26052018-LT-01.qxd 5/26/2018 12:03 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 26 MAY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Inspire award expo Traffic snarls irk residents Capacity-building workshop 58 students showcase scientific temperament, prepare models during dist-level Inspire award expo. P2 Commuters are a harried lot as school buses create traffic jams on Hambran Road in the morning. P4 To strengthen MC’s waste management capabilities, a workshop of all stakeholders held in the city. P3 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 44°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7: 21 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5: 25 AM SNIPPETS Man falls into canal, dies Ludhiana: A 42-year-old man died after he fell into the Sidhwan Canal on Thursday evening. The deceased has been identified as Kuljit Singh. SHO, Daba police station, Pavitar Singh said the deceased was a computer mechanic and was sitting along the canal. He said it seemed he fell into the canal accidentally. The SHO said it was yet to be verified whether the man committed suicide or not, as no suicide note was recovered. Sources said the deceased was in depression as he was not on good terms with his wife. Suspecting no foul play, the police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc. After conducting the postmortem, the body was handed over to the family. Valuables destroyed in fire A house in Kot Mangal Singh caught fire in the wee hours on Friday. A marriage was to be solemnised on Sunday and furniture and other valuables worth several lakhs were gutted in the incident. Bhupinder Kaur said the marriage of her daughter Gurvir Kaur was due on Sunday. “A lot of shopping, including that of furniture, garments and other gifts, was done in the past few days for the marriage. All family members were sleeping in the courtyard, while most of the marriage material was in the room. Around 4 am, we saw smoke coming out of the room. Short circuit could be the reason,” she said, adding that two fire tenders arrived to douse the flames. The loss could be around ~4lakh, she said. TNS Miscreants flee with ~1.5 lakh Khanna: Unidentified persons robbed ~1.5 lakh from a stationary car by breaking its window near the court complex in Khanna at 12.10 pm on Friday. Chattisgarh resident Rajinder Singh Benipal, had come to Khanna for some legal work. He shifted to Chattisgarh in 1960 with his family. He reached PNB Khanna and withdrew ~1.5 lakh and put it in a bag and went to the court to meet his advocate. He parked his car near the complex. When he came out, he found the window of the car broken and the bag containing the money, cash book and letter pads missing. As per SHO City Khanna Rajnish Sood, they were inquiring the matter and would take legal action in this regard. OC Major crackdown onagainst the owners and their employeesfirms illegal immigration Several firms raided; four FIRs registered Nikhil Bhardwaj Under scanner Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 25 In a major crackdown by the Ludhiana Commissionerate, special teams formed by Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill conducted raids at several immigration firms in the city on Friday. Four FIRs were registered by the police against the owner of immigration firms and their employees. Special teams under the supervision of Additional DCP Surendra Lamba conducted simultaneous raids at immigration firms. Officials of the district administration, including the SDM, also accompanied the cops during the raids. Offices of some of the immigration firms were found closed and the police deployed cops to prevent the firm owners from eliminating office records. ADCP Lamba said one Ravinder was arrested from one of the firms, while raids were on at the suspected whereabouts of the other accused, who are at large. CP Gill said these immigra- ■ A raid being conducted at an immigation firm in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN tion firms did not have any valid licence to run the affairs of immigration and work permit and they were duping residents of several lakhs. He said now, further probe would be carried out to inquire about the volume of fraud and numbers of persons cheated by them. ADCP Lamba said these firms were only having consultancy licence, but were illegally accepting the fee of work permit and immigration from foreign aspirants, adding that some firms were not even applying the visa of the applicants and they were accepting the fee. “We have seized the record CVO inspects ‘smart vending zone’ site of several firms and further probe will be conducted to unveil the entire nexus of immigration firms. We have conducted raids at nine immigration firms located in various places of the city and some offices have also been found shut and they are under scanner,” Lamba said. Ludhiana, May 25 The Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Local Bodies Department inspected the site near the Canal Bridge, linking Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar, on Friday following the complaint against the alleged irregularities in the Municipal Corporation’s ‘smart vending zone’. The project was mired in controversy as the MC signed an agreement with a private firm for the construction of ‘shops’ under smart vending zone on Build Operate Maintain Transfer (BOMT) model without taking the