04032019-ATR-01.qxd 3/3/2019 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE EARTH-MOVING MACHINES LYING UNUSED FOR YEARS PAGE 2 Bought for ~1.5 crore eight years ago, these have been gathering dust in Tarn Taran. FORECAST MOSTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF ~49K SNATCHED Amritsar: Four unidentified carborne persons snatched Rs 49,000 from a salesman of a biscuit manufacturing company on February 19. The victim lodged his complaint on Saturday. Gurjit Singh of New Partap Nagar stated to the police that he worked for Cremica. He was going from But village to Vanchadi village after taking orders on February 19. Near Vanchadi village, the occupants of an i20 car forced him to stop and snatched Rs 49,000 and a mobile phone from him. He said he informed his owner. After they failed to locate the car and its occupants, they filed a complaint with the Chatiwind police. A case under Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC has been registered. TNS ~25 LAKH FOR HINDU COLLEGE Amritsar School Education Minister OP Soni on Sunday announced Rs 25 lakh for the development of Hindu College. Soni was the chief guest at the annual prize distribution function of the college. As many as 181 students were honoured. He said, “Hard work is the key. Quality education is the need of the hour. The government’s prime focus is to impart quality education.” Principal PK Sharma presented the annual report of the institute before the gathering. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.52 DIESEL ~66.85 PANKAJ TRIPATHI SAYS FAME IS AN ILLUSION MAX 22°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:30 PM Tarn Taran, March 3 A family in Asal village has been accused of allegedly abducting a 23-year-old woman of the same village. The abducted woman’s brother recently had a court marriage with the daughter of the abductor, so the latter is said to have done so to pressurise him into sending the girl back to them. The police said the accused were identified as Sarabjit Singh Billa, his sons Yodhbir Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Gurdit Singh Gora. Manjit Kaur, mother of the abducted woman, informed the police that her son had got himself married in a court with the daughter of Sarabjit Singh Billa a few days ago. She alleged that The popular show aired from 1998 to 1999, featuring Neena Gupta, Kanwaljit Singh and Kavita Kapoor. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:54 AM MONDAY | 4 MARCH 2019 | AMRITSAR 2 held for extorting ~40K from goldsmith Wanted to take his views on Indo-Pak stand-off but the latter dashed away PK Jaiswar Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, along with others, inaugurates the garbage processing project; and (right) scribes have a heated argument with Sidhu’s security staff during his departure in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 3 At an event of Cabinet Minister Navjot Sidhu, mediapersons were reportedly manhandled by the former’s security staff on Sunday. Sidhu was at Bhagtanwala to inaugurate the machinery to process the garbage to gradually turn the area’s major part into a stadium-cum-garden. His security guards and other leaders accompanying him “manhandled” electronic mediapersons after they both drug addicts, went to the residence of Rajinder Kumar in Ganda Singh Wala where they had a brawl. It soon took an ugly turn when Inderjit took out a country-made pistol and fired at Rahul, who sustained a bullet injury. Later, they took him to a private hospital for treatment. Sukhpal Singh, investigating officer, said initially they tried to misguide the police by claiming that an unknown person fired at him following a dispute on the AmritsarAttari bypass road. During investigation, the police Woman abducted over love marriage Our Correspondent PAGE 4 Scribes manhandled at Sidhu’s Bhagtanwala project inauguration tried to take his views on the military stand-off between India and Pakistan. Immediately after inaugurating the newly acquired machines, Sidhu hurried towards his vehicle. On the other hand, electronic mediapersons also rushed behind him to take his bite on the burning issue. His vehicle dashed away from the spot and security guards allegedly pushed away the mediapersons. The Local Bodies Minister wants to transform 20 acres out of 25-acre Bhagtanwala garbage dump into a park and stadium. He said the garbage from the dump, which has long back reached its saturation point, would be removed within next six months. About 15 lakh metric tonnes of waste is accumulated here. A set of machinery, including feeder, trammel, ballistic separator and magnetic separator, was installed to process the garbage. The processed refuse will be utilised as fertiliser for Concocts story that he was fired at by an unidentified man at Attari bypass Amritsar, March 3 The police have booked two youths for murder attempt after one of them shot another on Saturday. Identified as Inderjit Singh of Sardar Avenue and Rajinder Kumar of Ganda Singh Wala, they are