01082018-LT-01.qxd 8/1/2018 12:07 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 1 AUGUST 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Teachers protest Curbs on oxytocin Plantation drive Contractual teachers threaten to intensify protest if govt fails to reinstate suspended teachers. P2 Experts want substitute, say it will hit supply as just one firm in Kerala will manufacture the drug now. P4 PURC volunteers pledge not only to plant saplings, but also nurture every tree planted. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7: 21 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5: 44 AM Man hurls stones at bus ferrying kids Acts violently as his scooter is hit by school vehicle while reversing at Gandhi Nagar Nikhil Bhardwaj/Naina Mishra School principal unaware of compromise Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 31 A man hurled stones at a school bus ferrying around 10 kindergarten kids from Gandhi Colony, near Middha Chowk, in Ludhiana on Tuesday. The man, identified as Ravinder Kumar (55), started pelting stones at the school bus of MGM Public School, Dugri, after the bus hit his two-wheeler while reversing. The incident left the KG kids horrified. Despite it being a serious incident which put the lives of the tiny tots at risk, a compromise was arrived at in the case. Meanwhile, the school authorities expressed ignorance about the compromise. “Around 7 am on Tuesday, a bus was picking students from Gandhi Nagar. The driver was reversing the bus when an Activa scooter parked behind the bus got hit. The scooter owner, after noticing the scooter lying on the ground, started arguments with the bus driver. In a fit of rage, he hurled stones at the bus without pay- SNIPPETS One held with 250-gm heroin Khanna: The police have arrested one person with 250-gm heroin worth about Rs 1.25 crore. The suspect has been identified as Harjit Singh, a resident of Chak Dana village, near Nawanshahr. Khanna SSP Dhruv Dahiya said at a naka near Pristine Mall, the police signalled a car to stop. The driver pulled over a few yards before and one of the occupants tried to escape into the fields. However, he was nabbed. Meanwhile, the driver sped off. The police found 250-gram heroin in the bag carried by the arrested person. He brought the contraband from Delhi and was going to deliver it at Nawanshahr. OC Man harasses woman in bus Ludhiana: The police have arrested a man on for outraging the modesty of a woman. He has been identified as Kuldeep Singh of Bachitar Nagar. A resident of Mohali told the police that she boarded a bus from Mohali to Ludhiana on July 30. Kuldeep, who was sitting next to her, started harassing her. The suspect is a mechanic with Punjab Roadways. TNS Pieces of broken glass scattered in the school bus after the incident in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Children panic Video of wailing children goes viral After the attack on the bus, the children sitting in the vehicle started crying. The school authorities sent another bus to ferry the children. Someone shot a video showing the broken glasses of the bus and the crying children. The video has gone viral in which its maker is seeking action against the assailants. ASI Kulwant said initially, both parties, including bus driver Vijay and scooter owner Ravinder Kumar, filed complaints against each other. But later, they arrived at a compromise. “Although it was a serious case, we cannot take action when both parties have arrived at a compromise,” said the ASI. ing heed to the fact that the children were sitting in it. Stones broke the driver side windowpane as also the one near the seats where the tiny tots were sitting. However, no children suffered injury,” said the in-charge of Kochar Market police post, ASI Kulwant Chand. POLICE DEADLINE FOR CREMATION OF BODY Rinkal’s family moves court Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 31 A day after the police issued a notice to the family of Rinkal Khera, a BJP supporter who was allegedly killed by the son of Congress councillor Jatinderpal Singh Sunny and his aides over old political rivalry, the deceased’s family on Tuesday moved court to seek stay on the police notice. The hearing in the case will be held on Wednesday. On Monday, the Police Department issued a notice to the family of Rinkal, asking them to cremate his body within 24 hours. In the notice, the department had stated that Rinkal was killed on July 19 and despite repeated notices by the police, the family has not cremated the body, and by doing so, they were disrespecting the body of the victim. Through the notice, the Police Department had asked the family to cremate his body within 24 hours according to their religious beliefs.The 24hour deadline was to end on Tuesday and the police had plans to cremate the body on Wednesday if the family did not budge. Mani, deceased’s brother, said on Tuesday, he had filed a petition in the court to seek stay but due to the absence of investigation officer from the police side, the court deferred the hearing on his plea for tomorrow. Now in tomorrow’s hearing, he will urge the court to provide him stay so that the police could not cremate the body. ”We will request the court to stay the police notice, as the assailants who killed my brother are still at large. Until and unless they are arrested, our life is also at risk. We first want the police to nab the culprits,” Mani told The Tribune. The DCP Ashwani Kapur, , said since the deceased’s kin moved the court, the police would wait for the court’s order before proceeding further. After the attack, the children sitting in the bus started crying. The school authorities sent another bus to ferry the children. In a statement, Manjit Singh, president of the Ludhiana School Parents Association (LSPA), has demanded immediate registration Poonam Sharma, Principal, said: “We asked the driver to lodge an FIR against Ravinder Kumar. Even his wife visited the school and apologised. She told us that her husband is hyper and gets easily violent. The incident happened at a stoppage to collect students in a residential area. A two-wheeler was parked behind the bus. As it hit the vehicle, the owner started pelting stones at the bus. All students were safe and shifted to another bus.” When asked about the compromise, Sharma replied: “I especially called the driver and told him not to compromise without my consent. I am not in favour of a compromise at all. I am going to file a complaint against the driver and the person who pelted stones. I don’t know on what terms he agreed to compromise.” of an FIR against hooligans who attacked the MGM school bus carrying KG children, under the Juvenile Justice Act. Wife gets life term for killing man She buried him inside the house, skeleton recovered after two years Rajneesh Lakhanpal Our Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, July 31 Additional Sessions Judge Atul Kasana has convicted Binder Kaur of Talwandi Kalan village, Ludhiana, of killing her husband