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Mohali cop thrashed for ‘molesting’ woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
A local 44-year-old-woman was allegedly molested by a Mohali police cop, while she was travelling in a Chandigarh-Ludhiana bus today. The cop was then reportedly bashed up by the passersby when they found him misbehaving with the woman.

The woman, a resident of Chotti Haibowal and a Congress leader, who was admitted to local Civil Hospital, alleged that a Sub-Inspector, posted with the Mohali police, who was in an inebriated state, was sitting with her in the bus she had boarded from Chandigarh.

On the way the cop, started misbehaving with her. She protested a number of times but he continued to do so. ‘‘When I got down from the bus, the cop caught hold of my arm. Then I raised a voice against him. This angered him and he pushed me on the ground,’’ she alleged.

She claimed that she was injured in the incident and was taken to the hospital. She was given treatment by doctors at Civil Hospital. Her medical examination was underway during filing of this report.

The victim said that when the cop had allegedly pushed her on the ground, many passersby came to her rescue and they beat up the cop. He was also injured in the incident. He was handed over to the police at the Bus Stand picket.

The victim said that she had gone to Panjab University, Chandigarh, in the morning in connection with the change of examination centre of her daughter. She boarded a bus at 1 p.m. from Chandigarh and the cop came and sat with her. He allegedly kept on misbehaving with her on the way, she alleged.

Mr R.S. Sohal, Station House Officer, Division Number-V police station, said that he did not know the details of the incident as he was busy with the Chief Minister’s visit to the city today. He added that the police would register a case against the accused after getting a complaint from the victim. He also added that the accused was with the police picket staff only and he was yet to look into the matter. 



Clash in PU exam date
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 12
Students of BCom (part II) of Panjab University are in a quandary over the clash in examinations scheduled for April 23. The university had recently issued the fresh date for the examinations as the earlier exam, scheduled for April 2, had been postponed by the authorities following a boycott call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU).

The affected students of BCom (part II) are the ones who had got compartment in BCom (Ist year). These students have two of their exams of company law of part II and Business mathematics and statistics (compartment-BCom I) in the evening shift on April 23.

Bikram Singh, a student, said confusion prevailed among students over the clash of date. Being a private candidate, he was not able to bring it to the notice of the authorities. He said, “I have to take my exams at GGN Khalsa College. I had brought this to the notice of the college authorities but they showed their helplessness to find any solution, saying that only the university authorities could do something”.

Naresh Kumar, another worried student from Khalsa College Guru Sarsudhar, said he was hopeful that the authorities would change the date of one of these examinations. “Before announcing these dates, the authorities should have checked up all details. Now, we are being harassed without any fault of ours”, he complained.

Ludhiana Tribune contacted the authorities in Chandigarh. One of the officials at the office of the Controller’s Examinations said they had already received complaints regarding the clash of date. “We will not let the students suffer at any cost. We are exploring every possibility to announce another date. The students appearing for compartment papers will be given fresh dates for the exam and they will be given sufficient time for preparing the same”, claimed the official.



Doc gets notice for performing sex determination test
Mahesh Sharma

Raikot, April 12
The health authorities have served a show-cause notice on the Director of Lajjawati Jain Memorial Hospital for allegedly advising medical termination of pregnancy to a woman after performing a sex determination test with an ultrasound machine installed at his clinic. Dr Ramesh Jain, Director of the hospital, has, however, refuted the charges and alleged that the complainant had misguided the media by fabricating a story.

Dr I.S. Bagga, Senior Medical Officer and in charge of the Sudhar Civil Hospital said Dr Jain had been served a show-cause notice for allegedly advising medical termination of pregnancy to a couple of Mullanpur town after performing a sex determination test with an ultrasound machine installed at his clinic.

He had been asked to explain why his registration for performing ultrasound scan should not be withdrawn.

Referring to the decision taken at the office of the Civil Surgeon, Dr Bagga said the doctor had been given a period of seven days for submitting his reply. He said the record pertaining to the period mentioned in the complaint had also been seized from the hospital and the authorities had started scrutinising the reports.

A rights activist and president of the Mullanpur Mandi Welfare Association, Mr Rakesh Gupta, had complained to Dr Bagga that Dr Jain had illegally performed a sex determination test and advised the MTP to a woman of Mullanpur.

While the woman and her husband were going to Barnala on February 8, she developed some complication and a passerby asked them to take the advice of Dr Jain at his clinic on the Barnala road. When the doctor came to know that she was pregnant, he advised the couple that they should confirm the sex of the foetus.

After doing an ultrasound scan, the doctor told them that the foetus was female. They had an argument on the issue of payment as the doctor had demanded Rs 3,000 as fee.

Meanwhile, Dr Jain has accused the complainant of acting at the behest of a local doctor. Referring to the action taken by Dr Bagga, Dr Jain claimed that he had only paid a visit to the hospital and enquired about the matter. According to him, nothing objectionable was found at his hospital at that time.



