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5 storied textile factory gutted
1 dead, 6 injured; it took 18 hours and 40 fire tenders to douse flames

Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Fire brigade officials trying to douse flames at a textile factory in Sunder Nagar on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, May 26
One person died and six others were injured when a fire broke out in a five-storied textile industry-Advaith International-in Sunder Nagar. The fire started in the wee hours today and could only be controlled by today evening. The extent of fire was such that it took almost 18 hours for the fire tenders to douse the flames.

Factory owners have claimed that goods, including machinery, finished products and raw material worth Rs 12 crore were destroyed in the fire. About 40 fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames.

The deceased has been identified as Suraj (22), a resident of Assam, who was presently residing in New Madhopuri along with his sister and brother-in-law. He was unmarried and was working in this factory for the past a few months. His parents were living in Assam.

Officials of the fire department suspect that the short circuit could be the reason behind this incident. The building also has two-storied basement.

The fire, which broke out in the basement, spread in the entire building within minutes. While speaking to The Tribune, Pankaj Kumar, owner of Advaith International Company, which manufactures T-shirts and fabric, said he had lost everything. “I am ruined. Goods and machinery worth Rs 12 crore has been gutted,” he claimed.

It was at around 1.30 am when the officials of the fire brigade received information about this incident. The fire tenders were rushed to the spot, but the fire had engulfed the entire building by then.

Mandeep Singh, SHO of the Basti Jodhewal police station, said Suraj’s body was recovered in the evening. “We have come to know from eyewitnesses that a group of seven persons were working in the night shift. When they saw smoke entering their floor, they rushed out to save themselves. While six of them managed to come out from the window, Suraj was trapped inside because he lost his balance and fell down. His friends said Suraj got trapped because the entire floor was full of smoke and soon fire broke out. His badly charred body was recovered after the flames were doused,” the SHO added.

The police has sent Suraj’s body for the post-mortem examination. “We have not registered any case into the matter yet. Next course of action will be taken only after recording the statements of eyewitness and Suraj’s family members,” the SHO added.


Families in district riven with property disputes
70-yr-woman set afire
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
Nachattar Kaur (70), a resident of Nurpur Bet, was allegedly pushed into fire by none other than her own brother Nachattar Singh over a piece of land. The victim was immediately rushed to the local Civil Hospital where her condition is stated to be stable. She sustained burn injuries in arms and legs. The Ladowal police said they had neither received any complaint so far, nor any case registered in this regard so far. The family members of the victim maintained that the hospital authorities would send the medico-legal report to the police station.

Ravinder Singh, son of Nachattar Kaur, said he worked as a security guard at the Christian Medical College and Hospital. He added that there was a dispute between brother and sister (his mother) over a piece of land, which was worth lakhs of rupees. He further alleged, “My maternal uncle along with his son and another person pushed my mother into fire in the fields. They even thrashed her before pushing her into the fire. Three of them fled from the spot when they raised an alarm,” Ravinder Singh added.

He also said a case was going on between his mother and maternal uncle over a particular piece of land. They were to attend the hearing the case in the local courts. “When we returned, we saw our uncle had brought a truckload of bricks and construction material for constructing boundary wall over a piece of the land. My mother asked him to stop the construction work as the matter was sub judice. He along with his son beat up my mother and pushed her into the fire (stubble burning in the fields). While we raised an alarm and ran to save our mother, they fled from the spot. We got our mother admitted to the Civil Hospital. She is stated to be stable now.” Meanwhile, SHO of the Ladowal Police Station Gurpreet Singh said they had not received any complaint so far and no case had been registered in this regard.



Man burnt to death
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, May 26
Buta Singh (25), a drug addict, reportedly murdered his father Kewal Singh with sharp-edged weapon at Bilga village in this subdivision last night. Later on, he set his father’s body afire.

Property dispute is stated to be the reason behind Kewal Singh’s murder. The police said Kewal Singh was fed up with his son’s misbehavior and disowned him from all movable and immovable property. He transferred his entire property in the name of his daughter-in-law Jasdip Kaur and two granddaughters. This irritated Buta Singh.

