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Kidnapped boy recovered, aunt held
Tribune News Service

The accused in police custody in Ludhiana.
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 7
The police today recovered an 11-year-old boy, Risham, and arrested his aunt for kidnapping him from the Daba area on June 4.

The accused has been identified as Amarjit Kaur and her son Karanveer Singh of Manssordeva village in Ferozepur district.

The police said the boy’s father, Pardeep Kumar, said his son had gone to play with his friends and when he did not return, the former informed the police about it. He told the police that his wife’s sister had kidnapped Risham. Pardeep said he had a property dispute with the woman. The police swung into action and traced the kidnapping.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Kehar Singh said they scanned the call details of the woman and found that she had called up her son a number of times on the day of kidnapping.

A police team raided the house of the accused at Manssordeva village, Ferozepur district, and recovered the boy. The accused confessed to have kidnapped the boy. She said she offered a soft drink laced with sedatives to the boy and when he fell unconscious, she took him to Zira by a bus.

The police have registered a case under Sections 365 and 120 B of the IPC against Amarjit Kaur and her son. Karanveer Singh is at large.

Labourer commits suicide

Machhiwara: A labourer committed suicide on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Ram Kishore (24). He was employed with a dyeing unit. His co-worker spotted his body on Saturday morning. Owner of the factory informed the police about the incident. The body has been sent for post-mortem. The police said they were yet to ascertain the reason behind the suicide. — OC


crime against women 
City frees itself from the clutches of violence 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
As per data available with the police department, the number of cases pertaining to crime against women has gone down. There is a decline in the registered cases at police stations.

Deputy Commissioner Nilambri Jagdale said if one compared the data between December 1, 2012-May 31, 2013, to December 1, 2013-May 31, 2014, the number of cases had seen a downward trend. “Rape cases (376 IPC) have seen a decline from 66 to 41 (December 2013-May 2014). Besides, cases of eve-teasing have gone down from 15 to 6. Kidnapping cases have increased from 72 to 76, but there are a number of other factors which cannot be ruled out,” said Jagdale.

A station house officer said in most of the “kidnapping” cases, the consent of the girl could not be ignored. “Many girls elope, but the police have to register a case as most of them are minors,” said the SHO.

Fight fear

Sonali Sharma, a college student, said she could roam around without a care in the world. “Residents do not want to take any risk as far as the safety of women is concerned. They do not allow their wives, daughters, sisters and mothers to go out alone at night. Society needs to change its mindset,” said the student.



2 held for demanding bribe 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The Jodhewal police arrested two members of the Anti-Corruption Anti-Crime Cell for demanding Rs 50,000 from a chemist at Maya Puri, Tibba Road, Jodhewal, today.

Two to three youths asked the chemist to give them medicine for stomachache. As the latter handed over the medicine to them, the youths started “blackmailing” him saying he was not supposed to give medicine without a prescription. They demanded Rs 50,000 from him. The chemist asked for some time and informed the police who reached the spot and nabbed two of them.

The police checked identity cards of the youths and found that they worked for the Anti-Corruption Anti-Crime Cell. “We are in the process of registering a case against them as they demanded Rs 50,000 from the chemist by blackmailing him,” said an official.

Aman Ahuja, president of the Retail Chemist Association, said chemists in the city expressed resentment saying some people were trying to defame them. “For stomachache or fever, a chemist can provide medicine to a poor and needy person. And such organisations do not leave a chance to extort money from the chemists. The guilty should be dealt with sternly. How can such an organisation check corruption when it itself is demanding money?” asked Ahuja. 



Youth held with 5 gram of heroin
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 7
The police today arrested a youth and recovered 5 gram of heroin from him. The accused has been identified as Lovepreet Singh, a resident of Hans Kalan village near Jagraon.

Sudhar SHO Mohan Das said the youth was a drug addict. He was stopped by a patrolling team on the periphery of Sudhar. When officials conducted a search, they found the contraband.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the youth at the Sudhar police station.

The police said they had intensified patrolling in the area.



Two youths hurt as truck hits motorcycle
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, June 7
Two youths suffered serious injuries when a truck hit their motorcycle near Ladowal on National Highway-I yesterday. The victims have been identified as Parveen Kumar and Mohit Kumar, residents of Hata Sher Ganj of Ludhiana. They were rushed to Christian Medical College and Hospital.

Investigating officer Amrik Singh said the duo was coming back from Phillaur.

“The condition of the youths is critical. They are yet to gain consciousness. We can register a case only after recording their statements,” Amrik Singh said.

Passersby clicked photographs and noted down the number of the truck (PB 10 DZ 4013.

