05062023-JTR-01.qxd 6/4/2023 11:46 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar tribune OPEN HOUSE: CHANGE VISIBLE, BUT A LONG WAY TO GO ACTOR SUNNY LEONE ENJOYS ‘BEACH TIME’ IN THE MALDIVES Sunny Leone is having a fun time in the Maldives. On Sunday, she took to Instagram and shared a video. P3 MOSTLY SUNNY MAX 39°C | MIN 24°C YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 24°C REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR SHARK TANK INDIA 3 Corruption deep-rooted, it requires will and concerted efforts from govt and public alike: Residents P2 FORECAST Sony LIV recently announced the launch of Shark Tank India - 3. Registrations began on June 3. P4 » » SUNSET MONDAY 7:21 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:21 AM » MONDAY | 5 JUNE 2023 | JALANDHAR INBRIEF 6 ROBBERS HELD WITH ARMS, DRUGS Tarn Taran: Six members of a robbers’ gang, who were planning to commit a crime, were arrested with arms and drugs by the Sadar police (Patti) here on Saturday night. SP (Investigation) Vishaljit Singh said here on Sunday that the accused were identified as Bobby, Sanni, Mewa (of Patti city), Jora of Toot, Diljad and Akbir, both of Machhike. The SP said the police team led by Inspector Harjinder Singh, SHO, Patti (Sadar), in a raid arrested the six robbers and recovered 350 gm of heroin, one country-made pistol, four cartridges, one datar and one sword. The police party also impounded the motorcycle of the accused. A case under Sections 399, 402, 379 and 411 of the IPC had been registered against the accused. oc 10 BOOKED ON ASSAULT CHARGE Phagwara: The Nakodar Sadar police have booked 10 persons on the charge of assaulting a villager. Investigating officer Bhajan Lal said the accused had been identified as Bindu, Pinda, Mintu, Lucky, Ranjit Singh and Kulwindar, all residents of Sihari Wal village, and their four unidentified accomplices. Harpreet Singh, a resident of the same village complained to the police that the accused assaulted him at Gill village and threatened him. IO said that a case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 148 and 149 (rioting) of the IPC has been registered against the accused, and further investigation is on. OC THREE BOOKED FOR SNATCHING Phagwara: The Shahkot police have booked three miscreants on the charge of snatching a motorcycle and cash. The police said the accused had been identified as Jora Singh, Gurpreet Singh of Rulia resident of Chak Piply village, and Bindi, a resident of Mianni village Karanbir Singh, a resident of Bajwa Kalan village, complained to the police that that the accused waylaid him on Parjian Road on May 28 and snatched his motorcycle and purse containing ~500. A case under sections 379-B (snatching) of IPC has been registered against the accused. OC MAN HELD OVER ILLICIT LIQUOR Phagwara: The Mehatpur police have arrested a village resident on the charge of selling illicit country-made liquor. Investigating Officer Davindar Singh said 11 bottles of hooch were seized from the possession of the accused, Gurmail Singh, resident of Malowalpur village. A case under Section 61/1/14 of the Punjab Excise Act has been registered against the accused. OC YADWINDER SINGH IS LOHIAN KHAS SHO Phagwara: Jalandhar (Rural) Senior Superintendent of Police MS Bhullar has appointed Yadwinder Singh as the station house officer of Lohian Khas Pur police station in place of Jai Pal Kumar who has been transferred to Police Lines. OC 591 stubble-burning Girl who went missing from Asr cases in district so far hospital after child birth, returns Aakanksha N Bhardwaj 150 INCIDENTS IN JUST PAST 2O DAYS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 4 While World Environment Day will be celebrated on June 5, things on ground indicate that there is nothing much that is being done to protect the environment in reality. In Jalandhar this year, a total of 591 stubble burning cases have been reported. Till May 18, the number was 431 and within 20 days, more than 150 new cases have been recorded. This surely poses a threat to the environment. The numbers are clearly indicating that instead of a decrease in stubble-burning cases, there is a rise every year. Last year, around 555 cases were reported. Only 33 cases were reported from the district in 2021. Within two years, there is a drastic increase seen in the cases. Earlier, the government was only concerned about paddy residue burning, but now, wheat-stubble burning is also troubling the authorities. ‘The farmers of Bajra village in Kartarpur tehsil also Phagwara, June 4 A 12-year-old migrant girl, who escaped from a hospital in Amritsar on Friday after giving birth to a male child in Phagwara on May 26 and was later admitted in Bibi Nanki Mother and Child Hospital, Amritsar, returned along with her father Bhagwat to Phagwara and was admitted to the Civil Hospital late on Saturday night. Her male infant is still under treatment in the ICU at Amritsar hospital. The con- DON’T KNOW HOW TO MANAGE RESIDUE ❝ We don’t know how to manage stubble. Getting the machines for its management is also not easy. Burning seems an easy option. Shahkot farmer ❞ used to burn stubble, but there has been no such case here for the past over five years. Agriculture Department