03122017-LT-01.qxd 12/2/2017 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 3 DECEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Small placards, big change Steel price hike A day for the disabled BVM students attach placards carrying name, medicinal value to trees at Rose Garden. P2 The local industry is facing a tough time with the increase in steel price in the past six months. P3 Special Olympics held at GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, to celebrate Int’l Day of Disabled Persons. P4 FORECAST GENRALLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 24°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 5: 24 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 7: 09 AM SNIPPETS Gang of bike thieves busted Bains exposes corruption in Biker hit by car at Jartoli chowk, dies Four of its members arrested, two escape; 65 stolen bikes, pistols recovered Ludhiana: A biker was killed after his two-wheeler was hit by a car near the Jartoli chowk. The deceased has been identified as Natha Singh, a resident of Sangrur. Paramjit Singh, son of the deceased, said his father was on the way to Jhameri village when a car hit his bike. His father suffered severe head injuries and doctors declared him dead on arrival. The car driver has been identified as Rahul Paliwal of Bathinda. He was not arrested when reports last came in. TNS Man gets jail for carrying drugs Ludhiana: Additional Sessions Judge Virinder Aggarwal has convicted Vinod Kumar, alias Billa, of Doraha, on the charge of possessing narcotics. He was sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also imposed on the convict. According to the prosecution, a police party, led by ASI Kimti Lal, was standing near the Doraha bridge. They saw Vinod coming from the Doraha side. On seeing the police party, he tried to take a U-turn. The police caught him and recovered 100 gram of intoxicant powder from his possession. OC Jaswant Shetra Jagraon, December 2 With the recovery of 65 stolen bikes, the Jagraon police today claimed to have busted an inter-district gang of bike thieves. Four members of the gang have been arrested while two escaped. The suspects had stolen these bikes from Amritsar, Ludhiana, Tarntaran and other districts of the state. The police have also recovered two 12bore pistols, one 315-bore pistol, six cartridges and 200 grams of drug powder from their possession. The arrested gang members have been identified as Sukhraj Singh, alias Sukh, of Manakpur village in Amritsar district; Joban Singh, alias Joban, of Sohal village in Tarntaran district; Dilbagh Singh, alias Bagha, of Oder village; and Tarsem Singh, alias Deepu, alias Patwari, of Sultanwind in Amritsar district. The two members of the gang, who escaped, have been identified as Bittu of Sohal village and Angrej Singh of Oder village. At a press conference here today, DIG of Ludhiana Range Gursharan Singh Sandhu said the suspects were arrested from a factory outside Bhumal village, near Sidhwan Bet, following a tip-off last evening. “The police had received information that the suspects, armed with dangerous civic body office Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Bike thieves and stolen motorcycles recovered from them at Jagraon on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO THIEVES’ FAVOURITE PLACES Bus stand, railway station, Rani Bagh, Hall Gate, Ranjeet Avenue and Darbar Sahib in Amritsar; various places in Tarn Tarn; and bus stand and railway station in Ludhiana. ❝The police had received information that suspects, armed with dangerous weapons, were planning a robbery at a factory near Bhumal village. GURSHARAN SINGH SANDHU, DIG ❞ Sahib in Amritsar; various places in Tarn Tarn; and bus stand and railway station in Ludhiana. The police recovered 85 stolen motorcycles from the locations disclosed by the suspects,” said the SSP . The police have registered cases under the NDPS Act, Arms Act and various sections of the IPC against the accused at the Sidhwan Bet police station. According to the SSP the , police are carrying out raids to trace the two members of the gang who had escaped. Ludhiana, December 2 Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLA Simarjit Singh Bains conducted a sting operation at the Zone C office of the Municipal Corporation today and caught an MC employee accepting Rs 10,000 from a person in lieu of giving “approval” to an illegal construction (two rooms), the building map of which was not approved by the civic body. The erring employee admitted that he was a “small fry”. He got just 20 per cent share while a major chunk of the money went into the pockets of building inspectors and other senior officials, he added. Bains said a resident of Dashmesh Nagar wanted to construct two rooms on the first floor of his house but the building map was not approved by the MC for the same. An employee in the building branch of Zone C, Jatinder, asked the resident that any “illegal” construction could take place in the city by paying a price. The employee asked the resident to give Rs 35,000 but the deal was closed at Rs 25,000. The resident went to Bains last night and told about the entire episode. Bains asked MLA Simarjit Singh Bains at Zone C office. TRIBUNE PHOTO the resident to go and pay Jatinder Rs 10,000. The complainant was asked to be at the Zone C office today. Jatinder reached the office and accepted Rs 10,000 from the resident. The entire scene was recorded by Bains. Soon after conducting the sting operation, the LIP team uploaded the video on the Facebook page of Bains. Bains had exposed corruption in government departments earlier also. Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Jaskiran Singh said he got to know about the incident and an enquiry against the employee was under way. If the building inspectors are found guilty, show-cause notices will be served on them, he said. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Will convince CM for varsity on Master Tara Singh: Sidhu Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 2 Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was in the city for the 50th commemoration ceremony of veteran Akali leader Master Tara Singh. The event was organised by Delhi Akali Dal at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan campus, today. Master Tara Singh’s death anniversary falls on November 22. He said the Akali Dal was a very old and good party. He said during the times of Master Tara Singh, it was a party of principles, but due to the presence of a few people it was losing its sheen. “Some people have started considering Akali Dal as their property, which has damaged the entire party,” said Sidhu. He said after the last government’s rule in the state, it was not possible for the Akali Dal to come back to power. He announced to install a statue of Master Tara Singh in one of the universities of the state. Sidhu said he would convince CM Amarinder Singh to fulfil the demand of Kiranjot