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Police crack a tough nut
Pick up six beggars, say will send them to shelter home for rehabilitation
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 25
For failing to check beggary in the city, a senior judicial officer reportedly pulled up the district administration as well as officials of the Punjab Police and the Municipal Corporation. However none of the officials confirmed it.

As a knee-jerk reaction, a team of the MC and police officials swung into action immediately thereafter and picked up six beggars, including women and children, from busy intersections at Bhai Bala Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk and elsewhere in the city, who were pestering motorists and other people for alms.

The MC officials, taking part in the drive, said the beggars picked up from public places would be shifted to shelter homes for rehabilitation. They, however, admitted that picking up of the beggars from roads and streets and sending them to shelter homes was not a permanent solution to the problem.

“The issue has to be dealt with at various levels and support from the community is very crucial for checking beggary,” said an MC official, adding that the beggars needed to be employed while their wards needed to be admitted to schools. The MC officials said anti-beggary drives were launched earlier as well, but habitual beggars returned to their respective places a day or so after having been picked up and sent to shelter homes. Senior police officials said city residents were equally responsible if beggary continued to haunt them. “If people make up their mind not to give in to exploitation of emotional or religious sentiments by beggars of all hues, it will act as an effective measure against the menace,” they said, adding that the awareness campaign launched by the police had a limited effect.


28 fresh diarrhoea cases surface
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
Twenty-eight fresh case of diarrhoea were reported from Parkash Nagar today. Three persons, including two children, died of diarrhoea at Parkash Nagar on July 23. Residents of Punjab Mata Nagar, Jawaddi, Jawaddi Kalan, Jawaddi Khurd, Punjabi Bagh and Karnail Singh Nagar are also suffering from diarrhoea. Tarsem Jodhan, a trade union leader and a resident of Punjab Mata Nagar, was admitted to the Civil Hospital.

His son Navdeep Singh Jodhan said his father’s condition deteriorated in the morning and he took him to a nearby medical camp. “Seeing no improvement in his condition, I rushed him to the Civil Hospital,” he said.

Jodhan said the authorities were blaming the residents for the outbreak. They said illegal water connections resulted in water contamination. “We do not have any illegal connection. Still, contaminated water is being supplied to us,” he said.

“Today, 50 patients were examined till 5 pm at a medical camp held at Parkash Nagar. Of them, 28 patients were diagnosed with diarrhoea. Five cases were from Parkash Nagar while the remaining were from Jawwadi Khurd, Jawwadi Kalan, Punjabi Bagh and adjoining areas,” said District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma.

Verma said 648 houses were surveyed, covering a population of 2,798. Forty-three group meetings were held and awareness was created. Around 400 ORS packets, 1,750 tablets of chlorine and pamphlets were distributed among area residents.

Diarrhoea Control Fortnight

Under the National Health Mission, Diarrhoea Control Fortnight will be observed jointly by the state and the Central governments from July 28 to August 8. Workshops will be held. Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said they would seek help from anganwadis, private nursing homes, students, NGOs and dispensary staff in spreading awareness. Residents will learn to prepare ORS solution at home. All government dispensaries, hospitals and sub-centres will remain open on July 29-30.



Ailing dispensaries need help
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
Medicines have not been supplied to rural dispensaries for the past 18 months. The dispensaries do not even have oral rehydration solution powder and other basic drugs. There are 60 types of medicines that the dispensaries are supposed to stock. At present, only paracetemol is available at the healthcare institutes.

In 2006, 1,200 rural dispensaries were transferred from the Health and Family Welfare Department to the Department of Rural Development and panchayats. The government had promised to provide medicines worth Rs 7,500 to the dispensaries every month.

“The dispensaries have not got medicines for the past 18 months. At a meeting, the director of the department had assured us of supplying medicines within a week,” said Dr Harsh, member of the Rural Medical Services Association (RMSA). Despite reminders to the government, nothing has been done. Basic medicines such as iron supplements, de-worming medicines, antidiabetics, antiallergics and antibiotics are not available at the rural dispensaries.

