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Baba Farid varsity holds back 400 roll numbers
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
Attempts at impersonation continue.

The scrutiny of forms submitted by candidates for admissions to MBBS and other courses in various institutes in Punjab has revealed that at least 400 of them tried to bypass the laid down procedure of submitting three attested photographs along with the applications, giving rise to apprehensions of attempted impersonation.

Besides this, at least two cases have come to light in which the attested photographs did not match with the unattested snaps submitted along with their application forms by the candidates, again pointing towards possible attempts at impersonation.

The unattested snap is glued on the roll number card and is to be signed by the candidate during the test. The snap, along with the candidate’s signature, is meant to be subsequently matched with the attested photographs already submitted by him.

By not forwarding the attested snaps, at least some of the candidates are making futile attempts to eliminate the possibility of comparison, the sources assert.

Taking a serious view of the matter, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences — entrusted with the task of conducting the entrance examinations — has in all “detained” the roll numbers of 400 candidates. They have been asked telephonically and through letters to furnish a fresh set of photographs and complete other formalities.

In case the snaps do not reach the authorities concerned on time or else the attested photographs do not match with the unattested ones, the applicants will not be allowed to appear in the test, says the university Registrar, Dr P. L. Garg.

In all, 10196 candidates are expected to take the entrance examination scheduled to be held on July 2 for admissions to BDS, BAMS and BHMS courses, along with MBBS, in 32 institutes across the state, including six medical, 11 dental, five homoeopathic and 11 Ayurvedic institutes. As many as 41 centres are being set up throughout the state.

The university had initially asked the candidates to submit four photographs, including three attested snaps also signed by the candidates. The intention was to match the unattested photos on the roll number card with the attested ones handed over to the observers appointed specially for keeping vigil during the examinations.

These photographs will, subsequently, be forwarded to various admission committees before being handed over to colleges in which the students are to be admitted. In the end, these photographs will be used for preparing the identity cards, ruling out even the vague possibility of impersonation.

Dr Garg says the intent is to ensure the maintenance of the examination system’s sanctity.

He asserts that the other steps include the notification of centres to the candidates on June 30 — just two days before the entrance examinations through the university’s website and advertisements in newspapers. As of now the students are being informed about centre codes through the roll number cards.


All MLAs may not get party ticket: Dullo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee’s President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today gave a clear indication that only those party MLAs and Ministers would be renominated as party candidates who would be having sure chances of winning in the coming State Assembly elections.

He said the party leadership was keeping a close watch on the performance of all MLAs and Ministers. He said there was no guarantee that every sitting MLA of the party would get renominated in the Assembly elections. Mr Dullo said that this while addressing a press conference after holding a meeting with newly appointed vice-presidents, general secretaries and presidents of district units of the party here today.

Mr Dullo said that even heads of the district units of the party could be nominated as candidates in the coming Assembly elections.

He said that the party would contest the election alone and would not have a tie-up with any other party. Last time, it had a tie-up with the CPI. “The party is fully prepared to jump into the election arena even now and is not afraid of the Shiromani Akali Dal or any other party as far as contesting the Assembly elections is concerned”, he asserted, when asked whether the Assembly elections, which are to be held in February next year, might be preponed by three months.

“Development will be our main plank in the Assembly elections”, he said. “I along with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will start addressing rallies in all Assembly segments in the state soon”, he added.

He said he was of the firm view that 75 per cent jobs should be reserved for Punjabis in all the mega projects approved by the Punjab Government in recent months. Mr Dullo said that one Minister and one Chief Parliamentary Secretary, who were issued show-cause notices with regard to the violation of party discipline, had submitted their replies which would be forwarded to the party’s disciplinary committee for appropriate action.

Meanwhile, reacting to the statement of Mr Dullo, the CPI’s senior leader, Dr Joginder Dayal, said that the Congress had taken a decision a few years ago at the Panchmari convention to contest elections in all states and at the national level alone. However, when it was defeated in various states and also at the national level, it changed its decision and in the last parliamentary elections it entered into an understanding with various parties to contest elections jointly.

