04012022-ATR-01.qxd 1/3/2022 11:58 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE AAP ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FOR ALL ASSEMBLY SEGMENTS The AAP has become the first party to have released names of candidates for all 11 Assembly seats of the district. FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF THREE HELD FOR ASSAULTING COPS Amritsar: Division A police have arrested three brothers, Mahindru and his two brother Kunal Mahindru and Varun Mahindru of Gate Hakima area, for allegedly assaulting a police team on the intervening night of December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022. SI Rakesh Kumar, ASI Ramesh Kumar, head constable Baljinder Singh, Ratan Lal were on duty near Sangam Chowk on New Year celebrations. He said at midnight they got information that some persons were quarrelling near Mahan Singh Gate. He said the police team reached there and tried to intervene, but the accused who were in inebriated condition started abusing them. SI Rakesh Kumar said one of them assaulted him and tore his uniform. He said as HC Baljinder came to intervene, another accused picked up brick and hit him. He said the accused also assaulted ASI Navtej Singh who came from a check point near Mahan Singh Chowk. TNS BIGAMY: COPS ISSUE LOOKOUT CIRCULAR Amritsar: City police have issued a lookout circular against Kamaldeep Singh, a resident of Tarn Taran who was booked on the charge of bigamy. A case was registered against him on the complaint of Ishwar Kaur, a resident of Kot Khalsa area, on November 20. In her statement to the police, she said the accused was threatening her of dire consequences if she did not withdraw her complaint. Kamaldeep was evading the arrest since the registration of case. She told the police that she came in contact with the accused in 2018. She said the accused lured her and they married at a local shrine and started living in a rented accommodation in Kot Khalsa area. She said when she became pregnant from him, she came to know that he was already married. She said the accused started threatening her to keep mum. Perneet Dhillon, SHO, Islamabad police station, said efforts were on to nab him. TNS YOUTH BOOKED ON RAPE CHARGE Amritsar: Division A police have booked Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Patti in Tarn Taran, for allegedly raping a girl. Earlier, a zero FIR was registered with women police station in Sirsa. The case was later referred to city police as the incident took place here. In her complaint, the victim told that she came to Amritsar for paying obeisance at Golden Temple. She said the accused met her outside the shrine. She said the accused lured her for marriage and took her to a hotel near bus stand. She said the accused later took her to another hotel on November 30 near Golden Temple where he forcibly made physical relations with her. The police have registered a case under Section 342, 376 (2) N and 506 of the IPC against Gurpreet Singh who was yet to be arrested in the case. TNS PAGE 2 PAGE 3 SHEFALI SHAH CALLS HER HUMAN CHARACTER A PANDORA’S BOX Shefali Shah, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming medical thriller, had her share of challenges. MAX 17°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:40 PM CAUSE & EFFECT: PRANITAA DOING HER BIT FOR SOCIETY PAGE 4 Pranitaa Pandit’s Prasara has been working towards the welfare of abandoned kids and senior citizens. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:30 AM TUESDAY | 4 JANUARY 2022 | AMRITSAR 2-year-old falls into Omicron scare: Shopkeepers, daily wage earners fear another lockdown dirty water pit, dies District reports a total of 55 positive cases in last five days Police book contractor, panchayat member Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 3 A 2-year-old child, identified as Ishan, lost his life after he accidentally fell into a pit dug for laying sewer pipes in Ram Nagar Colony on Majitha Road here on Monday. The pit was filled with dirty sewerage water. He along with his elder brother was going to his maternal aunt’s house when both of them slipped and fell into the pit. His brother somehow managed to come out and started crying. Listening to his cries, nearby residents gathered on the spot and started looking for Ishan. Around 10 minutes later, his body was recovered and rushed to hospital where doctors declared him dead. Enraged over the incident, the family members along with residents of the area started a protest against the contractor, who was assigned the work of laying sewer pipes underground and the civic body authorities, keeping the body of the victim on the road. They protested against their failure to supervise the work and take precautions to avoid such incidents. They also raised slogans against the administration. The residents prolonged their protest as they were demanding compensation for the victim’s family. Joshanjit, father of the victim, said he worked as a junk dealer and his wife as a domestic help. He said Ishan along with his elder brother was going to his aunt’s house when they slipped into a pit. Wailing family members of Ishan, who died after falling into a trench filled with dirty water in Ram Nagar Colony in Amritsar on Monday; and (below) a view of the pit where Ishan (inset) fell. VISHAL KUMAR HIS ELDER BROTHER MANAGED TO SAVE HIMSELF ■ The victim along with his elder brother was going to his maternal aunt's house when both of them slipped and fell into the pit. His brother somehow managed to come out and started crying. Listening to his cries, nearby residents gathered on the spot and started looking for Ishan. Around 10 minutes later, his body was recovered and rushed to hospital where doctors declared him dead While his brother managed to come out of the pit, Ishan got stuck into it. He said there was no arrangement or precautionary measures made by the contractor to avoid such incidents. He demand- ed the registration of a case against the contractor. The protest led to a massive traffic chaos on Majitha Road. The police reached the spot and tried to pacify the victim’s continued on page 2 Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 3 Likelihood of another lockdown in view of the recent spurt in Covid-19 cases amid the Omicron threat has panicked the residents, especially shopkeepers and the traders’ community, as they see it as another blow to the economic prospects. The district has reported a total of 55 positive cases in the last five days. The rise in the number of positive cases is in sharp contrast to the scenario during the last three months when on average the district had removed merely 25 cases per month. A shopkeeper Ravinder Kumar said, “The third wave of Covid was being anticipated for a long time. Now it seems that it has finally come. With it would also come the restrictions on the movement and on the opening and closing timings of shops.” He said that the small shopkeepers would not be able to survive another lockdown like situation. Though the situation in the district is much better than many other districts of the state, the residents feel that the city being a popular tourist destination with a large number of international passengers arriving daily, the Covid-19 tally would increase in near future. “During the first as well as the second Covid wave, the district had been reporting a maximum number of cases daily. In the present scenario, it was reporting fewer cases but now it seems that the