“We have not even received the supply of oral rehydration solution (ORS). How are we supposed to treat patients suffering from dehydration,” said Dr Ramesh, another rural medical officer.

“We have been taking up the issue with the department for over a year, but to no avail,” he said.

“What is the use of setting up dispensaries when there are no medicines available there. Whenever anybody falls sick, we have to rush to a nearby hospital,” said Karam Singh, a villager. The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought explanation from the State Rural Development and Panchayat Department.



Rs 2 lakh, gold jewellery stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
Thieves struck at the house of a businessman in New Kadwai Nagar and decamped with Rs 2 lakh in cash. They also took away 12 tolas of gold ornaments. Owner of the house Ram Gopal said after spraying chemicals for termite control, he, along with his family, left the house and went to a relative’s place. On return, he found the house ransacked.

He said the locks of almirahs were also broken. Thieves took away a gold ring, six gold pendants, two chains, two pairs of earrings and Rs 2 lakh in cash.

The Division No, 2 police have registered a case.

Fraudster arrested

The police have arrested a man for cheating residents on the pretext of allotting VIP mobile numbers.

The accused has been identified as Sunil Kumar of Preet Nagar in the Shimlapuri area. He was arrested last night from a checkpoint in the Shimlapuri area. The police recovered 11 SIM cards of AirTel and 37 forms from him. Sub-Inspector Perminder Singh said the accused was nabbed following a top-off. He said Sunil used to pose as a mobile company executive. After collecting money, he would switch off his phone. Cellular companies have also received several complaints of fraud.

Sunil, in order to lure a customer, used to send them SMSes containing a list of VIP numbers.



I-T offices to remain open on Saturday, Sunday
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
As the last date for filing Income Tax returns is nearing, offices will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Salaried employees and pensioners can file their returns till July 31. Additional counters will be set up to facilitate the filing of returns.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) launched a new online “tax calculator” for computing the annual I-T liability a few days ago. Assessees with total income exceeding Rs 5 lakh are required to file their returns electronically. “The “tax calculator” is a computer-based programme hosted on the web-based platform of the I-T department and is meant for the aid of taxpayers before they file their final ITR,” said a senior I-T official. The department will soon start updating the taxpayers about the status of their I-T refunds.



Parents, son booked for harassing girl
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
A youth, who was harassing a girl by sending her lewd SMSes, was booked along with his parents by the Sadar police today. The boy, identified as Tushar, his father Amit Bansal and Tushar’s mother, all residents of Janta enclave near Dhandra Road, were booked under Sections 67 of the Information Technology (IT) Act and 354 (molestation).

The case was registered on the complaint of the girl’s father. The victim’s father said the accused was harassing his daughter with the backing of his parents. He said the accused used to send lewd SMSes late at night. He even stalked the girl. The victim’s father said it was affecting his daughter’s studies.

On July 19, the accused allegedly dragged the victim inside the house and molested her, stated the complainant. The victim narrated the entire incident to her father who reported the matter to the police and got the case registered against the accused.

The trio is yet to be arrested as the police have begun investigations.



Lacking Civic amenities at Maharishi Valmiki Nagar
Residents allege raw deal
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 25
Residents of Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, a colony developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), have charged the Trust authorities with failure to provide basic amenities to them. They said the colony was sans good roads, street lights and properly developed and maintained parks. They have also complained that in the absence of proper infrastructure for power distribution, residents were facing harassment while applying for extension of load and new connections.

In a representation to the LIT chairperson, copies of which have also been sent to senior functionaries of the Punjab government, Neeru Jain, a resident of the colony, said that four parks in the colony located near house numbers 187-F to 207-F were lying in a state of “utter” neglect.

Similarly, most feeder roads in the colony as well as the main road connecting the Block F with Hambran Road had not been carpeted or repaired for a long time, she stated. The non-functional street lights, said Jain and other residents, further added to their woes.

In a separate complaint lodged with the chairman and managing director of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), Jain said an application for a three-phase connection was gathering dust for nearly five months, even after a payment of Rs 30,325 had been made by her.

