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IT raids in Ludhiana
Rs 70 lakh recovered; traders stage protest 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
The Directorate of Income Tax today raided outlets and residential premises of at least 12 persons, including a cloth merchant and a doctor, in the city. Cash to the tune of Rs 70 lakh was recovered during the raid.

IT teams from Sangrur, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Pathankot were here to conduct the investigations. The raids, which began around 8 am in the city, Doraha and Khanna, were on till filing of the report.

The entire process was being conducted under the supervision of Vijay Kumar, director, Income Tax.

According to information, IT sleuths raided the showroom of Roopam Silk International in Ghumar Mandi and another outlet on the Gujjarmal road here.

Residential premises of owners of Roopam in Gurdev Nagar were also raided, said sources.

The officials also conducted a raid on Roop Jewellers, a sister concern of Roopam Silk, in Khanna. A nursing home on the Ferozepur road was also raided. The raids were conducted as IT officials suspected undisclosed income on the basis of returns filed by the tax payees.

During the process, a few traders also protested on the Gujjarmal road against the department. However, the situation was soon brought under control and the department continued with the process.

The sources said the department conducted raids on Jaidka Group, engaged in the business of steel, and on Sidhu Hospital in Doraha.

KHANNA: Teams of Income Tax officials from Patiala, Ludhiana and Jalandhar, today simultaneously conducted raids on the houses and offices of five individuals in Khanna and one in Doraha. Persons on whom the raids were conducted were reportedly involved in the business of property dealing.

The IT officials descended on their houses at around 7:45 am and continued to search the premises till the evening. Those who were raided in Khanna included a local Congress leader Ashok Tiwari, along with lyricist Davinder Khanna, Om Parkash, owner of Roop Sari Store, property dealers Ravinder Channi and Iqbal Singh.

According to sources, raid was also conducted on the house and hospital owned by Dr Ravinder Sidhu in Doraha.

According to the sources, the persons had invested money in buying a prime piece of property near the Khanna bus stand on partnership basis and were also trading properties located at various places.

Those who were raided in Khanna included a local Congress leader Ashok Tiwari, along with lyricist Davinder Khanna, Om Parkash, owner of Roop Sari Store, property dealers Ravinder Channi and Iqbal Singh and hospital owned by Dr Ravinder Sidhu in Doraha.



City gets back its sewer jet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
After remaining in Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's constituency in Muktsar for a month, the sewer cleaning jet machine finally reached the city last midnight.

Following inquiries by the media, Municipal Corporation officials summoned the driver of the machine that is kept on a mini truck and it reached the city around 12:30 a.m., sources said.

They added that the driver started from Muktsar at around 6 p.m. and reached here in the midnight.

While the machine reached here, it could not be put to use today in areas where the sewers were choked.

Gurpreet Singh Gogi, a councillor, said in Krishna Nagar falling in his wards, the manholes had been choked for the past many days. ‘‘But I could not get the machine and situation remained the same.’’ he said. He added that he was told that the driver was tired and he could not work as he was resting.

Gogi threatened to stage a dharna against the civic body if sewer manholes were not cleaned in his area. ‘‘We will start cleaning the manholes ourselves if they do not listen to us. Afterall how can the people live amid filth and insanitary conditions for a long time? ’’ he asked.

A senior MC official said the work in Krishna Nagar would be taken on priority. The machine needed repairs and it would put on the job from tomorrow. 



Saraswati school closed down
Management, teachers blame each other
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 4
Saraswati Oswal Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Miller Ganj, here, has been closed down till further orders.

The management took the extreme step after the students-staff rampage at the school premises on October 1. The management maintained that they were forced to take the decision as a safety measure, for the sake of other teachers and hundreds of students studying in school.

Terming the behaviour of teachers as "violent", the management has even sought police protection in the school premises.

R.P. Sharma, a management member, said the teachers just wanted the expulsion of school principal which was not possible at all. He alleged that some teachers had opened their academies and centres and they were not bothered about the reputation of school.

