15082022-ATR-01.qxd 8/15/2022 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 FULFIL DUTIES, ADHERE TO RULES AND REGULATIONS Instead of blaming authorities for problems, all must take lead in finding solutions, say residents FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 1,085-LTR LAHAN SEIZED, 2 HELD Tarn Taran: Two persons were arrested and three escaped during a search operation conducted by the police against illegal manufacturing of liquor at different villages of the district on Saturday. Police parties recovered 1,085 litres of lahan from these villages. The police said on Sunday that Bhikhiwind police led by Sub-Inspector Naresh Kumar recovered 900 litres of lahan from the residence of Joga Singh in Tatle village. Kacha Pakka police recovered 60 litres of lahan from the residence of Gurcharan Singh and 50 litres from the residence of Joga Singh, both of Makhi Kalan village. Seventyfive ltrs of lahan — 35 litres from Balwinder Singh’s residence and 40 litres from Angrej Singh’s residence, both residents of Rattoke village — was recovered. Cases under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act were registered against the accused by the police. OC 3 ARRESTED WITH 1.8 KG OF HEROIN Amritsar: The Amritsar rural police nabbed three alleged drug peddlers and recovered 1.8-kg heroin from their possession here on Sunday. Those arrested have been identified as Harjit Singh, Kulwant Singh and Karandee Singh, all residents of the border village of Rajatal here. The police confiscated 600-gm heroin from Harjit Singh and 500-gm and 700-gm from Kulwant and Karandeep Singh, respectively. A case under provisions of the NDPS Act was registered against them. TNS LIGHTS ROW: SGPC SLAMS STATE GOVT Amritsar: The SGPC has slammed the state government for beaming Tricolour lights on Sikh memorial Minar-e-Fateh at Chappar Chiri. In a release issued here on Sunday, he said, “It exposes the anti-Sikh mentality of the AAP government. Despite repeated public statements, Sikh traditions and ethos are being violated.” He added that the memorial was erected in the memory of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s victory at Sirhind. TNS HEALTH OFFICIALS CELEBRATE I-DAY Tarn Taran: Officials of the Health Department celebrated 75th Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav at the Civil Surgeon’s office on Sunday. Civil Surgeon Dr Seema said all officials and employees of the department would follow the instructions issued regarding ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ slogan. OC FARM UNIONS DEMAND CANAL WATER FOR IRRIGATION PURPOSES PAGE 2 The demand for rejuvenation of canal irrigation system is gradually becoming the main demand of farmer unions. MAX 29°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:14 PM HAR GHAR TIRANGA: CELEBS HOIST TRICOLOUR AT THEIR RESIDENCES PAGE 3 Actor Rajkummar Rao, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal and many others hoist the Tricolour at their residences. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:55 AM MONDAY | 15 AUGUST 2022 | AMRITSAR DCP, SSP (Vigilance) to be awarded Police Medal for Meritorious Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 14 Recognising the outstanding services, the Ministry of Home Affairs has announced the names of several Punjab police cops to be awarded with Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Two of them are Deputy Commissioner of Police (law and order) Parminder Singh Bhandal and SSP Vigilance, Varinder , Singh. Both are currently posted in Amritsar. Bhandal has earlier received commendation discs from the DGP Punjab , GOT ARJUNA AWARD TOO GOT DGP COMMENDATION DISC SIX TIMES ■ DCP Parminder Singh ■ SSP, Vigilance, Bhandal has earlier received commendation disc four times from Punjab DGP for his services ■ Bhandal, a national-level basketball player, hails from Kapurthala ■ He was honoured with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award in 1997 and Arjuna Award in 2001 Varinder Singh originally hails from Gurdaspur district ■ He was a nationallevel judo and wrestling player ■ He belonged to a farmer’s family. Earlier, he has been awarded DGP commendation disc six times Police, for his services four times. Bhandal, who remained a national-level basketball player, originally Parminder Singh Bhandal, DCP hails from Kapurthala. He remained a member of the Indian Basketball Team from 1990 to 2005. He also Varinder Singh, SSP (Vigilance) remained captain of the team. Owing to his sports capabilities, he was honoured with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award by the state government in 1997. He was also awarded the Arjuna Award in 2001. He has served in the police department at various posts for the past two decades. His father Gurmit Singh is an exserviceman. He has two daughters who are also national-level players. SSP Vigilance, Varinder , Singh originally hails from Gurdaspur district. He was a national-level judo and wrestling player. He belonged to a farmer’s family. Earlier, he was