14072022-JTR-01.qxd 7/13/2022 11:52 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 RESIDENTS RAISE GARBAGE ISSUE WITH MAYOR, MLA Residents of Urban Estate Phase I on Wednesday met the Mayor and the Cantt MLA on the garbage issue FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 24 BOOKED FOR TRESPASS, RIOTING Shahkot: The Shahkot police have booked 24 persons on the charge of criminal trespass and rioting. Investigating Officer (IO) Lakhbir Singh said the accused had been identified as Harbans Singh of New Kartar Nagar, Shahkot; Paramjit Singh and Jagdev Singh of Mehraj Wala village and Sarabjit Singh of Kang Khurd village and their other unidentified accomplices. Sadhu Singh of Mianwal Araian village complained to the police that the accused barged into his fields with a tractor on July 10 and tried to encroach land despite a stay order issued by a court in this regard. The IO said a case under Sections 447, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC had been registered. OC 6 PEDDLERS HELD, NARCOTICS SEIZED Hoshiarpur: The district police arrested six smugglers and recovered a huge quantity of narcotics from different places on Tuesday. Garhshankar police arrested a smuggler at a naka and recovered sedative pills from him. Mahilpur police arrested two brothers with 152 grams of intoxicating powder. Chabbewal police arrested one person with 62 grams of intoxicating powder. Garhdiwala police nabbed a resident of Bassi Bahadur with recovered 27 gm of intoxicating powder from him. Hajipur police arrested a resident of Bela Sariana, and recovered 6,000 ml liquor from him. OC EMMY NOMINATIONS: SUCCESSION TOPS, SQUID GAME ALSO SCORES TWO ARRESTED ON SNATCHING CHARGE Nakodar: The police have arrested two of a village in Kapurthala on the charges of snatching cash and smart phone from a migrant. Investigating Officer (IO) Chaman Lal said the accused had been identified as Aagiya Pal of Bhikhali village and Raja of Kahlwan village. Jaswindar Singh of Pandher village had complained to the police that on July 12, the accused stanched Rs 1,200 and a smart phone from Gobind Mahato of Bihar, who is presently living at Billi Chao village. He was working in fields and was threatened of dire consequences. The IO said a case under Sections 379-B, 506 and 34 of the IPC had been registered against the accused. OC ABSCONDING, PO HELD AFTER 11 YRS Shahkot: The Shahkot police have arrested a proclaimed offender (PO) absconding for the last 11 years. Investigating Officer Jaswindar Singh said the accused has been identified as Jatindar Singh of Kania village. The accused is wanted in a case of criminal trespass. OC GIPPY GREWAL DROPS THE MUCH-AWAITED MUTIYARE NI Succession received a leading 25 Emmy nominations, but the satirical drama has a landmark rival in Squid Game. MAX 33°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:33 PM PAGE 4 Punjabi pop sensation, actor, film director and producer Gippy Grewal has rolled out his brand-new track Mutiyare Ni. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:33 AM THURSDAY | 14 JULY 2022 | JALANDHAR Uproar over LED scam in MC House meeting Inquiry committee presents report I Councillors demand action I Mayor calls another meet on July 16 Tribune News Service HOUSE MEET CALLED ON 1-DAY NOTICE Jalandhar, July 13 The third House meeting of the Municipal Corporation held today on the alleged Rs 10-crore scam in the LED project was stormy, but inconclusive yet again. Despite a report presented by the inquiry committee, which was set up in the last House meeting, and pressure from all councillors present in today’s proceedings, Mayor Jagdish Raja and newly-posted MC Commissioner Devinder Singh did not announce any action against officials concerned. BJP DEMANDS CBI OR VIGILANCE PROBE Amid mounting pressure from the councillors to act immediately, both the Mayor and the Commissioner took more than 45 minutes to finally announce that there would be another meeting on July 16 to take the final call. There was so much pres- MC Commissioner Devinder Singh, who was under constant pressure to give a time frame by which he could decide on action against officials responsible for the LED scam, said it was his third day in office and he needed some time. He went on to question the meeting, saying it had been wrongly called on 1-day notice as at least a 72-hour notice had to be issued to all members ONLY 30 COUNCILLORS IN ATTENDANCE Even as the MC has 80 councillors, only 30 attended the meeting. Councillors said since the LED scam had become an unending topic, most of them were finding attending the House a waste of time MC Commissioner Devinder Singh (L), Mayor Jagdish Raja (C) and councillors during the MC House