22052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/21/2021 11:10 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 FREE TREATMENT FOR BLACK FUNGUS PATIENTS IN CITY Doctors from private hospitals have joined hands under the banner of Amritsar-based ‘Muskaan Trust’. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 2,480-KG LAHAN SEIZED, 4 BOOKED Tarn Taran: A joint team of the police and Excise Department under ‘Operation Red Rose’ conducted a raid in three villages of the area and seized 2,480 kg of lahan and a working still. The police booked four persons in this connection. The officials destroyed the lahan on the spot. Navjot Bharti, Excise Officer, said the search operation was conducted in Chambal, Naushehra Pannuan and Bhalojla villages. The team led by Jatinder Singh, Excise Inspector, found 2,000 kg of lahan lying unclaimed in Bhalojla village. Navjot Bharti said 250 kg of lahan was seized from the house of Gurpreet Singh and Gurmukh Singh of Chambal village. The same team led by Parshotam Pathania, Excise Inspector, seized 230 kg of lahan and a working still from the house of Amarjit Singh and Avtar Singh of Naushehra Pannuan village falling under the Sarhali police station. OC MINOR GIRL RAPED, YOUTH BOOKED Amritsar: A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth at Tanel village falling under the Mattewal police station here on Wednesday. The incident came to light when a complaint was lodged with the police on Thursday. The police have registered a case against the accused, identified as Harman Singh of the same village. The victim’s mother told the police that on Wednesday, the accused took her daughter along saying that his sister Baljit Kaur was calling her. She said as her daughter did not return home, she went to her friend’s house and found the gate bolted from inside. She said when the gate was pushed open by her, Harman Singh fled from the house. She said the accused raped her daughter. The police said a case under Section 376 of the IPC and Section 6 of the POCSO Act had been registered and raids were on to nab the suspect. The medical examination of the victim was also conducted. TNS ROW OVER HORSE: NIHANG KILLED Tarn Taran: A Nihang was killed by his fellow (Nihang) on the premises of Dera Baba Bidhi Chand at Sursing village late Thursday evening with a sharpedged weapon. The vicitm, Karamjit Singh (19), who was a resident of Jalandhar, was offered to the Sect by his parents since childhood. The accused has been identified as Surjit Singh of Sakhira (Tarn Taran). He has been arrested by the Kacha Pakka police. Bhikhiwind Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajbir Singh said Surjit was angry with Karamjit as the latter had not given his horse to the former. The accused used sickle to attack Karamjit, who died on the spot, said the Deputy Superintendent of Police. The police have registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against Surjit. The Deputy Superintendent of Police said the accused who fled away from the spot was arrested within hours of the incident and they recovered the sickle used in the crime. OC PAGE 3 MOUNI ROY CONTRIBUTES TO ISKCON FOR MEDICAL FACILITIES SURESH MUKUND WINS TITLE OF WORLD CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS The actress spoke about people of Mayapur, a small town in WB who were suffering due to lack of medical facilities. MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:24 PM PAGE 4 Emmy Award-nominated choreographer Suresh Mukund has won the World Choreography Award for World of Dance. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:29 AM SATURDAY | 22 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR Nine die, 260 test +ve in dist Patient dies, kin allege Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 21 The district health authorities on Friday reported the death of nine persons due to Covid-19, pushing the toll to 1,290. Besides, there is no letup in the number of rising positive cases as the district witnessed 260 fresh cases, taking the tally to 42,114. Of the new cases, 183 are influenza-like illness (ILI) cases and 77 are contacts of positive patients. The authorities reported the recovery of 423 patients with which the recovery count improved to 36,399. The district has at present 4,425 active cases. The report of two positive cases from the wholesale vegetable and fruit market has created a panic among traders and vendors. The district administration has warned strict action against those hospitals which were overcharging Covid-19 patients during their treatment. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira on Friday said if a hospital or a doctor exploited any patient, the district administration would be forced to take strict action against them under the Epidemic Diseases Act. The government was empowered to shut the hospital or take control over the hospital. He said complaints were pouring in that private hospitals were fleecing patients by charging above the rates fixed by the government. Khaira clarified that all private hospitals should not take advantage of any patient’s compulsion failing which the government would be left with no other option but to take punitive action against the defaulting hospital. He said most of the government and private doctors and paramedical staff had set a good example of serving the people during these difficult times, but there were some black sheep in the system who were cheating people. He said the state and district-level committees would soon conduct a detailed audit of the treatment of Covid-19 patients done by private hospitals. Overcharging patients: Hospitals under radar Our Correspondent Tarn Taran , May 21 The district administration on Friday warned private hospitals to stop overcharging Covid-19 patients. Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said if a hospital or a doctor exploits any Covid patient, the district administration would be forced to take very stringent action against them under the Epidemic Diseases Act and and the hospitals would be closed. He said, “Paramedics have set a good example by serving masses during these difficult times wholeheartedly, but there are some black sheep in the system who are cheating people by taking undue advantage of the situation.” The Deputy Commissioner said it was unfortunate that such people were denting the image of the entire profession. He warned nefarious elements to stop the misconduct with immediate effect or else be prepared to face stern action. He informed that the state and district-level committee would soon conduct a detailed audit of the treatment offered to positve patients by private hospitals. Anyone can file a complaint on the 104 helpline number of the Health Department and at the disruption of O2 supply Have buffer stock of 2 days: Hospital management ❝aParamedics have set good example by serving masses during these difficult times wholeheartedly, but there are some black sheep in the system who are cheating people by taking undue advantage of the situation. ❞ Kulwant Singh, DC, TARN TARAN Deputy Commissioner’s office, he said. Five succumb to virus, 54 test positive in Tarn Taran The policemen and hospital authorities try to pacify family members of the vicitm (inset) on Friday. The district health authorities reported five Covid-19 related deaths in Tarn Taran on Friday. With this, the toll increased to 275. The deceased include Neeraj (54), Joginder Kaur (55), Surjit Kaur (50), Jagir Kaur (55) and Harinder Kaur (60). The health authorities reported 54 positive cases today and the active cases increased to 666 in the district. A total of 422 persons have been isolated at their homes so far. The District Health Department collected 1,556 swab samples today. The authorities have inoculated 1,19,539 beneficiaries in the district to date. Neeraj Bagga authorities, which immediately swung into action.” “On Thursday, they put up an oxygen mask on Anita. How can a person inhale when the mask is on and oxygen turned off?” said Sharma. He alleged that body of the deceased was moved out of the hospital without knowledge of the family members. Kin claimed that they were told that Anita was in a good condition in the morning and she was declared dead at night. Another person, Vikramjeet Singh, also alleged that his mother Narinder Kaur had passed away due to the negligence of the hospital staff on October 1, 2020. He said his complaint against the hospital was lying with the Civil Surgeon. Dr Varun Sharma, Anesthesiologist, Karam Singh Memorial Hospital, refuted the allegations and said there was no shortage of oxygen and they were having a two-day buffer stock in the hospital. He said the patient was shifted from the Military Hospital in a critical condition and due to quality medical care she managed to survive so long. ACP (North) Sarbjit Singh Bajwa said the police team was at the spot to the maintain law and order. He said the police would not investigate the matter as it pertains to the Health Department. City-based dairy owner, brother Big haul: 11 mobile phones, booked for culpable homicide opium seized in Central Jail Youth ‘murder’ case: Two more accused held HELPLINE FOR PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 260 TOTAL CASES 42,114 NEW DEATHS 9 TOTAL DEATHS 1,290 NEW RECOVERY 423 TOTAL RECOVERY 36,399 ACTIVE 4,425 0183-2500498, 0183-2500598, 0183-2500698, 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) Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 21 The police have booked a dairy owner and his brother on the charge of culpable homicide after they forced his worker to enter a chocked gutter to clean it. The victim, identified as Shashi Kumar, a resident of Kirpal Colony, Tung Bala, on Majitha Road, died after he inhaled poisonous gas in the gutter. The incident occurred on May 14. Those booked were identified as Harpal Singh, alias Bhalla, and Dilbagh Singh, alias Bagga, of Ram Nagar Colony on Majitha Road. A case under Sections 304 and 34 of the IPC and Section 3(1)(J) of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has been registered against the accused. The police said raids were on to nab the culprits. In his complaint to the police, Kulwant Singh, alias Baba, told the police that Shashi Kumar had been working at the dairy for last eight years. Kulwant said on May 14, Shashi had called him to his place as the sewer of Harpal Singh’s dairy was chocked and required desilting. He said he had also entered the gutter but came out of it without cleaning it. Then the accused took Shashi for cleaning the gutter on the main road (Majitha Road). He said as the gutter was deep, he refused to clean it. He said later the accused forced him to clean the gutter, but he refused again. However, the duo allegedly forced him due to which he fell into the gutter. Owing to poison- ous gases, Shashi got unconscious. On seeing this, they fled from the spot. Shashi was admitted to hospital where doctors declared him dead. It was alleged that the accused on the pretext of helping the victim’s family tried to influence them for not filing any police complaint. On this assurance, they cremated the body, but now they refused to compensate the family. They alleged as the victim belonged to the SC community, therefore he was forced to clean the gutter. He died due to negligence of the two accused, so a case had been registered against them. ASI Kulwant Singh, investigating officer in the case, said further investigation was under progress while raids were on to trace the two suspects. Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 21 Family members of a patient who succumbed to Covid-19 alleged disruption of oxygen supply and created ruckus at Karam Singh Memorial Hospital. The vicitm, Anita Sharma (50), lost battle to the virus on Thursday night. Jagdish Chand Sharma alleged that his wife Anita died due to lack of oxygen supply and negligence on the part of medical staff of the hospital. “I got her admitted to the hospital on May 12. My daughter checked the supply of oxygen and found it turned off. Following this, we approached the hospital Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 21 Prohibited material, including cellphones continue to be sneaked inside the high security Amritsar Central Jail. In the last two days, the jail authorities confiscated 11 mobile phones, out of which five were recovered from prisoners while remaining were unclaimed. Besides the authorities also confiscated 80-gm opium from a prisoner who has been identified as Jagdeep Singh, alias Jaggu, of Tarn Taran. He was lodged in the deaddiction centre’s barrack inside the jail complex. The staff also seized a mobile from his possession. Avtar Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Amritsar Central Jail, said two mobile phones were found from Inmate booked for assaulting his fellow prisoner in jail washrooms of the same barrack. Similarly, four cellphones were recovered from backside of the langar building. The phones were wrapped in a polythene, which was hidden in the sand. On Thursday, the jail authorities had recovered from mobile phones from four prisoners, who had been identified as Jobanjit Singh alias Billa, Rohit Joshi, Akash and Kashish Duggal. This seizure was also made in the barrack number 1 of the de-addiction centre. Meanwhile, Sanjay Kumar (an inmate) of Indira colony, was booked for allegedly assaulting another prisoner Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi. They were lodged in room number 1 of barrack number 3. Gopi was injured in the attack while the jail staff recovered a sharp-edged weapon from his possession. Separate cases have been registered in this connection. The Amritsar Central Jail authorities said there has been zero tolerance against sneaking of prohibited material inside the jail. Seizure of mobile phones have been regular inside the jail even as paramilitary forces among other security arrangements were in place. The jail officials on condition of anonymity said there has been some flaw in the construction of prison as its located in a densely populated area. Tarn Taran, May 21 The police have arrested two more accused in connection with the murder of a 17-yearold youth, Jugraj Singh of Gharka village, on July 28 last year. The accused, who were arrested on Friday, have been identified as Ranjodh Singh Yodha of Burj Poolha and Arashdeep Singh of Burj Deva Singh. One of the accused, Ghachu of Gharka, was still at large, said the SSP . The victim was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his village. The Chohla Sahib police had registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC, but the police failed to resolve it. SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said Harmanpreet Singh Joban, Harmanpreet Singh Dana, Jashanjit Singh Jashan and Resham Singh were arrested on May 8. — OC Rain washes away tall claims of civic body F&CC gives nod to Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 21 Despite tall claims, the Municipal Corporation Amritsar failed to re-carpet several major roads, which have been lying in a pathetic state in the city. Moreover, instead of re-carpeting, patchwork was carried out on several major roads of the city which also turned out to be a shoddy exercise because of the sub-standard material used during the process. Not only this, the loose gravel also A commuter navigates on a bad road in Amritsar on Friday. c m y b got scattered on roads, leading to fatal accidents. Last week, MC conducted patchwork on Sultanwind road and Sau futti (100ft) road. Ironically, with the first rain, the substandard material came off the surface and the gravel got scattered on the road. Some of the accidents were also reported due to stones scattered on the road. It is worth mentioning here that Mayor Karmajit Singh Rintu had claimed that MC had spent Rs13 crore on roads and proposed to spend more than Rs 60 crore on city roads and streets. However, the road projects announced last year are still pending. On Tuesday, a local resident Gurmeet Singh volunteered to fill pits on the stretch between Naraingarh to Chheharta on the GT road after losing his kin, Parminder Kaur (wife of his brother) in one such accident on May 15. Four deaths due to accidents on potholed roads failed to move the Public Work Department to re-carpet the road. continued on page 2 works worth ~19 cr Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 21 A meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation was held here where development works worth Rs 19 crore were unanimously approved. These development works include civil, operation and maintenance (O&M), beautification of parks, re-carpeting of roads and patchwork, de-silting of sewerage in various areas, development work in all wards and strengthening of the infrastructure. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu. MC Commissioner Komal Mittal, Senior Deputy Mayor Raman Bakshi, Deputy Mayor Yunus Kumar and Councillor Gurjit Kaur were also present in the meeting. Apart from this, proposals continued on page 2
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