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Girl’s left kidney operated on by mistake
Civil Hospital surgeon ‘destroys’ records to evade action
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 10
Parents and relatives of a teenage girl of a poor backward class family of nearby Assi Kalan village have exhausted their resources to get her right kidney treated but surgeon at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, whom they entrusted the treatment not only operated her left kidney by mistake, but also allegedly destroyed the reports and records at the hospital obviously to evade any action.

Tired of the repeated visits to the hospital to get the needful done the family has now sought the intervention of the higher authorities so that the life of the girl may be saved.

Manjit Kaur, a resident of the village, said her daughter Meena had been complaining about pain in the right part of her abdomen for the past around one year. The girl was taken to various clinics and hospitals at Jodhan, Pakhowal and the local town and expensive diagnostic tests were performed on her. Investigating professionals had pointed out that she had a cortical calculus in her right kidney.

“As we can not afford expensive treatment at some good private hospital, my brothers took her to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Meenu was admitted here on April 24. Though the doctor concerned had told us that the stone would be removed by surgery after a few days, we were made to stay there for around 20 days before the operation was done,” said Ms Manjit Kaur, adding that they were made to get the investigations and diagnostic tests done from some specific laboratories and those also at the exorbitant rates.

The family was shocked to learn on May 13 that the doctors had operated the left kidney instead of the required right one. To justify his error, he plant a stent in the left ureter and left the other side on the mercy of the nature.

Meanwhile, he had put his hand on all reports and findings which might show that the right kidney of the patient needed the operation. By the time the family could act, the doctor allegedly removed the record from the hospital and reportedly destroyed it.

Mr Rashid Mohd, a social worker said the doctor had admitted his mistake before the in charge of the hospital and had assured to get the left kidney operated at his cost.

“But in the meantime, he got the duplicate file prepared, the contents of which might protect him on medical grounds. Then he refused to do anything for the victim and threatened Balbir Singh, the father of the girl, of dire consequences if he initiated any action against him.”

Mr Balbir Singh was so afraid of the doctor that he did not dare utter a single word against him. But he alleged that the authorities had not bothered to investigate the case even. “I don’t wish to spoil the career of any of the ‘savers’ of the human lives, but they must think about the life my innocent daughter also, who has fallen prey to their negligence.” The innocent girl who suffered pain in right kidney only before operation, is now crying with pain both renal organs.

Official attending the telephone at the SMO office showed ignorance about the case and said no written complaint had been received so far.



Thousands of children given polio drops
Pulse Polio gets good response
Our Correspondent

Mr R.K. Dudeja, Manager, State Bank of Patiala, Doraha, administers polio drops to a child
Mr R.K. Dudeja, Manager, State Bank of Patiala, Doraha, administers polio drops to a child on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph.

Ludhiana, October 10
Since advance publicity of pulse polio through the media had made people conscious of the importance of polio drops for making their children free of the disease, parents brought their children for giving them polio drops. Many private organisations, NGOs, government bodies rallied in support of setting up booths to administer polio drops.

Seven polio camps were organised by State Bank of Patiala, Sunder Nagar Branch in association with Government Dispensary, Sardar Nagar, Ludhiana. The camp was inaugurated by S.K. Singla Assistant Manager of SBP. More than 170 children were administered polio drops.

The Rotary Club, Ludhiana North, organised a camp here today at Govt Civil Dispensary, Model Town, Ludhiana. Dr S.S. Johl, Padam Bhushan, inaugurated the camp. Twenty centres under the charge of Government Civil Dispensary, Model Town and Abdullapur Basti were allotted to the club.

In addition to these centres, the club held camps at railway station, bus stand, and other crowded areas of the city.

About 5,000 children were given polio drops.

The Rotract Club students of Govt College for Women, GGN Khalsa College and BNSM College of Technical Education Alamgir, also joined and set up camps in Shimla Puri, and Tibba Road.

Govt Senior Secondary School organised a camp. The school was actively supported by Echo Club and the Civil Hospital. The camp was organised under the guidance of Prof H.K. Mayor. A team from the Civil Hospital comprising Ms Malkiat Kaur, Ms Paramjit Kaur, Mr Bishambar Lal, and 50 volunteer students of the school went from door to door in the neighbouring mohallas and brought children to polio booth for administration of polio drops. As many as 500 children were given polio drops in this camp. Dr Jasbir Singh, Dr Kamaljit Kaur, Dr Sushil Kumari also visited the camp.

