09082017-ATR-01.qxd 8/8/2017 11:26 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 9 AUGUST 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE GNDU heritage centre Partition What a scary moment! Situated on the premises of the university, it preserves historic and scientific treasures. P2 Mohali-based Manjit Kaur, a little girl then, recounts the horror... Padma Lakshmi testifies that Teamsters ‘threatened’ her. P4 FORECAST P3 RAINY | MAX 33°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.21 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.52 AM Murder case: Five get life imprisonment Financier Tarundeep Singh, alias Rinku, was killed in 2015 over a monetary dispute Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 8 The court of Additional Sessions Judge Sarabjit Singh Dhaliwal today sentenced five persons to life imprisonment in connection with the murder of financier Tarundeep Singh, alias Rinku, in 2015. Those who got life imprisonment are Amit Kumar (32), a resident of New Krishna Nagar in the Tarn Taran Road area, Bikramjit Singh Vicky (32) of Kot Atma Ram, Karamjit Singh (37) of Ranjit Vihar, Sukhmanpreet Singh, alias Captan, (23), of Ishwar Nagar and Amritpal Singh (34) of the Loharka Road area. Rinku was gunned down by several persons on the evening of June 30, 2015. The police initially arrested Amit Kumar and Bikramjit Singh within 48 hours of the murder. The police had claimed that the duo owed Rs 1.3 lakh and Rs 1 lakh, respectively, to the victim. Therefore, they had conspired to kill him. After the incident, eyewitnesses told the police that the accused came in a Verna Hyundai car and fled from the scene after gunning Accused owed money to the victim ■ Those who got life imprisonment are Amit Kumar (32), a resident of New Krishna Nagar in the Tarn Taran Road area, Bikramjit Singh Vicky (32) of Kot Atma Ram, Karamjit Singh (37) of Ranjit Vihar, Sukhmanpreet Singh, alias Captan, (23), of Ishwar Nagar and Amritpal Singh (34) of the Loharka Road area. ■ Rinku was gunned down by several persons on the evening of June 30, 2015. The police initially arrested Amit Kumar and Bikramjit Singh within 48 hours of the murder. ■ The police had claimed that the duo owed Rs 1.3 lakh and Rs 1 lakh, respectively, to the victim. Therefore, they had conspired to kill him. . down Tarundeep. Incidentally, the mobile phone of one of the accused fell on the ground, which led the police to identify the accused. The victim, who dealt in finance and real estate, had an auto record application on his mobile phone. This enabled him to record calls made to him at 10.30 pm by the accused, who was identified as Amit. The police had identified four more persons, including the son of an Assistant Sub-Inspector rank official in the case. They were Raju, Rompy, Timmu and Manjit Singh. All the accused have been booked under Section 120- B of the IPC for criminal conspiracy in killing Rinku. However, the police went silent over their role in the case during further investigations after the arrest of the five accused, said Sarabjit Singh Verka, an advocate and a human rights activist, who had prominently took up the matter with the police at that time. After the arrest of Amit and Bikramjit Singh, the police allegedly tried to hush up the case. However, the deceased’s father Kuldeep Singh along with Verka met the then Police Commissioner and got the investigations transferred to the Special Branch, which later arrested the remaining accused. Kuldeep Singh, expressing satisfaction over the judgement, said his main objective now would be to get the remaining accused, who were booked under the charge of criminal conspiracy, arrested and convicted in the court. Woman, son, brother abducted, rescued Dried-up greenery! MONETARY DISPUTE The MC has come up with a new way to promote greenery. A small tree in the middle of a road is seen in the picture with dried leaves in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR SGPC pays compensation to Pilibhit jail victims Amritsar, August 8 A woman, identified as Salma, her son Karan, both residents of Jalandhar, and her brother Pargat Masih of the Rajasansi area were allegedly abducted yesterday by several persons over a monetary dispute with her husband. The victim was going to her brother’s home to tie a rakhi to him. Pargat had come to receive Salma and her son from the main road when the accused bundled them into a car and fled from the scene. After the abduction, they reportedly called her husband and asked him to return their money. Her husband, Satnam Singh, son of Amar Singh of the Chatiwind area, who now resides at Jalandhar, informed the police immediately. He said he tried to find his family members on his own, but did not succeed. He later informed the police. Investigations revealed that he had a monetary dispute with the accused, Gurjit Singh and Arjan Singh of Madoke village, and they along with some unidentified persons abducted the members of his family. Davinder Singh, investigating officer, said immediately after receiving the information, a police team raided the house of the accused and rescued the victims. No arrest could be made as the accused had fled from the scene. He said a case under Sections 363, 365 and 34 of the IPC had been registered against them. According to information, Satnam Singh used to work for the accused and had allegedly borrowed over Rs 2 lakh from them. He had not returned the money. — TNS Cops clueless in double-murder case Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 8 Even as the city police have questioned around 12 persons in connection with the brutal murder of a retired government school principal and his wife in their home in the densely populated Naiyyan Wala Road in Islamabad here, they are yet to achieve a significant breakthrough in the case so far. The police have also been keeping a close watch on the activities of the robbers who were recently released on bail from jail. Deputy