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Youth’s murder case cracked
5 of the 7 accused held; allegedly conspired and killed Supreet by giving him poison
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill addresses a press conference regarding the case
Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill addresses a press conference regarding the case. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 3
The city police today claimed to have cracked a blind murder case. It has booked seven persons for allegedly poisoning a youth and dumping his body. The police has arrested five of them, including a Chandigarh-based hotel owner and his brother. Raids are on to arrest the mastermind of the crime.

On July 17, the body of a youth, identified as Supreet Singh, alias Prince (23), was found lying outside a liquor vend. The police had launched inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC on a complaint of Supreet Singh's uncle Surjit Singh.

The case, which appeared to be natural death, took a major twist when the viscera report found traces of clorocompound. The report stated that the death occurred due to insecticides. Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill directed the registration of a case under Section 302 of the IPC.

During investigation, it came to light that Supreet's murder was well planned and the purpose of the killing was to usurp his property.

Supreet's parents had died a few years ago and had left properties worth crores of rupees. He owned a house in Shakti Nagar near Kochar Market and also owned over one acres of land in Narangwal village.

Karampal Singh Bablu, a local resident, came to know about Supreet Singh's fortune and allegedly befriended him. Soon, Supreet became an addict. Bablu then involved Harjinder Singh and Beant Singh of Shehjad village near Sudhar in his scheme of things.

Bablu, Beant and Harjinder allegedly kidnapped Supreet and kept him at various hotels in Phillaur, Abohar and Chandigarh.

Bablu transferred property worth nearly Rs 4.5 crore belonging to Supreet in his name in April.

Supreet was kept in a hotel for nearly two months and all this while Bablu and his accomplices kept giving him liquor.

On July 9, Bablu sold the property originally belonging to Supreet. He went to Switzerland. On July 19, Beant and Harjinder allegedly mixed poison in liquor and gave it to Supreet, resulting in his death.

According to the police, the day Supreet was killed, Bablu had returned to the city. Hotel owner Parwinder Singh, his brother Rajinder Singh and driver Sanjay Kumar were also allegedly involved in the plan.

Parwinder forged entries in the hotel register to show that Supreet had checked out of the hotel. The accused took the body in a Scorpio to Babblu's house.

Babblu's father Mahinder Singh told them to dump the body outside a liquor vend to make it appear that Supreet died due to a liquor overdose.

After going through the details, the city police arrested hotel owner Parwinder Singh, his brother Rajwinder Singh, driver Sanjay Kumar, Babblu's father Mahinder Singh and Beant Singh, while a hunt is on to arrest Babblu and Harjinder.

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill appreciated the efforts of ACP-Crime GS Bains and CIA Inspector Ashok Kumar for cracking the blind murder case.


Newborn male baby replaced at hospital, alleges couple
Ex-Health Minister Gosain leads protest; case registered
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
A migrant woman, Sushita (26), and her husband Sandeep have alleged that the staff of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, replaced their newborn male baby with a baby girl on September 30.

The couple claimed that they had a male baby, who was exchanged with a baby girl on the hospital premises. The couple approached former Health Minister Satpal Gosain in this regard here today.

Gosain, along with area councillor Rajesh Bhatia and the victim's family, staged a dharna at the Civil Hospital here.

Sushita, a resident of Nandpur village near Sahnewal, said, "I was admitted to Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital at 4 am on September 30. I delivered a baby at 10 am the same day in the labour ward of the hospital. According to the OPD slip, I delivered a male baby, but when the staff handed over the baby to us, it was a baby girl. "Sandeep Kumar, Sushita's husband, said, "Initially, they told us that my wife delivered a baby boy. The hospital staff congratulated us and we distributed sweets. In the evening, a staff nurse gave us the baby and told that the earlier information was wrong and we had a baby girl."

"When we complained to the staff, they misbehaved with us and threatened us," Sandeep Kumar alleged. Sushita said, "The baby girl does not take feed from me."