The Rameshwar Welfare Trust with assistance of the Distt Health Administration organised a camp. It was inaugurated by Mr Jagmohan Sharma, president, Congress committee. Volunteers went from door to door and brought children for receiving polio drops.

Students of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazoori Road, along with Mr Rajesh Kapoor, Programme Officer of NSS unit with 60 volunteers, had set up 15 camps and administered polio drops to 3,000 children.

Civil Defence also organised camp at Dera Kalsia, Gill Road, which was inaugurated by Pratap Singh Rana. Around 300 children were given polio drops. The Punjab Samaj Sewak Sangh along with a team of Civil Dispensary organised pulse polio camps too.

AMLOH: As many as 850 children were administered polio drops at 10 booths organised by the Civil Hospital, here in association with the Manav Bhalai Manch. The campaign was inaugurated at Booth No 5 by the Chairman Som Nath Lutava, said Master Manohar Lal Verma, Secretary of the Manch. Mr Tirath Ram Goel, Senior Medical Officer, Dr Mahesh Jindal, Mr Parveen Singh Mittal, Project Officer, addressed the function and highlighted the importance of the campaign.

MANDI AHMEDGARH: Around five thousand children below the age of five years were administered anti polio drops at 26 booths by the civil hospital with the assistance of local branches of other organisations.

According to Dr Krishan Pilani SMO and in charge at local Civil Hospital, Mr Pushpinder Singh, Senior Manager PNB had inaugurated the main camp at the hospital. Mr Nem Chand Jain President local branch of the Rotary Club and Mr Taneja President Lions club accompanied him.

Out of total number of 6839 children within the age of zero to five years 5000 administered vaccine against the disease.

The authorities had set up 26 booths in and near the town.

Samrala: Dr Paraspal Singh Cooner, Professor, Medical College Patiala, today visited Manupur, Goslan, Bagli, Nanki, Samrala, Machhiwara and Neelon to oversee pulse polio programme.

Mr Jasbir Singh Dhillon, President of the Municipal Committee, Samrala, inaugurated the pulse polio drops campaign here. He told reporters that 16 booths had been established along with two mobiles teams event at Bus Stand, Neelon Bridge. Buses were stopped for polio drops to the children. Chemist Association Samrala arranged a langar. NCC cadets of ITI specially contributed.

Doraha: Polio drops were administered at eight booths at Doraha, all of which were sponsored by State Bank of Patiala, Doraha branch under the supervision of Mr R.K. Dudeja, Branch Manager and the entire staff of the bank.

Drops were administered to 1624 children from birth to an age of five years at the civil dispensary, Shiv Mandir, Railway Station, Bus stand , Arya Putri Pathshala, Doraha village, Dashmesh Public School and the Dharmshala.

Mr G.K. Goel, Director Health Punjab, was present on the occasion.



Panel of doctors to probe newborn’s death
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 10
The police here will take action after a report of the Doctor’s Panel constituted to probe the allegation of the parents of a new born child died after few hours of the birth on Wednesday at a private Nursing Home. The parents of the child had complained to the SDM and the SSP Khanna in alleging that the child died due to the negligence of the Doctor. While the Doctor claimed that the charges of negligence was baseless.

The SSP said that following the complaint he had asked the IMA, a body of Doctor’s to investigate the matter and to file a report. A five member panel of doctors has been constituted including Dr Vinod Sood, Dr Munish Bhatia, Dr Iqbal Kaur, Dr Dharm Pal and Dr S M Bhalla.

Manoj father of the deceased had alleged that he had admitted his wife at the Nursing Home on Wednesday. At 1 P M his wife gave birth to a child. His wife fed the child. But after some time the milk came out from the nose of the child.

The Doctor was informed but nothing was done by the Doctor. When again they approached the Doctor he referred the child to another private Nursing home. When they reached that Nursing Home the Doctor who attended the child told that the child was brought dead and said that they were late by two hours.

Panel of the Doctors recorded the statements of Doctors concerned Dr D P Singh , Dr. Parvesh Jain Dr. Rozy Jain and Dr. Devinder Pal Singh. Statements of mother and father of the deceased were also recorded by the Doctors.

