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Snatching that never was
Employee of a stock broker concocted the story
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 18
The police has arrested a person for allegedly cooking up a story about snatching. The accused has been identified as Rahul, an employee of a stock broker. He concocted a story that two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a bag containing Rs 18 lakh from him at Feroze Gandhi Market on Monday.

The police said Rahul, a resident of Samrala Chowk, had hatched a conspiracy along with his friends, identified as Davinder Pal Singh, a resident of Guru Arjun Dev Nagar, and Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Pakhowal village.

Accused Gurpreet Singh and Davinder Pal Singh
Accused Gurpreet Singh and Davinder Pal Singh

From the very beginning, the police was suspecting his involvement behind the incident.

Rahul's role came under scanner as he was giving varied statements. Earlier, Rahul maintained that the bag contained Rs 8 lakh, but later during the day, the investigating agency was shocked to know that the bag contained Rs 18 lakh, the polcie said.

The police questioned Rahul about the incident. He soon broke down and confessed that he had hatched the snatching conspiracy. Rahul was working for a share broker, RK Verma, for past three years.

He told the police that he won the trust of Verma and hatched the conspiracy. For the past four months, he was looking for an opportunity when he would get the chance to deposit huge amount in the bank.

Rahul got a chance on Monday and before leaving the office, he informed his accomplices. When Rahul reached near the bank, his accomplices snatched the bag and fled. Rahul pretended to give them a chase and deliberately injured himself in the process.

Sukhwinder, who was accompanying Rahul at the time of the incident, was found as he was unaware of the conspiracy. "We have arrested Rahul and other accused will be arrested soon. We have made the photographs of the accused public and announced a reward of Rs 10,000 to a person who would provide the information about them," said CIA in charge GS Bains. 


Fake Marriage Racket
Main accused taken into custody
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, September 18
High drama was witnessed at the Sadar police station when Bhupinder Kaur, alias Bhinder Kaur, who along with her accomplices allegedly duped residents of over Rs 2 crore on the pretext of fixing their marriage with NRI boys and girls, was taken into custody for investigations.

The gang of touts involved in fixing marriages of NRIs with Punjabis was busted in March by Assistant commissioner of Police (ACP) Swapan Sharma. Four persons were arrested, Bhinder Kaur, a resident of Ahmedgarh, managed to escape.

Bhinder Kaur, who allegedly enjoys the patronage of a senior police official currently posted in Chandigarh, was taken to the Sadar police station this morning.

Soon after she was taken into custody, hectic activity was witnessed at the police station. The police officials, however, remained tight-lipped.

Balwinder Singh, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in the Punjab Police said Bhinder Kaur was the main accused of fake marriage racket, but police was sheltering her. Balwinder, who is facing corruption charges, said he was targeted as he was conducting the investigations in a free and fair manner.

“Bhinder Kaur wanted that her name should be dropped from the FIR, but I expressed my inability. Then the police officer, who was sheltering Bhinder Kaur, threatened me of dire consequences if I don’t drop her name from the FIR. Little did I know that they were hatching a conspiracy against me," said the ASI.

Balwinder said Bhinder Kaur came to his house with Rs 50,000. “She kept the money on the table saying she wants to strike a compromise with the complaint. I refused to accept the money. However, a team of vigilance sleuths came and arrested me," said Balwinder Singh.

When contacted the station house officer (SHO), Sadar, said: “Bhinder Kaur was taken to the police station. She has not been arrested. It will not be appropriate to divulge details as it could hamper investigations." 

Money charged from residents

Gurnam Singh of Gurre village married on August 28, 2008, spent Rs 28 lakh on sham marriage

Jagroop Singh of Bodhe Badni village in Moga married  on April 14, 2008, spent Rs 42 lakh

Gurwinder Singh of Tussa village near Mullanpur married on May 5, 2008, spent Rs 31 lakh

Sukhraj Singh of Kaind village near Gill married on September 9, 2008, paid Rs 28 lakh to gang members

Rajwinder Kaur of Sujapur village married on October 23, 2010, paid Rs 20 lakh

Amandeep Kaur of Bardeke village married on May 7, 2007, paid Rs 25 lakh and 21 tolas of gold ornaments

Maninder Kaur of Ceelo Anni village near Moga spent  Rs 33 lakh

Total embezzlement Rs 2.3 core, besides cash  and jewellery 



Gang used to charge lakhs per marriage
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
Bhinder Kaur of Mandi Ahmedgarh is the kingpin of the sham marriage gang. The gang has over 20 members.
It has come to light that the gang used to make around Rs 40 lakh per marriage. Out of this, the gang members used to offer Rs 10 lakh to drug addict NRI boys and girls for sham marriages.

