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P4 » » SUNSET TUESDAY 6.27 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:13 AM » TUESDAY | 19 SEPTEMBER 2023 | LUDHIANA Family alleges torture by police after youth’s death Tribune News Service Juvenile among four held ~1,000-crore push to infra development in district in double murder case Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 18 Following the death of a 18year-old youth, his kin staged a protest outside the office of the Commissioner of Police demanding justice on Monday. The family accused the Meharban police of subjecting the youth to torture while in their custody. On the other hand, the police have refuted the allegations of the victim;s kin. The deceased has been identified as Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Basti Jodhewal. The protesters alleged that Jaspreet was tortured by police officials in custody, which led to deterioration of his health. He was subsequently rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The family members are demanding action against the police personnel who were responsible for the victim’s death. In the meantime, the his family has been told to provide consent for conducting the post-mortem examination to determine the true cause of the youngster’s death. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 18 The police claimed to have successfully solved a double murder case by apprehending four suspects. The deceased, identified as Gulshan Gupta (23) from New Gagan Nagar and his friend Rahul Singh (24) from Maya Nagar, had been missing since September 16. Their bodies were recovered from a drain on Monday. According to the police, the duo was brutally attacked with sharp weapons at a guest house near Hundal Chowk on Tajpur Road. Subsequently, their bodies were wrapped in blankets and discarded in a nearby drain. During a press conference held here today, Commissioner of Police (CP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu revealed that the arrested suspects had been identified as Amar Yadav, the main suspect, Abhishek Kumar and Aniket from Jeevan Nagar while one of the nabbed persons was a juvenile. According to the police, Rahul had engaged with a woman who had a friendship CP Mandeep Singh Sidhu addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN WHAT LED TO THE CRIME Rahul had engaged with a woman who had a friendship with Amar Yadav. When the former came to know about the friendship, he asked Amar to stay away from the woman. However, Amar insisted that he should end his engagement with her. Later, Amar had asked Rahul, along with Gulshan, to visit a guest house to settle the matter where the main suspect and his companions killed Rahul. Following this, they decided to kill Gulshan as they feared he might disclose the incident to the police. with suspect Amar Yadav. When Rahul came to know about the friendship between CASE SOLVED IN 16 HOURS, SAY POLICE The police claimed that they solved the case in 16 hours after getting the complaint. They seized a scooter near a garbage dump site, a sharp weapon, an iron rod and two mobiles from suspects. them through a social networking site, he confronted Amar and asked him to stay away from the woman. However, Amar insisted that he continued on page 2 Rly employee murdered after altercation 35-yr-old woman run over by bus Tribune News Service Cops at the crime scene in Railway Colony, Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN Ludhiana, September 18 On the intervening night between Sunday and Monday, a railway worker, Pardeep Kumar Dogra (30), was murdered near Railway Colony, here, by some miscreants. When some residents found the victim severely injured, he was rushed to the Civil Hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries later. According to information, Pardeep was sitting near a tea stall with some people. After an altercation, the suspects attacked SUSPECTS YET TO BE ARRESTED After an altercation, the suspects attacked the victim near a tea stall and fled the scene. The culprits had not been arrested so far. him and fled the scene. On getting information, the Division Number 5 police and the GRP became embroiled in a jurisdictional dispute. Later, the Division Number 5 police assumed responsibility for the investigation in the case. However, the culprits had not been arrested so far. One-time settlement policy fordefaulters of property tax Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 18 The state government has announced a one-time settlement (OTS) policy for property tax defaulters and issued a notification regarding the same. MC Commissioner Sandeep Rishi and a few AAP MLAs shared the information here on Monday. As per the norms, residents who have not paid property tax in the past were liable to pay 20 per cent penalty and 18 per cent annual interest on the pending tax. But under the OTS policy, the residents can now pay the pending tax in lump sum without penalty and interest by December 31, 2023. A 100 per cent penalty and interest waiver had been announced by the state government, Rishi said. MC officials said in case, the residents were not able to pay pending tax by December 31, 2023, in lump sum, they would be eligible for 50 per cent penalty and interest waiver on the payment of lump sum from January 1, 2024, to March 31, 2024. After March 31, 2024, the residents have to pay full penalty and interest on the pending tax, as per the norms. The legislators present at the MC office said the AAPled state government was working for the betterment of the state. Residents should take benefit of the policy and submit their pending tax without any penalty and interest by December 31, 2023. 