06112017-LT-01.qxd 11/5/2017 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 6 NOVEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE ‘Slums better than flats’ Viability of brick-kilns hit Giaspura dwellers say flats no more a 'dream home' as choked sewerage, garbage strewn all over. P4 Brick-kiln owners claim losses due to GST. Say it affected economical feasibility of brick-kilns. P3 FORECAST Youth Parliament session ends with debates P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 29°C MIN 17°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5:34 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:46 AM MC removes seals in ‘hush-hush manner’ BYLAW VIOLATIONS Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Fading vision Man booked for raping daughter, was Youth crushed to death under wheels subjecting her to torture for 3 years of speeding trailer at Focal Point Ludhiana: A 17-year-old youth was crushed to death under the wheels of a trailer at Phase VII, Focal Point, on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Vikas Kumar. His friend, Sandeep Sharma of Sundar Nagar said he and Vikas were headed to Phase VII on a rickshaw when a rashly driven trailer hit them from behind. Vikas suffered head injuries and died on the spot. The police have registered a case against the trailer driver, Chota, alias Billa, a resident of the Tibba road. TNS Two killed in Man held with 5.5-kg charas Jagraon mishaps Tribune News Service Jaswant Shetra Jagraon, November 5 Two persons were killed in separate accidents here today. In the first accident, a middle-aged man was killed on the spot when the motorcycle he was riding collided headon with a car near Sawadi Khurd village on the Jagraon-Sidhwan Bet road. The deceased has been identified as Sikandar Singh (55), a resident of Sherpur village near Jagraon. According to sources, the accident took place when Sikandar Singh was going towards his village from Jagraon. As soon as he reached near Sawadi Khurd village, his bike collided with a car coming from the opposite side. The victim died on the spot while the car driver sped off. Jagraon Sadar SHO Raminderjit Singh Gill said the police had registered a case and efforts were on to trace the car. Smog claims life In another accident, a youth riding a motorcycle died after he failed to negotiate a sharp curve near Cheemna village. The victim has been identified as Jaswant Singh, alias Babbi, a resident of Jhande village. Sadar SHO Raminderjit Singh said Jaswant had come to meet one of his relatives at Cheemna village yesterday. The accident took place this morning when he was returning to his village on his motorcycle. Thick smog is considered to be the reason for the accident. According to the police, a case has been registered on a statement of Amarjit Singh, brother of the victim. The police have handed over the body to the members of his family after post-mortem. Ludhiana, November 5 The city police have nabbed a notorious smuggler and recovered 5.5-kg charas from his possession. He was on his way to supply the contraband to his clients in the area. The accused has been identified as Nitin Pahwa, alias Bunty, a resident of Ludhiana. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Rajvir Singh said ASI Rajinder Singh, along with a police party, was patrolling DP Colony on the Bhamia road where a bike-borne person was stopped for checking. The police recovered the narcotics from his belongings. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered at the Jamalpur police station. The ADCP said Nitin had been into the notorious trade for the past several months. The police would seek his police remand, so that the entire supply chain of drugs ■ Leading sweets shop on Rani Jhansi Road ■ A building in E Block of Sarabha Nagar, which falls under the TP Scheme ■ An SCO in R Block of Model Town Extension ■ Leading dress material showroom on Pakhowal Road ■ A showroom near Café Coffee Day on Pakhowal Road ■ A building adjoining Upper House, whose “legal” floor was sealed while illegal construction was still under way ■ A leading jeweller on Mall Road, stay against whom was vacated over two months ago. ■ A building adjoining Barnala Automobiles, Ferozepur Road. ■ Besides, there are several other buildings from which about ~4 crore has to be recovered by the MC as composition fee (having compoundable violations). Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 5 Two friends have been booked by the Division No. 8 police in a Rs 70-lakh fraud case. The suspects have been identified as Rajan Sharma and Manjit Singh, both residents of Satguru Nagar, Ferozepur Road. In May 2017, Vikram Kapoor of Sector 39, Chandigarh Road, had lodged a complaint with the police that he owned a jewellery shop at Fountain Chowk. He said Rajan, who was an astrologer by profession, had taken Rs 70 lakh from him with the assurance that the latter would pay him Rs 80 lakh within one month. He had given Rajan all his savings plus money borrowed from his relatives. But now, he is not repaying the amount. The victim had lodged the complaint with the Police Commissioner and the case was registered after a thorough inquiry by the police. Police officials address a press conference after the recovery of drugs in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN could be busted. During preliminary interrogation, it came to light that the accused was also facing a drug case registered in 2012 in Himachal Pradesh, the ADCP revealed. Nitin bought the consignment of drugs from some smugglers residing in the Pathankot area at the rate of Rs 40,000 per kg and was sell- ing it to his clients in Ludhiana and its adjoining areas for Rs 80,000 per kg. Meanwhile, the police nabbed a drug peddler, identified as Raman of Disco Colony, Daresi. Investigating officer Manjit Singh of the Anti-Narcotic Cell said acting on a tip-off, the accused was nabbed with the contraband at the Kila mohalla chowk. shop on Rani Jhansi Road was opened again. Another building adjoining Barnala Automobile on Ferozepur Road was opened after intervention by an influential Congress leader. It seems the officials are making easy money in the name of writs in the High Court,” said the inspector. To know on what grounds the seals were removed from certain buildings by the authorities, the ATP of Zone D, Vijay Kumar, was tried to be contacted. Initially, he did not pick up the phone. A message was sent to the official, after which his mobile went “switched-off”. Vishesh Sarangal, Addl MC Commissioner, who takes care of the building branch, said he would not be able to provide the exact details as it was a holiday and he was not