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Community policing raises residents’ hackles
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, August 30
Strong resentment prevails amongst residents of the Urban Estate Phase-I, Dugri, Ludhiana, where the police chowki, Dugri, has hired security guards and chowkidars from private security agencies and the residents have been asked to pay Rs 100 per month per household.

And to top it, this is without any specific guidelines in writing from senior police authorities.

Various welfare organisations work in the area but none of them have been taken into confidence about this security measure.

However, the Urban Estate Welfare Sub Society, Dugri, president, Master Surjit Singh Albela, the Urban Estate Welfare Society (regd), general secretary, Mr H.S. Lamba and the Urban Estate Welfare Association (Pb), general secretary, Dr Shiv Gupta, have lodged strong protests with the police post.

They have submitted a written memorandum stating that residents are perturbed over the implementation of the scheme unilaterally as the monthly rate of Rs 100 per house is too high.

Presently, the residents are paying only Rs 25 or 30 per month to the private chowkidars who are performing the duties to their satisfaction and no untoward incident has ever happened.

When a chowkidar is available at Rs 2000 per month, then why to pay Rs 5000 per month to a security guard after collection of funds from the residents by the police? residents ask.

Dr Shiv Gupta and Master Surjit Singh Albela said the police department had no funds for the purchase of mobile phones for their staff, and even to pay monthly telephone bills then why they wanted to burden public for all such expenses?

Moreover, the police-appointed security guards had no licensed guns etc. Also, there was no problem of security for the Urban Estate residents then why to implement this new scheme? they asked.

Mr Albela said more than 300 residents had signed a resolution against this scheme stating that different rates should be fixed for houses according to their size, keeping in mind the paying capacity of the residents.

The copies of the memorandum have also been sent to the SSP and Deputy Commissioner requesting for a review of the decision and seeking details of such a scheme, if any, from the government.

Dr Shiv Gupta suggested that joint meetings of all welfare organisations of the area should be convened to discuss and arrive at a consensus.

On the other hand , Dr S.K. Thaman, chairman of Shree Manav Sewa Welfare Bureau, said the CPO (Community Police Officers ) scheme launched with the assistance of SSP, Ludhiana, covering the entire city was laudable.

He said, at a meeting held yesterday, that the CPO scheme be treated as a gift to Ludhiana from the SSP and stated that recruiting of CPOs would help curb unemployment .

Mr Ashok Jain, general secretary, however, said the district administration should ensure proper parameters and rules for upgradation of the CPO scheme.

It was also suggested to name the CPO scheme as the Police Security Helpline.



Eye on vote bank, parties woo migrants
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 30
The clash between migrants and local residents in Basti Jodhewal here on Friday, might have passed off as just another unsavoury incident. But that is not to be and in the run-up to the elections early next year, political parties are wooing migrants with an eye on their sizeable vote bank.

After an all-party delegation of Bihar legislators visited the city to assess the situation and with the Bihar Government lodging a formal protest, it was the turn of the minorities cell of the PPCC, the CPI and the CPI (ML), Liberation, Punjab, to extend support to the migrants here today.

The PPCC cell organised a goodwill rally in Basti Jodhewal which was attended, among others, by prominent leaders of different communities, Chairman of the Ludhiana Citizen Council, Naib Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Maulana Mohammed Usman Rehmani and the SP (City).

Addressing the rally, Chairman of the cell Ateeq-ur-Rehman said the act of certain miscreants in disturbing peace in the city under the garb of the ID card issue, was reprehensible.

He said the sizeable migrant population in the city would continue to be respected in society in the wake of their contribution towards development in various fields.

He gave an assurance that any ID proof carried by the migrants would be recognised and the police had taken steps to check harassment of migrant workers on this account.

Mr Darshan Arora, Chairman of the Ludhiana Citizens Council, Mr Jagdish Bajaj, president, Gian Sthal Mandir, Naib Shahi Imam, PPCC secretary Ashwani Sharma and other leaders appealed to the people to maintain peace and mutual trust. They urged the administration to withdraw cases against area residents in this connection.

A deputation of the district unit of the CPI, led by district secretary Kartar Singh Bowani, met Deputy Commissioner Ashok Gupta today to lodge a protest against the false implication of a number of residents of Basti Jodhewal after the clash.

The CPI leaders alleged that the police had booked even those persons under Section 307 of the IPC who had tried to defuse tension in the area.

The party also held a rally at the mini-secretariat to express solidarity with the migrants.

Activists of the CPI (ML) Liberation, Punjab, and AICTU visited several migrant colonies and addressed corner meetings.

