27122021-ATR-01.qxd 12/26/2021 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE COME FORWARD TO HELP THE HOMELESS FROM COLD WAVE PAGE 2 Cooperation between authorities and public can go a long way in protecting the needy, feel residents. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF SONI PROMISES TO HELP INDUSTRY Amritsar: Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni assured industrialists and traders of all help for promotion of industry in the state during a meeting with them here on Sunday. The meeting was organized as part of Punjab Export Sammelan organized by the Federation of Indian Export Organization under the aegis of Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal and Director General of Foreign Trade. Speaking on the occasion, Soni said the government had already withdrawn over 40,000 cases related to VAT and done away with the requirement of CLU for expansion of industrial units. He added that as per the demand of the industry, the number of mobile teams deputed for checking has been reduced to four from earlier 14. He said that the decision would help in ending inspector raj. TNS COPS SEIZE 620-KG LAHAN IN VILLAGES Tarn Taran: Sarhali police in a search operation conducted at Shakri village recovered 620 kg of lahan here on Friday. The police informed here on Saturday that teams of the police recovered 320 kg lahan from the residence of Arashdeep Singh and 300 kg from the residence of Resham Singh. The accused absconded from the spot. Both have been booked under Sections 61,1 and 14 of the Excise Act. OC MAN HELD WITH WEAPON, BULLETS Amritsar: The police have arrested Rajbir Singh, alias Rajan, of Kot Bhagat Singh area on Sultanwind Road for allegedly possessing an Italymade weapon. He could not produce any documents regarding the weapon when the police team intercepted him at a checkpoint. ASI Lakhwinder Singh, investigating officer of the case, said the police recovered the weapon along with three live bullets and an empty shell. When asked to show the licence, he could not produce it. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against him and further investigation was under progress. TNS ONE FRESH CASE RECORDED IN DIST Amritsar: With one positive case reported on Sunday, the total count of cases has increased to 47,456 in the district. Health authorities have also reported the recovery of one patient, with which the number of those cured has increased to 45,849. The district, at present, has a total of seven active cases. Meanwhile, a total of 1,037 residents were inoculated during the vaccination drive on Sunday. Of these, 314 received the first dose of the vaccine and 723 the second dose. TNS VOTER HELPLINE APP LAUNCHED Amritsar: The Electoral Registration Office has stated that now residents can download the voter helpline app to apply for the new voter. Election Kanugo Inderjit Singh said people could also apply for any change in their details with the help of the application. He said the present generation was tech-savvy and could easily use the application to register for enrolment. TNS JANHVI VISITS TIRUMALA SHRINE, CHARMS IN TRADITIONAL ATTIRE PAGE 3 SMRITI IRANI’S DAUGHTER SHANELLE GETS ENGAGED Clad in a half-sari and jewellery, the young actress, with her face covered by a mask, was the cynosure of all eyes. MAX 19°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:35 PM PAGE 4 Smriti Irani welcomes daughter’s fiance to ‘madcap family’, warns him: ‘You have to deal with me for a saas’ SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:26 AM MONDAY | 27 DECEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Eye on poll, MC not to seal Shehnaaz Gill’s father shot at, escapes unhurt tax defaulters’ properties Move to hit MC’s target of collecting ~42.5 cr tax by Dec end Police say the matter seemed suspicious, probe on Tribune News Service Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 26 The coming Assembly elections may prove to be a major hurdle in the recovery of property tax from defaulters by the Amritsar Municipal Corporation till the end of this fiscal. During the first six months of the fiscal, the MC had collected property tax and sealed around 200 properties to press the defaulters to deposit the pending tax amount. The civic body had suspended the sealing drive in the wake of the festival season and then MC commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi had claimed that the sealing drive would be resumed. Meanwhile, the state government introduced the one-time settlement (OTS) policy for defaulters and tax payers to pay the tax without penalty till March 31. The MC was giving a 10 per cent rebate on paying the the ❝Now, we are collectingstatetax without any penalty. on The rebate offered by the government had ended November 30. The property owners can pay tax till March 31 without any penalty. ❞ Daljit Singh, NODAL OFFICER FOR PROPERTY TAX tax till November 30. Daljit Singh, Nodal Officer for Property Tax, said, “Now, we are collecting the tax without any penalty. The rebate offered by the state government had ended on November 30. The property owners can pay tax till March 31 without any penalty.” The MC has collected around 22 crore in property tax till date. It is around Rs 8 crore more than the collection of last year till December end. However, the collec- tion was hardly hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year. Rather