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SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:11 AM TUESDAY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 | JALANDHAR commuters’ City BJP legal cell chief held in Asr NoendtoNow, BSP (A) blocks woes Nakodar Tribune News Service ~28-LAKH FRAUD 4 persons, including Lakhan, were booked by Amritsar cops Tribune News Service THE CASE Amritsar/Jalandhar, Sept 13 The Division B police of Amritsar on Monday nabbed Jalandhar BJP legal cell chief Lakhan Gandhi in a Rs 28.44lakh fraud case. The complainant, Charanjit Kaur, told the police that the accused cheated her of ~28.44 lakh on the pretext of getting an FIR against her son, Lovepreet, cancelled and getting him released on bail. Lovepreet was booked by Division B police in a case of rape lodged on March 8 last year. Gandhi was produced before a court, which sent him to one-day police custody. A total of four persons were booked in the case. Besides Gandhi, the police had booked complainant’s sister Manju Khera and her nephew Nitin Khera, both residents of Basti Gujjan in Jalandhar, and Amandeep Singh of Sultanwind Road under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120- Dengue larvae found at eight places in city Tribune News Service ■ The complainant, Charanjit Kaur, told the police that the accused cheated her of ~28.44 lakh on the pretext of getting an FIR against her son, Lovepreet, cancelled and getting him released on bail. Lovepreet was booked by Division B Amritsar police in a case of rape lodged on March 8 last year. IN POLICE NET Lakhan Gandhi, chief of Jalandhar’s BJP legal cell, comes out of the court in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO B of the IPC. Division B police station SHO Sarvan Singh said raids were on to nab the remaining three suspects. Amritsar Bar Association chief Vipin Dhand, who Serving as an advocate for the past nearly six years, Lakhan Gandhi had passed out from the local St Soldier Law College. Using his connections, he got himself appointed as the BJP legal cell chief last year appeared before the court on behalf of Gandhi, pointed out that his client took only ~25,000 as fee and did not know about the remaining amount. On the contrary, the Jalandhar Bar Association, where he remained junior vice-president, and is reportedly related to ex-president Ashok Gandhi, did not show any solidarity with Lakhan. Serving as an advocate for the past nearly six years, Lakhan Gandhi had passed out from the local St Soldier Law College. Using his connections, he got himself appointed as the BJP legal cell chief last year. He reportedly came into contact with the complainant as her sister Manju Khera was his neighbour. Complainant Charanjit Kaur alleged that Lakhan Gandhi in connivance with her sister and nephew had committed a huge financial fraud against her, including creating a fake FDR of ~8.5 lakh for securing bail her son from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In her complaint, continued on page 2 Jalandhar, September 13 The district administration and local police seem to have allowed anyone and everyone to lodge a protest anytime and anywhere in the city. While it has been the farmers or religious organisations which have been recently blocking the city roads and affecting the lives of commuters, today it was Bahujan Samaj Party (Ambedkar) that chose to block Nakodar Chowk all of a sudden this afternoon and create a mess. Since the Nakodar Chowk is one of the busiest intersections of the city, all connecting areas including Lajpat Nagar and Link Road got badly choked. Hundreds of commuters got stuck up for nearly an hour unable to move back or forth. BSP (A) chief Dev Dass Nahar had reportedly organised the protest against the state government blaming it for rising corruption and false promises made to the masses. Sporting blue flags on their Commuters stuck in a massive traffic jam during a protest by BSP (Ambedkar) at Nakodar Chowk on Monday. SARABJIT SINGH vehicles and using blaring mikes, the party leaders chose to organise a rally right at the intersection. The rally continued in the presence of the mute Punjab Police personnel who let them go on despite commuters honking their vehicles and streams of cars getting 4 more test positive, YAD, shopkeepers block road over no death in district not razing unsafe buildings in K’thala Tribune News Service Tribune News Service jalandhar, September 13 While conducting a survey in the district, health teams found dengue larvae at eight places in Jagatpura, Abadpura and Gandhianagar areas on Monday. Dengue larvae were destroyed in these areas and Tempiphos was sprayed in the waterlogged areas of the city. Notably, Jagatpura, Abadpura and Gandhinagar are all slum areas with congested settlements. Water was found accumulated in roofs, coolers, tins, pots etc. at many places and Pyrethrum, an insect repellent, was sprayed. A total