This was the fourth child of the couple. Earlier, they had three daughters. Yesterday, Sushita's family members went to the Civil Hospital and procured documents of the case. It has clearly been mentioned in the OPD slips that Sushita delivered a male baby.

The protesters, led by Satpal Gosain, lodged a complaint with the police against the hospital staff.

RK Karkra, Senior Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital, said, "We are investigating the matter. It is not possible for the staff to replace a baby. Such an incident has never happened in the hospital. There may be a human error, resulting in a wrong entry of the baby's sex on OPD slips."

Ramneesh Chaudhary, ACP, Central, said, "A case has been registered against the hospital authorities."



9-year-old raped; accused thrashed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
A tipsy man allegedly raped a nine-year-old girl playing in the Chauwani Mohalla locality here last evening. The incident took place around 7 pm when the man, identified as Kaku (40), a resident of the Daresi area, came home drunk. He coaxed the girl into a room on the pretext of offering her toffees.

The incident came to light when residents heard the girl's screams and entered the tipsy man's house. The residents were in for a shock when they spotted the girl bleeding profusely.

The girl's mother was informed about the incident after which the victim was taken to a hospital. The victim is stated to be out of danger. Kaku tried to escape, but he was overpowered by residents. He was thrashed before being handed over to the police. Kaku's wife had died nearly 14 years ago.

He was living along with his 16-year-old daughter. Kaku's daughter was not at home at the time of the incident.



Trader shot at in Model Town
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, October 3
A businessman was shot at in Model Town here last night. The victim has been identified as Mahesh Tandon, who runs an iron business on Gill Road. He was taken to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital where his condition is stated to be serious. He was shot at on his back and had to be operated upon today.

Tandon told the police that the incident took place at around 11 pm when he was walking on a road after having dinner. He said a youth shot at him on his back and fled from the spot. Tandon said he could not identify the assailant.

Residents heard the gunshot and came out of their houses. They were shocked to see Mahesh lying on the road in a pool of blood.

Tandon has reportedly told the police that he has no enmity. Tandon's claims have left the police perplexed as the assailant's motive does not appear to be robbery.

Model Town SHO Davinder Chaudhary has not ruled out the possibility of personal enmity behind the incident. A .315-bore gun was used in the crime.

"We have received inputs from a source that the assailant fled on a scooter. We have visited a house where CCTV cameras are installed. We hope that the assailant may have been caught on camera," said Davinder Chaudhary.

The police has registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC.



Undertrial’s relative assaulted in District Courts Complex
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
It was a free for all at the District Courts Complex during a clash between two groups. A relative of an undertrial, caught in a triple murder case, was assaulted by the victim's relatives. The injured has been identified as Simranjit Singh.

He alleged that members of the Daljit Singh group attacked him while he was coming out of the court complex following a hearing of his brother Jaskirat Singh's case.

He alleged that Daljit Singh and his accomplices Gagan, Jaspal and some unidentified persons fled from the spot after attacking him.

The incident has yet again highlighted the fragile security scenario at the District Courts Complex.



Dengue spreads its tentacles, 30 more test positive
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
Dengue is fast spreading its tentacles in the district. Thirty new cases of dengue were reported from different hospitals in the city today. Of these, 21 cases are from Ludhiana district, five cases are from other districts while four cases are from other states.

The Integrated Disease-Control Programme Officer, Dr Anil Verma, said, "This year, we have received reports of dengue cases from all big private hospitals."

Among the patients who have tested positive for dengue, three are from Focal Point, two each from Jagraon, Model Town, Giaspura and Karnail Singh Nagar, one each from Rahon Road, Hargobind Nagar, SAS Nagar, Rarri Mohalla Brown Road, Nai Road, Field Gunj, SBS Nagar, Shimlapuri and Malikpur, while five patients are from other districts of the state. Of these, three are from Fatehgarh Sahib and one each from Sangrur and Hoshiarpur.