The agents, identified as Sukhwinder Singh and Robin, alias Rob, both living in Canada, operate as conduits for Bhinder Kaur and her accomplice Karamjit Kaur Kammo, who is currently in jail. It is learnt that a majority of such youngsters, who took to sham marriages, are out of job and are living separately from their families.

Kammo and Kulwant, members of the gang, had earlier confessed to have offered money to Davinder Kaur Mann of Surrey (Canada) who got married to Parminder Singh of Gill village. After spending a few days with Parminder, Davinder Kaur Mann went back to Canada duping the family for Rs 34 lakh. During investigations, it was found that Davinder Kaur Mann came in contact with the gang as she needed money to buy drugs, said the police.

Similar was the story of Amanpal of Brampton (Canada) who allegedly died in a restaurant in Mullapur on January 24 this year.

The gang member stuffed the body of Amanpal in a suitcase and threw it from the Sirhind feeder canal in Sudhar.

It has been eight months, but the body of Amanpal could not be recovered, the police added. 



Construction cost shoots up as sand price skyrockets
Residents put projects on hold, wait for price to stabilise
Shivani Bhakoo and Mahesh Sharma
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
With sand prices skyrocketing, those planning to construct or renovate their houses are in deep trouble as the construction cost has suddenly shot up.
The sand, which was available at Rs 12-13 per foot some 10 days ago, is now being sold at Rs 20 per foot. People are reluctant to start construction activity hoping the sand price may fall in the coming days.

Talking to The Tribune, Jagroop Singh, a marriage palace owner in Dehlon, said he had to construct another part of the marriage palace, but due to the escalated sand price, he had planned to postpone the project. “Getting sand at Rs 20 per foot and even more is not justified. The project becomes too expensive. I will wait till the price falls,” he added.

Ever since the High Court has put a ban on sand mining, the illegal activity has come to a halt in this part of the region. A landlord, wishing not to be quoted, said earlier landlords used to sell sand procured from their fields, but now even that was not allowed. "Besides, due to rain, the quarries are flooded with water. The sand price is bound to increase in such circumstances,” he said.

A builder from Kanganwal, Nirmal Singh Chahal, said due to increase in sand price, the construction cost has shot up and the projects are not viable anymore. "The project will be out of our budget if we continue with the construction. Besides, the buyers to whom the buildings are to be handed over raise hue and cry because of the delay,” said Chahal.

Meanwhile, those dealing in sand feel that in the days to come, the government had planned to auction the sand quarries after which the prices would come down. Varinder Kumar, who deals in sand, said after the auction of sand quarries on September 25, prices will stabilise. 



Road rage turns ugly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
Road rage took an ugly turn when a stone hurled during a scuffle smashed a window glass of a gurdwara at Phase VIII in Focal Point today.
The incident took place this evening when Gurvinder Singh and Balkar Singh, who were on their way to the gurdwara, met with an accident. The duo, who were on a motorcycle, had gone to meet one Mahinder Singh. As they reached the gurdwara, their motorcycle hit another bike.

Rajinder Singh, who was riding the bike, entered into an argument with Gurvinder Singh and Balkar Singh.

Following which Rajinder's friend joined him and both the groups started abusing each other.

They even pelted stones at each other.

Amid the melee, a stone smashed the window glass of the gurdwara.

Soon the police reached the spot and arrested both the groups.

"Situation is under control. A probe is on and those, who will create ruckus on roads, will be dealt with sternly," said ADCP-II Bhupinder.

