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Two-day remand for dacoity drama accused
Balwinder was earlier booked for robbery bid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Adding another twist to the staged dacoity case, it has been revealed that the retired patwari’s son, who is also a co-accused in the case, was earlier also booked for attempting to rob a PSEB employee with two other accomplices. He was acquitted in the case by a local court.

Balwinder Singh Pandher, son of former-patwari Bawa Singh Pandher, was booked by the division no 6 police in 1987 for attempting to rob a PSEB employee. The attempt was thwarted when one of his alleged accomplices was nabbed red-handed while he and others managed to escape. Later, they were acquitted by a city court which found them not guilty in that case.

Confirming this, Mr R K Jaiswal, SP, City-I, told Ludhiana Tribune that the police was probing the background of all nine accused in the case. It has been found that Balwinder Singh had been booked for snatching bid. The police was studying the case further.

The police was also investigating how the retired patwari had amassed so much wealth that he owned a palatial house. The police was also verifying the information that the patwari had been dismissed from service.

Meanwhile, all accused were remanded to two-day police custody by a Duty Magistrate. The accused, included former-patwari Bawa Singh, his wife Amarjit Kaur, son Balwinder Singh, daughter-in-law Hardeep Kaur and five servants Prem Bahadur, Ramesh Bahadur, Bhagat Bahadur, Teetu Bahadur and gardener Srinath.

Mr Jaiswal said the police had sought a week’s remand to find out who else was involved in the conspiracy. The police was specifically interested in knowing the source of a revolver recovered from the house of the accused.

Meanwhile, mystery continues to shroud the identity of two persons who had stopped mediapersons from entering the house of the accused. These two persons had claimed themselves to be the sarpanch of the village and friends of the family. They had argued with mediapersons but had slipped away when their identity was questioned.

According to the police the two persons could be accomplices of the accused.



Abandoned by son, man succumbs to heat on footpath
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Thrown out by his only son a year ago, 92-year-old Jaagar Singh, who had been living on a footpath near Fountain Chowk died due to the persisting heat wave here today. His body was lying unclaimed till afternoon even though his son was informed soon after his death.

Jaagar Singh died after waiting for his son, who was informed by some tea vendors last afternoon about his father’s ill health.

“He died in the wee hours of today. He was alright yesterday but had complained that it was becoming too hot for him to spend his days on the footpath. By afternoon he became languid. We kept offering him water and he was drinking it also. Then he told me to contact his son and we phoned him up. But nobody turned up. He breathed his last in the wee hours today,” said Baldev, a tea vendor near Fountain Chowk.

The tea vendors then informed his son in the Purana Bazar area after his death. But Jaagar Singh’s body kept on lying for about eight hours till his brother’s grandson was contacted and his body was shifted from the roadside.

“We waited for his relatives. Otherwise we would have pooled in money and performed his last rites. We are very sad that his son, though so well to do, did not bother to even claim his body. Can anyone hate one’s own parents so strongly?” asked Baldev.

Jaagar Singh had been living on the footpath for the past one year. Even during harsh winters he was forced to bear the chilly weather. The Tribune had carried a report about his plight some months ago. But no one from the city had come forward to help him at that time.

He used to earn his bread and butter by selling “desi jutties.” When alive, Jaagar Singh had a sordid tale to tell about relationships going awry. He had built a house in 1948 in Purana Bazar. The house is still registered in his name. He used to run a good dairy business earned well to raise his three sons. But two of his sons died young and only one survived. He had thought that he would be his support during the twilight of his life but even in death he was alone.

He was allegedly framed in a false case by his daughter-in-law. He was in police custody for some days and when he went to his house he was denied entry by his son, he had told The Tribune.

While his own people had shown him the door, the last part of his life was made comfortable by the tea vendors who lived near his temporary home. They had been offering him food at times also. They were the ones who were by his side till he died.



