05082017-LT-01.qxd 8/5/2017 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 5 AUGUST 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE No plastic flags on I-Day Farmers on warpath Basketball tourney ends CBSE asks schools affiliated with it to respect the Flag Code of India and protect environment. P2 Farmers to court arrest on Aug 9, demand remission of debts, implementation of Swaminathan report. P3 Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School and Gymkhana Club win in girls’, boys’ sections of Sub-Jr Ludhiana Dist Basketball Tourney. P4 FORECAST MOSTLY CLOUDY | MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7: 18 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5: 46 AM POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 12 Noon to 5 PM: Due to urgent maintenance work, the 11 kV feeders at Housing Board, Ishmeet Academy and Basant City, fed from 66 kV Rajguru Nagar sub-station will remain shut on August 5 10 AM to 3 PM: Due to urgent maintenance work, the 11 kV feeders in South City, Jhammat, Barewal, Ayali, Bains, Janpath, Sukhmani Enclave, Rajgarh Estate and MHP Barewal, fed from 66 kV South City sub-station will remain shutdown on August 5 SNIPPETS Childhood friends form robbers’ gang, arrested Migrant labourers their target; STUrecovers 27 mobiles from them Committed robberies to buy drugs Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service 2 booked for ~55 lakh fraud Ludhiana: Two employees of an ATM cash management agency have been booked by the SBS Nagar police station for committing a fraud of ~55 lakh. They have been identified as Varun of Kishore Nagar and Harpreet of Shimlapuri. They were booked on company manager Sri Nivasan's complaint. Sources said the accused were employed by the agency to fill cash in over a dozen ATMs in the city. The fraud came to light yesterday, when the ATM of the Bank of India in Jamalpur ran out of cash and when the bank came to inquire, they informed the agency. When the agency officials came to check, they came to know that two employees had not filled the cash in the ATM despite being given ~15 lakh. Today, when the company checked other ATMs they found that total cash which was given to the employees for ATMs was ~55 lakh and they had not filled the same in ATMs. The police have been conducting raids to arrest the accused. TNS Rakhi's bail plea adjourned Ludhiana: Bollywood actor Rakhi Sawant's anticipatory bail application was adjourned following the transfer of Additional Sessions Judge Monika Goyal on Friday. Now, the bail plea would be heard by Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh on August 5. The trial court had cancelled the bail granted to the actor following her non-appearance in the court despite directions on July 7. She was facing accusations of hurting religious feelings of the Valmiki community by speaking against Lord Valmiki. OC Bypolls on August 6 The elections for six sarpanches and two panches in various villages of the district will be held on August 6. Surbhi Malik, ADC (D)-cum-ADEO, said voting would start from 8 am to 4 pm. She said total 38 papers were received for 14 posts of sarpanch of 16 posts. Eight out of 14 sarpanches have been elected unopposed due to single nomination for their respective villages. No nomination was received for the two posts of sarpanch in Silon Kalan and Lohgarh villages. Likewise, total 33 nominations were received for 27 posts of panch of 41 posts. As many as 25 out of 27 panches have been elected unopposed due to single nomination for their respective wards. No nomination was received for 14 posts of panch in various villages, she said. Water samples fail test All seven water samples collected from Nanak Nagar, where diarrhoea outbreak was reported a few days ago, have failed the test. Presence of E Coli was detected in the water. Surprisingly, the water samples were taken from taps and MC tankers supplying water to area residents. In addition to this, two samples tested positive for cholera. Three samples were taken, of which two have been confirmed of cholera. On Friday, two new diarrhoea cases were also reported in the area. "Two samples have been confirmed of cholera. Cholera is a bacterial disease which usually spreads through contaminated water and diarrhoea is also one symptom of cholera. We have started the treatment of those patients accordingly and medical camps are already in progress in the area," said Dr Ramesh, District Epidemiologist.Meanwhile, a patient undergoing treatment at DMCH has been confirmed of swine flu. The patient belongs to Malerkotla. TNS Ludhiana August 4 The Special Task Unit (STU) claimed to have busted a gang of snatchers today and recovered 27 mobile phones from them. The gang confessed to having committed over 50 snatchings in the city in the recent past. The accused have been identified as Samir Khan (22), a resident of Muslim Colony in Focal Point and Jatinder Kumar alias Longa (25), a resident of Sherpur Khurd. STU Ludhiana Chief Prem Singh in a press conference said a tip-off was received that two youths, who had formed a gang of snatchers, were roaming in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar area to commit snatching. Accordingly, the STU team laid a trap and The STU chief said the accused were childhood friends. Jatinder entered the crime world before his aide Samir. Jatinder was already facing two cases of drugs and theft. "They are childhood friends and reportedly studied together in school. Now, they formed a gang to loot migrant