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Robbers injure 6; decamp with cash
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

On a mission

Family sources said a man had come to see their house four days ago saying that he was interested to construct his house with a similar design. As Lakhbir happens to be a property dealer, the family did not suspect that man’s intentions. Daljeet showed the entire house to the man. The family suspects that the man was reconnoitering the house.

Ludhiana, May 7
Six persons, including three women and an eight-year-old girl, sustained injuries after half-a-dozen robbers struck at a house at Bhammian Kalan village in the wee hours today morning and decamped with Rs 70,000 cash and gold jewellery.

The injured have been identified as a property dealer, Lakhbir Singh (40), his wife Daljit Kaur (35), sister-in-law Harpreet Kaur, mother Malkiat Kaur (65) and daughter Mary (eight). While Mary’s right arm got fractured and was admitted to a private hospital, Lakhbir and Daljit suffered head injuries. Harpreet and Malkiat Kaur have suffered fractures on legs and arms.

The incident took place at about 2 am when the robbers, with muffled faces, armed with rods and baseball bats scaled the gate and entered their house. Harpreet Kaur, wife of Lakhbir’s brother Nirmal Singh was sleeping on a cot in the verandah of their house. Her one-year-old son, Harry was also there.

The robbers attacked her with sticks and baseball bats. She sustained injuries on her legs. She screamed and the family members, who were sleeping inside came out. At this, the robbers started attacking them as well.

The robbers injured all of them, including their 8-year-old daughter them badly. Her brother, Kamal (seven) hid himself under the bed and watched the crime with his eyes.

He saw his parents, uncle, sister and grandmother screaming and falling on the ground. A few of them were bleeding profusely.

The robbers then entered the house and broke open almirahs and ransacked the entire house. They remained inside the house for about half-an-hour. While leaving the house they removed earrings and bangles worn by the women.

After the robbers left, Nirmal and Harpreet called their neighbours on the phone, who rushed to help them. They were rushed to CMC Hospital. Nirmal and Harpreet were discharged after the first aid.

The family is yet to calculate the loss as they are in a state of shock. The police has registered a case of robbery against unidentified persons.


Lesson I: How not to deal with motorists
Traffic marshal sets bad example to students
Argues, slaps biker for not backing up
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

‘Highhanded approach must stop’

Shopkeepers and motorists flayed the highhanded approach of traffic marshals. The shopkeepers said more often than not, it were the traffic marshals who exhibited aggressive behaviour towards motorists. “We have lodged several complaints against traffic marshals who pick a fight with motorists on petty issues. However, our requests have fallen on deaf ears of the authorities,” said a shopkeeper on the National Road.

‘Traffic marshals must behave’

Expressing displeasure at the thrashing incident, Kamaljit Soi, acity-based traffic expert, said it was wrong of traffic marshals to indulge in such behaviour as it set a wrong precedent. “Traffic marshals represent residents. They are deployed following complaints of traffic policemen being harsh on motorists. If traffic marshals start indulging in fights then the purpose of deploying them gets defeated.”

Ludhiana, May 7
It wasn’t a lesson on traffic rules that the students of Shifaly International Public School must have bargained for as traffic marshals and motorists got involved an in altercation, hurling abuses and getting physical, at Bhai Bala Chowk here today.

While students were seen making humble requests to commuters to obey the traffic rules, traffic policemen and marshals yet again exhibited their “highhanded” approach and indulged in heated arguments with commuters.

The students who had gathered at one of the busiest intersections of the city to spread the message of obeying traffic rules remained a mute spectator to the episode.

No sooner did the students started regulating traffic at Bhai Bala Chowk than an altercation took place between traffic marshal Ashok Malhotra and a motorcyclist.

The incident took place after the biker halted his vehicle on the zebra crossing. The traffic marshal approached the former and requested him to back up as it was meant for the crossing of pedestrians.

However, the rider sitting pillion, who was physically challenged, refused to oblige and instead started hurling abuses at the traffic marshal for harassing people in the name of organising a “futile traffic awareness exercise”.

This infuriated the traffic marshal, who warned the motorcyclist against hurling abuses and obey traffic rules. However, when the motorcyclist did not relent, Nawal lost his temper and slapped the motorcyclist. The traffic policemen and students along with residents rushed to the scene and prevented the situation from getting any worse.

Soon after the matter was resolved, the students witnessed an accident.

According to the students, a speeding multi-utility-vehicle (MUV), while taking the National Road, collided with scooter being ridden by a woman. The woman sustained minor injuries but the incident left the students scared.

Bhani, a student of class IX, said: “I salute the traffic policemen who spend their entire day in the scorching sun and regulate traffic. It was quite an experience to manage traffic and witness road rage cases.”