The incident triggered panic in the area. Rumour-mongers had a field filed day as they were trying to project it as a communal riot.



Three contract killers held
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, September 18
With the arrest of three persons, the city police claimed to have solved the mystery behind Ravi's death, who was found murdered in Jodhawal Basti on March 22 last year.

The police claimed that the youth, who was found dead at New Subash Nagar in Jodhawal Basti under mysterious circumstances, was murdered by contract killers.

The police has arrested Mohd Ahzar, Mohd Sadiq and Mohd Nazir, suspected nabbed contract killers, who are residents of Bihar.

The police alleged they were involved in killing six persons in the city and its vicinity. Except, Ravi all the other victims were migrants.

The accused who used to operate from Jodhewal Basti, came in contact with Ishwar, who was arrested in this case. Ishwar confessed that Ravi was in love with Sapna, but she dumped him. Sapna fell in love with Ishwar, but Ravi began stalking her. Ishwar said he was annoyed at Ravi's habit of stalking Sapna. Ishwar then hired contract killers for Rs 10,000, the police said.

The accused stated that they killed Ravi by offering liquor and food laced with poison.

Besides, killing six persons, the accused were also involved in stealing vehicles. The police said the accused had stolen 32 motorcycles. The police is interrogating them and trying to find out how they used to transport the vehicles to Bihar. 



PAU notes
2-day Kisan Mela to focus on improving soil health
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
Preparations are on full swing for the forthcoming on-campus Kisan Mela on September 21 and 22 at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, will preside over the farmers' fair, based on the theme "Pawan Guru Pani Pita, Mata Dharat Mahatt (save air, water and soil for posterity)".

The fair aims at equipping the farmers with information about new varieties of various crops as well as their production and protection technologies, improved farm implements, subsidiary agricultural occupations and home science technologies.

Dr Dhillon said the farm experts would focus on technologies and inputs that improve soil health, enhance farm productivity and minimise the loss of precious natural resources. The VC said the farm women and rural youth would also benefit from the mela activities that would touch upon various aspects of agriculture and allied occupations.

Director of Research Dr SS Gosal said the PAU had evolved and recommended 707 improved varieties and hybrids of different crops, which had been well received by the farmers. The production and protection technologies were generated with a focus on increased profitability and productivity, sustainable use of natural resources, minimising environmental risks and appropriate provision of support services such as market intelligence, he said.

The Director of Extension Education, Dr MS Gill, said the PAU had a strong network of technology transfer programmes and the most important activity in this regard was the Kisan Mela. The farm technologies developed by the university experts would be demonstrated in form of exhibition, live sample display and field demonstrations, he said. The farmers would also be able to procure quality seeds of different crops during the mela, he said.

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Minister of Punjab Public Works Department (PWD), will be the chief guest, while Gurbachan Singh Babehali, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Agriculture) of Punjab, will be the guest of honour on the occasion. 



Government-aided school teachers
6 months without pay
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
Staff members of nearly 50 government-aided schools in the district have not received their salaries since February this year, due to an objection raised by the state government on the estimate prepared by the District Education Office.

The objection led to a fresh survey being conducted by the education office that has led to the six-month delay.

Davinder Kumar, a teacher at Nauhria Mal Jain Model Senior Secondary School, said the staff had not received their salaries regularly for the last three financial years. “We usually get salaries on a quarterly basis, i.e. every three months," he said. "It is a sad state of affairs.”

Another teacher of a government-aided school rued that due to such a long delay in getting the salary, he was under a heavy debt. “Our home budget has been affected. Even for purchasing grocery, I have to borrow money from my friends and family members. If the state government does not release our salaries, I don’t know how we will be able to lead a respectable life?” he said.

An order issued by the Governor of Punjab had authorised the Director Public Instruction (Secondary Education) to issue grants in case estimates for the next financial year at the level of school management got delayed. The order stated: “The Director Public Instruction (Secondary Education) is authorised to issue grants for the next financial year with a 10 per cent increase in the previous financial year’s estimates.”

If these instructions were not adhered to, there was also a provision for penal action being initiated against the officials concerned.

