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Minor gangraped, teacher among six booked
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 16
The Dehlon police has booked six persons, including a teacher, for allegedly abducting and raping a minor Dalit girl. The accused are yet to be arrested.

According to Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, Mr Rajiv Ahir, Manpreet (name changed), Class XI student and resident of Dhai Paie village, was abducted and allegedly gang-raped with the connivance of a female teacher of the victim.

Circumstantial evidence, observed during investigations by Mr Jatinder Pal Singh Khaira, DSP, Mulanpur Dakha, revealed that the victim had first been lured to an isolated shop by the alleged rapists with the help of the teacher of Gujjarwal village.

Though the accused had been raping the victim at various places for many months, she did not told parents about it and reported the matter to the police as the accused had threatened to kill her in case she complained against them to anyone.

The victim used to take tuition at the house of the woman tutor of Gujjarwal village. On July 7, Manpreet was asked to accompany her tutor to a tea shop at Jodhan village. Hardly had they settled there for taking tea, a boy named Tony came there whom the teacher introduced as her family friend.

Later Toni came to the school along with the tutor and called Manpreet on the pretext of the illness of her sister. Another person, named Pritam Singh, alias Harpreet, drove the car in which she was taken to a commission agent's shop at Grain Market in Jodhan village where other accused, including Raju of Dhai Paie, Assa Singh of Jawaddi village, Mohinder Singh of Gujjarwal and Sony, joined them and raped the victim repeatedly.

The victim was again picked up by the accused on July 14 and taken to the resident of Assa Singh at Jawaddi village and raped by four persons there.

On July 22, Manpreet was taken by Mohinder Singh to some places in the local town and Jodhan village and allegedly gang-raped.

The victim kept quiet for a long time as the accused had threatened to kill her and harm her family members in case she reported the matter to anyone. Unable to bear the mental tension any more, she ultimately disclosed the sequence of events to her parents who reported the matter to the Dehlon police.

The police registered an FIR under Sections 363, 366, 376 and 120 B of the IPC and the SSP, Jagraon, entrusted the inquiry to the DSP, Mullanpur Dakha.



Industrialist finally nabbed after three years
Accused of withholding workers’ PF
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
The police today arrested a high-profile city Industrialist, Kimti Lal Jain, owner of a chain of Arihant Industries having assets of over Rs 20 crore, from Faridkot on the charge of duping nearly 300 workers by not giving them their provident fund.

The industrialist had been evading arrest for the past over three years “due to his influence”. Three cases of cheating and criminal breach of trust were registered against him in Sahnewal and Koom Kalan police stations on the complaint of some workers in 2001.

The police had been claiming all these years that it was conducting raids to nab him. He is a resident of Sarabha Nagar. He was arrested from Faridkot where he had gone to appear in a case filed by him.

Sub-Inspector Naveen Kumar, in charge, of proclaimed offender staff, said the industrialist was appearing in court hearings of complaints filed by him but had managed to evade arrest in cases filed against him.

A team of the PO staff informed the judge concerned at Faridkot that Kimti Lal Jain was wanted in three cases. The team took orders from the court before arresting him.

Jain used to visit several of his industries from time to time. He told the police that he rarely spent much time at one place. He was, however, seen at high profile parties.

He was listed as a proclaimed offender under Sections 83 and 84 of the CrPc. The FIRs stated that under the labour laws the accused was required to pay provident fund to the workers. He allegedly deducted the fund from the workers’ salary but did not pay them.

The workers belonged to different factories and industries owned by Kimti Lal Jain. After trying in vain to get their dues they lodged a complaint with the police.

The accused gave to histrionics when he was being photographed by mediapersons.



Unrecognised institute’s director held
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, October 16
The police today announced the arrest of the director of the controversial Baba Nand Singh Memorial Para-medical Technology Institute, Sidhwan Bet, on the charge of cheating several students.

Director Parminder Singh allegedly admitted students to the para-medic course which was not recognised. They were given certificates that had no validity as it has not been recognised by the Punjab Nursing Registration Council, Mohali.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Rajiv Ahir, SSP, said the accused was found guilty in an inquiry conducted by the Economic Offences Wing of the police after 40 students had filed a complaint regarding the fraud. DSP (Detective) G.S. Cheema conducted the inquiry.

The students in their complaint stated that at the time of the admission, they were told that the institute was an authorised one and had the approval of the competent authority. They were promised that the certificates would be valid for government jobs. The students paid hefty fees and other charges to the institute.