labourers. They are also drug addicts and resort to such crimes to satisfy their hunger for drugs," Singh said. << STU chief Prem Singh with the accused in Ludhiana on Friday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA arrested them. On the disclosures of the accused, 27 mobile phones were recovered from them, Singh said, adding that the accused had mainly been targeting migrant labourers near railway tracks and oth- er migrant-populated areas. “After snatching mobiles from migrant labourers, they used to sell it to migrant labourers at cheap price, Prem Singh said. Apart from targeting labourers in railway areas, they committed several snatchings in Focal Point, Jamalpur, Shimlapuri and Sahnewal areas. On August 2, the STU had also busted a gang of snatchers and recovered 31 mobile phones from them. Cyber criminals continue to haunt This time, govt school lecturer, magistrate’s mother lose ~50,000 each Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana August 4 Cyber crime continues to haunt residents in the city. This time, criminals stole ~50,000 each from the accounts of a lecturer in government school and mother of a magistrate posted in Ferozepur. GADVASU professor Dr Raj Sukhbir, who is victim Kamaljit Kaur’s husband, said: “The ATM belongs to my wife, who is a physics lecturer at Government School Gujjarwal. She has an account in the Axis Bank branch in Phullawal. Since my mobile number is attached with the account, I was stunned to see four transaction messages showing withdrawal of ~60,000 (comprising two each withdrawals of 20,000 and 10,000) from the ATM. Out of ~60,000, the transaction of ~10,000 was reverted into my account. Hence my loss stands at ~50,000,” Dr Raj told Ludhiana Tribune. After reading the message, he suddenly checked the email and found the withdrawal messages. Dr Raj said when he inquired from bank, he was told that the money was withdrawn from some ATM in Khan Market, New Delhi. He said recently he had read about the advice of ACP Cyber Crime Rupinder Kaur Bhatti regarding avoiding use of ATM cards at petrol pumps, but he had never ever used his ATM at petrol pumps. In fact, he said he had never used his ATM for shopping purpose even. “But still, Man ‘kidnapped’ at gunpoint Tribune News Service Ludhiana August 4 Four men kidnapped a factory worker at gunpoint and took him to an ATM of Federal Bank on the Chandigarh Road and withdrew ~26,500 cash from his accounts last night. The victim has been identified as Dev Raj, a resident of Shimlapuri near Sector 32. He works at some engineering firm. The police have recovered the CCTV footage from the Federal bank on the basis of which, the accused are being identified. The police managed to get a bike’s number and traced its address to Tejpura. Dev Raj told Ludhiana Tribune that he, along with his friend, was going to the factory as they were on night duty last night. “After having dinner from a dhaba, we were on our way to the factory, when four persons on three bikes stopped us. By flashing a weapon, they asked us to deliver the cash and other valuables. Later, they forcibly took two ATM cards from my continued on page 2 c m y b the cyber criminals managed to dig a hole in my pocket. I have filed a complaint at PAU police station and have urged the police to bring the culprits to task as soon as possible so that the stolen money could be recovered,” he said. He demanded that the Axis Bank compensate the loss as the cyber crooks sneaked into their security system to steal money. Joginder Singh, owner of Raja Electronics, said: “My daughter Harmilanjot Kaur is a magistrate posted in Ferozepur city. Today, my wife Varinder Kaur, who has an account in SBI branch in Kochar Market, went for shopping. When she swiped her card at a shop to pay her bills, it was declined showing nil balance. Later, when the balance was checked, only ~166 were left. Two transactions of ~38,000 and ~12,000, respectively, were shown in the bank statement. We also tried to contact the Bank Manager from the spot, but he did not respond. We will meet CP RN Dhoke tomorrow to lodge a complaint,” Singh said. HC orders CBI probe ELDERLY COUPLE'S DEATH Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 4 More than three years after an elderly couple was done to death in Ludhiana, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The order came after the Bench observed that serious efforts were not being made by the Punjab Police to track down the assailants The order by Justice Ramendra Jain came on a petition filed against the state of Punjab and other respondents by the victims’ daughter Neelu Gupta and another kin Ashish Gupta through counsel Vishal Munjal. The petitioners were praying for the issuance of direction for transferring the investigation to an independent probing agency like the CBI or the crime branch in murder case registered on May 15, 2014, under Sections 302 and 324 of the IPC at Jagraon city police station in Ludhiana district rural. Munjal told the Bench that Neelu Gupta’s parents Suresh Goel and Shimla Devi, aged around 75, were attacked and brutally murdered in their house by unidentified persons. The assailants even assaulted their granddaughter Shagun Gupta. Taking up the matter, Justice Jain took note of the fact that the petitioners filed the instant petition for transferring the investigation in March, 2015, as the police could not solve the case. Justice Jain said more than two years and five months continued on page 2
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