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Suicide By Siblings
Kamal loved someone else
Tribune News Service

Who is the man?

The police is now searching for the man Kamal wanted to marry. He has,however, chosen to remain elusive

Ludhiana, July 26
Kamaljit Kaur, eldest of the three siblings who committed suicide yesterday, was reportedly talking to her parents about the man she wanted to marry, when they finalised her marriage in a jiffy with a man of their choice. She then took the extreme step with her younger sister and brother following suit.

With this latest investigation, the police is now searching for the man Kamal wanted to marry. He has, however, chosen to remain elusive.

Police sources said the parents have claimed that they had no idea about the man. The girl had confided in her mother a few days ago that she liked someone. Her mother talked to her father, Amarjit Singh, but he did not agree. They told the police that their daughter did not disclose his identity, despite repeated requests.

Sources said the parents got worried about the relationship and the future of their daughter and decided to get her married as soon as possible. Her parents have claimed to the police that she did not insist on the groom of her choice which led them to think that she was only avoiding marriage for now.

SHO Warryam Singh said the police wanted to know about the man she wanted to marry. “His statement would be crucial,” he said.

Daljit Baghi, a childhood friend of Amarjit Singh, said while Kamal was working hard to make a career, her younger sister Paramjit had left studies to work in a post office to help the family financially.

The youngest sibling, Daljit, was a matriculate. Sources said the three were very close. 

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SAD, BJP agree on 37 wards each
No decision on Ward No. 26
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
The SAD and the BJP have agreed to contest 37 wards each. Ward No 26 has been left as “common ward”. The decision about this ward has been left to the SAD acting president Sukhbir Badal and BJP state president Rajinder Bhandari.

The leaders of the two parties held a meeting yesterday which lasted for about six hours. While the SAD was represented by Hira Singh Gabria, Harish Rai Dhanda and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, the BJP was represented by state secretary Anil Sarin and district general secretary O.P. Bhardwaj.

The alliance partners also decided to exchange two wards between themselves. The BJP conceded Ward 7 and Ward 23 to the SAD. The BJP will now contest from Ward 14 and Ward 38 which were earlier with the SAD. The SAD was claiming Ward 23 since it was represented by Ajit Dhillon, who contested it independently and defeated the BJP candidate. Dhillon is an Akali candidate.

As expected, both parties tried to claim more wards. This led to prolonged discussions and arguments. At the end, Ward 26 proved to be the bone of contention between the alliance partners as both wanted to contest it. Later, the decision was left to Sukhbir Badal and Rajinder Bhandari. 

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Ticket distribution unfair: BJP women
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
While the BJP released the list of candidates for the MC elections, activists of the party mahila morcha held a demonstration, alleging that they had been denied their rightful due.

Led by the district president of the morcha, Geeta Pruhti, the activists alleged that those women who had joined the party only recently had been preferred over the “loyal” workers.

Pruhti alleged that the morcha had not been allotted even a single ticket. She said of the 16 women candidates fielded by the BJP, not a single one was from the morcha. The party had fielded two women from the general ward also.

Raising slogans against state president Rajinder Bhandhari, the workers alleged that the selection process was not fair and “many more considerations were at play” than the merit of the candidates.

The list of candidates of the BJP is as follows: Bhupinder Kaur (Ward No 1), Harjinder Gogi (Ward No 6), Santosh Bakshi (Ward No 10), Sunita Aggarwal (Ward No 13), Prem Sagar Aggarwal (Ward No 14), Navjot Kaur (Ward No 16), Rajeev Sharma (Ward No 17), Pran Bhatia(Ward No 18), Santosh Kalra (Ward No 19), Yash Arora (Ward No 20), Continued from page 1 col 5

Vipan Jain (Ward No 21), Sunita Fanta (Ward No 22), Joginder Pal (Ward No 24), Prem Shram (Ward No 25), Ravinder Arora (Ward No 27), Sant Aneja (Ward No 29), Avtar Raari (Ward No 30), Neeta Mehan (Ward No 31), Satish Nagar (Ward No 32), Sunita Sharma (Ward No 33), Sunita Sharma (Ward No 34 — wife of Kamal Kishore), Neeraj Verma (Ward No 35), Sanjay Kapoor (Ward No 36), Poonama Ratra (Ward No 37), Satish Khurana (Ward No 38), Parminder Kaur (Ward No 40), Praveen Bansal (Ward No 41), Gurdeep Singh Neetu (Ward No 42), Deeta Devi (Ward No 43), Sarbjeet Kaka (Ward No 44), Raj Kumar Khera (Ward No 50), Balbir Bansal (Ward No 51), Ruchi Jain (Ward No 52), Sandeep Kapoor (Ward No 54), Sunita Sharma (Ward No 55 — wife of Sunil Modgil), and Rajesh Sharma (Ward No 73).

