10032023-ATR-01.qxd 3/9/2023 11:55 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune PRESIDENT MURMU’S VISIT KEEPS POLICEMEN ON TOES LADY GAGA WILL NOT BE PERFORMING AT OSCARS Her number Hold My Hand from the Top Gun: Maverick is nominated for Best Original Song. P3 MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 31°C | MIN 14°C YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 15°C WEB SERIES COLLEGE ROMANCE IN LEGAL TANGLE Cops remained on their toes during visit of President Droupadi Murmu to the holy city on Thursday. P2 FORECAST The Delhi High Court has ordered an FIR against director, Simarpreet Singh & actor Apoorva Arora. P4 » » SUNSET FRIDAY 6.34 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:46 AM » FRIDAY | 10 MARCH 2023 | AMRITSAR City artistes recall Satish Kaushik as intelligent actor, director Two tourists among 3 ‘WE ALL WERE IN AWE OF HIM’ Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 9 Artistes from the world of theatre and acting in the city mourned the demise of actor Satish Kaushik, 66, who passed away after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday. Kaushik, who has given memorable performances in films and will always be remembered for his wit among his friends, started his career in theatre before moving on to films. He was an alumnus of the National School of Drama (NSD) and his last visit to Amritsar was for the shoot- INBRIEF MAN BOOKED FOR HURTING FEELINGS Amritsar: The Division D police have booked an identified person for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. Shabir Kumar, a local resident, said some unidentified person dumped pictures of Bhagwan Valmiki and Dr Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar under a tree near Lahori Gate area. The pictures of other gods and goddesses were also there. A case under Section 295-A of the IPC was registered in this regard. TNS NIGERIAN BOOKED FOR ASSAULT Amritsar: A Nigerian, lodged in the Amritsar Central Jail here, identified as Ogbuewv Chrisitan, was booked by the police for assaulting jail staff. Sahib Singh, Assistant Jail Superintendent, in his complaint to the police alleged that he clashed with staff. Meanwhile, jail authorities confiscated a mobile phone from another jail inmate Ravi Singh. TNS CELLPHONE, OTHER ITEMS SEIZED Tarn Taran: Kirpal Singh, Assistant Superintendent, Sri Goindwal Sahib Central Jail, seized one mobile and other banned items from an inmate during a surprise checking at the jail on Tuesday night. OC him several times ❝I had methe came to watch aas a student ofsodrama while in NSD. Once play. He was humble and funny that we all were in awe of him. Later, I again met him when he came to deliver a lecture at the NSD. He was an intelligent actor and director, who understood the craft. Kewal Dhaliwal, NOTED THEATRE DIRECTOR AND NSD ALUMNUS City-based actor Arvinder Bhatti with Satish Kaushik. TRIBUNE PHOTO ing of the film Udta Punjab. Arvinder Bhatti, city-based actor, who shared screen space with Kaushik in Udta Punjab, remembered how Kaushik was the most ener- getic actor on the sets. “I got the amazing opportunity to work with him in Udta Punjab and we had to shoot for several scenes at an outdoor location in Chohla Sahib. He was witty and throughout the day, kept his co-actors upbeat during the shooting Migrant dies after Chinese kite string slits his throat 54-yr-old hailed from Bihar; was now living in Bharat Nagar Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 9 The failure of the district administration and the police to check the sale of the ‘killer’ Chinese manja and its sellers has again come to the fore with a migrant, identified as Trishool Mehto, losing his life after being hit by a dangling string leading to slitting of his throat near Sultanwind area here on Wednesday. The police started inquest proceedings into the incident. The body was handed over to the family after a postmortem. Trishool Mehto (54), who originally hailed from Madhubani district in Bihar, was residing in Bharat Nagar area located on the Batala road. He used to work in a factory on Banke Bihari Wali Gali on the Batala road. He was sitting on the back of an SUV which was transporting chemicals from a factory on the Tarn Taran road. As per the information, when they reached the Sultanwind road, a synthetic kite string was dangling from the trees which slashed his throat leaving him criti- NO LESSONS LEARNT ■ The excessive usage of Chinese kite string (acrylic) is posing a threat to city residents. In a similar instance, a boy suffered serious injuries after a synthetic kite string caused a deep cut on his throat at Vallah on February 15. ■ On February 11, Ritika Malhotra (17) suffered injuries due to a synthetic kite string. She was riding pillion on a two-wheeler being driven by her father while returning from her tuition class. On February 27, Brij Mohan Khanna, a local trader, got injured due to the string while crossing the elevated road. cally injured. He was rushed to hospital where he died due to massive blood loss during treatment. The excessive usage of Chinese kite string (acrylic) by kite lovers is posing a threat to city residents, especially when the string keeps dangling from trees and on roads putting commuters’ (mostly two wheelers) lives at risk. In a similar instance, a boy suffered serious injuries after a synthetic kite string caused