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3 hurt in city Gang war
Vendors pelt stones, assailants flee, police seizes arms
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
Three armed assailants were injured following a gang war between two groups of armed assailants in the Sabzi Mandi area near the Sherpur Chowk last night.

A few residents said Makhan along with his men was standing near Sabzi Mandi when 20-armed assailants led by Shetty reached the spot in cars and motorcycles.

They fired a few shots in the air to alert their rivals. This created panic in the area and people started running helter-skelter for cover.

After this, armed assailants belonging to the Makhan group of Muslim Colony and Sukhdev Singh, alias Shetty, a wanted criminal of Ram Nagar in Mundia, started clashing with each other.

People, who sell vegetables in makeshift tents in Sabzi Mandi, thought the assailants had come to occupy their space.

Migrants assembled and started pelting stone on the assailants. Perturbed at sudden retaliation, the members of the Shetty gang fled from the scene leaving their arms and ammunitions behind. However, Shetty, Komal Kumar, a resident of Dugri Dhandra road, and Vishal Kumar were nabbed by migrants and thrashed badly.

Soon the police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. The entire area was cordoned off and weapons of assailants seized. The three assailants, who sustained injuries, were rushed to a hospital for treatment.

A case under Sections 307 and 25 of the Arms Act has been registered against the assailants and manhunt launched to nab those absconding.

SHO Focal Point Paramjit Singh said: “It was a gang war and we have registered a case against Vishal, Sukhdev Singh, Sandeep Kumar and a few unidentified persons. The hunt is on and the accused would soon be nabbed.”

While Makhan group has alleged that assailants belonging to Shetty group, who came to the vegetable market for collecting weekly exhortation (Hafta) started the clash.

Suspects escape

The suspects, who created ruckus in Sabzi Mandi, were nabbed and taken to a hospital for treatment. But they gave the police the slip and fled from the Civil Hospital.

Blessing in disguise for cops

Group clashes are proving to be a blessing in disguise for cops as drug addicts have become a headache for residents. Most of them complain that they create ruckus after consuming drugs. Rajiv and Sandeep, who were stoned and stabbed to death in Subash Nagar, following a fight two days ago,, were also drug addicts.


Finally,108 gets buzzing
Gosain flags off sixteen ambulances for city
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
The statewide Dial 108, a toll free healthline number,introduced in other parts of the state earlier this year finally arrived in the city today. Residents will get access to free of cost ambulance service in case of any emergency! Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain today flagged off 16 such ambulances under the “Atal Swasthya Sewa Ambulance Project” from the local civil hospital today. Fourteen more ambulances will be flagged off by September 1.

Jitender Sharma, project head of these ambulances in the state, urged people to make genuine calls. People will be taken to the nearest government hospital within 20 minutes in urban and within 30 minutes in rural areas, he added.

Ludhiana is perhaps the only city in India to have 30 ambulances. Each ambulance has a driver and an emergency medical technician. They have undergone 45 days training at its headquarters in Amritsar, where the control room has also been established. Each ambulance is equipped with GPS system, through which the driver will get a screened message from the control room. And the emergency medical technician will immediately contact the control room to know as which is the nearest hospital for the patient or an accident victim in need.

Principal Secretary (Health), Punjab, Satish Chandra said: “This ambulance project is worth Rs 34 crore. By now, it has already ferried at least 2,581 accident victims to various government hospitals.

Satpal Gosain said: “These ambulances will help in saving the lives of people in emergency. Since this service was launched in April with 90 ambulances, Punjab saw more than 1.25 lakh people dialing 108 and the services has been attended to over 12,000 emergencies, including 3, 000 pregnancy and 2, 500 accident cases.”



Gosain’s decree
Work hard or face action, health staff directed
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
The Health and Family Welfare Minister, Satpal Gosain, who launched “Atal Swasthya Sewa: dial 108 in emergency” in at function organised at the civil hospital, Ludhiana, today said he would take stern action against those who failed to perform their work diligently.

“People, who consider themselves as important as the President of India, call me after 11pm. They project themselves so after consuming a peg or two and then call me. But I attend to every call. Feel free to call me, if you have any problem. But, I want all of you to work with utmost dedication or face the consequences,” he added.

Publicizing his fitness mantra as usual, he said, “I get up at 5 am and practices yoga for one-and-half hour. It keeps me calm and poised throughout the day. Whereas people like you keep sleeping till late and come to office at around 11 am. This is unfair. You people should work with utmost dedication or I will take action against you. The doctors are next to God, so perform your duty with utmost dedication and work hard.”

