24092022-ATR-01.qxd 9/24/2022 12:16 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE CABINET MINISTER FLAYS BJP OVER ‘OPERATION LOTUS PAGE 2 Minister Harbhajan Singh ETO flayed the BJP for attempting to poach AAP MLAs in Punjab under ‘Operation Lotus’. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF THREE ARRESTED WITH HEROIN Amritsar: The Maqboolpura police have confiscated 100-gm heroin from the possession of a drug trafficker identified as Sunny Lanter of the same locality. He was produced in a court and brought on police remand for further interrogation. Meanwhile, the police also arrested Ramandeep Singh of Maqboolpura and seized 10-gm heroin from him. The Islamabad police also arrested Mahinderpal of Jhabal Road with 15-gm heroin. Separate cases under the NDPS Act were registered against them. TNS THREE BOOKED FOR FRAUD Amritsar: The Division B police have booked three persons — Vinayak Naresh Bhatia of Partap Bazaar, Ajay Kumar of Batala road and Gurdaman Singh of Chamrang Road — for fraud. Complainant Kulwinder Singh said the accused fixed a fake number plate on a taxi and later sold it to him using fake documents. A case has been registered, but no arrest has been made so far. TNS MEMO SUBMITTED TO HOME SECY Tarn Taran: Members of the Panthic Talmel Committee submitted a memorandum adressed to the Union Home Secretary and the Punjab CM expressing their resentment for not allowing Giani Kewal Singh, former Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, to board Delhi Metro as he was carrying a kirpan (Sikh religious symbol) on September 8. The ADC (General), Puneet Sharma, received the memorandum. oc INMATE ATTEMPTS SUICIDE, BOOKED Tarn Taran: An inmate lodged in the Sri Goindwal Sahib Central Jail tried to kill himself using a sharp-edged weapon on Wednesday night. The accused has been identified as Vishal of Mansa, who is lodged in the jail in connection with the recovery of drugs. Assistant Superintendent Harish Kumar said the accused injured himself using a sharp-edged weapon. A case under Section 309 of the IPC has been registered against him by the Goindwal Sahib police on Thursday. OC SUNSET SATURDAY 6:24 PM Firing at barber’s shop over old enmity, police book 2 persons Case of bid to murder & under Arms Act registered Tribune News Service SHOP OWNER HAD NARROW ESCAPE Inspector Resham Singh said the accused had been identified and further investigations were in progress to arrest them. The shop owner, Sarvan Kumar, had a narrow escape in the incident ■ The complainant, Sarvan Kumar, suspected that the crime was committed at the behest of Rambo and Gola, both residents of the same area, who had killed his nephew Ravi Kumar in August 2020 during the lockdown order to stop him from giving statement in the court, the accused fired at him. On August 31, 2020, Ravi along with his paternal uncle Sarwan Kumar had gone to attend a birthday party when a dispute occurred. Dayal Chand, father of the deceased Ravi Kumar, told the police that when they did not return home, they started searching for them. They looked for him in Bhootanpura locality from where they were informed SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:20 AM SATURDAY | 24 SEPTEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR 31 drug hotspots identified, cops plan to nail traffickers PK Jaiswar ■ Investigating officer Sub- Tribune News Service ■ He was also injured in the assault and was the prime witness in the case. He said in order to stop him from giving statement in the court, the accused fired at him that they had gone towards the Shivpuri side. He said when they reached there they saw the accused — Rambo, Gola and their unidentified accomplices — stabbing Ravi with sharpedged weapons. They also attacked and injured Sarwan Kumar who was trying to intervene and save Ravi who later died on way to hospital. A case under Section 302 of the IPC was registered at the Gate Hakima police station at that time. PAGE 4 Actress, producer, writer, director and philanthropist Lakshmi Manchu turns host for Chef Mantra Season 2. Amritsar, September 23 There are around 31 drug hotspots in the district where drug trafficking and rampant abuse have become a cause for concern. These hotspots were identified on the basis of police record regarding the seizure of narcotic substances, number of drug peddlers arrested and number of drug abuse victims during the past few years. Out of these, 26 hotspots were identified in the city alone. The police said the victims were using heroin, narcotic powder and medicinal drugs for their consumption. Rampant drug problem in the state has hit the headlines once again