officials confirmed that no case of stubble burning has been reported from the village for several years. Avinash Kumar, the sarpanch said, “ I am very strict when it comes to burning stubble. If someone tries to burn residue, I inform the department and the police. With time, however, farmers have now accepted the fact that burning stubble is a crime.” He said that the motive is to protect the environment. Phagwara, June 4 A cleaner who allegedly murdered truck driver Satnam Singh of Taran Taran and set the body on fire near Goraya on May 25 was arrested on Saturday. The accused also threw the half-burnt body in the garbage at Gohawar village near Goraya after killing the driver. DSP Phillaur Jagdish Raj said the cleaner was identified as Pankaj who killed his colleague only for money. Ram Murti of Chachrari village noticed the body. He informed Sarpanch Sukhdeep Kaur about the incident, who called the police. The police got the body iden- dition of the girl was stable, said doctors treating her. Senior Superintendent of Police, Kapurthala, Raj Paul Singh Sandhu confirmed the development. Interestingly, despite repeated attempts, police in Phagwara could not be contacted for their version. It may be mentioned here that the girl and her father, Bhagwat, a Bihar resident and attendant of his daughter in Amritsar, had also run away from the hospital. Child specialist Dr Naresh Kundra said it was a case of premature delivery. The child weighed only 900 gm and was serious. Both mother and child were shifted to Amritsar. Phagwara SP Gurpreet Singh had appointed Sadar SHO Usha Rani as investigating officer who met the minor in the hospital. The IO said the girl told the police that she was living with her father in Tibbi Mohalla, Phagwara, and was raped by an unknown youth. On May 26, she felt severe pain in the stomach and was brought to the Civil Hospital, Phagwara, where she delivered the child. Phagwara DSP Jaspreet Singh said the police had registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act against the unknown rapist. — OC A farmer burns stubble in a field on the outskirts of Jalandhar. FILE Man run over by train in Phagwara Our Correspondent Phagwara, June 4 An unidentified man appearing to be in his middle ages was run over by a train near Phagwara railway station on Sunday morning while trying to cross the railway track. Government Railway Police (GRP) in-charge Gurbheij Singh said the body has been kept in hospital mortuary after post-mortem. Cleaner murders driver, sets body on fire ~1.5L COLLECTED BY SATNAM FOR DELIVERING CYLINDERS ALSO MISSING HER INFANT STILL UNDER TREATMENT IN ICU 50 LIQUOR BOXES SEIZED, 4 NABBED The Phillaur police arrested four liquor smugglers and recovered 50 boxes of Power Star Fine whisky from their possession on Sunday. DSP Phillaur Jagdish Raj said that the arrested accused were identified as Lal Chand alias Lally, a resident of village Haripur, Vijay Kumar, Gurdip Singh and Ravi Kumar, all residents of village Pojewal. The DSP said that the arrested accused were bringing whisky from Chandigarh to sell it in various parts of the region at higher rates. The police have also impounded their car. A case under the Excise Act has been registered. OC tified through social media. The deceased was working with a gas cylinder company. Balwinder Singh, brother of the deceased, told the police that Satnam had left the house two days ago saying he had to bring an oxygen cylin- der to Jalandhar. The cleaner, identified as Pankaj, was accompanying the driver. The DSP said around Rs 1.5 lakh was also found missing which the driver had collected after delivering oxygen gas cylinders in Jalandhar. The SP said the police recovered the truck near Ludhiana, while the suspect, Pankaj, was still absconding. SHO Surinder Kumar said the Goraya police had registered a case under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC against the accused Pankaj. The body was today handed over to the family members after post-mortem examination at the Phillaur Civil Hospital. DSP Jagdish Raj said the police have also recovered Rs 67,000 and a sharp-edged weapon like knife used for the crime. — OC ‘Chitta’ overdose claims 2nd son of Phillaur family within years Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 4 The lives of two brothers were snuffed out in close sucession due to the scourge of drugs at Mohalla Santokhpura in Phillaur. over one and a half years after his elder brother died of an overdose of ‘chitta’, Santokhpura resident Satnam Singh also succumbed to drug overdose on Saturday, leaving his hapless family grappling with two sons’ deaths in two years. Satnam Singh, alias Bhindi, aged between 30 and 35, died on Saturday. He was a father of three children. His eldest son is 11 years old. A daily wage labourer, Satnam Singh, had been addicted to drugs for the past several years. His family said they were fed up of his drug abuse and had asked him many times where he was buying them from, but evinced no satisfactory reply. Sobbing inconsolably, his 65-year-old mother said Satnam was scared his family would approach the peddler, if he told them. His mother Jasvinder Kaur said Satnam had taken a chitta injection after which his health started deteriorating