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MC manages to remove encroachments
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A protester argues with a policeman.
A protester argues with a policeman. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, April 30
Amid protest by shopkeepers, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today demolished illegal structures in Saban Bazaar, Brown Road and Jail Road of the city today.

This is after February 26 that the MC has been able to remove encroachments as per the action plan as all other four planned demolition drives were postponed due to protest by the residents of the area.

As per the action plan, the MC’s building branch had planned to demolish seven encroachments at Saban Bazaar, one on Brown Road and two on Jail Road.

This time the MC’s building branch had planned to go ahead with the drive with no assistance from the police or any senior district administration officials. But the MC urged the police to deploy 50 policemen during the drive.

When the MC team descended on Saban Bazaar, it had to face tough resistance from shopkeepers, who asked the civic officials to return. Some of them even sat on the road in from for the earth-moving machine.

They not only held protest, but even abused the MC officials publicly. “Initially, the policemen were not using force. But a senior building branch official told the policemen to vacate the place. It was then that the MC team managed to remove illegal encroachments. Some of the protestors even tried to manhandle the policemen and the civic officials,” said a building branch official.

Some political leaders from the area, including former councillor Parminder Mehta, also reached the spot and asked the MC officials to give a few days time to the shopkeepers so that they can remove the encroachments themselves. But this time, the MC team seemed in no mood to grant such permission.

As the protestors were controlled by the policemen, MC officials started the drive and demolished all seven encroachments, which were extended portions of shops on the road.

From there, the MC team proceeded to the Brown Road area where an encroachment by a dharamshala was removed. Later, encroachments by a leading ice-cream shop on Jail Road were also demolished by the MC officials.

Assistant town planner Kamaljit Kaur confirmed that the MC team had to face a lot of protest before starting the demolition drive. “This time, we wanted to demolish encroachments as per the action plan. The protesters should understand that these demolition drives are being carried as per the court orders,” she said.

Failed demolition drives
Demolition of 30 shops in the Gur Mandi area on March 13
Demolition of 22 shops in Talaab Bazaar on March 21
Demolition of 64 encroachments from Sem Wala Nullah in Haibowal on April 2
Demolition of illegal structures in Industrial Area ‘A’ and Textile Colony from April 9 to 12
Demolition of 56 structures in Haibowal Kalan on April 22


16 yrs on, 8-yr-old boy’s murder still a mystery
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

The parents of the eight-year-old boy, who was murdered 16 years ago, look at their son’s picture in Ludhiana.
The parents of the eight-year-old boy, who was murdered 16 years ago, look at their son’s picture in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, April 30
The killing of eight-year-old child whose badly mutilated body was found from the store of Elichi Giri Mandir on Lallu Mal Street on March 29, 1997, still shrouds mystery.

The police had then registered a case against unidentified persons for killing Vishal aka Kalu, and dumping his body in the storeroom. But even after 16 years, the police has failed to crack the case. For

The victim’s father, Bhupinder Kumar, said the quest of finding his son's killer seems to be never ending.

The killing of his son took its toll on Bhupinder's health. He is suffering from severe back problem and is bedridden. To eke out living, he runs a tea vend outside his house at Bharadwaj Mohalla in the Chowk Misra areas near Daresi.

The victim’s mother, Aruna Rani, suffered a cardiac arrest following her son's murder. Though she survived, but her right leg and arm stopped working due to paralyses. Vishal's sister is also working in an insurance company to help her parents.

Recounting the tragedy, Bhupinder said: “On March 22, a day before Holi, Vishal was playing along with his friends. He came to house at 5 pm and left after having tea. Around 7 pm, Aruna told me that Vishal did not return home and nowhere to be seen in the locality.”

Bhupinder and residents of the locality went searching for Vishal. They visited Elichi Giri Mandir as Vishal used to visit the temple often.

However, the temple priest said Vishal did not visit the temple. Bhupinder and residents of the locality visited Division No 4 police station (Now Daresi Police station) and reported the matter to the police.

