26042021-LT-01.qxd 4/26/2021 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE WEEKEND LOCKDOWN: ROADS DESERTED, MIGRANTS SUFFER PAGE 2 TRAILER OF RAHUL DEV-STARRER MOVIE RAAT BAAKI HAI RELEASED Shops, except medical stores and other essential services, remained affected due to the weekend lockdown . FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF THREE NABBED WITH NARCOTICS Ludhiana: The police have arrested two persons, Ankur Kumar, a resident of Punjab Mata Nagar, and his accomplice Sikander Sahni of New Star Colony, under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act after recovery of 124 gm of cannabis (ganja) from their possession. The police said the duo were intercepted on a tip-off when they were waiting for customers along the canal near Pancham Hospital in Dugri. In another incident, Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Suraj Nagar in Shimlapuri, was nabbed with 5 gm of heroin while coming on foot from Street No. 9. The police said the accused made an attempt to flee the spot but was overpowered by the police. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered in this regard. OC ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED, 3 HELD Ludhiana: The police have arrested Bittu of Mohalla Peru Banda in Salem Tabri, while his accomplice Rinku of Manjit Nagar has been booked under the Excise Act after a police party raided the house of the latter and seized 28 cartons (336 bottles) of 999 Fine whisky. A manhunt had been launched to nab Rinku who managed to give the police the slip. Tarsem Singh of Mallewal village was nabbed from his shop at the bus stand in Koom Kalan where the accused was selling smuggled liquor. The police recovered 24 bottles of countrymade liquor from him. He was booked under the Excise Act. The police have also arrested Harwinder Singh of Walipur Khurd village, from near the Hambran T-point when he was coming on foot from his village towards Hambran. The accused was stopped by the police on suspicion and his search led to the recovery of 12 bottles of countrymade liquor. A case has been registered. OC POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Atam Nagar and Kartar Nagar. 10 am to 5 pm: Tilak Nagar, Subash Nagar, Simranjit Nagar, Grewal Colony, Nalwa Colony, Satkar Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Sutanter Nagar and Bhagwan Nagar. PAGE 3 Rahul Dev will essay the role of a cop who is investigating a murder in the film that will be released on an OTT platform. MAX 39°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 18°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:02 PM Nine lose their lives to virus; 10 health workers among fresh cases Tribune News Service A woman gives her sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 9,48,150 49,603 7,117 497 1,299 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 62845-31852 Weblink where residents can check real time status of vacant and filled beds in all hospitals: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid-19bed-status-in-ludhiana-district Nagar areas. As many as 22 patients were on ventilator support on Sunday of which 12 belonged to Ludhiana and 712 persons were sent for home quarantine. With increase in sampling, the number of people testing positive has also increased. Today, 8,826 samples were collected from the district. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma has urged residents to avoid unnecessary socialising and stay indoors as much they could to contain the pandemic more effectively. Civil Surgeon Sukhjeevan Kakkar has appealed the public to come forward for vaccination and all persons above the age of 18 could get themselves registered in the Cowin portal from April 28 and their vaccination was going to start from May 1. PAGE 4 Arjan Bajwa, who was applauded for role in State of Siege 26/11, wanted to be a pilot and became actor by chance. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:46 AM Highest single-day spike, 1,389 test positive in dist Ludhiana, April 25 Today again the district broke all its previous records as 1,389 persons tested positive for Covid while nine lost their lives to the virus. Now, there are a total of 49,603 positive cases from the district while the death toll has reached 1,299 on Sunday. Those who tested positive include 10 healthcare workers and an undertrial while 307 persons are untraceable. Since the first case was reported in the district in March 2020, this is the highest single day spike in the district as positive cases crossed the 1000mark. Active cases have reached 7,117. The nine men who lost their lives today belonged to the Jodhan, Janakpuri, Sita Nagar, Himmat Singh Nagar, Shimlapuri, Fatehpur, Sanhewal Khurd, Model Town and Maharah CREATIVE FREEDOM SHOULD NOT IMPLY OBSCENITY: ARJAN BAJWA MONDAY | 26 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA Patients wanting hospitalisation face a tough time amid surge Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 25 Patients, both Covid-positive and non-Covid, who need hospitalisation are facing a difficult time in the city due to the ongoing pandemic. Covid report is a prerequisite for admission to any hospital for patients. If a patient is having a positive report of Covid, he/she is accordingly informed by the hospital whether they have the capacity in the isolation ward or not but if the patient is without any Covid report, he is bound to face hardships. Firstly, he/she has to