26042022-ATR-01.qxd 4/25/2022 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE INDIA’S CREATIVE DIVERSITY COMES TO FORE AT ART EXPO PAGE 2 Diverse art works from almost every state of the country is on display at the SG Thakar Singh Art Gallery. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF DEBT-RIDDEN FARMER ENDS LIFE Amritsar: A farmer identified of Fatehgarh Shukarchak village committed suicide here on Monday. Gurlal Singh shot himself with his licenced revolver and died on the spot. The police have started inquest proceedings and handed over the body to the family after autopsy. According to the police, he was upset as he was unable to pay the debt to the bank and bank authorities were allegedly harassing him to return the debt amount. He is survived by two children and wife. He owns 4 acre land in the village. The incident occurred at 11.30 am. Shashpal Singh, SHO, Kamboh police station, said on the statement of deceased’s wife, the police have initiated action under Section 174 of the CrPC and launched further probe. “After the post mortem, the police handed over the body to his family,” he said. TNS BSF SEIZES 1-KG HEROIN NEAR IB Amritsar: The BSF on Monday seized heroin weighing 1,050 kg lying abandoned across the India-Pakistan border fencing in Amritsar sector. Two packets of the contraband wrapped in yellow adhesive tape were discovered during a special search operation by BSF troops. This was the second instance of narcotics recovery in a week. Earlier on April 19, four packets of heroin (gross weight 2.110 kg), one pistol, one magazine and 37 rounds were seized. TNS INTOXICATING TABLETS SEIZED Tarn Taran: The local city police led by Sub-Inspector Jaswinder Singh arrested one person with intoxicating tablets and capsules on Sunday. The police officer said the accused has been identified as Arun Kumar of local Gali Bazigaran Wali. He was arrested from the Holy City locality in the outskirts of Tarn Taran. As many as 1,400 intoxicating tablets and 1,440 capsules were recovered from the possession of the accused. A case under Sections 22-C, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered. OC TEEN MOLESTED AT DALL SCHOOL Tarn Taran: An incident of molestation with a student of Government High School, Dall, was reported here when the 13-year-old victim had gone to the bathroom with her classmate on Saturday. One Daljit Singh (22) of the same Dall village, trespassed into the bathroom by jumping the school wall. He molested her and when she raised an alarm, he fled away. Investigating Officer Sub-Inspector Kiranpal Kaur said the accused is a resident of Dall village and he is at large. A case under Section 354 of the IPC and Section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered by the Khalra police on the statement of the victim’s mother. The negligence on the part of the Education Department is quiet visible as the school complex is unsafe for girl students. DEO (secondary) Harbhagwant Singh said he was unaware of the incident. OC HOUSE OF GUCCI IS SET FOR A DIGITAL PREMIERE TODAY PAGE 3 COMICAL FORMULA: GET SET FOR COMEDY SERIES HOME SHANTI Directed by four-time Academy Award nominee, the star-studded film about the iconic Italian fashion house. MAX 42°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:07 PM PAGE 4 Starring Supriya Pathak and Manoj in the lead roles, Home Shanti is set to release on Disney+ Hotstar on May 6. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:49 AM TUESDAY | 26 APRIL 2022 | AMRITSAR child in Hospitals, not beneficiaries, ASI slapsminister,presence of Cabinet suspended reaping scheme’s benefit Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 25 With the reports of insurance fraud pertaining to Ayushman Bharat-Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana, a flagship programme of the government to help people get medical care at government and private hospitals, questions are being raised on the scheme as a few unscrupulous hospitals and not the eligible beneficiaries are reaping its benefit. Sources in the Health Department said reports have been received regarding private hospitals committing fraud by falsifying reports and records of treatment by which the expenditure shown on treatment of an insured person is shown as much more than the actual expenditure. Earlier also, such frauds with insurance schemes SARBAT SEHAT BIMA YOJANA The district has total 105 hospitals empanelled under the scheme, of which 10 are government hospitals and the remaining private ■ Reports have been received regarding private hospitals committing fraud by falsifying reports and records of treatment by which the expenditure shown on treatment of an insured person is shown much more than the actual expenditure ■ including the one meant for ex-servicemen had come to light. The eligible beneficiaries of the AB-SSBY have often complained of not getting the benefit. Many of them have to pay for the treatment even though they Jeweller foils robbery bid, forces miscreants to flee Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, April 25 A local jeweller thwarted a robbery bid here on Monday by showing his presence of mind. He not only saved his life and jewellery worth ~25 lakh by snatching the revolver of the robbers, but also fired at them with his licenced revolver and forced them to run from the spot leaving their motorcycle behind. The police naka was just 5m away from the site of the incident. Gurmeet Singh, owner of Anshdeep