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Rivalry in love leads to murder
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Rivalry between two paramours of a married woman allegedly led to the brutal murder of one of them allegedly by the second lover. The Sarabha Nagar police acted swiftly in the case and nabbed the accused murderer within three hours of the crime when he was trying to flee.

Bharat (27), former lover of a married woman, Madhu had allegedly slit the throat of her present lover, Sanjay (25) in his house at Bhai Bhai Daya Singh Nagar, Barrewal today afternoon. The alleged illicit relationship of the woman had already caused much trouble in her relations with her husband. Jay Prakash, who had forced Bharat to leave the colony few months ago.

The husband, however, does not seem to be aware of her illicit relationship with Sanjay but Bharat learnt about it and allegedly eliminated Sanjay out of jealousy. This was claimed by SP City-I R.K. Jaiswal who lauded the role of the Sarabha Nagar police team led by SHO Pawanjit for nabbing the murder accused within three hours of the occurrence of the crime

Giving details, Mr Jaiswal and Mr Pawanjit said Jaya Prakash had learnt about the alleged relationship between Bharat and Madhu. He had forced Bharat to leave the colony at that time. The woman, however, later developed relationship with Sanjay, another youth in the colony.

After learning about the new relationship, Bharat was allegedly mad with jealousy and wanted to win back her love. He developed friendship with Sanjay and started consuming liquor with him. Today, afternoon, both consumed liquor at Sanjay’s house.

The police said the accused Bharat had planned the assault. He spotted a sickle in the room and slit the throat of Sanjay. Sanjay, however, managed to raise a cry just when he was being attacked.

The cries were heard by the neighbours who saw Bharat running out of the room. The police immediately cordoned off the area and caught him at a nakka.



Child’s death: District Attorney was drunk, says report
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The controversy surrounding the death of a 4-year-old girl, who had died in a road accident in September last, has taken a new turn with the report of Chemical Examiner to Government of Punjab stating that District Attorney, prime accused in the case, was under the influence of alcohol when the accident took place.

Mr Amar Ashok Pathak, District Attorney was booked by the city police on September 3 last year on the charges of causing death of a 4-year-old girl and injuries to her mother and other persons by driving a car in a rash manner and under the influence of liquor at Bhai Bala chowk on September 2 late night.

While Mr Pathak had been vehemently denying that he was not in an inebriated condition that day as he never consumed alcohol, a report by the Chemical Examiner, in possession of the Tribune had belied his claims. The blood and urine report of the accused by the chemical examiner clearly stated that alcohol was detected in the samples and the concentration was estimated to be 92 mg per 100 ml of blood.

Mr Amarnath Handa, grandfather of Mansi, the deceased girl, alleged that police was helping the accused. They said that even after 9 months of registering of a case against the accused, no challan had been presented in the court.

On the day of the accident, Mr Sanjeev Kumar Dhanda, a jeweller and resident of street No 7, Gandhi Nagar here and Mansi’s father was driving the car. Besides them, the jeweler’s wife Jyoti Dhanda, mother Krishna Rani, sister Anju Soni, her husband Sanju Soni and her one-year-old son Lakshya were travelling in the car.

In the FIR, the family had claimed that they were returning home after attending a marriage ceremony in a palace on Pakhowal road. The accident took place allegedly at about 2:00 a.m. when the accused’s car coming from Arti Chowk side banged into the victim’s car at Bhai Bala chowk intersection.

Such was the impact of the collision that the victim’s car turned turtle several times. The FIR also claimed that the accused, Amar Ashok Pathak then bragged about his ‘high position’ and told them nothing can be done against him.

He left the place and the injured were rescued by other relatives returning from the palace. They were shifted to Arora Hospital where Mansi was declared brought dead. A case under 304-A (causing death by rash or negligent act) on the basis of the complaint lodged by Mr Sanjeev Dhanda was registered against him.

Though Mr Pathak was not available for comments today, he had at the time of registration of a case claimed that not him but his son Mandeep Pathak was driving the car and that too at a slow speed. He had claimed that neither he nor his son were drunk.

The police had later ordered reinvestigation into the case and assigned Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SP-City-I to inquire into the allegations. Mr Jaiswal said that he had directed the DSP-Mr RS Brar to inquire into the case.