Five patients are from other states. Of them, four are from Jammu and Kashmir and one from Delhi.

With this, the total number of dengue cases reported at city hospitals from Ludhiana district has reached 135, while 88 cases have been reported from other districts and 29 are from other states.

Dengue larvae found

Dengue larvae have been found by health teams in Shimlapuri, Railway Colony, Jamalpur, Dugri, Vishal Nagar, Sector 32, Sherpur and Giaspura. MC officials have been requested to intensify fogging operations in the affected areas

Health Dept's advisory

  • Dengue spreads through mosquito bites during the daytime
  • Mosquitoes breed in containers having fresh water like flower pots, water coolers and water tanks
  • Clean and dry coolers once a week
  • Don’t keep open containers/tyres on rooftops
  • Wear full-sleeve clothes and cover your feet in the morning and evening
  • Spray insecticides under tables and behind curtains
  • Use anti-mosquito nets to prevent dengue and malaria



US shutdown hits exporters
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
The shutdown imposed by the US Government is going to prove a very bad development for Indian exporters as they have started facing problems while doing business transactions. Trade facilitation activities like ports, cargo, regulatory clearances are getting affected, and resulting in the holding up of the landed cargo there.

"The shutdown effected by the US Government is certainly going to hit Indian exports because of the crippling of the trade facilities at the ports and airports. Moreover, in the absence of the essential trade facilitation, buyers may put on hold the new orders. The US is among the top buyers of Indian goods and services," said Harish Singla, a garment exporter.

The US Government has imposed a shutdown for the first time in nearly 18 years, as the Republican and the Democrats had failed to strike a deal on spending and budget, mainly due to their differences over 'Obamacare', the flagship health care programme of Barack Obama.

With neither side blinking, despite last-minute hectic efforts from both side, the White House immediately ordered the federal government agencies to begin shutting down, furloughing thousands of workers and curtailing some services for the first time since 1995-96.

"The shutdown comes at a time when Indian exports were showing some signs of recovery and there were indications of the American economy shaping up again after five years of struggle, following Lehman Bros collapse in 2008," added Vinod Gupta, member of an exporters' association.

"Orders from US buyers have been put on hold due to the shutdown. Services at the airport and ports are getting affected and there is no point in sending consignments to the US. I hope the deadlock is over soon," added another exporter, Surinder Singh.

Shutdown means that national parks will be closed down, most routine food inspections suspended, paperwork at government offices slowed down and many federal employees furloughed. Only emergency and essential services will be able to operate, as a result of which lakhs of government employees would not receive their salaries for the shutdown duration.



Will work to resolve industry’s issues: BJP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
A meeting of the industry cell of the BJP was held here today. Niraj Tayal, national convener of the BJP, was in the city. He was accompanied with party conveners from different districts of the state.

Tayal said the party was readying for the accomplishment of the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, which he dubbed as ‘Mission 2014’. Tayal said the industry cell would hold a meeting with the local industrialists to know about and address the concerns within this month.

A senior party leader would visit this place for the same, he added. “We are concerned with the development of the nation and its not possible without the development of the industry,” Tayal said.

He said though the economy was slow, the industry in Ludhiana and the state was doing well in adverse industrial environment.

He said the issues of the industry had been brought to his notice and the party would work to resolve the same.

The party had formed a national policy on industry that would foster uniform industrial development across the nation, if the BJP comes to power after the Lok Sabha elections next year, he said. Allaying concerns about the paucity of power, Tayal said Punjab would be a power surplus state by the end of the year. Several BJP leaders, including district BJP president Parveen Bansal, were among those present.



CPI activists court arrest
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 3
On a nationwide call given by the Communist Party of India (CPI), the district unit of the party today organised a "satyagrah" programme against the anti-people policies of the UPA government at Centre and the state government. Hundreds of party activists held a rally at the statue of martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha at Bhaiwala Chowk and later marched in procession to the Mini-Secretariat where they courted arrest.

