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It rained for 15 hours
City on pause
Tribune News Service

The roof of the anti-larva wing of the health department at the zila parishad complex also collapsed last night. Officials in the department revealed that the building had been declared unsafe earlier, but nothing was done about it. “If the incident had occurred during the day, more than 50 persons could have lost their lives,” they said.

Ludhiana, July 28
Rain in the last 24 hours virtually brought the city to a halt with roads getting waterlogged. The claims of the Ludhiana MC that it is ready for the monsoon falls flat each time.

Life was paralysed in old city areas like Chaura Bazaar and Meena Bazaar where knee-deep water had collected this morning. The other worst affected areas were Miller Ganj, Gill Road, Transport Nagar, BRS Nagar, Hambran, Haibowal and other low-lying areas.

Complaints of waterlogging were received from every nook of the city and residents and shopkeepers were witnessed draining out water from houses and buildings. Even banks were filled with water.

Due to continuous showers for more than 15 hours, the roads were a commuter’s nightmare. Several roads that were newly laid developed huge potholes, exposing the quality of the material used. There were reports of walls collapsing at the CMC and Haibowal.

Sudhir Sharma, a resident, who was caught in knee-deep water at Dholewal Chowk, said: “It’s the same story everywhere. I wonder where the money of the MC goes. Even a battalion of officials have not been able to fix the oldest problem of waterlogging.”

Gaganjeet Kaur, a college lecturer, complained that the area below the Jagraon bridge was flooded. “Due to the seeping of water, my scooter broke down and I had to take a rickshaw to reach my destination.” She added that politicians should be answerable for this mess.

The situation was no better in educational institutions and many parents preferred to keep their children at home. A woman said her daughter had to come back midway from school as the road was blocked.

The MC is now depending on the JNNURM project of storm sewerage as solution to waterlogging. Officials said 90 per cent of the city did not have storm sewerage and it would take around four years for the system to be functional. “The residents need to bear with it,” a senior official said, adding that MC employees had been working since morning to ensure the drainage of rainwater.


Public work hit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Heavy rain in the city today left several government offices inundated, besides bringing public work to a halt.

Rain hit work at the office of the sub-registrar (East) in Transport Nagar. The entire office was waterlogged and it was difficult to enter the premises. When some employees managed to reach the office, they could not start the computers as water had damaged the system.

They said the work could not be done today. “We had no option. We tried, but the entire system went haywire and could not be corrected,” an employee said, adding that this happened every time it rained heavily.

The basement of the mini secretariat that houses several typists was also waterlogged. “No work could be undertaken today. We could not earn a single penny. We don’t know what would happen tomorrow,” a typist said.

Central Jail was also inundated. Though water could not reach the barracks of undertrials, the ante-office of the jail was flooded. Even the compound of the jail was filled with water. “We had a tough time reaching inside. It was especially tough for jail guards who had to stand in water to perform their duty. We could not have drained out the water as the compound was also flooded,” a guard said.



Infant’s Death
Driver settles it for Rs 75,000
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The life of a seven-month-old infant costs Rs 75,000! So, it seems as money took preference over getting justice for the child who was run over by a car yesterday.

His poverty-struck parents accepted a compromise deal instead of pursuing legal action against the driver responsible for their child’s death.

Tara Rani, a labourer who works along with the child’s parents, Ram Khilawan and Rajni, revealed about the development.

Terming as their decision “sensible” under the prevailing circumstances, she said: “They do not have the money to pursue the case as they work every day to earn their living. How can they manage to fight a case without money? I came to know that the car owner is a rich man and could have created problems if they had not agreed to a compromise.”

The couple refused to comment on the issue, but police sources confirmed the development. On the condition of anonymity, an official said: “The child is no more and the couple neither has the money nor the knowledge to pursue the legal course. They have been given monetary support by the driver. They would have to run from pillar to post for justice.”

Rajni said: “Our child is not going to come back and we will look for work somewhere else. We will not go to Sant Nagar again. That is where we lost our child.” Asked about the money, she refused to divulge anything, saying that only her husband knew about the matter.

Residents said the police had zeroed in on the culprit and impressed on him to compensate the labourers. The SHO said he had not received any complaint from the parents of the infant.



School van hits students, one dead
Tribune News Service

Samrala, July 28
Two schoolchildren who were on their way back home from school on a cycle were hit by a van of Sacred Heart Convent School, Otalan village, here today.

