23092022-ATR-01.qxd 9/23/2022 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE IN PICS: PUNJAB GAMES BRING HIDDEN TALENT TO THE FORE The Khedan Vatan Punjab Dean, a 10-day sporting extravaganza, came to a close in the district on Thursday. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF MAN ROBBED OF MOBILE PHONE Amritsar: Two unidentified bike-borne armed persons snatched a mobile phone from a local resident, identified as Karan Kumar. He was returning home on the intervening night of September 20 and 21 when the incident took place. Karan told the police that as he reached near Borian Wala bazaar, the accused stopped him by brandishing a dagger and snatched his mobile phone and purse. Division D police have registered a case in this regard. TNS ILLEGAL CRACKER SALE: 1 ARRESTED Amritsar: Gate Hakima police have arrested Amardeep Singh of Fateh Singh Colony in Anngarh area for allegedly dealing in firecrackers in an illegal manner. Raj Kumar, incharge, Anngarh police chowki, said the police recovered 10,280 rockets from his possession. He was booked under Section 9-B of the Explosive Act in this regard. He was later released on bail. TNS BANNED MATERIAL SEIZED FROM JAIL Amritsar: Amritsar Central Jail authorities confiscated two mobile phones and around 89 packets of cigarettes, besides other prohibited material which were found abandoned in the high-security jail complex. Ravail Singh, Assistant Superintendent of jail, said the material was apparently thrown from outside into the jail. Besides two mobile phones and packets of cigarettes, they recovered four packets of papers used for consuming charas, 12 packets of tobacco, a mobile headphone, a mobile charging adaptor, two mobile charging cables and a bottle containing around 500ml of liquor. A case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons and Excise Acts was registered against unidentified persons. TNS TWO HELD FOR TAKING DRUGS Amritsar: Ranjit Avenue police have arrested Karanbir Singh of Chogawan and Rajbir Singh of Kawe village while allegedly consuming drugs. The police recovered a silver paper, Rs 10 currency note formed as pipe and a lighter. They were consuming drugs in an SUV near E-block market of posh Ranjit Avenue locality. They were nabbed after a police team found smoke coming out of their SUV. A case has been registered. TNS 38-YR-OLD MAN ELECTROCUTED Tarn Taran: Raminderjit Singh (38), a local resident, was electrocuted at his residence while fixing an electric defect here on Wednesday. The victim was a resident of Balia Manjhpur village (Amritsar). He had returned to the country after his eight-year stay in Australia and was going to start a business in Tarn Taran for which he had purchased his house here. During the renovation work of the building, he was fixing an electric problem when he touched a naked live wire and was electrocuted on the spot. City police ASI Lakhwinder Singh said a report under Section 174 of the CrPC had been registered. TNS PAGE 2 HOLLWYOOD ACTOR TOM HARDY WINS JIU-JITSU TOURNAMENT PAGE 3 DIVYANKA DISMISSES REPORTS OF BEING PART OF BIGG BOSS Peaky Blinders-fame Tom Hardy recently participated in a martial arts competition that he ultimately won. MAX 33°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:26 PM PAGE 4 There are rumours that the actress will be part of the new season of the reality show. However, she has dismissed it. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:19 AM FRIDAY | 23 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR 70 women from Punjab trapped in UAE, Oman, claims Dubai bizman Oberoi Says in all, 400 Indians stranded, groups of youth masquerading as travel agents enticing young girls of Punjab, Haryana villages Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, September 22 Dubai-based philanthropist Dr Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi claimed that over 400 Indian women, including 70 from Punjab, were trapped in the UAE and Oman after unscrupulous travel agents deserted them to fend for themselves in foreign land. “I have tangible evidence to prove that of these 400 women, 80 have sought refuge in the Indian Embassy in Muscat. As many as 66 have found shelter in two different gurdwaras in the same city. Nearly 250 more such women are living in different cities of the UAE. The passports and other important documents have been taken away by travel agents,” said Oberoi. He added that a fortnight ago he had met India’s Ambassador to Muscat Amit ❝I have tangible evidence to prove that of these 400 women, 80 have sought refuge in the Indian Embassy in Muscat. As many as 66 have found shelter in two different gurdwaras in the same city. Their passports and other documents have been taken away by travel agents ❞ Dr Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi, DUBAI-BASED PHILANTHROPIST Narang to discuss the modalities to be adopted for repatriation. He said earlier he had met PM Narendra Modi in August and had apprised him of the condition of these women. He added he had also met Union Minister Hardeep Puri. “Being an ex-IFS officer, Puri fully understands the trials and tribulations faced by the girls. He has assured me that he would take up the matter with the authorities in Oman and the UAE,” he said. “Ambassador Narang has assured me of his full cooperation. He told me that by the time his officials get the documentation prepared of say 25 of them, 50 more penniless, physically abused and emotionally drained young girls would arrive at the Embassy seeking a safe haven,” said the construction magnate. Oberoi claimed that groups of men, masquerading as legitimate travel agents, are wandering in the villages of Punjab and Haryana trying to identify gullible women. “They sell dreams to women. However, things are directly in contrast to what they