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Civic body fails to carry out fogging at regular intervals
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
The Health Department has been conducting awareness drives on dengue in the city, but the municipal corporation has failed to carry out fogging regularly, even in high-risk areas. The lack of coordination between the Health Department and the municipal corporation is coming in the way of the fight against dengue.

Though no dengue case has been reported from the city, a team of the Health Department had found larvae in stagnant water in the Sherpur, Dhandari and Chandigarh Road areas.

Health officials said they had asked the municipal corporationto carry out fogging regularly. However, there were some areas in the city where residents complained that fogging was not being done at regular intervals.

Sumit, a shopkeeper in the Haibowal area, said municipal corporation employees had done fogging in the area around a month ago. The MC should carry out regular fogging to check breeding of mosquitoes.

Subhash Batta, Chief Medical Officer, said, "Fogging is the job of the municipal corporation. Whenever any suspected case of dengue is reported from any area, we write to the MC to focus on that area."

AS Sekhon, Joint Commissioner, MC, said, "We are carrying out fogging operations on a regular basis. Our employees get signatures of the area councillor and residents after the fogging. We carry out fogging in every area after 10 days. If the Health Department suggests any specific area for fogging, we focus on that area.”


}Fogging is the job of the MC. Whenever any suspected case of dengue is reported from any area, we write to the MC to focus on that area — Subhash Batta, Chief Medical Officer


LIT puts off auction as few bidders turn up
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
The hopes of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust to generate revenue through the auction of commercial sites were dashed to the ground as an auction scheduled for today turned out to be a flop show. The LIT was to auction several commercial properties today, but few bidders turned up for the auction as a result of which it had to be put off.

The LIT had decided to auction 11 properties today. These properties included five shop-cum-flats (181.5 sq yards each) in Block F of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar with a reserve price of Rs 2.95 crore each, three already constructed booths (30.35 sq yards each) in Model Town Extension with a reserve price of Rs 34.99 lakh each, 54 already constructed booths (18.75 sq metres each) in D Block of Model Town Extension with a reserve price of Rs 28.52 lakh each for corner booths (50 in all) and Rs 25.93 lakh each for other booths (four), respectively.

The other properties that were to go under the hammer included 21 booths (each measuring 22.68 sq yards) in Model Town Extension with a reserve price of Rs 21.16 lakh each, nine shop-cum-flats (172.50 sq yards each) in Bharat Nagar Extension with a reserve price of Rs 15.12 lakh each, five booths (measuring 22.68 sq yards each) in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar with a reserve price of Rs 66.33 lakh each, two corner booths (22.68 sq yards each) in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar with a reserve price of Rs 48.62 lakh each, two booths (22.68 sq yards each) in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar with a reserve price of Rs 44.20 lakh each, SCF sites (125 sq m each) in Rajguru Nagar having a reserve price of Rs 47.41 lakh and four booths (22.68 sq yards) in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar having a reserve price of Rs 29.01 lakh each.

For the auction of SCFs in Bharat Nagar Extension, LIT officials had misprinted the reserve price as Rs 15.12 lakh, but when some persons wanted to participate in the auction, the LIT staff clarified that the reserve price was actually Rs 90 lakh each.

“It was a printing error and that is why we did not auction these SCFs,” claimed Paramjit Singh, Executive Officer of the LIT.

He said the auction could not take place as few bidders turned up for it. “For the auction of each property, at least three bidders are required, but for all properties, we did not have three bidders. We have now postponed the auction and a new date will be announced soon,” said Paramjit Singh.



Traders throng excise office to get password
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
The industry may be opposing the amendments to e-trip system rules, but the fact is that traders are thronging the office of the Excise and Taxation Department to get a password issued for filing information online.

Changes have been made in the rules for intra-state and inter-state transactions as well as for goods imported through air, rail and dry ports. To continue working, traders, who have recently come under the purview of the system, are rushing to get their passwords.

"To carry on with the trade, I have no option but to get a password for my login. If the department rolls back the notification, it is welcome, but in case it does not, we will need to update the information online. I went to the office to get my password," said Tejinder Singh, a trader.

