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Kidney racket
Gang duped seven patients
Mohit Khanan
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Two days after the arrest of a resident of Assam and busting of a gang of swindlers who duped patients on the pretext of arranging kidney donors for them, it has come to light that complainant Gurjeet Kaur of Shimlapuri was not the only one who has been cheated by the gang.

The Sadar police has prepared a list of seven persons who lost their hard-earned money after coming in contact with the members of the gang. Amandeep Singh Brar, SHO, Sadar, said the interrogation of Perth Perteen Gahai, alias Baba, a resident of Mori Gaon village in Jaagi Road (Assam), who was arrested from the bus stand area on Thursday, had revealed this fact.

Perth Perteen Gahai, along with his accomplice Narinder Kumar of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, a government school teacher, who has absconded, used to dupe patients on the pretext of arranging kidney donors for them. They would take the patients to Kolkata and make them stay in a rest house. One of the victims died in Kolkata after her condition worsened.

Brar said Baba confessed that a resident of Saharanpur in UP died after her condition worsened on reaching Kolkata.

"Baba told us that the deceased was the wife of Dua Medical Store owner. Baba and Narinder had taken Rs 3 lakh for arranging a kidney donor and getting a transplant surgery done," said Brar.

Investigating officer Ram Pal Singh said Baba and Narinder had duped Jaswant Singh, owner of Jarag Bus Service in Khanna, of Rs 5 lakh. Similarly, they had cheated Modh Ali of Agra in UP of Rs 7 lakh. A person, identified as Raju of Kurukshetra in Haryana, also lsot his hard-earned Rs 4 lakh to the gang. A woman, identified as Balwinder Kaur of Ludhiana, was duped for Rs 2 lakh by the gang.

NRI among victims

Baba and Narinder had duped an NRI, Neha, who lived in Singapore, when she first visited Haridwar. The duo took her to Kolkata and charged Rs 3 lakh on the pretext of getting a kidney transplant done on her. After receiving Rs 3 lakh, the duo left her at the rest house and fled the scene. The police is probing how the NRI came in their contact.



Ferozepur Road parking zones to be auctioned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will auction the parking zones on Ferozepur Road on June 26. The terms and conditions of this auction, including the reserve price, would be uploaded on the MC website on June 20. A total of 28 such zones have been identified along Ferozepur Road.

After the failed e-auction of the Mata Rani Chowk area, the MC would be selling these parking lots through an open auction.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to auction these parking zones so that the Ferozepur Road is not encroached on again.

The MC officials plan to fix Rs 15 for the parking of a car for two hours, Rs 10 for two-wheelers and Rs 5 for bicycles. But the final terms and conditions as well as the rates would be uploaded on the MC website on June 20.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said: “I have issued strict instructions to the MC staff against allowing any encroachment in the Ferozepur Road service lane.”



Rain hits city life again
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Residents once again remained at the receiving end of the fury of the rain as the city again experienced heavy rain today. Two women suffered minor injuries when a tree fell on a car in the Daresi area in the afternoon. Several roads as well as low-lying areas were waterlogged. The monsoon is yet to arrive ‘formally’ but the residents have started bearing the brunt of the rainy season.

A dark cover of clouds reduced visibility, forcing the motorists to switch on the headlights of their vehicles in the morning.

There were traffic snarls as many vehicles broke down the waterlogged roads.

Several roads in areas, including Ghumar Mandi, Sarabha Nagar, Civil Lines, Pakhowal Road, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Dugri, Model Town and the low-lying parts of the old city, were inundated and residents, especially two-wheeler riders, had a tough time wading through the roads.

A tree grown in an MC employee's house fell on a parked car in the Daresi area. The power cables snapped and the car was damaged.

The pit created by a cave-in on the Kitchlu Nagar road further expanded in today's rain. “Hopefully, we will be able to complete the repair work in the next couple of days,” claimed a senior MC official.



MC orders probe into road cave-in
Practice of firms illegally laying cables under scanner
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
After a large portion of the road opposite Dhami Eye Hospital in the Kitchlu Nagar area caved in on Thursday, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has ordered an inquiry into the cave-in. The practice of telecom companies illegally laying cables beneath different roads in the city has been going on for a long time.

