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Distant relative turns robber
Strangles wife of his ex-employer, stabs son; loots cash, valuables worth Rs 70 lakh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
Three persons, including a woman and her son, were seriously injured in a daylight robbery that took place at E- Block in Rishi Nagar here today. A distant relative of the victims, who has been identified as Raju, a resident of the Noorwala road area, along with his accomplices Roshan and Jasdeep of the Kakowal Road area committed the robbery.

Raju was arrested by the police while Roshan is at large. Gold and cash worth nearly Rs 20 lakh have been recovered from Raju. It was learnt Roshan and Jasdeep are also in possession of cash and valuables worth Rs 50 lakh.

The accused, Raju, who is a distant relative of the victims, used to work at a factory unit owned by Rajesh Jain. He had worked in the factory for nearly a decade before quitting the job nearly five years ago.

Prima facie, it appears that Raju, before fleeing with the valuables and cash, wanted to kill the trio. But the servant managed to escape and he raised an alarm.

The injured have been identified as 15-year-old Sakshar Jain, his mother Sunanda and servant Nikhil. They were taken to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. While the servant was discharged after medical aid, Sakshar Jain was stated to be serious. He suffered a stab injury on the abdomen and the neck.

The assailants tried to strangle Sugandha Jain with a plastic rope. She has suffered injuries on the neck.

Politicians, businessman and members of the Jain community gathered at the hospital.

Raju and his accomplices reached the house of Rajesh Jain, owner of the Lover Bird garments unit, at 1.30 pm. His wife Sunanda reportedly told the police that Raju and his accomplices entered the house on the pretext of giving a wedding invitation and sweets to her. Sunanda asked them to sit in the drawing room and told her servant Nikhil to prepare tea.

In the meantime, Sakshar also arrived at the house and met Raju.

Raju, Roshan and Jasdeep had tea and dry fruits. They engaged in a conversation with Sugandha. Soon they pulled out sharp weapons and stabbed Sakshar on the neck.

One of the accused tried to strangle Sugandha with a plastic rope. They also attacked Nikhi.

Thinking the trio had died, they dragged them to a room and locked it. After locking them in the room, Raju, Roshan and Jasdeep took the cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 70 lakh and left the house.

In the meanwhile, Nikhil managed to come of the room and informed the residents about the incident.

"It appears they wanted to kill the woman and her son before decamping with the cash and valuables. I cannot rule out the fact that the criminals might have conducted a recce of the place in the past few days. We have arrested Raju while raids are on to nab Rohan and Jasdeep," said ADCP- III Joginder Singh.

Main accused held with gold, cash worth Rs 20 lakh

Raju was arrested by the police while Roshan is at large. Gold and cash worth nearly Rs 20 lakh have been recovered from Raju. It was learnt Roshan and Jasdeep are also in possession of cash and valuables worth Rs 50 lakh.


Mistaken for a thief, rag picker beaten to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
Enraged at the killing of a rag picker, who was allegedly beaten to death by the owner of a factory and his accomplices last night, around 300 migrant workers staged a dharna outside the Focal Point police station and demanded their arrest.

The rag picker, who has been identified as Jay Nath, was a native of Uttar Pradesh and lived in the Focal Point area here. The factory owner and his workers mistook Jay Nath for a thief.

The police has registered a case against the factory owner, Manjeet Singh, and his accomplices under section 302 (murder) of the IPC.

Vidha Wanti, the victim's wife and mother of four children, said her husband left the house for work last morning.

When Jay Nath did not return late in the evening, she brought the matter to the notice of the police.

The police told her that Jay Nath was taken to a private hospital on the Mall Road where he succumbed to injuries.

Vidha Wanti came to know that Manjeet took Jay Nath for a thief. They held Jay Nath responsible for the previous thefts in the factory unit.

The victim's relatives have alleged that the police was going soft on the factory owner as he enjoys a lot of political clout.

Gurtej Singh, Station House Officer, registered a murder case against the factory owner and his workers. He said they would be nabbed soon.

Police sources said five persons had been detained by the police in this connection.

Kin accuse cops of inaction

The victim's relatives have alleged that the police was going soft on the factory owner as he enjoys a lot of political clout



10-year jail for man in rape case
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 1
Fast Track Court Judge Mandeep Pannu (Additional Sessions Judge) has convicted Gurdev Singh, alias Sonu Bakri, of Dr Ambedkar Nagar, Ludhiana, in a rape case. He was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for 10 years and slapped a fine of Rs 6,000.

