13092023-LT-01.qxd 13-09-2023 01:04 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune 150 POLICE PERSONNEL TO COUNSEL DRUG ADDICTS SUSHANT GOES SALT-N-PEPPER FOR TV SHOW SAVDHAAN INDIA SCOOP, KARISHMA TANNA NOMINATED FOR TOP HONOURS The Police Department has drafted an integrated programme to tackle drug menace in the region. P2 Actor Sushant Singh is all set to don a salt and pepper look in the new season of Savdhaan India. P3 Netflix show Scoopand its lead star Karishma nominated for Asia Contents Awards & Global OTT Awards 2023.P4 » » FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.35 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:09 AM » WEDNESDAY | 13 SEPTEMBER 2023 | LUDHIANA Blind murder case cracked, threebrutally killed on intervening nightat large8 arrested, one of September 7, Victim was Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 12 The Ludhiana police today claimed to have cracked the blind murder case of Anurag Pandey who was brutally killed in the Daba area a few days ago. The police arrested three suspects in the case. The trio have been identified as Deepak Kumar (24), alias Totti, of Shiv Colony in Sahnewal, Dhiraj Chauhan (22) of City Garden and Ajay Kumar (23) of Daba. One of the suspects, Suraj Thakur, alias Monu, is at large in the case. JCP (Rural) Jaskiranjit Singh Teja, ADCP Suhail Qasim Mir, ACP Sandeep Wadhera and Daba SHO Kulbir Singh addressed a press conference in this regard on Tuesday. On the intervening night of September 7 and 8, the suspects had killed the victim at New Azad Nagar. The police The suspects in police custody in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO said Vidhya Rani was returning home after participating in the Janamashtami celebrations at a temple. When she reached Dhandari, she saw some men brutally beating a youth. When she intervened to save the victim, the suspects told the woman that he had teased their relative and passed indecent comments at her due to which he had to bear the consequences. Afterwards, 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 ~2.48 crore recovered from ticketless travellers in Aug Kuldeep Bhatia declared him brought dead. Among the arrested suspects, Deepak had a criminal past as three cases, including snatching and under Arms Act and Excise Act, were registered against him by the Ludhiana police in recent years. The suspect is out on bail in these cases. 12-year-old boy dies by suicide Ludhiana, September 12 A 12-year-old boy, Rangoi, died by suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in Khanna on Monday night. The child was alone in the house. He hanged himself with a scarf from the fan. By the time the victim was taken off and brought to the Civil Hospital, he was dead. Rajju, the brother-in-law of the deceased, said his wife had brought her brother Rangoi to Khanna from UP on Raksha Bandhan as the latter was staying alone in UP after the death of their parents. His wife wanted to raise him here but unfortunately he took the extreme step. The police said no suicide note was recovered. Suspecting no foul play, the police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc and sent viscera to the forensic lab. — TNS Man booked for killing sister-in-law over domestic dispute at village Ludhiana, September 12 In a tragic incident at Jalanpur village in Samrala, a domestic dispute led to the murder of a woman by her brother-in-law on Tuesday. The motive behind the murder was said to be some dispute related to household expenses. The deceased has been identified as Karamjeet Kaur (40). The incident occurred when Karamjeet Kaur went to the roof of her house to hang clothes for drying and her brother-in-law (husband’s brother) attacked her with a knife from the rear. She was stabbed multiple times, resulting in her immediate death. Karamjeet ‘s husband Shamsher Singh said they were staying in a joint family with three brothers and there had been frequent domestic disputes in the house. On Tuesday, due to an some arguments, Karamjeet’s elder brother-in-law, Mohan Singh (55) committed her murder. After the incident, the police booked the suspect. The police said Mohan had premeditated the crime and brought a knife from outside. The attack on Karamjeet’s back and chest resulted in her demise. SI Pavitar Singh said a murder case was registered against the man. — TNS SMO lacked control, supervision over staff, management: Probe PATIENT’S DEATH Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 12 The Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of the Civil Hospital here lacked control and supervision over staff and management, a high-level probe has observed. The inquiry into the death of an unidentified patient at the hospital on August 27 was conducted by a panel, headed by Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik as its chairperson and comprising Additional Deputy Commissioner Gautam Jain, SDM (East) Gursimran Singh Dhillon and Civil Surgeon Hatinder Kaur as members. “The inquiry committee finds that the SMO should have stricter control and supervision over the staff and management, which is missing in the above incident,” the report has concluded. Dr