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Crackdown on buses with tinted glasses
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Cracking a whip against buses with tinted glasses, the city police has challaned 250 vehicles in the past 24 hours. The police said despite repeated requests and warnings, the bus operators failed to remove black films from their vehicles and were not following the Supreme Court’s directions issued after the Delhi gang-rape case.

However, the bus operators said they were not aware of the fresh guidelines on the removal of black films from buses. They said they were ready to do the needful provided the police showed them a copy of the Supreme Court’s guidelines.

Buland Singh, in charge, traffic, said hundreds of buses were challaned and 15 were impounded by the traffic police. "We are taking action against the bus operators following the SC directions,” said Singh.

The president of the Ludhiana Mini-Bus Operators’ Association, JS Grewal, said they were being harassed by the police. “The black film that blocks light by not more than 30 per cent is allowed. We are not aware about the latest directions of the Supreme Court. We have urged the officials concerned to show us a copy of the order, but to no avail,” said Grewal. 


Man gets 10-yr jail in rape case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 7
The fast-track court of Additional Sessions Judge Mandeep Pannu has convicted Tilak Singh, alias Tilka, a resident of Bajigar Da Dera, Bharti Colony, Salem Tabri, in a rape case.

He was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him. Besides, Kishan Kumar of Chitti Colony, Bhattian Bet, was sentenced to five-year imprisonment on the charges of abduction (Section 366 of the IPC).

The court acquitted Master Harbans Lal, his wife Charanjit Kaur of Hazuri Bagh, Chitti Colony, Bhattian, Dalip Kaur of Maya Nagri Colony, Kasabad and Komal Rani of Bhattian. They were earlier declared innocent in an inquiry conducted by the SP-III on the request of Master Harbans Lal.

A case under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against the accused at the Salem Tabri police station on August 9, 2007, following the statement of the victim’s mother.

The complainant had alleged that the accused forcibly took her in an auto-rickshaw and Tilka and Master Harbans Lal raped her.

However, the accused pleaded innocence. But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found two accused guilty in the case. 



Woman robbed of gold bangles
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Two youths posing as students robbed an elderly woman of four gold bangles worth over Rs 2 lakh at Khud Mohalla. The victim, Inderjit Kaur, said the robbers took her at knifepoint and removed her gold bangles. The victim lost her two teeth during the scuffle. Brij Mohon, SHO, Division No 3, said the knife used in the crime was recovered from the spot.

The victim said two boys came to her house and told that they were students of her son Daljeet, who runs a tuition centre.

They said Daljeet had asked them to bring a book from his house.

At that time of the incident, the victim’s husband, Kulveer Singh, was present in the house, while her daughter-in-law Prabhjot was on the third floor of the house.

Spare parts stolen

Thieves struck at the office of a motor spare parts company in at Miller Gunj and decamped with motor parts worth Rs 70,000.

The incident came to light when Mandeep Singh, owner of Shapuria Sales India, reached the branch office located at Nirankari Kutcha No 5, and was shocked to find the locks broken.

He said the thieves took away spare parts kept in a sack. Mandeep had opened the branch office 10 days ago. The police has registered a case against unidentified persons.



Thieves strike at seven shops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Thieves struck at seven shops of auto parts dealers at Hari Singh Grewal Market near Tajpur Road and decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs.

The theft took place 100 meters away from a police naka. Thieves decamped with Rs 60,000 from Singla Finance by breaking the cash counter. They took away an LCD television from Simran Auto Deal. The thieves also struck at Billa Auto Deal, Harnoor Auto Deal, Amrit Auto Deal, Bhikhi Auto Deal and Durga Seat Cover. Shopkeepers said the thieves decamped with Rs 40,000, blank cheques and other important items.

The police has registered a case against unidentified persons and started investigations.

Man dies under mysterious circumstances

Celebrations turned sour after a 25-year-old man died under mysterious circumstances while attending a wedding function at a marriage palace on Pakhowal Road.

The deceased has been identified as Pawan Panday, a resident of Khud Muhalla in the old city. The incident took place at midnight when Panday collapsed while attending a wedding of his friend.

Prima facie it is suspected that the man might have died due to alcohol overdose, but the police has not ruled out other theories. Amandeep Brar, SHO, Sadar, said the body was taken to the Civil Hospital and the cause of the death would be clear after the post-mortem. 



