14092022-LT-01.qxd 9/14/2022 12:49 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE TRAFFIC POLICE TO EXPAND E-CHALLAN SYSTEM IN CITY Four more spots to be added under the CCTV surveillance amid rampant traffic violations in industrial hub. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:34 PM Our Correspondent Our Correspondent TRIBUNE PHOTO People at Kohara Chowk where Ramandeep Kaur (inset) was killed in an accident on Tuesday. shock after the accident. The onlookers, however rued, that Kohara Chowk was turning into an accident spot due to traffic congestion, which had become an everyday affair. Vehicles coming from the Chandigarh, Sahnewal, Machhiwara and Ludhiana side passed through Kohara Chowk, which created traffic congestion, onlookers added. “Just two police officials deployed at the chowk are not enough to manage the huge outflow of traffic every day. Apart from this, buses Ludhiana, September 13 Senior officials of the Municipal Corporation have taken a serious note of the incident involving collapse of a lintel of an under-construction building at Jawahar Nagar Camp here on September 10. A showcause notice has been issued to building inspector of the area for his alleged negligence in taking timely action against the illegal construction activity. It was officially stated that the building was being constructed without an approved plan. The field staff of the MC (Building branch) had also failed to take due notice of the unlawful construction as no challan was issued to the building owner for viola- TRIBUNE PHOTO Inspector faces heat in Jawahar Nagar Camp lintel collapse case The collapsed lintel of building at Jawahar Nagar Camp in Ludhiana. tion of bylaws. Earlier, officials of the MC were making all out attempts to ‘downplay’ the entire issue on the plea that plot area of the building was small and its owner had limited resources. But in the face of immense pressure built up by residents of continued on page 2 create further congestion as these halt on both sides of the chowk. This increases chances of accidents,” onlookers said. They demanded that buses should halt at designated stops. Also, more police force should be deployed at the chowk, they added. “A case has been registered against the truck driver. Though he managed to escape from the spot, he will be in police custody soon,” asserted the SHO, Focal Point police station, Lakhveer Singh. Owners get back stolen mobiles Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 The police after recovering stolen and missing mobiles today returned the same to their respective owners. A function was organised in this regard by the police, in which owners of recovered mobile phones were invited. Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr Kaustubh Sharma, DCP (Crime) Varinder Singh Brar and ADCP Rupinder Kaur Sran handed over recovered mobile phones to owners. “We have traced 125 mobile phones, which were either missing or stolen in the past. We contacted respective owners and invited them at a small function to handover mobiles to them,” the CP said. Sahnewal, September 13 A man arrested for raping a minor girl fled during a medical test at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. The accused, Rimandeep Singh, a resident of Gill Colony Ludhiana, was arrested by the Sahnewal police yesterday and was brought to the hospital for medical examination today. He was accused of raping a minor of Giaspura on the night of September 6. The victim alleged they used to work in Bansal Industries at Jaspal Bangar. On September 6, when the victim had gone to purchase groceries from Pipal Chowk in Giaspura, the accused took her to a room in the factory near Eastman Chowk and develope physical relations with her forcibly. He left fled after committing the crime. The victim’s health deteriorated on September 10 and her father took her to the Civil Hospital. continued on page 2 ‘Explosive’ object found in plot, bomb squad called in Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 A bomb-like object was recovered during construction activity on a plot at Preet Vihar Colony in the city on Tuesday. Panic spread in the area after a labourer picked the object with his hand and brought it to the office of a property dealer. On checking the object, property dealer was also shocked and he immediately informed the police. The Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), East, Gurdev Singh also reached the spot. The ACP placed the object in an open plot and covered it with sand bags to prevent any untoward incident. The ACP said the object seemed like a grenade. It was lying dumped under mud, the ACP added. Later, a bomb squad team was summoned on the spot. The bomb disposal squad took the object in its custody and would examine it. PAGE 4 Succession and Ted Lasso topped Emmy Awards on Monday, at a ceremony in Los Angeles that touted the influence of TV. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:10 AM Rape accused flees police custody Police arrived at scene 3 hours after mishap, claim teachers detecting it from footage of the CCTV cameras installed around the place. The body was removed thereafter from the chowk and sent to the mortuary. The truck registration number was PB 12 T 5605, the Principal shared. “Ramandeep excelled in academics as well as extracurricular activities. She stood second in the BA second year results declared by Panjab University recently. She was preparing for the forthcoming youth festival,” said staff of the college, which was in deep SUCCESSION, TED LASSO TOP EMMYS 2022, FIRST-TIMERS SHINE Second episode of Bumble’s series Dating These Nights stars Shriya, who spills beans on dating in the 30s. Truck mows down BA student, college staff allege cops’ inaction Doraha, September 13 Ramandeep Kaur, a BA final year student of Mai Bhago College, Ramgarh, was allegedly crushed under a truck at Kohara Chowk when she was going to her college from her Bhagpur village on Tuesday. Her brother Amrit, however, had a narrow escape. Truck driver managed to escape from the accident spot. The staff of the college, however, alleged that the police failed to reach the spot on time. Principal of Mai Bhago College, Ramgarh, Dr Kuldeep Kaur, along with the college staff, reached the accident spot and expressed resentment over delay in action by the Police Department. The Principal alleged that despite passing of three hours, no senior official reached the spot. She, along with her staff, refused to remove the body from the accident spot till the police traced the number of the truck and found whereabouts of its driver. The police swung into action thereafter and traced the number of the truck after PAGE 3 SINGLE & ROCKING: SHRIYA ON DATING THESE NIGHTS WEDNESDAY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA Two suspects snatch chain, schoolteacher fights back Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 A schoolteacher, Meenu, bravely fought with two bike-borne snatchers on the Peerkhana road in Khanna on Monday. After a snatcher snatched gold chain from Meenu, she caught one of the snatchers from his collar. Despite the victim being dragged on the road by snatchers, she didn’t give up and finally snatcher had to return her gold chain. The entire incident was captured in the CCTV cameras. Meenu said yesterday she was heading home with her child on an Activa scooter. The moment she stopped scooter outside her house, two bike-borne snatchers suddenly pounced on her and snatched her gold chain. “Although I fell down from scooter, I managed to get hold of one of the snatchers riding A CCTV grab shows teacher running after chain snatchers on Peerkhana Road in Khanna on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO DROP GOLD CHAIN, FLEE I fell down from scooter, but managed to get hold of one of the snatchers from his collar. The snatcher dropped my gold chain and fled with his aide. Meenu, SCHOOLTEACHER ❝ pillion on the bike from his collar. Snatchers didn’t stop bike and continued to drag me on the road. I then pulled down snatcher from the bike and fought with him. The snatcher then dropped my gold chain, pushed me aside and fled with VB grills father, uncle of minister’s close aide TENDER SCAM ASHU CAN BE BROUGHT ON PRODUCTION WARRANT Tribune News Service Vigilance officials said Ashu, one of the key accused, in the tenders scam may also be brought on production warrant for his questioning if the investigation demands in future. Notably, Ashu was sent in judicial custody after his questioning for several days. Ludhiana, September 13 In the transportation tenders scam, the Vigilance Bureau (VB) today questioned father and uncle of Meenu Pankaj Malhotra, a close aide of former minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu. The suspect is at large from the day he was booked by the Vigilance in tenders scam. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Vigilance Bureau, Ravinderpal Singh Sandhu, said Meenu’s father and uncle (chacha) were called for questioning. They were allowed to leave after questioning, the SSP said. They may be called if further investigation demands, the SSP added The Vigilance had already identified some properties of Meenu, which he reportedly bought from the ill-gotten money, the SSP said. To verify some information regarding these properties, Meenu’s father and uncle were called for questioning, the SSP added. Raids were already being conducted at possible hideouts of the suspects at large in the case identified as Meenu Malhotra, Inderjit Indi, and contractors Jagroop, Sandeep, and Rakesh Singla. Sources said the Vigilance was also investigating role of some persons, who had some business interests with Meenu. A probe is also being conducted to find details of properties worth crores bought by Meenu during the Congress regime, which could also be owned by former minister. ❞ his aide,” the victim revealed. The victim said listening to the noise, locality people also gathered on the spot and some even tried to chase snatchers. The victim did not lodge any police complaint regarding the matter. SAD leader held for creating ruckus at police station Ludhiana, September 13 After officials of the police Division No. 5 issued a challan for wrong parking to senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and former state vicepresident Vipan Sood Kaka, he along with supporters, barged into a police station and created ruckus. Officials said miscreants hurled stones and bricks at the police station due to which window panes and doors got damaged. SHO sub-inspector Jasvir Singh said yesterday night, cops had challaned Kaka as he parked his Innova car (bearing registration no. PB 10GV 0003) on Malhar Road. After the challan was issued, Kaka exchanged heated arguments with cops and threatened them of dire consequences. Later, Kaka went to police station with his supporters and started misbehaving with cops, the SHO added. A case was registered against Vipan Sood Kaka, Shivam Sood, Gurvir Singh Makkar, Sanjay Badula, Bittu and Barjinder Singh Makkar and they were arrested, the SHO said. — TNS No end in sight to woes of migrants living in ‘vehras’ Shivani Bhakoo Ludhiana, September 13 As per rough estimates, over eight lakh migrants live in the industrial hub, on whom the entire units depend and business worth several hundreds of crores is done. Sadly, the conditions in which these migrants live, are miserable and unhygienic. It seems God has been kind enough to take care of them. Starting from Giaspura to Dhandari Kalan, Haibowal, Janakpuri, Focal Point, Karim Pura, Field Ganj and areas like Kundanpuri and Ghumar Mandi, labourers lives in ‘vehras’, constructed by private persons, including many councillors and political leaders. Each ‘vehra’ has five to 10 rooms in which two to three labourers are adjusted. As Siya Ram, a migrant working as a daily wager (painter) in Giaspura said, “The rooms are too small. Only three single beds can be kept in a room. We cook TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Shiv Sena members protest outside the CP office in Ludhiana. Overflowing sewage at a ‘vehra’; and (right) heaps of garbage lying scattered at Dhandari Kalan in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN food at a common place outside and all labourers (almost 13 in that particular vehra) use two small washrooms. Each labourer pays Rs 1,000 rent per month. The electricity bill is separate, which comes around Rs 1,200 per month and is divided among three persons sharing one room”. Unhygienic conditions, contaminated water Most migrants in the city live in unhygienic conditions. Karunesh Kumar, a resident of a ‘vehra’ in Ghumar Mandi said, “Ever since it rained two days back, the entire vehra residents are getting contaminated water from taps. Taps are discharging yel- low coloured water, which gives foul smell. We cannot drink such water. All residents have complained to the owner. Since the ‘vehra’ is near the house of AAP leader, we have been assured that the problem will be sorted out soon.” Another labourer Shah Alam, living in Dhandari, said “The ‘vehra’ is sur- c m y b rounded with scattered garbage where stray animals roam all the time. We have got used to foul smell emanating from garbage. We cannot afford to live in rented rooms separately in better areas, but at least basic amenities should be provided to us. The rooms are too dingy. In case we dare to raise Shiv Sena activists gherao CP office voice, we are asked to leave.” Tribune News Service Outbreak of dengue, cholera common Ludhiana, September 13 Activists of Shiv Sena Punjab today gheraoed the office of the Police Commissioner (CP) over alleged inaction in several complaints filed against fake travel agents. The protest was led by Rajiv Tandon. Due to unhealthy and unhygienic conditions, there is outbreak of deadly diseases like dengue, cholera etc in these areas, densely populated by migrants. continued on page 2 Shiv Sena workers in large numbers gathered outside the CP office and raised antipolice slogans. The police had erected barricades at the main gate of the CP office and didn’t let protesters enter premises. The ACP Civil Lines, Har, ish Behl, along with the continued on page 2
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