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50-yr-old man found dead
Was strangled with nylon rope, face mutilated with stones
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
A 50-year-old man was found brutally murdered in a public park at Model Town today. A resident of Pritam Nagar, Joginder Pal Singh Gandhi, was a fruit vendor. He used to operate in the Model Town area of the city.

The body was spotted near the water tank park in Model Town. The police said the victim was strangled with a nylon rope and was beaten up with stones. His face was also mutilated. Residents of the area identified the body.

Joginder was unmarried and was a native of Khulla Kingra village in Jalandhar. His nephew Viney Arora said he used to reach home around 10 pm. Last night when he reached home, he thought his uncle had must have slept.

"We got to know about the body around 9.30 am. A case under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC has been registered against unidentified persons. He was strangulated with a thin nylon rope which is used for packing boxes,” said Devinder Kumar, SHO, Model Town police station. The victim’s mobile phone and money was also missing, he added.


City awaits metro
Metro project likely to hit hard shoulder
Reason: Members of the support cell transferred from city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
The Ludhiana Metro rail project is likely to be affected as members of its support cell have been shifted from the city.

Ludhiana Metro Rail Corporation chairman-cum-Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma had constituted a three-member support cell to look into various aspects of the project, including land acquisition and coordination with the departments concerned.

However, Verma said transfers would not affect the project as the support cell was set up only for the finalisation of an updated detailed project report (DPR).

The support cell, set up in August last year, consisted of Assistant Commissioner (Technical) HS Khosa, Senior Town Planner (STP) Hemant Batra and SDO (Bridges and Roads) Sanjay Kanwar. While Khosa was entrusted with the job to oversee the work of the Ludhiana Metro rail project as the coordinator-cum-nodal officer, Hemant Batra was to study and prepare a detailed report of all government and private properties to be acquired. Sanjay Kanwar was to look into the office work of the support cell.

Kanwar was transferred from the MC a few months ago and Khosa and Batra were shifted to Amritsar recently.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said: “The transfers will not have any impact on the project. I am going to Delhi on Monday to attend a conference on the Ludhiana Metro Rail project," added Verma.



Four die due to cold wave

Ludhiana, january 12
At least four persons have died due to the cold wave in the past four days in Ludhiana district.

Senior medical officer, Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, said, “We received bodies of two unidentified persons for an autopsy four days ago. Yesterday we received another two bodies, one of a child from Salim Tabri. All the deceased are suspected to have died due to the cold weather.” — TNS



Police acts tough on kite sellers
Claims China-made strings not available in market
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
For the first time, none of the shopkeepers in seven different zones of the city are selling China-made kite string ‘officially’. The police has acted tough against traders and conducted raids to check the sale of plastic and Chinese strings.

Nilambri Jagdale, ADCP, told The Tribune that her team, comprising seven SHOs, were conducting raids on shops for the past couple of days. "The SHOs were asked to check all shops in their respective areas. There was no report of the sale of Chinese strings. The SHOs of Police Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, Daresi and Salem Tabri conducted raids today,” said the ADCP.

Inderjit Singh, a resident of Daresi, said it was surprising that shopkeepers were not selling plastic string this time.

Mohan Kumar, a student, however, claimed that shopkeepers were still selling plastic strings in a clandestine way. "I got a roll after paying double the amount and that too at a distance from the shop. The salesman came to provide me the string, which he was carrying inside his jacket,” said Mohan.



‘Ambulance 108’ gets calls for kites
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
"Sir, tusin free patangan kithhe de rahe ho saade shehar vich? Please dasso, asin vi lainiyan ne?"(Sir, where are your distributing free kites in the city? Please tell us, we also want those). These were the queries which the control room of Ambulance 108 service received today from kite lovers.

This is the first time that the staff of Ambulance 108 got calls for kites. Reason: The staff distributed kites across the state with a message "Kisi vi medical emergency which dail 108 Ambulance" (Dial 108 in case of medical emergency) on the eve of Lohri.

Premdeep Singh, the manager of the control room at Amritsar said: "By now, I have received 45 calls on free kites."

In Ludhiana district alone, about 1,000 kites were distributed. Jagdeep, cluster head of Ludhiana-1 for Ambulance 108 said: "We distributed kites for making people aware about the 108 service. The message can reach a number of persons through kites. We found it to be a good way of conveying our message. And we have succeeded in it."

A group of employees also flew kites with the special message today for a few minutes and then left the strings loose.