consent of the Irrigation Department, who is the actual owner of the land under the elevated Southern Bypass. CVO Sudeep Singh Manak also called the Tehbazari wing Superintendent during the inspection, where ‘unauthorised’ construction was earlier stopped after the canal wing officials (Irrigation Department) filed a police complaint against the private firm contractor. However, the City ❝Another 'Ludhianaplace,Centre Scam' is going to take if not stopped at this stage. The MC has authorised a private company to construct shops/halls without the required NOCs. There was a plan for the construction of 190 shops (95 on each side) and 32 halls under the elevated southern bypass as per the copy of the drawing provided by the civic body under the RTI. Chief Vigilance Officer Sudeep Manak inspects the ‘smart vending zone’ site near BRS Nagar, Canal Bridge, in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO CVO refused to comment over the issue. In his complaint, Kuldeep Singh Khaira of the Vigilant Citizens’ Forum had alleged: “Another ‘Ludhiana City Centre Scam’ is going to take place, if not stopped at this stage. The MC has authorised a private company to construct shops/halls without required NOCs. There was a plan for the construction of 190 shops (95 on each side) and 32 halls under the elevat- ed Southern bypass as per the copy of the drawing provided by the civic body under the RTI.” Under the information obtained under the RTI Act, the MC said the permission/NOC from the Irrigation Department, PWD and Traffic Police was unavailable. He said: “MC sought permission from the Irrigation Department to establish smart vending zone to com- pliance Supreme Court orders. But the officials concerned had got the proposal passed in the meeting of the F&CC without permission from the Irrigation Department. The Supreme Court had issued guidelines for the setting up of vending zones for street venders/hawkers, but the agreement signed between the MC and the private firm is silent over the allotment criteria of shops. Till date, it has not been c m y b ❞ KULDEEP SINGH KHAIRA, Complainant decided that instant market is exclusively built for street venders. The MC has taken the responsibility to eradicate any type of street vending (rehri-phari).” According to the information, the MC signed an agreement with the firm for 20 years. The firm was empowered to collect up to ~10,000 per month from each tenant and even if the firm wants to collect more, they can collect continued on page 2 of which some were cheated by the firm on the pretext of arranging visa were also found there. The police recorded their statement and arrested the owner and nominated Nitish Ghai and Jasmine Kaur in fraud case. They are yet to be arrested ■ CS Consultancy, Ghumar Mandi. The police are still verifying whether the firm is legal or illegal ■ European Consultancy, Ghumar Mandi. The police found the office lying shut. Its role is under scanner ■ Canplus ad Better Tour and Travel, Mall Road. Its owner Mathur Dawar has started the RO system business and status of the immigration firm was being verified by the police ■ SM Travel, Dholewal Chowk. The police are verifying its record ■ Red Zone Consultancy, Vishawkarma Chowk. It was found closed when the police reached there. Its role is under scanner. Graft: Roadways official gets 4-yr jail Our Legal Correspondent Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Blessing Consultancy, MD Complex, Samrala Chowk. As per the police, a case was registered under Section 420, 120 B of the IPC and Immigration Act against owner Nitish Ghai, employee Sonu Sood, Preeti and one Chaudhary Medical. As per the police, 11 foreign aspirants were found present in the office. ■ A to Z Tour and Travels Urban Garden Chandigarh road. A case was registered against Ashu Thaper under Sections 420, 120 B of the IPC and 10,24 of the Immigration Act. ■ GGI Group All Types of Visa Consultancy, cycle market Ludhiana. Fraud case registered against one Tajinder Singh. Two persons, who were waiting for their visa, were also found there. ■ 99 Visa and Bridge Solution Consultancy, Ghumar Mandi. One Ravinder Kumar who was present there told the police that he was the owner of the firm, while 25 other persons Ludhiana, May 25 The court of Additional Sessions Judge Sonia Kinra has convicted Ashwani Kumar, the then nazir of PRTC, Jagraon, in a graft case. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for four years. Delivering the verdict, the court held that the prosecution proved the guilt of the accused beyond any reason- able doubt. The court declined the plea of leniency raised by the accused. He was also ordered to pay a fine of ~15,000. A case under Sections 7,13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against the accused at the Vigilance Bureau (VB) police station in Ludhiana. The case was registered following the complaint of Jagjit Singh of Rajoana village, falling under Raikot. He stated to the VB officials that the accused was delaying the release of his pension and demanding money. Later, a deal was struck for ~15,000. Following his statement, the VB officials laid a trap and caught the Nazir while accepting illegal gratification. The accused pleaded not guilty, but after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found him guilty and sentenced accordingly.
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