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Police ignores security of terrorist
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 4
The police seems to be failed to learn any lesson from the recent incidents of escape of hardcore terrorists from the custody.

Sources revealed that Harnek Singh Bhapp, a dreaded terrorist and self-made chief of the Khalistan Liberation Front, was ordered to be sent to judicial remand at the Central Jail, Ludhiana.

The jail authorities did not accept him and advised the police to take him to the Central Jail, Nabha.

The police had to make arrangements of his stay at the police station as it was not safe for them to shift him to Nabha Jail, late in the evening. Bhapp was later shifted to Nabha on Friday.

The way the police was made to shuttle between courts, the Ludhiana Jail and the police station showed that the authorities were least bothered about the custody of the hardcore terrorists and the safety of the public.

“If they did not have adequate security arrangement at the Central Jail, Ludhiana, the authorities could have informed the court accordingly so that judge might direct the police to take the terrorist to any of the scheduled jails.

Such lapses on the part of the jail authorities might incite terrorists to escape from police during transit,” said a retired police officer.

Though the terrorist had been booked in various murder cases in different police stations, none of them approached the court to seek his remand yesterday.

Sources at the Payal police station revealed that an ASI had been deputed to be present at the court of where Bhapp was to be produced by the Dehlon police.

But the police party did not reach the court in time and the ultra was sent to judicial remand.

He had been booked in two cases involving four murders. A group of terrorists led by Bhapp had allegedly killed three of a family at Kilahans village and one person at Ghaloti village under the Payal police station.

Bhapp was also booked in the cases of murder of around 35 persons at railway stations of Kilaraipur and Baddowal on June 16, 1991.

The railway police investigating these murder cases did not turn up at the court for seeking remand of the ultra.

Similarly murder of around 25 migrant labourers in Senegal did not invite the attention of the concerned authorities to restart the investigations.



Former Brigadier booked in land-grab case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Almost 23 years after an alleged grabbing of seven acres of land in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar here, the city police today booked four persons including a retired Brigadier on the charges of forcibly occupying the land and selling it to several persons. The illegal land deal caused a loss of several crores to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, which claims to be the owner of the piece of land.

The case has been registered on the recommendation of Mr Ashok Singh Garcha, Chairman Improvement Trust in the Sarabha Nagar police station under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against Brigadier Shashi Inder Singh, resident of Padam Vikas Enclave at Una, Ms. Upinder Parmar, who lives in Bandra West at Mumbai, and two local residents Jatinder Singh (Urban Estate, Una) and Barjinder Kaur (Sant Isher Singh Nagar). No arrest has been made.

The complainant stated that the accused had illegally sold 55 kanals and 12 marlas of Improvement Trust land in 1981. The complainant further stated that the Improvement Trust had acquired 189 kanals and 10 marlas of land in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.

Police sources said Mr Garcha had conducted an investigation into the case personally and found that the land was illegally possessed by the accused. The police has registered a case after obtaining opinion from the District Attorney-Legal.

ASI Lakhbir Singh, in-charge Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar police post is investigating the case.



Doctor gets police remand
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
Dr Harjit Singh Kohli, a former Registrar of the Anaeshthesia Department, Oswal Cancer Hospital, and accused of causing the death of three-and-half-year-old Arshia by wrongly administering an injection in the spinal cord on July 20, was today remanded in police custody till September 6.

He was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Dhaliwal, this afternoon.

The Assistant District Attorney, Mr Sanjiv Kochhar, sought police remand for him on the grounds that the police wanted to interrogate him. The judge remanded the accused for two days.

Dr Kohli and Dr Vandna were booked under Sections 304 and 120-B of the IPC following a complaint by Prashant Sareen, father of the girl, on July 23.

Dr Kohli’s anticipatory bail application was rejected by the court of Mr Sukdarshan Singh Khaira on July 27.

Dr Vandna was granted pre-arrest bail.



