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Bus drivers have poor eyesight
75 of 160 bus and auto-rickshaw drivers fail test; likely cause of mishaps
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
In a startling revelation, 75 auto-rickshaw and bus drivers of the 160 examined have been found to have a "weak eyesight". The disturbing fact came to the fore today when the District Transport Office here started an awareness campaign as part of Road Safety Week, being observed from January 1 to 7.

District Transport Officer MS Chatwal told Ludhiana Tribune that the department conducted eyesight tests for drivers with the help of doctors here today to find out the causes of fatal accidents on roads.

"Of the 160 drivers examined, 75 had a weak eyesight. Accidents are bound to happen if drivers have a poor eyesight," said Chatwal. He said these drivers had been asked to get themselves examined at the Civil Hospital tomorrow.

Asked whether these drivers would get themselves treated, Chatwal said the office could not do much about it. "Unless some rule is framed for drivers in this regard, none of them will bother to make any effort for the sake of passengers' safety," he said.

He said they would request the Transport Department, Chandigarh, that at the time of the renewal of licence at the age of 50 years, a special report regarding the eyesight of the driver concerned should be prepared. "This report should be prepared by a good ophthalmologist. This little step can bring about some improvement," said Chatwal.

The department, in association with the municipal corporation, has identified seven spots in the city where reflectors or bright signage is needed to be installed. "These are sharp spots where accidents take place quite often. Reflectors are needed to be put up to avoid accidents," said Chatwal.

Accident-prone spots
A spot near Cheema Chowk, on the way to the Jagraon bridge
A spot near Vishkarma Chowk, while one comes from the Dholewal area
Elevated road
Under the Jagraon bridge footpath
A spot near Data Motors, GT Road
Basti Jodhewal
Entry and exit points near the Verka plant on the Ferozpur road


Protesters bring traffic on NH-I to a halt
Angry over delay in starting work on Ambedkar Bhawan
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

A family prepares to walk to its destination following the traffic jam on the NH-1 in Ludhiana on Thursday.
A family prepares to walk to its destination following the traffic jam on the NH-1 in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, January 3
Traffic went for a toss on the NH-I on Jalandhar Bypass Chowk here today after nearly 100 persons, led by Ramanjit Singh Lalli, held a protest against a delay in starting construction work on Ambedkar Bhawan. The protesters staged a dharna and blocked traffic.

The road remained blocked for about half an hour, causing a huge traffic jam near Jalandhar Bypass Chowk. The protesters had put up boulders on the NH-I to block traffic.

Stranded passengers were seen alighting from buses and walking towards their destinations.

ACP, North, Swapan Sharma, along with a police team, reached the spot and tried to divert the traffic through alternative routes, but to no avail.

The traffic snarl at Jalandhar Bypass Chowk also led to a traffic jam at Jodhewal Chowk, Sabzi Mandi Chowk and Amal Tas Chowk. Serpentine queues of vehicles were seen on these chowks.

“If the government hasn't fulfilled its promise, they should stage a dharna outside the Chief Minister's residence. Why are they harassing innocent commuters,”€ť said a woman, who was walking on the highway with a child in her lap.

SDM Ajay Sood tried to placate the protesters to vacate the chowk, but they refused to budge from their stand and continued with their protest.

Later, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, reached the spot and pacified the protesters. He assured the protesters that work on the project would begin before March 31.

An amount of Rs 1 crore was sanctioned for the construction of Ambedkar Bhawan two years ago. A piece of land was also made available for this purpose. Tenders were awarded but the construction work was put off for one reason or the other.

Dhillon told the protesters that a blueprint for Ambedkar Bhawan was shown to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who felt that the area for the building was inadequate and asked the authorities to extend the area. “We have floated tenders again and the building would be constructed on a bigger area,” said the minister.

The protesters lifted the dharna after the minister's assurance.



Minor’s gang rape: Police remand for 3
Cops to match DNA samples of accused with those of victim
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
Three accused arrested on a charge of gangraping a 13-year-old girl were today remanded in three-day police custody by a court. The police has also got permission for collecting DNA samples of the trio.

The DNA and swab samples will be matched with the samples retrieved from the victim's body and clothes.

The girl was raped by three married men living in shanties at Talwandi village near the Ladhowal area here on Tuesday night.