Jewellers, was at his shop in the afternoon, when four armed robbers came on two motorcycles. Two of them entered the shop, while two stood outside. Two robbers threatened Gurmeeet at gunpoint and tried to rob him. Gurmeet scuffled with the robbers and snatched their revolver, which failed to work. In the meanwhile, Gurmeet pointed his licenced revolver at the robbers and fired at them, who fled leaving behind their motorcycle, too, on the spot. The revolver and the motor- Gurmeet Singh not only saved his life and jewellery worth ~25 lakh, but also forced robbers to run away are eligible for a free of cost treatment of up to ~5 lakh per family. The district has a total of 105 hospitals empanelled under the Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana, of which 10 are government hospitals and the remaining are private hospitals. Sources in the department said a few private hospitals have been found manipulating health records for fraudulent economic gains. The health officials said recently a private hospital was fined ~3 lakh for issuing falsified diagnosis reports. The Civil Surgeon said: “If any empanelled hospital is found committing any fraud, recommendation will be sent to the state authorities for further legal action. The audit of the empanelled hospitals is regularly conducted by the Health Department as well as the insurer.” Dhariwal (Gurdaspur), April 25 In a bid to ‘impress’ Cabinet minister Lal Chand Kataruchak, an ASI ended up getting suspended. The minister, accompanied by officers of the district administration, was on a visit to the Dhariwal grain market on Monday. He was travelling in his official car at a slow speed and just as he reached the grain market gate, he witnessed some commotion ahead of him. ASI Yusuf Masih of Dhariwal police station, who was on security duty, had slapped an 11-year-old child, who was trying to earn his bread and butter by plying a rickshaw. His only fault was that his rickshaw somehow strayed in the path which was being taken by the minister’s vehicle and came face to face with it. Masih knew Kataruchak was watching him. He tried to reason with the child to clear WHAT HAPPENED AND HOW Cabinet minister Lal Chand Kataruchak, accompanied by officers of the district administration, was on a visit to the Dhariwal grain market on Monday. He was travelling in his official car at a slow speed and just as he reached the grain market gate, he witnessed some commotion ahead of him. ASI Yusuf Masih of Dhariwal police station, who was on security duty, had slapped an 11-year-old child, who was trying to earn his bread and butter by plying a rickshaw. His only fault was that his rickshaw somehow strayed in the path which was being taken by the minister's vehicle and came face to face with it. Masih knew Kataruchak was watching him. He tried to reason with the child to clear the way for "Sahib's gaddi". However, the confused child could not decipher what was happening. The ASI then proceeded to slap him in full public glare. the way for “Sahib’s gaddi”. However, the confused child could not decipher what was happening around him with all sirens and hooters playing out with a high decibel noise. The ASI then proceeded to slap him in full public glare. Some local newsmen were standing in the vicinity. They protested to the ASI’s seniors, but to no avail. Although the slapping incident could not be recorded by the media, they managed to film what the ASI was saying in the incident’s aftermath. They stopped Health advisory: Keep body hydrated to fight heatwave Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 25 In view of the rising temperature, the district Health Department has issued a health advisory for the general public and asked them to take ample precautions while going out. The Health Department has asked residents to be extra cautious during peak temperature from 12 noon to 3 pm. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said people must increase their liquid intake during the summer season to fight dehydration. “One must drink some liquid before leaving for any place when it is hot and the Land dispute: 5 hurt in clash Tribune News Service HOW IT ALL HAPPENED Two robbers threatened Gurmeeet at gunpoint and tried to rob him. Gurmeet scuffled with the robbers and snatched their revolver, which failed to work. In the meanwhile, Gurmeet pointed his licenced revolver at the robbers and fired at them, who fled leaving behind their motorcycle, too, on the spot. The revolver and the motorcycle of robbers was taken in custody by the local city police. The entire incident was captured in the CCTV cameras of the jeweller. cycle of robbers was taken in custody by the local city police. The entire incident was captured in the CCTV cameras of the jeweller. Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal, local MLA, visited the spot and appreciated Gurmeet for his bravery. City SHO Sub-Inspector Sukhbir Kaur said a case was registered under relevant sections. Gurmeet said the robbers even issued threats on his mobile after two hours of the incident. Kidnapping of minor boy: Cops clueless even after four months Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 25 Four months after a 12-year-old boy Vanshroop went missing from his native village and family lodged a complaint against a suspect, neither the police have located the boy nor nabbed the suspect. After two months, the police had booked a relative of the family for abduction. Alleging police inaction, the family met SP (D) Manoj Thakur of Amritsar rural police on Monday and urged him to arrest the accused immediately and trace the missing boy. The family is worried about the boy’s fate. Vanshroop went missing from Kartarpur village, falling under the Beas police on December 23. Around four months after, the police booked one suspect Sukhwinder Singh, a relative of the victim’s family, for kidnapping the child. Victim’s mother Kuldeep Kaur and her husband told the SP that Sukhwinder and his unknown accomplice had taken the boy from the house and since then Vanshroop had not returned home. Following over two months’ probe, the police have now booked Sukhwinder for kidnapping the child. They alleged that the police though raided his house, they did not arrest him and after this he went underground. The family also alleged that a sarpanch was influencing the police investigations in order to save the accused. The SP assured the family that the boy would be traced and the accused would be arrested soon. He said the police teams were conducting regular raids to nab the suspect. He said he would personally look into the case. c m y b Kataruchak’s cavalcade and told him “how hard the sturdy cop had slapped a poor undernourished child.” Many of them also had the audacity to tell him, “Is this the way the poor are treated in India?” The minister rang up SSP Harjit Singh and told him what had happened. He also asked him to immediately suspend Yusuf Masih. Five minutes later, the ASI’s senior officer got orders to “suspend Masih and shift him to the Police Lines pending an inquiry.” Amritsar, April 25 Tension gripped Dhaul Kalan village falling under the Kamboh police station after two groups indulged in cross-firing injuring around five persons over a land dispute. On receiving information, senior police officials, including SP (Detective) Manoj Thakur and SHO Shashpal Singh reached the spot and started investigation. One of the injured was identified as Ajaypal Singh, who suffered bullet injury on his face and was currently under treatment at a private hospital. His condition is stated to be serious but stable. Among others injured included Jagbir Singh, Roshanbir Singh and Dilbagh Singh. SP (Detective) Manoj Thakur said investigations were under progress. He said police teams were recording the statements of the injured from both sides and an FIR was being registered in this regard. Shashpal Singh, SHO, Kamboh police station, said three persons from each side were injured in the clash that took place in the afternoon. He said one group was headed by Ajaypal Singh while the other was led by Jaspal Singh of the same village. The doctors had declared Ajaypal unfit for giving any statement at the moment. He was hit by a .315 bore bullet. Jagbir Singh sustained sharp weapon injury on the forehead while two fingers of Roshanbir Singh were chopped in the clash. They were accompanying Ajaypal during the incident. Ajaypal and Jagbir were in the ICU of a private hospital. Dilbagh Singh was brother of Jaspal Singh. He also suffered sharp weapon injury. “The statements were being recorded and a cross case was likely to be registered in the case against both the groups under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and for indulging in firing and thereby creating panic and tension in the village,” he added. Farmers’ suicides cause for concern Artistes enact a scene from the play Sadda Jaggon Seer Mukkeya at Virsa Vihar during the orgoing theatre fest in Amritsar on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR sun is overhead,” he said, adding that lassi, nimbu pani and sharbats help in keeping the body hydrated. The health official said elderly persons and infants should be protected from heat and be provided a comfortable environment. “People must inculcate the habit of carrying a water bottle with them and should avoid drinking cold drinks being sold in the market,” he said. The department has also Continued on page 2 10 cell phones, heroin seized from jail Amritsar, April 25 In yet another seizure, the Amritsar Central Jail authorities have confiscated as many as 10 mobile phones besides recovering 8-gm heroin from the high-security complex during a search operation here on Sunday. Following a complaint by the Central Jail officials, the Islamabad police have booked six prisoners identified as Jobanjit Singh, alias Joban; Ranjit Singh; Tarsem Singh; Inderjit Singh; Harpreet Singh and Sushil Kumar on the charge of violating jail rules and under the NDPS Act. Continued on page 2 Amritsar: A recent report by farmer union of Punjab states that Punjab has witnessed 14 farmers’ suicides in April alone this year. Distressed over low yield, rising interests and loans rates and seemingly no way out of the traditional crop cycle, farmers’ suicides have been one of the biggest causes for concern not just in the state, but in the country for a while now. Depicting the same plight of farmers, who are caught in the vicious cycle of debt by arthiyas and banks, Azad Bhagat Singh Virasat manch presented the play Sadda Jaggon Seer Mukkeya at the ongoing 10-day national theatre festival hosted by manch rangmanch at Virsa Vihar. Written by Navnindra Behal and Daljit Sona directed, the play was based on the subject of farmers’ death and centered around the story of farmers, who out of blind trust and bound by traditions of village system, get trapped in debt. TNS
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