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Residents gherao liquor vend, break bottles
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Fed up of knocking at various doors demanding closure of a liquor vend in their locality, residents of Saroop Nagar in Salem Tabri today gheraoed the vend and broke several bottles of liquor.

Later, they staged a dharna and painted slogans on the walls of the vend expressing resentment against its opening. Led by Mr Jaswinder Singh Shammi, a number of residents, including women, staged a protest.

The situation was all set to take an ugly turn when the police chipped in and did not allow the agitators to take the law into their hands.

Mr G.S. Bains, SHO of the area police station, said there was no objection by the Excise Department over the location of the vend.

He said the police could not do anything for shifting it from there unless the Excise Department asked it to do so. But by breaking the wine bottles, the area residents had taken the law into their hands and threatened the peace in the area. The police was trying to effect a compromise between the warring factions, said the SHO.

The residents were continuing with their dharna till the filing of this report. Mr Shammi said they had a talk with the shop owner and they had requested him not to open the vend at that place. It was being opened near a school, two religious places and the womenfolk and children found it quite difficult to pass from here.

He said the owner had agreed earlier but on Sunday midnight he started stocking bottles there. “He tried to act smart by hoodwinking us. His act was a breach of trust. We have vowed not to allow him to do so,” said Mr Shammi.

He alleged the vend owner had even brought some women to shoo away the womenfolk of the area. “We did not allow them to do anything against us and they left. This is the way he is trying to scare us away,” he added.

The residents said they had nothing against the liquor vend owner. They were against the policy of the state government under which the department had issued no objection certificates to vend allottees unmindful of the proximity of the proposed vends to religious and educational institutions.

Mr Jaswinder Singh said they were sick of fighting against opening of vends in their area. “Since the allotment of vends, we have protested against the opening of at least 10 liquor vends in Salem Tabri alone. There is a liquor vend in every street. Opening of these vends would also have an adverse effect on children,” he said.



Husband held for woman’s murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
The police today succeeded in arresting a mason, Jasbir Singh, who had absconded on May 14 morning after allegedly killing his wife in Bahadar Ke village.

The DSP, Mr Manjit Singh Dhesi, and SHO of the Salem Tabri police station Gurbans Singh Bains claimed that the accused was caught at about 2 pm today near Jalandhar bye-pass when he was trying to board a bus in order to flee the city.

The police recovered a sickle from the accused, with which he allegedly killed his wife, they added.

The parents of Amrit Kaur had stated in the FIR that the mason had illicit relationship with some woman.

The accused said: ‘‘We did not go along well’’. Meanwhile, it was established that the man had allegedly tried to commit suicide earlier when his in-laws had refused to allow him to meet his wife, while she was living with them.

The police said the accused woman would be arrested only after investigation confirmed her involvement in the crime.

The police had booked the mason and his alleged paramour, Usha Rani (brother’s wife), for murder under Section 302 of the IPC. 



Dawar, Gill want Brar removed from CWC
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Rural and Urban Development, Punjab, and Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, in a joint statement issued here today have criticised Mr. Jagmeet Singh Brar, ex-MP, for tarnishing the image of the Congress Government and party by making baseless and uncalled-for allegations against Capt. Amarinder Singh. They demanded that the Congress High Command should take strict action against him, including removing him from the special invitee ship of CWC.

They said that during the recent days, Mr. Brar had given totally irresponsible statement in respect of the big investments by the Reliance Company in the state in the field of agriculture, which, they claimed, was the right step to substantially enhance the income of Punjab farmers. They charged Mr. Jagmeet Singh Brar with playing in the hands of Opposition.

Both the leaders also demanded the expulsion of his few supporters from the party, who had also levelled false allegations against Capt Amarinder Singh.

Mr Vijay Sathi, member of the All India Congress Committee, a former MLA from Moga and a known loyalist of Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, today demanded the removal of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, alleging that under his leadership the party was doomed to lose in the forthcoming elections in the state.

Addressing a press conference here today along with Youth Congress leader, Mr Raman Subhramanyam, Mr Sathi alleged that the way Chief Minister had been handing over prime land to the industrial houses only raised suspicions among people.



Medicos’ protest gains momentum
Local leaders join stir, 21 students sit on chain fast
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 16
A massive rally by medical students, faculty members, residents and interns from DMC, Lord Mahavir Homoeopathic College and Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College was taken out in support of anti-reservation agitation. The rally was taken out from New DMC and passed through Fountain Chowk, Old Courts and then to old DMC campus. The protesting medicos blocked traffic at Dandi Swami road and Fountain Chowk.

A human chain was formed at Old Courts chowk. The rally was addressed by Dr B.S.Shah, president, Dr Sanjeev Uppal, secretary, Dr Harpal Singh, Press secretary, Dr Kapil Dua, Dr Rajinder Mittal, Dr Vikram Singla, Dr Manav Jindal, Dr Gaurav Kataria, Dr Tanvir Singh and student leaders from other institutions. The traffic was restored after half an hour keeping in view the inconvenience to the public.

Reiterating their solidarity with the medicos nationwide, the local leaders have also appealed to the President and the Prime Minister to solve the matter amicably and stop further reservation.

The agitation gained momentum with 21 students from DMC, BJS and Lord Mahavir Colleges sat on a chain fast in the OPD block of DMC Hospital. Their names are : Gaurav Kataria, Amarinder S Dhaliwal, Ravish Garg, Supreet Khurana, Sakshi Kapila, Anamika Garg, Divyanshu Malhotra, Mayur Khosla, ( from DMC ) , Kushagra Saxena, Anshul Jain, Ashish Sikka, Piyush Gupta, Manav Singh, Sanchi, Rajwinder , Neeta, Nilsum Sharma (from Lord Mahavir College), Jatinder Sharma, Rashmi Kohli, Namita Singh, Deepak Bansal and Sugandha Ahuja (from BJS dental College)

All OPDs in DMC and BJS continued to be closed for the second day. However, the emergency and indoor services functioned normally.

