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City gets 2 new bus routes
To become functional from Friday; 11 low-floor non-AC buses reach city
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
There is good news for city residents. Two new routes will be started under the Ludhiana City Bus Service project. These routes are from the octroi post on the main GT Road to the octroi post near the Jalandhar bypass and from the octroi post on Gill Road to the bus stand.

These two routes will become functional from Friday as the third lot of 11 low-floor non-air-conditioned buses, each costing around Rs 48 lakh, reached the city this evening.

With the start of these two routes, the Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL) is trying to focus on residents working in industrial units.

The first route, from the octroi post on the main GT Road to the octroi post near the Jalandhar bypass, will mainly cater to the labour class and those working in factories located in Sherpur, Giaspura, Dhandari, Focal Point, Kanganwal and other such areas in the city.

Similarly, the second route, from the octroi post on Gill Road to the bus stand, will cater to those who come for work to the city. This route will also benefit people coming from villages to factories located in Janata Nagar, Shimlapuri, Dashmesh Nagar, Chet Singh Nagar and other such areas falling on Gill Road, which houses a large number of small and medium industrial units.

At present, the LCBSL has a fleet of 20 low-floor non-AC buses, which are plying on two routes, from the octroi post near the Jalandhar bypass to the bus stand and from the octroi post on Ferozepur Road to the railway station.

The 11 new buses are part of a lot of 30 low-floor non-AC buses, which are being readied at the regional sales office of Tata Motors near Chandigarh. The LCBSL had placed an order for 40 low-floor non-AC buses with Tata Motors under JNNURM project. Of these, 10 buses were delivered to the LCBSL in December 2011.

Confirming the development, Baljit Singh, Manager, LCBSL, said these buses would start operating from Friday. "Another lot of 19 buses from Tata Motors will reach the city by this month-end. We hope that by February-end, we will have a fleet of 50 buses, which will run on seven or eight routes. A workforce of 30 new drivers and 35 new conductors is ready. They will be deputed the moment the buses start plying on the new routes," he said.


Ludhiana Bus Stand

Preet Palace

Gill Chowk

Janata Nagar

ATI Chowk

ITI Chowk

Gill Canal Bridge

Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College

Gill village


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15 and above 0.75 paisa will be added per km


DSP murder case: Bail pleas of 2 dismissed
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, Feburary 12
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Paramjit Singh today dismissed the bail applications moved by two accused in the DSP Balraj Gill and Monika Kapila murder case. Those denied bail are Hassanjit Singh and Ravinder Singh of Ludhiana.

Dismissing the bail applications, the court held that keeping in view the serious allegation being faced by the accused, it would not be proper to release them on bail.

On January 29, 2013, charges were framed against the two accused, along with co-accused Harminder Singh, alias Binder, Pritpal Singh, alias Ladoo and Umesh Karda, residents of Talwara village, and their accomplice Davinder Pal Singh Laddi of Ludhiana.

DSP Gill and Monica Kapila were found murdered at a farmhouse in the Golf Link area near Hambran Road on Feburary 1, 2012.

The case would come up for hearing on Feburary 15 for recording evidence of Kashmira Singh Gill, the slain DSP's father.

He was summoned by the court for recording evidence on January 29, but could not come due to ill-health.



Drug peddlers' arrest sets alarm bells ringing for police
Cops trying to find out gymnasia, fitness clubs where performance-enhancing drugs were being sold
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The arrest of two persons, who were allegedly selling fake performance-enhancing drugs and injections, have set alarm bells ringing for the police.

A day after the arrest of Amit Sachdeva and his employee Rohit Kumar, the police is trying to find out the gymnasia and fitness clubs where these steroids were being sold. It has come to light that these products were in huge demand in Jalandhar and Amritsar also.

According to a food supplement expert, Dr Sangeet Chopra, these fake steroids provide prompt results, but have dangerous and long-term side effects.

