03012019-LT-01.qxd 1/2/2019 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 3 JANUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE big blow to MSMEs Open drains on highway University games Punjab Small Industries and Export Corpn Ltd has decided to shut down raw material depots. P3 Residents accuse authorities of minting crores in name of road infrastructure. P4 Four-day All-India Inter-Agricultural Universities Games 2018-19 begin at PAU. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 19°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5:35 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:25 AM Illicit affair behind murder bid on man Nepalese servant, relative flee with Medical representative dumped at city centre site with 80% burns struggling for life Suspect, victim’s wife file missing person complaint Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 2 The police today unravelled the mystery behind the recovery of a medical representative (MR) with 80 per cent burns near the city centre site at SBS Nagar on Tuesday morning. The police said the MR was set afire by a man who lived in his neighbourhood and had an illicit affair with his wife. The suspect has been identified as Arun Rana (24), a resident of Street No. 1, Sant Vihar, Haibowal. The victim, Dipesh Sethi, also lives in the same area. Arun is pursuing an engineering degree from Continental College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and has taken his final-year exams. He is also a 3D designer and architect. The ADCP Surendra , Lamba, said Arun was having an affair with Dipesh’s wife. After Dipesh came to know about their affair, he started subjecting his wife to violence. When Arun got to know about it, he decided to eliminate Dipesh. On December 31, Arun purchased petrol for Rs 130 in a bottle from a filling station near Baba Deep Singh Nagar. He also met the vic- Next morning, the suspect, along with the victim’s wife, visited the Haibowal police station to file a missing person complaint. When the victim was recovered around 11.30 am on January 1, the suspect, Arun, also spent hours at the DMCH. Initially, the victim named some Rakesh but later he told the police that it was Arun who set him on fire. When the police questioned Arun, he told them that he was at home till late night and did not meet the victim on December 31. However, the location of his mobile phone was traced to the city centre site which established his role in the crime. Role of representative’s wife under scanner Additional DCP Surendra Lamba addresses a press conference after the arrest of the suspect on Wednesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA tim in the morning and told him to be ready for an outing tonight to celebrate New Year. He told Dipesh to not disclose anyone about their outing plan, said the ADCP . An hour before taking the victim along at 6.30 pm on a scooter, Arun had also visit- ed the city centre site to finalise the place where he wanted to burn the victim alive. He was able to find a way to reach the city centre site avoiding the police nakas. “At 6.45 pm, he took Dipesh along on his scooter. The duo consumed liquor at the office of Arun’s friend near Saggu Chowk. They also brought non-veg food from a shop. When Dipesh got drunk, he took him to the city centre site around 11.30 pm. Dipesh was heavily drunk and had lost his senses. Arun first poured petrol on his shoes. When Dipesh didn’t protest, he poured petrol on his jacket and then on the face. He set the victim on fire and then pushed him into the city centre structure from 10foot height. Considering him dead, Arun left for home around 1.50 am on Tuesday,” said Lamba. ADCP Surendra Lamba said though the victim’s wife had an affair with the suspect, her role in the conspiracy to set Dipesh afire had not been proved yet. PCR cops noticed something suspicious Lamba said a PCR team patrolling the city centre area had noticed something burning, but they could not make out what actually was burning as it was very dark there. cash, jewellery Trader had employed him week ago Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 2 A Nepalese servant and his aide made off with cash and valuables from the house of a hosiery trader in Sector 32-A, Chandigarh Road, after lacing food with sedatives. The suspects have been identified as Dev Kumar Bahadur and his relative. The complainant, Dhanjeet Kaur, told the police that her husband had employed a Nepalese national as cook about a week ago. Next day, he prepared breakfast for all members of the family. “I had breakfast around 11 am. An hour later, I noticed an unknown man in our house. When I asked him about his presence in the house, he said he was a relative of Dev Kumar. I then called my mother-in-law Bavita. When she reached house, the person, who claimed himself to be a relative of the Nepalese servant, fled the scene. Rail travel on Asr-Delhi section an ordeal Trains running late Our Correspondent A warm welcome being extended to YAD leaders Gurdeep Singh Gosha and Meetpal Dugri by their supporters as they come out of the jail on bail on Wednesday. Both leaders are accused in the case of blackening a statue of former PM Rajiv Gandhi. The incident was condemned by the Congress leaders following which the case was registered. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN SNIPPETS Man held with banned string Ludhiana: A shopkeeper has been nabbed by the Division No. 4 police with 96 spools of banned Chinese string. He has been identified as Suresh Kumar of Aman Vihar. The investigating officer, ASI Vinod Kumar, said the police raided a place at Choti Daresi following a tip-off and nabbed Suresh with a huge stock of banned string. A case under Section 188 of the IPC has been registered. TNS Ludhiana, January 2 Passengers travelling on the trunk route of AmritsarLudhiana-New Delhi remain at the receiving end as three intercity express trains, one Shatabdi Express and another express train on this section were running behind schedule by half an hour to 4.30 hours. The problem of weather-hit rail traffic was further compounded by the cancellation of nine trains and rescheduling of four trains for the day. The Railways said 12460 Amritsar-New Delhi Intercity Express (4.15 hrs), 14682 Jalandhar-New Delhi Intercity Express (30 minutes), 14681 New Delhi-Jalandhar City Intercity Express (3 hrs), 12497 New DelhiAmritsar Shan-e-Punjab (40 minutes) and 12037 New “Later, I found the servant was also not present in the house. When I went into my room, I was shocked to see that the almirah was lying open and cash and ornaments were missing. Meanwhile, me and my mother-in-law fell ill. It is suspected that the servant had laced the breakfast with sedatives. We both were rushed to the hospital.” The house owner said the suspect had taken away Rs 45,000 in cash and ornaments worth Rs 70,000. He said Dev was highly recommended by one Vijay Bahadur who had vouched for the integrity of the servant. The police said while employing the servant, the house owner had taken the ID proof of the middleman who recommended the servant. He had even taken the photograph of the servant. The investigating officer, ASI Davinder Pal, said the middleman was being questioned and the suspects would be nabbed soon. PANCHAYAT POLLS ■ (Over 10 hrs): 12355 Rajendra As foggy weather conditions continue, cancellation and late running of trains has become a routine affair in the region. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Nagar (Patna)-Jammu Tawi Archana Express. ■ (3 to 6 hrs): 22431 AllahabadUdhampur Superfast Express, 15651 Guwahati-Jammu Tawi Lohit Express, 01707 JabalpurAttari Special Express and 11057 CST (Mumbai)-Amritsar Express. ■ (1 to 3 hrs): 13049 HowrahAmritsar Express, 15656 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi KatraKamakhya Express, 12919 Indore-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Malwa Express, 14649 Jaynagar-Amritsar Saryu Yamuna Express and 12357 Kolkata-Amritsar Durgiana Express. Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi Express (30 minutes) were running behind schedule. Further, nine trains, including 12241/42 ChandigarhAmritsar-Chandigarh Intercity Express, 13306 15656 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Kamakhya Express (1.50 hrs) and 12317 Kolkata-Amritsar Akal Takht Express (30 minutes) were rescheduled for late departure. Amritsar-Howrah Mail, 14673 Jaynagar-Amritsar Shaheed Express, 15209/10 SaharsaAmritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express, 15211 DarbhangaAmritsar Jannayak Express and 15707/08 Katihar-Amrit- sar-Katihar Amrapali Express trains remained cancelled for the day. 12460 Amritsar-New Delhi Intercity Express (2.30 hrs), 14681 New Delhi-Jalandhar Intercity Express (3 hrs), 81.74 pc voter turnout at Detwal P4 A voter turnout of 81.74 per cent was recorded during repoll at Detwal village on Wednesday. Of 1,774 voters, 1,450 exercised their franchise. Till 2 pm, 43.91 per cent voter turn out was recorded. Newly elected Sarpanch’s crop damaged P4 Two booked for duping man Ludhiana: The Model Town police have booked two persons on the charge of duping a resident of Rs 21 lakh on the pretext of investment in power projects. The suspects have been identified as Harminder Singh of Block B, Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar, and Subhash Bhat of Rajguru Nagar. Prem Singh of Model Town told the police that he paid the suspects Rs 21 lakh through cheque to be invested in power projects. The suspects had promised him big profits in the investment but they failed to deliver. The police have registered an FIR and launched investigation. TNS Man booked for ~14.8L fraud Ludhiana: The Focal Point police have booked a man on the charge of duping a resident of Rs 14.8 lakh on the pretext of investment in a spare parts