01082018-JTR-01.qxd 8/1/2018 1:28 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 1 AUGUST 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Martyrdom Day Kiki #danger Down, but not out Youth Congress holds plantation drive to commemorate Martyrdom Day of Udham Singh. P2 Call it fun or flirting with danger, the Kiki challenge is breaking the net as also some bones. P3 The world has been witnessing tragic suicides lately, leaving people in a state of shock. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.24 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.45 AM Returns filed by arms licence holders ‘fake’ Tenant fires gunshots at Over 28 housewives, 300 youths issued licences since 2010 Profession-wise issuance Profession Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 31 While two simultaneous cases of shooting in the city have sent shock waves among city residents, data received from the Police Commissionerate revealed that over 28 housewives and 300 youths below the age of 30 years were issued arms licences since 2010 in the city. While 501 licences were issued in 2015 and 361 in 2017, only 88 and 31 licences were issued in 2017 and till July this year, respectively. Interestingly, three youths below the age of 21 years too were issued licences. The data further revealed Police officials during a probe at a gun house in Jalandhar. FILE PHOTO Age-wise issuance of arms licences Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total Below 21 22 to 30 31 to 35 36 to 40 41 years Total years years years years and above 0 6 23 19 112 161 0 12 26 29 149 217 0 21 33 36 162 253 0 21 26 25 140 217 0 37 36 33 106 225 1 90 72 96 240 501 3 80 49 59 170 361 1 14 12 8 50 88 0 4 5 4 18 31 5 285 282 309 1147 2,054 that since 2010, maximum licences were issued in 2015 and 2016. According to Police Com- missioner Praveen Sinha, a majority of the licences were issued to people from the business community. Total licences issued in Jalandhar, (including banks) Army 115 IPS Punjab Police 126 Bank 26 Govt Service 168 Retired 55 Private 126 Business 1,058 Doctor 44 Advocate 4 Agriculturist 134 Petrol Pump 2 Shooter 20 House wife 28 Press reporter 9 Professional 66 Self employee 1 Others 72 Total 2,054 “Upon scrutiny, income tax returns filed by several arms licence holders seemed to be fake and a case of tax theft. We are taking up the matter with the Income Tax Department,” Sinha said. He added that interestingly, the majority of the tax returns submitted by the applicants were of Rs 2.49 lakh to avoid tax liability. “We are scrutinising such cases to find out the reason for these people to seek arms licence,” said Sinha. While speaking to The Tribune, Ajay Sehgal, an RTI activist, said there was a huge surge in the issuance of arms licence in 2015 and 2016. The practice went on for long. “It is due to which we are witnessing shooting incidents among misguided youths every now and then. The police should review the arms licences issued in the city,” said Sehgal. He said despite seeking details for the past three years under the RTI to view arms licence files randomly, the police were yet to respond to his request. Go for BIS licence to avoid Sidhu may be behind action, manufacturers told attack on state BJP chief, says Rathore AjayJoshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July31 The head of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) advised manufactures and industrialists, who are producing, storing and selling registered products without the BIS mark, to go for the BIS licence at the earliest. Otherwise, strict action will be taken against them. An industry meet and awareness programme for products under the BIS Mandatory Certification Scheme was organised on Tuesday at a private hotel here by BIS, Chandigarh. The objective of the programme was to create awareness among the industries to go for certification marks license i.e. licence to use the ISI mark on products under mandatory certification. Archana Rohela, Head, Chandigarh branch office of BIS, while addressing delegates present in the meeting pointed out that the Central Government had made various products under the BIS Mandatory Certification Scheme that have a direct impact on safety, health and security of the public. No manufacturer could make, store or sell any of the items covered Tribune News Service A speaker addresses a gathering of industrialists in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH under the mandatory certification without a valid BIS license. She added: “If any manufacture indulges in the same, than the offence is punishable with an imprisonment up to 2 years or a fine not less than Rs 2 lakh or both as per the BIS Act, 2016.” Deepak Kumar, Deputy Director, Chandigarh office, spoke about the ongoing activities of BIS pertaining to certification schemes and various new initiatives taken by BIS to make it more industry- friendly. Surabhi Arya, assistant director, Chandigarh office, also gave a brief presentation on the scheme. She mentioned that the products — three phase induction motors, capacitors, LPG water heaters, caustic soda, etc. have been covered under the scheme. Other products such as juicer mixer grinder and hand blenders would also be covered under the scheme soon. Rohela said it had been observed many a time that fake ISI-marked products were manufactured and sold to common consumers for huge profit. Hence, people should ascertain the genuineness of the ISI mark on products before purchase by visiting the BIS website http://www.bis.gov.in. People are requested that in case they come across any instance of misuse of ISI mark on any product, the same should be informed to the Head, Chandigarh branch office. The source of such information would be kept confidential. Jalandhar, July 31 Endorsing the claim made by Punjab BJP chief Shwet Malik alleging Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for planning an attack by Youth Congress workers outside his residence in Amritsar on Sunday, BJP vice-president and former city Mayor Rakesh Rathore said on Tuesday that circumstantial