07042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/6/2021 10:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE LUDHIANA FACTORY ROOF COLLAPSE A WAKE-UP CALL? PAGE 2 A robust disaster resilience, response architecture is a must in fastchanging scenarios, believe experts. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF WOMAN HELD WITH SEDATIVE PILLS Amritsar: The Ajnala police have nabbed Dalbir Kaur, a resident of Shahliwal village and seized huge quantity of intoxicants from her possession. SubInspector Ramandeep Kaur said that the police got a tipoff that she was involved in drug peddling by selling sedative pills in and around her native village. She used to operate from her residence. Following this, a raid was conducted at her residence from where the police confiscated 8,150 intoxicant tablets. The police booked her under the NDPS Act and further investigations were under progress to ascertain the source of the sedative pills. TNS KULWINDER’S KIN MEET SC PANEL Amritsar: While accusing local police of acting in partial manner, family members of Kulwinder Singh (23), a resident of the Guruwali area, who allegedly died in a road mishap, on Tuesday met Punjab SC Commission’s member Dr Tarsem Singh Sialka here. Joginder Singh, victim’s father, alleged that his son was murdered by three persons while they gave it a shape of an accident. He alleged that despite the fact that they had given statements to the police, it registered an FIR of causing death by negligence against unknown persons. He alleged that the police were acting in favour of the suspects and was not hearing their point of view. He said it was murder and not an accident as being claimed by the police. “Division B police station acted on its own and did not listen to our statements,” he said. Sialka assured the family of taking appropriate action after going through all aspects. Terming it a serious issue, he said the Commission would direct the police authorities to add relevant sections in the FIR. TNS Amritsar, April 6 The robbers are on the prowl while the police department has failed to nail them. The holy city has witnessed repeated incidents of car snatchings and petrol pumps lootings while the police have failed to make any breakthrough in these incidents. On Monday, another incident rocked the city when armed robbers snatched a car from a doctor at gunpoint in Ramuwal Dhattal village late last evening. The victim was identified as Dr Swaraj Singh, who is son of noted surgeon Dr Navpreet Singh. The accused shot Dr Swaraj on foot leaving him injured before decamping with the car. The incident has left the family and doctors community shell-shocked. The police have registered a case under Section 379 B (2) of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act in this connection while further investigations were under PAGE 3 LOKI IS HERE! 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The deceased have been identified as Sushil Kumar (65), a resident of Jhujjar Singh Avenue; Willson (45) of Faqueer Singh Colony; Manjit Kaur (72) of Bhakna Kalan village; Kaushalya Devi, a 78year-old resident of Prem Nagar locality; Gurbachan Singh (75) of Putlighar area; Balbir Singh (78) of Daburji; Gurnaam Singh (67) of Wadala Kalan village; Rakesh Chander (83) of Medical Enclave and Harbans Kaur (38) of Ajnala. The new cases include 203 influenza-like illness cases and 45 contacts of positive cases. Meanwhile, with the recovery of 304 patients, the recovery count in the district has reached 18,826. The district at present has a total of 3,113 active cases. Tribune News Service HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 248 22,663 9 724 304 18,826 3,113 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) Amritsar, April 6 Members of the Amritsar Resort Welfare Association, Tent Association and other organisations converged at the Court Chowk on Tuesday to hold a protest against the government for imposing restrictions on opening of restaurants and resorts in the wake of resurgence in the number of Covid-19 cases. ‘Before closing resorts and restaurants, the government must close rallies, liquor vends and government-run programmes’, read a bunting held by one of the protesters. They asked the government to impose restrictions on the number of people gathered and timing of political parties before putting the entire onus on restaurants and resorts. “Irrespective of the high number of Covid-19 positive cases being reported from the district daily, social and political organisations are not evincing interest in maintaining social distance to play their role,” said Mandeep Singh Manna, a social worker. He accused the Congress and Akali leaders of holding political rallies without impunity. For instance, he pointed out that SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal managed to organise a crowd of Various organisations are up in arms and want the government to impose restrictions on political gatherings before putting the onus on restaurants and resorts. VISHAL KUMAR over 8,000 people at the SK Resort in Zirakpur recently. Congress party’s Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu managed to pull a crowd of some 300 people at Ward Number 15 here on Monday. Now, the Congress has announced to hold a rally at Attari on April 9. He said apart from political parties, many social organisations were also violating norms but it hardly grabbed the attention of authorities. He challenged the Capt Amarinder Singh government to prevent holding of such rallies in the face of rising Covid-19 cases. He said the neighbouring states of Haryana and Himachal were allowing a gathering of 500 persons at any given party to increase economic activity. On the other hand, Punjab’s rules were different for political parties and common continued on page 2 Hit by Covid-19, staff working under tourism projects face lay-offs Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 6 The Heritage Walk of Amritsar, an award-winning project of the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPM), may witness another blockade in near future as contractual employees of the company outsourced by the board have been given notices of terminating their services anytime. Earlier, a number of employees of conservation projects were laid off. However, officials of the Tourism Department claimed that the projects had been completed so the services of engineers and other staff hired for conservation were terminated. Fol- Doc robbed of car at gunpoint Tribune News Service BETTER TOMORROW: CELEBS DO THEIR BIT TO STAY HEALTHY progress. The police said that CCTV cameras in the nearby areas were being scrutinised for finding some clues about the robbers. Dr Swaraj stated to the police that as per his daily routine, he went to Lal Haveli in Ramuwal Dhattal village falling under the Gharinda police station here. He said as he stopped his car at the gate of the haveli, a while colored car came and two of the occupants came out of it. He said one of them shot in the air while second youth shot at him which hit on the thumb of his toe. They snatched his car and fled away. On April 2, around five robbers had snatched a car from a woman in Vrindavan Garden enclave following which they perpetrated four robberies. There was no breakthrough in these instances till now. Dhruv Dahiya, SSP Amritsar Rural, said that police teams had been constituted to identify and nab the suspects. They would be arrested be soon. PANDEMIC FALLOUT Before the Covid outbreak, around 200 to 300 visitors used to register with heritage board every day. Now, the counter is closed due to a surge in the number of Covid cases hitting tourism industry in a big way. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR lowing the Covid-19 restrictions, tourism activities are yet to resume in the city. The heritage walk is also facing a sharp dip in the number of tourists visiting the city after the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020. The heritage walk, initiated in September 27, 2011, on World Tourism Day by the then SAD government and Navjot Singh Sidhu had played a major role in begin- ning the project. The initiative of the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board had received a good response. But later it suffered several roadblocks over the years. Before the outbreak of Covid-19, around 200 to 300 visitors used to register with heritage walks every day. Now, the counter is closed due to a surge in the number of Covid cases. The walk, which is designed by the Punjab Heritage And Tourism Promotion Board, includes a heritage route inside the walled city that comprises visits to the colonial-era Town Hall, Saragarhi Gurdwara, Akhara Sangalwala Darshani Deodhi, Chaurasti Attari, Katra Ahluwalia, Qilla Ahluwalia, Thakurdwara Duriana Mall and old food establishments along the route. The notice of the outsourced company reads that project work is going to end anytime. It created panic among the employees but it is also worrisome for those who are expecting the government to boost tourism activities in the city with such initiatives. Kanwal Preet Brar, Direc- tor, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, said, “The projects were completed so the employees were laid off.” Micheal Rahul, an activist working for the Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, said, “The city has great potential for tourism but the policies of the government are faulty. It is sad that on the one hand, the state government claimed to promote tourism in the city, but on the other the projects are being ended. Several heritage sites are crying for attention. The heritage walk should continue as it is the only programme which offers stay to tourists in the city, otherwise tourists return the same day after visiting the Golden Temple.” Convicts use ointment tubes to sneak mobiles inside Central Jail Staff had recovered four cell phones, 635 intoxicants and 20 cigarettes 3-yr-old mobile seizure case: City PK Jaiswar ❝This was a and police transfer investigation to CIA major recovery Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 6 The prisoners lodged at the Amritsar Central Jail have always found a way to sneak prohibited materials inside the high-security jail. The latest one baffled the jail staff as small phones and intoxicants were found wrapped in ointment tubes. According to information, the staff recovered four mobile phones, 635 intoxicants and 20 cigarettes from the ointment tubes during a checking of a polythene bag handed over by the relatives of the two prisoners identified as Bharat of Chawinda Devi and Davinder Singh of Kot Khalsa area. As the meetings with relatives were not allowed in view of the pandemic, the prescribed medicines were allowed inside the jail complex. The police said the relatives had handed over polythene bags containing clothes and medicines to Constable Pawandeep Kaur and Constable Gurjit Singh on Saturday. During the checking of goods belonging to Bharat, an ointment tube of Soframycin appeared Tribune News Service investigations are underway whether the medical officer of the jail's hospital had prescribed the same or not. Nevertheless, it is a significant recovery made by the staff. Jail official ❞ As the meetings with relatives were not allowed in view of the pandemic, the prescribed medicines were allowed inside the jail complex. The police said the relatives had handed over the polythene bags containing clothes and medicines to Constable Pawandeep Kaur and Constable Gurjit Singh on Saturday. During the checking of goods, an ointment tube of Soframycin appeared unusual. On suspicion when the tube was cut, the staff found a phone of 'Kechadda' company unusual. On suspicion when the tube was cut, the staff found a phone of ‘Kechadda’ company. Similarly, another cell phone was found from the second tube. The staff also confiscated 335 intoxicant tablets from the bag. Similarly, while checking the bag of Davinder, they found two phones from tubes. Also, the officials recovered 20 cigarettes and c m y b 300 intoxicating tablets. Another phone was found from a prisoner Sarabjit Singh, alias Harry, of Gobind Nagar in Sultanwind village here. He was lodged in the barrack no. 3 of room no. 3. The recovery was made during a search operation of the barrack. A jail official wishing not to be named said this was a major recovery and inves- tigations were underway whether the medical officer of the jail’s hospital had prescribed the same or not. Nevertheless, it is a significant recovery made by the staff. Following a complaint by the jail authorities, the police have registered two separate cases under relevant sections of the NDPS Act and Prisons Act. Amritsar, April 6 Over three years after around 24 mobiles and other prohibited material were confiscated from prisoners lodged in Amritsar Central Jail, the city police have now passed on investigation to CIA staff here. In July 2017, police teams, headed by the DIG (Prisons), along with an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police from Amritsar city police commissionerate, had raided the central jail premises. The raid had led to the seizure of 28 mobiles from different parts of its complex. Around 20 inmates were booked by the police in the case registered under relevant sections of the IPC and the Prisons Act. A search operation was carried out in cell blocks, Langar Hall and de-addiction centre. The police had seized smart phones from notorious gangsters. The officials had revealed that the surprise raid was conducted following IN A NUTSHELL In July 2017, police teams, headed by the DIG (Prisons), along with an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police from Amritsar city police commissionerate, had raided the Central Jail premises. The raid had led to the seizure of 28 mobiles from different parts of its complex. Around 20 inmates were booked by the police in the case registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prisons Act. inputs received that gangsters were using and running their network through mobiles from the jail. Harminder Singh Sandhu, Assistant Commissioner of Police, confirmed that they had received the case for further investigation into it. This has raised many eyebrows that even after a lapse of over three years, the police failed to make any progress in the case. It failed to ascertain how the accused managed to sneak the mobile phones inside the high-security jail complex.
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