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SMO, hospital staff booked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
The drama over the alleged swapping of a newborn baby boy with a baby girl is not likely to end soon.
A day after claims and counter-claims by the parents and the authorities of the Civil Hospital over the issue, the police today booked Senior Medical Officer (SMO) RK Karkara and other medical staff of the hospital in a kidnapping and fraud case.

Confusion prevailed as ACP (Central) Ramneesh Chaudhary maintained that the FIR did not name any particular employee of the Civil Hospital, but the "crime report" sent to mediapersons clearly stated the name of SMO RK Karkara as one of the accused.

Karkara said, "My name appeared in the FIR by mistake. I have spoken to ACP Ramneesh Chaudhary in this regard."

Sources said complainant Sandeep Kumar had held the SMO responsible for the incident and had filed a complaint against him.

Sushila (26) and Sandeep, who already have three daughters, had yesterday claimed that their fourth child was a baby boy. They showed documents issued by the hospital in support of their claims.

The newborn girl's condition worsened today and she was admitted to the Civil Hospital. The SMO said the newborn was suffering from jaundice.

Sushila (26) and her husband Sandeep sparked yet another controversy by claiming that the girl was born well before September 30. They said the girl seemed to be 10 to 15 
days old.

Following Sushila and Sandeep's claims, Karkara has constituted a board of two paediatricians and a radiologist to determine the girl's age.

ACP Ramneesh Chaudhary said the police was also looking into the matter. Sources said an Asha worker was also questioned in this connection.

The ACP said the police would also conduct a DNA test of Sushila, Sandeep and the baby girl. 

DNA test to be conducted

  • SMO RK Karkara named in the crime report
  • ACP claims SMO not directly named
  • SMO claims name appeared erroneously
  • Parents claim girl was born before September 30
  • SMO constitutes a board
  • Asha worker questioned
  • DNA test to be conducted

How the case unfolded

On September 30, Sushila, mother of three daughters, delivered a baby. She claimed that she delivered the baby at 10 am in the labour ward of the hospital. She maintained that OPD slips issued by the hospital staff clearly stated that it was a baby boy. The couple alleged that initially the hospital staff kept passing the buck, but the matter snowballed into a major issue when the couple approached former Health Minister Satpal Gosain. The couple's relatives, led by Satpal Gosain, staged a protest at the Civil Hospital on Thursday and demanded action in the matter.


2 days to go, only 6,291 apply for regularisation of houses
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has generated a revenue of over Rs 12.80 crore through the process of regularisation of houses falling in illegal colonies located within the municipal limits. Of the nearly 50,000 such houses falling in unapproved colonies, only 6,291 residents have come forward for getting their properties regularised by paying the government fee.

This despite the fact that only two days have been left for applying to get houses falling in illegal colonies regularised. The last date is October 6. With not many people coming forward to get their houses regularised, there is a possibility that the government drive may be extended. The work for getting houses falling in illegal colonies regularised had started on August 28.

During a survey carried out regarding property tax, around 3.8 lakh units (residential, commercial and industrial) have been identified by the MC. According to the rough estimates of MC officers, there are nearly 50,000 houses in unapproved colonies.

"On September 30, 438 residents applied and a revenue of Rs 1.22 crore was generated in a single day. Similarly, 474 residents applied on October 1 and a revenue of Rs 1.07 crore was generated. Yesterday, 725 residents had applied and we managed to generate more than Rs 1.90 crore as revenue. Today, there were 635 applicants and a revenue of Rs 1.63 crore was generated. We expect that the number of applicants as well as the revenue will increase during the last two days," said Assistant Town Planner Kamaljit Kaur.

The MC staff involved in the job will be on duty tomorrow as well as on Sunday for the convenience of residents. "So far, only around 15 per cent of the residents having houses in unapproved colonies have applied for regularisation. The state government is likely to extend the last date for submission of applications," said a senior MC officer.



