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MC renders disabled man’s family homeless
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, October 23
A physically challenged man, Dhuni Parsad Verma, who had been living in Model Town Extension for the past 12 years and makes a living by repairing cycles, is now spending nights in the open with his wife and seven children. The municipal corporation (MC), demolished his room and the cycle-repair unit housed in a wooden kiosk and took away his shop articles and household goods.

When the MC was directed sometime ago by the high court to remove encroachments on public land, it reportedly went ahead with some demolitions in select areas inhabited by the poor. However, it did not touch encroachments by politicians and certain influential people.

Dhuni Parsad was picked as an easy target and subjected to inhuman treatment. Not only was his house demolished, but also the household goods as well as his tools were taken away by officials. No notice was served on him before demolishing the room. Dhuni Parsad alleged that he had been paying Rs 500 a month to tehbazari officials.

He had filed a suit in a local court to reclaim the confiscated articles. He won the suit in August. The court had directed the MC to return an LPG cylinder, four benches, two tables, a wheel-repair machine, and 10 iron sheets, among other articles, to him. The MC was also directed to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 for causing damage to four wall clocks, two beds, two transistor radios, two table fans, and a TV set, among other things.

The MC has, however, refused to relent in spite of the court orders.

He cannot file a fresh suit against the MC due to lack of money. HIs earlier case was also fought by a lawyer free of cost on compassionate grounds.



Senior citizen alleges police harassment, writes to President
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Even as the Supreme Court has taken up the cause of senior citizens by asking all courts to expedite the cases involving them, an elderly man here is forced to make rounds of a police station to get a case registered against a pick-pocket who was caught by him.

Mr Kulwant Singh, (67) has alleged that a woman had picked his pocket some days ago while he had gone to a gurdwara in Field Ganj despite handing her over to the police, his money had not been recovered. In spite of repeated visits to the police station, no case had been registered.

In his complaint to the President, he has alleged that on October 2, he had gone to Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib when a 40-year-old woman tried to pick-pocket Rs 10,500. While doing so, she was caught by him but she passed on the money to two other women standing behind her who fled from the spot.

The complainant further alleged that he, along with two other persons, took her to the manager of the gurdwara, Mr Kuldip Singh. He informed the police and after about two hours, ASI Nirmal Singh visited the gurdwara and took her to the police station.

He said he went to the police station and met the SHO, Ms Gurmeet Kaur. He claimed that the SHO told him that the pick-pocket belonged to the Sansi tribe and lived near the Mullanpur Dakha railway line.

He said for two days the SHO and the ASI kept assuring him that the money would be recovered after arresting the absconding women. However, after that their behaviour towards him changed. “Instead of registering a criminal case against them, they started ignoring me and misbehaving with me,” he alleged.

To his surprise, the woman was let off after some days. He said he kept visiting the police station for 12 days but neither his money was recovered nor a case was registered. “Then I approached the president of the gurdwara, Mr Pritpal Singh, who had phoned the SHO to enquire about the case, she asked him to come to the police station. When we went there, the woman had already been let off,” he claimed.

He has demanded the registration of a case against the accused, recovery of his money and action against the police officials concerned.

The SHO, Division Number-II, said the police was doing its duty but the complainant was not convinced. She said: “We have interrogated the woman in our own way. We even took her to the CIA, but if she is not confessing to her crime, we cannot kill her. So we had to let her off.”

Agitated, the SHO added that she was ready to give in writing that the woman was not a pick-pocket. “You come to my office and take it in writing,” she said, adding that he was mistaken that the woman had taken his money and handed her over to the police.

It was actually somebody else who picked his pocket, she claimed.



Fake degrees: action against panel sought
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
After getting a case registered against the Director and Chairperson of Baba Nand Singh Memorial Trust in a fake degree scandal, students of the institution have now trained their guns towards members of the management committee.

In a fresh application to the Jagraon SSP, Mr Rajiv Ahir, three students, who are fighting on behalf of 40 students, have sought the registration of a case against the management. They accused it of being involved in the conspiracy.

The students were allegedly given fake degrees by the college, which are not recognised. The students spent lakhs on the courses, but were kept in the dark. The police had two weeks ago booked Ms Gagandeep Kaur, Director/ Vice Principal and Dr Parminder Singh, Chairman/Principal of the college, after the students had launched an agitation.

The students have charged the committee members with playing with the career of the students and cheating them by forging documents.

