01112017-LT-01.qxd 11/1/2017 12:20 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 1 NOVEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE BCM in Limca Book Indira remembered National Unity Day BCM School, Shastri Nagar, has set a record with 'Most dressed like Dayanand Saraswati'. P2 Tributes paid to the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary in the city. P3 Over 1,500 residents participate in the 'Run for Unity' organised by the district administration. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 30°C MIN 16°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:38 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:42 AM No let-up in fire incidents Garment showroom gutted on Mall Road, stocks worth lakhs destroyed Jobless youths form gang to live in luxury Cash, 7 bikes, 15 mobiles, toy pistol recovered from them Nikhil Bhardwaj Liking for branded clothes made them criminals Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 31 Unemployment and penchant for branded clothes are pushing youngsters aged between 18 to 21 years in the world of organised crime. The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA-2) claimed to have busted one such gang with the arrest of four of its members. The CIA has recovered seven stolen motorcycles, Rs 80,000 in cash, 15 stolen mobile phones, one toy pistol and two sharp weapons from them. The nabbed persons have been identified as Arjun Sharma of the Green Land School road, Lovedeep Singh, alias Deepu, of Bhola Colony; Baljinder Singh, alias Rok, a resident of Anandpuri; and Lovejot Singh, alias Bhola, a resident of the Tajpur road. Two of their accomplices, name- The CIA chief, Prem Singh, said Lovedeep and Lovejot had passed eighth standard while Arjun and Baljinder had studied up to tenth standard. For unemployment and their average family background, they were neither able to buy clothes of their choice nor bear other daily expenses. Thus they decided to form a gang. “No one is a drug addict. They wanted money to buy branded clothes and to live a better life. They bought a toy pistol and sharp weapons, with which they committed more than 40 robberies in the city. Before committing a loot, they stole a motorcycle for the purpose. Of 17 loots traced so far, six were reported in areas under the jurisdiction of Division No. 7 police station and seven in the Moti Nagar area. ly Rahul of LIG flats and Ashu Sharma of Nurwala road, are yet to be arrested. Lovejot and Lovedeep are real brothers. The ADCP (Crime), Satnam Singh, and CIA chief Prem Singh conducted a press conference today. Satnam said with the arrest of the members of the gang, as many as 15 cases of loot and robbery registered at various police stations had been solved. In further interrogation of the arrested persons, more such cases were likely to be solved and more recoveries made, he added. In the Jodhewal area, they looted Rs 2.1 lakh and Rs 1.1 lakh on the Kakowal road this year. Revealing their modus operandi, Satnam said they used stolen motorcycles to commit loots. They had stolen seven motorcycles from the areas under the Moti Nagar, Jodhewal, Division No. 3 and 7 police stations. Firefighters try to douse the flames at a garment showroom on Mall Road in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 31 A garment showroom, ‘Only Brands’, running in the first floor of a three-storey building on Mall Road was gutted in fire this morning. The entire showroom was reduced to ashes. Had the fire not controlled in time, it would have engulfed the entire building. Several commercial establishments and residences were located near the building. No casualty was reported in the fire. Fire officials said more than 20 fire engines were used in turns to completely douse the flames. The showroom was located on the first floor of the building while the second and third floors were used by the showroom owner as residence. The ground floor was rented out. Jassi, owner of the showroom, said at 4 am, he heard some unusual sound from the SPEAKING OUT Ensuring fire safety owners’ responsibility T ODAY’S fire at a showroom located on Mall Road has once again brought to the limelight the casual attitude of owners towards the safety of their customers. While residents have expressed concern about customers’ safety at malls and showrooms, experts say it is the responsibility of the owners to ensure proper firefighting arrangements at their complexes, observes The Tribune reporter Manav Mander Showroom owner narrates the fire incident; and (below) a fireman stands in the gutted showroom. showroom. He checked the CCTV camera feed but found nothing unusual inside, hence went to the bed. “At 7.30 am, when he was about to leave home to drop his children at school, he noticed smoke billowing out of the showroom. Suspecting something bad, he raised the alarm. The moment he opened the shop, he was shocked to see a huge fire inside the showroom. I alerted a PCR team stationed on the road nearby. Fire engines were called. However, the fire gutted the entire showroom. Garments of all types were stocked in the showroom. The loss could be in several lakhs,” he said. The fire officials said a short-circuit could be the cause of fire but the exact cause would be known after further investigation. FIRE DEPT ILL-EQUIPPED Sources in the Fire Department reveal that the department is ill-equipped to fight big fires. There are no hydraulic platforms. Besides, the department is grappling with staff shortage and inadequate number of fire engines, said an official. The bigger the showroom, the bigger the responsibility for arranging fire-fighting arrangements. Talking about malls and complexes, the responsibility lies with the owners to ensure fire-safety arrangements in the entire building. The owners of shops and showrooms have to ensure these arrangements according to the volume of their units. It takes 10-60 minutes for a fire to spread, which can cause enough damage. The shops and showrooms should have their own sprinklers. At malls, there should be a minimum area