He said the Congress came to power in Punjab because of the support of the CPI in the Assembly elections in 2002. He said Mr Dullo should recall that in the last Assembly elections, the Congress won at least 10 seats with a margin of only 1,000 or less votes. “Had the CPI not tied up with the Congress, it would have never come to power in Punjab”, Dr Dayal asserted.


MLAs seek hike in pension
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
A proposal has been forwarded to the State Government by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretariat to increase the pension of MLAs and former MLAs, who are already getting more pension than former members of Parliament. The State Government has been asked to increase the pension of MLAs by Rs 2,500 per month every time they are elected for another term.

At present, former MLAs and MLAs are entitled to a pension of Rs 5,000 per month plus dearness allowance. However only those MLAs are entitled to get pension who complete their five-year period either in one go or in breaks. The MLAs also want the five-year condition should be done away with.

Any person who is elected MLA and is sworn in as member of the Punjab Assembly should be entitled for full pension of Rs 5,000 irrespective of the completion or non completion of the five-year term for which an MLA is elected.

Their argument is that they are elected by people for five years and in case the Assembly is dissolved before the completion of the five-year term or election is held for some other reason before the completion of the full-term, MLAs should not be denied the pension.

Informed sources said that the General Purpose Committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha has recommended increase in the pension. The proposal has been forwarded by the Punjab Sabha Secretariat to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who has further sent the same to the Department of Parliamentary Affairs for doing the needful.

The MLAs have also demanded that there should be an increase in the pension by Rs 2,500 per month with his or her election for every another term. For instance, if an MLA is elected for the second time, he or she should be given pension of Rs 7,500 per month with dearness allowance on it. And in case he or she is elected for the third time the pension should be raised to Rs 10,000 per month. Obviously, there should be no condition of completing the second or further terms. At present, there is no provision of any increase in the pension of MLAs elected for a second or subsequent terms.

However, sources said that the proposal had not found favour with officials concerned. Sources said that there were MLAs who had been elected four, five, seven or eight times. Officials say an MLA, who is elected for seven times, would be getting pension in the range of Rs 25,000 per month. There could be strong public reaction against such a provision, they add.

They have argued that in Himachal Pradesh, an MLA is entitled to a pension of Rs 5,000 per month on completion of a five-year period in one go or in breaks. On election for a second term, his or her pension is increased by Rs 200 per month for the sixth year and every successive year. In other words, he start getting Rs 5,200 per month as pension during the sixth year and Rs 5,400 during the seventh year. Increase in pension continues on this pattern.

In Haryana, which has followed the Parliament pattern, an MLA gets Rs 3,000 as pension on completion of five years as MLA and on his or her election for a second time the pension is increased by Rs 600 per month. For successive years, increase continues on the same pattern till the MLA remains a Member of the House.


Terrorists keen to return home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab Director General of Police (DGP), Mr S.S. Virk, today claimed that a number of terrorists who had fled to other countries during terrorism in Punjab, were keen to return home.

Interacting with mediapersons here today, Mr Virk said while five or six terrorists had already been extradited, about 10 more, many of whom are in prisons in the US or other countries, had expressed their desire to come back.

Citing the example of Kuki and Sukhi, who were deported from the US a few years ago, the DGP said the two had told the US authorities that they would like to return home as normalcy had returned in Punjab.

Referring to the terrorists who are in Pakistan, Mr Virk said the Pakistan Government had refused to acknowledge their presence in that country.

Asked to comment on the opposition charge that there had been an increase in terrorists' activities in Punjab in the recent past, the DGP denied any such development.

"Recently, there has been only one such case, explosion in a bus near Jalandhar in which one person died and several others injured. Our investigations have revealed that members of the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), headed by Ranjit Singh Neeta, were involved in the incident. We have also found that the terrorists have changed track and are now using low-key chemicals such as sulphur and potash etc for assembling explosives instead of RDX. Such explosions are of low intensity and the intention is just to create a scare in the public,'' he claimed.

