12042019-ATR-01.qxd 4/12/2019 12:30 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE LOCKED PUBLIC TOILETS BRING ‘DISGRACE’ TO CIVIC BODY Individuals, who play volleyball nearby, are said to have locked the toilets in Company Bagh. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SGPC fumes over ‘assault’ on Sikh driver PAGE 2 PRIYANKA CHOPRA, NICK ON MET GALA HOST COMMITTEE PAGE 3 Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas have been announced as part of Met Gala Host Committee. MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C Ajnala SHO behind bars for extortion Tribune News Service Threatens family into coughing up ~7 lakh Amritsar, April 11 Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Gobind Singh Longowal has condemned the incident of Meerut-Karnal highway wherein UP police personnel tried to “pull the beard” of a Sikh truck driver recently. In a press statement, the SGPC office stated that such activities were not justified and it was an attempt to repress the Sikhs. “Such incidents have become a routine affair in the country. The police should take legal action if the driver violated some rule, but attacking on religious symbol is not tolerable,” he said. Meanwhile, Longowal also condemned the incident of Jamshedpur where a turbaned Sikh student was denied entry to a classroom. Amritsar, April 11 The rural police have arrested the SHO of Ajnala police station for allegedly extorting money from a chemist shop owner, Deepak Kumar. Deepak has already been arrested for allegedly possessing intoxicants and the SHO was reportedly threatening to implicate his brother in the case. The accused has been identified as Sub-Inspector Manjinder Singh. Initially, he fled away after the registration of the case, but was later caught. SSP Parampal Singh confirmed the development. According to information, the SHO had arrested Deepak Kumar a few days ago after conducting a raid at his shop. Later, he threatened Deepak to implicate his brother Neeraj in the case and demanded money. The Sub-Inspector Manjinder Singh family initially gave Rs 1 lakh to him. Later, he sought Rs 10 lakh. The family somehow collected Rs 6 lakh and gave it to SI Manjinder Singh. As he demanded Rs 3 lakh more, the family appeared before the SSP and narrated its woes. Taking a serious note of this, he asked SP (Investigations) Harpal Singh to probe the case. Following preliminary probe, the police registered a case against him. — TNS SUNSET FRIDAY 6:57 PM Two snatchers arrested Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 11 The Division C police have arrested two “snatchers” and recovered a stolen motorcycle from their possession. They have been identified as Sarabjit Singh, alias Baba, of Krishna Nagar, Tarn Taran road, and Rahul Singh of Gujjapura. According to the police, they were arrested near Nagar Nigam Colony following a specific input that they were habitual offenders and used to snatch mobile and cash from people. 3 booked for fraud The Civil Lines police have booked three persons in connection with a cryptocurrency fraud case. Complainant Raj Mehra alleged that the accused tricked him into giving him money for buying Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency. The police have registered a case. No arrest has been made till now. McKinnon will be seen playing the role of disgraced tech-whiz, Elizabeth Holmes, in it. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:05 AM FRIDAY | 12 APRIL 2019 | AMRITSAR Rayya trader’s murder may be handiwork of peddlers:had filed Kin Victim’s son comes across complaint letters that deceased PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 11 The murder of Satpal Rajput, a shopkeeper of Rayya, may have been a handiwork of drug peddlers, said his son Sukhwinder Pal. Rajput was stabbed to death by unknown persons over a month ago, but the police are yet to come across any clue. The deceased had filed several complaints against “drug peddling” in the area. The drug traffickers are allegedly sheltered by a political leader of the same locality. This came to light when his son Sukhwinder Pal found several complaint letters from his residence. He has handed the same to the police. Since the cops have THE CASE Satpal Rajput (65), a shopkeeper, was found murdered at his house in Rayya over a month ago. No valuable is missing, so robbery may not be a possible reason. The police are still clueless. Now, victim’s son Sukhwinder Pal has come across several complaint letters at his residence which suggest that the deceased had been complaining against some people responsible for drug peddling in his area. He says the murder may have been the handiwork of drug peddlers. failed to crack the case so far, the family wants the case to be handled by some independent agency. Satpal Rajput (65) was alone at home when the incident took place. His daughter Kawalpreet had gone to Amritsar city to procure some goods for his shop. The accused gained entry to the house via his shop. An investigation revealed that the accused dragged him to the house from the shop and later stabbed him to death. “No valuable is missing from the house which indicates that the accused had come only to murder him,” said Sukhwinder. He had no enmity with anyone. Sukhwinder alleged that his father had complained to the police against several people for drug trafficking in the area but no action was taken under some political pressure. “An Massacre victims’ kin disheartened as UK hesitant to apologise GS Paul Admissions till April 16 Amritsar, April 11 Online registration for admissions to Class XI in 10 meritorious schools across the state, which started on April 6, will conclude on April 16 at 5 pm. The registration fee is Rs 200 (non-refundable). The detailed procedure/method for applying is given on the website http://www.ssapunjab.org. — TNS Body found Jalandhar, April 11 A man was found hanging from a tree in Dakoha village here on Thursday morning. The deceased was dressed in as ‘nihang’. Sewa Singh, Station House Officer at Dakoha police station, said, “The deceased is not from Dakoha village and nobody has been able to identify him so far.” It appears to be a case of suicide, he added. — TNS honest man was murdered and the police have got no evidence so far,” he rued. If the circumstances behind the murder are considered, the accused will be someone from the neighbourhood who knew the movements of the family members. “Now, my sister lives alone in that house. As he has been killed, someone can harm her too. Since I am following up the case, the killer may kill me and my family. Our lives are not secure. We want the killers behind the bars,” he said. Harpal Singh, SP Investiga, tions, said the police were looking into every possible angle. “We are also working on those complaints, but investigations take time,” he added. INBRIEF 2 BOOKED FOR HELPING ROBBERS Tarn Taran: Two persons have been booked by the Patti City police for