12092021-ATR-01.qxd 9/11/2021 11:18 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 SHOWERS FLATTEN PADDY, DELAY SOWING OF VEGGIES Heavy rain in the last 72 hrs flattened paddy crop, which would’ve been ready for harvesting in next few days. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS INBRIEF SUICIDE: SI AMONG TWO BOOKED Amritsar: Gautam Chawla (28), a resident of Chowk Farid, committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan. In a note, the victim accused two persons, including a Sub-Inspector for driving him to take the extreme step. Those booked have been identified as Sehjal Sood, a resident of Ghee Mandi, and his brother SI Naveen Sood. Pawan Chawla, father of the vicitm, said he had a garment shop near the telephone exchange while his son used to run a shop at their house. He said his son got engaged with daughter of Sehjal. He said after one month their engagement was broken and the accused started harassing Gautam. He said due to this, his son was under great stress. Pawan said he was present at his shop when Gautam’s mother informed him about the incident. He said they rushed him to the hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Sub-Inspector Balwinder Singh (Investigating Officer) said a case under Section 306 of the IPC has been registered against Sehjal and Naveen. TNS GIRL BOOKED ON EXTORTION CHARGE Tarn Taran: The Bhikhiwind police have booked a girl for uploading objectionable video of a boy on the social media when the latter refused to pay the amount demanded. The police registered a case under Section 384, IPC, and Section 67-A IT Act, 2000, against the suspect. The police said the suspect identified as, Arti Sharma, contacted the boy from Bhikhiwind through his Facebook account on the intervening night of September 5 and 6. The suspect was naked when she contacted the victim through Facebook, who stopped hung up the video call. Soon after she sent a message on victim’s WhatsApp number and demanded ~21,500. She threatened the victim to upload his video on the social media if he didn’t pay the amount. When the victim refused to pay, the suspect uploaded his video on the socila media. Later, the victim lodged a complaint with the police. A case was registered after a preliminary investigation. The police said investigation was in progress and the suspect would be nabbed soon. OC SOCIAL MEDIA GREAT WAY TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE: RICHA Richa Chadha is doing her bit to create awareness about Covid-19 through an initiative on social media. MAX 29°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 23°C Amritsar, September 11 Gurmeet Singh Bablu, an RTI activist and a whistleblower, in an alleged multicrore scam committed by a rice miller has been fearing for his life. Bablu said he received a threat call from an unknown number. The person on the other end threatened him of dire consequences if he failed to withdraw the complaint filed against the rice miller, Bablu added. The Central Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the case. Earlier, too, he had received threatening calls from unknown persons. Bablu had exposed a scam in which banks were alleged- SUNSET SUNDAY 6:40 PM Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 11 The CIA staff of the local police on Saturday arrested an international drug trafficker along with four others and confiscated 1.5-kg heroin from them. The police also seized ~7.8 lakh drug money, a cash counting machine and two electronic scales, two illegal weapons and a car from them. They were identified as international smuggler Harbhej Singh, alias Javed (22), of Loharaka Kalan village; Sunil Masih (21) of Ballarwal village; Lovepreet Singh, aka Happy (26), of Loharka Kalan; Jugal Kishore (30) of Majitha and Vishal (CIA) of Loharka Kalan village. Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal said the accused were being produced in court for procuring the police remand for ascertaining their forward and Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO backward links. He said as per the preliminary probe, they had links with two drug peddlers — Narinder Singh of Dhulka village and Rajinder Singh Ganja of Sheikhupura Mohalla in Jandiala Guru area — who are lodged in jails. Gurbhej Singh had four cases, including that of mur- der bid and under NDPS Act, against him, while Lovepreet Singh had eight criminal cases, including of murder, theft, robbery and under NDPS Act, against him. Jugal Kishore has three and Vishal has one case against him. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Investigations, Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar NEED TO UNDERSTAND CONTENT AND CHARACTER, SAYS GAURAV PAGE 4 Actor Gaurav S Bajaj talks about his last show Meri Gudiya on Star Bharat and his journey in the industry so far. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:13 AM 5 smugglers held with 1.5-kg heroin, ~7.8-lakh drug money said Narinder Singh had three cases including two under the NDPS Act against him and was currently lodged in Faridkot jail. Rajinder Ganja had four cases under the NDPS Act in Kapurthala and Mohali districts. He was lodged in Amritsar Central Jail at present. Assistant Commissioner of Police Harminder Singh Sandhu said Narinder and Rajinder Ganja would also be brought on production warrant in the case for further investigation to ascertain the source of the contraband and weapons seized from the five drug traffickers. The Police Commissioner said the accused had brought the drug consignment from the outskirts of Patti area in Tarn Taran and were to supply it in different parts of the city. “We believe that with their arrest, we have managed to break a drug network active in the area,” Duggal said. SUNDAY | 12 SEPTEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Upgrading surveillance system to curb crime: CP Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 11 Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal has announced that currently the police are focusing on upgrading the surveillance system by linking the cameras in the industrial zones, residential areas and local market areas with the Central Police Command and using drones to better monitor the entire city. He stated this during a meeting with a delegation of the Confederation of the Indian Industry (CII), Amritsar Zone, held here on Friday. “Regular patrolling would be undertaken in the industrial zones to curb crimes during shift changes and paydays. For providing security to rural population, we would be involving the Amritsar rural police. This would help in promoting and assisting the industry located in rural areas of the city,” he added. The Police Commissioner said, “Considering that CII DELEGATION MEETS CP Alarmed at the rising cases of thefts and mugging, a delegation of the Confederation of the Indian Industry (CII), led by Rajiv Sajdeh, Chairman, CII Amritsar Zone, met the Police Commissioner. Amritsar being an industrial town with a large migrant population, the city has its own set of challenges and to overcome these we are launching an App for the verification