14042017-ATR-01.qxd 4/14/2017 12:02 AM Page 1 FRIDAY | 14 APRIL 2017| amritsar IT’S A STAR-STUDDED AFFAIR Honoring outstanding talent across genres, Colors channel celebrated its 5th Golden Petal Awards at a star-studded event on Wednesday. AMRITSARTRIBUNE ABHISHEK MURDER CASE: KIN PROTEST OUTSIDE MLA’S RESIDENCE OF AIDED SCHOOLS MOSTLY SUNNY EDUCATION: UNION SEEKS MERGER Þ PAGE 2 Þ PAGE 2 37° MAXIMUM PAGE 4 Þ 18° MINIMUM Zila Parishad chairman, driver charged under various sections SUV HORROR Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 13 The Amritsar rural police have slapped culpable homicide not amounting to murder and attempt to culpable homicide charges against the driver of the SUV that had mowed down four children besides two persons selling eatables at Dashmesh Nagar village on the Mehta-Jandiala road here yesterday. He was identified as Harbhajan Singh of Anngarh. The police have also booked SAD leader and the owner of the vehicle, Jail Singh, who is chairman of the Amritsar Zila Parishad. He was also travelling in the vehicle. Eyewitnesses found a half-emptied bottle of liquor from the vehicle. They also alleged that the driver was in heavily drunk due to which he lost control of the SUV, driving at a very high speed and ran over the four children and two adults. They were identified as Gurinder Singh (8), his brother Palwinder Singh (13), Joban Singh (10), Gurpreet Singh (12), Ramesh Kumar (48) of Chawinda Devi village and Bablu of Jandiala. Ramesh Kumar originally hailed from Fatehabad in Haryana. Police authorities said a case under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpa- ble homicide), 34 and 427 of the Indian Penal Code was registered. J Elanchezian, SSP, Amritsar rural, said while Harbhajan Singh had been arrested, the role of Amritsar Zila Parishad chairman, Jail Singh, who was the owner of the vehicle and was travelling in it during the accident, was being verified. “We have nominated him in the case. If he is also found guilty in the case, he will be arrested ❝ While Harbhajan Singh has been arrested, the role of Amritsar Zila Parishad chairman, Jail Singh, who is the owner of the vehicle and was travelling in it at the time of the accident, is being verified❞ — J ELANCHEZIAN, SSP, AMRITSAR RURAL during the future course of investigation. We have asked him to join the probe,” he added. When asked whether the driver was drunk or not, he said the report of his med- ical examination was yet to come. He said the Civil Hospital authorities had sent his blood sample to the forensic lab at Patiala. Meanwhile, the bodies of the deceased were handed over to the family members, respectively, after a postmortem examination. The deceased were cremated at their native villages. The SSP Amritsar rural police, , besides other administrative and police officials were also present during the cremation. Ethereal effulgence Three snatchers nabbed by Sultanwind police Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 13 The Sultanwind police have arrested three youths for allegedly being involved in snatchings and robberies. The police recovered four mobile phones and a motorcycle without a number plate from their possession. Those arrested were identified as Tehal Singh of Ranjhe Di Haveli, Ravinder Singh of Tarn Taran Road and Simarjit Singh of Ranjhe Di Haveli. A case under Sections 379-B, 379 and 411 IPC has been registered against them. Neeraj Kumar, SHO, Sultanwind police station, said the accused were nabbed during a naka put up out- An illuminated Golden Temple on Baisakhi; and (right) fireworks add lustre to the holy shrine in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR DOUBLE MURDER CASE Deceased’s family alleges police inaction Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 13 The family members of Harjinder Kaur, who along with her daughter was brutally killed by her husband, today accused the Amritsar rural police of inaction in the case. They alleged that the police let off some of the accused in the case during probe. The police had booked five persons including two women in connection with the brutal murder, following a complaint lodged by Baldev Singh, the brother of the deceased. On the intervening night of April 2-3, Balwinder Singh killed Harjinder Kaur and his daughter Amandeep Kaur, as they had refused to marry a boy, whom he had chosen for his daughter. The incident occurred at Maga Sarai village, falling under the Kathunangal police station here. “How come the four coaccused in the double murder case have been acquitted of the charges within four days of inquiry,” said Baldev Singh, the brother of the deceased. He alleged that one of the accused, Kashmir Singh, the brother of the prime culprit, Balwinder Singh, is a retired cop. The family members of Harjinder Kaur pointed a finger at the then Deputy On the intervening night of April 2-3, Balwinder Singh killed Harjinder Kaur and his daughter Amandeep Kaur, as they had refused to marry a boy, whom he had chosen for his daughter x Superintendent of Police (DSP) who had investigated the case and given a clean chit to the four suspects. The family members alleged that earlier, the police was registering a case on Kashmir Singh’s statement and after a protest by the family members, the police recorded the statement of the deceased’s brother, Baldev Singh. They alleged they were being pressurised to reach a compromise. Besides Balwinder Singh, the police have booked Kashmir Singh, his wife Satt, Balbir Singh and his wife Jass in the case. Amritsar rural police chief J Elanchezian said no one had been let off in the case till now, as the matter was under investigation. “We are checking the role of the other co-accused in the case,” he added. “If they