09012019-LT-01.qxd 1/8/2019 11:56 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 9 JANUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Science congress Batting for poppy A noble cause Scientists working at the Indian Research Base in Antarctica used to daily interact with students. P2 Activists of Khushal Kissan Welfare Society take out an awareness rally in Mullanpur Dakha. P3 Students collect donations for the poor during a drive outside students’ home at PAU. P3 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 18°C MIN 3°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:46 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:26 AM Major land scam of LIT under Vigilance scanner Commuters’ bane Trust faces charges of misappropriation of acquired land Kuldip Bhatia Workers associated with various trade unions, including the Indian National Trade Union Congress, All-India Trade Union Congress, Centre of Indian Trade Union and the Central Trade Union, held a massive protest on the first day of their two-day nationwide agitation outside the main bus stand. Their leaders called upon the workers to protect their rights and remove allegedly anti-worker and anti-national Modi-led government at the Centre. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN REPORT ON PAGE 4 Ludhiana, January 8 The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) is in the new again and for all the wrong reasons. A major land scam worth several hundred crores again haunts the LIT authorities as a city-based advocate, Nalin Kaushik, has sought a high-level probe into misappropriation of part of land, acquired for development of 475-acre Shaheed Bhagat Sigh Nagar colony on Pakhowal Road here, in connivance with certain private persons and developers. In a communication to the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, the complainant has demanded that the revenue officials (specifically Tehsildar West) be directed to refrain from making entries of sale and transfer in revenue record in respect of 69-acre land which formed a part of 475acre land along Pakhowal Road, acquired in 1979. He has stated in the complaint that on the directions of the Punjab Chief Minister, the Vigilance Bureau was already holding an inquiry into the alleged land scam. In the information provided to Kaushik under the Right to Information Act (vide latter no. LIT/RTI/12091 dated In spite of the vesting of the title of the land ❝after notification u/s 36 of the Punjab Town with the LIT Improvement Act 1922, the officials of the Trust, the MC, Revenue Department, Electricity Department, in connivance with private developers and unlawful occupants are allowing illegal possession, selling and construction on the acquired land of trust surrounding the indoor stadium up to the (abandoned) City Centre project road. NALIN KAUSHIK, CITY-BASED ADVOCATE ❞ October 30, 2018) the LIT authorities have made it clear that no part of 69-acre land, comprising Vikas Nagar and other localities, that fall within Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road had been exempted under Section 56 of the Punjab Town Improvement Act 1922. Kaushik had alleged in his complaint that despite the fact that ownership of (69 acre) land vested with the LIT after acquisition in 1979, the Revenue Department was entertaining sale and SNIPPETS Gang of robbers busted, five arrested Biker killed in hit-&-run mishap Ludhiana: A man was killed in a hit-and-run accident at Nirmal Nagar on the night of Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Varinder Bhardwaj of Dugri. His wife Seema Bhardwaj said her husband was returning home on his motorcycle when he was hit by a rashly driven vehicle from behind. He suffered severe head injuries and died on the spot. The police have registered a case against an unknown driver. TNS Man, sons booked in kidnap case Ludhiana: The police have booked a man, his two sons and one of his relatives on the charge of kidnapping a minor girl. They have been identified as Lucky, his sons Mehul and Pawan, and kin Vicky, all residents of Haibowal Kalan. Mohammad Yunis of Kitchlu Nagar told the police that his daughter Suhana was kidnapped by Mehul in connivance with the others on the pretext of marrying her. The police have launched a manhunt to trace the girl. TNS Mobile snatched at Haibowal Ludhiana: A man was robbed of his mobile phone by two bike-borne snatchers near the Ram Sharnam building on Hambra Road, Haibowal. The suspects were later identified as Kuldeep Singh and Amarjit Singh, both residents of Partap Singh Wala. Sanjeev Kumar of Grewal Colony told the police that he was returning home when two bike-borne persons cornered him. They snatched his mobile phone. Later, the