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Non-payment of stipends to interns
50 students refuse to accept degrees
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
Leveling allegations against the management of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College for charging unaccounted money from BDS students and non-payment of stipends to the intern students, Manraj Kaur, an intern of the college, along with other 50 batch mates have refused to accept their degrees.

At least 50 students of the current batch will give affidavits to Vice-Chancellor of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College Dr SS Gill during the annual convocation tomorrow.

Manraj Kaur, who is the president of the Student Organisation of India in BJS Dental College, in a written complaint forwarded to the President of India, Prime Minister, Punjab Governor, Vice-Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Director, Income Tax, and the Dental Council of India has pointed towards the ongoing unethical practices in the college. 

“The college authorities blackmail the students thereby making them sign on false documents that they have been paid a stipend whereas in reality not a single student has been given stipend since the inception of the college,” alleged Manraj.

Six batches have already passed out from Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College.

Ironically, the internship details in the college logbook are incomplete as the third point mentioned in the curriculum of dental internship programme of BFHUS reads, “The internees shall be paid stipendiary allowance during period of an internship not extending beyond a period of one year,” is missing in the log books of students carrying their details.

College principal Dr DS Kalsi and vice-chairman of college management Kirpal Singh were unavailable for comments.

AS Dhaliwal (Manraj’s father) also mentioned that a few college students had not been granted their degrees as they had failed to comply with the management’s demand of an amount of Rs 1 lakh in lieu of the degrees. “Moreover, the college authorities are not refunding the security deposits (refundable as per BFUHS calendar) between Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000.”

Another college student who was admitted in the management quota seat accused the college authorities of discrimination in practical examinations adding, “Amanpreet Singh, nephew of Baba Jaswant Singh, is given 90 per cent marks in practical examinations. 

The difference of 30 per cent between his practical and theory examinations is the violation of the national and international standards which don’t permit more than 10 per cent difference.”

Moreover, Amarjit has not come to the college in past three months but is being marked present, accused the fellow students.

The students demanded for the balance sheets of the college under the RTI Act but the college authorities have failed to give any information in the past two months.

Later, while talking to The Tribune, the principal said "degrees have not been given to the students because no convocation has taken place. The convocation is scheduled for tomorrow and all deserving candidates will get degrees. As regards the complaint of a few students for the non-payment of stipend, I can only say that I had not assumed the charge during the corresponding period.


LIT Allotment Scam
MC joint commissioner to probe dubious dealings
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 9
Agreeing with the preliminary findings of an inquiry into questionable allotment of plots to housing societies and locally displaced persons as also suspected connivance of a few officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) in shady transactions, the state government is understood to have directed Mohinder Pal Gupta, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, to probe into the dubious dealings mainly for identifying the officials involved in the entire allotment process.

Talking to The Tribune here today, he said an interim report had been submitted to Principal Secretary, Local Self Government, Punjab, DS Bains, and its contents were also discussed during the meeting. 

Refusing to elaborate further, he said the government wanted some specific points to be looked into in details and it would take some more time for the inquiry to be completed.

Even though the findings of the ongoing inquiry were a matter of speculation right now, going by the report of an earlier inquiry into the matter conducted by a joint secretary in the Local Self Government Department in July 2008, it is beyond any doubt that gross irregularities were committed in allotment of plots by the improvement trust officials to housing societies and locally displaced persons.

In the process of allotment of huge number of plots, each with a premium of several lakh of rupees on it, connivance of staff and officials of the improvement trust at different levels is forgone conclusion, the earlier report had stated.

Sources in the improvement trust revealed that the earlier inquiry had pointed out that substantial number of plots were allotted to members of the same family either under political pressure or other “considerations” while many genuine claimants were denied plots for one reason or the other. 

In the same manner, gross irregularities were committed by the improvement trust officials in allotment of plots under the locally displaced person’s category.

The allotment of plots by the improvement trust to housing societies and locally displaced persons came under the scanner in the course of a complaint filed with the Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission after which the state government had frozen all allotments of plots by the trust while also issuing directions to keep in abeyance all work related to allotments made since April 2007.