“The PSPCL authorities have now demanded Rs 41,400 for the three-phase connection, which seems to be unjustified,” she said.

Satish Thamman, a resident of the colony and a member of District Grievances Redressal Committee (Ludhiana West), has also impressed on the PSPCL authorities to provide required infrastructure and new transformers for distribution of power in the colony, which would enable the residents to go for extension of load, thereby generating more revenue for the power utility.

LIT officials said the delay in execution of development works in the colony had been caused due to transfer of the colony to the Municipal Corporation and the decision being revoked by the Punjab government after a couple of months.

“Estimates worth Rs 59.05 lakh for development of parks, Rs 12.74 lakh for sanitation and Rs 10 lakh for carpeting of roads in the colony have been approved in the Trust meeting. As soon as the resolutions get the statutory nod from the Local Government Department, Punjab, the LIT will float tenders for execution of the works,” said an official.

PSPCL officials said the charges demanded from one of the residents seeking a three-phase connection pertained to the cost of 180-metre PVC cable in addition to the 100-metre cable to be provided free-of-cost.

“On receiving the payment for the extra cable, connection will be released to the consumer,” said the officials.



Cops crack whip on outsiders
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Police personnel speak to the PAU authorities on the campus. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, July 25
The police enquired some outsiders at the Punjab Agricultural University campus ahead of elections of the Punjab Agricultural University Students Association (PAUSA). The step was taken as a protective measure to avoid the possibility of clash among students over presidentship.

The police was suspecting that some students will display posters of posing themselves as the office-bearers of the students’ association with the support of some outside miscreants.

Today, a large number of police personnel led by Satvir Singh Atwal, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner (ADCP-III), conducted checking at various locations on the PAU campus. However, the police did not find anything fishy.

Surinder Kumar, Station House Officer, PAU police station, informed, “We have rounded up six persons who managed to enter the PAU campus for roaming. After investigation it was found that they were not associated with any of the students’ group. So, we left them after a warning”.

It has been found that as the new academic session at PAU is going to start from August 1, some of the students have plans of displaying posters posing as president.

The police sensed the possibility of clash among the students as Karanvir Singh Sandhu led incumbent group of PAUSA was supposed to oppose the display of posters by any other group of students.

Satvir Singh Atwal, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner (ADCP-III), said, “There was a possibility of clash among students over presidentship of PAUSA. So to avoid any untoward incident we visited the campus. We have talked with some students who are involved in internal politics and told them to maintain the law and order.”

Karanvir Singh Sandhu, president, Punjab Agricultural University Students’ Association, said, “All the students are united under the banner of PAUSA. We are concerned with the reputation of the university. We welcome the action of the police to keep a check on the outsiders. We demanded that the PAU authorities should also be strict on outsiders. We will support the police and university authorities to maintain the peace. The police should continue with such checking to curb the interference of outsiders.”

‘Maintain peace’

There was a possibility of clash among students over the presidentship of PAUSA. In order to avoid any untoward incident, we visited the campus. We have asked a few students to maintain the law and order. — Satvir Singh Atwal, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner (ADCP-III)



Residential SCHOOL
252 students get admission in four days
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

A student being counselled at the residential school for meritorious students in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 25
A total of 252 students took the admission during the four-day long counselling for Class XI non-medical, medical, and commerce streams at the Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious students from July 22 to 25.

There are 500 seats of all three streams in the school but due to delaying attitude of the Society for Promotion of Quality Education for Poor and meritorious students of Punjab and the Education Department, 248 seats remained vacant.

According to the education officials, the head office will shift those students to Ludhiana, who filled Ludhiana as their second option. There are possibilities that some seats will remain vacant for the whole academic session.

Due to extension of date for the submission of admission forms thrice, the start of academic session has also been delayed. The Education Department officials claimed that the academic session would start from August 4.

The number of girls is almost three times more than that the boys, who got admission in the school. As many as 191 girls and 61 boys got admission to the school till date.

Today, 44 students appeared for the councelling of non-medical stream and two for commerce.

