07062018-ATR-01.qxd 6/7/2018 12:00 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 7 JUNE 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Farmers’ strike No salary Karam to play Bhagat Singh A negligible number of farmers is supporting the nationwide strike. P2 Members of the MGNREGA staff union begin protest over non-payment of salaries. P2 Actor Karam Rajpal has been finalised to play character of Bhagat Singh in the show Chandrashekhar. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 40°C MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C MIN 30°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.34 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.25 AM Shutdown peaceful, cripples life in city All commercial establishments and roads wear a deserted look; police heave a sigh of relief Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 6 The bandh (shutdown) call given by radical organisations left the life crippled in the city on Wednesday. Almost all commercial establishments were closed to mark the 34th Operation Bluestar anniversary. Most of the city roads wore a deserted look. Vehicles were seen randomly as people preferred to remain indoors. Commercial hubs of the city, including wholesale textile markets like Katra Ahluwalia, Shastri Market, Tahli Wala Bazaar, Pratap Bazaar, nearby streets and other markets were closed. Same was the case with grain markets like Daal Mandi, Mishri Bazaar, Swank Mandi, and industrial areas. Normally, these two public places remain abuzz with tourists coming to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple from all over the country. A hotelier, Surinder Singh, said, “Hotel occupancy went down as tourists preferred to stay away from the city to avoid any inconvenience. Similarly, tour and travel operators, taxi drivers, and souvenir shopkeepers also incurred losses in the current peak holiday summer vacation season.” There was a listless atmosphere in the branches of nationalised and private banks with no major transactions being carried out. Meanwhile, no forcible clo- Police and Rapid Action Force (right) personnel stand guard on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of Operation Bluestar in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTOS: SUNIL/VISHAL sure or brandishing of swords was visible on roads. Jawans of paramilitary forces and the police were seen guarding roads. Barricades were installed at various intersections in general and on all the roads leading to the Golden Temple. Later in the evening, some shops, especially eateries, were opened and limited traffic once again resumed on the deserted streets. Meanwhile, Dal Khalsa, which gave the Amritsar bandh call to protest the Army attack on the Golden Temple 34 years ago, thanked people for their cooperation. Meanwhile, members of the Akal Purakh Ki Fauj (APKF) organised a blood donation camp at Guru Ramdas Hospital. City turns fortress Amritsar: Tight security arrangements were made around the Golden Temple Complex and in various parts of the city on Wednesday. The police have heaved a sigh of relief as the bandh passed peacefully. Cops were also deputed in the shrine in plain clothes to thwart any untoward incident. The city, especially the area around the Golden Temple, was turned into a fortress. Nakas were installed on the roads leading to Darbar Sahib though no one was stopped from going towards the shrine for paying obeisance. Police officials said that a close vigil was kept on the elements who could vitiate the peaceful atmosphere. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) head Gobind Singh Longowal had appealed to various Sikh organisations to observe the anniversary peacefully. DCP Amrik Singh Pawar said the day passed off peacefully with no unpleasant incident taking place inside Darbar Sahib or any other part in the city. He also appreciated the role of people as shops and other business establishments remained closed in response to the Amritsar bandh call given by the radical organisation. PAWAN JAISWAR SNIPPETS BSF personnel seize arms Tarn Taran: The patrolling party of the 77th BSF Battalion seized a 9MM pistol with a magazine along with 14 live cartridges from the border outpost in Rattoke during its routine search on Tuesday evening. The Khemkaran police have registered a case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. SHO Balwinder Singh (Sub Inspector) along with other officials visited the spot. BSF Commandant Gurwinder Singh said the patrolling party was searching the spot as per its routine when it found the ammunition hidden near the post. Seizure of arms, ammunition and drugs alongside the border has been a regular affair. OC Man dies in mishap The driver of a battery-operated rickshaw waits for passengers near a market in the city on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar: Deba Masih (55), a resident of Kawe village, lost his life after a speeding car hit his cycle near Kalonia village here on Tuesday evening. A junk dealer, Masih was going towards the Lopoke bus stand for selling junk when the mishap took place. His son Billu Masih said a car (PB-02-CA-4206), being driven by an unknown person, hit his father and sped away. Deba Masih died on the spot. The police have registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC in this connection. TNS Activist gets ‘misinformation’ Amritsar: An RTI activist, Ravinder Sultanwind, has accused the MC of not providing appropriate information regarding the recently installed biometric machines and cameras at the MC office. He alleged that a few machines got defunct soon after installation. “The MC compromised with quality. I want the information through RTI but the MC did not give appropriate response,” he added. TNS Man booked for fraud Tarn Taran: Sarmukh Singh, a local resident, has been booked in connection with two cases of fraud. In the first case, the accused took Rs 10 lakh from a woman of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar for selling his house to her. Complainant Simran Kaur said