A senior official of the department said traders could not escape online filling. "The sooner they do so, the better it is. In case they do not do so, it will create difficulties for them at a later stage," he said.

Another trader, Gursewak Singh, said he was not equipped with infrastructure such as computer and the Internet facility. "It will be difficult for me to understand the system, but since it is compulsory, I will have to comply with the rules,” he said.

Intra-state movement of goods: The sale value of six goods has been reduced to Rs 50,000 for filing online information of goods being transported within the state. These six goods are cotton, yarn, mustard, plywood, iron and steel (excluding scrap) and vegetable oil (edible and non-edible).

Inter-state movement of goods: The sale value of five goods has been reduced to Rs 50,000 for filing online information of goods being transported outside the state. These five goods are iron and steel, hosiery and readymade garments, pipes of all kinds, rice and nut and bolts/fasteners.

Goods imported by air, rail: It will now require the owner of goods being imported into the state either through air, rail or dry ports to submit information regarding these through a virtual information collection centre before taking the delivery of such goods or before transition of such imported goods by road, whichever is earlier.



DC visits flood-prone areas 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, along with officials of other departments and the police, visited flood-prone areas, including Dhullewal, Mattewara, Jamalpur Leli, Kasabad, Khehra Bet and Seed Farm II, Madepur, along the Dhussi Bandh today.

Tiwari instructed the officials of the Drainage, Health, Animal Husbandry Departments and the police to make all the necessary arrangements to meet any threat. The Deputy Commissioner ensured the villagers that the administration was prepared to face any situation.

He said the level of the Sutlej had not increased to the alarming proportion. He said on the Dhussi Band work was in progress by the Drainage Department and there was no threat as of now. He instructed Neeru Katyal Gupta, ADC, to be in constant touch with the Army personnel so that they could be called in case of any emergency. He instructed the SDMs of Samrala, SDM (east) and SDM, Jagraon, to be in touch with the villagers so that messages could be given immediately in case of flood threat.

Tiwari said for providing medical facilities to the needy, Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, will be the nodal officer. He said 24-hour control room had been set up and anyone could contact at 2400394 anytime to get information regarding floods. 



Residents up in arms against 'encroachment' 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Residents of Nidhan Singh Nagar near Civil City area are protesting at MC Zone D office regarding an encroachment in their area. The residents alleged that a person had illegally constructed a five-feet wall on a 51-feet-wide road due to which they were not being able to use the road.

But the MC officials claim that the wall is the boundary of a residential plot and the plot owner has the registry of the land, which they are still verifying.

Raj Singh, a resident of Nidhan Singh Nagar, said due to the indifferent attitude of the MC, another area resident, Santosh Tewari, was on a hunger strike at the MC zone-D office in Sarabha Nagar.

"We have been raising this issue for a long time, but the MC officials have failed to take any action in this regard. Due to the encroachment, residents of New Partap Nagar, Nidhan Singh Nagar, Namdev Colony and Kehar Singh Nagar are suffering as they have been forced to take a longer route," alleged Raj Singh.

When contacted, Assistant Town Planner (zone D) Rajinder Sharma said the wall was actually a boundary wall of a residential plot, which took 18 months to build. I had visited the area yesterday and the plot owner showed the land registry of the plot. We are verifying the facts and if it is proved that the wall is a result of an encroachment, we would demolish it. Moreover it's a non-scheme area, which means the plots are not located in a planned manner," claimed Sharma.

The residents said Santosh Tewari would remain on the hunger strike till the wall was demolished.



Officials not taking any chance
Registry work suffers due to confusion over status of colonies
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
The work of land-deal registration has been suffering at the sub-registrar offices due to confusion over legal and illegal colonies in the district. Taking no chance to be in trouble at the later stage, tehsildars and naib tehsildars are not ready to do the registries of the "grey" areas, though the maps have been sent to them by the municipal corporation.

The problem is more at Sub-Registrar Office (East), where a majority of the colonies, streets and areas fall in the interior part of the city. Sukhdev Singh, naib tehsildar, on duty at the Sub-Registrar East Office yesterday said they had received the maps.