prom- ise. The girls are taken to the UAE on a 14 day visitor’s visa. The passports are forcibly taken away. Once the 14-day period is over, their stay becomes illegal and subsequently are either sold off to the rich or are forced to perform menial chores. They are made to work 18 hours a day on very little salary,” he added. He said as a first step the immigration officials at Indian continued on page 2 residents allege 4 vehicle thieves nabbed, Mallu Nangalration distribution corruption in 15 high-end cars seized ❝ Claim depot holders not issuing computer generated slips, file plaint Tribune News Service 2 history sheeters among held, gang active in Pb, Hry, Delhi & UP Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 22 With the arrest of four persons, the Amritsar rural police on Thursday busted an interstate gang of vehicle lifters and recovered 15 high-end luxury vehicles, including SUVs, from their possession. The police said the gang was active in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Of the four persons arrested today, two are history sheeters, the police added. Earlier, the police had confiscated 24 vehicles from the same group, said SP Jaswant Kaur. Kaur while addressing media persons said that among the vehicles included two Toyta Fortuners, two Mahindra Scorpio SUVs. She said the gang used to steal Luxury cars seized by the police in Amritsar on Thursday. vehicles using a master key and electronic devices and later used to sell them after forging documents and putting up fake number plates. They used to sell the same in VISHAL KUMAR the border belt of the state. The SP said during the investigation of a burglary case in the jurisdiction of Mehta police station, the police nabbed Nishan Singh alias Mithy and Harpreet Singh alias Honey who have around eight cases of robbery, burglary and NDPS Act continued on page 2 Amritsar, September 22 Accusing depot holders of not giving full share of wheat under the public distribution system (PDS), residents of Mallu Nangal village have filed a complaint with the office of the District Food and Civil Supplies Controller. The residents along with the leaders of the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha and the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha said the depot holders give a handwritten slip to the beneficiaries of the Atta-Dal scheme instead of the computer generated slips issued by the District Food and Civil Supplies Office. Gurnam Singh Daud, general secretary, Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, said, “The weight of the wheat being disbursed to a family differs on the slip than on the computer generated slip.” He alleged The issue would be investigated and anybody found guilty would be punished as per law. Sanyogita, DFSC ❞ that the depot holders dupe poor beneficiaries by falsely claiming that the weight mentioned on the hand written slip is their actual share. Kulwant Singh Mallunangal, a resident said, “Huge quantity of wheat is thus siphoned off and the depot holders, in connivance with the officials, are selling this wheat in open market and minting money.” He said every member of a below poverty line family is entitled to 5 kg of wheat at Rs 2 per kg every month. Dr Satnam Singh Ajnala of Jamhoori Kisan Sabha said, “Ideally, the wheat should be distributed at a common place in village as gurdwara, temple or a panchayat office.” He said instead the beneficiaries are made to wait outside the houses of sarpanches or depot holders as if they are distributing the cereal from their own pockets. District Food and Supply Controller (DFSC) Sanyogita said the issue would be investigated and anybody found guilty would be punished as per the law. She added that the investigation has already been assigned to officials concerned and the people would not face any problem in future. Ajnala said the DFSC has assured that in future it would be insured that the residents get the computer generated slips so that they can know about their quota and that the distribution would be done at public places instead of the residence of any individual. Cops arrest kin of Farmers block trains for 3 hrs, seek Police find clues in ‘smuggler’ Masih relief for pest-infested cotton crop rape-murder case Amritsar, September 22 Even as the city police have arrested a relative of an alleged cross-border smuggler and terrorist Ashish Masih, he was still out of the reach of the police. Masih was arrested earlier this year in connection with seizure of hand grenades and tiffin bombs. Harwinder Singh, SHO, Majitha Road police station, confirmed the arrest of Ronika, who was among 10 persons booked by the police following Masih’s escape from police custody from Dr Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health here on September 3. Earlier, the police had arrested his mother Venus Masih and Raja, driv- er of the car used for his escape in this connection. Among others, the police had booked four Assistant Sub-Inspectors — ASIs Sukhdev Singh, Gurdev Singh, Surjit Singh and Baljinder Singh — deputed for his security. The police had booked Masih’s father Joban Masih of Gaut Pokhar village in Gurdaspur, Veena of Dalerpur village and Ritik, besides Venus Masih, Ronika and Raja. A case under Sections 223, 224, 225 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against them. Masih had three cases under the Explosives Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act registered against him in December 2021 and January 2022. — TNS Tarn Taran, September 22 Farmers under the banner of Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) staged a dharna on the rail tracks at the Patti railway station and blocked trains for three hours from 12 noon to 3 pm here on Thursday. They were demanding the fulfilment of current demands of farmers. The