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Rabbits fall prey to stray dogs
Morning walkers at Rose Garden said 25 rabbits had been killed, but MC said 8 had died
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
In a shocking incident, around dozen rabbits died under mysterious circumstances inside Nehru Rose Garden here this morning.

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials, however, maintained that eight rabbits had been killed, but regular morning walkers at Nehru Rose Garden claimed that more than two dozen rabbits had been killed.

Sources within the MC confirmed that from the condition of the rabbits, which were badly mutilated, it was the handiwork of stray dogs, which roam freely inside the Rose Garden 24X7.

After the incident, the MC Commissioner suspended one person and a high-level inquiry was ordered to find the reason behind the incident.

It was around 6 am when the morning walkers spotted dead rabbits inside an enclosure at Nehru Rose Garden. The rabbits were badly injured and from their condition, it looked as if they were attacked by stray dogs. The morning walkers then alerted the MC officials concerned, who were totally unaware of the incident till that time.

A team of MC officials, led by Landscaping Officer Surinder Kumar, reached there and inspected the spot. The dead rabbits were then put inside a sack and sent for postmortem to government veterinary officials.

Sunit Dutt, an advocate, disagreed that not eight, but at least two dozen rabbits had been killed by the stray dogs. “I feed the rabbits every morning and was shocked to see their mutilated bodies in the morning. I wonder why the MC officials were claiming that only eight rabbits have been killed. It’s totally a case of negligence and the guilty officials must be punished,” he demanded.

A morning walker named Pritam Singh, an industrialist, claimed that the incident was waiting to happen. “The Nehru Rose Garden is badly in grip of stray dog menace and despite several requests, the MC seems least concerned about it. Not only stray dogs, even snakes roam freely during early morning as well as at night. All this is happening despite the fact that Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura is next door neighbour of this Rose Garden,” stated Pritam Singh.

MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said that immediately after he came to know about this incident, RK Bali, supervisor of Nehru Rose Garden, was suspended. “Bali was responsible for the upkeep of these rabbits and its negligence on his part which led to this incident,” claimed Jaggi, who has marked an inquiry to Zonal Commissioner AS Sekhon, who would submit a report in this regard by Monday.

No lessons learnt from Bathinda

The incident has taken place a day after the Bathinda incident, where 29 blackbucks, the state animal of Punjab, were killed in the Deer Park at Bir Talab. Here also, a stray dog was responsible for the death of Black Bucks, as the dog had entered an enclosure resulting in stampede among the animals.

MC apathy to blame

It was around 6 am when morning walkers spotted dead rabbits inside an enclosure at the garden. The rabbits were badly injured and from their condition, it looked as if they were attacked by stray dogs. A morning walker said the incident was waiting to happen. Nehru Rose Garden is badly in grip of stray dog menace and despite several requests, the MC seems least concerned about it. Not only stray dogs, even snakes roam freely in early morning and at night


Enclosure had no lock
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
The rabbits, which were killed by stray dogs in Nehru Rose Garden this morning, don’t even exist in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation records. These rabbits are the ones which were either “gifted” or “handed over” by area residents to the MC authorities.

An MC official said when the mini-zoo was shifted from Nehru Rose Garden, rabbits were also shifted from there.

“Over the years, as we already had an enclosure, people started handing over them to us. Slowly their number increased and now we had a total of 28 rabbits in our enclosure. We don’t even get budget for feeding these rabbits and they are fed either from our own pocket or by the people visiting the Rose Garden. Today also, a person had brought his four pet rabbits for “gifting” them to MC,” claimed an official.

But even after this incident, there was no lock on the enclosure gate where rabbits along with ducks are kept. When The Tribune team visited the spot, at around 11 am, the gate was still open and MC official was present there to check that the gate remains closed. Some people were even seen entering the enclosure and posing along with the rabbits and ducks.

Surinder Kumar, MC Landscaping Officer, said as they were getting the door replaced, some persons might have forgotten to close it properly. “I will look into the matter and will make sure the person concerned was strictly warned so that no such incident took place in future,” he said.

