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9 quintals of synthetic khoya, sweets seized
Shop manager, 5 workers arrested; owner absconds
Kuldip Bhatia

Six accused arrested from the shop in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Six accused arrested from the shop in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, October 31
In a major success of the ongoing drive against adulteration in food items in the wake of the festival season, the health department has busted a racket of making synthetic “khoya” here today.

A surprise raid, conducted by a team of health officials, led by civil surgeon Sat Pal Sharma, led to seizure of 7.2 quintals of “barfi” and 1.5 quintals of milk cake, in addition to “dodha” packets and other milk products from a shop in the grain market on Gill Road this morning.

Owner of the shop, identified as Surinder Kumar Goyal, a resident of Dhuri, was absconding while five workers and manager of the shop were arrested from the spot.

The police said all accused were booked under Section 420 IPC and Section 16 of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.

The civil surgeon told Ludhiana Tribune that on a tip-off, a team of officials, comprising food inspectors and medical officers, raided the shop conducting business in the name of New Goyal Sweets Supply Company. The workers at the shop were making synthetic milk and, thereafter, churning the mixture to make “khoya” for milk products.

According to the accused Ram Piare, who confessed to having learnt the technique of making synthetic khoya from Dadhua and Mani Majra near Chandigarh, synthetic milk was prepared by mixing milk powder, sugar, water, vanaspati ghee and essence and the mixture was heated and churned to make “khoya” for conversion into milk products. Whether or not some other chemicals were used for preparation of “khoya”, was not immediately known.

Dr Sharma said samples of raw material and ready milk products were taken from the spot and the police was called in for seizure of the entire material lying in the shop.

He said the preliminary scrutiny of the records and other documents available on the spot indicated that khoya, and milk products were sold to sweet shops in the city and elsewhere in the state.

The arrested workers were identified as Piare Mohan, Santosh Kumar, Parveen Kumar, Raj Kumar, Kapil Kumar and Rupinder Kumar. Further investigation in the matter was in progress.

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Ex-wife gets man killed; suspect held
Tribune News Service

Khanna, October 31
After having established that 59-year-old retired employee of the PSEB Prakash Singh was got killed by her first wife, the police arrested a person who is believed to have carried out the killing on October 19.

The police arrested Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Sherpur Mand village near Macchiwara. It was stated that the accused had been hired by Parkash Singh's first wife Sarabjit Kaur to kill her former husband, who had refused to share his property and money with her. Sarabjit Kaur had promised to pay the accused Rs 2.50 lakh for killing Parkash Singh, the police said.

Parkash Singh, a resident of Kartar Nagar, was found murdered in one of the fields near Baghour village. His son from second marriage Charandeep Singh had alleged that his father's first wife Sarabjit Kaur and her paramour Banta Singh, a resident of Lande village near Payal, had got him killed. Following this, the police rounded up the two accused and during interrogation they revealed the name of the person who executed the killing.

Parkash Singh had been stabbed over a dozen times and his body was dumped in the fields on the outskirts of the village. His family members had alleged that it was the handiwork of Sarabjit Kaur and her paramour Banta Singh, with whom she had been living for the last many years.

The victim's son had filed a complaint with the police in which he stated that Sarabjit Kaur wanted Parkash Singh to share his property and money with her and on being refused, she hatched a conspiracy to get him killed. After receiving the complaint, the police had registered a case against Sarabjit Kaur and Banta Singh.

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Wanted imposter in police net
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Proclaimed offender (PO) Bhim Sen, who was wanted in at least five cases of fraud, was arrested by the police here last night.

Sen, who presented himself as national president of the All-Indian Anti-Corruption Bureau, is accused of forgery cases, including a fraud related to the Badowal Welfare Society.

The team led by ASI Baldev Singh of PO staff, arrested him after receiving information from Dabba Road, Kashmir Nagar. According to the police, the accused committed a fraud with the Badowal Welfare Society in 2001 on the pretext of supplying them new sewing machines. The society complained that it made entire payment in advance but the accused supplied them second-hand machines which failed to work soon after the distribution. They alleged the fraud to the tune of Rs 1.31 lakh.

In another case, he promised a resident of Partap Nagar to send him abroad. The complainant, Sukhdev Singh, said Sen took Rs 50,000 from him but neither sent him abroad nor returned the money. The accused had been absconding since November last year. Two cases of fraud are still pending against him in different courts of the city.

ASI Baldev Singh said Sen operated through his residence-cum-office. He was also engaged in lending money on a high rate of interest to people.

The police is investigating the details and further inquiring cases of similar nature against the accused.

