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Murder case cracked, youth held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
A youth, Pawan Panday (27), who died under mysterious circumstances on February 6, was administered chloro compound (a group of insecticides) in liquor. The police today arrested the accused, Harish Verma, a youth hailing from Harcharan Nagar, and claimed that he had confessed to the crime. The police had registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against Harish Kumar on a complaint of the victim's sister.

The viscera report, sent by a laboratory in Kharar, has established that Pawan Panday, a resident Khud Mohalla, died due to poisoning.

Addressing a press conference, Aman Brar, SHO of the Sadar police station, said the accused had confessed before the police that he had poisoned Pawan.

Brar said Harish's sister and Pawan Panday were working in the same company. Harish was suspecting that Pawan was trying to establish illicit relations with his sister.

When Harish's sister refused to entertain Pawan's alleged sexual advances at the workplace, the latter connived with other staff members and Harish's sister had to leave the job.

Harish wanted to teach Pawan a lesson. On February 6, Harish took Pawan along with him for a wedding at Bath Castel on Pakhowal Road.

Harish told the police that during the day, he purchased poisonous tablets from a shop selling pesticides. He took the tablets home and made a powder of these. While they were attending the wedding, he added poison in Pawan' drink, which resulted in Pawan's death.

The victim's sister, who works in a private firm, was away to Amritsar. Harish called her up at midnight saying Pawan had died due to excessive drinking. Initially, the police launched inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC, but later a case under Section 302 of the IPC was registered against the accused.


RTI act
Info panel slaps Rs 25,000 penalty on civic body PIO
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 4
Disagreeing with the explanation filed by the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the municipal corporation over the delay in supplying information, the State Information Commission, Punjab, has directed the Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, to take strict disciplinary action against the PIO concerned and other officers. At the same time, the government has been asked to review the existing arrangement of appointing PIOs in civic bodies.

In another case, the state panel has imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on Dharam Singh, PIO-cum-Superintending Engineer of the MC, for a delay in providing information under the Right to Information Act.

Disposing of a complaint filed by Kuldeep Singh Khaira, a city-based RTI activist, State Information Commissioner Narinderjit Singh took a serious note of the violation of the RTI Act by the PIO and other employees of the MC and instructed the MC Commissioner and the state government to take disciplinary action against the employees and officials concerned.

According to the complaint, the applicant had sought information and relevant documents from the PIO of the MC pertaining to the work of providing and laying 80-mm-thick interlocking tiles and construction of footpaths on the sides of Gill Road stretching from Campa Cola Chowk to Sidhwan Canal. In spite of filing the first appeal with the MC Commissioner, and clear-cut instructions by the first appellate authority, the PIO failed to provide the desired information within the stipulated time.

Responding to the show-cause notice issued by the commission for the delay in providing information, Superintending Engineer of the MC Dharam Singh and the then PIO of Zone C, Surinderpal, pleaded that the delay was not caused intentionally. The PIO said negligence on the part of junior officers and a shortage of staff were also among the reasons for the delay.

The commission, however, observed that being PIOs, they could not wash their hands off the responsibility by passing the blame to their junior staff when it was incumbent upon the PIOs to follow up the issue with the junior staff concerned since the reply to the RTI application was a time-bound activity.

In yet another appeal filed by Khaira, the commission imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on PIO-cum-Superintending Engineer Dharam Singh under Section 20 (1) of the Right to Information Act for failure to provide information to the appellant within the stipulated time.

"The MC Commissioner is directed to recover the amount of Rs 25,000 from the salary of PIO Dharam Singh and deposit it with the Government of Punjab under the appropriate head of account within six weeks," the state panel noted while parting with the orders.



Mother-in-law syndrome grips women undergoing C-section
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Ludhiana may be a mega city, but when it comes to expectant women, the city still seems to be living in primitive times. City-based medical experts have found that would-be mothers suffer from psychological fear of their mothers-in-law while undergoing caesarean section.

