22082021-ATR-01.qxd 21-08-2021 23:55 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE VEGGIE FARMERS MEET ARHTIYAS, SEEK SMOOTH PROCUREMENT Growers from the district met arhtiyas at Vallah sabzi mandi over the issues being faced in selling their produce. FORECAST THUNDERSTORM INBRIEF VIKRAMJIT TAKES CHARGE AS PC PAGE 2 GOMEZ’ SHOW SELENA+CHEF RAISES FUNDS FOR CHARITY PAGE 3 AMIT LENDS HIS VOICE TO TITLE TRACK OF SONYLIV’S POTLUCK The American cooking show has raised $360,000 for 23 non-profit organisations during the first two seasons in 2020. MAX 29°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:06 PM The track talks about finding calm in chaos, peace in distress and reminds that life’s good around your family. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:01 AM SUNDAY | 22 AUGUST 2021 | AMRITSAR Farmers’ stir: Rlys cancels 22 HC stays production warrant of gangster Bhagwanpuria trains, passengers stranded Tribune News Service Protest over mounting sugarcane dues and low state advisory prices Tribune News Service Amritsar: Vikramjit Duggal paid obeisance at the Golden Temple after taking over the charge as the Amritsar Police Commissioner on Saturday. Earlier, he was posted as DIG Patiala (Range). He replaced Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, who has been transferred to Jalandhar. Talking to mediapersons, the Police Commissioner said it was an honour to perform duty in the holy city. He remained SSP (rural) Amritsar as well. On the seizure of hand grenade and tiffin bomb and other explosive materials he said maintaining law and order was his top priority. “No stone will be left unturned to provide safe and secure atmosphere to people in the holy city,” he said while adding that rising gangster culture and activities would be taken to task. TNS VICTIM ALLEGES POLICE INACTION Amritsar: A rape victim on Saturday accused the police of biased investigation and said the police have been contemplating to quashing the FIR. The vicitm has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Talking to mediapersons, the victim alleged that no woman police officer was deputed to investigate her case, which was mandatory as per the law. She alleged that the policeman probing her case was biased. She has also urged the Police Commissioner Vikramjit Duggal to conduct an impartial investigation. The victim said she had filed an FIR against Vikramjit Singh at Cantonment police station on June 16. She said the accused used his political influence and started threatening her. She alleged that on June 26, she came to know that the police had formed a team to investigate the case, however, no woman cop, was included in the team. The victim said she has come to know that the police had filed a report in the court for cancellation of the FIR. The court has fixed August 25 for hearing. Ravi Mahajan, a lawyer, said the police cannot file cancellation report without the consent of the victim. TNS MAN RAPES WOMAN, BOOKED Amritsar: The Bhindi Saida police have booked Sardool Singh of Bhindi Saida for allegedly raping a woman. The incident occurred on August 9 while the complaint was filed on August 19. The 26-year-old victim in her statement told the police that she was alone at home while her husband had gone to work and her sister-in-law was sleeping in another room at the time of incident. She said Sardool entered the room and caught hold of her. She alleged the accused threw her on the floor and raped her. She said when her sister-in-law entered the room on hearing her screams, the accused fled away. She said in the evening, when her husband reached home, she narrated the entire incident, but due to social stigma, they did not lodge the complaint. However, after discussing the matter in the family, they decided to file an FIR. A case under Sections 376 of the IPC has been registered against Sardool. TNS PAGE 4 Amritsar, August 21 Disruption of trains due to the ongoing farmers’ protest on Jalandhar-Phagwara road over mounting sugarcane dues and low State Advisory Prices (SAP) have left passengers high and dry on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The Indian Railways cancelled as many as 22 trains originating from Amritsar for different destinations on Saturday. At least 10 trains bound for the holy city were also cancelled. Major trains which were cancelled today included Amritsar-Chandigarh, Amritsar-Dehradun, AmritsarMumbai, Amritsar-Saharsa, Amritsar-New Delhi, Amritsar-Nanded, AmritsarLalkuan, Amritsar-Haridwar, Amritsar-Bandra and Amritsar-Jaynagar Express. The authorities said the general public has been asked to plan their travel with caution and they were trying to make passengers aware of the cancellation or trains. The passengers were seen making frantic enquiries at the Amritsar railway station. Varinder Sharma, a resident said, “My sister was to visit us from Delhi on Raksha Bandhan. She had to cancel her plans at the last moment due to the farmers’ agitation.” He said the protesters should take into account the inconvenience caused to others. Such protests should be Passengers wait for the train services to resume; and below travellers check schedule at the Amritsar railway station on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 21 Close on the heels of the Defence Ministry disempanelling seven hospitals and a laboratory in Amritsar for their alleged involvement in the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) scam in which huge amounts of government funds were bungled on the basis of fake medical claims, the police have booked an owner of a private hospital on similar charges. Dr Ranju Nanda of Jeevan Jot Hospital has been booked for fraud, forgery and criminal conspiracy following a complaint by Brigadier MD Upadhyay, Station Commander (Headquarters), Amritsar Cantonment. According to information, the ECHS cell of the Amrit- Amritsar, August 21 Though the Amritsar Municipal Corporation is not willing to operate Metro buses under the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) , the maintenance of roads and infrastructure will be a liability of civic body. In a recent meet, the state government sanctioned Rs In a message on social media, Bhagwanpuria had claimed the responsibility of Kandowalia’s murder and even warned his rivals of the same fate. Challenging the order in the high court, Bhagwanpuria had claimed that the incident occurred on August 3 while he was at the Tihar Jail. He had expressed ‘extreme apprehension’ to his life and well-being. He feared that the investigating agency sar cantonment received a complaint against Jeevan Jot Hospital alleging that the hospital authorities raised fake bill or forged diagnostic reports of beneficiaries (six ex-servicemen). Following this a court of inquiry was ordered. On the recommendations of board of officers, a complaint was forwarded to the police for registration of an FIR against the hospital authorities. Dr Nanda has been accused of showing fake admission of Manjit Kaur, mother of Havildar Dilbagh Singh, from August 30 to September 9, 2019, and again from April 12, 2020 to April 24, 2020. Brig Upadhyay pointed out that the accused was found to be involved in raising false claims on forged diagnostic reports of six ex-servicemen beneficiaries identified as Pargat Singh, Piar Kaur, Kashmir Kaur, Jasbir Kaur, Dharam 25 crore for the maintenance of roads and existing infrastructure. Earlier, it was the responsibility of the Public Works Department (PWD) to maintain the BRTS corridor and roads, which were in pathetic condition. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said poor condition of the BRTS corridors gave a wrong impression to those visiting could eliminate him in a fake encounter while there was no evidence to link him with the case. The high court in its order issued on Friday stayed the operation of the impugned order till the next date of hearing. However, the court pointed out that the state can interrogate the petitioner (Bhagwanpuria) at the Tihar Jail after obtaining proper warrants from the competent authority. No case reported in Tarn Taran dist Our Correspondent Amritsar, August 21 With four positive cases reported on Saturday, the total number of cases in the district has increased to 47,190. All the new cases are influenza like illness cases. The authorities reported no Covid-19 related death in the district today. The Health Department reported recovery of nine patients. With this, the total recovery count has increased to 45,549. The district has a total of 52 active cases. Singh and Amrik Singh. The Sadar police have registered a case under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120B of the IPC against Dr Nanda. In October 2020, a similar scam surfaced and the Cantonment police had booked 24 persons, including doctors, hospital owners of six private hospitals, besides several ex-servicemen following a complaint by Brig Upadhyay. More than 200-page report was submitted to the police. Around 12 persons were arrested while the remaining procured interim bail from the high court. The hospitals and the lab which were de-empanelled in June included Verma Hospital, Neelkanth Hospital, Life Kare Hospital, Gupta Multispecialty Hospital, Akashdeep Neuro Trauma and Multi SS Hospital, Madaan Hospital and Nijjar Scan and Diagnostic Centre. Unauthorised construction on govt land halted Amritsar, August 21 A team of the Estate Wing of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation led by estate officer Dharminderjeet Singh demolished an under construction illegal structure near Gate Hakima here today. Estate wing officials said some mischievous persons were trying to occupy the land illegally. On a tip-off, a team of the MC officials reached the spot and the work was halted. Bricks, cement and sand was seized by civic body. The Estate Officer said under the directions of the Mayor and Commissioner, action was being taken against those trying to occupy government land illegally. He appealed to the city residents to not indulge in such activities. — TNS State government sanctions ~25 crore for repairing corridor in holy city Tribune News Service court, Jaggu Bhagwanpuria (in pic) had claimed that the incident occurred on August 3 while he was at the Tihar Jail. He expressed ‘extreme apprehension’ to his life and well-being. He feared that the investigating agency could eliminate him in a fake encounter while there was no evidence to link him with the case. Tribune News Service avoided during festivals as it causes resentment among the general public, he said. Another passenger complained that the Indian Railways had not commenced trains, which were halted during the second wave. “Now, more trains have been cancelled. It will increase passenger rush manifold on other modes of public transport,” he said. A senior Railways official said, “All efforts were made to ensure that halted trains reach their their destinations via diverted routes.” Now, MC to maintain BRTS infra Charanjit Singh Teja PLEA IN THE HIGH COURT ■ Challenging the order in the high 4 catch virus in dist Another hospital in the dock ECHS SCAM Amritsar, August 21 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed production warrant orders of notorious gangster Jagdeep Singh alias Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, who is lodged at the Tihar Jail. On August 10, the Court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) had issued the production warrant of Bhagwanpuria for August 23. He was to be interrogated for killing another notorious gangster and his rival Rana Kandowalia, who was shot dead by armed assailants at a private hospital on circular road in Amritsar. Kandowalia’s family in their statement to the police had held Bhagwanpuria responsible for the murder along with several other persons. the holy city. “Residents are not aware that which government body is liable for the maintenance, but they generally blame the MC for deteriorating infrastructure of the BRTS. We have asked the government to provide funds to civic body for the maintenance. Those BRTS lanes, where defect liability period is remaining, will remain c m y b with the PWD, while remaining will be maintained by the MC,” said Rintu. Earlier, the MC had cleaned the golden top and walls of the Golden Gate and repaired its lights in February. The Golden Gate is also under the jurisdiction of the PWD. Now, the government has sanctioned funds for the maintenance continued on page 2 Meanwhile, a total of 15,019 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive today. Of these, 10,672 received their first dose, while 4,347 received the second shot. Tarn Taran, August 21 The health authorities reported no positive case and Covid-19 related death in the district on Saturday. A total of 376 residents of the district have lost their lives to the pandemic so far. The district has 13 active cases and 11 of these patients have been isolated at their homes. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said the Health Department collected 1,114 samples from different places in the district today.
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