"We want to resolve the issue amicably but they are in a violent mood. They are not ready to listen to the management. We do not want the repetition of such an ugly incident, so we have closed the school for the time being. We are trying our best to sort it out because hundreds of students will suffer without any fault", said Sharma.

The teachers, on the other hand, said they wanted the principal to be changed as they were fed up with her "dictatorial attitude". The teachers were called by the DSP today but the meeting could not be held for some reason. The members of the management and agitating teachers will meet the police officials tomorrow again.

One of the teachers, Suraj Kumar, said out of about 40 teachers, 28 were protesting against the management. "There must be some reason that we are protesting, but management does not care. They send the member for negotiations, who hardly takes any decision and problem remains the same. As far as running of academies are concerned, we have not been asked by the management to stop this practice as it hardly affects the teaching in the school,” he said.

Bindeshwar Yadav, a parent whose four children study in the school here, said he was worried about the future of his wards. "One of my daughters is in Class 10+1 and studies are tough these days. In case, the school does not open for another few days, all parents will decide next course of action.”



Two held with fake currency
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 4
The Sidhwan police has arrested two migrant labourers from Ramgarh Bullar village near here for allegedly carrying fake Indian currency from Delhi and UP and distributing the same in towns and villages of the area. Currency notes of Rs 100 and Rs 50, worth Rs 50 thousand, were recovered from possession of the accused.

A police party led by Paritam Singh, SHO, Sidhwan Bet and Gurmit Kaur near Ramgarh Bhullar village nabbed Rajwan, son of Yahud of Chakk Wali village, PS Rampur (UP), and Mohammad Matlooq, son of Mohammad Yusuf of Harpal village in Saharanpur district, yesterday evening.

Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Ludhiana (rural), said Rajwan and Mohammad Matlooq were arrested by a patrolling party led by the SHO Sidhwan Bet.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused used to bring the counterfeit currency from Delhi and UP and used to supply to petty shopkeepers at villages and towns of the area. The accused were booked under Section 489 of the IPC.



Brutal Rape
Eight detained by police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
The Ludhiana police has zeroed in on a rickshaw-puller as the main suspect in the Cheemna rape case as per the investigation conducted so far. SSP Gurpreet Bhullar said eight suspects have been detained so far out of whom the rickshaw puller has been identified by the husband of the victim woman.

A high-profile police team, including the detective staff, is camping in the village for two days now to crack the case at the earliest.

The police was banking more on the husband so far as the woman is still unable to gather her senses properly after the traumatising experience. She is identifying every one as the accused.

The eight suspects belong to migrant as well as local population. The police believes the group can be a mix of both. 



Punjab, R’sthan cyclists shine
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 4
Punjab circle and Rajasthan circle cyclists shared honours clinching one gold each in the 7th All-India BSNL Cycling Meet which began on the Punjab Agricultural University campus velodrome here today.

In the 4000m mass strat, Rajasthan circle's R K Sharma finished ahead of others to bag a gold medal, Niram Singh and Jaswinder Singh, both from Punjab circle, secured silver and bronze medal, respectively.

Hosts, Punjab circle annexed their first gold medal in the 1000m time-trial event when Surjit Singh proved too good for his immediate rivals. S.P. Raj Kumar of Andhra Pradesh circle finished second while Nirmal Singh of Punjab circle had to content with third position.

In the 4000m, individual pursuit, Neeraj Sawhany of Punjab circle, R K Sharma of Rajasthan circle and Surjit Singh of Punjab circle qualified for the finals while Neeraj Sawhany of Punjab circle, S P Raj Kumar of Andhra Pradesh circle, Hanuman Singh of Rajasthan circle and Jaswinder Singh of Punjab circle secured their berths in the 1000 mts sprint final.

In the 4000m team pursuit event, Punjab, Rajasthan and MTNL, Delhi circles registered victories and assured themselves place in the final.

Earlier, S.R. Aggarwal, PGMT, Punjab circle, inaugurated the two-day meet in which eight cycling teams, representing Andhra Pradesh circle, MTNL, Delhi, MTNL, Mumbai, NTR, Delhi, Rajasthan circle, Uttar Pradesh circle and Punjab circle are taking part.