Addressing the rally, district secretary of the party Kartar Singh Bowani said the UPA-II had completely sold out the nation to the foreign multinationals. "As a result of these policies the country is now heading towards an economic emergency. Devaluation of rupee to such a low level and coming down of the growth to just 4.4 has proved the UPA government was a complete failure on the economic front. Further, the rising prices of essential commodities have forced the common man to cut down on his budget, which will add to the already high percentage of malnutrition in the country."

Dr Arun Mitra, assistant secretary, warned that the failure of the government to meet people's demands had given space to the communal and divisive forces. Recent communal riots in Muzaffarnagar had thoroughly exposed the BJP and the Samajwadi Party government in the state which were out to split the society on communal lines.

Lambasting the SAD-BJP government in Punjab for its failure to maintain law and order, DP Maur, assistant secretary of the party, termed the situation as very grave. "Land mafia, sand mafia, transport mafia, cable mafia and the drug mafia are ruling the roost while the senior government functionaries are lending overt and covert support to these anti-social and criminal groups. Democratic norms are being flouted by the government. Those demanding justice and their rights are being beaten and corruption is rampant."

City secretary Ramesh Rattan demanded that the poor above the age of 60 should be given a monthly pension of Rs 3,000, workers be paid Rs 10,000 as minimum wage per month, contract workers be regularised, effective steps be taken to curb violence against women, free quality health care and education be ensured and farmers be paid remunerative prices for the their produce. He also called for effective check on the sale of drugs, withdrawal of property tax and enhanced electricity bills, and jobs for the unemployed youth.

Among other speakers were OP Mehta, Gulzar Goria, Gurnam Gill, Mewa Singh, Bharpoor Singh, Surinder Jalaldiwal, Gurnam Sidhu, Vijay Kumar, Kewal Singh, Manjeet Singh Boota, Randhir Singh, Ram Singh, Kameshwar, Kuldeep Singh Binder, Surinder Sachdeva and Feroze Master.



Minister does some tough talking
Health & Family Welfare Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani to assume charge tomorrow
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
Showing his concern about the increasing incidence of drug addiction, Surjit Kumar Jyani, Health and Family Welfare Minister, said he would give one-week time to all the officers of the Health Department to curb drug addiction. He said: "After one week, he will transfer officers in case they are found to be careless while suspend those found involved in the drug menace."

Jyani was talking to The Tribune today. He said: "I will join office on the first Navratra, i.e. October 5, and will hold the first meeting of all the officers, including Civil Surgeons, Senior Medical Officers, on October 7. I will give them instructions about controlling drug addiction and discuss other important issues. We will chalk out a strategy. I travel 330 km once a week from Fazilka to Chandigarh. So personally it will not be difficult for me to check any district or hospital during my travel from Chandigarh to Fazilka and vice versa."

Talking about trained doctors, Jyani said: "I will depute trained doctors at hospitals, which daily receive 500 or 700 patients at OPDs. The doctors, who are on the verge of retirement, will be deputed in hospitals visited by hardly 5 or 7 patients daily. "

When asked as what action he would take against doctors indulging in private practice, he said: "I will ask doctors that either they should either stop taking non-practising allowance or shun private practice. If they didn't stop it even then, I will plan out something to check this illegal practice."

Like his predecessors, he, too, said he would make sure all facilities, equipment and doctors were provided at the district-level, tehsil-level and then village-level hospitals. Greenery and cleanliness in the government hospitals also finds place in wish list.



Vidhu Jain's Murder
Maintain peace, tranquillity, residents told
Tribune Reporters

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Raikot, October 3
While the rank and file of the administration is again on their toes to tackle the situation following the gruesome murder of 13-year-old Vidhu Jain by unidentified persons at Malerkotla on Monday, office-bearers of social and religious organisations have appealed to residents to maintain peace and tranquillity in the region.

