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MC deals a blow to school
Demolishes shops constructed on New High Senior Secondary School premises
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today demolished illegal shops and godowns constructed by the management of New High Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar.
Razed structures at New High Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, on Tuesday.
Razed structures at New High Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, on Tuesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

The illegal structures were razed amid protest by the school authorities and shopkeepers. The school authorities had indulged in the illegal change of land use by constructing nine shops and godowns on its premises, which were leased to shopkeepers of the Sarabha Nagar market, commonly known as Kipps Market.

The Sarabha Nagar market and the school building are separated by an eight feet road and it is convenient for the traders to carry out their business from both these places.

The school authorities and shopkeepers tried to disrupt the drive, but the MC team managed to raze illegal structures. The drive was led by assistant town planner Rajinder Sharma.

The school is located in the posh Sarabha Nagar locality.

The land was allotted to the school under a parental scheme. The scheme was developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, but later it was handed over to the municipal corporation.

ATP Rajinder Sharma said the land was allotted to a school and permission was not taken from the MC for the change of land use. “But the school authorities tried to carry out a commercial activity by constructing shops, which is illegal,” he said.

Sunil Maria, chairman of the school management committee, said: “It is a government unaided school. This is our property and we can use it in any way. We had constructed godowns on our own land and the MC has no authority over it. The officials didn’t send a notice before razing the shops. I will file a case against the MC officials and will claim for damages.” 

Tedious task

The MC team had to face a tough time when an earth-moving machine could not enter the congested road

A shopkeeper had constructed a full-fledged office in the shop and his staff was also present when the MC officials started the demolition drive

Some shopkeepers of the Sarabha Nagar market had taken shops on lease from the school authorities 


22 samples fail quality test
Fine ranging between Rs5,000 and Rs 50,000 imposed on traders
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Twenty-two samples of food items collected by the district health department in 2011-2012 failed the purity test. The authorities have imposed a fine ranging between Rs 5,000 and Rs 50,000 on the shopkeepers from whom the samples were collected.

District health officer Dr Avinash Kumar said: “Many samples were substandard and adulterated.”

Food safety officer Ravinder Garg said: “Adjudicating officer-cum-Additional-Deputy Commissioner (General), Ludhiana, Neeru Katyal delivered the decision for seven cases on February 19, for 10 cases on February 26 and for six cases on March 4.

Calcutta Kiryana Store, Pakhowal, was fined 
Rs 20,000 for selling adulterated Gopal brand mustard oil.

Rakesh Kumar, shop owner at Booteshah Mandi, was fined Rs 25,000 for selling adulterated Kailash brand mustard oil.

Manoj Bansal, a trader from Vishwakarma Mandi, was fined Rs 50,000 for selling Arjun brand mustard oil.

Manish Tiwari, a milk vendor on Chooharpur Road, was fined Rs 5,000 for selling substandard milk.

Darshan lal and Company, Booteshah Mandi, was penalised Rs 50,000 for selling adulterated Natraj brand mustard oil.

Sandeep Kumar of Universal Corporation Limited, was fined Rs 10,000 for selling misbranded biscuits.

Romi Dairy was fined Rs 5,000 for selling substandard milk.

Kashmir Kiryana Store in Ishwar Nagar was fined Rs 10,000 for selling substandard moong dal.

Hotel Aaditya was fined Rs 50,000 for selling tanddori chicken with synthetic food colours.

Thousands Spices Restaurant, GT Road, Khanna, was fined Rs 50,000.

Juice sample of Walia Fruit Juice, Ghumar Mandi, was found substandard. Sagar Kumar was fined Rs 5,000

New Basant Ice-Cream, Model Town Extension, fined Rs 25,000.

Suraj chhap zarda from Shubham Trading Company, Railway Road, was found misbranded. Vipan Kumar, owner of the shop, was fined Rs 10,000.

Gaazi mustard oil collected from YK Enterprises, Jawahar Nagar, was found misbranded. Proprietor Sunny was fined Rs 50,000.

