17JT01A.qxd 9/17/2012 12:24 AM Page 1 In conversation with Sonali Bendre JALANDHAR TRIBUNE monday | september 17 | 2012 | jalandhar DEATH TRAP: UNCOVERED DRAIN ON GT ROAD POSES THREAT Þ PAGE 2 WEDDING COLLECTIONS: BIG DESIGNERS WOO CITY CROWDS Þ PAGE 2 WEATHER CLOUDY 31° MAXIMUM INSP SHOOTS AT 2 LABOURERS ■ Victims, who are brothers, admitted to PGI in Chandigarh Nikhil Bhardwaj Jalandhar, September 16 Two brothers sustained serious bullet injuries after they were allegedly shot at by an Inspector of the Punjab Police near Choggiti Chowk late last night. The firing took place allegedly after a scuffle between the Inspector and the youths. The injured, who had been immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital, were today referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The condition of the duo was still stated to be serious. The injured have been identified as Amarjit and Paramjit, daily wage labourers and residents of Phagwara. The Inspector, who allegedly shot at the two youths, was identified as Baldev Krishan, posted at PAP Training Academy in Phillaur. In the melee, the Inspector and his son Amandeep had also sustained injuries and were admitted at a private hospital here. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP), City, I.R.K. Sharma, said the Inspector had admitted before the police that he resorted to firing only for his self-defence. The ADCP today also visited the site where the incident took place. Thje incident occurred at 11 pm on Saturday night when Inspector complained to the Rama Man- Financier shot at, injured ■ One held, .32-bore gun recovered Nikhil Bhardwaj Jalandhar, September 16 A city-based financier and marriage palace owner was shot at while he was returning home on foot from a temple here late this evening. Harbans Lal (58) was shot at from behind as he got the bullet injury on his back. He has been admitted to a private hospital and his condition is said to be serious. Before falling unconscious, Harbans Lal got his statement recorded with the police, wherein he had reportedly blamed Joginder Pal and his brother, from the same colony, for the alleged attack. On the basis of his statement, the police has rounded up Joginder Pal and recovered the .32-bore gun used in the attack. The SHO, Division No 1 police station, said Joginder Pal claimed that he was being falsely implicated. The police was still investigation the case and was on a lookout for his brother. Two crushed to death by trains Our Correspondent Jalandhar, September 16 Two persons were crushed to death by trains in separate incidents today. Both the deceased have not been identified yet. In the first incident, the Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered a crushed body from railway tracks near Ram Nagar crossing. The deceased was aged around 35, police sources said. In the second incident, a person accidentally fell down from the running train on the tracks near the city railway station. A GRP official said the victim’s leg was severally crushed. He was immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital, but he succumbed to the injuries at the hospital. The deceased could not be identified yet. In both the incidents, inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC were initiated by the railway police. di police that someone had thrown stones at their house. Acting on the complaint, police personnel immediately reached the spot, but could not find any miscreant. Just a few minutes later, the Inspector along with his son stopped two labourers outside their house and blamed them of throwing stones at their house, the ADCP said. Initially the Inspector indulged in heated arguments with the youths, which later took an ugly turn. Before resorting to firing, the Inspector and his supporters severally beat up the youths, he added. In the melee, the Inspector fired gunshots at the youths, Amarjit and Paramjit, who sustained bullet injuries on their leg and back, the ADCP said. The ADCP claimed that the police could not be able to record the statements of both disputing parties as doctors had declared them unfit for giving any statement. Investigating officer Narinder Singh confirmed that the Inspector had allegedly shot at the two youths. It was being inquired whether the shots were fired from a licenced revolver or a duty weapon. The police official also revealed that if the Inspector found guilty in the case, an attempt-to-murder case would be registered against him. Þ PAGE 4 24° MINIMUM Murder case registered after eight months of NRI’s death ■ Chloro compound in viscera report raised doubt of foul play Nikhil Bhardwaj Jalandhar September 16 Eight months after the death of a non-resident Indian (NRI) under mysterious circumstances at his residence in his native village Kot Kalan, near here, the police today registered a murder case. Earlier, the police had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of CrPC. Now following the appearance of chloro compound (poisonous substance) in the viscera report of the deceased, the police registered a case of murder against unknown persons. Sources said the deceased, Onkar Singh, had come to his native village eight months ago. After a few days, the day when he was to leave for the Delhi airport from his village to board a flight to the UK, his health suddenly deteriorated and later he had to cancel his flight. On the same day, he breathed his last at his residence. Meanwhile, on the statement of the deceased’s wife, the police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Cantonment, Manpreet Singh said after the death of the NRI in January, in the postmortem report, which had arrived within 15 days, no internal injury was reported, but samples were sent to the Kharar laboratory for viscera examination. “The viscera report arrived after three months of the death, in which medical experts found a chloro compound. The deceased’s relatives were then immediately informed on phone about the report and were asked to visit India as the report cleared that the death was caused due to a poison,” the ACP said, adding that within a month, the deceased’s relatives arrived and asked the police to conduct an inquiry into the death case. Meanwhile, the viscera report was discussed with the Police Commissioner, who asked Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Sukhdev Singh to conduct an inquiry. The SP (Traffic) also suspected foul play in the death case and submitted his inquiry report with the suggestion of registering a murder case, the ACP disclosed. Asked about the delay in the registration of the murder case, the ACP replied that the viscera report arrived after three months and then an inquiry was marked to an ADCP-rank official, which cleared the way for registering the murder case. The police would get the call details of the NRI, who had stayed in the village for 10 just days, and also question all those persons, who remained with him during those 10 days, he claimed. ‘Neighbour-less’ dispensary in desperate need of repairs The last time the dispensary was painted was after the visit and instructions from former Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla. Since then, there has been neither paint, nor repairs. The staff do not get any budget for repairs from the Health Department or the MC. Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 16 Three ramshackle rooms at the back of a dark, shady, abandoned building in a derelict compound in Garha is what goes for the Civil Dispensary there. Easily one of the front runners for the title of the “mostabandoned-and-hauntedlooking government dispensaries in the city”, the dispensary is an epitome of government apathy. Situated in a locality thriving with addicts and lined by kiosks, the dispensary is housed in a compound, which earlier housed the recently-shifted Division No 7 police station. Vines and creepers climb up a wall with faded writing (medical signage) of the dispensary’s front. Housed at a level lower than the rest of the compound, rainwater is a regular visitor to the dispensary. The walls of the dispensary are so damp that at places it looks like that the wall will cave in if repairs are not done quickly. The extent to which water is a problem can be gauged by the fact that the ILRs (ice-lined refrigerators) in the dispensary have been kept on tables unlike in the other dispensaries where they are kept on floors. Brick and cement boundaries have been made on thresholds to keep the water out. Broken ventilators are sheltered with rusted iron sheets. The dispensary compound Staff One Medical Officer (MO), one pharmacist, one auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), two class IV employees and one sweeper are posted at the dispensary. The four ANMs working at the two sub-centres in Garha also work for the Garha area, though they fall under the Jamsher PHC. Population The ramshackle civil dispensary at Garha in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH also houses a tubewell and scarp mounds and wild undergrowth abound on the compound. Maintenance history The bad state of the building was a consistent pain in the neck both for Police Department employees (the dispensary’s erstwhile neighbours) and the health staff. But while the police personnel have got a new home, the dispensary languishes in unkempt wilderness. Housed in a corporation building, the staff say MC officials had contemplated demolishing the building and making a new one in its place about one and a half years ago. While it was also contemplated that a CHC be made in place of the dispensary, the staff say with the starting of the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), the idea was withdrawn (and with it the hope for repairs or a better building shattered) because there was now another medical institute close by. However, thanks to their “personal touch”, the staff say their OPD hasn’t budged (decreased) as they still get as many patients as earlier, even post-PIMS. The dispensary caters to a population of about 36,000 people. Areas like Jaswant Nagar, Hardyal Nagar, Urban Estate, Phase I, Chhoti Baradari, Phase I and II, Garha, etc, fall under the dispensary. While posh colonies also fall in this area, a large area under the dispensary consists of slums and congested quarters. The dispensary has a bustling OPD of 40 to 50 new patients per day (not counting about 20 old patient visitors per day). About 70 to 80 per cent of the population is BPL and none of them have smart cards. Diseases There is a very high incidence of TB in the area. Presently 30 to 40 patients are being treated at the dispensary. Two to three new patients test positive for TB per month. Talking about the reason for the high the incidence of TB, the staff say overcrowded slums and rampant addiction wreak havoc on people’s health. During summers, gastroenteritis is also very common in the area. Skin infections are also common in the area. Addicts’ scare While the staff say they have never had a problem because of the addicts in the area, but after the shifting of the police station they certainly feel unsafe many time at the dispensary. While the dispensary has a chowkidar for the compound, the staff say when the male staff member is on leave, they have to be very cautious. The dispensary has no building on all its sides. The sifting of the police station about five months back has only added to its miseries. Supplies While the staff say they got ample supplies in 2011, this year they have been irregular and they often contribute for medicines or rely on a local do-gooder. JSSY While 10 to 12 maternityl cases are registered with them, about seven to eight patients get the benefits of the Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna (JSSY) per month. DD’S 53RD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED Mohammed Sadiq, Puran Shahkoti, Barkat Sidhu honoured Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 16 The 53rd anniversary of Doordarshan (DD) was celebrated under the title of “Rang Punjabi” at the Doordarshan Kendra here. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Iqbal Singh, Lieutenant-Governor, Puducherry. Dr Iqbal Singh lauded the role of Doordarshan in entertaining as well as educating and informing people and various issues. Director, Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar, Dr Om Gauri Dutt Sharma said DD Kendra, Jalandhar, would lay more emphasis on the production of programmes promoting cultural and traditional values. Reality shows would also be telecast Mohammed Sadiq; and (right) Wadali Brothers perform at the 53rd anniversary of Doordarshan in Jalandhar on Saturday night. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH to promote the young talent of Punjab. Three artistes of Punjab, who have been known for their singing, rooted in the soil of Punjab, and their haunting rustic voice, were felicitated on the occasion. Dr Iqbal Singh honoured Mohammed Sadiq, Puran Shah Koti and Barkat Sidhu for their enchanting strains, which have charmed Punjab for years. A colourful cultural programme was also held. The Wadali Brothers presented haunting Sufi strains on the occasion. Mamta Joshi, Preet Harpal, Deep Dhillon and Lakhwinder Wadali were the other performers on the occasion. Deepak Raja, Taya Banta and Bhajna Amli entertained viewers with their comic acts.
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