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Three big reasons why Cong lost
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Incomplete projects, lack of development and non-performing bureaucrats holding key posts in the city during the last regime made Congress candidates, especially in local segments, pay heavily in the Assembly elections.

*Incomplete projects
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Lack of develop ment
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Non-performing bureaucrats

Autocratic attitude, inaccessibility, dilly-dallying on complaints and failure of the administrative officials to complete outstanding projects in the past cast its shadow on the four Assembly segments - North, East, West and Rural - as all Congress stalwarts were voted out of power by people.

All four constituencies are now represented by BJP and SAD MLAs.

Certain bureaucrats remained in the centre of power during the Congress regime and had scant regard for providing basic amenities to people.

And finally when the performance of the administration was to be counted, people upset their applecart.

Bureaucrats especially those close to former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh concocted claims of developments to higher authorities. But on the ground, the realities were different.

“It was only because of the attitude of such officers that Congress leaders paid the ultimate price for. There was no solution to the Budda Nullah problem, which continues to play havoc with the health of lakhs of city residents. The sewage treatment plants continued to be pending, nothing was done on solid waste management front and the city continued to grapple with garbage although there were tall claims of tying up with several companies to tackle the problem. City parks remained in bad shape. Nothing came up on ground by the end of all those claims. This is what the mandate has shown,” said S.S. Channa, an environmentalist.

The much-hyped Rs 52-crore elevated road project could see the light of the day after six long years, only after deviating from the original plan that was aimed at easing out traffic chaos in old city areas.

The incomplete Dhandari bridge and railway overhead bridge in place of old lakkar bridge are still mocking at the previous government’s claims.

The less said the better about the basic amenities in the city.

Every year many people died of water-borne diseases due to the failure of the local authorities to provide potable water and further check the spread of diseases.

Roads remained in poor condition, building bylaws violators had a field day and even the High Court orders on encroachments were never taken seriously. Residents of colonies on the outskirts had been living in inhospitable conditions.

A number of colonies were not even provided with roads and a sewerage. Residents of various areas had been demanding roads for the past many years but to no avail. “The catchword in the city remained: ‘Apply, apply and no reply’,” said Mr Channa, referring to the attitude of officials.

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Setback to Cong in city
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, February 28
The Congress party received a severe drubbing in Ludhiana city and all the four urban vidhan sabha seats have gone to the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal candidates respectively. The Congress has suffered this humiliation because of its own doings. It remained a divided house throughout and the local Congress leaders were not ready to reconcile to the gravity of the situation and continued to be at loggerheads. They continued to indulge in leg-pulling and never thought of uniting at any stage. As a matter of fact, the Congress leaders were so sure of their victory that they did not think of sinking their differences. Rather there are reports that attempts were made to sabotage the election campaign of one another. There are reports that one candidate even financed a rebel Congress nominee to defeat an official candidate at one urban seat.

The poor performance of the Congress can be traced to the failure of the four Congress leaders who were official nominees of the party in the current elections of the vidhan sabha in the municipal affairs of the town. Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had SK Sharma as Commissioner who was a favourite officer of Capatin Amarinder Singh because of the Patiala connection. The local leaders tried to keep the Commissioner in good humour because of his political clout instead of putting any pressure for the welfare of the town. One of the four leaders even became party to all the decisions of the municipal corporation where the development of the town was ignored. This Congress leader was hand in glove with the Commissioner of the municipal corporation and they created a division among the Congress men, including the municipal councillors of the Congress party.

Surinder Dawar, who was elected for the first time from Ludhiana East, was apparently the bigger beneficiary of the municipal works as he was very close to the Commissioner.

Rakesh Pandey, who had been elected to the vidhan sabha thrice from Ludhiana North, felt that he was invincible and never took much interest in the welfare of the town. He was lukewarm to the development of the town notwithstanding the fact that Budha Nullah - the main source of pollution and at the same the saviour of the town was allowed to be dirtier and polluted. Pandey was elected thrice mainly because he happens to be son of Joginder Paul Pandey, who was gunned down by militants.

