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Notorious nickel thief Chanderma nabbed
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Notorious nickel thief Chanderma
Notorious nickel thief Chanderma

Ludhiana, January 2
The New Year has brought a major success to the city police with the Focal Point cops finally nailing notorious gangster and nickel thief Chanderma, who had struck 19 times in various factories here.

Chanderma is a 26-year-old migrant from Girdhar village in Gopalgunj district of Bihar. He had become quite a terror for city industrialists due to his exploits. He was looting industries at will while expanding his gang at the same time.

Industrialists were forced to make their own security arrangements besides sending delegations to the state government for curbing the gang’s activities. Their frustration had grown so much that they even threatened to shift base from the city.

Announcing the arrest, DSP Satvir Atwal and SI Surinder Mohan told reporters that the gang had given sleepless nights to the cops as well. The police had secret information that Chanderma may try to take use of the dense fog prevalent in the region and strike again at a city factory. This time, the cops were well prepared and swooped on them before they could strike.

The police officials said apart from Chanderma his three aides, Rakesh Kumar, alias Raju Binggar, Harveer Singh, alias Bunty, and Raj Kumar, alias Ram Kumar, have also been arrested.

The police has also nabbed three scrap dealers who were allegedly felicitating the nickel theft by buying the booty immediately to sell at a premium later on. The nabbed dealers were Jishat Ahmed, Tabrej Ahmed and Dina Nath. The dealers were caught at 5 am yesterday when they had come to take the stolen nickel. The cops have recovered Rs 21,000 from them.

The cops are now on the lookout for five other gang members who managed to escape. They have been identified as Sanjay Thakur, Shukla, Angad, Idal and Mocchu.

The accused were wanted in 19 FIRs out of which 12 were registered at Focal Point police station, six at Division No. 6 police station and one was lodged in Khanna police district.

The gang members initially sneaked into factories but soon graduated to using arms freely for the strikes. The cops said with the arrest of Chanderma, they hoped to put an end to the series of nickel thefts in the city and adjoining areas.

As per the police records, Chanderma is a specialist in nickel theft. He was in the profession for the past five or six years. He had allegedly begun his career as a petty thief but soon found nickel theft a profitable vocation. He was nabbed only once till now.

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Mann to contest from Dhuri, Dhanaula
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 2
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president SAD (A), will contest the forthcoming elections from Dhuri and Dhanaula Assembly constituencies besides the Amritsar parliamentary constituency, according to Mr Ajit Singh Auloarakh, a member of the parliamentary board of the party.

The party has also started exploring possibilities of an alliance with the IUML (Indian Union Muslim League).

Referring to decisions taken at a meeting of the board today, Mr Auloarakh said the decision was taken with the intention of defeating the Congress and SAD candidates as both the parties had been working against interests of the public.

Mr Auloarakh further asserted that the decision to contest the Amritsar parliamentary seat was taken in view of alleged anti-Sikh and anti-Sri Akal Takht attitude of SAD. "As the SAD has left Amritsar seat for the BJP and both the contenders (BJP and Congress ) were against Sikhs, we decided to request Mr Mann to contest this seat also and save the sanctity of supreme organisations of the Sikhs," held Mr Auloarakh.

The meeting also decided to explore possibilities of an alliance with the IUML. Referring to the outcome of a separate meeting with Mr Maksud-ul-Haq Thind, state president of the probable ally, Mr Auloarakh claimed that he had agreed to contest the election from Malerkotla constituency as an alliance nominee.

Mr Gursevak Singh Jawaharke, Mr Ram Singh, Mr Param Jit Singh Barnala and Mr Dhian Singh Mand were present at the meeting, Mr Auloarakh said.

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Nagar Kirtan marks Guru’s birth anniversary
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 2
To mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, a colourful procession was organised from Gurdwara Model Town Extension here today. It passed via Krishna Mandir Chowk, RS Model School, GTB Hospital, Gulati Chowk, Model Town Market, Rani Market Dugri Road, Aroma Market Chowk, Gurdwara Shaheedan, Model House and back to Gurdwara Model Town Extension.

