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Reema’s body parts recovered from factory of accused 
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Six-and-a-half months after high-profile business woman Reema Jain was allegedly kidnapped and murdered, a special team of the Jagraon police has claimed to have recovered some parts of her badly decomposed body from the factory premises of her brother-in-law Micky Jain, the main accused in the case.

In a day full of rapid developments in the case after a lull of several months, the team led by DIG Parag Jain and SSP, Jagraon, R.K. Jaiswal first took the production warrant of the main accused Micky Jain from Central Jail and then found the body parts from his factory.

The police also took a team of four doctors from the civil hospital who was first called to the DIG office in the afternoon and were then taken to the factory in a police vehicle. A team of experts from Forensic Chemical Laboratory, Chandigarh, also reached the factory.

Mr Jain and Mr Jaiswal said the body parts were found at the information of Micky Jain only. It, however, remains a mystery on how Micky Jain managed to hide the body parts all these months. The factory was searched earlier also.

The police officials said the DNA test and matching of the body parts would be done to confirm if the body parts were of her only. The officials said they were confident the parts were of Reema Jain’s body only.

The police officials said they were still investigating several new developments and linking the clues and the leads of the case.

Reema Jain had gone missing on July 29 morning last year. The case was investigated by Mr R.K. Jaiswal who was SP City-I, Ludhiana, at that time. However, after he was appointed SSP, Jagraon, the investigation was handed over to SP (detective) Gurpreet Singh. He had claimed on September 20 that a gang of five contract killers had murdered her at the behest of Micky Jain .

Micky Jain was earlier acquitted in the murder case of his brother, who was the husband of Reema Jain. The police had claimed that a deal of Rs 25 lakh was struck for the purpose in Central Jail here.

The police had claimed that an undertrial Makhan Singh was witness to the deal. Makhan Singh was allegedly shot at by four unidentified persons near Aliwal village in November last year. He was the main witness in the case.

The police, however, was yet to prove the charges against Avtar Singh Taari.

Meanwhile, reacting sharply to the police claims about recovering the body parts of Reema Jain from the factory of Micky Jain his wife Sangeeta Jain, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the whole episode.

Ms Sangeeta Jain has claimed that the factory was searched twice earlier also but nobody parts were found then. Ms Jain said she, her husband and the entire family was being harassed by the Punjab Police for last seven months.

She pointed out her husband had been jailed for about last seven months and still the police had not got any clue so far and now suddenly the body parts of Reema Jain were recovered.

She asked as to why the police was not booking Avtar Singh Taari, who they (the police) claimed that she had got Reema killed at the instance of her husband despite he (Taari) being still in police custody. She asserted that her husband was made to confess under duress after third degree torture that he had got Reema killed. She said even now her husband was being harassed and was taken away by the police on production warrant on several occasions.

Ms Jain said the police had been clueless and was now trying to build up pressure on her husband. She alleged that the police had illegally occupied her factory premises since yesterday and taken away a few of her employees. She said this is not for the first time that her husband was being falsely implicated in the case. She pointed out he was falsely implicated in the murder of his own brother Sunil Jain (Reema’s husband). Micky Jain was acquitted by the court as no charges were proved against him. He was also falsely booked under the NDPS by the Ludhiana police just to pressurise him into confession of the murder of his brother which he had never committed. The police later withdrew that NDPS case. 



Dispensary attacked by labourers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
A rowdy group of about 50 migrant labourers ransacked a government dispensary in Phase 5 of the Focal Point this afternoon after an alleged tiff with a nurse over breaking the queue. The nurse and a male attendant suffered injuries in the attack.

The police has booked a labourer Inderparkash and about 50 unidentified labourers for the incident. Inder Parkash was at the centre of the controversy after he had an argument with the nurse. The case has been registered under Sections 452, 353, 186, 332, 148, 149 of the IPC.

According to the FIR, Inder Prakash had come to the dispensary for taking some medical treatment. He allegedly broke the queue and barged into the room of a doctor, demanding medicines before others even as he had a minor ailment.

A nurse on duty told him to join the queue and wait for his turn. However, he allegedly argued, and a guard Jarnail Singh was called.

About half an hour later, at about 1 pm, the accused labourer along with about 50 others ransacked the dispensary, broke window panes and damaged furniture. The mob targeted the guard and the nurse . The police reached the scene and dispersed the mob. The police was conducting raids to nab the accused.



60-year-old widow murdered
Ravi Inder Singh Makkar

Machhiwara, February 16
Sixty-year-old widow Santosh Rani was murdered at her residence in Krishna Puri Mohalla here last night. The house is located in the most thickly populated area of the town.

This morning a vegetable seller knocked at the door of the victim. When he didn’t get any response, he got suspicious and informed neighbours, who informed the police.