awarded the DGP commendation disc six times. Elderly man ends life, 6 Colours of freedom booked for abetment Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 14 An elderly man (in his mid60s) died by suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan here on Friday evening. The police have booked six persons, including his daughterin-law, for harassment and abetment to suicide. The victim has been identified as Raghubir Singh of Luxmi Avenue on Majitha Road here. Those booked are Ramandeep Kaur (daughterin-law), Amrik Singh, his wife Paramjit Kaur of Bargarhi village in Tarn Taran, Kanwaljit Kaur, her husband Amandeep Singh and Sarabjit Singh Chhina of Fatehgarh Shukar Chak village. Manpreet Singh, and son of the victim, told the police that he married Ramandeep Kaur in December 2020. After two months of their marriage, the accused started quarrelling with him and went to her parents’ house. He said after some relatives’ intervention, the families reached a compromise and she came back to his husband’s house. He said in April last year, his grandmother got Rs 15 lakh after her FD got matured. He said the cash was kept in the house to buy some property. He alleged in May last year Ramandeep again quarrelled with him without any provocation and she went to her parents. He alleged that she also took Rs 15 lakhs cash of his grandmother Sawinder Kaur besides gold ornaments. Manpreet said they threatened Continued on page 2 PATRIOTIC FERVOUR: National flag painted on their faces, children hold the Tricolour on the eve of the 76th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah border post on Sunday. VISHAL KUMAR Farmers protest imposition of GST on milk products. TRIBUNE PHOTO Farmers protest 5% GST on food items Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 14 Farmers under the banner of the Kirti Kisan Union (Punjab) staged a dharna at Company Bagh here on Sunday to protest against GST on food products. They also took out a march from Company Bagh to Hall Gate. Union president Hardev Singh Sandhu said, “The government has imposed GST on at least 90 items because of which the food for poor has become costly. Due to high inflation, the poor are already facing it difficult and now five per cent tax will add to their woes.” The farm union leaders stated that the government policies had made food a source of earning capital for the rich. Sandhu said, “The union demands that the government should revoke its decision on levying GST on food items.” Union general secretary Rashpal Singh Kapurthala said the government was also running away from fulfilling its promise to provide MSP govt has ❝Theat least 90imposed GST on items because of which the food for poor has become costly. Due to high inflation, the poor are already facing it difficult to make both ends meet and now five per cent tax will add to their woes ❞ Hardev Singh Sandhu, UNION PRESIDENT on agricultural produce. He added that the committee constituted by the government on the issue has a majority of pro-government members and as such it would not do justice to the farming community. The farm leaders also highlighted the issue of river waters and stated that the Centre was trying to control the water resources of the state and was ignoring the needs and rights of the people. Farmer Dhanwant Singh Khatarekalan said, “The groundwater in Punjab has already depleted and with no river water, the state is staring at a huge crisis.” Akhand path’ in memory of those Poet’s book on Indo-Pak friendship released ‘ killed during Partition begins Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 14 The SGPC initiated ‘akhand path’ in memory of over one million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims killed during the Partition at the Golden Temple here on Sunday. Notably, it coincides with the Partition Horror Remembrance Day being observed by the Union Government today. The day was declared as a national memorial day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh had already urged the entire Sikh community across the world to remember all those Punjabis who were killed during the Partition from August 10 to August 16 by reciting the mool mantra and Japji Sahib. He also appealed to the Hindu community to pray in this regard at their religious places during the same time. The event was the brainchild of Parampal Singh and Gangveer Rathour who approached the jathedar to pay homage to innocent peo- ple killed in the communal clashes. It is expected that people from different communities like Sikh, Muslim and Hindu would take part in the akhand path being held at Akal Takht on August 16. Parampal said Maulana Mohammad Usman Ludhianvi, Shahi Imam of Punjab, representatives of the Hindu community and other religious leaders would also take part in it. He stated that 35 Sikh organisations, including Khalsa Aid, United Sikhs and EcoSikh, had endorsed this endeavour. Amritsar, August 14 Minister for Agriculture, Migration Affairs, Panchayats and Rural Development Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal on Sunday launched Punjabi poet Gurbhajan Gill’s book “Khair Panjan Panian di”, which was dedicated to Indo-Pak friendship, at a seminar organised by the Hind-Pak Dosti Manch at Naatshala here. Satnam Singh Manak threw light on the book and said “Khair Panjan Panian di” is available in Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi, which will Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal and members of Hind-Pak Dosti Manch at Punjab Naatshala in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR create an atmosphere of eternal peace in South Asia region. It is the result of the efforts of the Indo-Pak Friendship Forum that Gurbhajan Gill and other eminent writers are writing important articles on this subject. Punjab Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said the global Punjabi community should pray in memory of the 10 lakh innocent Punjabis who were killed during the partition of Punjab. He said that sons and daughters of Punjab were killed and they were not Hindus, Sikhs or Muslims. Sharing the message of Gurbhajan Gill, Ramesh Yadav said, “We all should pray for the departed souls following the message given by Sri Akal Takht Sahib on August 16.” He said this was the fourth edition of the poetry book of Khair Panjan Paniyan di, but it contained my poem written till 2022 about IndiaPakistan relations. Continued on page 2 Plaque in Bhulair martyrs’ memory at Golden Temple reminds pain of Partition Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 14 A plaque installed in the Golden Temple complex in memory of 200 Sikh fighters, women and children, who had died at Bhulair village in Sheikhupura district of Pakistan, still reminds of the pain of the Partition. The plaque carved details of around 200 residents of Bhulair village. A large number of residents were martyred while fighting against the Muslim attackers. Some women, girls and children jumped into the wells and chose death over dishonour by attackers. The list also includes the children and other villagers, who were killed by the attackers. The names of those persons are also mentioned who helped the Bhulair residents in their rescue. The details of Saka Bhulair were narrated by village resident Dr Virsa Singh in his eyewitness account book “Shaheedi Saka Bhulair”. Virsa Singh was posted as Chief Surgeon at Multan during the time of the Partition. Seeing risk to his native village in the MuslimPA N RTITIO dominated area of Sangla Hill in Sheikhupura district, Dr Virsa Singh returned to his village. Virsa Singh observed WOMEN, KIDS JUMPED INTO WELLS AFTER ATTACK ■ The plaque has details of around 200 A plaque in the memory of Bhulair martyrs at Golden Temple. bitterness among HinduSikh and Muslim communities in Sheikhupura in March 1947. “Several surrounding villages were planning to vacate residents of Bhulair village. A large number of residents were martyred while fighting Muslim attackers ■ Some women, girls and children jumped into wells and chose death over dishonour by attackers. The list also includes the children and other villagers, who were killed by the attackers ■ The details of Saka Bhulair were narrated by village resident Dr Virsa Singh in his eyewitness account book ‘Shaheedi Saka Bhulair’ the villages from Sikh landlords. Muslim League leaders were arranging guns and sharp-edged weapons. The Hindu traders and shopkeepers started migrating from c m y b Muslim-dominated villages to Sikh-dominated villages for safety and shelter. Sikhs were also observing the situation and arranging weapons. They constituted ‘Shaheedi Dr Virsa Singh Fauzan’, small groups of fighters ready to die,” narrated Virsa Singh in his book. The Sikhs in the Sangla Hill area were expecting that the boundary commission would draw the line over Nankana Sahib and there would be no need to migrate to other areas. Awaiting decision till August 15, they kept put at Bhulair village. On August 31, a group of Muslims from nearby villages attacked the village. The Sikh fighters had sufficient ammunition to give them a fight. Several attackers were killed and they failed to enter the village. The next day the attackers came along with the local police and attacked with full strength. Several Sikhs were martyred in protecting the village. A large number of women jumped into wells to save themselves from Muslim attackers. Dr Virsa Singh was badly wounded and gunned down his wife Kartar Kaur and daughter Savinder Kaur. His son was also injured in the attack. Meanwhile, a few villagers managed to escape and approached Sikh warriors of nearby villages. A Sikh Jatha came to the village and forced Muslim attackers to leave the village. Virsa Singh and other injured persons were rescued and sent to Amritsar. After the Partition, Dr Virsa Singh used to practice at the hospital in Jallianwala Bagh and died in 1980. The residents of Bhulair village got land in Batala, where they constructed a gurdwara in the memory of 300 martyrs of Saka Bhulair.
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