Kaur, maternal grandchild of Master Tara Singh, to start a university in the name of Master Tara Singh. “If Kiranjot wants a statue or a memorial or a university or all three in the name of Master Tara Singh, I promise it will be established soon as the wishes of the family of Master Tara Singh. I will convince the CM to fulfil her needs,” he said. Sidhu said Master Tara Singh was a selfless leaders and would continue to rule the hearts of people. Sidhu pointed out that the youth should be aware of Punjab’s culture. The youth should know about Sarbans Dani Guru Gobind Singh, Continued on page 2 The SSP Jagraon, Surjit Singh, said the suspects tried to escape. After a brief chase, the police nabbed four members of the gang. Two of their accomplices escaped. According to the SSP all , members of the gang are hardened criminals. They Body recovered from Buddha Nullah Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu with the maternal grandchild of Master Tara Singh, Kiranjot Kaur, during the 50th commemoration ceremony held at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, on Saturday. weapons, were planning a robbery at a factory near Bhumal village. Police parties, led by the CIA Staff Jagraon incharge, Inspector Lakhvir Singh, and the Gidarwindi police chowki in-charge, ASI Sukhwinder Singh, raided the factory,” said Sandhu. Orders for deceased ACP to re-examine Tangri case Dravid’s transfer! Ludhiana, December 2 Panic gripped residents of Kirpal Nagar, Daresi, this morning when a body was recovered from the Buddha Nullah. The SHO, Inspector Davinder Singh, said someone had informed the police control room that a body was floating in the nullah. The police recovered the body. The deceased, seemingly aged around 40, had no injury marks. A postmortem examination of the body would be conducted and further legal action taken accordingly. The police said the body would be kept at the mortuary of Civil Hospital for 72 hours for identification. TNS Ludhiana, December 2 The Department of Local Bodies has issued orders for the transfer of an employee of the Municipal Corporation who died in the building collapse at Suffian Chowk on November 20. On November 30, the Director, Local Bodies, issued orders for the transfer of Chief Sanitary Inspector Lakshman Das (Dravid) from Pathankot to Jalandhar. Laksham was killed in the building collapse at Suffian Chowk. An officials of the MC said they received the transfer orders yesterday. It was shocking to learn about the were wanted in cases registered against them at many police stations. “During preliminary interrogation, the accused confessed that they stole motorcycles from bus stand, railway station, Rani Bagh, Hall Gate, Ranjeet Avenue and Darbar Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Lakshman Das (Dravid) was among 16 persons who were killed in the building collapse at Suffian Chowk. A FILE PHOTO orders for Lakshman’s transfer. His last prayer meeting was held at Daresi and it was attended by thousands of persons. TNS Ludhiana December 2 Two days after the registration of a case against citybased Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena leader, Sunil Tangri, Commissioner of Police RN Dhoke has asked the Assistant Commissioner of Police, North, to re-examine the case and if during re-probe allegations levelled by Tangri’s company worker are found true, the accused would be arrested immediately. A case of kidnapping and sections 365, 323, 342, 386 and 120B of the IPC was registered against Sunil Tangri, his two sons Rohit Tangri and Mohit Tangri and his gunman two days ago. Although these IPC sections are non- Sunil Tangri bailable and immediate arrest is required, re-probe was ordered after Hindu leaders requested the Police Commissioner for re-verification of the facts. Notably, complainant Deepak works as a computer operator at Tangri’s Ambey Trading company in Kesarganj Mandi. He told the police that he was kept in illegal detention by Tangri and his sons allegedly over some financial dispute. He had also alleged that he was mercilessly beaten up by the leader and his scooter and motorcycle was also forcibly taken into possession by the accused. Dhoke said the accused were not arrested because ACP North was told to reexamine the allegations levelled against the Shiv Sena leader and ACP would submit the report to him in a stipulated time. “If the Shiv Sena leader is found guilty in the ACP’s report, all booked accused will be arrested immediately. The probe is being conducted on merit in the case,” the CP said. Illegal hoardings make a mockery of GLADA Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, December 2 In closing their eyes to illegal advertisements boards/hoardings on rooftops of the buildings all along Ferozepur Road from the erstwhile Octroi Post to Ayali Chowk (outside city limits), the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) officials are flouting the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding putting up advertisement boards and hoardings on the state/national highways. Interestingly, whenever a complaint is lodged with GLADA, the flex film pasted on metal structures is temporarily removed and after sometime, the advertisements reappear, which gives credence to the allegations of officials patronage to this illegal activity. In a complaint lodged with the Chief Administrator, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) and the Additional Chief Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Punjab, Council of RTI Activists President Rohit Sabharwal said more than a dozen huge hoardings were put up on rooftop structures of several buildings on both sides of the Ferozepur Road c m y b (NH 95) within a distance of less than a kilometre from GLADA/PUDA office in gross violation of the HC directions on putting up hoardings and advertisement boards along the highways. Citing HC interim orders made on April 29, 2015, in disposal of COCP 2695/2012, Sabharwal said the court had taken on record an affidavit filed by the then Additional Chief Administrator of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), which stated that illegal metal structures (for hoardings) on NH 21, NH 95 (Kharar to Ludhiana), NH 64, NH 1 and other scheduled roads falling in the jurisdiction of GMADA had been removed. “Logically, GLADA authorities should have followed suit and metal structures as well as hoarding on NH 95 from Ludhiana to Ferozepur should have been removed in pursuance of the HC orders,” Sabharwal said while pointing out that no such action was taken by GLADA, which indicated that certain officials/ employees of the body were hand in glove with the advertisers and outdoor advertising agencies. Seeking immediate intervention of the government Continued on page 2 Huge advertisement boards/hoardings have again come up on the rooftops of several buildings in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTOS
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