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SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:03 AM TUESDAY | 13 APRIL 2021 | AMRITSAR Chronicling farmer deaths, Anuroop Kaur shares stories of Singhu ‘martyrs’ AGRI STIR ACTIVIST DIES, CREMATED Tribune News Service Tarn Taran: A farmer of Pandori Ran Singh village, who had returned from Delhi due to illness a fortnight ago, died on Monday and was cremated at the village cremation ground with full honours. Deceased farmer Kashmir Singh (65) (in pic) was the member of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, and was actively participating in the agri stir since November. He fell ill a few days ago in Delhi and the leaders of the organisation asked him to go back for treatment. He, however, died on Monday at his native village, 20 km from Tarn Taran. OC Amritsar, April 12 Documenting farmer deaths at the Singhu border and the impact they have had over the course of the farm agitation, Anuroop Kaur, a tutor from Delhi University, has taken it upon herself to not just chronicle the martyrs of farmers’ movement, but also the reasons behind those deaths. Talking to writer Amandeep Sandhu during an online session with Majha House, Anuroop said her blogs were not just about numbers or body counts, but a glimpse into the psychological toll the entire movement is taking on those sitting at the Delhi borders. “As a supporter of farmers’ movement, I used to frequent- ❝ As a supporter of farmers’ movement, I used to frequently visit Singhu border. When the deaths occurred, it felt important to me to document these, or else these sacrifices would go in vain. Those deaths were sad, more so because they were being ignored by the government and not being acknowledged. That's when the sadness turned into anger. As a result, I have documented 363 people's deaths on the border so far. Anuroop Kaur, DOCUMENTING FARMERS’ DEATH AT SINGHU ❞ ly visit Singhu border. When the deaths occurred, it felt important to me to document these, or else these sacrifices would go in vain,” she shared. That’s when she started giving an account of farmer deaths through her blogs. “Those deaths were sad, more so because they were being ignored by the government and not being acknowledged. That’s when the sadness turned into anger. As a result, I have documented 363 people’s deaths on the border so far,” Anuroop said, adding that the toll could be PAGE 4 higher as she started documenting these from November onwards. While referring to Rakesh, a teacher at a school in Rohtak who committed suicide on April 6, 2021, after accusing the government of anti-people policies, Anuroop said: “I tried finding out why people were so furious. When we visited the border and met farmers, we realised that many of them were suffering from depression. They tell about physical discomfort, but they don’t realise that they are suffering from depression and other mental disorders as well due to such a long sit-in. There are other reasons besides depression such as heart attacks, etc. The important thing is to understand that a death is not just a statistic but a trauma the person’s family face. They also have to face financial difficulties which we cannot understand,” Anuroop explained. Dr Simmi Waraich, a psychologist, who was also one of the speakers, said most people live under a misconception that there are only farmers on the border. “Those sitting at the borders have braved so much that it impacts their mental health. Hence, there are so many reasons behind these deaths.” Man robbed of ~5.27 lakh Tarn Taran: Two motorcycle borne miscreants robbed~ 5.27 lakhs from a salesman of a local shopping mall ‘Easy Day’ here on Monday from the busy and the main road area.The salesman Harjit Singh reported the incident to the local city police station SHO Inspector Gurcharan Singh who said that the next step would be initiated after the completion of investigation. Harjit Singh, said that he was going to deposit the amount in the bank and kept the cash bag in the luggage box of the motorcycle. When he started the motorcycle one of the robbers pulled the cash bag from the luggage box of the motorcycle. His associate was waiting at the next step. Both fled away from the spot. The police party reached the spot very late. — OC No power, villagers feel the heat Lit up! Say facing 8 to 10-hour power cut during daytime every day for last 1 week Manmeet Singh Gill AAP ACTIVISTS BURN POWER BILLS AGAINST HIGH TARIFF IN PUNJAB Tribune News Service An illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Baisakhi in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Man escapes from police Petrol pump custody during Covid test robberies: Four arrested Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 12 A drug peddler, nabbed by the Lopoke police two days ago, escaped from police custody, when he was taken to the hospital for the mandatory Covid test. Ranjit Singh along with Sahib Singh, both residents of Chogawan, were arrested on late Saturday evening near Tapiala for allegedly possessing 12-gm heroin. They were booked under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act at Lopoke police station. On Sunday, both were brought to Bhai Dharam Singh memorial hospital located in the E-block of Ranjit Avenue for Covid test- The two drug peddlers were brought to Bhai Dharam Singh Memorial Hospital for mandatory Covid testing before being produced in court. ing before being produced in court and taking on police remand. Assistant SubInspector Angrej Singh said as he took Sahib to the doctor for testing, Ranjit pushed ASI Balraj Singh. As a result, he fell and the accused fled away. The police have registered a fresh case under Section 224 of the IPC against Ranjit at Ranjit Avenue police station and efforts were on to arrest him. Amritsar, April 12 The city police claimed to have busted the gang that was involved in different petrol pump robberies in Amritsar rural belt besides Tarn Taran areas. The police have though maintained a silence of their arrest so far, sources, however, revealed that the police have nabbed four robbers and their interrogation was underway. There has been a surge in the robbery incidents in the Amritsar district and Tarn Taran also. Amritsar rural police constituted special raiding parties led by DSPrank officials to nab the miscreants. — TNS Jeweller shot at in city for resisting robbers Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 12 Three armed persons shot at a jeweller in a failed robbery attempt at Fateh Singh Colony falling under Gate Hakima police station here on Monday. The victim was identified as Sahil (23), a resident of Gillwali Gate area, who has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment. The police officials reached the spot and continued on