13102017-ATR-01.qxd 10/13/2017 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 13 OCTOBER 2017 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Metro buses await funds Festive & feisty Charvi in Woh Apna Sa The Metro bus authorities couldn’t pay for the fuel. The buses remained off road. P2 Festival season is here and along with other celebrations, are you ready to be at your best? P3 Woh Apna Sa will be taking an eight-year leap and new cast would be joining the show. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 33.3°C MIN 21.1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.01 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.33 AM SNIPPETS Intoxicants found in jail Amritsar: The Central Jail staff has seized around 90 intoxicant tablets and a mobile phone besides a bundle of cigarettes from inside the high-security jail premises here. On a complaint lodged by the jail authorities, the police have booked a jail inmate, identified as Gurpartap Singh of Varana village, in Tarn Taran. TNS Man duped of ~1.50 lakh Amritsar: Kabal Singh of Ugar Aulakh village in Ajnala was booked by the Chheharta police after a local resident lodged a complaint of fraud against him. The victim, Chandan Nageena, stated to the police that Kabal duped him of Rs 1.50 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Spain. TNS Booked for stubble burning Tarn Taran: Burning of stubble in Balachak village, 15 km from here, badly damaged paddy crop on five acres of a local farmer. The city police have registered a case under Sections 188, 427 and 34, IPC, against three members of a family. The police said the accused had been identified as Tarsem Singh and his two sons Hardev Singh and Sukhdev Singh. The victim, Stalinjit Singh of Chabba, in his compliant to the police alleged that the accused in spite of the ban orders imposed against stubble burning, set afire the stubble in their fields and it damaged his paddy crop. The police are investigating the matter. OC 3 booked for robbing man Tarn Taran: Three unidentified miscreants robbed Baljit Singh of Jhamka Khurd village of his motorcycle and other belongings a week ago near Ubboke village, 25 km from here. However, the police have registered a case under Section 379, IPC, in this regard on Wednesday. The victim was going to Patti town on his motorcycle when the masked robbers blocked his way and robbed his motorcycle, mobile phone, Rs 5,000 in cash, Aadhaar card and ATM card and managed to escape from the spot. The victim tried to locate them but failed to do so. Later, he informed the police about the incident. OC Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 12 A minor issue of parking of a scooter in front of a house in the Anngarh area turned ugly when a couple of armed youths killed a man late last evening. The victim was identified as Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Anngarh, while those booked for his murder include Jasbir Singh and his brother, Balwinder Singh, alias Latti. The police have arrested Balwinder Singh while Jasbir was missing. Kuldeep Singh, the investigating officer and in charge of the Fatahpur chowki, said both the accused and the victim were relatives. As the street was very narrow, they had come face to face with each other over the parking of a scooter, which left only a small space to move. Yesterday, a family friend had come to Gurmeet Singh’s home and he had parked his scooter outside. In the meantime, the accused, who were allegedly in an inebriated condition, reached there and objected to this. The accused started creating a ruckus. When Gurmeet Singh came outside to pacify them, they attacked him with blunt weapons, including sluggers, sticks and a bat, leaving him seriously Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 12 Employees at six of the seven community health centres in the district fear that they would have no money to celebrate the festival of lights, as they have not received salaries for the month of September so far. Around 50 employees of three centres, namely Verka, Lopoke and Tarsikka, have not received salaries for August also. The centres whose employees have not received salaries for September include Mannawala, Ramdas and Thariewal. The only centre whose employees have received regular salaries is Baba Bakala. “We had no money when people were celebrating Dasehra. Even Karva Chauth went away like this. Now, with only a few days left for Diwali, we fear we would not get our salaries by then,” said an employee of the Tarsikka A view of the Civil Hospital in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO health centre. The employees stated that they had no other source of income and they were finding it difficult to manage their expenses. “The employees have to manage their kitchens, pay tuition fee of their children and meet many other expenses. During the festival season, the expenses overrun their salaries but if they don’t get their salaries, it becomes unbearable,” said another employee. The employees stated that the government had earlier initiated the process to allocate budget for various heads online, but in their case this system too has not worked. The insid- Amritsar, October 12 An unidentified person, around 50-years old, was found dead in fields in the Rajasansi area here yesterday. The police suspects he was murdered by unknown persons who later dumped his body at the spot. His private organ was found to be chopped while he was without his right arm. The police have registered a case under Sections 302 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code in this connection and further investigations were underway, the police authorities said. The incident came to light when Mehtab Singh, son of Angrej Singh of Bohlia village, went to his fields. He told the police that he found a foul smell emanating from his fields. While searching around, he found the body of an unidentified person there. He immediately informed the Rajasansi police which reached the spot and took the body into its custody for a postmortem examination. Prempal, SHO, Rajasansi police station, said though the police was yet to identify the deceased, the way he was killed, it