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Woman, 2 kids charred to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
A woman and her two children aged around 3 and 5 years were charred to death here this morning.

According to information, the trio was spotted by the local residents when they saw flames coming out of the room.

“There was smoke coming out of the room and when we opened the door we saw the three were being burnt. We immediately started throwing water on them and informed the police, but to no avail.”

They revealed that the family had shifted to their present rented accommodation at Lacchman Nagar in Mundian Kalan just a month ago and were not quite known to the people residing around. Kanta Prasad, father of the kids, had not returned home till the filing of this report.

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3 labourers hurt in factory fire
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
A fire broke out in a three-storey yarn unit here this afternoon, injuring three labourers working in the building.

The injured have been identified as Kailash, Rajesh and Sunil. The flames engulfed second and third floor of AWS Aggarwal Wool Store around 2.30 pm. More than five fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames.

Relatives of the unit owner said the loss could not be ascertained right now but it was likely to run into lakhs.

Eyewitnesses said the fire started on the second floor and created panic among labourers, who jumped from the first floor. They said Kailash along with two other labourers jumped from the building in order to save themselves and were hurt in the process.

“We took the injured to the nearby Jain Hospital where they were stated to be out of danger,” added another eyewitness.

He said: “The unit had fire-prone material like wool and acrylic but fire officers ensured that the situation did not get out of hand.”

Talking to The Tribune, councillor Sunita Phanta and her husband, who reached the scene, said: “The fire-fighters did a decent job and controlled the flames within two hours.” They said ADFO Kartar Singh supervised the rescue operation.

They added that Laxmi Marriage Palace was situated on the rear of the hosiery unit and water was taken from there to douse the flames.

The fire fighters said the unit was situated on the main road and hence they had little problem carrying out the rescue operation.

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Stamp paper scam being hushed up?
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
The involvement of an Akali leader in the fake stamp paper scam seems to have cast a shadow on the investigation as the police has only booked a stamp vendor while the Sub-Registrar (Central) had confirmed there were more people who were running the racket. The fact is that an Akali leader, stated to be close to a very senior leader, is a major link in the scam, and no action is being taken against him and other racketeers.

While the scam is expected to run into crores, the police has just booked a stamp vendor, Ravinder Pal, and that too for selling a single stamp paper to a private party. All this, despite the fact that the Sub-Registrar, Major GS Benipal, had given details of fake stamp papers worth Rs 1.2 lakh sold to six parties.

The DC, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, had directed the SSP to constitute a special investigation team to inquire into the matter and register a case yesterday.

The SP (City-I), Harsh Bansal, said the DC’s office had forwarded only a single name for the registration of a case. Sources told the Tribune that a similar racket was unearthed in Ludhiana West office six months ago, but it was allegedly hushed up by the officials concerned as one of the racketeers happened to be an Akali leader. “I am sure nothing will come out of it. The police and the administration is working under immense political pressure. But for the media exposure, the case would have been hushed up completely. This is what happened last year also,” a senior official said on the condition of anonymity.

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Controversial site at Shivpuri razed
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Silencing its critics for not holding demolition drives, the municipal corporation today razed a controversial site at Shivpuri, where a 60-year-old Kali Temple and graveyard for children are situated.

The MC squad, under the leadership of the ATP, SS Bindra, comprising the police and two JCB machines, went to the site at around 2.30 pm and demolished the boundary wall of the graveyard and a room following the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The team was so swift in its work that it didn’t give any time to residents and shopkeepers to protest the move and within a few minutes, the job was done. The work was carried out in the absence of Duty Magistrate Mahinder Pal Gupta.

On March 26, when the MC squad comprising Area Town Planners and DSP Amandeep Kaur and the Duty Magistrate had gone for the same demolition, the team had to return empty handed as people opposed it, stating that it had a graveyard for children and a temple.

The situation remained tense for more than three hours and the municipal corporation failed to give the possession of the land to its owner, Satyapal Jain, who didn’t enter the site for fear.

When the MC found it almost tough to hand over the site to Jain till April 25, it submitted an affidavit with the local court, urging it to extend the deadline for demolishing the structure and the court granted the civic body time till May 21.

The affidavit was signed by municipal town planner Hemant Batra on April 25, stating that due to the Lok Sabha elections, the Duty Magistrate was not available and it was causing a problem for them.