In a joint statement, the DMC Teachers' Association and representatives of the student bodies appealed to all hospitals,nursing homes and private clinics to join in the Ludhiana medical bandh announced by the president of the IMA, Dr Gursharan Singh, on May 18 to express solidarity with the medicos allover the country.



Market fluctuations confuse investors
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
While sharp fluctuations governed the stock market today, investors remained a confused lot, unable to decide whether to consider the phase as an opportunity to buy at low prices or to wait for another rise. The BSE Sensex, which dipped by 463 points yesterday, recovered more than 100 points and closed at 11, 873 points today.

Finance advisers, who had been cautioning investors of a possible correction, advised small investors to adopt a wait-and-watch policy.

“Yesterday’s downturn was shocking and though I took it as an opportunity for buying, I have not been confident and invested a little amount only. As the Sensex rose a little today, the situation became all the more confusing. It is really tough to decide whether one should hold shares or sell them and whether this is the right time to go in for fresh buying”, said Mr Ashwani Sharma, an investor who is also sales manager with a leading bank.

Trading volumes were not affected much even as the Sensex showed a reversal from yesterday’s situation. The estimated daily trading in the city hovered around Rs 800-900 crore.

“It has become difficult to discern a clear trend. Any investor wants to book maximum profits and purchase when a stock is at its lowest. However, whether this is the right time or not, cannot be predicted”, said Mr Rohit Dhir, another investor. Finance experts, on the other hand, said the correction could go further and advised people not to act in haste.

“The correction was much expected and is likely to go further. Investors in such a situation should not act in haste and adopt a wait-and-watch policy”, said Mr H.S. Sidhu, executive director, Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE).

In the prevailing circumstances, it is best to re-analyse one’s risk taking ability and act accordingly, preferably through an expert, said advisers.

Many financial experts also advised people to go in for mutual funds where risk is relatively reduced. “For investors who are not able to follow the market, it is better to go in for mutual funds where experts take investment decisions”, said Mr Kamal Kumar, an investment adviser.

In shares, he said, blue chips were the best bet and people should re-assess their risk capability, diversify their portfolio and resist from putting all eggs in one basket.



Bank, insurance staff hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Employees in the financial sector, including banks and insurance, held a rally in protest against outsourcing in front of State bank of Patiala, regional office, here today. The rally was held under the banner of the All-India Coordination Committee of Unions in Financial Sector.

Addressing the rally, Mr Naresh Gaur, secretary, Punjab Bank Employees Federation, Ludhiana, said the RBI was giving indications to gradually hand over routine banking functions to outside agencies and keep only regulatory functions under its control.

Demanding immediate withdrawal of the work already outsourced, the AICCUFS also sought recruitment of adequate staff and officers in banks, insurance companies and regularisation of contractual labour.

They threatened to observe a strike in case the RBI failed to address the issue.



Residents urged to ensure registration of servants
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary and Congress MLA from Ludhiana (West), today urged the city residents to get their domestic servants and labourers registered with the police as early as possible for the safety of life and property of the citizens.

The city police has been registering migrant labourers and domestic servants for the past two weeks as part of a statewide drive. The migrants without identity cards would not be allowed to travel in buses or trains.

Mr Dawar, in a statement to Ludhiana Tribune, also exhorted political leaders to use their office and influence in getting the migrants registered in the wake of series of murders and other crime incidents, most of which had been allegedly scripted by the migrant labourers.

He said political leaders should leave their narrow interests in helping the labourers get jobs or for making their ration cards and should prevail upon them to register themselves.

He said the city, having a migrant labour population of over 10 lakhs, had been witnessing rise in criminal incidents for the past one decade or so. “Migrants find it easy to commit crime here and vanish to their home states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh or even the neigbhouring country — Nepal,” he added.

Various drives launched by the police to register migrants had failed due to non-cooperation by the masses. Four years ago, the police had even enforced the registration by booking those residents who did not comply with the orders. However, some influential residents, including politicians and some police officials and the industrialists, had prevailed upon the cops to stop the enforcement on the plea that the labourers and servants were shying away from work in houses and industries where the owners were telling them to register with the police.

The industrialists were also objecting to the registration as it exposed the real strength of the labourers working in their factories to the Income Tax and the Labour Departments.

Later, the cops relented a bit and told the industrialists to maintain registers of the labourers themselves and provide information to the cops when needed. However, this was also not followed in practice.



Sewers choke in Bhagat Singh Colony
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
The monsoon is more than a month away but a street in the local Bhagat Singh Colony in Salem Tabri is already flooded thanks to the overflowing sewers in the area.

Ankle deep water is collected on the street even as the residents find it difficult to venture out in stinking and dirty water. Residents complain that in this season when water-borne diseases are on the rise, the Municipal Corporation was not doing anything to solve the problem. 



Welfare society chief booked

Ludhiana, May 16
The Model Town police has booked the president of the Danga Peerat Welfare Society, Punjab, for allegedly demanding commission of Rs 40,000 from a 1984 riots victim. The accused, Mr Surjit Singh, was leading the agitation to seek relief for the riot victims. However, there were reports that certain leaders were taking kickbacks to felicitate the payment of relief. TNS



3 PAU students hurt in clash
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Three students of Punjab Agricultural University were injured in yet another clash between warring groups of students.

The clash took place last night. The injured students were admitted to CMC Hospital with injuries from sharp-edged weapons.


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