21112017-TTC-01.qxd 11/21/2017 1:11 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, november 21, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 216 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 6 die,‘20 trapped’inLudhiana Firefighters among those missing as 5-storeyed factory crumbles after blaze Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 20 Six persons were killed and two injured when a five-storeyed building collapsed following a major fire at a plastic manufacturing and chemical factory at Mustaq Ganj, near Cheema Chowk, here today. At least 20 persons, including firefighters and some locals, were feared trapped under the debris. A blast was heard shortly before the building collapsed around noon, trapping those trying to douse the blaze, besides others. Six bodies were retrieved from the rubble, while the two injured were shifted to Christian Medical College and Hospital. The deceased were Samaon Gill (sub-fire officer), Puran Singh, Rajan (both firemen), Laxman Dravid (Municipal Corporation official) and Inderpal Singh (owner of nearby Pal Taxi Services). The sixth deceased was yet to be identified. Those trapped include sub-fire officers Rajinder Sharma and Raj Kumar, and firemen Manohar Lal, Vishal Kumar, Manpreet Singh and Sukhdev Singh. Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Bhupinder Singh said: “Shortly before the collapse, an official told me that the fire was under control. At least nine firemen were inside the building at that time.” The officials, however, did not confirm the exact number of people trapped. More than 15 fire tenders were rushed to the scene even as the Army and teams of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force joined the rescue operation. Volunteers of NGO Khalsa Aid were also helping the rescuers while JCB machines were deployed to remove the debris. The fire was reported around 8 am at Amarson Polymers, owned by Inderjeet Singh Gola, which manufactures pouches for packaging. It is learnt that a large quantity of chemical used in printing was also stored inside the factory. A large number of people who had assembled outside the building ran for safety as the structure came down. Three houses adjoining the factory were damaged, but there were no reports of any casualty as the occupants had been evacuated. Local residents said they had opposed the construction of the factory in the residential area. Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Aggarwal said: “The rescue operation is on to save those trapped. It may take a few days to remove the debris completely.” DCP Dhruman Nimbale said a case under Section 304-A of the IPC, An activist collects contributions for the farmers’ cause during the Kisan Mukti Sansad at Parliament Street in New Delhi on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANAS RANJAN BHUI REPORT PAGE 11 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a PIL seeking deletion of “objectionable” scenes in ‘Padmavati’, saying the prayer was “premature” as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was yet to examine it. MORE ON PAGE 7 Rahul set to be Cong chief, party announces poll dates Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 20 The Congress today kickstarted the process to elect its next president, paving the way for the long-awaited generational shift in the party. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is expected to succeed his mother, Sonia Gandhi, as the Congress president next month in an uncontested process though the party announced an election schedule today, should anyone want to challenge the heir apparent. The election will be notified on December 1. Filing of nominations will start the same day and end at 3 pm on December 4. Chairman, Congress Central Election Authority, Mullappally Ramachandran said the scrutiny of nominations will happen on December 5. “The last date of withdrawal will be December 11. An election, if necessary, will be held on December 16. Count- Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi at the CWC meeting at 10 Janpath in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Police complaint over renaming of college Syed Ali Ahmed Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 20 A criminal complaint has been filed with the police against Dyal Singh College’s governing body chairman and evening college principal, seeking action against them for “illegally trying to rename” Dyal Singh Evening College as Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) general secretary and MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa, in his complaint, has alleged that chairman Amitabh Sin- ha and principal Pawan Kumar Sharma had taken the decision “clandestinely”, which was illegal. The college was transferred to the University of Delhi on June 22, 1978. The transfer deed mentioned: “It has further been decided that the college after its takeover by the university will continue to be known as Dyal Singh College.” The complaint said it was a breach of trust as per the resolution signed by the Dyal Singh College Trust Society continued on page 7 edit: renaming legacy had been registered against the factory owner. “We will look how chemical stock was stored in the factory,” he said. In the absence of fire safety kits, some firemen were seen wearing wet sacks to protect themselves from fire, while some had covered their faces with cloth. ing will take place and results announced on December 19,” Ramachandran added. Unofficially the name of the next Congress president will be known after the scrutiny of forms on December 5 with party leaders expecting only one form to validate — that of Rahul Gandhi. Officially, however, the announcement will happen on December 11 in case only Gandhi is in the fray. The election schedule was approved this morning at a brief 35-minute meeting of the Congress Working Committee chaired by Sonia Gandhi. The CWC had in November last resolved that Rahul Gandhi lead the Congress. Leaders say Sonia Gandhi thought it appropriate to call an election for wider acceptance of her son continued on page 7 edit: waiting for rahul Mallya extradition trial for 8 days from Dec 4 Army, NDRF and police personnel engaged in rescue work after a factory collapse in Ludhiana on Monday and (below) firemen at work before the collapse and a grieving relative is consoled. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN For us, by us SC refuses to entertain PIL against ‘Padmavati’ Decks cleared for handover NGT Vaishno Devi order gets SC stay London, November 20 Court judge on the same bail A defiant Vijay Mallya, want- conditions and asked to ed in India for bank loan appear on December 4. defaults amounting to nearly The trial will last until Rs 9,000 crore, today December 14. “It will all appeared before a become clear in local court in Loncourt,” Mallya said, don for his pre-trial Based on the hearing where the defence timetable, liquor baron’s the judge should be extradition hearing ready to rule by was confirmed for December 24. Howeight days starting ever, given the tight December 4. timeline to submit Vijay Mallya The 61-year-old closing arguments businessman, out on bail on in writing, the judge suggestan extradition warrant exe- ed a half-day hearing in Janucuted by Scotland Yard earlier ary to conclude the trial in the this year, was released by the New Year. Mallya’s barrister Westminster Magistrates’ was not in favour of it. — PTI New Delhi, November 20 The Supreme Court today stayed an order of the National Green Tribunal on opening of a new road to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu for pedestrians and battery-operated vehicles from November 24. The stay order came after the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board submitted it was not possible to open the road from November 24. On behalf of the Board, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said the construction of the new road was likely to be completed by the end of February next year. The court also agreed to consider the issue of capping the number of pilgrims at 50,000 a day. — TNS
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