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7-yr-old killed after being run over by truck
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
A seven-year-old boy was crushed to death under a speeding truck in the industrial area on Friday morning. The accident was the third in the city in the last four days in which a child was run over by a reckless driven vehicle.

The mishap occurred at around 11 am when the victim, identified as Vishal, along with his sister Nisha, 11, were collecting rags behind a stationary truck in the industrial area. In the meantime the driver of another truck reversed the vehicle without noticing the children were behind. While Vishal was run over by the truck, Nisha jumped out of its way and saved herself. She immediately raised an alarm causing the truck driver to stop, but it was too late as her little brother had died by then.

The children’s parents and relatives, who live in the adjacent Bihari colony, soon arrived at the scene and demanded the arrest of the truck driver, identified as Swarn Singh, who reportedly locked himself in a nearby factory. However, the police soon nabbed him and booked him for causing death due to negligence under section 304A of the Indian Penal Code.

The victim’s father, Parkash, said he had recently come to the city from Bihar in pursuit of a better future and all his family members including the children were doing odd jobs to eke out a living.

Nisha was devastated after she saw her brother dying in front of her eyes. She fell unconscious and was rushed to the city’s Civil Hospital.

Killer trucks, buses on loose

Recklessly driven trucks and buses are proving deadly for the city’s children. An 11-year-old boy, Mandesh Kumar, was run over by a bus belonging to Greenland Public School on Jassian Road on May 6. The next day, Parkash Singh, a 10-year-old son of Niranjan Das, a policeman, was crushed to death under an overspeeding truck at Ladhowal.


Morning walker waylaid, robbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
A local businessman was robbed of gold jewellery valued at Rs 2 lakh at gunpoint on Friday morning when he was on his way to play badminton at Gulati Park. Joginder Kataria, a 40 year-old resident of Atam Park, left home at around 6.30 a.m. and was walking to a nearby badminton court when two motorcycle-borne youths drove past him. They then turned around and came near him. The pillion rider pulled out a revolver and pointed it at Joginder and asking him to remove the jewellery on him. A fear stricken Joginder handed over his gold ‘kara’ (bangle), two rings of 10 grams each and a gold chain to the young men. ‘‘I got so panicky that I was not able to note down their motorbike’s registration number,” said Kataria.

The incident has created panic in the locality, especially among morning walkers. ‘‘It is unsafe to go out for a walk. One day when I was carrying only Rs 50 in my pocket, two youths stopped me. They asked me to hand over whatever I had. I gave them the Rs 50 note, which saved my life. Since then I’ve never gone out for a walk,” said Parmod Kumar, an area resident.



Finance dept slams MC for irregularities in road tenders
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 13
The scam-ridden municipal corporation is now under fire from officials of the Punjab finance department’s local audit wing who have taken serious note of the practice of repeatedly floating tenders for the same road projects with the apparent aim of favouring certain contractors said to be close to the top brass of the MC’s building branch. The audit wing has also taken exception to files pertaining to some other financial irregularities in the civic body not being made available to its teams.

In a letter to the MC commissioner, the deputy controller of the local audit wing has pointed out certain MC officials who wanted to award the work of laying BM and PC on streets in the city’s Miller Ganj area (ward no 44) to one of their “preferred” contractors had caused a loss of Rs 193,876 to the civic body.

Citing details of the case, the local audit wing stated tenders for this particular project were invited thrice without any apparent reason. In the first instance, three tenders were received (in June 2008) - the lowest being that of SS Construction Co that offered an overall saving of 22.5 percent. Even after the MC’s committee had given its nod (in September 2008) to the lowest bid, no work order was issued to the contractor nor were the tenders cancelled.

Without assigning any valid reason, tenders for the same work were again floated in July 2010 when only one firm - Gupta Construction Co - offered a bid that was about 8 percent lower. However, being a single tender, the offer was not considered and the civic body decided to invite tenders for the third time in August 2010. Three contractors offered bids, the lowest being that of Gupta Construction at a surprisingly low saving of 0.5 percent. After negotiations the firm accepted to execute the project at 6 percent saving, which was approved by the committee.

The audit officials wondered when an agency was prepared to execute the work at a saving of 22.5 percent, and the F&CC had also approved the tender, then what was the need of floating tenders twice and awarding the work to a contractor at 6 percent saving.