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Abandoned baby girls twice cursed
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 31
SGB International Foundation, Dham Talwandi Khurd, Ludhiana, has received more than six abandoned children recently, whose fate hangs in balance.

The NGO said it made every effort to unite the child with his/her family members by giving advertisements through the media but they were never contacted by them. Though there were other couples who approached it for adoption but they wanted to adopt just the male babies.

Secretary of the foundation Kuldeep Singh said, "In the past few days, we have received seven children. How can we throw babies on roads or dump them in garbage to die", he said with a heavy voice.

The NGO had received three children from Bathinda recently and three babies were found from Ludhiana. Among them, two are boys and four are girls. Kuldeep Singh said many childless couples came to them for adopting these kids but almost all of them preferred to adopt the boys only.

"We have engaged counsellors who make the couples understand that there was no difference between boys and girls. Girls, being more caring and affectionate, could take care of them in a better way. Still, not many couples came forward to adopt girls. And we have no choice but to keep them with us, perhaps for long. We make sure that they get all care and affection by the staff and care takers of the foundation", he said.

"Not every child is lucky to get parents and home. As a token of love, a small farewell is given to the lucky ones by other inmates and staff of the organisation. One of the abandoned girl here in the foundation is in ninth standard today. She was found when she was just few hours old. We try to give them as much as we can. Still, they feel vacuum in their lives in absence of parents", said Kuldeep Singh.

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Bank heist: Man detained, let off
Tribune News Service

Khamano, October 31
The police was believed to have rounded up an accused of the Khamano bank robbery following a tip-off, but the person was let-off today after eyewitnesses stated that he was not the man who had carried out the robbery on October 24.

Sources in the police said one person, named Jagtar Singh 'Jagga', had been rounded up by the police. They said the police had received a news that a person whose features matched to that of one of the accused of the bank robbery was moving around freely in the town. Following this a police party got into action mode and rounded up the person.

However, after the eyewitnesses were asked to identify the person, they reportedly told the police that he was not the one who was present on the bank premises the day three armed men executed one of the biggest bank robberies of the state.

Following this, the man was let-off by the police. The sources said it was due to the posters of sketches that had been circulated by the police across the state that some information had started pouring in. However, they maintained that so far no vital clues had been found that lead the police to the robbers.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the State Bank of India has started functioning normally after the bank heist. The officials at the Khamano branch have been asked to conduct the day-to-day financial transactions from the cash that was being deposited by the account holders in the bank.

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424 fertiliser bags missing

Jagraon, October 31
Assistant registrar of the cooperative societies Kuldeep Singh found 424 bags of DAP fertilizers short while he was checking the stock at Dangian. According to information, Gurpreet Singh, member, dangian cooperative agriculture society, had lodged a complaint with the assistant registrar about the pilferage.

Kuldeep Singh raided the place and found 424 bags missing. He seized the record and ordered a probe for fixing the responsibility of the person. — OC

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Snatchers held

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 31
Avtar Singh, alias Kala, son of Jagdev Singh, and Ranjit Singh, alias Jeeta, son of Bachan Singh Jat of Daudher in Moga district, were booked and arrested in a snatching case yesterday. — OC

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COMMUNITY

Go on leave, land mafia tells tehsildar
Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
The Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s move to appoint Mukesh Sharma as in charge for registering land deals in the city was appreciated by the common men. However, not more than two months have passed, Sharma is being targeted by property dealers who want him out. So much so, that the president of the property dealers association, Ludhiana, has even "suggested" him to go on a long leave or get himself transferred.

Registration of sale deeds and other immovable property in the city is a "multi million" business with a large number of agents working as conduits of revenue officials.

According to an employee working at Tehsildar office, people, now were not being asked to pay extra money for getting the land deals registered. "Obviously the mafia, which charges at least Rs 2,000 per registration (that is the minimum) over and above the prescribed government fee, did not like it. Finding themselves jobless after the new official took over, they are trying hard to make his stay difficult so that he vacates the "lucrative" chair", he added.

Sharma appears to be undeterred. He told Ludhiana Tribune, "The present government has reposed a trust in me and I will ensure that I come up to his expectations at every cost", he said revealing that he was told by the president of the property dealers association to go on a long leave.

President, Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association, Kultar Singh Jogi, when contacted said, “The property dealers are suffering due to hike in registration fee.” On behalf the association, he said, “I had requested the tehsildar (Sharma) to go on a leave rather being a scapegoat. We are protesting at the mini secretariat these days and will continue to do so till our demands are met,” Jogi said.

Meanwhile, association’s chief patron Pritam Singh Bhairowal said though he was with property dealers but he wanted things to be resolved amicably. "We are in touch with politicians and hope that it will soon be sorted out by the government,” he added.

