07022018-LT-01.qxd 2/6/2018 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 7 FEBRUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Achiever Football trials on Feb 10 Inter-College Debate Priya has won bronze at Punjab School Wrestling Competition in under 45-kg category in 2017. P2 Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools will hold trials at Guru Nanak Stadium from 9 am onwards. P4 Students take part in The Tribune Inter-College Debate held at GNIMT, Model Town. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 21°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:07 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:14 AM Bank PO crushed under truck Residents want big trucks stopped from entering the Sahnewal market Lovleen Bains Sahnewal, February 6 A bank probationary officer (PO) was crushed under the wheels of a truck while she was crossing an overbridge here on her two-wheeler early this morning. The deceased, Gurpreet Kaur (25), left her home at 10 am for Samrala where the bank she worked in is situated. Gurpreet was posted as PO at Panjab and Sind Bank and was transferred from Doraha to Samrala just 10 days ago. Her father, Davinder Singh, said Gurpreet was very ambitious and she had studied hard to fulfil her dream of standing on her own feet and serving her parents. Meanwhile, ASI Gurmit Singh said the truck had been impounded but the driver managed to escape. A case had been registered against him under Section Relatives mourn the death of Gurpreet Kaur (inset) at her residence in Sahnewal on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO 279, 427 and 304-A of the IPC. A postmortem examination would be conducted tomorrow, he added. Big trucks passing through the busy market road of Sahnewal have made the residents’ life a virtual hell. The problem has been highlighted in these columns several times. A number of tragedies have taken place ever since the big trucks were given a free entry into Sahnewal. “The truck drivers drive in such a rash manner that they simply have no concern for any life which may be trampled under the wheels or for that matter any vehicle which they regard to be nothing more than a toy,” said Harbans Singh, a resident of Sahnewal. The police, many a time, show their helplessness in such a situation. The unrestricted entry of big trucks has become a nuisance for the residents and two-wheeler riders. Even pedestrians find it to be no more safe to take the main market road. Booth capturing fears will prove wrong: EC Jagpal Singh Sandhu says they will provide more security if admn feels so Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 6 The district administration is all geared up for the coming municipal corporation elections. State Election Commissioner Jagpal Singh Sandhu, during his visit to the city today, said security arrangements were being made for conducting fair elections and if the district administration felt, they would provide more security to the district. “Videotaping of the sensitive booths will be done and elections conducted in a fair manner. The fear of booth capturing expressed by people from different parties will be proved wrong,” said Sandhu. Sandhu said a decision was yet to be taken regarding videotaping of booths by an individual at his own expenses in case he/she feared booth capturing. He said a final decision regarding this would be taken in a day or two. A report on the sensitive booths is being prepared by Police Commissioner RN Dhoke. Police force will be deployed at these booths according to the need. He also asked parties to submit their worry lists regarding the sensitive booths. Sandhu said candidates, Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service State Election Commissioner Jagpal Singh Sandhu interacts with DC Pradeep Agrawal before a press conference at the Circuit House in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Important dates The figures ■ Filing of nominations starts: February 8 ■ Total voters in Ludhiana ■ Last date for filing nominations: ■ Male voters February 13 nomination papers will be accepted on February 10 and 11 which are government holidays. ■ Scrutiny of nominations: February 15 ■ Withdrawal of nominations: February 16 ■ Allotment of election symbols: February 16 ■ Polling: February 24 ■ Counting: February 27 ■ Female voters ■ No whose papers were rejected, generally complained that their documents were complete and some of these were misplaced by the elec- 800 cartons of Chinese crackers seized in city Ex-Akali MLA Mittal joins LIP Ludhiana: Acting on a tip-off that a syndicate is involved in illegal import of crackers through the local inland container depot (ICD), the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Monday seized 800 cartons of firecrackers containing 1,44,000 pieces from a container lying at the ICD, CONCOR, Dhandari Kalan. The cartons were concealed behind a consignment of bicycle pumps imported from China. The import of firecrackers is prohibited under the Foreign Trade Policy. The business and residential addresses of the importer declared before the DirectorGeneral of Foreign Trade, Ludhiana, appeared to be bogus. Further investigation by the DRI is under way. TNS Ludhiana, February 6 The SAD got a jolt today as one of its former MLAs Prem Mittal formally joined the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) in the presence of Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains. Talking to The Tribune, Prem Mittal said he had served the SAD for more than nine years. But now, he was feeling suffocated there. Two or three persons call the shots in the party while all others are “the rubber stamps”, he alleged. “It was being too much and I was feeling suffocated. I decided to join the LIP for the simple reason the Bains brothers are not just good friends but also like brothers with whom I can serve our society better,” said Mittal. Railway lineman booked for raping 16-year-old Tribune News Service Lok Insaaf Party president Simarjit Singh Bains along with his brother Balwinder Singh Bains welcome Prem Mittal who joined the party in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Sewa Kendras run on generators Ludhiana, February 6 Several Sewa Kendras are running on generators as their power connections have been snapped for default on bill payment. The pending power bills accounts for more than ~5 crore, a staff member said. He said: “We are left with no choice but to run the centres on power generator sets, the fuel cost of which is at least ~700 a day.” Not just that, the staff have not received their salaries for the past four months. The announcement of closure of more than 120 such kendras in the district threatens to render several youths jobless. “We processed more than 8 lakh applications in the state last year,” one of the staff ■ Wards members said. Earlier, the number was barely more than 1 lakh through Suwidha Kendras, that clearly shows the need for the Sewa Kendras, he said. Residents are also disappointed at the announcement of closure of these centres. “When the system was set up, it was also being proposed that several more services would be added to the kendras, including the banking services in a tie-up with banks. But instead, these centres are closed,” said Gurdev Singh, a resident of Mundian village. “It had brought services closer to doorstep, but these are now being closed,” he lamented. However, ADC (Development) Surabhi Malik said she would look into the issue of power cut at the Kendras. 