04042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/3/2021 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE TUSSLE OVER GURDWARA MGMT LEADS TO FIRING, 14 BOOKED A tussle between two groups over the control of gurdwara management led to indiscriminate firing in Tarn Taran. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY SHOWING THE WAY Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 3 Rohan Mehra, a physiotherapist, is working for protection of animals in the city for years. He started his journey unaccompanied but is now leading the Animal Protection Society, an NGO of over 2,000 volunteers. Being sympathetic towards animals is something which Rohan learnt during childhood years. Apart from his professional desires, Rohan also wanted to work for the animals and save them from cruelty. “I reside in Kot Khalsa area. In my childhood, the Municipal Corporation workers used to visit our area to catch stray pigs. They used to adopt cruel practices while catching PAGE 2 PAGE 3 FATIMA SANA SHAIKH SHARES HER COVID HEALTH UPDATE Fatima is Covid-positive and she took to Instagram on Saturday to share a picture of herself in quarantine. MAX 32°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:52 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6:14 AM SUNDAY | 4 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR in Kot Khalsa ❝I residechildhood, the area. In my Municipal Corporation workers used to visit our area to catch stray pigs. They used to adopt cruel practices while catching them. Heading for school on a rickshaw, I used to dream of becoming something to stop the cruelty. I have made several such efforts in my childhood. Rohan is a physiotherapist who also runs an NGO for animals’ protection of cow shelter. During the last six years, we have treated more than 1,000 cows injured in road accidents. There is no count of stray dogs. Sometimes we rescue five dogs in a day,” he added. Rohan claimed that people forsake their pet animals on city roads when they got old or diseased. “We often found old horses and other pets roaming on city roads in pitiful conditions. We provide treatment, conduct operations and send them to shelters. In case of dogs, we find a dog lover for adoption of injured ones. We spend money from our pockets for this cause.” ❞ Rohan Mehra, A PHYSIOTHERAPIST WHO WORKS FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS IN THE CITY Apart from taking care of animals, Rohan also vies for FIRs in cruelty against animal cases. “The first FIR against organising dog fights in the state has been registered on my complaint. Last year someone poisoned dogs PAGE 4 Aarvika of Tera Kya Hoga Alia fame talks about the break she took and what is she looking forward to next. BEING HUMANE them.” Heading for school on rickshaw, I used to dream of becoming something to stop the cruelty. I have made several such efforts in my childhood,” he said. Before constituting a dedicated team of volunteers, it was all a one-man-army show to treat the injured cows, dogs and other animals during road accidents. In 2015, Animal Protection Society got registered and initiated organised work to improve the infrastructure for stray animals in the city. “In 2018, we sat on a dharna outside the city Mayor’s office to increase the capacity I WANT TO EXPERIMENT, SAYS ACTOR AARVIKA GUPTA and we took a legal action. We assure that the police reach the accident spot where any cow was injured and is rescued with help of the MC employees,” he told. Talking about the change that happened with his efforts, Inoculation drive picks up pace Beneficiaries started increasing after all above 45 yrs became eligible for the jab Rohan said, “With our continuous follow-ups, the MC is constructing a gaushala near the India Gate and had sanctioned ~1.5 crore. The sterilisation project has been initiated. Public is getting aware about the cruelty against animals.” Grocery store worker’s murder: Two more held Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 3 The city police arrested the remaining two suspects who killed a grocery store worker in the Kashmir Avenue area on late Wednesday evening. The accused are Satnam Singh, alias Mani, of Bhai Manjh road and Anmol Singh of New Gurnam Nagar area. With their arrest the police claimed to have solved several other robberies and snatching cases that occurred in the holy city in recent past. Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigation), said that Satnam Singh had opened fire that killed departmental store worker Sunny. The accused has confessed of looting as many as four petrol pumps in the recent past besides snatching a scooter from a woman from New Amritsar area on Thursday. They were identified with the help of CCTV camera footages found from the spot and nearby areas. They had covered their faces while committing the crime. The DCP said that they had entered the shop with an aim of robbery. However, the staff and shopkeepers who outnumbered the three resisted their attempt which prompted them to open fire that hit Sunny. They had procured the continued on page 2 Minister instructs officials to ensure oxygen stock at hospitals Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 3 After all residents above 45 years became eligible to get the jab, the daily vaccination tally has started to increase, the health authorities said. On Saturday, a total of 7,346 injections were given, which included 2,096 persons in the 45 to 59 year age group. In comparison, 2,671 senior citizens received the jab. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said earlier, Covid-19 vaccination was available for only those in the age group of 45 to 59 years who had some comorbid condition listed by the government. “Now, as the condition of co-morbid condition has been withdrawn, the vaccination has picked up INBRIEF 3L ML OF ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED Tarn Taran: Joint teams of the district police and Excise Department on Saturday conducted a raid at Shakari village and seized huge quantity of lahan and Illicit liquor stored in plastic drums. SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said that Navjot Bharti, Excise Officer, and DSP (Operation) Iqbal Singh, led the joint teams. Lovejit Singh of the village was arrested with working still and during search at 16 places 30,850 kg of lahan and 3 lakh ml of illicit liquor was seized stored in plastic drums. OC ~9K LOOTED FROM PETROL PUMP Tarn Taran: Two bike-borne miscreants robbed ~9,910 and a mobile set from two salesmen of the petrol pump at Dhand village here on Thursday evening. Salesman Mandeep Singh told the police that the robbers came to the petrol pump as customers and demanded to fill petrol worth ~500. As soon as the salesman filled petrol, one of the robbers snatched cash and the other one snatched the mobile set from another salesman and fled away. The police said a case under Section 379-B of the IPC had been registered against the accused. OC HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE pace,” he said. The official said prior to April 1, the day on which all persons above 45 years became eligible to get the dose, the district witnessed vaccination of only around 3,500 to 4,000 persons. During the last three days, the daily vaccination count is increasing, officials said. Toll mounts to 700 as seven succumb to virus; 263 +ve With seven casualties reported due to Covid-19 in the last 24-hours, the toll in the district increased to 700 on Saturday. The health authorities have also reported 263 new cases with which the total count has increased to 21,942. 263 21,942 7 700 246 17,935 3,307 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) The deceased have been identified as Harinderpal Singh, a 65-year-old resident of New Amritsar; Harbans Singh (56) of Dalam village; Parkash Kaur (77) of Verka; Sarbjit Kaur (75) of Ajnala; Ranjit Kaur (50) of Karam Singh colony; Jagmeet Kaur (55) of Haripura and Paramjit Kaur of Ajnala. The new cases include 188 influenza-like illness cases and 75 contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with the Health Department reporting recovery of 263 patients on Saturday, the total count has improved to 17,935. The district at present has a total of 3,307 active cases. TAKING STOCK Medical Education Minister OP Soni (centre) reviews the Covid-19 situation with the heads of different departments in Amritsar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 3 In a meeting to review the Covid-19 management and vaccination programme, Medical Education and Research Minister OP Soni asked the officials to maintain the oxygen buffer stock at all hospitals. The minister also asked officials to further expedite the sample collection for testing. Soni said at present, around 5,000 tests were being conducted in the district and around 35,000 in the state. Addressing the mediapersons, Soni said a few political parties were holding rallies without paying any attention to the safety of people, which is a matter of grave concern. He said he would take up the issue with Punjab Chief Minister so that a ban could be imposed on organising such rallies. Soni termed the Ministry of Home Affairs letter to Punjab Government regarding bonded labour as an attempt to malign the image of Punjabi farmers. He said the Centre was deliberately defaming farmers, so that the peasant movement could be weakened. continued on page 2 Robbers snatch woman’s car, Relocated, a majority of railway staff strike at two petrol pumps oblivious to Jallianwala Bagh’s model Loot ~19k from salesman at gunpoint |Abandon vehicle Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 3 Robbers and unscrupulous elements have been striking at will, thus raising a question mark on the law and order situation in the district. Repeated incidents of murders, snatchings and robberies, hint that anti-social elements do not fear the