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Sale deed by ‘dead’ woman
Vigilance takes up probe
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The Ludhiana vigilance bureau has taken up the case in which a woman had executed a sale deed four years after her death.

The vigilance has initiated an inquiry into the alleged fraud in which a house in the Kundan Puri area that was sold by a woman posing as Sheela Rani in 1980 in the presence of a sub-registrar although Sheela had died in 1976.

According to vigilance bureau SP S.S. Mand, it was an interesting case to be probed. He said he had summoned all documents from Sheela Rani’s son, who was claiming to be a natural heir to her property.

“We will look into the details and take action,” said Mand.

The action comes in the wake of a news item carried in these columns a few days ago.

The woman, Sheela Rani, died on June 28, 1976, and her death was registered with the Registrar of Birth and Death on July 12 that year.

Another woman, identified as Sheela Devi by lambardar Sujan Singh, executed a sale deed of her house on September 12, 1980, and transferred the house in the name of Nand Kishore.

The lid was blown off the alleged fraud by Sheela's son Sunil Kapoor who came to know about it many years later and since then he has been making the rounds of the police to get a case registered against the accused.

He claimed that the woman, Parkash Rani, who was identified as Sheela by the lambardar, was living with his father in that house only. However, the family did not know that she, in connivance with Nand Kishore, Kewal Krishan and lambardar Sujan Singh committed a fraud.

He added that he had even shown the signatures of his mother that did not match with the ones on the sale deed.

Parkash Rani, in a letter to The Tribune, however, denied all allegations. She claimed that she was Ram Nath’s second wife and had brought up these children. She claimed that she did not know anything about the fraud as the house was sold off by Sunil's father himself when he was alive.

She added that Sunil's father Ram Nath married her in 1997 after his first wife's death. He died in 1997. “Till that time none of his children raised any objections on the issue. However, after his death, they are creating all kinds of problems,” she claimed.



Callous Admin
Sangat darshan belies villagers’ hopes
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
They have been running from pillar to post but to no avail. Quite a number of people coming with their grievances to the weekly sangat darshan conducted by the district administration at the mini-secretariat here do not know how to pursue their cases.

In the absence of a proper system to guide the aggrieved people, they keep on making enquiries here and there. Most of the people who come from far-off villages waste a of time in reaching the right official. And sometimes they are not fortunate enough to reach the right quarter in time only to be told to come next time.

Not only time, these needy people waste a lot of money, shuttling between their villages and city offices.

Like Ratno, a widow from Dhanansu village near Koomkalan, who lost two cows recently when her small house caught fire. She barely used to make both her ends meet by selling milk. The only breadwinner of the family, she has to look after her three children.

“We had come here with great hopes as the sarpanch told us that the officials concerned will definitely help us. But here we are facing a lot of harassment. Class IV employees are not letting us inside without a typed application. We do not know where to go to get it typed. They are not helping us solve our problem,” said Ratno, accompanied by one of her cousins.

Both had to shell out Rs 100 on bus fare to reach here, but to no avail.

Paramjit of Sahnewal had spent Rs 60 to get her yellow (ration) card made. “Influential persons of our villages have already got ration cards but we were not issued one. We have been told to contact higher officials. Since I am not educated, writing an application is not possible for me. There is no one to help me here,” she rues.

These are just a few cases. Many people come here every week hoping that officials will automatically call them and solve their problem. Unaware about the tedious procedures, people from far-off villages reach here every week in the hope of getting speedy justice.

An official on condition of anonymity said, “At times we get such cases where we cannot do anything. Still people keep on coming to us. Though the problem is there but we are trying to streamline the procedure.”



Investors encash bull run
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The bullish sentiment in the stock market has had a visible impact on share trading in this region which has recorded an increase. The BSE Sensex having touched the 15,000 mark, investors, particularly the existing ones, are putting in more money in shares.

At the Ludhiana Stock Exchange, a buoyant mood was witnessed today. Even as financial experts warned people to remain cautious, investors said they were hopeful that the market would not take long to cross the 16,000 mark.

“It might have taken the market a little longer to touch the 15,000 mark, but given the consistency, I am quite hopeful that it will cross not just the 16,000 but even the 18,000 mark in a few months. I am looking forward to encashing the bull run and am also putting in more money in the capital market,” said Anil Dhawan, an investor. The journey from the 12,000 to 14,000 mark, that went through a large number of ups and downs, had left investors confused.

