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SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:22 AM FRIDAY | 24 DECEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA EXPLOSION INSIDE DISTRICT COURT COMPLEX Punjab Govt is a nonentity: BJP leader Ludhiana, December 23 Bomb blast in the broad daylight at the District Court Complex has proved that the Punjab Government is a nonentity, stated Bikram Singh Sidhu, member, state executive committee of the BJP . Advocate Bikram Singh Sidhu said the bomb blast in the court complex, which is one of the largest judicial complexes in Punjab where more than 3,000 lawyers attend various courts held by 75 judges on daily basis, proves that law and order situation in Punjab has failed badly. “We have been asking the Ludhiana Police Commissionerate for the last decade and half to provide ample security to the court complex so that every individual entering the courts can be searched thoroughly but nothing has been done so far,” revealed Sidhu. He said the CM is busy in his rallies and election campaigning and ignored the intelligence warnings on the infiltration of anti-social elements from Punjab borders with neighbouring country which has resulted in the bomb blast. — TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Vijay Nagar, surrounding area of Baba Sri Chand Gurdwara, A, B,C, D and E Blocks of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Police Colony, Defence Colony, Gurdwara Sahib EBlock, BSNL Building , IMA Home and Golden Events. 10 am to 4 pm: Urban Estate, Phase-II, Main GT Road, Doraha, Rajgarh Road, Doraha, and Longowalia Company. Injured recount tale of horror Condition of all six injured stable; admitted to various hospitals in city Manav Mander Legal Correspondent Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 23 Six persons were injured during the high-intensity explosion inside the District Court Complex today. The condition of all six injured persons is stable and under control. The injured are an advocate, policeman, photostat machine operator and three visitors. Advocate Kuldeep Singh Mand (50), who suffered a head injury and hip bone fracture, was admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Advocate Harjot Singh Harike took his friend Kuldeep Singh to the DMCH. “Everything happened in front of my eyes. A high-intensity explosion, followed by pitch darkness, and I saw two women and a photostat machine were thrown away with great force. My friend advocate Kuldeep Singh got buried under the debris. I along with my friend took him out and immediately rushed to the DMCH,” said Harike. It was on the way to the hospital that Mand regained consciousness and remembered nothing about the blast, except that he was in his chamber on the second floor. Dr Amanpreet Kaur Sandhu, sister of Mand, said the moment they came to know about the blast, she started contacting her brother but he was not picking up the call. “I got worried and later we came to know that his friends took him to the hospital. We thank God that he has been (Clockwise from top left) The Deputy CM asks about the well-being of Sharanjit Kaur at Civil Hospital; advocate Kuldeep Singh Mand at the DMCH; and policeman Manish Kumar at Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS saved,” said Dr Sandhu. Manish Kumar (32), a policeman admitted to Christian Medical College and Hospital, was getting papers photostat when the explosion happened. “A stone hit my head and I fell down and when I touched my head, blood was flowing out of it. I saw the photostat machine operator hitting hard on the wall,” he said. Sandeep Kaur (31), who works as a photostat machine operator inside the District Court Complex, said everything happened within a fraction of second A bomb disposal squad reaches the District Court Complex in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN after she heard a loud thud of voice. “I felt something had blown me away with great force. I couldn’t believe my luck that I am still alive,” she said. She is admitted to Civil Hospital. The condition of Krishan Khanna (75) and Sharanjit Kaur (25), who are admitted to the DMCH and Civil Hospital, respectively, is stable now. Krishan Khanna said after the blast there was chaos in the complex and people started running here and there. I also ran outside and fell down the stairs and suf- fered a shoulder fracture. “All I remember is a loud voice that I heard and after that all went blank as I could not ascertain what was happening around me,” said Sharanjit Kaur. Gurpreet Kaur (35) is the sixth injured in the explosion. She is admitted to Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital. Dr Parveen Sobti, Director, GTB Hospital, said Gurpreet Kaur was brought to the hospital by some people after pulling her out of the debris. She had 10-12 injuries and was in shock and did not Single dose coverage close to 100%; 38.75L jabs administered Nitin Jain VACCINATION AT GLANCE Tribune News Service A school employee gives a sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. Six test positive in dist Ludhiana, December 23 Six persons tested positive for Covid, while no loss of life due to the disease was reported in the district today. Out of the six fresh cases, four are international travellers. All the six persons belong to the same family from Phase I, Dugri. Three persons have returned from the USA, while one from Canada. “All the four persons have been home isolated as they have mild symptoms. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing and tomorrow team will be going at their home for contact tracing,” said Civil Surgeon, Dr SP Singh. The recovery rate of Covid19 patients has reached 97.55 per cent and there are 34 active cases in the district at present. Thirty-one patients were asked to undergo home isolation today. Till date, a total of 29,87,132 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 29,87,132 87,741 34 2 DEATHS 2,116 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 samples for Covid test have been taken, of which 28,87,630 were found negative. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,741, while 11,761 patients belong to other districts/states. Total number of patients who lost their lives to Covid is 2,116 from Ludhiana and 1,061 from other districts. Samples of 3,703 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. 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. ence is necessary, otherwise avoid to come to court without work. Members are further requested to come to court by organising carpools because due to police investigation, there is shortage of parking space. Due to the police investigation, no one will be allowed to pass that portion of the second floor where the blast occurred. If anyone wants to go on the second floor, he can go through other floors. Members are requested to cooperate in this situation”, says the notice issued by the DBA. Meanwhile, former DBA presidents KR Sikri, Naval Kishore Chibber and Jagmohan Singh Warraich, SAD (legal cell) national president Parupkar Singh Ghumman, District Congress legal cell chairman Dharamjit Singh Khera, PD Sharma, Kamaljit Sharma, BJP legal cell head KG Sharma and Harsh Sharma have condemned the incident. Ludhiana, December 23 The District Bar Association (DBA) today condemned the bomb blast incident and raised demand to the administration for making proper security measures in the court complex. They have decided to abstain from work on Friday. District Bar Association president Gurkirpal Singh Gill, secretary Mandeep Singh Sidhu and vice-president Gurmeet Singh Anand have urged the lawyers not to call the litigants in the courts tomorrow in order to avoid gathering. The DBA has declared to bear the expenses on the treatment of its member lawyer Kuldip Singh Mand. “The police investigation is going on about the incident. Members are also requested that only those advocates come to court whose pres- Less than 50% target population fully vaccinated in district Tribune News Service Lawyers to abstain from work today Ludhiana, December 23 Even as new Covid variant Omicron’s threat is looming large, less than 50 per cent of the targeted population in the district has been fully vaccinated against the deadly virus, the administration has confirmed. However, the single dose coverage is inching close to 100 per cent, officials said. Till Thursday, over 38.75 lakh Covid jabs have been administered in the state’s biggest and largest district in terms of area and population. The Deputy Commissioner, Varinder Kumar Sharma, who was reviewing the Covid vaccination progress on a daily basis, has called upon the district residents to get themselves fully vaccinated against the virus, which will help avert the possible spread of the third Covid wave. “We are also carrying out door-to-door vaccination programme to cover all those completely left out or partially vaccinated so far,” he said, while adding that 14 sites for Covishield and three sites for Covaxin are running on a daily basis in the district from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm to provide free inoculation to the eligible persons. Sharing details of the vaccination status, Jagraon Additional Deputy Commissioner ■ Target population: 26,32,000 ■ Total jabs: 38,75,320 ■ First dose: 26,18,370 (99.48%) ■ Second dose: 12,56,950 (48.01%) DCSPEAKS the ongoing vaccination ❝We have further intensifiedand mobile camps to drive. Both the stationary sites ensure that each and every eligible person is fully vaccinated against Covid in the district. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DC (ADC) Nayan Jassal, who is nodal officer for the Covid immunisation drive in the district, said as many as 38,75,320 vaccine doses have been administered till this evening. She said of the total target population of 26.32 lakh, as many as 26,18,370, which account for 99.48 per cent, have taken their first jab, while only 12,56,950, accounting for 48.01 per cent, have been covered with the second shot as yet. The official data compiled by the district administration, which is available with The Tribune, showed that 40,253 healthcare workers have so far received their first dose, 20,484 both; 1,35,938 frontline workers single shot, 44,753 both; 12,23,735 persons aged 18 to 44 single Covishield jab, 5,63,845 both; 2,55,714 aged 18 to 44 single Covaxin shot, 1,14,718 both; 6,40,375 persons between 45 c m y b and 60 years of age first dose, 3,21,460 both; 3,22,355 persons above 60 years of age have so far been administered single shot, while 1,91,690 have got both jabs. The break-up of vaccination categories indicated that a maximum of 34,78,339 persons have been vaccinated at government health facilities or camps, followed by 2,78,187 at private institutions and 1,18,794 at the industry sites. Rush for second dose Following the Omicron threat, most of those who had shunned their second dose of vaccine are now rushing to get themselves fully vaccinated in the district. This is evident from the fact that of the total 6,596 persons inoculated on Thursday, 5,208 were given second dose, while remaining 1,388 got their first jab in Ludhiana. remember her name. “Her treatment was started and slowly she came out of the shock and is better now. Her family has also reached the hospital and are with her now,” said Dr Sobti. Gurpreet Kaur and Sharanjit Kaur are sisters and both had come for the hearing of a case. Sharanjit is admitted to Civil Hospital. Both of them were going upstairs when the blast occurred. Sharanjit was little ahead, while Gurpreet was passing right in front of the bathroom when the blast occurred and sustained many injuries.
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