17LT01A.qxd 9/16/2012 11:34 PM Page 1 LUDHIANA TRIBUNE monday | SEPTEMBER | 17 | 2012 | ludhiana ALARMING: DROWNING INCIDENTS ON THE RISE IN MANDI AHMEDGARH Þ PAGE 2 DIESEL HIKE: BKU PLANS DELHI MARCH Þ PAGE 3 WEATHER MAINLY CLOUDY SKY CRIME: SIX HELD WITH 51 SACKS OF POPPY HUSK Þ PAGE 4 ‘NEED FOR EARMARKING PROTEST ZONE’ ■ Commuters suffer on second consecutive Sunday as teachers block main road yet again 33.2° MAXIMUM 24.4° MINIMUM CRICKET MEET: BVM MAKE IT TO SEMIS Þ PAGE 4 Minister's clean chit to Health Dept GASTRO OUTBREAK Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Police personnel tackle protesting teachers near Vardhman Spinning Mills on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road on Sunday; and (right) a deserted road. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Puneet Pal Singh Gill Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 16 It seems that Sundays are becoming hot favourite among teachers for holding their protests. On the second consecutive Sunday today, hundreds of teachers held a protest by blocking the main road passing through the city, causing inconvenience to commuters. Last Sunday it was the Karabara chowk on the main GT Road that was blocked by teachers for more than three hours and today it was the point near Vardhman Spinning Mills on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, which was blocked for around three and a half hours. The teacher unions on both these days were different, but the inconvenience to the residents was the same. Ironically, the residents had no other option but to find alternative routes to reach their destinations. Today, hundreds of members of the 7654 Sanjha Front Teachers Union, Punjab, had blocked the LudhianaChandigarh road from around 1:30 pm till 5 pm. Due to this blockade, the Ludhiana police had made elaborative plans and the traffic was diverted to alternative routes so that the commuters don’t face inconvenience. But, this certainly led to a waste of precious time. If ❝ourthis pattern can be followed in in state capital, then why not Ludhiana? The residents should take up the issue with the elected representatives of their respective areas. I feel that if the state government really wants, then it can easily earmark a specific piece of land for protests. This will not only help in saving time, but even the police, which is deployed on the spot, will be able to devote much time in tackling crime than tackling teachers.❞ Teachers march towards the protest site. Krishan Kumar, a resident of Kartar Nagar, said whenever he travelled to meet his relatives in Kharar, he preferred the Ludhiana- Chandigarh road. “But today, due to the protest by teachers, the traffic was diverted to the adjoining streets, which led to traffic Inter-state gang of looters busted ARVINDER SINGH, A SHOPKEEPER AT SAMRALA CHOWK chaos there. Now, I have to travel extra distance to Sahnewal and from there I will take a road towards Samrala to reach Kharar,” he added. Due to regular road blocks in the city, the need of earmarking a specific place for holding protests is being felt once again. “If this pattern can be followed in our state capital, then why not in Ludhiana? The residents should take up the issue with the elected representatives of their respective areas. I feel that if the state government really wants, then it can easily earmark a specific piece of land for protests. This will not only help in saving time, but even the police, which is deployed on the spot, will be able to devote much time in tackling crime than tackling teachers,” said Arvinder Singh, a shopkeeper of Samrala Chowk. Ludhiana, September 16 "The Health Department is not responsible for the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the city. The contaminated potable water and poor sanitation arrangements lead to such outbreaks of diseases," said Madan Mohan Mittal, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister, while commenting on the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the city and dengue cases reported here. "We have written to the departments concerned. As far as the Health Department is concerned there was no delay in providing treatment to the patients and adopting other curative measures," added Mittal. The Health Minister was in the city to attend the 2nd annual conference of the Punjab State Chapter of Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of the India. Around 200 delegates came from various parts of the North India registered for this event. Around 50 oral presentations and 20 electronic posters were presented by registered delegates during the scientific deliberations of the congress. During this conference, the Health Minister emphasised the adoption of new technologies for researches and bringing about reforms in the medical field. Talking about technical advancement, Dr Sameer Kaura, organising secretary, said, "At this conference effort has been made to save paper to some extent by going for electronic poster presentation instead of paper poster presentation". Madan Mohan Mittal, Health and Family Welfare Minister, in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN UNATTENDED, MINISTER COOLS HEELS AT CAFE The conference was scheduled to start at 9.30 am and the doctors started the function on time. But, the Health Minister, who was supposed to inaugurate the function, reached late by one hour. When the minister reached the conference hall, the presentation session was going on and all lights were off. The minister left the conference hall and went to a café in the same hotel. When the doctors came to know that the minister had left the hall, they got panicky. They started efforts to pacify the minister. Finally, they were able to pacify the minister and the welcome ceremony was organised with zeal. However, one of the organisers justified the minister's leaving the hall, saying that the minister did not want to disturb the ongoing Tough duty takes toll on