Around 2000 school children and hundreds of tractors and trailers participated in the procession. The entire route was decorated with colourful gates. Many volunteers could be seen serving langar and chanting hymns, while participating enthusiastically in the procession. The ‘palki’ carrying Guru Granth Sahib was illuminated and decorated with flowers. Panj Piaras on horseback holding kirpans headed the procession. Members of the gurdwara committee were in the forefront.

Gurpurab is also being celebrated at Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib. Renowned kirtan jathas, preachers, lecturers and other distinguished personalities are participating in the celebrations which will be on till January 5. Tomorrow, a special stage will be set up at Ghanta Ghar Chowk where students of Bhai Gurdas Gurmat Missionary College will also participate and accord a grand reception to the Nagar Kirtan. A kirtan darbar will be organised on January 5 in which Giani Krishan Singh Amritsarwale will recite Gurbani.

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Area development authority a big step
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, January 2
The Punjab Government has finally accepted the outstanding demand for the formation of a development authority for the industrial city and formed the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority for its development and redevelopment.

Phillaur tehsil of Jalandhar district will form part of the special development authority.

Notification for the formation of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority was issued by Principal Secretary, Development of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, A.R. Talwar on December 21.

The authority will be headed by the Chief Minister and comprise Housing and Urban Development Minister, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Finance), Principal Secretary (Local Bodies) as members, while Principal Secretary (Housing and Urban Development) will be member and vice-chairman of the authority.

Besides, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Chief Town Planner, Punjab, and Chief Administrator will also be its members, while three non-official members will be nominated by the Punjab Government.

The Chief Administrator of the authority will be appointed by the government. The Commissioner, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, will function as Chief Administrator of the authority till the appointment of a regular Chief Minister.

Commissioner, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, Vikash Pratap has since taken over as the Chief Administrator of the authority.

All powers and functions of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) relating to the development and redevelopment of the city and adjoining areas forming part of the authority will be exercised by the authority as constituted, thus ending the role of PUDA.

All employees of PUDA will be accommodated in the new authority.

Residents have been pressing upon the state government for the establishment of the authority so as to check haphazard and unauthorised expansion of the city.

Ludhiana has witnessed a phenomenal unauthorised growth during the past three decades and slums have come up all around the city.

Various nongovernmental organisations had been writing to the state and Central governments for the establishment of the authority.

Former Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor and Prof Gurcharan Singh, president and general secretary of the Peoples Awareness Forum, respectively, had written to the Prime Minister last year seeking his intervention in the development of the city and release of funds for the same.

They had also suggested the setting up of the authority.

They have thanked the Chief Minister for the establishment of the authority and expressed hope that the city would witness planned growth in the future.

It may be mentioned here that a proposal for the establishment of the authority was mooted some time in 1970s during the tenure of Giani Zail Singh as Chief Minister but could not be materialised.

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Gang of robbers busted; seven held
Our Correspondent

Seven members of a gang of robbers that was busted, in police custody in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Seven members of a gang of robbers that was busted, in police custody in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Jagraon, January 2
The local police has busted a gang of robbers, who used to commit robberies at different places of the state, with the arrest of seven persons.

On a tip-off, a police team set up a naka near canal bridge at Ramgarh Bhullar village yesterday.

The team raided a brick-kiln, belonging to Raman Kumar of Jagraon, where some people had gathered to plan a robbery.

During the raid, the police arrested seven persons along with weapons and cash.

Those arrested are Meena, alias Rakesh, Banjara, Lyakat Ali, Ache, alias Joginder, all of Jagraon, Rocky Nath of Dharamkot, Balvir Singh of Khara in Tarn Taran and Harpal Singh, alias Gouri, all of Mullanpur.

However, Kewal Singh, alias Nandu, Sewal, alias Chirri, and Vijay, alias Raju, gave the police a slip.

Addressing mediapersons here today, SSP R.K. Jaiswal said leader of the gang Rocky Nath, a resident of Dharamkot, used to frequent the house of his in-laws here.

He made a gang with the help of his relatives around one and half years ago.

The gang used to sell medicines at petrol stations, wine shops and co-operative societies and gather information so as to commit robbery.

