06082018-ATR-01.qxd 8/5/2018 11:34 PM Page 1 monday | 6 August 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Tarn Taran diary Life is clearly beautiful! Eisha rubbishes rumours Repeated incidents of crime in Tarn Taran have made residents feel insecure. P2 Sonali Bendre was seen celebrating Friendship Day with her friends from B-town. P3 Actor Eisha Singh is one of the most talented actors of Indian television. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 31°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.23 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.50 AM Chabal tense over shifting of ‘bir’ Two Sikh groups confront each other in Maluwal Santan village amid deployment of police force 14 booked for Kot Khalsa firing One of victims, who was shot in the head, is critical at a private hospital Tribune News Service One of the groups sits in Maluwal Santan village in protest; and SSP Darshan Singh Mann (right) talks to mediapersons after meeting both sides on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, August 5 A face-off between two Sikh organisations over shifting of Guru Granth Sahib ‘bir’ (scripture) created a tension in Chabal, 16 km from here, on Sunday. It may be recalled that some children of Maluwal Santan village had allegedly set the scripture on fire over a week ago. One of the organisations wanted to shift the ‘bir’ out of the village, accusing the vil- lagers of having failed to keep the ‘bir’ safe. Whereas the villagers, in association with the group of Baba Bidhi Chand, Sursing, and others were opposing the move. A heavy police force was deployed from nearby stations under the supervision of SP Gurnam Singh. Later, SSP Darshan Singh Mann convened a meeting of both the sides, bringing an end to the stalemate. According to information, a group, led by Bhai Manjit What the issue is ■ Some children of Maluwal Santan village had allegedly set the scripture on fire over a week ago. ■ Accusing villagers of being negligent, a group, led by Bhai Manjit Singh Chabal, decided to take the ‘bir’ out of the village. ■ Seeing them marching towards Maluwal Santan, villagers, armed with firearms, confronted them. ■ Heavy police force tried to stop the activists from marching ahead. ■ SSP DS Mann convened a meeting of the representatives of both the sides and made them agree to take up the issue with Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar. . Singh Chabal, had convened a meeting of activists at Gur- dwara Beer Baba Budha Sahib Thatha, 20 km from here, and decided to shift the scripture, maintaining that the villagers had lost the right to keep the same after it was burnt due to their “negligence”. They marched to Maluwal Santan village but stopped by the police in Chabal. The activists tried moving forwards while trying to show their strength, but at the same time villagers gathered with weapons, including firearms, to oppose them. SSP DS Mann convened a meeting of the representa- tives of both sides at Chabal police station. Though they didn’t budge for quite some time, later, the agitating activists agreed to take up the matter with Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar. One of the villagers, who didn’t wish to be named, accused the other side of trying to foment unrest unnecessarily. He said that the villagers won’t allow anyone to take the ‘bir’ out of the village at any cost. There is no place for politics, he added. The case Amritsar, August 5 The police have booked seven persons in connection with the firing case in which three persons were injured in Kot Khalsa on Saturday. Two of them had sustained bullet injuries. One Ranjit Singh, who received a bullet injury on his head, is fighting for life at a private hospital. Among those booked have been identified as Sagar, Vicky Dhagga, Arjun, Kaka, alias Pepsi, Mani, Atul (photographer) and Tony, all residents of Kot Khalsa. Seven others are yet to be identified. Sections 307, 323, 324, 148, 149 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act have been slapped on them. Harjinder Singh, SHO, Kot Khalsa police station, said the accused and their family members had been at large. Raids are being conducted at their possible hideouts to nab them. Dharminder Singh of Gali Dholian, was attacked at a religious programme by Sagar and his accomplices on Saturday. When Dharminder’s friends Ranjit Singh and Gaurav Sharma intervened to save him, they were also attacked. Ranjit and ■ A youth of Kot Khalsa had a 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 and two others at a religious function on Saturday. ■ Two friends of Dharminder were fired at. Dharminder, too, sustained injuries. Gaurav were fired at. Dharminder, an auto-rickshaw driver, suffered grievous sharp-edge weapon injuries. They were rushed to a private hospital. Dharminder is the uncle of Kiran, who had a love marriage with Sagar of the same locality earlier this year. However, a dispute arose between the couple and the girl left him. Since then, she has been living with her parents. 