The appeal was made in response to a call given by the district administration led by Deputy Commissioner Indu and Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur, Mandip Singh Sidhu.

Apprehending a threat to peace and tranquility in the region, activists and office-bearers of various organisations, led by chairman of the Shree Ram Mandir Committee Bimal Sharma, president of the Rotary Club Pardeep Sethi, president of the Lions Club Inderpal Singh Walia and patron of the Social Welfare Organisations Tarsem Garg urged members of all communities to maintain peace at any cost.

Activists and office-bearers of various organisations owing allegiance to various communities have been urged not to lend credence to rumours being spread by anti-social elements.

Vidhu had succumbed to his injuries at a multi-specialty hospital in Ludhiana after some unidentified persons set him afire at Malerkotla on Monday.

Following the incident, a number of organisations belonging to different communities have staged protests and blocked the vehicular traffic on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway and other link roads.

To protest against the alleged inaction by the police in arresting the accused in the case, residents of the local town, Malerkotla and the surrounding localities had observed a bandh on Tuesday.

To tackle any unsavory situation, the administration has now roped in office-bearers of various social and religious organisations of the area.

The Sangrur SSP has advised circle officers concerned to depute seasoned officials for keeping a vigil in the sensitive areas identified by special teams.

Earlier, police personnel organised a flag march at Raikot town and surrounding localities yesterday.

The march was organised with intent to boost the morale of residents and discourage rumour-mongers.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gill Gurpreet Singh Sikand supervised the preventive measures from the Camp Office at Dehlon.

Amloh: Shopkeepers, social and political organisations of Amloh organised a protest march on the main bazaars of the town and all commercial establishments remained closed today in protest against the incident.

A protest dharna was also staged at the main bazaar Quila chowk. A memorandum demanding capital punishment for the perpetrators of the incident was given to the government through Naib Tehsildar Nirpal Singh Tiwana.



Cooks lying, no salaries due: Maluka
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
While thousands of cooks and workers working under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Punjab are sore over the lackadaisical attitude adopted by the state government in releasing their salaries pending since March 2013, the Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka, however, denied the allegations. He said no salaries of cooks/helpers were pending with the department.

Talking to The Tribune, Maluka said the cooks were simply telling lies as no salary of theirs was pending with the department. "They are paid Rs 1,200 a month, out of which Rs 1,000 comes from the Central Government and state government puts just Rs 200. I have checked it with the authorities, no salary is pending with us," said Maluka.

On being asked that why thousands of cooks/ helpers were protesting due to "non-payment" of salaries, Maluka said that these cooks were simply telling lies to put blame on the government. "They are demanding that their salaries be increased to Rs 5,000 and regularisation of their jobs. We have enough funds in the department, so we don't have any reason to stop anybody's salary," said Maluka.

Meanwhile, thousands of cooks and workers, preparing meals at various government schools in Punjab had protested against the state government for not paying them the monthly salaries since March 2013 recently. Swaran Singh, president, National Child Labour Project (schools), said the district had about 40 schools under the NCLP and none of the cooks/workers had got the salaries for the past four to five months.

Suresh Sood, general secretary (district), INTUC Council, said the cooks/workers were poor and needy persons, whose salaries should not have been stopped by the government. "We will support them in their struggle as in Rs 1200 it is virtually impossible to run a household."



Education Minister to meet teachers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
Sikandar Singh Maluka, Education Minister, Punjab, has asked the staff of the aided schools to have a meeting with him on their demands/issues on October 12 at Chandigarh.

Confirming the development, the press secretary of the Aided Schools Union, Devinder Rehan, said they had received a communiqué by the Education Minister today that staff of aided-schools could hold a meeting with the Minister on October 12.

The staff members of the aided schools had threatened to gherao the Education Minister on October 5, during a state-level function at Punjabi University.



De-addiction centre to be operational by January
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
A 15-bedded de-addiction centre, for which the local administration had sent a proposal to the state government a few months back, has finally been approved by the authorities. The de-addiction centre is expected to be functional by January 2014.

