18042019-JTR-01.qxd 4/18/2019 1:57 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE AT CONG MEET, DR RAJ PROMISES DEVELOPMENT PAGE 2 Meeting of Congress workers of Hoshiarpur Assembly segment was held in support of Dr Raj Kumar. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TIK TOK... YOUR TIME’S UP ON THE ORDERS OF MADRAS HC PAGE 3 FOR SIDDHARTH JADHAV, HIS WIFE IS HIS STRENGTH Sane voices think the cons far outweigh the pros as far as this video sharing app is concerned. MAX 29°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:58 PM PAGE 4 Siddharth recently partnered with his wife to showcase their culinary skills on Colors’ Kitchen Champion. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:55 AM THURSDAY | 18 APRIL 2019 | JALANDHAR Minor, kin among four arrested for extortion Picturesque ~50K ransom money, stolen two-wheeler, 2 cell phones, weapon seized Tribune News Service An overcast sky after rain in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH SAD, Cong candidates spat over historical mistakes LOK SABHA POLLS 2019 Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 17 Rather than picking up real issues, campaign of both SAD and Congress candidates in Jalandhar has been largely revolving around alleged historical mistakes involving either of them. SAD candidate Charanjit Atwal says that Congress candidate Chaudhary Santokh Singh’s father and former minister Master Gurbanta Singh showed black flags to Dr BR Ambedkar on his visit to the city in October 1952. Chaudhary, on the other hand, is charging Atwal for not getting the Justice Gurnam Singh Commission Report over killings of four youths in Nakodar in 1986 properly tabled as the Speaker of Vidhan Sabha in 2001. The SAD had highlighted its agenda during the Ambedkar Jayanti function that it organised in Buta Mandi here on Monday. Almost every leader of the SAD, including party chief Sukhbir Badal, who took to mike chose to first remember Dr Ambedkar as the messiah of Dalits and then narrating the same historical episode in a way aimed at evoking sentiments of the masses against the family. SAD candidate from Jalandhar and former LS Deputy Speaker Atwal even asked Chaudhary to apologise to the countrymen for his father’s action. Narrating the incident wherein Dr Ambedkar had come to local DAV College while on Punjab tour, Sukhbir had said: “How can the family or the party which showed black flags to the messiah of the oppressed classes today talk of welfare of poor and the Dalits?” Dalit leader and Adampur Akali MLA Pawan Tinu said: “Dr Ambedkar had then toured the state to seek support to attend a round-table conference that was to be held in London. Babu Manguram Mangowalia, who became the Lahore Assembly member, was the then president of the Aadharm Mandal and Master Gurbanta was its general secretary. Being a Congress supporter, Master Gurbanta along with others had gone to railway sta- tion to oppose Dr Ambedkar when he was to arrive in the city during his Punjab visit.” Chaudhary has termed all allegations levelled against his father as fabricated. “They know they are losing the elections and want to hide their own sins of wrong killings of four youths in Nakodar by making all these allegations. My father was rather supportive of Ambedkar. The SAD leadership has stooped too low by saying so,” the MP said. On Chaudhary’s allegations, Atwal has said: “Being a senior leader, Chaudhary should know that my role was only to table the report. A decision on whether to take action on the report was to come from the government.” When asked about the matter, Sukhbir had said he had no knowledge of the 1986 incident. Jalndhar, April 17 The city police today arrested four extortionists, including a 16-year-old and his elder brother, and seized ransom money of Rs 50,000 from their possession. The suspects have been identified as Amandeep Singh (22), his minor brother (16) of New Gurdev Nagar, their maternal uncle Jodh Singh (32) of Fateh Singh Nagar in Amritsar and Deepak, alias Nannu (23), of Partap Nagar, Sodal Road. Jodh was nabbed from the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana. The 16-year-old planned the whole incident with his elder brother. The suspects threatened a jeweller, Om Parkash (name changed), and demanded Rs 10 lakh as ransom. The accused had threatened that they would kidnap his son and kill him. Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said during preliminary interrogation it had come to the fore that the minor suspect was wellknown to the jeweller’s son and had visited the latter’s house many times and conspired to extort the money from the family with Amandeep and Deepak. He said on April 5, the accused made a phone call to the jeweller on his mobile phone that someone had given them a contract to kill him and if he wants to save his life, he would have to pay him Rs 10 lakh. Ambedkar’s aide terms Sukhbir’s Elderly man dies as speeding car hits bike statement baseless, seeks action Aparna Banerji/TNS Jalandhar, April 16 An unidentified elderly man driving a motorcycle on the 66Feet Road got killed as a speeding Honda Amaze car hit him here this evening. A woman riding pillion got critically injured and has been taking treatment. The woman had taken lift from him near Sangha Farms. The speed of the car was so high that it broke down a low wall of a farmhouse along the road and entered its premises. After the mishap, the man and the woman were found lying injured about 50 m away from the motorcycle. The woman, Shinder of Udhopur, said she asked for lift from the old man, barely a few km from the accident spot. Eyewitnesses alleged that the car driver was in an inebriated condition. In-charge, Jalandhar Heights Police Post, Sarabjit Singh, said the driver of the car had been arrested and a case would be registered. — TNS Jalandhar, April 17 A close associate of Dr BR Ambedkar has issued condemnation against Sukhbir Badal’s statement invoking black flag protests against Ambedkar in 1952, terming the story’ ‘political rhetoric for public consumption’. KC Sulekh (92), the then general secretary of the Punjab Schedule Caste Federation, has written to the Chairman of the Ambedkar Bhawan Trust in Jalandhar for due deliberation and meeting to take overall view of the matter and take further action on it. During an election rally in Jalandhar’s Buta Mandi on April 