31082017-LT-01.qxd 8/30/2017 11:39 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 31 AUGUST 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Swachh Pakhwada No respite from diesel autos Softball tourney Personal, general cleanliness activities planned for 15 days in September at govt, private schools. P2 Diesel-run auto-rickshaws plying within the city limits add to pollution woes of residents. P3 Fazilka eves win in state championship, while BCM lads bag title in district. P4 FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 31 C MIN 25°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6:51 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:02 AM Divine canvas Lalto Kalan patwari caught taking bribe Tribune News Service The fields present a picturesque scene in the backdrop of cloudy sky in Ludhiana on Wednesday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN SNIPPETS Ludhiana, August 30 The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a patwari at Lalto Kalan while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000. He had demanded bribe in lieu of providing some land records to the complainant. The patwari has been identified as Baldev Krishan. The complainant, Manvinder Singh, a resident of Chupki village, Lalto Kalan, said he had signed an agreement to buy a piece of land at Lalto Kalan village. Since he required some land record from the Revenue Department to complete the deal, he contacted Baldev Krishan. “The patwari was deliberately dilly-dallying the matter and was not providing me with the record. When I Bains’ sting reaches Centre Wife,paramourget lifeforkillingman Sushma Swaraj talks tough on middlemen culture at Passport Office Ludhiana: Additional Sessions Judge Anjana has convicted Raj Kumari (wife) and Chetan Kumar (her paramour) of Bhairo Munna village, Sahnewal, of killing Sita Ram in April, 2015. They have been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 15,000 each. The court denied the plea of leniency raised by the accused. The case was registered at the Sahnewal police station on April 6, 2015, on a statement of Chandan Kumar, son of the deceased. The complainant had stated that Chetan, who was residing in the deceased’s house, developed illicit relations with his mother. So, he was turned out. On the fateful day, he heard the shrieks of his father. He saw the accused was hitting his father’s head with an axe. Upon seeing him, Chetan ran away. OC Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 30 Taking cognisance of a “sting” operation conducted by the Lok Insaaf Party MLA from Atam Nagar, Simarjit Singh Bains, the Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, today spoke to Bains and assured him that she would look into the middlemen culture prevailing at the local Passport Office. The LIP MLA had visited the office near Preet Palace yesterday and brought to the notice of passport officers how “middle-men” sitting outside the office were asking visitors for greasing their palms to get their work done early. The entire conversation Lok Insaaf Party MLA Simarjit Singh Bains talks to an officer at Passport Office. A FILE PHOTO with the applicants/visitors and officials was videotaped and posted on Facebook and Cyber fraud victim to sue telecom firm Yet to get back ~35 lakh siphoned off from his account Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 30 Victim of a Rs 70-lakh cyber fraud, local industrialist Arun Beri has alleged he has been running from pillar to post to get back his full money. So far, he has got back Rs 35 lakh from banks while the recovery of the rest of the amount seems uncertain to him. Beri said he was going to sue the telecom company to recover his loss. “I am going to sue the telecom company to recover my loss. It is clear that due to the negligence on the part of the telecom company, cyber criminals managed to hack his bank account and siphon off Rs 70 lakh. I will also make the banks party in my petition because the swindlers managed to withdraw Rs 35 lakh of the stolen amount. Had banks paid heed, my loss could have been less,” the victim alleged. While blaming the telecom company, the victim assert- ed that its agents of Rajpura had issued a duplicate SIM card to the swindlers by accepting a fake letter of his firm. They did not bother about verifying the request for change of SIM card from him. The fake letter (a copy of which is with The Tribune) also has forged signature of Arun Beri along with the address of his firm in Ludhiana. Swindlers had written: ‘Kindly replace this number’. The alternative number mentioned on the letter is of West Bengal. When my number belonged to Ludhiana, why did the company issue a duplicate SIM from the Rajpura branch?” the victim asked. Two women, among four persons, received Rs 70 lakh, siphoned off from Beri’s account, in their bank accounts of which four accounts are in Kolkata. One account