09042018-LT-01.qxd 4/9/2018 12:00 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 9 APRIL 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Teachers seek pay parity Giaspura residents’ woes Tennis tourney ETT-TET Pass Teachers’ Union has urged govt to implement SC orders of ‘equal pay for equal work’. P2 Commuters, residents are a harried lot due to sewage flooding a road. Say pits causing mishaps. P4 Players from Punjab continue with their dominance in boys’ U-12, 14 categories on second day. P4 FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 34°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6:50 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:04 AM GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES Celebrations after Vikas’ bronze lift ❝Though Vikas climbed down his previous Anil Datt Our Sports Correspondent Ludhiana, April 8 Celebrations broke out at weightlifter Vikas Thakur’s house here on Sunday evening after he added another medal to the nation’s tally in the ongoing Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia. Vikas secured bronze in weightlifting in the below 94-kg category. He lifted a total of 351 kg (159 kg in snatch and 192 kg in clean and jerk) to finish at the victory podium. As the event concluded, a large number of sports fans, relatives and neighbours thronged Vikas’ house to share his achievements and celebrate with the Thakur family at the Railways quarters near the Raikhy chowk. Vikas’ parents, Brij Lal Thakur and Asha Thakur, joined the visitors in celebrating their son’s feat. They offered sweets to them and thanked the Almighty for this achievement. Hailing from Patnaun village in Hamirpur district of performance at Glasgow (Scotland) in 2014, when he won silver with a lesser lift of 333 kg in the below85 kg group, nevertheless today’s achievement fetched him a place among top three. ❞ BRIJ LAL THAKUR, VIKAS’ FATHER Members of Vikas Thakur’s family hold his photo as they celebrate his bronze medal victory in weightlifting at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast (Australia), in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Himachal Pradesh, the family shifted here 32 years ago. Vikas’ father works as Mail Express Guard with the Railways and are currently posted at Ludhiana. Steven Kari of Papua New Councillor comes in ACP’s support ALLEGATIONS BY WOMAN Ludhiana, April 8 A day after a married woman levelled allegations against ACP-East Pawanjit Singh, social workers and councillors came in his support on Sunday. Social worker Sandeep Grewal, councillor from Ward No. 14 Kuldeep Janda and the Ward No. 9 councillor’s husband, Happy Randhawa, conducted a press conference. Grewal said the woman, who levelled allegations of sexual harassment against the ACP , had visited his office along with her neighbour for help. “The woman, instead of going to the police station, wanted to visit the office of ACP To help . her, I called up the ACP and on my request, he gave time to hear both disputing parties at 4 pm,” Grewal added. He said when he, along with the woman, reached the ACP’s office, her brother, against whom she had filed a complaint of property dispute, was already sitting there. Her brother was showing objectionable photographs featuring his sister to the ACP on a laptop. The ACP asked him to shut down the laptop. The woman turned furious when her request to delete her objectionable photographs was not listened by the ACP and she even threatened that she would commit suicide. “The woman suddenly went out of the ACP’s office and threatened that she would commit suicide. On this, the ACP asked police women to control her and take action against her as per law. Everything happened in front of me and I am shocked why the woman levelled allegations against the ACP he added. ,” Meanwhile, the ACP said the woman was trying to malign his image just to influence the ongoing probe in her favour. She has levelled a fake and motivated allegation against him, he added. — TNS SNIPPETS Assault victim dies, suspects face murder charge Two days after Amritpal Singh (19) suffered severe head injuries in an attack, he succumbed to injuries on Saturday evening. The assault case has now been converted into murder case. Those booked have been identified as Davinder Singh, Balwinder Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Surjit Singh and Shamsher Singh, all residents of Sujatwal village. They barged into Amritpal’s residence and attacked him with sticks. He was allegedly attacked over disposal of waste water. The suspects are yet to be arrested. TNS Mystery shrouds death of murder accused A 65-year-old jail inmate has died under mysterious circumstances. The deceased has been identified as Jai Pal, a resident of Ludhiana. Jail Pal, along with his two sons, was jailed for killing a person in the Koomkalan area in 2017. The undertrial was not keeping well. His condition had deteriorated in the past two days. On Sunday morning, he was rushed to Civil Hospital where he died. Suspecting no foul play, the police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC. TNS Guinea won gold with a lift of 370 kg (154 kg + 216 kg) while Canada’s Boady Santavy with 369 kg lift (168 kg + 201 kg) secured silver. Vikas Thakur (24), employed with the Indian Air Force as Warrant Officer and posted at Chandigarh, started his career under the three gold winner in the Auckland Commonwealth Games, Parvesh Chander Sharma at the Ludhiana District Weightlifting and Body- building Club, Rakh Bagh, and brought fame in every competition he took part. At present, Vikas has been training under national weightlifting coaches Vijay Sharma and Sandeep Kumar at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala. Vikas, four times national champion (2013 to 2016), created three national records in the 70th Senior National Championship held in January 2018 at Mangalore. He