Farmers’ threat: Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal warned that more traders may migrate to the neighbouring areas in Rajasthan if uniform tax system is not ensured in Punjab. Madan Lal Kapoor president, Ashwani Kumar and Shyam sunder Shindi vice presidents of the organisation said during a press conference here that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Parkash Singh Badal had backtracked from promises made in the election manifesto.
Held for theft: The police arrested Satnam Singh resident of Jammu Basti and Sukhwinder Singh of Panjpeer locality on the charges of theft on Sunday. According to the sources, the police team nabbed them while trying to sell the ornaments.
5 hurt in clash: Five persons were allegedly injured in a clash between neighbours at Naruana village, near here, on Saturday night. Investigating officer Paramjit Singh said the clash took place over a disputed plot of land. The statements of both the parties have been recorded by the police. The officer said Bhagat Ram along with Sat Pal had alleged that Gurcharan Singh, Bakshish Singh and Gurdev Kaur had assaulted them.
Arrested: The police arrested a person for storing a huge quantity of fireworks after conducting a raid at a godown in Janta Nagar here. Sources at the Canal police post said the accused, Deepak Kansal, had been arrested for violating an order that banned the storage of fireworks as a preventive measure.
Man booked: In a dowry case, Anuradha Rani has lodged a complaint against her husband in which, she has accused him of torturing and maltreating her. Dasuya Police booked husband Satpal of Bhatoli under Section 498 A of the IPC last evening.
Body found :Body of Joginder Singh, resident of main market, Talwara, was found floating in the Shah Nehar last evening. According to the police sources, deceased Joginder Singh’s son Inderjit Singh stated that his father had gone from his house on October 21 at about 5 am for morning walk, but did not return. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Mukerian for post mortem.
Four booked: Four people were booked for trespassing and encroachment. Pradeep Kumar, Rocky, Shammi and Golo were booked for encroaching and trespassing on the complaint of Rekha Rani, a resident of Nawanshahr Badana village. Rekha alleged that she was away to her relative's place when the accused took over her house. When she tried to oust them, they threatened her. A case under Sections 447, 511, 506 of the IPC has been registered.
School teachers: Chief adviser to the state unit of the Adhyapak Dal Harpal Singh Teja has appealed to the Punjab government to immediately implement the accepted demands of government school teachers. He claimed that its demand for regularisation of computer teachers, rescheduling of school timings and holiday on every fourth Saturday of the month had been accepted by the government.
Lok adalat: The District Legal Services Authority organised a rural lok adalat in Mulana today where 125 cases were settled amicably. District and sessions judge, Ambala, B.M. Bedi, was the chief guest on the occasion. Additional sessions judge L.N. Jindal and additional chief judicial magistrate R.N. Bharti were also present. While inaugurating the event, Bedi said the experiment of rural lok adalat had proved very beneficial. He said the lok adalat was the best means of getting justice at the earliest.
4 booked: The police has booked Roma Devi’s husband Sanjeev, mother-in-law Sarbati Devi, sister-in-law Shalu and a relative, Gopal, all residents of Mirzapur village, for seeking dowry.
Vehicle theft: Four miscreants took away a Scorpio from the driver, Hans Raj, after forcibly throwing him out at a place near Jakahala on Friday night. The miscreants, who had hired the vehicle for Kanina from a taxi stand at Rewari. A case has been registered.
Theft: Items worth Rs 1 lakh were stolen from a photo studio here on Saturday. The stolen items included two digital cameras, scanner and a computer. A case has been registered.
Youth stabbed: Two persons robbed a youth of Rs 1,500 and stabbed him at Jagadhri railway station here on Sunday. The victim, Vinod Kumar of Gopalgang district, was admitted in the Civil Hospital. The GRP has registered a case.
Suicide: Saroj Devi of Haler village here allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Saturday. She was reportedly alone at her home at that time. When her husband, Raghubir Singh, came to the home, he found her in a serious condition. She was taken to the government hospital, where she died. A case has been registered.
The residents of many localities of Rohtak town, including the posh HUDA sectors, are living under a constant simian threat these days. The intimidated residents have apprised the local authorities about the monkey menace many a time, but they have got only assurances, no action so far.
There have been numerous instances of monkeys biting or attacking residents and passersby in the recent past, but these are perhaps not enough to stir the authorities from their slumber.
Groups of monkeys roaming about freely in residential colonies is a common sight. The simians take away eatables and household articles at their will and threaten the inhabitants on being opposed. Many persons have received injuries in trying to shoo away or on being scared away by the monkeys.
In the past, several residents’ welfare associations and other social and voluntary bodies have engaged “monkey-catching contractors”, mainly from Uttar Pradesh, to trap the monkeys and leave them at some far-off place. Even “langurs” were once deployed in a certain colony to shoo away the monkeys.
However, none of these measures have been successful in providing a permanent respite to the town’s residents from the simians.
Performing the last rites of unclaimed bodies, poor persons found dead on railway tracks or in road accidents, or of unidentified murdered persons is a gigantic task in the industrial city of Ludhiana.
Usually, the cops bear the brunt of carrying out this task. But now, an NGO, People for Orphans, has taken upon itself to bear not only all the expenses of the last rites of such persons but also to ensure that they are conducted in keeping with the religion of the deceased. The NGO also undertakes the task of immersing the ashes of the deceased at the respective religious place.
The NGO has performed as many as 470 cremations or burials this year alone. Pankaj Sharda, president of the organisation, says about Rs 1500 to 2000 is required for the last rites of each person. Earlier, the bodies were kept at a mortuary or cremated in haste. This led to a lot of problems when the relatives of the deceased turned up.
“But now, the organisation takes responsibility for everything. We go to Hardwar or Kiratpur Sahib for immersing the ashes. After that we organise a prayer, as per the rituals of different religions.”
The NGO also preserves the clothes and belongings of the deceased. It gets funding from local industrialists and other philanthropists. Another organisation, Gorakshni, run by telecom giant Rakeshi Bharti Mittal, has joined hands with this NGO.
Pankaj says the NGO recently started arranging free computer education for girls. Nearly 60 girls have got jobs in local industries after acquiring this training.
Contributed by Sunit Dhawan and Jupinderjit Singh
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