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Attack on naib tehsildar
Advocate, 7 others booked
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
With the Ludhiana police finally booking an advocate for allegedly attacking a sub-registrar, lawyers and revenue officials of the district are at loggerheads with each other.

Advocate Naginder Singh, his brother and six others were booked under Sections 353, 186, 506, 341, 148 and 149 of the IPC for obstructing Naib Tehsildar, Jagsir Singh from performing duty, threatening him and even detaining him illegally on June 9.

The case has been registered following a complaint lodged against the accused by Jagsir Singh with Deputy Commissioner, Vikas Garg, who forwarded it to SSP for further action.

Following registration of the case, the lawyers staged a dharna against the administration outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office today.

The lawyers led by Naginder himself raised slogans against the authorities and said he was falsely booked while he had just asked the Naib Tehsildar to work smoothly.

Carrying banners stating that tehsildars are corrupt and should be suspended, the lawyers said who so ever tried to raise voice against their functioning, was silenced by registering a case against him.

The lawyers said they would intensify their agitation if the case were not withdrawn. They said they would not take the bully behaviour of the revenue officials lying down.

The revenue officials were angry that the lawyers misbehaved with them. Jagsir Singh had alleged that he was attacked and threatened by the lawyer on June 9. He alleged his brother had wanted him to jump the queue and when he failed to do so, he was threatened and detained illegally.

He went on to say that the lawyer along with others hurled abused him following which he had to leave the office midway.

Following the incident, the sub registrars had suspended work in the office for a day. They wrote to the deputy commissioner asking for personal security. Next day they came with their private security guards to their offices stating they were scared of the treatment given to their colleague.


Three minors raped within fortnight
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Three cases of alleged rape and molestation in the past fortnight-all with minors- have raised concern about the safety of the girls living in the busy localities and one-room quarters of the city.

Instead of extending a helping hand to the victims’ family, residents as well as the police tried to affect a compromise or shrug off the matter.

What has made this act more heinous was the fact that in two incidents, the mothers of the victims were widows, who work as maidservants to keep the kitchen fire burning.

The accused took full advantage of venerable situation of the women and tried to pressurise the girl’s mother and offered money to shrug off the case.

The first incident took place in Janakpuri, where a middle-aged man, who was learnt to be a father of seven children, allegedly raped a six -month- old girl.

The man managed to escape as the owner of the quarters pressurised the victim’s family to settle the matter.

For the victim’s family, the subsequent development in the case was even more humiliating.

Victim’s father, who works in a factory, alleged that he was subjected to all kind of embarrassments. Now, he is planning to leave as it has become virtually impossible for the family to stay in the city.

“My four-year- old daughter complains of pain. Once she asked me what actually the man was trying to do with her, the query left me numbed. I pray that she forgets about the incident soon as this episode would haunt her when she will become young,” said the victim’s mother, who was allegedly raped by Guldeep Singh on June 7 in Joshi Nagar street No- 1.

The incident took place when she was out at work. “I work at several houses as maid servant for the sake of my children. Instead of appreciating my dedication for my children, such people took advantage of my vulnerability.

The third incident took place in Moti Bag Colony in Phullanwal three days ago. According to the family, the accused Upinder Kumar, who owns the quarters not only committed the rape but also offered Rs 5,000 to shrug off the matter.

On the other hand the families of the accused have alleged that the victims’ family have concocted stories and intentionally levelled serious charges.

They further alleged that as one has to face major harassment, people find such blames handy to settle score with their rivals.

The accused are absconding and police is waiting for the medical repots to ascertain the truth behind these cases.



Land Grab Case
Whistleblower booked for rape, abduction
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Sarpanch of Macchhian Khurd near here has been booked for rape and abduction by the Uttar Pradesh police.

Rajinder Pal Singh, sarpanch, was picked up by the Uttar Pradesh police today amidst allegations that he had saved a piece of 40 acres of shamlat land from a few land sharks and was paying the price for raising his voice.

