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Dharna against police inaction in assault case
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

The mother of injured youth, Ajay, collapses while staging a dharna in front of the Salem Tabri police station in Ludhiana on Sunday. She and others were staging
The mother of injured youth, Ajay, collapses while staging a dharna in front of the Salem Tabri police station in Ludhiana on Sunday. She and others were staging a dharna in protest against the police inaction in the case regarding murderous attack on Ajay and his friend. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 21
Relatives and friends of two youths, victims in a murderous attack, staged a massive three-hour-long dharna before the Salem Tabri police station today in protest against the failure of the police to nab the five accused.

The protesters relented only when the Salem Tabri police announced the arrest of one of the five accused. The police officials also assured the aggrieved family members that the other accused would also be arrested soon.

The five accused had stabbed two youths, Ajay and Surinder Kumar, on May 13 in a brawl. The two youths were not even involved in the brawl and were just standing nearby. Ajay was stabbed eight times, while Surinder had more stab wounds. Both underwent operations at the CMC hospital.

However, the police only registered a case of causing grievous hurt in the attack on Ajay, while an attempt to murder case was lodged in the case of Surinder Kumar. Adding insult to the injury, the cops did not arrest the accused.

Mr Ramesh Chander, father of Ajay, alleged that even though they had identified the attackers, the police did not arrest any accused. The accused — Kala, Raja, Meeta, Laadi and Bhajan — were roaming free, he claimed.

He said fed up with the police inaction, his relatives and area residents were left with no option but to take to the streets.

The condition of women protesters, especially the mother of Ajay, was pathetic at the dharna. She collapsed several times but refused to budge till the police brought her justice.

Police sources, however, said they had not ignored the case and had conducted several raids in vain to nab the accused.



Agitating medicos draw inspiration from martyrs
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 21
The ongoing agitation by medicos against the quota regime continued with a fresh batch of students from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College sitting on chain fast at the reception area of DMCH here today.

According to activists of the 'Youth for Equality' (the students' body of medicos), the day was observed as audio-visual day when two movies - 'Rang de Basanti' and 'Legend of Bhagat Singh', were screened in the auditorium so that the agitating students, as well as members of the medical fraternity could draw inspiration from revolutionaries and martyrs and continue their struggle against repression and injustice.

The second round of pulse polio which commenced here today also came in handy for the agitating medical professionals, who distributed pamphlets against the reservation policy of the Union Government at polio booths to apprise members of public with the detrimental effects of the quota regime. The activists of Youth for Equality told Ludhiana Tribune that the medical students would converge at Ansal Plaza late in the evening where public support would be mobilised for the anti-reservation movement.

Meanwhile, the Bhagwan Parshuram Brahmin Sabha has lambasted the government for unprovoked use of force against agitating medicos at several places in the country and imposing the unjust reservation in professional courses.

In a statement, Dr Krishan Rai Sharma, president of the sabha, called upon the government to see reason and scrap reservation forthwith and implement a policy in which merit should be the sole criteria for admission to professional courses. The sabha also announced its unstinted support to the anti-reservation agitation.



Rich tributes paid to Rajiv Gandhi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Glowing tributes were paid to Rajiv Gandhi, a former Prime Minister on his sixteenth death anniversary here today. The main function was organised by the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (urban) at Guru Nanak Bhavan. It was attended by the Pradesh Congress Committee, president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, Education Minister, Harnam Dass Johar, Rakesh Pandey, Surinder Dawer, Tej Parkash Singh, Milkiat Singh Dakha, Jagmohan Sharma and others.

The death anniversary was observed as the anti- terrorist day. The speakers resolved to carry forward the mission of late Rajiv Gandhi, who sacrificed his life for the unity and integrity of the nation. They said, the Nehru-Gandhi family had a rich tradition of sacrifices for the country.

