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4 Shingaar blast suspects booked
Plot hatched at Ghuman village
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 23
Acting on a tip-off about the alleged hatching of plot for Shingaar cinema blast, which claimed six lives, at Ghuman village, near here, the Sudhar police has registered a case against four youths, including the terrorist from whose car 3.5 kg of RDX was seized near Mullanpur a month ago.

The FIR has been registered under Sections 121, 121 A, 122, 123, 153, 153 A and 120 B of the IPC and 3, 4, 5 of the Explosives Act.

While the police is tightlipped about the progress made in the case, sources said some youths of the area had been rounded up in this connection.

Gurpreet Singh of the Jangpur road, Mullanpur, Sandeep Singh Harry of Kutiwal (Bathinda), now a resident of Ghuman village in Ludhiana district, Varinder Singh of Phagwara and Bhawan Deep Singh of Sidhwan village have been booked for allegedly undertaking seditious activities against the interest of the nation and conspiring to create panic by implanting bombs at various places in the state.

The Shingaar cinema blast is suspected to be the handiwork of the accused.

Sources revealed that the police had received information that Gurpreet Singh, the alleged terrorist from whose car RDX was seized a month ago, had been seen visiting the area along with his accomplice.

Informers told to the police that a sequence of meetings had been convened with the involvement of Sandeep Singh Harry, who was also instrumental in bringing the car that was used to carry the RDX.

The car was reportedly brought from Delhi. Investigations by the Ludhiana (rural) police suggested that the persons identified for carrying the explosives were also involved in conspiring the Shingaar blast.

Hectic activities at the Sudhar police suggested that some of the suspects and their fecilitators had been rounded up by the CIA, Jagraon.

But the police maintained that no arrest had been made yet. Claiming investigation to be proceeding in right direction, SSP (rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar maintained that any disclosure of information might affected the success of the case.



Fortune No. gets him in trouble
IT notice to Malhotra
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Having gained popularity about three months ago for shelling out Rs 15.5 lakh towards procuring a mobile phone number, city resident Amit Malhotra has now caught attention of the Income Tax department.

The income tax return filed by Malhotra that showed his annual income below the taxable limit, made IT sleuths even more suspicious following which they sent him a notice seeking his income details, sources said. Malhotra, however, has not come out with a reply so far.

The officials sources said the department would wait for a few more days for the reply and in case Malhotra was not able to convince them, the case might be taken up for scrutiny.

“We have sent him a notice seeking explanation of the income. But, if he is not able to come out with details, we will have to take it up for scrutiny. For the time being, we are waiting for his reply,” an official said.

The sources disclosed that Malhotra’s return for 2005-06 showed an income of Rs 98,500 that was below the taxable limit. “Based on his return we found that he did not pay tax. Spending on such a luxury has to be explained.”

Officials said whether the amount thus spent was a gift or a loan, the same should have been a part of Malhotra’s return, which it was not. The department would also counter check from other sources like banks etc, which furnish their annual information reports (AIRs) giving transaction details of assesses.

Amit Malhotra was the talk of the town for his high bidding of Rs 15.5 lakh to procure a vanity number of a private mobile phone company. IT department, which keeps an eye on high value transactions and such luxury spending, went through Malhotra’s details as well during which they found that he had not paid the tax.

“He did not pay a penny to the government and spent such a heavy amount towards procuring a phone number due to which the matter is being investigated.”

Tax lawyers said the department had the option to treat entire income as undisclosed and the assessee would have to bear tax liability on the same. “When assessees go in for such spending, they need to keep a record so that sufficient documentary proofs supporting income details can be supplied to the Income Tax department,” opined Jatinder Khurana, a tax lawyer.

What further went against him was his ‘not-so-luxurious’ lifestyle in comparison to what he paid for the cell phone number. Malhotra was not available for comments and his number was “not reachable.”



Ban on power of attorney revoked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
The district administration was today caught on the wrong foot and had to revoke an order on banning execution of power of attorney in the district, a day after it was imposed.

The administration had yesterday stopped the execution of general and special power of attorney (GPA and SPA) stating that it was causing a loss to the state exchequer as property buyers were making do with these documents and saving on stamp duty.

The decision did not go well with property dealers and frequent buyers of property.

A delegation led by Kultar Jogi and Kamal Chatley met sub-registrar Mukesh Kumar and urged him to revoke the ban orders.

“He told us that the orders were issued by the deputy commissioner and we should talk to him. We argued as it was Mukesh Kumar who had refused to issue GPAs and SPAs. Later in the day these documents were being issued. He was said to have taken up the matter with the DC,” said Kamal Chatley.

The delegation wanted to know laws or provisions of the power of attorney under which these had been banned. “There is no such law or act that says that the attorney cannot be executed,” he added.

Sub-registrar Mukesh Kumar could not be contacted.The GPA and SPA has always been a bone of contention among property dealers and Ludhiana administration.



Child Prodigy
Zoya in wonderland
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Residents of the city will be witness to the playful pranks of a local little girl, Zoya, in company of Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapur in “Jab We Met”, which hits the big screen this Friday.

A seven-year-old student of the local Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Zoya Verma is brimming with excitement, answering to queries of her friends regarding her experience with the teen idols of the Bollywood.

The bubbly student of Class II is busy attending to her fans these days.

The “young lady” is smitten by her hero Shahid. “He talked very sweetly and would always reply lovingly to her ‘good morning’,” recalls Zoya with fondness.

She is thrilled to be playing the cousin of Kareena.

