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Man kills wife 20 days after marriage
Stages robbery at house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The police has booked a man and his “paramour” for allegedly killing his wife just 20 days after their marriage.

Kuljit Singh allegedly stage-managed a robbery at his house in Basant Avenue to make it seem like intruders killed his wife and looted the house when she was alone.

The accused is reported to have an illicit relationship with his sister-in-law. The police is also verifying reports that Kuljit had been married twice before. The incident took place late last night at the house of the accused, who sells electronic items.

The mother of the victim, Kuljeet Kaur, stated in the FIR that she received a phone call late last night from Parminder Singh, brother of the accused, claiming that robbers had killed her daughter. However, when she and other relatives reached the house, they suspected the robbery story to be concocted. The police also felt that the scene did not suggest there was need to murder the woman.

The SP city-III said Kuljit Singh and his paramour Gurpreet Kaur had been booked on the basis of the complaint lodged by the relatives of the deceased and prima facie evidence.

No arrest has been made so far. Police officials said the accused would be questioned after the cremation of the body of the deceased.



ASI charged with possessing heroin innocent
Seized powder was not drug: report
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Almost seven weeks after ASI Paramjit Singh was arrested for possessing 800 gm of heroin worth Rs 80 lakh, a chemical examination report has stated that the seized powder was not a drug.

While the CIA police has been taken aback at the development, it will be a happy Diwali for the ASI. A local court has released him on bail after the report was tabled before it.

CIA officials may be in the dock for putting an “innocent” colleague behind bars and tarnishing his image. The ASI spent over 40 days in jail for a crime he never committed as per the latest development.

Sources said the ASI may have been falsely implicated. Police sources, however, said the report might be questioned in the court later or the powder might be sent to the Hyderabad chemical examination laboratory.

The SSP, R.K. Jaiswal said the case had not been closed. “We will write to the chemical examination laboratory, Chandigarh, to tell us what exactly the powder was. The report states the powder was not heroin or any other intoxicant, but it does not say what it is.”

The police is also yet to uncover the mystery of the source of the powder. ASI Paramjit Singh had, during interrogation, claimed that he was not a drug peddler. He said Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, a cop, had given him the packet containing the powder months before his death.

The police has begun a probe to find out why Sukhi had the powder. Police sources said Sukhi had been dismissed and had died a few months ago. The police is also looking into the involvement of other police personnel in drug smuggling.

Paramjit Singh, who was posted with the economic offences wing, was booked on September 18.



Assault: 3 students rusticated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Taking action against students who beat up their classfellow on October 29, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University authorities rusticated three students of BVSc (II) here last evening.

The dean, veterinary sciences, Simar Sagar Singh, said such an action had to be taken for the welfare of students. He said Sandeep was badly beaten by these students and his parents wanted the accused to be punished.

The accused had forcefully entered the hostel room of Sandeep and beat him. He was taken to the DMCH with a broken nasal bone, among other injuries.



Canal Breach
Water diverted to Abohar, Sidhwan
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 8
As part of contingency measures on account of a breach in the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal near Bathinda town, the authorities at Buani headwork diverted the flow of water to Abohar and Sidhwan branches passing through this part of Malwa region.

A significant flow has been diverted to Patiala distributary at Mann Pur headwork situated a little eastward.

Authorities at Buani and Mann Pur headwork swung into action immediately after receiving information about a 20-ft-breach in Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal near Bathinda this morning.

In order to cut down pressure near the flooded city, around 500 cusec of water was diverted to distributaries.



Desecration of Valmiki idol
Tension at Durga temple
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Tension prevailed at Shri Durga Mata Mandir in the Old Courts Complex today over the desecration of the idol of Maharishi Valmiki. Two organisations of Valmikis blamed each other for the act.

The idol was found lying outside the temple and was spotted by activists of the Adi Dharam Samaj this morning.

Activists of Bhavadas said there was no idol of Valmiki in the temple as it was a Durga mandir.

An office-bearer of the organisation, Laxman Dravid, said the temple was 50 years old and according to reports, there was no Valmiki idol there.

Quoting the mahant of the temple, Dravid said he had never seen the idol in the temple. He alleged that it was the handiwork of some vested interests and demanded an inquiry into the incident.

Vijay Danav of the Adi Dharam Samaj said the idol existed there. They had even held a meeting with PUDA officials a few days ago and had sought 600 sq ft of land for the lease of the temple.

The Chief Minister had given the land on lease for the Valmiki temple, he claimed.

Earlier, a meeting of both parties took place at the Circuit House in which the SP city-I, SDM and the DSP were present among others. The administration had made elaborate security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident.



‘I’m awestruck by fan following’
Aman Minhas

Ishmeet Singh
Ishmeet Singh

Numerous rounds of applause, chants of ‘Ishmeet we love you, Ishmeet jeetega’ slogans and excited shouts from girl fans greeted us at the auditorium of Guru Gobind Singh College For Women, where one and all waited for Ishmeet Singh. One of the top four contestants of Amul Star Voice Of India, the shy singing sensation came to the city last week for a quick tête-à-tête with college students and combined it with a campaign for public support.

