28102022-ATR-01.qxd 10/28/2022 12:14 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE ANOTHER VIDEO OF DRUG ADDICT GOES VIRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA In the recent past, several videos had gone viral on social media in which youngsters can be seen taking drugs. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 BOLLYWOOD LOSES VETERAN FILM DIRECTOR AND WRITER PAGE 3 KATRINA KAIF REVEALS WHAT KAUSHAL FAMILY CALLS HER Veteran film director and writer Esmayeel Shroff breathed his last in Mumbai on October 26 morning. MAX 32°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:39 PM PAGE 4 At the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show, Katrina Kaif shared that her sasural people fondly call her Kitto. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:39 AM FRIDAY | 28 OCTOBER 2022 | AMRITSAR 22-year-old Paras wants to create awareness on thalassaemia Hospital owner among Manmeet Singh Gill ACADEMIC ACHIEVER Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 27 An embodiment of human spirit, grit and determination, 22-year-old Paras Mehra has astonished many including his doctors and teachers as he secured 91 per cent marks in his recent diploma exams. Paras is suffering from thalassemia major, a serious blood disorder, since birth and requires a blood transfu- Doc looted by 2 armed robbers Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 27 Two armed robbers looted a doctor when she was working in her clinic in Sant Avenue, located on the rear end of the residence of Police Commissioner here last evening. The miscreants decamped with around Rs 25,000 cash and gold jewellery of the doctor. The victim, Dr Esha Dhawan, lodged a complaint with the police. A case has been registered in this regard and the matter is being investigated. The incident was captured in a CCTV camera Assistant Commissioner of Police Varinder Singh Khosa, said the police had some vital clues in the case and hoped that the case would be cracked soon. Dr Esha Dhawan was working at her clinic when two robbers posing as patients came at the clinic and when all the patients were gone, they pointed a pistol at a helper at the reception and took away the entire cash. The duo later pointed weapon at the doctor and asked her to remove the jewellery she was wearing. They later fled from the spot. ■ Paras Mehra made his teachers Paras Mehra with his father. sion every fortnight. He also suffers from numerous medical complications including heart pericardial effusion for and parents as he secured 91 per cent marks in his recent diploma exams. Despite suffering from other medical complications, he is in no mood of discontinuing his studies. which he was operated recently. Although it is difficult for Paras to continue his education, but he is in no mood of discontinuing it. Owing to the disorder, he looks much too younger than his actual age. With no signs of moustache and beard, Paras looks like a teenager. “It is difficult but with the support of my family and teachers, I have managed to come this far and I would surely like to go further,” said Paras. He is pursuing a diploma in electronics and mechanics from Industrial Training Institute, Ranjit Avenue. Talking about his medical condition, he said, “Still people are not aware of thalassemia. Every day someone with this congenital disorder is taking birth and it pains me. The disease can be easily avoided if couples start opting for a thalassaemia trait testing before getting married.” Paras added that he wants to spread message regarding the disease and aware adults Construction of flyovers on bypass road leads to jams Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 27 The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been constructing two flyovers on the bypass road at Vallah bypass and Ranjit Avenue bypass for the ease of commuters on NH-1. The authority has diverted the traffic to side lanes, where commuters are facing inconvenience. The traffic coming from Attari side has been diverted on the single lane which often causes traffic jams. Due to inappropriate diversions, the residents have been facing inconvenience at Ranjit Avneue and Vallah bypass chowk. During the peak hours of morning the commuter’s complaint about the traffic jams. Harjeet Kaur, a resident of Batala Road, who visit at an educational institute on Mehta Road said, “The construction of flyover is required to address the traffic congestion on Vallha Bypass Chowk. Construction of flyovers on the bypass road underway in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR But the construction company should give the proper diversions so the commuters don’t face inconvenience while crossing the road.” Earlier, the NHAI had constructed six flyovers, including Verka Chowk, Majitha Road Bypass Chowk, Fatehgarh Churian Road Chowk, Ranjit Avenue turn near Anand Park, and Ram Tirath Road Chowk, three years back. Narinder singh, another resident, we welcomed the move of the NHAI to construct the much required flyovers. They should plan these flyovers years back when they constructed other flyovers on bypass. The NHAI should keep check on the construction company and complete the task within target time. The traffic side lanes should be recarpeted property so commuters not face any inconvenience during diversion of traffic. who are of marriageable age. “My message is simple, you can skip matching ‘kundlis’ but not matching blood traits,” he added. According to the Union Health Ministry’s report, 10,000 to 15,000 children with thalassaemia major are born in the country every year. “All this pain to these children and their families could easily be avoided with thalassaemia screening before marriage,” said Paras. 