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A principal correspondent, Aneesha Sareen Kumar is the bureau chief at Ludhiana. She covers district administration, politics and crime.

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Remove Dhumma as Taksal head: Panthic bodies

The Amritsar-based radical Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal came under strong attack from ‘Panthic’ organisations at the bhog ceremony of Bhupinder Singh --- Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale’s aide who was killed in the May 17 attack near Ludhiana --- at Khasi Kalan village here on Thursday.

Sikh radical leader Baljit Singh Daduwal, AAP leader HS Phoolka also flayed the state government on the “deteriorating law and order situation.”(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2016 10:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Khasi Kalan (ludhiana)

Dhadrianwale demands CBI probe; says he has no faith in police inquiry

Saying that he has no faith in the Punjab Police investigations in the May 17 murderous attack on him that left his follower Bhupinder Singh dead, Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale on Thursday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the case.

Dhadrianwale was speaking at the “bhog” ceremony of Bhupinder at Khasi Kalan village.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2016 09:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Khasi Kalan(ludhiana)

Ready for patch-up if Uday shows door to bad elements: Dalip Singh

Even as the police are still clueless about the killers of Namdhari matriarch Chand Kaur, the Sirsa dera head of the sect, Thakur Dalip Singh, says he is ready to patch-up with his estranged brother Satguru Uday Singh if the door is shown to the “bad elements”.

Dalip Singh, who was in Ludhiana on Wednesday, said there were people (bad elements) who didn’t want unity of the ‘panth’.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2016 10:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Dhadrianwale attack: Cops to quiz Damdami Taksal head Dhumma, 6 more arrested

The Ludhiana police are all set to question Damdami Takasal head Harnam Singh Dhumma in connection with the May 17 attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadiranwale near Ludhiana.

Dhadrianwale’s cavalcade was attacked on May 17, which resulted in the death of one of his aides.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2016 10:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAneesha Sareen and Tarsem Singh Deogan, Ludhiana

Dhadrianwale attack: Week later, cops clueless about mastermind

Nearly a week after the firing on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale’s cavalcade, Ludhiana police are yet to identify the mastermind of the murderous attack.

Police said the extension in the remand was vital to question all eight accused together to ascertain the whereabouts of the absconding assailants.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2016 09:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Arrested accused followers of Damdami Taksal: Villagers

An eerie silence prevailed outside the house of Gagandeep Singh, who is allegedly involved in the murderous attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, at Chhandran village in Sahnewal. His father Major Singh, who runs cement shop in the village, breaks down when asked about his son. The family, shell-shocked after the arrest of their son, refuses to make any comment.

Accused Gagandeep’s house at Chhandran village in Sahnewal.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2016 10:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh/hissowal (ludhiana)

Ludhiana man sheltered Dhadrianwale attackers

Police on Thursday identified the man who gave shelter to those who shot at the cavalcade of Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale on Burwal road here.

One of the four persons arrested after the attack, Ludhiana resident Manjit Singh not only provided shelter to nearly two dozen attackers before and after the crime, but also helped them in setting up a fake ‘chhabeel’ where Dhadrianwale was attacked, said police.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2016 01:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Attack on Dhadrianwale: Luck, driver’s courage helped dodge death

It was sheer luck and a bit of courage shown by the driver that Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale survived the murderous attack here on Tuesday in which his aide was shot dead. That’s what the statement of driver of the vehicle that was under attack points to.

Ranijt Singh Dhadrianwale during the cremation of Bhupinder Singh in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2016 10:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAneesha Sareen and Tarsem Singh Deogan, Ludhiana

Minister Mittal hits out at selection committee head

Regarding the controversy over the appointment of Punjab Technical University vice-chancellor, technical education minister Madan Mohan Mittal on Monday accused state chief secretary and PTU governing body head Sarvesh Kaushal of violating rules in recommending names for the post.

Technical education minister Madan Mohan Mittal(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2016 11:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

HT SPOTLIGHT Punjab’s unused airports: Winged dreams, grounded reality

Three airports in Punjab remain grounded despite investment of nearly `90 crore by the government. That has now reached the high court, on petition seeking orders to start flights or return the land acquired for these projects. HT hits the ground to find.

