05102017-ATR-01.qxd 10/5/2017 12:22 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 5 OCTOBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Players selected Words that echo in the hills This is the real test A two-day district-level sports tournament concluded with the selection of teams. P2 It's time for literary luminaries to once again subsume Kasauli hills in pearls of wisdom. P3 Suhail Nayyar is excited to bag a pivotal role in ALT Balaji’s series The Test Case. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.11 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.27 AM HC grants interim bail to prime suspect Multi-crore investment scam:He has to deposit Rs 25 lakh with the trial court Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 4 Parveen Kumar Tondon, one of the prime suspects in the alleged multi-crore investment scam, got a relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court after three months of his arrest. The High Court granted him interim bail on condition of depositing Rs 25 lakh with the trial court. In case he fails to do so, his bail would be cancelled. The alleged scam was unearthed by the NGO Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) last year. A large number of residents from Chheharta area had Scam unearthed by NGO last year ■ Parveen Kumar Tondon, one of the prime suspects in the alleged multi-crore investment scam, got a relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court after three months of his arrest. ■ The alleged scam was unearthed by the NGO Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) last year. ■ A large number of residents from Chheharta area had accused Tondon, along with a former SAD councilor, of duping them on the pretext of hefty returns after some investment. . accused Tondon, along with a former SAD councilor, of duping them on the pretext of hefty returns after some investment. Two separate cases were registered in this connection. While Tondon was arrested, the remaining accused are still at large. Special investigation teams SNIPPETS were constituted from time to time, but the probe continued on snail’s pace. Passing the order,Justice Hari Pal Verma pointed out that without making any final observations in the case and considering the fact that the petitioner was in custody since July 3, he is admitted to interim bail. He has to deposit Rs 10 lakh within 10 days while the remaining amount should be deposited within two months. Sarabjit Singh of the PHRO said the court had fixed December 8 as the next date of hearing. Meanwhile, the high court has also dismissed the petition of SAD councillor Amarbir Singh Sandhu, one of the suspects in the alleged scam, who had appealed the court to direct to police not to act on ‘frivolous’ reports while pointing out that the entire exercise was to malign and implicate him in a false case. The police, through state council, on the other hand said SIT was investigating the case after receiving numerous complaints of frauds. Statements of 115 persons have been recorded while he was not called by the investigating agency so far. Terming the petition frivolous, Justice Rajan Gupta pointed out that it was nothing but misuse of the process of law. He dismissed the petition and ordered Sandhu to deposit Rs 50,000 as cost to the legal service authority of Punjab. The legal service authority would be at liberty to remit the same to an established institute of destitute children. 3 arrested with 520-gm heroin Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 4 The Amritsar rural police have nabbed three persons with 520 gm of heroin while two of their accomplices are absconding. Those arrested have been identified as Balkar Singh alias Toor, Malkeet Singh alias Keetu and Malkeet Singh alias Meeta. Those on the run are Balbir Singh and Dilbagh Singh. The accused belong to Daoke village near the Indo-Pak border. A case under Sections 21, 25, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them. Balkar Singh, SHO of the Kamboh police station, said following a tip-off, the police laid a naka near Gaunsabad Faith beckons ■ Those arrested have been identified as Balkar Singh alias Toor, Malkeet Singh alias Keetu and Malkeet Singh alias Meeta. ■ A case under Sections 21, 25, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them. . village bus stand. They signalled a car (PB-02BC-8882) coming from Ram Tirath side to stop. Health officials collect 17 food samples Phone seized from prisoners Amritsar: The Amritsar Central Jail authorities have booked two inmates — Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi of Kale village and Ranjit Singh of Shimlapuri, Ludhiana, for allegedly possessing a mobile phone and a SIM card. The phone was recovered from them after a court hearing when they were lodged in the lock-up at the court complex (peshi cell). According to police, the mobile and SIM card were probably given by someone, who had come to meet them at the court. A case under Section 42 and 52-A of the Prisoners Act has been registered against them. TNS Tribune News Service One arrested with intoxicants Amritsar: The Rajasansi police have arrested a person identified as Dalbir Singh alias Beera, a resident of Harsha Chhina Uchcha Killa, with more than 2,500 habit-forming capsules and tablets. According to the police, he was arrested from near Gurdwara Morcha Sahib at Rajasansi. The accused is a farmer and also works as a milkman. Investigating officer ASI Kuldeep Singh said he, along with a police party, was patrolling near Gurdwara Morcha Sahib when they spotted a youth coming from Ranewali village on a bike. He was driving on the road adjoining a canal. On seeing the police party, he tried to escape, which led to the suspicion. He was intercepted and during search, the police found around 800 intoxicant capsules and 1,720 tablets of different brands misused by drug addicts. The police also impounded his bike (PB-12-V-1758). He was produced in the court, which sent him into two-day police custody. He was booked by the police under Sections 21, 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS act. During preliminary investigation, the accused revealed that a person came from the city and provided him the drugs, which he sold further. ASI Kuldeep Singh said the police were trying to ascertain the source and identify the person who used to supply intoxicants to him. TNS Case registered However, the suspects tried to take a U-turn in order to flee, but they were intercepted. Two of them managed to escape. The SHO said during search, the police recovered 265 gm of heroin from Balkar Singh and Meeta while 255 gm was confiscated from Keetu. Amritsar (Rural) SSP Parampal Singh said the accused were produced in the court and taken on three-day police remand. He said the police were trying to ascertain the source and spot at the international border from where the drug was sneaked in. He said their previous