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Tribune Exclusive
Ministry sanctions ART centre for state
Allows link centres at Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Ambala

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Ahead of December 1, World AIDS Day, Union Health Ministry, has sanctioned a full-fledged antiretroviral therapy (ART) centre for Punjab, which has only two such centres in Jalandhar and Amritsar.

To come up at Government Rajendra Hospital, Patiala, the centre is among the 12 new ones sanctioned by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO). The state has also got two new linked ART centres for Ludhiana and Ferozepur. These will be linked to the PGI, Chandigarh, for the treatment of HIV-positive persons.

Punjab has 2,635 HIV-positive patients on therapy - the highest in north India. The number of patients on ART is 1,256 in Chandigarh, 610 in Haryana, 281 in Himachal and 225 in Jammu and Kashmir.

The new ART facility in Punjab was long needed, considering the high number of AIDS patients in the state, who had to travel long distances to Jalandhar and Amritsar to get ART. The cost of transport was a huge deterrent in HIV treatment and was leading to problems of drug resistance among patients who were unable to come to ART centres. Haryana, which has an adult HIV prevalence rate of 0.28 per cent, has also got a link ART centre in Ambala. The centre will be linked to the PGI soon.

Confirming the sanction today, T.R. Sarangal, health secretary, Punjab, said the state had also been chosen as a site for state-of-the-art model blood bank - which are very few in India. “This bank will be a model centre to demonstrate quality management practices to be adopted by blood banks across the country. It will also be a training centre for those in blood transfusion services,” Sarangal said.

As per NACO’s September 30 update, estimated HIV cases in Punjab are 18,556, of which 7,795 have been confirmed at the integrated counselling and testing centres (ICTCs). Whereas the state’s overall adult HIV prevalence rate is 0.11 per cent, the HIV positivity rate at the ICTCs is 6.2 per cent.

Meanwhile, health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla today said this year World AIDS Day function would be organised at a remote border village of Ferozepur to reach out to the most isolated.

With regard to the estimated HIV cases, Haryana has the highest number of 42,015, its HIV prevalence rate being 0.28 per cent. Estimated HIV cases in Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal are - 2,819, 2,459 and 1,511, respectively. Chandigarh has the highest adult HIV prevalence rate of 0.35 per cent in the north - just below the national average of 0.36 per cent.

Country-wide the HIV prevalence rate has come down from 0.90 to 0.36 per cent, while the estimated HIV cases now are 2.47 million as against 5.1 million earlier. Of the current estimated HIV cases, 37.7 per cent comprise women. Sources in NACO say that 1,05,600 persons are currently seeking ART for AIDS in India.


Bartering NRI bridegrooms for NRI brides
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
In a changed tack, non -resident Indians(NRIs) "flooding" Punjab during marriage season, this time, are looking for brides who can guarantee a complimentary marriage of an Indian brother or cousin with an NRI bride. Besides the talk in the air, the newspapers, particularly the vernacular ones, are flooded with advertisements saying "the groom was ready for the marriage only in case the girl’s parents could ensure an NRI relation for his brother".

An advertisement reads "wanted a bride for a medical engineer. Only those parties should contact which can ensure an NRI bride for his maternal uncle's son" . Another one reads "a 5'-10'' beautiful bride wanted for a triple MA Gursikh and only those who can arrange for an NRI bride for his cousin should apply".

Avtar Singh, a retired bank employee, said "twice, proposal of relation of his daughter could not materialise with NRIs because they were looking for a complimentary arrangement where they wanted an NRI bride for the groom's cousin." When asked why they were looking only for an NRI relation, the father replied "My daughter is an MBA and she wants to go abroad". Her’s is not an isolated case as there were scores of similar instances.

An insertion in a newspaper reads 'a girl on a student, visa or a working visa in England or Canada wanted for a clean shaved Sikh boy. Only a girl who can manage to get a permanent resident visa for his son abroad should apply."There are scores others who are looking for a match of foreign avenue for their maternal or paternal cousins. There are negligible insertions seeking NRI groom for Indian girls in the matching arrangements for the consent for marriage.