The police listed the matter in the daily dairy report and sounded the alert across the city.

However, there was no clue of the boy. "We looked for Vishal at the bus stand, railway station and possibly every place we could search for."

On March 29, 1997, a week after his mysterious disappearance, Narinder Sood, who owns a shop at Lallu Mal Street, visited Bhupinder’s house and told him that the body of a boy was found from the store of a temple.

"Hell broke loose on me. I along with my relatives and friends rushed to the temple. The body was covered with gunny bag and a wooden flap was put on to it. The gunny bag was removed and policemen asked me to identify the body. It was the body of my son. His face was badly smashed and was beyond recognition. I could identify him from his cloths," said Bhupinder.

Bhupinder said his son’s killing was a tantric sacrifice. "Nails were struck on his forehead. A part of flesh was also missing from his abdomen. Instead of conducting a thorough investigation, the then DSP, Gurjit Singh, hushed up the matter and registered a case against unidentified persons for murder," lamented Bhupinder.

A trunk was found near the body and a rope was also hanging on the wall. The police had then suspected that the killer might be living in the vicinity and dumped the body knowing that no one visits the store.

Bhupinder had even levelled allegations on the temple priest for killing Vishal.

Recently, things started moving when Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh ordered a fresh probe.

Bhupinder is hopeful that his son’s killers will be nabbed soon.

"Life is not the same ever since my son was killed. Perhaps, I am living so that I could see my son's killer being handcuffed," said Bhupinder.



Petrol price cut by Rs 3 per litre
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, April 30
Much to the relief of city residents, petrol price was today slashed by Rs 3 per litre, the steepest reduction in rates in over five years.

This is the fourth reduction in rates since March which means that petrol in Punjab will cost at Rs 3.25 less a litre (with taxes). Currently, the price of petrol in Punjab is Rs 73 per litre. The price of petrol will now be Rs 69.75 per litre.

“Indian Oil Corporation Ltd has decided to reduce the retail selling prices of petrol from midnight of April 30,” said Ashok Sachdeva, general secretary of the Petrol Dealers’ Association.



Mid-day meal scheme
ADC (D) does tough talking
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
The Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Rishipal Singh, has asked the members of a committee, which includes teachers, health officials, etc, to be present at the time of the preparation of mid-day meal at at Sherpur or action will be taken against them. Chairing a meeting of teachers at the Bachat Bhawan today, Rishipal also asked the District Health Officer to visit schools and check mid-day meals being served to students.

Reviewing the implementation of various schemes, which have been aimed at improving the quality of education, the ADC asked both the District Education Officers (Primary and Secondary) and Block Panchayat Officers to regularly visit schools and make sure that all the basic facilities were being provided to the students. He also asked the officials to make a list of the schools that had no roofs or walls within two days. If the BPOs failed to do so, a complaint about their lackadaisical attitude will be submitted to the higher authorities, he said.

Rishipal also directed the DEOs to make sure that teachers were not absent from schools and if any negligence was found on their part, it must be mentioned in their annual confidential reports (ACRs). The DEOs said a total of 1,587 private schools had been covered under the Right To Education Act in the district and the remaining 62 schools were served notices.



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9 schools declared ‘unsafe’
District Education Department sends list to officials in Chandigarh
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
The state government is leaving no stone unturned to implement the Right to Education Act. But its efforts have failed to fructify as many schools have not got registered under the Act so far.

A number of schools in the district are in a dilapidated condition. The District Education Department has sent a list of nine 'unsafe' schools to the Education Department, Chandigarh.

The schools on the list are Government High School, Kasabad, Government High School, Begowal, Government High School, Khattran, Government Girls School, Seaarh, Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd, Government School, Jandiali, Government Senior Secondary School, Lehel, and Government School, Millar Ganj.

Recently, the Education Department had asked the DEO to send a list of unsafe schools so that further action (maintenance or demolition) could be taken. Certain teachers working under the RMSA were entrusted with the task. They visited the schools, got their details and sent the list to the department.