Palmoline oil collected form Rakesh and Company, Lakkar Bazaar, was found misbranded. Aneesh Kumarwas fined Rs 50,000.

Mustard oil collected from Varun Kiryana Store, Issaru, Khanna, was found misbranded. A fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed.

Patisa collected from Shri Sham Patisa Factory, Jagraon, was found substandard. Owner Narinder Kumar was fined Rs 20,000

Kahmira packaged drinking water collected from Prem Kumar near Jalandhar bypass, was found substandard. A fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed.

Khoya collected from Satii Sweetshop, Jagraon, was found substandard. Owner was fined Rs 10,000.

Khoya from Daleep Sweets was found substandard. Owner Vijay Kumar was fined Rs 10,000. 



Former MLA’s son caught for power theft, fined Rs 19.5 lakh
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 5
In a stepped-up drive against power thefts, the enforcement wing of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has caught the son of a former BJP legislator, who was stealing electricity in his factory at Janakpuri.

A penalty of Rs 19.50 lakh has been imposed on him.

During a surprise check, the enforcement officials found that in addition to connected load, the consumer was drawing power through "kundi" connection to run a part of the machinery installed at the unit.

The PSPCL officials said the consumer had preferred an appeal against the demand for penalty, and depending upon its outcome, a case might also be registered against the factory owner at the anti-power theft police station.

The officials said energy meters of more than 7,000 consumers in different parts of the city were checked and 113 cases of power theft were detected. These included power theft by tempering with energy meter, bypass or "kundi" connection. A total penalty of Rs 56.67 lakh was imposed on the consumers.

In addition, 1,267 cases of wrong metering were detected and demand notices for a total penalty of Rs 35.64 lakh were issued to defaulters. Another eight cases of overload had come to light which attracted a penalty of around Rs 1 lakh while more than 650 consumers were booked for various other irregularities on whom a penalty of

Rs 49.77 lakh was slapped.

The field staff of the operations wing of the PSPCL has stepped up the drive against consumers who default in the payment of electricity bills as the current financial year is about to end. Different divisions of the power utility had disconnected power supply to more than 300 consumers in the city during the past fortnight for their failure to pay energy bills.



Civic body receives 40 complaints on first day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation received an overwhelming response on the first day of the launch of LMC CRAMAT Android application. More than 400 residents registered themselves with the application and the MC received 40 complaints related to potholed roads, overflowing sewage, besides others.

The Android application — LMC CRAMAT (Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Citizens Reporting and Mapping Tool) — was launched by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria yesterday. Using this application, residents can file their complaints from phone.

The 10 categories under which the complaints can be filed include streetlights, water supply and sewerage, roads, sanitation, tehbazaari, encroachments, horticulture, unauthorised construction, illegal advertisements or boards or hoardings and the city bus service.

Officiating MC Commissioner Isha Kalia said the complaints would be analysed and would be forwarded to the departments concerned.

MC sources said most of the complaints were related to roads full of potholes, overflowing sewage and garbage strewn on streets. “The MC did not expect such a response on the first day. The complaints are saved on the server, but the developer is in the process of formulating a programme through which the complaints in the form of SMSes as well as emails will be forwarded to the official concerned,” said an official. 



Gang of swindlers on prowl 
Promised Rs 25 lakh jackpot, 47-yr-old man duped
 of Rs 31,000

Tribune News Service

Ashok Kumar shows the receipt of cash that he deposited in a bank.
Ashok Kumar shows the receipt of cash that he deposited in a bank. Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

Ludhiana, March 5
An employee of the Red Cross Society was duped of Rs 31,000 by a gang of swindlers on the pretext of promising him a jackpot of Rs 25 lakh.

The victim, 47-year-old Ashok Kumar, said: "On February 28, I received a call from a person ((923354791969), who introduced himself as Vijay Kumar. He asked me to cross-check my SIM card number and he would call again. After some time, he called again and told me that I was among the lucky winners who have won a jackpot of Rs 25 lakh. My joy knew no bounds. Vijay told me to deposit Rs 16,100 in ICICI Bank, Feroze Gandhi Market branch, in the account of Parmod Kr Jain (AC No 157301500752)."

