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Fake Commissioner of Police nabbed;
had cheated a girl into marriage

Tribune News Service

The cards recovered from Inderjit Singh Dhanota
The cards recovered from Inderjit Singh Dhanota.

Ludhiana, April 21
There have been several instances when non-resident Indians (NRI) have duped girls here by falsely posing as rich businessmen, good job or bachelors even when they were married. But now in probably the first case of its kind in the state, the city police has nabbed a Canada-based NRI on the charges of posing as a Commissioner of Police of that country to allegedly cheat a local girl by marrying her on the basis of his false identity.

The police arrested the accused Inderjit Singh Dhanota , who was actually a security guard South West Calgary Alaba (Canada), working jointly with the Canada police and the Canadian police apart from Interpol. The police would be taking the help of the CBI at a later stage of the case to get more information about the accused from Interpol, Ottawa, Mr R.K. Jaiswal told Ludhiana Tribune.

Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SP, City-I claimed that the alleged impostor, Inderjit Singh Dhanota, who claimed himself as Inderjit Singh Gill, Commissioner of Police, Calgary, Canada, was roaming around in the region in a white Qualis car no. PB-08 AM-5336,having ‘police’ boldly painted on the windscreen besides two stars equivalent to the rank of an Inspector General of Police of India fixed on the number plate. The car also had a redlight and a police hooter which he used quite often to show his position. The man also carried a pistol.

Mr Yves Goupil, Liasion Officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, had in an e-mail to the Mr Jaiswal confirmed that the accused was an imposter. The accused was nabbed only after the Canadian Embassy confirmed to Mr Jaiswal via an e-mail that no officer of this name existed in Canada police .

The accused was in fact unsuccessfully tried for posing as a police officer and beating a driver in that country some years ago. He was already married and fighting a divorce case in Canada. He belonged to Jalandhar and his father was an ex-servicemen. He had allegedly hidden his first marriage from his second bride and her family.

The accused caught wearing the uniform of the Canada police told mediapersons that it was just a hobby for him to pose as a police officer. He, however, claimed that he had not misused the position in any manner and has not cheated anyone. He also claimed that his marriage with a local girl solemnised four weeks ago was genuine and he had not intention to cheat her.

The bride’s family is quite perplexed at the turn of events and have requested the police to hide their identity for saving some loss of face, Mr Jaiswal said. The girl’s condition is pitiful, he revealed.

The fake police officer also browbeated many cops coming his way. He even threatened to get the services of several police officials terminated when he was caught. The city police is investigating how else he had exploited his assumed identity. The police was suspecting that he could have cheated some youths also on the pretext of taking them to Canada. R.K. Jaiswal also revealed that the accused had been receiving due recognition and even salutes also from the unassuming police personnel.

He was nabbed by a team led by sub-Inspector Surjit Singh and ASI Jatinder Kumar. His white car with a police flag and two stars studded on it has also been impounded. At the time of his arrest he was in full police uniform of Canada with ‘proper’ stars and embellishments. The police has also impounded his Canadian passport, credit cards, a revolver and a fake identity card showing him as Canadian Police Commissioner issued by the Home Department of that country.



Fake degree racket flourished
Education Dept slept
Former dept employee involved, 6 held
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 21
The confessions made by members of a gang, involved in the printing of fake degrees and certificates of various universities, show that the authorities in the Education Department were not serious about curbing malpractices, including tampering and issuing of fake documents.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that Amar Singh Katil of Maholi had been running the illicit business of printing and selling fake certificates of various academic and professional courses for more than two decades.

To facilitate his functioning and trap customers, he ran academic institutes at the town and surrounding villages, including Sudhar.

Though he had earlier been booked under various sections of law at Sudhar and Dhuri police stations, he did not let faith of his agents and middlemen shatter.

He had inducted those persons in his gang who could hunt for customers from government schools and private academies.

In one of the cases, parents of a girl had approached the Punjab School Education Board authorities to verify the veracity of a class XII certificate that had been procured through Gurmal Singh of Pharwali village and his sister-in-law Karamjit.

