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AISAD to form Panthic Front
Third alternative against SAD, Congress
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD) today reiterated its resolve to form a Panthic Front against the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) to provide a third alternative to the people of the state, having considered that both have failed to come up to their expectations. “There must be an early end to corruption mismanagement and maladministration unleashed by both the parties,” it observed.

Addressing a press conference here today, the AISAD president, Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, observed, “It is now well known that Sikh religious affairs have to be set in order The SGPC and Akal Takht are functioning under the thumb rule of (Mr) Badal and his appointees. It is unfortunate that Sikh history, Sikh principles and Sikh traditions are being slowly destroyed. It is proposed that the gurdwara reform movement will be launched and this will lead to Sikh resurgence and renaissance”.

He said the AISAD was concerned over the recent bomb blasts in Mumbai and Srinagar and observed that it was the handiwork of those who did not want India and Pakistan to come closer. He said Punjab would see a rare economic development by opening its gates to Pakistan, West Asia and Central Asia. “We will continue to make concerted efforts to bring about grand reconciliation between the two nations to end genocide in Punjab and Kashmir,” he said.

He disclosed that the AISAD would bring out two white papers on the SAD-B regime from 1997-2002 and on Congress government during 2002-2007 to expose their corruption misdeeds and failure to come up to fulfil their obligations in view of the people’s mandate it will be incorporated in the election manifesto of the Panthic Front.

He called upon Dalits and the downtrodden people to assemble at Akal Takht.

This gathering will meet on November 5 at Akal Takht on Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary where a programme for social change will be made.



Burglars loot Rs 10 lakh from trader's house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Burglars struck at a house of a well known saree trader opposite CFC Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar last night and decamped with Rs 10 lakh without being noticed at any of the special nakaas laid as part of the night exercise or spotted by any team of the roaming PCR motorcycle squad.

It was undoubtedly one of the cleanest burglary operation at the house of Mr Opesh Kumar Rana, owner of a sarees showroom at Chaurra Bazar here with the unidentified intruder coolly entering the house from a door on the roof top opening into a staircase, heading directly to the trader's bedroom. He lifted two bags and a briefcase kept in an almirah of the dressing room, put the money in one bag and left the house opening the door of the drawing room.

All this while, the trader and his wife slept in the bedroom without noticing any thing unusual nor did their two teenager sons, sleeping in another room, heard any sound. The door at the rooftop was not bolted from inside. The bedroom door was also not locked and a tube light was on when they were sleeping.

The burglar or group of burglars knew exactly where the money was. They did not touch anything else, negotiated their way through a small sofa and centre table in the and walked inches close to the unassuming couple sleeping on the bed.

They headed towards the dressing room situated in between the bed room and bathroom. The door of the almirah in the dressing room was not locked.

One of the bags kept there contained Rs 9.70 lakh while another had about Rs 30,000. The brief case contained document only. The burglar shifted the entire money in one bag and left the house.

The quick response of the city police to such a crime was again found wanting with the first police official reaching the house at 8:30 am, almost two hours after the badly shaken victims had informed the police.

By that time, family members, anxious relatives and friends had roamed all around the house unknowingly spoiling the finger prints and the scent of the intruder. The finger print experts and a dog squad could not pick up anything worthwhile from the house. The police had no explanation for the delayed response.

Mr Opesh said he did not feel any giddiness or headache in the morning, suggesting the burglars did not use any sedative.

“I woke up at 6:05 am and saw the open almirah. I called up my relatives and the police shortly thereafter,” he said.

Police said the manner in which the burglary was committed suggested the involvement of someone close and well versed with the family and the house. The intruders had specific knowledge that the money was kept here.

The police had detained the serving and former servants of the house as well as a driver for questioning but no breakthrough could be made so far.



A double postgraduate becomes dowry victim
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
A double post-graduate in library science and mass communication has allegedly fallen yet another victim to the evil of dowry.

Despite spending Rs 5 lakh on her marriage and gifts to her in-laws, the family of alleged dowry victim Neetu was continuously harassed for giving a Santro car as a gift to her husband. Her not being able to bear a child added fuel to the fire and her in-laws allegedly decided to get rid of her.

When this fatherless woman could not fulfil the dowry demands, she was shown the door by her husband and in-laws. Despite Marital Disputes Cell officials counselling her husband to effect a compromise, the latter allegedly refused to do so.

Neetu was married to Mukesh Kumar Marwaha of Kidwai Nagar on February 11, 2004 by her widowed mother with the help of her sister by spending Rs 5 lakh on various household items and organising a function in a local marriage palace.

The accused were allegedly not satisfied with the dowry articles and they started humiliating her, she alleged. “They started demanding a Santro car from my mother and when she showed her inability to fulfil the demand, they harassed me all the more.”

After some time, Neetu conceived and she was hoping that after she had a child her condition would improve. But fate had something else in store for her. It was a tubal pregnancy and it had to be terminated surgically on July 19, 2004.

‘‘That incident changed my life from bad to worse. Despite being so well educated I was treated like an animal. As if it was my fault that there was a problem with my pregnancy,’’ she said.

