06022019-LT-01.qxd 2/6/2019 12:29 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAU STUDENTS COMPLAIN OF PITIABLE HOSTEL CONDITIONS Students living in PAU hostels say they are facing difficulties due to bad condition of the washrooms. FORECAST THUNDERSTORM INBRIEF PRTC DRIVER ARRESTED WITH POPPY HUSK Ludhiana: The police have nabbed a man with 2-kg poppy husk. He has been identified as Raghbir Singh, a resident of Moga. The investigating officer, ASI Pardeep Singh, said Raghbir is a driver of Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation and he had brought the consignment of narcotics from Delhi. The police had got a tip-off that he was sitting in the bus and concealed the poppy husk on the vehicle. The bus was signalled to stop near the workshop and the contraband recovered. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against Raghbir. TNS BAHADAR ELECTED VICE-CHIEF OF KHAMANO NP Khamano: Bahadar Singh, councillor from Ward No. 6, was elected vice-president of the local Nagar Panchayat on Tuesday. The election meeting was convened under the chairmanship of SDM of Khamano Paramjit Singh. Bassi Pathana MLA Gurpreet Singh and Khamano EO Sangeet Kumar were also present. Jasdev Singh proposed Bahadar’s name for the post while Naina Jyoti proposed Gurdev Singh’s name. Later, 11 councillors, out of a total of 13, raised their arms in favor of Bahadar. President of Nagar Panchayat Kulwinder Kaur, senior Congress leaders Surinder Singh Ramgarh, Dr Amarjit Sohal and others were also present. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.98 DIESEL ~65.90 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA INTERACTIVE SESSION ON TRAFFIC RULES: Government College for Boys, Civil Lines; 11 am. RESEARCH AND EXTENSION SPECIALISTS’ WORKSHOP: Pal Auditorium; 10 am. PAGE 4 On the second day of the National Road Safety Week, the traffic police organised a special street play. SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:06 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:15 AM WEDNESDAY | 6 FEBRUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA Articles displayed on roads confiscated in many city areas during major drive Tribune News Service Nikhil Bhardwaj Crackdown on encroachments Ludhiana, February 5 A day after councillors raised the issue of encroachments on roads, the Municipal Corporation today took action against temporary encroachments on Field Ganj Road, Kutcha Number 9, Rehri Mohalla, Subhani Building area, Prem Nagar, Islam Ganj, Amarpura and areas adjoining to Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib. A number of shopkeepers also staged a protest against the MC action. They blamed the MC staff for allegedly lifting their articles from inside their shops. Denying the allegations, the MC officials claimed that they lifted articles and carts only from the encroached portion of roads. At MC House meeting yesterday, Gurdeep Singh Neetu had alleged that encroachments had come up on the road since the MC covered Ganda Nullah. He had urged the Mayor to order action against these temporary encroachments. Besides, a few other councillors had also demanded action against encroach- SET UP VENDING ZONES AT THE EARLIEST: UNION President of Rehri Phari Union of Punjab Bal Kishan Pappi said the Municipal Corporation should set up vending zones at the earliest. “The problem of traffic snarls due to encroachments on roads can’t be resolved till vending zones are set up. The government must direct the authorities concerned to set up vending zones without any more delay. Councillors should make efforts to get vending zones set up in their respective wards,” he said. MC staff remove encroachments at Field Ganj on Tuesday. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN ments on the city roads. MC Superintendent Charanjit Singh said: “We removed many temporary encroachments from parts of the areas near Civil Hospital, Shahpura Road and other areas. It was a major action against encroachments which were causing obstruction to the smooth flow of traffic. We also lifted three or four two-wheelers that were Brar orders a survey, seeks report within one month Ludhiana, February 5 5The Municipal Commissioner has ordered a survey of commercial activities being carried out in the residential areas of the planning schemes and development schemes that fall under its jurisdiction. The Commissioner, Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar, has given instructions to the assistant town planners of all four zones to file the survey report within one month. A large number of commercial activities are being carried out in residential areas. Assistant Town Planner (Headquarters) SS Bindra said they