08032018-ATR-01.qxd 3/8/2018 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 8 MARCH 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Tricolour size reduced Angst in her ink On equal footing Improvement Trust reduces size of Tricolour to protect it from damages due to gusts of wind. P2 Amrita Pritam’s sharp pen sliced many stereotypes to size and inspired a crop of liberals. P3 Tellywood actors share how long they feel women will actually have to wait to be considered on par with men… P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 28°C MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C MIN 10°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.33 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.49 AM for Civic body nears Swachhta Three bookedgirl blackmailing app download target Our Correspondent Eye on 23,300, 22,800 downloads already recorded so far Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 7 The Municipal Corporation (MC) is about to achieve the target of Swachhta mobile app downloads in the city. The target is 23,300 downloads and the MC has recorded 22,800 so far. Officials are optimistic that they will achieve the target as they have three more days. The downloads up to March 10 will be considered by the Swachhta ranking officials of the Central Government. Earlier, the date was February 28 which was extended by the Centre. MC Commissioner Sonali Giri along with officials of the health wing has shown keen interest in promoting the app to motivate residents to download it since achieving the target means fetching 150 marks for the city. If achieved, it will help the city improve its cleanliness ranking this time. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has set 23,300 downloads, which 10 per cent of the total households in the city, as the target. Municipal Health Officer Dr Raju Chowan said, “The MC Commissioner motivated the staff and got involved in the campaign. Our sanitary inspectors and other staff Cop caught for taking bribe The city will get 150 Swachhta points in case the download target is achieved. FILE PHOTO ❝ SUV runs through langar pandal, kills minor, hurts elderly woman Amritsar, March 7 A minor girl lost her life while her grandmother sustained severe injuries when a rashlydriven SUV ran through a langar pandal (marquee) in Ramdass here yesterday. The deceased has been indentified as Jashanpreet Kaur (13). The police have arrested the accused, Akashdeep, of Ramdass for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The incident occurred at Ramdass Chowk where people had gathered for a fair and partook langar. On seeing the rashly-driven Innova (PB-11-AH-8876), people ran hither and thither. The victim was run over by the vehicle. Her grandmother Sukhraj Kaur too sustained injuries. Sukhraj’s brother Kulbir Singh, a resident of Shampura village, stated to the police that he along with his sister and her granddaughter were coming out after partaking langar when the mishap took place. While Jashanpreet died on the spot, Sukhraj was rushed to a private hospital where her condition is stated to be stable. Sukhwinder Singh, investigating officer, said the police had registered a case under Sections 304, 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC against the accused who was arrested on the spot and sent to jail after producing before the court. Driver arrested Deceased Jashanpreet Kaur (13) had gone to a fair along with her grandmother and a kin when the mishap took place. Akashdeep of Ramdass, who was driving the SUV, has been arrested. Another mishap near interstate bus terminus resulted in the death of a woman. Accused bus driver is on the run. He said Akashdeep was driving at such a high speed that a pillar, after being hit, was damaged leading to the fall of the concrete lintel. The police said further investigation into the case was on. Meanwhile in another incident, a woman, identified as Vanita Suri, was run over by a bus near the interstate bus terminus here yesterday. The driver of the bus has been identified as Rajbir Singh, alias Raji, of Wadala village in Majitha. He fled leaving the bus behind. The police have registered a case under Sections 304-A and 279 of the IPC. Vipan Kumar, a relative of the deceased, said her sister-in-law Vanita Suri was a resident of Sharifpura located opposite to the interstate bus terminus. He said she was going to bus stand from Hussainpura side when the mini bus (PB-08-V-8944) hit her. She sustained critical head injury and died on the spot. The police said the bus driver would be arrested soon. Amritsar: Medical Education and Research Minister Brahm Mohindra will attend the prize distribution function at Government Medical College (GMC) here on March 9. He will also inaugurate the GMC auditorium. Principal Dr Tejbir Singh said the minister would distribute prizes among achievers in sports, cultural and literary fields. The programme of the minister last month was cancelled at the eleventh hour due to his busy schedule. Mohindra would also visit the de-addiction centre, ESI hospital and Art Gallery to attend the conclusion of dental fortnight. TNS Three held with drugs Tarn Taran: Three persons have been arrested for possessing 