17072017-LT-01.qxd 7/17/2017 12:26 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 17 JULY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Open House response Death of a bridge Much-needed help Fruits and vegetables that are fresh and naturally ripened are a rare commodity in the market. P3 To awaken authorities from their slumber, residents hold ardas on its 1st ‘death anniversary’. P4 A free artificial limb-distribution camp was organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust. P4 FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORM | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7:30 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:35 AM Merc runs over three on Ferozepur road Two occupants of car, who fled the spot after accident, have been identified; deceased worked at mall Man nabbed for wife’s murder Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 16 A rashly driven Mercedes car hit a scooter on the Ferozepur road near Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) last night. Two persons riding the scooter died last night while the third one succumbed to injuries today. The deceased have been identified as Bhagwant Singh, Azim and Madhu Sharma, all residents of Meharban. They worked at Western Mall located on the Ferozepur road. They were returning home when the accident happened. The car occupants escaped unhurt. Sources said the incident occurred at 12.45 am last night. Eyewitnesses said the scooter got stuck under the car. Passersby shifted the injured to the hospital. The car driver tried to restart the car after the accident. They fled the spot, leav- Ludhiana notorious for bloody roads Ferozepur road a death trap Ferozepur road has become a famous spot for youths belonging to rich families who drive their super luxury cars at high speeds. Many such incidents, involving expensive cars, have happened on the road. ■ February 13, 2013: A speeding BMW rammed into a pole on the road divider near MBD Neopolis around 11:30 pm last night. Four occupants of the car suffered minor injuries. ■ August 14, 2013: Munish Kumar (24), a police constable and resident of Shanti Nagar in Ferozepur, was killed and his three colleagues were injured after they were hit by a car at a checkpoint. ■ March 15, 2014: Akshit Kharbanda (26) was killed in a car crash while his friend, who was at the wheel, suffered severe injuries. The accident took place near MBD Neopolis. ■ October 26, 2014: Gagan Sharma, a resident of Block D, BRS Nagar, and Rajat Dua of Dugri were killed while the driver Atul Bansal, who runs a shop near Aarti Chowk, suffered minor injuries after a BMW hit a tree near Deepak Hospital at Sarabha Nagar. They were heading towards Ferozepur Road. ■ October 15, 2015: A BMW, which was reportedly involved in racing with another vehicle, rammed into a rickshaw, leaving the rickshaw-puller severely injured. The incident took place at midnight when the BMW went out of control. The vehicle jumped the divider and went on to hit the rickshaw. The rickshaw-puller was rushed to a hospital while the owner of the BMW fled the spot. ■ December 13, 2015: Two persons were killed when a car hit their motorcycle near Nanaksar Gurdwara. The deceased were Jagdeep Singh and Jatinder Singh. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, around 682 road accidents had taken place in Ludhiana, which killed 710 persons, including 246 pedestrians and 90 cyclists. Even as per the Road Transport Ministry’s report, Ludhiana city has become the “deadliest” place in India. The chances of getting killed in a road accident in the city are highest in the whole country with the chance percentage standing at 67. Amritsar stands second at around 60%. The NCRB report says Ludhiana is ‘number three’ among 53 of India’s biggest cities in terms of the percentage rise in road accidents and consequent fatalities. The Mercedes car involved in the road accident on the Ferozepur road on Saturday night. TRIBUNE PHOTO ing the car on the road. Division No. 2 SHO Brij Mohan said the car occupants had been identified as Parth and Veren Garg, both residents of Thrike. “We are con- Diarrhoea outbreak: MC yet to awaken ducting raids to nab them. Once they are nabbed, we will get to know who was driving the car. A case under sections 304A, 279 and 427 of the IPC was registered against an unknown driver. Asked if the car occupants were drunk, the SHO said he was not sure about it. The car was registered in the name of mother of one of the youths. Ludhiana, July 16 A man, who had murdered his wife a few years ago, was nabbed by the police today. The accused has been identified as Gangaram, alias Rajo, a native of UP . Division No. 5 Station House Officer (SHO) Vinod Kumar said the police got a tip-off that the accused was seen in the Dugri area. A raid was conducted and the accused nabbed. He had been declared a proclaimed offender by the court. The SHO said the accused, along with his wife, lived in a rented accommodation at Jawahar Nagar Camp. On May 8, 2013, he scuffled with his wife over some issue, following which he strangled her to death. He had absconded since then. The police said Gangaram had been living in Ludhiana on a fake identity. Residents sweat buckets as protesters block city roads PASTOR’S MURDER Tribune News Service Stagnant water exposes poor handling of situation following the outbreak of diarrhoea at Mandi Ahmedgarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO Mahesh Sharma Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 16 Threat of further spread of diarrhoea and outbreak of other diseases is looming large over localities here but the MC authorities are yet to awaken from their deep slumber. While two cases of cholera besides more than 10 new cases of diarrhoea have been confirmed, one patient with lower platelet count and high grade fever has been referred to Civil Hospital, Malerkotla, for dengue tests. The administration has already directed the civic bodies of urban areas to undertake