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DC Garg sent packing
Had ‘bailed out’ Galib while filing papers
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
Barely three months after former Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Sumer Singh Gurjar faced an unceremonious exit from the city, similar treatment was meted out to incumbent Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg, who was asked to swap places with Nawanshahr Deputy Commissioner following directions by the Chief Election Commissioner.

Garg had been accused of helping the ruling party candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary constituency on the day of filing of nomination papers.

He had been accused of not taking action against SAD nominee Gurcharan Singh Galib for taking more than five persons to returning officer’s office while filing his papers.

Instead, Garg had justified Galib’s stand in front of the media stating that only five persons had handed him over the papers.

Later in the day, in a mere eyewash, he had asked a DSP to explain the reason why so many people were let inside.

Though speculations are rife that he would be sent back to the city after the elections, sources said not asking Galib’s supporters to go out from his office that day did him in.

Garg was posted in the city on January 27. Gurjar was given the marching orders following allegations of corruption by Deputy Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Satpal Gosain and a vigilance disclosure that examination of a tehsildar had revealed Gurjar was part of a corruption racket in the revenue department.

Garg becomes the second official to face an exit in a jiffy. While Garg happened to be the Deputy Commissioner for a shortest span in the district, Gurjar had earned the notoriety of being the most controversial official to ever hold the chair. Even leaders of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance had been gunning for him.

Gurjar had also earned the wrath of SAD MLA from Mahilpur Sohan Singh Thandal, who was nominated to the SC-BC welfare committee constituted by Vidhan Sabha when he failed to attend a meeting in the city to apprise Thandal of welfare schemes going on in the district.

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Property worth Rs 25 cr reduced to ashes
Jyotika Sood/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
A fire broke out at Eastend Knitwears in Sunder Nagar here today at around 4 am. Machine and materials worth Rs 25 crore were reduced to ashes.

Witnesses said they were sleeping when they heard the siren of the fire brigade and vehicles. The fire was so intense that within a few minutes the inner portion of the whole building was engulfed in flames.

Residents and Praveen Jain, owner of the unit, said the fire started from the second or third floor and reached the ground floor. They complained that fire officials were not equipped with modern equipment and did not have enough resources due to which rescue operations were hampered. Besides, the fire department should have used foam to control the fire, but it had neither water nor foam.

The fire-fighters revealed that the unit had petroleum product in the form of polyster stored in it and the entire unit was enclosed with walls. Due to lack of open spaces, it was tough to carry out rescue operations. Almost all fire engines had been pressed into service and the officials returned around 1.30 pm after completing the operation.

They said the unit had caught fire around eight years ago. It was a major fire. The owner had installed fire-fighting equipment, but it was of no use to them. “The submersible pump doesn't work and the water pipe they have is so thin that it could not be used,” said fire officials, adding that it was time residents should be vigilant about fire safety in their areas.

Recent fire incidents

May 1 Pal General Store, Basti Jodhewal

April 28 MK Hoisery Private Ltd, Focal Point

April 28 Mukesh Udyog, Buddhewal

April 25 A paint godown

April 24 A textile unit

April 22 Mini Textiles, Kidwai Nagar

April 19 A house

April 18 Jhuggis, Kumkalan

April 14 A box factory, Shivpuri

April 13 A hosiery unit, Basant Vihar

April 9 House of a councillor, Bhamia

March 30 A godown, Basti Jodhewal

March 22 Perfect Dyeing 

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Remarks over ’92 Assembly polls
Tewari faces partymen’s wrath
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, May 3
A group of Congress workers today burnt the effigy of party candidate in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls Manish Tewari over his remark that the party had won the 1992 elections in Punjab by default.

In an angry protest at Haibowal chowk here today, the agitated party workers charged Tewari with being an outsider to Punjab and knowing nothing of the history and background of the party in the state.

Narinder Singh Makkar, former general secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress, who led the protest said the Congress had won the 1992 elections in the state after making a number of sacrifices.

