25082022-ATR-01.qxd 8/24/2022 11:53 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 RAM BAGH POLICE STATION MUSEUM YET TO BE SET UP Though restored four years ago, the plan to convert a portion of the Ram Bagh police station into a museum hangs fire. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF GOLDSMITH GETS EXTORTION CALL Amritsar: Goldsmith Ravi Handa of RB Garden on the Fatehgarh Churian road got an extortion call from an unidentified person two days ago. The incident came to light when a police complaint was lodged in this regard. The police started a probe and found vital clues in the case, said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Investigations, Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar. The complainant alleged that on Monday around 9.30 pm he got a WhatsApp call and later from another number in which the caller demanded Rs 5 lakh from him. The accused introduced himself as Vinod and threatened to kill him in case he failed to give money. He said the accused repeatedly called him and demanded money. The police said like previous cases, this also seemed to be the handiwork of online fraudsters. TNS AMRITSAR-INDORE TRAIN DIVERTED Amritsar: The 19326 AmritsarIndore express will run on a diverted route of Gwalior-BinaMaksi for four days from August 25. Sources in the railway said due to operational reasons emerging out of heavy rain and flood-like conditions on the Guna-Maksi section on the West Central Railway, this train along with several others will run on diverted route. TNS 19 challaned under COTPA Amritsar, August 24 The Civil Surgeon office issued challans against 19 persons for violation under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) in the city on Wednesday. The office today constituted a special team led by District Nodal Officer under National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) Dr Jaganjot Kaur. Immediately swinging into action, the team investigated 19 tobacco sellers in different areas of the city like the Majitha Road, Mall Road, Indira Colony, Tung Bala and GT Road bypass today. In these areas, 19 shopkeepers were fined and seven persons were challaned for smoking in public places. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh warned that if any tobacco seller was found to be selling non-standard tobacco products, besides imported cigarettes, strict action would be taken against him under Article 20. — TNS NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI LOOKS UNRECOGNISABLE AS A WOMAN PAGE 3 MR MERCEDES PROMISES TO KEEP AUDIENCE ON EDGE OF THEIR SEATS Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be seen in the garb of a woman in Haddi. The first motion poster of the film is out. MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:03 PM PAGE 4 Zee Café will run Season 1- Season 3 of Mr Mercedes starting August 25 at 10 pm. It will replace Grey’s Anatomy. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:02 AM THURSDAY | 25 AUGUST 2022 | AMRITSAR raid at 10 yrs after court decree, rights activist Day after VB vehicle office, motor gets relief for torture in police custody inspector grilled PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 24 The Punjab Police have finally paid compensation to human rights activist Sarabjit Singh Verka, who was implicated in two fake terror cases. He was acquitted in both cases and in 2008 he had sought compensation for “harassment and torture” meted out to him during police custody. Verka said the compensation of Rs 14.85 lakh was transferred into his bank account on Wednesday morning. A local court had ordered the district adminis- tration to release the amount in March last year. The Punjab Police had framed Verka in two separate false terror cases in 1992 and 1998. He got acquitted in both cases in 2000 and 2007, respectively. In 2008, he had filed a case seeking compensation for the alleged torture during police detention. The court decreed in favour of the complainant in January 2013 and had asked the state government to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation in his account within three months. However, the same was not released. Woman ends life, two booked for dowry death Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 24 The police booked a man and his father on the charge of dowry death after a married woman committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. The deceased has been identified as Pinky of Thoba village. No arrest has been made so far. Dana Singh, father of the victim, stated to the police that the accused, Vicky Masih, got married to his daughter Pinky around two years ago. He said he gave dowry as per his capacity on the marriage. He said recently, his daughter told him that her husband and father-in-law Yuna Masih demanded for a bike as dowry. She had also alleged that Vicky used to beat her repeatedly over this. He said he came to know about the death of his daughter on Tuesday. The police have registered a case under Sections 304-B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Vicky and his father. The police said raids were on to arrest the accused. The court later had attached the cars of the DGP Punjab Police, Amritsar