Dr Parvesh Jain owner of the Nursing Home said that they had given all documents and record to the panel. He claimed that the Doctor was in the profession for 20 years. He also denied charges of negligence. 



Migrant found murdered in room
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 10
A middle-aged migrant from Madhya Pradesh was found brutally murdered in his rented house at Basant Nagar near Shivpuri today morning by his neighbours. The man seemed to have been killed two days ago as his body was found in a badly decomposed condition.

The incident came to light when foul smell emanated from the room. Area residents called the police which broke into the house and found the body. The police found some papers and visiting cards in the room which suggested that the deceased’s name was Joginder Kumar. However, his identity was being verified.

SP(City) R.K. Jaiswal told Ludhiana Tribune that the man, in mid 40s could be killed by more than one person as he was well built. Murderers had allegedly strangulated him to death with a plastic rope. An injury was also found on the head and a blood-laced mortar was also found. It suggested that the man was first hit on the head with these and then strangulated.

The police said some serious personal enmity seemed to be the main motive behind the man’s murder. Some receipts and documents of a shop, Sood Photo Studio in Salem Tabri, were also found from the room.

Mr Jaiswal said the police had found some leads from the crime site which could help them in tracing the accused.



City centre likely to come up soon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 10
The much talked about city centre of Ludhiana may at last see the light of the day with the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and Ludhiana Municipal Corporation agreeing, in principle, to complete the project jointly.

A meeting in this regard was held in Chandigarh on Friday. The meeting was presided over by the Principal Secretary, Local Bodies, Mr B.R. Bajaj, and attended among others by Mr G. Vajralingam, Director, Local Bodies, Mr S.K. Sharma, MC Commissioner, and Mr Ashok Singh Garcha, LIT Chairman.

The multi-crore project had originally been mooted by the LIT a few years ago. Under the original plan, it had been proposed to develop the city centre through the BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) scheme.

The bids would have been invited from various contractors for the purpose. However, the project was abandoned midway and was gathering dust for all these years. Doubts were expressed about the viability of the project as huge investment was required.

Now the corporation and trust have agreed to develop the centre jointly. About Rs 250 crore are likely to be spent by the corporation and LIT on this project spread over a period of five years.

This excludes the cost of the prime land measuring about 26 acres. The corporation and LIT will jointly monitor the progress of the project and a society, comprising officials of both corporation as well as the LIT, would be constituted for the purpose.

Located at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on the Pakhowal Road, about 10 km from here, the city centre would be a state-of-art complete market place comparable to the best of shopping malls in the country.

It will be the best in the region and will include a five star hotel, cinema hall, 1 km of walking lane, shops, business establishments and other centres.

The centre is aimed at providing everything to people within a specified area. This will be one of the unique centres in the north and would be the first of its kind in Punjab.

The modalities of the project are currently being worked out by officials of the Department of Local Bodies along with the Municipal Corporation and the Improvement Trust. The project is likely to start within the next six months.

Sources disclosed that while questions were being raised about the financial viability of the project as it involved a huge cost of Rs 500 crore, including the price of the land, the MC and LIT agreed to share the financial burden that would be involved in the project.



Two held, Rs 15 lakh hawala money seized
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 10
The police here has arrested two persons and recovered Rs 15.50 lakh from them. The accused identified as Harjit Singh son of Dilbar Singh resident of Basti Sheikh and Jagdeep Chand son of Jai Chand of Jalandhar were arrested from Railway road here while they were going to Railway Station to board a train for Jalandhar.

SSP Khanna Paramod Ban said that a police team led by SHO City Rajan Parminder and A S I A Avtar Singh arrested both the accused.

They recovered two bags from their possession.

During search an amount of Rs.9.8 lakhs and 5.7 lakh were recovered from the bags. Mr Ban said that accused confessed that they had got this money from a man named Chintu a resident of Delhi.

They also confessed that they are working as courier for a Jalandhar resident Inder Pal Singh.

The Police has registered a case under Sections 411 and 414 of IPC and 3 (1) ABB of FEMA at City Police Station. The accused were remanded in police custody by a court.

Meanwhile a team of the Enforcement Directorate reached City police station for the investigation of the case. Enforcement Directorate team will also interrogate the accused.