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, while giving details about the centre, said “It is a double storey building near the Civil Hospital in which rooms are also constructed but there is a need for renovation. Now the state government has given its nod to the project, we will try to rope-in sponsors and NGOs, who could provide furniture and medicines. The renovation part will be taken care of by the Panchayati Raj and the expenses will be borne by the District Red Cross Society.”

On being asked about the total cost of project, the Deputy Commissioner said, “Around Rs 13.5 lakh will be spent on the renovation of the building. Red Cross has got the funds which will be spent on renovating the rooms, wash-rooms. Besides, the wall-length has to be increased and grills need to be installed for safety.”

"Two NGOs- Sadbhawna and Ann Jal Sewa Society have shown their interest in providing every possible help. Besides, we will try to find donors to create a corpus fund for the centre in times to come,” said Aggarwal.



Farmers protest against laying of power line, block Ldh-Chd road

Samrala, October 3
Several farmers of the area today sat on a dharna and blocked the traffic on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road. They were protesting against the laying of power line by the Power Grid Corporation of India without paying compensation to the affected farmers whose land falls under this line.

The farmers led by Avtar Singh Mehlon, state vice-president of the Kisan Union, alleged that the corporation was laying power line from Haryana to Punjab without paying compensation to the farmers. The farmers said, "If this power line is laid by force, then they will intensify their struggle and will block all the main roads of the state." The protesters also submitted a memorandum to the SDM, Samrala, to forward it to higher authorities. — OC



Kiran Sood elected MC vice-chairperson unopposed
Our Correspondent

Amloh, October 3
After completion of the one-year tenure of vice-president Sohan Singh, Municipal Council members elected Kiran Sood as vice-chairperson in a meeting at the Municipal Complex here recently.

The meeting was presided by Sub-divisional Magistrate Rajdeep Kaur. Ward No. 1 councillor Baldev Sedha proposed the name of Kiran Sood, which was seconded by Ward No. 3 councillor Darshan Singh Cheema.

No other name was proposed hence, Sub-divisional Magistrate-cum-returning officer declared Kiran Sood elected unopposed.

All 13 councillors, including president Vicky Mittal, were present.

The Halqa Shiromani Akali Dal district president, Jagdeep Singh Cheema, general secretary Zora Singh Gill, Karamchari Dal chief Karmjit Singh Bhagarna, Kuldeep Singh and Manjeet Singh Salana congratulated the members.



‘Segregate micro enterprises from SMEs’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
A deputation of the Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India recently met Minister for MSME KH Muniyappa and urged him to segregate the micro enterprises sector from SMEs so that the sector could get focused attention at par with the small business administration in the developed countries and have a role in the policy formulation

The delegation, led by its president Joginder Kumar, also gave a detailed memorandum to him.

They apprised the minister that the definition of enterprises in India was linked with investment in plant and machinery, whereas in developed countries it was linked with the number of workers employed.

“Small businesses receive specific attention of the governments in developed countries as there is a separate framework for the small business administration. The problems of micro sector are quite distinct from those of the SMEs/corporate sector,” said Joginder Kumar during the meeting. Kumar, also demanded that a special package should be granted to the micro sector in view of its enormous contribution to the national economy.



Food samples fail purity test

Three samples collected by the Health Department in September failed purity test here on Thursday. These include a sample of chicken curry from Aman Chicken Shop, Ajit Nagar. District Health Officer Dr Avinash Kumar said it was having foul smell and had been declared unsafe for human consumption. The sample of fish curry collected from the same shop also found unfit for human consumption. The sample of ‘bread pakora’ collected from Sharma Sweets, Model Town, was found having non-permitted food colours. Hence, it had been declared sub-standard.