Addressing the protesters, the speakers called upon Manish Tewari to withdraw his remarks, tender an unconditional apology at the memorial of slain Chief Minister Beant Singh, the hero of the 1992 elections at Chandigarh, who laid down his life for the sake of unity and integrity of the country.

Addressing a press conference later in the afternoon, Tewari said: “He had been quoted out of context with reference to a news report under consideration. I cannot make any comments raising doubts over contribution of the Congress leaders to the interest of the state, particularly during days of terrorism. Beant Singh, a former Chief Minister, laid down his life working for people of the state and unity and integrity of the country,” he said.

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Poll observer inspects city for violations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
Election observer Abha Shukla today inspected several areas in the city and took note of violations pertaining to the code of conduct. Accompanied by a battery of officials, Abha went to Shimlapuri, Atam Nagar and Atam Public School to take stock of the situation.

At several places, she directed employees to remove posters put up illegally.

A number of posters of SAD and Congress candidates were pasted on the walls of private properties. These were removed by the staff accompanying her. She also inspected polling stations.

She refused to confirm if any action would be taken against the candidates whose posters were put up on the walls.

She said she was helping the administration in enforcing the code of conduct and was not supposed to talk to the media.

Two days ago, the election observers had directed the Mullanpur Dakha and Ludhiana police to register cases against supporters of candidates who had pasted posters and defaced property. 

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Suicide By Youth
Angry residents attack police station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
Angry relatives of a 23-year-old youth, who committed suicide last evening, pelted division No. 6 police station with stones in protest against police inaction against the victim’s wife, who allegedly drove him to take the step, here today.

The relatives carried the victim’s body along and staged a protest by blocking the road in front of the police station.

Later, they turned violent and tried to damage the building of the police station. However, no one was injured in the incident.

The victim, Manpreet Singh, had hanged himself after allegedly getting tired of his wife’s persistent demand for a cell phone. He had married a week ago. His wife, Kusum, had allegedly been demanding latest gizmos from the victim.

The family of the victim wanted the police to register a case of abetment to suicide against his wife and her relatives but seeing no action coming, they staged a protest.

No case was registered till the filing of the report.

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12-yr-old killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 3
A boy was killed when his bicycle was hit by a tempo last evening. The victim has been identified as Manpreet Singh (12) of Janetpura village, near here.

He was returning on his cycle when he met with the accident between Janetpura and Sodhiwal villages. He fell down after the collision and sustained serious head injuries. He died on the spot.

The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC following the statement of Avtar Singh, grandfather of the deceased.

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Over 3,500 students take CET
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
Over 3,500 students took their Combined Entrance Exam (CET) here today. The test is conducted by the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, every year. The university had made about 13 centres to accommodate candidates.

One of the students Abhishek Gupta, who took the CET, said the test was for two hours. “Despite being lengthy, the test was easy. It is good that there will be no negative marking,” he added.

Shagun Kapila, another student, said this was her first attempt. Though she was nervous before entering the examination hall, she was relieved once she saw the question paper.

It is pertinent to mention that a section of society had been demanding the scrapping of CET for long. They felt that all the seats were not filled by the university. AK Bhandari, general secretary of public cause, a forum for voicing problems of people, told The Tribune that the test held no importance when seats were filled on donation basis by the private institutes. "When merit is not considered and direct admission is given to other students, then why hold the test?” questioned Bhandari.

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Flu scare hits travel industry
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
The spread of Swine flu in European countries has put the travelling plans of city residents on hold for the time being. However, those traveling to these countries are not canceling their air tickets, but the panic about the flu has sent the travel industry into the jitters, which is already grappling with the recession.

Yesterday, offices of the most of the travel agents were flooded with queries regarding the spread of the flu. The residents, who had booked their air tickets, are in a dilemma whether to return the tickets or go ahead with their travel plans.

“For the past two days, we are receiving all sorts of queries regarding the Swine flu. The residents are asking us about the flu-infected countries. The city does not cater customers traveling to Mexico, but the ratio of the people visiting the European counties, the USA and Canada is certainly high. So the concern is obvious,” said Raja of Gurmukh Travels.