On March 2, he deposited Rs 16,100 in the bank. “I received a call from Rajbir Singh (923351606146), who claimed himself to the MD of KBC Game Show. Rajbir Singh gave me another bank account number, this time of one Paltan Manna, and told me to deposit Rs 15,000. I came to know about the fraud when another man, who identified himself as Vishal Choudhary, asked me to deposit Rs 28,000. When I refused, Choudhary told me that I would not get Rs 25 lakh if I failed to deposit the money,” said the victim.

The victim reported the matter to the police. "I am feeling embarrassed. I am a heart patient," lamented Ashok Kumar, who borrowed the money from his brother-in-law to deposit the same in the account of swindlers. 



Rape allegations: ADCP-III dragged into controversy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The family members of an aspiring model, who levelled rape allegations against Punjabi singer Nachatter Gill and three others, today dragged ADCP-III Joginder Singh Gollu into the controversy.
They alleged that ADCP-III was threatening them.

"The ADCP, however, was not a part of investigations, but visited the victim's house and told the girl to effect a compromise with the singer and others," said the model's family.

Joginder Singh refuted the allegation.

"I had gone there but I did not threaten anyone. I just asked the girl why didn't she disclose the matter to anyone in the past seven years. She had visited Singapore with the singer and others and it is strange that did not say anything before. I have nothing to do with the case as a team of two officers, including a woman IPS officer, is already probing the matter," said Joginder Singh.

It is not the first time that the ADCP has courted controversy. Last year, he was under Election Commission's scanner for his proximity to Badal family.

Later, during the day Punjabi singer Nachatter Gill, arrived at the office of ACP (West) Gurpreet Purewal at Sarabha Nagar this evening.

The singer's visit was kept under wraps. The singer, who was scheduled to arrive in the morning, came to the office of the ACP in the evening, along with his friend and fellow singer Inderjit Nikku.

ADCP-I Nilambari Jagdale reportedly snubbed Gill for hindering the course of probe and not cooperating with the police.

The victim and her family members were also called at the police station.

The questioning lasted for nearly three hours. Gill narrated his side of story while the victim was also called for stating the events.

The two were cross-examined.

ADCP-I Nilambri Jagdale tried to play down the controversy and said,"I will prepare a report after discussing the matter with the Commissioner of Police and action will be taken accordingly." 



Girls challaned for traffic violations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Earlier, the police used to lay a naka outside the Khalsa College for Girls to keep roadside Romeos and traffic violators at bay, but today it was the turn of girls to face the ire of the police.

Eight newly recruited policewomen laid a naka outside the college following complaints that girl students, too, indulged in traffic violations.

The girls, who were riding scooters with their faces covered, were stopped by the police officers.

It was learnt that policemen did not challan girls for traffic violations.

But the newly recruited policewomen are keeping a tab on such violators.

"Driving without a helmet and taking a call while riding a scooter were some of the common offences committed by girls. Some parked vehicles haphazardly. Traffic violations will not be tolerated," said traffic Inspector Buland Singh.

Boys roaming outside the college were also challened.

"A majority of policewomen did not have the exposure of laying a naka and carrying out a challan drive. Such drives will instill confidence among them," quipped an officer who was leading the police team during the naka. 



Now, file VAT-15 returns by March 15
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The last date for filing VAT 15 quarterly returns has been extended as many dealers were unsuccessful in uploading their returns due to server problems.
Today was the last day for filing the quarterly returns, but much to the relief of the dealers, the date was extended till March 15.

Online filing of the quarterly returns has been made mandatory from October-December.

"The department is not prepared for the new system. Ground work should have been done by the department before making it compulsory for the public," said Jatinder Khurana, taxation lawyer. A dealer, Harish Khanna, said whenever he tried to upload the return, "submission error" came on screen. "It took me nearly an hour to complete the return and when I uploaded the same, the server did not upload it," he lamented.