As cops entered the victim’s residence, they found the body in a pool of blood. The woman might have been murdered with knives and sharp-edged weapons.

Even the main entrance of the house was locked from inside and the television was switched on. Police officials said the murderers might be known to the victim.

The SP (D), Khanna, Mr Dilbagh Singh, the DSP, Samrala, Mr Sushil Kumar, a fingerprint expert, Ms Rajbir Kaur, Mr Jaspaul Singh, and the in charge of the CIA, Khanna, Mr Balwinder Singh, visited the spot.

The SHO, Machhiwara, Mr Pritpaul Singh Mangat, said a case under Sections 302 and 460 of the IPC had been registered. The body was handed over to the family after postmortem.



2 killed as tractor-trailer overturns
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, July 16
A tractor-trailer loaded with bricks overturned near Kror village here this afternoon. The driver of the tractor and a labourer died on the spot, while three labourers were seriously injured in the mishap.

The driver Pappu belonged to Nawan Pind village and the deceased labourer Kaila was a resident of Sahnewal.

The ill-fated trailer was carrying bricks from a brick-kiln at Bhairon Munna village to Machhian Khurd. The mishap took place when the trolley was crossing a narrow bridge built on the kutcha way from Kror village to Nathu Bhaini village. As the trolley lost balance, the driver and the labourer fell into the drain water after which the weight of the tractor and bricks crushed them on the spot.

Among the wounded labourers are Haider Ali, Mukhtiar and Jora Singh, who have been admitted to the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. The injured labourers were taken out of the heap of bricks by the police with the help of villagers. A case has been registered.



Panic over ammonia leak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Panic gripped residents of Ram Gali of Arya Mohalla near Mata Rani Chowk here when they noticed ammonia gas leaking from the worn out pipes of an ice factory here today.

As soon as the residents smelled the fumes in the air, they vacated their houses and ran to safety. A team of fire brigade, district administration and police reached the spot immediately and controlled the situation by sealing the leaking pipe.

Residents said they smelt the gas in the evening and immediately informed the police and fire department. Leaving nothing to chance, they vacated their houses within a few minutes only.

After reaching the site, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, ordered the closure of the factory immediately. He was told by the Deputy Director of Factories Department that the unit was set up in 1955 and the owner had not got the licence of the unit renewed for last quite some time. He directed that the factory would not open till it was rendered fit for running in a residential area and till its licence was renewed by the department concerned.

He directed the SDM (E), Ms Amrit Gill, to look into the reasons of the leakage her to survey the entire city for similar units that were functioning in congested areas. He warned that if a lapse was found on the part of any department, then the officials would be dealt with strictly.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Narinderpal Singh, said the factory owner had been booked for criminal negligence. The Deputy Commissioner said the leak was caused due to a worn out joint in the gas pipe and it was replaced immediately. He said the factory belonged to Mr Ravinder Berry, who was not in the city today.

The Deputy Commissioner also directed the SDM to survey similar units.



7 convicted in attempt to murder case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 16
Mr Hardial Singh, Presiding Officer, Fast Track Court, has sentenced seven residents of Jagraon to five-year rigorous imprisonment in an attempt to murder case.
The convicts are Pritam Singh, Ranjit Singh, Sucha Singh, Piara Singh, Harnek Singh, Manmeet Singh and Gurmeet Singh.

They were asked to pay a fine of Rs 1,500 each. However, the court has acquitted Sukhchain Singh. The case of Gursaran Singh, who was juvenile at the time of the offence, was sent to the Juvenile Justice Board. The accused were booked under Sections 307, 452, 325, 323, 379, 295, 427 and 506 of the IPC at the Jagraon police station on March 13, 2002.



Dismal performance by Ludhiana Municipal Corporation
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, February 16
The claim of the municipal corporation authorities of providing 100 percent potable water supply to the residents within the municipal limits have also been challenged by the Ludhianvis and the opposition as the townfaces a severe shortage of the same even during the winter months, what to talk of summer months. Among the most prestigious projects the construction of the elevated road from Jagraon overbridge to Chand cinema was the prime project which was undertaken in 2001 and was scheduled to be completed in two years. Now almost three years delay has taken place. The authorities are now trying to complete this project by the end of April in view of the approaching Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.

Another major project of construction of Dhandari overbridge on the railway level crossing has also not been completed and only approaches have been completed. Similarly the flyover over the 'Lakkar pull' which was a very convenient link between the old town and the new city has remained incomplete. The 'Lakkar pull' was demolished before undertaking the construction of the flyover four years ago. Now the PWD(B and R), which has been given the work for completion, has completed the approaches only.

An official spokesman of the municipal corporation explains that the elevated road was delayed because there was escalation of the cost and certain technical clearances were required.