The van, which was being driven at very high speed, hit the students from the rear. The driver fled away from the spot.

The children were rushed to a hospital with the help of passers by. While one of the students was declared brought dead at the local civil hospital another student is stated to be in critical condition. He was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh. The deceased has been identified as Harinderpal Singh (17), a Class IX student, and injured as Jaskaran Singh, a Class VIII student. Harinderpal was supposed to drop Jaskaran at Otalan village before going for tuition.

The police recorded the statements of the children going on the van and others accompanying the deceased. The villagers demanded strict action against the van driver and the school authorities.

The driver has been identified as Harjeet Singh, a resident of Khamano.



Juvenile home inmate ‘possessed’
Kanchan Vasdev & Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Mohammed Azhar, a 16-year-old inmate of the city’s juvenile home, experiences sudden bouts of laughter, anger and madness in the middle of the night every day. Sometimes during these fits he even catches hold of other inmates by the neck and tries to strangle them.

However, authorities at the observation home have refused to take him to a hospital for psychiatric treatment, believing he is ‘‘possessed by the soul” of another inmate who died three years ago. They say whenever he has one of his fits they chant lines from the Gurbani and are finally able to calm him down.

A resident of Rasoolpur village near Mandi Ahmedgarh, Azhar has been lodged at the observation home for the past three months after the police booked him for allegedly raping a minor girl in his village. Soon after he was sent here he started staying up every night, shouting at the top of his voice and laughing loudly. Of late he has become violent and even attempted to strangle other minor inmates.

‘‘Two days ago he caught another inmate by his neck and we had to make an effort to save him,’’ said Sanjeev, an undertrial at the home.

Talking to TNS, Azhar said he did not have any idea what was happening to him and only knew what his friends lodged there had told him. ‘‘I feel very weak after every episode - that’s all I know,’’ he said looking visibly scared.

Azhar said he and other inmates had heard stories about Sachin’s “soul” being present at the observation home. Sachin had died in the Civil Hospital after falling sick while lodged here. “Since then everyone talks about his ‘spirit’ living here,” he added.

‘‘Azhar was a very religious boy who offered namaz five times a day. When he came here he challenged other inmates that no such spirit could touch him. However, he has now been done in,’’ said Vikram Singh, another inmate.

Balwinder Singh, caretaker of the home, said Azhar had not been taken to a doctor as he had “opri kasar”. ‘‘I’m a religious person and know how to take care of such cases. Whenever Azhar suffers from these fits, I hold him by his hair and chant lines from the Gurbani. He, then, becomes normal. I’m in touch with his family members who are waiting for him to be bailed out,” he said.



Schools flout norms to promote pvt centres
Unmindful of consequences, take students to roads
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 28
Not giving two hoots to the directions of the education department regarding safety of students studying in private schools, organisers and head of these institutes ‘use’ them for genrating profits.

Awareness rallies and promotional lectures by representatives of coaching centres, medical institutes and drug de-addiction centres are being used as methods of drawing clientage and publicity for these organisations.

While the time meant for educating students was wasted in organising rallies, safety of the students, too, was compromised.

Inconvenience caused to the public and commuters was ignored as well. Maintaining that no institute was allowed to undertake such activities without permission, District Education Officer, Ludhiana, Amarjit Kaur said she would take an action against those who had violated rules by taking the students to Malerkotla-Ludhiana road.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune disclosed that head of schools falling under the jurisdiction of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts had been violating norms by organising such shows under the garb of adult education.

Besides organising lectures by the representatives of private coaching and de-addiction centres, the students and teachers were asked to join road shows and awareness rallies. They were also asked to display placards carrying advertisement of these organisations and distribute handbills inviting clientage for them.

Though it is mandatory for the organisers to take prior permission from the administration, observations disclosed that no such permission had been granted to any of the institutes.

During a rally on Ludhiana-Malerkotla Highway on Saturday, the teachers accompanying students of Government High Schools, Sirhind, said it had been organised in association with a drug de-addiction centre of Ludhiana.

A truck driver said: “These teachers do not realise consequences of taking students to roads. I had to apply sudden brakes else accident could have occurred. If anything wrong happened, they would have blamed drivers.”



