02102017-LT-01.qxd 10/1/2017 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 2 OCTOBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Festaweek begins at PCTE Mobile dispensary launch CBSE cluster athletics meet PCTE’s first event at Festaweek was a street play, where students highlighted various evils in society. P2 To provide healthcare facilities in rural areas, mobile dispensary will be launched in Dakha today. P3 Over 1,700 athletes are taking part in the CBSE Cluster XVIth Athletics Meet, which started at the GNPS. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 36°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6: 10 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6: 21 AM When vehicles piled up in city Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana October 1 Traffic on the Jagraon Bridge outside the Police Division Number 5 and on Cheema Chowk flyover came to a standstill for over an hour after separate pileups were reported in the city today. The first mishap took place on Cheema Chowk flyover, where a Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus hit two cars. In the accident, vehicles sustained major damages. However, occupants had a miraculous escape. As the occupants indulged in heated arguments, traffic came to a standstill on the flyover. Traffic cops also reached the spot and tried to pacify the occupants. The PRTC bus driver rammed the bus into two cars as he was on the wrong side of the flyover. Anni, a resident of Samrala Chowk, said he was going towards Cheema Chowk from Partap Chowk in his Innova car. In the same line, a Thar was also following him. He suddenly applied breaks when the PRTC bus came from the wrong side and it rammed against his car and from behind Thar jeep rammed into his car. “My car was sandwiched between the Thar and the PRTC bus and got damaged badly. I was not at any fault,” Anni said. ASI Kuldeep Singh, who is investigating the matter, said probe was on and driver of the bus was taken to the police station, adding that after recording the statement of all, action would be taken on merit. In the second accident reported on Jagraon Bridge, BKI operatives’ mobile phones to spill the beans Mobile phones of militants being scanned, say police sources City-based BKI member’s house locked Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Traffic came to a standstill on the Jagraon Bridge after several cars collided with each other in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA The Thar that met with a mishap on Cheema Chowk; and (right) the PRTC bus that rammed into two cars on Cheema Chowk flyover in Ludhiana on Sunday. six cars collided with each other after a Swift car driver applied breaks. The moment the driver of the Swift car applied breaks, five cars including Audi, Mahindra SUV, Ford, EON, and three others rammed into each other. Talks of compromise were on between the disputing parties in both cases. SNIPPETS Illegal mining: 2 tractor-trailers seized by cops Ludhiana: The Koom Kalan police have recovered two tractor trailers loaded with illegally-mined sand. The accused drivers were identified as Avtar Singh and Pradeep Singh of Doaba Bhaini village. Pardeep was arrested from the spot, while Avtar managed to flee. The police said acting on a tip-off, a raid was conducted at Mand Chaunta village, from where the accused was nabbed. A case under the Mining Act was registered. Youth booked for threatening girl The Dugri police have booked a youth identified as Tajwant Singh of Shimlapuri on the charge of threatening a girl. Complainant, a resident of Shimlapuri, told the police that on September 12, when she was heading home with her friend, the accused stopped her on the way and attempted to molest her. Later, he warned her, saying if in future she accompanies any of her friends, he will pour acid on her face. The police are conducting raids to nab the accused. TNS OPEN HOUSE QUESTION The chaotic traffic in the city gives jitters to commuters and pedestrians. Are traffic drives initiated by the traffic police serving their purpose? firstname.lastname@example.org c m y b Ludhiana October 1 If the police sources are to be believed, mobile phones recovered from the seven operatives of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) will unfold the nefarious plans of the militants pertaining to the revival of Khalistan movement in the state. Sources privy to the development said mobile phones were being scanned by the counter-intelligence wing and each of the contact in the mobile phones is being verified minutely by the cyber wing. “We have recovered the mobile phones which is helping the police in targeting the other members of the banned militant group. Some WhatsApp groups are also being accessed by the police and the whereabouts of each member of the group is being verified. If required, we will round up the members of the group to verify their role in the activities of Khalistan. Several Facebook IDs and The house of one of the operatives — Kuldeep Singh, alias Rimpy, a transporter at Chandar Lok Colony, was found locked. Local people claimed that on Friday night, the police had rounded up Kuldeep from his house, following which other members also left fearing arrests and did not come back. “We have never noticed any such activity of Kuldeep and are also shocked to know that he was on a mission to revive Khalistan in the state. Kuldeep lives with his wife, a daughter, father and brother in the house,” a neighbour said. groups have also been traced by police through the recovered mobile phones,” a senior police official said. A police official said the arrest of seven operatives was just a tip of the iceberg and several other members of the group were being traced. “These seven are working as sleeper cells of BKI and there is a possibility that their count is much more. We are conducting raids at certain places in the Malwa region, including Faridkot, to arrest other members,” a police official said. First meeting took place in Amritsar in March this year In the ongoing interrogation of militants, they revealed that the very first meeting of the group had taken place in Amritsar in March 2017, following which several other meetings had taken place in other districts, including Ludhiana. They also revealed that they were on a mission to create Khalistan by 2020 in Punjab. Probe on, says CP CP Dhoke said there were no further leads in the case, but probe was still on to bust the entire module of Khalistan.
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