A case under section 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC was registered at the Model Town police station on February 16, 2010, on a statement of the victim girl’s father.

The complainant had told the police that his 14-year-old daughter went missing on October 11, 2010. Later, he came to know that the accused made her eloped with him on the pretext of marrying her.

The accused was arrested on April 22, 2010. During investigation, it was revealed that he had raped the girl.

The accused pleaded innocence. The court found that the girl was a minor and held the accused guilty of abduction and rape.



Violation of bylaws
Notices to SCF owners in Sarabha Nagar market
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
The MC has issued notices to the owners of shops in the Sarabha Nagar main market for the violation of the building bylaws. At the Sarabha Nagar main market, which is commonly known as ‘Kipps Market’, a majority of the shop-cum-flats (SCFs) have slowly turned into shop-cum-offices (SCOs), which is against the rules. The building branch of the MC had been sleeping over the issue till the time a city resident complained about the violation of the building bylaws in the market to the Principal Secretary, Local Bodies Department.

The Ludhiana Improvement Trust had allotted land to applicants to set up SCFs in the market but over the years, taking advantage of the apathy of the MC authorities and the other law-enforcing agencies towards the violations of the bylaws in the market, a majority of the SCFs have been turned into SCOs.

The Sarabha Nagar main market is one of the most happening spots in the city and it is also called Sector 17 of Ludhiana. Parking in the area is a major problem for the residents living in the adjoining blocks.

Many shopkeepers have encroached upon the passage in front of their shops. In the evening, the situation becomes worse when vendors set up stalls on the passage. Most shopkeepers have allowed vendors to set up ‘rehris’ or ‘farhis’ in front of their shops and even provided them electricity connection.

“The land in this market was allotted to applicants under an SCF scheme. However, with the passage of time a majority of them have converted their SCFs into restaurants, showrooms, etc, without getting any approval from the MC authorities. Nearly 95 per cent of the people, whom plots were allotted under the SCF scheme, have illegally changed its land use and started using their flats as a source of income. More than 75 per cent of people have violated the building bylaws by increasing the height of their buildings and building additional floors,” alleged Rohit Sabharwal in his complaint to the Principal Secretary, Local Bodies Department.

Yesterday, the Assistant Town Planner (Zone D), Rajinder Sharma, issued notices to all the shopkeepers who have violated the building rules. They have been asked to reply within three days.

The ATP said the SCFs in the market had been illegally converted into SCOs. “If any shopkeeper fails to submit his reply within three days (by February 3), we will understand that he has nothing to say in his defence,” he said.

Illegal shops

Two illegal shops have come up right opposite the Sarabha Nagar main market. These shops are illegal in the sense that they are located in a residential area as some person has converted a portion of his house into shops. Even though this matter was highlighted by The Tribune twice, the MC officials have failed to take any action against the owner.



Raids at house, shop of jeweller
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
The Enforcement Directorate raided one of the prominent jewellery shops in Sarafa Bazar in the city today. Sources said the owner of the jewellery shop is said to be involved in a hawala racket.

According to sources, raids were simultaneously conducted at the jeweller’s shop and his residence in Ludhiana.

A senior official of the Enforcement Directorate confirmed the raid. However, he refused to divulge any details of today’s operation.



Teachers’ arrears
Notification released, not budget
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
The “high-expectations” of college and university teachers, who were to receive the long-pending first installment of arrears by the state government on January 31, 2013, came to the grounds once again as the Finance Department, Chandigarh, did not release the budget to the colleges till date.

As per the recent letter, released by the state government on January 17, total three installments of the arrears pending since January 1, 2006, of 30 per cent, 30 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively, were to be released on January 31, February 28 and March 31, respectively, to the college and university teachers. But till date, the colleges have not got the budget by the Finance Department.

Talking to The Tribune, Prof Jaipal Singh, general secretary, the Punjab Government College Teachers’ Association (PGCTA) that teachers were eagerly waiting that at last state government woke-up from its deep slumber, but no budget has been provided to colleges for the pending arrears.

“We are totally fed-up by now. Our fellow employees in all other departments had received the arrears in May 2010, about three years ago. But we have not provided a single penny till date. The government needs to provide us the interest amount, too, now,” rued Prof Jaipal Singh.

