12012019-LT-01.qxd 1/12/2019 12:01 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 12 JANUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Neglect of heritage Expo-India 2019 Delay in project The gate from where 10th Sikh master crossed en route Machhiwara to Talwandi Sabo lies in neglect. P2 An estimated 60,000 visitors from India and abroad to attend the expo at Dana Mandi, Bahadur Ke Road. P3 Union Minister Harsimrat Badal says the Congress govt is delaying inauguration of food park. P4 FORECAST MOSTLY CLOUDY | MAX 19.0°C MIN 09.0°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.43 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.25 AM POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Main Daba Road to Daba Chowk, New Shimplapuri Street No 1 to 15, New Janta Nagar Street No 1 to 15, Rama Biscuit Factory and adjoining areas. 12 noon to 3 pm: Chauri Sarak, Tilak Nagar, Bajra Mohalla, Division No 3 Chowk, Islamia School Road, Madhopuri Kucha No 1, Mehmoodpura. SNIPPETS Verka plant driver booked Ludhiana: The city police have booked driver of Verka milk plant for ramming his vehicle into an Innova (SUV) at Varadhman Chowk. In the mishap, two occupants of the SUV identified as Vishal Jain and his father Bharat Bhushan Jain suffered injuries. Their SUV was also badly damaged in the accident. The victims said driver fled from the spot. The police said a case was registered against the driver and efforts were on to identify him. TNS Three booked for travel fraud Ludhiana: The Moti Nagar police have booked two travel agents on the charge of duping a resident of Rs 6 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. The suspects have been identified as Arjun Chauhan, a resident of Anandpur Colony, and Shayl Bhawri, a resident of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar. Complainant Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Bhai Bala Ji Nagar, told the police that the suspects had taken Rs 6 lakh from him on the pretext of sending him abroad, but they failed to arrange any visa. Now, they also refused to return his money, he added. In a similar incident, the police registered a fraud case against another travel agent Harjinder Singh of Sardulgarh, Mansa, for duping a resident Sukhjinder Singh of Lohara village of Rs 2 lakh. The suspect had promised to arrange a visa for Australia for the complainant, but he failed to do so. The police said the suspects were yet to be arrested in both the cases. TNS 1 held with banned kite string Ludhiana: The city police have arrested one person and recovered 29 spools of banned Chinese string, also called ‘China Dor’, from him. The suspect has been identified as Sumesh Kumar, a resident of Dugra Puri Haibowal. Investigation officer, ASI Gyan Singh, said the police had received secret information about the suspect selling the banned string at his Aarti General Store. A police party conducted a raid at his store and recovered the banned string. The police have registered a case under Section 188, IPC, against the suspect and launched further probe to find suppliers of the banned string in the area. TNS One booked for kidnapping Ludhiana: The city police have booked a man on the charge of kidnapping a four-year-old child. The suspect has been identified as Raju, a resident of Partap Nagar, Bhadurke road. Complainant Jyoti of the same area told the police that the suspect was her neighbour. On January 1, he took her child to market, but did not return home. She suspected that the suspect had kidnapped her son. The police said a manhunt was launched to trace the child. TNS One held with illegal liquor Ludhiana: The city police have arrested a man and recovered 12 bottles of illegal liquor from his possession. The suspect was identified as Deepak Verma of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar. The police said during routine patrolling on the Issa Nagar bridge a person was stopped for checking on suspicion. During checking of his belongings, liquor was recovered from him. The suspect was on way to deliver liquor to his clients. TNS Brother of three dies of drug overdose Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana January 11 A 24-year-old youth allegedly died of drug overdose near Jain Mandir, Surya Enclave, Dugri. He was the only brother of three sisters. He got married about a month ago. A police official investigating the case said it seemed to be a case of drug overdose as injections were recovered from the spot where the youth had died. Even the statement of a friend of the deceased also established that he died due to drug overdose. The deceased has been identified as Mandeep Singh, son of Ajaib Singh, a resident of Mullanpur. He was working at Davinder’s (his friend) shop dealing in installation of the CCTV cameras. Investigation officer, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Jagtar Singh, said suspecting no foul play behind death of the youth, so far, inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC had been initiated. Even Mahesh Sharma Mandi Ahmedgarh, Jan 11 Occupants of a house on the Jandali road had a miraculous escape after an electric generator and wiring caught fire due to short circuit of cables installed by employees of a private firm undertaking strengthening of the transmission system in the town. Though head of the family suffered a shock while he was trying to shift vehicles