26032021-ATR-01.qxd 3/25/2021 10:35 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE NOW, POLICEMEN TO RECORD FINGERPRINTS OF CRIMINALS Centralised data will be created at Fingerprint Bureau, Phillaur, city headquarters, at Rambagh police station. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF PATTI RESIDENT DIES IN ACCIDENT Tarn Taran: Gagagdeep Singh (28), a resident of Patti town, was killed in a road accident near Chuslewar village on Wednesday. The deceased and his friend Gurtej Singh were coming back on a bullet when an unknown vehicle hit their motorcycle from the back. Gagandeep Singh received serious injuries on his chest. He died on the spot. The Patti Sadar police registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC. The driver of the vehicle absconded from the spot after the accident. OC ‘ACCOMPLICE’ OF JAGGA ARRESTED Amritsar: The counter intelligence (CI) wing of the Punjab Police has arrested Gurpreet Singh, an alleged accomplice of Khalistani operative Jagdev Singh, alias Jagga, who was arrested from Lucknow on February 8. Gurpreet was arrested from Panipat and he was brought on transit remand. He was produced in the local court which sent him to police remand for further interrogation. Jagga was nabbed from Lucknow following the interrogation of his accomplice Jagroop Singh, who was arrested from Rampur Cheete village. The police had recovered five pistols from him. The CI wing had also brought a notorious gangster, Jasbir Singh Anngarhiya, on production warrant. Jasbir has as many as 30 criminal cases, including attempt to murder, robbery and the NDPS Act registered against him. According to police sources in CI, Gurpreet was allegedly in touch with antinational elements in Dubai through social media. Further probe is on. TNS PAGE 2 BUNTY AUR BABLI 2 RELEASE PUSHED DUE TO COVID WAVE PAGE 3 Yash Raj Film’s Bunty Aur Babli 2, which was slated to release on April 23, has been postponed for now. MAX 29°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:46 PM PAGE 4 Samir is currently working on his debut book My Experiments with Silence, which talks about self-discovery. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:25 AM FRIDAY | 26 MARCH 2021 | AMRITSAR Carved with a heritage tinge, DAC opens for residents Tribune News Service Amritsar March 25 Hung in balance for several years, the new state-of-the-art District Administrative Complex is now a reality. Constructed at a cost of ~93 crore, this project was designed by GNDU’s architect team and carved with a heritage tinge, resembling the historic Khalsa College. While inaugurating it, Cabinet minister for Medical Education and Research Om Prakash Soni said the residents of Amritsar would furnish their official formalities under one roof. This project was conceived by erstwhile SAD-BJP government in 2013 and the construction was started the following year. It will have two wings — civil and police. While the civil services would administrative the DC ❝Twelvebe shifted to thewings, includingOthers are office, will new premises. UNDER ONE ROOF The new building of the District Administrative Complex that was inaugurated by Cabinet minister OP Soni in Amritsar on Thursday. VISHAL KUMAR be offered first, the police departments would be made operational in due course. DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira said 12 administrative wings, including his office, would be shifted to the new premises. Others are Education, Revenue, Excise and Taxation, District Attorney, Department of Labour, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development among others. For the convenience of peo- ple, a service centre has been set up on the ground floor. “The total covered area of this complex is around 6.10 lakh sq feet. The two basements have also been constructed for parking. There would be a large meeting hall, two video-conference rooms. Four lifts have been installed besides the fire hydrants and alarms. There would be separate entry for VIPs and the public,” he said. Education, Revenue, Excise and Taxation, District Attorney, Department of Labour, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development among others. For the convenience of people, a service centre has been set up on the ground floor. The total covered area of this complex is around 6.10 lakh sq feet. The two basements have also been constructed for parking. There would be a large meeting hall, two video-conference rooms. Four lifts have been installed besides the fire hydrants and alarms. There would be separate entry for VIPs and the public. Gurpreet Singh Khaira, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ❞ Earlier, Sukhmani Sahib prayers were recited by the employees of DC office in the presence of MLAs Sunil Dutti, Harpartap Singh Ajnala, Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, Additional Deputy Commissioner Himansu Aggarwal, SSP Rural Dhruv Dahiya, Municipal Corporation Commissioner Komal Mittal, Chief Administrator PUDA Palvi Chaudhary. Prime suspect lands in police net High alert in city ahead others who were booked in the case included Sandeep Singh Gattu. He was Sunny’s brother-in-law. Sahil was shot dead by three motorcycle-borne persons in Chhota Haripura area when he was walking outside his home after having dinner. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared him dead. After preliminary probe, the police named Saranjit Sunny and his brother Prince Panchhi for murder. Simarjit and Prince had some rivalry with the victim and they were at loggerheads with each other for the past few months. The accused were aware of the routine of Sahil and targeted him at the same place where he used to go for a daily walk. MURDER CASE Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 25 The city police arrested the prime accused in the incident in which a youth identified as Sahil of Ekta Nagar area was shot dead in the Haripura area on the Jhabal road on March 17. The police recovered a country-made weapon, along with two bullets, from him. Harjit Singh Dhaliwal, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, said, Saranjit Singh, alias, Sunny had shot Sahil dead over an old enmity. He said raids were on to nab the remaining accused, including Sunny’s brother Prince, aka, Panchhi. Among ADCP Harjit Singh Dhaliwal (centre) addresses mediapersons regarding a youth’s murder in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Gurdaspur cops up the ante against violators Civil Hospital docs, cops join hands to ensure residents follow Covid-appropriate behaviour Ravi Dhaliwal 2 fall prey to virus in Asr dist, 297 fresh infections Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, March 25 Rakesh Singh, a government employee, was dressed-up as usual and ready to leave for his office. As he was driving his motorcycle to his workplace, he was signaled-down at a check post by the cops. He thought the police want to see his registration papers, hence he shoved them into the hands of a constable. The cops, however, had other thoughts. He was asked to sit in a police vehicle and 10 minutes later, he found himself standing inside the Civil Hospital instead of his office. The young man’s fault was that he was not wearing a mask. In these days of Covid, it is considered a cardinal sin. Two hours later, his Covid sample was taken and later he was dropped at the very spot from where he was picked up. About 200 people like him are being taken to health centres for testing every day or are tested for Covid at the police check posts itself through rapid or RTPCR procedures. The drive to ensure residents follow Covid-appropriate behaviour was started by SSP Rajinder Singh Sohal before he was transferred yesterday. The gauntlet has now been picked up by his successor Dr Nanak Singh, an IPS officer, who is likely to be as strict as his predecessor was on Covid infringements. INTENSE THOUGHTS: SAMIR SONI TALKS ABOUT HIS DEBUT BOOK Those not wearing masks are being taken to health centres for testing every day or are tested for Covid at the police check posts itself through rapid or RT-PCR procedures. TRIBUNE PHOTO The cops may be doing yeoman’s service to society by checking the spread of the virus. However, they could do better if they visit the RTA office and the District Administrative Complex (DAC), which houses top officials, including the DC. These two places, say doctors, are the worst offenders, as seldom does anybody wear masks. Officials here give two hoots to wearing masks. Dr Vijay Kumar, officiating Civil Surgeon, waved the red-flag when he said that among people brought by the police for testing in the last 48 hours, a significant number had tested positive. “This is an alarming trend. It needs to be checked immediately. Otherwise, there could be virusinduced chaos all around us. We have now stationed several sample-collection teams at the check posts to help the police,” he said. Yet another disturbing phenomenon witnessed in the city was that not many people are coming forward for inoculation claiming “they do not trust the vaccine.” “This mistrust is because of widespread rumours about the efficacy of the vaccine,” a doctor said. The police are making efforts to educate locals on the importance of getting vaccinated. SSP Sohal said the drive to forcibly test people was reaping rich dividends. “On Day 1, we took nearly 250 people to the hospital. On the succeeding days, we saw a lot of people wearing masks. Earlier, these very people seldom adhered to Covid norms including those pertaining to social distancing. Even then, a lot needs to be done. Amritsar: The health cases include 199 influenza authorities reported 297 fresh like illness cases and 98 cases in the district on contacts of positive patients. Thursday. With this, the total With recovery of 147 patients, count of positive cases the recovery count Active increased to 16,355. in the district reached 19,137. The authorities caseload The active caseload in also reported two reaches the district has also deaths in the last 24 to 2,131. 