The gang initially started lifting safes from co-operative banks, jewellery shops, etc. but later switched to breaking open the same on the spot and stealing the cash. They used to beat up the guard if the latter resisted.

The gang would hire a vehicle without driver and later use it in the crime. Once committing a robbery, the members would assemble at a rendezvous point for distribution of their exploits.

The gang was involved in stealing a safe containing Rs 2,95,171 in cash from a co-operative society, Leelan Megh Singh, in Sidhwan Bet and injuring its watchman.

It had also stolen safes from co-operative societies of Pheruman village, Mohanpura village, both in Taran Tarn, Sudhar village and Chuhar Chak village in Moga.

The gang had stolen wine cases from vendors of Sidhwan Kalan, Jhorran and Kamalpura villages.

The gang was also involved in cases of snatching of mobile phones, removing of safes and stealing of a motor cycle.

The police has seized three country-made pistols along with 12 cartridges, a Pulsar motor cycle (PB-41D-7695), two jackknives, two steel bars, one hammer, two safes, and Rs 47,885 in cash from the accused.

The SSP said search was on to nab the three who fled.

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COMMUNITY

Akalis campaign as Cong men scramble for ticket
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 2
Candidates of the SAD seem to have taken the initial lead against the Congress in various Assembly segments.

In Ludhiana, the SAD has announced its candidates on most of the seats. On the other hand, Congress aspirants are still fighting the preliminary battle in the corridors of the All-India Congress Committee in New Delhi with uncertain outcome.

Harish Rai Dhanda of the SAD, who has been fielded from Ludhiana West, has formally launched his campaign.

Rather, he had done it a month ago after getting a green signal from his party president. His campaign includes holding of public meetings across the constituency.

On the other hand, his main opponent Harnam Dass Johar has to posit himself in Delhi to ensure that he gets renominated.

Mr Johar is being challenged by a number of newcomers who have been asserting that they be given the chance this time as, according to them, age and health are not on Mr Johar’s side.

Mr Johar has been asserting that he is in good health.

In spite of having strong claims over the Ludhiana West Assembly segment, which he won in 2002 by a handsome margin, Mr Johar is not sure of the nomination this time.

In fact, this is true for most of the sitting Congress legislators amidst reports that the party is likely to change a number of candidates.

With so much uncertainty, the Congress aspirants have been asked to wait, at least till January 15 after which the party high command will make the final choice of candidates.

A number of Congress aspirants from different constituencies told The Tribune here today that it would be too difficult for them to reach everybody in such a short period.

The Akali candidates on the other hand have started campaigning. “They (the Akalis) would have completed at least one round of the constituencies, while most of us would be stuck in Delhi to retain our tickets,” remarked a sitting legislator, who although confident of getting nominated again, remains equally uncertain about his fate.

This probably explains the absence of most of the Congress leaders from their respective Assembly segments.

“There is total vacuum as most of the leaders and prominent workers have started camping in Delhi in the hope of a ticket and the vacuum is being filled by the Akalis,” admitted a local Congress leader, while talking to The Tribune from Delhi.

But, he added, there was no other option either, as the destiny of the Congress candidates was to be decided in Delhi only.

Of the 12 Assembly segments in the district, the Congress had won in eight in 2002. Barring a few, there is all probability that some of them may be replaced.

“This is the Congress and nobody is sure, because the proverbial slip between the cup and the lip takes place in this party only,” remarked a senior leader, who is also camping in Delhi.

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Parties asked to follow election code
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The district administration today held a meeting with representatives of all political parties to extend their cooperation toward implementing the Model Code of Conduct during campaigning for the forthcoming Assembly elections.

The meeting was presided over by Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer Ashok Kumar Gupta.

Also present were Returning Officers and other officers concerned. Copies of the code were also provided to all parties.

Referring to the code, Mr Gupta said no party or candidate should indulge in any activity that might aggravate existing difference or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

The criticism of other parties should be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work and candidates should refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life.

As per the directions, there should be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes and the religious places should not be used as forum for election propaganda.

The parties were also asked to avoid corrupt practices and offences under the election law. Also, no political party or candidate should permit its or his followers to make use of any individual’s land, building, compound wall, etc. without his permission, for erecting flag-staffs, suspending banners, pasting notices, writing slogans, etc.

