07082018-ATR-01.qxd 8/6/2018 11:39 PM Page 1 tuesday | 7 August 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Dilapidated roads Today’s Punjab In his comfort zone Dilapidated roads in Pathankot give commuters bumpy ride, rain exacerbates situation. P2 Harbhajan Mann and director Manmohan Singh are back with another film on Punjab youth. P3 Actor Nikhil Khurana says his character is overwhelming. P4 FORECAST SHOWERS | MAX 27°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.22 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.51 AM SNIPPETS Man killed in road mishap Tarn Taran: Sucha Singh (60), a resident of the local town, who was seriously injured in a road accident three days ago, succumbed to his injuries at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, on Sunday. His daughter Nisha said he was found at the Jandiala bypass in a critical state on Friday. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital and later shifted to Amritsar. The driver hasn’t been identified yet. A case has been registered under Sections 304-A and 279 of the IPC. The police said that efforts were being made to identify the vehicle that hit Sucha Singh. According to police officials, they are hopeful of bringing the driver to justice soon. OC Two ‘quacks’ booked Tarn Taran: Health officials have detected two private hospitals, said to have been operated by medical practitioners without necessary certificates. The Kacha Pakka police have registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC and Section 15 (3) of the Medical Council Act, 1965. One of them has been identified as Rajbalbir Singh, who ran Guru Nanak Hospital. The name of the owner of Bhullar Hospital in Dialpur village is yet to be ascertained. The action was taken on the complaint of the SMO of the Community Health Centre, Sursingh. OC Robbers who terrorised city nabbed Four behind the bars, said to have committed several carjackings, robberies PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 6 The police have nabbed four persons in connection with recent carjacking cases in the city. Besides, five cases of robbery have also been solved. Those arrested have been identified as Akashdeep Singh, alias Akash, of Nag Kalan village in Majitha, Jobanjit Singh of Mallian village in Tarn Taran, Harmanpreet Singh of Bhathebhaini village in Tarn Tarn and Mulakhjit Singh of Kairon village. The police said they took away a car in front of the Police Lines on May 27 from Udaybir Singh. The car was found abandoned later. At a press conference here on Monday, Police Commissioner SS Srivastav said Akashdeep was held from Manmad in Nashik, Maharashtra, where he had been staying at a religious shrine. He was brought on a fiveday police remand for interrogation. The modus operandi of the gang was to flee away from the city and take shelter at religious places in other states after committing some crime. During interrogation, Akashdeep named his accomplices, who were later nabbed by the Civil Lines ❝Akashdeepinwas held from Manmad Nashik, Maharashtra, where he had been staying at a religious shrine. During interrogation, he named his accomplices, who were later nabbed by the Civil Lines police. ❞ SS SRIVASTAV, Police Commissioner The accused in police custody in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR The crimes they are said to have committed ■ On May 27, they had robbed a city resident, Udaybir Singh, of his car which was found abandoned later. ■ On May 4, Akashdeep, Mulakhjit, Gurpreet Singh Gopi and Gurjit Singh, alias Ghoda, lifted a bike from outside Amrit Anand Park. ■ On May 30, they robbed ~44,000 from a petrol pump at Nauranga village. ■ On May 31, they had looted a car on the the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road after injuring its driver. . police on Sunday. Besides robbing car from the Police Lines, the gang has confessed to have committed four more robberies in and around the city. On May 4, Akashdeep and Mulakhjit, along with Gurpreet Singh Gopi and Gurjit Singh, alias Ghoda, lifted a bike from outside Amrit Anand Park. Similarly on May 30, they had robbed Rs 44,000 from a petrol pump at Nauranga village, located on the Goindwal road (Tarn Taran). They had also looted a car from the Jalandhar- Kapurthala road after injuring its driver on May 31, besides snatching Rs 3,000 from near a petrol pump in Sultanpur Lodhi. The police have recovered the pistol used in the crime. The Police Commissioner said the accused were brought on police remand and further investigation was on. More recoveries are likely to be made during their further interrogation. Gang of thieves, fraudsters busted, 1 held 17liquorboxesseized Two others manage to flee from police checkpoint, all of them are from Hisar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 6 With the arrest of a Haryana resident, the Chheharta police busted a gang of thieves and fraudsters who had been into stealing purses of people in crowded areas. They also used to keep stolen ATM cards that they used to replace with the cards of those people, who faced difficulty in operating the cash dispensing machines. The accused has been identified as Ramesh Kumar of Danti village in Hisar district of Haryana. His two accomplices — Rajesh of Sugawa village and Varinder Kumar of Danti village in Hisar — managed to slip away, taking advantage of darkness late on Sunday evening The police recovered 17 ATM cards and cash to the tune of Rs 85,500. The car they were travelling in has Swachhta oath ceremony Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 6 The NSS unit of BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar, organised a Swachhta oath ceremony on its campus on Monday. The event was presided over by Principal Dr Pushpinder Walia, Shailesh Kumar, Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Madhubala, Regional Director, NSS, Dr Hardeep Singh Gujral, NSS programme co-ordinator, GNDU, and members of Nehru Yuva Kendra. Nearly 300 NSS volunteers pledged to maintain cleanliness and devote 100 hours every year for cleanliness. Chheharta SHO Harish Sharma shows the ATM cards recovered from Ramesh Kumar of Hisar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR also been impounded. A case under Sections 420, 379, 473 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against them. Raids are being conducted to nab the absconders. Harish Behal, SHO, Chheharta police station, said that the police received a tipoff that a gang of thieves was coming from the AttariWagah joint check post after stealing purses of tourists, who had come from different parts of the country to witness the Beating Retreat ceremony. At the India Gate checkpoint, when the police team signalled the I-20 car (PB-02- CL-2320) to stop, the driver tried to move in the reverse direction to escape. The moment cops ran towards them, two of the accused fled