Pandey was also giving the impression that he was in the opposition camp so far as the Chief Minister (Captain Amarinder Singh) was concerned and the authorities were not bothering about him. But he could keep the roads of Udham Singh Nagar in proper shape where he is residing.

Pandey has been defeated by a new face of the BJP, Harish Bedi. No doubt Bedi has been in the BJP but he had been having differences with his party.

But the main cause of the defeat of Pandey is his own attitude towards the voters of his constituency and the presence of a rebel, Madan Lal Bagga, a councillor. Bagga was allegedly supported by the other Congress leaders. Bagga also belongs the Congress group which was supporting SK Sharma, Commissioner of the municipal corporation.

In Ludhiana West, Harnam Das Johar has been defeated by Harish Rai Dhanda of the SAD. Johar had been returned to the vidhan sabha earlier twice but his contact with the voters was not up to the desired level. His role in the municipal affairs was also limited. The Commissioner of the municipal corporation tried to dodge Johar and ignored him because of the indifferent attitude of Captain Amarinder Singh towards Johar. But Johar also adopted other means to bring round the Commissioner. The Commissioner had also requisitioned the services of a local journalist to mediate on his behalf and bring his opponents round.

Johar was also opposed by the Congress leaders and the president of the DCC (Urban) in particular was hostile to him as he was a candidate for the Congress ticket himself.

Malkiat Singh Birmi, who was the Congress nominee from Ludhiana Rural during his tenure as Chief Parliamentary Secretary did not keep rapport with Congress workers and the electorate.

In fact, he is in the habit of bullying people, including officers, to get his work done. He also did not take much interest in the development the town and he was always flying in the air.

The Congress as a whole suffered on the four urban seats because of the apathy of the Amarinder Singh Government towards the plight of the trade and industry. Captain Amarinder Singh did not have a single meeting with local traders and industrialists during his five-year tenure as Chief Minister notwithstanding his claims of developing industry and trade. The local Congress leaders utterly failed to put up the problems of the trade and industry before the state government. Rather the attitude of the local Congress leaders was negative as at one time Captain Amarinder Singh agreed to address a meeting of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings and even invitation cards were issued for the same. But the Congress leaders persuaded Captain Amarinder Singh not to attend the meeting and the same was cancelled less than 24 hours before it was to be addressed by him. The trade and industry has no faith in Surinder Singla who as Finance Minister made many promises but did not fulfil even one.

The role of the Congress organisation of the DCC (Urban) has been questionable throughout the election campaign. The president of the DCC (Urban) failed to mobilise the workers and did not evince any interest for the same. This was evident from the fact that the public rally of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, was very poorly organised and it was a complete flop. The Prime Minister's rally did considerable damage to the Congress candidates. The Congress high command has received reports and re-organisation of the DCC (Urban) is on the cards.

The newly elected MLAs, namely Satpaul Gosain, Harish Bedi of the BJP and Hira Singh Gabria and Harish Rai Dhanda of the SAD have a very stupendous task at hand for the development of this industrial capital of the state which is in a very miserable shape. Gosain and Gabria are matured leaders and have served the town well earlier in their tenure as members of the vidhan sabha. The other two members, Bedi and Dhanda, are required to keep the hopes of the people alive and come to their expectations.

The affairs of the municipal corporation are in a mess thanks to the Congress infighting and require immediate attention. The Budha Nullah poses a serious threat to the health of the town. The population of the town is increasing and the city faces serious situation on the crime aspect. The crime rate in the town has been on the increase and the town is short of police personnel to keep the crime under check and vehicular traffic and pollution are the other major problems of the town. The newly elected representative need to pay immediate attention to the burning issues if not for all times  to come but for the  time being. 

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Gosain, Bikramjit may get cabinet berths
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly Satpal Gosain is likely to get a Cabinet berth in the ministerial team of Parkash Singh Badal.

Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, who upset Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Shamsher Singh Dullo from Khanna, is also in the race for a berth.

SAD district president Hira Singh Gabria, who won from Ludhiana Rural for the second time, and Harish Rai Dhanda may also find a place in the ministerial team.

Gosain is the senior-most legislator from Ludhiana, who has been elected to the Assembly for the third term.

He has already served as Deputy Speaker in the Assembly. However, he has never held any ministerial portfolio so far.