Regarding the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner said as per the directions of the Election Commission, political parties and candidates should ensure that their supporters did not create obstructions in or break up meeting and processions organised by other parties.

Processions should not be taken out by one party along places where meetings were being held by another party.

Posters issued by one party should not be removed by workers of another party.

The party or candidate had to inform the local police authorities of the venue and time of any proposed meeting well in time so as to enable the police to make necessary arrangements for controlling traffic and maintaining peace and order. A party or candidate should ascertain in advance if there were any restrictive or prohibitory orders in force in the place proposed for the meeting.

Permission or licence had to be obtained for the use of loudspeakers or any other facility in connection with. any proposed meeting.

The party or candidate should apply to the authority concerned well in advance and obtain such permission or licence and organisers of a meeting should invariably seek the assistance of the police on duty for dealing with persons disturbing a meting or otherwise attempting to create disorder. Organisers themselves should not take action against such persons.

Regarding the processions, Mr Gupta said a party or candidate organising a procession must give advance information to the local police authorities of the programme to enable the latter make necessary arrangements.

The organisers must also ascertain if any restrictive orders were in force in the localities through which the procession had to pass and comply with the restrictions unless exempted specially by the competent authority.

Any traffic regulations or restrictions had to be carefully adhered to and the organisers needed to take steps in advance to arrange for passage of the procession.

He added that the ministers should not combine their official visits with electioneering work and not make use of official machinery or personnel during electioneering.

Public places and guesthouses must not be monopolised and would be allowed to be used by all party equally.

He directed the Returning Officers (ROs) to gear up the machinery working under them to make foolproof arrangements for the conduct of election process and to strictly implement the code for impartial elections in the respective constituencies.

Mr Gupta said preparations for the conduct of smooth elections had begun with the announcement of date of elections in the state and the duties of staff were being finalised for all polling booths. Required material was also being procured for this purpose.

He also asked the representatives of political parties to extend assistance to the staff for the photography to issue election photo identity cards (EPICs) to the remaining voters during the last round commencing from January 3, as no voter during the coming election could caste his vote without the card.

Mr Gupta said in case of violation of the code, written complaint could be made at three fora i.e. Election Observers, District Electoral Officer and Retuning Officers concerned.

He said all Returning Officers would maintain complaint registers, in which full details of the status of complaints till the disposal would be entered, as per the directions of the Election Commission. He assured that the administration would ensure impartial, peaceful, free and fair poll.

Among those who attended the meeting were minister Rakesh Pandey, MLA Jagdish Singh Garcha, Parliamentary Secretary Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary Harbans Kaur Dullo, SP (H) Ludhiana Amar Singh Chahal, Executive Magistrate Anupam Kaler, DDLG Jasbir Singh Heer, SP (H) Khanna D.S. Mann, SAD (U) district president Hira Singh Gabria, PPCC secretary Ashwani Sharma, SAD (Ludhiana) general secretary Baljinder Panser, Rajiv Johar, Rajwant Singh Grewal and Ram Kumar Singla.

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Once bitten, industry twice shy
To videotape parties’ claims on demands this election
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The local industry has decided not to be taken in by tall promises made by political parties, at least in these elections. Instead of getting swayed by verbal assurances by various political parties, industry representatives have decided to videotape these promises for which they will hold a meeting with party representatives.

“Our experience with the ruling government has not been good. They failed to keep their promises, which is why we have decided not to take risk this time. We have written to presidents of major political parties inviting them for a discussion on January 17,” said P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The industry has prepared a questionnaire pertaining to problems it has been facing.

Representatives of political parties, aspiring for industry’s support, will be required to give a clear view on the issues raised with a “firm commitment”.

Associations from across the state will participate in the meeting. “The opinion of parties and their plan of action pertaining to these issues will help us decide whom to support,” added Mr Sharma.

Among the issues that will be raised include meetings with the Chief Minister.

The industry has been unhappy on this account and says they should get a chance to meet with the Chief Minister for which an advisory council may be formed that facilitates the meeting.

Representatives of the industry say in case of issues related to the Central Government, the state government needs to constitute a committee of officers headed by a minister.

