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High drama outside VC’s office
Cops threaten to lathicharge students; protesters lock Thapar Hall from outside
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Students sitting outside the Vice-Chancellor's office.
Students sitting outside the Vice-Chancellor's office.

Ludhiana, August 27
The situation became tense after the interference of police during the ongoing strike of students at Punjab Agriculture University here today.
The Station House Officer (SHO) at PAU police station told the students that the police might lathicharge students to end the dharna, outside the Vice- Chancellor's office. Policemen with anti-riot equipment were present during the protest.

Today, the authorities arranged buses to ferry hostel students to respective colleges on the university campus. The deans of colleges and professors were present on the entrance of the colleges to take the students inside. The administrative authorities of the colleges locked the gates from inside so the students representing the PAU Student's Association would not be able to come inside.
 The SHO of the PAU police station pacifies students at Gate No 2.
 The SHO of the PAU police station pacifies students at Gate No 2. See also P2

High drama was witnessed outside the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, where students had a heated argument with RS Sidhu, Dean, College of Basic Sciences. The students also blocked Gate No. 2 and held a march from Gate No. 2 to Gate No 1.

Responding to the action of authorities, the students gathered outside the Thapar Hall, the Vice-Chancellor's office and the Administrative Block and locked the gates of Thapar Hall from outside.

The officials and employees who were trapped inside the Thapar Hall were seen coming out from the windows of the building. The students did not leave the Thapar Hall till 8 pm. A meeting between authorities and students was also held late in the evening.

Sharanbir Singh, president, PAUSA, said the authorities had agreed to take action against the students who slept in the fields, but they did not agree to issue the notice on the revised decision.

"The authorities want the students to attend classes first and then they will issue the notice. But we do not agree with their proposal. We want to call off the strike but they will have to issue the notice on the spot, which address all our demands", said Sharanbir Singh. 

Statement issued

PAU authorities said in a statement that they had decided to take action against those students who were disrupting classes and disturbing the functioning of various university offices. The university administration had issued a notice to students and asked them to return to their classes and call off the unjustified strike to maintain their minimum attendance of 75 per cent for undergraduate and 80 per cent for the postgraduate classes required to become eligible for taking examinations. In case the students on strike did not attend classes, the university authorities would be forced to get the hostels vacated and even scrap the semester.

Staff trapped inside Thapar Hall

The officials and employees who were trapped inside the Thapar Hall were seen coming out from the windows of the building. The students did not leave the hall till 8 pm. A meeting between the authorities and students was also held late in the evening. 


Police remand of accused extended
Mohit Khanna & Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, August 27
Judicial Magistrate Ashish Thathai today again extended the police remand of two persons facing accusations of assaulting a lawyer for two more days.
The police submitted in the court that arrested persons Rajdeep Singh and Amandeep Singh of Gurdev Nagar, Ludhiana, were not revealing the names of other three co-accused, so they needed to extend the police remand by four days. Later on, the court passed the orders extending the police remand.

A case under Sections 382, 323 and 149 of the IPC was registered against the accused persons few days ago on the complaint of lawyer Harinam Sandhu.

While the Lawyers’ Union was pressing the a kidnapping case also be registered to tighten noose around Rajdeep Singh and his elder brother Amandeep Singh, who were facing charges of assaulting and snatching things from a lawyer. The Station House Officer (SHO), Nirmal Singh, made it clear that no further sections would be included in the case.

"The Lawyers’ Union was pressing for the inclusion of Section 364 (kidnapping) of the IPC, but the investigation conducted so far could not establish that charge," said Nirmal Singh.

The SHO's remarks came a day after the lawyers expressed displeasure over the police investigation and observed a strike. They alleged that the police was not arresting the remaining three accused who had assaulted the young lawyer. Advocate Harinam Singh Sandhu (26) was allegedly assaulted while he had gone to answer nature's call on the plot belonging to Amandeep Singh and Rajdeep Singh.

The police said the medical report had confirmed dog-bite injuries on Harinam Sandhu. 



