24062022-ATR-01.qxd 6/23/2022 11:41 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE AMBARSARIYAS FINALLY GET A PLACE TO HANG OUT AT NIGHT PAGE 2 The sleepy lanes that used to be silent and dark after the day’s business are reverberating with life now. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF DIST REPORTS 8 FRESH +VE CASES Amritsar: In continuation of the recent trend in increase in Covid-19 infections from the district, the health authorities have reported eight new positive cases on Thursday. The number of daily Covid cases has increased in the last few days and with this, the total count of positive cases in the district has reached 59,535. With the local authorities reporting recovery of six patients, the total recovery count increased to 57,817. The district at present has a total of 35 active cases. TNS COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE 8 59,535 0 1,683 35 TWO BOOKED FOR SODOMY Tarn Taran: A 12-year-old boy was sodomised in his native village, Nagoke, by two boys of the same village when he had gone for a bath to a nearby distributary on Monday. The accused have been identified as Jasandeep Singh and Jasanpreet Singh, both 18-year-old. They too had gone there for a bath and took the victim to the nearby bushes and committed the crime. A case under Sections 377 and 506 of the IPC and four of the POCSO Act has been registered against the accused. Investigation Officer Sub Inspector Jagtar Singh said the accused, Jasanpreet, had been arrested and was produced in a court. The second accused, Jasandeep, was absconding, said the police officer. OC MOBILES, PILLS SEIZED FROM JAIL Amritsar: Five mobile phones, including three smart phones, a bluetooth headphone, data cables and intoxicating tablets were seized from the Amritsar Central Jail here on Wednesday. Jail authorities said the prohibited material was found abandoned in the high security jail complex during a search operation. Following the complaint by jail officials, the Islamabad police have registered a case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons Act and Sections 22/61/85 of the NDPS Act. TNS PAGE 3 MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:39 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:26 AM Harpartap Ajnala third local political leader to get such threat THOSE ON GANGSTERS’ ‘RADAR’ PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Former Cong MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala Former SAD leader Amarpal Singh Bony Former Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni CITY-BASED TRADER ALSO THREATENED TO COUGH UP ~10 LAKH Sidharth Mahajan, a local trader running mobile phone show rooms at Lawrence Road and Hall Bazaar, claimed that he got an extortion call from a caller identifying himself as Vicky Brar, brother of Canada-based notorious gangster Goldy Brar. Mahajan in his complaint to the police said the caller demanded ~10 lakh and threatened to fire with AK-47 at his shop in case he disconnects his call or blocked the number. The Civil Lines police have registered a case under Sections 387 and 506 of the IPC against unidentified person for now. have registered a case under Sections 385, 387 and 506 of the IPC against Bishnoi and Vicky Cobra and launched further probe. Harpartap was the third leader to get extortion call allegedly from members of Bishnoi gang. Earlier, former SAD leader Amarpal Singh Bony and former Deputy Chief Minister Om Parkash Soni have also got extortion calls. Deputy Commissioner of Police Rashpal Singh said they were carrying out investigations to ascertain who was behind these calls. He said the accused would be behind the bars soon. The police claimed to have got some clues in these cases. Swarndeep Singh, SSP, Amritsar (rural), also said the probe was on to ascertain the facts behind these extortion calls. PAGE 4 If reports are to be believed, Charu is not happy in her relationship with Rajeev and says that he is not a good father. Now, former Congress MLA gets extortion call Amritsar, June 23 A day after former Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni got an extortion call, another former Congress MLA from Ajnala, Harpartap Singh Ajnala, also got a threat call from a person posing an associate of Lawrence Bishnoi. He identified himself as Vicky Cobra and demanded an extortion of ~10 lakh for ‘protection’. Ajnala in his complaint to Kamboh police sought security for him and his family members. In his complaint, he said he and his son Kanwar Partap Singh got calls from anonymous numbers. He picked up the phone only once, in which the caller said he was a member of Bishnoi gang. Later, he said he got threatening voice messages. He said the caller asked him to be ready for dire consequences for denying extortion money. The Kamboh police, under Amritsar rural police, CHARU ASOPA AND RAJEEV SEN ARE HEADING FOR SEPARATION? Actress Jessica Chastain turned down the fee for her surprise special role as former US President’s politician sister. Sarabjit Singh Verka, member, Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), an NGO, however, raised questions