undergo the Covid test before admission. Patients with critical illnesses are among the most affected in the present circumstances. A patient, whose platelet count had gone down considerably, was brought to a city-based private hospital from a neighbouring town and required admission. At the hospital, the family was asked about the report of the Covid test, which they did not done. “The oxygen level of the patient is low and he is hav- ing high fever. We cannot admit any patient without test as it can be problematic for other patients, staff and the patient himself. Report is necessary to decide where the patient needs admission, regular ward or Covid isolation ward. “Seeing the condition of the patient and oxygen level, he is seemed to be Covid positive. Since we do not have any bed in the isolation facility, it is better that the family should take the patient to another hospital without wasting any time,” said a senior doctor from the private hospital. In a similar case, a patient, without Covid test report, was taken to the Flu Corner where a rapid test was done as he required immediate admission. After his report came positive, he was admitted to the Covid ward. Medical Superintendent of SPS Hospital Rajiv Kundra said the covid test report was the determining factor in deciding where to admit the patient — normal ward/room or Covid care ward. The Covid report had become necessary these days. Another patient Karamjit Kaur from Mullanpur, who came to the city hospital, having extreme pain in the stomach required admission. “Before admission the patient had to undergo the Covid test and we kept waiting for the report. The admission was done only after the report came negative,” said the kin of the patient, adding that they understand it was for the safety of all. Another patient who was in need of a ventilator had a 24 hours’ old Covid negative report. Even they had to visit a couple of hospitals as most of them have reserved their ventilators for Covid patients but they managed to get admission and no Covid test was conducted as they had the latest report by a ICMRapproved laboratory. 30 held, 16 booked for violating Covid guildelines, curfew 2 land in police net in snatching case Our Correspondent Ludhiana, April 25 The police have arrested two persons, Sunny Pehra, a resident of Threeke village, and his accomplice Sonu Kumar of Sunet village under Sections 379 B and 34 of the IPC for allegedly snatching a mobile phone from Anuj Kumar, a resident of Jawaddi Khurd village, near Dugri Canal Bridge, on Saturday. Anuj in his complaint lodged with the police said he was returning from duty in the evening when the accused, who was riding a Bajaj Platina motorcycle (bearing registration number PB 10FJ 9693), accosted him near the canal bridge and fled the spot after snatching his Oppo mobile Ludhiana, April 25 Violations of restrictions imposed by the district administration due to Covid19 continue unabated in the city with the police registering as many as 42 cases under Sections 188 of the IPC and the Epidemic Diseases Act. The police said a total of 30 persons were arrested and 16 others, who gave the police the slip, were booked. Among those arrested are those who kept their shops open during the night curfew at Bindra Colony, Model Town and Sarabha Nagar; pizza outlets in Sarabha Nagar and Fountain Chowk; several street food vendors, dhabas and fast food joints; cigarette kiosks, a departmental store at Sessions Chowk, a spa in a renowned hotel on Pakhowal Road; and liquor vends. Others who were found violating curfew orders and not wearing face mask were also nabbed. The police said two persons, a driver and a conductor of a bus, who were picking up migrant workers bound for Uttar Pradesh and Bihar without Covid negative report, were also arrested from near the grain market near Salem Tabri. Another driver of an overloaded threewheeler also was nabbed from main GT Road for violation of prohibitory orders. Our Correspondent phone handset. During the investigation, the police nabbed the accused, who were being interrogated, said investigating officer SI Baldev Singh. In another case of snatching in which a mobile phone and cash were snatched from Harpreet Singh, a resident of Delhi, the police have booked Gurpinder Singh, a resident of Holl village, and his two unknown accomplices under Sections 379-B(2) of the IPC. The police said they were booked on the basis of reliable information that the accused were habitual snatchers and looters. “On April 21, the accused had given lift to Harpreet in their car (bearing registration number PB 13BD 0440) after which the three accused took away a mobile phone and cash from the victim,” the police said, adding that a search was on to trace the accused. House, factory burgled Meanwhile, a house in Sanyas Nagar, near Basti Jodhewal, was burgled on April 21 when Ankush Kumar, who was staying in the house on rent, had gone to visit his mother in Haibowal, along with his family members. Ankush told the police that when he returned late in the evening on April 21, he found lock of the room broken. Thieves had taken away gold and silver jewellery along with Rs 20,000 in cash. The police have registered a case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC and are investigating the matter. In another incident, thieves targeted a factory in Ramgarh village which was lying closed since 2019 and took away office furniture, doors and windows, an LCD and an air