DNA test confirms paternity
Woman, children jubilant over result of report
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Bhupinder Kaur flanked by her sons addresses mediapersons at a restaurant near Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Bhupinder Kaur flanked by her sons addresses mediapersons at a restaurant near Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 27
The court of Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) Amrinder Pal Singh has received the DNA test report confirming that Charanjit Singh, brother of Congress leader Amarjit Singh Tikka, is the biological father of Kushaljeet Singh and Lovejit Singh (sons of Bhupinder Kaur).

Bhupinder Kaur and her children were jubilant as the DNA test report had gone in their favour, in the ongoing legal battle for establishing paternity claim.

The report was sent to the court by the Laboratory of DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics situated at Hyderabad through its Senior Technical Examiner SPR Prasad. Now the case will come up for hearing on September 13, 2013, for deciding the stay application.

The dispute has arisen between the Bhupinder Kaur and the brothers of Charanjit Singh, who was in coma for a couple of months.

On May 13, 2013, the court ordered that a DNA test be conducted. Thereafter, on May 22, the court directed the Civil Surgeon of Ludhiana to constitute a board of doctors to take the blood samples of defendant Charanjit Singh, who was admitted to the ICU in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here. Apart from him, the blood samples of Kushaljit Singh and Lovejit Singh were also taken in the presence of complainant Bhupinder Kaur.

Bhupinder Kaur had filed the suit with the allegations that her "in-laws" were harassing her and were not letting her meet her "husband" Charanjit Singh.

Later, addressing a press conference the woman said, “Charanjit Singh' brother and sisters have destroyed my marital life. My children need to be given their father's name and I am fighting for their rights.’’

However, Charanjit Singh's brother Amarjit Singh Tikka dismissed the allegations as baseless. 



Work suffers as 30 officials go to Patiala for training
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The work of the district administration suffered and many visitors had to go back disappointed as about 30 officials from Ludhiana district were away to attend a training programme in Patiala.

The two-day training, which started today, is a part of the Election Commission of India's guidelines on different facets of elections. The training is mandatory for all the Deputy Commissioners, ADCs, SDMs, Assistant Returning Officers and Election Wing Employees in the state.

One of the officials with the district administration, on condition of anonymity, said that every year there one election or the other and the entire procedure was on their finger tips now. "Still, we need to attend the 16-hour long training. We had an eight-hour session today and it will continue tomorrow. We have to fill certain questionnaires also. Everything is fair, but what happens to the work back in our offices, it is bound to suffer", asked the official.

During the mandatory training programme, the officials will be provided in-depth knowledge on different facets of elections including poll-duties, expenditure, law and order, nominations, preparation, declaration of results etc.

The training will be conducted in phases by the officials, including Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, Pradeep Aggarwal, DC, Ropar, Amit Dhaka, DC, Bathinda, and GK Singh, DC, Patiala. The officials from nearby districts will attend the training in four districts. These DCs, the "Master Trainers" were called at Delhi last month to attend a training programme by the Election Commission of India.

One of the Tehsildar at Sub Registrar Office, who is attending the training at Patiala, said an arrangement was made that Naib Tehsildar would look after the official work in Tehsildar’s absence. "But they are also over-burdened. The public will suffer as their files will not be cleared in the absence of officials. There are 14 constituencies in Ludhiana and each constituency has Assistant Returning Officers etc. All the SDMs, Tehsildars are here to attend the two-day training programme,” said the official.



Jan Aushadhi Centre out of poor patients’ reach
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The tall claims of the Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal that there are enough medicines in government hospitals for patients seem to fall flat as the medicines prescribed by doctors are sometimes not available at "Jan Aushadhi Centre". To add insult to the injury, the medicines prescribed are costly and the poor patients sometimes have to spend almost half of their day's earning in buying the medicines from chemist shops outside the hospital.

Sunder Lal, a relative of a 10-year-old child, said, "A few days ago, I came here for my nephew's checkup. The doctor prescribed medicines which cost about Rs 75. I am a labourer and cannot afford to buy such costly medicines."

