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2 city shopkeepers attacked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 28
Unidentified assailants attacked a shopowner in Gur Mandi and injured him and his brother today afternoon. According to the available information, six armed men raided Sanjiv Jain Agency. The police is yet to register a case, but eye witnesses said that Sanjiv Jain and Munish Jain were injured in the attack.

Though, no one was willing to come on record to reveal the identity of the attackers, but it is leant that they were workers of a local political leader, owing allegiance to the Shiv Sena, who has been active in the area in browbeating people in the vicinity. The owner and his brother, it is learnt were in the shop when the attack took place. The attackers caused extensive damage to the crockery shop.

The police however has registered a case under sections 452, 324, 323, 148, 149 and 506 of the IPC against Shiv Sena leader Jagdish Tangri, Sunil Tangri, Monu Tangri, SP Tangri and five other unidentified people.

An old enmity is said to be the cause of the clash. The injured were brought to the Civil Hospital for treatment, but the duo were released after first aid. Some police personnel are said to be effecting a compromise between the two parties thereby delaying the registration of a case.

None of the shopkeepers in the area was willing to comment on the incident fearing a backlash from the Shiv Sena activists. The entire area is said to be tense after the incident and some shopkeepers in the neighbourhood ran away leaving their shops open, only to return and down the shutters later. The police have reinforced security in the area and are keeping a close watch on the developments.

It may be recalled that Mr. Jagdish Tangri and his son Sunil Tangri, two leaders of the local Shiv Sena had been terrorising people in the area for the past many years. About two years ago the police raided their premises in the area and confiscated many weapons stocked there. Several criminal cases are going on in local courts against the two who are out on bail. It is rumoured that associates of the father son duo may be involved in today’s attack on the crockery shop.

The police when contacted said they would register a case only after the complainant lodged a formal report narrating the incident accompanied by the medical certificate from the doctors of the Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, DSP, R.S. Brar in a press conference apprised the residents about the various steps taken by the police to safeguard the city residents. Mr. Brar also highlighted various tips that the people should keep in mind to prevent themselves from incidents of snatching, etc.

He said that the police had issued an ultimatum to the vehicle owners to have number plates as per the Motor Vehicle Act otherwise all such vehicles would be challaned from Sunday. He said that often chain snatcher use number plates that cannot be read easily.



Businessman convicted for filing IT returns late
Rajnesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, October 28
The non-filing of income tax return on time has proved costly to a local businessman. He was awarded one-year imprisonment by a local court in two different cases. The Judge has made it clear that he will have to undergo a sentence of one year in second case after the completion of sentence in the first case. Both the sentences shall not run concurrently.

The judgement was pronounced by the Court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr G.C.Garg, while disposing of the complaint filed by the Income Tax Department against the Mohan Singh, partner of Surjit Singh and Company, at Kalsi Nagar, Ludhiana.

In the economic offences no leniency can be shown by the court while awarding sentence, observed Mr Garg while declining the plea for leniency. He was also directed to pay a fine of Rs 2000 in each case.

The Income Tax Department in its complaint had said the accused filed his income tax return with the department on March 29, 1986, whereas his return was due on July 31, 1983.

As per the provisions of section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, the penalty proceedings were initiated against him for filing the return late in which penalty of Rs 6,386 was imposed upon the accused under section 271 (1)(a) of the Income Tax Act. Thereafter, the accused filed appeal against the order but the appellate authority dismissed the appeal in December 1989.

The assessing authority issued a show-cause notice to the accused to explain the delay but he did not furnish any explanation. In this way, he had wilfully not filed his income tax return within stipulated period and as such he had committed an offence punishable under section 276-CC of the Income Tax Act, says the complaint.

The Income Tax Department had filed another complaint against the accused before the court, with the claim that he filed return for the assessment year of 1984-85 late. A penalty of Rs 3365 was imposed upon him. 



Brave cops await proper memorial
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 28
The Punjab Police’s fight against terrorism has been more in news because of the “infamous” fake encounters. Yet there were scores of men in khaki who put duty before self and made the supreme sacrifice of their lives to restore normalcy in the state.

But as normally happens with the martyrs these brave cops are yet to be remembered for their sense of duty. Eighty-one such cops belonging to the Ludhiana Police district await proper remembrance. Though an effort was made by the authorities to commemorate their role by displaying the martyr’s pictures in a Gallery in Single Window Hall, frequented by the public, the move has been found wanting.

The pictures have been framed properly and given good wooden background on the wall but no one knows the contribution of the cop whose only name, birth-martyrdom day has been mentioned.

Visitors to the single-window hall often saunter across to the facing wall where the pictures have been fixed. After trying in vain, to find out the details of the cops, one usually asks a cop standing nearby what was the role of these martyrs. The clueless cop can only reveal that the martyrs had died fighting terrorism but how and when is not known.