"The maps are marked with red and green colour. Red colour depicts illegal colonies with proper names mentioned on it and on green patches, too, the names of the colonies are mentioned. But there is a green box in the middle of the map, where nothing is mentioned about the colonies. While the visitors claim that their colony or the area falls into the legal zone, we are confused since the name of the colonies has not been mentioned. We cannot go by what the visitors say, we need to have a proof of it. I had contacted one of the officials and he said within a day or two they would do the needful," said the official on duty.

Meanwhile, due to the prevailing confusion, the visitors are facing inconvenience. Bhushan Kumar, a visitor, whose land-deal was not registered owing to the "grey" area, rued that it was not his duty to get the maps from the municipal corporation. "We have to get our work done by submitting the fees, still it has become a Herculean task for us," he said.

Isha Kalia, Zonal Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, said the office had tried its best to make things simple and clear. "Our two employees are made to sit at sub-registrar offices so that visitors do not face any kind of inconvenience. In case the colonies are illegal, the employees sitting at the office ask the visitors to pay the fees to the MC to get a no objection certificate," said Kalia.



MC fails to act against illegal political hoardings
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
It seems that illegal political hoardings menace has taken the city by storm. Even as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) claims to be going strict on such hoardings, many such hoardings continue to dot the city roads.

All such hoardings are of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and the Bharatiya Janta Party. Maybe that is why, MC officials are not able to take any action against such violators.

Several such illegal political hoardings of the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janta Party can be seen installed near Khalsa College for Women, Fountain Chowk and some other parts of the city.

As per rules, if any illegal hoarding is installed by any person in the city, the MC can not only impose fine, but also can get an FIR registered against such person. But leave aside registering an FIR, the MC has never even imposed any fine on such violators despite the fact that their names are clearly mentioned on these illegal hoardings.

As per the new advertising policy, no such hoardings could be installed on the roads. Though these hoardings have been installed on the unipoles, still they are illegal because the contract of the advertising company, which had installed these unipoles, has already expired and the MC cannot grant permission for the installation of these hoardings.

The MC, which otherwise claims to be short of funds, has failed to re-auction these advertising sites. The contract of two advertising companies had expired on June 15 and June 30, respectively.

“These two companies had installed 420 unipoles and some other advertising media. They were paying Rs 33 lakh per month to the civic body. Now that the MC has still not floated tenders for the auction of the advertising contract, it is losing Rs 33 lakh per month, which comes out to be more than Rs 1 lakh a day,” said a senior MC official.

In the absence of the auction of the advertising contract, politicians are installing such illegal hoardings and that too free of cost.

When Tehbazaari superintendent (Zone D) Naveen Malhotra was contacted, he showed ignorance about these hoardings and claimed that they keep on removing such hoardings.

“Yesterday, we removed the hoardings of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leaders. If any such hoardings of the BJYM are installed in the city, we will get them removed too,” he said. 



CII launches advance cluster programme for SMEs in Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
CII-Avantha Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs has launched an advance cluster programme in Ludhiana, taking the total number of clusters in Punjab to 16. The cluster has been launched in association with the Punjab state office of the CII. "The Ludhiana heterogeneous cluster has a huge potential in terms of savings that can accrue to the participating cluster companies. So far 13 clusters have been completed by us in Punjab, which has resulted in savings of more than Rs 500 million," said Ravinder Kumar, principal counsellor, CII-Avantha Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs. "This is the first advance cluster in Ludhiana. Apart from benefits in terms of saving, the Ludhiana advance cluster is sure to lead to perceptible changes in the work culture of the participating companies," said Kumar.

The six companies of the cluster programmes are Eurodec Paints (A unit of Haveli Ram Bansi Lal), Majestic Auto Limited, Shakunt Enterprises, Mrs Bectors Food Specialities P Ltd, Ralson India Limited and Ajay Industries Ltd (Jalandhar).

So far 234 clusters of SMEs have been formed by Confederation of Indian Industries and its strategic partners. This has impacted 2,397 companies. With a pan India approach, CII-Avantha Centre plays a role of a guide and mentor for SMEs through its cluster approach, which enables SMEs to learn through sharing of knowledge with other cluster companies.

A cluster is a group of companies partnering together for improving their performance through mutual learning and sharing. Through the cluster approach, the participating SMEs are able to improve their inventory turnover ratio, reduce rejections and rework, improve their delivery schedules, space utilisation, reduce energy consumption and mitigate various forms of customer complaints.



