13082017-ATR-01.qxd 8/12/2017 11:34 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 13 AUGUST 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Encroachments Snip shot When Kim shoplifted lipstick! MC removes 25 encroachments. Residents resent, say notices should have been served. P2 Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani is history while lyricist Prasoon Joshi takes over the mantle. P3 Reality TV star Kim Kardashian says she was always interested in beauty products. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORM | MAX 34.4°C MIN 26.7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.9°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.16 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.55 AM Majha sees increase in farmer suicide cases Land dispute turns ugly, couple thrashed Tribune News Service ‘Farmers in this region used to work hard and never give up’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 12 It has been a general perception that debt-ridden farmers of the Malwa region often commit suicide, but with increasing financial stress and social burdens, a large number of suicides have been reported from the Majha region also. Six farmer-suicide cases have been reported from the Taran Tarn and Amritsar districts of Majha during the past two months. Economic experts say an increase in the cultivation costs, crop failure and low viability of small fields are the common reasons behind the financial crisis of an agrarian society. In a survey conducted by the state universities in 2011, 433 farmers committed suicide in the Majha region during 2000 to 2010. As compared to Malwa and south Punjab, generally Suicide cases ■ July 4: Jagroop Singh (40), a resident of Chahal village, committed suicide due to a financial crisis. ■ July 6: A 35-year-old farmer commits suicide by consuming some Dr SHARANJIT DHILLON, senior economist, Guru Nanak Dev University known as the cotton belt, the rate of farmer suicides in Majha was quite low. But during the past few months, the number of farmer suicides in the Majha region has also been increasing. Dr Sharanjit Dhillon, senior economist at Guru Nanak Dev University, said, “As compared to south Punjab, the number of suicides is less, but it is true that farmer-suicide cases have been increasing in Majha too. “It was a characteristic of Majha farmers to work hard that along with economical and agricultural aspects and agricultural and remunerative pricing solutions “we need to take care of farmers’ mental health, too. They need to be trained to imbibe resilience and coping skills to stay away from negative thoughts. Financial literacy and importance of savings should also be a part of farmer training. Psychological and mental health issues should not be swept under the carpet, he reiterated. SGPC felicitates student Amritsar: Bhai Ram Singh, executive member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committeee, and Sukhdev Singh, additional secretary, felicitated Avtar Singh, a student from Patiala, for excellent performance in a turban tying competition. The SGPC officials presented a cheque of Rs 5,100 to Avtar Singh. Ram Singh said the student was specially honoured as he didn’t use mirror to tie the turban. TNS Two held with stolen bike The Sadar police have nabbed two persons — Amar Singh of Patti Baghe Wali Verka and Sajjan Singh for allegedly possessing a stolen motorcycle. They were arrested at a checkpoint by a police team. The police said the accused were being interrogated to ascertain their involvement in theft cases. TNS 3 arrested for bootlegging The Division C police have arrested Jeet Singh of Gujjarpura area for bootlegging. As many as 40 bottles of illicit liquor were seized from his possession. Meanwhile, the Chheharta police nabbed Resham Singh of Chhota Ibban Kalan and Pawan of Chhota Haripura and seized 12 bottles of whisky. The two could not produce any document. The duo was later released on bail. TNS Man booked for domestic violence Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 12 The Beas police have booked a person, identified as Deepak Kumar of the Sharifpura area, for allegedly thrashing his wife and demanding dowry from her. small land holdings. There is no agro-based industry in the region. Sources of supplementary income have been drying up. poisonous substance in Kot Buddha village. ■ July 9: Kulwant Singh (65), a farmer of Naushehra (Dhala) in Tarn Taran, committed suicide. ■ July 24: Major Singh (42) of Teda Kalan village in Ajnala ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance. ■ August 6: Jagir Singh (55), a debt-ridden farmer of Machhike village, died at a hospital, five days after he had consumed poison. SNIPPETS DOWRY CASE Most the farmers ❝Majhaofregion have in the A case under Section 498-A, IPC, and Section 15 of the Domestic Violence Act has been registered against him while no arrest has been made so far. Vandana Rani, the victim, stated to the police that she was married to the accused in April 2014. continued on page 2 and never give up, but now things have changed, as smallfarm sizes are no more viable. Most of the farmers in Majha have small land holdings. There is no agro-based industry in the region. The supplementary income sources have also been squeezing”. Giving suggestions about the prevention of suicides, Dr Sarabjeet Singh, principal Investigator of the Suicide Prevention Project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), stated ❞ Amritsar, August 12 A couple was injured when a group of armed persons barged into their house over a land dispute at Kaonke village here late last evening. The victims were identified as Baljit Kaur and her husband Balwinder Singh of Kaonke village. The accused were identified as Palwinder Singh, his brother Gulzar Singh, Harwinderpal Kaur and Jasbir Kaur, wife of Gulzar Singh, all residents of Bagriyan village, besides around 10 unidentified persons. They were charged with attempt to murder, causing grievous hurt, molestation, ‘I want to see my Pak house once’ 2 youths hurt in firing incident at Verka Sukhwant Kaur shows a photo of her house in Pakistan that she received from a relative. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 12 Two youths were injured when a couple of armed, unidentified persons fired at them near Verka late last evening. The victims, identified as Varinder Singh and Sukhdeep Singh of Guru Nagar, Verka, were returning home from a health club when the armed persons fired a shot, which injured the two. The bullet pierced through the waist of Sukhdeep Singh and hit the arm of Varinder Singh. The accused were riding a bike and fled the scene immediately after firing the shot. Critically wounded, the victims were taken to a private hospital by onlookers. Their condition is stated to be stable. Sukhdeep Singh stated to police that he along with Varinder Singh was returning home on foot from a gym near the historic Nanaksar Gurudwara in Verka. They saw to it that the motorcycleborne persons came parallel to them and heard a bursting noise. They thought initially the tyre of the motorcycle had burst. However, he saw Varinder Singh bleeding from his elbow. Thereafter, he felt a severe pain in his back and when touched felt Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 12 “I am longing to see my house in Pakistan,” says 75-year-old Sukhwant Kaur in a choked voice, as she recalls the ordeal faced by her along with the Two arrested with drugs Varinder Singh under treatment at a private hospital in Amritsar on Saturday. profuse bleeding. They raised the alarm and people gathered at the spot and took them to a private hospital. Ravinderpal Singh, SHO, Verka police station, said though they had gone through the CCTV footage, due to darkness, the accused could not be identified. The SHO said personal enmity could be one of the reasons behind the incident, but investigations were under progress to ascertain the truth. A case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 34, IPC, and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against unknown persons on the statement of Sukhdeep Singh, he added. Amritsar, August 12 The CIA staff nabbed two persons, including a migrant, for drug peddling here today. They have been identified as Vinod Kumar alias Mintu of Sharifpura and Raj Kumar Yadav of New Judge Nagar, Batala road. Yadav hails from Motihari district in Bihar. The police recovered 1.5 kg of charas and 550 intoxicant tablets from their possession. A case under NDPS act has been registered against them. ASI Sushil Kumar said the accused were nabbed near Tehsilpura Bazaar. The police also seized an electronic weighting machine. The police got them on remand from court. They are interrogating them to ascertain where did they manage to procure the contraband from. — TNS Pak woman overcomes chronic ailment in city Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 12 Amidst border tension between India and Pakistan, Atiya Khalid, a Pakistani woman, is all praise for a local rehabilitation centre that helped her recuperate from a chronic ailment. Atiya, 43, turned up at Bhatia Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital and De-Addiction Centre three months ago for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, but was later diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a state where body expresses the unsaid negative emotions through acute pain and weakness. Hailing from Qadian, Gurdaspur district, and married in Pakistan for 23 years, Atiya had been facing medical issues since 2006. “I have been to 22 doctors in Pakistan and other places. But this centre in Amritsar worked wonders for me,” she said. According to Atiya, she was wheelchair bound at their house in Rabwah (Chenab Atiya Khalid from Pakistan in Amritsar on Saturday. Nagar), Pakistan. Her entire family life suffered and there was huge financial burden due to her ailment. From the Bhatia Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital and De-Addiction Centre, she was transferred to the hermitage centre under the hospital authorities. It took her three months to recover. “Every time I came via Wagah border, people took pity on me. Now, I will go back and recommend people in Pakistan to visit India. People from both the countries love each other. I have found a new beginning here. One c m y b criminal trespass, hurting religious sentiments and criminal conspiracy besides other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Baljit Kaur stated to the police that they were present in the house when the accused barged in and thrashed them brutally. She alleged that the accused ransacked their house, adding that her husband’s turban was toppled by them and that they also tried to strangle her. Sub-Inspector Dhanwinder Singh, the investigating officer in the case, said a land dispute was going on between the two parties, which was the reason behind the incident. should not lose hope,” says Atiya, who writes for local magazines and adopted painting once her life took an ugly turn in 2006. Dr JP Bhatia of Bhatia Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital and De-Addiction Centre and Hermitage Centre said, “She had been taking a number of addictive pills which caused harm to her body. We had to remove her from all those ailments. Her body expressed her mental state. Her ailment is very common.” members of her family during Partition in 1947. Sukhwant Kaur was seven years old when she along with her father and uncles and their families lived in 47-Chak Balere village in Lahore district. Talking about the tense situation in their village in 1947, she said, “Tension was brewing between the two communities. My father and all other male members of the village were called by a prominent Muslim man near a pond to deliberate on the situation. However, his real intention was to kill us all together. Therefore, my father, accompanied by his brother, went to examine the situation.” On returning, her father informed other villagers about the danger and all of them decided to leave the place together in a group. “The sun had set and the women of our house were preparing dinner. I still remember tandoors (traditional ovens) being placed in our porch, when we left hurriedly. We sat in bullock carts. It was decided to go to a bigger village nearby and then proceed further in a huge assembly.” “We used to sit in a circle whenever we stopped to take some rest. It was decided that we should burn ourselves, if there was any danger. Sukhwant Kaur, who retired as a block primary education officer, Verka block, curses the time of Partition that led to loved ones killing one another. continued on page 2
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