police. In the latest incident, armed persons snatched a car from a woman in Vrindavan Garden enclave at Nangli village and later committed several robberies before abandoning the vehicle. The victim, Kanwal Seth, said she was going back home after dropping her kids at a coaching centre when the accused snatched her car at gunpoint. She said the incident occurred around 2 pm. Though the police received the information, it failed to sound an alert due to which robbers continued their activities freely. They first striked at Sandhu Petrol Pump in Lopoke around 5.30 pm. Dilbagh Singh, an employee of the pump, told the police that he along with Gurpreet Singh were disbursing MOCKERY OF LAW & ORDER? TWO BOOKED FOR ROBBING ~3,000 Chatiwind police have nabbed Sunny and Gurjinder Singh, both residents of Varpal, for allegedly robbing Sukhpal Singh of Chabba village. Sukhpal told the police that he was going from his office (Jandiala Guru) to deliver a parcel at Mehma village on his bike. The accused intercepted him near the government school at Varpal and snatched ~3,000 after pointing a sharp-edged weapon. petrol when a white-colour car stopped at the pump. He said four persons with their faces covered alighted from the car and pointed pistols at them. He said the accused snatched Rs 19,300 from him and fled away. Later, they looted another petrol pump in Bajjuman village near Batala. The accused first filled the fuel tank of the car and robbed a salesman at gunpoint. Kamboh police station SHO Harpreet Singh said the car was found abandoned in Akash Avenue area. Forensic teams examined the car and took fingerprints of the accused. He said they were scrutinising CCTV cameras to identify the culprits. ON PAGE 2 BURGLARS STRIKE IN CHHEHARTA ■ SPL NAKAS TO NAIL CRIMINALS ■ Meanwhile, another petrol station was looted at Bhinder village falling under the jurisdiction of Khilchian police station. The incident occurred at Gauravjeet Kisan Sewa Kendar Petrol Pump on March 30. Jyoti Parkash, an employee, told the police that around 8 pm, five youth with covered faces and equipped with weapons came on two motorcycles. They fired in air and snatched Rs 3,000 from him. The police said involvement of the same gang cannot be ruled out. A case has been registered under Sections 379- B (2) and 411 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act in this regard. c m y b Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service AMRITSAR, APRIL 3 The festival of Baisakhi is less than a fortnight away and a majority of the Railways employees are oblivious to the existence of the model of the Jallianwala Bagh. The model used to be placed at the railway station’s general waiting hall. The model used to be placed near the current ticket window, adjoining the general waiting hall. Over seven years ago a part of the ceiling had come down, prompting the then Railways authorities to move away the model to a safe place. Then Northern Railway Divisional Engineer had declared the roof opposite booking office and adjoining offices, near the waiting hall, as unsafe on September 9, 2014. Some portion of the roof of the building had fallen during heavy rains 7 years ago. The roof is made of battens and tiles, which were eaten up and became weak. Walls and arches had also shown cracks at various locations. Since then, the model of the Jallianwala Bagh was kept away from the view of passengers. Classified as A-1 category railway station it has two Classified as A-1 category railway station it has two other models. The model of the Golden Temple displayed at the lobby of platform No. 1 and the model of the Durgiana Temple is showcased at the entrance lobby from the Gol Bagh side of the railway station other models. The model of the Golden Temple displayed at the lobby of platform No. 1 and the model of the Durgiana Temple is showcased at the entrance lobby from the Gol Bagh side of the railway station. A retired Railways ❝TheatJallianwala Bagh model the station ❝I was posted here only before the lockdown showcased the visitors an important event of Indian freedom movement which had taken place here. It used to attract the attention of visitors of all age groups. period. So, I am not aware of its location. However, I will consult colleagues to locate the model and reinstall it at a suitable location. Ashok Salaria, NS Gabarhia, A RETIRED RAILWAYS EMPLOYEE AREA OFFICER, AMRITSAR RAILWAY STATION ❞ employee NS Gabarhia said the Jallianwala Bagh model at the station showcased the visitors an important event of Indian freedom movement which had taken place here. “It used to attract the attention of visitors of all age groups”. ❞ Ashok Salaria, Area Officer of the Amritsar railway station, said, he was posted here only before the lockdown period. So he was not aware of its location. However, he will consult colleagues to locate the model and reinstall it at a suitable location.
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