02072018-LT-01.qxd 7/1/2018 11:36 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 2 JULY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Books still on vacation? Churpur road cries for repair Fitness contest Three months on, PSEB fails to provide textbooks in government schools even after vacations. P2 Worried residents take initiative to fill potholes to avoid accidents during rain on Churpur road. P4 170 participants vie for top honours in a bodybuilding competition held in city. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 35°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7: 33 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5: 27 AM Rain reigns 36 yrs on, dream to have a home remains elusive Allottees say plots allotted to them in 1982, but things stand as they were in SBS Nagar issued the allotment letters of alternative plots in ❝LITBut to the utter shock of allottees, they were asked 2015. Kuldip Bhatia Commuters caught in monsoon showers in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO ASHWANI DHIMAN BRIEFLY Boy dies while playing on swing Machhiwara: A 12-year-old boy died while playing, as his neck got stuck in the swing at his house. The deceased has been identified as Lakhvir Singh of Ranwan village, near here. Lakhvir, a Class VIII student, was playing on the swing at his house. His father was away for some work and mother was sitting outside with other women of the locality. When the mother came to her house, she saw that her son was caught in the swing. She raised an alarm. After hearing her cries, her neighbours came and rushed him to the hospital, where he was declared dead. No case was registered and the body would be handed over to his guardians after the post-mortem. OC 7-yr-old dies in accident Ludhiana: In an accident reported on Saturday, a 7-year-old girl died while her kin sustained injuries on the Delhi road. The deceased has been identified as Jenya. Complainant Mandeep Batra, a hotelier, said they were heading to Ludhiana from Delhi on June 30. When they reached near Dada Motors on Delhi road, a truck rammed into their vehicle around 6 am. His wife Renuka Batra, daughter Jenya and son Garbat Batra (3), and servant Raja sustained injuries. All were rushed to the Apollo hospital, where Jenya succumbed to her injuries. The police have registered a case against the unidentified truck driver for causing death due to negligence. IO ASI Pooran Singh said efforts were on to identify the vehicle involved in the accident. Woman held with heroin The Shimlapuri police have arrested a woman and recovered 10-gram heroin from her. The accused has been identified as Kiran Gupta of Ravindra Colony. IO ASI Kashmir Singh said the woman was stopped for checking during routine patrolling in Shimlapuri. During a search of her belongings, narcotics were recovered from her. Further probe was on to inquire about other smugglers linked to her. TNS Ludhiana, July 1 The allottees of 124 residential plots in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar – a 475 acre residential colony on Pakhowal Road here developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), are waiting for the past 36 years to make their dream homes on the residential plots of 125 square yards each, allotted to them. Even though the physical possession of plots were given to many of them more than two years ago, the chunk of land still remains undeveloped and underencroachment. According to the allottees, residential plots were allotted to them way back in 1982 to pay the cost of land at the prevailing collector rate instead of the reserve price, at which plots were allotted to them in 1999. Even after the allottees took possession and paid the initial deposit, they could not take up construction, as the land was under unlawful occupation. Due to this, LIT also failed to take in hand any work for internal development and providing basic amenities. ❞ ALLOTTEES The 5.5 acre prime land in SBS Nagar remains under encroachment in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA and final allotment was made through draw of lots in 1999. “However, out of the total 277 plots, the land comprising 124 plots was acquired for the now defunct City Centre project. Thereafter, the allottees have been running from pillar to post to get the plots.” Devinder Kumar, one of the allottees, said on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, followed by a contempt petition, LIT issued the allot- ment letters of alternative plots in 2015. But to the utter shock of allottees, they were asked to pay the cost of land at the prevailing collector rate instead of the reserve price, at which plots were allotted to them in 1999. As paramour sexually harasses daughter, mother looks on; held Booked and arrested on husband’s complaint at Dugri police station ❝ Tribune News Service Ludhiana July 1 In a bizarre incident, a woman allowed her paramour to sexually harass her 16-year-old daughter in her presence. Both of them have been arrested and booked on sexual harassment charge. The accused has been identified as Daler Singh (36) of LIG flats, Dugri, and the woman as Manpreet Kaur (40). The complainant in the case is the woman’s husband Paramjit Singh, a resident of MIG Flats, Dugri. He said he was an autorickhshaw driver and got married to Manpreet. They have three children, including two daughters. Singh said Daler used to live near their house. Daler On June 30, my daughter told me that Daler visited our house on June 26 and he hugged her inappropriately and touched against her wishes. Her mother was also standing beside when Daler was molesting her, but she did not intervene and kept watching. ❞ PARAMJIT SINGH, Complainant << The accused in the Dugri police custody in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO used to visit their house frequently and his children used to call him uncle. “I had been considering Daler as a family member, but he was keeping an evil eye over my wife and daughter. My wife developed friendship with Daler,” Singh said. He said on June 26, when he returned home from work, he found his wife missing. He later came to know that she had eloped with Daler. “On June 30, my daughter told me that Daler visited our house on June 26 and he hugged her inappropriately and touched her chest against her wishes. Her mother was also standing beside when Daler was molesting her, but she did not intervene and kept watching,” the complainant alleged. The complainant said the accused molested