Five injured in clash
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, June 23
Nearly 25 persons, armed with sticks, rods and knives, struck at Moudgill Hospital here last night, injuring five persons.
The injured were identified as Dr Monika Moudgill, her husband, Varjesh Kumar, her brother-in-law, Gagandeep and two staff nurses, Gurpreet Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur.

Varjesh Kumar, Dr Moudgill and Gagandeep were admitted to the Civil Hospital from where they were referred to the Ludhiana Civil Hospital. A case has been registered on the complaint of Varjesh Kumar against Pawan Kumar, Ved Parkash Bhatia, Rajesh Kumar Bhatia, Anil, Om Parkash and others under Sections 452, 323, 427, 506, 341, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

The accused also damaged the entrance door of the hospital, computers and other medical equipment of the hospital and decamped with cash.

Narrating the incidence, Dr Moudgill said her husband along with his friend was coming on their bike last night when the accused tried to obstruct their passage. On retaliation, they allegedly attacked her husband, who became unconscious. His friend, however, managed to escape and reached the hospital.

“I along with my brother-in-law took my husband to the hospital-cum-residence. My husband after regaining consciousness found his mobile missing. As we went out in search, the accused rushed inside the hospital and started beating us,” she alleged.

One of the accused, however, blamed the Moudgills for the attack.



Canal tragedy: heroes remembered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Tributes were paid to two youths, Tarlochan Singh Kala and Jaswinder Singh Jassa, who lost their lives while saving children in the Sidhwan Canal, Dugri bridge. A large number of prominent personalities attended a “shardhanjali samaroh” at Lohara village today.

Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, gave cheques for Rs 1 lakh each to the families of the victims. He said the families would be honoured on Independence Day. He also said their names for the bravery award would be recommended to the higher authorities.

Paying tributes, Mr Verma said the two boys had spontaneously jumped into the canal to save the lives of others and even succeeded in saving a child. He said such brave persons were the honour of society and the coming generation would seek inspiration from such acts of bravery. He said the government would take preventive measures to avoid such incidents in the future and assured that strict action would be taken against the erring officials. An inquiry in this regard is being conducted by the SDM.

Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha said the two youths, who were the breadwinners of the families, had made sacrifice while saving others.

Mr Gurdev Singh Badal and Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, both SAD leaders, expressing their sympathy with the families, said this was an unbearable loss to society. They said the people should accord due respect to their family members.



Running from pillar to post to get FIR registered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Getting a simple FIR registered in the city seems to be an uphill task, as a resident of Old Civil Lines found out, he is now fed up after running from pillar to post for the past over three months to get a case registered about the theft of his scooter.

Mr Krishan Gopal Walia, has in a complaint to the Ludhiana Tribune alleged that his scooter was stolen from outside DMC hospital on March 9. The police has till date not registered an FIR let alone searched for his two-wheeler.

The scooter (no. 10 G-3702) was parked near a drug store. He had informed police control room immediately after the theft and had later submitted a written complaint also at the Kitchlu Nagar police post. The police, however, kept on dilly-dallying whenever he asked about the FIR or about the progress in the case. He said he was so harassed that he had stopped going to the police.



Gianinder takes over as DSO
Our Sports reporter

Ludhiana, June 23
Mr Gianinder Singh, senior badminton coach, took over as District Sports Officer, Ludhiana today. He succeeds Mr S. L. Lotey who has been appointed as Assistant Director at Chandigarh.

Mr Gianinder Singh did his post graduation in Physical Education in 1975 from the Government College of Physical Education, Patiala, and completed Diploma in Coaching in 1976 from NIS, Patiala. He joined the Punjab Sports Department at Amritsar as Junior Sports Officer in 1976. Next year, he was transferred to Ferozepore and remained there till May, 1978, when he was tranferred to Ludhiana.

Mr Gianinder Singh has an illustrious career as a coach and has produced a number of shuttlers who have won positions at national level tournaments besides an international player who earned fame overseas. The World Masters champion, Arun Dhand is the trainee of Mr Gianinder Singh. The new DSO of Ludhiana has won distinction of being an ‘A’ grade national coach for a record period of 15 years (1980-1985).