Panches of the village and Rajinder’s brother alleged that he was paying the price for saving the land from the grabbers, as he had never gone to Uttar Pradesh in his life.

They claimed he was falsely implicated to settle political scores.

A police party from Bareilley district of Uttar Pradesh visited the village that falls under the Koomkalan police station near Khanna and picked up the sarpanch for questioning in the rape and abduction case.

Police sources said Rajinder had been booked by the Baheri police station on a complaint lodged by a woman.

Addressing a press conference here today, Sheela Devi, Jasbir Kaur and Roshan Lal, all panchayat members, claimed that their sarpanch and four others had falsely been implicated in the case. Satnam Pal Singh, brother of the sarpanch, who also has been made accused in the case, accompanied them.

They alleged that the case had been registered to settle political scores with the sarpanch who had foiled the attempts of some people to grab over 40 acres of the village about two and half months ago.



0001 fetches record Rs 5.15 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Global meltdown meant nothing for the small number lovers when a vehicle number was auctioned for Rs 5.15 lakh in an open auction of fancy registration numbers of vehicles that continued till late last evening.

The auction was conducted by the district transport department and the registration number PB-10-CM-0001 was claimed by Jagjit Singh, a city-based businessman, for Rs 5.15 lakh.

The amount fetched from this number is said to be the maximum from the numbers auctioned by the department till date.

The DTO made Rs 45 lakh from the auction. Four other numbers, including 0002,0003,0004,0005 of the same series, went for Rs 1.82 lakh, 1.73 lakh, Rs 1.7 lakh and Rs 2.30 lakh, respectively.



MC officials in retaliation mood
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
With politicians asking for records from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, rank and file of the civic body are in mood of retaliation as many files asked by them are allegedly “missing.”

The things are going to turn worse as the files would open “Pandora’s box” and politicians along with senior functionaries of the corporation would come under scanner.

Terming the present muteness and absence of the officials as silence before the storm, the senior functionaries of the corporation said, “The matter is going to become more intense in the coming days as many documents are missing from the civic body. Some of them are even lying in the houses of politicians and contractors who were hand-in-gloves for various projects.”

According to sources, “Many payments related to various projects, including an indoor stadium, Ganda Nullah, JNNURM projects have been made by the municipal corporation without proper documentation and if the files are submitted, everybody present from top to bottom would be unraveled.”

“It’s not easy to prepare data for the past five years as the files are with different departments of the civic body and some people with the projects have either been transferred or retired,” said an official on condition of anonymity. They added that it may take about three months and even than it’s not sure that the data prepared would be error-free.

Junior officials of the corporation said, “senior ranks, including XEN, SE and the zonal commissioners, are a bigger culprit, but it’s the junior who are going to become an escape goat this time. Even when it comes to rolling of head, we are the victims.” They added they wouldn’t let things go easily this time.

The Ganda Nullah, which is a major issue these days for the MLAs, has already landed two senior functionaries in a soup with their absence tomorrow. Even the meeting scheduled for Wednesday won’t yield much as doubts about presence of these officials are already being raised.



Women in Men’s World — II
Setting an example for others
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
From home to fields women have come a long way. Today the fair sex is playing a key role in the food production and farm management, while they continue to fulfill their usual household roles. For centuries, women in India have contributed to the family’s income by working in fields along with men folk.

Today, they are trying to give farming a new definition. How women (and men) experience this increasing feminization of agriculture, especially in the current context of increasing commercialization of agriculture, is an important question. It’s evident that the feminization of agriculture has increased in the past decade. Outstanding in their fields women farmers have dramatized the pioneering spirit, creativity and courage that animates various farming methods where women are leading the way.

