05062018-ATR-01.qxd 6/4/2018 10:49 PM Page 1 TUESDAY | 5 JUNE 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Land to be sought Everything ecoLOGICAL Shamin is back Shwait Malik to seek land from Air Force for expansion plan of the city airport. P2 Restyle your wardrobe rather than throwing out perfectly good clothes into the landfills. P3 Actress Shamin Mannan is now making a comeback with a strong role. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 41°C MIN 31°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C MIN 31°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.33 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.25 AM Govt offers job to Gurdeep’s family PPCC president Jakhar along with Navjot Sidhu and Soni visits murdered councillor’s house Neeraj Bagga Tourist footfall plunges Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 4 MP Sunil Jakhar, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), on Monday met the aggrieved family members of slain Congress councillor Gurdeep Singh Pehalwan who was gunned down by armed gangsters on Saturday evening. Jakhar was accompanied by Cabinet ministers Navjot Singh Sidhu and OP Soni. They consoled the family members and informed them that the state government had announced to provide a government to the next of kin of Pehalwan. His daughter and family members urged them to provide justice to the family and demanded death for the gangsters responsible for the murder. “The state government has decided to offer a government job besides providing security to the family. The Congress leadership is with the family. All possible help will be provided,” said Jakhar. Residents and family members demanded recruitment of Pehalwan’s son in the police. Jakhar replied that the boy was minor. Once he attains adulthood, local leadership can put forth his case, he said. In a brief interaction with media, Jakhar blamed the previous SAD-BJP government for the current law and order crisis. “During their one-decade rule, Akalis sheltered criminals and gangsters. In the past one year, many gangsters have been put behind bars. No gangster will be spared whether he is operating from inside or outside the jail. The Congress government is committed to provide peaceful and fearless atmosphere in Punjab. Under the Congress rule, the police have solved targeted PPCC president Sunil Jakhar, Cabinet ministers Navjot Singh Sidhu and OP Soni interact with family members of slain councillor Gurdeep Pehalwan in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar: The murder of Congress councillor Gurdeep Pehalwan, farmers’ agitation and the anniversary of Operation Bluestar have reduced the influx of tourists in the city.The city-based hospitality, tour and travel industry has been facing the heat. APS Chatha, president, Amritsar Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHARA), said hotels of all categories in the city recorded a plunge in their room occupancy from 60 to 40 per cent. He claimed that half of the advance bookings for hotels had been cancelled. “Since the shooting of Congress councillor, tourists putting up in hotels are in a hurry to leave,” he said. A taxi driver, Bhupinder Singh, said calls for hiring taxis had come down sharply after the shooting incident. He hoped that the situation would return to normalcy after the Operation Bluestar anniversary. He said since Amritsar is a transit station to visit the neighbouring hilly states of Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir, a large number of passengers arriving here by rail and air prefer to travel by taxis to visit hill stations. With the start of summer holidays in schools, this phase is a peak season. — TNS killings,” he pointed out. He said land, sand and liquor mafia, who raised their head during the Akali regime, would be nailed. “The rot has been so deep and it will take time to cleanse the system,” he added. Sidhu said four police personnel would be provided to the family for security. He said those who had killed Gurdeep and those who helped them would be nailed soon. Meanwhile, police officials said they had got clues about the killers and manhunt was launched to nab the culprits. The market around the telephone exchange area and ward number 50 remained closed in protest against the murder. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu, in a statement released to the press, said the offices in the Municipal Corporation (MC) remained shut for the half day on Monday. He said his sudden death was not only the loss to the party but also to the MC. The councillors prayed for the departed soul. SNIPPETS Dowry case registered Tarn Taran: Lakhbir Singh of Ghaduwala village in Ferozepur has been booked for allegedly harassing his wife for dowry. His wife Raj Kaur said she was married to the accused nine years ago. According to her, he has been harassing her since then for dowry. She said he thrashed and forced her out of his house a year ago. The police have registered a case under Sections 498 and 406 of the IPC by the Chohla Sahib police. OC Three held with heroin Tarn Taran: Three persons, including a woman, have been arrested for allegedly possessing heroin. As much as 33 gm of heroin was seized from their possession. The police arrested Kulwinder Kaur of Chabal and recovered 20 gm of heroin. The police team was led by ASI Baldev Singh. Meanwhile, a team of the local CIA staff, led by ASI Sukhdev Singh, arrested Gursewak Singh and Vakil Singh of Khemkaran from Sarhali road and seized 13 gm of heroin. The accused have been booked under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. OC Now, CISF jawans to guard state jails PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 4 With the brutal murder of Congress councillor Gurdeep Pehalwan by gangsters, the jails are once again back in focus. It is being alleged that the murder has been perpetrated by notorious gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria who is currently lodged in a Hoshiarpur jail. Gangsters and smugglers are using mobile phones to run their networks from jails. They are using social networking applications to call their accomplices and pass instructions. Corrupt practices among the staff deputed at the jails help criminals sneak in mobile phones. Though Jaggu and his accomplices Bobby Malhotra and Sonu Kangla, lodged in different jails, have been booked