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Snatchers target 60-year-old
Sustains head injury as motorcycle-borne youths drag her, take away bag containing Rs 40,000
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
A 60-year-old woman from the Green Field area in Model Gram sustained serious head injury after she was literally dragged by two snatchers on a motorcycle in the Kochar Market area today. The accused snatched her handbag containing Rs 40,000, a mobile phone and an ATM card.

The incident took place at around 3.30 pm, when the victim identified as Jaswinder Kaur was going on a scooter along with her daughter-in-law Sonia to buy some clothes for a wedding ceremony.

The motorcycle-borne youths came from behind and tried to snatch the bag. Jaswinder Kaur resisted and raised the alarm, but the youth riding pillion pulled her and dragged her along. The snatchers then fled with the bag. Sonia chased the snatchers, but in vain.

Jaswinder Kaur's head hit the road and she fell unconscious following heavy bleeding.

Aman Ahuja, a chemist, along with other residents came to her rescue and informed the police. She was rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.

Honey, the victim's son, said the loss could have been more. "My mother had purchased gold jewellery for the wedding, but before visiting the market she decided to keep it at home," he said.

Shoddy job by 108 emergency

Residents complained that despite repeated calls at the 108 emergency helpline, no ambulance arrived at the spot. An eyewitness said he repeatedly called the helpline, but got no response. The kin of the victim had to rush her to hospital. Her condition is said to be stable. Jatin Kumar, the local coordinator of the helpline, said he would look into the matter.

Tow-away drive abetting snatching?

The victim's son said the tow-away drive had led to a rise in snatching incidents. "My mother always travels by car, but today she preferred to go on scooter as the traffic police was enforcing tow-away drive on Mall Road. The incident could have been avoided if she had gone by car," he said.


Maid sedates family, flees with booty worth Rs 5 lakh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
The Sarabha Nagar police has nabbed a maid for stealing cash and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh by sedating the members of a house in BRS Nagar yesterday. The accused, identified as Asha, a resident of Jodhewal Basti, committed the theft a few hours after she was hired for work.

A police team nabbed her following a tip-off this evening. The majority of stolen articles have been recovered while raids are on to recover the remaining items.

It has come to light that Asha was a member of a huge gang of thieves, who in the garb of domestic help or maids, commit theft in houses of city residents.

SHO Manjinder Singh said: "We are investigating the matter and cannot divulge any details yet."

Narrating the theft incident, Arun Kumar, a resident of Block- C BRS Nagar, said he had placed an advertisement in a local vernacular daily for a maid. On July 12, Asha arrived at our house and requested for work. She was hired for the job and Arun left for work. After cleaning the house, she made tea laced with sedatives for the other members of the family. After consuming the tea, the victims fell unconscious.

Asha then broke open the almirah and fled with the booty.



Girl goes missing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
High drama prevailed at Gulchaman Gali in the old city area when the parents of a 12-year-old girl claimed that she had been abducted today. The victim identified as Surekha, daughter of Rajiv Kumar who runs a cloth printing unit, dropped her brother for tuition. In the evening, he returned to the house and told his mother that Surekha had returned home after leaving him.

The girl's mother panicked and informed her husband. He rushed to the house and started looking for her. Later, he lodged a complaint with the police.

Though the police has registered an abduction case, the investigating officer said the probe so far had not indicated that she had been abducted.



Trash bins carry non-functional helpline no.
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
Even as A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd has started a helpline number for residents, but garbage bins placed in various parts of the city still carry the old helpline number, which is not operational now.

When the company bagged the contract for solid waste management, it had started a helpline number 1800-1034-644, which was later changed to 1800-1200-117. But the garbage bins still carry the old number.

The helpline was started with a view to assisting residents in registering complaints regarding garbage lifting and other related issues. A retired district food and civil supplies officer, Didar Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, said the bins placed near his house carried the old number.

"A few days ago, I wanted to complain about some garbage related problem, but despite repeated attempts, the call did not get through. Later I came to know that the helpline number was not functional. But even the new helpline cannot be accessed from all mobile phones. If the company wants people to give their suggestions for the betterment of the city, it should ensure that a proper system is in place," he said.

Manoj Mishra, deputy general manager of the company, said the company was already in the process of getting the new helpline number painted on all bins.



Collision at Jagraon
SI succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
Another victim of the Jagraon bus-Jeep collision, 57-year-old Sub-Inspector Gurcharan Singh died at the DMCH today. Gurcharan had sustained several injuries on various parts of his body. Doctors at the Jagraon Civil Hospital had referred him to the DMCH yesterday and he was admitted to the neuro ICU.

