30122017-JTR-01.qxd 12/29/2017 11:46 PM Page 1 SATURDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Trains delayed Power of young verses A new beginning Two trains cancelled and several run behind schedule by eight hours, passengers harassed. P2 Youth brigade brings an all-new flavour to the age-old art of poetry. P3 TV actors share their New Year plans, the craziest thing that they did in 2017 and their resolution for 2018… P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 20°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.34 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.26 AM SNIPPETS Four booked for assault Nakodar: The Nakodar police booked four persons, including two women, for allegedly assaulting a woman on Friday. The accused have been identified as Anu Pandey, Raj Ranni, Abhi and Gurbakhash Kaur, all residents of Shahkar village. Rajwindar Kaur, a resident of the same village, in a complaint filed with the police, said the accused barged into her house, attacked her with sharp-edged weapons and threatened her of dire consequences. OC Intoxicants seized Phillaur: The Phillaur police arrested a trainee Head Constable, Kulwant Singh, of Punjab Police Academy (PPA), Phillaur, on Thursday. One kg and 100-gm of poppy husk, 40 cough syrups and 135 intoxicating tablets were seized. The accused was nabbed near Chaman Ground of the PPA, the police said. In another incident, the police arrested Tejpal Singh, a resident of Pasla village, and seized 55-gm of intoxicating powder from him on Thursday. OC Effigy of Hegde burnt Phagwara: Activists of Ambedkar Sena Mool Niwasi burnt the effigy of Union Minister Anant Hegde here on Friday against his remarks “against the Constitution”. The activists assembled near the statue of Dr Ambedkar in Hargobind Nagar park and paid tributes to him. Harbhghan Suman, state president of the sena, said, “The RSS and the BJP want to abolish the reservation, which can’t be tolerated.” OC City youth shot at in Hoshiarpur, unhurt Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, December 29 A youth was fired at near Adamawal village on Hoshiarpur-Chintpurni national highway today. He escaped unhurt. According to information, some youths in a car hit the victim’s bike and after he fell, they fired several shots unsuccessfully at him before fleeing. Gaurav Khanna (21), a resident of Mai Heeran Gate, Jalandhar, told police that he was going to Chintpurni with his friend Prince on a bike. “My neighbour Pancham runs a gang. He is not in good terms with me. He along with his aides chased and hit my bike with his car and then opened fire at me,” he said. Since Gaurav laid on the ground, the gunshots missed Old enmity Gaurav Khanna (21) of Mai Heeran Gate, Jalandhar, is said to have some enmity with Pancham, his neighbour, who allegedly runs a gang. Gaurav along with a friend was going to Chintpurni when Pancham along with accomplices allegedly attacked him near Adamawal village on Hoshiarpur-Chintpurni national highway. Since Gaurav laid on the ground, the gunshots missed the target. the target. Meanwhile, Prince escaped from the spot. After receiving the information, DSP City, Sukhwinder , Singh and SHO Rajesh Arora of Sadar police station reached the spot. A case of attempt to murder has been registered against Pancham, Rishu and their unidentified accomplices. Up in arms Actvists of the BJP SC Morcha burn an effigy of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in Jalandhar on Friday. A five-year-old video of the actor had recently gone viral in which he reportedly uttered a casteist slur while comparing himself to a sanitation worker. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH No headway in robbery cases Ashok Kaura Phagwara, December 29 Several cases of crime in the district are pending with the police. Some of these date back to 2014. The police are still groping in the dark to crack these. On January 9, 2014, four armed persons robbed a man of Rs 50 lakh at gunpoint near an ATM in Hargobind Nagar. No arrest has been made so far. Also two motorcycle-borne robbers had snatched foreign currency worth Rs 33,35,705 from two bank employees on November 16, 2005. Though an award of Rs 2 lakh was announced for giving information, the case is still lying pending. The police have not succeeded in solving the murder case of an elderly woman, who was found murdered in Hargobind Nagar here several months ago. Kapurthala SSP Sandeep Sharma admitted that the Phagwara police had not solved these cases till date. The police were working round the clock to curb the crime, he added. Meanwhile, there has been no let up in the cases of theft, snatching and burglary as several incidents are reported every month. 99 robbers held The SSP in a press note, has , claimed that 99 robbers have been arrested this year and 54 cases have been solved. He informed scribes that the police had solved five cases of blind murder and registered 768 cases under the NDPS Act. Besides, 946 drug peddlers have been arrested and 1.5 kg of heroin, 1 kg and 475 gm of smack, 1,297 kg of poppy husk, 65,664 intoxicating capsules, 21 kg and 693 gm of intoxicating powder, 9.307 kg of opium, 9 kg and 689 gm of ‘ganja’ (cannabis) and 996 intoxicating injections have been seized. Also 13 gangsters have been arrested and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition have been seized, he added. The police said the crackdown against the criminals would continue. Panic grips RTA office amid vigilance raid Officials flee as sleuths carry out check in Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 29 Following the arrest of Piara Singh, Secretary, Assistant Regional Transport Authority (ARTA), Hoshiarpur, and his driver Ramesh Chander a few days ago, vigilance sleuths today raided the RTA offices of Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur simultaneously. Over four teams, led by SSP Vigilance, Daljit Singh , Dhillon raided both the offices at about 10 am. The check continued till late evening. Panic gripped the offices as majority of the staff, including senior officers, ran away from the spot. Even Regional Transport Officer and his assistant in Hoshiarpur too were found absent from their seats during the raid. While speaking to The Tribune later, SSP Vigilance, , Daljinder Singh Dhillon said the raids were planned as the department was expecting to recover incriminating documents against Pyara Singh. Only 50 per cent of the staff were found present during the raid. “A well oiled network was being run by Piara Singh’s driver Ramesh Chander who is expected to have generated property worth crores of rupees. He was an ASI who is on deputation with the RTA and was the