12032019-LT-01.qxd 3/12/2019 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE MYSTERY SHROUDING GIRL’S MURDER SOLVED, TWO HELD PAGE 3 7-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered by one of her relatives and his accomplice on Friday night FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF PAGE 3 126 FLYING SQUADS TO KEEP VIGIL ON CODE VIOLATIONS Residents of the city would soon be able to use cVIGIL, ‘citizens vigil’ mobile app MAX 24°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:30 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:40 AM Ludhiana: The police have arrested two drug peddlers and seized 1 kg of ganja from them. They have been identified as Maninder Singh and Sajjan Kumar, both residents of Joshi Nagar in the Haibowal Kalan area. The police have registered a case under the NDPS Act and further investigation is on. The suspects were arrested near Baloke village following a tip-off on Sunday evening. The investigating officer, ASI Manjit Singh, said the police had also confiscated a scooter on which the suspects were trying to smuggle the drug. “Both suspects are drug addicts and they started peddling drugs to earn quick money,” said ASI Manjit Singh. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.64 DIESEL ~68.71 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA CII MAJESTIC SKILL-WILLLEAD PROGRAMME: University Business School, PU Regional Centre; 11 am GADVASU ANNUAL ATHLETICS MEET: Punjab Agricultural University; 9:30 am Tribune News Service Students in a jubilant mood after receiving their degrees during the annual convocation at GNDE College in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN REPORT ON PAGE 3 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 11 More rain is likely in March, thanks to frequent western disturbances. The weathermen have predicted rain on two or three days in the entire region in the coming days. Talking to The Tribune, Surinder Paul, from the Met Department, Chandigarh, said chilly winds were expected as there were more western disturbances, and these winds would be accompanied by rain. Compared to the past few years, this March had witnessed lower temperatures. As farmers are concerned, there is nothing to worry about. The coming rain will not damage the wheat, mustard or vegetable crops. PS Pangli, president of Borlaug Farmer Association for South Asia, said these rains had caused no damage to the crops. “The only problem is with potato. Potato seeds are sent to about seven states, including Kar- Ludhiana, March 11 Two youths reportedly committed suicide in the city in the past 24 hours. Both youths were below 25 years of age. In the first incident, Narinder Kumar (24) committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his room in the Moti Nagar area today. According to sources, he took this extreme step due to alleged harassment at the hands of his in-laws. The police have registered a case of abetment of suicide against the deceased’s wife Shilpi, father-in-law and mother-in-law. They are yet to be arrested. The incident came to light around 11 am when Narinder did not come out of his room. Narinder’s mother knocked the door of his room but he did not respond. She called her neighbours who broke the door. When they entered the room, they found Narinder hanging from the ceiling fan. Soon, a police team from the Moti Nagar station reached the spot. The police sent the body to Civil Hospital where an autopsy would be conducted tomorrow. The Moti Nagar SHO, Inspector Pargat Singh, said a case of abetment of suicide had been registered against Shilpi and her parents on the basis of a statement of the victim’s father and efforts were being made to arrest them. In his statement to the police, Hari Krishan says that his son got married to Shilpi of Haibowal Kalan in February 2018. “The relations between Narinder and his wife turned sour a few months after the marriage and Shilpi started living with her parents. Last month, Shilpi gave birth to a boy and Narinder went to meet his wife and child. But his inlaws did not let him meet them on the pretext that it will not be good for the child if his father sees him within one and a half months of birth,” said Hari Krishan. According to Hari Krishan, Narinder again went to meet his child yesterday, but his inlaws did not allow him to meet his child and also abused him. Narinder returned home and he had Continued on page 2 Bains pulls off sting against ‘chitta’ trade in city Now, civic body His friend buys four packets of the drug from peddlers for ~300 each at Cheema Chowk Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 11 Appearing live on his Facebook page, LIP chief-cumMLA Simarjeet Singh Bains claims to have exposed as to how ‘chitta’ (a drug) is allegedly being openly sold near Cheema Chowk here. In a live broadcast on his Facebook page, Bains said he had sent his friend to purchase “chitta” near Cheema Chowk and Transport Nagar. His friend purchased four packets containing a small amount of ‘chitta’ during the sting operation. He said: “Earlier, my friend had purchased two packets. I asked him to purchase two more packets of the drug to wake up our government and police. The cost of each packet containing a small amount of the drug was Rs 300,” he said. “Chitta is being sold here like potatoes are sold in a vegetable mart. There is a ‘mandi’ of ‘chitta’ in Ludhiana as the police are hand in glove with smugglers. Even after I Simarjit Singh Bains shows a packet of “chitta” at Police Commissioner’s office on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN exposed this smuggling racket, the police did not take the matter seriously. As it is a major city of Punjab, the police could easily reach near Cheema Chowk when we exposed the open selling of drug,” said Bains. He said: “Drugs have already ruined lives of many youngsters. Captain Amarinder Singh had taken the oath to make Punjab free of drugs, but he did nothing. An MLA and a common person were forced to put their lives at risk to expose this open sale of ‘chitta’.” No action on 667 complaints: MLA The Lok Insaaf Party had held a campaign against drugs from July 1 to 7 last year. “When we launched helpline number 667 last year, we received many complaints of drug smuggling. Western disturbances to cause more rain Shivani Bhakoo TUESDAY | 12 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA Two youngsters commit suicide Ludhiana: The police have arrested three alleged snatchers at Jawala Singh Chowk. They have been identified as Jai Khush, Saurav