The court had then extended time till May 21 and the civic body accomplished the orders within the stipulated time.

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Man gets life term for killing wife
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, May 19
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Munish Singal has convicted Narinder Singh of Sunaran Wali Gali, Purana Bazar, Sahnewal, on the charges of killing his wife Kuldeep Kaur as she was proving to be a hurdle in his extra marital affair with a woman.

He was sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonment. A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon the accused.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the prosecution had successfully proved that the accused killed his wife by injecting poisonous substance in her body.

The court rejected the plea of leniency raised by the convict with the observation that he had committed a heinous crime of killing his wife.

However, the court acquitted co-accused Aman of Rishi Nagar, Haibowal, with the observation that the charges of murder could not be proved against her. Aman was allegedly having an extra marital affair with the prime accused.

A case under Section 302 of the IPC was registered against the accused at Sahnewal police station on April 4, 2006, on the statement of Inderjit Singh, father of the deceased woman. The complainant had stated to the police that his daughter got married with the accused in 1996. Narinder was working in an orchestra and had developed illicit relations with Aman.

Due to this, the relations between the couple got strained. This fact was told to the complainant by his daughter. On April 23, 2004, the accused visited Inderjit’s house and informed him that Kuldeep was not well. “Then I sent my son there, who later on informed that my daughter was dead,” said Inderjit.

The court rejected the defence plea that Kuldeep was a disturbed woman and she might have committed suicide. The court observed that if the woman had committed suicide by injecting poisonous substance then the mark of syringe should have been on her left arm whereas it was on the right arm.

After appreciating the evidence on record and convinced with the submissions of additional public prosecutor Rattan Singh, the court held the accused guilty.

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Another hike in toll bugs commuters
Loveleen Bains

Doraha, May 19
Commuters are once again questioning the NHAI following the recent increase in toll rates.

On the one hand, it is abruptly increasing toll rates, while on the other hand, meagre services are being provided.

As per the revised toll rates, single entry for cars, which was Rs 45, has been increased to Rs 76 whereas for multiple entry, it has been increased from Rs 68.50 to Rs 113. For light commercial vehicles, it has been raised from Rs 80 to Rs 132 while for their multiple entry, it is Rs 198 instead of the earlier rate of Rs 120. “There has been an overall increase of nearly 69 per cent which is not only more but meaningless,” a commuter said.

Jandeep Kaushal, a daily commuter and a social activist complained: “The authorities have no right to loot the masses in such a manner. Like dictators, they increase the rates every now and then and we like humble subjects are expected to pay.”

“Earlier, too, an attempt was made by the NHAI to increase the toll rates which it had to revert in the wake of sever opposition by unionists. This time also we will not sit back,” the commuters said.

As far as the condition of the road is concerned, it is simply pitiable. A commuter said: “Nowhere is the road smooth. We are paying so heavily for a road that is full of potholes and you never know when you have to apply sudden brakes, compromising with safety.”

It has been five years now since the implementation of toll tax, but not even once had recarpeting been done. It was a shame that the authorities were befooling people by temporarily patching the road,” another commuter said.

Further, the tall claims of the toll authorities to provide emergency services to accident victims, too, fell flat, when in a number of cases, it has been observed that the injured reportedly breathed their last in the wake of the non-availability of first aid vehicles on the road.

In case an accident occurs in between, who should the aggrieved call for help? As far as the spot clearance of accident vehicles are concerned, it is almost negligible.

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PSEB in the red
Power tariff hike on the cards
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 19
Even as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is grappling with the problem of meeting the increased demand for electricity in the state due to spurt in temperature and unscheduled power cuts ranging from two to four hours having become a routine, the consumers might have to pay more for power in a month or so if the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Authority concedes the plea for a power tariff hike by the PSEB.

PSERC chairman Jai Singh Gill, who conducted the first public hearing on aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) of the PSEB for the financial year 2009-10 here yesterday, indicated that power tariff for all categories of consumers might have to be raised to reduce the growing revenue gap of the board.

He, however, added that the commission would take the views of consumers in this regard in the course of public hearings on the ARR in different parts of the state before arriving at any such decision.