Couple charged with forgery
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
The Civil Lines police yesterday registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC on a statement of Paramjit Kaur, a housewife living in Mundian Kalan village, against Rinku Gupta and her husband Kamal Gupta, who live in Sector 32-A of PUDA Urban Estate along the Chandigarh road, and P.N.Raman, who lives in Housing Board Colony at Jamalpur.

The woman had stated that the suspects had sold her 100-yard plot to someone on the basis of a forged power of attorney before July, 1995. No arrest has been made so far.



2 held with poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
The Division number 2 police arrested Narinder Kaur, a resident of Islam Ganj, seized 5 kg of poppy husk from her possession and booked her under the NDPS Act. The contraband was seized from her house, said the police.

The Sadar police arrested Gurjant Singh, a resident of Lohgarh village falling under the jurisdiction of Dharamkot police station in Moga district, seized 18 kg of poppy husk from his possession and registered a case against him under the NDPS Act. The suspect was nabbed near an unmanned crossing near Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar on Friday evening.



State awards for 3 teachers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
Some teachers are selected to be honoured on September 5. Three schoolteachers from the district have been selected for State-Level Teachers Awards - 2003. The selected teachers will receive award from the Education Minister, Punjab, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, during a state-leave function scheduled to be held in here on Teachers’ Day at Gurunanak Bhavan.

“Besides certificate, shawl and extension in service for one year, the selected teachers will also receive cash prize, “ said officials.

District Education Officer (Secondary) Avinash Chander Sethi announced that Jagdev Singh, Mathematics teacher posted at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, Santokh Singh Gill, Officiating Principal and Biology Lecturer, Government Senior Secondary School, Dadhahoor and Harpal Kaur Principal, Government High School, Karamsar, had been selected for “Best teachers” award this year.



Tenant alleges police inaction against eviction
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
A poor resident of Mattewara village has alleged that his landlord has thrown out his household goods on the road forcibly and got the house, he was staying in for the past 12 years, vacated forcibly. He alleged that while he was forced to spend his days on the road, the Mattewara police was not taking any action.

Mr Narain Singh, a resident of Mattewara village in Macchiwara subdivision said that he had been forced to stay on the road as he had no shelter for himself and his family. His household items were also lying on the road.

In his complaint to the SSP Ludhiana, Mr Narain Singh claimed that he had been staying in the one-room rented house for the past 12 years but his landlord Swarna Ram of Selkeana village, along with several other persons, threw the goods on the road when his daughter was alone in the house in August. Since then onwards he had been making rounds of the police station in Mattewara but to no avail.

He claimed that his goods were lying on the road even till now and he was being forced to spend nights on the road. He added that he had sent his family to a relative’s house in the village as it was not possible for them to live on the road.

Mr Narain Singh, in his complaint to the SSP, claimed that when he had rented the house at a price of Rs 225 per month, Mr Swarna Ram had agreed in principle that if he would pay him Rs 15,000 in installments, he (Swaran Ram) would get the house registered in his name. Since he was uneducated, Narain Singh kept paying his landlord installments who kept on registering dates and amount on his register every month but no receipt was given to Naran Singh.

When Narain Singh paid the said amount after some years, he asked Swarna Ram to get the house transferred to his name but the landlord started dilly-dallying. He even filed a complaint with the police that Narain Singh was occupying his house illegally. The police summoned him in the police station and when he told them his story they did not register a case. His this move angered Swarna Ram, who got the house vacated forcibly.

Narain Singh had submitted an application to the DIG, Ludhiana, also who had marked his application to the SSP to ensure a prompt legal action.



People cautioned against use of intoxicants
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
Statistics show that 50 per cent of accidental deaths are caused by excessive drinking. Increasing trend of consumption of alcohol has also led to spurt in diseases like cirrhosis and pancreatitis. These diseases have high death rate, and also deplete hard earned money on medicines and hospital expenses.’