would get to know the actual number of violations in these schemes after the completion of the survey. The areas, including Model WHAT RESIDENTS SAY Residents of BRS Nagar had earlier demanded action to stop commercial activities in residential areas. A resident blamed that the traffic snarls were a routine on most roads in the residential areas of the city due to commercial activities and lack of parking space. Gram, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar and Udham Singh Nagar, have been carved out under various schemes. Earlier, Rohit Sabharwal of Council of RTI Activists had filed a complaint to the Principal Secretary and the Director of Department of Local Government against commercial activities being carried out in residential schemes. “The commercial activities are common in a majority of residential areas under these schemes. As per the law, commercial activities are not RECENT STRIKES OF THE GANG On December 27, 2018, the gang entered a hosiery factory at Meharban. They held the factory workers captive had looted a huge quantity of fabric, yarn and other goods. In another case registered at the Tibba police station on January 8, the gang looted yarn worth lakhs from a dying factory at Tibba. Lal of Meharban. The police have recovered one commercial vehicle, one SUV, three sharp weapons, one iron rod, 3.68 quintal of yarn, one motorcycle and one LED set from the robbers. The investigating officer, ASI Mahinder Pal, said the gang looted goods and valuables from factories. Two cases registered against the gang have been solved with the arrest of its members, he said. On December 27, 2018, the gang entered a hosiery factory at Meharban. They held the factory workers captive had looted a huge quantity of fabric, yarn and other goods. In another case registered at the Tibba police station on January 8, the gang looted yarn worth lakhs from a dying factory at Tibba. The ASI said the police would seek further police remand of the accused to recover more stolen goods and trace the other members of the gang. parked in a wrong manner.” It has been seen that encroachments resurface after anti-encroachment drives. “We have sent a team to the same areas in the evening. Those found again encroaching on the road would be challaned. The shopkeepers levelled baseless allegations. We did not lift any article from inside shops,” he said. Meanwhile, MLA Surinder Dawar tried to pacify the protesters. “I was passing through the area but was held up in a traffic jam. I saw a few councillors present at Continued on page 3 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 5 Tension gripped the Circuit House, a place frequently visited by senior politicians and VVIPs, when people noticed a weapon along with 25 cartridges lying in a locked Tata Safari in the parking lot today. After the PAU police station came to know about the vehicle, SHO Sumit Sood reached the spot and took the weapon and cartridges in his possession. The SHO said the weapon belonged to Daljit Singh Chauhan of Rampura Phul, Bathinda, who had come there to attend a meeting of the Rashtravaadi Congress Party. “Although Chauhan produced the licence of the weapon, which is a 12-bore rifle, yet leaving the weapon openly in the vehicle amounts to negligence. To my knowledge, if someone has a licensed weapon, he has to keep it with himself and it should not be left anywhere like that. We have seized the weapon along with the cartridges and launched investigation as to what action can A rifle and bullets kept on the back seat of an SUV parked at the Circuit House on Tuesday. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN be taken against the weapon owner,” said the SHO. Meanwhile, the police also checked other vehicles parked at the Circuit House but no other weapon was recovered. The SHO said the police would contact the arms licensing authority of Bathinda to inquire under what circumstances the weapon was issued to Daljit and whether he could carry it in Ludhiana. allowed in residential areas of the schemes. Many people are carrying out commercial activities on streets, colonies and on roads in residential areas by violating the law. Customers visiting these shops are forced to park their vehicles on the road,” he said. Besides, residents of BRS Nagar had earlier demanded action to stop commercial activities in residential areas. A resident blamed that the traffic snarls were a routine on most roads in the residential areas of the city due to commercial activities and lack of parking space. NGOs seek action against illegal constructions Goods worth lakhs destroyed in fire at leather factory Tribune News Service Commercial activities in city residential areas on MC