08052018-LT-01.qxd 5/7/2018 11:17 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 8 MAY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Annual convocation War against drugs Basketball C'ship 400 graduate and postgraduate students conferred degrees at Jagraon science college. P2 Infamous due to alleged substance abuse, Chaunta village residents now wage a war against drugs. P3 The 69th Junior National Basketball C'ship off to a colourful start. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 31°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7: 10 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5: 36 AM Thunderstorm gives jitters to school teachers in Field Ganj Embroiled in a property dispute, the school building has been reduced to rickety walls, where students sit under a tarpaulin and settle on sand Naina Mishra Matter sub-judice: Officer Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 7 Right to education is a cruel joke in this government primary school, where students sit under a tarpaulin and settle on sand. With thunderstorm alert lingering and schools asked to shut in Haryana, teachers of the government primary school, Field Ganj, fear the collapse of shoddy walls of the school, which are the last remains of the school. Established in 1929, the school, that once had the strength of more than 1,000 children, is now has merely18 students. So many governments, from the Congress regime to the SAD-BJP rule, came to power in the state but the condition of the school is only deteriorating. There are five rows that make up for Class I to V where students study together. Among them is a bright Class IV student, Simpal, who answered all questions with pending and ❝The caseI of the school iscase within the High Courtwhen a civil court. discussed the Krishan Kumar he visited the school last year. There has been no progress in the case since 2014. The matter is pending in both courts. The department cannot do anything until the court decides the case. ❞ DIMPLE MADAN, Deputy District Education Officer (Elementary) School to see light of day after a month Students study at the dilapidated government primary school building in Field Ganj, Ludhiana. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA Alumnus willing to help Government Primary School, Field Ganj, without a roof and a boundary wall in Ludhiana. Retired Assistant Commissioner Grievances General Ludhiana and ADC-Moga Jatinder Pal, who was also an alumnus of the government primary school, Field Ganj, said: “When I used to study at the school, there were four or five her intellect. Simpal said: “Dhoop aati hai, garmi bhi lagti hai. Washroom jane ki bhi problem hai, paani peene ke liye bahar bhi jana padta hai. (We study in the sun and layas (toilets) to end open defecation in every rural household but the irony is that even the schools have no toilets. There are many problems that females have to face as there feel the heat. We have to go outside to drink water. We face lots of problems as there are no washrooms). Geetika Narula, a teacher at the school, said: “Our school has the best result in the Ludhiana-2 block. These children have the capabilities but then there is no classroom environment here. Our Prime Minister talks of building saucha- speak about the case ❝I willI assureto Krishan Kumarout something inofathe school. that we will work month in favour of the school. ❞ OP SONI, Punjab Education Minister classrooms, a toilet and drinking water taps. It is a matter of surprise that the school’s property is disputed. It has always been a government school since its inception in 1929. The school was government’s property are no toilets in the school. For us, it becomes difficult to teach here for long hours without any toilet facility.” Dawinder, another teacher, said: “We shift our students in before Independence. I am willing to help and speak to the petitioner and construct a building. The government also has some properties in their name. They can shift children in the meantime.” a storeroom during rain. There is a dust storm alert in Haryana. Now, if the similar situation occurs here, then what are the chances that the school will survive? Where will we teach our children then?” Last year, Education Secretary Krishan Kumar visited the school during an inspection under the Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab project. Man beats friend to Mobiles recovered Vehicles in no-parking zones from jail inmates at railway station irk visitors death over ~20,000 Tribune News Service Repeatedlybangsvictim’sheadongroundnearDamoriaBridge Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 7 A 29-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death by his friend near Damoria Bridge late Sunday night. The deceased has been identified as Rajinder Mehto, of the Kundan Puri area, and the suspect as Karan Kumar. Both are labourers. According to sources, Rajinder requested Karan to return his money that the latter had borrowed from him. Karan allegedly thrashed his friend and kept smashing his head on the ground until he died. The incident has been captured in a CCTV camera, the police said. When the incident came to light, the Salem Tabri police started probe. The body was sent to Civil Hospital for autopsy. Sources said Rajinder Mehto had lent ~20,000 to his friend Karan. According to the deceased’s kin, Mehto had asked Karan to return the amount borrowed from him, but Karan did not return money. Sources said they had gathered at Karan’s rented accommodation near Damoria Bridge. Later, they entered into arguments. Karan’s landlord reportedly asked them to resolve the matter out of house, the sources said. SHO Inspector Vijay Kumar said they have started investigation after registering a case against Karan Kumar, alias Karamchand. He said the suspect was yet to be arrested. He said Rajinder Mehto belonged to Darbangha in Bihar. Karan works at a factory. “They were friends. Karan killed Rajinder by repeatedly banging his head on the ground near Damorai Bridge, Chawani Mohalla, at midnight,” the SHO said. He said there was no confirmation in the medical report that they were in an inebriated state. Ludhiana, May 7 The police booked two inmates of Ludhiana Central Jail in separate cases after mobile phones were allegedly recovered from them. According to the police, Jail Superintendent Shamsher Singh Boparai conducted a checking at Barracks 1 and 6 at Central Jail on May 3 and recovered mobiles from the accused. The accused have been identified as jail inmates Raju Tiwari of Barracks 1 and Deepak Kumar of Barracks 6. The police claimed that Tiwari was allegedly using the phone that was kept under a pillow. However, the questions are being raised as to how the mobile phones are ‘arranged’ by the inmates inside jail. A case under Section 52 A (I) of The Prisons Act, 1894, has been registered against the accused at the Division Number 7 police station. Investigation into the case is under way, the police said. Earlier, three