09042021-ATR-01.qxd 4/8/2021 11:06 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE KALPANA CHAWLA SOCIETY HONOURS CRPF MARTYR’S KIN PAGE 2 Balraj Singh, a commando in CoBRA battalion, helped his co-jawan putting aside his own serious condition. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ROBBERS LOOT ~3K FROM PETROLPUMP Tarn Taran: Three armed persons looted ~3,000 from two salesmen of Hanuman Filing Station, Gaggobua, on Wednesday. They also injured one of the salesmen, identified as Satish Kumar (31), in firing while fleeing. Satish was admitted to the PHC, Chabal, where his condition is stable. He said three masked robbers came and threatened to hand over the cash. They took away ~1,000 from him and ~2,000 from anoother salesman. They opened fire at the pump while fleeing. Satish suffered a bullet injury in the leg. A case under Sections 392 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered. OC PIPED GAS WILL HIT BIZ: DEALERS Amritsar: Irked over laying of gas pipeline in the city, LPG dealers said piped gas would hit their livelihood. Amritsar Gas Dealers’ Association chief Joginderpal Dhingra along with Anuj Sikka and Manjinder Singh Thekedar met Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu. They discussed issues being faced by them after Gujarat Gas Agency started work in the city. Dhingra said, “There are around 40 gas agency holders in the city. We have invested crores. By awarding a contract to Gujarat Gas Pipeline Agency for laying a gas pipeline and providing connections to residents, our livelihood is at stake.” He said roads constructed by the MC after pumping in crores of rupees were being dug out by the firm to lay the pipeline. The Mayor assured them that he would raise the issue with the state government. TNS FIRE AT CONGRESS LEADER’S HOUSE Tarn Taran: Some armed men fired at the residence of Congress Bhikhiwind Nagar councillor last night damaging the main gate and walls of the house. Councillor Yadwinder Singh, however, escaped unhurt. The armed men managed to escape after committing the crime. ASI Malkit Singh, IO, said the accused had been identified as Akashdeep Singh of Pahuwind village, Gagandeep Singh of Chung village, Harinder Singh, Arashdeep Singh and Robin Singh, all residents of Marimegha village. The victim said he went to Bhikhiwind police station in connection with a compromise related to Akashdeep Singh on Tuesday. The latter suspected that the councillor was not willing to conciliate. The accused in a fit of rage came to his residence and opened fire. Raids are on. OC 90K-ML ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED Amritsar: In yet another haul, the Amritsar rural police seized a huge quantity of illicit liquor, lahan and operational furnaces on Wednesday. The police teams conducted raids in Khiala Kalan, Lakhuwal, Chhapa Ram Singh, Kotli Sakka, Jasso Nangal, Chakk Mishri Khan and Jethuwal villages. Following a secret tipoff, the police raided at Fattewal village and seized 90,000 ml of illicit liquor, 60,000 kg of lahan and three operational furnaces. The police arrested three persons— Sucha Singh, Kashmir Singh and Paramjit Singh—in this connection. Dhruv Dahiya, SSP Amritsar Rural, said that nabbed persons were operating large network in area. TNS PAGE 3 FARHAN TO STAR IN A GLOBAL PROJECT OF MARVEL STUDIOS ROADIES REVOLUTION-FAME SAQIB KHAN BIDS GOODBYE TO SHOWBIZ The Bollywood actor managed to keep this completely hush-hush and has already left Mumbai for the shoot. MAX 32°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:55 PM PAGE 4 Saqib said it was tough struggling in Mumbai, but he was proud that he could earn such a fan following. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:08 AM FRIDAY | 9 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Students demand opening of educational institutions Say chose April 8 to wake up state govt as it was this day that Bhagat Singh also threw a bomb in the assembly in 1929 Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 8 Students took out a protest march from Khalsa College to Guru Nanak Dev University demanding opening of educational institutions that have been closed down by the government due to the Covid-19 situation. The protest was held under the banner of the Punjab Students’ Union (Lalkar), All-India Students’ Federation (AISF) and Punjab Students’ Union. Lovepreet Singh Marri of the AISF said while the government had ordered closure of schools, colleges and universities on the pretext of the coronavirus, political rallies were being held every day. Student leaders said the system of online classes should be stopped immediately and regular classes should be held by opening educational institutions. Students also burnt the copies of the New Education Policy (2020) stating that it was aimed at centralisation of powers, which would directly affect the executive and administration councils at universities that have elected members. Student leaders said April 8 was specially chosen for the government ❝While theclosure of had ordered protest as it was on this day that Bhagat Singh had thrown a bomb in the assembly to wake up the government. They said they hope their protest would wake up the Punjab Government. They said higher education had already become costly and out of reach of poor students. Students demanded that efforts be made to provide affordable education in the state. The protest was also joined by the members of Naujwan Bharat Sabha, Government Teachers’ Union, Punjab Istari Sabha and All-India Kisan Sabha. schools, colleges and universities on the pretext of the coronavirus, political rallies are being held every day. ❞ Lovepreet Singh Marri, AISF MEMBER Students protest against the state government’s decision to close educational institutions in the wake of Covid-19 threat outside GNDU in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Russian-made weapon smuggling baffles cops Calibre of weapons seized used by Pak-based terrorists, say sources PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 8 Though the police have launched a manhunt to nab Jaspal Singh, who was absconding following the seizure of 23-kg heroin and weapon in Lopoke area on Wednesday, they claim that this was for the first time that a Russian-made weapon was confiscated, which was smuggled from this side of the international border. “The caliber of weapons recovered is used by Pakistan-based terrorists,” the police sources said. The police in a joint operation with the Border Security Force had gunned down a Pak intruder during the wee hours on Wednesday. Besides 22 packets of heroin, it had seized two AK-47 rifles with magazines and rounds The consignment of drugs, AK-47 rifles and ammunition recovered from the Pakistani smuggler, who was killed near the Kakkar border outpost in Ajnala sub-division of Amritsar. of SAIGA-MK (Russian