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Encroachers have a free run
Two cafés come up on GLADA land near Nehru Sidhant Kendra on Pakhowal Road
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has failed to take action against two cafés that have come up illegally on a land marked as a green/vacant space in the building plan of the market adjoining Nehru Sidhant Kendra on Pakhowal Road.

Both the illegal cafés, owned by well-connected persons, are located near the boundary wall of Nehru Sidhant Kendra.

A senior official of GLADA confirmed that both these cafés were on the government land.

Shivam Mahindru, owner of one of the cafés, denied of encroaching upon the government land. He, however, said as the renovation work was on at the second floor of the building opposite his café, he had sought permission from GLADA for operating the café on the ‘government’ land.

“We had started the café on December 27 last year and we had permission till January 15,” he claimed. But when reminded that it was already January 25 and the permission period was over, Mahindru said the café was running in losses and they were in the process to shift it. He also admitted that GLADA had issued a notice to him.

When contacted, Nishant Jairath, owner of another café, said his brother Sachin would be able to comment on the issue. When this correspondent tried to contact Sachin, the person answering the phone claimed that he was busy in a hospital as a family member was not well.

Violators will be taken to task

Rakesh Kumar Verma, chief administrator, GLADA, said encroachment, if any, would be removed from the government land. “I will direct officials to take action against the encroachers,” he claimed.


A2Z company adds to traffic congestion
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Limited has aggravated the woes of residents. The company's truck that collects garbage from different parts of the city, is parked in such a manner that the entire road gets blocked, hence stopping the flow of traffic.

Traffic congestion has been a major problem in the city and the private company has only worsen the situation.

The MC officials said they had written to the A2Z officials, asking them not to collect garbage during peak hours.

Whenever garbage is lifted from outside the Khalsa College for Women in Ghumar Mandi, the truck is parked in such a way that it blocks a large portion of the road, resulting in traffic jams.

They collect garbage in the morning when everyone is in a hurry to reach office.

When contacted, Amarjit Singh Sekhon, MC Joint Commissioner and in-charge of the civic body's health and sanitation branch, claimed that they had already shot off a letter to the officials of A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, directing them not to disrupt traffic while lifting garbage.

"Especially near educational institutions such as the Khalsa College for Women in Ghumar Mandi, the officials of A2Z have been asked not to collect garbage in the morning as well as in the afternoon. They have also been asked to remain cautious while lifting garbage so that the traffic is not affected," claimed Sekhon.



A kidnapping that wasn’t
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
A kidnapping call at the PCR took the city police for a ride today. The incident took place at 3 am when a resident called up at the police control room, stating that he had just witnessed a kidnapping incident outside West End Mall on Ferozepur Road. He said three men pushed a man inside a Toyota Innova and fled towards Ferozepur Road.

Following this, Sarabha Nagar SHO Mandeep Singh reached the spot and sent a police team to Mullahpur. Another team laid a naka on Ferozepur Road.

The Mullahpur police and Jagraon police were also alerted about the incident.

Even after a two-hour intensive search operation, the police failed to find a clue.

Exasperated SHO called the eyewitness who made a call at the police control room.

The caller said he did his duty by informing the police about the incident and did not know anything else.

Following which, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh asked the officers to scan the CCTV camera installed outside the shopping mall.

The three men, who were pushing a person inside the Toyota Innova, were caught on the camera. The vehicle number was traced and the police reached the house of the vehicle owner.

The owner said: "One of our friends refused to sit in the vehicle following an argument, so all of us decided to push him inside the vehicle and take him away from the shopping mall.

SHO Mandeep Singh said no one had been kidnapped.



Tableau depicts evil of female foeticide
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
To curb the alarming trend of illegal prenatal sex determination tests, female foeticide is among the themes adopted by the health department for the district-level Republic Day function to be held at SCD Government College, Ludhiana.

Students of Saraswati Nursing College will depict capabilities of women in different professions through the tableau on foeticide.

Navneet Singh, an artist of the district health department, said: "We have got huge iron frames fixed in the tableau. Each of these frames will represent girls as an IAS officer, an advocate, a doctor, a police officer and an Army officer. The aim behind this is to make people realise that women are no less than men in any field.

A six-year-old girl will placard reading "Bachpan vich rehna chauhandi haan , vaddi hon ton dardi haan." He further said couplet is from his poem on female foeticide.

This tableau is a brainchild of Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Kaushal Saini and Navneet Singh.



