22022018-LT-01.qxd 2/22/2018 12:23 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 22 FEBRUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Equal pay for equal work MC staff protest Devki Jain girls shine The Elementary Government Teachers’ Union wants the govt to provide equal pay for equal work. P2 MC staff up in arms, protest against the non-payment of salaries. P3 Devki Devi Jain College girls reap a haul of 11 medals in martial arts contest. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 27°C MIN 12°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6:20 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:00 AM SNIPPETS SAD rebel held in old theft case 8 challaned under tobacco Act Ludhiana: A team of the Health Department on Wednesday conducted a check at shops under the Tobacco Control Act. Those found violating the norms were issued challans on the spot. Pictorial warning at the tobacco shops is mandatory and some shops were found violating the norm. Shops located on Ferozepur Road and Malhar Road were checked. A total of eight challans worth Rs 1,000 were issued. The department also collected two samples of pan masala and tobacco products from Chaurasia Pan Bhandar. Dr Andesh Kaur Kang, District Health Officer, said anybody found violating the rules would not be let off. TNS Young farmer found hanging Tribune News Service Mandi Ahmedgarh, February21 A young farmer of Saraud village, under the Ahmedgarh Sadar police station, died under mysterious circumstances at his village near here today. The deceased has been identified as Gurmukh Singh (35), who was living with his family at his in-laws’ house at Moga at present. The Sadar police handed over the body to his family after conducting proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. Gurmukh, along with his wife and two sons, had been living at his in-laws’ place for a long time. He had returned home only yesterday. Though the exact reason behind his death is yet to be probed, circumstantial evidence suggests he had allegedly committed suicide as his body was found hanging from a wooden ladder. The deceased had reportedly fallen in bad company after which his in-laws took him and his family along to Moga. He was also given de-addiction treatment there. Debt-ridden farmer commits suicide Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 21 A debt-ridden farmer of Galib Kalan village, near Jagraon, killed himself by consuming a poisonous substance at his house past night. The deceased has been identified as Malkiat Singh (55), a resident of Galib Kalan village. The incident came to light this morning when the members of his family found him dead in his room. He is survived by wife and a son. Malkiat Singh owned around 2.5 acres of agricultural land. Unable to pay his debt of Rs 7 lakh, Malkiat consumed poisonous substance and died. After his death, activists of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), along with Malkiat’s body, took out a protest march from the Jagraon bus stand to Civil Hospital. They raised slogans against the state government for failing to keep its promise made with the farmers. While addressing the protesters, Kanwaljit Khanna of the Inqulabi Kendra, Punjab, Continued on page 4 Tribune News Service STRIKE EFFECT Ludhiana bus stand wears a deserted look during a strike by the Punjab Roadways employees on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana, February 21 A day after SAD rebel Harpreet Singh Bedi faced an FIR for misusing the names of SAD-BJP leaders, the police today arrested him in a theft case registered against him last year. The ACP (West), Gurpreet Singh, said Bedi was nominated in a case of theft and house trespass by the Sarabha Nagar police last year. He was today arrested in the same case and he would be produced before the court tomorrow. Sources said a case under Section 454 and 380 of the IPC was registered against some persons last year after valuables were stolen from a sealed community centre located at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. Sources confirmed that Bedi was then not nominated in the case. It was only when the Congress government regained power, Bedi was secretly nominated by the police and now he was arrested. In March last year, LIT had sealed the community centre due to some illegalities. Bedi, as an Akali leader, had influence in the area. A theft took place in the sealed community centre building. The police Continued on page 4 Campaigning ends today Mystery shrouds PAU student’s disappearancefrom hostel Candidates cannot campaign after 4 pm; voting on February 24 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 21 Campaigning for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections and byelections to two wards of the Payal and Jagraon Municipal Councils will end on Thursday (February 22) at 4 pm. There are 494 candidates in the fray from 95 wards of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. The candidates of parties and Independents are conducting their campaigns by holding meetings, roadshows and door-to-door canvassing. As only one day is left, senior leaders are visiting wards to conduct campaigns for their respective candidates. Jagraon, Payal bypolls Voting for the Ward Number 17 of the Jagraon Municipal Council and Ward Number 5 of the Payal Municipal Council would also be held on February 24 and results announced the same day. District Electoral Officercum-Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal and Additional District Electoral Officer-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner Neeru Katyal Gupta said none of the candidates could campaign after 4 pm on Thursday. She appealed to the candidates that they should follow the model code of conduct. Strict action would be taken against Ludhiana, February 21 A student of Punjab Agricultural University here has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. The police are on their toes to trace him after his car was recovered from the parking lot of the university. The PAU police have registered a case under Section 346 of the IPC against unknown persons. The father of the missing boy, Amaninder, is a bank cashier and mother a teacher. According to information, a student of BA Nutrition and Dietetic (final year), Amaninder Singh, who lives at Swaddi Mullapur, went missing on the night of February 18 from the PAU Hostel No. 4. His friends told The Tribune that Amaninder was staying in Hostel No. 1. On the night of February 18, he slept in Hotel No. 4 where his juniors lived. “Around 4.30 am on February 19 when his two friends woke up, they found Amaninder missing from the room. They tried to call on his phone number but nobody responded. Later, the phone went switched off. Even the last location of the phone was found near PAU Hostel No. 1,” his friend said. The PAU authorities also launched their own