Mandeep Sidhu was posted as the SMO in-charge of the hospital. The inquiry, ordered by Chief Secretary Anurag Verma while taking cognisance of the matter on August 29, had already reported additional/supervisory lapses on the part of five other doctors and lack of better manage- DC-led panel says SMO responsible for SOPs, patient care at Civil Hospital ment/ vigilance on the part of another doctor on duty at the hospital on the fateful day. “It is observed that the SMO in-charge is required to ensure that the management of the hospital and SOPs are duly followed in management of patients and required treatment be given to patients admitted to all wards,” the probe panel noted in its 26page report submitted to the Chief Secretary, a copy of which is with The Tribune. It also observed that duty rosters should not be casually maintained and implemented. “The late coming behaviour of doctors/ house surgeons also required handling with a firm hand as the lives of the patients are at stake,” the committee submitted. The panel recommended Principal Secy to visit hospital today Ludhiana, September 12 In the course of relentless drive against the menace of ticketless travelling, which caused a big drain on the revenue of the Indian Railways, ticket checking staff in the Firozepur Division caught as many as 28,358 persons travelling without proper and valid tickets on moving trains and at railway stations during August this year. Due fare and penalty of Rs 2.48 crore was recovered from the unauthorised travellers, which was 24 per cent more than the corresponding period last year. The ticket checking staff, which had the assigned duty of sanitary conditions of the rail- way stations and railway complexes, also booked 734 persons under provisions of the Anti-littering Act and effected a recovery of Rs 1.25 lakh as fine. Divisional Rail Manager San- Two die as SUV rams into tree New Janta Nagar residents get contaminated water Tribune News Service Many in Gobind Nagar, Durga Nagar areas raise issues of waterlogging during rainy days, clogged sewers Ludhiana, September 12 A speedy Scorpio rammed into a tree on the Jamalpur road on Tuesday evening, killing two persons and critically injuring one. The deceased have been identified as Gurmukh Singh (35) and Karamjit Singh (35), both residents of the Tajpur road area. The injured has been identified as Gaurav, also a resident of the area. As per information, victims were heading towards the Moti Nagar side when Karamjit, who was driving the SUV, lost control over the vehicle and it rammed into a tree. It hit the tree so hard that the SUV got badly damaged. Passers-by, who witnessed the incident, managed to take out the injured from the SUV and took them to a nearby hospital. Two were declared brought dead by doctors while one was undergoing treatment in a critical condition. People claimed that the SUV was being driven at a high speed which became the cause of the accident. A TTE checks tickets of travellers in a train. TRIBUNE PHOTO jay Sahu said the ticket checking drive would continue in the entire division on a regular basis and its objective was to deter passengers from travelling without valid tickets. WARD WATCH Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 12 Pressure is mounting on staff of the Civil Hospital as the Principal Secretary, Health, and the three- member committee formed to give SOPs to hospital staff will visit the hospital on Wednesday. The officials will be visiting in connnection with an incident occurred on August 27 in which a patient had died after falling off the stretcher at the hospital. Strict instructions have been given to the staff to come on duty on time and be particular about marking their attendance. Every effort is being made to present a rosy picture before the officials coming tomorrow. The staff’s experience during the visit of the Health Minister was not a pleasant one as the latter reprimanded them for their careless behaviour. Six docs tender resignation Unable to bear undue pressure and stressful work environment, six doctors have resigned from their posts which include a medicine specialist and five house surgeons. They have cited personal reasons behind quitting the job. ❝We have faced distress due to contaminated water supply. We urge the Municipal Corporation to provide clean drinking water to us. Moreover, it is also essential to upgrade the sewerage system to avoid blockages. — Manjit Singh, RESIDENT OF NEW JANTA NAGAR LUDHIANA ❝ Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 12 Gurdev Singh, residing in New Janta Nagar of Ward 38 (as designated in the 2018 ward delimitation), has expressed concern over instances of contaminated water supply to his residence and other houses in the neighbourhood. He said they recently received contaminated water. Furthermore, the water usually emitted a foul smell. He sought the provision of safe drinking water in their area. Some residents of street number 3 and a few nearby Manav Mander WHAT RESIDENTS SAY WARD NO 38 Residents of New Janta Nagar show bottles and a container filled with contaminated water in Ward No 38. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA localities of New Janta Nagar near Ittan Wala Chowk said the sewerage in the area remains blocked and when complaints were lodged, the municipal corporation gets sewers cleaned. However, the recurrence of sewerage blockages leads to contaminated water supply. It has raised suspicion that sewage may be polluting the water supply lines. A resident said: “If civic body officials still believe that there is no problem with the water supply, they can drink the tap water supplied to us. The sewerage system needs to be upgraded and cleaned on time to avoid any blockages. Old water supply pipes and connections must be replaced with new ones.” Following a complaint made by the residents around a week ago, MC personnel had started sewer cleaning and inspected the c m y b that leave of the staff should be sanctioned as per guidelines and substitutes should be arranged and posted before sanctioning leave applications by the competent authority. “The casual late coming behaviour should be strictly curbed and action should be taken against absentees or those arriving late for duty,” it asserted while advising that special cases should be taken so that the patient management was not compromised during the shift change over timings. Recommending improvement in the bedside manner, the inquiry report said the doctors as well as paramedical staff should be polite and empathetic towards the patients. “Rude and casual behaviour on the part of the treating team should be continued on page 2 ❞ The damaged section of ATI Road, where a substantial portion had caved in, should be re-carpeted. Furthermore, it is imperative that problems such as waterlogging and blocked sewers are addressed and resolved at the earliest. — Manmeet Singh, A BUSINESSMAN ❞ water supply line in street number 3 near Ittan Wala Chowk. However, the residents are seeking a permanent solution to these problems. Besides, potholes have emerged on some streets in New Janta Nagar. Furthermore, residents raised concerns about a significant portion of road that cavedin after an old sewerage line collapsed near Ittan Wala Chowk on ATI Road around two months ago. While the sewerage line was eventually repaired, no repairs have been undertaken to mend the damaged section of the road. In the nearby Durga Nagar locality, residents highlighted issues with rainwater accumulation and clogged sewers. Bhupinder Singh, a Durga Nagar resident, said they often face inconveniences during rainy days when a few streets A senior doctor from the hospital on condition of anonymity said the government was keeping unrealistic expectations with limited resources. “We are short of staff but doing our best to serve patients but it wants work beyond our capacity. If things continue to be the same, many more doctors will follow the suit,” he said. Assistant Civil Surgeon Vivek Kataria said no lapse in duty would be accepted and that had been made clear to staff. One specialist and three house surgeons have tendered their resignation. With the Civil Hospital coming under the scanner, efforts are being made to start works on all pending projects. The Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC) has been asked to complete the pending work of fire safety which is hanging fire for the past five years. The hospital has failed to receive the NOC from the Fire Department. The contractor has been told to finish the pending work as soon as possible and till then, the PHSC has been asked to make temporary arrangements for continued on page 2 Help decamps with valuables from house Tribune News Service in their vicinity become flooded due to rainwater accumulation. He alleged that sewer and road drainage systems were not cleaned promptly. When questioned about their water supply, he said they drink only purified water. Residents of Gobind Nagar expressed the need for sewer cleaning, which tends to get blocked after some time. Theylamented that streets were not cleaned regularly. They also highlighted the absence of a park in their area and waterlogging during rainy days. According to information, there is a lack of parks or green spaces in Ward 38. Former councillor Kuldeep Singh Bitta, who initially won the election as a Lok Insaaf Party candidate in 2018 but later joined the AAP , said several roads, such as ATI Road, and internal streets in ward colonies were either resurfaced or reconstructed during his tenure, till March 2023. Additionally, a new water tube well was installed in the ward. Ludhiana, September 12 A Nepalese domestic help served milk laced with some sedatives to a couple and after they became unconscious, she, along with her Serves milk laced with sedatives to couple before committing crime accomplice, committed a theft in a house at Urban Estate, Focal Point here. The suspects have been identified as Sasmita Rai of Nepal and an unidentified person. House owner Bhagwant Singh said recently they had employed Sasmita as a domestic help in the house. On September 8, his son and his family went to Bangkok. “On September 10, when I and my wife returned home after paying obeisance at a gurdwara, the domestic help. continued on page 2
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