Lying on a table at an operation theatre and waiting eagerly for an anaesthetist before a C-section, 30-year-old Rajni (name changed) pleaded before her gynaecologist, "Please tell my mother-in-law that I will be perfectly alright after the surgery and will be able to work like any other normal human being." Heeding her request, the woman doctor counselled her mother-in-law. This is not a single case. Gynaecologists face such cases almost on a daily basis at nursing homes and hospitals where expectant women have a traumatic experience before and after the delivery.

Narrating her tale of woe, Manmeet Kaur, mother of a six-year-old boy, said, "I cannot think of bearing a second child. I vividly remember the hue and cry my mother-in-law made in the hospital when I had to undergo a C-section. Throughout the week during my stay at the hospital, she kept saying, "Your gynaecologist was incompetent due to which you had to undergo a C-section. Your parents should have taken you to a better hospital. Now, you will be immobile for six months." She said her mother-in-law's words hurt her so much that instead of feeling happy, she kept crying while meeting her friends and relatives.

Calling it a "typical feature of stereotype society", a city-based gynaecologist, Dr Iqbal Ahuja, said, "Women undergoing a C-section have many worries, from fear of their mothers-in-law to expenses incurred on the C-section. Many a time, expectant women request us to tell their mothers-in-law not to ask them to do hard work after the surgery. From the middle class to the rich class, all are alike. However, people who beong to lower sections of society do not traumatise their daughters-in-law like this."

The pressure from mothers-in-law sometimes is so much that women try their level best to deliver through the normal process, but have to suffer later.

Dr Neelam Sodhi, another city-based gynaecologist, said, "In case of an emergency, when women have to undergo a C-section, they feel traumatised. They pass through a strange kind of mental trauma. I came across a patient who had a normal delivery, but with a lot of difficulty. One and a half months of her delivery, her stitches opened and she cursed her decision why she went through so much of pain for a normal delivery only to please her mother-in-law."

She said about 90 per cent of the patients suffer from psychological fear of their mothers-in-law. There was a change in the attitude of a few women, who did not bother about it. However, it would take years to change the mentality of mothers-in-law.

Findings of survey

In 2006, Kuldip Kaur, then a staff nurse at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, coducted a survey under a fellowship given to her by the Centre for Study of Developing Society of the Government of India. Kuldip Kaur said, "I interviewed about 150 expectant women before and after the delivery. The survey revealed that women suffer from psycho-social pressure for bearing a male child. I found that some of the women who underwent a C-section blamed themselves for not bearing a male child. They cursed themselves, saying that they could not fulfil the promise made by them to their families for bearing a son. Women who gave birth to a second daughter felt very depressed as they were afraid of facing their in-laws."



Teacher's Day today
Teachers blame govt, society for commercialisation of education
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Teachers, responsible for providing a strong foundation to future generations, are a disgruntled lot. They are peeved at disparity among various cadres of teachers in the matter of salaries. Senior government teachers draw a salary of about Rs 1 lakh per month in colleges and about Rs 40,000 per month in schools. However, the ad hoc and guest faculty get between Rs 7,000 and Rs 22,000 per month. Due to this huge disparity, those being paid less adopt various other means to make their both ends meet.

Teachers say society at large is responsible for the commercialisation of education. The president of the Government College Teachers Association, Prof Jaipal Singh, said teachers alone should not be blamed for the commercialisation of education.

"Teachers who take tuitions charge a good amount of money from students. However, the fact is that parents do not have enough time to focus on the studies of their children. Even tiny-tots are being sent for tuitions these days, which is unfortunate. For getting admission to professional colleges, especially engineering and medical, the services of good teachers are hired, who take classes in batches. If they charge hefty amounts, they also deliver the results. Tuitions are the need of the hour; why blame the teachers," said Prof Jaipal Singh.

Ranjna Singh (name changed), a guest faculty member, said the state government was giving her a salary of Rs 8,000 per month and her services were required for only seven months in colleges.

"We take more pain than regular government teachers. To provide extra guidance, we take tuitions for which students do not mind spending Rs 1,500 a month," she said.

