13022018-ATR-01.qxd 2/12/2018 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 13 FEBRUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Traders thrashed Song of success It’s so love-ly! SAD men accused of thrashing traders for refusing to give them glasses for boozing. P2 Achievements do not come easy. For these Punjabi artistes from humble backgrounds, it came with a lot of hard work. P3 The season of love is here with Valentine’s Day around the corner. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY SKY | MAX 19°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.15 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.14 AM HC summons health officials over issuance of ‘fake’ MLR Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 12 The Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) has issued a notice of motion to senior officials of the Health Department, including Amritsar Civil Surgeon, in connection with a civil writ petition filed by a retired government school principal, Sewa Singh Sekhon. The court has issued summons to Principal Secretary, Health, Director Health, and Civil Surgeon Dr Narinder Kaur for March 12. A nurse of the Civil Hospital, kin of Sekhon, had accused the latter of assault a few months ago. She filed a police case and had got issued a medico-legal report (MLR) to substantiate her Showers lash the city, giving commuters, especially those on foot and bikes, a tough time in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Mercury dips as intermittent showers lash city Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 12 Intermittent showers since early morning hours resulted in a dip in the temperature here today. In the evening, hailstone lashed various parts of the city, making the weather chillier. Mild showers started at around 2 am. The chill in the air kept most of the pedestrians and bikers off road. The city recorded mild showers intermittently throughout the day but the evening hours witnessed heavy rain with hailstones. Farmers and agricultural experts, however, stated that these showers were benefi- cial for the wheat crop. “It is the fourth spell of rain in the entire winter season. Amid scarcity of rainfall, today’s showers are beneficial for the crop. It will help maintain soil moisture,” said an elderly farmer, Joginder Singh. A rise in the day temperature has been observed in the last few days. “Though the nights are still chillier, day temperature had increased these days. It is hoped that the showers will bring the chill back,” said another resident, Kewal Mahajan. The rain, meanwhile, left commuters, especially bikers and pedestrians, hassled. Waterlogging was seen on some roads. Stagnant rainwater on road after rain on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR A woman and her daughter were murdered on Feb 6 Amritsar, February 12 Even after the elapsing of six days, the police are yet to make any breakthrough in connection with the brutal murder of a woman and her daughter. The police today ruled out the involvement of a political leader who, allegedly, was in a relationship with her. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Jagjit Singh Walia said though efforts were being made to crack the case, the police hadn’t got any clue. Gagan Verma (45) and her daughter Shivnaini (20) were found murdered at their residence in Darshan Avenue near the Golden Gate in Amritsar in the early hours of Autopsy report in a day or two ■ Gagan Verma (45) and her daughter Shivnaini (20) were murdered on February 6 in their house. ■ Their autopsy report is expected in a day or two. It will help the police ascertain if the victims were raped before being murdered. ■ Even six days after the case, the police haven't got any clue of the killers. . Tuesday (February 6). Before fleeing, the killers set the house on fire in a bid to burn the bodies and destroy the evidence. The matter came to light when a neighbour called the fire brigade. Gagan’s body was charred while her daughter’s body The petitioner has accused a nurse of getting a fake MLR issued to implicate him in an assault case. The nurse works at the Civil Hospital and is said to have used her proximity with higher ups to get such a report issued. claims. Sekhon has been claiming that the MLR is fake as “the nurse managed to get it with the help of her proximity with senior officials” of the hospital. He complained to health officials on October 25 last year about the issuance of “fake” MLR in favour of the nurse. Later, Sekhon filed a complaint with Civil Surgeon on November 7 after was burnt partially. As Shivnaini’s hands were tied and her body was half naked, the police as well as her kin suspect that the duo may have been raped by the killers before being murdered. Earlier, the police were trying to find out if a political leader, said to be close to the woman, had anything to do with the murders? SHO Neeraj Kumar said his name was unnecessarily being dragged into the case. “Investigation carried out so far hasn’t hinted towards his role,” he said. He said the police were awaiting the autopsy report to ascertain how the two had been killed and if they had been raped. The postmortem examination report would hopefully come in a day or two, the SHO added. which a three-member medical board was constituted to probe the allegations. The board summoned and recorded statement of Sekhon on November 24. However on December 7, the department changed all the three members of the board to benefit the nurse, said Sekhon. In his civil writ petition, he contended that the board was changed on the request of the staff nurse. “The Health Department failed to address my concerns about new members of the board who were close to the nurse,” he said. Later, the board submitted its report to the police after which Sekhon moved the High Court to challenge the MLR of the department. Family attacked, four booked Tribune News Service Double murder: Police rule out involvement of politician Tribune News Service THE CASE Amritsar, February 12 The Sadar police have booked four persons, including three women