08022019-LT-01.qxd 2/7/2019 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ‘INDIA NEEDS TO GROW BEFORE SHE GROWS OLD’ India needs to grow faster before she grows old, says Andreas Bauer, IMF Sr. Resid. Rep. for India, Nepal, Bhutan. FORECAST SHOWERS INBRIEF CAR STOLEN FROM OUTSIDE DMCH Ludhiana: Thieves stole a car from outside Dayanand Medical College and Hospital on Thursday evening. The car belonged to a Moga resident who had come to enquire after his ailing relative at the hospital. The police have registered a case against unidentified persons on a complaint of Rajwinder Singh, a resident of Teacher Colony, Moga. In his complaint to the police, Rajwinder said he had come to see his ailing relative at the DMCH this evening. He parked his car (PB 29 G 0418) near a parking lot in front of the hospital and went to enquire after his relative. “When I returned around 9 pm, I was shocked to see my car missing,” stated Rajwinder Singh. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.92 DIESEL ~65.95 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA CII MAJESTIC SKILL-WILLLEAD PROGRAMME: PCTE Group of Institutes Campus-2; 11 am onward Majithia’s defamation case adjourned Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, February 7 Judicial Magistrate Jagjit Singh today adjourned the hearing in a defamation case filed by former minister Bikram Singh Majithia against AAP party leader Sanjay Singh till February 16. The case was fixed for complainant evidence. But no witness was examined today. Majithia did not appear before the court as his personal presence was permanently exempted by the court when he was minister. Accused Sanjay Singh did not appear before the court today. His personal appearance was exempted by the court for today. In its criminal complaint, Majithia has alleged that Sanjay Singh made a false and defamatory statement against him at a rally in Moga on September 9, 2015. It was Continued on page 2 PAGE 2 COMPLETE WORK ON SIX LANING OF NH-44, SAYS SAD PAGE 4 The SAD has urged the Centre to complete work on six laning of NH-44 which passes through Ludhiana city. MAX 17°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET FRDAY 6:08 PM PAGE 4 Reports of Dr BL Kapur Memorial Hospital’s closure has come as a shock for wife of late Dr Cheema. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:13 AM FRIDAY | 8 FEBRUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA Rain submerges most areas, water enters shops, houses Our Correspondent Ludhiana, February 7 Heavy thunder showers and hail storm that lashed the city since late last evening inundated most city localities and normal life was disrupted as the rain continued intermittently all through the day today. Major roads, national highways (passing through the city) and internal streets in many residential areas and commercial hubs remained under water and sewer lines were overflowing at several places in the city due to poor storm water disposal. Reports from the city indicated that Dholewal Chowk, most part of Old GT Road, Clock Tower Chowk, Bhadaur House, Feroze Gandhi Market, Elevated Road, residential localities along Ferozepur Road, Pakhowal Road, Hambran Road, Model Town, Dugri, Mini Secretariat, Domoria Pul, Haibowal and many areas in old city were under water. In some localities in old city areas of Islam Ganj, Field Ganj, Chaura Bazaar and Daresi Road, rainwater entered shops and houses causing damage to property and household articles. A waterlogged Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN HAIL STORM LASHES KHANNA A wall that collapsed at Civil Surgeon office after the rain. Khanna (OC): Heavy rain and hail storm that lashed the town on Thursday turned low-lying areas into ponds. The rain started around 1.50 pm and continued till late in the evening. Around 3.40 pm, a hail storm lashed the area and the life came to a standstill. However, there were no reports of any loss to farmers. There were reports of heavy rain in areas, including Samrala, Machhiwara and Khamano. As the roads and streets were under water for most part of the day, vehicles, mostly two wheelers, were stuck at several places and in some parts of the city even schools was reported to be thin due to incessant rain. The main compound of Mini Secretariat in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Continued on page 2 pedestrians found it tough to wade in knee-deep water. In particular, the office-goers and students found it tough to reach their destinations and attendance in many Youth killed after Con men decamp being hit by vehicle with gold jewellery Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 7 A 24-year-old man was killed after being hit by a vehicle near Jalandhar Bypass last evening. The deceased has been identified as Davinder Singh (24), a resident of Gurnam Nagar on Jassian Road in Ludhiana. The police have registered a case of negligent driving against an unknown person. According to information, Davinder worked at a factory on GT Road. The accident took place past evening while Davinder was returning home on his motorcycle. According to sources, as soon as Davinder reached near Jalandhar Bypass, the motorcycle he was riding on was hit by a vehicle from behind. Passersby informed the police following which a police team reached the spot and took the victim to the hospital. The doctors declared him brought in dead. The police handed over the body to the victim’s family after post-mortem at Civil Hospital. The investigating officer, SI Gurwinder Singh, said the police had registered a case under Section 304 A and 427 of the IPC against an unidentified driver after recording the statement of the victim’s brother, Gurvinder Singh. Efforts are on to trace the vehicle involved in the accident, said the SI. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 7 In a dramatic incident, two men posing as locksmiths conned a woman out of gold jewellery worth lakhs at Rajendra Nagar of Ludhiana. The police have registered a case against unidentified persons in this regard and launched investigation. The case was registered on a complaint of Hitesh Bhargav, a resident of Rajendra Nagar area. In his complaint to the police, Hitesh stated that two persons posing as locksmiths arrived in their locality. “I was out of station and my wife was alone at home. There was some problem in the lock of an almirah. My wife called the locksmiths to fix the lock. While the con men were repairing the lock, my wife was busy doing daily chores. In the meanwhile, the con men stole three gold earrings, three gold bangles, one ring and one gold ‘mangal sutra’ from the almirah,” said Hitesh. According to Hitesh, his wife learnt about the theft when she checked the almirah after the con men had left the house after repairing the lock. “My wife found the gold jewellery kept in the almirah missing and she immediately called me up,” said Hitesh. The investigating officer, Constable Sukhdev Singh, said the police had registered a case under Section 380 and 34 of the IPC against unidentified persons at the Division Number 8 police station. Parking mafia at it again, fleece visitors Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, February 7 Even after the Municipal Corporation has terminated the contract of three parking contractors for overcharging and other irregularities last month, the open fleecing of the public, that too right under the nose of MC has not stopped. Since some of the designated parking sites are now being managed by the MC at its own level, apparently some of the MC employees deployed to manage parking lots have picked up the trail left by parking mafia. The BJP district vice-president Parminder Mehta was a witness to the dubious dealing at the mutli-storey parking near MC Zone A office at Mata Rani Chowk where those manning the parking lot were charging Rs 20 as parking fee while at the same time Rs 50 NURTURED IT LIKE BABY, SAYS DR CHEEMA’S WIFE The multi-storey parking of the MC at Mata Rani Chowk and parking slips issued by the staff. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA parking fee was being charged from vehicles parked outside the parking site but within the MC complex. “The printed parking slips being issued to vehicle owners for parking inside the multi-storey parking complex bear the name of MC (nagar nigam) while those of Rs 50 just mention ‘car parking fee’,” alleged Mehta. That the supervisory officials overseeing the working of multi-storey parking were absolutely unaware of the parking racket going on under their nose was evident when MC Superintendent (Tehbazari) Charanjit Singh feigned complete ignorance about Rs 50 parking fee being charged from members of the public. He said the parking fee fixed by the MC was Rs 20 and parking slips being issued by MC staff at the parking site clearly mentioned the parking fee. “As to how Rs 50 parking c m y b fee is being charged and who has authorised the attendants to issue these slips which do not bear the name of any contractor or the MC has to be ascertained,” he said while talking to The Tribune. “We have directed field staff to look into the matter and nab the culprits who are looting the public and also causing loss of revenue to the MC,” he added. Sources, however, revealed that certain MC officials and employees were behind this illegal parking racket to make some quick bucks till the time parking was allotted to a contractor which could take at least a couple of months more. “Similarly, wrongdoing and illegal collection might be going on at other designated parking sites in the city also where parking contracts had been terminated,” the sources added. ADCP 1 Gurpreet Singh Sikand addresses a press conference regarding the arrest of vehicle thieves at his office in Ludhiana on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Gang of vehicle thieves busted, 11 stolen vehicles recovered Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 7 With the arrest of five persons, the Ludhiana police have claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves. They have been identified as Rohit Verma, alias Ravi, of New Vijay Nagar; Ram Chander of Gurbaksh Colony in Salem Tabri; Balvir Kumar of EWS Colony on Tajpur Road; Jaswant Singh, alias Mintu, of Islam Ganj; and Heera Lal of a slum area, near railway station. The police have registered a case against them under sections of the IPC and further investigation is under way. The police have recovered 11 stolen vehicles, including seven motorcycles, a car and an SUV. According to the police, the suspects had stolen these vehicles from areas of Ludhiana in the past some months. The used to sell the stolen vehicles to scrap dealers who further sold their parts on the black market. Gurpreet Singh Sikand, ADCP 1, said the suspects were arrested during investigation into the theft of a Toyota Innova outside a workshop on January 21. “During investigation, the police found that the SUV was stolen by the persons who had arrived outside the workshop in a Tata Indigo. A police team spotted the same car on a bridge at Dharampura. The police intercepted the car and nabbed Balvir Kumar,” said the ADCP . During questioning, Balvir told the police that he, along with his two accomplices Rohit Kumar, alias Ravi; and Ram Chander had stolen the SUV. He also told the police that Ravi and Ram Chander were also coming there in the stolen SUV. “After sometime, a police team intercepted the SUV and nabbed Ravi and Ram Chander. They had installed a fake registration number plate on the stolen SUV,” said Sikand. During further investigation, the police arrested two more accomplices of the suspects, Jaswant Singh, alias Mintu, and Heera Lal. The police also recovered nine more stolen vehicles on the basis of revelations made by the suspects. According to the police, Rohit and Balvir had also stolen a Hyundai Santro from Delhi. “The accused sold the Santro to a scrap dealer in the Gill Chowk area of Ludhiana. We also carried out a raid to arrest the scrap dealer but he had absconded. The police have been searching for him and he will be arrested soon,” said the ADCP .
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