He also addressed a monthly meeting of civil surgeons at Circuit House. He also warned to take stern action against doctors if they fail to perform their duties well or acted irresponsibly.

He said, “Dispensaries are being constructed in some cities and Rs 350 crore will be spent on these. These dispensaries will be completed by November this year.”



Alert jail guards foil bid to sneak in drugs
Capsicum scooped to stuff ganja; toothpaste tube filled with opium
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
Alert central jail security guards foiled the attempt of sneaking drugs hidden in capsicum inside the jail here today.

Soon after the recovery of drugs the jail authorities conducted a major search operation and recovered nearly six mobile phones and a toothpaste tube that was filled with opium.

Giving details about the seizure, Superintendent Central Jail SP Khanna said the incident came to light when a youth, who resided near the Gill Road, came to meet Umesh Kumar, an under trial facing drug peddling charges.

The youth was carrying fruits and vegetables. On checking the vegetables the security personnel found ganja — marijuana — hidden in capsicum.

The capsicum was finely scooped and ganja was stuffed in it. Though the youth managed to flee from the scene, Umesh was caught for sneaking drugs inside the jail. Sources said Umesh was a chronic drug addict and had told jail guards that he could not live without taking drugs. That was primarily the reason why jail guards were keeping a close watch on Umesh.

Following the incident, Khanna ordered to conduct a search operation in the jail. During the search jail security found opium neatly stuffed in a toothpaste tube.

The toothpaste tube belonged to Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Kom Kalan, who is facing drug peddling charges. He told the jail guards that the tube was first emptied and then opium was stuffed into it.

To avoid suspicion some toothpaste was again infused on the surface of the tube. Assistant Superintendent Dev Raj said mobile phones, which were hidden in various parts of the jail, were also recovered during the search.

“We have informed the Division No 7 police about the development and three persons, including two inmates, have been booked for drug peddling,” said Dev Raj.



Morning walkers face canine terror
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
The morning walkers at the Rose Garden here had to struggle hard today to shoo-away a stray dog, which had attacked rabbits and ducks in a small cage. The door of the cage, where more than twelve ducks and rabbits were kept by authorities for “recreation” of visitors, reportedly remained opened at the time of the incident. While one rabbit was killed, another was seriously injured in the attack by the stray dog.

The incident took place around 6.15 am today. The witnesses told The Tribune that one of the tea-stall vendors put his utensils in a cage where ducks and rabbits were kept. “In the morning the vendor must have forgotten to shut the door due to which the dog entered the cage and attacked the rabbits. I saw a morning walker holding a stick in his hand, trying to hit the dog when it attacked the rabbits. Later, a friend of mine pelted stones at the dog, following which it came out from cage. However, one rabbit was killed by that time and another was badly injured by the dog,” said Naresh Sharma, a morning walker.

Ramesh Kaushal, another morning walker, said proper caretakers were needed to be kept for the safety of these animals.

Member of the Punjab State Board for Wildlife Sandeep Jain said animals were kept in unhygienic conditions by the authorities. “We have been requesting wildlife authorities to shift the animals/birds as were not kept in a proper manner. If we cannot take care of these animals/birds, we should shift them to a safer place,” said Jain.



Cooking a hit with boys
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
Contrary to the belief that cooking is the job of girls and men just do outside work, more and more boys in Indian society are coming forward to learn cooking, as the profession offers lucrative salary packages.

“With the trends changing, cooking styles have also changed,” said Chef Hitesh Arora, while teaching culinary skills to women here today.

The chef said people in the city had started showing interest in cooking. “This industry is blooming in India, whereas in the USA, it is already a reputed profession. If you learn the art of cooking, you would not only get a good salary, but also a lot of appreciation,” said Hitesh.

Hitesh’s career began in the world renowned Culinary Arts Programme of Florida Culinary Institute. When he was doing graduation, he was awarded a scholarship for attending the “World Pastry Championship” in 2009. He also won a silver medal in the recently held event in America- ACF Knowledge Bowl, Anaheim, California. Besides, he has also worked with The Marriott Hotels, Cafe L'Europe, The Islander Tiki Bar and PGA National Resort and Spa.

He said, “The cooking style has totally changed these days. The traditional ‘chapati’ and ‘daal’ have become boring for foodies in India. They want traditional food with a lot of fusion these days. I felt so good to see that women here asked for good food packages- they want to cook sumptuous food and learn good presentation. If we present the food in an excellent manner, it adds to the taste.” 



‘Punjab’s glory needs to be restored
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
Instead of playing a blame game, one should come forward and join hands to generate awareness among the masses to save green and healthy Punjab.