He also disclosed that the Punjab Police had set up litigation wings in all the 19 districts and five police districts to monitor the progress of all important and sensitive cases that were pending in various courts.

"We have put an officer of the rank of DSP in charge of the wing in each district. This wing would monitor the progress of all important cases and inform the state headquarters," he disclosed.

He said a decision to constitute a separate wing was taken after the Jessica Lal case raised questions about shoddy police investigation and presentation of the case in court.


Capt for debt relief to farmers
Tribune News

Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab Government wanted to give a relief of Rs 2,059 crore to farmers who are under debt. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said there was a bad debt worth Rs 409 crore of cooperative banks against farmers and Rs 390 crore of commercial banks.

Besides, the government wanted moratorium on interest on various loans availed by farmers. The moratorium amount would be about Rs 1,260 crore.

He said the Union Government had been approached in this connection. “ We are hopeful that the Union Government will help the state to give relief to farmers in this regard”, he added. Besides this, the government wanted to give relief of 1.5 per cent interest on the loans of farmers who were returning the loan on regular basis. “ We are keen to extend benefit to non-defaulter farmers”, he added.


Octroi abolition a poll stunt, says Capt Kanwaljit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
A former Finance Minister of Punjab and General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, yesterday termed the abolition of octroi as “a mere eyewash and an election stunt”. He said this move was aimed at hoodwinking voters while providing no relief to the traders.

He claimed elections in the state were being pre-poned and would be held in November while octroi would be abolished from September 1.

He questioned why the Congress had delayed its implementation till the last. They re-imposed octroi and “fleeced” people for more than four years. 


Rs 2.31 cr released for Fatehgarh Sahib
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 27
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, talking to mediapersons here today, said the Government had fulfilled almost all promises made in the manifesto and now octroi had also been fulfilled. She said like distribution of pension, special arrangement had been made for providing funds to Municipal Councils from VAT so that the development process in towns might not affect.

She said the Government would implement the allotment of 5-marla plots to houseless from the panchyat land, besides this one marla plots would also be given to dump the heap of rubbish.

She said the officials concerned had been directed to start implementing govt- sponsored welfare schemes immediately. govt had got complaints that certain sarpanches, due to groupism or party politics, were not sanctioning pensions, signing required certificates and recommending the names for other beneficial schemes. She said the Government had taken it seriously and all the BDPOs had been directed to undertake this job, if sarpanches refused.

She said the Government had directed that the general house of all panchayats in the state should be called by July 30 and all pending cases related to pensions and other beneficial schemes must be cleared.

She had come here to preside over the meeting of the District Planning Board and Grievances Committee. She

said Government had taken various decisions for farmers

Addressing the District Planning Board meeting, she released Rs 2.31 crore for the development of various ongoing projects in the district.

She said she would visit all sites of development for which funds had been released from the Punjab Nirman Scheme. She warned that no lapse on the part of officials would not be tolerated at any cost.

She sorted out 10 complaints on the spot. She urged the members to take up the matter regarding to public problems with officials and if they don’t sort it out then these should be raised here.

Addressing the meeting Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner assured the chairperson that all development projects initiated in the district, would be completed in the allotted time and quality would be ensured.

Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP, Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Sadhu Singh Dharmsot, Parliamentary Secretary. Amrik Singh Dhillon MLA, Harbans Kaur Dullo, MLA, Shiv Kumar Verma, SSP, also addressed.


PRTC Malerkotla-Ajmer Sharif bus to start soon
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, June 27
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) is going to introduce three new interstate buses to religious places on different routes in a month. It has already started plying of a interstate bus from Patiala to Paonta Sahib in Himachal.

First interstate bus will be plied from Malerkotla to Ajmer Sharif (Ajmer) in Rajasthan while remaining two interstate buses will be plied from Patiala to Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh and from Patiala to Manikaran Sahib in Himachal.

Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, Chairman of the PRTC, said here today these buses were being introduced so that people could visit these religious places from Punjab. The bus from Malerkotla to Ajmer Sharif (Ajmer) was being introduced to woo Muslims, Mr Gupta replied. He also said the PRTC had already been plying many interstate buses to the states, like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Gupta said the PRTC would include 100 new buses in its fleet during current year while 200 new buses had already been included in the fleet during the previous two years. 


SI on duty despite cancellation of bail
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, June 27
Sub-Inspector Inderjit Singh has been discharging his duties as the in charge of the special cell at Phagwara though the Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed his bail application in connection with the case of corruption and wrongful confinement of Ashwani Kumar of Gali Devi Wali here.

This was alleged by Mr Ashwani Kumar during a press conference here today.

He demanded the dismissal of Inderjit Singh and Gurbaksh Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector, and a CBI inquiry against officials shielding the accused.

Mr Ashwani Kumar alleged that even after repeated requests to the police officials concerned, the accused were not being arrested.

He said he and members of his family were being threatened by the accused.

He urged senior police officials to arrest the accused and initiate stern action against them.

Inderjit Singh had recently been booked after a stolen truck seized by the police went missing.

Gurbaksh Singh had been booked by the Vigilance Bureau in a corruption case.


Protest against poor power supply
Our Correspondent

Phillaur June 27
Hundreds of villagers along with activists of the Bahujan Samaj Party, headed by state general secretary M.P. Singh Goraya, hold a noisy demonstration and sat on dharna before the Punjab State Electricity Board office at Goraya for more than four hours today.

The demonstrators were raising their voice against misconduct of PSEB officials with the subscribers and erratic power supply to rural areas, and urban feeders. The demonstrators blocked vehicular traffic for some time on the national highway.

Addressing the protesters, Mr Goraya and district general secretary Ram Saroop Saroyea threatened to intensify the agitation if PSEB officials did not mend their behaviour with the public.


Give us education, say child labourers
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Nawanshahr, June 27
For the brick-kiln workers of this district, poverty is a vicious circle. And going by the situation now, it just might remain the same for their children too.

The next generation of labourers are turning into labourers too. It doesn’t matter if they are just eight to 12 years of age. And their only way to escape the life in the kilns is education, which they are being denied.

Over 100 such children, identified officially as child labourers, were brought together at a park in the town yesterday by the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), to demand their right to education from the district administration and the state government. The children also submitted a memorandum to the Nawanshahr Deputy Commissioner falsifying the administration’s claim of providing education to all.

Their main demands, as stated by the senior vice-president of the union, Mr Kulwinder Singh Waraich, are the implementation of the Factories Act, 1948, and the Child Labour Prohibition & Regulation Act, 1986.

The first act states that a child between the 14-18 age group can only be asked to work for four hours a day.

In Punjab, officially a child is allowed to work for five hours a day with a break of half an hour break, a booklet by the Central Board of Workers Education, says. Children usually work for eight to 10 hours a day in the district.

According to Mr Waraich, there are over 70 brick-kilns in the district where nearly 1,200 children are employed. On an average, there are over 15 children per kiln, the labourers claimed. But at a kiln in Soeta village near Rahon, they claimed that over 100 children were working. Like Pardesi (7) and Paramjit (8). Accompanying these children were their fathers, forced migrants from UP, now unemployed since the brick-laying season is over. They said they worked as daily wagers for whoever was willing to give them work.

Their fathers lamented that there were no schools near the brick kilns.

The children also made demands for better living conditions. “We don’t have electricity, proper houses or even bathrooms,” a labourer said. Now and then, they said the police came to them seeking their identity cards, which the workers do not have. “We have no work. Now the police is harassing us.”

The Deputy Commissioner could not be contacted as he did not answer the phone.