The students said the diploma of the institute was not recognised as the certificates issued by the institute were forged and had no legal and academic standing. The institute was neither affiliated nor registered with any university or under any Act.



BJP activists burn Amarinder’s effigy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Activists of the BJP burnt an effigy of Capt Amarinder Singh for his alleged autocratic style of functioning and lack of development activities in the state in the past over two-and-half years, near Clock Tower today.

Mr Subash Verma, chief of the local unit, said the high-handedness of the police and the misuse of official machinery during the two byelections was an apt pointer of the way the CM was functioning. All democratic norms had been trampled by the Congress and every section of society was feeling alienated by the anti-people policies followed by the present regime, he added.



Dal (A) protest at Cong behest, says Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
The Akali Dal (A) is organising protests against the SAD (B) at the instance of the Congress, says Mr Prakash Singh Bada, chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal .
Mr Badal told mediapersons here today that showing black flags and organising demonstrations against him and SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur were attempts at weakening the Sikhs.

On Bibi Jagir Kaur being charged with murder, Mr Badal said that mere registration of a case did not mean that she was guilty. Criminal cases were pending in the court against Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh also, in which he was out on bail. Law would take its course in all cases and if found guilty, any person would have to suffer the consequences irrespective of his or her status, he asserted.

Responding to a query, he said Capt Amarinder Singh was procrastinating on ordering a CBI inquiry into the alleged hawala transactions, involving his son Raninder Singh. He demanded the registration of an FIR in this case and said that a deputation of his party leaders would soon meet Punjab Governor O P Verma on the issue.

Capt Amarinder Singh, the SAD president said, has conveniently forgotten his commitment on the floor of the Assembly that any charges against him would be immediately probed by the CBI.

The SAD supremo expressed the view that the authority to appoint Lok Pal in the states should be vested with the Supreme Court. Only then corruption at high places could be checked. It has been seen that the state- appointed Lok Pals were likely to toe the line of the appointing regime, he added.

He reiterated that they had no faith in the Nehra Commission probing the charges of financial irregularities against Raninder Singh. This commission had made a mockery of the law, he charged. 



Yog Sadhna Shivir ends
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 23
A ‘yog sadhna shivir’, organised by Punjab National Bank at the Ludhiana Club, Near Rakh Bagh, ended here on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated on October 17.
It was held under the supervision of Acharya Arun Kumar of the Rishi Kalap Ashram, Dehra Dun.

The camp was attended by more than 100 persons, including senior executives of the bank. Acharya Arun Kumar demonstrated various kinds of ‘pranayam’ and ‘asans’ helpful in curing various diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis, heart problem, cough and cold, migraine, sinus, cervical pain etc.

Acharaya also informed the gathering that these diseases were easily curable with the help of simple pranayam and yog asans. However, there must be regularity in doing pranayam and asans, he said. Mr Anil Sama, Chief Manager, PNB, Zonal Office, Ludhiana, thanked him for sparing his valuable time for the camp. 



1,100 poor girls to tie nuptial knot 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 23
Eleven hundred poor girls would tie the nuptial knot at a mass marriage function at Baddowal on October 31. Each of them will be given household items worth Rs 25,000 as gifts on the occasion.

The marriages have been arranged by the Baba Kanhaiya Charitable Hospital Public Sewa Samiti.

The ‘prabandhak’ of the society, Baba Jaspal Singh, said the society had been conducting mass marriages every year. This year also it would bear all expenditure of looking after the ‘baratis’ and even parents and relatives of the girls.

To promote kabaddi, the society would organise a three-day tournament from tomorrow, he said.



Dasehra celebrated
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 23
Effigies of Meghnad, Kumbhkaran and Ravan were burnt in the old grain market here. Thousands of people gathered there to watch Dasehra.
To add to the interest of the people, a musical group was arranged by the Dasehra committee headed by Mr Vinod Bansal.

Prominent among those present were: Mr Bhag Singh Mallah, MLA, Mr Rajiv Ahir, SSP, Mr Gurmeet Singh, SDO, Mr Jarnail Singh Dhaliwal, SP (Headquarters), and Mr Randhir Singh, DSP (City).



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: More than 2,500 delegates from all over India have confirmed to attend the four-day ‘Balle Balle NATCON’, the 49th national convention of Indian Jaycees, being organised here. The convention will be held from November 4 to 7. There will be 10 training programmes. OC


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