he refused to get the house registered on her name. The police have registered a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC. Meanwhile, Sarmukh has also been accused of getting a piece of land transferred on his name through fraudulent means. The police said the accused produced someone in a court in place of the land owner, Subeg Singh of Rasulpur to grab his eight-marla land. The accused has been booked under Sections 419, 420, 467 and 468 of the Indian Penal Code. OC The inter-state bus terminus as well as a market wear a deserted look during the ‘bandh’ call given by radical organisations in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR Panchayat polls: Aspirants take to social networking Manmeet Singh Gill Electioneering Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 6 Keeping in view the effective role played by the social media during the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the aspirants of panchayat elections have also started using these for their image makeover. The government has not signalled any schedule of the panchayat elections, but the aspirants have started efforts to ensure their victory which they expect would be held any time soon. The supporters of these aspirants are also taking the help of online voting platforms as ‘strawpoll’, ‘zeepoll’ and others to project that their candidate was the most popular among social media users in their village. Manbir Singh Dhillon of Though the state government is yet to make any announcement regarding the panchayat polls, aspirants have started their campaign online. Most of them are in touch with people, especially youngsters, in their villages through social networking mobile applications, such as WhatsApp. Kasel village said, “At present, almost every family has more than one mobile phone and they are apt at using social media sites. In such a condition, a candidate can use the platform to reach out to people in his village.” He said he was reaching out to voters, especially youth, in his village too through social media. In villages, with only a few hundred voters too, the use of social media for panchyat election campaign is quite visible. Harman Singh of Chohan village said, “Electioneering has gone high-tech everywhere. It is no wonder that aspirants for panchayat elections too are using it. Personal and familial connections play a more important role in panchayats than social media and other canvassing tools.” Advocate Kuljeet Singh of Malawali village said, “Generally, the aspirants of contesting panchayat polls start projecting them as candidates months in advance and in some cases years in advance.” He said that in many villages, including his, mass massaging groups on social media sites were being used for the past few months by candidates to reach out to people. Youth thrashed Amritsar, June 6 A youth was allegedly kidnapped and thrashed by several persons, said to be employees of a liquor contractor. The accused allegedly gave electric shocks to the victim, identified as Jatinder Singh of Bagge Wali Patti in Verka. He has been admitted to hospital. His mother Gurmeet Kaur alleged that several persons came to her residence and took him away. When he fell unconscious, they admitted him to a private hospital, she said. Jatinder said they were seeking information regarding some concealed illicit liquor. He said he was not aware about it. He identified three of the kidnappers. Jagjit Singh, SHO, Verka police station, said the incident was in his knowledge but the family didn’t file any complaint. He said there were several cases under Excise Act registered against Jatinder Singh. — TNS Use of social media platforms by criminals a challenge for police Calls made through social media sites and apps can’t be recorded, say police PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 6 The use of social networking sites and mobile applications by notorious criminals has been posing a great challenge to the police which finds it difficult to trace the location of gangsters on the run. Most of the criminals have been running their network through social mobile applications, such as WhatsApp, even from jails. Videos of gangsters thrashing their rivals or celebrating birthdays in jails often go viral on social media while the police authorities look the other way. The jail authorities all over the Punjab have been unsuccessful being ❝High-tech cyber cells areMohali set up in variousto parts of the state, including and Jalandhar, tackle such problems. ❞ SURESH ARORA, DGP to curb the sneaking of mobile phones and other prohibited material. Senior intelligence officials reveal that the gangsters have been using mobile SIM cards of foreign countries from which they use WhatsApp or other social mobile application for contacting one another. Calls made using such applications can’t be recorded and these can’t be traced by the cyber cells, say officials who wish not to be named. The criminals get such SIMs from smugglers who are in touch with Pakistan-based smugglers or from their friends based in other countries. The recent killing of Congress councillor Gurdeep Singh Pehalwan also points out this fact. The gangsters lodged in the jail, including Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and Bobby Malhotra, are said to have planned his murder from inside the jail and passed instructions through mobile applications, say police officials. DGP Suresh Arora, who was in the city recently to supervise the security arrangements in view of the Operation Bluestar anniversary, had admitted that social media had become a challenge for the police as criminal elements operated through social mobile applications which couldn’t be recorded, therefore making it difficult to keep a track of them. He said the police were also setting up high-tech cyber cells in various parts of the stte, including Mohali and Jalandhar, to tackle such a problem. The police have also joined social media platforms to counter these gangsters and criminals.
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