02072018-ATR-01.qxd 02-07-2018 00:11 Page 1 MONDAY | 2 JULY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Revenue generation For the ‘cover’ girl All smiles MC eyes vendors for revenue generation, plans to issue monthly challans up to ~5,000. P2 To handle the bipolar summer weather, bet on the summer jackets. P3 Neha Kakkar will be seen as a judge on Indian Idol. P4 FORECAST RAIN | MAX 35°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.40 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.30 AM Jodhpur detainees in dilemma over compensation issue Centre’s writ against compensation awarded by a local court Tribune News Service THE ISSUE Amritsar, July 1 With no indication from the Centre regarding withdrawal of its petition from the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) against the compensation awarded to the Jodhpur detainees, the latter are in a dilemma. The hearing has been fixed for July 2. In absence of any communication from the Centre, the Jodhpur detainees have been preparing to attend the hearing. In May 2017, the Amritsar court had directed both the As many as 365 persons were detained at a Jodhpur jail after Operation Bluestar to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984. They were released after a few years. Over 100 have died. Of the detainees, 40 approached the court following which the latter awarded compensation. The court had asked the state and the Central Government to release the compensation around Rs 4.5 crore. But the Centre approached the High Court against the order. Though it has assured to withdraw the petition, no action has been taken so far. Centre and the state governments to shell out Rs 4 lakh as compensation to the 40 detainees along with interest at the rate of 6 per cent per annum from the date of filing the suit. The order for com- pensation covered both the periods — illegal detention and “delay” in trial. The state government has already given them its share of compensation amounting to Rs 2 lakh each with inter- est, but the Centre has challenged it. Though Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured to withdraw the writ, but it hasn’t been done till date. Jasbir Singh Ghuman, one of the detainees and a lawyer, said, “Since the HC issued us notice to appear for a hearing tomorrow, I will attend it.” “It will be known during the hearing in the court what exactly the Centre has decided. If it withdraws the petition, the case will be dismissed. On our own, we have prepared all requisite documentation,” he said. Stir over DSP’s suspension Tarn Taran, July 1 More than 150 women hockey players, under training at Sri Guru Arjun Dev Academy, along with their parents held a protest in the town, demanding reinstatement of Ferozepur DSP Daljit Singh Dhillon, who has been placed under suspension for his alleged involvement in making women drug addicts. The hockey players claimed that Dhillon had nothing to do with drug peddling and he was made a scapegoat by some conspirators. They said Daljit Singh Dhillon had been helping them out by providing hockey sticks, uniforms and other necessary items for the promotion of sports. Dhillon has been a hockey Olympian. During his stint in the city, he used to visit the academy and guide the girls. — OC MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla ( right) interacts with drug addicts of Gumtala village before sending them to a de-addiction centre in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Aujla gets addicts admitted to drug de-addiction centre Urges people to support his drive against drug abuse Shower of respite BJP’s protest over drug abuse today Tribune News Service Spotting a tap open at Kitchlu Chowk, a passerby halted to sprinkle water on his face, but the moment he spotted a broken helmet nearby, he chose to take a quick shower to beat the scorching heat in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, July 1 The state BJP has decided to stage a protest over the deteriorating law and order in the state government on Monday. BJP state president Shwait Malik met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and demanded the intervene of the Central Government, keeping in view “the failure of the state government to deal with the menace of drug abuse.” “Due to the wrong policies of the state government, the youth of Punjab is badly shaken by drug addiction. The Capt Amarinder Singh government has failed to nail drug dealers and sand mafia, so the assistance of the Centre is required to save the state,” he said. “I apprised the Union Home Minister that deaths due to drug overdose are happening every day in Punjab. In the last few days, the num- ❝The Capt Amarinder Singh government has failed to nail drug dealers and sand mafia, so the assistance of the Centre is required to save the state. ❞ SHWAIT MALIK, BJP state chief ber of people killed due to drug addiction has increased, implying that the drug smugglers had no fear of the state government,” he said. He said the assault on an ex-serviceman in Tarn Taran district by a drug trader for raising voice against drug abuse had been published in newspapers and such instances spoke volumes about the gravity of the situation. “The involvement of a DSP-level official in the drug trade, as per the allegations of a drug addict, is a blot on the face of the state,” he added. SNIPPETS 989 liquor boxes seized Amritsar, July 1 Lok Sabha MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla started an anti-drug campaign from his ancestral village of Gumtala here on Sunday. Along with Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh, Aujla visited the residences of addicts in his village and convinced them to go for deaddiction. During the first stage, four addicts from Gumtala and three from Kiran Colony responded to Aujla’s appeal and agreed to undergo treatment at Swami Vivekanand Deaddiction Centre of the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. While interacting with mediapersons, the MP said most of the addicts ran away as they were afraid of getting arrested instead of getting treated. “I met around 15 families but only seven addicts agreed to go for treatment. Most of the families can’t afford treatment. They prefer to go to quacks instead of de-addiction centre,” he said. “Despite of curbing the drug supply by the government, the addicts are still dying as their families and relatives do not opt for getting them treated,” he said. “I am surprised to learn that the families, neighbours of the addicts want the government to control drugs but don’t show interest for sending the addicts for treatment.During next phase of this drive, we will identify the peddlers and get them arrested. We will constitute a team to do the sting operation for the police, narrowing the escaping holes for the peddlers and suppliers,” he added. Dhotian villagers’ meet Worried over the death of a drug addict, residents of Dhotian village held a meeting to fight the drug menace on Sunday. Activists of several political parties and religious bodies decided to constitute a committee to motivate drug addicts to get admitted to de-addiction centres and keep a tab on the drug peddlers. Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Club and Youth Welfare Society, led by Ranjodh Singh, Jasdeep Singh, Ranjit Singh and Surjit Sigh held a march in the village. Sarabjit Singh Dhotian, a resident, said, “We are now organised to keep tab on the movement of peddlers to nab them and make the village drug-free.” Four mobile phones found in jail Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Tarn Taran: A team of the local CIA staff, led by Inspector Harit Sharma, seized 989 boxes (10,868 bottles) of English wine from a house near Mamta Niketan School on Saturday evening. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against Malkiat Singh of Fatehbad. He is at large. The police said the liquor was meant for illegal sale in and around the district. The police said the accused would be arrested soon. OC 1 kg of opium seized Tarn Taran: A team of the Special Task Force (STF), led by ASI Jaspal Singh, arrested Balraj Singh of Chibbra (Sri Mukatsar Sahib) with one kg of opium near Sarhali village, 22 km from here, on Saturday. The accused was travelling in his Alto car without a number plate when he was nabbed by the police. The accused has been booked under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The police are trying to ascertain where did he procure the contraband from and to whom he wanted to supply the same. OC Barnala man’s car stolen Tarn Taran: A Barnala resident’s car has been stolen in the town. Complainant Jagjit Singh said he had come to meet his relatives in Master Colony in his Bolero car (PB19D8595) five days ago. The vehicle was parked in a street outside his kin’s house when someone took it away. He came to know about it next morning. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. ASI Sanjeevan Singh said an investigation had been launched. OC Case registered against quack Tarn Taran: The Bhikhiwind police have booked one Jagtar Singh of Kalsian Kalan village for illegal medical practice. ASI Surinder Kumar, investigating officer, said the accused didn’t have the requisite qualification. He was booked as he couldn’t produce a licence from the health authorities. He has been absconding. Section 417 of the IPC has been slapped on him. OC Amritsar, July 1 The Central Jail authorities have confiscated four cell phones from the jail premises. The mobile phones were hidden in different barracks. A complaint was lodged with the Gate Hakima police. Ravel Singh, Assistant Superintendent of the Central Jail, said one of the phones was having a SIM card in it. He said an investigation was under progress to ascertain how did the mobiles reached the jail premises. The Gate Hakima police have registered a case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisoners’ Act against unknown persons. The police said it would identify the accused who were behind the crime. Residents of Dhotian village during a meeting over drug abuse on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Objections over ODF tag invited No trace of accused who burnt 3 labourers alive Amritsar, July 1 After passing the preliminary resolution in the MC House, claiming to have made the city open defecation free (ODF), the MC has invited residents’ objection, if any, regarding the ODF tag. “If there is some area in the city where open defecation is still going on, residents should inform us. We will address the issue,” said Municipal Health Officer Dr Raju Chowan. After 15 days, the MC will again call the General House meeting to pass the final resolution. After that, it would be sent to the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC). PK Jaiswar continued on page 2 Police without success even after four years; two of the accused said to have fled to Australia Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 1 It has been four years to the murders of three migrant labourers, who were burnt alive in a car only for getting insurance claim worth crores of rupees, but the prime accused along with his two sons is still on the run. Sukhwant Singh and Mukhtiar Singh, sons of the mastermind (Surinder Singh), are in Australia but the police haven’t initiated their extradition process. Out of the 12 persons nominated for the murder, six got life imprisonment in October 2016 while one of them died. Three of them were declared What all happened in January 2014 Three persons had lost their life in a car which caught fire near Manawala while going to Delhi. The incident occurred on January 22, 2014. Later, Jasbir Kaur, a resident of Maqboolpura, had identified one of the bodies as that of her husband Surinder Singh. Another body was identified as that of Sahib Singh of Bhullar village, near Ajnala. Initially, the police had considered the case as an proclaimed offenders who are yet to be arrested. A look out circular was issued in June 2014 against those who fled to Australia. The police accident and death certificates of Surinder Singh and Sahib Singh were issued. Later, Sahib Singh’s wife approached the PHRO, alleging a conspiracy as she was not aware of the scam. Their investigation revealed that Surinder Singh and Sahib Singh had faked their deaths by killing three unidentified persons. The police investigation established that Surinder Singh and Sahib have failed to initiate any step to get them extradited. Ironically, the police also failed to put them on the list of most wanted or proclaimed Singh were still alive and Sahib Singh was arrested after sometime. The three migrant labourers, who were made victims by the accused, haven’t been identified. The investigation revealed that Surinder Singh had got himself insured for Rs 2 crore while Sahib Singh was insured for Rs 1 crore. Surinder Singh had even got the car used in the crime insured for up to Rs 10 lakh. offenders on the website of the Amritsar rural police. The Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) states that the accused may have got the citizenship of Australia, and in such a scenario it will be difficult to get them extradited. Now, Parampal Singh, SSP , Amritsar rural, has marked a probe to SP (Investigations) Harpal Singh to look into the matter and take appropriate measures. Those who have got life imprisonment are Surinder’s wife Jasbir Kaur, Sahib Singh, Nishan Singh, Avtar Singh, Sukhchain Singh and Sarabjit Kaur, all relatives of the accused. Ranjit Singh had died during the trial. Apart from the trio, others who are absconding include Surinder Singh and Balwinder Singh.
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