10012019-ATR-01.qxd 1/9/2019 11:38 PM Page 1 THURSDAY | 10 JANUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Mall Road repair ‘Sorry, got carried away’ Lohri came early The civic body says it will repair the damaged portion of Mall Road after winter. P2 Hardik Pandya apologised after being slammed for making remarks on Koffee With Karan. P3 Paridhi, who plays Babita aka. Babes in Patiala Babes will be seen in a festive avatar soon. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 19°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.45 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.31 AM Firing in immigration agency Brahmpura for unity of like-minded parties office; hunt on for architect Owner, employee escape unhurt; over 10 assailants escape The police at the crime spot in Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar, on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 9 Panic gripped the Ranjit Avenue’s B Block market when several armed persons thrashed a woman and also fired a couple of gunshots here on Wednesday evening. A monetary dispute between two women, including an architect, is stated to be the reason behind the incident. The incident occurred at Delta Consultancy centre in the basement in The issue ■ Delta Consultancy, an immigration office, had hired a local architect, Sulakhani Chabba, a few days ago for doing interior of the office. ■ Dissatisfied over her work, the agency had asked her to leave. ■ Owner Daljit Singh alleged she created a ruckus in the office on Wednesday evening and called her aides who thrashed his employee and also fired gunshots. . Ranjit Avenue B Block market complex. Police officials, headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Lakhbir Singh, reached the spot for investigation. He said a case of attempt to murder and under the Arms Act was registered against the accused, identified as Sulakhani Chabba, an archi- tect, and her family members who reportedly live in the posh Ranjit Avenue. Daljit Singh, a resident of Ranjit Avenue, said he ran an immigration consultancy centre in Ranjit Avenue. He said he recruited a woman, Twinkle, several years ago to look after the office. He said she hired architect Sulakhani Chabba for some interior work of the office. Unsatisfied over her work, they asked her to leave a few days ago. Perturbed over this, Sulakhani has threatened of dire consequences, Daljit alleged. According to the complainant, Sulakhani arrived at his office and hurled abuses at him in the evening. He said he informed the police control room following which Sulakhani called her brother, father and over 12 armed persons who created a ruckus and “thrashed” Twinkle. He said Twinkle fell on the floor. While running away, they fired a couple of gunshots at them, which hit the wall, the complainant stated. ADCP Lakhbir Singh said the police were going through the CCTV footage. He said those involved in firing would be dealt with an iron hand. The ADCP said he had asked the police station concerned to register an FIR. The accused will be arrested soon, he added. LS POLLS 2019 Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, January 9 MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali), has called the anti-Congress and antiSAD (Badal) parties to unite in the interest of the state. While addressing workers of his group in native Brahmpura village, 30 km from here, on Wednesday, he honoured the workers who contested the recently-concluded panchayat elections. Brahampura called upon them to remain active in the political arena to take part in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Brahampura condemned the Congress as well as the SAD (Badal), terming their policies “anti-Sikh”. “The Congress attacked Akal Takht Sahib and the SNIPPETS Cop tears official document Amritsar: A constable, Kuldeep Singh, posted in the wireless wing of the police, has been booked for allegedly stealing and tearing an official logbook. Complainant Jagtar Singh said Kuldeep Singh entered the wireless room and began tearing the logbook. Head constable Sarabjit Singh tried to stop him, but the accused pushed him and scaled the wall to flee. TNS Ex-minister flays book launch Ranjit Singh Brahmpura honours workers of his party who contested the panchayat polls. TRIBUNE PHOTO Badals used the Panth for their personal interests,” he said. He condemned the state government for its alleged repressive attitude in the panchayat elections by rejecting the nomination papers of opponents. Former MLA Ravinder Singh Brahmpura, too, spoke on the occasion. Amritsar: Former Cabinet minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla has opposed the book (The Butcher of Punjab) on former DGP KPS Gill that was released by Golden Temple head priest Gaini Jagtar Singh on Tuesday. “The author mentioned Gill as a butcher whereas he was a saviour of Punjab during the dark days of terrorism,” she said. The book has been authored by Dal Khalsa leader Sarbjit Singh Ghuman. TNS Man kidnapped, thrashed; hotelier booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 9 A hotelier, along with three others, has been booked for allegedly abducting his former employee and thrashing him brutally. The accused have been identified as Amardeep Singh, owner of BMK Hotel, Budhvir Singh, Jasmeet Singh and their unknown accomplice. No arrest has been made so far. The police believe that there may be some monetary dispute behind it. The incident occurred on Tuesday. The victim, Judgebir Singh, stated to the police that he was present at the Angad Inn hotel, inside Sherawala Gate, when the accused came in an SUV. They bundled him into the car and took him to Vallah canal where he was thrashed. According to the complainant, he fell almost unconscious when the accused got a phone call. Later, they dumped him near Ramtalai Chowk. The entire incident was recorded in a CCTV camera which has been handed over to the police. When the accused abducted Judgebir, the other staff members of the hotel informed the owner and the police about it. The police said the victim had worked with the BMK Hotel. Around a fortnight ago, he left them and joined Angad Inn hotel. As per preliminary investigation, there may be some monetary dispute but the probe is under way and action will be taken accordingly, the police said. A case under Sections 307, 365, 323 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the suspects. No arrest has been made so far as the accused are on the run, said investigating officer Satnam Singh. 