“The situation had become quite unpredictable earlier. On the one hand experts kept saying a correction was expected and on the other the market continued to rise. Under such a situation it was very tough to decide whether one should book profits early or adopt a wait-and-watch policy. Even purchase decisions were affected. However, things are looking up now. Besides, the strong fundamentals of the economy have made us hopeful further,” said Suresh Kumar, another investor.

Many investors said they were booking heavy profits. “The previous fluctuations had left me disappointed and I wasted no time in booking profits. However, I am still retaining a few blue chip shares as I am expecting them to rise further,” another investor said.



Youth jumps into canal, dies

Khamano, July 10
A youth jumped into the Bhakra canal near Manpur and Kajauli, 8 km from here, and was washed away by the strong current.

The youth reportedly came in a white Lancer car (CH 03X-3866). The youth has been identified as Harpreet Singh Goldi (19).

A passerby tried to stop him by calling out to him, but in vain. A suicide note was recovered from the car which said no one should be blamed for the act.

He had written the mobile number of his father on the suicide note after which his father was informed. The youth belongs to Patiala and was a student of class XII (medical).

The cause of the suicide is not known. — OC



Garbage makes life hell for Doraha traders
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 10
Dirt and filth spread all over and a heap of garbage right in the centre of the main market road of Doraha has made life for shopkeepers and passersby a virtual hell.

Several reminders and pleas in this regard have fallen on deaf ears as the officials concerned seem least bothered about providing proper sanitation.

The heap of garbage is a major health hazard and the threat of gastroenteritis looms large over Doraha.

According to Tara Chand, a shopkeeper who deals in electronic goods near the afflicted area, “A compliant was made to the then deputy commissioner in October last year, who in turn directed the municipal council of the town to look into the matter. The council cleared the mess and also employed a permanent sweeper at the spot, but this did not last long and things are back to square one.”

Jandeep Kaushal, chairman, Youth Forum, Doraha, complains, “People dump garbage on the road and stray animals play havoc with this garbage by spreading it all over, causing unbearable stench. The worst sufferers are the traders whose shops are nearby as their business is being adversely hit.”

Another shopkeeper says, “The garbage is cleared at times, but it is back within no time, rendering an ugly look to the town and making life difficult for residents, shopkeepers and passersby.”

“This heap of garbage, apart from being a health hazard, has given rise to a number of other problems. Stray animals gather near the heap, posing a threat to motorists. A number of accidents have already occurred on the road. The situation worsens when it rains,” another shopkeeper alleged.

Shopkeepers and the Youth Forum of Doraha have asked the authorities to find a permanent solution to this problem failing which, they said, they would be forced to resort to some stiff measures.

The sanitary inspector of the local municipal council, was not available for comments.



Admin work to be computerised: Kalia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Minister for local government, industry and commerce Manoranjan Kalia said today that the state had implemented a comprehensive development plan to provide basic amenities in the cities and towns during the next five years. In the first phase, 40 towns had been selected under a scheme known as Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT).

Addressing mediapersons here, he elaborated that for the preparation of master plans, the government had directed to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) of the towns so that the required funds could be provided at the earliest.

The minister said: “An unplanned growth of urban areas is bane of all civic problems being faced by the cities. His department has been geared up to evolve master plans of every town keeping in view the perspective growth of towns for coming 25 years.”

While preparing the DPR of every town, besides keeping in view the local requirement of every town, the report should focus on providing drinking water, sewerage network, sewerage treatment plant and solid waste treatment plant, he added.

He further asserted that big cities of Ludhiana and Amritsar were also being given special attention and were being developed as modern cities.

Referring to the accelerated development programme for Ludhiana, the minister informed that during the past four months the department of local bodies had released funds amounting to Rs 30 crores for the development of the city.

The minister said Rs 2.50 crore has been spent on the purchase of modern equipment and new works of Rs 5 crore were being started shortly in the city. He said the administrative work of all the cities and towns in the state was being computerised and Ludhiana and Jalandhar had been selected for pilot projects.

Under this programme all the cities would be linked with the Chandigarh office to enhance the efficiency in working.

Later, Kalia presided over a meeting of officers of the Municipal Corporation and MLAs from the city.

Others present on the occasion included Sat Pal Gosian, deputy speaker, Hira Singh Gabria, minister for jails, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, Harish Rai Dhanda, CPS, Darshan Singh Shivalik, MLA, Anil Sareen, Kamal Jaitly, Subhash Verma, district president, BJP, M.M. Vyas, a former chairman, Improvement Trust, Ashok Loomba and Bibi Surinder Kaur Dayal.