"Although I have created a new password for the submission of the return, the system is not accepting it and a message "contact the admin" is flashed the screen. When will the system become hassle-free?" asked Gaurav Rai, another businessman.

Ravinder Singh, another dealer, said he tried to upload the return today but the server did not respond," he stated. 



11 students caught copying
Examination superintendent, supervisors relieved from duty
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 5
During a raid, as many as 11 students were caught copying during the ongoing Class XII examination of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) at Lahore Khalsa Senior Secondary School for Boys here today.

The raid was reportedly conducted following several complaints. Karamjit Singh, who led the three-member team that conducted the raid, said: "Taking notice of these complaints we conducted a surprise raid and were shocked to see many students copying openly during the examination. Some of the students were using pocket books for copying. We have seized these books.”

The team reported the matter to the Director General of School Education, Chandigarh, who further directed the District Education Officer (Secondary), Ludhiana, to visit the school and take an appropriate action against students involved in copying.

Following this, DEO, Ludhiana, Paramjit Kaur Chahal reached the examination centre.

Chahal said cases have been prepared against the 11 students caught during the examination. Besides this, examination centre superintendent Kamaljit Singh and two supervisors, including Sukhwinder Singh and Rakesh Kumar, were relieved from their duties for negligence.

Examination centre superintendent Kamaljit Singh said he was not aware of students copying during the examination. “There were 234 students who appeared for today's paper. The students who were found copying might have hidden the pocket books and other copying material in their undergarments. A majority of the students entered the examination centre just before the beginning of the examination and it was not possible for us to check them," he said.

The flying squad also conducted a raid at Sanmati Vimal Jain Senior Secondary School. Karamjit Singh said the team did not find any student copying during the examination, but students were making a lot of noise. “We also saw two teachers on the examination duty chatting outside the examination centre. We have sent a report regarding this to the higher authorities,” he said. Examination centre superintendent Jagdish Pal claimed students were writing the paper calmly. 



18-yr-old ends life
Tribune news service

ludhiana, march 5
Raj Kumar (18) committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence in the Daba area today.

Raj Kumar was working in a cycle manufacturing unit. For the past few days, he had not been going to the factory. His relatives said he was under depression after being "dumped" by a girl.

Body found

The body of a 25-year-old youth was found from the banks of Sutlej village today. The youth had gone missing yesterday.

The deceased was identified as Anil Kumar, a resident of Jagatpuri.

When he did not return home, his parents reported the matter to the police.

The local residents spotted the victim's body and reported the matter to the police. The police said the victim had suffered a serious head injury.



Unattended briefcase: Police caught off-guard
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Panic gripped the Old Session Chowk area when residents spotted an unattended briefcase outside Nav Bharti School.

Deepak Kumar, a railway employee who called the police control number, said the police took 21 minutes to reach the spot.

Upon the reaching spot around 7.30 pm, the police cordoned off the area. On opening the briefcase, some cloths were found in it.

Bystanders said the police personnel neither used a metal detector nor wore protective gear before opening the briefcase.

"They were using a pen to open the bag. They did not use any safety equipment," said Akshay Oswal, 
who was accompanying Deepak Kumar.

Residences of Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh and other police officers are located a few meters away from the spot.



Punjab govt should ensure minimum wages: CPM leader
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
Politburo member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Brinda Karat today criticised the Punjab government for failing to ensure minimum wages 
to workers.

Karat was addressing a rally after leading the "sangharsh sandesh jatha" of the party to Chatar Singh Park in the city.

"The government ought to scrupulously implement the Minimum Wages Act, and at the same time take effective steps to improve the lot of Punjab farmers who are being crushed under the burden of ever increasing debt, or else the party will launch a mass agitation," she said.

Karat also made a scathing attack on the Congress and the BJP, accusing both the parties of looting the masses.

She also reiterated her party's demand for an early enactment of the Food Security Bill.



Rework on unit price: DC to MC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, who is also the chairman of the Unit Value Committee (for property tax), has asked the civic body officials to work on the unit price of the revised zones.

