20LT01A.qxd 9/20/2012 12:08 AM Page 1 thursday | SEPTEMBER | 20 | 2012 | ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE DUPING: MAN POSING AS CIVIL FAKE SNATCHING : ONE MORE SUPPLIES INSPECTOR HELD Þ PAGE 2 ARRESTED, MONEY RECOVERED Þ PAGE 3 MAYORAL POLL: ASPIRANTS BUSY PLEASING POLITICAL BOSSES Þ PAGE 4 30.4° MAXIMUM WEATHER MAINLY CLOUDY SKY 23.o° MINIMUM MC: RENOVATION OF HEADQUARTERS IN FULL SWING Þ PAGE 4 SECURITY DERAILED AT CITY RAILWAY STATION ■ Multiple illegal entrances, ill-equipped scanning equipment, inadequate security personnel to blame Gurvinder Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 19 The Ludhiana railway station continues to be in a state of low preparedness to counter terror threats. Reason: Multiple unmanned entrances, ill-equipped scanning equipment and lack of adequate security personnel. A total of 40 trains carrying thousands of people arrive or depart from the city railway station and the daily passenger traffic is about 60,000 people on an average. But are the passengers safe? Consider this: The number of security personnel at the city railway station is not more 15. And there are not more than five to six security personnel at a given point of time at the station despite the increase in the number of trains and passengers. Surprisingly, not even a single policeman was there at the main entrance of the railway station today. There are no security checks at the entry and exit points at the railway station. Anyone can easily enter the railway station complex. A small obsolete dysfunctional piece of equipment lies at the rear entrance of the railway station in a suitcase. This is being used as metal detector. There is only one CCTV camera at the railway station and it covers four locations, said a Government Railway Police official. The screen on which the footage is seen is of a small size and viewing three-four shots simultaneously is not possible. The CCTV footage is not being recorded. A policeman admitted that the footage of at least past week should be kept and recorded. "There is little in the No security equipment in place at the entrance of the Ludhiana railway station; and (above) passengers scramble for boarding a train. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN MAD SCRAMBLE FOR BOARDING TRAIN There are no security personnel to prevent the mad scramble by passengers for boarding a train. There should be someone to make the passengers board the train in a proper queue, said a passenger. LIMITED SEATING ARRANGEMENT Inadequate seating arrangements continue to be pain for passengers waiting for trains. Passengers are forced to sit on the platform. "We have no choice. Sometimes trains get late by hours, but there is little space to sit. Some of the seats remain full and we have no choice but to stand and wait," said Nitin, a city resident. Obsolete surveillance equipment in the CCTV room at the Ludhiana railway station. name of security here. Anybody can come without any checks," said Ram Sharan, a daily commuter. "We are talking about world-class facilities like Metro in the city, but hardly any attention is being paid to improve the existing infrastructure at the railway station," he added. "The security at the railway station is beefed up whenever some untoward incident takes place, but things are back to square one after some days. One can hardy see a security personnel at the railway station," said Amarjit Singh, a commuter. "The metal detector and safety equipment have been sent for repair and would be installed shortly," said SHO Piara Singh. "Often, people are run over by trains. The multiple entry points to the station make it impossible to restrict crossing of tracks. Though it's an offence, the practice continues unabated," said a police official. "We are in the process of installing more CCTV cameras. New security equipment will also be in place soon," added a railway official. Due to inadequate seating arrangement, passengers forced to sit on a platform. Brace for total shutdown, nationwide strike to cripple normal life today Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 19 The opposition National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) call for a nationwide bandh on Thursday has left the city residents and traders jittery. The shutdown is expected to hit residents badly. The NDA has appealed to farmers, workers, transporters, shopkeepers and traders' organisations to join the bandh and protest the "antipeople measures" of the Union government. The bandh is being taking seriously by a section of society while industrialists in Ludhiana feel since the call was politically motivated, they will not be a part of it. Keeping in mind the call for bandh tomorrow, many private schools and colleges have already declared a holiday on September 20, while those running the govern- BANKING SERVICES LIKELY TO BE HIT TRUCKERS JOIN PROTEST Though the banks have not come forward in support of Thursday's bandh, officials feel if they are asked to shut the premises, they will have to do so. A manager