11042019-ATR-01.qxd 4/11/2019 12:25 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IIM-AMRITSAR WITNESSES CENT PER CENT PLACEMENTS The highest domestic annual package has also shot up from ~17 lakh to 21 lakh per annum this time. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 KAREENA IS SPECIAL TO ME, SAIF HAS SWAG: DILJIT DOSANJH SUNSET THURSDAY 6:56 PM Beautification of Jallianwala Bagh takes away originality City fortunate to have entrance intact as govt had widening plans The outer view, current as well as decades old (left), of the Jallianwala Bagh. PHOTOS: BALVINDER SINGH/VISHAL KUMAR Encroachments removed Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 10 Over the years, beautification drives have changed the original look of the Jallianwala Bagh. Conservation spatial planner Balvinder Singh, who is also the former head of Shri Guru Ramdas School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), says the facade of the historical garden has been changed. Even an ordinary onlooker can spot the difference by comparing the present outlook with the old photographs and even movies and documentaries shot at the place decades ago. During the Partition of the country, about 20 to 30 per cent area in the walled city was burnt due to riots, as per the estimation of the Town and Country Planning Organisation (TCPO). A special Act, namely the Punjab Development of Damaged Areas Act 1951, was enacted under which about 59 redevelopment projects were conceived by the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT). However, a plan for the approach road to the Golden Temple and the Jallianwala Bagh was prepared for the INBRIEF ~1 LAKH STOLEN FROM SHOP Tarn Taran: ~1 lakh in cash and a bank passbook were stolen from a medical store, situated at Goindwal Sahib bypass, on Tuesday night. The city police have registered a case. Angrej Singh, who owns Tur Medical Store, mentioned in his police complaint that unidentified thieves broke the locks of the store’s shutter and took away Rs 1 lakh from the cash box and a passbook issued by the ICICI bank. Further investigation is under way, the police said. OC OPIUM SEIZED Phillaur: The police have arrested two persons and recovered 1-kg opium from them on Tuesday night. They have been identified as Deepu and Chetan, both residents of Tibba Road, Ludhiana. DSP Davinder Attri said they were caught at a checkpoint near the Sutlej bridge. The police have impounded the scooter. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~73.20 DIESEL ~65.52 Amritsar, April 10 Keeping in view the Jallianwala Bagh commemoration events, the estate wing of the MC removed encroachments from the areas around the garden. Acting on the orders of Municipal Commissioner Harbir Singh, estate officials conducted an antiencroachment drive at Hall Gate, Town Hall, Heritage Street and Ram Bagh. Earlier, the drive was conducted at Chitra Talkie and Ram Bagh Hall Gate. The estate officer said goods and vends of encroachers were seized. Bagh’ was written in red colour, symbolising the blood of Indians spilled over the land. It also stands removed. Conservationists feel that the change of historic character of any monument is against both national and international rules. They point out the report of the National Commission on Urbanisation, published in 1988, which categorically stated that neither an elevated road nor a flyover or a road widening scheme should be allowed in the historical towns. Also, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), headquartered in Paris, France, in its guidelines issued in 1987, stated that any activity that destroys the historic charac- ter of the town should not be allowed by the government. Meanwhile, Kulwant Singh Ankhi, retired principal of a government school, demands establishment of a world-class university in memory of the Jalianwala Bagh in the holy city. He says it will a true homage to hundreds of patriots who sacrificed their lives for the Independence. The watershed event in the history of freedom struggle had bolstered the Independence struggle, inspiring freedom fighters and now it can inspire millions to study. He felt this step would wean away youth from going abroad for higher studies as they will get qualification of international level here in the city. Tribune News Service The plan, chalked out in 1950s, to widen the entrance of the Jallianwala Bagh. areas which were not even burnt during the riots. The basic objective of the project was to widen the road to 60 feet for giving access to fourwheelers. It was divided into small projects integrating with each other. One of the important projects under it was on the areas between Chowk Phowara and the Jallianwala Bagh in which a big entry gate was proposed at the entrance of the latter. “We are fortunate that the plan was not implemented in true letter and spirit. Otherwise the only narrow entry, which reminds us of that tragic incident, could have vanished,” says Balvinder Singh. Originally, there was an arch at the narrow entrance over which ‘Jallianwala RAVI DUBEY AND SARGUN MEHTA’S TRIP TO JODHPUR Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh is bowled over by the B-Town couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. MAX 36°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 18°C Neeraj Bagga PAGE 3 Ravi Dubey and his wife Sargun Mehta took a few days off from busy schedule and flew to royal Jodhpur recently. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:06 AM 3 booked over Ibban Kalan explosion Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 10 The Chatiwind police have booked the owner of an “illegal” cracker factory in Ibban Kalan village in which a blast took place, leaving three people hurt, on Tuesday. They have been admitted to the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The accused has been identified as Ajit Singh of Anngarh. His sons Dulla Singh and Rinka have also been booked. The area is notorious for illegal cracker factories besides rampant drug abuse. Preetam Lal, investigating officer, said a case under Section 286 of the IPC, Section 9 (B) of the Explosives Act and Sections 4 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act has been registered against them. He said that he was at Bohru village he received the information regarding an explosion at Ibban Kalan village. The blast occurred due to the manufacturing of crackers illegally at the house. Dulla, his wife Ninder and mother Charno were also injured in the blast. He said an investigation revealed that his father Ajit Singh used to bring the explosive substance for manufacturing crackers. He said raids were on to nab the culprits. PAGE 4 THURSDAY | 11 APRIL 2019 | AMRITSAR Rampant illegal weapons a challenge for police Firing cases, seizure of illegal arms leave cops baffled PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 10 The police administration has instructed the arms licence holders to deposit their weapons with police stations or gun houses, but the rampant use of illegal weapons has left the cops baffled. Recently, several firing incidents have been witnessed and illegal arms have also been recovered across the district. Though the parliamentary polls are considered somewhat peaceful affair in Punjab, easy access to illegal arms smuggled from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has left the people in a worrisome state besides posing a challenge before the police force. On Tuesday, the special task force (STF) seized a pistol and three live cartridges from Sonu, a resident of Khanwal village. Similarly, the city police confiscated a pistol and bullets from Vatandeep Singh of Patti (Tarn Taran) on April 8. The weapon was licensed and belonged to a relative of the accused. On the same day, notorious gangster Angrej Singh fired at a local resident working with a recovery firm Yes, it a challenge, ❝It causes concern. ❝we areisprepared for any But we are doing our job. but eventuality in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. ❞ Appropriate steps are being taken to check the sneaking of illegal arms. ❞ Parampal Singh, SSP, AMRITSAR RURAL SS Srivastava, POLICE COMMISSIONER in Fateh Singh Colony. On April 4, several persons, including two sons of an ASI, opened fire in Mohan Nagar locality of Sultanwind road, leaving two injured. They were nabbed later. Interestingly, they also used illegal weapon which was recovered by the police. In another incident, two bike borne persons fired at a gym owner on Majitha road area in March end. The rural police seized a foreign-made pistol and 171 live cartridges from Beas riverbed after two motorcycle-borne persons threw the same into the river after they were signalled to stop by a police team on April 3. They had escaped. The 171 live cartridges recovered from the bag were of INSAS (Indian small arms system) rifle used by the Army while nine of them were of SLR (self-loading rifle). According to the police, 162 rounds were of KF 5.56 calibre and nine rounds were of 7.62 calibre. The rural police confiscated .32 bore country made pistol and three rounds from Jashanpreet Singh of Kadrabad Khurd village from Bagga village on Monday. In another case, the rural police seized a .32 bore pistol from Gurpal Singh of Rahimabad in Gurdaspur on March 28. “Yes, it is a challenge, but we are prepared for any eventuality in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls,” says Parampal Singh, SSP Amritsar rural. He , adds that it is beyond doubt that illegal weapons are a threat for law and order situation in the holy city, but their regular recovery signifies that the police are alert. Police Commissioner SS Srivastava says that easy access to illegal weapons is concerning. “But we are doing our job. Appropriate steps are being taken to check the sneaking of illegal arms,” he adds. Dimpa on rally spree to garner support Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 10 Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Khadoor