Power shutdown

A spokesperson of the PSPCL said, 11 Kv Madhopuri feeder, 11 Kv Wait Ganj feeder and 11 Kv central feeder would be remain shut down on October 5, 2013, from 10am to 3pm for urgent maintenance work. During this period, power supply to Circular Road, New Bajwa Nagar, Ghati Jeewa Ram, Vakilan Mohalla, Subhash Nagar, Kalyan Nagar, Ghati Ravi Das, Bajwa Nagar Street No. 2, Kila Mohalla, Valmiki Ghati, Madhopuri Kucha No. 5, Wait Ganj, Chowk Saidan, Brown Road, Kalgidhar Road, Rarri Mohalla, Bhatria Mohalla, Subhani Kothi, Mochpura Bazar, Naya Mohalla and Karimpura Bazar will be affected.

Winners felicitated

District Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan said students must pay attention to artistic pursuits and extra curricular activities along with academics. He said this during a programme organised to honour winners of Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at SD College. He claimed that there had been a tremendous development in the field of education during the rule of UPA government at the Centre.

Industrialist honoured

Industrialist Madan Gopal was given Ludhiana Ratan award by Krishan Kumar Bawa, chairman of the Pt Shardha Ram Phillauri Memorial Welfare Society. He said Madan Gopal had been associated with many NGOs and had been playing social responsibility with alacrity.

RTI activists’ meeting

A meeting of the RTI Activists of India was held in the city on Thursday. It was presided by chairman of the organisation Gurdeep Singh Gosha and president SK Malhotra. Nitin Chawla was appointed as the co-coordinator of its Punjab unit.


Sri Guru Ramdas Sewak Sabha organised a meeting regarding the Aagman Purab of Guru Ramdas Ji on October 9. Amrik Singh Kang from the organisation said a Kirtan Diwan would be organised. A Nagar Kirtan would be organised on October 8.


Ex-councillor Rakesh Kumar Sharma along with ward residents have appealed that property tax should not be levied from people. Rather octroi should be levied from them. Property tax would impact the lives of the poor who are already reeling under inflation.

Plantation drive

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, a plantation drive was carried out at Aaykar Bhawan at Rishi Nagar. Income Tax Chief Commissioner Nishi Singh was the chief guest. Income Tax Commissioners Nanavati, Raman Goyal, Jagdeep Goyal, District Forest Officer Daljit Singh Brar were among those present.

Lawn tennis tourney

PTU Inter-college Lawn Tennis Tournament was organised on the RIMT-IET campus, Mandi Gobindgarh. Director, Sports, Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, was the chief guest. Founder chairman Hukam Chand Bansal and Director Harsh Sadawarti were among those present. Six teams are participating in the tournament. — TNS



Habit-forming drugs worth lakhs seized in police raids
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
The police today conducted massive raids at three godowns belonging to habit-forming drug suppliers Nitin Goel and his father Pawan Goel, both residents of Sardar Nagar, Moga, and Deepak Soni of Haibowal and seized drugs worth lakhs of rupees.

The police crackdown came nearly a fortnight after the city police had seized habit-forming drugs worth over Rs 1.5 crore from the Transport Nagar area on September 18.

The trio of Nitin, Pawan and Deepak have absconded.

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill said a hunt was on to nab the accused. "We have formed a special investigation team (SIT) under the supervision of DCP Harsh Bansal to probe the matter. The sale of habit-forming drugs will not be tolerated," he said.

Gurbans Bains, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime), said efforts were on to nab the accused.

The police has seized 4.10 lakh tablets and 2,380 bottles of syrup.

The police also took possession of some documents that appeared to be fake. Bains said Nitin Goel and his father Pawan Goel had floated bogus companies, including Goel Sales Corporation, Shri Krishna Agency and Atlas Pharmaceutical.

They were procuring habit-forming drugs from pharma companies in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

A person named Rajinder Singh has also filed a complaint against Nitin for misusing a medical certificate.



Man held with 210 kg of poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 3
The Dehlon police has busted a gang of drug peddlers. Around 210 kg of poppy husk and a vehicle was seized during at a naka near Kilarapur village.

