12012022-LT-01.qxd 12-01-2022 00:32 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CONG HOLDS FORT WITH 8 OF 14 ASSEMBLY SEATS IN DISTRICT Ludhiana gave eight seats to Congress in the 2017 Assembly elections when ruling party’s 77 MLAs were elected. FORECAST MODERATE FOG PAGE 2 ALKA YAGNIK ON SUBHASH GHAI’S DEBUT AS MUSIC COMPOSER PAGE 3 HARSHAALI BAGS BHARAT RATNA DR AMBEDKAR AWARD Singer Alka Yagnik sent out best wishes to Ghai for his new project and also acknowledged his knack for music. MAX 17°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 15°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:44 PM PAGE 4 Actress Harshaali Malhotra was honoured with Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award at an event in Mumbai recently. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:25 AM WEDNESDAY | 12 JANUARY 2022 | LUDHIANA Chinese string supplier nabbed with 50 rolls Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 11 The bus stand police post busted a racket of sale of banned Chinese string and arrested a man. The police recovered 50 rolls of banned string from him. The arrested man has been identified as Himmat Kumar, alias Rohit, resident of City Enclave colony, Dhandra road. His accomplice, Neeraj, managed to give the police the slip. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Civil Lines, Harish Behl along with the incharge, bus stand police post, ASI Gurcharan Singh conducted a press conference regarding the matter. ACP Behl said secret information was received that Himmat and Neeraj were running an illegal business of Chinese string and they were on the way to deliver a huge stock of banned string to their clients. Accordingly KITE LOVERS HAVE SUFFICIENT STOCK ■ Despite ACP Harish Behl addresses a press conference regarding the arrest of a supplier of banned Chinese string in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN the police party laid a naka near the bus stand and stopped the Innova car in which Himmat and Neeraj were travelling. “When the police party stopped the car, Himmat was nabbed, while his accomplice Neeraj managed to give the police party the slip. Later when the car was checked, 50 rolls of Chinese string were seized,” added ACP Behl. The ACP appealed to people that due to the use of banned Chinese string, many people had suffered injuries and people should avoid its use to save the human as well as birds’ lives. the strictness of police and complete ban on the use of the Chinese string, ahead of the Lohri celebrations, kite lovers have already stored sufficient stock of the deadly string. Even the banned string is easily available in the industrial hub. Some of the sellers are even delivering the string directly at the place of buyers. ■ “I have recently bought Chinese string to fly kite on Lohri. Though due to the strictness of the police, sellers are charging bit high price but there is no dearth of it at all. The seller delivered rolls to me after I sent him payment in his account,” said a resident of Civil Lines. ■ Sources said the string roll, which was usually available at around ~300, is now being sold between ~500 and ~600 due to its high demand ahead of Lohri. RAVI KHWAJKE MURDER CASE Avtar Singh ‘Tari’ gets life imprisonment Alleged conspirator gangster Gugni, aides Kirpal, Navpreet acquitted Legal Correspondent Gym owners outside the DC office in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN Allow reopening of gyms: Owners Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 11 The gym owners on Tuesday demanded from the District Administration to allow reopening of the gyms that were closed amid rising Covid-19 cases. Members of the Gym Ekta Welfare Association went to meet the Deputy Commissioner and submitted a memorandum regarding their demand. The association members said the orders were earlier issued to shut down the gyms in view of rising Covid19 cases. They said the gyms in a few other districts have been allowed to reopen by following the Covid-19 guidelines. Thus, the gyms should be allowed to reopen in Ludhiana district too, they said. Pardeep Appu, vice-chair- man of the association said, “There are around 800-900 gyms here. We want these should be allowed to reopen. The gyms have been allowed to reopen in Sri Muktsar Sahib and Bathinda with fulfilling the guidelines related to Covid-19. We requested the DC to allow reopening of gyms in Ludhiana too as we will follow all the guidelines here too.” Another member said they are facing financial losses due to the closure of the gyms once again amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “We are very disappointed since the gyms have been closed again. When the saloons, bars, etc, have been allowed operations with 50 per cent capacity, the operations at the gyms must be restored too. We assured the DC that we will follow all the guidelines,” he said. Ludhiana, January 11 Additional Sessions Judge Ravdeep Hundal has convicted Avtar Singh, alias Tari, resident of Dausanjh village, Moga, on the accusations of launching murderous attack on Balwinder Singh and killing student leader-turned ex-Congress sarpanch Rajwinder Singh, alias Ravi Khwajke, in Feburary 2016 at a wedding in Gill’s Garden Resorts, Gill village, by firing shots. He was ordered to undergo rigorous life imprisonment. A fine of Rs 1,60,00 was also imposed on the convict. However, the court acquitted the alleged conspirator gangster Dharminder Gugni, his aides Kirpal Singh, resident of Talwandi Bhangeria, and Navpreet Singh Novi by giving them benefit of doubt. Divulging details, defence lawyer Amit Agnihotri said the prosecution examined 16 witnesses in the case. But the prosecution failed to prove the allegations levelled against Dharminder Gugni and Kirpal Singh as they were lodged in jail at the time of murder. He said three accused, Davinder Singh Bambiha, Kamaljit Singh Bunty and Jaspreet Singh Jumpy, have already died in different police encounters. One accused Sukhchain Singh, alias Gopi, who was arrested from Malaysia at a later stage, is facing a separate trial. A case was registered on Feburary 20, 2016, at the Sadar police station following the statement of Harpal Singh Nambardar, uncle of deceased. He had stated to the police that he along with Ravi had to attend a marriage ceremony. It was about 5.30 pm, when his nephew Rajwinder Singh was going out of the palace to see off his friend Balwinder Singh. Suddenly, Davinder Singh, alias Shooter, alias Davinder Bambiha, Avtar Singh, alias Tari, Jaspreet Singh, alias Jumpi Don, and Kamaljit Singh, alias Bunti, came there and started firing bullets which hit Ravi and Balwinder Singh and they fell on the ground. Accused continued firing and stated to have fired around 50 shots. They were seen dancing after the murder in a CCTV footage. Injured were taken to hospital. Ravi died after reaching DMC Hospital, but other survived. A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA 50-yr-old man dies, 678 test +ve in dist Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 11 As many as 678 persons tested positive for Covid, while one patient lost his life to the disease in the district today. The deceased was a 50-year-old man from Dhandari and was admitted to Pancham Hospital. There are 91,417 positive cases in the district at present and 2,125 patients have lost their lives since the outbreak of pandemic in March 2020. Those tested positive today include 68 healthcare workers and one undertrial. Today the active cases jumped to 3,572 from 2,931 and 2,125 patients were asked to undergo home isolation by the Health Department. At present there are 112 Covid patients admitted to various private and government hospitals in the district. Samples of 5,947 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 30,44,673 91,417 3,572 641 DEATHS 2,125 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 VET OPD SERVICES TO BE CLOSED FROM JAN 17 ■ The veterinary hospital of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University will close the OPD services from January 17. ■ The decision has been taken after over 50 interns, residents and clinicians have been tested positive in the past two-three days. ■ The information was shared by Dr SS Randhawa, director, Veterinary Clinics. ■ Till improvement in the present situation, examination of sick animals will be done by prior appointment only. Farmers and pet owners are advised to seek prior appointment on phone No 0161-2414011 in case of any emergency. 