14032018-LT-01.qxd 3/13/2018 11:18 PM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 14 MARCH 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE CBSE Class XII exams Flouting norms GCG athletics meet Students gave their chemistry exam. Some said it was easy, some said questions were tricky. P2 A few cafes and canteens at the PAU are slowly drifting to the normal timings. P3 Avleen Kaur wraps up two titles besides finishing at the third place in another event at GCG. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 16°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:34 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:36 AM BRIEFLY Auto gang dupes couple of cash Ludhiana: The auto gang allegedly duped a couple of cash and valuables. The complainant, Tarlok Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, said on March 10, he, along with his wife, hired an auto-rickshaw from the railway station to their place in BRS Nagar. Apart from the driver, two passengers were already sitting in the auto. After going a few miles, the driver asked us to take another auto as his auto had developed some snag. The moment the driver and the two passengers left the spot, he found his purse containing Rs 10,000 and important documents missing. He suspected that the auto driver and the decoy passengers stole his purse. The police have launched a probe. TNS Undertrial flees, cop booked Ludhiana: An undertrial in an illicit liquor smuggling case fled from police custody on the court premises following which head constable Amarjit Singh was booked by the Division No. 5 police for showing negligence on duty. According to the FIR, accused Sudhir Rishi Dev had surrendered in the court and he was put in the custody of Amarjit. He escaped while being taken out of the cell for photograph. TNS 5 booked on gambling charge Ludhiana: The police have booked five persons on the charge of gambling in separate cases in the city. In the first case, the police booked Narinder Kohli and Sooraj Kumar, both residents of BRS Nagar; Vipan. a resident of Railway Colony; and Sunil, a resident of BRS Nagar. They were caught by the police while gambling near the Oriental cinema. In another case, the police caught Pardeep Kumar Shah of Dholewal on the charge of gambling. TNS Tempers run high at airport Pilot tells fliers to leave luggage behind for safety reasons; authorities intervene Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 13 How would you feel when you are asked to leave your luggage behind while boarding a plane? This is exactly what happened to the passengers who boarded the plane from the Sahnewal Airport, near here, yesterday. The flight was already late by about two hours. Sanjay Goel, an architect based in the city, said owing to “load-restrictions”, the pilot asked the passengers to just carry the handbags with them and leave their other luggage behind as it would be taken to the Delhi Airport by road. “How can you ask passengers to leave their luggage behind? If you had issues regarding load restrictions, you should not have booked all seats. It is a 70-seater plane, at least 50 passengers are required to balance the load. If you had load restrictions, seats. ❝a 70-seaterissues regarding50 passengers areyou shouldtonot have booked allBut It is plane, at least required balance the load. how is this possible to leave your luggage behind and wait for it to arrive for four hours at the destination? This was disgusting SANJAY GOEL, an architect ❞ . But how is this possible to leave your luggage behind and wait for it to arrive for four hours at the destination? This was disgusting,” said Goel. According to information, the flight reached Sahnewal late by about two hours due to technical reasons. Many passengers had connecting flights, which they missed. Disappointed, they had to go back. A passenger said the flight was already late and he had missed the connecting flight. So, there was no point going to Delhi. The passengers were shocked when they were asked that luggage could not be carried on to the plane. People pay a high price to fly as it saves their precious time. But when a flight is already late and unnecessary harassment is caused to passengers, who would like to travel by air from here? said an industrialist. Ultimately, the “load-restriction” part was managed by the airport authorities and the passengers were allowed to fly with their luggage. The Director of Sahnewal Airport, AN Sharma, said the length of runway had been reduced to 90 metres and there was no filling station here. For the safety of passengers, they were requested to leave their luggage behind. “But then everything was managed,” said Sharma. Life sentence for murder accused Our Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, March 13 The court of Additional Sessions Judge Amar Paul has convicted Inderjit Singh, alias Sunny, of Kabir Nagar, Ludhiana, on the charge of killing Manoj Kumar of Lohara due to enmity by inflicting injuries with a sharp weapon. He was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment. Delivering the verdict, the court held that the prosecution had successfully brought home the guilt of the accused. It turned down the plea of leniency raised by the accused. The case was registered at the Daba police station on April 17, 2014, following the statement of Satwinder Singh, a head constable, against unknown persons. He had got information regarding a dead lying in a piece of land. The police cracked the case on the basis of mobile conversation between the deceased and the accused. 