01062023-JTR-01.qxd 6/1/2023 12:08 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar tribune FADING MUGHAL HERITAGE IN PATTI, COURTESY GOVT APATHY NARGIS STARTS SHOOTING FOR HER NEXT PROJECT MANIESH WILL DON MULTIPLE LOOKS IN RAFUCHAKKAR Dozens of structures dating back to the Mughal era are in a shambles in the historic town of Patti. P2 The yet-to-be-announced project went on the floors recently in Varanasi. P3 Maniesh Paul, who is making his debut on OTT, will assume multiple looks as a conman . P4 » » FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS MAX 29°C | MIN 20°C YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:19 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:22 AM » THURSDAY | 1 JUNE 2023 | JALANDHAR Op Clean: In rural areas, no drugs found 2 peddlers nabbed; heroin, intoxicating tablets seized in city Punjab Police personnel during their drive against drug smugglers in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May31 As many as 650 police teams and 5,500 personnel across the state descended on the houses and establishments of drug peddlers in a statewide crackdown against drug traffickers. Even though the Punjab Police claimed it was the “biggest crackdown on drug smugglers”, the ‘Operation Clean’ failed to yield anything in the rural areas of Jalandhar. The outcome of the drive comes as a much surprise in a region where substantial drug haul seizures are made by the rural police on a regular basis. As many as 327 personnel of the Jalandhar rural police car- INBRIEF DAY AGO, 6 ARRESTS, POPPY HUSK, HEROIN SEIZURES ■ Interestingly, the rural police on Tuesday seized 35-kg poppy husk from a truck driver at Bhogpur. A case was registered under the NDPS Act against him at the Adampur police station ■ Bilga police also nabbed a peddler with 6-kg poppy husk. Meanwhile, four persons were nabbed with 30 gm heroin at Verka and Goraya INFORMATION LEAK NOT POSSIBLE that they (drug peddlers) might get ❝It’s not possiblethe raid. These kinds of operations any information of are held to place pressure on the smugglers. Drugs might not be always found. Mukhvinder Singh Bhullar, SSP ❞ ried out checks across the rural areas of the district under the operation launched by the DGP Punjab, to crack down on , drug traffickers. Police teams raided houses of drug traffick- ers and conducted CASO operation against those involved in drug trafficking. In an operation carried out from 7 am to 12 noon under SSP Jalandhar, Mukhvinder Dangling threat LDH WOMAN HELD FOR KIDNAPPING Phagwara: The Bilga police have arrested a drug peddler on the charge of selling poppy husk. Investigating Officer (IO) Anwar Masih said that 6 kg of poppy husk was recovered from the possession of the accused, identified as Mangal Singh alias Mangi, a resident of Mao Sahib village. The IO said that a case under Section 15(b), 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. OC An uprooted tree entangled in electric wires poses a risk to commuters on the Baba Lal Dyal Road at Partap Bagh in Jalandhar. Torrential rain and storm on Tuesday night caused considerable damage in the district. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH In Nawanshahr, houses of 18 peddlers searched Nawanshahr, May 31 As part of the statewide raids conducted under Operation Clean, the Nawanshahr Police raided the houses of the accused involved in the NDPS cases, from whom commercial quantities of narcotics were recovered. SSP Bhagirath Singh Meena said the houses of 18 such accused in the district were raided by police teams under the supervision of DSP or SP-level officials. A total of 74 police person- nel, including six gazetted officers and 19 sub-inspectors or inspectors were part of this operation. The SSP said the move was aimed at keeping track of the current activities of these people and to show them that they were under surveillance of the police. He said mobile forensic investigation of the accused was also being done while adding that some of them were still in jail and some have been released on bail. — TNS Tragedies put a spanner in foreign dreams SPATE OF KILLINGS ABROAD Tribune News Service HARYANA CRIMINAL BOOKED FOR FRAUD DRUG PEDDLER ARRESTED against criminals and miscreants, with the ultimate aim of restoring law and order for the wellbeing of the general public. “The police authorities remain fully committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for the residents”, he added. Meanwhile, the security in the city has also been beefed up in view of the Ghallughara Divas. Police officials have been deployed to maintain a vigilant watch in the sub-division of Model Town. DCP Jagmohan, informed