A resident of Model Town, on a request of anonymity, said I married my daughter to a Canadian NRI only when I got her cousin in Australia agree to marry his brother in a village in Jalandhar. We had no problem because her Australian cousin too was looking for an Indian groom".

Anil Dhawan, a college lecturer, said " majority of the youngsters want to go abroad. There have been tragedies like the Malta where hundreds of innocents died. Evemn illegal ways are tried. This method might look peculiar, but, under youths’ aspirations to go abroad, parents are forced to resort to such measures which are legal".

Aruradha Joshi, a housewife, said "I know there is nothing wrong in seeking a complimentary marriage, however, the government needs to keep a tab on the NRI marriages.

There are complaints of fraud in marriages and administrative checks are needed to save innocent brides from being cheated. The government first needs to put a proper check on the marriage process.


NRI enacts drama of death to escape debt in US
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 29
The police here has traced non-resident Indian (NRI) Gurbax Singh Rai who feigned death to escape debt in the United States of America.

A Tata Sumo vehicle was found from Sirhind canal near Chamkaur Sahib by the police on November 21st. No body was recovered from the vehicle. It was presumed the driver of the vehicle had been swept off in the canal water.

The police here procured address of the vehicle owner from the registration record. It was found to be registered in the name of Sohan Lal of Bains village in Nawanshahr district.

Sohan Lal told the police his brother Gurbax Singh Rai had come from the USA recently. On November 21 he had borrowed his vehicle and had not returned since then.

The family members also presumed Gurbax Singh Rai had died in an accident. However, the police got suspicious about the accident story.

They got information about the whereabouts of Gurbax Singh and recovered him from Manikaran in Himachal.

The SSP Ropar told newsmen when questioned Gurbax Singh told he got trapped in a debt in the USA. He threw the vehicle of his brother into the canal to feign his death. He planned the record of death would be sent to the USA where his debt would be waived . He could live or go abroad again on a changed identity.

The police has handed over Gurbax Singh Rai to his family members. No case was registered against him.


Centre relaxes rice specifications
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 29
Following a sustained struggle of Punjab rice millers, the union government has ordered relaxation in the uniform specifications of rice during the current marketing season. The ministry has raised the limit of damaged rice to 4 per cent without any value cut, giving a much-needed relief to the millers.

Over 3,500 rice mills in the state had come to a halt as the owners had expressed their inability to return rice as per the established specifications of 3 per cent. The millers had stated that due to the presence of high moisture content in the paddy that was made available to them by government agencies, the quality of rice had been affected. The day The Tribune highlighted the plight of the rice millers in these columns, the state government sent a missive to the union ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, which today ordered the relaxation in the specifications.

The millers were demanding that the FCI should be asked to accept 4 per cent damaged rice as against the prescribed specification of 3 per cent. The millers had contended that ministry had increased the relaxation by 1 per cent in procurement of damaged paddy but the millers had been asked to return the shelled rice with damages not more than 3 per cent.

The millers had demanded the relaxation stating that it would not affect the food value of rice in any way. With paddy shelling having been suspended in the mills, more than 3 lakh labourers have been rendered jobless.

President of the Punjab Rice Millers Association Tarsem Saini, while hailing the role of Punjab minister for food and civil supplies Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon in getting the relaxation ordered by the union government, said the association would soon be holding a function to honour Kairon.

Meanwhile, the union government has not yet taken any decision regarding relaxation for discoloured rice. The millers had demanded that 5 per cent relaxation be given for discoloured rice which at present is accepted at 3 per cent.


Citrus Estates
Pawar asks govt to give fresh plans
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The union agriculture ministry has turned down a request of the Punjab Government to provide financial assistance for developing citrus estates under the National Horticulture Mission (NHM), shattering Punjab’s hopes, at least for the time being, of promotion of horticulture as a step towards diversification.

However,all is not lost as union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has, in a letter to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, asked the state to submit fresh proposals for grants sought under the NHM before these can be put up before the executive committee of the mission for approval.

