13102017-LT-01.qxd 10/13/2017 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 13 OCTOBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Canadian MP in Jagraon Robbery case solved Designer for green Diwali Vast opportunities for talented people await candidates in Canada: Jatinder Mohan Sidhu. P2 The accused include former Akali Dal sarpanch of Mallha village near Jagraon. P3 Couple Rimple and Harpreet Narula have designed Deepika’s costume in ‘Padmavati’. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 21°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:57 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:28 AM Employee stage-managed ~15-lakh robbery in city ~6 lakh, scooter recovered; 3 accomplices nabbed, 5 at large Accused in police custody on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA How police nailed Rakesh’s lies ■ Injury on the shoulder of Rakesh seemed friendly. ■ Rakesh did not raise the alarm. ■ Instead of going back to the medical store after the robbery, he went to his friend’s shop. ■ He changed his statement frequently. ■ His call details helped the police find his links. place at 1.30 pm on October 9 on the Gujjarmal road. Rakesh (25), who worked as a courier boy for the Mediking store, was going to a bank on a scooter to deposit Rs 15 lakh. His accomplices, Rohit Kumar of Choti Haibowal and Gurdeep Singh of Patiala, attacked him on the way to the bank. The ACP-North, Sachin Gupta, said Manik took away the bag containing cash and the scooter. “The entire conspiracy was hatched by Rakesh and Ashu Kataria. Ashu brought in Robin, who persuaded Gurdeep, Rana and others to be part of the robbery. Rakesh was to get just Rs 50,000 for stage-managing the loot and the rest of the money was to be divided among his eight accomplices. Main conspirator Rakesh’s sister commits suicide Unable to meet her brother at the police station, Nidhi (40), sister of the main conspirator, Rakesh, committed suicide Continued on page 2 A school bus that rammed into a defunct transformer on Club road on Thursday. No one was injured. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN impact of collision. According to the school authorities, the transformer was defunct. Students from first standard to tenth standard were travelling in the bus. The director of the school, Baljinder Singh Sandhu, said the school bus was on the way to drop children at Continued on page 2 Ludhiana, October 12 A 17-year-old domestic help died at the house of a government contractor, Gurvinder Singh, at Ranjit Avenue last night. Gurvinder is the brother-in-law of Varunjit Singh, an Inspector in the Punjab Police, who is posted at the Police Lines here. The girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan. Her kin blocked the road outside the contractor’s house. They were seeking registration of abetment-of-suicide case against him. The Inspector lives on the ground floor and Gurvinder on the first floor in the same building. The girl’s body was found hanging in the servant quarter on the third floor. The protest continued the whole night. In the morning, the girl’s kin tried to enter the house. They scuffled with the police during which the deceased’s sister allegedly hurled a brick at Division 5 SHO Vinod Kumar. He was rushed to the hospital. His one tooth got broken. The police then used mild lathicharge to disperse the protesters. Sushil, brother of the deceased, said yesterday, he Girl’s suicide turns out to be murder Brother strangled her over an affair Jaswant Shetra Ludhiana, October 12 Twentyfive children of International Public Senior Secondary School had a miraculous escape after their school bus rammed into the poles of a transformer on Club Road this afternoon. The transformer fell down by the Jagraon, October 12 The police today claimed to have solved the mystery shrouding the death of a young girl who was found hanging from the ceiling fan in a room of her house at Barsal village, near here, on October 7. Her mother had spotted the body and informed the police. In her statement to the police, the girl’s mother, Harbant Kaur, had stated that her daughter was suffering from depression and she committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan. The police had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC on the basis of her statement. But the case took a new twist yesterday when the girl’s father, Baljit Singh, approached the police and stated that his daughter did not commit suicide but instead was killed by his son Kala Singh in a fit of rage. Baljit told the police that he was out of the village for some urgent work when the incident happened. According to Baljit, he learnt that Jaspal Singh, alias Pappu, of the same village had an affair with his daughter. On October 7, Kala Singh spotted Jaspal and his daughter together, which enraged him. He attacked Jaspal but the latter escaped. In a fit of rage, Kala strangled his sister with her dupatta and hanged the body from the ceiling fan to make it appear a case of suicide. The SSP-Jagraon, Surjit