05082018-ATR-01.qxd 8/4/2018 11:29 PM Page 1 sunday | 5 August 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Smart chef contest When Jai met Veeru In her new avatar Tiny tots of The Millennium School show their culinary skills at a competition. P2 One of the best narratives on friendship is 3 Idiots. Its actors set the bar for true bonding high. P3 Sony TV has been giving its audience a plethora of innovative shows. FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.24 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.50 AM Kids’ walkathon Eight booked for damaging shrine Our Correspondent Schoolkids participate in a two-km walkathon, organised by the Panther Division of the Army to motivate them to join armed forces, at Khasa Cantonment on Saturday. The participants were over 150. TRIBUNE PHOTO Jail DSP gets threat over repeated inspection Gangster Shubham is said to have threatened the officer PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 4 Hemant Sharma, DSP Cen, tral Jail, Amritsar, has received death threat from notorious gangster Shubham Singh who has been evading arrest for long. An accomplice of another gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, Shubham is wanted in many cases of murder and robbery. He along with Saraj Singh Mintoo and others had shot dead a Hindu leader, Vipan Sharma, in October last year. The jail authorities have tightened the noose around the jail inmates who manage to sneak in mobile phones and use the same for running their network. DSP Hemant Sharma along with other officials has been conducting search operations in jail bar- is under ❝The matterWe have investigation. got a complaint from the authorities of the Amritsar Central Jail regarding it. ❞ SS SRIVASTAV, Police Commissioner racks and recovered smart phones from the possession of gangsters and other inmates. This has left the gangsters perturbed. Shubham had phoned from an anonymous number and threatened Hemant Sharma of dire consequences. He even threatened to kill him in case he did not relent. “It is normal for the jail staff to receive threats from inmates, but this is something very serious. We have brought the matter into the knowledge of senior authorities and the Home Department, besides writing to the Police Commissioner,” said a jail official, wishing not to be named. Police Commissioner SS Srivastav confirmed the incident. He said the facts were being ascertained and the matter was under investigation. “We have got a complaint from the Amritsar Central Jail authorities,” he said. It has been learnt that the security has been beefed up for the DSP and his family members. Another jail official pointed out that officials are often accused of resorting to corrupt practices with unabated instances of sneaking of mobile phones and other prohibited material inside the jail, but hardly someone talks about the threats they face from the hardcore criminals. Tarn Taran, August 4 A SAD leader has been booked for inflicting damages on a shrine in Cheema Kalan village. Identified as Jaswinder Singh, alias Bau, he is a former sarpanch of the village. According to information, he wants to take out a drain from the premises of the shrine so he got demolished its walls and axed some trees. His accomplices Jobanjit Singh, Jaimal Singh, Gurjant Singh, Harminder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Jagjit Singh and Sawinder Singh of the same village have also been booked, said ASI Mohal It has been done to make passage for a drain in Cheema Kalan Lal, investigating officer. Pawanbir Singh, sewadar of the mausoleum — Darbar Baba Peer Nirgun Shah Ji — stated in his complaint to the police that the accused demolished all four walls of the tomb with a JCB machine. He alleged that they also axed several trees at the shrine besides issuing him threats. The accused are at large, the police said, adding that Sections 380, 427, 452, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC had been registered. Marital dispute: Two shot at in Kot Khalsa, critical Another sustains sharp-edge weapon injury; all under treatment The case Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 4 Three persons were seriously injured when a youth along with his accomplices attacked his in-laws in Kot Khalsa during a religious programme on Saturday. The accused has a dispute with his wife due to which she has been residing with her parents for the past six months. The injured have been identified as Dharminder Singh, a resident of Gali Dholian in Kot Khalsa, and his two friends Ranjit Singh and Gaurav Sharma. Ranjit and Gaurav sustained bullet injuries while Dharminder, an auto-rickshaw driver, suffered grievous sharp-edge weapon injuries. They were rushed to a private hospital. The condition of two of them is stated to be critical. According to information, Dharminder’s niece Kiran had a love marriage with Sagar of the same locality earlier this year. However, a dis- ■ A youth of Kot Khalsa had a Dharminder Singh, one of the assault victims, gives details of the attack to mediapersons on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO love marriage with a girl of the same area earlier this year. ■ Owing to a dispute that arose soon after the marriage, the girl started residing with her parents months ago. ■ Accused Sagar, along with his accomplices, attacked girl’s uncle Dharminder at a religious function on Saturday. ■ Two friends of Dharminder were fired at. Dharminder, too, sustained severe injuries. They are under treatment. ■ Though none of the assailants has been arrested, the police said raids were being conducted to nab the accused. pute arose between the couple and the girl left him. Since then, she has been living with her parents. Perturbed over this, Sagar along with his friends created a ruckus outside Dharminder’s house recently. When his in-laws tried to pacify him, he had a scuffle with Dharminder. Residents of the area intervened and him. When Ranjit and Gaurav tried to intervene, they were fired at. The accused fled the scene. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Lakhbir Singh said the process was on to register a case and raids were being conducted to nab the suspects. He said the matter was under investigation. forced Sagar to run away from the scene. The family lodged a complaint with the Kot Khalsa police in this connection. On Saturday, Dharminder was present at a religious mela (fair) when the accused along with his accomplices turned up. They were armed with sharp-edge weapons and firearms. They attacked SNIPPETS Man booked for unnatural sex Amritsar: A woman has accused her husband of subjecting her to unnatural sex. The Majitha police have booked the accused, identified as Sher Singh, a resident of Shastri Nagar in Batala. The victim had approached the police in December last year and the case was registered following a probe conducted by DSP (Investigations). The medical examination confirmed the charge, the police said. Section 377 of the IPC has been slapped, the police said, adding that he has not been arrested. TNS Woman lodges dispute complaint Tarn Taran: A woman of Chohla Sahib has lodged a complaint against her family regarding a monetary dispute. Complainant Mandeep Kaur said she along with her husband Bikram Singh went to her parents in Pangota village, 35 km from here, and demanded Rs 12 lakh and gold ornaments from her brother Karaj Singh. She said the family owed her money and jewellery. The accused include her mother Ninder Kaur, two brothers Karaj Singh and Charanjit Singh, her sister-in-law Bholi besides Bholi’s husband Virsa Singh. According to Assistant SubInspector Hardial Singh, no one has been arrested. OC ‘Any discussion on ’84 riots stirs controversy’ Neha Saini Tribune News Service Leaders of the Punjab State Pharmacists’ Association address mediapersons after a meeting in Amritsar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Pharmacists against transfers Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 4 The executive body of the Punjab State Pharmacists’ Association conducted a meeting on Saturday to discuss the mass transfers of the cadre by the Health Department. They said a protest would be carried out in case the decision of “illogical” transfers was not rolled back. While criticising the government, association general secretary Ashok Sharma said around 140 pharmacists had been affected due to the transfers. “Most of ❝Around 140 been pharmacists have affected due to the transfers. Most of them have been transferred to other districts even when posts are vacant in their home districts. ❞ ASHOK SHARMA, general secretary of the Punjab Pharmacists’ Association them have been transferred to other districts even when posts are vacant in their home districts. Some of them have been transferred 200 km away from their homes,” he said. Association leaders stated that the government had in 2006 agreed to adjust pharmacists near their homes so that their family lives were not affected. “Now, the agreement has been violated and even women employees have been shifted to far off places,” said association president Shamsher Singh Kohri. While requesting the department to adjust employees near their residences, the association has also asked the cadre to get ready for an agitation in case they are not heard. Amritsar, August 4 Revisiting some of the tragic stories during the aftermath of the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, noted author Vikram Kapoor shared that it was not an individual’s assassination but a lot of intangible things were also killed. “Trust, love, friendship, faith and peace were also assassinated in 1984,” he said. This is the reason he cites for naming his book — Assassinations: A novel on 1984. Attending a discussion on his book at the Majha House and the overall impact of the 1984 riots and the delayed justice, Vikram said any discussion on the subject even today stirs up a controversy. “Almost three decades of probes, special commission reports and political promises, and nothing has come out of it. The judiciary had been c m y b absolutely silent and some kind of swift punishment at the time might have addressed some of the resentment against the state,” he says. Kapoor, who celebrates the resilience and courage of all the victims of the 1984 riots in his book, says that he is not very optimistic about the government’s intention of providing closure to people through serving justice. “The entire political class seems to lack any intent to anything about it, despite the numerous political statements. That’s why, even when Congress was not in power at the Centre, the justice has still been delayed in the matter.” Talking about the ‘mob mentality’, Kapoor said that in case of 1984, the government was the mob. “In such a situation, the most dangerous person is the educated, aware individual, who Author Vikram Kapoor, who penned 'Assassinations: A novel on 1984', interacts with the gathering at the Majha House in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR watches everything and yet chooses to remain silent,” he observed. Kapoor’s book is a compilation of personal essays and stories based on the incidents during the riots and its following years. Written in 2017, the book captures the turbulence in areas most effected including Delhi and chronicles the lives of those caught in the web of violence and hate.
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