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Bandh passes off peacefully in city
Ludhiana, May 22
The city virtually resembled a ghost town as people remained indoors in response to the state-wide bandh call given by the Akal Takht jathedar to protest against the anti-panthic activities of the Dera Sacha Sauda.
With all shops closed due to Punjab bandh, a road in Chaura Bazar, Ludhiana, bears a deserted look activists of a Sikh organisation protest against the Sacha Sauda chief.
With all shops closed due to Punjab bandh, a road in Chaura Bazar, Ludhiana, bears a deserted look; activists of a Sikh organisation protest against the Sacha Sauda chief. —Photos by Sayeed Ahmed and Inderjeet Verma

Dera Controversy
800 undertrials among sufferers

Ludhiana, May 22
Proceedings in nearly 800 criminal cases has come to a standstill following the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy. The worst sufferers are prosecution witnesses and under-trials lodged in the local central jail.






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Uneasy calm at Gahaur
Gahaur (Ludhiana), May 22

With a dera of Sacha Sauda sect situated within the boundaries of this village, an uneasy calm prevailed here throughout the day during the bandh call given by the Akal Takht on the ongoing controversy involving the sect.

Punjab Police cops and BSF personnel man the entry point at Gahaur village where a dera of Sacha Sauda is located. —Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Punjab Police cops and BSF personnel man the entry point at Gahaur village where a dera of Sacha Sauda is located.


65 families desert Sacha Sauda
Mullanpur Dakha, May 22
As many as 65 families of Dera Sacha Sauda followers joined the Sikh fold today at Mullanpur and Baddowal, becoming the first in the district to officially forsake the dera way of life.

A group of persons which has returned to the Sikh fold at Mullanpur village.—A Tribune photograph

A group of persons which has returned to the Sikh fold at Mullanpur village


COMMUNITY

 
Bandh: Common man suffers
Ludhiana, May 22

Life came to standstill today following the bandh call given by Singh Sahibans of the Akal Takht in connection with the Dera Sacha Sauda row.

 

A para-military jawan keeps an eye on a deserted road and a closed market in Mullanpur during Punjab bandh on Tuesday.—A Tribune photograph

A para-military jawan keeps an eye on a deserted road and a closed market in Mullanpur during Punjab bandh on Tuesday.

 
Bandh: Daily wagers to sleep on empty stomachs
Ludhiana, May 22

For some people, it was a victory of sorts to ensure a complete bandh, for others it was total inconvenience. For daily wagers, today meant no fire in their hearths and no food in their stomachs.

A roadside vendor sits under her kiosk from where she sold knick kancks to earn her livelihood. —Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

A roadside vendor sits under her kiosk from where she sold knick kancks to earn her livelihood

 
Dera Row
Protests staged, effigies burnt
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 22
The police, who were posted to control the law and order situation, appeared helpless as thousands of activists of various Sikh organisations violated Section 144 of the CrPC by marching through streets and bazaars in the town and surrounding villages.

Demonstrators raise slogans and officials watch helplessly at Ahmedgarh during the bandh on Tuesday. —Photo by Mahesh Sharma

Demonstrators raise slogans and officials watch helplessly at Ahmedgarh during the bandh

Singh Sahibans’ decision welcomed
Ludhiana, May 22
Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle has welcomed the decision taken by Singh Sahibans at the Akal Takht in connection with the Dera Sacha Sauda episode in a high-level meeting of office-bearers of the circle here yesterday.

DARE DEVILS: Students of Alpine Public School perform during the school’s annual function in Ludhiana
DARE DEVILS: Students of Alpine Public School perform during the school’s annual function in Ludhiana. —Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

City Centre Scam
Non-production of original ‘zimni’ irks defence lawyers

Chetan's remand extended till May 24

Ludhiana, May 22
Defence lawyers today strongly protested against the Vigilance Bureau for not producing the original ‘zimni’ recorded by it during the police remand of Chetan Gupta, who was arrested in the city centre scam, few days ago. The court further remanded the accused to police custody till May 24.

Don’t get provoked, Naxal group issues appeal
Ludhiana, May 22
The Communist Party Reorganised Centre, India (M-L), a Naxal group, has appealed to the people not to get provoked and swayed by the communal rhetoric of certain forces who were bent on disturbing the peace in the state.

Head constable found dead
Ludhiana, May 22
A head constable of the Punjab Police allegedly died due to heart attack at his rented house in Ahata Sher Jung near division no 3 police station this morning. He was 48.


 

CRIME

Six booked for assault
Jagraon, May 22
In two separate incidents of assault, the local police has booked six persons. In the first incident, Hardeep Singh, Malkit Singh, Balraj Singh and Paramjit Kaur of Kamlapur allegedly assaulted Gurmail Singh of their village.

3 get 12-yr jail under NDPS Act
Ludhiana, May 22
Additional sessions judge A.K.Mehta has given 12 years’ imprisonment to three persons, who were found dealing with poppy husk. They were also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh each.

Youth found dead under mysterious circumstances
Ludhiana, May 22
Mystery shrouds the death of a computer designer at a vacant plot on the Bahadar ke road. While a suicide note was recovered from his possession, his family members want the Salem Tabri police to investigate his death  as a murder.

 

CULTURE

 
Function to promote art, culture Ludhiana, May 22
Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Disney Land and Rajeshwari Kala Mandir today organised a function to promote art and culture among children. 
Promoting the Culture: The students of three schools performing bhangra during a function to promote art and culture here on Tuesday.
Promoting the Culture: The students of three schools performing bhangra during a function to promote art and culture here on Tuesday. —Photo by Sayeed Ahmed


HEALTH


New drug for sudden loss of vision
Ludhiana, May 22

The Eye Department in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), here, headed by Dr G.S. Bajwa, has been successfully using a new drug called Lucentis (Ranibizumab) for people suffering from macular diseases.





Dr Sumeet Chopra with a patient, who was treated for a sudden loss of vision at the DMCH in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Dr Sumeet Chopra with a patient

 

 
SPORTS

 
54 aspirants turn up for cricket trials
Ludhiana, May 22
As many as 54 boys turned up for trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at Arya College ground here today.

A view of the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at Arya College grounds in Ludhiana on Tuesday. —Photo by Inderjeet Verma

A view of the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at Arya College grounds in Ludhiana on Tuesday

Punjab softball squad for nationals
Ludhiana, May 22
According to P.N. Passi, honorary secretary of the Punjab Softball Association, the following boys and girls have been selected to represent Punjab in the 25th edition of the Junior National Softball Championship. The championship slated to be held here at the Punjab Agricultural University campus from May 27 to June 1. The probables have been attending training camps being conducted at Sangrur (boys) and Ludhiana (girls) prior to their participation in the forthcoming national meet.

 

 

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