Khalsa, who was initially reluctant to contest from Khanna, may not get a Cabinet berth but is likely to be included in the ministerial team with a junior portfolio.

Khalsa is an engineering graduate. Moreover, the way he successfully contested against Dullo despite being an “outsider” has endeared him to the party leadership.

Gabria, who commands considerable following and heads the district unit of the SAD, has been elected for the second term. He is also likely to make it to the final list of ministers.

Besides, he along with Khalsa belongs to the erstwhile Tohra group.

Another strong probable happens to be Harish Rai Dhanda. Although having been elected for the first time, he is the only Hindu candidate to have won on the Akali ticket.

Besides, Dhanda is a good lawyer and orator. Moreover, he has pulled off a huge victory against Harnam Dass Johar, senior-most Hindu leader in the party, from a constituency so far believed to be the stronghold of the Congress.

With two former ministers and strong contenders for ministerial berths Jagdish Singh Garcha and Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal losing from Kila Raipur and Payal, respectively, the prospects of others making it to the ministry have brightened.

Ludhiana happens to be one of the important districts in the state. It has seen fair representation in both Congress and Akali governments.

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Budget disappoints common man
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
City residents expressed disappointment with the union budget presented by finance minister P.Chidambram today. While increase of Rs 10,000 in the income tax limit, termed as "meagre", received flak from the salaried class and senior citizens, the finance minister was also condemned for not taking sufficient pro-tax payee measures.

"As a home maker I do not have anything to cheer about. If items like umbrellas, watches, animal food, watches and instant food mixes get cheaper they do not really affect a householder's budget. Cut in duty on gems and jewellery too would not do any benefit to the common man," said Ravinder Kaur, a resident of Dugri. She added that the FM's silence on LPG could be a warning sign of a likely increase in the near future.

Increase in exemption limit for cash withdrawals to Rs 50,000 failed to bring cheer to residents who demanded more and better measures. "An increase of Rs 10,000 in the tax exemption limit is negligible. If one considers inflationary factors, salaried class stands to lose out," rued Naresh Gaur, a bank employee, adding, "we had expected stronger measures from Chidambram to curb inflation and think for the betterment of the middle class. But I am quite disappointed with this budget. An increase in education cess was also not required."

Recruitment of 2 lakh more teachers and one lakh scholarships for students to check dropout rate from schools were appreciated. "Special emphasis on education has been laid which is a laudable move and is expected to give a long-term benefit," said Maninder Kaur, a school teacher.

Announcements related to betterment of the social sector, for the physically challenged and to encourage agricultural growth were also appreciated.

But senior citizens too expressed their unhappiness with the budget. "We expected this budget to have more friendly announcements for senior citizens like the exemption limit raised to Rs 2 lakh, uniform travel related facilities throughout the country and permission to keep accommodation without local taxes. Much to our disappointment the only announcement has been increase in tax exemption limit, and that too is insufficient," said Col C.S. Dhillon.

City residents said that reduction in advalorem duty on petrol and crude oil were announcements that could be beneficial to them. "However, the implementation of the same remains to be seen. Besides, if petrol rates come down, the real benefit would accrue only if it is passed on to essential commodities," Ms Ravinder Kaur added.

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Industry calls budget ‘’grossly insufficient’’
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Local industry rued that the finance minister "completely ignored" them in the union budget that was presented today. Industry representatives termed budget announcements as grossly insufficient. It was only the extension of technological upgradation fund (TUF) scheme for textile segment which was appreciated. Nothing was done to check inflation as well, said industrialists.

"Industry in Punjab in particular and in this region in general has been totally left out. We had expected the finance minister to talk of more measures for technological upgradation and power generation in this region. Sadly, nothing came for industry and there is nothing good for exporters as well. We are highly disappointed," said S.C. Ralhan, regional chairman, engineering export promotion council, adding, "quite surprisingly no significant measures were announced to curb inflation."

Small-scale industry is a major employment generator and a special emphasis on this segment could have gone a long way in generating employment, said V.P. Chopra, president, federation of Punjab small industries associations.

