24112017-LT-01.qxd 11/24/2017 12:51 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 24 NOVEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Another plunge for PU Rail traffic remains off track Skating champ In QS BRICS University Rankings 2018, PU has fallen to the 201250 bracket and ranks 50. P2 Two trains cancelled, six rescheduled, many others running late. Passengers left to fend for themselves. P4 Tehdil Kaur is training hard to represent state in the National School Games to be held in B’luru. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 10°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5:25 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:02 AM A doting father, caring and loving husband Fireman Rajan’s wife is worried about future of her 3 kids Tribune News Service Fireman Vishal’s (inset) mother with his children. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Mother already dead, Ansh & Moksh lose father too Fireman Vishal was the only breadwinner of the family Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 23 Ansh (8) and Moksh (5) have no idea that they have lost their father Vishal Kumar, a fireman, who was killed while dousing the flames at the collapsed factory in Mustaq Ganj on Monday. God has been unkind to them as they had lost their mother about a year back. She died of dengue. Now, their grandmother and paternal uncle and aunt are taking care of the orphaned children. Their grandmother, Asha Rani, while wiping her tears, said she was not keeping well. “For how long will I survive? The other son is a daily wage earner. Vishal was the only breadwinner, who took care of the entire family. I lost my husband a long time ago and the upbringing of both boys was too tough for me. And now, we have faced another setback in life. God has been cruel to us, especially to these kids, who have lost both their parents,” said Asha Rani. Both kids were busy playing in the street, having no idea what destiny had done to them. They were not willing to come inside A SECURE JOB IS WHAT FAMILY NEEDS his ❝Perhaps, God hasjustice. own way of providing That is why, she (the paternal aunt) could not give birth to her own child. Both kids call her their mother. I want that the government should provide a secure job to my other son, so he can provide both these kids with good education and upbringing Ludhiana, November 23 When Rajan, a fireman, last left his home with wife on her scooter, he asked her to drive slowly while she was going back after dropping him. His wife, Rekha, looked at him and he looked back and waived. “I had never imagined that I was seeing my husband for the last time,” said Rekha, in choked voice. Today, she feels helpless, shattered as she has to take care of her three kids, eight-year-old Jessica (daughter), seven-year-old Join (daughter) and three-year-old Richard (son). Rekha said Rajan was a loving and caring person, who always loved the family. “The kids are too small and Rajan used to take care of them. He used to dress up the children, walk them to the van and extend all other help. How will I survive without him? There is no other breadwinner in the family,” said Rekha. Before leaving home on the illfated day, Rajan asked his wife to get the admission form for their son from a school. “Both daughters are studying in Sacred Heart ‘WE WANT A JOB FOR RAJAN’S WIFE’ ❝ There is no breadwinner in the family. No one from the government or administration came here to share their grief. We want a job for Rekha, so that she can raise her three small children or else it will be too difficult to live alone. ❞ SIMMI, Rekha’s maternal aunt School at Bhattiyan. We wanted our son to be admitted there too. Rajan was a concerned father,” she said, in a helpless manner. She added that during the night hours, whenever kids wanted anything, it was Rajan who used to wake up. The three kids come, sit with mother, wipe her tears and then go out and play. Son Richard asks for father again and again and he is given a reply that Jesus has called his father. “They are too small to understand what has happened to them. There is no breadwinner in Conitnued on page 2 ❞ ASHA RANI, grandmother of the children and it was after their grandmother said that she would give them money to buy sweets, they came inside for five minutes. While the relatives visit their home, the kids kept busy with their own games. Asha Rani said the paternal uncle and aunt loved both kids too much and they had no child even after six years of marriage. “Perhaps, God has his own way of providing justice, that is why she (the Conitnued on page 2 Members of Rajan’s family show his picture. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Police remand for factory owner ❝The police will to interrogate Gola as Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 23 Inderjeet Singh Gola, owner of the Amarson Polymers factory which collapsed on Monday killing 13 persons, was today produced before the court that remanded him in one-day police custody. Gola had escaped arrest since Monday. He was arrested from his home yesterday. Police Commissioner RN Dhoke said: “Gola’s remand was required because the police had to recover several documents pertaining to the factory. Gola’s interrogation would also clear about the type of chemicals stored inside the factory.” Division No. 2 SHO Gurvinder Singh said the police would interrogate Gola as to whether the factory had permission to Factory owner Inderjeet Singh Gola being produced in the court on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN store chemicals or their quantity was as per the norms. “We have initiated a probe into the case and evidence is being collected to take the case to its logical conclusion,” he added. Continuing fire hampers rescue operations Despite four days having passed since the incident happened, flames could be seen occasionally erupting in the debris. Even the NDRF officials felt that they had to tread cautiously in view of continuing fire caused by chemicals. The possibility of another chemical blast always remains under such circum- whether the factory had