PAU students boycott exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Students of Punjab Agricultural University today boycotted their exams and staged a demonstration in front of the examination hall of the College of Agriculture in protest against the charging of boarding fee from the students in case they wanted to stay during the summer vacations. The students held a meeting with the PAU authorities but they did not appear to be satisfied as, they claimed, they did not get any assurance.

The students claimed that the university authorities claim the hostel charges from the students for the full year at the start of the academic session. “Surprisingly, for the first time, we are being asked for charges for the summer break”, said Sarwan Singh Boparai.

The students argued that the summer break was a crucial session for the practical production for the students of BSc III year so they had to stay in the hostel only. The MSc I and II year students had to carry the research work during this period only. The students were also demanding that the PAU authorities must take up the issue of the concessional bus passes with the state government as they had not been given passes for the past six months. They observed that the university authorities did not appear to take any interest in the matter.

They also wanted to bring to the notice of the PAU authorities the issue of the beautification of the Students’ Home. They alleged that the area around the Students’ Home was not being taken proper care and it was turning into a wasteland.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Dean, College of Home Sciences, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering, Dean, College of Agriculture and Director, Students’ Welfare held with the students and advised the students to appear in the final examinations by June 9 to avoid the academic loss to them. The meeting also considered the demands of the students. However, no final decision was taken.



BKU faction wants SYL issue on hold
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The Bhartiya Kisan Union-Ekta (Ugrahan) faction today suggested that the issue of the SYL canal should be put in cold storage as it was unnecessarily creating bitterness between the farmers of the two states. The union leaders observed, there appeared to be more politics in the issue than any concern for the farmers’ interests.

At the Gurdwara Alamgir near here during the delegates convention, the presdient of the union, Mr Joginder Singh, and the general secretary, Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokri, observed that there was lot of water in Punjab which was still to be utilised. “Let us utilise all water available with us and then think about the SYL”, they said, while pointing out, there was still a lot of water which was going to Pakistan as it was not being utilised here.

On the issue of the unity of various BKU and other farmers’ factions in the state, they said, the unity moves had failed only because the leaders of some of the factions were affiliated to various political parties and their partisan compulsions did not allow them to forge unity among the farmers’ groups.

Over 350 delegates, including 20 women from all over the state were participating in the convention. Discussions were held today on issues of corporatisation of the PSEB, constitutional amendments and the issue of the payment of electricity bills by the farmers. Final resolutions and declaration would passed tomorrow. 



Vigilance inquiry ordered against ex-Principal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
A Special Judge of the Prevention of Corruption Act court here has ordered a high-level vigilance inquiry into the alleged misutilisation of the government funds and public money of Guru Har Gobind Khalsa College in Gurusar, Sudhar town.

Additional District and Sessions Judge S.S. Khaira, who is also the special judge of the corruption cases, has in orders, on a complaint filed by an ex-Major, stated that the matter was fit to be investigated by a DIG of the Vigilance Bureau.

The court ordered that the inquiry be completed by August 27 this year. The inquiry would find whether there are sufficient grounds for proceedings against Mr Manjit Singh Khatra, ex-principal and presently Director, Managing Committee of the college, Mr Chamkaur Singh, Office Superintendent, and Mr Bachittar Singh, Office Clerk of the college.

The court orders were issued on a writ petition filed by Maj Baldev Singh (retd) whose father Capt Randhir Singh Gill (retd) was a founder honorary secretary of the managing committee of the college.

Earlier, the Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau had also initiated an inquiry on the complaint but no action was taken. The accused have been claiming that the allegations were false, fabricated and politically motivated.

The complainant claimed that the accused had allegedly connived with his staff and misutilised the grants given by the government and donations collected from the public.

He has also claimed that fake certificates were issued by the accused, who also signed examination forms of non-existent students, misused college funds, collected donations from students and not deposited in the banks, bungled accounts of Pharmacy college.

The orders have given a fresh turn to the over two-year-old controversy.



Minor raped, accused absconds
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 7
A minor girl was raped by a neighbour in Dhilwan village on Sunday. The police has registered a case against the accused at Sadar police station, Samrala.

The victim (15), daughter of Chaman Lal, a resident of Dhilwan village had alleged in her complaint that on Sunday evening when she was alone in her house Raju, son of Karnail Singh, a resident of Dhiro Majra village in Ahemadgarh sub- division, now residing in her village, entered her house and her room and started harassing her. When she tried to raise an alarm and escape he tied her mouth with a scarf worn by her. He then raped her. Meanwhile her parents reached home and tried to catch the accused but he escaped. The police has registered a case under Section 376 and 452, against IPC against the accused.



