09082017-btd-01.qxd 8/8/2017 11:28 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 9 AUGUST 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE GNDTP staff protest Partition What a scary moment! Members of the Technical Services Union protested in front of the main gate of thermal plant. P2 Mohali-based Manjit Kaur, a little girl then, recounts the horror... Padma Lakshmi testifies that Teamsters ‘threatened’ her. P4 FORECAST P3 RAIN LIKELY | MAX 35°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.17 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.54 AM MCB issues notices for tax already paid Residents accuse the civic body of harassment, Mayor assures of inquiry Traders accuse cops of inaction in ~1.5 crore bank fraud Tribune News Service Notice without verification Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 8 The debt-ridden MCB’s tax recovery campaign has gone into an overdrive as it has issued notices to residents who have already paid property tax, sewerage and water bills. It seems that the MCB has issued notices without verifying proper account statement of the residents. The residents who have received wrong notices are in panic. They claim that MCB officials were harassing them without any fault. Ashok Kumar, a resident of Nai Basti, has received a notice regarding property tax for 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-2018, whereas he has already paid the tax till 2016-17. Mandeep Ralhan, a resident of the Power House road area, has received a sewerage bill of Rs 18,000, which he has already paid. ■ It seems that the MCB has issued notices without verifying proper account statement of the residents. ■ Ashok Kumar, a resident of Nai Basti, has received a notice regarding property tax for 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-2018, whereas he has already paid the tax till 2016-17. ■ Mandeep Ralhan, a resident of the Power House road area, has received a sewerage bill of Rs 18,000, which he has already paid. ■ Chiman Lal Rana, a resident of Jogi Nagar, has received a sewerage bill of Rs 9,000, which is already paid. ■ They said it was harassment by the MCB as when they went to the civic body’s office to get the bills rectified, nobody listened to them. . Residents at the MCB office in Bathinda. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH Chiman Lal Rana, a resident of Jogi Nagar, has received a sewerage bill of Rs 9,000, which is already paid. They said it was harassment by the MCB as when they went to the civic body’s office to get the bills rectified, nobody listened to them. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said, “It was wrong if such sort of thing has happened. I will mark an inquiry into the matter.” He said people who had got wrong notices should come to the MCB office and get their bills rectified. The fiscal condition of the Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) is not in the pink of health due to which all developmental works have been stopped in the city. The MCB has already borrowed Rs 105 crore as loan from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) to provide drinking water and sewerage facility in all parts of the city. Of this, it has already spent Rs 33 crore. The HUDCO had given Rs 105 crore to the MCB in 2014 for the project. In the first two years, the MCB had to pay only basic amount of the total sum. From 2016, the MCB had to pay Rs 18 crore as annual interest. The MCB has also taken a loan of Rs 52.50 crore from the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB). The MCB is also facing problem in giving salaries to the workers as its expenditure in May was more than its income. Later, MCB Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal pulled up the officials and instructed them to speed up the recovery of the property tax, sewerage and water bills. Bathinda, August 8 A city resident has alleged that in the branch of Cooperative Bank located in the grain market, a person, in connivance with bank officials, withdrew Rs 1.50 crore in one year from an account by forging signatures on cheques. The account holder came to know about the incident when he went to the bank to withdraw money. While addressing a press conference today, Parshotam Kumar, a resident of Green Avenue, said his father Prem Kumar, along with Subhash, a resident of Bucho Mandi, and Rinku, a city resident, were jointly working as contractors. They had opened an account in the Cooperative Bank branch located at the grain market, he added. He said the signatures of Subhash Kumar and his father Prem Kumar were Parshotam Kumar addresses mediapersons in Bathinda on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH mandatory to withdraw money. Business partner and the accused Subhash Kumar, in connivance with bank manager Gian Singh Sidhu, got issued fake cheque books and withdrew Rs 1.50 crore from the account, he added. The other partners said they went to the Deputy Commissioner during a sangat darshan programme with their plea. In turn, the Deputy Commissioner has asked the Bathinda SSP for a probe into the matter. They have alleged that the SSP has given a clean chit to the accused after the probe. They said despite giving all evidence in the form of record against the accused, the police had not taken any action. Another incident of braid cutting Ruckus outside hospital over eve-teasing by employee Allegations against reported from Gopal Nagar compounder Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 8 Another incident of braid cutting under mysterious circumstances was reported today from Gopal Nagar in the city. As per information, around 8 am in the morning, a woman was about to enter her house from the main gate when somebody pushed her from behind. She fell down and got unconscious. Councillor Nirmal Kaur and her husband Harvinder Laddu informed the police about the incident. SHO of the Canal Colony police station, Kulwinder Singh, along with a police party, reached the spot and recorded the statement of Usha Rani (50). She has stated that two clean shaven youths wearing white kurta-pajamas were standing nearby and when she was about to enter her house. She said they pushed her from the behind. Later, they Police officials record the statement of the victim of braid cutting in Gopal Nagar in Bathinda on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH made her inhale something. When she got unconscious, they chopped off her braid, she said. So far, the police have failed to get any clue in any of these incidents. Earlier, these braid cutting incidents were reported from the city, Lehra Bega village, Dasmesh Nagar in Rampura Phul, Maur and Kothe Jung Singhwala village in Goniana. NK Gosian, a city resident, said it was sad that such incidents were happening and the police had failed to get any breakthrough till date. DSP Gurjit Singh Romana said they were probing these incidents and soon they would get some clue. He appealed to the people not to spread any rumours. — TNS Bathinda, August 