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LIT auction again draws a blank
No bidder turns up for auction of Maharani Jhansi Road commercial complex
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 6
There were no takers for a built-up commercial complex on Maharani Jhansi Road, an upmarket commercial hub of the city, which was offered for sale through public auction by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here today.

As no bidders turned up and not even a single person deposited the eligibility fee, the LIT officials decided to call off the auction after waiting for nearly three hours.

The 2.22 acre commercial complex, with a built-up area of 7,634 square yards, and constructed at a cost of Rs 16 crore several years ago, was proposed to be put on the block as a single unit for the second time, with a reserve price of Rs 197 crore.

The LIT had earlier also made an unsuccessful attempt to sell the complex through public auction on December 10, 2009, at the same floor price. Not a single bidder had turned up for the auction.

Avtar Singh Azad, Executive Officer of the Trust, said as two attempts to sell the complex as a single unit had failed, a proposal would be sent to the Punjab Government to seek permission to sell the complex in multiple units. However, that will take some time as the LIT would have to adopt a resolution at its meeting to this effect and a formal proposal would be sent to the government.

The lack of interest among realtors and investors towards the commercial sites and properties, especially those having a very high value, is being attributed to continuing recessionary trends in the real estate market. Only a couple of days ago, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) had failed to sell two chunks of land in Sector 40 on Chandigarh Road, which carried a reserve price of Rs 25.68 crore and Rs 24.39 crore.

Similarly, a public auction conducted by GLADA for a hotel site in Sector 32-A on Chandigarh Road with a floor price of Rs 51.69 and another organised by LIT for prime commercial sites got a poor response. Only two of a total 42 sites could be sold for about Rs 55.30 lakh against a total reserve price of Rs 13.66 crore.





GLADA auction rakes in Rs 8.32 cr

An auction of SCF and booth sites in Dugri Urban Estate, Phase III, conducted by GLADA here today evoked a huge response as more than 100 intending bidders participated in the public auction of 15 sites.

Against a total reserve price of the properties at Rs 5,74,72,000, the auction of five SCF and 10 booth sites yielded a little more than Rs 8.32 crore.

According to Anand Mohan Sharma, who conducted the auction along with GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh and other officials, five SCF sites measuring 121 square yards each with a floor price of Rs 4.84 crore were sold for Rs 5,42,44,300 while 10 booth sites with an area of 22.68 square yards each, carrying a total reserve price of Rs 90.72 lakh were sold for almost Rs 2.90 crore at a premium of more than 300 per cent.

Against the reserve price of the SCF site at Rs 80,000 per square yard, the highest bid was offered at Rs 93,000 per square yard while the lowest successful bid was Rs 85,000 per square yard. In stark contrast, the highest bid for the booth site having a reserve price of Rs 40,000 per square yard was Rs 1.34 lakh and the lowest (accepted) bid was Rs 1,18,200 per square yard.


Residents suffer as garbage collectors block traffic in city
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Members of the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan stage a dharna at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Members of the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan stage a dharna at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Ludhiana, March 6
Residents remained at the receiving end of private garbage collectors' protest here today. The garbage collectors blocked the busy Bharat Nagar Chowk in protest against A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd. They have demanded that the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation should stop the A2Z company from indulging in door-to-door collection of garbage in the city.

The chowk was blocked for around one and a half hours, from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

As the protest started, some commuters tried to persuade the protesters to let them pass. This led to a heated argument between the protesters and the commuters. Blows were also exchanged.

Long queues of vehicles were seen on Ferozepur Road, Mall Road as well as on the road leading to the bus stand.

The commuters said instead of blocking a road or an intersection, protesters should gherao political leaders, who are to take decision as to whether the A2Z company would lift garbage from houses or not. "People coming from the Jagraon, Mullanpur, Moga, Ferozepur and Faridkot areas use this chowk to reach the Christian Medical College and Hospital. If the protesters continue to harass us in a similar manner, we will accept the A2Z company at every cost," said a commuter, who was stuck in a traffic jam.