Carrying an ointment in her hand, a daily wager, Sushma Rani, said, "The doctors not only tell us to buy medicines but also ensure that we buy those particular brands. I was told to show the ointment to the doctor after buying it. It cost Rs 55. Earlier, I went to "andar wali dukan" (Jan Aushadhi Centre) but was told that it is not available there. So I had to buy it from the shop outside the hospital."

Some patients and their attendants have also brought it to the notice of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti. Shiv Ram Saroy, member of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, said, "Patients share their grievances with me and say that some doctors prescribe costly medicines, which the patients and their attendants cannot afford to buy. The doctors should prescribe costly medicines only to those patients who really need them. They should keep in mind the economic status of these patients while prescribing the medicines." 



Fate of 21 flats in Rajiv Enclave hangs in balance
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 27
The dream of having a "sweet home" have been shattered for the 21 allottees of high income group (HIG) flats to be constructed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) in the Rajiv Enclave (housing complex) of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road here. Not only this, the successful allottees, each one of them having paid Rs 8.5 lakh to Rs ninme lakh in half yearly installments, will have to pay the escalated cost of the flat while also having to wait indefinitely for the flats to be constructed and handed over to them.

In a representation submitted to the chairman of the Trust, the affected allottees, who were waiting to get possession of their flats for the last eight years, have stated that LIT had announced the construction of 162 HIG and super HIG flats in the housing scheme - Rajiv Enclave and allotment of flats was made in August 2005.

"Even as the successful allottees were making payment towards the cost of the flats in half yearly installments, construction of 21 flats in the scheme was stopped due to some dispute over the possession of land between LIT and the Kabir House Building Society, and a stay order was issued by a local court," the affected allottees averred.

Allottees said that when they protested that the flats were not being constructed while the half yearly installments were being collected from them, the LIT authorities deferred the payment from March 2007.

Persistent efforts made by the allottees to know the fate of the flats allotted to them failed to evoke any response from LIT, which has been maintaining that an agreement had been arrived at with the Kabir Society to vacate the chunk of land earmarked for 21 flats in lieu of an alternate site. "However, the construction of flats is still to resume even after the Trust has floated fresh tenders and the work is also allotted to a construction agency," maintains one of the allottees.

After waiting for several years to get possession of the flats, which stand allotted to them, the allottees have made a plea with the LIT authorities to either resume the construction of flats without any further delay, or else make allotment of alternate flats to them in any other scheme of the Trust in the city.

The Trust Engineer, SS Jakhar, said that an agreement was signed between the Kabir Society and the Trust in December 2011 and the Trust had given its assent to all the conditions put forth by the functionaries of the society to get the land under possession of the society vacated. But somehow the agreement could not be implemented till date, he added.

Both the Trust officials and functionaries of the society blame each other for backing out from the agreement, which could have led to an amicable settlement and provide a solution to the problem.



Festive spirit wafts across schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna was celebrated with fervour at Gupta Model High School. A fancy dress competition was organised for the students of Classes I to III. Children came dressed as Lord Krishan and Radha. They also performed dandia on the occasion. A play was staged by students portraying the childhood of Lord Krishna.

Spring Dale School

The festival of Janamashtami signifying the birth of Lord Krishna was celebrated with devotion at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School. The celebrations started during the morning assembly with a bhajan, chanting of mantras and a speech by Praful of Class VII. It was followed by cultural programme studded with various items including a group dance on the song “Woh Kisna Hai”. The main attraction of the day was the Dahi Handi activity depicting Bal Gopal’s mischief.

BCM School

Students of Class I enacted scenes from Lord Krishna’s life during the celebrations at BCM School, Dugri. These scenes included Krishna Janam, Natkhat Bachpan, Sudama Milap and Kans Vadh. The children attired in colourful costumes danced on the tunes of Krishan Bhajans. Students also entertained the audience with the presentation of Ras Lila. In the morning assembly Khushboo of Class I delivered a speech on Janamashtami. At BCM, Basant City, children staged a play on Lord Krishna’s life.

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir

Tableaus depicting Lord Krishna's birth in the prison and other scenes from his life overwhelmed all at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar. Principal Bandana Sethi extended her best wishes to the gathering on the day. At the Kitchlu Nagar campus of the school, students belonging to the four houses enacted various accomplishments of Lord Krishna.

