26092022-LT-01.qxd 9/26/2022 1:03 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE WATERLOGGING IN MANY AREAS AFTER INCESSANT RAIN IN CITY PAGE 2 No relief from overflowing sewers on Panj Peer Road, Chandigarh Road, in Dhandari Khurd and other city areas. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY RASHMIKA & GOVINDA DANCE TO HER POPULAR SONG SAAMI PAGE 3 Rashmika, whose film Goodbye is due to release, grooved to her popular song Saami with Govinda. MAX 30°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:18 PM FWICE EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER OSCAR SELECTION BY FFI PAGE 4 Members of the FWICE expressed their concern over the selection of India’s entry for Oscars 2023. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:17 AM MONDAY | 26 SEPTEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA Bizman looted by youngster at gunpoint TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Kin of the deceased hold a protest; and (right) the college officials address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Sunday. On Sunday evening, the family also held a protest outside the college campus. The college management also addressed the media on Sunday and offered full support to the family of the deceased. “We want the police to probe the matter seriously and the truth should come out,” management officials said. Moti Nagar SHO Sanjiv Kapoor said inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC had been initiated and further proceedings would be initiated as per law after the arrival of the autopsy report. Key suspect transporter nabbed; 15 others booked Ludhiana, September 25 An armed robber barged into a factory at Jagraon and looted a diamond ring from the owner of the unit at gunpoint. The entire incident got captured in CCTV cameras of the factory. Vinod Garg, owner of Charda Suraj Feed Factory on the Disposal road, Jagraon, told the police that on September 24, a youth entered his office and asked to deliver cash and other valuables, else threatened to kill him. “Since I have some cash kept in the cashbox, I handed over the same to the suspect but he asked for more money. When I told him that I don’t have much cash in the factory, he turned furious. After the youth saw my diamond ring, he forcibly took it and fled on his scooter. Factory workers also tried to chase him but he went towards the Lande railway crossing,” Garg said. Later, the Jagraon police reached the spot and started a probe. The police collected the CCTV camera footage to get any clue about the suspect. Investigating officer ASI Rajvir Singh said a probe was on to identify the suspect. CCTV cameras of the route through which the suspect escaped were being checked to get any clue in the case. Kin suspect murder, hold protest against institute authorities Excise Department unearths major tax evasion racket Tribune News Service 40-year-old warden found dead in college water tank Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 25 The Excise and Taxation Department unearthed a major tax evasion racket involving lakhs of rupees. On the recommendation of the department, the Dugri police yesterday registered a case against 16 persons, including owners of various manufacturing units, and arrested a transporter. The arrested suspect has been identified as Hardeep Singh, owner of Shiv Kirpa Roadlines and SR Roadlines, Ludhiana. Those others booked include drivers Sukhwinder Singh, Angrez Singh, Jaswinder, Jasvir Singh and Vikram Singh, Gautam Bhatia of Fitwell Knitwears of Bahadarke road, Manvinder Singh of AM Garments at Phamra, Rajan Bajaj of Yashika Hosiery of Jamalpur Awana, Bimla Devi of Sunny Munny Knitwears of Mohalla Fatehgarh, Ajit Singh of Sneha Garments at Gandhi Nagar, Karan Kocchar of Saar Knits, Beantpura, and the owners of Enayat Fashioner of Dhanraj Nagar, Creative Collections of RS Grewal road, AK International at Mangat Colony, ‘SUSPECTS AVOIDED GENERATION OF E-WAY BILLS’ State Tax Officer Lakhvir Singh Chahal, who is the complainant in the case, said: “Vehicles of two transport companies of Hardeep Singh were used for carrying hosiery and readymade garments manufactured by local manufacturers. After scrutinising invoices produced by the drivers of the five vehicles, most of the invoices were found having a value less than 50,000, which might be deliberately and dishonestly lowered than the prescribed limit to avoid generation of E-way bills and cause loss to the state exchequer after hatching a conspiracy.” and Sodhi Garments at Manna Singh Nagar. A case of fraud, forgery and criminal conspiracy was registered against the suspects. Lakhvir Singh Chahal, State Tax Officer (STO), mobile wing, Ludhiana, is the complainant in the case. The STO in a police complaint said on September 16 on the basis a tip-off, five vehicles of Shiv Kirpa Roadlines, Ludhiana, and SR Roadlines, Ludhiana, which were being driven by the five drivers, were intercepted by three teams of officials under the supervision of Director, Investigation, Punjab, in Mandi Gobindgarh, Sahnewal, Transport Nagar, Ludhiana, GT Road, Rajpura, and GT Road, Shambhu, respectively, in a joint operation. “Both transport companies are being run and operated by Hardeep Singh. The vehicles were carrying hosiery and readymade garments manufactured by local manufacturers of Ludhiana. After scrutinising invoices produced by the driverscum-in-charge of goods of the five vehicles, most of the invoices were found having a value less than 50,000, which might be deliberately and dishonestly lowered than the prescribed limit to avoid generation of E-way bills and cause loss to the state exchequer after hatching a conspiracy,” he said. The STO said during the investigation of documents, it was found that the invoices, which were in the possession of the drivers of the transport company, were of the same date and also having same serial numbers, amount as well as quantity of goods in different vehicles for transporting the goods. The other booked factory owners had also colluded with key accused Hardeep to evade taxes. Tribune News Service COLLEGE MGMT DEMANDS PROBE Ludhiana, September 25 The body of a 40-year-old man, Veer Singh, working as a warden at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, here, was found in the institute’s water tank yesterday night. College students and kin of the deceased have termed the incident a case of murder. They levelled allegations against the college management and demanded a probe into the matter. As per information, the deceased had been working at the college for a long After the incident, the college management addressed mediapersons on Sunday and offered full support to the family of the deceased warden. “We want police to probe the matter seriously and the truth should come out,” the members of the management said. time and had