Inquiry into sale deed transferred to ADC
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 7
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has transferred the enquiry into alleged malpractices in the registration of a sale deed of a prime land at Phullanwal village to Additional Deputy Commissioner Ajmer Singh. Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner had asked SDM M.S. Jaggi to look into the complaint and Mr Jaggi had already started the enquiry.

The complainant had alleged that the registration of the sale deed was done after the working hours at night under pressure from political circles. Mr Verma claimed that the district administration was trying to check the malpractices in the offices of the Sub-registrars.

He said the administration was also trying to minimise the role of the Nambardars, appointed for the verification of the persons involved in the sale and purchase of land.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, the administration has also introduced a system of attesting affidavits by eliminating touts. The administration has set up a Suvidha counter where affidavits are attested without any difficulty. Those seeking affidavits are required to fulfil certain formalities and have to show voter identity card, driving licence or PAN card of the Income Tax Department as proof of residence to get an affidavit attested by a special officer put on duty at the Suvidha counter.

There are seven counters for this purpose and the charges for attestation are Rs 20. The affidavit is required to be filed on a stamp paper of Rs 15.

The Deputy Commissioner said there were no shortage of stamp papers.



Rain brings respite for scorched city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana June 7
Just when the heatwave seemed to be at its zenith with people preferring to remain indoors, came a bit of rain, dust storm and plenty of clouds last evening to cool the atmosphere appreciably in the city and the surrounding villages and towns.

The mercury on Monday had shot up to 43°C with hot winds blowing across the city when clouds, accompanied by dust storm, suddenly appeared in the afternoon also reducing visibility to some extent. Late in the evening, mild rain further brought down the temperature by 3°C to 4°C. The pleasant evening prompted heat-oppressed residents to rush out of their houses to enjoy the weather.

The overnight clouds were still there this morning promising another pleasant day. Various city roads in commercial areas which had been wearing a deserted look till yesterday came alive this morning as people came out in large numbers. Even though sun started shining in the afternoon once again it did not bother much because of partly cloudy conditions and the cool breeze blowing across the city.

Paddy cultivation at several places around the city also picked up this morning owing to cloudy and cool conditions. City residents as well as farmers are looking forward to another spell of rain in the near future. Weather experts have too predicted more rains in the days to come.



Holiday sought on Aggarsain jayanti
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 7
The Punjab Pradesh Aggarwal Sammelan has called upon its members to launch a campaign to root out social evils of dowry and ostentatious display of wealth on marriages and other functions.

Addressing a news conference here last evening, Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, state president of the sammelan, urged the government restore to public holiday on Maharaja Aggarsain jayanti, which was announced by the previous SAD-BJP government, but had since been withdrawn by the new government.

He also demanded that a chapter on the life of Maharaja Aggarsain, founder of the Aggarwal community, should be included in history text books to apprise the younger generation with the life history of the apostle of peace and democracy. Mr Aggarwal said the members of the community would take up the issue of naming one prominent intersection in the name of the Maharaja with the authorities in all major towns and cities.

Earlier, Mr D.J. Jain, election officer appointed for the election of office-bearers of the state unit, announced the unanimous re-election of Mr Aggarwal as president, Mr Ashok K. Bansal (Moga) as senior vice-president, Mr Surinder K. Gupta as general secretary and Mr D.K. Gupta as treasurer. The four secretaries declared elected were Mr Om Parkash Aggarwal (Zira), Mr Subhash Aggarwal (Jalandhar), Mr L.D. Aggarwal (Ferozepur) and Mr Vinay Kumar Aggarwal ( Sangrur).

Mr Aggarwal also announced the nomination of Ms Monika Mittal and Ms Ritu Garg as president and senior vice president of the Punjab Pradesh Mahila Aggarwal Sammelan, Mr Sunil Jindal as president of the Punjab Pradesh Yuva Aggarwal Sammelan and Mr Pradeep Gupta as press secretary of the state body. Further, Mr Rohit Jindal and Mr Ashok Gupta were named president and general secretary of district unit of the sammelan respectively.



