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P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 33°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.12 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.12 AM Sawinder is Tarn Taran MC chief; sulking leaders not to take oath BJP councillors are against Sawinder Kaur’s elevation as president of the council Current scenario of Municipal Council Gurbaxpuri Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 2 The elections to the post of president and office-bearers of the Municipal Council (MC), which was held here on Wednesday, has put the ruling Congress in an awkward position as the elected vicepresident and the junior vicepresident have announced that they will not take oath. Sawinder Kaur of the BJP has been elected president while Rakesh Sharma and Surinder Singh Malhi have been made vice-president and junior vice-president, respectively. The posts had been lying vacant for over a year since Bhupinder Singh Khera of the SAD was removed from the post of president through no-confidence motion. Insiders said there were a number of councillors who wanted to become the president of the council, so ■ Sawinder Kaur of the BJP has been made president, Rakesh Sharma vicepresident and Surinder Singh Malhi has got the junior vice-presidentship. ■ Many BJP councillors are sulking as they want to become the president of the Municipal Council. ■ The 23-member Tarn Taran Municipal Council has 16 SAD and seven BJP councillors. ■ The SAD and the BJP in the district are at loggerheads for years. Nine members of the SAD are in the support of the BJP councillors. ■ The BJP had even supported the BJP councillor Sawinder Kaur, who has been elected the Congress during Assembly elections president of the Municipal Council, Tarn Taran. last year. Sawinder’s election hadn’t gone down well with them. In the MC House of total 23 elected members, the SAD has 16 and the BJP has seven councilors. The Congress had failed to open its account at the time of the elections more than three years ago. As the Encroachers warned of civic body action Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 2 The recent appeal of the Mayor and the MC Commissioner regarding removal of encroachments from footpaths appears to have fallen on deaf ears. The vendors and shopkeepers who have encroached upon the areas outside their outlets consider it as a routine announcement. MC staff on Wednesday made announcement in various markets of the city and warned the shopkeepers that the seized goods would not be returned. A team of the estate wing employees met members of the market associations and sought their support. Residents are hopeful that the MC will take action and remove permanent encroachments from footpaths. “We welcome the move of the MC if they free the footpaths from encroachers. Footpaths have been encroached upon by vegetable and fruit vendors MC staff makes announcement in several markets of the city, issues warning that the seized goods will not be returned. from Ghala Mala Chowk to Guru Nanak Hospital at the Majitha road. The MC should start from this congested road,” said Sandip Singh, a resident of the Majitha road. The vendors and shopkeepers in most of the markets are organised and associated with political parties. It would be a challenge for the MC to remove encroachments from footpaths. The estate wing of the MC had given a week’s ultimatum to remove illegal vends and other encroachments from footpaths of the city on Friday. In an appeal to the vendors, MC officers had stated that a massive drive would be launched if encroachments were not removed. SNIPPETS Man booked for fraud Tarn Taran: Ranjit Singh, said to be a fake travel agent, has been booked for allegedly defrauding a man of Rs 4.15 lakh. Complainant Sukhchain Singh of Kadgill, in his complaint to the police, stated that the accused assured him of sending him abroad four years back. He took the money from him but failed to keep his promise. When he demanded his money back, Ranjit allegedly threatened to kill him. A case under Sections 420 and 506 of the IPC has been registered, the police said. OC 4 booked for encroachment Tarn Taran: Four members of a family of Lauhka village, 15 km from here, have been booked for encroaching upon a public street. The accused have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh, his brother Dilbag Singh, Charanjit Singh and Lovejit Singh. A case under Section 431 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of BDPO Mela Singh. OC Intoxicants seized Hoshiarpur: Central Jail, Hoshiarpur, officials seized 164 banned tablets from an inmate on Wednesday evening. Jail Superintendent GS Saroya said Charanjit Singh, alias Bagga, undergoing 10-year imprisonment under the NDPS Act, returned from parole. He was found hiding the tablets in his bag. A case has been registered. OC SAD and the BJP were not in good terms, both sides had contested separately. The SAD and the BJP in the district are still at loggerheads. Nine members of the SAD are in the support of the BJP councillors. The seven BJP councillors had supported the Congress party during the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections. Surinder Singh Mallhi of the BJP said the seven BJP councilors had expressed resentment over the elections so they refused to accept the posts. “At the beginning of the meeting, Congress MLA Dr Dharambeer Agnihotri took a promise from the councillors that they would obey him,” he said. Meanwhile, Sawinder Kaur said she had supported Congress’ Dharambeer Agnihotri during the Assembly elections in the state for which she had been rewarded. The Wednesday’s meeting to elect the office-bearers was kept a secret as the councilors, who the authorities thought would create a ruckus, were not invited. Bhupinder Singh Khera, former president, who was removed from the post of the president, said the SAD councillors were not informed about the meeting. Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Sandeep Rishi was the returning officer, who didn’t disclose the identity of those who proposed the names of the elected office-bearers. Mobile, drugs found in jail Amritsar, May 2 The jail authorities seized a mobile phone and 3 gm of intoxicants on Tuesday. An inmate, identified as Harwinder Singh, has been booked. Acting on the statement of assistant superintendent of the jail, the Gate Hakima police have registered a case under Sections 22, 61, 85 of the NDPS act and 42, 52-A of the Prisoners’ Act. Meanwhile, 100 intoxicating tablets have been recovered from another prisoner, Skatar Singh. Jail authorities said that the seizure of intoxicants and mobile phones establish the fact that every possible step was taken to nail the errants. — TNS Three youths rob man of scooter Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 2 Three youths, armed with with sharp weapons, robbed a city resident of scooter in the wee hours on Tuesday. Victim Amarjit Singh said he was returning after paying obeisance at Golden Temple at around 4 am when he was intercepted by three persons near 30 Futa Road in Maqboolpura. They took away his white coloured scooter (PB02-CN-7391). The Maqboolpura police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC. In another incident, a youth snatched a woman’s purse. Aarti stated to the police that she was returning home on foot when the accsued came on as scooter and snatched her purse containing Rs 4,400, a mobile phone and ATM cards. The Division A police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC. Showers leave bags of wheat in grain market drenched 5,37,120 metric tonnes of wheat has reached the Bhagtanwala grain market; 5,27,983 MT has been procured Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 2 Moderate rain lashed the city, troubling the farmers at the Bhagtanwala grain market here on Wednesday. Rainwater got accumulated in the low-lying areas of the grain market and left wheat bags drenched. Thousands of wheat bags and large heaps of grain are lying in the open. Though procurement agencies have procured 5,27,983 metric tonnes till date, the lifting of procured crop is yet to pick up pace. The lifting is quite slow and the market has no space to keep more bags under the sheds. The Bhagtanwala grain market is deprived of required infrastructure to shelter the crop during rain. A large number of wheat bags are lying in the open. Farmers and labourers were seen shifting wheat bags from one place to other. As many as A labourer tries to protect bags of wheat from rainwater at the Bhagtanwala grain market; and residents caught unawares by rain on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR 9,137 MT of wheat hasn’t been procured yet. Farmers alleged that the government hadn’t made any arrangement to cover the wheat bags lying in the open. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha warned the officials concerned that delay in wheat lifting would not be tolerated. He assured that lifting would continue in the market. “Farmers should not worry. The government will procure every single grain which has reached the market,” he said. The market has received 5,37,120 MT of crop in the Food inspector suspended, Head constable beaten up, four arrested more heads likely to roll Tribune News Service PADDY SCAM Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 2 With the suspension of another inspector (Gurjinder Singh) of the Department of Food ,Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, after a departmental probe, more heads are likely to roll in connection with the paddy scam. He was suspended on Tuesday on the orders of the Director Food and Civil Supplies after a probe indicted him for negligence. Meanwhile, the Vigilance Bureau is yet to finalise its report on the “bungling” of government paddy to the tune of Rs 32 lakh from Veeru Mal Mulakhraj Jain Rice Mill at Jandiala Guru. According to sources in the vigilance, statements of commission agents and officials of the department have been recorded. Vigilance sleuths are also looking for Gulshan Jain, owner of the mill, who along with his family is stated to have escaped to a foreign country. Vigilance SSP RK Bakshi said more heads were likely to roll during further course of investigation. The Amritsar rural police have booked Gulshan Jain, owner of the mill, his sons and daughters-in-law for the fraud. Around 400 wagons of government paddy worth Rs 32 crore were found missing from the mill godowns during a survey conducted after the owner and his family dis- appeared under mysterious circumstances. During the search, it was found that the accused also duped Punjab National Bank of around Rs 200 crore. The suspects showed the government paddy as their own before taking the cash credit limit from the bank, it has been learnt. The Punjab government had handed over the probe to the Vigilance Bureau. Earlier, the government had suspended the then district Food and Civil Supplies Controller AP Singh after the bungling hit the headlines. Investigation so far reveals that AP Singh approved the allocation after the subordinate staff submitted their reports to the department after verification. UNIFORM TORN Amritsar, May 2 A head constable was thrashed by several tipsy youth near Joginder Da Dhaba near the railway station late on Tuesday evening. The accused, who were forcing employees of a liquor vend to open the outlet, have been arrested. They have been identified as Jaspal Singh of Bhawani Nagar located on Majitha road, Navjot Singh of Ghala Mala Chowk, Varinder Kumar of Golden Avenue and Lovepreet Singh of Gopal Nagar area. Head Constable Jaswant Singh said he was on duty when he saw the accused forcing an employee of liquor contractor to open the vend. They had just closed down Accused were forcing liquor vend staff to reopen the outlet when the cop turned up and intervened. They started fighting with him and tore his uniform allegedly. the vend at around 12 pm. The cop tried to intervene when the accused started fighting with him. They allegedly tore his uniform, slapped and threatened him of dire consequences. A case under Section 353 (assaulting to deter public servant from discharging his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant), 332 (injuring public servant), 189 (threatening public servant) and 34 of the IPC has been registered against them. last two weeks and 5,27,983 MT has been procured. The government has paid Rs 667 crore to the farmers for their crop. 3 nabbed with intoxicants Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 2 The CIA staff have arrested two persons with huge quantity of intoxicants tablets. Identified as Sarabjit Singh, alias Soba, and Ajaypal Singh, both residents of Ibban Kalan village, are said to be drug addicts. Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused bought the intoxicants from someone in Hall Bazaar. They were brought on police remand for further interrogation. Tajinder Singh, investigating officer, said 1,100 tablets of habit forming drugs were seized from them. They were arrested on a tip-off. They were travelling on a scooter when the police intercepted them near Hall Bazaar. continued on page 2
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