70-yr-old gets 7-year jail for raping minor HC notice to Punjab SHO-Sarpanch talk goes viral, CP orders probe on ‘illegal mining' SHO accuses Sarpanch of role in Our Legal Correspondent Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 13 The court of Additional Sessions Judge Virinder Aggarwal has convicted Prem Singh (70) of Khanian village, Amloh, on the charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Prem Singh was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years under the POCSO Act. A fine of Rs 60,000 was also imposed upon the convict. Of the fine amount, Rs 50,000 would be paid to the victim as compensation. Delivering the verdict, the court held that such types of convicts were not entitled to any leniency. A case against Prem Singh was registered at the Sadar Khanna police station on April 8, 2015, following a statement of the victim's mother. The complainant had told the police that on the day of incident, she was not at home. The accused came to their home and sent other children outside on the pretext of fetching some articles from the market. Thereafter, he bolted the door from inside and rape her daughter. When she returned back, she came to know about the heinous act of the accused. Case against 'terrorist' adjourned Ludhiana, March 13 Additional Sessions Judge Anjana today adjourned hearing in alleged terrorist Harminder Singh Mintu’s case pertaining to RDX recovery till March 20. Mintu was produced before the court amid tight security. The defence lawyer claimed that the accused was falsely implicated. There was no evidence to connect him with the present case. He was booked in a case of criminal conspiracy under Section 120-B of the IPC, he added. The accused was booked in 2008 in the RDX recovery case. Of five persons who faced the trial, two were convicted and three acquitted. — OC ILLEGAL MINING ISSUE Chandigarh, March 13 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the State of Punjab on notice on a petition seeking directions for taking action against illegal extraction of excess quantity of sand from the mining sites in Ludhiana district. The notice by the Bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal came on a petition filed in public interest against the State of Punjab and other respondents by Karnail Singh and other petitioners through counsel Ramandeep Singh Pandher. Appearing before the Bench, Pandher asserted the petitioners were deeply concerned with the present issue related to carrying of sand in excessively overloaded tippers from sand mines at Dupana, Lubangarh and Sikanderpur in Samrala tehsil. Elaborating, Pandher submitted on the petitioner’s behalf “huge loss” was being caused to the government exchequer by carrying sand in overloaded tippers. He added more than 50 tons of sand was being carried, while the slips mentioned 12 to 15 tons only. This, he submitted, was causing hazard. The roads and streets used by the overloaded tippers were being damaged, along with water supply lines. Extracting sand in excess of the permissible quantity was also causing danger to the ecology and environment of the area. Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 13 The Station House Officer of Meharban police station, who was suspended by Police Commissioner RN Dhoke yesterday, is again in the dock as the recording of his telephonic conversation with the Sarpanch of Boothgarh village over illegal mining has gone viral. Dhoke has ordered an inquiry. Earlier, action against the SHO was taken following a complaint by a resident of Meharban, Surinder Pal Singh. The complainant had alleged that some persons tried to encroach on land which he had donated to a gurdwara around three decades ago. He had alleged that the SHO did not take action on his complaint. An inquiry into the case was conducted by Additional DCP IV Rajveer Singh Boparai. Meanwhile, in the recording of conversation between the SHO and Sarpanch Amrinder Singh Soni, the SHO is found behaving rudely with the Sarpanch. As per the recording (clip with The Tribune), Sarpanch calls up the SHO at night to complain that several tractor-trailers carrying illegally mined sand were crossing the village. The Sarpanch asks the SHO to take immediate action. The SHO asks the Sarpanch to first tell him who is illegally mining the sand. When Sarpanch feigns ignorance, the SHO illegal mining of sand Meharban Station House Officer Jarnail Singh said Sarpanch of Boothgarh village Amrinder Singh Soni himself was behind illegal mining of sand. “The day he called me, the police had registered four FIRs for illegal mining and arrested the suspects with illegally mined sand. As the suspects arrested by the police are close to the Sarpanch, he called me up at night to make false complaints. Earlier also on many occasions, I warned the Sarpanch against calling him up to make false complaints. But he did not budge due to which I lost my cool,” the SHO said. turns