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90 per cent of Reema’s skeleton recovered
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
With the recovery of a skull, more bones and a bunch of hair today from a 35-foot deep septic tank in the factory of Micky Jain, main accused in the Reema Jain murder case, the Jagraon police has recovered 90 per cent of her skeleton. The digging work at the septic tank has been going on since yesterday afternoon.

The police has also recovered a large steel tub and petrol from the factory. DIG Parag Jain told Ludhiana Tribune that Micky had initially planned to burn the body in the tub. But later on he thought it was better to dump it in a septic tank as the smell of the burning body could have raised suspicion.

While till now the police had faced the challenge of recovering the body of Reema, the focus has now shifted on establishing that the body was of Reema Jain only. In order to ascertain this a long drawn process has to be followed, which could eventually prove as the main evidence in the case.

The Jagraon police has held consultations with eminent lawyers and medical experts to plug any loopholes in the case.

Upbeat at the success in the case, Jagraon SSP R.K Jaiswal told Ludhiana Tribune that in order to scientifically prove that the body was of the high profile businesswoman only, the police would first get the post-mortem examination of the skeleton done either at Patiala or at Amritsar.

The skeleton would then be sent to the Forensic Chemical Laboratory in Chandigarh. The examination would determine the age, sex, height and the possible cause of death.

He said the recovery of separate parts had also led to the suspicion that the body was cut into pieces before being dumped in the septic tank. ‘‘ Though the suspicion is not strong enough, it would be the main focus of the chemical examination’’, he said.

Mr Jaiswal said the main accused, Micky Jain, had been misleading the police right from the beginning. ‘‘We are not taking any chances and want to be medically sure that the body is of Reema Jain.’’

He said the police was sure that it was Reema Jain’s body and the accused had confessed the crime also, ‘‘ But still the stamp of medical examination is required’’.

Referring to the demand of a CBI inquiry into the case by Ms Sangeeta Jain, wife of Micky Jain, Mr Jaiswal said his investigation was completely transparent and he had documented it well with evidence and photographic proof.

Meanwhile, the District Court has remanded all four accused in the case to police custody till February 20.

SSP Jaiswal said the accused namely— Micky Jain, Jasvir Singh Neelu, Kuldip Singh Mandiana and Tarsem Singh Boney— have been remanded in police custody to trace the car in which Reema Jain was kidnapped and also to know the whereabouts of the documents which the accused made her sign before killing her.

Case transferred to Jagraon police

Expressing happiness over the way investigation was conducted and the success of Jagraon police in the Reema Jain murder case, DIG Ludhiana Range, Mr Parag Jain, has shifted the entire investigation to the Jagraon police district.

DIG Jain told Ludhiana Tribune that further investigation into an FIR registered against Micky Jain on September 20 by the Ludhiana police and related inquiries have all been shifted to the Jagraon police.

Mr Jain said DSP, Dakha, H.S Brar would conduct the investigation under the supervision of Jagraon SSP R.K Jaiswal. The SSP, Ludhiana, has been directed to transfer the case file to Jagraon police district, he added.



Son reconciles to Reema’s death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The eldest son of Reema Jain has finally accepted the police theory that his mother had been murdered after he identified certain articles recovered from the septic tank in the factory of main accused Micky Jain. The body of Reema Jain was dumped in the septic tank.

He is, however, yet to decide about the recipient of Rs 10 lakh award that he had announced for anyone providing relevant information about his missing mother.

He had announced the award after Reema Jain went missing in July last year and could not be traced for weeks, ‘‘Actually, I had announced the award for a person who would give information about the whereabouts of my mother. Now the police of two district is involved .’’ He said he would take the decision later on.

Earlier, while talking to this correspondent Bhanu Pratap Jain said he would be satisfied only after the recovery of his mother’s body. He had made the statement in September last year when Ludhiana Police had claimed to have solved the case. However, the police could not recover the body and also could not arrest any contract killer allegedly hired by Micky Jain.

Bhanu said he was part of the operation when the body was exhumed, ‘‘ I have no doubts now. The articles— a piece of embroidered cloth, a white pen and a pair of leather slippers— were recovered from the 35-feet deep tank in my presence. I am crystal clear about the case now.’’ he said.

Just about 21 years old, he is left to take care of his 16-year-old sister and an 11-year-old brother, besides managing the multi-crore business of the family, ‘‘ For a few weeks after my mother’s disappearance, I still had hope that her enemies would not be so cruel and that she would come home alive.’’