Teachers blamed the government for the commercialisation of education. "Teachers in government institutions get huge salaries and all pensionary benefits, while those in aided schools and colleges have to struggle to get their meagre salaries. We will hold a state-level protest at Jalandhar on Teacher's Day tomorrow against the wrong policies of the government," said Devinder Rehan, press secretary of the Aided Schools Union.



Dy CM, DCs to discuss illegal sand mining today
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Core issues, including illegal sand mining and the new policy on the regularisation of unauthorised colonies, will be among the major issues to be discussed by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during a meeting with deputy commissioners in Chandigarh tomorrow.

Sources in the Deputy Chief Minister's office told Ludhiana Tribune that all deputy commissioners of Punjab would be briefed about the new policy on the regularisation of colonies (around 5,000) in the state.

"The fees to get colonies approved has been cut down drastically. It is now just half a per cent of the collector rate whereas before 2007, the fees was Rs 250 per sq yard. The deputy commissioners have been called by Sukhbir Badal to make people/colonisers aware that their unapproved colonies can easily be approved by the government at a nominal fee," said a senior official in Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, one of the deputy commissioners in the state, wishing not to be quoted, said the Deputy Chief Minister had convened meetings on the issue of sand mining earlier too. "Since the High Court has taken a strong notice of sand mining, we are always told to act tough against those involved in illegal sand mining. Perhaps, some new instructions will be issued by the Deputy Chief Minister on this matter," said the DC.

Another DC pointed out that illegal mining was still prevalent in districts which had river banks. "Mining is still continuing in several districts, including Sangrur, Patiala, Ludhiana (Sidhwan Bet area) and some parts of Roopnagar. The irony is that whenever any strict action is taken against the sand mining mafia, we start getting several calls from political leaders/local MLAs. Without political patronage, this activity is not possible. There is a need for convening a meeting with politicians/MLAs first if illegal sand mining has to be checked," said the DC.



PAU slaps fine on two students
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities have slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 and Rs 20,000 on two of the three students who were allegedly found lying in fields in an inebriated condition on July 21. The PAU authorities displayed the much-awaited notice regarding the reviewed decision here today. Contrary to expectations, the authorities gave a shock to the students through this notice.

The notice, issued by the Dean, College of Agriculture Engineering and Technology, stated that the Vice-Chancellor was pleased to revoke the cancellation of admissions of Jashandeep Singh and Harpreet Singh Brar, both students of MTech.

According to the notice, both students had been put on "conduct probation" in the present semester and would not be allowed to stay in the hostel throughout the degree programme. The authorities imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Jashandeep Singh and Rs 20,000 on Harpreet Singh.

Meanwhile, the authorities made no mention of the third student, Dilpreet Singh Chahal, who was rusticated from the university in the notice. The students have submitted around Rs 30,000 as fee for MTech (first semester).

"The fine imposed by the university is too much. We will request the authorities to give some relaxation," said Sahranbir Singh, president of the Punjab Agricultural University Students Association.



Online classes give new meaning to student-teacher bond
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Eklavya had considered Dronacharya as his teacher whom he had never met. The new age students too have started learning from teachers whom they have never met in person. The computer interface is all they know as their way of from the distant teachers.

A host of teachers now offer their services to the students sitting far away in distant countries. Software and systems are now available that help in creation of classroom like atmosphere on the computer screen, wherein the teacher can teach online and the screen turns into a white board for the teacher to type and write, while it is visible to the students. Voice chat or text chat comes handy for communication between teachers and students.

Many of the courses are free of cost. Even renowned varsities like Stanford University or Massachusetts Institute of Technology offer online courses.

A host of programmes and courses are now available online and students are making hay use of the online technology. Even practical courses like dance, yoga, graphics and interior design are all available online.

“The benefit of learning online is that it saves a lot of time to commute or travel to the school or university,” says Raghav, a student pursuing Interior Design online course. Limitations are there to some extent, but with the availability of online content and videos, the courses offer lessons in great detail which would have been not possible when learning in person, he says.

“Another benefit for the courses being online is that one can go through the online video lectures as many times as possible. One can revisit some points if one forgets something,” says Ishika Verma, a student. “We use video chats if we want to clarify something from the teacher,” says Aditya a student.