Rape case splits villagers
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 23
The controversy surrounding the alleged rape of a minor girl by the newly elected sarpanch of Kothe Fatehdeen village, located on the outskirts of Jagraon, has divided the villagers to two groups. Both the groups are holding regular protests against and in support of the accused sarpanch.

The group comprising the opponents of the accused sarpanch are pressurising the police for the immediate arrest of the sarpanch, who has been absconding since the registration of a rape case against him. The members of the other group, which backs the sarpanch are staging protests to get the rape charges cancelled against him.

The local police had booked Parminder Singh, sarpanch of Kothe Fatehdeen village, on July 11 for allegedly raping a minor girl belonging to the same village. The police had also booked a close woman relative of the victim for allegedly helping the accused sarpanch in raping the girl. Though the police arrested the woman a day after the registration of a case, the sarpanch, Parminder Singh, who belongs to the ruling party, is on the run.

The opponents of the sarpanch have also formed an action committee to get justice for the victim. The members of the action committee alleged that the police has been trying to save the accused sarpanch as he belongs to the ruling party. The committee has threatened to sharpen their struggle to get justice for the minor victim girl in case the police fails to arrest the accused at the earliest.

However, the supporters of the accused sarpanch claimed that Parminder Singh was innocent and he was being dragged into a false case. They have requested the senior police officials to conduct an impartial investigation into the matter.

Meanwhile, many senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal, including SAD city president Gurcharan Singh Grewal, Youth Akali Dal state secretary Chand Singh Dalla, Sarpanch Shivraj Singh, Sarpanch Jagdev Singh Cheemna, Sarpanch Nirbhai Singh Sidhu, Sarpanch Baldeep Singh Malak and some other party leaders have backed the sarpanch.

After meeting senior police officials here, these leaders claimed that the rape allegations against Parminder Singh were politically motivated.

Mohammad Jamil, SHO, Jagraon City police station, refuted the claims regarding the denial of the police to arrest the sarpanch due to political pressure. “There is no truth in the allegations. We have been conducting raids to arrest the accused and he will be arrested soon”, the SHO said. 



KVM management accused of denying increments

Ludhiana, July 23
The KVM Class IV Employee Union has once again alleged that the management of the school has not provided dearness allowance (DA), increments, etc to them.

The employees said though during the strike last time, it was decided that their grievances would be taken care of, the management was taking too long in implementing the decision.

The agitating employees alleged that the management took gains by raising the fees of the students but the interests of employees were never taken into consideration.

Navia Puri, principal of KVM school, said the employees had already been given the DA and increments.

“The management was just waiting for the orders of the CBSE. Whatever will be instructed by the CBSE, we will adhere to it,” she said. —TNS



Kaizen system discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
The second meeting of the Oil Expellers and Parts Manufacturers' Association cluster under the soft intervention programme was held here today.

The technical part of the programme was covered during the second meeting while the last meeting is meant for building trust among the members. The two topics that were covered today included the awareness and implementation of 5S programme and kaizen.

SP Singh, consultant of the cluster, while talking about the kaizen said it was created in Japan following the World War II. The word Kaizen means continuous improvement. It comes from Japanese words kai, which means change or to correct, and zen, which means good.

"Kaizen is a system that involves every employee from upper management to the cleaning crew. Everyone is encouraged to come up with small improvement suggestions on a regular basis. This is not a once a month or once a year activity, it is a continuous process," he said.

The kaizen involves setting standards and then continually improving those standards. To support the higher standards it also involves providing training, materials and supervision that is needed for employees to achieve the higher standards and maintain their ability to meet those standards on an ongoing basis," he added.

SS Reikhi from the District Industries Centre said 5S was a method to work in an organised way in 5 stages with the goal of significantly improving the order and cleanliness.

The 5 S's are sort, straightening, shining, standardising and sustaining.

Harish Singla, finance secretary of the association, said the meeting under the soft intervention programme will be held on July 30.