Power shortage has remained another sore point for the industry and the meeting shall seek a solution from various parties on the matter.

The Central Electricity Act provides for “stringent” punishment for power theft and the industry wants this matter to be clarified and settled in a manner that “does not harm honest consumers”.

Value added tax (VAT) is another topic on which a discussion will take place.

“Dealers have been suffering on account of many clauses under the Act. Refunds are also difficult to obtain. Trade and industry want major amendments to the Act and we will raise our demand that the new government should start the process of making amendments within 30 days of taking over and finish the same within a span of three months.”

The industry plans to form an opinion only after discussion on these issues.

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Son wields baton for INA veteran’s recognition
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
After the death of his mother, widow of an INA veteran belonging to Bhaini Rora village, Mr Jarnail Singh Chahal has decided to continue her battle to get her husband declared a freedom fighter.

Late Sarjeet Kaur, wife of Late Hazoora Singh Chahal, had passed away in April last year without getting any monetary benefit from the government despite fighting for the due of her husband, who had sacrificed his youth while working in Netaji Subhash Chander Bose's army.

‘‘I do not want any monetary benefit. But declare him as a freedom fighter as both of them were in Singapore with Netaji when freedom struggle was on,’’ said Mr Chahal.

Despite getting relief from the Punjab State Commission for Women and SDM, Raikot, submitting in his report that Sarjeet Kaur should be given pension, she died waiting for the benefit at her village.

In his report, SDM, Raikot, had submitted that her husband should be declared as a freedom fighter and Sarjeet Kaur must be given due financial help. The SDM had written to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, that the case of the petitioner should be considered with sympathy as the same was supported by the government policy. But, no action followed during her lifetime.

In another report, the SDM had said it had been proved behind any reasonable doubt that Hazoora Singh was imprisoned for more than six months along with his companions in Singapore, when he was a member of the INA and that he should be declared as a freedom fighter.

Unfortunately, the findings of the SDM, Raikot, have not been implemented till date. Despite having written time and again, Sarjeet Kaur breathed her last in her 80s. She had been claiming that her husband was with Netaji during 1944 to 1945 and they had not only sacrificed their youth but also a member of their family for the country's freedom.

According to the documents produced by their son, Late Hazoora Singh had joined the INA on February 23, 1944. He worked as a Havildar with 1/8 Guerrilla, First Battalion, A.Coy no. 34451. His area of operation was Ipoh Perak, Malaya, and he served under Captain Bhaskar C. Com of Maharashtra.

The documents also indicated that he had been imprisoned for seven months at various jails at Ipoh and Bidda Dari Camp in Singapore. He had to surrender in November 1945 to the British army. He had also furnished this information to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

His correspondence with the various governments, including Punjab and India, continued for more than 40 years, but he did not get any pension or economic relief which was provided to the members of the INA. He did not get a pension even after another INA veteran, Lt Kirpal Singh, had declared under oath that Hazoora Singh was imprisoned in Ipoh with him for several months. 

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Sehajdhari Sikhs “can’t be ignored”
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation, a registered political party by the Election Commission, will take care of the aspirations of their voters in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Dr Paramjeet Singh Ranu, national president of the party, said Sehajdhari Sikhs would only support and vote for those forces which could watch their interests in the SGPC.

He stated that it was a matter of record that the Gurdwara Election Commission had disfranchised approximately 12.50 lakh Sehajdhari Sikh voters in the last SGPC elections. The Akali Dal (Badal) could only emerge victorious since they had been barred from contesting the polls. The results could have been different if the Sehajdharis could have voted because all the winning candidates could manage their seats only with a difference of few hundred votes in every constituency, he pointed out.

It is a matter of fact that 80 per cent of the total world comprises non-Amritdhari Sikhs and now the time has come that the Sehajdharis will support only those forces which will watch their interests in the SGPC.

He said that no Panthic organisation in the state could ignore Sehajdhari Sikhs if they wanted to come to power.

Sehajdhari Sikh Federation is a registered political party by the Election Commission of India and will play a vital role in the general elections. “If we have no voting right in the SGPC, then this right should be taken from us in the Assembly polls,” said Dr Ranu.