Proclaimed offender held

Jagraon: The police have arrested a proclaimed offender (PO) wanted in a theft case. The accused has been identified as Inderjit Singh, a resident of Raikot. He was arrested from Raikot last evening following a tip-off.

PO wing in-charge Jaspal Chopra said the accused was declared a proclaimed offender in 2013.

He said the accused’s accomplice was arrested two days ago. The accused was presented in a local court which sent him to judicial custody. 



City students hog limelight in AIPMT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Shung Ming Chiu has clinched 26th rank in the All-India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), the result of which was declared today. He secured sixth rank in the state, while Puneet Kaur notched ninth position in the state in the examination. Her all-India rank is 31st.

“I always wanted to serve the humanity. I used to study for six hours on the daily basis,” said Chiu.

A student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Chiu took coaching from Aakash Institute and EduSquare. “Coaching is important to get used to the speed and examination atmosphere. I learnt basic concepts from school,” said the topper.

Besides being good at studies, he plays table tennis and has represented the state at the national level in the sport.

“I would like to study at Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi,” said the all-rounder.

Chiu has also secured ninth rank in the CMC Ludhiana Entrance Test. He is awaiting the result of AIIMS entrance test and would prefer to study at AIIMS Delhi, if he makes it there.

Puneet, also a student of Sacred Heart Convent has been a topper throughout in school. She scored 96.8 per cent in Class XII. Her parents, Dr Jaspal Singh, head of the Surgery Department at DMCH and Dr Gitanjali Kaur, are both noted doctors from the city. “They are my inspiration and it is because of them that I have chosen this profession,” said Puneet.

She said for her it was two years of regular studies, without any breaks or holidays. An ardent book lover and a swimmer, she is also awaiting AIIMS result.



SSA staff tarnishing our image: Resource persons
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana June 7
District Resource Persons (DRP) and Block Resource Persons (BRP) working in the district and block offices of the Education Department, as directed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), have urged the authorities concerned to let them join their parent schools.

Office-bearers of DRP/BRP Union Ludhiana said they have proposed to resign from the posts of DRPs and BRPs as they are not comfortable working with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

The president of DRP/BRP Union, Sukhdir Singh Sekhon, said the DRPs and BRPs are upset due to the attitude of SSA employees, who have been defaming their image. Sekhon alleged that SSA employees are accusing them of sitting idle in SSA offices. “They are putting the blame on us and are saying that the studies in our parent schools are suffering due to our absence. We strongly condemn this attitude of SSA employees,” said Sekhon.

“DRPs and BRPs have been working in SSA office from past several years and have also initiated a number of projects for the upliftment of the education sector. It is due to our service that the SSA project has been implemented efficiently,” said the chief of the union.

The chief said instead of rewarding the DRPs and BRPs for their service, SSA employees are defaming their image. “Studies are not suffering at our parent schools as MHRD has already deputed three volunteer teachers in the schools against our posts. We can’t tolerate disrespect and that is why we have written to the higher authorities to send us back to our parent schools otherwise we will submit our resignation,” added Sukhdir Sekhon.

“The District Education officer (Primary) has rejected our resignation and has promised to discuss the issue with higher authorities of the Education Department”, said the president of the union. 



16 beggars sent to shelter home
Will be rehabilitated under joint effort of Admn, MC, Health Dept and NGOs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The district administration, municipal corporation and Health Department joined hands with non-governmental organisations to rehabilitate 16 beggars here today.

The beggars were sent to the shelter home being run by the civic body as part of the efforts.

The campaign was kicked off around 8.30 am, with a team comprising Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Isha Kalia and officers and employees of the participating departments urging beggars at Bharat Nagar Chowk, Shri Durga Mata Mandir, Jagraon Bridge and Dandi Swami Mandir to stay at the shelter home on Hambran Road.

Although the team succeeded in convincing 16 of them—13 men and three women—many beggars ran away on seeing the team.

The beggars who reached the shelter home are between the ages of 35 and 70 years, most being migrants. Before being taken to the shelter home, the beggars underwent a medical check-up at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital. Two counsellors from the hospital urged them to stay away from begging.

Volunteers of the NGO Ann Jal Sewa Trust helped the team in providing meals to the beggars at the shelter home.

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said, “This is an effort to rehabilitate beggars, as begging is a crime. We want to curb this menace.”

He said after consulting the beggars, a rehabilitation plan would be developed for them with the help of NGOs.

The DC said various points in the city would be checked fortnightly to find beggars and convince them to stay at the shelter home.