The accused have been identified as Satnam Singh Satta of Kulgehna village in Sidhwan Bet area, his brother Amarjit Singh and driver of the vehicle Jagseer Singh Jagga of Pakhowal. While Jagga was nabbed after a brief chase, other two accused managed to flee.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Sikand said Satnam Singh Satta and his brother Amarjit Singh used to transport the contraband in hired vehicles and used to change vehicles frequently bto avoid identification and action by the police.



2 held for illegal sale of PDS ration

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 3
The local police has claimed to have busted a gang allegedly involved in the sale of the public distribution system (PDS) ration in the open market.

The police seized 20 quintals of PDS wheat and a tempo from two members of the gang when they were going to sell it to a floor mill owner on Tuesday night. The accused have been identified as president of the Depot Holder Union Kanchan Rawat and her accomplice Nitiya Nand and Harpreet Singh Jurahan.

While Nitiya Nand and Harpreet Singh were nabbed while they were getting the consignment loaded in the Tempo (PB 13 X 9718), Rawat, depot holder, escaped. A case has been registered under sections 420, 406 and 120 B of the IPC. The SHO, Mandhir Sngh, has received information that huge quantities of PDS wheat were illegally supplied to a private floor mill.

The preliminary investigations revealed that Nitiya Nand used to sell PDS food grain to certain floor mill owners. — OC



Lok adalat on November 23
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 3
A national-level lok adalat will be held at the district courts complex on November 23 for providing speedy justice to the people and reducing the pendency of cases. This was disclosed by the District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman of the Legal Services Authority GS Matharoo.

In order to create awareness among the people about the lok adalat, the Sessions Judge asked the Additional Deputy Commissioner to launch awareness campaign in villages through BDPO’s, patwari and others sources.

Matharoo said that any aggrieved party can approach the district legal services authority or the court for listing their case before the lok adalat for amicable settlement.

He said, “There is a need to motivate people to settle their disputes through lok adalats as it provides speedy justice. Moreover, the dispute stands settled finally and no party can file appeal against the order to lok adalat.”



Ishpreet declared best swimmer
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 3
A promising swimmer from the city, Ishpreet Kaur Mann, has been again declared the best swimmer in the North Zone Swimming Competition. The championship was held in Jalandhar from September 25 to 28.

She participated in five events and won gold medals in all of them. Ishpreet won medals in 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle.

A student of class XI at CFC Public School, Ishpreet has been practising for the past five years under the guidance of her coach Bisakha Singh.

In June, she won three gold, one silver and one bronze in the Junior Punjab State Swimming Championship held at Sangrur. She created 3 new records.

Last year, she won bronze at the National Women's Swimming Championship held in Bhubaneswar.

Bisakha Singh said: "Ishpreet is a very talented swimmer. She is very regular in her practise".

Her father Shervinder Singh said: "Five year ago, she joined a swimming camp. The coach at municipal corporation pool observed her swimming skills and suggested her to join professional training".



Junior hockey championship kicks off
Our Correspondent

Bhaini Saheb, October 3
Late Satguru Jagjit Singh Yaadgari Junior Hockey Tournament started at Bhaini Saheb today. Eight top hockey teams of the country are participating in the meet. The tournament was inaugurated by Namdhari chief Satguru Uday Singh while the function was presided over by Sant Jagtar Singh.

Lakhvir Singh, spokesman for the Dera, said Bhopal Eleven beat PNB Academy 3-1 in the first match. In the second match, Sonepat Academy defeated Bharat Academy Delhi 6-3. In the next match, Punjab and Sind Bank beat Ratwara Academy 2-1. In another match, Namdhari Academy beat Chandigarh Academy 3-1 goals.

Olympian coaches were felicitated on the occasion. Lakhvir Singh said the final would be held on October 6 and the winners would be given prizes on October 6 by minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.



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