The ARR and the tariff review petition filed by the PSEB before the PSERC had shown a revenue gap of Rs 3,039 crore, and cumulative revenue gap of Rs 6,980 crore during the current financial year.

While the PSEB had made a plea for committed payment of a sum of Rs 3,102 crore by the state government as subsidy on account of free power supply to agriculture sector, domestic supply to Scheduled Caste families and domestic supply to non-SC BPL families in Punjab, it did not specify the extent of hike in power tariff.

Cross-section of consumers from different walks of life, as also representatives of trade and industry who participated in the public hearing, vehemently opposed any hike in the power tariff while pointing a finger towards the PSEB management for gross financial mismanagement.

Several leaders of the industry alleged that the power supply in the state was inadequate and erratic, transmission and distribution losses of the PSEB were on the rise and rather than putting the burden of its own inefficiency on the consumers, the board ought to improve its financial health by other means.

Populist measures of the state government like free power supply to farm sector and free domestic supply to SC families and non-SC BPL families, which were putting a heavy drain on the PSEB revenue, also came under sharp criticism at the meeting.

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Tribune Impact
Cockfighting: Animal board writes to admn
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
The Animal Welfare Board of India has written to the district administration regarding rampant cockfighting in the city.

This is the outcome of a news item, “Cockfights take political colour”, published in The Tribune on May 8 regarding cockfighting in Dhakka Colony and other areas of the city.

Dr Sandeep K Jain, co-opted member of the board and chief coordinator of CAPE-India, in a letter written to the District Magistrate and the SSP said it was violation of Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the Gambling Act.

Moreover, if the bird was injured seriously or it died during the fight, Section 429, IPC, was applicable.

Jain has requested the administration to take strict action against those involved in the activity.

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Milk Adulteration-II
Use of adulterants, injectable drugs rampant
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Handy tests

The experts have recommended handy tests at home to detect the presence of urea and sodium bicarbonate in milk. Add one teaspoon of arhar dal powder to 10 ml of milk and wait for 10 minutes. Then dip a strip of red litmus paper in the solution and the change of colour to blue will indicate presence of urea in milk. Similarly, adding 5-6 drops of rosolic acid solution to 10 ml milk and its change of colour to red will determine the presence of sodium bicarbonate in milk. Dairy farmers rampantly use sodium bicarbonate in milk as it refrains milk from curdling even after it is heated.

Ludhiana, May 19
In blatant violation of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, a large section of dairy farmers is using adulterants, including sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, vegetable oil and detergents, to increase the volume, fat and other contents of milk.

The absence of proper check on dairy farmers by the authorities concerned has increased the indiscriminate use of some injectable drugs in dairy animals, which is playing havoc with the human health.

Dr JK Sharma, head, department of public health at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, said: “There is an indiscriminate use of mastitis injection in dairy animals that leaves its residues in milk, which when consumed by expecting mothers results in malformation, drug resistance and still birth in babies.”

A large number of quacks are playing a negative role in misleading dairy farmers, who not only endanger their buffaloes and cows but also jeopardise the lives of people consuming the milk from affected livestock.

However, Dr Sharma called upon people to get their milk samples tested at the laboratory in the public health department at the veterinary university at a nominal price and help the departments concerned in arresting the culprits responsible for adulteration.

Similarly, Dr Fakir Chand Shukla, a former employee of department of food technology, PAU, said the practice of preparing synthetic milk had increased manifold amongst dairy farmers.

Some dairy farmers used mixture of sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, vegetable oil, detergents to increase the volume of milk, while others used urea mixed with water, which damaged brain cells and caused genetical disorders in humans.

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Exhibition on handicrafts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Around 28 craftsmen from Tamil Nadu have displayed their collection of handicrafts under the name “Poompuhar” at the Sutlej Club here.

These handicrafts are unique in form and nature and the craftsmanship is richly reflected in bronze, brassware, stoneware, sandalwood and rosewood carvings. Utility pieces like lamps, wooden sculptures, wall brackets, door handles, tableware, and lampshades are available in the exhibition.

The collection comprises exclusive art objects of the state. The major highlights of the exhibition are traditional woodcarvings and various sizes of highly decorated bronzes with rare motifs and expression, brass lamps with peacock, parrot and swan on top.

