17012019-JTR-01.qxd 1/17/2019 1:37 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 17 JANUARY 2019 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Porters seek regular jobs Etched in history An unusual love story Porters from Jalandhar, Pathankot and Beas criticised Centre for failure to redress their issues. P2 Post the movie, Woh Jo Tha Ek Massiah Maulana Azad, a lot more will come to light. P3 Bringing forth story of the bond between a husband and wife is &TV’s new fiction offering. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 20°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.48 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.26 AM side of story 14-day judicial custody for ex-Mayor My in video, saysnever came out Sehgal Bail denied by CJM; will move plea in sessions court, says lawyer Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 16 The bail application of former Mayor Suresh Sehgal got rejected today and he has been sent to judicial custody. Today, the former Mayor appeared in the court and was sent to judicial custody for 14 days. Sehgal’s advocate Naval Sehgal said now, the bail application would be moved in the sessions court. “Since the bail application has been declined by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), we will file a bail application in the sessions court,” he said. The case Former Mayor Suresh Sehgal had sparked a row by publicly hitting a building inspector and hurling abuses at him. The building inspector, Dinesh Former Mayor Suresh Sehgal (right) at a local court in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Joshi, along with other official, had gone to the Shivrajgarh Colony, where reportedly an illegal construction was being done in a house. The owner of the house called up Sehgal to the spot. Sehgal had then pushed the building inspector and hurled abuses at him. The owner of the house, Sulakshan Sharma, also joined in and roughed him up, claiming that Joshi asked Rs 10,000 as bribe, a charge that was denied by the MC officials. Series of events On October 29, 2018, after the incident took place, the video of Sehgal in which the whole scene had got captured went viral. From November 1, MC officials went on a strike for several days seeking his arrest. On November 15, Mayor Suresh Sehgal who had filed an anticipatory bail application had got interim relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the case. After getting relief, Sehgal was given a grand welcome to the city and he had always fought against corruption and would continue to do so. But, on December 17, the bail plea of former Mayor Suresh Sehgal was rejected by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Sehgal had represented the BJP when he was the Mayor from 1997-2002, before moving to the Congress and then to the SAD. Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 16 His associates, lawyers and everyone else that accompanied him were anxious, but former Mayor Suresh Sehgal, who has remained a nationallevel wrestler, looked visibly calm and patient today before the judgment was announced in the court. He did not bewilder for a moment even after his bail application was rejected. He remain undeterred and kept smiling. He was ready to give answer to every question. Before the judgment of Sehgal being sent to judicial custody was announced, he talked to The Tribune. He was confident and expressed his feeling. “The sad part is my side of the story did not come in front of people in the form of video. I was fighting against corruption and could not control my emotions when a woman was targeted, but I am ready to face any action,” Sehgal said. “I have remained the Mayor and know everything how these officials work. Corruption is penetrated into the system so deeply that it needs to be eradicated. But one thing is clear that the whole incident is not going to deter me from fighting against corruption,” he said. Even after the judgment was announced, he said he respected the decision of the court but was not sorry for what he had done. “I fought for the right thing and will continue to do so,” he said. Building inspector Dinesh Joshi while talking to mediapersons after the judgment said he was happy that justice was given and he had full faith in the judiciary. He said the order had sent a message in favour of all government employees who work and do their duties. “The point is even if one has any complaint with anyone, there is a way to deal with that and violence is notrequired,” Joshi said. Fought for right thing: Ex-Mayor Truth has won: Building inspector Even after the judgment was announced, former Mayor Suresh Sehgal said he respected the decision of the court but was not sorry for what he had done. “I fought for the right thing and will continue to do so,” he said. Building inspector Dinesh Joshi said he was happy that justice was given and he had full faith in the judiciary. “The point is even if one has any complaint with anyone, there is a way to deal with that and violence is not required,” he said. Four-wheeler parking lot reopens ‘Tera-Tera Hatti’ brings joy to the poor Started by 13 friends, shop provides donated used items at ~13 per piece at railway station, rates revised Avneet Kaur Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 16 Giving relief to commuters at the city railway station, the four-wheelers’ parking lot, which was closed for over two months now, was reopened late this evening. Residents and passengers could avail the facility from Thursday onwards. Owing to the mismanagement and the termination of contract, the station authorities in November last year had asked the previous contractor to vacate the parking lot. “The new tender of the parking lot has been allotted to a private company, but formal communication in this regard has not been made yet,” said the Superintendent at the railway station. He said the parking would be reopened in the