Zoya has worked in several advertisements since her childhood. She was spotted in an advertisement by director Imtiaz Ali at a mega store on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road last year.

Zoya has already set her dreams on acting and also loves drawing and painting. She has learnt the art of dancing from her mother Sonia Verma, who is a dance teacher at her school.



Four held with fake currency
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 23
The local police has arrested four persons for allegedly duping people by circulating fake Indian currency in the area through their agents.

Fake currency worth Rs 1.41 lakh has been seized from their possession.

Gurpreet Singh Rinku of Fateh Singh Nagar, Simla Puri, Ludhiana, Balraj Singh Baja of Miani village (PS Koom Kalan), Subhash Kumar of Sukhdev Nagar, Kuhliawal, Ludhiana, and Joginder Singh Banti of Gujjarwal Bet, were arrested by a police party led Maghar Singh and Parminder Singh from a deserted place at Begowal village, near here, last night.

Fake currency in Rs 100 denomination was seized from their possession.

The gang was busted on the basis of information supplied by sources generated by the circle officer, Malerkotla.



Mystery shrouds man’s death

Ludhiana, October 23
A 25-year-old labourer of Jwaddi village died under mysterious circumstances here today.

Mata Ram, a migrant, visited a Dussehra mela and on returning home started feeling unwell. He died this morning.

While the police claimed that he died of a heart attack, the post-mortem report suggested that he had multiple fractures in the neck.

The family said they did not suspect murder.

The police has registered a case under Section 174, CrPC. — TNS



Youth missing in Italy
Sister blames it on wife, travel agent
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 23
Holding her sister-in-law and a travel agent living in Italy responsible for the alleged disappearance of her brother from the factory of the latter, a woman has urged the Ludhiana (rural) police to help her find the whereabouts of her missing brother.

Kuldeep Singh, son of Jarnail Singh of Sudhar village in Ludhiana (rural) district, who had gone to Italy in search of greener pastures five years ago, has reportedly been missing for over two years.

Nachhatar Singh, a native Sudhar village, his employer and an agent who had mediated in regularising his citizenship in Italy by allegedly taking a huge sum of money, has been accused of threatening the family of the youth with dire consequences.

Swaranjit, a relative of Nachhatar Singh, who was married to the victim is also accused of concealing facts from her in-laws. SSP (rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, maintaining that the case did not fall under his jurisdiction, has assured help to the complainant.

According to Rajinder Kaur, her brother Kuldeep Singh had gone to Italy through a foreign agent by paying him Rs 5 lakh in 2002.

Though the agent had promised him a good job, Kuldeep had to serve in a factory owned by the agent for some months.

Later, Nachhatar Singh met Kuldeep Singh and offered him a job in his factory.

He also assured him of helping him obtain citizenship of the country by charging Rs 3 lakh. Kuldeep was married to Swaranjit Kaur of Pamal village in 2005 and Nachhatar Singh had allegedly forced the Sudhar family to pay him Rs 6 lakh for preparing travel documents of Swaranjit Kaur.

The family had to dispose of five acres of land to arrange the money.

Things went on smoothly till October, 2005, after which Kuldeep Singh disappeared under mysterious circumstances. “Let alone receiving letters or telephone calls from Kuldeep, Swaranjit and Nachhatar stopped responding to our queries. Rather, they threatened us with dire consequences if we took up matter with the police here or in Italy,” Rajinder alleged, adding that her father had died during this period and her mother had gone under shock.

She has now urged the police to help the family know the whereabouts of her brother and initiate action against the suspects. Meanwhile, acting LBP president Avtar Singh Mullanpuri has claimed that he had taken up the matter with authorities in Italy.



35 cases settled at sangat darshan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
K P Brar, additional deputy commissioner, today told the officers to give maximum time in their offices to redress the problems of the people whenever they present themselves before them on the routine working days in their offices.

The instructions were passed by Brar while listening to the problems of the people at the weekly Sangat Darshan Programme held under her chairmanship at the Bachat Bhawan. As many as 64 pending complaints were discussed in the presence of the complainants, out of which 35 were settled and on the remaining, the officers concerned were asked to dispose of as per rules.

Brar asked the officers to ensure that all government lands of their departments are properly looked after and to remove the illegal encroachment immediately, whenever reported to them.

The ADC also asked the people to submit the complaints fully supported with the documentary proofs so that these could be settled without delay.



Put knowledge to good use: Ramoowalia
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 23
Terming economics to be essential element of any stream of studies, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, former union minister and president of the Lok Bhalai Party, called upon teachers and students of the area to make maximum use of limited resources to fulfill unlimited needs of life.

He advised the students to imbibe maximum knowledge from their teachers and make use of the acquired comprehension for restructuring of the society they represent.

While talking to students and teachers of MGMN Senior Secondary School Ramoowalia said majority of them were not exploiting their resources judicially.



Close shave for two scooterists
Our Correspondent

Khamano, October 23
Two youths - Khushpreet Singh Khamano and Rajbir Singh of Luhari Khurd village - had a narrow escape today when a truck came to a screeching halt just a few yards from them after they had fallen off their scooter on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road, near Hedon village. The two fell off the scooter after it hit a pothole. A truck following them came to a grinding halt, narrowly missing the two.

The youths remained unconscious for some time before being taken away to safety.

Accidents have been reported in the past near the Neelon bridge on the road. The road is dotted with potholes at many places, including near Hedon village, ITI Samrala and Neelon bridge.



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