25062022-JTR-01.qxd 24-06-2022 23:36 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE RAILWAY BOARD MEMBER VISITS RCF IN KAPURTHALA DC Sharma, Member (Traction & Rolling Stock), Railway Board, on Friday visited Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF INTERSTATE DRUG GANG BUSTED Phagwara: Phagwara police busted an interstate gang of drug smugglers and arrested two persons with 6,000 narcotic pills. The accused have been identified as Shamshed and Rajesh, both residents of Mujaffarnagar. DSP AR Sharma said the accused were nabbed at a checkpoint near Palahai village. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against them. In another case, the police have arrested a drug peddler identified as Puneet of Balmiki Mohalla and seized 5gm heroin from his possession. In the third case, the police arrested a drug trader identified as Naresh Pal of Mehtan village and seized 300 intoxicating tablets from his possession. The accused was nabbed at a checkpoint near Narangshahpur village. OC MC DISTRIBUTES CLOTH, JUTE BAGS Phagwara: The Phagwara Municipal Corporation has launched a unique initiative to distribute cloth/jute bags in the city to reduce use of plastic and polythene. MC Commissioner Dr Nayan Jassal, while starting the drive, said the MC had approached NGO Sarb Naujwan Sabha which would facilitate the corporation on the noble cause. The bags to be distributed will be made from cloth leftover while sewing clothes which will be further distributed to people free of charge. She asked the Health Branch of the MC to ensure that cloth bags were distributed in main markets and vegetable markets etc. so that it could be turned into a public campaign. She said challans would also be issued to wholesalers, who use the banned single-use plastic bags. OC SNATCHING CASES IN PHAGWARA Phagwara: Unidentified motorcyclists snatched a gold chain from an industrialist, Naresh Bawa Kohli, when he was out on a morning walk in an urban estate locality on Friday morning. In another incident, some miscreants snatched a gold chain from a woman when she along with some other women was doing yoga in a park in Hargobind Nagar of Phagwara on Thursday evening. The police have registered cases. OC MAN DECAMPS WITH 270-GM GOLD Hoshiarpur: A person has been booked for stealing 270-gm gold from a goldsmith’s shop. Pawan Kumar of New Hari Nagar had lodged a complaint with the police. He said: “A customer came to his shop and started talking about buying gold. He showed him a gold box and the customer left without buying anything. Following a suspicion, he later found that 270-gm of gold was missing from the box. Police have initiated action into the case. OC PAGE 2 BHUSHAN GIFTS A SWANKY MCLAREN TO KARTIK AARYAN PAGE 3 PLAYING THE DIVA: SABA QAMAR AS QANDEEL BALOCH IN BAAGHI High on success of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, the producer gifted India’s first GT, a posh Orange McLaren, to the actor. MAX 38°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:35 PM PAGE 4 Playing the lead role of Fauzia Batool, Saba Qamar depicts the life of a young ambitious Baloch girl in the show. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:25 AM SATURDAY | 25 JUNE 2022 | JALANDHAR 400 policemen raid drug den Qazi Mandi, yet no recovery! Deep Nagar residents bear brunt of civic body’s apathy Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 24 As many as 400 policemen from the Jalandhar Commissionerate of police on Friday attempted to conduct a major swoop in the drug/illicit liquor hub Qazi Mandi, but surprisingly achieved nothing. Conducting the raid just two days ahead of the International Day Against Drug Abuse falling on Sunday, the city police had plans to show major seizures and create an impact but it perhaps all just fizzled out. A huge number of cops from five police stations of the city were involved in the raid. While 200 of them were a part of the raiding teams, the other 200 were a part of the naka teams in the area, which were to cordon off this area close to Jalandhar City railway station. The 400-strong team also included 100 women from the force. But perhaps the information got leaked hours before the raid and the police teams had nothing to show as recovery. Other than 12 teams standing guard at the naka points, as many as 17 raiding parties were formed, which searched every nook and corner of the area, but the notorious peddlers and suppliers, who clearly have their cells in the police, had perhaps fled with their booty. The raiding teams included many senior officials, including DCPs Jagmohan Singh and Jaskiranjit S Jalandhar, June 24 Rendering severe inconvenience to residents and shopkeepers, the road leading to Deep Nagar and nearby villages is lying in a pitiable condition as it was more than a year ago. Despite repeated complaints regarding the poor condition of the road and problems being faced by the residents, no concrete efforts had been made by Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities to dispel the problem. The residents said the road was already in bad shape and the recent rains have worsened its condition. They also pointed out that several minor and major accidents have taken place on this road due to its bad condition. “A few days ago, a man was injured after he lost balance of his two-wheeler due to a pit. Earlier, a school student was injured after his scooter got stuck in a pothole,” said Maninder, a local resident. It is not just the main road, but the streets inside Deep Nagar are also in bad shape. There are more than 35 streets in locality. “Nearly 25 streets are lying in an utterly poor condition, besides in many of these streets, the sewerage work is also pending,” he alleged. Surinder Minhas, former Sarpanch of the area, said: “Earlier when the development of these