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Wrestler Nikita booked for racism
Told not to leave country
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Abusing Indians and the media at the press conference yesterday has cost Russian wrestler Nikita dear.

An FIR was registered by the local police against him here today. “The wrestler has been asked not to leave the country and investigations have begun,” said SSP R.K. Jaiswal.

On a complaint by journalists, the police registered a case against Nikita and organisers M.P.Singh and Grewal .After the cancellation of the wrestling championship, Russian wrestler Nikita got agitated during the press conference here on Thursday.

In frenzy, he took off his coat and shirt, threw a table at journalists and made racist remarks, terming Indians as “cheaters and ugly faces”.

Mediapersons had lodged a complaint. Today, at a meeting with journalists, the SSP ordered registration of an FIR. “Due to VIP visits for the Valmiki shobha yatra, we remained busy ,” said Jaiswal, explaining the delay in lodging the FIR.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune over the telephone, M.P. Singh, one of the organisers, said: “We are upset that the event has been postponed. It is our endeavour that it should take place.” Refusing comment on payment to wrestlers and losses due to the cancellation, he said: “We understand that sports lovers are disappointed. We have already started refunding the money and the process will be over by November 10.”

Asked reasons for the cancellation, he refused to dive details “ Clearance is one major reason. There were technical problems as well...”

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Speaking out
‘Show power in the ring, not outside’

The racial comments allegedly made against Indians by foreign wrestlers and the attack on mediapersons has upset local wrestlers. Tribune staffer Mohit Khanna finds out why.

Karm MandoorThe comments are uncalled for. A wrestler should show his power in the ring, and that too against a fellow wrestler. I think this wrestler has forgotten the thrashing we gave to Ultimate Warrior, 10 years ago.

                                                                                                                                    Karm Mandoor

Tarwinder AlamgirThese WWE and TNA wrestlers are known for grabbing media attention. This was a dirty act to make their presence felt. But registering a case against them is undesirable. Nobody would like wrestlers behind bars.

                                                                                                                            Tarwinder Alamgir

Harmail SinghThey are not real wrestlers. They are mere paper tigers who thrive on antics. The stunts they do are not real. I bet they wont be able to bear the blows of trained wrestlers like us. To me, they and their antics do not count.                                                                                                                      Harmail Singh

Manjit MandoorThese wrestlers have dealt a major blow to wrestling with their behaviour. We are known to be gentle giants and such kind of behaviour earns a bad name for the game. These fellows should be brought to the book.
                                                                                                                                Manjit Mandoor

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Land dispute: Six booked for killing woman
Police arrests one of the assailants
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 26
One of the assailants who had allegedly shot dead a woman of Sayan village on Wednesday night and injured others; was taken into custody by the Dehlon police yesterday evening.

As he was admitted to a hospital, he will formally be arrested after doctors discharge him. Five other accomplices are still absconding.

Dilbag Singh of Sayana village, who had got himself admitted to a private hospital in Ludhiana after allegedly killing Ajaib Kaur, wife of Gulzar Singh of Sayan village, and injuring Jarnail Singh was taken into custody by the Dehlon police yesterday.

According to SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, the accused was taken into custody on the basis of information provided by an informer. The police was yet to ascertain whether Dilbag Singh was injured in the brawl or had sustained injuries somewhere else.

Earlier, the Dehlon police has booked at least six persons for allegedly murdering Ajaib Kaur and inuring Jarnail Singh with gun shots fired by two 12 bore guns at Sayan village near here on Wednesday night. Dispute over hiring of a panchayat land was reported to be reason behind the rivalry. Both warring groups owed alliance to the SAD. While the weapons and motor cycle used in the incident were recovered on the same day, the accused had succeeded in evading arrest.

Four of the accused were identified as Dilbag Singh, son Lehna Singh, Sukhpal Singh, son of Prital Singh, both residents of Sayan village in Ludhiana district, Gogi of Gill village and Raju of Lalton village. They were booked under Sections 302, 307 323, 506, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25/27/54/ 59 of the Arms Act.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Gurcharan Singh and Jarnail Singh had hired panchayat land for mining earth.

Dilbagh Singh and Atma Singh, who had earlier hired the land for the same purpose, got disappointed and irrigated over their failure to regain the possession of the land and decided to teach the bidder a lesson.

The accused, at least six in number, attacked Gurcharan Singh and Jarnail Singh at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday and yesterday night and opened fire on them with two 12 bore rifles.

Ajaib Kaur, who tried to intervene, received shots on her head and the neck. She died on the spot. Jarnail Singh, who had received shots in the chest, was admitted to a multi- specialty hospital in Ludhiana.

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One killed, 5 hurt in accident
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 26
Once person has been killed and five others injured in two road accidents that took place on the Ahmedgarh-Payal road near here during the past 24 hours.