The ongoing inquiry by the Municipal Joint Commissioner is expected to be completed and final report submitted to the government before April 22, which is the next date of hearing before the state commission.

At the last hearing of the complaint on March 18 when DS Bains, Principal Secretary, Local Government and GS Ghuman, Administrator, Ludhiana Improvement Trust, had appeared in person as per directions of the commission, an undertaking was given that before the next date of hearing (April 22) either the improvement trust would move the National Commission and obtain a stay order, or else the complainant would be given allotment letter of a plot in lieu of his land acquired by the trust for the development of residential scheme.



Swindler girls on prowl
Backed by hoteliers, travel agents and self-styled social activists such girls allure affluent youths and extort money after implicating them in false rape cases.
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
Even after spending seven months in a jail, for a crime that he claims to have never committed, there seem to be no end to Rishi Sood’s misery. Rishi (29), a resident of the city, is suffering from a fear psychosis after a girl named Suman Paul, alias Dr Neha, alias Parul Gupta, filed a rape complaint against him.

Rishi is not alone. This girl has been extorting money from a large number of youths using this tactic. In fact, there are many youths like him who have been similarly duped by a gang of swindler girls.

Rishi, who spent 189 traumatic days in the jail following a rape complaint lodged by the girl is in a quandary, as for the past three months he is receiving frantic calls from another girl, who claims to be the daughter of the Chandigarh SSP.

The girl had on numerous occasions tried to engage Rishi in a conversation over the phone. The tactic adopted by the girl is similar to that of Suman Paul’s.

The flurry of phone calls has made Rishi panicky. He said despite he being in possession of all evidences which were sufficient to prove his innocence in the Suman Paul’s case, he had undergone imprisonment for seven months.

He fears that he would once again be implicated in a similar case if he lodges complaint against this girl. Rishi Sood alleges that this is an organised gang of swindler girls, backed by hoteliers, travel agents and self-styled social activists, who are alluring affluent youths by frequently changing their identities and phone numbers. He said the gang is operating from Ghaziabad.

They extort money from youths after implicating them in false rape cases. Once, a well-to-do medical representative, Rishi Sood today has lost both money and respect.

A special investigation team (SIT) was constituted by the DIG, Ludhiana, when Rishi’s father alleged that a gang of swindlers had implicated his son in a false rape case and demanded Rs 22 lakh from him for withdrawing the complaint.

The SIT maintained that the girl had lodged a complaint with an intention to blackmail and extort money from Rishi.

The police has also started proceedings under Section 182 of the IPC against Suman Paul for giving false statements. Narrating his tale of woes, Sood said he met the girl at an exhibition of medical equipment organised in New Delhi in September 2006, where she introduced herself as Dr Neha.

Since then, they met at various places, following which she lured him to marry her. He said her modus operandi was to charm a youth and then ask him to pay the hotel bill of Rs 1.5 lakh that she owes to a local hotelier as she was staying there since long, he alleged.

“When I refused to pay the hotel bill, Suman got a case registered against me,” rued Sood.

The fact that the hotelier is providing services to her despite a pending bill for Rs 1.5 lakh suggests that some members of the gang are linked with him.

Sood alleged he found that Suman and her accomplice had tried to implicate six other youths, all from affluent families, by sending SMSes and calling them up from different phone numbers. “Somehow we all exchanged notes and managed to escape from the clutches of the gang,” he added.

But a government employee, working in mini-secretariat has not been so fortunate. He was introduced to a girl by liquor vend owner in BRS Nagar. Since then she has extorted around Rs 80,000 from him.

She threatened him that if he refused to give her money at regular intervals, she would implicate him in a rape case. 



Day 1: Nano booking evokes lukewarm response
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
The much-hyped bookings for Tata’s Nano that kicked off here today amid a lot of fanfare proved to be a damp squib with city residents not turning up in huge numbers to book the Tata’s “little wonder” on the first day.

