30072018-LT-01.qxd 7/30/2018 12:01 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 30 JULY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Minor girl rescued Skin problems on the rise Classical step About to be married, 15-yr-old girl rescued by Child Helpline with the help of police near Jagraon. P4 Increased cases of skin and ear infections are being reported in city hospitals. P4 Students take part in a dance competition held at KVM, Civil Lines. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7: 23 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5: 42 AM SNIPPETS ‘Illicit relations’ behind suicide by man Ludhiana: Illicit relations have been stated to be the reason behind suicide by a 29-year-old resident on Thursday. The wife of Karan Ashat of Shimlapuri here has been booked along with her mother for abetting suicide. In a complaint, the victim’s brother Joginder Singh has stated that Karan got married to Vinny eight years ago and the couple has a four-year-old son. “Two years ago, Karan went to Dubai for work. He returned only a few days ago. When Karan went to his in-laws’ family to take his wife and son back, he learnt about her illicit relations. Upset over this, he consumed a poisonous substance,” says Joginder. When the condition of Karan deteriorated, his family rushed him to the DMCH where he was declared brought dead. The investigating officer, ASI Satwinder Singh, said the police had registered a case under Section 306 and 34 of the IPC. The suspects are yet to be arrested. TNS Reconstructed a year ago, Pakhowal Road is a mess now p4 Overcharging, half-torn slips back at parking lots Civic body has extended agreement with parking contractors by one month; residents at receiving end Harshraj Singh Eliminate mafia: BJP Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 29 Instead of taking action to stop fleecing of visitors, the Municipal Corporation authorities have extended the contract of five parking lots by one month. The contractors awarded the multilevel parking lot, near Mata Rani Chowk, and Ferozepur Road parking lots continue to fleece visitors without any fear of the law. After the expiry of their agreement period on July 16, the MC had announced that it would deploy tehbazari staff to handle the parking lots. The civic body had also decided to stop charging parking fee at the Ferozepur Road parking lots in view of the ongoing elevated road project. The visitors to the multilevel parking, which is located adjoining to the MC Headquarters, accused the LRY Contractor of charging more than the prescribed fee. A visitor at the parking lot said: “I was charged Rs 10 for parking my two-wheeler against the actual fee of Rs 5. It is cheating with commuters under the nose of the MC authorities.” Besides, the visitors said the parking staff allegedly charged Rs 20-30 for parking four-wheelers against the prescribed fee of Rs 10 at the Everyone ❝contractorsknows that the fleece visitors at the parking lots. Now, the MC has extended the agreement for parking lots by one month instead of taking action to stop overcharging. The parking mafia should be eliminated from the city. How gullible visitors are fleeced Instead of issuing an e-ticket, the staff issued me a half-torn manual slip to hide hourly fee rates. I paid ~20 for parking my bike for nearly 30 minutes at a parking site near Silver Arc Mall. ❞ ❝ PARMINDER MEHTA, BJP DISTRICT VICE-PRESIDENT Matter not to my knowledge: MP ❝The matter about overcharging at MC parking ❞ GAGANDEEP SINGH WALIA, A RESIDENT Earlier, the MC had stopped charging parking fee at the Ferozepur Road lots in view of ongoing road project. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA An e-ticket without mention of parking fee issued to a visitor at multi-level parking lot. multi-level parking lot. Violating the norms, no fee is mentioned on the e-tickets issued to the vehicles. However, the staff of LRY Contractor claimed that they had not violated any term and condition. The visitors at the Ferozepur Rod parking lots said they were “forced” to pay Rs 20 for parking a two-wheeler and Rs 40 for a four-wheeler for a period less than an hour on Sunday. Notably, the actual parking fee is Rs 5 per hour for a two-wheeler and Rs 10 per hour for a four-wheeler. The parking is allowed up to four hours only. “Instead of issuing an eticket, the staff issued me a half-torn manual slip to hide hourly fee rates. I paid Rs 20 for parking my bike for nearly 30 minutes at a parking site near Silver Arc Mall,” said Gagandeep Singh Walia. An employee at the Ferozepur Road parking lot, Pappu, said: “The parking fee is fixed for Sunday. It is Rs 20 for parking a bike and Rs 40 for a car. There is no condition for charging hourly fee.” The contractor, Sachin Shar- GLADA drags feet on encroachment removal Only one out of 12 identified permanent encroachments removed in past more than a year Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, July 29 The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has nothing to write home about as far as its track record of removal of permanent encroachments on its land/property is concerned. During the past more than a year, only one out of the 12 identified permanent encroachments had been removed by GLADA, according to its own admission in information provided under the Right to Information Act. Filing a reply before the State Information Commissioner under second appeal (AC No 171 of 2018) preferred by Rohit Sabharwal from the Council of RTI Activists, the Assistant Public Information Officer “Information provided about the rest of the encroachments is vague, and further the reason for the delay in removal of the rest of the encroachments in accordance with the directions of the High Court and the names and designation of officials responsible for removal of encroachments, have not been provided to the applicant,” says the written statement by the petitioner. (APIO) of GLADA intimated through his memo (EO-glada-Ludhiana-2018-2344 dated July 10, 2018, that an encroachment on part of land in Sector 38 on Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road was cleared in May 2018 and possession given to the allottee Educational Society. The information provided by GLADA further indicated that apprehending resistance in removal of encroachments in various Urban Estates and other colonies developed in Sec- tor 32, 32-A, 38 and 39 on Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road, Dugri Phase I, II and III and Dhandari Kaland Phase I, II, III and IV, an official request had been made to the