The issue of unsafe buildings came to light when the High Court ordered the government to accommodate students of five 'unsafe' schools in Ludhiana district in other schools following which the Education Department had claimed that funds had been sanctioned and the schools had been renovated. As many as 1,000 students are enrolled in these schools.



Electronic goods destroyed in fire at Mata Rani Chowk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
Electronic goods, including mobile phones were damaged in a fire, which broke out at a shop near Mata Rani Chowk here this morning. It took a fire engine one hour to douse the fire. The shop was closed when the fire broke out.

The Fire Brigade officials said at around 9:45 am today, they received a call that a fire had broken out at NK Mobile Shop in the Mata Rani Chowk area here.

"We suspect that the fire was caused by a short-circuit in the air-conditioner wiring installed at the shop. A fire engine was rushed to the spot and the flames were doused by 10:45 am. The owner has not intimated about the loss of property yet, but only mobile phones and some other goods were damaged in the fire," said a fire brigade official.



Motor Vehicle act violations
DTO sends list of 64 school buses to police
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
A list of around 64 school buses/vans, which were inspected outside Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar and found without proper documents, was sent to Commissioner Police Ishwar Singh by District Transport Officer Anil Garg today. Many of the vehicles were found to be very old while others were brought from other states. Many vehicles were being plied without documents and a majority of them were overloaded with students.

Talking to The Tribune, Garg said the school authorities were taking it lightly but the department was not going to spare the defaulters. "Since there were more than 4,000 students and we did not want to trouble them in the scorching heat, we asked the school authorities to send us the papers of the vehicles by evening. But the papers were never sent and we had to hand over the list of vehicles to the police", said Garg.

It is not just one school, the department was going to crack the whip on all the schools, which did not ask their drivers/transporters to complete their documents. "It is the responsibility of the schools to check everything. We can not put students' lives in danger. The schools need to cooperate with us, else we are going to act tough against them," said Garg.

A few days ago, the department had impounded around 15 buses of Greenland School and it was only after the authorities gave an undertaking that buses were released.



Woman 'administered' poison
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
A 25-year-old woman is battling for life after her husband, along with her in-laws, allegedly made her to take phenyl. The woman, who has been identified as Daljit Kaur, wife of Ajay Kumar of Shahi Mohalla, was rushed to a hospital in the Daresi area. She was reported to be serious.

The paramedics were seen struggling to wash out phenyl from her body. She said her husband Ajay, along with his relatives, gave her phenyl last evening, following which her condition deteriorated and she was rushed to the hospital by the local residents.

Gurjit Singh, Daljit's brother, said his sister got married three years ago. Before the marriage, they were told that Ajay was an electrician but he turned out to be drug addict.

The couple has a two-year-old son, who is suffering from blood cancer.

In the morning, Ajay, too, was admitted to a hospital. He has alleged that Daljit's parents forcibly administered poison to her.

The police has recorded the statements of both the groups and started investigation.

Son paying the price

It is their two-year-old son of couple, who is paying a heavy price for their parents' discord. There was no one to take care of the child, who suffers from blood cancer. A few relatives provided him milk and biscuits at the hospital. He anxiously looked at his mother and often cried. Gurjit said Daljit Kaur came to know about her son's ailment recently.



Khanna is Tax Bar president
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
Balbir Khanna has been elected president of the Taxation Bar Association. Khanna polled 162 votes while his opponent OP Bhardwaj polled 68 votes. The other office-bearers of the association were elected unanimously. They include Jatinder Kumar Khurana, general secretary (2013-15); Ravinder Garg, vice-president; Harminderjit Singh, finance secretary; Shaveta Vohra, joint secretary; and Vishal Sharma, secretary.

Vijay Sharma, Pawan Chopra, Tarlok Bhalla, Navinder Sharma, Dharam Pal Bindra have been elected executive members.

Jatinder Kumar Khurana extended a warm welcome to Khanna.



