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Robbers kill businessman in Salem Tabri
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Four persons who had allegedly come with the motive of robbery murdered a 52-year-old man at his residence in Vinay Nagar in Salem Tabri here this morning.

The victim, Chaman Lal Malhotra, who ran a suitcase shop on Old Court road, was stabbed in the stomach. He died on the spot. His two sons, Ganpat Rai and Jatinder Kumar, also received minor injuries. They were admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

According to his son, Jatinder Kumar (22), the unidentified persons had struck at their house between 2 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. with the motive of robbery after scaling the wall of the house. They had allegedly asked the sons for money. When they refused to give them money, the alleged robbers attacked them with a sharp edged weapon. Their father too jumped into the brawl and he was stabbed in his stomach.

The police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC, against unidentified persons. The body of Chaman Lal was sent for post mortem. The deceased used to live with his wife and two sons in Aman Nagar. His two daughters were married in Ludhiana and Chandigarh respectively. The police said that it would start investigating the matter after Chaman Lal’s cremation.

SP Kuldip Singh said that according to the complainant, the alleged robbers were clean-shaven and were between 18 to 20 years of age. They were speaking to each other in Punjabi. While the three robbers were fighting with father and sons on the first floor of the house, the fourth one was guarding the house at the gate. All of them fled after Chaman Lal collapsed. They did not take anything from the house.

Meanwhile Mr Gurpreet Singh Toor, Superintendent of Police, said that the police was investigating the matter as per the version of the complainant. But there were certain questions which were unanswered after the examination of the crime scene. He added that the dog squad, which was pressed into service, was not able to gather anything, as there were no marks of footsteps in and around the house. This was suggestive that there was a possibility that nobody had come to the house at all.

“But it too early to say anything. Thorough investigations would only reveal the exact story.” he added.



Blast in house due to LPG ‘leakage’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Residents of a house in New Hargobind Nagar had a miraculous escape when a common wall of three rooms in their house collapsed following a blast, suspected to be due to LPG leakage, this morning.

The incident took place in the house of Mr Surinder Arora, a VCD dealer at CMC chowk, when his wife switched on a light in the kitchen in the morning. A loud blast followed and a common wall of their kitchen, bedroom and drawing room on the first-floor collapsed and fell on the roof of their neighbours.

Nobody was injured in the incident. Mr Arora and his two children were sleeping in the bedroom, whose wall was affected. The impact of the blast was so much that the windowpanes of many houses in the street were broken.

“My wife woke up at 5 am and went to the kitchen. She switched on a light and a blast waked us up. Maybe LPG gas had leaked in the kitchen and switching on a light caused sparking and the blast took place. The house could have caught fire also. But we are saved,” said Mr Arora.

His neighbours said the blast was so powerful that they were shaken out of sleep. Earlier, they thought that there was a bomb blast and started running away from the residential area. Later, they found out that it was due to gas leakage.



Roadways staff stop private buses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Agitated and irritated employees of the Punjab Roadways today stopped some of the illegally plying buses on various routes in Punjab. The employees said it was because of these illegally plying buses that the Punjab Roadways was running into losses.

The Roadways employees alleged that most of the private bus operators were running buses more than the route permits they possessed. They alleged that this was being done in connivance with some officials of various departments. They said only when the government ensured that un-authorised buses were not run on the routes, the Punjab Roadways would not go into losses.

The employees said they had been requesting the authorities to ensure that unauthorised buses did not ply without a valid route permit. They claimed to have “impounded” several such buses, which were being run without valid route permits.

On the other hand, some of the private bus operators alleged that the Roadways employees picked up wrong targets. They claimed that buses owned by some transport companies from Chandigarh and Haryana were plying on unauthorised routes. This not only caused losses to the Punjab Roadways, but also to the private bus operators. The bus operators said they were themselves annoyed with the plying of unauthorised buses.