Jagdeep said: "About six months ago, the cluster head of Kapurthala, Prabhdeep Singh, also distributed free kites by marking a stamp of Ambulance 108 on it. But it was done only in Kapurthala and Amritsar districts."

He added: "We distributed 20,000 kites free of cost in the state with an aim to make public aware about our services."



Fly kites but with care, say doctors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
Ludhianvis get a high on kite flying around this time of the year. Very few enthusiasts, however, realise that this passion can also play havoc with their life.

Dr Sanjeev Uppal, head of the department of plastic surgery at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, says every kite-flying season, the hospital receives at least five cases of electrocution caused while saving a kite from electricity wires.

At times, people standing on the roadside or on the rooftops also become victim of kite strings that cause deep cuts, he adds.

Dr Ashish Gupta, consultant plastic and microvascular surgeon at a reputed city-based private hospital, warns against the use of plastic string that has gained vast popularity in recent years.

"Of lately a glass-laced, polyethylene fibre blended with zinc thread, in common verbatim labelled as Chinese dor, has gained popularity among the kite enthusiasts. The constituents of the string are still unknown. It has a property to stretch without breaking that makes it popular. The same feature, however, makes it lethal too," notes Dr Gupta.

It can lead to deep cuts, leading to partial amputations and injuries to the face and neck. Its metal content also has the property to transmit current in the vicinity of a high voltage wire or when wet, leading to electrocution, he adds.

Things to keep in mind

  • Avoid the use of plastic strings
  • Protect your fingers from cuts by wearing protective sheaths
  • Stand away from roof edges
  • Be careful of high-tension electricity wires near your home
  • In case of cuts, wash hands under running water
  • Apply direct pressure with your other hand over the cut for 10 minutes
  • Do not consider cuts as a minor injury — underlying tendon, nerve or blood vessel might be injured; later, leading to deformity
  • Two-wheeler riders should be careful as neck wounds are reported every year, especially when moving over flyovers and bridges
  • Beware of children flying or running on road after kites



lohri celebrations
City wears festive look
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, January 12
Lohri was celebrated at various educational institutes in the city today. At Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, the celebrations began with the lighting of the bonfire. The students of the music department entertained all the attendees by singing Lohri songs. On this occasion, Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, announced that the council had started a "Better World Campaign" with the aim to eradicate crime against women.

Singing competition

The students and staff of SDP College for Women celebrated Lohri on the college campus today. The department of vocal music organised a folk song competition on the occasion. The students sang various folk songs including "batti bal ke banere utte rakhdi aan", "channa ve mera dil karda", "sun charkha di mithi mithi ghook" and “buhe bariya".

World Daughters' Day

Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, celebrated World Daughters' Day on the occasion of Lohri. A huge ceremonial bonfire was lit to mark the "Lohri of daughters" on the occasion. The students danced to the beats of traditional Punjabi songs. Gurbir Singh Sarna, general secretary, college governing body, addressed the students on the issues of gender discrimination and women empowerment.

Chetna Divas

Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women celebrated Lohri in form of "Chetna Diwas" to create awareness about women empowerment. The staff and students of the college paid tribute to the Delhi gang rape victim on the occasion. An interactive session was held between the students and teachers on various social issues including role, status and future of women in the changing world. The students expressed their views through poems and posters.

Schools on the upbeat

The mood on the campus of Green Land Convent School, Civil City, was upbeat as the students got absorbed in the festive spirit of Lohri. The students showcased their talent through dance items and songs related to the rich cultural folklore of Punjab. The school principal, Jyoti Sachdev Pujara, highlighted the importance of Lohri, which ushers in the “cheerful” spring season, bidding “adieu” to the dull winter.

The Lohri celebrations at GRD Academy began with the presentation of the story about "Dulah Bhatti". A bonfire was lit and the students performed “giddha” and “bhangra”. Sweets were distributed among the students and teachers.

Students of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, were apprised of the importance of Lohri during a function on the school campus. The function ended with the recitation of the National Anthem.

Cultural programmes held

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Lohri was celebrated with fervour in the town and the surrounding localities. Cultural programmes were organised at various educational institutions to mark the day. Students could be seen dressed in colourful attires. Apart from singing folk songs, girls danced to the beats of “dhol”. The staff at various offices, including banks, distributed popcorns, peanuts and sweets among each other. The colleges wore a festive look too. Students and staff lit bonfires at various campuses.

Doraha: The Doraha College of Education celebrated Lohri on the college premises today. The festival started with the lighting of bonfire. Principal Dr Sandeep Sawhney dedicated the festival to the strength and commitment of women in overall development of the society. On this occasion students presented cultural items.