Educational programme

Spring Dale School organised a weeklong educational programme comprising various lectures, seminars and workshops. A workshop was arranged on ‘Life skills’ by a CBSE-empanelled agency. Role play, poem recitation and various funfilled activities were done by teachers during the workshop. There was a motivational lecture delivered by Ravail Singh on ‘Teaching-A Passion’.

RJ show at school

A radio jockey show was organised at Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh Road, by students. The main issues that were raised on the occasion were corruption, illiteracy and unemployment. There were eight teams in the show. A role play activity was also enacted from the play titled Dear Departed. — TNS



Bittu, Phoolka meet protesting students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The ongoing protest of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University students who have completed their graduation in fisheries science has taken a political colour with MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and AAP leader HS Phoolka meeting the protesters.

While the Congress MP met the students, staging a dharna outside the university gate, today, Phoolka extended support to them yesterday.

Hearing the students’ grievances on the sixth day of the protest, Bittu assured them that he would discuss the issue of their recruitment with the varsity and state authorities. Representatives of some NGOs, too, visited the venue in support of the students.

Yesterday, Phoolka had accused the government of not taking any concrete steps for the development of the fishery sector as part of the diversification initiative. He said 51 posts were lying vacant in the Department of Fisheries, while qualified experts were forced to sit on a dharna to demand government jobs.



DTO plans to test applicants’ driving skills on simulators
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
The District Transport Office (DTO) plans to test driving skills of people applying for a permanent licence on a simulator. Also, points will be given for awareness on rules related to road safety and driving, based on which the applicants will get the nod for a permanent driving licence.

District Transport Officer Anil Garg said: “I will look into the legal aspects of simulators to see if it could be made mandatory under the Motor Vehicles Act. The second thing I want to see is whether any other state is using simulators, and if yes, what is the success rate?”

Once this plan is approved, the DTO will install simulators at a few places. An applicant will have to drive a virtual vehicle having all functionalities of a real one. The screen will have all traffic signals, and the person will have to follow these while driving. Points will be assigned to each rule. In case, a person scores less than the required points during this test, test will be conducted again. Each simulator will cost around Rs 5 lakh.

At present, the driving test is conducted at Dana Mandi near Jalandhar Bypass. Earlier, these tests used to be conducted near Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. The venue was changed after incidents of applicants hitting their vehicles into walls were reported.



320 cases disposed of at revenue lok dalat 
Our Correspondent

Payal, June 7
At its first revenue lok adalat, the district administration disposed of nearly 320 cases in Sehora village near here today.

While Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal presided over the lok adalat, District Revenue Officer Mukesh Sharma led the team of revenue officials in disposing of the pending cases.

Appreciating the initiative taken by the administration, residents urged the officials that similar courts be organised in other segments of the district as well.

Addressing the villagers, Aggarwal said he had advised the staff to expedite the disposal of cases that were pending in courts for long, putting a financial burden on the aggrieved residents.

District Revenue Officer Mukesh Sharma said the cases disposed of amicably today included 289 cases of mutation registration, 13 of rectifications in revenue records and two regarding the claim on lambardari.

Also, the officials concerned were advised to demarcate the land belonging to 14 parties on stipulated dates.

Referring to the draft plan prepared by the DC, Sharma said more revenue lok adalats would be organised in other parts of the district.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Balwinder Singh Bhikhi, and Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Payal, Ghansham Thori were also present at the lok adalat. 



MC razes building

Ludhiana, June 7
The building branch of the municipal corporation razed a building at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar this evening. The action came after a number of complaints by the residents.

The residents, in their complaint, alleged that the owner of plots number C-175 and C-176 was doing “illegal” construction.

“We met the previous municipal commissioner twice besides the assistant town planner, Zone D, to make them aware of the situation,” they said. — TNS



Two cops under scanner
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 7
The Khanna police would soon initiate a departmental inquiry against both the policemen of Doraha police station, who were suspended following their alleged involvement in drug nexus. The alleged accused identified as Davinder Singh and Balpreet Singh were presented in a court today. They were sent to jail in Ludhiana, while police remand of Balpreet was extended up to June 9.

SSP, Khanna, Harsh Kumar Bansal, when contacted, confirmed the departmental enquiry and suspension of the above mentioned policemen.

The SSP said no mercy would be shown towards anyone, even to the policemen, involved in heinous crimes. He said that the departmental enquiry would start soon against both the policemen.