meeting in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH sure from the councillors, especially those who were a part of the eight-member inquiry committee, including Bachan Lal, JP Shamsher Khehra and Jasleen Sethi, that Mayor had to call in Lakhwinder Singh, the Nodal Officer of the Smart City project, to answer the queries of alleged wrongful payment to the contractor of the project, installation of lamps of low wattage, etc. However, the officer could not give any satisfactory reply. PANEL MAKES STARTLING REVELATIONS The committee inquiring into the alleged LED project scam brought forth certain startling facts in its report, which was circulated on Wednesday. Some of the findings that were raised during the meeting are: ■ Instead of pre-decided 44,283 LED lamps, 72,092 Two youths killed in road accident Jalandhar, July 13 Two youths who were returning home after attending a birthday bash late Tuesday evening died in a road accident near Kartarpur. An Alto car in which they were travelling had got hit in which three more youths suffered serious injuries and are hospitalised. Among the deceased was Kamaljit Singh, son of a furniture trader, at Vishwakarma Market of Kartarpur. Jasmeen Singh, who had got injured and was admitted in a hospital at Rama Mandi, Kamaljit & Jasmeen were on way back home after attending birthday party succumbed to his wounds this afternoon. The deaths of two youth from the town made the residents grief stricken. — TNS Despite the ban on single-use plastic, officials themselves failed to check the use of plastic takeaway containers for the distribution of refreshment to the councillors at the House meeting. The issue was raised by BJP councillor Sushil Sharma as he flashed a plastic container in front of the Mayor and the Commissioner ■ The fixed infrastructure development cost Tribune News Service The mangled remains of the car that met with an accident near Kartarpur in Jalandhar on Tuesday night. TRIBUNE PHOTO BAN IMPOSERS TURN VIOLATORS been done as part of the safety measure were installed. No extra payment for 27,809 more lamps should be made to the contractor ■ LED lamps of 18 or 70 wattage were installed by the contractor in violation of the agreement ■ The LED company was paid ~75.86 lakh in excess on account of the Goods and Services Tax ■ Retention money of ~1.36 crore was not deducted ■ Bank guarantee of ~3.75 crore was not paid as 16 per cent of Capex amount ■ In a major lapse, no earthing of LED panels had Couple held for selling fake degrees ONE BOOKED ON ASSAULT CHARGE Phagwara: The Mehat Pur police booked a villager on the charge of assaulting a school instructor. Investigating Officer (IO) Harwindar Singh said the accused had been identified as Sahil of Muhem village. Makhan Lal Bangar of the same village complained to the police that he was posted as a physical education instructor in Muhem Government High School and was training a school football team. He said the accused reached school and insisted on playing in the ground and had a heated discussion with him and attacked him with an iron "karra" and seriously injured him and threatened him. A case under Sections 323, 341and 506 had been registered. oc. PAGE 3 Jalandhar, July 13 The city police today arrested a married couple, who were living in a rented house here, for selling fake diploma certificates and degrees to youngsters in Punjab and other states. As many as 120 fake certificate degrees of different colleges and universities, seven laptops and four printers along with Rs 5.4 lakh in cash have been recovered from their possession. The accused — Pushkar Goyal and his wife Rajni Goyal, who hail from Kapurthala — were living in a rented apartment at Golden Avenue Phase II in Jalandhar. DCP Investigation, Jaskiranjit Singh Teja said acting a tip-off, a police team of Division No. 7 conducted a raid at the apartment and arrested the couple. He further said the accused had confessed that they had sold around 1,500 fake degrees so far and had been involved in this crime for the last two years. “They have provided fake degrees to students travelling abroad for study or work permit purposes,” he added. The couple was produced in the court, which sent it in a three-day police remand. enhanced from ~2.97 core to ~4.96 crore, which again was in violation of the agreement ■ An undue payment of ~38 lakh had been given to the contractor as maintenance ■ Several wrong entries and errors were made in the stock register, raising suspicion ■ An amount of ~9 lakh transferred to the company on July 5, even after an inquiry committee had been constituted to look into the alleged scam Councillor Sushil Sharma flashes a plastic container. Pay stuck, Roadways contract