12092022-ATR-01.qxd 9/11/2022 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE THOUGH GOOD INITIATIVES TAKEN, A LOT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE No visible change seen in city in six years, several key Smart City projects hang fire, say residents. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF The duo who were arrested with heroin in Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO YOUTH BOOKED FOR TEEN’S ABDUCTION Tarn Taran: A teenaged girl of Tarn Taran town was allegedly abducted on September 7 when she had gone to market. In his complaint to the police, the father of the victim stated that Rohit, alias Babbo, a resident of Jaswant Singh Mohalla, had been harassing the victim and he had abducted the girl. Assistant Sub-Inspector Narinder Singh, investigating officer in the case, said the accused had been booked under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC on Saturday and further proceedings in this regard. OC ONE KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT Tarn Taran: Shinda Singh, a resident of Khalra village, died in a road accident on the Marimegha-Khalra road when he was returning home on Friday night. Victim Shinda Singh’s motorcycle collided head-on with another motorcycle. Shinda Singh got serious injuries on his head and died on the spot. Assistant Sub-Inspector Karamjit Singh, investigating officer, said Vijay Kumar, a resident of Pakki Tibbi (Muktsar), had been booked under Sections 304-B and 279 of the Indian Penal Code. He absconded from the spot. OC PAGE 2 WOMEN NO LONGER HESITANT TO FLAUNT THEIR BABY BUMP PAGE 3 Frilly, figure-hugging to flouncy, maternity fashion has taken a huge leap, moving from baggy and conservative silhouette. MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:40 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:13 AM Tribune News Service The police carry out a search operation in the Maqboolpura area of Amritsar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO 3 ROUNDED UP IN SEARCH OPERATION would be holding a protest outside the residences of AAP ministers throughout the state. The drug abuse remained an important poll plank during the past two Assembly poll. In the 2017 Assembly poll, the Congress led by Capt Amarinder Singh had promised in its manifesto to end the menace. After becoming the ACTION WILL BE TAKEN We have started a probe into the video, which is apparently an old one. We are trying to identify the man who had captured the video and appropriate action will be taken. ❝ Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, DCP (INVESTIGATIONS) CM, he vowed to curb the problem. Similarly, the current dispensation (AAP) also promised to stem the problem soon, but it continues unabated with many youngsters, including girls, getting caught in the trap of drugs. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations) Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar said they had started a probe into the video, which is apparently an old one. “We are trying to identify the man who had captured the video and appropriate action would be taken,” he said. In the video, it was not clear whether she had injected herself with drugs as being alleged. There could be some health issue, but everything would be clear after investigation. City youth secures AIR 146 in JEE Advanced Seminar on clean environment held Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 11 Nipun Nohria has secured AIR 146 in JEE Advanced, the results of which were announced today. He inspired his juniors to study with focus and select books judiciously to clear the country’s toughest competitive exam. About 15 students from the district cracked the competitive examination to gain seat in the top engineering institutes in the country. Nohria is believed to be a district topper. He along with five other students was felicitated by FIITJEE Amritsar centre here today. Nipun secured 93 per cent marks in Class X and 94.4 Fifteen students from Amritsar have cracked the competitive exam; and (inset) Nipun Nohria. per cent in Class XII. He found question papers of chemistry and physics on expected pattern, but mathematics exam was extremely tough in JEE Advanced. Gaurang Gupta, who secured AIR 504, felt that Youth organisation flags drug addiction, unemployment Tribune News Service online study was beneficial to secure a maximum score. Aiming to pursue computer science in graduation, he said the NCERT books were helpful in securing good marks. Nohria got cash reward of Rs 16 lakh and gold plated silver medal. Indresh Kiraula, head, FIITJEE (Amritsar centre), said four students of the centre figured in top 1,000 AIR and a total of six students of their centre cracked the JEE Advanced. Four other students are Shivansh Mangal (AIR 705), Anmoldeep Singh Dhillon (AIR 913), Hardik Sharma (AIR 1,649) and Saaransh Sharma (AIR 1,715). Congratulating the parents of the students for bringing laurels to the centre, he wished them best of luck for their future endeavours. He thanked the faculty for their unique pattern-proof teaching modalities and getting the best out of them. Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 11 A seminar on how to keep the environment clean and green was organised by the Voice of Amritsar, a local organisation working for the cause at Saraswati College, Rani Ka Bagh, on Sunday. While speaking on the occasion, Neeta Mehra, the VOA Head, exhorted the students to shun the use of plastic and other materials which cause pollution. She stressed that plastic is a major cause of pollution, and suggested that the recent ban on the use of single-use plastic items should be followed religiously. The students pledged not to use plastic. MONDAY | 12 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Farmer leader shot at, robbery bid suspected Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 11 The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujwan Sabha organised a convention in Ajnala on the issue of drug addiction and its effects on society on Sunday. Some youth leaders presided over the event. Flays AAP for ‘failing to fulfil promise of providing jobs’ After the video went viral, the Maqboolpura police carried out a search operation in the locality on Sunday. During the search operation, the police rounded up three persons and recovered narcotic substances from their possession. The police have registered separate FIRs in this connection. Besides, 12 persons were detained for investigations due to suspicious activities. The police also seized five vehicles suspected to be stolen ones from the area. Bhullar said the police also recovered Rs 21,960 of drug money from the area. Dharminder Singh Mukerian said, “Youth unemployment is one of the biggest reasons behind drug addiction. An employed youth does not have much time for drugs. An unemployed youth, on the other hand, easily falls into the trap of drug addiction.” The youth leaders also criticised the Aam Aadmi Party for failing to fulfill its promise of providing jobs to the unemployed. Kulwant Singh Mallunangal claimed that the government has scrapped more posts in the state government departments than it has filled, six months since coming to power. Amritsar, September 11 A farmer leader was injured when four motorcycle-borne persons shot at him near Ranewali village falling under the Rajasansi police station here on Sunday. The incident took place when Angrej Singh, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) leader, along with his father was on the way to Jagdev Kalan village. Robbery bid is stated to be the reason behind the incident. SSP Swapan Sharma said investigations were in progress to identify the suspects. CCTV cameras in the area were being analysed to find clues about the perpetrators. Sarvan Singh Pandher, a leader of the association, said if the police failed to identify and arrest the accused, they would hold a protest in this regard. Angrej Singh, who is president of the Guru Ka Bagh area of the association, said a protest was planned outside the residences of Punjab ministers tomorrow and he along with his father Gajjan Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 11 The work on Rs 63-crore skywalk project outside Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib will be started soon. The length of the skywalk will be 460 metres from Gurdwara Ramsar to Chattiwind Chowk. It would be 6 metres wide and 7 meters high from the road. There would be 16 staircases, 16 escalators and seven lifts in the skywalk plaza. Smart City officials claimed that under the theme “World Class Tourism Destination” for the holy city, infrastructure near Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib is being facelifted by providing mod- ernistic skywalk plaza duly incorporating façade to incorporate Sikh heritage. Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib has a footfall of 40,000 to 50,000 pilgrims daily. The devotees have to cross the road for access to the gurdwara, not only it is inconvenient but also often leads to minor accidents, traffic chaos and resultant traffic congestion. The project involves multiple foot overbridges (MFOBs), sky walk plaza as the appropriate pedestrian crossing facility in front of the gurdwara with pedestrian drop off and pickup points. Plaza would integrate entry and exit points through staircases, escala- tors, elevators for the ease of pedestrian movement. Provision of facilities and amenities such as toilets, tourism info centre and police posts shall ensure safety and convenience for devotees. Development of the plaza through themed landscape shall enhance the beauty and effective usage of the plaza. Tendering process for the project is going on for a long time but it is not completed yet. There are four companies that have shown interest in the bidding. Technical verification of these four companies is going on. Thereafter, the financial bid will be opened soon. Singh was going to Jagdev Kalan village to hold a meeting with his association members. The area belongs to Cabinet Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal. He said as they reached near Ranewali village, four motorcycle-borne persons intercepted them and started searching for him. He said when he resisted the accused took out a pistol and shot at his leg. He said his father raised the alarm, following which the people started gathering while the accused fled away on their motorcycles. The Rajasansi police have registered a case against unidentified persons and started investigations in this regard. Were found ‘involved in smuggling of weapons’ in state PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 11 Members of the Sikligar community in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are now under the radar of Punjab Police as a section of them have been allegedly involved in illegal manufacturing and supply of illegal weapons that landed in the