police identified the suspects with the help of motorcycle number. TNS Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 8 The police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of five of its members. The police have recovered stolen motorcycles and other valuables from them. Those arrested have been identified as Jagmohan Singh, alias Jeona, of Jagraon; Ravinder Singh, alias Ravi; Arjun Singh, alias Bhola; Sonu Kumar, alias Peddle; and Bablu of Hambra Road. The police have recovered four motorcycles, 15 mobile phones, Rs 5,000 in cash and sharp weapons from the possession of the gang. Additional DCP Surendra Lamba and Inspector, Special Staff, Prem Singh addressed a press conference in this regard. Lamba said the gang had committed around 40 rob- transfer deeds of this land which was tantamount to fraud and cheating. He had also charged the LIT officials and employees with being in league with the developers and unlawful occupants for their own personal gains. “In spite of the vesting of the title of the land with the LIT after notification u/s 36 of the Punjab Town Improvement Act 1922, the officials of the Trust, the Municipal Corporation, Revenue Department, Electricity Department, in connivance with beries in the city areas, including Kotwali, Division No. 6, Shimlapuri, Dugri, Police Division No. 8, Haibowal, Dehlon, Sahnewal, PAU, Model Town and Daba. “Of 40 robberies the gang has confessed to having committed, 12 have been traced by the police. We believe more recoveries could be made during the further interrogation of the accused,” said Lamba. The accused had come out of jail on bail about three months ago. They again formed a gang and started committing robberies, said Lamba. They daily did drugs (chitta) and to meet their drug expenses, they started committing robberies, said the ADCP . Lamba said Inspector Prem Continued on page 3 Khanna, January 8 A tragedy was averted when the staff deputed at a sewerage treatment plant (STP) acted swiftly to check the spread of chlorine gas leaking from a cylinder. Shutan Sahney, who was on duty at the plant, fell unconscious after inhaling gas. Besides, leaking gas damaged crops in the fields nearby. According to information, a chlorine cylinder leaked at a sewerage plant situated near the cremation ground, Machhiwara, past evening. People living in the nearby areas felt uneasiness in breathing. When an employee tried to plug the Tragedy averted On being informed, the fire brigade reached the spot. The leaking cylinder was thrown into a water tank. Had there been strong winds, a large area around the plant would have been affected by the gas leak. The cylinder contained about 1,500 kg of gas. Leaked gas damaged crops in the fields nearby. leak, he became semiunconsious and was taken to a private hospital. He was discharged after about two hours. On being informed, the fire brigade reached the spot. The leaking cylinder was thrown into a water tank. Had there been strong HC directs DGP to take action against CP For showing scant respect for court orders Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 Rapping Ludhiana Commissioner of Police for showing scant respect for its orders, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Punjab Director-General of Police to initiate “suitable disciplinary proceedings” against him. The Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu also directed ini- tiation of action against Division No.3 Station House Officer and ASI Jagdish Raj. Setting a three-week deadline for the purpose, the Bench also made it clear that noncompliance of its directions amounted to dereliction of duties by the three. The admonition came after the police failed to produce a convict before the court. The Bench, on December 21 last year, had ordered for the presence of convicts Apninder Singh and Rajesh Kumar. In sequel to directions, Rajesh Kumar came to the court on his own. Speaking for the Bench, Justice Sharma asserted the The case The admonition came after the police failed to produce a convict before the court. The Bench, on December 21 last year, had ordered for the presence of convicts Apninder Singh and Rajesh Kumar. In sequel to directions, Rajesh Kumar came to the court on his own. Ludhiana Commissioner of Police was specifically directed to ensure the presence of both convicts. But an affidavit was filed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Central), Ludhiana, and not the Commissioner of Police, for non-production of the convicts. It was stated in the affi- c m y b davit that the raids were conducted at the houses of the convicts and their in-laws, but they could not be traced. Justice Sharma asserted the police was duty-bound to maintain