25052022-ATR-01.qxd 5/24/2022 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE ABADKARS RESIST GOVT’S MOVE TO TAKE BACK LAND PAGE 2 BIEBER SET FOR INDIA TOUR, TO PERFORM IN DELHI ON OCT 18 The policy of acquisition of govt land in rural areas is not going down well with residents, as they are up in arms. MAINLY CLEAR SKY YOUTH DIES OF DRUG OVERDOSE Amritsar: Rampant drug abuse has claimed the life of another youth in the city. This time in Dedadpur village falling under the Beas police station here. The victim has been identified as Sukhwinder Singh. He died of drug overdose in the village on Monday. Following a complaint by the victim’s mother Kulwinder Kaur, the police have booked two youths — Rimpi and Jashandeep Singh — of the same village on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Kulwinder Kaur alleged that the duo, who lived in the neighbourhood, pushed her son into drugs. She told the police that the two took her son on bike on Sunday evening. She said when her son did not return, the family started searching for him. Later, his body was found near a drain in Baba Bakala. She alleged the accused gave him drug overdose, which led to his death. Balkar Singh, SHO, Beas police station, said raids were being carried out to nab Rimpi and Jashandeep. On the statement of Kulwinder Kaur, a case under Section 304 of the IPC was registered against them. TNS COTPA VIOLATIONS: 12 CHALLANED Here comes good news for all Justin Bieber fans! The singer is bringing his Justice World Tour to India soon. MAX 35°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:26 PM It is the Hindi adaptation of the global audio release Batman Unburied, and is a true psychological thriller. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:28 AM Victims resist move, seek alternative arrangements & assurance that their homes will be repaired DIGGING CASE Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service ment by violating rules, had assured them that he would repair their houses. Now, the residents have demanded that the owner of the upcoming hotel sign a written agreement with them about the repair of their houses. Simran Singh and other residents said: “The MC has displayed notices to vacate the houses for safety as they are going to demolish the walls of the Grand Hotel. But the MC or district authorities didn’t inform us as to what alternative arrangements have been made for us. We were already vacating our houses and taking out the furniture and goods as well. But we are asking for written assurance from the builder of the under-construction hotel that he will repair our houses and compensate for the damage. Now, we have decided to not vacate our homes until the builder signs an agreement.” On May 12, a major portion of the Grand Hotel collapsed due to digging of an under-construction hotel in the adjoining land. Around seven houses were also damaged in the incident. RESIDENTSPEAK Grand Hotel. But the MC or district authorities didn't inform us as to what alternative arrangements have been made for us. We were already vacating our houses and taking out the furniture and goods as well. But we are asking for written assurance from the builder of the under-construction hotel that he will repair our houses and compensate for the damage. Now, we have decided to not vacate our homes until the builder signs an agreement. Simran Singh, ONE OF THE AFFECTED RESIDENTS ❞ Committed crime as she wanted to claim insurance money after his death ONE HELD WITH 20-GM HEROIN Tarn Taran: Jhabal police arrested one person with 20 gram of heroin from the outskirts of Jhabal village on Monday. Sub-Inspector Kewal Singh said the accused has been identified as Gurdev Singh of Maddar village. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. OC 2 ARRESTED WITH STOLEN BIKES Tarn Taran: Khemkaran police on Monday arrested two residents of the border township with two stolen bikes from outskirts of the town. ASI Ashok Kumar who arrested the accused said both the accused had been identified as Sarwan Singh Gogo and Heera Singh. The accused told the ASI that they were in search of customers to sell the stolen bikes. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC had been registered against the accused, said the ASI. OC Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 Days after a man, identified as Manjit Singh (46), was killed and his wife Narinder Kaur found injured in Jandiala guru area, when they were going to take medicine from Beas, the police have arrested his wife for the murder. According to the police, she killed him to claim the insurance amount. Narinder Kaur was arrested and the weapon used in the crime was also recovered. The incident occurred near Dehriwal village falling under Tarsikka police station in the wee hours on May 4. The police had booked unidentified persons at that time. Swarn Singh, father of the deceased and resident of Bulara village, told the police that Manjit used to work as a tailor and got married to Narinder Kaur 22 years ago. He said on May 4 around 4.15 am, the couple left for a hospital in Beas