01082017-LT-01.qxd 8/1/2017 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 1 AUGUST 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Udaan’s date extended I-Day preparations on Recognition for hoopster The date for applying for Udaan programme has been extended till August 7. P2 I-Day preparations have started at MGMN Senior Secondary School. Rain, however, interrupts work. P2 International hoopster Anmolpreet Kaur felicitated by the Punjab Basketball Association. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 30°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7: 21 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5: 44 AM Mayor, son ‘thrash’ worker black and blue Worker says his only fault was that he asked them to increase his salary; Mayor rubbishes claim Shivani Bhakoo We ❝evenhave not Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 31 A worker at Guru Nanak Rubber Products accused Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and his son Amanjot Singh of thrashing and threatening him of dire consequences. Rakesh Kumar said his only fault was that he asked them to increase his salary as he had already completed over a decade in the factory. Rakesh alleged that on July 19 he was “illegally detained” by both Mayor and his son at the factory and was thrashed mercilessly. It was only after his relatives gave an undertaking that he would not leave the workplace, that Rakesh was allowed to go home at 3 am. Lok Insaf Party leader Simarjit Singh Bains highlighted the incident in the media. Meanwhile, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said Rakesh had done embezzlement worth over ~12 lakh at touched him, forget about beating him. This can be done by my rivals to defame me. We registered a complaint that day itself with the Shimlapuri Police Station. ❞ HARCHARAN SINGH GOHALWARIA, Mayor, Ludhiana MC << Victim Rakesh Kumar shows injury marks in the presence of Lok Insaf Party leader Simarjit Singh Bains in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA his factory. He said Kumar, in the presence of his relatives, admitted that he had done embezzlement and would pay back the entire amount. On being asked SNIPPETS about the allegations made by Rakesh, the Mayor said it could be a conspiracy against him to defame him and his family. “We have not even touched him, forget about beating him. This can be done by my rivals to defame me. We registered a complaint that day itself with the Shimlapuri police station,” he said. Reacting to Mayor’s statement, Bains said: “I have no interest in the case, but at the same time, I will never tolerate atrocities against a poor person. Rakesh resides near Shimlapuri, which is my area (MLA). If Rakesh had done embezzlement then why did the Mayor get six cheques from the family? Why did the Mayor not hand Roaring silence Ludhiana: Additional Sessions Judge Atul Kasana has convicted Mandip Singh of New Janta Nagar, Shimlapuri, Ludhiana, on the charge of possessing intoxicating powder. He was ordered to undergo a rigorous imprisonment of 10 years along with paying a fine of ~1 lakh. Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the prosecution had successfully brought home the charges levelled against the accused. He was arrested with 70 capsules of proxyvan plus and 165 gram intoxicating powder at Partap Chowk. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against the accused on December 15, 2013, at Shimlapuri police station. However, the accused pleaded innocence and claimed false implication in the case. But prosecution proved its case. Tribune News Service Man jailed for possessing smack A tiger sits in shade on a hot, sultry day at the Tiger Safari in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Toy sales dip, GST to blame Parents thinking twice before buying toys for kids as prices soar Manav Mander Readers’ Response Ludhiana Tribune carries response from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna, Mandi Ahmedgarh and the nearby areas every Monday. The topic for this week is: City residents are falling prey to cyber crime. Cyber criminals are committing financial frauds and going scot-free. How can cyber crime be tackled effectively? Readers can email their comments by Thursday in not more than 100 words at ludhiana.feedback@ mail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Ludhiana Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Ludhiana Tribune' on the envelope. It must contain sender’s address and number. Miscreants barge into labourers’ quarters, flee with cash, valuables P3 Ludhiana, July 31 Two groups reportedly clashed with each other for setting up vegetable market in Dugri area here today. Members of one group claimed that son of an Akali leader opened fire in the air to create panic. The police have arrested him and initiated investigation in the case. One Simranjot Singh claimed that he had deposited fee with GLADA to set up a “mandi” in Dugri, Phase 2, and had even taken permission for it. He said one Johny Khalsa along with his accomplices, who had weapons, threatened them to stop setting up the vends. Simranjot said Khalsa even abused the customers present there. He opened fire as a few customers objected to their behaviour. On being informed, the Dugri police reached the spot and initiated probe into the case. The police have arrested Johny and detained Simranjot and recovered a pistol from them. One of the accomplices of Simranjot, however, managed to flee. Johny Khalsa is the son of Kuldeep Singh Khalsa, who is the president of BC wing of Akali Dal. Sources said both groups were supported by different political parties and now, the men of the ruling party wanted to set up a “mandi” in the area. Dugri police station SHO Inspector Dalbir Singh said they have recorded the statement of both groups. Man alleges harassment at the hands of neighbours