21082021-ATR-01.qxd 8/20/2021 11:35 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE GOVERNMENT STAFF STAGE A PROTEST OVER THEIR DEMANDS SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS INBRIEF FOUR BOOKED FOR SNATCHING Amritsar: Two unknown persons robbed a petrol pump at gunpoint on Sohian Kalan village in Majitha on Wednesday. The victim identified as Rahul Kumar, a resident of Kanpur rural, told the police that robbers looted Rs 7,000 from him. Rahul works at Essar petrol pump located on Sohian Kalan village. He said on Wednesday at around 5.45 pm, two youths with faces covered arrived at the petrol pump on a scooter. Immediately after coming , they pointed a pistol at his forehead and snatched money from his pocket and fled away. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 the Arms Act against unidentified robbers. In another incident, two robbers snatched a scooter from a woman in Wadala Kalan village. Taljinder Kaur, a resident of Burrenangal village, said on Wednesday she was going at her workplace and as soon as she reached near Wadala Kalan village, the accused snatched her scooter. She said her bag containing Rs 4,000 cash and a mobile phone was in the scooter’s boot. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC in this regard. TNS TWO VEHICLE LIFTERS HELD Amritsar: The Amritsar rural police have arrested two alleged vehicle lifters identified as Kuldeepak Singh and Gurpreet Singh, both residents of Kajikot village. The police recovered a motorcycle without number and a countrymade weapon from their possession. The police said on specific input, a checkpoint was set up, near Chhajalwaddi village. When they were signalled to stop, the duo tried to reverse the bike, but fell down. They were arrested and during their search, the weapon was confiscated. They also could not produce any documents of the bike. TNS YOUTH HELD WITH ILLEGAL WEAPON Amritsar: The Jandiala police have nabbed a youth identified as Manmohit Singh of Taragarh Talawan and recovered a country-made pistol from his possession. According to police, he was nabbed near Dharad village. He was coming on foot when on seeing the police party he tried to flee in the fields. He was arrested and during search an illegal weapon was seized from him. A case under the Arms Act has been registered against Manmohit. TNS ONE BOOKED FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMAL Amritsar: Following a complaint by an NGO, the Sadar police have booked Mohit Kumar of Fatehgarh Churian under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Shalini, a member of the People for Animals, told the police that she got a complaint that the accused had kept a dog on the rooftop of his house and its health condition was worse. She said she along with the police party reached the house and found the dog in terrible condition. She came to know that the accused had brought her only for breeding. She took the dog into her custody and got her treated through the NGO. TNS VIDYA BALAN, MANOJ WIN TOP HONOURS AT IFFM 2021 AWARDS PAGE 3 Vidya Balan and Manoj Bajpayee bagged top awards at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2021 (IFFM). Several employees organised a protest and took out a rally in front of the District Administrative Complex. FORECAST PAGE 2 MAX 30°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:08 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:00 AM Mini bus operators block airport road for 7 hours Commuters a harried lot |Blockade lifted after meet with DC Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Protesters raise slogans against the Amritsar Municipal Corporation on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO He said they had to take help from locals and they reached the airport just on time after crossing several villages and navigating through link roads. Protesters said the Metro bus service would hurt them financially. They said Metro buses cannot be plied PAGE 4 Khatron Ke Khiladi has taken off with a flying start and has managed to keep its audience glued to their TV screens. METRO BUS SERVICE FROM GHEO MANDI TO SRI GURU RAM DAS JEE INT’L AIRPORT Amritsar, August 20 The commuters heading towards Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport were a harried lot as traffic was disrupted by the Mini Bus Operators’ Association on Friday for more than seven hours. For the convenience of tourists, the authorities had started plying Metro buses between Gheo Mandi and Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, on August 16. Due to the protest, the commuters had to take alternate routes, which were long and uncomfortable. Parampreet Singh, a resident of Batala, said, “I came to see off my relative at the airport, but the road blockade made matters worse for us.” KHILADIS PREPARE FOR A BIG TEST THIS WEEKEND ON KKK beyond Meerankot Chowk as the Amritsar Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction ends there. continued on page 2 SATURDAY | 21 AUGUST 2021 | AMRITSAR Farmers’ stir: Passengers left stranded at railway station Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 20 Passengers commuting on trains were left high and dry after the rail traffic came to a halt on Amritsar-Delhi railway line due to the blockade by farmers in Jalandhar cantonment. The Indian Railways informed that movement of trains came to a grinding halt on the busy railway line after 4 pm, however, Shan-E-Punjab and Amritsar to Dibrugarh had already departed from the railway station and had to stop before reaching Jalandhar cantonment. Amritsar-Delhi Shatabdi, which departs at 4:50 pm, Amritsar-Chandigarh Intercity Express, which departs at 5:25 pm, Chattisgarh, which departs at 4:10 pm, Howrah Mail, which departs at 6:25 pm, Frontier, which departs at 7 pm, Amritsar to Haridwar, which departs at 9:25 pm and Amritsar to Jaipur were lined up at the Amritsar railway station. Prabhjot Singh, who had to Passengers wait for the services to resume in Amritsar on Friday. TRAIN SERVICES AFFECTED ■ Amritsar-Delhi Shatabdi, which departs at 4:50 pm, Amritsar-Chandigarh Intercity Express, which departs at 5:25 pm, Chattisgarh, which departs at 4:10 pm, Howrah Mail, which departs at 6:25 pm, Frontier, which departs at 7 pm, Amritsar to Haridwar, which departs at 9:25 pm and Amritsar to Jaipur were lined up at the Amritsar railway station reach Delhi for a business meet, said his trip stands can- celled and it would cause hiim an immense loss. Food Civil Supplies employee Notorious gangster Bhagwanpuria lands in soup as video goes viral acquitted in 16 cases for ‘lack of proof’ AFSO seen with truck of govt wheat allegedly at pvt mill Convicted in just one case so far | Cops fail to convince courts during hearings to be ❝The video seemsdon’t tampered with and I Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 20 Days after bungling of around 87,000 quintals of government wheat from eight godowns in Jandiala Guru allegedly by Inspector Jasdev Singh, the functioning of the Food and Civil Supplies Department has once again come under scanner after a video of an Assistant Food and Supply Officer with a truck of government wheat allegedly parked at a private floor mill went viral. Though the AFSO, Mohanjit Singh, has denied the allegations and said it was an attempt to defame him and that he would file the complaint, besides asking his senior officials to conduct a probe. In the video, a man can be seen repeatedly asking Mohanjit about the presence of truck laden with government wheat inside a private floor mill. However, the AFSO can be seen evading the person and later he ‘fled’ know when it was made. It’s an attempt to malign my image. I will file the complaint and ask my senior officials to conduct a probe. ❞ from the mill, located on Loharka road. “The video seems to be tampered with and I don’t know when it was made. It’s an attempt to malign my image,” said Mohanjit. Rishi Raj Mehra, Controller, District Food and Civil Supply, said the video was not ‘reliable’ or authentic and we have not received any complaint in this connection. “If we get any complaint, we will hold a probe in the matter,” he said. We don’t know how old the video is or where it was shot, he said. Earlier, Mohanjit had courted controversy when a Mohanjit Singh, AFSO woman had accused him of harassment and manhandled him. Later, Parvinder Kaur, was booked by the police. Mohanjit had alleged that it was a conspiracy by his companion in the department who was later suspended. The department had came under scanner after 87,000 quintals of wheat worth Rs 20 crore in eight godowns in Jandiala was found missing. The pilferage came to light when Inspector Jasdev suddenly disappeared. Later, the government had suspended five officials and a charge sheet was filed against 10 officials for the lapse. PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 20 Raising a question mark on the investigations carried out by the Punjab Police, notorious gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, has been acquitted in 16 criminal cases allegedly due to the ‘lack of evidence’ till date. Bhagwanpuria has around 50 cases registered in different police stations, including that of murder, attempt to murder, the Arms Act and the NDPS Act. Of these, 13 cases were registered in Amritsar alone. Ironically, he has been convicted by the court only in one case of the NDPS Act while he has been acquitted in 16 cases. This has raised many eyebrows as to why the investigations carried out by different agencies of the Punjab Police have failed to convince the courts in pronouncing conviction. A senior police official on condition of anonymity said one of the major reason was is witnesses in ❝One of the major reason tothat thethe gangsters. these cases turn hostile due fear of They also threaten the complainants who do not pursue the cases further. ❞ A senior police official with ❝The police investigation is usually riddledlevelled loopholes and they fail to prove the charges against Bhagwanpuria. In a case related to seizure of 7-kg heroin, he was acquitted by the court. He was framed on the statement of an accused while