Surinder Kalyan, president of the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan, which organised this protest, claimed that until the MC stops the A2Z company from carrying out door-to-door collection of garbage, they would continue the protest. "We are not against the solid waste management project, but against allowing the private company to collect garbage from houses. The company should be allowed to lift garbage only from the collection points," he added.

Joint Commissioner, MC, AS Sekhon stated that the A2Z company had already offered to accommodate all the private garbage collectors. "If this company starts its operations in any particular area, it will certainly need manpower. The A2Z company is offering a monthly salary of Rs 6,000 besides other benefits," he stated.



Farmers’ agitation hits rail traffic
Tribune Reporters

A police official detains a union activist at Jagraon on Wednesday.
A police official detains a union activist at Jagraon on Wednesday. A Tribune photo

Ludhiana, March 6
The two-hour "rail roko" agitation by more than 12 farmer organisations threw the rail traffic in the region out of gear with half a dozen trains getting delayed.

According to railway officials, 18104 Amritsar-Tata Nagar Jallianwala Bagh Express and 14604 Amritsar-Saharsa Jansadharan Express could not commence their journeys on the scheduled time and both these trains were running late by 1.40 hours and 2 hours, respectively. Similarly, 12499 Shan-e-Punjab and 12030 Shatabdi Express, running between Amritsar and New Delhi, were also delayed. These arrived here more than an hour behind schedule.

Among the Amritsar and Jammu-bound trains, 12549 Durg-Jammu Superfast Express and 15209 Saharsa-Amritsar Jansewa Express were held up on the way and these were running late by 55 minutes and 1.20 hours, respectively.

Hundreds of passengers waiting to board trains to New Delhi and many other destinations were stranded at the railway station for hours together. The enquiry counters and other railway officials were clueless about the actual time of arrival of several trains.

"Rail traffic is disrupted every other day by one protesting body or the other as trains turn out to be soft targets. In the process, thousands of passengers have to suffer," remarked Krishan Gupta, a city-based businessman.

7 union activists booked

Jagraon: The police rounded up around 74 farmers from different areas of Jagraon. The whole city was turned into a virtual fortress as policemen had been deployed near the railway tracks since early in the morning. Though most of the activists were released in the evening, the police has registered a case against seven farmer union activists under various sections. Different farmer unions held protests at Jagraon, Mullanpur Dakha. Though initially the protesting farmers tried to stop a train, the police personnel did not allow them to reach near the railway tracks.

Police remains on toes

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Policemen remained on their toes ensuring a smooth running of trains in the area. There were reports of activists' arrests. Protesters, led by Darshan Singh Kuhli and Saudagar Singh, president and general secretary, respectively, of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), demanded release of the arrested activists.

Attempt to block train

Phillaur: The police foiled the attempts of farmers unions to block rail traffic on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar line. Jalandhar Range DIG Lok Nath Angra, along with SP (D) Rajinder Singh, supervised the security and preventive arrangements in and around Goraya and Phillaur. Though two groups of farmers assembled near Shiva Cold Storage and Grain Market, near Goraya, more than 200 activists were rounded up as a preventive step. Farmer leaders Kulwant Singh, Gurnam Singh Sangherra, Darshan Nahar, Tersem Peter, Bhupinder Singh and Harpal Singh, while addressing farmers, described the police action as the murder of democracy. Trains moved normally in the area.

Snag forces Malwa Express halt

Up-line rail traffic between Phillaur and Goraya had remained suspended for more than half an hour due to a snag on the Jammu-bound 12919 Malwa Express. Railway sources said the train remained stranded between the Bhattian and Goraya railway stations and could proceed after the engine was repaired




tribune impact
Residents call in to offer help to NGO

Ludhiana, March 6
Following a report on the community service being rendered by Nishkam Yuva Samiti, city residents came forward to offer their services to the non-governmental organisation which has launched geriatric care service in the city.

Shruti Bansal, one of the volunteers of the NGO, said: "We received over a dozen calls. I explained the project in detail to the callers. I am happy that the callers volunteered to work for this noble cause." Sharwan Kumar, founder of the NGO, said the overwhelming response was very inspiring.

