03072018-LT-01.qxd 7/2/2018 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 3 JULY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Innovative teaching City skater aims big Afghan massacre Under Padho Punjab Padhao Punjab, students will be taught through animated content. P2 Harshveer of city is participating in the ongoing World Roller Skating C’ship-2018. P4 Shahi Imam of Punjab has termed the attack a cowardly act. P2 FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 32°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7:34 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:28 AM Ghai’s property to be attached Police to rope in Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department for helping in investigation Properties worth crores Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 2 What may be termed as a rare development ever in investigations against illegal travel agents and immigration firms, the Ludhiana Commissionerate is set to attach the property worth several crores of a notorious travel agent, Nitish Ghai. The commissionerate is also writing to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax (IT) Department, suspecting that the accused had amassed a huge wealth worth crores by looting gullible persons seeking greener pastures abroad. The investigating is being conducted by Additional DCP Special Branch, Suren, dra Lamba. It was learnt that the police had collected the details of over a dozen prime properties of Ghai, the market value of which is over Rs 20 crore (a guessed by the police). Interestingly, these properties exist in Ludhiana only. Now, the police have been trying to identify the properties of Ghai and his kin bought in other states. According to the property details gathered by the police so far (a copy with The Tribune), more than a dozen properties in the name of Ghai and his family members, including ■ 99 Visa office in Ghumar The police raid the office of travel agent Nitish Ghai in Ghumar Mandi. FILE PHOTO The police to pursue for compensation to victims Surendra Lamba said law also had a provision that the victims duped by travel agent Ghai can get compensation from the court. “If the court orders compensation to the victims, that does not mean the ongoing FIRs stand cancelled. These cases will continue to run in the court till conviction of the agent,” he asserted. brother Munish Ghai, have been identified. A senior police official said the value of the properties as per the government rates may be in crores, but their present To write to ED, IT Department over disproportionate assets ADCP Lamba confirmed that agent Ghai had amassed a huge wealth by looting gullible persons and reportedly invested that income in buying properties worth crores. The police are going to write to the Enforcement Directorate and the IT Department to probe the possession of disproportionate assets by the accused agent. He said raids were still on to nab Ghai. market value can be over Rs 20 crore. "This property worth crores has been amassed by the agent in the past over three years. The accused had duped hundreds of innocents on the pretext of sending them abroad. Apart from more than 30 FIRs of travel and immigration frauds registered at various police sta- Dawar goes all out against drug menace Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 2 The Ludhiana Central MLA has announced that he would launch a drive against drug abuse. He has issued directions to the police to put an end to the menace with an effective strategy. The MLA, Surinder Kumar Dawar convened a meeting of police officials to discuss the problem of drugs on Monday. He categorically told them that if any police official was found conniving with drug peddlers, he would have to face the consequences. Dawar said the Punjab Government had waged a war on drugs since Chief MLA Surinder Dawar holds a special meeting with police officials on the drug issue in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Minister Amarinder Singh took over the reins of power. The CM had directed the police to make sure drugs are completely wiped out from Ludhiana. Dawar suggested the officials to conduct raids at med- ical stores selling intoxicants. The recent drug overdose deaths were due to a fatal mixture of drugs, he said, adding that it was a cause of concern. The MLA also advised the police officials to generate maximum awareness among people on this serious issue as it needed a collective effort. He appealed the people to join the ambitious programme of Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO) for making it a huge success. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Sikand and Assistant Commissioners of Police Lakhvir Singh Tiwana assured the MLA that the police had been taking strict action against the persons involved in drug trafficking. They said the police would soon hold a meeting with the chemist associations and also conduct raids on suspects. Mandi, government rate of which is ~30 lakh ■ A house in South City ■ A property in Ghumar Mandi, worth ~30 lakh (govt rate) ■ Three properties in Indira Colony worth ~29 lakh each (government rate). ■ A property in Indira Colony, Chandigarh road, worth ~13 lakh (government rate). ■ Property in Guru Nanak Dev Nagar, a double storey building, worth ~63 lakh. ■ Two shops in MD Complex, Samrala Chowk, the government rate of which is ~5.50 lakh. tions against Nitish Ghai, 30 more FIRs in which investigation is at a final stage, will be registered anytime. Not only this, there are around 600 more travel fraud complaints pending with the police and investigation is under way in these, and these complaints may also turn into FIRs," Lamba told The Tribune. Lamba said even if any property was bought in the name of his relatives by the accused, the same could also be attached as per the provision of law. Bus stand flyover portion caves in Resident stands on flyover for hours to draw attention of MC Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 2 A portion of the bus stand flyover caved in after the heavy rain on Monday. Gurpal Singh Grewal, who brought the matter to the notice of the Municipal Corporation authorities, had to stand on the flyover for three hours for civic authorities and traffic policemen to acknowledge the dilapidated condition of the flyover. Grewal said: “After heavy rain, I noticed a portion of the bus stand had damaged. I staged a protest for three hours on the flyover. When no one turned up, I called the Mayor and highlighted the situation of the flyover. He then sent someone from the corporation to visit the flyover. The traffic police had A sunken portion of the bus stand flyover . TRIBUNE PHOTO placed barricades near the damaged