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Three killed in roof collapse
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
One person was killed and two were feared killed when a 200 sq ft roof of a basement fell in Farm Enlave on the Ludhiana-Doraha canal road this evening.

Only the body of the farmhouse owner, Tony Chawla, could be recovered while the body of one of his friends and another of a vastu shastra expert was still buried under the debris.

SHO Kanwarjit Singh said the incident took place after about 5.30 pm when Tony, whose family owns Chawla Chicken chain of restaurants in the city, was taking the advice of the vastu shastra expert on the construction plan of the farmhouse.

The labourers informed the police. The bodies were not recovered till the filing of this report.

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Teacher doubles as cook for 250 students
Shivani Bhakoo and Loveleen Bains
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
The condition of Elementary School, Nandpur, near Sahnewal, can be judged from the fact that a single female teacher teaches over 250 students. Not only this, she has to prepare midday meal for the students every day with just one helper.

The huge ground of the school, where stray animals can be seen grazing, was once used by politicians to hold rallies. A sports festival was also organised here about two decades ago, but nobody has bothered to maintain it.

According to villagers, there are more than 250 students in the school and just one teacher. The teacher also has to cook food for the students. “You can imagine what kind of study is going on,” said a parent, adding that it was the fault of the government which was not paying attention to quality education.

Tejbir Singh, another villager, said there used to be four-five teachers in the school a few years ago but then they either retired or were transferred. “We do not blame the poor teacher,” he said.

During monsoon, the condition of the school worsens further. “It literally turns into a swimming pool. When the water collects on the main road, the authorities drain it out towards the ground,” alleged a villager.

The president of the municipal council, Ramesh K. Pappu, however, denied the allegations.

The parking of autorickshaws outside the main gate of the school adds to the problems of students and villagers. Sometimes, the drivers park the vehicles inside the school premises. The SHO of Sahnewal, Gurjit Singh, said they were helpless. “The autorickshaw union is strong and it is impossible to shift them to some other place,” he said.

The management of Gurdwara Rehru Sahib and the Youth Forum Sahnewal recently constructed a boundary wall of the school, besides a multipurpose room. “The government must take some initiative for the betterment of the school, students, villagers and teachers. They are giving huge grants for the uplift of the education system but hardly anything is done in the true spirit,” said Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Nandpur.

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Installation of electricity pole
PSEB, police accused of coercion
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 26
A farmer from Fatehpur Theri village yesterday accused officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and the Gharuan police post of using force against his family while installing an electricity pole in front of his house.

The incident took place around 11 am when PSEB officials from Fatehpur Tehri feeder accompanied by policemen, including two women constables, went to install a pole in front of the house of Sohan Singh.

Women members of the family tried to prevent the officials from installing the pole but were forced into police vehicles.

Sohan accused PSEB officials and the police of using force against them while installing the pole in spite of the fact that another pole already existed a few meters away.

Sohan had been receiving uninterrupted eight-hour power supply at his farms for irrigation, while some other farmers in the same area had been getting 24-hour supply.

The PSEB wanted to divert the power lines of 24-hour to eight-hour supply transformer.

Sohan had approached court and the matter was sub judice.

PSEB officials had sought police protection for the installation of the pole.

Gharuan police post in-charge Anil Kumar denied having used force or conniving with PSEB officials. “We have acted on the request of PSEB,” he said.

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With MC poll nearing, recarpeting of roads starts 
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
With municipal elections round the corner, councillor of the old ward No. 3 is getting a large number of roads in the Haibowal area recarpeted.

The residents had been demanding recarpeting of roads for years together but their repeated pleas remained unheard. Now, they seem to have hit a jackpot as roads of at least three streets were recarpeted within two days time.

Earlier, they were crying hoarse that the roads were in a bad shape and the streets had poor drainage. Everytime it rained water used to collect. But, their requests remained unheeded.

With the announcement of elections their bad days seem to be over. “ It is within these two three days that the recarpeting work has started and many roads have already been laid afresh,” said a resident.

