19082018-ATR-01.qxd 8/18/2018 11:55 PM Page 1 SUNDAY | 19 AUGUST 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Commuters troubled Art, through their lens Manoj Joshi joins Namune The overflowing sewage on the Batala road has become a nightmare for commuters. P2 Armed with their only weapon, a camera, these fine-art photographers shoot a killer frame. P3 In coming episodes of Sony SAB’s Namune, actor Manoj Joshi will portray the role of Mohan ji. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.10 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.59 AM Youth freed from ‘illegal detention’, reaches home Tribune News Service Kin apprehensive Amritsar, August 18 Gurpreet Singh, who was allegedly kept in illegal detention at Jandiala Guru police station, reached home today. He was kept at the residence of a policeman near Chhajjalwadi village, he said. Today, the cops called a member of the municipal council and handed him over to the family through him. Though the family members were happy after his safe return home, they feared that the police could file a false case against him. Gurpreet Singh of Sheikhu Mohalla of Jandiala was Though the family members were happy after the boy’s safe return to home, they feared that the police could file a false case against him. Gurpreet Singh of Sheikhu Mohalla of Jandiala was picked by the police on Sunday. They asked the family members to produce his brother Gagandeep whom they suspected was involved in drug trafficking Gurpreet Singh picked by the police on Sunday and asked the family members to produce his brother Gagandeep whom they suspected was involved in drug trafficking. Paramjit Kaur, mother of Gurpreet, said Gagan had been missing for the past three months and the family did not know his whereabouts. When their plea to release Gurpreet failed to bear fruit, they approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which deputed a warrant officer. Before the warrant officer could reach the police station, the cops moved him to an unknown place. Advocate Gurjinderjit Singh Sahota, legal counsellor of the family, said they would approach the IG, Border Range, SPS Parmar, requesting him to take appropriate action against Jandiala police. He claimed that he had the video recording of three persons who were in the police lock-up and told the warrant officer that the police had shifted the boy minutes before their arrival. MC auctions 10 commercial properties Amritsar, August 18 The Municipal Corporation (MC) conducted an auction of its commercial properties located in various areas here today. In the presence of Municipal Commissioner Sonali Giri, the civic body sold 10 commercial plots worth Rs 3,91,41,340. It was the first time when only the bidder was allowed to enter the hall. The officials claimed that earlier, the bidders used to pool during an auction. So, this time around, they did not allow anyone other than the bidder. Sushant Bahtia, Estate Officer, said, “The auction has been conducted in a peaceful manner in the presence of senior officials. We made it clear to the bidder that no encroachment would be allowed”. — TNS KHANKOT YOUTH MURDER Victim was thrown into canal after injecting drug in arm Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 18 Harpreet Singh, a youth of Khankot village, whose body was found from the village canal, had allegedly died of drug overdose. The police have booked four youth for allegedly killing him. They were identified as Dilawar Singh of Gumtaliya Kila Jiwan Singh, Manpreet Singh of Hothiyan village, Gabbar Singh and Bhinda of Kila Jiwan Singh village. The police had registered a case under section 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC in this connection. Parampal Singh, SSP, Amritsar rural, said Ranbir Singh, brother of the deceased, alleged that the accused had injected drugs in his arms and later threw his body in the village canal. Investigations revealed that Gabbar and Bhinda were drug peddlers while Dilawar and Manpreet were addicts. The complainant is learned to have told the police that the deceased worked at Nandini gas plant Daburji as driver. He said day before yesterday, when he was going from Khankot to Sri Guru Ram Das Hospital for personal work, he had seen his brother travel on two bikes, along with the four accused. When asked, Harpreet said they were going for work and would return soon. However, he did not return till the evening. The family started looking for him as his mobile phone was switched off. Yesterday in the morning, his body was found floating in the village canal during a search. Ranbir alleged that the accused killed Harpreet by injecting drugs in his arm. He said the accused had a quarrel with Harpreet a few months back because he had refused to lend money to buy drugs. The police also found two syringes from near the canal which were sent to a forensic science lab for examination. Mobile, intoxicants Vishavkarma Nagar residents seek meeting with Sidhu seized from prisoners Demand ex gratia Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 18 Four jail inmates were booked for allegedly possessing intoxicant tablets, a mobile phone and substance abuse here today. Those booked were identified as Kuldeep Singh alias Goldy of Rani Walaar village in Tarn Taran, Gurpreet Singh alias Prince of Guru Arjan Dev Avenue, Tarn Taran, Maninder Singh Gokulpura, Tarn Taran and Balbir Singh of Bathinda. According to jail authorities, the jail staff found 10 grams of intoxicant substance from Kuldeep during a search operation while 410 intoxicant tablets and 8 grams of narcotic substance was found from Gurpreet and Maninder. A mobile phone and 5 grams of heroin was recovered from Balbir Singh. Separate cases under sections 21, 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act and section 42 of the Prisoners Act were registered in this connection. Amritsar, August 18 Residents of Vishavkarma Nagar, located near Jahajgarh, today reached the house of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and sought an appointment to air their grievances. They were accompanied by representatives of different organisations. Residents alleged that the administration was uprooting them without caring for their rehabilitation and granting them appropriate compensation. They demanded the cancellation of notification regarding the acquisition of Residents protest outside the residence