Among his trainees, are Rajesh Dhir, Sanjay Jain, Harish Chandre, Rajan Sethi, Naresh Gupta, Nazma Parveen, Pankaj Ramdev, Raj Kumar, Gurbax Singh, Pranav Chopra. His trainees Sunil Sekhri and Amandeep Sekhri, made him proud by emerging as champions in the All-India Inter-Varsity Championship.

Besides coaching players, Mr Gianinder Singh has umpired a number of national and international tournaments. He supervised matches in the prestigious Thomas Cup, Uber Cup and some matches in the Asian Games held at New Delhi in 1982. In addition to this, Mr Gianinder Singh has worked as co-ordinator during several sports meets in Punjab and in other parts of the nation. He was the member of the organising committee which conducted the India-England Test matches in Ludhiana in the late 70s.

Talking to the Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Gianinder Singh said his priority would be to maintain the infrastructure, created or upgraded during the National Games held here in the year 2001.

He would thrive to make full use of facilities available in the district to fetch good results and make the coaches as well as the department proud, he told. His immediate task is to further upgrade the indoor basketball hall, situated in the Guru Nanak Sports Complex. The department would spend about Rs 12 lakh to enhance the seating capacity in the hall, Mr Gianinder Singh added.



3 booked for bid to rape
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 23
The Samrala police has booked three persons, including the owner of a dhaba, on the charge of attempt to rape a woman of Kohara village under Sahnewal police station yesterday.

The victim had alleged in her complaint that her husband was ill for a long time and she visited Samrala to get medicine for him. Sometimes she visited the dhaba of Narinder Pal Singh who promised to help her financially and gave her his telephone number. A few days ago, she rang up Narinder Pal Singh who asked her to come to his dhaba. She reached the dhaba along with her friend, Ninu, where Kala and Balbir Singh, two friends of Narinder Pal Singh, were also present.

She asked Narinder Pal Singh for money but Balbir Singh asked her to come inside the room. He locked the room from inside and tried to molest her. She raised an alarm and escaped from his clutches.

A complaint was lodged at Samrala police station. The police has registered a case under Sections 376, 342 and 120-b of the IPC against the three suspects.



Cong men come out in support of CM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
While the Opposition got a weapon in hand to nail the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for speaking in Canada from a stage with “Khalistan Zindabad” written in the backdrop, several local leaders came out in his support saying the Opposition was trying to blow the issue out of proportion.

Leading the defence, the Chairman of the Housefed, Mr K.K. Bawa, alleged that it was a deliberate conspiracy of the vested interests who were bent upon sabotaging the peace in the state. He said the Akalis, who were thinking of setting up the memorial for Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, had no right to question the patriotism of the Chief Minister.

The Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, who was also accompanying the Chief Minister during his Canada visit, said it was just a coincidence that Capt Amarinder dropped at the Dixie gurdwara. He said there was no planned programme at the gurdwara. Since it was on the way, the Chief Minister was stopped by the people gathered there.

Two senior vice-presidents of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka and Mr Pawan Dewan, also regretted that narrow partisan politics was once again being used to tarnish the image of the Chief Minister.

Mr Tikka alleged that the lawyer of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann was in league with Mr Badal and it was allegedly at the behest of the latter that the photographs were released to the media.



BJP hails recognition to Kuka movement 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 23
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has welcomed the long due recognition granted by the Union Government to the Kuka movement of Namdharis and accepting it as a part of freedom movement. The belated step had come after more than a century of the movement against the British rule.

The state general secretary of the party, Mr Rajinder Bhandari, said here today that the BJP could take genuine proud over the contribution made by its state president, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, Member Parliament, in this regard. Mr Khanna had raised the issue of supreme sacrifices made by members of the Namdharis in Parliament in March this year. He asked the Union Government to accord due recognition to the movement and accepted it as a part of freedom struggle.