He added that for the past five years, the councillor concerned was carrying out development projects in a particular area only. After the delimitation that area was included in some other ward.

“Now with elections round the corner he seem to have realised that he should serve the public as their representative and not just to seek votes, ’’ residents added.

They were in such a hurry that the authorities could not wait till the monsoons were over. Though the newly-recarpeted roads got washed away during rains, no consideration was paid to this fact. Area councillor Rajiv Katna said the work order for the project was released 10 to 15 days ago and the recarpeting had nothing to do with elections.

He added that when the work was allotted during monsoons, it had to be carried out in this season only. 

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Residents rue insanitary conditions
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 26
Resentment prevails among residents over contaminated water supply and poor sanitation in the town.

People have complained to the higher authorities in this regard on several occasions but to no avail.

They allege that they have been forced to drink contaminated water being provided by the municipal council.

Citizens welfare council president Bharat Bhushan Verma and social worker Amardeep Singh Dharni have alleged that pipes carrying water leaked at various places and at certain places mixed with sewage, posing a serious health hazard.

Similarly, garbage by the roadside stank in the rainy season, causing inconvenience to residents.

They have urged the administration to take immediate steps to provide the basic amenities in the town.

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Haibowal bakery hell for residents
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
A bakery in the Haibowal area is making life hell for residents, who are gasping for fresh air and striving for peaceful nights to sleep.

Located in New Tagore Nagar, the bakery has caused trouble for residents of street number 5 and 6 of the locality as they have to grapple with noise, smell and pests at the same time.

The smell of bakery items makes them sick, the noise of generators, throwing of trays does not allow them to sleep at nights. Various pests like rats and cockroaches infest their houses in plenty and their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

The residents said they had complained to the Municipal Corporation, the Punjab Pollution Control Board, director, Health and the police some time ago. Only the police responded and a team visited their area. The police team effected a compromise between the residents and bakery owner, who promised that he would vacate the building before July. But he did not fulfil his promise and the nuisance continued.

‘‘Workers keep working at night also. In the process, they talk loudly and throw trays and other containers on the floor. The noises are heard loudly due to the silence of night. We cannot sleep in this environment, ’’ said a resident, preferring anonymity.

He added that autorickshaws that carried their goods were also parked in the middle of streets everyday till the goods were loaded. These released smoke and the entire houses were filled with that.

Moreover, generator was drawing diesel from an uncovered drum through a pipe. ‘‘We are so scared of those potential bomb everyday that we cannot rest. It can catch fire anytime and explode but nobody cares. ’’

‘‘We cannot run our coolers everyday as it fans all smell into our rooms. We are sick of the smells. Our elderly cannot rest, ’’ said a resident.

He added that the bakery was here for the past many years. But none of the authorities had paid any attention to their demands.

The bakery owner said he had been running the bakery for the past 12 years and nobody had any objections at that times as there were not many houses. But now some vested interests wanted him to close down his business.

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IT offices to remain open on July 28
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 26
The due date for filing the income tax return for individuals, HUFs and firms, whose accounts are not required to be audited under the IT Act is July 31. There is a heavy rush for filing the returns in the last few days and the receipt counters remain overcrowded.

Additional commissioner of Income Tax J.R. Kajla said the Central Board of Direct Taxes had decided to make arrangement for accepting the returns even on July 28 and 29.

Accordingly, the chief commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana, has opened additional counters, wherever required from today onwards to facilitate the tax payers for filling their returns. These receipt counters will remain open on July 28 and 29 till 6 P.M.

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Cong dharna against govt
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
The district Congress committee today staged a dharna outside the deputy commissioner’s officer to register their protest against the state government.

Leading the dharna, former chief parliamentary secretary Dr Harbans Lal said the much-hyped atta-dal scheme of the BJP-SAD aimed at benefitting the rich, as the poor and the needy had not been included in the list of those who would benefit from the scheme by getting these at subsidy.

He said it was a politically motivated scheme that was being introduced not to provide any relief to the poor but to pave the way for the officialdom to plunder the state exchequer.

Dr Lal said the state government was targeting panchayats of those villages that supported the Congress.

