04082018-ATR-01.qxd 8/3/2018 11:24 PM Page 1 saturday | 4 August 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Metro bus service When being stupid is sweet Charming to the core Metro bus likely to expand services after electrical lift installation work by October. P2 Fanney Khan is the story of a father who goes to various lengths to encourage his daughter. P3 Gaurav Wadhwa says the character he essays on screen is quite similar to him in real life. P4 FORECAST MOSTLY CLOUDY | MAX 36°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.25 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.49 AM Chit fund fraud victims SNIPPETS 1 killed in mishap for stringent action Chheharta residents demand addition of sections under Money Laundering Act against firm officials Tribune News Service Concretisation of the historic Company Bagh was done during the SAD-BJP regime as well. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Residents against concretisation of garden Company Bagh has concrete flooring, further work to affect green cover Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 3 Though the historic Company Bagh has already been turned into a concrete garden with tile flooring, booths and permanent structure during the reign of the SADBJP government, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has floated tenders once again for constructing concrete pathways here. The garden has been losing its sheen due to the depleting green cover. Nature lovers and visitors have opposed the unwanted pathways and the tile work in the parking area. As per the MC plan, Rs 35 lakh will be spent on redeveloping the pathways and barricading the traffic system inside the garden. Residents are worried that instead of protecting the greenery, the MC is again focusing on concrete pathways. Sandip Singh, a visitor, said, “The previous government laid the tiles every- where in the garden. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had developed the garden with the intention of increasing biodiversity. He had enough money to install concrete structures but he planted diverse trees, plants and grass. Now, the governments have constructed clubs, panorama, sewerage disposal plants, podiums, concrete parking, skating court and offices of MC during past decades. No one is concerned about the environment.” “Greenery and plantation at the park have been badly affected in the past some years. Besides, the construction of booths, a large area has been covered with tiles and concrete. The MC should restore its green belts to plant trees,” said Kuljit Singh, a resident. Ram Bagh was developed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and it was named after Guru Ramdas Ji, founder of the city. It was renamed as Company Bagh during the British rule. Amritsar, August 3 Accusing the police of conducting shoddy investigation, residents of Chheharta, who have been victimised by a chit fund company, on Friday demanded slapping of charges under the Money Laundering Act against the firm officials. They said the accused had claimed that their firm was registered as per the RBI guidelines which was not the case. The police had booked seven persons for cheating and criminal conspiracy on June 16. They have been identified as Gurcharan Singh, Palwinder Singh, Navdeep Singh, Rohit, Gurdeep Singh, Rajinder Singh and Ranjit Singh, all residents of Chheharta. While Rajinder and Ranjit were nabbed and sent to judicial custody, four others managed to get interim bail. Palwinder Singh is already in jail in connection with a murder case, said Karanbir Osahan, victims’ counsel. He alleged the accused had The case ■ Hundreds of residents of Chheharta have accused a chit fund firm of defrauding them. ■ The police had booked seven persons, of which 4 managed to get interim bail from HC. ■ Now, victims have demanded slapping of charges under the Money Laundering Act against the firm officials. . been misleading the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC), claiming that the members, except 500, had settled the issue and that the entire amount would be paid till next date of hearing. “The accused managed to get bail from the HC on the pretext that they would return the money to the victims and in case they failed to do so the interim bail granted to them would stand withdrawn on next date of hearing,” informed Karanbir. He alleged that there were more than 500 victims who were yet to be repaid. Recently, relatives of the accused repaid the amount to Som Datt Sharma ❝It will nottobe appropriate comment at this moment. Appropriate action will be taken after a thorough probe. ❞ SS SRIVASTAV, Police Commissioner and several other persons and took affidavits from them. However, remaining persons were not repaid by them. On July 27, over 60 victims had signed an application and handed it over to the Police Commissioner for a thorough probe so that accused may not get themselves free. They alleged that around 2,000 members of the firm had been giving monthly instalments of Rs 1,500 each for 20 months. Police Commissioner SS Srivastav marked a probe to Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) in