Mr Ahir said the probe revealed that Parminder Singh started the institute in 2000. The opening of the institute was announced through newspaper advertisements and posters. A look at the posters, prospectus, admission forms, qualification certificates and pamphlets would make one believe that it is indeed a state-of-the-art institute with facilities like research laboratory, well-equipped classrooms, associate hospital, ambulances, recreation facilities, hostel, transport facility, library, and study tours. However, there were only a couple of rooms in the middle of nowhere, a matador van in a bad condition, and some dingy rooms in the town as hostel.

The institute offered a four-year course in Bachelor of Electropathic Medicine and Surgery (BEMS), one-year course in Diploma in Electropathic Medicine and Surgery (DEMS), two-year course in Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technician and a one-and-a-half-year course in nursing assistant and midwifery (ANM). It was claimed, in the advertisements, that the institute was recognised by public health and medical technology of India,” a non-existent organisations.

Parminder Singh claimed to possess a BEMS degree from Ludhiana, and an MD (Electropathy), and a D.Pharmacy degree from Government Medical College, Patiala. The authenticity of the degrees was also being investigated.

Parminder Singh was arrested last evening. He has been remanded in police custody till October 19. With the recovery of other incriminating documents, more penal Sections related to forgery and impersonation were likely to be added. A police party had been dispatched to Delhi also.



Missing factory owner untraced
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, October 16
The whereabouts of a dyeing factory owner, Mr Arvind Kumar, alias Ballu, resident of Ludhiana, who has been reported to be missing since Friday morning could not be known.

His red-colour Santro car bearing registration No. PB10AL 8888 was recovered yesterday from the banks of the Sirhind Canal, near Machhiwara.

After finding his car near the canal, it is being thought that the factory owner might have committed suicide by jumping into the river.

Arvind’s family members, who have been searching for him with the help of divers since yesterday, told Ludhiana Tribune that they had received a telephone call from Arvind after he had left home on Friday. They said Arvind had asked them to take the car from a site located at 3-km from Garhi bridge towards the Neelon bridge. As the family members reached the place mentioned by him, they found his mobile and other documents in the locked car. “We also saw a chappal of Arvind near the car”, they said.

SHO Balwinder Singh who is investigating the matter, said Arvind could not be traced till this evening.



Man killed in mishap, truck driver booked
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
The police yesterday registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Anil Goel against an unknown driver of a truck (PB-05B-9708).

The complainant had stated that he was going in a Maruti car to Shimla along with his driver Hardip Singh when their car was hit by the truck which had stopped on the road due to a tyre- burst. The truck did not have a rear light, the complainant said. Hardip Singh died on the spot.

No arrest has been made so far.



Garba, dandiya mark Navratras
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
Shree Gujarati Samaj has arranged garba and dandiya in Laxmi Narayan Temple, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar from October 14 to 21.

About 70 Gujarati families here have been offering prayers to the Goddess Amba, and participating in garba and dandiya.

Mr Raaz Thakur, president of the samaj, said the samaj was set up in 2002. The 70 Gujarati families residing in the city were happy to follow their tradition of playing dandiya during Navratras. These nine days are very special for Gujaratis and the best part is that many Punjabis have come to learn dandiya”, he said.



Namdhari samagam ends
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, October 16
The 100th ‘naan jap paryog samagam at Bhaini Sahib which began in September, concluded today with the marriage ceremony of 45 couples. It was the 100th year of ‘naam simran’ started by Namdhari Satguru Partap Singh.

The mass marriage ceremony was started by Namdhari Satguru Ram Singh on June 3, 1863.

This smaagam, known as ‘Assu De Mele’ was attended by Namdhari sangat from England, America, Canada, Germany, Thailand.

The concluding ceremony today was attended by Mr H.S. Hanspal, President PPCC, Thakur Udhe Singh, Sant Jagtar Singh, Sant Rachhpal Singh, Sant Harpaul Singh and Mr Dalip Singh, chairman, Satguru Partap Singh Academy.



Widow held with 5 kg of poppy husk
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, October 16
The police yesterday arrested Gindo, a widow belonging to the Sansi tribe, from near the cremation grounds and seized 5 kg of poppy husk from her possession. She has been booked under the NDPS Act.

PISTOL SEIZED: The police nabbed Rattan Singh yesterday and seized a country-made pistol from his possession. He has been booked under the Arms Act. Two cartridges were also seized from his possession.

BAN VIOLATION: The police yesterday arrested Sushil Kumar of Seeta Nagar and Rajesh Kumar of Sham Nagar and registered cases against them under Section 188 of the IPC for violating a recent order of the District Magistrate to provide information about tenants and servants to the police. They have been released on bail.

ROBBERY PLOT: The police yesterday arrested Rupinder Kumar and Krishna Shukla of Jamalpur Colony, Ranjit Kumar and Vishesh Kumar of Lachhman Nagar and Rajinder Kumar of Dhandari Khurd village from near Moti Nagar while they were allegedly planning to commit a robbery in the city.

