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Teacher beats up girl
 Admitted to hospital with back injuries; had recently undergone treatment for heart ailment
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, June 1
In a shocking incident, a government schoolteacher allegedly beat up a girl student, who recently underwent treatment for a heart ailment. Although the incident took place at Lal Kalan village on May 30, the matter came to light today when the girl was admitted to the local Civil Hospital with back injuries.

The student has been identified as 12-year-old Simran Kaur of Class V. A resident of Herian village, the girl was staying with her maternal grandparents at Lal Kalan village. She told mediapersons that she was mercilessly beaten up by the teacher in the classroom. She said hearing her cries, the other students also started weeping, but the teacher continued to beat her.

The fault of the girl was that she had performed badly in test papers. Members of the Sports and Social Welfare Society, an NGO, took the girl to hospital.

The society members said they would help the girl in her treatment and also help her family.

When the teacher concerned, Charanjit Singh, was contacted, he said: "I was angry as she got less marks in the exams."

Ranjt Singh, District Education Officer, Ludhiana, confirmed the incident and said the girl was beaten with a scale.

He said why the parents of the girl remained mum for two days was a mystery. He also said he had ordered the Block Education Officer to look into the matter. 


Factory worker gets stuck in escalator, dies
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 1
An 18-year-old youth died due to asphyxiation after an escalator meant to ferry building material on the top floor of a box factory got stuck in Deep Vihar near Bahadurke Road in the Salem Tabri area here today.

The victim has been identified as Dinesh Kumar, a migrant from Uttar Pradesh. The victim was working as a daily wage earner and used to stay at the box factory along with his uncle Madhu Sham.

Madhu Sham woke up this morning and found Dinesh missing. He thought Dinesh had left for work early. The incident came to light when workers reached the factory and found Dinesh stuck in the escalator. He was pulled out, but could not be saved. 



petrol price hike
Garments, dry cleaning to cost more now
 Cost of clothes to rise by 40-45 per cent, dry cleaning by 20 per cent
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
In the aftermath of the hike in petrol prices, garment manufacturers and dry cleaners are all set to increase the prices of their products and services. The increase in petrol prices will lead to a rise in the cost of garments by 40-45 per cent and dry cleaning services by 20 per cent.

Dry cleaners use mineral turpentine oil, which is a petroleum product, while yarn is a by-product of petroleum.

"The unprecedented increase in petrol prices is going to make yarn costlier by almost 25 per cent," said Vinod Thapar, chairman of Knitwear Club. In addition to this, increase in the cost of transportation and value additions are going to make readymade garments costlier by almost 40 per cent.

Subodh, who runs a dry cleaning shop at the Civil Lines, said high petroleum prices had sounded a death knell for the dry cleaning business since the mineral turpentine oil was a petroleum by-product.

The profit percentage of dry cleaners has gone down to 20-25 per cent, which earlier was around 75 per cent. With no option left, many dry cleaners are switching to other professions.

"The prices of petrol have increased and we have been left with no option but to pass on the burden to customers. An increase of 15-20 per cent is expected after the hike in petrol prices," he said.

"But customers are not ready to pay lofty prices for dry cleaning. Since the input cost has increased, we have no choice but to increase the prices," added another dry cleaner from Ghumar Mandi.

Gurbax Singh, a garment exporter, said with the increase in petrol prices, the prices of garments were bound to increase. "Increase in the cost of yarn will have an impact on the prices of garments. It will burn a hole in buyer's pockets," he said.



Man gets 10-yr for rape
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, June 1
Sessions Judge Gobinder Singh Matharoo has convicted Paramjit Singh, a resident of Haibowal Kalan, of rape. He was sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment and was told to pay Rs 5,000 as fine.

Observing that the prosecutrix had gone with the accused in a flat at Ludhiana and Malerkotla willingly, the court acquitted the accused of kidnapping charge.

"Going with the accused willingly and then being raped by him may seem contradictory. But the contradiction is not improbable," observed the Judge.

Commenting on the changing scenario in society, the Judge remarked that there were times when any woman seen in the company of a man, who was not her brother or father, was frowned at by society. But the time has changed. Now, seeing young women in the company of men who are not their relatives is not a big thing.