Sandeep Jain, member, Animal Welfare Board of India, demanded that the animals with the MC must be rehabilitated with NGOs and other organisations who give assurance for providing them a safe habitat.

This was the second such incident in the last one year. On July 2, morning walkers had to struggle hard to shoo away a stray dog, which had attacked rabbits and ducks in the enclosure inside Nehru Rose Garden. 



132 govt staff found absent from offices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana Rahul Tiwari today conducted a random checking of government offices in the district with the help of district administration officials and found 132 employees absent from duty.

The DC said he, along with Additional Deputy Commissioner Rupanjali Kartik, conducted random checking in government offices of Ludhiana city, while SDM Raikot, Payal, Jagraon and Samrala conducted checking at the sub-division level government offices.

During the checking, as many as 132 employees were found absent. The heads of these offices have been asked to issue show-cause notices to the absent employees and file the report of it to him immediately. Strict action will be taken against the employees and officers who were found absent. The government officers and employees are answerable to the public so they should give preference to public works on time."

During the checking at the Civil Surgeon office, the DC found 36 employees absent. Rupanjali Kartik conducted checking at the GLADA office and found 28 staff absent, at the Municipal Corporation Zone D office 10 employees were absent, at the MC office Middha Chowk four employees were missing, at DFSC office 25, at Markfed office seven and at the office of Deputy Director (employment) two staff were found absent.

Kuljeet Pal Singh Mahi, SDM Ludhiana (West), conducted checking at Town Planner office and found eight staff absent, Jasbeer Singh SDP Samrala found one absent at Government High School Khatra , SDM Payal Indu Malhitra found two staff absent at Community Centre Health Malaud, 1 at primary School Gulati.

SDM Isha Kalai conducted checking at Jagraon and found four doctors absent and 1 Office tehsil Welfare office and 1 at Office Primary Welfare Officer. SDM Raikot Baldev Singh found one pump operator of water supply department at each of Bhaini Vadinga and Kalsyan village absent.

However at Government Model Senior Secondary School Cemetery Road and in the office of general manager Roadways all were found present. He also checked eatables at Aanganbari centre number 4. The DC also also redressed grievances of people at local registrar office death/birth office at Jawahar Nagar.

LPG misuse: Hotels, dhabas raided

Today a checking of hotels and dhabas was also held to curb the use of domestic cylinders for commercial use. The DC said domestic LPG cylinders would not be allowed to be used in hotels and dhabas. To curb this practice, checking was done in different hotels and restaurants in the district and 40 cylinders were seized and District Food and Supply Controller was ordered to take adequate action against owners of these hotels and restaurants.

He said five cylinders were seized from dhabas near the bus-stand. Additional Deputy Commissioner Rupanjali Kartik conduced checking at hotel Mahraja and Hotel A and found that commercial cylinders were being used, but due to no records, hotel owners were asked to explain.

They hotel and dhaba owners were issued instructions that if in future they were again found with domestic cylinder, strict action will be taken against them.



No stopping snatchers
Elderly woman loses gold earrings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
There seems to be no stopping snatchers. In the latest incident, two motorcycle-borne youngsters snatched the earrings of an elderly woman while she was returning home from a temple at Rishi Nagar here today. The suspects injured the woman while removing her gold earrings.

The incident took place at 8:30 am when Santosh Rani was about to step on the stairs of her house on the first floor at Rishi Nagar.

“A youngster, who was covering his face with cloth, came from behind and snatched my gold earrings. I was totally shocked. Before I could react, the snatcher ran towards the motorcycle and escape from the scene,” said Santosh, whose ear lobes were bleeding.

According to the victim’s daughter, who saw the snatcher escaping from the scene, said while the turbaned youngster was riding the bike, it was his clean-shaven accomplice who perpetrated the snatching.

A local resident, VK Mittu, said: “I heard the woman screaming for help and rushed out of my house. The victim’s ears were bleeding”.



child labour ACT
Factory owner booked 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
The police has booked the owner of a factory under the Child Labour Act after a 12-year-old boy’s hand got crushed in a machine. The incident has again brought to the fore prevalence of child labour in industrial units across the city.