The three accused, Seera (28), Harpal (32) and Vijay (30), were arrested and a case under Section 376-G of the IPC was registered against them for gangraping the minor.

The incident took place on Tuesday night when the victim’s parents had gone to the city to sell vegetables. In their absence, Seera, Harpal and Vijay picked up the girl from her shanty and raped her at a common bathroom meant for women living in the shanty. The rapists also thrashed a woman who tried to rescue the girl.

The matter came to light when the victim’s parents returned home and saw their daughter crying while cooking food.

The next morning, the victim’s father reported the matter to the village sarpanch, who informed the Ladhowal police about the incident.

Gurpreet Singh Sikand, ACP-Gill, said, “A case was registered and the trio was arrested soon after receiving the complaint. We have clear directions from the Commissioner of Police to treat incidents of crime against women on priority.”



Undertrial outrages modesty of advocate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The city police has registered a case against an undertrial for grabbing a woman advocate’s arm in a courtroom.

The accused, identified as Varinder Singh, has been booked on a charge of outraging the modesty of a woman and hurling nasty comments at her following a complaint lodged by the woman advocate.

The incident took place yesterday when the woman advocate was appearing in the court of the JMIC, Rahul Garg, in connection with a case.

Varinder Singh, who was brought to the court for a hearing, grabbed the woman advocate’s arm and hurled nasty comments at her.

Advocates present in the court rescued the woman advocate. She reported the matter to the police following which a case was registered against the undertrial.

The incident has yet again brought to the fore the fact that how vulnerable women are at workplaces.



Poor response to bandh in region
Tribune reporters

Staff of the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital light candles in memory of the gang rape victim in Ludhiana.
Staff of the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital light candles in memory of the gang rape victim in Ludhiana. Photo: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, January 3
Shops remained open and people thronged markets as usual. No effect of Bharat Bandh call was observed in the region today. All the major markets in the city like Chaura Bazar, Ghumar Mandi, Sarabha Nagar, Aggar Nagar and Model Town remained open throughout the day. The bandh call was given against the Delhi gang-rape incident.

Surinder Pahwa, a shopkeeper at Model Town, said: "I am unaware that there was any bandh call in the country. In case I knew that I would have kept the shop closed at least for the first half of the day".

Another shopkeeper Sudesh Jain from Ghumar Mandi said he knew about the bandh and in the morning he enquired from one of his fellow shopkeepers, who said they would be opening their business premises today. So he also decided to open his shop, he added.

"Otherwise also the number of customers visiting my shop has dropped due to the extreme weather conditions, so I could not have afforded to close down my shop for the day," he added.

Meanwhile Aarti Kapoor, who is pursuing graduation at a local college, said she was expecting the markets to be closed today but not even a single shop was shut in response to the bandh call.

Hospital staff hold peaceful protest

Employees of the local Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital today held a peaceful protest in memory of the Delhi gang-rape victim, on the premises of the hospital and condemned the heinous crime. Mourning her death, the employees demanded the accused should be given a strict punishment and strict laws to curb the menace formulated.

Darshana Rani, president of the Punjab Nursing Association, Ludhiana, who led this protest, said: "In the present scenario, none of the women feels safe."

Paramjit Kaur, general secretary of the association, said: "There must be at least one security guard in each ward of the hospital on the pattern of the ESI model hospitals."

College students observe black day

Doraha: The girl students of the local colleges observed black day on Thursday and demanded adequate security for women in India keeping in view the increasing rate of crime against women. The students’ march started from the campus of Guru Nanak National College and passed through the streets of the town.

The demonstrators demanded death penalty for the six accused in the Delhi gang rape case.

Roma Malik of BA (final year) said: “Law and order in the country should be strengthened so that no person dare commit such a heinous crime”. “It is the question of the safety and security of our women folk and it should be ensured at all costs. If our women are not free to roam freely anywhere, what is this democratic set up for?” said Mandeep Kaur, another student.

“The offenders should be taken to task in such a way that others learn a good lesson,” said Divya, a student of MCom.

Rimpy Sharma of BCom (second year) said everybody in the police and the administration needed to take crime against women seriously.

“All developments, however significant they may be, are nullified when the fairer sex is in danger. The government should better concentrate on ensuring safety and justice to women if it wants to make India progress in real sense,” said Upasana and Neeru.

