20032017-ATR-01.qxd 3/20/2017 12:25 AM Page 1 c m y b STYLE EXTRAVAGANZA Trend and tradition walked hand- inhand at the recently concluded Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017. MONDAY | 20 MARCH 2017| amritsar AMRITSARTRIBUNE HOPE: CAN MULTIPURPOSE SPORTS PARTITION: ‘AMAR KATHA’ BRINGS ALIVE STADIUM BE REVIVED BITTER MEMORIES Þ PAGE 2 Þ PAGE 2 SUNNY PAGE 4 28° MAXIMUM Man held for impersonation Seeking blessings Bollywood director Subhash Ghai pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. MINIMUM Another fraud case slapped against chit fund firm Tribune News Service ‘~10,000-CRORE SCAM’ Amritsar, March 19 Yet another fraud case has been slapped against managing director of Crown Credit Cooperative Society, a chit fund company. As many as 35 FIRs have been lodged against the company across the state till now. The city police have registered a complaint filed by four victims who had invested huge money in the company after they were allured by several persons of handsome returns. As many as 16 persons, including Jagjit Singh, MD, Crown Group of companies, have been booked in the present case registered under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120B of the IPC. Among others who were booked include Jagjit’s wife Gurmeet Kaur, his father Jasbir Singh, his brother Sukhwinder Hundreds of people had been duped by the company in the past two years. The victims had formed a sangharsh committee in Malwa to get all managers, directors and agents of the company booked and arrested. The committee had pegged the scam at over Rs 10,000 crore. Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 19 The Civil Lines police have arrested Onkar Singh of Kartar Nagar in the Chheharta area here for allegedly posing as a nambardar. The accused was nabbed following a tip-off and a case under Section 420, Indian Penal Code (IPC), has been registered against him. Investigating officer in the case Jagdish Singh said he was present at the Judicial Complex when he was informed that the accused, Onkar Singh, had prepared a fake identity card of a nambardar. The accused took money from people for getting bails during hearings. The police recovered a fake ID card from his possession. Þ 11° Singh, his wife Amandeep Kaur, all residents of Wadhawa Singh Colony, located on Kot Mit Singh, Tarn Taran road, Satpal Singh of Khandwala, Sangita Sharma of Rajinder Nagar, Amit Malhotra, his brother Sumit Malhotra, Gourav Khanna of Shiv Colony in Islamabad, Harjit Singh of East Mohan Nagar, Manjit Singh of Gobind Nagar on Sultanwind Road, Amrik Singh of Anteryami Colony, Mandeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh of Kot Atma Ram and Jaswinder Singh of Gobind Colony in Barnala. Indirjit Singh, Gurdial Singh, Hardev Singh, Surinder Pal Singh and Surjit Singh, all complainants, told the police that the accused had opened their office at Kot Mahna Singh on the Tarn Taran road and they had opened their branches in various cities of the state. They alleged that they lured innocent people by saying that they would get 3 per cent interest and double their investments in three years. The accused had duped around Rs 20.67 crore from them. Hundreds of people had been duped by the company in the past two years. The victims had formed a sangharsh committee in Malwa to get all managers, directors and agents of the company booked and arrested. The committee had pegged the scam at over Rs 10,000 crore. The previous case was registered in November 2016 by the crime branch after a special Investigating team was formed on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The police authorities said the recent case was registered following investigations carried by the economics offences wing of the Punjab Police. They said further investigations were under progress. Jagjit Singh and his several accomplices were nabbed by the Barnala police in September 2015. He later managed to get bail from the high court with a promise to return the amount. The police authorities said he was now on the run while further investigations were on. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Rein in rogue elements in Cong, Majithia tells Amarinder Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 19 A few days after the Congress assumed charge in the state, instances of political vendetta are on the rise. SAD general secretary Bikram Majithia today appealed to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to rein in rogue elements in the Congress in Majitha who were disrespecting people’s verdict and indulging in violence against Dalits. He said this while addressing a press conference here. Cong workers beat SAD supporters At Majitha, SAD supporters were allegedly beaten up by a group of Congress workers who damaged their autos and household items yesterday. Even after a lapse of 24 hours, no FIR was lodged and no action was initiated by the police, he alleged. Meanwhile, SSP (Rural) J SAD MLA Bikram Singh Majithia, along with his supporters, addresses the media in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Elanchezhian said: “My team visited the spot yesterday. The personnel concerned were told to register an FIR after recording the statements. We have no reservations and will go by the law.” Manjit Kaur, Dalit councillor from the Majitha Ward No 1 and a daily labourer, alleged that “the Congress was baffled by the fact that a majority of people from our community supported Bikram Majithia in the Assembly poll.” She alleged that all munici- pal council workers were being pressured to quit. Some of the accused had been identified as Balwinder Singh Binder, Rinku and Manjit Singh Kaka. “Congress workers led a murderous attack on me and my family leaving my eightyear-old son Amritpal and two other relatives Paramjit and Kulwinder injured. Paramjit has been admitted to a hospital, but the police had not bothered to record his statement,” she said. They sought intervention of Majithia, who approached the SSP (rural), but action in the matter was awaited. Majithia said the incident had sent across a message that Dalits were not safe from vendetta by Congress workers. He claimed that all MC councillors in Majitha were being pressured to resign. “The brutality of the attack can be gauged from the fact that a Dalit’s house was ransacked and her mini-carrier was damaged. This is nothing but frustration of the Congress. Even Rahul Gandhi who came to Majitha for the first time to campaign had failed to garner votes for his party candidate who lost by a margin of over 20,000 votes. I asked Capt Amarinder Singh to get his