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Delay in action against tainted officials
HC seeks detailed report from MC
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The failure of the Ludhiana municipal corporation to take action against some tainted officers in cases related to unauthorised constructions has drawn flak from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The High Court today sought details from the municipal corporation why inquiry (as old as 2005-06) against these officers had not been completed yet.

The Division Bench of the court said it wanted to know the details about the inquiry officers appointed in these cases and whether chargesheets had been issued to the officers, besides the time frame in which the pending inquiries would be completed.

The Bench directed the civic body to file an additional affidavit divulging these details.

Apart from it, the department of housing and urban development has been asked to give details about the master plan along with the date of notification and objections received for it.

The directions came following petitions by a journalist and others, including an NGO, pleading that residential properties were being commercialised in Ludhiana in connivance with MC officials who were granting CLUs according to 
their whim.

Talking to The Tribune, counsel for the petitioners said: “The Ludhiana MC today filed an affidavit stating that around 10 officials were facing disciplinary proceedings for unauthorised constructions. These officials include STP BS Brar, MTPs Hemant Batra, SS Bhatia and PK Garg, and ATPs Harpreet Ghai, Kamaljeet Kaur, Monica, Tarlok Singh and Tejpreet Singh.”

However, the civic body had failed to justify why no action had been taken against these officials, the counsel added.

The petitioners had alleged that residential areas were commercialised blatantly in the city, keeping the CLU at stake. Hundreds of constructions had come up in violation of building bylaws and the master plan.

They had pleaded that several areas, including Civil Lines, Mall Road, College Road, Rani Jhansi Road and Cemetery Road were replete with illegal structures and they urged that they be demolished.

They also contended that commercial activities in residential areas were disturbing the environment.


MC chief fined for power theft
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 25
Municipal council president Dharampal Rao was caught stealing electricity today, for which he was fined Rs 1.35 lakh.

A team of the PSEB, Patiala, raided an empty godown belonging to the MC president at Motia Khan Market on the Amloh road. Officials of the board found that the electricity of the office, adjoining the godown, was connected to the main line illegally.

The direct supply of electricity was snapped and wires used in the crime were confiscated by the board officials, who said electricity would be restored only after the council president paid the fine.

Supporters of the council president when contacted by a section of the media refuted that power theft was detected at the godown and said electricity department officials had come to upgrade the power connection.

However, later they said a complaint had been lodged by one of their rivals and the raid was conducted by a team of the electricity department.

The officials said the MC president was running two air-conditioners in his office on a kundi connection and had been stealing 4 KV power for the past some time.

Area residents, besides industrial units of Mandi Gobindgarh and adjoining areas, have been reeling under power cuts for the past several months. Residents said they got power for less than 10 hours a day.

The PSEB has launched a drive to detect electricity theft and have fined a large number of defaulters in nearby villages. 



Standoff between railways, excise officials continues
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 25
A meeting convened by Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg between officials of the Northern Railway and the excise and taxation department here last evening to resolve the deadlock over the inspection of goods on the railway premises to check tax evasion, remained inconclusive. However, officials attending the meeting agreed to cooperate in the future.

GP Singh, divisional traffic manager, Ferozepur division, along with RK Sharma, station superintendent, and senior officials of the excise and taxation department attended the meeting.

The district administration had to intervene in the wake of several incidents when railway officials had objected to the excise staff inspecting “outward goods in transit” at the goods booking office within the railway compound to ascertain if proper invoices for the goods were issued and taxes had been paid. The railway officials took the stand that once the goods had been handed over to the railways, the rules did not permit for any inspection by the state excise and taxation department.

Maintaining that the excise department had no jurisdiction within the railway premises, and it could carry out inspection of goods and documents anywhere outside the railway compound before the goods were handed over to the parcel office, the railway authorities had earlier rejected a proposal mooted by the excise department to have a checkpost and install a close-circuit television camera outside the parcel office.

As far as the evasion of taxes worth crores every year by way of unaccounted goods sent to various parts of the country through railways is concerned, a long-drawn blame game is going on between the railways and excise officials. Both departments accused each other of being hand in glove with “peti mafia” which was operating for the “safe carriage” of outward-bound goods from the premises of the consignor to the parcel office, and charging hefty fee for these services.

The excise and taxation officials alleged that employees at the parcel office as well as the railway police and other officials were collaborating with operators of the peti mafia and making easy money. “This is the only reason that every time our staff intercepts a consignment on the railway premises, the railway officials create hurdles and interfere with the inspection,” an excise official pointed out.