with the State Bank of India said they were not authorised to close the bank, but if protesters forced them to shut the premises, they would have no other option but to close the bank. "Otherwise also, we expect a thin presence of customers on Thursday and transactions will be affected," he added. The All-India Motor Transport Congress has also declared to support the bandh on Thursday. Former president of the Congress Charanjit Singh Lohara said the trucks would not run all over India. Following increase in the price of diesel, the running cost of a truck has increased up to 10 per cent, which is unjustified, he added. ment educational institutes maintain that since the colleges and schools could not be closed officially, the attendance of students will definitely be thin. Many the pri- vate schools, where exams are on these days, had advanced the exam schedule. Mini buses to remain off road today The commuters will be the worst affected due to Thursday's shutdown as the MiniBus Operators' Association, Punjab, has already declared to support the bandh call. The mini-bus operators feel that they were against the price hike of diesel by the Central Government, but they would also protest against the state government for not implementing their long-pending demands of increasing the route length of mini-buses, reducing the adda fee and the reduction in the Motor Vehicle Tax. Talking to The Tribune, JS Grewal, president of the Mini-Bus Operators' Association, Punjab, said that with the bandh call, about 5,500 buses in the state would remain off the road. Thousands of commuters will suffer due to the protest. Grewal said that inflation had increased manifold in the past two years. He said: "The cost of the chassis and body of the bus has increased up to 40 per cent. Two years ago also, the mini bus operators were getting 66 paise per kilometre from passengers and today also, the bus fare is the same. But the cost of maintenance, repair, operation and diesel etc have increased manifolds. In such circumstances, how can we run our buses?" Etiquette lessons for newly recruited constables Traffic police acts tough Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 19 In the near future, you can expect the stick-yielding policemen to greet people with a polite hello when they visit a police station or meet a policeman on a road. In an attempt to change its image of harsh and impolite force, the police authorities have decided to impart etiquette training to around 600 newly recruited constables of the Punjab Police. These youngsters, a majority of them matriculate or senior secondary pass outs with a monthly salary of Rs 27,000, were selected as constables and are currently undergoing training in the police lines. As most of them hail from villages, they lack etiquette and often use harsh language while dealing with people. The lesson on mannerism would be taken by the Police Sandeep Joshi Commissioner, representatives of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), senior journalists, professors, doc- tors and industrialists. The experts would interact with young policemen and would tell them about the importance of good behaviour in public life. Ever since they have been put on duty, there have been reports of these newly recruited constables entering into heated arguments with residents. They use crass language with a mix of abuses. "I was travelling in a car in Ghumar Mandi, unaware of the traffic regulation. Suddenly, a young policeman jumped in front my vehicle from nowhere and hurled an abuse. I told him to speak politely, but he was rude. It was an unpleasant experience," said Monica Gupta, a resident of the Cemetery Road area. Be it triple riding on a motorcycle or ogling at women and forcibly taking the keys out of the vehicles at a police naka, these continued on page ■ District Revenue Officer's vehicle challaned Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 19 Giving a clear signal that violating traffic rules will not be tolerated in the city, the traffic police today challaned the official vehicle (with the blue beacon) of the District Revenue Officer at the Mini-Secretariat here today for wrong parking. Besides, the traffic police towed away five more vehicles and challaned eight vehicles, including that of the DRO, at the Mini-Secretariat. The driver of the DRO Gurmeet Singh had wrongly parked the vehicle outside the Deputy Commissioner's office. When the traffic policemen came to tow away the Bolero with a blue beacon, the driver immediately removed the vehicle. But this did not Sandeep Joshi stop the policemen to issue a challan. Talking to The Tribune, traffic in charge Beant Juneja said rules were for everyone and everyone should follow rules. "We saw the official vehicle parked wrongly at the Mini-Secretariat at around 2.30 pm. We issued a challan. Besides, we challaned other seven vehicles, which were wrongly parked at the Mini-Secretariat. Besides, five vehicles were towed away," said Juneja.
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