20112018-JTR-01.qxd 11/20/2018 1:39 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 20 NOVEMBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Buses sans safety measures Zip, zap... zoom Big break for Sanaya Buses of various schools can easily be seen violating rules in city areas. Jawa Motorcycles launches its new range of 300 cc bike, delighting fans. P3 Sanaya Irani is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Vikram Bhatt’s movie ‘Ghost’. P4 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 26.7°C MIN 14.4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C MIN 14°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.27 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.00 AM Nearly 80 units owe ~3.70 cr Nigerian youth caught with 1.5-kg heroin to Tehbazari Dept for 20 years Came to India for kin’s treatment Tribune News Service Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 19 The Tehbazari Department, which has given as many as 250 units on rent under the Municipal Corporation is yet to recover Rs 3.70 crore as rent from defaulter units. Of these 250 units, 210 are shops and rest are petrol pumps, workshops and milk bars. Of the 250, nearly 80 units are defaulters which have not paid the rent to the department for the past 20 years. The department, who had even sent notices to the defaulters two months ago, takes monthly rent from these units. Shops under Tehbazari Dept in MC limits Shastri Market to Ladowali road Sodal Road and Balmiki Gate Hansraj Stadium Burlton Park and Gulabdevi Road Basti Guzan, Basti Danishmanda and Adarsh Nagar Rainik Bazaar and Naya Bazaar Shastri Market and Nakodar road The department had also 57 shops 18 shops 24 shops 27 shops 20 units 26 units 18 units put up cases against 45 defaulter units which are pending in the court of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM). “We won some cases and had recovered rent from them but recovery of an exorbitant amount is still pending,” said officials. If recovered, the amount will help in several development works of the city. The officials said for the past 20 years, the wing was not able to recover the hefty amount. Mandeep Singh, Superintendent of the Tehbazari Department, said this month, the it would take action and seal the defaulter shops, milk bars and petrol pumps. Jalandhar, November 19 A Nigerian national was arrested in the city yesterday with 1.5 kg of heroin, worth Rs 7.5 crore, in what police termed as a major breakthrough. Having come to India for the treatment of his brother, the suspect, who eventually got involved in the drug trade, was intercepted by the police as he got off a bus on a highway. A police party held a naka at the Raowali village, Turning Point, GT Road, on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway, where they arrested the suspiciouslooking man. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said today that on a tip-off, the Maqsudan police laid a naka at the aforesaid point after information that a Nigerian national was about to deliver a huge consignment of drugs to somebody. The SSP said: “On getting information that the Nigeriabased citizen, Kevin Amas, is Marginal farmers await payments from mills They have to repay loans worth lakhs; say were being harassed mentally, socially by govt Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Nawnshahr, November 19 During the agitation of cane farmers which ended on Sunday evening after the administration promised to farmers that sugar mills will pay Rs 200 crore of the Rs 435 crore, nearly 200 farmers from Nawanshahr had come to protest against the government in Dasuya, Hoshiarpur. They expressed anger and said they were being harassed mentally, socially and economically by the government.They said they were coming to hold such protests, leaving their lands and fields which was costing them a lot, besides the suffering. While talking to The Tribune, they said because of not getting payments for their sugarcane, many of them were thinking to stop sowing the crop. In the absence of the pending amount, the farmers are left to take loans from arhtiyas and banks to make both ends meet. They have taken loans amounting to lakhs, and now they are waiting for their payments by the mills so that they could repay their loans. Farmers hold a protest at Garna Sahib near Dasuya in Hoshiarpur. FILE PHOTO Tale of woes Farmers said they were holding protests while leaving their lands and fields which was costing them a lot, besides the suffering. While talking to The Tribune, they said because of not getting payments for their sugarcane, many of them were thinking to stop sowing the crop. Davinder Singh, a marginal farmer from a small village, Sandhwan, in Nawanshahr said he had come from his home to join the protest at 5 am on Saturday. He only owes two- acre land and had taken over 20 acres on lease. The farmer said the Phagwara sugar mill owes Rs 25,00,000 to him, adding that he had to pay debt of lakhs to dealers, banks and commission agents. Davinder said to run their families was not a cakewalk. He said he had to pay for medicine for his parents’ illness, and fees for his ward’s education. “I was at Dasuya since Saturday morning. My six-year-old child was sleeping when I came from my home at 5 am and he did not even know where I was, he was calling me after an hour, asking me to return home. I could not even let him know the problem