Some daring women also choose to go to far-off places with men. Today, agreeing to company is one thing and consenting to copulate another.

A woman may agree to accompany a man and may even agree to spend a night with him, yet she may not want to have sex with him. Hence, in the present case, the girl appears to accompany the accused and stands proved on the file that she did not gave consent to have sex with her, further observed the Judge.

A case under Sections 366 & 376 of IPC was registered against the accused following the statement of the victim.

The prosecutrix had stated that the accused's sister was her friend.

Pleading innocence, the accused said the father of the prosecutrix had taken a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh from him. When he asked him to return the money, he implicated him in a false case.

But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found the accused guilty and sentenced him to 10-year imprisonment.



5 kg opium seized at Machchiwara
Our Correspondent

Machchiwara, June 1
The Machchiwara police has claimed to have arrested a man and seized 5 kg of opium from his possession. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samrala Tejbir Singh and Station House Officer (SHO) Machchiwara Harjinder Singh said at a press conference that a police party nabbed the accused during a routine check here last night.

The police team was patrolling the main chowk area when it noticed the accused carrying a bag on his shoulder. When he was stopped, he tried to flee, but was overpowered by the police.

The police searched the bag of the accused and recovered 5 kg opium.

The accused has been identified as Krishan Lal, a resident of Madhya Pradesh.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

Police officials said it was the biggest-ever haul of opium in the Machchiwara area so far.

The accused was produced in court at Samrala and was sent to police remand for a day.



Close shave for passengers as bus overturns
Gurminder Singh Grewal/Mohit Khanna

Khanna, June 1
Passengers had a miraculous escape when the bus in which they were travelling overturned near Khanna, but four LPG cylinders that were in the bus did not explode. As many as 24 passengers were, however, injured in the accident. Three cylinders were filled and the fourth was being used to cook a meal during the journey. Fear gripped passengers who thought the cylinders would explode.

The accident took place at about 2 pm near Daheru village when the bus carrying pilgrims from Jharkhand was coming from Vaishno Devi and going to Hardwar. Some passersby reached the spot to help the injured. Several members of the City Welfare Club gave some eatables, first aid and even clothes to the injured. The administration also made arrangements for the passengers at Vishavkarma Bhawan where refreshment was provided to them.  Sharing his experience, one of the injured, Professor Nageshwar, said: "I am thankful to God for saving us. The bus was speeding and I suddenly noticed that the driver was sleeping. Before I could alert him, the bus overturned. I regained consciousness only when I found myself in hospital."

Muni Devi, another injured passenger, said the accident occurred due to the negligence of the driver.



Poll code delaying opening of bridge
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
The opening of the Gill Road Bridge located on the Sidhwan Canal Expressway project has been delayed further. PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon had on March 31 announced that this bridge would be opened to vehicular traffic by May 30. But, the project remains incomplete even after passing of this deadline.

However, the PWD officials maintained that the project got delayed due to the model code of conduct, which is enforced in view of the MC elections. The project is already running behind schedule. Now, the PWD minister has announced that the project would be completed by October this year.

The traffic police has placed boulders to divert traffic. This leads to traffic jam on the main Gill Road. Dhillon said the project was almost ready. “Only a layer of bitumen is to be laid on the bridge and it would soon be opened to vehicular traffic. Most probably, the bridge would be opened to traffic on June 11,” he claimed.

He had earlier claimed that he along with the PWD officials, contractor and other staff had visited the project site on March 31. “I have told the officials that by hook or by crook, I need the project to be completed by October at any cost. Besides this, we would be installing fountains and decorative lights in some parts and the area starting from Gill Road Bridge to the Ferozepur Road The girBridge would also be beautified. The bridge on Gill Road would also be opened for vehicular traffic by May 30,” Dhillon had stated. 



Filthy water floods streets
 Residents allege inaction by Municipal Council
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 1
The residents of Gandhi Nagar and Ajit Nagar localities situated on Raikot Road, Jagraon, have been forced to live in a highly unhygienic condition. The streets of both these localities are flooded with sewerage water due to chocked sewerage system that has turned the lives of the residents into a virtual hell.

