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15 shops razed in Basti Jodhewal
Structures demolished to make way for six laning of National Highway
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A demolished structure at Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana on Saturday.
A demolished structure at Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, May 19
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today demolished 15 shops and a portion of a government school in Basti Jodhewal amidst mild protests by those residing in the area. These structures were razed to make way for six laning of the GT road.

Municipal officials, including assistant town planners Harpreet Ghai, Kamaljit Kaur and Monica Anand, reached the spot along with a heavy posse of police personnel and started the demolition drive. Officials from the Revenue Department, National Highway Authority of India and other government departments were also present on the occasion.

A few residents of the area raised objections when the drive started at around 9 30 am. They literally pleaded in front of the municipal officials to not go ahead with the drive. But, the municipal officials pleaded that the drive could not be cancelled, as is being carried out on the directions of the court.

How can we turn encroachers overnight, when we have been living in the area since 1950, a few residents asked?

Piara Singh, whose house was also demolished by the corporation, said his family had been living in the same piece of the land since 1954. “What is our fault if our land has now become part of this project? Notices were served on us a few days ago. I wrote a letter in this regard and even submitted land records. These show that we own this piece of land since 1954. But, all we got to hear was that we are now encroaching upon the land,” he added.

A few family members of Piara Singh objected and even tried to lie in front of the ditch machine that was demolishing the structures. But, they could not succeed due to the police personnel present on the spot. Piara Singh even climbed the ditch machine and requested the driver to demolish his structure with care so that other portion of his house does not get damaged. But, the policemen forced him to climb down later on.

Other shopkeepers, however, did not show any resistance and cooperated with the officials of the municipal corporation.

When the MC team was demolishing a portion of a government school, members of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reached the spot and urged the municipal officials to cancel the drive. But their request remained unheard. A member of the association said they had met Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari in this regard yesterday.

Some residents of the area along with parents of children studying in the government school had staged a protest and blocked the GT road on Wednesday.

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had asked the local police to provide 100 cops, including 20 female cops for carrying out the drive. Such a huge force was demanded because the officials suspected that they might face tough resistance from those residing in the area.

Assistant Town Planner Harpreet Ghai said the drive was carried out peacefully. “We have demolished all encroachments from the Basti Jodhewal Chowk,” he added.

Rajesh Kaundal, project director, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), said the road and land around it was handed over to the NHAI by the Public Works Department in 2002. “All structures that have been demolished were encroachments on our land,” he claimed.


Opium smugglers caught in act
1 held, 2 on the run; used courier contraband to Canada
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
The local police has busted a gang, which used to supply opium, “packed” in rolls of dress material to Canada through a courier. A person, who was arrested in this connection, has admitted that they were able to send a huge quantity of opium thrice to Canada from the city. The police has also recovered 1 kilogram opium from the possession of two other members of the gang.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Manjit Singh Dhesi said: “Vinod Kumar, the kingpin of the gang, and Navtej, another member, are on the run from the police. DLH Couriers told us that the accused used to send opium by nicely wrapping it in rolls of dress material. Surinder Mohan and Rattanjit Singh, both inspectors, arrested Narinder Kumar near Clock Tower today. Three members of the gang were on their way to the courier company to dispatch the “dress material”. Narinder confessed that he and Vinod were residents of the Bhiwani district, Haryana. Navtej was from Bhadson village, Patiala. Earlier, they had sent opium on January 17, April 28 and May 5 to Canada through DLH Courier. Dhesi said opium was available in open market for Rs 80,000 per kg. It was being sold in Canada for lakhs of rupees. 

Clever minds

The police said the accused used to smuggle opium in thin plastic sheets, which were attached to the rolls with Fevicol. These were then cut nicely and packets containing opium kept inside. Packets were joined together and sealed nicely. They used to roll the dress material on them and everything was done so neatly that even X-Ray machines were not able to detect them.

The manhunt has been launched to nab the kingpin Vinod. We will see how and from where they procured opium from Rajasthan. Besides, who all are involved in this crime in Canada? We have to get the information, to whom the couriers were delivered in Canada.
— Manjit Singh Dhesi, ADCP

Narinder worked as a mason. He was fully acquainted with Vinod. Navtej, Narinder and Vinod met each other in a jail at Chandigarh. Cases under the NDPS Act were already registered against Vinod and Navtej. They ‘lured’ Narinder to join them to make quick bucks. They used to change their addresses and names before sending couriers.
— Surinder Mohan, Inspector, Kotwali police station



Man commits suicide
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 19
A youth allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in his in-laws house at Jagraon last night. The deceased has been identified as Sonu, son of Harbans Singh of Jamalpur Colony in Ludhiana. He was married to Gurpreet Kaur of the Agwar Lopon locality in Jagraon.

