01112022-ATR-01.qxd 11/1/2022 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE RURAL POLICE GET GANGSTER BISHNOI’S FIVE-DAY REMAND The Amritsar rural police got five-day police remand of notorious gangster Lawrence Bishnoi on Monday. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF THEFT BID AT VILLAGE GURDWARA Tarn Taran: Miscreants broke open the main gate and golak of Gurdwara Guru Arjun Dev in Bainka village on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. No report of theft of offerings in the golak or other valuables from the gurdwara was reported. Gurdwara granthi Nishan Singh said he came to know about the incident the next morning and nothing was found stolen from the gurdwara. A case under Sections 380, 427, 457 and 511 of the IPC has been registered in this regard. OC NAT’L LOK ADALAT ON NOV 12: DLSA Tarn Taran: On the instructions of District and Sessions Judgecum-Chairperson of the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSA) Priya Sood, an awareness rally was organised at the Punjab College of Law, Usman. College Principal Dr RP Singh led the rally which was flagged off by Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary of the DLSA Pratima Arora. The CJM also said a national lok adalat would be organised in the district on November 12. OC PAGE 2 PAGE 3 ANNE HATHAWAY IS ‘PICKIER’ ABOUT HER ROLES NOW Actress Anne Hathaway, 39-year-old, has become ‘pickier’ when it comes to work since she had children. MAX 31°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:41 PM PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service CCTV grab of the incident in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO POLICE RECOVER PISTOL ■ The robber died on the spot while his unidentified accomplice managed to flee from the spot ■ Jandiala police reached the spot and took the robber's body into custody ■ He was later identified as Jagdeep Singh of Darapur village night. The unknown robbers had looted Rs 90,000 from the pump at that time. Manpreet Singh, an employee of the petrol pump said the two motorcycle- falling under Khadoor Sahib police station in Tarn Taran ■ The police also recovered a pistol from near the body. A probe was on to identify his accomplice who had absconded after the incident. The body was sent for postmortem borne accused came from Tangra side. The pillion rider took out a pistol and looted cash from an employee. Later, while he was robbing a customer, security guard Heera Singh came to the spot and shot the robber. He died on the spot while his accomplice fled on his bike. Amritsar rural police chief Swapan Sharma said the deceased was later identified as Jagdeep Singh of Tarn Taran. He had around eight cases of murder, attempt to murder and dacoity registered against him in Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Nawanshahr area. His accomplice who escaped from the spot was identified as Monu. His previous record is also being ascertained. Raids are on to nab him while the police confiscated a .32 bore pistol and 18 bullets from the possession of the robber who died. Following a spurt in robberies at petrol pumps and jewellery houses which were soft targets of the antisocial elements, the police officials recently held a meeting with their representatives asking them to depute private security guards which would act as deterrent in such cases. PAGE 4 Singer Akhil Sachdeva recently made his debut in the Punjabi music industry with Main Pyar Suneya Si. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:47 AM Bid to loot fuel station: Robber shot dead by security guard Amritsar, October 31 A robber was shot dead by a security guard when he along with his accomplice arrived with the intention of looting a petrol pump located near Mallian village on AmritsarJalandhar GT Road here late last evening. The robber died on the spot while his unidentified accomplice managed to flee the spot. Jandiala police reached the spot and took the robber’s body into custody. He was later identified as Jagdeep Singh, a resident of Darapur village falling under Khadoor Sahib police station in Tarn Taran district. The police also recovered a pistol from near the body. A probe was on to identify his accomplice who had absconded after the incident. The body was sent for postmortem. Interestingly, this is the second time that the same petrol pump has been targeted by miscreants in the last fort- AKHIL SACHDEVA MAKES IT TO PUNJABI MUSIC INDUSTRY TUESDAY | 1 NOVEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR Youth killed after row over ownership of petrol pump Tribune News Service THREE PERSONS, INCLUDING A WOMAN, BOOKED Amritsar, October 31 A youth was killed while his brother was injured when two persons attacked them with sharp-edged weapons following a dispute over their partnership of a petrol pump. The incident occurred at Jandiala Guru area. The police have booked three persons, including a woman, on charges of murder, attempt to murder and under provisions of the Arms Act but no arrests have been made so far. Balwinder Singh, a resident of Bhangwa road, Gehri Mandi, and father of the deceased identified as Bikram Singh, told the police that he along with his two brothers Satpal Singh and Kulwinder Singh had set up a petrol pump on their common land. The licence for the petrol pump is in the name of Gurjit Kumar of Hoshiarpur. They had given the land on lease for the petrol pump. He said he along with his brother Satpal Singh had given the due share of Kul- ■ The police have booked three persons, including a woman on charges of murder, attempt to murder and under provisions of the Arms Act but no arrests have been made so far. ■ The police have booked Kulwinder, his son Jugraj and daughter Rajbir under Section 302, 307 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 25, 564 and 59 of the Arms Act. Raids were on to nab them, the police said. winder Singh to him. He said he and Satpal only remained partners in the petrol pump now. He said Kulwinder’s daughter Rajbir Kaur of Kotli Gajra in Jalandhar allegedly started provoking her father and brother Jugrak Singh. He said that as per daily routine, his son Bikram Singh had gone to the petrol pump and later he along with his second son Dilraj Singh also reached there. He said he was sitting in the cabin while Bikram and Dilraj were sitting outside and talking. He said that Jugraj and his father Kulwinder came to the site and attacked Bikram and Dilraj with sharp-edged weapons. Bikram was stabbed in the chest while Dilraj also sustained injuries. He said when they raised the alarm, the accused fled. Bikram and Dilraj were rushed to the hospital where doctors declared Bikram dead while Dilraj was referred to Amritsar for treatment. The police have booked Kulwinder, his son Jugraj and daughter Rajbir under Sections 302, 307 and 120B of the IPC and Sections 25, 564 and 59 of the Arms Act. Raids are on to nab them, said the police. Paddy residue burning: Agri Dept staff allege vendetta Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 31 While the burning of