16, Sukhbir had claimed Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh’s late father Master Gurbanta Singh had waved black flags to Dr BR Ambedkar on his visit in 1952 to the city. KC Sulekh (92), an associate of Ambedkar and general secretary of the Punjab Schedule Caste Federation at that time, said: “We condemn Sukhbir’s statement aimed at spreading falsehood. This is political rhetoric for public consumption. Baseless fictional stories are being propagated for a stalwart like Baba Saheb.” Sulekh, the then organiser and stage secretary of the event, said: “Dr Ambedkar came to the city in 1951. Not in 1952. I conducted the show in Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala. Never have such protests taken place against him.” TikTok ban unjustified, say city youngsters Heated debate over STILL ACCESSIBLE usage of social media The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology reportedly app; parents hail move asked both Google and Apple to take down TikTok from the Play Store Avneet Kaur and App Store. However, the app is still much accessible on other third party app stores belonging to Xiaomi and Huawei. Jalandhar, April 17 After the Madras High Court (HC) order to put a ban on the ‘notorious’ TikTok app, a heated debate over its usage being termed as inappropriate or appropriate has kicked off across the nation. The Tribune spoke to some residents, including youngsters, in the city to know their viewpoint on the issue, with a number of parents hailed the HC move saying that the app was nothing more than a wastage of time. The youngsters, however, termed the ban as an ‘arbitrary’ censorship. As per Nitin Kapoor, a resi- dent of Urban Estate, Phase II, here, the ban should have come long before as such apps are simply provoking youngsters to unnecessarily follow celebrities and their so called swag by lip sync their songs, copying their acts and show off among their peer group. He said: “My 19-year-old daughter is also among those who spend half of their day making such videos. I don’t understand why the youngsters are so crazy about it,” he added. Another parent Kamaljeet Kaur, who is a teacher by profession, said: “The introduc- tion of new apps every other day is diverting youth from their goals. Apps such as TikTok, musically and PUBG are severely affecting the youngsters’ mental health.” The need to gain likes on social media could cause teens to make choices they would otherwise not make, including altering their appearance, engaging in negative behaviours, and accepting risky social media challenges, she said, adding that there was an urgent need to ban such apps and regulate the usage of social media in the country. Meenakshi Paul, a youngster, said: “When cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs could be easily sold in the country than why a ban on an app which is just a source of entertainment.” She said like Twitter and Instagram, TikTok was also a medium that was being used to add more followers on your list and even political parties were making use of it. Another youngster Anshik Mehta, a BCom final year student, while narrating the incident of a youth who was shot dead by his friend accidentally when they posed with a pistol to shoot a video on TikTok, in New Delhi last week, said: “It was merely an accident and the fault was of the guy who used the pistol to shoot the video. The app cannot be c m y b blamed for it.” There should be regulations but not at the cost of restricting one’s freedom of speech and expression, he added. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology reportedly asked both Google and Apple to take down TikTok from the Play Store and App Store. However, the app is still much accessible on other third party app stores belonging to Xiaomi and Huawei. Also, the ban just stops you from downloading the TikTok app. It does nothing to interfere with its working if you have already installed the same. Hence, the ban is just to stop new youngsters from joining the app, but those who are already on the platform are left to fend for themselves. Police officials address the media in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH 16-YEAR-OLD PLANNED CRIME The 16-year-old boy planned the whole incident with his elder brother. The four suspects threatened a jeweller, Om Parkash (name changed), and demanded Rs 10 lakh as ransom. The suspects had threatened that they would kidnap his son and kill him. “When the complainant did not pay any heed to their calls, the suspect stole jeweller’s Activa scooter on April 14 to build pressure on him for the ransom. The suspect again called him and threatened to kidnap his son following which the victim agreed to pay Rs 6 lakh to them but gave only Rs 50,000 in a bag”, Bhullar added. The stolen activa was sold to Jodh Singh for Rs 5,000. Further, they had confessed that after getting the extortion money, they had conspired to abduct jeweller’s son for a huge ransom money. The police also recovered two mobile phones, a Splen- dor motorcycle (PB08-BN2421) used in the crime, a stolen Activa (PB08-CL9172), a sharp weapon and a toy pistol from them. While addressing a press conference, Bhullar accompanied by DCP (Investigation) Gurmeet Singh said some unidentified persons were threatening a jeweller, Om Parkash (name changed), and demanding Rs 10 lakh for the past few days as ransom, failing which they would kidnap his son and kill him. He said the jeweller got frightened and paid Rs 50,000 in a black bag by throwing it stealthily in flower pots on GT Road near Sarb Multiplex as told by the extortionists over phone to him. The bag was picked by three bikeborne persons. “Afterwards, jeweller Om Parkash (name changed) complained to the police about the incident and a case under Sections 384, 34, 379 and 411 of IPC has been registered against unknown persons. Following his statement, the Commissionerate Police formed three special teams of CIA-1, CIA-2 and Police Station-2 to nab the extortionists and on the basis of CCTV footages and investigation arrested the four suspects,” the CP said. He said the minor suspect was studying in Class X while his elder brother Amandeep and accomplice Deepak were into the business of manufacturing aluminium gates. Two criminal cases were already registered against Deepak at Police Station 2.
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