.

She lodged a complaint at Division Number 2 police station against her husband, mother-in-law Surinder Kaur, father-in-law Sukhbir Singh and sister-in-law Amandeep Kaur.

But the police registered a case under Sections 406, 498-A IPC against her husband only. She then filed another application with the SSP, Ludhiana demanding action against other accused also.

The SHO Division Number 2, Ms Gurmeet Kaur, said that a case was registered after the opinion of District Attorney-Legal and an inquiry by the DSP (HQ) and Marital Disputes Cell, Mr Sukhdev Singh Kahlon.

She said that the inquiry officer had recommended the dowry case against her husband only as his parents had already disowned him. 



Six more booked for defying DM’s order
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
The police here yesterday registered six new cases under Section 188 of the IPC for disobeying the orders of the District Magistrate in regarding tenants and servants information.

The division number 3 police arrested Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Sector-32 along the Chandigarh Road for not furnishing information about his employees working on the Gau Ghat Road. He was later bailed out.

Cases under the same section of the IPC were registered against Ajay Kumar, a runs hosiery on the Benjamin Road and Rajesh Kumar, who lives in street number 2 of Fatehgarh mohalla. However, none of them has been arrested so far.

The division number 8 police arrested Baldev Raj, who lives in Vivek Nagar on the Humbran Road and the Model Town police arrested Sat Parkash, who lives on the Dugri Road for the same offence. Both of them were later bailed out.

The Sarabha Nagar police registered a case against Jagat Singh, who manages a pizza shop in the main market of the locality, for the same offence but he has not been arrested .

With these arrests and cases, the number of such cases in the past week has risen to 13.



Indian delegation returns from Pakistan
Seeks visa-free travel
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
A 31-member delegation of Indian visitors, drawn from prominent social and cultural organisations, which returned after a three-day visit to Pakistan on September 1, has made a fervent plea for scrapping of visa formalities for travel between the two countries. It further desired that visitors should be allowed to travel to places of their own choice within the country and a stay of a minimum of one week should be permitted.

Led by an eminent social worker, Ms Nirmala Deshpande, the Indian delegation entered Pakistan from the Wagah border on August 30 and came back on the afternoon on September 1. Accompanying noted representatives from their respective fields from Punjab, Jammu and Kahmir, Delhi, Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal were Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, President, Vishwa Punjabi Sabhyacharak Manch, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, president, All-India Bairagi Mahamandal and Mr Pargat Singh Grewal, president and Prof Mohinder Singh Cheema, general secretary, Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, all from this city.

According to Mr Bawa, the Indian delegation was accorded a rousing reception on reaching Pakistan by functionaries of the South-Asia Partnership Association and the spirit of bonhomie continued throughout the felicitation functions held later at Lahore. He said the warmth, friendship and nostalgia during the interaction between the visitors and their hosts had to be seen to be believed.

After a felicitation function by the South-Asia Partnership Association and a banquet, the Indian visitors left for Kasoor to participate in functions being held in memory of Baba Bulle Shah. A mushaira was also organised by Mr Manzoor Ahmad, Member of Parliament from Kasoor, where poets and other speakers veered round the idea of togetherness between Delhi and Lahore.

Mr Bawa, along with Mr Jassowal, paid a visit to the dera of Bawa Ram Thamman, a religious place for the Bairagi community located near Kasoor, on September 1. Residents of the village went all out to welcome the Indian visitors while exchanging several old memories.



Focus on religious, rural tourism
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
The Union Minister for Tourism, Ms Renuka Choudhary, had made a strong plea for the promotion of domestic tourism which could also generate employment opportunities, besides earning valuable foreign exchange.

She has urged all state governments to identify the areas of tourist interest in their respective states in order to attract the maximum number of tourists as there was scope for the growth of domestic and religious tourism. The government would take measures to make India a real tourist destination and the brand image “Incredible India” would be strengthened through rural tourism initiatives.

Ms Choudhary was addressing a conference on integrated tourism development’ New Delhi on September 1.

Mr N.S. Nanda, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab, who attended the conference as a delegate, said the Principal Secretaries and Tourism ministers of the participating states made detailed presentations, highlighting the prospects and potential for the development of tourism in their respective states.

Taking part in the deliberations, Mr Nanda lauded the idea mooted by the Tourism Ministry for introducing midnight bazars, shopping delights, food streets and heritage walks around old cities to give tourists an idea of the local art and regional cuisines.

In a memorandum to Ms Choudhary, Mr Nanda asked the government to take interest in the development of tourism in Punjab. He suggested that Ranjit Sagar Dam should be developed as a tourist spot and must offer water sports, golf course and other facilities. Work on the bird sanctuary at Hari-Ke-Pattan, which was the first of its kind in Asia, should also be completed soon, he said.