to buy medicine on their bike (PB-02-DO-8720), which is nearly 14 km from their house. He said he got a call from a person that unidentified persons had attacked his son and wife leaving them seriously injured. The incident occurred near Dehriwal village, nearly 2 km from their village. Balraj Singh, SHO Tarsikka police station, said during investigations, the police got suspicious and interrogated Narinder Kaur, who is also an LIC agent. She confessed to the crime. She told the police that Manjit was suffering from various ailments and there was no source of income. He said Manjit had an insurance worth ~5 lakh in case of normal death, while during accidental death, the nominee would get ~15 lakh. “Being an insurance agent, Narinder knew this and she planned to eliminate her hus- Pack of canines a cause for concern Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 Not a pleasant sight, but spotting a pack of hungry dogs sifting through garbage in dustbins installed alongside roads is not uncommon in the city. Residents complain that such hungry and irritated dogs, as they look for food, often cause inconvenience to commuters. Even as a large number of dog lovers feed them in their areas, the huge population is practically impossible to be fed. A few residents even have divergent views on feeding stray dogs by animal lovers as some consider it a nuisance. However, in the absence of any policy and the will to implement dog-sterilisation programmes in the city, the population of canines is fast increasing. Residents complain that apart from other problems caused by stray canines, dog excreta on roads is a big challenge in MAYORSPEAK The the ❝safetyMC has displayed notices to vacatewallshouses ❝Residents have been for as they are going to demolish the of the asked to vacate their house LIC agent kills husband, held Amritsar: A Health Department team issued challans to 12 cigarette venders for violation of the provisions of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) during a checking in the city on Tuesday. Nodal officer for Tobacco Control Programme Dr Karan Mehra said venders at the bus stand, Ram Talai, Maqboolpura, Taran Wala Pul, New Amritsar and Golden Gate were checked by a team led by district mass media officer Amardeep Singh. He said packs of substandard and imported cigarettes were also destroyed by the team. TNS WEDNESDAY | 25 MAY 2022 | AMRITSAR Affected residents told to vacate homes Amritsar, May 24 The Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities have asked the residents of affected houses to vacate their homes as the dilapidated portion of the Grand Hotel will have to be demolished soon. Notices have been pasted outside the affected houses. Residents were seen vacating their homes on Tuesday, but were not satisfied with the authorities and local politicians, who assured them justice. On Monday, when the team of the municipal town planning wing led by ATP Parminderjeet Singh and Inspector Paramjeet Singh reached Grand Hotel to demolish the dilapidated portion of the building, they asked residents to vacate their homes for safety. Residents of affected houses resisted the MC’s move and asked for alternative arrangements of their stay. Moreover, the residents were upset that the owner of the under-construction hotel has not compensated them so far. Residents said local politicians assured them that the owner of the under-construction hotel, who dug the base- PAGE 4 band,” Balraj Singh said. She took a weapon and garbage in polythene bag for throwing with her. As per plan, she asked Manjit to stop the bike to throw litter. When he stopped, she repeatedly hit Manjit on his head and face killing him on the spot, while she also lay there to dodge the police. She said unidentified persons attacked them for robbery. The police got suspicious as she did not have any major injury, while Manjit was brutally murdered. The police also recovered the weapon used in the crime. She was arrested and sent to judicial custody, said Balraj Singh. SACRILEGE ROW 3rd accused surrenders before police for their own safety as demolishing Grand Hotel walls may further damage their properties. The issue of repair is totally different. They are being accommodated by the builder. We are taking care of their interests. Karamjit Singh Rintu, MAYOR ❞ Zero pendency in mSeva portal, claims civic body Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 The Municipal Corporation (MC) has reduced the pendency of the mSeva grievance portal to zero, claimed senior MC officials. MC Joint Commissioner Hardeep Singh held meetings with the officers to conduct a follow-up to settle the mservice complaints on Monday. After meeting the officers, Hardeep Singh said on March 15, total 1,616 complaints were pending in the mSeva application. He said on the directions of Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MC Commissioner, the corporation officers and employees worked round the clock to resolve the complaints. As a result, all complaints were settled. He said only eight complaints were pending in the public grievance