in connection with an assault case. Complainant Rajesh Dhawan, who sustained a head injury, told the police that on Friday his wife Ritu Dhawan and his sister-in-law Hema Dhawan were sitting in a street outside his house in Tagore Avenue when the accused argued with them and started recording a video through their phone. At that point of time, Dhawan, his brother Naresh Dhawan and other members of the family Naresh Dhawan, one of the injured. TRIBUNE PHOTO were inside the house. According to the complainant, Ashu Khanna attacked his family members with a sword, leaving them injured. Those booked have been identified as Simple Khanna, her brother Ashu Khanna, Veena Khanna and Dimple Khanna, all residents of Tagore Avenue located on Majitha road. A case under Sections 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against them. No arrest has been made so far. The victims also handed over a CCTV footage of the incident to the police. The police said the matter was under investigation and no suspect had been arrested so far. He said both parties were neighbours having some old dispute. Anonymous complaint against acting principal of GNDU college Complainant talks about acting principal’s past record of ‘harassing’ staff Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 12 An anonymous person, in an email sent to The Tribune and GNDU Vice Chancellor Jaspal Singh Sandhu, has raised questions over the appointment of an acting principal of a constituent college of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) in Mukandpur. The sender has questioned the appointment over certain parameters and also the acting principal’s “past record for harassing the staff” under him. It is worth mentioning here that Dr Gurjant Singh, whose What the email states? ■ The email, sent to The Tribune as well as the GNDU VC, questions appointment of acting principal of a GNDU constituent college in Mukandpur. ■ He/she lists a number of complaints made against him in 2011. ■ The sender mentions about authorities ignoring the seniority list for such appointments. ■ GNDU Vice Chancellor says action can’t be taken on the basis of anonymous complaints. appointment has been questioned, has held the position of acting principal for the same institute in 2011 as well after the retirement of the regular principal. As per the email, Dr Gurjant Singh was appointed acting principal on February 1, 2018 after the retirement of the regular principal. The sender talks about the seniority list for such promotions and also attached along with the email a list of complaints made during his tenure in 2011. The sender of the email also suggests the names of the teachers who have suf- I have neither received ❝complaint nor read it. the The appointment has to be made by the university. I cannot comment before reading the email. ❞ DR GURJANT SINGH, acting principal of Mukandpur college fered because of the attitude of the acting principals. When contacted, Dr Gurjant Singh said, “I have no idea about this complaint. I have neither received the complaint nor read it. The appointment has to be made by the university. I cannot comment before reading the mail.” Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice Chancellor, Guru Nank Dev University, said, “Yes, I have received the complaint. As per the Central Government rule, we cannot act on the basis of anonymous emails or complaints. If there is an issue, I will request the sender to send it with his or her name and meet me. The university is absolutely fair.” Commenting about the appointment, he said Dr Gurjant Singh had been assigned the role of an acting principal. “We will issue advertisement to appoint a regular principal,” he added. SNIPPETS Kin of murder victim protest, seek arrest of assailants One killed in road accident Tribune News Service Tarn Taran: A person, identified as Jarmal Singh (30), a resident of Mari Kamoke, was killed in a road mishap Sunday evening. His car collided with a truck at Thathia Mahantan, 20 km from here. The deceased was driving his Verna car and going to Chohla Sahib. The truck driver, Bharat Singh Rathaur, has been arrested. OC Concern over exam centres A delegation of the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI) presented a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal over allotment of exam centres to students at far away stations. They said that it would cause great inconvenience to students, especially girls. OC Amritsar, February 12 Family members of a local youth, Bikramjit Singh, today accused the city police of inaction. They held a protest at the Division B police station. Bikramjit, a resident of Kot Atma Ram, had died after several persons of a family attacked him in December. He succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. The police have failed to arrest the culprits so far. An inquiry is being conducted by the ADCP . Balbir Singh, grandfather of the youth, today said that a CCTV grab of the incident had gone viral wherein the accused were seen attacking the victim. “There is no doubt about the involvement of the accused but the police have assigned the inquiry to a higher official, an illogical move,” he said. c m y b “When the police had the CCTV footage of the incident, there is no point of marking an inquiry. The accused should have been arrested. The police are acting in a biased manner under some influence,” he alleged. Meanwhile, the police commissioner said the investigation was under progress. Bikramjit was critically injured in a murderous attack on December 26 over an old enmity. He had succumbed to his injuries in January. Initially, the police had registered a case under minor offences even as Bikramjit was in coma. Sukhdev Singh, his two sons Simranjit Singh and Lakhbir Singh, his wife Paramjit Kaur and three unknown persons, all residents of New Kot Atma Ram on Sultanwind road, are among the accused. The police had later added charges of murder in the FIR. Victim’s kin speak to mediapersons on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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