Increase in dividend distribution tax and education cess were also condemned. Representatives of the industry said that instead of gradually phasing out the Central Sales Tax (CST), the finance minister should have withdrawn it at one go.

"Small industrialists were expecting special packages like cut in bank interest rates and TUF for the cycle industry," said D.S. Chawla, president, Jammu colony small-scale manufacturers association.

Industrialists also said that most of their demands had been ignored in this budget. "We are quite upset with this budget and tiny and small industries would get adversely affected on account of absence of any measures to give a fillip to this segment," said Narinder Bhamra, president of fastener manufacturers association of India.

While a duty cut on seconds and defectives of steel would help control steel prices, induction furnace industry lamented that no cut in duty on scrap was announced."We have been demanding for along time that duty on scrap be cut. But nothing was done on that account," said K.K. Garg of North India Induction Furnace Association.

Among the announcements that were appreciated were extension of TUF. "Budgetary support to textile parks and extension of the TUF scheme would give an opportunity to existing as well as prospective entrepreneurs. Textile industry stands to benefit a lot from these announcements," said Vinod K. Thapar, president of knitwear club.

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105 candidates lose security deposits
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Even as the much-hyped migrant factor in the assembly polls was exposed as a lot of hot air, most of the Independents, barring three, failed to make any waves among the electorate in the district.

Of the 132 candidates in the fray, 105 lost their security deposits. After the winning candidates and their opponents, three Independents managed a decent show. In fact, two rebel candidates, Jagjivan Pal Singh Gill from Payal (17,496 votes) and Madan Lal Bagga from Ludhiana east (22, 283), were responsible for the defeat of the party nominees, SAD's Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal and Rakesh Pandey of the Congress, respectively.

The claims of the candidates from parties which have considerable clout in their respective states were proved hollow with many of them just securing in three figures. These candidates had been put up by the BSP, Lok Janshakti Party, National Panthers Party, CPI (ML Liberation), NCP, BJSP, RJD, RSP, SAD (A), SP and the Jan Morcha.

Gurdeep Singh Moti of the CPI, who contested from Jagraon with the support of the Third front, could poll 11,430 votes but did not pose any danger to the Congress candidate, Gurdeep Singh Bhaini.

Similarly, the position of the BSP, once a force to reckon with in the state, was totally rejected by the people. Intense infighting and after many splits, the party is a pale shadow of its former self. Its candidates too reflected the state of affairs and the only decent showing was that of Gurmel Singh Pehalwan who contested from Ludhiana Rural and bagged 24, 000 votes.

The maximum number of migrants live in this constituency and it was from here that many of the regional parties fielded their candidates. Migrant Shambhu Kumar Singh, who contested from Ludhiana Rural on the Jan Morcha ticket, could manage only 2517 votes and lost his security deposit. Parminder Singh of the RJD flag polled 2134 votes, Sunder Lal of the SP polled 900 votes, Ram Prakash of the NCP polled 600 votes, Azad Sharma of the APP polled 181 votes only.

In Kum Kalan, LJSPs Harjeet Singh polled just 788 votes while SPs Ranjit Singh polled a mere 516 votes. Tarsem Jodhan of the CPI ML polled 989 votes while Tarlochan Singh of the CPI (MLND) polled 641 votes.In Dakha, Amarjit Mattu of the CPM secured 3616 votes, Kamlesh Prasad of the APP got 524 votes, Gurnam Singh of the LJS got 378 votes and Mr Baldev Singh polled 239 votes.

In Dakha, BSPs Jaswant Singh polled 1456 votes while Shinder Singh CPI ML could muster 551 votes.

In Ludhiana east, Gurbinder Sood of the NPP got just 96 votes while Manjit Singh of the BGT Dal polled only 52 votes.

This despite the fact that the party leaders like former PM V P Singh, Uma Bharti, Raj Babbar, Ram Vilas Paswan and Sharad Yadav campaigned for their respective candidates in the run-up to the polls.