A child on bicycle crosses a street flooded with filthy water at Anil Nagar in Jagraon
A child on bicycle crosses a street flooded with filthy water at Anil Nagar in Jagraon.

The residents said that the garbage scattered on the streets and the lack of cleanliness has been causing inconvenience to them. The unhygienic condition may cause various health hazards particularly during the summer and rainy seasons, said the residents. The officials of MC have paid no attention to the issue despite repeated requests by them.

“We have complained to the Municiapl Council authorities several times about the problem but we got nothing except empty promises,” Sham Sunder, a local resident.

“Sometime back, the MC installed a generator set to pull out the sewerage water from the streets. The plan worked initially and provided some temporary relief to us. However, things came back to square one when the generator stopped working,” said another resident Praveen Kumar.

“The MC should provide a boat to us if it cannot solve the problem of blocked sewerage,” said a local resident sarcastically.

Irked over the irresponsible attitude of the Municiapl Council officials, the residents had also held protests. But that, too, have failed to move the MC officials.

Municiapl Council President Baldev Krishan Dhir said the generator set installed has been repaired and it will start working in a couple of days. “We have also instructed the MC employees to clean the area on a regular basis. If any problem still persists, a suitable action will be taken,” added Dhir.

resident speaks
"Sometime back the Municipal Council installed a generator to pull out the sewerage water from the streets. The plan worked initially and provided some temporary relief to us. However, things came back to square one when the generator stopped working"  — Praveen Kumar, a resident 



Admission to BCom colleges on city periphery goes online
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Admission to BCom I of the Panjab University affiliated college falling in ‘urban conglomerate’ of Ludhiana city will take place via the centralised online counselling system from this year. Urban conglomerate are the peripheral areas located within 1-km boundary of a city.

Though last year also the admission to BCom I was done through online counselling but colleges falling in the periphery areas were not included. Mukesh Arora, senate member from Ludhiana, said last year admissions were conducted to BCom I under the centralised system for the colleges falling within the municipal limits.

"But this year colleges located in the peripheral areas are also included. There is only one college which falls within the specified limit of Ludhiana city ie. Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management and the admissions to this college will also be held online this year.

The online admission system for BCom was introduced two years ago and the main reason behind centralising the admission process for the city colleges was to ensure that the seats are allotted to the students on purely merit basis.

Prior to centralised system, it was alleged that most of the city colleges were denying admission to deserving candidates and offering seats to candidates who gave donations to the institutes. The students are first required to fill an online registration form and give preference to the colleges in the list. Based on their preferences and merit, the seats will be allotted. 



GADVASU felicitates winners

Ludhiana, June 1
The students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, performed very well in the All India Youth Festival held at National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana.

To appreciate their achievements a small but impressive function was organised by the vet varsity. Vice-chancellor Dr Vijay Kumar Taneja conferred certificates and trophies to the winners.

In the folk dance competition the team of Sumanpreet Kaur, Taranjot Kaur, Manpinder Kaur, Raman Vohra, Supreet Singh and Hony Goel won the second prize, whereas Kamaljeet and party bagged the second prize in group song. ––TNS



Road or parking lot?
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Garbage dumped along the Malhar Road at Ward No. 56 in Ludhiana.
Garbage dumped along the Malhar Road at Ward No. 56 in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
An ill-maintained park in the area
An ill-maintained park in the area.

Ludhiana, June 1
Major issues

Traffic congestion is one of the main problems in Sarabha Nagar.

n As there are no parking lots in the area, people park vehicles on streets.

n Garbage dumped near the entry point to Sarabha Nagar is one the main distractions.

n Water accumulation in Gurdev Nagar is a major problem here.

n Residents complain of overspeeding by youngsters on roads in Sarabha Nagar and cases of eve-teasing and snatching are also on the rise.