Gurdev Kaur from Ayali Khurd near Ludhiana took up dairy farming, bee keeping and is also engaged in the production and marketing of pickles, honey and jaggery. She has set an example for other women of her village who have also started following her league. She gives tips to other women, as she is the member of the PAU Kisan Club. “Sometimes farm experts are busy and cannot satisfy the queries of the farm women so they come to me and I solve their problems,” she adds. Her life changed after she became the member of the club in 1995.

She first started dairy farming in 1992 and then bee keeping in 1995 and today also markets her hand made pickles and jaggery. In addition to this she is also bottling her honey to the local markets. Gurdev Kaur also comes to the PAU every week with her specialty-saron da saag, which can be purchased, both in the cooked or raw form.

“I wanted to put my life into some constructive mode and thought of taking up agriculture as it is the chief profession here. Things became simpler after I became the member of the club and got formal training. I was the first woman in my village to took up farming and after seeing me progressing in the fields many other women took farming and today are doing well,” she adds with a smile.

Another farmer Bhupinder Kaur from Mansuran took up poultry farming about four years ago. She started with 25 hens and today owns a two-storied poultry farm. “It all started by chance. We already had some hens at our place and one day I jokingly said why not develop it into a poultry farm. “My family encouraged me and today I am earning huge bucks from my poultry business,” she quips.



Bihari labourers asked to return home
Industry reacts to Nitish’s appeal
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, June 16
The industry has taken strong exception to the appeal issued by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and the Bihar Labour Minister asking the Bihari labourers to return to their native land. This amounts to giving encouragement to regionalism, said the industrialists.

The Bihari labourers have been treated well and they have learnt the skills in Punjab and prospered, maintain the industrialists. The captains of the industry have appealed to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to intervene and take up the matter with Nitish Kumar at his personal level.

Punjab has been facing severe shortage of labour in the industrial and farm sectors for the past one year. The farm sector faced the problem last year too at the time of paddy transplantation and wheat harvesting. This year again this problem is being faced since the paddy transplantation is in full swing, but labourers from Bihar and UP have not come in full strength. This has resulted in higher wages of the labour -- up to Rs 2,500 per acre.

Earlier the wages used to be Rs 1,000 per acre for paddy transplantation. This year the farmers are offering them cell phone facility as well and good food to complete the paddy transplantation.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, while commenting on the appeal issued by the Bihar Chief Minister, strongly condemned it and said that the Bihari migrants in Punjab had prospered and even set up their industrial units. He disclosed there was one Bihari who came as a labourer and now had 10 ‘trollas’ big sized goods carriers, which were attached to the inland container depot (dry port) at the focal point in Ludhiana.

Similarly, Bihari labourers were engaged in the SAIL depot. Avtar Singh said the Bihari and UP workers working in the factories were being paid the wages according to the labour laws of the state and no discrimination was shown to them.

There was already shortage of 50 per cent labour in the industry and the steps taken by Bihar Chief Minister would further aggravate the situation, said Avtar Singh. He maintained that Bihar could not provide permanent employment to them. The Bihari migrants had adjusted to the congenial working conditions in the factories, he asserted.

PD Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Punjab, was of the view that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal should take up the matter with his counterpart in Bihar and stop the exodus of Bihari migrants.

The Punjabi employers had looked after the Bihari well and there was no regional crisis. Rather such a step would create feelings of regionalism and bad blood, he warned.

Gian Chand Dhawan, a leading hosiery exporter said the industry was already faced with shortage of labour like tailors and men to work on flat machines. The tailoring jobs in the hosiery are done by the Biharis while other jobs like running the flat machines are performed by the UP migrants. The hosiery workers earn Rs 200 daily.

The Bihari migrants have also perfected the art of masonry and they get Rs 200 to Rs 250 daily and the construction labourers earn Rs 150 daily. Bihari women work as domestic help and they earn from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000 per month. The economy of Punjab is solely dependent on the migrants.



Swine Flu: Health dept on high alert
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
With the suspected cases of Swine flu being reported from Jalandhar, the district health authorities in Ludhiana have sounded a high alert. District Health Officer Dr SS Dhir said the possibility of the “spread” of the infection in the city and surrounding areas couldn’t be ruled out.