from the house, no external injury was caused to him. However, goods and fittings worth thousands were destroyed in the incident. Had employees of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) not initiated a prompt rescue operation the Our Correspondent nessed some improvement due to let up in the weather conditions, Railways announced cancellation of 12 trains on Friday, two trains were rescheduled for late departure, two were diverted via alternate route while two others were partially cancelled. It was officially stated that 19611 Ajmer-Amritsar Express, 14674 AmritsarAjmer Express, 04402 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi KatraAnand Vihar Terminus (New Delhi), 12241/42 ChandigarhAmritsar-Chandigarh Intercity Express, 13152 Jammu Tawi-Kolkata Sealdah Express, 14502 Jammu TawiBathinda Express, 15209/10 youth, inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC, have been initiated. Even the family of the deceased has not sought any action against the friend of the deceased. ❞ JAGTAR SINGH, Investigation officer the family of the deceased had not sought action against the friend of the deceased. Davinder Singh, who owns a shop dealing in the CCTV cameras on the Dhandra road, had approached the Dugri police station at around 9 pm GLADA collects ~14.79 crore Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, January 11 The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) raked in a little more than Rs 14.79 crore from sale of the five properties through e-auction, which concluded last evening. Two shop-cum-offices (SCOs) in Dhandari Kalan, Phase IV, two residential plots in Sector 39-A on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road and one cinema site in Dugri, Phase II, were sold at a marginal premium of nearly nine per cent over their reserve price of Rs 14.66 crore. According to GLADA Estate Officer Sonam Chaudhry, two SCOs in Dhandari Kalan, Phase IV, with floor area of 137.24 sq metre each, were sold for Rs 1,04,676 and Rs 1,04,876 per sq metre, respectively, against their reserve price of Rs 1,04,476 per sq metre. Two residential plots measuring 177.04 sq metre each in Sector 39-A on the LudhianaChandigarh road were purchased for Rs 35,000 and Rs 35,100 per sq metre against SCOs ❝Two137.24insqDhandari Kalan, Phase IV, with floor area of metre each, have been sold for ~1,04,676 and ~1,04,876 per sq metre, respectively, against reserve price of ~1,04,476 per sq metre. SONAM CHAUDHRY, Estate Officer, GLADA their reserve price of Rs 32,150 per sq metre. One cinema site with an area of 1486 sq metre in Dugri, Phase II, fetched a price of Rs 71,833 against the floor price of R 71,733. GLADA had put on the block in all 20 properties worth Rs 42.63 crore for sale through an e-auction conducted from January 1 to 10. These include seven SCOs in Dhandari Kalan, three each in Dugri, Phase II/III, and Dugri, Phase II/III, bypass ❞ road, three booths in Dugri, Phase II/III, three residential plots in Sector 39-A and one cinema site. No bids were offered for five SCOs in Dhandari, six SCOs and three booths in Dugri, Phase II/III, besides one residential plots (measuring 378.78 sq metre) in Sector 39-A, said GLADA officials. These unsold properties, along with some others, would be sold in the next eauction to be held in February, they added. Close shave for family as electric wires in house catch fire Trains diverted, rescheduled for infrastructure upgrade Ludhiana, January 11 Northern Railways would take a traffic block from January 23 to February 8 for noninterlocking work for strengthening infrastructure on the Alwar-Bandikut section. As a result, some trains would be diverted via alternate routes or regulated at intervening station. According to railway officials, 19415 Ahmedabad-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express (on Jan 27), 19416 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Ahmedabad Express (on Jan 29) and 19612 Amritsar-Ajmer Express (on Jan 29) would be diverted to run via Rewari-Fulera junction chord line on dates mentioned against each. Further, 12413 Ajmer-Jammu Tawi Express and 12414 Amritsar-Ajmer Express would be regulated for 40 minutes (at Malakhera) and 51 minutes (at Alwar) respectively on January 30, 2019. While overall movement of trains in the region wit- foul ❝Suspecting noof the play behind death on Thursday night and stated that his friend had died due to drug overdose. Mandeep was lying dead in an empty plot in Surya Enclave, he added. “A police party immediately went to enquire and found the youth dead. Injections were lying near the body. Even friend of the deceased confessed that he along with Mandeep were addicted to drugs. They injected injections filled with drug yesterday evening. Since Mandeep took an overdose of drugs he fell unconscious, but his friend took the limited dose and did not suffer any side effects,” the ASI said. Davinder tried for over two hours to bring deceased back to consciousness, but when he failed in his attempt, he informed the police, he added. According to the family, Mandeep got addicted to drugs about two years back, he said. “His father is working as security guard in some company. He is the only brother of three sisters, who are married,” the ASI added. E-AUCTION OF FIVE PROPERTIES Saharsa-Amritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express, 15212 Amritsar-Darbhanga Jannayak Express and 15707/08 Katihar-Amritsar-Katihar Amrapali Express trains were cancelled for the day. Among the rescheduled trains were 12408 AmritsarNewjalpaiguri Karambhoomi Express (3.30 hrs) and 14611 Ghazipur City-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (2.20 hrs). 