07042018-ATR-01.qxd 4/6/2018 11:41 PM Page 1 SATURDAY | 7 APRIL 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Bhagtanwala dump High on life Dus Ka Dum Frequent fires incidents at Bhagtanwala garbage dump irks residents. P2 Sumeet Vyas ties up with Akarsh Khurana to present a madcap comedy titled High Jack. P3 Mika to lend voice to the title track of Dus Ka Dum game show. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 19°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.54 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6.11 AM SNIPPETS Accused in firing incident arrested Tribune News Service MP Gurjeet Aujla interacts with Demetrios A Theophylactou, High Commissioner of Cyprus to India, on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Aujla meets Cyprus official Amritsar: MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla conducted a meeting with Demetrios A Theophylactou, High Commissioner of Cyprus to India, regarding investment, tourism and cultural exchange on Friday. Aujla invited the official to visit Amritsar to explore more on the proposal of bilateral interests. Aujla said he had a fruitful talk with the high commissioner. TNS Head constable ends life A head constable, identified as Nirmal Singh (40), has committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in Dhulka village. The Khilchian police have booked two persons — Varinder Singh, alias Mithu, and his brother Gurpartap Singh — of the same village for abetment of suicide on the complaint of the victim’s wife Gurjit Kaur. No arrest has been made so far. The complainant stated to the police that Nirmal Singh was posted with the traffic wing of the city police. “On March 28, when he was returning home, the accused intercepted and thrashed him. Later, they lodged a false compliant with the police following which a case was registered. We got him released on bail,” she alleged. She said Nirmal was perturbed as he had been insulted by the accused. “He consumed poison on Wednesday. He was rushed to a private hospital at Baba Bakala where he succumbed,” she added. Randhir Singh, investigating officer, said the accused were absconding and raids were on to arrest them. Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC have been slapped. TNS Amritsar, April 6 The city police have arrested Sikander, a resident of Nangali village, for allegedly firing at a police team in Kathnangal. DCP (Investigation) Jagmohan Singh said around seven cases were registered against the accused at different police stations. “He along with others had formed a gang for carrying out illegal activities. A country-made pistol, two cartridges and a car used in the crime have been seized. Sikander was a proclaimed offender in an NDPS case registered at Rajasansi police station last year,” he said. His accomplice Jobanpreet Singh was arrested a few days ago. The police had con- fiscated a stolen bike and a revolver from his possession. His another accomplice, Sandeep Singh, was arrested from Balachak village by the Tarn Taran police on Thursday. A .12 bore pistol and five bullets besides a stolen car was confiscated from him. However, Sikander had escaped from the spot at that time. The accused had fired at a police party of CIA staff of Amritsar rural police headed by Ravinder Singh when they were chasing them in Maqboolpura. The police had specific input that he along with his partners containing illegal weapons was travelling in a car (PB-02-BN-5959) in Maqboolpura. When the police party signalled the car to stop at Maqboolpura Chowk, the accused started firing at them and slipped away. Sikander in police custody on Friday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Proposed years ago, subway project still a distant dream Crossing roads with heavy traffic gives nightmarish experience Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 6 Despite the MC’s budgetary proposal to set up subways for pedestrians at the extremely busy crossings years ago, nothing concrete has been done in this direction. Walkers undergo nightmarish experiences while crossing such intersections. The MC in its 2009-2010 budget had proposed construction of subways at key intersections in the city with an investment of Rs 20 crore. However, it failed to provide even a single subway. The MC’s focus has been more on the flyovers in the last five years. The civic body in a 16-page booklet released in 2009 had proposed 15 projects, including Gateway of India, extension of elevated roads, land projects and others. One of these projects was offering subways to the city. Punjab Sudhar Sabha president Balram Kumar Sharma said it seemed that the MC forgot about the project and the pedestrians while undertaking development of infrastructure in the holy city. Artistes hail move to keep Gang of robbers check on vulgarity in songs busted, four held Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 6 The setting up of a culture commission by the Punjab government to check the vulgar content in Punjabi songs has come as good news for those supporting the cause of ‘real’ Punjabi music. The recent announcement by Cultural Affairs Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu means that the Punjabi music industry will have to pass some sort of censorship for the first time in many years. With Padam Shree writer Surjit Patar as the constituting member of the Punjab Sabhaycharak Commission, industry insiders are hopeful that the stagnation in Punjabi music industry will end. “It is a thoughtful move, though it comes a bit late. Punjabi music industry has seen a humungous growth, but it has lost its essence and originality. If you listen to most of the Punjabi songs, the content lacks variation, with same beats, similar lyrics and glamorisation of certain aspects. Till date, nobody has taken the music industry seriously, but the decision can change the way things work and for better,” says Harinder Sohal, music composer from the city. With strict action proposed against artistes, who would be found promoting obscene content through music, the committee will act as a censor for, says young Punjabi playback singer Gurshabad. “The popular Punjabi music has been copying western music culture, dishing out songs that might not be high on quality content. It is definitely a good news if we want the industry to produce progressive music and groom worthy talent. If you listen to the Punjabi songs during the 80’s and compare them with today’s music, this decision would make sense,” he says. “The intent of the committee seems to control the promotion of gun violence, substance abuse and other derogatory stuff in songs. It is good for both, artistes as well as music lovers, as they too deserve to listen to quality music,” says Punjabi folk singer Preeti Singh. Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, April 6 The city police have busted a seven-member gang of robbers, all residents of the city, by arresting four persons. A country-made .12 bore pistol, 12 gm of heroin, three live cartridges, two datars, a computerised weighing machine and a sword have been seized, the police said. Three of their accomplices are at large. SSP Darshan Singh Mann said at a press conference on Friday that the accused had been identified as Avtar Singh Katta, Prince, Bobby and Heera Singh while others, who escaped, were Akash, Balwinder Singh and Vicky. Raids are being conducted at the possible hide- outs of the accused. The SSP said the gang was responsible for committing thefts in houses besides indulging in drug trade. Sections 399, 402, 379, 411 of the IPC, 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act, and 21, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act have been slapped, he added. Meanwhile, in another case, a team of the Chohla Sahib police, under the supervision of SHO, Sub-Inspector Sukhraj Singh, arrested Dilbag Singh of Thakarpura village (Patti) and seized 3.315 kg of opium. Dilbag was the village sarpanch and, according to information, has been associated with the SAD. A case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him. Shops deface historic Ram Bagh Gate ‘deodhi’ A number of shops have defaced the historic Ram Bagh Gate in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 6 The move of the Municipal Corporation (MC) to remove 10 “illegal” kiosks alongside the historic Ram Bagh Gate ‘deodhi’ recently was aimed at dealing with defacement but the step couldn’t yield desired results as the ‘deodhi’ has been surrounded by a number of shops. These shops are legal so the civic body can’t get these removed. The Punjab Heritage and Tourism Board is getting the ‘deodhi’ renovated and the work is about to complete. The civic body removed the encroachments from inside the ‘deodhi’ and shifted a government school to a separate building but there are several vends and shops which have obtained legal status now as they pay rent to the MC. Vendors at Ram Bagh sabji (vegetable) mandi (market) have installed permanent shops. MC Estate Officer Jaswinder Singh said, “There are several shops alongside the wall which were rented out by the civic body earlier and later sold. We have removed illegal vends near the gate of deodhi. No notice has been served to any other shop. The shops are defacing the historic site. The state government can take decision about these shops and vends.” Kirpal Singh Randhawa, member of the Encroachment Monitoring Committee of the MC, constituted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC), said, “The surrounding of the historical building has been encroached upon by vendors for decades. How can the MC sell the public land? The ring road has a historical significance. The government should conduct an inquiry to ascertain how did the encroachers get legal status. The role MC officials should be looked into. The government should remove such encroachments to protect the historic building and smooth flow of traffic on the ring road.” Pedestrians cross a road divider, risking their lives, outside Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR He said, “Flyovers are being raised by investing crores of rupees, but not even a single subway has been constructed to provide safe passage to pedestrians from high speeding vehicles.” Another local resident, GS Bedi, said the road outside Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Shahid was extremely busy and devotees had to struggle to reach the other side. With the constant rise in the traffic, the number of oneway roads has increased in the city. These roads witness uninterrupted flow of traffic leaving hardly any scope for walkers to cross the roads. Queen’s Road, Cooper Road, Railway Road, Hall Gate to Town Hall, Town Hall to Katra Jai Mal Singh, Pashim Wala Bazar, Chowk Farid, Katra Sher Singh to Pink Plaza intersection have been made one-way. Majority of these roads are without zebra crossings. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said he has already instructed the staff to bring up the old projects to review these. He said the proposed subways were one of these projects. “The proposal will also be brought under the Smart City project. About six subways will be constructed on priority,” he added. PADDY EMBEZZLEMENT ‘Gulshan Jain, family have benami properties in Noida, Mumbai’ PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 6 The rural police have booked Gulshan Jain and his family members for fraud and criminal breach of trust. It has been learnt that he has several ‘benami’ properties in Mumbai and Noida. Highly placed sources, who were present during the verification of the Veeru Mal Mulakhraj Jain Rice Mill in Jandiala Guru, said the investigating teams had reportedly stumbled upon certain documents which pointed out that they had properties in Noida and Mumbai. However, these documents would be verified during further course of investigation. After three days of verification, the three-member team, comprising officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, Punjab Warehousing Corporation and Pungrain, found that around 400 wagons of government paddy worth Rs 3032 crore had been siphoned off by the mill owner. The officials found around five godowns where govern- ment paddy was found stored. These stores have been sealed. Following the complaint submitted by the Food and Civil Supplies, the Jandiala Guru police have registered a case under Sections 420, 406 and 34 of the IPC against Gulshan Jain his two sons Nitin Jain, his wife Nitu Jain, Sudhir Jain and his wife Sophia Jain. The accused are at large. Officials have pointed out that the accused mill owner bungled paddy worth over Rs 30 crore. Protest over police ‘inaction’ Assault: 1 gets life term Tarn Taran, April 6 Workers of the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI) gheroed the Chohla Sahib police station, 25 km from here, on Friday. They accused the police of committing atrocities and not acting on complaints of people. They raised slogans against the police as well as the state government. Baldev Singh Pandori, a leader, while addressing the gathering, alleged that the police had been working at the behest of the ruling Congress. “Justice is being denied to the common man. The police have failed to arrest a person of Mundapind village booked in a rape case registered four months ago,” he said. Leaders of the party also raised a number of issues. Goindwal Sahib DSP Satpal Singh reached the protest site to pacify the protesters. After getting assurance from the DSP regarding necessary action, the protesters lifted their dharna. — OC Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 6 A local court has awarded life imprisonment to a person, identified as Ashwani Kumar, who along with his accomplices had assaulted an RTI activist in August 2016. The victim, Dr Krishan Thakur, had sustained severe injuries. Two of his accomplices, Arun Mahajan and Shavi Mahajan, could not be arrested so they were declared proclaimed offenders by the court. Dr Krishan Thakur was brutally attacked by the armed persons on August 12, 2016 in broad daylight in the Mahan Singh Gate area. He sustained grievous and lifethreatening injuries, including multiple fractures in the head, hands and forearms in the incident. Following a complaint, the Kotwali police had booked around six persons, including Ashwani Kumar, Arun Mahajan and Shavi Mahajan. While Kumar was arrested, the police failed to arrest the remaining suspects. According to medical examination, he had sustained 34 grievous injuries in the attack. Of this, 27 injuries were threatening to life. The incident has left Thakur handicapped as his arms don’t function properly. He had sustained maximum injuries on his head. The court, while pronouncing life imprisonment, pointed out that Ashwani didn’t deserve any leniency. An old dispute over encroaching public land was the reason behind the incident. Thakur was an RTI activist. The accused had encroached upon some portion of Thakur’s residence and vacant land of the MC. On Thakur’s complaints, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered eviction of the land and this had not gone down well with the encroachers.
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