the MC had collected around Rs 2 crore more than average of previous years till December end. The MC has set a property tax collection target of Rs 42.5 crore till December 31. Owing to the ongoing OTS scheme and the coming Assembly elections, the MC would not be able to seal any property. Without strictness, the target may not be achieved as a large number of property owners do not pay tax willingly. Observing the election year, the MCA officials have planned to issue maximum scrutiny notices. “A large number of property owners pay less tax by submitting inaccurate selfassessment. We will send notices, physically verify the property and collect the pending tax. Our focus would be on scrutiny of cases,” said Daljit Singh, Nodal Officer for Property Tax. Amritsar, December 26 Some unidentified armed persons allegedly shot at Santokh Singh, alias Sukh, near Jandiala Guru area here on late Saturday evening. Sukh is father of Big Boss fame and Punjabi film actor Shehnaaz Gill. Sukh was going from Amritsar to Beas and stopped at a dhaba in Jandiala Guru to answer the call of nature when the incident took place. In his statement to the police, he alleged his gunmen wanted to go to washroom and therefore, he stopped his car near Gurdaspuria dhaba. He said two bike-borne persons stopped near his car and fired at him. Four gunshots hit his car. He said the accused fled when his gunmen hurled bricks at them after hearing gunshots. He immediately informed Jandiala Guru police and a team of cops reached the spot. He alleged though the Sukhjit Singh, father of Punjabi actor Shehnaaz Gill, shows the bullet marks on his car in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO police were informed timely about the incident, a case was yet to be registered. Harpreet Singh, Station House Officer, Jandiala Guru police station, said the police recovered four empty shells from the spot. “Following a preliminary probe, the matter was found to be suspicious and there- fore further investigation was under progress,” he said. He said recently his security was withdrawn as there were several criminal cases registered against him. He said the police were probing the matter and working on different theories and appropriate action would be taken. ~5-lakh relief given to kin Road mishaps snuff out 3 lives of farmers died in protest Tribune News Service ONE PERSON HELD, RELEASED ON BAIL LATER Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 26 The district administration on Sunday presented cheques for Rs 5 lakh to the families of eight farmers who lost their lives during the protest held against the three farm laws at Delhi borders. The compensation amount was paid to the families by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate at Devidaspura village. The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) has been protesting on the rail tracks at Devidaspura for the last eight days on the The district administration presents relief cheques to kin of eight farmers who died during the agitation at Devidas Pura. issue of compensation and jobs to kin of the deceased farmers. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira said one continued on page 2 Amritsar, December 26 Three persons lost their lives in separate road mishaps in rural areas here in the past two days. One person was arrested in a case who was released on bail. The deceased have been identified as Balkar Singh of Dhaul Kalan village, Harpreet Singh of Kohatwind Hindua village and Rajinder Masih of Shekhwan village in Gurdaspur. Rajinder Masih along with his wife Rajwinder Kaur had come to visit his in-laws’ house in Dhariwal village on Sunday. He was returning to his native village on a bike when he collided with a ■ In the three accidents that took place in the last two days in rural areas of the district, deceased have been identified as Balkar Singh of Dhaul Kalan village, Harpreet Singh of Kohatwind Hindua village and Rajinder Masih of Shekhwan village in Gurdaspur. One person was arrested in a case who was released on bail. scooter being driven by Jasbir Singh of Vanjawala village. Jasbir was going to Chak Sikander village. Rajinder fell on the road and a truck ran him over. He was killed on the spot while his wife Rajwinder sustained injuries. She was rushed to a hospital in Amritsar. Police authorities said investigation was under progress and a case has been being registered. Meanwhile, Balkar Singh of Dhaul Kalan village was killed after he was hit by a goods carrier near Ram Tirath on Saturday. His son Harpal Singh told the police that his father used to work as a security guard at a FCI godown at Khasa. He said he was returning home on a cycle and he was waiting for him near Ram Tirath. He said a goods carrier coming from the Amritsar side hit his father. He said he rushed him to a private hospital where doctors declared him dead. Lopoke police reg- istered a case against Manjit Singh of Brar village. He was driving the vehicle. He was released on bail. In the third incident, Hapreet Singh of Kohatwind Hindua village was killed when a tractor trolley hit his bike on Thursday. He was critically injured and succumbed to his injuries on late Friday evening. Kuldeep Kaur, wife of the victim, told the police that they were returning from Mehta town on bike when the rashly driven tractor trolley hit their bike. The police