a deep cut on his throat at Vallah on February 15. The victim, identified as Manga of Vallah, was going to a fair at the village when the incident took place. On January 17, Mansimran Singh (23), a bank employee, was grievously injured by a dangling Chi- Faith beckons TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR nese synthetic kite string on Sultanwind Road. The string caused a deep cut on his throat when he was on his way to work. On February 11, Ritika Malhotra (17) suffered cut injuries due to a synthetic kite string. She was riding pillion on a twowheeler being driven by her father while returning from her tuition class. On February 27, Brij Mohan Khanna, a local trader, got injured due to the plastic kite string while crossing the elevated road. Khanna was travelling from Dream City to a local hospital. When he reached near the bus stand, a kite string got entangled around his face. Fortunately, he did not lose control over the scooter, but the string cut his upper lip. ❞ by sharing jokes and anecdotes. He was indeed an artiste par excellence and one used to just learn by watching him in action in front of camera. His death is a great loss to the creative world,” said Bhatti. Kaushik, while in Amritsar for Udta BSF seizes heroin thrown from Pak side Tarn Taran, March 9 BSF personnel posted at Border Out Post (BOP) Rajoke, falling under Khalra police station, recovered a a packet of heroin thrown from the Pakistan side in the early hours at 5.05 am on Wednesday. The BSF men on duty fired 12 rounds towards the side of the sound heard. The packet was recovered on Wednesday morning in a search operation by the BSF. Arshid Kumar Singh, Company Commandant, 103 Battalion, said that the packet was handed over to the Khalra police which registered a case under Section 21-C, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. — OC Punjab, had shared how he loved eating out, especially the street food in city. Kewal Dhaliwal, noted theatre director and NSD alumnus, also shared his grief over the passing away of Kaushik. “I had met him several times as a student of drama while in the NSD. Once he came to watch a play. He was so humble and funny that we all were in awe of him. Later, I again met him when he came to deliver a lecture at the NSD. He was an intelligent actor and director, who understood the craft and always encouraged young talent,” said Dhaliwal. Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, March 9 A team of Sadar Police, Tarn Taran, led by Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Gurdas Singh, arrested a person with a stolen motorcycle from the national highway on Wednesday. The ASI said the accused, who was arrested with the stolen motorcycle, has been identified as Abhay Kumar. The accused told the police that he had purchased the motorcycle from Jagbir Singh Deepu of Sarhali Kalan. Both Abhay Kumar and Jagbir Singh had been booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code. The police had initiated proceedings to arrest Jagbir Singh who was absconding. complaint with the Kotwali police that registered a case against unknown miscreants on Wednesday. Similarly, Usha Singh of Hoogli in Kolkata was looted by two motorcycle-borne persons. She along with her family was going towards the railway station on an auto-rickshaw when they snatched her purse near Chitra Talkies near Hall Gate. It contained two mobile phones, Rs 30,000 and other important documents. The police have registered a case. continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 9 A major fire again broke out at the Bhagtanwala dump here on Wednesday evening. Residents of nearby area were at the receiving end due to toxic smoke billowing out from the garbage and enveloped nearby localities by the evening. The MC has deployed a fire tender which doused the major flames of fire till late night. The smoke was still billowing from the dump till this afternoon. Garbage dump fires at Bhagtanwala have become a routine affair, claimed Sandeep Kural, a member of the Sanji Sangharsh committee (formed for shifting the dump). Members of the committee Smoke billows from the garbage dump in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO claimed that the fire at Bhagtanwala would worsen air pollution before the G20 Summit, to be organised from March 15-20. They have asked the Punjab Pollution Control Board to keep a check on the situation and take appropriate action. MC officials claimed that they had doused the fire and asked the solid waste man- agement company to adopt the required measures to avoid the fire incidents. There is around 12 lakh tonnes of garbage at the dump site. The government had started the bioremediation process for the processing of garbage but due to dispute with the solid waste management company it is still hanging in fire. Deo village resident killed in road mishap Tarn Taran, March 9 Nishan Singh (28), a resident of Deo village, died on the spot in a road accident on the Tarn Taran-Khadoor Sahib road near Bhullar village on Wednesday when his motor-cycle was hit from the side by a speeding car. The deceased, a labourer working at the local grain market, was on way back to his village on his motorcycle. He fell down when the car hit him from the side. Nishan Singh received head injuries as a result of which he died on the spot. A team from the Sadar police, Tarn Taran, reached