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Cop kills paramour, her hubby, self
Shot them in their house before jumping in front of a train
Mohit Khanna
tribune news service

Ludhiana, July 30
In a tragic end to an alleged illicit relationship, a policeman shot his paramour and her husband with his service weapon at Manakwal village late last night before committing suicide by jumping in front of a train near Gill village in the wee hours of today.

Bhajan Singh, a constable with the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), was posted at the Bank of India.

The incident took place at around 11 pm last night when Bhajan Singh (50), barged in the house of the couple and opened fire at Balwinder Singh (40) and his wife Pinder Kaur (36). The couple died on the spot.

Twelve-year-old Pardeep Singh, son of the victims, said Bhajan Singh often visit their house.

A neighbour said: “We were asleep when suddenly I heard gunshots. Pardeep and his elder brother raised the alarm. We rushed outside and they told us that their parents had been shot.”

It was during midnight that the police reached the spot and started investigation. The police spotted the scooter of the killer lying at some distance and launched a manhunt in the area. At around 3 am, the bodies of the couple were sent to the Civil Hospital for autopsy.

While the Sadar police was busy gathering clues, it received an alert that constable Bhajan Singh of Himmat Singh Nagar had committed suicide by jumping in front of a 
train near the Gill railway station.

Harvinder Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) Sadar, said:“The blind murder mystery started to unfold. We spoke to the family of the constable and were told that he was having illicit relations with Pinder Kaur and he had given money to her to construct a house. Later, she refused to return the money. In a fit of rage, he may have shot them. He fired 14 rounds at the couple before fleeing. He used a carbine. We have not yet recovered the weapon used in the crime.”

Kids have nowhere to go

Gagan (15) and Pardeep (12), sons of the victims, are still to come to terms with the tragedy. Pardeep, who was the first to see his parents’ blood-soaked bodies, was in a state of shock. His brother was seen consoling him. They were made to go from one place to another to complete formalities for investigation. Their uncle Baljinder Singh said he was worried about their future as there was no one to look after them.


Rage, shame led to killings 
Mohit Khanna
tribune news service

Ludhiana, July 30
Grappling with the trauma of being jilted and conned by a woman, besides the humiliation he had to face after his family learnt about his illicit relationship, drove the constable to put an end to everything.

He not only ruined the lives of Gagan and Pardeep, children of the victims, but also tarnished the future of his three children, including a daughter.

His relatives claimed that he had illicit relations with Pinder Kaur for nearly eight years. Sources said he had given her about Rs 50,000, however, she refused to return the money.

The sources said in the meantime his family members came to know that he had given money to her.

His son reportedly reprimanded him for lending money to the woman while his own children were leading a tough life.

Bhajan Singh was under tremendous pressure as his daughter was of a marriageable age.

It is learnt that he had an argument with Balwinder Singh and Pinder Kaur over the money yesterday. Later in the evening, he consumed liquor and instead of submitting his service weapon, he took the carbine and shot them. 



Son thrashes father, sets ‘captive’ mother free 
tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 30
High drama was witnessed in the Shimlapuri area here this morning after a man was allegedly thrashed for keeping his wife captive in the house for 20 days.

After being freed by her son and relatives, 46-year-old Baljeet Kaur said her husband Gurbaksh Singh had confined her to the house since July 11.

The incident took place around 11 am when her son along with some relatives barged in the house and freed her.

Gurbaksh Singh, who tried to intervene, was thrashed in the process. Baljeet Kaur was taken to hospital after she complained of weakness.

The Shimlapuri police said it appeared to be a property dispute. “We will register a case after recording the statement of both groups,” the investigating officer said.



Police ferries body on motorcycle 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 30
Strange are the ways of the police department. Despite being equipped with SUVs and recovery vehicles, the police is still resorting to makeshift arrangements to ferry dead bodies.

The badly mutilated body of Bhajan Singh that was lying on a railway track near the Gill railway station was ferried on a motorcycle.

After the identification, the police personnel wrapped the body in a small piece of cloth and ferried it on a motorcycle. The cops put down the body on reaching the level crossing at Gill village. The commuters were shocked to see the body with legs protruding from a small piece of cloth.

However, the cops said there was no other way to ferry the body. It was difficult to take the recovery vehicle near the railway track due to wild vegetation, they added.