booked Jagroop Singh of the same village. He fled the spot after the incident. Drug addict found Proposal to hire firm to remove Five booked for firing, stealing gold & cash dead, four booked encroachments cancelled ❝ in Tarn Taran village Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, December 26 The police have booked four alleged drug suppliers of Fatehbad village in connection with the death of a drugaddict of the same village. The deceased, identified as Varinder Kumar (20), was found dead in his house on Friday morning. The police informed on Sunday that the accused had been identified as Bittu Budha, Kaka, Chaaku and Laddoo who had been booked under Sections 304, 148 and 149 of the IPC by Goindwal Sahib police on Saturday. Ram Lubhaia, father of the victim, in his compliant to the police alleged that the accused had been supplying drugs to innocent youths of the area and about six months ago they initiated his son into the bad habit of taking drugs. After getting addicted to drugs, his son started pur- ❝The accusedtohad been supplying drugs innocent youths of the area and about six months ago they initiated his son into the bad habit of taking drugs ❞ Ram Lubhaia, FATHER OF VICTIM chasing drugs from the accused. He alleged the accused had been mixing synthetic drugs in spurious drugs and supplying to addicts. His son injected drugs into his left leg six months ago, which created a big wound. The wound could not be cured despite his best efforts. He said the condition of his son was getting serious day by day. On Thursday, his son went to the accused, who gave him some spurious drug. After taking the drug, he went unconscious on his bed and was found to be dead on Friday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 26 The municipal corporation dropped the idea to outsource a firm for removing encroachments in the North constituency in November. Despite the state government’s nod, former MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi did not present it in the finance and contract committee meeting during his tenure. The MC House had passed the proposal to outsource a private agency to remove illegal encroachments and shift the street vendors to the street vending zones on the revenue-sharing basis on September 6, 2019. The House had proposed that the firm would use its machinery and staff to remove the illegal vends, seize the goods and conduct auction. The roadside vends were to be shifted in the vending zones as per street vending policy and the firm were to collect the fee from the vendors and deposit it into the MC’s account. The firm was Amritsar, December 26 Three unidentified armed persons barged into a house and fired indiscriminately injuring two persons in Ajnala on late Friday evening. The accused took away cash and a gold ring, besides mobile phones from the house. Though the police have registered a case of murder bid and under the Arms Act against five persons, the miscreants were yet to be identified. Investigation was under progress, the police said. Sandeep Singh, a resident of Sarai village in Ajnala, told the police that around 11.30pm on Friday, there was repeated knocks at the gate. He as said they switched on the light, the accused broke open the gate and entered the house. He said before they could understand, the accused attacked his father Ranjha Singh with sharp-edged weapons. He said as they tried to save him, one of the accused having a pistol started firing indiscriminately. He c m y b to have tow-away vehicles, collect the penalty and deposit it in the MC’s account. The state government had approved the proposal with a remark that the provisions of the Street Vendors Act should be followed while implementing the proposal. Malwinder Singh Jaggi was not convinced with the request for proposal (RFP) of the contractor and cancelled the contract on November 12. Jaggi said the RFP didn’t mention about the sharing of revenue. There was no mention of the maintenance of vending zones, scope of work, fee of contractor, etc. While cancelling the proposal, the then MC Commissioner claimed that the proposal of hiring a private firm for removal of encroachments would lead to the exploitation of poor vendors. Dharminderjit Singh, Estate Officer, said, “The proposal was only for the North constituency. Senior officials had raised objections to some conditions. In case such a proposal for hiring a private firm would come again, we will keep in mind the objection raised in the previous proposal.” Around 11.30pm on Friday, there was repeated knocks at the gate. He as said they switched on the light, the accused broke open the gate and entered the house. ❞ Sandeep Singh, MEMBER OF HOUSE said three bullets hit his father and one his brother Rahul. He said as they shouted for help, people started gathering and the accused fled away from the scene. He said the accused also took away two mobile phones, gold jewellery and ~35,000 from the house. The accused fled in a car in which two occupants were already there. He said they rushed the injured to hospital. ASI Sukhjit Singh said a case under Sections 307, 323, 324 and 380 of the IPC and under the Arms Act against five unidentified persons. He said the injured were out of danger and efforts were on to identify the suspects. Personal enmity could be the reason behind the incident.
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