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PUDA gets tough with illegal
colonisers, four booked

Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 26
Getting tough with some private colonisers for selling land illegally in various colonies, PUDA has finally registered a case against them.
In three cases, the police, on the statement of the Additional Administrator, PUDA, Ms Alakh Nanda, has booked Manjit Kaur of Mundian Kalan, Pardeep Sood of Dhandhari Khurd, Jasvir Singh Jassal of Urban Estate, Dugri, and Dev Raj Bhatti of Bhalla village under Section 36 of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995. No arrest has been made so far and investigations are on.

The accused allegedly sold the land by cutting plots, in violation of the Act which directs the colonisers to take permission from PUDA before chalking out colonies. Sources said the colonisers were identified during a survey of colonies in October. It was found that these persons had evaded the fee that had to be given to PUDA at the rate of Rs 7 lakh per acre for a new colony.

The plots sold by them fall in Mundian Kalan, Dhandhari Khurd and Jagirpur villages. The land in question was agricultural land which was passed off as a residential colony to residents.

PUDA sources said officials had to take action against the accused as more and more persons were selling agricultural land by passing it off as residential colony, causing a loss to PUDA, besides hampering the development of residential areas.

Also, such colonisers did not leave space for roads and parks in the area which was mandatory under the Act. Moreover there was no provision for civic amenities.

PUDA officials said as per a survey there were 200 to 250 such colonies in the city alone.

While such colonisers continued to have a field day, the authorities had not been able to do much due to political interference. The survey was conducted a few months ago but action was taken only today.



Who can hold his feet when it’s “Dil da mamla”
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 26
When Gurdas Mann sings nobody can hold himself back. Arms start waving and feet begin to tap along the beats of the drum. This is why he is held dear by thousands of fans across all languages. After all, his music appeals to everyone.

People danced enthusiastically in the cold last night at the Arya College for Boys grounds where Gurdas Mann performed.

While hundreds of youth started dancing as the show progressed, the police had a tough time tackling those who did not have passes but wanted to see the show. A number of them had to return disappointed. The cold weather was no deterrent, as the fans warmed up with his songs.

Mann did not oblige his fans with “Dil da Mamla” too early but his other songs were no less remarkable. Songs like “Lakh pardesi hoyi yay”, “Chhalla”, “Dil hona chahida jawan”, and several others were well appreciated. When he sang “Dil da mamla”, the crowd was up on its feet to dance to the number.

The show went on past midnight and people kept dancing and Mann obliged them with the songs they asked for. “I am really awed by your unbound love”, Mann told the cheering crowd.

The organisers thanked people and regretted that everyone who had come to watch the show could not be accommodated. 



Punjab will soon go bankrupt: Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 26
Former Chief Minister and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal Parkash Singh Badal today regretted the state of affairs in Punjab. He said the way the state was being run, it would not take long for people to go bankrupt. Mr Badal was talking to reporters after attending the funeral of Sukhdev Kaur Grewal, mother of SAD general secretary, Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal here today.

Mr Badal stated that he had been approached by a number of industrial representatives as nobody in the government was prepared to listen to them. He said he had reports that a number of industrial houses had already left the state and were setting up their units in neighbouring states as the Punjab Government was “totally indifferent” towards their problems.

Having a dig at Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh for running a “corrupt administration”, he alleged that the latter’s son was involved in corruption cases and he (the Chief Minister) was shielding him.

Mr Badal said his party had already rejected the Nehra Commission report which had exonerated the Chief Minister’s son from the corruption charges.

The SAD supremo hoped that the BJP and the Indian National Lok Dal might reach an agreement for the Assembly elections.

The party secretary general, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who was also present at the funeral criticised the Central Government for not fulfilling the expectations of the people. He observed that Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh was a “puppet” in the hands of Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, CPM leader, Harkishen Singh Surjeet and Railway Minister, Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav.

Some Congress leaders including Mr K.K. Bawa and Mr Pawan Dewan, lawyers, doctors and other people also joined the funeral procession. The cremation took place at the Model Town Extension cremation ground this afternoon.



Udham Singh remembered
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, December 26
The 105th birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh was celebrated by the Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust at the Pensioners Bhavan here today.
The trustees of the trust, members of the Ludhiana District Pensioners Association and students of various schools paid floral tributes to the martyr who had avenged the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by killing General O’Dwyer in London.