They recalled the great vision of Rajiv Gandhi who had provided a dynamic leadership to the country. They claimed that he had ushered in an era of development based on modern technology. He had a dream of bringing the country on the map of a modern and developed nation where all people lived a happy and prosperous life. They said, the greatest tribute to Mr Gandhi would be to follow his path and accomplish the missions he left incomplete.

A free medical check- up camp was organised by the District Youth Congress at Rajpura Mohalla. Mr Harnam Das Johar, Education Minister, inaugurated the medical camp.

Addressing the function, Mr Johar said that late Rajiv Gandhi was a great son of the country, who laid down his life for the unity and integrity of the country, while fighting against the secessionists forces. A separate function was organised by the Terrorists Victims Association Punjab where the people resolved to fight the threat of terrorism and root it out from the country.



Ludhiana Calling

Sweltering sun makes life unbearable in summers, but mother Nature provides its bountiful beauty in all weathers. So, sweltering summer is also the time for vibrant yellow Amaltas and the passion red Gulmuhar flowers to bloom. Nature’s creativity can even be seen in the concrete world of humans in the form of mirage, a marvellous phenomenon usually seen in sandy deserts. Playing tricks with vision the tar roads seem drenched in cool aqua during hot afternoons bringing some cooling effect while reminding that if summer comes then can cool showers of monsoon be far behind. 

Mobile vendors

The mobile revolution has swept India with the device becoming popular with amazing speed. So much so that the vegetable vendors too do not bother to ring the bell or use the gate lock as bell by striking it twice or thrice now. Instead they call up the housewives from their mobile phones asking them to come at the gate to buy vegetables.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is usually celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May. But it is amazing how to be one up on others and to get media coverage, the city schools started celebrating Mother’s Day as early as May 8. That it caused confusion among the students about the exact day seemed to be the last thing on the minds of such ‘‘media savvy’’ schools. Commercialisation of the day by the shopkeepers also added to this confusion as Mother’s Day cards and gifts hit the stores in the beginning of the month. And to think a decade ago Mother’s Day was quieter and more significant.

Confusion time

Confusion was rife in the city schools as first the Punjab Education Department declared that the summer vacation in government and government-aided schools would begin from May 15. Then out of the blue Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, sent orders that summer vacation would be advanced and schools would close on May 10. This order was really not warranted as the schools would have functioned till May 13 as it is. On May 10 , many teachers and students reached schools as they did not know about the advanced vacations only to find that the summer break was on. Well for all those who hate doing holidays homework it was good news as in this confusion the teachers could not give holiday homework to the students.

— Sentinel



Police fails to trace undertrial
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 21
The police is till groping in the dark to trace Gurbaksh Singh, who escaped from police custody after drugging two cops on way to Ludhiana from Barnala on Friday.The police is still undecided on registering a case under Sections 223 and 223 of the IPC against the erring cops for dereliction in duty. It is also in a fix in which police station to register the case.

Meanwhile, the Central Jail authorities pointed out that the police had been ignoring their warnings about possibilities of such incident.

The Barnala police that was supposed to register a case on the basis of statements of constables Kulbir Singh and Ram Lal by the Sudhar police has returned the case, claiming that there buses plying between Barnala and Ludhiana do not stop at Sanghera village as stated by the erring cops.

Gurbax Singh was being brought back after being taken to a Barnala court in connection with hearing of a case registered under the NDPS Act against him in the Sadar Barnala police station.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the policemen and Gurbax Singh had boarded a bus from Barnala to Ludhiana on Friday afternoon. He escaped from custody of cops somewhere between Barnala and Halwara village.

The cops had reportedly become unconscious after drinking drug-laced softdrink. The Mullanpur police had rescued the unconscious cops and informed the Ludhiana police about the incident.



CM’s intervention to be sought on bypass issue

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 21
Leaders of various local social and political organisations and of surrounding villages resolved to seek the intervention of Chief Minister Punjab to get the proposed bypass at Pohir village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road reviewed. A joint memorandum will be presented through Ms Razia Sultana, Parliamentary Secretary and MLA of the constituency, to the Chief Minister on his scheduled visit to Malerkotla on Monday, decided the leaders at a meeting held here today.