appeared that illicit relations could be the reason behind such a brutal killing. However, he said things would be clear, once the body was identified. “There was no cloth on the body while it appeared that it was dumped in the fields Mellifluous chimes Minor girl run over in Ajnala Tribune News Service Women look at clay-wind chimes ahead of the Diwali festival in Amritsar on Thursday. Amritsar, October 12 A minor girl died in a road mishap when a speeding school bus hit a bike from behind in Ajnala here this morning. The police have booked the driver of the bus. The deceased was identified as Balwinder Kaur (7) while the accused driver was identified as Jobanjit Singh, a resident of Gaggomahal village. A case has been registered. Gurmeet Singh, the father of the deceased, stated to the police that Balwinder Kaur was sitting pillion to her uncle, Satpal Singh, who was going to Bhindi Saida village. He said near the Sakki bridge, the speeding school bus of BDS Senior Secondary School, Ajnala, came from behind and hit their bike. Balwinder Kaur was run over by the bus and she died. Tourist couple robbed near Golden Temple again Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 12 In yet another incident of its kind, a tourist couple was robbed by unscrupulous elements when they were going to the local railway station on a rickshaw after paying obeisance at Golden Temple. The victims were identified as Gurnam Singh, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, and his wife, Gurmeet Kaur. They ers at the Civil Surgeon office said the office had no budget to disburse salaries to the employees of these six centres. Civil Surgeon Dr Narinder Kaur said, “I would get the matter examined and do whatever is necessary to disburse salaries to all employees as soon as possible.” Man found Bobbitised, murdered in Rajasansi area Tribune News Service were also injured in the incident when they fell from the rickshaw, as they resisted the attempt of the suspects. Gurnam Singh stated to the police that his wife had Rs 3.50 lakh cash, two diamond rings, mobile phones and other important documents. Ironically, it took the police five days to lodge an FIR while the incident occurred Hope of Sikh political prisoners’ release revives Tribune News Service Diwali festival: The staff say they have no other source of income PHOTO SUNIL KUMAR Parking issue turns ugly, one killed Six out of 7 health centres’ employees await salaries on Saturday. A hotelier in UP, Gurnam Singh said his wife had a boutique and she accompanied him to Amritsar and Delhi for procuring readymade garments for her boutique. Therefore, she had brought the cash with her. The couple had arrived in the city on October 5 and was to return on October 7, when the inci- dent took place. The incident occurred in the wee hours when they left for the railway station to catch the Shatabdi train. The city police have failed miserably in curtailing the snatching incidents because tourists have become soft targets for the snatchers. The miscreants have been striking at will, especially in the areas near Darbar Sahib. Over a dozen instances have been c m y b reported to the police in the past one week. While it is believed that many of the victims preferred not to lodge a complaint with the police who dither in registering an FIR. Nonetheless, repeated instances of the kind bring a bad name to the holy city. Recently, a controversy had erupted when an NRI woman was robbed by snatchers while the police asked her to not to lodge an FIR. more than 20 days ago. The face is beyond recognition,” he said. He said all police stations in neighbouring districts and Punjab had been alerted and the deceased’s picture was being circulated for identification. “We have alerted the police stations, seeking information regarding any missing person during the past one month,” he said. Amritsar, October 12 The hope of releasing Sikh political prisoners has revived once again after the Union Home Ministry has taken steps to expedite the matter with the states concerned. This was stated by Damdami Taksal head Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa today. The Under Secretary of the Home Department, Renu Suri, has asked the chief secretaries of Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to proceed as per the directions received from the PMO. “We have received a communication in this regard. There is hope that Sikh political prisoners will be released soon”, he said. A delegation of Damdami Taksal had met Rajya Sabha member Dr Subramaniam Swamy on June 20 regarding the early release of Sikh prisoners who were languishing in various jails despite the completion of their sentence. “Besides, we had asked that records pertaining to the ‘84 riots be made public and action taken against the culprits, scrapping of the ‘black list’, implementation of the Sikh Marriage Act, re-establishment of Gurdwara Gian Godri and return of records and documents of Sikh Reference Library”, said Khalsa. Dr Swamy had taken up the issues with the Union Government, following which the PMO had recommended to resolve these issues. 2 gangsters held, desi pistols recovered Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 13 The city police claims to have arrested two notorious gangsters, identified as Rajat Malhotra alias Karan Masti and Nikhil Takhi alias Stylish. The police recovered two country-made pistol along with four rounds besides a stolen motorcycle from their possession. Deputy Commissioner of Police (investigations) Jagmohan Singh, addressing mediapersons, said the accused were wanted in many cases of robberies, dacoity and murder. He said the two gangsters were members of the Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and Bobby Malhotra gang. Masti along with his accomplices had robbed a bank in Hoshiarpur last year. He was also booked in connection with the murder of Hariya, who was killed in front of the Division B police station in May last year. Neeraj Kumar, SHO, Sultanwind police station, said the two were also wanted in many criminal cases in the neighbouring state of Haryana, including that of Continued on page 2
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