The function was presided over by Lt Col Chanan Singh Dhillon, president of the Ex-servicemen League, Punjab and Chandigarh, Mr Balwant Singh Chatrath, Chairman of the Trust, and Mr Jagir Singh Rattanpal.

The chief guest, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, paying tributes to the martyr said Udham Singh had named himself Ram Mohammed Singh Azad which was a testimony of his secular ideology. His life and sacrifice would continue to inspire the coming generations. He would be remembered for his fearlessness, fortitude and determination.

The chief guest also announced a grant of Rs 51,000 to the trust for a library.

Colonel Dhillon distributed the prizes and spoke about the life of Udham Singh.

Dr Jaswant Singh Chamak, secretary-general of the organisation, said Udham Singh was a great revolutionary. He said more than 3,000 secret documents pertaining to the great son of the soil were lying in England. The Governments of India and Punjab should make efforts to bring them back, he added.

Poets Kulwant Jagraon, Master Jagdev Singh and Tarlok Singh Josan highlighted his sacrifice through their poems.

A large number of students of various schools took part in declamation and poem recitation contests held on the occasion. The students of Darshan Academy presented a heart-rending group song on Shaheed Udham Singh.

The results are: Declamation : Award of Excellence to Group A — Himika Goyal of (BVM) and Group B — Kamaldeep (DAV).

First prize: Group A — Mirdual (BVM), Group B — Harsimar (DAV); second prize: Group A — Tushar (DAV), Group B — Gurpreet Kaur (Darshan Academy); and third prize: Group B — Tusharika (DAV).

Poem recitation: Award of excellence: Group A — Neha Sharma (BVM), Group B — Kumar Sharma (BVM), Group C — Asmita Singla. First prize: Group B — Milanmeet (DAV), Group C — Harnoor (DAV), and second prize: Group B — Gurpreet Kaur (Darshan Academy), Group B — Harseerat (DAV).

Five resolutions were passed demanding land for Shaheed Udham Singh Bhavan and allotment of land, “illegally” occupied by the Lions Club Ludhiana in Udham Singh Nagar since 1970-71, to the Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust, and the setting up a Udham Singh Chair in a university of Punjab, besides sanctioning a Corpus of Rs 10 lakh for Shaheed Udham Singh memorial library.

Meanwhile, Congress workers paid glowing tributes to martyr Udham Singh at a function organised in New Vishnupuri. Party functionary Kewal Arora presided while Mr Parminder Mehta, PPCC secretary, was the chief guest.

Mr Arora said it was due to the sacrifices made by the likes of Udham Singh that the country gained its independence. He, however, expressed concern over the prevailing trend among the youth to ape western culture.

He urged the government to give prominence to martyrs in school syllabi.

Among those who offered floral tributes to the martyr were Mr Balbir Billa, Mr Chaman Lal, Mr Ravinder Bittu, Mr Nirmal Virk, Mr Rajesh Rajja, Mr B.S. Thakur, Dr P. Kharbanda, Mr Santosh Kumar, Mr Nek Chand, Mr Goldy Sabharwal, Mr Sher Chand, Mr Harminder Ballu, Mr Ved Parkash and Mr Sewa Ram.



Guru Granth Sahib to be translated
into 13 languages

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 26
The Guru Granth Sahib Seva Mission has taken it upon itself to translate Guru Granth Sahib into 13 prominent Indian languages so that people across the country can follow the path shown by the Gurus.

The translation and publication of the granth is being undertaken so that the translated versions are ready for publication and distribution on the eve of the of 300 years of installation of the holy book as the Guru of the Sikhs in 2008.

Mr Gurinderpal Singh Dhanaula, chief sevadar of the mission, said many people from other parts of the country had urged them to undertake this exercise as the reach of the granth was universal and they were facing problems in reading the holy book.

He said they were encouraged when the granth was successfully translated into Urdu by Baba Ravinderpal Singh of Talwandi Sabo. They then decided that they would approach prominent regional scholars to get the granth translated into 13 prominent languages.

He said the granth would be initially translated into Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi, Malayalam and Sanskrit. The next phase would be to get it translated into major foreign languages, he added.

Work on the Oriya and Tamil versions was underway and was being done by Dr N.C. Panda of the Sambhalpur University and Kannan R. of the Madurai University, respectively.