hands of notorious criminals, gangsters and robbers, creating a law and order problem in the state. They are known to be blacksmiths and named Sikligar by 10th Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh. Community members are masters in the craft of weapon making and manufactured weapons for Guru Gobind Singh’s Khalsa Army in the 17th century. In the past couple of years, the Punjab Police busted several modules involving members of the community from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra who supplied illegal weapons to notorious criminals, radicals and those PAST CASES ■ The counter intelligence wing of the Punjab Police this week busted a module and recovered 80 weapons from the Khargone area in MP. They held three persons, including Sonu Singh, a member of the community ■ In April last year, the Amritsar rural police had busted an interstate module of weapon smugglers with the arrest of three persons, Crore Singh, Ram Singh Patwa and Chanderpal, all residents of Burhanpur in MP who were involved in antinational activities. The counter intelligence wing of Punjab Police this week busted yet another module and recovered around 80 weapons from the Khargone area in Madhya Pradesh. They held three persons, including Sonu Singh, a member of the community. In April last year, the Amritsar rural police had busted an interstate module of weapon smugglers with the arrest of three persons, Crore Singh, Ram Singh Patwa and Chanderpal, all residents of PROJECT INCLUDES 16 STAIRCASES, 7 LIFTS ■ Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib Artist’s impression of the foot overbridge-cum-plaza outside Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib in Amritsar. TRIBUNE c m y b Angrej Singh admitted to a hospital in Amritsar on Sunday. Sikligar community members from MP under police radar Work on ~63-cr skywalk plaza outside gurdwara to begin soon Charanjit Singh Teja PAGE 4 Owing to poor health, Rubina Dilaik won’t take part in the Ticket To Finale week of Khatron Ke Khiladi. Video of young woman ‘under influenceprominently, says farmer leader Pandher of drugs’ goes viral Issue will be raised Amritsar, September 11 A video of young woman, who was allegedly under the influence of drugs, went viral on social media on Sunday. The video was reportedly captured in Maqboolpura locality falling under the Amritsar East constituency. The locality is infamous for having drug addicts. Maqboolpura is one of the localities in the holy city, which is infested with drugs, while many ‘drives’ launched by the police have failed to yield the desired results. The video has led to widespread criticism of the act with farmer leader Sarvan Singh Pandher of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee announcing that the issue would prominently be raised during their protests. The young girl in the video was unable to stand on her feet. A resident of the area who was captured on the video alleged in the video that she had injected herself with drugs. The area falls under the Amritsar East constituency represented by AAP MLA Jeevan Jyot Kaur. Pandher said the act was very disturbing. He said he saw the video on social media. “The video revealed that even daughters were not safe in Punjab,” he rued. The AAP government came to power by promising to eradicate the menace from the state, but nothing happened till now. He said tomorrow the KMSC RUBINA DILAIK WON’T TAKE PART IN THE TICKET TO FINALE WEEK has a footfall of 40,000 to 50,000 pilgrims daily ■ The devotees have to cross the road for access to the gurdwara. It is not only inconvenient, but also often leads to minor accidents, traffic chaos and congestion ■ The project includes 16 staircases and escalators and seven lifts in the skywalk plaza ■ Provision of facilities and amenities such as toilets, tourism info centre and police posts shall ensure safety and convenience for devotees Burhanpur in MP The police . had recovered 30 weapons of .30 bore and .32 bore calibre pistols from their possession. Another module was busted by the Amritsar rural police in January 2021 with the seizure of a huge number of weapons. Similarly, the Kapurthala police also busted another module in July 2021 arresting its main supplier Sweety Singh, alias Baljit Singh, of Barwani in MP . Gurinderpal Singh Nagra, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Investigations), who was part of the team, which busted two weapon supplier modules during his posting in the Amritsar rural police, said Madhya Pradesh emerged as a major supplier of illegal firearms. He said a number of community members were arrested by Punjab Police for smuggling illegal weapons in the recent past. He said members of the community were experts in illegal manufacturing of weapons. continued on page 2 Woman accuses husband of unnatural sex Amritsar, September 11 On the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Amritsar rural police have booked a real estate trader for allegedly subjecting his wife to unnatural sex and causing miscarriage. The accused has been identified as Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Platinum City here. However, no arrest has been made so far, while further investigations are on. The victim alleged that the accused married her without giving divorce to his first wife. She alleged that it took over a year for registration of FIR as the accused used his continued on page 2
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