Taken aback by the lack of homework done by the officials who prepared the brief for the union agriculture ministry, Badal asked the financial commissioner ( Development) to prepare and submit fresh proposals adhering to the suggestions made by Pawar.Subsequently, meetings were held with officials of the agriculture and horticulture departments to prepare the details for fresh proposals as per the NHM norms.But in the process, several months were lost.

The Punjab Government had also sought funds for the import of horticulture equipment to which Pawar responded by saying that at present there was no provision for providing financial assistance for import of equipment by the NHM and asked Badal to approach the National Horticulture Board (NHB).

The exercise started in July this year when Badal wrote a D.O (CMP/Confi/07/314) to Pawar telling him that Punjab was initiating programmes in the agriculture sector with a view to increasing farm productivity and also uplifting the socio-economic status of the farmers. Pawar wrote back to Badal saying that most components proposed by the Punjab Government like setting up of model nurseries, cold storage units, leaf analysis labs and plant health clinics could be taken up under the NHM, but since these were project-based activities, separate proposals were required before these could be considered for approval by the mission.He also suggested that Punjab should try importing through the National Horticulture Board (NHB) by submitting a separate proposal to the NHB.


Party gags Akali leaders
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal( SAD) have been apparently told not to leak any information regarding party meetings where important issues are discussed.

There appears to be a ban on them with regard to speaking to the media on sensitive matters.

Yesterday, all leaders, who attended the meeting of the SAD-BJP Coordination Committee, refused to make any comment regarding the proceedings. Even Sukhbir Singh Badal when approached by mediapersons told them that there was nothing to brief them about and a written statement would be issued.

“ Wait for a press note as a decision has been taken not to speak to the media ”, said a senior Akali leader. The coordination committee meeting was held to decide about the political appointments to be made in various corporations, boards etc and the mobilisation of resources.

Akali leaders in the past used to be transparent while talking to the media about important issues regarding the party and the government.

On the other hand, BJP leaders now exhibit no hesitation in briefing the media. In fact, yesterday there were three BJP leaders,Balbir Punj, Prof Rajinder Bhandari and Manoranjan Kalia, who briefed the media separately.

It was not the first time that Akali leaders remained silent with regard to the crucial meeting. Earlier, a meeting of the SAD-BJP Coordination Committee was held on November 7 at Delhi where a decision was taken to roll back the power tariff. Senior Akali leaders who attended the meeting refused to disclose any details. There was not even a press note regarding the meeting.

Earlier, on November 1, a meeting of the core committee was held at the residence of the Chief Minister where a strategy was prepared to discuss important issues with the BJP. However, immediately after the meeting, most of the party leaders refused to take calls from the media. Their personal assistants kept telling newspersons that their bosses had gone to attend a function after the meeting and it was not possible to get in touch with them.


2 more quit as Pbi varsity deans
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 29
Punjabi University’s dean of academic affairs Dr Sucha Singh Gill and dean of student welfare Dr H. S. Bhatti here today resigned from offices following the resignation of vice-chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai.

According to university sources, those who put in papers included Dr Rakesh Mohan, provost, two senior wardens of hostels Kulwinder Singh and Ritu Lehal, and warden Dharamvir.

A large number of senior teachers of the university who had been holding additional charges of other offices have resigned in two days after the resignation of Boparai.

However, Dr Manjit Singh, convener,the joint action committee, which spearheaded the agitation to demand removal of the vice-chancellor here today said resignations by the senior teachers from the additional posts they were holding was a “mere eye wash”. He said this was so because the vice-chancellor was telling all these teachers to continue to hold the offices they had been holding earlier “till further orders.”

Some senior teachers resigned yesterday and they included Dr Jaswinder Singh, dean (alumni),and Dr Baldev Singh, professor in charge of examinations and had been working controller of examinations.

Officer on special duty to vice-chancellor T. A. Sarma, director of public relations Dr Gurmeet Singh Maan, dean youth welfare Sunita Dhir, and professor in charge (finance) Dr A. S. Chawla have also quit the offices they were holding.

Dr Manjit Singh, convener of the joint action committee, today addressing a dharna outside the office of the vice-chancellor said the agitation was against harassment and victimisation of teachers, non-teaching employees and students of the university and the protest would continue till victimisation was vacated.