away while the driver was nabbed. The car number was found to be fake as its registration number is HR-21-L-1226. During search, the police team found cash and 17 ATM cards. The SHO said the police were investigation if the car was stolen. Raids are on to nab those at large, he said. According to the SHO, accused used to identify vulnerable people near ATM machines who found some difficulty in operating the ATMs. They used to help them withdraw cash and hand over stolen cards to them after that. Since they knew the password of the victims’ cards, they used to withdraw cash later. Jandiala rice mill accused of bungling paddy worth ~4 cr PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 6 Another rice mill here is under scanner for allegedly bungling government paddy worth Rs 4.13 crore. The authorities of the mill have been booked on the complaint of District Food and Civil Supplies Controller Satbir Singh. He said the officials concerned found 19,682 quintals of government paddy missing from the rice mill during an inspection. The case was registered following a preliminary probe conducted by SP (Investigations) Harpal Singh, who recommended registration of an FIR. Those booked have been identified as Tejinder Singh of Baba Namdev Road, Jaspal Singh and Tarsem Singh, all residents of Jandiala. They were booked under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC. As per the investigation carried out by the police, Pungrain allotted over 3.94 lakh bags of paddy containing more than 1.48 lakh quintals of paddy to SG Agro Food and Rice Mill located in Jandiala. The mill was to deliver over 99,000 qunitals of rice to the agency. Out of this, the rice mill deilivered only 76,885 quintals of rice milled from around 1.14 lakhs quintal paddy on June 21. Officials of the Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs complained to the police that the firm was to deliver over 13,501 quintals of paddy to other mills for milling. Going by this, the mill should have 19,756 quintals of paddy in stock. However, upon checking, only 37 quintals of paddy and 25 quintals of rice was found in the stock. Amritsar (Rural) SSP Parampal Singh said the accused would be arrested soon and further investigation was under way. It is worth mentioning here that a big scam involving Veeru Mal Mulakhraj Rice Mill had surfaced a few months ago. c m y b Amritsar, August 6 The CIA staff confiscated 17 boxes of Crazy Romeo whisky being smuggled in a car from Uttarakhand on Sunday. Wassan Singh, alias Doctor, of Faqir Singh Colony has been arrested while his accomplice Gurmukh Singh, alias Sonu, of Hetampura village, Lopoke, managed to slip away. The police have registered a case under Sections 420, 120-B of the IPC and 61, 1, 14 of the Excise Act. Investigations carried out by the CIA staff revealed that due to low rates in the neighbouring states, liquor is being smuggled from there to Punjab. Vavinder Mahajan, in charge of the CIA staff, said, “This has been a cause of great loss in the state revenue. Interestingly, liquor contractors are smuggling countrymade liquor from neighbouring states but selling it in the areas of other contractors. Further, the liquor brought from other states is priced almost half of that in Punjab.” — TNS Councillor ‘fires’ in the air, booked Jagdish Kalia rubbishes allegations, accuses rivals of defaming him Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 6 Congress Councillor from ward number 72, Jagdish Kalia, allegedly opened fire in the air, creating panic in the area late on Sunday evening. Though he has been booked, he claimed innocence, accusing leaders of rival parties of defaming him. His firearm has been confiscated by the police. Residents claimed that the councillor was inebriated and that the police registered the case only after their protest. According to information, Kalia had a verbal duel with Gurpartap Singh of the same locality over some minor issue. Gurpartap alleged he was standing outside his house in the street when Kalia turned up and had a verbal duel “unnecessarily”. He said Kalia fired a gunshot in the air, hitting a power line that left the electricity supply disrupted. Residents called the police and handed him over to them. SHO Sukhjnder Singh assured them of appropriate action. Meanwhile, Congress workers reached the police station in favour of Kalia. When AAP leader Suresh Sharma came to know about it, he along with his supporters and area residents staged a demonstration outside the Gate Hakima police station on Monday. Meanwhile, Kalia refuted the allegations and accused the SAD-BJP and the AAP of trying to defame him. He said a controversy was being created out of nothing. He said that he did not fire from his revolver. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Jagjit Singh Walia said a case was registered against Kalia and further investigation was under way. Sections 336 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act have been slapped. Theatre learning for special kids at Naatshala Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 6 With over 2,500 theatre plays to its credit and the tag of being the city’s first dedicated space for theatre and its patrons, the Punjab Naatshala recently hosted a special show as the mark of a new beginning. Opening its space for artistes with disabilities, Naatshala has inaugurated a 100-seat auditorium. The state-of-the-art facility hosted a play titled Pehal, dedicated to the people with disabilities. The play was presented by special kids, suffering from intellectual and physical disabilities, from Pehal Resource Centre being run by the state government. The auditorium has elevated ramps with an hydraulic stage that can be moved with the help of a remote. “This will allow an intimate set up as well as easy movability for artistes on stage. Also, for artistes, who might have limitations in moving, the stage is designed in a way to help them connect with audience,” informed Jatinder Brar. Another significant development is that this is the first disabled-friendly cultural Punjab Naatshala has inaugurated a 100-seat auditorium where a play dedicated to the people with disabilities has been hosted. TRIBUNE PHOTO space in the city. “We get a lot of theatre lovers, who belong to the PWD category and face problems is watching plays and attend cultural programmes, due to lack of accessibility. So the auditorium has been designed as a space dedicated to such audience as well as artists,” he said. The Punjab Naatshala is also providing space to disabled artistes to study and learn theatre and drama. “It is an inclusive programme that will enable them to learn and experience theatre with scope of making a career out of it. We have approached Chief Khalsa Central Orphanage and Pehal Resource Centre for the first set of students,” Brar added.
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