The bookings for the world’s cheapest car, which are on till April 24, evoked a lukewarm response from the Merc-lover Ludhianvis.

Although the exact number of bookings made on day one was not available, a survey of various booking counters for the car across the city, including Tata Motors dealerships, branches of SBI (State Bank of India) and 15 other banks, which are the preferred financiers, as well as various Tata Group outlets such as Croma, Westside, World of Titan and Tata Indicom, revealed that the city residents did not show much enthusiasm to book the much-awaited car.

Rishi Dada, CEO, Dada Motors, one of the two Tata Motor dealers in the city, said the number of Nanos booked on the first day at his showroom was around 50 while Garryson Motors, the other Tata Motor dealers of Ludhiana, refused to disclose the numbers. Company officials were not available for comments.

However, sources said the company was expecting over four lakh bookings for the car across the country over the next 15 days. The booking amount for the base version of Nano, costing Rs 1.34 lakh is Rs 2,999 going up to Rs 3,499 and Rs 3,999 for the mid and top-end options with price tags of Rs 1.6 lakh and Rs 1.85 lakh.

The down payment for the three versions is Rs 95,000, Rs 1.2 lakh and Rs 1.4 lakh, respectively. The equated monthly installments range from Rs 1,799 to Rs 2,975.

Employees with an annual salary of Rs 75,000 are eligible for the booking process while the bar is Rs 1 lakh in the case of entrepreneurs.



Gang of vehicle thieves busted, 3 held 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 9
The Jalandhar police has busted an interstate gang of vehicle thieves, which had been active in this part of Malwa for the past several months. About 13 vehicles, including Innova SUV, stolen from local doctors were recovered from three members of the gang who were recently arrested.

While the gangsters used to steal ordinary cars, luxurious vehicles were normally stolen at a gunpoint. They used to sell these vehicles at remote areas in Jammu and Kashmir by changing their registration and chassis numbers. 

Snatched vehicles were sold at throwaway prices. The gangsters realised about Rs 1.25 lakh for luxury vehicles and about Rs 70,000 for ordinary cars.

Manjit Singh of the Ramdass area of Amritsar, Satinder Singh of the Gopal Nagar area and Aftab Ahmed of Srinagar were arrested by separate police teams under the supervision of SP (D), Jalandhar, and Paramvir Singh Parmar. Gurpreet Singh, another gangster, was still at large.

Those arrested admitted having robbed large number of vehicles from the area during the past several months.

Investigations revealed that the gangsters had sold many vehicles in remote towns situated in Jammu and Kashmir during past few months.

While Manjit Singh, Satinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh used to steal and snatch vehicles from various towns and cities of the Malwa; Aftab Ahmed used to sell these in his native state.

According to Jalandhar SSP, RK Jaiswal, the gang was busted on the basis of a tip off that a few persons were selling vehicles at throwaway prices. SP (D) Parmar deployed decoy customers and nabbed the two members of the gang. Aftab was held when he came to take delivery of vehicles.

The gangsters admitted having stolen and snatched a large number of vehicles. They, however, could not recollect specific places and persons from whom they had snatched the vehicles. Two of the recovered Innova SUVs had been snatched from the Jalandhar bypass area and West End Mall in Ludhiana about two months ago.

The gangsters had snatched Dr Sunit’s vehicle by kidnapping Jagsir Singh’s driver at a gunpoint. Posing as cops, they had entered the vehicle on the pretext of checking it. Jagsir was left at a deserted place near Ajitwal in Moga district later.

The police is yet to confirm whether vehicles stolen from Jodhewal Basti and the Samrala Chowk area were snatched by the same gang. The official vehicle of Gurdeep Singh, DSP Traffic, was also stolen during those days.



Fee Hike: No solution in sight
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
The deadlock continued on the third day to find a solution to the hefty fee hike made by the CBSE affiliated schools. Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldeep Singh held a dialogue with the managements of the MGM Public School, Greenland Public School, Jain Public School and KVM and the representatives of the Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena which had been heading the agitation against the fee hike.