Kidney recipient delivers healthy baby
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
A kidney recipient has delivered a healthy baby at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.
A 32-year-old woman with renal failure after a septic abortion had a successful renal transplant done at the DMCH by Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, Professor of Urology and Head of the Transplant Unit.

After two years of the transplant, she conceived and delivered a healthy baby, weighing 3.18 kg, through caesarean section, done by Dr Promila Jindal, Professor and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and her team, providing a new hope of motherhood to patients after a renal transplant.

Successful pregnancy is possible in patients with failed kidney if they undergo a timely kidney transplant, says Dr Aulakh. In many cases, a transplanted organ normalises the hormonal imbalance and restores fertility and, thus, offers the prospects of pregnancy, he said.

To reduce chances of complication such as renal failure, patients must undergo abortion from qualified doctors at certified centres only, said Dr Jindal. Explaining the challenges faced in the case of this patient, she said during pregnancy the patient was on immunosuppressive drugs and developed pregnancy-induced hypertension which was managed well to ensure the good health of both the mother and the baby.

Caesarean section in a patient who has undergone a transplant is a surgical challenge but is safe and can be beneficial to prevent any other "during-birth complication" for the mother and the baby, said Dr Jindal. 



City gets direct rail connectivity to Nainital
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 4
With the introduction of the weekly 14605/14606 Amritsar-Lal Kuan AC Express by the Northern Railway on October 2, city residents can travel by rail to Nainital, the city of lakes and prominent tourist destination in Uttarakhand. The Lal Kuan railway station is 24 km from Nainital and the journey by road takes nearly half an hour.

According to railway officials, the train will depart on Wednesdays from Amritsar at 5.55 am, arrive in Ludhiana at 8.05 am and reach the Lal Kuan railway station at 8.50 pm the same day. On its return journey, it will depart from Lal Kuan at 11.15 pm on Wednesdays, arrive in Ludhiana at 11.15 am on Thursday and reach Amritsar at 2.45 pm.

Since the train will reach the Ambala Cantt railway station via SAS Nagar and Chandigarh, it will provide yet another rail link, albeit once a week, to the state capital, which presently has just one intercity express running daily between Amritsar and Chandigarh through Ludhiana.

The train will have 13 AC three-tier coaches and three AC chair car coaches. The fare for an adult from Ludhiana to Lal Kuan for AC three-tier and AC chair car will be Rs 745 and Rs 595, respectively.

The railway officials said starting from Amritsar, the train would have halts at Beas, Jalandhar, Phagwara, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar, Chandigarh, Ambala Cantt, Jagadhri, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Laksar, Najibabad, Moradabad and Kashipur before reaching its destination.



168 dengue cases in district
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
With the dip in temperature, there has been spurt in dengue cases in the district. By now, 168 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in Ludhiana district alone.
District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, "Today 33 cases tested positive for dengue from the district who are under treatment at the DMC Hospital and ESI Hospital.

The patients are mainly from Hajuri Bagh Colony, New Sabji Mandi, Mundian, Giaspura, Jugiana, Karnail Singh Nagar, Focal Point, Model Town, Hargobind Nagar, SAS Nagar, Field Gunj and the Shimlapuri area of the district."

Dr Charanjit Uppal, Health Officer of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, said, "Fogging is being done regularly in the areas from where more cases of dengue have been reported. Recently, we finished intensive fogging in the Dhandari and Sherpur Kalan areas.”

Commenting about more dengue cases, Verma said, "Unlike previous years, this year, all the private hospitals are reporting dengue cases to us. To avoid any confusion, we get them confirmed through Mac Eliza test. Precatution must be taken by everyone.”Fogging is being done in all the areas that a densely populated and dengue larvae are found. The MC team locates such areas and according to the schedule the fogging is conducted, he said.

Defaulters to be challaned

To discuss the problems and to chalk out a strategy to control the disease, a meeting under the chairmanship of Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, was held. AS Sekhon, Joint Commissioner, MC, and other officers of the MC and the Health Department attended the meeting. It was decided that the teams from the Health Department and the Municipal Corporation will work jointly. The defaulters will be challaned if dengue larvae are found in their houses.



