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Missing link roads
HC stays land acquisition by GLADA
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 5
Commuters from Doraha to Ferozepur road, who take GT road to reach Jagraon, Moga and other cities, have not much to cheer, as the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the proceedings for acquisition of land by Greater Ludhiana Development Authority (GLADA) to construct the two missing links.

The project for providing another bypass from Doraha to Ferozepur road on the outskirts of the city, parallel to the existing southern bypass along Sidhwan Canal, was in cold storage for want of construction of two missing links - one from Pakhowal road to the road separating Phase II and III at Dugri and the other from Dhandra to Gill road and further on to existing southern bypass.

With the High Court's decision, the missing link-II, which was to be constructed by acquiring the land of Mohan Singh Gill, along with 12 other residents of Gill village, would not see the light of the day, affecting the entire project.

Gill had filed a civil writ petition challenging the notifications issued on August 10, 2009, and February 8, for acquisition of nearly 171 acres for completion of some five kilometres length of missing link II and development of an urban estate for resettlement of outsiders.

In the order, passed on July 29, Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Augustine George Masih directed the respondents- Punjab, Land Acquisition Collector of GLADA, chief administrator GLADA and chief town planner, Punjab, to maintain status quo regarding possession of the petitioners at the spot.

According to sources, notices have been issued to the respondents and the case will come up for hearing on October 13.

The petitioners, through their counsel, had maintained that land for the road (missing links) which is being acquired and another stretch for resettlement of the outsiders is contrary to the master plan. "The length and breadth of the land varies. There is no purpose for which GLADA is acquiring the land, nor is there any GLADA colony in this section. Already a bypass has been carved from Gill road which connects the city with GT road at Doraha along the Sidhwan Canal."

The additional chief administrator of GLADA Indu Malhotra told The Tribune that copy of the orders of the High Court had not been received so far.

"We shall abide by the court orders and status quo regarding possession of the land (only in case of petitioners) will be maintained." She, however, added that award - package of compensation for acquisition of land- was almost ready and would be announced soon. The GLADA had proposed Rs 90 crore for 54 acres to be acquired for urban estate and another Rs 167 crore for 117 acres for the missing link II.


Man held for selling eight infants
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
Making a fast buck by harping on the helplessness of unwed mothers, a man allegedly sold eight such infants between Rs 1 and Rs 4 lakh before the police nabbed him.

The accused, identified as Rinkle, alias Rinku, a resident of Basant Nagar in Dugri, was nabbed by the Sherpur police from outside Oswal Cancer Hospital late last night. He was reportedly waiting to sell the one-day-old baby boy.

Soon after the baby was born, he was handed over to Rinkle, who further informed the buyers - a childless couple - about the child.

The couple told Rinkle to wait for them outside Oswal Cancer Hospital near Shepur Chowk. In the meantime, the police received a tip off and nabbed the accused.

During interrogation, he cracked soon and confessed before the police that he had so far sold and purchased eight newborn babies.Rinkle told the police that he was working as a public relation officer (PRO) with Jeevan Hospital located near DMC.

The police is also suspecting that the children were also sold to some persons running begging racket.

He told the police that he was into the trade since 2008. ADCP Sushil Kumar said Rinkle’s arrest was just a tip of the iceberg. “Nothing conclusive could be said right now, the culprit has just been nabbed.”

Modus Operandi

ADCP said though the accused had never floated an advertisement in the newspaper, he used to visit the hospitals where he would tell nurses and midwives to keep an eye on unwed pregnant women whose abortion was not possible.

For the sale and purchase of every child, nurses were paid a commission of Rs 5,000. Rinkle would negotiate the selling price with the mother of the child.

Besides, he used to regularly visit nursing homes to look for childless couples.

Police suspect Rinkle might have been involved in swapping babies as well.

While the ‘cost price’ of a girl child ranged between Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500, the price of a baby boy ranged from anything between Rs 1,000 and Rs 25,000 depending upon the family of the child. The ‘selling price’ of a girl ranged between Rs 10,000 and Rs 30,000 while that of a boy ranged between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 4.5 lakh.

Questions on the statement of police

l Why would the purchaser use these children for begging after spending Rs 4 to 5 lakh on them?

l What was the male and female break-up of the eight infants sold by Rinkle?

l Why has no nurse or purchaser been arrested so far? 