"By acting in a dubious manner, the officials of the MC’s engineering branch have caused a revenue losses to the extent of Rs 193,876 in addition to the expenditure incurred on publication of tender notices twice, which were not called for. Responsibility of the official concerned ought to be fixed for this loss to avoid recurrence," the audit officials stated.

In yet another letter the office of the controller of the finance department’s local audit wing has informed the MC commissioner some 114 files including those related to CC floorings in Mushtaqganj and reconditioning of streets in Vishnu Nagar, New Vivek Nagar and Kundanpuri (ward no 59) were not being made available to the local audit teams.



Molestation Case
Security guard absconding
Panel to meet today
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Santosh Kumar, a security guard posted at Dr B L Memorial Kapoor Hospital, who is accused of molesting an intern of the nursing college, is absconding. The police has already registered an FIR against the accused and launched manhunt to nab the accused.

College authorities suspended the accused yesterday itself, after interns stopped staging dharna near the Old Sabji Mandi Chowk.

Meanwhile, Dr Wahe Gurupal Singh, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said, “We have set up a committee for hearing sexual harassment complaints. This committee is going to meet tomorrow for initiating an inquiry against the guard. Dr Harkamal Sidhu, Dr Kiran Gupta, Pappo Avinash and Director of VRTC are members of this committee. It has already recorded the statement of an intern who was allegedly manhandled by the security guard.”

On being asked why the committee had not taken action against the guard so far, the medical superintendent said, “The girl informed us on Monday. We kept trying our level best to contact her parents, but in vain. Finally, her brother came to meet us on Thursday and after four hours long wait, he agreed to get an FIR registered. And we instantly suspended the guard.”

Second case 

This is the second incident of sexual harassment in the past five years. In 2007 a nurse had accused a hospital employee of misbehaving with her. A committee was constituted to hear sexual harassment cases after this incident. 



Corporal Punishment
10 students beaten up by teacher
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 13
More than 10 students of Class V, including some girls, were subjected to corporal punishment, as they were beaten up by one of the school teachers at Government Primary School, Kaunke Khosa village, near here yesterday.

The injury marks visible on the body of one of the students.
The injury marks visible on the body of one of the students. A Tribune photograph

The incident came to light today morning when parents of some of these students reached the school and complained school principal about the inhuman behaviour of the teacher and demanded strict action against him.

“My son Sandeep studies in Class V at Government Primary School in the village. He, along with some other students, was badly beaten up by his class teacher Anil Beri when he failed to answer a question,” said Shinderpal Kaur, mother of one of the students beaten up by the teacher.

“My son was so afraid after the incident that he didn’t even inform me about it. I came to know about the incident when I saw the marks on his body while he was taking a bath in the morning. I was informed by my daughter, who also studies in the same school, that Sandeep was beaten up by his school teacher yesterday,” added Shinderpal Kaur.

“Such was the impact of the beating on the mind of my son that he even refused to go to the school today. The marks were clearly visible on the body of my son,” said Jagdev Singh, father of another student Gagandeep Singh.

According to parents of these students, though the principal initially tried to shield the accused teacher and hushed up the matter by pressing them to reach a compromise, after they refused to give up, he asked them to submit a complaint against the accused teacher to take a departmental action against him.

The parents then approached the Parent Teachers’ Association member Sukhminder Singh Mithu and told him about the incident. Following this, Mithu led the parents to school where they lodged a protest against the teacher.

According to Mithu, who is also a panchayat member, he has prepared a complaint regarding the incident and got it signed by the parents of all the victim students, but when they reached the school to submit the complaint, the school was closed. Now, we have planned to submit this complaint tomorrow, Mithu added.

School principal Joginder Singh tried to justify the incident saying that the teacher who beat the students is under depression due to some family problems. “Yesterday’s incident was also a result of the mental depression the teacher is undergoing,” he said.

“I have asked the parents of victim students to submit a complaint against the teacher. We will take appropriate action against the erring teacher after receiving the complaint,” he added.

Register criminal case

Perturbed over beating up of students by a schoolteacher of Government Primary School, Kaunke Khosa, near Jagraon, Kanwaljeet Khanna, general secretary of Inqulabi Kendra, Punjab, has recommended registration of a criminal case against him. Strict action against erring teachers would help in preventing such incidents in future, Khanna added.



