30052022-JTR-01.qxd 30-05-2022 00:06 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE MC, CITY RESIDENTS MUST MAKE JOINT EFFORTS TO IMPROVE AQI Residents say authorities must revamp road infra, ban use of plastic bags and promote afforestation. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF ASHA WORKERS SEND MEMO TO CM Garhshankar: The ASHA Workers and Facilitators Union Punjab, Hoshiarpur, on Sunday demanded speedy action from the Chief Minister through MLA Jai Kishan Rodi regarding their demands. Union president Joginder Kaur said a provision has been made in the state Budget to pay ~2,500/month for ASHA workers and facilitators by the Health Department, which has not been provided to them yet. She said the posts of multipurpose health worker should be filled from amongst ASHA workers and facilitators and till then they should be given salary as per Labour Law. They demanded that additional work should not be taken from ASHA workers and facilitators. They also demanded that ASHA workers should be given salary by 10th of every month and medical kits should be made available to them. OC 5 ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGE Lohian: The Lohian Khas police have arrested five persons, including three women, on the charge of assaulting a woman. Investigating officer (IO) Sarabjit Singh said the accused have been identified as Surjit Singh, a resident of Chachowal village, his wife Paramjit Kaur, son Gurprit Singh and daughter-in-law Sonia and Charanjit Kaur, wife of Kuldip Singh, a resident of the same village. The IO said the accused has assaulted Jarina, wife of Sukhdip Singh, a resident of the same village. A case has been registered. OC MAN FOUND DEAD NEAR RAIL TRACKS Phagwara: A youth was found dead under mysterious circumstances near railway lines of Chiherru Railway Station on PhagwaraJalandhar rail section on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar, the GRP said. GRP DSP Ashwini Kumar said the deceased was missing from his house for the last three days. The DSP said ongoing dispute between the deceased and his in-laws could be the cause of death. On the complaint of the family members of the deceased, the GRP have registered a case and handed over the body to his family members after conducting autopsy. OC SALE OF ILLICIT LIQUOR: 1 HELD Shahkot: The Shahkot police have arrested a villager on the charge of selling illicit liquor on Saturday night. Investigating Officer Sukhwindar Singh said nine bottles of hooch were seized from the accused identified as Sarwann Singh, a resident of Mianni village. A case under Sections 61/1/14 of the Punjab Excise Act was registered against the accused. OC CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD BEGINS Hoshiarpur: Cabinet Minister Brahm Shankar Jimpa on Sunday inaugurated the construction of a road from Allahabad village on Una Road to Bankhandi (HP boundary). The construction work of 16-km road at a cost of about ~3.5 crore would be completed by the end of June. Jimpa also inaugurated a free health checkup camp organised by Mairh Rajput Sabha. OC PAGE 2 SHABANA RECALLS HER CASTING IN AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY PAGE 3 Late filmmaker Manmohan Desai’s movie Amar Akbar Anthony has completed 45 years of its release. MAX 41°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:26 PM MANYA MAKES A DAZZLING DEBUT AT CANNES RED CARPET PAGE 4 Manya Pathak, who is known for her role in Zee TV’s show Dilli Darlings, was last seen in movie Dvand. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:24 AM MONDAY | 30 MAY 2022 | JALANDHAR DC orders FIRs against 99 colonisers | Accused of developing illegal colonies in district in last two years | Report from the Commissionerate and Rural police sought by DC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 29 Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori today asked the police to register FIRs against 99 colonisers under the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA) for developing illegal colonies in the district in the last two years. Of these, 12 colonies fall within the jurisdiction of the Commissionerate police while remaining 87 in areas under SSP (Rural). The Deputy Commissioner, who is also holding the additional charge of Chief Administrator of the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA), has sent a compiled list of unauthorised colonies that came up during the last two years along with letters sent by the JDA to lodge FIRs against the owners of these colonies. The JDA had written to both the Commissionerate and Rural police about the mushrooming of illegal colonies falling within its jurisdiction; now both the The JDA had written to the police about mushrooming of illegal colonies falling within their jurisdiction. colonies only exchequer, ❝Theseresidentsnotthesecaused huge loss to the stateto the lack ofbut also defrauded people as of colonies suffer problems due basic infrastructure such as electricity, road, drinking water, sewerage system besides others. ❞ Ghanshyam Thori, JALANDHAR DEPUTY COMMISSIONER authorities were asked to inform as to what action has been taken on the reported illegal colonies, said the Deputy Commissioner. The DC said the Commis- sionerate and Rural police have been directed to ensure registration of FIRs against the colonisers mentioned in the comprehensive list, if not lodged so far and intimate the district administration of the action taken by the police. He further mentioned that the applications of the colonies mentioned in the list were dismissed by the JDA on account of not depositing requisite