23102020-LT-01.qxd 10/23/2020 12:05 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 32 TRAINS CANCELLED TILL NOV 4, PASSENGERS BEAR THE BRUNT PAGE 2 Railways has announced cancellation of six pairs of Covid special and 10 pairs of festival special trains till November 4. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Man robbed of ~70,000 on Jagraon bridge Ludhiana, October 22 Three bike-borne persons looted a man of Rs 70,000 on the Jagraon bridge on this afternoon. The suspects reportedly threw some chemical powder into the victim’s eyes. Complainant Pardeep Kumar of Ambedkar Colony told the police that he was working in Delight India. Today, he withdrew cash from the Vishawkarma Chowk PNB branch and headed to some place near Jalandhar bypass to hand over money on company’s behalf. When the victim reached the Jagraon bridge he was cornered by three bike-borne persons, who told him give them cash and other valuables. When the victim denied they threw something into his eyes. As victim’s eyes started itching the suspects snatched his bag and fled. The suspects were riding Pulsar motorcycle. The police Division No. 4 SHO, Inspector Satwant Singh, said the matter seemed doubtful, but probe was on to find the truth. — TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Areas adjoining Ittan Wala Chowk,Guru Angad Dev Colony, New Angad Dev Colony, New Janta Nagar and New Amar Nagar Street No. 2. JALANDHAR BOY KARAN MEHRA WANTS TO WORK IN POLLYWOOD MUTHOOT FINANCE DACOITY BID 2 confess to Bengal councillors’ murder Tribune News Service REWARD ANNOUNCED ON REMAINING SUSPECTS Three remaining suspects Varun, alias Bittu, Nirantak, alias Sushil, alias Suraj, alias Rakesh, and Vikas Singh, alias Alok, and Pawan Singh are still at large. The police today announced a cash reward of ~25,000 for any person, who would inform about whereabouts of the suspects. The information can be given at the Ludhiana police control room number 7837018500. The three suspects, who escaped from the spot, are notorious criminals of Bihar. They are also wanted in many cases of loot, extortion and murder in Bihar, Delhi, West Bengal and Orissa. Vikas Singh is the same person, who absconded from the Patna police custody in Delhi in December 2019. He has many cases of extortion, murder and dacoity registered against him and is wanted by the police of various states. amount suspects got for killing the BJP councillor, the CP said they had yet to reveal money taken for the purpose. The West Bengal police had been informed about the development and they may come to Ludhiana to take these two suspects on a production warrant, the CP added. Cricket association office-bearers booked for ‘fraudulent activities’ Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 22 An FIR was registered against officials of the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA), an affiliated body of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), today. The FIR was registered on the complaint of Naresh Marwaha (ex-joint secretary), who alleged fraudulent activities in the day-to-day working of the association and misappropriation of funds. The FIR was lodged against Vinod Chitkara (honorary general secretary of LDCA), Rajinder Nath Mahajan (president), Rajiv Bajaj (honorary treasurer of the LDCA) and Satish Garg under Sections 409, 419, 420, 465, 467, 46, 471 and 120-B, IPC. In the FIR it was mentioned that Rajiv Bajaj had submitted an undertaking that he resigned from the LDCA in 2016 and since then he was not working as its honorary treasurer. But, certain documents pertaining to 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20, showed that even after his resignation, Bajaj was still working as treasurer of the association. It was alleged in the FIR that for many years, neither the annual general meeting nor elections of the LDCA were held. But, the said meeting was recorded in the ante date of September, 2019, much earlier than it was held. Though the said meeting was not held, in minutes it was specifically mentioned that officials were present and their signatures were allegedly collected later, stated Marwaha. The mobile tower location of members was also investigated, which proved our claim, alleged Marwaha. “I never left the association. I saw the corruption and reported about it to the president. But, none of the officials Continued on page 2 SUNSET FRIDAY 5:46 PM ROAD ROT Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Potholed Dugri-Dhandra Road in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN The road is the ❝will take thenot understepsMC’s jurisdiction. However, we required to get the stretch carpeted so that commuters don’t face any inconvenience. Balkar Singh Sandhu, MAYOR, LUDHIANA ❞ sands of commuters pass through this stretch in routine. A resident of LIG flats, Sanjeev Gupta said they had been demanding from the civic body authorities to get the road reconstructed at the earliest. “We have met MC officials and Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu in this regard. As per reports, the sisters have been asked to appear for questioning on October 26 and 27 in a sedition case. The road has not been reconstructed for years altogether. We have learnt that this broken stretch falls under the MC Zone C. We appeal to the authorities to hear our voice and reconstruct road at the earliest,” he added. Loose gravel on the stretch is an open invitation to SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:35 AM After 3 months, no Covid death in dist 43 test +ve for disease Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 22 After almost three months, Ludhiana district today finally saw no death due to Covid-19. Earlier, no one had succumbed to the virus on July 11. It was on March 30 that the first death due to Covid was reported from the city. A 42-year-old woman from Amarpura was the first fatality from the district. The highest number of 18 deaths in the district were reported on August 31. Today, 43 Covid cases were reported in the district out of which 10 were referred from various OPDs, 24 from flu corners, three were contacts of positive persons and tracing of three was still under process. The Ludhiana Civil Surgeon, Dr Rajesh Bagga, said, “With much efforts it has been possible to bring the Covid curve down. Since