Truck recovered

Samrala, July 23
The Samrala police has claimed to have recovered a truck that was taken away forcibly from a driver by some unidentified persons on July 17 night. As per information,Sandeep Singh, driver of the truck, was going towards Mohali from Ludhiana when the incident took place. The truck was loaded with iron coils worth 20 lakh. When the truck reached Katani Kalan village, four armed unidentified persons took the truck away from the driver fled from the spot. Sandeep, the driver of the truck, was thrown out of it by the the accused near Rajewal village.

The Samrala police recovered the truck from near Dhilwan village along with the loaded material. Harjinder Singh, SHO, Samrala, said a case had been registered in this regard on He said they had got vital clues from the driver and were looking for the accused. —OC 



Single window for pensioners at PAU 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Former president of the PAU Employees’ Union DP Maur said that the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University had agreed to open a single window system (suvidha-window) for pensioners and retirees at the Thapar Hall.

Maur said this while addressing a general body meeting of the PAU Retirees' Welfare Association at the Students' Home toady.

At the meeting, Jila Ram Bansal was elected as the president of the association unanimously. The general body members gave all powers to Bansal to elect the other officer- bearers of the association. DP Maur said it was a big achievement for the association that they got the letter regarding the pension benefits in just two months.

Newly elected president Jila Ram Bansal thanked all the members of the association for showing trust in him.

He said he was committed toward the problems of pensioners and would do everything possible to solve the problems of pensioners .

He said the payment of 30 per cent arrears had already been made to the pensioners due to the efforts of the association. "For the establishment of the pensioners' bhawan, the association representatives would meet the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agriculture University soon," Bansal said. 



From colleges

Students excel in MSc exams

Students of Khalsa College for Women have once again proved their mettle by scoring top positions in MSc II (Information Technology) examinations, results of which were declared by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Five students of the college have secured a place in the top 10 positions in university. Ranika Garg has bagged the first position in the university by scoring 89.30 per cent marks and her twin sister Manika Garg stood second by scoring 88.7 per cent marks. Neha Malhan clinched the sixth position in the university by scoring 86.6 per cent. Paramjit Kaur bagged seventh position in the university by scoring 86.3 per cent. Toppers of the Khalsa College for Women in the MSc (IT) part II examination in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma Sakshi Dey secured nineth position by scoring 85.5 per cent. Out of 30 students, who had appeared for the examination, 23 students have secured more than 70 per cent marks. Pritpal Singh Grewal, president and Dr SS Grewal, vice president of the managing committee, congratulated the principal and the staff of Computer Science Department for their sincere efforts in generating excellent results.
Toppers of the Khalsa College for Women in the MSc (IT) part II examination in a jubilant mood in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Students bring laurels

Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana brought laurels to the college by showing excellent performance in final examination of Music Vocal semester I, held in December 2012 by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Overall result of the college is 100 per cent. Parminder Kaur secured second position in the university by securing 80 per cent marks whereas Jagjit Kaur and Jasleen Kaur secured sixth and seventh positions by securing 75 per cent and 73 per cent, respectively. Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla, principal, and president Swarn Singh congratulated the students and appreciated the efforts made by the faculty of Music department for showing excellent results.—TNS 



Ludhiana scan

Parkash Utsav celebrated

Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle celebrated the parkash Utsav of Shri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji on Tuesday by visiting various hospitals and nursing homes. Fruits and literature was distributed to the patients and prayers were conducted for their speedy recovery.

Film promotion

The star cast of upcoming movie "Best of Luck" was in the city on Tuesday to promote their film. Jazzy B, singer-turned actor, will be making his entry into the film industry with this The star cast of ‘Best of Luck’ during the promotion of the film in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan movie. “I am not new to the camera but acting is something new to me and I am enjoying it. Working with actors like Gippy Grewal was a good experience,” said Jazzy B. Gippy Grewal said, “I have always been influence by Jazzy B's style of singing. It was great working with an accomplished singer like him. He is playing the role of a gangster in the film.” Simran Kaur Mundi is also making her debut in Punjabi movies with the film. She said she was really taken away by the warmth of the Punjabi people.
The star cast of ‘Best of Luck’ during the promotion of the film in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Plantation drive

The Hindu Jagriti Morcha in collaboration with the Lions Club planted saplings in Ward Number 2 on Tuesday. Parveen Bansal, district BJP president, said, “There is a need to conserve the environment and everybody should consider it as their responsibility.” With an increase in global warming, efforts should be made to plant more and more trees to overcome its effect, he said.

