10092021-LT-01.qxd 9/10/2021 12:06 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DAIRY FARMERS PROTEST NON-PAYMENT OF SUBSIDY A large number of farmers staged a dharna at the Feroze Gandhi Market branch of ICICI Bank. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF CASH, JEWELLERY STOLEN FROM TEMPLE, HOUSE Ludhiana: Thieves targeted a temple and house in the city and decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs of rupees. The first theft incident took place at a gaushala temple in Jamalpur. Temple manager Kamal Sharma told the police that on September 7 night after closing the temple he had gone to sleep in his room. Next day when he came to open the temple, he found the locks of the temple’s main door broken. A cash box and silver ornaments of the idol of lord Krishna were missing. Another theft took place at a house in Upkar Nagar. House owner Gaurav Arora told the police that on August 12 he had locked his house and went to live at his another house in Rajguru Nagar. The next day he came to know that thieves had targeted his house. Arora said thieves after breaking open the locks of the almirah decamped with more than Rs 80,000, mobile phones, silver and gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees. Investigation officer ASI Sukhdev Singh said a case of theft was registered against unknown persons on Wednesday and CCTV cameras of the area are being checked to get clues about the thieves. Meanwhile, a resident, Deepak Khurma, said on September 8 he had parked his motorcycle outside the New Courts. When he came back, his motorcycle was missing. Similarly, an Activa scooter of Davinder Singh was stolen from the tuition market, Model Town, on September 7. Another vehicle theft was reported at EWS Colony from where a motorcycle of Chandan Kumar was stolen from outside his house on September 7. TNS PAGE 2 JACQUELINE, YAMI GROOVE ON COLORS’ DANCE DEEWANE MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:39 PM Dada, as Ganguly is fondly called by fans, is known for international records as well as his attitude. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:09 AM Supdt also held on Mandi Gobindgarh trader’s complaint Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 9 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested an Additional Commissioner and a Superintendent of the Customs Department here in a bribery case involving Rs 1.3 lakh, an official spokesperson has said. Those arrested have been identified as Parul Garg, Additional Commissioner, Customs Commissionerate, Ludhiana, and Dharamvir Singh, Superintendent, Customs, Amritsar. According to information, the CBI had registered a case against the Superintendent, Customs, Amritsar, on a com- NUMBER 2 OFFICER JURISDICTION Additional Commissioner Parul Garg, who was arrested, is Number 2 officer in the Customs Commissionerate holding multiple charges after the Commissioner. The Customs Commissionerate in Ludhiana has the jurisdiction over Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. The office is located on GT Road at Sahnewal, near here. plaint of a trader, who runs a partnership firm in Mandi Gobindgarh and deals in the business of import of scrap. The complainant informed the CBI that he had approached the Superintendent, Customs, Amritsar, for releasing his two loaded containers of scrap. He alleged that the Superintendent demanded a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh and informed the com- plainant that the bribe amount was also to be shared with the Additional Commissioner. The deal was clinched at Rs 1.3 lakh. Acting on the complaint, the CBI laid a trap and caught the Superintendent accepting the bribe of Rs 1.3 lakh. “Subsequently, the role of Additional Commissioner, Customs Commissionerate, Ludhiana, allegedly came up Two test positive in dist COVID-19 FIGURES Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 9 Two persons tested positive for Covid, while no person lost his/her life due to the disease in the district today. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.57 per cent. There are 31 active patients in the district at present and no patient is admitted to hospital for the treatment of Covid at present. Till date, a total of 23,54,391 samples have been taken, of which 22,55,233 samples were found negative. Samples of SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 23,54,391 87,494 31 -2,098 A man gives sample for Covid test in Ludhiana on Thursday. INDERJEET VERMA 9,003 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,494, while 11,664 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of patients who lost their lives to the disease is 2,098 from Ludhiana and 1,049 from other districts. Block Bharat Nagar Chowk, seek official’s suspension Teachers protest against a Deputy DEO at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Deputy DEO deliberately spoke rudely and arrogantly against women. “We are simply tired of his behaviour. He speaks rudely and uses derogatory language and teachers are unable to handle such pressure. Earlier, one of our fellow teachers had complained against him to the Education Minister and recently, a teacher in Sahnewal suffered a panic attack as Saini spoke rudely to her. We are all educated and such behaviour will not be tolerated,” the protesting teacher said. continued on page 2 in the bribery case and she was also caught,” the spokesperson said. Later, the CBI also conducted searches on the premises of both the arrested accused in Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Chandigarh. While Rs 59.4 lakh and some incriminating documents were recovered from the premises of the Additional Commissioner, Rs 2.6 lakh and certain incriminating documents were seized from the premises of the Superintendent during the searches. Both the arrested accused will be produced before the court of Special Judge, CBI, Mohali, the spokesperson added. e-auction row: BJP activists lock LIT office Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, September 9 High