The NGO takes care of elderly patients if their family members have to go to work. — TNS



Notorious criminal escapes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Kingpin of the Fortuner gang Jatinder Singh, who was involved in the sensational Rs 40 lakh Bonn Bread case and Rs 19 lakh Kitty Bread robbery case, escaped from police custody while he was being brought back after a court hearing at Phillaur today.

The incident took place near the Central Jail when Jatinder Singh, Head Constable Sanjiv Kumar and another cop alighted from an auto-rickshaw and were going to the jail. The chains of his handcuffs were tied to Sanjiv's belt. Suddenly, a Toyota Innova stopped close to Jatinder and he tried to break his handcuffs. A scuffle ensued and Sanjiv's belt, to which the chains of the handcuffs were tied, got torn. The eyewitnesses said in no time Jatinder boarded the vehicle and they fled.

Superintendent (Central Jail) SP Khanna said as the incident occurred outside the jail premises, the city police would deal with it.

It is learnt that the policemen, who escorted Jatinder to the court, were exhausted as they were on duty for over 24 hours. Jatinder, who is involved in 22 cases of robbery, was nabbed by the Taran Taran police in February 2012. Both policemen have been suspended.



Mid-day meal complaints: DC acts tough
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
A meeting was convened by the Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari today to deal with the issue of complaints regarding the poor quality of food being served under the Mid-Day Meal scheme by the contractor.

The meeting was attended by the Civil Surgeon, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Dev), District Health Officer, District Education Officer (primary).

The decisions taken during the meeting include: The community kitchen for 150 schools was being prepared in Sherpur by the private contractor. The kitchen prepared food from 04.00 am to 08.00 am. Civil Surgeon shall ensure that daily one concerned officer shall remain present in the cooking premises and a daily certificate that food was cooked in hygienic conditions and quality of food was proper in taste for consuming of children shall be taken from the officer on duty by the Civil Surgeon.

Besides, the District Education Officer (primary) shall depute three teachers daily from 04.00 am to 08.00 am to check cooking process and then they shall give a certificate in writing that the quality of food was proper in taste for consumption of children.

Another decision said once the food was taken by the transporters to the 150 schools, the head teacher of each of the School on the time of receiving the tiffin shall give a certificate that he/she had tasted the food and upon receiving the food had found the taste of the food to be proper and consumable by the children. The transporters shall collect the certificate in this regard from the head teacher and one copy shall be kept by the head teacher. Without collecting the certificate, the transporters shall not deliver the food to the school. Any violation from this direction shall invite criminal action against the transporter.

The Deputy Commissioner said all these certificates will be sent daily to Additional Deputy Commissioner (Dev) who shall be the nodal officer for this process. The certificate shall be sent by the District Education Officer (Primary) and Civil Surgeon and the Office of Additional Deputy Commissioner (Dev) shall keep them in record.

"If any complaint about stale food or improper food being served to children is received then the person who had signed the certificate will be proceeded against departmentally and may even be suspended if need be. If any further complaint of improper food being served is received then steps will be initiated to take criminal action against the contractor apart from taking steps to cancel his contract," said Tiwari.

The District Education Officer (Primary) has been asked to bring the entire situation in the knowledge of the DGSE who shall take the matter up with the contractor for ensuring that no single case of stale food being served to children was henceforth repeated.

"Additional Deputy Commissioner (Dev) either personally or through Secretary Zila Parishad or DDPO at least once every week will check the community kitchen at Sherpur at time of dispatch of food," said the Deputy Commissioner.



No stopping encroachers at Sarabha Nagar market
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
It seems that the shopkeepers of Sarabha Nagar main market have no fear of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. This could be known from the fact that even as the civic body’s tehbazaari branch cleared illegal encroachments from the Sarabha Nagar main market last evening, the encroachments resurfaced in the market once again today.

Considered one of the posh markets of the city, the encroachments here are a common sight and the MC seems least bothered about this menace. Its not that these encroachments have sprung up just recently, but they have been existing here for the past several years, as the MC preferred to look the other way.

