04092023-LT-01.qxd 9/4/2023 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune OVER 5,000 CANDIDATES TAKE CDS, NDA EXAMINATIONS RAFTAAR, BADSHAH TAKE A CRYPTIC DIG AT YO YO ZENDAYA THANKS FANS & FRIENDS ON HER BIRTHDAY Huge rush of candidates, accompanied by their parents, was seen outside the 13 centres. P2 A video from the grand finale has surfaced online and fans claim that the dig was Yo Yo Honey Singh. P3 American actor and singer Zendaya uploaded an old snapshot of herself on Instagram to mark her birthday. P4 » » FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 36°C | MIN 26°C YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET MONDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:04 AM » MONDAY | 4 SEPTEMBER 2023 | LUDHIANA Heroin, mobile phones seized from jail inmates Tribune News Service Khanna police launch special 5 injured in clash between parking lot workers, visitors helpline to tackle drug menace Aim behind initiative is to identify peddlers, act fast against them Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 3 To keep a tab on drug smuggling activities in the district and put peddlers behind the bars, the Khanna police have launched a special ‘drug helpline’. Anyone can inform about activities related to drug peddling in their areas on the helpline number and their identity will be kept secret. The drug helpline number is 01628-292093. Stating this to The Tribune here on Sunday, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Khanna, Amneet Kondal, said the helpline was launched on Saturday during the ongoing drive against drugs in the district. The sole motive of the helpline was to identify smugglers and take action against them so that drug peddling menace could be wiped out completely from society. “Though the police have been apprehending peddlers time to time, if the public at large join hands with the police and help them by sharing information about the DCP (Traffic) Varinder Singh Brar, along with residents and club members, takes part in a jeep rally to spread awareness against drugs in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION CAN IMPROVE SITUATION police have ❝Though thethe public joinbeen apprehending peddlers time to time, if hands with the police and help them by sharing information about the smugglers, the authorities can increase the ambit of their action against the miscreants and maximum number of drug traders can be put behind the bars. — Amneet Kondal, SSP, KHANNA ❞ smugglers, cops can increase the ambit of its action against the miscreants and maximum number of drug traders can be put behind the bars,” Kondal said. The SSP urged the public that people should share only correct information about smugglers and fake information would consume time of the police. After Dilapidated streets, overflowing sewers irk residents at Giaspura flats, Gurmeet Nagar Several illegal colonies have come up under nose of civic body officials supply, especially during WARD WATCH morning hours. He comWARD NO 31 LUDHIANA Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 3 Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the government constructed flats in Giaspura with the aim of providing better living conditions and rehabilitation for city’s slum dwellers. However, many residents who were shifted from slum areas to these flats around eight years ago believe that the living conditions were better in the slums than the flats. The reason for the same, as per them, is that sewers are overflowing badly, causing insanitary conditions in the area. Heaps of garbage and accumulation of sewage near the water supply system is a routine affair. The residents have complained about broken streets and occasional instances of contaminated water supply. Some of the water supply pipes linked to flats are passing through accumulated sewage as the corporation has failed to check the issue. These government flats in Giaspura are located in Ward number 31 (as designated in the 2018 ward delimitation) of the Ludhiana South constituency. Aallu, who along with her family was shifted from a slum area on Pakhowal Road to Giaspura flats, said: “We are forced to live under insanitary conditions. Sewage has been accumulat- Garbage lies dumped in the open and sewage accumulates near the water tank at Giaspura flats in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA WHAT RESIDENTS SAY but we ❝Many years have passedthe frequent have received no relief from overflowing sewers. Fogging is not done in a proper manner for the prevention of dengue. People are facing health issues due to poor sanitation conditions but nobody pays attention to our issues. Ravi, RESIDENT OF GIASPURA FLATS It seems the sewerage system is faulty here and whenever sewers are cleaned, they get choked and start overflowing again after a week. Various streets are in a poor state. The Municipal Corporation must resolve these issues at the earliest. Jugul Kishore, RESIDENT OF MAHA SINGH NAGAR. ❝ ❞ ❞ ing outside our flat and in nearby streets. A vacant site supposed to be converted into a park near the overhead service reservoir (water tank) has turned into a garbage dumping site and cesspool due to the overflowing sewage.” Another resident said: “Streets and a park are in dilapidated condition here. Many times, we get contaminated