Mr Dhanaula said initially they would get 5000 copies each of the granth printed in Urdu and Hindi while 1,000 copies each would be available in rest of the regional languages. Besides, they would also get 5 lakh copies of Japji Sahib published in Urdu and Hindi while 1 lakh each would be available for the people in other regional languages.

Commenting on the financial implications of such a massive project, he said while the SGPC has not even bothered to reply to their letters, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee chief Paramjit Singh Sarna has assured all possible help while offers were pouring in from various religious and social organisations across the country and abroad.

Similarly, Capt Amarinder Singh had also promised help for the project and the Central Government too has assured that they would chip in financially and otherwise, he added.

He said others who are helping them include former Gurdwara Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Bhai Manjit Singh, Dr Kharak Singh, Dr Brijpal Singh, Dr Dharam Singh, Dr Kehar Singh, Prof Jasbir Singh, Founder Principal, Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Gurmat Missionary College, Chaunta, and others.

He also added that they had written to various universities across the country to recommend names of scholars who could undertake the task. He said boarding and lodging arrangements for the visiting scholars had been made in SAS Nagar.



Migrant inflow causes concern
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 26
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) may have xenophobic motives in ensuring the regulation of migrant inflow into the city, while the police may argue that it has contributed to the law and order problem. But there are other far more and immediate implications of the massive migrant inflow into the city, which are manifesting themselves in terms of shortage of drinking water, rise of real estate prices and excessive consumption of electricity.

Experts involved with urban development maintain that the political implications of the problem may not be immediate and the law and order may be a problem to some extent, but the main problem has always been the civic amenities that suffer the most in case the inflow of migrants to a particular area is not regulated.

According to a survey conducted by a leading non-governmental organisation in some leading cities, which are considered to be potential “immigrant destinations”, the primary concern should be that of the civic authorities and not the police or the politicians. It has been found that an increase in population reflects directly on the civic amenities of a particular area or a city.

The survey pointed out that while the civic bodies (metropolitan councils in metros and municipal corporations in big cities) maintained the record of birth and death of local people, nobody kept track of people coming from outside into a particular city.

In fact, the continuous inflow of people to a particular city has immediate consequences than birth as the former is always in big numbers while the latter is a gradual process.

Urban experts pointed out that the study held a lot of significance for a city like Ludhiana, which was one of the fond destinations of migrants. Migrants, the study makes it clear, do not mean only labourers, but all types of people like students and executives. Even in Ludhiana, migrant labourers may not exceed the others.

The study pointed out that the inflow of migrants may or may not lead to a law and order problem. The chances are very slim. Because anyone migrating to a particular place does not go there with a criminal mindset. But it is sure that he or she will consume some amount of food, water, electricity and also use some space. “So the concern should not be of politicians or the police but that of the civic authorities first”, it observed, while suggesting that the civic bodies in metros and big cities should not only be asked, but authorised to regulate the inflow of people.

The study concludes that the civic bodies will always be in a better position to monitor the inflow as they are in direct contact with the local people, whether for collecting water bills or monitoring the construction of buildings. They can conveniently find out the arrival of outsiders. The study makes it clear that the purpose is not to prevent the inflow of migrants, but to monitor it so that there is proportionate enhancement in the basic amenities needed to be provided to the people.



New turn to Jainpur farmhouse controversy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 26
The controversy shrouding the farmhouse at Jainpur village, near here, took a new turn today, with the occupant of the house alleging that the local revenue officials were not recording the decree of the land in the revenue records.

Hardev Singh, son of Gurnam Singh, one of the claimants of the land, said while the decree was ordered in his father’s name by a local court, the revenue officials were not recording it in the “jamabandi.”

He added that the 24 kanal and 8 marla land with khasra number 26/16, 17/1, 24, 25, 33/4, 5/1(1987-88) at Jainpur village was ordered decree on August 7, 2003. But it was not recorded in the records by revenue officials as the administration was allegedly favouring the opposite party at the behest of an influential political leader.

Mr Paramjit Singh, Tehsildar, however, denied the allegations. He said he did not remember the case as it was a holiday today and yesterday. He added that he would talk about the matter on Monday when the office would reopen.

The complainant alleged that despite the direction of the District Magistrate to the local police to maintain the status quo if any party showed the stay orders by a court, the latter went ahead for demarcation of land, ignoring the orders.

He alleged that the district police had clearly violated the DM’s and the court orders regarding the status quo. Presenting a copy of the DM’s order, Mr Hardev Singh said on December 9, a police party accompanied by revenue officials forcibly demarcated the land and police officials booked four members of their family under Section 107/151 of the IPC.