However, the DHO added that there was no reason to panic before the “confirmation” through the prescribed tests. He referred to a similar panic call from a nearby village wherein a person had called up the civil surgeon’s office two days ago to get him examined for the swine flu. “We had asked him to immediately report to the civil hospital but the fellow didn’t turn up,” he added.

Explaining the procedure, the DHO said, “The swab from the nose/throat are taken in cases of swine flu suspects and sent to the PGI and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi, through virus transport medium. “The samples will be sent in triple packing in vaccine carriers as the virus is highly infectitious and the report will be dispatched by the above institute within 24 hours following which the person will be given treatment.”

District epidemiologist GP Mangla (district nodal officer for Swine Flu) said rural doctors in village dispensaries had been categorically told to keep movements of NRIs under surveillance.



Financial crisis: PAU VC asks govt for solution
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Manjit Singh Kang has called upon the Punjab government to find out a long-term solution to the financial crisis of the PAU without delay.

In a letter to the State Financial Commissioner (development), Dr Kang has informed the State government that the Confederation of Punjab Agricultural University Pensioners Association, Ludhiana, had filed a petition in the high court last year for the non-payment of their pension.

The high court had set the deadline of March 31 for making up to date pension and giving arrears to the pensioners.

The university has managed to pay the pension and arrears with the assistance received from the state government and the Punjab Development Board together with 10 per cent share.

The Vice-Chancellor has further written that the state government has sanctioned 10 per cent dearness allowance/ dearness relief to the employee pensioners with effect from January 1, 2009.

The PAU pensioners are also demanding the same. The liability on this account would be approximately Rs 20 lakh each month with effect from the said date. The university has no source for funds to meet this liability except Rs 10 crore under pension fund that are lying in a fixed deposit in the post office, which will mature in August.

The current liability on account of pension is approximately Rs 4 crore per month of employees/ pensioners. Due the non-payment of the pension, the pensioners are likely to go to the court again, but the PAU will be helpless to meet the liability of their pensions.

Dr Kang emphasised on the state government that the financial crisis was on the doorstep of the PAU, which could not be overcome without the help of the state government, and had suggested levy of additional cess at the rate of 0.5 per cent on the arrival of crop produce as recommended by the Johl committee. The revenue thus generated could be passed on to the PAU by making necessary amendments in rules.

He has further suggested the reduction in the commission of commission agents to the extent of 0.5 per cent for passing on to the PAU or to provide for untied grant in aid to the PAU as per actual requirements to meet expenses on account of salary, pension and contingencies to meet the requirements of research, teaching and extension activities. The present system of sanction of a fixed annual grant is of Rs 100 crore.



Teachers attend orientation course
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 16
University and college teachers today attended the four-week general orientation course organised by Academic Staff College, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, which concluded here.

Around 22 teachers of different colleges and universities from Punjab participated.

Dr Surjit Pattar, former professor of Punjabi at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, who presented the valedictory address, highlighted the importance of language by explaining that “language binds all”.

He focused that it is a connecting link between several generations. He stated that language, being an interesting phenomenon, has always remained a source of curiosity among various thinkers. He traced the origin of language, which began with vibrations that went through long refinement and paved way for words.

He also expressed concern over the vanishing Punjabi words. “Language and culture must be saved by eminent writers, talented poets, committed artists and visionary scholars,” he asserted.

Promoting the cause of Punjabi and its culture, he pointed out that the society must not replace the existing Punjabi words with English vocabulary because the language is developed by the society and not by linguistics.

“Language becomes stagnant when people fail to crave for innovation and thus its decline begins,” Dr Surjit added.

“We must respect our mother tongue to save our rich culture,” he further added.