allegedly harbouring anti-social elements. The accused have been identified as Chamkaur Singh of Assal and Joginder Singh of Patti. The police said they had been sheltering those indulged in robbery. OC Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 11 As India prepares to commemorate the centenary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, descendants of martyrs are discouraged by the attitude of the Britain government yet again. British Prime Minister Theresa May though expressed regret for the massacre by British troops in 1919, but fell short of a formal apology in the British Parliament. Identical was the scenario in February 2013, when Britain’s serving Prime Minister David Cameroon and his delegation paid tribute to the martyrs at the Jallianwala Bagh, but didn’t submit official apology. In 1997, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the massacre site and laid wreaths at the Flame of Liberty memorial, but they too remained silent. Mahesh Behl, whose grandfather Lala Hari Ram (then 36), an advocate, was killed in the massacre, said English came to India for trading, but ended up committing atrocities on Indians by making PAGE 4 ACTRESS KATE MCKINNON IS SET FOR THE DROPOUT RALLY ON APR 13 Amritsar: CKD office-bearers, members, staff and students of the Central Khalsa Orphanage will take out a march from Town Hall to Jallianwala Bagh at 10 am on April 13. Meanwhile, a seminar was also held on Thursday to mark the hundred year of the massacre. TNS BSF jawans rehearse at the Jallianwala Bagh; and members of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front raise patriotic slogans in remembrance of massacre victims in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR them their slaves. “Ironically, the British admit it to be a ‘shameful act, but their egoistic attitude refrain them from apologising. Earlier, Queen Elizabeth came to pay tributes to martyrs at Jallianwala Bagh but couldn’t write even a single word of apology while jotting down her remarks on visitor’s book. This was followed by another meaningless visit of former PM David Camroon who also didn’t submit atonement for the most barbaric incident of the colonial oppression. Now, May too adopted the same practice, which was disheartening”, he added. Surinder Singh, grandson of famous fresco painter Gian Singh, who lost his 17-yearold talented son Sunder Singh, said General Dyre was a butcher who ruined families. “Had the British PM tendered apology in Parliament, it could have brought some solace to the aggrieved fami- lies of the martyrs, but the British government remained thick skinned and didn’t shun its insensitive attitude,” he said. Sunil Kapoor, great grandson of Lala Wasoo Mal (in his 40s then) who died six days after receiving bullet injuries, said the tragedy changed the fortune of the victims’ families. “As this massacre entered 100th anniversary, we expected at least the admission of guilt officially by the Britain government, but it was again not to be”, he said. Kapoor showed his resentment towards the Indian government too. “What to talk of British government, our own country too is hesitant to award martyr status to those who were killed on that fateful day. We were struggling to get the Centre and the state government convince for the past so many decades, but remained unsuccessful,” he added. DAV EVENTS Amritsar: Police DAV Public School organised a rally to commemorate the 1919 massacre. A poster-making competition was also organised in the school. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~73.14 DIESEL ~65.46 Power cuts leave No zebra marking on roads, pedestrians troubled residents fuming Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 11 Long power cuts for the past few days have irked residents of the city. The power supply remained discontinued for hours in several areas, causing inconvenience to residents. Such undeclared power cuts are being imposed even in night hours. Senior officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) say the power cuts are not undeclared as they get permit for maintenance of lines. Sandeep Kumar Sood, Chief Engineer, Border zone, said, “Keeping in view the upcoming summer season, we are conducting pre-maintenance of supply lines. Employees get permit to cut power supply. To avoid load shedding in summer months, we have to make such arrangements. There are other reasons too but the main reason is pre-maintenance.” He said such a process is necessary for ensuring regular power supply. Residents alleged that the state government was responsible for power cuts. Nitan Kumar, a resident, said, “The present situation has exposed tall claims of the ruling Congress. Residents are facing power cuts during nights and for short periods in daytime. The state is selling costliest power to its consumers.” Manjit Kaur of Majitha Road said, “The power remained off from 10.30 am to around 7 pm at Indira Colony. Erratic power cuts are the order of the day which hamper domestic chores.” Amritsar, April 11 The absence of zebra marking, especially on on-way roads in the city, has made road crossing a Herculean task for pedestrians. A senior citizen, Subhash Chander, who faced an utter inconvenience while crossing a road along with his wife, said it was strange that most of the city roads were without zebra marking. “It seems that the authorities concerned have forgotten about the zebra line. Even footpaths in some areas have been encroached upon by shopkeepers and vendors,” he said. Another resident, Surinder Singh Randhawa, said crossing road at many points on the circular road had become an uphill task. The problem is common at Chowk Shaheedan, Queens’road and other stretches which have been declared one-way. Simi- c m y b larly, there is no space available for walkers on Bhandari bridge. With lack of proper road infrastructure, along with safety norms, such as zebra crossing, speed limit signs and traffic rule awareness, have made the city roads vulnerable to mishaps. Traffic norms are frequently violated apparently due to staff crunch and absence of hi-tech gadgets with the traffic police. Footpaths are there but most of them have been encroached upon, forcing pedestrians to walk on roads which further congests the latter. It further results in slow movement of traffic and causes frequent jams. One-way roads, like the Hall Bazaar-Golden Temple stretch and the return route via Katra Jai Mal Singh, Amar Talkie Chowk to Sikandari Gate, popularly known as Pink Plaza Chowk, there is an interrupted flow of traffic Crossing one-way roads is a Herculean task for pedestrians. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR which makes it a daunting task to cross these roads. ADCP Dilbagh Singh said he had written a number of times to the authorities concerned, including the PWD and the MC, for marking zebra crossings, but no action was taken.
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