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crime on Holi
Man thrown from rooftop; dies
Had tried to stop three youngsters from playing loud music at New Shivpuri
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
One murder and five rape cases were reported on Holi yesterday. More than 100 medico legal reports (MLRs) of persons suffering injuries during a clash were registered at the Civil Hospital.

Stopping tipsy youngsters from playing loud music on a rooftop proved costly for a city resident who was thrown from the rooftop by them. He succumbed to injuries at a hospital. The victim has been identified as Bhola, a resident of the New Shivpuri area. Vinand Das, victim's nephew, said his uncle Bhola spotted Sabu Yadav, Sanjay Yadav and Joginder Yadav playing loud music and dancing during the Holi festival. Bhola went to the rooftop and asked them to stop the music. This annoyed the trio and they threw Bhola from the rooftop.

The police today booked the trio on charge of murder.

Meanwhile, two persons suffered injuries as they fell off the rooftop while celebrating Holi at Durga Colony in Dugri. The injured have been identified as Ashok (18) and Arvind Kumar (24). They are stable.

Kidnap case

The police also booked Bablu and his two friends Rahul and Suman of Sherpur village for kidnapping a minor girl.

The girl was recovered from Jandiali village and trio was also nabbed. Today, the victim's medical examination substantiated that physical relations were established with her.


The Division No. 7 police registered a case against 50 persons who were involve in a clash. According to Raj Kumar, SHO, Division No. 7 police station, the persons were indulging in a clash and on seeing the police they fled the scene.

Acid attack

Sunil, a resident of Kapurthala, was attacked with acid. He was found unconscious by the staff of the 108 emergency ambulance. He regained consciousness, but does not remember who threw acid at him.

Rape cases

The Jodhewal police booked a 22-year-old man, who has been identified as Love Sharma, for raping a six-year-old. The victim's father told the police that the accused lived in their neighbourhood. Love took the girl to a house on the pretext of playing hide and seek where he raped her.

In the second incident, the Sadar police booked a middle-aged man for raping an eight-year-old girl. Charanjit Singh, a resident of Thakerwal village, allegedly took the girl from his farm land on the pretext of giving her vegetables. On reaching a secluded place, Charanjit raped her. According to the victim's parents, their daughter narrated the incident to them. The police has registered a case under section 376 of the IPC for rape.

In the third incident, the Haibowal police booked the son of a PAU employee for raping a 17-year-old girl. The accused, who has been identified as Kuldeep Kumar, was working as a gymnasium instructor in the Haibowal area where he raped the girl.

A medical examination of the victim was conducted at the Civil Hospital today.

Meantwhile, four persons were nabbed in two cases of kidnap and raping minor girls on the pretext of marriage.

Jagpal Singh (23) of Katani Kalan was nabbed yesterday for kidnapping and raping a girl on the pretext of marriage. The couple had eloped a few days ago and was nabbed yesterday while they were visiting the city. The medical examination proved that Jagpal had raped the minor.



City erupts in joy, Holi celebrated with fervour
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
There was colour, joy and fun all around as the festival of colours was celebrated in the city yesterday. In some places, it was the subtle "teeka" and "gulal" while at others buckets of coloured water, DJ and dance parties dominated the celebrations.

"It was such a fun day. This is one festival when everyone has total fun. There is no scope for anything. So much energy, smiles and freedom from worries," says Sanmeet, a resident of Dugri.

Children made the best of the festival playing with water guns and water balloons. "This is a double joy as we not only play with water and these amazing toys, but also elders don't scold us on Holi," says Saksham, a school student.

"This is the day one really forgets about worries and personal differences, and just enjoys. The festival really brings people together," says Nitin Kumar, a resident.

The youth went for "gheris" on the bikes, cars and jeeps and danced to the beats of drums and music. "There is an element of hooliganism in this practice, but we do it without violating any rules, and just enjoy the festival," says Abhishek, a college student.

At some places, the festival was celebrated with flowers, called 'pushp Holi'. Devotees took part in devotional song programmes at temples. The Canal View Apartments Welfare Society and Punarjot Eyebank Society also celebrated the festival with flowers. Hola Mohalla was celebrated at gurdwaras in the city where "gatka" was played by devotees and 'kirtan darbars' were organised.