2 booked for negligence Amritsar, October 27 The Sultanwind police have booked a hospital owner among two persons after a woman and her newborn child died after alleged negligence of doctor. The case was registered following a probe. Those booked were identified as Mandeep Singh, owner of the private hospital and Sukhwinder Kaur of Baba Budha Avenue. A case under Section 304-A, 336 of the IPC and Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act was registered. No arrest was made till now. The case was registered following a complaint lodged by Gurpreet Singh, husband of the deceased. He alleged that due the negligence, his wife Madhu and is newborn child had died. — TNS MC drops plan to install air purifier Focus on cutting PM10 levels in city: Civic body officials Charanjit Singh Teja tribune News Service Amritsar, October 27 The Municipal Corporation dropped the idea of installation of air purifiers in the city, announced two years back. The MC officials claimed that the city doesn’t require air purifier to improve the air quality as PM 2.5 levels were within prescribed limits. “Instead of PM 2.5, the city requires to address PM 10 levels so we have dropped the idea of air purifier for time and adopted other ways to curb the dust in air. The unpaved roads would be carpeted, the pavements would be cored with the interlocking tiles and road sprinkle and sweeping machined would be bought to reduce the dust from air,” said Deepinder Singh Sandhu, Superintending Engineer, Civil Wing, MC. The city was listed in the non-attainment cities under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which means the holy city does not meet the National the ❝Unpaved roads would be carpeted,tiles pavements would be covered with the interlocking and sweeping machines would be used to clean the streets. ❞ Deepinder Singh Sandhu, SUPERINTENDING ENGINEER, CIVIL WING, MC Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Under the NCAP three cities, includ, ing Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana, were identified in Punjab based on the air quality data from 2014 to 2018. The Municipal Corporation received Rs 19 crore to improve the air quality in the city under the NCAP . As per the mandate of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the city-specific action plans have been prepared which includes maintaining of pothole-free roads, procurement of water sprinkling, mechanical sweeping machines, creation of green buffers along roadside, making parks and open areas green, installation of water fountains at major chowks, paved roads, infrastructure for parking, CNG-based crematorium and installation of gobar gas plant at gaushalas. As per the government pro- gramme, the MC has to take measures for strengthening the monitoring network, reducing vehicular/industrial emissions and increasing public awareness to improve the air quality. “The projects under NCAP are being implemented. Some projects are on tendering level. We are regularly requesting to the traffic police to not allow any uncovered sand and clay loaded tractor trolley on city roads”, said Sandhu. In September 2020, the Central Government had launched the NCAP as a long-term, time-bound, national-level strategy to tackle the air pollution problem in a comprehensive manner with targets to achieve 20 per cent to 30 per cent reduction in particulate matter concentrations by 2024 keeping 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration. Policetotightennoosearoundthose 1 held for embezzlement Four arrested with 921-gm heroin sheltering gangsters Toofan, Rayya PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 27 To tighten the noose around gangsters and notorious criminals, the Punjab Police have started taking action against those who were allegedly harbouring and providing shelter to them during their hiding. In the latest development, the city police have written to the higher authorities for registering FIRs against those who sheltered and financially helped two gangsters, Mandeep Toofan and Manpreet Sing, alias Mani Rayya. The duo was arrested on September 16. They were the main shooters of Lawrence Bishnoi-Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang. They were wanted not only for the sensational murder of another gangster Rana Kandowalia but had also made several bids earlier to kill Sidhu Moosewala. The police had booked those who had sheltered them at the time of their arrest. Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations), revealed that the police have identified around five persons who had sheltered them since the sensational killing of another gangster Rana Kandowalia on August 4, 2021. He remained in hiding in Batala and Gurdaspur areas following the incident. Mandeep Toofan Mandeep Mani Rayya Among those whose names figured during the interrogation of Toofan and Mani Rayya for sheltering them included Satinder Singh of Sagarpura mohalla in Batala, Gurdaspur. He was currently in Canada while Satinder Taggar of Tanda, Hoshiarpur, is in Malaysia. Others who provided shelter to them on the direction of Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and his associates included Ranjit Singh of Dadujodh village, Karan of Bhikhowal in Batala and Harjinder Singh of Panj Garaiyan. puria’s wife Harsimran Kaur. He was also involved in the dacoity of 11-kg gold from Sarafa Bazaar of Amritsar in 