Deputy Education Officer Dr Charanjit Singh said,” The counselling will continue till July 26. We have deputed 19 lecturers. The building and hostels are ready and the academic session would commence on August 4. It is quite delayed but our staff will work hard to compensate the time lost.”



Fishery college
Strike no dampener for admissions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
Despite the ongoing strike of recently passed out fishery students outside Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University campus, new applicants have been opting for the Bachelor of Fishery Sciences (BFSc) for the next academic session at the Fishery College of the varsity.

Eight students got admission to the course in the first counselling. According to the university officials, the number of applicants is same as it was last year. The university authorities have been interlinking this with the potential of fish farming in the state.

Dr PD Juyal, Registrar, GADVASU, said, “The striking students don’t want to be entrepreneurs and are demanding government jobs. Otherwise there is a large scope of fishery in Punjab. The state is the highest fish producer in the non-coastal states of India. There is no impact of strike on the admissions. A large number of students came to get admissions.”

While the strike of pass out students of the Fishery College continued today. The students said the strike would not be called-off till the state government assures them jobs.

The BFSc pass out student of Fishery College, GADVASU, have been sitting on strike since June 2. The students got the support of various political parties, non-government organisations, trade unions, students wings of political parties and other social groups in the last one and a half month. The students have met the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Minister for Dairy and Fishery Gulzar Singh Ranike and other ministers but to no avail.



Ludhiana scan
Date extended

Dr Blossom Kochhar delivers a lecture on aromatherapy in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The Punjab Taxation Bar Association has welcomed the decision of the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department for postponing the last date for filing VAT 15 returns. The date has been extended up to August 20. According to Ashok Kumar Juneja, president, and BR Kaushal, secretary general of the PTBA, large number of representations have been made to the department and finally their plea has been heard.

Mock drill at DMCH

A mock mass casualty drill was carried out at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) to validate its standard operating procedures. Over 30 mock patients posing as train accident victims were reported simultaneously at the emergency triage area. All the emergency services and personnel were mobilised to meet this contingency. A large number of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff rushed to treat patients. The general manager (HR & ER), Col JV Singh, said all activities are being assessed by nominated experts and a review will be carried out to further improve the preparation for meeting such eventualities.

Medical camp

A free-of-cost medical camp was organised by Khalsa Welfare Society at Vishkarma Colony. Patients were given medicines on 20-25 per cent rebate. Meanwhile, a free eye check up camp was also organised at Shehzaad village, in association with the Punarjot Eye Bank Society. Besides giving spectacles free-of-cost, patients were also operated for free.

Officials visit ITI

The Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana, Dhanpat Singh, director general technical education, Haryana, Vijayinder Kumar and director technical education, Haryana, KK Kataria visited the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) on Friday. Baljinder Singh, principal of ITI, apprised them of different training programmes.

Lecture on aromatherapy

A lecture and demonstration about aromatherapy was organised by Dr Blossom Kochhar on Friday. The FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) members participated in the demonstration about the various essential aromatic oils. — TNS



Farmers press for pending demands
Condemn government for reducing spending on agriculture, irrigation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 25
To press the pending demands of farmers, the district unit of Punjab Kisan Sabha protested in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office at the Mini-Secretariat here today. Addressing the protesting farmers, organisation vice-president Kartar Singh Bowani urged the government to fulfil all pending demands: remission of debts, hike in support price of farm produce, grant of monthly pension to farmers and farm workers, timely procurement and grant of interest-free loans for agriculture.

Bowani also demanded the implementation of Dr Swaminathan Committee report, allocation of 10 per cent of the GDP to agriculture and health and insurance cover for the farming community, including farm workers.

Coming down heavily on policies of privatisation, liberalisation and corporatisation being pursued by the government, Bowani said spending on rural development, agriculture and irrigation had virtually come to a halt. He said under the new economic policy, the government spending on the agricultural sector had been cut down from 34 per cent to barely four percent.

The Kisan Sabha leader said the investment in research had also been drastically reduced with the result that Punjab Agricultural University in the city was starving for funds.