Trailer plunges into gorge; six villagers killed
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 28
The Holi celebrations turned sour for the residents of Nangal Khurad village, near Pakhowal, after the news of death of at least six persons, including five members of a family, in an accident reached them.

The trailer, in which they were travelling, plunged into a gorge near the Sohilla Ghorha area on Punjab-Himachal Pradesh border on Tuesday night. Thirtytwo residents of the village and surrounding localities were injured in the accident.

The victims were returning after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Guru Ka Lahore in Himachal Pradesh to participate in the Holla Mohalla festival at Anandpur Sahib.

The residents of Nangal Khurad cursed the time when they requested Jarnail Singh, a former policeman, to ferry devotees to Anandpur Sahib and the adjoining shrines three or four days ago.

The deceased have been identified as Jarnail Singh, alias Billu, his wife Charanjit Kaur, nieces Rajdeep Kaur and Harjit Kaur and another relative Ajaib Singh. Major Singh, a carpenter, was also killed in the accident. Shamsher Singh, Major Singh and Karnail Singh are among the injured. A majority of victims are from labourers' families.

Villagers showed solidarity with the victim families in rescue operations and their treatment. Responding to a call given by Ram Singh, sarpanch, and Surinder Singh, former Sarpanch, through the public announcement system at a religious place, almost all the families contributed money to enable volunteers reach the spot and help the victims.

According to information, the accident took place around 8.30 pm when the driver, who was blinded by the light of a vehicle coming from the opposite side, had to slow down the the tractor-trailer and a truck hit it from behind. Those travelling on the tractor had a miraculous escape when the hook joining it with the trailer broke and the latter rolled down the gorge.

Inconsolable women and wailing children were seen on the streets of the village.

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed when the bodies arrived at the village for cremation.

As both space and fuel were not sufficient at the cremation ground, the villagers revived the old tradition of bringing fuel wood and dung cakes with them.

20 families face livelihood blues

The tragedy added to the problems of at least 20 families as their breadwinners were either dead or under treatment. Bachan Kaur, an octogenarian widow, is yet to come to terms with the tragedy. She failed to find words to console her teenager grandson and granddaughter, who had lost their both parents. "I fail to understand why the Almighty has kept me alive to see the bodies of my son Jarnail and his wife Charanjit Kaur, whose children are yet to understand the real meaning of life," she said. Ram Singh, sarpanch, said more than 24 families were affected. Appreciating the villagers for showing solidarity with the victims’ families, he said: "Though SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has announced that he will bear the expenses of the treatment of all the injured, we had to arrange funds for the rescue operations and medicines, which are not available at the Civil Hospital."



Team visits flood-prone areas

Ludhiana, March 28
Neeru Katyal, Additional Deputy Commissioner (G), along with officials from the Drainage Department, today visited flood-prone areas in the district. The areas included Dhulewal, Mattewara, Kasabad, Seed Farm II, Khera Bet and Madhepur.

Katyal said 205 villages on a stretch of 90 km were situated close to the Sutlej and these became flood-prone during the rainy season. "Besides villagers shared their problems with us. The Drainage Department has to prepare an estimate for flood-control measures. The assessment will be given to us by tomorrow and we will forward it to the state government for an early release of funds. At certain points, repair work has been completed while a number of spurs and studs have to be constructed. Once we get the funds, work will be started immediately," said the ADC.



5 of ‘zeharkhurani’ gang held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Five members of the notorious "zeharkhurani" gang were nabbed by the GRP from railway station here today. The accused, who have been identified as Sandeep Kumar, Ajit Kumar, Munish Kumar, Akbar Khan and Manoj Kumar, natives of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar, were nabbed from platform no. 5 while they were planning a strike on a long-distance train.

The police recovered powder, which they used to sedate passengers, and sharp weapons from them.

"We have informed the police of their native states and sought their criminal record," said SHO Gurnam Singh. The suspects were produced before a court, which sent them on police remand.