portion. Every year, this is the same problem. Earlier also, the same portion was damaged and the MC at that time recklessly repaired it. Had they repaired the portion properly, the filling wouldn’t have come out.” Rahul Verma, a road safety activist, said: “The MC com- Phoolka’s alert on ‘sinking’ flyover Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 2 Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Dakha HS Phoolka today filed a complaint about cracks erupted on the flyover at Mulanpur. He asked the district administration to close vehicular traffic on the flyover to prevent further damage to it and any accident. Phoolka said after he was informed by someone about the sorry state of the flyover, he immediately reached the spot and lodged a complaint with the police and the SDM. “I asked the authorities concerned to get an FIR registered against the contractor whose architectural design is damaging the flyover. On my direction, traffic on the flyover has been stopped and immediate Raining relief Kuldip Bhatia Scooterists brave downpour as monsoon lashes Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Doctor visits the centre three days a week; there are neither any Class IV employee nor any pharmacist at the centre; staff pay sweeper from their own pocket Staff room turned into store room REALITY CHECK Manav Mander Tribune News Service There was a separate staff room and The Tribune team thought that at least the staff had a separate room to sit and relax. But when the room was opened, the team got to know it was being used as a store room. “There is no separate room for us. This space is being used to keep medicines,” said an ANM on duty. No separate room for emergency patients ANMs examine patients at the UPHC, Subzi Mandi. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Sant Uttam Singh Dispensary that has been upgraded to Urban Primary Health Centre. effected areas. This centre receives 40-45 patients daily on an average. As we entered the centre, we saw a huge rush of women inside a room. As we approached one of the women sitting in the chair, she took us to the doctor’s the rest of the weekdays she is on duty at Civil Surgeon office. There are so many duties the doctor and her team are entrusted with. They are put on VIP duty, surveys and campaigns, such as the Pulse Polio campaign and recently concluded Measles- room. Dr Manju Nahar, doctor in-charge of the UPHC, was not present there. “Our doctor has gone along with a team of health officials to conduct a survey of diarrhoea-effected areas. A few days back, there was a diarrhoea outbreak at Bhar- ti Colony and Geeta Colony. She has gone there today,” said an ANM, Jinder Kaur, on duty. When asked if she was present at the centre on all weekdays, she said Dr Nahar visited here only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For c m y b repair will start,” he said. “The flyover on National Highway at Mulanpur sunk and cracks appeared endangering public life. Underneath sand deluded, huge cracks appeared in side wall. Asked police to close flyover as it was sinking more by vehicular traffic. We have lodged FIR against Contractors with Police,” Phoolka tweets on his Twitter account. LIT officials land in a soup ANMs run the show at Subzi Mandi primary health centre Ludhiana, July 2 The purpose of setting up Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHC) has been defeated in the absence of proper staff. The Tribune team ran a reality check at the centre located in Subzi Mandi. The UPHCs were formed by the government with the sole objective of providing all basic health facilities to the people living in urban areas, so they do not have to visit hospitals. Many of the existing dispensaries were upgraded to UPHCs. It was also planned to start evening out patient departments (OPDs) but it failed to start off due to the shortage of doctors. When we visited the UPHC, Subzi Mandi, we found that auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) were taking care of patients as the doctor on duty was out for a survey of the diarrhoea- missioner had constituted committees for the inspection of all bridges. This is the situation after the inspection, what more can be expected from them? It seems that work is beyond the capacities of MC engineers. The bus stand flyover is now connecte to the national highway Continued on page 2 One bed with a dirty sheet was lying just near the doctor’s room. The bed was used for emergency patients who need immediate care. Though the bed has a curtain, it is lying in just one corner of the verandah. Rubella drive, she added. When she was asked who took care of patients in the doctor’s absence, she replied: “We are here to take care of the patients.” To our next question if they were able to see all patients, she replied: “The normal patients like those with fever, cough and cold are examined by us and given medicines as well. But if there is some complex case, then we refer it to Civil Hospital. It is not possible for us to examine all patients,” she said. Continued on page 2 Ludhiana, July 2 Field staff and officials of the engineering wing of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) have landed themselves in a soup over allegations of inaction, and connivance in some cases of violations of building bylaws and illegal change of land use in shop-cum-flats (SCFs) at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, Rajguru Nagar and other colonies developed by LIT. Taking cognisance of a complaint lodged by Arvind Sharma, secretary, Council of RTI Activists, the Local Government Department, Punjab, has sought a report from the Executive Officer of the Trust within one week about allegations of inaction/connivance against LIT officials in cases of violations of building norms, illegal change of land use and other irregularities committed by the owners of SCOs in various colonies of the Trust. In his complaint, Sharma had alleged that in the main market of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar as well as in many other colonies developed by the Trust, the residential portions of SCFs were put to commercial use, building norms were violated, SCFs were clubbed together and excess coverage had been done by the SCF owners with alleged connivance of LIT staff/officials. Thereby terms and conditions of allotment were violated and land use was changed in an illegal manner which rendered the allotments to cancellation. The complainant also cited the report of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau which had indicted the employees of the Trust for turning a blind eye to brazen violations with the conclusion that erring Continued on page 2
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