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Daring escape by 2 undertrials
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Two undertrials made a daring escape from Central Jail here doing a perfect pole vault by using a bamboo stick to jump over 16-feet high wall last night.

Manoj Kumar, an undertrial in NDPC Act, case and Dilleep Singh, an under trial in Section 460 ( house-breaking) of the IPC, took advantage of one of the several bamboo sticks being used for construction work of a barrack, a jail officials disclosed.

Four employees of the jail have been suspended while a case of negligence has been registered against them. Three convicts on night duty have also been booked. The suspended staff includes Assistant Superintendent Avtar Singh, Head Warden Piara Singh and guards Rajinder Singh and Gurdev Singh.

The jail official said a massive manhunt for the fugitives has been launched by the city police. He said the exact time of the escape was being ascertained.

The staff noticed the missing undertrials at 9 am only when the morning counting was done. The jail official said the undertrials could have escaped at night or wee hours only. Two different teams of convicts on night duty in the first shift up to midnight and second midnight onwards were being questioned for possible involvement.

Though there have been instances of escape by undertrials from the district court complex or while being taking away from the jail, escapes from the high security complex have been relatively uncommon.

Additional in charge of the jail, DIG Jatinder Kumar Jain also rushed to the place from Jalandhar today to take stock of the security measures.



Spectacular R-Day show
Tribune News Service

A Punjab Police cop performs the spectacular feat of tent pegging during the Republic Day celebrations in Ludhiana on Friday.
A Punjab Police cop performs the spectacular feat of tent pegging during the Republic Day celebrations in Ludhiana on Friday.

Ludhiana, January 27
It was a spectacular show put together by the paramilitary forces, the police, NCC cadets and schoolchildren to add colour to the 58th Republic Day celebrations here yesterday. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, took the salute at the impressive march past.

Addressing the function after unfurling the flag at Government College for Boys here yesterday, the Chief Minister exhorted upon the people to strengthen the forces of secularism, unity of mankind and peaceful coexistence which the Constitution had rightly envisaged to create a healthy, harmonious and egalitarian society.

Capt Amarinder said on this historic day 57 years ago, India became a Sovereign Democratic Republic and every year this occasion was celebrated with great enthusiasm.

The Chief Minister reminded people of the unparalleled contributions of Punjab in the freedom movement of the nation.

"Supreme sacrifices made by our stalwarts in the freedom movement will act as a source of inspiration for our younger generation and events like Republic Day and Independence Day had assumed more relevance today when our nation was confronted with many problems perpetrated by the fundamentalist and secessionist forces" said he.

He cited an example of the freedom fighters who laid down their lives during the Independence movement and narrated about his personal visit to Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands during tsunami.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected the parade and took a salute from an impressive march past by the contingents of the BSF, the CRPF, the Punjab Police, the Punjab Home Guards, NCC cadets, girl guides, scouts, ex-servicemen and Punjab Police bands led by Parade Commander DSP Bhupinder Singh.

A colourful variety programme, including bhangra, gidda, group dance and PT show presented by students of various local schools regaled the audience. An impressive horse show by the jawans of the Police Academy, Phillaur, was also presented.



Students honoured at R-Day function
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 27
Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm here on Thursday. Students of various schools presented patriotic songs, poems and choreographies that reproduced the glimpses of various phases of the freedom struggle.

Mr Jatinder Kumar Bhola, president, Municipal Council, hoisted the Tricolour at the main function organised at the Town Hall. After a march past by a police contingent, students of Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School sang the National Anthem. It was followed by a cultural programme.

Besides felicitating freedom fighters of the area and the office-bearers of various social organisations, the organisers also honoured brilliant students.

Mr Mangat Ram Jain, president of the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha, unfurled the National Flag at a joint function of organised by MGMN Senior Secondary School, the Janta College for Women and Lal Bahadur Shashtri Public School.