"Are we not human? You think it is easy to ferry the dead body. Only we know how we manage and take the body to the Civil Hospital," said a policeman requesting anonymity. 



VC suspends senior faculty member
To be chargesheeted soon for ‘graft’
Shivani Bhakoo
tribune news service

Ludhiana, July 30
In what seems to be a strong message being sent out to the faculty and staff members of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) against corruption, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr BS Dhillon, has suspended Dr VK Bambota from the Directorate of Extension Education.

Dr Bambota is expected to be chargesheeted in a day or two.

Confirming the development, the Vice-Chancellor said: “I was left with no option but to take this extreme step. I was away to Delhi so Dr Bambota will be chargesheeted in a day or so. Indiscipline and unethical practices will not be tolerated at any cost.”

Though the Vice-Chancellor refused to comment further on the contentious issue, sources at the university said corruption charges had allegedly been levelled against Dr Bambota, who had been serving in the university for more than two decades.

He had also worked as in charge of the Kairon Kisan Ghar in the university.

“Though we don’t know what the actual charges against Dr Bambota are, but if the Vice-Chancellor has taken such a step, the charges must be serious in nature and there must be some documentary proof. Dr Dhillon is taking keen interest in the activities of the university and visits every department, besides hostels. It is sure to benefit the university,” said a senior faculty member on the condition of anonymity.

Sources said Dr Bambota was suspended “all of a sudden” at around 4.45 pm on July 28. He had remained the in charge of the farm machinery exhibition committee for several years, but the charge had recently been given to someone else. 

Zero tolerance

I was left with no option but to take this extreme step. I was away to Delhi so Dr Bambota will be chargesheeted in a day or so. Indiscipline and unethical practices will not be tolerated at any cost~

Dr BS Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor 

I am shocked

It has come as a shock to me that I have been suspended on charges of corruption. I will be able to comment only after getting the chargesheet. I will reply to the PAU authorities then~

Dr VK Bambota, Directorate of Extension Education



Poll code forces Gabria to make quick exit
Inauguration of community centre put off following protest 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 30
Protest against the inauguration of the main hall of a community centre in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar by a few residents has forced office-bearers of the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar (East) Welfare Society to postpone it today. The function was scheduled for today evening and Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria besides a few senior Akali leaders were supposed to take part in it.

The residents alleged that the participation of the minister in such a function violated the model code of conduct, which has already been enforced in the state due to the upcoming SGPC elections.

The names of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Hira Singh Gabria, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, Vice-Chairman of the Punjab Planning Commission Rajinder Bhandari, former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda and former MLA Malkiat Singh Birmi were inscribed on the foundation stone.

The residents protested against this in the morning and urged the Election Commission to take action against the minister and those organising such functions.

Col JS Brar, president of the Maha Sabha, Ludhiana, and a resident of Defense Colony in BRS Nagar, said a large number of residents met Gabria at his office today and asked him not to attend the function.

“But he told us that he will attend the function as the Akali Dal had given Rs 50 lakh for constructing this community hall. But, Rs 20 lakh has already been spent on the centre and office-bearers don’t have any record of where and how this money has been spent. We demand that the office-bearers should conduct a free and fair election of the welfare society,” Colonel Brar added.

BS Binjan, president of the welfare society, clarified that this function was planned last month. “But it has been postponed,” he added.

The residents had also alleged that the last elections were held in 2004. While clarifying that elections were held after two years, he claimed, “I became president in 2009. Prior to me, Krishan Lal Chhabra, who had died, was the president. So 
after 2009, we are holding elections in 2011,” Binjan claimed.

Community Centre

It is not for the first time that residents questioned the functioning of this community centre. On July 19, residents had met Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari regarding the use of this community centre as a marriage palace (Le Satkar Palace). The Deputy Commissioner had directed the SDM (East) to conduct an inquiry in this regard.

Stone uprooted

The foundation stone of the community centre, which was laid by the then Chief Minister Beant Singh on July 23, 1995, was uprooted and kept in one corner of the centre. BS Binjan said: “It is of no relevance as Beant Singh didn’t donated even a single penny for this community centre. We uprooted it because we wanted to install it at a proper place.”



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