29072017-ATR-01.qxd 7/28/2017 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 29 JULY 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE 3 held for vehicle thefts Asawari makes a comeback A script to remember As many as 13 vehicles have been recovered. Six more thieves arrested in separate cases. P2 Asawari Joshi, who plays Savitri, says, “I feel really happy to be back on SAB. Savitri is a very interesting character.” Raees -fame scriptwriter Niraj Shukla writes for the small screen now. FORECAST THUNDERSTORM | MAX 31.7°C MIN 26.7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 27.2°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.29 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.45 AM Deputation staff on 2-day strike, Civil Hospital services crippled Health Dept’s order to cancel deputation of staff members sparks protest Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 28 With the health authorities cancelling the deputation orders of the staff working in various government hospitals, the health staff today went on a two-day strike at Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Civil Hospital here and demanded immediate withdrawal of the orders. They claimed that the cancellation of deputation would adversely affect the functioning of the 200-bedded hospital. They pointed out that in the absence of sanctioned posts in various categories, the cancellation of deputation orders would wreak havoc with the proper working of the hospital. “We are on a two-day strike from today and would intensify the stir if the authorities concerned fail to provide relief to the staff members,” they said, adding that only emergency services would be available during the period. Rakesh Sharma, chairman of the Employees Welfare Association, pointed out that even as the state government extended the building infrastructure and made the hospital 200-bedded, it had not Doctors of the Civil Hospital observe a two-day strike while patients (below) wait for them to return to the OPD ward in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR If the deputation ❝relieved from the staff are hospital and shifted to their original work places, the functioning of the Civil Hospital will be jeopardised ❞ RAKESH SHARMA, chairman, Employees Welfare Association increased the sanctioned posts due to which the majority of the employees here SNIPPETS IIM student injured in mishap Amritsar: An IIM student was injured when a “rashly driven” car hit the bus he was travelling in on Ajnala road here late Thursday evening. The police have booked the driver of the car, identified as Akashdeep Singh. Akashdeep was reportedly drunk. The bus of the IIM was going towards Gumtala side for dropping students to a hostel while the car was coming to the city from Ajnala side. Parvesh Chopra, SHO, Cantonment police station, said a case under Sections 279, 427 and 337 of the IPC and relevant sections under the Motor Vehicle Act was lodged against Akashdeep. TNS Youth booked for molestation The Chatiwind police have booked Jagdeep Singh of Jhete Kalan village for allegedly molesting a minor girl of the same village. The victim’s mother told police that her daughter was alone at home when the accused scaled the wall and molested her. Meanwhile, she returned, following which Jagdeep fled the scene. TNS Opium seized from smuggler The Special Task Force (STF) has confiscated 5 kg of opium from a smuggler, Kuldeep Singh of Athwal village on Friday. He used to bring the consignment from Madhya Pradesh. STF officials said he used to procure the opium from one Gobind Patidar and sell the same in Batala. The police said he was traveling in a car (PB06X7865) when he was intercepted by them on a tip-off. TNS Traders discuss problems Traders, dealers and industrialists discussed their problems at a meeting of the District Excise and Tax Advisory Committee. Members of the committee favoured same quantum of the GST on all kinds of fabrics. Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) Alka Kalia presided over the meeting. She assured them that she would forward their problems to the government. TNS were working on deputation. Now, if the deputation staff are relieved from the hospital and shifted to their original work places, the functioning of the Civil Hospital would be Married woman alleges rape Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 28 A married woman has accused a resident of her village of raping her at Kakkar Kalan here on Wednesday. However, a complaint was lodged with the Lopoke police yesterday. The police have registered a case against the suspect, identified as Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of the same village, under Section 376, IPC, in this regard. The 27-year-old victim stated to the police that her children had gone to school on the day of the incident. She said at around 1 pm, her mother-in-law went to the school to bring back the children. While going, she left the door open. Taking advantage of this, the suspect, Sukhwinder Singh, entered the house, pulled her inside the bedroom where he raped her even though she resisted him. He later fled from the scene. Harsandeep Singh, SHO, Lopke police station, said Sub-Inspector Balwinder Kaur was investigating the case. The medical examination of the victim was conducted today and further investigations were under progress. He said raids were on to arrest the culprit who was missing. Meanwhile in another incident, following a complaint lodged by a teenage girl, the Kamboh police have booked a youth on charges of attempting rape. The suspect was identified as Malkeet Singh, son of Kewal Singh of Bal Khurd village. The victim stated to the police that yesterday morning when her family had gone to work and she was alone, the suspect entered her house and tried to rape her. She said as she raised the alarm, her brother Jaimal Singh reached the house and the accused fled. The police have registered a case under Sections 376, 511 and 451, IPC, and Section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. No arrest has been made so far. jeopardised. Citing an example, he said the hospital had 24-hour emergency services. Besides a blood bank, a laboratory and X-ray units also work day and night. But it had just two to six sanctioned posts in these departments while the number of required staff was very high. Navdeep Bhatia, president of the association, said the association had already spelt out the problems which the hospital would face in case of shifting of the staff who were on deputation in the hospital. He said these employees had worked hard to bring the hospital at number one position in the state. However, the authorities had failed to take notice of it. The association urged the Chief Minister, the Health Minister and other authorities not to shift the staff or cancel the deputation till the required posts are sanctioned in the hospital. “We also urge the health authorities to regularise the staff in the hospital. The association threatened to intensify the agitation in the near future by gong on an indefinite strike, if the authorities failed to pay any heed to their demands. 