The father of the student was made to understand that her marks in biology had been increased with the efforts of one of the close relatives of the duo.

"When the board authorities had detected that the certificate brought for verification was not genuine, then why they did not report the matter to the police?” asks Mr Harjinder Singh, SP (D), Sangrur.

Similarly, none of the employers of holders of these certificates got the facts verified from the respective boards of universities.

The arrest of Bhajan Singh hailing from the town, a former employee at the office of the Block Primary Education Officer, turned the events drastically.

Investigations revealed that he had been instrumental in generating faith in the certificate seekers as he had good connections in the Education Department.

He is also running a public school at Lohatbaddi village near Raikot.

Interestingly, a large number of persons had secured job on the basis of fake certificates. A degree of the Maghad University reportedly sold by this group was used by some candidates to secure teaching jobs which were later detected by the Education Department.

Though the candidates had to leave their jobs but no police action was taken against them.

Further investigations revealed that some women had used fake certificates to secure jobs in foreign countries, including the United States, but the police was finding it tough to establish links with them.

Preliminary investigations had unearthed an inter-district gang having roots in this area.

Three computers, scanners, printers and hundreds of fake certificates of the PSEB, CBSE, Maghad University and other educational bodies of repute had been seized from six persons arrested so far.

Their arrest would expose the nexus between the kingpin of the racket and some political bigwgs, claimed the police.



Traffic chaos bane of city residents
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 21
With ever increasing population and number of vehicles in the city, traffic chaos plagues almost all major roads and the vehicular movement is a horrible experience.
Frequent traffic jams, not only in congested localities of old parts of the city and commercial centres, but in relatively new residential and business areas, have become a routine and all sections of road users are finding it increasingly difficult to move from one place to another within the city.

Several areas like Old G.T. Road, Mata Rani Chowk, Clock Tower Chowk, Chaura Bazar, Old Sabzi Mandi Chowk, Damoria Bridge road, Fountain Chowk, Mall Road, Ghumar Mandi, Feroze Gandhi Market and Bhadaur House continue to remain a nightmare for the road users.

While the people attribute the traffic woes in the industrial hub of the state to poor traffic planning, little or no enforcement, inadequate infrastructure like parking spaces and general lack of traffic sense among the road users, it is also a harsh reality that the crucial matter was not being given due attention by the authorities concerned.

The traffic problem is being further compounded by haphazard parking of vehicles along the busy roads, rampant encroachments on all vacant places, commercial use of parking spaces provided in shopping centres and poor maintenance of designated parking lots in different parts of the city. Unrestricted movement of thousands of three-wheelers, both authorised and unauthorised, along with the unimaginative way of parking of three-wheelers and mini buses at strategic places, particularly around busy intersections, further add to the misery of the road users.

A cross-section of city residents are of the view that action is required on several levels to restore is semblance of order on the roads.

“First and foremost, the vehicle drivers ought to show some consideration towards other road users while driving and parking their vehicles. The administration should provide ample parking spaces, remove encroachments and sternly deal with cases of misuse of parking space for any other purpose. The traffic police should not be a mere tool of slapping challans upon the defaulters, but they should be equipped and trained to enforce rules so that the city roads become a little more safer and flow of traffic improves to some extent,” a resident said.



Love yarn spins trouble for physically challenged
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
Love yarn is spinning trouble for a 30-year-old physically challenged man whose 22-year-old wife wants to marry her paramour, even as his family has appealed to the police to come to their rescue.

The victim’s father has asked the police to stop her from taking such an extreme step on the plea that it would “set a wrong precedence in society.”

In his complaint to the SSP, he has further claimed that her paramour was visiting his house in their absence to meet her and this was posing a threat to his security. The SP (City), Mr R.K. Jaiswal, has referred the case to the marital disputes cell.

For Sukhdev Singh (not his real name), who has impaired speech by birth, the handicap had never inflicted such a wound which he got when he learnt that his wife had already “parted ways with him.”

