02082018-ATR-01.qxd 8/1/2018 11:52 PM Page 1 thursday | 2 August 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Students protest Song of victory The science of love Students of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur College protest amid faculty, college face-off. P2 Jennifer Lopez to receive ‘Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award’. P3 MTV Splitsvilla XI is back with a refreshing take on dating — Emotions vs Science. P3 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.26 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.48 AM Paddyrice mill owner along with suspects still at large scam accused held Jandiala Guru Teej fervour PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 1 In a major breakthrough, the Vigilance Bureau has arrested Food Inspector Gurjinder Singh, said to be one of the prime suspects in bungling of government paddy. This is the fourth arrest in connection with the paddy scam so far. The then district food and civil supplies controller AP Singh, another prime accused, is still evading arrest. RK Bakshi, SSP Vigilance , Bureau, confirmed the development. He said the vigilance has procured two-day remand of the accused. Earlier, the sleuths had arrested District Food and Civil Supplies Officer Raminder Singh Bath and Assistant Food Sup- Dr Kawar Ajay is health officer A girl prepares herself before taking part in an event at BBK DAV College for Women in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR SEE P2 Man impregnates daughter Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, August 1 In a shocking incident, a man allegedly raped his 21-yearold daughter, leaving her impregnated. Later, he got her child aborted. The police have booked the accused, identified as Anokh Singh (50), a resident of Toot village. He is at large. The police were informed by Sukhjit Kaur, daughter-in- law (sons’ wife) of the accused, who has been residing in Ropar. She had come to her in-laws at Toot village about one and a half months ago when she observed the victim’s bodily changes. She questioned her father-in-law, who claimed that she was having some digestive problem and that the treatment was going on. Sukhjit sought the victim’s medical reports, which the accused denied to show. When Sukhjit enquired from the victim, she spilled the beans, informing her about the sexual assault by her father and the abortion that she underwent after impregnation. ASI Karamjit Kaur, who recorded the statement of the victim, said the accused was absconding. He has been booked under Sections 376, 313 and 201 of the IPC. Amritsar, August 1 The state government reappointed Dr Kawar Ajay as the Municipal Health Officer on Wednesday. The post had been lying vacant since the transfer of Dr Raju Chowan around a month ago. The MC had given the charge to Dr Navjot Kaur. Dr Kawar Ajay Singh has already served the city in the same capacity in the past. He was transferred to the training centre of the Health Department. The health wing of the MC has been working hard to get open defecationfree (ODF) status from the Centre. It will be the major challenge for Dr Kawar Ajay to achieve the target. — TNS 12 trucks carrying sand impounded Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 1 Mining officials along with the rural police confiscated 12 trucks, carrying 3,600 cubic feet of sand, late on Tuesday evening. The driver and other occupants of the trucks fled the scene, leaving their vehicles behind after spotting the police. They were intercepted near Sahowal village following a tip-off. According to mining officials, the accused used to get the sand excavated from the Ravi river and carry the same through villages as they knew that the main road often remained under surveillance of the mining officials. Assistant Mining Officer of the district, Sarabjit Singh, said that every truck confiscated by the police was carrying 300 cubic feet of sand. The Mining Department had received a tip-off that several unscrupulous elements were indulged in illegal sand excavation in Ajnala, following which a team of officials along with cops reached near Sahowal village. The drivers and other occupants immediately fled away leaving the trucks behind. He said a complaint was lodged with the Ajnala police. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code and 21 (1) of Mining and Minerals Act against unknown persons. 3,600 cubic feet of sand seized ■ Caught in Sahowal village, the 12 trucks, which have been impounded, were carrying 3,600 cubic feet of sand. ■ Drivers and others fled the scene, leaving their vehicles behind after spotting the police. ■ They used to take the sand through villages, avoiding the main road as they knew that the main road remained under surveillance of the mining officials. ■ Two others arrested in a separate case of sand mining. They were found taking 200 cubic feet of sand in a vehicle. . The incident has once again brought forth illegal mining on a large scale in Ravi in Ajnala and Ramdass. Meanwhile, the Ramdass police have arrested Pargat Singh of Nangal Sohal village and Harpartap Singh of Rurewal village for illegal sand mining. A vehicle carrying 200 cubic feet of sand has been seized. They could not produce any document