by the police for Gurdeep’s murder, five others are still out of the police reach. DGP Suresh Arora, during his recent visit to the city, had said that the state government had urged the Central Government to provide para- military forces for guarding jails. Initially, the government has provided two companies of the Central Industrial Task Force (CISF) for the same which will be deputed at the jails where notorious gangsters and criminals have been lodged. “We have identified such jails where Central forces will be deputed soon,” he said. Sniffer dogs will also be pressed into service to curtail the incidents of sneaking banned material inside jails. The Amritsar Central Jail has earned the infamy as mobile phones continue to be sneaked in despite the availability of a multi-layer security system. Cell phones are confiscated from jail inmates at regular intervals. According to the DGP apart , from corruption, another problem is the threat issued to the jail staff by gangsters. Jail staff members are often threatened that their family members would be harmed in case they don’t help gangsters sneak in banned material. Shortage of staff and long duty hours are another problems the jail staff face, the DGP added. Under treatment, jail inmate escapes Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 4 A jail inmate, identified as Jaspreet Singh of Gurdaspur, escaped from the police custody after dodging the police guard at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here on Monday. He had been arrested for theft. The Majitha road police have registered a case in this connection while departmental action would be initiated against jail guards. According to information, he had been lodged in the Amritsar Central Jail for months. He was admitted to the hospital around two days ago after his health deteriorated. Two cops were deputed for his security. He went to the washroom and later pushed away by pushing the cops aside. Over 3K personnel to guard holy city Celebrations begin as NEET results out Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 4 City students have fared well in the National Eligibilitycum-Entrance Test (NEET) results declared on Monday. Harsimran Singh Grover, a student of Sidana International School and Wisdom Classes, secured 214 rank in the country and topped the city. He said, “I am thankful to my teachers and parents. I aspire for a seat at the AIIMS and would like to be a neurologist.” Amritsar, June 4 Over 3,000 cops besides 11 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed for the security of the city in view of the 34th anniversary of Operation Bluestar on June 6. Police officials said adequate arrangements were in place. Police Commissioner SS Srivastav said multi-layer nakas would be installed around Golden Temple. Police checkpoints will also be there at every entry and exit point of the city. They also urged the people SS Srivastav not to believe in rumours flashed through social media. He said the police were committed to maintain peace in the holy city. Meanwhile, flag marches were carried out in various parts of the city while the Amritsar rural police also conducted flag march in different rural belts. Divya Sharma Tribune News Service His father Gurinderjit Singh is an agriculture development officer and mother Harjit Kaur a housewife. Grover got 92.8 in his medical stream in the recently held CBSE Class XII results. Another star from the city is Bhavya Gupta. Taking tips from her elder brother Chirag Gupta and medico parents — Dr Dinesh Gupta and Dr Monika Gupta, she achieved 301st rank in the country. She is a student of Delhi Public School. Bhavya aspires to be a skin specialist. Suryansh of DAV Public School aspires to be on oncologist. He is keen on going to the US to learn more about cancer disease. Suryansh secured 318th all India rank. “I am thankful to my coaching institute — Wisdom Classes — and teachers for their guidance. I wish to take up oncology in future as there are a lot of things to be explored in this direction,” he says. Jasraymon Batra of Spring Dale Senior School, who also studied at Wisdom Classes, secured 684 rank in the country. Other students of the school, including Suchet Kaur Dhillion, Jaanvi Tangri and Krutika Khanna, proved their mettle. A total of 25 students of SGHPS, GT road, qualified the examination. Hargun of DAV International School performed well. Jashanpreet Kaur, Sneha Mohapatra, Shubham Kumar along with several others of Senior Study II also made their mark. Three booked for demanding dowry Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 4 Three persons of a family have been booked by the police for allegedly refusing to solemnise the marriage of their boy with a girl whose father expressed his inability to give a car as a part of dowry. The incident occurred in August last year and the complaint was filed with the Gharinda police in October. The case was registered following a probe and taking legal opinion. Sharanjit Kaur of Kaonke village accuses Gurlal of Bhuchar village of refusing to marry her only because her father was unable to give a car as dowry Those booked were identified as Gurlal Singh, his brother Harpal Singh and their mother Charanjit Kaur, all residents of Bhuchar village in Tarn Taran. Victim Sharanjit Kaur of Kaonke village stated to the police that her marriage was scheduled with Gurlal Singh for August 20, 2017. She said her father had made all necessary arrangements, including booking of a marriage palace and printing of invitation cards. She alleged around eight days before the marriage, her inlaws demanded a Duster car. She said her father expressed his inability to fulfill their demand so Gurlal’s mother Charanjit Kaur threatened to snap the marriage. She said her father spent around Rs 5 lakh on the arrangements. Perturbed over this, she decided to lodge a complaint with the police. A probe was conducted by the Family Welfare Committee and a legal opinion was sought from the district attorney. After the approval from SSP Amritsar rural, the Gharinda police registered a case under Section 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act. The police said no arrest had been made so far. Students celebrate their success after the declaration of NEET results in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR
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