He took advantage of his wife and daughters’ absence and reportedly beat up Kewal Singh under the influence of liquor. His wife had gone to meet her parents.

SHO of the Bilga police station Narinder Kumar told The Tribune that Buta had confessed to have committed the crime. It has also recovered the sharp-edged weapon used for committing the crime.

The SHO said the accused urged his father to call his wife back from her parent’s house at Kang Arian village. Kewal refused to oblige. Buta used to work in a biscuit factory at Phillaur. He was not even going to the factory for the past one week. Kewal died on the spot. Buta, who was under the influence of liquor, set Kewal’s body afire? A case has been registered against Buta. He was arrested and produced before the Judicial Magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.

Buta used to work as a transporter in Dehra Dun. He returned to his native village Bilga seven years ago after his business failed, SHO Bilga Narinder Kumar said.



NRI dies of heart attack
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 26
An NRI, who had arrived from Canada some time ago, died while resolving a property dispute with his former wife and her relatives at Lakha village near here. The deceased has been identified as Maingal Singh (48) of Lakha village who had moved to Canada years ago.

The family members of the deceased have blamed Maingal Singh’s former wife and her relatives for his death. Maingal Singh had come to his native village to solemnize his son’s marriage.

According to sources, Maingal Singh was married twice. His first wife deserted him a few years ago and started living separately. He, then, tied nuptial knot with another woman Veerpal Kaur and shifted to Canada. Maingal Singh has two sons from his second wife. One son is settled in Canada, but the elder one has been staying at Lakha village.

Maingal Singh came to the village along with other members of his family to solemnize his elder son’s marriage. A dispute arose between Maingal Singh and his first wife Kulwant Kaur over some property. Family members of Maingal and Kulwant assembled at the village for resolving the issue.

Heated arguments arose between Maingal and his first wife following which Mangal suddenly collapsed. He was admitted to a local hospital. He died in the hospital later on.

After the death of Maingal Singh, his family members blamed his first wife and her relatives for his death. On the other hand, first wife of Maingal claimed that he was a heart patient and died due to heart attack.

The police has sent Maingal Singh’s body for the post-mortem examination at the local Civil Hospital. According to investigating Officer Nidhan Singh, Maingal Singh had died due to the heart attack. The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the Cr.PC.



Yet another killed, wife among two booked
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 26
Only two days after the local police solved the mystery behind the blind murder of a man hailing from Gahaur village with the arrest of his wife along with two youths, another murder has taken place at Hathur, a small town situated near Jagraon, due to alleged illicit relationship. A man was found dead in his house today morning.

The deceased has been identified as Jagtar Singh (34), a resident of Hathur. Jagtar was living with his wife Sarabjit Kaur and father Gurdial Singh at his house. When family members of Jagtar woke up today morning they found him dead in his room.

The police was informed about the incident. It took the body for a post-mortem examination at the local civil hospital.

A case has been registered against Jagtar’s wife Sarabjit Kaur and an unidentified person at the Hathur police station under Section 302 and 34 of the IPC on the basis of the statement given by deceased’s father Gurdial Singh. While Sarabjit Kaur has been arrested, the unidentified co-accused is still at large. According the sources, wife of Jagtar, Sarabjit Kaur, had an illicit relationship with an unidentified person. Her husband came to know about it a few days ago. He had overheard his wife talking to the person on a cell phone.

Jagtar Singh asked his wife to end her relationship with him, but she refused. They used to clash almost everyday due to this. Following this, Sarabjit Kaur hatched a conspiracy with her paramour and killed her husband last night, the sources added.

Investigating Officer Nidhan Singh said Gurdial Singh, the complainant, alleged that his son was killed by his wife Sarabjit Kaur with the help of her paramour. “We noticed some marks on the neck of the deceased. This indicates that he was strangulated with the help of a rope. But, the exact cause of the death would be ascertained only after the post-mortem report,” Nidhan Singh added.



