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Quest For Tantrik Powers
Man mutilates infant’s body
Jupinderjit Singh and Vijay Bansal

Pakhowal/ Jagraon, September 1
A migrant labourer allegedly exhumed the body of a 22-day-old infant, chopped off the hands and reburied them after trying in vain to take out bones from the flesh, in a bid to acquire supernatural powers in Pakhowal village today.

The police has arrested the suspect, identified as Babu Ram, who belongs to Kumayan (Bihar) for the alleged incident. His accomplice Ram Chander of Bajatpur, Bihar is, however, absconding.

A case under Sections 295, 297 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of Ram Kumar Yadav of Ram Nagar, Parshahi (Bihar), the father of the deceased.

The police was on the look out for the ‘tantrik’, who had allegedly motivated the suspect to commit this heinous act.

According to the FIR, the infant had died due to some illness and the body was buried in a children’s grave yard on August 18. The accused allegedly dug out the body at night and chopped off both hands of the dead infant and reburied the body. However, the next day, he buried the hands again with the body.

The area residents grew suspicious after the accused were seen near the graveyard at night and the infant’s grave bore signs of digging. The police later exhumed the body in the presence of an executive magistrate. When the chopped hands were found, the cops were clear that some ‘tantrik’ activity was involved.

The police sent the body to Patiala to ascertain if any internal organ was also missing.

One of the accused Babu Ram, was later remanded to judicial custody till September 15 by Ranjeev Kumar, JIMC, Jagraon.

Babu Ram told reporters at Jagraon that he was told by a ‘tantrik’ to find the bones of hands of a less than four-month -old boy who had been buried recently. He said he chopped off the hands but could not find the bones and so he buried the hands back.



Ghumar Mandi goes one way
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
The city police today enforced one-way traffic in the congested Ghumar Mandi even as the municipal corporation has not made any move to clear encroachments to clear the mess. SSP R.K. Jaiswal and SP (traffic) Rupinder Singh launched new traffic rules for the area. Area residents and shopkeepers said haphazard parking and encroachments should have been removed or regulated.

Traffic will be allowed to enter Ghumar Mandi only from the Aarti Cinema Chowk side. Vehicles will not be allowed to enter from the Fountain Chowk side.

On the first day of the implementation of the decision today, barricades were put at both ends - towards Aarti Cinema as well as near the entry to National Road. The situation was much better in the market where traffic jams are quite frequent. However, a common sight was haphazardly-parked vehicles, particularly cars.

“People park their vehicles without caring about obstructions they cause to others at times, leading to jams. They need to realise that proper parking will add to their own convenience. At the same time, the authorities also need to specify as to where people should park their vehicles as there is no area dedicated in this market for parking,” said G.S. Batra, a resident.

Visah Bandhu, a shopkeeper, pointed out that mere one-way traffic wont be of any help. “I am happy that they decided to make it one-way traffic in this market. It had become difficult to enter Ghumar Mandi, but since we work here, we could not avoid coming here. We had no choice but to suffer due to jams. However, now I am hopeful that things will improve.”

While traffic cops will make people aware of one-way diversion for around a week, they will begin challaning those who are found violating the rule later. Heavy vehicles will not be allowed in the market during the day.

This is for the second time that the traffic diversion has been introduced in Ghumar Mandi. Earlier also, about three years ago, the traffic had been diverted and the one-way system introduced in the area. Although it worked well, local shopkeepers and traders felt that this affected their business as the number of customers had fallen. The move had to be withdrawn.



Woman kills mother in connivance with paramour
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Police investigation into the recovery of the body of a about 50-year-old woman in Kartar Nagar on Friday has allegedly revealed that her youngest daughter and her paramour had strangled her on August 26.

The duo, Raj Rani and Jag Raj, on the run now, allegedly eliminated her as she objected to their relationship. They later buried the body in an under construction house in the neighbhourhood.

The couple was living in the same house and claimed to be married. Their parents, however, did not approve of the marriage or the relationship. The police too has found no evidence, so far, of their marriage.

