16052017-ATR-01.qxd 5/15/2017 11:58 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 16 MAY 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE No takers for rehri market Let there be peace Look who’s here! Rehri market was allocated in 2010, but vendors prefer to run business on roads. Punjabi women singers know how to snub the ones creating nuisance. Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively make surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live. P4 FORECAST P2 P3 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 38.3°C MIN 23.3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.21 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.33 AM SNIPPETS Officials collect food samples Amritsar: The food wing of the Health Department collected seven samples of food items from the kitchen of Sri Bikaner Mishthan Bandar here on Monday. Officials said the establishment was located in Mahal village under the name of Niku Food Products. Assistant Food Commissioner Rajinderpal Singh said the samples had been sent to lab. Owners of the manufacturing unit failed to produce medical certificates of the staff as per requirement under the food safety laws. TNS Drug peddlers’ nexus broken, rates go up Narcotics still available, but this will prevent consumption PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Art of mind control The city police organised a workshop themed ‘art of mind control’ at the Police Lines wherein around 60 cops, including SHOs and chowki heads participated. Sachinandan Prabhu of ISKCON was the guest speaker who provided tips to deal with stress. ADCP City–II Gautam Singhal delivered the vote of thanks to the guest speaker and police officials. It is worth mentioning here that stress is a common problem among police personnel owing to hectic lifestyle and long duty hours. TNS Gold bangles stolen Two women stole the gold bangles of a devotee who was queued up at Golden Temple for paying obeisance on Monday. The victim, Sushma Rani, said the accused stood behind her in the queue and addressing each other as Sukho and Maya. They cut her bangles in such a way that she didn’t even get a whiff of it. The accused fled. The police said a case against the unknown women had been registered and efforts were on to arrest them. It may be recalled that a gang, including three women, had stolen ornaments of a women in a similar way two days ago. TNS Amritsar, May 15 While the Punjab Police claim to have broken the nexus of drug peddlers by snapping its supply line, sources in the department said drugs were still available, although at higher prices now. Considering it a success, the police sources claimed that it would prevent the drug abusers from consumption and they would approach drug de-addiction centres to get themselves detoxified. A senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said heroin, which is believed to be available at Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 per gram, was earlier being ❝ Heroin, which is believed to be available at Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 per gram, was earlier being sold at Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500. It will act as a deterrent for the drug consumers. Once the demand is contained, the problem of drug smuggling will also be contained. A POLICE OFFICIAL sold at Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500. It would act as a deterrent for the drug consumers. Once the demand was contained, the problem of drug smuggling would also be contained. The official is attached with the Special Task Force (STF) constituted by the Punjab Government to nail the drug smugglers. The STF recently arrested three notorious drug smugglers, Sukhchain Singh alias ❞ Chaina of Rajoke and Jaspal Singh of Waan Tara Singh from Tarn Taran area while raids were on to arrest their third accomplice, Baba Sonu of border village Mahawa, who now resides in the Kot Khalsa area. The STF had confiscated 100 gm heroin from their possession while their interrogation had led to the seizure of 1.450 kg heroin. It was hid in a hollow iron rod that connects a tractor with a trailer. The seizure was made in a joint operation with the Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday from near the barbed fence of the Indo-Pak border. It also claimed to have arrested a notorious drug peddler who had been evading the police net for the past three years. He was identified as Amarjit Singh alias Ravi of Jhabal who now resides in the Kabir Park area. The local court had declared him a proclaimed offender (PO) for a similar offence. “We are not claiming that drug peddling has been completely eradicated, but it has been contained to a considerable extent,” he said while adding that more big fishes would be in the police net soon. 2,800 liquor bottles seized, 2 arrested Tribune News Service Police on toes to arrest anti-social elements Firing at tavern, eight booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 15 Concerned over increasing incidents of vehicle thefts, snatchings and robberies in the holy city, the police have planned to put up special nakas in various parts of