The college teachers rued that they had to “struggle” a lot to get their arrears as the state government was in no mood to release funds. They had to file several writ petitions in the High Court, under pressure of which state government had recently agreed to release the arrears. One of the writ petitions filed by the GCTA was still pending in the Court, the hearing of which was on March 20.

The above notification came by the state government following petition filed by the teachers of private colleges and the Court had asked the government to provide them all the arrears.

“We are waiting for the budget allocation, if nothing is done within a few days, we will plan our next action as it is already too late,” said the general secretary.


  • Notification issued to provide arrears to teachers in three installments.
  • First installment was to be released on January 31, 2013.
  • Finance Department fails to release the budget to colleges, first installment date already crossed.
  • Arrears pending since January 1, 2006.
  • All other government employees had received their arrears but not the college/university teachers, though 80 per cent of the amount was to be reimbursed by the Central Government.



Home guards jawan, cop’s kin ‘rob’ migrants
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

People outside a government railway police chowki in Sahnewal on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 1
Three migrants from Bihar were stripped, tortured and robbed off their meagre savings allegedly by Punjab Home guard personnel, a policeman’s nephew and his accomplice at the Government Railway police chowki in Sahnewal here today.

Gurnam Singh, SHO GRP police station has confirmed that he has received a complaint and started the investigation. However, no case has been registered so far.

The incident also triggered a protest at Sahnewal Railway Station as migrants demanded action against the accused persons.

Hargobind Twari, Director Migrant Board, said when the police would start robbing people then who would protect them.

Narrating the incident, Ramma Kant, Bharrat Ram and Dhanji Ram said they boarded Himgiri Express from Baksar in Bihar on January 30. When they reached Lucknow, they changed the train and came to the city in Dibrugarh Express train. The trio alighted at Sahnewal last night. While they were moving out of the station, they were allegedly stopped by three persons, who were posing as policemen, said the complaint.

These men allegedly posed as cops, took the trio to the GRP police station. They alleged that one of the home guards identified as Basant Singh told them that they would have to pay the penalty of Rs 15,00 as they have alighted at Sahnewal railway station whereas they had a ticket of Ludhiana railway station.

Ramma Kant, Bharrat Ram and Dhanji Ram alleged that they did not have much money. They further claimed that they were stripped and a home guard, Basant Singh, took away Rs 1,000 and mobiles phones from them.

The victims narrated the matter to Vishwanath Municipal Corporation Councillor from Ward No 79 and Hargobind Tiwari, Director Migrant Board this morning.

Tiwari said, "After listening to the ordeal we visited the GRP Chowki at Sahnewal but it was locked. We have got hold of that Home Guard Basant Singh. He told us that he along with Jarnail Singh who is the nephew of Raghuvinder Singh in-charge Sahnewal police chowki and Pitta, a porter working at Sahnewal railway station had extracted money from the migrants by posing as policemen."

Tiwari said if the police would not take action then they would stage dharna.

No lessons learnt

The city has witnessed ugly migrant violence incident in December 2009. Many lives were lost and many vehicles were torched by the angry migrants who had protested against the lawlessness in Dhandari and Sahnewal area, hub of migrant population. But such incident shows that no lesson has been learnt from the previous mistakes.



Congress councillors' protest enters Day 5
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Congress councillors put ‘kajal’ in the eyes of an effigy of the Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, at the Zone A office in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 1On the fifth day of the protest, the Congress councillors found an innovative way wherein they administered medicine to the effigies of Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma. "Kajal" was applied to the "eyes" and medicine drops were poured in ears of the Mayor's and the MC Commissioner's effigies. The Congress councillors claimed that after the "medical treatment" both the effigies have been kept in an Intensive Care Unit.

"We would keep a vigilant check on their condition for 48 hours and if their condition does not improve, we will send them for serious medical treatment," said Hem Raj Aggarwal, leader of opposition in the Ludhiana MC house.

"Despite our protest for the last five days, both the Mayor as well as the MC Commissioner has failed to act or listen to our grievances. This clearly shows that there is problem in their eyes because they can't see the plight of a common man," said Aggarwal.

A section of Congress councillors led by the leader of opposition Hem Raj Aggarwal, Senior Deputy leader Rakesh Prashar, deputy leader Sushma Mehta and some other councillors has been sitting on protest against the Mayor and the MC Commissioner. There is another section of Congress councillors led by chairman of Congress councillors Balkar Singh Sandhu and other councillors- Sanjay Talwar, Deepika Bhalla, Narinder Sharma, Mamta Ashu, Gurpreet Singh Bassi, Maharaj Singh Raji and Jai Parkash Sharma- which held a meeting with the MC Commissioner yesterday.

