06102020-LT-01.qxd 10/6/2020 12:31 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE STUDENTS COME OUT WITH FLYING COLOURSIN JEE (ADVANCED) PAGE 2 City students have done well in the JEE (Advanced)-2020, bringing laurels to Ludhiana. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ~12K STOLEN FROM SHOP Ludhiana: Two persons have allegedly stolen ~12,000 from a crockery shop at Chandar Nagar. In complaint, Krishna Crockery Store owner Veena Bhandari said, “An unidentified man and woman visited my store in the afternoon on Saturday. They purchased a set of cups. After that, they requested me to give them water for drinking. When I went to get water for them, they stole ~12,000 from my purse kept in the safe.” A case under Sections 380 and 34, IPC, has been registered against unidentified suspects at the Haibowal police station. TNS FOUR HELD FOR CELLPHONE THEFT Ludhiana: The police have arrested four persons for allegedly stealing mobile phones. Investigating officer Swaran Singh claimed that they recovered eight mobile phones of different brands from the suspects. The suspects have been identified as Anil Rana, Salesh Kumar, Sahil Kumar and Sachin Kumar. The suspects were arrested when they were coming from the Jalandhar bypass towards Clock Tower Chowk. A case under Sections 379 and 411, IPC, has been registered against the suspects at the Division No. 4 police station. TNS BSNL TELEPHONE WIRES STOLEN Ludhiana: Many landline phones stopped functioning as unidentified miscreants stole underground wires of the BSNL in the Miller Ganj area. The BSNL sub-divisional officer, Mandeep Singh, has filed a complaint with the police in this regard. He said many people complained about nonfunctional phones. During checking, it was found that underground telephone wires had been stolen. A case under Sections 379, IPC, was registered against unidentified suspects at the Division No. 6 police station. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9 am to 4:30 pm: Model Town post office area, Old Krishna Mandir Road, Chater Singh park area, L-R Block, Krishna Mandir, Krishna Hospital, Gole Market, Gulati Chowk, Janj Ghar, Brishta Coffey area, Dhuri Line, Manohar Nagar, Vishwakrma Town, Azad Nagar, Manjit Nagar, Abdulapur Basti and Manjit Nagar area. Transformer at MC office catches fire, power line damaged Ludhiana, October 5 A transformer installed on the premises of the MC Zone D office in Sarabha Nagar caught fire today. There was no power supply in the office after the transformer caught fire around 11 am due to ‘short circuit’. Three fire tenders were rushed to spot, which managed to douse the flames in around 10 minutes. As the underground power supply line got damaged the office work got affected. Visitors, who had come to Suvidha Centre, were forced to return without getting their work done. Efforts were still on to restore the power supply at the MC office till 8 pm. An official said new supply line was being laid and the power would be restored at the earliest. — TNS NEHA , VISHAL DADLANI & HIMESH KICK-START INDIAN IDOL 12 VIRAL PICTURE OF SANJU RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT HIS HEALTH SUNSET TUESDAY 6:05 PM PAU Vice-Chancellor, wife test +vesuccumb to disease for Covid 160 contract virus, eight Tribune News Service A resident gives a sample for the Covid test. INDERJEET VERMA FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES POSITIVE 2,97,860 18,654 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 803 778 another was a patient of diabetes and hypertension. An 84-year-old man from Kitchlu Nagar, who was a patient of hypertension and coronary artery disease, also succumbed to coronavirus. Those who tested positive, include 17 people, who were contacts of Covid patients, 83 were referred from OPDs, 38 from flu corners and 19 were still under tracing. The Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner (DC), Varinder Sharma, said, “In all, 160 patients from the Ludhiana CONTROL ROOM For home isolation 78147-64759 Ambulance problem 78143-63850 Hospital problem 62849-12553 General problem 62845-31852 Weblink where residents can check real time status of vacant and occupied beds in all hospitals: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid19-bed-status-in-ludhiana-district/ district have tested positive during the last 24 hours.” “Till date, 2,97,860 samples have been collected, out of which report of 2,96,673 samples has arrived. As many as 2,75,648 samples are negative while report of 1,187 samples is pending. Now, the total number of Covid patients related to Ludhiana is 18,654,” the DC added. “Till now, 44,553 persons have been home quarantined in the district. Their present number is 2,800. Today, 180 persons have been home quarantined,” the DC said. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:23 AM 26-year-old youth shot at, injured seriously Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 5 Two bike-borne miscreants shot at a 26-year-old youngster at the Thapar Colony area in Haibowal today. The seriously injured victim, Saurav Sharma, was rushed to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. One of the suspects opened fire at Sharma when he along with his friend had returned from a gym. According to victim’s friend Parshant Tiwari, they were outside Sharma’s home when two bike-borne miscreants arrived and asked the latter to come with them. When Sharma refused to go with them, one of the miscreants opened fire at him from a close range. As a bullet hit in his stomach, Sharma fell down. Victim’s friend then raised an alarm and Sharma was rushed to the hospital. After getting information about crime, the police reached the spot and started investigation into the matter. The police suspect personal enmity behind the crime. The Haibowal Station House Officer (SHO), Jaskanwaljit Singh, said the suspects had asked Sharma to sit with them on bike, but when he refused, they shot at him. The victim will undergo surgery at the hospital, the SHO added. The police said investigation was on and the suspects would be arrested soon. The police are scanning footage of the CCTV cameras in the area to identify the suspects. PAGE 4 On Sunday, Sanjay Dutt’s fans began sending him ‘get well soon’ messages for the actor’s speedy recovery. Singing reality show Indian Idol, which has been the stage for aspiring singers, is back with its 12th season. MAX 37°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 19°C Ludhiana, October 5 The Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, has tested positive for Covid-19. His wife has also tested positive for the virus. The ViceChancellor (VC) office located in Thapar Hall has been sealed for a few days. Few employees and officials quarantined themselves after the VC tested positive. This is not the first time that any university official has tested positive for the virus. In July and August, too, university was shut after some employees contracted virus. Today, 160 people from the district tested positive for Covid while eight succumbed to the virus. The age group of those, who lost their lives to Covid, was between 20 to to 80 years. The youngest to lose her life today was a 20-year-old woman, who was admitted at the DMCH. A 29-year-old man from Dhandra Road, who was suffering from diabetes, also died due to the virus today. Three people, including two men and a woman, in the age group of 50 years also died due to the virus. They belonged to the Civil Lines, Goandwal village and Abdullapur Basti, respectively. Two women aged 64 and 61 lost their lives to Covid-19. They belonged to Ajit Singh Nagar and Rajguru Nagar, respectively. One was suffering from hypertension and PAGE 3 TUESDAY | 6 OCTOBER 2020 | LUDHIANA Miscreants open fire as money exchanger foils robbery attempt The police investigate the robbery attempt at a money exchange shop near Dharampura Chowk in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 5 After a number of robberies, thefts and snatching incidents that rocked the industrial city, three armed miscreants made an attempt to rob a money exchange shop near Dharampura Chowk on Monday afternoon. However, the shop owner foiled the robbery bid. When the money exchanger resisted, one of the miscreants opened fire at him. He escaped unhurt as the bullet hit the counter. However, miscreants managed to flee from the spot. According to the money exchange storeowner, Parmod Kumar, three bike-borne miscreants made an attempt to rob his store today afternoon. Two of the miscreants entered the shop while third suspect kept a vigil outside. “One of the robbers pointed a gun on my head and another kept a sharp weapon on throat of my son. They threatened us to handover all money to them. In the meantime, owner of a nearby cycle repair shop, after sensing something suspicious, called my son from outside due to which attention of robbers got diverted. I immediately resisted and tried to snatch gun from the robber, but he opened fire and a bullet hit the counter,” said Parmod. The money exchanger and his son escaped unhurt in the incident. After getting information, the Division No. 3 police reached the spot and started investigation. According to the police, the footage of CCTV cameras was being checked to identify miscreants. A case had been registered against the suspects at the Division No. 3 police station, the police added. Inspector denied bail in viral video case Ludhiana, October 5 The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Jagdeep Singh Marok today dismissed the regular bail application moved by inspector Baljinder Singh, ex-SHO of the Khanna police station, who is behind bars. He is facing