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Crackdown on Colonisers
Undisclosed income of Rs 4.30 crore unearthed
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 26
In a major crackdown on prominent colonisers and real estate developers in the city on Friday and Saturday, the income tax department unearthed undisclosed income of Rs 4.30 crore while investigations were in progress in some other cases, which were expected to yield concealed income to the tune of several crores.

Teams of IT officials, led by Rajeshwar Yadav, joint commissioner, Range VII, carried out simultaneous survey operations on the business premises of leading groups of colonisers and property developers. These colonisers included R.K. Colonisers, MGH Housing, Anshul Housing, Elite Arcade and Civil City in Haibowal, Gill Road, Dugri, and the Mall Road.

During the survey, which continued till Saturday on some of the colonisers, hordes of incriminating documents pertaining to the sale and purchase of property, as also computer data and bank records were seized by the IT sleuths. Several key functionaries of the firms were questioned and their previous returns of income were examined.

According to Yadav, MGH Housing and Anshul Housing surrendered Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 1 crore, respectively, and these two cases were finalised. Documents taken in possession from R.K. Colonisers and Elite Arcade were being processed and these cases might take some time to be finalised as some of the prime properties of these companies needed to be valuated.

Elsewhere in the city, S.S. Rana, joint commissioner, Range V, conducted surveys on Somal Pipes in Giaspura and Gemco Steels on the GT Road. Following the scrutiny of their books of accounts, record of sale and purchase, physical verification of stocks of raw material and finished goods, lying in the business premises, the two firms volunteered to surrender the concealed income of Rs 90 lakh and Rs 1.15 crore, respectively.



Village In Shock
Youth’s body with 36 injury marks found
Mahesh Sharma

SP (D) Gurmit Singh and DSP, Payal, Rattan Singh Brar study the area near murder spot in Ahmedgarh on Sunday.
SP (D) Gurmit Singh and DSP, Payal, Rattan Singh Brar study the area near murder spot in Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Photo by the reporter

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 25
The recovery of the body of a youth from the fields of a farmer at Ghaloti village, near here, has sent shock waves among the area residents as the victim had been murdered in a brutal manner. Nearly 36 injury marks inflicted by sharp-edged weapons can make anybody understand that the attackers had some old enmity with the victim as they stabbed him continuously even after his death.

Though the police had no clue about the murdered youth and the accused as well in the morning, the victim was identified later in the evening. He was identified on the basis of a Scorpio van that was found deserted on the Ahmedgarh-Payal road.

The area residents were shocked to know about the murder in the morning when some residents of Ghaloti village spotted the badly mutilated body of the youth in the fields of Kuldip Singh.

Receiving information about the brutal murder, Gautam Cheema, SSP, Khanna, deputed Gurmit Singh, SP (D), and Rattan Singh Brar, DSP, Payal, to investigate the matter.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the body had about 36 injuries inflicted with sharp-edged weapons. He was wearing a white kurta pajama and sandals at the time of murder.

According to DSP Brar, the Payal police initially tried to receive information about missing youths by contacting SHOs at various police stations of the area. But later the victim was identified on the basis of clues received from a Scorpio van (MH-04-BS-7977) that was found deserted on the Ahmedgarh- Payal in the afternoon.

Further investigations revealed that the victim, Paramjit Singh, son of Babu Singh of Imamgarh village, near Malerkotla, was working as a driver with Jasbir Singh of the same village. He had gone to Bagha Purana and Amritsar with a family of Malerkotla yesterday, and had reportedly returned in the evening. But neither the owner of the van nor the parents of the deceased knew with whom he had gone later in the evening.

“As he used to go with customers earlier also we did not bother till morning and presumed that he would be coming later in the day. It was only after receiving information from the police that we got worried about him,” owner of the vehicle told to the police.

The parents of the deceased informed the police that he had left his village around 5 am yesterday. Packets of ‘bariana’ and ‘papars’ lying in the vehicle suggested he was yet to return home.

