16042018-ATR-01.qxd 15-04-2018 23:55 Page 1 MONDAY | 16 APRIL 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Statues to be cleaned Lights, camera, action… Parvati or Kali? Civic body has come up with a plan to clean all the statues in the city at least once in a month. P2 Child actors of Punjabi film industry love every bit of their time on the sets. P3 Actor Pooja Sharma talks about her journey in the show Mahakaali. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 31°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 18°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.00 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.00 AM Two held for Green Avenue snatching A CCTV footage had gone viral in January showing a woman carrying baby being dragged by snatchers Tribune News Service City residents along with members of the Janwadi Istri Sabha, National Human Rights and Crime Control Organisation and policemen take part in a protest march over the Unnao and Kathua rape cases in Amritsar on Sunday. The cases have created an uproar across the nation. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR/SUNIL KUMAR Candlelight vigil to seek justice for rape victims Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 15 The Janwadi Istri Sabha on Sunday carried out a rally and candle march in protest against two horrible rape incidents occurred in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, sparking widespread agitation. Demanding immediate arrest of the culprits, the agitators urged the governments’ to set-up fast track courts. “They should be awarded death sentence for the inhuman act,” said Kanwaljit Kaur, secretary of the organisation. The protesters alleged that the accused were being sheltered by the BJP Due to . widespread protests, a BJP legislator and his brother have been arrested in UP while the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case is still at large. Meanwhile, students of Khalsa College also carried out a candle march seeking justice for the victims. Activists of the National Human Rights and Crime Control Organisation also held a demonstration at Novelty Chowk. Congress MP Gurjit Aujla took part in the agitation. MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla at a candlelight protest march in the city on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, April 15 With the arrest of two persons, the city police on Sunday claimed to have solved a snatching incident in which a woman was targeted in Green Avenue in January this year. The victim along with a baby was dragged up to a little distance by the snatchers and a CCTV footage of the incident had gone viral. DCP (Law and order) Amrik Singh Powar, while addressing mediapersons, said the crime was committed by Mukesh Kumar, alias Kaka, and Pardeep Singh, alias Sonu, of New Canal Colony. The accused were riding a bike without registration number when a team of the Ranjit Avenue police caught them at a naka (checkpoint). The police found 850 intoxicating tablets from their possession following which a case under NDPS Act was registered against them. During interrogation, the duo confessed to have snatched a purse from Green Avenue three months ago. The bike they were riding had been stolen posh Ranjit Avenue. It may be recalled that the Snatchers in police custody and a CCTV grab of the January 18 incident that had sent shock waves across the city. VISHAL KUMAR victim, Garima Mehra, was carrying a baby when the accused had snatched her purse, making her and the baby fall on the road. She had sustained injuries but her child was fortunate enough to be unhurt. A youth had tried to chase them but the accused threatened him with a sharp-edged weapon. The CCTV grab of the incident had gone viral and the police had drawn sharp criticism from residents for its failure to nail criminals. Even Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had visited the victim’s residence assuring them of arrest of the suspects. Multi-storey SGPC inn to deal Two wanted criminals among three arrested with accommodation issues Two firearms, cartridges seized, six others at large; involved in several robbery and theft cases Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 15 With a view to accommodate the increasing footfall of devotees at the Golden Temple, the SGPC intends to build a multi-storey sarai (inn) with ample parking space at its land located in the adjoining Akali Market. SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal, accompanied by SGPC officials, visited the site, spread in six acres, on Sunday. There is a proposal to construct a new inn with at least 1,000 rooms. An amount of Rs 10-crore has been kept aside in the 2018-2019 budget to carry out the first phase of the project. The proposal was mooted earlier too, but it could not take off as the dispute arose with the existing tenants who had moved court. An official said the occu- pants of our shops were informed to vacate and the matter would be resolved out of the court. The SGPC has already prepared a blueprint, including map and design of the proposed project which was approved at its executive meeting. Longowal said, “There has been quite an increase in the footfall of devotees at the Golden Temple, but proportionately, the accommodation in our existing sarais fall short. Keeping in view the convenience of the devotees by providing them budgetary accommodation, we intend to construct this inn at the earliest. I have directed the officials concerned to work over it on priority.” The site is behind Akal Takht. Another hitch was that it was having a very narrow passage on its entry point where a heritage structure in the form of a gate is also situated. The SGPC has already purchased two plots measuring 600 sq yard near Pappranwala Bazaar and 500 sq yard near Churra Bazar to facilitate a wide approach. At present, there are eight inns which provide lodging facilities for pilgrims, maintained by Golden Temple authorities. The latest addition was a luxury 10- storey inn spread over 1.13 lakh square feet near Saragarhi parking lot, having 238 rooms including 12 VIP suites. The problem of inadequate accommodation is all the more visible during special occasions like Diwali and Gurpurbs, as the devotees can be seen lying either in the waiting area of the inns or the parikarma of the Golden Temple. SNIPPETS Youth drowns in Phagwara Man booked for rape Our Correspondent Tarn Taran: Manpreet Singh of Sangharkot village in Khadur Sahib, 20 km from here, has been booked for allegedly raping a girl of Chutala village. The police said he developed physical relations with the victim four years ago. Since the girl’s family had no inhibition over their marriage, he started taking the girl to hotels. She alleged that he refused to marry her. Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC have been slapped on him. He is at large, the police said. OC Dilbir Foundation honoured Amritsar: City-based Dilbir Foundation has received the Sri Anandpur Sahib Award for its efforts for environmental protection. The award was presented on Baisakhi at the Virasat-e-Khalsa by Sodhi Vikram Singh, who draws his descent from the fourth Sikh master Sri Guru Ram Das, and hosted by the Anandpur Sahib Heritage Foundation. The foundation was selected on the basis of the work done to promote chemical-free farming and awareness campaigns. Gunbir Singh, president, Dilbir Foundation, said, “It will be our consistent effort to engage more with people for environment protection.” TNS Phagwara, April 15 A young jeweller, Aman, of Panchat village drowned in the sarovar of a shrine at Panchhat village on Saturday. He died on the spot. Jaswinder Singh, in-charge of the police post in the village, said the mishap occurred when the youth went to take a dip in the sarovar to mark Baisakhi celebrations. The police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. The body was handed over to the family of the deceased after a postmortem examination, the police said. State top cop honours senior police officials Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, April 15 The district police busted a gang of robbers, arresting three youths, on Sunday. Identified as Jobanjit Singh, Gurmukh Singh and Balraj Singh Ballu, they have been involved in snatchings, robberies and illicit drug trade. Their six accomplices, including Gurdev Singh and Amritpal Singh, managed to flee. Darshan Singh Mann, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Tarn Taran, said two .32 bore country made pistols, 11 cartridges, 570 gm of heroin, 820 intoxicating tablets and two stolen bikes were seized from them. He said one of the accused, Gurmukh Singh, had been sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment in connection with a murder case. He was released on parol for a month but didn't return. Balraj Singh and Jobanjit Singh are wanted in six cases registered at different police stations in the state, Mann said. The accused were involved in a number of snatching, robbery and theft Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 15 DGP Suresh Arora on Sunday held a meeting with senior police officials of the border zone, including IG SPS Parmar, Amritsar (Rural) SSP Parampal Singh and Tarn Taran SSP Darshan Singh Mann. He was accompanied by DGP (Law and order) HS Dhillon. DGP Arora expressed concern over the rising incidents of crime, especially robberies, thefts and snatchings in the state which has led to wideThree robbers in police custody as cops address mediapersons at spread resentment among the a press conference in Tarn Taran on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO people. Many tourists, including foreign nationals, have become targets of snatchers. cases. They were arrested at Singh Mann and Sukhraj He asked the officers to nail a police checkpoint near the Singh, Station House Officer the criminals. Plasaur drain. (SHO), Chohla Sahib. Meanwhile, Director GenerA case under Sections 399, al of Police (DGP) Suresh Aro- 402, 379, 411 of the IPC, 25, 54, ra, who was on a visit to Amrit- 59 of the Arms Act, and 21, 22, sar on Sunday, appreciated 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has the efforts of SSP Darshan been registered against them. Appreciating the police officials of Amritsar rural and Tarn Taran, he honoured them for their commendable service in the line of duty. SSP Parampal Singh said the district police had achieved a great success by busting an inter-district carjacking gang and arresting proclaimed offenders. The DGP honoured SP (investigation) Harpal Singh, DSP (jandiala) GS Sahota, Ravinder Singh, incharge CIA staff, SHO (Mehta police station) Amandeep and one constable, he said. He informed that the DGP promoted two head constables to the rank of ASI. SI Sukhraj Singh and SHO of Chohla Sahib police station were also honoured. Robber caught, hunt on for accomplices Amritsar: Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested a robber, Roshan Singh, of Meharbanpura village. A revolver has been seized from his possession. The police said Roshan along with Babbal, a resident of Gehri Mandi, Sabi of Partap Singh and several other unknown persons had formed a gang to rob people in Amritsar and adjoining areas at gunpoint. The police had got an information that Roshan was going to the Vallah cattle fair from Uthian village on a bike to conduct a reccee to rob cattle traders coming to the fair. Following this, a naka was laid near Swaraj School located on Mehta road. On seeing the police team, he tried to escape but nabbed. A .32 bore country made revolver and three live rounds were seized. A case under Sections 379, 411 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against him. DCP Amrik Singh Powar said further interrogation was under way to know the whereabouts of his accomplices. “Raids are being conducted to arrest Babbal and Sabi, who were absconding since his arrest. His interrogation can result in solving of many robbery cases. More recoveries are likely to be made,” he added. TNS DGP Suresh Arora (right) honours a police officer for excellent services in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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