fee and documentation under the regularisation policy, following which the police department was asked to take legal action as per the provisions of the PAPRA. Thori reiterated that administration would leave no stone unturned to rein in the practice of unauthorised colonisation in the district as a drive against such activities has already been launched by the authorities concerned with an illegal colony that was recently razed down in Dhadda village. He said these colonies not only caused huge loss to the state exchequer but also inflicted fraud on the people as residents of these colonies suffer problems due to the lack of basic infrastructure like electricity, road, drinking water, sewerage system besides others. He said colonisers concerned can contact Estate Officer Chander Sekhier on his mobile number 8196040008 for any query with respect to regularisation of their colonies. The arrested persons in the police custody on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Two snatchers held, 3 mobiles recovered Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 29 Two youths have been arrested by the city police for a snatching incident which was reported last month near Ladowali road. Three mobile phones, a motorcycle and ~50,000 cash have been recovered from their possession. The accused have been identified as Sonu, a resident of Kartarpur, and Jaspal, a resident of Adampur in Jalandhar. As per police, the accused had snatched a mobile phone from Anita Madaan, a resident of Link road near Ladowali on April 5. They said both the accused are habitual offenders as many cases of snatching had already been registered against them in different police stations across the city. Divulging details, the Rama Mandi police officials said they received a tip-off that two snatchers, who were involved in last month snatching incident, were in city near Adampur road. Following which the police laid the trap and arrested both the accused from the spot. A case under Sections 379-B, 34 and 412 of the IPC have been registered against the accused at Rama Mandi police station. The accused have been taken in remand for further investigations. Thieves target house of Diarrhoea outbreak: 22-year-old retired bank employee dies, many taken ill in Garhshankar ‘Raid’ fridge for cold drink before committing crime Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 29 With the number of crimes going up in the city, thieves seem to have become fearless. Last week, two bikeborne robbers held a youth hostage in his house at Deepnagar and fled with cash, gold and silver jewellery worth more than ~11 lakh. In yet another bizarre incident that has been reported on late Saturday night, burglars first raided the fridge of a house to quench their thirst and then committed theft. According to the information, the incident took place at the residence of a retired bank employee in Krishna Nagar. The owners of the house were reportedly in Kolkata for some medical purposes. The house was locked for about six months, with the owners’ daughter visiting occasionally to check on the house’s maintenance. As per eyewitnesses, the thieves took advantage of the situation and it seems they had information that the owners of the house were out, thus they broke into the house for robbery. The entire act has been caught on the camera. The CCTV footage showed how thieves, seemingly unbothered with the cameras installed, broke into the house and drank cold drinks before fleeing with valuables. The incident was only uncovered the next day when neighbours noticed the house’s gate was lying broken. A resident of the locality said: “I saw the gate open, so I went inside to check but saw no one. But, the house was turned upside down by thieves,” he added. The bur- Speeding vehicle hits car from behind, 5 injured Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 29 As many as five persons were severely injured after a speeding vehicle rammed into a Swift on the JalandharPathankot highway on Saturday evening. The accident took place late at night near Reru Chowk. The car was carrying five persons, who had been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. The injured were said to be in a critical condition. According to eyewitness es, the car (PB-08DN-707) was rammed from behind by a speeding four-wheeler. The impact of the collision caused the car to lose control after which it broke the iron grills installed on the road divider. The car was badly damaged after the accident, making it difficult for the passersby to rescue the victims. Passersbys’ reportedly smashed the windows of the wrecked car to rescue those trapped inside. The car was found to be registered in the name of Baljinder Singh, a city resident. The injured were rushed to nearby private hospitals for treatment, where their condition is still critical, according to reports. Meanwhile, after receiving information, the police arrived at the accident site and began an investigation. The police said the hunt was on to nab the driver of the vehicle, who escaped from the spot after the accident. They said the CCTV cameras installed nearby are being scanned to trace the vehicle. glars allegedly made off with everything, including silver and gold ornaments and even bathroom taps. Area residents alleged that the police were informed about the theft almost immediately, but they did not arrive in time. The residents said almost every home in the neighbourhood has a security camera installed through which police can easily trace the thieves. Meanwhile, Basti Bawa Khel SHO Parminder Singh said the house owners have been informed about the