“Protein supplements are good for health, but these have to be taken under an expert's supervision. Those having a uric acid problem should avoid taking protein supplements,” said Dr Chopra.

He said people should only use proteins which are medically tested and approved by the government.

“The problem is that many of the locally manufactured food supplements are not medically tested and have a lot of side effects on the liver and kidneys. The use of performance-enhancing injections is a worrying trend,” said Dr Chopra.

Swaraj Modgil, a former bodybuilding champion and gym instructor, said, “We have to understand that there are no shortcuts to success. Youngsters have to understand that John Abraham and Salman Khan were not made overnight. They spent years in the gym to get into shape.”

The police also suspects that the injections may have been used by youngsters competing in bodybuilding competitions.

Several incidents have been reported in the past when injections and capsules were found near venues of bodybuilding championships.

"These injections work like magic. Youngsters are increasingly getting hooked on to such substances. That is perhaps one of the reasons why the market for such products is growing by leaps and bounds,” said SI Harbans Singh, in charge of the anti-narcotics cell.

Worrying trend

“The problem is that many of the locally manufactured food supplements are not medically tested and have a lot of side effects on the liver and kidneys. The use of performance-enhancing injections is a worrying trend”

— Dr Sangeet Chopra, food supplement expert



Mayor cracks down on 'illegal parking'
Finds working of Suvidha Centre at Children Traffic Park unsatisfactory
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 12
City Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria today descended on Children Traffic Park in Model Town following complaints of roads alongside the park being used for parking of vehicles in an unlawful manner.

There were complaints that some unscrupulous persons were issuing parking slips to vehicle owners visiting the Suvidha Centre located in the park for getting the driver's licence made, whereas the municipal corporation had not authorised anyone for this purpose.

Gohalwaria said he saw parking slips being issued to vehicle owners by employees of a "self-styled" parking contractor and fee being charged for the purpose.

"This was shocking as no one can collect parking fee without being authorised to do so. Even if a parking space is allocated to a contractor through open bidding or tenders, the MC has to follow the procedure. In this case, there is no designated parking place and paid parking can not be permitted alongside roads," he said.

According to the Mayor, when he sought to know from the parking contractor as to who had authorised him to use the roadside as a parking place, he (the contractor) produced a letter purportedly issued by the Deputy Commissioner's office which said the contractor of a multi-level parking in the Mini-Secretariat would also run a parking space at the Suvidha Centre.

Gohalwaria said the letter shown to him was not signed by the Deputy Commissioner and on the face of it, the document seemed to be the handiwork of the contractor and some colluding lower-level employee. "Even otherwise, the DC's office can allot parking space within the Mini-Secretariat only and not outside a park, which is owned and maintained by the MC," he said.

He also found the working of the Suvidha Centre, set up by the Transport Department in the traffic park, "most unsatisfactory". "People waiting at the Suvidha Centre complained to me that the staff were not entertaining fresh applications till the stipulated time and applicants were not being served as per their token numbers," Gohalwaria said.

The Mayor issued instructions that the paid parking along the road be stopped forthwith and the staff of the parking contractor were asked to leave the site. He said he would take up the the matter with the DC, the District Transport Officer and also with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.



Rs 2.6 lakh snatched from cyclist
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 12
Two unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched Rs 2.6 lakh from a man last evening. The incident took place near Billan Wali Chhapri, a locality in Khanna.

Rati Ram, a resident of the area, was going on his cycle after withdrawing the amount from a bank, which he had kept in a bag.

As soon as he reached the Billan Wali Chhapri area, two motorcyclists hit him and he fell from the cycle. The miscreants snatched the bag containing the amount and fled. The victim raised the alarm. Some persons tried to chase the snatchers, but failed to catch them.

The Khanna SHO said they had registered a case in this regard and a hunt was on to arrest the accused.



Granthi falls off train, loses right arm
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
A 58-year-old granthi of a gurdwara lost his right arm after he fell off a moving train when three passengers jumped from the train near the Ludhiana railway station.