mobiles were recovered during a special checking at Central Jail on April 29 and cases were registered against two inmates. Despite tall claims of the police, drugs and mobile phones are easily available inside jails of the state, according to sources. Road to check pollution 19-year-old biker crushed under truck in Buddha Nullah Ludhiana, May 7 A 19-year-old boy was crushed under the wheels of a speeding vehicle near Aarti Steel Chowk, Focal Point, on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Sonu Kumar of Rajiv Gandhi Colony. Deceased’s father, Mahesh Untreated waste being released into the Buddha Nullah in Ludhiana. A FILE PHOTO Chander, said Sonu had gone to Sherpur market on his bike on Sunday, when he met with an accident. He died on the spot. The driver sped off after the accident, he alleged. ASI Dilbagh Singh said Sonu got crushed under the truck and died. The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem, he added. A case under Section 279, 304 A and 427 of the IPC was registered at the Focal Point police station against an unidentified driver. Investigation is under way, he said.— TNS right side and 11.5-km road on the left side). A retaining wall and footpath would be constructed and existing roads strengthened under the project. They Forest Department would carry out a plantation drive in the area. The MLA said the government had appointed the Deputy Commissioner as nodal officer for the project and tenders would be floated soon. Besides, the project would be completed in a time-bound manner. The DC has ordered the officials concerned to ensure disconnection of all illegal channels which are discharging untreated water into the nullah.— TNS Jaswant Shetra Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 7 People visiting Ludhiana Railway Station continue to park their vehicles in noparking areas. Though there is a proper parking lot at the station, most visitors park their vehicles in no-parking areas, thus causing a lot of inconvenience to others. During a visit to the railway station, it was found that many cars, two-wheelers and other vehicles were parked in the no-parking zones. Though the railway authorities have installed boards that warn against parking in these areas, most visitors park their vehicles there to avoid parking fee. “The people who visit the railway station for a short time often park their vehicles in no-parking areas. When we try to prevent them from doing so, they start fighting with us,” said Bablu, an employee of the parking contractor at the railway station. There is a provision for imposing a fine on those parking their vehicles in the no-parking areas. According to sources, one can be fined for parking a car (Rs 590) or a two-wheeler (Rs 118) in a noparking area at the railway station. The responsibility of preventing the public from parking vehicles in no-parking zones lies with the Government Railway Police. The practice continues despite many GRP personnel having been deployed at the station. Ludhiana Railway Station Superintendent RS Salaria said the GRP employees regularly inspect the premises. “People shall understand that parking vehicles in noparking areas not only causes problems for others but also put vehicles at the risk of being stolen. We will step up monitoring to check the practice,” he said. Encroachment: Former LIT trustee again in the eye of storm Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, May 7 To check discharge of untreated water into the Buddha Nullah and provide easy crossings to commuters, the Punjab Government would soon construct roads on both sides of the nullah at a cost of Rs 60 crore. Ludhiana East MLA Sanjay Talwar and Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal on Sunday visited the nullah under the MC limits. They said under the project, 16-km road would be constructed on both sides of the nullah in different parts of the city. The government would construct the road from the STP on Jail road to Baloke (4.5-km road on the Wrongly parked vehicles at the Ludhiana railway station. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana, May 7 There seems to be more trouble in store for a local BJP leader, who is also one of the former trustees of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT). After charging Sunil Moudgil with encroaching upon 200 square yards of land owned by LIT in Kitchlu Nagar and making it a part of his residential house, the Trust has now issued a notice to Parveen Kumar, owner of a sweet shop in Kitchlu Nagar, asking him to produce documents of ownership of the land. Parveen Kumar had purchased the said the shop on 19 square yard from Chander Prabha (mother The sweet shop (in the corner) in Kitchlu Nagar which has allegedly been constructed on the land owned by Ludhiana Improvement Trust. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA of Sunil Moudgil) in June 2008. In a notice (vide no. LIT/EB/8270 dated April 30, 2018) issued to Parveen c m y b Kumar, owner of property number B-19-1363/A in Kitchlu Nagar where a sweet shop is being run, the LIT Executive Officer has maintained that the said property comprised in Khasra No. 4//23/3/1 which was owned by LIT and also entered in the revenue record as such. Citing strict directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court made vide COCP No. 1943 of 2011 for removal of encroachments from government land, LIT has asked the owner of the property to produce documents of ownership, if any, within a week of the receipt of the notice, failing which further necessary action as per law would be taken in this matter. In information provided by the LIT under the Right to Information Act to Sumit Mangla, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar, it was stated that as per Trust record, land measuring 18 marlas that fall in Khasra No. 12//3/2/11/1 was acquired by LIT and the compensation for the same was paid to owners Ram Piari and others in March 1979. In the layout plan, the land was to be utilised partly for the road and partly for a park. Interestingly, the same khasra number - 12//3/2/11/1 had been mentioned in the sale deed of the shop under question which was sold by Chander Prabha to Parveen Kumar. Trust officials said on the face of it, the said shop had been constructed on land owned by the Trust and it was an encroachment on government land. “However, the real truth would come out only after the owner produces documentary evidence of ownership of the land.” Complainant Sumit Mangla, said he had been pursuing the case for the past more than eight years but both LIT and the MC (to whom the scheme has been transferred for maintenance) failed to take any action due to political pressure. Moudgil, on the other hand, denied any wrongdoing. He said his family had purchased the property from somebody in 1998 and it was further sold to Parveen Kumar. “The issue of ownership is between LIT and the present owner and hopefully, they would resolve it.”
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