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Police refuses to register FIR in cheating case
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
The city police continues to deny the right to get an FIR registered to a 60-year-old man, Mohammad Karimulla Ansari, who belongs to Delhi and was allegedly robbed of his belongings while on a visit to this city.

Though he is camping here for three weeks now, the police has refused to register an FIR on his complaint even as the Supreme Court of India has directed that the police has to register an FIR and investigate later on. The law provides that the police can book a man later if his complaint was found false.

Even Chief Minister, Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, had recently issued directions that the police should register an FIR immediately.

But none of those orders have come to the aid of the aged man, who does not want to return without the FIR.

“How would I tell my family members that I was robbed if I don’t have an FIR”, he argues.

He had boarded a train from New Delhi to Amritsar in late October. He de-boarded the train in Ludhiana hoping he would get some job here. The man had some problems back home.

Ansari claims that he was duped of Rs 10,000, valuables and clothes and documents. “After I got down here, I met one Mukesh who told me I would not be able to get a job in the city as nobody knew me here. He told me he would get me a job in some village near Phillaur and I went with him,” he narrated.

He says he was asked to milch cattle and since he did not know how to do the job, the person who had brought him told him he would drop him back to the city.

“When we came here, he met one Mishra and we went for lunch , where he was administered some drug.”

He says after he regained consciousness, Mukesh was missing alongwith the briefcase that he had brought from his home. “But Mishra was there. When I enquired about my bag, he abused me and started hitting me, after which I went to the Railway Police, who told me to get my case registered with the city police.”



Wife’s killer shows no remorse
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
A tempo-truck driver who had shot dead his wife at Bajra village yesterday has no remorse for his act. Lodged in a lock up at the Basti Jodhewal police station here, the accused, Kuldip Singh, is not repentant at shooting his wife, orphaning his three children.

The murder took place not over difference of opinion but because of social norms which does not allow a woman to help her parents after marriage.

The sequence of events of the murder as narrated by the accused in a talk with the Ludhiana Tribune today reveals that the man had, in fact, not killed the woman in a fit of rage as was being suggested yesterday but seems to have done her to death in cold blood.

Kuldip had shot the woman twice in chest and abdomen with his licensed double-barrel gun. Even as his wife lay dead on the floor, the man re-loaded his gun and shot her twice again.

“She deserved to die. She was giving all my hard-earned money to her parents” the man said without battling an eyelid.

SHO Jaswinder Singh Mangat said Bachhitar Singh, father, and Gurvinder Singh, brother of the deceased woman, Kiranjit Kaur, have revealed that the accused had beaten the woman several times because of which she had left him.

Kuldip had brought her home this Divali but had allegedly beaten her up again. He told Ludhiana Tribune that he was justified in doing so, “I worked hard day and night. There were times when I did not sleep for couple of nights due to my job as a truck driver. I never consumed alcohol or any other drug and gave all my earnings to my wife. But she secretly routed the money to her parents,” he said in anger.

The accused took honour in revealing that for the past several years he used to take his food in a tiffin box when he visited his in-laws house.

Mr Mangat said the accused had bought his licensed weapon a few months ago only with the intention to kill his wife. He had deliberately sent his three children to different gurdwaras in the morning yesterday so that he was left alone in the house.

SHO Mangat said the accused also claimed that his wife had some illicit relationship but he had not been able to name the suspected man.



Surjeet’s grandson’s wedding: Admn in attendance
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
The veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, Mr Harkishen Singh Surjit, may not be holding any official post or position of authority anywhere. Neither in the party nor in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government his party supports. But the charismatic comrade still commands huge influence. That probably explains as why the marriage ceremony of his grandson, Sandeep Singh, with Raveena, daughter of a senior Indian Revenue Service officer, appeared more to be a state function than a private affair.

The entire administration had come to a standstill here with most, nay all the officers, deputed on various jobs in connection with the anticipated visit of the VVIPs, including the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and a former Prime Minister, Mr HD Deve Gowda, who were scheduled to attend the marriage. The last minute cancellation of the Chief Minister’s visit could not provide any breather to the people as all the arrangements had been finalised keeping in view the CM’s visit.