In fact, Sonu had come to his in-laws house to take his wife Gurpreet back with him. Gurpreet had come to stay in her parent’s house after a minor dispute with her husband a few days ago.

Sonu had got married to Gurpreet more than one year ago. But their relationship reportedly turned sour a few months after their marriage.

According to sources, Gurpreet left her husband Sonu and came to her parent’s house on Wednesday. After this, Sonu also came to his in-laws house to reach a compromise with his wife and take her back with him.

Gurpreet reportedly refused to go with her husband. This upset Sonu and he consumed some poisonous substance yesterday evening. When his in-laws came to know about this, they immediately rushed him to a local private hospital where he died past late night.

Confirming the development, SHO Jagraon City police station Surinder Singh stated that a case had been registered under Section 174 of the CRPc and the investigation is on. The police took the body for the post mortem examination and handed over the body to family members later on.



Health dept forms 18 teams
Find Dhandhari dirtiest
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Following orders of Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari regarding outbreak and prevention of cholera under the Epidemic Disease Act, the health department today constituted a few teams, which visited the disease-prone and sensitive areas of the city.

Ludhiana Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta, said: “We have already constituted 18 teams for conducting survey in the entire district on May 1. Today, I personally visited sensitive areas of the city, including Gyaspura, Sherpur and Dhandhari. Senior Medical Officer (Sahnewal), a sanitary Inspector and two more employees of the health department accompanied me. I went through each street and observed what is lacking where. Tomorrow and day after tomorrow, I will visit some other areas of the district. After three days visit, I will interact with the municipal officials and request them to get the things in order.”

Another employee of the health department said, “It is primarily job of the municipal corporation. We are here to give them feedback. Rainy seasons will come after two months. We can save the city from any outbreak if the garbage is cleared and water/ sanitation facilities improved.”

Another employee said, “We visited Dhandari and found that the area was a hell with stagnant water, mosquitoes and garbage dumps all around.”

Dr Subhash Batta said: “I have apprised the Deputy Commissioner of the entire situation so that the menace of waterborne diseases could be controlled well on time.”

DC’s notification

y Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari has in a notification issued under the National Vector Borne Diseases to the Ludhiana Civil Surgeon stated that health workers of the area would help people in getting themselves immunized against cholera. Parents of small children would be responsible for getting their wards immunized for the same. He also ordered the Civil Surgeon that investigation teams of health department should be given rights to check those travelling in any vehicle to rule out possibility of cholera infection.



MC POll: Mad scramble for ticket
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
As the date for the municipal corporation poll is nearing, the "politics" of ticket has started in full swing. Claims and counter-claims of ticket aspirants are fuelling infighting. Congress party block president Ajay Walia, along with his supporters, today staged a protest against Congress MLA Surinder Dawar in front of the latter's office at Daresi. Claiming that he had been a "sincere" party worker for the past 30 years, Walia alleged that despite his support to Dawar during the Assembly poll, the latter had betrayed his trust.

"I was promised ticket for the MC poll from Ward No. 34, but now Dawar has backed out," he alleged. "I have learnt that Dawar is lobbying for a relative of another MLA," he added.

"If those working at the grassroots level are ignored in favour of the leaders' relatives, it is unfortunate," he said. When contacted, Dawar said there were at least 15-20 claimants for ticket from each ward. Only one aspirant could get ticket from one ward. "I have already sent the names of two-three claimants from Ward No. 34. It's the party high command that has to decide about the candidate." He added that though the party workers had a right to voice their concerns, protesting in this manner was not justified. "I respect the workers' right to be heard. But creating indiscipline does not go in anyone's favour," he added.

Meanwhile, the BJP has constituted a MC poll committee for Ludhiana that includes Punjab Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal, Ludhiana in charge Kamal Sharma, vice-president, BJP (Punjab), Vinod Sharma, district president Parveen Bansal and leaders Prof Rajinder Bhandari, Satpal Gosain, Harish Bedi. 



Councillors begin the wooing act
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
With the municipal corporation elections nearing, councillors have started "serving" the residents of their respective wards. From distribution of pension sanction letters to claims of remaining available 24 hours, the leaders are trying it all to woo voters.

At a function organised by Akali councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal from Ward No. 59, the pension sanction letters were distributed to 239 senior citizens.

"These residents had filled their pension-related forms during a Lok Suvidha Camp held on April 22 and within less than a month, I have managed to get their pensions sanctioned from the state government. I have always worked for the area residents and will continue to do so," claimed Dhaliwal, a first-time councillor and Youth Akali Dal leader.

Similarly, many other leaders are getting their respective wards developed overnight. The "development" is going on in full swing in many parts of the city and residents say they have never seen such a speedy development.