Newly married woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, October 10
In the Indira Colony here a newly married woman committed suicide allegedly due to harassment by her in-laws. Paramjit Kaur, deceased belonged to Salempur village of police station Koomkalan and was married to Ramdass of Indira Colony on March 7, 2004.

The police has booked her husband Ramdass, father-in-law Karta Ram and mother-in-law Gurdev Kaur under Section 306 of the IPC on the statement of victim’s brother Prem Chand today.

Her husband Ramdass is reported to be arrested.

Parmjit’s brother alleged that the in-laws of her sister used to beat her up for bringing more dowry. He further stated that Paramjit had ended her life after finding it difficult to tolerate mental torture.

The police has taken the body of Paramjit in possession which would be handed over to her parents tomorrow after getting the post-mortem examination done.



Army, police find metal scrap too hot to handle
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 10
With the police and the Army authorities trying to pass the responsibility of checking the scrap lying at the dry port at Dhandari Kalan on each other, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has written to the Home Secretary, Punjab, that neither the Army nor the police appeared to be interested in checking the scrap to ensure that it did not carry any explosive material which could cause damage to life and property.

The Deputy Commissioner had taken the initiative after officials of the local Customs Department approached him for help. The Deputy Commissioner had convened a meeting of the Customs officials, the Army and the police on Friday. However, nobody turned up from the Army or the police. Ultimately the Deputy Commissioner decided to approach the Home Secretary since the issue was of serious nature. Mr Verma told the Tribune, since the matter was of grave concern he decided to approach their higher authorities for the earliest disposal of the scrap.

About 10 canters of metal scrap, which has mostly come from the Gulf, is yet to be disposed of at the Ludhiana Dry Port at Dhandari Kalan, as the local Customs officials have refused to give clearance to it with the apprehension that the material may contain some explosive shells or other material.

It is learnt that both police as well as the army authorities is reluctant to check the scrap.

There is likelihood of the authorities recommending the action against the scrap dealer, who got it transported to Ludhiana, without getting clearance. Because, the authorities pointed out, it was his responsibility to get the scrap checked before its transportation to Ludhiana. Thanks to him, the entire area has been placed in panic.

Meanwhile, in a major development the authorities at the local dry port have decided not to download any scrap that comes from the Gulf. It is believed that it is only the scrap from the Gulf that has been found to be containing unexploded shells and other explosive material which could cause loss to life.



Probe sale deed case, SAD(A) urges Governor 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 10
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has urged the Governor to order a probe into a reported case where the Divisional Commissioner, Patiala, had ordered the release of a sale deed which had earlier been kept in abeyance by the revenue authorities for want of adequate stamp duty.

The authorities had pointed out that stamp duty worth around Rs 15 lakh was to be paid in addition to Rs 7.91 lakh paid already.

The Commissioner had acted at the behest of the Revenue Minister to favour one of his close associates, sources in the party.

Mr Charan Singh Lohara, general secretary of the party, alleged that the authorities had been adopting double standards while deciding cases concerned with revenue on fixed-assets transactions.

Referring to information received from revenue offices at Sangrur and Patiala, Mr Lohara alleged that the Divisional Commissioner in Patiala had acted at the behest of the Revenue Minister by reverting the orders of the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, vide which an industrialist had been asked to pay stamp duty worth around Rs 15 lakh, besides that paid at the time of presenting the deed at the joint sub-registrar office on July 5 as that was inadequate.

A mill situated on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near here and spread in an area of 33 bighas and having a huge covered area and a massive plant and machinery was auctioned by a liquidator appointed by the court.

An industrialist known to be a close associate of Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Revenue Minister purchased the mill for Rs.5.40 crore.

When the sale deed showing the transaction for lower amount was presented at the local office of joint sub-registrar the officer concerned kept the deed in abeyance and forwarded it to the higher revenue authorities in the district.

A team of revenue officers, led by an ADC, had visited the mill premises to assess the value of the property. On the basis of a report submitted by the team, the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, ordered for paying of stamp duty worth around Rs 15 lakh in addition to Rs 7.91 lakh already paid. Disappointed, the purchaser made an appeal to the Divisional Commissioner, Patiala.