According to complainant Chandra Devi, her son Vicky Kumar (12) was working at Loyal Tool on the Daba road for the past one year.

On April 19, she came to know that her son’s right hand got crushed while working on the machine. She said her son was operated upon in a private hospital at Jamalpur.

She lodged a complaint in this regard with the Focal Point police. Vicky told the police that Gurmukh Singh, owner of the factory, had forced to work on the machine.

His hand got crushed, as he had no experience of working on the machine. The Focal Point police today booked Gurmukh Singh under the Child Labour Act. The suspect is yet to be arrested. 



Department releases new instructions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
The Education Department has issued new guidelines for holding Bal Sabhas, which are organised every Saturday in the government schools of the state. According to the instructions of the Director-General of School Education, the school authorities have to organise Bal Sabhas in the second half on every Saturday.

At the Bal Sabhas, competitions in drawing, hand writing, tables and poems, English and Punjabi reading and activities of gardening, cleanliness, clay-modelling and sports apart from Parho Punjab games, general knowledge and "use of map" contests would be conducted every week.

The Cluster Master Trainer should make all the schools of the cluster aware of the competitions to be conducted, and students would prepare for the various activities. It has also been mentioned in the guidelines that all the performances should be noted down in the growth-evaluation register in the column of extra-curricular activities.

Cluster and block-level competitions of in these activities would be held once a month.

Teachers should ensure participation of all the students. Moreover, the department instructed that the presence of all the school teachers at the Bal Sabhas would be mandatory.

The department will depute officers to monitor all these sabhas at all the schools.



Panic grips farmers
Fear moisture in grain will rise due to inclement weather
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
A total of 5,44,317 lakh metric tonnes of wheat has already arrived in the mandis in Ludhiana district till date. But yesterday’s sudden rainfall and thunderstorm has created panic among farmers regarding lifting of their produce by the respective agencies. The farmers fear that due to inclement weather, the moisture content in the grain would be increased and they may have to wait for more days till the grain dried (in sunny days).

District mandi official Rajpal Singh Dhaliwal confirmed that due to sudden change in the weather, the lifting process could see a slow pace. He said till date 5,44,317 lakh metric tonnes of wheat had arrived in mandis and 5,09,456 lakh metric tonnes had been purchased through different agencies and private buyers.

“Yesterday, 64,302 lakh metric tonnes of wheat arrived in the mandis, out of which 39,338 lakh metric tonnes had been purchased. About 34,861 lakh metric tonnes of grain was lying in the markets unsold. Maximum arrival of produce is coming from Khanna, Samrala, Macchiwara and Mullanpur areas, while from Raikot and Maloud, the arrival is yet to be picked up. Due to the rainy weather, the lifting process can become slow for a day or two,” said Dhaliwal.

Meanwhile, Nirmal Singh Chahal of Kanganwal said he brought his produce to Kanganwal, Hambran and Gopalpur mandis, where due to rains and hailstorm, wheat was lying in the markets. “We pray to God to get the weather cleared, otherwise farmers will be in great trouble. Here, we cannot fight with nature nor can we blame the government for not lifting the produce. The agencies have to lift the grain as per their set specifications but due to the rain today, the moisture content has increased in the wheat lying open in the mandis,” he said.



11 persons challaned for smoking at public places
Health team continues anti-malaria drive
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
A district-level task force today challaned 11 persons under the Tobacco Control Act for smoking at public places. The force included Medical Officer Ajit Singh, drug inspectors Sukhveer Chand and Karuna Gupta, representative of an NGO Krishan Lal Malik, Assistant District Attorney Darbara Singh from the narcotics cell, head constables Kuldeep Singh and Balbeer Singh. It was led by the District Health Officer (DHO), Ludhiana, Dr Kulwinder Singh.

According to the DHO: "Following the directions by the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, we challaned persons while they were smoking at the Aarti Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Sarabha Nagar Market, Bhai Bala Chowk, Feroze Gandhi Market and the new courts complex. The team also inspected the hukka bars of the city."