These observations were made by Dr Narotam Dewan, Director, Dewan Hospital at a seminar on ‘Dangers of Drug abuse and Intoxicants’ held at Kairon Kisan Ghar in Punjab Agricultural University here last evening in connection with 4th centenary of holy Sri Guru Grant Sahib. More than 800 members of Punjab Kisan Clubs from all over the state attended the function, which was presided over by Mr V.K. Sharma, Registrar, PAU.

Besides focusing on the menace of alcohol and other intoxicating substances, Dr Dewan also dwelt upon the evil of female foeticide and the growing incidence of kidney stone in the state. He supported his lecture with a video presentation.

The farmers were informed that the lifestyle of Punjabis being prone to formation of kidney stone, they should drink lot of water to prevent kidney stones. They were also apprised with latest modes of treatment for these ailments.

A free medical camp was also organised by Dewan Hospital on the occasion in which free check up and free blood and urine tests were provided to the farmers.

Camp Extended: Meanwhile, the ongoing Sanjivani (Reiki) and acupressure camp in Acharya Shri Atma Ram Jain Hospital near Jamalpur Power House on Chandigarh Road here has been extended up to September 10. According to Mr Mohinder Pal Jain, Secretary of the managing committee the camp, which commenced on Aug 16 was to continue for a fortnight. The Reiki and acupressure experts were providing treatment of various diseases like fever, headache, blood pressure, joint pains, allergy, white patches, leucorrhoea, diabetes, asthma, jaundice and rheumatism without any medicines.



NGOs asked to work with govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
The State Minister for Welfare, Social Security, Development of Women and Children, Punjab, Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, has exhorted the NGOs to work in coordination with the department for the implementation of the programme regarding the welfare of the weaker sections, elderly and handicapped persons in the state, so that the general condition of this deprived section could be improved.

Ms Gurkanwal Kaur was addressing a state-level meeting of NGOs organised by the Social Security Department at Government Institute for Blind in Jamalpur, here today. The representatives of around three dozens NGOs participated in the meeting.

The minister said with a view to strengthen the coordination between the NGOs and government agencies, such meetings would be organised at the division and district levels, in which all problems related to the department would be solved. She said in future the Director, Social Security and Welfare, Punjab, would be available on every Friday during the first half in his office to meet the NGOs and so that the problems relating to the release of funds and other matters could be amicably sorted out.

Expressing concern over the deterioration in moral and social values in society, Ms Gurkanwal Kaur said children had started showing disrespect to the elderly parents and even in many cases, parents were being thrown out of home. She said the government had planned to set up 10 new old-age homes in the state, for which 90 per cent of funds would be provided by the Union Government.

She informed that the government had decided to set up children helpline projects in five big cities of the states i.e. Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala and Bathinda, where destitute and orphan children would be provided required facilities.

Referring to the steep rise in the use of drugs and intoxicants among the youth, she said the department in collaboration with NGOs was going to launch programme to create awareness among the youth against the use of drugs, tobacco, gutka, etc.

She appealed to the NGOs to mobilise rich people to extend financial help for the projects started for the rehabilitation of the handicapped persons. Mr S.R. Ladder, Director, Welfare and Social Security Department, assured that the department would shortly solve all the pending cases of the NGOs.



Man booked on rape charge
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
The Model Town police, on a statement of Ms Paramjit Kaur, alias Vimmy, who lives in Model House area, yesterday registered a case under Sections 363,366 and 376 of the IPC against Arminder Pal Singh, who lives in the same locality.

The complainant had stated that the suspect had kidnapped her in his car and made her smell something after which she lost her consciousness. He took her to a place in the same area and raped on her on July 31 last. The police said the case was registered on the orders of Mr Jasvir Singh, JMIC.

