22062022-ATR-01.qxd 21-06-2022 23:47 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE INT’L YOGA DAY: RESIDENTS FLEX IT OUT ON YOGA MATS PAGE 2 Rain played a spoilsport but residents attended a number of programmes in different parts of city to mark the day. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF ROBBERS’ GANG BUSTED, 1 HELD Tarn Taran: The local CIA staff claimed to have busted a fourmember gang, involved in a robbery bid against a jeweller two months ago, by arresting a man with a country made pistol and three live cartridges. Three robbers are still at large and the police were conducting raids to arrest them. The gang attempted to rob a jeweller Gurmeet Singh who in retaliation fired at the robbers and forced them to flee. They even left behind their bike. SSP Ranjit Singh Dhillon said Dilraj Singh Raj of Chhola Sahib, has been arrested, while his accomplices, Gursimran Singh of Bhail Dhai Wala, Harman Singh of Kakka Kandiala and Simar of Tarn Taran, were still at large. He said in another incident, the CIA arrested Amritpal Singh Kalu of Bhullar village with a country made pistol, magazine and two live cartridges. He has been booked under the Arms Act. OC DRONE SPOTTED IN RAMDASS AREA Amritsar: A drone movement was noticed by alert BSF jawans near Kassowal border outpost at the Indo-Pak border in the Ramdass area here last midnight. The BSF fired at the unmanned aerial vehicle which returned back to Pakistan. They also used two illumination bombs to see the drone movement at night, while following its humming sound. It entered around 200 metres inside the Indian territory, but returned following indiscriminate firing by the jawans. In the morning, the BSF and police authorities carried out a search operation in the nearby border villages. Manoj Kumar, SHO, Ramdass police station, confirmed and said that a joint search operation by the BSF and Ramdass police was carried out for around four hours, but nothing was found. 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SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:26 AM WEDNESDAY | 22 JUNE 2022 | AMRITSAR No fear of law, Bacchus lovers create nuisance in public places Tribune News Service ILLUSTRATION: SANDEEP JOSHI Amritsar, June 21 Drinking alcohol in public places, outside roadside liquor vends and eating joints, especially those serving non-veg, has become a nuisance as the local police look the other way. Though the police claimed to have taken steps to check the menace, alchohol drinking along roads can be seen in different parts of the city. Residents have expressed their concern over the rising menace and drinker have no fear of the law. They have urged the authorities concerned to nip the evil in the bud before it leads to incidents of crime. ❞ Parminder Singh Bhandal, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Anil Vinayak, a former banker and social activist, said people could be seen con- suming liquor outside a ‘fancy’ liquor vend near Rattan Singh Chowk here. He said they encroach on the road by parking their bikes and scooters outside vends and start Cross case registered in road rage incident Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 21 A day after a youth was shot at in the head by ‘unidentified’ persons, the police have now registered a cross case pertaining to the incident. It was not yet clear what actually happened during the incident. Harpal Singh, father of the victim Rishiwant Singh (20), who is a BSF soldier posted at Ferozepur, had accused Prabhjeet Singh of Dolenangal village of shooting his son. However, Prabhjeet was also admitted to the Baba Bakala Civil Hospital following a head injury allegedly caused during the clash. In his statement to the police, Prabhjeet told that around 9.30 pm on Sunday, he was returning from a party at a restaurant. He said he got a call from his friend Joban that their bike had collided with an Alto. The occupants of the car and demanded ~5 lakh extortion from him and also from former MLA Bony Ajnala. The police have registered a case under Section 506 of the IPC in this connection and launched further probe. Bedi told the police that he got a WhatsApp call, in which the caller identified himself as a mediaperson and sought the contact number of Bony ❝Liquor consumption in the open by the roadside is an offence and offenders will be dealt with strictly. The police officials have been asked to take appropriate measures to discourage people from indulging in drinking. I'll ask the SHOs to take action against them. ❝The police are registering a cross case in order to weaken our case. My son was shot in the head and he is fighting for life and a cross case is being registered against him? Is this justified? ❞ Harpal Singh, FATHER OF THE VICTIM also called their friends and a clash was going on, in which the car occupants fired gunshots and fled after threatening them. Harpal Singh, father of the victim, expressed concern that the police were going to register a cross case in order to weaken their case. “My son was shot in the head and he is fighting for life and a cross case is being registered against him? Is this justified?” he pointed out. Harkrishan Singh, DSP Baba Bakala , confirmed that a cross case has been reg- istered, adding that further investigations were still on. There is nothing to say at the moment. “Rishiwant, the victim, is still critical and unfit for recording his statement. His statement will make it clear as to what led to the incident,” he said. Rishwant was shot at in the head and left critically injured by bikeborne persons, when he along with his friends were returning to their native village Dhianpur in Baba Bakala here from a party late on Sunday evening. While returning home, their car collided with a bike. He got afraid and sped from the spot. The bike-borne youth chased their car. During this, a tyre of their car got flat. Meanwhile, the accused reached there and thrashed him. Before Rishiwant’s friends could intervene, the accused pulled out a pistol, shot him in his head and fled while firing. His friends rushed him to a hospital. Former SAD MLA’s associate gets extortion call PK Jaiswar AISHWARYA KHARE TAKES INSPIRATION FROM ALIA BHATT Ajnala. As he did not have his personal number, he gave him the contact number of Sandeep Kumar, who is close to the former MLA. Sandeep also got a call from a caller posing as a mediaperson who sought the contact number of Ajnala for an interview. He refused as he did not have his number. Rakesh said later in the evening, he got a voice record- ing, in which the sender identified himself as Vicky Brar and asked to convey the message to Bony to cough up ~5 lakh. He asked him to give the same amount threatening him of dire consequences in case he fails to do so. Earlier, too, the SAD MLA has approached the police for getting threat and extortion calls from one