12082022-ATR-01.qxd 8/12/2022 12:16 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE VET PHARMACISTS STAGE DHARNA OVER NON-PAYMENT OF SALARY Pharmacists with the Animal Husbandry Department held a protest in front of the residence of minister Laljit Singh Bhullar. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 2 SALMAN KHAN SPENDS A DAY WITH SAILORS OF INDIAN NAVY MAX 34°C | MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:17 PM Tribune News Service INBRIEF FIVE CELL PHONES SEIZED FROM JAIL Amritsar: The Amritsar Central Jail authorities confiscated five mobile phones from high security jail complex here on Wednesday. The mobile phones were found abandoned in different parts of the jail premises. Following a complaint by the jail authorities, two separate cases were registered against unidentified persons in this connection. TNS TWO MOBILE PHONE SNATCHERS NABBED Amritsar: The police have arrested two snatchers who robbed a mobile phone from a vegetable vendor five days ago. Complainant Amarinder Kumar said he used to sell vegetables in Ram Nagar Colony. He said five days ago when he was returning home, two bike-borne persons snatched his phone. The accused have been identified as Paramjit Singh and Avtar Singh of Bal Kalan village. TNS MC officials remove encroachments from Heritage Street in Amritsar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Estate Officer Dharminderjit Singh said joint operations by traffic police along with the SGPC would continue at Heritage Street and the seized goods of the encroachers would not be released. It is worth mentioning here that more than one lakh devotees from various parts of the country and abroad visit Darbar Sahib. A large num- SUNIL GROVER TO PLAY AN ANTAGONIST IN A NEW SHOW Salman Khan recently took a whole day off and spent some quality time with the sailors in Visakhapatnam. Finally, MC cracks down on Heritage Street encroachers Amritsar, August 11 After repeated warnings, finally the Amritsar Municipal Corporation started a drive against encroachments on Heritage Street near the Golden Temple here on Wednesday. In a joint initiative taken by the estate wing of the MC and the traffic police against illegal encroachers at Heritage Street, the goods of encroachers were removed by MC employees. For the last seven days, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-Traffic) Amandeep Kaur along with traffic police personnel and Estate Officer Dharminderjit Singh were constantly warning illegal vendors and shopkeepers to remove their vends from Heritage Street on their own. However, the encroachers did not pay heed to the warnings of MC officials and traffic police. Finally, the estate wing of the MC and traffic police swung into action. Staff of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) assisted the MC during this action. PAGE 3 ber of vendors sell goods by laying sheets on the ground at Heritage Street. Some of the vendors display their goods on folding beds. Local activists and NGOs working to boost tourism in the city are complaining that these encroachments were a blot on the image of the city and visitors get bad impression. Local Government Minis- ter Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar was also against such encroachments. Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan and Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kumar Saurabh Raj held a meeting with police officers and asked them to give a warning first to encroachers, then take appropriate action. PAGE 4 Sunil Grover will play an antagonist in a web show said to be produced by Neeti and Preeti Simoes. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:53 AM FRIDAY | 12 AUGUST 2022 | AMRITSAR 2 nabbed with illegal weapons Amritsar, August 11 The Civil Lines police have arrested Harshbir Singh of Hollywood Heights in Mohali for allegedly possessing a countrymade pistol with 15 live bullets. Harshbir originally hails from Jagdev Kalan village located near the Indo-Pak border. ASI Balwinder Singh, who was deputed as a gunman of the ACP (Financial Crime), said he was going from the Police Lines to Tailor Road when he intercepted the accused who was travelling on a motorcycle. During checking, the police found a pistol of 7.55-calibre from him. He could not give a satisfactory answer to police queries, hence a case under the Arms Act was registered against him. Meanwhile, the Chheharta police nabbed Gurpreet Singh, alias Sonu, of Khappar Kheri village with a countrymade .32-bore pistol along with four cartridges. The police also impounded the car in which he was travelling. The police said he was arrested following a tip-off in which informer told that the accused was travelling in a Hyundai Verna car (HR-26BV-8463) from San Sahib Road side to Chheharta. During the search, the police found the pistol from his possession. A case under Section 25 of the Arms Act was registered against him. — TNS Residents of Holy City locality hold a protest over inadequate security in Amritsar on Thursday. VISHAL KUMAR Police suspect personal enmity behind 83-year-old’s murder PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 11 Even after the passing of 24 hours, the police are still clueless about the brutal murder of Mohan Singh (83), who was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Holy City locality on the AmritsarAttari bypass road here late on Wednesday evening. Interestingly, the posh colony also has the residence of senior Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu. The victim had just returned home and came out of his car outside his house when armed persons, who MOHAN SINGH had come in an Innova, gunned him down. He owned two petrol pumps — one at Fatehgarh Churian Road and the second on Airport Road. During a preliminary probe, there was no bullet injury wound on his right thigh. Apparently, the bullet pierced through this body. However, it would become clear in the autopsy report that how many bullet injuries the victim’s body bore. The incident occurred around 10.30pm. Immediately, senior police officials, including Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh, DCP Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar and ADCP Prabhjot Singh Virk, reached the spot. Forensic teams also reached the spot and started investigation. A senior police official wishing not to be named said that personal enmity could be the reason behind the murder. “There was lakhs of rupees in Continued on Page 2 City youth sets record with 185 Gurdaspur administrators race against one-handed claps in 30 seconds time to repair roads before ‘Babe da Viah’ Tribune News Service Ravi Dhaliwal Amritsar, August 11 Akashdeep Singh has brought laurels to his alma mater DAV College and the city by setting a new record for maximum number of one-handed claps in 30 seconds. He has got his name registered in the India Book of Records. Akash, currently