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City youth killed in Ropar, body dumped in forest 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
A 22-year-old youth was killed while his childhood friend managed to escape, after they were attacked by their employees in the forest near Chamkur Sahib in Ropar late last night. Before fleeing, the killers also took away Rs 4 lakh in cash. While the friend managed to reach home, the victim’s body was recovered from the forest today morning.

The incident came to light late last night when Mukul, a childhood friend of the victim identified as Arun Gupta, a resident of Civil Lines, came to the latter’s residence to the park his car.

The parents of Arun, who were anxiously waiting for their son, were shocked when Mukul told them that Rajvir, an employee, along with one of his accomplices, had murdered Arun.

“We were shocked. We immediately informed the police about it. The statement of Mukul also raised suspicion. He was carrying a mobile phone. If he had actually escaped from the clutches of the killers, then he could have called us and told us about the incident. Mukul was fleeing away after parking the car. His behaviour, too, was suspicious. We have urged the police to investigate the matter,” said grief stricken Krishan Kumar, uncle of the victim.

Mukul further told the police that Rajvir and one of his accomplices slit the throat of Arun and dumped his body in the forest near Chamkur Sahib.

Narrating the incident, Vijay Kumar, father of the victim, said Arun along with his friends Mukul, Rajvir and one more decided to visit Anandpur Sahib.

“He told me that after visiting Anandpur Sahib they would halt at Chandigarh before returning home. Four of them went on a car. I am not aware of the reason behind my son’s killing. He had done no harm to anyone.”

Investigating Officer Gurmeet Singh, posted in the Chamkor Sahib police station, said: “It is a cold blooded murder. If the statement of Mukul could be believed then he too had a narrow escape.”

Mukul told the police that both- Mukul and Arun- were running a joint business and needed money badly. Rajvir, who was employed at a hosiery unit of Arun for the past four months, had promised to arrange the money for them.

“He told the duo to arrange Rs 10 lakh. Rajvir claimed that he would arrange a loan of Rs 40 lakh for them. But they could arrange barely Rs 4 lakh,” said investigating officer Gurmeet Singh.

Rajvir said he had arranged nearly Rs 6 lakh for them and took the duo to Anandpur Sahib, claiming that the financier lives in Ropar. They started their journey at 11am yesterday. An accomplice of Rajvir also accompanied them.

“On reaching Anandpur Sahib, Rajvir purchased a weapon. After spending the entire day, he told the Mukul and Arun that the financer was waiting for them near the Neelo bridge on the Chandigarh road. At around 8.30pm they reached near the forest area in Chamkur Sahib. He told Mukul to stop the car and took Arun in the forest on the pretext of cracking the deal. After killing Arun the duo of Rajvir and his accomplice told Mukul to step out of the car. When Mukul enquired about Arun, Rajvir told the latter that he was counting the cash. Mukul saw the blood-soaked hand of Rajvir. Sensing trouble he started the car and escaped from the spot. Arun was stabbed in the chest and the neck,” investigating officer Gurmeet Singh said.

“We have launched massive manhunt to nab the accused and are confident that he would be behind bars soon,” said investigating officer Gurmeet Singh. 

Tragic End

Tragic scenes were witnessed at Arun Gupta’s house in Civil Lines. Parents, Vijay Gupta and wife Suman Lata, were inconsolable. Arun’s five sisters—Meenu, Ritu, Rekha, Geeta and Saksh—-were crying profusely. He wasthe youngest of them. The family was searching a girl for him and was also planning to construct a new house. Family members said Arun was doing well in his business.


City Bus Service
MC to purchase 10 low-floor AC buses
To start plying in the city by November 10
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
After the much-hyped City Bus Service project got delayed due to technical glitches, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) has now decided to purchase 10 low-floor air-conditioned buses directly from Ashok Leyland. These buses would reach the city by November 10. In the first phase, these would run on one route, which would cover main areas of the city.
MC Commissioner AK Sinha, Mayor Hakam Singh Gaispura, Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal and other officials and councillors, enjoy the ride in a low-floor bus, which would be introduced in November.
(From left to right) MC Commissioner AK Sinha, Mayor Hakam Singh Gaispura, Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal and other officials and councillors, enjoy the ride in a low-floor bus, which would be introduced in November. A file photo

The civic body officials have already placed the order of Rs 3.25 crore after getting satisfactory results during the trial run in August; Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha confirmed this.

