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Avtar Taari in police net
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Avtar Singh Taari, an arms smuggler-cum-contract killer booked for the sensational high-profile murder of businesswoman Reema Jain, has reportedly fallen into the police net. The surrender came as a result of the intense police pressure exerted on Taari and a senior police official who was allegedly protecting him for the past over two months.

Ludhiana Tribune has learnt that the matter was even brought to the notice of the Punjab Chief Minister’s office after a detailed report about the police-criminal nexus in Taari’s case was carried in these columns.

Sources said Taari’s arrest would be announced soon. They said Taari was being intensely questioned in the case.

Though the local police was tight-lipped about the development, reliable sources have confirmed his arrest. They added that Taari had surrendered, but this could not be confirmed.

With more than 15 cases registered against him, Taari had shot into limelight when Micky Jain, brother-in-law of Reema Jain, told the police that he had hired five contract killers, led by Taari, for abducting and killing the woman. The police had only arrested Micky in this regard.

Taari had expressed his desire to surrender at least three times through a Punjab Police official. But he had never kept his word. Last week Makhan Singh, an important witness in the Reema Jain murder case, was allegedly shot at by four assailants near Aliwal village in Jagraon police district.

The police was suspecting the role of Taari’s gang behind the attack. Makhan was alleged to be a former member of the Taari gang. He had parted ways recently.



Rs 16 crore for removing nullah stink
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

BJP protests

Unruly scenes were witnessed at the venue of a function organised to inaugurate a development project on the nullah in old city as some BJP leaders protested against the visit of the Local Bodies Minister.

Led by Mr Satpal Gosain, a senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, many leaders carried black flags and raised slogans, 'tainted minister go back.’’

Before they could enter the venue some Congress leaders tried to stop the BJP leaders from doing so resulting in a minor brawl.

The cops posted at the spot intervened and whisked Mr Gurdeep Singh Neetu, a BJP councillor, in a Gypsy. He, however, forced his release soon after.

Ludhiana, November 26
Putting an end to the woes of lakhs of residents of the old city, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) today started a Rs 16-crore project for covering a nullah passing through the city.

The Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, inaugurated the project near Civil Hospital today.

Under the project, the entire 4-km long stretch of nullah, starting from Moti Nagar to Budha Nullah, would be covered thereby helping the residents who had been complaining of various diseases and pollution spread by the nullah.

The covering of the sewerage drain was the main demand of the residents of these colonies.

The Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Surinder Dawar, who was elected an MLA from this constituency, had promised that he would get the nullah covered if he came into power.

Keeping his promise to the people of his constituency, Mr Dawar remained quite instrumental in getting this project sanctioned from the state government.

The project, entailing covering of nullah from Gurudwara Dukhniwaran to Gaushala and from Moti Nagar to Buddha Nullah, was taken up after a study of the pollution caused by this nullah.

The study had revealed that around 3.50 lakh people living in colonies adjacent to the nullah were suffering and many people, especially children, were suffering from various skin diseases.

The nullah emanated foul smell and was a perfect breeding ground for germs of various diseases.

After the study, the F&CC committee of LMC had given a green signal to the project.

The nullah would be covered in a span of 18 months. As per the design approved by experts, it would be made into a concrete box and its level would be maintained in such a way that it would discharge its contents directly into Buddha Nullah.

After covering the nullah, the space would be exploited commercially and for parking purposes after consulting traffic experts.

Addressing the gathering at the inaugural, the Local Bodies Minister said this project would solve a major problem of the Ludhiana East constituency.

He claimed that state government had given top priority to develop Ludhiana as a model city of the state.

He added that a special sewerage project worth Rs 150 cr in Ludhiana city was already under execution.

The Minister said to permanently settle the problem of waste water, a big treatment plant was also being commissioned.

He also presented a cheque of Rs 5 crore to Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, and Mr S. K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, for development works on this occasion.



No respect for martyrs
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, November 26
The martyr of martyrs, Kartar Singh Sarabha, who sacrificed his life at just 19 at the altar of the country’s freedom struggle, today stands a pained man near the very busy Ghanta Ghar, gathering grime all the time. Holding a book in his left hand , close to his chest, he is sadly watching the fast pace of the city which has no time for him.

Ever since the statue of the firebrand martyr was unveiled by the then Panjab governor , Mr. Jaisukh Lal Hathi, on February 20, 1980, amid a lot of fanfare usually associated with such events, the statue of the young martyr has been facing utter neglect on the part of the civic as well as the district administrations, which find it quite convenient to pass on the buck to each other. Over the time , the statue as well as the four copper plaques on the sides of the podium have gathered so much grime that one has to really exert to read the citations. A bucket or two of water is poured over the statue to give it a cleaner look on rare occasions. A closer look at the damaged copper plaques also suggests that attempts, albeit unsuccessful, have been made in the past to rob the statue of the same.