Some leaders have installed billboards with interesting language in different parts of the city. In Haibowal area, a billboard of a prospective candidate reads, "Main Tuhadi Sewa Vich 24 Ghante Haazir Rahanga" (I will remain at your service round the clock). Interestingly, most of the boards installed in other parts of the city, too, read similar tag lines, with "24 hours" marked prominently.



Girls excel yet again, bag top positions in district
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Girls have excelled yet again in the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) examinations of Class XII, which were held in March. They have bagged top positions in all three streams of Class XII (non- medical, medical and commerce streams) in the district. Students of Sacred Heart Convent School, Chandigarh Road, have secured top positions in the Class X Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) examinations conducted in the city.

AS Shivaansh of Class X stood first in the district by scoring 96.6 per cent marks. Surveen of the same school bagged second position in the district with 96 per cent marks. Bhavishya, also from Sacred Heart Convent School, stood third in the district with 95.6 per cent marks.

Meanwhile, the results of Class XII were also declared today. A student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary Convent School bagged top position in the district in non-medical stream. Whereas, students of Sat Paul Mittal School begged top positions in district in medical and commerce streams.

Gunpreet from Sacred Heart Senior Secondary Convent School stood first in the district in the non-medical stream with 93.7 per cent marks. Nyamat Chadha from Sat Paul Mittal stood first in the district in the medical stream by scoring 94.75. Grisha Aggarwal also from Sat Paul Mittal bagged the first slot in the district in the commerce stream by scoring 92.5 per cent.

Claim to Fame: District and city topper in Class X 
Aim: Wants to become a doctor to help the needy 
Success mantra : Revision of class work at home 
Parents: Father is a businessman and mother a housewife 
Claim to fame: District and city topper in Class XII (Non-medical stream) 
Aim: Wants to be a software engineer 
Success mantra: One should do things, which one can do perfectly 
Parents: Father is a businessman and mother a housewife 
Nyamat Chadha
Nyamat Chadha
Claim to fame: District and city topper in Class XII (Medical stream) 
Aim: Changing stream and opting for economic honours 
Success mantra: Regular study, hard work and support of teachers and parents 
Parents: Father is a businessman and mother helps him
Grisha Aggarwal
Grisha Aggarwal
Claim to fame: District and city topper in Class XII (commerce stream)
Aim: Wants to become a CA 
Success mantra: Hard work and regular in studies 
Parents: Father a businessman and mother a housewife 



Bollywood stars make a beeline to city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
Talk of celebrities until a few years ago used to be like talk of stars in the sky. People, who used to boast of having met celebrities had to precede their conversation with trips to the B-town or metropolitan cities. But stars of the city are changing now.

While the city got acquainted with Bipasha Basu's beauty, Gracy Singh graced the city today. Miss India World Vanya Mishra was here on Monday. One after the other, celebrities seem to be making beeline to the city. Within a year, famed movie super starts, including Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Zeenat Aman and models like Deepti Bhatnagar, Aryan Vaid and designers apart from numerous Punjabi movie actors, have visited the city for various events and promotions. 



School & College notes
Students' council

Ludhiana: Doraha Public School held an investiture ceremony on the school campus. Meritorious, talented and responsible children were appointed to the students' council for the session 2012-13. Chief guest was Purshottam Singh Sodhi, SDM, Khanna.

Amisha Sahni, Piyush Sharma and Inderpreet Kaur of Class XII were appointed head boy and head girl, respectively. House captains and vice-captains for the three houses of the school Satluj , Ravi and Beas were also appointed. Meanwhile, another investiture ceremony was held at Green Grove Public School to inculcate the qualities of leadership, discipline and service. President JPS Jolly presided over the function and gave badges to members of the school cabinet.

Paper reading

A paper-reading competition was held at Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, for the students of classes VI to VIII. Various activities, including best out of waste, were held.

Graduation ceremony

A graduation ceremony was held in the kindergarten section of GMT Public School. Children came dressed in beautiful attire. They were given certificates.

Homage paid

The150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand was celebrated at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass. Tributes were paid to the founder of Arya Samaj, Swami Vivekanand. Students delivered speeches. CS Talwar, an IAS officer, was the key speaker.

Investiture ceremony

Jatindra Greenfield School, Gurusar Sudhar, held an investiture ceremony. The function was presided over by LT Col Subhash Sehgal, Commanding Officer, 3PB Girl Bn NCC, Ludhiana.


An inter-house quiz was organised by Bonn Food Industries at USPC Jain Public School, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana. A team from Bonn Food Industries along with teachers of the school conducted the quiz.


NCC cadets of SDP Senior Secondary School took out a rally to mark Anti-Tobacco Day. They carried placards and raised slogans. Jasveer Singh Chauhan, principal, flagged off the rally.


Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised a "Nritya Tarang Competition" in the school Auditorium. Of the total 500 students who had come for the audition, 58 were selected.

Prize-distribution function

Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, organised an annual prize distribution function on Saturday. Principal of the college Ravinder Kaur highlighted the achievements of the college. Prizes were given to MEd, BEd and polytechnic students for their achievement in academic, sports and extra-curricular activities. Members of Khalsa Dewan were also present on the occasion. A book titled "Self Culture" was released.

Farewell party

A farewell party was held at DD Jain College of Education. The college choir recited beautiful songs. Students gave a dance performance. — TNS



Villagers protest at Powercom SDO’s office
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 19
Agitated over unnecessary delay caused by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PowerCorp) in repairing the faulty electricity transformer at Sidhwan Kalan village near Jagraon, a large number of residents, including several women, held a protest in front of the office of Powercom SDO today.

Protesting villagers said the electricity transformer at their village was not functioning for the past one week, as a result of which the power supply of the whole village had been disrupted.

The villagers complained that though they had brought the problem to the notice of the officials concerned several times, yet nothing had been done to repair the transformer.

“Though we informed the PowerCorp officials about the problem soon after the transformer stopped functioning and requested them to repair it yet all our said Gurmail Singh, a villager said.

The villagers also raised slogans against the PowerCorp officials as well as the state government for ignoring their ong pending demands.

Barjinder Singh, SDO, Sidhwan, when contacted, stated that PowerCorp engineers had examined the said transformer and it had been found that there was a technical problem in the transformer, which will take some time to get rectified. Though we are now planning to replace this transformer with another one till the time this transformer is not repaired to resume the power supply in the village”, he added.



Tantrik held for molesting girls
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
A tantrik had to pay the price for being the "saviour" to two young ailing sisters while he tried to molest them. The tantrik was not only beaten up by the area residents but was also handed over to the police. A case under Sections 354/506 IPC has been registered against the accused.

Giving details, Inspector Mandeep Singh said the tantrik, Dhani Masih, was a resident of Baba Deep Singh Nagar, Dugri. One Gurmit Singh, a resident of Hira Nagar, approached Dhani Masih as two of his four daughters had not been keeping well for the past several months. As no medicine could provide relief to the ailing sisters, Gurmit Singh was asked to take the daughters to the tantrik.

Gurmit Singh was asked to take him to his residence by the tantrik. On reaching the place, Masih asked everyone to stay away from the ailing sisters' room. The tantrik bolted the room from inside and threatened the sisters not to make noise, else the "evil spirits" would catch hold of every member in the family. He started making obscene gestures and tried to molest one sister. Both the sisters were between 16 and 20 years. On hearing the girls' cries, the family members forcibly opened the door and rescued both the sisters. Neighbours and family members thrashed the tantrik and handed him over to the police.



3 held for stealing mobile phones
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
The Daresi Police has arrested three persons and recovered 15 mobile phones from their possession. As per information, the three accused, Ravi, Gurmit Singh and Navjot Singh, all residents of Daba, stole mobile phones from Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College on April 27 when students had kept those in their two-wheelers while taking an exam.

A case has been registered against the accused. Today, on receiving a tip-off that the three were going to sell the stolen mobile phones, the police nabbed them. Sanjiv Kumar, SHO, Daresi, said the three were drug-addicts.



Conman dupes three of Rs 42,355
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
A man posing as a "policeman", who put up a naka near Ladowal Cement Factory yesterday, duped a passerby of Rs 42, 355.

A case under Sections 379 and170 of theIPC has been registered against the unidentified fake "policeman" at the Ladowal Police Station.

Surjit Singh, the complainant along with his son and nephew, were coming from Jalandhar on a tractor-trailer. A man posing as a policeman stopped them near Ladowal Cement Factory and asked them to show the documents etc. He asked them to hand over the cash to him and asked the nephew to sit behind his motorcycle to go to the police station. The complainant said that the "policeman" asked Surjit Singh and his son to follow them to the police station. On the way, he asked the nephew to walk to the police station and that he would join him. He fled the scene while the trio kept on waiting for him outside the Ladowal Police station.



Rs 1.31 lakh stolen from insurance co.
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19
A thief, suspected to be an insider, fled with Rs 1.31 lakh from the office of an insurance company located at Mall road.

The matter came to light when the manager of the insurance company, Anil Kumar, reached the office and found the money missing from the locker.

Without wasting any time, he informed the police about the incident. Navreet Singh, Additional SHO, Division No 8, reached the spot and started the investigation.

The office was not ransacked and everything was intact. The locker in which the cash was kept was not broken. After informing the police, the insurance company did not lodge a formal complaint about the theft. Sources said that an employee was suspected to be behind the theft.



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