“The government is not implementing the recommendations of the Farmers Commission. All natural and state resources are being handed over to big corporate houses at throwaway prices. Small household and medium sector industrial units have closed down in large numbers leading to mass unemployment among youth, particularly in rural areas,” he said.

Other speakers criticised the anti-farmer policies of the government at the Centre and state, holding such policies responsible for large number of farmer suicides. The lack of a comprehensive policy to compensate farmers for crop losses due to natural calamities also came under focus.



Unleashing creativity the Bollywood way
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
Students of INIFD, Ludhiana, showcased their creativity and fashion collection during the ‘Project Runway’ today after a day-long workshop last evening.

Fifteen teams of students presented their creations. The students chose a celebrity to design the outfits. One of the students who designed for Priyanka Chopra said they designed Western silhouettes, pleated skirt and jacket while another group designed for Parineeti Chopra, creating a pencil skirt. Bharti, another student, said her team designed for Sonam Kapoor. “It was a test of creativity to design within the restriction of using not more than four 1.5 metre cloths, and we had to think out-of-the-box to create the dress that was an Indo-western blouse and a dhoti for Sonam, as she keeps experimenting with her look and clothing,” she said.

Students of the institute were given a day to create a fashion attire based on the theme of ‘red carpet- Bollywood’ and ‘colour blocks’ as the design elements and were told to pick cotton fabric and solid colours. The teams of three to four students were given different roles, including that of designer, manager, a stitching expert and a market searcher.

The idea of giving the students an impromptu theme was to help them develop skills to work within restrictions, improvise and work in teams and perform in under-pressure situations, said Amardeep Lall, additional director, INIFD Ludhiana.



From schools
Vanamahotsava week concludes

Ludhiana: The week-long celebrations of vanamahotsava concluded at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School on Friday. Students of both the senior and junior wings participated with great vivacity in the various events organised by the school authorities with the objective of spreading awareness towards environmental issues. A function was organised by the students, including dance performances, poetry recitation, short play and eloquent speeches. A play ttitled 'Each one plant one' was also staged by the students.

Gurpurb celebrations

Harkrishan Sahib Public Senior Secondary School, Daba Road, celebrated Gurpurb of the eighth guru of Sikhs- Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib. An akhand path was started on Monday. Dastar sajao and long hair competitions were conducted. Teachers were honoured for Co-curricular activities and excellent result of board classes.

Inter-house quiz

An Inter-House Quiz Contest was organised at SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, on Friday under the guidance of president Balraj Kumar Bhasin. Five teams participated in this contest. Each team consisted of four students. Topics were environment, political science, history and current affairs.

Science seminar

Doraha: A science seminar on 'Innovations in agriculture for a sustainable future: Prospects and Challenges' was held at Doraha Public School. Thirteen students from Classes VIII to X participated in the seminar. — TNS 



80 attend exporters’ meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
The IDBI Bank organised an exporters’ meet in association with the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO). The zonal CGM for North-II, Ajay Sharma, while addressing the gathering, said, “The initiative by the IDBI Bank to engage with the exporting community was driven by its objective of understanding and addressing the legitimate financial requirements and concerns of exporters through suitable fine-tuning of the bank’s trade finance products and services to facilitate a ramp up in the bank’s export credit business.”

On the occasion, a presentation on ‘Exports-Prospects and issues’ was given by AM Ingle, general manager, transaction banking. Senior officers of the IDBI Bank also held discussions with exporters.

The meet was attended by more than 80 exporters from Punjab including Nahar Group and Trident Group.

The bank also plans to conduct similar meets across the zone mainly in Punjab and Haryana.



Ruckus after patient’s death
Doctors want action against protesters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
The local Indian Medical Association (IMA) chapter today called an emergency general body meeting following the ruckus created by the relatives of a patient who died at Arora Nursing Home on Wednesday.

The IMA members demanded action against all those involved in the “hooliganism” under the Punjab Protection of Medicare Services Persons and Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act 2008.

The members also met the Commissioner of Police to inform him that political interference was making the matter worse.