A warm welcome for apna Punjabi munda from Ludhiana was followed by a request from his paternal uncle to his fans to send at least 60 votes each for the star. Next, came an announcement by the CEO of Data Wind, a Canadian wireless Internet manufacturer, that Ishmeet will be their brand ambassador and promote their products in India, Canada and UK amongst other places. And then came the much-awaited moment arrived - Ishmeet on the stage.

And the singer, who confesses that he is still trying to come to terms with his fan following, began by thanking one and all for their support. And then he could definitely not finish without a song. Well, he pleased the excited girls (who by the way were busy capturing him in their cells) with Doli mein bithake from Saawariyaa and Mauja hi mauja from Jab We Met.

What followed was, a frenzy. Girls pulling and pushing for autographs, a hand shake or a quick hug (and, one actually managed too), the faculty gathering for a group picture, the staff trying to present him with a memento and the press hoping for a chance to get to speak to him. And, well we did manage to squeeze in some questions to the singing sensation while he was being frisked to the boys college for some more shouting and cheering. Excerpts:

Q How do you feel when you see so much adulation?

It feels great to receive so much love and affection. I hope I can live up to the expectations of my fans.

Q Have you had any formal training in music?

No. I learnt informally from my father and chacha.

Q How is the environment on the show?

It’s very warm. The judges are very supportive and there is a lot that we’re learning from them. Also, we feel very bad when a contestant leaves.

Q How are you finding Mumbai after Ludhiana?

Apna ghar to apna ghar hota hai. But then, I have come to like the happening Mumbai too. The people here are very professional and organised.



MC gears up to handle exigencies
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 8
With limited resources at their disposal, the civic and health authorities here have made “sufficient” arrangements to meet any exigency arising out of accidental fire or injuries to human beings due to bursting of crackers tomorrow.

While authorities at the municipal council office were seen busy arranging tankers for keeping water in stock for fighting any accidental fire, the health authorities were redying their equipment for the purpose. Fresh stocks of medicines were also bought today.

MC president Jatinder Kumar Bhola and vice-president Jagwant Singh Jaggie, respectively, claimed that the equipment available had been updated for emergency use.

“As we have no fire brigade at our disposal, we have directed our staff to get water tanks filled and keep them ready in all respects. We have also requested the management of a paper mill to lend their fire brigade in case of emergency,” they added.

Dr Rajesh Garg, head of the eye department at the local civil hospital, said sufficient arrangements had been made to handle cases of eye injuries caused due to bursting of crackers.

Extra stocks of lotions, medicated fluids and medicines had been purchased for the purpose, he claimed.




Playing with health

Depravity has touched a new low in society. The recent raids on the sweet shops for using synthetic khoya prove that most sweet makers have no regard for the health of public. Milk supplied to the city is impure. Daily checking and raids should be carried out. Also, people should stop buying sweets made of “khoya” during the festival season. Instead, dry fruits and fresh fruits should be encouraged as their replacement.

Sher Singh
Gill road, Ludhiana

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Four booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 8
The local police has booked four youths of Rohira village for assaulting and threatening to kill some residents of the village.

Shiraj Mohamad, Mithu Khan, Raju Khan and Khaki Singh were booked for allegedly assaulting and threatening families of Sharif Mohamad and his brother Mohamad Sarwar last night.

Dispute over a common passage is said to be the cause of the rivalry.

In a complaint lodged with the Sadar police, Sarwar had alleged that the accused attacked him and other members of the family without provocation last night.

Buta Khan and Farzand Ali who had come to their house and tried to intervene had to take cover in the house after the accused turned on them. However, the accused damaged their car.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the complaints and the accused had been at loggerheads over the alleged encroachment on a part of a passage.

In spite of raids by the police, no arrest had been made.

A case under under Sections 341, 323, 427 and 506, IPC.



Man held with poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 8
The Sudhar police arrested Ajay Rana, son of Surinder Rana of Kullan village in Sidhwan Bet, for allegedly smuggling and selling drugs and narcotics in the area.

Around 25 kg of poppy husk was seized from his possession.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused had been fetching the banned product from Rajasthan and distributing it among labourers in retail.



Bank branch opened
Our Correspondent

Amloh, November 8
A new branch of Kotak Mahindra Bank was inaugurated here yesterday by local Arhtiya Association chief and councillor Jiwan Kumar Puri.

Around 95 villages under Amloh sub-division will benefit from the branch, he added.

Bank manager Tejinder Singh Ahluwalia said the bank had established 17 branches in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, while the Amloh branch was the first one in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

People below poverty line could open accounts in the bank with zero balance, while its customers could avail themselves of loan facility for agriculture purposes.

District youth Congress chief Sandeep Singh Ball, BSP state secretary Kuldeep Singh Bhadal Thuha and district planning board member Darbara Singh Salana also spoke.

The bank honoured Kulwant Singh Chatter Pura as its first customer.



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