Food festival at vet varsity from May 3
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise a food festival on May 3. The event aims at popularising various value-added meat and milk products developed by the university. Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said animal protein played an important role in human nutrition. These products are more health oriented and hence fetch higher market price and additional income.

GADVASU has developed a number of value-added products from milk, fish, chicken and goat meat. All the three colleges of the university, College of Veterinary Sciences, College of Dairy Science and Technology and College of Fisheries, will put value-added products on sale. Various value-added meat products prepared by the College of Veterinary Sciences will include low-fat/low-calorie meat patties, fibre enriched meat nuggets and sausages, Omega-3 enriched meat patties and balls, bio-active compound enriched meat patties, restructured meat loaves, snacks like kurkure, caruncles, noodles, waddi, biscuit prepared from chicken meat, meat samosas, meat loaves, meat koftas, sausages, meat bites and meat pickles.

Among all animal proteins, fish protein is the highly digestible and fish is also a rich source of long chain Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which makes it the most sought after food.

A variety of value-added products like fish balls, fish nuggets, fish fingers, fish cutlet, fish curry, fish steaks, fish fillets, fish biscuits and fish keema from deboned carp fish, along with fish protein concentrate and crunchy prawns, have been prepared by the College of Fisheries,College of Dairy Science and Technology. Products like mango, banana and vanilla flavoured ice-creams, carrot flavoured lassi, low fat and low calorie 'mithat dahi', dhoda burfi, milk cake, masala paneer, mango and jaljeera flavoured whey drinks, butterscotch and strawberry flavoured milk will be put on display.

These products are fortified with ingredients to enhance their nutritive value with special reference to health of a consumer.



PAUTA poll: Kingra group wins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
Dr Harmeet Singh Kingra has been elected the president of the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers' Association (PAUTA) elections.

He defeated his rival Dr Mukesh Siag by 19 votes. Dr Kingra got 354 votes whereas Dr Mukesh Siag got only 335 votes.

The Khingra group made a clean sweep. Dr Jagjit Singh Sarabha was elected the vice-president. He defeated Dr Gurbachan S Saroa by 17 votes.

For the post of secretary, KS Sangha defeated Dr Nav Prem Singh. Sangha got 375 votes while Nav prem got 312 votes.

For the post of joint secretary, Chander Mohan was polled 350 votes while Kulvir Singh Saini got 337 votes. Inderjeet Singh Grewal of the Khingra group was elected the treasurer. He defeated Sanjeev K Chauhan by a margin of 64 votes.

The elected councillors are Dr Tarsem Singh Dhillon, Tarundeep Kaur, Darshan K Sahrma, Jasbir Singh Chawla, Naresh K Chhuneja and Seema Sahram. The out-station candidates for the post are Parshotam K Arora, research (South), Dr Gurpreet Singh, extension (South), Dr Kuldeep Singh, extension (North).

Dr Sukhpal Singh, returning officer, said, "The elections were conducted peacefully.



Nail art latest fad among girls
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
Nail art has become the latest fad among girls in the city. One can go to a beauty parlour to get the nails painted or can do it at home.

Jeena, who has a nail art studio, said, "Girls take care of their skin and hair but neglect nails." But things have changed now. Girls love to get their nails decorated. Both the temporary and permanent designs are available at the salons. A temporary design lasts for 15 days."

Anita, a beautician, said,"Nail art has become the in thing. There is client who comes to our salon every 15 days." Rashmeet, a homemaker, said,"Before going to a party, I make it a point to decorate my nails.

The art is gaining popularity day by day." Gurinder Kaur, who is also fond of the art, said,"The art helps us show our creativity spark. I love playing with colours." 



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Scientists awarded

Ludhiana: Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has been given the "Best All-India Coordinated Rice Improvement Programme (AICRIP) Centre Award" for outstanding research work on rice agronomy and entomology. Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Agriculture, Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Swapan Kumar Dutta, deputy director general (crop science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, Dr Tej Pratap Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology (SKUAST), and Dr BC Viraktamath, project director, Directorate of Rice Research; presented the "Certificate of Excellence" to PAU scientists Dr G Mahajan, rice agronomist, and Dr PS Sarao, rice entomologist, during the 48th Annual Rice Group Meeting of the AICRIP held at SKUAST, Srinagar.