have any witnesses or they want to record their statements with the police, they can approach me. Their genuine grievances would be addressed and taken into account,” he said. side the Raminder Singh Bolaria memorial park on Tarn Taran Road. They were travelling on a motorcycle without a number plate. They could not give any satisfactory answer to the queries of the cops. During a preliminary probe, the accused were found to be habitual offenders. Tehal Singh and Ravinder Singh were booked in four snatching cases each at different police stations while Simarjit was booked in a similar case at the Division C police station. He said further investigations were underway to ascertain where they used to sell the snatched mobile phones and stolen bikes. SAD HOLDS POLITICAL RALLY ON BAISAKHI Floral tributes ‘Cong must fulfil its election promises’ paid to martyrs Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 13 On the occasion of the Baisakhi festival, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) organised a political conference at Gurdwara Chohla Sahib today. MP from Khadoor Sahib Ranjit Singh Brahmpura greeted people on the holy occasion and conveyed his good wishes for Baisakhi. Speaking on the occasion, Brahmpura said the SAD would sacrifice lives to protect the interests of Punjab. While speaking at the conference, Brahmpura welcomed the mandate in the Assembly poll, adding that during the next five years, every member and worker of the party would put in his full strength and efforts for the welfare and interest of Punjab. On the contentious SYL issue, he said the matter must be decided in favour of Punjab; otherwise “we will sacrifice our lives for the welfare of the state.” He said, “The SAD looks forward to the present Punjab Government to fulfil its promises as outlined in their manifesto. In case the Congress government in the state fails to provide employment to the youth and is not able to implement the waiver to the farmers, it will not be allowed to function in a proper way.” He further added that in case any pressure is exert- ed on SAD workers or injustice is meted out to them by the Congress or its workers, they should feel free to contact us. Meanwhile, Brahmpura said, “We should maintain unity in our party to uplift the SAD and to ensure good rule in Punjab. In the end he said neither Congress MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki from Khadoor Sahib nor Capt Amarinder Singh have visited the Khadoor Sahib Constituency till date.” Dog sterilisation drive to start today Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 13 Finally, the veterinary wing of the Municipal Corporation is going to start the dog sterilisation drive tomorrow, three weeks after inauguration of the project. The drive was inaugurated on March 18 by Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora and officials of the MC by making tall claims to control the stray canine population in the city. They had conducted a photo session and inaugurated the drive without checking the availability of the required infrastructure. After inaugurating the drive, the officials found that the operating centre didn’t have a sewerage connection. Now, the MC has installed the sewerage connection at the operating centre at Bakar Mandi. The officials of the veterinary wing stated that all the required infrastructure was now available and they would start dog sterilisation from tomorrow. Dr Darshan Kashyap, in charge, veterinary wing of the MC, said, “There were no sanitation arrangements at the building of the operating centre and cells to keep dogs after sterilisation. Now, every arrangement has been made and we are going to start sterilisation from tomorrow”. “We will start catching dogs from one of the wards. Our team will inform the area councillor before and after catching the dogs. The same number of dogs would be released in the area after A contingent of the Punjab Police pays tributes to the martyrs by reversing arms at Jallianwala Bagh on the occasion of the anniversary of the event in Amritsar on Thursday. VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service The building for the dog sterilisation project in Amritsar. sterilisation. We will not change the territory of a dog, as it is a territorial animal. The NGO will follow all instructions of the government”, said Kashyap. The MC had initiated the stray-dog sterilisation project in collaboration with the NGO, Endangered Wildlife Society. The NGO will feed and take care of a dog for four days after sterilisation while bitches will be accommodated for seven days. Dog sterilisation is a longpending demand of residents, as stray-canine bite cases have become routine in the city. Amritsar, April 13 The state government and district administration officials led by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today paid floral tributes to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh. Sidhu said the historic Jallianwala Bagh was a standing example of the struggle and sacrifices rendered to achieve freedom from foreign yoke. He said today was the occasion to remind the present generation of such glorious sacrifices and pay our gratitude to the martyrs. MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla also paid floral tributes at Jallianwala Bagh. He said the massacre of freedom fighters here had given a new momentum to the freedom struggle at that time. On behalf of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha paid tributes to the martyrs. Meanwhile, members of the Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Parishad led by its president, Dr JP Singh, also paid tributes to the martyrs at Jallianwala Bagh.
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