09092023-LT-01.qxd 09-09-2023 01:08 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune ABSENCE OF STORMWATER DRAINAGE IRKS RESIDENTS ADITI SHARES HER SHOOTING EXPERIENCE IN CHANDIGARH SINGER ABDU ROZIK ENTERS KKK 13 AS WILDCARD Waterlogging, potholed roads, drug menace & lack of green belts are major problems in Ward 36. P2 Aditi Bhagat opens up about her experience of shooting for a show in the City Beautiful. P3 After making a hero’s entry in Rohit Shetty style, Abdu performs a volley of stunts in the new episode.P3 » » FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6.40 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:07 AM » SATURDAY | 9 SEPTEMBER 2023 | LUDHIANA 3 of snatchers’ gang nabbed Ludhiana, September 8 The Ludhiana police today claimed to have nabbed three snatchers and seized two sharp weapons, a toy pistol, two mobile phones and a motorcycle from them. The suspects have been identified as Jaspreet Singh (27) and Surinder Singh (35), both residents of Mundian Kalan, and Amit Kumar (29) of Jamalpur. DCP Saumya Mishra and ADCP (Crime) Rupinder Sran issued a joint statement in this regard. They said acting on a tip-off, the police conducted a raid and nabbed them. Jaspreet and Surinder have a criminal past as the former was facing six cases of snatching while Surinder was facing a murder case registered at the Jamalpur police station.— TNS Man held for sodomy bid Ludhiana, September 8 A man was trying to sodomise a 12-year-old child at a sports stadium in Khanna. The suspect was arrested by the police on Friday. People apprehended him and handed him over to the police. A case on the charges of sodomy was registered against him by the Khanna police. He has been identified as 60-year-old Jaspal Singh of Malerkotla road, Khanna. Ranveer Singh, husband of councillor Amanpreet Kaur, said a poster of a tournament was being released at the sports stadium yesterday night where he was told by some players that the man, who was sitting with a child near the boxing ring, was trying to sodomise the latter. They apprehended him and called the police. They alleged that earlier also, there had been such complaints against Jaspal but he could not be exposed due to the lack of evidence. — TNS City police ensure 100% compliance in surrendering additional firearms Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 8 The Ludhiana Police Commissionerate have ensured 100 per cent compliance in implementing the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Justice, GoI, as per which licenced firearm holders cannot keep more than two weapons on a single licence. The licence holders had to surrender additional weapons either at police stations or they should sell the same to gun houses by following due procedures. As per the record obtained by The Tribune from the Police Commissionerate, it has issued over 16,400 arms licence on which more than 19,600 fire arms were issued. Among these, 333 persons were having more than two weapons on a single licence while 39 of them had over three on a single licence. After the amendment in the Arms Act in 2020, the Central Government had strictly directed all states to ensure compliance within a year. ADCP (Headquarters) Licence holders had to surrender additional weapons either at police stations or they should sell the same to gun houses. FILE TOP COP SETS A PRECEDENT Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Mandeep Singh Sidhu also ensured compliance of new amendment in the Arms Act and surrendered his additional weapon after getting to know that more than two weapons cannot be kept as per law. “It is good that people have followed the directions and ensured compliance of the orders,” Sidhu said. Rupinder Bhatti told The Tribune here on Friday that 333 persons were having more than two weapons of which 39 were having more than three weapons on a single licence. As per the rule, licence holders could not keep more than two weapons and every holder was strictly conveyed about the directions. The order states that anyone holding more than two weapons might face legal action, including FIR, as holding extra weapon would be con- sidered illegal. After the implementation of the new directions, people having additional weapons have deposited them at the police stations concerned. “Now, notices will be issued to the 333 persons who have deposited their additional weapons at the police stations concerned to dispose of the same by selling it either to gun houses or by any other legal means as police stations have no space or proper upkeep facility. Such additional deposited arms have been delicenced automatically but the holders need to submit a sale proof of weapons only then their arms licence will be updated to two,” the ADCP said. Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Mandeep Singh Sidhu also ensured compliance of new amendment in the Arms Act and surrendered his additional weapon after getting to know that more than two weapons cannot be kept as per law. “It is good that people have followed the directions and ensured compliance of the orders,” Sidhu said. Avail 10% rebate on paying property tax till Sept 30 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 8 With September 30 last day to submit property tax returns with 10 per cent rebate, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has appealed residents to pay their tax on time and avail the rebate. Civic body officials said there were around 2 lakh property owners in the city, who were yet to pay the tax for the current financial year. They can avail 10 per cent rebate by filing the same by September 30. 