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Youth stabbed to death in market
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
A youth was stabbed to death in broad daylight allegedly by a group of friends-turned-foes of the victim in New Veer Nagar, Salem Tabri, here today. After the incident, shopkeepers in the area closed the shutters of their shops.

The youth was tricked by his friends into coming alone so that a compromise could be reached over some dispute between them.

The youth, Peter Masih, who was a lottery trader, was attacked in the market by at least six persons armed with swords, knives and other sharp-edged weapons.

Surprisingly, the assailants chose a busy market area for the attack. They stayed in the market for some time after killing the youth, as shopkeepers and passersby fled the scene.

No one came forward to stop the assailants from attacking the youth or provide medical help to the youth. The victim received more than 10 stab wounds all over the body, with deepest ones being on his chest, abdomen and head.

According to police sources, four assailants have been identified — Sajid, Kaka, Arjun and Nandu. Unconfirmed reports said one of the assailants had surrendered.

The sources said Peter Masih was a member of the group but had a tiff with Sajid. Peter had not helped Sajid in a dispute with one of his friends. Sajid was upset at this and both had had some heated exchanges over the issue in the recent past.

Sajid and others had called Peter to the market to effect a compromise over the issue. Peter came alone and was attacked with sharp-edged weapons.

The Salem Tabri SHO said the police would arrest the accused soon and no one would be allowed to take law into their hands.

The deceased will be cremated tomorrow after a post-mortem examination.

The sources said the police was deploying force in the area to prevent escalation of tension.

The deceased and the assailants belonged to different communities. The police was also keeping an eye on the friends of the deceased, the sources added.



BJP councillors protest against slack development
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 26
Charging the Municipal Corporation authorities with pursuing a pick-and-choose policy for carrying out development works in the city, several councillors belonging to the BJP held a day-long dharna in front of the office of Joint Commissioner in the MC headquarters here today.

Group leader of BJP councillors Parveen Bansal, Rajiv Kumar Katna, Sunita Aggarwal, both councillors, district (urban) president Subhash Verma, Uma Datt Sharma, Harjinder Singh Gogi, district president of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha Sanjay Kapoor, and Parveen Thakur joined the protest.

Alleging that the entire process of development had been “politicised” by the Congress-ruled civic body, Rajiv Katna, who led the protesters, alleged that ward No. 3 had been completely neglected as far as development works relating to roads and streets, water supply and sewerage were concerned.

Tenders finalised for several works in the area had been postponed for a number of times on one pretext or the other and no development had taken place ever since the new civic administration took over, he alleged.

Mr Katna further alleged that the Hudco-funded sewerage project had also made little headway during the past three years, with the result that almost 40 per cent of the city population was deprived of the basic amenity.

He said MC officials were biased against underdeveloped areas and development works in some areas were among their last priority.

The BJP councillors and party functionaries were sore at the fact that some roads were being relaid over and over again in posh localities whereas roads and streets in underdeveloped localities had gone neglected for years together despite residents all over the city paying taxes, development charges and building fee.

The city Mayor and the MC Commissioner both being away to Canada, no senior MC officer was available for comments.



Man accused of rape acquitted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 26
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S. P. Bangarh has acquitted Shamsher Singh of Model Town, accused of kidnapping and raping a girl of Kakowal village, as the charges levelled against him could not be proved.

On the complaint of the girl, the local police had booked Shamsher Singh, his sister, two brothers, mother and father under Sections 366, 376, 328, 344, 347, 506 and 120-B of the IPC on June 5, 2003.

But later on an enquiry was conducted by the then SP (D) and the family members of Shamsher Singh were exonerated from the charges. The enquiry report had termed the allegations “not believable’’. Thereafter, the challan was filed only against Shamsher Singh.

The complainant had alleged that the sister of the accused was her friend. On February 22, 2003, she took her to their home, where she was forced to marry the accused but she refused. During the night, she was kept there and raped. She was injected with intoxicants and raped for months. But the court found all the allegations not tenable and acquitted the accused. 



Three injured in group attack
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
Tension gripped Shiv Puri colony last evening when a group of armed persons attacked some employees of the office and liquor kiosk of Mr Dimple Rana, president, District Youth Congress after some heated exchange with some unidentified persons who had consumed liquor in the ahata room of the kiosk.

Tapeshwar Jha, Naresh Kumar, Angrej Singh, all workers with Mr Rana, were injured in the attack. According to Mr Rana some persons were having liquor in the ahata and started quarreling with each other.

When his employees intervened they left the place but abused the employees..

After a few minutes, the unidentified persons returned with 20 to 25 youths and attacked the employees.

They used sticks, swords and some other sharp-edged weapons in the attack.

The injured were later shifted to the Civil Hospital.



Man commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Jagraon May 26
A resident of Sidhwanbet villages, alleged to have committed suicide after being harassed by three persons.
According to information, Kulwant Singh of Khanzarwal village, Harminder Singh of Ahmedgarh and Jaswinder Singh Kala of Abupura village harassed Mukhtiar Singh of Sidhwanbet for payment of bill against milk to the extent that Mukhtiar Singh committed suicide by consuming acid-mixed milk.

The police has registered a case under Sections 306 and 34, IPC, on the statement of Surjit Singh, father of the deceased. No arrest has been made so far. 



Settlers demand ownership rights
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
Settlers on the forest land in various districts of Punjab have been staging a relay dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here for the past several days. The settlers are demanding ownership rights of the land they are living in for past several years.

Supported by various leftists organisations, including the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the settlers today blocked the main road outside the DC’s office. Later, they gheraoed the Divisional Forest Officer, Ludhiana.

The settlers claim that they have been promised ownership rights by the successive governments, but now they fear that they might be evicted.



Evening lotteries launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
The Director, Punjab State Lotteries, launched additional evening weekly lotteries, having draw timing between 6.30 p.m. to 8.15 p.m., first draw of which was conducted today at Camp Office, Tower here today.

The state government was selling 252 weekly lotteries that now have risen to 308, as lottery players will get more chances to win. These lotteries will ensure minimum guaranteed additional income to Rs. 25 crore to the Government.

The Punjab State Lotteries has registered steep rise in income in the past 6 months, which will touch Rs 175 crore with the launching of this lottery.


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