12408 AmritsarNewjalpaiguri Karambhoomi Express and 22706 Jammu Tawi-Tirupari Humsafar Express were diverted to run via alternate route between Ludhiana and Ambala Cantt. loss could have much more in the surrounding units too. Accusing the private company of deploying unskilled electricians for undertaking the technical job, owners of the house, a former school principal Pardeep Sharda demanded compensation for the losses incurred by him. “It was a nightmare for all members of my family after everything in the house started trembling when we were preparing to sleep last night. When I came out of my bed burning wirings and fittings were falling from the roof and all of a sudden our electric generator caught fire,” said Sharda while maintaining that he suffered a massive shock when he tried to open the main gate to shift vehi- Bid to uproot Axis Bank ATM Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 11 Some car-borne miscreants attempted to uproot an ATM of Axis Bank on the 33 Feet road, Sundar Nagar, here on Friday. However, they failed in their attempt and fled from the spot. The crime was captured in the CCTV cameras of the ATM kiosk. ADCP Rajvir Singh said the incident occurred at 3.50 am today. Thieves were captured in the CCTV cameras footage, but due to unclear images, they could not be identified. “Thieves had come in a Tata Indica car. They tried to uproot the ATM by tying a rope to the car. When they accelerated the car to pull the ATM, a hook tied around the ATM broke and hit the rear windshield of the car, which broke. Following this, thieves fled from the spot,” the ADCP added. Some passersby informed the police about the incident at 7 am. As per bank officials Rs 8.51 lakh in cash was left after withdrawals from the ATM. A case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC, has been registered against suspects. c m y b of ❝Even in caseelectric reinstallation of fittings owned by the Municipal Council, some irregularities, including pilferage of tube fittings and conductors, have been reported. ❞ SURAAJ MOHAMMAD, president, Municipal Council, Mandi Ahmedgarh An employee of a private firm inspects a burnt generator at the house of a retired principal in Mandi Ahmedgarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO cles from house. Justifying claim of the victim family the Municipal Council (MC) president, Suraaj Mohammad, said he had received complaints about alleged negligence of employees of the company. “Even in case of reinstallation of electric fittings owned by the MC some irregularities, including pilferage of tube fittings and conductors have been reported,” said Mohammad while maintaining that officials in the civic body had been advised to take up the matter with the PSPCL, Mandi Ahmedgarh. While confirming information of the incident at residence of Pardeep Sharda, SDO Gagan Deep said the company would be asked to make good losses incurred by the consumer after receiving claim from him. “Once we receive a formal complaint and claim from the consumer the junior engineer concerned will be deployed to assess the loss, which will be paid by the vendor,” he added. Residents, councillor of Ward No. 31 protest at Zone D office of civic body Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 11 Residents along with councillor of Ward No. 31 staged a protest at the Zone D office of the Municipal Corporation (MC) here on Friday. They also raised slogans against the civic body for ignoring issues of their ward. The protesters blamed the MC authorities for ignoring problems in their area, including overflowing sewage and unsanitary conditions, which had made their lives miserable. The residents sat on a dharna for around two hours at the civic body office seeking early redressal of their grievances. The Municipal Councillor of Ward No. 31, Sonia Sharma, alleged that the civic body had deployed over 60 sweepers as per the list, but only 16 to 17 of them visited the ward in routine. “No development works are being conducted in the areas under Ward No. 31. When we complain to officials concerned, they usu- Residents of Ward No. 31 stage a protest at the Zone D office of the Municipal Coporation in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Mayor to call House meeting are going to call meetings of the and ❝Webefore January 25. All councillorsF&CCraise the House can issues of their wards in the House meeting. Problems of different wards will be resolved at the earliest. BALKAR SINGH SANDHU, Mayor, Ludhiana ally ignore our issues. We are forced to stage a protest,” she said. Notably, Sonia Sharma ❞ had also staged a protest outside the MC Commissioner’s office in Zone D on Thursday. The protesters also demanded a fair inquiry into the working of absent sweepers. After getting assurance from the Mayor that their issues would be resolved at the earliest, residents ended their protest. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said he would talk to the MC Commissioner regarding the issues of Ward No. 31. He said the matter would be resolved soon.
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