09092017-LT-01.qxd 9/8/2017 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 9 SEPTEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Fee-hike row Khanna ills Inter-school handball High Court’s stay order asking parents to pay pending dues comes as temporary relief for schools. P2 The GTB market road is in a shambles. Rainy season makes commuting a Herculean task. P3 PAU Zone make a clean sweep clinching titles in the boys (U-14, 17 and 19) groups. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6:40 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:07 AM Servant poisons family, missing Relatives say cash, valuables stolen from the house of spinning mill owner Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 8 A servant allegedly poisoned his master and members of his family at Raghunath Enclave, and fled with cash and valuables. The members of the family were admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state. Two children in the family, Arav Bhatia and Umer Bhatia, escaped poisoning as they did not have dinner. They already had fast food. The victims have been identified as Varinder Bhatia (65), his wife Vandana Bhatia all members of the family except children ❝Last night,home. A few hours after having dinner, they had dinner at fell unconscious. When a person known to the family arrived there in the morning, Varinder, who was in a semiconscious state, opened the door. Varinder found other members of the family lying unconscious and the servant missing. The members of the family were taken to the hospital and the police informed. VICTIMS’ RELATIVES ❞ (60), son Samat Bhatia (35) and Samat’s wife Rubal Bhatia (32). Bhatia owns a spinning mill, Samat Udyog, in the city. Their relatives said the family had employed a servant for domestic work about three days ago. He had been missing since the past night, they added. “Last night, all members of the family except children had dinner at home. A few hours after having dinner, they fell unconscious. When a person known to the family arrived there in the morning, Varinder, who was in a semi-conscious state, opened the door. Varinder Ldh bizmen fund Sanjhi Rasoi at Gurdaspur, Jalandhar found other members of the family lying unconscious and the servant missing. The members of the family were taken to the hospital and the police informed,” the relatives said. Meanwhile, the doctors said though the victims were out of danger, they were not in a position to give any statement. The police had not recorded their statement when the reports last came in. Sarabha Nagar SHO Sumit Sood did not respond to repeated phone calls by this correspondent. BJP lashes out at Local Bodies Minister P4 Little regular donation, no govt support hit ~-10 meal scheme at many places Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 8 With no support coming from the state government and regular donations being a problem, the “A meal for Rs 10 scheme” that was started by district administrations about five months ago has begun to facing troubles at some places. Promised by the Congress in its manifesto, the NGOs and other social bodies engaged with the administrations have started complaining that sustenance of this popularly called Sanjhi Rasoi scheme is an issue. While those who came up with reasonable menus have been People have food at Sanjhi Rasoi, Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, on Thursday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH able to somehow pull on, those who have done it elaborately are now facing trouble in serving full platters. Shivram Saroay, president of NGO Ann Jal Society, who runs Rs-10 community kitchens in Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana, Jagraon and Khan- na, says: “Donations have been a very big problem and the administrations have not been as supportive. Since I have been running my NGO in Ludhiana for the past eight years, I have good donors there. It is the Ludhiana industry which is supporting the scheme not just in the city itself but also in Gurdaspur and Jalandhar. In Gurdaspur, there is no support at all. Even in Jalandhar, we have been getting donors just once a week or so, while for the rest of the days, we have to get funds from Ludhiana to fill the gap between daily collection and expenditure which is close to Rs 5,000.” Continued on page 2 ~4-LAKH THEFT Bank had no security guard Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 8 The Punjab National Bank branch situated on the Shingar Cinema road, where two women thieves stole Rs 4 lakh from a businessman’s bag, had no security guard. The police have questioned the bank authorities in this regard. The victim has also blamed negligence on the part of the bank for theft. He said the women thieves had roamed inside the bank for around half an hour searching for their target as there was no guard deployed there. Division No. 6 SHO Davinder Singh said that during investigation, the police noticed that bank had no security guard. “The women entered the bank at 11.37 am and they were roaming inside the bank freely. They left the bank at 12.10 pm. They had searched for their target inside the bank for around half an hour. Had there been any security guard, he could have noticed the suspicious movement of the women inside the bank,” the SHO added. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena Hindustan Vyopar Sena, led by its state president Chandar Kant Chadda, held a protest outside the bank. They distributed pamphlets to the clients visiting the bank. “Your money is not safe Continued on page 4 c m y b The BJP lashed out at Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for laying the foundation stone of 'minor repair' of one side of the Jagraon Bridge and a railway over bridge (ROB) on Pakhowal Road. Body hanging from tree causes panic at Asha Puri Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 8 A body hanging from a tree near in Asha Puri locality, Badewal road, caused panic among residents today. The SHO of PAU, Brij Mohan, said no suicide note was recovered from the spot. Preliminary investigation suggested it was a case of suicide. “Still, we will investigate the matter further. A post-mortem of the body is being conducted at Civil Hospital to know the exact cause of his death,” the SHO added. He said the deceased committed suicide by hanging himself with his turban. The SHO said the local residents said the deceased, Balbir Singh, was a mason and he had been working at some construction site. He reportedly lived in the Badewal area. “Still, we are verifying his identification and whereabouts,” the police officer said. The local residents said Balbir had told them that he had retired from the Army and he was doing the job of a mason. “We noticed that he had been sleeping in the park for the past few days,” they added. BRIEFLY Jail for man in rape-bid case Ludhiana: Additional Sessions Judge Jasvir Singh Kang has sentenced Ram Jeewan of Janakpuri to 3-year rigorous imprisonment for attempt to rape a girl. The accused, who resided in the same “vehra” as the girl, tried to rape her on June 14, 2014. OC 10-yr jail for drug peddler Ludhiana: Additional Sessions Judge Dilbagh Singh Johal has convicted Gurnam Singh of Neelon Khurd on the charges of trading narcotics. He has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years. On August 31, 2014, a police party found the accused in possession of poppy husk near the Neelon canal bridge. OC
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