Singh, said the police had registered a case under Section 302 and 354 of the IPC against Kala Singh and Jaspal Singh, alias Pappu. Stories are therapeutic: Paro Minna Zutshi Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 12 With 26 books to her credit, writer Paro Anand instinctively knows what a story is. “Sometimes you have to chase a story as it flits just out of reach…But sometimes a story will come for you, grab you by the throat, shake you out of deepest slumber, demanding to be written…” Sometimes, the story-telling session itself is a story waiting to unfold. In one such story-telling session with the children from Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir, Paro found young voices distinctly uncomfortable with made-up stories. Despite showing visi- HOW THE MATTER CAME TO LIGHT Tribune News Service Close shave for 25 students Tribune News Service Was staying at government contractor’s house; kin suspect foul play Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 12 Four days after Rs 15 lakh was reportedly looted from an employee of a medical store, Rakesh Soni, on the Gujjarmal road by four armed men, the police claimed to have solved the case with the arrest of the employee and three of his accomplices. The police said the entire robbery was stage-managed by the medical store employee. Rakesh confessed to having planned the robbery. Three accomplices of Rakesh, Ashu Kataria, a tea vendor and resident of Nimwala chowk, Robin of Khud Mohalla and Manik Munga, alias Manni, a resident of Amarpura, have been arrested while Gurdeep, Rana, Rohit and two unknown accomplices are at large. The police have recovered Rs 6 lakh in cash, a scooter, a baseball bat and a sharp weapon from the accused. The ADCP Rattan Singh , Brar said the robbery took Domestic help found hanging Sahitya Akademi Award recipient Paro Anand. A FILE PHOTO ble signs of having enjoyed the story session, the children automatically attached a value judgement – a story that is not true is a lie and a lie is bad. A Kashmiri boy said the story of bear’s moon adventures cannot be a true story. And if it is not a true story, it is a lie and a lie is bad. The response startled Paro. She asked the children to go home and identify the things that are more than 50 years old. Their task was to find everything about these things. Soon stories of old carpets started evolving – the dialogue between the buyer and the seller, the father’s growing up years and the parents’ engagement – a whole new world of stories opened up. Paro told the children that the old things they had discovered were the bare bones and the children had added some colour to those things and the stories were born! Narratives keep developing during Paro’s story-telling sessions. While she was conducting a session with the children of animal poachers, she found that these children’s responses were raw, immediate and very physical. A 10year-old girl, whose parents Continued on page 2 c m y b The girl went to sleep in her room on the third floor at 9 pm. At that time, Inspector Varun and his kin Gurvinder were not at home. ”At 11pm, when Gurvinder and his wife reached home, they sent their son to call the girl. The boy found the girl’s room locked from inside. He called his father Gurvinder, who called the girl’s family and the police. ACP Gurpreet said Inspector Varun was also called by his kin when they found the girl hanging. The police detain a protester; and (right) the SHO who was injured during the protest in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN went to meet his sister but he came to know that she had gone to the market along with Gurvinder’s wife. Another servant at the house, Kundan, called up on Roshni’s phone and he talked to his sister. After talking to his sister on the phone, he left the house. “Last night at around 11pm, Gurvinder and his wife came to our place at New Shyam Nagar and informed us that the girl was not opening the door of her room. I then accompanied Gurvinder to the house. The door was opened by force and my sister was found hanging. Gurvinder asked me to help complete legal proceedings, so postmortem could be conducted. However, I refused. I said we can give nod for post-mortem only after my parents reach here from UP Sushil added. ,” The girl’s kin suspected that either she was forced to commit suicide or she was killed. They want an impartial probe and action against the Inspector’s kin. The PAU SHO, Brij Mohan, said: “As we opened the door, we videotaped the entire incident just to keep the girl’s kin in the loop. When the door was broken in the presence of her kin, the body was found hanging.” The ADCP Surendra Lam, ba, said the police would register a separate case against the deceased’s kin who caused injuries to the SHO. MALE SERVANT MISSING Sources said a male servant, Kundan, who worked in the same house, had been missing since the matter came to light. The police are searching for Kundan, said ACP-West Gurpreet Singh.
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