Besides Mr Surjit himself, former Prime Minister, Deve Gowda, Patiala MP, Ms Perneet Kaur, who was representing her Chief Minister husband, Capt Amarinder Singh, as he could not make it to the wedding, her son Raninder Singh, Information Advisor to the Chief Minister, Mr BIS Chahal, Lok Bhalai Party leader, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, besides several ministers of the Punjab Government and Opposition leaders joined the gala celebrations and blessed the couple at the Harsheela Resorts, about 10 km from here along the Ferozepore Road.

Given the importance and influence of the veteran Communist leader over the central and state governments, the local administration appeared too focussed about its job. The administration had been kept in ‘suspended animation’ for the obvious reason that the officials had to be deputed along a 10 km stretch from the helipad to the venue of the public reception. The anand karaj was, however, performed at the gurdwara Sarabha Nagar, only.

Although the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who was expected to attend the function could not make it and instead had sent his wife and son, the entire administration remained scattered along the 10 km stretch from the Punjab Agricultural University grounds, where the helicopter landed, to the Harsheela Resorts. Some officers were also deputed at the Sarabha Nagar gurdwara in anticipation of the CM going there.

It was a lavish wedding full of fun and gaiety. The guests were treated to a sumptuous menu with scores of dishes spread out all along the sprawling lawns of the resorts. It must have taken a lot of time and efforts of the organisers to host the event with the guests ranging from the common and ordinary to the VVIPs.



Open manholes pose risk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
Digging of roads by a telecommunication company is giving a tough time to residents of a lane adjacent to the Model Town Club and Gurdwara Shaheedan as pits have formed on the road and manholes lie uncovered, posing a threat to life.

The residents have complained to the authorities of the local civic body a number of times, but to no avail. In a complaint signed by around 50 residents, it has been stated that manholes in the lane are uncovered and anybody can fall into these.

In a reminder to the authorities today, the residents claimed that the telecom company did its work and left the road without repairing it. The manholes were also left like that.

“When children come home from school, they can fall into the manholes. However, nobody is listening. Is the civic body waiting for some tragedy to happen? Will they act when something like this happens?’’ asked Mr Sarabjit Singh, a resident.

A few days ago, some residents took out lid themselves and placed it on a manhole. However, as it had been dug badly, the lid slipped again and fell inside.

Another resident said they were not blaming the municipal corporation for the digging as it was done by a telecom company. However, if it had dug the road to lay cables, it could have left the road in order at least, they said.

“It is our money that is being wasted. If the MC had given permission to the company to dig the roads, it could have asked the company to repair these as soon as the work finished. Or the company should be penalised for damaging public property. Is there anybody who is accountable or not?” asked another resident, who added that they were sick of this digging all over the city.

The residents claimed that the pits and open manholes were posing threat to commuters at night as these could not be anticipated in the dark. A number of times many people have fallen into the pits and small accidents keep taking place. 



Gowda foresees fresh political realignment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
Former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda feels that fresh political realignment was imminent at the centre since the Congress- led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had miserably failed on economic and other fronts. He was also critical of the country’s foreign policy. However, he did not foresee any immediate threat to the government.

Mr Gowda, who was here today to attend the marriage ceremony of Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, Mr Harkishen Singh Surjit’s grandson, in an interview with the Tribune maintained that the UPA government had pursued the same economic policies as that of its predecessor, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the BJP.

The former Prime Minister, whose Janta Dal (secular) is supporting the UPA at the centre, did not appear happy with its policies, particularly the economic and foreign. He said the economic policies of the government were “quite anti-farmers”. He said, “You cannot ignore the farmers’ interests as they hold key to economic growth”. He called for a major agriculture policy that would keep in view the interests of the local farmers.

