12062018-ATR-01.qxd 6/11/2018 11:26 PM Page 1 TUESDAY | 12 JUNE 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Tripat Bajwa in city His screen is wide Battling the blues According to Cabinet minister, decision on illegal colonies will be people friendly. P2 Anurag Kashyap says Netflix and Amazon have given a new lease of life to many films. P3 Anita Hassanandani had a bad phase in her life too. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 42°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.25 AM Clash, firing at fuel station Petrol pump employees’ refusal to pour petrol in a bottle sparks brawl Amritsar, June 11 Owner of a fuel station, located near Ram Talai Chowk, allegedly opened fire after several youths got into a brawl with his employees over a petty issue on Monday. The youths wanted the fuel station staff to pour petrol in a bottle which the latter refused. The youths have been accused of thrashing his employees when he refused to fill their plastic bottle with petrol. When the crowd of 2 tourists among 4 snatching victims Tribune News Service 2 looters caught, hunt on for others Amritsar, June 11 During the hearing of high profile Inderpreet Singh Chadha suicide case to fix charges against nine accused, the court has fixed July 9 as the next date of hearing. The charges in the case were to be framed on Monday. Of the nine accused named in the case, seven were present in the courtroom. Devinder Singh Sandhu, whose passport was earlier released by the court for a foreign trip, and Surjit Singh, who is admitted to the hospital, were not present. The court had earlier released passport of Devinder after an application moved by him on June 7. Cops question an employee of the fuel station and others (right) after the brawl in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Chadha case to be heard on July 9 youth gathered at the filling station, cops from Maqboolpura and Division B police station reached there and dispersed them. Sunny alleged that a staff member used abusive language against him which led to heated arguments, following which he was attacked by other employees. According to Sunny, he wanted petrol in a bottle only because the petrol pump staff didn’t refill vehicle tanks up to measurement. Ravinder Sarpal, owner of the petrol pump, said, “My son had to fire in the air in self-defence. One of my employees, Sandeep Singh, refused to fill a bottle with petrol as it is a dangerous practice and has the potential of catching fire. We have written instructions on a wall that we do not fill fuel in bottles.” Sarpal said Sunny used to come earlier also and every time he had an altercation with the employees over the same issue. He alleged he got enraged when my employee refused him to oblige him on Monday. He said the youth entered in a brawl and thrashed his employee. Later, he called his supporters and created a scene, he alleged. Sunny maintained that the owner’s son fired at him and the employees attacked him with a sharp-edge weapon. “The petrol pump employees have made some adjustment in the machine due to which the fuel quantity is not up to the mark. This is why I get petrol in bottles as it ensures the right quantity,” he said.Sarpal rubbished the allegations. Maqboolpura SHO Gagandeep Singh and Division B SHO Parvesh Chopra reached the spot and dispersed the crowd. Gagandeep said the matter was under investigation and statements of both parties were being recorded. He said appropriate action would be taken. Man held with stolen bike Tarn Taran, June 11 Kulwant Singh Kalu of Sarali Manda village has been arrested by the local city police with a stolen motorcycle (PB-46L-4913) from the Sarhali road. Assistant SubInspector (ASI) Amrik Singh said the accused had been booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC. — OC Cashier at PSPCLKukranwala office robbed of ~5 lakh Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 11 Two unidentified armed robbers with covered faces looted around Rs 5 lakh in broad daylight from a cashier of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) office located at Kukranwala village here on Monday. Ironically, the Kukranwala police post is situated just a few steps away from the office. Though cops tried chasing them, the accused managed to dodge them. Senior police officials reached the spot after getting the information. They took the CCTV footage of the incident. Cashier Lakhwinder Singh was collecting payments of power bills when armed youth entered the office and fired in the air to create a pan- ic. They asked the cashier to step aside and threatened others to keep away. They took around Rs 4.87 lakh from the cash drawer and fled away. When Sub Divisional Officer Avtar Singh came out of his room hearing gunshots, the accused fired at him that hit the wall. They again fired two gunshots in the air to make people give up the thought of chasing them. The two were travelling on a bike sans number plate. They fled towards Guru Ka Bagh side. When cops came to know about it, they unsuc- CHARTING NEW TERRITORIES Sandhya first woman to lead civic body House Opposition Sandhya Sikka after her appointment as the Leader of the Opposition in the MC House on Monday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 11 Councillor Sandhya Sikka has become the first woman to be appointed Leader of the Opposition in the history of the city’s Municipal Corporation (MC) House. BJP district president Rajesh Honey, after appointing her, targeted the Congress, blaming it for ignoring several senior local women leaders in the House. Electorates of ward number 