11112021-LT-01.qxd 11/11/2021 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PROTEST AGAINST CIVIC BODY FOR ‘IGNORING’ PUNJABI LANGUAGE PAGE 2 Members of Punjabi Bhasha Pasaar Bhaichara hold a protest against MC for allegedly ignoring Punjabi language. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF FOUR SMUGGLERS HELD WITH 65 CASES OF ILLICIT LIQUOR Ludhiana: The Ludhiana rural police nabbed four liquor smugglers and recovered 65 cases of illicit liquor from their possession. A case under the Excise Act was registered against them yesterday. The accused are Sukhraj Singh Raju of Chuharchak village, Moga, Sukhdev Singh Pappa of Dharamkot, Gurdeep Singh Deepa of Sherpur Kalan, Ludhiana, and Ranjit Singh of Galib Kalan. Four accused who managed to escape from the spot have been identified as Kewal Singh Babra of Jassowal, Kuldeep Singh of Galib Kalan, Pargat Singh and Navjot Singh. In a statement, SSP, Ludhiana rural, Raj Bachan Sandhu stated that secret information was received that the accused had stored a huge quantity of illicit liquor at some specific place. Accordingly a police party conducted a raid and nabbed four accused. The SSP said the accused had brought liquor from some big liquor smugglers and they had to supply the same to their clients in Jagraon and Ludhiana areas. The accused had been into the trade for a long time and earlier also they had brought illicit liquor from Haryana. The police said questioning of the nabbed accused is on and soon they will bust the entire supply line of liquor smuggling so that smugglers from Haryana could also be nabbed. TNS RHEA CHAKRABORTY’S BANK ACCOUNTS FINALLY DE-FREEZED A 53-yr-old homemaker from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Geeta went on to become the third crorepati of KBC 13. MAX 29°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:31 PM Nuts and bolts factory gutted in fire at Doraha Lovleen Bains Doraha, November 10 Mitter Fasteners, a nuts and bolts manufacturing factory, was gutted in a major fire late this evening here. The fire could not be completely controlled till the filing of the report. The loss could not be ascertained at this stage. It is doubted that the material caught fire at the time of loading and unloading of oil. No loss if life has, however, been reported. As per information, the fire spread and engulfed the entire factory within no time and it could not be extinguished even though fire tenders from Khanna, Doraha and Samrala were used. They were still busy extinguishing the flames at the time of the filling of the report. The SHO, Doraha, Nachattar Singh, said, “Fire brigade teams from Doraha, Samrala and Khanna are busy extinguishing the fire. The reason for the breaking out of the fire seems to be loading and unloading of oil for machines. The fire brigade teams are having hard time extinguishing the fire as it has spread to the whole factory.” When questioned about the loss, he said, “It is too PAGE 3 GEETA FROM GWALIOR BECOMES THIRD CROREPATI OF KBC 13 Fire breaks out at Mitter Fasteners in Doraha on Wednesday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTO difficult to assess the total loss at this stage since the major concern is to douse the flames completely. We can come to know about the actual loss after the fire is extinguished. The labour, however, is safe and sound.” Sudden demise of actor Sushant had huge repercussions in the life of his girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:50 AM THURSDAY | 11 NOVEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Former neighbour booked for raping minor girl Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 10 The city police booked a man on the charges of raping a 16year-old girl at Moji Colony, Daba road. The incident came to fore when the girl’s parents found her pregnant. The Shimlapuri police registered a case of rape and criminal intimidation against the man, Lal Bahadur, yesterday. His whereabouts are still unknown. The complainant, mother of the victim girl, told the police that on November 8, her daughter complained of severe stomach pain and she was immediately taken to a medical store for taking medicine. Despite taking medicine, her pain didn’t stop. They then took her to a doctor, who after performing certain tests found her pregnant. “Initially our daughter was not revealing about the person who sexually harassed her and made her pregnant. When we strictly asked her, she then revealed that Lal Bahadur, who used to be our neighbour once, had been raping her for a long time,” the complainant added. Lal Bahadur had also asked her daughter not to reveal about rape to anyone else he would kill her. Investigation officer Inspector Jaspreet Kaur said raids are being conducted at the suspected whereabouts of the accused. A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Two test positive for Covid in dist Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 10 The Health Department on Wednesday confirmed two fresh cases of Covid in the district. There are 19 active cases in the district at present. Besides, three fresh cases belonging to other districts or states were also confirmed here today. According to the department, a total of 87,628 cases of Ludhiana and 11,714 cases of other districts or states have been confirmed here till date. The department has confirmed that 2,107 patients of Ludhiana and 1,054 of other districts or states have died of the virus till date here. 25 NEW CASES OF DENGUE ■ As many as 25 fresh cases of dengue from the district were confirmed on Wednesday. Of them, 10 cases belong to Khanna, eight to Ludhiana city, three to Jagraon, two to Manupur and one case each to Koom Kalan and Sudhar. ■ In Ludhiana city, the cases were reported from New Chandan Nagar, Police Colony, Upkar Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, Model Gram, SAS Nagar and Bank Colony. ■ The Health Department has confirmed 1,485 dengue cases in the district till date, while 3,666 suspected cases have also been reported. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 27,80,851 87,628 19 1 2,107 As many as 7,815 samples for Covid test were collected today. Girl killed, two youths MC fails to remove garbage dump along Buddha Nullah injured in accidents Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 10 A girl was killed and two youths suffered serious injuries in road accidents in the district. The first incident was reported at Chehlan village in Samrala where a girl riding a scooter was hit by “rashly driven” PRTC bus yesterday. The girl suffered serious head injuries and rushed to a hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. The deceased has been identified as Navdeep Kaur of Madpur village in Samrala district. Investigation officer ASI Navdeep Singh said the driver along with the bus fled from the spot and probe is on to identify him. A case was registered against the bus driver. Another accident was reported on the Rahon road on Monday evening in which two youths riding a motorcycle suffered serious injuries as their vehicle was hit by a Mahindra Bolero. Injured Ranjit and Prince told the police that they were heading home on their motorcycle when one white Mahindra Bolero rammed into them. The Bolero driver, instead of taking them to hospital, fled from the spot. They could not note the registration number of Bolero. The Meharban police have registered a case against the unknown driver yesterday and launched a probe identify him. CCTV cameras of the area were also being checked by the police to get clue about the driver. Ludhiana, November 10 Even after the installation of a static waste compactor near a big garbage dump along the Buddha Nullah near a students’ hostel at Haibowal Chowk here, the Municipal Corporation has failed to it. An NGT panel had earlier given directions to the civic body that no garbage should be dumped on the banks of the Buddha Nullah. Due to politics over garbage dumping sites, this garbage dump was set up on the back of a girls’ hostel in July 2019. A massive protest was then staged by students of Lord Mahavira Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Haibowal, against the civic body for setting up the garbage dump just near the wall of their hostel. A big garbage dump along the Buddha Nullah near Haibowal Chowk in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Following the protest, the MC authorities had then given assurance that the dump was being set up on a temporary basis for just two months and it will be shifted once a static waste compactor is made functional. Now, a nearby static waste compactor on Hambran Road has already been made functional but the garbage dump from the back of the students’ hostel has not been shifted till date even after more than two years. When Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal had laid the foundation stone of the Rejuvenation of POWER SHUTDOWN Thanking Sun God for bounties of life LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Preet Nagar Street Nos 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, Suraj Nagar Street Nos 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and Old Police Chowki Road, Shimlapuri. 10 am to 4 pm: New Lajpat Nagar, Canal Colony, Flats near Sant Ishar Singh Nagar, Sargodha Colony, Green Field, Jagjit Nagar, Sarabha Nagar A, C, I and J Blocks, Deepak Hospital, Hero Bakery Chowk, Lal Path Lab and MC Zone-D office. 10 am to 5 pm: Sham Nagar, New BRS Nagar, Guru Amardas Nagar, Professor Colony, Sunrise Colony, Green Avenue, Sugandh Vihar, Kiran Vihar, Keys Hotel and adjoining areas. 10 am to 6 pm: Sunder Nagar, Mahavir Jain Colony, New Madhopuri Street No 15 to 20, Baba Gajja Dharmshala, Kuldeep Nagar, Kirpal Nagar, Daulat Colony, Basti Mani Singh, Ramal Dyeing, MRP Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Tikoni Park, Swatanter Nagar and adjoining areas. Devotees perform rituals during Chhath Puja at the Sidhwan Canal in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN c m y b PAGE 4 Buddha Nullah project in January, the garbage collectors were stopped from unloading waste here for just a few days and the dump was later restored with full strength. The students and passersby are forced to suffer due to foul smell emanating from the garbage dump. A city resident, Col (retd) CM Lakhanpal said, “The waste often falls into the Buddha Nullah from this garbage dump. The civic body should ensure implementation of the rules and no garbage dump should be set up along the Buddha Nullah. We had earlier also staged a protest demanding the removal of all garbage dumps along the Buddha Nullah. The civic body should take immediate steps for the removal of the garbage dump along the Buddha Nullah.” In January, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu had also stated that the dump would be eliminated after a nearby static waste compactor is made functional. He said on Wednesday that he would take required steps to resolve the matter related to the garbage dump. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all safety protocols, like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently, of the Punjab Government to not only save themselves but keep everyone around safe. Two women get jail for forcing minor into prostitution Ludhiana, November 10 Additional Sessions Judge Ashish Abrol has convicted two women Rekha Rani and Charanjit Kaur, residents of Mallah village, on the charges of forcing a minor girl into prostitution. They were sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years each. A fine of Rs 30,000 each was also imposed upon the convicts. The court made it clear that out of the recovered fine amount Rs 25,000 would be paid as compensation to the victim. Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the prosecution has successfully proved the guilt of the accused. A case against the two women and one Mangal Singh, resident of Mallah village, was registered on January 30, 2016, at the Hathur police station following the statement of the victim girl. Accused Mangal Singh had already expired. The victim girl had made a statement to the police at the Civil Hospital, Jagraon. She had stated to the police that in anger she left her home. She came in contact of a girl, who took her to the house of Rekha. After a week, the girl went back to her house but she continued staying there. The accused started exploiting her by administering intoxicating tablets. She was sent to some persons a prostitute. Thereafter, she was sold to a man in Haryana, who took her along with him. He sexually exploited her. A few days later, she was sent back. But again she was sent with one another man after taking money. After a few days, her condition deteriorated and she came to a hospital. She called her grandmother and narrated the entire story and then informed the police. — OC
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