Because of the elevated road project, the corporation had decided some months ago to shift the great martyr’s statue to some other suitable place. For the purpose, the statue was uprooted and placed on the road at par with the pedestrians. But the corporation is yet to come up with a concrete plan to rehabilitate the uprooted martyr with befitting honour. It seems that the civic and district administrations are least bothered by the callous neglect.

The joint statues of martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru installed at the Jagraon bridge face similar neglect but the condition of the small park which houses the statue of a war hero along with a captured plane, at a stone’s throw from the office of the Deputy Commissioner, is really deplorable. Apart from other public purposes, it is being used as a public urinal for men. And that too at the main entrance to the vast secretariat cum Judicial complex housing the offices of Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police among others. Men enter this park, turn their backs on the magnificent statue of Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, who attained martyrdom on December 14,1971 and bagged Paramvir Chakra posthumously, and relieve themselves against the boundary wall. Though someone has scribbled some obscenities on the wall to discourage the public nuisance, nobody seems to be very much concerned about it.



Sachkhand fire: probe rules out sabotage
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Short-circuit was the likely cause of the fire that broke into the luggage compartment of the Nanded Sahib-Amritsar Sachkhand Express just after it had left the local railway station late last evening.

Preliminary investigation has ruled out any sabotage behind the fire. The investigation of the burnt bogey and the luggage was carried out by forensic experts and local railway officials.

The main reason for the no-sabotage theory is based on the finding that only upper half of the bogey where the electricity wires located had caught fire and there was no sign of blast like bursting of the roof or the sides of the bogey.

Secondly, the train guard Mr A. K. Sindhi has also stated that he suffered an electric shock when he tried to apply the emergency brakes after noticing the smoke emanating from the compartment.

His compartment was attached at the rear of the luggage compartment. The Railways has formed a four- member committee under SDSO, Amit Sharma, to find out the exact cause.

The committee has issued summons to the parcel clerk, the incharge of the Railway Protection Force, the carrier incharge and the electric supply incharge for appearing before the committee on November 28 at Ferozepore.

A team of experts from the Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh, today examined the burnt bogey and luggage of the ill-fated luggage compartment of the Sachkhand Express train which had caught fire late last evening at the local railway station. Surprisingly, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has not registered any case into the yesterday's incident claiming that the Railway Department does not want any case to be registered at this stage.

The GRP has launched its own independent investigation into the case. The Forensic Experts team was called by the police only. A DSP of the GRP also visited the spot and examined the debris.



Maur elected PAU staff union chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Mr D.P. Maur has been elected president of the PAU Employees’ Union for the sixth consecutive term. He defeated his rival Mr Ashok Mahindru by a margin of 211 votes.

Mr Amritpal of Maur group has been elected general-secretary of the union by defeating Mr Assa Singh Pannu with a margin of 265 votes.

The other executive members of the union of Maur group elected are Paramjit Singh Gill, senior vice-president (open), Dr Gulzar Pander, senior vice-president (reserve), Satpal Sharma, vice-president (open), Charanjit Singh Grewal, vice-president (reserve), Gurmukh Singh, treasurer, Joginder Ram, secretary-I, Kewal Krishan, secretary-II. Som Nath Sharma, joint treasurer-I, Jaswant Singh, treasurer-II, Gurmel Singh Tung, organising secretary (open), Pal Singh, organising secretary (reserve), Baldev Singh Walia, propaganda secretary (open), Ajmer Singh Jassowal, propaganda secretary (reserve).



NRIs invited to submit rural welfare projects
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
With an aim to bringing development in the state with the help of NRIs, the district magistrate here has invited project proposals for rural areas from those NRIs who wanted to do something for their motherland.

Deputy Commissioner, Anurag Verma announced in a press note here today that the state government would provide up to 50 per cent matching contribution to the approved projects.

Mr Verma said under the scheme a vast range of projects for rural development could be taken up. The indicative list of village development projects includes water management schemes, sewerage treatment, public toilets, rainwater harvesting, village infrastructure projects.

He further said the scheme further includes creating infrastructure for specialised job-oriented training courses for village folk.

He added that with a view to speeding up the processing of proposals a panel of certified engineers had been prepared by the NRI Department. The estimate submitted by NRIs would be cross-checked by the panel and forwarded to a committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner.

The proposal would then be put up before a committee headed by the Chief Secretary. After clearance of the project on the level of the Chief Secretary, funds would be released to the Deputy Commissioner, who would give these to the NGO.

Mr Verma stated that project proposals in this regard could be submitted at the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Ludhiana.



Steps to check illegal adoption discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
The Department of Social Security, Women and Child Development conducted a seminar, as per the guidelines issued by the Central Adoption Resource Agency, Ministry of Social Justice, regarding work related to adoption and rehabilitation of destitute children, at the SGB International Foundation, Dham Talwandi Khurd, 30 km from here, yesterday.