The police did not rule out illicit relations as the reason behind the murder.



Field Ganj — encroachers’ haven
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Traffic chaos due to encroachments is the order of the day in the Field Ganj area in Ludhiana.
FREE FOR ALL: Traffic chaos due to encroachments is the order of the day in the Field Ganj area in Ludhiana. Photo: I.V

Ludhiana, August 26
Field Ganj market is a heaven for encroachers and a hell for the commuters. Roadside kiosks “spill” onto the double laned road which becomes as narrow as a street causing inconvenience to pedestrians.

Entire day the traffic moves at a snail's pace and people vie for every inch of parking space. While there is no parking lot on this entire road till the Civil Hospital, the situation becomes worse as shopkeepers encroach upon almost half the road on both sides.

The tehbazaari department of the Municipal Corporation is always under fire as far as the situation in Field Ganj is concerned. They do not remove encroachments and the shops continue to function from the road itself leaving no space for parking.

The situation is worsened on a holiday and Sundays as a number of residents visit a religious place located in the area. Long queues of cars parked on the roadside can be seen on these days and there is literally no space left for the commuters.

The market is always choc-a-block with vegetable sellers, fruit sellers and other knick knack sellers, who post themselves on the road and obstruct smooth flow of traffic.

Residents feel that if the MC can remove the encroachments, there would not be a problem for the commuters as traffic would pass through easily. But due to an outlet being run by an influential leader, who occupies a lot of space on the road, the MC does not take any action.

‘‘If they do not say anything to this leader's outlet, how can they remove other small time encroachers? They have to spare them also. The entire problem has been caused due to this person only who sells his product on the road only,’’ said Gian Singh, a resident of area.

He added that it was such a problem to be a resident of this area that they have to think twice before leaving their house. ‘‘Before I take my scooter out, I know I would be stuck up. But then I cannot keep sitting at my house only.’’



Battle lines drawn for PAUTA poll
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
Battle lines have been drawn for the elections to the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA) scheduled for August 30. It is going to be a triangular contest between three groups.

The incumbent group has fielded S.K. Singla for the post of president, while another group has fielded K.N. Sharma for the post. The third group, that has split from the incumbent group, has fielded Manjeet Mahal for the post of president. Nominations were filed yesterday.

It is likely to be a keen contest this time as the incumbent group, known as the Hari Singh Brar group, has split into two after his retirement. The rival group, known as the Batra group, is trying to get its act together since it has been marginalised during the tenure of K.S. Aulakh as vice-chancellor.

The Batra group has been accusing the Brar group, which held power for quite some time, of always siding with the vice-chancellor even in his decision of merger of departments, much to the annoyance of the faculty and students.

With the change of guard on the campus, the Batra group seems to preparing to fight back with vengeance. But the incumbent group, led by A.S. Joshi, has its own pockets of strength, cultivated over a long period.



MP to ask Pak to ban cow slaughter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
A delegation of Indian leaders led by Rajya Sabha member and eminent Gandhian Nirmala Deshpandey will seek a ban on cow slaughter from President Parevz Musharaff while on a visit to Pakistan.

Talking to reporters at the Ludhiana railway station last evening where the Shatabdi Express carrying them to Amritsar halted for a few minutes, Despandey said the delegation would remind Pakistan that India considered it as a younger brother and prayed for the prosperity and well being of every citizen of Pakistan.

The delegation was accorded a warm welcome at the station by Dr Sandeep K. Jain, chief coordinator, CAPE-India, S.K. Mittal, a prominent industrialist of the city.

The delegation would specially attend the urs of Sufi saint Baba Bulle Shah at Kasur in Pakistan’s Punjab. It would also hold discussions at various forums for improving mutual cooperation and coordination between the two nations.



City’s lass loses despite outstanding performance
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
It was quite an abrupt and unfortunate exit for Ludhiana lass Arshpreet from the Amul Star Voice of India. She had earned laurels from the who’s who of Bollywood like Mahesh Bhatt, Adesh Shrivastava, Jatin-Lalit, Alka Yagnik and whosoever attended the programme. Adesh Shrivastava, while regretting her exit remarked, "she remained flawless and yet got out".