10 per cent rebate for current financial year The MLAs and civic body officials said residents could also avail 10 per cent rebate on the payment of property tax for the current financial year (2023-24) till September 30. The officials said 10 per cent rebate was being given only on the payment of tax for the current financial year. c m y b Ludhiana, September 18 A woman lost her life at Jagraon bus stand yesterday after she got crushed under a bus. The unfortunate incident occurred when the victim, Gurdeep Kaur (35), of Bhutta village was going to board the bus. It is alleged that the vehicle ran over her due to the driver’s negligence. The critically injured victim was rushed to a hospital but she succumbed to her injuries. In response to a statement provided by kin of the woman, a case has been registered against the bus driver. — TNS Ludhiana, September 18 A whopping sum of Rs 1,000 crore has been approved to undertake infrastructure development in the district, the government has said. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has given nod to projects pertaining to augmentation of power supply worth Rs 459 crore, improvement in basic civic amenities at the cost of Rs 440 crore, upgrade of health services and enhanced security arrangements, costing Rs 100 crore. These major projects would be undertaken in different parts of the district, especially industrial areas, to benefit trade and industry. The demands to this effect were raised by Rajya Sabha MP Sanjeev Arora on behalf of local industrialists, at the Sarkar-Sanatkar Milni (government-industrialists’ meet) held here recently. While Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) would upgrade the power supply network at the cost of Rs 459 crore, the Local Government and Industries departments would undertake development works worth Rs 440 crore to improve the basic civic amenities in the state’s biggest and largest district, in terms of area and population. The upgrade of the ESI Hospital and dispensary would be also be undertaken by the Health and Police departments, respectively, at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore. The in-principle approvals to this effect have been accorded by the departments concerned on the directions of the Chief Minister. Arora told The Tribune here on Monday that all these works were aimed at improving the infrastructure required to boost the industrial development in Ludhiana, which was considered the hub of industry and trade in the North. He said the PSPCL would CM nod to ~459-cr power projects, ~440 cr for civic amenities, ~100 cr for health services, enhanced security to benefit industry RS MP Sanjeev Arora discusses demands with CM Bhagwant Mann during a government-industrialists’ meet in Ludhiana recently. INFRA BOOST DEPT PSPCL Local Govt Industries, PSIEC Health Police Total WORKS Sub-stations, grid stations, transformers STPs, ETP, fire station, concrete roads Concrete roads, boundary wall ESI hospital, dispensary upgrade 6 new police posts AMOUNT 459 414.76 25.23 90 10 998.99 (SOURCE: PUNJAB GOVERNMENT, AMOUNT IN RUPEES CRORE) install new 66-kV sub-stations at Dhanansu, STP Tib, ba Road, Pawa Road, Grain Market, Daresi, Focal Point Phase IV, Noorewal 2, Hawas, Ayali and Loharu. Besides, new 220-kV power supply sub-stations would come up at Dhanansu and Sherpur. The power utility has also been mandated to augment power supply transformers from 100 MVA to 160 MVA at the 220-kV substation in Dhandari Kalan and Sahnewal. Also, a new 400-kV grid substation would come up at Dhanansu, where a hi-tech cycle valley has been developed over 379 acres at the cost of Rs 500 crore with an aim to attracting new investors, not only from the country but also from overseas. “The upgraded power supply network was required for a long time and it would help provide uninterrupted supply to consumers, especially the industries, which were so far reeling under acute power shortage,” Arora said. He said the Local Government Department had been given the task to construct sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Jamalpur and Baloke, effluent treatment plants (ETPs) at Tajpur and Haibowal, new fire stations at Focal Point in Tajpur, and construction of roads with concrete pavements at Focal Points Phase I to III. “These projects, costing a sum of Rs 414.76 crore, would provide sewage treatment facilities, dedicated fire station and better road network to the industrial areas, which were so far bereft of these facilities,” the Rajya Sabha MP said. The MP said the Industries Department and the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) would construct roads with concrete pavement at Focal Points Phase V to VIII and the boundary wall at 15-acre pocket adjoining Central Jail on Tajpur Road here at the cost of Rs 25.23 crore. “These were also the long-pending continued on page 2
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