8 Kin of a patient today created ruckus outside a private hospital alleging that a compounder of the hospital had allegedly passed lewd remarks at a female member of their family. The relatives raised the issue with a doctor but he allegedly ignored their compliant. Angry relatives today lodged a complaint at the Cantonment police station. As per information, the daughter of Shanti Devi, a resident of Hazi Rattan, who is admitted to the ICU at a private hospital on the Power House road, levelled allegations against Kuldeep Singh, who works as compounder at the hospital. She alleged that last night, she was in the ICU ward to look after her mother. The compounder came inside the ward with an excuse of checking the patient but later, he bolted ■ Kin of a patient on Tuesday protested outside a private hospital alleging that a compounder of the hospital had allegedly passed lewd remarks at a female member of their family. ■ As per information, the daughter of Shanti Devi, a resident of Hazi Rattan, who is admitted to the ICU at a private hospital on the Power House road, levelled allegations against Kuldeep Singh, who works as compounder at the hospital. ■ A police team from the Cantonment police station reached the spot . A relative of the girl argues with a police official outside a private hospital in Bathinda on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH the door and passed lewd remarks on her, she said. When she protested and started shouting, other members of the staff also came in and the accused was taken out. Later, the girl narrated the incident to her relatives who sat on a dharna outside the hospital and raised slogans against the hospital this morning. After getting information, Designated for protests, Children’s Park robbed of its true spirit People use it for staging dharnas Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 8 A park that is not for children – this is how Nehru Children’s Park located in the Civil Station can be best described. Hardly for being a recreation centre for children, in the morning people use it for staging dharnas and in the evening, the park becomes a haven for drug addicts and anti-social elements, who are there till late at night. This park is also a favourite place of love birds, who can be seen in one or the other corner of the park. The park was recently renovated and new joyrides for children were installed but children are rarely seen enjoying them. A major reason behind this is said to be that the swings are installed on a cemented floor, due to which many children have received injuries after falling down. Despite being the venue for many protests, the park does- ■ Hardly for being a recreation centre for children, in the morning people use it for staging dharnas and in the evening, the park becomes a haven for drug addicts and anti-social elements, who are there till late at night. ■ The park was recently renovated and new joyrides for children were installed but children are rarely seen enjoying them. ■ Despite being the venue for many protests, the park doesn’t have any toilet. . Children enjoy swings at Children’s Park in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA n’t have any toilet. As a result, people urinate in the open in corners of the park. In absence of any security guard, its gate remains opened and people some- times park their two-wheelers inside the park. Stray cattle are also seen roaming at the park. The dustbins installed at the park remain full to their capacity, but are not cleaned on time. The park has a canteen, which offers refreshment to the visitors. The grass in the park is well-maintained and joyrides are also in good condition. c m y b The district administration has asked various unions to stage protest at the park rather than protesting outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office. A senior officer, on condition of anonymity, said the permission to stage protest at Children’s Park was given as it was less problematic for them. Commuters and the public are not affected, otherwise protesters block roads outside the DC’s office, he added. It’s rather easy for the police to manage protesters at the park. Residents of the area have alleged that there is no sitting facility at the park. Garbage is seen around, which also makes the place stinky and a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Sandeep Singh, a city resident said, “Stray dogs roam inside the park. Some of them are suffering from diseases. The condition of the toilet is terrible and it can’t be used.” Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said he would write a letter to the MCB Commissioner and ask him to depute a guard there so that no anti-social element entered the park. The park has been well maintained and even a place for yoga has been designated, he added. a police team from the Cantonment police station reached the spot. The girl’s brothers Jeewanpal Garg and Telu Ram Garg alleged that the police were not acting on their complaint. They gave an ultimatum that if a case was not registered against the compounder and the doctor within 24 hours then they would intensify their protest. Police officials claimed that they were probing the incident and would take action in case of wrongdoing. SNIPPETS Scribe beaten up, 3 booked Bathinda: Surinder Kansal, a resident of Rampura Phul, was beaten up by three persons from Mehraj village over some old rivalry. Surinder Kansal is a journalist by profession. In a complaint lodged by Kansal with the police, he has stated that the accused Anguri Devi, Maninder Kumar and Amandeep, entered his house on August 6 and attacked him over an old rivalry. The police have registered a case against the three accused under Sections 452, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC at the Rampura city police station. No arrest has been made so far and all accused are absconding. TNS 3 booked for sodomy Bathinda: The Dyalpura police have booked three persons on the charge of sodomising a boy at Kothe Guru Ka village. In a complaint lodged by the grandfather of the 9-year-old victim, he has stated that his grandson was returning home around 2 pm when the accused Kannu Singh, Ginda Singh and Dilpreet Singh, residents of the same village, took the boy to their house. They made him see blue films and Ginda Singh sodomised the boy, he added. The police have registered a case under Section 377 of the IPC, and Sections 3 and 4 of the POSCO Act 2012 against the accused at the Dyalpura police station. TNS Three booked for theft Bathinda: Thieves stole jewellery from a house at Leleana village. A case has been registered at the Rama police station under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC. In a complaint lodged by Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Leleana, it has been alleged that the accused Deepa Singh, Nikka Singh and Kulwinder Singh had stolen gold and silver jewellery from his house last night. TNS
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