Mr Ravinder Kumar, president of the city unit of the Congress, presided over the function held at Bhagat Singh Chowk. The day was also celebrated at DAV Public High School, Victoria Public School, Green Valley Public School, Vijay Shine Public School, Maya Devi Public School, Kennedy High School, Anand Isher Senior Secondary School, Jain Muni Shri Kundan Kanya Maha Vidyalya and Rashtria Adarsh Mahila College.



R-Day celebrations by pensioners
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 27
The Punjab Government has granted an interim relief to its pensioners. However, most of the pension disbursing banks have made wrong calculations on interim relief. The calculation formula varies from bank to bank which has irked the pensioners.

In a communique to the Punjab Finance Department, the Punjab Government Pensioners' Association has urged the authorities to furnish illustrations to the banks regarding calculations of interim relief on pension and pension with old-age allowance.

Meanwhile, the Pensioners Information Centre Management Committee, an NGO of retired people, celebrated the 58th Republic Day in Pensioners Bhawan located in Mini Secretariat here yesterday.

Dr L.S. Chawla , former Vice-Chancellor , Baba Farid University, presided over the function. Mr B.R. Kaushal, chairman, said they were rendering services to the pensioners. Octogenarian among the pensioners were honoured with shawls and trophies.



GADVASU celebrates R-Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) celebrated Republic Day at its administrative block. Dr V.K. Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, unfurled the National Flag.

Dr Taneja stressed upon the need of economic growth and stability of the people involved in livestock production and development. Cattle and buffalo population and milk production of India is the highest in the world. India is at number three in egg production.

India and the subcontinent, at present, face a lot of animal health problems as compared to the developed nations. Their effective control and disease free growth can be achieved through proper preventive measures like timely vaccination and disease control programmes. The diagnostic aspect has to be strengthened to control disease outbreak.



DC orders criminal action against vets
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Vet doctors, who were claiming deaths of livestock in Punjab due to their postings on poll duty, are in trouble with Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, directing Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, to immediately initiate criminal action against Mr Gurbax Singh, president, Veterinary Pharmacists Union, and other members of the union for violation of model code of conduct of elections.

Giving details, Mr Gupta said a complaint had been received through the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, against veterinary doctors and veterinary pharmacists who were quoted in news reports of announcing their support to Akali-BJP candidates.

In this regard, the CEO directed the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, Ludhiana, to inquire into the matter. The Deputy Director submitted his report, stating that " in Ludhiana district two newspapers published news on January 12 and 17 that Veterinary Pharmacists Union of Punjab is openly supporting Akali/ BJP candidates’’.

He also reported that 50 veterinary pharmacists led by their president Gurbax Singh Sidhu, president, Veterinary Pharmacists Union, presented some cash amount to Akali candidate of Raikot constituency.



Cong nominee’s supporters booked for assault
Mahesh Sharma
Our Correspondent

Raikot, January 27
The police has booked two persons, reportedly supporters of Congress nominee from Raikot constituency, under Sections 323, 341, 506 and 34 of the IPC for allegedly assaulting and threatening to kill son of former MLA Nirmal Singh Mahant, who has recently been inducted in the SAD as member, Political Affairs Committee, SAD.

Harinder Singh Rahua, an office-bearer of the Congress and main accused, was, however, released on surety of Rs 1 lakh presented by local leaders.

However, Mr Mahant accusing Mr Harmohinder Singh Pardhan of trying to get him eliminated for opposing him, alleged that the police instead of registering the case on the basis of facts had tried to shield the suspects.

Denying allegation levelled by SAD leader, Mr Harmohinder Pardhan, retaliated that Mr Mahant was trying to win sympathy of the people.

According to the complaint lodged on the statement of Mr Nirmal Singh Mahant, Harinder Singh Rahua, a local resident and a close associate of Harmohinder Singh Pardhan, and an unknown miscreant, had attacked Surinder Pal Singh, son of Mr Mahant when he was standing with his father outside his residence on the Ludhiana road yesterday morning. Surinder was shifted to the Civil Hospital in an unconscious condition. He had received injuries on face and head.