He said he and his family members had been bearing this agony all these months, ‘‘I had seen my mother that morning, healthy and full of life. Yesterday I saw her skeleton only. It was unbearable.’’ he said.

Bhanu has demanded exemplary punishment for the accused in the case. He said he was open to an inquiry by the CBI or any other agency as demanded by Ms Sangeeta Jain, wife of the main accused Micky Jain, ‘‘ I am confident that the Jagraon police has investigated the case in a scientific manner and no agency would be able to challenge it.’’



Board firm on shifting polluting units
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) is in no mood to grant relaxation to pollution- creating industrial units to be shifted from residential areas. The board, which has asked the industry to get assessment done regarding the number of pollution-creating units and related factors, has told the industry in residential areas not to delay in complying with its orders.

"Pollution-creating units will have to shift even if they are under green category," Mr Malwinder Singh, Member Secretary, PPCB, told Ludhiana Tribune.

The PPCB had, through a public notification in September 2005, directed industrial units to shift. Most of these units are located in areas like Muradpura, Dashmesh Nagar, Chet Singh Nagar, Janata Nagar, Kot Mangal Singh Nagar, Bhagwan Chowk, Partap Nagar, Kalsian Street, Sewak Pura and Preet Nagar.

The industry, however, had been opposing the move on the grounds that the shifting would be a blow to its existence. It also demanded that these areas be designated as "industrial". The industry contended that even the Supreme Court had directed to designate those areas that have more than 70 per cent industrial units as "industrial areas". A survey can be conducted here too, as over 80 per cent of the area is covered by industrial units. Instead of shifting they should designate these areas as industrial, said industry representatives.

While a couple of red-category units shifted, the remaining units continued functioning in these areas. Last year, the PPCB did not take action against units that did not shift. However, this year, what bothered industry was that the PPCB started sending notices to industrial units last month, asking them to shift. The board officials reportedly even visited a couple of units in this regard.

The industry repeatedly urged government and the department to let units continue in this area.

Now that the board has again declined to let these units continue, red category (highly polluting) units have now urged the government to grant them land so that they can shift.

"Land has been allotted to only 24 units whereas there are a total of 174 units in these areas. The board has assured us that the green category units would remain but the red category ones would have to go," said Mr Varinder Kapoor, general secretary, United Cycle and parts Manufacturers Association.

Mr Joginder Kumar of the Ludhiana Electroplaters Association said that 10 acres lying vacant near phase VII be allotted for the relocation of polluting industry. "Land should be allotteed for relocation at Rs 126 per square yeard," the association demanded.



Change of road name upsets leader’s family
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The family of late Basant Singh Khalsa, an Akali leader and prominent social worker of the city, is upset with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for naming the road connecting Mata Rani Chowk to Guru Nanak Stadium as Club Road that was christened as Basant Singh Khalsa Marg in the memory of the slain leader six years ago.

The MC had recently affixed sign boards on the prominent roads and places in the city. While the foundation stone clearly indicated the road to be Basant Singh Khalsa Marg, the authorities had chosen to name it as Club Road, which was the stretch’s earlier name.

The development has not only angered the family members of former minister, late Basant Singh, but a number of his close associates also who claimed that the former general house of MC had legally resolved to name the road after the former leader. They say when the name was changed after following all legalities how can the authorities revert to the old name without following proper procedure.

They claim that the road was named after late Basant Singh in 1999 after he had died in a road accident on the same road. So his family and his supporters had decided to get the road named after him.

“I had specifically got the records of the MC checked and the road was known as Club Road. The former Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal had then mooted the proposal and the issue was unanimously passed in the MC’s house. It was finally cleared by the state government also and a foundation stone of the road naming it as Basant Singh Khalsa Road was laid,” said Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, his son and a former MLA from Dakha constituency.

“Nobody had any problems at that time. But the stone was damaged by a mob four years back which was protesting against the demolition of a part of Durga Mata Mandir. Next day, the then Mayor had got the foundation stone reconstructed and there were no hassles.” he added.

Everything was going on smoothly till some days ago, when suddenly the road was identified as Club Road by the MC.

“I have spoken to the Commissioner, MC and the area councillor, Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu. Both have agreed to redress my grievance within a day or two,” said Mr Khalsa.



Portraits of martyrs to be put up in classrooms
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar has announced that the portraits of martyrs, renowned scientists and national leaders would be displayed in classrooms in all government schools to educate the students about patriotism and moral values.