Unlicensed liquor trade alleged
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur June 27
The cartels of liquor trade are trying to fail the new licence policy of the government. The New Liquor Licensees Association of Gurdaspur has levelled these allegations in a complaint to the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Punjab.

In the complaint a copy of which was provided to The Tribune the new liquor licence holders alleged that old contractors were running illegal retail outlets in connivance with some of the department officials.

As per the old policy the liquor contractors could open liquor vends in rural areas after permission from the respective panchayat. Under the new policy each vend had been auctioned. Extra vends could not be opened. However, the old contractors were still running their illegal outlets. They had complained many times to the local excise authorities regarding the illegal outlets but action had been taken.

The department had conducted only a few raids and that also when the new contractors took them to the spot. In a recent raid the Excise Department officials though caught illegal liquor from a retail outlet, but in the case registered it was projected as illegal liquor being confiscated in transit, Mr Dharam Pal, a new licence holder of liquor vends, alleged.

Many of the old contractors had taken liquor contracts in Himachal areas along the borders of Punjab. They were smuggling liquor into the state and selling it in the district. The result is that except a very few the majority of the new licence holders had not been able to sell their quota. The smuggling of liquor was obvious from the fact that pouches of Patiala No.1 and other country-made liquors were being sold in the district despite the fact that they had not been released officially in the area.

The cartels of liquor contractors were also selling liquor below the minimum price fixed by the government to just sink the old policy.

The new liquor licence holders had flayed the new quota policy. They alleged that the new licence holders were being forced to pick the quotas of country liquor from AB Sugar, Pioneer and Rana Sugar. All these brands of country liquor were not in demand. The people did not buy these brands due to the alleged poor quality. However, the new liquor contractors were being forced to buy and dump the brands at their retail outlets.

The Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Gurdaspur, was not available for comments.


50 commandos to help check smuggling
Our Correspondent

Abohar, June 27
Fifty police commandos have been attached to the subdivisional police to intensify the fight against smugglers.

Mr Arpit Shukla, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ferozepore, said here this evening that the services of commandos would be availed of, specially during nakas to be laid near the state border to check smuggling of poppy husk, opium, smack and other narcotics from Rajasthan.

The police had identified 14 highly sensitive points for laying nakas, which included National Highway 15 (Abohar-Sriganganagar road), the state highway (Abohar-Hanumangarh road) and small roads linking neighboring districts of Rajasthan with villages in this subdivision.

The police had recently nabbed three kingpins of the Sirsa-based Jandwala narcotics smuggling gang and seized 10 kg of opium.

Mr Shukla said volunteers of NGOs who had extended cooperation in providing useful information to the police on the movement of elements involved in the supply and consumption of narcotics would be ensured security.


Sweepers call off strike
Our Correspondent

Tapa, June 27
The 15-day-old strike was called off by sweepers following the intervention of Ms Santosh Chaudhry, Chairperson, Safai Sewak Commission, Government of India.

Ms Chaudhry held a meeting of the local union of safai sewaks at the municipal committee office today. She assured the sweepers of the necessary measures for their safety while cleaning gutters.

After the meeting the union decided to call off the strike which had been launched after the death of a sweeper, Hari Ram, a fortnight back.

While addressing a press conference here, Ms Chaudhry said the commission was working on the modalities to provide adequate security to the sweepers. The commission had recommended gloves, face masks and oxygen for the sweepers while on work. She said Hari Ram was the 15th victim of poisonous gas during the current year in the state.

Deputy Commissioner S.R. Ladhar presented a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the widow of Hari Ram from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Earlier the Deputy Commissioner had given Rs 50,000 from the Red Cross to the deceased family. But the sweepers were demanding a regular job for the widow of Hari Ram.


Asst Registrar to run truckers’ society
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 27
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Sekhar, today suspended Truck Operator Cooperative Society, Ropar, following alleged irregularity in its functioning with immediate effect. The Assistant Registrar, Biramjit Singh, has been appointed as Administrator to run the truck operators’ society till the enquiry about the allegation of misdoing in the society would be completed.