after back-to-back videos of drug addicts, especially of a newly married woman, went viral on social media which forced the police to conduct search operations in different parts of the city to nail drug traffickers. While talking to Amritsar The police during a search operation in Maqboolpura. FILE PHOTO 26 SUCH SPOTS IDENTIFIED IN CITY ALONE These hotspots were identified on the basis of police record regarding the seizure of narcotic substances, number of drug peddlers arrested and number of drug abuse victims during the past few years. Of these, 26 hotspots were identified in the city alone. The police said the victims were using heroin, narcotic powder and medicinal drugs for their consumption. Tribune, Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh revealed that Maqboolpura, Gujjarpura, Anngarh, localities near Rattan Singh Chowk, Gwal Mandi, areas on the Tarn Taran road, including Guru Arjan Dev Naga, etc, are among the hotspots. “An action plan was devised and put in place to curb the menace in these areas,” he said while emphasising that the police were nabbing the suspects and busting the entire nexus by identifying the back- ward and forward linkages. He said besides keeping an eye on the history sheeters, the police were also identifying new entrants in the illegal trade by deputing cops in plain clothes. He said the main focus was on breaking the supply chain and breaking the back of drug peddling in the city. Cordon and search operations would be conducted on a regular basis here. Police officials were entrusted the responsibilities of these areas after dividing into zones. Amritsar Rural police chief Swapan Sharma said the rural belt had around five drug hotspots. “We are conducting mapping of these areas by ascertaining the credentials of each and every person living in the vicinity. We are identifying those who had amassed huge properties though they don’t have known sources of income,” he said. He said routine nakas had also been increased and suspects were being held. Stray dogs make life miserable in city Three booked for illegal mining Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 23 Stray dogs have become a constant nuisance for the residents of the city with the authorities looking the other way. The sterilisation process of stray dogs has been suspended due to their failure to find a private player to carry it out. Comrade Buta Ram, a resident of the Sultanwind Road who also runs a shop in the area, says stray dogs are targeting residents as per their will. Gullible people find themselves helpless with government officials paying little attention to their safety. Most of residents in Mohan Nagar and Ram Nagar areas on Sultanwind Road complain of being attacked by stray dogs while going to offices or other destinations. They said it pained more as they were busy with some work when dogs suddenly pierced their canine or claws in their body parts. MC is looking for pvt player to carry out sterilisation Amritsar, September 23 The Lopoke police booked three persons for allegedly indulging in illegal mining. They were identified as Manjit Singh of Bhilowal village, People find them helpless with government officials paying little attention to their safety. SUNIL KUMAR An official residing in the Officer’s Avenue on the Albert Road said a dog recently tore his uniform. Residents say that their repeated complaints have elicited no positive response from the authorities concerned. Hawkers, ragpickers, children and bike riders become a soft target of these dogs. Several localities complain of packs of dogs roaming around for food and occu- Neha Saini Tribune News Service An online session organised by the Majha House. mon heritage and culture. “Dr Ishrat Husain’s book is a comprehensive look at the flaws that led to institutional decay in Pakistan and what led to its current position as an ‘ungovernable’ state,” said Preeti, adding, “weaving together Pakistan’s political, social and economic history. Husain’s book not only points to mistakes, but also suggests a way forward to rebuild civil- CRIMINAL NEXUS Tribune News Service pying main roads, creating a hurdle in the smooth flow of traffic also. When contacted, Dr Kiran Kumar, Health Officer with the MC, said for the second time an e-tender for catching, sterilising, immunising, three-day long safe keep and releasing them once again in their original localities was floated. However, no party came forward to take it. He hoped that as per the norms, any private organisation coming to take part in the third e-tender to be floated soon would be given the contract. The private concern would be given Rs 850 per dog and