The online courses are proving to be a boon for working professionals, housewives and people who cannot spare time for regular courses. “I would have given up on my passion for painting, but now I am learning various painting techniques through an online course being offered by an art school. Online courses and videos are a blessing,” says Upinder Kaur, a resident.

“With the arrival of technology, teacher’s importance in life has changed over the past few years, but one is not depended solely on a teacher for information. The role of teacher now is turning more into being a mentor,” says Rohit, a teacher.




Board members of Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) Limited welcomed Dr Vijay Asdhir on being nominated as the Public Interest Director on the Governing Board of the exchange. He was nominated during the board meeting held on Tuesday. "The Board looks forward to having the benefit of his valuable experience and meaningful deliberations during the Board/Committee meetings,” said VP Gaur, chairperson of LSE.

Meeting held

A meeting of the Ludhiana District Brick-Kiln Owners' Association was held here on Wednesday under the presidentship of Darshan Singh Jawanda. Problems between some of the members were solved amicably during the meeting. It was decided to hold the next meeting on September 9 and discuss about the difficulties faced by brick-kiln owners in the state.


The Anti-Crime Association, Punjab, held a protest against the price hike near Verka Milk Plant on the Ferozepur Road on Wednesday. The members also burnt the effigy of the Central Government. Gurinderpal Singh Pappu, chairman of the association, said they would keep protesting against the anti-people policies of the government. Among others present on the occasion included Manjit Singh Khalsa, Inderjeet Singh and Manjeet Singh Bhola.

Annual function

The annual function of Shree Shyam Prabhu Khatu Vale will be held on September 14 from 6 pm till the midnight. The function will be held at Kumra Palace on the Ferozepur Road.

Rs 5 lakh grant

The Bhagat Ravidas Welfare Society was given a grant of Rs 5 lakh by the District Congress Committee (DCC), Urban, on Wednesday. Pawan Dewan, president of the DCC, Urban, after giving the grant said the amount was given to the society for the construction of a dharamshala.

Advisory against drugs for students

Students of International Public School were given an advisory against drugs on Wednesday. Former DGP Shashikant said nearly 60 per cent to 62 per cent of the school and college-going students were becoming hooked to drugs.

Memo submitted

The Hindu Niayapeeth and some other Hindu organisations submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner to put a ban on the transportation of cows from Ludhiana to Odisha. Praveen Dang, an activist of the Hindu Niayapeeth, said: “We got the information that some people are trying to transport 70 cows from Ludhiana to other states”.

Plywood industry

The Punjab Plywood Manufacturers Association said the notification to declare the plywood industry as agro-based was still pending. The association has already written to the Department of Industries and Commerce and the Financial Commissioner Development in this regard. Ashok Juneja, chairman of the association, said the Central Government should exempt the plywood industry from the excise duty since agro-based units were contributing much to the progress of farmers and the industry. — TNS



Assn points out misuse of SAFTA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
The Federation of Association of Small Industries of India (FASII) has expressed serious concern over the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) as all the items, mainly manufactured by micro and small enterprises (MSE), have started coming through imports from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka under SAFTA.

Today, the national president of FASII, Badish Jindal, met TKA Nair, Chief Adviser to Prime Minister of India, and discussed the issue apart from other important matters.

"A majority of these items are made in China but have the trade mark of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This factor has terribly hit the domestic micro and small enterprises. It is suggested that the imports by these countries may kindly be monitored and if they are re-exporting goods, then stringent action should be taken against this trend," said Jindal during the meeting.

Jindal suggested that in view of the rising and inflationary value of the dollar, an ad hoc additional duty of 10 per cent needed to be imposed on all the products other than petrol and petroleum products. For luxury items, it should be 30 per cent.

Almost all the engineering items do not bear any floor-price. Therefore, materials are flowing at under-invoice value which affects the exchequer as well as the domestic manufacturers. A committee needs to be set up to fix the floor-price value of all the engineering items keeping in line with the inflationary trend, suggested Jindal.