Instead of following these directions, however, the DEO (Secondary) office spent time in preparing fresh estimates, leading to the long delay in giving salaries to the staff members.

Paramjit Kaur Chahal, District Education Officer (Secondary), Ludhiana, said the file pertaining to the fresh survey had been sent to the state government three days back. “We have sent the file, and now it’s up to the state government to release the funds,” she said.

Hussan Lal, Secretary Education, Punjab, however, claimed that he had no information on the matter. “If there is any such issue, I will certainly look into it and will make sure that salaries are disbursed at the earliest,” he said.

Ludhiana district has a total of 48 government-aided schools. In these schools, 95 percent of the grant is provided by the state government. The remaining five per cent is contributed by the management committee of the school.



mayoral poll
Parties eyeing Independents' support
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
A group of Independent councillors led by Daljit Singh Grewal, which claims to have the support of 12 Independents, is mulling over moving the court seeking secret ballot.

But Daljit Singh Grewal is in no mood to “confirm” any such development. If Grewal manages to get an order in his favour, the Congress, having 22 members (19 councillors and three MLAs) in the MC house, will support their candidature.

With the Mayoral elections nearing, the parties are leaving no stone unturned as far as garnering the support of 17 Independent councillors is concerned. It is learnt that these parties are in constant touch with them.

Out of the 17 Independents, two have already joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and the remaining 15 are in touch with the parties. The political parties are claiming to have “whole-hearted support” of the Independents.

In case of secret ballot, the Independents are hopeful that a section of Akali councillors may vote for them instead of the official party nominees.

The Akali Dal in the city is divided into different groups and each group is lobbying hard for their candidates and in case of election through secret voting, the Akali Dal may face cross-voting by a group of councillors.

In 2002, Congress councillor Nahar Singh Gill was elected the Mayor through secret ballot. At that time, an Independent councillor, KL Chhabra, with the help of SAD-BJP councillors had “almost” managed to become the Mayor, but Nahar registered victory with only a few votes.

Grewal was expelled from the party when he announced to contest the recently held Vidhan Sabha elections as an Independent from the Ludhiana East constituency, but lost to Ranjit Singh Dhillon of the Akali Dal. During Vidhan Sabha elections, Grewal’s candidature was supported by the Bains brothers, MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, who had also contested those elections as Independents. As Bains brothers rejoined the Akali Dal after Vidhan Sabha elections, Daljit Singh Grewal could not manage it because MLA Dhillon opposed the proposed move. He now contested the recently held MC elections as an Independent and won. Among other Mayoral aspirants from the Akali Dal, both Pal Singh Grewal and Hakam Singh Giaspura are confidants of Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and enjoy good relations with former Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria as well, who is the arch rival of Bains brothers.

Kamaljit Singh Karwal is close to Bains brothers. Paramjit Kaur Shivalik, the wife of two-time MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik, is close to the CM as well as the Deputy CM.

Jagbir Singh Sokhi was once a close aide of Bains brothers, but he parted ways with them during the SGPC elections held last year. At present, he enjoys a good equation with Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.

With two days left for the elections, it will be interesting to see who manages to become the first citizen of the industrial city.




Civic body Commissioner told to mark inquiry
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
After a resident highlighted anomalies in the construction of roads in the city, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken prima facie cognisance of the matter and has directed the MC Commissioner to get the matter inquired and submit a report before December 31.

A number of roads have caved-in in the city.

The Ludhiana municipal corporation has not taken any action against the contractors concerned and has not even ordered any inquiry into the matter.

Most of these roads were constructed just days before the municipal corporation elections were held on June 10. These were constructed in a hush-hush manner.

A city resident, Varinder Singh, had approached the Punjab State Human Rights Commission alleging the use of substandard material in the construction of roads by the Ludhiana municipal corporation.

The PSHRC order issued on July 25 read as, "On consideration of the allegations, the commission prima facie takes cognisance of the matter under Section 17 (i) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, and calls for the report of the Commissioner, municipal corporation, Ludhiana, who will get the matter inquired into through a senior officer and submit the report positively before the next date of hearing. A copy of this order along with the copy of complaint be sent to Director, Local Government, Punjab and Commissioner, municipal corporation, Ludhiana, for compliance." 



