04042019-JTR-01.qxd 4/4/2019 12:58 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 SECURITY BEEFED UP AT CITY RAILWAY STATION Amidst rumours of attack, police intensify security at the city railway station. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 34°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET THURDAY 6:48 PM Officials have seized 13,496 litres and 470 ml of English wine this year Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Cops recovered 14,000 litres of liquor at Phillaur in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO lahan was caught and on April 1, an additional 80,000 litres was seized. Compared to this, lahan seized in the previous years was 43 quintal 86 kg in 2017, 63 quintal and 17 kg in 2018. This year so far, until March 28, as many as 68 cases have been registered and 98 persons, caught with liquor, arrested so far. While 30 people brewing lahan had been caught in various villages between March 22 and 28, another six persons were caught on April 1 in joint raids by the income tax department and rural police and 94,000 litres of liquor (80,000 litres of lahan and 14,000 litres of illicit stuff was caught in Phillaur). Until a few months ago, seizure of branded (illicit liquor or country-made wine) was more frequent, with trucks and vehicles being caught and farmhouses or godowns being raided. In March, lahan seizures primarily topped the list of police/income tax department raids. Among liquor, the maximum seizures this year has been that of English wine while the least has been that of illicit liquor. “Interestingly, the seizures have gone up ahead of the elections. Lahan was being brewed all the year round. But now it is being caught. Many other units continue to operate in villages clandestinely,” sources said. Deputy Commissioner, Excise and Taxation, Jaspinder Singh said, “Since there is a strict watch on the transportation of liquor, ferrying of it has been greatly checked across the region due to close surveillance. However, lahan is brewed in the countryside and its use is rampant across the Mand and Bet areas. Its seizure has gone up.” When questioned whether the teams were also planning raids on farmhouses or on shady characters with political affiliations who have been raided in the past, he said, “So far, we have no tips. If we have any such information, we shall raid such places.” DSP Rural, Surinder Pal , Singh, said, “A close watch is being kept on sensitive areas which comprise the riverside belt in the district. While lahan is the key concern right now, we are also keeping an eye on any possible movement of other kinds of liquor.” SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:12 AM 17 bus drivers challaned during checking drive Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 3 Continuing about their drive against the violators of traffic rules, a team led by the Secretary, Regional Transport Authority (RTA), Dr Nayan Jassal, General Manager, Roadways, Parneet Singh Minhas and Ranjit Singh, carried out a special checking of buses at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Interstate Bus Terminal today. The officials issued challans to 17 buses found violating traffic rules in the city. The checking was also carried out at Rama Mandi Chowk where most bus drivers were found violating the transportation norms. During the checking, the officers inspected buses and verified the documents related to permit, pollution certificate, Continued on page 2 Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 3 Most of the CCTV cameras installed in the city are lying defunct. Even after the Maqsudan bomb blast incident, no work in this direction was commenced to keep a check on the activities of anti-social elements. The district police commissionerate claims to have installed 1,321 CCTV cameras all across the city. However, when enquired there were no whereabouts of the cameras. As per the figures received from the reader of additional DCP special branch, approxi- Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 3 If you are a young or first-time voter and will be casting your vote in the coming Lok Sabha elections, then you may have a chance to enjoy a movie and eat at restaurants at discounts as these are the offers by the district administration that are in the pipeline. According to the officials, voters on the day of the election can go to restaurants and cinema halls and show the inked finger to get discounts. However, the programme is yet to be finalised. Under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Programme (SVEEP), various steps are being taken by the administration, to encourage the young voters to cast their votes. Appeal on roll numbers and fee receipts too Besides, many other initiatives are being taken for the first time. The college students who are to appear in exams and will get the roll numbers will have an appeal to vote in the Lok Sabha elections written on it. Not only this, whenever a student will pay