Riot victims protest against denial of rehabilitation grant
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 13
Riot victims and other members of riot-affected families today held a protest at the office of Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), charging officials with deliberate delay in the processing of pending files for payment of rehabilitation grant of Rs 2 lakh to each riot-affected family, even as the last date for payment of the Central grant elapsed today.

Danga Peerit Welfare Society president Surjit Singh, who led the protest, spewed venom against GLADA and district officials as well as against the Punjab government for closing their eyes to the misery of the riot victims.

He said some 3,000-claim files of the riot-affected families were either kept pending or rejected in a whimsical manner, denying them payment of the Central rehabilitation grant of Rs 2 lakh each. “The Centre had provided yet another opportunity to the intended beneficiaries to substantiate their claims till May 5 by supporting documentary evidence so that the grant could be disbursed to them by the last date of May 13 fixed for this purpose.”

The protesters alleged that even after more than 900 claimants had submitted documents pertaining to their proof of residence to GLADA, their files were not processed for reasons best known to GLADA officials and the district authorities.

According to Surjit Singh, a delegation of about 100 riot-affected families had met the Punjab Financial Commissioner (revenue) at Chandigarh earlier this week to apprise him of deliberate delay on the part of GLADA officials in processing the files for payment of rehabilitation grants. “We had demanded immediate remedial action for timely movement of files and payment of the Central grant. But there has been no positive response.”

He said the Danga Peerit Welfare Society was in constant touch with the riot victims located elsewhere in Punjab. “In a day or two, we shall convene a state-level meeting and chalk out an action plan to fight against the gross injustice being inflicted upon the Sikh migrants, that, too, under the regime of Shiromani Akali Dal government, which claims to espouse the cause of the Sikh community.”

GLADA additional chief administrator Jaswant Singh, however, rubbished the charges levelled by the protesting Sikh migrants. He told a majority of the applicants for rehabilitation grant had again provided the photocopies of the same documents on the basis of which their cases were rejected in the first instance.

“Most of the riot victims have failed to provide a proof of their residence in Punjab during the period specified in the government notification, while some other files were held up for verification of the place of residence, which is to be carried out by the district administration. The Central rehabilitation grant cannot be disbursed until the claim is substantiated by the beneficiary,” he maintained.



‘Lack of concern causes eye ailments’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 13
Warning against the tendency of getting foreign particles removed from eyes by non-professionals, a team of ophthalmologists said the malpractice had resulted in blindness due to corneal ulcers in many cases.

The ophthalmologists observed that major eye ailments, including myopia and hypermetropia, were caused due to lack of concern about eye care among people living in rural and suburban areas.

The observations were made after examining around 250 persons at an eye camp organised by the health authorities at Anand Isher Senior Secondary School.

Ophthalmic surgeon, Dr Rajesh Garg said a majority of the patients suffering from corneal ulcer had allowed non-medico persons to remove foreign particles from their eyes. There was an increase in the number of such incidents during the harvesting season and farmers and agricultural labourers were its victims.

Showing concern over deteriorating eyesight of students, Dr Garg called upon management committees of the educational institutes of the area to arrange routine check up to detect problems at an early stage.

Referring to the examination conducted on around 150 students, Dr Garg pointed out that a large number of the students were suffering from myopia and related diseases.

Over 30 persons were identified for implantation of intra-ocular lenses. The surgeries were performed at the Civil Hospital and beneficiaries were provided free spectacles.



Strike by ministerial staff

Ludhiana, May 13
On the call of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union, the ministerial staff of the Ludhiana district as well as tehsil observed a pen down strike here today. Union leaders and members of different offices like Roadways, health, sanitation, DC office, excise, treasury, public relations and agriculture.

PWD, B&R, irrigation etc addressed rallies at various places under the chairmanship of Sukhwinder Singh and Harjit Singh Grewal.

Vijay Marjara, district chairman, Mohan Lal Sharma, district general secretary, warned the government that the agitation would continue if the government did not issue notification about the release of Rs 100 crore for scales to be given to clerks and stenographers. — TNS



Nurses Day celebrated at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The faculty members and students of College of Nursing, DMCH, celebrated International Nurses Day here today under the guidance of principal Dr Jasbir Kaur. The theme was “Closing the Gap: Increasing Access and Equity.” On this occasion a workshop on “Curriculum development” was also organised.