Women honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
Dedicating the 20th Lohri Mela to Delhi gang rape victim, Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch organised the fair at Grain Market, Gill Road, here yesterday. On this occasion, the organisation honoured four women engaged in community service.

Businesswoman Sandeep Ryait was honoured with Sat Pal Mittal Award, singer Satwinder Bitti with Jagmohan Kaur Memorial Award, Sarabjit Kaur Kokewali with Noor Jehan Memorial Award and student Hairatjeet Kaur with Damini Memorial Award.

The fair was formally inaugurated by a girl, Prachi. Krishan Kumar Bawa, chairman of the manch, said every year the fair was organised to celebrate the work done by women for the betterment of the society. Fixed deposits of Rs 5,100 each were given to 21 newly born girls, along with dresses and toys.

Various singers including Pali Detwalia, Satwinder Bitti, Sarabjit Kaur Kokewali, Pammi Bai, Sarabjit Cheema, Diljit Dosanjh, Labh Janjua, Sukhwinder Sukhi, Baljit Malwa, Suresh Yamla, Jaswant Sandila, Faqir Chand Patanga and Dilpreet Kaur performed during the fair.



Unsuccessful bid to break into ATM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
Miscreants made an unsuccessful attempt to break into an ATM on Daba Road here last night.

The miscreants, after entering the ATM booth of the State Bank of India, sprayed some material on the CCTV camera. They managed to cut the first iron sheet of the machine with a gas cutter, but could not go any further. They left their tools on the spot and fled from there.

The incident came to light when the manager reached there in the morning. No guard was deputed outside the booth at the time of the incident. The Daba police said no complaint had been lodged as yet.



60-kg poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 12
The Dehlon police today seized 60 kg of poppy husk and the car (no. HR-29-F-9090) used for supplying the contraband at a check post near Nangal village on the Dehlon-Ahmedgarh link road.

All the occupants, however, managed to escape. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gill, Gurpreet Singh Sikand said the contraband belonged to one Angrej Singh of Kheri village in Ludhiana district, who now resides in Butahri village. He had been running a gang of drug peddlers for many years, the police said.

The police is yet to identify the persons to whom the bags were to be supplied. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act.



‘Rape victim’ undergoes medical examination
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
Medical examination of the 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a neighbour was conducted at the civil hospital.

The girl’s mother, resident of Bhattiayan Bet, had lodged a complaint with the police that a neighbour, Arun Kumar, had raped her minor daughter.

The girl had reportedly eloped with the accused on January 3. They went to Delhi, where a brother of the accused resides. The brother, reportedly, denied them entry to his house, following which the duo returned after a few days.

The accused was arrested by the police and the girl was sent for a medical examination. The police is awaiting the medical report.



Shots fired during kite-flying
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
An argument over kite-flying reportedly turned violent as two shots were fired in air at Mundiyan Khurd village here today. The police, however, denied any such incident,

Two groups of youths were reportedly flying kites in the village. When a youth cut the string of a kite belonging to the other group, an argument took place. The members of the other group reportedly fired two shots in air and fled from the scene.

A compromise was reportedly struck between the two groups and no case was registered.



2 booked for threatening jail supdt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
The police has registered a case against one Amit Kamboj and one Sunita, daughter of an undertrial, for "threatening" the superintendent of women jail.

The incident took place in June, last year. SHO, Police Division Number 7, Rajkumar said that on June 3, 2012, Amit Kamboj and Sunita, daughter of Dolly Rani, who was lodged in the women jail and is undergoing a trial for murder, made a call from number 8685081961 to the jail superintendent. They threatened her of dire consequences if anything happened to their mother on the jail premises, the SHO said.

The SHO said Kamboj was a hardcore criminal who was wanted by the police department of several states. "We are not sure whether he is behind the bars or not but we have started with our investigations,” said the SHO.

Dolly Rani had committed a murder in Mohali. She has been shifted to another jail.



Man dies under mysterious conditions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
A 29-year-old man died in mysterious circumstances here today. The deceased, identified as Varun Rishi, a resident of Khud Mohalla, was a tempo driver.

Last night he came home heavily drunk and complained of chest pain. The family members took him to the civil hospital, where an injection was administered to him and he was sent back.

Varun again complained of chest pain at midnight. He was taken to CMCH, where he died this morning.

Although the police suspected it to be a case of natural death, father of the deceased reported that Varun, before his death, told him that he was given some "poisonous" substance. On the complaint of the father, Promod Kumar, viscera of the deceased were sent for examination.



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