The dispute revolves around a piece of 24 kanal and 8 marla land, worth Rs 1 crore, which was allegedly sold twice by the owners of the land over the years. A case regarding the possession is already in the high court. Both claimants, Gurnam Singh and Anuj Sharma, have been fighting over the possession and the house is presently occupied by Mr Gurnam Singh’s son, Hardev Singh. Gurnam Singh is serving a sentence in an attempt-to-murder case involving the same controversy.

The family members of Gurnam Singh had been alleging that a Parliamentary Secretary was helping Anuj Sharma and his party.

The land originally belonged to Hajara Singh of the same village, who had sold it to Gurnam Singh in 1993 at a price of Rs 15 lakh. After the death of Hajara Singh, when the price of property increased manifold in the area, his sons allegedly executed a sale deed with another man, Anuj Sharma, and got prepared a fake registry in his name. While the decree of the land in question is in Gurnam Singh’s name, the opposite party has the land registered in its name. 



Shiv Sena (H) to gherao PM’s residence
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 26
The Shiv Sena (Hindustan) will hold a demonstration and gherao the Prime Minister’s residence in Delhi on January 10 in protest against the arrest of the Shankaracharya of Kanchi and the “false” implication of the seer in criminal cases by the Tamil Nadu Government.

Announcing this at a convention of the district unit of the party here today, the district president, Mr Krishan Sharma, claimed that party activists from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, led by the national president, Mr Pawan Gupta, would participate in the protest and court arrest against the high-handedness of the government.

The national general secretary of the party, Mr Pawan Sharma, and the state chief, Mr Sanjeev Ghanauli, also attended the meeting. According to Mr Pawan Sharma, at least 1,000 workers from Ludhiana city had volunteered to join the gherao in Delhi.

A prominent political activist, Mr Suraj Ahluwalia, along with a large number of supporters, was formally welcomed into the party fold on the occasion. Welcoming the new entrants, Mr Ghanauli said the party leadership would appropriately adjust the youth in important organisational posts.



Villagers sore over tercentenary
organisers’ attitude

Our Correspondent

Lamme (Ahmedgarh), December 26
Residents of this remote village are sore over the fact that none of the Sikh organisations bothered to remember the places where Guru Gobind Singh, had stayed for 21 days and announced the symbolic disaster of the Mughal empire after he received information about the bricking alive of the younger Sahibzadas by Nawab Wazir Khan.

Noora Mahi, a servant of Rai Kallah had broken the news of the bricking, of the Sahibzadas to the Guru, when they were sitting under a mammoth tree of “jand” here, which stands even today.

Even the sacred urn “Ganga Sagar” was handed over for first time to Noora Mahi, asking him to fetch milk for the Guru.

Villagers revealed that Guru Gobind Singh had stayed at the village for 21 days when he had sent Noora Mahi to inquire about the younger Sahibzadas.

As Balbir Singh, chief sevadar, Gurdwara Panjuana Sahib, had gone abroad and Swami Krishna Nand, a religious preacher, was admitted to a hospital the villagers could not impress upon the organisers of the tercentenary celebrations to bring “Ganga Sagar” to the place.

They have now decided to meet Mr Rai Azizulah at Gurdwara Tahliana Raikot to impress upon him to bring the sacred urn to Lamme village and enable the residents to have its glimpse.



Rotary leadership award meeting ends
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 26
The Rotary Club of Ludhiana North organised the Centennial Rotary Youth Leadership Award meet, known as RYLA, of district 3070, on Friday.
Dr S.S. Johl, Vice-Chairman, Punjab Planning Board, inaugurated the meet in which more than 256 persons had participated.

The purpose of the meet is to equip the youth with leadership skills and motivate them to take up community service projects.

Dr Johl said: “You are the leaders of tomorrow and we have faith in you that you will take the nation out of the social chaos.” He also spoke about the Indian economy.

Dr Balwant Singh, Principal of Partap College of Education, said values were a great source of mobilisation or movement for a person. Without values, one was like a driftwood.

Dr Vijay Chopra from New Delhi spoke on “Success that succeeds.”

The session was followed by a question and answer round.

Dr Alka Dogra spoke on HIV/AIDS awareness and skin diseases.

A cultural programme, was held in which participants performed dances of their states. Yoga and meditation camps were also held.