Life has not been fair to Surjeet Kaur (not her real name), as being the illiterate daughter of her parents, she was married to a physically challenged man. “It was out of compulsion that I married him. Now, I do not want to stay with him and want to marry my lover,” she said adding that she was facing pressure from all quarters and she was also being tortured. She has been married for over a year.

She was a divorcee and this match was struck through a common friend. All went well until some months ago when she came in contact with an employee in the workshop of her father-in-law. The two started meeting and fell in love with each other.

Her father-in-law terminated the services of the employee after he came to know about the relationship. Her paramour allegedly kept calling her on the phone and would drop in at their house when she was alone.

“We could not keep a check on her all the time. How can you stop an adult from doing something which you think is wrong? I counselled her several times but she is insisting on marrying him,” said her father-in-law, a retired government employee.

Unable to express himself due to the handicap, Sukhdev Singh stares blankly at the walls. “Life has always been unkind to him. He will not be able to bear this jolt,” said his father.

“I love my paramour. I want to be with him. I married out of compulsion. I know my step will hurt my husband but what should I do? Am I supposed to be a sacrificial goat?” she asks her father-in-law.



Arrest warrants against businessman
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 21
The Judicial Magistrate, Mr Tarsem Mangla, has issued arrest warrants against Mukesh Kumar, a partner in M/s Yatish Industries, Chowk Saidan, Ludhiana, in a cheque-bounce case, as he failed to appear in the court despite summons.

The judge has directed the SHO, Kotwali, to arrest the accused and produce him in the court on or before May 2.

The orders have been passed in connection with a complaint filed by Ramesh Kumar of Vallabh Nagar, Shivpuri Road, Ludhiana.

It was alleged by the complainant that the accused had taken a loan of Rs 75,000 in January, 2000, on interest and had promised to pay back the loan amount. In June, 2001, he issued cheque of Rs 75,000.

But when the cheque was presented in the bank, the same was dishonoured for want of funds.

A legal notice was served upon the accused to make the payment, but he did not pay the amount, which forced him to file a case, added the complainant.



Passing Thru

Lachhman Singh
Mr Lachhman Singh, Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division-cum-Chairman, Subdivisional Legal Services Committee, Garhshankar

How successful is the concept of Lok Adalats in the rural and sub-urban areas?

Even in the rural area, people have started realising the benefits of the alternative system of disputes’ redress. They are coming forward to settle their disputes through the Lok Adalats. The settlement of disputes through the Lok Adalats is proving helpful in putting an end to the prevailing bitterness among parties concerned.

What is the response of people to the free legal aid services provided by the Legal Services Authority?

More and more people are responding to the free legal aid. A panel of lawyers has been constituted by the Legal Services Authority. Eligible persons are provided the services of a lawyer free of cost. Fee to the lawyers is paid by the authority, after the decision of the case.

What steps are being taken to create awareness among the masses about free legal aid?

Legal aid is not charity but an obligation of the state which is enshrined in Article 39 A of the Constitution.To ensure that the benefits of the legal aid programme trickle down to the grassroots level, we regularly organise seminars in villages to create awareness about their legal rights. Hoardings have also been displayed at bus stands, hospitals and other places mentioning details about free legal aid and how it can be availed.

— Rajneesh Lakhanpal



Conversions ring warning bells for Sikhs,
say Panthic bodies
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 21
Several panthic bodies, which met under the aegis of the Khalsa Panchayat here today, have termed the conversion of several Sikh families into Christians at Goindwal Sahib as warning bells for the community.

According to the district convener of the panchayat, Mr Bhupinder Singh Nimana, a joint meeting of the International Dharam Parchar Council, the Naujawan Khalsa Dal, the Sri Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Society and the Khalsa Action Committee came down heavily upon the SGPC for its failure to provide religious guidance to the Sikh community despite its vast financial resources.

The meeting observed that the incident in which poor Sikh families were made to convert to Christianity was a matter of shame for each and every Sikh, and more so for the SGPC, the highest temporal body of the community.

