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Man gets life for killing mother-in-law
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 27
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh sentenced Parveen Kumar of Ludhiana to life imprisonment for killing his mother-in-law at Agwar village, Dakha, with the help of a sharp-edged weapon.

Delivering the verdict, the Judge held that the prosecution had successfully proved the charges leveled against the accused.

Declining the leniency plea raised by the accused, the court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him.

Accused was booked under Section 302 of the IPC at the Dakha Police Station, on April 26, 2004 following the complaint lodged by his father-in-law, Chaman Lal. Reetu, wife of the accused, was the main prosecution Witness in this case.

According to prosecution, the accused wanted that the marriage of his younger brother be fixed with his wife’s sister.

While his in-laws were not interested, as there was a big gap between Parveen’s brother age and that of the girl. So, they refused to give their consent for marriage.

Accused could not swallow the rejection of the marriage proposal made by him. Thus he started ill treating and harassing his wife.

Later on, he left her at her parent’s house. On April 26, 2004, Parveen went to her parent’s house and abused them.

In a fit of anger, he attacked his mother-in-law, Sudesh Rani, with the sharp edged weapon, which he was carrying along. Sudesh Rani sustained grievous injuries and died on the spot.

However, during the trial, the accused pleaded innocence. He claimed that he was falsely implicated in the case. But convinced with the arguments of the Additional Public Prosecutor, the Judge found the accused guilty and awarded life imprisonment to him.

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Shingaar blast: Cops keep former terrorists
under watch

Mahesh Sharma
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 27
The Ludhiana (Rural) police is thinking of nabbing the suspects of Shingaar Cinema blast, which was reportedly hatched at Ghuman village which falls under the jurisdiction of the Sudhar police station.

Though no formal announcement of arrests of those linked with the sedition case has been made, the district police claims to have taken the investigation in the right direction.

Special teams have been deputed to keep a watch activities of declared terrorists, their sympathizers and owners of palaces that had once been used as hideouts by hardcore terrorists.

The police is also keeping a watch on those ‘social’ and political leaders, who tried to defend terrorists and their sympathizers during the dark days.

Investigation by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that the Ludhiana (Rural) police had intensified surveillance at and around Maherna Kalan, Barundi, Latala, Rachhin, Rangoowal, Kalakh, Dhulkot, Butahri, Narangwal Khurad Rajoana, Halwara, Leelan, Toose and Sarabha villages where either hardcore terrorists had been living or hiding after committing heinous crimes during terrorism days.

Though a few of the suspects had returned to mainstream, the police has no other option but to act on the basis of records maintained at the Dehlon and the Sudhar police stations of the area.

The Ludhiana (Rural ) police had launched a massive hunt for Gurpreet Singh, son of Tirlok Singh of Jangpur road Mullanpur, Sandeep Singh Harry, son Harinder Singh of Kutiwal (Bathinda), now a resident of Ghuman village, Varinder Singh, son of Dalwinder Singh of Phagwara, and Bhawan Deep Singh, son of Surinder Singh of Sidhwan village, who had been booked for sedition and conspiring to create tension by planting bombs at a few places in the state, including Shingar Cinema in Ludhiana.

The conspiracy for the blast was allegedly hatched at Ghuman village. Though no formal announcement about arrest of suspects or their facilitators has been made, activities at the CIA wing, Jagraon, suggested that the police had succeeded in toeing at least a few of them.

While, DSP Pirthi Pal Singh, former in charge of the CIA, Jagraon, was reported to have been called to facilitate investigation, special teams led by Amarjit Singh Khaira and his associates were seen heading to Haryana and Rajasthan; obviously in search of the suspects.

Admitting that hardcore terrorists owing alliance to the Babbar Khalsa, Khalistan Liberation Force and the Khalistan Liberation Force (Panjwar Group) had been active in the area during terrorism days, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Ludhiana (Rural), claimed that the surveillance had been intensified to nab the accused who were recently booked by the Sudhar police. He called upon the residents to help the police in tracing the case.

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RDX Case
Raids in Hardwar prove futile
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
A special investigation team of the city police returned empty handed from Hardwar. It had gone on the trail of Gurpreet Singh, prime accused in the Mullanpur RDX recovery case, besides searching for a few clues of the Shingaar cinema blast case.

After hectic consultation, the Ludhiana and Hyderabad police teams had reached a conclusion that same kind of explosives were used in the series of blasts that rocked these two places.

The team headed by an inspector raided a few places in Hardwar with a hope to catch Gurpreet after getting information that he could be hiding there. The cops quizzed a few of his relatives but not much could come out of it.

The cops had got half-baked information about the possible clues regarding the Shingaar blast but the efforts proved futile.

“Frankly speaking, we have about those who scripted the Shingaar blast” a police official admitted. He, however, said investigation in such cases always require a lot of hard work and time. Two weeks after the blast, the police was following two theories mainly.

Secondly, the cops are on the trail of Gurpreet Singh and his three accomplices, who were wanted in the Mullanpur RDX recovery case.