Talking about women empowerment, Jindal said in India only 5 per cent of the enterprises were owned by women entrepreneurs while in the other economies, such as China and Europe, more than 25 per cent of the enterprises were owned by women. It is suggested that more women enterprises should be promoted by way of concessions in direct and indirect taxes and through simple and tailored procedures.



Tribune impact
Co. initiates repairs on NH-1
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, September 4
Much to the relief of commuters and residents, the private contractor has initiated repairs on a stretch of National Highway 1, which was in a bad shape. The local residents and villagers had to not only endure a bumpy ride on this potholed road, but also put their lives to risk crossing it during rain when the road is waterlogged. Stagnant water filled the whole area with foul smell, thus giving a tough time to passers-by and commuters.

A spokesman for Soma Isolux, the company which has been awarded the contract, said: “We are carrying out maintenance activities on a regular basis. However, owing to the unprecedented rain, repairs could not be taken up. Even during the monsoon, we have tried to keep the highway in good condition so that there is not much inconvenience to commuters. The bituminous work will be started as soon as the rains stopped. We are doing the layer work whenever there is a sunny day”.

“Till now, the NHAI has not released any funds for maintenance works under the Project Highway due to some impediments to the project,” he added.

At Jugiana, the stagnant water has been removed and potholes temporarily filled. However, the villagers have demanded the recarpeting of the road so that it may not deteriorate when it rains. At Sahnewal, however, the road has been recarpeted.



High drama at market
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
High drama was witnessed at the Sarabha Nagar market after a tenant and the owner of a shop locked horns with each other and levelled serious allegations. The ruckus led to the closing of many shops. The incident took place this morning when Samarjit Singh, a chemist, levelled allegations against the woman owner of the shop that she, along with certain men, tired to forcibly evict him from the shop.

He said the shop, where he is running a medicine store, was in dispute and the matter was pending in the court.

On the other hand, owner of the shop Sarabjit Kaur claimed that she had not tried to evict Samarjit from the shop.

She claimed that she was removing some material from a shop which she got vacated recently. She added that it was Samarjit who started the fight and manhandled her.

The incident caused a lot of resentment among the shopkeepers of Sarabha Nagar and the shops and stores were closed till afternoon in protest.

Both Samarjit and Sarabjit Kaur lodged complaints with the police.



Government to spend Rs 1,700 crore on link roads
Our Correspondent

Amloh, September 4
The development pace in the state will continue uninterrupted and Rs 1,700 crore will be spent on the link roads. This was stated by the Rural Development and Panchayats Minister, Surjit Singh Rakhra, at a function organised to handover the charge of block samiti to the unopposed elected chairman Kashmira Singh Shahpur and vice-chairperson Kamaljit Kaur today.

He refuted the allegations of the Congress leaders that the panchayat elections were not fair but were held peacefully and there was no complaint from the field.

The minister said, “The government will pay Rs 2,500 per month as scholarship to deserving students who secure 80 per cent marks in Class X and will give bicycles to the girl students of Class XI and XII.”

He said the teachers working under zila parishad schools will not be merged with the Education Department, separates conduct rules were being framed for them. Jagdeep Singh Cheema, district chief of SAD and Halqa in charge, said, “Development of the area is in progress, 20 km meter link roads have been laid and will soon be completed after the premix.” Rs five crore will be spent on the development works, he said.



Tewari for setting up NIFT in city

Ludhiana, September 4
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has sought the setting up of a national institute of fashion technology in Ludhiana. In a letter to Union Textiles Minister Kavuru Sambasiva Rao, Tewari said, given the scope of the garment and textile industry in Ludhiana, there was a dire need to set up such an institute in the city, which could provide trained manpower locally.

Tewari said: “The knitwear industry, comprising around 1,300 medium and small-scale enterprises, supplies their produce not only to almost every part of the country but also foreign countries and brings in so much of valuable foreign exchange".

The knitwear industry is experiencing an acute shortage of qualified professionals with designing skills even though there is abundance of youngsters. “Hence there is a need for imparting training to the youth and making them competent in designing skills,” he added. — TNS



‘Formula-making’ contest held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
To explore the skills along with the knowledge of government school students, the Education Department organised a competition of 'Formula-making/Paper folding activity of mathematics' for the first time in the district.