Dr Manjit Singh listed instances of omission and commission of Boparai which included postings to non-existent posts. He said certain teachers had been appointed to non-existent posts to oblige them.


PSEB unbundling not binding: Engineers
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 29
An engineers’ association has added another dimension to the controversy involving the unbundling of the PSEB.

The association has sought legal opinion of a leading Mumbai-based law firm IC Law on the issue of unbundling of the board in the light of new Electricity Act 2003.

In the legal opinion, legal experts have opined that there is no need to unbundle the state electricity boards. Instead, under the provision of the Act, the states can convert the boards into state transmission utility (STU) that can also be transmission licensee owning the generation assets.

The legal experts have also produced the report of parliamentary standing committee on the issue. In the report, it has been stated that “there are enabling provisions in the Bill for a statutory transfer scheme or schemes, through which one or more companies can be created from the state electricity boards. So, the electricity boards and the state governments could utilise these provisions for restructuring the state electricity boards into one or more than one companies, if they wish to do so.

“If a state government wishes to continue with the state electricity board, it could also do so. There is flexibility, but within terms of the legal framework. The state electricity board would be the state transmission utility and the distribution licensee in the area of the state. The states have been given full flexibility in adopting reform model/path that they consider proper. Unbundling of the boards is not mandatory. The states have a choice to do so or not to do so. These provisions have fully taken care of the concerns that have been expressed.”

The legal experts have also held that the companies like the TATA Power Company Limited and Reliance Energy Limited are functioning under similar legal framework.


PSEB Unbundling
Call to block traffic on Dec 5
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 29
Ten organisations of farmers and labourers of Punjab have threatened to block rail and road traffic in the state for three hours from noon n protest against proposed privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on December 5.

Some of the PSEB unions, including the Technical Services Union, have also decided to support these organisations. General secretary of the TSU Sukhwant Singh Sekhon said `The public of Punjab may suffer suffer due to traffic blockade but their inconvenience will be much less than those possible sufferings which they may have to face due to proposed privatisation of PSEB.’


Tribune Impact
Rights panel seeks chief secy’s report
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Taking note of the extent of injecting drug use (IDU) in Punjab and the risks of HIV it is posing, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) today sought a report from the chief secretary in the matter. Action has been demanded on The Tribune report titled “Carrying HIV in their veins”, which profiled injecting drug users of the state and their vulnerability to HIV.

The report was based on the first community-based survey of IDUs in Punjab, which revealed an overall HIV positivity of 13.80 per cent among IDUs in the state, much more than the national HIV-IDU positivity rate of 10.16.

In a one-page order, commission chairperson Justice R.S. Mongia (retd), and members K.K. Bhatnagar and Justice R.L. Anand (retd) said: “Keeping in view the gravity of the issue, the commission takes cognisance of the matter and calls for the report from the chief secretary to Punjab Government. A copy of this order and of the new item has been sent to the chief secretary and the report has been called by January 16, 2008”.

The Tribune highlighted the alarming findings of the Punjab State AIDS Control Society (PSACS) survey which found that IDU was affecting not just old, traditional populations like unskilled, uneducated labourers and truck and auto drivers, but also new sections like employees of the hotel and service sectors, even women in some cases.


Govt move on opening budget hotels
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 29
Punjab government is considering allowing industrial unit owners in the state to open budget hotels on industrial land. This, sources say, is being done to encourage tourism in the state which has an acute shortage of one, two and three star hotels.

While industrial park promoters are already allowed to use 10 per cent of their land for commercial purposes, which includes hotels, sources said a move was in the offing to allow budget hotels to come up on industrial plots as well.

Other than this a change in the current system of sale of hotel sites through open auction is also being considered. The government is working towards a system by which hotel sites would be sold on long-term lease basis or revenue sharing basis to make these more affordable.

The Department of Tourism will also be taking up the matter of issuing bar licences with the Department of Excise and Taxation so that the process of issuing these licences to such hotels becomes easy.

Chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh said these issues were under consideration but nothing had been finalised. ‘Preliminary meetings have been held and the issues are being examined from all aspects,” he said. He pointed out only those industrial units which were in non-polluting industrial areas would be considered for conversion, when and if a decision is taken to this effect.

Sources added a policy allowing use of industrial land for institutional purposes, including hospitals and educational institutions, was under active consideration of the government.


80 pc rural, slum children suffer from dental diseases: IDA
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 29
Under the national oral health programme, nearly 25,000 schoolchildren were examined recently by the Indian Dental Association (IDA), Sangrur branch, in schools of Sangrur and Barnala districts, including Sangrur, Sunam, Dhuri, Malerkotla and Barnala towns.

According to a report of these schoolchildren, 80 per cent were found to be suffering from dental diseases, like dental caries, malocclusion, fluorosis and gum diseases, especially in rural and slum areas. These diseases were reportedly found more in the rural and slum areas, as the children of these areas do not have adequate facilities to brush teeth properly.

Another problem, doubling of teeth, among the children was seen by doctors while examining them. Besides this, it was also found in many cases that permanent teeth were erupting and not taking proper place, as the primary teeth were not falling in time.

Chief coordinator of the Bright Smile Bright Future dental programme Dr Vivek Bhatnagar said dental caries was seen major problem among about 80 per cent schoolchildren while teeth of 60 per cent children were found affected with fluorosis (yellow teeth). Likewise, malocclusion and gum diseases were found 45 per cent and 20 per cent ,respectively, among the children.

Dr Bhatnagar held the parents to some extent responsible for dental diseases among the children as the parents in majority of the cases ignored the dental problems of wards at early stage. He also said parents, especially in rural and slum areas, did not bother about cleaning of teeth regularly by children.

Dr Bhatnagar warned as cases of dental caries were increasing at an alarming rate, dental surgeons should be consulted for the treatment of dental diseases of the children at proper time.

He also urged the teachers and the parents to get black spots on teeth of children checked well in time, so that they could be saved from facing an ugly situation at adolescent stage.


Protest over admn move on mini-buses
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 29
People coming from border areas of the district today faced harassment as the district administration stopped the mini-buses from entering the city to ease traffic congestion.

The mini-bus operators coming from Attari, Chogawan, Ajnala and Majitha were not allowed to enter the city and were asked to reach the bus stand by taking another route and enter the city through Daburji. Agitated over this, the bus operators blocked traffic near Mahal village on the Chogawan road for about two hours. They lifted the blockade only after they were allowed to enter the city but were asked to drop the passengers near the railway station and 4S chowk.

However, this led to chaos at these points and the police had tough time in controlling the traffic. The passengers had to face lot of inconvenience as they had to walk to reach their destinations. Varinder Singh of Ajnala said he had paid the fare for travelling up to the main bus stand but rued that now he would not be able to reach Jalandhar for attending a marriage.

Surinder Singh, president, Mini Bus Operators Union, Ajnala Road, said most of the bus operators coming from the Ajnala, Chogawan and Majitha had permits for running their buses up to 15-20 km in these areas. He said with today’s decision they were now required to cover 25 km extra.


Nagkalan village to have krishi kendra
Tribune News Service

Kathunangal (Amritsar), November 29
Punjab minister for information and public relations Bikram Majithia here today said a farm science centre (Krishi Vigyan kendra) would be set up at Nagkalan village in Majitha constituency.

Run by Punjab Agricultural University, the farm centre will aim at disseminating latest technology among farmers of the area to make agriculture remunerative.

Majithia stated this at a gathering of farmers in his constituency. The government had already taken a decision in this regard, he said.

Majithia lauded Jahangir and Nagkalan panchyats, for donating land for the KVK.

He also held a “sangat darshan” programme.


High Court
Ludhiana Rape Case
CFSL asked for efficient DNA report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Central Forensic Science Laboratory to expeditiously submit the DNA report of a Ludhiana rape-victim, after the PGI here submitted the postmortem report.

The Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, also fixed January 21 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

The matter was brought to the notice of the high court vide a petition seeking directions to the state of punjab and other respondents for postmortem by a board of doctors from the PGI in the presence of a Judicial Magistrate so that “The correct version may come out” and the accused may not be able escape from punishment for rape and murder of the petitioner’s minor daughter.