Rajinder Singh. She has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment. The woman was irked at the alleged beatings given by her husband. She killed him in December 2012 by giving him excessive sleeping pill powder in tea and food. When her husband died, she kept him under bed sheets that day. Next day when her daughter went to school, she buried the body in the room and told her relatives that Rajinder had gone away after altercation. A case against her was registered at the Laddowal police station on December 16, 2014, following a statement of Gurdeep Singh, brother of the deceased. He told the police that his youngest brother Rajinder Singh, alias Labh Singh, was a singer. He got married in 2006 with Binder Kaur, who was already married and having two children from his previous husband. He further stated that after marriage, his brother purchased a plot at Talwandi Kalan village and started residing there by constructing a room. He used to earn his livelihood by singing at marriages and other functions. On September 20, 2012, Binder told him that Rajinder had left home after some altercation. When his brother did not return after 10-12 days, they started searching for him, but in vain. Later, they came to know that the accused had killed his brother and buried him in the house. She was repenting for the same. Chemists’ stir causes ~25-cr loss in district Normal train services resume from the Amritsar railway station today Electronic interlocking functional Shivani Bhakoo Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 31 One-day strike by chemists has caused losses worth over Rs 25 crore in Ludhiana district. A wholesale dealer at Pindi Street, GS Chawla, said though it was a one-day strike, business was affected. More than 3,000 chemists put up their shutters on Monday in protest against the government’s lackadaisical approach towards them. He said: “We have asked the government to ban the online purchase of drugs for just one year and the government will be able to know exactly who all are really responsible for selling habitforming drugs to the youth. We are being made the scapegoats and our premises are raided unnecessarily. We are facing harassment”. The president of the Ludhiana Retail Chemists Association, Aman Ahuja, said the association had given 10 days time to the state government to initiate a dialogue or else Continued on page 3 Amritsar, July 31 The much-awaited electronic interlocking system was tested and commissioned at the Amritsar railway station on Tuesday. It will start functioning on Wednesday. In addition, all 34 trains, which have been stopped since July 19 to facilitate the switch over from obsolete lever frame system to the state-of-the-art technology, will resume on August 1. Amrit Singh, Officiating Director of the city railway station, said the nine-member team of station masters would electronically handle the inter-locking of trains through a room set up at the railway station. They would work in three shifts round the clock. He anticipated that the electronic interlocking would bolster the train services and minimise the waiting time of trains for passengers. He said the detention of trains on the outskirts of the city would come down to some extent. He added that the detention of trains would come down drastically once Railways to shift goods shed to Baddowal station Ludhiana: The railway authorities are all set to shift its goods shed from the local railway station to the Baddowal station. The higher authorities of Northern Railways have already issued instructions to the divisional level officials to shift the goods shed as soon as possible. According to the railway authorities, the goods shed would be shifted to Baddowal soon. A freight corridor of over 600 metres has been constructed at the Baddowal station. The project, which started in 2015, has been completed. Though the project was scheduled to be completed in October 2017, its deadline had to be extended many times for multiple reasons. At present, the goods shed is situated near the locomotive shed. It is being shifted to Baddowal in view of two additional platforms (6 and 7) are raised. Amid the ongoing work, the authorities have laid down additional railway lines. Now, only platforms are needed to be raised. He felt that two more months were required to con- Road raze The goods shed at the Ludhiana railway station. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA congestion at the shed and entry restrictions for heavy vehicles during the peak hours in the city. Businessmen and transporters have been facing a lot of problem due to traffic restrictions on heavy vehicles in the city. The heavy vehicles have to take the congested roads to reach the goods shed at the railway station. Ludhiana Railway Station Director Abhinav Singla said construction of shed at the Baddowal station had been completed. “The shed at Baddowal will become operational within a few days,” he said.— Jaswant Shetra struct the same. The operationalisaiton of the washing line at the railway station would create enough space to station additional trains. With the adoption of the new system, railway officials need not to manually pull the lever and other equipment to allow passage to an approaching train. For this work, 1,200-km cables have been laid at the yard, which is situated a few metres away from the station. continued on page 3 7 booked for extorting money in leader’s name Tribune News Service The height barrier installed by the MC at the old bridge over Buddha Nullah on Monday was found broken a day after its installation. It was reportedly hit by a vehicle on Monday night. Commuters were inconvenienced as the broken barrier was not removed till the evening; and (right) a signage on Dugri Road was rammed by a vehicle. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA/ASHWANI DHIMAN c m y b Ludhiana, July 31 The Division No. 4 police have booked seven persons on the charge of extorting money from the city jewellers in the name of a local Dalit leader. An FIR was registered after the Dalit leader met Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill in this regard. The suspects have been identified as Vishal, Amanpreet Vicky of Manohar Nagar, Shanty Bawa, Pawan Kumar, Rahul Simmi of Santpura, Gaurav Kumar of Abdulpur Basti and Vicky Sahota. They are yet to be arrest. The complainant, Ash- wani Sahota, a resident of Valmiki Mohalla, who is a senior leader of the Bharatiya Valmiki Samaj, told the police that he was called by several Sarafa Bazar shopkeepers that some persons were extorting money in his name by saying that they were sent by him. “I was shocked to know that my image is being maligned by the said persons who had been extorting money from the jewellers in his name. The said persons were sent by key accused Vicky Sahota and he had also given his car for the purpose. They were seeking funds for the organisation representing Valmikis,” he revealed.
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