Gurcharan hailed from Dabrikhana village in Faridkot district. He was posted at the Moga Police Lines and lived in Kotakpura.

Surjit Singh Garewal, Moga SSP, said it was unfortunate that Gurcharan Singh was no more. "We have lost our two very efficient officials. They met with accident while on duty, so according to rules, we will ensure that their families get all the benefits," he said.

The accident took place at 9 am near Gurdwara Begampura, 6 km from Jagraon on the Ludhiana-Ferozpur highway. A bus rammed into the police Jeep while trying to overtake another vehicle.



2 die as SUV hits cycle
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 14
A day after the horrific collision on the Ludhiana-Moga highway near here yesterday, two persons lost their lives when a speeding SUV (PB10 5686) collided head-on with their cycle late this evening. Both the accidents took place only a little distance away from each other.

Today's accident took place near Nawa Chooharchak village. According to sources, the SUV driver fled from the spot leaving behind the car. While one victim died on the spot, the other succumbed to his injuries at the Jagraon Civil Hospital. The deceased could not be identified till the filing of this report.

ASI Zora Singh from Ajitwal police station said the police had impounded the car and efforts were on to trace the driver.



MC notice to Neopolis on bylaws violation
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
The Municipal Corporation (MC) has issued a notice to MBD Neopolis, a mall-cum-multiplex, for building bylaws violation. The MC building branch has asked the mall authorities to remove the plastic barricades installed in the front portion of the mall and allow residents to park their vehicles there.

As per the original building plan of the mall, which it submitted at the time of construction, the front portion is shown as parking. But this area is now used for organising promotional activities and the basement is used for parking.

A city resident had complained to the MC regarding violations at the mall.

The notice reads: “We have come to know that you have placed plastic barricades in the front of the mall, which is a violation of building bylaws. We order that these barricades be removed within three days and no person should be stopped from parking their vehicles in the front portion of the mall. And if we find that any person is stopped from parking his vehicle in the front portion, we would take strict action against you and MBD Neopolis would be responsible for it.” ATP Surinder Bindra said they had given them three days' time for removing the barricades.

Mall mgmt denies misuse

We have not been using the place for any wrong/illegal purpose, but for the welfare and facilitation of our customers. We have sufficient parking. We have not blocked temporarily or permanently the front area as stated in the notice, but have placed traffic managers in the driveway to ensure smooth flow of incoming and outgoing traffic. Ours is a private venture and the right to admission is reserved, so we cannot allow anyone to park randomly.

— Spokesperson for MBD Neopolis



Terrible collision
Truck rams into vends at bus stand in Dehlon
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 14
A truck damaged at least four vends and two buildings, including one waiting shed, at the bus stand in Dehlon village when the driver of the truck lost control over the steering after colliding with a Bolero on Friday night.

Later, the police had to intervene to save the driver and his helper from an irate mob, consisting of owners of damaged vends and passers-by, which could have allegedly beaten the already injured duo to death.

Investigation revealed that the speeding truck, being driven by a Ram Sajjan of Bihar, coming from Ludhiana to Malerkotla side hit a Bolero near Chowk at Dehlon at around 10:20 pm and rammed into installations situated along the left side of the road. The collision was so powerful that RCC poles, anchored 3 feet deep in the earth, were dragged along with the truck for a long distance and all the installations were destroyed.

The owners and customers had to run from the spot to save their lives.

The police has booked the driver under sections 279 and 427 of IPC, but the he was yet to be arrested as he was admitted at a hospital.

Both the legs of the driver had already been crippled in a similar accident earlier; therefore, his license should have been cancelled long before.

Though driver and his helper Suresh Kumar were injured seriously in the incident, irate mob allegedly attacked them. Had cops led by Baljit Singh ASI and Mohammad Sadiq not pacified the mob the duo could have been allegedly beaten to death. All the three injured, including driver of the Bolero, were shifted to various hospitals.



Body identified
Woman jumped into Sidhwan Canal on July 9, body recovered three days later
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
It was 24-year-old Monica, a Class-IV employee at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School in Shastri Nagar, who allegedly committed suicide by jumping into Sidhwan Canal on July 9. Her body was retrieved from the canal on July 12. The deceased's relatives identified her badly mutilated body today.

She was living with her siblings at a plastic factory in Jawaddi area. It was on the evening of July 9 that Monica jumped into the canal from Jawaddi Bridge.

Commuters, who saw the girl dive into the canal, informed the police about the incident.

The SHO of the Sarabha Nagar police station had reached the spot and launched a search for the girl.

After a five-hour-long search operation, however, the the police failed to find the girl, and had to call-off the operation.