Woman thrashed by ‘tantrik’ dies 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Residents staged a dharna outside the Jamalpur police station following the death of a 24-year-old woman. They sought action against a ‘tantrik’ who thrashed the woman leading to her death.

Seeta Devi, a native of Bihar, was living in the Jamalpur area along with her husband Koshal Kumar. Seeta fell ill on January 31 following which she was taken to a doctor, but her condition did not improve, said Koshal Kumar.

A ‘tantrik’ residing in the locality claimed that Seeta was under the influence of an evil spirit. He claimed the evil spirit would leave her body if she was thrashed with shoes. The ‘tantrik’ also advised to burn Seeta’s skin. The ‘tantrik’ started the ‘treatment’ following which Seeta’s condition deteriorated. She was rushed to a hospital three days ago where she died on Wednesday evening.

The post-mortem was conducted today and the viscera were sent to a laboratory at Kharar for chemical examination. The ‘tantrik’ is on the run. 



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Repair of Old Tibba Bridge begins
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, February 7
After the issue was raised in these columns a number of times, the Public Works Department has finally initiated repair work on the Old Tibba Bridge. The eroded edges of the bridge were posing danger to lives of commuters for past many months.

In charge of the project XEN Jagdeep Singh Tung said safety of commuters has to be ensured. He said safety of villagers using the old bridge could not be overlooked after the construction of the new one, as both the bridges were meant to complement each other.

“A proper brick railing is now being erected on both sides of the old bridge. This will cover all the eroded edges and make it safe for both light and heavy vehicles to ply on the bridge,” Tung said. The new bridge, which has been opened for commuters, would further ease the traffic, he said.

Jandeep Kaushal of Doraha, a daily commuter, said he was relieved that the PWD had finally given heed to their requests. “We had been asking PWD officials to do the needful. It is good to have a duty officer who at last has thought about the safety of commuters,” he said. 



One dies of swine flu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Swine flu has claimed another life in the city taking the toll to three this year. Sunita Dogra who had tested positive of swine flu died at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) yesterday.

Seven more patients have also tested positive of swine flu in different hospitals across the city today. Four cases were reported at CMCH and two at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. One Jalandhar-based patient tested positive at SPS Apollo Hospital.



Uprooted tree yet to be removed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
The apathy of the authorities of Punjab Agricultural University can be gauged from the fact that a tree that fell on an electricity pole three days ago has not been removed so far.

High-velocity winds uprooted the tree which fell on the pole, disrupting the power supply to the campus.

The electricity wires are a threat to the lives of students. The students have demanded that the tree should be removed at the earliest. 



150 autos impounded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Barely three days after launching a drive against illegal autos, the city police today impounded 150 illegal autos and challaned 450 auto drivers for not carrying documents.

One-way route

The road leading from Domoria Bridge to Sabzi Mandi has been declared one way. Rahul Verma, traffic expert, said vehicles moving from New City to Sabzi Mandi would have to take a turn from BL Kapur Memorial Hospital for entering Chaura Bazar. Vehicles moving from Chaura Bazar would have to take the Clock Tower road and Bhadaur House road to enter the Civil Lines area.

Ban imposed

The Commissioner of Police, Ishwar Singh, imposed a ban on carrying fire arms at functions. As per a communiqué issued from the office of Commissioner of Police, action will be taken against persons using fire arms.

Rs 13 lakh taken away

Navneesh Khullar, who was working as a manager at a biscuit manufacturing company, claimed that the owner of the company trained a gun at him and took away Rs 13 lakh and made him sign some documents. He said the owner had taken his mother and his business partner’s family hostage.

Dismissed policeman booked

A former police officer, who was dismissed following the registration of a criminal case, has been booked for misplacing two magazines of SLR. Sarabjit Singh was posted as assistant MHC (munshi) at the Division No 2 police station in 2005. During his term as the MHC, he was holding the charge of ammunition. When he handed over the charge to some other officer, two magazines of an SLR gun were found missing. The then SSP, Ludhiana, had ordered an inquiry into the matter and it took eight years to complete an the inquiry. He was found guilty and a case was registered against him under Section 409 of the IPC. The accused is yet to be arrested.

