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Two injured as police opens fire
Mob lays siege to track; 100 detained

Ludhiana, December 4
Two migrant labourers sustained bullet injuries while 77 were beaten up and 100 detained by the police as an irate mob laid siege to the NH-1 near the Dhandari railway station here today.

Locals come to the rescue of a victim
Locals come to the rescue of a victim. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Train traffic disrupted
Ludhiana, December 4
The mob violence that broke out late last night on GT Road and the railway tracks near Dhandari and continued throughout today threw train movement on the Ludhiana-Delhi trunk route into disarray, creating a cascading effect on the Ludhiana-Amritsar and Ludhiana-Jammu sections as well.

police lathicharge on agitators; and a truck set afire by a mob in Ludhiana on Friday.
Police lathicharge on agitators; and a truck set afire by a mob in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

 Politicians make hay while city burns 
Ludhiana, December 4
Even as violence enveloped the city, political leaders were as usual busy trying to gain mileage from the situation, even if that meant risking the life of thousands of labourers for their petty political gains.Prominent among them were Akali Dal labour wing chief Seetamber Thakur, labour leader Chitranjan, Suba Lala, Mukeshwar Kumar, Varinder, Vinod Kumar, Arvind Kumar and Babu Lal - all of whom enjoy considerable political clout, both within and outside the state.

Violence was deliberately instigated: Cops
Ludhiana, December 4
Following the havoc wreaked by an infuriated mob of over 500 migrants, who went on a rampage torching vehicles and blocking rail tracks in the Dhandri area, the police said it has now received “crucial inputs” that suggest the mayhem was intentionally created to aggravate the already tense situation in the city.

LPG Misuse — II
Shortage hits domestic buyers
Ludhiana, December 4
The misuse of domestic LPG is causing a backlog of four to 10 days in the supply of cylinders to consumers.There is a waiting of four-five days for Indane and Bharat Gas consumers while consumers of HPC Gas in some localities have to wait for 10 days.


Day 9: Protesting PAU staff take to streets
Ludhiana, December 4
PAU employees raise slogans in support of their demands in Ludhiana on Friday. The failure of the state government in fulfilling the demands of the protesting Punjab Agriculture University employees forced the latter to take to the streets on the ninth day of their ongoing protest here today.The PAU employees, who are protesting against the non-implementation of revised scales, had threatened that they would intensify their agitation if their demands were not fulfilled till today.

PAU employees raise slogans in support of their demands in Ludhiana on Friday.
Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Violence leaves students stranded in schools
Ludhiana, December 4
Hundreds of students studying in various schools in and around Dhandari Kalan, Sahnewal and Giaspura were stranded following violence in the area this afternoon.

Havan performed
Jagraon, December 4
A havan was organised at the judicial complex here yesterday for the welfare of mankind. Judges and members of the Bar participated in it. Earlier advocates used to stay away from courts on this day.

College lecturers’ brush with death
Doraha, December 4
Passengers of a private bus witnessed death from close quarters after it came under attack by a mob on the national highway No. 1 near Dhadhari this morning.

PAU Notes
Women get tips on household, farm activities
Ludhiana, December 4
In an awareness programme for women organised at Bharsinghpura village in Jalandhar district by the PAU directorate of extension education and cooperative societies today, women were provided tips on household chores and farming operations.

230 units of blood donated
Ludhiana, December 4
At least 230 units of blood were donated for those suffering from thalassaemia during the 20th voluntary blood donation camp organised by Salaam Zindagi Foundation, an NGO, at SCD Government College here today.

From Schools & Colleges
Conference on management practices
Ludhiana, December 4
The Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology will organise a national conference on “Emerging paradigms in management practices” tomorrow.

Fruit, vegetable growers’ panel rejigged
Ludhiana, December 4
The Fruits and Vegetables Growers’ Committee of Punjab Agriculture University has been reconstituted.

Two DMCH doctors attend conference in Australia
Ludhiana, December 4
DMCH doctors from the department of paediatrics, Dr Harmesh Singh Bains (professor and head) and Dr Deepak Bhat (assistant professor), recently attended a conference on ‘Child abuse and neglect’ at Perth in Australia.

