The high toll of passion
Dharmendra Joshi

Tribune News Service

Illicit relations led to many murders in Kapurthala district. Of 20 cases solved last year, 12 were of illicit relations. The involvement of women in murders has also increased as 10 accused were women.

While in most of the cases, man or woman killed his or her spouse to continue or snuff out the relations . In a case, a widow eliminated her parents-in-law as they had objected to her illicit relations. In another case, an unmarried girl was killed by her mother, sister and brother for having an affair with a boy.

In a double murder case, a widow with her two associates killed her father-in-law Mohinder Singh, BSF Deputy Commandant (Retd) and her mother-in-law Daljit Kaur in Kapurthala city. However ,the police nabbed the three accused within a day. The widow eliminated her parents-in-law as they had objected to her illicit relations.

In yet another case, Manjit Kaur was murdered at by her husband Surjan Singh. In an attempt to mislead the police, the body was thrown on the road to make the circumstances look like a hit and run case. However,the police succeeded in solving the case and the culprit Surjan Singh was arrested. Motive behind the murder was found illicit relation. 
In one such case, an unmarried girl was killed by her mother, sister and brother as she had been got involved with a boy. In six-year -old murder of Kamaljit Kaur ,alias Rosy, the police found her mother, sister, brother and latter’s friend involved in the murder.

After killing Kamaljit Kaur, her body was disposed of in the Mukerian area. All accused persons ,Sukhpreet Singh, Sharanjit Kaur, Surinder Kaur and Manjit Singh were arrested. Interestingly, the crime happened in village Begowal soon after in a similar crime a former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur was accused of being involved in her daughter Rosy’s killing.

Similarly, the police solved a two-year blind murder of Rawel Singh .He was killed by by none other than his wife Kuldeep Kaur, Paramjit Kaur and Daljit Singh. The body was disposed of near Mukerian to mislead the police. Further the detection of the two-year -old murder case gave leads to two old murders- one ,Mohinder Singh (Paramjit Kaur’s father-in-law) and Gurjeet Singh (Paramjit Kaur’s husband) in the Hoshiarpur area. Paramjit was involved in all the three murders.

In a similar case, one Buta Mohammad was murdered by Kiran Kumar, Dharam Pal, Kashmir Bigam, Jiwan Lal and Gurdeep Singh. Motive behind the murder was illicit relation. All accused were arrested .

In another case, Paramjit Singh was killed by his namesake ,alias Pamma in an illicit relations triangle.

What the police says

Illegal immigration of a number of Kapurthala residents to different foreign countries is one of the main reasons for extramarital relations of their wives which in some cases later resulted in murders, said DSP Amrik Singh Pawar. He has solved most of the blind murders due to illicit relations during his posting at Bholath and present posting at Kapurthala.

Mr Pawar said that those who had gone to foreign countries legally, they either took their wives with them after some time or visited their houses at regular intervals.

On the other side, illegal immigrants compensated their absence from home for several years with remittances. Free from husbands’ watchful eyes these women developed extra-marital relations. He said that this trend was prevalent in Kapurthala and other districts of Doaba as the number of illegal immigrants was high in this region. Mr Pawar said that drug-addiction made the wife turn to another person for sexual favours.



Shabby treatment shocks tennis players
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

The performance of the players continues to suffer as the State Sports Department fails to ensure better facilities for the players at various national and international arenas competitions.

Members of the women’s tennis team bore the brunt of the shabby treatment at the Women Sports Festival held at Sangli, 280 km from Pune, Maharashtra, from on December 26 to 29. Ms Roshni Batra Adlakha, a former national player, alleged that proper arrangement were not made by the authorities concerned for comfortable stay of young players. They had to sleep on the floor of a school building.

Ms Adlakha, who runs the Pinocchia Tennis Academy here, accompanied the team as coach. The shabby treatment shocked the players. “If the organisers can’t provide better facilities to the players then they should not invite the team from far away places like Punjab, she added.

The players were lodged in a government school in Kupwad, an industrial town. There was no proper lighting and water arrangement and the players had their meals under the light of the lantern. There was no beddings and many players complained of backache in the morning. She further alleged that even quality of the food provided to the players was not good.

However, Mr Pargat Singh, Director, Sports, Punjab, said their organisation provided food and travelling faculties to the players. He said the Sports Authority of India (SAI) had organised the festival and it was the responsibility of the host state to provide boarding and lodging facilities to the players. He had earlier urged the SAI to invite lesser number of teams so that better facilities could be ensured to the players. Punjab provided better facilities to players who came from other states. He said he would take up the issue with the SAI officers so that the players do not have to suffer in future due to the callous attitude of the hosts.



Ways to build bonds
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Ms Sarita Verma
Ms Sarita Verma
Dr Satish Kapoor
Dr Satish Kapoor

Friendship develops naturally, but few have the knack of build relationships with people from diverse strata of society and sustain them over a period of time.

This is not really a very difficult thing; for all it takes is time a little money, maintaining regular contacts over the phone, helping each other and sharing important moments. Jalandhar Plus talked to a cross section of people in the city to understand their take on building camaraderie.

Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, believes that one has to offer requisite respect, show concern and affection to the other person to be friends with him. “I think one simply has to act naturally, keep regular contact, call on the person when he needs you, help him, and share happiness with other person when he has achieved something”, he explained adding that partying together, inviting someone and visiting the person further strengthens the bonds.

He also adds words of advice: “There is no point continuing on with someone who would demean you or ridicule you. Self respect is of utmost importance in any relationship.”