Auction of sand mining groups on September 25
Tribune News Service,

Ludhiana, September 18
The auction of three groups of sand mining at Parjia Biharipur village will be held through e-Auction on September 25.
Giving details about the auction, district mining officer Mahesh Khanna said the auction would be conducted by the industries and commerce department, Punjab.

Those interested can submit their bids through the state government's official website etender.punjabgovt.gov.in on September 25 between 9 am and 12 pm.

Khanna said training in e-Auction was imparted to more than 50 contractors here today.

He added that bidders could contact on 95572-09340, 80546-28821 and 0172-3963764 to get information.

Khanna stated that for the auctions, the applications had already been taken and the bidders had been given the user IDs.

Khanna asked the bidders to contact immediately on the given phone numbers or the office staff if they did not get the IDs by the department. 



College notes
300 students donate blood

The National Service Scheme unit of the RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a blood donation camp under “Mega Blood Donation Drive - A Guinness World Records Attempt” in association with Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad on Tuesday. More than 300 students and faculty members from various institutes of the RIMT Group donated blood on the occasion. The camp was inaugurated by RIMT Group chairman Dr. Hukam Chand Bansal. He was impressed by the spirit of devotion with which the students donated their blood. The team of doctors explained the various precautions required to be taken during blood donation.

Gobindgarh Public College

Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, organised a blood donation camp in association with Akhil Bharitiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad on Tuesday. More than 100 students donated blood on the occasion. The camp was conducted by Dr Ramandeep Cheema of Shree Devi Talab Mandir Charitable Hospital, Jalandhar. Doctors encouraged the students to donate blood voluntarily to save lives.

Installation ceremony

The installation ceremony for the newly elected executive committee members of the women forum and students legal literacy club was held at the Government College for Women on Tuesday. Suchika and Shruti were installed as the new presidents of the women forum and the legal literacy club respectively.

Student council members appointed

Doraha: An investiture ceremony of the student council as well as executive members of the NSS and Rotaract Club was organised at Doraha College of Education. 



Ludhiana scan
Protest against limit on LPG

Members of a political outfit immerse an LPG cylinder into the Sidhwan Canal in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Members of a political outfit immerse an LPG cylinder into the Sidhwan Canal in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Protesting against the Central Government's decision to restrict the annual supply of subsidised LPG cylinders to six per household, Shiv Sena Hindustan immersed a cylinder into the Sidhwan Canal on the Ferozpur Road as a sign of protest on Tuesday. The office-bearers said the diesel price hike was another jolt to the common man. They called these decisions "anti-people" policy of the government.

City claims 24 printing awards

Ludhiana has bagged 24 awards in the 7th National Awards -- Karigiri for Excellence in Printing (NAEP 2012) recently held at New Delhi. Printing units from the city brought laurels by bagging seven gold medals, nine silver medals and eight bronze awards. A total of 1,638 entries were received in different categories including brochures and catalogues, book printing, posters, calendars, newspapers, diaries, packaging material and digital printing. Dr Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Power was the chief guest on the occasion.

Punjabi critic’s death mourned

Former board member of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi Dr Balkar Singh was remembered by the members and office-bearers of the academy. Dr Balkar Singh was a professor of Punjabi and a renowned critic. The officiating president of the academy Dr Anup Singh said that Dr Balkar Singh's demise was a loss to Punjabi literature. The members said Dr Singh had played a vital role in taking Punjabi culture to greater heights, and his demise was an irreparable loss.

Telecom workers stage protest

A joint forum of BSNL executives’ and non-executives’ unions and associations held a lunch hour demonstration in front of the GMT office, demanding immediate absorption of Indian Telecom Services (ITS) officers in the BSNL. RL Moudgil, assistant general secretary of BSNL Employees Union, said the ITS officers were on deputation to BSNL since the inception of the organisation. They were on the pay roll of DoT, but drew salaries and allowances from the BSNL. The entire workforce of around 2.7 lakh executive and non-executive employees had been absorbed by the BSNL, he said. The ITS officers, numbering around 1,500, however, were reluctant to join the BSNL, he added. The services of BSNL were deteriorating due to the insufficient management of the ITS officers, Moudgil said.