Rakh Bagh Park in need of a facelift

Due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Municipal Corporation, Rakh Bhag Park which was known for its lush green surroundings, is losing its sheen among the visitors. The dismal picture of the garden is making the morning and evening walkers think twice before going to the Oval Ground in the Rakh Bhag Complex. The complex was once the favourite spot of residents after Rose Garden. Besides burning leaves, cattle grazing has also become a regular feature of the garden. Contractors have also failed miserably to remove the carcasses of dogs which usually keep lying at the garden for a number of days. Dirty toilets, damaged footpaths and dig ups at various points also reflect the sorry state of affairs at the garden. Swimming pool at the park, owned by the Municipal Corporation, was supposed to be functional by April. It is, however, yet to see the light of the day. Mini train for children is also lying in a shambles since 2005. It seems that the scarcity of funds have made it all the more difficult to initiate the restoration and revival work of the train. I suggest that the MC, with the help of the state government, must initiate a plan to take up landscaping, beautification and renovation of Rakh Bhag Park at a larger scale.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana



Ludhiana Scan
Grievances aired

SK Sandhu, principal secretary, Punjab, and Alak Nanda Dyal, managing director, Milkfed Punjab, visited Verka Milk Plant on Saturday and discussed problems being faced by milk producers. The milk producers said usually their payment gets delayed, which is delivered to them through cooperative bank. Listening to this, they assured that the payment will be online from the next payment cycle. Milk producers demanded that there should be insurance for the milking animals. They also demanded subsidy from the government on cattle insurance. Farmers also demanded that they should be given chaff cutters for fodders at the earliest. The milk producers said the process of taking dairy loans should be simplified.

Plantation drive

Prestige Honda- Lally Motors organised a plantation drive across the state, including many schools. A representative of the company shared and educated students about how and what could be done to save the environment. They were told about the importance of growing trees, he said. — TNS



Group clash leaves 1 dead
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 7
A scuffle between members of a trader family of the Mahavir Road area and youths from Majri village in Ludhiana district led to the killing of one of the Majri youth.

The deceased has been identified as Harpinder Singh (18) and the suspects as Akur Goyal, his father Gopal Krishan, uncle Mohinder Pal and cousin Davinder Goyal.

Situation became tense when groups of youths from nearby villages, including Majri village, vandalised some shops and forced traders to close their shops. This infuriated local traders who closed their shops and staged a dharna to demand action against the vandalisers.

Investigations revealed that Harpinder Singh, along with his friends Budh Ram and Jaswinder Singh, had visited the town on his motorcycle in the afternoon. When he was passing through Mahavir Road his motorcycle collided with the one driven by Ankur Goyal and this led to a row among them. Ankur later called other members of his family who allegedly beat the motorcyclists.

Harpinder became unconscious after the incident and he was declared brought dead when shifted to a private hospital by passersby and shopkeepers.

The news spread in the area like a wild fire and situated worsened when youths from Majri and other villages started vandalising shops on the Mahavir Road and other markets.

Maintaining that the situation was under control, DSP Gurmit Singh said at least eight persons, including four unidentified persons, had been booked under Section 302 of the IPC. However, no arrest was declared in this connection.

The police said necessary action would be taken against the vandalisers after a formal complaint is received from the complainants. 



Ludhiana avoid innings defeat, Amritsar poised to win today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 7
Ludhiana crawled to overhaul Amritsar’s first innings score of 519 runs to avoid an innings defeat on the penultimate day of the match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship (U-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being played at Punjab Agricultural University.

Ludhiana, in their first essay were bowled out for 211 after 59.4 overs.

Facing an uphill task of avoiding an innings defeat, hosts began third day’s play at 22 for no loss and eventually succeeded in their attempt, making 323 for 9. With just 15 runs ahead and last pair out in the middle, it would merely be a formality for Amritsar to wrap up the issue comfortably tomorrow.

The only bright patch of Ludhiana’s second innings was a century by Rajat Arora who made 112 runs. Kashish made a useful contribution of 63. When it required the most to stay at wicket and play some sensible knock, Ludhiana skipper Nikhil Chowdhary failed to live up to the expectations.

He was out to an irresponsible shot, trying to clear the ground and was caught at deep mid-wicket, contributing just 21 runs.

Brief scores

Amritsar (first innings) 519 all out in 120.1 overs (Marshall 84, Abhinav 146, Rahul 51, Pathak 63, Rohit 79; Hertejsawi Kapoor two for 70, Navendu one for 92, Nikhil Chowdhary two2 for 81 and Vishwanath Bala five for 100)

Ludhiana (first innings) 211 all out in 59.4 overs (Nikhil Chowdhary 79, Parul Mehndiratta 61, Rajat Arora 21, Navendu 13; Rohit five for 73 and Rahul four 50)

Ludhiana (second innings) 323 for 9 in 134 overs ( Kashish 63, Rajat Arora 112, Parul Mehndiratta 52, Nikhil Chowdhary 21, Navendu Sharma 21* and Rahul Khanna*)



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