of migrant labourers. This would help in further enhancing security measures in the city.” Alarmed at the rising cases of thefts and mugging, a delegation of the Confederation of the Indian Industry (CII), led by Rajiv Sajdeh, Chairman, CII Amritsar Zone met the Police Commissioner. They stated that before the outbreak of Covid-19, only a couple of incidents used to take place, but later the number rose significantly. They pointed out that several incidents went unreported as many victims did not want to go through the has- sles of visiting police stations repeatedly. They demanded the strengthening of policing and surveillance, particularly in the industrial areas. Sajdeh said, “This is a welcome move and the CII would be extending all possible support and assisting the Police Commissionerate in the process of upgrade. Our objective of the meeting is primarily to apprise officials of some of the challenges pertaining to security and law and order problems faced by industry and common citizens, besides exploring areas where the CII and the local police authorities can work together.” Karan Verma, vice-chairman, CII, Amritsar Zone, said, “Apart from scattered industrial units in the mixed use areas, there are as many as 10 big and small industrial clusters, which include two focal points, an industrial area and an industrial estate. One focal point for engineering and textile is situated on the GT Road and Continued on page 2 One tests +ve in dist Power utility gets 3,800 plaints in last 24 hrs Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 11 The district health authorities reported one positive case on Saturday, with which the tally increased to 47,261. The authorities have also reported the recovery of one patient with which total recovery count increased to 45,661. The district at present has a total of 10 active cases. Meanwhile, 7,202 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive on Saturday. Of these, 4,787 received the first dose of the vaccine, while 2,415 received the second dose. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 1 47,261 0 1,590 1 45,661 10 0183-2500498, 0183-2500598, 0183-2500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ Health Dept helpline: 01832535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) RAIN WOES Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 11 Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) registered 3,800 complaints during the last 24 hours as continuous rain and lightning largely affected the power supply network in the city. Residents of several localities faced inconvenience as PSPCL failed to restore power supply even after 12 hours. As the downpour continued for the second consecutive day today (on Saturday), PSPCL employees faced inconvenience while repairing power supply lines. Senior officials of PSPCL stated that lightning along with rain affected power transmission in the area. “The main reason behind the disruption of power supply is lightning during rain. Lightning activity damaged 10 power transformers in the city. It is not easy to replace the transformer on the spot. We have received most complaints from those areas where transformers failed due to lightning,” said Ashwani Mehta, Deputy Chief Engineer, PSPCL, Border Zone, Amritsar. RTI activist fears for life Tribune News Service PAGE 3 EXPOSED SCAM BY RICE MILLER Bablu had exposed a scam in which banks were allegedly defrauded by an owner of a rice mill located on the Tarn Taran road. He alleged that the firm had committed fraud to the tune of crores. After he complained to the CBI, the agency had asked the vigilance departments of various banks, to investigate the matter. He met Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal to seek security for his family and submitted a complaint, which was also forwarded to the Director General of Police. ly defrauded by an owner of a rice mill located on the Tarn Taran road. He alleged that the firm had committed fraud to the tune of crores. After he complained to the CBI, the agency had asked the vigilance departments of various banks, to investigate the matter. He met Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal and submitted a complaint which was also forwarded to the Director General of Police. The RTI activist sought security for his family. He said if he or his family members were harmed in any way, owners of the rice mill would be responsible for the same. He alleged that the firm took huge loans from different banks by mortgaging moveable and immovable properties. These loans were declared non-performing assets by banks. The Police Commissioner has marked the complaint to the ACP (West) for further action. c m y b “It is lightning which causes more damage to them than rain or winds. In case of any loose connection, lightning burn the joints. Moreover, the shrubs and trees grown around supply lines also cause breakage of lines and failure of transmission,” said a junior engineer. PSPCL employees claimed that they had addressed 3,500 out of 3,800 complaints and restored the power supply in most areas. “There are around 300 complaints which are yet to be addressed. Our teams are working on supply lines and power would be restored in each locality of the city soon,” said Mehta. Jatinder Singh, a resident of New Amritsar, said, “Power supply was hit at around 9 am on Friday and it was restored on 1.30 pm Saturday. A 16-hour power cut is horrible. It is inefficiency of PSPCL that they took so long to restore power supply.” JALLIANWALA BAGH TURNS INTO A SWIMMING POOL AFTER FIRST RAIN Jallianwala Bagh flooded after it rained on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Amritsar: The descendants of freedom fighters led by Kuldeep Singh Brar, national president, All-India Freedom Fighters’ Family Group, staged a demonstration against the Centre by standing in rainwater accumulated at Jallianwala Bagh, a recently renovated national monument, here on Saturday. Irked over waterlogging at the historic Jallianwala Bagh, Brar alleged that the government spent ~20 crore to ruin the garden, which was far better before restoration. He said the restoration was an attempt to damage the historical importance of the garden and the families of freedom fighters would not allow them to temper with history. “First rain after the restoration has exposed the tall claims of the government. More than 3-feet water accumulated at the historical garden. It is shameful and disgrace to the martyrs,” said Brar. TNS supply hit at around 9 am Friday behind the disruption of power supply lightning ❝Themainreasondamaged10powertransformersintheiscity.Itis ❝Powerrestoredwas1.30 pm Saturday. Aon16-hour and it was on during rain. Lightning not easy to replace transformer on the spot. We have received most complaints from those areas where transformers failed due to lightning. Ashwani Mehta, DEPUTY CHIEF ENGINEER, PSPCL, BORDER ZONE, AMRITSAR ❞ power cut is horrible. It is inefficiency of the PSPCL that they took so long to restore power supply. Jatinder Singh, NEW AMRITSAR RESIDENT ❞
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