Tiny tots of Pallavan Playway and BVM School revel during the Janamashtami celebrations in Ludhiana.
Tiny tots of Pallavan Playway and BVM School revel during the Janamashtami celebrations in Ludhiana. Tribune photographs

DAV School

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Police DAV School witnessed an enthusiastic participation of students in the Janamashtami celebrations. The programme started with the bhajan "badi der bhai nandlala". A cultural programme was also held on the occasion.

KVM Kindergarten

Children came dressed as Lord Krishna, Radha, Gopis and Gwallas to KVM Kindergarten. Colourful tableaus were made to portray the birth of Lord Krishna. Children danced to the tune of “Maiya Yashodha”.

Everest Public School

A cake-cutting ceremony was organised to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar. The whole school reverberated with sounds of “Hare Rama, Hare Krishna” and “Maiya Yashodha, Ye Tera Kanhaiya”.

Green Land School

Festive spirit was at its peak at Green Land Convent School. Children celebrated the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in form of Lord Krishna. Students chanted shlokas on the occasion.

Drishti School

Students of Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Senior Secondary Public School remembered the childhood pranks and wily intelligence of Lord Krishna during the celebrations of his birth anniversary on the campus. Students of Class I conducted a special assembly consisting of bhajan recital and skit on the occasion.

Dil’s Nursery School

Tiny tots attended Dil’s Nursery School dressed as Bal Gopal, Radha and Sudama. The principal, Harbans Kaur Dil, distributed sweets among children.

Playway children fete bal gopal

Enthusiasm shown by tiny tots studying at various playways and preparatory schools during the Janamashtami celebrations was at its peak. At Pallavan School, various activities including story telling, Ras Lila, matki decoration and making of paper garlands were carried out to make students familiar with the festival. A dandiya performance and matki walk was also organised for children.

At Bachpan Play School, Vikas Nagar, boys came dressed as Lord Krishna and girls as Radha. Children were apprised of the significance of the day. Sweets were distributed among them. ABC Montessori, BRS Nagar, organised a field trip to a temple for the children. Director Amanpreet Singh Arora said, "Within each child resides a Bal Gopal and no one can escape from the magic of their innocent smile, disarming charm and beauty." At Rose Playway, tableaus depicting Lord Krishna’s life were set up by the children.

A cradle was also decorated for the Bal Gopal. Naughty ‘Kanhas’ descended on Maple Bear Canadian Playway & Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar. Playing flute, eating butter and sharing a laugh with friends, they took part in entertaining competitions. Babies Paradise Playway School was decorated with flowers.

A temple was set up on the campus. Children enjoyed giving swings to Bal Gopal. Sweets, flutes and tiaras were gifted to children. Tiny tots at Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, had fun on the campus, decorated the school with flowers and rangolis. The school looked like Vrindavan. Children took part in the ‘matki phod' competition. Student of Kiddies' Paradise School, Kocher Market, came dressed as Krishna, Radha, Gopis and Sudama. Tastefully decorated school campus with scenes from Lord Krishna's life added charm to the atmosphere. Little Krishnas and Gopis danced to the tune of "Radha Kaise Na Jalley" and "Govinda Alla Re Alla." 



Protest to mark Teacher’s Day
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
Irked by the failure of the Punjab Government to release their salaries for the past five months, teachers of aided schools today decided to lodge a protest on Teachers' Day (September 5). The decision was taken while the members of Aided School Teachers' Union gheraoed the Director Public Instructions (Schools) at Chandigarh today.

Talking to The Tribune, union president Savinderjit Kaur said teachers from all over Punjab had gathered at Chandigarh to protest against the “callous attitude” of the government.

"We get paid only when the government puts in its share of 95 per cent. Managements of the aided schools put in only five per cent, so they can not provide the salaries unless the remaining 95 per cent share is added from the side of the government. Neither the government is releasing our salaries nor it is merging the aided schools with government schools for the benefit of students,” she said.