probe and started checking footage of CCTV cameras installed on the premises of the university. On Tuesday evening, employees found the missing boy’s Alto car parked near Gate No. 1. The PAU SHO Brij Mohan said the mobile of the victim was lying switched off. — TNS A policeman guards the strong room at GCG in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN the violators, she added. Polling would be held on February 24 and the results declared on February 27. Voting for the Ward Number 17 of the Jagraon Municipal Council and Ward Number 5 of the Payal Municipal Council would also be held on February 24 and results announced the same day. Poll code violations galore The city is still dotted with flags, posters, banners and hoardings of parties which a violation of the model code of conduct. Though the polls are a few days away, the authorities have failed to ensure its full implementation. Besides, a large number of candidates are campaigning on the social media too. 3heldinSec32clash Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 21 In yesterday’s clash, when two groups exchanged fire and used swords against each other, the police claimed to have nabbed three persons. The Tribune had highlighted in its column that the Shubham group was involved in the clash and the police also confirmed their involvement. Those nabbed have been identified as Sandy Kapoor, alias Sam, of Khud mohalla; Subham, alias Shabbi, of Ambedkar Colony, Cheem chowk; and Kavish Patial, a resident of GTB Nagar, Jamalpur. A case under Sec- tion 307, 148, 149 of the IPC and 25/27-54-59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them. Apart from the arrest of the remaining accused, may be over a dozen in numbers, the police are yet to clarify if the weapons used during the clash were legal or illegal. Police Commissioner RN Dhoke said enough force had been deployed at each nook and corner of the city to keep tabs over anti-social elements ahead of the municipal corporation elections. ADCP Rajvir Singh said several persons involved in the clash had been identified and raids were on to nab them. Cong, BJP workers hurl stones Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 21 Workers of the Congress and the BJP indulged in stone pelting at Puneet Nagar on the Tibba road this evening after the Congress workers alleged that the latter were distributing blankets in the ward. Leaders of both parties were campaign for the MC elections when the incident happened. Timely intervention by the police prevented a clash. One of the Congress workers suffered injuries in the clash. The Congress workers alleged that the BJP leaders distributed blankets to influence voters in their favour and when they tried to stop them from doing so, the BJP workers started pelting them with stones. Goes missing from friends’ room; car found in parking lot A Congress worker, who was injured in stone pelting between the Congress and the BJP at Puneet Nagar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ADCP Rajvir Singh, ACP (East) Pawanjit Chaudhary and teams from separate police stations reached the spot to defuse the situation. The police reportedly detained some BJP workers. Congress candidate from Ward No. 15 Kanchan Malhotra’s husband Satish Malhotra said they were conducting door- to-door campaign at Puneet Nagar when they noticed some BJP workers distributing blankets and other household items to voters. “When we went to stop them, they indulged in arguments. We then informed police. In no time, the BJP workers in large numbers gathered there and started pelting us with stones. One of our work- c m y b ers, Rajesh Chopra, suffered injuries. If the police had not intervened, the BJP workers would have used cold drink bottles as they had a huge stock of the same,” he added. Meanwhile, BJP candidate from Ward No. 15, Pooja Rai said she owned a shop of blankets on the Gaushala road from where some persons yesterday bought a huge stock of blankets and the same blankets were distributed by some persons belonging to the Congress. It is clearly a conspiracy of the Congress, she added. The ADCP said “We have detained some BJP workers who hurled stones. We will sent a report to the election observer for further action. We have deployed forces to tackle any law and order situation in the area,” he added. Abetment of suicide: Two booked Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 21 The Sarabha Nagar police have booked two persons on the charge of abetment of suicide. The accused have been identified as Lovely, alias Lally, a resident of BRS Nagar; and Poonam Gupta, a resident of Aggar Nagar. Complainant Rajinder Singh of BRS Nagar told the police that his wife Harpreet Kaur (39) was being mentally harassed by the accused. Sources said the deceased woman owned some money to the accused as she used to run a monthly kitty. She failed to pay the money later. Due to daily harassment, his wife ended her life by consuming some poisonous substance, he said, adding that the accused even threatened his wife that they would forcibly take possession of their house, if ~26 lakh was not given to them. The police are yet to arrest the accused. Garbage menace: Permanent solution need of the hour. P4 The accused in custody of a Vigilance team. TRIBUNE PHOTO Cooperative Dept clerk held taking bribe Our Correspondent Mandi Ahmedgarh, February21 A team of the District Vigilance Police, led by SSP (Vigilance) Rupinder Singh, has nabbed a clerk of the Cooperative Department for accepting a bribe for felicitating approval for appointment of salesman at the Jartauli Cooperative Society, Jartauli village, Dehlon Block, near here today. The clerk has been identified as Parminder Singh, who was posted at the office of Joint Sub Registrar Cooperative Society (East), Ludhiana. He was arrested while accepting Rs 12,000 as part of the settled bribe amount. He had told the complainant that he had to pay part of the bribe to his seniors in the department. The SSP (Vigilance) had received information that Parminder had demanded bribe from Amrik of the Jar- tauli Cooperative Society for getting permission for appointment of salesman at Jartauli. He directed his staff, led by DSP Jaswinder Singh, to lay a trap to nab the suspect. Investigations by DSP Jaswinder Singh and Inspector Kuljinder Singh revealed that the suspect had demanded Rs 50,000 from Amrik for getting permission for the post and the amount was settled at Rs 35,000. The complainant had paid Rs 20,000 as an advance payment and the balance was to be paid today. A trap was laid to nab the clerk red-handed. The vigilance team caught him accepting Rs 12,000 from Amrik in the presence of excise and taxation officers Dr Aman Gupta and Amandeep Singh. A case was registered at the Vigilance police station under Section 7, 13 (2) of the Prevention of Crime Act.
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