Accuses cops of inaction, says accused enjoy political clout Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 31 Toys are a luxury post the imposition of Goods and Services Tax (GST) as the prices of both battery-operated toys and board games have gone up. Parents are giving a second thought before buying toys for their kids now. Ashish Aggarwal from Aggarwal Toys at Aggar Nagar said toys have become a luxury item now. On battery-operated toys, there is 18 per cent GST, while on board games, GST levied is 12 per cent. “Earlier, if a person used to buy a gift of ~500, he used to buy extra toys to be given as gifts and return gifts. But now, the same toys have become costlier so the customers are now compromising and buying toys that are cheap. The overall scenario has affected the sales,” said Aggarwal. Monika, a 6-year-old’s Khamano, July 31 A resident of Bilaspur village was referred to the PGIMER in Chandigarh with suspected swine flu symptoms. Kashmira Singh, who is the personal secretary of MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, had fever a week ago and when his condition did not improve, he was admitted to a private hospital at Khamano. He had sore throat, high fever and his platelet count also decreased. He was also having problem breathing. Kashmira was then referred to the PGIMER in Chandigarh, where he is receiving treatment. As per sources, Kashmira’s case was taken up by Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra with PGI authorities and he was provided with the swine flu kit by the hospital. He is under observation. However, when SMO Khamano Rashmi Chopra was contacted in this regard, she expressed ignorance and said they have no information about this. DC Fatehgarh Sahib Kanwalpreet Brar said she would direct CMO Fatehagarh Sahib to look into the matter. — OC SAD leader’s son held for opening fire 10-yr jail in narcotics case Additional Sessions Judge DS Johal has convicted Beant Singh of Doraha on the charge of possessing 50-gram smack. He was ordered to undergo imprisonment for two years. A fine of ~10,000 was also imposed on him. Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the prosecution had successfully brought home the charges levelled against the accused person. A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was registered against the accused on December 15,2013, at Samrala police station. However, the accused pleaded innocence and claimed false implication in the case but could not prove his version.— TNS over the worker to the police with proofs then itself? Instead, the Mayor got an undertaking that he will not leave the job at his son’s factory. Why is Mayor so interested in keeping a worker who has done huge embezzlement?” Bains also alleged that the person’s body had turned blue even after 12 days of thrashing. He said Shimlapuri chowki in charge went where Rakesh was illegally detained by both Mayor and his son. Instead of saving Kumar, the chowki-in charge came back as if nothing had happened. “I have spoken to the Commissioner of Police and hope he will get the matter inquired thoroughly and justice will be given to Rakesh,” Bains said. Naveen Kumar, the ACP concerned, however, said Rakesh had not got any complaint lodged against anyone so far. “But we are looking into the matter and both parties have been called,” he said. Suspected swine flu patient admitted to PGIMER Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service A toy shop wears a deserted look. A TRIBUNE PHOTO mother, said last year she celebrated her son’s birthday and went to buy return gifts. “The return gifts which I bought last year for ~100 have become costly by at least ~40-50. These are exceeding my budget. So, I preferred buying chocolates instead of return gifts this time,” she said. Karan Singhania, another parent went through the similar ordeal while buying gifts for his daughter. “I generally buy educative toys for my daughter after every month or so. This time, when I went to buy toys, I realised that the prices have gone up. So, instead of buying two, I only bought a board puzzle game for my daughter,” he said. Suresh Gambhir, another c m y b toy shop owner at Model Town, said GST had impacted sales. “Battery-operated toys have actually gone costly and people are giving a second thought before buying these toys, which are considered a luxury. May be after a few months, people will get used to it. But at present, the sales have been hit. Ludhiana, July 31 Mohammad Sazid, a resident of Basti Jodhewal, has alleged harassment at the hands of his neighbours, saying his only fault was that he belonged to a Muslim family. Sazid said in September 2014, a few miscreants misbehaved with his daughter Zubaida, who was on her way to school. Suddenly, a few persons entered his house and asked him to go somewhere else and thrashed him, Sazid said. In September 2014, a case was registered under Sections 323 (voluntary causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restrain) and 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft) of the IPC against Amrit Pal, a resident of New Vishal Colony; Sukhwinder Singh from Bawa Colony; Vijay Laxmi of New Vishal Nagar and three other Mohammad Sazid with his two daughters outside the Police Commissioner’s office. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA unidentified persons for the alleged attack on Sazid and his daughter Zubaida. Talking to The Tribune, Sazid said the police did not bother to arrest the culprits despite several complaints as they all enjoyed a political clout (some of them are close to former SAD MLA of the area). After almost two and a half years in January 2017, police put the challan finally against those, whose names were registered in FIR. On July 16, 2017, about 12-15 persons including women continued on page 3
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