localities and villages was in the hands of panchayats, no work used to get delayed as the panchayat POOR ROAD INFRADespite repeated plaints, INFO LEAKED? Cops searched every nook and corner of the area, the MC making no effort to solve their problem but notorious peddlers and suppliers perhaps fled with their booty Avneet Kaur Teja and ADCPs Suhail Mir, Harpal Singh, Gurbaz Singh and Harpreet Singh Beniwal. The officials told the media that they had rounded up five persons on the basis of suspicion and further details would be shared tomorrow. Commissioner of Police Gursharan S Sandhu said: “Our idea of conducting the raid was not just making the arrests and recoveries. We also wanted to create some deterrence and sound off the criminals to shun away the bad practices. We will continue to hold more such raids in future,” he said. Meanwhile, the Commissionerate of police have also planned to organise a cycle rally on Sunday to spread the message against drug abuse. The police during a raid on drug den Qazi Mandi in Jalandhar. Our idea of raid just making ❝arrests and conducting the also was not to create the recoveries. We wanted some deterrence and sound off the criminals to shun away the bad practices. We will continue to hold more such raids in future. Gursharan S Sandhu, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ❞ 3 of vehicle lifters’ gang held; 13 bikes recovered Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 24 Kapurthala police arrested three members of a vehicle lifters’ gang and recovered 13 motorcycles from their possession. Active in Jalandhar and Kapurthala areas, the accused used to steal vehicles and sell them at cheap rates with fake number plates. The gang members have been identified as Sanju of Mohalla Jatpura in Kapurthala and Sudesh Kumar of Jatoli village near Jwala ji in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, who is presently residing at Guru Nanak Nagar of Kapurthala. Based on information Accused used to steal vehicles and sell them at cheap rates with fake number plates revealed by the accused, the police later arrested Harpreet Singh of Murar village in Kapurthala. The accused had admitted that they had sold stolen vehicles to Harpreet and handed over the money to Jatin of Kapurthala. The arrests were made under the anti-drug and thefts campaign of the Kapurthala police under SSP Rajbachan Singh Sandhu. A naka was laid by Kapurthala CIA staff in-charge Jarnail Singh. During the naka, the CIA staff along with a police party on Kapurthala to Wadala Phatak and Jalandhar road, received a tip-off regarding the two accused, following which they were arrested. An FIR was registered against the accused on Thursday under Sections 379, 411 and 482 of the IPC. The police said both of them had been stealing motorcycles from various areas in Kapurthala and Jalandhar for a long time. SMUGGLERS HELD, NARCOTICS SEIZED Hoshiarpur: The police have nabbed two smugglers from various places and recovered drugs from them on Thursday. The Model Town police, during a naka, apprehended Avtar Singh of Kirti Nagar and seized 57-gm narcotic powder from him. The city police held Gurdeep Singh of Bhawani Nagar with sedative capsules. The accused have been booked. OC The Kapurthala police with the arrested gang members and recovered vehicles. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b LED lights: MC House meet postponed for second time Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 24 For the second time, the ‘special’ meeting on LED lights got postponed. The meeting was supposed to be held today. The pace and enthusiasm at which the matter was raised has died down. For the last two days, a slight hint was being given in this regard by the councillors. But, today, a message was circulated which read that death of a Congress leader yesterday evening resulted in postponement of the meeting. Congress councillor Shamsher Khehra reacted to it immediately. He questioned if the Mayor was giving extra time to those involved in the project to ‘rectify’ their mistakes. Notably, Mayor Jagdish Raja had mentioned at the General House meeting that he was ‘just’ a member of the Smart City project and didn’t have much say in any of the projects. Also he didn’t know what was happening in Smart City projects and LED project in particular. “A Mayor is like the Chief Minister of the city. If he doesn’t know, who will know then? Why is there a delay in holding a meeting? Why is nobody taking the initiative to hold someone responsible for the same?” he asked. continued on page 2 A road of Deep Nagar residential locality in Jalandhar Cantt. members were easily approachable. But since the villages falling under Cantt constituency and its nearby area have been included in MC limits, the residents are struggling for development,” he said. He said the roads were already lying broken here when the work of laying sewer pipes started in April last year. “We all were hoping the problem of both poor roads and waterlogging would be solved, but little did we know, it was just the beginning of ever harder days ahead,” he said. “In many streets, the road has been dug up but no sewer pipes have been laid, while in other streets where pipes have been laid, the road is yet to be repaired,” he further alleged. “All in all, the work carried out by MC authorities was totally unplanned. A majority of road projects started last year were just to make voters happy ahead of Assembly poll, and now when the government has changed, neither the politicians from the previous government are taking interest in getting them completed nor anyone from the present government,” he added. Amardeep Singh, who owns a boutique in Deep Nagar, said: “The situation of our area road is no less than a hell. 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