A relative of one such martyr who was spotted standing near the picture gallery said she was thankful that the authorities have displayed the pictures. However at the same time she wanted the public to know what was the contribution of her relative.

Even a brief write-up about the heroism of each of the martyr would require a lot of space but that is the minimum contribution one can make in gratitude to these cops. Further, the picture gallery has not been covered with glass. The pictures may get spoiled because of dust or onslaught of the elements as well as touching by visitors.

These pictures were earlier displayed in office of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) but shifted here over a year ago. Police sources said it was thought that the role of the Martyrs would be appreciated more if displayed at a public place. The move has been left incomplete. The public can only see the pictures without knowing details of their acts of bravery.



School principal booked for beating up pupil
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 28
The Police here has registered a case against the Principal of Spring Dale Public School Khanna on the charges of beating up a student of class VI here today. The boy suffered hearing loss and was admitted at the civil hospital Khanna.

The victim identified as Mandip Singh a student of class VI alleged that he was beaten up as one of his class fellow had complained against him that he had abused him. The school principal had denied the allegation.

The victim Mandip Singh and his mother Gurwinder Kaur told that a class fellow of Mandip had complained that he had abused him on Monday. He was taken to school principal, who allegedly beat him up with a stick. Mandip brought the incident in her notice when his ear started pain. He was admitted at civil Hospital Khanna.

ENT specialist Dr Beant Singh Bhatia said that the patient had suffered perforation of membrane.

Following the complaint ASI Mohinder Singh was deputed as investigating officer. After preliminary inquiry a case has been registered against the principal under Section 323 and 325 of the IPC.



Robbers carry away safe of Payal bank
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 28
Some unidentified robbers looted Rs 2 lakh from Ludhiana Cooperative Bank, Payal branch, on Wednesday night. The robbers also took away the safe of the bank weighing about 10 quintals. Khanna SSP said the police had got important clues in the case. He claimed that the police would solve the case in a few days.

According to information some robbers entered the branch breaking three gates of the bank. They opened the back side gate of the bank and took away the safe on a rickshaw. There was only Rs 2.05 lakh in the safe. Bank official said a huge amount of cash was transferred to the main branch at Doraha.

The incident came to light when the gunman of the bank noticed today morning that the shutter was broken. He entered the bank and found that the safe of the bank was missing. He informed bank officials.

The SSP Pramod Ban and SP(D) Dilbagh Singh reached the spot. Finger print experts and a dog squad was pressed into service.

The SSP said a rickshaw had been bound which might be used in the robbery. He said scratches had been found on the rickshaw which is matching with the scratches of the wall of the bank. He also said the keys of the back door were lying near the door.

The police has registered a case.



Importers seek relief in clearance of scrap
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 28
Mr Ved Dewan, president of the North India Importers Association, Mandi Gobindgarh, stated in a press note here today that as per a Custom Department circular of October 18 the import and clearance of metal scrap in unshreded or loose form would be permitted at 15 custom stations, while in this region there is only one such clearance station i.e. ICD, Tuglakabad, New Delhi.

Most of the consumers of this type of scrap are at Mandi Gobindgarh and Ludhiana.

The importers would have to incur heavy expenses in lifting it from New Delhi. Besides it would be time consuming. It would also be practically impossible for one station to handle huge quantity of scrap. The custom officials would also face difficulty in clearing such heavy arrivals. The importers would have to suffer in the shape of heavy ground rent and demurrage, he said, requesting the authorities to include ICD, Ludhiana, also for clearance of scrap to avoid unnecessary harassment and extra expenditure to exporters and importers.



Labourer dies in scrap blast
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 28
One labourer was killed on the spot and other two were wounded in a blast while they were working at a scrap godown of Gurdev Overseas, Amloh Road here today. The deceased was identified as Jai Parkash Rajdhar of Balia district in Uttar Pardesh. Wounded Shiv Kumar belongs to Uttar Pardesh was released after medical treatment.

Whereabouts of the third wounded could not be confirmed. Sources said some labourers were sorting the scrap while others were cutting the scrap with two gas cutters. At that time an explosion took place.

The body was sent for post-mortem examination to the local Civil Hospital. 



BKU urges govt to end strike by patwaris
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 28
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has called upon the state government to deal appropriately with the ongoing strike by patwaris and save the farming community from harassment and difficulties.

In a statement here today, the working president of the BKU, Mr Manjit Singh Kadian, asked the government to concede the demands of the patwaris if these were genuine. If, however, the government felt that the patwaris were trying to put pressure by resorting to strike and their demands did not merit any consideration, the situation should be handled firmly and the government should ensure that the patwaris resumed work without any further delay.

Mr Kadian further observed that if the strike was motivated to save some of the defaulting patwaris from a disciplinary action, it was most unfortunate and the government should not bow to such tactics.