1,400 intoxicating tablets and 900 capsules. The police said Kuljit Singh and Sonu of Sarhali were caught with 200 tablets and 900 capsules, respectively. The Sarai Amanat Khan police arrested Kuldeep Singh of Dhand village with 1,200 habit forming tablets. They have been booked under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. OC Naked body of woman found in Butar Kalan Tribune News Service locks of the tube well room broken. He thought that his electric motor might have been stolen but after opening the door, he found the woman’s naked body. He informed the sarpanach and other panchayat members who informed the police later. Mehta police team, headed by SI Amandeep Singh, reached the spot. He said the deceased was apparently strangled to death while there were no signs of injuries on other parts of the body. He said it was yet to be confirmed if she was subjected to sexual assault before being murdered. He said the body had been kept in the mortuary for 72 hours for identification. Her postmortem would be conducted after constitution of a medical board. According to Amandeep, cops tried to ascertain her identity by question people in nearby villages but to no avail. He said the tube well room was located just 200 yards from the highway and it appeared that someone strangled her to death and later dumped her body here. He said further investigations were under way while her photographs had been circulated at police stations for her identification. He said a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC had been registered. the government offices and urged the employees to download the app. Teams of the health wing also visited prominent colleges, Guru Nanak Dev University, Indian Institute of Management and ITIs to motivate students and others to download the app. The Voice of Two labourers electrocuted GMC scam: Whistleblower alleges biased action ❞ Dr RAJU CHOWAN, MC Health Officer made huge efforts. Finally, we are near the target, which was appearing next to impossible a few days ago. Now, we will get 150 marks under the Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 and the city ranking will be improved.” In the past one week, MC officials have approached Tarn Taran, March 7 Head Constable Nishan Singh, a gunman of the city SHO, has been nabbed with a bribe money of Rs 20,000 from an Amritsar resident by a team of the Vigilance Bureau (VB) here today. Complainant Pawan Kumar said one of his relatives had a house in the city which was not being vacated by their tenant. Kumar wanted to get it vacated with the help of the local police. According to him, the police demanded Rs 25,000 for the same. Later, the deal was finalised at Rs 20,000. Meanwhile, Pawan informed Vigilance officials. DSP Kawaljit Kaur led the VB team and caught Nishan Singh red handed with the bribe money in the presence of shadow witnesses. — OC Mohindra to visit GMC Amritsar, an NGO, also made efforts and ran an online campaign for it. “We will orgainse a function to honour the officials, employees, volunteers, and others who worked to achieve the target. Now we will focus on complaint redressal,” he added. The app is an initiative of the Central Government to make it easy for people to lodge complaints regarding sanitation. Under it, residents uploads photographs of the litter following which MC employees clean it up and revert to the complainants. The MC Commissioner motivated the staff and got involved in the campaign. Our sanitary inspectors and other staff made huge efforts. Finally, we are near the target, which was appearing next to impossible a few days ago. Road accidents leave two dead Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, March 7 The police have booked three persons for forcing a Chandigarh woman to establish physical relations with some people. The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh Gopi, a police constable of Naushhira Pannuan, Mandeep Singh and Rajwinder Kaur, a resident of Muradpur. The 25-year-old complainant told the police that the accused called her from Chandigarh four months ago. They allegedly took her to Naushhira Pan- nuan at the residence of Gurpreet where she was “beaten and threatened”. “They tore my clothes and recorded a video of mine in semi-naked position. They forced me to establish sexual relations with others,” she said. DSP Satnam Singh conducted an inquiry following which a case under Sections 384, 342, 420, 506 and 34 of the IPC. The DSP said the involvement of others was yet to be confirmed. The accused are absconding and efforts are being made to arrest them, he added. SNIPPETS Amritsar, March 7 In a freak mishap, two persons died of electrocution at the 100 Foota road near East Mohan Nagar here today. The deceased have been identified as Rajinder Singh of East Gobind Nagar and Suresh Kumar, who hailed from Bihar. Mangal Singh, SHO, Division B police station, said the victims were installing an iron frame of a board when Suresh Kumar accidentally touched the power cable. Rajinder Singh tried to rescue him but he was also electrocuted. They were rushed to hospital where doctors declared them dead. Eyewitnesses said Rajinder Singh, a construction mason, and labourer Suresh Kumar were