In the 75-member MC house, the Congress party is having 19 councillors, out of which seven are from the group of Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

The Congress councillors led by Hem Raj Aggarwal are protesting against the levying of development charges in Core Area, imposition of property tax and for convening general house meeting of the MC.

"We will wait till Monday and if both the Mayor as well MC Commissioner fail to solve our grievances, we will intensify our protest," said Hem Raj Aggarwal.

The Mayor's reaction

In our democratic country, every person has the right to protest. It is only a section of Congress councillors who are holding protest without any reason. Instead of protesting against us, they should hold protest against their own party in Centre because property tax is being implemented on the directions of the Congress government. It is the Congress party, which in 2005, imposed development charges on the city residents. As far as the convening of general house meeting is concerned, we will be calling it soon.



Sterilising stray dogs not easy task for MC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
The Finance and Contract Committee of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation yesterday passed a proposal for the sterilisation of stray dogs. As many as 25,000 stray dogs will be sterlised and the project will cost Rs 2 crore.

Earlier, a project costing Rs 1.5 crore for the sterilisation of 25,000 stray dogs was started by the MC in May 2010, but after the sterlisation of as many as 3,000 stray dogs, the project hit several roadblocks for one reason or the other. A private company was given the target of sterlising 750 stray dogs every month and for each male dog that was sterilised, MC paid Rs 550 and for every female dog, it paid Rs 650.

After few months, the project was stopped in 2011 and the civic body started scouting for another company.

Since then the city is grappling due to stray dog menace. Last year, a five-year-old child was mauled by stray dogs outside her house in Kailash Nagar.

Stray dogs’ roaming freely is a common sight in almost every nook and corner of the city. The MC claims that not many dog bite incidents are reported every year. The truth is that such incidents often go unreported because majority of the victims prefer to take treatment from nearby hospitals or clinics.

The Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, said: “The sterilisation drive will be successful. I will not comment on what went wrong during the previous projects, but this time we are very serious about the issue.”



E-filing of quarterly returns starts; traders face difficulties
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
The e-filing of the quarterly returns started today. There was disappointment among the traders as the server was working slowly and it was taking a lot of time to upload the returns. The work for the filing of the quarterly VAT return was delayed by nearly a month as the department was busy preparing new VAT forms with few modifications.

"Although the new VAT forms have been introduced but it is taking lot of time for uploading the return forms. The server of the department is working very slowly. The department should have introduced the new forms from the next quarter," said Jatinder Khurana, president of Taxation Young Lawyers Association.

Gursewak Singh, a trader, said, "It is very difficult to file returns as per the new format. The VAT returns for two quarters of the current year have already been filed in the old format and now the balance VAT returns for the remaining quarters are being filed on the new format. It has become very difficult to prepare the file annual returns ie VAT 20. CA Jagjit Singh said since new forms have been introduced now they would be required to get their software updated and only then would be able to file the returns for the last quarter.

"The new forms are full of shortcomings. The basic requirement to fill new proposed VAT forms like quantity and other details cannot be furnished now as the bills were issued in October, November, and December and at that time it was not known that such details will be required," said Harkishen, a trader.



Abandoned girl child handed over to orphanage
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 1
A few days old girl child, who was reportedly abandoned by some unidentified persons at 'Panghura' set up at Red Cross Bhawan, Amritsar, some days ago, was handed over to the authorities of an orphanage being run by Swami Ganga Nand Bhuri Wale International Foundation at Talwandi Dham village near Jagraon today by the officials of Red Cross Bhawan Amritsar.

As per the information given by Kuldip Singh Mann, secretary of Swami Ganga Nand Bhuri Wale International Foundation, after the girl child was abandoned at 'Panghura', the officials of Red Cross Bhawan brought the incident into the notice of Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar.

"Amritsar Deputy Commissioner instructed the officials of the Red Cross Bhawan, Amritsar, to hand over the child to an orphanage following which the officials of Red Cross Bhawan contacted us and informed that some unidentified persons had abandoned a newly born girl child at 'Panghura' during the night," said Jasbir Kaur, president of the foundation.

