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Rs 5 lakh looted in daylight robbery
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
Four armed robbers fired thrice in front of Sudarshan Textiles Engineering Works situated between Cheema Chowk and Samrala Chowk and looted Rs 5 lakh and several bank drafts in broad daylight here today.

The factory owner, Mr Manish Gupta, his father, his two friends and an employee, Mr Raman Kumar, had a narrow escape as the robbers, all clean-shaven, fired one shot each from their .315 bore, .32 bore and 9mm guns. The police found a cartridge from the shop. While Mr Gupta and his two friends escaped from the office through a back door, his half-paralytic father and employee Raman Kumar were held hostage for a few minutes by one of the robbers.

Mr Gupta, who works as an agent in draft exchange business, said Mr Raman Kumar withdrew the money from the Central Bank of India branch, behind Sandhu Motors, at 11 am. As he reached the office, the robbers barged into the office.Mr Gupta and Mr Raman Kumar said the robbers were speaking in Punjabi. The robbers seemed to have knowledge about the cash kept in a cabin of the office.

The SSP, Mr A.S. Rai, and the SP City (II), Mr D.P. Singh, said Mr Gupta saw two robbers fleeing on Bajaj Pulsar motor cycle.

Though Mr Gupta and others noted the registration number of the motor cycle, the police found that the number was allotted to a car.

The DIG, Mr Parag Jain, who held a meeting of senior police officials at the Division No 6 police station, said it seemed that some insider was involved in the crime.



Mother kills newborn girl, dumps body in tank
Tribune News Service

Galib Khurd (Jagraon), September 19
Close on the heels of a woman abandoning two of her daughters in Sidhwan Bet, a case of an Assamese woman, married to a Punjabi youth, allegedly killing her newborn daughter and dumping the body in a septic tank has come to light.

The body of the infant was exhumed from the septic tank, in the woman’s house at Galib Khurd village, this afternoon in the presence of the Jagraon police and village panchayat.

This brought to an end a frantic search for the infant, which had gone missing five days ago, with the entire village joining in.

The body was exhumed in the presence of an Executive Magistrate.

The woman, Amanjot, already has a five-year-old son Pargat Singh and three-year-old daughter Love Preet Kaur.

She had given birth to the third child on September 8. The infant had gone missing on September 14.

SSP R.K. Jaiswal said the woman first strangulated the infant and then dumped the body in the tank. The tank was covered with a lid.

Mr Jaiswal said the woman’s husband, Gurinder Singh, was the first one to suspect the involvement of his wife in the disappearance of the girl.

He had told his parents and village elders that his wife had not been affected by the loss of the newborn. The woman finally confessed to her crime in front of the village panchayat early this morning, at which the police was called in.

In a statement to the police, the woman said she did not want the second daughter.

On the other hand, Gurinder Singh and his parents said they were happy at the birth of a third child. They and other villagers asserted to the police that they did not have any gender bias.

The woman was married to Gurinder Singh seven years ago. Gurinder Singh said they did not have any financial problems and could have taken care of three children.

As the body was being exhumed, a huge crowd gathered at the village, with people from neighbhouring villages also reaching there.

The woman has been arrested and booked under Sections 32 and 201 of the IPC for murder and destruction of evidence.

The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.



Murder case solved with arrest of 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
The city police today announced the arrest of two migrants on the charge of murdering a watchman in Voltex Ltd. factory on June 27.

SP D.P. Singh said investigations revealed that four persons had entered the factory premises with an intention to theft.

Night watchman Ramesh Lal noticed the men and confronted them. They allegedly overpowered him and murdered him.

The two arrested persons have been identified as Tilak Ram and Ramesh Sharma.



Woman lecturer removed; alleges harassment
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 19
Even as the dust has yet to settle down on the controversy regarding suspension and subsequent reinstatement of a lecturer in Kamla Lohtia College here, the institution is once again in the midst of another controversy- this time an ad hoc female lecturer has been relieved of services after she complaint against a senior lecturer regarding harassment to the police.

Ms Shefali, a lecturer in Physical Education, lodged a complaint with the police today against the Head of the Physical Education Department, Prof Rohit, for "harassing her and using dirty language against her". She alleged that she had been sacked by the management of Kamla Lohtia College at the behest of Prof Rohit.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, she said she joined the college about three months back and gained the respect and confidence of students with her work. She alleged that Prof Rohit did not like her popularity. "At times, he would just taunt the boys that since I was a female, they (students) liked my company," alleged Ms Shefali.

Prof Rohit, when contacted, said it was the decision of the management to relieve Ms Shifali. "She has levelled baseless charges against me.”



LPG dealers misleading public: consumers’ body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
Terming the warning of LPG shortage by distributors as unfortunate, the Ludhiana Cooking Gas Consumers Association has written to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister on the issue. The association alleged that claims by distributors were misleading for the consumers.