regarding sand excavation. A separate case under Section 379 of the IPC and 21 (1) of the Mining and Minerals Act was registered against them. In another incident, it seized a vehicle carrying 100 cubic feet of sand. The driver escaped from the spot leaving the vehicle behind. A manhunt has been launched for the arrest of the accused. c m y b Others on the run ■ Paddy worth crores of rupees was found misappropriated at Veeru Mal Mulakhraj Rice Mill in Jandiala Guru a few months ago. ■ Mill owner is said to have fled abroad along with his family. ■ Another prime accused, AP Singh, former district food and civil supplies controller, is still out of the police reach. . ply Officer Vipin Sharma in June. Later, they were sent to judicial remand. The investigation so far has brought forth incriminating evidence against the suspects who failed to perform their duties due to “corrupt” practices in the department, claimed Bakshi. A huge quantity of government paddy worth crores of rupees was found misappropriated from Veeru Mal Mulakhraj Rice Mill in Jandiala Guru, allegedly by the owners of the mill. The incident came to light when the owners went underground after shutting down the mill. According to officials, the rice mill was allotted around 18 tonnes of government paddy for milling against its capacity of 5-6 tonnes. It is not possible without the involvement of the food and civil supplies officials. It clearly indicates that the officials didn’t care two hoots while allotting the government paddy on the basis of which the owners took loan to the tune of Rs 200 crore from a bank. The police had registered a case of fraud against mill owner Gulshan Jain and his family members, including Nitin Jain, his wife Nitu Jain, Sudhir Jain and his wife Sofia Jain in April this year. Later, the Vigilance Bureau included the names of four officials in the FIR. During the verification, a team constituted by the Punjab government reportedly found around 400 wagons of paddy worth Rs 30 crore to Rs 32 crore missing. The vigilance had information that the accused owner and his family members had fled to Canada. Two of them fled from Delhi while remaining took flights from Mumbai, he added. SNIPPETS Proclaimed offender held Amritsar: The police arrested a proclaimed offender, identified as Narjinderjit Kaur, alias Nihangani, on Wednesday. According to the police, she was booked in many cases of drug peddling. She was declared a proclaimed offender by a local court after she failed to appear before it in a similar case. TNS Rafi remembered Tarn Taran: Legendary singer Mohammed Rafi was remembered on his 38th death anniversary at a function organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Patti, 25 km from here, on Wednesday. The function was organised by the Evergreen Society of the town under the chairmanship of Gurcharan Singh Lali, principal of the host school. Rohit Arora of the Society highlighted different aspects of the life of the late singer. OC 2 arrested for mother-in-law’s murder Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 1 A day after the registration of a murder case in connection with the mysterious death of Rajwinder Kaur (59) of Buttar Kalan village two years ago, the police arrested her daughter-in-law Shagunpreet Kaur and her “paramour” Satnam Singh on Wednesday. SSP Parampal Singh said the accused were arrested from Batala. The police have confiscated a pair of earrings and a chain belonging to the deceased. It also recovered 260 gm of intoxicating powder from the house of Satnam Singh. Rajwinder Kaur had died in October 2016. At that time, The case ■ Rajwinder Kaur (59) of Buttar Kalan village was found dead in October 29, 2016. ■ At that time, her daughter-in-law Shagunpreet Kaur claimed that she had died of diabetic attack. ■ Victim's daughter Kuldeep Kaur, who has now returned from Australia, has accused Shagunpreet of murdering Rajwinder. ■ Shagunpreet is said to have illicit relations with one Satnam Singh. She got her mother-in-law murdered to conceal her relations, alleged Kuldeep. . her daughter-in-law had claimed that she died of diabetic attack. Now, the deceased’s NRI daughter, Kuldeep Kaur, has returned from Australia and filed a complaint against the accused and her “paramour”, accusing them of murder. The police had also booked Jasbir Singh of same village. Kuldeep Kaur, a resident of Laverton, Melbourne, Australia, stated in her complaint that her sister-in-law had phoned her on October 29, 2016 and informed that Rajwinder had died due to low diabetic attack. She couldn’t attend the cremation due to pregnancy at that time. According to Kuldeep, after her return, villagers informed her that her sisterin-law had illicit relations with Satnam Singh. Her mother Rajwinder Kaur, somehow, got to know about it. The accused, in order to keep her “illicit” relations secret, got Rajwinder murdered in association with her paramour Satnam Singh, Kuldeep said. Rajwinder’s son has died long ago. The police had registered a case under Sections 302, 201, 120-B and 34 of the IPC against the accused on Tuesday. A separate case under the NDPS Act has been registered owing to the seizure of 260 gm of narcotic powder.
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