2 arrested with 16 kg of ‘ganja’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
In a major breakthrough, the city police has nabbed a father-son duo with 16 kg of ganja. The accused have been identified as Subhan Ansaran and his son Abdul Wahab Ansari. They were arrested from Bharti Colony in Samel Tabri this evening.

Dharampal, SHO of the Salem Tabri police station, said the accused were arrested following a tip-off. The duo had smuggled the contraband from the Nepal border. He said the contraband was to be sold to factory workers in the city.



Building bylaws
MC yet to act against violators
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
Civic officials are yet to act against building bylaw violators. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has issued challans under Sections 269 and 270 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, which means that the violations have to be demolished within three days. Yet, nothing has happened.

Information received under the RTI Act revealed that there were 160 complaints of non-compoundable violations registered from January 1, 1998, to February 9 last year. The maximum number of such violations exist in Zone B (558), followed by Zone D (360), Zone C (198) and Zone A (44).

In a complaint to the Principal Secretary, Local Government, city resident Rohit Sabharwal said the building branch of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation "allowed" such constructions in the city.

"These buildings have come up despite the fact that notices were issued and an FIR was registered. The authorities of the building branch have not acted beyond completing their paper work," alleged Sabharwal.

Whenever there is a violation, the authorities get an FIR lodged against the violator and challans are issued. "After this, an illegal portion must be razed.

A building should be allowed completion only after setting right a violation. Officials must be held accountable for not acting against non-compoundable violators. Merely issuing challans will not do", said Rohit Sabharwal.


Isha Kalia, MC Additional Commissioner and in-charge of the building branch, said she would look into the matter.



From schools
Patriotic fervour marks R-Day celebrations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The campus of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar, reverberated with patriotic slogans on the eve of Republic Day. Students of the primary section carried National Flags in their hands and also participated in an essay-writing competition.

Cherubs Preschool

Children, dressed in saffron, white and green, narrated stories of freedom fighters on the eve of Republic Day at Cherubs Preschool. Teachers apprised them of the importance of the day.

Bal Bharati Public School

Students of Bal Bharati Public School delivered speeches to spread awareness about fundamental rights and duties. They also sang and danced on patriotic songs.

DCM Presidency School

Students of DCM Presidency School presented a cultural programme consisting of patriotic songs, skits and speeches. The students highlighted the making of the Constitution.

Everest Public School

Children dressed as freedom fighters took part in a fancy dress competition during the Republic Day celebrations at Everest Public School. They also presented song and dance performances.

Guru Nanak Model School

Doraha: Students presented a patriotic song “Asi todiyan glami dyan kadiyan” at the Republic Day function. Principal DP Thakur motivated the students to be good citizens.



Youngsters can bring about a change: Deputy Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
National Voters' Day was celebrated at the Government College for Girls (GCG) today. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari presided over the function. He said India was the country of fair opportunities and asked students to be "serious and sincere" towards themselves, excel and contribute to society.

"By exercising the right to vote, the youth can bring about a change," he said.

Those who haven't got their voter cards made must contact booth-level officers.

In case they face any problem, they can contact the election registrar or election tehsildar.

A declamation contest was also held.

Most of the young voters were clueless when asked about the National Voters' Day. Although many agreed that voting was important, others said they did not cast a vote every time. Some students said they had not got their voters cards made. Some professed ignorance about how to get those made. When asked about the next elections, most of the students drew a blank. Raman, a student, said voting was futile as the country was not going to change. Another student said all the politicians were corrupt.



Police acts swiftly
Rescues abducted girl within three hours
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 25
The Khanna police has claimed to have rescued an abducted girl within three hours of the incident. The incident happened at Bhamaddi village near here. A youth, along with four accomplices, dragged the minor girl from a bus in broad day light. The accused has been identified as Sukhdeep Singh of Bhamaddi, while the victim is a resident of Kamma village.

The girl was on her way to a spinning mill in the morning, when the youth, who used to work with her at the mill, entered the bus and took her away on a motorcycle, said DSP Ranbir Singh.

The police traced the location of her mobile phone to Bahomajra village. The DSP said the accused left the girl at his aunt’s place at Bahomajra, from where she was rescued.

The police has registered a case under section 364 of the IPC against five persons including the four unidentified accomplices who hit the bus driver when he tried to identify the number of Sukhdeep’s motorcycle.



Six-yr-old’s murder
Raids on to nab accused
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The police conducted more raids in Jodhewal Basti to nab the accused, who raped and killed a six-year-old girl. Her body was dumped in a vacant plot at Ekta Nagar on Rahon Road. Sources said 40 persons were rounded up for questioning in the past three days, but the police had failed to get any clue.