Decline in snatching cases: Police
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
After claiming to achieve success rate of a little over 50 per cent by cracking snatching cases, the city police is striving harder to tighten its noose on the snatchers.

According to the police, incidents of snatching have subsided after the commissionerate system came into force, which has led to the arrest of criminals.

According to official data, since the inception of the commissionerate system in March this year, 142 incidents of snatching have been reported and FIRs were registered in all cases.

The police claims that 76 out of 142 snatching cases have been traced and 149 accused were sent behind bars.

Earlier, victims of snatching incidents had to run from pillar to post for the registration of cases. But following the commissionerate system, Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh laid down strict guidelines to register the complaints of snatchings without delay.

Beside snatchings, 24 cases of robbery were also reported in the recent past, out of which 17 cases were solved and 43 criminals were booked in this connection.

Further, seven cases of dacoity were also reported. Out of these, six cases were solved and 15 criminals were sent behind bars. Eleven criminals were nabbed for making dacoity bids in three different cases.

Recently, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal took a serious view of the growing incidents of snatching in the state and even met Punjab DGP PS Gill in this connection.

Denying the allegations of succumbing to political pressure, the Police Commissioner said:“We are not working under any sort of pressure. No culprit would be spared at any cost.”

Commissionerate System

Earlier, victims of snatching incidents had to run from pillar to post for the registration of cases. But following the commissionerate system, Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh laid down strict guidelines to register the complaints of snatchings without delay.

Stats of snatching incidents

Snatching Success Arrest

142 76 149

Robbery Success Arrest

24 17 43

Dacoity Success Arrest

7 6 15

Planning of Dacoity Success Arrest

3 3 11

Cases to be fast-tracked

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh said the police would put the cases of snatching on the fast track so that criminals could be convicted quickly



3 nabbed for stealing rly property 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has nabbed three persons in connection with their involvement in stealing iron slabs installed to support overhead electric wires.

The accused were not only stealing the railway property, but also putting the life of hundreds of passengers at risk, who commute regularly on electric trains. The slabs are installed at a distance of 1 km to maintain the strength of overhead wires.

RPF officials said the repeated strikes of the gang could have led to train accident, as due to the stealing of iron slabs, overhead wires get loose.

The thieves have been identified as Balwinder Singh, alias Suraj (25), a resident of Choti Haibowal, Naresh, alias Fauji (27), a resident of Salem Tabri, who also an autorickshaw driver, and Dalip Singh (30), a scrap dealer in Kadian village. They used to steal weights in Hussanpuri village railway track, which lies near Laddhowal.

The RPF Chief Commandant, Ludhiana, Gurjasveer Singh, arrested the accused while they were in the process of selling the stolen times to the scrap dealer.

The RPF seized 10 slabs weight and one rod of worth Rs 15,000. The accused were booked under Railway Act No. 3 for stealing railway property and unlawful possession.



Body of 25-yr-old found 
Traffic blocked
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 5
The body of Parminder Singh (25) of Sandhuan village near Chamkaur Sahib, who went missing five days ago was recovered from Sirhind Canal near Pal Majra village here today.

The family members of the deceased alleged that he was murdered by Surinder Singh and his companions before he was thrown into the canal.

The deceased was identified with the help of a driving license that was recovered from the clothes he was wearing.

The vehicle, in which he had gone, is yet to be recovered. Some village residents demanded that the post-mortem should be conducted outside the Samrala Civil Hospital to know the truth.

The residents after being dissatisfied with the police and other concerned authorities blocked traffic at Samrala chowk for about 25 minutes.

They opened the traffic after DSP (D) Khanna assured them that the post-mortem would be conducted with the help of doctors from outside.

They also demanded that Surinder of Bharthala village, who was a close relative of the deceased, and the main suspect behind the murder of Parminder should be called to India and a murder case should be registered against him. According to sources, some protesters had kept a few pieces of bricks to fight with the police. But they threw them after they were taken into trust by the police.

The police, however, has registered a case against six persons, including two women under Section 302, 34 of the IPC.

The booked include Surinder Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Shinder Kaur, Kulwinder Kaur, all residents of Bharthala village, and Sukhdev Singh, resident of Neelon village and Darshan Singh, resident of Katani village. According to the police, four persons have been rounded-up and hunt is on for others.