that CCTV cameras have been installed nearby Gurudwaras and other religious places. “The cameras were thoroughly being inspected, and necessary security instructions were provided to the police teams responsible for these religious sites”, he added. He further said surprise checks were being conducted at various locations, including the bus stand and railway station, to monitor the movement of non-locals. Besides, raids were carried out at the residences of known criminals with a history of unlawful activities in Model Town. — TNS Aparna Banerji Phagwara: The Bilga police have booked a Ludhiana village woman on the charge of kidnapping a minor. Investigating Officer (IO) Baljit Kaur said that the accused has been identified as Sheela Bai, wife of Rajpal, a resident of Salem Pura village under Sidham Bet police station, Ludhiana. The IO said that a case under Section 363, 366A and 120-B of the IPC was registered against the accused and her son, Surinder Singh alias Babu. OC Phagwara: The Nakodar Sadar police have booked a criminal from Haryana on the charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy. SHO Inspector GS Nagra said that the accused has been identified as Raja Hayder, a resident of Gurgaon in Haryana. Satimdar Singh, a resident of Billi Chao village, complained to Jalandhar (rural) SSP that the accused duped him of ~81,000 through an online method. The SHO said that a case under Section 403, 420 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 66(D) of the IT Act has been registered against the accused. OC Singh Bhullar, as many as 24 nakas were set up in Jalandhar and five patrolling parties and 35 police parties were deputed to carry out the checks. The police had identified 76 commercial drug smugglers/peddlers who were on target for drugs or other intoxicants, whose establishments were checked. Under SP Manpreet Singh Dhillon and SP (Detective) Sarabjit Rai, as many as 35 houses were searched. The police said many of the identified commercial smugglers were found absconding or in jail. At the end of the operation, proceedings were initiated against five persons in Phillaur under Section 110 of the CrPC. Continued on Page 2 Jalandhar, May31 The city police, under the guidance of Commissioner of Police Kuldeep Singh Chahal, carried out raids at Qazi Mandi and in some areas of Division Number 6 and 7. The operation, aimed at curbing drug dealers and preventing drug-related crimes, resulted in the arrest of two persons, and the seizure of 10-gm heroin and 102 intoxicating tablets. The arrested persons were identified as Gurpreet, alias Duggal, a resident of Ravidas Mandir in Dhilwan, and Deepak Kumar, alias Rahul, a resident of Guru Gobind Singh Avenue. Senior officers of the city police, including ADCP City-1 Kanwalpreet Singh, ADCP City-2 Aditya, ACP Central Nirmal Singh along with the ARP team led the operation, and raided the houses of suspected drug smugglers. The entire area where raids were conducted was cordoned off with heavy police force deployed at checkposts and patrolling duties. CP Kuldeep Chahal said the primary objective of this extensive operation was to take appropriate legal actions Jalandhar, May 31 A spate of deaths or murders in May, of people who are already abroad or want to go there, in the region, has created the need to be circumspect over foreign aspirations. Dreams of greener pastures abroad claimed the lives of at least five people in the month of May alone. At least three youths died in shootings in US in May. Another man and his mother-in-law died in close succession in India, after the man’s US dreams soured since he was deported. In close succession, on May 4 and 5, three deaths took place. On May 4, two Sultanpur Lodhi-based real brothers, Dilraj Singh and Guriqbal Singh, were shot dead in a shooting in Port- ■ On May 4, brothers Dilraj Pal Singh (32) and Guriqbal Singh (26), hailing from Bidhipur in Sultanpur Lodhi, were shot in Portland, US, by their own associates after a feud over the ownership of a store ■ On May 5, Navjot Singh (30) hailing from Jalal Bhulana village in Kapurthala, was gunned down by robbers at a petrol station in Washington, where he was working. He went to the US in April 2022 ■ In January, Sukhwinder Singh (53), hailing from Tandi Dakhli village in Kapurthala, was run over by a car in Fresno, California, while on his way back after having a meal. A truck driver, he had gone to the US in 2011 ■ In September 2022, Parambir Singh (32), hailing from Dhapai village in Kapurthala district, was murdered by a masked robber who attacked his store in Mississippi land; on May 5, a Kapurthalabased youth Navjot Singh was