Extravangant Corporation
Rs 1,200 tree guard for protecting Rs 12 plant
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
A tree guard worth Rs 1,200 for protecting a plant worth Rs 12. Yes, this is an example of sapling plantation drive undertaken by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.

Don’t be astonished because when you visit the Tajpur Road where these saplings have been planted by the horticulture wing of the civic body, it would surprise you all the more.

A visit to the Tajpur Road reveals haphazardly planted saplings, a few of them close to each other. There are stretches where you would find newly planted saplings only on one side of the road.

Neither the saplings have been numbered nor the civic officials are bothered about these plants.

Besides, the tree guards are being used for drying clothes and tying tarpaulins by the vendors.

The corporation has planted 350 saplings on the Tajpur Road and an equal number of tree guards for protecting these. These saplings were purchased for Rs 12 per saplings from PUDA and the tree guard for Rs 1,200 to 1,300. The corporation undertook the plantation drive about 10 days ago.

However, the site chosen for the plantation drive is full of encroachments where survival of these plants in next to impossible.

An expert from the horticulture wing said, “The practicality of undertaking a plantation drive in a place needs to be studied before going ahead with it. Everybody knows the Tajpur Area has some dairy complexes and stray cattle in the area are quite common. So how could you expect these plants to grow?” Besides, the area is resided by various anti-social elements, which would not allow these tree guards to survive for more than month.

Maurya, who own a cloth shop on Tajpur Road said, “No doubt the idea is innovative but half of these plants are left with just stems as the leaves have become food for the stray cattle.”



Budha Nullah rages
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The ‘Sorrow of Ludhiana’ — Budha Nullah — too faced the brunt of monsoon furry as it overflowed following rains that have been lashing the city for the past 24 hours.

Many areas on the banks of the nullah were flooded, exposing the work on cleaning up drains in the municipal limits by the municipal corporation, which had sanctioned over Rs 5 lakh for the purpose.

Fields on the banks of the nullah were inundated with water, ruining the vegetation in the area.

Besides, water also entered the shanties on the bank of the drain, making things even worse for people belonging to the economically weaker section.

Talking to The Tribune, Rani said: “Dirty water of the nullah has entered our jhuggis and has made things worse for us. The stinking water has made it almost impossible for us to live here.”

While the right bank of the nullah was holding its own, Rani cursed the day when she decided to make her dwelling on the other side.

A migrant labourer, Bhola, said: “I work in those fields but got late today due to rain. Now, I will have to look for new work.”

Likewise, dumps on the banks of the nullah were consumed by the raging water in the drain, as the municipal corporation had failed to clean them on time.

An official from the Punjab sewerage board said: “Since, the civic body had failed to clear this rubbish, now it would choke the drain in many areas. Besides, hyacinth growth in the nullah would cause hindrance and the episode would be repeated in case heavy rains are reported.”

He added that cleaning up of the nullah was not taken on time, which was another cause of overflowing.

Had the work finished by the beginning of July, things would have been better now, he added.



Rail traffic goes bust
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 28
Rail traffic on the Ludhiana-Amritsar, Ludhiana-Jammu and Ludhiana-Delhi sections went haywire due to heavy rain last night. The tracks were flooded at several places in the region and platforms were inundated.

In the city, the rain did not cause as much disruption to the rail traffic as did a protest held on the railway tracks by a large number of women from railway colony No. 5 for over an hour against rainwater entering their quarters and the inaction of the railway administration. The dharna was lifted on the intervention of senior officials, who assured of taking remedial steps.

Railway officials said some of the down trains had to be detained on the outer signals or other railway stations, causing delays ranging between 40 minutes and little over two hours, while some up trains (especially from Delhi side) were running late due to rainwater accumulating on the tracks. Among the down trains, 9781 Amritsar-Jaipur Express was delayed by two hours, 2 LF Ludhiana-Ferozepur passenger by 40 minutes, 5210 Amritsar-Saharsa by over one hour, 5708 Amritsar-Barauni by one hour and 2926 Pashchim Express by 50 minutes.

Similarly, the up trains that ran behind schedule were 1077 Jhelum Express (1.50 hours), and 2425 Sampark Kranti Express, 2445 Rajdhani Express, 2413 Pooja Express and 2903 Golden Temple Mail (one to three hours). The officials, however, claimed that the rail traffic was running as per schedule since afternoon and normalcy had been restored.