He made a case for the promotion of religious tourism in Punjab as this year had been dedicated to the 400th installation celebrations of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and UNESCO had already recommended the Golden Temple as a World Heritage site. In addition, a large number of religious tourists, visited Vaishno Devi, Chintpurni and other religious shrines in Punjab.



Ludhiana gears up for Janmashtmi 
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, September 2
The city is gearing up to celebrate Janmashtmi on a grand scale on September 6.
All temples are being cleaned and given a facelift. People are buying pictures and idols of Lord Krishna either for installing these in their home temples or for donating these to temples.

The markets have also started wearing a festive look. With Rakshabandhan has just gone, shopkeepers are eagerly looking forward to the Janmashtmi festival. Several members of a Rajasthani tribe, who are making POP (Plaster of Paris) idols of mythological figures near the Dholewal Military Camp , are busy these days selling idols of a flute-playing and dancing Krishna.

Of the various temples which will hold Janmashtmi functions, Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir at Haibowal has already started preparations. According to Mr Kulbhushan Sharma, temple priest, Shashtri Jai Parkash from Rishikesh is already reciting Sunder Kand at 7 pm everyday. A special recitation will be held on janmashtmi which will conclude at midnight.

Shri Jagannath Temple, first and the only ISKCON temple in Punjab, will also hold parbhat pheris these days. Organisers also hold special pooja of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra. The areas, through which these parbhat pheris are passing, literally echo with the chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna.

Meanwhile, a programme of “Harinam Sankirtan” got underway at the Shri Ram Bhakt Hanuman Mandir in New Madho Puri, yesterday, as a prelude to the Janmashtmi celebrations. It is being held everyday from 9 pm to midnight till September 4.

To check the usual hooliganism associated, the city police is also trying to make suitable arrangements to prevent cases of eve-teasing on the night of Lord Krishna’s birth. According to police sources, extensive patrolling by PCR motor cycles and vans will be done around all temples to ensure hassle-free passage to women devotees.



K.R. Bhatt gets Rashtriya Rattan Award
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
Mr K.R. Bhatt, a local educationist, got Rashtriya Rattan Award for his outstanding achievements and distinguished services in the field of education on August 22 in Delhi.

The award-giving ceremony was organised by Global Economic Council, Delhi, at India International Centre and awards were given to 65 persons who had distinguished themselves in different fields.

The function was presided over by Mr Balram Jakhar , Governor, Madhya Pardesh. The chief guest was Mr S.C. Jamir, Governor, Goa.



Mystery of a man’s death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
More than two years after a resident of Ghungrali Rajputtan, Gurmail Singh, was found drowned under mysterious circumstances in Ramgarh drain, a police inquiry has claimed that the man was murdered and had not drowned. The police claimed that he was strangulated to death and then thrown in the drain.

The Sahnewal police has registered a case of murder against unknown persons even as a daughter of the deceased man has accused her mother and brothers of the murder. Though the names of her mother and brother have been incorporated in the FIR, they have not been listed as accused in the special column in the FIR form.

SHO Sahnewal, Sakattar Singh, told Ludhiana Tribune that there seems to be a family dispute over some property and various beneficiaries were accusing each other for the man’s death. He said the case has been registered on the basis of a chemical examination report and recommendation of the ADGP crime but the accused were yet to be identified.

He said the man’s body was found in the drain in May, 2002. The police had filed the case under section 174 CrPC but later Paramjit Kaur, daughter of the man who was not on good terms with her mother and brothers accused them of murdering her father. 



Bus conductor stabbed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
On the statement of Mr. Mehboob Ali, who lives in Sector 38 at Chandigarh, the division number 7 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323,374,356,353 and 34 of the IPC against Achhra Fauji alias Narinder Pal, a conductor employed in Fatehgarh Sahib Bus Service and one other unknown person.

The complainant had stated that he was on his duty as conductor with a CTU bus which was on its way from Ludhiana to Chandigarh. When he reached Samrala Chowk, the accused , who was also waiting there with his bus and picking up passengers, started forcing the passengers of his bus to leave the same. When he objected to it, the accused pulled out a knife and stabbed him with the result that he was injured and admitted to the Civil hospital. The accused also snatched his cash bag containing Rs 9400 and bus tickets of CTU. No arrest has been made so far.

Woman beaten: The Shimla Puri police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 342, 354 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Ms. Neena Kumari, a housewife living in Preet Nagar on the Barota Road, against Balwinder Singh, his wife Paramjit Kaur and his daughter Harpreet Kaur, who live in the same street of the locality.

The woman had stated that because of an on-going land dispute, the accused came to her house and beat her up on the afternoon of Saturday last. No arrest has been made so far.