Workshop on export marketing
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 4
A four-day programme on “Export marketing procedure and documentation” concluded at Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences (DBIMCS) today.

Labourer faces anxious moments
Ludhiana, December 4
A passenger looks out of window after a train halted at Dhandari railway station. A migrant labourer went through anxious moments when he lost his family amidst chaos at Dhandri Kalan when the mob was on the rampage here today.A local resident came to the rescue of the family. Hell broke loose for Manoj, a labourer from Bihar, who was searching for his two-month-old daughter and his wife, who got lost during the chaos. He was spotted crying after he failed to locate his family.

A passenger looks out of window after a train halted at Dhandari railway station. A Tribune photograph

Tewari calls for restraint
Ludhiana, December 4
Manish Tewari, AICC national spokesperson, has appealed for peace and restraint in view of violence that took place at Dhandari on the city’s periphery. In a statement issued here today, Tewari asked the district administration to ensure law and order at all costs. He, however, added that the genuine grievances of the people must be duly addressed. He said he had learnt the protesters were primarily agitated because the local police did not listen to their complaints and when they protested; a few of them were put behind bars.

Residents approach DC against cattle menace
Khamano, December 4
A section of residents of Sanghol and adjoining villages have approached the deputy commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib against the cattle menace in their villages.

Shopkeepers stage dharna against demolition
Phillaur, December 4
At least 227 shopkeepers, who had been doing business on the Railway Road near the railway station for the past 45 years were waiting for their shops’ demolition due to the High Court’s verdict against them.

School functions pinch parents’ pocket
Ludhiana, December 4
A huge amount of money is spent on every public event. School functions, be it annual day celebrations, fests, fetes, fairs or parties, are no exception.

‘Withdraw service charges on VAT’
Ludhiana, December 4
The Knitwear Club, Ludhiana, has written to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to withdraw 10 per cent service charges on VAT to provide relief to the industry.

Envoy for commercial ties with Tajikistan
Machhiwara, December 4
Punjab’s industrialists and farmers should develop commercial ties with Tajikistan. This was stated by Saidbeg Saidov, Ambassador, Republic of Tajikistan, during his visit to a local thread-manufacturing unit yesterday.

Stagnant water, garbage greet passersby
Doraha, December 4 The college road here, with heaps of garbage and pools of stagnant water, has been causing problems not only to residents, but also to the staff and students of the college, who have no other option but to take to this road.

Hypertension can lead to multiple organ failure: BHU docs
Mandi Gobindgarh, December 4 Dr JS Tripathi from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, talked about the role of hypertension as a multi-system disorder that could damage heart, kidney, brain and eyes. This he said while delivering a lecture on the third day of the medical education programme being organised at Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital  here. He attributed this to stress in day-to-day life, more salt intake, obesity, smoking, alcohol and physical inactivity.

Doctor found dead
Ludhiana, December 4
A chest specialist at the CMCH committed suicide under mysterious circumstances here today.The doctor, identified as Sidharth Sharma (33), was found dead on the hospital premises here this morning.

Paddy continues to rot in open
Khamano, December 4
A huge paddy stock is still rotting in the open in spite of instructions of lifting it immediately. Commission agents of Khamano and Ucha Pind grain markets have accused the procurement agencies of dilly-dallying over the issue.

Garment unit gets award
Ludhiana, December 4
The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has conferred the silver trophy on Ludhiana-based Venus Garments (India) Limited for showing the second highest growth in apparel exports in the country in 2006-07.


Two booked for raping minor
Raikot, December 4
Two persons have been booked for raping a minor of Lohatbaddi village. One of the accused happens to be woman. The 12-year-old girl went missing from her village on Tuesday.

2 held for bike thefts
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 4
The local police has arrested two members of a gang that had been involved in stealing vehicles from religious places and hospitals.

Chess tournament from today
Ludhiana, December 4
The Ludhiana District Chess Association (LDCA) will organise the annual Ludhiana District Chess Championship at USPC Jain Public School, Chandigarh road, on December 5 and 6.




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