Power supply affected
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 28
Incessant rain lashing the city since last night has badly affected the power supply network in the city with as many as 60 feeders out of nearly 375 shutting down due to short-circuit, earthing of cable-end boxes and wet insulators.

The power supply to several localities, fed from 26 sub-stations in different parts of the city, was suspended early in the morning and it could be restored late in the afternoon at most of the closed feeders barring four, which were still under repair.

According to senior officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board, power supply remained disrupted to many areas of the city, including Focal Point, Giaspura, Haibowal, Rajguru Nagar and several other residential and commercial areas along the Ferozepur Road for anything between eight and 10 hours as continuous rain had made the task of repair and restoration of cables a lot more difficult.

With power supply remaining suspended from early morning to late afternoon, people in the affected areas had to go without water supply as well during the period.

“As the power supply went off around 5 am, there was no water to take bath or for other daily chores. We had to get a bucket of water for cooking food from one of our neighbours and the children had to go to school without taking bath,” said Jagroop Kaur, a resident of Haibowal locality.

The PSEB officials said power in feeders that were still non-operational would be restored by this evening.



Rain keeps roofless school shut
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Heavy rains in the city have exposed the tall claims of the state government of having adequate infrastructure in primary schools.

Government Primary School, 1A and 1C, Jail Road, could not function today as it did not have roof, rooms, let alone fans or water coolers.

The school is located in the most uncongenial environment for education and has students belonging to the lower strata of society.

Not even a single child or teacher came to the school today as it was devoid of basic amenities. The area was inundated with knee-deep water.

The school up to fifth standard has a strength of 125 children and has three teachers.

Devoid of any roof during normal days, children are forced to sit under the shade of tarpaulin. They are also made to sit on jute mats. Most students in the school belong to families of cobblers.

Every day, students are also exposed to unhygienic conditions and even teachers have fallen prey to typhoid and jaundice.



Temperature, humidity conducive to infections
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Incessant rains for the past two days have come as a respite for the city residents. At the same time, the fall in temperature has created environment conducive to the growth of bacteria, virus and parasites, thereby adding to the worries of the district health authorities.

Temperatures between 20 and 29 °C are just right for the outbreak of malaria, dengue, gastroenteritis, cholera and various other skin infections.

District epidemiologists, while expressing concern over the poor sanitary conditions prevailing in the city, said: “The delayed rains may have averted the impending danger in terms of seasonal diseases but the municipal corporation has failed to take any ‘concrete’ step to improve sanitary conditions.”

The city has already witnessed 600 cases of gastroenteritis this year and 40 cases this season from low-lying areas following the non-availability of potable water.

Almost 95 per cent of the water samples taken by the department of health have failed tests, which the department officials say is going to add to the outbreak water-borne diseases in the coming years.

With four cases of malaria already been reported in the district, there is a probability of increase in the cases.

“Malaud, being the high-risk area, has been on the constant vigil of anti-larvae wing as they have sprayed almost every nook and cranny of the area,” district epidemiologist added.

At the same time, 95-100 per cent humidity had proved to be a bane of people living in slums, as a large number of slum-dwellers were prone to skin problems.

Dr Bimal Kanish, a skin specialist, said apart from normal problems, including prickly heat and boils, some severe fungal infection were also on the rise.

“Keeping the skin prone to fungal infection dry and wearing loose clothes and open footwear with regular spray of anti-fungal powder can take care of the problem to a large extent,” the doctor added.



Abraham Lincoln’s letter does the trick
Parents have started mending bad habits of their wards
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 28
Contents of a letter written by former USA President Abraham Lincoln to his son’s headmaster 150 years ago have been put on notice board of educational institute that fall in the area. The basic intention of this educational institute is to persuade parents not to overprotect their wards.

Translated into Punjabi for the parents’ convenience, the script shows that the then US President, instead of protecting his son had requested his headmaster to do something to inculcate discipline in him (his son).

“I know that everybody is not good by nature but teach my son that there is a law for every rogue. Though majority of politicians are selfish, there is no dearth of patriotic, selfless and dedicated leaders. Teach my son to accept defeat besides knowing how to celebrate victory,” reads a message written on notice board displayed in the administrative block of Pioneer Senior Secondary School, Gajjan Majra, Sangrur district near here.