Farmer killed in freak accident
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 7
Amrik Singh, a farmer of Mohi village in Ludhiana district, is shocked over the death of his young son who went to his field in the morning to repair an electric motor at tubewell, but the family received his body as he died due to a sudden fall of bricks on his head when he was working.

The farmer had lost his elder son in a similar incident 15 years ago.

Mr Ranjit Singh (30) went to his field to prepare it for paddy. He went down in the well to repair the electric motor that had gone out of order. Suddenly a couple of bricks, which had been placed as a weight on the bend pipe of the well to stop its vibration, fell on his head and caused fatal injuries to him.

Ranjit Singh was shifted to a private hospital of the area where doctors declared him dead. He is survived by two sons.



Naina Devi Sewa Samiti office-bearers
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 7
Shri Naina Devi Sewa Samiti, Punjab, in a meeting held today at Durga Mandir, Bhadal Thuha, elected office-bearers for three years.

Patron — Pt Kernail Chand Khanna; president — Shiv Kumar Mittal (Patiala); vice-presidents — Surjeet Singh Bhorey (Nabha), Rajeev Tangri (Kharar), Gurmal Singh (Bassi Pathana), Naresh Chopra (Sirhind); general secretary — K.K. Sharma (Amloh); joint secretary — Kewal Krishan (Chuni Kalan); office secretary — P.K. Soni (Panchkula); general captains — Hari Krishan (Kharar) and Balwinder Sharma (Bhadal Thuha); Cashier — Devinder Sharma (Bhat Majra); organiser — Yoginder Sharma (Bhatheri); Adviser — Vivek Mittal (Patiala); langer incharges — S.K. Verma (Patiala) and P.C. Joshi (Pinjore, Haryana); and section in charges — Gurcharan Singh (Raisal) and Raju (Bansal Pathana).

Newly elected president Shiv Kumar has called a meeting of the executive committee on June 19 at Punjabi Bagh, Patiala, to make preparation for Ashtami Mela at Naina Devi on August 13.



Dr E.M. Johnson dead

Ludhiana, June 7
Dr E. M. Johnson, Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for Blind/Disabled, Haibowal road, passed away today. According to a press release, his funeral will be held tomorrow at Issa Nagri graveyard at 4.30 pm. TNS



Six women booked 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 7
Six women have been booked for assaulting another woman and stealing bricks.
According to information, the accused, all of Jaladiwal, entered forcibly in the plot of Sukhjinder Singh and stole bricks. When Harbans Kaur, mother of Sukhjinder Singh, tried to stop them, they pleted her with stones. The Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 323, 349, 427, 452, 148, and 149 of the IPC.



Industry-friendly policy needed, demands CICU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) today said that the Punjab government needed to adopt an industry-friendly policy so as to prevent exodus of industrial units to other states.

President of the chamber, Mr Inderjit Singh Pardhan, said the Haryana government had come out with various incentives for the industry in the state, which would go a long way in giving a fillip to the industry there.

“The Punjab government also needs to do something on similar lines.

The government should adopt a policy so that industry does not shift to neighbouring states,” he said.

CICU, meanwhile, appreciated the local administration for its efforts towards ensuring a peaceful industrial environment and controlling industrial unrest that has been prevailing in the cycle industry here for the last several months. “A delegation of the chamber had apprised the Prime Minister Mr Manmohan Singh, of the labour problem in the city, who immediately directed the local administration to ensure peaceful working environment in industry here,” Mr Pardhan said.

He also appealed to migrant labour to cooperate and maintain a peaceful environment for the benefit of both labourers as well as industry.



Confusion over steel prices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The Ludhiana Iron and Sheet Traders Association today said confusion regarding steel prices had been prevailing after the reduction in prices by leading steel manufacturers.

Mr Sandeep Aggarwal, vice-president of the association, said the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) had affected a reduction of Rs 400 to Rs 700 per tonne on CR sheets, Rs 1,500 per tonne on HR sheets, Rs 1,000 per tonne on GC/GP and Rs 1,200 per tonne on HR plates. Other manufacturers like Tata, Ispat, Essar, had not announced any reduction, he said.

“There is a misconception among several sections of the industry that prices have been reduced by Rs 2,000 per tonne which is not true,” Mr Aggarwal said.

Blaming the government for not providing sufficient information to the industry on such issues, said SAIL officials were also not providing accurate information to industrialists and traders.

The association urged that large manufacturers should make rate lists available to the consumers so as to prevent black marketing.


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