policemen’s health Charanjit Singh Teja Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service ■ 5 members held; gold ornaments worth ~11 lakh recovered Abhinav’s family smells foul play Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 16 The family of Abhinav Sachdeva, who was found dead at a vacant plot near the Feroze Gandhi market yesterday, staged a protest at the civil hospital today and refused to take the body. They claim that Abhinav was murdered but according to the police, it is an accident. The members of his family and relatives have sought a probe in his death. After a day-long drama, Abhinav was cremated at a crematorium located at Model Town. The Commissioner of Police assured the family that a thorough probe would be conducted in the mysterious death. "There are 13 multiple injuries on Abhinav's body and our question is where he suffered those injuries," said Dinesh Honda, a family friend. According to Ravi, a relative, said, "We want that the police examine his call record properly. The police can trace the murderer easily by examining the calls made by his mobile phone". Dinesh Honda, a family friend, said, "The last call which the family had received was on 6.09 pm on September 13. He had told her mother that he would be at home within half an hour. According to the call list, he received two calls after calling his mother. There were the calls from a traffic police constable". Ludhiana, September 16 Nearly 50 per cent of the police personnel who attended a free medical check-up camp at the Police Lines were suffering from diabetes and hypertension. Skin diseases and symptoms of asthma were also found among a few. Nearly 700 persons, including police personnel and their families, attended the medical camp organised by an NGO here today. The camp was conducted under the observation of doctors of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H), including Dr GS Wander, Dr Sandeep Puri, Dr JS Sakhon and GS Brar. "Diabetes and hypertension are some of the common problems among policemen. Some were found to be suffering from skin disease as well. Interestingly, not many cops were having potbellies," said Dr GS Brar. A cardiologist, Dr GS Wander, said, "I feel for them. All these are lifestyle diseases. Gurminder Singh Grewal Khanna, September 16 In a major breakthrough, the Khanna police has claimed to have arrested five members (all relatives) of an inter-state gang of looters, comprising mostly women, and recovered a large quantity of gold ornaments and cash from their possession. Talking to media persons at the office of the Khanna district police today, the DIG of the Ludhiana range, MF Farooqui, said the district police, on a tip-off that four women members of a gang were roaming in a car along with a driver and they often robbed innocent women after offering them lift and also sold narcotics. A police team chased a swift car near Doraha while other teams blocked their way near Issru on the directions of SSP Khanna, Ravcharan , Singh Brar. After being besieged by the police, the looters tried to escape and in a hurry hit DSP Payal’s vehicle. A police party, led by Inspector Waryam Singh, finally nabbed them. The DIG said all the members of the gang were relatives and belonged to the Sansi tribe. At least 20member gang, comprising mostly women, has been involved in incidents of snatching in almost all the areas of Punjab, in some cases even outside Punjab. DIG of the Ludhiana range MF Farooqui talks to the media at Khanna on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH They have perpetrated crime in several areas, including Bathinda, Mansa, Sangrur, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana, Jagraon, Moga, Faridkot, Muktsar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Delhi. The main member of the gang is a proclaimed offender in two cases of loot in the Khanna area. The members of this gang would strike in remote villages and offer lift to women. Once a woman boards their car, they would rob her of gold ornaments and then push the victim out of the car with the help of their men accomplices at a deserted place. They had even forcibly pulled their 4 COPS HONOURED FOR BRAVERY The DIG, Ludhiana, MF Farooqui, honoured four personnel of the Khanna police for showing exemplary bravery during an operation to nab the members of the inter-state gang of looters. The four policemen are Assistant Sub-Inspector Harjit Singh, Havildar Shamsher Singh, Constables Sukhvir Singh and Rajwinder Singh. He added that one on the constables overpowered the car driver in a paddy field where he was hiding. The other constable jumped from his running motor cycle while he was chasing the members of the gang. The ASI, who was on control room duty, was in touch with all the officials concerned during the operation. victims into their car and robbed them in some cases. Farooqui said this gang had seven splinter groups, which had been operating for about 4 years. The SSP, Khanna Police, Ravcharan Singh Brar said the police had recovered gold ornaments worth about Rs 11 lakh and about 1.6 lakh in cash from their possession. He said police parties had been dispatched to nab the other members of the gang. Continued on page 3 A policeman undergoes a check-up at a camp at the Police Lines in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN COPS SEEK LEISURE TIME LANGAR TURNED OUT TO BE CROWD-PULLER The doctors faced a situation when lower-rung policemen requested them to suggest bed rest on their medical check-up report so that they could go on holidays. Initially, a handful of policemen, along with the members of their families, turned up at the camp. As soon as the word spread that a langar was being organised at the camp, women, along with their children, started thronging the place. A woman said she got her medical check-up done and she didn't have to go through the routine chore of cooking food.
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