Commenting on the rampant corruption in the Revenue Department, Mr Kadian said the patwaris were the backbone of the department with which farmers had a day to day dealing. “However, poor farmers are given a raw deal by patwaris who demanded bribe for each and every work related to revenue record. It is common knowledge that revenue record are altered and deliberate errors are committed in revenue entries by the patwaris to get money from the farmers for rectification.”

The BKU activist urged the government to not only deal with the strike by the patwaris on a priority basis but also take effective steps to discipline them and root out corruption from the Revenue Department so that the farmers could heave a sigh a relief. 



Memorial to Sahir lost in files
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 28
Sahir Ludhianavi, the great Urdu poet who brought fame to the country has been forgotten by the city of the rich. The legendary poet seemed to have a premonition of his fate in the city when he penned the lines “Kal koi mujh ko yaad kare, kyon koi mujh ko yaad kare, masroof zamana mere liye, kyon waqt apna barbaad kare”.

Even though Late Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh had laid the foundation stone of the memorial in the city and grant ordered, the memorial failed to see the light of the day thanks to official wranglings, infighting between the committee formed to build the memorial, red-tapism and a dispute over the land on which the memorial was to come up.

The poet lives in the hearts of his admirers and lovers of good and meaningful poetry in the city and elsewhere, but a cultural centre, planned to perpetuate his memory here, has virtually been ignored by an apathetic administration and indifferent government agencies. The site, earlier allotted for Sahir Memorial in Model Town Extension, was auctioned two years ago by the Improvement Trust for the construction of Super Deluxe Residential Flats without making fresh assurance on the memorial.

The Improvement Trust had decided, in principle, in 1992, to allot land at reserve price to the now defunct the Sahir Ludhianvi cultural Society for the construction of the centre and the state government had approved the proposal for the allotment of 6900 square yards of land in Model Town Extension scheme of the trust in 1996.

In 1995, the project was all set to become a reality and Rs 60 lakh grant was released by the then Beant Sngh Government.

Then Punjab Governor Surendra Nath unveiled the plan in his Budget session address of the Punjab Assembly and the then Finance Minister also made a mention, saying Rs 2 crore had been earmarked for the cultural centre in Ludhiana, to be named after Sahir Ludhianavi and that Rs 60 lakh had already been released for this purpose.

But nothing happened in positive direction after that. The Improvement Trust, putting commercial interests above cultural requirements decided that there was no need for such a cultural centre and the land should be better utilised for the construction of a ‘commercial complex’.



Women celebrate Karva Chauth
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 28
Karva Chauth was celebrated by members of the Saraswati Ladies Club at a meeting here today.Ms Avinash Kaur Walia, president of the club talked about the importance of Karva Chauth. She said that Indian women were attached to their culture and traditions.

Ms Kulwant Kaur Gill, wife of the Mayor Nahar Singh Gill, was the chief guest and Ms Bimla Gosain, wife of Ex-Deputy Speaker was the guest of honour

During the meeting, Dr Kumkum Sharma delivered a talk on the topic ‘How to lead a happy and successful married life’. Members enjoyed ‘Dandia Dance’. The highlight of the function was the Karva Queen Contest. Ms Neeru Mittal was selected Ms Karva Queen in above 35 years category and Ms Kamalpreet below 35 years category.



Lord Valmiki’s birthday celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 28
The Rameshwar Welfare Trust, Ludhiana, organised an essay writing competition on the birth anniversary of Maharshi Valmiki here today. The topic of the essay was Social Justice & Development. Sixty young boys and girls of different areas participated in essay writing competition. Pankaj, Shally and Sandeep Dhir stood first, second and third respectively. Gian Devi, a social worker gave away the prizes. They also paid tribute to Maharshi Valmiki. 

Samrala: Birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki was celebrated here today with religious fervour.

A shobha yatra was taken out yesterday in the city.

Local SDM Baldev Singh, on this occasion congratulated citizens and appealed them to follow in the footsteps of Lord Valmiki Ji. OC



Contractor beaten up
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, October 28
A contractor of a department store at Kohara village was allegedly beaten up by the owners of the store apart from doing away with his building material which was lying in the premises of their house.

Mr Mohammad Razak, owner of the Gazi Cement Store, Phase-II, urban estate, Dugri has complained to the Sahnewal police that the alleged accused Inderjit Singh Gill, owner of a department store at Kohara village gave him the contract of erecting a double storey building above his store to which the latter consented and initiated the work along with the workers. After the work was nearing completion, the workers demanded money from the owner, who readily refused them.

One day when the contractor himself went to the owner of the store and demanded the promised sum, the latter along with Manpreet Singh Gill and Gurvinder Singh Gill, threatened him with dire consequences if he demanded any money in the future. Not only this they refused to return the building material which was no where to be found in their house. A case has been registered against the three but no arrests have been made so far. 



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Zak Jewels: Zak Jewels 2004, an exhibition of jewellery in gold, diamonds, platinum, gems and pearls, will be held in the city from October 29 to November 1. The four-day exhibition is being organised at Park Plaza here.


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