redressal portal (PGRS) of the Punjab Government, which would also be resolved soon. The MC complaint cell is continuously functioning and obtaining good results. Joint Commissioner said in future, the complaints coming directly to mSeva, PGRS and Municipal Corporation will be disposed within the time limit. This will be followed by real time checks and continuous monitoring. Fake birth certificates: 3 held Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 Sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau (VB) nabbed three persons for allegedly preparing fake birth certificates on Tuesday. They were identified as Ravinder Singh, Jai Kapoor and Sunil Kumar. The VB seized 13 fake birth certificates from their possession during investigations. While Ravinder Singh used to work as a helper in the Punjab School Education Board’s office at Golden Avenue, Jai Kapoor and Sunil Kumar were private agents. Sunil also work as a stenographer in the district court. Daljit Singh Dhillon, SSP (Vigilance), in a statement issued here said one of their accomplices was absconding and raids were on to nab him. He said the certificates seized from their possession were verified from the local office of Registrar of Births and Deaths, Municipal Corporation. He said out of the 13 birth certificates seized from them, six were found to be fake and the remaining seven could not be verified due The accused, who used to prepare fake birth certificates, in the custody of Vigilance sleuths in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO to incorrect addresses. A case under Sections 420, 465, 466, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against them. The accused were produced in a court and brought on police remand for further investigations. More heads would roll after the probe, the SSP said. After anti-encroachment drive, it’s business as usual Tribune News Service Tribune News Service up with ❝A few years ago, the government had comefee thus a scheme to register pet dogs. The registration collected was to be used for sterilisation of stray dogs to control their population. Accidents and dog-bite incidents can be stopped only if the dog population is controlled. Harjit Singh, A CITY RESIDENT ❞ the way of creating clean and hygienic surroundings. Apart from stray dogs, owners of pet dogs in the city, too, are in the habit of bringing their dogs to parks and streets, which further adds to unclean surroundings. A resident Harjit Singh said: “A few years ago, the government had come up with a scheme to register pet dogs. The registration fee thus collected was to be used for sterilisation of stray dogs to control their population.” He said accidents and dog-bite incidents can be stopped only if the dog population is controlled. c m y b Amritsar, May 24 Gurmukh Singh, the third suspect in Dharamkot village sacrilege instance, on Tuesday surrendered before the police. He was evading arrest for the past three days. Earlier, the police had arrested his father Massa Singh and brother Pargat Singh in the case. The police have booked the three persons for allegedly committing sacrilege at a gurdwara in Dharamkot village falling under the Bhindi Saida police station on Saturday. The SGPC had condemned the incident and sought the intervention of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and the state DGP for probing the incident to give punishment to the culprits and ascertain the actual cause behind this. Continued on page 2 Amritsar, May 24 Irrespective of several campaigns to remove encroachments, these have little desired impact, especially on highly commercial roads. Those in business are of the view that shopkeepers allow vendors to park in front of their shops in return for a handsome amount. Satnam Singh, a hotelier, said these vendors pay the amount to shopkeepers daily. The amount could be between ~300 and ~1,000, depending upon the commercial importance of the place. The menace is rampant in commercial markets around the Golden temple due to high footfall. “In cut-throat competition of the retail sector, where sales is supreme, traders are using different measures to increase the sale of their prof- PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR INBRIEF BATMAN EK CHAKRAVYUH PAVES WAY FOR HINDI ADAPTATIONS PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR FORECAST PAGE 3 Encroachments galore at Katra Jai Mal Singh in Amritsar. it,” he said. Vendors selling different products such as vegetables, fruits, cooked meals, inner wear, baby clothes, cutlery and other products on commercial streets and pavements can be noticed. At the time of the anti-encroachment drive, these vendors are alerted and move to other places. Once the drive is over, it is business as usual. Balwinder Singh, a visitor, said compounding the problem was the haphazard parking of vehicles on roadsides. It is resulting in posing several problems in commuting on roads to commoners and tourists in the holy city. Both create traffic bottlenecks. Vends of all sizes and hues Continued on page 2
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