of 143 houses were surveyed in the district today. The District Health Department has also collected 24 samples in the city today for malaria testing. While six dengue cases have been reported in the district so far. continued on page 2 Chowk resulting in traffic jam Jalandhar, September 13 The district on Monday reported four new cases of Covid-19, taking the tally to 63,266. However, no death due to Covid-19 was reported in the district. The death toll remained at 1,494. As many as 61,743 people have recovered from the disease while the number of active cases in Jalandhar stands at 29. Of the 16,17,994 samples collected in the district so far, 14,86,449 tested negative. The results of as many as 215 tests are awaited. At present, no person is under home isolation in the district. 1 contract virus in K’thala The district on Monday recorded one more case of Covid-19, pushing the tally to 17,821. However, no death due to Covid-19 was reported in the district. So far, 17,253 patients have recovered from COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 4 63,266 0 1,494 61,743 29 the virus, while there are 14 active cases in the district. Moreover, one person was discharged after recovery. All well in Nawanshahr The district on Monday reported no fresh case of Covid-19, so the tally stood at 11,455 (3.68 per cent). With no death being reported, the toll stood at 387 (3.37 per cent). At present, there are five active cases and all of them are under home isolation. The recovery rate is 96.57 per cent. Kapurthala, September 13 Youth Akali Dal (YAD) leaders and shopkeepers of city markets held a protest against the district administration and blocked the road in Amrit Bazaar here on Monday. They were raising their long-pending issue of demolition of old, dilapidated buildings in the congested city markets. Avi Rajput, vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal, said party leaders and shopkeepers had been demanding the demolition of the dilapidated buildings in the Heritage City, Amrit Bazaar and Sarafa Bazaar. As their demand was not being met, they blocked a road to awaken the authorities concerned, the local Congress MLA and the Mayor of the Municipal Corporation. The leaders raised slogans against the district administration and the authorities concerned. Activists of the Youth Akali Dal and shopkeepers protest against district administration and the MC at Amrit Bazaar in Kapurthala. SHO Gaurav Dhir reached the spot to pacify the protesting leaders. He received a memorandum of demands from them after which the dharna was lifted. YAD leaders Nikka, Monu, Vipan, Navtej Singh, Lakhbir Singh and Golu said, “The condition of the buildings is so bad that they can collapse at any time. The bricks of the walls are coming off. The guards and bars have become weak and bowed. The cracks are clearly visible on the walls. But our MLAs, who brag about development, roam in their AC vehicles and air-conditioned rooms and residents of the city are living in the shadow of death all the time.” Rajput said besides providing basic facilities to the residents of the city, it was the responsibility of the civic body to protect them from the dilapidated buildings. But after seeing these buildings, it was clear that the MC was not serious about fulfilling its responsibility and it hardly cared about the residents’ lives. He said the old buildings could collapse anytime during the rains. The shopkeepers said, “The residents are worried about the potential threat posed by them. Living around these, which are closed and unused for years, is quite risky and we have alerted the MC about such buildings a number of times.” The YAD leaders warned, “If the dilapidated buildings are not demolished soon, the MC office would be gheraoed and effigies of civic body officials will also be burnt.” Krishan Nagar residents irked over shoddy work by civic body NO RELIEF Allege water supply pipes not being put at required depth; many of these are very close to manholes Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 13 For years, residents of Mohalla Krishan Nagar here had been getting a dirty, oily water supply. Persistent complaints to the local councillor led to pressure and work on re-laying water pipes began some days ago. Instead of getting relief, the residents are facing fresh worries. The plastic water supply pipes, which are being re-laid in the mohalla for the past fortnight, are not being put as deep in the earth as they should be. Residents feel that with pipes being just right under the surface, these can be damaged by heavy vehicles. Peeved at the shoddy work being done by the municipal corporation, residents demand that the water pipes should be laid at the required depth in the earth. They said thin water pipes were being laid without any pro- tective cover over them to avoid damage to them. These can burst under the weight of a heavy vehicle. Krishan Nagar area falls