Ravinder Kaur, who was scheduled to meet her daughter this month, has put her visit on hold. “My daughter told me not come to Canada as the flu was spreading there as well,” said Rajinder.

Travel agents said most of the people were planning to visit South- Asian countries rather than the Europe.

Mukesh, an executive with the Jimmy Travels, said: “Instead of visiting the European countries, USA and Canada nationals are preferring to visit the South-East Asian countries as the pandemic has not invaded these countries.”

Atul Palaha of the East-West travel agency said customers were asking about pandemic and the options of putting their travel plans on hold particularly if they were flying to Canada or to the USA.

Rupjeet Saggar of Saggar Travels said: “So far, we have received numerous queries but no cancellation has been made so far.”

The outbreak of the flu has made the travel agents jittery, who are coming to terms with the impact of recession.

A well-known travel agent of the city said “We have already witnessed acute dip in the business due to the recession and the flu will further hit the business hard.”

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Experts give tips to keep asthma at bay
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 3
A free asthma camp was organised at the DMCH here today to commemorate World Asthma Day that falls on May 5. Over 150 patients, including adults and children, were examined, and spirometry test was conducted on about 65 patients. 

A team of specialists and senior residents, comprising Dr Jagdeep Whig, vice-principal of the DMCH, Dr Anil Kashyap and Dr Vineet from the department of chest, Dr HS Bains, Dr Siddharth and Dr Sushil from the department of paediatrics, along with yoga consultant Dr Sanjeev Singh Rawat, examined the patients.

Those who attended the camp were given medicines and tests were conducted free of cost.

Dr Jagdeep said asthma was characterised by recurrent episodes of breathing difficulty and was caused by inhaling various environmental allergens. Dr Daljit Singh, principal of the DMCH, said due to increasing pollution, incidents of asthma had doubled among urban children. "Children are more susceptible because they have narrow air passages compared to adults," he added.

Dr Kashyap suggested that asthma could be prevented by taking care of one’s surroundings, proper diet intake and regular exercises.

He even advised those who were prone to asthma to avoid the use of insect sprays, strong perfumes and mosquito repellents to keep asthma at bay.

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CME on stunted growth in kids
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 3
The district branch of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) today conducted a continuing medical education (CME) programme on paediatric endocrinology in which growth-related problems among children were discussed by specialists.

Dr IPS Kochhar, senior consultant paediatric endocrinologist at Fortis and Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, was the keynote speaker while Dr Daljit Singh, principal of Dayanand Medical College, chaired the technical session.

The experts advocated the use of growth charts released by the IAP in 2007 for monitoring the growth of children.

"Charts that were used before the introduction of IAP charts were not a true representation of the growth pattern among Indian children because they were based on the data collected from children residing in western nations," Dr Kochhar said.

He explained the correct method of using them. He also stressed the need to plot the charts on regular intervals as serial readings helped in the early identification of children who had faltered growth.

By referring to the growth curves on these charts, the consultants could make early and specific diagnosis, he added.

Dr Daljit said the early identification of the cases of short stature and planning the treatment accordingly were important as the therapy was expensive and had to be continued for a long period of time.

"Judicious use of the IGF-1 and proper monitoring of growth in children, with the help of growth charts, is the key to achieve the desired results. For best results, early and proper treatment under the guidance of an expert was essential," he emphasised.

Dr TS Gambhir, general secretary of the IAP,

said the Punjab Medical Council had accredited the CME with one credit hour.

Dr BS Shah also spoke.

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Eager to join poll campaign, farmers continue to burn wheat stubble
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 3
In an effort to join the poll campaigns of their candidates, farmers of the area falling under the Sangrur and Ludhiana districts continue to burn wheat stubble in their fields.

Despite warnings by environmentalists and farm scientists against the burning of stubble and the ban imposed by the district administration the farmers remain unconcerned with the deteriorating environment and soil fertility.

Even though the region has already started witnessing the effects of air pollution caused by the malpractice, the farmers, though well aware of the problem, are not paying any heed to such warnings. All habitations in the area are witnessing clouds of smoke, as the farmers remain insensitive to the problem.