page 2 Amritsar, April 12 With a view to protecting wheat fields from burning, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has stopped supplying electricity to rural feeders during the daytime which is causing trouble to rural residents and their animals. Residents of many villages say that for the last one week, they have been witnessing power cut of around 8 to 10 hours during the daytime. “Power cut during the daytime causes a lot of trouble. People need electricity for water, fans and refrigerators,” said Hardev Singh, a resident of Chogawan. Rural residents say that for the past many years, PSPCL is adopting this method during the day. “The same method would be used till all wheat fields are harvested,” said another resident Joginder. Dry wheat stubble is highly The activists of Aam Aadmi Party burnt the copies of electricity bills at Lohgarh Chowk to protest against high electricity tariff in Punjab. Leading the protest, Ashok Talwar, joint secretary, AAP, Punjab, asked if Delhi, which does not have any electricity generation plant, can provide power at lowest price, then why can’t Punjab? Talwar said instead of providing any relief to consumers, the prices in the state were frequently increased. AAP has started a state-wide agitation on the issue of high electricity tariff, he said. “The government will be forced to reduce the prices of electricity, as it is burning holes in the pockets of common consumers,” he said. The party workers were exhorted to take the agitation to every village, every mohalla and every street. Raising slogans against the combustible and can catch fire from even a single spark. Every year many instances of state government, AAP leaders said workers would go door to door to collect information about the electricity bills. They said this would connect party workers with the masses. Those present on the occasion included Vikramjit Vicky, Mandeep Monga, Vijay Thakur, Ajay Noel and others. — TNS burning of crop are reported across the state. Residents complain that old and faulty transmission system is the reason behind such accidents but instead of rectifying the 7 succumb to virus, Gang of vehicle lifters busted 315 test +ve in dist 2 held, were ‘high on drugs’ | 2 accomplices also identified Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 12 With seven deaths reported by the Health Department in the last 24 hours, the toll increased to 769 in the district. The department also reported 315 new cases on Monday, with which the total count increased to 24,529. The deceased have been identified as Kashmir Singh (70), a resident of Fateh Singh Colony; Jagtar Singh (24) of Khanpur village; Shallu (66) of Nag Kalan village; Venus, a 71-year-old woman from Anmol Colony; Harjit Kaur (45) of Attari; Paramjit Kaur (65) of New Azad Nagar and Sukhwinder Kaur (55) of Dashmesh Nagar. The new cases include 227 influenza-like illness cases and 88 contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with the recovery of 280 patients, the total recovery count has increased to 20,609. At present, the district has a total of 3,151 active cases. 8,888 persons get the jab The district health authorities reported that 8,888 persons were given injections for Covid-19 on Monday. These include 7,678 persons who received the first dose of the vaccination and 1,210 who were given the second dose. Of the total 7,242 residents above 45-years of age, 121 continued on page 2 HELPLINE NUMBERS ■ City Control Room Numbers: COVIDUPDATE Cops investigate the crime scene at Fateh Singh Colony, where a jeweller was shot at in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO AAP activists burn the copies of electricity bills at Lohgarh Chowk to protest against high electricity tariff in Punjab. root of the problem, the power corporation has found this easy but troublesome method. Joginder Singh, a dairy farmer, said, “We need water for animals. We try to store as much as we can but still it is not sufficient.” He said power cuts during the daytime force them to clean the dairy premises and complete other chores at night. He said the electricity department should focus on upgrading its infrastructure instead of using such ad-hoc measures. An official of the power corporation on condition of anonymity said, “Apart from sparks caused due to a shortcircuit, the fields sometime catch fire due to sparks produced by friction of iron parts in agricultural machinery.” He said many times farmers approach them and ask them to stop power supply during the daytime. “Transmission lines need to be upgraded and higher-ups are aware of the situation,” he added. NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 315 24,529 7 769 280 20,609 3,151 c m y b 0183-2500398, 2500498, 2500598 ■ Health Dept 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 12 Hours after snatching a car from a Mohali resident from outside a private hospital on circular road on late Saturday night, the Tarn Taran police claimed to have arrested two persons with the car. They have been identified as Harmit Singh, alias Heera and Rashpal Singh, alias Pal, both residents of Algo Kalan village. Their accomplices Lovepreet Singh, alias Love, of Beharwal village; and Malkeet Singh of Tarn Taran, were also identified. Two of them reportedly have political links. Tarn Taran SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said they received a tip-off that the accused were roaming in the area with illegal weapons and the stolen car, following which a checkpoint was set up near Bhikhiwind area and the accused were nabbed. Preliminary probe revealed that the accused were high on drugs when arrested. The police were verifying their credentials. Police sources said Harmit had three criminal cases against him, while Rashpal had two. The accused in Tarn Taran police custody. TRIBUNE PHOTO IN A NUTSHELL The accused had snatched a car from Amritpal Singh, a resident of Mohali, on Saturday after injuring him with a sharp weapon outside a private hospital on circular road. The victim was sleeping in the car, as his newborn baby was admitted to the hospital. The accused had snatched a car from Amritpal Singh, a resident of Mohali, after injuring him with a sharp weapon outside a private hospital on circular road. The vic- tim was sleeping in the car, as his newborn was admitted to the hospital. He told the police that he works as a security guard and was stationed at a port in Dubai for the last six years. His wife Navneet Kaur had delivered a baby, but due to poor health of the newborn, he was admitted to the hospital. On Saturday night, he was taking a nap in his car, when three young men approached him and asked him to open the car’s door. As soon as he lowered the glass, continued on page 2
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