16042018-LT-01.qxd 4/16/2018 12:30 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 16 APRIL 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE CITY UP AGAINST RAPES City teen makes drone Sahit Akademi poll Residents take to streets to seek justice for Kathua, Unnao rape victims. P4 Aryaman Verma (13), a student of Class VIII, is the youngest person to make a drone. P2 Prof Bhatthal is new president of the Akademi, defeats Dr Gill by 87 votes. P2 FORECAST MOSTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6:55 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:56 AM Ludhiana welcomes its hero CWG medalist Vikas accorded rousing reception as he alights from morning Shatabdi City resident attacked after row at club in Chandigarh Anil Datt Tribune News Service Our Sports Correspondent Ludhiana, April 15 Local weightlifter Vikas Thakur, who has made the country proud by winning bronze in the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games held from April 4 to 15 at Gold Coast in Australia, was accorded a rousing reception here on Sunday. He had secured bronze in the below 94-kg category. He lifted a total of 351 kg weight (159 in snatch while 192 in clean and jerk) to finish at the victory podium. Though Vikas climbed down his previous performance. In the last edition of these games at Glasgow (Scotland) in 2014, he had won silver with a lesser lift of 333 kg in the below 85-kg group. Nevertheless, this achievement at Gold Coast fetched him a place among the top three lifters. As Vikas alighted from the Delhi-Amritsar Shatabadi at Ludhiana railway station this morning, he was received by his family members, sports lovers, players and railway staff. Punjabi “dholis” were in attendance there which added color to the charged atmosphere. Vikas was garlanded and laddoos were distributed to celebrate his arrival. Vikas’ father, Brij Lal Thakur, despite his fractured feet, was present there to receive him. An elated Asha Chandigarh, April 15 A Ludhiana resident, who, along with his female friend, had gone to attend a party at a club in Sector 26, was hit on the head and stabbed in the stomach with a beer bottle by a youth outside the club on Saturday night, leaving him seriously injured. The victim has been identified as Karamjeet Singh. The victim’s friend, Jasbir Kaur, said a youth, who was allegedly in an inebriated condition, had also come to attend the party along with his friends and offered a cigarette to her. “The accused kept on doing so repeatedly following which I objected and told him that I don’t smoke. The accused then misbehaved with me that led to heated arguments,” she said. Karamjeet Singh who was injured after a youth attacked him outside a club in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO The bouncers at the club made the accused leave the club. A few minutes later, the victim and his friend also came out of the club and found the accused standing with a broken beer bottle. “The accused hit the bottle on Karamjeet’s head and then stabbed him with it in the stomach,” she said. The police rushed to the spot. The injured was taken to the GMSH, Sector 16. The accused was nabbed on the spot. A case has been registered against him at the Sector 26 police station. The footage of CCTV cameras was scrutinised by the police. Members of Vikas Thakur’s family and others receive him at Ludhiana railway station on Sunday. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA Thakur, mother of Vikas, along with Abhilasha and Sangeet Attri, sister and Son arrested on charge of killing his elderly mother Ludhiana: Three days after a 70-year-old woman died under mysterious circumstances at her home in Prem Vihar, the police have booked his son on the charge of murder. The deceased’s sonin-law told the police that he suspected the role of deceased’s son behind her death. The suspect has been identified as Vikas. The police said on April 13, Vikas approached the Jodhewal police to give his statement that her elderly mother died of some prolonged illness. The police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC. On April 14, her son-in-law Mukesh lodged a complaint against the deceased’s son for killing her. After conducting preliminary investigation, the police registered a murder case and arrested Vikas. TNS Three snatchers held, 20 mobiles recovered Ludhiana: The CIA wing on Sunday nabbed three snatchers and recovered 20 stolen mobile phones and a motorcycle from their possession. The accused have been identified as Raman of Salem Tabri, Mohit Arora of Lakshmi Puri and Babbu Sharma of Noorwala. The police said all accused had a notorious past. While Mohit is already facing a case of liquor smuggling, Raman is facing four cases of theft and snatching. TNS brother-in-law of Vikas, danced to the beats of dhol to express their joy. Harbans Singh, senior weightlifting coach and incharge of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre, Ludhiana, was among other prominent personalities present there. Pardeep Singh of Phagwara and Gurdeep Singh from Khanna town, who also took part in these games and returned on Saturday, were also present at the station to receive their co-player. Pardeep had won silver in the 105-kg weight category by lifting a total of 352 kg (152 in snatch and 200 in clean and jerk) whereas in the super heavyweight group, Gurdeep Singh lifted 382 kg (175 kg in snatch and 207 kg in clean and jerk) to finish at the fourth place. Vikas was taken into an open jeep to his house, situated near the Raikhy chowk, where a large number of people, including neighbours and others, were present to meet their ‘hero’. Refreshments were served to all who had come to share Vikas’ achievement. Brij Lal Thakur thanked the well-wishers for sparing time from their schedule and coming to celebrate his son’s achievement. Vikas, too, expressed gratitude towards all and wished to meet again after the Tokyo Olympics, 2020. Woman kills self; husband, in-laws booked Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 15 The police have booked a man and his parents after his wife committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan at her in-laws’ residence in Adarsh Nagar. The deceased, Aarti Sharma, committed suicide on Saturday. Those booked are her husband Rohit Sharma, his father Jagdish Sharma and mother Shobha. The deceased’s kin, who live at SBS Nagar, told the police that Aarti got married to Rohit in 2012 and the couple had two children. For the past few days, her husband and in-laws had been illtreating the woman for want of dowry. “When Aarti informed us about her mental and physical torture, we visited Aarti’s place and talked to the family, but to no avail. On Saturday, Aarti entered into her room and hanged herself to death. Her husband found her hanging,” the kin said. Investigating officer Roshan Singh said a case of abetment to suicide had been registered and raids were being conducted to nab those booked in the case. Improvement Trust gives long rope to encroachers Two acres worth ~100 crore at the posh Model Town Extension, Part I, under encroachment for a long time Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, April 15 Encroachments on some twoacre prime land worth over Rs 100 crore of Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) on Dugri Road in the posh Model Town Extension, Part I, is a classic case of inaction to the extent of criminal neglect of duty. As a result of failure of LIT to clear the encroachment and execute the project conceived some two decades ago, on the one hand the prime chunk of land under encroachment is lying unproductive, and the illegal occupants are making money from squatters, while on the other bona fide residents of MIG flats located on part of this land are suffering. Encroachments on about 2 acres at Model Town Extension in Ludhiana. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN If residents of flats are to be believed, the family members of the illegal occupant on the said land are collecting anything from Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh as monthly rent from the jhuggi dwellers and other kutcha structures put up on the land belonging to the LIT. “The migrant labor and persons, with dubious credentials, have now started living in this area. Incidences of theft, eve-teasing, gambling and drinking are the routine affairs. Illegal dairies, operating in this area in gross violation of orders under which the dairies were shifted out of the residential areas of the city, are the other source of nuisance. Thus, the residents in the MIG flats feel cheated as the Trust has failed to provide congenial atmosphere and facilities promised at the time of allotment of flats,” say the residents. The proposed scheme, which was to come up on 3.03 acres in the Model Town Extension, Part I, project, was mooted in 1999. According to the layout plan, residential flats were to be constructed on 0.57 acres, plots to be carved out on 0.40 acres and open spaces, roads and green belts on 0.99 acres, a primary school on 1.02 acres and 0.5 acres was to be developed for commercial purpose. While LIT was in the process of constructing residential (MIG) flats in the colony, the rest of the land under the scheme was allegedly usurped by one Nirmal Singh and his family, who claimed that the land had been acquired by the LIT for a residential scheme but their claim to the allotment of a plot under the locally displaced person (LDP) category had not been entertained. The LIT Executive Engineer, Jagdev Singh, said the claim of the illegal occupants for a plot under the LDP category had no basis or legal standing. “We have already made a written request to the Commissioner of Police for providing police force to evict the encroachers from the Trust land and we shall take further action as and when police force is made available,” he added. CP to monitor all complaints Cloth traders to be off on Sundays, say it’s for kin on special software ❝ Shivani Bhakoo The association decided to close showrooms on Sundays and almost all merchants agreed to this. This way, we will get one full day to spend with families and friends. There are about 40 leading showrooms in the city, which will remain closed on Sundays for the next three or four months, at least. A CLOTH MERCHANT Tribune News Service Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 15 The Commissioner of Police is going to access special software being operated by Police Sanjh Kendras where all pending complaints will be updated with their present status. The CP Dr Sukhchain , Singh Gill, is accessing the software to ensure a speedy resolution of complaints. People face inconvenience at police stations as their complaints are not disposed of on time. They often queue up at the CP's office to lodge theor protest against the delay. Talking to The Tribune, Gill said: "Software where the sta- tus of complaints is updated is already functional. I will now use it to monitor the pending complaints. In this software, status of all complaints received at police stations or by me, or by any of my junior officers, including DCP ADCP and ACP will be , , updated. I will set up a special computer in my office through which I will access that software to monitor the complaints' status". The CP said earlier, UID numbers of complaints received only at the CP's office were issued. But now, every police station has to issue a UID number. "Once a police station issues the UID number of a complaint, the same has to be updated in the Police Sanjh Kendra software. In the software, the police station has to mention the briefs of the complaint, investigating officer, receiving date, etc. The CP further said every hearing into the complaint would also be updated in the software. "I will pick up complaints at random to check their status in my office. If I find lapse on the part of the officer concerned, he/she may be held accountable," he added. Gill claimed the police were also planning to launch a system in which a complainant could get status updates of his or her complaint on the phone. Ludhiana, April 15 The local Cloth Merchant Association has decided to spend quality time with their families and friends on Sundays. Keeping this in mind, they have joined hands to close their showrooms every Sunday from April 15 to August 15 this year. Talking to The Tribune, Sonu Nilibar, from the Nilibar showroom here, said the staff of showrooms got weekly off but for the owner, opening the showrooms/shops everyday was mandatory. "We have our families, who feel we do not spend quality time with them. Not even on Sundays. We have decided to close the showrooms on Sundays from now onwards," said Nilibar. c m y b ❞ Customers at a showroom in Ludhiana. Another showroom owner said starting from April till August, there is comparatively lean period for retail shops (bridal wear, dress material, ready-made stuff, etc) as there are no weddings. "The association decided to A FILE PHOTOGRAPH close showrooms on Sundays and almost all merchants agreed to this. This way, we will get one full day to spend with families and friends. There are about 40 leading showrooms in the city, which will remain closed on Sun- days for the next three or four months, at least," said the merchant. Major showrooms, which will remain closed on Sundays include: Billa Silk and Sarees, Roop Kala, Kala Mandir, Demarte, Nilibar, Shabnam, Riwaaz, Kitaja, Rays, Choice, Cheap Silk Centre, Bombay Creations, Dulhan Sarees, Rangoli Sarees, Ladlee, Maharaja, Kiran and Fakir Chand Balbir Store. One of the merchants said ever since the association started showing its unity, many of their issues with government departments had been resolved fast. "Whenever raids were conducted on showrooms, we contacted the GST Department and briefed them everything about the limitations. They understood and now raids are comparatively less. United, we can find many solutions to our problems," said another cloth merchant.
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