27062018-JTR-01.qxd 6/27/2018 1:16 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 27 JUNE 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Teachers’ rally Heart wants... Laugh out loud Teachers from across the state have announced to hold a vehicle rally in Patiala on July 14. P2 When it comes to love, heart takes precedence over everything else. P3 Sony TV is all set to bring back its longest running comedy show, Comedy Circus. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 33°C MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C MIN 29°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.26 AM Interstate gang busted; seven held Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 26 The Jalandhar (rural) police on Tuesday busted an interstate gang of robbers with the arrest of seven members who were involved in several cases of loot and theft of cattle in the state. Only a day earlier, the rural police had busted a gang of robbers. The accusesd arrested on Tuesday were involved in several crimes where people were looted after they were made captive in their homes. The police said the gang also used to stole cattle from houses at gunpoint. The accused have been identified as Balwinder Singh, Harpreet Singh, Jaswant Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Dilbagh Singh, Mohammed Bala and Rajwan. SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said on a tip off, a team constituted by Deputy Superintendent of Police Sarabjit Rai stopped two cars at a checkpoint on the Kala Sanghian road and during checking it was found that the vehicles were bearing fake registration number plates. The SSP said the police rounded up Balwinder, Harpreet, Jaswant and Gurpreet and during the investigation it was revealed that the kingpin of gang, Balwinder, was a historysheeter against whom 31 FIRs had already been registered. The gang used to operate in 17 cases solved, claim police The police said with the arrest of all seven members, about 17 cases registered in various police stations of the district as well as Moga, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Ludhiana Commissionerate had been solved. SSP (Rural) Gurpreet Bhullar addresses the media in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the night hours and after stealing cattle and they used to carry them in robbed vehicles to their accomplices Dilbagh, Mohammed Bala and Rajwan who then used to further smug- gle these cattle to markets of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh and sell them there with huge margins and distribute the money among them. Bhullar said the gang usual- ly use the robbed vehicle for around two months and then discard the same and rob a new one from highways. The police said with the arrest of all seven members, about 17 cases registered in various police stations of the district as well as Moga, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Ludhiana Commissionerate had been solved. Balwinder was released on parole from Patiala jail on February 18 this year but had escaped after completion of the 42-day parole. For a better future “After his escape, Balwinder formed the gang and looted around six vehicles and 70 cattle from various parts of the state. Balwinder and Harpreet are brothers and the duo have been declared as proclaimed offenders,” the SSP said, adding that the modus operandi of the gang was to rob vehicles during night hours at gunpoint and get bodies of the vehicles painted and replace their registration number plates with the fake ones. Challan issued to five for creating noise pollution Tribune News Service RAF jawans, along with their family members, hold an awareness rally to mark International Day against Drug Abuse in Jalandhar on Tuesday. SARABJIT SINGH Jalandhar, June 26 Continuing its drive to check noise pollution in the district under the Tandarust Punjab mission, a joint team of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and the local traffic police here on Tuesday issued challans to five vehicles and motorcycles for using multi-tone horns/pressure horns and cracker sound emitting silencers. The team comprising assistant environmental engineer (AEE) Jatinder Kumar and JEE Varun Kumar, along with the team of the traffic police, led by traffic police ASI Lakhbir Singh, checked around 48 vehicles, including 40 heavy vehicles and eight Royal Enfield motorcycles at the Rama Mandi Chowk. On the occasion, owners of four heavy vehicles and a motorcycle were issued challan for the violation of the noise pollution norms. The team appealed to the owners of heavy and light vehicles to stop using pressure horns in their vehicles as it causes a lot of noise pollution. 