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Man kills father-in-law
Dowry dispute led to the killing; three arrested
Tribune News Service

Brij Mohan
Brij Mohan

Ludhiana, May 13
In a shocking incident, a man allegedly beat up his father-in-law to death in the presence of the police at Dharampura police post on the premises of Shingar Cinema late last night.

The incident led to the staging of a demonstration outside the police post which was withdrawn after the police registered a case. All the three accused, including the son-in-law, his brother and mother, have been arrested by the police.

Brij Mohan, a lottery seller who lived in street no 12, Madhopuri, was allegedly done to death by his son-in-law, Vijay Dhawan, and his brother, Sonu Dhawan.

Both had an argument first at Vijay’s house at Tajpur road where Brij Mohan had gone to take up the issue of the alleged harassment for dowry of his daughter Shweta, alias Payal.

However, he was first manhandled at the house and then beaten up allegedly at the police post where policemen remained mute spectators.

Mr Surinder Mohan, SHO, Division No 6, however, denied that the incident took place inside the premises of the police post. He also claimed that the man was not beaten up in the presence of policemen.

“The incident took place on roadside at some distance from the police post,” he said, adding that the police post had just one room and it was wrong to claim that the man was beaten up inside the police post.

He said according to the investigation of the police so far and the complaint lodged by the family of the deceased, the girl Shweta was being harassed for dowry by her in-laws.

Brij Mohan was holding parleys with Shweta’s in-laws’ family for the past few weeks to solve the issue.

The dispute took an ugly turn last night when the girl was allegedly harassed a lot by the in-laws. Brij Mohan went to their house and had a bitter argument with the accused and his family.

Brij Mohan went to the police post when he was manhandled. The accused followed him and allegedly beat him to death.

SHO Surinder Mohan said all three accused —Vijay Dhawan, Sonu Dhawan and their mother, Ram Dulari — had been arrested.

Meanwhile, heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the house of the deceased and later at his funeral. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, including Shweta. The condition of Shweta was pitiful as the turn of events was unbearable for her.



PPCC list disappoints aspirants
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The final list of the 209 members of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has led to a lot of bitterness among several aspirants in Ludhiana. A number of prospective members have failed to make it to the final list. Prominent among those who did not find their names in the list include Mr Milkiat Singh Dakha, Mr Tej Parkash, Mr Darshan Brar, Mr K.K. Bawa, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib and Mr Jagmohan Sharma.

Prominent among those who have made it to the PCC include Mr H.S. Hanspal, Mr Munish Tiwari, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Mr Rakesh Pandey, Mr Surinder Dawer, Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi, Mr Pawan Dewan, Mr Nahar Singh Gill and Mr Pappi Prashar.

The names of the members of the PCC were recommended by the Returning Officer for Punjab, Ms Ushaben Thakkar. She had interviewed all candidates and made her recommendations. The list was approved by Mr Oscar Fernandes, chairman of the AICC election committee.

However, it is believed that the interviews were a mere formality and the names were mostly recommended by the PCC president, Mr Hanspal, and the AICC secretary, Mr Munish Tiwari, who is also taking a lot of interest in the party affairs in the state. Interestingly both Mr Hanspal and Mr Tiwari have become members from Ludhiana only. Of the 209 PCC members, 29 are from Ludhiana.

The formation of the PCC is a prelude to the election of the PCC president. This follows the primary membership drive. All PCC members are supposed to have made at least 30 primary members, which makes them eligible for the PCC membership. The PCC members in turn elect the AICC members who in turn elect the AICC president.

But all this turned out to be a procedural formality. Because there was no membership drive as such and those assigned with the job of making members reportedly deposited the membership fee of their own. The membership fee for the primary member is Rs 3, while for the active member it is Rs 25.

