04072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/4/2018 1:27 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 4 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Spokesperson in spot A piece of cake Secretive about love Cong leaders from Garhshankar accuse party spokesperson of supporting anti-social elements. P2 At every step of baking, these avid bakers from the region add their own special touch. P3 Riverdale stars Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse have been one of the most speculated couples. P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 28.9°C MIN 23.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.29 AM JIT bankruptcy: GGS Stadium faces sealing Trust not able to pay ~110-cr loan to PNB; told to make payment by July 12 or face action Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 3 Having been unable to return Rs 110-crore loan to Punjab National Bank (PNB), the Jalandhar Improvement Trust is facing a major action as the bank authorities have warned Trust officials to make the payment by July 12 or face sealing of Guru Gobind Singh (GGS) Stadium here. The stadium situated in the heart of the city is one of the most precious properties of the JIT and is dear to all sports lovers in the city. This is the second major embarrassment for the JIT, the bankruptcy and laxity of which earlier led to orders of a local court to auction the official residence of the Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar. The matter is pending in the court after an application had been moved by the district authorities against the orders. The JIT had taken a loan of Rs 175 crore from the bank in 2011 for developing the 94.97-acre Surya Enclave Extension Scheme. The JIT authorities could only return some part of the loan that too in an erratic manner. Since the past seven months, the Trust has Major embarrassment An aerial view of Guru Gobind Singh Stadium in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH stopped making further returns and the account was declared NPA by the bank on March 31. Meanwhile, the Trust authorities are learnt to This is the second major embarrassment for the JIT, the bankruptcy and laxity of which earlier led to orders of a local court to auction the official residence of the DC, Jalandhar. The matter is pending in the court after an application had been moved by the district authorities against the orders. The JIT had taken a loan of ~175 crore from the bank in 2011 for developing the 94.97-acre Surya Enclave Extension Scheme. The JIT authorities could only return some part of the loan that too in an erratic manner. have sent a copy of the bank notice to the Chief Minister, the Local Bodies Minister and the Local Bodies Director so that some arrangements of funds for return of the loan could be made. The bank officials are also learnt to have sought police protection for July 13 during a likely action of sealing and taking of possession of the property. JIT Executive Officer Rajesh Chaudhary said the accountant would be aware of bank notices. “Everyone knows that we don’t have funds in our kitty. In any case, we will make all attempts to save our property”, he added. Two dreaded gangsters nabbed in city Vigilance team holds technical Belonging to Delhi and local gangs, they were involved in highway robberies, thefts Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 3 The Jalandhar (rural) police have nabbed two dreaded gangsters of Delhi’s notorious Tak-Tak gang and local Bhotu gang, who were involved in several incidents of highway robbery and theft of various items from vehicles. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said on a tip-off, a team, led by Deputy Superin- Modus operandi SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the two gangs used to throw nails on highways during midnight and when a vehicle used to stop after a flat tyre, they used to take away the vehicle or rob valuables from them. He said besides, they also use pepper spray for robbing people of the vehicles. tendent of Police, Kartarpur, Sarabjit Rai, nabbed Sikander and Bitnes from the Dasehra ground in Kartarpur. He said both were active members of Tak-Tak and Bhotu gangs operational in New Delhi and Jalandhar, respectively. Bhullar said besides stealing vehicles, the gangs were also involved in theft of valuables from vehicles by breaking their windowpanes. The SSP said they used to throw nails on highways during midnight and when a vehicle used to stop after a flat tyre, they used to take away the vehicle or rob valuables from them. He said besides, they also use pepper sprays for robbing people of their vehicles. He said besides four vehicles, including two-wheelers, drugs were recovered from Sikander and Bitnes. An FIR had been registered against the accused. Transgender beaten to death ASI caught taking bribe Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 3 The Vigilance Bureau on Tuesday caught red-handed assistant sub-inspector (ASI) while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a woman complainant. SSP Vigilance Bureau, Diljin, der Dhillon, said the ASI, Manphool Singh, posted at the police station Division 3, was nabbed red-handed on the complaint