the rule of law and also to produce the convicts before the court to be heard on quantum of sentence. The Our Correspondent Raikot, January 8 The circle police have nabbed a resident of Jhordan village who had absconded after killing his 12-year-old niece on Monday. The victim, a Class VII student of the school village, succumbed to injuries at a hospital in the evening, after which the police added Section 302 of the IPC to the case registered against his uncle. The suspect has been identified as Bahadur Singh, brother of deceased Harpreet Kaur’s father Sukhdev Singh. Disharmony over the issue of suspect’s family affairs was stated to be reason behind the murder. Raikot DSP Gurmit Singh Tejey said Bahadur Singh, who had absconded after killing his minor niece Hapreet Kaur on Monday, had been arrested by a police team led by Hathur SHO Nishan Singh while he was trying to flee the area. The police are yet to recover the weapon (a spade) used in the crime. Sukhdev Singh, a labourer of Jhordan village, alleged that his brother Bahadur Singh, who had been living in the same house, had repeatedly hit his daughter Harpreet Kaur with a spade on Monday. The victim was sitting near the kitchen when the suspect gave her the fatal blow. Harpreet was taken to a hospital at Raikot where the doctors referred Continued on page 3 Panic after chlorine gas leak at Machhiwara STP Gurminder Singh Grewal Members of the robbers’ gang in police custody on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO; HIMANSHU MAHAJAN private developers and unlawful occupants are allowing illegal possession, selling and construction over the acquired land of trust surrounding the indoor stadium up to the (abandoned) City Centre project road,” the complaint had asserted. Raising questions on the attempts by the LIT authorities to obtain possession of only the vacant land and turn a blind eye to the built-up structures, the complainant has alleged that the built-up structures in the area were being ignored deliberately by the LIT officials who had misappropriated the valuable property of the trust in lieu of illegal gratifications by intentionally not performing their duties well and now it would not be possible to obtain the possession of this acquired land/property. Alleging that the desperate efforts by the LIT officials to take possession of vacant part of acquired land was a mere eyewash aimed at keeping the scam under wraps, the complainant asked the government to issue necessary directions to LIT to obtain the possession of the entire area acquired by the Trust (except the exempted area) and to take action against erring officials for allowing and aiding the grabbing of government land. Man hacks niece with spade, held affidavit filed before the court was vague, evasive and misleading. The entire approach of the police, rather, was casual and irresponsible. Directing the Ludhiana Range Inspector General of Police to produce convict Apninder Singh, the Bench directed action against the officers while fixing the case for the second week of January. The Bench added both accused would be heard on the quantum of sentence on the next date of hearing. The two had initially moved the High Court against the judgment and order dated July 28, 2003, whereby Ludhiana Additional Sessions Judge, Fast Track Court, had convicted and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment for life in a murder case. This court had later suspended their sentence in 2006. Partly allowing the appeal, the Bench on a previous date of hearing converted the conviction and sentence of both appellants from Section 302 (murder) to Section 304 Part I (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC. Cancelling the bail bonds, the Bench ordered them to be taken into custody before producing them before court on December 21, 2018, to hear them on quantum of sentence under Section 304 Part I. winds, a large area around the plant would have been affected by the gas leak. The cylinder contained about 1,500 kg of gas. SDO of the Sewerage Board Baljit Singh said some snag in the cylinder triggered the gas leak. He claimed that the employees acted swiftly to check the spread of the gas. The company concerned had been informed about the incident, he added. The SDM of Samrala, Gitika Singh, said she was unaware of the matter. She, however, said she would direct the officials concerned to enquire into the matter and to take proper steps in this regard. INSIDE Giaspura sewers continue to overflow P4 Despite repeated complaints, the MC has failed to resolve the issue of over flowing sewers near Giaspura railway crossing Curb corruption in building branch: Residents P4
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