Although Mr Gowda was not happy with the foreign policy either, but he refused to elaborate saying everything was too obvious. At the same time he did not see any immediate threat to the UPA government at the centre. He pointed out that the government’s secular credentials were undisputed. But it needed to focus on other areas, particularly the agriculture so that the farmers were not forced to commit suicide



Dawar gets bail in defamation case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
A local court today granted bail to the Parliamentary Secretary Power and Housing, Mr Surinder Dawar in a defamation case filed against him by the former Deputy Speaker, Punjab Mr Satpal Gosain.

‘Today, Surinder Dawar appeared before the court in response to the summons issued to him.

His counsel filed bail application , which was accepted by the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Mr. S.S. Dhaliwal.

It may be recalled that the tussle had been going on between the two since Mr Dawar had defeated Mr Gosain in the last Assembly elections.

As per the directions of court, Surinder Dawar furnished surety bonds worth Rs. 10,000. The case has been then adjourned to December 2.

One defamation case field by Surinder Dawar against Satpal Gosain is fixed for November 17.



He lost his brother to debt 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 16
Having failed to pay an amount of Rs 80,000 to the “abductor” of his brother, a migrant labourer lost his brother, who was found hanging in a locked room at Indra Colony near Rohira village. The local police has booked the captivators, including an Army man under Sections 306 and 342 of the IPC. The accused has reportedly absconded. According to Surinder Kumar, son of Jagan Nath, a resident of Gopalganj in Uttar Pradesh, his brother Satinder Kumar (25) had been living in a rented quarter owned by Nek Mohamad of Rohira village near here. Satinder owed some money to his landord, an Indian Army personnel. While Nek Mohammad was with his unit, Satinder shifted to a room at Jandali village and told the family of the landlord that he would pay his debt after some time.

“On Tuesday Nek Mohammad told me that my brother had been detained by him at some untold place and should get him released after paying the abovesaid amount. He threatened me of dire consequences in case I reported the matter to police,” Surinder told the police. As the captivators had asked him to pay the asked money by Wednesday evening Surinder had arranged a part of it and was going to pay the same to the accused when he came to know of the mishap. The room was locked from outside. He reported the matter to the police.

Preliminary investigations by police revealed that Nek Mohammad and his fellows had locked Satinder Kumar in the room last night. Besides torturing him, he was made to understand that he would be shifted to some other place in case his brother did not pay the money by Wednesday evening.

“What pains me most is that I will not be able to face my relatives as I could not save my brother just for a meager amount,” grieved Surinder Kumar. Mr Balwinder Singh SHO, Sadar, said necessary information had been sent to the unit of Nek Mohammad for necessary action.



Action sought against doctor
Our Correspondent

Khamano, November 16
Paramjit Singh (14) of Mohan Majra village, near here, has in a letter to Chief Minister Amrinder Singh demanded stern action against a private hospital and a surgeon responsible for deteriorating condition of his mother. She is in a serious condition at the PGI, Chandigarh.

According to the letter, Amarjeet Kaur was operated upon at Gaggan Nursing Home, Bhari, near here, but her condition deteriorated after the operation. The doctor in spite of sending her to another hospital wasted many days and she got severe infection. Relatives of Amarjit Kaur took up the matter with the Deputy Commissioner who ordered the CMO, Fatehgarh Sahib, to inquire into the matter. The CMO and his team sealed the hospital. However, the surgeon who operated upon her has not been called and no case has been registered.

Meanwhile, residents of The Sanghol area held a meeting yesterday and decided to sit in a dharna on November 21, if the culprits were not booked.



Passing Thru

Channi Singh
Channi Singh, Punjabi singer and music director.

You started singing in late 1970s in UK. What brings you to Punjab after almost three decades?

It is just that I did not get a chance to come and sing here, though I got to perform with a lot of Indian film actors, including Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, and also with renowned singers like Asha Bhonsle. I also formed the first formal Punjabi band, Alaap, there. I am happy that I am here and will try to explore possibilities of performing live for the Punjabi audience.

Are you happy with the current phase the Punjabi music industry is going through ?