A visit to Pohir, Lehra, Latala, Chhappar Jhammat, Sihar, Akbarpur Chhanna, Jandali, Baurhai, Rohira and Kanganwal villages revealed that almost all farmers had either already burnt the stubble or were about to do so for sowing the next crop.

Due to the fear of being checked by revenue officials, farmers put the stubble on fire during the night. This besides being dangerous for those working in fields trouble heart patients and those suffering from lung diseases.

Although farmers were aware of the fact that stubble burning affects soil fertility and causes pollution, they were not ready to think about the problem till next year. Due to the poll, they were not ready to spend more time and labour on cutting the residue manually.

“Though we are not much concerned about elections we can not remain isolated from the system. We have to take part in election campaign of our party’s candidate,” reacted Jaswinder Singh of Latala, who admitted that the practice was harmful for the soil fertility as well.

The agricultural scientists have once again stated that the farmers could dispose off the stubble by any other manner rather than burning it. By resorting to burning of the straw equal to 20 million tonnes every year, the farmers were wasting rich organic matter. As per the estimates paddy straw worth crores of rupees was burnt every year and lakhs of tonnes of organic carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium were lost every year.

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Sangrur candidates play with well-diggers’ sentiments
Mahesh Sharma

Dhadewara (Mandi Ahmedgarh), May 3
Almost all candidates from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency are ready to take on Parliament for the rights of people of their constituencies after their victory, but none has answer to woes of dozens of families of this nondescript village whose kin were buried alive while increasing the depth of the wells for bringing depleting water table within farmers’ reach during the past several years.

What to talk of getting compensation from any government agency, they have not even been treated as ‘poor’ by the administration.

Having lost their breadwinners while digging wells after being offered peanuts for the hazardous job, dozens such families of this village are upset that supporters of various party candidates pocket their votes by luring them with false promises of getting compensation after formation of their government but none showed their face after the elections.

At least 70 Khan families of this village, who have a knack of digging wells, have lost at least one of their family members, during the digging work, in several parts of the state during the last decade. The villagers are employed as labourers for digging wells in several parts of the state.

The young and the old are doing the work unmindful of the lurking danger. Their womenfolk are dead against their men being engaged in this work as many of them lost their husbands, sons and grandsons. But the men are willing to do the job, as they don’t have any other source of income.

Yusuf Khan, a septuagenarian, said: “Almost every family in this village has lost a kin due to caving in of the earth while deepening wells in the state during the past several years. His son, Ramjan Khan, was also buried alive in one such incident at Landa village. But none of the families received any compensation ever.

“It is only during campaigning that the leaders of various parties come here and promise to raise the question in Parliament or the Assembly. But none showed his face after the elections were over,” said Khan.

This profession has only brought them miseries. They used to get Rs 150 for digging one-foot of the well. It took almost a week to dig 40-foot well, he added.

During the past few years the village has lost eight youths and 12 labourers. Most of them died after the earth caved in while digging the wells, the villagers added. Recalling the incidents they said Dani Mohammed 
(21) of the same village died digging a well at Pooniwala village leaving his little daughter, wife and old parents at the God’s mercy.

Another youth Shamshad (18) died under similar circumstances followed by Joohar, Aiti Lambardar (8), Razaq Mohammed (28) and Meena Sardar. Irshad Khan, Razak Ali, Zalani, Umra and Liaqat Ali are in the long list of diggers who lost their lives but their kin never received any compensation from any government or private organisation. Their names have not even been accepted for the Shagan and the Atta-Dal schemes as well. 

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City’s lost proposed intl airport to Mohali, says Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
The city has lost the proposed international airport at Halwara to Mohali. Manish Tewari, Congress candidate for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, while addressing a press conference here today, sated this.

He was quoting a reply of the Ministry of Civil Aviation to a few questions pertaining to the international airport in the city raised under the Right to Information Act. The reply reads, “There was a proposal to construct a Civil Enclave at Halwara Defence Airfield near Ludhiana in Punjab but due to financial non-viability and the Punjab government’s proposal to establish another airport for international operations at Mohali, this proposal was not pursued.”