Commissioner of Police Jagmohan Singh said there were no signs of a forced entry, which indicated it could be the handiwork of some insider. The accused were not professional as the couple was murdered with a pointed weapon such as a screwdriver. Though the police did not achieve a significant breakthrough in the case till now, but they were working on different theories. Meanwhile, the Islamabad police today got the postmortem examination of the deceased done at the Civil Hospital here. The two sons of the deceased, who live abroad, were expected to reach here by this evening, police authorities said. Fear was writ large on the continued on page 2 SNIPPETS Officials of the District Legal Services Authority along with old age inmates at a seminar in Amritsar on Tuesday. SUNIL KUMAR Yoga-cum-meditation camp Amritsar: CJM Monica Sharma, who is also the Secretary of the District Legal Services Authority, Amritsar, in collaboration with Brahim Kumari Vishav Vidhayala, organised a yoga-cum-meditation camp at the old age home situated on the Sultanwind road on Tuesday. Monica Sharma apprised the old age home inmates of legal assistance related to property issues. TNS Participants of a training camp with their trophies and certificates in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Training camp Amritsar: The Department of Youth Welfare of Guru Nanak Dev University organised a youth leadership training camp at Students Holiday Home in Dalhousie recently. As many as 103 students from 17 affiliated colleges participated in the camp. Dr Vishwa Raman Nirmal, head, Pepsico Limited, Asia, presided over the valedictory function and Dr Kanwaljit Singh from Gurmat Sangeet Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the guest of honour. Gurwinder Singh was adjudged the best camper while Deepak and Niari jointly bagged the second prize of best camper and Mahabir Singh got the third position in the category. TNS Residents at receiving end of speeding in localities Kin of Pilibhit jail victims with compensation cheques in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 8 The SGPC today gave monetary compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the family members of those victims “who were tortured and had lost their lives in the Pilibhit jail in the early 1990s.” Besides, another victim Pargat Singh, who was injured in the incident, was also issued a cheque amounting to Rs 50,000. Four other victims, Trilok Singh, Pargat Singh, Manjit Singh and Gurnam Singh Johal, had already received their cheques of identical amounts on August 4. Those who got the cheques today were the kin of Karaj Singh, Sarvjit Singh, Tarsem Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Bachhittar Singh. A total of 28 Sikhs were tortured in the Pilibhit jail during 1993-1994. On the intervening night of November 8-9, 1994, seven Sikhs were killed inside the Pilibhit jail and 21 others suffered injuries. They were all booked under TADA allegedly for having terrorist connections, but the police could not substantiate its claim. Deceased Sarvjit Singh’s brother Lakhwinder Singh said his brother Trilok and Sarvjit were forcibly taken to jail. While Trilok was grievously injured, Sarvjit had died during police torture. “Sarvjit was cremated under pressure from the then UP Government. He left behind four children, two son and two daughters. A compensation of Rs 1 lakh was given by the UP government to the family in the past”, he said. Tej Kaur (80) had lost his son, Bachhittar Singh, during police torture. She lives in Bhagwanpura village near Amritsar. There’s no one to look after her. Another family was of Tarsem Singh. His son Gurminder Singh (24) is a labourer at Chhina village in Amritsar. continued on page 2 Amritsar, August 8 Speeding vehicles are among the major causes of fatal road mishaps in the country. The problem is not restricted merely to highways or main roads of the city. It is equally menacing in the residential areas, especially posh localities such as Ranjit Avenue or Mall Road where roads are wide. Due to reckless driving, particularly by riders of twowheelers and high-speed motorcycles, children, pedestrians and elderly people are at the receiving end. During police-public meetings, the issue was pointedly c m y b The broken post where traffic cops used to check speeding vehicles on the elevated road with speed radar guns in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR raised by residents. Expressing concern, Dr Suresh Kumar of the Ranjit Avenue area said that by indulging in speeding in the residential areas, youngsters not only put their lives to risk, but they also prove dangerous for other people and commuters. The Police Department should take this issue seriously and initiate steps to curb this menace. It has been observed that those who indulge in speeding in an area belong to that particular locality. The problem is aggravated because the traffic police turn a blind eye towards the problem. “They neither have enough equipment nor the staff to check the menace of speeding,” said another resident, Ramandeep Singh. Prof Mohan Singh, a resident, said rules prescribed a maximum speed limit of 30 km per hour in residential areas while traffic cops recommended an even lower speed. However, the traffic police had miserably failed to implement the rules. “I am sure, the traffic cops have not penalised or even held a single offender in this connection,” he added. Police Commissioner SS Srivastav though assured the people to take appropriate measures in this regard. However, he added, that it was not possible to depute a cop in every street. People should also cooperate and be responsible in putting an end to traffic violations. “Residents do not even obey traffic lights and feel proud in jumping the red light,” he said, adding that everyone should adhere to commuting norms. The people should not risk their lives recklessly, he added.
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