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Votes polled

The following are the votes polled by the candidates in the Vidhan Sabha elections, 2007:

Ludhiana North
Harish Bedi (BJP) 31218, Rakesh Pandey (INC) 26322

Payal
Tej Parkash Singh (INC) 42535, Maheshinder Singh Grewal (SAD-B) 26461

Samrala
Jagjiwan Singh Khirnia (SAD-B) 53135, Amrik Singh Dhillon (INC) 38846

Khanna
Bikramjit Singh Khalsa (SAD-B) 54395, Shamsher Singh Dullo (INC) 52795

Jagraon
Gurdeep Singh Bhaini (INC) 46084, Bhag Singh Mallah (SAD-B) 45211

Dakha
Darshan Singh (SAD-B) 94807, Malkiat Singh (INC) 79006

Kila Raipur
Jasbir Singh Khangura (INC) 56610; Jagdish Singh Garcha (SAD-B) 45734

Ludhiana East
Sat Pal Gosain (BJP) 30232, Surinder Kumar Dawar (INC) 28450

Ludhiana West
Harish Dhanda (SAD-B) 46021; Harnam Dass Johar (INC) 31617 — TNS

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Role of Red Cross Society in blood donation lauded
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 28
Applauding the role of Red Cross Society in saving precious lives by arranging blood in case of need, SDM Mukand Singh Sandhu exhorted office bearers of social organisations of the area to join hands in service of humanity.

The closing ceremony of Blood Donation Camp organised at Swami Ganga Giri Janta College for Girls was held today. More than 50 students and members of staff donated blood on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering on occasion of closing ceremony of the camp, Sandhu, appreciated that the Red Cross Society of the institute had contributed a major role in saving dying patients by arranging blood donation camps occasionally.

General secretary Ramesh Kaura and principal Dr Savita Uppal called upon the students to spread awareness about significance of blood donation. "Students and educated persons should try to remove misconceptions about the affects of blood donation. More donors will come forward in case they were told that human body can produce more blood easily after every donation," said Kaura and Dr Uppal.

Donors were felicitated by the organisers.

Kanwaljit Kaur Sambhi, in-charge of the society claimed that the college had been arranging camp annually since 1992.

Dr Manmohan Bhanot, S. Jaswant Singh, Nem Kumar Goyal, Rajinder Kaura and L.D. Verma were present on the occasion. 

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Department blamed for delaying bill delivery 
Tribune News Service

Doraha, February 28
Some of the residents of Doraha have complained that they have till date not received their telephone bills even as the last date to deposit the same was today itself.

These residents said that bills from Dec 2006 to January 2007 have not been delivered to them and they have at the same time come to know that the last day of its deposit was February 28 itself, they are in a fix over this.

A resident complained, "When I contacted the telecom department inorder to enquire about the non-delivery of my bill, they asked me to come to the department personally, find out the bill by myself and deposit the same."

Another resident informed that, “as the bills have not been delivered by the postal department, majority of the consumers have not even known about the last date of payment. Moreover, when we do not know about the last date, why do we pay the fine (if charged) from March 1.”

A resident further complained that only few people have been personally contacted for their bills either through telephone or by sending a messenger but the rest have till date remained ignorant of not only the bill out also the last date.

J.E. Telecom when contacted confessed that, “delay in delivery of bills has set a negative image of the department and to improve upon this, we have changed the model of delivery this time. We have changed it into contractual mode where the deliverer shall personally ensure that the bill has been received by the consumer whose signatures will be taken along.” As it is for the first time that this system is being put into practice, some customers might be left out. “We have tried our level best to contact each and every consumer personally but if anybody still eludes the bill, he may come to us and we shall help him out," he said.

He also assured that not a single consumer will pay due to no fault of his and it will be the department’s responsibility to pay the fine for them. 

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Migrant power fails to transform into votes
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Migrant power failed to transform into votes for migrant candidates who were in fray from various assembly segments n the city as none of them could poll even 10 per cent of total votes and got their security deposits forfeited.

Although national leaders like former Prime Minister V.P. Singh and star campaigner like Raj Babbar had canvassed for Jan Morcha candidate Shambhu Kumar Singh who contested from Ludhiana Rural, the largest constituency of the state, he failed to make any mark on the local political arena.

He polled only 2517 votes against his winning rival, Hira Singh Gabria of SAD who became victorious with a whopping 1,40,000 votes. Shambhu’s security deposit was forfeited in the constituency with around 1.5 lakh migrant voters.