2019. Mandeep Toofan was the main shooter involved in the murder of rival gangster Fauji in 2020. He was also named as one of the main accused in the murder of Satu, a wine contractor of Fatehgarh Churian in 2021. Mani Rayya (30) has been facing 18 criminal cases, of which he is facing trial in seven and is wanted in four criminal cases. He was convicted in three cases and acquitted in four. Mani was involved in the 2016 gang war in Tarn Taran between Harry, Bambiha and Jaggu group. He had escaped from police custody in Central Jail, Hoshiarpur and also aided another gangster Akul Khatri in escaping from custody by injuring police personnel in SBS Nagar in 2016. He extorted money from a cloth merchant of Baba Bakala in 2022 and had also snatched a car at gunpoint from Rayya. Facing trial in several cases As per police records, Toofan (24) has been facing seven criminal cases, of which he is facing trial in four and declared absconding in three cases. He was declared a proclaimed offender in two cases and was also involved in the daylight murder of councillor Gurdeep Pehalwan in Amritsar besides being one of the prime suspects in the murder of gangster Jaggu Bhagwan- Amritsar, October 27 The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) during its ongoing campaign against corruption on Thursday arrested a resident of Dhoolka village in Amritsar for embezzlement. The accused has been identified as Jagjit Singh. He allegedly misappropriated an amount of Rs 9,75,771 in connivance with officials of the Central Cooperative Bank, Tarsika. A spokesperson of VB said the accused, in connivance with bank manager Rakesh Kumar, cashier Ram Kishore and secretary Kulwant Singh, encashed the money after transferring it to the personal accounts of accused in other banks whereas the cooperative bank could not transfer such amount from offline account of kisan credit card to other bank accounts. He said during the investigation, it was found that the bank officials had transferred Rs 51,94,900 to other banks in Gehri Mandi in Amritsar. Seven accused had already been arrested who had committed this fraud in the above said bank to the tune of Rs 24 crore. — TNS Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, October 27 Four persons were arrested with 921 gram of heroin from different places on Wednesday. The value of the seized contraband is worth Rs 4.6 crore in the international market. As per the police, two persons were arrested with 549-gm heroin, one 9MM pistol, 18 live cartridges and a motorcycle was also impounded. The accused has been identified as Amardeep Singh of Devidaspura in Jandiala Guru and Ram Singh Ramu of Sugga in Bhikhiwind. The police said the police had set up a naka on the outskirts of Kacha Pakka village. Two suspects were signalled to stop by the police, however, they tried to run away from the spot. Heroin was seized from them after they were nabbed by the police. The SHO said a case under Section 21-C, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act was registered against them. The police arrested one Balwinder Singh alias Amb, a resident of the Goindwal Sahib village, with 272 gram of heroin while Sarhali police arrested one Malkiat Singh of Sarhali with 100 gram of heroin.A case under Section 21, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act had been registered against the accused by the respective police. Justice at last, says family of fake encounter victim CBI court holds cops guilty in 1993 case in which Harbans was killed Gurbaxpuri Tarn Taran, October 27 The family of Harbans Singh who was killed by the Tarn Taran Sadar police in 1993 in a fake encounter has expressed its satisfaction over two of the accused policemen being held guilty by a lower court of the CBI, SAS Nagar, Mohali, The verdict was declared on Thursday. The two policemen who had been declared accused of the killing are Shamsher Singh and Jagtar Singh. The other two policemen accused were then SHO Puran Singh and ASI Jagir Singh who died during the trial. The punishment is to be awarded on November 2 by the CBI court. c m y b Brothers of the deceased and sarpanch of the village. GURBAXPURI The victim, Harbans Singh, son of Milkha Singh, a resident of Uboke (Patti) village was shot dead in a fake encounter by the local city police in 1993. Paramjit Singh and Charanjit Singh, brothers of the deceased, and Sukhwinder Singh Uboke, Sarpanch of the village, said here on Thursday that Harbans Singh who was 26 years old at that time was brought on a production warrant from Central Jail, Amritsar. Harbans Singh along with another unknown person was killed in a fake encounter near Sheron village and the bodies were cremated, being declared unclaimed at the Tarn Taran cremation ground. Parkash Kaur, mother of Harbans Singh and Paramjit Singh, his brother, had pursued the case by filling a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court with the assistance of Human Rights Organisation (Khalra) and an inquiry was conducted by the CBI. On the basis of the CBI report, SHO Puran Singh, ASI Jagir Singh, Shamsher Singh and Jagtar Singh were named as accused in the killing of Harbans Singh. During the court proceedings, lawyers from the Punjab and Haryana High Court had given their free services to the family to pursue the case. The family of the deceased Harbans Singh expressed their full confidence in the judiciary and said they were hopeful of getting justice some day. Parkash Kaur, mother of the deceased, died three years back.
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