04072017-LT-01.qxd 7/4/2017 12:39 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 4 JULY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Promoting sale of chilli seeds Jagraon park needs makeover House theft case solved To commercialise chilli hybrid CH-27, the PAU has inked a pact with Mann India Seeds, Dhanaula, Punjab. P2 Named after Lala Lajpat Rai, an MC park serves little purpose for residents, as it needs urgent repair. P3 After almost two months, the house theft case, reported in Basant Avenue, was solved and a Nepalese was held. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 36°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7: 32 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5: 32 AM SNIPPETS Mor(e) the merrier Armed men flee after assaulting shopkeeper Husband, three others booked for dowry death Tribune News Service Ludhiana: The Jodhewal police have booked a man and three of his kin on the charge of dowry death. The accused have been identified as Mandeep Pal, Kuldeep Kumar, Ram Deen and Rukmani Devi, all residents of Ram Vihar. A case was registered on the complaint of Ram Saran of UP, whose daughter was married to Mandeep. Complainant said his daughter was married to Mandeep in 2016 and she was being subjected to mental and physical harassment for dowry. On July 1, her husband called and said the health of his wife Radha had deteriorated and when Radha's brother went to enquire, Radha was dead. He alleged that the accused killed her by strangling her. The police have launched a manhunt to arrest the accused. One booked for attempt to culpable homicide An unidentified person threw a bottle of chemical on a woman after which she sustained some injuries on her face. Victim Sushila of Foji Mohalla told the police that she was sleeping in the courtyard of the house on July 1 night, when someone threw a bottle filled with some chemical on her. The bottle hit her head and the chemical inflicted minor injuries on her face. A case under Section 308 of the IPC (attempt to commit culpable homicide) was registered against unidentified person. TNS Groom thrashed on his D-day Ludhiana July 3 A groom heading for his marriage was badly thrashed by four car-borne persons at Ambedkar Nagar late this night. The scuffle started after a car hit a woman baraati. The injured groom has been identified as Chand Kumar, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar. The incident occurred at 10.15 pm, when Chand was heading to solemnise his marriage in Dhakka Colony near Ambedkar Nagar. As the baraat was moving towards Dhakka Colony, a woman baraati was hit by a speedy car. After this, the groom’s kin started arguing with the car-borne persons. The argument took a ghastly turn, when both parties indulged in a scuffle. The groom also intervened, as a result, one of the car-borne persons allegedly snatched his sword and attacked the groom. After injuring the groom, the carborne managed to flee. The Model Town police reached the spot and launched the probe.— TNS Pheasants dance on the Punjab Agricultural University campus after it rained in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN VB officials gear up to fight graft Arrest Junior Technical Assistant of District Industries Centre, ASI for accepting bribe Our Correspondent Machhiwara Sahib, July 3 A team of Vigilance Bureau, Ludhiana, today arrested a Junior Technical Assistant of District Industries Centre red-handed while accepting a bribe of ~25,000. The accused has been identified as Kuldip Singh,Junior Technical Assistant of District Industries Centre. He was posted at Samrala. Jaswinder Singh, DSP Vig, ilance, Ludhiana, said Bhinder Singh of Powat village, who deals in transport business and ferries sand and gravel, approached the Vigilance Department, saying mining official Kuldip Singh was harassing him and asking him to give ~50,000, failing which he would shut his business and get a case registered against him under the Mining Act. As per the DSP, Bhinder The ASI (face covered); and (right) the Junior Technical Assistant of the District Industries Centre, who were caught taking bribe by the Vigilance oficials in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN gave Kuldip ~5,000 a week ago and he was supposed to give ~25,000 more money today. As finalised Kuldip called Bhinder at a dhaba on Samrala Road and took ~25,000 from Bhinder. In the meantime, the team led by DSP Jaswinder Singh reached the spot and apprehended Kuldip redhanded and recovered the given amount from him. A case of corruption was reg- Safai karamcharis thrash A-Z company’s driver Stage protest outside Municipal Corporation’s Zone-A office Tribune News Service Safai sewaks and union leaders sitting outside Zone A office of MC during a protest rally on Monday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA arms against the company representatives, drivers, safai-workers on the issue of lifting of door to door garbage. Meanwhile, safai-karamcharis held a protest against the Municipal Corporation authorities outside the ZoneA office here today. Vijay Danav, under whose leadership the protest was held, said the long-pending demands of safai-karam- istered against the mining officer and further inquiries were on. ASI held for graft The Vigilance Bureau, Ludhiana, arrested Assistant Sub-Inspector red-handed while accepting a bribe of ~15,000. The accused has been identified as Rajinder Kumar, engaged at Police Division No 5. The Vigilance acted on the complaint of one Gurbaksh Singh of Panglian village in Sahnewal. Complainant told the Vigilance officials that the ASI was demanding bribe for evading extension of police remand of his uncle Sardool Singh, who was arrested in some fraud case by the police. Initially, the complainant gave ~5,000 to the ASI and today he demanded ~15,000 more from the complainant. Vigilance officials laid a trap in the presence of the witnesses SDO GLADA Divleen Singh and Palwinder Singh, Junior Draftsman, Punjab Water Supply