The Hush Post: Ludhiana deputy commissioner Pradeep Agrawal has marked an inquiry against two Ludhiana-based industrialists after a video of the duo dumping sacks of black material in First Patiala Feeder Canal in Doraha went viral on social media.
The duo identified as Rajeev Jain and Sanjeev Jain, both residents of Aggar Nagar, run a cycle parts factory in Focal Point.
“The accused claimed that the substance it dumped was ash, but we will initiate a probe to know if they dumped factory waste in the canal. We will check their factory too,” said the DC.
The inquiry was marked to the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and the canal department on Sunday after the video went viral.
Probably the man who recorded the video can be seen asking the duo why they were polluting the water. In response, the accused seems to be saying, ‘Tu koi commissioner nahi lagga puchhan layi (Why are you so concerned, weren’t answerable to you)’.
After public pressure and a probe was ordered the accused said they wrote an apology to the PPCB and claimed that the black material which they dumped in the canal was ‘raakh’ (ash) of ‘Hawan Samagri’, which the priest had asked them to dispose off in the running water.
GS Gill, environmental engineer, Ludhiana PPCB said they had contacted Rajeev Jain and Sanjeev Jain over the issue. “If it was not industrial waste, the department cannot take action against them, but we will write to the canal department to initiate action,” Gill was quoted as saying in The Hindustan Times.
However, there are those who say that it cannot be a Hawan Samagri. The water had turned black immediately which raises the doubt that the dumped material was some chemical substance.
After pollution in the Beas river was reported recently in Himachal, this is being seen as a major polluting act in the city.