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Police recovers unaccounted money, weapons
Launches special drive to check anti-social elements
Our Correspondent

Special teams, each equipped with online access to the official site of the National Crime Record Bureau, check vehicles on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road on Tuesday
Special teams, each equipped with online access to the official site of the National Crime Record Bureau, check vehicles on the Ludhiana- Malerkotla road on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Dehlon, October 30
The police has seized unaccounted money worth lakhs during a search operation on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road today. Besides, the police also recovered a large number of hockey sticks and baseball bats from commuters during the search operation. The unaccounted money was handed over to the Income Tax Department for verification.

Recognising the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road as one of the most sensitive routes for infiltration of anti-social elements, including drug peddlers, the police, as a part of its strategy to prevent any untoward incident during the festival season, held an intensive patrolling in the town today.

Besides setting up check points for vehicles, including two-wheelers, buses and trucks at various places on the road, at least six chase teams were also deployed on the route.

Special teams, each equipped with online access to the official site of the National Crime Record Bureau, were deployed to help the policemen establish authenticity of documents of vehicles being checked. Motor vehicle coordination system turned out to be helpful for families travelling in their vehicles which were yet to receive documents regarding registration and fitness.

Investigations revealed that the Gill Circle police, having already beefed up security in localities situated along link roads, had launched coordinated and intensive movement to check infiltration of anti-social elements in the area falling under the Ludhiana police district.

All vehicles, both private and government, were searched intensively and the policemen. Besides hired professional lensmen were seen videographing the search operation.

The exercise, besides frustrating the anti-social elements, helped the administration identify those who have been exploiting their special status for undertaking their unlawful activities.

Though exact information about seizure of illegal articles was yet to be collected, observations revealed that huge amount of unaccounted money, articles being used as crude weapons and banned products were seized by various teams.

A counsel from Malerkotla, who commutes between his residence and Ludhiana by a public transport, was caught with substantial quantity poppy husk when policemen searched the bus he was travelling in today.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gill, Gurpreet Singh Sikand said the exercise had been a success. "We have directed in-charges of various teams to ensure that the public was not harassed," said Sikand maintaining the checkpoints for different types of vehicles were set up at separate places so that movement of traffic was not affected.


Rs 6 lakh recovered, man held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The city police arrested a person with Rs 6 lakh unaccounted money near MBD Mall on Ferozepur Road today. The accused has been identified as Rajbir Singh, alias Gagan Deep Singh, alias Jolly, a resident of Dakha.

Police officials said a PCR team led by head constable Sukhwinder Singh had laid a naka outside MBD Mall around 11 am. During the routine checking, the policemen stopped a Scorpio SUV which was coming from Moga side.

Beant Juneja, in charge, Police Control Room, said: "When the poliemen searched his vehicle, they found Rs 6 lakh. Then police arrested him for investigations and seized the money".

"During preliminary investigations, it was found that it was hawala money. We found several phone number and phone calls from foreign numbers on his mobile phone, especially United Kingdom," he said.

The Income Tax Department will conduct an inquiry of unaccounted money," Juneja added.



10 pistols, 7-kg gold, 18 kg of silver seized
Tribune reporters

Khanna/ludhiana, Oct 30
The Khanna district police sealed all four major points on the highways and recovered a number of pistols, gold, silver and some other items. Talking to The Tribune, acting SSP of the Khanna district police Hardial Singh Mann said that police had set up checkpoints at Rara Sahib, Neelon, Doraha and Machhiwara and searched all vehicles, including scooters, motorcycles, cars and buses.

He said during the search, the police teams recovered 10 pistols, about 7 kg gold, about 18 kg silver and Rs 35 lakh. He said the teams of the departments concerned were called to assess the recovered items. He said that the recovered items also include sticks, batons and cartridges.

DIG, Ludhiana Range, MF Farooqui, said the aim of the drive was to keep a check on anti-social elements and to recover illegal weapons and send a strong message that the criminals would not be spared.