over the timing of these calls. “Why are these calls being made now when the security of many of them has been curtailed by the current dispensation while reviewing security threats?” he asked, adding that the matter should be probed threadbare. Drone spotted yet again Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 23 A day after a drone was spotted near the Ramdass border belt, another drone movement was observed near Sherpur border outpost in Ajnala here late on Wednesday evening. According to the information, the BSF jawans heard the humming sound coming from Pakistan side. The jawans fired an illumination bomb to illuminate the area, following which the flying drone returned to Pakistan territory and it could not cross the International Border. Information was passed to the police and a joint search operation of the BSF and Bhindi Saida police was launched in the nearby villages though nothing was found from the spot. FRIDAY | 24 JUNE 2022 | AMRITSAR ASI dies as weapon goes off accidently Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, June 23 An ASI died, when his service weapon fired suddenly at a naka in Goindwal Sahib at Kapurthla crossing on Thursday morning. The deceased has been identified as Baskhshish Singh (46). He had just come to the naka for his duty. Inspector Rajinder Singh, SHO, Goindwal Sahib, said the deceased was just taking charge of the weapons from the police party that performed the night duty. He was de-loading the magazine from the SLR that went off suddenly and he died on the spot as a bullet pierced through his head. The deceased is survived by his wife and two sons aged 17 Baskhshish Singh (46) was taking charge from the police party that performed the night duty. He was de-loading the magazine from the SLR that wet off suddenly and he died on the spot as a bullet pierced through his head and 15 years. A report under Section 174 of the CrPC was lodged on the statement of ASI Sarbarinder Singh, who was on duty at the naka party. One booked for raping 8-year-old Amritsar, June 23 A girl (8) was allegedly raped by a youth in Mallunangal village, under Kamboh police, here. The accused has been identified as Shamsher Singh of the same village. He was yet to be arrested. The victim’s aunt lodged a complaint. She said on Tues- day, she had gone to sow paddy and her niece was alone at home. She said in the evening, their neighbour Shamsher entered the house and pulled her into the room, where he raped her. The accused also threatened to kill her in case she raised an alarm. He covered her mouth so that her shrieks were not audible. Kamboh police have registered a case under Sections 376 (A), (B) and 506 of the IPC and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act. The police said the medical examination of the victim was being carried out and raids were on to nab the suspect. — TNS AAPworker climbs atop It took this NRI 2 months to get illegal occupants on his land booked water tank in protest Chattiwind police register FIR against 3 persons, including a woman Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 23 A resident of Mianpur village in Jandiala area climbed atop a water tank in protest against the alleged inaction by the local police in an assault case. Pardeep Singh, a panchayat member from the village said Dharminder Singh (in pic) was injured by eight persons, including the village sarpanch and four panchayat members, on May 31. Pardeep claimed that Dharminder is an Aam Aadmi Party worker. Pardeep claimed that Dharminder had filed an application under the RTI to know about the expenses made by the village panchayat for various development works. He said after failing to get his complaint registered, Dharminder climbed atop the water tank on Thursday morning. The police official present on the spot said they were trying to talk to Dharminder and his statement would be recorded. Amritsar, June 23 For Jaswant Singh, who has lived most of his life in New York, the experience of the local police and justice leaves a bad taste in the mouth, as he has had a harrowing experience of getting a case registered against the illegal occupants on his agricultural land in Sanghna village, near here. For the last two months, Jaswant has tried every contact he had here as well as in his Punjabi diaspora in the US. Finally, with the intervention of the minister for NRI affairs, he managed to get the encroachers booked, and now, three persons, including a woman, have been booked by the me ❝It tookBacktwo-and-a-half months to get a complaint filed against thesufficient accused. in the US, a mere telephonic complaint would have been to prompt cops to act. I came to know about the kabza on April 16. After verifying the facts, I filed a complaint via e-mail on April 17. I received an acknowledgement on April 22. The long wait for justice forced me to finally take a flight and come here. My land was encroached as I am an NRI and cannot be here often to pursue legal matters. The state government must devise a plan to save the properties of NRIs from criminal elements. Jaswant Singh, AN NRI BASED IN NEW YORK ❞ Chattiwind police. After