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Emergency meeting

Samrala, July 26
An emergency meeting of the Anti-Corruption Front, the Senior Citizen Association, the Adyapak Chetna Manch and the Ex-servicemen Association, presided over by Commandant Rashpal Singh, was held in the office of the Anti-corruption Front, Samrala. — OC 

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Protest over attack on DDPO

Samrala, July 26
In protest against the attack on the DDPO, Gurdaspur Ranbir Singh Mudal, when he was on official duty on July 21, the office and field staff, panchayat secretary and sarpanches of the area sat on a dharna today. They demanded the immediate arrest of those behind the incident.

The demonstrators also demanded security for the field staff.— OC

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LETTERS
Mobile risky at the wheels

Using mobile phones while driving is a cause for concern. Drivers slow down their vehicles causing traffic hassles in the middle of the road. What is more, most of them put calls on hold if they spot a traffic cop and resume talking once they cross that particular place.

Talking on mobile phones leads to rise in risk of accidents. Not only does the traffic police need to check such users, but also to make awareness so that people realise that driving with undivided attention is essential for their own safety on roads.

Sanchita Civil Lines Ludhiana

Readers are invited to mail letters (not more than 200 words) at "ludhiana@tribunemail.com" or post the same to The Tribune, 1, 2 Improvement Trust Building, Badaur House, Clock Tower, Ludhiana.

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Man commits suicide

Kharar, July 26
Kulwinder Singh (36), a resident of ward No. 7, was found hanging from the ceiling of his house Tuesday night.

He was living with his wife and blind grandfather. His other relatives live abroad. The couple were married seven years ago and did not have a child. On Monday, Kulwinder had gone to his brother-in-law’s house in Chandigarh along with his wife.

The incident came to light when his relatives called him on his phone but failed to elicit any response from him. They then called up Kulwinder’s wife and asked her to enquire into the matter. — TNS

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Minor girl abducted
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 26
A minor girl allegedly have been abducted from her village and the police has registered a case under Sections 363, 366-A IPC against one person. According to information, Rekha, 13, of Mohi village was abducted by Munshi Mahato of Nabekho Bukhra (Bihar) giving her allurement of marriage. Kabool Singh, father of the victim, logded a report with the police.

56 booked for trespassing

Guddo, Dharmo, his wife Kesar Bai, Lachhman Singh, Harpal Singh and Teja Singh, along with 50 persons, allegedly broke the lock of a shop belonging to Amita Rani of Sidhwan Bet and tried to occupy it and also threatened her. The police has registered a case under Sections 452, 447, 506, 148, 149, IPC.

175 kg of poppy husk seized

Gurdev Singh alias Gebi of Amrassa Kalan (Haryana) was intercepted by the Humbran police in Aliwal Chowk village when he was going in his truck (HR-55-6238) and the police seized 175 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The police has registered a case under Sections 15,61,85 of the NDPS Act and impounded the truck also.

Man held for gambling

The police has arrested Pawan Kumar of Mohalla Borian Jagraon on the charge of gambling in the area of Sherpur Chowk and the police seized Rs 1,050, along with cardboard, pen and number slip. He was alluring the people to multiply their money by investing in some number of their choice. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered.

Assaulted

Karamjit Singh alias Kaka of Latala allegedly assaulted Dalbir Singh of his village with bricks and stones. The Dehlon police has registered a case under Sections 336, 337, IPC. Some old enemity is said to be the cause. No arrest has been made so far.

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Body parts found from septic tank
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
The Machhiwara police yesterday found pieces of body of a dairy farmer of Khanna, missing since July 21, from the septic tank belonging to a woman.

The woman, Indu Bala, and her accomplices Sukhwinder Singh and Malkiat Singh had allegedly murdered Gurinder Singh of Aluna Tola village on July 21. They cut the body into pieces and dumped it in the septic tank in her house.

The police said the victim was close to the woman. The motive of the murder was to loot Rs 30,000 the victim was carrying with him.

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Wire factory plundered, 3 labourers thrashed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Seven armed assailants struck at Prem Wires Manufacturing unit past late night and decamped with copper wire worth over Rs 1.50 lakh, besides injuring three labourers.

One of the injured labourers Rakesh suffered multiple fractures and a head injury in the attack. He was admitted to the emergency ward of the CMC Hospital. The other two victims, Chain Singh and Dhanjal, were discharged this evening.

According to the injured labourers, the assailants scaled the gate of the factory, situated in Phase-8, Focal Point, between 2:30 and 3 am. They were armed with rods, and sharp-edged weapons.

Without giving any chance to the labourers to do something, the assailants started beating them with iron rods. When they were convinced that the labourers would not be able to resist, they collected the rolls of copper wire and decamped with 29 rolls.

