07022019-ATR-01.qxd 2/7/2019 12:04 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 BRTS BEGINS DRAWING PASSENGERS ENORMOUSLY 41,000 passengers recorded two days ago which was just 7,600 on the first day. Officials expect more. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF TWO ILLEGAL BUILDINGS SEALED Amritsar: The central zone of the Municipal Town Planning wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) sealed two “illegal” buildings in the walled city here on Wednesday. A team, led by Paramjit Singh, visited the Sheran Wala Gate area and sealed the under-construction buildings. “Earlier, we had stopped them from carrying out construction activities, but the building owners didn’t follow our instructions. So we sealed the buildings and issued warning to owners. In case they break the seal, further action will be taken. A police complaint will also be registered,” said Inspector Paramjit Singh. Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the MC had sealed more than a dozen buildings last week. MTP officials had said that no one would be allowed to carry out construction work on illegal buildings. TNS TWO HELD WITH STOLEN BIKES Phagwara: The police busted an inter-district gang of vehicle thieves by arresting two persons — Vivek Kumar and Rishav Kalsi — on Tuesday. As many as seven stolen motorcycles have been recovered from their possession, said DSP (Investigations) Manpreet Singh Dhillon. OC PAGE 3 SHILPA SHINDE JOINS POLITICAL BANDWAGON Singer Madonna will be honoured for accelerating acceptance of the LGBTQ community. MAX 16°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:10 PM PAGE 4 As soon as the news broke, a hashtag saying Bhabhiji galat pakde hai started trending. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:19 AM 18-year-old ‘gang-raped’, minor assaulted; 1 caught THURSDAY | 7 FEBRUARY 2019 | AMRITSAR Traditional touch Three rape cases reported in city; hunt on for assailants PK Jaiswar THE INCIDENTS Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 6 Three rape incidents, including one with a 10-year-old girl, have been reported in the holy city in 24 hours. Among them is a gang rape case lodged by an 18-year-old girl blaming three youths for the crime in Sahnewali village. In the first case, a 10-yearold girl, said to be a Class V student, has been raped. She stated that a youth took her to a secluded place in Guru Arjan Dev Nagar at the Tarn Taran road on Monday evening where he raped her. The police have arrested the accused, identified as Manoj Kumar (25). The victim’s family members said that he lured her away on the pretext of giving her toys. FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.08 MADONNA TO BE HONOURED AT GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS DIESEL ~66.6 ■ A 10-year-old girl has accused a youth of taking her to a secluded place in Guru Arjan Dev Nagar and sexually assaulting her. The suspect has been caught. The girl's medical examination has been conducted while process is on for the accused's test. ■ An 18-year-old girl says her acquaintance made her run away from her house with a marriage promise but took her to a tube well room in Sahnewali village where he, along with his two accomplices, gang-raped her. They are on the run. ■ A married woman has accused an acquaintance of her husband of raping her. The police are hunting for the accused as he is said to be absconding since the registration of the case. Bachan Singh, SHO, Sultanwind police station, confirmed the incident. He said a case was registered against the accused. He said the medical examination of the girl had been conducted which confirmed the rape. Process is under way to get conducted medical examination of the youth, he added. In another case, an 18-yearold girl accused three men of gang-raping her. They have been identified as Rupneet Singh, Bhodu and Sajjan Singh of Sahnewali village. In her complaint to the Kathunangal police, she said Rupneet was a relative of a woman in her village so he frequented her house. Gradually, she became his friend. After a couple of meetings, he proposed her for marriage. According to her, on January 28 Rupneet Singh called her at around 7 pm and directed her to meet him, claiming that he had made arrangements for marriage. She said that she ran away from her house following which the accused took her to a tube well room in Sahenwali village where the other two men were also present. She alleged that they took turns to rape her. The police have registered a case under Sections 376-D and 506 of the IPC and raids are being conducted to nab them. The police have got her medically examined. Meanwhile, a married woman of Bullenangal village accused a resident of the same village of allegedly raping her. She said the accused, Lakhwinder Singh, was known to her husband so he had been a frequent visitor to her house. According to her, one day he pressurised her for making physical relations. When she denied, he issued her threats. She alleged that on Friday he came to her house and made physical relations with her forcibly. She narrated her tale of woes to her husband and later they lodged a complaint at the Beas police station. A case under Sections 376, 451, 323 and 506 of the IPC has been registered against him. No arrest has been made so far. “Though crimes against women find a considerable space in all forms of media, including the virtual world, such incidents contiued to be reported. The society has to change their mindset towards the fairer sex,” said Anita Mundra, a private employee. Bollywood actor Annu Kapoor at the Saada Pind in Amritsar. He was in the city for a promotional event for his radio show ‘Suhana Safar’ on Wednesday. SUNIL KUMAR SEE P2 Seven stolen bikes seized, 1 held Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 6 The Cantonment police have arrested a vehicle lifter, identified as Lakhwinder Singh, alias Lucky, of Kale Ghanupur. Seven stolen motorcycles have been seized. Sanjiv Kumar, SHO, Cantonment police station, said the accused was arrested in December as well. At that time, three stolen bikes had been seized from his possession. After getting bail, he restarted stealing bikes. He said the accused used to sell the stolen motorcycles after The accused in police custody on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO forging documents. A fresh case under Sections 379, 411 and 473 of the IPC has been registered against them. He was taken on police remand for further interrogation. 