Others who have made it to the PCC from Ludhiana include Mr Ashwani Sharma, Ms Bajinder Kaur, Mr Bhusahn Abbi, Mr Vidya Sagar Rampal, Mr Gurbir Singh Bhakoo, Mr Shyam Sunder Malhotra, Mr Kuldeep Singh Kairon (all from Ludhiana urban), Mr Lakhwinder Singh, Mr Dharamjit Khera, Mr Sarbjit Singh, Mr Rattan Singh Cheema, Ms Harbans Kaur Dullo, Ms Milkiat Kaur, Mr Isher Singh, Mr Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, Ms Gurdial Kaur Khangura, Mr Lalit Jain, Mr Harmohinder Singh and Mr Milkiat Singh Kotli.



Protest against screening of ‘Jo Bole so Nihal’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
The screening of the controversial film “Jo Bole So Nihal”, which was released today at Shingar Cinema here, was stopped during the second show after hundreds of Sikhs protested against its screening. A number of Sikh organisations have carried out protests after rejecting a report of a committee formed by Akal Takht. The panel had given a clean chit to the movie.

The police resorted to lathicharge and specifically targeted leaders of various groups who gathered outside the cinema hall raising slogans against the film makers. Several protesters, including Prof Joginder Singh Tony, general secretary, SAD (A), were injured.

The protesters also torn posters of the movie and burnt an effigy. They were prevented from entering the hall by the police.

The screening of the movie was stopped midway after a delegation of Sikh leaders decided at a meeting that they would not allow the screening of the movie at any cost.

The protesters were led by Prof Tony, Mr Paramjit Singh Khalsa, general secretary, SSF (Mehta), Mr Charanjit Singh Channy, president, Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, Mr Pritam Singh Bharowal and Mr Gurdeep Singh Neel of the International Sikh Dharam Prachar Mandal.

Interestingly, liquor baron Ponty Chadha is a distributor of the movie.



Suicide victim’s kin demand justice
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 13
Family members of Ramesh Kumar, who had allegedly committed suicide due to the threats and pressures of some police officials of the Machhiwara police station on May 7, have made a written complaint to the Governor of Punjab.

The persons who figure in the complaint include, Balwinder Singh, SHO, Machhiwara, Sukhbir Singh, ASI, Sher Pur Bet, in charge of the police post, Naurang Singh, Jarnail Singh, constables, and Karm Singh, driver, all posted at Machhiwara.

Copies of the complaint have been sent to the Chief Minister, Punjab, Director-General of Police, Punjab, and Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna.

The SSP, Khanna, Mr Nau Nihal Singh, said the application had been marked to the SP(D), Mr Dilabgh Singh, who was already conducting an inquiry in the case.

Mr Suresh Kumar, brother of the deceased, met the SSP, Khanna, yesterday and demanded to register a case of murder and abetment of suicide against the said police officials.

He had alleged in his compliant that on January 23, ASI sukhbir Singh conducted a raid at the Karyana shop of his brother Ramesh Kumar and took away Rs 28,000 and a mobile phone.

The police team also arrested Ramesh Kumar. When the Panchayat protested against the arrest, the SHO told them that he would be released after interrogation. Later Ramesh Kumar was shifted to the Sher Pur Bet police post.

On January 24, a false case was registered against Ramesh Kumar under Section 15/61/85of the NDPC Act. About 10 kg of poppy husk was shown as recovered from his possession.

Ramesh Kumar had appealed to the SSP, Khanna, and other higher authorities against this implication. Following the application, an inquiry was conducted by the SP(D). He also alleged that Sukhbir Singh was threatening Ramesh Kumar to withdraw his complaint.

On May 7, Ramesh Kumar consumed phosphors at his shop. He was admitted to Gurlab Hospital, Machhiwara, in serious condition. On the way he admitted of having consumed phosphors under the threats and pressure of above mentioned police officials.

He died on his way to the Civil Hospital, Samrala. The matter was reported to the police at Khanna but no FIR was registered.