Dr HS Bhatia, director and the course co-ordinator informed that more than 35 resource persons shared their experience with the participants. The co-ordinator also advised the participants to make full use of the knowledge they acquired during the four-week course and generate the same among students and colleagues.



PMT Result
Tajinder tops in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Tajinder Kaur has topped in the city with 6th rank in the Punjab PMT examination, conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, the result of which was declared yesterdary.

Talking to The Tribune, Tajinder said though she has bagged 6th rank, she was expecting to top in the Punjab PMT exam. She added after passing out Class XII from BCM School, Chandigarh road, she had a regular coaching from Chandigarh for one year.

She got 1380 rank in the AIPMT conducted by the CBSE, 64th rank in the Panjab University CET and 728 rank in the AIEEE.

Aspiring to be a gynaecologist, she further added that her first preference is Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana. Her mother when contacted said she was happy with her daughter's performance. She wants her daughter to join local DMC.



Rates of plywood soaring

Ludhiana, June 16
The acute shortage of labour, electricity and steep rise in wood prices and other raw materials for manufacturing of plywood and block board has increased the cost of production of agro-based industry by 15 pc in the past nine months.

Ply and board prices currently prevailing in the market are showing an upward trend of 7 pc. Inderjit, president, and Ashok Juneja, secretary general of the Punjab Plywood Manufacturers Association, have urged the government to provide maximum support to plywood and block board industry.

The industry was exempted from payment of market committee fee and rural development fund but the government was not issuing exemption certificate policy- 1996. — TNS



141 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The regional branch of Red Cross collected 141 units of blood during a blood donation camp organised yesterday at Bhikhi.

A team of seven officials from the Red Cross lead by GP Mangla motivated the villagers to donate blood voluntarily.

"Voluntary blood donation is a movement beyond the class, culture, creed and other social divides and people from all backgrounds should partake in the cause of blood donation," said GP Mangla.



Biz Word
Water purifier launched

Ludhiana, June 16
Kent RO Systems today launched Kent Gold water purifier for the lower income group section. According to Amit Dhawan, general manager marketing, the RO System will have 20 litres water storage capacity. The cost of this water purifier will be Rs 2,400 with membrane guarantee of one year, which can be replaced for Rs 400. — TNS



18 booked in land dispute cases
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 16
The Ludhiana Rural police has booked 18 persons in various incidents of violence.

The Sidhwan Bet police booked eight persons, including Major Singh, his wife Paramjit Kaur, Sukhvir Singh and five unidentified persons of Jandi village near here for attacking Hari Singh of the same village.

The accused equipped with sharp-edged weapons had attacked him over an old land dispute. The injured is admitted to the Sidhwan Bet civil hospital.

The police has booked the accused under Sections 323, 324, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC. However, no arrest has been made.

The Sudhar police has booked four persons under Sections 341, 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Yadwinder Singh of Nangal Khurd village. He complained that the accused Gurcharan Singh, his brother Harnek Singh, his son Paramjit Singh and Bittu attacked him and his son over an old land dispute. He stated that the accused had attacked him with sharp-edged weapons. The injured have been admitted to the Pakhowal civil hospital. No arrest has been made so far.

The Raikot police has booked four persons, including Charanjit Singh, his son Jagga Singh of Johalan village, Nek Singh and his son Piara Singh of Lamme village under Sections 324, 323, 447, 511, 354 and 341 of the IPC for attacking Charanjit Kaur of Johlan village on last Thursday.

She stated that the accused had stopped her and beaten her with sharp-edged weapons over an old land dispute. She said the accused even tried to forcibly occupy her land. Injured complainant is admitted to the Raikot civil hospital. No arrest has been made in this case as well.

The Raikot police in another incident at Talwandi Rai village has booked two persons, including Angerej Singh and his son Gurmeet Singh of Talwandi Rai village for beating Charanjit Singh and Swaran Singh with sharp-edged weapons over an old dispute of land on last Thursday. Charanjit is admitted to the Raikot civil hospital while Swaran is admitted to the CMC&H in a critical state.