Parveen Dang, president, Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena, told The Tribune after the meeting that they were not satisfied with the progress of the talks and alleged that managements were just marking the time. 

The managements of the schools did not seem to be interested in settling the issue nor was the district administration putting any pressure on them to come to a settlement, alleged Dang.

He said managements were sending their employees with records who have no authority to come to any settlement and this was being done to linger on the matter. 

He added that they would intensify the agitation and organise rallies against the adamant attitude of the managements of the schools.

The sena chief alleged that the schools were not ready to give an undertaking that they would not raise the fee till the setting up of the Seventh Pay Commission by the Centre. 

The managements have now raised the tuition fee and other charges on the pretext of paying the salaries to the teachers according to the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

Dang said in the next course of action 101 persons would get their heads shaved to protest the unprecedented hike in fee and the sena may boycott the enquiry being made by the Additional Deputy Commissioner.

ADC Kuldeep Singh, talking to The Tribune, said Delhi Public School had not submitted the data. “The inquiry is almost complete. I don’t think there will be any further round of talks. I have yet to submit my report,” he said.



From Schools
Students’ council installed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
The first installation ceremony of the Sat Paul Mittal School Council was organised on its campus here today. School director Lt Col Dr DB Sharma was the chief guest at the function. The ceremony started with a welcome address delivered by school principal Dr Rajeev Chauhan. 

He briefed about the selection procedure adopted for selecting students for the council. Thereafter, the office-bearers of the students’ council presented a march past.


Lovedalians celebrated Baisakhi with fervour and excitement. The children were told that Guru Gobind Singh selected the Panj Piaras and established Khalsa on Baisakhi. Various aspects of rural Punjab and its cultural heritage were discussed. Master Bittu had choreographed the programme.



Weddings getting bigger and fatter 
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
The groom slips a diamond wedding ring onto bride’s finger and she blushes. No doubt, it’s an unforgettable occasion! What better way to celebrate the event than being on cruise as they exchange those significant vows? Exotic locales are no longer constrained to Bollywood songs now. 

With a little help from the wedding planners, couples in the city are singing their first duet on picturesque islands. Weddings in the city are getting bigger and fatter. It’s that time of the year when everyone gets into the mood to splurge.

Weddings have always been extravagant affair in the city, festivities lasting up to a week or more. Weddings are becoming the most conspicuous examples of conspicuous consumption. Weddings now last longer. Cocktail party, “sangeet” ceremony, “mehndi”, bachelor’s bash, youngster’s party, the list of the parties arranged during one wedding is endless these days.

The weddings grow larger only. The latest trend is now to fly out the ‘barat’ to foreign locales for the wedding there is not new to the city. “With increased money at their disposal and more awareness, people now don’t just want a five star wedding and ladies “sangeet” with popular singers performing and bachelor parties along with theme parties for the marriages,” said one of the wedding planners from the city.

The pandals are more like film sets now. Theme parties are what really excite everyone. With fashion designers like Ritu Kumar focusing on marriage trousseau more, one can’t even imagine how much one can spend on even individual ceremonies.

“People have money and now want to tell others that they have it. City people are happening and are willing to pay to send a style statement through an event like a wedding. A wedding for an Indian is probably the biggest and most serious event in his or her lifetime,” said Jaspreet Mangat, a city resident.

Creative wedding planners, fashion designers, florists, confectionery makers and event managers are cashing in on the flourishing wedding market.

Imaginative theme weddings, exotic destinations like palaces in Rajasthan are the flavour of the season. Today even the middle class wants to have lavish weddings. And no one wants to be flashy, so understated elegance is the order of the day. Temples of India, palace look-alikes, Sheesh Mahals and Las Vegas lounge themes are popular these days. Special corner for children are also prepared.

The cuisine includes anything from Lebanese, Italian, Mexican, Elizabethan, Chinese, Thai and Continental. Region specific dishes like Kashmiri, Punjabi, South Indian, Gujarati and Rajasthani are on the platter these days. The menu includes no less than hundred dishes. 