Meanwhile, the Ludhiana city police set up 60 checkpoints in the city from 2 pm to 10 pm while sounding a high alert across the district.

Police officials said the drive was against the anti-social elements and to keep a check on illegal activities in the district. The police has established 60 checkpoints in the inner cordon, 11 in outer cordon in the Ludhiana police commissionerate. Meanwhile, eight inter-district checkpoints have been established.

"The city police searched 1,840 vehicles and recovered a huge quantity of habit-forming drugs, opium, poppy husk, six stolen generators, Rs 80 lakh unaccounted cash, 125 baseball bats and sharp-edged weapons during the drive,” said Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh. Over 1,000 policemen were deputed at checkpoints during the drive.

The police handed over the unaccounted money to the income tax for verification. Meanwhile, a case was registered at the Jodhewal police station about the recovery of six generators. Two snatchers were held and a scooter was also recovered during this drive.

Police officials said all check posts were connected to the control room at Chandigarh by laptops and walky-talkies.



Traders expect glittering Divali
Stock crackers worth Rs 20 cr; panorama cracker costs Rs 7,000
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
Riding on unexpected sales during Navratri and Dasehra, city traders are looking at Divali with great hopes. Having no dearth of money, city residents celebrate festivals in a lavish manner. Markets are flooded with crackers, decorated with lights and are choc-a-block with festive goodies.

Realising the purchasing power of city residents, traders have stocked crackers worth about Rs 20 crore. Though the sale is yet to pick up, traders expect a roaring business.

President of the Dana Mandi Pataka Association Pradeep Kumar said 81 wholesale cracker shops have been set up at Dana Mandi. "The retailers will sell crackers at about 11 places in Ghumar Mandi, near Vardhman Colony, the Field Ganj area and Sarabha Nagar. At present, we stocks of about Rs 20 crore and are hopeful to get good returns this Divali,” he said.

The crackers are available between the range of Rs 50 and Rs 7,000 per piece. "Residents celebrate the festival in style. The cost of one piece of a panorama cracker is Rs 7,000 and it bursts in the sky for about 10 minutes with 500 shots. We are hopeful that this cracker will be in great demand,” said Pradeep Kumar, adding that this time they did not face any problem in getting the no-objection certificate from the respective departments.

The police had called the representatives from the respective departments and NOCs were allotted after verifying the documents and facilities. "The crackers are brought from Shivakasi by traders here,” said Rohit Kumar, another trader.

Fire-fighting equipment in place

Cracker traders said: “Fire-fighting equipment have been put in place in the market. The NOCs have been issued only after inspection of the fire-fighting equipment. Every shopkeeper has a fire extinguisher and has buckets of sand in his shop. Besides, adequate arrangements have been made to store water,” said president of the Dana Mandi Pataka Association, Pradeep Kumar.



Firecrackers go green
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
Eco-friendly crackers are all set to lessen pollution and noise this Divali. Cheap and eco-friendly, these are available in different varieties. Some residents have decided not to use crackers at all this Divali, while others plan to go for eco-friendly crackers which cause less smoke and noise. Made of paper, eco-friendly crackers do not contain as much chemicals as conventional firecrackers, and thus emit less smoke and noise.

Unlike the normal crackers, the eco-friendly crackers are based on vacuum combustion method. These crackers produce colourful sparks with a considerable sound and less smoke.

“People had started asking for eco-friendly crackers. Some of the cracker boxes have the symbol of ear with a cross, with soundless and smoke-free written on them. These contain more of paper than chemical," said Sanjeev, a city-based cracker seller. "Schoolchildren particularly ask for such crackers following awareness campaign in schools and colleges," said another cracker seller.

“Divali has become a festival of noise and pollution over the years. But we have decided to celebrate green Divali this year by bursting eco-friendly crackers,” said Ritu, a city resident.