Act against tipsy Patwari, says SDM
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 25
The SDM, Malerkotla, has forwarded a case seeking disciplinary action against a Patwari, who was found drunk on duty by the local revenue authorities. The revenue officer has acted on the complaints of farmers and panchayat of Kanganwal village, where he was posted.

Dr Indu, SDM, said she had forwarded a report to Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, demanding disciplinary action against Mr Biker Singh, Patwari, posted at Kanganwal village.

She had received the report from Mr Mukesh Kumar Sharma, Joint-Sub-Registrar at local revenue office. Mr Sharma had been receiving complaints form farmers and the civic body of the village that the revenue employee had been harassing them by ignoring their day to day jobs. They had complained that the Patwari was a drunkard and used to consume liquor while on duty.

On receiving information, Mr Sharma raided the office of the Patwari today and found him drunk. The medical examination of the employee was got done at a local Civil Hospital. The doctors examining him declared that he was drunk. Seeking a disciplinary action against him, Mr Sharma sent his report to the SDM, Malerkotla, who forwarded the same to the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, for necessary action.



5 held for kidnapping youth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Close on the heels of the murder of a youth allegedly by four persons belonging to well-settled families, a youth was allegedly kidnapped and beaten because of an old rivalry between two groups of youths over their assertiveness in the Punjab Mata Nagar area.

The city police arrested five of the 10 accused persons, who allegedly kidnapped youth Amritpal from Punjab Mata Nagar on Tuesday night. The police got Amritpal released on Wednesday morning. He was admitted to a local hospital.

DSP R. K. Bakshi told Ludhiana Tribune that the five arrested persons had been identified as Johnson, Anthony, Ashok, Vinod and Mandeep.

The five absconding accused are Albert, Joy, Pappu, Mainsh and Vikas. They allegedly kidnapped Amritpal on Tuesday night from near a liquor shop.



PSEB ordered not to impose cuts
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 25
Mr Jatender Walia, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), in a case of the local Bar Association versus Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today restrained the PSEB authorities from imposing any electricity cut during the working hours from 9 am to 5.30 pm in judicial courts complex, including lawyer’s cabins, bar room and the library, here.



Passing Thru
Dr V.P. Singh
Dr V.P. Singh, former Additional Professor and unit head, Neurosurgery Department and Gamma Knife Centre, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

What scope does surgical correction have for epileptic patients?

About 70 to 80 per cent of epilepsy patients respond to medicinal treatment while the rest fall under intractable epilepsy who need surgery. The surgical treatment involves specialised equipment like MRI and video EEG, along with coordination of an epileptologist, neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist and neuropsychologist.

Is the surgical procedure for epilepsy standardised and easily available?

Though the procedure is straight forward and simple for a skilled neurosurgeon yet the medical fraternity had not been able to widely practice the same for several other factors involved. Presently, the facility is available only at places like Trivandrum, Bangalore and New Delhi.

What is the risk factor and expenditure on epileptic surgery?

The surgical procedure is relatively safe, although some element of risk is there and sideeffects involved as everything is related to brain. The preliminary tests will cost around Rs 15,000 and the cost of surgery will be anything between Rs 40,000 and 50,000.

— Kuldip Bhatia



Residents protest against lack of civic amenities
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Sick of “lackadaisical” attitude of the authorities of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), the residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Block-E, today staged a dharna outside the office of the LIT chairman to protest against lack of civic amenities and mushrooming of slums around the residential area. While the Chairman, Wg Cmdr Paramjit Singh Sibia, and all other officials were away to Chandigarh for a meeting on city centre project, the trustees had a tough time in convincing the residents to lift the dharna and to wait for some more time.

Led by Mr Pran Nath Bhatia, patron, and Mr Arvind Sharma, Press Secretary of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Residents Welfare Association, the residents raised slogans against the LIT. They sat there for more than two hours till a trustee, Mr S.P.S. Bindra, reached the spot and pacified them. They handed over a copy of memorandum to him, who promised that their grievances would be redressed soon.