On the other hand, senior officials maintained that the mafia was operating with the tacit understanding of excise officials. If the excise staff really wanted to nab those sending goods without the payment of taxes and proper invoices, they could do so outside the railway complex when the goods were being brought to the parcel office. Knowing well that as per rules, the railways would not permit the inspection of goods inside the railway complex, the excise staff insisted on checking the goods after these were handed over to the parcel office, they said.



Faulty signal at Sahnewal Chowk
Admn sleeps as commuters risk their lives
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, September 25
The deadly combination of the red and green lights at the Sahnewal Chowk, a quadrivial point on the National Highway No. 1, still remains unchecked as the authorities, it seems, are least concerned about any mishap which can take place due to the ‘confused judgement’ on the part of the drivers and daily commuters.

The problem has been highlighted through the media on several occasions but the authorities concerned seem to be waiting for an actual “major” occurrence, which is being averted till date by chance or because of sheer good luck.

The amalgamated flow of commuters on the National Highway No.1, area residents and those residing in the surrounding villages seem to be at their wits end on finding two lights working at the same time. The Sahnewal Chowk, branching towards Doraha, Kohara, Dehlon and Ludhiana, on one of the most dangerous spot as far as the incidents of a mishap is concerned. The things are aggravated all more as the level crossing of Sahnewal remains closed majority of the times and the long queue of vehicles extends up to the major portion of the National Highway No. 1 as well. “Most of the times when the there is utter chaos in this chowk, there is no single official that comes to the rescue of the entrapped vehicle, that jostles singly to somehow find its way out ”, said one frustrated commuter.

“Instances of clashes and minor injuries due to wrong traffic movements have occurred till date but it seems that the authorities are waiting for a big tragedy to happen before the necessary amendments are initiated,” still another rued. “The traffic police seems to be least bothered about the mess created by this lethal combination”, he added.

The commuters complain that this chowk has become the most dangerous one as the vehicles on the National Highway ply with fiery speed. Those living in the towns and in surrounding villages have demanded immediate correction. “This deadly combination can finally lead us to a point of no return “, fear the commuters.



Acid Attack: Cops clueless 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Haibowal police has made no headway in the case where acid was thrown on a couple at the Churpur road.

The family of Sumit Tandon, the victim, is hoping that he would be able to identify the attackers.

According to his family, he had identified some attackers, but was unconscious and not in a condition to record his statement.

Sumit and his wife were returning home after undergoing a checkup at a private hospital in Haibowal on Wednesday evening when they were attacked.

The police said in the absence of any eyewitness, it was only the victim who could identify the accused. It said it was a planned attack as the Churpur road remained crowded and had several “escape routes”.

His panic-stricken wife, Shveta, could not identify any of the accused. “It happened so quickly that I could not see their faces,” she said.

Narrating the incident, she said: “We were barely some yards away from home when a youth in mid-20s waylaid us. Before we could ask the reason, two youths came from behind and the youth riding pillion, threw the acid upon us. The three then fled the spot.”

Nitin Tandon, brother of Sumit, who is trying to gather some information about the attackers by visiting shops of the locality, expressed disappointment over people’s attitude. “It is surprising that no one could identify the attackers. I think people are reluctant to come forward as they fear they would be targeted by the attackers,” he said.

The family of the victim, however, suspected the involvement of an accountant who was sacked by Sumit after he found some irregularities in the account books.

Haibowal SHO Gurpreet Singh said: “We are clueless, but one thing is certain that it is a clear case of personal enmity otherwise no one would dare to throw acid on someone in a busy street.



Skewed gender ratio eclipses ‘Sanjhi’ art
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 25
Skewed sex ratio in each family has resulted in slow death of art depicting the lifestyle of old Indian families through “Sanjhi”.

Unable to keep the art of creating a replica of Goddess “Sanjhi”, her maids and other associates with mud and decorating them with colours on the house wall, women prefer to perform the ritual with readymade ones purchased from the market.

Traditional songs highlighting elements of happy and prosperous society are also conspicuous by their absence.

“As middle-aged women, dominantly working ones, have become busy in their family chores, there is nobody to initiate young girls to ‘Sanjhi’. Girls, too, don’t have time to prepare mud and create figures of “Sanjhi”, “Ghudhu”, “Barota”, stars and moon on their own,” said Veena Rani Lomash, while apprehending that the ritual would die a slow death in years to come.