Under the guidance of DGSE, Punjab, the district level event was held today at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road.

In this district level competition, 38 teams with first and second positions from 19 blocks of Ludhiana participated showcasing their creativity and innovative Ideas. Each team was a combination of three students from Classes VI, VII and VIII. Paramjit Kaur Chahhal. district Education Officer The chief Guest on the day was The students were judged by well Known Educationist Dr. Kushwinder Kumar, the Principal of B.C.M. College of Education, Ludhiana.



11 drug peddlers booked

Ludhiana: Eleven persons were booked by the police in a special drive launched against drug peddlers. The drive was launched two days ago following the orders of the Commissioner of Police, PS Gill. The accused have been identified as Mohan Singh of Salem Tabri, Harpreet Singh of Bharat Nagar, Paramjit Kumar of Meharban, Parminder Singh of Manjit Nagar, Mohinder Singh of Chuhrpur, Gurjit Singh and Sandeep Singh of Dugri, Rajinder Sahni of Dana Mandi, Ajay Masih of Jodhewal, Prabhjit Singh of New Janta Nagar and Narinder Singh of Kuliewal. The police seized 15 grams of heroin, 370 grams of psychotropic powder, 310 grams of charas, 2 kg of poppy husk and a huge quantity of habit-forming drugs from the accused.

Man crushed under truck

A man was crushed to death by an over-speeding truck here on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Gobindgarh. Dheeraj Pathak, the victim's brother, said Neeraj was heading for work on a motorcycle. When Neeraj reached near Dhandari Kalan, an over-speeding truck hit his motorcycle from behind. Following this, Neeraj lost the control over the vehicle and fell on the road. The accused managed to flee the spot. The police has booked the accused under Sections 279, 304-A of the IPC.

Vehicle thief held

The Jodhewal police nabbed a vehicle thief here on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Suraj Kumar, a resident of Ghati Mohalla. The accused, who was riding a Honda Activa scooter, was nabbed at a checkpoint at Sardar Nagar. The accused tried to flee the scene on spotting the police at the checkpoint. The police found his activities suspicious and nabbed him. When the police asked Suraj to produce the documents of the vehicle, he feigned ignorance. During questioning, he confessed that he had stolen the vehicle. The police has booked the accused under Sections 379, 411 of the IPC.

Minor girl kidnapped

The police has registered a case against a person for kidnapping a 17-year-old girl on the pretext of marrying her. The accused has been identified as Rohit, a resident of Rajiv Gandhi colony. The incident took place on the night of September 2. Sukhdeep Kaur, the victim’s mother, said the accused had kidnapped her daughter on the pretext of marriage. The police has registered a case under Sections 363-366-A of the IPC against the accused.

Eve-teasing cases

Two eve-teasing incidents took place in different parts of the city here on Tuesday. The police has booked three persons in this connection and has started investigations. The accused have been identified as Saurav of Shivpuri, Seela of Haibowal Kalan and his accomplices.

NRI booked

The police has registered a case of fraud against an NRI for submitting false police clearance certificate and obtaining permanent residency of Canada on the basis of false documents. The accused has been identified as Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Jagjit Nagar, now residing in Canada. The case has been registered on the complaint of Sukhwinder Kaur of Raj Guru Nagar. The police has registered the case under Sections 420 and 177 of the IPC and has started investigations.

Two booked

Two persons, including a woman, were booked for usurping a flat allotted to the families of the Lower Income Group (LIG). The accused have been identified as Rajni Bala and Sonu Kumar, both residents of Giaspura. The case has been registered on the complaint of Paramjit Singh. He told the police that the duo encroached upon his land and threw his belongings out of the house. — TNS



Couple held for supplying drugs
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 4
The police has nabbed a couple from Ludhiana who was involved in supplying habit-forming drugs to addicts by organising stalls at deserted places in the town and the surrounding areas. As many as 24,500 tablets of phenotil and a motorcycle being used in the crime were seized from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Anil Kumar, a dry cleaner of the Gurmel Park area on the Tibba Road, Ludhiana, and his wife, Meenakshi.