2 mobiles seized from jail inmates Amritsar, July 28 The jail authorities have recovered two mobile phones from two jail inmates. They had been taken to a local court for hearing and the mobile recovery was made after they returned. The accused have been identified as Harjinder Singh alias Harry and Gagandeep Singh of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar. Gagandeep hails from Anand Vihar, New Delhi. They were booked by the police under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisoners Act. Jail officials said the seizure was made during routine checking. — TNS Youth’s body may arrive from Turkey today GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 28 The Amritsar-based teenaged youth whose body was found in Turkey a month ago is likely to arrive at New Delhi airport tomorrow. Lovepreet Singh (19) had flown to Istanbul on September 21 last year. The Turkish authorities had claimed that his body was fished out of the sea on June 26. On the basis of Aadhaar card and his belongings, the Turkish authorities had approached the Amritsar DC. Amritsar DC Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said that the Turkish authorities are likely to send the body tomorrow. “We expect the body to reach New Delhi at 4.30 am tomorrow,” he said. Belonging to a humble background in a locality at Guru Nanak Nagar in Islamabad area, Lovepreet’s father Swarn Singh is a tailor and mother Inderjit Kaur is a housewife. They claimed to have taken Rs 8 lakh on loan to send their son abroad and a sum of Rs 5.5 lakh was paid to the travel agent. The DC said that the family could not go to Istanbul due to financial crunch. “We dispatched their DNA samples on July 11 and those matched. When I apprised the Turkish authorities about the poor financial condition of the parents, they did the needful free of charge,” he said. ~8 lakh robbery case cracked, 5 held Armed persons had injured a fuel station worker near a branch of SBI on NH 1 Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 28 The police today arrested five persons in connection with the sensational Rs 8.84 lakh robbery case. The arrested persons have been identified as Gurdip Singh alias Tony and Varinder Singh of Sultanwind village, Bhupinder Singh alias Bata of Gurnam Nagar, Sultanwind road, Pradeep Kumar of Kapoor Nagar and Palwinder alias Paras of Mandir Wala Bazaar, Sultanwind road. Rs 4.31 lakh have been recovered from their possession. Police Commissioner SS Srivastav said two of their accomplices, including Tony’s son, were absconding and raids were on to nab them. He said with the help of a CCTV footage, the police managed to identify an accused of Sultanwind area. This development led to the arrest of other accused as well. It may be recalled that a petrol pump employee, Narain Das, was robbed by armed persons in broad daylight near a branch of the Police officials present the five accused before mediapersons in Amritsar on Friday. VISHAL KUMAR State Bank of India on National Highway 1 on Monday. Three armed youths had decamped with his bag containing cash that he was going to deposit in the bank, a stone’s throw away from the filling station. Das sustained a sharpedged weapon injury when he resisted the attempt of the robbers. The accused also fired several gun shots during the incident. Some of the onlookers gave chase, but seeing the accused firing in the air, they panicked and gave up the idea of chasing them. Preliminary investigations revealed that two of the accused had conducted a recce of the petrol pump. The robbers planned the loot for 15 days before they struck. They knew that the petrol pump employee would be carrying a hefty cash on Mon- day due to bank holidays on Saturday and Sunday, said the Police Commissioner. The police produced them before the court and got them on remand for further interrogation. “We hope to recover the remaining amount besides cracking more robbery cases. Their modus operandi suggests they may have committed more such crimes,” said Srivastav. Stamp duty: Property deals come to a halt Man kills self after wife Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 28 Transaction of properties has come to a near halt here as people wait for the implementation of the drastic 3 per cent cut in stamp duty on properties. The Congress government had curtailed stamp registry fee from 9 per cent to 6 per cent during the presentation of the budget last month. The arrangement will be in place till March 31, 2018. Over a month has lapsed since the announcement was made, but a notification in this regard is yet to be implemented, said a deed writer, Raman Gupta. The delay in the implementation of the budgetary announcement has hit a number of applicants at the District Revenue Department. He said customers had vanished from the market in anticipation of the implementation of the new stamp duty rate. Since prices of residential and commercial properties were very high, 3 per cent reduction meant saving of lakhs of rupees. For instance, sale of a property worth Rs 1 crore would mean saving of Rs 3 lakh as per the new rates. Punjab Majha Zone Property Dealers Association president Sanjeev Rampal said the decision would uplift the sagging morale of the trade in the border town. He said the real estate sector had been in doldrums for the past many years and added that various decisions taken by the erstwhile SAD-BJP government demoralised the trade. c m y b He recalled it was in 2012 that the government had prohibited the sale of property on the basis of power of attorney. It immediately put a stop to the sale and purchase of property apart from spreading gloom in the trade. He said it rendered a large number of people associated with the profession jobless. continued on page 2 committed suicide in May Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 28 Bikramjit Singh, a resident of Maqboolpura here, committed suicide by hanging himself in his house late last night. He was recently released on bail from jail. The police initiated action under the Criminal Procedure Code and handed over the body to his family after a postmortem examination, said Vavinder Mahajan, SHO, Maqboolpura police station. As per details, Bikramjit and members of his family were booked by the police on charges of abetment to sui- cide after his wife, Navpreet Kaur, ended her life in a similar way. Navpreet, a resident of the Haripura area, was married to Bikramjit in February this year. However, immediately after his marriage, her in-laws allegedly started harassing her. continued on page 2
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