07082018-JTR-01.qxd 8/7/2018 1:27 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 7 AUGUST 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Garbage heaps raise stink Today’s Punjab In his comfort zone Garbage has been lying unattended at various dumping sites in city for past few days. P2 Harbhajan Mann and director Manmohan Singh are back with another film on the youth of Punjab. P3 Nikhil Khurana says his character is overwhelming. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 27°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.19 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.49 AM Sidhu orders CBI probe into LED light scam Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 6 Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday ordered a CBI probe into the alleged scam reported in the LED light project. He has also sought a third party review of the project. The Rs 274-crore project, which was conceptualised to install over 65,000 LED lights in the city, was mired into controversy since the beginning. Congress councillor Rohan Sehgal, who has already locked horns with the LED company, has alleged that the company had been installing substandard lights at double the rates as compared to the infrastructure installed in Ludhiana. Sehgal had even met Sidhu recently and apprised him of the alleged misuse of funds in connivance with MC officials. Following this, Sidhu called a review meeting of the senior officials of the Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, in Chandigarh and ordered a CBI probe into the matter. The councillor has also claimed that for the project, the MC is going to open an escrow account in which they are supposed to keep Rs 3 crore for all Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Cong councillors from Jalandhar after a review meeting in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO Third party review of project sought Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has also sought a third party review of the LED light project. The Rs 274-crore project, which was conceptualised to install over 65,000 LED lights in the city, was mired into controversy since the beginning. the time, the source of which would be revenue generated from various taxes. “ In fact, the MC has already paid a sum of Rs 40 lakh. I want to know which committee will evaluate what we are getting from the company, who is verifying the quality as well as standard of the street lights”, asked Sehgal. The councillor has even made a representation to the MC in which he has mentioned: “The company is installing a new product and after installation, they will charge Rs 66.90 per light every month, which amounts to Rs 5.22 crore in the first year with an escalation of 5 per cent every year. I have gone through a recent tender of LED lights floated by the MC which says that for five years, maintenance of the lights would be done by the contractor for free. Even the lights which we are getting in MPLADS fund come with two years of free maintenance by the contractor. The company is likely to sell us their assembled product and charge Rs 66 crore over 10 years for maintenance.” Sehgal has put forward his request to immediately stop the formation of the escrow account and rather form a committee to review the project allotted during the SADBJP regime. Raipur, Makkar exchange heated arguments at SAD Cantt meeting Seven arrested with intoxicant tablets, liquor Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 6 During a constituency-level meeting held for the Jalandhar Cantonment at Jamsher village, near here, on Sunday, SAD leaders, including former MLA Sarabjeet Makkar and former chairman of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust Paramjit S Raipur exchanged heated arguments with each other. The meeting of party workers was convened by district SAD chief Nakodar MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala for setting up the organisational structure. Raipur got the turn to speak first during which he vent out his ire against the party for picking up Jagbir Brar and Pargat Singh from the con- Jalandhar, August 6 The rural police on Monday arrested seven persons with 147 intoxicant tablets, 60 grams of intoxicant powder, 10 boxes containing liquor. Seven vehicles were also recovered from them. The accused have been identified as Kewal Singh, alias Keba (65), Jasbir Singh (24), Vijay Kumar (37), Jaspal Singh (31), Naranjan Dass (36), Harjinder Singh (34) and Budhu (27). The police have arrested the accused at a naka that was laid in Kalyanpur here. There have already been 29 cases registered at various police stations against Kewal Singh for selling drugs in the past. SAD leaders attend a meeting at Jamsher village near Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO stituency for the Assembly candidature in 2007 and 2012, respectively, who later dumped the SAD to join the Congress. He added that the party faced the wrath in 2017 again as it fielded outsider Sarabeet Makkar, who did not just lose his own seat but also all 12 wards for the MC poll too. He made a direct attack against Makkar, alleging that he even took possession of his plot in the constituency. Continued on page 2 Residents block traffic over girl’s death Our Correspondent Colleague responsible for death: Protesters Phagwara, August 6 Mystery shrouds the death of a 20-year-old girl, Mamta, who was found dead on the railway tracks near the Mauli railway station late on Thursday evening. Earlier, the GRP registered the case as a suicide. However, Station Superintendent, Phagwara, Gyan Chand, said on Monday that the driver of a DelhiPathankot Express informed the railway authorities that the body of a girl