Major areas:
Sarabha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Punjab Agricultural University, Jagjit Nagar
Voters: 10,000
Population: 40,000

reSIDENTS speak
"Water accumulation in Gurdev Nagar is a major problem and efforts should be made to solve it" — Des Raj, a resident

"The I-block market of Sarabha Nagar has several encroachments and efforts should be made to find a solution to it" — Parminder Pal Singh, a resident 

"My emphasis was on maintenance of parks. We have also got a herbal park developed near MC Zone D office. Two new tubewells have been installed in Gurdev Nagar and Sarabha Nagar and in total, development projects worth Rs 8 crore were completed while other projects worth around Rs 5 crore work are in the pipeline. We plan to install new swings in all parks of the ward and speed breakers will also be installed in different parts" — Amrit Varsha Rampal, councillor



Ward No. 57 sans playgrounds 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Heaps of garbage welcome visitors to Ward No. 57 in Ludhiana
Heaps of garbage welcome visitors to Ward No. 57 in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
A view of shanties in the area
A view of shanties in the area.

Ludhiana, June 1
Major issues
Residents complain of water accumulation during rainy season.

n Garbage can be seen strewn all around.

n Parks are ill-maintained

n Sewerage remains choked.

n Open manholes add to woes. ay The area lacks playgrounds.

Major areas:
Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Agar Nagar B Block, Sunait village, Satguru Nagar, Inder Nagar and some parts of Housing Board Colonies.
Voters: 23,000
Population: 80,000

reSIDENTS speak
"The authorities have turned a blind eye to encroachments. Heaps of garbage near Orient Cinema are a nuisance. The community centre has turned into a marriage palace" — Col Jagdish Singh Brar, a resident

"Water gets accumulated on roads during rainy season. It becomes difficult for residents to even step out. The councillor should take some steps to resolve the problem" — Vicky Sood, a resident

"Being a low-lying area, I admit that residents face the problem of waterlogging. Storm sewer has been installed to solve the problem. All roads have been re-carpeted and tubewells have been installed. Fifteen new parks have been developed in the area. Park management committees have been formed" — Hari Singh Brar, councillor 



Roads in need of repair at Ward No. 58
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

A road that needs to be carpeted.
A road that needs to be carpeted.

Ludhiana, June 1
Major issues
Some of the roads are in a pitiable condition.

n Water accumulation is a major problem at Barewal village.

n Sewerage and water problems dot the ward.

n Areas around the Ferozepur Road lack parks and playgrounds.

n Stray dogs roam freely in the area.

Major areas:
Raghunath Enclave, Professor Colony, Sant Park , Madhuban Enclave , Parkash Colony, Sher-e-Punjab Colony, Indra Colony, Adarsh Nagar, Modi Enclave, Daya Singh Nagar, Rajori Garden , Raja Garden, Barewal and FathePur.
Voters: 17,000
Population: 35,000

reSIDENTS speak

An electricity pole in the middle of a road can lead to accidents at Ward No. 58 in Ludhiana
An electricity pole in the middle of a road can lead to accidents at Ward No. 58 in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma.

"Roads in New Rajori Garden need to be re-carpeted. A number of development projects are under way in the area, but nothing has been done in this direction so far" — Kartar Singh Brar, a resident

"There was a delay in laying of sewers. But after the completion of work, the officials concerned should have re-carpeted roads. The councillor has assured us of doing the needful" — Gaurv Vij, a resident

"The ward had a number of problems. There were no parks and streetlights. But now all those problems have been solved. About 95 per cent of work has been completed. Plantation drives are carried out frequently" — Paramjit Kaur Shiwalk, councillor



Ward No. 59 far better than other areas
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A view of the City Centre project at Ward No. 59 in Ludhiana.
A view of the City Centre project at Ward No. 59 in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 1
Ward No. 59 is far better as compared to other areas.
Major issues

n Most of the areas are well-maintained while there are a few that need to be developed.

n Residents want that the authorities should start the work pertaining to the City Centre project.

n Area along the railway lines should be cleaned up.

n Work on the stadium should be completed on a priority basis.