The incident took place this morning when the victim, Ajmer Singh of Galib Kalan, boarded a train to Phagwara for attending a court hearing.

As the train started chugging, three persons jumped from the train and in the process he fell from the train.

Ajmer's right arm got crushed under the train. He was taken to the Civil Hospital. He was referred to a multi-speciality hospital where he was operated upon and his arm was amputated.



Woman gets jail
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 12
Judicial Magistrate Jagmilap Singh Khusdil has convicted Jagdish Kaur of Ludhiana in a cheque-bounce case of Rs 1 lakh.

She was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for six months. She was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 5,000. The orders came on a complaint filed by Gulzar Singh of Maharaj Nagar, Ludhiana.

In his complaint, Gulzar had stated that the accused had taken a loan from him. Thereafter, in order to make the payment, the accused issued a cheque for Rs 1 lakh on March 20, 2007.

But when the cheque was presented in a bank, it was dishonoured as her account was closed. 



Rape victim's kin stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Relatives of a 12-year-old rape victim staged a dharna outside the Merado police chowki and demanded the arrest of the accused, Shanty (20).

The relatives, residents of the Janata Colony, alleged that the accused was enjoying "police patronage" and was roaming freely.

They said nearly three months ago, Shanty, a resident of the Janata Colony, had raped the girl. Shanty was booked on a charge of rape. Three months on, the police has failed to arrest the accused.



500 gram cereals for 157 students!
Panchayat alleges irregularities in mid-day meal scheme in village school
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 12
The panchayat of Agwar Khwazabaju village situated on the outskirts of Jagraon has alleged massive embezzlement in eatables meant to be served to schoolchildren under the midday meal scheme.

According to village panchayat, it has received several complaints about embezzlements in the eatables being offered to the schoolchildren under midday meal scheme in the Government Primary School of the village during past sometime.

Besides, the village panchayat has also alleged that the school children are being served substandard quality food in the school under midday meal scheme, which might lead to serious health hazards. Several parents of the school children studying at Government Primary School of the village have also backed the allegations leveled by the village Panchayat.

The village Sarpanch Manjit Singh has submitted a written complaint with the Block Primary Education Officer, Gurjit Singh. In his complaint, Sarpanch Manjit Singh has stated that there are total 157 children currently studying in the Government Primary School of the village. "These 157 school children are being served only half a kg cereal and 2 kg rice per day in the school during the lunch under the midday meal scheme. Besides, the food being served to the schoolchildren is always of substandard quality," alleged Sarpanch Manjit Singh in his complaint.

The village panchayat also visited the school today and examined the food being served to the school children under midday meal. The panchayat members also spoke to the midday meal preparation staff members. While speaking to the panchayat members in presence of the media persons here today, members of midday meal preparation staff Chinder Kaur and Harpreet Kaur revealed that they are being provided half a kg cereal and 2 kg rice per day for the past three months for preparing food for the school children under midday meal scheme.

"Once we were given only one and a half kg cauliflower vegetable to prepare as meal for 157 school children. But as this vegetable was not sufficient to feed so many children, we were asked to increase the vegetable quantity by mixing water into the vegetable prepared by us to feed all the school children," recalled Chinder Kaur.

Holding school headmistress for this embezzlement in food items being served to the schoolchildren under the midday meal scheme, Sarpanch Manjit Singh has urged the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to take a strict action against the school headmistress.

Apart from village panchayat, a schoolteacher Pritpal Kaur has also lodged a complaint with Block Primary Education Officer, Gurjit Singh, against the school headmistress. In her complaint, Pritpal Kaur alleged that the school headmistress often misbehaves with the staff members of the school.

Block Primary Education Officer, Gurjit Singh, confirmed of receiving complaints against the school headmistress. He assured that the department would conduct an inquiry into this matter and a suitable action would be taken against the guilty if the facts given in the complaints were found true.

