02082018-LT-01.qxd 8/2/2018 12:30 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 2 AUGUST 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Attack on school bus Protest at dyeing unit Convocation School suspends driver, attendant, transport contractor for reaching compromise with attacker. P2 Irked at overflowing sewage, residents protest at a dyeing unit in Dhandari Khurd. P4 Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, holds its fourth convocation. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 37°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7:21 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:45 AM Four years on, Mother and Child Hospital lifts non-operational Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 1 Three lifts set up at Mother and Child Hospital (MCH) for the convenience of patients have not been put to use since the launch of the hospital in 2014, thanks to unavailability of funds to hire lift operators. The lifts were set up at a cost of Rs 50 lakh. Two lifts are for patients and one for doctors. A single lift has a capacity of six patients and a stretcher. The capacity of the lift designated for doctors is up to hiring lift operators can be risky,” he GOVT MAKING said. APPOINTMENTS, SAYS The operation MINISTER theatre is on Health Minister Brahm Mohindra the first floor, said the government was in the so going to the process of making new OT and then appointments and hopefully, shifting a the problem would be patient to the solved. room or ward becomes a difficult task. Sometimes, stretchers are also not available. Anju Bala, who recently had a C-section at the hospiwalks of life come to Civil tal, said she was not keeping Hospital. Throwing lifts good health during her pregopen to the public without nancy period and had to ~50-lakh lifts have not been put to use for want of staff and funds Can’t make lifts operational without staff We need attendants to operate the ❝cannot allow people to operate theselifts because we on their own, as it can lead to some fatal accidents as well. Kids also come to the hospital regularly, so keeping this in view we cannot make lifts operational without lift attendants. DR HATINDER KAUR, Senior Medical Officer, MCH ❞ >> All three lifts at the MCH are lying non-operational since the inception of the hospital. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA six persons. One of the doctors from the gynaecology ward said the lifts were lying non-operational while the patients needed these badly. “The hospital is not making them operational in the absence of lift operators. People from all walk up to the OT for operation. There was no stretcher available and she had a difficult time reaching the OT. The same was the situation after delivery, she added. Basanti, attendant of a patient in Gynaecology Ward, said her daughter was facing difficulty in climbing the stairs. Lifts should be made operational by the hospital authorities. Dr Hatinder Kaur, Senior Medical Officer, MCH, said the lifts were lying non-operational and the major reason behind it is a shortage of manpower. “We need lift attendants to operate the lifts because we cannot allow people to operate these on their own, as it can lead to some fatal accidents as well. Kids also come to the hospital regularly, so keeping this in view we cannot make lifts operational without lift attendants,” she said. She added they kept on writing to the authorities regarding the problem. They also talked to some corporates to help them under ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’. They are ready to Continued on page 3 Court refuses stay on police notice 7-year-old hit by car, dies Complainant trying to create hindrance in investigation, says court Car driver escapes after leaving injured girl at hospital RINKAL MURDER CASE Police to write to DC Rajneesh Lakhanpal The police are set to write to the District Magistrate to seek permission to cremate the body at its own level. If the family does not agree to the cremation, the police, by routing the application through the Deputy Commissioner, can cremate the body in a day or two. Ashwani Kapur, DCP, said: “According to the standard procedure, the police will now move an application to the DC, Ludhiana, to seek permission to cremate the body at its own level. Once the DC grants permission, the police will cremate the body by making adequate security arrangements to keep the law and order situation in the city in order.” Body raising foul smell No further remand for Sunny Convinced with the plea of defence lawyer Harpreet Sandhu, the court declined police request for further remand of accused Sunny and remanded him in judicial custody till August 14. Our Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, August 1 Judicial Magistrate Vishav Gupta on Wednesday dismissed two applications moved by family of Rinkal Khera (22), a BJP activist who was murdered a few days ago, seeking restraint order against the police for cremating the body without their consent. The complainant was apparently trying to create hindrance in the investigation and the family’s plea was devoid of any merits, observed the court. The court also disagreed with the contention raised by Nod to 2 DPRs for Smart City projects LUDHIANA: A meeting of the citylevel technical sub-committee of Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL) was held here on Wednesday. The meeting was headed by CEO LSCL-cum-MC Additional Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal. One of the directors of the LSCL, Sanjay Goel said the proposed detailed project reports (DPRs) horticulture waste management in the city and installation of smart bins were approved. “The technical bids for retrofitting of Sarabha Nagar Market and development of Malhar Road were approved by the committee. Now, the bids would be forwarded to the higher authorities for getting final approval,” said Goel. TNS the brother of the deceased, namely Mani, that they be allowed to keep the body for a longer period like in the case of Maharaj Ashutosh of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan. Mother’s dream Meanwhile, in a dramatic Kin move High Court It was learnt that Rinkal’s family moved the High Court and tried to meet Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, but failed. They were learnt to have moved an application against the local police with the CJ office. twist of events, the mother of the deceased moved an application before the court pleading that she met her deceased son in dream last week. “He asked me to recite the path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib for 51 days due to his untimely death and thereafter cremate his body,” she said. There is a custom, belief and faith in our family that whenever any dead person meets his mother in dreams, the wish of the deceased is fulfilled, claimed the mother. But the court disagreed with the plea and dismissed it. Tribune News Service The local police informed the court that the body was putrefying and foul smell was emanating from it. The CMC authorities were requesting to dispose of the body. Division No. 2 SHO Rajinder Pal also produced a written request of the CMCH for disposing of the body. With the permission of the court, nine days after Rinkal Khera was allegedly murdered by Congress councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu’s son Jatinderpal Singh Sunny, the police on Saturday got a postmortem of the body conducted at the CMCH. The victim’s family had stated they would not consent Continued on page 3 Ludhiana, August 1 A seven-year-old girl student of first standard was hit by a car on the Jawaddi bridge on Wednesday. The car driver rushed her to a private hospital. He put the injured girl there and left the hospital in haste. The doctors declared the girl dead on arrival. The doctors informed the police about the dead girl following which the body was sent to the mortuary of Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, the police alerted all police stations of the area. Soon, the girls’ parents were traced and the body was handed over to them. The Dugri police have reg- The hospital where the girl died on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Elderly man shoots Dyeing units have Imposter rapes girl, INSIDE SC students protest dupes her of lakhs undertakings P3 himself dead at Daba caused ~10.5-cr loss He was jobless and in 15 years: Talwar area people used to Ludhiana, August 1 A man posing as a Punjab police official raped a girl and cheated her of several lakhs on the pretext of sending her abroad. The accused, identified as Gurbhej Singh, a resident of Kanija village, Ludhiana, has been arrested. The victim’s brother, a resident of Manewal village, told the police that he met the accused in February this year. He introduced himself as a policeman. As he became friends with the accused, the latter promised him that he would get a government job in the Police Department for him and his sister. He took Rs 2 lakh from his sister in lieu of arranging a job for her. He again took Rs 2 lakh from his brother promising him a job in the Police Department. After some time, he took an equal amount from him, said the complainant, adding that the accused had taken a total of Rs 6 lakh from them but failed to arrange any government job. “Whenever we asked him to return our money, he made hollow promises. He had also threatened us that if we complained to the police, we had to face the dire consequences,” he alleged. The complainant alleged that on June 25, the accused took her sister to some isolated place where he made love with her against her wishes. — TNS Tribune News Service Students of the SC category protested at Malwa College Bondli, Samrala, as the college forced them to give an undertaking that in case the government fails to deposit their fee they will collect it from them. Volvo bus service to IGI Airport P4 Ludhiana, August 1 A 60-year-old man shot himself dead with his licensed weapon at Daba on Wednesday afternoon. He has been identified as Sukhdev Singh. A native of Mansura village, he had been living at Daba for the past several years. Sandeep Sharma, ADCP , said the deceased shot himself with his .12-bore gun and the bullet pierced through his heart. He died on the spot. Sharma said the deceased had been living alone in the house of his friend as a caretaker. He was jobless and area people used to serve him food everyday. He was serve him food daily also a habitual drunkard. On Wednesday when he was alone in the house, he brought his licensed weapon and shot himself dead. The matter came to light when the local residents went to meet him. They were shocked to