“Oil companies have always been increasing supply in winters,” said Mr C.S. Ahuja, president of the federation, adding that the warning that there could be a shortage as oil companies were not increasing supply was “just a hoax to frighten consumers”.

The federation said consumers had to suffer on account of “malpractices” like charging extra payments for home delivery and non-admissibility of rebate on godown delivery in case of refill.

On the distributors’ complaint of no increase in commission, Mr Ahuja said the issue was “non-existent”. “As the number of consumers have increased manifold and an equal number of refills is supplied, the commission becomes sizeable. Any further increase in commission would only put an additional burden on consumers,” the federation said.

It also said that the distributors’ complaint that they were being forced to sell products like cookers is an issue that has been clarified many times by the ministry. The distributors are willingly doing it, they are not being coerced, said the federation, adding that distributors should refrain from such “misleading” actions.



Bus overturns, 12 injured
Mahesh Sharma

Payal, September 19
A major tragedy was averted when a private bus destined for Khanna overturned near the Doom bridge, near here, this morning. Twelve persons were injured in the accident.

The police has registered an FIR against the driver of the bus.

The bus (PB23 9497), belonging to New Fatehgarh Transport Company, overturned when its driver, Harvinder Singh, lost control on noticing a gas tanker coming from the opposite side.

Out of injured, Darshan Kaur of Ghudani was shifted to Pahwa Hospital, whereas Paramjit Kaur of Ghudani, Amarjit Kaur of Ghangas, Charanjit Kaur of Sihar, Swaran Singh and Jasbir Singh of Karamsar were admitted to the Civil Hospital here. Gagandeep Singh of Ghangas, Jagpal Singh of Akbarpur Chhanna and Gurparksh Singh of Jandali Khurad were discharged after giving first aid at Sant Isher Singh Memorial Hospital, Rara Sahib.

The bus left the Ahmedgarh bus stand for Khanna at about 6.25 am. Nearly 40 passengers, including teachers and students, were travelling in it.



Councillor couple cleans manhole
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
The councillor of Ward No. 47 accompanied by her husband cleaned a choked manhole in her area today, which was not cleaned by employees of the Municipal Corporation, despite repeated complaints.

Ms Sukhchain Bassi Gogi, the councillor, and her husband cleaned the sewer manhole in the presence of supporters and a number of mediapersons.

The Gogis claimed that the sewer was choked near gate number 3 of PAU and a road was flooded due to the same. They had complained to the civic body officials a number of times but to no avail.

‘‘The stinking flooded road was a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies. So we cleaned it today. It just required small effort, but the MC employees did not bother to pay a visit, ’’ said the couple.



Work on voter I-cards from September 21
Our Correspondent

Amloh, September 19
Under the policy announced by the Chief Election Commission of India, no voter without photo-voter identity card would be allowed to cast his vote in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections, said Mr Arshdeep Singh Thind, IAS, SDM-cum-electoral registration officer, of the Amloh constituency to mediaperson last evening.

Adequate steps had been taken to create awareness among the people to get there voter cards in their respective villages. For this purpose each team had been allotted a cluster of villages to complete the task between September 21 and November 1.

In reply to a query, Mr Thind said out of 162 polling booths in the constituency, 92 were covered in Amloh subdivision,26 Fatehgarh Sahib,16 Nabha, seven Patiala and one polling booth in Khanna subdivision.

When his attention was drawn to the statement of Education Minister Partap Singh Bajwa on September 7 that teachers would not be appointed on election duties at the cost of studies in government schools, the SDM said the teachers had to be appointed to replace some employees engaged in the coming paddy season. No person from a single-teacher school and no woman teacher had been appointed on election duty.



Talent hunt for singers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
TVS Motor Company announced ‘Star City- Punjab Da Superstar’, a talent hunt for singers. According to a press note, the singers would be chosen by a jury with members from the music industry like Harbhajan Mann, Atul Sharma, Dolly Guleria and Shamsher Singh Sandhu.

Mobile expo

Mr Pankaj Mahindroo, National President, Indian Cellular Association, said the association is expecting a large number of visitors from Ludhiana at the mobile handset expo ‘Mobile Asia 2006’ to be held in Delhi from October 13. “Ludhiana is among the highest selling cellphone markets in the country and we are expecting a large number of visitors from the city,” Mr Mahindroo said in a press note issued here today.



2 booked for assaulting cop

Khanna, September 19
The police has booked two persons under Sections 341, 323 and 34 of the IPC for beating head constable Dogar Singh.

According to the victim, the accused attacked him while he was on his way to his village Kakrala Kalan on Sunday. He was admitted to the civil hospital, Samrala. — TNS



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