“The festive spirit of Divali is lost in noise and smoke. Festivals are supposed to bring happiness, but Divali brings with it respiratory diseases, said Amit, another resident.

“We will celebrate Divali by exchanging gifts, performing pooja and dancing on music in the evening," said Preeti, a resident of Civil Lines. "There is no point wasting time and money when you can enjoy the festival in a much better way," she added. Some of the residents in Dugri have decided to celebrate Divali by bursting eco-friendly crackers and distributing sweets, said Kamini, a local resident.



MC to auction 3 key properties
Cash-strapped civic body to generate extra funds to complete development work
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
In order to generate extra funds, the cash-strapped Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has decided to auction three of its key properties. These properties include 5,917 sq yards of land near Tehsil Office on Hambran Road, a 9,820 sq yard site near Dairy Complex on Hambran Road and a commercial site adjoining Keys Hotel near Pakhowal Road.

If these sites are auctioned on reserve price, the MC will be able to earn close to Rs 80 crore, but the MC has set a target of at least Rs 100 crore from the auction of these properties.

Due to the shortage of funds, the ongoing development work in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is suffering. Such is the case that for the development work done, payment has not been made to contractors for several months.

The site near Tehsil office on Hambran Road is 5,917 sq yards in size and will be used for commercial purpose. The reserve price for this property has been fixed at Rs 40,000 per sq yard and the site will be auctioned on November 21.

The 9,820 sq yard property near Dairy Complex on Hambran Road will be used for residential projects. The reserve price has been fixed at Rs 10,000 per sq yard and its auction will take place on November 23.

The 30 SCOs adjoining Keys Hotel will be of 100 sq yard each and the reserve price has been fixed as Rs 1.5 lakh per sq yard, which means each SCO will be sold for at least Rs 1.5 crore. The auction will be held on November 26.

Even as the MC plans to auction these properties, but the big question is whether it will be able to auction them or not. Because the civic body has failed to auction nine shops located in the pedestrian underpass (PUP) opposite the Mini Secretariat, here. Due to absence of buyers, the auction for these shops has been postponed for the second time in a row.

When contacted, MC spokesperson Kamlesh Bansal said that main aim for auctioning these sites is to generate funds. “We hope that a large number of residents will participate in these auctions as all three properties are on prime location,” he said.



shaheed bhagat singh nagar colony
LIT conducts draw of lots, allots plots to 73 eligible applicants
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 30
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) today conducted a draw of lots for the allotment of residential plots measuring 125 square yards each in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony to 73 eligible applicants.

Shruti Singh, chairperson and Avtar Singh Azad, executive officer of the Trust, supervised the proceedings of the draw that was taken out in the presence of the applicants.

The eligible applicants, who had deposited earnest money way back in 1979 and 1982, had all the reasons to feel cheerful as the allotment had materialised after more than three decades, that too when most of them had given up any hope of owning a residential plot.

A visibly relieved LIT Executive Officer Avtar Singh Azad said with the allotment of plots to all the 123 applicants, the issue of those eligible applicants who were not given possession of plots due to the City Centre project, was finally settled. Nine allottees had been given plots on the orders of various courts while another 41 were given by a draw of lot in September 2012.

Azad, said even though the draw was taken out and specific plots were allocated to the eligible applicants on the basis of records available with the Trust, the allotment letter and physical possession of the plots would be given to the allottees only after they produced all the relevant documents in support of their claim and fulfil all the conditions laid down under the rules governing the allotment of plots.

It is also learnt that the LIT authorities had gone overboard to conduct the draw of lots without losing any more time as quite a few allottees had filed contempt petitions alleging failure on the part of LIT authorities to honour the verdict of the court.



Bollywood stars converge on city
Actors Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi promote ‘Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
Actors Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi along with producer Anurag Kashyap visited the city for the promotion of the movie “Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana”. A part of the movie was shot in the areas of the district, including Lalton Kalan, Field Ganj, Sahnewal etc.

