13042019-ATR-01.qxd 4/13/2019 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE CITY RAILWAY STATION LACKS PROPER SECURITY MEASURES PAGE 2 Though a bag scanner has been installed, it has several unguarded entry points. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF WOMAN ARRESTED WITH INTOXICANTS Amritsar: The Sadar police have nabbed Mala of Sandhu Colony for allegedly possessing 950 intoxicating tablets. Her scooter has also been impounded. She was produced in a court and brought on police remand. TNS DRUGS SEIZED Tarn Taran: The Harike police on Friday nabbed two persons of Booh village for allegedly possessing 1 kg of opium and 15 kg of poppy husk. They have been identified as Thana Singh and his son Jugraj. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~73.20 DIESEL ~65.45 SCHOOLS CELEBRATE BAISAKHI FESTIVAL IN CITY PAGE 2 MADHURI DIXIT READY WITH HER MUSIC ALBUM Students and staff at city schools celebrate Baisakhi and pay tributes to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. MAX 34°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:58 PM PAGE 3 She is all set to explore her vocal skills by launching her pop album and will release her first single by the end of 2019. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:04 AM SATURDAY | 13 APRIL 2019 | AMRITSAR Ajnala SHO dismissed for corruption Of ~7 lakh ‘extorted’ by him, investigating team seizes ~5 lakh from his house PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 12 A day after the registration of a corruption case, Ajnala SHO, Sub-Inspector (SI) Manjinder Singh was dismissed from services here on Friday. Besides, the police also recovered Rs 5 lakh from him that he had reportedly extorted from a complainant whose cousin had been booked by the Ajnala police in a drug case. Parampal Singh, SSP , Amritsar rural, confirmed the development. He said the accused was brought on a two-day police remand for further interrogation. The police have registered a case THE CASE Deepak Kumar of Mohalla Patwarian in Ajnala was arrested recently for allegedly possessing 13,000 intoxicating tablets and 2,000 injections besides 100 bottles of intoxicating syrup. Later, Ajnala SHO Manjinder Singh approached Dheeraj Kumar, brother of the accused, and demanded Rs 10 lakh for giving him undue benefits during the further course of investigation. He took Rs 7 lakh and started pressurising the complainant to cough up Rs 3 lakh more when the latter approached the SSP. Acting on the recommendation of SP (Investigations) Harpal Singh, Manjinder was arrested and Rs 5 lakh recovered. under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act against him. The police had arrested Deepak Kumar of Mohalla Patwarian in Ajnala for allegedly possessing 13,000 intoxicating tablets and 2,000 injections besides 100 bottles of intoxicating syrup. The recovery was made in presence of the Ajnala DSP . The SSP said that during further course of interrogation, the SHO approached Dheeraj Kumar, brother of the accused, and demanded Rs 10 lakh for giving undue benefits to the accused during the investigation. He took Rs 7 lakh in parts on different dates. According to the SSP the , SHO started pressurising Dheeraj to pay the remaining Rs 3 lakh following which Dheeraj complained to higher police authorities. Harpal Singh, SP Investigations, , was asked to verify the claims. When he found the allegations correct, Manjinder was booked and arrested. “Rs 5 lakh was recovered from the residence of the accused in presence of executive magistrate today. His previous conduct is also being looked into. In case something fishy comes up, further appropriate action will be tak- en as per law,” said the SSP . He said that the state government had issued clear instructions that whosoever was involved in drug trafficking or supporting such antisocial elements, stern action would be taken. He said the involvement of any cop in illegal drug racket would not be tolerated. SAD leader Jodh Singh Samra, in a statement, stated that the police were dithering on taking action against a middleman who arranged the meeting between the SHO and the victim. He said the man belonged to the ruling Congress and termed himself as a ‘mini MLA’. Candlelight march, events on massacre centenary eve Vancouver police band to perform Tribune News Service Local politicians, including MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla and Punjab Minister OP Soni; and kin (below) of Jallianwala Bagh martyrs during the march in Amritsar. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR People hold a candlelight march outside the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial to pay homage to massacre victims on Friday. REUTERS Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 12 On the eve of the 100th anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, a delegation of artistes and eminent literary personalities paid rich tributes to the martyrs. In multiple events held across the city, seminars and discussions were held to remember and call for preserving the memories of the people who lost their lives in the bloodbath. Besides, a candlelight march was taken out by kin of martyrs and also political personalities. District Library, Amritsar, with Rotary Club, Amritsar Cantt, organised a patriotic poetry competition at Sri Guru Harkrishan International Public School. Students beautifully recited patriotic poems and presented poetical drama, urging the young generation to take inspiration from heroes of the nationalist movement and stand up to fight for what’s right in today’s time. Artist Daljeet Sona and MP Tarlochan Singh were the chief guests. They said