05062023-LT-01.qxd 6/5/2023 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune LUDHIANA-MOHALI TIE REMAINS UNRESOLVED REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR SHARK TANK INDIA 3 Sony LIV recently announced the launch of Shark Tank India - 3. Registrations began on June 3. P3 PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 38°C | MIN 24°C YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 24°C ACTOR SUNNY LEONE ENJOYS ‘BEACH TIME’ IN THE MALDIVES Last league match played between Ludhiana-Mohali for Dhruv Pandove Trophy remained unresolved. P2 FORECAST Sunny Leone is having a fun time in the Maldives. On Sunday, she took to Instagram and shared a video. P4 » » SUNSET MONDAY 7.27 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:23 AM » MONDAY | 5 JUNE 2023 | LUDHIANA Boy booked for outraging modesty of minor Tribune News Service Illegal buildings coming up with Broken, dangling wires in city areas invite mishaps impunity, MC fails to take action CABLE MESS Ludhiana, June 4 A minor boy outraged the modesty of a 9-year-old girl at Guru Gyan Vihar, Dugri. As the victim’s father reached the scene after listening the shrieks of the girl, the suspect fled the spot. A case under the IPC and POCSO Act was registered against the boy. The complainant told the police that in March this year when her daughter was alone at home, the suspect barged into the house and on the pretext of giving biscuits to her, he started touching her body parts. Investigating officer of the Dugri police station ASI Balkar Singh said a zero FIR was registered by the Uttar Pradesh Police in March and yesterday, the police after receiving the case file, lodged a fresh FIR in Ludhiana. Now, raids were being conducted to nab the boy. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Country Homes All Blocks, Shivalik Enclave, South City, GRD Academy, CIPHET, PAU Vaccine Institute, Rabbit Farm, GADVASU, Shivalik Pump, Animal Hospital Side of PAU and Ladian, Bagga Khurd, Chahra, Rajjowal, Singhpura and Kutbewal villages. Violators hand-in-glove with officials or ruling party leaders: RTI activist Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, June 4 “Illegal commercial buildings, without any approved building plans and change of land use (CLU) are coming up with impunity in many residential and commercial areas, allegedly in open connivance with employees and supervisory officials (read assistant town planners (ATPs) and area building inspectors of the zone concerned, who seemed to have no fear of law,” alleged a citybased-RTI activist. Levelling these allegations in a complaint lodged with the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Local Government Department, Punjab, the activist and secretary of the Council of RTI Activists, Arvind Sharma, asserted that the illegal commercial activity had assumed alarming levels, particularly in Zone D where the majority of high-end commercial hubs and almost all posh residential colonies were located. “With plastic sheets serving as ‘smoke screens’, building bylaws are being flagrantly violated by unscrupulous builders, who are said to be hand-in-glove, either with Two groups clash over trivial issue BJP leader Parveen Bansal and his supporters protest outside a police station in Ludhiana on Sunday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 4 Members of two groups clashed over some dispute at a temple at Kidwai Nagar here on Sunday. BJP leader Parveen Bansal was part of one of the groups. He and other members suffered minor injuries in the clash that occurred on the premises of the temple. Both parties had lodged police complaints and the police have launched a probe in the matter. Bansal said he, along with some like-minded people, was making preparations for holding a havan at the temple this morning. Since the temple priest had recently breathed his last, the priest’s son is looking after the temple. “Today when we were making arrangements for the hawan, the priest’s son started playing loud music to trouble us. When we asked him to stop the music, he did not listen and instead, called his aides who attacked us,” he said. The BJP leader alleged that he called the police to the spot. Roshni, a member of the opposite group, told the police that the BJP leader wanted to take full control of the temple and on Sunday, he wanted to organise a havan to show his authority over the temple. She alleged that her family had been serving the temple for the past over 50 years and now the he wanted to evict them from the temple. She demanded that the police should ensure a fair probe into the case. Later in the evening, Bansal along with his supporters started a dharna outside a Police Division 2 to seek immediate registration of a case against the attackers. An illegal under-construction building in the Zone D area of Ludhiana. ‘WILL WITHDRAW COMPLAINT IF MC CLAIMS NO VIOLATION’ “If the MC officials concerned claim after the surprise check that that there is no violation and they had performed their duty with diligence, I shall tender a public apology and withdraw my complaint forthwith,” RTI activist Arvind Sharma said. struction illegal shops and shopping complexes in various parts of the city, most of which were located in Zone D, further challenged the conniving MC officials for a surprise check in Model Town Extension (Tuition Market), Indoor Stadium on Pakhowal Road, Baba Deep Singh Road and Krishna Hospital in Model Town. “If the MC officials concerned claim after the surprise check that that there is no violation and they had performed their duty with diligence, I shall tender a public apology and withdraw my complaint forthwith,” the activist said. Officials of the building branch claimed to have issued challans to various builders in the area under their jurisdiction. However, when asked about the exact number of challans, along with the total amount received till the end of the