02012019-LT-01.qxd 1/2/2019 12:20 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 2 JANUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Shortage of medicines Govt schools reopen Calendar released Patients at Civil Hospital are harried due to shortage of medicines and P4 other necessities. Government schools in the city reopen. Schoolchildren brave the P2 cold weather. Advocate releases calendar based on visuals of Harmandir Sahib at Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha. P2 FORECAST FOGGY WEATHER | MAX 22°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.35 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.14 AM POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9:15 am to 4:45 pm: Shastri Nagar Market, Shastri Nagari, BCM School side, Namdev Colony, Nehru Nagar, parts of Mintgumri Chowk. Police crackdown on New Year hooligans 25 challaned for drunken driving, 97 vehicles towed away from no-parking zones Policespeak Nikhil Bhardwaj SNIPPETS Youths scuffle over kite flying Ludhiana: Several youths scuffled over kite flying at Karimpura Bazaar on Monday. Those booked have been identified as Kashish, Mouji and some unknown persons. Mohit told the police that he, along with his friends, was flying a kite. The suspects started arguing with them when they lost their kite in a kite fight. Later, the loser party attacked them. They also threatened Mohit and his friends with dire consequences. The investigating officer, ASI Rajinderpal Singh, said the suspects were yet to be arrested. TNS Trader held with Chinese string Ludhiana: The police have booked a shopkeeper for selling the banned Chinese string. He has been identified as Vikas, a resident of Malerkotla. The police said they raided Vikas’ shop following a tip-off. During a search of the shop, the police recovered a spool of Chinese string. A case under Section 188 of the IPC has been registered. TNS Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 1 The police acted tough against New Year revellers who were creating a nuisance on roads. Several people were seen arguing with the police and many others apologising to police officials to escape police action. The traffic police challaned 25 persons caught driving under the influence of liquor. As many as 97 vehicles were towed away by the police for wrong parking, said ACP-Traffic Gurdev Singh, adding that several other challans for various violations were also issued. Today, a video of arguments between car-borne persons and the police on Malhar Road went viral. The police had found them drinking in the car. The police also slapped many youngsters riding triple on scooters on Malhar Road in the late hours. A police woman is also seen slapping a boy in the video. Division No. 5 SHO Jatinder Singh said to check hooliganism on road, a special naka was laid on Malhar Road. Two persons were found consuming liquor while sitting in their The ADCP-Special Branch, Surendra Lamba, said during a special naka to check hooliganism on roads, several youngsters were stopped. Most of the youngsters were allowed to leave after they assured that they would not resort to hooliganism again while others were made to call up their parents. car, which is illegal. They have been identified as Amanpreet Singh of Model Town and his brother Niramjit Singh. “When I asked one of the occupants of the car why he was drinking liquor in the car which is against law, both persons started arguments with me. They even misbehaved with the police. When YAD leaders in jail despite bail Rajneesh Lakhanpal Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, January 1 Youth Akali Dal (YAD) leaders Gurdeep Singh Gosha and Meetpal Singh Dugri, facing accusations of blackening former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s statute, were today granted bail by a local court. Judicial Magistrate Puneet Mohinia ordered their release on bail on the furnishing of surety bonds. However, the bail bonds could not be furnished and they would have to spend one more night in jail. A case under Section 153-A of the IPC, Section 68 of the IT Act and Section 3 of the Punjab Property Defacement Act was registered against the accused on December 25 on a statement Youth Akali Dal leaders blacken a statue of former PM Rajiv Gandhi in Ludhiana. FILE PHOTO of Gagandeep Singh, Zonal Junior Engineer, Municipal Corporation. Soon after the incident, MP Ravneet Bittu and District Congress president Gurpreet Gogi washed the statute with milk and Congress leader Gursimran Singh Mand cleaned it with his turban. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had tweeted: “Strongly condemn vandalisation of Rajiv Gandhi’s statue by @Akali_Dal_ workers in Ludhiana. Have asked Police to identify the guilty & take strict action. @officeofssbadal should apologise to people of Punjab for this obnoxious act.” Thereafter Gosha, former president of the district YAD, was arrested by the police. Dugri, president of Malwa zone of the Student Organisation of India (SOI), had surrendered before a local court in the presence of former ministers Bikram Singh Majithia and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, district SAD president Ranjit Dhillon and other leaders of the party. After the incident, the police were deployed near the statue. Residents celebrate the beginning of 2019 at the Sarabha Nagar market on Monday night; and (left) ADCP Surendra Lamba checks the identity of a man posing as a journalist during a special naka set up to check hooliganism on the city roads during the New Year celebrations. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN 140 booked after they ransack polling booths Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 1 The Meharban police have booked around 140 person on the charge of barging in two polling booths after scaling the boundary wall of Government Primary School, Kakka village, during the panchayat elections. While most suspects are unknown persons, those identified are Hansraj, Manjit Singh, Amandeep Singh, Sahil Kumar, Monu, Kala, Rajinder Kumar, Surinder Kumar, Rinku, Ankit Kumar, Rajan Kumar, Kuldeep Kumar, Babu Ram, Kandhu and Ajit Singh. A case under Section 382, 353, 427, 148 and 149, IPC, has been registered against them. The complainant, Maninder Pal Singh Khurana, told the police that he was an inspector in the Food and Civil Supplies Department and was deployed as presiding officer on booth number 39 at Government Primary School, Kakka village, for the panchayat polls. He said after the counting of votes was completed, he, along with other polling staff, verbally declared Gurvinder Singh as winner of the sarpanch election. While he was asking the candidates to sign the result document, Sahil came with the defeated candidate, Hansraj, and pressed for recounting of Continued on page 2 we asked one of the carborne persons why he was carrying liquor in the car, he hastened to add that the bottle was lying in the car for the past 25 years. When I asked him, was your car 25 years old, he was stumped. We have registered an FIR under Section 68-1-14 of the Excise Act against the duo,” said the SHO. The police said after their arrest from the spot, both carborne persons were released on bail. The ADCP-Special Branch, Surendra Lamba, said during a special naka to check hooliganism on roads, several youngsters were stopped. Most of the youngsters were allowed to leave after they assured that they would not resort to hooliganism again while others were made to call up their parents. Medical rep found burnt on road Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 1 A medical representative was found burnt on a road near City Centre here this morning. Passersby, after noticing a burnt man, informed the police control room and ambulance. The ambulance took the victim, identified as Dinesh Sethi of Haibowal, to the Civil Hospital before the police arrived there. Later, the victim was shifted to the DMCH because he had suffered 80 per cent burns. How the victim got burnt and how he reached the spot has not been ascertained yet. It is being suspected that he could have been burnt by someone due to a rivalry and the police were questioning his friend circle to solve the case. The police said Sethi had left home around 8 pm on Monday night and had told his wife not to call him as he was going for some personal work. When he did not reach home till late night, his kin started searching for him. His phone was switched off. The police said CCTV cameras of the area were being checked to get a clue about the incident. Domestic help found dead Gurminder Singh Grewal Khanna, January 1 A domestic help of a farmer of Sikanderpur village was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a water tank in the fields. The deceased has been identified as Jasvir Singh Babbu (35), a resident of the same village. The Machhiwara police have registered a case of murder against unknown persons. According to information, Jasvir worked as a domestic help at the house of Gamdoor Singh and often stayed at his room housing a motor in the fields. Around 9.30 am today, villagers spotted Jasvir’s motor cycle lying on the roadside near the fields. When they reached Deceased Jasvir Singh near the tube-well, they found Jasvir’s body lying in the water tank. After being informed, Samrala DSP Harsimrat Singh Chhetra and Machhiwara SHO Sukhnaj Singh reached the spot. According to preliminary investigation, it seems that his motor cycle crashed into the water tank and he drowned. But after some thorough investigation, the police suspected that Jasvir might have been murdered and his body thrown into the water tank later. The DSP said they had registered a case of murder against unidentified persons and were investigating the case. The police have got information that the deceased had met some persons of the village late evening and he was under the influence of liquor. But whether he met with an accident or he was murdered is still a mystery. They are investigation the matter from several angles, he added. Passengers travelling to and from A cold welcome New Delhi have a tough time Nine trains remain cancelled, many more running late Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, January 1 Rail passengers in the region continued to be a harassed lot as there was no let up in adverse weather conditions with the result that most long-route trains were delayed. To add to the misery of travelling public, nine trains remained cancelled and six were rescheduled for late departure. The first day of the new year did not bring any cheer to those travelling on Amritsar-Ludhiana-New Delhi section as the pair of morning Shatabdi Express trains (12014 Amritsar-New Delhi and 12029 New Delhi-Amritsar) along with two intercity express trains (12460 Amritsar-New Delhi and 14682 Foggy weather continues to wreak havoc on rail traffic making passengers wait indefinitely at railway station in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Jalandhar City-New Delhi) and 12497 New Delhi-Amritsar Shane-Punjab were running late by 45 minutes to 2.20 hrs. According to railway officials, 12241/42 Chandigarh- Amritsar-Chandigarh Intercity Express, 12331 HowrahJammu Tawi Himgiri Express, 13049 HowrahAmritsar Express, 14674 Amritsar-Jaynagar Shaheed Express, 15209/10 Saharsa- Amritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express and 15707/08 Katihar-Amritsar-Katihar Amrapali Express trains remained cancelled. Among the trains rescheduled for late departure were 12355 Rajendra Nagar (Patna)-Jammu Tawi Archana Express (7 hrs), 19416 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi KatraAhmedabad Express (5.10 hrs), 22446 Amritsar-Kanpur Superfast (2.55 hrs), 13050 Amritsar-Howrah Express (2.20 hrs), 12238 Jammu TawiVaranasi Begumpura Express (1.30 hrs) and 01707 Jabalpur-Attari Special Express (1 hr). Another pair of 14613/14 Chandigarh-FerozepurChandigarh Express was partially cancelled between Continued on page 3 c m y b Young athletes arrive at the PAU in the cold weather on the eve of XIX All-India Inter-Agricultural Universities Sports and Games Meet 2018-19. 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