furious and tells the former that if he (Sarpanch) is not aware who is mining the sand, then why is he calling him at night? Then SHO tells Sarpanch: “Tu hai ki cheez mere agey, teri jurrat kiwe pegi phone menu raat nu karn di, teri main report likhda, tere te parcha darj karda main (Who are you, how dare you to call me at night, I will reg- ister a report and lodge an FIR against you for harassing an SHO). On this, the Sarpanch tells the SHO that he is calling on his official number. As illegal mining is going on at his village, he just wants action against the culprits. However, the SHO continues to warn the Sarpanch that he will register an FIR against him. When the Sarpanch tells the SHO that he would send the phone recording to Capt Amarinder Singh, the SHO says: "CM saab sadey, main ohna nu dsuga” (CM sahib is ours and I will take up the matter with him). The SHO later accused the Sarpanch of his involvement in illegal mining. The Sarpanch told The Tribune that he had called the Station House Officer on the night of March 11 after he noticed vehicles laden with illegally mined sand crossing the village. The Station House Officer, instead of rushing to the spot and taking action against the culprits, misbehaved with him on the phone, he added. The Commissioner of Police said the matter had come to his notice and he had marked an inquiry. LIT under fire for poorly maintained parks Man asphyxiated cleaning sewer Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, March 13 Maintenance of parks and green belts in the 475 acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony on Pakhowal Road here seems to be the least of the priorities of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) authorities. Residents of the colony are peeved at the indifferent attitude of the officials, who have failed to respond positively to their repeated pleas for the renovation and proper upkeep of parks, which were lungs for area residents. A railway employee Surinder Singh Grewal and an entrepreneur Lynia Sharda Sharma, both residents of the colony, said the boundary wall of the main park in E block (adjoining House No. 187) has started crumbling down, while that of another park in the same block (near House No. 114) has already given way at more than one place. The crumbling boundary walls of these parks could cause serious accident at any time, as these parks are frequented by children, women and senior citizens. Amarjit Singh, another res- Jaswant Shetra Tribune News Service The damaged boundary wall of a park at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO ident, said the parks and green belts of a colony could serve the desired purpose only, if these were properly maintained. “Not only the infrastructure such as boundary walls, walking tracks and garden furniture ought to be in good condition, but nursing plants, planting new saplings and mowing of the grass bed should be a continuous process. This unfortunately is not being done, as far as parks in this colony are concerned,” he said. Another resident of E block, Arvind Sharma, said he brought the pathetic condition of the parks to the notice of LIT officials – right from the Junior Engineer of the c m y b area to the Superintending Engineer as well as the Executive Officer, without any positive response from their side so far. Tenders floated: Official An official of the engineering branch of the Trust said the estimates for the repair/renovation of parks had already been approved and in some cases, tenders had also been floated. “There has been some delay in the execution of work on parks in this colony due to code of conduct being in force during the elections. The work is already in progress and the needful would be done soon,” he said. Ludhiana, March 13 A private sewer man hired by the local residents to clear a blocked sewer was asphyxiated to death at a “vehra” in the Daba road area this evening. The victim has been identified as Balram, a migrant labourer, who lived in the same area. According to sources, Balram entered the manhole without any safety gear and fainted while cleaning the sewer. When the residents came to know that Balram had fainted, they raised the alarm. Meanwhile, Kamal Ram, Junior Engineer with the O&M Cell of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, who was passing by, came to learn about the incident and reached the spot. Without caring for his own life, Kamal entered the manhole and pulled Balram out. After some time, the MC authorities also reached the spot. The authorities, with the help of the local residents, rushed the victim to a private hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. JE Kamal Ram enters a manhole to save the victim who fainted in sewer while cleaning it. TRIBUNE PHOTO The residents appreciated bravery of Kamal. Kamal said Balram was breathing when he pulled him out of the manhole. Rajinder Singh, Superintendent Engineer, MC, also visited the spot after being informed by the residents. “The victim was privately hired by the area residents to clean the sewer and the Municipal Corporation was not informed. He entered the manhole without any safety gear and was asphyxiated,” said Rajinder Singh.
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