A visit to the market reveals that the passageways have been illegally encroached by keeping racks selling magazines, eatables as well as other such goods. Besides, the shopkeepers have also illegally allowed people to set up their stalls where “mehndi” (Henna) is applied on hands.

Sources said that such stalls “pay” for setting up their illegal shops in front of the Shop-cum-Flats, which have ironically been converted into Shop-cum-Offices, resulting in traffic congestion in the area.

The MC officials admit that these violations have been prevailing in this market for several years. But they are not able to take any action against the violators due to alleged political interference.

But after the matter was brought to the notice of tehbazaari branch officials by The Tribune, they carried another anti-encroachment drive and cleared all the encroachments again in the evening.

MC’s trehbazaari superintendent, Naveen Malhotra, informed that the shopkeepers had again encroached upon government land and passageways. “I had categorically warned them yesterday that they should leave the passageways empty for the visitors. But if they don’t mend their ways, we would remove the encroachments everyday,” he claimed.



VC to decide fate of GNG students
Nine were admitted to next class without clearing compartments
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
The fate of nine students of Guru Nanak Girls College, who were admitted to the next class without clearing their compartments in the first year, will be decided by the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh.

The Syndicate authorised the VC to take a decision , asking him to keep in mind future of the students.

One of the Syndicate members RPS Josh said there were a few students from Fazilka, Malout and Ludhiana who had taken admission to the next class without clearing their pending compartment.

"Whether it is a mistake on part of students or the college will be decided by the VC. The Syndicate has decided to impose a penalty on the college or the students, depending on who was at fault. The college managements also need to be given a strict warning, so that such mistakes are not repeated. The practical examinations are starting tomorrow, and the students must not suffer unnecessarily,” said 
the Syndic.

Another issue related to the city was the condition of the regional centre of PU here. The centre has been in news for the lack of proper infrastructure and staff.

"On this serious matter, the VC said he will visit the centre once again to resolve the issues,” said Josh, adding that academic approval to teachers would have to be given by the varsity.

He said since approval had not been given to teachers, the managements had stopped releasing salaries, which came as a double blow to teachers.

The Syndicate decided that teachers may be given an approval with an undertaking from the managements that they will release all their dues.



KVM non-teaching employees demand increments, DA
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Trouble brewed at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, today when the non-teaching staff, wearing black badges, gathered outside the principal's office to demand that their increments and the DA installments be released as was being done till date.

The non-teaching employees alleged that the KVM management had decided to fix salaries afresh without releasing any increments or the DA installments. On the other hand, the management said it was kept in dark by employees for long.

“The employees had themselves approached the Tribunal Court, in which they lost. The particular document was concealed by them. Later, when the management procured it, the decision was implemented. Still, we provided them ample opportunities to come and sit with us, but they refused,” said president of the KVM management Dr Lajpat Rai.

The Union leaders, including Vishesh Kumar, Shanti Prashad and Rajesh Kumar, said the non-teaching staff was being provided all the grades since 1980.

"The latest directions, however, came as a jolt for around 125 employees who have been working here for the past several years,” said the leaders.

"Yesterday too we wore black badges and today we gathered outside the principal's office. The management, however, seems to be least bothered,” said another employee. 



Vet varsity students shine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, bagged the runner-up trophy at the 13th All-India State Agricultural University (SAU) Youth Festival.

Forty universities participated in the festival at Jawahar Lal Nehru Agricultural University, Jabalpur.

Students performed well in various fine arts, drama, dance, music and literary events.

Kamaljoti of the veterinary college bagged a gold medal in clay modelling, while Amandeep Kaur of the fisheries college secured the first position in rangoli making. 



Local Congress leaders welcome change of guard
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
The local Congress leaders have welcomed the change of guard at the state level. Hailing the appointment of Partap Singh Bajwa as the new Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), president Pawan Dewan said the move will help contain infighting among the Congress leaders and functionaries.

The Congress had failed to put up a united front in Ludhiana, as in other districts, during the Assembly polls. The dissidents had alleged nepotism in the distribution of tickets, while charging the party leadership with indifference to the workers' lot. During the Municipal Corporation (MC) polls here, too, the party had to grapple with dissidence.

