29112022-ATR-01.qxd 11/28/2022 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 With the govt asking all social media platforms to remove gun posts within 3 days, residents question the govt’s intent. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 1 ARRESTED WITH 265-GM HEROIN UORFI SLAMS CHETAN BHAGAT OVER HIS RECENT REMARKS MAX 25°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 7°C 3 PEDDLERS HELD, DRUGS SEIZED Amritsar: The Mohkampura police have nabbed three alleged drug peddlers identified as Bakhshish Singh of Tung Pai on Batala Road, Mandeep Singh of Pawan Nagar and Gautam Agarwal of Judge Nagar here. The police confiscated 35-gm heroin, besides Rs 5,000 drug money from their possession. SHO Binder Singh said the accused were involved in drug trafficking in the Batala Road area. Similarly, the Gate Hakima police have arrested Sandeep Kumar of the Dam Ganj area with 25-gm heroin. The accused have been booked. TNS SUNSET TUESDAY 5:26 PM Threatened married woman of border area of Wan Tara Singh to establish physical relation with officer << The victim with her husband. physical relations with the officer otherwise she would be implicated in a criminal case. The victim said they had been harassing her since September 22 and she lodged a complaint with the Khalra police one and a half months ago, but the police were not ready to redress her grievance. She said she had to move from pillar to post get a case registered against the accused. PAGE 4 Actor Zain Imam, a huge fan of football, is in Qatar to watch the ongoing FIFA World Cup live. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:11 AM BSF officer among three booked for harassing Tarn Taran woman Tarn Taran, November 28 The Khalra police on Sunday booked three persons, including a BSF officer, for threatening a married woman of border area Wan Tara Singh to establish physical relations with the BSF officer. Besides the officer, two other accused have been identified as Nishan Singh and Gurjant Singh of Wan Tara Singh village. The accused had been calling the victim since September 22 onwards to establish ACTOR ZAIN IMAM IS IN QATAR TO WATCH THE FIFA WORLD CUP Uorfi Javed recently took on author Chetan Bhagat after he recently called her a “distraction” for boys. Our Correspondent Tarn Taran: The Sadar police arrested one and recovered 265-gm heroin from his possession on Sunday. The accused has been identified as Sawinder Singh Sarkaria of Bagrian. A police party led by ASI Gurdeep Singh was on patrol when it arrested the accused from the outskirts of his village. A case under Sections 21-C, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against him. OC PAGE 3 The BSF officer has been identified as Vijay Kumar of the G-branch of BSF at Wan Tara Singh. The victim in her complaint to the Khalra police stated that the accused had been calling from the BSF officer’s mobile phone on her mobile phone pressuring her to establish physical relations with the officer. ASI Satnam Singh of the Khalra police station said a case under Sections 419 and 294 of the IPC had been registered against the accused and further investigation was on. TUESDAY | 29 NOVEMBER 2022 | AMRITSAR 3 city to Kolkata trains to be diverted Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 28 Three trains plying between Amritsar and Kolkata will be diverted due to non-interlocking work in Eastern Railway from November 29 to December 2. Sharing information in this regard on Monday, railway officials stated that due to non-interlocking work in connection with doubling between the Baruipara, Kamarkundu and Chandanpur stations on the HowrahBradhaman Chord section, several trains would temporarily be diverted from their regular routes. The 12357 Kolkata-Amritsar Durgiana Express would PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR QUESTIONS RAISED OVER GOVT MOVE TO DELETE GUN POSTS Passengers at a booking window at the Amritsar railway station. not ply via its regular Howrah-Bardhaman Chord route via Dankuni rather it would be diverted via the Naihati-Bandel-Bardhaman route on November 29. The 12317 Kolkata-Amritsar would not travel via the regular Howrah-Bardhaman chord route via Dankuni rather it would be diverted via the Naihati-Bandel-Bardhaman route on November 30. Similarly, the 12358 Amritsar-Kolkata Express would be diverted via the Naihati-Bandel-Bardhaman route on December 1. 