PWD staff to demand more pay

The water supply and sanitation department and other organisations under the patronage of the PWD Talmel Sangharsh Committee will hold a protest rally in Patiala on Wednesday. The rally is being held to demand jobs for the kin on compassionate grounds, increase in pay scales and regularisation of the employees.

Financial help for judoka

Avon Cycles Sports Club has decided to provide support to the economically underprivileged sportspersons. One of the first beneficiaries was judoka Gourav Kashyap, son of an auto-rickshaw driver from Bathinda. Though Gourav had won a medal at an international competition, he could not participate in another competition at Malaysia. Due to the arrangements made by the club, Gourav will now be able to participate in a judo-karate competition in Bhutan on 21st September. A sports kit has also been provided to him. — TNS



Woman tantrik booked
She and her son duped people suffering from diseases
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 18
The Gurusar Sudhar police has booked a woman, who claimed to be a tantrik, and her son for allegedly duping several persons on the pretext of curing them of various kinds of diseases.

The accused have been identified as Nasib Kaur, a resident of Akalghar Channa village near Gurusar Sudhar, and her son Harbans Singh. While the police has arrested Harbans Singh, the woman is absconding.

Sudhar SHO Sandeep Vadhera said: "We have arrested Harbans Singh, while Nasib Kaur has been absconding so far. We are conducting raids and hope she will be nabbed soon.”

The accused were reportedly booked following a complaint by one Bharpoor Singh of Bassian village near Raikot. In his complaint to the police, Bharpoor Singh alleged that his sister-in-law had been suffering from cancer for a long period of time and the family was trying to get her treated from different places. Bharpoor Singh came in contact of Nasib Kaur through one of his relatives from Akalghar Channa village.

"The tantrik woman claimed that she has successfully treated many persons suffering from diseases such as cancer and hepatitis C using black magic. Following this, we called her to our house to treat the patient. Upon meeting the patient, Nasib Kaur recited some ‘mantras’ and asked us to stop giving her the medicines prescribed by doctors. After this, she started visiting our house two to three times every week and charged Rs 1,100 per visit,” Bharpoor Singh stated in the complainant.

Singh further stated that in June this year, Nasib Kaur told the family members that their ancestors had buried gold in the house that was the root cause of the disease. "She asked us to collect all the gold ornaments from the house, following which we handed over two gold bangles, a chain, and two rings to her. She kept all these ornaments in a utensil and buried them, stating that it will guide her in finding the gold buried by our ancestors,” Singh stated.

Following this, the tantrik asked the family members not to dig out the gold for 40 days and left after taking Rs 75,000, the complaint read. Thereafter, the woman did not return for many days which made the family suspicious. When the family members recovered the buried jewellery and got it examined from a goldsmith, it was found to be duplicate.

SHO Sandeep Vadhera said the police had registered a case against Nasib Kaur and her son Harbans Singh under various sections on the complaint of Bharpoor Singh. After Bharpoor Singh, four other persons came up with similar kind of complaints against Nasib Kaur, added the SHO.



Burglars strike at three places
Tribune News Service

phillaur, September 18
Three separate incidents of burglary were reported here within 24 hours. In the first incident, an office at Golak Capital Market was reportedly burgled on Monday night. The burglars took away cash worth Rs 3.7 lakh from an almirah after breaking its locks.

In yet another incident of burglary, some unidentified miscreants decamped with Rs 35,000 in cash from an office of Kuljit Telecom in nearby Saifabad village.

In the third incident, a house in Saifabad village was burgled. Valuables including household goods and cash worth Rs 12,000 were reportedly burgled from the house of a villager Parkash Ram on Monday night.



Two peddlers held with 25 sacks of poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 18
The Jagraon police has arrested two persons belonging to an inter-state gang of drug peddlers and seized 25 sacks of poppy husk from the truck they were travelling on. The accused have been identified as Ankit Kumar, a resident of Sangarh, and Anil Kumar, a resident of Vanpura in Mansaur district of Madhya Pradesh.

