04092017-LT-01.qxd 9/4/2017 12:07 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 4 SEPTEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE PU elections Katoch Shield ‘Gunahan da Iqbaal’ Candidates for post of president are united on women’s freedom, divided on violence. P2 Batting of Sukhjinder (119) and Kashish (93) enables Ludhiana to take a firm grip over match. P4 A prayer seeking forgiveness for the sins committed on both sides of border during Partition. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6:46 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:04 AM Passion takes wheels BRIEFLY Car taken away at gunpoint Ludhiana: Two carjackers took away the car of a workshop owner at gunpoint on the GT Road on Friday night. Karamjit Singh, a resident of Sector 39, Chandigarh Road, said he was returning to his place in his car after closing the workshop at night. When he reached near York Hosiery, a car stopped in front of his car. Two people alighted from it and started arguing with him. “When I asked them the reason for their misbehaviour, one of the miscreants snatched the car’s key and dragged me out of the car. They thrashed me and fled with the car,” the victim told the police. The police said the carjackers had been caught on CCTV cameras. TNS Vendor murdered by biz rivals Machhiwara: A “golgappa” seller of the nearby village of Koom Kalan was allegedly murdered by his business rivals on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Harnek Singh Goldi (40). Goldi sold “golgappas” at Koom Kalan Chowk close to the rehri of Shiv Kumar and Omkar, two brothers. A scuffle had taken place between them a few days ago but the panchayat had facilitated a compromise then. On Saturday evening, Goldi, the deceased Goldi was attacked by Shiv Kumar, Omkar and their third brother, Satish Kumar, who runs a barber’s shop, with sharp weapons at the chowk. The police rushed him to Civil Hospital, Koom Kalan, from where he was referred to Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana. However, he was declared dead on arrival there. A case of murder has been registered against the three assailants. OC A skater performs on the opening day of Ludhiana District Roller Skating Championship on Sunday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN P4 What’s cooking up in LIT canteen Its allotment for a meagre lease of ~7,000 per month raises eyebrows 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: What can be done to inculcate civic sense among residents of the city? 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. Canteen located in biz hub Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, September 3 Questions are being raised over the allotment of the canteen in the office of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) which was given on a meagre annual lease without inviting open bids through public notice in the newspapers, as is the usual practice for allotment of canteens in other government offices. Renovated at a huge expenditure sometimes back, the canteen was leased out at just Rs 7,000 per month allegedly in a ‘closed door’ auction to favour somebody close to the LIT officials. In a complaint lodged with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, with copies to Local Bodies Minis- The complaint said that Feroze Gandhi Market, where the LIT office was located, being a very busy commercial and business hub, a lot many people from private offices, banks and other establishments visited the canteen which was said to be doing a reasonably good business. ter Navjot Singh Sidhu, Vigilance wing of Local Government Department and the Additional Chief Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, secretary of Council of RTI Activists Arvind Sharma has alleged that the officials of the Trust had confirmed that no advertisement was placed in the newspapers for allotment of canteen on annual lease and it was allotted to a person having proximity to certain official for a pittance in a ‘hush-hush’ manner. The complaint said that Feroze Gandhi Market, where the LIT office was located, being a very busy commercial and business hub, a lot many people from private offices, banks and other establishments visited the canteen which was said to be doing a reasonably good business. “However, the manner in which the canteen has been allotted at a meagre annual lease, the LIT is suffering huge financial loss,” it added, Claiming that the canteen could yield many time more revenue had it been allotted in a fair and transparent manner, Sharma has demanded a high-level probe into the irregular allotment (of canteen) which would bring out Three arrested with stolen factory yarn worth ~6 lakh Woman among 4 bootleggers nabbed with 102 cases Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 3 The city police have nabbed four bootleggers, including a woman, and recovered 102 cases of liquor from their possession. In the first case, the police nabbed three bootleggers and recovered 50 cases of liquor. The arrested smugglers have been identified as Tajvinder Singh of Shimlapuri, Khushi Ram of Makkar Colony and Munna Kumar of the Lohara road area. Apart from recovering 50 cases of liquor, the police have also seized the Innova used by smugglers to ferry the liquor. Revealing their modus operandi, Additional DCP Sandeep Garg said the accused had been taking consignments of liquor from other districts and stocking it. They sold the liquor to their clients as per demand. In a similar case, the Focal Point police nabbed a woman with 52 cases of liquor. The liquor was recovered from the house of the woman during a raid at Vishwakarma Colony. Two of her