Former Youth Cong leader's wife retracts statement
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Former president of the District Youth Congress (Urban) Dimple Rana's wife has retracted her statement and claimed that her husband had suffered a bullet injury when he slipped on stairs and a pistol went off accidentally. His wife, Seema Rana, had earlier stated that her husband had shot himself in the abdomen following a heated argument with her in-laws.

Rana had suffered an injury on February 25 while he was visiting his in-laws' house in Vikas Nagar on the Pakhowal road.

In a statement released this evening, Seema has said when the incident took place her parents and brothers were in the house. She had made the statement out of nervousness that Dimple had shot himself while the truth is that he suffered an injury after he slipped on the stairs and the pistol went off accidentally. She says she had made the earlier statement to defend her relatives.

She slammed the reports of a marital dispute with her husband. She also condemned the reports that Dimple was having an affair with a woman, which led to a heated argument between the couple.



Madepura becomes sand mining hot spot; villagers protest
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 28
Despite a ban on sand mining, illegal mining on the Sutlej bed has been going on unchecked at Madepura village, near Sidhwan Bet. The state government has sanctioned only one site for the mining of sand worth Rs 18.20 crore on the Sutlej bed near Parjian Biharipur village, near Sidhwan Bet, under a contract signed following an auction of the site held two months ago.

But the sand mafia has been excavating sand from other locations too and the riverbed alongside Madepura village has emerged as the hot spot of illegal sand mining.

According to sources, the sand mafia has been excavating around 250 tippers (trucks) of sand everyday from the riverbed, thus causing a huge loss to the state exchequer. "A truck carries around 1,000 square feet of sand and the market value of this sand is between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000. The estimated market value of the sand being excavated illegally from the riverbed alongside Madepura village everyday comes to about Rs 50lakh," the sources add.

The residents of the village said the illegal mining of sand in the area had been going for the past four days. The protesting villagers alleged that the sand mafia had hired goons who threaten them when they try to stop illegal mining of sand. The villagers said their wheat crops had been destroyed by the trucks involved in the illegal practice.

"The drivers of the trucks carrying illegal sand drive their vehicles at a high speed. A student was injured when a truck carrying illegal sand hit him two days ago. Following the accident, most parents have stopped sending their wards to school," said a villager, Gurnam Singh, who is also a member of the Block Samiti, Sidhwan Bet.

Several residents of Madepura village, led by the activists of the Kirti Kissan Union and the Naujawan Bharat Sabha, held a protest against illegal mining today. The protesters also stopped around 40 trucks laden with illegally mined sand and informed the Mining Department about this.

Before Area Mining Officer Subodh Jindal could arrive at the scene, the drivers had sped away. The villagers alleged that the illegal mining of sand was being done with the connivance of the Mining Department.

Subodh Jindal admitted that the mining of sand from the riverbed alongside Madepura was being done illegally. But, he denied the other allegations levelled by the villagers. "I arrived at the village after receiving a call from a local resident. The allegations of the villagers are completely baseless. I have spoken to the senior officials of my department and informed them about the whole issue. We will take a suitable action against the people involved in the illegal mining of sand," added Jindal.

Though no action was taken till the filing of this report. The villagers have threatened that they would block the Jagraon-Jalandhar highway if no action was taken against the sand mafia.

The SHO of the Jagraon Sadar police station, Rachpal Singh, under whose jurisdiction the area falls, said the police had been investigating the matter and a strict action would be taken against those who threatened the villagers.



education dept’s rationalisation move
Over 40 govt schools merged
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Over 40 government schools in Ludhiana have been merged by the education department, under the recent rationalisation policy. While the department claims that under the rationalisation move, there will be equal distribution of schools, teachers, students in every block and focus would be given on providing quality education, the teachers maintain that if the schools were merged like this, posts will be surplus and these will ultimately be abolished.

The general secretary of the Punjab Government School Teachers Union, Parveen Kumar said no proper policy had been adopted by the authorities concerned while doing the rationalisation. "Some of the schools were doing very good with over 200 students and there was no need to merge such schools into others, still the department shifted such schools. Now that when the schools have been shifted, the posts of teachers will be surplus and ultimately, government will abolish the posts", rued Parveen Kumar.

The teachers believe that under this move, about 1,400 posts of teachers in Punjab would be abolished.