Major areas:
Bhagat Singh Nagar, Karnail Singh Nagar, Vishal Nagar, Jawaddi, Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, New BRS Nagar, Gobind Nagar, Sham Nagar and Vikas Nagar.
Voters: 16,000
Population: 40,000

reSIDENTS speak
"The councillor has initiated a number of projects in the area. Garbage is lifted on a regular basis from the area — Mintu, a resident

"There are no major issues in the ward. Problems are resolved quickly whenever any complaints are made to the councillor" — Arun, a resident

"An amount worth Rs 21 crore was spent on various development projects in the ward. All roads have been carpeted and parks have been spruced up. Sewers have been laid in Guru Amar Das Nagar, Sham Nagar and New BRS Nagar. A computer centre has come up at Vikas Nagar temple. Community centres have been opened at Karnail Singh Nagar and Parkash Nagar. I belong to the Shiromani Akali Dal. If re-elected, I will install ROs" — Tanvir Singh, councillor



encroachment in janakpuri
Vendors thrive, MC feels helpless 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
It seems that the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is helpless in controlling the menace of temporary encroachments in Janakpuri. A few ‘rehri’ owners, most of whom are vegetable vendors, operate by stationing these in the middle of the road. The municipal officials are aware of this menace, but it seems that they are either not bothered or are not interested in clearing the temporary encroachments.

The municipal corporation, in its reply to an RTI application by a local resident, confessed that they had not permitted any ‘rehri’ owner to sell their goods on the Janakpuri main road, but in reality things are different. Due to this menace, the area witnessing long traffic jams.

Pritpal Singh from People and Their Hopes, an NGO, in an application filed under the Right to Information Act had sought information from the corporation regarding ‘rehris’ operating from the middle of Janakpuri main road. He had also sought information regarding total tax collected from these ‘rehri’ owners by the corporation.

In its reply, the municipal officials stated that no ‘rehri’ owner had been given permission to operate from middle of the Janakpuri main road; neither do they collect any tax from them.

Gurcharan Singh, a resident of the area, said, “Due to such callous attitude of the corporation, those residing in the area have been suffering from frequent traffic jams and congestions. If the municipal corporation has not permitted any ‘rehri’ owner to operate from this area, then why don’t they clear the encroachments permanently? I must say that it’s a sad state of affairs in the corporation,” Gurcharan Singh said.

Pargat Singh, Superintendent, Tehbazari (Zone B), seemed to have no reply to this query. When probed further, all he said, “Whenever we go for our anti-encroachment drive, we confiscate ‘rehris’ and the owners are even fined. For a ‘rehri’ which is without a roof, we issue fine of Rs 800 while for a ‘rehri’ with roof, fine is Rs 1,500. We can confiscate the ‘rehris’, fine the owners and issue them strict warning. This is all we can do,” said Pargat Singh.

But when asked that what if the ‘rehri’ owner starts operating from the same place again, Pargat Singh said: “We repeat the process again.”

But this is not a permanent solution to this and maybe because of callous attitude of the municipal officials, the city is not able to get rid of this menace.



State BJP chief warns dissidents 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
President of the state unit of the BJP Ashwani Sharma has expelled a dissident BJP candidate Jasveer Singh Jassa, who is adamant that he would contest election from ward number 40 against BJP candidate Devi Sahay Tandon, from the party for six years.

Bansal said: “Ashwani Sharma has warned other dissidents, who have filed nominations against BJP candidates, to withdraw their nominations in favour of these candidates by June 2 and campaign for them. In case they don’t obey to it, disciplinary action would be taken against them and they, too, may be expelled from the party for six years.”

On the other hand, District Congress Urban Committee President Pawan Dewan today campaigned in the favour of Congress candidates Raji Bhaseen, Vajinder Sehgal, Jasbeer Kaur Khinda, Avtar Kaur and Rupinder Singh Sheela from Ward Number 2,3,5,6 and 60, respectively. He also inaugurated the election office of these candidates. 



Farewell party

Ludhiana, June 1
An annual prize distribution function and farewell party was organised at Doraha College of Education.

The chief guest was Prof Nandita, chairperson of department of education, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The guest of honour was Dr SS Sanga, dean faculty of eucation, Panjab University Chandigarh. Dr Sandeep Sawhney, Principal of Doraha College of Education, congratulated all the BEd students.