Mayawati to kick off campaign on Apr 28
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 9
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati will kick off the party election campaign in Punjab for Lok Sabha elections in a rally at Grain Market near Jalandhar Bypass Chowk here on April 28.

This was stated by Narinder Kashyap, national general secretary of the party, while addressing a news conference here today. State president of the BSP Avtar Singh Karimpuri, state general secretary Ramanjit Lally and candidate from Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Kehar Singh Ramgarhia were also present at the occasion.

He said the party had announced its candidates for all 13 seats in Punjab and cadres were being mobilised to give momentum to the electioneering as also for making the rally in the city a historic political event.

Kashyap, while elaborating on the social engineering formula of the BSP chief, said pursuant to the commitment of Mayawati to create a “sarv dharam samaj”, the party had nominated persons from all religions and communities as its candidates for Lok Sabha seats in the state.

“Among our candidates, there are two Brahmins from Amritsar and Patiala, one Mahajan from Bathinda, one Rajput from Gurdaspur, one Muslim from Sangrur and a Jat Sikh from Ferozepur while Dalits, including addharmis, scheduled castes and backward classes, have been fielded from other places in Punjab.”

He maintained that the party candidates had been selected after detailed deliberations with the local party workers as well as the state and central leaders with the political standing and winning potential being the sole criteria.

Karimpuri informed that the party candidate for Ludhiana seat Kehar Singh Ramgarhia would file his papers on April 17 in the presence of senior party leaders and workers.



Punish Galib for betrayal, Cong to voters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
Several senior Congress leaders today urged the residents of Ludhiana to make Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib realise his betrayal with them in general and the Congress in particular.

The leaders in a joint statement observed that Galib having risen from the ranks in the Congress had betrayed the party because he was denied the ticket.

The signatory to the joint statement included the District Congress Committee (urban) president, Jagmohan Sharma, former minister Harnam Dass Johar, Malkiat Singh Birmi, Milkiat Singh Dakha, former legislator Surinder Dawar, sitting legislators Jassi Khangura, Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, Harmohinder Singh Pradhan and others.

They pointed out that Galib had risen from the level of a village panch to the member of the Parliament only because he was in the Congress. “And now when he had reached his age of superannuation, he should have gracefully accepted the party’s decision and supported the Congress candidate,” they observed adding that “unfortunately he betrayed his party and went to the Opposition camp for his personal ambition”.

Residents of the Jawahar Nagar Camp, Model Town, ESI Hospital Road and other areas today alleged that they had been let down by the ruling Akali-BJP alliance government in the state.

They said there was neither any development nor the promised ‘aata-daal’ was provided to them as promised by the ruling alliance before the elections.

The residents raised these issues with Congress candidate from the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency Manish Tewari, who was talking to them during the third phase of his padyatra in that area.

The resentment of the people towards the government could be fathomed from their huge numbers. They had come out despite the inclement weather to list their woes before Tewari.



Tytler’s issue
Majithia asks Cong leaders to resign 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Bikramjit Singh Majithia asked the senior Congress leaders of Punjab, including former Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, to resign over the issue of nominating Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar as party candidates.

Majithia was here to inaugurate the election office of SAD nominee Gurcharan Singh Galib today. 2

Accusing the Congress of discriminating against Punjab and Punjabis, Majithia said the Congress leaders had never sought an apology from the people of Punjab for 1984 riots.

Rather, the party nominated two leaders who were held guilty by the Nanavati Commission, he said.

‘‘Time has come when the voters understand the anti-sikh designs of the Congress. They should franchise their rights for the development of the country,’’ he added.

Galib appealed to the voters to ensure his victory and strengthen the ties of the SAD and the BJP.

Deputy speaker and BJP leader Satpal Gosain said workers should work sincerely for the victory of the party nominee.

Dakha MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik said the Congress did not have any issue asking for votes.

