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Forced into prostitution by parents, girl ‘killed’
during abortion

PSHRC orders police inquiry
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
In a shocking complaint to the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), a man has sought justice for a girl who was allegedly raped thrice, forced into prostitution by her parents and who died during a third abortion imposed on her by her parents.

The PSHRC has taken cognizance of the case and directed ADGP (Crime) to get an inquiry conducted from a police officer and submit a report within two months to the commission.

The complaint filed by Mr Varinder Kumar Koffi, a resident of Chander Nagar Bhaura, near Jalandhar bypass, alleged that a 21-year-old girl was allegedly forced into prostitution by her father, Sharif Masih, an autorickshaw driver.

He further alleged that she became pregnant thrice and when her foetus was being aborted third time she died.

He has demanded that her body should be exhumed and post-mortem examination be conducted on it to bring out truth. He added that he was the president of the naujawan sabha of the area and the deceased had met him on November 13, 2004.

The deceased had told him that she was unmarried, pregnant and her family wanted her to undergo an abortion although she wanted to give birth to the child.

She informed him that she had been raped by a friend of her father and the latter had threatened him of dire consequences if she told anyone about the same.

On November 16, 2004, her brother, Darshan Masih, came to Mr Koffi and told him that she had been "murdered".

‘‘When I went to her house I saw that she was lying dead on a cot. Her brother Darshan Masih then started fighting with his father and uncle. They all started blaming each other for murder,’’ Mr Koffi alleged.

He claimed that the girl had left her father's house some months ago and started living with her brother, Darshan, who was living separately in the same colony.

The brother-sister duo had filed a complaint also against their father and uncle.

Mr Koffi had also filed his complaint with Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana, Prime Minister of India, Chief Justice of India, Chief Minister, Punjab, Director-General of Police and Additional Director- General of Police, Punjab.

‘‘I just want that the girl, whose human rights were violated while she was alive, should get justice and guilty be punished. I could not help her much while she was alive. But if her body is exhumed and a post-mortem examination is performed on her it would definitely help in bringing the culprits to book,’’ he claimed. 



7 years of agony, no reprieve yet
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 4
Her husband laid down his life while protecting a shobha yatra organised on 'Balmiki Divas' at Malerkotla seven years ago, but she is yet to get any compensation or employment despite numerous visits to various offices at Malerkotla, Sangrur, Ludhiana and Sangrur.

Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Mr Anurag Verma, on listening Nasikb Kaur's story at a Sangat Darshan in nearby Raikot town, assured her that he would take up the matter with his counterpart at Sangrur soon.

Nasib Kaur, a widow hailing from Kalsian village in Raikot sub-division, said she had been shuttling between Chandigarh, Malerkotla, Sangrur, Ludhiana and Sangrur but to no avail. She has failed to receive any compensation after the death of her husband, Mohinder Singh, on December 14, 1998.

Mr Mohinder Singh, a Punjab Home Guard employee, along with other security personnel was deputed to ensure security of the said shobha yatra. He was hurt seriously when a group of miscreants of another community attacked the religious procession.

He was cremated at Malerkotla in the presence of higher authorities, including SSP Sangrur, SDM Malerkotla and DSP Malerkotla.

Unable to manage the affairs of a family, including two sons and three daughters, Nasib Kaur urged authorities to give her employment on compensatory grounds but seven years have lapsed and nothing has come out.

The compensation received from the insurance company has since been spent in marrying off her three daughters and maintaining the family affairs.

Showing letters written to the Punjab Chief Minister, Commander Punjab Home Guards, District Home Guards and Platoon Commander at Malerkotla, Ms Nasib Kaur alleged that rank and file had harassed her.

"To camouflage the incident the police had gone to the extent of registering a false report. They had shown my husband as hurt in a scooter accident,” she said.



Three brothers get life term for murder
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 4
Three brother, Jagtar Singh (30), Shingara Singh (25) and Kewal Krishan (35) of Bhorla Bet village, have been sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonment, on charges of brutally murdering Mangal Singh (28) of the same village on the Divali night, in 1998.