5 illegal kiosks removed In a special drive launched to remove illegal kiosks that have come up in the city, the MC got five of these removed on the KMV road late on Tuesday evening. The encroachments had been inconveniencing commuters as they had occupied a huge space on the road. Woman jumps before train, dies Our Correspondent Phagwara, June 26 A woman reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a train on the Phagwara-Jalandhar rail section near the Chiherru Railway Station on Tuesday. Government Railway Police (GRP) in-charge Gurbheij Singh said a case had been registered in this regard. The body had been kept in the mortuary of the local Civil Hospital for identification. Meanwhile, an unidentified middle-aged man was found dead near the bus stand here on Monday. Heat stroke was said to be the cause behind his death, the police said. INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING SAD holds protest, demands From overcoming addiction to helping addicts cut in VAT on fuel prices Two city-based volunteers are lending a helping hand to people to live a drug-free life Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 26 Some people battle their addiction for years while others become addicted to drugs or alcohol quickly. Either way, it often seems impossible to stop this substance abuse in the face of addiction. Even if you know that it is possible to overcome your drug addiction, it can be difficult to believe yourself when the going gets rough on the road to recovery. Luckily, it’s not impossible. No matter what the circumstances are and nothing is quite as inspiring as reading a story of success on the road to recovery, which is why The Tribune is sharing such success stories. Just like anyone facing addiction and working towards recovery, these citybased individuals had to work hard for self-restraint and are now helping others to follow the road to success. Once completely under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Hansraj became so helpless that he even tried to commit suicide. Knowing the fact that it’s Hansraj destroying him physically as well as mentally, he did not had control on his drinking habits. When it became almost impossible to pull him out through this upheaval, even his wife left him. Having started taking alcohol from the age of eight years, Hansraj (46) was not aware that this “initial adventure” would bring him near to end. After joining Delhi University, he started taking drugs and it continued till he went to Navjyoti — Delhi Police Foundation For Correction De-addiction and Rehabilitation in 1999. Subsequently, after spending two years in the rehab centre, Hansraj began leading a healthy life. Now, he is working as a residential councillor in the citybased Aas Rehabilitation Centre which he joined in 2012. He has also become a motivational fig- ure as he has helped hundreds of drunkards and druggists to live a drug-free life. He has even helped inmates of Tihar Jail in recovering from drug abuse. Originally hailing from HP Han, sraj, once socially boycotted, considered his recovery as his second birth. He said: “If there is one thing I learned while recovering from addiction, it is that the path you have to climb is long and hard. Steps are not straight and most certainly don’t always go up. The path to a successful recovery is a twisted one that has no actual end. It is always ongoing, but will get better one step at a time.” Ladowali resident Harminder Singh (42) is also lending his helping hand to recover young minds from drugs abuse. At present, working as a volunteer in the Aas Rehabilitation Centre that he joined a few months ago, Harminder said: “Being a drug addict, I remained in depression for four-five years and though life had given me my best days, as I was blessed with a baby boy, I did Police Commissioner Praveen Kumar Sinha, DC Varinder Kumar Sharma and MLA Sushil Kumar Rinku take part in a walkathon to raise awareness against drugs in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO P2 not laugh for four years. While recalling his days when he started taking drugs, he said he had no Harminder idea that the initial pleasure would destroy his life to an extent that he would even get addicted to medicines which he was taking for deaddiction. The helplessness to spend time with his son finally c m y b pulled him to the rehabilitation centre which helped him start a fresh drug-free life. Now, he is talking morning sessions of all addicts at the rehab centre and starts their day with daily thoughts and an experience-sharing class. Moreover, patients get excited to attend his session. Besides them, there are several other recovered addicts in the city who are helping people to live a drug-free life. more reports on p2 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 26 Demanding that the state government should slash VAT imposed on diesel and petrol, SAD leaders on Tuesday held a protest against the Congress-led state government outside the District Administrative Complex here. Party leaders, including MLAs Pawan Tinu, Gurpartap Wadala and Baldev Khaira, Istri Akali Dal president Jagir Kaur and SGPC member Paramjit Singh Raipur, were among those who addressed the public on the issue, comparing the rate of fuel in Punjab with other neighbouring states. Former MLA Sarabjit Makkar, who is recuperating from accidental injuries, attended the protest on his wheelchair. Leaders from other parties who joined the SAD recently were also present. These included Brij Bhupinder Lally, Amarjit Thind, HS Walia and Hans Raj Rana. The SAD leaders said the state government had imposed the highest tax on fuel and was earning Rs 700 crore from VAT on fuel. They urged the government to reduce the same and help farmers, traders and even students. Later, they submitted a memorandum in this regard to the administration. SAD leaders protest in front of the District Administrative Complex in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH
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