Several organisations, religious bodies, industrialists and students who were putting in their share to save the environment from degradation, need to provide support to each other to bring fruitful results.

With this objective, environmentalists from various walks of life got together at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, here to “preserve green and healthy Punjab”. Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, a leading environmentalist, said there was a need to preserve and restore the glory of green and healthy Punjab.

EcoSikh, the organisation which organised the event today, had invited all environment groups, social and civic organisations, gurdwara committees, active institutions and young leaders to discuss the issue.

“There is a need to spread green activism to save and preserve the rich environment in Punjab and other areas,” said Dr Rajwant Singh from EcoSikh group, Washington, the USA.

The dignitaries felt that society must realise, where it was going wrong in degrading the green environment. “It is not that only industrialists are polluting everything, the common man, too, is behaving in an irresponsible manner. The land, air and water-the three important natural resources need to be saved from pollution,” said Rajbir Singh, Pingalwara Society, Amritsar.



Greed for dowry claims one more life
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
After struggling for life for nearly 25 days in the PGI, Chandigarh, the woman, who had escaped strangulation by dowry seeking in-laws, succumbed to injuries last evening.

The victim, identified as Manjit Kaur (27), mother of eight- month-old daughter, had tied the knot with Vijay Kumar of Chanderlok Colony near Jodhewal Basti two years ago.

Kishan Lal, father of the victim, alleged that his daughter’s in-laws had been torturing her for dowry ever since she got married. Kishan Lal claimed that atrocities on her continued even after Vijay left to work in Middle East. In the absence of her husband, her in-laws started harassing her even more.

After spending a few moths in Middle East, Vijay returned home, he, too, joined his parents and started beating up Manjit, claimed the victim’s father.

On June 6, neighbours of Vijay Kumar informed Kishan Lal that Manjit was not well and there was no one in the house. When Kishan Lal reached the house he was shocked to see his daughter lying unconscious in bed. She had strangulation marks on her neck. In her complaint, she alleged that her in-laws and husband tried to strangulate her to death.

Manjit was immediately rushed to hospital, from where she was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, where she died yesterday.

Soon after receiving the information about the death of Manjit Kaur, the Jodhewal police swung into action and nabbed Vijay Kumar for murdering his wife. The accused was produced in the court, which sent him to judicial remand. The police said the hunt was on to nab the other members of the family who were involved in the killing of the victim.



2 nabbed for theft
Rs 3.15 lakh seized; remanded in police custody
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
Two persons were nabbed for stealing Rs 3.15 lakh from the office of a transporter at the Transport Nagar area. The accused have been identified as Ranjit Singh of Nawanshahar and Bittu of Hargobind Nagar.

Giving details about the arrested, Assistant Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Pannu said the accused were on the run since they committed the theft at the office of Ashok Kumar, who owns Sadhu Freight Carrier.

Ashok said the incident took place on June 27 while he was away from the city. The accused allegedly entered his office and stole cash by breaking the lock of an almirah. On his return on June 28, he was shocked to find his office ransacked and lodged a theft complaint against Bittu and Ranjit Singh.

The accused were nabbed following a tip-off and the entire amount was recovered. The accused were produced before the court and further sent to police custody.



50-year-old bludgeoned to death
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, July 2
A villager, identified as Malagar Singh (50), was mercilessly beaten to death by Gurmail Singh at Thalla village in Phillaur sub-division last night.

Phillaur SHO Sarwan Singh Bal told The Tribune here today that the deceased was preventing the Gurmail from consuming liquor and went to his house to insist his family members to advice him not to consume alcohol in the uniform of a ‘nihang’. Enraged over this, the accused attacked him with a rod and Malagar Singh died on the spot.

The victim was taken to the hospital, but was declared dead on arrival by doctors. The body was handed over to the family members of Malagar after conducting the postmortem examination in the Civil Hospital. The police has arrested the accused on the charge of murder.



Youth held with habit forming drugs
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 2
The Ludhiana (rural) police has arrested a youth and recovered a huge amount of habit forming drugs from his possession. The accused has been identified as Amitabh Kumar, alias Monu, a resident of Agwar Ladhai village, near Jagraon.

The accused was arrested from Malak village, about 3 km away from Jagraon, by a police party from Jagraon Sadar police station yesterday.

The police arrested the drug peddler on a tip off, who was going to deliver some drugs to his customers in Malak village.

The police had set up a check post outside Malak village. On seeing the police party, the accused tried to escape from the spot, but was chased down by the police personnel. The police recovered 44 cough syrups and around 3,000 habit forming tablets from his possession.



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