Deputy Commissioner and two vehicles of the Municipal Corporation in September 2019, forcing the authorities to pay the compensation. It was increased to Rs 14.85 lakh following 6 per cent annual interest. In March last year, the court summoned the district treasury officer and asked him to transfer the amount into Verka’s account. The court had also freezed the salary account in the name of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. PUNJAB POLICE PAY ~14.85 LAKH TO VERKA ■ The Punjab Police had framed human rights activist Sarabjit Singh Verka in two false terror cases in 1992 and 1998 ■ He got acquitted in both cases in 2000 and 2007, respectively. In 2008, he filed a case seeking compensation for the custodial torture during police detention ■ The court decreed in favour of the complainant in January 2013 and had asked the state government to pay ~10 lakh compensation in his account within three months ■ However, the same was not released. The amount was increased to ~14.85 lakh after 6 per cent annual interest Sarabjit Singh Verka Compensation was transferred to his bank account on Wednesday. Seeking blessings Actors Raj Babbar (R), Jaya Prada (C) and Ihana Dhillon (L) pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. They prayed for the success of their upcoming Punjabi film ‘Bhoot Uncle Tusi Great Ho’. Babbar’s paternal house was in Chowk Passian Wala. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 24 A day after the raid at the Motor Vehicle Inspector’s office here, vigilance officials grilled Motor Vehicle Inspector Davinder Singh for three hours here on Wednesday. Vigilance officials inquired about the modus operandi for issuing the fitness certificates for the commercial vehicles. It has been reliably learnt that fitness certificates of hundreds of vehicles were issued without proper checking. The vigilance has confiscated the records pertaining to different periods for examination. The Vigilance Bureau had exposed a scam of issuing fitness certificates to the vehicles without physical checking after taking bribe in Sangrur. Following this, the Punjab Government ordered conducting simultaneous raids in different districts, including Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Mansa, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur. During the raid, the vigilance nabbed Motor Vehicle Inspector posted at Jalandhar Naresh Kaler and two private agents. The bureau also recovered Rs 12.5 lakh of bribe amount and confiscated documents pertaining to suspicious issuance of fitness certificates to vehicles. Vigilance SSP Varinder Singh said all documents seized from the MVI office were being scrutinised and RECORDS CONFISCATED ■ During questioning, vigilance officials inquired about the modus operandi for issuing fitness certificates for the commercial vehicles ■ It has been learnt that fitness certificates of hundreds of vehicles have been issued without proper checking ■ The vigilance has confiscated the records pertaining to different periods for examination ■ Vigilance SSP Varinder Singh said all documents seized from the MVI office were being scrutinised and appropriate action would be taken following completion of probe appropriate action would be taken following completion of probe. He said raids were conducted following the orders from the Punjab Government though there were verbal complaints of staff issuing fitness certificates to different types of commercial vehicles without following prescribed rules of the state government. According to the norms, the vehicles are to be physically inspected by the MVI staff before issuing the fitness certificate, which is mandatory to ply the vehicle on road. Nevertheless, the Regional Transport Authority and MVI staff was allegedly passing the vehicles only on the basis of documents without physical inspections of vehicles, it is alleged. Boy abducted from Golden Two ASIs arrested on corruption charge Temple complex, rescued Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 24 The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) task force and city police rescued a kidnapped minor boy within minutes of the incident. The police have also arrested the suspect. The incident occurred on the Golden Temple premises here on Tuesday evening. Investigating Officer Paramjit Singh said the accused was identified as Irfan of the Batala road area. He originally hailed from Uttar Pradesh. Accused identified as Irfan arrested. He hails from Uttar Pradesh Baljit Kaur, mother of the victim and resident of Mehma Pandori village, told the police that she along with her family had come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. She said as they got late in the evening, she along with her brother, sister-in-law and six-year-old child Jashandeep stayed at the Golden Temple plaza. She said around 3am, she woke up and found her son missing. She raised the alarm and immediately the SGPC task force and other employees reached the spot. They scrutinised the CCTV footage and saw a migrant taking away the boy. Immediately, a search was launched and within hours, the accused was arrested and child recovered. The child was handed over to the family, said the police and a