of 5 metres where fire engines could move around the building freely. SANJAY GOEL, ARCHITECT AND DIRECTOR OF SMART CITY PROJECT One can find hundreds of people in a mall on any day. It is the responsibility of the owners to put in place the fire fighting-system. We have laws but the problem is that we do not follow them. Sometimes, safety and building guidelines remain just on paper. Strict action should be taken against violators and it should be made sure that the owners of malls, other big complexes and shopkeepers follow the fire-safety norms. MONIKA, A HOMEMAKER. The complex in which my shop is located has proper fire-fighting arrangements in place. It is the responsibility of a shopkeeper to take care of the safety of his customers. In addition to this, the authorities should also review the fire-fighting arrangements periodically and ensure the compliance of norms by the owners. SONU NILIBAR, WHO RUNS A STORE ON MALL ROAD Since the shop had a huge stock of garments, the fire spread quickly. The owners of shops which sell products, such as clothes, should be extra careful when it comes to putting in place fire-fighting arrangements. It is the collective responsibility of owners and the authorities to keep a check on the fire-fighting arrangements in the buildings from time to time. ADITYA, A STUDENT 3 child labourers rescued in city Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 31 Three child labourers aged 1112 years working at a mess in Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Medical College at Sarabha village were rescued today. A district-level task force committee comprising members of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, along with Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) Poonam Preet Kaur and other officials, rescued the children. The raid was conducted under the directions of Ludhiana DC Pardeep Kumar Agrawal. Dinesh from Bachpan Bachao Andolan said the children hailed from Bihar.. ADCP-Crime Satnam Singh, CIA chief Prem Singh address a press conference regarding the arrest of robbers in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Man gets life term for killing his wife Our Legal Correspodent Ludhiana, October 31 Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh has convicted Surinder Singh of Gorakhpur on the charge of killing his wife Punita following a matrimonial dispute. He was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment. A fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed on him. The police had registered the case on May 6, 2015, at the Sarabha Nagar police station. Initially, Surinder tried to mislead the police by stating that his wife used to remain ill and died from a heart attack. But the postmortem report revealed strangulation as cause of her death. SNIPPETS Hosiery factory burgled at New Subash Nagar Ludhiana: A factory situated in New Subash Nagar was burgled during the night of Sunday. Thieves took away goods worth lakhs, said owner of Bala Ji Knitwears, Hari Om Gupta, a resident of Jain Colony. He said on October 29, he had closed the factory in the evening. The very next day when he opened the factory, he found it ransacked. The thieves decamped with 400-kg yarn, two cutter machines, 40 pieces of sweater, 200-kg garments, 150-kg rib, and 144 pieces of raw garments. The police said CCTV camera footage was being checked to identify the thieves. TNS Five-day-old girl found abandoned in fields Ludhiana: A five-day-old girl was found abandoned in the fields at Gobindgarh on Monday. A farmer, Sohne Lal found the child in his fields. He immediately informed the police. A case under Section 317 (Exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years, by parent or person taking care of it) of the IPC has been registered against unknown persons. TNS Short-film festival grows in popularity Gurvinder Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 31 As an opportunity for short filmmakers to raise important issues through the medium of films, Ludhiana Short Film Festival would screen around 20 short films during the two-day film festival. The film festival is set to be organised at Ishmeet Singh Music Institute by Our Space Cine- ma on November 11 and 12. The film festival to be organised for the third consecutive year has not only become bigger in its popularity but it is also the only such festival in Punjab to sustain for three years, says Pardeep Singh, one of the organisers. Popularity of the festival can be gauged from the fact that the organisers have received more than 80 c m y b entries, of which around 20 would be selected and screened, he said. In addition to those from Punjab, there are entries from Canada and the US, he added. As the festival is a motivation for filmmakers, unlike some other film festivals, there is no entry fee for any film, he added. And there would be no fee for audience as well. Thanks to the organisation of the festival in the past couple of years, many youths in the age group of 18 to 20 years have made short films. Even wedding photographers are using their creativity to make short films. “As they are relatively free after the wedding ‘season’, they are using their time to experiment with this medium. We have received around six entries from wedding photographers and videographers,” he added. With regard to the criteria for selection of films this year, he said the films less than 30minute duration and those made recently would be preferred. Factors of film-making would be considered for the selection. Drama, cinematography, sound and other factors of film-making would be looked into. “However, films on absurd topics, those showing vulgarity and nudity will be avoided,” he added. Essentially a Punjabi film festival, a couple of films would also be in Hindi. Speaking about the growing popularity of short films, he said those were brilliant and powerful way to express views on various issues. “Even directors, such as Ram Gopal Verma, have started making short films,” he said.
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