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P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 37°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.39 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.32 AM Ajnala MLA, Aujla undergo dope test A special economic package for border belt under way: Harpartap Singh Ajnala GS Paul SHO, two ASIs suspended over drug overdose deaths Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ajnala, July 6 Due to lack of employment opportunities, low education standard and dilapidated infrastructure, the border belt, having close proximity to Pakistan, is in dire need of a special economic package to prevent the youth from falling prey to drugs and other social vices, said MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala, who took the lead among Majha leaders to undergo a dope test along with his son Kanwar Partap Singh at the Civil Hospital, Ajnala, on Friday morning. MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla too followed the suit in the evening as he underwent the same test in Amritsar. Talking to The Tribune, Ajnala said a special economic package for the border zone was under way. “The special package worth Rs 300 crore to uplift the socio-economic infrastructure for the border belt is now our top priority to utilise. The youth has fallen into drugs and petty crimes in the absence of proper guidance, job opportunities and education. As our immediate plan, we are trying to utilise the platform of Ajnala Co-operative Sugar MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala and his son Kanwar Partap Singh at the Civil Hospital, Ajnala, for the dope test; and MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla (right) gets his certificate from a staff member at Swami Vivekananda Drug De-addiction Centre on Friday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Mill to create opportunities for the local youth under various segments. Other skill development centres too will come up. Besides this, plans are afoot to raise the health and education facilities,” he said. He viewed that the drug menace prospered during the past 10 decades, during the regime of SAD-BJP “After . assuming charge, a free hand has been given to the police to deal with the drug suppli- ers in my constituency. Our aim is not only to cut the drug supply line but also curtail its demand with holistic approach. We are now identifying youth who are hooked to drugs and initiating steps for their de-addiction treatment and mend the disturbed social fabric,” he said. Ajnala said that during his studies at Delhi University, followed by law education overseas, he never tried any intoxication. “It runs in fam- Protest held against school head over ‘misbehaviour’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 6 Residents of Lakhowal village held a protest outside Government Elementary School over the “high-handedness” of headmaster Bhupinder Singh on Friday. Mahinder Singh, former sarpanch of the village, said the headmaster “threw the belongings of an anganwadi worker out of the school” over some dispute. She approached the villagers and the former sarpanch for help. When they tried to intervene, the headmaster did not pay heed to them, they alleged. The villagers alleged that the headmaster used unparliamentary language against the former sarpanch. When they staged a sit-in, the headmaster fled the Residents of Lakhowal village protest outside Government Elementary School in Ajnala on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO scene, they said. The protesters demanded immediate transfer of the headmaster. Triple murder: Police work on various angles Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 6 The police are yet to find any significant clue in connection with the triple murder that took place in Makhowal village. Harpal Singh, SP (Investigations), along with a team of cops has been camping at the village and working on different angles to crack the case. Kartar Kaur (80) of Makhowal, her daughter Harmeet Kaur (50) of Jhanjhia Kalan village and granddaughter Dilpreet Kaur of Chhichrewal village were strangled by some unknown persons. Initially, the police suspected it to be the handiwork of Dilpreet’s husband as she had a quarrel with him and had been residing with Kartar Kaur. However, during investigations, the police did 3 women of a family were found murdered in Makhowal on Thursday not find his involvement in the cold blooded murder. Amritsar (Rural) SSP Parampal Singh said the police had been working on different theories and the case would be cracked soon. Kartar Kaur had three sons — Gurdayal Singh, Kulwant Singh and Jaswinder Singh. While Gurdayal Singh was in Rishikesh, her other two sons had died. Jaswinder had two sons Amarbir Singh and Parneet Singh who also lived in the same village. Kartar Kaur had a land dispute with her grandsons Amarbir and Parneet. Forensic and technical teams have been pressed into service. The protest was lifted after SDM Rajat Oberoi assured them of necessary action. Amritsar, July 6 The police have suspended an SHO-rank official along with two assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) in connection with the recent deaths due to drug overdose in Kaler Ghuman and Shezada village. Amritsar (Rural) SSP Parampal Singh said a departmental probe had been initiated against the cops along with another SHO. Two of the cases were registered on Thursday while the third case was registered on June 24. Among those suspended are Khilchian SHO Paramjit Singh, ASIs Talwinder Singh and Kewal Kumar, both posted at Khilchian and Kathunangal police stations, respectively. The police have initiated departmental probe against the then Lopoke SHO. Hakamjit Singh of Kaler Ghuman village had died on April 6 this year while another youth, identified as Rajbir Singh of Shejada village, had lost his life in April last year. Hakamjit’s father Dalbir Singh had accused Chhinda, Sukhu, Chamkaur Singh and Jasbir Singh, all residents of the same village, for injecting him with drugs which led to 6 held with intoxicants Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, July 6 The police have arrested six persons with 2,609 intoxicating tablets and 100 capsules. DSP Prahlad Singh said Damandip Singh of Gohalwar was caught with 190 intoxicating tablets and 100 capsules. Manpreet Singh of Muhalla Guru Ka Khooh his death. The police had booked them on charges of culpable homicide. In the second case, Preetam Singh, father of Rajbir Singh of Shehzada village, alleged that Bhindu and Joga Singh of the same village had injected him drugs following which his condition deteriorated and he died later. The Kathunangal police had booked the duo. The third incident was reported in Chak Mishri Khan village in Ajnala where a youth, Surjit Singh, died of drug overdose. His mother had alleged that Mukhtar Singh, his wife Palwinder was caught with 230 tablets. Dilbag Singh and Sukhchain Singh of the same village were held for possessing 449 tablets. Ranbir Singh of Lakhna and Kala Singh of Chaudhriwala were arrested with 1,540 and 230 tablets, respectively. Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act have been slapped. Kaur, son Sitara Singh, alias Bholu, and daughter Kanwaljit Kaur had forcibly injected him drugs as he had been trying to stop them from selling contraband from his fields. He had died two months ago. The suspect was booked on June 24. SSP Parampal Singh said, “We will not tolerate negligence at any level. The state government and the police have been taking serious measures to end the drug menace from the state. The cops found colluding with drug peddles or resorting to negligence at any point, will have to face the music.” ily culture. My father Harcharan Singh Ajnala (twotime MLA and later education minister) never consumed alcohol. I never tasted beer, wine or liquor despite the fact that I gained my education in the metro culture society,” he said. On ongoing dope test politics, the two-time MLA from Ajnala constitutency, opined that no one should be forced to undergo dope test. “Being elected representa- tives, it should be taken as a voluntarily task. My son volunteered to get the test done for no loss or gain. My purpose of undergoing dope test was to catch the fancy of the youth and the parents to aware them about the government’s rehabilitation programme. Earlier, the substitute for drugs which used to cost Rs 300 per tablet is now being distributed free of cost at government health centres,” he said. Awareness programme Drug peddlers fire SNIPPETS at cops, two caught Man caught with heroin Amritsar, July 6 A de-addiction programme was organised in Jandiala on Friday.On the call of MLA Sukhwinder Singh Danny Bandala, a large number of residents, especially youngsters, attended the function. The MLA motivated the youths to make the state free of drug abuse. “Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has taken several initiatives to curb the drug menace. We have successfully snapped the supply line of drugs. I urge addicts to get treatment from the de-addiction centre.” DC Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said the government had exempted fee at the deaddiction centres. SSP Parampal Singh said, “In case of death due to drug overdose, supplier will be booked for murder. Four such cases have already been registered.” — TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 6 The Mattewal police have arrested two drug peddlers for opening fire at a police team. Two of their accomplices managed to flee. The police recovered 25 gm of heroin, two countrymade pistols, ammunition and Rs 40,000 that they had generated through the sale of drugs from them. Those arrested were identified as Jaskirat Singh and Arshjot Singh, both residents of Taharpur village. Those on the run are Gurjit Singh and Yaadwinder Singh of the same village. Amritsar (Rural) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Parampal Singh said the Mattewal police had laid a naka near the drain in Taharpur village where the accused in a car were signalled to stop. The car occupants started firing at the police party. Meanwhile, their car got stuck on the roadside and all four tried to flee. Two of them were overpowered while others escaped. The SSP said raids were on to nab the absconding youths. He said more recoveries were likely during further interrogation. He said a preliminary probe indicated that they used to supply drugs to addicts in different villages. He said the police would try to ascertain the source of contraband and track their accomplices. A case under Sections 307, 34 of the Indian Penal Code, 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act and 21, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered. Tarn Taran: Joginder Singh of Ghagge village, 30 km from here, has been arrested with 270 gm of heroin from Rampur Bhutwind. SubInspector Kulwinder Singh said a case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act had been registered against the accused. Further investigation was to ascertain whom did they get the contraband from, he added. OC Illicit liquor seized Tarn Taran: Two persons have been arrested with 51,750 ml of illicit liquor. The police said Sukha Singh of Goindwal Sahib was caught with 29,250 ml of illicit liquor whereas 22,500 ml of Illicit liquor was seized from the possession of Sarabjit Singh of Bath village. The accused have been booked under Sections 61 and 114 of the Excise Act and further investigation is on, the police said. OC Rabies camp for pets Amritsar: The Civil Veterinary Hospital, Hathi Gate, conducted a free rabies vaccination camp on Friday. Dr Kuljant Singh, veterinary officer, said the MC had collaborated with a private company from Hyderabad for the vaccination. “Pet owners should care for their dogs. The vaccination for rabies is necessary for the pets,” he said. He also urged residents to register their pet dogs with the MC. The civic body has recently decreased the registration fee from Rs 500 to Rs 200. MC officials hope that their drive would get a good response from city residents. TNS Seven-month marathon culminates at Wagah Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 6 Bharat Ke Veer Ultra Marathon, which was flagged off from Wagah in December 2017, culminated at the same place on Friday. Marathoner Samir Singh along with his team reached the finishing point of his seven-month gruelling initiative. The ultra marathon was dedicated to martyred soldiers and raising awareness regarding the Army’s initiative to reach out to the martyrs’ families. Covering a distance of 14,500 km across 24 states of the country in about seven months, the team of marathoners were received with ‘dhol’ beats and applause from the visitors gallery at the Retreat Ceremony. “We covered 100 km daily on an average and interacted with people to make them aware of Bharat Ke Veer app, dedicated to the families of martyrs. Through the application, one can directly contribute to the families with support of any kind and means. It’s a way to contribute towards ensuring some security for the families of soldiers, who laid down their lives to protect us,” said Samir. Though the marathon seemed to take toll on his health, Samir said that he was proud to be a part of such a campaign. According to BSF spokesperson, almost Rs 24 crore had already been collected through mobile application. “The armed forces provided support all throughout the run. It was a great initiative as not everyone can serve at the border but we can serve through many channels,” said the spokesperson. Samir Singh (sporting goggles), along with his six-member team, heads towards the Attari border; and (left) being felicitated in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR
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