10.50 lakh 5.67 lakh 4.82 lakh 23 95 WhatsApp number to be released soon A WhatsApp number will soon be made public where any city resident can send his/her complaint or videos and officials have been instructed to act promptly on such complaints. All police officials have been instructed to attend to all calls on their official numbers. In case a call is missed, then the officer concerned should call back. tion office. “Now, a checklist of documents will be submitted to the election officer by the candidate and the election officer will give an acknowledgement of the same to the candidate, so there is no confusion later on,” said Sandhu. Ludhiana, February 6 Lok Insaaf Party leader Simarjit Singh Bains today met Jagpal Singh Sandhu, State Election Commissioner, and discussed several issues regarding the coming MC elections in Ludhiana. Bains told The Tribune that first of all, he objected to the announcement of elections allegedly made by the Chief Minister in the media and not by the Election Commission, which was unethical. He also pointed out that one of the Congress MLAs announced a reward of Rs 11 lakh for councillors winning by huge margins in his constituency. “We told the Election Commissioner that no action was taken against such announcements. Further, we have requested him to deploy either the CRPF or the BSF outside the strong rooms, as we have no trust in the Punjab police. The CCTV cameras need to be installed in the strong rooms, so the candidates can monitor each and every moment while sitting Continued on page 3 Youth Cong leader, associate booked for shooting at man Gurminder Singh Grewal DEFAULT ON BILL PAYMENT Tribune News Service Ludhiana: The police have booked a railway traffic lineman on the charge of raping a 16-yearold girl. The suspect, identified as Ghanaiya, who has been posted at the level crossing of Kila Raipur, has absconded. In her complaint to the police, the victim stated that while going to her school, she had to pass through the Kila Raipur level crossing. “In April 2016, Ghanaiya took me to the railway quarters at Kila Raipur where he raped me. I remained mum as Ghanaiya had threatened me with dire consequences if I informed anyone about the incident. Ghanaiya made physical relations with me several times against my wish.” The police have registered a case against the accused under Section 376 of the IPC and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. TNS ■ Third gender HORROR AT PARTY When asked if he was expecting ticket for himself in the coming MC elections, he said: “I am not expecting anything. I was fed up with dictatorship Bains, SAD leaders meet Sandhu Khanna, February 6 A Youth Congress leader and his associate have been booked by the police for firing into the air and shooting at a person at a palace during a marriage function here. The injured has been identified as Puneet Kaushal, a resident of the town, and the suspects as Hardeep Singh, a resident of Khanna, and Avjinder Singh Kala, a resident of Ghudani village. Ghudani is the president of the Youth Congress, Fathegarh Sahib LS constituency. Amarinder Singh, owner of UK Palace and resident of Patiala, told the police that around 11 pm last night, he was present at the palace. A function relating to the marriage of Gurnishan Singh, a resident of Khanna, was going on at the marriage palace. Hardeep, Avjinder, Puneet and others were dancing in the DJ section. While dancing, Hardeep asked Avjinder to fire into the air. He fired three shots into the air. Meanwhile, Puneet told Kala not to fire shots, which angered the latter. He shot Puneet in the left arm. After the incident, the suspects fled the venue. The injured youth was rushed to IVY Hospital, Khanna, where the doctors referred him to Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana. He is under treatment there. What happened on dance stage Hardeep, Avjinder, Puneet and others were dancing in the DJ section. While dancing, Hardeep asked Avjinder to fire into the air. He fired three shots into the air. Meanwhile, Puneet told Kala not to fire shots, which angered the latter. He shot Puneet in the left arm. After the incident, the suspects fled the venue. The police have registered a case under Section 307, IPC, and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against Avjinder and Hardeep. Khanna DSP JS Cheema said the police were conducting raids to arrest the suspects. The injured was said to be out of danger, he said. in the SAD, so I decided to join the best option, i.e. the LIP In case they feel I could . be a winning candidate, they can give me ticket. I do not have the big ego issue. It is just that I wanted to quit the SAD and join the LIP We will . serve society together in a better way,” said Mittal. Youth duped of ~2.2 lakh on job promise Fire breaks out at vegetable market Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 6 A fire broke out at New Fruit and Vegetable Market near the Jalandhar bypass this morning. The fire broke out at around 11:45 am near shed number 2 of the market. Shopkeepers tried to douse the flames but soon the fire engulfed plastic crates kept in the open near the shed. Furniture, fruits and vegetable were destroyed in the fire. The shopkeepers informed the fire brigade, following which two fire engines arrived there. After some time, a team from the Ladhowal police station reached there and got the nearby area vacated. It took the firefighters around half an hour to put out the fire. There was no report of causality. “Fortunately, the fire broke out in an open area. The fire Ludhiana, February 6 The police have booked two persons for allegedly duping a youth of Rs 2.2 lakh on the pretext of getting him a permanent job in the state electricity department. The suspects have been identified as Inderjit Singh of Guru Nanakpura and Jaspal Singh of Shiv Colony here. They have absconded. The police have registered a case under Section 420 and 120 B of the IPC on a complaint of the victim’s father, Tarsem Singh. Tarsem said: “Inderjit and Jaspal assured Hardeep of a permanent job in the state electricity department in lieu of Rs 2.2 lakh. Hardeep paid the amount to them. But they neither provided a job to Hardeep, nor returned money.” c m y b Tribune News Service Firefighters fight flames at New Fruit and Vegetable Market on Tuesday. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN could have caused a huge damage if it had broken out in a covered area,” said Deepak, an eyewitness. While the exact cause of fire couldn’t be ascertained, a short-circuit in wrires is believed to be the main reason for the fire.
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