04062018-ATR-01.qxd 6/3/2018 11:34 PM Page 1 MONDAY | 4 JUNE 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE AAP’s allegations Shun plastic Good ties pay AAP accuses BJP councillor of concealing facts before filing his nomination for MC elections. P2 Celebrities pledge to remove plastic footprint from face of earth. P3 Star Plus is all set to launch a horror show titled Qayamat Ki Raat. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 41°C MIN 31°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C MIN 29°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.32 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.25 AM Politicians see red over councillor’s murder No CCTV camera alongside road from Bhandari Bridge to Gol Bagh Akhara through which murderers fled Tribune News Service Firing in Mallian village Cops guard the entrance gate of Gol Bagh Akhara where Congress councillor Gurdeep Singh Pehalwan was gunned down by armed men on Saturday evening in Amritsar; and (right) personnel of police and Rapid Action Force carry out a flag march ahead of the Operation Bluestar anniversary on Sunday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR booked gangsters and financiers in connection with the sensational killing of Congress councillor Gurdeep Pehalwan, it will be big challenge for the police to identify the culprits. A visit to the spot revealed that there was no CCTV camera on the entire stretch of the railway station road adjoining Gol Bagh till Bhandari Bridge. The armed assailants had conducted a recce of the area before committing the crime. They knew that Gurdeep used to come to the ‘akhara’ in routine. If the eyewitnesses are to be believed, there were around six persons who had orchestrated the crime and all of them had covered their faces. Amritsar, June 3 A woman lost her life and five others, including a cop, sustained injuries after a speeding truck broke the barricades in order to flee near the Beas river bridge late on Saturday evening. The truck driver fled away leaving the truck behind but he was later arrested. The deceased has been identified as Isma, wife of Abideen, of Kapurthala. Her son Surmudeen, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Harpal Singh and three persons in a car were injured. The police have booked the driver on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He Driver accelerates the vehicle after cops signal him to stop has been identified as Kulwinder Singh of Laddewal village falling under Gharinda police station here. ASI Harpal Singh stated that he along with a police party was present at a naka installed near the Beas river bridge. He signalled the truck (PB-05-R-7617) to stop for checking. However, the driver accelerated the vehicle and tried to flee away after breaking the barricades. He said the policemen deputed at the spot jumped aside to save themselves while he sustained injury after an iron It a matter of ❝theispolice. I haveshame for taken the police. Every possible step will be taken to identify and nab the culprits. conduct flag marches for instilling a sense of security among residents, but such incidents have created a fear. Until the police play in the hands of politicians, such incidents will not stop. up the issue with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Gurdeep had received threats from gangsters, and the police knew about it. No gangster will be spared. LAXMI KANTA CHAWLA, BJP leader RAJ KUMAR VERKA, MLA them. They fled towards Bhandari Bridge. Meanwhile, residents too have expressed concern over the murder, that too of a public representative. They said that the incident suggested how audacious the criminals were as if they had no fear of the law enforcement agencies. A group of youths near the akhara, while talking to this correspondent, said the growing influence of gangsters was a blot on the face of the police officials. Man ends life Bihar agriculture varsity honour for Army man-turned-farmer ❞ OP SONI, Education Minister, Punjab A poor family, who has a food stall for rickshaw pullers near the entrance gate of the Gol Bagh Akhara, said they heard around eight gunshots and saw three turbaned youths with covered faces rushing out of the gate. They ran towards a motorcycle and an auto-rickshaw which was parked a few metres away from the gate where three accomplices were waiting for barricade hit his arm. The truck driver lost control over the wheels after hitting the barricades following which the truck collided with a stationary car (PB-08-AS-8993). The car was badly damaged while the occupants escaped with minor injuries. Later, they went back to Ludhiana. The truck further hit a motorcycle on which a couple was travelling. The woman was crushed to death while her son was also hurt. Thereafter, the driver fled away leaving the truck behind. Balraj Singh, investigating officer, said a case under Sections 304, 279, 427, 337, 338 and 186 of the IPC was registered against Kulwinder Singh. ❞ Amritsar, June 3 Tirath Singh (39), a resident of Isapur village in Ajnala, committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets here on Friday. He succumbed at a private hospital here on Saturday. The police have booked his wife Amandeep Kaur, her brothers Sonu, Surinder Singh and Manak, all residents of Jhabal. Surinder Singh has been arrested. Deceased’s father Mukhtar Singh said it was Tirath’s second marriage after the death of his first wife. The couple did not enjoy good relations and they often used to quarrel over trivial issues. He alleged that Sonu, Surinder and Manak had thrashed the deceased a few days ago. The police said a case was registered. — TNS Taxi drivers to be taught English District admn move to present a better picture of the city before tourists Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 3 The district administration will hold a 10-day workshop for taxi drivers to update them with global trends and make them well versed in English communication from June 4. Deputy Commissioner (DC) KS Sangha said it was high time to update the drivers and improve their communication skills as the city of Golden Temple had been receiving a record footfall. People from diverse linguis- tic and national backgrounds are coming to the city and the drivers need need assistance to guide them (tourists) properly. “Who else will be the bet- Tarn Taran: Two motorcycle-borne men opened fire in the air outside the residence of a man in Mallian village, 25 km from here, on Saturday night. The victim, Bishandeep Singh, has lodged a complaint with the Chabal police. He said that the accused fired several gunshots in the air to threaten him. An old enmity is said to be the reason behind the incident. He has identified one of the accused as Surjit Singh of Sarai Amanat Khan. OC It is big challenge for ❝stateagovernment and ❝Police and the paramilitary forces Truck crushes woman to death Tribune News Service 4 nabbed with intoxicants Amritsar: The police arrested four persons, including a woman, in separate incidents for allegedly possessing intoxicants and heroin here on