The party leaders claimed that the incident was the culmination of persistent harassment of migrants by the police. They said the matter would be taken up with the Punjab and Bihar Governments and the Bihar Assembly would also take note of the plight of migrants in Punjab.



10 years after SSB exam, BAMS docs await results
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 30
Even after 10 years of the examination conducted by the Service Selection Board, BAMS doctors of the area are awaiting the results. They have now urged the Chief Minister of Punjab to either get the results declared or take a fresh test to consider their candidature.

Dr Narinder Pal Sharda of Khanpur village in Sangrur district said he along with hundreds of other ayurvedic graduates had appeared in the test conducted by the Punjab Service Selection Board in 19996 but their results had not been declared for reasons best known to authorities in the department.

“As the test was conducted by the Congress government, the following government being led by SAD, staggered the declaration for obvious reasons,” said Dr Narinder Pal.

Terming Dr Vivek Sharma, Dr Sanjiv Sharma and Dr Sushma Rani to be sailing in the same boat, Dr Narinder alleged that the unconcern of the successive governments had spoiled their careers.

“Now when we have crossed the age limit we will not be treated eligible for posts to be filled,” they lamented.

The doctors urged the Chief Minister to either get their results declared or start the process afresh with due age limit relaxation.

“As we have been made to suffer for no fault of ours, the government should consider our candidature for vacant posts in the district,” they added.



Commercial sites’ auction fetches 17.88 cr
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
PUDA Additional Administrator S. R. Kaler has said a total of Rs 1,788.47 lakh has been collected from the auction of 27 commercial sites in Urban Estate, Sector 39, Samrala Road, and Urban Estate, Dhandari Kalan, held on August 29 -30.

Mr Kaler said today the auction was conducted for 15 commercial sites in Urban Estate, Dhandari Kalan, at PUDA Complex and it fetched Rs. 939.84 lakh, which is almost 136.11 per cent higher than the reserved price of 398.06 lakh.

The highest bid was Rs 46,700 per sq. yard against the reserved price of Rs 18,150 per sq. yard registering a 157.30 per cent increase.

Referring to the auction held on August 29, Mr. Kaler said auction was conducted for 12 commercial sites, which fetched Rs 848.63 lakh, almost 75 per cent higher than the reserved price of Rs. 484.54 lakh.



Tribune Impact
Development of Model Colony begins
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 30
Reacting to stories published in Ludhiana Tribune regarding the plight of residents of Model Colony in Ward Number 11 here, the Municipal Council authorities have started development in the colony.

The development project was started with the construction of drains in the area, followed by a sewerage system and construction of roads, claimed Mr Jatinder Kumar Bhola, president of the council.

Residents had urged Ms Chiter Rekha Sharma, councillor of the area, to provide civic amenities in the area.

The colony was developed by a private coloniser about five years ago with a promise to provide civic amenities to about 100 houses. Even though many owners have shifted to new houses, many facilities in the area are lacking.

The residents led by Mr Mohinder Verma, Mr Ravi Verma and Mr Bhupinder Singh alleged that they had been living in unhygienic conditions since they constructed their houses in the colony.

“Though we were made to understand that civic amenities, including drinking water and sewerage, would be provided immediately after habitation, no development was made either by the coloniser or the civic body,” they said, adding that their appeals had fallen on deaf ears.

Mr Bhola and Ms Rekha Sharma blamed the developer for misguiding the residents. “Unfortunately, the residents had been misguided by the sellers that it was an approved colony. Now that they have undertaken to abide by the rules of the council, we have started development work that would be completed soon,” Mr Bhola claimed.

The laying of sewerage and construction of roads would follow the construction of drains, he added.



Yoga guru to hold camps from Sep 10
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 30
Yogiraj Swami Lalji Maharaj, an internationally acclaimed practitioner of yoga, will hold yoga treatment and meditation camps for the first time in this city at the Government College for Women grounds from September 10 to 16.

In the week-long camps, the yoga guru will guide the people and offer cure for varied health problems like spondylitis, backache, knee pain, sciatica, gastric trouble, blood pressure, diabetes, migraine, obesity, poor eyesight, asthma and heart disease.

Addressing a news conference here today, Swami Lalji Maharaj remarked that the world was fast realising the importance of yoga.

That the people all across the globe were now practicing the ancient Indian art of yoga became evident to the yoga guru during his intensive worldwide travel covering 22 countries.

Claiming that lakhs of people had benefitted from his teachings in easy-to-perform yogasanas, the swami said he treated his followers after a personal examination and accordingly guided them keeping in mind their age, capacity and specific health problem.