been staying in a quarter allotted to him on its premises. On Saturday night, he joined duty at 8 pm but went missing after some time. When college staff were looking for him, they found a pair of slippers on the rooftop. When the deceased’s son was called, he recognised the footwear as his father’s. Prisoner attempts to kill himself Now, road portion caves in near Saggu Chowk 2 more contract virus in district Fifth such incident within a month, residents alarmed at frequency of occurrences Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 25 Frequent road cave-ins on city roads are continuously troubling commuters. After incessant rainfall, a portion of the road caved in near Saggu Chowk in the Ludhiana West constituency on Sunday. According to information, the pit is around 10 feet deep. MC Superintending Engineer Ravinder Garg said a portion of an old sewer line, made of bricks, near Saggu Chowk got damaged. He said the damaged portion would be repaired. Notably, it is the fifth road cave-in incident reported this month so far. Earlier, a road portion near Shastri Nagar had caved in twice. A road portion had also caved in HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana, September 25 An inmate of Ludhiana Borstal jail attempted to kill himself by cutting the nerves of his wrist with a sharp iron object. The injured inmate was rushed to the Civil Hospital. He was given first aid and taken back to the jail. The police registered a case against the inmate, Suraj Kumar, under Section 309 of the IPC (attempt to commit suicide). He was lodged in the jail in various criminal cases. Ramesh Chand, the Assistant Superintendent of the jail, said the inmate had attempted suicide on Sunday by cutting the nerves of his wrist. Chand said he had attempted suicide earlier as well and it seemed that he was mentally upset. However, when the board of doctors checked him, they termed him mentally fit. —TNS Since the slippers were found near the water tank, the staff then checked the tank and found Veer’s body in it. Meanwhile on Sunday, students of the college gathered and put up several social media posts in which they termed the death of Veer a murder mystery and levelled allegations against the college management. The road cave-in near Saggu Chowk in Ludhiana on Sunday. RAIN HITS REPAIR WORK NEAR RAILWAY CROSSING The sewer line repair work has been stalled at the cave-in site near the Shastri Nagar railway crossing due to incessant rainfall. On Sunday, both sides of the road were closed for traffic movement as officials suspected the risk of more cave-ins. Executive Engineer of the MC, Pardeep Saluja, said traffic movement had been stopped near the cave-in site to avoid any untoward incident amid rainfall. near Krishna Mandir. Besides, a portion of the road near Chaura Bazaar had suffered similar fate. The sewer line repair work has been stalled at the cave-in site near the Shastri Nagar railway crossing due to incessant rainfall. On Sunday, both sides of the road were closed for traffic movement as officials suspected the risk of more cave-ins. Executive Engineer of the MC, Pardeep Saluja, said traffic movement had been stopped near the cave-in site to avoid any untoward incident amid rainfall. Ludhiana West MLA Gurpreet Gogi said the same old brick sewer line was passing under the road near the Shastri Nagar railway crossing and the Saggu Chowk road. A project for the rehabilitation of the old brick sewer line would be launched soon, he said. Potholed Dhandari flyover poses threat BROKEN ROADS-V Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 25 Though many potholes on the Dhandari flyover are posing threat to commuters, the Municipal Corporation is yet to wake up from its slumber. The potholes are being ignored for a long time. Thousands of commuters pass through the flyover that links Focal Point and Dhandari Khurd areas with the National Highway-44 (Ludhiana-Delhi road). Many heavy vehicles also often pass through the flyover as it is one of the main ways connecting the industrial area with the national highway. The flying plumes of dust due to the broken road portions have increased woes of commuters. Residents and The Dhandari flyover awaits recarpeting. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA GOVT MUST ENSURE PEOPLE’S SAFETY: RESIDENTS Residents have demanded that speed limit boards and signboards must be displayed on the Dhandari flyover. Many street lights on the flyover often remain non-functional. MC must pay attention to ensure commuters’ safety. industrialists have demanded that the civic body must ensure early repair of both sides — Focal Point to the NH- 44 and the NH-44 to Focal Point — of the flyover at the earliest. Rajat Sood, a factory owner, said: “The Dhandari flyover road is in a bad shape for the past several years. Potholes on the flyover are posing threat to commuters. Moreover, when heavy trucks pass through the potholed portions, the chances of damage to slabs or pillars of the flyover can’t be ignored. Whenever the matter regarding the potholes was raised, either it was ignored or patches were not properly laid. When the public pays huge taxes to the government, it is the responsibility of the latter to provide better road infrastructure, ensuring safety of the commuters.” “During the regime of the previous government, it was decided that both sides of the flyover would be recarpeted but these have not been recarpeted to date, leaving the daily commuters. The state government should direct the civic body to c m y b ensure recarpeting work on the flyover,” he added. Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Dhandari Khurd, said many people from their area use the flyover in routine but its poor condition had been ignored. “We demand from the government to instruct the department concerned to get the flyover recarpeted without any further delay,” he said. The residents also demanded that speed limit boards and signboards must be displayed on the flyover. They said many of the street lights on the flyover often remain nonfunctional. The civic body must pay attention to ensure the safety of the commuters. MC Superintending Engineer (B&R Branch) Ranjit Singh said tenders for the recarpeting work on the Dhandari flyover would be floated soon. Ludhiana, September 25 Two fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported from the district on Sunday. As per the latest report, there were 17 active cases of the virus in the district. All patients were in home isolation. Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur said a total of 1,13,529 positive cases have been reported from the district so far while 15,287 positive cases belong to other districts or states. — TNS COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 39,69,640 1,13,529 17 2 3,016
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