The accused has been booked under Sections 326, 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC. Again the accused has not been arrested.



Dalit boy sodomised
Cops shielding accused, allege parents
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 16
Accusing the police of allegedly shielding a farmer of Gujjarwal village, who had been booked under Section 377 of the IPC for allegedly sodomising a Dalit minor over two months ago, the parents of the victim have urged higher authorities to impress upon the officials concerned to nab the accused.

They accused had allegedly threatened the parents of the victim of dire consequences in case the complaint was not withdrawn.

Refuting the charges levelled against the Dehlon police, DSP, Dakha, Paramjit Singh Gorayan said accused Manjit Singh was arrested on June 5 and was released later on as he was granted an interim bail by a court.

In a communiqué addressed to higher authorities, including the Chief Minister and the DGP, Punjab, Darshan Singh, an ex-serviceman, has accused the Dehlon police of trying to shield Manjit Singh who had been booked for allegedly sodomising his minor son on the night of March 26.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that the victim, a student of Class VII, was attending a religious function organised by social organisations of the area on the fateful day. The accused had allegedly sodomised the victim after taking him to a deserted tubewell room forcibly.

The boy was so terrified by the threats from the accused that he did not disclose the incident to anyone. Later, he informed his parents about the incident when he could not bear the physical pain after a few days.

Though the police had booked the accused on April 1, it decided to initiate further action after receiving the medical reports by doctors at the Civil Hospital, Dehlon.

The parents of the victim alleged that Manjit and his goons had been threatening them to withdraw the case.

The complainants alleged that Manjit and his accomplice had also attacked them during recent parliamentary elections. “When we informed the SSP (rural), Ludhiana, about the attack he directed the Dehlon police to come to our rescue. Though some cops, led by the SHO, Dehlon, reached the spot, no action was initiated against Manjit who had fled from scene before the arrival of the police,” alleged Darshan.

Gorayan said the investigating team had to wait for the medical report. “Now, when the chemical examination has suggested that the boy was sodomised, we will proceed with further action according to law,” said Gorayan.



Power Theft
PSEB cracks the whip, 25 caught
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 16
After lying low for the past couple of months under tacit agreement with their political masters in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections, which has now ended, the operations wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has resumed its drive against power theft.

Under the scanner of the officials of operations and enforcement wings are not only kundi connections, but unauthorised installed load in domestic, commercial, industrial as well as agricultural categories.

According to PSEB officials, intensive checking of energy metres of consumers was conducted in several localities in the city on Monday. In the Haibowal area, premises of 36 consumers were inspected and theft was detected in seven cases which included six in the domestic category and one industrial unit. Notices imposing penalty of more than Rs 3 lakh were in the process of being served on these offenders.

Similarly, energy metres and electrical installations of around 48 consumers were checked in Salem Tabri and Ashok Nagar where 18 cases of power theft were detected. A total penalty of Rs 2 lakh was imposed on the consumers and demand notices to this effect were being served.



PSEB books revenue official for power theft
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 16
Not bowing to pressure of influential persons, including vigilance officials and politicians, authorities of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) got revenue official, who owns agricultural land at Sihar village in Ludhiana district, booked under Section 135 of the Power Regulatory Act. He was found guilty of stealing power for irrigating the fields while sowing paddy.

Besides seizing two illegal motors and disconnecting equal number of illegitimate power connections, the authorities served the consumer a notice to pay Rs 1.14 lakh as penalty for the alleged theft. Denying charges of putting pressure on the officials Jasbir Singh, a registration clerk at the Dehlon sub-registrar office, alleged that the authorities had dragged his name on instance of a few politicians. He claimed that he had been living in Ludhiana for several years and his share of the land was cultivated on rent.

He claimed that he had never applied for any connection. According to Gurjant Singh, executive engineer, a team led by SDO Sihar, acting on a tip off, had seized two 7.5 BHP electric motors illegally being run in the fields of Jasbir Singh and his relatives about three days ago.

