16092022-ATR-01.qxd 15-09-2022 23:50 Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IN PICS: SCHOLAR BHAI VIR SINGH’S LEGACY LIVES ON A writer, theologist, scholar, nature lover and whatnot, Bhai Vir Singh was one of the most versatile personalities. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 HRITHIK, SAIF’S VIKRAM VEDHA TO RELEASE IN 100 COUNTRIES SAYLI SALUNKHE OPENS UP ON HER STRUGGLES WITH HINDI Actors Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan’s upcoming movie Vikram Vedha is releasing worldwide in 100 nations. MAX 33°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:35 PM Sayli Salunkhe has had her struggles with Hindi language, as she plays the role of Indu in a Star Bharat’s show. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:15 AM VB unearths ~8.85-lakh scam in panchayat dept, 2 arrested Our Correspondent Officials of the MC’s property tax wing seal a shop in Amritsar. On Day 2, MC collects ~39.6L property tax Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 On the second consecutive day, the property tax wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) sealed several commercial properties in the west zone. The MC teams are sealing the properties of the defaulters, to whom notices of sealing had already been given. During the drive, most of the traders paid the tax on the spot to avoid sealing. Under the drive, West Zone Superintendent Harbans Lal, Inspector Ravinder Pal, Inspectors Tarsem Singh, Satinder Singh and their team along with the police force, sealed Sharma Dairy, Sonu Footwear and a juice bar in the Kot Khalsa area. Around seven defaulter property owners paid tax on the spot. The MC also sealed a mobile tower in the area. On the other hand, the MC is offering 10 per cent rebate to those, who had deposited their current tax (2022-2023) before September 30. Today, the MC collected tax worth Rs 39.69 lakh. In this way, Rs 12.94 crore tax has been collected so far in this fiscal. Tarn Taran, September 15 Four officials of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat, Valtoha block, were booked on the charge of corruption by the Vigilance Bureau here on Wednesday. While two of the accused had been arrested, the remaining two escaped. One of the accused was an Social Education and Panchayat Officer (SEPO) and the others were Panchayat Secretaries. The accused were involved in embezzling Rs 8.85 lakh of the Manawa gram panchayat (Tarn Taran district) during the regime of the previous Congress government. According to information, the accused were identified as Lal Singh, SEPO, Rajbir Singh, Paramjit Singh and The arrested accused in the custody of the VB police. GURBAXPURI EMBEZZLEMENT OF MANAWA GRAM PANCHAYAT FUNDS ■ Four officials of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat, Valtoha block, were booked on the charge of corruption by the Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday ■ While two of the accused had been arrested, the remaining two escaped. One of the accused was an Social Education and Panchayat Officer (SEPO) and the others were Panchayat Secretaries ■ The accused were involved in embezzling funds to the tune of ~8.85 lakh of the Manawa gram panchayat (Tarn Taran district) during the regime of the previous Congress government Saraj Singh, all Panchayat Secretaries. Lal Singh, one of the accused, was holding PAGE 4 the charge of BDPO, Valtoha, then. VB officials revealed that the accused connived with each other and auctioned village land (measuring 24 acres 7 kanal 9 marla) for farming for Rs 7.35 lakh (on annual contract) in 2019-20, but the amount of the said contract was not deposited in the bank account of the gram panchayat. The VB officials revealed that the accused auctioned the same land to their favourite persons at a low price in 2020-21 and 2021-22 causing a loss of around Rs 8.85 lakh to the state exchequer. A case under Sections 406, 409, 420, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and 13 (1) (A), 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at the Amritsar police station of VB on Wednesday. FRIDAY | 16 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Patwari nabbed for taking bribe Amritsar, September 15 The Vigilance Bureau on Thursday nabbed a Revenue Patwari, posted at Batala Sarki revenue halqa in Gurdaspur district, for accepting bribe of Rs 4,500. Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said Patwari Jaswant Singh was arrested on the complaint of Gurdeep Kaur of Mehta Chowk in Gurdaspur. He said the complainant had approached the VB while alleging that Jaswant Singh was demanding a bribe of Rs 10,000 for mutation of land in her name after the demise of her husband. After verifying her complaint, a VB team laid a trap and the accused patwari was caught red-handed with Rs 4,500 as a first instalment of bribe. He was arrested in the presence of two official witnesses. He said a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act had been registered against the accused at the Amritsar VB police and further investigation was in progress. — TNS The patwari in the custody of Vigilance Bureau. TRIBUNE PHOTO 5 nabbed; heroin, opium seized in search operation Man throws 5-yr-old daughter Rural police arrest seven for into canal in Tarn Taran district Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 A search operation, carried out in the Kot Mit Singh and Gujjarpura areas, has led to the seizure of 160-gm heroin, 300-gm opium, an electronic weighing scale and Rs 31,000 of drug money. The police also arrested five persons, including two women, and registered four separate FIRs in this regard. Preventive action was also taken against two drug addicts. The search operation was carried out following a media report regarding rampant drug peddling and consumption in these areas. The arrested accused include Sonia of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar and her son Manish, Shalinder Singh, alias Shubham, of Dera Thokar Wala, Sharda Sandhu of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar and Karanjit Singh, alias Rinku, of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar. Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh said Sonia and her son Manish were held with 60gm heroin, Rs 31,000 of alleged drug proceeds, an electronic weighing scale and three cell phones, during the search peddling drugs, bootlegging Police personnel during a search operation in Amritsar on Thursday. operation. A case under Section 21-B of the NDPS Act was registered in this regard. Similarly, Shalinder Singh was arrested with 70-gm heroin while 30-gm contraband was seized from Sharda Sandhu. Separate FIRs under Section 21-B of the NDPS Act were registered against them. The search operation further led to the arrest of Karanjit and the police confiscated 300-gm opium from him. An FIR under Sections 18 (B)/61/85 of the NDPS Act was registered against him. The Police Commissioner said the city police had also taken preventive action against two drug addicts — Bhupinder Singh, alias Tinka, and Mandeep Singh, alias Mani, both residents of the Kot Mit Singh area. He said all arrested suspects would be produced in a court and brought on police remand to identify backward and forward linkages. This is the second search operation carried out after a report went viral on the social media. The police had also conducted raids in Maqboolpura locality after a video of a woman allegedly under the influence of drugs went viral on the social media, earlier this week. She was later admitted to a de-addiction centre by Amritsar East MLA Jeevan Jyot Kaur for rehabilitation. Amritsar, September 15 The Amritsar rural police nabbed three persons in two cases and recovered 284-gm heroin from their possession. They have been identified as Lovepreet Singh of Jandiala Guru and Gurbhej Singh of Mallian village in Jandiala. The bike-borne accused tried to escape a spot after spotting a police checkpoint at Thatian village. However, they were held and during search, 280-gm heroin was recovered from them and they were booked under the NDPS Act. In another incident, the police nabbed Jobanpreet Singh of Chachowali village and confiscated around 4-gm heroin from him. Similarly, during patrolling in the Akalgarh area in Jandiala, the police recovered 865 intoxicating pills from three persons. Besides, in raids conducted in different areas of Jandiala and Chattiwind on Wednesday, one person was arrested under the Excise Act and 6,750-ml illicit liquor was seized from Janian village and 1,600-kg lahan was recovered from the area of Chattiwind. A case under relevant sections has been registered against them. — TNS The police with 1,400-kg lahan recovered at Chattiwind. Tarn Taran, September 15 Finding it difficult to rear his five-year-old daughter, a man threw her into a canal here on Tuesday. The accused, identified as Jajj Singh, had been arrested by Kacha Pakka police on Wednesday. The accused worked as a farm labourer with Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Margindpura near Bhikhiwind, a border township. He along with his wife Ranjit Kaur and the victim had been living with the farmer for the last three weeks. On Tuesday, Jajj Singh threw his daughter into Mergindpura canal on Tuesday and the victim’s body was found hours later by some nearby residents, who uploaded a picture of the body on social media. When Sukhdev Singh came to know about the matter, he brought the victim’s photo to the notice of the accused’s wife Ranjit Kaur, who confirmed that the body was that of her daughter Hargun Kaur. When asked by Ranjit Kaur, the accused revealed the truth that he threw his daughter into the canal on Tuesday Worked as labourer with a farmer of Margindpura near Bhikhiwind The accused in the police custody. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI (September 13). As Ranjit Kaur (27) is a TB patient, Jajj Singh was finding it difficult to make ends meet. Keeping in view the financial condition of the family, Ranjit Kaur suggested her husband that they should keep their daughter in the custody of her sister Gurjit Kaur living at Khoja Fatta vil- lage. He left for Khoja Fatta about 12 noon, but on the way he committed the crime and returned home about 3 pm. Soon the photo of his daughter went viral on social media. On the statement of Sukhdev Singh, the police registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC on Wednesday and arrested the accused. — OC Emotions run high as inmates Commuters face hardships as metro buses go off road meet family members in jail Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 A special programme was organised at the Central Jail here on Thursday, in which prisoners were able to meet their kin. Earlier, with no such provision, the visitors could only meet those behind the bars for a few minutes. And there would be an iron mesh between them. Under the new policy, five family members of a prisoner can stay with him for an hour. District and sessions judge Harpreet Kaur Randhawa, among other officers of the court, inaugurated the service today said, “The facility would be available only for prisoners with a good conduct. Hardened criminals and gangsters would not enjoy such facili- Earlier, with no such provision, visitors could only meet those behind bars for a few minutes A jail inmate meets his family at the Central Jail in Amritsar. ties.” She also noted that this facility is another step towards making prison a ‘sudhar ghar’ in the real sense. While this facility would be available only twice a week this month, however, from October onwards, the fami- lies would be allowed to meet the inmates six days a week; from Monday to Saturday. Jail Superintendent Surinder Singh shared that a portal would be launched for the visitors so that appointments can be booked online. Amritsar, September 15 The Metro buses being run on the local routes in the city remained off roads on Thursday as the employees initiated a protest over the issue of delay in salaries, non-payment of arrears and other issues. The protest by the employees caused inconvenience to daily passengers as they were unable to reach their destinations on time. A private firm employee, Surveen Kaur, said: “I didn’t know about the protest and had to make alternate arrangements to go to work.” Metro buses are used by thousands of passengers daily as these are a convenient and economical mode of transportation. The ridership on these buses has especially increased after the auto-rickshaw union c m y b EMPLOYEES PROTEST DELAY IN SALARY ■ Employees initiated a protest over the issue of delay in salaries, non-payment of arrears and other issues ■ The protest by the employees caused inconvenience to daily passengers as they were unable to reach their destinations on time ■ Metro buses are used by thousands of passengers daily << A closed Metro bus station near Khalsa College in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR increased the fares. Locals said the protests by employees were held almost every month and due to these, passengers had to face trouble. “The administration must look into the matter and ensure that the public transport system, which is still getting popular, is not allowed to be impacted due to minor issues between the employees and the private company operating the bus service,” said another resident Sukhwinder Kumar. Meanwhile, the employees said safai sevaks and ticket checkers had gone on a strike due to delay in payment of salaries and nonpayment of arrears for the last two years. “The employees are yet to get the benefits announced by the previ- ous government and the management is not bothered as the government has changed,” said an employee. The employees stated that salary issues crop up every second month and they were forced to strike work to get their dues.
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