two dog shelters at Naraingarh and Mudhal. Keeping in view the menace of stray dogs, the number of sterilisations has been increased from 30 dogs per day to 100 per day in the latest tender. Session on Pak’s economic journey since Independence Amritsar, September 23 The Majha House, under the Sanjha Panjab initiative, organised an online session with Dr Ishrat Husain, author, former banker, eminent economist and former adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister, to talk about his new book ‘Governing the Ungovernable: Institutional Reforms for Democratic Governance’. Talking to him was Aaditya Dar, Asst Professor of Economics, Indian School of Business, and at present teaching at the University of Maryland. Introducing the session, Preeti Gill, founder, Majha House, said the Sanjha Panjab, an offshoot of Majha House, is an initiative to bring together academics, writers, performers, thinkers and artists from East and West Punjab and discuss their com- ACTRESS MANCHU TO HOST NEW SEASON OF CHEF MANTRA Northern Railway has temporarily extended the run of the Ludhiana-Asr passenger train to Chheharta rly station. MAX 30°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 24°C Amritsar, September 23 Two unidentified scooterborne persons fired at a barber’s shop in Prem Nagar area in Kot Khalsa here on Friday. The shop owner, Sarvan Kumar, had a narrow escape in the incident. Following his complaint, the police had registered a case of attempting murder and under the Arms Act against unidentified persons. Investigating officer SubInspector Resham Singh said the accused had been identified and further investigations were in progress to arrest them. An old enmity is stated to be the reason behind the incident. The complainant, Sarvan Kumar, suspected that the crime was committed at the behest of Rambo and Gola, both residents of the same area, who had killed his nephew Ravi Kumar in August 2020 during the lockdown. He was also injured in the assault and was the prime witness in the case. He said in PAGE 2 LUDHIANA-ASR PASSENGER TRAIN EXTENDED TO CHHEHARTA ian institutions and improve governance,” she said. Taking the conversation forward, Dr Aaditya Dar asked Dr Ishrat to talk about the economy of Pakistan in the past where it had registered considerable growth and how it was ahead of India and Bangladesh. In his reply, Dr Husain said, “After Independence, Pakistan’s growth rate was around 7% and remained almost the same for the first 40 years. Since 1990, however, the country had fallen behind its neighbour and had seen a decline in growth rate. The reasons are many and chief among these is the decay of institutions of governance,” said Dr Ishrat. He shared that the first signs of the economic slowdown appeared economy when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto became the Prime Minister, which didn’t go well with the powers that be, and since then the economy has not been able to revive itself in spite of the best efforts by many stakeholders. He also talked about the role of religious fundamentalists in Pakistan. Dr Husain said religious sects and fundamentalists had a stronghold in Pakistan. “Although religious fundamentalists don’t have much presence or say in the electoral process it c m y b cannot be denied that they have a very strong street presence. And when certain sects have street power they tend to dominate the larger population. Even though there are people, who want Pakistan to become a fundamental country, the people by and large want good governance and also want Islam to be tolerant and affectionate,” he shared. He also commented on the present dismal conditions in Pakistan because of the floods. Dr Husain said the economy had taken a beating. “The loss that we are looking at is around $33 billion, which is around 6-8 per cent of the country’s GDP Also, because . of the feudal set-up, the usage of water is also disproportionate and the elite in the country tend to misuse water sources. Because of this we seriously need to rethink our water treaty with India,” he said. A joint team of Mining Department & police conducted raid in Lodhi Gujjar village Labh Singh of Bhagupur and Harpeet Singh of Kakkar Tarin village. A joint team of the Mining Department and the police conducted a raid in Lodhi Gujjar village following a specific input that illegal mining was going on there. The team confiscated a JCB machine, a tractor-trailer and a Canter from the spot while the accused escaped arrest leaving the vehicles behind. The police have registered a case under Section 21 (1) of the Mines and Minerals Act.
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