40 injured in bus accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Nearly 40 bus passengers had a providential escape after the bus driver lost control over the vehicle and it ran off the National Highway- I (NH-I) and its tyre got stuck in the muddy road. The vehicle tilted on the right side and leaned along the under-construction flyover.

Four passengers sustained minor injures. However, the passengers were soon shifted in another bus and ferried to their destinations. However, the incident caused massive traffic jam on NH-I. The bus belonging to Kartar Bus Service was ferrying passenger from Jalandhar to Patiala. The incident took place when the bus reached the Gyaspura area, Kuldeep Singh, highway patrolling in charge, said. 



PU zonal youth fest begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Students expressed their creativity through activities, including clay modelling, cartoon making, and pitted their vocal expertise against one another on the first day of 55th Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Colleges of Education (Zone-B) that was kicked off today at the Partap College of Education.

Shabad-bhajan, classical music (vocal), group singing (Indian), group folk orchestra, folk instruments, light music vocal, orchestra (Indian), ghazal/geet, folk song and creative events such as collage-making, clay modelling, on-the-spot painting, spot photography, cartooning, poster-making, installation and still-life drawing were organised today.

The audience was in for a treat as students showcased their talent both on the stage and off the stage brilliantly. The pairing of dhol and other folk instruments in a piece of music made their presence felt and made everyone tapped their feet. An amalgamation of Indian religion and spirituality was presented through soulful and soothing shabad gayan, which rekindled the spiritual fervor.

The four-day-event would witness a plethora of cultural, literary and artistic talent. Around 328 students from 16 colleges are expected to participate in 41 events.



Confusion among accused helped police crack the case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Supreet's death would have remained a mystery had the mastermind Karampal Singh Bablu not switched off his mobile phone.
After Supreet was killed on Bablu's direction, the latter switched off his mobile phone and tried to wash his hands of the matter.

This led to misunderstanding between Bablu and his accomplices and they took the body of Supreet to Bablu's house in a car near the Kochar Market area.

Facts came to light during the questioning of hotel owner Parwinder Singh, his brother Rajwinder Singh, driver Sanjay Kumar, Bablu's father Mahinder Singh and Beant Singh, following their arrest.

Sources said that after killing Supreet, the accused contacted Bablu and the latter told Parwinder Singh, owner of New Diamond Hotel and the other accused, to wait for his next order as to where the body would be dumped.Parwinder, his brother Rajvinder, driver Sanjay and Bablu's accomplices Beant and Harjinder placed the body of Supreet in a Mahindra Scorpio to make it appear that he was sleeping.

They drove till Khamano and called Bablu again, but the latter's phone was switched off. This created a misunderstanding betwwn Bablu and rest of the accused involved in the murder. Instated of dumping Supreet’s body, they took it to Bablu's house near Kochar Market. Mahinder Singh was shocked to see Supreet's body. High drama took place outside the house as Mahinder Singh refused to identify the body. Later, Parwinder Singh and other members threw the body of Supreet outside a liquor vend in Kochar Market and fled the scene. 

The murder

Supreet's parents died a few years ago leaving properties worth crores of rupees in Shakti Nagar near Kochar Market and Narangwal village. Karampal Singh Bablu, a local resident, came to know about Supreet Singh's fortune and allegedly befriended him. Soon, Supreet became a drug addict. Bablu then involved Harjinder Singh and Beant Singh of Shehjad village near Sudhar in his plans. Bablu, Beant and Harjinder allegedly kidnapped Supreet and kept him at various hotels in Phillaur, Abohar and Chandigarh. Bablu transferred Supreet’s property worth Rs 4.5 crore in his name in April. Supreet was kept in New Diamond Hotel for nearly two months. On July 9, Bablu sold off Supreet’s property and left for Switzerland. On July 19, Beant and Harjinder allegedly mixed poison in Supreet’s liquor, which resulted in his death.