“Sanjhi” is installed on “amavas” of the Ashvina month and worshiped on Navratras in the evening.

It is considered a symbol of prosperity and universal brotherhood.

Claiming that comprehensive procedure for preparing and worshipping “Sanjhi” was aimed at improving craftsmanship and learning elements of ideal lifestyle, Madhvi Sharma said children were made to recite songs taken from animate and inanimate objects of daily use.

Installation of inverted replica of a “chore” (thief) depicted punishment and reward whereas positive characters were shown served with sweets and other dishes.

Songs like “Uth meri Sanjhi, attre khol, patre khol, kurian aaian tere kol” and “Meri Sanjhi tan mangdi hara hara gobar, Lal lal chunian, chite peele gehne, chite chawal” were aimed at enabling children to learn properties and sources of various articles.

Significance of growing more trees was also highlighted.



PNDT Act IMA to support health dept
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The executive committee of the local Indian Medical Association (IMA) met Dr Maninderjit Singh, civil surgeon, wherein Dr Arun Mitra, senior vice-president, IMA, Punjab, assured the health authorities of full cooperation on issues like the implantation of the PNDT Act, swine flu, malaria and dengue.

The doctors discussed the ways and means to deal with any situation arising out of such illness.

Dr Maninderjit Singh said the platelets machine had been installed in the local civil hospital, which would go a long way in saving the lives of poor in case of the dengue epidemic. 



MC officials transferred 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha today made some inter-departmental transfers. While superintendent Ashok Verma, who was holding charge of tehbazari D zone, has been transferred to the health branch, house tax superintendent Amardeep Singh has been shifted from zone- B to tehbazari D.

Similarly, house tax superintendent Ranjeev has been given additional charge of the house tax zone-B.

Demolition: The town-planning wing of the Zone D today demolished a structure coming at Haibowal Kalan, Part-I. ATP Kamaljeet Kaur and building inspector Kuljit Singh conducted the drive this evening. The officers said, “The construction was coming opposite Prince Property Dealer where a commercial building was under construction. The building owner had erected columns and was violating the town planning scheme, so the structure was demolished.”

Shifted: The municipal commissioner today formally gave accounts branch to Additional Commissioner Kamalpreet Brar. The orders were issued to the officer today, while she had conducted a raid on the branch on Sunday and had seized blank cheques available with accounts department.



Traders urge govt to set up agro-fuel banks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Breaking their silence after suffering 50 per cent loss in industrial production, industrialists have asked the state government to use agro-waste for power generation.

Businessmen had suggested “kisan ki bijli Yojna” to the state government but it did not respond to such an issue. The industrialists feel if “agro-fuel banks” were set up at suitable locations, enough power could be utilised by the industry and substantial quantity could be used for generating more power. Brahm Dutt Sharda, president, Dyeing Factories Association, told The Tribune that the three-days’ power cuts in a week and then interim power cuts had spoiled industrial infrastructure in Punjab. He said the industry, in miserable conditions, had been taking up the matter with the finance minister and the chief minister through representatives and the sangat darshan programmes but all had gone in vain.

Estimated 40 million tonnes of agro-waste was available Punjab. Agro-fuel banks could be established if the agro-waste was utilised in planned manner. “Reasonable price for the waste should be given to farmers and same should be converted mechanically into suitable form for burning in the boilers”, said Sharda. The estimated value of the farm waste could be between Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 crore every year which the farmers could easily earn through this scheme and if the state government approved, it could be substituted for withdrawal of subsidy of the free supply of electricity to the farmers. 



World Heart Day
Doctors stress on healthy lifestyle
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
In order to create awareness on heart diseases, their prevention, management and treatment, the Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) organised a series of awareness lectures on the eve of “World Heart Day” here today.

Team of expert doctors comprising Dr NK Sood, Dr Bishav Mohan, Dr Naved Aslam, Dr S Khumbhkarni and Dr Naveen Kumar dwelt upon diverse topics, including types of heart disease, their causes and related risk factors like smoking and hypertension, prevention of heart disease through proper diet, exercise and yoga and also available treatment of heart ailments. The lecture session was coordinated by Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist, who also spoke on “workers welfare health programme”.

