10072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/10/2018 1:28 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 10 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE New transport policy flayed Zipping their way forward Inspiring fans Roadways’ JAC protests against Transport Minister’s apathy towards workers' demands. P2 Women from the region have broken the glass ceiling and made motor-racing their own. Sneha Wagh has recently donated blood and urged her fans to do the same. P4 FORECAST P3 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.33 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.31 AM Interstate drug peddling gang busted 2 women among four arrested, 182 kg of poppy husk seized Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 9 The Jalandhar (rural) police on Monday busted an intestate drug peddling gang by arresting its four members, including two women, and recovering 182 kg of poppy husk being smuggled in the state from Jammu and Kashmir in a truck along with Rs 60,000 in cash. Jalandhar Senior Superintendent of Police (Rural) Gurpreet The accused in police custody in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Singh Bhullar said on a tip off, the police arrested Kuldeep Singh, Mangat Ram, Kuldeep Kaur and Paalo from Bhogpur. He said the truck was owned by Sahil of Anantnag, Srinagar, and Kuldeep was working as a driver for him. Bhullar said Sahil and the accused used to smuggle drugs into the state, thereby minting huge amount of Hit by tipper, college student dies Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 9 A city girl was mowed down by a speeding tipper when she was going towards her college, along with her father, at Basti Bawa Khel here on Monday. While the duo, Navneet Kaur (17), and Ajit Singh (50), was hit by a speeding tip- Navneet, per, the girl the victim died on the spot, while her father who fell alongside got injuries. The tipper driver who was caught by residents on the spot has been booked by the police. The deceased is a resident of Sultanpur. A case has been registered against the tipper driver, Shiv Vilas, a resident of Sadar, under People gather at the accident site in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Sections 279 and 304 of the IPC. Surjit Singh, SHO, Basti Bawa Khel police station, said: “The father-daughter duo was coming on a bike from the Kapurthala side and was going towards the KMV College. This was the girl’s first day at the college after holidays. A tipper hit the motorcycle they were riding on from the rear after which the girl was crushed by it. Getting entangled, the girl’s body was dragged by the tipper for some distance due to which she died on the spot.” Children hurt as school bus falls into fields Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 9 Several school going children were injured in Sultanpur, Kapurthala, when a school bus ferrying them fell into the fields. Traversing a road in the midst of paddy fields in Sultanpur, the bus driver lost control of the vehicle after some bricks of the road, in the middle of the fields, chipped off, causing the bus to fall. Sources said the bricks The schoolbus that fell into the paddy fields in Kapurthala on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO gave way due to load from the bus, causing the bus to fall into the sown paddy crop. While no serious injury has been reported, the SHO, Fattu Dhinga police station, said: “I have received three calls enquiring about the accident but so far not a single complaint has been made to us. We also sent some persons to look at the spot but so far we are not aware of any serious injury.” The SHO, Sultanpur Lodhi police station, said the bus turned sideways after it fell but some children who sustained minor injuries were immediately taken to a local private hospital. Special drive: 32 illegal kiosks removed so far Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, July 9 The Municipal Corporation (MC) has so far removed 32 kiosks from the KMV road, Tanda road, Kishanpura, Pathankot Chowk, Doaba Chowk and among other areas under a special drive launched by the MC Tahbazari Department two weeks ago to remove illegal kiosks of tobacco and cigarette that have come up in almost every nook and corner of the city. The encroachments had been inconveniencing commuters as they had occupied a huge space on the roads. All permanent kiosks on the road were brought down. The move had been initiated to ensure that there were no hindrance to the traffic and encroachment on public property. Meanwhile, the drive is still on in the city and would continue till illegal kiosks from all market areas, prominent chowks and roads are razed. Superintendent, Tehbazari, Mandeep Singh, said these illegal kiosks were seen as permanent encroachments in the city and at many places, the occupants reportedly converted their kiosks into shops. “We will be inspecting all roads, busy markets and other places of the city in the days to come and within 1015 days, we will make sure all encroachments, illegal kiosks or shops, on roads or Continued on page 2 c m y b money from it. The SSP said while Kuldeep used to bring the drugs into the state, the other accused used to escort the truck in their private vehicles