record would also be looked into. Raids are being conducted at the possible hideouts of the absconders, he added. Religious organisations take out Shobha Yatra on the eve of the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar, October 4 The Health Department has launched a food sampling drive to check adulteration of edibles, especially sweets. The department has constituted teams to keep an eye on sweets and milk being transported to the city from rural areas. District health officer Lakhbir Singh Baghowalia said, “We have reasons to believe that poor quality sweets are produced in makeshift factories in rural areas and transported to the city where the demand is high during festivals.” He said due to lack of surveillance in rural areas, the mushrooming of such factories couldn’t be ruled out. As the demand for sweets is all time high during the festivals, especially Diwali, sweet sellers often ignore quality, he said. The health officer said they priority ❝Ourthat onlyis to ensure unadulterated and hygienic food is available in the market. ❞ LAKHBIR SINGH BAGHOWALIA , District Health Officer had already started the drive and 17 samples of food items were collected yesterday. Dr Baghowalia said people should try to make sweets at their homes and in case they need to buy from the market, they must prefer trusted shops. The official said the residents who had information about adulteration or illegal food factories could approach them and the department would take action. “Our priority is to ensure that only unadulterated and hygienic food is available in the market,” he said, adding that the shopkeepers must ensure quality. Drug peddler’s police MC to increase penalty on Buses flout safety guidelines cattle seized from illegal dairies remand extended SAFE SCHOOL VAHAN POLICY Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar October 4 The Municipal Corporation (MC) has been planning to increase penalty on the cattle, which they seize from illegal dairies within civics body limits. The authorities have written to the state government to increase the penalty for each cow or buffalo seized from Rs 510 to Rs 1,020. The MC has congested a cattle shed for stray cattle. The sanitary officers of the MC often raid on the illegal dairies and seize cattle. The dairy owners submit applications to veterinary officials to release their cattle with the assurance to shift dairies out of the MC limits. The cattle shed staff charge Rs 510 for each large animal and Rs 85 for small animals (calves). MC officials observed that with inflation, they often spend more on capturing an animal than the penalty amount. Moreover, the dairy owners afford to pay the small amount and they don’t care about the rules. JP Singh, in charge of cattle shed at Lahori Gate, said, “We Amritsar, October 4 A Tarn Tarn court has extended the police remand of alleged drug peddler Joginder Singh by four days. He was arrested by the special task force a few days ago. Sources in the STF said a manhunt was launched to arrest his accomplices, who had been on the run since the police encounter and subsequent arrest of Joginder. They said the STF had checked the previous record and found that around 10 criminal cases, a majority of them of drug peddling, were The cattle shed of the Municipal Corporation in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR have made a proposal to increase the amount of penalty in such cases. The MC house had passed the proposal in its last meeting. Now, the Local Bodies Department will implement it by issuing a circular.” JP Singh claimed that a large number of farmers and dairy owners left those cattle on roads which stop lactating. “When we catch such cows, they come to get them released. We also seize stray animals from roads and transport them to gaushalas,” said JP Singh. Even after such initiatives, a large number of stray cattle can be seen roaming on the roads, grounds and markets. These stray cattle lead to road accidents and traffic congestion. The MC doesn’t have any separate budget for dealing with stray cattle. Previous record ■ They said the STF had checked the previous record and found that around 10 criminal cases, a majority of them of drug peddling, were arrested against him. . arrested against him. Meanwhile, the Additional Director General of the STF today visited the office and held meeting with officials. He issued instructions to them, besides appreciating the efforts of the force. He also appreciated the policemen who had arrested Joginder Singh. Register tobacco sellers, asks NGO Tribune News Service Amritsar October 4 A local NGO has demanded to register tobacco sellers in the city so the the government keeps a check on the sale of tobacco products. c m y b Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala from the Amritsar Vikas Manch wrote a letter to Navjot Singh Sidhu to register all tobacco shops and selling points. The government should not allow underage children to sell tobacco, said Gumtala. Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 4 Many school buses transporting children are flouting guidelines of the Safe School Vahan Policy. The policy has been formed to ensure safety of children. Telephone numbers of the management and the driver are not printed on the vehicles. The availability of the telephone numbers enables the residents to report instances of rash driving by the drivers to the school management. Many of these vans don’t have iron grills fitted on their windows. It has also been seen that most of the school buses have their registration numbers of other states. An insider in the transportation business said, “The old buses from other states are purchased at low prices and then these are put to transport children. It is no coincidence that most of the school buses have registration plates of other states.” He said the buses, which have outlived their life, were dangerous for transportation of schoolchildren. As per the guidelines issued under the Safe School Telephone numbers of the management and the driver are not printed on the vehicles. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Vahan Policy, the school buses are required to get hydraulic doors fitted. The buses are also required to have two CCTV cameras; one each at rear and front. The buses must have female attendants. The policy also requires the buses to have stop signal arm to indicate other motorists to stop when the bus has stopped to pick or drop students, speed governor to limit the speed of the bus, and retracting step that helps students climb up or down the bus. The buses must also have fire extinguishers and firstaid boxes. The drivers of the school buses should have a minimum experience of driving a heavy vehicle for five years. In the past, district transport officials had initiated drives to make school buses follow these norms but they too lost steam.
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