Assault cases

On a statement of Mr Rohtas Singh, who lives in a village near Charkhi Dadri in Bhiwani district of Haryana and serves as a conductor in the Haryana Roadways, the Division number 6 police yesterday registered a case under sections 186,353 and 332 of the IPC against Kashmiri Lal, who lives in Santokh Nagar in New Shiv Puri.

The complainant had stated to the police that he was on duty on a Haryana Roadways bus, which was on way from Delhi to Jammu. When the bus stopped in the city for a while at Samrala Chowk on Friday afternoon, the suspect forced his way into the bus. When he asked him to get down from the bus, the accused hit him in the face with a cold drink bottle as a result of which he was injured. The accused also interrupted in the performance of his duty, added the complainant. The police said today that the suspect was arrested on the spot and later bailed out.

The Division number 7 police registered a case under sections 323,324,148 and 149 of the IPC on a statement of Mr Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Jamalpur Awana village, against Naresh and Bunty, who live in Sarpanch Colony, Baba Bunty, Laloo Bus Wala and Sonu, who live in Mundian village, and Rocky, Billu, Lakshmi and some other unknown persons.

The complainant had stated that the suspects had beaten him up outside Weer Palace at Mundian Kalan village on Wednesday night and injured him. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital. No arrest has been made so far.

TV recovered

The Focal Point police arrested Sunil Kumar, alias Raju, a resident of New Shakti Nagar, and Rakesh Kumar, who lives in New Shimla Colony in Kailash Nagar, and registered a case against them under section 411 of the IPC.

The police said today that a stolen colour TV and a sum of Rs 5000 were recovered from the possession of Sunil Kumar. The suspect were arrested from near a culvert near Jaspal Bangar village, added the police.

Arrested for over-speeding

The Division number 2 police yesterday arrested Sushil Kumar, an auto-driver who lives in Sarup Nagar in Salem Tabri and registered a case under Section 279 of the IPC against him and an unknown driver, who ran away leaving behind his vehicle.

The police said today that Sushil was driving his auto at a high speed and with negligence. He was overpowered after a chase while the other auto-driver managed to run away, leaving behind the auto. Sushil was later bailed out.

Whisky seized

The Division number 2 police arrested Kewal Krishan, who lives near gurdwara Singh Sabha in Dashmesh Nagar, seized 72 bottles of whisky from his possession and booked him under the Excise Act. The suspect was nabbed from near a tubewell in Issa Nagri, the police said today.

Hooch seized

The Model Town police arrested Harpreet Singh alias Bobby, who lives in Guru Nanak Colony near the GNE College on Gill Road, seized 13 bottles of hooch from his possession and booked him under the Excise Act. The suspect was trapped late on Friday night near the Shamshan Ghat where he was retailing hooch from a plastic can, said the police.

Bookie held

The Division number 6 police yesterday arrested Mintoo, who lives in the Beant Pura locality, and booked him under the Gambling Act.

The police said today that the suspect was indulging in booking ‘satta’ and ‘darra’ bets in the area at lottery stalls in Samrala Chowk. The suspect was later bailed out.

Knife seized

The Haibowal police arrested Ashok Kumar, a resident of Joshi Nagar, seized a flick knife from his possession and booked him under the Arms Act yesterday.



5 more booked for flouting DM’s order
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
Five more cases under Section 188 of the IPC for disobeying the orders of the District Magistrate making it mandatory for citizens to furnish information about their servants and tenants to the police, were registered at various police stations of the city yesterday.

Three of these cases were registered at the Civil Lines police station, one case each was registered at the division number 8 and Haibowal police stations. In all cases, the accused were arrested and bailed out.

The accused have been identified as Sanjiv Kumar, who runs a shop near the bus stand and lives in Vishal Nagar, Lalit Kumar, who runs a tent house near the Bus Stand, Raju, a Bihari migrant running a dhaba near Saggu chowk, Mohinder Singh, who runs a lottery shop in Upkar Nagar and Ashok Kumar, a resident of Joshi Nagar in Haibowal.


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