2 LAKH RESIDENTS YET TO PAY TAX MC officials said there were around 2 lakh property owners in the city, who were yet to pay the tax for the current financial year. They can avail 10 per cent rebate by filing the same by September 30. MC Commissioner Sandeep Rishi said steps were being taken to facilitate residents in submitting property tax at suvidha kendras. The residents could also avoid standing in long queues and pay the tax online. The residents can visit the website — mcludhiana.gov.in and pay the same. The officials said the residents could avail 10 per cent rebate on payment of property tax for the current financial year by September 30. No penalty was imposed on payment of tax from October 1 to December 31. The department imposes a 10 per cent penalty on payment of tax from January 1 to March 31. The penalty is increased to 20 per cent and 18 per cent annual interest is also imposed, if the residents fail to pay the tax for the current financial year by March 31. MC offices to remain open on holidays Besides working days, the MC suvidha kendras will remain open on September 9 (Saturday), September 16 (Saturday), September 23 (Saturday), September 24 (Sunday) and September 30 (Saturday). UP youth beaten to death Tribune News service Ludhiana, September 8 A youth was beaten to death in Dhandari last night by two unidentified persons. A case of murder was registered against two unidentified assailants at Daba on Friday. The deceased was identified as Anurag Pandey (23), a native of UP at present resid, ing in Dhandari. He was a factory worker and was staying alone in the city. As per information, on Thursday night, Vidhya Rani was returning home after participating in the Janamashtami celebrations at a temple. When she reached Dhandari, she saw two men brutally beating a youth. When she intervened to save the victim, the suspects told the woman that he had teased a girl and passed indecent comments at her due to which he had to bear the consequences. After- Man who set himself afire with brother succumbs Ludhiana, September 8 Anmol Soni, who had set himself on fire along with his brother Veeru Soni last week at Onkar Vihar, Jamalpur, today succumbed to his burn injuries at the DMCH. Veeru had already succumbed to the burn injuries two days after the incident at the PGI, Chandigarh. The brothers tried to selfimmolate themselves when a Municipal Corporation team had gone to demolish their illegal construction on August 30. After the death of Anmol, their kin gathered in a large number outside the Police Division 7. They demanded that compensation along with government job be given to family members of the deceased as both were the only bread winners of the family. They also demanded legal action against the MC officials who came for demolition which forced them to take the extreme step. Police officials said after recording the statement of the victims’ kin, action would be taken as per law. — TNS 8 mobiles seized from jail Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 8 A surprise checking in the Central Jail here led to the recovery of eight mobile phones in separate raids. Of these, three were seized from jail inmates while others were found abandoned on the jail premises. Assistant superintendent of jail Suraj Malh said on September 1 he along with the jail staff conducted a surprise checking in jail which led to the recovery of eight mobile phones. He said three mobile phones were recovered from three inmates namely Sachin Kumar, Arman Hashmi and Gaurav while five were found abandoned. A case had been registered . — TNS wards, they continued to assault him. The woman raised the alarm following which local residents gathered and the assailants fled the spot. The people rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, they informed the police. ACP Sandeep Wadhera said two unidentified persons had beaten the victim to death and CCTV footage were being checked to get any clue about the assailants. The woman’s statement was also being taken to crack the case. MURDER OF NRI’S WIFE Man brought on production warrant from Central Jail Tribune News service Ludhiana, September 8 The Khanna police today brought Raju Dhamot on production warrant from the Central Jail here in the the murder case of an NRI’s wife, Ranjit Kaur, whose body was found at her house in Payal on September 5. Raju’s name was written on a wall in the house, signalling that he had got Ranjit killed. Raju is also a relative of the deceased. Sources said though Raju’s involvement in the murder was not established, he was being questioned in the case. They said the Khanna police had solved the murder case. “The murder was committed due to personal reasons and it is not a case of robbery,” they added. Khanna SSP Amneet Kondal said the police have got some vital clues about the killers and the case would be solved soon. EMO was not even aware of patient in emergency ward: Probe Now, dept takes steps PATIENT’S DEATH House surgeon did not record road mishap victim’s condition properly, finds DC-led inquiry for smooth functioning of Civil Hospital ❝ Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 8 In what appears to be a sorry state of health services and callous approach of doctors and paramedical staff towards patients, the emergency medical officer (EMO) on duty was not even aware of the patient lying in the emergency ward at the Civil Hospital here. It has come to the fore during the probe into the death of a patient after falling off the stretcher at the Civil Hospital on August 27. The probe was conducted by a high-level committee, headed by Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik as its chairperson and Additional Deputy Commissioner Gautam Jain, SDM (East) Gursimran Singh Dhillon and Civil Surgeon Hatinder Kaur as members. The inquiry was ordered by Chief Secretary Anurag Verma while taking cognisance of the matter on August 29. The panel, in its 26-page probe report submitted to the Chief Secretary on September 4, has found serious lapses on the part of six hospital staffers, including two doctors, two staff nurses, a Class IV employee and an outsourced safai sewak. CS TO TAKE CALL We have sent the inquiry report to the Chief Secretary and have recommended that the report be forwarded to the administrative department for necessary disciplinary action as warranted by the probe SERIOUS LAPSE Dr Lovepreet Singh Gill, EMO, Dr Dhananjay, house surgeon, Amanpreet Kaur and Kuldeep