He said “The SAD was making unnecessary noise over delay in airport at Halwara which in fact was not even under consideration. He also said “The SAD was also making unnecessary claims of another international airport in the district because the proposal under consideration has been moved by a private entrepreneur and has no role of the SAD at all.”

In reply to a question, the ministry has said “ M/S Bengal Aerotropolis Project Limited has sent a proposal for setting up of a Greenfield International Airport in Ludhiana. For this thee Government of India had granted site clearance of the project at Machhiwara in Ludhiana district. The applicant has been advised to submit the details at the earliest.”

Tewari also said that the Ministry of Defence had not given clearance for the proposed Greenfield Civil International Airport at Ladhowal in Ludhiana. The reason for not giving permission to the airport at Ladhowal was that flights from here would interfere with the flight route map of the Adampur airport in Jalandhar district.

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Terror threat during elections
Internet café owners told to keep check on outsiders
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 3
Apprehending that a few terrorists or anti-social elements might mislead security forces or investigating agencies by using Internet facilities at various commercial establishments, the administration has directed owners of the Internet cafes not to allow unknown people to use this facility.

Though the orders had remained in force since long, the officials have been directed to implement the orders in letter and spirit in the wake of threat during the Lok Sabha elections.

The administration has made it mandatory for the café owners to preserve the activity server log and records pertaining to the usage of the Internet facilities. It has even ordered that the entries should be made in users’ handwriting and duly signed by him as well.

The administration observed that since a large number of commercial establishments had come up in localities falling under Sangrur district. Scores of people visit these places for availing the e-mail facilities.

It’s because of this that the administration apprehended that a few anti-social elements and terrorists might use these facilities to mislead various agencies and in turn help terrorist groups.

For establishing the identity of the users, voter, identity and ration cards, passport, driving license and photo credit card would be required. Along with this, the usage time of the Internet or e-mail would have to be mentioned in the register.

The cyber cafe operators have also been told that if they suspected the activities of a user, they should inform the police immediately. 

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Protest over opening of tavern
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
Residents and shopkeepers of Dugri Phase-I held a dharna and protested against the opening up of a tavern along with a liquor shop in their area.

The residents and shopkeepers, including Avinash Rai Chadha, Gurcharan Singh Bansal, Rajkumar Raju and Dharam Singh Chawla, complained that with the opening of tavern in the locality, it would not be safe for them to live in the area.

“The place where the tavern is being opened has shop-cum-flats and the shop owner has given place for tavern on lease. We had talked to him about the presence of schools and a hospital in the area and he should have thought earlier whether to rent out the place for drinking purposes or not,” added residents.

Talking to The Tribune, Jasbir Singh Jassal said: “The property is owned by Ramesh Malhotra and he had rented a shop for liquor sale and now a tavern was coming up alongside. The shop has open space for parking in front and at rear too, which is the real problem. Those who consume liquor park their vehicles during late evening hours and throw waste of non-vegetarian dishes, causing inconvenience to us.”

Not only residents but even shopkeepers are against this, he added.

He said after witnessing the protest, Ramesh got ready for a compromise and when they asked him to give it in writing, he left the place stating that he would be back soon but he never returned.

Jassal said: “The residents and shopkeepers went to the police station where we were told to contact officials of the excise and deputy commissioner office.”

This is fourth protest against the opening of a liquor vend in the past one month. Earlier, protests were held at Malhar Road, BRS Nagar and ward No. 42.

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NRI dies in jail
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
A 30-year-old NRI, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, died following a cardiac arrest at Central Jail here today. The inmate, identified as Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Punjabi Bagh Jalandhar, was undergoing a jail term in a murder case. He died in his cell this morning.