Sahib constituency, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, on Wednesday held a meeting with advocates of the Bar association, addressed a rally which was organised by Khadoor Sahib MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki and visited former minister Jagir Singh’s residence. Sikki said the Congress rank and file would support Dimpa with all their might. While extending support to Dimpa, he urged the party Khadoor Sahib Congress MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki at a rally in support of Lok Sabha candidate Jasbir Singh Dimpa. TRIBUNE PHOTO workers to ensure Dimpa’s victory with maximum possible margin. Though Sikki has been elected as MLA from the constituency twice, recently the people of the constituency started complaining about his absence from the area. Apart from showing solidarity with the Lok Sabha candidate, Sikki also managed to showcase his popularity by managing a big crowd during the events at Jeobala, Kalla and Kalwan villages. Dimpa criticised the BJP government at the Centre and hailed the achievements of the Congress in the state. “The BJP has failed to address the issues of the common people, who will teach them a lesson in the upcoming polls,” he added. Four arrested for Renovated buildings cry for cleanliness possessing drugs Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 10 The rural police have arrested Palwinder Singh, alias Sunny, of Harsha Chhina village for allegedly possessing over 500 intoxicating capsules. The police also impounded his motorcycle, which was found to be a stolen one. Police authorities said Palwinder was signalled to stop at a checkpoint near Dalam village. He tried to flee but was overpowered by cops. During search, the police found the contraband. A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him while further investigation is under way. Similarly, the Chatiwind police nabbed Satnam Singh of Mahal village and Narinder Singh of the city and confiscated 4.670-kg poppy husk and Rs 36,000 of drug money besides two mobile phones from their truck. According to the police, when the police signalled CAPSULES, POPPY HUSK SEIZED ■ A biker has been caught with 500 intoxicating capsules near Dalam village. ■ Two others have been arrested with 4.670-kg poppy husk and ~36,000 drug money. ■ Another man caught with 300 intoxicating capsules. the truck to stop near Varpal village, the two occupants stopped the truck a little behind and tried to flee away. A case under Sections 15, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them. In another incident, the city police arrested Sukhwinder Singh of Nive Tung area falling under Mohkampura police station and seized 300 intoxicating capsules. A case has been registered against them. The police are interrogating the accused to know whom did they procure the contraband from. Amritsar, April 10 The historical Ram Bagh, the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has seen an unprecedented change in the last few years resulting in many fold increase in the number of visitors. At the same time, the issue of cleanliness and maintenance is a concern for visitors. The two prominent ones, which have been restored to their old glory and are a key attraction for the local visitors as well as foreigners, include ‘macchi ghar’ and the building of swimming bath for the women of the royal household. “Both of these two-storeyed buildings have already been renovated and even people do visit these, but both of these are empty and are getting infested with excreta of pigeons. Wasps can be seen flying all around,” says a visitor, Bal Krishan. Nobody is available to take care of them, he says. “A few miscreants have already scribbled indecent and broken a few bricks on the roof of swimming bath c m y b One of the heritage structures which have been restored in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR building,” he says, adding that these places should be made interactive by opening small museums or libraries. Even at ‘macchi ghar’, the pungent smell of urine troubles visitors. Another visitor, Satwant Singh, says, “The people who have no respect for such things are to be blamed. But it can be checked if someone is there to keep an eye. Even public participation to manage these places can be the best idea.” He, however, adds that no place should be given to anyone for commercial purpose. The visitors stated that at present they do face difficulty in finding potable water. “We feel that once the renovation work completes fully, a plan to make these places even better will come up. Around 10 years ago, the place was in a very bad shape. Now, it has changed and it will be bettered,” said another hopeful visitor, Satnam Singh. An official of the district administration, seeking anonymity, said, “At present, different agencies are working. All such issues can be handled only after the final control is given to any of these agencies.”
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