“‘Enough is enough’ seems to be our only slogan, which, we need to convey to people in every nook and corner of the country. The abnormal rise in crime against women has scared everyone,” said Jaspreet of MA (sociology)

Lukewarm response in Phillaur

Phillaur: The Bharat Bandh call received a lukewarm response in most towns of the region, including Phillaur, Goraya, Apra, Bilga, Nakodar and Noormahal. Shops and other commercial establishments remained opened normally while education institutions, banks and transport were functional.



NRIs defer visits to homeland
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 3
The reports of protests following the Delhi gang-rape case have forced most NRIs of the area to either postpone their proposed visits to their homeland or take extra precautionary measures during travel.

Taking alternative routes from the Amritsar Airport and booking domestic flights were some of the safety measures adopted by the NRIs to avoid harassment during travel.

There are cases in which the NRIs did not attend the last rites of their relatives for the fear of being stranded on the way.

Poonam Bawa, an NRI from Brampton, could not attend the last rites of her 30-year-old cousin as she was scared of travelling in India in the wake of the Delhi gang rape incident. Even her fiancé wanted her to postpone her visit as, according to him, it was not advisable to visit India during the days of any unrest.

"What to talk of me, my fiancé was shocked after reading the reports of unrest in various parts of the region following the Delhi gang rape. He, like many other members of our family, advised me to postpone my visit," said Bawa.

Sudhir Kalia and Pushpa Rani, NRIs from Toronto, are among those who got their flights rescheduled via the Amritsar Airport instead of travelling via the National Capital.

Gurdeep Singh Grewal, an NRI from Vancouver in British Columbia, who had been fighting for the cause of the NRIs, said friends and relatives of the NRIs visiting India were worried about their wellbeing and safety.



biting cold
Parents want schools closed
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
With mercury dipping further and an intense cold wave sweeping the city, it has become difficult for schoolchildren to attend schools. Parents are demanding that schools should should be closed and the winter vacation extended.

"The school of my children opened after winter vacation as per their schedule. But it is becoming very difficult for them to even step out in the cold wave. The school authorities should have extended the winter vacations as it is very difficult for the nursery children to go to school in such cold conditions," said Pratibah Singh, a parent, whose child studies in nursery class.

Another parent, Sukhmani, adding further said the schools should change the time of their winter vacations. Now that the winters have been extended, the vacations should also be planned accordingly by the schools. Instead of giving vacations during December, they should shift it to January, she suggested.

Most of the school principals are of the view that it is not logical to give winter breaks at the dawn of a New Year.

"Families want to go out for celebrating Christmas and New Year and that is the ideal time for giving winter holidays. Holidays in January will not serve the purpose as students will go on leave in December for celebrations," said one of the school principals.

Harman, another parent further said that if the schools do not want to extend the vacations then at least they should shrink the school timings. "My son goes to school by quarter past eight and comes back by four of clock. Schools should call off their day by 1 o' clock so that kids are back home in time," he said.



Fog continues to hit Rail traffic
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 3
Rail traffic in the region is bearing the brunt of the inclement weather, which shows no sign of abatement. Almost all the long-route trains are running behind schedule from an hour to 11 hours, causing much inconvenience to passengers.

The Northern Railway officials say amid such weather conditions, the trains will not be able to make it on time. Poor visibility necessitates frequent regulation of speed of trains, particularly during the night and early morning.

According to the information available with the railway authorities (updated till 5.30 PM), Aaharsa-Amritsar Jansewa Express was delayed by 11.35 hours, Ajmer-Jammu Tawi Pooja Express by 9.35 hrs, Amritsar-Nanded Sachkhand Express by 8.10 hrs, Howrah-Amritsar Mail by 5.35 hrs, Katihar-Amritsar Amrapali Express by 5.25 hrs, Hapa-Jammu Tawi Sarvodaya Express by 5.50 hrs and Sealdah-Amritsar Akal Takht Express by 5.35 hrs.

Many other trains, including Amritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express, Jammu Tawi-Durg Superfast Express, Karambhoomi Express, Dibrugarh-Amritsar Weekly Express and Darbhanga-Amritsar Jannayak Express were also running behind schedule by up to three hours.