Dalit bodies seek Ambedkar memorial 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
Up in arms over the proposed shifting of the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar from Dr Ambedkar Chowk, Jalandhar bypass, due to the construction of a flyover, Dalit bodies yesterday staged a protest and issued an ultimatum to the state government to construct a memorial to the Father of the Indian Constitution or else face a mass agitation.

A few Dalit organisations, including the Dr Ambedkar Sabha, the Guru Ravi Das Sabha, the Ambedkar Sena, the Maharishi Valmiki Sabha and political parties announced setting up of a joint action committee to chalk out modalities of an agitation if the government failed to construct a memorial to Dr Ambedkar in the form of college, stadium, auditorium or a community centre at the site near the Jalandhar bypass where the foundation stone of Ambedkar Bhawan was laid in 1995.

Addressing the rally at the site earmarked for Dr Ambedkar Bhawan, BSP leader Ramanjit Lally and other Dalit leaders lamented that the city with a population of over 40 lakh did not have a memorial in the name of Dr Ambedkar. “The foundation stone for Ambedkar Bhawan was laid near the Salem Tabri police station in 1995, but the successive governments had failed to construct it,” they said.

Speakers at the rally maintained that the failure of the government to erect a memorial to Dr Ambedkar was tantamount to an insult to the community.



I-Day: Security beefed up ahead of celebrations 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 5
Security has been tightened in the area fearing threat from anti-social elements during the Independence Day celebrations. Planting of a 10-kg improvised explosive device (IED) inside a car near the Air Force Station at Halwara before Republic Day has acted as major factor behind the police increasing the vigil.

Besides erecting special barricades and launching combing operations, the authorities have directed rank and file in the department to watch out for stranded vehicles and those with tinted windowpanes.

The security had been beefed up in the regions falling under Ludhiana, Ludhiana (Rural), Khanna, Barnala and the Sangrur police districts.

While special patrolling parties have been constituted to keep a watch on vehicles moving in the area, special checkpoints have been erected on the highways and link roads connecting various localities of the region.

Beat officers have been advised to keep close watch on suspected hideouts of terrorist groups, which had been active in the area during terrorism days.

With the largest number of suspected hideouts of “anti-social elements” involved in sedition cases, the police is yet to review their lists and others that are being created on behalf of hardcore terrorists hiding in foreign countries.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ludhiana) Narinder Pal Singh Ruby said he had directed all beat officers to ensure that all vehicles entering the area were searched properly. 



Compensation for flood-hit farmers sought

Ludhiana, August 5
National secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal today demanded a compensation of ` 3,000 crore for the flood-hit farmers of Punjab and Haryana.

Addressing a press conference here at the Circuit House, he said Congress-led UPA government at Centre should provide ` 1,500 crore as flood relief each to Punjab and Haryana, besides, giving relief of ` 25,000 per acre to the farmers whose crops were damaged.

Grewal said a seven-member committee of BJP Kisan Morcha had toured 189 villages in both states on the second week of July to assess the damage caused to the crops and other properties. According to sources, 1.1 lakh acres under cultivation in 756 villages of Punjab and 2.75 lakh acres in 550 villages of Haryana were badly affected.

Coming down heavily on the land acquisition policies of various state governments, Grewal alleged that the states were becoming tools for acquiring land of poor farmers for corporates who were putting agricultural land to commercial use.

Observing that farming was no longer a profitable occupation, he demanded remunerative prices for farm produce as well as inclusion of agriculture in the concurrent list of the Indian Constitution.

Others present at the occasion were BJP Punjab disciplinary committee chairman Shakti Sharma, district president Rajiv Katna, deputy mayor Sunita Aggarwal, Taranjit Singh, Jatinder Mittal, Sanjay Kapoor, etc.— OC



Pollution control board official gets clean chit
Our Legal Correspondent
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, August 5
The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Mandeep Pannu has given a clean chit to Sandeep Bahl, a senior official of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), in the corruption case registered against him.

The cancellation report submitted by the vigilance bureau was finally accepted by the court and the official was discharged from the case.