Mr Nimana further remarked that the Sikh history was full of such true gursikhs, who had not hesitated to lay down their lives for the sake of maintaining their religious entity rather than giving in to monetary and other allurement.

The Sikh bodies made a fervent appeal to the converted families to come back into the mainstream of Sikhism and to seek forgiveness for their grave mistake.

At the same time, the panthic bodies sounded a note of caution to the Christian missionaries to desist from religious misconduct and stop offering allurement to the poor for changing their religion. Only a harmonious and peaceful coexistence would avoid confrontation between minorities and save the situation from taking an ugly turn, the panthic bodies maintained.



85 pc of wheat procured: DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma said here today that 85 per cent of the expected wheat arrival in the district had been procured. The procurement operation had been very smooth in all 99 mandis in the district, he added.

He was reviewing the procurement operation at a meeting of the heads of all procurement agencies, SDMs and other officers concerned. He said the arrival of wheat in the mandis had substantially declined and now the main part of the arrivals was being purchased by traders paying above the maximum support price of Rs 640 fixed by the government.

The Deputy Commissioner informed that till April 20, a total of 6.6 lakh MT of wheat had been purchased, whereas, 7.32 lakh MT wheat was purchased during the corresponding period last year. He said out of the total purchase, 94 per cent, i.e. 6.23 lakh MT had been procured by the government agencies and remaining 6 per cent by private traders.

Giving agency-wise details of procurement, he said the highest 2.1 lakh MT, 34 per cent had been purchased by Punsup, followed by Markfed 1.35 lakh MT 22 per cent. He said that the FCI had purchased 1.06 lakh MT, Pungrain 63,847 MT, PSWC 57,152 MT Punjab Agro 49,905 MT and private traders 42,744 MT.

No major problem of delay or harassment had been reported by farmers from any part of the district during the process, he claimed. In the meeting, a few minor problems of lifting and labour in Jagroan sub division were brought to the notice of Deputy Commissioner and he directed the SDM to provide more trucks immediately and clear the lifting of wheat within two days.

He said 80 per cent of the total wheat purchased (i.e. 5.4 lakh MT had already been lifted from the mandis and the remaining was being lifted. He said that out of the total payment of Rs 415.12 crore, Rs 312.60 crore had already been paid and the remaining payment of Rs 102.52 crore would be made within a day or so. He said with substantial decline in the arrival of wheat in mandis, nine procurement centres, had been closed down.

He said during this year, the FCI had taken direct delivery from different procurement agencies from the mandis, and sent to other parts of the country.

He claimed the quality of wheat during this season was better than the previous year’s produce. He asked the SDMs and the heads of procurement agencies to continue to visit mandis themselves till the last heap of wheat was purchased and redress the problems of the farmers, if any.

The DC also appreciated the excellent coordination among all officers concerned and the hard work they had put in during the procurement season to ensure smooth procurement of wheat.



Relief eludes deceased farmers’ kin
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 20
Contrary to the claims of the state government, farmers and agricultural labourers, who lost their lives during agricultural operations during past years, have been running from pillar to post to get financial assistance from the marketing board.

Instead of getting relief, they have to part with substantial amounts, spent on the preparation of documents and certificates demanded by the authorities for completing the formalities.

The authorities, on the other hand, maintained that the payments had been delayed due to non-availability of death certificates.

Harmeet Singh, a farmer of Maherna Kalan village, was bitten by a poisonous snake on July 4, 2000, while he was transplanting paddy in his fields. He was taken to the hospital for treatment but was declared brought dead and the authorities had told them that no post-mortem examination was required for claiming compensation from the government.

His case was submitted to the Market Committee, Kila Raipur, vide letter No 6279 on July 4, 2000. “Since then I had been shuttling between various offices at Kila Raipur, Ludhiana and Chandigarh, but to no avail,” lamented Ms Kuldeep Kaur, widow of the deceased.

Sukhpal Singh (21) of the same village got electrocuted while handling an electric motor on August 22, 2002 . Though report in connection with his claim was submitted at the respective office vide letter No 4756 on October 10, 2002, no relief has been given to family office. Ms Surjit Kaur, widow of Sukhpal Singh, said she had exhausted all her resources to prove that her husband had died on the day of the incident, but the authorities lent no ear to her problem.