School headmistress, Ravinder Kaur, when contacted, claimed that all the allegations levelled against her are baseless and are aimed to tarnish her image. "The allegations levelled against me are completely baseless and are politically motivated. I am always ready for any kind of investigation into this matter," added she.



Owners of illegal school vans, auto-rickshaws to face the music
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The city police has issued a three-day notice to all the school buses, vans and auto-rickshaw operators to register their vehicles or face the music.

The deadline has been issued following the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the local police to get the school vans, auto-rickshaws registered.

Dhruman Nimbale, ACP Traffic, vehicles ferrying schoolchildren were given a three-day time to register and the dead line ends. If they are failed to comply with the orders then strict action would be taken against them and their vehicles will be challaned and impounded.

Many meetings had been conducted in the past with the school buses, vans and auto rickshaw operators in the past, but all those meetings failed to bear any result.

The vehicle drivers do not have licence and they do not carry necessary documents.

Besides indulging in over-speeding, these vehicles are badly maintained. Children are ferrying in these vehicles as sardines, which often leads to accidents.

“Owners of those vehicles which are running with temporary numbers for a long time are advised to prepare their documents and with in a three days time. Failing to comply with the orders would invite strict legal action against the violators,” stated the ACP-Traffic in a communiqué issued today.

Sending a warning signal among the school bus operators, the police today challaned over 40 vehicles an impounded 12 auto-rickshaws that ferry school children according the traffic police officer these vehicles were operating without documents.



Walk against foeticide held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Pink Express walk was today held by doctors to sensitise general public and create awareness towards the girl child. The walk was started from Sarabha Nagar market and culminated at Durga Mata Mandir.

Members form different hospitals have formed DOSST (Doctors Opposing Sex Selected Termination of Pregnancy) and today got together to raise awareness about saving the girl child.

"As medical professionals, we take this opportunity to set a good example to the public on the issue of gender equality starting from the womb to the tomb," said Dr Neelam Sodhi.

Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, released pink colour balloons in the air at Sarabha Nagar market on the occasion. He appreciated the efforts of the doctors and said the step taken by them is appreciative as they have taken time from their busy schedule and are working towards the betterment of the society. “Today girls are marching ahead in every fields and are in no way less than boys,” added Tiwari.

Objective of DOSST is to create awareness among society about the ill effects of sex-selected terminations and promote gender equality. “It is a burning issue of our society and our group of doctors has taken up the cause. Lohri was celebrated by us with specially abled girls imparting the message of gender equality. There would be no boys, if there will be no girls ,” added Sodhi.



Safai workers burn effigy of govt
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 12
Up in arms against the government and the MC for awarding the work of door-to-door collection of garbage in the city to a private company, safai workers, under the aegis of the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan, today staged a protest on the Jagraon Bridge and burnt an effigy of the government. The protesters marched towards the A zone office of the MC and submitted a memorandum to MC Additional Commissioner Sumit Jarangal.

Surinder Kalyan and Om Pal Chanalia, chairman and president, respectively, of the body and other speakers, who addressed the protesters, said the privatisation of the door-to-door collection of garbage was an attempt to snatch the livelihood of safai workers. "The government had promised not to privatise the door-to-door collection of garbage in the city but now it had backtracked on it. The work was being awarded to A2Z Waste Management Company in a phased manner."

Charging the government with adopting anti-Dalit policies, Kalyan and the other leaders of the outfit made it clear that the private company would not be allowed to collect garbage from houses, and it should confine its activity to the dumps. "If the MC and the government persisted with its policies, the safai workers will intensify their agitation, and might even resort to a statewide strike to seek justice."

In a veiled threat to the ruling alliance, the speakers said the alienation of the Valmiki community will have serious political repercussions and the ruling coalition might have to pay a very heavy price for its policies in the coming Lok Sabha elections.



Sunil Jakhar backs safai karamcharis
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The safai workers have found a new messiah in Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar. Jakhar, on his way to Chotian Khurd village in Moga, addressed a rally of the workers today. Talking to The Tribune, the CLP leader said the government in the state was meting out a step-motherly treatment to the safai workers.

