21042017-ATR-01.qxd 4/21/2017 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 21 APRIL 2017 | amritsar AMRITSARTRIBUNE ONE MONTH LATER: FULFILLED MY VENDETTA POLITICS: SAD TO FIGHT PROMISES ON DRUGS, SAYS SONI Þ PAGE 2 LEGAL BATTLE Þ PAGE 2 FLU…NO CLUE! Kim Kardashian trolled for calling flu ‘a great diet’ PAGE 4 Þ CLOUDY 40° MAXIMUM 23° MINIMUM Iron grills alongside slip road go missing BRTS PROJECT NO COMPLAINTS RECEIVED: OFFICIAL Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service An official of the district administration said: “Field officials entrusted the duty of keeping a watch on roads would be held accountable in case of theft of grills.” He, however, said no reports or complaints about theft of grills had been received so far. Amritsar, April 20 Within four months of the inauguration of the BRTS corridor stretch from the railway station to the India Gate, iron grills installed alongside the slip road near the Putlighar chowk have been broken by shopkeepers and street vendors to make passage for their customers. The iron grills from a large portion on the road from Putlighar chowk towards Chheharta have gone missing during the four-month period. The BRTS stretch from the railway station to the India Gate was the first one to be inaugurated before the Iron grills missing along a portion of a road near the Putlighar chowk in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Assembly elections. No action against guilty With no action against persons who damaged the grills, other shopkeepers too have been emboldened and more grills are found missing by each passing day. As the iron grills separate the BRTS corridor from the main road and further the main road from the slip roads, people had expressed difficulty in crossing roads as they have to walk towards chowks even though they had to visit a shop across the road. Shopkeepers said due to the grills, their business had been affected as customers prefer to visit shops near chowks. With iron grills now broken, illegal passages were serving the purpose for them. However, theft of public property is worrying residents who said at this pace, the entire stretch would be without grills soon, without the knowledge of the administration. A shopkeeper near Putlighar chownk said: “Antisocial elements are to be blamed for the missing grills. No shopkeeper would dare to remove the grills in front of their shops, fearing that he would be held accountable in case the administration takes any punitive action in this regard.” An official of the district administration said: “Field officials of the administration entrusted the duty of keeping a watch on roads would be held accountable in case of theft of grills.” He, however, said no reports or complaints about theft of grills had been received so far. BRTS buses fail to attract passengers Four snatchers, 3 robbers arrested Company officials assured of decrease in fare, proposal yet to be implemented Tribune News Service Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 20 Even after four months of the inauguration of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project, the buses running under it failed to attract passengers. The buses are still ferrying a small number of passengers. Earlier, company officials assured of decrease in the bus fare but the proposal was yet to be implemented. Ashwani Narang, manager of the Metro Bus Operating Company, said: “Company officials were planning to decrease the fare but we did not get any intimation till date. Higher officials in Chandigarh will decide about the same.” Former Deputy Chief Minster Sukhbir Singh Badal had inaugurated the first phase of the project on December 14, 2016, before the Assembly elections. The Buses at the BRTS bus terminal at Vallah. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR bus used to traverse from the India Gate on the Amritsar-Attari bypass road to the Amritsar Railway Station. In the second phase, the bus started plying on the Verka Bypass-Vijay Nagar-Mall Road-Kitchlew Chowk-railway station route. Initially, the company did not charge any fare for the first 10 days and it got an overwhelming response. But when the company started charging Rs 15 from the railway station to the India Gate, the number of passengers started decreasing. During a recent visit of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu residents demanded to decrease the fare. Sidhu assured them to intervene in the matter. Meanwhile, Sunil Dutti, a local MLA, also alleged that the BRTS project was a wastage of the public money and it should be reviewed. According to information, there are 14 buses running on the two routes. More than 50 buses are parked in the bus terminal at the Batala Road bypass. These buses would start after the under-construction route from the railway station to the bus stand would be completed. Meanwhile, the company officials said the number of passengers had been increasing with the increase in the day temperature. All buses are equipped with air conditioners (ACs) and passengers prefer to travel in AC buses in such a weather. Amritsar, April 20 Two youths were nabbed by people when they were trying to flee after making a failed snatching bid in the Hathi Gate area here. They were later handed over to the police. The arrested persons were identified as Amarjit Singh of the Kot Atma Ram area and Sunny of the Parag Dass Chowk area. They were booked under Sections 379-B (1) and 511 of the IPC. According to the police, they tried to snatch a gold chain of a tourist. Anil Singh, a resident of Gaya in Bihar, said he, along with his family members and relatives, had come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple yesterday. After paying obeisance, they were going to have dinner at an eating joint where two youths came on a motorcycle and tried to snatch the gold chain of the victim’s wife. However, his Three of the arrested accused in police custody in Amritsar on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO wife caught hold of the chain which broke in the attempt. He said his son Bimal Singh caught hold of the two accused with the help of onlookers. They were later handed over to the police. Narain Singh, investigating officer in the case, said the accused were produced in a local court which sent them to a three-day police remand. He said further investigations were under progress and more recoveries were likely to be made during their interrogation. Meanwhile, the CIA staff nabbed two snatchers, Dilbagh Singh, alias