Updated on May 12, 2016 06:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAneesha Sareen, Vinay Dhingra, Sachin Sharma, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Bathinda

Wailing at destiny no solution: A mother’s ‘special’ pride

It was 13 years ago that Rashpal Kaur realised that her son, who was five then, is slow in his reflexes and is a child with special needs. She was shocked at first and also sank into depression, but slowly she become more concerned of her son’s future. Soon she realised that she would had to become a pillar of strength for her son and wailing at destiny would provide no solution.

Rashpal Kaur’s son Parvesh Singh, 18, is now employed in a canteen run by the administration.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2016 12:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Salman, Aamir’s shooting ground: Khans bring Bollywood to Kila Raipur

For years, it’s been tipped as the village where the annual ‘rural Olympics’ are held, away from the glitz of leagues and mega-bucks, closer to the soil and ethos of sports. Now, Kila Raipur has gone Bollywood, and big! About 20km from Ludhiana, it has seen top stars shooting for wrestling-focused movies over the past year. While Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma are here to shoot for ‘Sultan’, Aamir Khan has already shot here for ‘Dangal’ last year and is set to return for another schedule in the months to come.

Villagers going back after being part of a scene in Salman Khan-Anushka Sharma movie ‘Sultan’ at Kila Raipur near Ludhiana on Wednesday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2016 10:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kila Raipur (ludhiana)

Wait for e-rickshaws meant for women gets longer in Ludhiana

Women will have to wait a little longer for the safe and secure transportation facility to begin in the city. Even though Ludhiana administration has shortlisted 15 women — 14 of whom are married — for driving the eco-friendly battery-operated e-rickshaws to be launched in the city, the local authorities are facing challenges in starting their operations.

The project, which was originally slated to be launched around Baisakhi, is running behind schedule by almost a month.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2016 03:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Justice delayed: Over 80,000 cases pending in Ludhiana district courts

A staggering number of 83,664 civil and criminal cases are pending in various courts across Ludhiana with the district courts in the city alone accounting for over 67,679 of them.

A total of 40,636 civil and over 43,028 criminal cases are pending with district courts complexes in Ludhiana, Khanna, Payal, Jagraon and Samrala. On an average, each judge in the district court is saddled with 1,164 cases(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2016 02:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Car bomb blast case accused allege torture by Ludhiana cops

Claim police are desperately trying to slap murder cases on them

Updated on Apr 26, 2016 10:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Rape of nine-year-old: Girl leaves city, version not recorded

Even as the number of cases of sexual assault against minors is spiralling up in the city; the inefficient Ludhiana police have exhibited a lackadaisical approach while investigating the case of rape on a nine-year-old girl at EWS Colony on April 6.

The girl, who sank into depression after she was raped by her neighbour in her house at the EWS Colony, has now returned to her native village Saharsa in Bihar where her parents reside.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 22, 2016 04:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Jalandhar car bombing accused being linked to Chand Kaur murder?

Clueless 17 days after the murder of Chand Kaur (85), wife of former Namdhari head Satruru Jagjit Singh, at the sect’s Bhaini Sahib headquarters near here, police are verifying if last December’s bomb explosion in a car near Jalandhar has anything to do with it.

Chand Kaur(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2016 03:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana slum kids easy target of sex crimes

Left unattended by parents struggling to make ends meet, 10 girls and a boy from migrant families have become victims of sexual crimes in Punjab’s industrial city in a month. They are easy targets. The culprits are none other than relatives and neighbours, one as young as 14

Home alone and vulnerable, the slum children in Ludhiana don’t know the dangers that lurk around them.(HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2016 09:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Chand Kaur’s life depicted in photographs in Bhaini Sahib gurdwara

The life of Chand Kaur, who served the Namdhari sect for 70 years before being murdered on April 4, was showcased through 150 huge photographs exhibited at the Bhaini Sahib gurdwara at the ‘bhog’ ceremony on Sunday.

The photo frames dotted the entire gurdwara premises from the entrance till the enclosure where the ‘bhog’ was held.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2016 06:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Channi snubbed, forced to stop speech midway at ‘bhog’of Chand Kaur

Leader of opposition Charanjit Singh Channi faced an embarrassing moment when he was stopped during his address at the ‘bhog’ ceremony of Namdhari sect matriarch Chand Kaur at Bhaini Sahib on Sunday.

