12062021-ATR-01.qxd 6/11/2021 11:18 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE CARRY OUT REGULAR CLEANING OF SEWER LINES, SAYS MAYOR Several wards of the North and East Amritsar Assembly segment have been complaining of faulty sewerage. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 2 AYUSHMANN’S MESSAGE ON DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR MAX 36°C | MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 31°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:36 PM SAD (SANYUKT) OFFICE-BEARERS Tarn Taran: Jathedar Ranjit Singh Brahampura, patron, SAD (Sanyukt), has condemned Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for not punishing the guilty of sacrilege incidents held during the SAD regime. Jathedar Brahampura, while addressing a meeting of the party workers in Brahampura village on Friday, called upon the people to come forward and form fourth political front to give good governance in the state. He condemned the state government for not fulfilling the promises made to the people at the time of election. SGPC member Balwinder Singh Vein Poin was appointed vice-president of the party, while other office-bearers of the party were also appointed on the occasion. OC PAK PRISONER DIES OF ILLNESS Amritsar: A Pakistani prisoner identified as Bakhu Ali of Dhahjahan in Kala Pathar (Punjab) died of illness here on Thursday. Ali was recuperating at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. According to jail officials, Ali was mentally unsound. He had inadvertantly crossed over to India in 2019 and was currently facing trial. He was admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital a few days ago. The police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this regard. TNS Singer Shabbir Kumar will be seen on Indian Idol stage this weekend and the episode is themed as India Ki Farmaish. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:25 AM SATURDAY | 12 JUNE 2021 | AMRITSAR Heavy rush in markets, no social distancing at tehsils in city Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Congress activists ride a cart to protest regular hike in fuel prices in Amritsar on Friday. VISHAL KUMAR Congress workers protest rising fuel prices, inflation Animal protection group wants FIR against them Tribune News Service Amritsar: To discuss the sacrilege incident and other Panthic issues pertaining to Sikh principles, a ‘Panthic Assembly’ would be held virtually on June 12. Panthic Talmel Sangathan convener Jaswinder Singh said it was for the third time that such an event was being organised online during the pandemic. He said prominent Sikh personalities would take part in the discussion. “After the 2015 sacrilege incident and the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s verdict of scrapping the probe report, role of political parties has come under scanner,” he said. Other issues pertaining to SGPC elections, farmers’ crisis and education related problems would also be discussed. TNS PAGE 4 Residents lower guard as Covid restrictions eased 10 STUDENTS GET SGPC SCHOLARSHIP VIRTUAL ‘PANTHIC ASSEMBLY’ TODAY VETERAN SINGER SHABBIR IS ALL PRAISE FOR DANISH KHAN Ayushmann Khurrana was recently appointed as UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for their global campaign. INBRIEF Amritsar: The Dharam Prachar Committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Friday handed over annual scholarship cheques to 10 postgraduate students pursuing religious studies. The cheques were distributed by SGPC chief Jagir Kaur, who was accompanied by SGPC senior vice-president Surjit Singh Bhitewad, SGPC members Kiranjot Kaur, Bhai Ram Singh, Bawa Singh Gumanpura and Gurpreet Kaur. The SGPC had announced Rs 24,000 annual scholarship to the students studying at Guru Nanak Dev University. “This will inspire others to pursue higher studies in the field of religion and faith,” said the SGPC chief. Assistant secretary Simarjeet Singh, honorary secretary of Akal Takht Dr Gurmeet Singh and in charge Amarjeet Kaur among others were also present. TNS PAGE 3 POLICE PERSONNEL IN A SPOT Amritsar, June 11 The District Congress Committee (DCC), headed by its president Jatinder Sonia, on Friday held a demonstration against the sky-rocketing fuel prices by burning a car in the Mahan Singh Gate area. Congress workers and leaders raised slogans against the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking on the occasion, Sonia said the continuous rise in the prices of petrol and diesel had broken the back of the common man while the Central Government had failed to check its continuous upward trajectory. The rising fuel prices had a cascading effect on other items leading to a sharp rise in their prices. Sonia torched a car, which was brought on the spot. She said due to ill-con- MC waives penalty on trade licence Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 11 On the demand of the district executive of the Punjab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu on Wednesday announced to waive penalty on trade licence. The waiver has been implemented with immediate effect. Now, traders have to pay only Rs 500 for renewal of their trade licence. Punjab Vyapar Mandal president Pyara Lal Seth, general secretary Sameer Jain, finance secretary SK Wadhwa, district president Surinder Duggal, district finance secretary Ravi Arora, Balbir Bhasin of the Electricity Market Association, Nehru Shopping Complex Association president Vikas Narang, counsellor Rajesh Maidan, CA Vijay Ummatt, Sunil Koti and Jagmohan Kapoor appreciated the MC move. The Mayor said it was demand of Punjab Vyapar Mandal to waive fine of Rs 100 per day on the renewal of trade licence. Earlier, the trader had to pay a fine of Rs 37,500, now Rs 37,000 has been waived off. He said, “People are already facing a lot of difficulties in this time of pandemic. Rs 100 daily fine for renewal of trade licence was a huge burden on the shopkeepers. So, the MC has taken a major decision.” ■ Setting a car on fire in protest has put Punjab police in a spot. While many said it could lead to a mishap, SHO Gurwinder Singh said he had brought the matter to the knowledge of their seniors and the matter was being looked into. FIR AGAINST CONGRESS LEADER SOUGHT ■ An anti-crime and animal protection association led by Dr Rohan Mehra has demanded the registration of an FIR against the Congress leader under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. He said they brought a car on a horse cart. Several persons, including Congress leader Sonia, were also standing on the cart. He said the horse was made to stand in the sweltering heat for hours. He said as per the law nobody could load more than 500 kg weight on the horse cart, but they not only loaded the car but also stood on it during the protest. Dr Mehra urged the Police Commissioner to register an FIR in this connection. ceived policies of the BJP-led Central Government, sources of income of people had dwindled while inflation was burning a hole in the common man’s pocket. It had become very difficult for people to run their houses. The unemployment had also increased manifold in the country. She said the autocratic policies were ruining the economic fabric of the country. She said the government had become a puppet in the hands of big corporate houses. She said there was nothing to show for the last seven years of the BJP government at the Centre. Amritsar, June 11 After the district administration gradually lifted Covid-19 related restrictions in the district, residents seem to have lower their guard. What to talk of non-compliance of Covid guidelines in markets, masses gathered at Amritsar-1 tehsil and Amritsar-2 tehsil hardly cared to practise social distancing. Following the pressure of security guards, most people were seen wearing face masks, but were found seating without maintaining any distance. Thus, increasing the risk of contracting the virus manifold at the tehsil. Slow server was another spoilsport, which hampered smooth flow of work. Similar scenes were witnessed in markets throughout the city. People sitting and standing in close proximity of each other in corridors and showrooms was a common sight. Shopping areas, including Katra Jai Mal Singh, Guru Bazaar, Mai Sewan Da Bazaar, Majith Mandi, Lawrence Road and Ranjit Avenue witnessed huge rush. However, shoppers did not give two hoots about Covid norms. Moreover, the norm of carrying sanitisers and even placing them at the entrance of outlets was hardly followed in true spirit. Parminder Singh, a grocery store owner, said sale of disinfectants has dipped sharply. “Demand for face masks is there, but hardly anybody asks for disinfectant,” he said. Shopkeepers keep their shops open till late evening in Amritsar on Friday; and (right) people throng Amritsar tehsil 1 at the District Court Complex. COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 103 45,993 6 1,526 122 42,687 1,780 Even the norm of wearing mask has been thrown to the wind due to soaring temperature and heatwave. A large number of people in markets were seen purchasing and commuting without wearing masks. Most complained of heatwave and breathing issues while putting on the masks. SIX SUCCUMB, 103 TEST POSITIVE IN DISTRICT ■ With six more Covid-19 related deaths in the district on Friday, the toll has increased to 1,526. The health authorities reported 103 new cases today. With this, the total count of positive cases has reached 45,993.The new cases include 58 influenza-like-illness cases and 45 contacts of positive patients. The Health Department reported recovery of 122 patients with which the recovery count increased to 42,687. At present, the district has a total of 1,780 active cases. Meanwhile, one death and 23 positive cases were reported in Tarn Taran district. Villagers hold protest with Daring robbery: ~2L dead body in Tarn Taran snatched in broad Seek arrest of culprits responsible for killing 30-yr-old Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, June 