“At that time, we had taken two low-floor buses from the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) on rent and plied them on the city roads. To find out whether these buses would be financially viable or not, we even charged tickets from residents and in one-day alone, we were able to earn more than Rs 3,000 from a bus,” said Sinha.

In August, the MC had started the trial run from bus stand, and had covered areas such as the Bharat Nagar Chowk, Railway Station, Jalandhar Bypass, Samrala Chowk and back.

“This trial run continued for three days and we got satisfactory results. We have planned a route (see box I) from where we can generate enough revenue. Besides this, we would be fixing very nominal ticket, which would be even lesser than what residents pay for an auto-rickshaw. With 10 buses in our kitty, all of them would be moving on the same route and the frequency of buses would be 10 minutes at every stop. I can assure the residents that when these buses are introduced in the city, it would be a big relief for them,” claimed Sinha.

Proposed route and halts

Bus Stand-Jawahar Nagar Camp-ESIC Hospital Chowk-Bharat Nagar Chowk-Durga Mata Mandir Chowk-Railway Station-Clock Tower Chowk -Chawni Mohalla-Sabzi Mandi Chowk -Jalandhar Bypass-New Dana Mandi-Noorwala Road-Shivpuri Chowk-Basti Jodhewal Chowk-Samrala Chowk-Bus Stand.

Why project got delayed?

The MC had spent Rs 65 crore under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission for purchasing a fleet of 200 buses. MC officials have received Rs 16.30 crore from the Central and Rs 6.62 crore from the state governments. It also took a loan of Rs 19.56 crore after mortgaging the buses that are yet to be purchased. After the supplier of 40 low-floor buses failed to supply the vehicles on time, the contract was cancelled. Later, the MC placed an order of 10 low-floor non-AC buses with Tata Motors. These were to be delivered by September 24. The company was offering “Master Slave”. But the Union Ministry of Urban Development was in favour of “Master Master” multiplex wiring. The ministry told the MC not to take these buses. With Assembly elections approaching, the state government has now decided to purchase these buses directly from the company.



Rickety bridge is back on ‘public demand’
Removed a month ago over threat it posed to human lives
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 15
Within a month after a dilapidated wooden bridge over the Budha Nullah at Chandan Nagar was removed, after its condition and the danger it posed were highlighted in these columns, it is back where it originally stood.

A local politician has played a major role in the reinstallation of the bridge in an apparent bid to draw political mileage.

Before the removal of the bridge, residents of New Chander Nagar had been using it to catch auto-rickshaws from the DMC Hospital Chowk. The pedestrians have started using the unfastened bridge once again, thus increasing the chances of an accident manifold.

In the absence of the bridge, residents had to walk over 1 km to approach the DMC Hospital Chowk. While rickshaw-pullers charged Rs 25 for the journey.

Acting on “public demand”, area’s former councillor Rajiv Katna got the dilapidated bridge reinstalled through a private contractor.

Katna, who is also the district president of the BJP, said: “Pedestrians had been facing a lot of inconvenience in the absence of the bridge. That is why we decided to put the bridge back where it was. We are public servants and have to fulfil the wishes of people. We will repair the bridge soon,” he said.

“The construction work on a concrete bridge would be completed by November-end,” he added.

On the other hand, area councillor Roopamdeep Kaur Malhi’s husband showed displeasure at the reinstallation of the bridge.

“The unfastened wooden bridge may lead to a major accident. We had removed the bridge a month ago just because of safety reasons.”

While the new bridge is slated to be completed in the next three months, just a single central pillar stands at the site, with a major part of the bridge yet to be constructed.



GLADA razes 11 illegal colonies
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Officials of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) demolished 11 unauthorised colonies yesterday evening. These colonies are located on the outskirts of the city.