of Sapna of Model House, here. The complainant had approached the Vigilance and alleged that he was demanding Rs 10,000 to help her daughter in getting bail in a case and during the probe also. After verifying the information, the Vigilance laid a trap and the accused was held taking the bribe in the presence of two official witnesses. — TNS Jalandhar, July 3 A transgender was killed with sharp weapons by some unidentified persons in the city on Tuesday. The victim was identified as ‘Deepa’, who was registered with Shaan Foundation, an NGO looking after the rights of members of the LGBT community. Deepak Rana, chairperson of the NGO, said this was the third attack on Deepa. “Last September, she was picked up by some youths and after raping her, they chopped off her hand. She was so traumatised with the incident that she could not even recalled the incident to lodge a police com- Police officials at the crime spot in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO plaint,” said Rana. The community has also accused a policeman of harassing Deepa to seek sexual favour for him and his friends. “It was only after we raised the issue with senior police officials, the accused police man stopped harass- ing her,” said Rana. He added that now someone killing her so brutally points to some old enmity with the deceased. Members of the community have urged the police to investigate the case and put the culprits behind bars. inspection of commercial buildings Several properties visited by officials Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 3 Carrying forward the ongoing investigation against the alleged illegal buildings, flagged by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Vigilance Department on Monday conducted a technical inspection of commercial buildings reported to have made glaring violations of the building bylaws. A team of the local Vigilance officials visited many commercial properties, including Gulmohar, Virasat-e-Haveli, WJ Grand Hotel and Chunmun Mall, to check the violations made by owners. Accompanied by over four technical officials, the department checked the building records and even took physical measurements at the sites. The inspection, conducted over six hours, was done by a joint team of Vigilance and Municipal Corporation officials. SSP Vigilance, Daljinder , Singh Dhillon, said the team on Monday inspected over 10 buildings. “As the list is long, it may take a few days to prepare the final report,” he said. Meanwhile, Mayor Jagdish Raja said the report of over 45 buildings were made and would be submitted to the Punjab Local Bodies Minis- A team of the local Vigilance officials visited many commercial properties, including Gulmohar, Virasat-e-Haveli, WJ Grand Hotel and Chunmun Mall, to check violations made by owners. Accompanied by over four technical officials, the team checked the building records and even took physical measurements at the sites. Vigilance officials inspect a building in Master Tara Singh Nagar in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH ter on Wednesday. He said more time would be sought from the minister to prepare report of the remaining 48 buildings. The Mayor, while expressing displeasure over the stern action against illegal buildings in the city, has asked the minister to clarify as to whether the action was restricted to Jalandhar alone? “While the minister himself has sought a report from me to report about the violations in all 93 buildings, the Vigilance too has begun a separate enquiry into each of the building. Also, a majority of the staff members in the building branch were suspended. I had to rope in staff and officials from the B&R Department to prepare the reports. All these are only happening in Jalandhar,” said Raja. He said Sidhu’s whirlwind tour had created an atmosphere of panic and anger among city residents. “On the one hand, the state government is planning to introduce a one-time settlement policy for the illegal buildings and on the other, a whole month is left for the illegal colonies to get regularised. Then why such an uproar?,” asked the Mayor. However, he accepted the fact that a majority of the buildings flagged by the minister were found to have made glaring building violations and could not be reviewed. “The reports prepared by us of over 45 buildings showed that these needed to be demolished. However, I still feel that the government should wait for the implementation of the new policy before taking any such step,” he added. 