drama was witnessed outside the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) office in Feroze Gandhi Market here today when protesting workers and leaders of BJP forced their way through two barricades put up by the police and locked the main gate of the Trust office. The BJP activists were protesting against the sale of prime land in Model Town Extension by LIT through e-auction at very low rates in comparison to prevailing market price of commercial land in that area. Addressing the protesting workers and party activists, district president of the party, Pushpinder Singhal, said the lock on the LIT office was a symbolic gesture to tell the city residents that the LIT no longer served their interests and under political pressure government properties and land were being given on a platter to land mafia. Singhal and other party leaders said the protest would continue till the auction continued on page 2 Residents protest by brushing teeth, bathing at MC office DIRTY WATER SUPPLY Passengers stranded at the bus stand in Ludhiana as PRTC & PUNBUS contractual staff observe strike. Passengers suffer as striking staff keep bus stand closed for 4 hrs Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 9 The passengers were a harried lot as the Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Stand here was kept closed for nearly four hours by the contractual employees of Punjab Roadways, PUNBUS and PRTC to mark their protest against the state government. A number of passengers were also seen standing outside the bus stand, waiting for private buses in the scorching heat. Several passengers were waiting for buses inside the bus stand too. The buses were not allowed to enter or exit bus stand during the protest. The private buses, however, were operational from outside the bus stand amid the protest. Meanwhile, traffic snarls were also witnessed outside the bus stand as many private buses were stationed on the main Link Road and service lanes. Also, some buses were Private buses stationed outside the Ludhiana bus stand on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS parked on a stretch connecting the bus stand with the flyover on Link Road. A passenger said, “The common people should not be harassed by shutting down the bus stand. The government should resolve the issue and employees should not cause inconveniences to the public for their demands.” It was the fourth day of the strike called by the Punjab Roadways, PUNBUS, PRTC Contract Workers Union Punjab. Thus, the majority of government-run buses operated by the contractual staff did not ply on the roads today. The contractual employees have been demanding regularisation of their services and adding a new fleet of buses to the service for a long time. The union members have also demanded that private buses should not be allowed to ply on the routes designated for government buses. The protesting employees accused the state government of ignoring their demands. They blamed the Capt Amarinder Singh government for failing to eliminate the transport mafia from the state. They said the union will gherao the ‘Siswan farm house’ of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday. MANAGEMENT D •B.Com/B.Com.(Hons.) •BBA/MBA(BusinessAnalyticsandAIforManagers)withIBM •MBASpecializationinHR&Marketing/AgriBusiness/ Finance/InternationalBusiness(DualSpecialization) • MBAHealthcare(SuperSpecialization) Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 9 Infuriated over “contaminated water” being supplied to different parts of Atam Nagar, a group of residents reached the MC’s Zone D office this morning and started brushing their teeth on the premises to mark their protest. One of the protesters, Gurjit Singh Shinh, even took bath there. The protesters then sat on a dharna for few hours. The residents claimed that the water being supplied to different parts of the Atam Nagar constituency was contaminated, due to which they were forced to visit the MC office to awaken the authorities concerned. They also brought bottles filled with contaminat- FRIDAY | 10 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA CBI arrests Customs’ Addl Commissioner for graft Shivani Bhakoo Ludhiana, September 9 A large number of teachers from different unions protested against “rude” Deputy DEO Kuldip Singh Saini, who allegedly had made their lives “miserable”. The teachers demanded his suspension and raised slogans against him. They also flayed the DEO for not taking any stern action against the official. Talking to The Tribune, a teacher said during zoom meetings and other occasions, the PAGE 4 LUV FILMS ANNOUNCES BIOPIC ON SOURAV GANGULY Both Yami and Jacqueline will be seen dancing to Genda Phool with dancing queen Madhuri Dixit. Teachers up in arms against ‘rude’ Deputy DEO Tribune News Service PAGE 3 Residents of Atam Nagar brush teeth at the MC office to protest “contaminated water” supply to the area; and (right) Gurjit Singh Shinh takes bath on the MC office premises on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS ed water, which they claimed to have collected from taps connected with the MC’s water supply line. They also challenged the MC officials to drink the water being supplied to their area. Shinh, a resident and politician from the Atam Nagar area, said they had complained to the civic body multiple times but the officials took no concrete steps to get the problem resolved. “Contaminated water is being supplied to my house, located in Ward Number 49, for the past 20 days. Sewage is getting mixed in the water supply line. Neither the MC nor c m y b Atam Nagar MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains has paid any heed to the issue. Thus, we were forced to stage the protest today,” he stated. Giving a warning to MC, he said that if the problem was not solved, women from the area would visit the MC office on Friday and wash clothes there, Shinh added. Superintending Engineer (O&M) Ravinder Garg could not be contacted for comments. 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