During the meeting, out of 47 different centres funded by the ICAR for rice improvement, two awards were conferred on the PAU teams for their outstanding research work on rice agronomy and entomology. The PAU Rice Centre was also adjudged the overall best centre among the 47 centres in 2012. Dr BS Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and Dr SS Gosal, Director of Research, congratulated the AICRIP agronomy and entomology team of the university and exhorted the rice scientists to win more laurels in future as well.

Fall in cotton prices

The Agricultural Market Intelligence Centre (AMIC) of Punjab Agricultural University has analysed the behaviour of the market price of cotton by keeping in view the national and international cotton scenario. Dr Jagrup Singh Sidhu, in charge, AMIC, PAU, urged farmers to keep the cotton scenario in mind while planning their acreage under the crop.

Informing the farmers that the cotton prices, after touching an all-time high in 2010-11, dropped sharply this season, Sidhu said, "The international market indicator 'Cotlook A Index' declined from a record high of US $ 2.34 per pound during 2011 to 0.80 in 2012 and again started increasing and reached US $ 0.95 per pound during March 2013." Consequently, the world cotton output is likely to decline by 11 per cent from 26 million tonnes in 2011-12 to 23.5 million tonnes in 2012-13.

"Due to slow economic recovery from recession, the growth in global cotton mill use remained slow from 23.5 to 23.7 million tonnes.

Due to high accumulation of cotton stock by China, the major cotton importer, the global cotton import dropped sharply by 20 per cent from 9.6 to 7.6 million tonnes," said Dr Sidhu. As a result, the world ending stock rebounded from 11.2 to 16.4 million tonnes, thus, resulting into the decline of the international cotton prices during 2012-13, he added.

In Punjab, the area under cotton during the current year decreased to 4.95 lakh hectares during 2012-13 from last year's 5.20 lakh hectares.

Consequently, the cotton production in the state declined to 16 lakh bales from the last year production of 18 lakh bales, said Dr Sidhu. "The Indian Government had announced minimum support price of long staple cotton at Rs 3,900 per quintal for the marketing season 2012-13 which is likely to increase further for the 2013-14 marketing season," he observed.

Saying that the cotton prices in various cotton markets of Punjab remained in the range of Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,860 from October 2012 to April 2013, he predicted that the above trends in the cotton balance sheet might induce the farmers throughout the world, including India as well as Punjab, to reduce the area under cotton during 2013-14.

In view of the expected trends in cotton production and trade, the AMIC has projected some increasing tendency in cotton prices during 2013-14 marketing season in the range of Rs 4,500 to Rs 5,000 per quintal for the long staple cotton.

However, much will depend on the cotton policy of importing and exporting countries to be followed during the marketing year of 2013-14, said the expert. — TNS



from schools & colleges

Ludhiana: Cherubs the Preschool, Dugri, planned a picnic for students. Various activities were held. They played hide and seek, blindfold, cricket and passing the parcel.

Treasure hunt

The kindergarten section of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School organised a sandpit activity. They were taught to draw various shapes with the help of sleeping lines and standing lines. They also made castles and used their creativity to make mountains and cartoons. A treasure hunt was also held. Director and founder principal Avinash Kaur Walia also joined the students.


NCC Col Ashwani Kumar and SM Janki Dass delivered an effective and beneficial lecture to more than 500 girl students from BVM, Kitchlu Nagar. Ashwani motivated students to get enrolled in the NCC.

Freshers' party

The KG block of St GDS Convent School organised a freshers' party. Students came dressed in beautiful attire. They danced to the tune of rocking numbers. They shared food with friends. Director of the school Manmohan Singh also joined the celebrations.