After the Assembly and MC polls, fissures in the party have kept resurfacing, prompting the Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tewari, to say that infighting is the biggest foe of the Congress. The new PPCC chief, according to political analysts, has a tough job ahead of him, as plugging the fissures at the state as well as the district levels would be an uphill task.

Meanwhile, local leaders have said that relatively younger Bajwa would enthuse the party workers and boost their sagging morale. "The profile of the electorate is getting younger. More than 60 per cent of the voters are young," said Dewan. The change in the party's state leadership will augur well for the party in the 2014 Parliamentary polls, he said.

"It is a matter of pride not only for the state Congress but also for the party segment in the Majha region that a former Youth Congress president, three-time MLA and a sitting Member Parliament has been given the command of the Punjab Congress," said the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (Legal Cell) member and former additional advocate general, Punjab, Harpreet Sandhu.

Meanwhile, Akali leader Hira Singh Gabria, while commenting on the appointment of Bajwa as the President of the PPCC, claimed that the change would not make any difference to the Congress party's poll fortune. 



Another reason to celebrate for city-based knitwear industry
Govt withdraws duty-free import of apparel items from Bangladesh
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
The city-based knitwear industry has another reason to celebrate. After the excise duty on branded garments was withdrawn during the Union Budget, the government has now stopped duty-free import from Bangladesh.

"We welcome the decision of the Finance Minister to bring to an end the provisions of the treaty that allowed Bangladesh to export 47 apparel items to India without paying any customs duty," said Vinod Thapar, chairman of the Knitwear Club.

"The treaty was affecting the Indian economy and our prospects in the national and international markets," he said.

Since labour cost, infrastructure, bank interest, power cost and production cost are cheaper in Bangladesh, there was no level playing field for the Indian manufactrers.

Bangladesh has emerged as an investment centre for companies based in Europe and Asia. Large textile companies and big brands were planning to set up their production units in Bangladesh. This had affected the manufacturing sector in India, said Birinder Singh, another garment manufacturer from the city who hailed the government’s decision.

Knitwear and textile industry is the second largest employment generator in India after agriculture. Millions of people are dependent on this industry. If this treaty had continued for long, it would have led to a massive unemployment, said Krishan Jain, another garment exporter from the city.



Remote village gets national award
Our Correspondent

Khamano, March 6
The Panchayati Raj Department of the Union Government has selected a remote village, Barwali Kalan in Khamano sub-division, from all over Punjab for the National Gaurav Sabha Puraskar-2013.

Village sarpanch Hardheer Singh recieved a letter from Dr Avtar Singh Sahota, Senior Economic Advisor, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi, announcing the award.

The award will be presented to the village panchayat on April 24 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi during the inaugural ceremony of the Rashtriya Panchayat Raj Divas. The award will include an amount of Rs 10 lakh.

Hardheer Singh said the village had a population of around 2,000. He said compact discs showing village development were sent to the department concerned. SDM, Khamano, Prem Chand said the village had been selected for better developmental facilities and panchayat records.



Ludhiana Scan
1,115 donate blood at camp

As many as 1,115 volunteers donated blood during a camp organised by the Social Welfare Organisation (SWO) at the grain market. The collected units of blood were handed over to the blood banks of the civil hospital, Malerkotla; Krishna Charitable Hospital and Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, for necessary testing, storage and transfusion to ailing patients.

Free education for girls

All India Students’ Federation, in a release issued to the press, said the Punjab government should not delay the notification for providing free education to girls till postgraduation. "Government has made this announcement but no notification has been issued in this regard. In addition to this bus passes that are valid for government buses should be valid for private buses as well," said Vicky Mahesri, state council member of the federation.

Training camp

A training camp on dairy farming and cattle rearing was organised by the animal husbandry department at Jhammat village. Over 200 farmers including 20 women got tips on feeding and breeding of the farm animals including cows and buffaloes. Free medicines were distributed among farmers.

Aadhar cards

A special camp for making Aadhaar cards of police officers was organised. ADCP Joginder Singh said the camp was held to help police officers, who are busy round-the-clock, get their Aadhaar cards made.