12 more Kila Raipur villages in Ludhiana police district
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 4
Twelve villages of the Kila Raipur constituency falling in the Khanna police district have been included in the jurisdiction of the Dehlon police station in Ludhiana (rural) police district. The state home department today issued a notification in this regard.

The orders, besides fulfilling a long-pending demand of the residents of these villages, also come as a shot in arm of former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha and his brother Mann Singh Garcha, who were spearheading the campaign for it.

The villages included are Sihar, Kalarh, Nanakpur Jagera, Jhammat, Kila Hans, Bhikhi Khatra, Dhaul Khurad , Dhaul Kalan, Pandher Kheri, Roshiana, Saharanmajra and Zirakh. Now the residents will approach the Dehlon police station of Ludhiana ( Rural) police station for redressal of cases.

The villages of the Kila Raipur assembly segment were since governed by Sihar Chowki, falling under jurisdiction of the Payal police station. With teething factionalism among supporters of former ministers Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal and Jagdish Singh Garcha, the police had found it difficult to keep a balance between two groups.

As the circle office and the police station fell under the jurisdiction of the Payal constituency, led by Grewal, supporters of Garcha brothers had felt offended at many occasions. Residents of these villages and SAD activists had been impressing upon Mann Singh Garcha to take up the matter with the higher authorities and get the administration shifted to the Ludhiana ( Rural ) police district.

Asserting the development,Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Ludhiana (Rural), said the new arrangement would enable residents of these villages receive police assistance more easily and promptly.

“As the villages are near to the Dehlon police station, it will be easier for the residents to approach the officials,” said Bhullar, adding that the relevant records will be brought from Payal to Dehlon.



All set for Jagannath Yatra tomorrow
Over 2 lakh devotees expected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
The stage is set for the 12th annual Jagannath Yatra in Ludhiana with organisers expecting about 2 lakh devotees to participate in it.

Besides, about 15 lakh people in the city are expected to have the 'darshan' of the Lord Jagannath. The yatra will be flagged off by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on October 6 from Durga Mata Temple Jagraon Bridge. After passing through different areas, it will conclude at Durga Mandir Sarabha Nagar in the evening.

Briefing reporters, Sakshi Gopal Dass, Iskcon president, Kurushetra, said the purpose of taking out the yatra all over the world was to inculcate the Sanatan values among the youth. He pointed out that earlier the yatra was taken in Puri only, but now it had been made a worldwide phenomenon.

Other members of the organising committee, Satish Gupta, Rajiv Duggal and SD Dhamija said all arrangements had been finalised for the smooth conduct of the yatra. The members of all religions could participate in the yatra here and have the "darshan" of the Lord.



Manav Manch gives ration to 20 families
Our Correspondent

Amloh, October 4
The Manav Bhalai Manch celebrated its installation day on the Ram Lila ground here yesterday.

Punjab Pardesh Congress secretary and councillor Harinder Singh Bhamri was the chief guest of the function which was presided over by Varun Bansal, civil surgeon, Fatehgarh Sahib, Dr Surinder Mohan Singh Sidhu, chairman, Khanna Vikas Club. S.K.Khanna were the guest of honour.

As many as 50 families having no source of income were given bags of one-month ration free of cost. Addressing the function, secretary, Maghi Memorial Education Trust, Tejwant Singh Advocate, criticised government policies which had failed to provide basic necessities to the people even after 60 years of Independence.

CDPO Satish Kumar suggested to follow three principles of Mahatma Gandhi -- Truth, non-violence and simplicity which have got worldwide recognition. Manav Bhalai Manch chairman Som Nath Lutava, secretary Manohar Lal Verma,vice-chairman Parshotam Dass Mittal, project director Parveen Mittal, Madan Lal Abrol, Ram Labhaya, DEO Roshan Lal Sood, BJP district vice-president Raj Pal Garg and PPCC member Gurdev Singh Janjua also spoke on the occasion. 