Satinder Singh, a friend of the inmate, said the jail authorities had informed him about the deteriorating health of Amarjeet. He was taken to the local civil hospital where he was declared brought dead. Besides the murder case, many criminal cases were pending against Amarjeet Singh, who had lived in the US for some time. His body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

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Youth killed, 4 hurt in accident
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 3
A youth, Deepak, was killed while four others were injured when a Maruti car rammed into a stationary Army trailer on the Jagraon road last night. The car (PB 25 A 4645), driven by Pankaj (27) of New Delhi, hit the Army vehicle on the outskirts of Mullanpur Dakha, near Dhatt village.

Deepak, was returning home from Ludhiana around 10.30 pm along with his wife Dolly and cousins Shilpa, Palak and Ravi when the accident took place.

Rakesh Arora, father of children accompanying the deceased, was trailing in another car. He took the injured to the local civil hospital where Deepak was declared bought dead.

Rakesh said driver of the ill-fated car could not see the stationary truck due to lights of vehicles coming from the opposite side.

Deepak had married Dolly on April 14. They were returning from Vaishno Devi after paying obeisance there.

Dolly received minor injuries on the face, while the other three received major head injuries and broken limbs.

The Dakha police has registered a case under Section 174 CrPC.

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Estate owner’s son booked for grabbing father’s property
Rakesh Gupta

Mullanpur Dakha, May 3
The famous (later infamous) Deol’s estate seems to be felling apart. There seems to be war of supremacy going on within family with each trying to take grab as much property as they can by hook or crook. Pritam Singh Deol, who originally hailed from Boparai village, was once a leading transporter (Deol Road Carriers). He had 300-truck trolley in his fleet beside overseas business in money exchange (DFE Traders Pvt Ltd) and Authorized TATA Service Station (Deol Motors Ltd) at their headquarters Deol Estates near Bhanohar village after returning from Canada in 1996.

About five years ago they became popular for not honouring their deals and even had some FIRs registered against them in the Dakha police station and other places. They spent nearly three years in exile and then turned up after settling their cases with complainants or after the court acquitted them. They re-entered the market with a new venture ‘Prince Tyres’ and ‘Prince Exels’.

Sources reveled that they owned a few factories in China and had started the real estate business after the come back.

Rajpreet Singh Deol, alias Raja Deol, was the most loved son (out of three) of Pritam Singh Deol till recently. The family had 18 acres on the National Highway near Dhatt village. It was purchased in 1981. The land was in the name of Pritam Singh Deol as per the revenue records. Raja Deol said he had paid Rs 2 crore for this land from his pocket but got the title deed registered in his father’s name as he was facing some cases.

He apprehended that the police could attach his properties. He blamed his father of taking undue advantages of the revenue records. Pritam Singh presently residing with his daughter Lakhjit Kaur in Ludhiana, however, claimed ownership of the land in question. He said at the time of land purchase Raja Deol was just a 12 year-old kid. Moreover, he said, “I have distributed property between both of sons- Raja Deol and Davinder Singh, alias Pappa. He wanted to give some share to the children of his son Ravinder Singh, who died recently. 

He had two daughters, and to his widowed daughter Inderpreet Kaur. Raja Deol opposed this move. He said he was a guarantor to Rs 1.5 crore loan availed by Raja Deol which had risen to Rs 4.88 crore now. He settled the case at Rs 2 crore and the payment were to be paid by both of his sons and instead transfer the plot in the name of both of them. Raja Deol was against the settlement. He also wanted to get the 18 acres transferred in his name alone and with the intention he occupied the land with his accomplices. 

He gave an application to SHO Dakha on May 1 and later to SSP Jagraon Gurpreet Singh Bhullar on May 2 that Raja Deol along with Karnail Singh of Tungahedi village near Raikot and some other persons has grabbed his land. The Jagraon SSP entrusted the Dakha DSP to probe into the matter and proceed as per the law. The Dakha police yesterday booked Raja Deol and Karnail Singh under Sections 447 and 511 of the IPC and arrested them. 

Later on seeing the attitude of Raja Deol, the police proceeded against him under Sections 107/151 of the Cr.PC to avoid any untoward incident. Their other accomplices are absconded. Raja Deol and Karnail Singh was let off on bail by the police and SDM in the evening yesterday. 