Free eye camp

A free eye camp was held at Government College, Karamsar Rara Sahib. While inaugurating the camp, Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, lauded the college students for working for a noble cause.

Tewari seeks better medical facilities

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari has sought setting up of a special trauma centre at the civil hospital. In a letter written to the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Tewari stated Ludhiana was the biggest city in North with a population of over 30 lakh. He stated there was no specialised facility in the government civil hospital for the common people who could not afford the private medical facilities.

Community kitchen

Shiv Welfare Society will be organising a community kitchen on the occasion of Maha Shivratri on March 11. All the necessary arrangements have been done by the society.

Dental awareness

Dr Rajan Bir Singh Thind, head of the dental department at SNS Pahwa Hospital, conducted a dental awareness seminar for the students of Guru Hargobind College of Nursing, Raikot. Around 50 students attended a presentation on the emerging trends in dentistry. Dr Thind demonstrated to the students the right way to brush teeth. He also told them about the role of crowns, bridges and sealants in lifelong protection of teeth.


Office-bearers of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking and executive members of Punjab Tax Bar Association met to discuss provisions of the Union Budget. Speaking on the occasion, Ashok Kumar Juneja, chairman of PTBA the revenue and number of assesses will increase considerably.


ETT Teachers’ Union has demanded that schools under the civic bodies be brought under the Education Department. The union is also against the creation of directorate under the zila parishad.


Students participate in a fashion show at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Students participate in a fashion show at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students of the computer science and business administration department at the Khalsa College for Women bid farewell to their seniors at a function on Wednesday. The students presented a cultural programme. The show began with a dance item “Ganpati Baapa Mauriya" by students of BCA-I. The main attraction was the Miss Farewell contest. Dressed in their best, the final year students walked down the ramp. The retro dance and freestyle dance performance also won applause.

Industrial tour

An industrial tour was organised for MCom students of the commerce and business management department of Arya College. Over 50 students, accompanied by seven faculty members, visited ST Cottex Exports Limited in Machiwara. The company officials took them to different segments of the factory where manufacturing process of different types of yarns and fabrics was explained to them. Students were also informed about the human resource, marketing and other areas of management, as well as plans and policies adopted by the company. — TNS



Three held for murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
The city police today arrested three persons, a day after a dead body of 26-year-old Anil Kumar was found on the bank's of Sutlej River. While two accused Danni and Rahul have been identified. The identity of the third accused is not known yet. Ramesh Kumar, victim's father said it was Denni and Rahul who had killed his son.

Six held for illegal sand mining

Tightening a noose around the illegal sand mining, the city police has booked six persons and impounded six tractor trolleys on which the sand was being taken. The accused have been identified as Jasvir Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Sandeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Paramjit Singh and Kuldeep Singh were nabbed from a naka in Division No. 2.

Two motorcycle lifters nabbed

The city police have nabbed two motorcycle lifters from Dehlon area here last night. The accused have been identified as Gurwinder Singh and Satish Kumar. They were nabbed from a police naka in Dehlon area. On seeing the police, the duo tried to escape, but they were apprehended. The accused could not produce the documents of the mobike and during interrogation and soon they confessed that they had stolen the motorcycle.

Booked for fraud

The city police have booked an industrialist Dharampal Jain, owner Atam Industrial Products, and his two sons Janinder Jain and Sudhir Jain for fraud of Rs 96 lakh. The Division No. 3 police conducted a raid at their house located in South City area to nab the accused persons, but they managed to escape. A case has been registered on the complaint of Vinay Gupta. The complainant stated that he had supplied hosiery good to Janinder Jain of worth Rs 86 lakh. The accused issued him four cheques of Rs 7.2 lakh. The fraud came to light when the cheques the bounced due to insufficient funds. Vinay said the accused did not issue him H-Forms due to which he had to furnish a penalty of Rs 10 lakh to the excise and taxation department. Vinay stated that when he asked for money the accused persons allegedly threatened to kill him.



202 cartons of hosiery goods seized from railway station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Mobile wing of the excise and taxation department today seized nearly 202 cartons of goods from the railway station. The department got a tip off after which it reached railway station at around 3 am and continued raid till 10.30 am.

