15042017-LT-01.qxd 4/15/2017 12:45 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 15 APRIL 2017| ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Parents protest fee hike Good Friday EVM rigging Parents of private schoolchildren protest outside the house of Bains brothers seeking their intervention. P2 Residents observe Good Friday by offering prayers at churches and taking out processions. P3 Actor and politician Raj Babbar says EC should clarify doubts of people regarding EVM rigging. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAXIMUM 41°C MINIMUM 22°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.59 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.50 AM Minor scuffle costs youth his life SNIPPETS Shot dead by friend, who is a minor, with a country-made pistol; detained later Nikhil Bhardwaj had gone ❝Ilast monthto UP witha Ajay to attend Tribune News Service Models set the ramp on fire on the first day of Ludhiana Fashion Week at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana on Friday. P2 PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Two lives snuffed out in road accidents LUDHIANA: Two people died in separate road accidents here on Friday. In the first case, a man identified as Sanjay Kumar of Jaspal Bangar village died after an unidentified vehicle hit his bike near the village. He was taken to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. In yet another case, one Basant Ram was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a bus on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana road, near the toll plaza. He reportedly died on the spot. TNS Ludhiana April 14 A 15-year-old boy allegedly killed his 22-year-old friend after a minor scuffle in Vijay Nagar on Friday. The accused was traced by the police within an hour. He confessed to having committed the crime. The weapon used in the crime was also recovered. The deceased has been identified as Ajay Bhaskar (22), a native of UP , while the accused is also a native of UP The accused was . a tailor by profession, while the deceased was helping his father in his vegetable retail business. ACP North Dr Sachin Gupta reached the spot and in preliminary probe, he found the role of the minor behind the murder. The incident occurred at 9.30 am and as per the information, the deceased had gone to the marriage, from where Ajay bought a country-made pistol (desi katta). We had no enmity and it was an instant fight. Ajay pointed the gun at me and I requested him not to shoot. But he threatened to shoot me. Suddenly the weapon came in my hands and got fired The father of the youth, who was shot dead in Vijay Nagar (inset), being consoled by residents in Ludhiana on Friday. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA room of the accused in the morning asking him for some money. But he refused, which led to a scuffle between the two. Following this, Ajay went to his room and brought a country-made (.315) pistol. He pointed the weapon on the head of the accused, fol- lowing which a ghastly fight started between the two. In the melee, the accused caught hold of the weapon and he shot at Ajay. Ajay sustained a bullet injury on the right side of his temple and died on the spot. The accused fled from the spot after the incident. As the police reached the crime scene, one of Ajay’s friends Suresh, who was also present during the incident, told the police that it was Akbar who fired from the weapon. The role of Suresh is also under scanner, it is learnt. Deceased’s marriage was due next year Hari Shankar, the wailing father of the deceased, said his son was engaged last year and his marriage was duo next year. “Today, when I was going to the market to buy vegetables ❞ THE ACCUSED TOLD THE POLICE for the shop, I asked my son Ajay to accompany me. But he said he had to go somewhere else. Later, I got a call that he was shot dead. He had no enmity with anyone, why was he killed?” he asked. Angry family members question police role April 9 carjacking case Say had cops acted on previous complaints, their daughter wouldn’t have been kidnapped Nikhil Bhardwaj The case Tribune News Service Ludhiana April 14 Wailing father, mother and their 13-year-old son are praying for the safe return of their daughter, a gang-rape victim, who was kidnapped on Wednesday from the Civil Hospital, when a woman posing as an official from the Women Cell police station took her along on the pretext of investigation. The moment Ludhiana Tribune team reached their halfconstructed kutcha house in Basant Nagar, the family started narrating their ordeal and their harrowing experience they had with the city police. They showed the copies of complaints they had filed with the police against the accused, questioning their role, saying had the police taken immediate action on their complaints in the past, their daughter would not have been kidnapped. Fear accused will kill their daughter; to approach DGP The victim’s phone is switched off from the day she was kidnapped. On