shot dead by robbers at a petrol station where he was working; Sultanpur Lodhi resident Balwinder Singh died of suspected suicide, day after the murder of his mother-in-law on May 19. The twin deaths (of Balwinder and his mother-in- law) came close on the heels of Balwinder’s US dreams souring after his wife gained access to the US but he was deported back to India. In January this year too, a Kapurthala man had died after being run over by a car in Fresno, California. These deaths don’t include other accidental deaths of Indians in the US. On May 10, a Boparai (Kapurthala) father-son duo was also killed in an accident in Fresno, US while they were heading for a party to celebrate the completion of the son’s medical education. Kapurthala-based advocate Kulwant Singh said, “There is an unprecedented craze among people to go abroad. There are families whose only kids have died after going to the US in accidents or shootings. Yet relatives do not learn a lesson. People are ready to send children abroad by hook or by crook and while knowing they might be going through the perilous ‘donkey’ routes. On the other hand, there is an increased mental health crisis among those who don’t make it. This is giving way to anxiety and depression among the young. There is also gloom among those who are sent back after spending hard-earned money and staying months in camps.” Former president of the NRI Sabha, Jasvir Singh Gill said, “The government should check the credentials of those going abroad and parents should educate kids to act sensibly. Increasingly, youths are heading abroad in a mad rush, not knowing what to do there. Some are forming gangs. The NRI Sabha earlier took up those cases but it’s being rendered defunct, so no one is left to raise these issues. We had even sought CBI help in some cases. The government needs to extradite hardened criminals wanted in India, so a growing problem doesn’t fester into an out-of-hand situation.” Named after Olympian, school in WB man held with illegal pistol Attari awaits astroturf for 5 years Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, May31 The Government Senior Secondary School, Attari, which was renamed after Shamsher Singh, Indian hockey midfielder and Olympian, has been waiting for a hockey astro-turf for the last five years. The fact that Shamsher is the first Olympian from Attari and had spent most of his early years playing hockey at the uneven, muddy playground inside the school, fell short of waking up the authorities from their slumber. The school offers three field of sports to the students -- volleyball, football and The Government Senior Secondary School, Attari, has produced several national and international hockey players. TRIBUNE PHOTO hockey. Currently, it has 75 under-training players, all students of the school, playing in the Under-14 and Under-16 categories in national and state teams. “We have repeatedly written to the authorities to request c m y b them to build an astro-turf as we have good talent in the sport from Attari. Apart from the turf, we also require sports kits including hockey sticks and fully equipped gymnasium for the athletes. Till date, we only receive an annual sports grant of Rs 25,000 for all our needs,” said Navjit Singh, sports head and coach at the school. On an average, he said that the sports kit for hockey costs around Rs 8,500 and the football and volleyball kits costs Rs 7,000. “We are not left with much for the development of any other sports,” he said. The school has two grounds Continued on Page 2 Jalandhar, May31 The CIA Staff of the city police today arrested one person and recovered an illegal countrymade .315 bore pistol and a live cartridge from his possession. The accused has been identified as Ratan Sheikh, a native of West Bengal, who was currently residing in a rented accommodation at Leather Complex here. CIA Staff in-charge Inderjit said a police party was present near Leather Complex for checking purposes when they received a tip-off that Ratan, who had an illegal pistol in his possession, is roaming around Anoop Nagar and may target someone at gunpoint. He said they arrested him near an ATM booth at Leather Complex, and the illegal pistol and a cartridge were recov- Cops with the accused and the seized pistol in Jalandhar. ered from his possession. Singh informed that during interrogation, the accused confessed to have bought this illegal pistol from his associate from Uttar Pradesh. They said a case under the Arms Act has been registered against him at Basti Bawa Khel police station and raids were being conducted to nab his associate. — TNS
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