Political interference hindering MC drives
This time, another leader sides with encroachers on Dandi Swami Road
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Political interference during the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s Tehbazaari wing drives has become a regular feature in the city these days. Last night a Valmiki leader tried to disrupt one such MC drive on Dandi Swami Road, here.

Thousands of rehris and farhis are often parked illegally alongside the roads, and whenever action is taken against such encroachers, the elected representatives or politicians reach the spot and try to stop the MC staff from discharging their official duty.

Last evening, a Tehbazaari wing team had gone to Dandi Swami Road to clear the encroachments. As the MC staff led by tehbazaari superintendent Jasdev Singh Sekhon was confiscating the rehris, a Valmiki leader reached the spot and sided with the encroachers.

In April, the shopkeepers of the Jawahar Nagar Camp area protested when the tehbazaari wing officials were clearing encroachments from alongside the roads. Tehbazaari wing officials were unable to carry out the anti-encroachment drive successfully as area councillor Kapil Kumar Sonu along with shopkeepers not only tried to disrupt the drive, but the shopkeepers even managed to forcibly take away some of the confiscated tables and counters from the MC trucks.

In the same month, the tehbazaari wing officials had to face the ire of a BJP councillor Inder Aggarwal in the Shingar Cinema Road area of the city. Here too, the shopkeepers misbehaved with the tehbazaari wing officials and the confiscated goods were taken away on the behest of the BJP councillor.

It has been observed that in many parts of the city, apni mandis as well as rehris operate from alongside the road under the “silent patronage” of either the area councillor or some other senior MC official. Those who provide patronage allegedly charge “protection fee”, which varies between Rs 50 and Rs 100 per day, depending on the area and the road, the rehri and farhi is operating from.

It has also been observed that some shopkeepers in prominent markets such as Sarabha Nagar market allow rehris to operate from outside their shops and even an illegal electricity connection is provided to them. However, when the MC’s tehbazaari wing carries out a drive to remove the encroachments, the shopkeepers don’t face any action and go scot-free.



Vidhu’s murder: Protesters seek death for killer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Members of the Jain community took out a protest in the Ghumar Mandi area and demanded hanging for the killer of Vidhu Jain.
Vidhu was burnt to death over the issue of kite string in Malerkotla nearly a week ago. Politicians cutting across the party lines joined the protesters. Even other religious and social organisations joined the protest.

The march started from the Khalsa College for Girls and ended at Aarti Chowk. The protesters lit candles and raised slogans against the killers. The police was deployed in the area to tackle any eventuality. However, the protest led to a massive traffic jam on the Ferozepur road and the surrounding areas.



Fashion show draws crowd
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Unlike other days, there was no security check and nobody to check the entry passes on the first day of the Punjab International Fashion Week last evening. The hall, where the fashion show was held, was teeming with visitors.

Apart from the few rows of seats around the ramp, people seemed to be everywhere. Around a dozen self-proclaimed shutterbugs along with mediapersons sitting at vantage positions for getting the perfect picture.

"This has never happened before, there are so many people in the hall," says a resident, who has been visiting the show for the past three years. Local residents want such high-profile fashion shows here, said Harvinder, another resident.

Rose Creations, Dhanda Jewellers and Sulakshna Monga showcased their collections on the first day of the fashion week.

“More national and international-level fashion shows should be organised in the city. The city is up and coming and only one fashion week once a year is no good,” said Divya, another resident.



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Blood donation camp

As part of the 81st Air Force Day celebrations, a blood donation camp was organised at Air Force Station (AFS), Halwara, in collaboration with the blood bank of Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Over 100 volunteers from the Air Force and the Army donated blood.

PhD on freedom fighter’s life

Mohammed Irfan, a resident of Sitamarhi district in Bihar, has completed his doctorate (PhD) from Aligarh Muslim University on the life and works of a noted freedom fighter and prominent Muslim leader from the city, Maulana Habib-ur-Rahman. Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulana Habib-ur-Rahman Sani said it was a matter of pride for the Muslim community as well the entire city population that a well-researched and comprehensively documented thesis had been written by Dr Irfan about his grandfather, Habib-ur-Rahman, who had founded the Majlis-Ahrar Hind party in 1929 and had worked closely with prominent leaders and freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.