It has been observed that every time there is a road cave-in, the MC passes the buck to the telecom companies laying underground cables. Despite suffering losses, the MC has failed to take action against erring companies.

According to the rules, whenever any company wants to lay cables beneath a road, they need to take permission from the MC. Whenever these companies apply for permission to lay cables beneath a particular road, they illegally lay cables on the adjoining roads too.

This practice not only causes revenue losses to the civic body, the roads also get damaged as the entire job is carried in a hush-hush manner.

In March this year, the residents of the Dhand Road area had gone without water as the telecom company laying underground cables damaged the water supply line. Area councillor Jagbir Singh Sokhi had told The Tribune at that time that the company had paid only Rs 70,000 as fee for laying 47 km of optical fibre cables and had damaged the water supply line at several points, causing inconvenience to the residents.

While speaking to The Tribune, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria claimed after the road cave-in opposite Dhami Eye Hospital, he has ordered an inquiry into the matter. “I will not let any private company damage the city roads. I will also seek the details of the roads where permission has been taken by different companies and the other roads where cables had been laid without permission,” he claimed, adding that if any MC official was found guilty, action would be taken against him.



ITI staff association lists demands at state meeting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
A state-level meeting of the ITI Employees Association was held today to discuss their long pending demands. Speaking on the occasion, Sarbhjeet Sing, general secretary, said pay scale anomalies present among teachers should be corrected as it creates a feeling of complex among those who are not getting pay according to their qualification. During the meeting it was discussed that on the lines of teachers working in polytechnics pay scales of the ITI teachers should be revised from September 4, 2014.

"Promotions have been halted from the past many years and these posts should be filled as soon as possible and clerks should be promoted without any conditions," he said.

"We have been demanding from long that the post of craftsmen inspectors should be converted into training officer but nothing in this regard has been done," said Davinder Singh.

Teachers also demanded that their training schedules should be organised outside Punjab and they should be given summer and winter vacations as given to polytechnic teachers and vacant posts of clerks, accountants and cashiers should be filled at the earliest.



Health team visits risk-prone areas
Finds water pipes passing through sewers, garbage dumped in vacant plots
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Following the instructions of the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari and Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, a team of the health department today visited high-risk areas of the city from where the maximum cases of water and vector-borne diseases are reported. Despite repeated advisories by the district health department about maintaining general hygiene, the team came across water pipes passing through sewerage pipes, waterlogging and garbage dumped on empty plots in these areas.

Senior Medical Officer, Community Health Centre, Sahnewal, said, "I visited Vehras (where migrants live) of Sherpur Chowk, Dhandari Kalan and Daba area. At Sherpur Chowk and Dhandari areas. I witnessed all these problems and saw that the residents had choked the street drains by throwing polythenes and remains of watermelons etc. Waterlogging was observed at many places. At certain places, the water pipes were passing through dirty water and sewerage pipes. I showed these to the employees of the Municipal Corporation who were accompanying me. They assured that these pipes would be disconnected.”

Empty plots in these areas are another eye sore. Dr Sidhu said, "At many places, rag dwellers have dumped items on empty plots in which rainwater was overflowing. While some empty plots have merely become garbage dumps, a lot of garbage was littered here and there." He further said shopkeepers of "bakra market" who cared about hygienic conditions, were instructed to maintain cleanliness.

However, the colonies in Daba area were found to be in better condition. District Health Officer Dr Avinash Kumar and District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma visited areas including Gyaspura, Shanti Nagar, Sua Road and New Ram Nagar. They witnessed problems of waterlogging in empty plots where rag pickers had dumped old coolers, containers etc. Newly constructed water tanks kept outside a factory were also full of rain water.

District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, "We got all these cleaned. It was in Ward Number 74, where a resident, Satnam Singh, helped us locate the choked sewerage in New Ram Nagar. The whole area was stinking badly. We brought it to the notice of the department concerned of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, for clearing it immediately."

Empty plots or garbage dumps?

A Health Department team, that visited Sherpur Chowk, Dhandari Kalan and Gyaspura areas, found that the residents had thrown garbage in empty plots. Dr PS Sidhu said, "I brought it to the notice of the concerned MC employees. They discussed it with the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rahul Tiwari. The DC has told them to prepare a list of empty plots for further action."