It was of the view that the RDX brought to the region by Gurpreet with the help of his accomplices was a prelude to the Shingaar cinema bomb blast.

The three accomplices of Gurpreet were identified as Sandeep Singh, alias Harry, son of Harinder Singh of Kutiwal (Bathinda), now a resident of Ghuman village in Ludhiana district, Varinder Singh, son of Dalwinder Singh of Phagwara, and Bhawan Deep Singh, son of Surinder Singh of Sidhwan village.

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SDM, tehsildar in soup
Harassment of physically challenged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
The city public information officer (PIO)-cum-SDM and assistant public information officer-cum-tehsildar are in soup for not carrying out the directions of the State Information Commission for providing information to physically-challenged resident of the Rakesh Talwar.

A fine might be imposed on these officials for regularly sending the information at a wrong address besides passing deficient information to the commission.

Though the commission had given the correct address of the applicant, these officers kept sending the information at the wrong address.

He had sought information about an investigation done by the district administration for fixing responsibility of government officials, whose negligence in leaving a manhole open left his right arm and leg paralyzed.

In an order passed by the commission regarding Rakesh Talwar vs. deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, case, the commission took strong exception that none of the three directions passed earlier in the case were followed.

AS per the first direction on July 17, the information should be supplied to the complainant by tehsildar-cum-APIO, Kanwar Narinder Singh, within a week under due receipt and a photocopy of the information was required to be filed in the commission for its record.

However, this was not done. The commission stated, “Today, naib- tehsildar, Paramajit Singh, has come without any letter of authority from the PlO or the tehsildar-cum APIO and has stated that information has been supplied.”

The information supplied to him has been seen, which is highly deficient since it has not been shown from where the address to which the three notices have been sent, has been obtained by the PIO office.”

The Commission also noted that the third direction of identifying the person, who had misbehaved with complainant Rakesh Kumar Talwar, has not been followed and no action has been taken in this regard.

The orders specifically state that the commission takes a serious view of the matter.

“In this case there has been a deliberate attempt to keep the information away not only from the applicant, but also to withhold it from the commission as well, Not only that, the letter and spirit of the RTI Act has been violated.

“When the complainant went to collect the information from Room No. 94 as per the written communication sent by the S.D.M. under the RT I Act dated December 28, 2007, he was roughed up by official concerned present in that room instead of providing information to him, despite the fact that he is almost a handicapped man.

“The PIO-cum-S.D.M. has not cared to send a report to the commission on the matter although a direction was given to do so.”

It directed the PIO to appear in person before the commission on November 7 or through an officer of the rank of the assistant public information officer.

It also directed the PIO-cum-SDM and APIO-cum-tehsildar to file a written reply, explaining as to why action is not taken against them through the imposition Rs 250 per day as penalty subject to the maximum of Rs 25,000 for not following the directions.

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Cheque lost in transaction
SBI told to pay Rs 3, 000 compensation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 27
The local consumer forum has ordered the State Bank of India to pay Rs 3,000 as compensation for deficiency in services and for harassing a consumer, Lalit Kumar of Pavitter Nagar, Ludhiana.

The consumer had deposited a cheque in SBI’s Civil Lines branch but it got lost during the transaction. President of the consumer forum A.S.Narula, and its members- Puja Dewan, Daljit Singh Bakshi- pronounced the order while deciding the complaint filed by Lalit.

Lalit, in a complaint lodged with the forum, had stated that he had advanced a loan of Rs 2, 20,000 to a person in 2005. In order to repay the loan amount, that man issued a cheque drawn in favour of the Oriental Bank of Commerce, Feroze Gandhi Market branch, Ludhiana.

The complainant claimed that he had deposited the cheque with his banker for clearance. The cheque got dishonoured at the Oriental bank and was returned to his banker on February 21, 2006. But, his banker did not return the cheque to him.

When he insisted on having the cheque the SBI issued a certificate dated March 17, 2006. It stated that the cheque got lost during the transaction. Due to all this he had to suffer a lot of harassment.

So, the complainant urged the forum to direct the bank to pay Rs 2, 20,000 along with Rs 2.5 lakh as compensation to him, the consumer added.

The banker submitted that the cheque had got lost during the transaction. A certificate to this effect was given to the accused. Thus, the interests of the consumer were not affected in any manner.

The consumer could have proved the fact regarding dishonoring of the cheque by producing the statement of accounts and summoning their official in the court, if he was to file any case. There was no deficiency on the part of the respondent bank.

The forum held that the bank was not liable to make the payment of cheque amount, as the cheque in dispute had been dishonoured.

But the forum held that there was deficiency in services on the part of the bank, as it failed to return the cheque. The consumer should be compensated, the forum stated.

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Good relations key to success, says expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
Amitabh Singh, consultant and trainer, who was in the city to address a lecture organised by the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) said in an interview to The Tribune that it was due to an awareness on the importance of adopting a realistic approach towards development of human resources that the role of bettering relationships too had come to the limelight.

“How can an organisation succeed if people working within it are unhappy or its relationships with those it deals with are strained?” questioned Singh, who has over 16 years of experience in providing corporate training, holding talks on mind development and past life regression.