accusations of making three persons stand nude in his cabin and making casteist remarks in September 2019. A nine-second video of the incident had gone viral after about nine months. When the video went viral, the Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta, , had marked an enquiry to the IG, Ludhiana range, in April 2020. The present FIR was registered on July 4, 2020. Dismissing the application, the court observed that granting bail would not be in the interest of justice. The court took note of the statement of head constable Varun Kumar regarding indulgence of exSHO in the commission of the alleged offence. Varun was working with the applicant at that time. Varun alleged that on the day of occurrence of the incident, he was on night shift duty. The main gate of the police station was closed, Varun said. He enquired from the staff on duty about reason for the closure of main gate, Varun added. Then he came to know that the complainant (victim) along with two other persons was standing in the SHO’s cabin in naked condition. Inspector had pleaded that one such person was already convicted in three cases and facing around 15 criminal cases. He did not know the caste of the complainant, the inspector added. So, the question of making casteist remarks did not arise, the inspector said. — OC Only 5 Covid isolation facilities in district 2 crushed to death in mishaps Rest, including private provided earlier, withdrawn by the government Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 5 With the government allowing home isolation and maximum people opting for the same, majority of isolation facilities have been withdrawn. At present, only five isolation centres in the district are functional for those willing to isolate themselves at government facility. All private facilities provided earlier have also been withdrawn. Earlier, there were 10 isolation facilities, including government and private in the district. At present, the isolation facilities are available at Meritorious School, which people opt for home isolation. ❝Now,by the government and privateMost facilities provided sectors have been withdrawn. It is easy for the people to isolate themselves in the comfort of their homes. So, they prefer home isolation over institutional. ❞ Dr Rajesh Bagga, CIVIL SURGEON, LUDHIANA has 100 beds, Kular College of Nursing, Khanna, has 50 beds, Vardhman Hospital has 100 beds, Civil Hospital has 150 beds and Civil Hospital, Jagraon, has 50 beds facility. There has been no admission to the isolation facilities available from the past few weeks. The Ludhiana Civil Surgeon, Dr Rajesh Bagga, said, “Now, people opt for home isolation. Most facilities provided by the government and private sectors have been withdrawn. It is easy for the people to isolate themselves in the comfort of their homes. So, they prefer home isolation over institutional.” “Covid cases have seen a downward trend, but the people should not become careless. They should adopt all necessary precautions. Always wear a mask when going out, keep washing your hands regularly and avoid crowded places. The virus is still there and infecting people. So, carelessness at this point can be dangerous,” Dr Bagga added. Meanwhile, a patient from Haibowal said he tested Covid positive and got himself home isolated recently. “Earlier, people were frightened to see an ambulance at their place, but now they opt for home isolation. No stickers are pasted outside houses of Covid positive patients. Also, the social stigma attached with the disease is going away,” he added. Ludhiana, October 5 Two persons died in separate road accidents during the past 24 hours. In the first incident, a 35-year-old man was crushed under a private bus on RK Road here. The deceased has been identified as Mukesh Paswan of Bihar. A resident of the victim’s village blamed the bus driver for his death. Mithu Kumar Paswan of Bokhara village in Bihar filed a complaint against the driver of Sameer Travels. In his complaint he said: “I and Mukesh, who was a native of my village, took a bus from Purnia district in Bihar to Jalandhar on October 1. When the bus reached Ludhiana around 2.45 am on October 4, its driver asked us to get off the bus as it will not go further.” According to information, Mukesh, who had come out of the bus, was asking the driver to take them to Jalandhar. “Instead of listening to him, the driver moved the vehicle. Mukesh ran to catch the bus when he slipped and his head got crushed under a rear tyre of the bus”, said Mithu Kumar Paswan. Investigating officer in the case Dhanwant Singh said Mukesh died on the spot. The bus driver fled from the spot along with the vehicle. A case under Sections 279 and 340-A of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified person of Sameer Travels at the Moti Nagar police station. Efforts are on to arrest the suspect. In another mishap, a 50year-old man lost his life after he was hit by a speedy truck near Oswal Hospital Chowk, here. The deceased has been identified as Baij Nath of Gian Chand Nagar, Lohara. In the complaint, Santosh Kumar, son of the deceased, said: “My father was going to work on a bicycle on Sunday morning when a speedy truck hit him from the rear side. My father got crushed under the truck and died on the spot.” The police have arrested the truck driver who has been identified as Suresh Kumar of Moga district. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the suspect. — TNS Running from pillar to post for money deposited for home Alleging inaction, family Township owners fail to obey RERA order for the refund of ~53,56,581 to complainant Rajneesh Lakhanpal Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, October 5 Dreams of two couples to have a beautiful houses in the upcoming lush green township on the banks of Sidhwan Canal have been shattered. They are now running from pillar to post to get back money deposited by them with township owners. Despite, passing of orders by the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Mohali, in this regard the families are still awaiting justice. Gaurav Sharma and Neetu Sharma of Amrit Colony, A DISTANT DREAM The couple had once wanted to have a dream house in a lush green housing colony. They booked a flat in 2013 and paid ~53,56,581 by availing of a bank loan. They are still paying instalments to repay their loan. Even after seven years from the date of execution of the agreement, the couple was not given possession of the built-up Coral floor despite several visits to the building company’s office. Haibowal Khurd, once wanted to have a dream house in a lush green housing colony. They booked a flat in 2013 and paid ~53,56,581 by availing bank loan. They are still paying instalments to repay their loan. Finding no other way, they knocked at the door of RERA, Punjab, to get justice. Convinced with their tale of woes and sufferings, RERA ordered M/s Ireo Waterfront Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, to refund ~53,56,581 along with the SBI highest marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR) plus two per cent interest. The adjudicating officer, Balbir Singh, also asked the firm to pay compensation of ~1,25,000 for mental agony, harassment and litigation charges to the cou- c m y b ple, but township owners did not comply with the RERA orders. The couple had booked a built up Coral floor in Ireo Waterfront situated on Sidhwan Canal Road, off Ferozepur Road. Later, they were allotted built-up Coral floor No. X012A having area of 236.8 sq yards and agreement to sale in that respect was executed on September 3, 2013. But, the respondent changed the floor No. to X26A without the consent of the complainants. Even after seven years from the date of execution of the agreement, the couple was not given possession of the built up Coral floor despite several visits. Due to insistence of the complainant time and again the respondent only changed the allotted unit midway. Ultimately, a legal notice was served upon the respondent before filing complaint, but to no avail. Similarly, in one another case of Anuradha Sharma of Kitchlu Nagar, the RERA authority has ordered to refund ~26,06,301 along with SBI highest marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR) plus two per cent interest and ~1,25,000 as compensation for mental agony, harassment and litigation charges. protests at CP’s office Ludhiana, October 5 Alleging that the police had taken no action on their complaint, a family of New Shivaji Nagar staged a protest outside Police Commissioner (CP) Rakesh Aggarwal’s office today. A resident alleged that he had filed a complaint of stalking and harassment of his daughter, but the Division No. 3 police did not take any action against the suspect. He further alleged that the police implicated them in a false case of assault as the suspect had political links. Some youngsters used to harass his niece, said the resident. The suspect had also touched her inappropriately one day, the resident added. Fol- lowing this incident, he complained to parents of the suspect in this regard, the resident said. Later, the suspect barged into his house, assaulted family and pelted stones, the resident alleged. “Instead of taking action against the suspect, the police lodged an FIR against us. We want justice,” the resident added. Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) J Elenchezhian has marked an inquiry in this regard. Meanwhile, an ASI, who is investigating the case filed against the family, has denied allegations. He claimed that the family had attacked and pelted stones at a youngster in their locality. — TNS
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