Baljit Singh (50), son of Malkit Singh of Sihar, was killed when the Indica car he was driving dashed against a tree near Isher Singh Colony, Karamsar, near here today afternoon.

Jasdeep Kaur, daughter of the deceased, was seriously injured in the incident. Sources revealed that the father and the daughter had left their village to pay obeisance at a religious place at Fatehgarh Sahib before noon.

As the fate could have done it, Baljit decided to return home for taking a few documents. He reportedly lost control over the car near Karamsar and it collided with the tree.

Earlier, a major tragedy was averted when a private bus and a truck loaded with oilcakes collided near Kalarh village on the Jagera- Rara Sahib road last night. While the driver of the bus succeeded in controlling the vehicle, truck fell into the canal.

Three occupants of the bus and two of the truck were injured in the accident. Had the bus passengers not acted promptly occupants of the truck could have drowned.

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Bank robbery
Sketches of two suspects released
Tribune News Service

Khamano, October 26
The district police today released computer sketches of two out of three suspects involved in the Khamano bank robbery, who are believed to have stolen Rs 46.15 lakh from the vault of the State Bank of India on Wednesday morning.

Speaking to the mediapersons, SP(Headquarters) P.S.Virk said the police was working on various theories, including that the robbery might have been committed by a few terrorist organisation. He said though the police had not stumbled upon anything concrete so far, but it had found a few clues that could help crack the case soon.

The SP said the police was finding it hard to accept that the sequence of events that lead to the robbery were simply a coincident.

He said the robbers, who were in their late twenties, seemed to have drawn inspiration from a robbery that took place in the city 20 years ago in which the robbers had decamped with Rs 5. 7 crore. He said there was lot many similarities between the two crimes, but the age of the robbers in this crime suggested that they had nothing to do with the Ludhiana robbery, in which one the residents of Khamano was also involved.

The police is also trying to find out why such a huge amount was kept in the bank even as it could retain cash of not more than Rs 15 lakh. It was learnt that only Rs 10 lakh had been deposited in the bank the day before the robbery and the rest of the amount was lying there for the past few days.

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Balmiki jayanti celebrated
Our Correspondent

Devotees pay obeisance to Maharishi Balmiki in a temple in Ludhiana on Friday.
Devotees pay obeisance to Maharishi Balmiki in a temple in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 26
The birthday of Maharishi Balmiki was celebrated with traditional fervour here today. Balmiki temples in different parts of the city were decorated and the devotees sang religious hymns and 'bhajans' all through the day.

Several religious and social organisations held 'bhandaras' and 'langars' and cultural programmes were organised to pay tributes to the deity.

The members of Balmiki community took out an impressive shobha yatra last evening.Comprising of several hundred tractor trollies, the shobha yatra comprised of dancing troupes, tableaux depicting scenes from the epic 'ramayana'.

Devotees accompanying the shobha yatra recited bhajan and kirtan to pay tributes to Maharishi Balmiki.

The activists of Bhartiya Balmiki Dharam Samaj along with many residents and traders accorded rousing welcome to the shobha yatra on the entire route.

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46 water samples found non-potable
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 26
Tall claims made by the civic administration over the supply of safe potable water to the city residents fall flat when as many as 46 water samples out of 426, taken from different parts of the city from January to September 2007, were declared non-potable.

The unsafe water samples failed the prescribed norms both on chlorination and microbiological parameters.

That the situation is worse in the disease-prone localities, which have a sizeable presence of migrants and industrial workers, is evident from the fact that five out of six water samples taken from Sherpur Kalan and Sherpur Khurd localities on the periphery of the city, were found to be unsafe during chemical analysis.

These localities were among a few dozen colonies on both sides of the G.T. Road which had witnessed sporadic outbreak of gastroenteritis, cholera, diarrhea and vomiting since June this year.

The epidemic-like condition had claimed six lives while affecting a large number of women and children.

Going by the number of unsafe water samples, it will be safe to assume that on an average more than 10 per cent of the city population is being made to consume contaminated water in the industrial hub of the state.

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10 marriages solemnised
Our Correspondent

Mass marriages solemnised by the Nishkam Kirtan Sewa Society at Mandi Gobindgarh in Ludhian on Thursday.
Mass marriages solemnised by the Nishkam Kirtan Sewa Society at Mandi Gobindgarh in Ludhian on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 26
Nishkam Sewa Kirtan Society, Mandi Gobindgarh, in continuation of its series of services towards the weaker section of society, organised marriages of ten couples here today.

The society had earlier solemnised 67 marriages of girls besides its services to hold medical and blood donation camps. The newly married couples were given necessary articles.

