11042017-ATR-01.qxd 4/11/2017 12:36 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 11 APRIL 2017 | amritsar AMRITSARTRIBUNE HONOUR: 1,000 DEVOTEES FELICITATED PROCUREMENT: WHEAT YET TO ARRIVE FOR PERFORMING KAR SEWA IN MARKETS Þ PAGE 2 Þ PAGE 2 ROLE MODEL Shamata Anchan says women in our country are experts at multi-tasking. PAGE 4 Þ SUNNY 33° MAXIMUM 14° MINIMUM Gang of robbers busted; five arrested Amritsar, April 10 The Verka police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of five youths here today. Out of them, two were proclaimed offenders and wanted in robbery cases. Those arrested were identified as Vishal Dutt and Harpinder Singh, alias Hira, of Patti Kallu Wali in Verka; Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukh; Shubham Sharma and Surjit Singh, alias Sonu; of Deen Dyal Colony, Verka. They were booked under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC. The police have recov- The accused in police custody in Amritsar on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ered three mobile phones, a Chinese toy pistol, two stolen motorcycles and sharp weapons from their possession. Prabhjot Singh Virk, Assistant Commissioner of Police (East), said the accused were involved in Students pose for a groupfie on the Guru Nanak Dev University campus in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR ADCP visits crime spot, meets victim’s kin Amritsar, April 10 Two days after the murder of a local youth, Abhishek (23), Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP)-City-II Gautam Singhal, today visited the crime spot. He interacted with family members of the victim and took the eyewitnesses’ account. Meanwhile, raids were conducted at suspected hideouts of the accused in the case. The Cantonment police have arrested three persons till now. Sushil Kumar, SHO, Cantonment police station, said police teams conducted raids at various hideouts of the accused. Six accused were still absconding. The police had booked nine per- sons, including three women, in the case. Of them, three were arrested by the police yesterday. Abhishek was killed on Friday night when he tried to intervene and pacify the accused who were mercilessly beating Ashok Kumar of the Old Cantonment area. Ashok had borrowed Rs 50,000 from Lal Chand, the main accused, of the Old Cantonment area on interest and he had failed to return the same. Lal Chand and his accomplices had gone to his house asking him to return the money with interest. This had led to heated arguments and spat between them. The deceased was staying in the neighbourhood of Ashok, hence, the victim tried to sort out the matter. — TNS Poll hoardings yet to be removed from foot overbridges in city Overbridges have turned apt space for advertisement for political leaders Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News service Amritsar, April 10 Foot overbridges constructed over the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) corridor to facilitate movement of residents of the city have turned into an apt advertising space for political leaders as is evident from their large hoardings donning these places. The large hoardings have congratulatory messages for leaders who had won the recent Assembly elections in the state of which the results were announced on March 11. However, even after a month, these hoardings are still intact and nobody from the administration has ordered their removal. An official of the Municipal Corporation said: “Officials are still gauging the mood of political bosses. Stinking toilets at Ram Bagh inconvenience visitors YOUTHS TOOK TO CRIME TO LEAD LAVISH LIFESTYLE: ACP One for the album ABHISHEK MURDER CASE many robbery instances. They used to loot people near a canal at Verka. Ear- lier, they were arrested by the police on similar charges and recently released on bail. Vishal Dutt and Harpinder were declared proclaimed offenders by a local court, said Virk. He said the two seized motorcycles were stolen from near the Golden Temple and from Verka. Virk said the accused were brought on a police remand and their interrogation could lead to more recoveries. He said the accused used to loot people to afford a lavish lifestyle. They used to threaten residents with the help of a Chinese toy pistol. Huge haul of liquor seized, man held Tribune News Service Results of the Assembly poll in the state were announced on March 11. Even after a month, nobody from the MC ordered the removal of poll hoardings. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Unless and until a strong order for removal of illegal hoardings is issued by the authorities concerned, no official would dare to touch the illegal hoardings installed in the city.” Residents of the Putligarh area, where one such foot overbridge was covered with hoardings, said as these passages were covered, people, especially women, avoid using it. “Any miscreant can take advantage of the situation and rob passers-by, especially women,” said a resident of the area, Jagbir Singh. The residents said the foot overbridge was constructed to help people cross the road as there are no provisions for the same on the road as grills had been installed on both sides of the BRTS corridor. “To help advertisers, including political figures, to install their hoardings, the administration can order installation of new unipoles and ensure that no hoardings are installed on the foot overbridge,” said Kewal, another resident. Meanwhile, a senior MC official on condition of anonymity said: “Congratulatory political hoardings will be removed soon as they have already served their purpose. However, no such hoardings should be installed on foot overbridges