Meanwhile, continuing its checking to curb the menace of dengue and maleria, a team of officers from the Health and Family Welfare Office, Chandigarh, today visited Durga Puri, Ranjodh Park and New Tagore Nagar. It found culex mosquito and at the Police Lines they found its larvae. Peritherm was sprayed in the affected areas to kill mosquitoes and larvae were destroyed by spraying temoguard on them.

The area residents were made aware about dengue and maleria by distributing pamphlets carrying the relevant information. 



DMCH staff give warning
Want mgmt to reinstate two suspended functionaries
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 27
The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Employees’ Union has cautioned the management against unfair labour practices while also demanding immediate withdrawal of disciplinary proceedings against two of its functionaries- Charan Das, its president, and Hardish Masih, propaganda and press secretary- who have been placed under suspension in false and fabricated charges.

In a demand notice served on the DMCH management, the union has asserted that the two employees were being prosecuted on the basis of false and concocted allegations. It has further called upon the management to reinstate them with all consequential benefits so as to maintain better relationship between the workers and the management.

Charan Das, who was unanimously elected president of the employees’ union in the general body meeting held on April 18, said the union had also urged the management to conceded all demands listed in the “demand notice” served on the management on January 9 under Section 2-K of the Industrial Disputes Act, and again on March 10 with some more demands.

He said copies of the demand notice were also sent to the Assistant Labour Commissioner as per provisions of the ID Act. “If the management fails to act reinstate the suspended workers, the union will seek legal remedy to safeguard the rights of the employees,” Charan Das added. 



Minister interacts with local industrialists
Promises to discuss CETP with government
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
Punjab, just like Gujarat, will be developed into an industry-friendly state in the next five years. Union Minister for Trade and Commerce Anil Joshi, who was in the city, said this today.

“The industrial policy is being revised and it will be tabled within three to four months. It is going to be an industry- friendly policy. We are also demanding a package for the industry in the state. Industries will start getting all benefits and never think of moving outside it. We want the industry to grow in our state,” he added.

“Talks are on to abolish octroi on petrol. Single window system will prove to be a boon for the industry. All pending projects will be completed at the earliest,” Joshi said. He also met members of the Punjab Plywood Manufacturers’ Association (PPMA) and the Punjab Dyers’ Association (PDA). He promised to take up the matter of setting up of common effluent treatment plant (CETP) with the government. President of the Punjab Dyers’ Association Ashok Makkar urged the minister to introduce and levy 5 per cent water tax (cess) on the lines of entry tax on dyes and chemicals in Punjab.

“Although the Union government is ready to contribute money for setting up the common effluent treatment plant, the state government is unable to do so. Five per cent entry tax is levied on us. Similarly if 5 per cent water cess is levied on us, it will help the state government in raising money for setting up the treatment plant,” Bobby Jindal, general secretary of the association, added.

He discussed problems related to plywood industry with members of the Punjab Plywood Manufacturers’ Association. “The government should discourage import of plywood at cheaper rates from China and other countries,” said Ashok Kumar Juneja. 



Withdraw steel from commodity exchange: Industry
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
Fluctuating steel prices is taking a heavy toll on steel-consuming industries in Punjab. Prices of steel have become speculative due to fluctuations in the commodity exchange.

Steel producers are always on the look out for increasing the prices. They have increased the prices of steel by 8.5 per cent in the last four quarters. Although globally steel prices are showing downward trend, but prices of hot roll coils in India are more than Rs 3,500 per tonne.

“The Government of India seems to siding with the steel producers. The import duty of steel has been increased from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent in the Budget. This makes the import costlier. Moreover, rupee is gradually depreciating and this makes the import costlier,” said P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president, Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said, “The European crisis has again started resurfacing. This will globally trigger economic slowdown. Due to ever increasing cost of raw material like steel, the manufacturing of products will become costlier and ht the export hard.”

Policy of mining iron ore is not clear and not functioning smoothly. As a result iron ore is getting scarce and costlier. The industry has urged the government to get the mining policy of iron ore streamlined at the earliest.