first five months (till May 31, 2023) of the year as composition fee, building application fee, CLU and details of demolition of non-compoundable violations, they said the data was not available now and it could be provided later. local leaders of the ruling party or senior MC officials. And in the face of serious or even non-compoundable violations such as excess coverage, illegal construction of basements, mezzanines, extra floors and additional height, MC building branch staff remain unmoved,” he said. Though senior MC officials said the activity of the regulatory and enforcement staff was constantly under the scanner and challans were being issued under Sections 269 and 270 of the Municipal Corporation Act to deter lawbreakers, a huge number of under-construction illegal commercial buildings and MC’s recovery from penalty and composition during the last and even current year, was any indication the assertion appears far from being truth. The complainant, who also tagged pictures of under-con- Delhi couple dupes resident of ~15 lakh Man loses leg after falling from train Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 4 The Haibowal police yesterday registered a fraud case against a Delhi-based couple who had duped a city resident of Rs 15 lakh. The suspects had allegedly convinced the resident to invest the money in some Mumbai-based company for multiple returns. The suspects have been identified as Dhiraj Tinku and his wife Lovely Tinku, both residents of Delhi. The complainant, Rahul Vasal, of Sant Vihar, Haibowal, told the police that the suspects had convinced him to invest Rs 15 lakh in a Mumbaibased firm ‘AWU Gold and Dot Gold’. He was assured that by investing in the company, the investor could earn huge profits in a short span of time. “I did not get any profit from my investment. When I asked the suspects about returns on the investment, the duo failed to give any satisfactory reply. I even asked them to return my principle amount but the couple also refused to do the same,” he said. The complainant said in March last year, he lodged a complaint and after a long inquiry, the police registered a case on Saturday. Inspector Bittan Kumar said after registering a case, further investigation was launched by the police. Ludhiana, June 4 In a tragic incident occurred in Khanna a person while boarding the train slipped on the platform and fell on the tracks. One of his legs was severed in the mishap. The railway police rushed him to the nearest Civil Hospital, from where he was c m y b referred to a hospital in Chandigarh. An eyewitness, Ravi Narang, said the victim was attempting to board the train when he accidentally slipped and fell on the railway tracks, due to which he lost a leg. The man, along with his continued on page 2 Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 4 Broken or dangling cables of telecom and cable TV firms have become a nuisance in the city as the government has not yet taken any concrete measures to address the issue. In numerous areas, broken cables can be seen strewn across roads, posing threat to the safety of the people. Furthermore, bunches of cables hanging from poles also contribute to an unsightly appearance. The broadband or cable TV wires could be seen lying broken or hanging near Prince Hostel on Police Colony Road, Dugri, Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, Haibowal, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, in old city areas and many other parts of the city. Bunches of the wires are often tied to electricity poles or street light poles and can be found at almost every nook and corner of the city. Residents are urging the government to introduce a concrete policy to address the issue and hold telecom and cable TV companies accountable for ensuring proper installation of cables or face strict consequences. Rajesh Gupta, president of Social Reformers, an NGO, said broken or loose cables have caused significant inconvenience to the public in various areas of the city, posing a safety hazard for pedestrians and motorists. He emphasised the need for the district administration to enforce responsibility on companies involved, with severe punishment for those who fail to address issues related to the broken or loose cables. To address the same, it would be beneficial to launch a helpline number for monitoring complaints related to the menace. Broken and loose cables lying on a road in SKS Nagar and (below) on the Police Colony road in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN FORM CONCRETE POLICY, GOVT URGED Residents are urging the government to introduce a concrete policy to address the issue and hold telecom and cable TV companies accountable for ensuring proper installation of cables in city or face strict consequences. Recently, a cable of a telecom or cable TV firm had broken down near a fuel station on Cemetery Road, and it remained unattended for several days. Sachkirat Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, expressed that identifying companies responsible was difficult and there was no helpline available for reporting such incidents. He said the issue of the broken or dangling telecom and cable TV wires must be resolved. The government must establish a policy directing the firms involved to instal all such cables underground to avoid inconvenience to the public and accidents. It has come to light that many companies also utilise Municipal Corporation’s street light poles but without paying any fees. However, an official of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) said the power corporation charges fees for using its electricity poles. A senior official of the PSPCL, Ludhiana, had earlier said it was the responsibility of telecom and cable TV companies to maintain and repair their wires. The PSPCL had also issued warnings to such companies to fulfill their obligations.
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