Claiming that the Akali-BJP combine in Punjab has failed to provide better educational facilities to the poor and underprivileged, Jakhar alleged that the government was deliberately not empowering the weaker sections of society.

Charging the government with adopting anti-Dalit policies, he alleged that the government had failed to deliver a system of governance based on social equality and justice.

"Instead of acting arbitrarily, the government should give a patient hearing to the safai karamcharis and address their grievances," he said.

He claimed that the state government had not fulfilled its promise of regularising the jobs of safai workers, as assured by it in 2009. Jakhar said the Congress would take up the issue in the Assembly.

On the Moga bypoll, he said "betrayal" and "arrogance" are the two major poll issues. The electorate will reject the "politics of arrogance" and it will not take kindly to the "betrayal of its trust" by the Akali-BJP government, he claimed.



Server snag hits 108 Ambulance service
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The Ambulance service number 108 remained non-functional today, causing inconvenience to patients. However, the service to the number was restored late in the evening.

"I kept on trying the number, as one of our relatives, who had met with an accident, had to be admitted to the hospital. But the number could not be reached. A recorded message said: 'The number is temporarily out of service'. Finally, I gave up trying the number," said a city resident, requesting anonymity.

Another resident, whose father was suffering from high-grade fever, expressed distress at the non-functioning of the number. "When one's family member is unwell, one gets panicky. And if at that time the ambulance number is not working, it adds to the panic."

Jagdeep, cluster head for the ambulance service, said the server for the number had been down since morning and they had approached the BSNL authorities and even sent an application to the GM, requesting him to rectify the problem at the earliest.

The BSNL General Manager, CS Bhanot, initially said he was not aware of the problem. "No server of the BSNL is down." However, he said he would look into the matter immediately and get the things done.

After some preliminary enquiry, he clarified that all the calls to the 108 number were presently being routed through Amritsar and the server in Amritsar was down. "I had a word with the Amritsar office and asked them to look into the matter at the earliest," added Bhanot.

Later, the service was restored, much to the relief of the city residents.



MGNREGA workers seek wage hike

Ludhiana, February 12
A rally was organised by the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha at the Mini-Secretariat here today. The workers said the minimum wages under the MGNREGA scheme should be increased to at least Rs 200 per day and the working hours should be eight hours. Minimum work for 15 days must be provided to the workers.

Gulzar Goria, general secretary of the sabha, said the workers engaged in the MGNREGA projects must come forward and fight for their rights. — TNS



Knitwear Club resolves differences

Ludhiana, February 12
Differences among the members of the Knitwear Club were finally resolved at a meeting held last evening. Two factions had emerged in the club, one led by president Darshan Dawar and the other headed by chairman Vinod Thapar. Meetings of the executive committee were called at two places.

"Though we went with the meetings as planned, as it was not possible to cancel the event at the eleventh hour, the differences among the members have been resolved," said Vinod Thapar, chairman of the club.

Darshan Dawar said the members of the club were united again. "The problem regarding financial matters have been solved. We have formed a four-member committee, which will have a final say in the passing of any cheque of the club," said Dawar. — TNS



CIPHET inks pact with NABARD

Ludhiana, February 12
In a major step towards providing technology at grass-root level, Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) has signed a memorandum of understanding with National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) for disseminating technology of cattle feed from potato waste so to bring down the cost of feed in dairy sector. — TNS



Man run over by train, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
A 35-year-old man was run over by a train here this evening. The deceased has been identified as DL Panday of Salem Tabri.

The incident took place around 7:30 pm. The death is shrouded with mystery as the police has found motorcycle of DL Panday near the railway line.

The police is probing the matter as whether it was an accident or a suicide.



21-year-old youth dies under mysterious circumstances in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 12
A youth, who was found in a critical condition in a hotel room in Jagraon, died while undergoing treatment at the local Civil Hospital today.

