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2 murders in city
One strangled, another stabbed to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Twentyfour hours after the broad daylight snatchings, it was a night of murders in the city.

Two persons, both migrant labourers, were murdered in the city last night.

Indu, employed as guard in an underconstruction house of Som Malhotra in Dyal Nagar, was strangled to death.

His hands and legs were tied with a rope.

The police has registered a case but there was no immediate clue to launch investigation. There was no sign of robbery. Indu lived in the house alone. The murder came to light when Soma Malhotra reached there in the morning. The police said the way he was murdered, it seemed he had personal enmity with someone.

The post-mortem examination confirmed that the man had died of asphyxia. There were injury marks on the body also.

In the second case, a labourer, employed with Vardhman Factory, was allegedly stabbed to death by four or five persons. Worker Sham Malhotra had returned from late night shift. He was allegedly waylaid by some persons. They had an argument over some matter after which he was stabbed many times and left him on the road.

Some passersby spotted him. He was alive and rushed to the civil hospital. He told passersby in broken sentences how he was stabbed.

He went unconscious before he could give details or disclose the identity.

The man eventually died at CMC Hospital this morning after civil hospital doctors referred him there.

The police was suspecting personal enmity or unionism could be the reason behind the murder. 

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Book teacher’s son, VC asks SSP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The vice-chancellor of PAU has asked the SSP to take action against the son of a university teacher, who was allegedly caught committing theft in a house on the campus.

The youth was allegedly let off under a cover-up operation.

The PAU security officer, R.S. Dhillon, told Ludhiana Tribune that the VC, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, spoke to the SSP, R.K. Jaiswal, over the phone about the matter.

Dhillon has also officially complained to the police about the September 22 night incident, when the youth was caught and had confessed to his crime before a large number of campus residents.

The police had argued that the youth was let off after no complaint was filed against him. The security officer said FIRs about the thefts had been lodged and the police only had to take an additional statement to get to the truth.

Dhillon said they had written an official letter today in order to end the police argument that there was no complaint.

“The residents, along with the security guards, had caught the youth. A piece of paper on which the PIN of an ATM card stolen from the house of a teacher was recovered from his possession. A small hammer was also found.

“Two security guards had accompanied the PCR cops to Sarabha Nagar where he was handed over to the police. Still, he was not booked,” he said.

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Expel warden, demand PAU students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Almost 500 students of Punjab Agricultural University went on strike in the morning, protesting against hostel warden (a teacher of agronomy) for "misbehaving and using abusive language" with students here last night. The agitating students demanded the immediate expulsion of the warden.

Mandeep Singh Jawaddi, president, Punjab Agriculture University Students Association (PAUSA), said last night students were watching the final of the Twenty20 cricket at hostel number 1. As the students were excited, they took the television set and some furniture in the lawn so that they could watch the play in a comfortable manner.

"According to students, warden J.S. Kang came and started abusing the students for creating indiscipline in the hostel. The students tried to pacify him but he refused to listen to them. Being a teacher, he could have understood the feelings of students as it was a very crucial match. The students refused to tolerate such dictatorial attitude and have sought action against him", said the president.

The students said they were hopeful that vice-chancellor M.S.Kang, who was away to Bathinda in connection with Kisan Mela, would give students a patient hearing and consider their demands tomorrow.

One of the faculty members said: "If some damage was done to the furniture or any other thing in excitement, then who would have been responsible? It is the warden who is answerable to the authorities. Students should realise this, too", he said. 

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Braveheart
No badge of honour for them
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
With a spate of chain, purse and bags snatching incidents taking place in last month, it seemed the residents were easy targets for the criminals. But with three acts of courage shown by residents, criminals better beware of the might of an aam admi.

Sadly, the administration has taken no notice of the bravery shown by the residents.

Mohinder Singh, is struggling to meet the expenses of treating a serious stab injury he suffered while taking on a group of four chain snatchers in Shastri Nagar.

Jimmy Gill of Vikas Nagar took on two rods-wielding snatchers who had injured and looted a man before his eyes yesterday afternoon.

Jimmy, a car driver by profession, caught hold of a Kinetic Honda and chased the snatchers speeding away on a bike. He tried his level best but failed. His effort has gone unnoticed. There is no mention of his bravery.

Then there is the shocking case of the PAU campus residents who caught an alleged thief. He was let off by the police.

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Punters in police net
Thousands placed bet on Twenty20
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The city police has busted a major betting ring involving more than a thousand local residents, mainly industrialists and their wards, shopkeepers and traders. They had put money on the gripping Twenty20 World final between India and Pakistan.

SHO Navreet Singh was injured when he tried to catch a punter at the Kipps market.The man banged his car into the policemen, injuring the SHO.

SSP R.K. Jaiswal briefed mediapersons this evening. He said two persons were arrested in a raid at House No. 16-F in Sarabha Nagar last evening. The police found a briefcase in which five mobile phones connected to a recorder and a common server were placed. The accused, Jasbir Singh of Urban Estate, Dugri, and his employee, Ashu Arora of Ferozepore, who were operating the machinery were nabbed.

The police also found 11 audio-cassettes in which recording of betting on previous matches was saved. All cassettes were titled with the date of the match and the contesting teams. The police also found diaries in which the initials of the players were written.