staff shut bus stand in protest Jalandhar, July 13 Members of the Punjab Roadways, PUNBUS and PRTC Contract Workers’ Union, Punjab, closed the bus stand for two hours (from 10am to 12pm) today to mark their protest against the Transport Department and the Punjab Government for not releasing their salaries on time and delay in fulfilling their pending demands. Balwinder Singh Hath, State Deputy Chairman of the union, said the AAP government made tall promises of providing better working conditions and among other facilities to the roadways workers before coming to power. “But after forming the government, they too have started ignoring the genuine demands of the workers,” he said, adding that given the condition, such a situation prevails that the roadways workers now have to stage protests even to get their salaries released. He said the Transport Minister, Punjab, promised to hold a meeting with the contractual workers on June 7 to resolve the demands but no such meeting has been convened so far. Chanan Singh and Ranjit Commuters found themselves at the receiving end as the local bus stand in Jalandhar remained closed for two hours. PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH Singh, general secretaries of the union, said every month, the employees have to either close the bus stand or go on strike only then their salaries would be released. “If our demands are not met at the earliest, the employees will hold a chakka-jam on July 19, and the state government will be responsible for the inconvenience that the public would have to go through,” they added. They further alleged the AAP government too was following in the footsteps of previous governments and working on bringing such provisions that would directly benefit the corporate houses. — TNS Work on Kapurthala medical college to start soon 1 held for writing Tribune News Service ‘FILL VACANT POSTS’ Kapurthala, July 13 Health and Family Welfare Minister Chetan Singh Jauramajra on Wednesday said the work on the proposed medical college at Kapurthala would start soon. On a visit to the Civil Hospital here, the minister said the stage was all set for the launch of ‘Mohalla clinics’ by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on August 15, which would provide medical facilities to the common man on their doorsteps. On a pilot basis under the first phase, 75 clinics would be operational, wherein Phagwara: AAP leader Harji Maan on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the Health Minister and urged him to fill 26 vacant posts in the 100-bed Civil Hospital, Phagwara, immediately to improve the health services in the district. He also asked the minister to expedite the process to set up a trauma centre and 30-bed motherchild care centre at Phagwara. << Health Minister Chetan Singh Jauramajra at the Civil Hospital, Kapurthala, on Wednesday. patients who need minor surgeries would be catered to and 40 types of medical tests would be conducted. The minister visited the Civil Hospital along with Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal and Senior c m y b Superintendent of Police Rajbachan Singh Sandhu and took stock of the infrastructure and the facilities extended to the patients. The minister said he was visiting the whole state to take stock of the available medical facilities and staff so that the required steps could be taken for improvement. Earlier, the Health Minister received a guard of honour by a contingent of the Punjab Police. Prominent among those present on the occasion were Aam Aadmi Party Kapurthala halqa incharge Manju Rana, Bholath incharge Ranjit Singh, party leaders Gursharan Singh Kapoor, Gurpal Singh, Harji Mann, Civil Surgeon Dr Gurinderbir Kaur and SMP Dr Sandeep Dhawan. Khalistan slogans Jalandhar, July 13 The city police claimed to have arrested a person in Laxmipura case of reportedly writing pro-Khalistan slogans on the walls in the city on the intervening night of June 14 and 15. The accused has been identified as Manjeet Singh of Duldhi village in Patiala. The police said similar cases had been registered against him in Karnal and other districts of Punjab. He was brought to Jalandhar from a Karnal jail on Tuesday on a production warrant and is under arrest for further investigation. The police said Manjeet was paid for writing pro-Khalistan slogans on the wall. “During questioning, he revealed that some unknown persons came in contact with him through social media, who offered him money for writing pro-Khalistan comments on Facebook, YouTube and other channels,” the police added. Police officials said a case under various Sections of the IPC had been registered against him. — TNS
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