Bhinda, a member of Lawrence Bishnoi gang. The Ranjit Avenue police here registered a case under Sections 387 and 506 of the IPC on June 18. Earlier, he had approached the police and the court for reviewing and enhancing his security after getting threat from gangsters for testifying as witness in a drug case being investigated by a SIT. consuming liquor there. “It is a busy road, which witnesses a large number of commuters moving from place to another. It is very unpleasant to see people indulging in drinking along the road,” he said. Globally famous for its food and cuisines, drinking in public places has been a nuisance in the holy city. People can be seen drinking and consuming alcohol in their vehicles outside famous eateries and dhabas that offer non-vegetarian food. Sometimes, it creates a law and order problem as brawls and sometimes firing have been reported at these points in the past. Though drinking alcohol in public places has been banned by the city police, the nuisance is rampant here. Various eati.ng joints on Majitha Road, Ranjit Avenue, Lawrence Road and the main GT Road are favourite destinations of those wanting to have liquor. Residents of these localities as well as senior police officials have expressed their concern over the menace. Deputy Commissioner of Police Parminder Singh Bhandal said liquor consumption in the open by the roadside was an offence and offenders would be dealt with strictly. He said the police officials were asked to take appropriate measures to discourage people from indulging in drinking. “I’ll ask the SHOs to take action against the offenders,” he added. Fleecing by contractors main reason for roadside parking Vehicles parked illegally on roadsides lead to traffic jams in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 21 With the recent incident of a senior official of the municipal corporation having first-hand experience of overcharging by parking contractors engaged by the civic body, the residents hope that now it would act against the contractors and set things right. Even though the city has a number of parking spaces which are leased out to private contractors, most of the residents prefer to park their vehicles on the roadsides which often results in traffic congestion. The residents stated that MC parking spaces should be used to provide facility to them and not allow the private and polit- ically well-connected contractors to fill their pockets. Managing a parking and getting its contract from the MC requires a special set of skills. Contacts at the right places and muscle power are a few of them. With most parking attendants not ready to listen to the grievances of the general public and some even acting too aggressively, the residents often have to go by their word. “Most parking lots in the city charge ~50 from fourwheelers. Instead of feeling embarrassed and paying more, the residents prefer to park on roadsides,” said Satinder Singh, a resident, adding that more and more affordable parking areas should be added to lessen chaos on roads. On many roads of the city, where the MC parking area is available, residents are still in the habit of parking their vehicles on roads. “The MC must look into the reasons why people in areas where it has designated paid parking areas are not using them,” suggested Kewal Singh, another resident. Kewal said parking slips given to car owners clearly mention that the contractors or their attendants are not responsible for theft of any material inside the vehicle or any of its parts, the residents are forced to pay more than the fixed fee. The residents further demanded that every parking should have a rate list for the parking at the entrance. Intermittent rain helps MC razes illegal structures at Kot Khalsa speed up paddy sowing Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 21 Intermittent rain, which lashed the district from Monday night till Tuesday afternoon, has lessen worries of the farming community, which was facing the shortage of water for irrigation. It also eased pressure on the Electricity Department, which was struggling to provide adequate power supply to both residents and farmers. Rain has helped farmers as the fields were inundated with water needed for paddy transplantation. Besides, demand for power for the domestic sector has dropped due to a significant fall in the Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR temperatures. Paddy transplantation, which started at a slow pace, has also picked up pace after the rain. The chief requirement for paddy sowing is inundated fields or puddling in fields. With the rain god being benevolent for the last 24 hours, it has made the process easier for the farmers. The paddy sowing had started on June 17 in the district. However, due to the shortage of water for irrigation coupled with manpower, it had been going on slowly. Continued on page 2 Amritsar, June 21 The estate wing of the Municipal Corporation demolished 12 under-construction residential structures in an illegal colony being constructed over government land at Kot Khalsa area here on Monday. On the direction of Joint Commissioner Hardeep Singh, a team of estate wing of the MC led by Estate Officer Dharminderjit Singh visited the spot and found that 12 plots in Kot Khalsa village were being encroached upon. Some local persons have laid the foundation with 3 feet wall and one of them constructed a 12 feet high wall. The matter was discussed with Joint Commissioner MC. He instructed to remove these illegal occupants from c m y b Under-construction houses being razed in an illegal colony coming up on MC land in Amritsar. the spot. With the help of ditch machine, the MC staff remove the under-construction structures and took possession of the land. A board mentioning ownership of the Municipal Corporation was also installed at the site. Estate Officer Dharminderjit Singh said he had written to the civil department of the MC for the construction of fence around the government land to avoid further attempt of encroachment. The MC officials found that some of the residents had constructed their permanent house in the area illegally. The estate wing staff conducted a survey and asked the Municipal Town Planning wing to take action against the illegal occupants Some persons in the area objected to the MC move by saying that the land belongs to them. The estate wing officials asked them to show the ownership documents, but they failed to do so. Apart from this, on the road leading from Lohgarh Gate to Fort Lohgarh Gurdwara, a person had installed a kiosk and encroached the road. The MC’s estate wing removed the kiosk as well. MC Joint Commissioner appealed to residents not to occupy government lands. Inspector Raj Kumar Inspector Arun Sehajpal, Tajinder Singh Patwari and police personnel were present during the action.
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