For Dr Satish Kapoor, Principal, Lyallpur Khalsa College, friendship comes naturally. “Common interests, ones’ specific aura and charm bind people together. One also needs to shed self interest and rather support others for maintaining an alliance for a longer period. I’m still close to friends whom I have known for the past 50 years.

“There may be people who win friends by obliging them in different ways, taking them to clubs or entertaining them. But my style is: Just sit down at home for some light ‘gup-shup’ and share thoughts. All persons with whom I have maintained regular contact have never been deceptive or opportunistic. I also do not choose my friends by their physical appearance but I rather go in for a metaphysical one”, he makes his point.

Mr Anil Dutta, politician and Managing Director of Jalandhar Central Cooperative Bank, believes one has to act honestly, help others and win their goodwill to be friends with them. “One also needs to be clear-hearted, cheerful and frank so as to win true friends.”

A wider social circle, he believes, comes when one moves out and meets different people. “I, at least, have 10-odd people coming to my house and almost double the number at my bank. I make sure that I am able to interact with everyone, help them and satisfy them so as to be in their good books. On political fronts, I believe that propaganda also works. One has to carve some space for oneself by making own projections till the highest levels so as to be known widely”, he reveals.

For Ms Sarita Verma, Principal, B.D. Arya College for Women, friendship does not come instantly.

“It has to be developed and nurtured mutually. It is not a one-sided game. Both sides have to respond and understand each other’s psychology. One need not always impress people but must act straight.

One also needs to look through people to check if they are acting. I am a very sensitive person and like to analyse people before developing a relation. Even when it comes to attending dignitaries, I am not able to pay my true regards to anyone till I feel he deserves it, though courtesy demands otherwise”, she laughs. 



City students to interact with Sunita Williams
Tribune News Service

Students of Apeejay School, Jalandhar, before going to the US Embassy in New Delhi
Students of Apeejay School, Jalandhar, before going to the US Embassy in New Delhi. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Apeejay School, who had won the International Space Settlement Design Competition at NASA, have just got another opportunity. This time they have been invited for an interaction with Sunita Williams through video-conferencing at US Embassy, New Delhi, on January 10.

At present, Williams is in the International Space Station from where she would be interacting with students, including those from Apeejay School.

The students, Mohit Thukral, Rohan Sardana, Varun Ahuja, Aseem Handa, Hardeep Singh, Kanika Puri and Harleen Kaur, will be accompanied by their team advisor, Mr Emmanuel Ratnaraj.

“Our inspiration has been Sunita Williams. But we want to ask her as to who her inspiration was,” said Mohit.

Varun said he was curious to have a glimpse of the real life situation in the space station. “Till now we have simply been designing its models or making presentations,” he explained.



Young World
Preparing for exam

CT Public School has organised a seminar on exam preparation for students of Class X. Ms Lakhwinder Kaur, Principal, addressed the students and gave them tips on time management, stress management, health care, exercise and use of sample papers.

University toppers

Students of the Apeejay College of Fine Arts have bagged top ranks in the bachelor of physiotherapy (second year) examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University. Shivani Sethi has stood second with 480 marks out of 800 and Lovenish Kaur declared fifth with 469 marks.

Campus placements

The CT Group of Institutions organised a campus placement programme in which a team from Reliance visited and held interviews of MBA and MCA students for taking them for various jobs related to communications, financial services, transmission and distribution of power, infrastructure and entertainment.


A Jalandhar-based advertising company is coming up with a directory, The Education Directory. It will contain information about courses, facilities, specialties and messages of principals of all schools, colleges and technical institutes in the city.

The directory will provide details of the volunteers and organizations, who would want to help the needy and meritorious students by providing scholarships. — TNS



Railway union holds meeting
Tribune News Service

On the call given by the All-India Railway Men’s Federation, the Northern Railway Men’s Union organised a gate meeting outside the bridge workshop in Jalandhar Cantonment in favour of its demands.

Presiding over the meeting, its branch chief, Mr Manjit Singh, said their genuine demands should be accepted at the earliest.

Their demands included the restoration of new contribution pension plan, announcement of cash interim relief of Rs 1,000 with retrospective date of January 1, 2005, and risk allowance for the employees doing risky work.



Homeless brave the cold
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Night temperatures stay below 2 degree C and there are thousands of migrants and poor homeless people in Phagwara. Circumstances force them to sleep on pavements even in the extreme cold weather while luckier ones are under quilts to sleep snugly in their beds.

Pardeep and his companions collect waste paper, cardboard boxes and other waste material and make a bonfire. The warmth helps them sleep for a while before the chill of the night takes over. They snuggle close to each other to keep warm.

Pardeep is without employment before he lost his job in a factory. He is looking for a job but has got lucky so far. Homeless, he used to sleep in market corridors till the police chased him out. Now, he sleeps in the open. Pardeep and many like him, migrants from several states, penniless, defenceless against extreme cold, have to sleep out in the open with mercury dipping.

They have few woolens and are inadequately equipped to face the cold, icy winds and low temperatures. They are wonder how long it would take before they also become a figures in statistics.

They say: “There is no night shelter for people like us. The police drives us away from railway platforms and market places and bus stops. Where shall we keep our meagre bedding? We have to find a place to answer the call of nature. During night we light up a bonfire of waste material to keep ourselves warm. Even stray dogs come close to us and we let them be with us as they give us warmth.”

People talk of electricity cuts, the cold weather, the change in school timing but no one talks of these homeless people. “Why does the government have to spend money on carpeting of roads when ministers visit? Why can’t they build night shelters for such people and provide them with hot soup. But who cares? They spend a lot of money on making arches for various processions but will not do anything for homeless people who are living under very trying conditions,” lamented Ravinder Sharma, a social worker. 



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