his daughter on June 26, but she could not reveal anything to him immediately, as he had threatened her of dire consequences. A case under Section 354-A, 120 and 506 of the IPC was registered against the accused and they were also arrested, said Ashok Kumar, SHO at Dugri police station. Phoolka launches campaign to free Dakha constituency from drugs Under ‘Mera Pind Nasha Mukt’ plan, addicted youths to be given free treatment and volunteers will also be trained to spread the word Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 1 As deaths due to drug are being reported from various parts of the state, AAP MLA HS Phoolka has given a call for ‘Mera Pind Nasha Mukt’ (My village drug-free) campaign that will be conducted by Gyan Sewa Trust, a Ludhiana-based NGO. Sharing his plan to make Dakha constituency free from drugs, Phoolka said the youths addicted to drugs would be given free treatment. He said the campaign would be financially supported by Gyan Sewa Trust. Phoolka said: “One mobile dispensary is running for the past eight months. Now, councillors will also be deployed with the medical team. They will visit villages door to door to create awareness to save people from drugs. They will share information with drug users about drug de-addiction. They will provide them free medicines for treatment.” “The mobile dispensary provides services in 20 villages. We are going to Bains holds rally against drug peddling at Talwandi village HS Phoolka, AAP MLA from Dakha constiuency, speaks about the plan to make Dakha free from drugs. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN launch another dispensary for all villages of Dakha constituency,” he said. According to the plan, people would be encouraged to plant those saplings, which are good for health and also helpful for drugs de-addiction, he said “The problem of drugs has increased. Many deaths due to drugs are being reported in Punjab. Mass campaigns against drugs are being launched. It is a big movement against drugs. People want to do away with this menace, but many of them don’t know how to go about it. We will provide training to interested volunteers from across Punjab who can make their villages drugfree,” said Phoolka. “The police have failed to stop drug menace, as drugs are available more easily now. The government should take necessary steps as many youths are losing their lives to drugs,” he said. Dr Amarpreet Singh Deol, who is running a drugs deaddiction centre at Mullanpur and Dr Baldev Chahal of Gyan Sewa Trust were present during the press conference. Ludhiana: Lok Insaaf Party Chief, MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, the Ludhiana girl who had accused Ferozepur DSP of pushing her into drugs, and party workers conducted a protest march against drug peddling at Talwandi village, near Ladhowal, in Ludhiana on Sunday. Bains alleged that many persons in this village were allegedly involved in drug peddling, but the police have failed to take action against them. During the protest rally, LIP workers raised slogans against the Punjab Government and the Punjab Police as well. Bains said they warned peddlers to stop selling drugs, otherwise they would be exposed. Bains said: “I have received complaints that drug peddlers at this village are active but the police are doing nothing. A drug addict was recently arrested, but the police had not taken action against the woman, who supplied drugs to him. It means the police are backing drug peddlers.” “Under the ‘Nashe Khilaaf Punjab’ drive, we will conduct campaigns in various parts of the state. Some people thrashed a drug peddler at Bathinda yesterday. It is the sign of a civil war like situation due to the failure of the state government, who has failed to act against the menace. A large number of people are coming forward to support the movement against drugs,” he said. Manjit Singh Lovely, a villager, who is also the member of DAPO team against drugs, said: “Many people are involved in the peddling of drugs. The Bet area near Sutlej River is very much affected due to drugs. There is a need to take concrete measures to end drug menace.” — TNS c m y b As if this was not enough, even after the allottees took possession of land and paid the initial deposit, they could not take up construction at the plots, as the land was under unlawful occupation of continued on page 3 Month before marriage, man ends his life Tribune News Service Ludhiana July 1 Almost a month before his marriage, a man allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the Sidhwan Canal. He was missing since June 27 and his body was recovered from the canal on Saturday. Was under depression due to some serious skin allergy The deceased has been identified as Alam Singh (35), a resident of Kichlu Nagar. He was the owner of a cold store in Jagraon. Assistant Sub-Inspector Sukhdeep Singh, in-charge Kichlu Nagar police post, said on June 27, the man went missing under mysterious conditions and his family had also registered a missing complaint at the PAU police station. His mother told the police that her son was in depression due to some serious skin allergy and had taken several treatments for it as well, but to no avail. On June 27, when he went missing, he sent a message on her Whatsapp number, in which he wrote: “Sorry mom, I miss you, love you, goodbye.” Since then, he was untraceable. ASI Singh said the body of the deceased was found stuck in the canal at Issewal village. Residents saw the body and alerted the police. Suspecting no foul play, inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc were initiated by the police. Jakhar tears into NDA for ‘faulty’ GST structure P4 MLA Simarjit Singh Bains addresses residents at Talwandi village after the protest rally. TRIBUNE PHOTO I have received complaints drug peddlers ❝the police are doing nothing.thatdrug addict wasat this village are activethe but A recently arrested, but police had not taken action against the woman, who supplied drugs to him. It means the police are backing drug peddlers. Under the 'Nashe Khilaaf Punjab' drive, we will conduct campaigns in various parts of the state. SIMARJIT SINGH BAINS, LIP chief ❞ Lashing out at the NDA government for allegedly affecting businesses in the country by implementing faulty design of the GST, Sunil Jakhar, president of the PPCC and Gurdaspur MP, on Sunday claimed that the Congress would remove all anomalies from the GST after coming to power in 2019.
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