Sehajdhari Sikh Federation is fighting a legal battle for voting rights in the SGPC elections and the case is pending for final decision in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which is to be decided within this year, i.e before the general elections as per an interim order of the court.

Also there is an interim order of the court that the SGPC elections held in the past were subject to the decision of the outcome of this case as it was filed quite in time before the elections. It means if the case gets decided in favour of the Sehajdhari Sikhs, then the election to the SGPC can also be set aside, he added.

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Shopkeepers rue indifference of authorities
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 2
A heap of garbage, almost in the middle of the main market road of Doraha, is assuming alarming proportions day by day. Fed up with the callous attitude of the authorities towards their repeated requests, the residents lodged a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, who inturn directed the Nagar Council through the SDM, Payal, to make amends and ensure clean hygienic surroundings.

According to shopkeepers, “A complaint was made in October, but even after two months, no steps have been taken. People continue to dump garbage on the road, stray animals spread it on all sides making it impassable. Moreover, we, whose shops are near the heap, are the worst sufferers. The foul smell of the garbage is not only a health hazard for us, but also has an adverse effect on our business as the shoppers prefer other shops to our 'unhygienic' ones."

"Even after the directions of the DC, Ludhiana, the authorities have not awakened from its slumber. The garbage is cleared at times, but it gets collected again not only to render an ugly look to the town, but also to make life difficult for the residents, shopkeepers and even the passersby", residents contend.

"This garbage heap, apart from being a health hazard, has given rise to a number of other problems. The stray animals that gather on the heap suddenly appear in front of vehicles causing a number of accidents on the busy road. In rainy days, the situation worsens all the more as garbage spreads all around making conditions unbearable for the passersby," added a shop owner.

Mr Jandeep Kaushal, chairman of youth forum, Doraha, said, “Several memorandums had been submitted to the authorities to check the flow of garbage and ensure clean surroundings but to no avail."

"We would be forced to resort to some stiff measures, if our demand remains unheeded," the shopkeepers added.

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CRIME
 

Cash, gold stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Thieves decamped with Rs 12,000, gold and diamond ornaments worth thousands of rupees from a house in Sector 11.

Ms Priya Shergill of Sector 11 lodged a complaint with the police alleging Rs 12,000, £110, a laptop, three gold chains, a diamond ring, a silver bowl, a gold bracelet, six gold rings, two pairs of ear rings and some documents were stolen from her residence. She told the police that she was out of station from December 28. She returned on Sunday and found her house ransacked. A case has been registered.

Two held with contraband

The police yesterday arrested Hira Lal of Bihar from near Dadu Majra barrier and his search led to the recovery of 5.5 kg of ganja. In another incident, Sinbir of Sector 24 was arrested on the charges of carrying two grams of smack on Sunday night. Two separate cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act have been registered.

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8 booked for bid to occupy land illegally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The Sadar police has booked eight persons for allegedly attempting to occupy a piece of land belonging to Mr Sukhvinder Singh, a resident of Sarabha Nagar. A case under Sections 447, 435, 511, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC has been registered.

According to the complainant, Mr Sukhvinder Singh’s sister was married to Mr Paramjit Singh of Bhattian village, adjoining the city. He had purchased land measuring eight kanals from Paramjit.

His elder brother, Harjinder, had also purchased a piece of land - 16 kanals - from the cousin of Paramjit. The possession of the above said land was taken by them on December 8, 1999, after Paramjit and his cousin got it earmarked from the revenue officials and had cultivated it.

Sukhvinder said his nephew, Jagmit, rang him up yesterday to say that one Shiv Raj, accompanied by some 25-30 armed persons, was attempting to occupy the land. He informed the police and rushed to the spot with his sons Ravinder and Paramvir.

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Watchman found murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
A watchman of Nepalese origin employed with an under-construction factory, Balaji Fastners, was found murdered in his room situated at the entrance of the premises this morning.

The victim, Gopal Bahadur, had three fatal stab wounds on his chest and abdomen.

The police suspects he was murdered by some known person only. Two glasses and a half empty liquor bottle was found from his room suggesting he had drinks with the suspect.

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