water supply.” Many other areas of the ward are also crying for attention as residents blamed the civic body for not ensuring development and resolving issues related to poor sewerage system, erratic or contaminated water supply, bro- ken streets and non-functional street lights. The main road leading to Maha Singh Nagar and Gagan Nagar has been in a dilapidated condition for a long time. During the rainy season, the situation becomes worse. In Maha Singh Nagar, residents have complained about the poor state of streets and overflowing sewage on internal roads. In street number 1, residents have complained that water was not being supplied on time in the area. Bhola Parsad, a resident of Gagan Nagar, said they usually get contaminated water plained that the sewerage remains clogged in the area. Moreover, power cuts during the humid weather have increased their woes. Lalli Singh of Guru Nanak Nagar said they had been facing disrupted water supply in the area for the past some time. Nowadays, they face multiple power cuts every day, which also cause disruption to the water supply. He demanded that the authorities must pay attention to these issues. Some residents of Laxman Nagar have complained about contaminated and erratic water supply and issues related to sewer overflow. Various streets are in a bad condition while street lights at several points are either missing or non-functional. There is a major problem of overflowing sewage at Gurmeet Nagar, which has increased during the rainy season. The stinking water usually accumulates outside some of the houses. Besides, residents of Guru Harkrishan Nagar have complained about disrupted water supply. They said sometimes, they get contaminated water supply. A number of illegal colonies have also come up in the ward in the absence of any check by the MC officials concerned. The disrupted water supply or low pressure and lack of development are major concerns in such colonies. Sonia Sharma, a former BJP councillor, who served as councillor from March 2018 to March 2023, was not available for comments. However, her husband, who answered the call on her behalf, said three new tube wells were installed and streets in almost all areas were constructed under her tenure. c m y b receiving information about drug traders, police personnel sitting at the drug helpline centre would further share information with the officials concerned who would verify details at their end and take immediate action against the suspects. ‘Jeep rally’ spreads awareness in city A ‘Jeep rally’ was organised in the industrial hub on Sunday to spread continued on page 2 Ludhiana, September 3 Five persons suffered injuries after a clash erupted between workers of a parking lot contractor and visitors outside the AC market here on Sunday evening. Tension prevailed in the area as people from both sides gathered in a large number after the incident. Station House Officer (SHO), Kotwali police station, Inspector Gagandeep Singh, said the fight reportedly occurred over the issue of parking fee. The visitors alleged that a parking lot employee was resorting to overcharging which led to arguments and then fight. However, the workers denied INDERJEET VERMA Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 3 A surprise checking in the Central Jail here led to the recovery of heroin and cell phones from inmates in separate cases. In the first incident, assistant superintendent of jail Suraj Malh said on September 2, he along with the jail staff, carried out a checking in the jail. When a jail inmate, Harsimrandeep Singh, alias Monu, was frisked on suspicion, 2 gm of heroin was seized from his possession. A case under the Prisons Act was registered against them on Saturday. In another case, two cell phones were seized from inmates Harjinder Singh, alias John, and Bhushan. Assistant Superintendent (Jail) Gagandeep Sharma said the mobile phones were seized from Harjinder Singh and Bhushan on September 2. By keeping these banned items in the jail, the inmates have committed a violation of jail rules. A case under the Prisons Act was registered against the two jail inmates on Saturday and further investigation was launched. Cops record statement of both parties in Ludhiana on Sunday. the allegations. “We are investigating claims of both parties, action as per law will be taken against the guilty. CCTV cameras have also captured the incident and footages are being examined. So far, no FIR has been registered,” the SHO said. Pile-up leads to traffic jam on bridge Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 3 A traffic jam reported on the Dugri bridge after a pile-up involving four vehicles late on Saturday night. Police officials reached the scene to control the situation. No occupants of vehicles involved in the accident No occupant got serious injuries received any serious injuries. However, the vehicles suffered damages. After the mishap, the occupants of the vehicles engaged in a verbal duel, blaming each other for the mishap. A video of the people indulging in arguments went viral on social media. As per information, the incident occurred around 11.50 pm on the Dugri bridgeon Saturday when the four vehicles rammed into each other. Commuters faced inconvenience due to the accident.
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