PDG Rtn Surinder Seth and PDG Arun Jain also addressed the meet. Prizes and awards were given by Dr Beena Mishra. A bulletin was also released to commermorate the meet.

Simranjit Kaur of BNSM College of Technical Education, Alamgir, and Bhalinder Pal Singh of Partap College of Education, Ludhiana, were declared best leaders.



Marriages of poor girls solemnised
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 26
It was a happy day for three poor girls who got married today due to the efforts of the Maa Bhagwati Club and the Bharat Vikas Parishad (Shivaj branch).

The marriages were solemnised at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Deep Nagar, in the presence of members of both organisations. District Congress president Jagmohan Sharma was also present. Mr Baldev Singh Brar, in charge of CIA staff, was the chief guest.

Mr Randhir Sharma, Mr Rajesh N, Mr Manmohan Bhatt, Mr Vinay Dhir, Mr Surinder Goyal, Mr Raju Malik, Chaudhry Raj Thapar, Ms Raj Kanta, Ms Manju Sikka, Mr Surinder Gill and Mr Charandas Maini blessed the couples.

The parents of the brides and bridegrooms were happy and grateful to the club members.



Dasehra panel approves accounts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 26
A general body meeting of the Urban Estate Ram Lila Dasehra Committee Dugri was held under the chairmanship of its president, Mr Raj Garg, wherein the income and expenditure accounts for 2004-2005 were approved.

The general secretary of the committee, Dr Shiv Gupta, said in a press note that the total collection of membership subscription during the year was Rs 19,000, while other donations amounting to Rs 1,92,279 had been collected.

The committee resolved to convey its gratitude to Mr Malkit Singh Birmi, Chief Parliament Secretary Punjab Government for sanctioning a grant of Rs 25,000 to the panel. Members and office-bearers who worked hard for the success of the Ram Lila and Dasehra melas, would be honoured.

PUDA would be approached for the allotment of a site for a charitable dispensary in the Urban Estate, Dugri, the press note said.



Punjabi novel award for Mitter Sain
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 26
The Shiromani Punjabi Novel Purskar will be given to Mitter Sain Meet for his novel “Kaurv Sabha” for 2004.The award includes a shawl, a plaque , a citation and cash. The award will be given on December 28 at Punjabi Bhavan. The day coincides with the death anniversary of Sardar Nanak Singh, founder of Punjabi novel writing.

“Kaurv Sabha,” has been prescribed for students of Delhi, Kurukshetra and Guru Nanak Dev University. It has been acclaimed by scholars and readers.



No backlog of LPG refills
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 26
The Ludhiana LPG Distributors Association has claimed that the supply of cooking gas to city residents is being made on demand and there is no backlog of LPG refills.

In a statement here today, Mr Navin Talwar, secretary of the association, urged consumers to desist from panic booking of LPG. He said the situation had improved after the initiative by the district administration to curb the misuse of LPG cylinders in automobiles.

According to Mr Talwar, the LPG distributors were operating on Sundays and public holidays too, to provide speedy service. The working hours of LPG distributorships had also been extended to cater to working couples.



7 booked in bus driver’s death case
Our Correspondent

Amloh, December 26
The local police has booked seven persons under Sections 302, 353, 186, 427 and 147 of the IPC for causing the death of PRTC driver Jaswinder Singh last evening. Dr Mahesh Jindal, Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Amloh, conducted the medical examination and the police handed over the body to the family of the driver today. The viscera of the deceased has been sent for chemical examination.

It has been a tradition since long that people from nearby villages and towns serve free langars of food and tea on all routes leading to Fatehgarh Sahib on the occasion of Jor Mela that is held in the memory of the two Sahibzadas and Mata Gujri in the month of December.

This year being the tercentenary year of the martyrdom, devotees thronged from far and wide to participate in the mela. The number of langars also increased on the roadsides. The organisers felt proud to serve langars to more and more people.

In this context, a PRTC bus (PB 11C-9559) of Chandigarh Depot en route to Malerkotla was stopped by sevadars of the langar at Salani village, near here, at 3.15 pm yesterday. The driver tried to drive away, but was stopped and manhandled. During the process, the back windowpane of the bus broke. After dropping the passengers at the first stoppage, the bus proceeded towards the second stoppage on the Nabha side.