Delivering the judgement, Mr Inderjit Kaushit, Additional Sessions Judge, said, “The accused have committed a heinous crime by causing the death of Mangal Singh, who was the only son of the complainant. As such, the convicts do not deserve any leniency”. The court also imposed fine of Rs 45,000 upon the accused. Fine amount, realised from the accused, would be paid to the father of deceased as compensation, says the judgement.

However, the court acquitted, Garib Dass (father of convicts), giving him benefit of doubt. The accused were booked under Sections 302 and 34 of IPC at Machhiwara police station on October 19, 1998, following a statement by Sardul Singh, father of deceased. Suspected illicit relations of Mangal Singh (deceased) with the wife of one of the accused, Kewal Krishan, was the main reason behind the murder.

The complainant had told the police that Balbir Kaur, wife of Kewal Krishan, was earlier involved in a murder case. Mangal had helped her in getting the bail. Accused suspected that his wife was having illicit relations with Mangal. That’s why he hatched conspiracy and eliminated Mangal, added Sardul Singh.

The father of deceased further said that on the night of murder he, along with his son, was going to their poultry farm. When they reached near the house of Kewal Krishan, he was standing outside having a ‘kulhara’ in his hand. The remaining accused, armed with ‘kirpans’ and ‘kulhara’ were also standing with him.

Mangal tried to run away but failed. Then the accused started hitting Mangal with sharp-edged weapons.

“We raised an alarm and accused ran away. Following grievous injuries my son expired on the spot,” added the father of deceased.

The prosecution had examined 10 witnesses to prove the crime.



PO held after 15 years on the run
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
A 15-year-long escape from justice of an alleged narcotics smuggler and thief was brought to an end by the special PO Staff wing, formed to catch such fugitives, of the city police here yesterday. The accused Rajinder Kumar had been absconding since 1990.

Apart from him the police has also arrested Rakesh Kumar, a proclaimed offender (PO), on the run since 1999, after he was booked under Section 304 of the IPC for knocking down a Nepalese labourer to death with his car.

With these two arrests the number of proclaimed offenders arrested by the wing this year has gone up to 30. The wing had arrested 2002 such offenders in the three years of its inception. The wing still faced a daunting task as 1084 POs were still large.

SP Detective Gurpreet Singh and SI Naveen Kumar, in charge, PO staff, said the nabbing of such POs went a long way in checking crime as it acted as a deterrent to others. As many as 1,735 of those nabbed had jumped bail while 267 were never arrested. The PO staff had achieved major achievements as many of those arrested had been at large for even 30 years.

Of those still eluding arrest, Ludhiana district had the highest number of POs . As many as 263 POs of this district were yet to be nabbed. The police also wanted 270 POs from Uttar Pradesh, 150 from Bihar, nearly 170 from other parts of Punjab and 34 from Nepal.

The SP said SI Naveen Kumar and ASI Baldev Singh had been working round the clock for nabbing as many POs as they can. In many cases they had to keep following a PO for more than an year or two before nabbing him finally.

Rajinder Kumar was frequently changing his place of dwelling after he was booked in 1990 by the local police. He had become infected with TB and was under treatment in a city hospital.

He had shifted his family to Paonta Sahib. He was now living in Dasmesh Nagar.



Gang of thieves busted
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, February 4
The Sahnewal police claims to have busted a gang of thieves who have been involved in various cases of theft during the past two months. The arrested have been identified as Roop Lal, son of Daulat Ram, hailing from Mahil Kalan, Jasvir Ram, son of Mohan Lal, and Santokh Singh, son of late Gurmit Singh, all residents of Thandia in Banga.

The three accused were arrested at a 'naka' set up in Dharaur village when they were frisking away a Hero Honda Splendor (PB-10-AWT-8297) stolen on February 2 from Zimidara dhaba at Pawa Khagat.

A case regarding the above theft had been registered on the complaint of the owner under Section 379 of IPC, yesterday. On further investigation, three coloured televisions, Benaton, Beltek and Akai brands, were allegedly recovered from their custody.

The accused had allegedly stolen them from Mohalla Uttam Nagar and Guru Amardas Colony, Dhandari Kalan, Ludhiana.

Also a Bajaj Chetak scooter (PBJ-391), that had been stolen from village Chikka, was allegedly recovered.