The police is also scanning the closed circuit television cameras installed in Bal Singh Nagar from where the girl was kidnapped.

They are hopeful of getting a clue from the CCTV cameras installed outside houses in the area.

On January 12, the girl was abducted. The girl had gone to attend a function.

The police is also scanning the video of the function.

The victim's family and residents lambasted the police for failing to nab the accused. "My daughter was abducted raped and killed. Her body was dumped in a vacant plot, but still the police failed to arrest the accused," lamented the victim's mother.

Woman robbed of gold bangles

Three members of the notorious free ride gang today rob a woman of gold bangles at BRS Nagar today.

The gang offers lift to elderly women and later rob them of cash and jewellery.

In her complaint, Manjit Kaur, a resident of Gurdev Nagar, said she had gone to the Community Centre at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar for making an Aadhar card. On her way back home, three women in a car offered her a lift.

She sat at the rear seat. Suddenly, they stopped the car and asked her to get down.

After she alighted from the car, she realised that her gold bangles were missing.

She reported the matter to the police and got a case registered against the women.

Purse snatched

In yet another snatching incident, two motorcycle-borne youths fled with a purse, containing Rs 3,000 and a mobile phone, at Model Gram this evening.

The incident took place at 7 am when Ravinder Kaur, a resident of Friends Colony, Jalandhar, was returning to her brother's house in Model Gram.

Ravinder Kaur said two youths came from behind and snatched her purse. She raised the alarm, but the snatcher managed to flee. The incident took place barely a few metres away from the Kochar market police post.



Highway robbers flee with mini-truck
Posing as policemen, the miscreants asked the driver to show documents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
Three highway robbers posing as policemen fled with a mini-truck of a Pinjore-based fruit trader today. The incident took place this morning near Katani Chowk when Harnek Singh and Lal Prasad, employees of Hari Prasad, a fruit trader, were returning to Pinjore from Ludhiana.

Harnek Singh, who was driving the vehicle, said three men, who were travelling in a pick-up truck, intercepted their vehicle near Katani Chowk.

“They posed as policemen and told us that we were indulging in traffic violations. One of them asked us to show the documents of the vehicle. We alighted from the vehicle to show the documents. While one person started checking the documents, the other fled with our truck. The man who was checking the documents ran towards his vehicle and fled,” stated by Harnek Singh.

Besides the mini-truck, the robbers also took away two mobile phones and Rs 10,000 lying in the truck.

Head constable Kulwinder Singh said a case had been registered.



2 held for murder
Our Correspondent

Raikot, January 25
The police has arrested two persons for the murder of a youth of Lohatbaddi village whose body was recovered from a deserted place 10 days ago.

The accused, identified as Kuldeep Singh of Lohatbaddi and Nihang Satnam Singh of Kalian, were arrested from separate places yesterday evening.

The police said the victim, Jugraj Singh, was blackmailing Kuldeep Singh Puppy, manager of the JBC machine on which the victim worked as a helper.

Jugraj had allegedly made at least 19 calls to Puppy within two hours on the fateful day. During the conversation, the victim used derogatory language for the deceased sister of Puppy. Puppy invited Jugraj for a party and got him drunk, before killing him with a sword at a deserted place, the police said.

The police is yet to recover the weapon used in crime.



Court settles three rape cases in a day
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
The fast track court, set up for handling rape and dowry death cases, has decided three rape cases in a day. It has convicted two persons in two cases. In the first case, three accused were acquitted as the prosecutrix turned hostile and did not support the prosecution case.

The fast track court Judge, Mandeep Pannu (Additional Sessions Judge), has convicted Sant Singh, a resident of Bathu Chak village, Kathu Nangal, Amritsar, for raping a 12-year-old girl.

He was sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment.

A fine of Rs 11,000 was also imposed on him.

The accused was working in Gurdwara Chhapri Sahib.

In the second case, the court sentenced Jaswinder Kaur of Hazuri Bagh, Bhattian Bet, Ludhiana, to a seven-year imprisonment in a rape case. She had allegedly served a soft drink laced with sedatives to the girl.

A case under Sections 376, 506,120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at the Salem Tabri police station on March 3, 2007, following the statement of the victim.

In the third case, the court acquitted Pawan Kumar, Vicky Mahant and Baljinder Singh, all residents of Habibowal Kalan, Ludhiana, as the prosecutrix turned hostile. The accused were booked on October 15, 2011, for abducting a woman from the Rishi Nagar area of the city and raping her.



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