Membership drive

The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) started its membership drive on Tuesday. Mohit Gupta, Punjab BJYM president, initiated the drive at Rotary Club here. He urged the youth to join the BJYM for the benefit of the nation. The BJYM leaders condemned the UPA government for its anti-people policies.

Child labour a blot

The District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) president, Pawan Dewan, said, “Child labour is a blot on our society and we should work hard to remove it.” He said this at a function in the school run under the Sanjay Gandhi Colony National Child Labour Project. He distributed uniforms among students.—TNS



Engineering student run over by truck, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
An overspeeding truck led to the death of a 20-year-old engineering student near Gill Bridge yesterday. The victim has been identified as Sarabjit Singh, son of Urvinder Singh and resident of Shastri Nagar in Model Town.

According to the victim's uncle, Repudaman Singh, Sarabjit was returning home on his motorcycle after depositing the admission fees at Guru Nanak Engineering College on Gill Road.

He told the police that when Sarabjit reached Gill Bridge, an overspeeding truck (PB-13-J-1724) hit the motorcycle from the rear side. Sarabjit lost control over the bike and fell on the road. He was crushed to death under the truck.

Eyewitnesses said the victim was run over by the truck and the driver fled 
the scene.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Sarabjit was the only son of his parents.

The victim's mother was inconsolable and fainted on seeing her son's body. The victim's father said their life had been shattered with Sarabjit;s death. Angry residents of the area demanded strict action against the truck driver.

Several such mishaps have have been reported from the city in the past. The proposal of installing speed governors in vehicles to check accidents is still hanging fire. 



Blind murder case cracked
Six accused in police custody; hunt on to arrest the remaining seven 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
In a major breakthrough, the city police claims to have cracked a blind murder case that took place in November 2011. It has booked 13 persons in this connection, of whom six have been arrested.

The accused have been identified as Vikas Talwar and Munish Talwar, both residents of the CRPF Colony, Dugri, Sanjay, a resident of SBS Nagar in Dugri, Sonu Kumar of Dhandra Road, Amit Kumar of Dr Ambedkar Nagar in Model Town Extension, Rajwant Singh, a resident of the Baba Deep Singh Nagar Colony, Bikramjit Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Sunit, Sonu, a resident of Tower Colony, Amrik Singh, Prince and Sahil.

The arrest and interrogation of Amit Kumar, the seventh accused wanted in connection with the kidnapping case of industrialist Manish Bharara, led the the cracking of the blind murder case.

Addressing a press conference here, Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill said the murder took place in the first week of November 2011. The victim, Sumit Kumar, of Jawaddi village in the Dugri area was killed and his body dumped in the Sirhind feeder canal. It had been nearly two years since Sumit went missing, but the police had not registered any case.

The Commissioner of Police said the planned revenge killing was the outcome of an ugly gang war between the groups of Sumit Kumar and Vikas Talwar.

"Sumit's men had attacked members of the Vikas gang. While Sumit's accomplices were nabbed, Sumit was on the run. Vikas and other members of the gang were looking for Sumit to settle an old score with him. They managed to win over Sumit's accomplice Prince, who told Vikas that Sumit, along with his accomplices, was travelling towards Jalandhar," said the Commissoner of Police.

Vikas and his men hatched a plan as Sumit was carrying a country-made pistol. Six men, including Vikas and Munish Talwar, came on motorcycles and rammed into the car in which Sumit was travelling.

The incident took place on the NH-I near Ladhowal and they made it look like a road rage incident.

Sumit's accomplices betrayed him and fled the scene. From here, Sumit was kidnapped and taken to Vikas' house, where six more accused joined him.

They thrashed Sumit. He was then taken to the Sirhind feeder canal where Sumit was gagged and his body thrown into the canal.

The Commissioner of Police said, "We have started investigation. All police stations concerned have been told to provide details of the bodies recovered in November 2011. We will also speak to Sumit's family members to find out whether they had lodged any complaint about their missing son."