evidences clearly hint towards the role of Sidhu behind the attack. Himself a Ranji player and once known to be a close aide of cricketerturned-politician Sidhu, Rathore while reiterating Malik’s claim said a mob of over 500 Youth Congress workers was holding placards against Malik and were shouting slogans in support of Sidhu. Also, as per Malik, they were flashing swords and other sharp weapons. “A day before, both leaders entered into a verbal feud and Sidhu used unpar- liamentary language against Malik. The circumstantial evidences hint towards the role of Sidhu behind the attack on the state BJP chief and it is condemnable,” said Rathore, adding that the entire state cadre was observing a ‘black day’ against the attack allegedly planned by Sidhu. A former Jalandhar Mayor, Rathore has also asked Sidhu to ‘play’ clean politics with sportsman spirit. The BJP while dumping all speculations in favour of three-time former local MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, chose former Amritsar Mayor Shwait Malik for the Rajya Sabha seat. Since then, there is no love lost between both leaders. The war continues even after Sidhu left the BJP and joined the Congress during the Punjab Assembly elections held in 2017. During that time, describing Sidhu as an ‘honest and good human being’, Rathore said the former had taken a wrong decision of leaving the party. Residents hail Bill to check cheque-bounce cases Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, passed by LS, will allow court to penalise guilty Avneet Kaur/Ajay Joshi Jalandhar, July 31 The Lok Sabha recently passed the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill that allows a court hearing a cheque-bounce case to direct the drawer — the person who wrote the cheque — to pay interim compensation to the person who filed the complaint. The step has been welcomed by professionals. They feel that those who intentionally cheat would now be in trouble. In the Bill, the interim compensation, to be paid within 60 days of the court’s order, can be up to 20 per cent of the value of the cheque. The court may direct the payee to repay the interim compensation, with interest, if the drawer is acquitted. Rajeev Kumar, a chartered accountant here, said the amendments have been made in the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, so that people think twice before issuing cheques and make sure that they are not dishonoured. “The bill aims to counter delaying tactics adopted by people who want to avoid paying cheques issued by them. It will now preserve the sanctity of cheque transactions by stopping the practice of people trying to deliberately delay cases through filing of appeals and obtaining a stay on the proceedings,” said Kumar. Another industrialist Rashpal Singh said: “The law is the need of the hour, suppose if I borrow money from someone and issue him/her a cheque, if my intentions are clear, the cheque will be honoured, but if my intensions are not clear, the cheque will bounce back. Then through court, much help will be given to the one, who provided me money and I will be asked to pay the compensation along with the actual amount.” Meanwhile, the importance of the amendments introduced could also be studied from the fact that the pendency on cheque-bounce cas- es keeps on increasing. In the district courts only, over 12,000 cheque- bounce cases are pending and every month hundreds of such cases are filed in the court, said advocate Arvind Sharda. Another lawyer KC Malhotra, who deals with chequebounce cases, said: “It’s an encouraging step into deterring someone to engage in any kind of false activity. If any drawer files case under Section 138, then a summon would be issued to the accused. Also, as it is a bailable offence, so people did not care much before committing the offence, but the new amendment has made it clear that 20 per cent of the check amount would be paid during the bail. Therefore, its a curb on whosoever misuses c m y b it. Moreover, the litigation would also be reduced. Lakhs of cases of cheque bounce were pending in the country, hence, it would also decrease the liability on courts.” Surinder Singh, a resident of Jalandhar Cantt also appreciated the ruling. Notably, since 2010, he had filed 12 cases of cheque bounce, of which eight were resolved after seven years and four still remain unresolved. He said the accused was sent behind the bars but got came out after he got a bail. Though the case had been going on in the High Court, the accused had not paid him the amount. So, if any such ruling had been adopted, it would definitely keep such culprits on alert from now onwards. landlord, two injured Police officials at the crime spot in Kodian Mohalla; and (below) the injured at a hospital in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Tribune News Service Fourth such incident in a week Jalandhar, July 31 In the fourth incident of shooting reported in the city in the past one week, a tenant on Tuesday shot at his landlord over a small feud at Kodian Mohalla here. According to police sources, the victim had given his shop on rent to the accused for the past many years. He was asking his tenant to vacate the shop. However, on Tuesday also, he went there and asked him This is the fourth such incident in the past one week. A firing outside a gym at Rama Mandi here killed a person around five days ago. In another incident, a gunshot was fired during a small tussle between two groups over a girl on Monday. tenant to vacate it. Meanwhile, the tenant refused to do the same following which they entered into a brawl. When the situation went out of control, the tenant took out a gun and shot at the landlord. Another family member also got in the incident. Both victims were at present getting treated at a hospital in the city. This is the fourth such incident in the past one week. A firing outside a gym at Rama Mandi here killed a person around five days ago. In another incident, a gunshot was fired during a small tussle between two groups over a girl on Monday.
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