60% of Sultanpur Lodhi youths abroad, claim residents CM passing the buck Several youths from parts of state have been detained or are languishing in prisons in America Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 3 Some got addicted, some did not get a job, one did not even inform his house. Villages of Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala are ridden with stories of youths who have left home for greener shores. The prime cause behind all these is lack of jobs or proper education among people. As per conservative estimates, as many as 60 per cent of the youths of the town have gone abroad. While a majority of these youths are little read, others such as the nationallevel wrestler who did not get a job despite being qualified for a job as the DPE, consider the American dreams far better, than a jobless existence in the town. The route On a Schengen Visa, youths are taken from Delhi to Greece in a flight and from there to Spain. From Spain, they are taken to Mexico. At every stop, they are accommodated at cheap hotels or houses for a day or two. At Mexico, they stay for two-three days from where they are taken to the US-Mexico border after a 35 to 40-hour tedious bus ride. Crossing over, many are caught and some detained for months or years at detention centres in the US. With many youths being caught through this route, alternate routes through the Bahamas, Moscow-Ukraine-KievPoland, Ecuador, Guatemala and Haiti are also being adopted. While one of the families says over 45 youths from Punjab, many of these from Kapurthala, are at present in a detention facility in Arizona, scores of others languish in other jails in the US. Even as land holdings of travel agents increase – lands of such youths’ families are constantly diminishing, as they sell-off their precious farmlands and belongings to get their sons settled abroad. “As many as 60 per cent of the youths in Sultanpur Lodhi have left for greener shores. Of these, many are in prisons. But rather than languish in this hell, it is better for them to go abroad. My own son had been addicted to drugs, then for some time involved with a political party, but there was no future for him here as there are no jobs. Hence, we sent him abroad. He went six months ago and is at present in a prison in Arizona,” says Sulakhan Singh (name changed) the father of the youth, who had gone to the US to chase the dollar dreams. While the family has, so far, shelled out Rs 25 lakh to send their son abroad, an additional Rs 5 lakh was given as expenses for a lawyer who is fighting his case. “We had 60 acres with us, of which at present four to five acres are left. I want to send my second son also as it is difficult to survive here. It’s difficult to run a business given the present economic and political conditions,” he added. Satnam Singh (name changed) got to know days after his nephew went missing. “My nephew had been keeping company with some c m y b youths of the village. He used to stay out late. One day, he didn’t return home. We have launched a search for him and asked his friends but eventually he called from abroad and told us that he was on the way to the US. He is at present detained in a prison in Colorado. He calls us. He fixed the entire thing with the help of the village guys. We don’t even know the agent or the amount of money he gave to go abroad.” National-level wrestler detained in Folkston A 26-year-old national level wrestler of Sultanpur Lodhi is at present languishing in a prison in Folkston, Georgia. A relative of the wrestler, who is himself a wrestling coach, said: “My nephew is a prolific wrestler who has played nationals and represented the country at Iran and Taiwan. He pursued his DPEd from Physical College, Patiala. He tried to get a job as DPE, also applied for a job as patwari as well as in the Punjab Police. But when he failed to get a job with any department, we had to send him to the US, thinking this was the only option left.” “He recently got a visa to Mexico from where he illegally tried to cross over to the US but get caught. He also lifts weight in the 92-kg category. I coach at an academy in Khanna. I have over 40 wrestlers working under me. Of all these, many played at national and international levels, but barring five to seven, the government has no jobs for these talented men. Of the rest, many are looking to go abroad or to marry girls who have cleared IELTS,” the kin said. on drug menace, says ex-minister Kalia Jalandhar, July 3 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is passing the buck over curbing the drug menace in the state, said Punjab’s former cabinet minister Manoranjan Kalia. “Besides death penalty, there are already stringent provisions in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act to have a deterrent effect but the Achilles’ heel is its implementation in letter and in spirit,” he said. He added that the seriousness of the issue, which emerged with the dismissal of the DSP and the head constable by the Congress government, has withered away with the transfer of a tainted officer in place of the Moga SSP . Kalia alleged that there had been over 900 acquittals of accused under the NDPS Act during the past six months, from January to June. It is mandatory under the Act that an investigation had to be made by regular investigating officer but ad-hoc investigating officers were appointed which resulted in acquittals of the accused under the Act. “No action against those police officials who appointed adhoc investigating officers in cases registered under the NDPS Act speaks volumes about the callous behaviour of the Congress-led state government in tackling the drug menace,” the former minister said. He also sought that since the involvement of some police officials in drug cases have surfaced, there is a need to cleanse the Police Department first by developing a mechanism. — TNS
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