K Mathiyarasu, exhibition in charge, said the corporation had seven-production centres. They also undertook projects like manufacturing of wood, silver and golden chariots, along with bells and other items required for temples.

Archana, a visitor at the exhibition, said, “The exhibition will prove to be a treat for the art lovers in the city as it is offering a variety of crafts in all mediums like bronze, brass, stone, appliqué, jewellery, Thanjavur paintings, art plates, bed spreads, Kancheepuram silk and cotton sarees, famous within the country and abroad.”

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40 million Indians have hepatitis B
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
The city hospitals observed World Hepatitis Awareness Day today in order to educate people about liver diseases.

Dr Nirmaljeet Singh Malhi (liver specialist) at Deep Hospital, Ludhiana, organised a free hepatitis B and C screening camp today.

The hospital authorities distributed information booklets on hepatitis B and C and a Patients’ Education Forum was organised, in which emphasis was laid on vaccination against hepatitis B as an important preventive measure.

The doctors stated that the disease (swelling of liver) was caused primarily by a group of viruses (A,B,C,D,E) besides other causes.

Dr Nirmaljeet stressed that most people harbouring the infection were a symptomatic, being unaware of the ongoing damage that led to irreversible liver damage (cirrhosis), liver failure, liver cancer and death.

Globally, there are 350 million patients of Hepatitis B (HBV), out of which 40 million reside in India alone. The figures of Hepatitis C, too, are alarming.

The important modes of transmission include transfusion of infected blood and blood products, unprotected sexual contact with an infected person, use of contaminated needles, syringes and from an infected mother to child at the time of birth.

Preventive measures include vaccination against Hepatitis B of all HBV negative unimmunised people, use of universal precautions by medical and paramedics and use of disposable needles and syringes for administration of injections.

Importantly, there is still no vaccination against Hepatitis C, so prevention remains the key word. The doctors emphasised on screening of community or high-risk groups to identify the infected people, so that they could be treated at an early stage of the disease.

Director at Lifeline Hospital Dr RS Maheshwari said, “It is the lack of awareness, missing initiative on the part of affected persons followed by late detection are the major reasons for its spread in India.”

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Villagers pay for voting against SAD, 5 hurt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
At least five persons sustained injuries after armed men belonging to the SAD attacked a resident of Jeevanpur village here yesterday morning.

The residents of Jeenvanpur village alleged vindictiveness at the hands of the Akalis as the man had voted for the Congress candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.

According to the resident, a few SAD activists led by SAD leader Ajaib Singh arrived at the village and attacked Congress supporters and villagers.

The incident took place yesterday morning, when the SAD leader entered the village and started abusing the resident for backstabbing the ruling party by not casting his vote for them in this election. This led to an argument between the SAD activist and the villagers.

The heated argument soon turned violent. The villagers alleged that the assailants opened fire at them. The resident alleged that no cop turned up for help despite numerous SOS to the Matewara police station.

The panic-stricken residents called their relatives living in the nearby villages for help. But before they could reach the spot, the alleged attackers managed to escape. Later, they staged a dharna and blocked traffic at the Rahon road against the alleged police inaction. The injured were rushed to Kum Kalan Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, the police has categorically declined any gunshots being fired.

The SHO Mattawara police station said the irate SAD activists clashed with the Congress supporter who was celebrating the party’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections. The supporters of both parties pelted stones at each other due to which five persons sustained injuries and were rushed to a hospital.

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28 lose security deposit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Except for Gurcharan Singh Galib of the SAD, who polled 3,35,558 votes against 4,49,264 of the winning Congress candidate Manish Tewari, the remaining 28 candidates in the fray from the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency lost their security deposits this time.

He was followed by Kehar Singh of the BSP, who secured 32,660 votes. The candidates in the lowest bracket included Jasbir Singh Thethi (367 votes); Ravinder Kumar (369); Daljinder Singh (379); Balbir Singh (407); Balbir Singh (407); Gurinder Singh Sood (477); and Jaspal Singh (490).

Except, Jaspal Singh of the Gaon Taj Dal and Gurinder Singh Sood of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panther's Party, the other candidates were Independents.

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Changed paper pattern worries students
Varsity told to give grace marks
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
The students of MSc I (mathematics) of Panjab University, Chandigarh, who took differential operations and mechanics examination here, were disappointed to see the changed pattern of the question paper.