The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written to the Chairman, Forward Markets Commission and to the Consumer Affairs Minister to take steel out of commodity exchange. The government has already withdrawn guar gum from the commodity exchange. It is also thinking of withdrawing more agricultural commodities from the commodity exchange. It is a fact that speculative activity in the future market is financed irrespective of the matching physical availability. This contributes to the rise in steel prices.



Health dept begins probe against doc
Was booked four days ago for trying to rape an expectant mother
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 27
The health department has initiated a probe into an incident in which a male gynecologist posted at the local community health centre was booked for allegedly trying to rape an expectant mother, who had come for the management of her intrauterine complications on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, all attempts of the police to arrest the suspect have turned futile.

Dr HS Bali, Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, said Jasbir Singh, SMO in charge at the local health centre, had been directed to verify allegations levelled by a resident of Ghungrana village against Dr Jagjit Singh, who according to her tried to outrage her modesty on the pretext of examining her for certain intrauterine complications three days ago. Departmental action would be taken after the receipt of an inquiry report, asserted Dr Bali.

He added that the samples collected during examination of the victim by a three members panel had been sent to state chemical examination laboratory at Kharar. Results are awaited.

Meanwhile, the inquiry officer has summoned persons connected with the incident for recording their statement. Staff on duty, including staff nurses, attendants and other subordinates staff members will also be interviewed during the inquiry.

Preliminary investigations revealed that no record regarding treatment had been maintained at the medical centre.



Ludhianvis take fancy to ornamental fountains
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
More and more residents of the city are adorning their kitchen gardens with ornamental statues, fountains and animal figurines. Having a garden of exotic or different varieties of flowers or plants and maintaining it was a craze a few years ago.

But now garden is increasingly turning into a place to be cherished and embellished as well. A large number of people are beautifying their kitchen gardens with statues, fountains, shapes and animal figurines. Garden is the most relaxing place for me, says Komal, a resident of Urban Estate.

“Ludhianvis don’t mind spending on statues, fountains and other embellishments to make the gardens look attractive,” says Juhi Bakshi, a landscape consultant and nursery owner at Baddowal. People have started lighting up their gardens in the city,” she added.

GL Sahni, manager of a marble house on the Malhar Road, said different types of fountains and animal figurines in kitchen gardens were getting popular. These are priced between Rs 3,500 and a few lakhs. Nowadays, setting up a fountain wall in gardens is also becoming a trend, he adds. 



Hospital staff disrupt traffic 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
A few employees of Mediways Hospital disrupted traffic on the Ferozepur Road at around 1 pm today to protest against non-payment of salary by the old management. The commuters remained stranded on the National Highway for about 20 minutes. Authorities of the hospital had to call the police to control the traffic.

According to Dr Baldeep, one of the owners of Mediways Hospital said, “These employees used to work in the hospital. The new management (Mediways) took over it on April 26. A few old employees started asking for 25 days salary from the new management. We told them that it was a policy matter and would retain them in two to three days. But the employees summoned a few outsiders and tried to disrupt the functioning of the hospital and also blocked the traffic. We called the police to control the situation and convinced them that the matter was sorted out amicably.” 



3 missing, police clueless
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, April 27
Disappearance of a local schoolteacher along with two of his children from her house three days ago is shrouded in mystery as the police is still groping in dark. Although the Sirhind police has recovered her scooty from near the Sirhind canal two days ago and informed her husband about it. The teacher, who resides in Jethi Nagar, has been identified as Harshdeep Kaur (38) and two of her kids- Japneet (8) and Gurmanjot (3).

According to SHO of the Sirhind police station Hansraj, “A report regarding her disappearance was lodged by her husband Jatinder Singh. The complainant stated that she returned home from the school along with the children on Tuesday and had been missing since then.” 



Army Chief to address rally
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 27
Chief of the Army Staff Maj Gen VK Singh will address a rally of the Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, at Baddowal Stadium near the Ferozepur Road on April 29.

President of the state unit of the Indian Ex-Services League Col Bhag Singh said it was for the first time in the history of the ex-servicemen’s’ body that a serving Army Chief would be addressing the rally in Punjab.

General Singh would also interact with the ex-servicemen and their families.