The teachers said the state government will be organising state-level celebrations on Teachers' Day to honour the fraternity. During these celebrations, teachers of aided schools would protest wearing black badges at the function, they said.

"Over 4,000 teachers and staff working in around 180 aided schools are being deprived of their salaries,” said the press secretary Devinder Rehan. 



PAU: Stalemate shows no signs of ending
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The stalemate between the Punjab Agricultural University authorities and striking students shows no sign of ending despite the efforts of PAU Teachers’ Association and other individuals today.
The attitude adopted by Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon and the office-bearers of PAU Students’ Association is only prolonging the issue.

The PAU authorities allege that office-bearers of PAU Students’ Association have been forcing other students to join the protest.

The statement holds no water going by actions of students, who in fact threatened to lock Thapar Hall on their own if PAUSA failed to do so.

Girl students have also been participating in huge numbers, raising anti-authority slogans.



Official inspects rly station
Says Lakkar Bridge will be completed by the year-end
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The chairman of Yatri Sewa Samiti, which looks after the services being provided to the railway passengers, inspected the city railway station today.
The chairman, Jagdish Chander, inspected various areas on the railway station premises and took notes of problems being faced by visitors and passengers at the railway station.

While addressing a long-pending demand of city residents, Jagdish Chander said the Lakkar Bridge will be completed by the end of this year. The project has been hanging fire for several years, inconveniencing the residents.

Although the station authorities had cleaned the station, Chander was not satisfied by the basic infrastructure. He instructed the railway station staff to keep the station more neat and clean.

The chairman said the ongoing construction of foot bridge will be completed by March 31. He said the railway hospital will also be upgraded.

"The grant for installing escalators on the railway platforms has been released. We have sent the design to Railway Board. When they pass the design, the work will start,” said Jagdish Chander.

A delegation of industrialists and Congress leaders also met the Chairman to discuss various problems.

The delegation demanded the opening of a ticket reservation centre on the Civil Lines side, and a new Shatabdi from Ludhiana.



Firm hired to keep tracks clean
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
Addressing a long-pending demand of residents and passengers, the railway authorities have hired a private company to keep the tracks clean at the city railway station.
Wages paid by the Railways to sanitation workers working on temporary basis being low, workers prefer to work for the Municipal Corporation. Due to the failure of the Railways to hire these workers, the tracks remained filthy.

Now workers of a private company will do the needful. According to the Railways officials, the company staff would pick the garbage and sweep and wash the tracks regularly. All the tracks, except the two uncarpeted ones, will be cleaned and washed by the workers. The two remaining tracks will only be swept.

Ravi, a daily passenger said, "I have been observing the changes at the railway station. Track Nos. 1 and 2 are cleaner. The Railways should take care of the cleanliness.”

"The tracks used to stink at the railway station. Those working on the tracks used to face inconvenience due to these filthy tracks. We welcome the move of the Railways to hire a private company to keep the railway tracks clean," said a Railways employee.

Station Superintendent Ravinder Sharma said, "Our senior officials are keen to improve the conditions of the railway station. So we hired a private company to clean the railway tracks regularly.”



Devotees submerged in divinity
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The city is all decked up on the eve of Janamashtami. Markets are flooded with tableau items. From stone-studded 'mukut' (tiara) and flutes to bright zari dresses, the choice is endless. The most sought-after is the gold-plated cradle.

"Like every year, we will be celebrating the festival at home. We have an idol of 'Bal Gopal' and have brought new dresses and jewellery. My daughters tie rakhi to 'Bal Gopal'. Where ever we go, we take the idol along. I will be preparing a special egg-less cake at home on Janamashtami," said an excited Shikha, a devotee of Lord Krishna.

Gold-plated cradles are selling like hot cakes. Unlike other cradles, these last long as they neither turn black nor get damaged by termites," said a shopkeeper near Sidh Peeth Mandir. Depending on size, it ranges from Rs 215 to Rs 750. Besides, stone-studded aluminium cradles are also popular among buyers as they are economical, ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 400.

Stone and clay idols of Lord Krishna from Mathura are also attracting buyers. Turban-style 'mukut' and throne with peacock print on it are popular too. Dresses having zari work and embroidery are also in demand.

