08102018-ATR-01.qxd 10/8/2018 12:07 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 8 OCTOBER 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Traffic jam Namaste Punjab Shades of a woman Paddy procurement goes on; traffic mess witnessed near Bhagtanwala grain market. P2 Actors Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor claim their Punjabi roots as they come to Chandigarh for film promotion. P3 Acclaimed Maharashtrian actress Girija Oak has been confirmed for a pivotal role in Sony TV’s epic show. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 32°C MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 19°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.07 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.29 AM Investment scam: Victims express dissatisfaction over slow probe ‘Scamsters’ lured hundreds of people; investigation goes on for two years PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 7 Victims of the multicrore investment scam have expressed dissatisfaction over the probe being carried out by the Special Investigating Team (SIT). The “scamsters” are said to have duped a large number of people by offering them investment in the real estate and insurance with a promise of good returns. The police have recently filed an affidavit with the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) in this connection. It has pointed out that the SIT has recorded the statements of over 150 victims so far and further investigation is under way. Around 16 victims had approached the HC in April 2017, urging it to form an SIT consisting of representatives of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and Corporate Affairs for investigation. Bakshinder Singh, one of the victims, said, “First of all, it took one and a half year for the city police to file a reply. ■ ‘Scamsters’ lured hundreds of people into investing money in The police had already all, took ❝First ofyearitfor theone ❝the suspects’ bank and a half city got different insurance schemes and the real estate sector, promising good returns. Some of the victims had invested their entire earnings. ■ Later, when people came to know about the 'fraud', they demanded action against the accused. An NGO, Punjab Human Rights Organisation, highlighted the scam and investigated the case on its own for months. ■ The first case was registered by the Chheharta police in July 2016 in which Ramesh Kumar Chug and his family members were booked. Parveen Kumar Tandon and his family were booked in November. ■ People have named a politician, but the police say they haven't got any incriminating evidence against him. ■ Victims say no concrete action has been taken so far. police to file a reply. Secondly, the affidavit filed by the SIT clearly indicates that the police are trying to save the real culprit, an influential political leader from the area. The SIT has done nothing except for recording statements. accounts and their insurance policies frozen. Efforts are on to identify and attach the properties of the accused and their relatives that they acquired from the ill-gotten money. No evidence is there against the politician. BAKSHINDER SINGH, victim VISHALJIT SINGH, ACP, (West) Secondly, the affidavit filed by the SIT clearly indicates that the police are trying to save the real culprit, an influential political leader from the area. It has been two years since the scam came to light and two FIRs have been registered. The SIT has done nothing except for recording statements. The slow pace of the investigation has harmed the interest of sufferers and delayed the justice.” Vishaljit Singh, Assistant Commissioner of Police (West), who is a part of the SIT, said the police had already got the bank accounts of the suspects and their insurance light by the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), an NGO headed by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Ajit Singh Bains. It carried out an investigation for months and collected evidence against the suspects. It handed over its 4,000-page report to the DGP , requesting stern action against fraudsters. Advocate Sarabjit Singh Verka, principal investigator, PHRO, said, “We have sought a meeting with the city police commissioner in this connection. We will give details where the SIT failed to investigate properly. Ironically, the The case policies frozen. “Efforts are on to identify and attach the properties of the accused and their relatives that they acquired from the ill-gotten money,” he said. When asked about the role of a political leader, the ACP said that no incriminating evidence was found against him. “During the further course of investigation, if any evidence is found against him, we will not hesitate to book him. It is wrong to blame the police for the delay. The number of victims is very high and we have arrested major suspects in the case,” he added. The scam was brought to ❞ ❞ police are still scrutinising the evidence given by us even after elapsing of two years.” The first case was registered by the Chheharta police in July 2016 in which Ramesh Kumar Chug and his family members were booked. Parveen Kumar Tandon and his family were booked in November. Chug and Tandon used to run investment firms, which lured and duped gullible people. Some of them invested the entire earnings of their lives in these companies. The second case was registered following an investigation carried out by the then ACP . Woman alleges rape, 1 booked Punjab love Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 7 An elderly woman from Sarangra village has accused a person of raping her on the pretext of providing her grant for toilet construction. The accused, Som, is her neighbour. The police have registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC and he is yet to be arrested. The victim stated to the police that the accused came to her house at around 8 pm on Friday. “He said that the government had issued grant for construction of toilets and he would help her get the same from Manjh village. He took me forcibly on his bike to fields where he raped me,” she said. Balwinder Kaur, in-charge, Crime against Woman Cell, said the matter was under investigation and raids were on to nab the suspect. She said the medical examination of the victim was also conducted. Cine star Ameesha Patel was at a jewellery outlet in the city on Sunday. She said she loved Punjab and the Punjabi language. Ameesha is going to make her debut as a film producer with her upcoming movie 'Desi Magic'. VISHAL KUMAR Mobile found from jail inmate Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 7 Jail authorities confiscated a mobile phone from a jail inmate here on Saturday. Two inmates have been booked by the Islamabad police. Those booked have been identified as Sukhdev Singh, alias Raju, of Tibipur Mohalla in Moga and Rajesh Kumar of Sudarshan Nagar. Sukhdev told the police that he had brought the mobile phone on the insistence of Rajesh Kumar, who promised to give him Rs 500. Both had returned to the jail after a court hearing. Sub-Inspector Amar Nath said the case was registered on the complaint of Assistant Superintendent, Jail, Shamsher Singh. He