Car stolen

In his complaint, Gaurav Grover, a resident of Tagore Nagar, Civil Lines, said someone had stolen his Maruti zen from outside his house. A case under Section 379 IPC (vehicle theft) has been registered in this connection.

One killed in accident

One person was killed in a road accident. The deceased, identified as Ram Parvesh, a resident of Ajit Villa, Barewal, was on foot. His wife Pinku Devi said a Hyundai Varna car hit her husband. Ram Parvesh suffered serious injuries. He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A case under Sections 279-304A IPC has been registered against the accused, Anil Kumar, a resident of Pink Park, Barewal.

Patwaris go on strike

To protest against the arrest of a patwari by the vigilance department yesterday, patwatris in the district today went on a strike till February 18. The patwaris staged a dharna and raised slogans against the officials outside the Mini Secretariat today. They demanded that Satpal be released at the earliest. They said they would suspend work for four to five hours daily. The patwaris alleged that during the raid, no amount was recovered by the department. The Revenue Patwar Union, Ludhiana, will suspend work till February 17 and on February 18 they will stage a dharna at the Mini Secretariat. The patwari was produced in a court which sent him to a one-day remand.

Theft at house

Thieves struck at a house in Aman Park. The owner of the house, Ashok Kumar, was away to Delhi. On return, he found the house ransacked. He said the miscreants had decamped with cash and gold ornaments. The exact loss is yet to be ascertained. A case under Sections 457-380 IPC has been registered.



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Inter-batch competitions

Ludhiana: The annual inter-batch cultural festival of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ectopia-2013, entered the second day here today. The day began with events including solo songs, just a minute, antakshri, face painiting, and nail art. Five teams contented for the top spot in the antakshri competition. Finally, the batch of 2009 bagged the honours. Other winners included Preet Kanwal (2008) in painting, Ravika (2009) in sketching, Gulinder (2008) in solo dance, Smridhi (2011) in face painting and Aravdeep (2008) in just a minute.

Students perform during the annual prize distribution function of GGN Public School in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Students perform during the annual prize distribution function of GGN Public School in Ludhiana on Thursday. A tribune photograph

Annual prize distribution

GGN Public School organised its annual prize distribution on Thursday. Students presented a cultural programme based on the theme "Melody of life". They depicted different stages of life through dance and dramatic performances. Students who excelled in academics and co-curricular activities were awarded.

Cultural programme

The kindergarten section of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, presented a cultural programme on Thursday. They captivated the audience with their dance performances. They also sang folk songs from various states. Eklavya Chopra of UKG-A and Kritika Jain of UKG-D bagged the first prize in the UKG category. In the LKG category, Naina Sangar of LKG-A won the first prize.

RTE workshop

A three-day workshop on the Right to Education (RTE) was organised by Annual Status of Education Report Centre, New Delhi, at the Malwa Central College of Education for Women. The workshop aimed at disseminating knowledge about the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Act, 2009, through theory and practice. Various activities like reading and understanding of the Act, presentations by experts, discussion on frequently asked questions on the RTE, framing of questions on the RTE by the participants and quiz contest were conducted. The participants also visited government schools at Sunet, Threeke, 7-B BRS Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Baddowal, Barewal, Gobind Nagar and College Road to assess the implementation of the RTE Act.


A quiz competition was held at Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women. Four teams from the college and four teams from Jain Senior Secondary School and Jain Public School were tested on general awareness through various rounds. The first prize was bagged by the team of BCA students.

Computer training

Doraha: A computer hardware and software exhibition, CHASE-2013, was organised at the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology. Students prepared models of computer hardware parts. Students were also trained in assembling of computer, installation of Windows and operating software applications. Students also learnt to create and install servers and handlle computer system troubleshooting and networking solutions.

Soccer workshop

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Soccer players and coaches from various educational and sports organisations were given tips on the game by a team of international coaches during a workshop Govind National College, Narangwal, on Thursday. Craig Andrew Smith, head coach of Ottawa FYRY Club, Canada, presided over the session. Principal of the host institute Dr HS Gosal said the workshop had been organised on the request of players, coaches and heads of physical education departments of the area. — Tribune Reporters



Drug peddler held for harbouring gangster
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 7
The Sudhar police has arrested a drug peddler who had been allegedly harbouring absconding undertrials and radical leaders. The accused, Jaswinder Singh alias Mota of Pakhowal, was recently booked for harbouring notorious gangster Harpreet Singh Toosa.