Aanganwari workers stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Nearly 500 aanganwari workers staged a dharna here today in protest against the apathetic attitude of the state government. The rally started from Chattar Singh Park via Bharat Nagar Chowk, Jagraon Bridge and finally ended at the railway station.

The workers claimed that they were forced to take such a step as government had failed to fulfill their genuine demands. Subhash Rani, one of the workers, said step-motherly treatment was meted out to them.

“We should be considered as government employees. The central government had started the Integrated Child Development Project. We take care of thousands of small needy children. In return we are not paid appropriately,” she added.

The workers demanded minimum Rs 3,000 should be given to the workers whereas helpers should be paid Rs 2,000 per month. As directed by central government, they should be given all other facilities and allowances similar to the workers in the states of Uttaranchal and Maharashtra.



Khangura refutes Garcha’s charges
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Kila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura today alleged that former minister and Akali leader Jagdish Garcha was trying to intimidate Congress workers and sarpanches.

Reacting to his allegations of shielding the corrupt sarpanches, Khangura asserted that it was his duty to stand by all those who were being victimised on the pretext of corruption.

Talking to reporters here today, Khangura said it was sheer political vendetta let loose against the Congress workers and sarpanches at the behest of Garcha.

“As a representative of my people, it is my duty to defend them,” the Congress MLA asserted, while warning that he would not allow his workers to be let down and victimised.

Khangura challenged Garcha of proving his allegations of corruption against the sarpanches.

“It is an irony that people like Garcha should accuse others of corruption,” he observed, while adding the Congress knows how to defend its people. 



31 complaints redressed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
As many as 31 complaints were settled at the sangat darshan programme held at the Bachat Bhavan here today. Presided over by K.P. Brar, additional deputy commissioner (ADC), in which 69 reports were taken up for discussion, out of which 31 were settled after discussion on the spot. On the occasion, 20 new complaints were also received.

The ADC said the process of settling complaints in the programme has started yielding good results. She told the officers to give maximum attention to solve the complaints of needy people at the earliest.

On the complaint of Skydive Singh and Bal want, residents of Palma village, an inquiry was conducted by the BIPOD. The complainants did not agree with the inquiry report submitted by them regarding compromise between both the parties. They said the problem have not been solved so far. On this, Brar directed the BDPO to personally call both the parties and settle the complaint at the earliest.

Brar discussed a complaint of residents of Dakha village here. It was regarding encroachment by a local who constructed a wall on the village land, which was also established in the report of the BDPO. Brar asked DSP, Dakha, to call both the parties and get the encroachment removed immediately.

Kuldeep Singh of Jassowal village, complained about the unauthorised holding of a Mandi. On this, the ADC directed the district mandi officer to take immediate necessary steps to settle the complaint.

In yet another complaint of Jai Singh of Halwara village, she directed the BDPO to shift the dung heap of neighbour to a certain distance from the wall of the house of the complainant.

Brar also asked executive officer, Khanna, to immediately stop the illegal construction on the government land as alleged in the complaint of Pawan Kumar of Khanna. 



Rs 2 lakh relief for chhabeel victims’ kin

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 10
Thousands of persons, including politicians and bureaucrats, visited Sayan village, near here, to pay tributes to the victims of tragedy who were crushed to death when they were serving sweetened water to passersby at a chhabeel organised by residents of the village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road on July 1.

While SAD leaders appreciated the role played by their local leaders and bureaucrats of the area in saving lives of at least five injured, Congress leaders demanded action against those who had failed to check allegedly drunken driver of the tempo that had crushed the victims.

Activists and office-bearers of various political, religious and social organisations gathered at Gurdwara Bagh Sahib at Sayan Kalan to pay tributes to Shingara Singh (45), Gurdeep Singh (40), Gopi (12), Manpreet, Kamaljit and Dalwinder Singh (8).

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, and Jagdish Singh Garcha, in-charge, SAD, presented cheques worth Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin the deceased.

While Jassie Khangura, MLA from Kilapur, offered to give substantial economic help and jobs to needy families, there were others who contributed thousands to help the aggrieved families.

Terming the incident as unfortunate, the speakers, including Rajinder Kaur Bhathal, leader of opposition in the Assembly, Munish Tiwari, a senior functionary of the AIICC, Mann Singh Garcha and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, called upon the office-bearers of various social organisations to impress upon the drivers of their respective area to abstain from consuming liquor while on wheels. — OC



Girl attempts suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
A student of Punjab Agricultural University allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison last night.