S K Ahuluwalia, commissioner Patiala division, Paramjit Singh DIG Patiala Range, DSP Amloh Gurpreet Singh gave blessings to the newly wedded couples as under; Sandeep Kaur of Salana with Binder Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib, Balwinder Kaur of Sirhind with Shyam Singh of Ajnali village, Harpreet Kaur of Maksudhra with Kulwinder Singh of Salana village, Richa of Sirhind Mandi with Mohinder Singh of Ambala, Baljinder Kaur Udhal Pur with Ram Krishan Singh of Neelon Kalan, Simranjeet Kaur of Bhadson with Ranjit Singh of Bharpoor Garh village, Mandeep Kaur of Mughal Majra with Malkiat Singh of Jullunder, Kamaljit Kaur of Naraingarh with Sarwan Singh of Sonda village, Rozi of Kumbh with Harpreet Singh Bhambri village and Balwinder Kaur of Kalewal with Randeep Singh of Handoo village.

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Letters
Pollution

To live in a city like Ludhiana is just like living in a hell. Everybody, whether he is of high, middle or lower class, is in hurry.

Vehicles in the city are running at very high speed causing various type of pollution. All leading roads are covered with auto-rickshaw pullers. Residents have lost their patience, politeness and humanity as well as good sense.

Some areas of the city like Gill Road, Samrala Road, Jalandhar bye-pass road, Janakpuri, Tibba Road, Tajpur Road, and Ghanta Ghar etc are like U.P. and Bihar because a lot of migrant labourers from these states have covered the areas.

I request the Chief Minister to take note of the situation. Only slogans won’t work, we have to do something if we want to make the city or state like Shanghai or California, he added.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

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Pedestrian killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 26
A man died after being run over by a fast moving truck trailer on the Jagraon-Sidhwan Bet road today.

According to information, Tara Singh (56) of Bardeke was working as a watchman at Royal City, Jagraon. He was returning home after his night duty when the truck trailer (PB-29G-9797) driven by Amandeep Singh of Kili Chalha ran over him near the roundabout. He was immediately rushed to the local civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. The police has arrested the truck driver and impounded the vehicle.

Minor raped: A minor of Leela Megh Singh was allegedly abducted and raped by Piara Singh, son of Channan Singh of the same village. According to information, the victim and her elder sister had gone to market in Leela Megh Singh when the minor girl was abducted by Piara Singh and taken to his house where he raped her. The elder sister raised an alarm and informed her father and brother about the incident. The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case. The victim has been admitted to the civil hospital at Sidhwan Bet.

Four booked: Sukhpal Singh, Dalwara Singh, Atama Singh and Gogi of Sayain Kalan allegedly waylaid Gurcharan Singh of the same village assaulted him. The police has registered a case under the Arms Act. The injured has been admitted to DMCH, Ludhiana. A dispute pertaining to possession of panchyat lands a said to be the reason behind it.

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Migrant found murdered
Tribune News Service

Mullanpur, October 26
A migrant labourer was found murdered at a cattle shed on the outskirts of Mullanpur village early today morning.

The labourer’s body was spotted by Gurdeep Singh, his employee, when he went to the cattle shed at 8 am.

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Hiring recovery agents illegal: Chamber president
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Condemning the banks for hiring recovery agents, local industry today urged the state government to issue guidelines to banks on the matter.

“For recovery of dues, banks have been appointing recovery agents. In most of the cases, such agents are goons who do not hesitate resorting to intimidating people. Private and foreign banks are very aggressive in retail lending and appointing such recovery agents. Supreme Court has ruled clearly that banks cannot resort to such measures which include intimidation, physical assault and repossession of assets without adequate notice,” said the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry president P.D. Sharma.

In the fair practise code of RBI, it is stated that for appointment of third party agency for debt collection it is essential that such agents refrain from action that could damage the integrity and reputation of the bank, he added.

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Auto expo inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Tender World Industrial Show ’07 and North India Auto Show’07 were inaugurated here at PAU grounds today.

The companies from various states are participating in the shows, that would conclude on October 29.

Dev Joshi, managing director of Four Square Exhibitions, said the shows are being organised in six hangers this time.

"Over 400 companies from across the country are showcasing their latest products and services in these expos where we are expecting more than 80,000 visitors."

He said Kumbhat Holograms is the prime sponsor while other co-sponsors include Pioneer Cranes and Elevators, Mahindra Stiller Auto Trucks, Param International, Top Team Machines, Willwin, NK Forging and Rolling Industries, Indico Power Tools, Bull Power.

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Vardhman distributes gold
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
V.K. Goyal, chief executive of Vardhman Spinning and General Mills, presented gold worth Rs 20,000 each to 26 winners of its Mahagold promotion scheme, here, today.

Diljeet Kaur from Rajpura, Patiala, won the mega prize of gold worth Rs 1.25 lakh. The Mahagold offer, that was launched on October 1, will continue till January 8, 2008.

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