in Ward No.19 of the city where Uma Beri is the councillor. RK Talwar, a resident of the area, says, “For years, we had been getting potable water supply mixed with sewage water due to the presence of sewer pipes near drinking water supply lines. It has made our lives miserable. Now, when the MC is re-laying water pipes, it is doing such a bad quality work. The pipes have been re-laid right on the surface of the road, making it a clear case of shoddy work. Many pipes pass right by or through manholes. Our grouse is: “Does drinking water get mixed with sewage water?” “If they pass eight manholes, the plastic pipes will be damaged by acidic discharge in no time. We do not want sewer water enters our water supply again in a fortnight or ❝ For years, we have been getting potable water supply mixed with sewage water due to the presence of sewer pipes near drinking water supply lines. It has made our lives miserable. Now, when the MC is relaying water pipes, it is doing such a bad quality work. The pipes have been re-laid right on the surface of the road, making it a clear case of shoddy work. ❞ RK Talwar, AN AREA RESIDENT Water pipes have been re-laid right on the surface of the road and many of these are just next to the manholes. TRIBUNE PHOTO six months. The MC should re-lay these pipes.” Mohan Lal Aggarwal, another resident of the area, said, “We are thankful that the MC laid pipes after persistent complaints. Whenever we opened our taps, we got oil drops and greasy water for years in the area. It is after c m y b much persuasion that this new work was started. But we can see the freshly laid pipes due to shoddy work. The work started about 20 days ago. First, the MC dug up roads, now water supply pipes are being laid in at least three to four streets. We demand that this work should be stopped and the pipes should be put deeper in the earth but do not pass through manholes. We do not want to give an open invite to diseases in the area.” The residents said the previous pipes had been laid at least 45 to 50 years ago, so these were now leaking, which may have led to the mixing of sewage with drinking water. After laying the water pipes, roads will also have to be reconstructed in the area. The area councillor said, “We have been laying proper water supply pipes in the area which are being laid in accordance with the vents and connections available in the streets. The contractors have even been entertaining requests of some residents with private connections. Videos have been shared with me of the work which is going on smoothly. I am not aware of this recent issue. Those who have a complaint do come to my office and we will solve their grievance.” caught up in the traffic snarl. Several patients and their attendants admitted in the hospitals around the area, too, got affected. Daljeet Singh, an ambulance driver, said he too found it extremely difficult to ferry a patient needing emergency treatment to a hospital. No end in sight: Roadways staff take out protest march on Day 8 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 13 The indefinite strike by Punbus and PRTC Contractual Workers Union Punjab entered its eighth day on Monday. Contractual and outsourced workers of the union today organised a protest march on the city roads, demanding immediate attention for their demands. The workers also accused the government of issuing notices to all employees through the depot manager that the strike was illegal, sending recovery notices and termination letters to the employees participating in the strike. Though the management and the government are holding talks and meetings to bring the striking workers back to duty, the written notice regarding the strike was given 40 days ago by the union to the transport minister, transport secretary, DST Punjab. Several meetings with MD, PRTC, have been conducted. Now, the government should make alternate arrangements, the Theka Mulazim Workers Union added. District president of the union Gurpreet Singh and chairman Jasbir Singh said instead of complying with our demands, the government and management were trying to end the strike by pressurising the workers. Union General Secretary Chanan Singh said until their demands were accepted the strike would be continued. “Following the orders of the state committee of the contractual workers, a sit-in dharna was held on Sunday in front of the residence of MLA Pargat Singh. Today, we have organised protest marches across all the districts. The workers raised their demands such as 10,000 government buses, regularisation of contractual employees, reinstatement of retired workers among others. All depots except the ones attending the meeting on the September 14 will stage a massive protest in their respective districts. If the meeting again remains unfruitful, National Highways will be blocked on Wednesday,” added Gurpreet Singh.
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