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Cricket
Haibowal Khurd school register win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 3
Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd, defeated GMT Public School by two wickets on the second day of the first edition of the Ludhiana District Inter-School Rajgadh Estates Prize Money Cricket Cup Tournament (U-19) being played at SDP College for Women, Circular Road.

Batting first, GMT Public School was bowled out for 117 runs in 18.3 overs. Chander scored 25 runs, while Deepak made 18 and Varun contributed 13 runs.

For Government Senior Secondary School, Love captured four wickets for 19 runs, while Gagandeep scalped three wickets for 20 runs.

In reply, Government Senior Secondary School made 119 runs for the loss of eight wickets with one over to spare.

The main architects of their innings were Sachin (15), Love (14) and Manish (14).

For GMT Public School, Jinesh took three wickets for 26 runs and Gaurav captured one wicket for 24 runs.

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Cricket trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 3
At least 70 aspirants turned up for the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) at MGM Public School, Dugri, here today.

The trials were held to select probables for the Punjab State Inter-District Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association from the third week of May. 

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Media XI humble Cremica XI
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 3
Another hurricane innings of 90 runs off just 37 balls by Mohit Khanna and devastating bowling by Tarsem Devgan (5 for 20) steered Ludhiana Media XI to a comfortable 71-run victory over Cremica XI in a Twenty20 cricket match played at Arya College ground here today.

In the stipulated 20 overs, Ludhiana Media XI scored 222 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Mohit executed 90 runs, laced with seven sixes and nine fours.

Other notable contributors were Arashdeep Samar, who made 44 runs off 30 balls, and Lahiri, who scored 39 runs. Sunil too contributed 20 runs off 12 deliveries.

For Cremica XI, Raja and Raju took two wickets each, while Gagan Kalia and Manish accounted for one wicket each.

Chasing the target, Cremica XI were bowled out for 151 runs in 19.2 overs. Only three batsmen — Gagandeep (24), Manish (18) and Naresh (12) — could reach the double figure.

For winners, Tarsem Devgan captured five wickets for 20 runs, followed by Neeraj and Ajit, who chipped in with two wickets each. Lahiri grabbed one wicket to help Ludhiana Media XI wrap up the issue comfortably.

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ML Markan Trophy
Manpreet, Shivam propel Patiala into final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 3
Fine centuries by Manpreet Singh and Shivam Goel helped Patiala register win over Ludhiana on the basis of their first innings lead of 136 runs in the semifinal of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the ML Markan Trophy organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala today.

In the first innings, Ludhiana had scored 211 runs in 90.4 overs and Patiala, resuming at the overnight score of 98 for 1 in 24 overs, went on to score 347 runs for the loss of just two wickets in the stipulated 95 overs.

Yesterday’s not out batsmen, Manpreet Singh (41) and Shivam Goel (16) cracked centuries to enable Patiala to overhaul Ludhiana’s total.

Manpreet scored 147 runs with the help of 13 hits over the ropes, while Shivam remained unconquered on 121 runs, which included six boundaries. Rajeshwar Brar contributed 37 and Viren made 30.

For Ludhiana, Sandeep Singh and Nikhil Choudhary grabbed one wicket each for 66 and 75 runs, respectively.

Brief scores: Ludhiana (Ist innings): 211 all out in 90.4 overs (Chirag Maria 81, Abhinav Bhatia 36, Gurpreet Singh 33 and Mankaran Singh 25; Pardeep 1 for 26, Kanwarpal Singh 2 for 25, Karan Kalia 2 for 62 and Sukhwinder Singh 4 for 80).

Patiala (Ist innings): 347 for 2 in 95 overs (Manpreet Singh 147, Shivam Goel (121 n.o, Rajeshwar Brar 37 and Viren 30; Sandeep Singh 1 for 66 and Nikhil Choudhary 1 for 75).

In the final slated to be played at Patiala from May 5 to 7, Patiala will take on Chandigarh who beat Muktsar in the second semifinal played at Chandigarh Sector 16 ground by virtue of first innings lead of 140 runs.

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