In addition to this, chapters relating to prominent personalities would be added in the syllabus books of the students, so that they could seek inspiration from their contributions.

Mr Johar was addressing a well attended annual prize distribution function organised at the Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, here today.

The minister exhorted the teachers to bring about substantial improvement in their working and give excellent results. He announced that the award money for the state level and national level awards for the teachers would also be substantially enhanced in the state and minimum increase of five per cent enhancement in salary to state awardees and of 10 per cent enhancement to the national awardees would be ensured.

Referring to the commitment of the government to strictly eliminate the menace of copying in the exams of Punjab School Education Board, Mr Johar said strict vigilance would be maintained during the forthcoming examinations and exams would be specially supervised by senior officers.

The minister said the government had also decided to start computer education in 5278 government High/ Senior Secondary schools in the state in a phased manner from July and 7000 computer teachers were also being appointed for the purpose. He reiterated that process for the recruitment of 12000 teachers would be started in the state very shortly.

He said stress was being laid on providing quality education from the primary school level and a new scheme of nursery centres had been launched in 1700 primary schools in the state to provide training and play way facilities to children belonging to age groups between three to five years.

Mr Johar said more stress was being laid on the all round development of the students in the schools and informed that the government had spent funds amounting to Rs 4 crore this year for the development of sports in schools and an equal amount would be spent during the next financial year.

He presented a cheques for Rs 4 lakh for the construction of class rooms and three toilets in the school. 



Human rights body to hold symposium
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) will hold a symposium on ' How can social regeneration and economic development envisaged by the freedom fighters and revolutionaries be accomplished by evolving political process' on 75th martyrdom day of Chander Shekhar Azad of the Hindustan Republic Army here on February 27.

According to Mohinder Singh Grewal, IHRO, Secretary-General, Ranjit Singh, alias Kuki, has been designated as the project coordinator for the event and its follow up. This was decided at a core group meeting presided over by Mr D.S. Gill, chairperson of the outfit, here today. The surviving freedom fighters will be invited to highlight the sacrifices made by them from time to time on that day. "They must be heard on how they feel now about the independent India," said Mr Grewal.

The National Advisor of the IHRO, Dr S S Johl, will preside over the symposium where freedom fighters, scholars, legal and human rights experts will hold discussion on social equity, economic freedom and human dignity to rejuvenate the given political process so that the people can feel the glow of freedom, informed Mr Ranjit Singh.

"The ultimate purpose of this symposium and its follow up", he said, "Would be to suggest ways and means to develop party-politics and to call upon the people, especially voters, in the forthcoming elections to cast their votes according to their conscience, discarding all corrupt practices, now initiated by politicians to grab power for personal gains."

The IHRO has also appreciated the stand taken by Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh to challenge Section 78-80 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act 1966, that curtails Punjab's rights over its river water and hydel power. If it is not as election stunt, as has been alleged by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leaders, it is the need of the hour and will be hailed by the people, he added. 



Two held with liquor

Jagraon, February 17
Surinderpal Singh of Khotianwala Khooh Malsihan Bajan was arrested by the police from Galib Kalan and 18930 mls of illicit liquor was seized from his possession. The Sudhar police seized 13680 mls of illicit liquor from Rabi Sharma of Mohi from Hissowal. Both of them were booked under Section 61 of the Excise Act.

One booked: Tapinderjit Singh of Shian allegedly fired shots in the air from his licensed rifle. The police has registered a case under Section 336, 341, 506 of the IPC and Section 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act. Some land dispute is alleged to be the cause behind the incident. No arrest has been made so far.

Shop burgled: Some unidentified persons allegedly burgled a shop in Hari Singh Nalwa chowk, Raikot. The shop belonged to Tilak Raj Jain. The burglers took away tyres, tubes and mobile oil worth Rs 30,000. Raikot police has registered a case under section 457, 380 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Satta operator held:
The police arrested a satta operator Pawan Kumar, a resident of Jandali village, and recovered cash amounting to Rs 8515 from his possession. A case has been registered.

600 gm of ganja seized: The Khanna police yesterday arrested a man from the Maria road for possessing ganja. The police stopped a man on the road and during search, recovered 600 gm of ganja from a plastic bag from him. The police has registered a case under sections 21/61/85 of the N D P C Act against the accused, identified as Varinder Mandal, a resident of Balia district in Bihar. OC


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