Similarly he explained that the overbridge part of the Dhandari and 'Lakkar pull' flyover was to be completed by the railways and the railways had not provided the design of the same so far.

The sanitary conditions of the town are the worst. Huge dumps of garbage are seen all over the town, including the posh residential colonies. Ludhiana has become a city of 'garbage' despite the claim of the municipal authorities that more than 700 metric tonnes of garbage is removed from the town and dumped at two garbage dumps on Hambran road and Tajpur road.

The officials of the municipal corporation claim that there is no shortage of drinking water in the town and as many as 350 tubewells supply potable water to the town.

The residents are also upset over the inflated water and sewerage bills which they receive. They face a lot of harassment as even the paid bills are sent as arrears and when the discrepancies are pointed out, the stereotype reply is 'we prepare the bills what is fed in the computer.' When the computers are not properly fed and records are not set straight, the poor residents are bound to suffer harassment.

The Ludhiana municipal corporation's biggest source of income is the octroi and according to reports octroi theft is also taking place with the alleged connivance of the municipal officials. Some of the senior officers of the corporation know about it but keep their eyes shut.

The municipals parks are also in bad shape and no proper care is being taken to maintain the same. The federation of parks management committees which had entered into an agreement with the municipal corporation a few years ago has not received the arreas running into several lakhs. The federation had to seek the intervention of the Punjab Human Rights Commission but it too did not have its desired effect.

If the government fails to take radical measures for the development of Ludhiana, the Ludhianvis will definitely revolt against the Congress. As a matter of fact, the Ludhianvis are sore with all the political parties as they are interested only in collecting election fund, they complain. 



New schemes for development of state: Birmi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Malkiat Singh Birmi has asserted that funds of more than Rs 2,000 crore have been arranged under different schemes of the government for the fast development of the state during the next year.

He was addressing a meeting of the party workers at the Circuit House here today. He informed that the Congress government headed by Capt. Amarinder Singh had made excellent achievements at all fronts and a campaign would be launched to apprise people about the comparative performance of the government.

Refuting the false propaganda of Mr Parkash Singh Badal and other Akali Dal leaders, Mr Birmi said they were frustrated, as they did not have any substantial issue against the government and could not befool the people.

He said Capt Amarinder Singh had redressed the long-pending water issue bypassing a historic Bill to nullify all agreements with other states, where as, the Akalis had always been misleading people on this issue and had not taken any step to solve it.

Mr Birmi further disclosed that the toilets in the houses of SC families in rural areas were being constructed and the Chief Minister had also requested the Prime Minister to sanction a special package of Rs 2,040 crore for the improvement of infrastructure in the state.

It was only the Congress governments which gave top priority to the welfare of the Schedule Caste and weaker sections of the society.

Others who attended the meeting, included Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, chairman, market committee, Sahnewal , Mr Inderjit Singh Vishwkarma, Mr Ramesh Pappu, president, MC, Sahnewal and Mr Darshan Singh Birmi, Mr Sher Singh Sandhu, president, truck union, Sahnewal, Mr Jeewan Kapila and Mr Kuldeep Singh, president, Tempo Union, Sahnewal.



Ramps to be prepared for disabled 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has asked officials of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, ADC (D) and officials of other departments to prepare ramps in all important public buildings in the district to facilitate disabled persons as per the directions of the Commission for Persons with Disability.

He was presiding over a meeting of officials of departments concerned and NGOs working in the field.The meeting was organised to review the progress in this context at the Mini Secretariat, here last evening.

On a point raised by the representative of an NGO regarding the non-availability of ramps in some public buildings, including in Sarabha Nagar Market, cinema halls, mega marts and other public places, Mr Verma asked Mr Balkar Singh Brar, Senior Town Planner, MC, to ensure a ramp was provided at Sarabha Nagar Market which was usually visited by large number of children.

Mr Verma told the ADC (D) to get the ramps constructed in all five buildings situated in the Social Security Complex at Shimlapuri at the earliest. The Deputy Commissioner asked GA to convene a meeting with owners of prominent cinema halls to ensure the provision of ramps was made within a month.

He also asked the ADC (D) to take up the matter with GMs of the Punjab Roadways at Samrala and Khanna so that a wheel chair was provided for handicapped passengers at bus stands.

The DC also informed that the government was also running a training centre for blind girls aged between 6 to 16 years and boys between 6 to 12 years at the Government Institute for Blind, Jamalpur, where free education, boarding and food was being provided.

A vocational training cantre was also being run in the blind institute, where one-year training for the vocations of stenography, cutting and tailoring was also being given to the handicapped girls.