The youth has been identified as Harinder Singh (21), a resident of Bhanohar Punjab village near Mullanpur Dakha.

According to information, Harinder had been staying at Hotel Chawla Classic, which is situated on the Ludhiana-Moga highway in Jagraon for the past four days. According to the hotel staff, when a waiter went to serve tea to him, he found the door of his room locked from inside.

The waiter knocked at the door several times and tried to open it, but all his efforts went in vain. The hotel management called the police and a police team, led by DSP Jagraon Surinder Kumar, arrived at the hotel and broke open the door.

The police found Harinder lying in the washroom. He was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where he died after some time.

According to sources, the youth had booked a room telling the hotel officials that he was an NRI and had come from Dubai. He was registered on the basis of his ATM card, the sources added.

The DSP said the police recovered some documents from the room on the basis of which the youngster was identified. "It was found that he was a resident of Bhanohar Punjab village where he ran a 'karyana' shop," the DSP added.

The investigating officer, ASI Baldev Singh, said the deceased was a drug addict. "During the preliminary investigation, it was found that he died because of drug overdose. We have also found an unlabelled medicine box from the deceased's room," said the ASI.

He said the police would conduct a post-mortem of the body tomorrow and register a case after verifying various aspects.

The incident might land the hotel management in trouble as the staff did not ask for proper documents before giving the youth a room in the hotel.

The ATM card, on the basis of which Harinder was registered at the hotel, belonging to some one else.



Kingpin of drug peddlers’ gang held
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 12
The Sudhar police has arrested a kingpin of a gang that has been supplying narcotics to petty dealers and peddlers of the region. Huge quantity of scheduled pharmaceutical preparations and the vehicle used in crime was seized from his possession.

The police is yet to identify all 'sale counters' it is suspected that some dhaba owners, registered medical practitioners and owners of tuck shops near educational institutes were among regular customers of the accused.

The accused was identified as Dinesh Sharma of New Tagore Nagar, Ludhiana.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana (rural) HS Pannu, a police team led by SHO Sudhar Rajesh Sharma had nabbed the accused from Ghuman Chowk when he was going to supply a consignment of scheduled drugs, being used as narcotics to one of his clients last evening.

The drugs which were seized drugs included 12,000 ml of Rexocof and 5,000 tablets of Momotel. Indica Car (10 DE 7644) used in the crime was also seized by the police.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused had been dealing in illicit trade of drug peddling for many years.

But was never caught due to his novel modus operandi. Instead of selling banned products to addicts he used to supply huge quantities among retailers and used to support consignments with fake bills.

As he was well versed with link roads of the region he rarely used highways for reaching his clients and moved with children and women to avoid suspicion by the police. The investigating team is yet to identify other members of his gang who moved as pilot on motorcycle and warn him against nakas and patrolling parties.

The present consignment was purchased from a stockist at Pindi Street of Ludhiana and the box containing 120 bottle of cough syrup, purchased for Rs 4,400 was to fetch Rs 7500 to the accused.



4 booked for immoral trafficking
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
With the arrest of four persons, including two women, the police has claimed to bust a flesh trade racket from Shivpuri area last light. The accused have been identified as Mutraki and Julie, both residents of Bank Colony, Parkash a resident of Bihar and Avinder Kumar a resident of Gahilawal. The police received a tip-off that Mutraki, who operates as a pimp, used to bring girls and involve them in flesh trading. Following the information, the police raided at the place last night and nabbed the accused persons. The accused have been booked under Immoral Trafficking Act. They were produced before the court and sent on remand.

One held with illicit liquor

The local police has nabbed a person carrying over 50 boxes of illicit liquor in a car. The accused has been identified as Rajinder Kumar, a resident of Thapar Nagar. The accused was nabbed from a police check at Sufian Bagh. The police said the accused tired to escape on seeing the police party but was intercepted and after searching his car, the police found illicit liquor. The accused confessed before the police that he had brought the liquor from other states at cheaper prices and was going to sell the liquor in the city.