we were going through,” he said. He said though they had stopped the protest, they would resume it if the mills fail to pay in a week. “We didn’t want to come on roads; we are not happily doing this. We have become so helpless, which is why we are doing this,” Davinder said. “Before coming here, I had even asked my parents that I will not come empty handed. I had asked them that either I will come with the money or will not return,” he said. Another farmer Balbir Singh from Rana Kalan said the mill owes Rs 40 lakh to him and he had a debt of the same amount. “We are finished and don’t see any future. We are depressed,” he said. “I have five daughters to look after and their education is my biggest priority, but the condition is too grim that I don’t know what is going to happen with my life,” he added. Though they have lost all the hopes, still the future of their families is what making them fight. The accused in police custody in Jalandhar on Monday. MALKIAT SINGH bringing a huge consignment of heroin from Delhi to Jalandhar, a trap was laid on Sarmastpur Bridge. The trap was laid about 4 pm on Sunday and thereafter the suspect boarded off from a bus and was seen roaming in a suspicious position.” Apprehended by the police, the police recovered 1.5 kg of heroin from a brown colour bag which he was carrying on his shoulder. The police have lodged an FIR under Section 21 of the NDPS Act at the Maqsudan police station, Jalandhar. While a probe is currently on, the police said more revelations were yet to be made. During investigation, the 27-year-old suspect said he was son of Amas, a resident of Benin City in Nigeria, and at present residing at Chanda Vihar, near Vikaspuri, Delhi. He said he, along with his elder brother and sister, came to India in March 2016 for the treatment of his brother, who was suf- The suspect, along with his elder brother and sister, came to India in March 2016 for the treatment of his brother, who was suffering from some heart ailment. He eventually got involved in the drug trade and was intercepted by the police in the city as he got off a bus on a highway. fering from some heart ailment. He said later, his brother and sister gone to Bengaluru while he stayed in Delhi. During his stay in Delhi, he came in contact with Ibo and Vitson and indulged in the business of selling heroin. The police said earlier also, a number of Africa-based drug smugglers had been arrested by the Jalandhar rural police for indulging in smuggling of drugs and cases had been registered against them. Staff protest ‘unjust’ action by Delhi authorities against roadways buses Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 19 Agitating against the clampdown on Punjab Roadways’ Volvo buses by the Delhi transport authorities over ferrying passengers to the Delhi International airport, roadways workers here today protested against the “unjustified action” of the Delhi transport authorities and also blamed the state Transport Minister for being negligent towards their troubles. Members of the Punjab Roadways Employees Sanjhi Action Committee (SAC) said stones were also hurled at the Volvo buses of the roadways at the airport. Vice-president of the SAC Baljit Singh said if the roadways buses were prohibited from ferrying passengers to the airport than why IndoCanadian buses were permitted for the same. The members alleged that the roadways has to bear the brunt due to the political interference as the IndoCanadian buses were owned by SAD leaders. Baljit said: “It is unfair that the roadways buses were not allowed to move beyond Delhi Bus stand and Indo-Canadian buses were allowed to take passengers to the airport. Owing to this unjustified order, roadways is facing losses worth lakhs of rupees for the past few days. Moreover, passengers also prefer to board roadways buses due to affordable fares.” Notably, the Punjab Roadways charges Rs 1,065 per passenger while the IndoCanadian firm takes an amount of around Rs 3,000, including tax, from a passenger. All workers under the SAC would gherao the residence of the Transport Minister in Dinanagar on Tuesday. Meanwhile, protesting against the Transport Minister and the Punjab Government, president of SAC Salwinder Kumar said whatever promises the minister had made in the favour of employees of the roadways had not been fulfilled yet. He said the members criticised the transport minister’s indifferent behaviour towards their demands. Another member Pradeep Kumar said before coming into power, the Congress had promised to make efforts for the development of roadways workers. However, ever since it came to power, the workers have suffered more. He added debt-free buses had also not been added to the roadways’ fleet yet. A new timetable, to be framed for regularising roadways and private buses, was still pending. Moreover, a meeting was held between committee members and transport minister in September this year in which the minister had assured that all their demands would be heard, which included implementation of Supreme Court’s ruling of equal work equal wages, transport policy of 1990 and reframing the timetable of all buses so that there would be no monopoly of private buses. Besides, their demands include implementation of the Old Pension Scheme and free travel allowance to roadways employees and their family members. Bilga station named Attari for film shoot Week on, tout walks free; Health