Cases of alleged fraud: On the statement of Ms. Manwinder Kaur, who lives in HIG Flats at Jamalpur, the Civil Lines police registered a case under Sections 406,420 and 120-B of the IPC against Sanjeev Sarooja, Director of a firm, R.P.Singh Kohli and Nitin Sharma.

The woman had stated she had given Rs 2 lakh to the accused for getting it deposited as fixed deposit. But the accused did not do so. When she asked for refund of her money, the accused gave her a cheque which was not honoured by the bank concerned. The accused had thus committed a fraud on her, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

The division number 6 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 420,467,468,471 and 12-B of the IPC on the statement of Ms. Daljit Kaur, a housewife living in Sarabha Nagar against Narinderpal Singh,who lives in Kucha number 13 of Field Ganj locality.

The woman had stated that she owned a factory known as Hindustan Casting. She had given half portion of the factory to the accused on rent. But the accused had not paid any rent to her so far. The accused had given her a cheque for Rs 2,87,500 which was not honoured by the bank concerned. No arrest has been made so far.

Doctor duped: On the statement of Dr Rakesh Aggarwal, who lives in Jamalpur Colony, the Focal Point police yesterday registered a case under Sections 406,420 and 120-B of the IPC against Balraj Singh Grewal, Rajinder Pal, Varinder Pal and Shambhu Kumar, who live in Kanganwal village. The complainant had stated that the accused had got his plot transferred in their own names with the help of forged documents. The accused had thus committed a fraud on him, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

House burgled: The division number 4 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Santokh Singh, who lives behind the Chand Cinema in Fatehgarh Mohalla, against unknown burglars who broke open the lock of his house on Wednesday night and decamped with Rs 20,000 and gold ornaments. No arrest has been made so far.

Car stolen: On the statement of Mr Sanjiv Katial, who is senior manager with a housing construction company located on the mall, the Civil Lines police registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC against unknown person(s) who stole his car from in front of his office on the afternoon of Saturday last. The police said today it was yet clueless about the theft.

Chain snatched: The Sahnewal police registered a case under Sections 452,379,323,506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Ms. Jeewan Asha, who lives in Kohara village, against Sukhjeet Kaur, who lives in the same village and one other unknown person accompanying her. The woman had stated that the accused came to her house, beat up her son Arunvir Kumar and stole his gold chain before running away on Wednesday night. No arrest has been made so far.

One held with poppy husk: The Sadar police yesterday arrested Yograj Singh, who lives in a village near Moga, recovered 10 kg of poppy husk from his possession and booked him under the NDPS Act. The accused was nabbed near the culvert in Ishar Nagar, said the police today.

Bookie held: The division number 6 police arrested Kulbhushan, a resident of Hargobind Nagar and booked him under the Gambling Act yesterday. The police said today that accused was indulging in booking ‘satta’ and ‘darra’ bets in the area and a sum of Rs 510 was recovered from his possession.

Mobile stolen: The Shimla Puri police registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Joginder Kumar, against Kulwinder Singh, who lives in street number 10 of Basant Nagar. The complainant had stated that the accused had stolen his Nokia mobile phone from his shop in the same street on Thursday. No arrest has been made so far.

Knife seized: The division number 6 police yesterday arrested Sobh Nath, a migrant from UP living in Vijay Nagar, recovered a flick knife from his possession and booked him under the Arms Act.

Hooch seized: The Focal point police arrested Santosh Kumar, who lives in Gias Pura, recovered 12 bottles of hooch from his possession and booked him under the Excise Act. . The accused was nabbed from in front of the stadium at Gias Pura, added the police.

Firing incident: The police is clueless about firing incident in which a young girl of village Bhatian received a bullet injury. Till today evening the police failed to get statement of the victim as she was not declared fit by the doctor. The police have registered a case under Section 336 of IPC. According to parents of victim Arti, they were sitting on the roof at 8.30 p.m. suddenly they heard a noise and Arti fell down crying in pain. She fell unconscious and was rushed to civil hospital Khanna, from where she was taken to Ludhiana Hospital.



Probe ordered into Pathak case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The police, here today ordered a probe into the accident case involving District Attorney, A.A. Pathak, in which a four-year-old girl was killed on Wednesday night.

The SSP, Narinderpal Singh marked the inquiry to SP- City-I after Mr Pathak made a representation stating that the FIR registered against him was not based on facts.

The District Attorney also claimed that the accident did not take place due to his fault and he had not taken liquor when the accident took place.



Youth attempts suicide
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 3
A youth tried to commit suicide by consuming acid at Krishna Nagar Mohalla here today. The youth who was identified as Iqbal Singh (20) was rushed to local civil hospital Khanna. The youth was under depression. He was later referred to Patiala Hospital when his condition deteriorated. 


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