However, SHO Focal Point, Sandeep Sharma, claimed the assailants took away between 10 and 14 rolls only. He said the police had registered a case under Section 459 (causing hurt grievously while house-breaking).

He said the police had got a vital clue about the assailants.

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Dalit youth was done to death by car thief
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 26
The Dalit youth of Jurahan village in Ludhiana, who was found dead at Fatehgarh Crotona in Dharamkot area 18 days ago, was allegedly murdered by a car thief of Sattowal village.

Though the killer had left no clue, rigorous investigation by the police on the basis of stray inputs helped the authorities to arrest him at a naka while he was trying to escape in the Ford Fiesta car of the deceased.

A police party led by SHO Sikander Singh yesterday nabbed Balwinder Singh of Sattowal village while he was passing through Moga.

According to Sikander Singh, SHO of Dharamkot, the accused, with the intention of stealing a car, came to a local taxi stand on a motorcycle. He hired the Ford Fiesta car owned by Nirmal Singh Cheema, whose driver agreed to take him to Delhi for Rs 1,000.

Balwinder Singh served Jagroop a cup of tea laced with sleeping pills at a roadside dhaba.When the pills did not show any result, he gave him another dose.

"Even then, Jagroop did not become unconscious. But he started feeing drowsy. I asked him to wash his face with water stored in a tank at a tubewell at the outskirts of a village and attacked him with an iron rod," Balwinder told the investigating team.

He had purchased sleeping pills from a drug store at Ludhiana.

The accused was identified on the basis of information collected from various taxi stands of the area.

Jagroop Singh had left his house at Jurahan on the evening of July 7. 

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200 cases of liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
The Basti Jodhewal police has seized 200 cases of smuggled liquor from an alleged smuggler whose network was in North and central India. The consignment was hidden in a specially made compartment in an oil tanker.

SHO Gurbans Singh Bains told mediapersons that accused Rajan was a regular supplier of smuggled liquor, which he bought from Chandigarh at Rs 600-650 and sold at over Rs 900 per case of bottles in the city.

The accused had supplied 1,400 cases in Kanpur and 300 cases in Jalandhar last week. The police was also on the look out of Sarabjeet Singh, who is said to be the king pin of the gang.

The police said the accused earlier used to smuggle furnace oil but shifted to liquor smuggling eyeing better profits.

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Excise Fraud
Recovered money in bank, says industrialist’s son
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Contrary to the police claims that it had recovered money from industrialist Harbans Lal caught in the Rs 50 lakh excise fraud case, his family members claimed that the industialist had deposited the money on July 18 after he learnt that his name had been misused by another accused.

Ashish Lal, son of the accused Industrialist, has claimed that the police did not reveal that the money had already been deposited and it was allegedly shielding a few excise officials. These officials are associates of the main acused, Kuldeep Singh, arrested yesterday.

He said his father had not done anything and the VAT refund vouchers, used in the scam were stolen from the treasury by the two excise officials, and were used in the case.

However, Inspector Jaswinder said the police did not hide anything in the case. He claimed Harbans lal had deposited the money after learning he was being booked in the fraud case.

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Tiny knitwear units in trouble over shifting
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Hundreds of tiny knitwear and textile units located in old city areas are facing problems on account of “threats” to vacate and non-issuance of new electricity connections.

A majority of these units, that are engaged in stitching, overlocking, cutting, etc, are a source of employment to more than 5,000 people.

Located in areas like Mahopuri, Bajwa Nagar, Sunder Nagar, Shiv Puri and around, owners of these units say they have been in existence in these areas for several decades now, which makes it difficult for them to shift out. Shifting out will amount to closure of these units, which causes major problems for the textile industry here, they contend.

"We are under pressure to move out from these areas. The fact is that most units fall under the green category of industry," said owner of a tiny unit.

Small and medium textile enterprises, which will be affected, if these units close, have now taken up the issue with the Chief Minister.

"These are green category units and do not generate any kind of pollution. However, they are facing a lot of problems which is why we want them to be regularised," said Vinod K. Thapar, president, Knitwear Club.

Apart from fear of closure, problems in getting new electricity connections or load extension, which the electricity board was not granting to these units, was adding to their woes, they said.

A major point of concern is that over 10,000 families depend on these enterprises for their existence. These units will not be able to shift out and build infrastructure afresh due to capital insufficiency. Regularisation will help save this industry.

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