The police has registered a case against both the accused under various sections of the NDPS Act at Jagraon Sadar police station. The police has also impounded the truck in which the contraband was being smuggled.

DSP, Jagraon, Surinder Kumar said both the drug peddlers were arrested at a police checkpost set up at Gidarwindi village near Sidhwan Bet, following a tip-off.

The DSP said: "The police had received information that some drug peddlers were trying to smuggle poppy husk in Jagraon area, following which a police team lead by Gidarwindi police chowki in charge officer Amarjeet Singh set up a ‘naka’ near Gidarwindi last evening. During the checking, the police stopped a truck coming from the Nakodar side. Upon searching it, the police recovered 25 sacks of poppy husk hidden in the truck."

The DSP further said both the accused were members of an inter-state gang of drug smugglers, who had come from Madhya Pradesh to supply the contraband in Jagraon area. "The accused have revealed that they were instructed to supply the poppy husk in Jagraon area but they were not given the names of the purchasers. They were asked to follow the instructions given by their bosses on mobile phones," said DSP Surinder Kumar.

During the initial investigation, the accused also confessed of supplying the contraband to areas in Punjab in the past too.

The DSP said the police had taken the mobile phones of both the accused in its custody and was now trying to trace other gang members on the basis of their call log.

Both the accused were produced before a local court today that awarded a three-day police remand to them.



Two arrested for killing, robbing truck driver
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, September 18
Two persons, who were on the run after slitting the neck of a truck driver at Pipli in Kurukshetra, were nabbed at Transport Nagar by the Haryana Police today.
The accused have been identified as Dilbagh Singh and Iqbal Singh.

The police said the duo was on the run after killing the truck driver.

The police nabbed the accused, when the two were trying to escape from the city. The investigating officer said they killed the truck driver in an attempt to rob him.

They slit the neck of the driver with a sharp-edged weapon and fled after stealing the money from his pocket. They tried to kill the truck cleaner also, but he managed to escape, the police stated.

The police claimed to have solved the case within 24 hours.



Handball meet: BVM claim U-14 title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 18
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, overpowered Government High School, Dewatwal 4-3, to win the title in the girls U-14 category in the Inter-School Zonal Handball Championship organised by the district education department at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

The final was resolved in the extra time since the two sides remained tied three-all at the end of regular period.

BVM girls were leading 2-1 at half time in which Preeti accounted for two goals while Jaswinder Kaur of Government High School found the target to reduce the margin.

In the second half, Preeti again struck to complete her hat-trick (3-1) while Karamjeet Kaur and Sukhwinder Kaur scored one goal each to level the score 3-3.

In the first half of extra time, Aarushi of BVM scored an important goal and helped her team lift the title. Santosh Mehra, principal of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, congratulated the students on bringing fame to the school and appreciated team coaches Ramandeep Sharma, Indu and director of sports, BVM schools, Baljeet Singh Gill.



Govt school, Bharat Nagar, register win in kho-kho
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 18
Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk branch, won titles in the girls U-14 and U-19 categories to stamp their supremacy in the Inter-School Zonal
Kho-Kho Tournament held at Sacred Soul Convent Senior Secondary School, Dhandra road, Dugri.

In the girls U-17 category, Government Senior Secondary School, Pamal, proved too good for their opponents and romped home as champions.

Results: Girls (U-14): Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, 1, Govern-ment Senior Secondary School, Pamal, 2 and Sri Hargobind Public School, Thakkarwal, 3.

Girls (U-17): Government Senior Secondary School, Pamal, 1, Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, 2 and RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 3.

Girls (U-19): Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, 1, Government Senior Secondary School, Pamal, 2 and Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, 3.

Boys (U-14): Government Senior Secondary School, Jawahar Nagar, 1, Government Senior Secondary School, Pamal, 2 and RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 3.

Boys (U-17): Government Senior Secondary School, Pamal, 1, Government Senior Secondary School, Jawhar Nagar, 2 and RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 3.

Boys (U-19): Government Senior Secondary School, Pamal, 1, Government Malwa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, 2 and RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 3. 



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