Commenting on the whole episode, Mr Lohara said, “Though the authorities up to the rank of Deputy Commissioner resisted the reported pressure of the revenue officer, the Divisional Commissioner ordered the release of the sale deed without demanding extra stamp duty from the purchaser. This caused a net loss to the state which our party will not allow.”

Citing another similar case Mr, Lohara alleged that the authorities had been adopting double standards while deciding such cases. A petty businessman in the town had been shuttling between the corridors of various offices to have legal right on two small rooms he had got transferred from his kin in the name of his sons. Rajan and Vicky had ‘purchased’ these rooms( now being used as shops) from their paternal relatives.

Though they had paid stamp duty according to the guidelines prescribed by the administration at that time, they were asked to pay an arrear of Rs 1,10,628 and 98,889, respectively, on the ‘shops’. They had adopted the same course to seek justice, but the Commissioner declined their appeal. Now, they have moved the court to seek relief.



Faith healing ‘works’ wonders
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 10
The faith can really work wonders with people. It can even lead to the cure of chronic and deadly disease like cancer. That is what the organisers of the holistic health camp at the “Sarb Rog Ka Aukhad Nam Mission” claim.

Their claims are based on practical experiences with some chronic patients whom even doctors failed to cure.

According to Dr Balwant Singh, general secretary of the mission, some results have been incredible with patients suffering from the deadly diseases like cancer and some chronic depressions having recovered almost fully.

The mission works on the philosophy that all diseases can be cured by the recitation of the name of the Lord. Founded by Mr Hardial Singh, the camp has benefitted hundreds of people so far.

Ramneet Singh (17) was suffering from multiple neurocysty cercosis, a disease which leads to generation of worms in brain. The disease had effected 80 per cent of his brain. He would frequently suffer from fits. Once he also went into comma.

His mother, Ms Manju Kaur, disclosed that Ramneet had to take 80 tablets daily. These included about 65 dexamethazone only.

But after attending the camp, his medicines intake was reduced. Now after a year he did not take any medicines, she said.

Dr Balwant Singh, allopathic physician, disclosed, "Ramneet's recovery was miraculous as was proved from his latest CT scan reports". There were no calcified deposits in the brain.

Ms Surinder Kaur, 49, was suffering from advanced cancer in her left breast. She had been diagnosed of ductal carcinoma at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, New Delhi. Dr Balwant Singh claims that after she started attending the camp for about an hour daily she started recovering.

Surinder Kaur said she felt free from all diseases after a few days of attending the camp. Later on she made the recitation of the Lord's name as a routine. She thanks the Lord for giving her “another life.”

Gurdev Singh, resident of Samrala, disclosed that he was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. His blood ejection fraction (of heart) had come down to 23 per cent only. His relatives and even doctors had lost all hope of his recovery.

"Everybody would think that I will not survive for more than a month", he said, adding that “somebody suggested him to attend camps of the mission. He did it religiously and now he feel perfectly normal. He has gained weight and is able to move like a normal person. Otherwise he would have remained confined to bed only.”

Dr Balwant Singh said the mission had been holding five-day healing camps in Ludhiana for the past 17 years. Free lodging and food was provided to the people joining the camp.

He said the mission had been holding special “rog niwaran” camps regularly for the past three months. These were held four days in a week.

He claimed that the results were quite encouraging prompting the mission to start more such camps for the benefit of people.



Anthology of poems released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 10
An anthology of poems of Amarjit Kaur ‘Naaz’, “Uth wey waris suttiya”, was released by Dr S.S. Johal, an agricultural scientist, at Punjabi Bhavan here yesterday afternoon.

Amarjit Kaur has condemned those who indulged in female foeticide. She has brought out the pathos of hapless women who are forced to kill their unborn daughters in their foetus. She is aware of the problems plaguing both rural and urban women and all her poems centre around them. She cries against those inhuman people who torture girls for bringing less dowry.

Among others present at the function were Prof N.S. Tasneen, Prof Ravinder Bhattal, secretary, Punjabi Sahit Akademi, and Sardar Panchhi, a poet.

Dr Kulwinder Minhas, Dr N.S. Sewak and Biba Kulwant Kaur were of the opinion that Amarjit Kaur has brought all Punjabi writers together on one platform by urging them to fight the social evils.


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