main kingpin of the whole scandal,” said Dhillon, adding that the department had secured details of the transporters who used to send monthly (bribe) to the officers for years. He further informed that the documents recovered from the spot revealed that Chander was misusing the signatures, the documents Simultaneous check ■ Over four teams of Vigilance Bureau conduct raids simultaneously at the RTA offices in Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur. Some of the documents have been seized for check. ■ Details of transporters seized who have been sending monthly bribe to transport officials for years. ■ The check follows the arrest of a senior transport officer and his driver a few days ago. ■ Driver Ramesh Chander is said to have generated properties worth crores as ran a sound network to extort money. . Vigilance officials question staff members and check computer data at the District Administrative Complex on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO and the stamps of Piara Singh. “As Piara Singh was the sole competent authority to challan a vehicle, the recovery of his official documents and his stamp from the possession of his driver itself confirms his connivance in the whole network,” he said. He also slammed the transporters for silently bribing the officials since decades and not coming for- ward to lodge a complaint against them in the vigilance department. Ramesh Chander alias Happy, posted at the RTA office, Hoshiarpur, was caught red-handed last month on the complaint of Sukhi Transport owner Sukhmander Singh of Khanna in Ludhiana district for accepting bribe of Rs 1.50 lakh. The teams also raided the automated tracks in both the districts and questioned the staff members posted there. While asking the officers to cooperate in the investigations, Dhillon said that the department would not arrest them till it got proof against them. Pyara Singh is still in the judicial custody for five days. Chander was granted bail around two months ago by the court. The raid is expected to continue till Monday. Garhdiwala murder cracked, 1 held Man killed in mishap Our Correspondent Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, December 29 The police today claimed to have solve the murder case of Amrik Singh (58) of Garhdiwala. One of the accused has been arrested while three others have been identified. A pistol, a magazine and eight live bullets besides 380 gram of intoxicant powder have been seized. The police said they had also recovered Rs 60,000 that the accused took in advance for the contract killing. Briefing mediapersons, IG, Jalandhar zone, Arpit Shukla said the main accused, Hardeep Singh alias Dabbu of Khurdan village, had been arrested. “Two of the accused are abroad and process has been started for their extradition,” he said. Amrik Singh was shot dead near the Dussehra ground Garhdiwala on December 6 when he was going to sell milk in the morning. On the complaint of his brother Tarlok Singh, the police had reg- istered an FIR against Hardeep Singh alias Dabu, Bhinda, Jatin Kumar, Sohan Singh, Sachin and some unidentified persons besides three brothers (Prince, Jang Bahadur, and Prabhjot Singh alias Jyoti) of Sarpanch Satnam Singh of Khurdan, who was shot dead in broad day light outside a gurdwara in Chandigarh. The IG and SSP J Elanchezhian said Hardeep Singh was arrested near canal bridge in Mastiwal vil- lage after getting a tip-off. “Jang Bahadur and Jyoti had conspired the crime to avenge the murder of their brother Satnam Singh. They had given contract for the killing with an advance payment of Rs 1.5 lakh in advance and a promise to settle them abroad,” they said. The police have also booked Sukhwinder Kaur of Mallowal, Prakash Kaur of Khurda and Avtar Singh alias Sukkha for providing shelter to the accused. Mahilpur, December 29 A man was killed while another was seriously injured in an accident that occurred on ChandigarhHoshiarpur road near Tuto Mazara village here today. The mishap took place when a “speeding” car collided with a tree along the road. According to information, Ashok Kumar (32) son of Puran Das of Mukkho Mazra along with a close relative Sukhwinder Singh of Baradi was on his way to Garhshankar. When they reached near Tuto Mazara village, the headlamps of an unknown vehicle coming from the opposite direction left him dazzled. He lost control over the car and it collided with the tree. Ashok Kumar died on the spot. Sukhwinder was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Mahilpur, but was later referred to the Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur. The Chabbewal police are investigating the case. Groom booked days ahead of wedding, MLA cries foul Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 29 An NRI, who had come to Jalandhar from Canada to get married, has been booked under various charges for hampering government work a few days before his wedding. Three others of his family, who too have come from Canada, have also been booked. Talking to the press here today, SAD MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala said Talwan village resident Taranjit Singh Raja came to India on December 25 and a case for causing trouble in official work was lodged against him on December 28. Wadala alleged the youth was unnecessarily being “framed” and the action amounted to “high-handedness”. They said while the wedding of the youth was slated for January 3, the shagun of the youth was on New Year – January 1. Informing about the incident, the MLA said Satinder Kumar, son of Kashmiri Lal, a c m y b resident of Talwan, had made a concrete pedestal in front of his house. He said sarpanch Balbir Singh himself began breaking the pedestal. When he was stopped from doing the same, aresolution was passed in the panchayat to initiate action against Satinder Kumar as well as his Canada-based neighbours with the BDPO, stating that the said persons had hindered government work. The BDPO also forwarded the resolution for police action. The FIRs under Sec- tions 353, 185 and 506 of the IPC have been registered at the Bilga police station. Bilga SHO said, “The panchayat is getting the work of repairing the street done and labour was working under the MNREGA. The other party asked not to dig up the street. On this issue, there was a clash with the sarpanch.” He said there was an illegal encroachment on the street which was dug up. The police said so far there had been no arrest in the case. SAD MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala along with villagers at a press conference in Jalandhar on Friday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH
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