However, Mr Mahant, while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune alleged that the Congress nominee had tried to get him eliminated. "Though they had come to kill me but my son, in an effort to save me, got hurt with the butt of the revolver carried by Harinder Singh," said Mr Mahant adding that the assailants had attacked them by forcibly entering to their house. They had come in a car carrying stickers and flags showing support to the Congress nominee.

Mr Kanwaljit Singh Dhillon, DSP, however, claimed that the case had been registered on the basis of circumstantial evidence and statement of the complainant.



Process of filing papers ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
The last day of filing nominations witnessed a large number of candidates filing their papers in the district. Following candidates who filed their nomination papers in different constituencies in the district:

53- Jagraon Constituency: Mr Bikram Pal Singh BSP, Mr Rishi Dev BSP (covering candidate), Mr Inderjit Singh CPI (ML), Mr Gurmail Singh BSP (Ambedkar)

54-Raikote: Mr Ranjit Singh SAD, Mr Jagjit Singh SAD covering candidate, Mr Baljit Singh Independent, Mr Rajwinder Singh Independent

55-Dakha: Mr Baldev Singh Bharti Jan Shakti, Mr Shingara Singh Independent, Mr Parkash Singh BSP, Mr Amarjit Matoo CPI (M), Mr Balwant Singh CPI (M) covering candidate, Ms Satwant Kaur Independent, Mr Harbans Singh Lok Jan Shakti, Mr Dharam Pal Independent, Mr Kamlesh Prasad Adarsh Political Party, Mr Baldev Singh Liberain Party, Kartinder Pal Singh Independent, Darshan Singh BSP

56- Kila Raipur: Mr Jasbir Singh Khangura INC, Mr Jagpal Singh Khangura INC covering , Mr Tehal Singh Bahujan Kranti Party, Mr Pupinder Singh, Iqbal Singh Grewal, Mr Tarsem Lal Khosla, Mr Jagdish Singh, Mr Dharamjit Singh and Mr Mann Singh ( all Independents)

57- Ludhiana North: Mr Rakesh Kumar Jain Lok Jan Shakti, Mr Jaspal Singh Walia Bhartiya Gaon Taj Dal, Mr Pardeep Bhartiya Jan Shakti, Mr Ravinder Kumar J and K National Panther, Mr Ramanjeet Bandan BSP, Mr Vikas Kumar BSP covering, Mr Madan Lal Bagga Independent, Mr Mohammad Nasim Ansari Samajwadi Party, Mr Davinder Jan Morcha and Asha Liberain Party

58-Ludhiana West: Mr Balbir Kumar Bhartiya Jan Shakti, Mr Krishan Kumar Sharma SP, Mr Jagmohan Singh SAD (M), Mr Kharaity Lal BSP, Mr Harnam Das Johar INC, Mr Rajiv Johar INC, Mr Varinder Kumar BSP, Mr Ruldu Singh Parmar SVP, Mr Balbir Singh RJD, Mr Davinder Kumar, Jawinder Singh, Amandeep Singh, Gulshan Kumar (all Independents)

59- Ludhiana East: Mr Mohinder Singh NCP, Manjit Singh Walia, BGTD, Balwinder Singh SAD (M), Pritpal Singh SAD(M), Maninder Singh LJSP, Lal Chand AIVP, Gaurav Gupta Liberiane Party, Bobby BJSP, Prabhu Dyal BSP, Usha Rani BSP, Barjinder Kumar, Teja Singh, Sunil Kumar, Gurbaksh Singh and Rajinder Kumar (all Independents)

60- Ludhiana Rural: Sunder Lal SP, Varinder Kumar Liberaine Party, Hira SAD, Rakhwinder Singh SAD, Hardeep Singh Shiv Sena, Avtar Singh SAD (M), Kishori Lal Mehta, Kirpal Singh , Gurdeep Singh (all Independents)

61-Payal: Gurtech Singh BSP, Baljinder Singh BSP, Bhagwan Singh CPI, Rajinder Singh, Kulwant Singh, Devinder Singh and Jagjiwan Singh (all Independents)

62- Koom Kalan: Shiv Chand BSP, Mohinder Singh and Piyra Singh (Independents)

63-Samrala: Himmat Singh SAD, Amrik Singh, Darshan Singh, Avtar Singh (all Independents)

64- Khanna: Bikramjit Singh SAD, Balbir Kaur SAD, Piara Singh, Dalbara Singh, Amrik Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Lakha Ram (all Independents).