3 duped of ~49 lakh by travel agents PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 6 An NRI, in connivance with his kin, has been accused of duping three persons of Rs 49 lakh. Among the victims is a policeman who gave them Rs 17 lakh to get his son settled in Canada. The accused run a private school in Majitha. Identified as Canada-based NRI Gurpreet Singh, his wife Harpreet Kaur, his father Ram Singh and their relatives Manav and Simran Singh, a case was registered against them on Tuesday. No arrest has been made so far. Cop Malkeet Singh, a resident of Muridke village, stated in his complaint that the 5 BOOKED Five persons, including an NRI, have been booked. Among the victims is a policeman who gave them Rs 17 lakh to get his son settled in Canada. accused, who ran a private school in Majitha, took Rs 17 lakh from him with a promise of settling his son in Canada. Similarly, the accused also defrauded Bakhtaur Singh of Rs 17 lakh and his brother-in-law Jaswant Singh of Rs 15 lakh. They too were promised Canada immigration for their wards. Malkeet Singh said he came in contact with the accused through his brotherin-law Jaswant Singh, whose wards study in the school run by the suspects. They promised to send his son Manjinder Singh to Canada. He said he even took a loan of Rs 5 lakh from a bank besides borrowing money from his kin for his son’s bright future. He, along with others, gave money two years ago. He said the accused gave them a fake visa. The family came to know about it when they reached Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport to see off their son before taking a flight to Canada. “It turned out to be a cruel joke to us as the airport officials informed us that the visa was fake. We asked the accused to return our money. When they did not, we lodged a complaint in December,” he added. Similarly, Bakhtaur Singh lodged a complaint against them in November. After preliminary probe and taking legal opinion from the district attorney, the police have registered a case against them. The police said further investigation was under way and the accused would be arrested soon. Sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and Section 13 of the Punjab Travel Professional Regulation Act 2012 have been slapped. Vends on roads is a common sight across the city. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Vendors against civic body’s policy on street vending zone Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 6 The estate wing of the MC and the company, hired to implement the street vending zones, have been facing resistance from vendors. Due to this, the officials concerned have failed so far in coming up with smart bazaars. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu claimed that the vending zone would be implemented in the proposed time. However, the situation on the ground appears to be unfavourable. The MC has failed to implement the street vending zone which was inaugurated two weeks ago near the bus stand. ❝We will implement the plan. Vendors encroach upon government land, thus hindering traffic movement. No one will be allowed to set up stalls on roads and footpaths. ❞ Sushant Bhatia, ESTATE OFFICER A number of local politicians, including Congress councillors, are leading the vendors to stop the progress of smart bazaars at the bus stand, proposed under the street vending zone project. BJP-SAD leaders and councillors are even participating in the vendors’ demonstrations against the MC, Mayor and Navjot Singh Sidhu. The company is making efforts to convince the vendors to shift to the vending zones but they haven’t succeeded till date. Abhay Singh, in-charge of the company hired for street vending zone, said, “We have conducted a survey and found appropriate locations for the smart bazaars. Vendors from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are willing to shift but the local vendors are not responding. We don’t have force. The Mayor and the MC Commissioner have to intervene otherwise we can’t implement it.” MC officials are also helpless as councillors and politicians are patronising the vendors. Some of the fruit vendors around the bus stand are influential as they have good links. “We have to use force to shift vendors to smart bazaars, but it appears impossible as politicians are sheltering them. If the Mayor, MC Commissioner or a minister leads MC teams, the project can be implemented. It depends on political will”, said an MC official, requesting anonymity. Estate Officer Sushant Bhatia said, “We will implement the plan. Vendors encroach upon government land, thus hinder the movement of traffic. No one will be allowed to set up stalls on roads and footpaths.” c m y b Hoteliers for curb on Int’lhockeyplayer illegal constructions robbedinTarnTaran Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 6 The Amritsar Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHARA) has written to the state government to stop the construction of illegal hotels in the city. They have also sought earmarking of an exclusive 200-acre zone for new hotels in the holy city. AHARA president APS Chatha said there had been mushrooming growth of hotels and guest houses, most of them being illegal, in the city. Many of them are clustered in the walled city. The association stated that the haphazard growth of hotel buildings dented the heritage look of the city. “It is sheer mockery of the rules and also surprising that the corporation has been rendered useless by these people in power,” he said. The AHARA demanded that the government should earmark an exclusive 200acre zone, preferably between Amritsar and Jandiala. There should be a multi-storey car parking with each hotel and restaurant. Their exterior must conform to the traditional Indian and European architecture styles. Height control restrictions should be done away with based on earthquake proof design. The association has also proposed the government to lease out heritage buildings which can be converted into heritage luxury hotels to be run by private hoteliers who have enough experience in the hospitality sector. Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, February 6 Four unidentified persons robbed an international hockey player, Rajwinder Kaur, along with her father when she was on her way to Tarn Taran on Tuesday. Her father Sarwan Singh said they were coming from Mughal Chak Pannuan village when car-borne four armed robbers stopped them near Bugha village. The robbers took the hand bag, hockey kit, mobile and other articles from Rajwinder Kaur. He said Rajwinder had kept Rs 11,000 in her bag. They also took away whatever Sarwan had in his pocket. The Sadar police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC against the unidentified robbers. In another case, an employee of a Mallanwala-based finance company was robbed of Rs 90,000 and a mobile phone. The incident took place on January 28. The victim, Deep Sharma, mentioned in his police complaint that he, after collecting installments from members of self-help groups financed by the company, was returning when three robbers snatched the cash from him near Rasulpur. The case was registered on Tuesday. Arwinder Singh of Rasulpur, one of the robbers, has been identified and two others are yet to be recognised. The Patti Sadar police have slapped Section 379-B of the IPC.
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