83 nabbed last year for running illegal lottery business Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 11 The Special Branch of the Ludhiana Commissionerate claimed that it nabbed 83 persons for running illegal lottery business in a year. Inspector Beant Juneja, while releasing the data, said the arrest of 83 persons was made by registering 49 cases under the Gambling Act in 2021. The TWO ARRESTED, ~13,030 RECOVERED ■ A raid was conducted on Tuesday on Mani Singh Basti in Daresi from where a man, Ashok Kumar, was nabbed for running illegal lottery racket. The police recovered ~7,680 from him. ■ In another raid, a man, Sunil Kumar, was nabbed for operating illegal lottery and ~5,350 were recovered from him. Special Branch in-charge Beant Juneja with a nabbed accused in a gambling case in Ludhiana on Tuesday. police also recovered Rs 6.49 lakh from the arrested persons. “We have clear instructions from the senior offi- cials that illegal lottery business should not be allowed in the industrial hub. Our last year campaign against the illegal lottery had yielded good results as several rackets of illegal lottery were busted,” said Inspector Juneja. Now from tomorrow onwards, the Special Branch would again start a campaign against the Illegal lottery business and some of the areas have already been earmarked where this business is still suspected to be running, asserted Juneja. Live-in partner booked for raping Punjab Nirman Kosh scheme a big scam by Cong: BJP woman’s 10-year-old daughter Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 11 A man allegedly raped 10year-old daughter of his live-in partner. On the complaint of girl’s mother, the Moti Nagar police registered a case against the man, identified as Vishal Kumar, resident of Sherpur. The victim’s mother complained to the police that about six years back her husband had left home. For the past two years, she had been living in a live-in relationship with Vishal. “Considering her a true man, I along with my daughter started living with MAN BOOKED FOR RAPING, IMPREGNATING MINOR ■ A man allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl for months and when she turned pregnant, he left his rented accommodation to prevent police action. ■ The victim’s mother said Nitish had taken a room on rent near their house. For the past few days, her daughter’s condition was not well and on Monday when her medical check-up was conducted, she was found pregnant. ■ The PAU police on Monday registered a rape case against Nitish and was conducting raids to nab him. him in a live-in relationship. Vishal had promised that he would take care of my daughter as his real daughter but I could not judge his real intentions,” alleged the victim’s mother. The complainant said when she went to market on Monday and returned after two hours, she was shocked to see her daughter’s condition. “My daughter was crying and told me that Vishal had raped her and also threatened her with dire consequences if she reveals anything to me,” alleged the complainant. Investigating officer ASI Raj Kumar said raids are being conducted to nab the accused. Ludhiana, January 11 The BJP has alleged a big scam under the Punjab Nirman Kosh scheme. Senior leaders of the BJP, with ‘lists’ in their hands, have alleged that instead of giving funds to the real poor beneficiaries, the Congress leaders, particularly in the Ludhiana (North) constituency, distributed funds to Congress workers, their supporters and near and dear ones, while the real needy were left to fend for themselves. The leaders have demanded a judicial probe into the scam and an FIR against all the guilty — those who prepared the c m y b BJP leaders address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA lists and provided the funds and those who took the money, which was meant for the poor. Providing details of the scam, senior BJP leader Anil Sarin and district president Pushpinder Singal said they had got the list of around 2,000 persons, who were the “fake” beneficiaries and not the poor and needy. As per the scheme, funds between Rs 10,000 and Rs 35,000 are given to residents for renovation of their houses which are in dilapidated conditions. “But instead of providing funds to deserving beneficiaries, the Congress leaders treated it as party fund and distributed among their workers, relatives, near and dear ones. Under the garb of the scheme, Congress leaders made their supporters happy to strengthen their vote bank. This is a big disservice to the society as deserving are left to fend for themselves,” said Sarin, while targeting senior Congress leaders and councillors. The BJP leaders showed a few names of beneficiaries, who did not even exist in Ludhiana jurisdiction and address of Phillaur was written but cheques were issued. There were a few cases where even two-three members of one family were issued cheques, which was against the scheme. The entire scam was of around Rs 15 crore, which is public money and which should go to the deserving persons, they said. “We want these fake beneficiaries to return the public money and cases be registered against all guilty,” said Sarin and Singal.
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