It was not only the people of Ludhiana, her hometown, but also the audience and the judges sitting there who felt bad over her exit, just because she could not poll the requisite number of votes needed to remain in the contest.

Sunidhi Chauhan, who was present at Friday's programme also praised her. She said it was unfortunate that she had to see Arshpreet go out of the contest despite having an impressive voice.

Alka Yagnik, considered to be a hard taskmaster and known for finding faults in contestants, too specially praised Arshpreet. She said, “unfortunately she is out of the contest, but certainly she would never be out of singing”. “She is made to be a singer and a promising one”, remarked one of the judges.

Arshpreet also put up a brave front. She said, although it was not so easy to reconcile to the fact that she would no longer remain in the contest, but she promised, she would try her best in future to improve her performance. Taking the exit in her stride, she remarked, "somebody had to be out tonight and it was me".

The Ludhiana chapter of the Sangam Kala Kendra, which groomed Arshpreet, had tried its best to ensure that people voted for her. The local coordinator of the kendra, Radhika Jetwani said, it was very unfortunate that despite her "brilliant and flawless performances" she was out of the contest just because people did not vote for her. She pointed out that audience support was very important along with the performance. "While she performed extraordinarily well, the audience did not support her", Jetwani regretted.



Tributes paid to Makkar’s wife
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
Tributes were paid to Bibi Mohinder Kaur, wife of SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, at a shradhanjali samaroh organised to observe her seventh death anniversary at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Model Town Extension, here today.

A large number of people, cutting across political and social barriers, converged at the venue to pay tributes. Prominent political and religious personalities who paid tributes included Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperation minister, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP and former union minister, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, and Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, a former minister.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh read out a message by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal since the latter could not turn up due to a technical snag in his helicopter.

He said Bibi Mohinder Kaur was a noble, farsighted and a deeply religious personality, who served the needy and suffering humanity throughout her life and solidly stood by her husband in the service of the Panth and the state.

Among others present on the occasion were Hira Singh Gabria, minister for jails, Daljit Singh Cheema, political adviser to the Chief Minister, Paramjit Singh Sidhwan, adviser to Sukhbir Singh Badal, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, Kirpal Singh Badungar, a former SGPC president, Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar, Takht Damdam Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Patna Sahib, Giani Tarlochan Singh, Jathedar, Takht Keshgarh Sahib, Harish Rai Dhanda and Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, both CPS, Virsa Singh Valtoha, MLA, Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, vice-president, SGPC, Amarjit Singh Chawla, Simerjit Singh Bains, Hakam Singh Gyaspura, Harbhajan Singh Dang, K.L. Chabra, Inder Mohan Singh Kadian, president, District Youth Akali Dal (Rural), and Jagdev Singh Tajpuri, a former minister, Bibi Rajinder Kaur Bulara, a former MP, and Jathedar Amarjit Singh Bhatia.



MCs need overhauling, feels Dhanda
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
Municipal corporations in the state need an overhauling and every citizen and representatives of the people must co-operate in enforcing municipal laws to have better civic amenities.

This was stated by Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary (local bodies), Punjab, while addressing a gathering of students, parents and educationists during an award ceremony of the Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA) at the Sri Atam Vallabh Jain College of Management and Technology here today.

He said councillors and public representatives should not come in the way of the law-enforcing machinery and should help maintain discipline, besides making efforts for the development of civic amenities.

He asked people to highlight the shortcomings of municipal corporations and bring them to the notice of the government. He said this would help bring transparency in the system.

At the PCMA function, 50 students of 12 prominent colleges of the city were awarded with the PCMA Roll of Honour. Monica of the Government College for Women was honoured with the PCMA award of honour for getting the first position in the BCom final examination of Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Dhanda, along with Prof Ashwani Bhalla, Anil Kumar, Dr Vijay Asdhir, Prof V.P Gaur, Dr Prem Kumar and Prof Deepak Dhingra, inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp.