Booksellers have tough time
PSEB has failed to give revised print rates on old lot of books
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has revised the rate list of books for the new session but it has failed to change the print rates on the old books. Due to this negligence on part of the PSEB, students are ofter seen arguing with booksellers who have overwritten the print rates. According to a bookseller who has his shop on College Road, students often argue with shopkeepers about the prices of the books.

"To sell books prescribe by the board is a major headache for shopkeepers as students often start arguing with them about the print rates. The board revised the rate list but did not change the print rates. Now, we have to sell these books according to the new rates. So, we wrote new rates by cutting the printed ones. Students are used to see print rates. When they see overwritten rates they start arguing with shopkeepers," said a bookseller.

Parmod Kumar, secretary, Book Seller Association, Ludhiana, said: "We are facing the same problem from the past three years. But, the board authorities do not take care of this. The PSEB should change the print rates or rewrite the rates under their stamp to avoid argument between students and shopkeepers.

Talking about the overwritten rates, Anil Sharma, Manager, District Book Depot, PSEB, said: "We sold the books to agencies as per the new rates. The books were published one year ago so we cannot change the print rates on all the books. Even stamping was also not possible on a huge number of books which have been sold.

Meanwhile, some booksellers alleged that the PSEB officials sold the books before the hike in their prices to the holders of certain agencies close to them. Now, these agency holders are earning huge profits by selling the books as per the revised rates.

However, Anil Sharma denied that any such possibility of favour to any agency holder. 



From schools

Motivational lecture
A motivational lecture was delivered at Khals Girls Sen. Sec. School, Civil Lines here on Friday. Around 200 students attended the lecture. Col S Sehgal, Commanding Officer, 3Pb Girls Battalion, and Capt Krishana Dubay, Administration officer, were the orators. Colonel Sehgal inspired the students to join the NCC and cultivate in them spirit of patriotism and service to the nation.

Graduation ceremony: Graduation ceremony of the kindergarten section was held at Green Land Sr. Sec. Public School, Jalandhar bypass, here on Friday. The chairman-cum-director of the school Rajesh Rudhra congratulated the staff and students on the successful completion of their phase of informal education. A beautiful show was put up by the students which included dances and songs.

Meanwhile, the students of kindergarten at Guru Ram Das Academy celebrated graduation day. Children presented items and mesmerised the audience with melodious songs and dances.

Celebrated: Red is the colour of love and to make the tiny tots fall in love with this colour, Guru Nanak Public School celebrated ‘Red Day’ in the kindergarten wing. The aim of this celebration was to help the children to become familiar with red colour. The children were looking stunning in their red attires.

Dental camp: Cherubs, the preschool organised 'healthy smiles', a free dental check-up camp on its premises here on Friday. Dr Dimple Dhingra, dental surgeon, visited the school and examined the teeth of tiny tots. The focus was on creating awareness among the children and parents on the importance of oral hygiene. The doctor gave the students valuable advice regarding dental care.

Talent hunt: A talent hunt programme was conducted at Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, here on Friday. The little ones of the pre-primary wing got a wonderful opportunity to show their hidden talents. The enthusiastic students displayed their talents in singing, dancing, recitation, mono-acting and mimicry.

Earth Day: With emphasis on the need to conserve resources to save the earth, a function was organised at Guru Gobind Singh Public School here on Friday. Students recited poems with a message on the environment. — TNS



Five arrested for multi-crore fraud
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
The city police claims to have busted a gang of swindlers with the arrest of five persons. They used to withdraw money from banks by submitting fake cheques. The police is probing whether these persons were involved in issuing fake cheques of Nirmal Baba, which was further handed over Interjit Anand, a city resident. He had withdrawn Rs 1.13 crore from the spiritual guru’s Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) account.

The gang had transferred Rs 26 lakh, Rs 22 Lakh and Rs 2.29 crore, respectively, from banks located in Amritsar, Banga and Jalandhar.

Fortunately, the owner of the firm from whose account the money was withdrawn came to know about it and got the payment stopped. The police came to know that the accused had withdrawn several lakhs of rupees by submitting fake cheques.