Lincoln had desired that his son should be taught about miracles of good books and shuns jealousy with fellow students. He wanted that an ideal student should be discouraged to adopt unfair means in examinations.

“Make him strong enough to chalk out his own path instead of following crowds on old paths,” Lincoln wrote to the headmaster.

Claiming that the letter has fetched desired results, Jaswant Singh Gajjan Majra, chairman of the trust that runs the school, said a large number of parents, who earlier used to defend their wards on various issues; had appreciated the management’s role to mend bad habits of their wards.

Pardeep Sharda, principal, MGMN Senior Secondary School, said the students and their parents had appreciated contents of the Lincoln’s letter.



City to have printing, packaging cluster
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
With the Central government’s decision to establish printing and packaging cluster in Ludhiana, the printing industry is all set to counter the disadvantage faced by Punjab state printers vis-à-vis tax-free zones in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The Offset Printers’ Association of Ludhiana has taken the lead in establishing the cluster with a common-facility centre with training, testing, repair and maintenance workshop in Ludhiana. Training programmes for workers, supervisors or managers for pre-press, printing and post printing will be designed according to the needs of the industry.

The association shall hold seminars or workshops for the quality management, space management and technological upgradation development. It shall also facilitate members in taking part in domestic and international exhibitions, seminars, trade shows and line demonstrations.

Nowadays, the city is known for print packaging throughout India. More than 85 per cent printing units here were engaged in the print packaging only. With a little encouragement and some technical guidance, this cluster can be developed as a major hub of printing and packaging industry not only for domestic needs but also for international and outsourced jobs.



Legal aid to Vienna attack accused
Khalsa Panchayat favours Sarna
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 28
The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat has come down heavily on those targeting Paramjit Singh Sarna, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, for supporting the accused responsible for killing Sant Parmanand and injuring a few of his associates in Vienna.

A few political and religious bodies’ had protested against Sarna for stating that the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee would legally support those arrested in connection with the violence in Vienna as they had stood against sacrilege of the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Addressing a panchayat’s meeting here today, its convener Bhupinder Singh Nimana praised Sarna while urging the Sikhs, the SGPC and the SAD to support the youth who fought against disrespect being shown to Guru Granth Sahib.

It was unfortunate that those sections, whom the Sikh gurus had brought back to the mainstream of the community by cutting across barriers of caste and creed, were showing disrespect to the holy Guru Granth Sahib.

“The sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib is a serious issue. The Sikhs will not tolerate it. If left unchecked, the trend will have far-reaching consequences,” Nimana warned.



Swine Flu
2 kids admitted to CMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Two children aged five and two years, the “suspected cases” of Swine Flu were admitted to the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) today.

Parents of these kids are doctors and are presently working in Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital. The family had travelled to the USA recently and the children developed the symptoms of Swine Flu on their return.

Dr Kanwal Massih, medical superintendent, CMCH, said both children had symptoms of Swine Flu and were tested positive for the same at the CMCH. The children had been kept in isolation and were being administered therapeutic treatment.

However, district health officer Dr SS Dhir differed on the issue adding that the cases could not be termed as “confirmed” till was declared positive by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi. He said that throat swabs had been sent to the NICD and the reports would be available by tomorrow.



Man posing as scribe caught, let off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
A man posing as a journalist from a vernacular daily was caught at the Income Tax office yesterday.

The Income Tax office was jam-packed as only three days are left for filing the Income Tax returns. The man was found clicking photographs. When officials asked him to show his identity card he failed to do so. Later, he claimed that he was carrying Rs 15,000 in his bag, which has been stolen. On finding himself cornered, he started blackmailing the staff on the pretext that duty he had unearthed a fraud in the income tax refunds. He even threatened to highlight this in his newspaper.

“We called the police. The man declined that the money has been stolen from the bag and preyed for mercy. He even gave us in writing that he had not been robbed of his money and did not worked for any newspaper,” said Raj Kumar Walia, inspector and circle organising secretary, Income Tax Employees Federation, Northwest Circle.



Rechanting Ishmeet’s tunes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
It is one year today when Ludhiana lost Ishmeet Singh, Star Voice of India.

It was on July 29 that he drowned in the swimming pool at Maldives. The family lost its only son and his each belonging is today a prized possession for his family.