Claiming to be an old widow working as a labourer, the petitioner had claimed that on November 14 her daughter was found lying dead on the third floor of a house in Sarabha Nagar of Ludhiana, where she worked as a maid servant.

The petitioner had alleged that in the FIR registered on November 19 facts had not been recorded correctly and were twisted by the police to protect the accused. The petitioner had also alleged that the postmortem report too was manipulated.

Notice of motion issued

Issuing notice of motion to the State of Punjab and others on a petition challenging Punjab government orders vide which D.S.Brar was being reinstated as District Sainik Welfare Officer, the Punjab and Haryana High Court also summoned the records.

The case will come up for hearing on December 14.

In his petition, president of District Ropar's All India Anti-corruption Committee Jasmer Singh had earlier said Brar was issued a charge-sheet in October 2003 after the completion of disciplinary proceedings against him. Following this, the State of Punjab principally decided to pass the order of his removal and referred the case for approval of the Punjab Public Service Commission.

After approval, the State of Punjab ordered his removal in April 2006. But in October 2007, the state passed orders, in pursuance of which he has submitted a joining report, though so far has not been issued any posting orders.

Youths’ torture
Notice to Punjab

On a petition filed by the president of the Barnala Sikh Students’ Federation accusing the police of illegally detaining and torturing youths along with the acquaintances of the suspects in the Ludhiana blasts case, Justice Nawab Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued a notice of motion to Punjab and others for February 14.

The judge also directed the CIA staff to give a three-day notice if the petitioner was required by the police.

In his petition against the Ludhiana SSP and the SP, along with the DSP of the CIA Staff and the SHO of Basti Jodhewwal police station in Ludhiana district, petitioner Surinder Singh claimed that the police was under pressure to make a breakthrough. He too was humiliated, tortured and harassed by the police in a bid to extract information about some accused involved in criminal cases. Other youngsters too were illegally detained by the police and were being threatened with implication in false cases.

Seeking a probe by Ludhiana’s Chief Judicial Magistrate into his “illegal detention” and “torture”, the petitioner added that the police should be asked to issue a written prior notice in case he was required for questioning or interrogation.

The petitioner added that he was picked up by the police on October 19 from his house in the early morning. During interrogation, his arms were tied with a rope and he was slapped, kicked and beaten up. He was also given electric shocks in ear lobes for about 45 minutes, the petitioner alleged.


Sud’s warning to pvt colleges
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, November 29
Tikshan Sud, medical education and research minister, Punjab, today issued a strict warning to private ayurvedic and homoeopathic colleges in the state to upgrade the infrastructure in their respective institutions in accordance with the guidelines of their affiliating councils or be prepared to face strict disciplinary action.

In a press note issued by his office here this evening, the minister said the special teams constituted by him to inspect infrastructure of various colleges had reported of minor or major deficiencies in most of the institutes.

He said the state government would not tolerate any dereliction by any medical institute.


3 IAS, 1 PCS officers shifted
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, November 29
The Punjab Government today ordered fresh postings for three IAS and one PCS officers.

B.R. Bajaj is the new principal secretary, programme implementation while D.P. Reddy becomes the director-cum-secretary, tourism, cultural affairs, archives, archaeology and museums and in addition M.D., PTDC. Narinderjit Singh has been posted secretary, welfare of SCs and BCs and in addition secretary, information technology.

Arunjit Singh Miglani will be the additional secretary, power.


SDM ‘assaults’ wife, mother-in-law
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
The wife of SDM (east), Ludhiana, Jugminder Grewal, today lodged a complaint with the police that her PCS husband had allegedly assaulted her and her mother.

The SDM went to the police station and presented his version of the incident. The police is looking into the details of the case till the report was filed.

The SDM while talking to The Tribune said the case was being given an unearthly turn by his wife. A divorce case was already pending in the local courts. He said the fight now was over the possession of the children.

He said his father who was facing a serious health problem was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh. The complainant wife could not be contacted for comments.


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