Dr Jaswant Singh, Additional Chief Administrator, GLADA, said action was taken as per the Punjab Regional Town Planning and Development Act 1995.

The unauthorised colonies, which were demolished by the GLADA, are located on the left side of the Tajpur-Kaka Road, while another 8-acre colony is on the right side of the same road.

Similarly, an 8-acre colony on the left side of the main Tajpur Road, and 3-acre and 4-acre colonies, both on the right side of this road were also demolished. A 10-acre colony on the left side of the Tajpur-Jhabewal Road was demolished, while GLADA officials demolished another 8-acre colony on the right side of the same road.

Two colonies, of 4-acre and 8-acre, both situated on the East side of Bhamian Kalan village were demolished, while another one-and-a-half acre colony on the South side of this village was also demolished.



MC, a favourite hunting ground for babus
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The Ludhiana municipal corporation, the richest in the state, is turning out to be a “favourite” working place for many officers. Even as MC Additional Commissioner Kuldip Singh was transferred as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) to Amritsar on October 2, he is yet to take charge of his office there.

Another Additional Commissioner, Malwinder Singh Jaggi, who was also transferred as Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Moga, managed to get his transfer orders cancelled and is still posted in the civic body. On October 2, all three additional commissioners were transferred from the MC. Malwinder Singh Jaggi was transferred as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Moga, Kuldip Singh as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) at Amritsar and Mohinder Pal Gupta as District Transport Officer (DTO), Sangrur. While Gupta has taken over the charge at Sangrur, Kuldip Singh, a PCS officer, is still with the MC.

At the time of these transfers, Kuldip Singh was visiting Abbotsford (Canada) as part of an MC delegation.

Jaggi, using his political clout, managed to get his transfer orders cancelled the next day and is still posted as Additional Commissioner of Zone B. MC Commissioner AK Sinha confirmed that Kuldip Singh was still posted with the MC as an additional commissioner. “He is yet to be relieved,” said Sinha.

Back from junket

On return from Canada, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, accompanied by councillors Parminder Mehta, Gurdeep Singh Neetu, Harbhajan Singh Dang, Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, and other MC officials, including MC Commissioner AK Sinha and Additional Commissioner Kuldip Singh, addressed a press conference at the Mayor Camp Office, here today.

“We had a successful 12-day technical tour to Abbotsford (Canada) and visited several ongoing development projects there. We will try to replicate the same in Ludhiana. One interesting observation was that they maintained the level of the road during the re-carpeting work. A machine digs the road and reuses the same material. We will purchase this machine, which costs around Rs 70 lakh. We’ll use this machine ourselves initially and later ask the contractors to use it for the re-carpeting work,” said Mayor Giaspura. 



Tipplers create ruckus in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 15
Residents of Ajit Nagar situated on the Tehsil Road are in a state of panic after a few tipplers created ruckus in the locality last night. This incident took place at around 8 pm when a few unidentified youths allegedly attacked a house and hurled abuses on the occupants. The youths, who were carrying arms with them, fired a few shots in the air before fleeing from the spot.

A few local youths had gone to a marriage palace on the Sidhwan Bet Road to attend a wedding party yesterday. They clashed with another youth, Gursewak Singh, who was also accompanying them, while returning from the wedding party.

According to Gursewak Singh, as soon as they reached Jagraon some of the youths, with whom he had gone to the marriage, started beating him. He, however, managed to escape and reached his house at Ajit Nagar. Soon, the other youths also reached the spot and started hurling abuses on his family members, he alleged.

Gurmail Kaur, mother of Gursewak Singh, said when she opened the gate of the house she found at least 12 youths carrying sharp-edged weapons and pistols present outside. They asked me to bring my son out of the house. They also used abusive language and even manhandled me. They threatened to kill my son and fled from the spot. They fired a few shots in the air,” alleged Gurmail Kaur.

After this, the family lodged a complaint with the police.

According to sources, a few youths, who attacked the house of Gurmail Kaur, were residing in Ajit Nagar. SHO of the city police station termed the incident as minor one. He, however, denied any shots was fired in the air during the incident at Ajit Nagar.