He said he did not want the common man to bear the brunt of "exorbitant" market value of the land.

After studying the areas that fall in various zones and the rates that have been "proposed" to be fixed by him, the DC felt that the proposed rates were high and even the zoning of many areas was incomplete.

He sent back the files to the MC officials.

To streamline everything, Tiwari has asked both the MC and Deputy Director, Local Bodies, to re-fix another meeting on March 11 at his office and all the committee members, including political representatives, should be recalled to discuss and fix the unit prices, keeping in mind the interest of the common man.

"I had deliberately not announced the rates as I wanted to go through the files sent to me by the Municipal Corporation/Committees. On February 28, the proposed rates were discussed. We expect that the unit prices, in view of the new exercise based on the weighted market price, are expected to fall at least up to Rs 30,000 for the higher zones and at least up to Rs 10, 000 for the lower zones in corporation area and proportionately in a similar manner in the 10 municipal committees of the district," said Tiwari.

The unit value fixation meeting of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as well as for the 10 municipal committees of Ludhiana district was held on February 28. However, political representatives of the unit value fixation committee did not attend the meeting with the argument that zoning was not proper and till zoning was done properly, the unit value should not be fixed.

Congress councillor Parminder Mehta said the municipal corporation did not take the task seriously. They did not make the necessary corrections. "Now that the chairman of the committee has called another meeting, we hope that things will be streamlined and genuine rates will be implemented for the zones," said Mehta.



10,000 aspirants vie for 74 Army posts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
As many as 10,000 youngsters vied for 74 posts during a recruitment rally conducted on the Army compound near Jagroan Bridge here today.

The drive was conducted to fill 70 posts of soldier, three of clerk and one of cook.

Colonel RN Sharma, commanding officer of the recruitment rally, said aspirants from Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, Delhi and Haryana took part on the first day.

"The physical fitness test of aspirants from Punjab will be conducted tomorrow," he said.



26-year-old hangs herself to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
A 26-year-old newlywed woman, who was allegedly being harassed for dowry by her sister-in-law, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her husband's house in Green Avenue at Daad village.

The deceased was identified as Puja, a resident of Patti village in Tarn Taran district.

She had tied the knot with Maninder Singh four months ago.

Puja left a suicide note stating that she was being harassed by her sister-in-law Surinder Kaur for dowry.

While the police has apprehended Puja's husband Maninder Singh, her sister-in-law is yet to be arrested.

The incident took place this afternoon when Puja called up her sister Geeta and told her that she was committing suicide as her sister-in-law was torturing her.

After speaking to Geeta, Puja switched off the phone and reportedly committed suicide, said victim's relative.

The victim's mother, Sukhwinder Kaur, said, "When we went there, Maninder told us that our daughter had committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan."

It was learnt that the victim's sister-in-law had recently manhandled Puja's mother who visited the house to resolve the issue.

Surinder Kaur (35) is a divorcee and Maninder Singh works at the DTO office.

Sadar SHO Amandeep Brar said the police had sent the body to the Civil Hospital for an autopsy.



Affected landowners lock horns with administration
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 5
After the acquisition of cultivated land for the construction of a new grain market on Jagera Road, the affected landowners have locked horns with the administration.

They refused to accept cheques for Rs 20,78,03,153 and announced the launch of a struggle to get their due.

Led by former chairman of the market committee Amrik Singh Jandali, over 100 landowners, mostly farmers, accused the officials of keeping them in the dark during the evaluation of the land earmarked for the grain market.

"Though we were made to understand that we will be paid the market value of our prime land along with the compensation and interest there of, the government is trying to grab our bread and butter at a meager price of Rs 53 lakh per acre," said the farmers.

Justifying the action, controller, land acquisition, Punjab Mandi Board, Daljit Singh, who headed the high-power committee that took possession of the land, said the price and compensation had been calculated in consultation with representatives of various social and political organisations.

Singh said as a goodwill gesture farmers would be allowed to harvest the standing crop.

