02082017-LT-01.qxd 8/2/2017 12:29 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 2 AUGUST 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Teej festivities Admn on its toes Flautist mesmerises 32 schools will take part in cultural extravaganza during which various competitions will be held. P3 The Weather Dept has predicted rains for the next three days in Punjab and Haryana. P4 Audience enjoys a performance by Rupak Kulkarni at Sat Paul Mittal School. P2 FORECAST THUNDERSTORM | MAX 31°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:21 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:45 AM Now, watchman loses ~74K to cyber crime Lurking danger Criminals withdraw ~74,344 from his account at ATM in Delhi No headway in past cases Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service A broken electricity pole rests against the security room at Gate Number 4 of the PAU in Ludhiana on Tuesday. It has been a couple of days since the pole fell on the security room. A gatekeeper said: "We do not sit in the room for the fear of being electrocuted. On Tuesday also, we kept standing in the rain." Dr Vishwajeet Hans, Estate Officer, PAU, said they had disconnected electricity supply to the pole. "We informed the PSPCL and they inspected the spot. Maybe they did not come on Tuesday due to the rain. But I'm sure the pole will be removed soon." TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN SNIPPETS Four members of auto gang nabbed at naka Ludhiana: The police have nabbed four members of an autorickshaw gang. They have been identified as Sooraj of the Tajpur road, Mohammad Aslam of the Tibba road, Jatinder of Gurmel Park and Amrik of Kishor Nagar. Investigation officer Arvinder Singh said the auto drivers looted passengers by threatening them with sharp weapons. A naka was laid near the Samrala chowk where they were nabbed. 5 booked for concealing info about their tenants Ludhiana: The police have booked five landlords for concealing from the police information about their tenants. Those who have been booked are Prem Lal of Harpal Nagar, Vikas Goel of Haibowal Kalan, Phool Chand of Railway Colony, Pawan Kumar of Gopal Nagar in Haibowal and Amir Fatma of Gill village. Police Commissioner RN Dhoke has ordered strict action against landlords who fail to inform the police about their tenants. Financier booked for taking away auto-rickshaw Ludhiana: The police have booked a financier, Rajinder Singh resident of Inderprasth Nagar, on a complainant of Sunil Kumar of Rajouri Garden. Sunil told the police that Rajinder had financed his autorickshaw and he had paid all loan instalments over a period of five years. But, the financier was demanding more money and he took away his auto-rickshaw. The police have launched investigation. TNS Ludhiana, August 1 Adding to the list of cyber crime cases, a city-based man has lost more than Rs 74,000 to cyber criminals. The victim met Police Commissioner RN Dhoke today and urged him to register a case and nab the culprits. The victim, Rulda Singh, a resident of CRPF Colony Dugri, is a watchman at Child Development Project Officer’s (CDPO) office here. He told Ludhiana Tribune that he had a bank account in the State Bank of India, Shimlapuri. On July 25, he ■ Younis Mohammad of Ranjit Nagar has lost ~36,800 to cyber criminals. ■ A city resident, Dr Balwant Singh Hunjan, has lost ~3.94 lakh. ■ Yograj Garg, who owns a footwear store at Clock Tower, has been defrauded of ~36,000. ■ Accountant Sukhwinder Singh of Giaspura has lost ~80,000. ■ Arun Beri, an industrialist, lost ~70 lakh to a net banking fraud. The cyber crime victim, Rulda Singh, at the CP’s office on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO However, about half the amount was saved by freezing the accounts in which the stolen money was transferred. ■ Mohan Singh, a manufacturer, has lost ~2.5 lakh to cyber criminals. received three messages showing withdrawal of a total of Rs 74,344 from his account. “I received three messages showing withdrawal of Rs 2,100, Rs 32,244 and Rs 40,000 respectively from an ATM located in New Delhi. This happened despite the fact that the ATM card was in my possession and I was in Ludhiana at that time,” Rulda said. How could someone with- draw money from his account when the ATM card was with him, he asked. He said he had also submitted a complaint to the SBI branch manager to inquire about the persons continued on p3 Daba ASI faces FIR for not Car-borne youths flee showing drug recovery with PCR cop’s carbine Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 1 The Daba police registered an FIR against an ASI of the Daba police station, Angrej Singh, for not showing the recovery of drugs from a drug peddler. On July 15, workers of the Lok Insaf Party had caught a drug peddler, named Gurinder Singh of Preet Nagar, with a packet of drug powder. The peddler, along with the recovered material, was handed over to the police. Later when LIP leaders perused the court records, they came to know that the Daba police had not shown any recovery in the case file. To launch a protest against the police, LIP MLA Simarjit Singh Bains had barged into the Daba police station and blamed the staff for sheltering the drug peddler. Bains also went live on his Facebook page where he condemned the Daba police. The same day, SHO Gurvinder Singh said the police ❝About half-a-gram drug powder was seized from the peddler which is not required to be shown as recovery in the case file. But it is negligence on the part of the ASI that he has mentioned nothing about the