A total 250 nurses and students attended the workshop.

Dr Daljit Singh, principal, DMCH, laid emphasis on providing quality nursing education and quality nursing care. He said basic principles of nursing care were simple but highly effective like maintenance of hygiene, good nutrition, prevention of cross-infection and meticulous monitoring with compassionate attitude in handling patients.

Dr BS Shah, medical superintendent, said professional nurses had always demonstrated a sense of duty whenever the conditions demanded.

Nurses should continue to provide effective care by enhancing their knowledge and skills. Dr Suresh K Sharma focused on importance and development of competency based curriculum in nursing education in India.



Procurement Agencies
No lessons learnt from past
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 13
Officials of various procurement agencies seem to have learnt no lessons from earlier incidents in which inclement weather had destroyed huge quantities of procured food grains during the past procurement seasons.

The alleged callous attitude of officials concerned towards lifting of procured wheat kept commission agents and their workers on toes after the change in weather last evening.

Investigations revealed that grain markets and purchase centres located at local town and surrounding localities were flooded with bags of procured wheat even weeks after cessation of arrival of the produce. Though majority of commission agents had made enough arrangements to protect heaps of wheat belonging to farmers, these were not sufficient to cover bags, which required more space.

Labourers working with commission agents were also upset with such behaviour of the officials concerned. However, officials on the duty maintained that delay in lifting had been caused due to non-availability of trucks.



Donating blood is his mission
Sat Paul Bansal, a retired manager of the State Bank of Patiala, is now wooing schoolchildren to follow his footsteps
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
After donating blood for 143 times, Sat Paul Bansal, a retired bank manager of the State Bank of Patiala, is now wooing school students to follow in his footsteps. Last year, this retired officer approached the then director general, School Education,

Punjab, Krishan Kumar, with his appeal to educate schoolchildren about blood donation, who in turn instructed all the district education officers of the state to allow him to deliver motivation lectures in schools on blood donation.

Recalling the attitude of government officials, Bansal said, “None of the DEOS looked enthusiastic about it and did not approach me for these lectures. But I decided to continue with my campaign And now in the past few months, I delivered lectures in five to six schools and started motivating students for this noble cause."

When asked as to when did he donate blood for the first time, he says, “On January 18, 1965 I donated blood for the first time in an NCC camp. All the myths about blood donation disappeared with the passage of time. Now I want to share my experience with the younger generation along with NCC cadets. "

He further said, “Most of the time I have observed that people do not come forward to donate blood due to certain myths, but it is a medically and scientifically proven fact that after donating blood, blood cells are replenished automatically without taking any special diet."

Bansal who is a life member of the Indian Red Cross Society said, “Blood donation camps should also be organised in schools to make it a mass movement."



Ayali Khurad gets Rs 40-lakh grant
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 13
Continuing with his spree of disbursing grants to uplift rural infrastructure and provide basic amenities to rural areas, Ludhiana Zila Parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali handed over a grant of Rs 40 lakh to the panchayat of Ayali Khurad near here, yesterday.

The grant will be used for various development works, including construction of toilets and houses for the poor, science block at Government Senior Secondary School, water supply and sewerage system, street lights and repair and construction of streets and drains.

Ayali said under the NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) scheme, all villages under his jurisdiction were being paid grants for renovation of village ponds, saving village land, recharging ground water levels, fortifying village streets, sewage lines, widening village approaching roads and providing potable water to each village.

Ayali was accompanied by MLA Dakha Darshan Singh Shivalik, sarpanch Harvir Singh and others.

Chairman Jaswant Singh Purain, Zila Parishad member Sukhdev Singh Chak, Karamjit Singh Malakpur, Sukhdev Singh Barewal, former sarpanch, Hoshiar Singh Ayali, block samatti Jatherdar member, Inder Singh, Harkinder Singh Ayali, Gurmail Singh Baranhara, Panch Raghuwir Singh, Panch Pal Singh, Panch Tarsem Singh were present on the occasion.



