13102021-ATR-01.qxd 12-10-2021 23:48 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE SANITATION TAKES A BACK SEAT AS STAFF CRUNCH PLAGUES MC Sanitation workers, who work in the field, don’t get leave during any festival. They have to work on weekends too. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ONE ARRESTED WITH PISTOL Tarn Taran: Kacha Pakka police on Monday arrested Gagandeep, alias Charanjit, a resident of Chabal township, with a country-made 32 bore pistol and 16 live cartridges near Kacha Pakka village here. ASI Harjinder Singh said the accused was in a car (PB02 AE-5600) when he was signalled to stop by a police party. The policemen searched the car and recovered the country-made pistol and the cartridges from it. The police have registered a case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against the accused. OC MAN BOOKED FOR MOLESTING WIDOW Tarn Taran: Amarjit Singh, a resident of Warring village, has been accused of molesting a widow of the same village, when she was on her way back from the village gurdwara. The incident occurred two weeks ago but the Chohla Sahib police registered a case on Monday. Victim Amarjit Kaur in her complaint to the police alleged that the accused, who used to chase her often, appeared at the spot on September 29 when she was on her way back home after paying obeisance at the village gurdwara. The accused attacked her and even molested her and tore her clothes, the victim alleged. Sub-Inspector Sumanpreet Kaur, Investigating Officer, recorded the victim’s statement. The police officer said a case under Sections 323, 354-A, 354-B and 354-D of the IPC was registered. OC DIST REPORTS ONE MORE +VE CASE Amritsar: With one positive case reported on Tuesday, the district tally of Covid-19 patients increased to 47,332. The district Health Department has also reported recovery of two patients with which the total recovery count reached 45,734. The district, at present, has a total of three active cases. Meanwhile, a total of 4,920 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive on Tuesday. Of these, 2,983 received the first dose of the vaccine, while 1,983 received the second dose. TNS PAGE 2 DON’T WANT SARDAR UDHAM TO BE LIMITED TO PUNJAB: SIRCAR PAGE 3 SUMEDH SHARES EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH A CHILD Director Shoojit Sircar says he doesn’t want the movie to be limited to Punjab & wants wide reach of its message. MAX 34°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:00 PM PAGE 4 It feels great working with a child on sets, especially when you’re shooting with cute kid like Hazel, says Sumedh. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:33 AM WEDNESDAY | 13 OCTOBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Tax not paid, MC finally begins sealing buildings DEFAULTERS ON RADAR 20 prominent buildings, including Mohan International, 2 hospitals, sealed in city Charnajit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 12 Finally, the property tax wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) has sealed 20 major commercial buildings in the city to press residents to pay the pending tax. In a massive sealing drive, a team of the property tax wing led by nodal officer Daljit Singh sealed one of the prominent hotels — Mohan International — in the city. The hotel management hadn’t paid the tax for the last few years. Burger King, one of the prominent food brands in Novelty Complex, was also sealed by the MC team. However, the management gave cheques in the evening and it would open tomorrow. A newly constructed Dara Hotel on the bypass was also sealed but the owner got tax exemption under some policy of the state government. The MC officials claimed that the case was being discussed with legal experts. The MC teams sealed two (From left) MC officials seal Mohan International; Burger King; and Hotel Grand Star in Amritsar on Tuesday. hospitals including Sarabjot Hospital at Putligarh and Lamba Hospital at GT Road. A salon and gym was also sealed at Khandwala. Another hotel on Sultanwind Road and an ATM of Union Bank was also sealed. MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said: “I have instructed the staff of the property tax wing to seal 130 properties every week. There are mainly 13 types of commercial properties such as industrial units, banks/ATMs, corporate offices, multinational company offices, brand stores, hotels/guest houses, hospitals/nursing homes, private educational institutes, marriage palaces, automobile agencies, mobile towers, shopping malls, and boards/corporation offices. They have to seal two buildings of a category in a week. Man loses ~1.97 lakh to phishing attack in city PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 12 Even as the police and bank authorities raise awareness regarding cyber frauds and tell them not to share their details with anyone, people are losing their hard-earned money to online fraudsters. In the latest incident, Kanwal Kumar Sareen a resident of Batala Road, fell victim to cyber fraud. A woman swindler posing as a bank manager took the details of his debit and credit cards and later withdrew around ~1.97 lakh from his account. The incident came to light when he lodged a complaint with the police when he got the message of withdrawal of money thrice. By the time he saw the message and reported the same to the bank authorities, the accused had withdrawn ~1.97 lakh from A woman swindler posing as a bank manager took the details of the victim’s debit and credit cards and later withdrew around ~1.97 lakh from his account his bank account. The number from where the call was made was found to be fake. The call was made from Uttar Pradesh. As per the investigation, the number was never procured by the person on whose name it was issued. The police have registered a case under Sections 419, 420 of the IPC and 66-C and 66-D of the Information Technology Act against unidentified fraudsters. Kawal told the police that he got a phone call from 7233099508, who identified herself as Divya Sharma, SBI Bank Manager. She told him that his credit card number was getting blocked and she would restore the same. She sought the CVV and OTP from him. She also took the details of his debit card from him. Later, he found that ~72, 984 and ~24,892 were withdrawn from his debit card and ~99,703 from his credit card. Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Investigations, said bank authorities always alert people not to share card details such as CVV and OTP as bank officials never seek the same. Yet people make mistakes and get defrauded. He said people should be alert and not respond to such calls. We will seal the building of a defaulter, who never paid tax and one who used to pay tax but has not paid during the previous years. Initially, we are focusing on prominent commercial establishments but no one will be exempted. We will also take action on residential units. The recovery target is a secondary thing; we have to pay tax if residents expect good roads and other infrastructure in the city.” ❝I have instructed the staff of the property tax wing to seal 130 properties every week. They have to seal two buildings of a category in a week. Initially, we are focusing on prominent commercial establishments but no one will be exempted. We will also take action on residential units. The recovery target is a secondary thing; we have to pay tax if residents expect good roads and other infrastructure in the city. Malwinder Singh Jaggi, MC COMMISSIONER ❞ Dengue crisis far more alarming thanitappears Instead of taking mandatory MacElisa test, people going for platelet count Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 12 Even as the district Health Department has reported only around 750 dengue cases, a reality check reveals that the actual number of patients, who are sick with dengue-like symptoms especially high fever and a drop in platelet count, is much more. As per the government policy, a patient is considered a dengue positive case only if he or she tests positive in MacElisa test. However, a large number of people prefer simpler and common tests as blood count and platelet count instead of the government mandated test. This tendency among the larger population to undergo tests other than those mandated by the government is not new. Even during the first wave of the pandemic, people had relied on X-Ray and CT scans instead of the RT-PCR. A city-based journalist WHAT STATS SAY 750 ■ dengue cases reported in district ■ cases reported in the state ■ 5,500 18,000 underwent MacElisa test in the state #as per the govt policy, a patient is considered a dengue case only if he/she tests +ve in MacElisa test said: “Five members from my family fell sick and none of them got the MacElisa test done. As a result, none of them were part of the government figures.” Another resident working with the Health Department said: “My mother and I feel sick and our platelet count dropped significantly. But both of us are not part of the government figures.” He said a change in policy was required as even if there were only 750 official dengue cases in the district, what were others suffering from? Residents feel the actual number of cases was far greater than actual figures and the government policy was merely acting as a tool to keep the dengue count low in reports. “If a large number of people are having dengue and their platelet count is dropping and if this is not dengue, then it can be any other disease and is a serious concern,” said Jagbir Singh, a city resi- dent, demanding that instead of waiting for the weather to change, efforts must be made to contain the disease. Meanwhile, Health Minister OP Soni conducted a high-level meeting with health officials from the entire state to take stock of the efforts being made to contain the spread of dengue. He said around 5,500 cases have been reported from the state, adding that over 18,000 people from the state have been tested for dengue so far. 2 held with stolen bike, country-made pistol Of 4 absconding accused, one used to exchange currency from victim Tribune News Service COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 1 47,332 0 1,595 2 45,734 3 HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, 0183-2500498, 01832500598, 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) Amritsar, October 12 The Division-A police have nabbed two persons and recovered a pistol and stolen bike from them. They have been identified as Gursimranjit Singh, alias Simu Umarpuria, and Karandeep Singh of the Maqboolpura area. They were held from near the inter-state bus terminus. The police got a tip-off that the duo were drug addicts and used to steal vehicles and sell these to get money to procure drugs. Following specific inputs, they were signalled to stop at a checkpoint near the bus stand. They tried slipping away but were nabbed by the police. When asked about the documents of the bike, they could not produce the same, nor could give any satisfactory answer. They were arrested and produced in court, which sent them to police remand. MONEY EXCHANGER LOOT Tribune News Service The accused in the Amritsar police custody on Tuesday. During interrogation, the police recovered a .32 country-made pistol from Gursimranjit. The police said Gursimranjit had two murder bids and robbery cases registered against him at Vallah and Ranjit Avenue police stations here and has two more cases in Ajnala police station as well. GANG OF VEHICLE LIFTERS BUSTED, 3 HELD Amritsar: Busting a gang of vehicle lifters, the police have nabbed three persons and confiscated three stolen bikes from their possession. The accused were identified as Vishal of Ajnala, Karanpreet Singh of Gopal Nagar and Jatinder Singh of Waan Tara Singh village in Khalra in Tarn Taran. They were nabbed from the Chatiwind c m y b police chowki area on Monday and recovered a stolen bike from them. During investigations, they told that they had stolen the bike from Amritsar. Further interrogation led to the recovery of two more motorcycles. The police authorities said further probe was on and more recoveries are likely to be made from them. TNS Amritsar, October 12 A day after the arrest of four prime suspects in the money exchanger robbery case, the city police said four more accomplices were yet to be arrested. The police have recovered a weapon, a magazine, five live bullets, ~90,000 cash, $400 and 6200 Dirhams and a gold chain from the accused identified as Dharminder Singh, alias Gagandeep Singh, alias Haddi, of Jawahar Nagar Mehta Road; Shamsher Singh, alias Sherry, of New Jawahar Nagar; Kishanjit Singh, alias Kishan, of Maqboolpura and Jatinder Lal of Kadranbad village falling under Kathunangal police station here.. Those who are absconding The four robbers behind forex trader loot case in the Amritsar police custody on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR include Gurpreet Singh, Anwar, Tashan and Honey. The police said raids were on to arrest them. Deputy Commissioner of Police Mukhwiner Singh Bhullar at a press conference here on Tuesday said preliminary interrogation revealed that Gurpreet’s sister lived in America and he used to come to the money exchanger to exchange the currency. He was aware of the fact that foreign currency and lakhs of rupees always remained at the money exchanger’s shop. Those arrested revealed that they targeted the victim following the information provided by Gurpreet Singh. Continued on page 2
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