Avoid scaring commuters: ACP
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
The traffic policemen would no longer hide behind and trees and jump before the speeding vehicles to nab traffic violators. The newly appointed ACP Traffic, Naveen Singla, has passed clear instructions among the traffic policemen to avoid jumping before the speeding vehicles and instead make use of walky-talky to nab the escaping traffic offenders.

There have been several complaints against cops catching the commuters unaware. It was on May 2 that a traffic policeman Amrajeet Singh suffered fracture on the leg while trying to stop motorcyclists, who were fleeing after jumping red light at Bhai Bala Chowk.

Hardeep and Amandeep, both engineering students were booked in an attempt to murder case. The commuters and the traffic experts said that the incident could have been avoided had Amarjeet did not jump in front of speeding vehicles.

Trained staff to be recruited

The ACP (traffic) Naveen Singla said the police would increase the number of tow away vehicles and trained staff would be appointed for the recovery vehicles.

"There have been complaints of car getting damaged. We are working on theories to reduce the damage of vehicles. We request the resident to shun erratic parking of vehicles. This would save their cars from getting damaged," said Naveen Singla.

Traffic police cash rich

All praise for the previous ACP traffic Swapan Sharma, who initiated tow away drive, Singla said community policing resource centre (CPRC) has generated funds amounting to nearly Rs 9 lakh, which could be used for the welfare schemes and for buying traffic equipments including alcoholmeter, torch, rain coat and reflectors.

No challan during peak hours

He said traffic regulations would be the top priority during the peak hours and instead of challaning vehicle the policemen would regulate traffic.There have been complaints that instead of easing traffic, the policemen would remain interested in challaning the vehicles, which further leads to traffic chaos.

Cops in mufti

The ACP Singla said corruption would not be tolerated and strict action would be taken against the policemen who would be caught red-handed.

Further cops in mufti would travel different parts of the city to keep a tab on the menace. While making his number (78370-18517) public, the ACP-traffic Naveen Singla said the residents could contact him on his number for suggestions.

DCP to head traffic

  • Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashish Choudhary has been given the overall charge of the traffic wing. Giving details about the development, Ishwar Singh said the traffic wing would work under the supervision of the DCP (Traffic).
  • DCP Ashish Choudhary said some traffic bottleneck had been identified and soon one-way regulation would be imposed to ease traffic congestion.



MC Poll
48 file nominations
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
On the second day of filing nomination papers for June 10 municipal corporation elections, a total of 48 candidates, including senior BJP leader Gurdeep Singh Neetu, filed their papers today.

As per information, Sukhdev Bawa from ward number 3, Parminder Kaur from ward number 5, Gurmeet Kaur and Rekha Rani, both from ward number 9, and Gurpreet Singh from ward number 10 filed their nomination papers as independent candidates.

From ward number 14, Gurmeet Kaur and Kamaljit Kaur filed their papers as independent candidates, while Neelam Devi filed her nomination papers on the Janta Dal United (JDU) ticket. From ward number 15, Bhupinder Singh filed papers as the independent candidate, Ram Vilas Jaiswal filed nomination papers from ward number 16 on the JDU ticket, while Balbir Singh, Sambal Kumar, Radha Krishan and Dalip Kumar filed their papers as independent candidates.

From ward number 17, Baljit Kaur filed her papers as the independent from ward number 19, Pankaj Batra and Naresh Kumar as independents and Harvinder Kumar filed his nomination papers on the Congress ticket. Anil Kumar filed his nomination papers on the Congress ticket from ward number 21.

Anu Bhushan and Pushpa Sahni filed their papers as independents from ward number 23, Kamaljit Kaur as independent from ward number 24, Sushil Kumar as independent from ward number 25, Baldev Raj and Santokh Kumar, both independents from ward number 30 and Ashwani Kumar from ward number 31 filed his nomination papers as an independent.

Similarly, Karnail Singh and Rockey Shankar filed their nomination papers as independents from ward number 33, Dinesh Jain and Amrik Singh as independents from ward number 34, Shiv Netar Sharma as independent from ward number 40, Jaspal Singh and Harjit Singh as independents and Gurdeep Singh Neetu filed his nomination papers on the BJP ticket from ward number 42 of the city.