Kumar and Gaurav Kumar, all residents of Jawahar Nagar area in Ludhiana. The police have registered a case under sections 379 B and 34 of the IPC against the suspects at the Jodhewal police station and further investigation is on. The investigating officer, Constable Radhe Sham, said the police recovered a knife and a stolen mobile phone from Jai Khush, a scooter from Saurav Kumar and three stolen mobile phones from Gaurav Kumar. “All three suspects are drug addicts. During preliminary questioning, they confessed to their involvement in many incidents of snatching reported in the recent months,” he said. TNS 2 PEDDLERS HELD WITH 1-KG GANJA PAGE 4 Protesting operators alleged that the company has increased its share from 20% to 50% On cloud nine THREE SNATCHERS ARRESTED BIKE-TAXI DRIVERS PROTEST INCREASE IN OLA SHARE ❝ Changing weather, wedding season spur veggie prices nataka and Gujarat. But the harvest is being delayed due to rain and seed can be Meanwhile, the changing weather, coupled with the onset of wedding season, has led to a steep rise in the prices of vegetables. The tomatoes which till a few days back were selling for Rs 25-30 per kg, were today sell- Chilly winds are expected as there are more western disturbances, and these winds will be accompanied by rain. Compared to the past few years, this March has witnessed lower temperatures. ❞ Surinder Paul, Met Department, Chandigarh damaged. Otherwise, the rain has caused no loss to any other crop,” said Pangli. Rates of veggies are increasing because of untimely rain and wedding season. INDERJIT VERMA c m y b ing for Rs 50 per kg. Similarly, the prices of peas, capsicum, bottle gourd, green chilli, etc, have also witnessed a sudden increase. Gurmeet Singh, a vegetable vendor at Dandi Swami, said vegetables would remain costly for a few months as the weather was changing and the wedding season had begun. “The demand has increased and now most veggies will come from Himachal Pradesh. The vegetables grown in Punjab are still reasonably priced, but once the fresh crop starts arriving from Himachal Pradesh, the prices will witness an increase,” he said. Home-makers say moment they plan to pack up the winter stuff, the weather takes a turn. “I was planning to keep the winter stuff in bed boxes but it again started raining today. Earlier, the weather became little hot around Holi, but this year, we are still wearing woollens,” said Smriti, a home-maker. All those complaints were submitted to the Office of Chief Minister and the special task force. However, no action was taken against anyone involved in the drug trade. Only drug addicts are arrested while smugglers are often spared. I appeal to people to make videos of drug smugglers to expose them as the government agencies have failed to control the menace of drugs,” he said. Bains, along with his supporters, met the Police Commissioner after conducting the sting operation. He demanded the dismissal of the station house officer and other policemen concerned for turning a blind eye to the sale of “chitta” near Cheema Chowk. He submitted three packets of ‘chitta’ with the complaint to the Police Commissioner office and kept one with him to get it tested at a private laboratory. Bains also claimed that he would file a complaint to the Election Commission of India as the model code of Continued on page 2 3.4-quintal poppy husk seized Khanna, March 11 The police today claimed to have arrested two persons after recovering 3.4 quintal of poppy husk from their truck. They have been identified as Sarabjit Singh, alias Gora, of Rampur Chhanna in Sangrur district, and Harbans Singh, of Toderpur village in Patiala district. Khanna SSP Dhruv Dahiya said a police party manning a naka at the T-point near Kamma village got a tip-off that poppy husk was being smuggled in a truck. The police signalled a truck coming from the Bhumaddi village side to stop. The police recovered 3.4 quintal of poppy husk from the truck and arrested its occupants under Section 15/61/85 of the NDPS Act. The police also impounded the truck. The suspects said they brought this consignment from Madhya Pradesh and were going towards Samana to sell it. — OC sends property tax reminders The Ludhiana MC has recovered around Rs 63 crore as property tax so far. FILE PHOTO Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 11 As last date for filing property tax returns for 2018-19 would end this month, the MC has started sending reminder text messages to residents to pay their tax. The residents, who have not filed their property tax return for 2018-19, are being requested to pay property tax before March 31 to avoid 18% interest. Sources in the MC said the tax due on 1.25 lakh properties had been collected while the owners of more than 50,000 properties are yet to pay their tax. “The MC is also planning to keep offices open on March 23, 24, 30 and 31 (Saturdays and Sundays) to collect property tax. However, the final decision is yet to be taken. The residents can also pay property tax by visiting the official website of MC,” said an official. The MC had expected to collect Rs 100 crore as property tax during 2018-19. It has recovered around Rs 63 crore so far, the official said. Superintendent Vivek Verma said they were sending reminders to residents to pay their property tax for the ongoing financial year at the earliest. The residents would also have to pay interest if they pay tax after the deadline. Last chance to file income tax returns Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 11 Income tax assessees who skipped or failed to file their returns for 2017-18 have a golden chance to file these by March 31. A city-based Chartered Accountant, Mantosh Gupta, said the last date for filing returns was in July. The assessees will now have to pay penalties with returns. In case they still fail to file returns, there will not be another such chance. “The I-T returns are required everywhere. If you want to get a loan or wish to send your ward abroad, three years’ I-T returns are mandatory. To avoid problems in such cases, one needs to file his return by March 31,” said Gupta. Besides, there is another chance for those who had not filed their state GST returns properly. They can also file their GST returns by rectifying the mistakes by March 31. “The exporters who have not filed returns for 2017-18 or the ones who filed wrong returns by mistake, can do it before March 31, 2019,” said Gupta. One can also file his input credit claims by March 31, he said.
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