Ramandeep Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur were adjudged best in academics for the session 2011-12. ––TNS



School Notes

Happy moments

It was a unique and an exciting experience for the tiny tots of Vajra Army School who participated in the fun party rightfully christened as "Happy moments". The zeal and enthusiasm of the kindergarten students knew no bounds. The place was decorated with balloons, kites and modelled butterflies. Dressed in vibrant colours, the students gave out their best in poem recitation and music-cum-dance event. The activity was the brainchild of the nursery teachers who wanted the tiny tots to start their summer break on a festive note.

KVM organises workshop

The students of primary section of KVM had fun during the last week of May. The school authorities organised different workshops on public speaking, creative writing, dance, art and craft, quiz, music, cooking without fire, calligraphy and meditation. The students had chosen the workshop according to the area of their interest. The public speaking workshop helped the students to become confident. They learnt tips for telephonic conversation as well. The creative writing workshop has enabled the students to write well on any given topic.

Summer camp

The summer camp of Ryan International School, Dugri, gave a wonderful platform to its students to explore their overall potential. The 11-day summer camp added a new chapter to the school’s creative. The day was accentuated by the elegance and splendour of creativity and talent. The ambiance was alive and kicking.

Sports camp

A sports-based summer camp is being held at Alpine International School with more than 100 students participating in it. Sports like cricket, handball, volley ball, kho-kho, chess, carom, gymnastics etc are being played by the students. National level players are coaching the students for state level competitions. Students from all over the districts rae taking part in the camp.

Adventure camp

Kundan Vidya Mandir, in association with Educational Tours, organised an adventure camp at Kufri. There were two camps, one for the middle section and the other for the higher section. The camp for the middle section was from May 25 to 28. The camp for the higher section was from May 28 to 31. In both the groups there were 131 students and 11 teachers. It was a great learning experience for the students. During the camp, the students enjoyed adventurous activities like river crossing, rock climbing, rappelling, valley crossing etc. All the activities were carried out under the supervision of highly qualified professionals.

Summer course

The Ryan International Group has been instrumental in encouraging students to innovate on a web portal known as ICEPLEX. Two students, Shivam Kwatra and Shivesh Malhotra, from Ryan International School, Ludhiana, have successfully completed BBN 2012-Summer Course specially designed for school students by ICEPLEX. The students were imparted formal training on TV news presentation and production course, entitled BBN or Beyond Breaking News. The students underwent the hands on training in fully equipped studios at Malad (west) and Chembur in Mumbai.

World environment day

Students of Jesus Sacred Heart School observed world environment day here today. The Eco Club has organised a pamphlet making activity so as to encourage children to adopt environment saving measures.


Workshop ended with full zeal by the students of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Ludhiana. The purpose of the workshop was to engage students in some productive work during the holidays. At least 100 students participated in the summer workshop. The students enjoyed while learning new things throughout the camp. The students learnt to make paper bags, glass painting, carpet embroidery, T-shirt painting, calligraphy and etc. ––TNS



Gang of yarn thieves in police custody

Ludhiana, June 1
The CIA-II police has claimed to have busted a gang of yarn thieves that had created panic among hosiery traders with its repeated strikes, with the arrest of six persons.

The accused have been identified as Arvinder Kumar, Salil Kumar, Akhilesh Kumar, Misri Lal and Raj Bahadur.

The police has also nabbed an agent, Mohd Wasim, who would sell the stolen yarn in Muradabad. However, three accused -- Bablu, Mohsin and Gurpreet -- managed to give the police the slip. Bablu was a part of the gang while Mohsin was operating as an agent in Muradabad and Gurpreet would ferry stolen goods in his truck.

The police also recovered a .32 countrymade pistol and sharpedged weapons from the possession of the accused, besides yarn worth Rs 3 lakh. — TNS



Gang of robbers busted
 Three held; stolen bike, cash recovered
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 1
The local police has busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of three of its members. Those arrested have been identified as Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, all residents of Samalsar village near Baghapurana. The police has also recovered Rs 24,000 cash and a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (PB 65 A 8115) from their possession.

Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar said today that the members of this gang were also involved in snatching Rs 40,000 from the worker of the brick kiln located on the outskirts sometime ago.

The DSP stated that the three accused were arrested by a team led by SHO of the Sadar police station SHO Rachpal Singh following a tip off yesterday evening. Another member of the gang identified as Balbir Singh is already behind bars, the DSP added.