midnight today. However, the parking rates have been increased by the new contractors. Abir Kumar, caretaker for the parking lot, said the new contract had been fixed for three years. Hence, the rates were raised accordingly. He said as per the revised rates, motorists now have to The parking lot at the railway station in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Previous contractor was told to vacate parking lot Owing to the mismanagement and the termination of the previous contract, the railway station authorities in November last year had asked the previous contractor to vacate the parking lot. shell out 20 bucks more for the 1 minute-four hours time slot. Previously, Rs 35 to Rs 40 was charged for this time slot, whereas, under the revised rates, people have to pay Rs 60, including 18 per cent GST. Till now, for the slot of four hour-24 hours, residents were paying Rs 118. However, now Woman run over by train in Phagwara Phagwara, January 16 Seema Rani, a resident of Farala village, was run over by Pathankot-Delhi Express near the sugar mill rail crossing, here, today. Government Railway Police (GRP) in-charge Gurbheij Singh said the deceased did not notice the train as she was talking on her mobile phone while crossing the railway lines. A broken mobile phone was also recovered near the body of the deceased. The victim came to Phagwara to meet her parents, the GRP said. The GRP have registered a case and sent the body to the Civil Hospital for the postmortem examination. onwards Rs 120 would be charged for parking fourwheelers for over four hours. Subsequently, every 24 hours, parking has been fixed for Rs 120. Though the parking was not open, some of the residents had started parking their vehicles in the lot and when they were informed about the new rates, they opposed the rates. Joginder Singh, who had come to the station to drop his parents, said after every six-eight months, new parking rates were introduced by the contractors, which was quite unfair for commuters. The station authorities should intervene in the matter and genuine rates should be fixed, besides new time slots should also be introduced. Factionalism in Congress comes to fore Ashok Kaura 35-year-old found dead Phillaur: Sushila Rani (35), a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a room of her house at nearby Saifabad village on Tuesday. Romesh, the husband of the deceased, was at large. The room was found locked from outside, the police said. Neighbours opened the door and found the victim lying dead on the floor of the room. Sushila and Romesh were working at a private factory. The police have registered a case and sent the body to the Civil Hospital, Phillaur, for autopsy. The police are investigating the matter. — OC Phagwara, January 16 Factionalism in the Congress here has escalated after the appointment of former Punjab Mahila Congress Committee vice-president Balbir Rani Sodhi as the president of the District Congress Committee, Kapurthala, recently. Both factions, led by former minister Joginder Singh Maan and Sodhi have started making allegations and counter-allegations against each other. Supporters of Maan, including BCCU president Sanjeev Bugga, Congress leaders Sunil Prashar, Daljit Raju, Ram Kumar Chadha and Gurjit Walia are condemning Continued on page 2 c m y b Jalandhar, January 16 ‘ Tera-Tera Hatti’, a charity shop which provides clothes, utensils among other household items to the poor at Rs 13 per piece, is proving a boon for people in the city who makes beelines at the shop during evening hours to purchase items such as clothes and footwear for themselves. Started by a group of 13 friends, all businessmen by profession, the ‘Tera-Tera Hatti’ is being operated from a shop located at Harbans Nagar since December 16, 2018. Tarvinder Singh, one of the 13 working members of the hatti said: “A price of Rs 13 had been fixed in view of a story from first Sikh Master Guru Nanak Dev, who used to help poor people.” When asked from where they got the idea of starting a charity shop, Tarvinder said: “Being a proud member of the Mata Gujri Sewa Society, I often visit residents of my area and collect old clothes from them to donate to the needy. But one day, when I and my friends visited Bhag Singh, an elderly in our locality, he told us to be different. “Bhag said this door-to- ‘Tera-Tera Hatti’ at Harbans Nagar in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO door collection of clothes and then donating it to the needy was a routine affair of NGOs and to reach a larger audience, we need to come up with unique idea,” he said. Tarvinder said: “After thinking for days and discussing it with friends, we finally decided to start the shop, realising Guru Nanak’s message of helping the poor and needy.” Another member Jaswinder Singh, who runs an auto deal business, said: “Though we have fixed the Rs 13 price, but people who even can’t afford this amount are welcome to take the things for free.” He said our objective behind the shop was to serve the community and spread a message of oneness among one and all. He said the money raised from the cause was being used for the medical treatment of the poor, schooling of needy children and for buying grocery to distribute it among domestic workers or elderly women as the space of the shop was given free of charge and the staff were volunteers. Informing about duties of the volunteers, Jaswinder said: “We all working members have fixed two-hour duty in a day. We open the shop at 11 am and close it by 9 pm. After every two hour, one or the other volunteer comes for the service.” Meanwhile, people were enjoying buying clothes and other items. On being asked, a domestic help worker, Reeta, said: “My children were really happy when they got to know about the shop. I have bought a pair of shoes for my son, a jacket for my daughter and a suit for myself.”
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