Weather to improve after January 6
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The region is reeling under the severe cold conditions with maximum temperature dipping up to 8-9 degrees Celsius from the normal level. Though there has not been much change in the night temperatures, compared to the last year the maximum temperature has seen a huge decline in the past one week, due to which the region is shivering in the biting cold.

According to weathermen, in the next two or three days, similar weather conditions will prevail in the region. Still, there are chances that the maximum temperature may see an increase up to two degrees Celsius. After or around January 6, things will improve with sky becoming clear.

The Director, Weather Department, Chandigarh, Surinder Paul, said the region was in the grip of the cold due to decreasing maximum temperatures. "The minimum temperatures fell earlier, but this time, the maximum temperatures have taken a dip, hence the chilly weather conditions during daytime too. The weather will become sunny after two or three days. This cloudy and foggy weather has prevailed in the most parts of the region for about 15 days," said Paul

Meanwhile, schoolchildren’s parents have demanded that either the schools should be closed till weather improved or the opening timing be fixed at around 11 am. Besides, residents have started complaining about erratic power supply.

"Power cuts for an hour or two are being imposed in the city. If in such winters they have started imposing power cuts, then what will happen in summers?" said Satinder Singh, a senior citizen.



Winter, a time to indulge in food
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
Come winter and our eating habits change. The entire calorie counting of the summers is now replaced by extra dollops of ghee and butter and nothing is more divine than a plateful of samosas or pakodas with evening tea. While munching peanuts and gachak become everybody's favourite pastime.

"It is difficult to resist the ghee laden aloo paranthas on a cold winter morning. Worst part is that the exercise also takes a backseat during winters. Whatever weight I loose in summers is gained back during winters," quips Kanika, a city resident.

"During winters, one loves to eat hot and spicy so instead of galloping down the paranthas, I prefer foods like idli, poha and besan pura. While for the evenings it is a bowl of soup with grilled vegetable sandwich. In addition to this, I load my kitchen shelf with a variety of teas and assortment of coffee flavours which actually make me look forward to a new taste of beverage everyday. It is the choice of food that matters. One can eat hot and spicy food even with low calories, all you have to do is choose wisely," adds Ridhima, a bank employee who is a regular at the gym even during winters.

Nothing matches a bowl of "garma garam halwa" when the cold winds blow outside," chips in Gagan Grewal, a stock broker whose love for food goes beyond the ordinary. His favourite during winters are gajar ka halwa, khoya pinni, panjeeri, sooji halwa as he has a sweet tooth.

tips to keep yourself warm
Turmeric: Simply chop and drop a few pieces into boiling milk. Have it to keep cough at bay.
Cinnamon: It stimulates blood circulation and thus induces some warmth. A pinch of ground cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey in warm water in the morning will keep you protected.
Cardamom tea: Infused with cloves and cardamom is helpful in preventing coughs and cold during this weather. Its aroma is known to uplift spirits and is perfect for this gloomy weather.
Cloves: Add two or three cloves to soups, tea, dal and curries to keep cough at bay. Chewing a clove is said to help ease irritations in the throat, and chewing a burnt one is said to tackle cough.



Farmers get tips on honey bee colonies, goat farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The monthly meet of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Kisan Club was held today. The farm experts explained to the club members about the care and management of honey bee colonies, pig and goat farming, role of farmers' organisations in agricultural development and management of dairy animals during winter season. During the meet of the ladies wing of the club, a PAU home science expert delivered a lecture on the use of seasonal vegetables in daily diet.

In his remarks, PPS Pangli, president of the club, laid emphasis on cooperative farming. In view of increasing farm production in Punjab, there is a strong need for marketing expertise to guide the farmers regarding the marketing of their farm produce, he said. The club will be organising a training course for the progressive farmers of the state in association with the National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur, in January 2013, wherein the farmers will be apprised of marketing strategies by the experts.

Earlier, welcoming the club members, Dr TS Riar, coordinator of the club, pointed out that the agricultural growth rate of India is quite low in comparison to the ever-increasing population of the country. He advised the farmers to adopt subsidiary occupations like mushroom cultivation, bee-keeping, and dairy and poultry farming for income enhancement. Disclosing that the PAU will be organising a training course in March for small and landless farmers, he said that the course will lay stress on providing self-employment opportunities to the small farmers, in addition to training in auxiliary occupations.

