03052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/2/2021 10:34 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE SHORTAGE OF VACCINE LIKELY TO THROW A SPANNER IN DRIVE PAGE 2 Residents in the holy city blame Union Government’s insensitive attitude for the dwindling stock amid rising cases. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF MAN BOOKED FOR IMPERSONATION Tarn Taran: A man identified as Sanny Singh of Nim Wali Ghati, Goindwal Sahib, was booked for impersonation. He was nabbed by the Amritsar police five years ago in a fraud case, wherein he introduced himself as Sunny Singh. He was arrested by the police under the Excise Act in the name of Mohan. Later, the Patti police booked him in a theft case (Shamu). Dr Richa Agnihotri, SP (PIB), conducted the probe and found Sanny guilty. The accused has been booked under Section 420 of the IPC. The accused was on the run, police said. OC FARMER DIES OF HEART ATTACK Amritsar: Gurmel Singh (75) of Tolaenagal village, near Rajasansi, suffered a heart attack while coming back from the ongoing agitation at Singhu border on Sunday. Associated with the Kirti Kisan Union, Gurmel was heading back from the Delhi border. Dhanwant Singh Khatraikalan, district chief, KKU, said, “Earlier, Gurmel was a part of the jatha that had reached Delhi on November 26 and he came back after spending two months. It was his second visit.” Dhanwant said Gurmel had called his family on May 1 and expressed his wish to return citing uneasiness. “He started from Singhu at 4 am on Sunday and suffered a cardiac arrest when he reached near Rajasansi and passed away,” said Dhanwant. The farm union expressed grief over hsi demise. TNS CHEATING PLAINT AGAINST WIFE Tarn Taran: A resident of Jhander Mahapurkhan village has lodged a complaint against his wife. The accused has been identified as Navpreet Kaur, presently residing in Ontario (Canada), who originally belongs to Devidaspur village in Amritsar. Complainant, Tegbir Singh of Jhander Mahanpurkhan village, got married to Navpreet on December 23, 2015. Tegbir and Navpreet both wanted to settle abroad. Navpreet did her IELTS after marriage and went to Canada. Tegbir said she used to communicate with him after going to Canada but denied to establish contact with him during the last five years. Tegbir said she was to invite him to Canada after settling there. Tegbir said he paid ~8.5 lakh to his wife for clearing IELTS and to settle in Canada. The Goindwal Sahib police have registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC. OC CONSTABLE LOSES JOB,COURTESY MOM Tarn Taran: Constable Gurjinder Kaur, daughter of former SAD leader Jaswinder Kaur Jassi, was removed from her service by the district police on Sunday. Jaswinder was arrested by the STF, Ludhiana range, from her home in Chambal village with 1.2 kg heroin nearly two weeks ago. Gurjinder’s father had died a few years ago. The police took serious note of the incident as residing with her mother in Chambal village, Gurjinder was well aware of her mother’s activities. She was posted at Chohla Sahib police station. After Jaswinder’s arrest, the district police had sent her to the Police Lines and initiated departmental inquiry. On the findings, SSP Dhruman H Nimbale removed Gurjinder from her services from Sunday. OC PAGE 3 AAMIR IN LADAKH TO SHOOT FOR LAAL SINGH CHADDHA Aamir Khan reached Ladakh on Sunday to shoot the action sequences of his upcoming film Laal Singh Chaddha. MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:12 PM MADHURI DIXIT LAUNCHES #UNITEDBYDANCE INITIATIVE PAGE 4 Madhuri’s online dance academy has come up with a unique idea to keep audiences occupied and entertained. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:42 AM MONDAY | 3 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR Dist reports 15 deaths, 394 new infections Tribune News Service HELPLINE FOR COVID PATIENTS Amritsar, May 2 With 15 more deaths due to Covid-19 in the last 24-hours, the district death toll reached 985 on Sunday. The district health authorities have also reported 344 fresh positive cases with which the total count increased to 33,081. The new cases include 246 influenza-like illness cases and 98 contacts of positive patients. Meanwhile, with the recovery of 460 patients, the recovery count increased to 27,086. The district, at present, has a total of 5,010 active cases. The district health authorities reported that a total of 2,505 residents were given injections on Sunday. The officials said 24,023 healthcare workers, 38,402 frontline workers and 1,76,762 residents above 45 years have been given the first dose till date. Meanwhile, 13,281 healthcare workers, 13,994 frontline workers and 25,635 residents above 45 years have been given the second dose. ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, 0183- COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 344 TOTAL CASES 33,081 NEW DEATHS 15 TOTAL DEATHS 985 NEW RECOVERY 460 TOTAL RECOVERY 27,086 ACTIVE 5,010 2500498, 0183-2500598, 01832500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ 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) WARRIORS WHO LOST THEIR BATTLE TO COVID The deceased have been identified as Kailash Devi (65), a resident of Panj Peer area; Manju (35) of Chungi Mandir (Sultanwind Road); Surinder Kumar (69) of New Jawahar Nagar; Suresh Kumar (67) of Gopal Nagar; Renu (50) of Bhagtanwala; Pushpa Rani (60) of Chabhal Road; Raj Rani (60) of Indira Colony; Pritpal Singh (73) of Albert Road; Ram Gopal (76) of Shashtri Nagar; Lachman Singh (55) of Akal Sahai Avenue; Sheetal (33) of Old Jail Road (Ranjit Avenue); Balbir Singh (61) of Friends Avenue; Kanta (64) of Vijay Nagar; Balwinder Kaur (62) of Harkrishan Nagar and Satish Kumar (50) of Ram Avenue. 