Accused identified as Satish Kumar, Sukhchain Singh, Sodagar Singh, Jagdev Singh and Ramesh Kumar were arrested from various parts of the city following raids.

Satish Kumar, a resident of Shri Ganga Nagar in Haryana, is the kingpin of the gang.

Satish met Ramesh Kumar, who works in Punjab National Bank’s (PNB’s) branch on the Benjamin Road, a few months ago.

Ramesh Kumar handed over crucial bank details, including details of the high- profile account holders, their bank balance, account and the serial numbers of the bank.

The trio of Jagdev, Sukhchain and Sodagar, who is a nambardar of Partap Singh Wala, was given the task of withdrawing the money from various banks by submitting fake cheques.

The trick worked and the gang continued to siphon money from the bank accounts of a few residents.

According to ACP Swapan Sharma, the accused were printing fake cheques on a colour printer machine.

The police has recovered fake cheques, stamps, printers, laptop, colour printer machine and Rs 43000 cash from the possession of the accused.

It is learnt that one of the accused was caught red handed while he was trying to withdraw the amount of Rs 90,000 from the bank located in Millar Gunj.

During probe he divulged the name of his partners in crime. It may be mentioned here that the police teams had conducted a midnight raided Deep Nagar locality to nab Satish Kumar.



Employee loses Rs 65,000
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
Three motorcycle-borne youths snatched Rs 65,000 from an employee of Bonn Bead located at Chabewal village this evening.

The incident took place at around 4 pm when factory employee identified Sagar Talwar was returning to the factory after collecting cash from Chandigarh. Sagar said he alighted from the vehicle and was approaching towards the gate when three motorcycle-borne youth, who were wearing caps, waylaid him. They snatched the bag before Sagar could react and fled from the spot.

Four security guards were manning the gate when the incident took place, but they failed to react. The snatchers were following the vehicle from a distance and were aware that Sagar was carrying cash.

Ashish Choudhary, DCP, said the police was examining the CCTV footage of snatchers.

The police has not ruled out involvement of an insider behind the snatching incident.

Second time

An employee of Bonn bread has been targeted for the second time. Earlier in June 2010,armed robbers took away Rs 47 lakh from employees while they were on their way to the bank for depositing cash. 



14 mobile phones stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
Keeping mobile phones in the dickey of a scooter proved to be costly to the students who were taking exam at the college in the Shivpuri area.

Nearly 14 students complained that somebody broke open the dickey of the scooter belonging to a student and stole nearly 14 mobile phones kept in it.

Sandeep Singh, a student, said they had kept their mobile phones in the dickey before taking the examination. The incident came to light when the students came out of the examination hall and found the dickey open.

They reported the matter to the police. 



Thieves decamp with 23-tola gold
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 27
Thieves struck at a house in Moti Nagar and decamped with 23 tola of gold ornaments and Rs 50,000. According to Balwinder Singh, owner of the house, the thieves broke into the house by cutting the iron grills. 

He said the entire family was sleeping in one of the rooms and its members came to know about the incident in the morning. The police has not ruled out the involvement of an insider in theft. The thieves were fully aware where the cash and gold ornaments were kept.



17 cagers selected 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 27
Honorary secretary of the Ludhiana District Basketball Association (LDBA), Teja Singh Dhaliwal, said today that 17 players had been selected to represent the Ludhiana district (boys and girls) and the Ludhiana Basketball Academy (boys) in the Punjab Junior Basketball Championship to be held at Joga village in the Mansa district.

The names of the selected players are (boys)- Pardeep, Arshdeep Singh, Sumit, Arjun Prasad, Sumir Sen, Ajay, Narinder, Saranjan, Harpreet Singh, Kunal, Guriqbal Singh Bhullar and Ajay Parkash. Girls- Kirandeep Kaur, Raman, Karamjeet Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur and Puja.

The Ludhiana Basketball Academy (boys) are Gauravdeep Singh, Harmandeep, Dildar Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Bodhraj, Manipal, Jaspreet Singh, Rajveer Singh, Rahul, Lalit and Subramanian.

These cagers were selected during the trials organised by the LDBA at Guru Nanak Stadium yesterday, Dhaliwal added.



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