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SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:50 AM THURSDAY | 22 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA Highest single-day spike, Dist records 2ndhighest daily cases 879 fresh Covid cases Nitin Jain Tribune News Service 7 dead; 10 health workers, cop among infected Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 21 The Sarabha Nagar police have arrested two notorious snatchers wanted by the police in over 12 cases. The accused have been identified as Gobinda, alias Chiku (27), and Ajay (22), both residents of Jaspal Bangar. The police also recovered a motorcycle and a gold chain from the accused. Four more members of the gang, Satpal, Rekha, Chintan and Dharminder Singh, also residents of Jaspal Bangar, were still at large. Joint CP Deepak Pareek in a statement issued said the police had received a tip-off that the accused were chain snatchers and they were wanted in several cases of loot. Accordingly, the police laid a trap and nabbed the accused. During questioning, they confessed that they had committed chain snatching in various areas of the city and Mandi Ahmedgarh. The police said during further interrogation, more recovery of looted valuables could be made and the remaining members of the gang would be arrested. Ludhiana, April 21 Ludhiana recorded the highest single-day spike of 879 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. The virus also claimed the lives of seven more persons of the Ludhiana district during the past 24 hours. In the containment zones of Phases 1 and 2 of Urban Estate, Dugri, 70 more cases were reported today. As many as 1,890 samples were collected from these areas. About 150 cases were reported earlier from these areas. The Health Department today confirmed 974 fresh cases — 879 from Ludhiana and 95 from other districts or states. In Ludhiana, 93 patients came in contact with positive patients, 162 visited OPDs, and 408 visited Flu Corner. Ten healthcare workers, undertrial, cop and two persons with a severe acute respiratory infection have tested positive for the COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 9,11,208 45,478 5,292 263 1,265 virus. Besides, 199 patients are yet to be traced. The department confirmed that 10 persons — seven from Ludhiana, one each from Hoshiarpur, Amritsar and Maharashtra — died of the virus. Those who died due to the virus include a 65year-old man from Kochar Market Ludhiana, 84-yearold woman from Sarabha Nagar, 46-year-old man from Sahnewal, 56-year-old man from Janta Nagar, 57-yearold man from Giaspura, 43year-old woman from Vishwakarma Nagar and 45-year-old woman from Guru Nanak Nagar. At present, there are 5,292 active cases that belong to Ludhiana. Twenty patients — 14 from Ludhiana and six from other districts or states — were on ventilator support. A total of 9,932 samples were collected today for Covid-19 testing. Now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 45,478, while 6,936 patients belong to other districts/states. A total of 1,265 people from Ludhiana and 652 from other districts have lost their lives due to the virus. Ludhiana, April 21 Ludhiana, which has reemerged as a hotspot and has become driver of Covid surge in the state, recorded second highest daily positive cases in the state between March 10 and April 13. The data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, revealed that Ludhiana logged an average of 341 daily positive cases during the past month, when the state had registered 2,544 fresh infections per day. Jalandhar with 342 daily cases topped the state, followed by Mohali 327, Amritsar 243, Patiala 230, Hoshiarpur 201, Gurdaspur 118, Kapurthala 117, Bathinda 103, Nawanshahr 76, Ropar 73, Sangrur 45, Faridkot 42, Tarn Taran and Pathankot 39 each, Fatehgarh Sahib 38, Ferozepur 35, Muktsar 32, Moga 31, Fazilka 30, Mansa 27 and Barnala 16. When it comes to average positivity rate, which is a key indicator of virus surge, Ludhiana recorded 8 per cent between March 10 and April 13, which was fifth highest in the A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK have been directed to ensure strict ❝The districtsCovid appropriate behaviour and enforcement of fresh restrictions put in place. Persons not wearing masks were compulsorily taken for RT-PCR testing and over 4.1 lakh such violators have been tested in the state so far. Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY ❞ state and even higher than state average of 7.2 per cent. While Mohali topped the state with highest positivity rate of 18.4 per cent, Patiala stood second with 8.6 per cent. Among other districts, Bathinda and Kapurthala recorded 8.3 per cent average positivity rate each, Ropar 8 per cent, Jalandhar 7.8, Amritsar Day 5: Covishield yet Liquor vends flout night to reach pvt hospitals curfew orders in city Tribune News Service Sale of platform tickets discontinued to avoid rush Our Correspondent Ludhiana, April 21 In the wake of surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, the Northern Railway have announced suspension of sale of platform tickets in the city with immediate effect. Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division, Rajesh Aggarwal, said the platform tickets would not be sold from today till further notice. He has also made a appeal Continued on page 2 Nikhil Bhardwaj Ludhiana, April 21 Amid the shortage of Covishield vaccine, a number of beneficiaries are forced to wait for the second jab. Vaccine stock was not provided to private hospitals even on the fifth day. Currently, the Covishield vaccine was being administered at only four government vaccination centres in urban areas of Ludhiana. On Wednesday, District Immunisation Officer Puneet Juneja said at present, the Covishield stock was almost nil. He said the fresh stock of Covishield had not reached Ludhiana today. However, the vaccine stock was likely to reach here by Thursday evening. Tribune News Service “There is no information that how much fresh stock will be delivered here. After the arrival of the stock, it will be distributed accordingly,” Dr Juneja said. Rush of visitors at Civil Surgeon’s office A rush was witnessed at the Civil Surgeon’s office today as a number of persons visited the place for Covid-19 testing. Besides, several others visited the office to get vaccinated. Ludhiana, April 21 Liquor vends were found open in some areas in the city during the night curfew, which starts at 8 pm. This Tribune correspondent along with photographer conducted a reality check on Tuesday night. It was observed that more than 90 per cent shops and other commercial establishments were lying closed following the night curfew norms. The only shops found open were liquor vends in some city areas. A number of booze lovers were noticed at some liquor vends, where employees of liquor contractors were openly selling liquor dur- A number of booze lovers were seen at some liquor vends in Ludhiana on Tuesday night. TRIBUNE PHOTO ing night curfew. At around 9.15 pm, liquor vend Param Wines and Sharma Brothers at Wadi Chandar Nagar Pulli was open. At this vend, the shutter was down but liquor was being sold through the holes made in the shutter. A liquor vend near the Police Lines, Ludhiana, was also seen selling liquor. Continued on page 2 No check on commercial activities in residential areas CIVIC MESS Residents blame authorities for shielding violators Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 21 When the name of Ludhiana was announced in the list of first 20 cities to be developed as smart cities around five years ago, the residents had pinned many hopes to see major developments in the city. But, the authorities concerned seemed to be not serious for the same as many of the residents have been left to suffer due to illegal commercial activities in various residential areas in the city. The role of officials concerned and several politicians was also under scanner for promoting the violations and protecting the violators. The illegal commercial activities are rampant in even posh residential areas of Bhai Randhir Singh (BRS) Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Model Town, Rajguru Nagar Road and many others, creating a lot of nuisance. The questions are also being raised as to why a number of PAGE 4 Vehicles parked on roadsides due to commercial activities at BRS Nagar in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN roads were declared commercial by ignoring the parking arrangements and trafficrelated issues. Most of such unauthorised commercial units, factories and godowns in residential areas lack parking arrangements. Thus, vehicles are generally parked on roads causing traffic snarls. Moreover, the majority of such units lack fire safety arrangements, posing threat to the residents. Also, there is no check on noise pollution being created by the industrial units. Col JS Gill, a resident of BRS Nagar, said, “The Ludhiana Improvement Trust had constructed shops and booths for commercial purposes at BRS Nagar but many of these are lying closed. On the other hand, the commercial units are being opened by violating the norms in residential areas. Why the government authorities turned a blind eye to such violations?” Col Gill said, “If the building branch and town planning wing officials have not c m y b to act against the violations, what is need of such branches? The exemplary punishment should be awarded to the erring officials so that no official can dare to ignore any such violation in the future. Besides, FIRs should be registered against the political leaders who protect the violators.” Another resident said, “Due to apathy and negligence of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana Improvement Trust or other departments concerned, the residents are suffering. No action is taken on complaints against violations.” In 2019, a survey of commercial violations was conducted in 73 town planning schemes and development schemes across the city. Around 7,000 violations were found. Instead of taking action, the MC’s building branch had recommended for regularisation of such violations but some NGOs had raised