Mr Bhandari said the state BJP chief had asked the government to make amends by giving due recognition to the Kuka movement to place their contribution on record. He quoted a brief narration of sacrifices made by members of the Namdharis sect in their fight against the tyrannical British rulers. He had also mentioned that the Namdharis were well known for their patriotism and were continuing to serve the humanity all over the world as a mission propagated by their great gurus. The BJP also lauded the efforts made by Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman of the National Commission on Minorities, in dispensation of belated justice to the Kuka movement.

Meanwhile, former president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Mr Sukhminder Singh Grewal, today criticised the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) activists for protesting against the arrest of their party president Simranjit Singh Mann on the charges of sedition. Mr Mann and his party workers were tried to create disturbance and communal tension in the state, he said.

He further called upon the government that since Mr Mann had publicly admitted about distribution of arms to militants and providing assistance in securing passports to them. He demanded a CBI inquiry into the functioning while being SSP of Faridkot district in Punjab. 



Chandumajra demands Mann’s release
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) President, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, today demanded immediate and unconditional release of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann. He said Mr Mann had said nothing new about Khalistan for which he could be booked for sedition. However, Mr Chandumajra reiterated that he and his party had always been opposed to the idea of ‘Khalistan’.

Talking to reporters here today, Mr Chandumajra also called for an immediate end to the campaign of arresting youth in the name of a crackdown against extremist and secessionist forces. He observed that this would lead to alienation among the youth who feel victimised for none of their faults.

The Akali leader said the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and a former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, shared equal blame for creating a chaos-like situation in the state. He observed that both the leaders had their own vested interests in trying to create a chaotic situation in the state. “While Capt Amarinder Singh wanted to stick to power, Mr Badal wants to grab it using the same tactics without caring for the interests of the state”, he remarked.

Mr Chandumajra observed that the Congress government had failed miserably in fulfulling the expectations of the people. He said The state was woefully short of power and people were left in the lurch. He said the rural areas were not even getting six-hour power supply in the peak paddy season. There was growing disillusionment against the government among all sections of society and to counter it, the government was trying to create the bogey of terrorism in the state.

The Akali leader, however, defended the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on the issue of his speech at a gurdwara in Canada against the backdrop of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’. He observed that this might have been just a coincidence. The issue was being blown out of proportion and needed to be closed, he added.

Mr Chandumajra criticised the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products. He said besides leading to overall price rise across the country, it would severely hit the agriculture sector which would be doomed by this hike. He said his party would chalk out the course of action against the hike at its meeting to be held at Chandigarh on June 26.



Greed for profit increases accident rate 
Our Correspondent

Mandi, Ahmedgarh, June 23
The greed of private bus operators to carry maximum passengers to earn more profits and the poor condition of the link roads in this area frequently result in accidents that lead to deaths of many while several others are injured seriously.

One such accident that occurred near Kamalpura village on Raikot-Jagraon road yesterday, left two dead and more than 20 injured. According to the police the Jagraon bound private Bus had overturned when the driver lost control over the vehicle while trying to overtake a state-owned bus.

The incident, however, was not the first of its kind. Earlier too this greed coupled with reckless driving has caused loss of precious lives.

Interestingly, the police allegedly remains a silent spectator to all this. Investigations revealed that the number of vehicles booked for negligent driving was negligible. In most of the cases the vehicle, mostly private buses, had overturned and rolled causing severe injuries to passengers.

Recently, 22 persons were injured, two of them seriously when a private bus on its way to Bathinda from Jalandahr had overturned near Hissowal village on the Mullanpur-Raikot road on June 19. The bus (PB3H 6900) was owned by Roop Transport Company. On May 24, a North Indian Corporation bus (PB30C-1313) dashed into a tree near Gobindgarh village on Raikot-Jodhan road leaving at least 22 persons injured.

A pall of gloom had engulfed Ikolaha village on April 30, when three persons of this village had died and many others were injured in a road accident involving a mini bus owned by General Transport Company and an oil tanker Rasulra village on Khanna-Malerkotla road.