“Dr DPS Arora gave a written complaint to the police seeking action against the people who indulged in hooliganism and damaged property. Despite the complaint, hundreds of people sat in front of the nursing home yesterday and obstructed its functioning, leading to the harassment of admitted patients,” stated IMA members, in a memorandum submitted to the police chief.



College holds FDP on automotive technologies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
The Gulzar Group of Institutes organised an ISTE-PTU sponsored Faculty Development Programme (FDP) based on the topic 'automotive technologies' on the college premises. On the inaugural day, keynote speaker Mr Sunil Sarad, GM, GNA Dura Parts Ltd, Hoshiarpur, spoke on 'Automotive Component business- The way ahead’.

In the afternoon session, Dr K Kundu from CSIR-CMERI shared his views on bio-fuels.

On the second day, Dr RK Mauraya gave an expert talk on 'engine emission control technologies' in first session followed by an engrossing second session by Munsarif Izar Ansari from AVL on the 'latest emission norms'.

On the concluding day, an industrial visit was arranged for the participants to 'Emson Gears Ltd', Sahnewal, where they were briefed about the gear manufacturing processes by experts.



Attack on Gaza: Community leader seeks UN intervention
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 25
Condemning the attack on Gaza Strip that has led to the killing of many civilians, members of the Muslim community today burnt the effigy of the Israeli government outside Jama Masjid here today.

Shahi Imam, Punjab, Habib-ur-Rahman, who led the protest, appealed to the Indian government and the international fraternity to condemn the “indiscriminate” killing of the Palestinians and also urged the UNO to intervene in order to restore peace in the area.

Terming the Israeli attack an act of highhandedness and a crime against humanity, the Shahi Imam said the Centre’s silence on the issue was shocking.

The protesters, while expressing solidarity with the Palestinians, urged the President of India to ask the Indian government to raise the issue in the UN Security Council so as to restrain Israel from carpet bombing in Gaza Strip.



Thefts on the rise in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 25
Some thieves broke into a shop of a local cloth merchant and decamped with cloths worth several thousand rupees in Jagraon last night. On the same night, some persons took away Rs 3,000 from a bakery in Nehru Market. During this month, more than dozen thefts have already taken place in and around the Jagraon town.

Besides, three other incidents of theft have been reported from different villages of the area. In the first incident, thieves decamped with two LPG cylinders from Government High School, Mallha, while grain meant for midday meal was stolen from a school at Gidarwindi village near Sidhwan Bet.

The repeated theft incidents have raised questions on the functioning of the local police, which has failed to solve any of the theft incidents so far.

Due to the rising thefts in the area, residents of Jagraon and the nearby villages are forced to spend sleepless nights. Some villagers near Jagraon have started theekri pehra (own surveillance) in their region to avoid such criminal activities.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Jagraon, Surinder Kumar, said, “We have formed special police teams to look into the theft incidents that have taken place in the recent past. The police have received some significant clues about these incidents and we are hopeful that these cases will be cracked very soon.”

Thieves continue to dodge the police

Thieves broke into a shop of a local cloth merchant and decamped with raw material worth several thousand of rupees in Jagraon on Friday.

On the same night, some persons took away ~3,000 from a bakery in Nehru Market. Three other incidents of theft were also reported from different villages in the area.



Newborn found abandoned
Our Correspondent

Khamano, July 25
Acting on a tip-off, the Khamano Police found a newborn girl in a closed bag near Bilaspur village, near here. As per the information, passersby heard some noise of the infant on the Bilaspur- Bhambri road in the morning and informed the sarpanch of the village. Sarpanch Nazar Singh immediately informed the Khamano Police and a police party led by ASI Narinder Singh reached on the spot and opened the bag in the presence of villagers.

The newly born was covered with blood stains.

The baby girl was rushed to Civil Hospital, Khamano, and was later referred to the PGI by doctors after administering first-aid.

The DSP, Khamano, Ramandeep Singh, said a case has been registered in this regard against an unidentified woman. “We are looking into the matter,” said the DSP.



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