voice against the MC’s such ‘wrong’ plan. Sources said political interference was very high in the MC’s building branch. Now, the MC was planning to get more roads declared commercial in the city, sources said. By violating the building bylaws, a number of commercial stores, restaurants and other units have been opened in residential areas of Sarabha Nagar. A resident of Sarabha Nagar, Rahul Verma, said, “The roads are being declared commercial by ignoring the safety of residents and traffic-related issues. If such wrong practices are to be allowed, the city can’t become smart.” “Due to rising commercial activities at Sarabha Nagar, we are forced to suffer. The visitors to unauthorised commercial units park vehicles outside houses. The MC and other departments concerned have created a big mess in various residential areas by ignoring such violations,” he added. A resident of Model Town, Amarjit Singh Tikka, who is Continued on page 2 7.5, Hoshiarpur 7.4, Faridkot 7.2, Fatehgarh Sahib 6.9, Moga 6.2, Nawanshahr 5.2, Gurdaspur 5, Ferozepur 4.7, Barnala 4.5, Tarn Taran 4.4, Muktsar 4.3, Mansa and Pathankot 3.7 each, Fazilka 3.2 and Sangrur 2.9. The district-wise comparative data of total positive cases and positivity rate as on April 18 showed that Ludhiana reported 686 fresh infections and 9.28 per cent positivity rate. While Mohali topped the state with maximum 880 positive cases and highest 36.53 per cent positivity rate, Amritsar logged 742 new patients and 16.35 per cent positivity rate. Among other districts, Jalandhar recorded 445 fresh cases and 9.35 per cent positivity rate, Patiala 379 and 9.05 pc, Bathinda 293 and 14.69 pc, Hoshiarpur 265 and 9.5 pc, Fazilka 173 and 24.26 pc, Muktsar 170 and 9.94 pc, Pathankot 128 and 5.47 pc, Mansa 117 and 7.57 pc, Ropar 107 and 9.34 pc, Gurdaspur 104 and 3.09 pc, Moga 91 and 11.9 pc, Ferozepur 70 and 9.02 pc, Kapurthala 67 and 10.69 pc, Fatehgarh Sahib 65 and 10.52 pc, Sangrur 63 and 4.09 pc, Faridkot 52 and 5.58 pc, Nawanshahr 32 and 2.34 pc, Barnala 20 and 5.36 pc and Tarn Taran 5 and 0.46 per cent. The state had registered 4,957 fresh infections with a positivity rate of 10.5 per cent on April 18. The ratio of daily testing and positive cases in the state between April 15 and 18 revealed that 34,409 tests were conducted on April 15, of which 4,333 were found positive with a positivity rate of 12.6 per cent. Elderly woman’s earring snatched Ludhiana, April 21 Two bike-borne snatchers targeted an elderly woman at Punjab Mata Nagar yesterday and snatched her gold earring. She also suffered a minor injury on one ear during the incident. The victim, Surinder Kaur (67), a resident of Punjab Mata Nagar on Dugri Road, told the police that on Tuesday morning when she was standing outside her house, two-bike borne persons, who were wearing turbans and masks, suddenly pounced on her and snatched her one earring. When they tried to snatch the second earring, she raised an alarm after which they fled the spot. The woman said the miscre- A CCTV grab of the two accused in Ludhiana. ants had also conducted a recce before committing the crime. The victim said after the incident, the Dugri police were informed about the crime and the police reached the spot. The accused were also captured in CCTV cameras and the police were checking the footage to identify them. — TNS Three women among 10 nabbed with heroin Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 21 The Special Task Force has nabbed five persons, including two women, and recovered 1.20 kg of heroin from their possession. One of the women, Jaswinder Kaur, was a former member of the Istri Akali Dal, said sources. The accused have been identified as Manjit Singh Meeta (60), Jagvir Singh Jagga, Gurpreet Singh, Mandeep Kaur, all residents of Bhail Dhai village in Tarn Taran district, and Jaswinder Kaur Jassi (49) of Chambal village, near Tarn Taran. STF inspector Harbans Singh said after receiving a tip-off that the accused were on the way to deliver heroin to their clients, accordingly, a police party laid a naka and intercepted a Maruti Zen car for checking. During the checking of the vehicle, heroin was recovered. Four occupants of the car were arrested and during their interrogation, they revealed that they brought heroin from Jaswinder Kaur of Tarn Taran district. Harbans said accordingly, a raid was conducted at the house of the woman and she was held with 10 gm of heroin and Rs 70,000 drug money. During questioning, Manjit said he was a farmer and he had already been facing a drug case registered against him in the past. Jagvir is also a farmer and he is also a drug addict. Accused Gurpreet is a taxi driver while Mandeep Kaur is a housewife. Jaswinder Kaur owns three shops and she was already facing five cases of drug smuggling, attempt to murder, fake currency, etc. Meanwhile, the Ludhiana rural police nabbed five persons and recovered heroin from them in two separate cases. In the first case, the Jagraon police nabbed three persons, Balwinder Kaur, Continued on page 2
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