15022018-ATR-01.qxd 2/14/2018 11:10 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 15 FEBRUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Bio-manure plants The six-yard debate Marriage on the cards? MC to set up bio-manure processing plants in parks to make organic fertilisers. P2 The fashion fraternity woke up to ace designer Sabyasachi shaming Indian women. P3 Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim have been painting the town red with some amazing pictures and videos on social media. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.17 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.12 AM Kos Minars make GT road Youth thrashed, four booked vulnerable to accidents Tribune News Service A scooterist killed after colliding with one of the minars recently The Kos Minars or milestones were built during the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the city. Now, these stand in the middle of the GT road, much to the chagrin of commuters. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 14 The two historic Kos Minars (milestones or mile pillars), located on the main GT Road near Cantonment police station, have made the stretch prone to accidents. Due to the widening of roads for the construction of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project, these structures built in the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh are now placed in the middle of the road. Call it a negligence of drivers or the administration, a number of vehicles have hit these pillars. These have proved fatal sometimes for commuters. A few days ago, a scooterborne person collided into one of the minars. He was I will look into the issue. The matter ❝knowledge. Nobody has complainedhasn't been inso my to the police far. I will get the spot surveyed and, if necessary, the issue will be taken up with the district administration for relocation of the Kos Minars. ❞ AMRIK SINGH POWAR, Deputy Commissioner of Police taken to hospital with critical head injury. According to the police, a number of such mishaps have occurred in the past. Located near the railway station, these minars (towers) were built on the then AjnalaGobindgarh Fort stretch, now the GT road. Barring these two mile pillars, others have got destroyed over the years. According to Dr Balvinder Singh, a conservation expert and former head of Guru Ram Dass School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), the Kos Minars of the Mughal era constructed on the original Grand Trunk road built by Emperor Sher Shah Suri have been preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India but those built by the legendary ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh face neglect. “The best option available is to shift and relocate these minars to the roadside. The Love fest authorities should also put up a plaque containing the information in order to make the people aware regarding the importance of such minars. Only a handful of people know the importance of these structures,” he said, adding that he had already made a representation before senior district officials and requested them to save the relics. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Amrik Singh Powar said he would look into the issue. “The matter was not into my knowledge. Nobody has complained to the police so far. I will get the spot surveyed and, if necessary, the issue will be taken up with the district administration for relocation of the Kos Minars,” he said. Amritsar, February 14 The rural police booked four youths for allegedly abducting and thrashing a youth in Chananke village here yesterday. No arrest has been made so far.Those booked have been identified as Ranjit Singh, Harpal Singh, Davinder Singh, all residents of Bhoewal village, and Gurmukh Singh of Chananke village. Bir Singh, a resident of Chananke village, told the police that he along with his nephew Baljinder Singh was standing in the street when the accused turned up and attacked Baljinder. They thrashed and took him on their bike. Balkar Singh, investigating officer, said that the youth was rescued late evening from Bhoewal village while the accused managed to slip away from the spot. He said a case under Sections 365 and 34 of the IPC was registered against them. He said victim’s cousin Sukhcharan Singh had solemnised his marriage with SNIPPETS Inter-caste marriage Victim Baljinder Singh was in a street outside his house when four assailants turned up, thrashed and took him along with them on their bike. He was rescued from Bhoewal village by the police. Baljinder's cousin Sukhcharan Singh has married the sister of the prime accused, Ranjit Singh, due to which the the assault took place. The marriage was solemnised at the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the wishes of the girl’s family. The assailants are at large. The police are conducting raids to arrest them. the sister of the prime accused, Ranjit Singh. Sukhcharan hails from a Dalit family while the girl belongs to upper caste. The couple had got married in Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) against the wishes of girl’s family. He said raids were on to arrest the accused who had been on run. According to the police, they are hopeful of arresting the accused soon. More details would surface after interrogating them, said senior officials of the police. A drug peddler in police custody on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Man held with drugs Amritsar: The narcotics cell of the police have arrested a man for allegedly possessing 1 kg of opium and poppy husk. He has been identified as Kanwarpal Singh, a resident of Ugar Aulakh village in Ajnala. According to the police, he used to supply drugs to addicts in the area. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. Further investigations are on, the police added. TNS Liquor seized in jail The Amritsar Central jail authorities have confiscated six packets of cigarettes and 1200 ml of illicit liquor stashed in a soda bottle from inside the jail premises during a surprise search operation. The prohibited material was found abandoned at different places in the high security jail. Jail authorities filed a compliant against unknown jail inmates with the Gate Hakima police where a case was registered. TNS Looted car recovered, robbers at large Police claim to have got vital clues about robbers, raids on to nab them Tribune News Service GANGSTER’S ROLE Amritsar, February 14 The rural police police have recovered the car snatched from a trader but it is yet to make any arrest in the case even after elapsing of 48 hours. Four miscreants had snatched the car at gunpoint from Kunal Dhawan late Monday evening. The accused also took away Rs 2.85 lakh and three cell phones kept in the car. The police recovered the car from Ram Nagar on Sultanwind road. It tracked the location The police suspect gangster Shubham Singh’s role behind it. Four robbers had taken away the car, Rs 2.85 lakh in cash and three cell phones from a trader, Kunal Dhawan. with one of the three mobiles kept on silent mode under the driver’s seat of car which the accused could not found. They switched off the other two mobiles. Kunal Dhawan of Jhujar Avenue said he was going to Chandigarh via Mehta road. At around 10:15 am when he reached near Lalka Nagar village, a white car rammed into his vehicle from behind. “My car skidded off road. Three persons with covered faces came out of their vehicle. They were equipped with pistols and sharp-edged weapons. I was carrying Rs 2.85 lakh in cash, three cellphones and some documents in the car which they took away,” he said. The Jandiala police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the Arms Act against the unidentified persons. Experts check feasibility under Smart Mission for development of city MLA Soni accompanies experts, sites for parking lots and parks inspected Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Young couples celebrate Valentine’s Day at a park in Amritsar on Wednesday. VISHAL KUMAR Honour for Khalsa College Prof Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 14 Dr Jaswinder Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology of Khalsa College, has been selected for the Dr Roshan Lal Agarwal Best Science Teacher Award by the Punjab Academy of Sciences, Patiala. He will get a cash prize of Rs 11,000, a gold medal and a citation for his role in popularising science through teaching and encouraging research. College Principal Dr Mehal Singh felicitated Dr Jaswinder on his achievement. He said such awards encourage teachers to take active part in the field of research. He said the award would be given on the occasion of 21st Punjab Science Congress to be held in Ludhiana next month. Amritsar, February 14 A team of officials, led by Deepti Uppal, Chief Executive Officer, Amritsar, Smart City Mission, visited several locations to examine the feasibility to start various development projects in the city today. Om Parkash Soni, MLA (Central) and Deputy Mayor Younis accompanied the officials. The public representatives discussed issues of traffic congestion due to haphazard parking and other issues. The proposed multi-level car parking lots at Kairon Market, Fish Market and other places were discussed upon. Once operational, it will help ease the traffic congestion in the area. The MLA suggested to co-opt development of commercial space and restroom facilities for local market users and tourists frequenting the market. The issues of debris and dump, electricity transformers and other utilities along the parks were some c m y b Amritsar rural SSP Parampal Singh said the police had some vital clues about the miscreants and efforts were on to arrest them. According to information, the police have identified two of the suspects and raids were on to arrest them. The police also suspect the role of notorious gangster Shubham Singh and his accomplices in this case. “It will be premature to say anything at this moment. Investigation is under progress,” the SSP added. Two killed in road mishap Our Correspondent Tarn Taran , February 14 Two men were killed in a road accident near Bhikhiwind, 35 km from here, last night. Their motorcycle was hit from the rear side by a car. The deceased have been identified as Rachhapal Singh (30) and Jaskaran Singh (25) of Mari Gaur Singh. Sub-Inspector (SI) Kashmir Singh, SHO, Bhikhiwind, said a case under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC had been registered against Nachhatar Singh, who was driving the car. Nachhatar is at large. Robbery in shop MLA OP Soni (third from left) along with officials at Shakti Nagar Park on Wednesday. VISHAL KUMAR encumbrances observed by the MLA. The team visited Shakti Nagar Chowk Park, Majit Mandi Park and Shakti Nagar Park. Soni suggested to the Smart City team to look into these aspects and provide good experience to the local users, children and senior citizens with good infra- structure within the parks. The team has planned to establish open air gymnasium and playing equipment at Shakti Nagar Park. Additionally, the park opposite Beri Gate was incorporated to be improved under fasttracked priority project. The team has been preparing detailed mapping of the entire walled city to find lasting solutions to the problems afflicting walled city residents. The mapping will undertake detailed topographic, geotechnical, utility and survey within the heritage areas and the walled city under Area Based Development, Smart Cities Mission, Soni added. Two unidentified motorcycleborne men robbed a shopkeeper of Rs 60,000 in Fatehbad, 20 km from here, on Tuesday evening. Gurpreet Singh, the victim, said he was at the godown of his shop when he saw two motorcycleborne men standing outside the shop. One of the youth entered the godown and took out Rs 60,000 from the drawer. Gurpreet Singh raised the alarm but the robbers fled away in no time. The Goindwal Sahib police have registered a case under Sections 380 and 34 of the IPC. — OC
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