His family now tries to find Ishmeet in his pictures, clothes and other belongings. His room has been decked up with the articles belonging to him. The same would be open to the general public tomorrow.

Holding the T shirt that read “I am proud to be myself”, Ishmeet’s mother could not hold back her tears.

Yet there lied a watch which was Ishmeet’s favourite. “This was the watch Lata Mangeshkar gifted him.

There used to be a different smile on his face whenever wore this watch,” Ishmeet’s father, Gurpinder Singh added.



Sale of silver up in saawan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The superstition and blind faith of some are in turn proving blessings for others. While people are thronging the soothsayers during the month of saawan, those dealing in silver are having a ball time. The demand of silver increases during this month as most astrologers ask people to buy silver during this period. As the month belongs to Lord Shiva, scores of silver snakes are offered to the deity.

“The demand for silver snakes is on the rise during this month. We are selling nearly hundred snakes per day. Astrologers are recommending people to offer silver snakes during this month to bring good omen,” said Ashish, dealing in silver ornaments.

A city-based astrologer added that, “Since this month belongs to Lord Shiva, people who have ‘kaal sarp yog’ also offer silver snakes to the Shivling to ward off the effects of evil from their lives,” he added.

While people are busy offering silver snakes after following the astrologers, the real spirit of the festival is missing somewhere. Teej — the festival of swings — was once celebrated with gusto and fervour. The festival commemorates the reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Married women and young girls celebrate the festival with earnest devotion.

The festival has many significant roles to play in one’s life. Women observing ‘Nirajara vrat’ on Teej are said to be blessed with long and healthy life of their husband by Teej Mata Parvati. Various other customs and rituals of the festival make it more important. Teej gives a chance to women to express their love and devotion for their husbands who in return present beautiful gifts to their wives as a token of love.

Taking swings with friends, savouring kheer and puras in the rain and dancing was what girls used to do during this month. However, the spirit of the festival is apparently fading as such activities are rarely seen during Teej these days.



TB awareness rally
Our Correspondent

Amloh, July 28
The state government had in 2003 launched a campaign under the RNT PCP scheme for eradicating tuberculosis from Fatehgarh Sahib district.

District TB officer Sudesh Kumari said this while addressing a meeting at the local Civil Hospital today. The doctor pointed out that a TB patient could spread this disease among 10 to 15 persons. She suggested that as a precautionary step, any person whose continues to cough for more than two weeks, should get his phlegm tested from the nearest hospital free of cost. This facility has been provided at hospitals in Fatehgarh Sahib, Mandi Gobindgarh, Amloh, Nandpur Kalur, Charanthal Kalan and Sanghol, the doctor added.



One booked for raping minor
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, July 28
Sunil Kumar, a resident of Machhiwara, has been booked for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl.

According to information, the accused along with three accomplices abducted the girl on a motorbike yesterday and raped her at an abandoned place in the town.

In their complaint to the police, family members of the girl said their daughter was returning home at around 3 pm yesterday when the accused kidnapped her. When the girl informed her parents about the incident, she was taken to the local civil hospital where medical examination was conducted.



PCR officials nab robber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Two PCR officers who were in hot pursuit of robbers managed to nab one of them near Aman Nagar yesterday night.

The arrested robber has been identified as Narutam. A country-made weapon and live cartridges were recovered from the accused.

The three-member gang of robbers has created panic in Aman Nagar and surrounding areas for the past few days. PCR officer Gurmeet Singh said Mangal Das, the accused, waylaid and thrashed a migrant labourer.

“We were on routine patrolling when we spotted the migrant crying help. When we enquired from him, the labourer narrated the entire incident. We immediately informed our seniors and started searching for the robbers,” added Gurmeet Singh. After a long chase one of the robbers was arrested.



Sidhu Hospital Case
Doctors’ interim bail extended
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 28
The court of Additional Sessions Judge GS Saran today extended the interim bail granted to Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu and Dr Naveen Laiker of Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, till August 3 in a case relating to the death of BJP leader Jagat Bhushan Johal during treatment.

The interim bail was extended as the police could not produce the case file needed for deciding the bail application finally. They were granted interim bail on July 21.

These doctors were booked under Section 304 of the IPC at Payal police station on the complaint of family members of the deceased.

The defence lawyer claimed that both the accused had joined investigation as directed by the court on the last date.



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