Dr Rakesh Kumar filed his papers as an independent from ward number 43, while Usha filed her nomination papers from the JDU (Punjab) from ward number 44.

From ward number 48, Navreet Singh filed his nomination papers as the independent from ward number 50, Sunita Rani filed papers on the BJP ticket from ward number 51, Nisha Goel as independent, while Pawan Kumar Puri filed his nomination papers as an independent from ward number 56 of the city.

Ravi Kumar and Jaswant Singh filed their nomination papers as independent candidates from ward number 72, Ankush Kumar and Sheesh Pal as independents, while Vinay Kumar on the JDU ticket filed their papers from ward number 73. Hans Raj filed his nomination papers as an independent from ward number 75 of the city.



BJP issues second list of candidates
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has issued its second list of candidates today. This list contains names of nine leaders from ward numbers 24, 26, 27, 29, 34, 35 and 49.

From ward number 24, the party has allotted ticket to Rani, while Piari, mother of sitting BJP councillor Sarabjit Lal, has been allotted the ticket. Sarabjit Lal has recently joined the BJP after resigning from the Communist Party of India and he could not contest the elections because his ward is now reserved for women candidates.

Similarly, sitting BJP councillor Kiran Dawar did not get the party ticket from ward number 34, which was earlier reserved for women. But post-delimitation, this is now a general ward and that is why, the party allotted ticket to Satnam Ahuja.

Ravinder Arora will be contesting against senior Congress leader Hem Raj Aggarwal from ward number 27, while Renu Sharma, Sapna Verma and Iqbalajit Singh will be contesting the elections on the BJP ticket from ward numbers 29, 35 and 49, respectively.

The first list of 28 candidates was announced on Monday and after this second list, only two wards are left from where the BJP is to announce its candidates. Last time, out of total 75 wards, the BJP had contested from 37 wards, while its coalition partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) had contested on 38 seats.

Sitting councillor resigns

After being denied party ticket by the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), the party’s sitting councillor from ward number 34, Kiran Dawar, and her husband Subhash Dawar, who is district president of the BJP local bodies cell, have resigned from the party.

Subhash Dawar rued that that party has snatched away their right of contesting the elections. “Both me and Kiran worked wholeheartedly for the strengthening of the party in the city. But if this is what we got in the end, then it’s better to resign. Now, Kiran Dawar will be contesting the MC elections as an independent candidate,” said Subhash Dawar.

Kiran Dawar had won the 2007 MC elections as an independent candidate and had later joined the BJP along with her husband.



Youth feared drowned in canal
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 26
Only a few hours after a youth, Mandeep Singh of Hans Kalan village near Jagraon, ended his life by jumping into the Sirhind Feeder Canal near Akhara village on the Jagraon-Raikot road yesterday morning, another youth in his twenties jumped into the Sirhind Feeder Canal near Gurusar Sudhar last evening.

The police and his family members have been searching for the youth in the canal since yesterday, but their efforts have yielded no result so far and it is feared that the youth has drowned.

The youth has been identified as Ajay Kumar (25), a resident of Abuwal village near Gurusar Sudhar and was a photographer by profession. Ajay was reportedly facing economic losses, which is believed to be the main reason behind him taking this extreme step.

When the youth jumped into the canal, some passersby informed the police control room after which a police team from the Gurusar Sudhar police station arrived on the spot and started the search of the youth.

Rotash Kumar, elder brother of Ajay, said he had demanded Rs 100 from him for getting his mobile number recharged. But Rotash said he asked him to take the money in the evening. “Had I given him the money, he could not have jumped into the canal,” lamented Rotash before bursting into tears.

We have got the gates of the canal shut and the search operation is on, said hte ASI Jagjit Singh, who was leading the search operation.



From schools
Rally to save water

Ludhiana: Students of DAV, Pakhowal Road, marched a rally with a motive to spread awareness for the conservation of water here on Saturday. Over 325 students put effort to make people realise the importance and need of saving water.