He said Sanjay, Rajwant Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Sunit, Sahil and Amit had been arrested, while a hunt was on to arrest Vikas, his bother Munish, Sonu Kumar, Bikramjit Singh, Sonu, Prince and Amrik Singh.



Jail inmate’s body found hanging
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Parminder Singh (25), a jail inmate and resident of Nawanshahr, was found dead under mysterious circumstances today. His body was found hanging from the grill of a bathroom in cell No. 3 of the Central Jail here.

Prima facie it appears to be a suicide, but the police has not ruled out foul play. One theory is that Parminder may have been strangled to death and his body hanged from the grill to give an impression that he committed suicide.

Parminder Singh was recently arrested by the police in connection with a robbery case. He was sent to the Central Jail, Ludhiana, on July 18.

Jail sources said fellow inmates today spotted Parminder's body hanging in the bathroom and informed the jail authorities about the incident.

A doctor examined Parminder and declared him dead. His body was later taken to the local Civil Hospital for a postmortem. A turban was used in the hanging.

This is not the first such case in the Central Jail.

On December 14 last year, a murder convict, Lakhbir Singh (47), had committed suicide in the Central Jail. 



Trader’s driver among five held

Ludhiana, July 23
The robbery attempt on businessman Manmohan Singh, owner of Nirmal Hosiery Sakhewal, was hatched by his driver Gurmeet Singh.

The Salem Tabri police has nabbed five persons in this connection, including the driver, while two accused are on the run.

Besides Gurmeet Singh, the accused have been identified as Jaswinder Singh, Satpal Singh, Daljit Singh and Sukhchain Singh, while Pargat Singh and Angraze Singh are still on the run.

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill said the accused, Gurmeet Singh, along with his accomplice Jaswinder Singh, hatched the conspiracy.

The duo soon involved more men in their plan and purchased a country-made pistol from Uttar Pradesh.

On July 15, three robbers, who came on a motorcycle, entered the Manmohan’s office and trained pistol on him. Manmohan, who is in his mid-50s, showed exemplary bravery and thwarted the robbery attempt. He also sustained injuries in the process.

During investigation, the police saw the CCTV footage where the robbers were standing with the driver, Gurmeet Singh. The police then started observing Gurmeet's movements and finally managed to arrest him along with his accomplices.

During investigation, Gurmeet confessed that he had committed the offence. He said he was working as the businessman’s driver for the past one year.

Gurmeet said he wanted to become rich overnight and he knew that his employer, Manmohan, had a lot of money. After committing the robbery, the gang members had decided to equally distribute the booty. But, Manmohan's brave act foiled the plan.

Gurmeet said he continued to work as the driver so that no one should suspect his involvement. — TNS



Crime briefs

2 snatchers nabbed

Ludhiana: Two youths, who were nabbed with a stolen motorcycle last evening, turned out be notorious snatchers. The police said the accused were behind several snatching incidents that took place in Civil Lines and the surrounding areas. The accused have been identified as Boota Singh, a resident of Lakshami Nagar, and Ajay Kumar, alias Baja, of Rajesh Nagar. The accused were nabbed from the Jawala Singh Chowk following a tip-off. The police received information that Boota Singh and Ajay were spotted at the Jawala Singh Chowk on a bike bearing no registration number plate. The police laid a trap and nabbed the accused. The police impounded the stolen motorcycle and registered a case against the accused. During interrogation, the duo confessed that after stealing motorcycles, they used to snatch purses and gold chains of elderly women.

Man booked for kidnapping girl

The city police has booked a man for kidnapping a 15-year-old girl on the pretext of marriage. The accused has been identified as Vinod Kumar, a resident of UP. The victim's father, a resident of Janakpuri, said the incident took place on July 19 when her daughter was alone at home. He said when he returned home, he was shocked to find his daughter missing. He later came to know that the accused had kidnapped his daughter on the pretext of marriage. A case has been registered.

Snatchers booked

The Srabha Nagar police has booked six snatchers who had created panic in the area with their repeated strikes. The accused have been identified as Baldip Singh, Himanshu, Mandip Singh, Avtar Singh, Rajan Kumar and Rahul. The accused were booked following a tip-off. The police was informed that the accused were habitual offenders and had been jailed several times. The accused used to snatch purses, cellphones and gold ornaments of elderly women. The police has booked the accused under Section 382, 34 of the IPC.

