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Two stabbed to death at Civil Hospital
Jupinderjit Singh and P.S. Batra
Tribune Reporters

Samrala, June 2
Two persons of Muteon village, including its sarpanch, were stabbed to death in a ward of the local Civil Hospital last night when they tried to broker peace between two groups of the village that had clashed earlier yesterday.

Village sarpanch Harpreet Singh, alias Happy (35), and his friend Mandeep Singh (23) were stabbed several times by five persons in the hospital ward around 11.45 last night.

The five accused had gone in support of one of the two youths of the village who had been admitted to the hospital early yesterday after they suffered injuries in a clash.

The police has arrested two of the accused — Hardeep Singh and Gaenda Lal — while three others, including prime accused Baljit Singh, are absconding.

They have been booked under Sections 302, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

Harpreet, whose family is in a state of shock, had a three-month-old daughter. He was cremated later this afternoon.

Mandeep Singh, president of the village Sports Club, on the other hand was the only son of an NRI-based in Canada. His cremation will take place after the arrival of his father.

The FIR and eyewitness accounts stated that the two deceased had been brokering a compromise between the warring parties late yesterday night when things went out of hand.

During the argument, Baljit Singh allegedly lost temper and attacked Mandeep Singh on the chest with a knife.

When resisted by Harpreet Singh, Baljit and others, he attacked him too.

Hospital sources said the doctors tried to stop the bleeding while shifting them to the CMC Hospital.

However, sources rued that the police arrived late, which helped the accused flee.

Meanwhile, SSP M. Farooqui has deputed two policemen to man the Civil Hospital to prevent such incidents from happening in future.



IMA finally splits on quota issue 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 2
The proposed reservation for OBC’s in professional courses, which led to a nationwide agitation during the past three weeks, has also caused deep fissures in the ranks of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to the extent that the state branch has witnessed a vertical split.

The breakaway group of the IMA, led by Dr Baldev Singh Sahota, has formed a coordination committee, which was authorised to finalise the new body with a clear brief to have a neutral stand on the issue of reservation.

A state-level extended meeting of the IMA, held under the chairmanship of Dr Sahota here last evening, was attended by more than 200 delegates from different districts of Punjab.

The house strongly resented the misuse of platform of the IMA by sectarian and divisive trends on the issue of reservation while claiming that the body was committed to watch the interests of all medical professional as well as common public irrespective of caste, creed or faith.

According to Dr Sahota, who was named the convener of the coordination committee, the meeting unanimously resolved that the IMA should not become a party to the reservation imbroglio and ought to withdraw its support from the anti-reservation agitation with immediate effect. Dr M.L. Puri and Dr Bhupinder Singh were nominated as the co-conveners of the coordination committee.

Going a step further, the coordination committee suspended those leaders of the IMA who had “misused” the platform of the association and unnecessarily involved its name in activities, which spread hatred among different sections of doctors as well as society on the basis of caste. The suspended functionaries of the association were given two months time to publicly regret for use of the IMA platform for sectarian interests. The committee also asked those responsible for dragging the IMA into the agitation to present their case before the new team.

Talking to mediapersons, Dr Sahota said it was general consensus at the meeting to oppose the NRI seats in medical college, which snatched away opportunity from deserving meritorious students. “Exorbitantly high fees in private medical, dental colleges are a deterrent to meritorious students. We demand a reasonable and realistic fee structure in private medical institutions”.

The IMA coordination committee also expressed reservation over the system of admission to medical courses which had made it impossible for an ordinary student to prepare for MBBS entrance test.

“It costs more than Rs 3 lakh over a three-year period from 10th class onward up to PMT test to prepare for the entrance examination and even after incurring such a huge expenditure there is no guarantee that deserving students will get admitted”, lamented Dr Sahota. 



Plan to raise industrial investment
to Rs 1 lakh crore: Amarinder 

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Unfazed by controversies, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said today that the government would continue with its motive to attract investment from big industrial houses in Punjab and would approve Reliance Industries’ agri projects soon.

“We plan to approve the agri projects of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) formally in the next meeting of the Council of Ministers,” said the Chief Minister while presiding over the golden jubilee function of Hero Cycles here today.

Elaborating on the project, he said by December the company would set up at least six hubs and 30 sub-hubs and people would be able to witness benefits that would accrue to the economy.

He said his government had set a target to increase industrial investment from the current Rs 73,000 crore to Rs 1 lakh crore by the end of this year.

He said 13 SEZs had already been approved and the 14th, Reliance One World, to be set up by Anil Ambani was cleared by the Cabinet yesterday. To tackle the problem of unemployment the Chief Minister said the government’s endeavour towards industrial development would generate employment opportunities.

Hero Cycles, meanwhile, celebrated its golden jubilee today. Addressing a massive gathering, Mr Brij Mohan Munjal, Chairman of the group, said the company had managed to become the world’s largest producer due to the collective efforts of all people associated with the company right from labourers, vendors, management to consumers. The company, he said, had set a record by selling 10 crore cycles.