When asked how they celebrate the day, Anjali Aggarwal, a housewife, said, "At home, we make a small tableau depicting the Lord's birth and decorate it with colourful lights and flowers. At midnight, the idol of Lord Krishna is placed inside a cucumber which signifies his birth. We then place the idol in cradles amid chanting of hymns and blowing of conch shells."

An ardent follower of Lord Krishna, Ninti Khanna, said, "We observe a fast. We distribute prasad (sweets) and my wife prepares Lord Krishna's favourite makhan-malai."

Going the traditional way

Clothes, jewellery and artifacts from Vrindavan are brought to Krishna Mandir at Model Town and Govind Gau Dham. Flowers are brought from Kolkata. The tradition dates back to June 13, 1970.

Sweets on platter

Sweetmeat shops are offering Janamashtami special box with a delectable combination of laddoo, badusha, groundnut urandai, ghee appam, kai murukku, thattai, seedai, sweet seedai and therattipal. Apart from the sweet combo, some shops are also offering a gift of 150 gm of cow's butter, aval and vellam. 



Income Tax Department to scrutinise 3,000 cases
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The issuance of scrutiny notices for 2011-12 has left taxpayers worried.
The Income Tax Department has selected 3,000 cases from the city. While many have received the notices, there are a few who are yet to receive these.

The cases have been selected through Computer Assister Scrutiny Selection (CASS) from Delhi.

"The notices have been issued as per the guidelines of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). The move aims at zeroing in on tax evaders," said a senior official of the department.

Those, who have received the notices, will have to produce account books, sale and purchase sheets, electricity and telephone bills, details of property investment. The department will scrutinise the income of the taxpayers.

Taxation lawyer Jatinder Khurana said the cases cases are selected randomly for scrutiny every year.

"The details should be provided to tax professionals so that there is no problem during scrutiny. As the department gets to know about the income of taxpayers from the other sources, one should not act smart while filling in a form,"stated Khurana.

A senior official of the department said, "The cases are selected randomly through Computer Assister Scrutiny Selection. The name which comes in for scrutiny cannot be changed. As per the guidelines issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the cases which are not selected through CASS need recommendation of the higher officials."

"The department should issue notices only in cases where it finds discrepancies. Selecting cases randomly only causes harassment to the taxpayers," stated Kulwinder Singh, a resident.



Traders mull strategy against e-trip
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The government is all set to implement the e-trip system in the state from September.
Unhappy with the move, Mohinder Aggarwal, general secretary of Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal said, "Business honchos are are evading tax and instead to finding the real culprits, the department is taking everybody to task. Small traders will be worst affected as they do not have the required infrastructure for implementing the system. We will be holding a meeting to plan our next course of action," Aggarwal said.

Baldish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, said, "How can the government think of implementing the system when frequent power cuts are imposed in mixed land use areas. If we don't get relief, we will protest against the implementation of the system," said Jindal.

Yarn dealer Subhash Jain said they would be holding a meeting tomorrow.

After facing resistance from the industry, the state government had put off the implementation of e-trip till August 31, enabling the industry to upgrade itsIT infrastructure to comply with the provisions of the law. Strict action will be taken by the department if anybody fails to follow the e-trip system.

After much pursuance by traders, the facility of lump sum tax was started instead of e-trip by the excise and taxation department, but now the traders allege harassment at the hands of the department. Tibetan sweater sellers gathered at the office of Indo-Tibetan Hosiery Association and alleged that the officials were harassing them and compelling them to open the consignment for verification of their goods. They said if the traders protested against the same, the officials threatened them to seal their goods. 



Youth electrocuted

A youth, identified as Babloo, was electrocuted while working in the fields on Garrha Road last evening. Reports said the 21-year-old youth Babloo could not notice live electric wires of a transformer while working in the fields. The power utility officials could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Two run over by train

MANDI GOBINDGARH: A man was run over by passenger train while crossing a railway track here.  The deceased was identified as Dayal Singh, a resident of Deshmesh Colony. The body was handed  over to the deceased’s family after the post-mortem. In another incident, a 50-year-old man was killed while crossing a railway track. Railway police head constable Gurmeet Singh said the victim had not been identified yet. The body has been kept in the mortuary of the local Civil Hospital.