I am not happy with the vulgarity and loudness many people are presenting these days. Though I am not a trained singer, when one goes deep into music one knows what rhythm and quality is about. I personally feel all these loud songs vulgarity in the name of popular demand are only shortlived shortcuts to success. They won’t work in the long run.

What are your future plans?

I am coming out with two music albums, one containing the classics I earliersang. These are about 100 in number, including “bhabhiye ni bhabhiye sun bhabhiye, de vanjareya and mainu churiyaan chada de chann ve.” The second album is untitled and I have sung all songs in that.

— Shveta Pathak



Govt assailed over Anand Marriage Act
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
Lt Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retd), president, Ex-services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, today assailed the government for not implementing the Anand Marriage Act which had been duly ratified by the British.

In a statement here Col Dhillon said that the circumstances under which the Sikh community was brought under Hindu code along with Jains had remained questionable since the dawn of independence and framing of the constitution. ‘It is strange and incomprehensible that the Christian Marriage Act 1873 and the Muslim Personal Law 1937, are in force but the distinct religious and cultural customs of Anand Karaj Right from 1525 and duly ratified by the British Imperial Council was being deliberately ignored. It is time that legal infirmities, if any, be removed, he said.

Col Dhillon observed that it was unfortunate that the centuries-old religious, cultural, linguistic and historic identity of the Sikhs was being clouded under one pretext or other. The fault for this lay with the political leadership of the Akali Dal which is self-centred.



Chetna rally at Jagraon 
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, November 16
An awareness rally depicting multiple social evils prevalent in the society, was held at Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon near here today in which more than 1500 students from various schools and colleges of Jagraon participated. The rally, organised at 35 places in and around Punjab by the DAV institutions was held under the leadership of Mr D.V. Chopra, president, DAV Managing Committee.

The rally was flagged off by Mr S.S. Gill, SDM, Jagraon, while Prof Mohan Lal from Jaipur was the special guest. The awakening rally aimed at eradicating social evils like dowry system, female foeticide, social inequality, caste system and serious threats like pollution and over-population, got an overwhelming response with people from different walks of life participating in it.

Starting from DAV College, Jagraon, children holding hundreds of placards passed through various bazaars of the town. They were warmly welcomed and greeted by JayCees, members of Rotary Club and Jagraon Senior Citizens’ Council. During their net one hour route, the students were distributed sweets and other refreshment.

Dr Satish Sharma, Principal, DAV College, Jagraon, said the DAV Managing society has organised such awareness programmes on a large scale. “We can make the masses aware about all such social problems. The rally also focussed on the teachings of Arya Samaj. By organising prayer meetings, DAV Institutions had collected Rs 1.11 cr for Tsunami victims earlier. We always try to teach students to serve for the noble cause”, said Dr Sharma.



BKU seeks hike in sugarcane MSP
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has urged the state government to increase the minimum support price of sugarcane from Rs 115 to Rs 135 per quintal on the Haryana pattern to curb the sale of sugarcane produced in Punjab in the neighbouring state which could have disastrous effects on the operations of sugar mills.

In a statement here today, the BKU president, Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and other functionaries of the union said the difference of Rs 20 in the purchase price of sugarcane in Haryana could compel farmers sell their produce in that state.

If such a situation was allowed to arise, the sugar mills in Punjab would not have enough quantity of sugarcane to run to their capacity during the season and many of these mills could incur huge losses.



Workers to hold protest rally

Ludhiana, November 16
Alleging unfair treatment to labourers at the hands of industry, the members of the Moulder and Steel Workers’ Union today said that they would intensify workers’ protest by holding a rally and a march on November 20 at Bhagat Singh Colony here.

Mr Mahinder Singh, secretary of the union, while condemning the closure of Rockman Cycle Industries and Highway Industries, said workers rendered jobless were being forced to accept compensation.

The union leader said it was conducting meetings and would hold rallies to intensify the struggle of workers. “The closure of the two wings is only an attempt to break unions and give an unfair treatment to workers. This is a result of the new economic policies and we would not tolerate it,” he said.