The action came in the wake of the dispute between the two groups of the truck operators. Bhag Singh and Magar Singh belong to two different groups of the truck operators and claimed to be president of the society running more than 1000 trucks.


Delay in issuance of certificate rued
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 27
A local resident has complained that the Improvement Trust authorities were adopting delaying tactics in handing over his No Due Certificate despite the fact that he had cleared all his dues after a plot of land was allotted to him.

In a letter addressed to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, Dr Veerbhan Mehta, president of the Sundar Nagar locality of this town, has claimed that he had paid all his dues, including the developmental charges, to the IT authorities. Despite that he was still awaiting his No Due Certificate. Dr Mehta claimed that he has been running from pillar to post to procure the certificate. He had written at least 12 letters to IT authorities to issue him certificate.

When contacted, Mr K.K. Sharma, Chairman of the local Improvement Trust, said he would inquire into the inordinate delay and if their was any lapse on the part of any official of the IT, he or she would not be spared.


BKU threatens stir over water shortage
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 27
Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) today threatened to launch an agitation to lodge its protest against the acute shortage of canal water and electricity needed for transplantation of paddy.

Mr Pishora Singh Sidupur and Mr Gurbax Singh Balbeda, state president and district president, Patiala, BKU (Ekta), respectively, in a joint press note issued here alleged that tailends of all the distributaries originating from Bhakra Main Line (BML) and Narwana branch canals passing from this district, were getting no water and hence the farmers had been facing acute shortage of water for carrying out paddy transplantation.

They added that most of distributaries were dotted with huge growth of grass which were not cleaned up. Whenever some water was released into these distributaries, it breached the banks of the distributaries after overflowing.

The BKU leaders pointed out that the farmers had not been getting adequate electricity for running tubewell motors to draw enough water to irrigate their fields for paddy transplantation. 


Three arrested in dowry death case
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, June 27
The Dasuya police has arrested Gurprit Singh, his mother Chhinder Kaur and father Balkar Singh of Hemja for allegedly killing his wife Ramandeep Kaur and her two-and-a-half-month-old son Prabhu last evening.

Stating this here today, Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, said a case under Sections 302 and 304-B of the IPC has been registered against the trio and two others.

According to Gurjant Singh, a brother of the deceased, his sister Ramandeep Kaur, a daughter of Rachhpal Singh of Achroli under Samana police station, was married to Gurdip Singh of Hemja on June 8, 2005.

He alleged that after the marriage the trio, along with Manpreet Kaur and Navdeep Kaur, both sisters-in-law of Ramandeep, started torturing his sister for more dowry for which she informed them repeatedly on the telephone.

About four months ago the parents took Ramandeep Kaur to their Achroli village where she gave birth to her son. Later about one and a half month ago they sent the deceased to her in-laws’ house at Hemja village. These persons again started torturing her for more dowry, including a motor cycle.

He said that yesterday morning his family came to know from the husband of the deceased that Ramandeep was suffering from dysentery. Later they were informed that she was no more. After some time they were again informed on the telephone that Prabhu also died of dysentery.

On receiving the information they instructed the members of the in-laws of Ramandeep Kaur not to cremate the bodies of both mother and son.

They immediately informed the Dasuya police station in this connection which at once came in action. After taking the bodies in its custody, the police got their post-mortem conducted at the Civil Hospital, Dasuya.


Eight BKU activists held for trespass
Our Correspondent

Abohar, June 27
Eight workers of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) have been arrested for trespassing and assault, official sources said here.

Those held after the last evening’s incident include Gopal Bhagsar, who claimed to be the press secretary of the BKU, Mr Kishan Lal, Mr Jai Singh, Mr Major Singh, Mr Sheopat Ram, Gurjit Singh, Sahib Ram and Paramjit. The police registered a case against them and other unidentified persons under Sections 452, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC last night. They today were produced in a court at Fazilka, which remanded them in police custody for a day.