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. After attacking the victims, they fled the scene. SNIPPETS Woman robbed of ~70K AAP leaders join Khaira group Recommendations sought Tribune News Service Amritsar: The education board has asked the district education officers to submit their recommendations for the state award 2018. These recommendations will be used by the state selection committee members to shortlist teachers. The officials concerned have to mention the reason for awarding a particular recommendation for someone. The state government honours nearly 40 teachers with state award every year on September 5. Deputy DEO (Secondary) Rekha Mahajan said, “This is a great move as it ensures more fairness. The DEOs have been asked for submitting recommendations. These shall be followed henceforth. Until last year, these were teachers who directly sent their names. Now, a deserving person can be directly recommended. This is a prestigious award.” TNS Students’ cleanliness rally Tarn Taran: Students of the Punjab Children Academy (PCA) organised a rally to create awareness on cleanliness. Harmanpreet Singh, director of the academy, said students held placards to spread the message on cleanliness. Students were advised to wash their hands before and after taking meal, and other hygiene related issues by Principal Sandhya Khanna. OC Polio drive flagged off Amritsar, August 5 An elderly woman returning home after withdrawing cash from a bank was robbed by two motorcycleborne youths on Bajjuman road here on Saturday. The accused took away victim’s polybag containing Rs 70,000. The police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC. Amarjit Kaur (51) stated to the police that the incident occurred near Kisan Sewa Kendar, near a petrol pump on Bajjuman road. She had gone to a branch of the State Bank of India at the Dera Baba Nanak road in Batala where her brother Kulwinder Amarjit Kaur (51) had withdrawn money from her SBI account, was targeted near petrol pump on Bajjuman road Singh withdrew Rs 2 lakh from her account and handed it over to her. According to her, she gave Rs 40,000 to a commission agent, Bittu Shah, deposited Rs 49,500 in the Jaintipur branch of Syndicate Bank, and paid Rs 50,000 to Palli Bal of Pakharpur village from whom she had borrowed the money. Left with Rs 60,000 of her withdrawn amount and another Rs 10,000 which she already had, she was heading towards her home on foot when two bikers Tribune News Service came from behind and snatched her bag. The bad also had a mobile phone and bank documents in it. The police said further investigation was under way to identify the suspects. A case has been registered. Meanwhile, in another incident, two motorcycle-borne persons snatched a woman’s purse when she was going to a temple in posh Rani Ka Bagh here on Saturday. Dr Sachita Khanna told the police that she was going to the temple to pay obeisance when three youths travelling on a bike snatched her purse containing a mobile phone, Rs 1,500 cash and fled away. A case under Section 379-B of the IPC has been registered. Amritsar, August 5 Amid the ongoing tussle within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), some of the party leaders have announced their association with the Sukhpal Singh Khaira faction. Suresh Sharma, president, AAP (urban), said, “I am no more president of the local unit as the party has announced to scrap the present structure.” He accused the party of selling top positions. “There is no internal democracy in the party. Anyone can get any post in the party by making payments. More than 90 per cent of the volunteers are with Sukhpal Singh Khaira,”he said. Jaswinder Singh Jahangir, district president, (rural), who contested the previous elections from Attari, said said the volunteers were no more with the Kejriwal’s AAP Only a . handful self-styled leaders have occupied the party positions, he said. Jahangir, who is also in-charge of the Majitha constituency, has joined the Khaira group as he attended Khaira’s rally in Bathinda on August 2. “Most of the candidates, who contested the elections, are non-active in the party. Some of them have even left. Jagjivan Jot Singh Khalsa, who contested from Rajasansi, left the AAP and joined the Lok Insaf Party, led by Simarjit Singh Bains,” he said. According to Jahangir, the volunteers were preparing for the rally of Sukhpal Singh Khaira. The volunteers are enthusiastic for working under his leadership. Autonomony to Punjabis in the party has been our long pending demand, he added. Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, president, Majha zone of the party, said there was no factionalism in the AAP Sukh. pal Singh Khaira has no separate group, he claimed. Harbajan Singh ETO, who contested from Jandiala, and Dalbir Singh Tong, who contested from Baba Bakala, are still with the Kejriwal’s group in Punjab. Keeping in view the current scenario, reconciliation within the party appears to be far from the horizon. Ride against molestation Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 5 The three-day polio drive was inaugurated by Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai here on Sunday. The drive aims to cover 1.27 lakh children of migrants. Dr Ghai inaugurated the drive by flagging off an awareness rally and administering polio drops to children at Primary Health Centre, Mustafabad. District Immunisation Officer Dr Rameshpal Singh said 709 teams had been constituted to reach out to the identified children. He said special attention would be given to labourers working in brick kilns, rice mills, farm houses, slums and labour colonies as most migrant families live in these areas. Health officials said they expected full support from the residents of the district to make the drive a success. Members of the Holy City Riders and the PB02 Riders during a ride as a mark of their protest against molestation incidents in the city on Sunday. It was organised in collaboration with the Biking Community of India. Bikers in over 30 cities of the country organised similar events. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR c m y b
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