Gang of nickel thieves busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
The district police today claimed to have busted a gang of nickel thieves with the arrest of its four members. They used to steal this expensive metal from factories.
Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Gurpreet Singh Toor, SP (D), said the thieves had been identified as Shiv Kumar, alias Hira Lal from Bihar, Rakesh Kumar, alias Raju from Uttar Pradesh, Ram Kumar, alias Raj Kumar from Uttar Pradesh, and Ram Bahadur, alias Kishan Bahadur from Nepal.

With their arrest, the police has solved several cases of thefts, including one at Appu International, General Metal Industry, Rocky Industry and Avtar Singh and Joginder Kumar Industries.

Mr Toor said the thieves were active in the Focal Point police station area. He added that it was a 28-member gang.

The police officer said these thieves were related to certain hardcore criminals in Delhi. They were hoodwinking the police by frequently changing their hideouts.

They used to be in touch with each other on cell phones and avoided meeting personally so as to avoid arousing suspicion.

The police has recovered 3 quintals of nickel worth Rs 3 lakh from their possession.



Robbers’ gang busted, 9 held
Our Correspondent

Khanna, April 12
The Khanna police has busted an inter-state gang of robbers with the arrest of nine members, including the mastermind of the gang, Prem Kumar, brother of a former councillor. The police has seized weapons and impounded vehicles of the gang members, said the SSP, Khanna, Mr Pramod Ban today.

He said the gang had planned to rob three families in the Khanna city area and murder two persons in Panipat and Sonepat. The police said the gang was operating along the G. T. Road from Delhi to Phagwara. The police said it arrested three persons while planning a dacoity yesterday. During interrogation, they confessed to many crimes.

The police arrested the gang leader from Sonepat. It conducted raids during which five suspects were arrested.

Those arrested are Sanjay Kumar, Bikram Singh, Julaf Kar all residents of Panipat, Prem Kumar of Sonepat, Anil Kumar of Gobindgarh, Ramban Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Ayub Khan (residents of Khanna) and Shejad of Muzaffarnagar. All accused were remanded in police custody till April 15.



Man booked for raping employee
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
The police has booked a local hosiery trader for allegedly raping a 22-year-old employee working in his factory.
Following a complaint lodged by the victim, the Basti Jodhewal police has booked the hosiery trader of Ramesh Nagar on the Tibba Road under Sections 379 and 506 of the IPC.

In her complaint the victim had alleged that the hosiery trader had visited her house in October last year when she was alone. He had allegedly raped her and then took her to Himachal Pradesh where she was held captive for a few months. She managed to escape from his clutches some time ago. She also accused the hosiery trader of hatching a conspiracy to kill her brother if she complained against him to the police. 



Passing Thru

Surinder Singla
Surinder Singla Finance Minister of Punjab

What makes you such a strong supporter of Vat?

Vat has been experimented world over and has been found to be most friendly tax regime. I am sure the trade and industry will start accepting and liking it once they get used to it. It is only the fear of unknown that makes them oppose it.

But there are certain harsh provisions in the act?

We have been trying to ensure that it is trade and industry friendly. May be there are certain provisions as you maintain, but these doubts and fears can always be clarified once we sit together. We have already constituted a committee for this purpose.

What about the harassment the traders are apprehensive of?

I assure you that there would not be any undue harassment to anyone. Everything would be done in a transparent manner. Where there is transparency there is little fear of harassment. Let everybody be clear about that.

— Vimal Sumbly



PUDA colony lacks basic amenities
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
Angry with the Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority (PUDA) for not meeting the deadline for starting development works in the area, the residents of Sector 32-A have threatened to agitate if their long-pending demands were not met.

Sector 32-A, a colony developed by PUDA, has been wanting in all the basic amenities as potholes on uncarpeted roads, garbage littered in vacant plots and bad condition of public parks ail the locality.

Residents had raised the matter with the authorities a number of times. They had assured them that they would ensure that development work started on or before April 10. With the passing of the deadline, the residents are resenting once again that they were not provided with the basic amenities.

Only yesterday they had invited Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, Ms Alakh Nanda Dyal, to their locality and had showed her the condition of their roads and parks. They claimed that she had promised that something would be done soon and their grievances would be redressed.

Led by Mr Gurmeet Singh Brar, an office bearer of the welfare society, the residents submitted a memorandum to the ACA. They complained that they had constructed houses in the colony thinking that PUDA would be providing them with best civic amenities but it failed to do so, adding to the miseries of people.

Particularly fearing the monsoon season, the residents claimed that their roads would be filled with water once it rained and as there was no proper drainage system. Moreover, being uncarpeted, the roads would turn into a slush- filled pond, making it difficult for the residents to commute on these.

‘‘Everytime it rains the water gets collected on our roads. There is no solution to it. While the entire city enjoys rain, we hate it as it makes our life hell. Even in Sanjay Gandhi Colony, where the migrants live, there are much better roads,’’ said Mr Chander Setia, an area resident.

Showing the copies of their correspondence with the authorities, the residents said that since the day they had started living in the colony, the roads were not carpeted. ‘‘We were hopeful that they would be starting the work on April 10 or even before. But it just passed like any other day. ’’ rued Mr Sudarshan Kumar.