situation is reversing,” said a health official, adding that A health worker inoculates a student with a dose of Covaxin during a vaccination drive organised for children in the 15-18 age group at the Civil Hospital in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR people would have to take the infection more seriously. icted During the previous two rounds of lockdowns followed by restricted timings of business, the small-time shopkeepers and daily wage earners were hit hard as their livelihood was threatened. Even the general public was inconvenienced as the availability of essential items was affected. In the first set of instructions issued by the district administration in view of the increase in the positive cases, Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira has instructed the public to wear face masks at public places, workplaces and while using the public transport. The DC has also asked the public to maintain a social distance of six feet at public places. The administration also asked the health employees not to abstain from their duty. 1.2L children eligible for jab in dist The district Health Department today initiated Covid-19 vaccination drive for the children aged between 15-18 years age group at four vaccination centres, including Government Medical College and the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs Memorial Civil Hospital. An event to mark the inauguration of the vaccination drive was held at the Civil Hospital speaking during which Deputy Chief Minister Om Parkash Soni said a total of 1.20 lakh children in the age group have been identified in the district. He added that a total of 14 lakh children in the state would be covered under the immunisation drive. The Health Department added that the number of vaccination centres for the children would be increased in the coming days. The department has also ensured to set up separate queues for the children at each of the vaccination centers. The officials claimed that 85% of the population above 85 years of age has already received first dose while 45% have been completely vaccinated. Covid: 20 new cases reported in dist With 20 fresh positive cases reported on Monday, the total count of cases from the district has increased to 47,519. The health authorities also reported the recovery of one patient, with which the total recovery count has increased to 45,859. The district, at present, has a total of 61 active cases. Meanwhile, a total of 11,101 residents were inoculated during the vaccination drive on Monday. Of these, 5,181 received the first dose of the vaccine while 5,920 residents received the second dose. 896 rolls of banned string seized, 2 held PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 3 Acting on a tip-off, the Amritsar rural police on Monday nabbed two persons allegedly involved in the illegal sale of Chinese string. The police recovered as many as 896 rolls of the string from their possession. They have been identified as Chanpreet Singh, alias Chan, and Satvir Singh, both residents of Sultanwind Road here. They were coming in a jeep when they were intercepted by Lopoke police. Kapil Kaushal, SHO, Lopoke police station, said the accused were going towards Chogwan when they were stopped at a checkpoint. They were booked under Sections 39, and 51 of the Wild Animal Safety Act, Sec- tion 15 of the Environment Act and Section 188 of the IPC for violation of Deputy Commissioner’s order. This was the first such a big seizure of synthetic kite string by the police this year. As the festival of Lohri is just round the corner, kite flying enthusiasts are using the banned string with impunity. One fails to understand that kite-fliers easily get the killer string from the market, but the district administration and police officials are unable nab the perpetrators involved in the illegal sale and purchase of the string. “Once on the rooftop, you would find youngsters using the string without any fear of the law. People hardly bother about asking their children to continued on page 2 Car snatched at gunpoint recovered within hours Tribune News Service City schools reopened on Monday after a short winter break amid surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Covid heat: School heads asked to stay alert Tribune News Service Accused in the custody of Amritsar police on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Amritsar, January 3 The recent surge in the number of Covid-19 cases across the state has raised the worries of the parents of the school-going students. As schools in the city reopened on Monday after the winter break and the students (from primary to secondary levels) joined their offline classes, parents are now urging the Education Department to review the situation. The vaccination programme for the children falling in the 15-18 age group also began c m y b As schools in the city reopened on Monday after the winter break and the students (from primary to secondary levels) joined their offline classes, parents are now urging the Education Department to review the situation today, but the initial few days of vaccination would be critical in determining the health safety of students. The district education department has already asked the school heads and principals to remain alert and keep a check on any violation with regard to the Covid guidelines. “We are still reviewing the situation. The schools were closed until today due to win- ter break and since there have been no reports of any case or infection from any school, we are keeping a strict vigil on any violation or health safety situation. School heads have already been asked to remain alert. Any further decision on the matter will be taken in a few days,” said Jugraj Singh, District Education Officer. Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases being reported among school students in other districts has upset parents. With no online classes being offered and regular schools being held since October-November last year, most schools hope that parents of children falling in the 15-18 age bracket will go for vaccination to ensure that their academics do not suffer. According to health experts, it is estimated that the third wave may occur in February and several states, including Haryana and Delhi, have already asked schools and colleges to remain closed until further orders. Amritsar, January 3 In yet another incident, armed robbers snatched a car belonging to a local architect, Amit Sharma, from posh Ranjit Avenue area at gunpoint here on late Sunday evening. Though the police managed to recover the car after a chase within hours of the incident while unidentified robbers escaped. The car was found abandoned near Rajasansi area. The police have registered a case in this connection and an investigation was under progress to identify the robbers. Amit Sharma told the police that his employee was washing the car outside the residence last evening when two youths came up to him. He said they snatched the car at gunpoint. The police reached the spot immediately after being informed by the victim. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) (North) Palwinder Singh said following an alert all the exit points were sealed by the police while a team was chasing the car. The ACP was also following them in his private vehicle. He said CCTV cameras in the area were being analysed to identify the robbers and arrest them.
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