crop residue in paddy fields is already a burning issue, the employees of the agriculture department are up in arms against the state government for taking selective action against them and putting the blame of the violations solely on them. The government had recently suspended four agriculture officers, including a chief agriculture officer and three agriculture officers for their alleged failure to check farm fires. Staging a protest outside the Kheti Bhawan here under the banner of Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee on Monday, the employees alleged that the government seems to be looking for scapegoats to hide its own failure in managing the farm fires. They stated that the agriculture department was entrusted with the creation of awareness among the farmers, a job on which every department employee was working for the last three months. UP IN ARMS ■ Employees of the Agriculture Department are up in arms against the state government for taking selective action against them and putting the onus of the violations solely on them ■ The government has recently suspended four agriculture officers, including a chief agriculture officer and three agriculture officers, for their alleged failure to check farm fires “If the crop residue was burnt, it was burnt by the farmers and the agriculture department employees did not have any power to stop it,” said an employee. They stated that one of the four suspended employees was specially honoured for his services by Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Speaker, Punjab Assembly just two days ago before he was suspended. While demanding the ‘Strengthen Upper Bari canal, its distributaries’ Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 31 In pursuance of their demand for availability of canal water for irrigation, a delegation of farmers led by Jamhoori Kisan Sabha met Irrigation Department Principal Secretary Krishan Kumar on Monday and demanded strengthening of the Uppar Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) and its distributaries. The delegation informed the Principal Secretary that over 15 lakh tubewells in the state were pumping out Farmers’ delegation meets Irrigation Department Principal Secy groundwater to irrigate nearly 30 lakh hectares of land. It stated that only 8.5 lakh hectare of land was being irrigated with canal water. “Of the total agriculture land, only 27 per cent is being irrigated with canal water which is very poor for a state known for its abundant river waters,” said Jamhoori Kisan Sabha president Dr Satnam Singh Ajnala. continued on page 2 immediate reinstatement of suspended employees, Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee general secretary Sukhbir Singh Sandhu said that as per the action plan prepared by the state government, 11 different departments were entrusted with different duties for checking the burning of crop residue. He added that as per the duty assigned, the agriculture department employees were entrusted with the task of in-situ crop residue management through holding information, education and communication activities and promoting schemes for reducing generation of crop residue. “All the employees have been working to create awareness among the farmers for the past three months,” he said. Sandhu said that the state government seems to have found easy scapegoats in the agriculture officers and suspended them. The employee leaders stated that punishing innocent employees for no fault of theirs is unjustified and the other employees are standing united with the suspended employees. No shortage of DAP fertiliser Amritsar, October 31 As the sowing of wheat crop has already begun and farmers are relatively comfortable this year as they are not facing any shortage of DAP fertiliser. The fear of fertiliser shortage was widespread during the wheat sowing season last year. As a result of the shortage, a bag of DAP with an MRP of Rs 1,200 was being sold for Rs 1,800 per bag last year. Officials of the Agriculture Department said that all arrangements for wheat sowing had been made and farmers would not face any problem this year. — TNS The protest at Bhandari bridge choked roads and a severe traffic jam was witnessed. The elevated road was closed for traffic due to the agitation on Monday. SUNIL KUMAR Protests by Valmiki community bring city to halt PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 31 Various organisations of the Valmiki Samaj led by Dhuna Sahib Trust, Ram Tirth today held a demonstration at Bhandari bridge for several hours. They were protesting against setting up of an LED screen in the Ram Tirath temple during the Parkash Utsav of Valmiki and alleged that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s picture was bigger than that of Valmiki. The organisation led by chairman, Dhuna Trust, Om Parkash Gabbar said they had asked the district administration to look into the matter, but they failed to pay heed which forced them to protest. The protest at Bhandari bridge, which connects the old walled city with other parts, choked roads and a severe traffic jam led to inconvenience for the commuters. The elevated road was closed for traffic due to the agitation. Senior police officials led by DCP Parminder Singh Bhandal reached the spot and tried to pacify the agitators. It took around three hours to arrange a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan, c m y b Traffic snarls on city roads; and (right) various organisations of the Valmiki Samaj hold a protest at Bhandari bridge. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh and SSP Amritsar Rural Swapan Sharma. An 11-member delegation of the Samaj met them at the DC office. Gabbar later told the media that the district administration has agreed to hold a probe and take necessary action against the guilty officials. Till the probe concludes, a sub-divisional magistrate would look after the affairs of the shrine board. Commuters were left high and dry due to severe traffic jam on different roads. Anil Vinayak, a former banker said that from Race Course road, he had gone to New Amritsar for some work. However, due to the agitation, he had to travel extra miles taking the Amritsar-Attari bypass road to reach there. “Both the district .administration and Commission- erate of Police have failed take steps to get rid of recurring traffic jams on account of protests. At least the authorities should declare Bhandari Bridge and Hall Gate area as ‘No protest zone’ and declare gatherings as illegal to save the public from traffic inconveniences,” he said. Sarabjit Singh, another resident, said he was on way to attend the cremation of an acquaintance but due to the traffic jam, he reached late and that too after parking his scooter about a kilometre away from the cremation ground. The management of traffic in the holy city is a dismal affair as the authorities have failed to streamline it. Residents blame the authorities for lacking a proper plan for it and also failing to take necessary steps.
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