Phillaur police catches fugitive
Tribune Reporters

Phillaur, August 27
The Phillaur police nabbed Surjit Lal, alias Sodhi, of Chuheki village, who escaped from custody of the Phillaur judicial court on August 20.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Phillaur, Sarabjit Singh Rai said the accused was arrested near Lassarra village yesterday. He was carrying 500 gms of an intoxicant powder. His two accomplices Sandip and Deepak managed to escape, he said.

The accused is facing seven criminal charges and was brought to Phillaur in connection with a rape case registered against him under Sections 376 and 34 of the IPC at the Noormahal police station on August 28 last year.

A huge consignment of heroin and Rs 24 lakh besides weapons and ammunition were also recovered from him by the police last year.



Woman, daughter consume phenyl, sleeping pills
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
A mother-daughter duo consumed phenyl and sleeping pills following a heated argument at Chet Singh Nagar today.
The two, identified as Ruby (42) and Neha (20), were rushed to a hospital, where Neha's condition is stated to be stable while Ruby is still critical.

Neha had married to a scrape dealer against the wishes of her parents.

Last evening, the mother daughter duo had a heated argument following which Neha lodged a complaint.

Both was called by the area councillor for resolving the matter amicably. But the duo started arguing. Both were sent back home, following which Ruby consumed phenyl and Neha consumed sleeping pills.

Bomb hoax

A bomb hoax kept the police on toes today. It was in the afternoon when a commuter spotted an object near the Salem Tabri police station and raised the alarm. Soon the police swung into action and cordoned off the area. The drama continued for an hour. Finally, a policeman mustered courage and tired to have a closer look. It was found that a tape was rolled around a stone and a wrist watch was affixed on it to make it appear like a bomb.

The police said it was a prank and it would soon nab the miscreant.

Theft at insurance firm

Thieves struck at the office of an insurance firm on Gill Road near Vishwakarma Chowk and decamped with

Rs 14,000 in cash. Naresh Kumar, an employee, noticed the theft. PL Batra, senior manager of the firm, informed the police. He said the thieves gained entry by breaking open a window and decamped with Rs 14,000.

The police has recorded the statement and started investigations.

Man assaulted

A 35-year-old man was attacked after he objected to loud music. The assailants thrashed him and threw him on the railway tracks. The victim, Sanjay Kumar, was rushed to the Civil Hospital. He said Satya Lal along with his brothers took him to the railway tracks in the Dhandari area and bashed him up.

The police has recorded the statement of the victim and started investigations.

Fraudsters roam scot-free

Two fraudsters, Satwinder Pal Singh Pappu and Gurkaran Singh, are yet to be arrested by the police.

The complainant, Ravinderpal Singh, said Satwinder Pal Singh Pappu had duped his brothers of Rs 90 lakh in connivance with bank officials. A case was registered against the accused and their anticipatory bail was rejected by the Punjab and Haryana High Court earlier this month.

Ravinderpal Singh said the police had failed to arrest the father-son duo.

Man held with 245 litre of kerosene

The police arrested a person with 245 lt of kerosene last evening. The accused has been identified as Ram Vilas, a resident of Kabir Nagar, Basti Jodhewal. The accused was nabbed from Basti Jodhewal. A case under Section 7 EC Act has been registered.

Man booked for rape

The police has booked a person in a rape case. The accused has been identified as Amandeep Singh, a resident of Guru Gian Vihar, Jawaddi. The complainant said the accused raped her and threatened her of dire consequences if she filed a police complaint. A case under Section 376 IPC has been registered. The accused is at large.

2 rice mill owners booked

The police has booked two rice mill owners for giving substandard rice to government godowns in Kila Raipur.

The duo has been identified as Rakesh Pandey and Rajesh Pandey, residents of Dugri, Phase I.