Efforts on to pacify rebels: PYC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
The delay in allotment of ticket to candidates is costing Congress dearly and party workers are trying to make up for it, said Mr Vijay Inder Singla, president of the Punjab Youth Congress here today.

While addressing the issue of rebels here today, Mr Singla said even SAD had faced rebellion after they had announced candidates. But they had enough time to pacify most dissidents.

‘‘As the tickets were allotted late compared to other parties, our party did not have much time for this practice. But in any case we are making up for this delay, ’’ he said, adding that there was not much rebellion in the party after the allotment of ticket.

Hailing the decision of party high command, Mr Singla said they had reviewed the performance of all contenders themselves. ‘‘They finally chose experienced and winning candidates. ’’

Admitting that the Youth Congress had recommended four leaders and one of them was allotted ticket, Mr Singla said there was not much resentment. ‘‘Those workers who are upset are being dealt with sensitively. If they would not mend their ways, strict action will be taken against them. ’’

He claimed the Congress had an upper hand over Akalis and the party had a strong position in the coming elections. The party was fighting on the corruption and development issues.

On reply to an allegation that corruption was prevailing in a number of government departments, Mr Singla said, ‘‘We have nailed corruption in a big way after we came to power. The jobs were given to youths on merit. There were no allegations like the previous government. Still it is difficult to rout corruption completely. ’’

Taking a dig at Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer-turned-politician, Mr Singla said he was misleading innocent people of Amritsar stating that he had prepared a master plan on development. ‘‘Why did he not do anything when he was a MP?,’’ he argued.

Accompanying the PYC supremo was District Youth Congress president, Mr Dimple Rana and many other workers on the occasion.



A urinal an election issue !
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Need for a urinal has emerged as a main poll issue for shopkeepers and residents of Block-I in Sarabha Nagar.

The only urinal for the market, common to several other blocks of the posh Sarabha Nagar where the prices of plots and houses are over a crore, was demolished five months ago by the Municipal Corporation. It forced the shop owners and their employees to answer nature's call along the boundary wall of a park.

This brought the residents into the scene who objected to the practice as they cannot use the park for walks due to the terrible smell.

Since then, the shopkeepers have been virtually requesting MC officials and political leaders to construct a new one for them at an appropriate place but to no avail. The residents and the shopkeepers came close to physical confrontation many times due to the absence of the urinal.

Now, with politicians coming to them for votes , both groups are reminding them of the unfulfilled promise of the urinal.

Mr Devinder Pal Singh, a chemist, said they were going to teach a lesson to those political parties whose local leaders gave them only lip service for their urgent demand of a urinal. ‘‘Now only that candidate would hope to get votes if he convinces the market that he would fulfil their demand.’’

Mr S. S. Chana, a retired IFS officer and senior resident of the area, said it was sheer nonsense that the area residents could not make use of the park despite living in the posh area of the city because of the pungent smell owing to the misuse of the park.

Representing the sentiment of the residents, he said it was shocking that they were expecting the elected leaders to provide them modern facilities whereas they had failed to solve a basic issue like urinal.

‘‘The shopkeepers had spent lakhs of rupees in buying property in this market. If they are not provided with a urinal then what can they do? After all they are spending their entire day in their shops and they cannot go to their houses to use a toilet. ’’ he added.



Capt ridicules SAD over charges SYL
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 27
Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh ridiculed the charges levelled against him by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) that he had sold out “waters of Punjab” by being responsible for laying the foundation stone of the SYL Canal at Kasuri in 1982.