Elaborating on diet and lifestyle, consultant cardiologist Dr Bishav Mohan said a balanced diet, coupled with an active lifestyle, can keep one’s heart fit and healthy as conveyed by the theme of this year’s World Heart Day, which is to “Work with Heart”. The theme stood for work place health promotion through the reduction of individual risk-related behaviours such as tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor nutrition.

Consultant physician Dr S Khumbhkarni spoke on the need to curb the smoking habit, which was a major cause of heart disease among the younger age group. “A single cigarette puff has more than 4,000 harmful chemicals, of which about 40 are known carcinogenic agents. But, such is the natural recuperative capacity of our body that smokers who manage to kick this habit before it inflicts any serious harm, gradually have health risk-profiles matching those of the non-smokers.”

Consultant cardiologist Dr Naved Aslam enumerated the risk factors of heart disease, which included high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and overweight, smoking, physical inactivity, heredity and stress. Senior consultant cardiologist Dr NK Sood focused on the various treatment options available in case of heart disease.

Concluding the session, Dr Wander said, “In pursuit of our mission to prevent disease before it occurs, the institute is organising a quiz competition for all the leading schools of the city on the occasion of World Heart Day. The competition is open for students for senior secondary class students.”

The purpose of involving schoolchildren in this year’s commemoration of World Heart Day, he added, was to ensure that the next generation was made aware of the dangers posed by heart disease for the health of the society at large so that the underlying purpose of observing this day was served. 



Industry to face 8-hr power cuts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
There seems to be no respite from prolonged power cuts, at least for the time being, as not only the duration of cuts during the day has gone up to more than eight hours but power cuts during the night are also on the cards for the next few days if huge gap of 550 lakh units between the demand and availability of power in the state is any indication.

Sources in the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) headquarters in Patiala told The Tribune that one unit each of 110 MW at Lehra Mohabbat Thermal Power Project and Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant in Bathinda had tripped yesterday morning, causing further shortfall in the availability of power to the state.

Extended power cuts for anything more than eight hours being imposed in three spells-early morning, noon and evening in the city- have put the normal life of the residents out of gear because the city population has to go without water supply as well during the whole day besides sweating it out in the extremely hot and sultry weather conditions.



Arya College principal accused of embezzlement
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Serious allegations of misutilisation of funds have been levelled against SM Sharma, principal, Arya College, by a member of the college managing committee and has sought probe into the allegations.

In the eight page letter to the Vice-Chancellor, Punjab University and DPI (colleges), Punjab, S K Sayal who retired as principal of the Arya College, Nawanshaher, and also served as a faculty in Arya College, Ludhiana, has alleged that the principal had not constituted amalgamated fund committee as required under the regulations and illegally drawn from amalgamated fund account Rs 16 lakh, 58, 000 and 400.

“If this amount is multiplied in six years, this would run into a fraud of over rupees one crore.” Syal has further alleged that the principal has been collecting medical charges from the students at the rate of Rs 30 per student for the past six years and this amount has exceeded five lakh.

He has further charged that the principal has not utilised Rs 20 lakh donated by Sunil Mittal Bharati of Bharati Airtel which was given by him in 2005-06 for the construction of IT block needed urgently in the college for BCA and MSC students.

The president of the managing committee had even set up a four-member committee to decide about the block, but the principal was shirking responsibility.

Syal has further alleged that the financial position of the college had deteriorated due to malfunctioning of the principal.

Arya College shift has been closed and Arya College Women section is on the verge of closure where the strength of students has come down to 360 in 2009 -10 from 1,050 in 2002-2003.

Strength of the students in the main college has fallen from 3,346 in 2002-03 to 1,863 in the current year. This has caused a loss of Rs 1.80 crore in the income of the college.

SM Sharma, principal, Arya College, said: “I have not received any official copy of complaint and would not comment.”

Syal has urged the Vice-Chancellor to order an inquiry against the principal.



Horticulturist visits Hong Kong
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Head, department of horticulture, PAU, Dr Pushpinder Singh Aulakh was one of the members of a delegation of officers, who visited Hong Kong to attend Asia Fruit Logistica.

The other members of the delegation included Vikas Pratap, IAS, and Pardeep Sharma, PAGREXCO additional managing director and general manager, respectively.

The Kinnow growers also participated in the event said Dr Aulakh.

Dr Aulakh said the visit was sponsored by PAGREXCO, he added that the delegation had an opportunity to visit Asia Fruit Logistica, a horticultural fair where 52 countries had put up their stalls. He said discussions with experts were also held.