2 arrested with stolen mobile phones, cash

The city police has nabbed two persons with stolen mobiles and cash worth Rs 10,000. The accused have been identified as Azad Singh, a resident of Khajoor Chowk and Surinder Singh, a resident of Salem Tabri. The accused were nabbed at GT Road, near Jalandhar Byepass, following a tip-ff. The police has recovered eight mobile phones and Rs 10,000 from their possession. SHO Salem Tabri, Dharampal, the accused were behind series of snatching incidents took place in the recent past. He claimed that the duo were nabbed while they were planning to make a fresh strike. Surinder and Azad Singh are chronic drugs addicts and they were snatching ornaments of women to buy drugs. The accused were today produced before the court and sent on police remand.

Four held for illegal sand mining

The Meharban police has nabbed four persons for carrying sand illegally. The accused has been identified as Harvinder Singh, a resident of Jamalpur Laili, Sangosh, Sajit and Sewa Singh. They were arrested from Jamalpur Laili village after for carrying illegal sand by mining the Sutlej bed. The police has impounded two tractor-trolleys and one tractor of the accused. A case under Section 21 Mining Act 1957, 379 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.

Two booked for gambling

The local police has nabbed two persons for gambling at Dashmesh Park here last night. The accused have been identified as Beant Singh a resident of Dhuri Line and Jeewan Singh, a resident of Manohar Nagar. The police received information that the accused are gambling at Dashmesh Park following which they raided the spot and nabbed the accused red-handed. The police has also recovered Rs 3,500 from their possession. Both the accused were later released on bail. — TNS

Drunk woman plays prank on police; booked

Ludhiana: A tipsy woman was booked for taking the police for a ride. The 40 year old woman, a resident of the Daba area, called at the police control room and stated that her life was in danger. Soon, the police reached her house. The police tried to contact her but she did not take the call. Finally, policemen, along with the local residents, enter the house and were shocked to find her drunk.

City residents robbed in Delhi

Honey Sharma (25), a resident of Janak Puri, was robbed by two persons when he was travelling by an auto-rickshaw in Delhi. The incident came to light when the Delhi Police established contact with the victim's family. Honey Sharma, who regained consciousness on Tuesday, reportedly told the police that the robbers took away Rs 26,000, a mobile phone, a passport and other important documents from him after sedating him.

Students fight over minor issue

Mohit Malhotra, a student of Class XI of Sargodha Model School, suffered an eye injury after one of his classmates hit him with a 'baaz' (used to tuck hair inside turban) near the school here on Tuesday. According to information, Mohit engaged in an arguement with his classmate and the latter attacked him with a 'baaz'. His eye got swollen. Malhotra's father has reportedly filed a complaint with the police. District Education Officer (Secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal said she came to know about the incident and had spoken to the Principal too. — TNS



Chaura Bazar jewellery theft solved, 2 UP natives held
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
With the arrest of two persons, the city police has claimed to have busted a gang of thieves that had perpetrated a theft at a jewellery showroom at Chaura Bazar. The thieves had decamped with jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh on January 5.

The members of the gang have been identified as Babu Lal, alias Babbu, and Babli, alias Bunty, both residents of Baroli village in Gonda district of UP.

Bablu worked at the Pali tea vend, which is situated in front of Mahan Lakshami Jewellers at Saban Bazar in the Chaura Bazar area.

He used to serve tea at the jewellery showroom and knew well where the jewellery is kept. He shared this information with his friend Babli, who worked as a servant at Jagga Bartan Store in the Old City area.

They chalked out a plan and entered the jewellery showroom from the third floor of the building by creating a hole in the shutter. They stole golden and silver jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh.

The very next day they left for Uttar Pradesh by a train. As it was Sunday on the next day when the market remains closed, the theft came to light on Monday.

The staff at the showroom observed that while other employees were visiting the showroom as routine, Bablu had been missing since the day of the theft. The police investigated the matter.