is also two times Junior Commonwealth Champion during 2012 and 2013. A warm reception awaits Vikas on his arrival here. He will be received at the local railway station and accorded a hero’s welcome for his achievement and bringing the city name on world map, once again. Servant flees with valuables Ludhiana: A servant allegedly fled with cash and valuables from his employer’s house after poisoning two women. The complainant, Vinod Dawar, of Kidwai Nagar, said two days ago, they employed a servant, named Sonu, for household work. On the morning of April 7, he left home for work and his wife Garbage dumps on Malhar Road a nuisance Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 8 Though Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone for a project to develop Malhar Road into a smart stretch last month, the Municipal Corporation has failed to find a solution to two open garbage dumps on this road for the past five years. Despite repeated complaints by the local shopkeepers, nothing has been done to remove the dumps. One of the dumps is located near a park. Foul smell emanating from the dumps irks the local shopkeepers and passersby. Whenever it rains, stink becomes unbearable. A member of the Malhar Road Shopkeepers Welfare Association claimed they had complained to the MC authorities and their elected representatives multiple times, but to no avail. Its president, Paramjit Singh, said: “We feel helpless as the A garbage dump on Malhar Road is bane of local residents. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN municipal corporation officials keep ignoring the issue. If we complain to them, they ask us to tell them where they should dump garbage if the existing dumps are removed? They don't understand the problems being faced by a large number of people. It seems the officials don't take the issue seriously." Another shopkeeper said: “We are fed up of these open dumps. The MC officials are in deep slumber. If the MC has no space to shift these dumps, the officials should prefer to set up dumps outside its offices instead of allowing these on roads. Moreover, the MC should purchase land away from markets and residential areas to set up garbage dumps." Now, a project Smart Street Phase 1 - Malhar Road (Rs 22.75 crore) has been announced to make it a smart stretch. Under this project, it is proposed to introduce smart utilities, road diet, shared pathways, regulated parking and other smart concept as per the mission guidelines. The project is also aimed at providing adequate streetscape elements, such as street lights, way-finding and parking signage, garbage bins, zone for vendors, bus shelters, public toilets. The shopkeepers said the civic body should remove the dumps on a priority basis before starting the project. Municipal Commissioner Jaskiran Singh could not be contacted for his comments. Veena Dawar and her friend Alex were present in the house. At 1 pm, he returned home. He was shocked to see his wife and another woman lying unconscious and the servant missing. The entire house was ransacked and cash and valuables were stolen. He suspected Sonu’s role behind the incident. TNS INSIDE Toilets at railway station of little use to the disabled P4 Cleaning of main sewer line on Panj Peer Road starts P4 It feels like homecoming, says Police Commissioner ‘Only honest members will stay in my team’ Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 8 Sukhchain Singh Gill took over as Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, on Sunday. He conducted a meeting with senior police officials regarding his strategy for crime detection and crime prevention. Gill has served here as SSP in 2009 and is aware of issues facing the industrial hub. “Ludhiana is not new to me. I served here as SSP for a considerable period. I feel like homecoming. I believe if an officer considers a place of posting as his home, he/she will always discharge duties in a manner that his home remains safe and members of the family do not face any problems. I assure I will deliver justice to the resi- Asked if he will do any reshuffling of SHOs or heads of any cells, such as CIA, Gill said he had no habit of taking favourite officers along from the previous place of posting. “As long as my team member is discharging his/her duty honestly and with good faith, he/she can remain in my team. If I notice any dishonest practices by any staffer, he/she will not remain in my team,” said the CP. Gaganajit Singh, DCP Ashwani Kapoor and ACPCrime Surinder Mohan. He said he had asked his officer to prepare a strategy for crime prevention. Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill interacts with the media after assuming charge in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA dents,” said Gill while talking to The Tribune. Gill said crime prevention and crime detection would be his priority being the police c m y b chief of the city. “There cannot be zero crime anywhere, but it can be prevented to certain level. My priority will be to prevent crime and if any- thing happens, my force will make serious efforts to detect the same,” he added. The CP also conducted a meeting with DCP-Crime Feedback mechanism to keep tabs on inquiries marked by him When Gill was apprised that most inquiries marked by CP office to officers or SHOs stretched too long, Gill said: “If any inquiry is marked by me, the officer or SHO of police station to whom the inquiry is marked will be accountable to conduct it in a time-bound manner. I will not tolerate any biased or prejudices in any probe”. The CP said a feedback mechanism will be developed to keep tabs on every inquiry marked by him. “I, too, believe justice can be delivered only when an officer is accessible to public. I will make sure that me and my officers will be accessible to public to listen to their complaints,” he added.
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