Bahl was booked on the complaint of Arun Kumar, proprietor of M/s Garg Fasteners, Bhagat Singh Colony, who alleged that Bahl took Rs 15,000 as a bribe from him. A case under Sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered on March 29,2007.

Following the representation of the official, the matter was re-investigated by the then SP vigilance, SS Mand, who had not found the version of the complainant to be true. It was revealed in the inquiry that the industrial unit of shadow witness, Rakesh Jain of Om Udyog, was closed down by the checking team comprising XEN Sandeep Bahl. So, he could not be treated as the independent witness.

Apart from this, inquiry official had held that there was no motive for Bahl to demand money as the bribe, because he had already sent a report against the complainant to his superior official three days prior to the complaint and alleged incident.

During proceedings in the court, DSP vigilance bureau, Gurcharan Singh, who had registered the case suffered the statement that the complainant had concealed true facts from him.

Earlier, the court had not accepted the untraced report and sent the same back to the vigilance bureau for reconsideration in 2008.

But again the vigilance bureau submitted the untraced report sticking to its previous stand. The second inquiry had held that the complainant was in the habit of making complaints against the officials. After the incident of Bahl, the complainant was stated to have levelled allegations of corruption against Nazar Singh, XEN successor of Bahl, which were found to be false later on. Subsequently, the police has initiated the proceedings under Section 182 of the IPC against the complainant.



From Colleges

Doraha Institute of Management and Technology felicitated an MBA topper, along with toppers of all classes, who have secured first three positions in the university examinations conducted recently. Pawanjot Kaur, a student of MBA (second semester) who has topped PTU, Jalandhar, by securing 92 per cent marks was honoured by the management, director and staff of the college.

Chairman Sukhpal Singh of Doraha Group of Institutes appreciated the efforts of the students and congratulated the staff and parents.

Among other students who were honoured were Amritpal Singh, who stood first in BCA by securing 81.42 per cent marks, Himaxi Sharma was second with 79.42 per cent marks and Harpreet Singh Pangli secured third position by securing 79 per cent marks. Also, in BBA, Amandeep Kaur, Jasmeet and Pooja Bhola were honoured for getting first, second and third positions in BBA examination. In MBA, Swati Jain stood first by securing 85 per cent marks followed by Shruti with 81 per cent marks and Sunpreet who bagged third position. Rajdeep Kaur stood fourth.

Induction programme

RIMT conducted an induction programme to get the new students familiar with the new and unexplored territory of college life. It was aimed at smooth transition of the students into college life and to ensure that they were provided with sufficient information that would allow them to make a positive and productive start to the programme of learning.



From Schools
Monsoon hungama

Small Wonders Nursery School, Sangat road, Civil Lines, organised a monsoon hungama party today. Children dressed up in funky summer attires with umbrellas in their hands, danced to the tunes of rain numbers. Various rain activities were organised and artificial rain was created to beat the scorching heat. Sawan special lunch was also organised and children relished candies.

Foundation day

The 29th foundation day of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School was celebrated here today by founder principal Avinash Kaur Walia. Head mistress Kamalpreet Kaur, members of the staff and students celebrated the day with gaiety. To make the students aware about global warming, week-long activities were held in the school. Saplings were planted, speeches and lectures were given, seminars and cultural activities were held to highlight the need of conservation of natural resources. Students participated in slogan writing and poster-making competitions. A rally was also organised by tiny tots of the school which went around the area to draw attention of the people to save water.

Fruit party

A sumptuous fruit party was organised at Green Grove Public School for KG Wing. The hall was decorated with pictures of various fruits. Students displayed an action song on fruits, wearing masks of fruits like papaya, cherry, banana, cranberry, watermelon, muskmelon, apples, mangoes, grapes etc. Fruit modelling was also organised for all classes.

Dance contest

A dance competition was held on the premises of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School. Two groups were formed for western and folk dance. Shina Sharma of Class X stood first, Monika Sharma of Class IX was second and Hardeep Kaur of Class IX stood third. In second group, Ekamjit Kaur of Class VIII was adjudged first, Simranjit Kaur of Class VII was second and Ankita of Class V stood third.


Vanamahotsava was celebrated at SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazoori road. Principal Jasbeer Singh Chauhan motivated the students to plant at least one sapling in order to keep the environment clean and healthy. As many as 100 saplings were planted. 



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