Rs 1.25 lakh looted outside a bank
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
While the city police is yet to trace Rs 19 lakh robbery case accused two unidentified scooter-borne youths looted Rs 1.25 lakh from a farmer outside a bank in Miller Gunj today afternoon.

Shripal Singh, who lived near Dholewal Chowk had withdrawn the money from a bank. He had kept the bag in his Zen car and had gone inside the bank for some other work. Two youths wearing helmets came on a vespa scooter and took away the bag after breaking the window pane of the car.

This is the second such incident in the Millergunj police post area falling under the Division No 2 police post. Last week four armed youths had looted Rs 19 lakh and injured three persons in Muradpura area.

The police has registered a case regarding today’s incident but no headway has been made so far.



Residents threaten stir over level crossing issue
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 13
Charging the district administration with causing a deliberate delay in finalising the site for putting up a manned level crossing at Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar on the Ludhiana-Dhuri railway line here, the joint action committee (JAC) of more than one dozen affected colonies has threatened to launch an agitation if the authorities fail to send their reply to the Northern Railway officials in this regard by May 31.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Surinder Singh, president, and Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, general secretary of the JAC, said that following an extensive agitation by the residents, the railway authorities had stopped the work for putting up the railway crossing on a 16 feet road and the issue of shifting the site to a 66 feet road, as demanded by the area residents, was under consideration.

When a deputation of the JAC functionaries met senior railway officials at Ambala recently, they were told that a reply was still awaited to a letter written to the Deputy Commissioner in this connection. After receiving the reply from the district administration, a final decision on the manned railway crossing in the locality would be taken, the residents were told.

According to JAC functionaries, a memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner here on April 26, demanding expeditious settlement of the matter and sending an appropriate reply to the letter received from railway officials. They copies of the said memorandum were also forwarded to the national president of Lok Bhalai Party and a former Union Minister, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, former MP Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, parliamentary secretary, Punjab Mr Surinder Dawar and concerned MLA Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha.



Major rail disaster averted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 13
Hundreds of rail passengers had a providential escape as a major train accident involving two passenger trains was averted here last night in the nick of time.
According to sources, the passenger train that leaves for Hisar via Dhuri and Jakhal at 10 pm was put on the Ferozepore track by mistake due to the newly-introduced integrated route relay system.

Just as the train moved out of the railway platform, the DMU train from Ferozepore was also cruising into the local railway station on the same track. However, a mishap was averted due to the slow speed of both the trains and timely detection by the drivers concerned. As a result of the mistake, the train for Hisar was delayed by about three hours.



Grahak Mitra counters inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The State Bank of Patiala has inaugurated Grahak Mitra counters at seven of its branches in the city. The counters were inaugurated by Deputy General Manager of the bank Mr R.P. Tayal.

The bank has introduced the Grahak Mitra concept with an aim to provide hassle free services to its customers, said Mr Tayal.

He said 266 branches of the bank had already been networked. He informed that the bank would also set up a retail assets central processing cell in the city for the speedy processing and the sanction of personal loans.

Besides, a small enterprises credit cell would also be set up, he said. “The proposals of units having a turnover up to Rs 1 crore will be processed and sanctioned at a single point,” said Mr Tayal.

He said the bank had recorded a total business of over Rs 40,000 crore for the financial year ending March 31, 2005. The bank earned a net profit of Rs 287 crore last year, he said.

Mr K.M. Bahl, Assistant General Manager, Ludhiana region, and Mr J.K. Gupta, Assistant General Manager, Business Process Re-engineering Unit, were among others present on the occasion.



Raid on illegal phone exchange
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
A 20-member team comprising CBI sleuths, local BSNL officials and the police today busted an illegal telephone exchange on the Dhandra road which was being run with the help of a dish installed in a clandestine manner in a large house.

Though the CBI team was tight-lipped over the issue, sources said one person, Chander Kant has been arrested while one of his accomplice managed to escape. The CBI raid was leaked as some reporters from the electronic channels were present before the arrival of the CBI team.


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