The experts of Punjab Agricultural University and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) included Dr Jaspal Singh (Entomology), Dr HS Bajwa (Senior Extension Education), Dr Kiran Grover (Food and Nutrition), Dr SS Sikka (Animal Nutrition), Dr Chander Hans (Livestock Production and Management) and Dr R K Sharma (Veterinary and Animal Husbandry).



New Ludhiana IMA team installed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
A new team of the IMA, Ludhiana, under the leadership of Dr Karamvir Goyal was installed at a ceremony held at IMA House here yesterday. Outgoing president DP Singh Arora handed over the charge to the new team in the presence of executive members.

Dr Arora said the efforts of the outgoing team bore fruits when the Ludhiana branch received the Best President Branch Award- 2012 from the state IMA.

Dr Goyal appreciated the work done by the outgoing team and promised to work hard for the betterment of the IMA.

Dr Manoj Sobti, president of the state IMA, Dr Arun Mitra and Dr Kulwant Singh, former presidents of the IMA, Ludhiana, also congratulated the new team. Dr Ajit Singh Chawla, former senior vice-president, Dr PS Jassal, former finance secretary, and Dr Narinderjit Singh Toor, outgoing joint secretary, welcomed the new team.

The members of the new team are: Dr Raj Kumar Sharma - president elect-2014; Dr Gaurav Sachdeva - senior vice-president-2013; Dr Narjit Kaur - vice-president-2013; Dr Subhash Singla - honorary secretary-2013; Dr SS Bedi - finance secretary-2013; and Dr Shiv Kumar Gupta - joint secretary-2013.



club brawl case
Accused to be admitted to Civil Hospital
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
Maninderpal Singh Johar, alias Sunny Goodwill, main accused in the Hub (night club) brawl case, might receive treatment for his fractured leg at the Civil Hospital.

The SP Khanna, superintendent, central jail, Ludhiana, confirmed the development. He said Sunny would be taken to the civil hospital for treatment following the court’s directions.

“It depends upon his condition. Either tonight or in the morning Sunny would be taken to the hospital,” he said.

Sources said special arrangements have been made at the civil hospital for Sunny’s treatment. He would try to exploit his medical condition to remain out of jail, the sources added.

Sunny and his aides were involved in the night club assault case in which AIG, Counter Intelligence, SS Mand got his leg fractured and his NRI friend Paramjit Singh suffered injuries.

The Mohali police, which had nabbed Sunny and his aide Rishi Banda, maintains Sunny had suffered a fracture in the leg when he was trying to escape from the police.



Rape accused’s father alleges harassment
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
As the city police is taking a strict action on the pending rape case, the relatives of the accused are levelling allegations of custodial harassment against the police.

In one such case, Rampal, a Railways employee, whose son was booked for kidnapping and raping the minor girl for marriage, claimed that the police first interrogated him and then threw him out of the moving vehicle. Rampal was admitted to the Civil Hospital and undergoing treatment. He said that he is a heart penitent. He said that his son was in love with a girl. Both of them eloped three months ago. Later the girl’s family registered a case of kidnapping and rape against Rampal’s son.

He claimed that he has no clue of his son and the police was unnecessarily harassing him and other family members.

On the other hand, Gurveer Singh, SHO PAU police station, slammed the allegation as baseless and said Rampal was lying.



Attempt-to-murder case against 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
A resident of Saholi village had complained that he was assaulted and suffered a leg fracture two days ago. The police today booked two persons in an attempt-to-murder case.

The accused identified as Karanvir Singh and his accomplice were booked for attempt to murder and various other sections of the IPC.

The complainant, Gurtej Singh, said he was travelling in a car along with his friend Prabhjot Singh. When he reached near Chander Nagar Pulli, two youths who was travelling in a Maruti Aulto hit their vehicle.

Gurtej Singh said Karanvir Singh and his friend, who was holding a slugger and iron rod, alighted from the vehicle and attacked him.

Gurjtej further added that after thrashing him, they drove off the car over his leg and which ultimately resulted in fracturing his leg. Gurtej was then rushed to a nearbyhospital by some people.

In the meantime, the Division NO 4 police has registered a case and started the investigation. The accused are still on the run.