Later, Galib was weighed against coins in a public meeting organised in Ward No 24 under the leadership of traders board chairman Madan Lal Bagga. Meanwhile, Shahi Imam, Punjab, Maulana Habib Ur Rehman Sani appealed to the masses to vote 
for Galib.

He said the SAD-BJP candidates should be elected in the state in order to give the reigns to the NDA government.



Change in weather relieves farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
The farmers in this part of region have heaved a sigh of relief with the change in weather. The bright sunny days ahead, as predicted by the weather experts of PAU, has brought back a ray of hope that farmers could go ahead with the harvesting process.

However, the scientists have asked them to wait for a day or two so that the standing crop, which is wet at the moment, gets dried.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr GS Bains, head of the meteorological department of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said the coming days would be clear and bright, thus uplifting the spirits of farmers to go ahead with harvesting. “They are advised to wait for a day or two so that the produce is properly dried. 

Secondly, the crop (bundles) which is already cut must be shuffled properly so that the grain does not sprout again. We can pray that weather remains like this during the harvesting season,” said Bains.

Yadwinder Singh, Chief Agricultural Officer, here, informed that four villages — Aihtiana, Tughal, Rajjoana and Sudhar — were hit by the hailstorm that took place last night. The city and surrounding areas have recorded mild to heavy rains in the past 24 hours. 

At Samrala, 8 mm rain was recorded whereas 3 mm was recorded at Jagraon and 19.2 mm of rain was recorded at Ludhiana.

“We hope that from tomorrow onwards the harvesting process will start taking place at maximum places as the standing crop must have been dried by now,” he said.

Karnail Singh, a farmer from Raikot, said the prayers of villagers were at last considered by the Almighty. “In this situation, no one can really help. The inclement weather in the past one week had shattered the hopes of farmers. At several places, crop was badly damaged. 

But we hope and pray to God to provide us with sunny days ahead. If all goes well, we will be able to harvest the maximum crop in the next 15-20 days,” said Karnail Singh.



Sehajdhari Sikh body condemns shoe attack
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 9
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation leadership has condemned the shoe attack on Home Minister P Chidambaram by a Sikh journalist on Tuesday. They said such acts were only an attempt to gain cheap popularity and drive a wedge between people of different faiths.

There were other peaceful ways of protesting and such an irresponsible act by a mediaperson needed to be condemned by all sections of society, they added.

The federation, backing the Congress, said the CBI was not under the control of the party, as the the report, though favourable for Tytler and others, was virtually against the Congress.

They suspected the role of the BJP or the NDA of working behind the scene to rake up the issue just ahead of the elections.

Terming the CBI report unfortunate for the Sikhs, federation’s national president Dr PS Ranu stated that the Sikhs should keep faith in the judiciary and wait for the outcome. They should restrain from reacting in such a manner, he said.

The federation appealed to the Sikhs to question the Akali-BJP combine on the NDA’s failure to do something concrete on the issue.

He asked, “How many riot-hit families have been granted relief by the successive state governments or the SGPC?”

He said the Akalis had been raking up the issue just round the elections to garner votes.

“The Congress has been giving top portfolios to the Sikhs. Dr Manmohan Singh is one such example,” he said.

The federation urged people to reject petty politics and vested interest and vote for the Congress.



DC clears confusion over weapons’ surrender
Those with criminal background only need to deposit arms
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
Clearing the confusion around confiscation of arms in view of the Lok Sabha elections, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Election Officer, Ludhiana, said today that residents, unless they had a criminal background, don’t need to deposit their arms.

DC Vikas Garg said as per the Election Commission’s direction, only those who were released on bail or with a history of criminal offences or who were previously involved in rioting need to deposit their arms. The rest could keep them in their custody throughout the election process.

Garg said a lot of confusion was surrounding the confiscation and people were asking him whether they too needed to give their arms even if they had no criminal background. He categorically stated that in contrast to the claims that the District Magistrate had passed these orders, he had not issued any such orders.

He added he was directing the district police chief also to follow the directions of the Election Commission in toto and ensure that people were not inconvenienced. The Deputy Commissioner said those who had given their arms, could claim them back after his announcement.

