05032019-LT-01.qxd 3/5/2019 12:27 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE LECTURE ON HEART DISEASES AMONG WOMEN PAGE 3 Now heart attacks affect women in the reproductive age-group rather than after menopause, says expert FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 4 ARRESTED WITH 100-GM HEROIN Khanna: The police claimed to have recovered 100-gm heroin from the possession of four persons near Hedon village. The suspects have been identified as Tony, a resident of Hargobind Nagar, Ludhiana; Sikandar, a resident of Daddumajra, near Mohali, and at present residing at Harkrishan Colony, Ludhiana; Pritosh, a resident of Sarupah, District Ajamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and at present residing at New Harkrishan Colony, Ludhiana; and Monu Kumar, a resident of Dinak Deewa, District Goondan, Uttar Pradesh. Khanna SSP Dhruv Dahiya said a police team, led by DSP Hans Raj, Davinder Singh and SHO Sukhbir Singh, signalled a car to stop at a naka opposite the police post at Heddon. The driver tried to escape but the police made the driver stop the vhicle. The police recovered 100-gm heroin from the possession of those travelling in the car. A case under Sections 21/61/85 of the NDPS Act has been registered at Samrala. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.61 DIESEL ~66.94 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA LIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE ARMY AIR DEFENCE MILITARY BAND OF GOPALPUR, ODISHA: PCTE campus; 02:30 pm LAUNCH OF MAAN DHAN PENSION SCHEME: Bachat Bhawan; 10:30 am PAGE 4 SEWAGE OUTPERFORMS SWACHHTA IN CITY BITTU TO SHUT OPERATIONS OF TOLL PLAZA AT LADHOWAL Residents of Dera Bazigar Basti allege MC not addressing their grievances despite repeated calls MAX 22°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:27 PM PAGE 4 Bittu, along with his supporters, has decided to shut down operations of Ladhowal toll plaza on March 8 SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:48 AM TUESDAY | 5 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA COMPLAINT AGAINST ‘SLACK’ ACTION BY MC WING Soaked in devotion VB for inquiry against tehbazari officials Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Devotees pour milk on Shivalingam on the occasion of Mahashivratri in Ludhiana on Monday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN REPORT ON P3 Couple commits suicide at Salem Tabri Leaves behind 4-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter Jaswant Shetra Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 4 A couple allegedly committed suicide by hanging themselves from the ceiling of their house in the Salem Tabri area under mysterious circumstances past night. The deceased have been identified as Pankaj Kumar (30) and his wife (Poonam), residents of Bharti Colony in the Salem Tabri area. The couple is survived by a fouryear-old son and a threeyear-old daughter. The incident came to light this morning when the couple did not come out of their room and the other members of the family had to break the door. Soon a team from the Salem Tabri police station reached the spot and launched investigation into the incident. The police sent the bodies for post-mortem. In his statement to the police, Pankaj’s brother, Neeraj, said they hailed from Siqandrabad in Bihar but they have been living in Ludhiana for the past many years. Pankaj, who worked at a local factory, got married to Poonam around eight years ago and the couple had two children. According to Neeraj, Pankaj had been upset for the past some days. “A few days ago, Pankaj told me that he had been under stress. I asked him the reason behind his stress but he did not tell anything to me. Last night, we all had dinner together following which Pankaj and Poonam retired to their room along with their daughter. Their son slept with me. “Both of them did not come out of their room till 8 am today. I went to wake them up but despite my repeated Continued on page 3 Ludhiana, March 4 Following a complaint against the tehbazari wing of the MC, in which its officials have been accused of not taking appropriate action against temporary encroachments in the city areas, the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, has sent a reminder to the Principal Secretary, Department of Local Bodies, recommending departmental inquiry against the Superintendent (Headquarters), the tehbazari superintendents and inspectors of all four zones of the civic body. The bureau has also recommended transfer of the superintendents of the tehbazari wing to other districts. The Principal Secretary has been requested to inform the bureau about action taken in this regard. Earlier, the Vigilance Bureau, Ludhiana Range, had conducted an inquiry into the complaint. In November 2017, a