recovery in the case file. ❞ INVESTIGATING OFFICER had recovered drug powder weighing about one-tenth of one gram from the accused, which was not sufficient for even sampling or testing. “The person nabbed was not a drug peddler, but a drug addict. Action was taken in the case as per the rules only. All allegations levelled by Bains are baseless,” the SHO had said. Today, investigating officer Rajwantpal Singh said a case was registered against the ASI because he had not shown the recovery of drugs from the peddler. “About half-a-gram drug powder was recovered from the peddler which is not required to be shown as recovery in the case file. But it is negligence on the part of the ASI that he has mentioned nothing about the recovery in the case file,” he added. When asked if half a gram drug powder was not required to be shown, then why an FIR was registered against the ASI, the IO failed to answer the query. The issue had also been raised by the LIP leaders before DGP Suresh Arora and Police Commissioner RN Dhoke. Threat to Yogi: UP police raid Dhoka Mohalla Officials play musical chairs Tribune News Service Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, August 1 The Azamgarh police of Uttar Pradesh today conducted raids in the city to trace the accused who had issued life threats to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. A police team from UP led by a Sub-Inspec, tor rank officer, along with the Division No. 3 police, conducted raids at the suspected hideouts of the accused. Youths had issued life threats to the UP Chief Minister through a video which had gone viral on the social media. The youth had threatened to kill Yogi. The alleged accused, namely Rohit, Pyare Lal and Ravinder, had also resorted to badmouthing against Hindu religion. The video had also reportedly gone viral on Youtube, Facebook and other social media sites. A case has been registered continued on p4 Ludhiana, August 1 There is much heartburn and resentment over frequent orders of new postings and transfers in the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here by the Minister for Local Bodies Navjot Singh Sidhu. At least one superintending engineer (SE), a couple of executive engineers, subdivisional engineers and junior engineers, along with employees of clerical cadre, have been transferred two or three times from Ludhiana. But most of them have managed to get their shifting orders revoked and are staying put here, much to the discomfort of those who were to take their place. Before the new Congress government came in power, there were two superintending engineers, RK Garg and Sukhbir Singh Jakhar, in LIT against the sanctioned post of LIT TRANSFERS Officers good at managing things At least one superintending engineer, a couple of executive engineers, sub-divisional engineers and junior engineers, along with employees of clerical cadre, have been transferred two or three times from Ludhiana. But most of them have managed to get their shifting orders revoked and are staying put here. one. Garg, who also held additional charge of the Bathinda Improvement Trust, was suspended (due to alleged irregularities in execution of a project) after Sidhu took charge of the Local Bodies Department, and Jakhar held the lone post of the SE here. However, in yet another move, Jakhar was given new posting orders at Patiala and the Executive Engineer SB Sachdeva assumed charge as officiating SE where he remained just for a couple of days. In the meantime, Jakhar was again posted at Ludhiana by the Local Government Department on May 30, 2017, and joined duty, thus relieving Trust Engineer Sachdeva of officiating charge. This was not the end of story, as the government revoked new posting orders of Jakhar (posting him at Ludhiana) on July 18, 2017, c m y b and he was once again shifted to Patiala. Since Jakhar did not join his new place of posting (there could be many others like him) for more than a week, the Local Government Department shot off a memo (3/14/2017-3LG/1032619/1) on July 26, 2017 to all Regional Deputy Directors of Local Bodies in the state to immediately report about those employees/officials who had continued on p3 Ludhiana, August 1 Car-borne youths reportedly fled with a carbine of a policeman here late this evening. The incident, which occurred at around 9.15 pm, kept the police on their toes. Initial information passed by police sources said the carbine had not accidentally fallen in the youths’ car as a policeman of the PCR staff smashed the rear glass, rather it was snatched by the youngsters. Senior police officials, including Police Commissioner RN Dhoke and ADCP Surendra Lamba, reached the spot for investigation. According to information, two PCR employees, Sukhjit Singh and Chet Singh, were patrolling at Tharike village. Their motorcycle reportedly collided with a car, following which they had an altercation with the youths. Dhoke said after altercation, the policemen tried to stop the car-borne persons, including two boys and a girl. However, the latter did not pay heed to the police- men’s call. In order to stop the car, one of the policemen smashed the front windowpane of the car with his carbine. Still, the occupants of the car did not stop. Then he hit the rear glass. The glass was smashed and the policeman’s carbine fell into the vehicle. The youths didn’t stop the car and sped off, the CP said. Dhoke said a case would be registered against the car driver. The sources said the police had identified the car from CCTV footage.
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