Kaur, staff nurses, Manoj Kumar, Class IV employee, and Shankar Singh, outsourced safai sewak. SUPERVISORY LAPSE Dr Charan Kamal and Dr Amanpreet Kaur, nodal officers, Dr Sourav Singla, assistant nodal officer, Dr Sunaiya and Dr Loveleen Singh Lall, both house surgeons. BETTER MANAGEMENT Dr Ishan, PG resident ❞ Surabhi Malik, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FATEFUL TURN OF EVENTS AUGUST 27 6:12 pm: Unidentified patient of a roadside accident brought by 108 ambulance to the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital. 7:22 pm: Staff nurse Kuldeep Kaur, without orders of the doctor in-charge, asked ward attendant Manoj Kumar to shift the unidentified patient to the male ward of unidentified patients due to overcrowding of patients at the emergency ward. 7:36 pm: Staff nurse Amanpreet Kaur left the ward, without handing over the charge to the next staff nurse, who was supposed to report at 8 pm. 7:36 pm-8:14 pm: There was no staff nurse/ house surgeon/ doctor in-charge/ ward attendant in the male ward. It was during this time that the patient fell down from the stretcher. 8:14 pm: Staff nurse Saloni took charge of the ward and saw the patient lying on the floor. Safai sewak Shankar Singh also entered the ward followed by some unidentified mediaperson and showed him the body lying on the floor. Dr Loveleen Singh Lall, house surgeon, who was supposed to report at 8 pm, did not report, and rather telephonically asked Dr Baljeevan, house surgeon, to visit his ward on his behalf. 8:14 pm-8:41 pm: Staff nurse Saloni, assisted by Shankar, conducted CPR and ECG of a patient lying on the floor. 8:42 pm: Dr Baljeevan visited the male ward and declared the patient dead and directed to shift him to the mortuary. 9:17 pm: The unidentified patient’s body was brought out of male ward and shifted to the mortuary. SEPTEMBER 1 Autopsy of patient was conducted 2:30 pm: Cause of death attributed to haemorrhage and shock due to injuries described, which were antemortem and sufficient to cause death in ordinary course of nature. Viscera sent for alcohol estimation. ■ Nature of the weapon/ force was blunt force ■ Probable time between injury and death within a few hours and between death and postmortem examination is about four to five days. Besides, it has reported additional/supervisory lapses on the part of five other doctors and lack of better management/vigilance on the part of another doctor on duty at the hospital on the fateful day. The report, a copy of which is with The Tribune, submitted that Dr Lovepreet Singh Gill, EMO, was on duty from 2 pm to 8 pm on August 27 and was wholly responsible for proper treatment of patients. “As per the specially constituted medical board, a surprising fact was observed that Dr Lovepreet was not aware c m y b about the patients in the emergency ward,” it mentioned. The probe observed that the patients were coming in and shifted out of the emergency ward without the knowledge of the EMO. “Hence, it is clear that the EMO was not monitoring the emergency ward properly and SOPs of accident and emergency services were not adhered to strictly leading to several gaps in treatment at the emergency ward,” the panel noted. It also indicted Dr Dhananjay, house surgeon at the emergency ward, who did not record the general condition of the patient properly. He did not record the glasgow coma scale and pupillary reaction, which was required to assess the severity of the head injury at the time of admission. “Though CT scan was advised by Dr Dhananjay, effort was not made by him to get the same done on a priority basis,” the inquiry found, while reporting that Dr Dhananjay neither took surgical or orthopeadic consultation nor informed the consultants/EMO concerned on duty. The probe found that Dr Dhananjay did not follow-up the patient after he was shifted to the male ward of unidentified patients and no effort was made to trace the patient after he was shifted. “House surgeon/EMO are responsible for upkeep/treatment of all patients admitted to the emergency ward,” it continued on page 2 Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 8 District Health Department seems to have finally woken up from its deep slumber and now, efforts are being made for the smooth functioning of the Civil Hospital. Staff at the hospital are on their toes after the Chief Secretary took a strict view of the working of the institution in the light of the death of a patient after falling off a stretcher. Besides asking the Principal Secretary, Health, to take strict action against erring staff, he has also told him to analyse the complete set up and issue clear-cut guidelines/SOPs. In this regard, the inquiry committee that probed the incident has issued some recommendations. The Civil Surgeon has formed a committee and the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) has issued the guidelines. Senior Medical Officer, Dr Mandeep Kaur issuing guidelines to the staff of the hospital has issued strict guidelines to specialists doctors to visit hospital in the evening to take round of patients admitted under their HEALTH MINISTER TO VISIT TODAY Preparations are on in full swing and instructions have been issued to staff regarding the visit of Health Minister Balbir Singh to the Civil Hospital on Saturday. department and they would also be required to mark their attendance in registers. A duty roaster has been created to ensure that house surgeons are present in the ward 24x7. Roasters of house surgeons and DRP residents have been prepared again. Medicine Specialist Amanpreet Kaur and orthopaedic surgeon Saurav Singla had been given the responsibility to give training to the house surgeons regarding the standard operating procedures to be followed in wards, emergency and mortuary. Nursing sister Meena has been issued instructions that side railing beds should be given to unidentified patients so that there is no fear of them falling from the bed since nobody accompany them. continued on page 2
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