4 die, 38 +ve in Tarn Taran Four Covid-19 infected persons died in the district taking the death toll to 220. The Health Department said 38 persons tested positive in the district on Sunday, taking the tally of active cases to 949 in the district. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 693 persons were given the jab today with which the number of total vaccinated persons had gone to 95,791. — OC Panic-stricken, residents now following all rules Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 2 Contrary to last year’s lockdown, residents are taking the weekend lockdown more seriously in the city now. Reason: High death toll during the second wave of Covid-19, which has made people more conscious about the pandemic and they are following restrictions without police surveillance in the city. It has been observed that most of time, there was no police movement on most of the roads, but markets were closed and roads were deserted. During a visit to various areas of the city, it has been observed that the residents preferred staying inside. From Golden Gate to Putlighar Chowk, there was no barricading or police checkpoint till Sunday afternoon, but only a few people, who were involved in some essential services, were out on roads. Scorching heat is also one Increasing casualties, shortage of O2 cylinders and non-availability of vaccination causing fear SELF-POLICING? A road wears a deserted look without any police surveillance in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR of the reasons that residents were not seen going out, but the higher number of casualties, shortage of oxygen cylinders and non-availability of vaccination has also caused panic among residents about the pandemic. Jatin Kumar, a delivery boy with a food chain, said: “Last year, the police used force to keep people inside. Now, they seem lenient but the public is more conscious about their health. It is panic of the sec- ond wave of Covid-19 that people are avoiding sitting in restaurants and organising parties. It is good for society as the health system of the country is already unable to tackle the pandemic.” “People don’t dread the virus but the poor health system. The oxygen is a basic thing which should be available to everyone, but hundreds of people have lost their lives owing to non-availability of oxygen support. The government postponed its vaccination drive due to its shortage. So, people are preferring staying indoors rather than struggling to get a hospital bed,” said Kuljeet Singh, a resident. However, the government has also exempted several services from the weekend lockdown and the construction and industrial labourers were allowed to work. Gurpreet, a painter, said: “People from low economic groups are major victims of weekend lockdown. They lose their daily wages due to restrictions. Otherwise, the middle class, service class, businessmen and well-off people enjoy the weekend during lockdown. Daily income is a major concern for workers for their livelihood. The government can’t impose more restrictions without showing concern for the livelihood of poor people. Everyone fears Covid but the circumstances don’t allow every person to stay at home.” Rickshaw pullers, three-wheeler drivers Marriage biz drawing a blank struggling to make both ends meet Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 2 The income of rickshaw pullers and auto drivers has drastically come down due to the weekend lockdown and daily imposition of curfew from 6 pm. They said they were struggling hard to make both ends meet in these extremely tough circumstances. Yog Raj, a rickshaw puller, says they wait for customers amid scorching heat as very few people are out. “Customers prefer going out in the evening, but all of us have to return home around 5:30 pm. Our visibility on roads after 6 pm will immediately earn the ire of constables’ batons.” In this situation, he returns home with a meagre earning. “These days we are taking home only ~100 or ~120 every day, which is not enough. Many of us do not even own A rickshaw-puller sits idle on a hot Sunday afternoon as there’s no customer. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, May 2 People associated with marriage business said they have once again drawn a blank from the promising marriage season, which began on April 18 and will conclude on May 15. Thanks to intensive restrictions such as no gathering above 20 persons, imposition of daily curfew at 6 pm and two-day weekend curfew imposed in the wake of the rising positive cases. A rough estimate suggests that the business amounting to crores was not taking place and thousands of daily wagers associated with the wedding industry have exhausted their earnings as well. A wedding offers employment to 100 to 150 people such as band players, waiters, electricians, photographers, videographers, DJ, florists, decorators, security guards, caterers, cooks and taxi operators among others. It is that time when vegetables, fruits, dairy products, poultry, spices and other eatables are bought in bulk, giving the much needed boost to the sales and impetus in the market. Happy Narula, president of the Amritsar Tent Association, said: “At least 5,000 marriages were scheduled during the undergoing wedding season and 90 per cent of these are being performed in a simple way and being attended by 20 persons as per the directions of the government.” He said a major portion of these marriages were originally scheduled last year. However, due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown and Restrictions such as no gathering above 20 persons, imposition of daily curfew and weekend curfew to blame restrictions thereof, these were postponed. Finally, these were held in a