Bagga, of Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, at present living in the Gujjarpura area, and Manjit Singh of Sultanwind village, in another incident and seized 14 snatched mobile phones from their possession. They were arrested from near Taj Royal hotel on the Tarn Taran road following a tip-off. In another incident, the CIA staff nabbed three robbers, identified as Vipandeep Singh of the Sultanwind road, Ankush Mehra of Jawahar Nagar, Mehta road, and Daljit Singh of New Amritsar. The police recovered three mobile phones, three sharp weapons and two motorcycles from their possession. They were brought on a police remand for further investigations. Suicide case turns out to be murder No arrest in Jandiala gang rape case Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 20 The death of a resident of New Golden Avenue, which was being perceived as a suicide case, has turned out to be a murder. The postmortem report of the deceased, Gobind, who was found hanging at his house on Sunday, has revealed that the cause of his death was neck bone fracture, not asphyxia. Maqboolpura SHO Harjinder Singh said, “The postmortem examination has confirmed that he was hanged after the murder to make it look like a suicide case.” Now, the case has been registered under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Savita, the mother of the deceased. Earlier, the police had initiated pro- ceedings under the criminal procedure code, noting the incident in their daily diary report (DDR). According to the SHO, the autopsy report revealed that Gobind had six injury marks on his body. Savita informed police that she had gone to a dera in Beas while deceased’s wife Ritu had gone to partake langar nearby after a Jagran. Gobind, an embroiderer, had married Ritu around one and half year ago. The police are working on various theories to solve the blind murder case. Harjinder said call details were being scrutinised to find clue. “Circumstances suggest the involvement of some insider. Several persons have been questioned and the deceased’s family will also be involved in the probe,” the SHO added. Tribune News Service RAIDS ON TO NAB ACCUSED Amritsar, April 20 The Jandiala police were yet to arrest the two youths who allegedly raped a 19-year-old student at gunpoint after kidnapping her in a car. The police have booked Jazz and his brother Jatinder Singh, both residents of Pakhoke village, in the case. The victim told the police that she had been preparing for IELTS at a coaching centre in the city. On April 14, she came to Jandiala to meet her maternal aunt. She said as she alighted from a bus around 11 am at Jandiala Guru and was heading towards the Jyotisar Colony, a Harinder Singh, Station House Officer, Jandiala police station, said raids were being conducted to nab the culprits while a policewoman, Balwinder Kaur, had been deputed to probe the case. white Maruti Swift car stopped in front of her. She said Jazz alighted from the car and bundled her into it and his brother drove the vehicle towards the Pakoke canal.After parking the car at a secluded place on the bank of the canal, the accused raped her at gunpoint. The victim alleged that the accused clicked photographs and also made a video of the incident. The two took turns to rape the victim. After com- mitting the crime, the accused threatened her to keep silent otherwise they would upload the video on the social media. Case filed after 4 days Though the incident occurred on April 14, the case was registered on Tuesday after she lodged a complaint with the police. After committing the crime, the accused dumped her near the Jyotisar Colony and sped away. She said as she was under a deep shock and was not well after the incident, she could not record her statement at that time. Later, she narrated the incident to her aunt. The Jandiala police have now registered a case under Sections 363, 376-D, 506, 342 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Harinder Singh, SHO, Jandiala police station, said raids were being conducted to nab the culprits while a policewoman, Balwinder Kaur, had been deputed to probe the case. He said medical examination of the girl had also been conducted by a board of doctors. 18 cell phones seized from jail, yet again PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan visits the Manawala branch of the Pingalwara Charitable Society. Its president Dr Inderjit Kaur and Gurpreet Singh Thind, a sewadar of the Pingalwara branch in Surrey, welcomed him. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR c m y b Amritsar, April 20 The Central Jail authorities here have seized as many as 18 mobile phones that were found abandoned in the high-security jail complex. Though the seizure was made during a special search operation on Tuesday, a case was registered only last evening after the jail authorities lodged a formal complaint with the police in this regard. The Gate Hakima police have registered a case under Sections 420, IPC, and 42 and 52-A of the Prisoners’ Act against unidentified jail inmates. The raid was conducted under the supervision of the Deputy Superintendent, Amritsar Central Jail. According to information, the mobile phones were found from various locations of the jail. Regular seizures worry authorities Regular seizures of cell phones from the high-security jail had become a headache for the authorities. Despite stringent measures taken by the jail authorities, the jail inmates were trying to sneak mobile phones into the jail. The jail authorities have also pointed out a number of shortcomings in the newly constructed jail at Fatehpur. It was shifted from the Airport road. The new jail is surrounded by residential colonies while the outer boundary wall of the Central Jail is not protected with barbed wires. Accomplices of notorious elements languishing in jails come close to the boundary wall and throw the phones inside the jail premises due to the same. However, the proposal was still pending with the department. It has also asked for construction of a few watchtowers as the distance between present towers was too far. Meanwhile, a jail official said until the shortcomings pointed by the Jail Superintendent were not removed, there was always a security risk. The repeated requests to the government and officials of the department concerned have failed to evince a concrete positive response. The police have seized nearly 300 cell phones in the past several months and the number is increasing.
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