and give signal to him that the way was clear for the vehicle’s movement. He said the gang had brought the consignment of drugs into the state several times via the Lakhanpur border. Bhullar said already an FIR under the NDPS Act was registered against Mangat and three cases under the Act against Kuldeep. The SSP said the police had booked eight persons in the case under Sections 15-29/61/85 of the NDPS Act of which four had been arrested and the remaining accused, including Sunny, Raja, Sahel, were absconding. He said raids were being made to catch the other accused, adding that investigation in the case was on. The SSP said the rural police had also nabbed a person, Surjeet Singh, a resident of Sherpur Taiba village, under the Dharamkot police station, along with 8,000 tramadol tablets. He said he had a tainted past as three cases had been registered against him under various sections of the IPC and the NDPS Act. Not willing to pay ~1,500, Cong workers skip dope test Drug row: Three Congress MLAs at loggerheads Jalandhar, July 9 President of the women wing of the District Congress Committee Jasleen Sethi took to the dope test, exhorting women workers of the party to stand unitedly against the drug menace. Sethi had gone to get herself tested at the Civil Hospital along with around 10 women workers of the party. Upon reaching the lab, she was asked to deposit Rs 1,500 per head for the test. While Sethi got herself tested, other women chose to return without undergoing the test as they chose not to spend the amount unnecessarily. Sethi said since drug addiction was also prevalent among women, her idea was to urge them to come forward to fight the peril. — TNS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 9 Two days after Shahkot Congress MLA Hardev S Laddi Sherowalia publicly shared the names of two villages in the Sultanpur Lodhi constituency where heroin is being sold by smugglers, party MLA from Sultanpur Lodhi Navtej Cheema hit back at his Shahkot counterpart. In a drug awareness rally organised by environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal in his native Seechewal village on Saturday, Laddi had said drugs were freely available in two villages — Toti and Lattianwali of Sultanpur Lodhi from where they found way into his constituency. Hardev S Laddi Navtej Cheema After Laddi’s statement, Sultanpur Lodhi legislator Navtej Cheema has started his counter-attack on his own party’s MLA. He has chosen not only to hit back at Laddi but also his mentor and Kapurthala Congress MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh. Cheema has asked Laddi as to why there has been no action against drug peddlers in Punian, Rerwan, Baupur Rana Gurjeet and Malsian villages falling in the Shahkot constituency. He went on to name Mohalla Mehtabgarh, Ucha Dhora, Dham Butan and Kala Sanghian villages of Kapurthala too to hit out against Rana as well. Cheema added that as many as 300 cases had been registered against drug peddlers in the two villages of his constituency. 23-year-old drug victim’s kin to start movement against menace Urge leaders to act strictly, otherwise they will not cast their votes Mother seeks stringent action Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 9 The kin of 23-year-old Ricky Lahoria, a drug addict who died during his treatment two days ago, have urged everyone to vote wisely and also asked political leaders to act strictly against the drug menace failing which they will not vote for them. “The leaders come at the time of elections to seek votes, but they do not care afterwards,” the kin said, adding that next time they were not going to entertain any leader if the latter won’t react to the present grieving situation of drugs in the state. They said they would start a movement in which criminals who sell drugs to youngsters would be nabbed and taken to the police. “Such is the situation that if While attacking the leaders, the victim’s kin said if any politician would try to save the criminals, they would hold a dharna against him or her. The victim’s mother also made an appeal to the administration, police, and the Chief Minister to take stringent action against such criminals. Ricky, who got married a month ago, wanted to start life afresh. Kin of Ricky Lahoria in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH the police cannot do anything, then people will have to come forward and react by nabbing the criminals themselves,” they said. While attacking the leaders, the victim’s kin said if any politician would try to save the criminals, they would hold a dharna against him or her. “We will protest against the leaders who will hinder our fight to end the menace,” they added. Earlier while talking to The Tribune, the paternal uncle of Ricky said: “Now, nobody wants to lodge a complaint with the police as nothing is happening in such cases. But, we do want a death penalty for drug peddlers who supply drugs to the youngsters and the whole life of their families gets devastated.” The victim’s mother also made an appeal to the administration, police, and the Chief Minister to take stringent action against such criminals. Ricky, who got married a month ago, wanted to start life afresh.
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