Jaswindwer was nabbed on the Pakhowal-Gujjarwal road when he was trying to leave the area today.

At least two cases under NDPS Act had already been registered against the accused at Sudhar police station.

The accused had also helped Harpreet in a carjacking incident on the outskirts of Hargobind Pur village on January 22, the police said.

Harpreet is wanted in at least nine criminal cases, including two murder and two kidnapping cases, registered against him at various police stations of the state.

SSP HS Pannu said search operation would be carried out at places suspected to be hideouts of criminals. 



Inspector attacked again, brother booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Inspector Dilpreet Singh, who was attacked by his cousin over a property dispute a few months ago, has now fallen victim to an alleged murderous assault by his brother.

His brother Harpreet Singh, a resident of Mint Gumri Chowk in Model Town, was today booked in an attempt to murder case.

Dilpreet Singh alleged the incident took place last evening when he was standing outside his house with a friend.

Harpreet attacked both of them with a sword, he alleged.

Dilpreet sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to a private hospital. He is stated to be out of danger. His friend escaped with minor injuries.

Dilpreet and controversies have almost become synonymous.

The Inspector, who had a troubled married life after his wife filed a dowry harassment case against him, landed in soup recently after a Sahnewal-based woman leveled rape allegation against him.



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Accused pleads innocence
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Harinder, alias Honey Dhingra, who allegedly broke arms of his one-year-old daughter following a quarrel with his wife, claimed innocence today. Honey reportedly told the police that his daughter Tanvi accidentally fell on the floor and received injuries. He claimed he rushed her to hospital after the incident.

Presently, Honey is in police custody after being booked in an attempt to murder case.

One of his relatives claimed it was Honey’s wife Natasha who inflicted injuries upon Tanvi. She was falsely implicating Honey and his family members in a dowry-related assault case, the relative alleged.

Natasha’s uncle Vikas questioned claims made by Honey. “How can a child suffer fracture on both arms after accidentally falling on the floor?” he said. 



Kurukshetra XI, SAI in final
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, February 7
Kurukshetra XI and Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lucknow, survived many anxious moments against their respective opponents before romping home victors on the penultimate day of the seventh All-India Jagtar Memorial Hockey Tournament (U-21) being organised at the Olympian Prithipal Singh AstroTurf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University today.

In the semifinals, Kurukshetra XI overpowered Surjit Hockey Academy of Jalandhar 2-1 while SAI, Lucknow, managed to outplay Namdhari XI of Bhaini Sahib 3-2 to secure places in the title clash match slated for tomorrow.

In the first semifinals, Surjit Academy players went into an early lead when Varun Kumar converted a penalty corner in the 11th minute. They exerted pressure to further cement the lead but an agile defense of Kurukshetra XI thwarted every attempt.

In the second session, however, Kurukshetra XI reorganised themselves and changed the game plan. They made forays repeatedly into the rivals' territory and in the process, forced three penalty corners but failed to translate these chances into goals.

In the 54th minute, Hussain of Kurukshetra XI weaved a fine move and also succeeded in sneaking into Surjit Academy's territory to roll the ball into the net to restore the parity (1-1).

Kurukshetra boys continued with pressure tactics and nine minutes later, Sumit found the target to read it 2-1 which also saw his side to sail into the final.

The second semifinal between SAI (Lucknow) and Namdhari XI too was an absorbing affair in which the ball exchanged hands very quickly. The two sides were tied two-all at half time.

SAI gained lead in the 11th minute through a goal scored by Deepak Kumar. However, their joys were short-lived as Namdhari XI levelled the score in the very next minute when Kuldeep Singh sounded the board.

Deepak Kumar, again put SAI, Lucknow, into the lead in the 23rd minute. The second half witnessed a battle between the two sides and the spectators were delighted to watch excellent stick work, dished out by both the teams.

In the 57th minute, Deepak Kumar scored his third individual goal to complete a hat-trick which also sealed Namdhari XI's fate 3-2 and assured SAI a berth in the final. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, was the chief guest today. Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, was the guest of honour. The match for the hard-line cup will be played tomorrow at 12.30 pm while the final will be held at 2 pm.



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