27112017-LT-01.qxd 11/27/2017 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 27 NOVEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Training for special children No respite for train passengers Cricket tourney The CBSE constitutes a panel which will formulate policies and guidelines for children with special needs. P2 Rail traffic will further remain distrupted in the region on November 27, 28 and December 11 and 12 due to mega traffic blocks. P3 Satluj Cricket Academy script another victory as they trounce Real Madrid Cricket Club by 9 wickets. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 10°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5: 25 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7: 04 AM When hell broke loose on them Kin, colleagues break into tears as administration announces end of rescue operation Manpreet’s father This brave heart breaks into tears... will be missed ...says he joined the Fire Dept for passion, not for money ...was known for his courage and dedication at work Nikhil Bhardwaj Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 26 The kin of three firemen — Sukhdev Singh, Manpreet Singh and Manohar Lal — broke into tears the moment the rescue teams indicated the end of operation. “They are not dead for us. They were alive, they are alive, and they will forever remain alive for us,” they said soon after the administration declared the conclusion of the rescue operation at Amarson Polymers, a polybag factory that collapsed on November 20 after a blaze. “My son has three daughters — Kirandeep Kaur (8), Khushpreet (6) and a month-old Manjot. If not alive, I was at least expecting the recovery of his body. But I am so unfortunate that I will not even be able to complete the last rites of my son,” said Parkash Singh, father of missing fireman Sukhdev. Notably, Parkash had been sitting at the site for the past six days, waiting for some miracle to happen. “Usually Sukhdev used to drop his daughters to school. But on November 20, he got a call from the fire brigade and instead asked me to drop the children to school as he had to leave to douse the factory fire. Who knew he would never return,” the wailing father said. Fireman Manpreet’s inconsolable father Malkiat Singh said he wanted to see his son as a police officer, but his son was adamant on joining the Fire Department. “Once, when I pressurised him to give the trials for the police job, he deliberately did not perform well and hence, failed in the trials. In October, he joined the Fire Department and was very happy. He had also sustained burns on his hands while dousing flames a few months ago,” Singh recalled. Sukhdev’s father said he had not informed his wife Balwinder Kaur about the missing status of Sukhdev. How will I tell her that he is no more?” Wife, son and daughter of fireman Manohar had left the factory site in the wee hours today. Former councillor from Ward No.42 Gurdeep Singh Neetu said he would talk to the MC authorities to release the death certificates of the three firemen, whose bodies could not be traced. Ludhiana, November 26 The family members of 25-year-old fireman Manpreet Singh, who went missing since the plastic manufacturing factory collapsed on November 20, broke into tears when the district administration announced in the morning that his body could not be traced. Manpreet had joined the fire wing a year ago to fulfill his dream. He was passionate about becoming a firefighter. The police recorded the statements of his father Malkit Singh on Sunday and told him that his remains could not be recovered and he was probably dead. Malkit Singh, who has recently undergone an eye surgery, said: “My son MANPREET is a martyr. He should be treated like a martyr. He had joined the Fire Department because of his passion and not for money. Around six months ago, he had received a burn injury on one of his arms. I had then asked him to quit this job, but he wanted to continue with it.” Some natives of his village Seehra in Ludhiana district also visited the site in the last seven days. When Manpreet’s mother had suffered hip fracture, he used to take care of her. Manpreet’s sister is 13 years elder to him. His colleagues said he was a daring and dedicated employee, who always performed his duty without any fear. continued on page 2 Ludhiana, November 26 Leading fireman Manohar Lal (50) was known for his bravery and dedication towards his job. He also went missing on November 20, when a plastic manufacturing factory collapsed after catching fire. His family members used to be at the site in search of Lal every day, but they did not visit on Sunday. Lal, who has left behind his wife and two MANOHAR LAL children, had joined the Fire Department around 18 years ago. His son Nawan is studying in Class 11, while daughter Tamanna is pursuing BCom, said Rajni, a relative. “The entire family is in shock,” she said. A team of fire officials visited his residence and met continued on page 2 FACTORY COLLAPSE Since there was a basement in the factory, the ground was dug up again after the completion of the rescue operation on Sunday; (below) fireman Surinder Kumar got emotional the moment the rescue operation was declared complete. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN COLLEAGUE GETS EMOTIONAL Fireman Surinder Kumar, the colleague of nine firemen who died in the line of duty, got emotional when the rescue operation was declared over. “We lost nine members of our family. This loss cannot be compensated. I still remember when my colleague Rajinder Sharma, whose body was recovered, was entering the building. He asked me to stay outside to manage the water supply and claimed that he and his team would come out soon after dousing the flames. A minute later, the building collapsed and we lost our nine colleagues, who always led from the front. This is the worst tragedy the Fire Department has ever had,” the inconsolable fireman said. Will make a strong case against Gola: CP Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 26 While announcing the completion of the rescue operation, Police Commissioner RN Dhoke today said a strong case would be prepared against factory owner Inderjeet Singh Gola, against whom a case of culpable homicide has already been registered in the factory collapse case. “Hazardous chemicals were stored inside the factory, which actually caused intermittent fire at the site for almost six days. We have also taken samples of the debris and the same have been sent for forensic examination to inquire the haz- chemicals the factory, ❝Hazardousintermittentwereatstored in for almost six which caused fire the site days. We have also taken the samples of the debris and have sent these for forensic examination. If any other charge will be required in the FIR, it will be added. We will deliver justice in the case. RN DHOKE, CP ❞ ardous nature of chemicals. After receiving the report, if any other charge is required to be added in the FIR, it will be added. We will deliver justice in the case,” CP Dhoke told The Tribune. Apart from the forensic report, the police have also been seeking other documents from the other government departments pertaining to the factory, which would also serve as evidence against factory owner during the court trial. Asked about the outcome of ongoing interrogation of factory owner, he said, Gola was being interrogated and as of now, it was too early to comment. Meanwhile, factory owner Gola was produced in court today, which extended his police remand by one more day. RUMOUR OF RECOVERY OF BODY PARTS When the administration was conducting the manual combing of debris, one of the relatives of the missing firemen entered the site and noticed some skull-like thing. He raised an alarm and claimed that the skull of one of the missing firemen was recovered. The administration was on toes when the rumour spread. However, when they checked, nothing of that sort turned out. MC Joint Commissioner Satwant Singh, who was supervising the entire operation, said: “It was a rumour spread by someone. Actually the object recovered was a bunch of burnt polythene.” MC Commissioner transferred Another factory goes up in flames Tribune News Service Traumatised, firemen refuse to enter premises, douse flames from outside Ludhiana, November 26 MC Commissioner Jaskiran Singh was transferred on Sunday. He has been appointed as Director, Hospitality, Punjab. Managing Director of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation Limited, Abhinav, an IAS officer, has been posted as the new MC Commissioner Ludhiana. Nikhil Bhardwaj IAS officer Abhinav to be new Ludhiana MC Commissioner Jaskiran Singh took charge as the MC Commissioner in March this year after the Congress formed a government in Punjab. After joining, he assured to streamline and speed up the Central government’s projects regarding the Smart City mission and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for the continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 26 A major fire broke out at an ink factory in Kirpal Nagar near Daulat Colony late night. Several fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. Since a major fire tragedy had already snuffed out the lives of nine firemen after a building collapsed on November 20, traumatised firemen refused to enter the premises as they still were in trauma. They, however, managed to douse the flames. Sources said the factory was dealing in some printing work and a huge stock of chemicals was stored inside. Due to intense fire, several nearby houses were vacated. Some hosiery goods were being manufactured in the first floor of the factory, but the fire had Firemen douse flames in Kirpal Nagar on Sunday night. PHOTO: ASWANI DHIMAN not reached there. As per the available information, the fire broke out around 9 pm and the fire tenders reached the spot within a few minutes. Fire officials said the factory was lying closed for the last one month. Today, someone noticed smoke billowing out from the factory and raised an alarm. Sources said the fire broke out due to short circuit c m y b following which flames spread in the entire unit. Due to the flames, two drums filled with thinners blasted after coming in contact with the fire. Manpreet’s father Malkit Singh (red turban) with relatives near the factory site. Hope of getting regularised dies... ..,family won’t see him again Ludhiana, November 26 Parkash Singh, 64, father of missing fireman Sukhdev Singh (39), broke down when the police recorded his statement that he could not be traced and that he believes him to be dead. Sukhdev has left behind his wife, three daughters - Kirandeep Kaur (8), Khushpreet Kaur (6) and Manjot Kaur one month) and elderly SUKHDEV SINGH mother and father. His youngest daughter was born a month ago and he was very happy to see her. After signing the statement before the police, Parkash said: “On November 20, Sukhdev asked me to drop his two continued on page 2
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