The police said today that two pistols, four cartridges and daggers were seized from their possession.

ASSAULT CASES: The police has registered a case under Sections 324, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Piara Singh against Babba, Raju and Harpal Singh of Gobind Puri mohalla at Kotkapura and one other person accompanying them.

The complainant had stated that because of a family dispute, the accused intercepted him at Gopal Nagar on Wednesday night and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons as a result of which he was injured and hospitalised. No arrest has been made so far.

The police yesterday registered a case under Sections 324, 323 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Mohan Singh against an unknown person who attacked him with an agricultural implement and injured him on Friday morning at Gandhi Colony. No arrest has been made so far.

LIQUOR SEIZED: Police yesterday arrested Ajay Pal of Paddi Mat Wali village in Nawanshahr district and seized 11 bottles of country liquor from his possession. He has been booked under the Excise Act.

The police also arrested Jagjit Singh and seized 15 bottles of whisky, meant for sale in Chandigarh only, and booked him under the Excise Act.

KNIFE SEIZED: The police yesterday arrested Bhikhari Yadav, a migrant from Bihar living near Dana Mandi, and seized a flick-knife from his possession. He has been booked under the Arms Act.


BURGLARY: The police on the complaint of Mr Vidya Sagar Jindal has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC, against unknown persons who burgled his gas agency and took away Rs 5000 in cash after breaking open the lock of the shop.



Scooterist killed, constable booked
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
On the statement of Mr Sunil Khosla, the police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against constable Nirmal Singh, a driver employed with the Punjab Police.

The complainant had stated that the accused rammed the vehicle into a scooter being driven by his father near Transport Nagar on Thursday night as a result of which his father died on the spot. No arrest has been made so far.



Navratras ring in shopping season
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
Rickshaws carrying shoppers, jostling crowds and loaded carts have created chaos picture in the Chaura bazar these days. One can witness this disorderly scene in all markets, including Ghumar Mandi, Model Town, Sarabha Nagar, and Haibowal market, during the ongoing Navratras.

The buyers are out in droves to avail of various discounts. The Navratras have opened the floodgates for shoppers.

Electronic companies are giving discounts to customers on household gadgets and are also offering free gifts. Certain schemes are offering replacement of old microwaves, refrigerators, cooking ranges and other items with the latest models.

Shops and boutiques are offering a new range of clothes. Since Karva Chauth is round the corner, shops are loaded with bangles, bindis and “parandas”, among other things.

There are discount packages for bridal make-up and other packages.

In jewellery, stone-studded jewellery is being preferred to gold ornaments. The designs are traditional and as well as casual.

Even banks have offered discounts on house loans and personal loans.



MBA students welcome freshers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
The senior MBA and MCA students of Punjab Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT), Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a grand freshers’ party for their juniors.

The campus wore a colourful and festive look. The students, especially juniors, were attired in best of their dresses. They gave scintillating performances when they were called on the stage on comments presented by the senior students.

On this occasion, Nirmal, Nandini, Sikander and Ruchika recited their poems. A group dance performance was given by the MCA fifth semester students — Ramandeep, Mandeep and Prabhjot.

The programme ended with a dance party. On this occasion, competitions for Mr and Ms Fresher and Mr and Ms Personality was also held. Manoj and Vikrant Shamra were chosen as Mr Fresher for MCA and MBA, respectively, while Suruchi, Gurivnder Kaur Sonia were selected as Ms Fresher for MCA and MBA, respectively.

For Mr and Ms personality Vinay (MCA), AmitPatil (MBA) and Gagandeep (MCA) and Amrit Pal Kaur (MBA) were selected.

Ashirwad divas: Shri Lal Bhadur Shastri Public High School celebrated ‘Ashirwad Divas’ here today. A kirtan was performed by the ragis in presence of students and parents. Principal Ram Rattan also spoke.



48 Pak artistes to attend festival
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
The Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS) is hosting a festival, Paigam-e-Mohabbat, in which 48 artistes from Pakistan will participate. The festival will be organised on October 23 and 24.

Addressing a press conference, Mr S.K. Rai , secretary, LSS, said the festival would begin with an introduction by Prof Sarvat Ali of the National College of Art, Lahore. The first day would be devoted to sufi music and lead singing would be done by Mohammad Iqbal Bahu.

Saiyan Zahoor, singer, who had evolved his own style with a "do taara" and ghungroos, would also present his sufi kalams.

The second day would belong to the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop's play "Patay Khan", written by Imraan Peerzada and directed by Usmaan Peerzada.


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