She refrained from making a statement to the police, saying that she would consult her parents before doing so. SHO Navreet Singh said the police would register a case after taking the statement of the girl.



Now, leisure valley at Daresi Ground
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
After lying ignored for so many years, the Daresi Ground and Lodhi Fort would be given a makeover with the local bodies minister. Manoranjan Kalia today announced that they would develop a Leisure Valley and a hanging garden by using the land while preserving these places of historical importance.

Kalia said they had chalked out a comprehensive plan under which they would develop a walker's path in the ground and develop a hanging garden in Lodhi Fort area. He said they would preserve the remnants of the fort structure and would do everything after following the rules in letter and spirit. He said they would take up the matter with the Archaeological Survey of India also.

The announcement came as a breather for the residents of the old city who had been demanding a green park in their area. Kalia also said they would inquire into the allegations of embezzlement during the development of a park in Focal Point area. He said inquiry would soon be completed and those guilty would be brought to book.



Bhattal meets accident victims

Ludhiana, July 10
Former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today visited injured persons of the Sayan accident at Deep Hospital. While regretting the death of six victims, she expressed relief that injured were saved by timely medical care.

Bhattal accompanied by the secretary, All-India Congress Committee, Manish Tiwari, Kila Raipur MLA, Jassi Khangura and others also appreciated the efforts of the hospital management for providing timely medicare to the injured.

She assured all help and asked Khangura to ensure that they were taken due care. Bhattal later went to Sayan village to attend the bhog ceremony of those killed in the accident. — TNS



39 booked for hoodwinking law
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The local police yesterday identified and booked 39 persons, including seven women, who were hoodwinking the law right under its nose in the district courts for several years. The accused include four lambardars and two panchayat members.

Though the practice had been going on for several years, the police swung into action now owing to a large number of proclaimed offenders in the region, conveniently jumping bail on the basis of forged papers.

An offender, who benefited from the scandal, was caught after over 30 years recently. They stood as stock witnesses or furnished bail surety bonds on the basis of forged documents, land registration copies or identity proofs, enabling the accused to jump bail easily and defeating the purpose of their arrest.

All this illegal activity may come to a halt now, with a wide police investigative operation leading to the arrest of seven of those and forcing others to flee.

One was even the leader of a union of lambardars. Seven of those have already been arrested, while a manhunt is on to nab the remaining.

SSP R.K. Jaiswal and SP (Detective) Gurpreet Singh said inspector Satinderpal Singh, in-charge, prosecution cell, had identified the accused running the illegal racket for several years and contributing indirectly to the crime graph in the region.

The accused goes untraceable after getting the bail, while the police remains helpless on taking action against the witness or bail bond provider, who exists only on paper. The property, too, cannot be attached, as the documents are forged.

Those arrested included Tarlochan Singh of Jodhewal, Gurdev Kaur , Gurdev Singh of Basaimi village, Surjit Kaur of Moga, Gian Chand of New Deep Nagar here, Sukhdev Singh of Janakpuri and Ashok Kumar of Arjun Nagar here.

The police has recovered several forged documents and papers from their possession.



Three new health insurance policies

Ludhiana, July 10
United India Insurance today announced three new health insurance policies, namely platinum policy, gold policy and senior citizens policy, which would replace its existing Mediclaim Policy. The company has come out with a unique offer, which gives insurance coverage up to 80 years of age.

For the Platinum policy, the entry age is three months to 35 years, while it is 36 years to 60 years for gold category and 61 years to 80 years for senior citizens policy.

As per the company’s offer, the policies can be taken for entire family as well. An insured gets a family discount of 5 per cent on total premium in case one or more family members are covered, which includes spouse, dependent children or dependent parents. — TNS



Settle power cases at local level: Industry

Ludhiana, July 10
Local industrialists today said they were facing problems in the case of a large number of appeal dispute cases pertaining to electricity being put under the purview of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in Patiala.

“Industrialists have to spend money to appoint a representative to attend the forum in Patiala. Particularly when the penalty amount is less than Rs 10,000, it is a lot of harassment to consumers,” said G.L. Pahwa, president of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association, today.

He said appeal cases involving an amount up to Rs 1 lakh should be allowed to be settled at local-level committees. “Earlier, when consumers were not satisfied with the decision of a committee, they could put up an appeal at a higher level. It causes much inconvenience when the amount involved is less and a consumer has to spend a lot of money to deal with the matter. The committees at the local level should settle it so that industrialists can attend to their work at the same time.” — TNS



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