see him lying in a pool of blood. The residents rang the police up and the body was shifted to Civil Hospital. The ADCP said it was a clear case of suicide and inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC, were initiated. Students divided over four-wheeler ban on PAU campus Teething troubles Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 1 Initiative of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to ban four-wheelers on the campus for students has evoked a mixed responses from students of various departments. The PAU has started two buses (free of cost) and a few eco-rickshaws (paid service) for the students to reach their colleges. Some students are against the move of the authorities. They said they had to walk all the way to their departments. The bus service is not provided all the time and for their field visits, they have to walk to the fields situated more than 5 km from their departments, they said. istered a case against an unknown car driver under Section 304 A, IPC. The deceased has been identified as Chawli, a resident of Choti Jawaddi. Dugri SHO Ashok Kumar said the girl was heading towards school. While she was crossing the road, she was hit by a speeding car. The car driver took the girl to a hospital on Gill Road but fearing action, he left the hospital without informing the hospital staff. The police were checking footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area and at the hospital to identify the car driver. One of the hospital staff interacted with the car driver. ■ The bus service is not provided all the time and for their field visits, they have to walk to the fields situated more than 5 km from their departments. ■ Parking space provided by the authorities was not in good shape as cars got stuck there in mud ■ All guards have been deployed at entry points and none has been posted around the girls’ hostels What students want ■ Start free cycle service, so nobody faces problem in commuting. ■ The rule be made applicable not Security guards stop a car at the PAU gate. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN There is another group which has given thumbs up to the initiative of the univer- sity and wants that the campus should be made vehiclefree so that the environment inside the university, which is considered as the green lungs of the city, can be pro- c m y b only for students but also for teachers tected. These students want free cycle service be started, so nobody faces problem in commuting. A student from the college of Basic Science said the step taken by the authorities needed to be reworked properly. “Students have to park their vehicles at either Gate 1 or 2 and then walk down to their respective departments. “The university claims they have started a bus service but I have never seen a bus inside the campus,” she said. She further said the parking space provided by the authorities was not in good shape as cars got stuck there in mud. “For field demonstrations, we again have to walk in the scorching heat. The authorities should have provided some alternative before Continued on page 3 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 1 Accusing around 80 dyeing units of discharging more waste into the municipal sewerage than the permissible limit, Ludhiana East MLA Sanjay Talwar has claimed that these dyeing units have caused losses of over Rs 10.50 crore to the MC in the past 15 years. Talwar claimed these units release a huge amount of water into the sewerage but pay less to the civic body. According to information, Talwar checked the figures of water being discharged into the sewerage by 89 units of Ludhiana East. Of them, more than 80 dyeing units have been found discharging more water into the sewerage than the permissible limit. According to documents provided by the MLA, there is a huge difference between the record of the MC and the PPCB. If the PPCB record shows discharge by a dyeing unit at 400 kilolitres per day (KLD), the MC record says fee is being charged for only 55 KLD. “As the dyeing units discharge water more than the permissible limit into MC sewer, the civic body faces a financial loss of Rs 5.93 lakh per month. Thus, it has incurred a financial loss of Rs 10.68 crore in the past 15 years,” claimed Talwar. The residents of various areas, including Tajpur Road, have been complaining about contaminated water supply and choked sewers. Follow- Around 80 units discharge water into sewerage more than permissible limit MLA Sanjay Talwar ing their complaints, Talwar held a meeting with the officials of Zone B and the Punjab Pollution Control Board. Talwar said people of these areas were falling ill as untreated waste from the dyeing units is released into the sewerage. He said: “I am not against any commercial or industrial unit. In fact, I want to bring more industrial units to the constituency to create more employment opportunities. But, I want to make it clear that no industrial unit will be allowed to play with the health of lakhs of people of the constituency.” The capacity of Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) on Tajpur Road is 48 MLD. But, untreated water flows more than its capacity at the STP , he said. “During the meeting, the MC officials blamed the PPCB officials for untreated Continued on page 3
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