permission to store chemicals or their quantity was as per the norms. We have initiated a probe into the case and evidence is being collected to take the case to its logical conclusion. ❞ GURVINDER SINGH, Division No. 2 SHO stances, they said. Three firemen, Sukhdev, Manpreet and Manohar Lal, are yet to be traced in the debris. >>Local residents go without power, water P3 >>Firefighters’ lone battle P3 >>Departments concerned pass the buck P3 Car crushes boy, residents ‘lynch’ driver Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana November 23 In a shocking incident, a seven-year-old boy was crushed to death by a car here today. Following the accident, the kin of the deceased had allegedly beaten up the car driver to death late this evening on Tibba road. The car was also badly damaged. The Incident occurred around 08.30 pm. However, the police said the driver was not beaten to death by people, but he seemed to have died of a heart attack. The deceased boy has been identified as Arman (7) and the deceased driver has been identified as Babbu (45). Another boy who was injured has been identified as Ballu (6). Tragically, Babbu was on his way to distribute cards of her daughter’s wedding which is scheduled in the coming two days. Deceased Babbu’s brother Vipan said Babbu was distrib- uting cards of her daughter’s wedding. When he was crossing Mahatma Enclave, four children came in front of the car. Arman was crushed to death, one boy sustained serious injuries, while two others sustained minor injuries. Vipan said after the accident, boy’s kin and area resident cornered his brother Babbu. “They had brutally beaten up Babbu and also damaged the car. They fled after Babbu died,” he said. Later, Babbu was taken to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, said Vipan. However, ADCP Rajvir Singh said the car driver was not beaten to death by people, but he died due to a heart attack after the mishap. Postmortem of the deceased would be conducted and further action will be taken after the medical report, he said. Kin of both deceased had created a ruckus on the spot, due to which heavy police force was deployed there. c m y b Youth killed after bike collides with stray animal Jaswant Shetra Jagraon, November 23 A youth in his twenties was killed and his younger brother severely injured in an accident near here past night. The deceased has been identified as Lakhwinder Singh, alias Ravi (27), a resident of Abbupura village, near Sidhwan Bet, and the injured as Jaswinder Singh. Their bike collided with a stray animal near Leelan Megh Singh village on the Jagraon-Jalandhar highway around 10 pm when both brothers were returning to their village from Jagraon. Lakhwinder failed to notice the stray animal as it abruptly came on the road. Passersby rushed both brothers to the local Civil Hospital where the doctors referred them to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), Ludhiana. At the CMCH, the doctors declared Lakhwinder dead on arrival. Jaswinder was admitted to the hospital. However, he is out of danger. The police have registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC at the Jagraon Sadar police station on a statement of Jaswinder Singh. Conitnued on page 2 UNITS IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS Question mark over civic body’s role Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 23 Factories running in residential areas not only invite mishaps but also create nuisance to residents. While most factories in the city have no fire-safety arrangements in place, the MC have failed to act against the violators. The plastic-manufacturing at Mustaq Ganj collapsed after a fire, damaging the nearby three houses. Questions over the role of civic body are being raised once again. The residents of various areas have been repeatedly demanding for shifting industries out of residential areas, but nothing is being done in this regard. It is learnt that the factories are running in residential areas on Gill Road, Haibowal, Old City, New Heera Nagar, Bahadur Ke Road, Jalandhar Bypass, Civil Lines and others. “Only around 2% industries, commercial, educational and other institutions here have obtained the fire-safety certificate. Of more than one lakh of these units, only 2,000 have obtained the fire-safety certificate,” said Municipal Secretary, Surinder Pal. Around three years ago, Sanjay Sharma of New Heera Singh Nagar, had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court as the civic body had allowed construction of a factory adjoining his house. “The civic body took action against the A house damaged in the factory collapse at Mustak Ganj on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN COMPLAINTS GO UNHEARD ❝ I have complained to the MC, Punjab Pollution Control Board and other departments against a factory running in our neighbourhood, but to no avail. We have to suffer every day from noise pollution and nuisance caused by the factory. No factory should be allowed in residential areas PARAMJIT KAUR, A resident of Ishar Nagar on Gill Road ❞ violation only after getting directions from the court. However, some factories are still running from our residential area. The MC should not allow anyone to set up factory near residences.” Rahul Bindra of Mustaq Ganj said: “The factory that collapsed near Suffian Chowk was situated near our residential area. We can’t forget this tragedy. The civic body should learn a lesson from this incident. There should be no factory near or in residential area.” A former councillor from Ward No. 1, Randhir Singh Sivia, said: “The factories are being allowed by the MC in Bharti Colony, Banda Bahadur Nagar, Geeta Colony, Gurbaksh Nagar and Amar Akash Nagar. I don’t understand how the MC can allow anyone to set up a factory in those areas where residences have come up on 95% land.” Assistant Town Planner (Headquarters) SS Bindra said: “We will write to the higher authorities, seeking permission to carry out a survey of factories running in residential areas. However, no such survey has been done so far.”
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