Dance performance

A dance performance by Odissi dancer Kavita Dwibedi enthralled the students of Sat Paul Mittal School. The event was held at Nehru Siddhant Kendra. Kavita Dwivedi has performed at the international level. The students were left spell-bound. The performance was followed by an interactive session. Bhupinder Gogia, principal, Sat Paul Mittal School, said the school would keep organising such events.

Results declared

MSc students of Guru Nanak Girls College have performed well in the final examination. Krishma Chhabra stood seventh in Panjab University and stood first in the college with 74.24 per cent. Lovepreet Kaur secured the ninth position in Panjab University and stood second in the college with 71.8 per cent and Rupin Jandu stood third in the college with 71.04 per cent. Principal of the college Dr Charanjit Mahal and president Gurbir Singh congratulated the faculty and students. — TNS



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The protest against the opening of liquor vends in a residential area and opposite a mosque at Dhandari Kalan entered its 14th day on Tuesday. Activists of the Aam Aadmi Party met Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, who directed the excise department to take action and submit a report within five days.


The Karkhana Mazdoor Union, Punjab, and Textile-Hosiery Kamgar Union, Punjab, are organising a conference to mark the 128th International May Day. A large number of workers will be attending the conference to pay homage to the martyrs.


A meeting of the Veer Abdul Hamid Foundation was held on Tuesday. Members of the foundation decided to launch a cleanliness drive. They said they would create awareness among residents and ask them to keep their surroundings clean and green.

Jor mela

A four-day jor mela and gurmat samagam to mark the 450th Parkash Utsav of Guru Arjan Dev commenced on Tuesday. The programme started with the recital of 'Rehraas Sahib' and raagi jathas from various cities recited holy hymns.


Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana, in association with the Rotary Club organised a quiz at a local school run under the National Child Labour Programme in Haibowal Khurd. Hyatt Regency's team led by general manager Glenn Peat and Alka Gupta, education director, Rotary Club, along with other Rotarians were present. Prizes were given to winners.

Opening of vend opposed

The Ambedkar Nagar Welfare Society staged a protest against the opening of a liquor vend in Ambedkar Nagar. Dr Surjit Singh, president, Ambedkar Nagar Welfare Society, said there were a number of religious places in the area.

Books presented

Jeev Jantu Vatavaran Sambhal Sewa Samiti presented books to the Bhagwan Valmiki Research Centre. Head of the library Guru Arun Sidhu thanked the samiti members.

Cultural Day

Jagdev Singh Jasowal Charitable Trust celebrated Punjabi Cultural Day at Punjabi Viarasti Bhawan on Pakhowal Road on Tuesday. The 78th birth anniversary of Jagdev Singh Jasowal was also celebrated. Fifty saplings were planted at Punjabi Virasti Bhawan. — TNS



NRI couple nabbed with unaccounted Rs 75 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
The Dugri police took NRI couple from England under preventive detention after the recovery of Rs 75 lakh unaccounted money their possession.

The incident took place when Satwinder Singh, SHO, Dugri, along with a police party set up a naka in the Flower Enclave area to keep a tab on anti-social elements.

Satwinder Singh said a Toyota Innova SUV that was heading towards Dugri was signalled to stop. The police recovered Rs 75 lakh from the couple, identified as Iqbal Singh and Baljit Kaur.

The SHO said the couple told the police that they were NRIs from England and they had got the money by selling the land through a property dealer.

"We told them to make us speak to the property dealer. But their claims fell flat when the property dealer denied any execution of land deal. Sensing a foul play, we informed the Income Tax Department about the matter.

The NRI couple is a resident of Besant Avenue.



Driver loses control over truck; 2 killed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
Two persons were crushed to death while as many were injured after the driver lost control over a truck and ran over cyclists at the Gyaspura Chowk near here late this evening.

According to an eyewitness, a truck ran over the cyclists, killing two instantly.

The victims could not be identified as their bodies were mutilated beyond recognition. The injured have been identified as Sandeep and Shambhu, both workers of a factory unit.

The truck has been impounded while its driver managed to fled the scene.