The actors said it was great to be in the city after they shot for a couple of months here. "It feels great to be back in Ludhiana as we spent two months here during the shoot of the movie," said Kunal.

Huma Qureshi said that it was the first time she had come to Punjab and she was bowled over by the food and hospitality of the people here.

Kunal said that in Bollywood Punjabis were generally depicted as loud, and a tad foolish. "But the director of the movie, Sameer Sharma, and I hail from Punjab and we have tried to depict the reality."

"Punjabis by nature have a good sense of humour and there is a lot of intelligence in it that is generally not shown in Bollywood movies," he said.

Talking about his role, Kunal said, "I am playing the role of Omi, who runs away from home at a very young age. Following trouble with some gangs in London, he returns home many years later with the hope that he will get some monetary aid. However, he realises that his grandfather’s dhaba called “Chicken Khurana” after his famous chicken preparation, has shutdown and his childhood sweetheart is engaged to his cousin. He realises that in order to set his life right, he must discover the recipe of Chicken Khurana, which his grandfather, no longer remembers.”

Set in the village of Lalton, the film has been shot primarily on location. It is a story of a Punjabi family - the Khuranas. They run a dhaba and take pride in their food, especially their patent chicken recipe.

To add authenticity to the depiction of Punjab as well as to qualify as a true food film, Sharma and his team made several trips to the state to meet local food specialists, chefs and also farmers and other regular people. Anurag Kashyap said that the movie was a hunt for the missing recipe and it also had a sweet and endearing romance between Huma's character and Kunal's character. The movie is about love, family and their importance in life, Kunal said.



Relief for councillor in encroachment case
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The district administration is all set to provide “relief” to Independent councillor Veeran Bedi in a case where she is accused of allegedly “encroaching” upon land owned by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation at Sunet village.

An inquiry report prepared by the district administration, a copy of which is in possession of The Tribune, states that khasra number 106 of Sunet village is in possession of one Jaspal Singh while Khasra number 105 is in possession of Veeran Bedi and her mother Surjit Kaur.

But the inquiry report also stated that Jaspal Singh failed to provide any proof that he had purchased the land from Surjit Kaur.

But an NGO, Maha Sabha Ludhiana, has accused Veeran Bedi of allegedly encroaching upon MC land (falling in khasra number 106).

In June, the MC “learnt” that around 2,200 sq yard of prime land in Sunet village, which is adjoining posh Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar area is owned by it. When the MC officials went to take possession of the land, they found that a local politician as well as another person had “encroached” upon it.

When the NGO came to know about the fact, it raised the issue with the MC’s building branch. Despite several reminders, no action was taken by the MC officials and the NGO then approached senior officials of the Local Bodies Department in Chandigarh, who directed the MC to get the land vacated at the earliest. Notices were issued to the “owners” of the particular land, which falls in khasra number 106, but no action was taken.

The NGO approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which disposed of the writ petition by issuing directions to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to get the demarcation done through the District Revenue Officer to know whether the land falling in khasra number 106 of Sunet village had unauthorisedly been occupied by Veeran Bedi. The court stated that if it was proved on record that khasra number 106 was a public property, the Deputy Commissioner would recommend necessary action for the removal of the unauthorised occupation within three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order (which is September 5). The court also stated that before passing any order, the Deputy Commissioner should provide an opportunity of hearing to the petitioner through its representative and Veeran Bedi.

An inquiry was then conducted by the district administration following which the District Revenue Officer filed a report on October 26.

In the inquiry report (which is in possession of The Tribune), it is stated that khasra number 106 is MC's property and one Jaspal Singh has occupied the land for the past two years. He told the DRO that the land was purchased by him from Surjit Kaur wife of Maan Singh, a resident of Khanna, and also submitted an affidavit in this regard. “But Jaspal Singh failed to provide any documents regarding the purchase of land in khasra number 106," read the DRO’s report.

