10062018-ATR-01.qxd 6/10/2018 12:05 AM Page 1 SUNDAY | 10 JUNE 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Water woes Safe & sound ‘I am a very warm person’ Depleting water table makes several tube wells in the city non-functional. P2 Author Ravinder Singh, in Chandigarh, highlights the issue of road safety. P3 Rukhsar Rehman says to maintain glow on face, she drinks more than 4-litres water daily. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORM | MAX 36°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.35 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.25 AM Police get gangsters’ custody for probe into councillor’s murder Accused had boasted about Gurdeep’s murder on social networking sites PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 9 The police took two notorious gangsters — Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and his accomplice Bhupinder Singh, alias Sonu Kangla — in custody after getting production warrant from a local court in connection with the murder of Congress councillor Gurdeep Singh Pehalwan. The police sought 10-day remand but the court, after hearing both sides, granted five-day police custody for interrogation. Jaggu was lodged in a Hoshiarpur jail while Kangla in Ferozepur jail. The accused were taken to the court under a heavy security cover. Bhagwanpuria had allegedly taken the responsibility of Pehalwan’s murder and a Facebook post had appeared in the social media in which their accomplices had confirmed the same. They had stated that Pehalwan was murdered to avenge the killing of their accomplice Sangam Malhotra. They thought that Gurdeep was behind his murder. Gurdeep was gunned down by three armed persons with covered faces at the local Gol Bagh Akhara located on the railway road Political patronage It has been learnt that Bhagwanpuria enjoys political patronage. Due to this, the police find it difficult to interrogate him. According to the highly placed sources, an inspector-rank official had recently brought him on production warrant. Ironically, his higher-ups were not informed. When they came to know about this, the inspector told them that he was brought on production warrant on the orders of some political leader. here on June 2. He was taking a bath after exercise when the incident took place. The incident raised a question mark over the functioning of the police when it was on high alert and paramilitary forces were deployed in the city. DGP Suresh Arora had left for Chandigarh after a meeting with police officials and supervising security arrangements in view of Operation Bluestar anniversary on June 6. The police had booked eight gangsters and a financier in the murder case. Gangsters Jaggu Bhagwanpuria (blue shirt) and Sonu Kangla (grey T-shirt) being taken to a court in Amritsar court on Saturday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Besides Jaggu and Sonu Kangla, Karan Masti, Arun Chhurimar, Sonu Mota, Rinka, Angrej and Bobby Malhotra among others were booked for the councillor’s murder. Meanwhile, the police are conducting raids in various parts of Haryana and Delhi to nab the gangsters who killed Gurdeep. Their last location was traced in Haryana and Delhi and its neighbouring region. Seven booked for firing Tarn Taran, June 9 A monetary dispute resulted in firing in Sabhra village, 40 km from here, on Friday. Seven persons have been booked. Victim Tarlok Singh said the accused, armed with dreaded weapons, came to his residence and fired at him but he escaped unhurt. He said that he had demanded fresh cheques and those issued by one of them had been dishonoured. The accused fled away after opening fire. ASI Charanjit Singh, investigating officer, said two of the accused had been identified as Balwinder Singh and his son Sarabjit Singh. Others are yet to be identified. The Patti Sadar police have registered a case. — OC Suspension of five assistant town planners revoked Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 9 The suspension order of five assistant town planners (ATPs), issued recently by the MC Commissioner, has been revoked. However, the officials have got a warning of stern action in case of any further lapse. MC Commissioner Sonali Giri had suspended Jagdev Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Krishna Kumari, Sanjeev Devgan and Parminder Singh on Tuesday. However, Giri has revoked her order with a condition that everyone of them will give a certificate each that there are no other illegal constructions in their respective areas other than the report already submitted by them. Secondly, they will also submit weekly action taken report in their respective areas every Friday to her office. Giri warned them that no illegal construction would go unchecked in future in their respective areas and they would have to perform their duties strictly as per the guidelines as well as provisions of building bylaws. The assistant town planners were suspended for not providing report of illegal constructions in their areas. The MC commissioner suspected that the officials were hand in glove with defaulters. Similarly, the suspension orders of sub fire officer Surinder Singh was also revoked. He had reportedly misbehaved with the commissioner during a mock drill amid fire safety awareness week. Kin turns out to be robbery Partition stories relive 70-year-old agony mastermind, four arrested Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Delhi trader was robbed of ~15.5 lakh four days ago ACP Vishaljit Singh (centre) addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 9 The mastermind of the robbery, wherein Rs 15.5 lakh was taken away from a Delhi resident, has turned out to be a close kin of the victim. Four persons had robbed Raj Kumar, aka Raju, of cash when he along with Karan Madaan, son of his brotherin-law, was going to the latter’s house from the railway station four days ago. The victim lodged a police complaint on Friday and the