He added that it was only the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities that they were forced to constitute a welfare society, otherwise they did not need to do so. Now, he said, they would be forced to launch a massive agitation if they were not heard. He added that public parks in the colony were also in bad shape.



4 pc Vat on fasteners demanded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
Condemning imposition of 12.5 per cent value added tax (Vat) on fasteners, the Fastener Manufacturers Association of India has demanded these items to be included in 4 per cent slab.

In a memorandum to the Punjab Government and Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, Mr Narinder Bhamra, president of the association, said fasteners like nuts, bolts, studs and rivets, being industrial inputs, should be brought under the 4 per cent slab.

“These are multipurpose items which are used in almost every item of daily use,” Mr Bhamra said.

He informed that as per the latest list of Vat on items, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and alloys, metals like aluminium and copper, and extrusions of these had been included in the 4 per cent slab, whereas fasteners like nuts and bolts, that are manufactured from ferrous and non-ferrous items had been included under the 12.5 per cent tax slab.

“This means that the tax on these items made from the same material has been changed, which is unjustified and uncalled for,” the association said.

The association pointed out that nuts and bolts were used in items like bicycles, tractors, hand pumps, etc, which had all been kept under the 4 per cent tax slab.

Mr Bhamra said tiny and small manufacturing units sold their products mostly to traders, who further sold them out of state. When a manufacturer would pay 12.5 per cent Vat on its items, the product would become costlier for traders, which would make it difficult for the manufacturer to compete in market. “There are over 1,000 tiny and small scale units in Ludhiana alone, which are engaged in manufacturing of fasteners. With the imposition of 12.5 per cent Vat on fasteners, this industry would be badly affected,” he said.

He said the production in the entire industry was suffering as a consequence of the decision.



Councillors’ fast enters seventh day
Our Correspondent

Khanna, April 12
The chain fast started by some councillors entered the seventh day today. Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP from Ropar Parliament constituency, also joined the fast today.

Mr Mohinder Pal Jassal, councillor, and Mr Jaspal Singh Lotey, former councillor, also sat on the fast with their supporters. Councillors were demanding municipal authorities to solve the sewerage water disposal problem. Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP, said the municipal authorities should keep in mind that the people have right to get basic facilities. Mr Libra talked with the Deputy Commissioner on telephone in the regard. He said the Deputy Commissioner had assured him to take appropriate steps. He also met the executive officer of the council and apprised him of the problem.



DC asks SSP to book patwari for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has written to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to register a case against a revenue patwari for committing a fraud by distorting the revenue record in favour of an industrial unit, M/s Arun Auto Industry.

The accused, Surinder Singh of Patwar Circle Halka Barewal, is now working in Patwar Circle Rasulpur, Jagraon.

Mr Verma informed that Pal Singh, resident of Asha Puri, Barewal, made a complaint supported by an affidavit alleging that the accused allegedly connived with the factory owners and got documents prepared for Awana hadbast number 157. They then committed a fraud by preparing a false sale deed bearing wasika number 4039, dated 1.9.1978 and executing it. They also got a wrong sanctioning mutation and thereafter got the same registered bearing wasika number 8906.

The complaint was marked for inquiry to Mr M.S. Jaggi, SDM (West), who got the inquiry conducted through the Tehsildar (West).

Mr Jaggi, in his inquiry report, established the allegations made in the complaint against Surinder Singh and recommended action under rules against the patwari concerned .

In his report, the SDM reported that a mutation number 3855, dated 27/8/73, was sanctioned on the basis of sale deed number 288, dated 23/4/73, of 82/2160 share (area measuring 5 bigha 8 biswas). The mutation was reviewed in 1977 due to some reasons but it was not executed.

But in the Jamabandi of 1991-92, by making a cutting in the Patwari Kebat number 1028-29 Khasra number 113-114, the share 82/21/60 was entered in the name of Arun Auto Industry. Similarly, in Jamabandi year 1996-97 in Patwar Kebat number 1161/1507 – 1162/1508 Khasra number 113-114, the name of Arun Auto Industry was entered in an over column by cutting the names of the original owners.

After making wrong entries in the name of Arun Auto Industry, a sale deed was executed in the name of Harbans Singh and Teja Singh, sons of Amar Singh. The sale deed was executed and Intkal number 18800 was executed in their name. This was a clear case of a fraud committed by the patwari by making wrong entries in the record, he added. 



Hero Cycles staff manhandle truck cleaner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
During the ongoing strike in Hero Cycles, a couple of labourers allegedly manhandled and injured a truck cleaner while preventing him from entering the factory premises today. Ajay was admitted to Civil Hospital here. The tiff intensified and the matter has now been handed over to the Labour Department.

Hundreds of labourers of the Hero Cycles division at GT Road here are observing strike following a show cause notice to a couple of labourers yesterday.

While the protesting labourers, joined by their counterparts from the sister concern of Hero Cycles, Rockman Cycles, raised slogans against the management in front of the Hero Cycles factory on GT Road today, the management condemned the act of violence by the workers.


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