Dept, cops mum Crew of Salman-Katrina starrer ‘Bharat’ visits Murad Shah Dera ILLEGAL SALE OF BLOOD Tribune News Service Aparna Banerji Jalandhar, November 19 Having shot for five days in Ludhiana where the crew of ‘Bharat’ recreated the scene of the Wagah Border, actors Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have been at Bilga village, near Nurmahal, since last evening. A railway station at Bilga has been converted to Attari railway station with signages changed overnight much to the excitement of residents. Crowds have been gathering by the roadside leading to the spot waiting for the crew to pass by to have Salman’s one glance. The site had been barricaded by his team and visitors, other than passengers having tickets, had been disallowed today from visiting the sets. Knowing about the shoot, some boys from Tribune News Service The Bilga railway station has been converted into ‘Attari station’ with signages changed overnight much to the excitement of residents for shooting of 'Bharat'. TRIBUNE PHOTO Ludhiana specially boarded a train to the Bilga station today to have a look at their favourite Bollywood stars. The film is said to be based on 70 years of India since its Partition. Actor Ali Abbas Zafar and Sunil Grover too are in the town for the shooting. The film crew, including lead actors Salman and Katrina, also visited Dera Murad Shah, about 20 km from the shooting site. Salman’s brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri, who is the producer of the film, put a video of their visit to the dera on his Instagram account this afternoon. The shoot at the station is likely to take place again tomorrow. c m y b Jalandhar, November 19 A week after the Health Department nabbed a tout selling off blood from a legal blood bank in the city to a third party, the Health and Police departments maintain complete silence on the issue as the police station number 2, where the nabbed tout was taken, also let him go scot-free. Despite the fact that in the past month, the district Drug Department has caught the blood units of two blood banks (PIMS and Clinical Lab and Diagnostic Centre) being sold off by a patient/tout to a third party at hefty prices illegally, there has, so far, been no follow-up action and the revelations are not even considered serious enough by the Health Department to undertake district-level inspections looking into the functioning and/or misuse of blood units from blood banks. The ZLA and the Civil Surgeon, meanwhile, cite due process and lack of any concrete law in the state for their inability to pressure the police to arrest the said tout. The past two incidents have also followed the cancellation of the license of the blood bank functioning at the Gulab Devi Hospital earlier this year, which was also found erring on major counts in the storage, labelling, record maintenance and issuance of blood. In total, over 20 blood banks are operational in the city, despite the recent incidents in close succession, and clear activity regarding the illegal sale of blood prevalent in the district. While the Drug Department says due to law, its hands were tied. Sources within the Health Department also told The Tribune that illegal sale of blood makes a patient susceptible to a life threat and could cause even death. It is akin to organ trade and the department could move forward with filing an FIR. The Drug Department is also unable to answer the question whether if they are not authorised to act, why did the department take the accused to the police station in the first place? Zonal Licensing Authority Karun Sachdev said: “While action can only be initiated against the said tout under Section 18(C) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, which is a non-cognisable offence, a court case against the erring tout cannot be pursued before the 21-day notice period given to him. We can only proceed after he replies. First we need sanction for prosecution, only then case can be filed. We are not authorised to make a complaint based on sections under the IPC. The blood banks in the district are also functioning properly as per our reports.” Civil Surgeon Rajesh Bagga said, “We have already handed over the tout to the police and submitted the spot memo with the details of all illegalities conducted, to the police. The rest of the action is the police prerogative. Why the police is not arrest- ing the tout, could be best answered by them.” Responding to queries on why no follow-up action was being ensured to inspect safe blood in blood banks, he said: “As far as future action on blood banks is concerned, we will be holding several meetings with blood banks and the IMA as well, where they will be instructed not to involve middle men. While patients are taking proper blood from the banks, the problem arises with WhatsApp groups and illegal sale of blood through these patients. It’s difficult to keep a tab on such elements.” Vinit Puri, former president, Hindustan Welfare Blood Donors Association, said: “We have made several complaints to the health authorities and in both cases, they are still only waiting. While the department is constantly quoting the due process, illegal blood is being sold with a new case surfacing right under their nose. There are no followup checks and no efforts to bust the nexus of touts to arrange and sell illegal blood on WhatsApp.”
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