40 booked for Bhojian clash Banned plastic thread injures scribe; 2 caught 9 booked for assault Tarn Taran, January 9 Over 40 persons, most of them SAD workers, have been booked by the Chabal police in connection with the clash in Bhojian village, 15 km from here, that took place during panchayat elections on December 30. The case was lodged on Tuesday. The case has been registered on the complaint of Gurpreet Singh, who has been elected sarpanch of the village. Gurpreet claims to be a Congress worker. Rabat Masih was the rival candidate of Gurpreet. According to the complainant, the accused attacked him when he was standing in a queue, waiting for his turn to vote. None of the accused has been arrested so far. — OC Amritsar, January 9 A biker sustained an injury when his hand got entangled in a plastic thread on the elevated road. Identified as Viraj Chopra, a photojournalist with a Hindi media house, had a narrow escape as he sustained an injury on his hand. The police have registered a case against an unknown person under Sections 115, 188, 336 and 337 of the IPC. Meanwhile, coming heavily on those possessing Chinese thread, the police arrested Kawaljit Singh of the Sun Sahib Road, Chheharta, for allegedly possessing three spools of the synthetic thread. Later, he was released on bail. In another incident, the rural police nabbed Vicky Kumar of Kathunangal with five spools of the banned thread. These incidents highlight the fact that though the district administration has banned the sale and purchase of the deadly string, it is continuously being sold in a secret manner. On Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police Amrik Singh Pawar issued the ban order once again while adding that strict action would be taken against those involved in selling and storing the deadly Chinese string. Pawar said that until and unless people gave up using such deadly threads and discouraged their wards, it is difficult to curb the menace. “Why people purchase such strings from unscrupulous elements when they know that it is illegal? People should be responsible and inform the police in case they find someone involved in illegal activities,” he added. — TNS Patient seeks financial help Chandigarh: Amritsar native Prince Singh, who is undergoing treatment at the PGI, needs financial help. Prince, an auto driver, said he needed Rs 2 to 2.5 lakh for hip joint operation. He said he needs more money for getting a costly injection for early treatment. A PGI doctor treating him has written asking for assistance. He said his three children have stopped going to school due to financial shortcomings and they have no money to eat. Those who want to extend help may contact on 9464349411 or deposit money in his wife Sonia’s bank account 2082101033095, Canara Bank, Majitha Road, Amritsar Branch. — TNS Tribune News Service Sale, purchase to entail strict action: DC Amritsar, January 9 A week after the panchayat polls, the Chatiwind police (rural) have booked nine persons for attempt to murder. The complainant alleged that he had contested the elections against the accused. Those booked were identified as Gurdeep Singh, Jugraj Singh, Simratpal Singh and Sukh besides five unknown persons. A case under Sections 307, 323, 324, 148, 149 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them. No arrest has been made till now. The victim belongs to the Congress while the accused are said to be backed by the SAD. Sukhchain Singh (50), a resident of Rampura village, stated to the police that a day after the panchayat polls, he, along with his brother, was at his house when the accused turned up and thrashed them. He alleged that they also fired several gunshots at them. The victims were taken to a government hospital in Manawala from where they were shifted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. He said the accused kept a grudge against them as he fought panchayat elections against them. He said the residents unsuccessfully tried to make them reach a compromise. The accused has won the polls. Encroachments eyesore for visitors Neeraj Bagga With Lohri ahead, the sale of kites has picked up in the city. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 9 Ahead of Lohri, the kite flying season has once again exposed the chinks in the implementation of ban on the plastic string (Chinese thread in local parlance). The sale of Chinese string that is dangerous and causes serious injuries every season, has been going on unchecked. In gross violation of norms and caring two hoots about their safety, individuals can be seen trespassing BRTS lanes at several points on the GT road in order to chase the kites that have strings attached to them. Even in the walled city, where Chinese strings often get entangled with electric wires and building structures, the sale of the lethal string has been going on unchecked. Every year, a lot of accidents takes place due to Chinese strings as two-wheeler drivers usually fail to notice the dangling strings. Also, children can be seen using them which is a worrying factor as it can cause serious cuts and wounds on hands and body,” said Anupam Sharma, a resident of Putlighar, c m y b where the incidents of trespassing on BRTS lanes are reported due to kites. A day before, death of a child was reported in Taran Tarn after being electrocuted while flying kite, using Chinese string. Last year, incidents of injuries due to such strings were quite high despite the ban. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Sangha announced at a meeting on Tuesday that a team of officials would keep a check on the sale of Chinese string in their designated areas. He has also issued instructions to the Tribune News Service police to ensure that kite flyers, who are caught using Chinese strings, are booked for violation of norms. He has also constituted a team to carry out raids at the shops which are selling such strings, and also take action against anyone found buying the same. “Since a lot injuries and fatalities have been reported in the past, we are ensuring that strict action is taken against the violators of the ban. Also, we will be carrying out an awareness drive aimed specially at children, who get injured while using the strings,” he added. Amritsar, January 9 The rampant encroachments on the footpath and green belt from Ram Talai Chowk to Tara Wala Pul, GT road, are en eyesore for visitors. Harjap Singh Aujla, a regular visitor to the holy city, said the road was a perfect example of the height of indifferent attitude of the officials concerned. He said it was a common factor almost everywhere as the establishment of shops entailed setting of roadside vends, resulting in the usurping of service lanes and green belts. At least the initial three-km stretch on the JalandharAmritsar road needs to be taken care of as it is looked at by the visitors when they enter the city. “First impression is the last impression. Those at helm should keep it in mind,” said Harvinder Grover, a student. A senior citizen, Naresh Johar, said, “Neither footpath nor service lane is visible on the right side of the GT road from the ISBT to East Mohan Nagar. The stretch is highly commercialised. The space meant for pedestrians has been gobbled up by sand sellers, JCB machines, automobile workshops, eateries, etc.” On the left side of the road, greenery is visible at some places. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said he would direct the officials concerned to take a note of it.
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