citybased RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, had complained to the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, against alleged corrupt practices prevalent in the tehbazari wing of the MC, Ludhiana. The complainant had alleged that the staff concerned were not taking action against encroachments in the Dandi Swami Road area, Jawahar Nagar and other parts of the city. He had Encroachments at Chaura Bazaar in Ludhiana. FILE PHOTO claimed that the MC issued around 14,000 challans yearly while they could issue many more if the officials concerned worked honestly. He had also claimed that the MC was bound to impose a penalty of Rs 500 per day upon habitual encroachers as per the court orders, but these orders were allegedly ignored. While demanding a probe into the matter, the complainant had requested the Vigilance Bureau to act against the officials concerned for allegedly violating the court orders and causing loss to the public exchequer. To get information about action taken on his complaint after passage of more than one year, Sabharwal filed an RTI application in January 2019 to the Vigilance Bureau. In reply, the complainant has been informed that the report based on an inquiry conducted by Vigilance Bureau, Ludhiana Range, has also been sent to the Principal Secretary concerned. In 2018, 3,750 challans had been issued by the Zone A office, maximum 5,650 challans by Zone B, 950 challans by Zone C and 3,650 challans by Zone D during JanuaryDecember, 2018. According to information obtained through an RTI application, the Zone C office had issued not a single challan from January to March 2018. Besides, the Zone D office had issued no challan in March while the Zone A office had found no encroacher in September. He came to help friend hurt in Teenager dies of Domestic help killed in hit-&-run mishap, lost own life in another drug overdose Tribune News Service Elderly man hit by pickup van as he tries to shift his injured friend Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 4 An elderly man was killed after being hit by a pickup van in the Shivpuri area here past evening. The deceased has been identified as Mohammad Jamshaid (60), a resident of Bahadurke Road. The accident took place while the victim was trying to shift one of his friends, who had been injured in an accident earlier, to the hospital. According to sources, the deceased’s friend, Labh Singh, was returning home on his horse cart past evening when he was hit by a truck. In his statement to the police, Labh Singh said as he was injured in the accident, he called his family and neighbours to the spot. Mohammad Jamshaid was helping his family to shift him to the hospital when he (Jamshaid) was hit by a speeding pickup van. He was rushed to the nearby hospital by his neighbours but the doctors declared him brought in dead. The drivers of both vehicles escaped after the accidents. The police have registered a case of negligent driving against both drivers. The investigating officer, SI Amrik Singh, said the drivers had been identified as Deepak and Mantu Parsad. “Both drivers have absconded and the efforts are on to trace them. The police have impounded both vehicles,” said the SI. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 4 In yet another case of death due to drug overdose, a teenager reportedly died in the Chavani Mohalla area this morning. The deceased has been identified as Karan (17), a resident of Chavani Mohalla. The police have registered a case under Section 304 A of the IPC against Karan’s friends, Aakash, Lakhan and Bobby on the basis of a statement of the victim’s mother. However, the Division Number 4 police are yet to arrest the suspects. In her statement to the police, the victim’s mother, Preeto, stated that Aakash, Lakhan and Bobby arrived at their house on Sunday night. “Karan left along with his friends and all of them consumed some kind of drug. When Karan returned home after a few hours, he was under the influence of some kind of drug and he immediately went to sleep. Around 3 am this morning, his condition deteriorated and we rushed him to the Continued on page 4 Ludhiana, March 4 A 25-year-old migrant woman was killed after being hit by a speeding mini-truck in the Mundian Kalan area here past night. The deceased has been identified as Mausami Devi (25), a resident of Dalvir Da Vehra, in the Mundia Kalan area. The accident took place around 9 pm past night near the gurdwara while the woman was returning home from work. The police have registered a case of negligent driving against the mini-truck driver after recording a statement of the victim’s brother. The driver sped away after the accident. In his statement to the police, the victim’s brother, Bajrangi Sahni, said his sister, Mausami, worked as domestic