03072018-ATR-01.qxd 7/3/2018 12:15 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 3 JULY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Snatching bid A foot into hall of fame A family bond Youth injured in snatching bid; female tourist robbed; two snatchers arrested. P2 Messi and Ronaldo exit the 2018 FIFA World Cup but youngsters from Chandigarh root for Mbappé and Modric. P3 TV host Chrissy Teigen takes her six-week son for protest march. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORM | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.40 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.30 AM District abuzz with protests, meetings, chalking out of strategies by cops and admn as addiction claims lives 13 arrested with drugs Our Correspondent An addict implores Lok Sabha MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla to get him treated effectively at the Swami Vivekananda Drug De-addiction Centre; and BJP supporters during a protest against the state government in Amritsar on Monday. VISHAL KUMAR 18 addicts shifted to de-addiction centre Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 2 In an effort to get drug addicts treated, Lok Sabha member Gurjit Singh Aujla visited Maqboolpura locality, which is infamous for drug addiction, and persuaded 18 youngsters to get treatment from the government-run Swami Vivekananda Drug De-addiction Centre here on Monday. Aujla had yesterday managed to send six addicts to the centre. Accompanied by officials of the civil and the police administration, the MP asked the officials at the centre to ensure de-addiction of the youths. He said that in case the centre had any issue of unavailability of medicines, he would provide them the same through his discretionary funds. Later, in a meeting with officials, he said the lax attitude of police officials was to be blamed for the drug addiction. “I wonder why police officials bring sifarish (recommendation) to get appointment as station house officers (SHOs) when it is a very responsible job. The negligence of officials is defaming the government and it will not be tolerated,” he said. He asked the police officials to approach him if they feel that a politician was pressurising them not to take action against drug sellers. He said that if there was no pressure from anybody, why were cops hesitant. Aujla said that in the areas he visited, residents have often blamed the police. He asked police officials to inform him if a political leader comes to help a drug peddler and pressurises them. He hoped that the situation would improve gradually with joint efforts of everyone. Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha exhorted the officials to help in the fight against drugs. He said the police and civil officials should work in tandem to end the menace. Another drug overdose death, 3 held Drug supplier behind the bars; more arrests likely as interrogation goes on PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 2 Another youth lost his life due to drug overdose, this time in Gaggar village that falls under the Ramdass police station. The deceased has been identified as Kulwinder Singh. His body was found from a drain near his village. The police have booked his two friends and a “drug peddler” on charges of culpable homicide. All of them have been arrested. Initially, the police had initiated action under the criminal his two friends went ❝The deceased along withprocession and while to Amritsar with a nagar kirtan returning, they took heroin worth Rs 500 from a Gopalpura resident. While injecting heroin, Kulwinder died and his friends dumped his body in a drain. PARAMPAL SINGH, SSP, Amritsar rural procedure code following the statement of his family members as the reason behind the death was uncertain at that time. Eyewitnesses and family members gathered at the spot had claimed that Kulwinder Singh never took drugs. However, after the cremation ❞ the parents suspected the role of his friends who had accompanied him when he left the house. They suspected that the death might have occurred due to drug overdose. Parampal Singh, SSP , Amritsar rural, said Kulwinder had bought a new Bullet motorcycle and he along with his two friends Harjit Singh of Panjgrayian village and Parminder Singh was going to Amritsar with a nagar kirtan procession to pay obeisance. He said that while returning they took heroin worth Rs 500 from Aman, a resident of Gopalpura village in Ajnala. They also procured a syringe from the government hospital in Ajnala. Later, they went to power house where Kulwinder injected himself heroin. He was the first to inject the drug. Harjit Singh was BJP tears into Cong Cops asked to adopt villages Special helpline PK Jaiswar Amritsar: BJP workers on Monday staged a protest against the state government over the murders of drug addicts being reported from across the state. The protestors were led by BJP state president and Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik. Malik held Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh responsible for the drug problem and sought his resignation in the wake of his “failure” to fulfil his promise of making Punjab drug free in four weeks after assuming power. The protesters burnt an effigy of the state government and raised slogans. Malik said the Chief Minister had told a lie while holding ‘Gutka Sahib’. He said Congress leaders had been running mafia in the state. Malik also criticised Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla for getting drug addicts admitted to a de-addiction centre. “First of all, he should explain who is patronising the drug peddlers. Aujla should stop shedding crocodile tears and look within,” he said. The protesters said the state government was in a deep slumber. Senior party leaders, including general secretary Rakesh Rathore, Rajesh Gill, Rajinder Mohan Singh Chinna, Suresh Mahajan and former Mayor Bakshi Ram along with others were present. TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 2 On a day when the Punjab government decided to recommend death penalty for convicted drug traffickers during a Cabinet meeting, the Amritsar rural police have devised a strategy to tackle the alarming drug problem. Besides launching a helpline (9888200062 and 0183-2704705) and urging people to share information of drug peddlers in their areas, SSP (Amritsar rural) Parampal Singh has also directed the officers to adopt vulnerable and sensitive villages falling in their jurisdiction to take appropriate measures for getting addict- A helpline (9888200062 and 0183-2704705) has been launched where people can give information regarding drug peddling in their areas. ed youths detoxified and nail drug peddlers. There are over 200 villages in the rural belt which are very sensitive and where drug problem has assumed alarming proportions. Many deaths have been