18112021-LT-01.qxd 11/18/2021 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE FIVE-DAY PU ZONAL YOUTH AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL BEGINS PAGE 2 PU Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival (Zone B) started at Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, on Wednesday. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Student goes missing, bike found near canal Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 17 Baljit Singh(17), a Class XI student of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Senior Secondary School, here, went missing under mysterious circumstances yesterday from the school. The boy is a resident of Shimlapuri. When his family started searching for him, his motorcycle and a mobile phone was recovered from near the Sidhwan canal on the Ferozepur road late last night. The PAU police suspecting that the boy could have been kept under illegal confinement have registered a case under Section 346, IPC, against unknown persons and launched a search to trace the boy. Manmeet Singh, kin of the boy, said yesterday Baljit went to the school but did not return home. Later, when they called up the principal, they told that Baljit had left for home at 5 pm. He said yesterday night they found the motorcycle and mobile phone of the boy near the canal. PAU SHO Jaskanwal Sekhon said police teams were also searching the boy and CCTV cameras of nearby areas were also being scanned to get any clue about him. GUNEET, RATNA PATHAK SHAH JOIN BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH Govinda has released his song Tip Tip Paani Barsa on his own YouTube channel titled Govinda Royalles. MAX 26°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:27 PM PAGE 4 As credible experts, Guneet and Ratna will offer their professional expertise to participants in the programme. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:56 AM THURSDAY | 18 NOVEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Illegalcolonies mushroom, slack Man kills physically challenged friend over petty arguments enforcement by GLADA to blame Tribune News Service Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, November 17 Lackadaisical attitude and slack enforcement on part of Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) officials, in Ludhiana, and other area development authorities across the state, has given a free hand to unscrupulous developers. The latter have been developing illegal colonies across the city, especially on the periphery, and hoodwinking people to invest their hard-earned money in such colonies. GS Lamba, president of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association, however, disagrees and attributes the proliferation of illegal colonies all across the city, and elsewhere in Punjab, firstly to wrong policies, which had failed to meet the aspirations of the common man, and secondly to the non-implementation of policies by bureaucrats who were not accountable to people. He said getting approval and licence and thereafter payment of hefty internal and external development works for a colony with a saleable area of less than 50 per cent, had become a expensive proposition with the result that a majority of developers go for carving out unlicensed and illegal colonies. OFFICIALS HAND IN GLOVE WITH VIOLATORS staff (of GLADA) ❝Fieldglove and supervisory officialsdevelopers. are hand in with the unscrupulous Most of the illegal colonies are being developed in or around Ludhiana with their tacit approval and big money is involved in the unlawful activity. A developer “Rather than paying hefty licence fee and other charges per acre of land, it is cheaper to develop an illegal colony, pay bribes to officials of the regulatory body and sell plots at cheaper rates and make the most of it; is the common feeling among developers,” says another property developer. The sheer official number of nearly 2,000 (unofficially the figure is around 5,000) illegal colonies in the industrial hub of the state was a statement in itself of the enormity of the problem and exemplified the inability of the regulatory body to come Sea of faith ❞ to terms with the situation. According to a social activist, Rachpal Singh, prohibitive prices of residential and commercial land in approved colonies make people with limited resources to go for purchasing plots in unlicensed colonies even though buyers were made to suffer due to the failure of unscrupulous developers to provide promised amenities in such colonies. “Negligence on part of the regulatory authority (GLADA in case of Ludhiana) is evident from the manner in which plots are being carved out by developers on agricultural Workshop owner attacked for stopping man from urinating on wall Tribune News Service Devotees take part in a nagar kirtan being taken out to mark the Parkash Utsav celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Member of drug peddlers’gang arrested with 500 gm of heroin Our Correspondent Jagraon, November 17 The CIA wing of the Ludhiana (rural) police claimed to have arrested the kingpin of a notorious gang of drug peddlers and seized 500 gm of heroin worth crores in the international market from him. The police have registered an FIR under Sections 21, 25, 61 and 85 at the Sidhwan police station against the accused, Mandeep Singh, alias Bitti, of Abbupura village and his accomplice Pankaj Mallan, alias Sunny, of Sidhwan Bet village and initiated a probe to identify other members of the gang. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ludhiana (Rural), Rajbachan Singh Sandhu, said police personnel, under the supervision of SP (D) Balwinder Singh, had busted an interstate gang that had been supplying drugs and narcotics in the region at a large scale. PAGE 3 GOVINDA’S MUSIC VIDEO TIP TIP PAANI BARSA RELEASED The accused in police custody in Jagraon. TRIBUNE PHOTO The SSP said a police party, led by SI Janak Raj, had intercepted, Mandeep on the basis of a tip-off when he was traveling in his car (bearing registration no. PB 13 BG 9977) and 500 gm of heroin was recovered during search form the vehicle in the presence of Jagraon DSP Daljit Singh Khakh. Mandeep had been involved in illegal activities for more than 20 years. The accused informed the police that one of his accom- plice Pankaj Mallan, a taxi operator, used to bring consignments of drugs and narcotics from other states and Delhi in his vehicles. He (Pankaj) had gone to deliver another consignment to his clients. The police are expecting more recoveries after his arrest. Probe revealed that Mandeep was already booked in at least eight criminal cases registered at the Sidhwan Bet and Sadar Jagraon police stations. Ludhiana, November 17 The owner of an auto workshop located in the rear side of Orient Cinema in BRS Nagar was attacked by a man and his aides last night after the man was stopped by the workshop owner from urinating on the the wall of his workshop. The Sarabha Nagar police have registered a case against the unidentified miscreants today. The accused man had also fired a gunshot in the air to intimidate the victim. It was only when nearby shopkeepers reached the spot, the accused fled in their two cars. Complainant Dilbag Singh told the police that he owns JS Automobiles at BRS Nagar. “Last night when I was about to close the workshop, I noticed that a man was urinating on the wall of the workshop. I asked him not to urinate there and go to the market’s toilet. The accused after holding minor arguments went to the toilet,” Dilbagh alleged. A few minutes later, the accused, along with his accomplices, again came and beat him up. He also fired a gunshot in the air. When other shopkeepers gathered on the spot, they fled in their two cars. Shopkeepers had also given a statement to the police that the miscreants had fired a gunshot in the air. Sarabha Nagar SHO Paramdeep Singh said the workshop owner was thrashed by some unknown persons and the victim had also alleged that the assailants fired a gunshot in the air. The SHO said a probe was on to identify the assailants and verify whether any gunshot was fired or not. c m y b land, and residential plots/commercial sites in these colonies are being advertised without any mention of license number or approval from the competent authority,” said Rachpal. Another property developer said in the absence of effective regulatory measures, unsuspecting people were falling prey to the wooing tactics of the developers and were buying properties in colonies that hold no promise for provision of even the basic amenities and planned development. Without mincing words he also accused GLADA officials of “dereliction” and charged them with “conniving” with unscrupulous developers. The developer maintained that lax attitude of the regulatory body towards enforcement of provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA) indeed point towards the involvement of field staff and officials of regulatory authority (GLADA) in the development of illegal colonies in every nook and corner of the city. “Field staff and supervisory officials (of GLADA) are hand in glove with the unscrupulous developers and most of the illegal colonies are being developed in or around Ludhiana with their tacit approval and big money is involved in the unlawful activity,” he said. UNION BURNS EFFIGY OF FINANCE MINISTER The Municipal Karamchari Dal on Wednesday continued their protest outside the MC Zone A office and burnt an effigy of Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. P2 Ludhiana, November 17 A physically challenged man was killed by his friend at Majri village near Mullanpur Dakha last night. The deceased has been identified as Dhanna Singh (35), a resident of Majri village. The accused, who was arrested by the police, has been identified as Gurdeep Singh, a resident of the same village. A case under Section 302, IPC, was registered against the accused today. As per information, yesterday night, Gurdeep had taken the deceased along with him to some isolated place in the village where they both consumed liquor. “While they were consuming alcohol, Gurdeep started arguments with Dhanna over some matter. In no time, Three test +ve for Covid in district A woman gets vaccinated against Covid. INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana, November 17 Three fresh cases of Covid-19 from Ludhiana district were confirmed on Wednesday. One of them is a health worker. At present, there are 22 active cases in the district. The Health Department has confirmed 87,643 positive cases of Ludhiana district and 11,720 of other districts or states till date. Besides, the department has confirmed that 2,108 persons of Ludhiana district and 1,056 persons of other states or districts COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 28,28,573 87,643 22 2 2,108 have died of the virus till date. As many as 6,342 samples were collected on Wednesday for Covid-19 test. Residents have been appealed to adhere to all Covid safety protocols frequently for the prevention of the virus. — TNS arguments took a ghastly turn and the former attacked Dhanna with a heavy wooden stick. The victim suffered serious head injuries and died on the spot,” police sources said. After killing the victim, the accused fled the spot. Residents of the village rushed the victim to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. The Dakha police said today that a case of murder was registered against the accused and he was arrested. 23 fresh cases of dengue Ludhiana, November 17 The Health Department on Wednesday confirmed 23 fresh cases in Ludhiana district. All cases belong to Ludhiana city areas. The cases were reported from Guru Nanak Pura, Bindra Street, Baba Than Singh Nagar, Tagore Nagar, Dugri, 33 Feet Road, Mehar Singh Nagar, Rishi Nagar, Model Town Extension, Basant Vihar, Haibowal Kalan, Chander Nagar, Partap Singh Wala, Chandigarh Road, Peer Road, Basti Jodhewal and Ekta Colony. According to the department, 1,623 confirmed dengue cases of Ludhiana district have been reported till date. Besides, 4,137 suspected cases have been reported from Ludhiana this year so far. — TNS
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