Ignorance about chlorine tablets

During a visit to these areas, when officials of the health department were making residents aware on how to make water potable with the use of chlorine tablet, a Vehra resident said, "Sir, I know we will drop one tablet in our water tank." While the other one said, "We can also put this tablet of chlorine in hand pump." Following this, the health team spent about 20 minutes there to make them understand as how to make water potable with the use of chlorine tablets i.e. by dropping one chlorine tablet in a bucket full of water for half-an-hour before using it and also told them about other preventive measures from water and vector-borne diseases.



Transfer of specialists leaves doctors, patients anxious
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Recent transfers of health specialists by the State Health Department has left doctors and patients anxious. As many as 523 specialists were transferred all over the state out of which the transfers of 62 have also been cancelled.

Although after facing a lot of hue and cry from these specialists, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister, Madan Mohan Mittal, assured them of reviewing these transfers. Yet this has left doctors as well patients quite anxious.

Meanwhile, the remaining 461 specialists whose transfers were not cancelled, have been instructed to join at new stations allotted to them. The doctors who are still waiting for their transfers to be cancelled are eager to know as which "mantra" their fellow doctors adopted for getting their transfers cancelled. One of the doctors, on the condition of anonymity, said, "I asked one such doctor (whose transfer got cancelled) as to how it got reverted. He said "I Prayed to the Almighty and got it cancelled." Another one said that he had got it done on the basis of his personal circumstances. A doctor who is trying his level best to get his orders cancelled said,"On the one hand, I am busy with the admission of my son in a college and on the other, these transfer orders have made my whole life topsy-turvy. I am very confused."

Failing to understand the transfer criteria, Ramandeep Singh, a patient, who was shocked to note that a specialist has been transferred, asked, "He was a good doctor. His medicine always suited me. Can't he come back?"

Reema Kumari, a migrant said, "The doctor who operated upon me, has been transferred. She was a skilled surgeon. I was planning the surgery of my own sister at the same hospital. But now I will have to rethink it."

Meanwhile, Shiv Ram Saroy, a member of Rogi Kalyan Samiti of the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, said, "The doctors who were doing a good job should not have been transferred. It will definitely affect the patients."



BJP slams police for booking councillor
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
A day after the city police booked Renu Sharma, councillor, from ward No 29 and her husband, Rajesh Sharma, for submitting fake documents before the Returning Officer during the Municipal Corporation elections, the BJP leader today came down hard on the police for unnecessarily poking its nose into the matter.

Senior BJP leaders, including Satpal Gosain and Parveen Bansal, slammed the police for working hand in gloves with anti-social elements.

"It was mere an election writ petition. Even the Deputy Commissioner had stated in his report that the matter was to be seen by the Election Commission. I do not know what prompted the police to register the case," said Parveen Bansal.

He said the BJP leader today met Commissioner of Police, Paramjit Singh Gill, and apprised him of the matter.

He said they would soon meet the Deputy CM, Sukhbir Badal, and brief him about the whole episode.

Former Health Minister, Satpal Gosain, said the case was registered at the behest of former Congress Councillor, Raju Thapar, whose wife received a drubbing in the MC elections last year.

He could not digest the defeat and was playing petty politics.

The Division No. 8 police yesterday registered a case against the woman councillor and her husband under Sections 420 and 177 of the IPC for fraud and knowingly furnishing false information to a public servant, thereby duping the public in general and the government in particular.



Circulation of fake currency rampant, worries traders
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 15
A report that fake currency in lakhs of rupees is in circulation in the region and the failure of government agencies to check the circulation have started giving sleepless nights to the big establishments and have resulted in harassment to the common man.

Alleged involvement of three police officials, who had replaced “lost currency notes” with fake currency notes printed from a local printing press, has further complicated the situation. Small traders, vendors and even government officials have started hesitating in accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

SHO Jasbir Singh said, “Efforts are being made to locate and recover the currency that is circulating in the market.”

Big commercial organisations, including industrial houses and petrol pumps of the area, have already installed costly ultraviolet radiation note detection machines to fight the menace.