Many of them even failed to sit for three hours in the examination hall, as the whole pattern of the question paper was changed.

Jagatpreet Singh (name changed), a student of Gurusar Sudhar College, said : “As per the old pattern, we had to attempt two questions from Section 1, three from Section 11 and four from Section 111 but in February, we were informed about the new format. According to the new format, four questions were supposed to come from Part 1, two from Section 11 and three from Section 111. And thus, we prepared according to the latest pattern.”

Whereas, the question paper came as per the old pattern. Though we objected, we were told to keep calm by the invigilators on duty, Jagatpreet added.

One of the invigilators said it was disappointing to see the students confused. “Why should students suffer if university was at fault. One of the students said she could not attempt the examination as she had prepared according to the style prescribed by the university,” the teacher added.

Gurusar Sadhar College principal Swaranjit Singh Gill said about 47 students of the college had sent a representation on the issue. He said the college had received a letter on February 17, 2009 from assistant registrar, Panjab University, Chandigarh, vide letter No. 1631-50/GM, mentioning the new pattern of the question paper.

The university had been asked to give grace marks to the students,” Dr Gill added.

Meanwhile, Prof Gursharan Singh from SCD Government College said we had prepared our students with both the formats, thus, they were not much affected.”

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Ritu shines in MD exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Students of Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, have excelled in MD (homoepathy) Part-II examination as top three university positions were bagged by Ritu Trigotra, Maninder Kaur and Sunit Grover, respectively.

The college is affiliated to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Similarly, the students performed well in BHMS I professional examinations also. Shaffy Jain stood first in the college and third in the university while Archana Sahoo and Garima Yadav stood second in the college and fourth in the university.

Sonam Mahajan secured third position in the college and fifth in the university.

Whereas, Manu Gupta, Khalida Akhtar and Sanju Bala bagged second, third and fourth position in Part II professional examinations conducted by the university.

Akbir Kaur, Pritam Kaur and Harshimjot Kaur stood third, fourth and fifth in Part IV professional examinations.

Monica Gupta was adjudged first in the university in Part V examinations followed by Naveta Malhotra and Money Shukla who stood second and third in the university.

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Jhulka takes over as BSNL GM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
GS Jhulka has taken the temporary charge of general manager of the BSNL, Ludhiana circle. Jhulka has been given the dual charge as he is already looking after the operations of the Sangrur circle.

This step has been taken following the arrest of his predecessor SK Aggarwal on Saturday night.A CBI team from Chandigarh had arrested Aggarwal for alleged embezzlement of government money.

The Ludhiana circle includes sub-divisions like Jagraon, Raikot, Sudhar, Mullanpur, Baddowal, Gujjarwal, Khanna, Samrala, Sanhewal and Doraha. Without a general manager, the working at the Ludhiana circle would have come to a standstill.

Jhulka has earlier worked as general manager of the Ludhiana circle.

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Biz World
New summer designs for youth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Inspired with the European summer life, Duke has come up with latest designs in various colours, especially for the youth.

The new collection boasts of exciting colour combinations, designs in stripes, prints, short styles, embroidery, patch work, short lengths, round necks, collars, washings etc, particularly for urban category. The endless product range comprise t-shirts, shirts, trousers, denims, bermudas, lowers and lounge wears.

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Croc hoax at Budha Nullah
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Passersby gathered on the bridge at Salem Tabri, near Budha Nullah, around 11.15 am yesterday after rumours of a crocodile being spotted in the nullah made rounds here.

Some members of the crowd were even seen asking poor children to jump into the nullah to see if there was any movement of the animal.

Talking to The Tribune, a commuter said: “I, along with my friend, was passing the bridge when I saw people gathered along the bridge gazing at the stream. Upon enquiry, I was told that a crocodile had been sighted in the stream and its movement could be seen.”

Lalita, a woman residing in the nearby area, said: “I was cooking when my children rushed in saying that a crowd had gathered near the nullah as something had been spotted.”

She added that it was not the first time that such hoax had been witnessed. She added: “The water is so dirty that aquatic life cannot exist in it.”