Col Jagdish Singh Brar, president, Maha Sabha Ludhiana, alleged that Veeran Bedi and Harpreet Bedi had encroached upon the land for the past several years. “They have misguided the MC as well as the district administration. Even the inquiry report prepared by the DRO stated that Jaspal Singh could not provide any evidence that he had purchased land in khasra number 106 from Surjit Kaur (mother of Veeran Bedi). If the district administration uses such tactics to shield Bedi, we will approach the court," warned Col Brar.

MC’s Assistant Town Planner Surinder Singh Bindra claimed that khasra number 106 was MC land.

The wife of Harpreet Singh Bedi, who was once the personal assistant of former minister Hira Singh Gabria, Veeran Bedi, won the recently held MC elections as an Independent from ward number 57. The Shiromani Akali Dal has expelled her.



One MVI takes tests of hundreds of learners daily
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
There is just one Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) to check the driving skills of learners in the largest district in Punjab. He is the MVI posted in Jalandhar and has also been given the additional charge of Ludhiana district. On an average, 200 tests are conducted daily in Ludhiana and the MVI comes to the city thrice a week to conduct the tests of learners.

MS Chatwal, District Transport Officer, said that in Ludhiana, maximum driving licenses are made. Before noon, the official conducts the tests of fresh-learners while in the afternoon, MVI checks the passing of Commercial Vehicles in the district.

"In Ludhiana, a full-time official is required for the purpose. In our recent meeting with the higher authorities at Chandigarh we requested the authorities to provide us full-time MVI, who could perform his duty efficiently. Of course with limited time and so many applications, one can not do full justice to the job entrusted to him", said Chatwal.

While a teenage girl, when asked whether her driving-skills were properly tested, said, "No, it was just a formality. The person asked me if I could take a U-turn easily, I said yes and thats it".



Roshank first in cartooning
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The third youth festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, on Tuesday witnessed literary events, cartooning and clay modelling. Dr Charan Kanwal Singh, organising secretary of the festival, said the subject for cartooning was noise pollution. KR Rohella, comptroller of the university, was the chief guest.

Results: Cartooning: Roshank (College of Dairy Science and Technology) 1; Arunbir Singh (College of Veterinary Science) 2 and Kirpal Singh (Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar) 3.

Debate: Priyanka and Natasha (College of Veterinary Science) 1; Sudhanshu and Baljot Kaur (College of Fisheries) 2; Amritdeep and Jashandeep (College of Dairy Science and Technology) 3; elocution: Gurkaranveer Singh (College of Veterinary Science) 1; Rabia Bhardwaj (School of Animal Biotechnology) 2 and Jashandeep (College of Dairy Science and Technology) 3; extempore: Jagpreet Singh (College of Veterinary Science) 1; Jagdeep Singh (College of Veterinary Science) 2 and Navpreet Kaur (Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences) 3; clay modelling: Kamaljyoti (College of Veterinary Science) 1; Satinder Pal Singh Saini (College of Veterinary Science) 2 and Rajinder Kaur (School of Animal Biotechnology) 3. In the competitions, three colleges of university, College of Veterinary Science, College of Dairy Science and Technology, College of Fisheries, and School of Animal Biotechnology, participated along with Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar.



Goods worth lakhs gutted in hosiery unit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
Goods worth lakhs were destroyed in a fire that broke out at a hosiery unit at Gul Chaman Street in Old City. It took firemen more than five hours to douse the flames. A short circuit is said to be the reason behind the fire.

Fire officer Krishan Lal Kakkar said, "We rushed the fire tenders to the spot and managed to control the fire by 10 am. Around 20 fire tenders were pressed into service," he said.

Bodh Raj Bansal, owner of RR Aggarwal Knitting Works, said he had suffered losses worth Rs 15 lakh and had not got the goods insured.