in the future and the responsibility for the same should lie on the local bodies minister, who belongs to the city.” Prabhjot Singh Virk, Assistant Commissioner of Police (East), said the accused were involved in many robbery instances. In the past, they were arrested on similar charges and recently released on bail. The accused used to loot people to afford a lavish lifestyle. They used to threaten residents with the help of a Chinese toy pistol. Amritsar, April 10 The CIA staff have arrested a person from SAS Nagar for allegedly smuggling liquor. Identified as Pritpal Singh alias Bheem, a resident of Jangpura road in SAS Nagar, the accused was arrested on the basis of information received from members of a gang, who were arrested a few days ago for allegedly smuggling liquor in the city. The police have also seized 4,000 litres of alcohol smuggled from a distillery in Banur, SAS Nagar. The police, in a press release issued here today, said four persons — Kuldeep Singh, alias Sonu, Jarnail Singh, Hardeep Singh, alias Happy, and Satnam Singh, alias Sunny, — were arrested from the Amritsar-Jalandhar road on March 30 with 51 cans (1,734 litres) of liquor. DCP (investigation) Jagmohan Singh said Kuldeep Singh, during interrogation, gave information about the involvement of Pritpal in the illicit liquor trade. He was arrested yesterday, following which 4,000 litres of liquor that he had kept in a godown on Dayalpur road was seized. It was kept in 20 drums containing 200 litres each. Pritpal said there is a network of drivers who transport liquor illegally to various parts of the country. Interrogation of the accused is on, the DCP added. — TNS Newly built toilets remain locked most of the time Toilets installed months ago at the Ram Bagh lying non-functional in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 10 The Ram Bagh, popularly known as Company Garden, which houses the historic summer palace of legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, sans proper washrooms for visitors. The historic garden also houses the Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Panorama, which displays the life sketch of the Maharaja. A visitor, Narinder Singh, said: “Newly constructed toilets, located opposite the park, remain locked most of the time.” He said it irks visitors coming or exiting from the iron gate on Mall Road. These toilets were also conveniently accessible from the parking lot. Another visitor, Pushpinder Singh, said: “In case the main toilets are locked, then people have to walk all the way to the open toilets situated on the other part of the garden. The condition of both toilets is deplorable as stink emanates from these all the time.” Besides, leakage from broken water supply pipes also inconveniences people. As a result, people are passing urine on walls of toilets, which will cause damages to them, he said. Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said the MC handed over the Company Bagh for maintenance to the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT). “It is the duty of AIT to manage its infrastructure and provide amenities to people,” he said, adding that tomorrow he would ask the officials concerned to cross-check upkeep of the toilets. Don’t get disheartened: Khaira to AAP workers Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 10 Sukhpal Singh Khaira, AAP’s chief whip in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, has called upon party volunteers to maintain their links with the public as the party would have chances of victory in the next Assembly elections. He said: “There is no need to dishearten as AAP came out as the main opposition party in its first appearance in the state elections.” He said party leaders were keeping a close watch on the working of the Congress government in the state. The party would check whether promises made to people of the state had been delivered or not. In case the government does not honour its commitments made to people, then they would raise the issue among the public. AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira interacts with party workers in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Woman among two arrested for fraud Amritsar, April 10 The city police have arrested two persons, including a woman, accused of defrauding people on the pretext of providing them maid servants. They have been identified as Anita and Deepak. They used to advertise their business in newspapers and other mediums, such as social media, on the name of different agencies. When people contacted them, the accused used to take advance money for one year. Later, the maids they sent to the customers used to run away. The incident came to light when a local resident, Dr Parminder Singh Grover, hired a maid from an agency, Sonia Maid Bureau. A person along with a woman contacted him. The unidentified person made him sign a pact and took Rs 80,000 as advance for one year and went away. Later, the woman, after working for some hours, ran away from the house. He lodged a missing complaint with the police. Later, Dr Grover contacted another agency — Neha Maid Bureau — in January. This time, a person, who introduced himself as Deepak, turned up along with a woman, Nisha. He was again made to sign an agreement for one year. Later, she went missing. Following this, he tried to catch the swindlers. He took help of a relative and contacted the agency that had changed its name. When the same persons arrived at his house, he called the police. The police said the kingpin of the gang belonged to Delhi. The accused might have defrauded a number of people. — TNS
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