He claimed that during initial investigation, the accused confessed having committed robberies in the area for the past several years. The police has registered a case against all the three accused at the Sadar police station.

The accused were produced before a local court, which remanded them in the police custody for two days. 



Pickpockets arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Two pickpockets were nabbed by residents during a chabeel at Gill road today. This incident took place today afternoon when the duo mingled in the crowd and started stealing money from the pockets of those who stopped to drink sweetened water.

One of the residents, who was offering chabeel, caught the pickpocket red handed.

The duo, who appeared to be drug addicts, was thrashed by bystanders.

They were handed over to the Shimlapuri police.

Sources said Rs 26,000 was recovered from the possession of the youths.

According to SHO Balwinder Singh, the youths were not in position to reveal their names yet.



Inter-district cricket: Karan thwarts Ludhiana’s success
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 1
A resolute Karan Goel of Chandigarh thwarted Ludhiana’s every move to gain an upper hand as he carried his bat on the penultimate day of the four-day match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-22) being played at Punjab Agricultural University today.

In reply to Ludhiana’s first innings total of 442 runs that consumed 132.3 overs, Chandigarh resumed third day’s proceedings at 128 for two. Last evening’s unbeaten batsmen, Karan Goel and Naveen Dhiman started playing cautiously.

However, Ludhiana gave them a blow immediately when Naveen lost his wicket after adding just one run to his overnight individual score of 22 runs.

Karan appeared to be the stumbling block for Ludhiana and denied the hosts major success. He was still at the crease with 124 runs against his name as Chandigarh finished third day at 347 for six in 154 overs.

Karan and Abhilash (58) shared 102-run partnership for the seventh wicket. The visitors still require 95 runs to overhaul Ludhiana’s first innings score with just four wickets in hand.

Brief score:

Ludhiana (first innings)- 442 all out in 132.3 overs (Sunny Pandey 26, Nikhil Chowdhary 95, Geetansh Khera 15, Davinder Sidhu 112, Gurinder Hara 64, Sandeep Singh 62 and Sukhjinder Singh 20 n.o; Rattan Singh 2 for 110, Gurvinder 4 for 100 and Abhilash 1 for 92).

Chandigarh (first innings)- 347 for 6 in 154 overs (Simranpreet Singh 29, Karan Goel 124 n.o, Naveen Dhiman 23, Abhilash 58, Gaurav Puri 43; Amritpal Singh 2 for 40, Himanshu 2 for 86 and Sukhjinder Singh 1 for 80).



hockey festival
Guru Nanak Club, Jarkhar Seniors in Prithipal memorial hockey semifinal
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 1
The Guru Nanak Club of Ludhiana and Jarkhar Seniors wrapped up their last league encounters to join the Friends Club of Doraha and the Grewal Club of Kila Raipur in the semifinal in the senior section in the Prithipal Singh Memorial Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival being held at Mata Surjit Kaur AstroTurf Stadium at Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road.

This hockey festival is being jointly organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, and the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association in the memory of hockey star and Padmashree awardee, Prithipal Singh.

In the first match, played last evening under the floodlights, Jarkhar Seniors proved too good for Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dholan (Jagraon) whom they edged out easily 7-3.

Gursatinder Singh, captain, Jarkhar Seniors, pumped in three goals while Raj Masih, Maninder Singh Happy, Gagandeep Singh and Harminder Singh Neeta contributed one goal each to complete the tally for the winning side.

For the losers, Kulwinder Singh struck twice and Gurpreet Singh sounded the board once to reduce the margin.

The last league fixture between the Guru Nanak Club of Ludhiana and the Grewal Club of Kila Raipur turned out to be keenly contested affair in which the former came out triumphant 9-6. However, despite this loss, the Grewal Club had already qualified for the last four stages.

For the winners, Daljeet Singh scored three goals while Harminder Pal and Philla accounted for two goals each. Sukhwinder Singh and Ravinder Singh chipped in with one goal each to complete the rout.

The main contributors for the Grewal Club were Narinder Singh Nona, who scored two goals while Jasbir Singh Jassi, Kuljeet Singh and Jagjeet Singh added one goal each to help their side to salvage some pride.



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