However, the students were reluctant to speaking on the thrashing episode.

Iqbal Singh, a student of class IX, also supported the views of his classmate and added that students from all schools should actively participate in the traffic management exercise to inculcate a spirit of traffic awareness.



Brazen attack on family near DSP office; 1 held
Jaswant Shetra

Over 12 attackers involved

Over 12 persons, two of them brothers and some of them carrying pistols and sharp-edged weapons, attacked Manjinder Singh and his family right outside the DSP’s office. Residents and some police employees who tried to intervene were also thrashed. Police later recovered a pistol from the scene.

Jagraon, May 7
Panic gripped the Tehsil Road area here today when over 12 persons attacked a baptised Sikh, tearing off his clothes and manhandling him. The attackers did not even spare the victim’s family and assaulted his wife and two children.

The assault right in front of the DSP office has put a question mark on the efficacy of the local police. The drama continued for over half an hour and some local residents who tried to rescue the victim also came under attack. So much so that the peacemakers had to save themselves by hiding in the Police Lines.

The assailants also attacked some police employees when they tried to intervene.

According to eyewitnesses, some attackers were carrying pistols and sharp-edged weapons. A pistol of one of the attackers fell on the road during the assault. It was later recovered by the police.

The incident took place when Manjinder Singh of Gidarwindi village was going home after attending a parent-teacher meeting of one of his children.

His wife Kiranjit Kaur and two children Amandeep Singh and Lovepreet Kaur were also accompanying him.

As soon as he reached the Main Chowk of Jagraon, two persons riding a two-wheeler asked him to stop the car. One of them pulled out the keys to the car and started arguing with Manjinder. Meanwhile, one of the persons called up his family members, who along with some other persons arrived at the scene and assaulted Manjinder.

The attackers tore off his clothes and manhandled him. They even assaulted Manjinder’s wife and abused the children. When some officials from the DSP office tried to intervene, they were also attacked, it was learnt.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under Sections 307, 232, 354, 295 A, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against Rajesh Kumar and Jatinder Kumar, both brothers, and 10 unidentified persons.

City police station SHO Inderjit Singh said: “One of the accused, Rajesh Kumar, had been arrested while the others are at large. The police is carrying out raids to arrest other attackers.”



Girl abducted 3 days ago found in sedated condition
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Hospital denied admission

Ravi, brother of the victim, alleged that the civil hospital authorities denied admitting the girl. He complained that his sister sustained a head injury and needed immediate medical treatment. “We have visited the civil hospital thrice since morning, but every time we try to admit my sister, hospital authorities deny her admission. They tell us to first get the police case registered. Only then, do they say, that my sister would be admitted by the hospital. We are poor. We cannot afford treatment at a private hospital. On the other hand, the civil hospital is not admitting my sister. You tell me where should I take her?” asked a visibly distraught Ravi soon after the incident. Despite repeated attempts, no one from the civil hospital was available for comment.

Another rescued from UP

Ludhiana: A minor girl, who was abducted by a city youth with a promise of marriage, was rescued from the Bardah area of Uttar Pradesh here today.

The girl's father said that 25-year-old Raju Ram, a native of Jaunpur district in Uttar Pradesh, had enticed his 17-year-old daughter on April 28. Acting on a complaint, a team of policemen raided the Bardah area and recovered the girl. The youth was also arrested by the police. He was later produced before a court, which remanded him in police custody. — TNS

Ludhiana, May 7
A 14-year-old girl, who was abducted from a factory unit on the Bahadurke road on May 4, was found lying unconscious on a roadside with her hands and legs tied. The girl sustained injuries on her head and bruises on hands and legs. She was found from the same spot from where she was abducted three days ago.

The girl, who was working in a hosiery unit on the Bhadurke road, was sedated and abducted by Aman (22), a resident of Bahadurke road, and his accomplice while she was returning home from work.

Her father Makhu Lal, a gardener, informed the police about the incident, following which the cops formed special teams to nab the accused.

According to Makhu Lal, last night he received an anonymous call and the person on the other line stated that his daughter was left on the same spot from where she was picked up three days ago.

Makhu Lal and his son Ravi soon reached the spot and found the girl, whose hands and legs were tired with a rope.

Ravi said her sister was still under the influence of drugs and was not eating anything. “She told me that Aman and his accomplice gave her sedatives laced tea,” said Ravi and added that his sister did not know where she was kept for three days.



