08072018-ATR-01.qxd 7/7/2018 11:56 PM Page 1 SUNDAY | 8 JULY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE De-addiction centre Star on the move Cleanliness fad Government-run de-addiction centre hardly finds takers as campus wears deserted look. P2 Chandigarh lad Vivek Dahiya has had a dream run on television so far. P3 Vishal Dadlani, who is ready to take centerstage as a judge for Indian Idol 10, shares his journey so far. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 37°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.39 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.33 AM Dismissed cop behind robbery; 3 arrested Nation’s pride Looted a goldsmith of 10-gm gold and ~1 lakh Tribune News Service BSF women participate in a parade during Beating Retreat ceremony at Attari Joint checkpost in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar, July 7 With the arrest of three persons, including a dismissed cop, the rural police on Saturday claimed to have cracked the robbery incident in which a jeweller was looted by three persons. The incident took place in Khujala village on Wednesday. The police recovered 60 gm of gold and Rs 10,000 in cash from Charanjit Singh, alias Happy, a resident of Kandyal Colony in Batala. Other accused have been identified as Sarpragatjit Singh, son of Happy, and Rashpal Kumar of Kandyala Colony. The jewellery store, where the accused struck, is located at Gehri Road in Khujala village. Goldsmith Manjinder Dismissed in 2008 ■ Charanjit Singh, alias Happy, of Kandyal Colony, Batala, is a former cop who was dismissed in 2008. ■ He along with his son Sarpragatjit Singh and Rashpal Kumar of Kandyala Colony had executed the robbery in Khujala village on Wednesday. ■ They had threatened goldsmith Manjinder Singh and taken away 10-gm gold and ~1 lakh in cash. . Singh had stated to the police that two youths came and asked for a gold ring on June 4. While they were checking out rings, another youth turned up and sought to talk to him in his cabin. The moment Manjinder went there, the accused took out a pistol and demanded the cash and jewellery while threatening to shoot him if he opposed. The three took away Rs 1 lakh and gold jewellery weighing 10 gm on two bikes. SSP Parampal Singh said the police found a CCTV camera footage through which the accused were identified. Charanjit Singh was dismissed from police services in 2008. A .32 bore pistol and four live rounds were also recovered from him. The SSP said Charanjit confessed that he along with his son Sarpragatjit Singh and Rashpal Kumar of Kandyala Colony had robbed the jewellery shop. 3 cops arrested for extortion Tribune News Service Retired official arrested for extortion bid Students’ marathon against drugs Man killed in road accident Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 7 The police have nabbed a former assistant labour commissioner for extortion bid. He allegedly extorted money from a shopkeeper while threatening him of legal action for hiring a migrant on low wages on Friday. The accused has been identified as Sukhcharan Singh Sidhu, a resident of Friend’s Avenue, near the old central jail on Ajnala road. Complainant Ashok Kumar said he ran a sweet shop at the main bazaar of Durgiana Mandir. He has two servants — Lallan and Chhote Lal. “At around 2.30 pm on Friday, Sukhcharan came to me in an SUV and introduced himself as an assistant labour commissioner. He claimed he had received a complaint against Ashok that he had hired labourers on low wages. He threatened Ashok to frame charges against him and drag him to court. According to Ashok, he offered Sukhcharan Rs 500 but the latter demanded more and threatened to impose a penalty of Rs 10,000. Meanwhile, Ashok got suspicious and informed the police which caught him. A case under Sections 419, 420, 170 and 171 of the IPC has been registered. The police found during preliminary probe that he had retired. — TNS Amritsar, July 7 In an effort to intensify war against drug addiction, the Education Department organised a marathon on Saturday. Around 2,000 students took part in the marathon that was flagged off by School Education Minister OP Soni at Jallianwala Bagh. Soni said, “The run aims at motivating students to take up physical activities. The government is serious about handling the drug issue. People responsible for propagating drugs in the state are being held. I urge residents to take drug addicts to de-addiction centres.” The marathon commenced from Jalliawala Bagh and ended at Company Bagh. DEO Sunita Kiran, Deputy DEO Rekha Mahajan among others were present. Tarn Taran: Charan Singh (70) of Bhure Gill village was killed in a road accident on the highway near Rasulpur village, six km from here, on Friday. He had come here to enquire about