was lying near the rail track on Thursday. However, after around one hour a down line engine driver saw the body lying on the railway track, which created suspicion. Another driver of a Amritsar-bound The protesters alleged that a boy, Manjinder, who was working with the victim at JCT Mills, was responsible for the death of the girl and the boy should be arrested. Dadar Express also noticed the body lying on the tracks. Different statements of the drivers led to a noisy demonstration by residents, led by deceased’s father Rajinder Kumar, in front of the Satnampura police station late on Sunday night. The road traffic was also blocked on the Phagwara-Nakodar road for one-and-a-half hour by the kin of the deceased and residents. The protesters alleged that a boy, Manjinder, who was working with the victim at JCT Mills, was responsible for the death of the girl and the boy should be arrested. Rajinder Kumar told the police that earlier, his daughter went to work on Thursday but did not return till evening. Later, her friend brought the victim home from near the Satnampura rail bridge. Meanwhile, her body was found near the rail lines late on Thursday night. He said the railway police handed over the body of his daughter after autopsy but without registering a case in this regard. The protesters alleged that the police called Manjinder to the spot, but on seeing the large number of protesters the police sent him back in a police vehicle. The police action provoked the protesters due to which they sat on a dharna in front of the Satnampura Police Station. The dharna was lifted when ASP Sandeep Malik, SHO Lakhbir Singh, SHO Aman Kumar and GRP in-charge Gurbheij Singh rushed to the spot and assured them early action in the case. Now, the GRP have changed the Section 174, CRPC, to Section 302, IPC, in the case, the police said. The local police had been assisting the GRP in the investigation, ASP Malik said. c m y b Cop throws baton, injures youth Jalandhar, August 6 A youth got injured after he was hit by a baton thrown by a policeman at him near Lamma Pind Chowk. As per sources, the youth, identified as Amarjit Singh, was going at a very high speed towards the city on his two-wheeler. A policeman deployed at the chowk asked him to stop. The youth, instead, increased the speed of his two-wheeler and fled from the spot. To stop him, the policeman threw a baton at him that hit him hard and he fell down on the ground. After falling on the ground, the youth sustained serious injuries and was admitted to a local hospital. Meanwhile, Amarjit said he was going to a hospital to buy medicine for his viral fever. — TNS Missing youth’s body found in canal, three friends held Our Correspondent CCTV camera footage help trace youth’s body Phagwara, August 6 Vishal, a youth from Phillaur who was missing under mysterious circumstances since August 3, was found dead in a canal near Raipur-Araian village in the Phillaur sub-division on Monday. The deceased allegedly went to take a bath in the canal along with his three friends and drowned in it. Earlier, Surinder Kumar, father of the deceased, lodged a missing complaint of his son with the police. He said earlier none of the three friends told him whether they were with him on Friday, when he went missing. Instead, they expressed ignorance about him. The father of the victim started looking for CCTV cameras installed at various places in the town to see the footage. Ultimately, he got a CCTV camera footage on Sunday in which he saw his son going towards the canal along with his friends. The father of the victim did not lost courage and started looking for CCTV cameras installed at various places in the town to see the footage. Ultimately, he got a CCTV camera footage on Sunday in which he saw his son going towards the canal along with his friends. He informed Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Phillaur, Amrik Singh Chahal, about the same. Despite efforts of a few divers, his body could not be traced till Sunday night. He again approached the DSP , as a result, the body of the victim was found in the canal on Monday afternoon. The DSP said on a complaint lodged by Surinder, the Phillaur police had registered a case under Sections 304-A and 34 of the IPC against victim’s friends Ram Kumar, Sangam Lal and Rahul, all residents of Phillaur. Later, the trio had been arrested. The body has been handed over to the victim’s family after a post-mortem examination that was conducted at the Phillaur Civil Hospital, he said. Visitors face inconvenience at test drive centre Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 6 Mismanagement was reported at test drive centre in the city, causing harassment to people. In a memorandum handed over to Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Sharma, SP Birdi, general secretary of Royal Club, suggested ways to remove the hardships and inconvenience caused to visitors at the test drive track. “We have proposed to start separate lines for senior citizens, physically challenged persons and women. A lot of time is being wasted due to long queues. We have suggested to open deposit coun- ters at various locations in the city to prevent rush at the testing centre,” Birdi said. The club management has suggested that driving licences (both new and renewed) should be sent through a registered post and the fee may be charged from applicants. The club has also sug- gested that post offices and banks should be authorised to renew the driving licences. “At present, post offices are providing railway booking and passport delivery services. They could be entrusted with the task of renewing driving licences as well,” he added.
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