made) rifle with two magazines and 21 live cartridges from the spot. On Sunday, it seized four sophisticated weapons, including a special AK 47 rifle and an AK 47 rifle besides a China-made pistol and .303gun from near Pul Moran border outpost at the IndoPak border. There has been a surge in the smuggling of narcotics and weapons in the recent past. According to the police, the anti-national elements involved in narco-terror module were hell bent upon sneaking contraband and sophisticated weapons in order to create law and order trouble in the bordering state at the behest of their Pak based handlers. “As the wheat crop is standing, it acts as a perfect garb to Pak-based smugglers,” said an official privy to the investigations in the recent seizure of weapons. In yesterday’s seizure, the police had booked Belgiumbased Indian national Jagdish Bhura and Jaspal Singh of Gatti Rajoke village continued on page 2 Stricter entry guidelines at GMC after students’ clash Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 8 After the recent clash between current and former students at Government Medical College here earlier this month, the college authorities have brought in strict entry norms for outsiders. The authorities have also banned the entry of city residents, who used to visit for jogging and walks in the morning or evening hours. They have also banned the entry of courier and food delivery boys inside the college and hostel campus. The college is also keeping a check on students — boys and girls — sitting in cars parked inside. As per orders, visitors would have to fill in their identity details and purpose of visit while entering the college. Students and employees, too, would be required to furnish their identity cards. A student at the college said: “Stopping the entry of food delivery boys is unjusti- 7 fall prey to virus, Bootleggers improvise, use electric for brewing liquor 317 test +ve in dist furnaces & stillsliquor, 3,600-kg lahan seized NOVEL WAY 30-litre illicit Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 8 With seven deaths in the district due to Covid-19 on Thursday, the toll increased to 738. The district health authorities also reported 317 new cases with which the total count reached 23,305 in the district. The deceased have been identified as Sawinder Kaur (70) of Chak Kamaal Khan village; Sukhwinder Kaur (52) of Khatrai Kalan village; Pushp Kumar (65) of Gate Hakeema area; Manpreet Kaur (65) of Kasdowali village; Jasbir Singh (60) of Bhaggupura village; Subash Chander (65) of New Azad Nagar and Nirmal Kaur (65) of Khatrai Kalan village. The new cases include 232 influenza-like illness cases and 85 contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with the recovery of 372 patients, the recovery count has improved to 19,411. The district at present has a total of 3,156 active cases. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVIDUPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 317 23,305 7 738 372 19,411 3,156 0183-2500398, 2500498, 2500598 ■ Health Department helpline: 0183-2535322, 01832535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) Entry of joggers also banned, residents irked, ask authorities where should they go as there are hardly any open spaces in the city fied as students have to order food from outside. It seems the orders are more to harass students as they had been demanding action against outsiders.” The decision to ban the entry of early morning joggers has also not gone down well with nearby residents. “When has an elderly, who has gone to the campus for a morning walk, created any trouble? The city does not have many open spaces. If the college authorities are concerned, they should charge a nominal fee from joggers and issue them cards,” said an elderly demanding that joggers should not be stopped. KMSC blocks highway, protests farmer’s arrest during raids from Khiala Kalan and Chak Mishri Khan PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 8 With regular raids on the illicit liquor trade in the past one month, bootleggers are now using electric furnaces for brewing illicit liquor. This has left the cops baffled. On Thursday, simultaneous raids were carried out at Chak Mishri Khan and Khiala Kalan village following a tip-off that bootleggers have started manufacturing illicit liquor again. The police teams had confiscated huge quantity of lahan and illicit liquor during separate raids in March. SSP Amritsar (Rural) Dhruv Dahiya said water heating rods were used by bootleggers in constructing electric furnaces, which were used to brew liquor faster. It was the ninth raid in over past one month. The police have arrested Sandeep Singh of Khiala Kalan village in this regard. The police seized 30-litre illicit liquor, 3,200-kg lahan, two electric furnaces and 24 c m y b Electric furnace and stills recovered during raid at Khiala Kalan village in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO bootleggers ❝Water heating rods were used bywere used toinbrew constructing electric furnaces, which liquor faster. It was the ninth raid in over past one month. The police have arrested Sandeep Singh of Khiala Kalan village in this regard ❞ drums from Khiala Kalan village. Similarly, the cops seized 400-kg Lahan, a running still and two drums from Chak Mishri Khan village. In the past one month, the police have conducted raids at Khiala Kalan, Lakhuwal, Chhapa Ram Singh, Kotli Dhruv Dahiya, SSP AMRITSAR (RURAL) Sakka, Jasso Nangal, Chak Mishri Khan, Jethuwal and Fattewal villages. Dahiya said properties of notorious bootleggers and repeated offenders were being identified and they would be freezed after valuation from competent authorities. Workers of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, block the national highway near Sarhali on Thursday. GURBAXPURI Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, April 8 The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC), Punjab, blocked the national highway on Thursday after lifting the dharna they were holding for four consecutive days in front of the Sarhali police station. The organisation warned the administration that the dharna would continue till Resham Singh of Shakri village, who was arrested under the Excise Act in a false case, was not released. Ajit Singh Chamba, zone president, and Satnam Singh Manochahal, district leader of the organisation, were among others who addressed the workers of the organisation and warned the administration to avoid appeasing its political bosses at the cost of innocent people. The leaders said the Sarhali police and the Excise Department claimed to recover a huge quantity of lahan and illicit liquor from 17 different locations in Shakari village on April 3 in a joint search operation. The leaders alleged that the continued on page 2
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