The Deputy Commissioner’s announcement came as a respite for a number of people, who were in the recent past fearing that their expensive arms would not be safe in deposits. They were protesting also but at the same time cops from their area police stations were pressing them by making repeated visits to their houses.

He also announced that the process of filing of nominations would begin on April 17 and would continue till April 24. The papers would be scrutinised on April 25 and April 28 would be the last date of withdrawal of nominations.

As many as 2093 polling stations in the district would go to polls on May 13. With as many as 2,007,290 voters registered with the administration, they would decide the fate of candidates in fray. With 664 polling stations declared sensitive and 149 very sensitive, either micro-observers or digital cameras would monitor the situation in these places. Extra forces, too, would be deployed at these stations as per the norms, Garg said.

Tomorrow is the last day for submitting the forms for preparation of voters’ identity cards in the district. All applications received in the election office by tomorrow evening would be considered, said Deputy Commissioner Garg while appealing to the residents to avail this opportunity. 



Man booked for killing wife
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
The Division No. 8 police has booked a man for allegedly setting afire his wife. Manpreet Kaur, the victim, succumbed to her burn injuries on April 4 at DMCH. The police after probing into the complaint filed by her mother Sheela Devi of Ambala, has booked her husband Gobind Kala, a resident the Club Raod, for killing his wife.

According to the complainant, Manpreet Kaur and her husband Gobind Kala started living together after compromise affected by the seniors of the family.

Sheela Devi further alleged that on March 29 she received a call from her daughter's neighbour that Manpreet Kaur had been set afire by Gobind.

She alleged that Manpreet had been killed for dowry. The police has booked Gobind Kala for killing his wife, but the accused is still at large. 



Residents insensitive towards mishap victims
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
The callousness of Ludhianavis was exposed again yesterday when four people died for the want of help after being hit by an over speeding truck, which lost control near Kailash Nagar Chowk.

The fifth victim, who sustained critical injuries, was taken to hospital by the civil hospital staff, while the public stood as mute spectator, watching entire incident.

According to the police, some of the deceased could have been saved if they were rushed to hospital in time.

Even strict guideline of Supreme Court, which stated that a person who helped the injured would not be inquired by the police, had not sunk into mass psychology as they remained reluctant to help the injured.

A senior citizen, on a note of anonymity, alleged that the guidelines existed only on the papers. “In real life, a common man still continues to be harassed by the police after the incident follow-up had finished in the hospital or the police station.”

He added, “I know of certain cases where the rescuers themselves have been implicated by the injured. Leave aside others, I myself ended up paying Rs 1,000 out of my pocket in a similar situation.” Rakesh Kumar rued the day when he took an injured air conditioner mechanic to hospital. The mechanic was injured after his overloaded scooter skid near Dohalewal chowk.

“I saw the mechanic was bleeding profusely and rushed him to the CMC hospital. After paying for his treatment from my pocket I informed his relatives about the incident. Next day when I visited the hospital I was shocked to hear the injured blaming me for his sufferings.”

Adding he said, “I was bailed and fought a legal battle for nearly two years, but to no avail. Ultimately, after paying Rs 30,000 I could reach a compromise with the mechanic.”

Kumar Sahil, son of coloniser Gulshan Kumar, was held accountable for crushing a leg of a nine-year-old boy.

Sahil alleged that he was implicated for no offence of his own. He said he had paid the price of taking the boy to a hospital for timely treatment as his driver fled from the spot after his car met with an accident.



Mangat to train b’minton probables
Coaching camp from April 25
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 9
NIS qualified coach Mangat Rai Sharma of Ludhiana has been appointed the coach to train national sub-junior badminton probables for the forthcoming international meets.

In a message received by Mangat Rai Sharma from the Badminton Association of India, he along with two coaches, namely DK Sen from the Sports Authority of India, and Mohan Chandran from Kerala would impart training to the probables (doubles) at the national coaching camp scheduled to start from April 25 at Nainital.



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