radar Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 5 The crime investigation wing of the city police busted a gang of robbers who had been looting factories. Four members of the gang have been arrested. They have been identified as Mahinder Sahni, alias Jamun; Vijay Gupta of Dugra Colony; Deepak Kumar of Prem Colony, Bhamian Kalan; and Tarun Kumar, alias Khabri, of Kuldeep Nagar. Four members of the gang who are at large are Shashi Shukla, alias Shani, of Preet Nagar; Rashid, alias Chota Don, of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar; Paigam of Mayapuri; and Chote PAGE 4 Many city residents are pained to know about the closing down of BL Kapur Memorial Hospital. Ludhiana, February 5 Goods and machinery worth lakhs were destroyed in a major fire that broke out at a leather factory situated in Phase 7, Focal Point, this morning. More than 24 fire engines were put into use to completely douse the flames in eight hours. Two firemen suffered injuries as a cemented shed on which they were standing collapsed. According to sources, the fire broke out at Chopra Industries Private Limited around 10.30 am. A call was received at the fire control room at 10.53 am. The fire officials said the fire broke out on the first floor where a huge quantity of leather goods, mainly seat covers, and machinery were lying. They suspect there was chemical stocked on the first floor which caused the fire to become intense. The officials said there were no fire extinguishers at the factory. Nor had the factory owner obtained the NOC from the Fire Department. Two firemen, who were dousing the flames while standing Ludhiana, February 5 A complaint has been sent to GLADA, the MC and the District Administration against alleged illegal constructions on Durgri Road. Amandeep Singh Bains of RBS Roots (NGO) has alleged that a few shop owners have extended their shops on to the road. “Construction work is in full swing. The authorities concerned must look into the matter and take strict action to protect the public property.” Meanwhile, president of Society for Public Welfare and Awareness SS Kalsi has complained to the Department of Local Government against 22 illegal constructions in parts of the city, including industrial areas in Zone C. Gang that looted factories Company salesman busted, 4 members held siphons off ~45 lakh Tribune News Service BL KAPUR HOSPITAL STILL RESONATES Panic at Circuit House after party worker leaves rifle on SUV seat Tribune News Service LUDHIANA 11 am to 3 pm: Jagjit Nagar, Green Field, Canal Colony, Shargodha Colony, Shakti Nagar and New Lajpat Nagar. STUDENTS STAGE PLAY ON TRAFFIC RULES MAX 21°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 11°C Harshraj Singh POWER SHUTDOWN PAGE 2 Ludhiana, February 5 A salesman of Gilco Agro Private Limited allegedly siphoned off Rs 45 lakh of the company’s sales collection. He has been identified as Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Daba Road, Focal Point. Dharminder Singh, director of Gilco Agro, Khasi Kalan, told the police that the company manufactured high quality flour, white wheat flour and other products. In June 2015, the company employed Kulwinder as salesman on a commission basis whose job was to procure orders from shopkeepers, bakeries and collect payments. He was supposed to deposit the payments collected from the clients in the c m y b account of the company. Between 2016 and 2018, the suspect got orders worth several lakhs and he himself collected the payments from the clients. Of the total collection, he did not deposit Rs 40 lakh in the bank account of the company. The matter came to light when the shopkeepers informed the company that they had already made payments to Kulwinder, said Dharminder. When the company asked Kulwinder to pay the company’s money, he started making hollow promises, following which a police complaint was filed. The investigating officer, Sub-Inspector Sukhdev Raj, said a case of fraud had been registered against the suspect. He is yet to be arrested. Tribune News Service Top: Firemen reach the second floor with the help of a ladder; and (above) injured firefighters being taken to hospital. on a cemented shed on the first floor, suffered injuries as the shed collapsed. They were trying to prevent the fire from spreading on to an adjoining factory. They have been identified as Harinder Singh and Surinder Singh. The officials said sparking in electricity wires could be the cause of fire, but the exact cause could be ascertained only after a thorough investigation. Firemen try to douse the flames at the factory in Focal Point on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS
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