The police said the victim, Sheela, wife of a visually- challenged retired police constable, Kartar Chand had been missing since that day.

Kartar Chand, in a statement to the police, said his two daughters were married while the third wanted to marry a youth of her choice. Her mother was against the relationship.

He said his youngest daughter told him that Sheela had gone to meet her sisters. But, he was shocked to find that her wife had been killed and buried in the neighbhouring house only. 



Dhandari flyover to be thrown open today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will inaugurate the much-awaited Dhandari flyover connecting the Industrial Area with the GT Road tomorrow. Although the flyover was completed about six months ago, it awaited formal inauguration for several reasons.

The foundation stone of the flyover was laid by Badal in his previous tenure. The flyover was also delayed for want of clearance from the National Highway Authority of India, which was withholding it for some procedural lapse.

The flyover has been completed at a cost of Rs 17 crore and will provide relief to the industry in the Industrial Area. It will provide industrial houses, most of which are located there, instant access to the GT Road.

Though it was completed during the previous regime of the Congress, due to the imposition of election code of conduct, its formal inauguration was postponed.

However, the movement of traffic had already started over the flyover much ahead of the formal inauguration.

It was one of the long-pending demands of the industry as well as local residents to complete it as soon as possible. 



Orgies Case
Council seeks probe 

Ludhiana, September 1
The Ludhiana Citizens’ Council has sought a high-level police investigation to trace the persons involved in allegedly organising orgies at a hotel on Jalandhar highway by wrongly using the name of the council.

Darshan Arora and K.S Kelley, chairman and president of the council have, in a complaint to SP City-II Harish Kumar, urged him to find the persons who had defamed the Ludhiana Citizens’ Council. They said the culprits seem to have a definite motive in using the name of the council — TNS



Veggies, fruits become cheaper
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Much to the relief of city residents vegetable rates have recorded a 10 to 15 per cent decline in the past 10 days. Thanks to sufficient supply, prices of most vegetables have reduced.

Onion, which was available for 18-20 per kg in wholesale markets, is now priced at Rs 14-15 per kg. The price of potatoes reduced from Rs 14-15 to Rs 12-13 whereas cauliflower is now priced at around Rs 17 per kg, cabbage at Rs 8 and green peas are available for Rs 28-30 from Rs 35 earlier.

"There has been a minor decline. Unlike the wholesale market, we do not get the benefit of the reduced prices instantly in retail markets. I hope the declining trend continues as middle class in particular stands to benefit from this," said Sukhbir Kaur, a resident.

Prices of tomatoes too Veggies, fruits become cheaper have dropped from Rs 20 to Rs 12 per kg. “Rates are likely to come down further as fresh supplies would arrive in the next few days,” said Amarbir Singh, general secretary of Ludhiana Fruits and Vegetables Commission Agents Association. The price of coriander reduced from Rs 80 to Rs 40-50 per kg in wholesale markets. Cucumber was available fro Rs 6 per kilo whereas tinda was priced at Rs 8-9 in comparison to Rs 11-12 per kg a week ago in wholesale market. The price of lady finger, however, increased to Rs 10 from Rs 6 per kg earlier.
Retail prices are 40 to 80 per cent higher. Vendors said that currently supplies were being received from Shimla, Solan, Malerkotla and Delhi apart from the local areas.
Fruit prices too have come down. Apple is now priced at around Rs 500. Mausumi prices have reduced to Rs 8 per kg. Banana is now priced at around Rs 7 whereas price of pineapple is Rs 8-10 per kg.



51st anniversary
LIC added 3.82 cr customers in 2007
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Employees of the Life Insurance Corporation of India celebrated the 51st anniversary of the corporation here today. The celebrations began with the hoisting of the corporate flag by S.C. Dhingra, senior divisional manager.

“The Ludhiana division has held out an extensive programme to reach its policy holders. During the week-long celebrations we would install special service counters in all offices and conduct competitions in schools, sapling plantation drives, cycle rally and also charitable programmes,” said Dhingra.

