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Panel formed for ’84 riot cases 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
Office- bearers of the (84) Danga Peerit Welfare Board have demanded a 15-day extension in the deadline of applications for relief. They raised this issue during their meeting with Mr. Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, in the secretariat committee room here.The leaders discussed the issue with Mr. Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana.

Mr. Anurag Verma assured that the case for the extension of date for the applications would be taken up with the higher authorities and said that all the documents permissible for identification for the attestation of affidavit would be accepted to clear the complicated applications of riot victims pending with the administration.

It was decided to form a five -member committee comprising the representatives of the Board and officials for the clearance of complicated cases where the required documents are not available with the affected families.

The applicants can contact Mr. Prem Chand, SDM, Raikot, and the Assistant Commissioner Grievances in Mini Secretariat ,Mr Verma said.



Four policewomen ride into history
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
Another male bastion came crumbling down today when four policewomen matched the daredevil acts performed annually by policemen during the annual passing out parade ceremony at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur.

Head Constables Baljit Kaur, Shakunt Chaudhary, Anupama and Constable Laxmi Devi became first policewomen in the history of the academy to rub shoulders with their male counterparts in performing spectacular feats on a motor cycle.

Earlier, only one Woman Constable had performed the feat in 1995 but it was for the first time that four policewomen achieved the feat.

While seeing policemen perform such acts was a routine at such ceremonies, the participation of policewomen, inspired by Director ADGP R.S. Gill, was a novelty at the ceremony today.

The four women saluted the chief guest, Finance Minister Surinder Singla, and DGP S.S. Virk while standing on a running Bullet motor cycle.

The women also performed acrobatics on the vehicle. They pulled off various intrepid formations on the motor cycle.

Academy sources said the women had volunteered for the show as they wanted to prove that they were no less than their male counterparts.

The various manoeuvres involve a lot of risk as the motor cycle has to be controlled without the use of hands while the acts are being performed. Further, the vehicle has to run in loops an oval-shaped athletics track.



Octogenarian’s 30-year battle for land
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
He has been fighting a 30-year-old legal battle for the possession of land worth Rs 3 cr belonging to him in Dad village.As if his fight was not enough, another piece of land belonging to 86-year-old retired Headmaster Darbara Singh was encroached upon recently by a villager.

Repeated requests to the Sadar police to get the land evicted have failed to bear fruits. Tired of running from pillar to post, Darbara Singh moved a local court, which granted status quo following his petition.

He alleged that despite the status quo orders, the other party was continuing construction on the land and the police had refused to help him on the grounds that his documents had no value for them.

Darbara Singh is a shattered man today as he has no hope of reclaiming his land. His son is settled in Canada and a Jagraon-based NGO, which has taken up his case, is the only help around.

Darbara Singh was a claimant of 2,900 sq ft of “shamlat” land allotted to him as “patti sangat”.

A part of it was allegedly sold fraudulently by certain persons in the village. The land was now part of a marriage palace.

The elderly man had filed a civil suit against the alleged encroachment and the matter was sub judice.

He claimed that the Revenue Department had refused to provide him a copy of the revenue records stating that the land had fallen in the commercial category and they did not have any records of the land.

He further alleged that while he was moving from pillar to post to take his fight to a logical conclusion, another 500 sq yrds of his land was allegedly encroached upon by another party.

Hard of hearing, Darbara Singh said: “I have knocked at all the doors. I do not know what to do now. The police is not helping me. I think I will die fighting for my land.”

Alleging that earlier around 850 sq yrds of his land was sold fraudulently by preparing a fake registry, Darbara Singh said he was shocked to see that a woman, who did not exist in the village, was shown to possess the land.

Somebody had then sold the land on her behalf to another party.

Demanding an inquiry into the case, Darbara Singh felt that only a probe would help the matter.



Seven charged with threatening MP’s driver
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 21
The Sudhar police has booked at least seven persons under Sections 323, 342, 365, 382 384, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54, and 59 of the Arms Act.

The charges relate to alleged illegal confinement of a driver of an MP from Bathinda, forcing him to write documents purportedly serving as receipt of Rs 6.5 lakh, snatching his valuables and deserting him after threatening to kill him.

According to Mr Sohan Singh, Havaldar, presently serving as a driver of Ms Paramjit Kaur, MP Bathinda, at least seven persons, including Shervinder Singh of Jodhan village, Sukhdev Singh Sukha of Tootan Wala village, Mulakh Raj of Noora village and Surinder Singh had allegedly forced him to sign receipts and blank papers at gunpoint after detaining him at Jodhan village yesterday.

Shervinder Singh and his associates had allegedly duped the complainant of Rs 6.5 lakh on the pretext of sending his son Avtar Singh abroad five years earlier.

"Though Shervinder Singh and Amrit Pal Singh had issued cheques worth Rs 6.5 lakh towards refund of money, the cheques bounced when presented in bank.

“While a judicial case was pending in a court at Bathinda, the accused invited me to settle the account at Jodhan," Sohan Singh told Shawinder Singh, SHO, Sudhar, today.

The complainant alleged that the accused, instead of making payment as assured earlier, detained him at gunpoint with the help of his associates and forced him to sign receipts and blank papers.

The victim was allegedly deprived of his valuables, including a mobile phone, ornaments and cash. The accused prepared a movie of the whole episode also.

The victim was later beaten up mercilessly by the accused. They threw him in an unconscious condition near Dhaipai village.

Avtar Singh, son of the victim, after receiving information about the incident rescued his father and brought him to the police station.

The police registered an FIR against the accused and started hunt for them.

No arrest has been made so far. 