the com- Parents of gang rape victim, who has now been allegedly kidnapped by the accused, at their home in Basant Nagar in Ludhiana on Friday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA An 18-year-old girl of Shimlapuri locality attempted suicide on March 24, two days after she was raped by two youths again. The girl, who took an overdose of medicines, was admitted to the Civil Hospital, where she remained for several days. The police had registered a case under Section 376-D (gang rape) of the IPC against Charanjit Singh Soni and Narinder Singh, both 20-yearold. Pertinently, the victim was a minor when she was gangraped by four youths (who were also minor then in 2014) and the case is sub judice. Two of them — Charanjit and Narinder — were let off as the police claimed there was no evidence against the duo, but were booked for gang rape again and have been sent to jail. plaint of victim’s father Jaswinder Singh, the Model Town police have registered a kidnapping case against Rajwinder Singh of Basant Nagar, Harjinder Singh of Satguru Nagar and one Seema. The duo is the same accused, who were booked by the city police in 2014 gangrape case, which is sub judice in court. fied as Seema by the victim’s father. She is also one of the suspects in the 2014 kidnapping case. Accordingly, a case was registered and raids were on to trace the girl safely and to arrest the accused.” City-based activist Manvinder Singh Giaspura said he would take the victim’s continued on page 2 “When the two came out on bail, they threatened me and my daughter several times asking us to take back the complaint. They even threatened to kidnap and kill my daughter. Several complaints were filed against the two at Daba police station, but no strict action was taken by the police. As a result, the duo has now kidnapped my daughter. We are scared and fear for her life. She could be killed. Two days have passed, but the police have not traced my daughter and even the accused,” said Kiran, the wailing mother. Model Town SHO Sandeep Malik said: “As per the CCTV footage of the hospital, the victim was seen going with a woman identi- Entrepreneur ‘invents’ Suntube INSIDE Device can help plants and trees grow even under shade Gurvinder Singh Tribune News Service Digital payment to end black money, says DC Minerva FC eye victory against Bagan P3 Ludhiana, April 14 City-based entrepreneur has made an invention that may revolutionise the growth of plants and trees even under shade and help bring a large area of earth, which lies barren and infertile due to shade, under the green cover. It all started when Sukhbir Singh Sokhi, a city-based entrepreneur, who otherwise runs a sewing machine manufacturing unit, refused to believe that fruit-bearing trees could not grow in his kitchen garden due to shade. He immediately started devising ways to make sun shine on plants in his garden, which eventually led to an invention of a unique system that can enable plants to grow even in shade. City-based entrepreneur Sukhbir Singh Sokhi shows his design to grow plants in shade. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Sokhi’s experiment led to an ingenious invention. He came up with this idea around six years ago. With his constant efforts to devel- op prototypes and production for the next couple of years, he was successfully able to create the device he calls ‘Suntube’. It lets sun- P3 c m y b light fall on a large area, which reflects in shade, allowing trees and plants to grow as they would do in ample sunlight. Sukhbir studied mechanical engineering and used his skills to make the device. He used an aluminium sheet which reflects 99.8 per cent light and after fitting prisms, through the law of reflection, his vertical device allows 98 per cent of the sunlight to reflect in the shade. “The device with around 2-ft diametre lets sunshine fall in an area of around 25 ft,” says Sokhi, adding: “It is 25 ft high, but the height can be adjusted for getting more light. But by increasing the height, the amount of reflected light will also become less.” continued on page 2 solved; three arrested Tribune News Service Ludhiana April 14 With the arrest of three persons, the city police claimed to have solved the carjacking case, in which a Mohali-based taxi driver was thrashed. Those arrested have been identified as Manpreet Singh alias Manni (25) of Bank Colony Haibowal, Lakshya Khurana alias Shetty (23) of Durgapuri Haibowal and Gopal Krishan alias Bittu (23) of Haibowal. The accused in police custody on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS The incident took place on April 9, when four of the gang members, including Shetty, hired a taxi from Chandigarh railway station for Ludhiana. When they reached Ludhiana, they dumped driver Davinder Singh of Mohali at Haider Enclave near Haibowal and thrashed him as well. He, however, managed to escape unhurt and reported the incident to the police. A continued on page 2
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