‘Make Punjab no. 1 state’
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 13
People's Party of Punjab president Manpreet Singh Badal has called upon the people of Punjab to makesacrifices for the welfare of the state, as he has done. Addresing the legal fraternity here here today, Manpreet said the lawyers should come forward, in making Punjab the number one state in our country.

“Earlier, it was number one but not now. I need the contribution of all of you for bringing Punjab on the top and I assure we can, if united.Punjab was facing financial crisis due to wrong policies”, he said.

“The business fraternity was restless as their business had been ruined. Even the farmers were committing suicides. This was a sad state of affairs,” he claimed.

SAD Legal Cell acting chairman Iqbal Singh Gill tried to put questions to Manpreet but the lawyers present there did not allow him to speak.

Earlier, Badal was accorded a warm welcome by the office-bearers of the District Bar Association.



‘Install speed governors in vehicles’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Serviced

Ludhiana, May 13
Road safety experts have demanded the installation of the speed governor, following the death of three children due to speeding trucks and school bus in separate incidents.

Sham Sunder Juneja (75), who is a road-safety missionary and has been spreading traffic awareness since 1982 and Kamaljit Soi, vice-chairman of the Punjab Police Apex Committee on road safety, has requested all commissioners, urging that speed governors be installed in government vehicles.

The issue of restricting the speed of vehicles by installing speed governors (speed controlling devices) has come to the fore following the death of three children in four days, who were reportedly run over by speeding vehicles.

“With the speed governor we can regulate the speed of these vehicles to a maximum of 40 km an hour, which would avoid fatal mishaps. Apart from fitting these equipment in garbage trucks, strict action should be taken against drivers who violate traffic and endanger the lives of people,” he said.

As per the Supreme Court guidelines, directing all high courts, it is mandatory for all owners or permit holders of vehicles to fit a speed governor in the vehicle, but the transport department has been dilly dallying on the issue.

The devices should be compulsory for school buses, public and private transport buses, taxis, autos and all states goods and transport vehicles. 



Kidney patient needs help for transplant
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 13
After having exhausted all resources for her son’s kidney transplant, a Dalit widow of Narangwal Khurad village in Ludhiana district, wants financial help from good Samaritans for saving the son’s life.

Her son needs to undergo dialysis every fourth day, after the transplanted kidney stopped functioning due to Hepatitis C attack a few months ago.

Swaran Kaur had to disposes of valuables and assets of her family two years ago while trying to save her son, Avtar Singh, alias Rimpy, by donating her kidney. She, too, has been remaining unwell since then. A furniture house at Dollon was among the properties sold by her. Though, Swaran Kaur’s daughter has come forward to donate the kidney, the family is feeling helpless for the want of money. Her husband died 17-year-ago due to the snakebite.

“As a mother I am willing to donate my second kidney to save my son. But doctors say it’s not possible. We have already exhausted all resources during first kidney transplant. I want good Samaritans to help us financially,” said Swaran Kaur.



‘Use masks to keep infections at bay’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Interns of the BSc (nursing), College of Nursing, CMCH, conducted a workshop on “infection control and waste management.” Chief guest Prof Triza Jiwan, principal, College of Nursing, encouraged interns to wash hands, use masks and gloves while handling patients for keeping infections at bay.

Workshop coordinator Prof Seema Barnabas said: “At least two-million patients suffer from hospital-acquired-infections every year in the USA and 2,000 to 1 lakh deaths are linked to it.” Another statistics reveal that dirty hospitals kill 75,000 patients every year and 66.3 per cent suffer from infected needles. She said a well-organised infection control programme could control one-third of the hospital infection.

The interns conducted scientific sessions on infection control, standard precautions, wearing of masks, gloves and gowns, besides washing hands. 



From Schools
Declamation contest

LUDHIANA: Guru Nanak Public School won the Championship Nehru Trophy during the inter-school declamation contest organised by the Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust to commence the death anniversary of the India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. Students from 45 schools participated in the function on Friday. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, president of the trust, asked the students to follow the footsteps of Jawahar Lal Nehru. He informed the students that the trust distributed scholarships to the tune of Rs 20 lakh to more than 931 students by the way of scholarships and awards during a year. The trust organised 18th inter-school declamation contest on the occasion.
Students of Guru Nanak Public School strike a pose with the Championship Nehru Trophy in Ludhiana on Friday.
Students of Guru Nanak Public School strike a pose with the Championship Nehru Trophy in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Pool party

The pre-primary wing of GNI Public School organised a pool party for the little ones on Friday. Kids enjoyed various water games like balloon toss and toy hunt with utmost excitement. The kids also relished summer fruits and refreshing juices and danced on different numbers.