Millions of other people all over the world have regained health and fitness through yoga by viewing regular telecasts on different channels in India and abroad during the past 30 years.



Dharna by vet pharmacists
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 30
Veterinary pharmacists today held a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, here today in support of their demands. The protesters flayed the government for its failure to accept their demands.

The district president of the union, Mr Surinder Singh Shahpur, regretted that the government was turning a blind eye to the plight of veterinary pharmacists who, he claimed, were performing almost 80 per cent of the work of the Animal Husbandry Department.

He said the union had decided to intensify the agitation. “Even as a dharna is being staged at the state directorate in Chandigarh from July 24, the union will be holding a demonstration at the district headquarters every Wednesday till the demands are accepted,” he said.

The main demands include time-bound and regular promotions, re-designation of posts of pharmacist as veterinary live stock inspector, legal status to work done by veterinary pharmacists and change in the name of the diploma course as announced by the Chief Minister at the time of the opening of the veterinary university in Ludhiana.

The union further asked the government to appoint an IAS officer as Director of the department to ensure smooth and effective working.



Less rainfall in Punjab
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
PAU agrometeorologists have said Punjab has received less than normal rainfall this monsoon.

A total of 371.8 mm of rain was received between June 1 and August 29. This is 58 mm less than the rain received during the corresponding period in 2005; and 106.4 mm less than the normal rainfall.

The scientists said the weak monsoon activity in most parts of the state so far has put an extra economic burden on farmers to save the kharif crops — paddy, cotton, sugarcane, etc. The irrigation requirement had to be met with spending more on diesel to pump groundwater. The state had to impose heavy cuts on urban consumers and purchase power at a high cost from outside Punjab.

The maximum and minimum temperatures remained either near normal or slightly below normal in June, while rainfall was 26 mm less than normal. As this period coincided with sowing of most of kharif crops and near normal temperature was favourable, below normal rainfall increased the economic burden on the farmers.

Conditions were no better in July and August, when widespread rain was recorded only in the third and fourth weeks of July. The onset of monsoon was delayed in Punjab. In fact, rainfall conditions were quite unfavourable in July, 2005, as well, when 183.5 mm rain was recorded, this was 48.6 mm less than normal.

This period, said agrometeorologists, coincided with vegetative growth of kharif crops.

August, 2006, remained quite dry as compared to August, 2005. Widespread rain was received in Punjab only in the last week of August. This is considered favourable to kharif crops, they pointed out.



PAU union to gherao Audit Officer today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 30
The Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union will gherao the local Audit Officer tomorrow in protest against the objections raised by the Audit Department with regard to admitting decisions of the Board of Management and other competent authorities of the PAU here.

Mr D.P. Maur, president of the union, in a statement to the Press today said that the objections raised on pay fixation of farm workers and tractor drivers were not justified as these had been admitted earlier by the department and the payments had been made for the past 10 to14 years. Besides, a number of employees had also retired.

He said the decision regarding pay fixation of stenographers was as per a decision of the high court but even then the department was raising objections.

By raising the objections, it was asking the university authorities to make recoveries from retired as well as serving employees. The university authorities had justified these decisions a number of times by arranging meetings at different levels.

The Supreme Court had also decided that although the Punjab no right to interfere in the internal administration of a university.



Tributes paid to Beant Singh
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 30
Tributes were paid to late Beant Singh, former Chief Minister, Punjab, here today on his martyrdom day by the Principal, Mr Rajinder Krishan Sharma, Mr Sushil Malhotra, member, Prime Minister Yojna staff, and students of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, on the school premises.

Mr Rajinder Sharma said Mr Beant Singh had served humanity throughout his life. He said every year an annual science mela is organised on the school premises in his memory.

Mr Sushil Malhotra also spoke on the occasion.



Three booked for attack on two villagers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 30
The local police has registered a case under Sections 452, 324, 506 and 34 of the IPC against three persons for allegedly attacking two persons after forcibly entering the house of the victim at Jandali village near here yesterday.

Nasir Mohamad and his servant Parmod Kumar were allegedly assaulted by Gulam Rasool and Gulam Nabi, residents of Hoshiarpur, and Shiam Din of Grain Market, Barnala, last night.

A police patrolling party led by ASI Tara Chand shifted profusely bleeding Nasir and Raju to the local Hind Hospital on receiving information from Satia Begum, owner of the house.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that Satia Begum, along with her four children, had been living at Jandali village. Her husband Mohamad Alam had gone to Italy about seven years ago.