Sources said after visiting UP, the duo returned to the city.

Bablu and Babli were nabbed and during questioning they soon confessed to the theft. The ADCP-I, Nilambri Jagdale, said: "We have recovered four tolas of gold and 708 grams of silver from their houses in their native villages in UP," said the ADCP.

The police is conducting raids to arrest their three accomplices.



Groups clash over petty issue; cop hurt
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 12
A major clash was averted when two sections of a community, carrying weapons, took positions against each other after a minor incident. Timely action by the police averted the situation from getting worse. Passers-by ran for life when both sections of the community started pelting one another with stones in the Peer Khanna area last night.

The DSP, Ranbir Singh, said two youngsters picked up a scuffle after they got stuck on a narrow path during the rush hour. Soon they called their friends. One of his security men was injured after when the agitating mob attacked the police party. Ge got four stitches on the leg, the DSP added.

Members of both the sections, carrying bricks and weapons, took positions on the roofs of their houses and soon started attacking each other.



PAU athletics meet kicks off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The 47th Annual Athletics Meet of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), which was being organised by the Directorate of Students' Welfare, was formally inaugurated by Registrar of the university RK Mahey here today.

The meet commenced with a march past by the participating teams of the four constituent colleges of the PAU - the College of Agriculture (COA), College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COAE&T), College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (COBS&H) and the College of Home Science (COHS).

The Punjab Police band performed on this occasion.

In his welcome address, Dr DS Cheema, Director, Students' Welfare, and Chairman of the organising committee, encouraged the students to maintain discipline and cultivate the spirit of sportsmanship in life.

During the opening ceremony, Dr Mahey unfurled the university flag. He also released a souvenir, highlighting the sports activities and achievements of the university. The ceremony witnessed a marshal run by the university athletes and a swearing-in by a senior athlete of the PAU, Aditi Sewak.


100M (Men): 1) Rajkamal Singh (COAE&T), 2) Hardeep Singh (COA) and 3) Gurinder Singh (COAE&T); 100M (Women): 1) Harveen Kaur (COHS), 2) Beauty (COBS&H) and 3) Pavneet Kaur (COA); 400M hurdles (Men): 1) Manohardeep Singh (COAE&T), 2) Shamsher Singh (COA) and 3) Harsimranjt Singh (COBS&H); Javelin Throw (Men): 1) Rajkamal Singh (COAE&T), 2) Sukhdeep Singh (COA) and 3) Amandeep Singh (COA); 1500M (Men): 1) Simran Singh (COA), 2) Sandeep Singh (COA) and 3) Rasambir Singh (COA) ; 1500M (Women): 1) Anita (COA), 2) Ishwinder Kamboj (COA) and 3) Harsimrat Kaur (COA); 800M (Women): 1) Anita (COA), 2) Pavneet Kaur (COA) and 3) Sukhpreet Kaur (COA); Shot Put (Men): 1) Sukhchain Singh (COBS&H), 2) Rajkamal S Dhillon (COAE&T) and 3) Gaganpreet Singh (COBS&H); Shot Put (Women): 1) Harsimran K. Gill (COA), 2) Harveen Kaur (COHS), and Jashanpreet Kaur (COHS); Broad Jump (Men): 1) Rajkamal Singh (COAE&T), 2) Hardeep Singh (COA) and 3) Shamsher Singh (COA); 400M (Men): 1) Manpreet Singh (COA), 2) Gurinder S Sidhu (COAE&T) and 3) Rupinder Singh (COAE&T); High Jump (Men): 1) Azadwinder Singh (COAE&T), 2) Rajkamal Singh (COAE&T) and 3) Simarjeet Singh (COA); High Jump (Women): 1) Sukhpreet Kaur (COA), 2) Harsimrat Kaur (COA) and 3) Kamal (COAE&T); Discus Throw (Men): 1) Rajkamal Singh (COAE&T), 2) Sukhchain Singh (COBS&H) and 3) Manpreet Singh (COA). 



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