Department, and the moment the ASI accepted the bribe amount, he was caught by the officials. A case under Section 7 and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against the accused. charis were not being met. They had not been regularised though the government claimed to provide them regular jobs. The safai-karamcharis raised anti-government continued on page 2 c m y b Mobile shop owner Rahul Kumar undergoing treatment at a hospital on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO fighting the assailants and in the melee, the mobile phone fell. I raised an alarm after which some of the passersby stopped. The assailants fled,” the victim said. He later called his kin, who took him to the police station. Sources said some CCTV cameras were also installed on the spot, where the incident occurred and now, the Daba police were scanning the footage to identify the assailants. A case has been registered. Man hurt as weapon goes off accidentally Ludhiana, July 3 A property dealer got injured after his licenced weapon reportedly went off at his house in Shimlapuri locality late Monday night. The injured has been identified as Abhishek Sharma (35). He was rushed to the DMCH in a critical condition, where he was operated upon and one bullet was taken off by doctors. The incident occurred around 8 pm. His mother Meena Rani said his son was cleaning his licenced weapon, when suddenly she heard a gun sound. When she went to his room, she found him in a pool of blood. She raised an alarm and rushed him to the hospital. The Shimlapuri police accompanied by SHO Mohammad Jamil reached the hospital after the news spread. The SHO said preliminary report suggested that it was an accidental fire. Still if in future any foul play comes to fore, the police will initiate legal proceedings accordingly, he said.— TNS ~300 crore GLADA land under unlawful occupation Kuldip Bhatia Shivani Bhakoo Ludhiana, July 3 There seems to be no end to the tussle between A to Z company and safai-karamcharis over lifting of door to door garbage. Today, about 8-10 safaikaramcharis thrashed one Neeraj, a driver with the A to Z company, when he went to lift garbage from the main lifting point in Dugri. Vishant Chaudhry from A to Z said: “Why are they after us? If they have any issue, they should sort it out with MC authorities. Why are they beating our drivers? We have lodged a complaint with the police.” Company representatives maintained that if safaikaramcharis had any problem, they must speak to the government, but instead, a section of safai-karamcharis, under the influence of a few “muscle-men” were up in Ludhiana July 3 Five armed men brutally assaulted a shop owner and looted cash and valuables from him on the Daba-Lohara Road on Sunday night. Complainant Rahul Kumar, a resident of Fateh Singh Nagar, told the police that he owns a mobile shop on DabaLohara road. On Sunday, after closing his shop, he was on his way to home, when five armed men on two motorcycles cornered him. One of the assailants tried to snatch his mobile phone, to which he protested. Suddenly, all assailants attacked him with some sharpedged weapon. “The assailant hit me on my head with some sharp weapon and I sustained head injuries. As I fell, the accused snatched my mobile phone and ~4,000 cash. I kept Ludhiana, July 3 Some 20.37 acre land belonging to the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) with a conservative market value of more than ~300 crore is under encroachment either by religious institutions or private persons for the past more than 20 years. The fact that no action has been taken in 43 encroachments by religious institutions and only two court cases have been filed in 12 encroachments by private persons speaks volumes about the apathy of GLADA officials towards protection of government or public property. Information obtained from GLADA by Rohit Sabharwal, President, Council of RTI Activists, under the Right to Information Act reveals that land measuring 44,981 square yards (9.29 acre) in various urban estates developed by GLADA is under What RTI says Information obtained from GLADA by Rohit Sabharwal, President, Council of RTI Activists, under the Right to Information Act reveals that land measuring 44,981 square yards (9.29 acre) in various urban estates developed by GLADA is under unlawful possession of religious institutions such as temples, gurdwaras, mazars and samadhs, while another 53,651 square yards (11.08 acre) land has been occupied by private persons, which is being used for residential and commercial purposes or for jhuggis unlawful possession of religious institutions such as temples, gurdwaras, mazars and samadhs, while another 53,651 square yards (11.08 acre) land has been occupied by private persons, which is being used for residential and commercial purposes or for jhuggis. In the layout plan, the land under unlawful occupation has been shown as green belts/ parks, housing, community buildings, commercial pockets, scheduled roads, schools and road berms. The information provided by GLADA also indicates that certain religious institutions, having encroached upon the government land, had also constructed shops adjacent to the places of worship and were making money by renting out these shops. Demanding effective steps for the removal of encroachments and utilisation of the land for the purpose it was meant for, Sabharwal pointed out that the failure of GLADA officials to act against the unlawful occupants and dragging their feet where legal action was called for had not only caused huge loss to the exchequer, but also encouraged unscrupulous persons to encroach upon chunks of government land at their whim. GLADA Chief Administrator Parminder Singh Gill said he would immediately call for a detailed report on the land under encroachment and make sure that necessary legal action was taken against unlawful occupants and land under illegal possession was restored back to GLADA.
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