Reacting to an advertisement published by the Sikh Students Federation, Capt Amarinder said he was the MP from Patiala at that time when the then Prime Minister, Ms Indira Gandhi, came to Kasuri to lay foundation stone of the canal. He pointed out that Mr Darbara Singh was the Chief Minister. “What role an MP could play is for everybody to understand”, the Chief Minister said, while adding that he was only a member of the reception committee.

At the same time, Capt Amarinder remarked that the Akalis were telling the half truth as the “corner of the advertisement was deliberately folded”. Because he said, they wanted to conceal the name of Mr Bhagwant Singh, who was then the president of the Patiala District Congress Committee and the chairman of the reception committee.



Talwandi blames Cong candidate for violence
Our Correspondent

Raikot, January 27
Mr Ranjit Singh Talwandi, SAD-BJP candidate for the Assembly elections has sought the intervention of the election commission. He has accused Mr Harmohinder Singh Pardhan, the Congress nominee here, of resorting to violence to influence voters and supporters of SAD.

Denying the charges, Mr Pardhan said that the complainant was trying to misguide the authorities and win sympathy of the public.

Election commission observer for the constituency Satya Brata Sahu said he was yet to receive a written complaint. "However, we will take appropriate action after verifying the allegations," he said.

According to Mr Jagjit Singh Talwandi, incharge, campaign committee for Ranjit Singh Talwandi, he had sought the intervention of election commission authorities in the matter of assault made by the supporters of Mr Pardhan on the members of family of Nirmal Singh Mahant, former Congress MLA who had recently joined the SAD.

Mr Jagjit Singh Talwandi said that Mr Ranjit Singh Talwandi had urged the authorities to declare the segment as sensitive.

The police had earlier registered an FIR against two Congressmen for allegedly assaulting and threatening to kill Surinder Pal Singh, son of Nirmal Singh Mahant.



Rs 1 lakh donation for Lala Lajpat Rai panel
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Punjab National Bank (PNB) donated Rs 1 lakh to the Lala Lajpat Rai Janamsthan Yadgar Committee, Dhudike, on the occasion of inauguration of the three-day 52nd Lala Lajpat Rai Birthday Sports Mela mela yesterday.

Mr S.C. Bithal, deputy general manager, PNB, Punjab zone, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said Lala Lajpat Rai was one of the founder members of PNB. Lalaji, along with Sardar Dayal Singh Majithia and Kali Prasana Roy, founded the first Swadeshi Bank, PNB, in 1895 with an authorised capital of Rs 2 lakh and subscribed capital of Rs 24,800, which has now grown up into a large bank with a total business of over Rs 2,15,000 crore and network of more than 4,520 offices across the country.

Mr Bithal said PNB had also set up a PNB Centenary Rural Development Trust at Dhudike in the memory of Lala Lajpat Rai to provide training to the rural unemployed youth. The centre was imparting training to boys in repair and maintenance of tractor, diesel engine, petrol engine, electric welding, etc and to girls in cutting, sewing, embroidery and phulkari making. So far the centre has provided training to 434 boys and 443 girls. This training facilitates them in setting up their own venture.

He also said that the bank had adopted Dhudike as model village and had undertaken various activities like installation of submersible pump, water cooler, 6 solar lights, tree plantation with guards and mobile water tank for watering of plants.



2 dowry deaths in city

Ludhiana, January 27
A woman allegedly committed suicide in Kohinoor colony due to alleged harassment by her in-laws while another was allegedly strangled to death by her in-laws today. The police has booked three persons Surinderpal Singh, Baljit Kaur and Gurpreet Singh for allegedly abetting the suicide of Arshdeep Kaur in the colony.

In Basti Jodhewal, Saroj Devi was found strangled in her house. The police said prime accused in her murder was one Gamma, his young brother-in-law. — TNS



Murder accused held

Ludhiana, January 27
The police today arrested a man in the murder case of a youth Ravi Kumar in Haibowal on January 25.

SSP A.S. Rai said in a note that Ravi Kumar, found murdered in his room in Haibowal, was clubbed to death by the accused. They had a dispute over money. A woman Gulshan Devi and her children had seen the accused beating up Ravi Kumar. TNS



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