incident, and they are waiting for their statement. He said the police team had also visited the spot last night and collected the CCTV footage of the house. Besides, they have also taken footage from other areas too to trace the burglars at the earliest, he added. Our Correspondent Garhshankar, May 29 A number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting are being reported in Garhshankar. Recently, a 22-year-old youth, Vicky, also reportedly died of diarrhoea in Ward No. 1 here. Apart from this, dozens of children of Ward No. 2 are also suffering from the disease. The reason behind the spread of the disease can be lack of clean drinking water, piles of garbage in localities and dirty water accumulated in drains. Around half of the patients coming to the emergency ward of the government hospital here are experiencing bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea. Due to lack of care, people prefer private hospitals and clinics over government facilities. Rahul Agrihotri, a local, said there is a huge shortage of doctors in government hos- A heap of garbage lies on a Garhshankar road. TRIBUNE PHOTO POOR SANITATION TO BLAME ■ The reason behind the spread of the disease can be lack of clean drinking water, piles of garbage in localities and dirty water accumulated in drains. pitals. “If a person suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting goes to a government hospital, he is given the primary treatment and is referred to some other hospital.” ■ Around half of the patients coming to the emergency ward of the government hospital here are experiencing bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea As per reports, water being supplied in Ward No. 1 and 2 is not fit for drinking purpose. Garbage often accumulates in drains and streets and thus diarrhoea outbreak is increasing in the city. Rakesh Kumar, father of Vicky, said: “We took Vicky to the government hospital after his condition worsened. The doctors there referred him to PGI and asked us to consult doctors at the Nawanshahr Civil Hospital on our way. When we reached Nawanshahr, the doctors immediately asked us to take him to PGI and he died there.” SMO Dr Raman Kumar told the media that half of the patients at the emergency ward were reporting symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting. The city council has written a letter to the Municipal Council EO and the Garhshankar SDM to chlorinate the water being supplied for drinking in the city and get the water samples tested. Garhshankar City Council president Tribhank Dutt Airi said: “The situation of all continued on page 2 Ganna Pind reeling under social stigmasince long Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 29 As the Jalandhar rural police and a team of the STF conducted a major raid against drug peddlers in Ganna Pind today, what stood out was sheer number of FIRs and the stigma associated with the village. Both the police and a Phillaur MLA (Ganna Pind falls under the Phillaur constituency) said drug menace had translated to a social stigma wherein no one wanted to marry off their children into the village. Phillaur MLA Vikram Chaudhary also wrote to the Jalandhar SSP demanding a police post at Ganna Pind. Chaudary also said the demand couldn’t be previously addressed (during the Congress government) as some police officials then were unresponsive on the issue. “The village sarpanch said c m y b Families of other villages refused matrimonial ties with residents of ‘drug haven’ WAS ADOPTED BY JALANDHAR MP IN 2014 ■ Infamous for being one of the most notorious drug villages of the The police and a team of the STF hold a joint raid in Ganna Pind. these people (drug sellers) have maligned the name of the village to such an extent that families of other villages refused matrimonial alliances in this village,” said an official release of the police regarding the massive raid today. Infamous for being one of the most notorious drug villages of the district, Ganna Pind was ironically adopted by Jalandhar MP Santokh Chaudhary in 2014, under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. It falls under the Phillaur constituency, where Chaudhary’s son Vikramjit Chaudhary is the sitting MLA. Phillaur MLA and Congress leader Vikramjit Chaudhary said: “One of the prime reasons for adopting Ganna Pind was the notorious drug prob- district, Ganna Pind was ironically adopted by Jalandhar MP Santokh Chaudhary in 2014, under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. It falls under the Phillaur constituency, where Chaudhary’s son Vikramjit Chaudhary is the sitting MLA. ■ Phillaur MLA and Congress leader Vikramjit Chaudhary said: “One of the prime reasons for adopting Ganna Pind was the notorious drug problem here. Back when it was adopted, it was primarily known for many people here selling hooch. However, over the years, the village has branched out to selling synthetic drugs.” lem here. Back when it was adopted, it was primarily known for many people here selling hooch. However, over the years, the village has branched out to selling synthetic drugs.” On being asked why he hadn’t sought a police post there from previous police officials, Chaudhary alleged: “I had taken up the issue many times with the previous police officials, but it wasn’t addressed. Some of the police officials working in other parts of the state were actively promoting drugs and some local officials were aligned with them. They were a part of the nexus. That is why the problem went unaddressed and festered to this point. I continued on page 2
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