Investigations revealed that a large number of fake currency notes of the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 50 had been in circulation in this area, since the time Hoshiarpur police busted a fake currency racket a few years ago. Gangsters used to print the currency at Kup Tota, a hamlet on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road.

The notes in circulation were of such 'quality' that sometimes it was hard to detect the difference with the help of even detection machines. The Sadar police had also seized fake currency notes of Rs 1.41 lakh in a span of six years.

Cashier of a national bank, said: “Incidents involving fake notes have increased manifolds in past few months. In a majority of cases, migrant labourers, who coming to send money through online transfer, usually bring fake notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.”



Probe begins into model’s rape
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Three days after the city police booked a Punjabi singer, Nachhatar Gill, and three others for allegedly raping a city-based modeling aspirant and using the MMS for blackmailing her, the cops today launched investigation in the case.

While speaking to The Tribune, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Harsh Bansal, who is supervising the special investigation team (SIT), said: "Yes, investigation in the case has begun. We will probe all aspects of the case in an open manner."

The police has also not ruled out the use of drugs for sedation and raping of the victim. The 26-year-old woman has stated in her complaint that the Punjabi singer Nachatar Gill, builder Charandeep Singh, and his two aides Raja and Jagdeep Sohi, had mixed sedatives in a cold drink that was served to her and then later raped her.

Though Nachattar and other three accused have strongly denied the allegations, but DCP Bansal said the team would probe whether any substance was used for sedation and rape as the woman has mentioned the use of drugs.

The police on Wednesday had registered a case against Gill, a resident of Phagwara, Charandeep Singh Channi, a builder and a resident of Hambra, Raja and Jagdeep Sohi of Waddi Haibowal under Sections 376, 420, 506 and 120-B of the IPC and the IT Act 2000, for rape, fraud and criminal conspiracy.

The money game

Since February, the woman was being pressurised from all sides to settle the matter with Nachhatar Gill. The nexus, involving the police officials, politicians and middlemen, were eager to reach a compromise done in rape. This prompted the police officer concerned to register the case. It is learnt that Rs 1 crore was demanded from Nachhatar and Charandeep to settle the case, a fact that was not denied by the duo. Out of the settlement, a huge cut was to be shared by the middlemen.



World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Ludhiana: As a part of the observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Senior Citizens', Welfare Association Ludhiana (SCWAL) and the Rotary Club Ludhiana jointly organised lectures on legal facilities and options for senior citizens facing abuse at the hands of their children. In the first lecture, KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, spoke about free legal aid available to different sections of society, particularly senior citizens.

In the second lecture, BB Singh Sobti, former Senior Additional Advocate General, Punjab, threw light on legal rights of elders under various provisions of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and Rules framed by Punjab Government. SP Karkara, president, SCWAL, DR Bhatti, former DGP, Punjab, also spoke.


A meeting of the district executives of Aam Aadmi Party was held in which members welcomed Harjot Singh Bains. He was elected as the state convener of Punjab in the state convention held at Jalandhar. The party on Saturday announced in charges of the blocks of the Ludhiana district. District convener Ramesh Singla has been given the responsibility of the party affairs at Raikot, while district secretary Balbir Aggarwal has been entrusted the responsibility of dealing with the party activities at Jagraon. The other in charges include Ajay Mittal at Payal, Kanav Vats at Khanna, Kamal Sharma at Samrala, Sandeep Singla at Doraha, Arvind Mehandru at Pakhowal, Jinder Pal Gupta at Sidhwan Bet, Ravinder Singh at Hambran.

CD released

A CD on the life and aims of live of Baba Ishar Singh titled "Dhan Dhan Baba Ishar Singh Ji Nanaksar Wale" was released. Poet Surjit Patar, while releasing the CD, said community from Nanaksar has helped in spreading Sikhism across the world.

DC to be honoured on June 23

For implementing e-governance successfully, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari will be honoured on the occasion of United Nations Public Service Day, during a programme to be held in New Delhi, on June 23. Deputy Commissioners of different states are honoured on this day for effective e-governance by United Nations. Punjab government had proposed the name of Tewari. — TNS



Dental council of India
Casting of vote through postal ballots begins
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
For electing one member of the Dental Council of India (DCI), the process of voting through postal ballot papers has started in the state. The result of this voting will be declared on July 6. There are about 8,000 registered dentists, who will cast their vote through postal ballot papers which they will send through registered posts at Punjab Dental Council (PDC).