Story-telling contest

In order to inculcate moral and ethical values in children, a story-telling competition was organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Birmi. Students of Classes I, II, III and IV participated with intense zest and zeal. Principal DK Khanna appreciated the efforts put in by the students and the skill of public speaking, which shall give them exposure in future also. She awarded all winners with medals. Prableen Kaur of Class II was awarded with the best narrator award.

Water games

Ram Lal Bhasin School organised a pool party for students of Montessori section in order to beat the heat of summers. The pool was decorated with colourful crazy balls and umbrellas. They danced, hopped and jumped into the pool. They also enjoyed water games. They relished the mocktail drinks and different fruits such as watermelons, cherries, mangoes, bananas, muskmelons, etc. School headmistress Tarannum Fatma encouraged the teachers to organise such activities, which could bring more colours into the lives of the children and enhance their overall development.

Poetry recitation

Poetry is the best medium to express and convey feelings in an impressive way. To teach the students the art of reciting poems, an inter-house English poem recitation contest was organised by the sub-junior humanities forum for the students of primary section at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. The function was presided over by Annu Sehra, in charge primary section. The participants recited interesting and meaningful poems on various topics related to environment, moral values, social problems, etc.

The first prize was bagged by Tanya Miglani of Gandhi House for her poem “The Real Beauty”. Sarthak Bhardwaj of Tagore House got second prize for “Oh! I wish I looked after My Teeth.” Ankur Kumar of Nehru House and Mehak Sareen of Subhash House shared the third prize.— TNS



Abducting daughters for the sake of honour
The city police has registered two cases against parents for abducting their daughters. In both cases, husbands alleged that the parents of the girls had trespassed their house in their absence and forcibly taken away the girls
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
From abduction to honour killing, parents of daughters are doing everything to keep their honour intact. In the latest incident, the city police has registered two cases against parents for abducting their daughters.

In both the cases, newly wed husbands alleged that the parents of the girls had trespassed their house in their absence and forcibly taken away the girls.

In the first case, the Sarabha Nagar police has booked a girl’s mother Neelam Rani for abducting her daughter. According to the complainant Rakesh Kumar, his mother-in-law Neelam Rani had abducted his newly wed wife by emotionally blackmailing her.

"They even used to call her on her mobile phone and tell her that eloping and subsequent marriage to me had led to social embarrassment," said Rakesh.

In the second incident, the Daba police booked three persons, including a woman, for beguiling and abducting the newly wed girl. Husband Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Ajit Singh Colony, stated that both he and his wife Neelam Bharti solemnised their marriage against the wishes of their parents in Punjab and Haryana High Court and started living separately from their family.

But the relatives of the girl were against their marriage. On May 8, the girl's aunt Sheela along with her brothers Ram Dhani and Hari Dhani trespassed into Ramesh's house and kidnapped Neelam. Ramesh was reportedly at work when the incident took place.

However, the police has registered a case and started the investigation, but considering the sensitivity of the matter the police has not yet made any arrest in the case, sources said.

"If the police took stern action then there would be bad blood between the boy and his in-laws. So the main objective of police was to first register the case and settle the issue amicably through talks," said a cop on the condition of anonymity.

The government had formed a committee for those couples, who solemnised love marriage.

In case of threats from parents, the couples could approach the committee headed by Divisional Commissioner Patiala, Police Commissioner and the Civil Surgeon. The committee would also provide stay and food to the affected couples for nearly six weeks.

‘Abductor’ parents find support

Shiv Soni and advocate Vijay Sabharwal of the Dr Ambedkar Vichar Manch have stood in support of the parents, who are facing charges of abduction. Soni and Vijay alleged that the cops hade registered the case without verifying the facts. Instead of summoning both parties to the police station, the cops straightaway booked the parents of the girls. "Just imagine the plight of the parents who were subjected to social embarrassment after their daughters eloped with strangers and later were booked for abduction," said Soni and Vijay. Vijay went on to say that Dr Ambedkar Vichar Manch would provide legal assistance to the parents of the girls



PO arrested after 22 years
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The city police has arrested a proclaimed offender, who was evading arrest for more than 22 years. The accused identified as Siddique Khan (44), a truck driver and a resident of Bhandana village in Fatehgarh Sahib district, was wanted in a case of causing death by negligence (section 304A of IPC), registered against him in 1989.