Mr Jatinder Kumar Bhola, president, municipal committee, and Mr Bittu Singla, convener of the Joint Action Committee, informed representatives of various organisations that the authorities concerned had been apprised of the apprehensions regarding the desertion of the local town on account of the proposed bypass at Pohir village on the left side of the existing carriageway.

“Though the authorities have given a verbal assurance that the matter will be reviewed and final decision would be taken keeping in view the interests of residents of the area, we should urge the Chief Minister to intervene and get justice done,” proposed Mr Bhola while addressing the gathering.

Meanwhile, Ms Razia Sultana has assured that she would impress upon the Chief Minister to get the issue decided on merit. “As the issue concerns interests of the masses, we will ensure that the final decision is taken after intensive study of the proposed plan,” said Mr Razia.

Mr Ravinder Kumar, president, City Congress, Mr Ajit Singh Walia, president, Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Mr Kuldip Karwal, general secretary, SAD (A) Youth Wing, Mr Raj Kumar Sharma, patron, City Welfare Council, Mr Jagwant Singh Jaggie, president, SAD (B), Mr Kishori Lal Badhan, former president, and Mr Surinder Kumar, president, Ahrtia Union, were present on the occasion.

Earlier, a delegation, led by Mr Bhola, had urged the authorities of the Punjab Roads and Bridges Development Board to review the proposed plan. Representatives of various organisations had recorded their objections with the authorities on the issue.

The delegation had claimed that a bypass on the right side of the existing carriageway would prove more useful for all including, residents of Pohir village, the local town and at least 30 villages situated on the south-western side of the township.

A large number of establishments including, business, religious and educational, are situated along the 40-km road between Ludhiana and Malerkotla. These include police stations, banks, gurdwaras, petrol stations, hospitals and schools.

The proposed new bypasses at Pohir and Gill villages besides affecting residents of the town, will also affect owners of agricultural land that will be acquired for the purpose. About 50 acres of agricultural land will be acquired for these bypasses and realignment at Dehlon village.

Residents of Sarinh, Kaind, Gopalpur, Lehra, Phalewal, Kup Kalan and Bhogiwal villages will also be affected by the project. OC



Govt adopting double standards, says Garcha

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 21
Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha,a SAD leader and MLA from Kilaraipur has accused the state government of adopting undemocratic means to support Congress leaders who had been rejected by the voters of the constituency but were distributing grants supposed to be disbursed and utilised under the supervision of the elected representatives of the Assembly.

Addressing a gathering of party workers at Latala village on Saturday, Mr Garcha called upon the people of his constituency not to bow before the wishes of selfstyled leaders who, according to him, were trying to woo innocent voters with the glitter of dollars. Terming his political opponents as 'parachute leaders', Mr Garcha claimed that they could not feel the problems of common people.

"How can a person living in luxuries of a five star hotel, understand the problems of a farmer, labourer or a common man," argued Mr Garcha.

The organisers felicitated Mr Garcha and Dr Jarnail Singh Narangwal for their contribution to the service of the society.

Mr Jagtar Tari, Mohinder Singh Latala and Rajinder Singh Rangoowal also addressed the gathering.



Attempt to burgle bank
Our Correspondent

Khamano, May 21
An attempt was made to burgle the branch of Cooperative Bank at Bhari near here. According to information, burglars broke the doors of the bank. They tried to break the safe with rods but could not succeed. They decamped with two calculators and one punching machine of the bank.

The cashier of the bank, Karamjit Singh, came to know about the incident and informed the bank manager Kulwinder Singh at about 7 am The bank manager informed the matter to the police and filed a written complaint.

Bank sewadar Pritam Singh told the police that he saw two suspicious persons namely Lakhvir Singh Kotla Masood and Sagar Singh of Mullanpur near the bank and on his statement, the police registered a case under Sections 457, 380 of the IPC against these persons at the Khamano police station.


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