this connection. “It will not be appropriate to comment at this moment. Appropriate action will be taken after a thorough probe,” he added. Rabid dog’s bite kills Police on hunt for 7 men behind journalist’s shooting nine-year-old boy Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 3 A nine-year-old boy, identified as Rahul of Khai Wali Gali, died of dog bite on Friday. He was reportedly bitten by a rabid stray dog two months ago. After cremation, his father Gopi, who works with the Municipal Corporation (MC), said , “Rahul didn’t tell us after being bitten by a stray dog around two months ago. He apprised the family of the incident two days later, following which he was administered a tetanus injection.” With the passage of time, his behaviour started changing as he developed hydrophobia. Even a glimpse of water made him frightened. He started feeling suffocated. When his condition deteriorated, the family took him to a hospital where he died. — TNS Amritsar, August 3 The Chheharta police have booked Prabhjot Singh of Jagdev Kalan village and Gurlal Singh of Nesta village besides five others in con- nection with a murderous attack on a scribe that took place on Thursday. The prime accused, Prabhjot Singh, is brother-in-law of victim Mehtab Singh Pannu. Pannu, who works with a Punjabi daily and also owns Rahul ❝Rahul didn’t tell us after being bitten by a stray dog. He apprised the family of the incident two days later, following which he was administered a tetanus injection. GOPI, deceased’s father ❞ Man claims attack by drug peddlers Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 3 A resident of Chando Ke village has accused the police of not acting against drug peddlers in the village. Identified as Succha Singh, he claimed that he was assaulted brutally by drug smugglers on July 23, two days after he informed the police about the illegal activities taking place near a shrine in the village. He is recuperating at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. He was left unconscious after the murderous assault. Now, he has informed mediapersons about the ordeal he went through. According to Succha Singh, amid a spurt in the death of youngsters due to drug over- dose and adulteration, he had informed the police about drug peddling in his village on July 21. Two days later, he was attacked. He suffered grievous injuries. Thinking that he was dead, the accused fled away. Some people informed his family members, who rushed him to the GND hospital. However, Amandeep Singh, SHO, Mehta police station, said the attack was a result of an old enmity. “Succha Singh has been booked for cattle theft in the past. One of the attackers may be a drug peddler and raids were on to arrest the accused. A case has been registered. The allegations levelled by Sucha Singh is being investigated,” he added. c m y b a school, is under treatment at a private hospital. A property dispute is stated to be the reason behind the attack. The accused are out of the police reach. Harish Behal, SHO, Chheharta police station, said that a case under Sections 307, 324, 427, 148, 149 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act had been registered on the statement of victim’s brother Gurnek Singh. Raids were on to nab them. A resident of Khasa, Pannu (35) was shot at when he was going to a gym in Naraingarh, Chheharta. He sustained bullet injuries. The police are hopeful of arresting the accused at the earliest as raids are being conducted. Tarn Taran: Arjun Singh of Mianpur village, 20 km from here, was killed in a road mishap on Thursday. His bike collided with another motorcycle near Dhand village. Pargat Singh, riding pillion, was seriously injured. The Sarai Amanat Khan police have registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279, 427 and 337 of the IPC against the driver of the other motorcycle (PB-38C-5178) who fled away after the accident. The victims were going to a nearby town when the mishap took place. They were taken to a hospital nearby where Arjun was declared brought dead. OC JE threatened Tarn Taran: A leader of farmers has been booked for allegedly threatening a junior engineer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). ASI Bachitter Singh, investigating officer, said accused Bhagwant Singh of Gandiwind, was called by JE Naunihal Singh in connection with a power theft case on Wednesday when he threatened the JE with his pistol and used abusing language. Sections 186, 506, 511 and 34 of the IPC have been slapped, the police said. OC ~45 lakh for plantation Amritsar: The Municipal Corporation (MC) will spend Rs 45 lakh to plant saplings in all the Assembly constituencies. The horticulture wing of the civic body has floated tenders for the same. Each constituency will get Rs 9 lakh for this task. The MC will hire private agencies for installing tree guards and planting trees. The target set for completion of work is four months. However, the plantation season ends in September and there are only a few plants, which can be planted favourably in January. TNS
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