Dr Aulakh said the additional expenditure for the purpose could be met if the government provides some subsidy or incentive to kinnow producers.

Seeds in demand

“There is a demand for seeds of varieties developed and released by PAU,” said director (seeds) Dr Sarbjit Singh Bal. He added that during the recently held “kisan melas” of PAU there was an unprecedented rush of farmers for PAU seeds.

He said during the melas, huge quantity of seeds of different varieties of wheat, barley, rabi oil seeds, gram, berseem, vegetables were sold out. Over 20,000 vegetable kits were purchased by farmers. Dr Bal said PAU produces over 6,000 tons of seeds every year. Farmers are all-out for better seeds or better technology, said Dr Bal. He highlighted that PAU had a plan to gear up production and distribution of seeds of different crops.



Plantation drive at Doraha College
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 25
Volunteers of NSS and youth wing at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, launched a tree plantation drive on the college campus today by planting as many as 900 saplings of a total of 50 varieties.

Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu said: “By planting more saplings we can make up for the loss apart from adding beauty to our landscape, shade to our surroundings, fruits and vegetables for the population to relish and timber to construct shelter.”

Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, general secretary of the college managing committee, while explaining the importance of trees spoke that the mother earth had been rendered barren by man’s selfishness, which always craved for endless expansion, be it at the cost of hazarding the environment or even at the expense of his own life.

Director Jaswant Singh Gill expressed that sapling planted must be nursed and owned till the time they became self-sustaining.

A seminar was also organised on the topic “Lets create a clean and green environment”, in which scientist from Punjab Agricultural University ensured their active participation. Dr Avtar Singh, professor and head department of forestry, laid stress on plantation of saplings.

Dr RK Dubey, assistant professor, department of floriculture and landscaping, stressed on the aesthetic value of growing particular varieties of trees, especially the flowering ones. “Saplings should never be sown just for the sake of sowing, rather they should be chosen meticulously and planted prudently,” he added.



From Schools & Colleges
CIPHET signs MoU with Reuters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
RT Patil, director, Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), signed an MoU with Syed Hasan Jafar, senior content operations manager, Reuters Market Light, Reuters India Pvt. Ltd.

Under this MoU, CIPHET will provide information on process, equipment, products and technologies on post harvest engineering and technology for farmers and entrepreneurs to Reuters for one year.

The institute will also provide information related to its training programmes, advisory consultancy and pilot plant for custom hiring. Reuters will package the information in the form of short message service (SMS) and deliver it to the mobiles of farmers registered with the company’s Reuters Market Light Service.

Navratras celebrated

Mother’s Touch Kindergarten celebrated Navratras yesterday at the school premises. The occasion was also graced by the grandparents of all tiny tots. The event included various dance items choreographed by Anil and Disha. Dandia and garbha were performed by the young artistes in accordance with the Navratras celebration.

Students expressed their feelings for the grandparents by saying quotes. Nine little girls were dressed up as Goddesses, signifying the nine nights of Navratras in the last performance. Principal Gagandeep Kaur was also present.

Students of Kiddies Paradise School also celebrated Navratras with great devotion.

Books distributed

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda distributed books, notebooks and uniforms to needy students at AIE centre, Sarva Sikhsha Abiyaan.

Dasehra celebrated

Dussehra and Durga Ashtmi was celebrated at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir with zeal. The whole campus buzzed with religious tunes. A painting competition was organised for primary classes.

In an effort for heritage awareness drive Love Dale organised a function. Idols of nine goddesses and main characters of Ramayana were at a display. They were told the significance of obedience of Luv and Kush towards their parents Shree Ram and Sitamata and love of brothers Shree Ram and Laxman.

Maple Bear Canadian Play way and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana celebrated Dussehra-2009 with enthusiasm. A rhyme competition presented by kids was the star attraction of the day.

Kids came in beautiful costumes. The function was attended by mothers and grandmothers of schoolchildren.

Veena Aggarwal, principal of the school, explained to the kids the importance of Dussehra.

Students of DCM Presidency School celebrated Dussehra with fervour. Students of Class III put up an excellent cultural programme based on the contents of Ramayana.

Teachers awarded

The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) conferred "Best Teacher Award" upon 11 different teachers of schools and colleges of Ludhiana on 5th day of Koshish-2009 today.

These teachers were selected on the basis of the survey conducted on over 900 students of first year of PCTE group of Institutes. Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, chief parliamentary secretary (technical education) gave away prizes to all teachers.