It is learnt that after his arrest in 1989, he gave wrong statement to the police and identified himself as Gurmeet Singh, son of Gyan Singh.

The case was registered against him under the name of Gurmeet Singh. After attaining bail from the court in the case, he never attended the court proceedings and thus was declared a proclaimed offender (PO).

It was after the arrest of Siddique Khan, who was living with an aliases of Gurmeet Singh that the cops came to know that he had got employment with a transport company by using a fake name.

The police kept raiding Bhandana village all these years, but could not catch him as the village residents told them that no person of the name Gurmeet Singh lived in the village.

ASI Dalip Singh, In charge of Sherpur police post, said after the registration of a case against Khan, he left his job from the transport company.

It is learnt that police got a rap form the court for not being able to nab the accused for nearly two decades.

The police now decided to gather information of all other truck drivers living in Bhandana village. They came to know about one Sidduque Khan and somehow managed to procure his photograph from his house. ASI Dalip Singh claimed,“When we showed that photograph to the transport company owner, he immediately identified him as Gurmeet Singh (who was actually Siddique Khan),”.

Siddique Khan was soon arrested by the Sherpur police on Thursday, who confessed to have committed the crime. He was produced in the court on Thursday and has been sent to judicial custody.



Gang of snatchers busted, 8 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The local police claims to have busted a gang of snatchers with the arrest of eight youths. They were behind series of snatching incidents that had taken place in posh localities of the city.

This gang had snatched more than Rs 3 lakh from Rajan Kumar and one of the employees of cash management service (CMS) in broad daylight near the Hero Bakery Chowk in February.

The police has reportedly seized two motorcycles, Rs 25,000 in cash and a sharp-edged weapon from their possession.

Those arrested have been identified as Honey Sidhu, Harpreet Singh and Gaurav Khanna.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Raj Kumar said Sunny Arora, alias Mota, Sunny Mehra, Navdeep Singh, alias Banka, Manish Manni and Abhinandan, alias Abhi were arrested in this connection on May 2 and jailed.

SHO Sandeep Wadhera said the accused were arrested after the police was tipped-off about their presence. Kingpin of the gang, Honey Sidhu, had fled from the police custody on May 5 while he was being taken to a police station following his arrest.

The raids were on to catch two other members of the gang. 



Man kills younger brother in rage
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 13
Thrashing of the father led to the killing of a man by his elder brother at Malak village near Jagraon late last night. The victim has been identified as 32 year-old Harnek Singh while the accused has been identified as 37 year-old Gurjit Singh

Police said the incident occurred around 10:30 pm when the victim came to his house in an inebriated condition and started shouting at the other members of his family.

When his elder brother tried to stop him, he indulged in a scuffle. When their father tried to intervene, Harnek Singh did not even spare him and bergan hurling abusive language at his father. This further infuriated his elder brother Gurjit who, in a fit of rage, then attacked him with a sword.

After this, Harnek tried to run away but Gurjit chased him. After running a few hundred metres from the house, Harnek fell on the road and was subsequently overpowered by Gurjit, who continuously stabbed him until he died.

When Lal Singh and other members of the family reached the spot, Harnek was seen lying dead in a pool of blood, while his brother had by then fled from the spot. Soon after the incident, a police team from Jagraon Sadar police station reached the spot and took the body into custody and launched a manhunt to nab Girjit.

Inspector Rachpal Singh Dhindsa, SHO of the Sadar police station, said the police had registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against Gurjit Singh on a statement by the victim’s father, Lal Singh. Gurjit, who fled from the scene after committing the crime, was later arrested this morning from the Jagraon bus stand while trying to board a bus in order to escape.

The police handed over the body of the victim to his relatives after conducting a postmortem examination at Civil Hospital, Jagraon, this morning. Harnek was married twice but both of his wives had deserted him because of his addiction to alcohol. 