Strengthening relationships has become critical in every sphere, including the corporate world, he added.

“Making unnecessary efforts in several directions without understanding their goal would only cause chaos and imbalance. All one needs is an overall awareness and some exclusive time for oneself. These measures would not just make a person complete, they would improve his relationships with others and make world a better place to live”, Singh said.

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Seminar on financial management
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
A seminar on ‘Financial Management and Investments’ was held at the GGN Institute of Vocational Studies here yesterday.

As many as 75 students of MBA and BBA , pursuing their management studies under PTU participated in the seminar.

Harish Nagpal, a city-based chartered accountant and a registered investment advisor, enlightened students on the importance of mutual funds and equity.

Nagpal emphasised to invest in mutual funds at an early age between 18 and 30 as mutual funds are most important avenues for long term financial planning.

The seminar discussed issues of mutual funds such as what are they, how do they work, how risky are they, types of mutual funds, an investor’s perspective and marketing strategies. Students were taught the basics of investments in the seminar.

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Punjabis played major role during Independence
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 27
The History Society of Guru Nanak National College organised an extension lecture on the topic ‘Role of Punjab in the Revolt of 1857’ in the college today.

Dr Daljit Singh from department of Punjab historical studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, educated the students about the crucial role played by contemporary Punjabis during the mutiny of 1857.

He said Punjabis had participated in great numbers in the revolt and at many places in the British Punjab, the Punjabis had to suffer grave atrocities at the hands of the English government.

He shared that the so-called historians who had termed this revolt as “First War of Independence” were not historians themselves.

He stressed that the revolt could have never acquired such grand significance had it not been for the indispensable role played by the Punjabis.

Prof Williamjit Singh, head, department of history also supported the views presented by Dr Daljit Singh. He said historians have often lost objectivity and have always presented this mutiny with biased subjectivity.

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Brahmin Sabha’s meet today
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 27
The state unit of the Shri Brahmin Sabha will organise a special meeting at ancient Krishna temple, Model Town, Ludhiana, tomorrow at 11 am.

This was stated by secretary of the sabha Behari Lal Saddi. He said Devi Dayal Prashar, after being elected its president for the second consecutive time, would administer the oath of allegiance to the newly-formed executive, which comprises 38 cabinet posts, 20 vice-presidents, 29 joint secretaries and 56 executive members.

The others items on the agenda include formation of a finance committee, organisation of women’s wing, recruitment of life members, approval of reports of district presidents, and renewal of their terms.

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Price Watch
Wholesale price of broiler declines
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 27
Despite excessive supply, chicken lovers continue to pay high prices for the broiler and eggs. While the retail market has recorded an increase in broiler rates between Rs 110 and Rs 112 from Rs 100 to 105 that prevailed till Dussehra, in the wholesale market, prices have reduced from Rs 48 to Rs 35 now.

The reduction in wholesale markets should have meant a similar action in retail but strangely that has not happened.

“Traders are not passing on the benefit to consumer. They are taking advantage of increased demand. Consumers are not benefiting from the reduced prices but farmers continue to incur losses,” said P.P.S. Gill of the Punjab Poultry Farmers 
Association.

“Price of chicken and eggs are on the higher side. I kept waiting for it to reduce during Navratri but the rates did not come down. Rather, they have increased further,” Romy Singh, a city resident, remarked.

Farm owners, anticipating an increased supply post-Navratri, increased production. However, that resulted in an excess supply in comparison to demand due to which rates have declined.

Prices of eggs, however, have increased in the wholesale market from Rs 160 to Rs 176 per 100 while in the retail market rates have been hovering around Rs 25 and Rs 28 a dozen.

According to traders, prices of all these commodities will rise further as demand increases during the winter.

For farmers, however, the hike in prices has become critical as they are unable to meet the costs due to the reduction.

“Even at Rs 48 there was hardly any margin between the cost and the sale price. Now that the rate has reduced, it means loss to the farmers. We hope that the rates increase in coming days.”

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Women killed in road accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 27
Shinder Kaur of Jalaldiwal was killed in truck-tempo collision. She was going in a tempo (PCL-2910) in the area of Raikot when a fast moving truck (PB-29-9977) driven by Surinderpal Singh collided with the tempo. The Raikot police has registered a case under Section 279, 304-A, 337 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Booked

Baljinder Singh of Dhallian who was earlier employed with co-operative society of Dhallian village committed a fraud amounting to Rs. 8,11,661 during the year 2003. After the detection of the fraud Avtar Singh official of the society filed a complaint in June 2007 and after the completion of the enquiry the Raikot police registered a case under Section 409 of the IPC.

Assault

Sukhi, Joginder Singh, Niku and Avtar Singh of Shankar allegedly intercepted Jagpal Singh and his father, Darshan Singh, of their village and assaulted them with gandasa and sticks.

The police has registered a case under Section 342, 324, 323, 34 of the IPC. The injured have been admitted in civil hospital, Ludhiana.

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