As many as 50 passengers travelling in a private bus had a narrow escape on April 23 when a private bus overturned near Sarinh village on Malerkotla-Ludhiana road.

Bus (number PB 10 A N 0149) of Cheema Transport Company, had dashed into a workshop, causing harm to public property, including an electric pole and a milestone. At least 20 passengers were injured, three of them seriously, on April 4. The accident took place as the driver was trying to overtake another bus in order to get more passengers. 



Are joint families on their way back?
Asha Ahuja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Life almost always comes full circle. Joint families that broke up due to urbanisation and erosion of traditional values may be on their way back. The Ludhiana Tribune spoke to unmarried girls and boys from different sections of society and all of them said they wanted to settle in a joint family and not in a nuclear family.

Veenu, a graduate from a well-to-do business family who is waiting to get married, said, “I want to get married into a joint family. I belong to a joint family and I am sad that due to some reasons our family had to disintegrate, but I miss my family. We used to have so much fun — all the cousins playing together, eating together and going out together. There was no time to get bored. Now I feel a kind of emptiness. When I get married, I want to marry into a big family so that we can share our problems. Imagine living by yourself — just the two of you. It can become very lonesome.”

Anoushka, a career girl whose parents are looking for a suitable match for her, said, “I have told my parents that I will prefer to live in a joint family. I find joint families such fun as I live in one. One learns to adjust to different people. People tell me that in joint families, one has to make a lot of adjustments, but life is another name for adjustments and compromises. Just look at the advantages of living in a joint family. One shares responsibilities. If one member of the family is sick, the whole family takes turns to nurse him or her. Moreover, there is no despair as the whole family supports you. One does not get lonely.”

Another girl, Pooja, who works in a beauty clinic, said, “With husband and wife only, it becomes boring. I know of a couple who had a horrific time when the husband was diagonsed with burst appendicitis. The woman did not know where to leave her children as she had to be with her husband in the hospital. She did not have enough money to pay in the hospital. She was in a fix. Her parents could come the next day only. She had to literally beg before people to help her out. She managed somehow but it was a nightmare she would like to forget. In a joint family, she would not have faced this problem.”

Sahil, who works in a bank says, “If you are following television serials, all of these show the saga of a joint family. These serials reflect society only. The moral that one draws from these serials is that the family that supports one another in the family is the winner. I also feel that joint families enable you to bring up your children in a warm family atmosphere instead of leaving them in creches. So let’s have joint families to bring up our children in a healthy manner.



PWD, MC ignore condition of roads

Jagraon, June 23
The historical town, known for its biggest grain market in Punjab, has virtually non-existent roads, especially the Tehsil road from the railway crossing to the Tehsil chowk and Lajpat Rai Road from Mokamdin Khangah to the railway crossing on the Sherpura side.

Officials of the PWD (B&R) and the municipal council have taken no note of the condition of these two roads which are full of potholes and unfit for vehicles. The local municipal council says it does not have sufficient funds to repair roads. The rainy season may add to the miseries of the common man using the roads. OC



Protest against power cuts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Protesting against prolonged unscheduled power cuts, members of the Tiger Force Club held a demonstration against the PSEB authorities here today.
Mr Jatinder Singh Galhotra, general secretary of the club, said soaring temperatures had already made life difficult for people and unscheduled cuts were only adding to their woes.

He said as if all this was not sufficient, the government had increased power tariffs as well. Not only had the current situation harmed residents, it had also affected industry. The members threatened to intensify their stir if the present situation continued.



Travel agent held for fraud
Our Correspondent

Khamano, June 23
The police yesterday arrested a travel agent of Khamano on charges of defrauding a resident of Faraur village, near here.
According to the DSP, Mr Satinder Pal Singh, Harjeet Singh had allegedly taken Rs 5.70 lakh from Surjeet Singh on the pretext of sending him to Italy. He was sent to Malaysia from where he was deported to India. The DSP said a case under Sections 420 and 406, IPC, was registered against the accused.


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