"About 300 posts of teachers in Ludhiana district alone will face the wrath after their abolition. Under the Right to Education Act, we require many more teachers. But the government plans to abolish even many existing posts, which is unjustified," said Parveen Kumar.

The president of the district unit of Democratic Employees Front, Ramanjit Sandhu, said the merger of schools by the Education Department was a betrayal with the poor and common man. Sandhu said that government had spent lakhs on the construction of school buildings, after the merger, the buildings would go waste. He said on one side, government was stressing on providing education to all the children under the Right to Education Act while on other side, students were being sent to far-off schools (with the merger of over 40 schools) . "We will struggle against this move," said Sandhu.



Tributes paid to six policemen
Had lost their lives in accident; IGP assures jobs to kin
Our Correspondent

Khamano March 28
Rich tributes were paid to six police personnel of Khamano at Gurudwara Sahib Ranwan near Khamano who lost their lives during a road accident some days ago on the Sanghol-Bassi Pathana road. Bhog of Shri Akhand Path Sahib was organised by the police department with the help of area residents.

IGP Gurpreet Kaur Deo, in her address, paid tributes to the police personnel and recalled their services for the welfare of mankind. She said the police had to work in all conditions. She assured all help for the aggrieved families and a job to the next of the kin of all the six families in the police.

She also expressed solidarity with the injured police personnel and expressed their wishes for speedy recovery.

MLA of the area, Nirmal Singh, retired justice and district president of Akali Dal, Jagdeep Singh Cheema, with senior police officials presented the cheques of Rs 2 lakh each to families of the six aggrieved given by the Punjab Govt.



Star cast of upcoming Punjabi movie visits city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Star cast of an upcoming Punjabi movie 'Sadda Haq' was in the city today. Actors including Dinesh Sood and Himanshi along with Kuljinder Singh Sidhu apart from others were present on the occasion.

Dinesh Sood, actor and producer of the film, said, "Purpose of the movie is to inform and create awareness among the youth of the ground reality of what happened in Punjab during the militancy days. Through the film we want to clear the misunderstandings between Hindu and Sikh population and to inform them about what actually happened and what facts government presented to the people." Kuljinder Singh Sidhu, co-producer and lead actor, said, "The movie, my dream project, says 'History Repeats Itself', which means that youth should be informed of the reality."

The movie is aimed at bringing fore the real picture of Punjab during the militancy days of 1980s and '90s, according to the promoters of the movie. The movie revolves around a hockey player-Kartar Singh Bazz, as circumstances weighed down his passion for the game and compelled him to be a militant instead. The movie releases on April 5.



150 safai karamcharis given appointment letters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria today handed-over appointment letters to as many as 150 safai-karamcharis, who have been regularised by the government. The Municipal Karamchari Dal welcomed the move taken by the government and has urged the state government to regularise the remaining, too.

Gohalwaria said there were about 1,800 total safai karamcharis and a majority of them had been regularised by the government and just about 250 were left.

"It was good to see happiness on their faces. Lists are being made for the remaining persons too and we are hopeful of regularising them at the earliest," said Mayor.

Meanwhile, Laxman Dravid, president Municipal Karamchari Dal said at last, these karamcharis were given their rights.

"They had been struggling for the past over a year and a half. They had been working as daily wagers and prior to that they were under Mohalla Sanitation Committees. We are hopeful that the remaining karamcharis, too, will be accommodated by the government, soon," said Dravid.



City residents enjoy pleasant weather
Gurvinder Singh
tribune news service

Ludhiana, March 28
Cool spring morning, coupled with cloudy overcast sky, winds and light drizzle made the day pleasant today. The minimum temperature took a dip today. It was 23 degree Celsius with a marginal rise in minimum temperature at 17 degree Celsius.

“It is one of the rare days of the year, when you just love going out in a cool breezy day,” said Sakshi, a student. “I just wish that such weather continues throughout the year,” she said.

According to KK Gill, assistant agro-meteorologist at the PAU, the weather has taken a pleasant turn due to western disturbances, and it is expected to remain like this till March 30, after which the weather would become clear and temperature would rise.

“This is the best time of the year, before the scorching hot days set in. I go out and do cycling and walk a lot more now days,” said Davinder, a resident.