train services remained affected due to the dharna in the district. While addressing on the occasion, Gurbaj Singh, district president of the union, condemned the policies of the Centre and the state government, which had failed to protect the interests of the farming community. He said the AAP government was in no mood to pro- Farmers hold a dharna at the Patti railway station. GURBAXPURI vide compensation to the farmers whose cotton crops had been ruined after the Gulabi Sundi attack and due to duplicate insecticides. Instead of providing incentives to farmers to exhort them not to burn paddy stub- ble, the NGT was bent upon taking stern action against the farmers by imposing fines and punishment. Hardeep Singh, Daler Singh, Sukhwant Singh Valtoha among others highlighted others problems of the farmers. MC asks waste mgmt firm Differences in CKD to fore Members of two to remove bins along roads groups use expletives Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 22 The Amritsar Municipal Corporation has asked the solid waste management company to remove roadside bins and start collecting garbage from markets and houses otherwise people would dump garbage on roadside bins. MC chief Kumar Saurabh Raj and Joint Commissioner Hardeep Singh asked the company that if it was charging user charges for door-todoor garbage collection from commercial and domestic establishments why the collection of waste from domestic and commercial establishments was not being done thoroughly by it. Owing to lack of sincerity, most of the main roads and link roads of the city often witness garbage heaps. MC officials stated that the company also lacked sufficient number of vehicles and other infrastructure. As per the contract, the company should have 270 vehicles every time. Of them, 250 vehicles should be operational and 20 vehicles will be kept as backup. The company also lacks other infrastructure and staff. As a result, piles of garbage can be seen on the roads. On the directions of the Commissioner, Municipal Health Officer Kiran Kumar along with his team held a meeting with Averda company chief officials Amit Vajpayee and Vinay Chaudhary, who are handling the project. They assured that they would set right the entire system by the end of December 31. — TNS c m y b Amritsar, September 22 Some members of the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) alleged that during the August 20 general house meeting a group of members entered into a verbal duel and used abusive language in the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib. Despite that, CKD management refrained from taking any action. CKD members alleged that its president Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar and his colleagues were playing with religious ethics and Sikh principles. against each other Prof Baljinder Singh, a member of the CKD, sent a letter to Nijjar on September 10, which was supported by members, including Avtar Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Amarjit Singh Bhatia, Engineer Navdeep Singh and Harkanwal Singh Kohli at the press conference here on Thursday. In the letter, he stated that during the general house held at Gurdwara Sahib on continued on page 2 Amritsar, September 22 The Amritsar rural police have found vital clues in the rape and murder of a woman whose body was found from near a tubewell room at Bhangwa village falling under the Jandiala police station here three days ago. Following a preliminary probe, the police have identified the victim. She was 26year-old Jyoti of Jania Road in Jandiala Guru. The police have also found the CCTV footage in which she was seen riding with two persons on a bike. Her family members told the police that the victim used to work as a labourer in the grain market. They said she had left the house for some work and did not return. Later, they came to know about his death on social media. Amritsar Rural SSP Swapan Sharma said the police had vital clues about the perpetrators and they would be arrested soon. A case under Sections 302, 376 and 34 of the IPC was registered against unidentified persons on the complaint of Balkar Singh of Bhangwa village on whose land the body was found. He had informed the police about this. Balkar Singh told the police that he owned land along the Bhangwa-Rana Kala village road. He said on Monday he had harvested paddy on two acres of land and gone to sell the same in the grain market along with his son Sukhdayal Singh. He said in the evening, when he went to park the harvesting equipment at his tubewell, he found the halfnaked body of the victim. It took no guesses that she was raped and later strangled to death by unidentified persons. She was strangled to death with her dupatta. Breakthrough in hostage, robbery case Amritsar: A day after three unidentified robbers looted a retired Indian Air Force officer, the city police suspected the role of an insider in the robbery. Retired Air Commodore Inderbir Singh Sidana was taken hostage by the miscreants before decamping with Rs 12 lakh and Rs 22 lakh jewellery from the house located on Yasin Road falling under the Civil Lines police station here on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations) Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar said an insider’s role could not be ruled out while the police were working on different theories to crack the case. Three masked robbers entered the house on Wednesday evening when Sidana was having rest. He told the police that the family was preparing for his daughter’s wedding. He said he was alone in the house when the youths entered his house and took away cash and the jewellery. Bhullar said the police had got some vital clues in the case and were hopeful of cracking the case soon. — TNS
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