Bikramjit Singh Khalsa said it was an activity to encourage teachers. He offered a grant of Rs 5 lakh for building infrastructure and lab development of PCTE group of Institutes and appreciated the efforts of PCTE faculty and students for bringing in professional culture to the state.

Dr KNS Kang, director general of PCTE, congratulated the awardees.

Winter school

Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) today inaugurated twenty one days of winter school on "quality assurance and shelf life enhancements of fruits and vegetables through novel packaging technologies" here at CIPHET, Ludhiana campus. Experts from ICAR institutes and various state universities will participate in the school to be concluded on October 15.

Placement drive

Kirloskar Oil & Engines Limited (KOEL) and Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited (KPCL) visited the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College here today to recruit BTech students.

Around 150 students from various colleges like NIT Hamirpur, PAU Ludhiana, and BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib, participated in the placement drive. As many as 20 students were shortlisted for personal interview.



Talent hunt at RIMT

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 25
A talent hunt programme was jointly organised on RIMT Management and Computer Studies campus by RIMT -Institute of Management and Computer Technology, RIMT-School of Management Studies and Regional Institute of Management and Technology.

As many as 180 students of MBA, MCA, BBA and BCA courses showcased their talent in 21 events. The programme was inaugurated by Vijayant Bansal, vice-chairman of the RIMT group.

He said programmes like this help in bringing out the talent of the students. Students participated enthusiastically and there was intense competition in all the events. — OC



Body of retired JE found in canal
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 25
Body of a retired junior engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was found in a canal near Mahpur village this afternoon.

It appeared that the JE, identified as Nachhatar Singh, was murdered brutally and his body was thrown into canal after tying his hands and mouth with a piece of cloth.

Family members of Nachhatar had lodged a complaint with the police yesterday about the missing JE since Tuesday. They told the police that 12 tola of gold jewellery, worth about Rs 2 lakh, worn by the JE was missing besides his motorbike, mobile phone and Rs 70,000 cash which he had withdrawn from a bank before he went missing. 



Gang of thieves busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
With the arrest of two youths, the division No 8 police claims to have busted a gang of thieves and seized three stolen motorcycle and computer appliances from them here today.

The accused were nabbed from the Shamshan Ghat area in Deep Nagar, while they were planning to steal a motorcycle parked outside a school.

The accused have been identified as Gagan Kumar and Sunny, both resident of Haibowal. According to SHO division No.8 Maninder Bedi, the police received a tip- off that the accused were planning to steal a motorbike. The police laid a trap and nabbed the accused while they were crossing a police check post near the cremation ground.

Bedi said the duo was involved in numerous theft cases and vehicle thefts that had taken place in the surrounding areas during the past few months. Beside, three motorcycle, two computers, stamps and other electronic goods were seized from their possession.

A case has been registered against the accused. 



Two booked for cheating
Tribune Reporters

Jagraon, September 25
Two persons have been booked for cheating a woman on the pretext of sending her daughter to Canada. Sukhdev Kaur of Rurka village near Mullanpur in a complaint lodged with the police had stated that Tejwinder Singh Sekhon, the accused, and his wife, Kulwinder Kaur, lured her to send her daughter, Ramandeep Kaur, to Canada for a nanny course.

The accused were themselves conducting the course and the interview. The deal was struck at Rs 11 lakh. She paid Rs 4 lakh at her uncle Gurpal Singh’s house at Agwar Lopon on 25 January 2004. She paid the balance amount of Rs 7 lakh later on.

The accused made her daughter to complete the nanny course, but she could not pass the interview conducted by the embassy. The complainant then asked the accused to either return the amount or send her daughter to Canada. The accused refused to do so.

The accused stated that the girl could not clear the interview despite their training. The complainant then lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. The accused, then, paid Rs. 2.5 lakh to them. However, they refused to pay the balance amount and went into hiding. On November 3, 2007, she again lodged a complaint with the SP (H), Jagraon, who ordered EO wing in charge to enquire into the matter. The EO wing in charge found all allegations true as both accused had gone into hiding and the court had declared them proclaimed offenders in 2007 itself.

On the basis of the report, the SSP Ludhiana (Rural) ordered a case to be registered against the accused. Thus, a case under Sections 420 and 120B of the IPC was registered against the man and his wife.

A student of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College was allegedly attacked by a few unidentified youths on Wednesday evening.