and he lay down. When asked if he was feeling unwell, he told his mother he would be fine in DRUGS EASILY AVAILABLE IN MOHALLA: NEIGHBOURS An inconsolable mother of Satnam Singh in Phillaur on Sunday. WORKED AS LABOURER Satnam Singh, alias Bhindi, aged between 30 and 35, died on Saturday. He was a father of three children. His eldest son is 11 years old. A daily wage labourer, Satnam Singh, had been addicted to drugs for the past several years. His mother Jasvinder Kaur said Satnam had taken a chitta injection after which his health deteriorated and he died. some time. However, Satnam never got up. Both the family and neighbours said drugs were easily available in the mohalla. Laying lanter meshes for a living, the family also said despite his meagre earnings, they were also sick of him spending his money on drugs. This also caused reg- ular fights at home. The family and the neighbours demanded that those selling drugs be apprehnded and action taken against them. Phillaur SHO Harjinder Singh said no FIR had been filed in the case as the family had not pressed any charges or complaint with the police. — TNS Meet the wildlife guardians—munshi, driver, daily wager & 3 helpers WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Together they have rescued, fed, rehabilitated thousands of wild animals Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 4 Six unsung heroes — a munshi, a driver, a daily wager and three range office helpers — who together led a silent movement for decades to protect the precious biodiversity of the Shivalik hills will be awarded with the ‘Wildlife Guardians Award’ on World Environment Day on June 5. They have saved and rescued thousands of animals, fed and rehabilitated wild animals and guarded and revived forests. Awardees include Vijay Kumar, a daily wager who doubles up as a forest guardian (chowkidar). He carried a burly wood ladder on his shoulders for 3.5 km through thick jungle to rescue a python which fell in a forest well. He voluntarily watches over forests from poachers across Tonsa jungles. Sanjeev Kumar a munshi from Malerkotla and native of Madal Lal Vijay Kumar (From right) Surjit, Peer Baksh & Devinder UNSUNG HEROES LEADING A SILENT CRUSADE IN SHIVALIK HILLS ■ Vijay Kumar, a daily wager, doubles up as a forest guardian (chowkidar). He carried a burly wood ladder on his shoulders for 3.5 km through a jungle to rescue a python which fell in a forest well. ■ Sanjeev Kumar, a munshi, has revived and created countless ponds, Mallewal village in Nawanshahr, has revived and created countless ponds, reservoirs and water bodies in the Shiva- reservoirs and water bodies in the Shivalik hills to quench thirst of thousands of animals which would otherwise have died ■ Peer Baksh, Surjit & Devinder, wildlife range members, have waded through jungle riverine areas and canals, suffering bruises lik hills to quench the thirst of thousands of animals which would otherwise have died. Due to his efforts, 300 to 400 c m y b and kicks from animals to save drowning nilgai and other animals ■ Madan Lal, a driver, has made his home in the Kandi foothills a rehabilitation centre where countless injured and lost animals have found refuge until being released back to the forests Sanjeev Kumar water tankers (per summer) which earlier cost Rs 1,000 each, are now provided for free by a support group he inspired, to revive drying ponds in peak summers. Temporary cameras have captured upto 150 animals quenching their thirst in one pond a night. Garhshankar Widlife Range team members Peer Baksh, Surjit and Devinder have waded through many a jungle riverine areas and canal, suffering cuts and bruises (from discarded bottles and glass) and kicks from animals to save drowning nilgai and other wild beings. Pick-up driver Madan Lal’s home in the Kandi foothills, is a makeshift rehabilitation centre — where countless injured and lost animals have found refuge and food, until being released back to the forests. Hundreds of rescued nilgai calves fed milk at his home are now huge adults. The Wildlife Guardians Award is an initiative started by a group of environmental do-gooders under the name of ‘Wild Shivalik’. A total of four awards will be awarded on the occasion, each with a cash prize of Rs 5,000 and a gift hamper consisting environmental work utilities needed by the men. The award ceremony will be hosted tomorrow atop Jambujeet Temple at Mallewal village in Balachaur, surrounded by verdant hills - a shrine revered as a guardian deity of the hills of the region. Wildlife Warden Nikhil Senger who is one of the key founders of the Award initiative, said Shivalik Hill ranges and forests across SBS Nagar, all the way to Ropar are teeming with wildlife and rich biodiversity. For such a vast area, there is no rescue and rehabilitation centre despite ever increasing threats. These men have done this job, reviving wildlife out of pure kindness even though they had no need to. These are poor men and daily wagers who hardly have enough to make their ends meet. But yet they pooled in all rescources to save forests. The award is our maiden initiative to honour and encourage these men who have never sought the limelight.”
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