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City Concerns

In absence of a comprehensive check by the District Health authorities to curb the menace of adulteration in milk, the local populace is facing a glut of number of health problems including chronic stomach disorders, ulcers and cancer. The health department has taken just 25 samples of milk and milk products since January 2009.

Despite denial by certain milk plant authorities, it is an established fact that very common are mixing of 'germ infested' water, urea mixed with water and oil in the milk to increase its volume. It is a widely known fact that a number of milk vendors and even the dairy owners take out natural fat from the milk and substitute it with adulterant.

Ludhiana Tribune will like the readers to let us know their knowledge on milk adulteration and its effects. Responses, in not more than 200 words, can be emailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.

— City Editor

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14 booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 19
The police has booked 14 persons in three cases of violence here yesterday.

The Jagraon police booked Jeet Singh and Bittu of Kamalpura on the complaint of Kulwant Singh, a resident of the same village.

Kulwant said the accused had damaged his crops and assaulted him with weapons because of an old land dispute yesterday night. The complainant was admitted to the Jagraon Civil Hospital in a critical condition.

The police has booked the accused under the Sections 324, 458, 323, 506, 34 of the IPC.

In another incident, the Sidhwan Bet police booked Bhanta, a resident of Sidhwan Bet village, Gurpreet Singh of Slempura village, Deepa along with three unidentified persons on the complaint of Roop Singh of Abbupura village near here.

Roop Singh said the accused had threatened and assaulted him, using sharp-edge weapons due to a tussle over the elections yesterday afternoon. The complainant was admitted to the Jagraon Civil Hospital. The police has booked the accused under the Sections 323, 341, 148, 149 and 506 of the IPC.

In yet another incident, the Delhon police booked Iqbal Singh alias Banty, Raj Singh, Tejinder Singh, Bahadur Singh alias Nathu of Jand village on the complaint of Kulwant Singh of the same village.

Kulwant said the accused entered his house yesterday afternoon and assaulted him due to an old dispute. The complainant was admitted to the Pakhowal Civil Hospital a critical condition. The police booked the accused under the Sections 452, 323, 506, 427, 34 of the IPC.

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Man commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 19
A man reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a train yesterday. The victim jumped before the Ludhiana-bound 2 LF passenger train, coming from Ferozepur, near the Chowkiman village railway station around 8 am.

The Jagraon GRP took the possession of the body and sent it for a post-mortem examination.

As the body remained unidentified till last evening, the police made public announcements from religious places of the nearby villages.

Later, Gurcharan Singh of Tugal village identified the body to be that of his brother, Kulwant Singh (35).

He said his brother was mentally disturbed because of his orthopedics ailment and could have committed suicide because of that.

The railway police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC, on the statement of Gurcharan Singh and handed over the body to the family.

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5 booked for credit card fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
The police claims to have busted a five-member gang that had been duping various banks in the name of credit cards to the tune of around Rs 2.5 crore.

Talking to mediapersons here today, the SSP said the gang members had been identified as Jatinder Singh, Shampreet Singh, Harjinder Singh, Pradeep Kumar and Munish Kumar, all jobless graduates.

The police seized around 20 credit cards from their possession. The accused used to run an office in the name of Sham Associates at Sant Isher Singh Nagar on Pakhowal road. They would forge documents and get credit cards issued, after which they would withdraw money using cheques. Bank recovery men found that the addresses were fake. The fraud had been committed with 13 to 15 banks.

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Spring Dale students excel in kickboxing
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 19
Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School, Sherpur, excelled in the Ludhiana District Kickboxing Championship organised by the Ludhiana District Kickboxing Association on Saraswati Modern School campus, Civil Lines branch, here today.

More than 100 participants drawn from different schools of the district shrugged their shoulders for top honours in the tournament. A 13-member squad from Spring Dale Senior Secondary School competed in this meet and bagged 11 medals, including four gold, two silver and five bronze medals.

The medal winners from this school include Kartik, Diksha Kamal, Amritha, Vivek Ahuja, Taranveer Kaur, Naveen Sharma, Simranjit Singh, Sachin Kaushal, Abhishek Grover, Navdeep Singh and Ajay Sama.

Director of the school Avinash Kaur Walia and founder principal Sandeep Raikhi appreciated the students and their coach Manoj Verma for bringing laurels to the school. They urged the other students to learn martial arts which were useful for self-defence.

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