“While I, along with my children, was sleeping on the roof of my house, the assailants armed with sharpedged weapons, entered my house and attacked Nasir Mohamad, my brother-in-law, and Raju, our servant. The attackers fled before I came down after hearing cries of the duo,” Satia told the police.

An old score was stated to be reason behind the attack. “We were in a dispute with them over the issue of divorce of Emma, my niece. They had earlier threatened me with dire consequences in case I supported my niece,” Nasir told the police.

Nasir and Raju received injuries on limbs and head.

Mr Rachhpal Singh Hara, DSP, Malerkotla, visited the spot. He claimed that the police had raided suspected hide-outs of the accused.



Along with paramour, wife kills husband
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 30
Mandeep Singh, 25, an employee with the ITI at Manuke, has allegedly been murdered by his wife and her paramour last night at their residence.

According to information, Mandeep Singh was given job in the ITI at Manuke on compassionate grounds following the death of his father who was employed there.

Later, Mandeep was married with Manjit Kaur, daughter of Balbir Singh of Manna Majra, Chamkaur Sahib, on November 18, 2005, after which both started residing at Manuke.

Manjit Kaur’s brother-in-law, Daljit Singh, son of Labh Singh of Bangia, Morinda, often used to visit Manjit Kaur.

Sources disclosed that illicit relations developed between them and they decided to get rid of Mandeep Singh.

Last night, Daljit Singh visited their house at Manuke and left at about 11 pm.

In the morning, relatives of Mandeep Singh staying at Ralli village, under Bassi Pathana police station, were informed about his alleged murder. The body of the deceased has been brought to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, for the post-mortem examination.



Dowry case: mother-in-law still at large
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 30
The police is yet to arrest a woman of Atam Nagar who is an accused in a dowry case registered under Sections 406, 498-A of the IPC.

The complainant, Sonia, a resident of College Road, said although her husband Pankaj, her father -in -law Satish Sood and brother-in-law Kunal have been arrested, the police was dragging its feet on arresting her mother-in-law, Raksha alias Renu Sood, who has been missing since August 27 with her jewellery and other valuables.

She said she was married in 1998 to Pankaj, who was working with his father in their cycle parts business. At the time of the ring ceremony, her parents gave gold ornaments to all her in laws and a Maruti car to her husband.

All this changed at the time of the marriage after which all jewellery was taken away by her mother-in-law and her husband too started demanding a luxury car. She was mentally tortured for not bringing adequate jewellery and she was assaulted by the family members. But she kept quit for the sake of her family life, she narrated.

Her husband was a habitual drinker and used to take drugs. He was so addicted to both that sometimes he could not even come home and sleep at the factory. At one instance even he threw boiling water on her when she was working in the kitchen, she alleged.

The family did not spare her even when she was pregnant in 2001. She was made to do all the menial chores in the family. Eventually, she gave birth to a boy and the expenses for her delivery were borne by her parents, she revealed.

Sonia said after her son was born, the torture increased and on one instance her mother- in-law left the gas cylinder on in the kitchen with a view to killing her. She was saved as she smelt the gas and turned it off. Here too the entire blame was shifted to her and she was beaten black and blue for trying to set the house on fire, she alleged.

Things came to such a pass that she was unable to bear the torture and came to her parents' house in 2003.

The police on the other hand said that they were trying to locate and arrest Renu and denied any laxity on their part.



Three held on fraud charges
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 30
The Dakha police has arrested Tarsem Lal, Ram Lal and Raj Kumar of Mullanpur on the charges of making false document and defrauding Sohan Lal of Ravidass Nagar, Dakha, of Rs 20,000. The police has registered a case under Sections 465, 467, 468, 471, 120-B, IPC.

Held for gambling

The Sidhwan Bet police, on a tip-off, arrested Pargat Singh of Fatehgarh Sivian on the charges of gambling and seized Rs 245. The police has registered a case under Sections 13- A, 3, 67 of the Gambling Act.

6 booked for assault

The Raikot police has booked Gurmeet Singh, Rana, Gurwinder Singh, Gurwinder Singh and Nakka Singh of Bassia when they allegedly entered the house of Charan Kaur and beaten her and threatened her. The police has registered a case under sections 452, 323, 506, 148, 149, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Villager booked

The Raikot police booked Darshan Singh of Barsawan under Sections 353, 186, IPC, and Section 135 of the People’s Representation Act, 1951, on a complaint made by Sukhdev Singh, Returning Officer of the Milk Dairy Co-operative Society, Kalsian village. Darshan Singh is alleged to have snatched a register from the Gurmail Singh, secretary of the society, during the election time. No arrest has been made so far.



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