Sources said Vijay Narang and Dr Rishi Narang, younger brother and son, respectively, of late Satish Narang, former senior vice-president of the Municipal Council here had complained that BKU activists led by Gopal Bhagsar forced entry into the furniture mart run by Narang family.

Dr Rishi Narang’s dental clinic is also located in the same complex.

The BKU workers to express resentment over fading of polish on the furniture bought from the Narang Furniture Mart by a farmer assaulted the complainants and allegedly removed cash and some ornaments. This anguished the BJP workers and businessmen. 


Two girls nabbed from hostel
Our Correspondent

Abohar, June 27
Two girls from West Bengal were nabbed from a room of the Government Girls Hostel run by the Social Welfare Department at Sriganganagar, on Sunday.

The girls alleged that a person identified as Jassi had lured them from New Delhi promising “good business” in the border town.

According to information Ms Shashikanta, warden of the hostel, while passing through the adjoining street noticed that some lights were on in the hostel whereas the hostel was closed on May 15 due to summer vacation.

When she checked the hostel she found that two girls were sleeping in a room without switching off the lights. She bolted the door from outside and informed the police.

The two girls were taken to the police station and booked under Section 109 CrPC after interrogation.

They have been identified as Kajal (19) daughter of Lala Dass resident of Companythek, Mandalpara in Kolkata and Neetu (21) daughter of Puri Haldhar, a resident of 24 Pargana Kolkata. Warden Shashikanta said she had handed over the keys of the hostel to the accountant.

The police has rounded up the accountant. The police said search to arrest Jassi had been launched. 


1 held for desecration of holy book
Our correspondent

Hoshiarpur, June 27
The Garhshankar police has arrested Joginder Singh, a resident of Soond village (Nawanshahar), working as sewadar granthi at Gurdwara Ravi Dass of Badesron village on Sunday under Section 295 of the IPC for allegedly removing some pages of Guru Granth Sahib.

According to police sources, Harmesh Lal took the Bir of Guru Granth Sahib for solemnising the marriage of his daughter on Sunday. When Gian Singh, a granthi of Ladian village was reciting the Granth, he found some pages missing. He reported the matter to Bhola Ram, president of Gurdwara Ravi Dass. Bhola Ram inquired from Joginder Singh, about the missing pages.

At first, Joginder Singh denied his involvement, but later confessed to having torn the pages.


3 labourers crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, June 27
As many as three labourers, sleeping along a railway line, near here, were crushed to death by a truck in the wee hours of today.

According to sources, about 35 labourers were sleeping along the railway line when a tipper (truck) came to the site of an under-construction railway line on the Rajpura-Ambala section to unload the concrete around 3 pm. As the driver, Daulat Ram, was reversing the truck, the vehicle ran over three labourers.

The dead have been identified as Santosh Patel (25), Hans Raj (40) and Krant Shah (30). When a labourer Ravinder Bhagat raised the alarm the other labourers ran to safety. If Ravinder had not raised the alarm, a major tragedy could have happened, police sources said.

After hearing the shrieks of Ravinder, the truck driver drove the truck forward over the bodies mutilating them beyond recognition.

A Government Railway Police (GRP) party, led by Mr Lakha Singh, DSP, and Mr Rohit Sharma, an Executive Engineer with the Railways, visited the spot.

While the truck driver has absconded, the bodies have been sent for a post mortem examination.


Two bodies found

Bathinda, June 27
A shocking incident of a woman ending her life along with her daughter by diving into a canal has come to light. Their bodies have been recovered.

Sources said the incident was reported when a person informed the Sahara volunteers about a body being stuck under the Behman Bridge. When the volunteers extracted the body they found a body of a girl tied with it. The canal police reached the spot after which both bodies were identified as that of 28-year-old Sunita Rani and her 8-year-old daughter Anjani.

A case has been registered under Section 174, IPC. — TNS


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