11032017-JTR-01.qxd 3/11/2017 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 11 MARCH 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE HOLI: EXPERTS WARN AGAINST EXCESSIVE USE OF SYNTHETIC COLOURS Þ PAGE 2 CRIME: HOUSE BURGLED IN PHAGWARA Þ PAGE 2 DIFFERENT SHADES There is an interesting lineup for Holi on television. PAGE 3 Þ RAINY 16°C MAXIMUM 09°C MINIMUM ~3.71 CRORE FARM LOAN FRAUD Bank manager, two others booked Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 10 The Vigilance Bureau, Jalandhar Range, has arrested three persons, including a bank manager and a field officer of the State Bank of Patiala, Sultanpur Lodhi, and a fard kendra employee there in connection with a Rs 3.71crore farm loan scam that surfaced in July last year. Among those arrested by the Vigilance Bureau are manager Sulinder Singh, who is a resident of Ekta Vihar in Jalandhar, and Field Officer of the bank Surinder Pal. The latter is a resident of Urban Estate, Kapurthala. Lakhwinder Singh, assistant system manager, fard kendra, Sultanpur Lodhi, too, was arrested by a team led by inspector Dalbir Singh. The trio has been booked under Sections 409, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and Sections 13(1) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. There are as many as 23 A team of Vigilance Bureau Jalandhar Range after the arrest of a bank manager, field officer and a fard kendra employee of Sultanpur Lodhi in connection with a ~3.71 crore scam in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH other accused in the case. SSP Vigilance Bureau, , Gurmeet Singh, said that an inquiry in the case had been initiated by the department on July 28 last. A perusal of loan files from May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2016, pointed to a scam of Rs 3.71 crore, he said. Initially, it was being suspected that the defrauded amount could be up to Rs 15.83 lakh. The Vigilance team found that loan had been issued on the basis of fake IDs of farmers wherein government land had been shown as private land. The team found that the fraud could not have happened without the connivance of the bank staff concerned. The investigation also pointed towards the tampering of online records of the fard kendra. The bank officials, too, had initially found the use of forged documents, government stamps, wrong photographs and fake revenue records for taking agricultural loans. The manager of the bank had been placed under suspension. The fraud came to light as it was found that the total farm advances being doled out at the branch last year were of more amount than expected. As the fards and land documents attached for taking loans were compared with the records put up on the Punjab Land Revenue Society (PLRS) website, it was found that most of these documents did not match at all. The internal audit team of the bank had taken the fards and mutation documents with the respective patwaris of the surrounding villages, who did not own up the signatures put up on their part. Finally, a full-fledged audit of the accounts for farm loans had begun at the branch. AAP members to catch up on election trends at zonal office Candidates plan visit to counting centres in morning Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service ROARING BUSINESS: A shopkeeper arranges ladoos in his shop after advance orders from candidates before election results in Jalandhar on Friday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Jalandhar, March 10 With all set for the counting day tomorrow, various candidates of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) today caught up on the final day of rest ahead of the results to be announced tomorrow. While various Jalandhar candidates paid their obeisance at religious places and offered prayers today, some attended to their respective professions as per the daily routine. In preparations for the results tomorrow, the AAP zonal office at Urban Estate shall be the party’s hub of activity tomorrow where all office-bearers of the party will gather. While some of the party office-bearers are also leaving for Chandigarh tonight, an LED shall be put up at the party office for volunteers and office-bearers to trend into the election results. Primarily, candidates across the district have plans of visiting the counting centres tomorrow. AAP Jalandhar West candidate Darshan Bhagat, who visited his revered Guru Sant Tarlok Singh near Hamira this morning, said “Our sensibilities are spiritual, so offering prayers is imperative. For tomorrow, the pans are all set, the volunteers of the party shall be visiting the counting centres this morning and I shall be personally visiting the centre.” Jalandhar Central candidate Dr Sanjeev Sharma, who spent his day attending to patients and spending time with his family today also, said, “The counting centre is certainly a priority and the party is already sending various volunteers there. Apart