simple way denying earning opportunities to over 30 professions associated with the wedding business and hundreds of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled daily wagers. Ranjit Singh, a resort owner, said: “After harvesting of crops, marriage functions propel the economic activity ensuring sales across segments such as jewellery, clothing, cosmetics, different wares, domestic and electrical gadgets apart from a plethora of things.” Ranjit, who is also the president of Amritsar Resorts’ Welfare Association, said the citybased wedding industry suffered a loss of around ~150 crore with the cancellation and simple marriages this time. He sought that the government must allow gatherings as per the area of a resort and one-rule-for-all like 20 people in a wedding was not justified. rickshaws, so we hire one on rent for ~30 per day. Hence, we have to shell out that amount as well from our daily earnings, which hardly leaves anything for us,” he said. Gurmukh Singh, a 43-yearold three-wheeler driver, said; continued on page 2 Taxpaymentthrough cheques? No more! Seven-year-old boy ‘denied’ treatment, dies Major haul: 390-litre illicit liquor seized, 5 held tia said: “As per the directions of the MC Commissioner, the Amritsar, May 2 employees at citizen facilitaAfter several cheques were tion centre (CFC) have been dishonored, the Municipal asked not to accept any payCorporation has decided not ment of tax through cheques. to accept payment of property In some special cases, the tax through cheques. superintendents were asked However, some months ago, to get permission from the MC Commissioner commissioner. There Komal Mittal had Decision taken are several other already instructed zonmodes of payments. al superintendents not as cheques The online payment to accept payment of amounting to is easy and hassletax through cheques. ~24.5L were free. We are motivatBut under pressure of dishonoured ing taxpayers to adopt recovering tax, superinthe online payment tendents accepted mode to avoid any cheques of several tax payers till inconvenience.” March 31. According to informaThe nodal officer for propertion, cheques amounting to ~24.5 ty tax issued 16 notices to lakh were again dishonored. Ear- those property owners, whose lier, around 150 cheques were cheques were dishonoured on dishonored last year. Friday. The MC has asked Now, the MC has decided to property owners to respond to curb the practice and restrict the notice within three worktax payment through cheques. ing days otherwise further MC secretary Sushant Bha- action would be taken. Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Tarn Taran, May 2 Jugrajpreet Singh, a 7-yearold boy of Kajikot Road, died reportedly due to the lack of proper medical treatment during the wee hours on Sunday. His uncle Angrej Singh said around 12 am Jugrajpreet complained of severe headache. He said the child was rushed to a nearby private hospital and somehow managed to get treatment from a lady doctor who asked them to visit again in the morning. He said as Jugrajpreet didn’t got any relief, they again went to the private hospital, but their staff denied entry to them. Angrej said they rushed the child to the Civil Hospital where Jugrajpreet was put on oxygen, but he succumbed. Family members of the deceased demanded probe in the matter. c m y b Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 2 In yet another major haul of illicit liquor, the Amritsar rural police on Sunday busted eight illegal working stills. The police nabbed five bootleggers, identified as Sarwan Singh, Angrez Singh, Sanjay, Avtar Singh and Resham Singh, all residents of Boparai Khurd village falling under the Lopoke police station here. The police confiscated 1.18 lakh kg of lahan (raw material for brewing illicit liquor) besides 390 litres of illicit liquor during the raid. The police also seized 95 drums of 50 litre capacity each, four LPG gas cylinders and 20 tarpaulins from the spot. This is the seventh illicit liquor bust in the past two months. SSP Amritsar rural Dhruv Dahiya said that there were specific inputs regarding illegal manufacturing of liquor in the village. “After recce, police teams led by ASP 1.18 lakh-kg lahan also confiscated 7TH UNIT BUSTED This is the 7th such illicit liquor manufacturing unit busted by the Amritsar rural police in the last two months, which led to the arrest of as many as 38 bootleggers so far. The police have seized 7,54,100-kg lahan, 4061.25 litres of illicit liquor, 57 working stills, 1,830 kg jaggery, 297 drums, 78 tarpaulins, 43 gas cylinders, four water tanks, 62 cans and six motorcycles in these The illicit liquor and lahan seized by the Amritsar rural police from seven operations since March 1. Boparai Khurd village, near Amritsar, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Majitha Abhimanyu Rana and DSP Gurinder Nagra, DSP Sukhraj Singh and DSP Gupartap Singh Sahota, raided the village and during six hour long operation, it unearthed large scale illegal manufacturing,” he said. “The police undertook detailed geographical mapping exercise of the produc- tion and supply chains of all illicit liquor units busted by the police in past two months while we are also scrutinising the assets of the accused persons to establish their network of financial flows in order to smash the entire network,” the SSP said. He added the police were investigating the case from various angles and more such illegal liquor making units were expected to be unearthed soon. A case under Sections 61, 78 (2), 1 and 14 of the Excise Act at the Lopoke police station and the process to forfeit the properties of the accused persons, as per the legal provisions, is underway.
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