Toppers felicitated

Young achievers of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, were awarded at the annual prize distribution function. Dr Neelam Gulati Sharma, Additional Director, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, was the chief guest on the occasion. More than 120 students were honoured on the occasion. Teachers were also awarded trophies for carrying out their duties. Principal, Paramjit Kaur, highlighting the achievements of the school and students in the various fields during session 2011-12, read the annual school report.

'World Environment Day'

World Environment Day was celebrated on the school premises. The students keenly participated and promoted the day by promising to save planet earth. Various activities like poster making, tree plantation, watering the plants and rally to safeguard our planet were undertaken. The students took a pledge to protect mother earth from further degradation after realising that they are not its sole inheritors.

Talent-hunt show

A talent hunt show was organised at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, for primary and senior Section here on Saturday. The function provided a platform to the students to showcase their talent through various activities like dance, singing, instrumental music, mimicry, mono acting , etc. 



Indians becoming obese: Doc
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
The lifestyle disease obesity is spreading fast in India and it has increased about 4,000 times in the country said Dr Laurent Layani, a bariatric surgeon from Australia, who has come to DMC and Hospital for attending a CME and operative workshop on bariatric surgery.

Dr Layani said, "About six years ago, I came to Delhi and came across about 500 obese patients who were in dire need of bariatric surgery. But now after the span of six years, I came across more than 4,500 obese patients in the same city. One can imagine the increasing rate of this disease." He said that as the incidence of obesity continues to increase at a rapid rate so does incidence of co-morbid conditions like heart diseases, mental disorders, diabetes and infertility in young population.



Chakar Boxing Academy win laurels
Trainees win 8 medals, including 3 gold in state-level championship

Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 26
The trainees of Shere-Punjab Sports Academy brought laurels for the village as well as Ludhiana district by clinching eight medals including three gold medals at a state-level boxing competition held at Jalandhar recently.

As per the information, as many as 10 girls trainees of the academy participated in the Sub-Junior Punjab State Boxing Championship for Girls and won eight medals including three gold. Harpreet Kaur won gold medal in 36 kg weight category while Mandeep Kaur and Sumanjit Kaur won gold medals in 40 kg and 46 kg weight categories, respectively.

Besides, Harpreet Kaur won silver medal in 42 kg weight category. Four other trainees of the academy won bronze medals in different weight categories.

The trainees, who won bronze medals, included Jaspreet Kaur in 34 kg weight category, Kamaljit Kaur in 44 kg weight category, Jaskiran Kaur in 50 kg weight category and Bulbul in 58 kg weight category.

While congratulating the trainees on this wonderful performance, president of Shere-Punjab Sports Academy principal Balwant Singh termed it as a great achievement for the academy being run without any government help in a rural area with the support of some NRIs.

The villagers gave these girls an arousing welcome when they returned back after participating in the championship. Later on, the organisers of the academy and village Panchayat felicitated these girls during a brief function held in the academy.

Earlier, too, the trainees of this academy had given outstanding performances in various state-level and national level championships.



Taekwondo body
Tug of war between ousted members, association
Future of 300 players hangs in the balance

Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
The future of nearly 300 Taekwondo players hangs in the balance following a tug of war between the Taekwondo association and officials ousted from it. In the latest incident, authorities of Arya Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, have declined to host the 3rd District Boys and Girls Open Taekwondo Championship scheduled for May 27 on the school premises.

According to Karan Singh Thakur, secretary general, Ludhiana District Taekwondo Association, the school authorities had initially agreed to host the championship on its premises. But they backed out after a few ousted office-bearers, who are facing criminal cases, threatened the school authorities. This infuriated them and they refused to play host.

Karan said it was not for the first time that these tainted ex-officio members had jeopardized the hosting of championship.

“Earlier, too, the championship was canceled after an ex-officio visited the Government College of Women and told the college authorities that the latter would have to face court cases if they hosted the tournament on their premises,” added Karan.

He said these ousted ex- officio members were ruining the lives of innocent players.

“They are hungry for power and aren’t bothered about players’ future. How will they participate in the national championship if the district-level championship could not be organised. But we are not going to surrender. We are looking for the new venue for hosting the championship,” Karan Thakur added.



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