1 killed, 2 hurt in mishaps
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 30
One person died while two others sustained injuries in road mishaps in the past 24 hours. The first accident took place near Noorpura village on the Ludhiana-Raikot road last night when a vehicle rammed into a motorcycle and then hit a cycle near Reliance petrol station.

While the person riding the motorcycle died on the spot, the cyclist sustained serious injuries. The deceased was identified as Kuldeep Singh (49), a resident of Noorpura village, while the injured has been identified as Jagroop Singh of Gondwal village near Raikot.

Kuldeep Singh was going towards the grain market in Raikot. As he reached near the petrol station, the motorcycle he was riding on was hit by the vehicle.

The same vehicle also hit a cycle seconds after hitting the motorcycle, thus injuring the cyclist Jagroop Singh. Some passersby informed the police about the accident, following which a police team from Raikot reached the spot and rushed the victims to a hospital.

While Kuldeep Singh was declared brought dead, Jagroop Singh is undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital, Gurusar Sudhar.

The Raikot police has registered a case against the unidentified driver. The body was handed over to the family after an autopsy.

In another accident, Jagdeep Singh sustained injuries when a car hit his motorcycle near Sherpur Chowk, Jagraon, last night. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon.



lssc cricket
Green Land lads romp home champions
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 30
Fine batting by Lalit (41), Krishan Kant (29) and Jatin (24 n.o) steered Green Land Senior Secondry School, Jalandhar byepass branch, to romp home as champions in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Cricket Tournament organised at Green Land Stadium, Manj Phagowal on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road near Laddowal here today.

In the final, Green Land School drubbed GMT Public School by 50 runs to lift the winners' trophy. Batting first after winning the toss, Green Land School scored 141 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

They started the innings on a dismal note, losing wickets at regular intervals. At one stage, they were 40 for five. Then, Lalit and Krishan Kant rose to the occasion and not only steadied the innings but managed to put on a challenging total of 141 runs.

For GMT Public School, Rishab and Akshay captured two wickets each while Shivam and Gaurav claimed one wicket each.

Requiring 142 runs to win, GMT Public School were bundled out for 91 runs in the penultimate over of the match. Except for Jashan and Ashish, no other batsman put up semblance of fight as their innings folded below the three figure.

For the winners, Krishan Kant took three wickets for 21 runs, followed by Jatin, Harjot and Avinash who grabbed two wickets each, conceding 10, 18 and 11 runs, respectively. Rahul chipped in with one wicket for 11 runs.

Swapan Sharma, ACP, Ludhiana, was the chief guest at the opening ceremony of final match. Manpreet Singh, District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, and Rajesh Rudra, president of the group of Green Land Schools gave away prizes to the winners.

Jatin Arora was declared the player of the tournament as well as the best bowler while Lalit was adjudged the man of the match (final). They were given cash prizes.



Renovation of Guru Nanak Stadium going at a snail’s pace
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The renovation work at the state-of-art sports complex, Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, is going on at a snail's pace and there is little hope that the Punjab Mandi Board, which is assigned the job, will complete the work in the stipulated time.

Despite several deadlines that have already lapsed, the Punjab sports department has now set a new date - November 15 - to complete the work. The final match of the third edition of the World Kabaddi Cup is scheduled to be played at this very stadium on December 15.

The Punjab Government had sanctioned funds to renovate the A, B and F blocks of the stadium. The major work was to install the canopies on these blocks and construct new urinals and toilets, attached to these blocks.

Now, there is only block "A" where the canopy has been installed and work on urinals is nearing completion. However, there is no progress in work in other blocks.

Kartar Singh Sehmbey, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, told The Tribune that the renovation work was their priority. Now, there is no shortage of funds. Our focus is to get the renovation work completed well before November 15, as the final match of the World Kabaddi Cup will be held on December 15. We have asked the Punjab Mandi Board officials to speedup the work so that the remaining work is completed on time for the upcoming mega event.

Meanwhile, efforts to contact the Punjab Market Board officials went futile as SDO Amandeep Singh did not answer the calls.



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