Agitating migrants held a protest and even tried to set the truck on fire. Gurtej Singh, SHO, Focal Point, reached the spot on time and controlled the situation.



Minor boy ‘kidnapped’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 30
A case of kidnapping of a minor boy was registered at the Division No. 3 police station here on Monday.

The victim has been identified as 11- year- old Guddu of Miller Ganj.

On March 18, Guddu left his house but didn't return.

According to Surinder Kumar, the boy's father, even after a frantic search, he could not find his son. Surinder brought the matter to the notice of the police and a case was registered.

A police official said teams had been sent to look for the boy. 



Crime briefs
Missing boy traced

Ludhiana: An eight-year-old child, had gone missing in the morning, was traced by the PCR staff to a rail track in the Bahadurke area. The boy, identified as Sunil Kuma, son of Charanjit Singh of Bharti Colony, near the Bahadurke area, strayed at 8am. The police was informed about the missing boy and it was at around 2pm that the policemen, identified as Shiv Kumar and Baljinder Singh, spotted Sunil sitting on a rail track. According to the policemen, the child was hungry. Sunil was offered fruits and water and taken home by the policemen.

Tehsildar pleads innocence

Day after being granted bail by the court for detaining a 10-year-old girl as a bonded labour and inflicting injuries on her, Tehsildar Jaspal Kaur said she was being targeted by her neighbours who wanted to harass her to an extent that she should leave the house. Tehsildar Jaspal Kaur and her daughter Jyoti were recently booked under section 11 of the Prevention of Child Labour Act. The Shimlapuri police had also slapped several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Jaspal Kaur for thrashing the girl. She said the girl had levelled false allegations after being instigated by her neighbours. "I had formally adopted the girl as his father could not take care of his daughter," said Jaspal Kaur. She said the neighbours were conspiring against her as they were jealous of her social status and that she had got a government job on the compensation grounds," said Jaspal Kaur.

Robbery victim gets cash, ornaments backADCP- III Joginder Singh hands over cash and ornaments to Rakesh Jain in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

The police on Tuesday handed over Rs 35 lakh and ornaments worth Rs 40 lakh to the family that was robbed on February 1, 2013, at Rishi Nagar here. Three persons, including a relative of the family, barged in the house and robbed the family after attacking Sunanda Jain, her son and a domestic help. All the accused have been arrested. The ADCP (III), Joginder Singh, handed over the cash and ornaments to Rajesh Jain, the owner of the house.
ADCP- III Joginder Singh hands over cash and ornaments to Rakesh Jain in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Judicial remand for kidnappers

Members of a gang of kidnappers, who had kidnapped government school teacher Chamkaur Singh and demanded a ransom of Rs 30 lakh, have been sent to judicial remand by the court of Pushpa Devi here on Tuesday.

The kingpin of the gang Joginder Singh, alias Makhan, and Jagtar Singh, both residents of Rania, Satwinder Singh, a resident of Khara village in Faridkot, Sartaj Singh, a resident of Thatha Sahib village, near Zira, Parmod Kumar, a resident of Rania in Sirsa, Haryana, Amrinderpal Singh, a resident of Joga in Bathinda and Rinki were produced before the court, which sent all of them to judicial remand. — TNS



Two awarded 7-year jail in rape case
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 30
Additional Sessions Judge Surinder Pal Kaur has convicted Love Kumar (24) of Shanti Nagar, Focal Point, and Raju (26) of Mahadev Nagar, Ludhiana, for kidnapping and raping a married woman.

Both were sentenced to 7 years' rigorous imprisonment each. A fine of Rs 8,000 was also imposed on them. The convicts were not entitled to any leniency keeping in view the nature of offence they had committed, remarked the court while dismissing the plea of leniency raised by the accused.

A case under sections 366 and 376 of the IPC was registered against them at the Daba police station on November 23, 2010.

According to the prosecution, the victim was alone at her house when the accused knocked at the door. When she opened the door, they forcibly entered into the house and abducted her at gun point. Then they raped her.



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