29032019-ATR-01.qxd 28-03-2019 23:59 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE POSTERS ASKING FOR LOCAL CANDIDATES CROP UP PAGE 2 Speculations are rife on social media that several political parties may field outsiders from the local seat. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 3 GULZAR’S SONG TO BE PICTURISED ON DIVYA DUTTA ARJUN PATIALA GETS POSTPONED, YET AGAIN! Divya Dutta’s happiness knew no bounds when she got to know that song by Gulzar was to be picturised on her. MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:48 PM PAGE 4 Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon fans will have to wait for some more time before the film, Arjun Patiala, hits silver screen. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:22 AM FRIDAY | 29 MARCH 2019 | AMRITSAR 2.5-kg heroin, firearms seized, 3 held Accused said to have links with international smugglers; 2 others, including kingpin, at large Smuggler caught, 1-kg heroin seized PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Three accused, along with the seized drugs and firearms, in police custody on Thursday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Gurbaxpuri THE SEIZURES AT LARGE Tarn Taran, March 28 Three persons, including a 22-year-old woman, were arrested with 2.45 kg of heroin, fake currency along with arms and ammunition on Thursday. Identified as Rishu, alias Baba, of Fatehchak locality, Prem Singh, alias Prema, and Mandip Kaur, alias Meenu, both of Dugri village (Dhotian), they are said to have links with international smugglers. They were arrested from Bath Road. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal, while addressing a press conference, said that apart from 2.45-kg heroin, the police seized two .30 bore pistols with 13 cartridges, a country-made .12 Apart from 2.45-kg heroin, the police have seized two .30 bore pistols with 13 cartridges, a country-made .12 bore pistol with four cartridges, two magazines, Rs 1.83 lakh in cash and bundles of fake currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 were seized. An electronic machine to count currency notes, a cutter and several pieces of paper to manufacture fake currency notes have also been seized. The kingpin is said to be Vikramjit Singh, alias Vicky, of the local town who is said to have committed a number of crimes, including robberies, drug and arms trade. Vicky, along with Malkiat Singh of Dhunad village, is at large. Those arrested have been identified as Rishu, alias Baba, of Fatehchak locality, Prem Singh, alias Prema, and Mandip Kaur, alias Meenu, both of Dugri village (Dhotian). bore pistol with four cartridges, two magazines, Rs 1.83 lakh in cash and bundles of fake currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 were seized. The SSP said that an electronic machine to count currency notes, a cutter and several pieces of paper to manufacture fake currency notes have also been seized. The police have seized their car without number plate. According to the SSP the , gang was working under Vikramjit Singh, alias Vicky, of the local town who is said to have committed a number of crimes, including rob- INBRIEF recovered ❝Of thetwo .30 bore firearms, pistols appear to have been made in Pakistan. Further investigation has been initiated. beries, drug and arms trade. The police said that the recovered .30 bore pistols appear to have been made in Pakistan. Further investigation has been initiated. “Malkiat Singh of Dhunad village too is a part of the gang. Gang leader Vicky and Malkiat Singh are yet to be nabbed,” the SSP added. Sections 21, 29, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act, Sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act, and Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been slapped. ❞ Parampal Singh, SSP, AMRITSAR RURAL cealed in the soles of the shoes. As per their modus operandi, Pakistan-based smugglers used to leave their shoes, carrying drugs, near the border at night and inform their Indian counterparts, who used to go to their agriculture fields next day and returned after putting on these shoes. Parampal Singh, SSP , Amritsar rural, said further investigation was under way to ascertain their upward and downward links. He said more arrests were likely to be made in the near future during the further course of investigation. DC Shivdular Singh (third from right), along with Jatinder Brar (fourth from right) and Kewal Dhaliwal (second from right) during the World Theatre Day celebrations. TRIBUNE PHOTO Mukhtiar Singh, alias Tara, of Dauke village in police custody in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Meeting on disaster mgmt SEE P2 Amritsar, March 28 Deputy Commissioner Shivdular Singh Dhillon, along with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), held a meeting with several officials on Thursday. Dhillon said, “Officials will be send measures to be adopted in case of emergency.” NDRF Commander Lokendra Singh said, “Amritsar falls in an earthquake-prone zone. The loss caused by such calamities is grave.” — TNS DC to sort out AGA, ex-players’ issues Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 28 Taking serious note of the ongoing conflict between former cricketers of national and international repute and office-bearers of the Amritsar Games Association (AGA), the district administration has called both parties to hear them. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shivdular Singh is keen to sort out the issue as per the constitution of the AGA and the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA). A selector said, “We met officials of the district administration and explained the issue. The administration assured to sort it out after checking the facts and constitution of the AGA and the Punjab Cricket Association.” According to information, the team selected by the AGA office-bearers on March 24 is not practising. The AGA office-bearers and former cricketers have been at loggerheads for long as the latter accuses the former of resorting to irregularities while the former rubbishes the allegations, claiming that the ex-cricketers want their supremacy on the AGA. On Friday, over 20 players of national and international repute had come forward against AGA secretary Pardeep Saini at a press conference and accused the office-bearers of “misusing” their power. On March 23, Amritsar Games Association (AGA) secretary Pardeep Saini refuted the allegations and alleged that players had distorted the facts. He alleged that Harvinder Singh and Madan wanted the control of the AGA, so they were distorting the facts. Saini also announced that the body would conduct its elections soon. Filmmaker Deepti Naval meets artistes in city Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 28 Actor-filmmaker Deepti Naval visited SG Thakar Singh Art Gallery on Thursday. On a personal visit, she met several artistes in the city. She also checked out 25 paintings displayed at the art gallery by her as its permanent collection. “The paint- ings have been made by Naval on the theme of Kumaon region and has been displayed along with other senior artists as our permanent exhibit,” informed Arvinder Chamak, general secretary, Indian Academy of Fine Arts. Naval also celebrated the World Theatre day with folk artistes, who gave a performance at a gathering. Chamak shared that the actor is currently busy writing her biography titled ‘In Conversation with Deepti’, about her days spent in the city and her Bollywood journey. Naval was born in Amritsar. Later, she shifted to the US with her family. She was recently seen in acclaimed web series ‘Made in Heaven’. Need to curb stubble burning: SC ex-judge Attributes rise of cancer and other diseases to environmental degradation Tribune News Service DIESEL ~65.84 WHAT’S ON AMRITSAR DRILL: Mock drill for carrying out rescue operations post an earthquake will be carried out. PRESS CONFERENCE: Leaders of SAD (Taksali) to hold press conference. their upward and downward links. More arrests were likely to be made in the near future ❞ Theatre personalities honoured FUEL PRICES PETROL ~73.26 ❝Furthertoinvestigation is under way ascertain Kuldeep Singh Chahal, SSP JAIL INMATE HELD WITH PHONE Amritsar: The Central Jail authorities have seized a mobile phone from a jail inmate, identified as Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukhdev Singh, alias Sukh, a resident of Pakka Kila village in Tarn Taran. He was lodged in the jail in connection with a murder case registered against him six years ago. Kashmir Singh, Assistant Superintendent of the jail, said that the jail staff, during checking, found a mobile phone from his possession. A fresh case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons Act has been registered against him. Seizure of banned items from the jail premises is not new as countless cases have surfaced here in the past. TNS Amritsar, March 28 In a major seizure, the Amritsar rural police on Thursday confiscated 1.16 kg of heroin from across the barbed fence near Dauke village, near the international border. According to information, the police had on Wednesday arrested Mukhtiar Singh, alias Tara, of Dauke village near the drain of Dayalgarh village and confiscated 5-gm heroin. During interrogation, he admitted that around 1 kg heroin was concealed in the agricultural fields across the barbed fence near Dauke village. Immediately, a police team, headed by DSP Gurinderbir Singh Sidhu and DSP Arun Sharma, was dispatched to the border. They, along with BSF Assistant Commandant Dinesh Kumar, searched the fields and recovered two pair of shoes in which Pakistanbased smugglers had hidden the contraband. It was con- Retired Supreme Court judge Swantanter Kumar gets honoured at Khalsa College in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Amritsar, March 28 Swantanter Kumar, retired Supreme Court judge and former chairperson of the National Green Tribunal, on Thursday stressed the need to create awareness among the farming community regarding illeffects of the crop residue and stubble burning in the fields. He was at the agriculture department of Khalsa College to attend a national seminar seminar on ‘Modern Agricultural Practices: Environmental and Health Risks’, sponsored c m y b by the University Grants Commission (UGC). He said, “There is a need to educate farmers about the ill-effects of the large-scale stubble burning. The coercive measures being adopted by the successive governments alone will not work. If we do not wake up to the rising threat of monstrous air pollution leading to engulf of smog in northern India, the havoc is in the offing.” He described the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of chemicals as a challenge. continued on page 2 Actor Deepti Naval at the art gallery in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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