the festival season is here, people should not have a callous approach towards the pandemic. They should take all necessary precautions and Man posts morphed pics on hacked FB ID, booked Tribune News Service Ludhiana October 22 The cyber cell has registered a case against a person identified as Rajpreet Singh of Lalto Khurd for hacking the Facebook ID of an NRI woman and posting her morphed pictures. A case under IT Act and other sections of the IPC has been registered against the suspect. Complainant Gurinderjit Singh of Lalto Khurd stated that his sister lives in Canada. Recently, her Facebook ID was hacked by someone. The suspect had also posted some morphed pictures of his sister Continued on page 2 Dugri-Dhandra Road commuters’ bane Ludhiana, October 22 Damaged Dugri-Dhandra Road, near the Dugri police station, has been crying for attention for long. Area residents have been demanding that the government should get the road reconstructed at the earliest, but to no avail. A group of residents said the Municipal Corporation (MC) had carried out some sewer related work on the stretch a few years ago. However, the damaged road portion was not reconstructed till date leaving the commuters inconvenienced. The situation worsened on 200-metre stretch near LIG flats, Dugri, during the last rainy season, but the department concerned has yet to awake from stupor. Thou- MUMBAI POLICE SEND SUMMONS PAGE 4 TO KANGANA RANAUT, SISTER It’s homecoming for actor Karan Mehra as he starts shooting for Mawaan Thandiyan Chawan in Chandigarh. MAX 32°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 16°C Ludhiana, October 22 In a startling revelation by the two suspects nabbed in the ongoing probe in the Muthoot Finance dacoity bid for gold worth ~15 crore, they have confessed to their involvement in the murder of BJP councillor Manish Shukla at Titagarh, near Kolkata (West Bengal). Giving more information the Ludhiana Commissioner of Police (CP), Rakesh Agrawal, confirmed that on Thursday three suspects identified as Roshan Kumar Tatya, Sujit Kumar, and Sourab Kumar of Bihar were nabbed in the ~15 crore gold dacoity bid. During interrogation, two of the suspects, Roshan and Sujit, confessed that they were also involved in the killing of BJP councillor in West Bengal in October this year, the CP added. “Roshan and Sujit confessed that they along with one of their aide Varun, alias Bittu, of Bihar were hired by someone to kill the BJP leader. Varun is also one of the suspects in the Muthoot Finance case, who is yet to be arrested by the police,” the CP said. Asked about the contract PAGE 3 mishaps. Residents said many mishaps had taken place on the damaged stretch. Earlier, some residents had written to the state government about the poor condition of the stretch, but to no avail. Around two years ago, residents had blamed the MC for not finishing the work to correct level of sewer manholes on the stretch. “The level of sewer manholes was, however, corrected by the MC, but the stretch has not been reconstructed till date. It is responsibility of the civic body to get the road reconstructed,” a resident added. Despite repeated attempts, the Zonal Commissioner, Zone C, Neeraj Jain, could not be contacted for his comments on the issue. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said the stretch was not under the jurisdiction of the Ludhiana MC. However, Sandhu added, “We will take required steps to get the stretch carpeted so that commuters don’t face any inconvenience.” c m y b A resident gives a sample for the Covid test at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES POSITIVE 3,65,335 19,837 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 278 825 avoid crowded places.” The Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Varinder Sharma, said, “Whenever the district administration and the Health Department finds any 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/ positive or suspected Covid patient, his/her samples are immediately sent for testing.” Sharma appealed to residents to follow all directions and stay indoors. FRIDAY | 23 OCTOBER 2020 | LUDHIANA Vehicle thieves’ gang busted, one arrested 18 two-wheelers recovered Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 22 The police claim to have busted a gang of vehicle lifters and recovered 18 vehicles from them. The gang belongs to Ferozepur and its members especially chose Ludhiana to steal vehicles. The Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP), City, Bhagirath Meena, the Additional DCPIII, Sameer Verma, and the ACP , Jatinder Kumar, addressed a press conference regarding the matter today. The arrested suspect has been identified as Gulshan Singh (24), a resident of Rayian Wala, Ferozepur. One of his accomplices has been identified as Ranjit Singh Rana of Ferozepur. The JCP said 18 motorcycles, including two Bullet motorcycles and three Activa scooters were recovered from the suspect. All vehicles were stolen from the industrial hub, the JCP added. Key suspect Gulshan was earlier working as motorcycle mechanic, the JCP said. After he and his friend started taking drugs, they decided to form a gang of vehicle lifters, the JCP added. Recently, the suspects had stolen a Bullet motorcycle from Ludhiana and their act was captured in the CCTV cameras, the JCP said. Later, when the police started a probe, the suspects were identified, the JCP added. The suspect was arrested by the police Division No. 5 from Gurdev Nagar, the JCP said. The suspects had committed vehicle thefts in Ferozepur and Moga also, but recently they were active in Ludhiana, the JCP added. They used to come to Ludhiana on motorcycle and after finding a soft target open lock of the vehicle with a master key, the JCP said. Gulshan had a notorious past as he was already facing cases of drug trafficking, theft and liquor peddling, the JCP added. ADCP Verma said the suspects had also sold stolen vehicles to people in the rural areas of Moga and Ferozepur. Probe was on to trace those vehicles, the ADCP added. Fake numbers plates were affixed on most stolen vehicles, the ADCP said. Now, the police would find real owners of these vehicles from engine and chassis numbers so that these could be handed over to them, the ADCP added.
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