the spot when news of the incident was received. Nishan Singh had been married just one and half years back and the couple was expecting its first child. The incident has been captured in the CCTV cameras installed at roadside shops. A case under Section 304A, 279 of the IPC had been registered by the Sadar Police. The driver of the car escaped from the spot soon after the incident. In another incident, the body of an elderly person, not identified yet, was cremated by the City Police with the help of Municipal Council, Tarn Taran. The man was identified as Navdeep Singh of Tarn Taran. The body was found on March 4 from the Noodri road and brought to the Civil Hospital, Tarn Taran, where the doctors declared him dead. The body was kept at the mortuary of the the Civil Hospital for 72 hours for identification and cremated after no one came to claim it. — OC Illegal vends come up again in Robbers loot gold worth 1 nabbed front of wall paintings in city ~14L in Rayya,Jeweller, staff was Tribune News Service Man arrested with stolen motorcycle Amritsar, March 9 Three persons, including two tourists, were robbed by snatchers in the last three-four days here. The police registered three separate cases in this connection on Wednesday. As per information, Sakshi Sabharwal of Dehradun in Uttarakhand was robbed of her gold chain when she along with her husband was passing Katra Jaimal Singh area three days ago. She told the police that while passing the area two bike-borne persons came and snatched her gold chain. She had lodged a Fire breaks out at Bhagtanwala dump PREPARATIONS FOR G20 SUMMIT Sikh devotees with the Palki Sahib, which carries the Guru Granth Sahib, on the occasion of Hola Mohalla during a procession from the Golden Temple to Akal Takht in Amritsar. robbed by snatchers Amritsar, March 9 Days after the district administration organised a wall painting competition for the beautification of the city and distributed an amount of Rs 1 lakh to the winning team, illegal fruit, vegetable and food stalls have come up in front of the painted walls. The administration had removed these illegal encroachments prior to the wall painting competition and hoped that the illegal vends would not come up again. However, as soon as the administration started focusing on other areas, the illegal vends have come up again. Residents have demanded that these illegal vends be removed or sent to an alternate place as these block the vision and people are unable to have a look at the beautiful c m y b Illegal vends in front of a decorated wall in Amritsar on Thursday. wall paintings. The idea of these paintings was to make these visible to the commuters. As these were painted ahead of the G20 summit, these were also meant for the guests. But if there are illegal vends in front of these paintings, the people would not be able to see them. “These illegal vends blocking the vision have defeated the very purpose of these paintings. It was a very thoughtful and novel idea. The administration has even warned against pasting posters on these wall paint- ings,” said a resident Himmat Singh, adding that vendors could be asked to shift to other places. A visit to the walls near the GT road would reveal that a large numbers of illegal vends have been set up. Even on the Kacheri road outside the Deputy Commissioner office, a vend of clay pots has come up. The residents stated that even if some of the wall paintings are still visible, lack of action against the existing vends would encourage others to set up new stalls. amritsar, March 9 Four armed robbers looted a gold jeweller at Pheruman Chowk in Rayya falling under the Beas police station here on Wednesday. The owner of the shop fired at the suspects in which one of the accused was injured while his three accomplices managed to escape. The police said raids were on to nab the perpetrators. SSP Satinder Singh said the police recovered a .32 bore pistol, a sharp-edged weapon and a scooter from the site. The arrested robber was identified as Gurmeet Singh of Jallupur Khera village. Three of them were from Jallupur Khera village who allegedly belonged to radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh. Besides Gurmeet, others accomplices were Ranjit Singh and Shera. Their fourth accomplice Karan was of Bhinder village. The police registered a case under Sections 307, 392, 342 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against the four robbers. Amit Kumar, complainant and owner of the shop, told present in shop when incident happened the police that he ran a jewellery shop — Deepak Jeweller — at Pheruman Chowk at Rayya. He said he along with his staff was present in his shop when the accused came on a scooter and a bike. After entering the shop, they pointed a pistol at him. He said two youths started lifting gold jewellery from the shop. They threatened to shoot him in case he tried to stop them. They decamped with gold jewellery worth Rs 14 lakh. He said after they left the shop, he along with his staff chased them and fired at them from his licensed pistol. The accused also fired at them, it is learnt. In the firing, one of the accused (Gurmeet Singh) was injured and overpowered by them. He was later admitted to a hospital by the police. His preliminary interrogation led to the identification of other accomplices. — TNS
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