the city. According to information, Police Commissioner SS Srivastav has directed all police officials to organise nakas. They have been told to acquire the lists of vehicles stolen from various parts of the city and check suspected vehicles. A police official said the step was taken to nail criminals in the city. He said the Police Department was very serious in maintaining law and order in the city. He said another aim of the nakabandis was to check drug peddling, which had already seen a considerable decline following the crackdown launched by the police all over the state. Police teams carried out checking in various parts of the city and checked the suspected vehicles. The city has witnessed a rise in the snatchings and vehicle thefts. Tourists, shopkeepers and traders were among the major targets of anti-social elements. Meanwhile, the Kotwali Tribune News Service Police personnel check a vehicle during a special nakabandi in Amritsar on Monday. SUNIL KUMAR police arrested four persons including a woman on charges of theft. They were identified as Manpreet Singh alias Money of the Azad Nagar area on Sultanwind Road, Amritpal Singh alias Rubal, Lucky Singh of Majitha Road and Malti of Tungbala on Majitha Road. The police nabbed them from near Guru Ram Das Sarai in the Golden Temple complex. They recovered three mobile phones from their possession. According to the police, the accused used to steal belongings of devotees coming to the shrine. In another incident, the police arrested Jagjit Singh alias Jagga of Nikosaran village of Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, and Vinod Kumar Madal of Bihar. The police nabbed them from a naka while they tried to slip away after dodging the police Promote cycling, say residents TRAFFIC BOTTLENECKS Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 15 When the two-km long cycle track near Trillium Mall was inaugurated with much fanfare, many including BJP leader Anil Joshi and former Local Bodies Minister assured people of a positive development in making Amritsar a cycle-friendly city. Though the promise is yet to be realised, avid cyclists and environmentalists are pushing for creating more cycling tracks, especially at key areas where traffic congestion has become an every day menace. “There is ample space for developing cycling tracks in the city, if the administration is keen on getting it done. The trillium cycle track was ❝ In the absence of an alternative mode of transport, cycling could be promoted as a healthy and an eco-friendly option. ❞ UPNEET SANDHU, GNDU student the first, but its biggest constraint is that it cannot be used to commute since it circles around the Mall area and is just a stretch of 2 km. It is good for the fitness-conscious and people who love to cycle, but the administration needs to identify more such stretches to develop them for commuting,” says Naresh Gill, an avid cyclist. Earlier, the Tara Wala bridge axis is a three-km stretch, which has been under a developmental plan for years as a deer park, was suggested to be developed as a good stretch for cyclists by a city-based NGO. It was also suggested that through the Amritsar CLAMC, the best solution for the city is the Hudiara, a sevennine km track possibility, which can span the entire bypass stretch and become a health and environmental solution skirting the city. In the absence of an alternative mode of transport, cycling could be promoted as a healthy and an eco-friendly option, says Upneet Sandhu, a student of GNDU and a member of the cycling club. “Amritsar is a city with short-distance commute and therefore it could really promote cycling as an alternative travel option. The side lanes could have a marked space as cycle tracks.” party. The policemen at the naka arrested them and recovered a stolen bike from them. They admitted to the police that they had stolen the motorcycle under the influence of drugs from outside the shrine. Similarly, the CIA staff held Pardeep Kumar alias Mattuy of Milap Avenue with three stolen mobile phones. Further investigations were underway. Amritsar, May 15 A group of armed persons fired at a tavern owner and his son at Mehta Chowk area over some dispute late on Saturday evening. Charan Singh, who owns the tavern, has lodged a complaint with the Mehta police. Eight persons have been booked. The accused have been identified as Jhirmal Singh, his son Gagan, Jagdev Singh, Parkash Singh and Harinder Singh, all residents of Kohatwind Hindua village and three unidentified persons. Charan Singh said it was around 8.30 pm on Saturday when Jhirmal entered the tavern in an inebriated state. He got into a brawl with some customers and hurled a liquor bottle at them. Following this, Jhirmal was forced to go out of the tavern. Meanwhile, he phoned his friends who arrived with firearms and sharp edge weapons. The complainant said Jhirmal fired thrice at him and Gagan tried to shoot his son Sukhdev Singh. Sukhdev lied on the floor to save himself. The accused fled when people started gathering on the spot. Sub-Inspector (SI) Sminderjit Singh, investigating officer, said raids were on to arrest the accused who are on the run. A case under Sections 307, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54, 59 under the Arms Act has been registered against them. Amritsar, May 15 In a major seizure, the CIA staff of the city police have confiscated as many as 235 boxes of liquor, containing over 2,800 bottles of liquor of different brands, which were being smuggled to Jagraon near Ludhiana. The CIA staff impounded the vehicle and arrested two persons who were travelling in the truck. They were identified as Lakhbir Singh alias Bitta of Agarwarh Khowaja Baju in Jagraon and Jaswinder Singh alias Shander of Sherpura Kalan village in Jagraon. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against them. They were produced in the court which sent them to oneday police remand. Sushil Kumar, investigating officer, revealed that the police had also taken Ravinder Kumar, circle in charge, into custody for further interrogation. He said a preliminary probe revealed that the accused brought the liquor boxes from a godown in the Bhagtanwala area. Karnail Kumar, a Himachal Pradesh resident, was the head of the godown. He said the police received a tip-off that the accused used to purchase liquor from the city area at lesser rates and later sold it in Jagaon at a higher price. They had loaded the liquor boxes on a truck and were travelling by it. He said immediately after nakas were laid and strict vehicular checking was done. During patrolling, the police intercepted the goods carrier and made the seizure. He said the police recovered 150 boxes containing 1,800 bottles of Respberry brand, 10 boxes (120 bottles) each of Royal Stag, RC, Imperial Blue, five boxes (60 bottles) of Blenders Pride and 50 boxes (600 bottles) of Thunderbolt beer. The accused could not produce any documents regarding the liquor. He said further investigations were under progress to identify the person to whom the liquor was to be delivered. Woman commits suicide, husband booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 15 The Tarsikka police have booked a man and his sister on the charge of abetment to suicide after the former’s wife committed suicide yesterday by hanging herself from the ceiling fan. Rajinder Kaur, mother of the deceased, lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. She stated to the police that her daughter, Mandeep Kaur, was married to Mangal Singh alias Kalu of Kot Hayat village around nine years ago. She said the couple had three children from the mar- riage. She alleged that the accused and his sister, Kulwinder Kaur, used to harass and beat her up and she had complained to them about this. continued on page 2 Oldest library in city cries for readers’ attention Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 15 Pandit Moti Lal Nehru Municipal Library, one of the biggest and oldest libraries in the city that was built in 1920s, has been crying for attention. Despite having a collection of 20,000 books, it witnesses few visitors everyday. Newspapers are the main attraction for the visitors. It hasn’t got new books for years. The staff at the library has heaved a sigh of relief with the Municipal Corporation’s (MC) decision not to shift it to Ranjit Avenue. The MC has shifted its head office from the Town Hall building to Ranjit Avenue. The heritage building has been renovated and allocated to the Partition c m y b Despite having 20,000 books, visitors’ footfall is dismal at the Pandit Moti Lal Nehru Municipal Library. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Museum. Earlier, there were plans to shift the library to Ranjit Avenue as the whole Town Hall building was allocated to the Partition Museum. The library staff had packed the books in boxes and had been awaiting transportation. Later, renowned poet and filmmaker Gulzar, at a function of the Partition Muse- um, had advocated against the shifting of the library. Following that, the books were once again displayed at the shelves. The renovation of the building and packing of books affected the footfall of visitors. Some regular visitors stopped coming here after the gap. The two-storey building has separate halls for reading newspapers, books and children’s reading room. Punjabi University had donated some books to the library around 10 years ago. An employee at the library, who didn’t wish to be named, said, “Harldy two or three persons come here in a day. The building has been renovated and books have been rebounded. We have books on history of Independence struggle, Amritsar and Punjabi and Hindi literature. We don’t know why people don’t come here.” “Earlier, the library used to buy new books besides subscribing a number of magazines. Now, the MC doesn’t buy books. There was a generation in walled city which was a regular visitor to the library. But the younger generation don’t take interest in reading,” said Sandip Singh, a visitor. “With the emergence of new technology, readers have taken up reading e-books on mobile phones. Most of the youngsters are busy on social media. Only elderly persons visit the library. The number of readers is decreasing,” said an employee at the library.
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