living in the US for the last 35 years, Jaswant expressed: “Coming to Punjab has always been a soothing experience, but not this time. All I have on my mind is to get my land back and how to dispose it off.” He said it was his first experience with the local ‘Join hands to eradicate drugs’ system, as he had left the country at a young age. What astonishes Jaswant is the fact that the NRI cell constituted to cater to the complaints of NRIs is not doing its job properly. He said: “It took me two-and-a-half months to file a complaint against the accused. Back in the US, a mere telephonic complaint would have been sufficient to prompt the police to act,” he said. “I came to know about the ‘kabza’ on my land on April 16. After verifying the facts, I filed a complaint via email on April 17. I received an acknowledgement on April 22,” he said. The long wait for justice forced him to finally take a flight and come here. He said his land became the target for ‘kabza’ as he was an NRI and cannot be here often to pursue legal matters. Singh said the state government must devise a plan to save the properties of NRIs from criminal elements. 44th Chess Olympiad torch reaches Attari Kunwar’s intervention sought for removal of encroachments from historic Ram Bagh MAN ARRESTED WITH WEAPON Amritsar: Acting on a tip-off, the police have arrested one Varinder Singh of Azad Nagar area on the charge of dacoity, while his accomplice managed to flee from the spot. The one that managed to escape was identified as Sabhi Shivala. Varinder was held from a hotel room on railway link road. During the raid, the police confiscated a country-made weapon with 13 bullets and two magazines from him. A case under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC and Sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act was registered against them. Varinder has a number of criminal cases, including gambling, against him. TNS JESSICA PLAYED TRUMP’S SIS FOR FREE IN ARMAGEDDON TIME MLA Kunwar Vijay Pratap (2nd from right) during a programme on raising awareness against drug abuse in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 23 Former IG and Amritsar North MLA Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh on Thursday called upon people to join hands to eradicate rampant drug abuse in society. He said until and unless the common man joins hands in Amritsar: A local NGO has sought the intervention of Amritsar North MLA Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh for the removal of illegal encroachments from the historic Ram Bagh. A statement issued by the patron of Amritsar Vikas Manch, Charanjit Singh Gumtala, read the AAP government’s campaign to get rid of illegal occupation of government properties was limited to the common man. It was still not reaching the major and influential violators. “I sent an e-mail on May 7 to Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann; Principal Secretary, Local Government, Vivek Partap Singh; Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu; DC Harpreet Singh Sudan to remove illegal occupation from the historic Ram Bagh. I have informed that under the agreement reached between the President of India and Governor of Punjab on December 4, 2018, except for the buildings constructed by the Maharaja, the rest of the constructions including SDO office of the MC, offices, food stalls, lawn tennis court and skating rinks should be demolished. Serving and consumption of liquor and other commercial activities are prohibited, as it is a protected monument of the ASI, but all these activities were still going on,” Gumtala said. TNS fighting against the scourge of drugs, it would be difficult to stem the problem. Singh was speaking during an antidrug awareness rally organised by an NGO to mark the upcoming International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking to be observed on Sunday. Kunwar also detailed about most commonly abused drugs, their physical and mental effect on a person’s body and on society. He told about short and long term effects of drugs versus substance use disorder. He said comprehensive strategies were needed as it was a criminal justice issue and a healthcare problem. c m y b Ankur Gupta, member of the NGO, advocated setting up sports universities or colleges at the district level to promote sports in Punjab. He said the government should also strengthen the criminal justice system besides strengthening drug treatment centres and recovery programmes. Amritsar: The inaugural chess torch relay of the 44th Chess Olympiad, which is being held in India for the first time with the participation of chess players from 190 countries, reached Attari border on Thursday. In the hands of Grand Master Deep Sen Gupta, it was welcomed by the officials of Punjab Government, District Administration, National Institute of Sports, players, students, volunteers of Nehru Yuva Kendra and Punjab State Chess Association. Students of Khalsa College performed bhangra on the occasion. The DC returned the torch to Grand Master Deep Sen Gupta and it left for Kurukshetra. TNS
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