Gaurav, an amateur photographer, said it was a perfect day for photography. “The light was all diffused today due to cloudy weather and yet it was bright enough for photography. I clicked loads of pictures today,” he said.



Celebrating Holi in a noble way
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 28
Celebrating festival of colours in his own way, Shital Parkash, an environmentalist from Sudhar village distributed samplings of ornamental plants and planted palm trees in the area.

Having planted and nurtured over 5,000 trees in the region in the past 13 years, Shital dreams to initiate a sense among youths to preserve the environment.

The area residents want that he should be felicitated in state level function his contributions should be recognized by the state government.

While paying gratitude for the support received from his friends, Shital said he was least concerned for recognition of his work but he wanted that people should adopt environmental preservation as an element of their lifestyle.



Mazdoor union stages dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
The Lal Jhanda Mazdoor Union staged a dharna at Dana Mandi, Sahnewal, to express their resentment against the state government over the delay in the auction of sand mines.

"As many as 522 sand mines have given by the Central Government, out of which 243 are under the control of the state government. Approval of the auction of 10 of these sand mines has also given but the state government is not auctioning these," said Tarsem Jodha, former MLA. "Demand for sand is increasing day by day and supply is too low. This is leading to black marketing of sand. Due to inadequate availability of sand, only 15-20 per cent construction is being possible," he said. "All are suffering because of this wrong policy of the government," said Raghunath Singh, General Secretary, CITU.



Namdharis block road over challan
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 28
A large number of Namdhari sect followers blocked traffic on Ludhian-Chandigarh road near Katani village after a relative of the sect head was challaned by a traffic official.

The Namdhari followers led by Jai Singh and Sarabjit Singh alleged that the official challaned Baldev Singh Kaku when he was going in his car along with his wife without any proper reason. They also alleged that the official also misbehaved with them.

According to sources, traffic was opened after a compromise was arrived at between the agitators and the police.



Excise staff strike today

Ludhiana, March 28
Inspectors and superintendents of the Central Excise will observe a countrywide three-day strike from March 29 to 31 against the apathetic attitude of the authorities concerned towards their promotions, pay matters and working conditions.

This decision was taken during a combined meeting of the All-India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers and the All-India Central Excise Inspectors Association.




New scan centres approved

A meeting of District PNDT Advisory Committee, Ludhiana, was held here on Thursday under the chairperson Dr Kumkum Awasthi at Civil Surgeon’s office. Addressing the meeting, the District Appropriate Authority-cum-Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana Dr Subhash Batta, said there were 233 scan centres in the district. As many as 72 centres were being checked till February. Out of which nine centres were issued show cause notice due to some shortcomings. During the meeting, approval for two new scan centers was given. While one centre was approved for renewal, the Civil Surgeon said a new cell related to the PCPNDT has been constituted on the instructions of Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana. This cell will monitor implementation of the PCPNDT.

Funds released

District Planning Board chairman, Hira Singh Gabria, said the state government had released funds worth Rs 1.23 crores for the development works to be executed in the district. Gabria said yet another meeting will be convened soon to plan how these funds were to be utilised so that the development works in concerned areas were continued. During a meeting of the board at the Mini-Secretariat, Gabria said the problem of traffic was coming to fore and a scheme was being prepared for streamlining the traffic congestion. The problems of public would be taken care of and solutions would be provided to bring relief, said Gabria.

I-T offices to remain open tomorrow

In compliance with the order of Ministry of Finance, offices of Income Tax working under the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana, will remain open on March 30 and 31 during the normal working hours, 9.30 am to 6 pm on both the days to facilitate filing of IT returns and other related works of the tax payers, said IT Commissioner, Kuldip Singh.

Automation of PU library begins

The Panjab University Extension Library has now begun implementing the computerised bar-code system at the PURC, Ludhiana. After successfully installing the bar code printer, a beginning has been made in electronic issuing and returning of library books at the PUEL. While inaugurating the system last evening, professor Deepak Kapur, Director Panjab University Extension Library informed the new system would be more student friendly as it would save more than 75 per cent of time vis-a-vis the manual system.