Saturday. The police nabbed Ranjit Singh and Harjinder Kaur, both of Maqboolpura, for allegedly possessing five gm of heroin while the CIA staff held Jaswant Singh, alias Sher Singh Shera, of Kot Khalsa area and seized 1,200 intoxicating tablets. Similarly, Gagandeep Singh Laadi of Preet Nagar, Fatehgarh Churian Road, was arrested with 235 intoxicating tablets. Separate cases under the NDPS Act have been registered. TNS PK Jaiswar Amritsar, June 3 The murder of Congress councillor Gurdeep Singh Pehalwan has left political leaders as well as city residents fuming. Education Minister OP Soni, MLA Raj Kumar Verka and veteran BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla have condemned the incident besides raising questions on the functioning of the police. Pehalwan, Congress councillor from Ward No. 50, was murdered in the Gol Bagh Akhara late on Saturday evening while he was having a bath after a round of exercise. Veteran BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla termed the incident as a blot on the state for the crumbling law and order. She said the police and paramilitary forces were carrying out flag marches in the city for instilling a sense of security among residents, but such incidents had created a fear among people. “Until the police play in the hands of politicians, such incidents will not stop,” she pointed out. Cabinet Minister OP Soni said, “It is a big challenge for the state government and the police. Every possible step will be taken to identify and nab the culprits.” MLA Raj Kumar Verka said it was a matter of shame for the police. He said he had taken up the issue with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. He said Gurdeep had received threats from gangsters, and the police knew about it. He said no gangster would be spared. A challenge for police Meanwhile, the police have SNIPPETS ter guide than taxi drivers as they remain most of the time with visitors,” he observed. Apart from English communication skills, they will be taught first aid, etiquettes and other. Assistant Commissioner Kuldeep Bawa said the objective of the programme was to present a good image of the city so that tourists return with pleasant memories and share the same with their near and dear ones. Eventually, the tourism industry will flourish in the city. The programme has been named ‘Respect of tourists — Identity of Punjab’. Local taxi drivers and also those associated with Ola and Uber will be taught for three hours for 10 days. They will be taught by officials drawn from traffic police, tourism, medical, skill development centres and other departments. The workshop will be held at the Multi Skill Development Center, Kabir Park, and at its conclusion all participants will be given certificates. ❞ His win a first for Cong from ward 50 Amritsar: With the murder of Congress’ councillor Gurdeep Singh Pehalwan, speculations are rife about the fate of ward 50 he belonged to. It was a BJP dominated seat which was bagged by the Congress for the first time. Gurdeep had defeated Raj Kumar Judo with a margin of 1,850 votes. Pehalwan had got 4,500 votes while Judo had to settle with 1,650. It was for the first time when Congress won this seat in the MC history. BJP veterans, such as Banarsi Das, Ram Parkash, Rakesh Gill and Indu Balla have been councillors from this ward in the past. Gurdeep started his political carrier as the president of Parjapat community. Later, he joined the Congress. The areas has significant vote of Parjapat community. Raj Kumar Judo said Pehalwan, besides being a good sportsperson, was his good friend. “I condemned the murder. The government should nail the gangsters,” he added. One held for mining Tarn Taran: The Sarai Amanat khan police have arrested one Buta Singh of Shukarchak village for violating mining norms. The accused has been booked under Section 21 (1) of the Mining and Mineral Act 1957, and Section 188 of the IPC. The case has been registered on the statement of Satnam Singh, a junior engineer of the Irrigation Department. He alleged that the accused dug a pit on the canal side and stole the sand. OC Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 3 In the current scenario when agriculture experts are stressing on crop diversification, Major Manmohan Singh Verka (retd) has emerged as a guiding light for the farming community by successfully cultivating a wide variety of crops, including fruits and vegetables. He returned to the city after being felicitated by Bihar-based Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, with Udyan Ratna award for his significant contribution in adoption of scientific technologies to improve production and farm profitability. He has already been awarded with the coveted Prof NG Ranga Award for diversification in agriculture by former President Pranab Mukherjee. He owns farms and orchards at Phirwarya, Talabpura, Kassowal and Saharan villages in this border district. “Among orchards, I have litchi on 9.5 acres, pears on 36 acres, besides peaches and plum as fillers on eight acres. Besides, I have poplar trees spread over 70 acres in which I do inter-cropping with sugarcane, maize and turmeric in initial years,” he said. He makes judicious use of water by resorting to drip irrigation on 25 acres of his farm Horticulturist Maj Manmohan Singh Verka (retd) being felicitated at Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University in Bihar. TRIBUNE PHOTO and underground pipes on 100 acres. He became the first farmer to take water pipes for his farm across the Ravi. He also ensures that pesticides are used in his farms as per the recommendations of the Punjab Agricultural University and the Horticulture Department. Major Verka says he has been a keen agriculturist since his teenage when he used to help his grandfather in the fields. He did not lose touch with farming even during his 21-year service in the Army. He took premature retirement in 1990, but started full-time farming only in 1998. Right since the beginning, he has been inclined towards horticulture. He began farming with a 25-acre orchard and since then there has been no looking back for this Army man-turned-farmer. Today, Major Verka owns 125 acres of land, out of which, he has sown fruits on about 55 acres and poplar tree on around 70 acres and wheat and paddy on the remaining area. He is also engaged in seed production of wheat, which he supplies to the Punjab Seed Corporation. He supplies vegetable seed to the Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi. Major Verka says, “Government’s ambitious dream of increasing land under horticulture is possible only when the horticulturists are provided with export avenues and processing facilities.” His venture has also acted as a model farm for fellow farmers as he organises various group meetings and discussions by arranging resource persons from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. The state departments of horticulture and agriculture have also organised farmer training camps at his farms in the past.
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