18042021-JTR-01.qxd 17-04-2021 23:28 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE TARPAULIN SHEETS PROVIDED AT ALL PURCHASE CENTRES PAGE 2 The administration has provided tarpaulins at the grain markets to cover heaps of crops brought by farmers. FORECAST RAIN/ THUNDERSHOWERS ROMANCING PAST WITH CELEBS ON WORLD HERITAGE DAY PAGE 3 There is something majestic about a place which has witnessed history. Celebs tell us about their fascination. MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:58 PM I AM A GOOD LISTENER, SAYS RAMANDEEP KAUR DHILLON PAGE 4 First runner-up of MTV Roadies season 10, has a passion for bikes, which made her face of Royal Enfield’s campaign. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:54 AM 30-year-old biker run over by train ‘Aakhri Umeed’ to cremate Covid victims Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 17 A bike-borne man was run over by a train here on Saturday morning. The incident happened at the Sodal railway crossing at around 9 am. As per the report, the deceased, identified as Gurmail (30), was trying to cross the manned railway crossing on his bike. ASI Hira Lal, investigation officer, Government Railway Police, who reached the spot after the incident, said, “When the victim was crossing the railways tracks, he failed to see the train coming from the opposite direction. Eyewitnesses and the gateman also tried to alert the man when he bent down to cross the railway crossing, but to no avail. After checking the body, we discovered that he was wearing the earphones when the train hit him. He couldn’t even hear the horn of the train.” A resident of Nangal Salempur, Gurmail was run over by the AmritsarMumbai Paschim Delux (2926) train. The train stopped immediately after dragging him nearly 500m with his bike. He suffered injuries on his head and face and suffered multiple fractures. “The victim is survived by four children and his wife. His identity was traced after the police used his Sim card to call his family. The Government Railway Police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in the matter,” added Hira Singh. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem. Jalandhar, April 17 A city-based NGO under the banner of “Aakhri Umeed Welfare Society” is providing free of cost assistance for cremating bodies of persons who die of Covid. In the recent past, there have been incidents where due to the virus scare, kin of the deceased do not come forward to cremate the bodies of the victims. A team of 15-20 members of the NGO has been lending its helping hand to perform the last rites of such persons since last year. Diler Singh, a volunteer, said owing to a huge spike in number of infections and deaths due to the virus, people had become panicky and the kin of persons who had lost their lives to Covid were SUNDAY | 18 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Hoshiarpur resident dies in Indianapolis firing incident Hoshiarpur, April 17 Seventyone-year-old Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Kotla Naudh Singh village in the district, on Thursday was killed in a shooting incident in Indianapolis, US. According to the information received, Jaswinder Singh (see pic) had gone to the US with his son Gurvinder Singh. According to the deceased’s kin, having bored of staying at home there, Jaswinder had started working at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis a week ago. On Thursday, he went to the FedEx facility to get the cheque of his first salary. He was excited about getting his first salary cheque. While he was there, a former Fed-Ex employee fired indiscriminately there and Jaswinder was killed on the spot. Jatinder Singh, the younger son of the deceased, said on Saturday morning his elder brother Gurvinder informed the family about the death of his father in the said shooting on the phone. In the incident, a young man fired indiscriminately in Indianapolis, killing eight persons, out of which four were of Punjabi origin, including Jaswinder Singh. As soon as villagers came to know about Jaswinder Singh’s death at his ancestral village here, a large number of villagers and local residents started coming to his house to express condolences. — OC NGO selflessly performing last rites |Also providing PPE kits to kin of the deceased INCREASING TOLL MOUNTS PRESSURE ON HOSPITAL STAFF With the surge in Covid fatalities, (215 last month and 90 in the last 16 days), the pressure to handle bodies of Covid patients has also gone up. Dr Kamraj, in-charge, Civil Hospital morgue, said: "Owing to the surge, we had to increase the staff. The bodies need to be sanitised completely and packed in two layers before cremation. Before handing over the bodies, PPE kits were also given to the family members as a mandatory safety protocol." found hesitating to perform their last rites. “Besides, in some cases when the administration came forward for the purpose, some locals had also been found restricting them from cremating the bodies of Covid victims,” he said. Founded by its president Jatinder Singh, the NGO operates from Babreek Chowk, near Football Chowk, and the voluteers do not draw any salary. The family members attending the funeral of Covid-hit are also given free PPE kits. Whereas, as per reports, some private hospitals have been charging family members of the deceased ~8,000-10,000 for making arrangements for cremation of Covid patients. “Initially our volunteers found the task hard and at times we ourselves used to get scared, but fortunately, none of us caught the virus. Last year, we even cremated six to eight bodies in a day and in the second phase of the outbreak, the maximum number of cremations went up to five only,” said Diler Singh. EDU MINISTER RAMESH POKHRIYAL ADDRESSES INT’L CONFERENCE PG 2 District logs 4 deaths, Passengers to be tested at 449 new infections railway station from now on Tribune News Service Two deaths reported in Kapurthala, 149 +ve Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 17 With 449 persons testing positive for Covid, the district tally reached 36,280 in Jalandhar on Saturday. Of these 449, as many as 39 belong to other districts. Four people also died of Covid in the district, taking the death toll to 1,010. While 32,076 