Lecture on AIDS
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
A lecture on AIDS was conducted in the Khalsa College for Women today by Dr Amarjit Singh Vij, lecturer, department of medicine, CMCH. 

Tracing the history of this disease, Dr Amarjit said, “The world first became aware of this new disease in 1981 in USA, and it has exploded in successive waves in various regions of the world. Currently, there are more than 4 crore cases of HIV infection worldwide.”

In India too, it has spread at a rapid pace. Since the detection of first case in 1986 in Tamilnadu, the number increased to more than 50 lakh by the end of 2005. The figures for Punjab stand at 16,868 since the first reported case in 1987, as per records of Punjab State AIDS Control Society.

Cautioning the gathering, he said, “there is no cure for AIDS and no vaccine is available for its prevention like other diseases. Health is an individual property. One has to protect one’s body in order to make our country AIDS free.



MP takes officials to task
Told to submit utilisation certificates
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Local MP Sharhanjit Singh Dhillon has got down to the real business of completion of the development projects being executed under various Centrally-sponsored schemes and the MP’s local area development fund. He asked field officers of departments concerned to go to their respective areas to have practical assessment of the situation and not sit in their offices.

Presiding over the meeting of the vigilance monitoring committee here today to review the progress, Dhillon took serious note of the delay in the utilisation of grants. He asked block development and panchayat officers to submit the utilisation certificates of all released grants positively by November 15 so that the next instalment of MPLAD grant could be got released in time. He said the grants from his MPLAD quota had been released and the next instalment would be released only after the submission of utilisation certificates.

He said under the Sampuran Gram Rozgar Yojana, Rs 17 crore had been spent so far. He said under Indra Awas Yojana, of the Rs 33 crore received from the Centre, Rs 26 crore had been spent for the construction of 1,068 new houses and Rs 67 lakh for the repair 542 houses in the district.

He said work was in progress on 113 water supply and sanitation schemes costing about Rs 30 crore. He said the government had also sanctioned a new project costing Rs 3.63 crore to execute water supply in 19 villages situated along the Budha Nullah in Ludhiana district and to cover the remaining 116 villages two more projects had been submitted for approval.



Fake Press card seized from murder convict
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Just few days after the police started a campaign to check the misuse of Press ID cards, a fake card has been recovered from a robber.

The card found from Jaswinder Singh, a resident of a colony near the Dholewal chowk, had “forged” signatures of the deputy director, information and public relations, Punjab.

Jaswinder Singh Mangat, in-charge, CIA, said the accused was convict in a murder case. He was recently released after serving the sentence. 



Cracker dealers  face ‘threats’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Cracker dealers, who are making preparations for the forthcoming festive season, alleged today that they were being threatened by a few persons to handover the shops that had been allotted to them by the administration.

“We are continually receiving threatening calls wherein callers want us to handover the shops for which we have already obtained permission,” alleged Pradeep Gupta, president, Ludhiana Fireworks Association, in a press note issued here today.He said these people wanted to grab the shops for free and later sell to dealers themselves. "They are also tarnishing our image by saying that we are not conducting our business honestly. Though the administration is supporting us but we are unable to function smoothly due to such elements.”

Gupta said they were busy constructing 50 shops for selling crackers to retailers for the forthcoming festive season. “The administration has granted permission to 60 cracker dealers. We don’t want to pass on our shops to anyone else as it is a source of income for us and the expenditure involved in getting these temporary sheds constructed and maintaining the same is quite heavy.”

The dealers said they had taken all safety measures as prescribed. The sale would begin during navratras and was estimated to be around Rs 5 crore.

"We are not a mafia group, paying taxes and honestly conducting our business and are open any sort of investigation”,he added. 

Among others present on the occasion were were Sanjay Gupta, vice-president, Akhil Gupta, secretary and Vivek Mago.



Seminar on property rights
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
With a view to create awareness on intellectual property rights and its economic importance for trade and industry, FICCI and National Initiative Against Piracy and Counterfeiting (NIAPC) along with the US embassy and the Director-General Foreign Trade conducted a seminar here yesterday.



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