IHRO to cast people’s manifesto
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO), while commemorating the 75th martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru here today, called upon the political parties, desirous of contesting the forthcoming Assembly elections, to adopt socio-economic and political agenda as envisaged by freedom fighters and revolutionaries so that their dreams could be fulfilled.

Activists of the organisation gathered at the martyrs’ monument at the Jagraon Overbridge here today and lit torches and displayed “Inqlab Zindabad” placards there to eulogise the martyrs for their sacrifices made for the Independence of the country.

It was also resolved that the third-force political groups needed to come on a common platform to address the long-pending issues confronting Punjab and the Sikhs, including human rights and environmental issues.

To facilitate the political process, the gathering of freedom fighters, social workers and human rights activists, who had come to salute the martyrs at their memorial, constituted a four-member drafting committee, comprising IHRO Chairperson D.S. Gill, Secretary-General Mohinder Singh Grewal, Ranjit Singh Gill and Prof Hazara Singh, to prepare People’s Manifesto for the forthcoming elections.



Dog reaches Singla with demands
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
The Punjab Police Dog Breeding -cum-Training Centre, Police Academy Phillaur, today adopted a unique way of getting its demand heard by sending a charter of demands to the chief guest Finance Minister Surinder Singla through a trained German shepherd dog.

The canine easily found its way in stadium and passed several rows of seats to finally reach Mr Singla. The FM was touched by the manner and has reportedly assured to do his bit for the centre.

The centre, unique of its kind, is solely credited for increasing the population of the canine detectives from 18 in 1998 to several dozens now.

The officer in charge, Inspector Suman Kumar, said that the centre was established in 2000. Since then this training centre has imparted high-quality training to a number of dogs belonging not only to the Punjab Police but to dogs of other state police organisations of the neighboring states of Haryana, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pardesh in the narcotic sniffer, explosive sniffer and tracker trades.

Inspector Suman Kumar was nominated by the Bureau of Police Research and Development to impart training to the newly established police canine units of the Ethiopian Police.

Though the centre has shown remarkable performance, it is still being run as an ad hoc arrangement by the police department without having been granted a regular status by the state government. Due to this reason, further development and expansion of its area of activities has not been possible at the desired pace because of financial and other procedural constraints.

The charter of demands requested that necessary sanction for regularisation of the Dog Breeding-cum-Training Centre at PPA may kindly be accorded so that the future plans, held up due to procedural and financial constraints, may be put in to action and carried forward.



Suicide bid: girl disappears
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
A 17-year-old girl, Amandeep Kaur, who had tried to commit suicide outside the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police yesterday, mysteriously disappeared from the Civil Hospital here today. She had allegedly tried to run away last night also.

Police sources said the girl did not want to pursue the case further and had disappeared. However, hospital sources said the police had put her under acute pressure as she had dared to consume poison in front of the SSP’s office.

The police officials concerned with the case were maintaining a studied silence on the issue.



Oppn councillors protest against minister Jagjit Singh’s visit

Ludhiana, March 21
Fuming over the controversial budget session of Municipal Corporation’s General House, the Akali and BJP councillors protested against the visit of Local Bodies Minister, Ch Jagjit Singh, here today.

Led by Mr Parvin Bansal, a BJP leader and Mr Harbhajan Dang, an Akali leader, a number of councillors and other persons took out a protest march, carrying black flags, outside the Circuit House, where the Local Bodies Minister had to hand over a draft worth Rs 12 crore to local Municipal Corporation authorities.

The Opposition councillors gathered outside the Circuit House to show black flags to Mr Jagjit Singh. Acting swiftly, the city police changed the route the Local Bodies Minister was to take and did not allow the Opposition leaders to enter the Circuit House. Instead they showed black flags to Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar, who had also reached the venue in a similar car.

The minister handed over Rs 12 crore draft to MC authorities in lieu of the balance towards Excise duty. Addressing the mediapersons he said that they had waived off the condition of minimum educational qualification to the wards of LMC employees getting job on compassionate grounds.

He said children of many MC employees, who had died, could not get jobs earlier as they did not fulfil the educational qualification requirement. They all would be given the job now, he added.

Mr Harnam Das Johar, Education Minister, Mr Surinder Dawar Parliamentary Secretary Power and Housing Punjab and Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, while addressing the function, demanded more funds for the development of the city and waiving of the water supply and sewerage charges of the poor people having smaller houses.

Mr S K Sharma Commissioner MC, Mr Prem Mittal Senior Deputy Mayor, Mrs Sushil Gupta Deputy Mayor, Mr Rajinder Singh Basant, Mr Ramesh Joshi Director Punjab Pollution Control Board, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, President, DCC, Mrs Usha Malhotra, president District Mahila Congress, Mr Dimple Rana, president District Youth Congress and around 36 councillors were present. TNS



Women activists protest against police inaction

Ludhiana, March 21
Activists of the All-India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) staged a protest rally at the Mini Secretariat here today.

They were protesting against the alleged police inaction in the mysterious death of Manjit Kaur, who was found dead on February 28 at Jalaldiwal village, near Raikot.

President of the organisation Jeeta Kaur said the Raikot police had not taken any action on the complaint of the relatives of the deceased.

She claimed that the police was instead harassing the relatives on some flimsy complaints against them.

The organisation has threatened to launch an agitation if justice was not served to them in the case. TNS



3 members of gang of thieves nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
The CIA-II wing of the city police today announced the arrest of three members of allegedly a gang of thieves who had stolen vehicles, mobile phones and household goods from several parts of the city recently.

Sub-Inspector Balbir Singh Tiwana said the accused Sanjeev Kumar, Harinder Kumar and Bablu Kumar were nabbed last night at a specially laid police barricade in Giaspura. The police has recovered a motor-cycle, two LPG cylinders, 124 CDs. 11 mobile sets and a television from their possession.


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