A meeting of Arora Mahasabha was organised on Friday. Head office of the mahasabha in the city would be opened at Model Town. Its Punjab coordinator Diwan Amit Arora and Ludhiana unit chairman Sunder Das Dhamija, and president Amrik Singh Batra said a free marriage bureau and helpline would be started from its office.

Memorandum submitted

A memorandum was submitted to Mahinderpal Gupta SDM, Payal, on behalf of Doraha Group of Institutes and residents of Doraha village. It was submitted by Dr Sandeep Sawhney, Principal, Doraha College of Education, along with Prof Sukhwinder Singh, Dr Neetu Sethi, Baljeet Kaur and Gaurav Kumar from Doraha College of Education. Dr Sawhney said the memorandum was submitted owing to the death of the BEd College student on Jarnaily road, Doraha. The road was in dilapidated condition and the repair work had not been done for the past three years. The SDM has promised to get the re-carpeting work of the road completed within 21 days, as per a college representative.

Workers seek hike in pay

As many as 600 labourers went on an indefinite strike in 32 textile factories demanding 32 per cent salary hike, bonus and implementation of labour laws, said representatives of the Textile-Hosiery Workers Union, Punjab. Workers of 70 factories submitted memorandums to the authorities concerned, of which workers in 38 factories reached a settlement gaining 15 to 20 per cent increment and bonus. they said, adding factory owners were flouting the labour laws.

Harvesting of paddy

Harvesting of paddy using combines has been banned between 7pm to 10am by District Magistrate Rajat Aggarwal under Section 144, CrPC. He also directed that harvesting should be done only through BIS certified machines. The orders would be in place till December 31.

Computer courses

Admissions to short-term computer courses have been opened at the Army Vocational Training Centre. Basic computer course, programming course, HTML and web designing courses would be offered at the centre. A nominal fee would be taken for the courses offered. — TNS



25-yr-old woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
A 25- year - old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in New Amar Nagar in Salem Tabri here today. The deceased has been initiated as Vaishali. She was under depression as she recently suffered a miscarriage, he husband, Sanjiv, said.

Undertrial held with drugs

The city police has booked an undertrial after the jail authorities caught him with 14gm of charas. The accused has been identified as Arjun, alias Ajju. He was nabbed during a surprise check conducted by the superintendent of central jail.

Sub-inspector booked

A Sub- Inspector with the Punjab Police has been booked for criminal breach of trust. The accused has been identified as SI Swarn Singh. He was booked on the direction of the ADGP under the Information and Technology Act. Swarn Singh had lost a Wilkie- Talkie set. A probe was conducted following which he was booked. 



Gun house owner booked for replacing US revolver
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Owner of the Fauji Gun House, located on Brindawan Road, was booked for fraud and replacing the original US made .32 revolver with a fake one. The accused, identified as Ravinder Kumar alias Deepu, is on the run. A case has been registered on the complaint of Paramjit Kaur. She has stated in her complaint that before leaving for Canada she submitted her revolver at the Fauji Gun House.

On returning, she visited the shop to retain her revolver. However, she was shocked to find her original .32 revolver was replaced with a fake one. The number of revolver was also tampered with. Paramjit immediately lodged a complaint with the police. As the matter was pertaining to the sale of weapon, the Commissioner of Police launched a massive probe in the matter. During the probe, it was found that Deepu had allegedly sold the original revolver and tried to handover a fake weapon to her.

The police has registered a case under Sections 409, 465, 468, 471, 420, 506 of the IPC and Section 30 of the Arms Act. It is not the first time that Deepu had landed in a controversy. Nearly two years ago, some unidentified assailants had fired at Deepu. He remained admitted to a hospital for nearly six months.



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