The programme began with Saraswati vandana performed by students of SAV Jain College. On this occasion, social activist Vijay Dhanda launched the website of SAV Jain College.

Speaking on the occasion, she applauded the efforts of the PCMA to propagate the cause of excellence in the state. Students of the SAV Jain College presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion.

Anil Kumar, executive director, Shryans Group of Industries, highlighted tips for success in life and business.

Programme coordinator R.L. Behl said the PCMA would make this award ceremony a regular feature and every year intelligent students would be honoured.

Among those present were Dr Prem Kumar, president, PCMA, Sikandar Lal Jain, Bhushan Jain and Anuradha, principal of SAV Jain College.



Tributes paid to Dil
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 26
After the bhog ceremony of Punjabi poet Lal Singh Dil, tributes were paid to him at the local Kang Mohalla here today.

Among those who paid tributes were playwright Gursharan Bhaji, Punjabi story writer Mohan Bhandari, Punjabi poet Surjit Patar, Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, journalist Ranjeet Raahi, Rashpal Singh, president of the Anti-Corruption Front, Samrala, former MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon, journalists Amolak Singh and Nirupama Dutt, Narinder Batra of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Gurmukh Deep, director, Akas Rang Manch, Gulzar Mohammad Goria, Master Tarlochan Singh, Baldeep and Hamdardveer.

Messages from various organisations were also read out. Copies of a book by Dil, edited by Master Tarlochan Singh, were distributed among those present.



Four booked for power theft
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 26
Gurmail Singh, Billa, Janta Singh and his brother Nirmal Singh have been booked for pilfering electricity and for assaulting assistant linesman Swaran Singh when he went for checking. The local police has registered a case under Sections 379, 186, 353, 332, 341, 342, 506, 34, IPC, at the instance of Swaran Singh. The complainant has been admitted in the local civil hospital. No arrest has been made so far.

3 held for fraud: Subhash Kumar of Mullanpur, Master Amarjit Singh and Harjinder Kaur of Kailpur have been booked by the Raikot police on the charge of committing fraud. According to information, Sukhwinder Singh of Talwandi Rai agreed to sell his land to Subhash Kumar but he did not execute the sale deed and got the land registered in the name of Harjinder Kaur. Sukhwinder Singh moved a complaint to SSP, Jagraon, in March 2006 and after holding an inquiry and on the order of SSP, Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 420, 120-B, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Assaulted: Harwinder Singh, Palwinder Singh, Mittu and Kaka, all resident of Rasulpur allegedly assaulted Lakhvir Singh of their village on Wednesday evening with baseball bat. The victim has been admitted to the local civil hospital. According to information, Lakhvir Singh had some dispute with his brother Gurdev Singh and advised the assailants not to interfere in their affairs which provoked them to assault him.

Booked: Kewal Singh and his son Raju of Galib Kalan allegedly assaulted Harpreet Singh of their village with sharp-edged weapons. According to information, accused Kewal Singh and Harpreet Singh were partners in a tent house and Kewal Singh used to interfere in the working of the business to which Harpreet Singh objected. A case under Sections 341, 324, 323, 34 of the IPC has been registered. The injured has been admitted to the local civil hospital. No arrest has been made so far.

Trespassing: Bajit Singh, Kamikar Singh of Samrala, Angrej Singh of Bhangala, Jagjit Singh of Mehdood, Ujjagar Singh of Toderpur, Kulwant Singh of Moniwal, Surinder Singh of Mubarkpur along with 16 unknown persons allegedly trespassed and tried to occupy land belonging to Kuldeep Singh of Pohir. The accused came in a tractor and a jeep. A case under Sections 447, 511, 506 of the IPC has been registered. The police has arrested Baljit Singh, Kamikar Singh, Angrej Singh, Jagjit Singh, Ujjagar Singh, Kulwant Singh and Surinder Singh and police also impounded both the vehicles.



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