he was lodged in the jail during the confiscation of the said contraband. ❞ Amandeep Singh Pahwa, that the witnesses in these cases turned hostile due to fear of the gangsters. They also threaten the complainants who do not pursue the cases. He has been convicted in only one case of the NDPS Act in which he was pronounced 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in January 2020. He is currently lodged BHAGWANPURIA’S LEGAL COUNSEL in Tihar Jail. Bhagwanpuria’s legal counsel, Amandeep Singh Pahwa said, “The police investigation is usually riddled with loopholes and they fail to prove the charges levelled against Jaggu. Sometimes, he’s apparently framed for the crime.” “In a case related to seizure of 7-kg heroin, he was acquitted by the court. He was framed on the statement of an accused while he was lodged in the jail during the confiscation of the contraband,” he said. The police had failed to substantiate their claims in the court. Bhagwanpuria is one of the dreaded gangsters of Punjab. Though he was lodged in jail, his name has been figured in many criminal cases in the recent past. Recently, he purportedly took the responsibility of killing another notorious gangster and his rival Ranbir Singh alias Rana Kandowalia at a private hospital on Circular Road. Tejbir Singh, Kandowalia accomplice was also injured in the firing while one of the shooter also sustained injuries. In a social media message, he warned his rivals of similar fate while taking the responsibility of the murder. He was also booked in the Kandowalia’s murder. He would be brought on the production warrant from the Tihar Jail in next couple of days for interrogation. Regular drone movements keep BSF, Punjab Police on toes 15 fresh cases reported in dist TERROR MODULESuch incidents happen every second or third day in border villages, says SSP Khuranna Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 20 Regular movements of drones from Pakistan side has kept the Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab police on toes. Search operations have become a regular feature in the border belts following the inputs of movements of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) which were being used by anti-national forces in the neighbouring nation for pumping in explosives and drugs. “We have been receiving information regarding siting or noticing of movement of drones in the border villages on every second or third day,” AMRITSAR POLICE MAY BRING ISYF OPERATIVES ON PRODUCTION WARRANT ■ Following the seizure of Tiffin Bomb and arms by the counter intelligence in Kapurthala from two persons, the police may bring them on production warrant for interrogation. “Tiffin bomb and explosives seized in Kapurthala have similarity with those seized from Daleke-Beharwal border villages recently. After the CI completes their investigations and send the duo to jail, we will definitely bring them for interrogation in our case also,” said the SSP. ■ The Punjab Police on Friday busted a major terror module by arresting two alleged key militant operatives of International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), a banned terror outfit, and recovered a huge cache of live grenades and a tiffin bomb, along with pistols and ammunition from them. They were identified as Gurmukh Singh Brar alias GB, resident of Hardyal Nagar and Gagandeep Singh. The explosives and weapons were allegedly part of larger consignment dropped by drones from across the Indo-Pak border. said the Amritsar rural police, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gulneet Singh Khuranna while talking to The Tribune here on Friday. Following the seizure of hand grenades, tiffin bomb and RDX from the border belt, there has been a high alert along with 90-km border that falls in the Amritsar district. “The Punjab police is working as second line of defence and we are leaving no stone c m y b unturned to ensure safety and security of the people,” he said. New plans were being executed to curtail the movement of Indian accomplices of Pakistan based anti-national forces including Khalistani organisa- tions who with the support of ISI was trying to sneak in explosives, arms and ammunition besides heroin to this side of border. During recent meeting with Border Security Force (BSF) authorities we have been giving emphasis to nab their accomplices in this side of border, said SSP . Police remand extended Meanwhile, the local court continued on page 2 Amritsar, August 20 The health authorities reported 15 new cases in the district on Friday. With this, the tally reached47,186. The new cases include nine influenza-like illness cases and six contacts of positive patients. The authorities reported no Covid-19 related death today. The Health Department reported recovery of nine patients with which the recovery count has increased to 45,540. At present, the district has a total of 57 active cases. A total of 4,664 residents were vaccinated today. It took the total number of inoculated continued on page 2
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