"We are suspecting that some of the goods were without bill which entered the railway station from its backyard. The exact value of the goods seized can be ascertained only once we open each and every parcel which will take time. Till now we were busy keeping the goods at the godown," said Inderjit Singh Bhamra, assistant excise and taxation commissioner (mobile wing).

Goods were being loaded from Ludhiana railway station and were going out of Punjab. The goods were mostly related to hosiery, added Bhamra. The raid was conducted on the directions of AETC Inderjit Singh Bhamra and ETO, DS Garcha and KS Dhaliwal conducted the raid.



Second accused arrested in rickshaw-puller murder case

Ludhiana, March 6
The city police today arrested the second accused in connection of a murder case of rickshaw puller, who was brutally killed on August 27.

The accused have been identified as Amandeep Singh, alias Money. The rickshaw puller Charanjeet Singh (40) was found brutally murdered near the bus stand on August 27, last year.

Charanjit Singh, alias Babbi, was murdered after he allegedly misbehaved with Atar Singh, who had gone to deceased's house to complain against his nephew, who had stolen mobile phones from Atar Singh's house.

Divulging the details, in charge police post Surjeet Singh Nagra said, "Charanjeet Singh (40) was found killed near bus stand. He was stabbed with sharp edged weapon in the right side of neck. A resident of Ambedkar Nagar, Charanjeet used to pull the rickshaw near bus stand."

While three persons including Atar Singh, Deepu and Money were arrested earlier by the police, Amandeep was arrested today. — TNS



Two held with stolen mobike

Mandi Ahmedgarh: The Dehlon police has arrested two persons and recovered a stolen motorcycle from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Gurwinder Singh Goldy and Satish Kumar Dannu of Beri Colony, Dhandra road.

The two were nabbed after they failed to provide documentation of the Pulsar motorcycle they were riding on. Investigations revealed the accused had forcibly taken the vehicle after throwing chilli powder in the owner’s eyes near Kanganwal village a few days ago. — OC



Two get 7-year jail in rape case
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
The Additional Sessions Judge Surinderpal Kaur has convicted a youth Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, of Guru Ram Dass Nagar, Makkar Colony, Dhandari Kalan, Ludhiana. He was sentenced rigorous imprisonment for seven years.

His co-accused Rama Devi of Makkar Colony has also been awarded seven years jail imprisonment under section 120-B of the IPC.

Keeping in view the nature of offence committed by the accused, they were not entitled for any lenient attitude, observed the court while dismissing the plea of leniency raised by the accused.

Initially a case under Sections 376, 511,120-B of the IPC was registered against the accused at Focal Point police station on May 30, 2008 following the statement of 
victim girl.

Later on, during evidence the court found that the rape was committed with a girl, as the report of chemical examiner was clear on this point.

The victim girl had stated to the police that she was standing outside her house. Rama Devi was her neighbour. She called her inside. When the victim went there, the accused Happy was already inside the house.

He started clicking her photographs on mobile. She objected but Rama closed the door and went outside.

Thereafter, the accused did the committed the crime. When the victim started shouting, her mother rushed to the spot and the accused ran away.

The prosecution had examined as many as 11 witnesses in this case.

The accused pleaded innocence and claimed false implications. But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court observed that the guilt of the accused persons stands proved beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt.



1,052 players turn up for sports trial
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 6
Over 1,052 aspirants including 779 boys and 273 girls turned up to attend trials conducted by the Punjab Sports Department at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The budding players drawn from Roop Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, Mohali besides those from Ludhiana district appeared for the trials in 10 disciplines namely athletics, boxing, badminton, cycling, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), judo, lawn tennis, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.

The selection panel constituted of sports personalities of International repute and experts watched these aspirants and final selection will be made tomorrow. This was stated by Kartar Singh Sehmbey, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, who is also coordinator for the trials process.

The selected players will get Rs 200 per day for diet for the residential wing and Rs 100 each per day. They will be placed at the sports centre equipped with all modern facilities of their own choice in the state.



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