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IHRO forms 5-member panel
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
The International Human Rights Organisation today formed a five-member committee comprising Justice Ajit Singh Bains, Punjab Human Rights Organisation, D.S.Gill of the IHRO, Dr Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon, Karamjit Singh and Karnail Singh Pirmohamed, AISSF president, for bringing together various groups on one platform and for taking up Panthic issues facing the state.

Accusing politicians of distancing themselves from “Gurbani” and “guru gaadi raah”, they sought committed Sikh political groups to come under one platform.

“There may be differences among political groups or leaders, but in the larger interest of the Panth committed groups need to forge a united front to assuage the injured feelings of the people who are finding themselves leaderless. We, therefore, call upon all to take on the principles of “miri-piri, panch pradhani” (collective leadership), the concept of Khalsa democracy and well being of all so as to promote polity based on Gurbani,” D.S. Gill said.

The members, who accused Sikh leaders of failing to organise the Panth, promised full support and cooperation to those who would act as the torch-bearer(s) and carry forward the mission of the Guru and pledge to consolidate the different groups into one political whole.

It would take steps to abolish Section 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act and to get the Article 25 of the Constitution amended.

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No family dispute over Prof Mohan Singh’s house: Kin
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 31
The 300 sq.yd house of the late Prof Mohan Singh near the PAU gate No. 3, which is in a dilapidated condition, belongs to his grandchildren, Manu Puri and Abhey Mohan Singh Puri. This was stated by the three daughters of the renowned literary figure.

They felt hurt saying somebody wanted to defame the family by making baseless allegations. They said the ancestral property belonged to two of his grandsons who were also the legal heirs to the property.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Manu, one of the grandsons, said there was no family dispute over the property. These were nothing but rumours, he added. He said the property belonged to their grandfather and they alone were responsible for its maintenance.

"Ours is a close-knit family and we all are there to look after the house. We are getting support from our well-wishers as well. The statements issued by someone regarding a family dispute are baseless. It is our duty to see what has to be done with the ancestral property", said Manu.

The house was built by the late Mohan Singh in 1971. He spent most of his life in the house. One of his daughters said the property was never an issue in the family and they were more concerned with her father's literary works, which deserve recognition by all.

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Akalis not better than Cong, say deed writers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
Several deed writers, typists, stamp vendors claiming themselves to be associated with the SAD for a long period have alleged indiscrimination at the hands of bureucracy.

In a joint press note, they stated that what was happening in the previous Congress regime is happening again.

Approved deed writers, stamp vendors and typists who were regularly paying the requisite fee to the government for long were not accommodated properly in the mini secretariat. Whereas, persons who have not even taken the permission from the deputy commissioner and never paid the fee to government, were having an easy time under the patronage of the bureacracy. They have urged the government to provide them proper space in the mini secretariat, says the press communique.

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Indira Gandhi remembered

Ludhiana, October 31
Rich tributes were paid to Indira Gandhi and the contribution of the Nehru family was placed on record by Congress activists at a function organised at Congress Bhawan here today to mark "balidan diwas" of the them Prime Minister of India.

The prayer meeting was held jointly by the District Congress Committee (Urban), District Youth Congress and the Congress Sewa Dal.

PPCC general secretary Gurwinder Singh Atwal presided over the function. — OC

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CRIME
 

Man immolates self
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 31
Rajinder Singh (45), a resident of Mukandpuri, Jagraon, allegedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire. According to information, Surinder Kaur, his wife, along with daughters Navjit Kaur and Gurdip Kaur and son Gagandeep Singh, left home at 5. 30 a.m for paying obeisance at Nanaksar gurdwara. They left behind Rajinder, who has been bed-ridden for the past one year after he met with an accident, and locked the door from outside. Balwinder Singh, who lives nearby, raised an alarm on seeing smoke emanating out of the house. He along with other neighbourers broke open the door but failed to save Rajinder Singh, who died of burns.

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BUSINESS
 

Biz Word
Gupta re-appointed stock exchange director
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Sanjeev Kumar Gupta was re-appointed director of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange at the 25th annual general meeting held here.

Members also unanimously appointed T.S. Thapar as new trading member director at the meeting, that was chaired by chairman of the exchange B.B. Tandon.

Tandon informed the members that the LSE had completed its demutualisation process. Appointment of S.C. Vasudeva and Company was also approved.

The general house also approved items related to consolidation of share capital and amendment in memorandum and articles of association of the exchange whereby the authorised share capital of the exchange was increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 5 crore.

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