The administration had started the process of selecting and acquiring land for the grain market for which the foundation stone was laid by the then mandi board chairman, Sukhwinder Singh Sarkaria, along with former parliamentary secretary Razia Sultana on December 26, 2006.

As the move initiated during the Congress regime had proved futile, SAD legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan impressed upon the Chief Minister to appoint a new committee for the purpose.

Delay in the construction has emerged as a major issue among commission agents and farmers of the area.

The commission agents have been forced to hire plots to procure paddy during every season. Besides hitting their profits due to the rent, they suffered owing to the low quality of produce.

Farmers also suffered loss due to the deduction in prices owing to a quality degradation and higher moisture content.



DGSE issues instructions to teachers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The Director General of School Education (DGSE) has directed teachers on the Class XII board examination duty to report to their parent organisation when not supervising or invigilating at the examination centres on any particular day.

It has been made mandatory for teachers to mark their attendance in the attendance register of the school. The DGSE has also asked the department officials to randomly check these registers.

"In the absence of any strict action against defaulters, teachers do not go to their respective schools and give an impression that they are performing the examination duty,” said a senior schoolteacher. 



Debris still dot roads
Demolition drive was carried out in Jawahar Nagar Camp a week ago
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Even as encroachments from Jawahar Nagar Camp were removed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation almost a week ago, the debris still dot roads. It is learnt that the MC staff, that was deputed to carry out the work, was not adequate in comparison to the extent in which the massive demolition drive was carried out in the area.

Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the MC had carried out a three-day demolition drive from February 26 to 28 in Jawahar Nagar Camp. More than 400 encroachments, including toilets, were demolished during the drive.

"As the civic body has not got the debris cleared, it becomes difficult for us to commute on the roads in the area," lamented an area resident. After the area residents as well as some political leaders complained about the debris lying in the area, the MC sprung into action and pressed into service a ditch machine along with a truck to clear the area. But soon the MC officials realised that one ditch machine and a truck would be insufficient.

That is why, the area councillor brought the matter to the notice of Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, who ordered that additional manpower and machines should be deployed to clear the debris. "I have asked my staff to clear the debris at the earliest," claimed the Mayor.



35-year-old woman dies of burns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
A 35-year-old woman, who suffered serious burn injuries on February 20, and was undergoing treatment at the CMC Hospital, succumbed to her injuries today.

Minakshi (35) suffered the burns after a fire broke out at her residence in Kot Mangal Singh. 
Her husband and daughter had a providential escape.
The cause of the fire is still not known. Minakshi was rushed to a hospital with 80 per cent burns.

Her neighbour rushed her to the hospital. 



Encroachments removed from Sarabha Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s tehbazaari wing today carried out an anti-encroachment drive in the Sarabha Nagar market, known as Kipps market. Considered one of the posh markets of the city, the area is full of encroachments, with a large number of shopkeepers illegally encroaching upon land in front of their shops.

Though the MC officials have been "successfully" carrying out anti-encroachment drives in different parts of the city, it seems that when it comes to the Sarabha Nagar market, the MC officials are either helpless or close their eyes for reasons best known to them.

The situation is such that the passageways in the posh market have been encroached upon, an adjoining park is being used for commercial purpose and several illegal rehris and farhis are a common sight in the market.

In the evening, the situation goes from bad to worse when stalls selling eatables come up on the passage. Not only this, but even two illegal shops have come up opposite the main market.

MC officials admit that the violations have been prevailing in the market for several years, but they are not able to take any action against the violators due to alleged political interference.

The market is one of the most happening paces in the city and it is often termed as the "Sector 17" of Ludhiana. Apart from illegal commercial activity, even parking in the area is a major problem for the residents living in adjoining blocks. Most of the shopkeepers in the market have allowed either a rehri, farhi or some other illegal commercial activity in front of their shops and even the electricity connection is provided by the shopkeepers.

An MC team led by tehbazaari superintendent Naveen Malhotra removed the encroachments today. “Tables, boards and chairs were confiscated. We will continue the drive till all the encroachments are removed,” he claimed.

The officials also removed encroachments from near Mall Road and Domoria Bridge.



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