Mother’s Day Special: This octogenarian a true saviour
Donated kidney to daughter; adopted 7 sisters
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
A mother gives to her child the most precious gift -- life, but 80-year-old Krishna Monga gave this gift twice to her daughter Sunita. The gutsy mother donated her kidney to save her daughter’s life while the latter had a renal failure. Unfortunately, her sacrifice could not save her child.

Recalling the trauma, Krishna narrates her tale of woe. “It was in 1992 that my hail and hearty 30-year-old daughter Sunita was diagnosed to be suffering from renal failure. Doctors at PGI, Chandigarh, told us that both her kidneys had failed and there was little chance of her survival.”

Krishna’s octogenarian ex-serviceman husband Suraj Monga adds: “Shattered, we explored all possibilities and though her husband Surinder Ohri and his family as well as our family members offered to come forward to help, Krishna took it upon herself to save the child.”

“Not once did she think twice, not even about her age, which was 60 at that time. All she wanted was to save her dying daughter. The family objected to it, as did relatives, who argued that it would risk her life. But she had was firm on her decision,” remarks Suraj Monga, his voice choking with the pain of past memories.

Besides, the mother even went ahead and completed the medical formalities at the hospital all by herself, signing the medico-legal declarations ahead of the surgeries of herself and her daughter.

After numerous tests, Krishna and her daughter were operated upon wherein Krishna’s kidney was transplanted into Sunita’s body. The surgery was successful and Sunita was recovering. But fate had something else in store for the Mongas.

“Due to an unforeseen medical complication, which erupted six months after the kidney transplant, Sunita lost her life,” recalls Krishna.

Though completely shattered, the mother did not lose heart. “I had to live on, for my other two children -- a daughter and a son -- and more importantly to see Sunita’s little four-year-old daughter Sonia grow up,” smiles Krishna, as she lovingly talks about how Sonia has grown up into a fine young woman “just like her talented mother”.

“Sunita was a very talented girl -- a lecturer, a singer, a dancer and an extremely loving daughter, a caring sister, a great wife and an awesome mother,” Krishna says fondly recalling her “little girl”.

The octogenarian mother says her daughter’s death was a great learning experience for her. “I realised the importance of children in one’s life,” says the woman who adopted seven young daughters of a driver, along with his widowed wife, after he lost his life in a road accident.

“God snatched one daughter and gave seven in return. What more could have I asked for?” she says with contentment in her ageing eyes.

Krishna adopted the girls, provided for their necessities and education and taught them vocation art of stitching and embroidery so as to enable them to earn a living when they grow up.

“The girls are now settled and married and I feel proud of all of them. Their mother is also doing well for herself by stitching clothes in Patiala,” says a proud Krishna.

On Mother’s Day, Krishna Monga wishes to pass on, to all mothers, the message of love, compassion, and affection not only for their own kids, but for all those children who need a mother’s loving hand and presence around them.

“I wish that each mother would realise that it is because of these children that we are mother and vice-versa and the world will definitely be a better place to love,” she says.



Reimbursement for govt employees

Ludhiana, May 7
Bringing relief to hundreds of patients from Himachal Pradesh undergoing treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here, the Himachal Pradesh government has decided to reimburse medical expenses of government employees and their dependants incurred here.

Till now, the employees were eligible for reimbursement of medical claims at the DMCH only in case of emergency. — TNS



ATM broken before inauguration
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 7
Before bank authorities could formally inaugurate the ATM of the State Bank of India (SBI) located at Kaser Gunj Mandi, the thieves broke the machine, but failed to take away the cash. However, this incident embarrassed bank authorities, who cancelled the programme minutes before the formal inauguration ceremony.

The incident came to light this morning when the owner of the building, where the bank is situated found the machine broken and informed bank employees about the incident. Meanwhile, PCR cops reached the spot.

Technical staff of the bank checked the machine and confirmed that thieves had tried to break open the ATM machine, but failed to lay their hand on cash.

According to residents, the attempt to break the ATM was the handiwork of a mentally challenged man. The residents had reportedly nabbed the man in the wee hours, but later freed him.

While the technical staff of the bank suspects that the thieves were not only trying to break the machine, but also trying to enter the bank by removing the machine.

Till the time of filing this report the bank authorities were trying to go through the CCTV footages.



Bathinda make Ludhiana struggle
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 7
Hosts Ludhiana continued with the dismal performance as they found themselves struggling against Bathinda in the second match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the ML Markan Trophy being played on Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground here today.

After losing the first match on May 5 against Chandigarh on the basis of first innings lead of 84 runs, Ludhiana lads again failed to deliver in the second encounter today. In the first innings, Ludhiana were bowled out for 146 runs in 61.2 overs. Bathinda began their reply on a sound note making 88 runs after losing just three wickets in 41 overs.



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