03042021-LT-01.qxd 03-04-2021 00:17 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ONLY EIGHT SECURITY GATES IN CITY ‘LEGAL’, REVEALS RTI The Municipal Corporation has no information on the number of illegal gates installed under its jurisdiction. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Kabaddi player absconding in rape case held Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 2 The Samrala police have arrested a national level Kabaddi player for allegedly raping a minor girl from his village. The accused has been identified as Amritpal Singh Goldy of Todarpur village, Samrala. The Samrala DSP , Jaswinder Singh, said the Kabaddi player was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl from Todarpur village at a secluded place on March 9. When the matter came to light, the player absconded from the village. The Samrala police had then registered a case against the accused under Sections 363 (Kidnapping), 366A (Procuration of minor girl) and 376 (Rape) of the IPC, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and SC (Scheduled caste) & ST (Scheduled tribe) Act. The police conducted raids at suspected hideouts of the accused and nabbed him from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, the DSP added. The accused did not represent country in Kabaddi, but had played matches in foreign nations, the DSP said. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Punchsheel Vihar, Daljit Nagar, New Aggar Nagar, Citizen enc, Malkit Avenue, Club Enclave & Magnet Road. PAGE 2 ANKIT ISOLATES HIMSELF AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID SUNSET SATURDAY 6:47 PM 369 test +ve, five succumb to virus Cop, seven teachers, student among infected Tribune News Service COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE A resident gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Friday. DEATHS ple vaccinated against the virus. The mass media awareness team conducted a special awareness drive in the rural areas of Ludhiana to apprise people about benefits of getting vaccinated. A team of the Health Department went to health wellness centre of Jassian village where the general public and staff members were sensitised towards Covid vaccination and busted their myths related to it by answering queries. Th Ludhiana Civil Surgeon, Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar, said, “It is evident that people, who are taking precautions, keep themselves safe from the virus. They can increase their safety by getting vaccinated.” “The above 45 age group is most vulnerable to the virus 80,0947 35,155 2,943 06 1,157 as they have to move out of their houses for work. Their body starts loosing immunity due to which they should get vaccinated to keep themselves and their surroundings safe from the pandemic,” he added. Block extension educator Jagjeevan Sharma said, “There is a myth among people that vaccine is not safe, which is an utter false claim. People should understand that vaccination is available for them after completion of various tests and trials in which it has been found completely safe for beneficiaries.” “The drive targeted people in the rural areas as they are not aware about the vaccination drive in which vaccine is being provided by the government,” he added. Tribune News Service Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 2 Almost a year after the leader of Shiv Sena in Punjab, Kashmir Giri, who alleged murderous attack on him by two bike-borne armed persons outside his house in Khanna, the police today solved the case with his arrest. The police also arrested two assailants, who had fired gunshots at Giri. While addressing a press conference the Khanna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gursharandeep Singh Grewal, said this case was solved when Giri was arrested in an attempt to murder case and during questioning he confessed to having plotted firing at himself to get security. On March 28, Anil Kumar of Jagat Colony got an attempt to murder case registered against Rajan Giri, son of Kashmir Giri, the SSP added. During investigation, on the basis of recovered weapons and the CCTV footage Kashmir Giri, his disciple Bant Giri and Manoj, alias Laja, were also nominated and accused Kashmir arrested in the case, the SSP said. “During investigation, Shiv Sena leader confessed that on March 9 he had got a case registered against two unknown bike-borne persons, who fired at him. That was not a genuine attack rather planned by him and his son Rajan Giri to get more security. Attack was executed through Jaswinder Singh, alias Jassi, of Banga, SBS Nagar, and Gurinder Singh, alias Gindi, also of SBS Nagar,” the SSP added. Kashmir also confessed that he had provided pistol to Jaswinder and Gurinder in Chandigarh and thereafter, also trained the duo for using the weapon, the SSP said. Kashmir, who was complainant in the case earlier, was made the main accused for plotting the attack on himself, the SSP added. It was being checked if the two assailants were also paid by Kashmir, the SSP said. Raids were being conducted to nab Rajan Giri, the SSP added. Ludhiana, April 2 A high drama was witnessed at Block E of Bhai Randhir Singh (BRS) Nagar today over road material sampling. Raising questions over quality of road carpeting