help. She was returning home from work when she was hit by a speeding Tata Magic (PB 10 DZ 3542) from behind near the gurdwara of Mundia Kalan. Sahni said after being informed, he immediately reached the spot and rushed his sister to Civil Hospital with the help of passers-by. The doctors at the Civil Hospital declared her brought in dead. The investigating officer, Constable Palwinder Singh, said the police had registered a case under Section 304 A and 279 of the IPC against the mini-truck driver. “The suspect has been identified as Jaspal Singh, a resident of Mundian Kalan. He escaped from the spot after the accident. Efforts are on to trace him and he will be arrested soon,” said Palwinder. MC electrical works smack of irregularities Woman who choked her daughter to death held Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, March 4 There is more to it than meets the eye in day to day working of electrical branch of the Municipal Corporation where it has become a common practice to put bills of contractors and suppliers on hold for months, and even years together, for no apparent reason, or else re-invite bids for works already allotted and executed by contractors just to cause harassment to contractors, especially those who tend to resist the undue demands by officials. According to sources, complaints of out-of-turn payments to favourite contractors entrusted with maintenance of street lights, excess payment against light points which have TENDERS RE-INVITED, WORKS ALREADY EXECUTED Work for ‘Provision of LED lighting arrangements at BUSP flats in Mundian Kalan’ was allotted vide resolution no. 573 (tenders opened on January 3, 2018) to Aglow Builders for Rs 7,27,163. However, vide resolution no. 82 (tenders opened on September 21, 2018, the same work was again allotted to Subhash and Sons for Rs 7,66,932. already been replaced with LED lights and payment against sub-standard LED lights, were already under investigation by the Department of Local Government. Recently, yet another curi- ous case has come to surface where tenders were re-invited for an electrical work and allotted to a contractor, which had already been executed almost a year ago by another contractors against valid work order. Documents available with The Tribune indicate that work for ‘Provision of LED lighting arrangements at BUSP flats in Mundian Kalan’ was allotted vide resolution no. 573 (tenders opened on January 3, 2018) to Aglow Builders for Rs 7,27,163. However, vide resolution no. 82 (tenders opened on September 21, 2018, the same work was again allotted to Subhash and Sons for Rs 7,66,932. The contractor (Aglow Builders) claimed that work was executed by the firm as per terms and conditions of work order and the MC officials were duly intimated in writing that the work had been completed and the bill for the same be prepared and processed for payment. c m y b “However, to our shock and dismay the same work (already executed) was allotted to another firm and MC officials adopted an evasive attitude towards the payment due to us for the work,” said the contractor. Talking to The Tribune, the Executive Engineer/Light Branch of MC, Balwinder Singh, admitted that the work was indeed completed by Aglow Builders. “The bid for the same work was re-invited through an oversight because the light branch had to hurriedly prepare a list of pending works for which funds were to be provided by GLADA,” he said, adding that after cancellation of the second bid as per laid down procedure, payment would be made to the contractor who had executed the work. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 4 The police have arrested the woman who had allegedly killed her oneand-a-half-year-old daughter in the Jeevan Nagar area of Focal Point, under Section 302 of the IPC. She has been identified as Sunita. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Industrial Area-A, Harjinder Singh said the police had arrested the woman and further investigation into the case was going on. “The police have arrested the woman and she has confessed to her crime,” said the ACP . Suspect Anita feeds her daughter Khushi. FILE PHOTO According to the police, the woman had chocked her toddler to death with a pillow and she intended to implicate her husband Guddu in the murder case. Sunita had plans to marry her paramour after killing her daughter and sending her husband to jail, claimed the police officials. When the police questioned her, she confessed to the crime. According to information, Sunita got married to Guddu, who is a labourer, in 2016 and gave birth to a girl child in 2017. The police officials said their relations turned sour after the birth of their daughter as Guddu started suspecting that Sunita was cheating on him.
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