Commissioner of Police to provide adequate security. According to GLADA, only one out of the 12 identified encroachments was under litigation and the HC verdict was still to come. In its written submission (as a rejoinder) by the petitioner made to the State Weather blues Information Commissioner Avtar Singh Kler, the information provided by GLADA was described as deficient, incomplete and unsatisfactory. The appellant contended that instead of all 12 identified encroachments, GLADA had provided information about one that was removed and the other which was said to be under litigation. “Information provided about the rest of the encroachments is vague, and further the reason for the delay in removal of the rest of the encroachments in accordance of the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the names and designation of officials responsible for removal of encroachments, have not been provided to the applicant,” says the written statement. Seeking action as per provisions of the Right to Information Act for causing the delay of more than six months in supplying the information, that too incomplete in various respects, the appellant has made a prayer before the State Information Commissioner to issue a show-cause notice to the APIO of GLADA and also to award compensation for the delay and harassment caused to the applicant in this case. is not to my knowledge. I will talk to the Municipal Commissioner to take necessary steps in this regard. No one will be allowed to overcharge the visitors.” Joint Commissioner, MC, Satwant Singh said: “I have asked the staff concerned to look into the matter. We will take action if any violation is found.” The MC is yet to implement the new parking policy according to the directions of the Local Bodies Minister. ❞ RAVNEET SINGH BITTU, CONG MP Will act if violation found: MC asked ❝I haveto lookthe staff concerned into the matter. We will take action if any violation is found. SATWANT SINGH, JOINT COMMISSIONER, MC ❞ Random raids: Chemists to go on strike today Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 29 Upset over the attitude of the state government against them, chemists in the state have decided to go on strike on July 30. At a meeting held in this regard on Sunday, it was decided to protest the attitude of the state government. Addressing the meeting, GS Chawla, president of Ludhiana Chemists Association, said in the past days, raids and checks had been conducted at 1,350 chemists, of which only four were found to be culprits. “The Drug Department and the police should not randomly raid shops. These raids bring a bad name to the chemists,” said the chemists at the meeting. Raids and checks have been conducted at 1,350 chemist shops, of which only four were found to be flouting norms. A FILE PHOTO Chawla said last time when they went on strike, they met Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Satish Chandra and requested the government not to conduct raids through the police and administration, but these still continue. “Now, we are left with no other option but to go on strike,” he said. Vice-president of All-India Organisation of Chemists and Drugists Surinder Duggal said if the police or administration had specific information regarding any shop, then they can raid it anytime. continued on page 2 Father-son duo booked Woman held with for assaulting constable 90-gram heroin 2 yrs Peddled drugs with husband for Tribune News Service While rain eluded Ludhiana, the sky remained overcast on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ma, was unavailable at the parking site. Meanwhile, BJP’s district vice-president Parminder Mehta said: “Everyone knows that the contractors fleece visitors at the parking lots. Now, the MC has extended the agreement for parking lots by one month instead of taking action to stop overcharging. The parking mafia should be eliminated from the city.” MP Ravneet Singh Bittu said: “The matter about overcharging at MC parking lots lots is not to my knowledge. I will talk to the Municipal Commissioner to take necessary steps in this regard. No one will be allowed to overcharge the visitors. Ludhiana, July 29 The police have booked a father-son duo for allegedly assaulting a police constable while he was performing his duty in the Rajguru Nagar area on Saturday. They have been identified as Bhavnesh Kumar and his father Kali Charan, both residents of the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar area. Both have absconded. The case has been registered at the Sarabha Nagar police station on a complaint of Constable Gurshinder Singh. In his complaint, Gurshinder has stated that c m y b he was patrolling the Rajguru Nagar area on Saturday evening when a youth approached him. “The youth, Rehasdeep Singh, told me that some persons were chasing him and requested me to save him. After some time, other youths arrived there and one of them started misbehaving with me. He also called his father there and both of them assaulted me,” said Gurshinder in his complaint. According to Gurshinder, one of the attackers was carrying a pistol. The investigating officer, ASI Jaspal Singh, said the police had registered a case under Section 353, 186, 506, 332 and 34 of the IPC and the Arms Act against Bhavnesh Kumar and his father Kali Charan, and further investigation was on. “The police carried out a raid at their residence in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar but they were not found there. The police have been searching for them and they would be arrested soon,” said the ASI. Ludhiana, July 29 Special Task Force (STF) has arrested a woman with 90gram heroin. She is a resident of Jassian village in Ludhiana district. She was arrested by a team of the STF led by ASI Ram, pal Singh, from the New Ashok Nagar area of Salem Tabri on Saturday. The Ludhiana STF incharge, Sub-Inspector Harbans Singh, said a team of the STF arrested the woman while it was carrying out a search in the Salem Tabri area on Saturday evening. “A police team was searching for suspicious persons in the Salem Tabri area when it spotted a woman. On seeing the police team, she turned back. The police stopped her. During a search, the police found 90-gram heroin in her hand purse,” he said. “The woman said she, along with her husband, had been peddling drugs for the past two years. They used to purchase drug from New Delhi and then sell it here at high rates,” said the SI. Her husband was arrested in a drug peddling case in January 2017. He has absconded now. — TNS
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