06012022-LT-01.qxd 1/5/2022 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE MC FAILS TO SHIFT STRAY CATTLE FROM ROADS TO SHELTERS PAGE 2 MC has collected ~14 cr as cow cess in current financial year but it failed to shift stray cattle from roads to shelters. FORECAST RAIN Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 fame actress Erica Fernandes and her mother have tested positive for Covid-19. MAX 17°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 14°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:39 PM 3 international travellers test positive for Omicron 11 health workers, cop among 206 fresh Covid cases in dist Nitin Jain HEAVY RUSH FOR JAB Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 5 Ludhiana on Wednesday reported three highly transmissible Omicron variant cases, all international travellers, two more virus deaths and 229 fresh cases —206 locals and 26 outsiders — a sevenmonth high, the administration has confirmed. With this, the total case count surpassed the whopping 1-lakh mark to reach 1,00,115, while the toll rose to 3,183 — 2,119 locals and 1,064 outsiders. The active cases also breached the six-month high to touch 516, and the positivity rate, a key indicator of virus surge, shot up to 6.99 per cent, which was also a seven-month high, the official figures have revealed. Sharing details, Civil Surgeon Dr SP Singh told The Tribune that two international travellers, who have tested positive for Omicron, have returned from the UK, while another has ■ Heavy rush was witnessed at the A huge rush at the Jawaddi vaccination centre. ASHWANI DHIMAN COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 30,20,155 88,247 490 196 DEATHS 2,119 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 flown back from Canada. Among the 204 fresh cases in the district, 11 are healthcare workers and a cop. The two casualties due to Covid reported on Wednesday are one each from Barnala and Faridkot districts. An analysis of the Covid PAGE 3 ERICA URGES FANS NOT TO RELY ON HOME TESTING KITS vaccination centres in the Civil Surgeon Office, Kochhar Market and Jawaddi here on Wednesday. ■ The glass of a door broke down amid a heavy rush in the Civil Surgeon Office. The police were called to control the situation. ■ Social distancing was ignored as visitors jostled with each other in long queues. BLEAK 9-DAY OUTLOOK DCSPEAK Category Dec 28 Jan 5 Restrictions like night Daily cases 3 206 curfew and closure of Active cases 46 490 educational institutions and Hit rate 0.14% 6.99% other places have been imposed Deaths 0 0 in district to check spread Tests 2,070 2,906 of virus. Varinder Kumar Sharma Hospitalisation 1 22 ❝ figures in the district showed that Wednesday’s 229 daily virus cases were highest-ever after 228 recorded here on June 3. Since June 14, the Covid case count had dipped down to double digit, ranging between 50 and 20, while Ludhiana had been reporting daily virus patients in single digit since July 16, barring certain days when 10 or slightly more cases were recorded here. On several days since July, nil daily cases were registered in the district. Continued on page 2 INBRIEF 2 FACTORY SCRAP THIEVES HELD Ludhiana: A police patrol party deployed at Sanjay Gandhi Chowk on Tajpur Road arrested two persons involved in various cases of theft of scrap from factories in the surrounding areas. A trap, laid by the police on a tipoff on Tuesday night, led to the arrest of Dharmendra Kumar and Tehzeeb Khan, both residents of EWS Colony, while they were transporting stolen scrap in a Mahindra Pickup (PB10DH-5661). The police have seized 1.80 quintal scrap and the vehicle has also been impounded. The duo have been booked under Sections 380, 457 and 411 of the IPC. OC TWO BOOKED FOR BURGLARIES Ludhiana: The police have booked two persons, identified as Badal Singh, resident of Bhattian Colony and his accomplice Charanjit Singh, resident of Gagandeep Colony, Bhattia Kalan, under Sections 380, 454, 457 and 411 of the IPC on a tip-off that they were involved in several burglaries in factories and houses. The police have launched a search in and around Bhattian Bet village to arrest the accused and recover goods stolen by them. OC c m y b PLAYING A FREEDOM FIGHTER WILL BE MY DREAM ROLE: BHUMI PAGE 4 Bhumi Pednekar has now revealed that she would want to play a freedom fighter on the big screen. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:25 AM THURSDAY | 6 JANUARY 2022 | LUDHIANA 2 minor girls raped, 2 accused identified relatives booked KAKOWAL VILLAGE FIRING CASE Our Correspondent Ludhiana, January 5 The city police have identified two of the four persons involved in firing at a college student at Kakowal village on Tuesday. Preliminary investigation by the police indicated that four youths, all believed to be students of GGN Khalsa College here, were involved in firing shots outside the house of Gurpreet Singh, resident of Bawa Colony at Kakowal here. The reason of attack by firearms is said to be some tiff during the college union elections. The police said two of the four accused were identified as Vishu Kainth, resident of New Madhopuri, and Amarjot Chauhan, while the other accused are yet to be identified. A case under Sections 307, 506, 34 and 120-B of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered at the Basti Jodhewal police station here last evening. In his statement before the police, Gurpreet Singh, a student of BA-III in GGN Khalsa College, said he was running for the post of president of the college union. But there was some uproar and one of the accused persons Amarjot Chauhan was declared president, while he (Gurpreet) was elected to the post of vice-president. “Several shots were fired by the assailants, who had masked their faces and I could not identify any of them,” he said. The SHO of the Basti Jodhewal police station Vijay Kumar said police teams were formed to arrest the accused persons and raids are being conducted on their possible hideouts. Our Correspondent Ludhiana, January 5 A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her brother-in-law in the absence of family members on December 30, 2021, at Bilga village. On a complaint lodged by the mother of the girl, the police have registered a case under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC and Section 4 of the POCSO Act against Ravi Shukla, resident of Simraha village in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh. Ravi Shukla had come to visit his in-laws here and was staying with them. According to the complaint, Ravi Shukla after raping the girl, threatened to kill her if she tells anybody about it. Ravi Shukla has not been arrested so far. In another case involving rape of a 17-year-old girl at Bhamian Kalan village, the police have booked Sukhwinder Singh, resident of Shankar Colony in Bhamian Kalan, under Section 376 of the IPC and Section 6 of the POCSO Act. In this case also, the accused happened to be a close relative (husband of maternal aunt of the victim). The mother of the victim complained to the police that the accused (maternal uncle) of the girl used to come to their house and frequently took her daughter for a round on his motorcycle. “On January 1, the accused took her to a vacant room in Ram Nagar in the village and sexually assaulted her,” said the mother of the victim.
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