accomplices, who Continued on page 2 Ludhiana, September 3 The police have nabbed three thieves and recovered a huge stock of yarn stolen by them from a factory. The accused have been identified as Manpreet Singh, alias Maan, a resident of Sukhdev Nagar; Damanpreet Singh, alias Daman, a resident of Sukhdev Nagar; and Harpreet Singh, alias Rommy, a resident of Phillaur. One of their accomplices, Rimpi, is at large. The ADCP Sandeep Garg, , said the police recovered one commercial vehicle and 39 bags of yarn weighing 1960 kg from the accused. The value of the recovered yarn was around Rs 6 lakh. They had stolen the yarn from a factory in the Daba area on August 30. Snatchers nabbed Meanwhile, the police arrested two snatchers and recovered 36 mobile phones from their possession. The police also recovered one laptop, one motorcycle and electronic devices from them. The yarn thieves and snatchers (below) in police custody. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA The accused have been identified as Arpan Malik, alias Happy, owner of the Happy Malik mobile shop at Gurh Mandi; and Laddi Verma, a resident of Janak Puri. Four of their accomplices, namely Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, of Azad Nagar; Gurmel Singh, alias Lalla, of Daba; Deepak Verma, alias Deep, of Preet Nagar; and Deepak Kumar of Dhillon Nagar, were arrested by the Daba police on August 29. The ADCP said the accused snatched mobiles from pedestrians during late hours. Happy, who owns the mobile shop at Gurh Mandi, is an expert in changing the IMEI number of phones. c m y b Tribune News Service the real truth. He also asked the government to identify the officials for this lapse and take action as per rules against them for causing loss of revenue to the Trust. When asked, the LIT officials confirmed that the public notice for allotment of canteen was put up on the notice board and it was not published in any newspaper as per the routine practice in the government offices. “Thereafter, the interested bidders were invited and an auction was held in their presence,” said an official, without explaining as to why a public notice was not inserted in newspapers to attract more bidders and have a healthy competition for generating more revenue. Crackdown on bars, owners held Were serving liquor after midnight Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 3 Cracking the whip on restaurants and bars serving liquor during odd hours in violation of the rules, the police conducted raids at prominent places here. The owners of a few bars were arrested while others were booked. These restro-bars faced action for serving liquor after midnight, which is against the rules. Despite serving them notices and issuing repeated warnings, these bars continued to take law into their hands. Raids were conducted by separate teams of the PAU, Division No. 5 and Sarabha Nagar police stations. Five FIRs have been registered against owners and managers, including Varun Bagga (owner of R2P), Manpreet Singh Saini (owner of Underdog) and its manager Anish Kumar, Inderpal Singh (owner of Spice Cube) and its manager Mrityunjay, Karan Bagga (owner of Peddlers) and its manager Shaminder, and Manjot Singh (owner of Unplugged). Varun Bagga, Anish Kumar, Mrityunjay Mishra, Shaminder Singh and Manjot Singh were arrested from the spot. The sections under which FIRs were registered against them were bailable. So, they were later released on bail. “Teams of the Ludhiana police, after serving proper notices, inspected various restro-bars and pubs in the city after 12 am last night to check violations such as serving liquor without proper licences/permission after 12 am. Fiver FIRs were registered at the Sarabha Nagar, Division No, 5 and PAU police stations against Peddlers, Unplugged, R2P Underdogs , Continued on page 2 RECONSTRUCTION OF JAGRAON BRIDGE CM to lay foundation stone on September 6 Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 3 The much-awaited work on the “unsafe” part of Jagraon Bridge will start soon as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will lay the foundation stone here on September 6. Sources in the Municipal Corporation said full payment was already made to the Railways and it claimed to complete the project within two years. Municipal Corporation Commissioner Jaskiran Singh said: “The Railways has promised to complete the reconstruction of Jagraon Bridge within 20 months, once the tenders are floated. We have made the full payment. It has been conveyed to the Railways authorities to complete the project within the stipulated time and in case they delay the project, no extra payment will be made to them. We hope residents will be relieved soon once the unsafe part of Jagraon Bridge is reconstructed,” he said. The Northern Railways had One side of the Jagraon Bridge has been closed to traffic. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA declared one part of Jagraon Bridge unsafe in July 2016 and since then, the flow of heavy vehicular traffic from the unsafe side has been closed. It has become difficult for commuters to commute from the particular stretch as the heavy traffic also moves from the other side only. Jagraon Bridge is the main connecting point in the city, which connects residents/ visitors to all areas, including the interior part of the city or the outskirts or posh areas. Harkanwal Singh, a local resident, said it would be appreciable if the Railways complete the project within a stipulated time as earlier, it took too long to construct the Lakkar over bridge and an exorbitant amount had to be paid by the MC to the Railways.
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