Political observers were watching the performance of migrants in Ludhiana with great interest as the city is known for a migrant population of around 10 lakh. Union Railway Minister, Laloo Prasad Yadav was once being speculated for planning to contest parliamentary elections from this constituency.

Shambhu Singh can sit pretty with the fact that the polled maximum number of votes as compared to other migrant candidates in the fray from different segments. Sunder Lal of Samajwadi Party could ensure 900 votes in his kitty.

Followed by him was Usha who contested on BSP’s ticket from Ludhiana East and secured only 573 votes. She contested on behalf of her husband, who is a medical practitioner at local Kishore Nagar and was original BSP nominee from this seat. His nomination papers were however rejected due to some problem.

Mohammad Nasim Ansari, a Smajwadi Party candidate from Ludhiana North could garner only 206 votes.

Their performance remained poor despite wooing voters on migrant and native divide card. This, however failed to deliver. Political analysers say that the vote they targeted went into SAD’s kitty as it boiled down to ‘atta’ and ‘dal’. Most of the migrants voted for SAD and BJP candidates.

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Absconding criminal nabbed
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 28
The Dehlon police has succeeded in nabbing one of the two undertrial criminal brothers who had made a daring escape from police custody at Latala village after chopping off a hand of a policeman and stabbing another about two months ago.

Investigations revealed massive lapses on the part of Ludhiana police that was entrusted with the task of taking undertrials for a court hearing at Barnala and back to the Central Jail. Lust for wine and money had tarnished the image of Ludhiana police besides putting their life in danger.

Jasbir Singh, a resident of Latala village, a member of the notorious gang of robbers, was nabbed by a police party led by Mr Darshan Singh, SHO Latala, from the outskirts of Chhapar village when he was trying to leave the area yesterday. He, along with his brother, Kuldeep Singh, the kingpin of the gang, had made a daring escape after injuring Rajpal Singh and Lashkar Singh, cops from Ludhiana police who had taken them to a court at Barnala on November 21 and were taking them back to the Central Jail Ludhiana.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the cops had shown gross negligence while performing their official duty to present undertrials, being tried for allegedly robbing a number of banks and private traders in this belt of Malwa, at court.

According to Shiv Kumar Verma, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, the cops, Rajpal Singh and Lashkar Singh, instead of taking enough care in shifting the hardcore criminals had gone to the extent of taking liquor with them at a public place at Raikot during movement.

Referring to information received from Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, SHO Dehlon, Verma said, “Strangely enough, Jasbir’s mother had handed over keys of her village house to her sons in the presence of the cops at the court at Barnala and they (undertrials and the cops) instead of going straight to the Central Jail at Ludhiana went to Latala after making merry at Raikot town.”

Investigations further revealed that the duo (Jasbir and Kuldip Singh) had assaulted the cops when they had tried to stop them from going in the car they had travelled from Raikot to Latala. Obviously the undertrials had arranged sharp edged weapons before reaching their house at Latala.

The Dehlon police had then booked the cops and the escaped undertrials under Section 308, 332, 333, 353 and 186 of IPC and 223 and 224 of Arms Act. Though the accused cops had been discharged from the hospital a long time back, the investigation team had not yet arrested them.

The members of family of the escapees had deserted their house for fear of police action and ultimately persistent pressure resulted in apprehension of Jasbir Singh who might provide clue about the whereabouts of Kuldip Singh. Though the district police had alerted the surrounding police circles immediately after the escape, the duo had succeeded in reaching Hazur Sahib and then Rajasthan. 

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One-year jail in cheating case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 28
Judicial Magistrate Tarsem Mangla has sentenced Parveen Kumar of New Chander Nagar to one year’s imprisonment in a cheating case. A fine of Rs 2000 has also been imposed upon the convict.

Finding no evidence against co-accused Jyoti, the court ordered her acquittal.

An FIR was registered against the accused under Section 420 and 406 of the IPC at Sarabha Nagar police station on August 16, 1997, following a complaint by Kamal Dev of the same locality.

It was alleged by the complainant that the accused had duped him and several other persons under different pretexts. 

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