4 held with heroin Heroin seizure: Pamma remanded in 4-day custody Amritsar, November 28 The Mohkampura police arrested three alleged drug peddlers, identified as Bakhshish Singh of Tung Pai on Batala Road, Mandeep Singh of Pawan Nagar and Gautam Agarwal of Judge Nagar here on Sunday. The police confiscated 35-gm heroin and Rs 5,000 of drug money from them. A case under provisions of the NDPS Act was registered against them while further probe was on to ascertain the source of the contraband. Binder Singh, SHO, Mohkampura police station, said the accused were involved in drug trafficking in the area on Batala Road, besides different parts of the city. He said they were produced in a court, which remanded them in police custody. Similarly, the Gate Hakima police have arrested Sandeep Kumar, alias Saathi of Dam Ganj area, with 25-gm heroin. The police said the source of the contraband was yet to be ascertained. — TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 28 Paramjit Singh Pamma, an alleged peddler who was nabbed by the Special Task Force (STF) here for allegedly smuggling eight sophisticated pistols (made in Turkey and China), was remanded in fourday custody. Besides pistols, 2-kg heroin was also seized from his car. His interrogation was under way to identify the cross-border smuggler who Was nabbed by STF for allegedly smuggling eight sophisticated pistols (made in Turkey and China) picked up the consignment from near the Indo-Pak border. The consignment was believed to have been dropped through a drone. “A preliminary probe revealed that some other cross-border smuggler had picked up the contraband and the weapons from the border in Ajnala sector. Later it was delivered to Pamma who was going to hand over the same to some other drug peddler,” said STF DSP Vavinder Mahajan. Investigation was also made to ascertain how many consignments he had smuggled since his release on bail from Hisar jail where he was lodged in connection with a counterfeit currency case. He was working on the instructions of another peddler Kuldeep Singh of Haryana whom he met in Hisar jail. Kuldeep later shifted to Dubai and was operating from there along with his Pakistan-based accomplices now. Pamma, a resident of Tarn Taran border village Hawellian, was arrested by the STF from the Meerankot-Kherabad road on Sunday morning. He was travelling in a car when he was intercepted following intelligence inputs. Mahajan said the police were analysing the details on the phone seized from Pamma to identify his backward and forward links. The police were ascertaining the credentials of those whose contacts were found in his call details. 55 growers felicitated for not burning stubble Our Correspondent Farmers and labourers during an indefinite protest against the government, in Tarn Taran on Monday. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI Protesting farmers pay tribute to Guru Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, November 28 On the third day of the Pakka Morcha staged by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, farmers paid tributes to Guru Teg Bahadur on the martyrdom day of the ninth Sikh Guru. Santam Singh Manochahal, Dial Singh Mianwind and other famer leaders, while addressing on the occasion, spoke on life history of the Guru, who sacrificed his life, while fighting against the repression of rulers. The leaders said farmers and labourers must recall the teachings of the Guru and fight against the ruler’s repression. The leaders condemned the Centre and state government for adopting “anti-people” policies. They said the Centre was taking away the rights of the states. Tarn Taran, November 28 Fiftyfive farmers, who have been disposing of crop residue in an eco-friendly method for the last few years, were honoured at a district-level function organised at Guru Angad Dev College at Khadoor Sahib here on Monday. The function was organised by international environmentalist Baba Sewa Singh, head of the Kar Sewa sect, Khadoor Sahib, and Kultar Singh Sandhawan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, was the chief guest. Addressing on the occasion, Kultar Singh Sandhwan appre- The honoured farmers with the chief guest and others. PHOTO: GURBAXPURI ciated Baba Sewa Singh’s precious efforts put in to make the environment clean by planting saplings and his move of 550 mini-forests in the state dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Officials of the Agriculture Department were led by Surinder Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer, Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Firing in reception case: SAD Restriction on Rego Bridge to add to traffic woes in city extends support to NRI family STRETCH OF Tribune News Service CROSS FIR WAS REGISTERED IN CASE Amritsar, November 28 SAD leader Talbir Gill on Monday said the party would support the NRI family that was facing cross FIR in the incident in which armed goons of a liquor contractor had barged into a marriage resort and indulged in indiscriminate firing earlier this month. The incident