"We asked the Red Cross officials to hand over the girl child to us following which the officials from Red Cross Bhawan, Amritsar, reached at our orphanage today and handed over the child to us after completing all the legal formalities," added foundation president, Jasbir Kaur.



DC honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan Management Committee in its quarterly meeting honoured Rahul Tiwari, DC, Ludhiana, for his excellent leadership.

Rahul Tiwari was chosen from amongst the best DCs in the country by Election Commission of India for the excellent election arrangements in the district during the last Vidhan Sabha elections for the supervision.

The Deputy Commissioner was also selected from Punjab for presentation and sharing experience at National Conference at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, for remarkable work in revenue administration and curbing female feticide in the district.



Health dept employees call off strike

Ludhiana, February 1
After getting an assurance from Principal Secretary Health, Vinni Mahajan, for holding a meeting on February 26 at Chandigarh, clerical staff of health department today called off their strike for the time being. Sukhvinder Singh State President of Punjab Health Department Offices Clerical Association said, "For the time being we have suspended our strike till February 26. Tomorrow although it is a holiday in the dept yet we will complete our pendin works." — TNS



Ambulance staff hold protest

Ludhiana, February 1
Staff of Ambulance 108 today held protest at Dana Mandi and handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister Punjab and Assistant Labour Commissioner through Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rahul Tiwari. They demanded from the Labour Commission that their 8-hour service should be started immediately. They also demanded that as per the notification issued on Sept 1, 2012, there should be increase in minimum wages.

The protest was addressed by state leader of the Union Malkit Singh of Amritsar. Later, the DC assured them of arranging a meeting of ambulance staff with Labour department on February 6. — TNS



Tow-away vehicle driver suspended
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
Traffic chaos is expected to be back on roads as the city police today suspended its tow-away driver and pulled out all recovery vehicles from roads .

The decision was taken following complaints that sub-standard recovery vehicles were causing damage to wrongly parked cars.

Sources said the tow-away driver was suspended following orders from Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh.



Three arrested for murder
Our Correspondent

Khamano, February 1
The Khamano police has claimed to solve a case of murder of an aged woman of Khamano and has arrested three persons in this regard. Stating about the case in a press conference, SSP Hardial Singh Mann said that a woman, Amarjit Kaur, was found murdered on the night of January 19-20 and a Nokia mobile phone, gas cylinder and a pair of gold ornaments were found to be stolen from her place. SSP said a special team was formed under SHO Gurmeet Singh.

During investigation, three persons named Nirmal Singh, Lakhvir Singh both residents of Rasulra and Jagjit Singh a resident of Khanna were arrested who confessed their crime and moreover, the missing articles have been recovered from them their possession.

Accused Nirmal Singh confessed that he had worked in the village with some persons who had taken the land of deceased on lease and he along with his wife had stayed in the neighbourhood of the deceased for sometime. Due to their stay, Nirmal and his wife developed good relations with Amarjit and he knew that she had returned from Italy recently and might have brought money and gold.

In the lurch of greed, Nirmal along with his two other companions Jagjit and Lakhvie came to her house and entered her house by scaling the wall of her house. Then he called her as she knew Nirmal and the deceased allowed them in to her house. After taking meals the three requested her to stay for night due to dense fog. When Amarjit was trying to sleep, the three accused started searching her house to find gold and money. Amarjit suddenly woke up after some noice and tried to raise alarm. But the three accused caught hold of her and killed her with sharp edged weapon after which they escaped. A case was registered under Section 460.



Crime briefs
Drug peddlers arrested

Ludhiana, February 1
The focal point police has arrested a drug peddler couple and recovered 3 kg of opium from their possession. The accused has been identified as Mahinder Singh and Daljit Kaur. They were nabbed from a police Naka near Sharu Steel in Focal Point area here today. Focal Point police station SHO, Gurtej Singh, said on seeing the policemen, the couple, who were travelling on a scooter, stopped their vehicle and tired to escape. They were intercepted and the police recovered 3 kg opium and arrested the couple.

Auto-rickshaw driver ‘escapes’ with purse

An auto-rickshaw driver allegedly fled with a purse containing Rs 6,000 and mobile phone, of a New Kitchlu Nagar resident. Complainant, Shashi Prabhaker, said she was returning home after meeting a relative. She had hired an auto rickshaw and after reaching bus stand, the auto rickshaw driver of told her to alight from the vehicle. The auto rickshaw driver fled without taking any money from the driver fled. When Shashi checked her bag, she found her purse was missing. She alleged that a man, travelling with the auto rickshaw driver might have stolen her purse.