The company also handed over a cheque for Rs 10 lakh towards the Chief Ministers Relief Fund to Capt Amarinder Singh.

Among others present on the occasion were Local Government Minister Jagjit Singh, Education Minister Harnam Das Johar, Mayor of the Municipal Corporation Nahar Singh Gill, Deputy Commissioner Ashok Gupta and SSP, Ludhiana, A.S. Rai.

Another report on page 3



No pre-arrest bail for Principal, three others
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana June 2
Additional Sessions Judge H.P.S Mahal has dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by Dr Inderjit Singh Dhingra, Principal-cum-Medical Superintendent of Dr Kotnis Acupuncture Medical College and Hospital, Salem Tabri, under the SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.

The court has also rejected the pre-arrest bail applications filed by Dr Ajay Pal Singh and Ms Anu Chawla of Dr Kotnis Hospital and Mr Tejinder Singh owner of Tejinder Watch Co. in New Sabzi Mandi with the observations that the grant of anticipatory bail had been barred by Section 18 of the Act.

The accused were ordered to be summoned by a local court to face the trial in a complaint filed by Ms Rajwinder Kaur of Salem Tabri, under Section 3 of SC and ST Act, and Sections 354, 323, 506, 392 and 34 of the IPC.



Clerk indicted in forgery case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The District Attorney here has recommended legal action against a clerk of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, who was allegedly caught seeking relief of Rs 2 lakh by falsely claiming her husband as a victim of 1984 riots.

Recommending the registration of a case under Section 420, 465, 467, 468, and 120-B of the IPC against clerk Paramjit Kaur and her husband, the District Attorney has written to the DC that prima facie they had committed an offence punishable under these sections.

Paramjit Kaur, who was entrusted with handling the applications of riot victims, had prepared a fake red card of her husband Jaipal Singh by herself signing as a witness on the affidavit claiming him to be a riot victim along with an application seeking the card.

The District Attorney has sent the letter recommending action along with the SDM’s report indicting them to the SSP for further action

The case had come to light after Paramjit had submitted an application for the compensation of Rs 2 lakh. When the application was scrutinised by the SDM (E), Ms Amrit Kaur Gill, she found that the clerk’s husband now a resident of Narangwal village had migrated from Bihar 7-8 years before anti-Sikh riots and not following the riots.

Following disclosure by the SDM, former Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma ordered an inquiry into the case. Ms Gill indicted the clerk in her report and claimed that she had used her official position to prepare a fake red card (no. 1294/Ludhiana/Bihar/2001.

The report stated that her husband did not migrate to this village in 1984 but many years ago. Paramjit forged documents and attested a false affidavit to claim the status of a riot victim. 



Fresh suggestions sought on proposed Pohir bypass
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 2
Following the demand raised by residents of the town and surrounding villages for review of the proposed bypass at Pohir village on Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, the Punjab Roads and Bridges Development Board (PRBDB) authorities have sought fresh suggestions from the residents of the area.

The matter will be discussed at a meeting scheduled to be held at the local Town Hall for Saturday.

The decision was finalised at a meeting of officials from the PWD (BR) office, Ludhiana, and the local Municipal Council.

A team of officials led by SDE PWD (BR) Rakesh Garg interacted with officials of the local Municipal Council today and decided with mutual consent to record suggestions in the presence of senior officers of the PRBDB at the Saturday meeting.

“We have been directed by authorities in the PRBDB to organise a meeting with residents of the area so that the proposed bypass at Pohir village may be reviewed,” said Mr Garg, while interacting with Ludhiana Tribune.

Similar meetings will be held at Pohir and Dehlon villages, he added.

Municipal Council president Jatinder Bhola and Joint Action Committee convener Bittu Singla claimed that the meeting had been arranged after the intervention of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who had given an assurance to Parliamentary Secretary and MLA Razia Sultana on the issue recently.

Ms Razia had impressed upon the Chief Minister to consider the demand raised by residents of her constituency.

The Chief Minister had assured her of reviewing the proposed bypass at Pohir village, keeping in view representations made by various organisations.

Earlier, the Deputy Project Director, PRBDB, had told the office-bearers of the Joint Action Committee that officials of BCEOM French Engineering Consultants had been advised to review the proposed bypass.

The committee had urged the authorities of the board to review the proposed plan.

Representatives of various organisations, including commercial, had submitted their objections to the authorities.

The delegation had claimed that a bypass on the right side of the existing carriageway would prove more useful to the residents of the area.



SKD slates Cong on relief to terror-hit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Reacting to the relief measures announced by the Punjab Government to terrorist victims in the state, the Shiromani Khalsa Dal (SKD) has said that it is merely a poll gimmick of the Congress to cover its misdeeds.