Though the SDO had started receiving telephone calls from a few influential persons, including gazetted officers in the vigilance department, politicians and senior journalists, he prepared the report on the spot and forwarded it to the higher authorities.

Paramjit Singh Gill, deputy chief engineer (sub-urban), Ludhiana, acting on basis of the SDO’s report got an FIR registered at the Anti- Power Theft Police Station in Ludhiana. A penalty of Rs 1.14 was also imposed on the consumers. Two connections running in names of Surjit Singh and Bhag Singh, father and uncle of the revenue official, were also disconnected.

Meanwhile, Paramjit Singh Gill advised rank and file in the department not to succumb to pressure of any kind while dealing with such cases. “We have to follow directions of the Chief Minister and the PSEB chairman, who have promised minimum 8-hour power supply to farmers during the paddy season. In case we don’t take stern action against such persons, that will tantamount to disrespecting their orders,” Gill told his officials.



ASI's son held for snatching mobile
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The youth who was involved in several snatching incidents that had taken place in civil lines and surrounding areas was arrested today. The youth is non other than the son of an ASI.

The ASI son had snatched a mobile phone of Lalit Kumar, a resident of Haibowal. He was nabbed from near Kitchlu Nagar after a long chase. The police recovered the snatched mobile and a stolen motor cycle from the youth.

The youth has been identified as Kuldeep Singh, son of ASI posted in Ferozepur. The SHO said Kuldeep Singh, who is a drug addict, took to snatching in order to arrange money for purchasing drugs.



Man drugs two kids, one dead
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 16
A man, blinded by his extra marital affair, had reportedly drugged his two minor children, killing one of them. Mangal Singh of Hathoor village, a drug addict, is stated to be in love with a woman of the same village. In order to keep her paramour at his home, he had turned out his wife Paramjit Kaur on Saturday after beating her up.

Considering his children Jaspreet Kaur (3) and Arshdeep Singh (9) a constraint in his love life, he drugged them with heavy doses of alprex and lomotil he used to buy from a medical store of the village for his own consumption.

He reportedly tried to kill them yesterday by giving these medicines in small dose, but the children survived his attempt. However, today he raised the dose, killing Jaspreet on the spot while Arshdeep is battling for his live in the Civil Hospital, Hathoor.

A case has been registered against the accused under Section 304 of the IPC on the statement of Paramjit Kaur, wife of the accused. However, the unrepentant accused fled from the scene. ASI Raminderjit Singh, in charge, police picket, Hathoor, said they were raiding the possible hideouts of the accused and would nab him soon.



Nine booked for beating

Khanna, June 16
The police today booked nine persons for beating a resident of Machhiwara.

The complainant Rattan Singh of Fattuwal village in Jalalabad said he had been working under a contractor in Machhiwara. He had been assigned the task of taking fee from buyers. Some unidentified men argued with him over the fee and attacked him without any provocation.

A case in this connection has been registered by the police. The police is investigating the matter. — TNS



Six held with 123-kg poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The police has nabbed six drug peddlers and seized 123-kg poppy husk while they were in process of smuggling it to a village here today. The six-member gang consisted of three women had taken the consignment of the contraband from Madhya Pradesh.

According to Maninder Bedi, SHO, division No. 8, the police received a tip-off that the peddlers have entered the city with the consignment. The police laid a trap near the Domoria bridge and stopped a mini bus.

On searching the mini bus the police spotted the sacks of poppy husk. In the meantime, the accused tried to slip from the spot, but were nabbed by the police.

The accused have been identified as Rajinder Singh, Shinderpal, Amrik Singh, Bimla, Charno, Deesho. All six accused have been booked under the NDPS Act.