working on the third floor of the building where they were installing a board. The building belongs to Jai Inder Singh who runs Jai Glass and Decorator, a store, in the building. — TNS Amritsar, March 7 An unidentified woman was found murdered in a tube well room at Butar Kalan village falling under the Mehta police station here yesterday evening. The naked body of the woman, apparently in her late 30s, was spotted by owner of the fields who found the locks of the room broken. Avtar Singh immediately informed the village panchayat and later the police in this connection. He stated to the police that at around 5 pm when he went to his fields located near DIPS School, he found the Urges Vigilance Bureau to act against all ‘culprits’ instead of targeting officials ‘selectively’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 7 RTI activist Ravinder Sultanwind, who had blown the lid off the scam in the purchase of dialysis kits at Government Medical College (GMC), has written a letter to the Vigilance Bureau (VB) accusing the department of selective approach towards taking action against the culprits. He had exposed how the officials concerned of the college had purchased the dialysis kits at three times the market price. The VB had on December 26 last year registered an FIR against Dr SS Shergill, former principal, GMC; Jaspal Singh, Assistant Controller, Finance and Accounts; and Sanjeev Kumar, who owns the firm that had supplied the kits. At a press conference here RTI activist Ravinder Sultanwind (centre) gives details about the probe on Wednesday. SUNIL KUMAR today, Sultaniwnd said, “There were two more senior faculty members in the purchase committee besides Dr Shergill. While Shergill, who has now retired has been booked, the two other members, including the head who had put up the demand and quoted the exorbitant rate, have been spared so far.” The college had purchased 1,000 dialysis kits for Rs 1,750 each in 2012. However at the time, the market price of one kit was around Rs 612. “The college had paid Rs 17.50 lakh for the kits which were available at Rs 6.12 lakh,” he said. The VB had registered the case after an inquiry on the complaint of Sultanwind. He said, “The VB inquiry has found that the kits purchased at high price were also not distributed to general public but were sold in the market. The VB should also take action against the persons who had sold the kits illegally.” Sultanwind alleged that even after over two months of the registration of the FIR, the VB has not arrested a single accused and the inquiry hasn’t progressed further. He said the VB Director had been urged to look into the matter so that the culprits could be brought to justice. Trader robbed at gunpoint Inderpreet Chadha suicide: ~6,000 taken away from a departmental store near GMC Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 7 Three unknown persons barged into a departmental store and robbed its owner of cash and other valuables at gunpoint here yesterday. Saurabh Joshi runs a departmental store opposite Government Medical College (GMC). He said three persons with covered faces entered his store at around 6.30 pm and pointed a pistol at him. They snatched Rs 1,000 from him and took Rs 5,000 kept in the cash box. They also decamped with a gold ring of the victim other valuables from the counter. The police have registered a case under Sections 392 and 34 of the IPC. The police are trying to ascertain the identity of the accused. In another incident, an unidentified person snatched a mobile phone from a local resident, identified as c m y b Surinder Joshi, wife of Ashok Joshi. She was sitting at her shop — Joshi Hardware — located on the airport road. She said two motorcycleborne youth came and one of them entered the shop and demanded a lock from her. When she got up to show him locks, he snatched her mobile phone and Rs 1,000 from her cash drawer before fleeing. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC. Another accused seeks bail Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 7 A day after Harjit Singh Chadha, one of the accused in Inderpreet Singh Chadha suicide case, moved his bail application, another accused, Ravinder Kaur Bumrah, also filed bail papers. Inderpreet Singh Chadha, former vice president of the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) and son of its former disgraced president Charanjit Singh Chadha, had committed suicide on the airport road on January 4. The police had found several suicide notes in this connection. The government had constituted a special investigating team (SIT) headed by LK Yadav, IG, Crime, for probe. The SIT had arrested nine suspects in the case following preliminary probe. Among those arrested include Harjit Singh Chadha, Davinder Singh Sandhu, Vijay Umat, Inderpreet Singh Anand, school principal Ravinder Bumrah and her husband Varundeep Singh Bumrah, K Ghuman, Gursewak Singh. Harjit Chadha had moved a bail application in the local court yesterday while raising questions over the sequence of events given in the suicide case. The court has fixed March 13 as the next date of hearing while Bumrah’s application would be heard on March 14.
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