1 lakh devotees attend sarv dharam satsang
Our Correspondent

Amloh, February 16
‘‘Routes may be different but the goal of all religions is the same—the quest for the ultimate truth. The sacred books of all religions give the same message of love and harmony’’, this was the theme of a discourse by Sant Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh, chief of Dera Sacha Souda, Sirsa (Haryana), during a Sarv Dharam Satsang organised at grain market here today. ‘‘We should not only listen to or read the sacred books, but should also follow the teachings of great men to attain salvation,’’ said the Sant.

Sant Gurmeet Ram spoke at length about the increasing use of different kinds of drugs among the youth in rural and urban areas. All religious preachers and NGOs should help society to curb this menace.

As many as six marriages were solemnised in a simple ceremony after the satsang.

More than one lakh persons from rural and urban areas of Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala and Sangrur districts besides followers from J and K, Haryana participated in the satsang.

It was a well organised function as hundreds of devotees arrived in the town three days prior to the function. Volunteers helped the devotees and traffic from Nabha, Patiala, Mandi Gobindgarh was diverted through the villages. Power generation and sound arrangemnts were arranged by the Dera. A control room was set up to provide proper guidance to people.

Parliamentary Secretary Sadhu Singh Dharamsot; state Congress secretary Dr Sawatantar Karkara; Block Congress Chief Shingara Singh; Press secretary Pargat Singh Annian; former Minister Raja Narinder Singh; Shiromani Akali Dal (urban) chief Hari Chand Mittal; Amloh Council chief Lal Chand Garg; Gobindgarh Council Chief Jagmeet Singh Sahota; District youth Akali Dal vice president Jaswant Singh Gold; market committee chief Nabha Mahant Harwinder Khanoura; All-India Bazigar Dal chief Makhan Singh Lalka; and Mr Gurdev Singh Amloh were among those present on the occasion. 



Love leads to enlightenment, says Sant Rajinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
President of the World Council of Religions Sant Rajinder Singh was accorded a rousing reception on his arrival here on a two-day visit to the city. Speaking at the annual function of Darshan Academy here he drew the attention of the people to fact that spirituality was a free gift of God for each and every one. “Love is the natural state of the soul, and as long as it doesn’t merge with God, the ocean of infinite love, it isn’t satisfied. As we develop love within ourselves, we get enlightened”, he said.

Sant Rajinder Singh established the Darshan Education Foundation in 1995 for character building and spiritual awakening of children. The foundation has established 15 schools in India. Darshan Academy is an English-medium school and is named after the well-known Sufi poet, Sant Darshan Singh.

On the occasion of the Annual Day function of the academy, students of the academy presented an interesting, lively and colourful programme. 



IHRO to hold symposium

Ludhiana, February 16
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) at its meeting yesterday decided to hold a symposium on the 75th martyrdom day of Chander Shekhar Azad of the Hindustan Republic Army here on February 27.
According to IHRO secretary-general Mohinder Singh Grewal, the organisation has also appointed Ranjit Singh Gill as project coordinator of the symposium. TNS



7 booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 16
Jitender Singh, Deepinder Singh, two brothers, along with five unidentified persons of Halwara allegedly assaulted Satwant Singh of Talwandi Rai, in Goindwal village. They also damaged his vehicle, snatched gold chain and threatened him. The Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 379, 427, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Liquor seized, 2 held: The police has arrested Kala Singh of Hathur and seized liquor from his possession in the Burj Kalaran area. Meanwhile, Samiti Bai Kulgehna was arrested by the Sidhwanbet police with illicit liquor from Gorsian Makhan Kadar Baksh. Cases under Sections 61-1-14 of the Excise Act have been registered.



LIC to double number of agents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India is planning to double the number of its agents from the existing 10 lakh in the next five years. The corporation has plans to partner with the General Insurance Company and form a subsidiary to provide training in the field of insurance.

Mr A.K. Shukla, chairman, LIC, who was in the city recently, said the LIC would utilise its vast infrastructure to provide training. “The training would be provided to people in insurance sector, irrespective of the company. We considered it a good business opportunity which is why we decided to go ahead with it and form a subsidiary company.”

Training will be provided by experts from educational institutions and also the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA). The proposal to form the subsidiary is at the initial stages and after the company comes to existence the LIC plans to provide training to its existing employees too through the subsidiary.

Apart from developing human resources, the LIC has tied up with 18 public sector and one private banks.

Mr Shukla said after entering the Indian markets for six years the LIC had managed to retain its position and still holds a share of 72 per cent in first premium income. “The LIC has performed well,” he maintained.

Regarding new policies, he said around 100 policies of various insurance companies, including the LIC, were pending with the IRDA for want of actuaries.

On change in perception regarding insurance as a product, Mr Shukla said pure risk concept was not likely to get popular in the near future and that it was difficult to separate the concept of savings from an insurance product. “Only around 25 per cent people take insurance products for saving on taxes, the remaining go in for insurance to cover risk and to save money.


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