29092018-LT-01.qxd 9/28/2018 11:27 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 29 SEPTEMBER 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Another road caves in World Heart Day PU zonal youth fest Day 3 Another road caved in on Friday. This time on Pakhowal Road near Sarabha Nagar traffic lights. P4 Indians increasingly becoming vulnerable to heart diseases, say experts on World Heart Day. P3 Students exhibit talent in mime, mimicry, skit, bhand, drama, histrionics, creative writing on Day 3 of youth fest. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6: 14 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6: 19 AM PSPCL unearths over ~50-lakh billing scam Another child molested Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 28 Sexual assault cases against girls, especially minors, are on the rise in the state’s industrial hub. A case of sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl by a 12-year-old boy has come to the fore now. The accused has already been arrested and was sent to a juvenile home. 12-yr-old boy arrested for raping 4-yr-old 3 meter readers, 1 consumer booked | SIT formed to investigate fraud committed in Sunder Nagar, Janta Nagar divisions Kuldip Bhatia Shops closed in Ludhiana as chemists go on strike. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Chemists observe strike against online sale of medicines Manav Mander Both victim and accused are neighbours residing in Meharban area. SHO Maharban Davinder Kumar said the boy was arrested by the police after registering a case under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and POCSO Act. Mother of the victim told the police that on Thursday her daughter complained of severe pain in her private part and when she insisted to reveal the cause, she said she was asked to remove her clothes by her neighbour Vicky on September 22 and even assaulted her sexually. The mother said the matter was brought to the notice of the police. continued on page 4 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 28 Chemist shops remained shut throughout the district on the call given by the AllIndia Chemists’ Association on Friday. However, pharmacies inside the hospitals were open. Chemists, who observed a one-day strike against e-pharmacies, said on the one hand the government had launched “Tandarust Mission”, while on the other, the online sale of medicines was going on unabated. “This is hampering the mission of the government. People are easily buying stock of medicines from various sites and selling these further. We Residents inconvenienced City residents had a difficult time as chemist shops remained closed. Those who were not aware of the strike had to return empty-handed after finding the shops closed. Mohinder Singh, a senior citizen who went to buy his high BP medicines, said: “Strikes by chemists have become a routine affair these days. They should take into consideration the convenience of people.” Another city resident said he had a difficult time looking for medicines for his mother. “I wanted to buy medicines for my mother, who is suffering from diabetes, but all shops were closed. At last, I had to go to the DMCH to buy the medicines,” he said. are not against any business venture, but the online sale will lead to increase in drug abuse,” said Aman Ahuja, president of Ludhiana District Retail Chemists’ Association. The online sale of medicines without any check can lead to dangerous implications and the online pharmacies are not maintaining proper record of the sale of medicines and habit-forming drugs are reaching at the doorstep of people, he said. Every other day, the police are raiding chemist shops but no check is being maintained on the sale of medicines online. “The government should act strictly against online pharmacies,” he said. c m y b Ludhiana, September 28 The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has unearthed a major billing scam involving a revenue loss of several lakhs. Criminal cases have been lodged against three meter readers accused of conniving with consumers. Those involved with them have also been served a demand notice for a penalty and load surcharge of ~7.5 lakh besides having been booked under Sections 135/136 of the Electricity Act 2003 by the Anti-Power Theft police station here. PSPCL Chief Engineer, Central Zone, Paramjit Singh said meter readers Manjit Singh and Surinder Singh, employed by a private company entrusted with the work of meter reading and spot billing, had connived with several consumers by changing their energy meters a number of times by ❝Two meter readers, employed theawork private company, entrusted with of meter reading and spot billing connived with several consumers by changing their energy meters a number of times and replacing these with unauthorised meters (purchased from open market). The objective was to fudge the actual electricity consumption and provide undue benefit to consumers while causing revenue loss to the power utility. Criminal cases for power theft have been registered against the accused meter readers and one of the conniving consumers identified as Sukhdev Singh.❞ Paramjit Singh, PSPCL CHIEF ENGINEER, CENTRAL ZONE and replacing these with unauthorised meters (purchased from open market). The objective was to fudge the actual electricity consumption and provide undue benefit to consumers while causing revenue loss to the power utility. Criminal cases for power theft have been registered against the accused meter readers along with one of the conniving consumers identified as Sukhdev Singh. In addition, a demand notice of around ~7.5 lakh has been served upon the consumer for load surcharge and wrong metering. The Chief Engineer said an investigation into a criminal case registered against seven meter readers/contractual employees by the Basti Jodhewal police under Sections 420/465/467/471/120-B for fraudulent transactions, bogus entries, settlement of accounts of defaulting consumers through dummy cheques, was being carried out by the police. On the orders of the Police Commissioner, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to bring out the real truth into the fraud involving more than ~50 lakh committed in Sunder Nagar and Janta Nagar divisions. He said taking serious note of the fatal accidents caused due to snapped or dangling power cables, an additional junior engineer of CMC division of the PSPCL has been placed under suspension for negligence, which had led to the death of a youth due to electrocution. The AJE, along with his supervisory officer, if found guilty, would also face disciplinary action. “We have set up a committee, headed by deputy chief engineer to study in details the circumstances that cause fatal accidents of electrocution and suggest suitable remedial steps that can be taken on top priority basis in the larger interests of the city residents,” he said.
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