business in Dubai. The suspect has been identified as Rakesh Nayyar of Sarabha Nagar. The complainant, Pankaj Sharma, a resident of Focal Point, told the police that he paid Rakesh Rs 14.8 lakh to be invested in the spare parts business in Dubai. But the latter failed to start the spare parts business in Dubai and also refused to return Pankaj’s money. The police have launched investigation into the case. TNS 3 held on charge of gambling Ludhiana: The police have nabbed three persons on the charge of gambling in separate cases. The police nabbed Karamjit Singh, alias Prince, a resident of Preet Nagar, New Shimlapuri, from Matharu Chowk and recovered Rs 7,750 from him. The police arrested Saleem Khan of Sangrur from a market in Dashmesh Nagar while he was gambling and recovered Rs 6,000, one LCD set, one camera and one Tata Sky box. In yet another case, the police nabbed Lucky Singh of Rishi Nagar and recovered Rs 1,150 from him. TNS ‘Affordable housing policy’ a non-starter Not even a single licence granted in city by GLADA Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, January 2 The ‘Affordable housing policy’ was launched by the Punjab Government with a lot of fanfare in March last year in a bid to meet the growing demand for affordable houses by lower and lower middle class, especially the economically weaker sections. However, due to various factors such as bureaucratic indifference, coupled with high burden of taxation, liquidity crunch in the real estate sector and procedural wrangles in granting approval to the projects, the policy has failed to yield any results as of now. While not even a single licence under the affordable housing policy has been granted till now in the city by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority, an advertisement released by the state government says a total of 11 licences had been issued in the state for affordable housing projects. Even after speaking to 12-odd senior officials of the Housing and Urban Development Department, Punjab and Local Area Development Authorities, the breakup of these licences could not be known which raises another question mark over the authenticity of the claim. There is a general impression that the policy was formulated without having detailed c m y b ❝ Under the PMAY, which was introduced in June 2015, approval for 68.5 lakh houses has been accorded. Out of these, 12.42 lakh houses have been constructed and work on other 23.25 lakh units is under process. Of the approved outlay of Rs 1,00,275 crore, around Rs 33,455 crore has been released to various states with Punjab claiming an insignificant portion. GULSHAN KUMAR, A DEVELOPER interaction with the stake holders – the developers and end-users, which had resulted in the policy having been confined to a mere document. It was felt that there was need to revisit the policy from buyers (end-users) perspective and connect it closely with viability and quality of life due to the fact that even among the lower and lower middle class people, the craze for buying a plot and constructing a dwelling ❞ unit, still persisted. A city-based developer Gulshan Kumar (of GK Group) was of the firm view that both the realtors and buyers (of affordable houses) were reluctant to avail themselves of the ‘affordable housing scheme’, which comprised of a centrally-sponsored ‘credit linked subsidy scheme’ (CLSS) with a subsidy of Rs 2.67 lakh per housing unit simply because high taxes (12 per cent goods and services tax and stamp duty), development charges, change of land use fee and infrastructure development cess neutralised the subsidy portion. He said the state of Punjab had particularly lagged far behind in the implementation of affordable housing scheme, which was designed to be executed under the centrally sponsored Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna (PMAY), may be due to political reasons. He said certain states (mostly BJP-ruled ones), including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, had got central subsidy of nearly Rs 3,000 crore which accounted for nearly 55 per cent of the total affordable houses planned under the PMAY. “Under the PMAY, which was introduced in June 2015, approval for 68.5 lakh houses has been accorded. Out of these, 12.42 lakh houses have been constructed till now and work on other 23.25 lakh units is under process. Out of the total approved outlay of Rs 1,00,275 crore under the PMAY, around Rs 33,455 crore has been released to various states with Punjab claiming an insignificant portion,” said Gulshan Kumar. He said unless the constraints like relaxation in the maximum permissible area of the colony (for affordable housing), reduction in development charges, change of land use fee and licence fee were removed, the housing scheme for urban poor would be rendered useless and the target of ‘housing for all’ by 2022 would remain on paper.
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