Con man posing as vigilance officer held
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 13
Following a movie-style car chase a conman posing as an undercover vigilance bureau officer was caught by the security gunmen of Jagraon deputy superintendent of police Joginder Singh on Friday afternoon.

Earlier the suspect, who appeared to be a drug addict, had reportedly approached a woman sitting outside the DSP’s office. Requesting anonymity, she said the man told her he was a vigilance officer and would get her work done by the police if he gave her some money for it.

In the meantime, a security gunman in the DSP’s office came to know about the incident. When he asked the man to show his credentials the latter began arguing with him. Sensing trouble the conman tired to flee the scene.

However, the police gave him chase and eventually nabbed him near the town’s bus stand after the conman collided with a vehicle and fell down on the street. The cops soon overpowered him and took him to a police station.

According to sources, the youth is a chronic drug addict and has had earlier masqueraded as an “undercover agent”.

When contacted, Jagraon city police station SHO Inderjit Singh said the suspect has been identified as Karamveer Singh, a local resident. “A case has been filed against him and investigations are on”, he added.



Computer store burgled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Thieves struck at a computer store located on Prof Mohan Singh Chowk near Aarti Cinema late last night and decamped with 15 laptops, two dream screen computers and other expensive appliances.

The incident came to light when Paramjit Singh Juneja, owner of Secant Technologies, reached his store and saw the shutters uprooted.

He immediately informed police about the incident. Paramjit said thieves entered the shop by uprooting the shutters with the help of a car jack. The police suspects that more than five thieves might have entered the shop after midnight and taken stolen gods in a mini truck.

The cops, however, are not ruling out involvement of an insider in the theft. Paramjit Singh claimed to have sustained loss worth over Rs 6 lakh as along with 15 laptops and dreams screens (finger- touch- computers) the thieves have decamped with more than 100 pen drives.

SHO Sandeep Wadhera said the case was being investigated and the culprits would soon be nabbed. 



Two booked for kidnapping
Our Correspondent

Samrala, May 13
The local police has booked two persons, including a woman, for allegedly kidnapping a Sahnewal resident. Rajinder Singh, a resident of Sahnewal, in a complaint with the police alleged that Gagandeep Singh and a woman, both residents of Samrala, had kidnapped his brother, Gurmeet Singh, on April 23.

He alleged that the suspects might have harmed his brother as they were harbouring a grudge against him.

The police has registered a kidnapping case against the two. 



Markan Trophy
Ludhiana restrict Ropar to 155 runs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 13
Hosts Ludhiana were well placed against Ropar on the first day of the fourth match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) for the ML Markan Trophy being played on the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Ludhiana did a commendable job by restricting visitors to a meager total of 155 runs in the first innings in 56.4 overs and then went on to score 80 runs for the loss of four wickets in 36 overs.

Ropar’s innings revolved around Harpreet Brar (66 not out), Dahil Chander (13), Anmolpreet (13) and Shubhankar (23). For Ludhiana, Harteshwar chipped in with three victims for 35 runs, while Mayank Bhagria claimed two wickets for 10 runs and Nimit Malhan took one for 10.

Ludhiana began their innings on a sound note and were 80 for four at the draw of stumps. Viren made 24 runs and Parul contributed 18 runs. Mayank Bhagria (23) and Nimit Malhan (one) were at the crease.

For Ropar, Karan and Harpreet Brar claimed two and one wicket each after conceding 31 and 20 runs, respectively.



SAI trainee for international meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 13
Arpinder Singh, a trainee of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Training Centre, Ludhiana, has been selected to represent the country in the Asian Grand Prix Three Leg Athletics Competition to be organised from May 22 to 29 in China. Arpinder Singh, an international athlete of SAI centre, Ludhiana, has been selected to represent the nation on the basis of his performance during the 2nd Indian Grad Prix Athletics Competition held on May 5 at NIS, Patiala.

He had crossed 15.90 mts in the triple jump event. He had already achieved the qualified mark with his best performance of 16.62 mts leap during the National Games at Ranchi early this year.

Arpinder Singh also bagged a silver medal in the Junior Asia Athletics Championship with the performance of 16.13 mts, which was held at Vietnam in 2010 and also represented India in the Junior World Athletics Championship held at Canada last year. The Indian squad will leave for China on May 19.



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