investigation revealed that Karan along with his friends had hatched the robbery plan. Karan Madaan is a resident of Baba Buddha Singh Colony of Chheharta. The other three accused are Lovepreet Singh, alias Love, of Partap Bazaar, Navroop Singh of Awaal Ramdass village and Lovekesh Sharma of New Ranjitpura. All of them have been arrested. According to Raj Kumar, he Delhi man comes to the city to purchase property but couldn't due to a strike. His relative hatches and executes a plan to rob him of ~15.5 lakh owns a seat cover business in Delhi. His brother-in-law lives at Sun Sahib Road in Chheharta. Karan is the son of his brother-in-law. He lured Raj Kumar into buying a residential plot in Chheharta so the latter brought Rs 15.5 lakh for purchasing the property. Due to a strike in the local court, the plot couldn’t be registered so he wanted to return to Delhi. Meanwhile, Karan along with his accomplices planned to loot them. It was decided that others would rob him while being taken to the railway station by Karan. Due to heavy traffic, they could not commit the robbery. Karan asked his uncle to go next morning, claiming that the train had left. While they were returning, his accomplices intercepted them at a secluded place as per the plan and robbed Raj Kumar of his cash bag besides taking away Rs 4,000 from them before fleeing. ACP Vishaljit Singh and SHO Harish Behal said they found the matter suspicious. A close watch was kept on Karan who was found partying after the robbery. He had borrowed money from some people which was returned after the robbery. When the police came to know about this, Karan was taken for interrogation, during which he confessed his crime. The police have recovered the bike used in the crime. Around Rs 14 lakh has been recovered. A case under Sections 379B and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against them. Amritsar, June 9 The Partition Museum, in association with The Arts and Literature Festival of Amritsar, hosted dramatised reading of short stories on the Partition on Saturday evening. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT) also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on hosting educative events like panel discussions, curatorial workshops, children’s workshops, theatre, conferences and exhibitions. Through the MoU, the IGNCA will also support the conservation and archiving of artifacts in the Partition Museum collection. Secretary of the Indira Gandhi International Centre for Arts (IGNCA), Dr Sachchidanand read out Phir Ek Bar, a Hindi short story of a Sikh grandmother who has undergone the agony of Partition. This was followed by a reading of Andha Yug by former faculty member of Jamia Millia Islamia, Ambedkar Univer- 3 booked for abduction Tarn Taran: Three members a family have been booked for allegedly abducting a girl. Identified as Ranbir Singh, his father Surinder Singh and sister Updesh Kaur of Dashmesh Nagar, Amritsar, the accused took the girl away around five days ago and the case was registered on Friday, the police said, adding that further investigation was on. — OC sity, and Hyderabad University, Professor Alok Bhalla. Seasoned drama artiste Averee Chaurey, who is known for her work in Children of War, accompanied him in his reading of Andha Yug. Andha Yug, originally written in Hindi by Dharamvir Bharati, is a verse play set on the last day of the Mahabharata and is posed as an allegory of human suffering and loss of ethical values felt and Prof Alok Bhalla and artiste Averee Chaurey at the Partition Museum. experienced post-partition in both the countries. Prof Ashok Bhalla said, “I am so glad that this museum has been established. It is an outstanding beginning and we hope that it will expand in future.” Averee Chaurey remarked, “I feel depressed seeing everything all around me, thinking of what happened to our fore fathers, our mothers and grandmothers that they went through such suffering.” “While our museums or archives do talk about Parti- tion, they do it from the perspective of the leaders, but there is not enough conversation about the fact that partition was not just their story but was actually the experience of people who had to bundle up their entire lives and move miles away from the only home they had ever known,” said Mallika Ahluwalia, CEO and co-founder of The Partition Museum. Dr Sachchidanand, secretary, Indira Gandhi International Centre for Arts, reads a Hindi story — Phir Ek Bar — at the Partition Museum on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO NRI dies of drug overdose in hotel room Stayed in a hotel with Rajasthan woman; family unaware of their relationship Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 9 An NRI died of drug overdose at a hotel near the bus stand here on Saturday. Identified as Yuvraj Singh of Ajnala, the deceased had been staying in the hotel with a woman, Shilpa. She hails from Ganganagar, Rajasthan, and claims to be the wife of the deceased. According to the police, the couple had been staying in the hotel for the past three days. The police sent the body for postmortem examination. Investigating officer Talwinder Singh said the police had summoned the family of both persons and further investigation was under way. He said Yuvraj along with his wife and children had been residing in Cyprus for several years. He met Shilp through a social networking site. She had a daughter from her first marriage and divorced from her husband. The police said Yuvraj returned to his village around a month ago. The couple met and stayed at hotel. He said his father Bagicha Singh feigned ignorance about their relationship. They said the deceased went to answer the nature’s call and did not come out. Getting no response even after repeated knocks, the woman called the hotel reception. They broke open the door to find him dead. The police found injections and drugs near his body.
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