case under Sections 363-A and 364 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Irfan. Tarn Taran, August 24 Two Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) from the Goindwal Sahib police station were arrested on Tuesday on the charge of corruption. The accused policemen were arrested in the presence of Khadoor Sahib MLA Manjinder Singh Lalpura, who is already up in arms against the district police on the drug menace and certain other issues. The accused have been identified as Jaswant Singh and Rajinder Singh, residents of area villages Chhapri Sahib and Chack Mehar, respectively. Both ASIs were on naka duty Khadoor Sahib MLA Manjinder Singh Lalpura in Tarn Taran. at Jamarai village crossing on the canal side when they signalled a motorcyclist identified as Paramjit Singh of Jamarai to stop. He was on the way to a nearby filling station. Jagbir Singh, a friend of Paramjit Singh, too was with him. The policemen asked them to show the registration certificate of the motorcycle. Even though all documents were found up to the mark, the policemen demanded a bribe of Rs 500 from Paramjit Singh. The deal was finalised at Rs 300. Meanwhile, the MLA, who was passing by, came to the spot and caught the two policemen. Goindwal Sahib DSP Jastinder Singh was called to the spot by the MLA and the accused policemen were detained and brought to the Goindwal Sahib police station. Inspector Rajinder Singh, Goindwal Sahib SHO, said a case under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, with Amendment Act 2018 had been registered. The accused ASIs were produced in the Khadoor Sahib court on Wednesday from where they were sent to judicial remand for 14 days, said the SHO. Overgrown shrubs on median pose threat to commuters Youth booked for firing at school bus Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 24 Overgrown plants and bushes on the central verges of the roads in the city are proving to be a hindrance for smooth and safe flow of traffic and the MC officials concerned are not taking a note of the issue. The MC’s failure to prune the bushes planted on the central verges on time has resulted in their overgrowth. With the bush branches protruding towards the road, the area for flow of traffic has been narrowed. A perfect example of the scenario can be seen at a road outside the district administrative complex (DAC) here. As one drives from cantonment side to the Kachehri road, bush branches extending at least three feet towards the road can been seen. MAY LEAD TO ACCIDENT People tend to drive alongside the central verge to stay safe. Bike riders who are not familiar with the road can meet with an accident. ❝ Kewal Singh, A RESIDENT A similar scenario can be spotted at other roads, including Mall Road. Though most of the plant saplings installed alongside the BRTS Corridor on this stretch had died, those which managed to survive seek attention of the horticulture wing. The plants and bushes on the central verges are installed to act as “green mufflers”. They absorb sound and light of the vehicles coming from opposite side during night for the convenience of drivers. Instead, these are proving to be a hurdle, which the drivers especially those on two-wheelers, have to dodge to stay safe. City resident Kewal Singh said: “People tend to drive alongside the central verge to stay safe. A driver, especially bike riders, who are not familiar with the road can meet an accident.” He said at least the senior officials who visit the DAC must take a note and instruct the officials concerned to do the needful. Usually, the pruning activity is undertaken before the onset of the new growth of the plant. The residents demanded that the MC should do the work in a periodic manner so that people do not have to face a problem. Mayor Karamjit Singh Sandhu said instructions would be issued in this regard. Overgrown plants and bushes cover almost half of a road in Amritsar. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR c m y b Amritsar, August 24 The Jandiala police have booked Karaj Singh of Jania village for attempt to murder and under the Arms Act after he fired at the school bus on the Jandiala Guru-Jania road on Tuesday. The driver, conductor and the children had a narrow escape when the accused fired at them for not giving way. Driver Harinder Singh and conductor Shehnazdeep Singh snatched the pistol from him and later tied him with a tree before the police reached the spot. Swapan Sharma, SSP , Amritsar Rural police, said investigations were in progress to ascertain the source of the weapon. Initial probe also hinted that the accused was a drug addict. Harinder Singh, driver for bus belonging to Saint Soldier Convent School at Jandiala, said the bus was carrying around 45 children at that time. He said around 2.25 pm, the accused on a motorcycle came from behind and started blaring horn frantically. He said enraged over not given way, the youth overtook the bus. The accused took out the pistol and fired at the bus. He said they overpowered him and snatched the pistol. A case under Sections 307 and 341 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against Karaj Singh. — TNS
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