17 have sent her to the MC House for the second time. Before this, her husband Anuj Sikka, a businessman, had won the then ward 12 seat in 2007. Brushing away the remarks of entering into politics after her husband’s ward was declared reserved for women, she claimed that she had been taking part in active politics and social service with her husband after he became councillor for the first time. “Reserving the ward for women candidates offered me an opportunity to utilise it keenly,” she says. A graduate, she has been pursuing social service by associating herself with Phulkari Women of Amritsar, a group of business women, with a mission to keep in touch with Punjabi culture and its myriad shades. She is currently engaged in raising fund by holding a musical play themed ‘I have a dream’ to help out cancer patients. She is ready to take on the ruling Congress government in the House for its “lackadaisical” approach towards several issues. She said the government had been working at a snail’s pace and was unlikely to deliver on its promises. She accused its leaders of having failure to maintain projects, like Heritage Street which were assiduously provided by the previous SADBJP coalition government. Citing the instance of Solid Waste Management Project at the Bhagtanwala dump site, she said the new government announced to shift the site without bothering about the amount of time and funds invested in its planning and partial implementation. “A day before yesterday, the House assembled and councillors were given 150-page booklet each of agenda. Ideally, it should have been given four days earlier to give enough time to councillors to go through,” she added. Fernanda Vazqufz talks about her study on Monday. SUNIL KUMAR Documenting Sikh women’s pain on ’84 Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 11 Clad in an Indian attire, Fernanda Vazqufz of Mexico can be mistaken for an Indian for her local resemblance. A professor and researcher atMetropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico City, she is back in the city after a gap of 10 years to continue with her study on the impact of 1984 Operation Bluestar and riots on Sikh women who lost their husbands during the militancy era. Now, she shall be focusing on the impact on the younger generation of such families and their lives. She says most of the widows feel that there voices have not been heard. Any kind of violence shall result in more violence. “I met a number of Sikh women, who lost their husbands during the Operation Bluestar and anti-Sikh riots. Most of them felt that they were left on their own and no support was provided to them by the government. Besides, they also feel that there grievances and voices have gone unheard,” she says. continued on page 2 cessfully chased the accused. SSP Parampal Singh said the police came across a CCTV footage of the incident and investigation was under way to identify and arrest the culprits. He said the cops chased the accused for seven 7 km before being dodged. PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 11 Back to back robbery and snatching incidents sent shock waves in the city on Sunday. Among the victims are two tourists. Of them, one family had come from Indore while the other from Rajasthan. The victims were targeted in late night hours when they were returning to their hotels. Dr Avdesh Gupta, a resident of Indore, stated to the police that he along with his wife and relatives reached Sri Darbar Sahib on Sunday evening to pay obeisance. At around 12.30 am when they were returning to their hotel near the bus stand on an erickshaw, two youths on a bike turned up near Ram Talai Chowk and snatched purse of his wife. The purse contained Rs 1.12 lakh, three expensive mobile phones of Apple and MI Note brands, a tab besides other important documents. Similarly, Rajasthan resident Janvi Hard Pavat said she along with her friends had come to pay obeisance at Golden Temple. She said they were returning to their hotel near the bus stand when two youth alighted from an auto-rickshaw and snatched her purse containing a mobile phone, Rs 9,000 and some documents near Ram Bagh. ADCP JS Walia said investigations were under progress to identify the suspects. He said both incidents occurred in the dead of night so the accused could not be identified. He said efforts were on to nail the ❝Investigation is under progress to identify the suspects. The tourists were targeted in the dead of night so the accused could not be identified. Efforts are on to nail unscrupulous elements. ❞ JS WALIA, ADCP unscrupulous elements. In another incident, vegetable trader Subhash Chander Mahajan and his son Sanjiv Kumar were looted by three unidentified persons when they were going to their shop located at the Vallah vegetable market. The incident occurred on Thursday morning at around 4 am. He said the accused intercepted them near Tahliwala turn and pushed them. After they fell down from their bike, they snatched Rs 15,000 from them and fled away. Meanwhile, the Rajasansi police arrested two snatchers, identified as Sunil Kumar and Lovepreet Singh of Harsha Chhinna for allegedly snatching a mobile phone from Arvinder Singh of Rajasansi. Arvinder owns a mobile repair shop in Rajasansi. He went across the road for taking some eatables from a sweet shop and was returning when the accused snatched his mobile. Tourists are a soft target for snatchers. Several tourists have been targeted by snatchers in the past. Most of such cases go unreported as tourists opt to stay away from legal tangles.
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