The brothers abused the quality control manager. Avtar Singh, depot manager, Food Cooperation of India (FCI), Kila Raipur, said the accused tried to submit substandard rice. When the quality control manager and some other employees objected to the malpractice, the accused obstructed the FCI employees from performing their duty. The accused have been booked under Sections 353, 186, 506, 34 IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

High drama

High drama was witnessed when an auto driver entered into a heated argument with a police woman. The auto rickshaw driver alleged that the police officers mishandled him. The police said the driver was trying to evade challan and in the process was about to run over the policewoman.Later, auto drivers staged a dharna. 

Youth’s body found in car

Jagraon: A youth was allegedly killed by some unidentified persons near Jagraon on Monday night. The deceased was identified as Gursewak Singh (25), a resident of Kothe Premsar village.

The body was found from a car on the road connecting Agwar Lopon locality with Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib. As per information, Gursewak Singh had left his house for serving langar at Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib. When he did not return, his family members tried calling him up but could not get through to him. Following this, Gursewak's brother Randhir Singh started looking for him. He spotted his body in the car and informed the family members about it.

The police reached the spot and sent the body for an autopsy. Jagraon SHO Mohammad Jamil said there were some injury marks on the neck of the deceased. "We have registered a case against the unidentified persons under Section 302 of the IPC. The cause of the death can only be ascertained after we get the post-mortem report. The accused will be arrested soon," said Jamil. Gursewak Singh was about to leave for the US. — OC



Three drug peddlers booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 27
The police has booked three drug peddlers. The accused have been identified as Natish Kumar, a resident of New Punjabi Bagh, Tibba Road, Harbhaj Singh of Vishwakarma Colony, Jaspal Singh of Jagraon. Ashok Kumar in charge, CIA staff, said the accused were yet to be arrested.

They had links with smugglers in Pakistan and they used to smuggle drugs, including smack, heroin and opium, the police said. 



Chandigarh muster 494 runs in first innings
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 27
Chandigarh posted a mammoth total of 494 runs in their first innings and then got rid of two batsmen, leaving the hosts, Ludhiana, in a fix on the second day of the four-day match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Katoch Shield being played at Punjab Agricultural University.

The visitors resumed at overnight score of 286 for 4 and immediately lost the wicket of last night not out batsman, Amit Prashar, who could add just one run before retreating to the pavilion. He contributed 74 runs. Chandigarh's first essay culminated at 494 after 143.5 overs. Gurinder remained unbeaten on 111 runs while Vishal Bhalla who had to leave the field yesterday following an injury made 83 runs. Ludhiana began their reply on a cautious note with 65 runs on the board, losing two wickets in 36 overs.

Brief scores

Chandigarh (first innings): 494 all out (Gurinder 111 not out, Vishal Bhalla 83, Amit Prashar 74, Jaskaran Singh 48, Jaskaran Sohi 42 and Gurkirat Singh 82; Amritpal Singh 3 for 71, Baltej Singh 2 for 43, Anil Sihag 1 for 86 and Bharat Malhotra 1 for 78).

Ludhiana (first innings): 65 for 2 after 36 overs (Sunny Pandey 21, Bharat Malhotra retired hurt 11 and Anil Sihag 18 not out; Gurinder 2 for 21).



Yoga meet: BCM School stand out 

Ludhiana, August 27
The two-day Inter-School Yoga Championship concluded at Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School, Udam Singh Nagar. A large number of students participated in the U-14, U-17, U-19 categories.


U-14 boys: BCM School, Shastri Nagar, 1; BVM School, Udam Singh Nagar, 2 and Satpal Mittal School 3. U-17 boys: BCM School, Shastri Nagar, 1, BVM School, Udam Singh Nagar, 2 and Guru Nanak Model, Dholewal, 3. U-19 boys: BCM School, Shastrai Nagar, 1; Satpal Mittal School 2 and BVM School, Udam Singh Nagar, 3. U-14 girls: RS Model School 1; Government High School, Gureh, 2 and GMPS, Sarabha Nagar, 3. U-17 girls: BCM School, Sector 32, 1; Government High School, Gureh, 2 and RS Modal School 3.— TNS



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