08012019-ATR-01.qxd 1/8/2019 12:02 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 8 JANUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Focus on weak students Acting on her mind Bring it on Students, who scored below 40% in summative assessment 1, will be focused upon by teachers. P2 As a British citizen of Indian origin, Anushka Arora is proud to be blend of both worlds. P3 Shehzad Deol, who was last seen in Vikas Gupta’s Ace of Space, shares what show has taught him. FORECAST MAINL CLEAR SKY | MAX 18°C MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.43 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.31 AM Kin’s murder to get voters’ Narrow roads bane for walled city sympathy; ex-sarpanch held Haphazard parking of vehicles makes it difficult for ambulances to pass Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Accused Jasmer is a two-time sarpanch of Khelahara village Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 7 The Amritsar rural police on Monday claimed to have cracked the murder of Tajinder Singh with the arrest of his brother-in-law Jasmer Singh, former Congress sarpanch of Khelahara village, Jandiala, and two others. The police said Jasmer had a 28-year-old rivalry with Tajinder Singh so he killed him before the elections to get sympathy of voters. After murdering Tajinder Singh in the wee hours on December 29, Jasmer had concocted a story regarding an attack during electioneering. Amritsar (rural) SSP Parampal Singh said the case was investigated thoroughly and the police found that the claims of Jasmer Singh were not true. During investigation, Jasmer confessed to have murdered Tajinder. “We have conducted a scientific investigation of the case. Cops found the story fishy right on the first day. Jasmer had an old rivalry with Tajinder Singh as he suspected Tajinder Singh of supplying information to the police regarding the whereabouts of his brother Sona Singh, a militant who was killed in a police encounter in 1991. Jasmer thought that Tajinder's murder before the elections would bring him public sympathy. Jasmer, along with Murder accused in police custody in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Old enmity ■ In 1991, Jasmer Singh's brother Sona Singh, said to be a militant, was killed in a police encounter. ■ Jasmer Singh thought that his brother-in-law Tajinder Singh had informed the police regarding the whereabouts of Sona Singh. ■ He also thought that the murder of Tajinder just before the elections would help Jasmer's wife win the sarpanch elections. ■ Jasmer, along with Jageer and Tittu, killed Tajinder at around 5 am on December 29 and later informed the police that a group of men had attacked them. . Jageer Singh and Tittu, killed the victim with a spade and later concocted a story,” said the SSP said. All of them have been arrested. Jasmer Singh, whose wife Davinder Kaur was the Con- gress candidate for the post of sarpanch in Khelahara village, is a two-time sarpanch. On the day of the incident, he had said that as farmers and labourers left for their fields early in the Family accuses ASI of making it pay food bills Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 7 A family approaches the police with a request to trace a minor daughter, but one of the officers allegedly forces it to hire an SUV most of the times he goes out in connection with the case and also makes it foot hotel bills for luxurious food. Finally, the family traced the girl on its own on Sunday. This is how the police work, alleged the family while talking to The Tribune. The family also accused ASI Lakhwinder Singh of taking bribe from the accused. The police, however, refuted the allegations. According to information, a 17-year-old girl of Chheharta had eloped with an electrician (Pardeep) three months ago. Her family had approached the police following which a case of abduction was regis- Five booked for assault Tarn Taran: Five persons have been booked for allegedly assaulting a man. Gurwinder Singh of Malha village, whose mother Simarjit Kaur was in the fray for sarpanch, said rival Amandeep Kaur’s supporters allegedly attacked him when he opposed their "cash for vote" offer to villagers on December 30. The accused have been identified as Sukhwant Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Mukhtar Singh, Bachan Singh and Ajaib Singh of the same village. —OC ❝ASI Lakhwinder Singh used to go on bus for raids and never took anything from the family. RAJ KUMAR, ASI ❞ tered against Pardeep, a resident of Ferozepur. Family members of the girl alleged that ASI Lakhwinder Singh from Faizpura police post asked them to hire an Innova car for him to conduct raid in Ferozepur. The family claimed that he raided Ferozepur five times and every time he demanded hotel food. Pawan, brother of the girl, said the police caught the father and brother of Pardeep twice but released them after taking bribe. Finally, the girl phoned the family and told them about her location following which they visited Faridkot without cops and took her back home. Now, the family wants rape case to be registered against Pardeep as “he made sexual relations without her consent.” When contacted, Faizpura police post in-charge, ASI Raj Kumar, refuted the allegations. He said, “A police team raided Ferozepur several times but couldn’t trace her as the accused had kept him at his sister’s house in Faridkot. Meanwhile, she called the family and told the location. ASI Lakhwinder Singh used to go on bus for raids and never took anything from the family.” On Monday, the girl and her family visited the Civil Hospital for her medical examination. The police said that a woman doctor was not available so the medical test would be conducted on Tuesday following which relevant sections would be slapped. Road rage: Man shot at Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 7 A road rage turned ugly when unidentified persons fired gunshots, leaving a car driver injured on the bypass road. Victim Rahul Bhanut, alias Vicky, stated in his complaint to the Civil Lines police station that he, along with his friend Hardeep Singh of Chheharta, was returning from a mall in a car. Near Lawrence Road, a car intercepted them. He said four persons hurled abuses and thrashed them. One of them took out a pistol and open fire, leaving Vicky with a thigh injury. When he raised the alarm, the accused fled away. Investigating officer Arun Kumar, Assistant SubInspector (ASI), Lawrence police post, said a case under Sections 341, 307, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act was registered. morning, he, along with Tajinder, started doing doorto-door campaign at around 5 am on December 29. He had claimed that they were riding a bike and when they reached the main road, armed men attacked them from the rear side. Jasmer claimed that as their bike fell, he managed to run away from the spot, but the suspects attacked Tajinder, leaving him injured. Later, he succumbed to his injuries. At that time, the police had booked five persons of the opposite party for the murder. Amritsar, January 7 The arterial roads of the walled city are quite narrow and, on the top of it, haphazard parking of vehicles makes it almost impossible for emergency services, like ambulances and fire engines, to pass through. A local resident, GS Bedi, said the roads leading to Golden Temple from the Sultanwind Gate had become extremely congested since the materialisation of the Heritage Street project. “Even trucks carrying ration for Sri Guru Ramdas Langar Hall pass have to pass through these lanes inside the Sultanwind Gate. Long traffic jams have become the order of the day. Many tourists travel through these lanes in battery-operated auto-rickshaws and also their own cars,” he said. Even other narrow lanes of the old city, leading to Golden Temple, are getting highly congested. “The narrow arterial roads inside the walled city make it tough for the rescue teams to drive heavy vehicles to carry out rescue operations. Haphazard parking of vehicles is another problem which is adding to the overall traffic mess. Residents park vehicles on the roads at night,” said Pritpal Singh, a resident of Dholi Mohalla, which falls inside the Sultanwind Gate. “People go to their business establishments and places after parking their An ambulance crawls near the Sultanwind Gate in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO vehicles on the roadside, further narrowing the already congested roads,” he observed, adding that the pedestrians as well as motorists faced traffic pangs but there was no solution in sight. A city-based disaster management expert, Surjit Sharma, opined that the walled city required separate traffic management so that movement of emergency services, like ambulances and fire tenders, do not face obstruction in any way. Rampant encroachments made the roads narrower, leaving a little room for commuters to pass through. The problem is severe in commercial areas, like Katra Jai Mal Singh, Telephone Exchange Chowk, Shastri market, Guru Bazar, Karmo Deorhi, Baba Sahib Chowk, Tokriyan Wala Bazaar, Dhab Khatika, Katra Karam Singh, Majith Mandi, Swank Mandi, Atta Mandi Dhab Wasti Ram and other areas. A dearth of parking lots is another problem that residents have been facing for a long. There have been incidents in the past, like fire eruption, when fire engines couldn’t get in a road so firemen had to arrange a very long pipe to reach the mishap sites. MC takes possession of Guru Ki Wadali land Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 7 In a major move, the estate wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) has started claming its rural properties which are under the possession of mostly influential farmers. In its first attempt on Monday, a team, led by Estate Officer Sushant Bhatia, ploughed one acre of land to claim possession at Guru Ki Wadali village in the MC limits. Besides, roadside encroachments were also removed in Chheharta. MC officers claimed that they had 6-acre land in Guru Ki Wadali, which had been occupied illegally. More than 15 MC employees, along with a police team, reached the village in the early morning hours. The encroachers had cultivated wheat crop in the occupied land. The MC ploughed the land using a ditch machine and installed a board to claim possession. Meanwhile, the occupants called Ward 80 Councillor Sakatar Singh Babbu for intervention. Babbu had a heated argument with Estate Officer Sushant Bhatia. Finally, Babbu phoned MC Commissioner Sonali Giri and took a day’s time to show the documents of the property. According to villagers, the land is originally owned by Guru Ki Wadali panchayat. After the village came under the MC, the land became a property of the civic body, they said. Meanwhile, the farmers, who have been cultivating the land, say they won’t leave it. They have also c m y b MC employees plough the wheat crop on a chunk of land in Guru Ki Wadali village; and (below) remove roadside encroachments from Chheharta bazaar in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR filed a petition in a court. Sushant Bahatia, Estate Officer, MC, said, “We have land in the villages in the MC limits around the city. The land is being cultivated by locals illegally. We have the documents of ownership. The MC will take possession of the land.” Meanwhile, the team of the estate office also remove vends from Chheharta bazaar and the main chowk. During the drive, vendors staged a protest against the MC. The vendors said they would meet the MC Commissioner on Tuesday.
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