Nigerian booked

The city police has booked a Nigerian national for hurling nasty comments at a woman and thrashing her brother-in-law. The accused has been identified as Pedro Cubi. Ankit Chawla, a resident of Mahor Singh Nagar, said he along with his sister-in-law went for shopping at MBD Mall. The accused hurled nasty comments at her sister-in-law. When he tried to intervene, the accused thrashed him. The police has recorded the victim’s statement and has started investigations.

Trader robbed of cash

The police has booked three unidentified persons for robbing a businessman here on Monday evening. The victim has been identified as Niranjan Singh, a resident of Focal Point. The victim said he was heading towards his factory after collecting cash from the shops situated at the Kesar Ganj Market. When he reached near Aarti Steel factory, one of the accused driving a car hit his bike deliberately. He lost control over his vehicle and fell. In no time, two motorcycle-borne youths came from behind and fled with his bag containing the cash. The police has recorded the victim’s statements.

Wife, in-laws booked

The body of a 30-year-old schoolteacher, who jumped into the Sidhwan canal on July 19, was found from the South City area here on Tuesday. The police has booked the schoolteacher’s newlywed wife and three of her family members in an abetment to suicide case. The victim, Kulwant Singh, a resident of Shimlapuri, had a heated argument with his wife, Paramjit Kaur, and in-laws on July 19, following which he left the house in a huff and jumped into the canal.

Realtor in the soup

After Punjabi singer Nachhatar Gill, a city-based realtor is in the soup after her personal assistant, who is pregnant and claims to be bearing the realtor’s child, threatened to file a rape case. The realtor used to consider the PA as her lucky charm. Sources said the realtor had agreed to give a huge amount of money for settling the matter. ADCP-III Joginder Singh said he had not received any complaint regarding the matter.

Police slammed for inaction

The gang-rape victim slammed the police for inaction for providing shelter to the accused. The victim was gang-raped in the Delon area two months ago. One of the accused was arrested by the police, while two other accused, including a Malaysian resident, are on the run since the time of the incident.

Attempt to kidnap girl

Two persons have been nabbed for attempting to kidnap a 14-year-old daughter of an advocate from the Dugri area here on Tuesday. The accused tried to kidnap advocate Sanjiv Malhotra's daughter when she was going to attend tuition classes. The girl raised the alarm and later two kidnappers were caught by the police, while their accomplices are still on the run. - TNS



Athlete Arpinder proves his mettle
Wants to represent India at the Olympics
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Athlete Arpinder Singh once again proved his mettle in the Asian Track and Field (ATF) meet that was held in Pune, Maharashtra, recently. He clinched bronze medal after scaling 16.58m jump.

These days, Arpinder is learning athletics skills from an Italian coach at the national athletics camp, which is under progress in Patiala. Before leaving for Patiala, Arpinder used to practice at Guru Nanak Stadium of Ludhiana under coach SS Pannu and he bagged a number of national and international medals till now.

Arpinder said the competition in Pune was very tough as top athletes from various Asian countries participated in it. “My performance in the meet was quite satisfactory but my aim to win gold was not achieved,” said Aprinder.

He said gold medal was bagged by a Chinese athlete who scaled 16.77m jump, and Ranjit Maheswary of India succeeded in gaining silver medal with 16.76m jump.

Arpinder said Maheshwary was a part of the Indian squad in the London Olympics of 2012 and he learnt some vital tips from him.

Before this meet, Arpinder had won bronze medal in triple jump in the Asian Grand Prix Meet held in Sri Lanka. He had won silver medal in the Junior Asia Athletics Championship held in Vietnam last year.

Apart from it, he had also clinched gold medal in the national games that were held in Ranchi, Jharkhand, and he made the national record in triple jump in the open category in 2011.

Arpinder said he had also won gold medal in the All-India Inter-University Athletics Meet held at Mangalore, Karnataka. In the national camp at Patiala, Arpinder is preparing himself for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, but his aim was to represent the country at the Olympics.



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