yet to be arrested. A case under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them. The Sadar police received information that Inderjit Singh and his friend Rahul, SEQUEL OF 1990’S SHOW SAANS IN THE MAKING Says he often hears he has become a star, but does not dwell on it. For him, the responsibility matters a lot. Youth shoots friend, two booked Tribune News Service PAGE 3 THE CASE The victim's brother recently had a court marriage with the daughter of the abductor, so the latter is said to have done so to pressurise him into sending the girl back to them. the accused came to her house on Saturday night and thrashed her besides taking her to the residence of his relative. Manjit Kaur alleged that the accused called her daughter to the spot. Later, he took her away, the complainant alleged. They warned that the girl would be returned only after their daughter reaches back home. Sections 452, 365, 382 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been slapped, the Patti Sadar police said. found their claims fishy. Later, the cops established that it was Inderjit who fired at Rahul after an altercation at the residence of Rajinder Kumar. He said the condition of Rahul, who was hit on his thigh, was serious. He said further investigation was under way. No arrest has been made so far. Firing into air Meanwhile, in another firing incident, the Chheharta police booked five persons for allegedly firing into the air and creating panic in Kale Ghanupur. Rahul Khosla stated to the police that the accused came in an Innova car and fired into the air outside his residence before fleeing. Among those booked are Anmolpreet Singh, Aman Lubana, Tejbir Singh, Gurkirat Singh and Rawal Mahal of Ram Tirath Road. A case under Sections 336, 506, 34 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them. Police authorities said they were trying to ascertain the motive behind the incident. Raids are on to nab them, the police said. agriculture, horticulture and forestry. The reclaimed land will be turned into a green park. Trammel machine will turn waste into refuse dried fuel (RDF) which will be used as fuel in cement industries and power plants. Earlier, he inaugurated a new office for councillors at the Municipal Corporation (MC) office. He announced that the government planned to undertake development work worth Rs 2,000 crore, Toddler’s body recovered Tarn Taran, March 3 The body of two-and-a-halfyear old Gursewak Singh, son of Sukhraj Singh of Bhaini Sidhwan village, 18 km from here, was found in the village pond near his house on Sunday. Gursewak had been missing for the last 10 days. Since the body hasn’t been decomposed, the family suspects that the boy has been murdered and thrown into the pond recently by his abductors. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem. Inspector Jaspal Singh (SHO) said further action would be taken after the receiving of the postmortem report. — OC Complaint against AIT for not having website Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 3 A local RTI activist, Prabodh Chander Bali, has filed a complaint with the Punjab State Information Commission against the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) for not having an official website. The complainant reasoned that as per the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005, it was mandated on October 12, 2005 for publishing all vital information of every public authority online within a maximum 120 days of enactment. Bali said that he sent an RTI application through post on February 2, 2019 and asked for the website address of the AIT. The latter replied that it had a website previous- ❝ In 2014, a website was created hurriedly after the Chief Information Commissioner directed the AIT to supply information. ❞ Prabodh Chander Bali, RTI ACTIVIST ly but that was not in a working condition at present. Bali said, “Even after 14 years of the enactment of the Act, the AIT has failed to act. Residents can’t get to know about the basic information regarding the AIT on web.” In 2014 too, he had filed a complaint with the State Information Commission. “At that time, a website was created hurriedly after the Chief Information Commissioner c m y b directed the AIT to supply the related information and spared AIT from a penalty,” he said. Bali alleged that the Trust deliberately stopped its website which tantamount to contempt. On 18 February 2019, Bali served a 15 days legal notice to the AIT chairman to make website functional immediately. But the Trust didn’t take action. “When the AIT has a budget worth thousands of crores and all tenders are being filed online, it is strange that it has made its website nonfunctional. It seems something is fishy. The AIT wants to keep at bay day-to-day communication with people related to its services and complaints,” he added. which includes potable water supply valuing Rs 1,300 crore, LED lights worth Rs 34 crore, solar plants on the rooftops of all government buildings by investing Rs 10 crore and Rs 168 crore