But then again there was a ray of hope. She again conceived in December 2005. This time also, it was a tubal pregnancy and she was operated upon after some days.

Finally on June 22, she was allegedly turned out of her marital home. She was allegedly beaten up by her husband on June 18 also. ‘‘When I came to my mother’s house in Khud Mohalla, my husband moved an application before SP City-I.

Later, a panchayat was convened and her husband was asked to rehabilitate her, but to no avail.

The police has registered a case under Sections 406, 498-A and 120-B against eight persons, including her husband Mukesh Kumar and mother-in-law Asha Rani.

The police had raided their house to nab the accused but there was nobody at the house, alleged the complainant.



Laddowal police post is now police station
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
A long-pending demand of 35 villages, mainly along the Sutlej and some on the Hambran road has finally been accepted with the state government upgrading the Laddowal police post as a full fledged police station.

Laddowal has thus become the 19th police station of the Ludhiana police district. A notification of the new police station has been received here today.

The police station has started functioning but a formal inauguration, including meeting of the villages falling under its jurisdiction, would be held shortly, revealed SSP A S Rai.

The new police station would have all the 22 villages manned by the Laddowal police post earlier. In addition to those, 13 more villages mainly like Bains, Ladian and Ayali besides those situated between the Hambran road and the Sutlej, have also been included.

These village residents were facing acute problems of communicating to the Sadar Police station earlier. First, most of the villages were situated 15 to 20 kms away and people had to spend a lot of time and energy in reaching the police station.

Further, it was practically extremely difficult for the police to man the area to the people's satisfaction. The Sadar police station had jurisdiction over area all around the city and was thus always over loaded with work.

The police station would be spruced up shortly with more rooms required for accommodating the staff.

The revised maps of the Sadar police station and the map of Laddowal police station are being prepared.



Murder suspect nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
The city police is learnt to have swooped down on one of the four suspects in the sensational double murder case of a jeweller and his wife in their house on Dasaundha Singh road early this month.

While the police officials were tight-lipped over the development, reliable sources reveal that a police team had detained one of the four suspected assailants who made mercilessly murdered the couple. He belonged to Jalandhar.

Besides, the gory manner in which the couple was murdered, the case had hogged headlines and the Jagraon police told to help in a joint investigation of the case with the Ludhiana police.

Sources said the suspect was being questioned. His arrest would be announced only after the cops were confident about his involvement.

He is the first suspect to be nabbed in a raid in the case, Earlier, the police had detained and questioned several suspects, mainly known bad characters but none of them was found involved in the case.

Jeweller Darshan Singh and his wife Paramjit Kaur were found murdered in their house on July 4 morning. The four assailants spoke a mix of Hindi and Punjabi.



Travel agent booked for fraud

Khanna, July 22
Payal police has registered a case under section 420 of IPC against Sukhvinder Singh, son of Karnail Singh, of Sadarpura under police station Sidhwan Bet, Ludhiana, for duping Rachhpal Singh of Raemajra village, Payal, of Rs 13.5 lakhs while promising him to send him abroad. Under directions from the DIG, Ludhiana, an enquiry was conducted by SSP Jagraon.

According to the information, Rachhpal used to visit one Baba Sohan Singh at Gurdwara Jhaar Sahib at Ghudani Kalan. During one of his visits, Rachhpal talked about the desire of his son Gurminder Singh to go abroad. Sohan Singh arranged his meeting with Sukhvinder Singh, a travel agent. In July 2003, they agreed to pay Rs 14 lakhs.

Rachhpal stated in his complaint that Gurvinder’s passport and a sum of Rs 3 lakh was paid to Sukhvinder at Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib as first instalment. Another sum of Rs 4 lakh was paid to the agent at Sohan Singh’s dera and Rs 50000 was deposited in the account of Sukhvinder’s wife with the Bank of Punjab, Khanna.

After this, Sukhvinder called them to Delhi and received Rs 3 lakh from him at Rajouri Garden, Delhi. He was further asked to deposit a sum of Rs 1 lakh in the account of a travel agent named Vijay Kumar. At this Rachhpal was informed that the visa has been granted and the arrangement was to be made for obtaining US dollars worth Rs 2 lakhs. He managed to procure $ 3500 and handed it over to Gurminder that were however taken away by Sukhvinder.

Sukhvinder took Gurminder to Mumbai by air. The travel agent left Gurminder in Mumbai and eloped. — OC



Killer nabbed

Khanna, July 22
The police claims to have solved the murder of Mohinder Babu (75), a retired TTE of western railway belonging to Gujrat, living here for the last few years and arrested the alleged killer. The district police chief Mr. M F Farooqui said that the arrested person was Hira Lal, son of Babu Lal. He was working as a labourer. He had admitted to the killing of Mohinder Babu.

He was called to his residence on the fateful night of July 19. Babu wanted to have unnatural sex with him to which he resisted and struck him a fatal blow on his head with a hammer. The hammer used in the crime has been recovered, the SSP added. OC



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