A police party led by ASI Anju Bala and ASI Nirmal Singh nabbed the couple after they tried to run away on being intercepted near Mohinder Singh Memorial Gate on the Pohir Road today. The police also recovered a plastic bag containing a rich haul of pharmaceuticals being used as habit-forming drugs.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused used to supply drugs to addicts of the region by organising stalls at public places and deserted places in the town and the surrounding localities.

Regular customers were informed about the place and the availability of drugs on their cellphones.

Mandhir Singh, SHO, said the duo had committed several crimes earlier as well.

The accused were reported to have procured the present consignment from a wholesaler of Pindi Gali in Ludhiana. The police is yet to ascertain the identity of bulk purchasers of the banned products. A case has been registered against the couple.



Kidnap case: Accused denied bail
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, September 4
The court of Additional Sessions Judge HS Grewal today dismissed the bail application of Deepali Bassi, the alleged kingpin of industrialist Munish Barara kidnapping. Dismissing the bail plea, the court observed that it would not be proper to grant bail to him at this stage, keeping in view the serious allegations against the accused. Ransom amount of Rs 4.83 crore (out of a total amount of Rs 5 crore) has been recovered from the accused by the Himachal police.

Deepali's counsel had submitted before the court that his client was innocent. She was falsely implicated due to some old enmity.

Terming the accused to be the mastermind of the kidnapping, defence lawyer Harpreet Sandhu submitted that it would not be proper to release the accused on bail.

The SMSes exchanged by alleged kidnapper Gurarpan Chouhan and Deepali before and after the kidnapping clearly show that she was thickly involved in the conspiracy. An SMS shows that they even discussed the movement of the police and media reports about the incident, stated Sandhu while producing the SMS details on record.

Munish Barara, son of Harminder Pal, an eminent industrialist, was kidnapped on July 14, 2013, at around 6.30 pm while he was coming back to Ludhiana from his father's factory situated near Doraha.

The victim's counsel also stated in the court that according to the investigation, Deepali was also following the vehicle carrying the ransom amount on July 15 and was constantly informing the other co-accused regarding the movement of the vehicle. Moreover, the car used in the crime was also recovered from the accused on August 19, 2013.

A case under sections 364-A, 307, 171, 506, 120-B, 467, 468, 471, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25 of of the Arms Act was registered at the Doraha police station on July 14.



Amtoj fashions Ludhiana City Zone’s title win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 4
Amtoj Kang, student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, played the pivot role in Ludhiana City Zone's championship win in the Inter-Zonal Football Championship (u-14) organised by the District Education Department held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here recently.

Amtoj captained the team and was instrumental in their entry into the final.

He again proved his mettle in the title clash between Ludhiana City Zone and Raekot Zone. Amtoj scored the lone goal and enabled his team to lift the trophy.

The final turned out to be an absorbing match with both the sides launching regular attacks.

Both the sides played well but failed to capitalise on opportunities. After the first barren half, Ludhiana City Zone continued to exert pressure under which Raekot Zone players wilted.

It was midway through the second session when Amtoj received a parallel pass from a player and made no mistake to send the ball into the net.

MLA and Chairman of the Ludhiana Zila Parishad Manpreet Singh Ayali distributed the prizes among the winners. The Principal of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sister Chantel, congratulated the boys and their coach Amrit Pal on this excellent performance.



Sacred Heart Convent School emerge basketball champs
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, September 4
The basketball team of the local Sacred Heart Convent School has won a championship recently organised in Patiala. A total of 22 teams from different districts took part in it.

Captain of the team Anmolpreet Kaur and the coach Ajay Agnihotri said in their league matches, Sacred Heart Convent School defeated Barnala, Muktsar and Mohali.

In the final, the team defeated Mansa and in super league it defeated Jalandhar by 38-29, Sangrur by 17-4 and Bathinda by a huge margin of 23-2.

Director of the school Daniel Gill, Principal Sister Pavitra, Vice-Principal Sister Pushpa and the staff applauded the efforts of coach Ajay Agnihotri and the winning team and congratulated them.



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