necessary steps to check possibilities of spread of water-borne diseases during the ongoing Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight that is scheduled to conclude on July 22. But the local civic body authorities are yet to undertake necessary measures even three days after the outbreak of diarrhoea due to leaking water supply lines in localities situated on the eastern side of the railway line here. All tanks storing and supplying water to various localities of the town should have been chlorinated much ago. This laxity on the part of the civic body has resulted in a situation, wherein fresh cases of diarrhoea are being reported daily. Two have tested positive for cholera too. The number of suspected patients inflicted with water-borne diseases since the outbreak of the epidemic last Wednesday is estimated to be 250. With Assistant Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, Surinder Singla and executive magistrate Badal Deen supervising remedial and preventive measures, the authorities of the local primary health centre have asked the executive officer of the Municipal Council to plug all leakages in water supply lines and get samples of water tested. “You are also informed that Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight is being observed in urban localities from July 10 to 22. So, you are requested to take personal interest in getting potable water tested in all localities of the town. Any leakage in water supply pipes should also be plugged without further delay,” reads a communiqué addressed to the execu- tive officer of the local MC. Identifying illiteracy and alleged backwardness of residents of the affected areas, Pardeep Sood regretted that suggestions regarding treatment and prevention were not followed and implemented properly. “While the distribution of educative pamphlets proved almost futile due to high incidence of illiteracy there, the residents were not ready to listen to guidelines by the experts,” said Sood. One of the patients named Gita, who was shifted to Civil Hospital after prolonged persuasion by paramedical staff earlier, left the hospital against medical advice as members of her family believed that no medical treatment was required in her case. Though the residents had been complaining about degradation of quality of municipal water supply, no remedial action was taken either to check the contamination of water or cleanliness of the area. Stagnant water in low-lying areas around the affected localities is breeding place for vectors of pathogens. The MC authorities are yet to sprinkle oil over water to check proliferation of vectors. Ludhiana, July 16 It was a chaotic situation in several areas of the city as protesters, who were demanding the arrest of pastor Sultan Masih’s killers, blocked traffic. The roads leading to Salem Tabri had been blocked for about three hours and the entire traffic had to be diverted to other areas. Residents of not only Jalandhar bypass and Salem Tabri areas but also Domoria Bridge, Old Courts Road and Kailash Chowk bore the brunt of the multiple protests. Huge traffic jams were witnessed near Pavilion Mall, Old Court Road, Kailash Chowk, Domoria Bridge, near Chand Cinema from where traffic was diverted by the police. The police divert traffic near the Chand cinema as protesters block the Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN CPI expresses concern inhuman ❝This is anincident, and barbaric which has shattered all. The assailants should be hanged till death A PROTESTER ❞ Nitish Kumar, a resident, said he had to come towards Clock Tower from Field Ganj but near Jagraon Bridge, too, there was a jam and he had to drive through Club Road to reach Kailash Chowk. “It was so irritating as it took me approximately one hour to reach my home. The protests are okay, but the residents should not be harassed,” he said. The protesters removed road blocks after getting assurance from senior officials. AB Fedrick, one of the protesters, said it was too bad that a pastor had been killed and we couldn’t do anything. “This is an inhuman and barbaric incident, which has shattered all. The assailants should be hanged till death,” the protester said. c m y b Police officials try to prevent protesters from blocking a service lane on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Expressing serious concern over the killings of religious leaders, the Communist Party of India has condemned the murder of Pastor Sultan Masih at Salem Tabri. Party leaders Kartar Singh Bowani, Dr Arun Mitra, DP Maur, Ramesh Rattan and Gurnam Sidhu have demanded a thorough investigation into the motive behind this murder. Law and order situation has dropped to the lowest ebb, said the leaders. Increasing incidents of murders of several leaders is a cause of serious concern and reflects failure of the police and intelligence. Immediate steps need to be taken to restore law and order and arrest the culprits, said Dr Arun Mitra. Minorities not afraid of guns: Shahi Imam Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 16 Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulana Habib-Ur-Rehman Sani from Ludhiana has condemned the killing of Sultan Masih, Pastor of the Salem Tabri church. Expressing deep sorrow, he said the killers should be arrested and sentenced to death. The Shahi Imam said the killing was an indication that miscreants wanted to spread terror in the state. He said in Punjab, the Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Christian communities had been living in harmony but some communal forces wanted to tear this fabric. Their conspiracy would not succeed at any cost. He said communal elements should shed the belief that minority groups were afraid of their guns. The Shahi Imam said the incident had put a question mark over the performance of the police and the administration. He appealed to people of all religions to maintain peace, harmony, law and order in this hour of grief.
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