Mr Sharma said they had already communicated to the LIT authorities that their delegation would meet the Chairman today but he had left for Chandigarh without even informing them. He added that he called up when they were staging a dharna that he was away. None of the senior officials were present in the office as all of them were said to be away. The residents claimed that it was impossible for them to live in the vicinity of slum-dwellers, who indulged in anti-social activities and littered their colony and parks.

They said the jhuggis had sprung up in the area six-seven years ago and following protest by them these were razed during the tenure of former trust Chairman M.M. Vyas. These came up again before the elections and some candidates got their names included in the voters list. Later, nobody was able to remove them. Mr Bhatia said more than 250 jhuggis had come up on an area of 475 acres belonging to the Improvement Trust. The jhuggi dwellers were creating problems for them by drawing power through “kundis”, thereby increasing the load on the power supply in the area.

They reared pigs, which created nuisance by entering the green belts of the colony. Moreover, the jhuggi dwellers used the parks as urinals and open toilets.

The residents threatened that if the LIT authorities did not redress their grievances, they would be forced to intensify their agitation. Mr Bhatia said it was the duty of the LIT to provide proper environment and amenities to the residents as the area was developed by it.



IHRO seeks ‘sewa’ rights for women
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has flayed the statements of the Damdami Taksal and former Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh opposing the move to allow women to perform service at Harmandar Sahib.

The outfit said the concept of human rights had included women only in theory. But in practice, abuses of women had been ignored, dismissed or generally gone unpunished just because the victims were female.

Outfit chairperson D.S. Gill and secretary-general M.S. Grewal, said: “Abuses against women included gender violence-female infanticide, genital mutilation, sex trade, rape, neglect and abuse of girl children, wife murder and sexual assault — as well as denial of civil, cultural, religious, legal and economic equality with men.”

Even the denial by the SGPC to allow rendering of “palki sewa”, kirtan and other devotional “sewa” to Sikh women was no different. And it is a serious violation of religious right of the Sikhs, if not a crime, as is in the case of above violations, they added.

They said the IHRO had resolved to get restored in all aspects the Sikh tenet of equality and equal status of Sikh woman in all gurdwaras, including Darbar Sahib at Amritsar.

They said they needed to put pressure on the SGPC and Akal Takht for the restoration of service for Sikh mothers, sisters and daughters.

They have urge the SGPC to devise measures and review old rituals (out-dated practices) to restore the Sikh tenet of service for all without any gender discrimination so that the true spirit behind the Sikh faith could prevail.



Preparation on for state-level function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Preparations for holding a state-level function to observe the 11th death anniversary of former Chief Minister Beant Singh at Payal on August 31 are in full swing.

Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma today presided over a meeting of district heads of all departments concerned at the venue — grain market yard — to finalise the arrangements and directed them to ensure foolproof arrangements relating to their department.

He directed the PWD XEN to carry out minor repair work on roads leading to Payal.

SSP Naunihal Singh said anticipating a huge gathering, the police had made elaborate security arrangements and earmarked sufficient parking space on all roads leading to Payal.



Tributes paid to Kewal Krishan

Machhiwara, August 25
Tributes were paid to Lala Kewal Krishan, an old associate of Beant Singh, at a “shardhanjali samagam” at grain market here today.

The dignitaries who attended the programme included Punjab Congress president Samsher Singh Dullon, president of the Anti-Terrorism Front Maninderjit Singh Bitta, senior Congress leader Manish Tiwari and SSP Khanna Naunihal Singh. — OC



Two booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 25
Ajit Singh Bhola and Amarjit Kaur of Talwandi Rai allegedly assaulted Kulwinder Singh of their village after entering his house with sharp-edged weapons.

The injured has been admitted to the hospital. The Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 452, 323, 324, 506, 34, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Illicit liquor seized

The Sidhwanbet police has arrested Jil Singh of Madepur from the area of Galib Khurd and seized illicit liquor.

A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of Excise Act has been registered.


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