After nearly three days the police spotted the body in Barewal area. It was further substantiated that the dead body was of the same woman who had jumped from Jawaddi Bridge.

The police has initiated an inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC. The police said the reason behind Monica’s alleged suicide is still unknown.

"The reason behind the suicide is not known yet. However, the investigation is still going on,” said Sarabjit Singh, incharge of Bus Stand Police Station.

Canal claims another victim

Another man fell into Sidhwan Canal and is feared to have drowned. The man identified as Nirmal Singh from Moga was working as a cleaner with a truck driver. They were heading towards Guwahati. On reaching the Gill Bridge, the truck driver told Nirmal to immerse something into the canal. The victim slipped and fell into the canal while trying to immerse the material. Search is on to locate him



‘Broadway’ play in city
Tribune News Service

Lillete DubeyLudhiana, July 14
A play — August: Osage County — studded with noted theatre and television actors was staged at Guru Nanak Bhawan. Organised by Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam, the play had Lillete Dubey, Nita Vashisht, Suchitra Pillai, Sandhya Mridul, Amar Talwar, Kittu Gidwani, Aurita Ghosh, Meeta Vashisht and Namita Dubey sharing the stage.

This English play is the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has won seven Tony Awards. It also ran on Broadway and at the National Theatre in London and achieved a critical as well as popular success.

"It has completed 40 shows," said Lillete Dubey, renowned stage personality who brought the play to India and has staged it at various places including Delhi, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaipur.

This black comedy depicts the life of a Christian family based in Goa and explores various relationships that exist between the members — an alcoholic father, a pill-popping mother, a daughter carrying on a secret affair, and a newly divorced aunt who is trying to hide the fact that she and her husband have separated. The play has not been adapted, but only the setting of the play has been changed to Goa, so that Indian audiences can relate to the characters, Dubey said.



PAU condoles Guraya's demise

Ludhiana, July 14
The Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, has expressed condolences on the demise of the renowned zoologist, Dr SS Guraya, who retired as the Dean of College of Basic Sciences and Humanities at the PAU in 1990.

Dr Guraya, who passed away on July 8 in the USA, was a world renowned reproductive biologist, said Dr Dhillon.

Dr Guraya was a recipient of prestigious awards including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award and Basant Devi Award in recognition of his scientific contributions.

Dr Guraya remained connected with the PAU as Professor Emeritus. — TNS



Two drug peddlers held redhanded
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 14
Continuing with its drive against drug peddlers in the area, the Ludhiana (rural) police arrested two drug peddlers and seized rich haul of drugs in two separate incidents. In the first incident, the Sidhwan Bet police arrested one person and seized 90 kg of poppy husk from his possession while another accused accompanying him managed to escape from the scene.

The accused has been identified as Darshan Singh of Kannian village near Sidhwan Bet.

Giving the details of the incident, SHO Sidhwan Bet Jangjit Singh said a police party led by ASI Amarjit Singh, Gidarwindi police chowki incharge officer, was patrolling near Satluj river past late evening when it saw two persons standing beside three bags.

"On seeing the police party, both the accused tried to flee which made the police suspicious. The police party chased them and nabbed one of the accused while the other one managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness," said Jangjit Singh.

A case had been registered against the two accused and raids are being conducted to arrest the one who managed to escape, he said.

In a separate incident, the Raikot police arrested a youth from near Kalsian village today and seized huge amount of banned habit-forming drugs from his possession. The accused has been identified as Varinder Sharma, a resident of Barnala.

DSP Raikot Kehar Singh Khaira, said the accused drug peddler was arrested during a routine checking at a naka near Kalsian village.

On searching his bag, the police found 13 bottles of cough syrup, 800 capsules of parvon spas and 110 tablets of carrisoma, he said.



Two booked for duping people of Rs 45 lakh
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 14
The economic offence wing of Ludhiana (rural) police have booked two persons for duping several persons of around Rs 45 lakh on the pretext of getting their money doubled in one and a half years. The accused have been identified as Anil Kumar and Sunil Kumar.

The matter came to light when Nirmal Singh, a resident of Ghugrana village near Raikot, registered a complaint against the accused alleging that he had been duped of Rs 1 lakh by them. During the course of investigation, the police found that both the persons had duped several persons in the same way.

Giving the details of the case, Sub-Inspector Davinder Singh, incharge of economic offence wing Ludhiana (rural) police, said that both the accused had formed a fake company — Mayur Alliance Marketing Private Limited. The accused made fake promises to people that if they invested their money in the company, the amount would get doubled in one and a half years. When they had collected around Rs 45 lakh, they closed their office and vanished suddenly.

The police has registered a case against the accused and is trying to trace them, said Davinder Singh.



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