in the office. The Chief Vigilance Officer, Sudeep S Manak, however, said he would not like to comment on the issue as he was still getting many other details in this regard. Thieves take away ~5-lakh jewellery No terror angle in Amit’s killing: Sena Tribune News Service An old couple crosses the road on a smoggy Sunday morning in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana: A man has been booked for allegedly raping his daughter. The wife of a resident of Mundia Khurd has complained that her husband had been forcing her daughter to make physical relations for the past over three years. On the night of November 3, he came drunk and raped his own daughter. When she caught him redhanded, he fled the scene. The police were raiding the possible hideouts of the suspect. TNS Ludhiana, November 5 Following a writ petition filed in the High Court regarding bylaw violations at 85 commercial complexes in Ludhiana, the court had asked the Municipal Corporation to start taking action (sealing) against such buildings. A sealing drive was started by the building branch with extensive media coverage but after some time, the seals on many buildings were removed silently. It was learnt that seals on many buildings were being removed because of the political pressure. Some allege that since the vested interests of the building branch staff and other officials were watched by violators, the seals were removed in a quiet and planned manner. An Inspector in the building branch said that he had a list of few buildings from which seals were removed by the authorities. “A leading sweets SEALS REMOVED FROM Two booked for ~70-lakh fraud in city Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 5 A house at Professor Colony in SBS Nagar was burgled last night. The thieves decamped with gold ornaments worth rupees 5 lakh and Rs 50,000 in cash. Owner of the house Urvinder Kaur Grewal, who is also a local Akali leader, said her daughters were living in Bengaluru and she had gone to meet them on October 16. Yesterday, she was called up by her gardener who informed her that the locks of the house were lying broken and the rooms were ransacked by thieves, she alleged. The police suspected that since the house had been lying locked for the past several days, the thieves could have committed the crime about four or five days ago. The police have launched a probe. Ludhiana, November 5 The Shiv Sena Punjab today organised a protest at the Samrala Chowk and demanded the arrest of Shri Hindu Takht leader Amit Sharma’s killers. Protesters categorically said Amit was not killed by any terrorist as being stated by some members of his organisation, but due to personal enmity. The protesters demanded that if the police investigated the case on the personal enmity angle and role of his organisation’s members, things could be exposed and the case cracked anytime. Ashwani Chopra, district president of the Shiv Sena Punjab, said there was no angle of terrorist attack in Amit’s killing the same as in the killing of Hindu leader Vipan Sharma who was shot dead in Amritsar a few days ago. “We can say with confidence that whenever this case is solved, personal enmity angle will come to light. Even the killers are his close aides,” Chopra said. He said a day after Amit was shot dead on January 14 outside the Durga Mata temple, the Shiv Sena Punjab had apprised the police that Amit was killed by his close aides. “We have been raising the issue for past 10 months but the police are yet to reach at any conclusion. Some of Amit’s friends and business partners have been keeping a low profile ever since he was shot dead. If the police interrogate them, the case can be solved,” Chopra said. They also demanded that the police also investigate the role of Amit’s counterparts who had stamped the killing as a terrorist attack. Veggie prices skyrocketting, poor doubt ‘achhe din’ claim Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 5 When Geeta, a domestic help, asked a vegetable vendor to provide her tomatoes for ~10, she was given two medium-sized tomatoes. When she asked the vendor to give her more tomatoes, the vendor rudely replied: “Take these if you want to or leave as tomatoes are being sold for ~70-80 per kilogram all over the city.” She got the tomatoes and came back home disappointed. “There used to be glut of tomatoes back home (Uttar Pradesh) when we were small. I will try not to put tomatoes in vegetables till the time the prices are touching the roof. After working throughout the day, I earn only ~3,000 a month. How can I afford to purchase tomatoes worth over ~80 per kg? Not just The prices of vegetables have gone through the roof these days. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN c m y b day, ❝After working throughout theaffordI earn only ~3,000 a month. How can I to purchase tomatoes worth over ~80 per kg? Not just tomatoes, but all other vegetables are being sold at higher prices ❞ GEETA, A domestic help ❝The demand is more while supply is less. Tomatoes are being diverted towards Pakistan from India for good rates. Secondly, the transportation has become expensive and the scene is going to be like this for the next 15-20 days GURMIT, A retailer ❞ tomatoes, but all other vegetables are being sold at higher prices,” she rued. Voicing similar views, Chanda, another domestic help who is a widow, said it had become extremely difficult to sustain in this inflation. She said three of her daughters were married in UP, while she stayed here with a son and a daughter. “The family earns around ~7,500 a month, but that hardly serves the purpose. The vegetable prices are skyrocketing. The LPG, too, has become costly not to forget the inflated electricity bills. If those having enough money are feeling the pinch, you can well imagine how we feel? Governments come and go, but no one takes care of the plight of the poor and needy, their wait for ‘achhe’ din remains endless,” Chanda said. It is not just tomatoes which are being sold at exorbitant rates, other veggies, including peas, capsicum, French beans, too, are expensive in the retail market. It’s just not viable for all to visit the wholesale market of vegetables every day. Gurmit Singh, a retailer at Dandi Swami Chowk, said the poor would suffer. In fact not just the poor, those coming from rich backgrounds, too, think twice before purchasing tomatoes. “The demand is more while supply is less. Tomatoes are being diverted towards Pakistan from India for good rates. Secondly, the transportation has become expensive and the scene is going to be like this for the next 15-20 days,” Gurmit said.
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