workers learn how to honour the people’s mandate, get a case registered against the guilty and compensate the loss suffered by the victims,” he said. Another thief arrested on Golden Temple premises Amritsar, March 19 Another thief has been arrested by the police on the Golden Temple premises while stealing a wallet of a devotee. The accused was identified as Harpreet Singh of the Kot Mit Singh area. Complainant Rajwinder Singh told the police that he was taking a dip in a holy sarovar near Dukh Bhanjni Beri, when the accused stole his wallet and tried to flee away. However, he saw him and raised an alarm. The devotees in the Parikarma caught hold of him and later handed him over to the SGPC task force. He was later handed over to the Galliara police chowki. Earlier this month, the police have arrested Gulbagh Singh of the Sultanwind road area for a similar crime. He was held while stealing a mobile phone of a devotee from Mansa. — TNS Shut operations in 24 hrs or face action, drug sellers told Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 19 In a first step towards fulfilling its promise to end drug menace in the state within four weeks, the state government issued warnings to drug sellers in border villages of Tarn Taran and Amritsar through public address systems at gurdwaras today. The drug sellers were asked to shut their operations within next 24 hours or face the music. In these warnings, village sarpanchs and other local leaders too were told to abstain from indulging in any recommendation for drug sellers if they are arrested. The announcements claimed that the local leaders would also face legal action if they try to influence police officials for helping arrested persons in such cases. In many of the villages in Tarn Taran, Khadoor Sahib, Patti, Attari and other constituencies, the announcements were made on behalf of area residents. It is a first-of-its-kind move by any of the governments to check the problem in the state. Residents of these villages feel that the move had given an impression that the government was serious in checking the drug menace. “If the political leadership is serious, there is no doubt that the issue can be checked within days. The drug sellers earlier seemed to enjoy political patron- age,” said Kashmir Singh of Daoke village. The residents, however, said the impact of the government action would be visible only after it starts arresting drug sellers. The warnings to sarpanches and local leaders could help in ending the political patronage of the drug dealers as they are the first to approach police stations or MLAs in support of such culprits. “If two or three sarpanchs go and meet an MLA in support of an arrested drug dealer, the latter used to oblige them fearing that the sarpanchs might oppose him in elections,” said another resident Harnam Singh Bua. c m y b Three booked for abetting youth’s suicide Amritsar, March 19 A day after a youth, identified as Lovepreet Singh, committed suicide by hanging with a ceiling fan, the Maqboolpura police today booked three persons on charges of abetment of suicide. Initially, the police had initiated action under Section 174 of the CrPC. Investigating officer Harjit Singh said now, a case under Section 306, IPC, had been registered after a video clipping had surfaced which the victim had made before taking the extreme step of ending his life. In the clipping, he named three persons Baljit Singh, alias Gorkha, Mannu and Nishan Singh responsible for the incident. Baldev Singh, grandfather of the deceased, told the police that his daughter Pinder Kaur (mother of the deceased) saw the mobile phone of Lovepreet. She stumbled upon a 46-second video made by the deceased before taking the extreme step. On the basis of it, the police had booked the accused on charges of abetment of suicide. They were yet to be arrested. Harjit said probe revealed that the accused used to work with the deceased in a same factory. “We have asked them to come tomorrow which would perhaps clear the things and we can find some clue,” he said. — TNS Khaira accuses CM of hobnobbing with Badal Says Capt ignored goof-ups; offered luxurious accommodation to latter Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 19 AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira has accused Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh of hobnobbing with former Chief Minister and SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal by offering him a luxurious accommodation and ignoring goofups during the 10-year regime of his government in the state. Addressing mediapersons here today, Khaira said: “By doing so Amarinder has overlooked misgovernance of the previous government in mining, transport, media and others sectors.” He said people did not expect it from the Congress government, as they had voted out the Akali-BJP alliance on these issues. “Instead of punishing leaders of the previous government, the incumbent regime has rewarded them under the garb of not pursuing vendetta politics,” he said. He said AAP would not have raised the issue in case the luxury accommodation was given to a “fakkad”(ascetic) leader. He said on the contrary, the Badals were financially sound enough to afford a luxury lifestyle. Sukhbir AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Singh Badal was raising a luxury residential accommodation on 1.5 acres in Sector 9 of Chandigarh. Responding to a query, Khaira said: “In case the government did not review its decision of allocating a luxurious house with top medical and other facilities to Badal, then his party would raise the issue in the forthcoming session of the Vidhan Sabha, starting from March 27.” He demanded institution of a probe committee to look into the alleged goofups in tinkering with the master plan of New Chandigarh, laying of six-lane road to the seven-star hotel of Sukhbir (raised in the vicinity of Chandigarh), mining, transport, media and other sectors carried out in the past 10 years of the SADBJP government. The firebrand AAP leader said the Chief Minister was showing magnanimity to Badal, a five-time Chief Minster of the state, but at the cost of the state exchequer. He did not hesitate in asking the SAD patriarch to show magnanimity by not accepting the facilities free of cost and pay its cost as per the market rate. He said a secret understanding between Amarinder and Badal could not be ruled out as the previous government had withdrawn a case of land scam in the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT), filed against Amarinder.
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