conditioner from the place. On a report lodged with the police by factory owner Gagandeep Singh, a resident of Urban Estate, Dugri, the police have registered a case under various sections of the IPC. MC fails to stop construction under high-tension wires Eleven booked in CIVIC MESS Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 25 After coming in contact with high-tension wires, three labourers were electrocuted to death in New Punjabi Bagh on Tibba Road in 2018. After this incident, the Municipal Corporation (MC) Commissioner had stated in a report that if the MC’s building inspector and a peon concerned had got the building construction work stopped with Living under constant fear, residents want the wires to be shifted responsibility, such incident could have been averted. A number of persons, including children, have lost their lives after coming in contact with high-tension electricity wires at different locations in the city. The role High-tension power lines passing over residential buildings in Ward No. 28 in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN of the MC and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) remained under scanner after such incidents as a large number of buildings, including houses and commercial units, have come up under or near these high-voltage wires by violating the norms. When these buildings were being constructed, the MC took no steps to get the con- structions stopped. Even PSPCL later gave electricity connections to these buildings. The questions are also being raised over the role of colonisers or other persons who sold the plots located under the high-tension wires. The high-tension wires are passing over or near many buildings on Tibba Road, Tajpur Road, Dhandari, Ishwar Colony, Haibowal, Guru Bagh Colony, Baba Mukand Singh Nagar, Daba Road and several other areas. Unaware of the norms, a number of people having low income purchased such plots and got their houses constructed. Now, these residents live under constant fear due to these wires. They demand from the government to get these wires shifted away from the residential c m y b areas to avoid mishaps. A resident of Dhandari said, “When I had purchased the plot, I was unaware of the law and I had no information that construction can’t take place under the wires. The wires are passing over our house too. Now, I and my family always live under threat since a tragedy happened near our house in the past. We don’t go to the roof of our house due to fear. We are not in the position to get a new house constructed at any other location due to poor financial condition. The government should take steps for shifting of wires away from the houses.” An AAP leader, Ahbaab Singh Grewal, said, “The MC’s building branch had earlier taken no action to get such constructions stopped. Thousands of houses have been constructed near or under the high-tension wires. Now, these wires should be removed to save the lives of people.” “Moreover, the responsibility of the officials concerned of the MC and PSPCL should also be fixed so that no such construction comes up under or near the high-tension wires in the future. Also, action should be taken against those officials who had ignored the violations in the past,” he added. Four persons were electrocuted to death after they came in contact with hightension power supply wires in Ishwar Colony of Focal Point around three years ago when they were attending a birthday party. Also, a nine-year-old girl had died due to electrocution at Shimlapuri, while another girl had received severe burn injuries. A resident, Rashpal Singh Gabria, had also raised the matter regarding death of persons due to electrocution before the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and other government continued on page 2 3 cases of assault Ludhiana, April 25 The Ludhiana police today booked 11 persons and a mob of nearly 40 people in three alleged cases of assault. In the first case, four assailants, along with a mob of 40 persons, allegedly beat up Mohit Narang of Gobind Nagar in Shimlapuri on Saturday. Mohit runs a mobile repair centre in Gur Mandi In the complaint, he said: “The assailants wanted to forcibly evict me from the shop and threw my merchandise out on the street. On Saturday, when I came to the police station to lodge a complaint, a mob of 40 to 45 persons attacked and threatened me.” In another case, the police have booked Avtar Singh, Poorni and Prince, all residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, under Sections 323, 341, 506, 34 of the IPC for allegedly assaulting Harmandeep Singh, a resident of the same colony. According to the complainant, the suspects were quarrelling and hurling abuses at each other in front of his house. He told the police that when he asked them not to create nuisance in the residential area, they attacked him and threatened to kill him. In the third case, four unidentified persons were booked for allegedly beating up two on the Kohara Link Road after they refused to give money. Kulwinder Singh of Ikbal Nagar on Tajpur Road complained that he and his employer, Abhay Sood, were assaulted on their way to an under-construction dyeing factory near Bhairo Munna village on Saturday. “When we reached a brickkiln near the village, four youths on two bikes stopped us and demanded money. After my employer refused to give them money, they thrashed us and fled,” he said. — OC
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