the fee and get the receipt, it will have a message on it asking them to cast their vote. Also, the admission forms of various colleges will Postmen roped in during last Vidhan Sabha elections Ahead of the Vidhan Sabha elections held in 2017, around 400 postmen in the district had given letters carrying an appeal to the residents in Punjabi and English. The appeal had read, “Dear voters of Jalandhar, the voter is the pivot in a democratic election and their participation in the electoral process is the essence of democracy.” The letter further read, “Our vote is valuable. Voting is not only our right but also our foremost duty towards Continued on page 2 Jalandhar, April 3 After The Tribune carried a story (March 7) on Sapna Thakur (60), who has been looking after three bedridden male members of her family, a lot of help has poured in for the woman, who until now was unknown to everyone. The FC Sondhi Charitable Trust, which has already been helping the needy for decades, has again come forward to help Sapna Thakur. Neena Sondhi has sanctioned a grant to her husband and both challenged sons. The family of Thakur will be paid Rs 6,600 (Rs 2,200 per month) after every four months in July, November and March. Notably, both children, aged 24 and 34, of Thakur were born physically and mentally challenged while her husband had suffered brain haemorrhage around two years ago. The situation worsened after her husband fell ill and they lost their sweet shop, which her husband ran for years. After reading the report published in The Tribune, many Good Samaritans helped her financially. The process is continuing. This correspondent also received many calls and emails, including one from Melbourne, Australia, asking for the contact number of Thakur so that they could help her. Thakur said that she had Sapna Tahkur (60), along with her daughter, looks after her sons and husband, who are bed ridden, in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH been getting calls and help from people. “I am very happy. What else do I need!. People have been helping and I am thankful to all of them. Now I feel that I am not alone. This has strengthened my belief in goodness in the world,” said Thakur. Also, Vandana Dhillon, whose story was also carried by the Tribune on the same day, will be helped by the Trust. Neena Sondhi has sanctioned her scholarship and pension. Dhillon will be paid Rs 2,200 after every four months (Rs 550 per month). Also, a scholarship for Rs 4,200 will be paid in two half-yearly instalments. The first instalment will be paid in September and the second in January. Dhillon (26), who faces disability in her lower part, lives with her mother and sister. Her sister Anjana is the only breadwinner of the family who earns by working at a clock showroom. She has lost c m y b THURSDAY | 4 APRIL 2019 | JALANDHAR Consumer Forum issues arrest warrant against JIT chairman Finds him guilty of not complying with two-year-old orders Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, April 3 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has issued a non-bailable warrant against the chairman of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) for non-compliance of its two-year-old order related to a complaint filed by an allottee of Bibi Bhani Complex. President of the forum Karnail Singh and member Jyotsna, in the last hearing over the execution appeal, ordered the issuing of a warrant of arrest of the executive officer for April 3, which has now been extended to May 6. The warrant was issued after the forum found that its orders of handing over the possession of flat with all the basic facilities along with 9 per cent interest on the prin- cipal amount from May 2012 till realisation to an allottee were not followed. Meanwhile, on March 12, during the last hearing of the execution appeal, the counsel for the JIT appeared before the forum and presented justifications for the delay in handing over the possession saying the construction work at the Bibi Bhani Complex is going on and provisions for all the basic facilities is being ensured, and within a month, it would hand over the possession. However, it miserably failed to do so. The forum asked the JIT to make the payment by May 6. It said if the Trust failed to implement the orders, an arrest warrant would be executed with immediate effect. In 2015, Sushil Kumar, a resident of Tarn Taran, filed a complaint with the forum over the Trust’s failure to give the possession of LIG Flat No. 73-A, in the 51.5 acre scheme at Guru Amar Das Nagar. The advocate of the allottee, Rajesh Kumar, said his client Sushil Kumar had got the flat in a lucky draw in August 2010 and had paid the entire amount of Rs 6.30 lakh by 2012. He informed that Sushil Kumar was told that the JIT would give the possession of the flat after paying the last installment within 2.5 years from the date of the allotment. He said the last date should have been May 2012. However, the JIT failed to hand over the possession of the flat despite several requests. Also, till date, the Trust has not ensured proper sewerage system and water supply in the area, he added. Several CCTV cameras lie defunct in city Aakanksha N Bhardwaj have the same message. Election Commission releases interesting books The Election Commission had also released many books with cartoons in it for the students of the 16-17 age-group, so that they would get to know about the importance of votes. It would also prompt them to exercise their franchise. The books include interesting and funny stories which communicate the importance of one’s vote in a democracy. Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Jasbir Singh said the idea is to make everyone understand that they must treat the day of voting as a festival and not look at it as a burden. PAGE 4 Actress Nyra Banerjee says she is a fitness lover and to maintain her health, she always try to stay happy. Discounts, incentives Help pours in for distressed families THE TRIBUNE to encourage young IMPACT voters to vote Aakanksha N Bhardwaj ACTRESS NYRA BANERJEE SAYS HAPPINESS IS THE MANTRA Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Ramya Krishnan have been paired in upcoming Tamil film Uyarntha Manithan. English wine seizures surpass previous hauls Jalandhar, April 2 The seizure of 13,496 litres and 470 ml of English wine in the first three months this year has surpassed the collective haul of wine seized in the entire last year and the year before that. Meanwhile, 72,235 kg of Lahan, 756 litres and 20 ml of illicit liquor and merely 30 litres of licit liquor has been seized in the district this year until March 28. While 13,496 litres and 470 ml of English wine has been seized this year so far, in 2018 in the entire year, 13,703 litres and 895 ml of English wine was seized and in 2018 even less – 6560 litres and 330 ml was seized. While as many as 25 surveillance teams in Doaba have been deputed under the election commission are supposed to keep an eye out on liquor distribution in various areas ahead of the elections, in Jalandhar nine teams (one for every constituency) have been deputed to carry out surveillance of the flow of liquor. Each constituency has two officials and a team of five team members to keep an eye on the distribution of liquor. While lahan seizure has recently shot through the roof with a week’s haul surpassing seizures in the previous few months, between March 22 and April 1, a much as 1,53,00 litres of lahan was seized. From March 22 to March 26, 73,000 litres of PAGE 3 AMITABH BACHCHAN AND RAMYA KRISHNAN RE-UNITE her father and brother. FC Sondhi Charitable Trust The Trust came into existence on May 2, 1978. Its founder FC Sondhi was a philanthropist and a businessman. Following in his steps and ideology, the Trust has been working with the objective of providing grants to the needy besides scholarships and books to students, so that they could achieve their life goals. The Trust recently distributed Rs 10,32,800 as a scholarship among 250 students and Rs 24,30,800 as grant among 397 beneficiaries, which included widows, senior citizens and physically challenged. Also, the trust members have approached APAAR NGO, working for the disabled people, to see if Sapna’s sons could be rehabilitated to some extent, like washing themselves, as it could be a great relief to the mother. mately two years ago, around 1,273 zones were fixed by the commissionerate where the CCTV cameras were required to be installed in the jurisdiction of various police divisions of the city and 1,924 cameras were required for the same. The figures also described that 1,321 cameras have been installed and 603 were left to be installed. However, there was no information regarding the present status of the cameras, whether they are working or not and where exactly they have been located. There is no monitoring cell for keeping the record of the incidents being recorded in CCTV cameras. Besides, the cameras fixed at the major locations of the city are gathering dust. Four cameras, installed at the BMC chowk for security and traffic concerns were stated to be defunct by the traffic police. ASI Raj Singh, said, he didn’t know weather the cameras were working or not as they were never verified. Similarly, cameras in Model Town, Guru Nanak Mission chowk, Old Baradari road and other locations have the similar tale. Admitting the fact that CCTV footage always help to trace the cases, ADCP-1 D Sudarvizhi said,“ The cops are only dependent on private cameras for the footage and sometimes they don’t get access to the footages of private cameras.” She said, apart from the cameras fixed in police stations, they were dependent on the cameras of residents. They have formed a directory of CCV cameras which were donated by public. “When elections are near and the city is always on high alert, the absence of CCTV cameras is a major security lapse,” said residents. Continued on page 2
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