Like every state, in Punjab also, three members are elected for the DCI. One of these members will be elected through ballot papers. However, second has already been nominated by the Punjab Government and third member, a nominee of medical university, has also been nominated.

For the post of elected member, there are three candidates in fray. These include two dental surgeons of Ludhiana i.e. Dr Vikas Jindal and Dr Jaidev Singh Dhillon. The third one is Dr Inderjeet from Jalandhar.

Speaking to The Tribune, Dr Vikas Jindal, one of the candidates said, "In Punjab, the elections of the Dental Council of India are conducted by the Punjab Dental Council. It is the Punjab Dental Council which sends registered ballot papers through post to all the registered dentists of the state. The dentists are supposed to send these back to the PMC through registered post."

Another candidate, Dr Jaidev Singh, said, "These elections are held under Section 3(a) of Dentists Act 1948. The voters can send their ballot papers at the Punjab Dental Council till 1 pm of July 6."

The DCI election is held after every five years. At present, its sitting member is Dr SS Sodhi from Fardikot.



Nature photography day
Capturing nature a passion for them

Ludhiana, June 16
Whether it is dawn or dusk, or any other time of the day, amateur shutterbugs from the city get busy clicking pictures. "Not only for the love for nature, but also because nature has much to offer through its colours and shapes to a lensman's eye," says Shikhar Sharma, a city-based photography enthusiast. "Flowers, birds, colours of the sky, trees, there is so much to click. I particularly like to capture the colours of twilight," he says. "One feels fresh after capturing the hues of nature," he says. "I have been visiting the PAU, to capture a variety of flowers," he says. "I am into street photography as well. But nature is something I get back to every now and then. It keeps growing on you," he says.

While some of the photographers started with nature photography for the love of nature, others fell in love while beginning to capture the various colours of nature.

"As a human being, I consider myself part of nature. My photography is inspired by nature," says Samir Ray, an amateur photographer. "I try to click pictures of nature in a way that any person seeing my pictures would be able to appreciate and experience the very facets of nature I saw and enjoyed while clicking the pictures," he says.



RTI act
Fine imposed on Municipal Council's executive officer

Amloh, June 15
The District Consumer Court, Fatehgarh Sahib, imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 to Executive Officer Sunil Dutt Verma of the Amloh Municipal Council for deficiency in service to supply the requisite information which was sought under the RTI Act 2005.

RTI India Organisation Panjab Chief Advocate Munish Modi has sought information on the prescribed Performa with requisite fee on 22.12.2012. The Executive Officer (EO) marked the application to the bill clerk Jaspal Kaur for compliance. The information was concerned with public interest regarding the removal of encroachments from the municipal/government land.

 The council vide its letter no. 1416 dated 27.12.2012 demanded Rs 144 as costs of the information and the applicant Munish Modi paid the said amount vide receipt no. 005 dated 2.1.2013. In spite of this, the municipal council neither made any response nor supplied the information to the applicant. Thereafter, Munish Modi filed a complaint before District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Fatehgarh Sahib, on February 18. After hearing both the parties, the forum imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 as compensation and litigation charges to the Public Information Officer. — OC



Gas agency fined Rs 10,000

Khamano, June 15
District Consumer Complaint Redressal Forum, Fatehgarh Sahib, has fined a gas agency of Morinda of Rs 10,000 on a complaint of a resident of Bhamian village .

Kuldip Singh, a resident of Bhamian village, has filed a complaint against an Indane Gas agency situated at Morinda that he has taken a connection from Bassi Patahan in 2002 and later he shifted his connection to a Morinda-based gas agency. The gas agency of Morinda without any prior notice to him stooped the supply of gas cylinder without any reason. The consumer forumafter considering all aspects ordered the gas agency to giev him gas supply and imposed a fien of Rs 10,000, to be paid to the complainant. — OC



Man booked for murder
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, June 15
A day after The Tribune reported the matter of the death of a youth under mysterious circumstances, the city police has booked a man in whose house the body of the deceased was found. The accused has been identified as Parminder Singh, a resident of Vishkarma Colony, Dholewal.