Addressing the employees, he said despite the presence of 15 private insurance companies, the LIC had maintained its top position. “With addition of 3.82 crore new customers during the year, the LIC has over 22 crore policy holders. By settling more than two claims per second the corporation has created a history of settlement of 1.28 crore claims in a year,” he added.

Talking about the performance of the Ludhiana division, Dhingra said it recorded a 92 per cent growth in the number of policies sold.

The North Zone Insurance Employees Association also celebrated the 51st anniversary today. Amarjit Singh, divisional secretary, said the LIC had emerged as “the best service brand name” and had built high credibility among its customers. “The number of policies with the LIC is over 22 crore and last year it sold 3.82 crore policies, which was much larger than even the population of several countries.”



Two held after 34 years for stealing cows
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, September 1
After eluding arrest for over 34 years for stealing two cows, two septuagenarian brothers have finally been arrested. The special police wing formed for nabbing proclaimed offenders reportedly caught the duo, Jodha Singh and Mohan Singh. They were living in Buhi village near Kapurthala and had concealed identities.

SP-detective Gurpreet Singh said the accused a pair of cows in Shakot village near Jalandhar. They could never be arrested. One of the stolen cows was recovered from their house in year 1973.

The two fugitives changed identity and lived at different places before settling in Buhi village. They along with their grandchildren were shocked when the cops came calling in such an old case.

Fraud case
: Kimti Lal Jain and his son Danesh Kumar have been booked under Section 420, 120-B of the IPC by the Raikot police, on the charge of committing fraud with Gurtej Singh of Jalaldiwal. Gurtej Singh, in his complaint to Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Ludhiana (rural), said Kimti Lal Jain, his wife Renu Jain, their son Danesh Kumar Jain and his wife Muskan of Raikot lured his brother, Sukhwinder Singh, to get him married with a Canada-settled Indian girl and send him to Canada. The deal was stuck for Rs 12.5 lakh and the money paid but no promise was kept later. The SSP has ordered the registration of the case against all four.

Meanwhile, in another case Sandeep Singh of Dhipain, a property dealer, Rachhpal Singh, his brother Rameshwar Das of Rattana, Amarjit Singh of Ahmedgarh, Baldev Singh and Pritam Singh of Manakwal have been booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC by the Sudhar police. These persons received Rs 10.5 lakh cash from Harjit Singh of Sarabha in April 2006 and executed the agreement to sell the land at Jodhan village. They did not allegedly execute the sale deed in terms of the agreement and cheated the complainant.

Five booked: Five persons have been booked, in two separate incidents, by the Raikot police on the charge of committing fraud. Buta Singh of Jalaldiwal allegedly fabricated false documents of the land and forged the signature of the revenue Patwari. The police has registered a case under Sections 420, 465, 468 of the IPC, at the instance of sub registrar, Raikot. In the other incident, Amit Kumar, his father Lalit Kumar, Danesh Kumar Jain and Kemit lal Jain of Raikot received Rs 13.5 lakh from Gurtej Singh of Jalaldiwal for sending his brother to Canada. But they neither kept their promise nor returned the amount. No arrest has been made so far.



Check steel price hike, demands Industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 1
Fearing further rise in steel prices, the local industry yesterday urged the government to regulate steel rates. 

“Main steel producers have again threatened consumers of raising prices next month. While hot rolled coil prices are likely to be increased by Rs 500 to 1,000 per ton, a similar increase is likely in October as well. The producers are trying to convey that the decision is based on rising global prices which is not right as different rates prevail in different parts of the world,” said P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He said steel manufacturers were not fixing prices on the basis of the manufacturing cost. “They take the highest global reference of prices and add an average ocean freight of $50 by metric tonne, custom duty, port charges and other imaginary transaction costs. Thus they add $82 to $100 per metric tonne,” he said.

Stating that India had the cheapest resources to produce steel, the chamber added that main input iron ore was abundantly available here.

The chamber alleged that large manufacturers had formed a cartel and were unreasonably hiking rates. It asserted that the government needed to take measures to control such frequent hikes.



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