Money is paid usually a week or two weeks after the match.

The SSP said the main accused, Jasbir, had pleaded with the police to let him be till the end of the match yesterday, so high were the stakes for him and the others involved in the racket.

His employee, Ashu, told the police he was paid Rs 12,000 per month for the job. He said he was more interested in learning the skills of the trade than the monthly salary.

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1,500 cops for Chhapar Mela
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 25
The police claims to have made unprecedented security arrangemensts at Guga Marri, Chhapar village, during the Chhapar mela.

At least six sub-control rooms and an equal number of public assistance booths have been set up. More than 1,500 police personnel have been pressed into service.

Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Ludhiana (rural), said the venue had been divided into six pockets. “After discussing drafts of security arrangements made during the previous years and problems faced by the in charge of the event with our seniors, we decided to establish six sub-control rooms,” he said.

Taking notice of incidents of robberies by offering drug-laced prasad, the police has decided to play CDs, warning people about the modus operandi of miscreants.

Vehicular traffic would also be regulated in a more efficient manner.

Meanwhile, thousands of devotees thronged Guga Mari Mandir at Chhapar village, near here, today.

The first day saw a large number of men and women attending the religious fair.

The police found it difficult to control the large gathering.

Leaders and workers of various parties were busy setting up pandals. Five political camps would be held during the next two days and party leaders would address conferences on September 27.

A helipad for the Chief Minister has been planned near the mela site. 

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Powerful relief for city residents
PSEB withdraws agonising cuts
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 25
City residents can heave a sigh of relief because adequate power is available and all cuts, barring weekly off on the industrial units, have been withdrawn. In technical terms, the average frequency (gap between generation and demand of power) is 50 plus which is considered to be quite comfortable.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune today, chief engineer operations (central) of the Punjab State Electricity Board B.S. Bath attributed the prevailing power scenario to optimum generation by all major hydro and thermal plants and reduced consumption of power by the agricultural sector with the paddy crop having matured and being harvested.

He said the drop in temperature in the region had also led to power consumption coming down as the use of air conditioners had been minimised, if not altogether stopped.

Maintaining that no power cuts were being imposed on any category of consumers, Bath said disruptions, if any, in power supply were due to emergency maintenance being carried out.

He said:"In such cases, we take care to give enough advance intimation to the consumers, likely to be affected, through print and electronic media. Moreover, shutdowns for such works, being necessary to ensure uninterrupted supply, are taken for specific period and supply is restored as per schedule."

The chief engineer further said from October, the PSEB field staff would take up regular maintenance the city. "We will undertake works like strengthening of transmission system, replacement of transformers and power cable, wherever required and make provisions for additional load bearing capacity to cope with the increased demand in summer season.

"However, we will ensure that all shutdowns are intimated to the people well in advance so that they can make changes in their schedule accordingly," Bath added.

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Architect told to pay Rs 10,000
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
Architect and builders cannot get away with shoddy work now. The consumer forum has directed an architect, A.S. Saini, to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation for deficiency in rendering services to a consumer.

The president of the district consumer disputes redressal forum, A.S. Narula, and members Puja Dewan and Daljit Singh Bakshi ordered the architect to make the payment within a month after the receipt of the copy of the order. The orders were pronounced while deciding the complaint of Rajpal Oswal (73).

The complainant had submitted before the forum that he had hired the services of the architect for the construction work at his house.

It was agreed by the architect that he would visit the site regularly and supervise the work with the complainant from time to time. An amount of Rs 2,000 was paid through cheque, out of the settled amount of Rs 6,000. The balance amount was to be paid after the completion of the work, the complainant added.

However, after receiving the payment, the architect neither visited the house, nor supervised the work. 

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Jumping Red light wont be easy now
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Red light jumpers would have to beware in the city now. Armed with new wireless sets, the traffic police today issued a stern warning to the residents to honour red lights at the crossings or face immediate challan and impounding of the vehicle.

SP traffic, Roopinder Singh, said the police has got new infrastructure, including wireless sets to check the traffic rules violators. Earlier, the red light jumpers could get away easily as the traffic cops had no means to chase them or alert a police party on the next crossing. But now the situation would change.

The SP said special teams of PCR cops have been deputed to chase the offenders. Further, the cops would easily alert over the wireless sets about the offenders.

He said the purpose of issuing the warning was that the residents too should avoid jumping lights and cause trouble for themselves and to others.

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20 Spice numbers to go under hammer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
“The city has given a good response when it comes to participating in auctions for premium phone numbers,” said Mukul Khanna, vice-president, Spice Telecom, while announcing the launch of auction of premium and VIP numbers in the company’s latest series ‘99145’.

Addressing a press conference here today, Khanna said: “More than 20 numbers from the latest series and a few select ones from previous series would be open for auction. Any mobile phone subscriber, from any company, can participate and bid online.”

The reserve price for various numbers ranges between Rs 100 and Rs 2.5 lakh. Among the “most wanted” numbers are 98555-55555, 99145-00000, 99145-00001 and several others, said Khanna.

“Apart from the numbers listed on the website for auction, customers may even send their demand requests for numbers they want so that we can auction them too.” He said the auction would be open till the end of next month.

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