there was a need to create awareness about the sacrifice of ancestors for freedom. Representatives of Shubhkarya, VOA and members of Rotary Club also organised a brief ceremony to mark the day. District Librarian Prabhjot Kaur has already put up a book exhibition on Jallianwala Bagh’s theme to highlight that public library is mirror of community and reflects what is happening around it. Virsa Vihar, Folkore Research Society and Pragatisheel Lekhak Manch organised a seminar on Jallianwala Bagh in collaboration with the Punjab Kala Parishad. Speakers threw light on incident and also the courage shown by Punjabis during the freedom struggle. Farmer leader Master Daatar Singh said the need for standing up against the “wrong” policies of the state is Amritsar, April 12 The pipe band of the Vancouver police will perform at Guru Nanak Dev University on the occasion of Baisakhi on Saturday. The event is being organised by the Dean Academic Affairs, Prof Sarabjot Singh Behl, with encouragement of ViceChancellor Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu. The objective of this programme is to make students aware of the culture of other countries. City residents have also been invited to be a part of the event that will begin at 3 pm. The Vancouver Police Pipe Band is known for giving a strong live performance at Baisakhi celebrations in Canada. The band will perform under the leadership of Anthony Adam Palmer and Steve Rai under the cultural exchange programme. A Gursikh, Baljinder Singh Dhan, is also a part of that team. Two arrested with heroin Our Correspondent Cops frisk tourists at Jallianwala Bagh; and (below right) students hold pictures of freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai in memory of the martyr on Friday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR applicable even today. “If people could take a stand with bravery and responsibly 100 years ago, why cannot it be done today? The economicpolitical situation is not better than what it was at that time,” he said. The other speakers on the panel included Dr Shyam Sunder Dipti and Lakhbir Singh Nizampura. Police officials light candles in Amritsar. AFP Tarn Taran, April 12 A team of the local CIA staff led by ASI Sukhdev Singh arrested two persons of Bhagwanpur village and recovered 270 gm of heroin from their possession. The accused have been identified as Rasal Singh and Jugraj Singh, the police said. A case under Sections 21, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. The police are trying to ascertain whom did they procure the contraband from and to whom did they want to supply the same. SAD leader joins Congress Jallianwala Bagh an epitome of atrocity: Youths Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 12 Cabinet Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria and MLA Inderbir Singh Bolaria have said that Amardeep Singh Sonu Sohal, political secretary of SAD MLA Bikram Singh Majithia, had joined the Congress. Meanwhile, the SAD has rubbished such claims, stating that Sohal has never been the political secretary of Majithia. They welcomed Sohal. Bolaria, MLA (South), said Sohal’s move added to the strength of the Congress. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria said, “The SAD is getting eliminated from the region as its senior leaders are leaving them.” Amardeep Singh Sonu Sohal said he was impressed with the “development-oriented programmes and policies” of the state government. Inderbir Singh Bolaria announced that Sonu Sohal would be his political secretary. Senior leaders of Congress were present. Contrary to the claims of Congress leaders, Bikram Singh Majithia’s media advisor Sarchand Singh said Sonu Sohal had never been the political secretary of Majithia. “The Congress is resorting to low-level politics,” he added. Divya Sharma Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 12 As the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy completes 100 years on Saturday, youngsters in the city feel that it is an epitome of atrocities committed by the British Empire in India. They say that such historical events should be remembered. Purva Dua, a Class XII student of Spring Dale Senior c m y b Secondary School, says, “For everyone, it’s was a terrible happening, but I see Jallianwala Bagh as a monument that reminds us of the British cruelty. It reveals the Britishers’ heartlessness and blatant disregard to humanity.” Jashim, a city resident, feels that there is a need to mark such days on a regular basis to keep such incidents afresh in the minds of people. “It was a barbaric act carried gory ❝Thatfeel asincident makes me if I have lost my brothers and sisters in that tragic incident. Every time I visit Jallianwala Bagh, my heart aches. ❞ Dushyant, STUDENT out by General Dyer. Our’s is a generation of hashtag. Thousands of people will vis- it the site and post their homages on Facebook, but unfortunately only a few will take a lesson from it and adopt a sense of responsibility towards the nation.” Dushyant, a law student at Guru Nanak Dev University, says, “That gory incident makes me feel as if I have lost my brothers and sisters in that tragic incident. Every time I visit Jallianwala Bagh, I feel a sense of belonginess after looking at the bullet marks and my heart aches.” The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on 13 April 1919 when British Indian Army troopers, under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer, fired at a gathering that had assembled for a peaceful protest against the arrest of two national leaders, Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew.
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