Land grab bid foiled

The residents of Jhande village foiled a land grab bid on a shamlat land of the village. Giving details Terlochan Singh said as the land prices on the villages located on Ferozepur road are heading North, the land mafia is on hunt to grab shamlat lands of the village. He said the land mafia arrived with earth-movers and began the digging work. In the meantime, the residents staged a protest, which forced the land mafia to abandon the digging work.

Man electrocuted

A 40-year-old truck driver from Mansa was electrocuted while he was visiting his relative in Meharban village. The victim was identified as Surinder Singh. Sources said the incident took place last night when Surinder Singh climbed over his truck to put a cover of material he was ferrying. Suddenly he came in contact with overhead high-tension wire and electrocuted. — TNS



Thieves decamp with Rs 3.5 lakh
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 1
Some unidentified thieves struck at two separate places during the past 24 hours and stole Rs 3.50 lakh and a Maruti car from different places. As per the information, the first theft took place at Hans Kalan village situated on Jagaon-Raikot Road past late night from where some unidentified thieves broke into the office of Corporative Society village.

In his complaint to the police, secretary of the Corporative Society, Surjit Singh complained that he along with four other employees of the Society locked the office yesterday evening and went to their respective houses.

"When we returned to the office today, we were shocked to see that the locks of the main gate of the office as well as of the safe were broken and the cash of more than 3.51 lakh rupees, which was kept in the safe was missing", alleged Surjit Singh.

The Dakha police have registered a case against unidentified thieves on the complaint filed by Secretary Surjit Singh and started the investigation.

According to Investigating Officer Sukhwinder Singh, the police have found some important clues regarding the theft incident during the investigation. "We have been conducting raids to nab the thieves and hopefully the thieves would be arrested very soon," said Sukhwinder Singh.



Couple booked for kidnapping daughter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
The Salem Tabri police has booked a couple for abducting their daughter from her husband's house in New Shivpuri area. According to the information, Latesh Jain of Shivpuri area had an affair with Neha, a resident of Jawahar Nagar camp. They got married one and a half year ago.

Neha was missing since January 19, 2013. She returned to her in-law's house on January 30 at around 11 am and narrated that her mother Seema Rani had abducted her with the help of other family members and she was kept at Jalandhar.

Brothers of Neha, Ankush and Deepu, two of his uncle, a woman and 10 other unidentified persons entered the house on January 19 and kidnapped Neha.

"We have registered a case under Section 323 and 365 of the IPC,” said Ashwani Kumar, the Investigation Officer.



Power employee booked for bungling
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
The Power Corporation employee was booked for a fraud of Rs 4 lakh. The accused has been identified as Amit Kumar. He was working as a cashier in the Sarabha Nagar office of the Power Corporation from May 2006 to April 2012. He was booked following a probe conducted by the department.

During the audit it came to light that in May 2008 Amit Kumar had taken Rs 5,590 from a customer for permanently disconnecting the electricity connection but in the receipt to the consumer Rs 590 were shown.

After finding the anomaly, the department initiated a probe in which it was found that Amit had collected nearly Rs 4 lakh in 85 such cases.

The Sarabha Nagar police has booked the accused under the Sections 409, 465, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC.



GCG holds annual athletics meet
Tribune News Service

A girl takes part in the long jump event during the annual athletics meet at Government College for Girls in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 1
The 70th Annual Athletic Meet was held at Government College for Girls today. Ranjit Singh Dhillon was the chief guest on the occasion. The guests of honour were Ninderjeet Kaur Dhillon, Counsellor and Hira Singh Gabria, ex-Education Minister and Chairman Ludhiana Planning Commission.

College principal, Gurminder Kaur, while welcoming the chief highlighted the importance of sports in the lives of young boys and girls. She said students must participate in sports events for their overall development. “Sports play a pivotal role in the growth of a sound mind and sound body,” she said.

Ranjit Singh Dhillon declared the athletics meet open. Speaking on the occasion, he said sports are a way of life. He said students should respect their parents and teachers wholeheartedly. The students should also stay connected to their religion. Their mental growth depends upon how much they favour their religion.

He also appreciated the achievements of the college. He encouraged the young girls to come forward and participate in sports. 



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