11 Residents of Shingarpur village under the Sarhali police station on Friday held a protest by keeping the body of Kuldeep Singh (30) of the same village in front of the local District Administrative Complex (DAC) here. The victim and his elder brother Gurmeet Singh were injured on May 27 in an attack on them in the village. Kuldeep Singh was admitted to Guru Ram Das Hospital, Vallah (Amritsar), in a serious condition where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday. His brother Gurmeet Singh was discharged from the hospital the next day. Fourteen persons of the village had been booked under Section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder) and other sections of the Arms Act by Sarhali police on May 27. The police had added Section 302, IPC, to the FIR on Thursday. The relatives of the victim, residents of Shingarpur village and other villages, and workers of different farmer, political, social and other establishments participated in the protest. Addressing on the occasion, Pargat Singh, sarpanch of the village, Sarwan Singh, former sarpanch, and other representatives said from the day of the incident till June 10, the police conducted not even a single raid to arrest the accused. The residents started their protest at 11 am, which was on till the filing of the report in the evening. The police failed to convince the residents to lift the protest in which a large number of women were present in the scorching heat. DSP (PIB) Ravisher Singh said the accused would be arrested soon. Protesters ended their agitation at 8 pm. Residents hold a protest by keeping the body outside the DAC in Tarn Taran on Friday. GURBAXPURI c m y b daylight from driver Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 11 In yet another snatching incident, three persons robbed Rs 2 lakh from a school driver in Ajnala on Thursday. The vicitm, Patras Masih (30), a resident of Punga village, told the police that he has been working as a driver at Sacred Heart Convent School, Punga, for the past 12 years. Masih told the police that the accused pointed a pistol at him and threatened to kill him if he fails to hand over the bag containing money. I resisted, but the accused snatched the bag and fled away, said the vicitm. Masih said the school management asked him to deposit Rs 2.07 lakh cash at SBI Bank in Ajnala. He said as he reached near Talwandi Rai Dadu village, three persons with their faces covered came from behind on a motorcycle. The vicitm said the accused hit his bike with their leg and entered into a scuffle. Masih said the trio tried to snatch the bag from him and as he resisted, they took out a pistol and pointed at him. They also took away Rs 1,000 from my pocket along with my mobile phone, said Masih. The police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against unknown persons. Gangster attacks DSP at Amritsar Central Jail Notorious gangster Dalbir Singh, alias Beera, attacked Deputy Superintendent of Police (Security) Sanjiv Kumar at Amritsar Central Jail when the latter was entering the guard room. According to jail authorities, Beera suddenly came from behind and pelted a stone on the DSP who , escaped narrowly. The CRPF and IRB jawans deputed inside the jail overpowered Beera. A jail official said Beera, a drug addict was not mentally stable. He was under treatment at a de-addiction centre located inside the jail. Sources said the jail administration had implemented strict guidelines and reduced timings of gangsters and peddlers outside their barracks. The Islamabad police have registered a case for attempt to murder, obstructing government servant from discharging his duty and relevant sections of the Prisons Act against Beera. Woman among three arrested for snatching Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 11 The police claimed to have solved the case in which a woman was robbed by three persons, including a woman after pointing a sharp weapon at her, by arresting the accused. They have been identified as Gulab, Panchhi and Seema, all residents of Jhuggian in Tarn Taran. Nirmaljit Kaur, a resident of Tung Pai area on Batala road, told the police that on Tuesday evening, she was returning home when a man tried to stop her scooter. However, she did not stop. A few meters away, a woman and a man travelling on a bike stopped her. In the meanwhile, their accomplice also reached there. She said the accused snatched her gold bangles and two gold rings and fled away after pointing a sharp weapon. The Mohkampura police have registered a case under Sections 379 B (2) and 34 of the IPC. On analysing the CCTV cameras in the area and some technical investigations, the police zeroed in on the three accused. The police recovered the two bikes used in the crime. They were produced in the court and brought on two-day remand for further interrogation. With their arrest, the police hope to crack some more snatching or robbery cases.
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