The seminar was inaugurated by Swami Shankranand Bhuriwale and Mr S.R. Ladhar, Director, Society Security, was the chief guest.

Speaking on the Voluntary Coordinating Agency (VCA) in Punjab, he said the state government would not allow illegal adoption of children in any manner and the guilty shall be treated severely.

Mr Jagdeep Singh, Executive Director, SGB International Foundation, read out a paper on inter -country adoption and said adoption of children outside India should be the last resort.

A joint declaration on behalf of the government and NGOs was read out by Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Director, Social Security.



Sikhism's virtues extolled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Sikh organisations from all over the world have decided to launch a continuous movement to effectively spread the philosophy of Sikhism at the global level. In a heavily attended religious congregation on the second day of Annual World Gurmat Samelan being organised in Gurdawara Nanksar Samrala Chowk, under the guidance of Sant Baba Jaswant Singh, here today, the devotees pledged to dedicate themselves to the preaching of gurbani and to baptize maximum number of Sikh youth.

In his message, Sant Baba Jaswant Singh said the Sikh Gurus had given a unique philosophy of brotherhood, equality, tolerance and service to the suffering humanity. Expressing his serious concern over the turning away of sikh youth from the basic principles of Sikhism, he called upon the religious preachers and heads of the religious bodies to concentrate on educating the youth about the importance of the philosophy, which he said had no comparison in the whole world.

He also called upon the sangat to work hard for providing quality education, including medical and technical to the coming generations so that the intellectual level of the entire nation could be improved . He said that the sangat from other countries was willing to contribute for the hospitals and educational institutions in Punjab but they should shoulder the responsibility of providing excellent management to the institutions so that the standard of education in the institutions could be brought as par with the good institutions in other countries like USA, UK, Canada etc.

Other prominent personalities who spoke on the occasion were Lok Sabha Member, Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Baba Daya Singh (Sursingh wale) and Baba Balwinder Singh (Bhagatgarh, Kar Sewa wale).

Mr. Kirpal Singh, who was has been successfully managing the arrangements for this grand religious congregation told, that on November 27(on the concluding day) about two dozen saints and philosophers would take part to preach the sikh philosophy and many renowned Ragis would recite Gurbani and perform Kirtan. 



Awards announced for saving lives in mishaps

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 26
Taking serious notice of the spurt in road accidents in this part of the state the Sangrur police has warned owners and drivers of vehicles, including commercial vehicles, against violation of traffic rules.

The SSP, Sangrur, has announced special awards to those organisations and persons who will play an important role in saving lives in road accidents.

According to Mr Rachhpal Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Malerkotla, the district police chief Mr Harinder Singh Chahal, had taken a serious view of the spurt in the number of road accidents. — OC



No headway in case of beheaded body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Police investigation into the recovery of a beheaded body found near the Sutlej banks on Qasabad village side two weeks ago has not progressed even an inch as the body could not be identified till date.

Even though the body was shown to several families, no one could recognise the man. There was not a single mark or spot on the body on the basis of which anyone could recognise the body. The problem has been compounded further as the body had no clothes other than the briefs when it was recovered.

SHO Salem Tabri said the first step in solving such blind murders was that the body was identified. But so far the investigation is stuck at the first point only.

The Salem Tabri police had registered a case of murder of the unidentified youth against unknown persons on November 11 morning when the body was recovered. SHO GS Bains said it seemed as if the youth was murdered somewhere else and the body dumped in the river.

The police said it could not be ascertained from the recovered torso whether the man was a migrant or a native of the state. The police was inquiring about missing persons from nearby areas but no headway could be achieved so far.

Sources said the clothes of the deceased were also removed to make the identification difficult.



5 booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 26
Karnail Singh, Narinder Singh, Kuldip Singh, Harjinder Singh and Hardip Singh of Chak Kalan allegedly threatened and assaulted Harnek Singh of the same villagewhile the complainant was on his way. The Humbran police has registered a case against the accused.

A land dispute is stated to the reason for the incident.

Cellphone, cash snatched

About 10 unidentified persons allegedly assaulted Swaran Singh of Manuke while he was going to Dalla village and snatched his cellphone and wallet containing Rs 300. The police has registered a case. No arrest has been made so far.

Illicit liquor seized

The Dehlon police has arrested Bikramjit Singh of Qila raipur and seized 27,000 ml of illicit liquor from his possession. A case under section 61,1and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered. 



Four booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 26
Gurdev Kaur and Avtar Singh of Dad village, Ranjita Thakur of College Road, Ludhiana, and Surinder Kumar of Field Ganj, Ludhiana, who allegedly cheated Mr Parveen Kumar and Mr Rakesh Kumar of Jodhan, have been booked by the Sudhar police and a case under Sections 406, 420, 120-B, IPC, has been registered against them. No arrest has been made so far.


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