Speaking from the dais, Channi attacked the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government for failing to check crime in the state.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2016 06:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Cong tried to gain mileage from tragedy: Dalip faction

As the war of succession between Namdhari sect head Satguru Uday Singh and his estranged brother, Thakur Dalip Singh, has turned bitter after the murder of their aunt, Chand Kaur, the supporters of Thakur Dalip Singh seem to have leaned towards the Akali government

On Thursday, they accused Congress leaders, including Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu and former Punjab Congress president HS Hanspal, of trying to get political mileage from the media statements at the cremation of Chand Kaur on Tuesday (April 5).(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 10, 2016 09:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Murder at Bhaini Sahib: Three Namdharis chased shooter, says FIR

The first-information report (FIR) into the murder of Namdhari matriarch Chand Kaur (88) on Monday at the sect’s headquarters here says that three men from the dera chased the shooter.

DGP Suresh Arora investigating at the murder spot at Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 07, 2016 02:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhaini Sahib

Armed guard Kesar Singh Ladi was on leave on day of Chand Kaur’s murder

Kesar Singh Ladi, the loyal armed sewadar of Namdhari sect matriarch Chand Kaur for the past 11 years who used to carry a gun for her safety, was on leave the day (Monday) she was shot dead by two motorbike-borne assailants.

Chand Kaur’s loyal armed sewadar Kesar Singh Ladi(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2016 09:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhaini Sahib

Brother Dalip ‘obvious suspect’: Namdhari sect head on Mata’s murder

The feud between Namdhari sect head Satguru Uday Singh and his estranged brother Thakur Dalip Singh turned murkier on Wednesday with the former alleging that Dalip Singh was an obvious suspect in the Namdhari sect martriach Chand Kaur’s murder.

Namdhari sect head Satguru Uday Singh(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2016 11:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhaini Sahib (ludhiana)

Followers from UK, Thailand pay tributes to Chand Kaur

Mata Chand Kaur’s funeral pyre was being lit when many of her followers reached the cremation ground at Bhaini Sahib Gurdwara Complex to pay tributes to the departed soul on Tuesday. Tejinder Kaur — who had been a physiotherapist to Chand — reached the venue at 2.45 pm and rushed to the pyre with tears in her eyes. Others were aware that she had come from London, so they made way. She served as Chand Kaur’s physiotherapist over the years and always cherished listening to her sermons as she treated her.

Followers paying last respects to Chand Kaur at the Namdhari sect headquarters, Bhaini Sahib, in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
Updated on Apr 06, 2016 03:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Followers, politicos pay last respects to Chand Kaur at Bhaini Sahib

Over 1,200 people, including top politicians, gathered at the Bhaini Sahib Gurdwara on Tuesday to pay their last respects to Chand Kaur, wife of former head of the Namdhari sect late Satguru Jagjit Singh, who was shot dead by two bike-borne assailants on Monday.

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal along with others during the cremation of Chand Kaur at Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2016 11:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bhaini Sahib (ludhiana)

Murder at Bhaini Sahib: Killer came smiling, says eyewitness

The gunman who murdered Chand Kaur (85), widow of former Namdhari sect leader Satguru Jagjit Singh, on Monday near here had approached her smiling.

Followers of the Namdhari Sect gathered after firing on Chand Kaur in Ludhiana on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2016 11:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

PDP, BJP headed for break-up; hold fresh elections in J&K: Omar

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the Centre should hold fresh polls in the state as the current situation showed that the BJP and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were headed for a break-up.

Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah addressing media at GNN College, Doraha on Saturday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 19, 2016 10:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Doraha (ludhiana)

Ldh disaster drill a lesson in blocking ambulances, clicking selfies!

Nurses chatting over the phone with one of them chewing gum, police officers clicking pictures and selfies, a line of vehicles of senior officers blocking the way of an ambulance meant to ferry the injured to hospital were some of the scenes witnessed during a mock drill carried out by the district administration and the country’s premier National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) in the city on Friday.

Cops and other members taking pictures during the mock exercise at Pavillion Mall in Ludhiana on Friday .(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 19, 2016 09:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Women’s jail, schools to get sanitary napkin-vending machines

In an initiative to promote personal hygiene and creating awareness among teenage girls, machines are being set up at schools

The vending machine will dispense three sanitary napkins after a Rs 2 coin is inserted in the machine. The machines will be installed in the washrooms of schools.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2016 11:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana
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