In his complaint, Vikramjit Singh alleged that the accused waylaid him and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons. Vikramjit sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the CMC hospital, where his condition is stated to be critical. The police is probing the matter.

A few persons reportedly snatched cash and a mobile phone from Chanchal Gupta, an employee of a finance Company, on Wednesday evening.

He lends small loans to entrepreneurs and collects the installment on daily basis. While one of his agents Kulwant Singh was collecting loan amounts on his bicycle, two youths on a motorcycle snatched Rs 1,700 and his mobile phone from near the local bus stand.

The DSP said he had directed the SHO to station cops at snatching-prone areas. 



4 held for flesh trade racket
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Haibowal police yesterday arrested four persons, including a woman, for allegedly running a flesh trade racket in the Civil City near Haibowal.

Those arrested have been identified as Laxman Das, his wife Asha Rani, Jatinder Pal, a resident of Rajguru Nagar and Jagjit Singh of Urban Estate, Focal Point, and Neha.

While the police arrested four accused, Asha Rani managed to dodge the police. According to the police, Laxman Das and Asha Rani were running the prostitution den from their house in Civil City with the help of a prostitute.

The SHO said they were tipped that Asha Rani had invited a few persons at her residence. A police team raided the house and arrested the four accused, while Asha managed to escape. The SHO said their mobile phones were seized and call details traced. More skeletons would tumble out of the closet after further investigation.



Two car thieves arrested
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 25
The Sudhar police had arrested two members of the interstate gang of car thieves and seized a stolen car from their possession.

The in charge of the Jodhan police post laid a naka near Dhaipai village and signaled a car (HR 26 X 4728) to stop. On seeing the cops, the thieves tried to escape. After travelling for some distance, they parked the car in a newly developed colony at Sehjad village near Jodhan.

The cops took the car into their possession and arrested the car thieves. They were planning to sell the car with fake documents. Those arrested have been identified as Mukesh Kumar of Bainsi village near Lakhan Majara, Haryana and Home Bahadur of Goghri village near Alka in Nepal. Two other members identified as Raju of Delhi and Bittu of Car Bazar, Chandigarh, are still at large.

SHO Sudhar Tehal Singh said the gang used to steal cars from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and sell them to unsuspecting buyers through agents at slightly cheaper rates with fake documents. A case under Section 379 of the IPC was registered against the accused. 



Duplicate auto parts seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Model Town police and a team of the enforcers of intellectual property rights (EIPR) seized a huge chunk of duplicate auto parts from a store located near the Attam Park Chowk in Model Town here today. However, store owner Ravinder Singh managed to escape.

According to the police, the EIPR employees lodged a complaint that Rajinder Singh was selling duplicate auto parts of Lucas company, following which a raid was conducted and goods seized. The police recovered huge amount of contact points, regulators, condensers and other auto parts.



Armyman, mother get life term
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
An Armyman, Surinder Singh (28) of Raikot, and his mother Pararmjit Kaur (55) of Tajpur village, Raikot, have been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment on the charges of killing Mandeep Kaur by setting her blaze, as she failed to fulfil their demand of more dowry.

Delivering the verdict, Additional Sessions Judge Manjinder Singh held that the charges levelled against the accused stand proved beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt.

Terming it to be a heinous crime, the court declined the plea of leniency raised by the accused. The incident took place a few months back.

However, the court acquitted Jaspreet Kaur, an unmarried sister of the prime accused, Surinder Singh, with the observation that the charges against her were not proved.

Even the prime prosecution witnesses, including the mother of the victim, had turned hostile in the case. But the court heavily relied upon the dying declaration recorded by a judicial officer when the victim was struggling for life in a hospital after suffering burn injuries. She remained hospitalised for about 15 days but could not survive.

In her statement, the victim had not named her father-in-law. Rather she had stated that her father-in-law had tried to save her, when she was being burnt by the accused.

Mandeep Kaur had stated to the police that she was married on February 1, 2004. After eight days of marriage, her husband went back in the military for joining duty. Her in-laws were not happy with the dowry brought by her at the time of marriage. She apprised her parents about the matter.

On May 28, 2004, her husband returned home on leave. The accused then planned to kill her. In order to materialise their evil designs, the accused caught hold of her and set her ablaze by pouring kerosene oil, she added.

However, the accused had pleaded innocence and claimed false implication. Convinced with the dying declaration made by victim, the court found the accused guilty and sentenced accordingly.



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