work outside his house, Kapil Arora, a resident of E-Block, who is leading Council of Engineers, had complained to the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities yesterday. He had demanded that samples of road material used in road carpeting be collected for testing. Arora said the first layer of bituminous concrete was laid in front of his residence, but he was not satisfied with the work done. Bituminous content and density of layer laid by the contractor should be tested, Arora added. “If road gets damaged in a short period, who will be responsi- ble?” said Arora. When the MC and a third party agency officials reached BRS Nagar, the complainant asked them to take some samples using a core cutting machine, but it was unavailable with officials. An MC official said samples could be collected through GNE College team on Monday. A group of BRS Nagar residents, who had gathered at the spot, demanded that the MC should continue road re-carpeting work instead of delaying it otherwise they would be forced to protest. Residents also claimed that they had no complaint with the ongoing road re-carpeting work. Samples must be collected only after completion of road re-carpeting work in the area, said residents. Roads were being re-carpeted after a long time in their area, residents added. SATURDAY | 3 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA District tops state in maximum non-traceable cases of Covid-19 Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 2 Re-emerging as Covid capital of Punjab, Ludhiana district has topped the state with maximum number of nontraceable infection cases. This industrial hub of the state was among 10 districts that have accounted for up to 2.6 per cent non-traceable cases among their total caseload in the past 10 days, the official figures have revealed. The district-wise statistics, a copy of which is with Ludhiana Tribune, reported a maximum of 318 non-traceable Covid cases, followed by 78 in Tarn Taran, 59 in Hoshiarpur, and 58 in Bathinda. However, nine districts have been able to trace all of their positive cases in the last 10 days. In another dubious distinction, Ludhiana was on the top in the state with maximum number of critical Covid patients put on ventilator support. While 29 patients were on ventilator in Ludhiana as on March 25, Patiala stood second with 26 critical patients on artificial life support. Amritsar reported 23 critical patients on ventilator, Faridkot six, Jalandhar and Ropar one each of the total 86 patients in critical condition in the state. Also, of the total 24 severe and serious cases of adverse An area resident Ajit Singh Sethi said, “If road recarpeting work is delayed, residents will suffer. We want that road re-carpeting work should be completed first. Later, samples can be collected for testing.” But, complainant Kapil Arora demanded that samples of material used should be collected after re-carpeting first layer of the road. He also sent complaint to the Punjab Chief Minister in this regard. The MC’s junior engineer, Baljinder Singh, said, “Majority of residents wanted that the road re-carpeting work should continue. Only one person in the area is complaining about the work. On request of majority of residents, we will continue carpeting work and finish it soon. Moreover, we have already collected samples of material used in road carpeting for testing.” Residents talk to officials of the Municipal Corporation, who had come for collecting road samples, at Block E of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b PAGE 4 Kangana prepared for the song Chali chali in Thalaivi for almost a month before shooting it, says the director. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:11 AM Shiv Sena leader High drama over collecting faked attack to get road samples at BRS Nagar gunmen nabbed Kashmir Giri in the custody of the Khanna police. TRIBUNE PHOTO KANGANA RANAUT REHEARSED CHALI CHALI SONG FOR A MONTH Ankit, who is currently a part of Yash and Mamta’s ongoing show Ishq Mein Marjawaan 2, has tested positive. MAX 33°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 14°C Ludhiana, April 2 Today, 369 people tested positive for Covid while five lost their life to the virus in the district. Now, the total number of confirmed cases has reached 35,155. There are 2,943 active cases in the district. The death toll in the district has reached 1,157. Those who tested positive today included one cop, two healthcare workers, one preoperative case, seven teachers and one student. Teachers, who tested positive today, include one each from the GHS, Daad, Government Girls School, Jawahar Nagar, GHS for Boys, Jagraon, PAU, and three from BCM School, Shastri Nagar. One student from Tagore International School, Sanhewal, also tested positive for the disease today. Those, who lost their lives to virus today, were in the 44 to 70 years age group and belonged to Jagraon, Mundian Kalan, Swami Vivekanand Nagar, Hambran village and Gill village. Three of the deceased were diabetic. Meanwhile, in order to restrict the increasing graph of coronavirus cases, the Health Department is now aiming to get maximum peo- PAGE 3 A resident gives a sample for the Covid test. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK We have increased the number of vaccination sites, which include rural dispensaries, homoeopathic and ayurvedic hospitals and dispensaries, health and wellness centres and sub-centres, besides primary and community health centres, sub-divisional and district hospitals. Also, special vaccination camps for captive beneficiaries have been arranged at jails, colleges, universities, large factories, bus depots, bus stands, and bigger markets to cover maximum population. ❝ ❞ Hussan Lal, HEALTH SECRETARY effect following immunisation (AEFI) reported in the state so far, Ludhiana topped with maximum five cases, includ- Man kidnapped by sons over property dispute ing three severe and two serious. Bathinda and Sangrur shared the top position with five cases each, including three severe and two serious each. Among others, Ferozepur and Fazilka reported two severe cases each, Mohali and Patiala one severe and serious case each, and Kapurthala one severe case. While 23 severe and serious cases have since recovered, only one such patient was under treatment. Of the total 88 minor AEFI cases, Amritsar reported maximum 32, Kapurthala 16, Ludhiana nine, Jalandhar six, Sangrur five, Patiala four, Bathinda, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Ropar two each, Mohali, Muktsar, and Pathankot one each. All these cases have also since recovered. When it comes to comparison of district-wise deaths at private hospitals, Ludhiana reported the state’s second highest 115 casualties while Jalandhar topped with 142 deaths. Amritsar reported 51, Nawanshahr 16, Mohali 15, Patiala nine, Bathinda six, Hoshiarpur and Tarn Taran five each, Moga four, Ropar and Pathankot one each death at private institutions. However, Ludhiana reported the least nine deaths at level-3 government facilities while Jalandhar topped with 76 casualties. Among others, Amritsar 68, Patiala 67, and Faridkot logged 15 deaths at government institutions. UNAPPROVED SPEED HUMPS Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 2 The Moti Nagar police have registered a kidnapping case against two brothers and their accomplices on the charge of kidnapping their father. Property dispute was stated to be the cause of kidnapping. The accused have been identified as Amarjit Singh and Narinder Singh. Others booked in the case are Kuldeep Singh, Karamjit Singh, Lovepreet and some unknown persons. Complainant, Rajwinder Kaur wife of the victim Harbhajan Singh told the police that her two sons had been issuing threats to them as they wanted to usurp their property. She said yesterday early in the morning, her two sons and others barged into their house and forcibly took away ~1.50 lakh cash and other important documents, including that of property. The accused then forcibly bundled her husband into their car and fled, she added. Her sons didn’t tell her the location where they were taking their father and later, they switched off their mobile phones, she said. The woman told the police that they had given share of each and every property to their sons, still they were creating an issue. The Moti Nagar Station House Officer (SHO), Gurshinder Kaur, said Harbhajan Singh was yet to be traced. Raids were being conducted at the specific hideouts of the accused, the SHO added. The victim would be recovered soon, the SHO said. Speed humps on the Rani Jhansi road. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Court issues notice of motion to respondents Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 2 A city-based activist has filed a petition before the Punjab and Haryana High Court against unapproved/illegal speed humps that have been constructed by violating the guidelines. The High Court has issued notice of motion to respondents concerned. The respondents in this case are State of Punjab and others. Unapproved speed humps have been constructed on various internal and major roads of the city. Such speed breakers are also seen in the areas outside the civic body’s jurisdiction. The Council of RTI Activists president, Rohit Sabharwal, said, “The lives of people have been put to danger just because of the non-compliance of the guidelines issued by the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) for the construction of speed humps. The matter is related to lives of citizens. It is directly connected to human rights and right to life.” “I filed the petition demanding that the authorities concerned must take appropriate action to demolish unapproved, unplanned and illegal speed humps, which are not as per the guidelines. It is matter for the interest of the public at large,” he added. “Major accidents can take place due to these illegal speed humps especially involving people riding two-wheelers. Such illegal speed humps lead to sudden braking and collision with other vehicles, which aggravates chances of fatal injuries and even death of commuters,” he said. “Moreover, unapproved speed humps slow down emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire brigade and others. They can harm patients in transit like senior citizens and pregnant women. Moreover, these speed humps can injure people suffering from backache and spinal injuries,” he added. The hearing in this case is schedule for July 16.
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