is in New Delhi. Two accounts are operated by a woman, Syantani, and one each by Sanjay Paul, Raj Kumar and a private firm, RSP Enterprises. A police team had conducted raids in Kolkata but the accused had fled from their rented accommodations. other social networking sites. Bains said it was so nice of Swaraj to have called him on WOMAN’S DEATH Husband, in-laws booked this serious issue. “Everything was conveyed to the Minister that how persons sit- ting outside the passport office were working as agents and were duping innocent public. It was so good on part of the minister that she not only gave a patient hearing but assured me that this kind of exploitation of public will not be allowed. I feel strict action will be taken against such persons/officials by the ministry,” said Bains. Bains had visited the Passport Office after one of the youths complained to him online that he was getting an appointment after about a month while the middlemen sitting outside the office were assuring him of appointment/moving of file within 48 hours on payment of Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000. The patwari in the custody of Vigilance officials in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA repeatedly approached the patwari, he demanded Rs 3,000 as bribe for issuing the record. I gave him Rs 1,000 in advance and promised him to give him the rest of the amount today,” the complainant told the Vigilance sleuths. A senior Vigilance official, in a statement issued here today, said acting on the complaint, they laid a trap and caught the patwari while he was accepting the bribe. A case under Section 7 and 13(2) of the PC Act has been registered against Baldev. Erratic run of trains on, 12 cancelled Our Correspondent Ludhiana, August 30 Though most of the cancelled trains have been pressed back into service by Northern Railway and after a gap of five days, the pair of LudhianaNew Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi has also commenced its regular run, yet the passengers continue to suffer as many trains are still not able to maintain their timetable. Passengers travelling on the trunk route of AmritsarLudhiana-New Delhi remained the worst sufferers today also as most of the trains were running behind schedule from two to six hours. Barring two pairs of morning and evening shatabdi trains on this section, 12497/98 New Delhi-Amrit- sar-New Delhi Shan-e-Punjab were delayed by some three hours each, 14682 Jalandhar-New Delhi Intercity Express by 4.30 hours, 12460 Amritsar-New Delhi Intercity Express by 5 hours, 12459 New Delhi-Amritsar Intercity Express by 2.35 hours and 14681 New DelhiJalandhar Intercity Express did not run from Ambala Cantt to Jalandhar City. Some other trains running behind schedule were 12919 Indore-Jammu Malwa Express (4.20 hrs), 15707 Katihar-Amritsar Amrapali Express (7.30 hrs), 14650 Amritsar-Jaynagar SaryuYamuna Express (2.10 hrs) and 11057 CST (Mumbai)Amritsar Express (2.05 hrs). Railway officials attributed continued on p4 Domestic flights from Sept 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 30 Four days after the death of a woman under mysterious circumstances at Raja Colony, Lohara, the Daba police have registered an FIR against her husband and his kin on charge of culpable homicide. On August 25, Priya was found dead at her in-laws’ house. Her husband and inlaws told the police that it was an accidental death as she was electrocuted at home. Police sources said the woman’s family did not raise any hue and cry over her death. Suspecting no foul play, the police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPc. The investigating officer, ASI Harmesh Singh, said a post-mortem examination was conducted at Civil Hospital. The medical report also said the woman had died due to electrocution. She had suffered burns on the hand. “Now, the woman’s brother, Mohit, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar, has levelled allegations against continued on p2 c m y b Workers install a hoarding at the Sahnewal airport in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN The domestic flights from the Sahnewal airport here are going to start again from September 2. The first Air India flight from Delhi to Sahnewal will reach here at around 4 pm that day and the same flight will leave for Delhi at 5 pm. This would be a 70-seater plane. The DC, Pradeep Aggarwal, held a meeting with the officials concerned. He said the initiative had been taken by the Central Government. He said the best road to reach Sahnewal was through the Kohara bypass as it will save much of the time of passengers. He said that for making the destination easy, sign-boards had been put up for the convenience of public. The other arrangemts like repair of road and berms, plantation, pruning of weeds and trees etc will be completed by August 31. — TNS
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