people have been discharged so far, there are 3,194 active cases in the district. Meanwhile in Kapurthala, 149 persons tested positive for Covid on Saturday taking the district tally to 10,852 cases. Two deaths were also reported in Kapurthala. The deceased include a 65-yearold woman, resident of Sarai Jatta village, who died at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar and a 68-year-old woman resident of Kala Sanghian, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. Hoshiarpur logs four deaths, 284 +ve cases With the arrival of 284 new positive patients, the tally of continued on page 2 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 449 36,280 4 1,010 460 32,076 3,194 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Dist Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ Jalandhar, April 17 In the wake of rising Covid cases across the district, the district administration on Saturday started the Covid testing drive at the city railway station. A team of doctors and nurses will remain seated at the entrance of the station to monitor passengers coming in and out of the city. Now onwards, passengers will have to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test at the station. The drive was initiated to trace Covid positive individuals. Moreover, the staff and workers at the railway station were also asked to get their RT-PCR tests done. Nearly 66 trains are running from the city railway station at present. Hence, it has become the need of the hour to keep a tab on the health status of passengers. “Those who test positive will be asked to isolate themselves. Mobile numbers and other contact details of patients are being registered to trace them. The details of their tests will be sent on their registered mobile num- Passengers being tested at the Jalandhar railway station. TRIBUNE PHOTO bers,” Deepti Bains, conducting the Covind tests at the station, said. Apart from intensified Covid testing, the Indian Railways on Saturday also announced that it would impose a fine of up to ~500 on passengers for not wearing face masks on the railway premises or during travel in trains for a period of six months, said Vikas Jaitley, an official. intensified Those who ❝be asked totest positive ❝Apart fromthe Indian Covid testing, will isolate themselves. Mobile numbers and other contact details of patients are being registered to trace them. The details of their tests will be sent on their registered mobile numbers. Deepti Bains, Railways on Saturday also announced that it would impose a fine of up to ~500 on passengers for not wearing face masks on the railway premises or during travel in trains for a period of six months CONDUCTING THE COVIND TESTS AT THE STATION Vikas Jaitley, AN OFFICIAL ❞ ❞ Minors accuse SHO of extortion 48K ltrs lahan destroyed, 250 Say father framed in false case; police say several cases filed against him Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 17 Two minor children have made some serious allegations against Bholath SHO Amandeep Kaur. The children, who are siblings (aged 15 and 16), alleged that the SHO extorted ~1,86,000 from them and framed their father in a false drugs case. The Kapurthala SSP has marked an inquiry into the case. Addressing mediapersons here on Thursday, the siblings alleged that on March 25, the SHO came to their house at Khassan village in Bholath on the pretext of making a search regarding a drug-related case against her father but took away Rs 86,000 which was kept in the house at that time. They said the money was to be spent on their father’s treatment. Gurvinder Kaur and her brother Anmol Singh interact with mediapersons in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO They alleged an additional Rs 1 lakh was also given to the SHO at her insistence. Gurvinder Kaur (16), a student of Class XI, alleged, “The SHO came to our house on March 25. While she kept saying she had to conduct a search we kept asking her for the reason. On asking that senior members of the village should have been brought along with her, she slapped me. She searched the entire house, asked for the almirah keys and took away Rs 80,000 lying in the almirah and Rs 6,000 under my pillow. These were meant for my father’s treatment.” Gurvinder said earlier her father had been booked in a drugs case and had been taking injectibles previously. At c m y b present, he was indisposed and bed-ridden. She said, “My father was suffering from a severe knee problem for which he was operated upon. My mother died in May last year after which he was left bed-ridden. He couldn’t even go to bathroom and kept a bucket with him. We were keeping this money for his treatment. The SHO sought Rs 1 lakh from us to release our father. She said if we would give her Rs 86,000 house money and an additional Rs 1 lakh, they would let him go but they didn’t. Rather we withdrew Rs 1,10,000 more from bank and gave her Rs 1 lakh of that. Despite this, our father was taken to the police station that day and a case was lodged against him and he was arrested. When we continued on page 2 bottles of illicit liquor seized OPERATION RED ROSE Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 17 In a crackdown against bootlegging and smuggling of illicit liquor, joint teams of the Jalandhar and Ludhiana Excise Department launched Operation Red Rose and raided various hideouts along the Sutlej on Friday. The teams succeeded in destroying 48,000 litres of lahan and seized 250 bottles of illicit liquor, 10 iron drums, plastic tarpaulins, rubber tubes and other utensils. Giving more details, Assistant Commissioner (Excise), Jalandhar, Harsimrat Kaur Grewal said under the zero tolerance policy against the illicit liquor trade, teams of Joint teams of Jalandhar and Ludhiana Excise Department conduct raids at various hideouts alongside the Sutlej. the Excise Department conducted raids along the Sutlej and subsequently seized and destroyed a huge amount of lahan and illicit liquor. She said officials of both districts conducted raids in the Sidhwa Bait area falling in both sides of the river including Akuwal, Chandigarh Dia Channa, Behran, Thali Dia Channa, Gorsian Khan Muhammad and continued on page 2
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