On the bypass road, a passenger seated on the front seat noticed the driver collapsing on the steering wheel. He, along with the conductor, managed to stop the bus and saved the pessengers. Soon after, social workers Inderjit Kumar Verma and Tejpal Garg took the driver to the hospital, where he was declared dead.

In the meanwhile, retired Chief Inspector, PRTC, Harbans Lal Sounti identified the driver and informed the head office. Then they went to the village of the driver in Ludhiana district. The son of the deceased, Manpreet Singh, and Sarpanch Lakhwinder Singh, along with others, reached here. The Chief Manager and the Chief Inspector of the PRTC also reached here late at night.

Mr Balbir Singh, SHO, Amloh, along with the police party, reached the place of the incident, and informed mediapersons that Parma, son of Harnek, Kala, son of Kuldeep, Rajinder Singh, son of Bhupinder Singh, Kalu, son of Darshan Singh, Rimpa, son of Kaka (Pardhan), Amandeep, son of Sarpanch Raguvir Singh, and Bobby, son of Sher Khan, all residents of Salani village, have been booked in the case, but no arrests have been made as yet.



House of Sarpanch attacked, 2 injured
Our Correspondent

Khanna, December 26
The house of Rupinder Singh Gandhi, Sarpanch of Rasulra village, who was murdered last year in a gang war, was attacked by about 10 persons last night. Surinder Kaur, sister of Gandhi, and Jagtar Singh Sonu, driver of the Sarpanch’s family, received injuries in the attack. Both injured persons were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Khanna. Later, Sonu was referred to a Ludhiana hospital due to his deteriorating condition.

According to Gurcharan Singh, husband of Surinder Kaur, car (Palio and Maruti) at about 9.30 pm two cars stopped in front of the house. They knocked at the door and the driver Sonu and Mindu, brother of Gandhi, opened the door. As the door opened eight to 10 persons entered the house and attacked the driver and Mindu with sharp-edged weapons. Mindu escaped, while Sonu recived injuried on his head and other parts of the body.

In the meantime, Surinder Kaur tried to save them, but the accused also injured her.

He said at the time of the attack, there were 10 to 12 persons in the house, including eight women. They tried to catch the attackers, but they fled in their cars. They even threw brickbats at them breaking the glasses of the cars.

He said the police had been informed. He had disclosed the names of three of the accused. He said two accused persons, Sikander and Dilbagh were of their village, while the third accused was Ajay, a resident of Guru Harkrishan Nagar, Khanna.

The police has registered a case under Sections 307, 452, 148 and 149 of the IPC, in this connection at the sadar police station, Khanna.



3 booked for defrauding bank
Our Correspondent

Khanna, December 26
The Khanna police today booked three persons including two rice mill owners on the charge of committing fraud with the Khanna branch of the Central Bank of India. The case was registered on a complaint of a senior Manager of the Bank, Mr Surinder Kumar Gupta.

According to the police, Mr Gupta had lodged a complaint with the SSP, Khanna, Mr Pramod Ban, Jatinder Singh and his mother Surinder Kaur of Badinpur village had got a limit of Rs 65 lakh from the bank. They had mortgaged their land as guarantee to the bank. However, they did not return the money and sold the land by preparing fake documents.

The SSP handed over the complaint to the Economic Offences Wing for investigation. After an inquiry the wing recommended an FIR against the suspects. The police has registered a case under Sections 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against Jatinder Singh, Surinder Kaur and guarantor Inder Singh.



Travel agents booked
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 26
Joginder Singh son of Gajjan Singh of Litran, and Balwinder Singh, alias Billa, of Batala, are alleged to have cheated Ajmer Singh, son of Pala of Noorpur. Both are now booked under Sections 406 and 420, IPC, at Raikot police station.

According to information, Joginder Singh and Balwinder Singh allured Ajmer Singh into believing that they will send him to Canada if the latter pays Rs 4,05,000 to them. Ajmer Singh paid them the amount, but was sent to Kenya on June 19, 1998. Now on return the complaint accused both of them fraud. He also demanded his amount back. But the two have refused to return the money. Consequently, on Ajmer Singh’s complaint a case has been registered.



Biz Clips

Grand Slam
: A fitness equipment company, on Saturday opened a store in Kitchlu Nagar here. The product range includes motorised and non-motorised tread mills, bikes, multi-functional home gym, cardio cross trainers. TNS

Anniversary: Prem Jewellers have come forward with discount offers on labour and polish charges for their customers to mark their fifth anniversary. TNS


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