of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday. Illegal hotels: HC notice to state over SIT functioning ‘Migration a great word, gave me mental peace’ Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 18 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the state government to file a report on a special investigation team (SIT), constituted in 2014, to monitor illegal constructionm around the Golden Temple. The petitioner, advocate Sarbajit Singh Verka, who is fighting a case against the illegal constructions at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had filed a PIL in 2012 that the SIT was not functioning and illegal constructions were rampant in the city. He had mentioned about some illegal construction around the Golden Temple. Following which, on the directions of the court, the state government had constituted a SIT in 2014. The SIT comprising IAS officers — Rahul Tiwari, Ravi Bhagat and Sandip Rishi — found that 125 illegal hotels had been constructed around the temple. The court disposed of the PIL and informed the petitioner that the team was working on the case. Meanwhile, the government invited applications to regularise hotels under the Walled City Act and 216 hoteliers submitted their files. Most of these hotel owners failed to fulfill the conditions of the Act. continued on page 2 Amritsar, August 18 The dilemma and ordeals of migration, exile and its concomitant effect on the psyche of communities came up for discussion at an event organised in the city today. The event was an exhibition at Majha House, Long look homeward, that depicted the contemporary Tibetan history, personal narratives on migration and exile as well as a documentary on migration from Punjab. Dean, Student Welfare, Guru Nanak Dev University, Sarbjot Singh Behl, Dr Anirudh Kala, psychiatrist and author, Thubten Samphel, director, Tibet Policy Institute, Dorjee Wangdi, author and architect, Sanjoy Hazarika, international director, CHRI, were speakers of the day. The discussed various aspects of migration, exile and its impact on generations. In a session moderated by Sanjoy Hazarika, Sarbjot Singh Behl narrated his poems depicting the pain of his father leaving Gujranwala, Pakistan. Talking about the lack of literature related to the mental state of people ❝ The Sikh community speak Assamese, they are deeply connected to the culture of the state but they have retained their roots. It is amazing to see but the question is how long shall these people be treated as migrants? ❞ SANJOY HAZARIKA, Moderator post and during partition, Dr Kala emphasised on the reason for lack of literature and psychological effect. “There had been psychological impact but sadly there is no record of it. We have heard stories of partition, people abandoning their homes with an uncertain future. The people must have felt disoriented, lost and out of place,” he said. Thubet Samphel and Dorjee Wangdi spoke about Tibet, the association of Tibetans with India and stories of escape. Dorjee Wangdi, author of ‘Flight at the cucko o ’ s behest’, dwelt on keeping the spirit of Tibet alive. “Besides being an author, I am an architect too. I try to keep the spirit of Tibet mortal through designs. The time we have spent here has been wonderful.” “Migration, exile gave us sense of mental peace. For me, it is a great word,” Samphel added Hazarika touched upon the transit of Sikhs in Assam and Shillong. He describe the community as being able to retain its own identify by adapting to the environment of both these places. “The Sikh community speak Assamese, they are deeply connected to the culture of the state but they have retained their roots. It is amazing to see but the question is how long shall these people be treated as migrants?” “At what point one is one relieved of the tag of being an outsider,” he added. Deputy Commissioner KS Sangha was the chief guest on the occasion. Preeti Gill, founder of Majha House, chairman IAFA, RMS Chhina, Shivdev Singh, president of IAFA, Dr Arvinder Singh Chamak, honorary secretary, IAFA, were also present and spoke on the vision behind the concept . c m y b Govt teacher booked for locking up village school Amritsar, August 18 Beas police have booked a government teacher from among a dozen village residents for allegedly locking up the government school at Cheema Bath village after his transfer on July 23. They were booked following a probe conducted by the Naib Tehsildar who submitted his report to Ravinder Singh Arora, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Baba Bakala. Besides the teacher Amandeep Singh, those who were booked include Kashmir Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Prem Singh, Narinder Singh, Veer Singh, Harsimran Singh, Dilbagh Singh, Kulwant Singh and Balraj Singh, among others. A case under section 341, 186, 147 and 149 of the IPC has been registered against them. The SDM, in his complaint to the police, said Amandeep Singh was transferred from the government school at Cheema Bath village. He was shifted to a government school at Attari. During the probe, it was found that he along with former panchayat of the village, provoked the residents and forcibly locked up the school and did not allow the teachers and students to enter. An inquiry was conducted by him along with the Naib Tehsildar. He submitted his report to SDM Ravinder Singh Arora who lodged a complaint with the Beas police. — TNS Residents alleged that the administration was displacing them without caring for their rehabilitation and granting them appropriate compensation. They demanded the cancellation of notification regarding the acquisition of land land and pointed out that they had been living in the area for many years. If the government wanted to acquire the land, they should compensated suitably, they said. State senior vice-president of Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Rattan Singh Randhawa, Kirti Kisan Union member Jatinder Singh Chhina, CTU joint secretary Jagtar Singh Karampura and representatives of different organisations, pointed out that the residents should be compensated as per the new norms and appropriate measures should be taken to rehabilitate them. As Sidhu has gone to Pakistan to attend the swearing in of Imran Khan as Prime Minister, they sought an appointment to meet him. His personal assistant assured them that the minister would meet them on Monday.
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