04012019-LT-01.qxd 1/3/2019 11:52 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 4 JANUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Science congress 13 night shelters Inter-agri varsity games Due to schedule delay, Modi misses a ride on the solar bus made by LPU students. P2 Buses have also been arranged to make sure that homeless people reach the night shelters. P3 Braving cold, participants from Tamil Nadu gave their best on the second day. P4 FORECAST MOSTLY CLOUDY | MAX 18°C MIN 9°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5:38 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:25 AM Major fire at house-cum-factory Chemicals in factory Tribune News Service Srishti Nath, station fire officer, said chemicals were reportedly stored in the housecum-factory due to which the flames could not be controlled easily. Since there were no fire-fighting arrangements in place at the unit, the employees failed to control the fire at the initial stage. Ludhiana, January 3 A major fire broke out in a house-cum-herbal products manufacturing unit at Upkar Nagar this evening. More than 12 fire engines were pressed into service. The firemen were on their toes when the reports last came in. The factory, Herbal House HTI Experts, is owned by Dr Rajesh Thaper. Srishti Nath, station fire officer, said the fire started around 4 pm. After the fire brigade was informed, fire engines immediately reached the spot. He said chemicals were reportedly stored in the house-cum-factory due to which the fire could not be controlled easily. Since there were no fire-fighting arrangements at the unit, the employees failed to control the fire at the initial stage. He said seven firemen had a close shave when there was a blast in the burning house. He had asked the factory owner if there was any cylin- POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Area around Barota Road –Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Grewal Colony, Raru Sahib Road, Azad Nagar. Firemen douse the flames at the housecum-herbal products manufacturing unit at Upkar Nagar in Ludhiana on Thursday; and (left) a worker, who suffered minor burns, being offered water. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Wife, her kin booked for abetting suicide by man Tribune News Service Man awarded life term for killing wife Ludhiana, January 3 The court of Additional Sessions Judge KS Sullar has convicted Suresh Mandal of Mohalla Ramandeep Colony, Bhamian Kalan, Ludhiana, on the charge of killing his wife Sonia Yadav. He was ordered to undergo rigorous life imprisonment. A case against him was registered on May 3, 2016,. Pooja Yadav, daughter of the victim, told the police that on May 2, her father started quarrelling with her mother. He repeatedly hit her mother on the head with a rod. When their landlord, along with his son, reached there, Suresh fled the spot. The landlord got her mother admitted to the DMCH but she died during treatment, said Pooja. OC Ludhiana, January 3 The Tibba police booked six persons, including a woman, for abetting suicide by her husband. The deceased has been identified as Sanjay Kumar (38) and the suspects as Geeta (wife), a resident of Gurmel Park; Ved Parkash, Ajay Kumar, Seeta Ram Saran and Suman, all residents of Jagaron; and Neela of Ludhiana. The complainant, Jatinder Kumar, brother of the deceased, told the police that his brother got married to Geeta in 2005. Soon after the marriage, Sanjay’s wife and her parents started harassing him mentally and physically. They also started undue interference in their lives. Geeta and her parents pressed Sanjay to separate from his family. He left his parents’ house and started living with his wife in a sep- ‘Victim was made to sell his plot’ Victim’s brother Jatinder said the deceased’s wife and in-laws forced him to sell his plot and they usurped the entire money. The suspects recently took Rs 1.2 lakh from the deceased on the pretext that they would buy a property in his name. Later, Geeta’s kin took Rs 95,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh in cash along with gold ornaments. When his brother demanded his money back, Geeta’s parents lodged a fake complaint against him with the Jagraon police, said the deceased’s brother. arate house, the complainant alleged. Jatinder said the deceased’s wife and inlaws had also forced him to sell his plot and they had usurped the entire money. The suspects had recently taken Rs 1.2 lakh from the deceased on the pretext that they would buy a property in his name. Later, Geeta’s kin took Rs 95,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh in cash along with the gold ornaments, said the complainant. When his brother demand- ed his money back, Geeta’s parents lodged a fake complaint against him with the Jagraon police, said the deceased’s brother. Unable to withstand mental and physical harassment by his wife and her kin, Sanjay committed suicide on December 31, and his body was found at Puneet Nagar, he said. The investigating officer, ASI Major Singh, said a case of abetment to suicide has been registered against the deceased’s wife and kin and raids were on to arrest them. der or inflammable chemical lying inside the unit. Had the firemen stood close to the point where the blast took place, they would have suffered serious injuries. “The exact cause of fire is still unknown,” he added. Assistant Commissioner of Police Sartaj also inspected the spot to know the cause of fire. Panic among residents Since the factory is situated in the residential area, residents living around the unit were in a state of panic. A restaurant adjoining to the unit was got emptied by the police as a precautionary measure. No major loss to the restaurant building was reported. USER CHARGES Water supply to defaulters disconnected Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 3 The Municipal Corporation has started a drive to disconnect water supply connections of those who have failed to pay user charges for a long time. The civic body staff today disconnected connections of four houses at Phase I, Jamalpur, on Chandigarh Road. Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh said each defaulter is to clear his dues ranging from Rs 75,000 to Rs 1 lakh or above. These defaulters have been using water supply and sewerage facility for a long time. During the drive, a defaulter paid Rs 75,000 as user charges to the civic body while another promised to pay the pending user charges by tomorrow morning. Rajinder said they would conduct the drive across the city. If the defaulters failed to pay, their connections would be disconnected at the earliest, he said. Improvement Trust fails to act on CM’s directions SBS Nagar allottees continue to wait to construct their dream homes Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, January 3 Indefinite wait of allottees of residential plots in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar colony of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust to construct their dream homes seems to be endless as the pocket of 5.5 acre land has neither been cleared of encroachment, nor has any development work been initiated even after the directions from the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in this regard. Taking cognisance of a complaint lodged by 114 allottees of residential plots in D Block of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, the CMO had issued directions to the LIT Chairman to got the chunk of land vacated from unlawful occupants and take up work for providing basic amenities so that the allottees could take up construction of their houses without any further delay. The LIT was asked to submit an ‘action taken report’ by December 31, 2018. A deputation of the allottees, most of them senior citizens, had met LIT Chairman PS Gill in his office on December 26, 2018, to apprise him of their plight resulting from their inability to take up construction work of their houses due to the land still being under encroachment and lack of basic urban amenities such as roads, water supply and sewerage network. Narrating their tale of woes during the long wait of 30 years for allotment of alternative residential plots and 5.5-acre pocket of land in D Block of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar remains under encroachment. TRIBUNE PHOTO No basic amenities Taking cognisance of a complaint lodged by 114 allottees of residential plots in D Block of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, the CMO had issued directions to the LIT Chairman to got the chunk of land vacated from unlawful occupants and take up work for providing basic amenities almost three years since alternative plots were allotted to them (in 2016), the allottees, Gian Kaur, an octogenarian, Kusum Lata, a national awardee principal, Verna Rani (63 years) and Davinder Kumar, a retired principal, said most of them were in the evening of their life and the endless wait for development of the pocket of c m y b land where residential plots measuring 125 sq yd each, were allotted to them, had made their life miserable. “Most of us have made payment towards the cost of land, either in full or parts, and in many cases sale deeds have also been executed. But we are still unable to commence construction of our houses because land is under encroachment and basic amenities are still to be provided,” said the allottees. The LIT Chairman said the issue of delay in taking up development work on 5.5 acre piece of land at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar had been brought to his notice and necessary instructions had already been issued to the officials concerned to clear the encroachment on the said land, if any, and start work for providing basic amenities as per the demands of the allottees. Foggy weather derails rail traffic 13 trains cancelled, Asr-Ldh-Delhi route worst affected Our Correspondent Ludhiana, January 3 With foggy weather conditions continuing relentlessly in the region, rail traffic is going from bad to worse with each passing day much to the discomfort of passengers. Even as 13 trains had to be cancelled today, the trunk route of Amritsar-LudhianaNew Delhi remained the worst affected as most trains on this section, including a pair of morning Shatabdi Express trains, a pair of intercity express trains and New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi Express train, were running behind schedule by up to two hours. It was officially stated that 12031 New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express, 12037 New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi Express, 12497 New Delhi-Amritsar Shan-ePunjab Express, 12014 Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, 12460 AmritsarNew Delhi Intercity Express, 14682 Jalandhar-New Delhi Intercity Express and 12459 Trains running late ■ (4 to 6 hrs): 18101 Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express, 13005 Howrah-Amritsar Mail, 12469 Kanpur-Jammu Tawi Barfaani Express and 12407 New Jalpaiguri-Amritsar Karambhoomi Express. ■ (1 to 3 hrs): 16687 Mangalore-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Navyug Express, 19613 Ajmer-Amritsar Express, 11057 CST (Mumbai)Amritsar Express, 12317 Kolkata-Amritsar Akal Takht Express and 12926 AmritsarBandra Terminus Pashchim Express. New Delhi-Amritsar Intercity Express trains were running late by half an hour to 2.15 hrs leaving passengers on this section fuming and fretting. The passengers with confirmed tickets on 14682 Jalandhar City-New Delhi Intercity Express (via Ludhiana-Ambala Cantt-Saharanpur) received a big blow as the train short-originated from Ludhiana and remained cancelled between Jalandhar City and Ludhiana. The Railways said 12241/42 Chandigarh-AmritsarChandigarh, 14673/74 Jaynagar-Amritsar-Jaynagar Sha- heed Express, 15209/10 Saharsa-Amritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express, 15707/08 Katihar-Amritsar-Katihar Amrapali Express, 12332 Jammu Tawi-Howrah Himgiri Express, 13307 Dhanbad-Ferozepur Ganga Sutlej Express, 13050 AmritsarHowrah Express, 14501 Bathinda-Jammu Tawi Express and 19611 AjmerAmritsar Express trains were cancelled for the day. The pair of 14613/14 Chandigarh-Ferozepur-Chandigarh Express remained partially cancelled between Chandigarh and SAS Nagar (Mohali) in both directions. Employee held taking bribe Ludhiana, January 3 The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed an employee of the District Social Security Department here while accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a woman. He has been identified as Tajinder Kumar, who is employed as a data entry operator. The SSP , Economic Offences Wing, Paramjit Singh, said Zarina of Kabir Nagar had complained that Tajinder had demanded Rs The accused in custody of Vigilance sleuths. INDERJEET VERMA 10,000 to restart her closed pension account, but the deal was struck for Rs 5,000. A case under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 has been registered.
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