31072018-LT-01.qxd 7/31/2018 12:06 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 31 JULY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Rinkal Khera's murder Contaminated water Student exchange Cops ask kin to cremate body within 24 hrs. Relatives adamant, to burn CM's effigy. P4 Guru Ram Das Nagar residents fear epidemic, say getting dirty water for past 3 weeks. P4 Daniel Marvin from Berlin is in city and enjoying his stay with his host family. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7: 22 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5: 43 AM Choked sewers Giaspura’s bane One dies of diarrhoea; Cleaning with suction machine fails to sustain after 3 months, rain blamed Uncovered manholes invite mishaps Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 30 Even after cleaning sewers with a super suction machine, the problem of choked sewers was again witnessed at Sua Road, Giaspura. Stinking sewage has accumulated on streets, making the life of the local residents miserable. The residents and shopkeepers blamed the MC for ignoring the insanitary conditions in the area. The shopkeepers claimed that sewage overflowed near Kamal Karyana Store in routine. “We had got some relief from overflowing sewage but the situation has surfaced once again. If work had been done in a proper manner, such problems could have been prevented during this rainy season,” said Sonu Prasad Gupta, a resident. A shopkeeper, Manmeet Singh, said: “After making multiple complaints to the authorities, the MC staff cleaned sewers with a super suction machine. There had been no problem of choked sewers for the past three months after that. Now, we are a harried lot due to overflowing sewage once again.” Why the problem recurs The questions are also being Manholes on Giaspura Road and near Durga Mata Mandir, Makkar Colony, are lying uncovered. The local residents complained that manhole covers were generally removed during rain as there were no road gullies in many places. A resident, Sukhwinder Singh, said: “Even the area around uncovered manholes is not protected to prevent accidents.” Sewage accumulated on Sua Road near Kamal Karyana Store, Giaspura. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA raised as to why sewers get choked again and again here. One of the shopkeepers said the MC stopped one of the disposal unit due to which the problem had occurred again. A sewer man said: “People used to dump garbage in sewers due to which the problem recurred after every short period. The area residents are responsible for these choked sewers.” Sources said a large number of people resided in “vehras” (each verhra comprises many rooms) and there is a need to improve the sewer system according to MC official blames rain will look into the matter. The sewer were ❝Wecleaned with super suction machinelanesthe earlier and work at other places is underway. The disposal units are functioning well. The problem occurs only during the heavy rainfall. ❞ RAJINDER SINGH, MC Superintending Engineer the population of the area. Councillor of Ward No. 30 Jaspal Singh said the super suction machine was pressed into service for only three hours. “The problem has occurred again due to negligence on the part of the offi- cials. Even small jetting machines are not being used to clean the sewers for the past many days. I have raised the matter many times, but to no avail. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu should take requisite measures.” Chemists on strike, city residents suffer Strike complete at Khanna Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 30 Nearly 4,000 chemist shops in the district put up their shutters on Monday in protest against the alleged negative attitude of the state government towards them. The major demands of the chemists are raids or search should be conducted only if the authorities have some solid information against chemists. Besides, officials from the district administration and the police should not conduct raids since they do not have the basic knowledge about drugs and medicines. “Officials accompanied by the police raid their shops and it brings a bad name to the chemists. It causes them mental harassment. Of the raids and checks conducted on 1,350 chemist shops, only four were found to be violating the norms in the state,” said GS Chawla, president of Ludhiana Chemists Association. A black flag hung outside a chemist shop in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Meanwhile, city residents faced difficulties due to the strike. Ravinder Kaur said since it was the end of the month, she ran out of her medicine for controlling blood pressure. “On Sunday, chemists closed at 2 pm. I cannot miss the medicine for two days, so I had to go to the pharmacy of a hospital to get the medicine,” she said. A resident from Sarabha Nagar said her daughter was BRIEFLY DJ robbed of ~1.25 lakh Ludhiana: Unidentified persons reportedly looted Rs 1.25 lakh from a DJ while he was returning home from a function here on Sunday night. The incident took place near the Aarti Chowk area. The police have registered a case against unidentified persons. The victim, Ishant Kumar of Pakhowal Road, said he worked as a DJ. “On Sunday night, I was returning home from a function at Pant House Night Club near the PAU. I was carrying a bag that contained Rs 1.25 lakh, a laptop, a hard disc and a pen drive. When I reached near Aarti Chowk, two bike-borne persons threatened him with a sharp weapon and snatched his bag,” said Ishant. Confirming the incident, ASI Balwinder Lal said: “We have obtained footage of some CCTV cameras installed in the area.” TNS Purse snatched from woman Ludhiana: Two motorcycle-borne persons snatched a purse containing Rs 5,000, an ATM card and documents from a woman on Sunday night. The incident took place outside MBD Mall around 9 pm. Navneet Kaur of Housing Board Colony