2,131 gone uphealth The hours and the toll district in district authorities said 3,700 increased to 651. The deceased have been beneficiaries were identified as Jagir Kaur (55), a vaccinated today. Around resident of Udhor Kalan village, 72,000 persons have received and Salwinder Kaur (70), of the first dose of the Covid-19 Sultanwind Gate. The new vaccine. TNS HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 297 19,137 2 651 147 16,355 2,131 0183-2500398, 2500498, 2500598 ■ Health Department helpline: 0183-2535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) Without doubt, maintaining a distance from others is the only way to maintain your equanimity and, of course, to avoid catching the virus,” he said. Sohal said keeping in view c m y b the fresh spike in the number of cases and the upcoming festivals, including Holi, it is important to ensure compliance of guidelines and also strictly enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour. of Bharat Bandh today PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 25 The Punjab Police are on high alert in order to thwart any untoward incident during the Bharat Bandh to be observed on Friday. The bandh call was given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, a joint platform of various farmers’ union, agitating against controversial three farm laws passed by the Central Government. The farm unions were demanding repealing of these laws while the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to address their demand so far. The police department has made elaborate security arrangements for the peaceful demonstration in the city as well as in the rural belt. There are over 40 points in both city and rural belt where farm unions would be holding protest and indulged in the blockade of roads. While the farmers will be holding protests on Clerk in BDPO office booked for bungling ❝ The city has been divided into two parts and each would be supervised by a DCP-rank official. The area around 12 points in the city includes railway station, Bhandari Bridge and Golden Gate, where farmers have planned to stage protest against three farm laws. ❞ Parminder Singh Bhandal, DCP all highways many major parts including railway station and Bhandari Bridge would also witness protests. The police have appealed to the people to travel on the roads only in case of any emergency. A senior official of Amritsar rural police said that SSP Dhruv Dahiya would personally supervise the security arrangements during bandh tomorrow. He said there were over 30 points in the rural areas where farmers would be holding agitation and block road. He said five SPs and all DSPs, besides SSP Dhahiya would remain on road to thwart any untoward incident. Parminder Singh Bhandal, DCP Law and Order, Amritsar , city police, said that companies of armed police battalions and commandoes were also pressed into service for the elaborate security arrangements chalked out for tomorrow. “The city has been divided into two parts and each would be supervised by a DCP-rank official. The area around 12 points in the city includes railway station, Bhandari Bridge and Golden Gate, where farmers have planned to stage protest against three farm laws,” said Bhandal. He informed that Additional Deputy Commissioners of Police, besides Assistant Commissioners of the Police have been asked to remain on road and different check points and places where farmers will be organising protests. Kamalpreet honoured for her selection in Olympics Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 25 An accounts clerk with the Block Development and Panchayat Office, Chogawan block, allegedly bungled over Rs 43 lakh from the government fund. The accused identified as Gurdialpal Singh transferred the amount on different dates to his personal account after making fake signature of a former Block Development and Panchayat Officer. The case was registered following a complaint lodged by Director Village Development and Panchayat Department in this connection. The Lopoke police have registered a case under Sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC against Gurdialpal Singh. The accused was yet to be arrested as he went underground after the bungling came to light. Amandeep Sharma, continued on page 2 SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur honours Kamalpreet Kaur, who was selected for the Olympics, in Amritsar on Thursday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 25 Kamalpreet Kaur, a Sikh athlete selected in discus throw event for the July 2021 Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan, has been honoured by the SGPC. She was presented a cheque for ~2 lakh and a siropa (robe of honour). Kamalpreet hails from Kabarwala village of Sri Muktsar Sahib district. She graduated from Desh Bhagat Col- lege, Dhuri. SGPC also announced to assist her in her higher education. While honouring Kamalpreet, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said the SGPC has always encouraged Sikh youth to excel in various fields. “The Sikh community is proud of talented girls like Kamalpreet Kaur. The young generation should take inspiration from her. We acknowledge her achievements and if continued on page 2
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