Executive Committee of Ludhiana Branch of Nortern Indian Regional Council (NIRC) of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in its meeting here on Thursday unanimously elected Rachit Bhandari as chairman, Rajesh Kumar Jain as vice-chairman, Dinesh Sharma as secretary and Shalini Gupta as treasurer. First time two female members, Shalini Gupta and AmanjotKaur, had contested and won the elections. The branch is holding a seminar on Bank Branch Audit on March 29. Further, a programme of orientation of parents of CA-CPT Students will be held on April 1. — TNS



Three commit suicide in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
Three suicide incidents were reported from different parts of the city. The first incident was reported from Doraha, where man committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan. The deceased has been identified as Lalit Kumar (42), a resident of Dashmesh Nagar. Financial crises were suspected to be the reason behind the extreme step.

In the second incident, a decomposed body of a man was found in a village near Kohara today. The deceased has been identified as Paramjit Singh (45), a resident of Rajewal village. The police is suspecting that the deceased might have died a week ago by hanging himself from a ceiling fan.The matter came to light when the area residents informed the police about the foul smell coming from a room.

In the third incident a 23-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan. The deceased has been identified Prabhjot Kaur. According to the police, Prabhjot's husband Ravinder Singh was visiting Anandpur Sahib to witness Holla Mohalla. He reportedly told the police Prabhjot had called him and was asking him to reach home soon but before he could return Prabhjot committed suicide.



3 die in separate road mishaps

Ludhiana, March 28
As many as three persons lost their lives in separate road accidents in the city in past 24 hours. All the three accidents took place at the Focal Point area. One victim was run over by an unidentified vehicle in Dehlon. Another similar incident occurred at Focal Point area.

Both were rushed to a hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. While one victim was riding a cycle, the second was a pedestrian. In the third accident, a 22-year-old motorcyclist, Jay Kumar, died in a road accident, while his friend Sulesh Kumar who was sitting pillion suffered injuries. — TNS



Man booked for creating ruckus at hospital
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
A resident of Lohara village was booked for creating ruckus in the civil hospital. The accused identified as Jagdeep Singh Dhillon had visited the civil hospital yesterday for getting the medico legal report (MLR).

According to the police, Dhillon reprimanded the doctor, Jasvir Kaur, on duty. Dhillon reportedly told the doctor that he was the relative of the Akali MLA and pressed her to quickly conduct the medical test.

The situation turned ugly when Dr Jasvir Kaur reprimanded Dhillon for pressurising her.

She told the police that Dhillon created a scene in the civil hospital and did not let her perform her duty.

In the meantime Division No 2 police reached the spot and booked Jagdeep Singh Dhillon for hurling abuses and causing obstruction in the duty of a government servant.



2 snatchers held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
The city police has arrested two persons who were involved in snatching and lifting of vehicles. The accused have been identified as Makhan Singh and Ranjit Singh, both residents of Islam Gunj area. They were nabbed following a tip- off from Kashmir Nagar Chowk in Division No 3 area here last evening.

According to Brij Mohan, SHO Division No 3, the accused were wanted in connection of several vehicle theft cases and snatching incidents. He said police received information around 7.30pm yesterday that the accused were travelling on scooter and were spotted in Kashmir Nagar. Soon after receiving the information, the police laid a trap and nabbed Makhan and Ranjit. Beside the scooter, the police has recovered two mobile phones, three gold chains and Rs 1.2 lakh from their possession.



Woman held for stealing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 28
A woman thief landed in police net for allegedly stealing the purse of a devotee, who had visited a gurdwara in Sarabha Nagar, here yesterday. The accused has been identified as Kamaljit Kaur, a resident of Vishkarma Colony.

The complainant, Kavita, a resident of New Delhi, said she had visited the gurudwara at Sarabha Nagar to pay obeisance. She said the accused came from behind and knelt down pretending to pay obeisance.

Kavita said that the accused allegedly slipped away with her purse soon. She added that she noticed her purse missing while leaving the gurdwara.

The gurdwara authorities watched recordings of the CCTV cameras installed on the premises after which the information was given to the police.

The police has recovered a purse containing Rs 1,400 cash and a mobile phone from the possession of the accused.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.



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