said: “I came out of MBD Mall around 9 pm. While I was going towards my car parked nearby, two persons arrived there on a motorcycle and snatched my purse.” Inspector Madhu Bala said the police had been scanning footage of CCTV cameras installed in the nearby areas. TNS What is super suction machine suffering from fever so she took her to the doctor. “When I went to get the medicine, she found all shops closed. Left with no other option, I went to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital to get the medicines,” said Gurnoor Kaur, “I went from one chemist shop to another, but in vain. At last, I visited the hospital to get my insulin injection,” said a resident of Civil Lines. Khanna/Khamano: Chemists organised a rally and submitted a memorandum to the SDM Khanna, alleging harassment by the police in the name of sale of intoxicants. The chemists, led by Pritpal Singh Ubhi and Sunil Gupta, said the government should ban the line sale of intoxicants and syringes and should not harass chemists. Meanwhile, a complete strike was observed by chemists at Khanna, Samrala, Machhiwara and Khamano apart from other areas. Harchand Singh Channi and Nirmal Dass, both office-bearers of Chemists Association, Khamano, said they had not favored any chemist who sold intoxicants but at some places, the police harassed chemists in the name of sale of intoxicants. — OC Distant relative rapes minor girl Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 30 The police have arrested an 18-year-old youth for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl. The suspect has been identified as Prabhjot Singh, a resident of Dolon Khurd village near Ludhiana. The police have registered a case against him under Section 376 and 506 of the IPC. The victim’s mother said: “Prabhjot is the son of my brother’s brother-in-law and he often visited our house. A few days ago, my daughter told me that Prabhjot raped her when she was alone at home some days ago and threatened her with dire con- sequences if she informed anyone about this.” She alleged Prabhjot raped her daughter multiple times. “Initially, my daughter did not inform me about Prabhjot’s act. But when he kept on sexually exploiting her, she narrated the whole incident,” she said. Kamaljit Singh, ASI, said the police had registered a case against the suspect under Section 376 and 506 of the IPC at the Koom Kalan police station and further investigation was on. “We have recorded the statement of the victim. We will get her medical examination conducted on Tuesday. The accused youth has been arrested,” he said. c m y b An official said: “A super suction machine is equipped with a big compressor and its pipe is put in the manhole to unclog sewers. The machine allows high power suction to remove silt, debris, concrete waste and any other kind of material that chokes a sewer. The removed waste from the manhole is collected in a tank.” dept says no outbreak Health teams survey colonies around Dhandari Kalan Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 30 Following the death of a youth at Guru Ram Das Nagar on Sunday night allegedly due to diarrhoea, the Health Department on Monday conducted a survey at Guru Ram Das Nagar and other colonies around Dhandari Kalan. Five water samples were collected from the area. The survey team found that patients suffering from diarrhoea were not concentrated in one area. There is no outbreak of diarrhoea, said the officials. The team found three major problems faced by the residents of these areas (most of them live in “vehras”). These are water contamination, inaccessibility to proper medical services that forces residents to approach quacks and unhygienic living conditions. Vehras do not have enough space for ventilation and only one toilet is shared by all occupants. Such insanitary conditions lead to spread of diseases. Meanwhile, the deceased, identified as Narender Yadav (18), lived in a “vehra” at Guru Ram Das Nagar along with his family. He had been suffering from loose motions Symptoms ■ Pain and cramps in abdomen, ■ Nausea, ■ Vomiting, ■ Loose motions Precautions ■ Boil water before drinking ■ Avoid eating street food ■ Avoid eating overripe fruits and vegetables ■ Eat properly cooked and steaming hot food and vomiting for the past nearly 10 days. He was getting treatment at a hospital located in the nearby market. Arvind Yadav, elder brother of the deceased, said he had been living in the “vehra” for the past eight years and Narender came to the city seven months ago. They originally belong to Puranpur village in UP . Arvind alleged that Narender had not been keeping well for the past many days. He was taking medicine for diarrhoea from a nursing home located nearby. The doctor had given him glucose for many days and in between his situation improved as well. On Sunday, his condition deterio- rated and he was given an injection. “On Sunday evening, his condition deteriorated and they again went to the doctor. He administered Narender an injection. He died a few hours after returning home. My brother died due to negligence on the part of the doctor,” he alleged. Dr Ramesh, Epidemiologist, who visited the area on Monday, said the reason behind the death of Narender was not clear. “His brother also said he was feeling uneasiness due to which he was administered an injection. Had the family waited for post-mortem, we could have ascertained the reason behind his death,” he said. “There is no outbreak but patients are there. In one lane there are two patients while there are some lanes where there is not a single patient,” he said. “ESIC Dispensary Number 10 is located in the area and residents should visit it in case of medical emergencies. I have also talked to the Senior Medical Officer of the dispensary and asked her to intensify their activities in the areas,” he said.
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