The deceased was identified as Jatin had been missing since Wednesday and was found unconscious at a house, located in the Vishkarma Colony on Thursday. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

His postmortem was conducted yesterday, wherein it was found that Jain died due to drug overdose.

Jatin's father alleged that the accused had forced Jatin to consume drugs and then thrashed him to death.

Two thefts reported

Two cases of theft have been registered with the city police here yesterday. In the first incident, the Division Number 7 police has registered a case against unidentified persons, who struck at a house located at Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, and decamped with cash and valuables.

Ashok Kumar, owner of the house, said he went to Bathinda on June 8 and returned on June 13. When he returned, he was shocked to find his house ransacked. Thieves had decamped with Rs 5,000 cash, one LED, DVD and other valuables from the house.

In the second case, thieves struck at a house at Mundian Kalan. Harcharan Singh, owner of the house, said he went to sleep after dinner. When he woke up, he was shocked to find his house ransacked.

He said that thieves did not enter the room where he was sleeping. Lock of others rooms were break opened. Thieves decamped with some cash and some gold ornaments.

Woman booked for thrashing her neighbour

The Division No 7 police has booked a woman for thrashing her neighbour here yesterday. The accused has been identified as Inderjeet Kaur, a resident of Sector 32 A, Chandigarh Road.

The incident took place on June 11.

According to the complainant, Amandeep Kaur, a resident of the same area, she was sitting outside her house when Inderjeet suddenly attacked her. Residents living in the neighbourhood rescued her.

Amandeep said a few minutes later, Inderjeet entered the house and attacked her again with a knife. She got injured. The reason behind the attack was not known yet.

A case under Section 323, 324, 452 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.

For booked for fraud

The Jamalpur police has booked four persons, including a woman, for duping a city resident on the pretext of selling land.

The accused have been identified as Harpinder Singh, Gurinder Singh, Jyoti and Balwinder Singh Saini, resident of Sector 32 A, Chandigarh Road.

A case has been registered following an inquiry into the complainant, filed by Kapil Kumar Bansal, a resident of Tagore Nagar.

Kapil said that he was known to Balwinder Singh. Balwinder showed him a two-kanal plot situated in Bhamian village and asked him to purchase it. Kapil on dated November 30, 2011 and December 2, 2011 gave Rs 31 lakh to Balwinder in two installments. But instead of formulating the registry on his name, Balwinder formulated the registry on the name of his three children and duped him of Rs 31 lakh.

Man found dead

A 25-year-old man, a chronic alcoholic, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in Janakpuri Street No 6 here today. The deceased has been identified as Badal. He was living in the migrant quarters.

Residents of the area said Badal, a native of Nepal, returned home drunk. In the morning he was found hanging. Badal's family has been intimated about the incident.

In second such incident, the body of a 30-year-old man was found from a vacant plot.

The deceased has been identified as Kulwant, a resident of Bhamian village. He was missing since yesterday.

It was in the morning that some commuters spotted Kulwant's body and informed the police. The police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital.

High drama at doc’s clinic

High drama took place at Kohara village on the Chandigarh road here this afternoon when six youths entered a clinic of a doctor and forcibly took him in their car and fled.

The patients visiting the clinic took it as kidnapping and raised alarm. The police was informed about the incidence and soon the high alert was sounded.

Several check points were set up on the Chandigarh Road to nab the accused.

Soon it came to light that the youths who allegedly kidnapped the doctor were from a private de-addiction centre.

The doctor's mother told the police that her son was a drug addict and that she had called the youths to take her son to de-addiction centre.



Five thieves held with 30 mobile phones
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 15
The Khanna Sadar police has recovered about 30 mobile phones from an inter-district gang of mobile thieves and arrested five gang members in this regard. The market value of the recovered mobiles is Rs 40,000.

SHO Waryam Singh said the gang members had stolen the mobiles to earn money so that they could purchase drugs. The gang members sold the stolen each mobile at Rs 400. The operation area of the gang was Khanna and Mandi Gobindgarh. A case has been registered against them.



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