2 booked for contempt of court
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The city police today booked two persons on a charge of contempt of court. The accused have been identified as Ajitpal Singh and Amardeep Singh of village. They were booked following the complaint of Daljit Singh, a retired district commandant of Punjab Home guards. Daljit was fighting a property dispute against his two nephews Amardeep Singh and Ajitpal Singh.

According to Nirmal Singh SHO Division No 5 the proceeding of proclaimed offender (PO) was on against the duo.

In the meantime, Daljit Singh filed a complaint that Amardeep Singh and Ajitpal Singh has committed a contempt of court by not appearing for a hearing in Punjab and Haryana High Court. The police sought the opinion of district attorney (legal) and booked Ajit and Amardeep in a case under section 174- A of the IPC contempt of court.

24-year-old woman commits suicide

A 24-year-old woman committed suicide under mysterious circumstances by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Daba area here today.

The victim has been identified as Pinky. Pinky was pursuing post graduation through distance learning.

The incident came to light when victim’s parents entered her room and were shocked to find the body of Pinky hanging with a ceiling fan. She was rushed to a hospital but was declared brought dead.

They informed the police about the incident. The police said the reason behind suicide could not be ascertained yet. The police has launched inquest proceeding under section 174 of the IPC.

Bike stolen

Parking a bike outside Bedi Electronics on Ferozepur Road proved costly for an insurance agent as the vehicle lifter fled with his motorcycle with in a span of few minutes.

Gurmeet Singh, an insurance agent, said he had parked his motorcycle outside a store on the Ferozepur road. “When I returned after finishing work from Feroze Gandhi Market, I was shocked to find my bike missing. The Division No 8 police has registered a case and started the investigation.

Truck mows down motorcyclist

There seem to be no stopping in the fatal road accidents on the Chandigarh road. In the latest incident, a motorcyclist was mowed down by an over-speeding truck near Chindra village on Chandigarh road here last night.

The victim identified as Deedar Singh died on the spot while his wife sustained serious injuries and recuperating at a hospital.

Eyewitness said, an over-speeding truck was coming from the opposite and hit the motorcycle of Deedar Singh. The truck driver did not stop the vehicle and escaped from the spot.

Woman commits suicide

Phillaur: Mandeep Kaur, mother of two girls, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her room in Goraya on Wednesday night. Satinder Singh, her husband, had gone abroad. As none of the members of the deceased’s family expressed any doubt, the police registered a case under section 174 and handed over the body to the family after conducting a post-mortem examination.

Shopkeeper attacked

A shopkeeper, identified as Gurdeep Singh of the nearby Chack Des Raj village, was injured seriously after he was attacked with sharp weapons by three assailants near Dosanjh-Kalan village on Wednesday night. The victim was returning to his village after closing his shop at Dosanjh Kalan when the assailants attacked him. He was admitted to the nearby hospital. The cause of the attack could not be ascertained. The police has registered a case.

Store burgled

A grocery store was reportedly burgled in the nearby Apran village on Wednesday night. Jiwan Kumar, owner of the shop, came to know about the burglary when he opened the shop in the morning. The burglars took away valuables worth Rs 50,000. The police has registered a case.

Man booked

Mandi Gobindgarh: On a complaint of Gurpreet Singh of Sangtpura Mohalla, Mandi Gobindgarh, the police has registered an FIR under sections 406 and 420 of the IPC against Jatinder Kumar of Indira Colony, Amritsar. Gurpreet has alleged that Jatinder had taken Rs 70,000 from him promising him to send his brother to Dubai, but he neither sent his brother to Dubai nor returned the money. The police is investigating the matter. — Reporters



Woman held with opium

Ludhiana, January 3
The Model Town police has nabbed a woman drug-peddler and seized 60 gm of opium from her possession. The accused has been identified as Sarabjot Kaur. Beside the contraband, the police has also recovered a manual weighting machine from the possession of the accused.

The accused has been booked under section 18, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act for selling contraband.



Man held with poppy husk

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 3
A police party, led by the SHO of Dehlon police station, Amandeep Singh Brar, and Sub-Inspector Harjit Singh arrested Raj Singh, alias Jumma, of Jollian village in Sangrur district, while he was going to supply poppy husk to his clients at Sayan Chowk on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road today.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gill Gurpreet Singh Sikand said 20 kg of poppy husk and a scooter were recovered from his possession.

The police is yet to identify the main supplier and his clients. — OC



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