his old age pension which he hadn’t been receiving for quite some time. Charan Singh was on foot when a four-wheeler vehicle hit him. He was taken to Guru Nanak Dev Super Specialty Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The Sadar police have registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC against the driver who fled. — OC Education Minister OP Soni flags off a marathon in the Heritage Street; and (below) gives his samples for a dope test to Civil Surgeon Hardeep Ghai in Amritsar on Saturday. PHOTOS: SUNIL KUMAR ister Capt Amarinder Singh.” Soni undergoes dope test A day after MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala, his son Kanwar Partap Singh and MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla underwent dope test, OP Soni and his relative Vikas Soni (councillor) also got themselves tested at the Civil Hospital. Their reports were negative. Addressing the media, Soni said, “If people holding the position of power are consumers of drugs, they can never solve the drug problem. This is a great initiative of Chief Min- Helpline number soon The district administration is all set to launch a helpline number where residents will be able to share information about drug abuse. The administration will also conduct seminars in schools and colleges. Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said, “People sometimes hesitate to contact the police. The administration’s helpline will be beneficial for them.” Jaswant Gill, man of courage and records Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 7 “I believe that in a time of calamity, one doesn’t have the time to be afraid. One has to act.” The words of Jaswant Singh Gill, a real life hero, reflect upon his perspective on the happenings of the eventful day of November 14, 1989. The former chief mining engineer with Coal India in Raniganj, West Bengal, had rescued 65 miners trapped inside a flooding coal mine and rest as they say is history. The septuagenarian, who now lives a quiet life in Amritsar, was honoured by the World Book of Records as his rescue Jaswant Singh Gill (centre) receives honour from representatives of World Book of Records in Amritsar on Saturday. SUNIL KUMAR feat, which was one of the first such operations in the country at the time, has been indicted as the ‘world’s largest coal mine rescue operation.’ At an event at Amritsar Club, Singh recalled the day as he was honoured by UK Parliamentarian Varinder Sharma. Rescuing the miners one by one using an iron capsule that Singh designed, the operation lasted for six hours and earned him prestigious awards and honours subsequently. His accomplishment, the Limca Book of Records has specially certified this operation as a national record in the history of coal mining. He was also awarded the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak by President Ramaswamy Venkataraman in 1991. Shar- ing his example, Gill said that the youth today should take lead and set such examples of bravery rather than wasting their life’s purpose to drug abuse. “There are several such incidents that the young generation should take inspiration from. Find your courage and say no to drugs and contribute constructively towards society,” he said. Singh’s brave act will also be made into a movie as actor Akshay Kumar is said to be making a film titled ‘Capsule Gill’ (Black Diamond). Representatives of World Book of Records, Randeep Kohli and Rotarians also commended Gill’s courageous act at the ceremony. Amritsar, July 7 Three cops have been arrested for “extorting” money from a vendor near Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai on the premises of Golden Temple. Identified as Paramjit Singh, Mustaq Masih and Rajinder Singh, they have been placed under suspension. They were identified through CCTV cameras installed at the Darbar Sahib. According to information, their seniors tried to protect them, but Police Commissioner SS Srivastav ordered registration of the case when the matter was brought to his knowledge. A case under Sections 384 and 385 of the IPC has been registered against them at Take away ~23,000 from a vendor, caught in a CCTV footage; top cop orders suspension and registration of case the Kotwali police station. Complainant Sees Ram, who sells toys at his stall, told the police that the three cops came to him and snatched Rs 23,000 that he had saved for days. He said the cops threatened to register a case against him. The cops were posted in the CIA staff. Immediately after the incident, Sees Ram informed SGPC officials about the incident. The Galliara police scrutinised the CCTV footage and identified the accused. Police Commissioner SS Srivastav said he would not tolerate such acts.
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