19052023-ATR-01.qxd 5/19/2023 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune GANG OF VEHICLE THIEVES BUSTED, THREE ARRESTED SANAA WINS BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST ACTOR AWARDS Sudhanshu has won the Best Director award and Radhika Madan Best Actress category at UK Asian Film Festival.P3 MAINLY CLEAR MAX 40°C | MIN 23°C YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 21°C CELEBS SHARE TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY AND IN SHAPE With the arrest of three persons, the Islamabad police have busted a gang of vehicle lifters. P2 FORECAST Whenever I get time, I go to the gym. Taking care of your health is very important, says Mridul Kumar. P4 » » SUNSET FRIDAY 7.22 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:31 AM » FRIDAY | 19 MAY 2023 | AMRITSAR Man shot at over missing bike 21-yr-old Army sepoy killed in road accident Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 18 Several persons barged into a house and shot at a man leaving him injured at Jafarkot village falling under Ajnala police station last evening. A minor dispute over a missing motorbike was the reason behind the incident. The police have booked around eight persons on the charge of attempt to murder. Those booked were identified as Amrik Singh, Hartej Singh of Lalwala vil- Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 18 A 21-year-old Army sepoy who had come to his village on 40-day leave just five days ago was killed Shamsher Singh in a road accident near Chhichhrewal village on the continued on page 2 lage and Pinka of Ballwarwal Chhanna village. No arrest has been made till now, said the police. Jasbir Singh, the complainant, told the police that he worked as a labourer. He said that yesterday, he along with his father Joginder Singh, mother Manjit Kaur and younger brother Inderjit Singh were present in the house and having their meals when the accused barged into the house and caught him by the collar. He asked about Stop waste water release into irrigation channels, says DC his bike which they had parked in front of the residence of Kuldeep Singh. He said when his brother Inderjit Singh tried to save him, the accused fired with their pistol and the bullet hit Inderjit in his right thigh. His parents raised an alarm following which the accused fled. ASI Rattan Singh, investigating officer, said that a case under Section 307, 506, 148 and 149 of IPC and Section 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the continued on page 2 Two robbers nabbed with weapon, bike Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 18 The district administration has issued instructions against releasing waste water from households and factories into canals, canal minors and other channels used for supplying water for irrigation in agricultural fields. Chairing a meeting of the district environment protection committee, Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh said polluting water bodies was a crime against humanity. continued on page 2 VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service The DC has asked officials to ensure that no industrial waste is released into canal minors being used for irrigation near Amritsar. Amritsar, May 18 The Chatiwind police have nabbed two robbers and confiscated a pistol along with five cartridges from their possession. They were identified as Germanjit Singh of Bhalaipur Dogra village in Tarn Taran and Manpreet Singh of Khakh village in Tarn Taran. ASI Balwinder Singh said a police party had installed a checkpoint at Varpal area when they received a tip off that the duo were involved in looting continued on page 2 c m y b Farmers block rail tracks; stage protest at DC office Want adequate compensation for acquiring land for highways Tribune Reporters Amritsar, May 18 A day after the police used force on the farmers protesting over the issue of compensation for land acquisition in Gurdaspur district, various farmer unions held protests against the state government. While the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee blocked the railway tracks near Devidaspura village, members of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) started protests outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the police headquarters. Palwinder Singh Mahal, district president of the BKU (EktaUgrahan) said, “In the earlier meetings with the Gurdaspur administration, officials assured that a fair compensation would be paid to the farmers whose lands are being acquired for national highways.” He said using force against the farmers, women and elderly people was condemnable. Mahal said they would end the protest as soon as the government gave compensation to the farmers. “Usually, the Members of the BKU (Ekta) during a protest outside the DC office in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR seller always determines the price. But the agriculture sector seems to be an aberration. Here when we go to sell our produce, the price is determined by the buyer. And when the government wants our land, it is determining the price and the sellers (land owners) have no say,” he added. KSMC general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said, “The way the government had used force to occupy the farmers’ land is unjustified.” The farmers’ body has helped the farmers take back control of their land.” After a meeting with the administration today, Pandher said the government had agreed to take control of the land only after the compensation was paid to the farmers. The government also agreed to speed up the arbitration process for payment of compensation. Pandher said they would not hesitate to start a protest again if the government failed to fulfil its promise. Farmers, labourers block rly tracks in Tarn Taran On the call of the state committee of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, a large number of farmers and mazdoors (labourers) staged a dharna on the railway tracks here on Thursday. They were protesting against the police for using force against farmers in Gurdaspur on Wednesday. A large number of farmers and labourers, both men and women, staged a dharna on the rail tracks in Tarn Taran. Harjinder Singh Shakri, Jarnail Singh Noordi and others addressed on the occasion and condemned the police action against those who were protesting over inadequate compensation for the land to be acquired for the Union Government-sponsored 'Bhatar Mala' project. The leaders condemned Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann for his policies and views expressed form time to time. They lifted the dharna only when Jaspal Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Tarn Taran, informed them that the Chief Minister's office had convened a meeting with their leadership on May 24.
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