Karva Chauth
Day to fast(en) bond with better halves
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Karva Chauth was celebrated with religious fervour in the city today. It is the most-awaited event of the year, which every married woman looks forward to celebrate for the well being and long life of their husbands. Nowadays, unmarried girls, too, have celebrating it in a traditional manner to get “good better-halves” in future.

Dressed in their best outfits with bright colours like red, orange, magenta and golden dominating the scene, the women looked gorgeous and elegant. The matching accessories like “bindi” and bangles worn with the outfits seemed to be the perfect choice for the day. Their day started with having the “sargi” (the eatables). A few enjoyed the eatables in the company of their husbands in the wee hours while their children and mother-in- laws accompanied others.

Majority of the women, who were on fast, had already chalked out plans to pass the day in fun and frolic. The clubs and banquet halls were booked for “women’s day out”. Games like “tambola” and others were organised for making their day special. Those not interested in playing such games had organised “card-sessions” to pass the time. Women played marginal to heavy stakes on cards and enjoyed the day.

At around 3 pm, most of the women were seen going for “thali-exchange” ritual.

After performing the puja, women offered gifts to their mother-in-laws, which is the main ritual. The elders blessed them.

Richa Sharma, a homemaker, said though it was difficult for her to keep the fast since her daughter is just three months old, but the day, being special, she felt energetic and active. “I passed the time with the little one and friends. Though I don’t feel much hungry, but I feel like having lots of liquid throughout the day. I simply long for this event”, she said adding that waiting for the moon with her husband was the moment which she enjoyed the most.



Karva Chauth in women’s jail
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The women’s jail authorities organised a special Karva Chauth programme on the jail premises here today. This follows Jail Minister Hira Singh Gabria’s orders of allowing prisoners to meet their spouses on the festival.

Amandeep Kaur, facing murder charges, broke into tears after her husband, Amarjit Singh, visited the jail to meet her.

“Today is the most important day for me. I thank the jail authorities for allowing my husband to meet me on Karva Chauth,” said Amandeep Kaur.

Sanehjot Kaur, Jail Superintendent, said: “Special arrangements had been made at the jail for the day. The jail has 227 women inmates.”

Another inmate, Baljit Kaur, said: “I spoke to my husband for nearly an hour. I pray that I spend my next Karva Chauth with my husband outside the jail. I want to lead a normal life again.”



From schools and colleges
GNIPS claims top spot in shabad gayan competition

Ludhiana: The 11th Baba Gurmukh Singh Memorial Inter-School Shabad Gayan competition was held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar. As many as 18 school teams participated in the competition. The teams were judged on the basis of “raga”, “swar” and “tal”. Guru Nanak International Public School bagged the first prize; GGN Public School won the second, while the third prize was BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar. Principal Mona Singh congratulated the winners and said such events promote classical singing, an art, which is on the wane due to the rising popularity of pop music.


An Inter-School Science Exhibition was organised at Atam Devi Niketan, Kidwai Nagar. Models depicting hydropower, volcano, green energy, global warming, crops, artificial lights, bio-fuse were displayed. Amrit of Indo-Canadian School won the first prize.

Winners awarded

The prize winners of Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival were all smiles as they were felicitated with awards at the Award Function organised at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana. Bikramjeet Singh Khalsa, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Technical Education and Industrial Training presided over the function. 



600 examined at free eye camp
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 15
The Shaheed Udham Singh Charitable Society in association with some NRIs organised a free eye check-up camp here today. Around 600 patients from different villages of Ludhiana district were examined by doctors during the camp.

Society president Sukhdev Singh Toor said a large number of patients suffering from various eye ailments benefitted from the camp.

The patients were examined by Dr Gaurav Divedi, an eye specialist.

The society also provided medicines prescribed by the doctor to the patients free of cost.

At least 57 patients with minimum eye sight were also operated upon at a charitable hospital. The expenditure of the operations was borne by the society.

Society functionaries, including Parikh Grover, Kaka Grewal, Bhagwant Singh and Sunny Arora, were also present at the camp. 



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