5 booked for interfering with PSEB employees’ work
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 16
The police has booked five persons of Kaunke Kalan for interfering in the work of PSEB employees. The assistant SDO of Jagraon PSEB office, Gurpreet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, in his complaint to the SSP, Jagraon, has stated that the accused identified as Sher Singh, Sardara Singh Purika, Malkait Singh Giani Purika, Boota Singh and Pala Singh of Kaunke Kalan village, had interfered with the work of his men and stopped them from performing their duties on Saturday.

He said a team of his men were laying new wires through the village, but the accused had stopped them from doing so. It was stated that earlier the route of laying the electricity lines was different, but due to convenience of the PSEB department, the route was slightly diverted.

The accused had rued that the passage of electricity lines over their fields would reduce the face value of their lands. The police has booked the accused under Sections 353, 186 and 148 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



4 booked for assault, demanding dowry
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 16
The police had booked four persons for beating up a woman and demanding dowry here yesterday. Sarabjit Kaur of Akhara village stated that she was married about six years back. She alleged that her in-laws were greedy and demanding more dowry from her parents.

She alleged her husband and in-laws were now demanding Rs 10,000 in cash and a motorcycle in dowry to which her parents had sought some time. Last night the husband of Sarabjit, along with her in-laws, had beaten her up badly.

The police has booked Boota Singh, husband of the complainant, Baljinder Singh, her brother-in-law, Malkiat Kaur, her sister-in-law and Paramjit Kaur, her mother-in-law, under Sections 498A, 323 and 34 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far. The complainant has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon.



Punjab baseball squads announced
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 16
The Punjab Baseball Association conducted trials to select the state teams (senior boys and girls as well as sub-junior girls and boys) here at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Model Town.

The selected players will represent the state in the 7th Federation Cup Baseball Championship for senior men and women to be held at Cuttack from July 12 to 14 and the 19th Sub-Junior National Baseball Championship for boys and girls slated to be held from July 2 to 6 at Solan in Himachal Pradesh.

The names of the selected players are:

Senior boys: Harmej Singh, Jatinder, Amit, Pawan, Arun, Sunil, Harneet, Munish, Rajdeep, Pramod, Nimit, Mohit, Chunky Bawra, Abdul Sagar, Jatin and Akash. Sukhdev Singh and Amarjit Singh will be the coach and manager of the team, respectively.

Senior girls: Kuljeet Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Navdeep Kaur, Daljeet Kaur, Sukhjeet Kaur, Baljeet Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Veerpal Kaur, Neha Madhvi, Monika, Priya, Rekha, Pradeep Kaur, Hardeep Kaur, Namrta, Manjeet Kaur and Payal. Hardeep Singh Gill and Arvinder Kaur have been named coach and manager of the squad, respectively.

Sub-junior girls: Raman, Tarannum, Neelam, Neha, Mansi, Parvinder Kaur, Amodani, Diksha, Gurvinder Kaur, Manpreet Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Simranjeet Kaur, Isha, Rekha, Sarita and Amandeep. Sukhdev Singh will accompany the team as coach while Baljinder Kaur will be the manager.

Sub-junior boys: Jatin, Dalbit, Paras, Anmol, Iqbal, Suraj, Lalit, Pankaj, Gaurav, Jagminder, Pargat Singh, Shivam, Sukhchandan, Parvinder Singh, Gurpreet, Gurvinder, Manveer and Daljeet Singh. Harish Kumar and Daljeet Singh have been appointed coach and manager, respectively.



Games for Blind in US
Harmanpreet selected for U-18
Tribune News Service

Khanna, June 16
Harmanpreet Kaur of Jharoudi village in Machhiwara has been selected for the World Youth and Student Games for Blind to be held in the US.

She will participate in the Under-18 category of blinds (03). The games will begin from July15 and will be concluded on July 20. Earlier, she won a gold medal in 200-meter race in the national games. Family members of Harmanpreet said she would participate in 100 and 200-meter race and also in the shot-put event. Gurpreet Singh, her father, also an international player, was elated over the selection of her daughter.



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