08072018-LT-01.qxd 7/7/2018 11:39 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 8 JULY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE CBSE circular ignored Fight against drugs Warm send-off to Nehal Schools disregard CBSE circular issued in 2006 which pertains to reducing bag load of students. P2 Singer Harbhajan Mann roots for honest aim to end drug menace in state. P3 Nehal Wadhera, a member of the Indian cricket team (U-19), to leave for Sri Lanka tour on Monday. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 38°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7:33 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5:30 AM Police catch up with travel agent Vertical gardens a hit Arrest Ghai from Patiala; will investigate his transactions made to foreign countries Ludhiana, July 7 A travel agent, who allegedly duped more than 600 people, has finally been arrested by the police. Nitish Ghai was wanted in 38 cases of travel fraud and duping people in the name of sending them abroad. He was arrested from Patiala on Friday night after a month-long effort by the police. Meanwhile, Ghai’s wife, Gurwinder Kaur, alias Jasmine, has joined in police investigation. His other three aides, who have been identified as Tajinder Singh, Ravinder Kumar and Gurmeet Kaur, alias Asha, have also been caught by the police. According to the police, Ghai was not registered with the Punjab Government as an agent. While addressing Ghai faces FIRs in Ludhiana, Phagwara, Delhi and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Additional DCP (Special Branch) Surendra Lamba said the accused had stayed in Mumbai, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and Patiala after fleeing the city. The police have started investigating his transactions made to foreign countries. Police brief the media on the arrest of travel agent Nitish Ghai. TRIBUNE PHOTO media persons in Ludhiana on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCPCrime) Gaganajit Singh said around 600 complaints against the accused were pending while investigation was under way. Ghai’s companies Ghai, who is a resident of Mahavir Jain Colony of Sundar Nagar here, had opened four travel agency companies in the city for allegedly committing frauds with people, the police officials said. The police found that Blessing Consultancy at Samrala Chowk and V Visa at Model Town were registered in his name. The police officials claimed that his two other fake companies, including GGI Group near Gill Chowk and 99 Visa and Bright Solution Consultancy, both at Madhok Complex at Ghumar Mandi, were registered in the names of his aides. However, Ghai used to collect the whole money from these companies Continued on page 2 PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Where he stayed after fleeing city Tribune News Service The trend of developing vertical gardens (one developed at railway station in the picture) on the pattern of countries such as Singapore is catching on fast. However, residents are divided on the issue of advantages of these vertical gardens. While people who support it say it can play an important role in controlling pollution, environmentalists feel these cannot replace the real gardens. “Vertical gardening is a very good option at places where there is a lack of green pockets. These also play an important role in checking pollution,” said Palvi, a local resident, who has developed a hanging garden at her home. JASWANT SHETRA TRIBUNE PHOTO 7 held for accepting bets on cricket tie Tribune News Service Minor’s baby sent to children’s home Ludhiana: The baby girl, who was delivered by a minor at Krishna Charitable Hospital on July 4, has been handed over to a children’s home. The mother and her family have refused to accept her. On the orders of Dr Gurpreet Kaur, Chief Judicial Magistrate and secretary of District Legal Services Authority; and Kuldeep Singh Mann, director of child lines, Ludhiana, the child was handed over to Swami Ranga Nand Bhuri Wale International Foundation Dham, Talwandi Khurd. The police said: “The accused, aged 18-20, left for Bihar some months ago. The police are trying to trace him.” TNS SNIPPETS Man booked for murder Ludhiana: Two months after the death of a girl, the police have registered a murder case against a local resident. Deceased Jyoti’s mother, Sunita, from Gandhi Nagar, Jind, Haryana, claimed that her daughter had been murdered. On Friday, the Division Number 3 police registered a case under Section 302 and 201, IPC, against Vicky of Chauri Sadak area in Ludhiana. Sunita told the police that her daughter had friendship with Vicky and they lived together. Vicky allegedly killed Jyoti on April 21 and cremated her without informing them, Sunita claimed in the complaint. Inspector Kamaldeep Singh said: “Our investigation is under way. The accused would be arrested soon.” TNS Woman dies in road accident Ludhiana: A 48-year-old woman lost her life after she was hit by a vehicle on the national highway near Jalandhar bypass. The deceased has been identified as Surjit Kaur of Varinder Nagar. It was learnt that Surjit was crossing the road near a market when she was hit by a vehicle. The accident took place around 8 pm on Thursday. The woman was taken to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital where she was declared dead at 11 pm, said her kin. On Friday, the Salem Tabri police registered a case against an unidentified driver. TNS Ludhiana, July 7 The Ludhiana police have arrested seven alleged bookies in two cases for accepting bets on a cricket match between Australia and Zimbabwe. In the first case, the police conducted a raid at a prominent hotel in the city on Friday. Three persons were caught accepting bets on a cricket match. They have been identified as Karan Kundra, Sunil and Kamal Kumar from Ludhiana. A case under various sections of the Gambling Act and the IPC has been regis- Suspects caught accepting bets on the Australia-Zimbabwe match in police custody. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN tered against the accused at the Sarabha Nagar police station. The police recovered six mobiles, one laptop and an LED screen from them. Is dope test just a mere eyewash? Civil Hospital has no instructions on method of testing long-term addiction Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 7 Even as politicians are visiting Civil Hospital to get the dope test done, the hospitals have got no clear instructions regarding conducting the test. At present, the hospital is conducting the dope test on politicians in the same procedure as is adopted for doing tests on applicants seeking fresh and renewal of arms licence. To complete the test, the applicants also go through a clinical examination by the psychiatrist. But politicians are not undergoing any such test. The dope test at present is being done with the help of urine screening kits and shows positive result in case the person undergoing the test has taken habit-forming drugs in the past one to five days. The result also depends upon the quantity of water drunk by the person who is undergoing the test. Politicians are also undergoing the dope test after the Punjab Government made it compulsory for the public servants to go for it annually. But the question here arises how will the long-term addiction be checked as the test being conducted at present is a no parameter for the same. "We have received no instructions and no protocol to conduct these tests. We are doing the same 10 tests that Continued on page 2 AAP MLA HS Phoolka at Civil Hospital for undergoing a dope test. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Applicants making mockery of system According to sources at Civil Hospital, applicants for fresh arms licences and renewal of old ones are bringing urine in small bottles from home. “Instead of giving their own urine as sample, they give the sample which is probably of their kids or wife for testing,” said the source. Hospitals buy kits on their own The Cvil Hospital authorities are procuring testing kits on their own. Besides, the kit for testing codeine is not available in the market, so the civil hospitals are conducting only nine tests. Phoolka clears test Ludhiana, July 7 Aam Admi Party MLA HS Phoolka on Saturday underwent a dope test at Civil Hospital. The result came out negative. “What to talk about any drug, I have not even touched alcohol in my life,” said Phoolka while showing the report of the dope test. All tests that are run on candidates seeking fresh arms licence or renewal of old one were carried out on Phoolka. Showing concern over the practice of replacing urine sample with that of someone else for dope test, he said: “I request the Health Minister to make this system foolproof, so there is no possibility of the c m y b samples being replaced. Proper checking of a person should be done before he goes to bathroom to collect urine samples. It has come to light that people coming for dope test are bringing urine samples along with them from home and submitting it in place of their actual sample for testing. This needs to be checked and the Health Department needs to take some action against the same”. Phoolka was screened for 10 drugs, namely morphine, codeine, D propoxyphene, benzodiazepines, 9 tetra hydro cannabinol, barbiturates, cocaine, amphetamines, buprenorphine and tramadol. — TNS In another case, the police arrested four persons from a flat at Rajgarh Estate here. The accused have been identified as Mahindru, Varun Chhabra, Mani Gagneja and Sachin Dabur. A case has been registered against them. The police claimed that they were allegedly caught accepting bets on AustraliaZimbabwe T-20 cricket match. As many as nine mobiles, one LED screen and a laptop have been recovered from them, the police said. Meanwhile, the manager of Radisson Blu Hotel, Abhay Kumar, said: “The guest booked a room via makemytrip.com and presented valid ID proof for check-in. Within 15 minutes, the police came looking for the guest and took him along for investigation.” Family attacked at fish farm, woman dies Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 7 A woman in her thirties died after some persons attacked a family at Pandori village near Mullanpur Dakha on Friday night. The deceased has been identified as Sangeeta. No arrest has been made so far. Sangeeta’s mother-in-law Ramkali and an abnormal youth suffered severe injuries in the attack. According to sources, the incident took place at a fish farm when three armed persons attacked Vinod with a Continued on page 2
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