said the accused would be brought on production warrant. UK Mayor apprises industrialists of business opportunities back home Tribune News Service Ramit Chopra (left) with his teachers at Cambridge International School. TRIBUNE PHOTO City lad’s computer graphic love Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 7 For the last four years, city boy Ramit Chopra is finding solace in his love for computer graphic paintings. Ramit, a student of Cambridge International School, has been facing disability in his left hand since he was a toddler. He expresses himself through graphic paintings with the help of his schoolteacher Mandeep Singh, who too faces a physical disability. Ramit has won a number of awards. He participated in international exhibitions, such as International Aviles Mail Art Exhibition in July in Spain. The exhibition was themed ‘The Fire’. He will participate in the 11th Annual Disability Art Exhibition to be organised by the Department of Disability, Los Angeles, US. The young boy, who aspires to be computer graphic designer and feels delighted to perform his craft, says, “I feel so happy whenever I design a painting. I aspire to be a computer graphic designer.” His teacher Mandeep Singh says Ramit learns with dedication. Born into a business family, Ramit has found support of his parents — Rajesh Chopra and Shikha Chopra. “It is his passion. As a mother, I am extremely proud of him. He enjoys himself as he paints,” says his mother Shikha Chopra, a teacher. RK Vohra, Principalm Cambridge International School, said, “We are proud of him. He has been excelling in this field. It feels great that he is keen on taking part in international events.” SNIPPETS Tarn Taran: The Kacha Pakka police have arrested Lakhwinder Singh of Kulla village from Maniala Jai Singh with an airgun and five cartridges of .32 bore pistol. A case has been registered against the accused under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, ASI Darshan Singh said. Lakhwinder has been accused of robbing travellers at gunpoint, the police said. OC Amritsar, October 7 As a part of his two-day visit to the holy city, UK’s West Midland’s Mayor Andy Street, along with other delegates, paid obeisance at the Golden Temple and took part in a CII meeting here on Sunday. During the interactive session, organised by the CII Amritsar Zonal Council, he apprised the business community of the city of the business opportunities in West Midland. He was accompanied by Jason Wouhra, MD of East End Foods; Prof David Mullins of Warwick University; and Meera Sonecha, Policy Adviser to the Mayor of the West Midland. Andy said there was a tremendous scope in varied fields, including, education, textile, light engineering and other Infrastructural projects. “There is obviously a great scope for collaboration. I am looking forward to working on a few projects to strengthen our business ties further. The West Midlands is truly a global region and will continue to be the export and FDI capital outside of London,” he said. CII Amritsar Zonal Council chairman Ajay Khanna said the interaction was a great opportunity for the CII Amritsar members to learn on investment priorities of Seeks collaboration with GNDU One arrested with airgun Teenage girl ‘abducted’ Andy Street (second from right), Mayor of West Midlands, UK, at the Centre for Sikh Studies on Sri Guru Granth Sahib, GNDU, in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar: Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands, UK, visited the Centre for Studies on Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), on Sunday. He met faculty members, looked around the centre, enquired about the working of the centre, research carried out so far, number of students and the activities taken up during the the West Midlands. CII Amritsar Zonal Council vice-chairman Kanav Aggarwal said the interaction provided a platform for discussion and deliberation for forging ties course. He appreciated the centre, especially for the relics it has displayed. He sought collaboration on Sikh Studies. Street held a meeting with Amarjit Singh, Director, Centre for Studies on Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He showed his keenness to deliberate upon the collaboration between the GNDU and the Centre for Sikh between Amritsar and West Midland in prospective business fields. He elaborated that the CII, in its endeavour of creating opportunities for Indian businesses to grow, has been step- and Panjabi Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. Dr Amarjit Singh said, “We had an hour long meeting with him. Both of us are willing for the promotion of Punjabi language among Sikh youth in United Kingdom. Street also assured of linkages on the occasion of 550 years of the Sikh faith in November 2019, Singh added. TNS ping up its engagement with the world on a wide range of issues that it identifies as being critical for globalisation of Indian industry and its integration into the world economy. Tarn Taran: The Sarhali police have registered a case in connection with abduction of a teenage girl from Kasel village. The girl has been missing for a week. The father of the girl, in his complaint to the police, alleged that she was abducted from her home on the night intervening October 1 and 2. He said someone lured the girl away with a promise of marriage. The family came to know about it next morning. The case was registered under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC on Saturday. OC Phone snatched Phagwara: Three unidentified persons snatched a mobile phone and ~500 from Pawan Kumar, a resident of Rihana Jattan village here on Sunday. The victim, who was selling bread on his bicycle, was also thrashed. A case has been registered. OC Accused who slapped councillor still out of police reach Civic body to spruce up city Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 7 Even three days after a man slapped Ward No. 30 councillor Jeet Singh Bhatia in Gold- en Avenue, the police have failed to arrest the accused. Senior Congress leaders have already assured of swift action against the accused and his three accomplices. As per unconfirmed reports, the police have nabbed the assailants and named 11 persons, including four women, in the case. The accused have been identified as Mohan Pehlwan, Tida, Navraj and Kannu. Sukhjinder Singh, SHO, Mohkampura police station, said, “The accused will be arrested within or two days. c m y b We will disclose everything soon.” According to sources, a local leader, who is rival of Jeet Singh Bhatia, had panned the attack and hired the accused to execute the task. Amritsar, October 7 In the wake of festive season, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu on Sunday issued instructions to the staff of the Municipal Corporation (MC) to dec- orate the city. Rintu stated that the festivals, including Navratri, Valmiki Jayanti, Dussehra, Guru Ramdas Parkash Parav and Diwali, will be celebrated with zeal. Dividers will be whitewashed. The routes of nagar kirtan and shoba yatra would be neat and clean. The MC will arrange lighting on special occasions. — TNS
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