from that, the further plans shall be decided as the results pour in.” While Shahkot candidate Dr Amarjit Singh Thind shall also be coming to Jalandhar to visit the counting centres tomorrow, he said after visiting the centre, he would head back to his constituency. He shall also pay obeisance at the Ber Sahib gurdwara on his way back. Meanwhile, Bholath candidate Sukhpal Khaira will also head to the counting centre at Kapurthala early tomorrow morning. COUNTING DAY Traffic police provide alternative routes A day ahead of the result for the Punjab Assembly polls, DC KK Yadav checks security arrangments at a counting centre in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Jalandhar, March 10 In order to ensure a smooth run of traffic on the counting day tomorrow, the city traffic police have made foolproof parking arrangements at various places. From 5.30 am till the time the counting is completed, the stretch from the Kapurthala road Basti Bawa Khel nullah to the Kapurthala chowk will remain closed to the public. The information was given at a meeting held under the instructions of Arpit Shukla, Police Commissioner, Jalandhar, in which Sandeep Kumar Sharma, DCP Jalandhar, DS , Aulkah, DCP/INV-cum-traffic Jalandhar and Digvijay Kapil, Assistant Commssioner of Police Traffic, Jalandhar, along with other officials. Officials said the traffic coming towards the Jalandhar city side from Kapurthala would be routed via the Babu Labh Singh Nagar puli, towards Gulab Devi RoadWorkshop Chowk, towards the city. Similarly, vehicles which have to come to Jalandhar city and have to go towards the Nakodar side and national highway, shall be going via 120 Feet Road, Babrik Chowk or Guru Ravidass Chowk. Traffic police and patrol parties shall be deputed on these ways. The traffic police have appealed to the public not to use the routes which will remain closed in view of the vote counting. It has asked the public to use the aforementioned routes from the Basti Bawa Khel nullah bridge to Kapurthala Chowk from 5 am onwards. — TNS Anticipating victory, Congress gears up for celebrations FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Jalandhar Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. It should not be more than 150 words. EXPERTS’ WARNING ON HOLI COLOURS P3 The markets are filled with synthetic colours, sophisticated water guns and new colour instruments like ‘colour bombs’ and ‘colour capsules’ before Holi. Experts say people should use natural colours if they have to celebrate the festival. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 10 Sounding quite confident of winning urban seats of Jalandhar in the result of the Punjab Assembly elections, office-bearers of the Congress today made all arrangements for the celebrations at Congress Bhawan here tomorrow. While the Congress Bhawan has been spruced up in the past one month for celebrations, party workers, too, are quite anxious and hopeful of the results tomorrow. President of District Congress Committee (urban) Daljit Singh Ahluwala said, “Orders have been placed for ladoos, crackers, Holi colours, flowers in the shape of garlands and bouquets. Dholis have been booked for drum beating. We are also in the process of installing an LCD and making seating arrangements so that the workers can get live updates and make celebrations togeth- A day ahead of the result for the Punjab Assembly polls, Congress leaders and workers gather at Congress Bhawan in Jalandhar on Friday; and (right) A dog squad and cops carry out a security check at a counting centre in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH er,” he said. The Congress leaders said that the party had also planned to put up a high, huge hydrogen balloon in the event that the candidates emerge victorious and the party wins across the district. The Congress leaders said that the party had also planned to put up a high, huge hydrogen balloon in the event that the candidates emerge victorious and the party wins across the district. Come what may, the sweet shop owners in the city are expecting a brisk business tomorrow. Said Rajat Sikka of the popular Gulab Sweets, “I have orders for 4.5 quintals of ladoos and 1.5 quintals of gujia (a sweet delicacy more popular in Holi days). But I cannot disclose as to who all have given the orders. As a special discount on the election result day, we have reduced the price of our ladoos from Rs 180 per kg to Rs 150 a kg.” c m y b Come what may, the sweet shop owners in the city are expecting a brisk business tomorrow. Said Rajat Sikka of the popular Gulab Sweets, “I have orders for 4.5 quintals of ladoos and 1.5 quintals of gujia (a sweet delicacy more popular in Holi days). But I cannot disclose as to who all have given the orders. As a special discount on the election result day, we have reduced the price of our ladoos from Rs 180 per kg to Rs 150 a kg.”
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