pursuing masters in English from DAV College, completed 185 claps in 30 seconds to break fellow DAV College student Akshay Aery’s record of 170 claps in the same time. “I had been practising since a year to achieve the goal of completing the number of one-handed claps using the best technique. I am glad that I have succeeded,” he said. Akash said he was already known for his performance in the theatre and other college activities and to gain more fame and recognition, he Tribune News Service Akashdeep Singh of DAV College receives a certificate. TRIBUNE PHOTO AWARDED CERTIFICATE, GOLD MEDAL BY INDIA BOOK OF RECORDS aimed to set a new record. “I searched for what category of records can be created and I came across Akshay’s record of last year,” he shared. Akash’s record has been approved and he has been awarded a certificate and a gold medal documenting his feat by India Book of Records. Batala (Gurdaspur), August 11 The Gurdaspur administration is racing against time in its fight to get the main roads of Batala city motorable before the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev slated to be held on September 3. Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ishfaq, SDM Shayari Bhandari and MLA Sherry Kalsi have been holding regular meetings to ensure the roads are in good condition when the first batch of followers arrives in the city on September 2. Nearly one lakh devotees are expected to be in the city. The “baraat” will arrive from Sultanpur Lodhi a day before the actual celebrations on September 3. The officials are sure to have egg on their faces because going by the speed of RIDDLED WITH POTHOLES: Deplorable condition of a road leading to Batala city. TRIBUNE PHOTO work it seems to be an insurmountable task to reconstruct the roads on time. This means both locals and the pilgrims will face problems. “And if this happens, the guillotine is likely to fall on top officers,” said a senior officer. Three agencies — the Municipal Corporation (MC), Sewerage Board and the PWD — are engaged in an intense battle to get things on track. Keeping in view the sensi- tivity of the situation, many heads will roll if things go awry on the D-day. A new sewerage has been laid on the main roads leading to the city from Gurdaspur, Jalandhar Continued on Page 2 Sukhwant Kaur still treasures memories of her village in Pak Youth held for abducting, Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 11 Sukhwant Kaur (84), a native of Chak 46 Blair in Pakistan, abandoned her house and shifted to Amritsar with her family in 1947. She was nine years of age at the time of the Partition and still treasures all sweet memories of her village, fields and school. Besides, she has not forgotten even painful memories of the Partition, which led to an upheaval in her life. Sharing a tragic memory, Sukhwant Kaur said a granthi of a gurdwara of her native village, Blair, used to reside in the village with his old physically challenged mother. He was not fit to carry his mother on his back. However, he carried her on his back as there was no other option as we left the roads and headed towards Amritsar through fields. The granthi’s mother was worried about the life of her son. She tried to convince him to kill her and dispose of the body in the running water so that her son reaches Amritsar safely. “Our convoy was attacked at some Muslimdominated son was forced to throw villages, but his old mother into the PA we hid in sugN canal. We all were helpless RTITIO arcane fields. At a and had nothing to offer to spot, when we were the granthi,” narrated crossing a canal, his mother Sukhwant Kaur. refused to go ahead and During her journey from pressed her son to throw her Blair village to her maternal into the canal. I witnessed that parents’ home at Bhakna vilupsetting event when a poor lage in Amritsar, Sukhwant ❝ We were far away from the Indo-Pak border at sunset when elderly decided to stay in fields. They asked all women and children to sit in a circle. They took ‘sittian’ (residue of the cotton crop) and made a defence wall around us and asked us to set the ‘sittian’ on fire if someone attacked them. My father said Muslims will not be able to capture us this way. It was a horrifying night as we did not sleep even for a second. ❞ Sukhwant Kaur, A NATIVE OF CHAK 46 BLAIR IN PAKISTAN Kaur witnessed several lifethreatening events. “We were far away from the Indo-Pak border at sunset. The elder men, including my father Sulakhan Singh, who were leading the convoy decided to stay in the fields. But there were several Muslim-dominated villages around. The c m y b men of our village asked all women and children to sit in a circle. They took “sittian” (residue of the cotton crop) and made a defence wall around us,” she said. “My father told me that in case we are attacked, we will set the ‘sittian’ on fire so Muslims will not be able to capture our women. It was a horrifying night as we did not sleep even for a second all the night,” she narrated. Sukhwant Kaur lived a life of struggler. When she was born in 1938, her father Sulkhan Singh was in jail for revolt against Britishers during the Harsha Chinna Mogha Morcha. He wrote from jail to name the newborn Sukhwant Kaur. After the Partition, Sukhwant Kaur first studied and then taught in a school of eminent Gadhar Movement fighter Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna. Her father Sulkhan Singh, her husband Sukhdev Singh and son Balwinder Singh were killed by the Punjab Police during militancy. Now, she intends to visit her birthplace in Pakistan. raping 14-year-old girl Amritsar, August 11 The police have arrested a youth for allegedly abducting and raping a minor girl after luring her for marriage. The accused has been identified as Sajan Singh of Varpal village. A case under Sections 366, 376 and 506 of the IPC and Section 6 of the POCSO Act has been registered. The victim’s mother told the police that her 14-year-old daughter used to learn stitching at a centre in a gurdwara in Varpal. She said three days ago, she went to the stitching centre, but did not return. She said she came to know that she had not reached the centre. She got suspicious that Sajan, who lives in the neighbourhood, used to stalk her and he might have abducted her. She said she did not tell anyone about the incident fearing embarrassment. She said the next day her brother-in-law went to Sajan’s maternal grandparent’s home at Kharke Chambe village in Tarn Taran, where they found the girl. She said he brought the girl back home. When she asked her daughter about the incident, she alleged that the accused forcibly took her to Kharke Chambe village where he made physical relations with her. She alleged that the accused used to threaten to kill her in case she raised a voice. The police said the medical examination of the girl was conducted. — TNS
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