Mr Dilpreet Singh, SHO, Sahnewal, said the accused had been released form jail three months back only and many more recoveries were expected.

Mr Barjinder Singh Dhillom, DSP, Sahnewal, said the lost bike had been recovered in less than 24 hours and handed over to the owner.



DC's report sought on noise pollution
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
Taking a strong note of the noise pollution and disturbance created by the use of loudspeakers at religious places, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner to submit his report before March 28, the next date of hearing in a case filed by Voice for Human Rights (VHR), an NGO.

Mr Jagjiwan Singh, president of the NGO, said they had approached the DC on November 25 with a complaint against the disturbance and pollution created by loudspeakers, particularly at religious places, in the district.

"But the DC did not take any action inspite of the fact that annual examinations of all classes were going to start soon and students were the worst affected by the noise pollution," he alleged.

The VHR also submitted a copy of the judgment of the Supreme Court in this context but nothing was done by the authorities.

Acting on the complaint, Mr B.C. Rajput, Member, PSHRC, directed the Deputy Commissioner to submit his report before March 28, when the matter would be taken for further consideration.

The contention of the VHR was that the loudspeakers at the religious places, particularly in the villages, should not be played without the permission of concerned area magistrates.

Loudspeakers should only be installed inside the building or institute so that the voice should be restricted to a limited area only. 



Scribe bereaved

Ludhiana, February 4
Ms Harnam Kaur, mother of Dr Rantej Singh Gill, former Deputy Director (television), Punjab Agricultural University, and maternal grandmother of Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu, Special Correspondent, Punjabi Tribune, expired here on Wednesday. She was 112 years old.

A number of journalists, staff and faculty members of Punjab Agricultural University, and relatives, friends attended the funeral. TNS



6 rickshaw-pullers held for murders, thefts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
The city police today announced the arrest of six persons, including a Bangladesh national, who allegedly committed six murders, 10 thefts and snatching in the city in the past two years. Three other gang members are absconding.

Posing as rickshawpullers, they targeted drunkard persons, lured them to isolated places and allegedly killed them.

This was the first case of its kind in which rickshaws had been used to loot and kill people. This mode of transport until now had been considered relatively safer than taxis and autorickshaws.

Giving details, SSP Narinderpal Singh and SP City I. R. K. Jaiswal said they targeted drunkard persons looking for a ride and killed them at isolated places. Most of the victims were not very well off and were murdered for a few hundred rupees only.

The gang members allegedly used to bang the heads of the victims on the road, making it look like that the inebriated victim had died after falling on the road. The SSP said the gang members belonged to the different parts of the state but were hardened criminals.

Those arrested were: Balwinder Singh, alias Simpi, alias Giani of Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, Mohammad Ajay, alias Bangali of Sidargunj district in Bangladesh, Vinod Kumar, alias 786 of Nauka village in Bihar, Ashok Kumar, alias Ashoki of Mullanpur Dakha, Ramchander, alias Gollu of Islam Gunj and Vijay Kumar, alias Kankatta of Begusarai in Bihar.

The ones who are still at large are: Nonni of the Samrala Chowk, Shankar of Bihar and Phool Chand of Dugri.

Gang leader Balwinder Singh was arrested along with his father for murdering a couple in the Model Town here in 1999. Mohammad Ajay has admitted of committing more than 100 crimes of different nature. The police was verifying his antecedents to ascertain if he was an infiltrator.

The gang allegedly looted jewellery and cash from some accident victims too. In one such case they found a man dead and his wife seriously injured in a car crash near the Verka milk plant and took away their jewellery.

The gang members used to meet at the Bharat Nagar chowk daily in the evening to decide their routes. 



Man commits suicide over domestic disharmony
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 4
An accountant with a shop in vegetable market here committed suicide due to domestic disharmony in his house in Saroop Nagar here. The man was found hanging from the ceiling in a room by his neighbours today morning.

Harminderpal Singh was allegedly upset over some issue with his wife, Manjit Kaur, who had stayed away for some time. They had four grown-up children, including three sons and a daughter. The eldest son is 17-year-old.

The police said the man was also facing some financial problems. His wife had returned a week ago to live with him again. He also had difference of opinion with his children over the issue of his future relationship with his wife. The police was investigating into the matter.


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