Meanwhile, workers of the closed cycle divisions of Highway Industries and Rockman Cycle Industries continued their protest on the 16th day of the closure today.

Mr Raghunath Singh, general secretary, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Punjab, addressed a workers rally near Rockman here today.

Denying that the workers had accepted any compensation offered by the management, Mr Jagdish Chand of CITU said: “Workers are not accepting any compensation. The management might have disbursed the compensation to its administrative staff.” TNS



Residents resent sewer overflow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
Residents of Dugri, phase-I near Ram Lal Bhasin School, have complained that a sewer pipe has been leaking in front of their houses for past many days but various complaints had no effect on the authorities concerned.

Mr Ashok Sood, a resident, said that dengue and many other diseases were spreading in the city and they were scared that they might become victims of any such disease. He said the water overflowing on the road was a perfect breeding ground for insects that were vectors of pathogens of many disease.

He urged upon the authorities to redress their grievances soon. 



Resident helps cop catch fleeing driver
Our Correspondent

Khanna, November 16
A local resident, Ravinder Kumar, and a head constable of the traffic police yesterday caught a truck driver, who was trying to escape after crushing a youth under his truck near Natraj Theater. The S S P has announced a bravery certificate and cash reward for Ravinder for helping the police catch the driver.

The SP (D), Mr Dilbagh Singh, said today that around 7 pm yesterday the driver of a truck crushed a scooterist under his vehicle near Natraj Theater here and tried to flee from the spot along with the vehicle.

An eyewitness, Ravinder Kumar of Model Town on the Amloh road, told a head constable of the traffic police about the incident. Both of them chased the truck.

The truck driver turned his truck to the link road and tried to dodge them.

The policeman jumped onto the truck on the way and tried to stop him.

Ravinder Kumar, who was on his scooter, overtook the truck and asked the driver to pull over, but the latter rammed his truck into the scooter.

The scooter was crushed under the truck but Ravinder escaped.

In the meantime, some people gathered and overpowered the driver and handed him over to the police.

A case has been registered under Sections 279, 427, 307 and 304-A of the IPC against the driver, who has been identified as Bhagwant Singh of Kailash Nagar, Abohar, in Ferozepore district.

The DSP, Khanna, Mr Rajeshwar Singh Sidhu, said the SSP had announced a bravery certificate for Ravinder Kumar and head constable Gurmukh Singh, besides a cash reward for the former.



Shawl trader found murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
The city police has recovered the highly decomposed body of 62-year-old shawl trader from his house, near Vrindavan road today. The deceased, Pyare Lal, who had a shop in Dal Bazaar here, was probably murdered two or three days ago, the police said. The assailant(s) had allegedly consumed liquor with him and later given him poison.

The man lived alone while his two married sons living separately. The murder theory was based on the fact that the door of the house was locked from outside.

The body had swollen badly and a pungent smell emanated from the house.

The smell had attracted the attention of neighbhours who informed the police this morning.



Four of family booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Amloh, November 16
The police has booked four members of a family for allegedly committing a fraud. It has arrested Neel Kamal, a resident of Green Model Town, Jalandhar, under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC whereas her husband Krishan Kumar and her two sons Denny and Sonny are still at large.

Mr D.S. Rana, DSP Amloh, and Mr Gurdial Singh, SHO, disclosed here yesterday that Sham Singh had lodged a complaint with the police that the four had taken Rs 15 lakh from him in 2000 on the promise of sending him to the USA. He said instead Krishan Kumar had taken him to Kenya for two 2 years. They neither sent him to the USA, nor refunded his money. 



Acid thrown at minor girl

Jagraon, November 16
Mandeep Kaur, a Dalit minor girl of Chucnrari village, was allegedly injured when her neighbour threw acid at her. Mandeep was reportedly bursting crackers to celebrate Gurpurb when Harchand Singh threw acid on her. Kehar Singh, father of the girl, said that Harchand Singh had grudge against their family.
— OC


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