for e-Vahan scheme. With a view to curb vehicular pollution, 30 electronic buses will be pressed under the BRTS and 9,000 electronic three wheelers would be pressed in. He informed that work on four flyovers would be inaugurated on March 5. Threatened victim’s family of arrest for buying gold jewellery from burglars Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 3 The police have arrested two youths for allegedly extorting Rs 40,000 from a goldsmith by posing as cops deputed with CIA staff. They were pressurising the victim, identified as Ram Lakhan, to cough up more money. Those arrested were identified as Surinder Kumar, alias Shinder, a resident of Sandhu Colony, and Ajay Kumar, alias Raja, of Nehru Colony. Their third accomplice, identified as Monu, of Mustafabad is yet to be arrested. Ram Lakhan, a resident of New Jawahar Nagar, Batala road, stated to the police that three youths in civvies came to him on a scooter (PB02CL0954) at around 12 noon on Friday. Posing as policemen, they accused his son Anil Kumar, aka Nikku, of having been involved in buying stolen gold jewellery from burglars. They claimed that during interrogation, the burglars had named Anil. The accused demanded Rs 50,000 for not arresting him. He alleged that they threatened to take him for interrogation and register a case against the entire family if they did not cough up the money. The family got afraid. The deal was settled for Rs 35,000 ANOTHER CASE: 2 HELD Tarn Taran: Four persons have been booked for allegedly extorting Rs 50,000 from a Patti resident. Complainant Rajan Singh said Rajwinder Kaur phoned him on February 24 and called him near a hotel. He said she threatened to get him implicated in a false case in case he didn’t turn up. Upon reaching there, they demanded Rs 3 lakh following which Rajan called one of his friends, who turned up with Rs 50,000 and assured to make the remaining payment soon. Later, he lodged a complaint with the local city police. SubInspector Sukhraj Singh (SHO) investigated the complaint and registered a case under Sections 384, 506 and 120-B of the IPC. Besides Rajwinder Kaur, her daughter Gurleen kaur of Mohalla Jaswant Singh, Jagshir Singh and his wife Gagandip Kaur of Chotian have been booked. Rajwinder and Jagshir have been arrested. OC which they gave to them. They left at that time, but phoned the family later that they wanted Rs 5,000 more. The family though acceded to their demand, it got suspicious and informed the police. Gurjit Singh, investigating officer, said Monu was absconding and raids were on to arrest him. The police have recovered Rs 6,000, a mobile phone and a scooter that they used for committing the crime. Colours of faith An illuminated Shivala Bhag Bhayian Temple on the eve of Maha Shivaratri in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Three killed in road mishaps Tribune News Service BODY UNIDENTIFIED Amritsar, March 3 Three persons were killed in separate road mishaps in the rural belt on Friday. Two of them have been identified as Gurpreet Singh and Jaswinder Singh while the third victim remains unidentified. Ajit Singh, a resident of Dhardeo village, stated to police that he, along with his friend Rana, Gurpreet Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Simarjit Singh were going to the village for some work on separate bikes. Near the village turn, a “rashly driven” tractor trolley hit Gurpreet’s motorcycle. Gurpreet and Jaswinder died on the spot while Simarjit Singh sustained severe injuries. He was rushed to Sri Guru Ram- Hit by an unknown vehicle, a man lost his life in Bhinder village that falls under Khilchian police station. He was spotted by a police party during patrolling. dass Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital at Vallah. The police have booked the driver of the tractor, Jagtar Singh, of Dayalgarh village who fled. A case under Sections 304-A, 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC has been registered. Meanwhile, an unknown person was found dead near Bhinder village falling under Khilchian police station here. An unknown vehicle hit him. He was spotted by a police party during patrolling. The police have registered a case in this regard. CM to launch ‘kar seva’ Amritsar, March 3 Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, along with district officials, reached Sri Durgiana Mandir to oversee the arrangements of ‘kar seva’, scheduled to be inaugurated by CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday. Keeping in mind the arrival of a large number of devotees, all necessary arrangements have been made by the Sri Durgiana Committee. CCTV cameras, metal detectors and other equipment have been inspected to ensure their proper functioning. Shri Durgiana Committee president Ramesh Chander Sharma said melodious mantra recitation would be conducted at 9 in the morning on the pious day of Maha Shivaratri, which would be followed by ‘kar seva’ inauguration ceremony by the CM. — TNS
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