Spokesperson for the outfit Major Singh Khalsa said it was ironical that while announcing the relief the Congress had conveniently forgotten the 70,000 unfortunate Sikh families whose near and dear ones were killed by the police in fake encounters.

This had been accepted by the Supreme Court and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also.

He said their party wanted to know whether the sufferers of government-sponsored terrorism were not the citizen of the country, and if they were, why justice and relief had been denied to them all these years.

It was strange that the PPCC president, who till yesterday was against Reliance’s mega project, took a U-turn overnight and started dancing to the tunes of the company.



Dharna against contaminated water supply
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The area councillor and his supporters staged a dharna outside the Zone-B office of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to protest against supply of contaminated water in Subhash Nagar and its adjoining localities, here today.

Councillor of Ward No. 9 Harjinder Singh and leader of the opposition in the MC Parvin Bansal raised slogans against the authorities.

They said the claims of the MC authorities of providing potable water had fallen flat as the residents of the ward had been getting water contaminated with sewerage for the past two months.

“They have been complaining of dirty water and are fed up with listening to lame excuses. We have been forced to sit on a dharna today as the authorities have failed to take any action.

It seems they are waiting for an epidemic to happen,” said Mr Bansal.

He added that the water stunk badly and was not fit for human consumption. The area residents were drawing water from private sources, like submersible pump.

“The monsoon is round the corner. The conditions are so bad now and will only turn worse during rains,” said Harjinder Singh.



Sarpanch suspended

Khanna, June 2
The Joint Director (Village Development), Punjab, has ordered the suspension of Dharam Singh, sarpanch of Malakpur under the Khanna block.Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Khanna, has also been advised to arrange to take the charge of the record and property and hand over the same to an authorised panch.

According to information, the former village sarpanch Kesar Singh had accused Dharam Singh of conniving with Mahinder Singh for felling a peepal tree from the panchayti land. Dharam Singh had said that the tree fell in land of Mahinder Singh. However, the enquiry conducted by the Joint Director found that sarpanch Dharam Singh had failed to perform his duties properly. — OC



One injured in land dispute
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 2
Harjit Singh of Kania Hussai, Bhupinder Singh of Ghunewal, Harjinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh of Gorsian Khan Mohammad allegedly assaulted Zora Singh of Gorsian Khan Mohamad with sharp-edged weapons and injured him. Zora has been admitted to the Civil Hospital. The Sidhwanbet police has registered a case under Sections 323, 342, 356, 506, 34, IPC. Some land dispute is said to be the reason behind the incident. No arrest has been made so far.

90 kg poppy husk seized: The police arrested Darshan Singh, alias Kala, of Passi Nagar Phullawal, Ludhiana, from Jhodan and seized 90 kg of poppy husk from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered at Sudhar.

Two booked: The police has booked Bachittar Singh and Harjit Singh of Madhepur under Sections 420, 467, 471, 483, 379, IPC. Both persons are at large.

According to information, the duo allegedly stole a motor cycle and fabricated its documents. Sub-Inspector Gulzar Singh of P S Sidhwanbet recovered the motor cycle from the Kishanpura chowk, Sidhwanbet.



One killed in accident

Khanna, June 2
The Samrala police has registered a case against the driver, Harimitar Singh, resident of Haibowal, Ludhiana, upon the complaint of Budh Singh of Bamba village.

According to information, Jaspal Singh and Baldev Singh were going on a motorcycle to the village. Their motorbike collided with a Tata Sumo parked on the road, at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Both suffered serious injuries and were taken to Civil Hospital Samrala, where Jaspal Singh died. — OC



Industry apprises CM of problems
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The local industrialists, those had been complaining long about Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s failure to visit industry, today apprised him of the problems being faced by the industry.

In a memorandum, the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association mentioned issues like the registration of conveyance/ sale deeds, registration of properties in case of division of partnership business and unprecedented hike in water and sewerage charges by the municipal corporation for industrial plots in the Focal Point here.

Mr G.L. Pahwa, president of the association, said the hike in water and sewerage charges was unjustified and uncalled for.

“Industry is already facing a tough time. The state government, on one hand, was planning to abolish water and sewerage charges and on the other has increased these charges by 200 per cent to 400 per cent, which is unjust,” he said.

They also said the rates of land or plots were fixed on the basis of their residential or commercial nature.

“The execution of conveyance deed of industrial plots is done on commercial basis, which is much higher,” the association said.

Stating that rates of industrial plots were much lower in comparison to commercial or residential plots, the association urged the Chief Minister to get separate rates fixed.

On behalf of 1,800 industrial units, the association said the government had announced a grant of Rs 25 lakh for the upcoming Research and Development (R&D) and Computer centre building.

However, only Rs 10 lakh had been received so far, the association said and urged the Chief Minister to release the balance grant of Rs 15 lakh at the earliest.


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