08072017-LT-01.qxd 7/8/2017 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 8 JULY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Farmers cautioned Man positive for swine flu Small palaces, high demand Farmers have been cautioned against the blast and foot rot diseases in basmati. Swine flu cases coming in this season have taken the Health Department by surprise. People have virtually shifted from hotels to small marriage palaces for holding functions after the implementation of GST. P4 FORECAST P2 P2 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7: 33 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.30 AM POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 2 pm: The power supply to some pockets of South City, Singhpura, Dashmesh Nagar, Country Home East, Country Home West will remain close on July 8, 2017, for urgent infrastructural/ maintenance work SNIPPETS Municipal engineers go on mass casual leave To stay away from workplace and hold gate rally on Monday SUSPENSION OF SEs Kuldip Bhatia Two drug peddlers in the custody of the Ludhiana police on Friday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Two drug peddlers arrested Ludhiana: The city police claimed to have arrested two drug peddlers and recovered 14 gram heroin, 20 gram opium and 13 mobile phones from them. The police have also recovered ~1.08 lakh cash from them. ACP North Sachin Gupta, at a press conference, said acting on a tip-off, a naka was laid at Peeru Banda area and after intercepting two people, they were stopped for checking. During their search, the police recovered drugs from them. During further questioning, their disclosure led to the recovery of cash and mobile phones. The accused also told the police that they had been bringing the supply of narcotics from Talwandi area and had been supplying it to their clients in Ludhiana. The accused revealed that they had forcibly taken mobile phones of those drug buyers who failed to pay the price of drugs. 1 held with 100-kg poppy husk The anti-narcotics cell of Ludhiana arrested a drug peddler and recovered 100-kg poppy husk from him. The accused has been identified as Inderjit Singh alias Sharma, a resident of Mullanpur Dakha. One of his aides, Rajiv Kumar of Bheromuna, who was riding pillion, however, managed to escape from the spot. A routine naka was laid at Thakur Colony and on suspicion, two bike-borne people were stopped for checking and narcotics were recovered from them. The accused told the police that his aide Rajiv used to bring the supply of narcotics from some supplier. The police said raids were on to arrest the remaining accused. TNS Ludhiana, July 7 The suspension of four Superintending Engineers (SEs) of the Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar Municipal Corporations for alleged financial irregularities in the execution of development works funded by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) has evoked an angry response from municipal engineers here, who went on a mass casual leave for the day and held a protest at the Nehru Planetarium in Rose Garden. They have decided to stay away from their workplaces and hold a gate rally on Monday as well. Terming the suspension of MC superintending engineers by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu as illegal and an act of political vendetta, the protesting engineers maintained that the engineers had acted upon the directions of the then state government. “The suspension of engineers for the allotment of works against single and double bids is bad in law (illegal), as in the e-tendering process, single or double bids are acceptable. This issue has already been decided by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had upheld the notification issued in this respect way back in 2010,” an Engineers of the Municipal Corporation, who went on mass casual leave, protest against the suspension of four Superintending Engineers (SEs) by the Punjab Government in Ludhiana on Friday; and (right) an office of an SE wears a deserted look. MAHAJAN engineer said. The protesting engineers also contested the disciplinary action taken against the three MC Commissioners and superintending engineers for allowing expenditure from out of PIDB funds without the approval of Finance and Contracts Committee (F& CC) and the MC General House. “The approval of F&CC or the General House is required for spending funds provided by the MC from its Bundled in car by victim’s bouncers and handed over to police Tribune News Service Ludhiana July 7 In a typical Bollywood style, a snatcher was badly thrashed publicly by the bouncers of some industrialist’s wife after he snatched her purse in Sarabha Nagar on Friday. Not only this, the bouncers later bundled him up in their Mercedes and was taken to the Sarabha Nagar police station.The police have registered a case against snatcher Jaspreet Singh of Janta Nagar on the complaint of driver Kuldeep Singh. Savita, the industrialist’s wife, is a resident of Sarabha Nagar. The incident occurred this afternoon, when Savita was shopping. She was about to sit in the car, when two snatchers pounced on her and fled with her purse. Since the incident occurred near her house, the bouncers standing outside started chasing them. When the snatchers reached the dead end of the road, with no place to escape, they left the bike and the purse behind and fled. Still, the bouncers managed to nab one of them. Three to four bouncers thrashed the snatcher in the market. After a few minutes, they bundled him up in the glovebox of the car and left for Sarabha Nagar police station and handed him over to Our Legal Correspondent TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU Snatcher thrashed Bollywood style Nikhil Bhardwaj DBA election mired in controversy How it happened The incident occurred in the afternoon, when a woman was shopping. She was about to sit in the car, when two snatchers pounced on her and fled with her purse. Since the incident occurred near the woman's house, the bouncers standing outside started chasing them. When the snatchers reached the dead end of the road, with no place to escape, they left the bike and the purse behind and fled. Still, the bouncers managed to nab one of them. Three to four bouncers thrashed the snatcher in the market. After a few minutes, they bundled him up in the glovebox of the car and left for Sarabha Nagar police station and handed him over to the police. While the snatcher was being beaten up, several people videographed the incident. the police. While the snatcher was being beaten up, several people videographed the incident. Additional DCP Surindra Lamba said some eyewitnesses have handed over the video of the spot to the police and the footage was being verified. If the bouncers would be found beating the snatcher in an inhuman way, legal action could also be taken against the bouncers. So far, the police have registered a case against the snatcher and raids were on to arrest his aide, who managed to flee. c m y b own resources, but for the works entirely funded by PIDB or any other agency, the commissioner and SEs are competent to allow expenditure,” said another engineer. There was a general feeling of resentment and anger among the municipal engineers who felt that the Local Bodies minister, or for that matter the new Congress government, wanted to settle scores with their political opponents (SAD and BJP) for which the engineers and bureaucrats were being made a scapegoat. Action smacks of political vendetta, says BJP Taking strong exception to the suspension of MC superintending engineers by Sidhu, BJP district president Ravinder Arora and vicepresident Parminder Mehta said the action taken against the officials for carrying out development works on the directions of the then government smacked of political vendetta. Ludhiana, July 7 Controversy continues over the declaration of ND Chopra as the president of the District Bar Association (DBA) and rejection of Aman Rani Sharma. Lawyers, led by former Bar Council chairman Harish Rai Dhanda, Bar Council member Parupkar Ghumman, exDBA president Naval Chhiber refused to accept Chopra as the president. They held a meeting today in the Bar room and criticised returning officer NPS Gahir. Lawyers have urged the DBA executive for convening a general house meeting on July 10 at 2 pm, failing which they have declared to call a general house of their own. Showing the form, DBA president candidate Aman Rani Sharma alleged that Gahir was the proposer of ND Chopra and openly campaigned for him. He should not have been appointed the Returning Officer. “I am not sure if I was ND Chopra’s proposer or not. The previous RO can perhaps tell,” said Gahir. But he maintained that he did nothing wrong and acted as per the rules. When contacted, former RO Sharwan Sehgal confirmed that Gahir was the proposer of Chopra. Meanwhile, ND Chopra termed all allegations to be baseless. He said he was rightly declared the president. He would work for the continued on page 2
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