had left the NRI family anguished that held a press conference and condemned the deteriorating law and order situation in the state under the current dispensation led by Bhagwant Singh Mann. The incident received widespread flak by members of the NRI community as well as opposition parties. The family had expressed their resentment while raising a question mark over the functioning of the police. They alleged the police were working under the influence ■ SAD leader Talbir Gill said the party would support the NRI family that was facing cross FIR in the incident in which armed goons of a liquor contractor had barged into a marriage resort and indulged in indiscriminate firing earlier this month ■ The incident had left the NRI family anguished that held a press conference and condemned the deteriorating law and order situation in the state under the current dispensation led by Bhagwant Singh Mann. The incident received widespread flak by members of the NRI community as well as opposition parties ■ The family had expressed their resentment while raising a question mark over the functioning of the police. They alleged the police were working under the influence of a liquor contractor. They were also peeved over the registration of cross FIR against their guests who were also booked in the case of a liquor contractor. They were also peeved over the registration of cross FIR against their guests who were also booked in the case. They said their guests had fired in self-defence after the musclemen of the liquor contractor opened indiscriminate firing during the reception of their son. Following this, the police conducted raids and nabbed around 15 persons, besides booking close kin of the liquor contractor in the case. Talbir Gill said the party had supported the NRI family and would extend every possible help to them. “Whether they wanted to hold an agitation in protest against police inaction or whatever they want, we would extend our support,” he said. PROBLEMS Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 28 Hours after the installation of the iron bars to prevent plying of heavy vehicles on the Bhagwan Mahavir railway overbridge (ROB), popularly known as Rego Bridge, a driver got his vehicle entangled into it here on Monday. Moreover, the Rego Bridge has outlived its utility. It prompted Local Bodies Minister Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar to reach the spot and intervene to handle the situation. Consequently, a part of the iron bar had to be cut to clear the way. Meanwhile, the concrete material of the upper surface of the ROB has started peeling off and pits have appeared at some places. In the last couple of years, commuters have been complaining of bumpy rides with roads c m y b Iron bars installed to prevent plying of heavy vehicles on the Bhagwan Mahavir ROB. SUNIL KUMAR dotted with pits and puddles. On the other hand, the volume of traffic has increased manifold on the ROB. The ROB is vital for trouble-free flow of the city’s traffic. It acts as a short cut for commuters coming from Nawakot and Islamabad areas and scores of villages behind these localities to enter the city. Commuters believe that its immense utility in resolving myriad problems of traffic had never been felt by the authorities. Traffic scenario in the city is likely to worsen with the imposition of restriction in plying of heavy vehicles on the colonialera Rego railway overbridge, which is necessary to avoid any accident. The ROB connects the GT Road and the Gobindgarh Fort. Considered one of the oldest bridges in the city built by the British after the annexation of Punjab, the ROB was repaired way back in 1982. Its deplorable condition caught the attention of the authorities in the past as well, but inability to develop unanimity over technical points compelled them to put the proposal on the back burner. The process of reconstruction of the ROB had commenced over six years ago. In the year 2017, the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) had received a preliminary estimate of Rs 37 crore for the slabs of the bridge, but with a rider. The Railways had sought elevation in the height of the new bridge by at least 1.5 metre as a provision for the passage of power lines. For this, the ramps would have to be stretched on both sides. The MCA had refused to issue the no-objection certificate (NOC) to the proposed extension of the ramp towards the GT road as it would congest the GT road where a dedicated lane for the BRTS had already been established in the middle of the road. When contacted, Dr Nijjar said he would revisit those documents pertaining to the reconstruction of the ROB to find a way out.
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