reported due to drug overdose in these areas. “The officers adopting villages in their subdivisions will be held responsible for eradicating drug abuse. Besides taking stern action against drug peddlers, addicts will also be encouraged to get themselves treated in government-run de-addiction centres,” the SSP said. Every SP will have to adopt six villages while DSP’s responsibility will be of four villages in their sub-divisions. Similarly, SHOs of different police stations will adopt three villages each, while non-gazetted officers will adopt two villages each, said Parampal Singh. Constables will also adopt one village each, he added. The SSP said the contact numbers would remain operational round the clock and the antecedents of the informer would be kept secret. about to do so when he saw Kulwinder dying on the spot. Later, they took his body on their bike and dumped it near a drain near his native village before fleeing. His body was found by villagers. Following the probe, the police have registered a case against Harjit Singh, Parminder Singh and drug supplier Aman under Sections 304 and 201 of the IPC at the Ramdass police station. They have been arrested. He said the interrogation of Aman was under way and more arrests were likely. Tarn Taran, July 2 As many as 13 persons, including two women have been arrested for drug peddling, the police said on Monday. SSP Darshan Singh Mann said 3,515 intoxicating tablets and 1,070 habit-forming capsules were seized from the accused. Four persons were caught with 407 gm of heroin, he said. The SSP said the accused, from whom the intoxicating tablets and capsules were seized, included Kulwinder Kaur of Patti, Nirmal Singh (medical practitioner) of Dhaliwal, Gurdeep Singh of Jhugian Kalu, Manjit Singh of Thatha, Tarsem Singh of Sursingh, Balwinder Singh of Gohalwar, Sawinder Singh of Lauhka, Kulwinder Singh of Gohalwar and Nirmal Singh of Maniala Jai Singh. They have been booked under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The SSP further stated that the Chohla Sahib police, headed by Sub-Inspector Sukhraj Singh (SHO) arrested Baldev Singh and his mother Jagir Kaur, seizing 400 gm of heroin. The accused were on a tractor. The same time the Goindwal Sahib police arrested Karanjit Singh of Dhunda with three gm of heroin while his associate Jasbir Singh managed to escape from the spot. The CIA staff held Ajaib Singh of Teja Singh Wala village and recovered four gm of heroin. The accused have been booked under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act, the SSP said. Police seek support Meanwhile, SSP Darshan Singh Mann along with senior officials convened a meeting of chemists and the medical practitioners. He sought their cooperation in curbing the drug trade. Officials to meet people Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 2 Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha along with other officials of the administration and police held a meeting to chalk out a plan to counter drug abuse in the district. The officials decided to visit villages and areas of the city where drug abuse is rampant. The DC along with SSP (Rural) Parampal Singh would visit Meerakot area on Tuesday while ADCs would be accompanied by SPs or ADCP-rank officials. DSPs or ACPs would accompany SDMs in different parts of the holy city. Similarly, SHOs will accompany naib tehsildars in different villages and areas. The DC said the state government had adopted a zero tolerance attitude towards the scourge of drugs. He said the officials visiting villages would identify the drug addicts and the problems being faced by residents in the rural belt as far as drug addiction is concerned. He said the message was clear that drug peddlers would not be spared. “Those requiring treatment will be taken to deaddiction centers. If needed, they will be admitted for treatment,” he said. Dr PD Garg, Director of the Swami Vivekanand Deaddiction Centre, along with the Civil Surgeon was also present. More wait for books Toddlers make country proud in Nepal sports festival Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 2 The students of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will have to wait a little longer for their history textbooks. The board has failed to arrange the books even after the month long summer break. In April, a controversy had erupted after alleged tempering with Sikh history in the books of Classes XI and XII. Many organisations in the state and opposition parties had urged the Capt Amarinder Singh government to look into the matter. Most of the school heads confirmed that books were yet to reach the students. “We have not received any book till date. It is the students who will suffer the most,” said a school head on the condition of anonymity. Ashwani Kumar Awasthi, president, Democratic Teachers Union, said, “As of now, the students are only following the old syllabus. A lot of students did not come today. We expect better attendance from tomorrow.” Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 2 City-based young skaters Manbir Kaur (4) and Dawanshdeep Singh (7) have made the country as well as the city proud by bringing accolades in the third Indo-Nepal Sports Festival 2018. The brother-sister duo bagged medals at the event held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from June 20 to 23. While Manbir Kaur bagged a gold medal in the Under four category of the 300 metre competition, his brother Dawanshdeep won bronze in 300 metre in the same competition in the Under seven category. The event was organised by the Nepal Roll Ball Association, supported by Nepal Budokaido Full Contact Association and Nepal Roller Basketball Federation. At such a tender age, both of them are passionate about the game. Both of them have been trained by their father Sarbhjit Singh, who works as a coach at a school. When asked who is a better among them, Manbir proudly raises her hand and says, “I love skating. I am better than him.” While Dawanshdeep acts as support and says, “We both like to spend time on training together.” It was Dawanshdeep who inspired his younger sister to take the game at such a young age. “Whenever I coached Dawanshdeep, Manbir will keep asking me to train her as well and that’s how their journey as skaters began,” adds their father Sarbhjit Singh. “Both of them are equally good and enthusiastic about the game. Sometimes, I have to tell them to stop skating around,” remarks mother Satnam Kaur, a teacher. The brother-sister duo also participated in the 72-hour Khelo India Multi-Activities Skating Marathon held at Karnataka. Four hundred skaters across the country did skating for three days to make a record. Dawanshdeep Singh and Manbir Kaur along with their > > parents in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR
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