The family of Mr Mohinder Singh of Brahampur, who was electrocuted while operating a motor, was also awaiting financial assistance.

The family of Mr Mohinder Singh of Barundi village, who lost his life while working in a well on January 8, 2003, was yet to receive formal confirmation of the approval of compensation in the case. He had a fall while coming out of a well after rectifying the electric motor in it. Despite special orders by the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, his death certificate has not been prepared yet.

The case of Gurdeep Singh of Barundi, who died during an accident in the field on June 18, 2003, was submitted on September 3, 2003, vide letter number 1695, but family heard nothing from the officials concerned as they had no sources to keep a track of their case file.

Though the government has exempted families of accident victims from adopting procedure under Section 174 of the CrC P and the authorities claim that the same had been simplified, most of the survivors failed to receive the amount of Rs 75,000 as compensation.

Mr Manmohan Singh, Chairman, Market Committee Kila Raipur, claimed the process for making payments had been completed, but the death certificates duly attested by the then administrator of the committee were awaited. Showing sympathy with families of the victims and accusing the administrator of harassing them, he threatened to launch an agitation against the officer in case the certificates were not issued immediately.



Police shielding accused, alleges trader
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
After moving from pillar to post for ten months to get an FIR registered in a fraud case, a local trader is now allegedly going through the same rigmarole to get the accused arrested.

The victim, Satish Arora, has claimed that the police is not arresting the six accused persons, including three women, even though the bail plea of the accused had been rejected by a district court several days ago.

The case pertains to a sale deed of 2 acres at Budhewal village that was executed in 2004. year. The accused had entered into an agreement with Satish Arora but had allegedly sold it off to some other person at a higher price.

An FIR had been lodged at the Sahnewal police station under Sections 406,420, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against Dharamjit Singh, Baljit Kaur, Gurnam Kaur, Gurpinder Kaur, Surinder Singh and Inder Raj Singh. Their bail plea was rejected on April 8.

Sub-Inspector Dilpreet Singh, SHO of the Sahnewal police station, said the police was trying to nab the accused and several raids had been conducted. He said wherever Satish Arora suggested a raid could be conducted to nab the accused, the police had not wasted anytime in sending a team at the place mentioned.

He said as per his information, the accused had not got bail from a higher court. He said the accused had been absconding, and claiming that the police had no pressure and was not siding with the accused.

The FIR states that the accused had agreed to sell 2 acres to the complaint. The land was adjacent to a property owned by Satish Arora on which he was constructing a factory and wanted to expand it. The accused got Rs 2 lakh as earnest money. 



Prize-winning publication released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
Sirjandhara released its publication “Naam Nidhan Apar”, which has won a prize of Rs 25,000 in a competition organised by the Bhai Vir Singh Sahit Sadan, Delhi. Manuscripts were received from all over the world in this regard.

Later, the prize-winning manuscript was published by Sirjandhara. Mr Khem Singh, former VC, presided while Giani Gurdit Singh was the chief guest. Mr Karamjit Singh Aujla gave a brief introduction of the book and the writer.

Prof Balwinder Pal Singh, Dr Charan Kanwal Singh, Dr Dalwinder Singh Grewal, Mr Davinder Singh Sekha, Mr Prem Singh Bajaj, Mr Sukhdev Singh, Mr Ajit Singh Arora were among others who attended the function.

The writer Mr Joginder Singh Kohli, is a retired Chief Engineer, from Electricity Board, and has been doing research on Gurbani for the past 20 years.



Labourer commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Khamano, April 21
Lakhvir Singh of Barwali Khurd near here, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a tree with the help of a cloth.
According to police sources, the victim was a labourer and has three minor children.

His father revealed that he was a drug addict. He disappeared from home yesterday. The incident came to light this morning when some Bihari labourers noticed it. The police handed over the body to his parents. A case has been registered.


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