21082023-JTR-01.qxd 8/21/2023 12:31 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar tribune AIR COMMODORE SHARES STORIES OF 1947 MIGRATION NIHARIKA CHOUKSEY GETS CANDID ABOUT HER JOURNEY Niharika Chouksey shared her journey with co-star Aakash Ahuja as fictional drama Faltu all set to go off-air. P4 PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 35°C | MIN 28°C YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 28°C RAGHAV THAKUR ASKS ASPIRING ACTORS NOT TO GIVE UP EASILY Air Commodore SS Kaushik shares his first-hand experiences of the mass migration on August 14 & 15, 1947.P2 FORECAST One needs to have patience. Too often I see people giving up too easily, says actor Raghav Thakur. P4 » » SUNSET MONDAY 6.58 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:54 AM » MONDAY | 21 AUGUST 2023 | JALANDHAR INBRIEF TWO ARRESTED FOR GAMBLING Phagwara: The Nakodar city police have arrested Navdeep, alias Bawa, a resident of Khuram Pur locality, and Satnam Chand, a resident of Mohalla Rehman Pura, Nakodar, for gambling. Investigating Officer (IO) Sarabjit Singh said the suspects were indulging in selling betting slips at the bus stand under the cover of Punjab state lotteries. They had no licence and were thus cheating residents. The IO said a case had been registered against the duo. A sum of Rs 20,610, a mobile phone among other items were recovered from them. OC WOMAN MISSING, CASE REGISTERED Phagwara: The Nakodar city police have registered a missing report in connection with the disappearance of a 21-year-old woman. Amarjit Kaur, a resident of Sarihn village, complained to the police that her daughter Harman, wife of Charanjit Singh, a resident of Shankar, was staying with her for the past few days. She went to DAV College on August 18, but did not return home. Investigating Officer Kulwinder Singh said a missing report had been registered. OC YOUTH BOOKED ON KIDNAP CHARGE Phagwara: On a complaint lodged by Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Thapar Colony, the Sadar police have registered a case under Section 365 of the IPC against a youth, Prince Kumar, a resident of the same locality, on the charge of kidnapping and keeping hostage the complainant’s younger sister. The complainant told the police that his sister studies in Pyramid College. She went to her college on August 18, but did not return. The complainant told the police that his mother told him that she received a message from an unknown mobile number stating that the girl had been kidnapped and kept in a hotel near Karnal. The police are investigating the matter. OC LIQUOR TRADER IN POLICE NET Phagwara: The police have arrested a liquor trader and recovered 17,820 ml of illicit liquor from his possession on Saturday night. The suspect has been identified as Miyank, a resident of Pehchan Nagar, Phagwara. A case has been registered. OC Scribe’s kin protest police inaction, about the arrests before cremation block highway Say cops misled them SUICIDE CASE Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 20 Family members of journalist Ravi Gill, who committed suicide here on Friday, staged a protest and blocked the National Highway near PAP here late this evening. They were protesting against the alleged police inaction in the case. The protesters halted traffic on both sides of the highway by parking their vehicles in the middle of the road, leading to a significant traffic gridlock. Commuters were a harassed lot as they got stuck in a jam due to the protest. Initial reports indicate that the family members of the deceased initially congregated at the Navi Baradari police station, voicing their concerns through a protest. Subsequently, they moved to the PAP blocking the National , Highway from both directions. According to the kin, their protest was against the police. They contended that the police authorities had informed them in the afternoon that two suspects named in the suicide note had been Family members and supporters of deceased Ravi Gill protest in Jalandhar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ‘FALSE INFORMATION FROM COPS’ According to the kin, their protest was against the police. They contended that the police authorities had informed them in the afternoon that two suspects named in the suicide note had been apprehended. However, the information turned out to be false. After cremation, they came to know that no arrest had been made in this regard. apprehended. However, the information turned out to be false. After cremation, they came to know that no arrest had been made in this regard. Ravi’s brother Rahul Gill said: “After getting information from the police about the arrest of the woman journal- ist and her brother, we proceeded with the cremation. After cremation, we saw a video in which the woman journalist went live on the social media claiming that she was being framed and she had not been arrested yet, following which we New policy to revive sports at grassroots level: Minister Honours cop for winning gold in World Police Games Jalandhar, August 20 Local Bodies Minister Balkar Singh today said the new sports policy of the Punjab Government was aimed at reviving the glory days of sports at the grassroots level by laying major focus on creating modernised sports infrastructure, specialised coaching/training of players, etc., to produce champions. While felicitating Sandeep, a head constable posted at the PAP who had won a gold medal in 400m hurdles during the World Police Games in his house, Balkar Singh said he had made the country and the state proud by bagging the gold at the world stage. The Minister said the Punjab Government would make adequate arrangements for specialised training and coaching for Sandeep so that he could bring more laurels for the country. The Minister said under the new policy, sports nurseries would be established throughout Punjab and the strength of coaches would also be enhanced from 309 to 2,360. For the preparation of international sports competitions, the Minister said a sum of ~15 lakh would be given for the first time for Olympics and Paralympics. Moreover, 200 hostel rooms would be established in each district to prepare sportspersons for national-level competitions, he said, adding that winners of gold, silver and bronze medals in the Olympics would be given a cash reward of ~3 crore, ~2 crore and ~1 crore respectively. The Indian police contingent exhibited outstanding performance in the World Police Games held in Winnipeg (Canada). The 18-member sports team of the Punjab Police made a significant contribution by winning a total of 42 medals. Punjab Police players won 27 gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals. — TNS Cattle rescue amid floods takes turn for the worse Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 20 A man’s claimed attempt of having rescued cattle stuck in the Beas amidst floods in Sultanpur Lodhi has ended in a controversy after the actual owners of the cattle in turn levelled charges against him. The rescuer also alleged that his pregnant wife was detained for several hours at the Kabirpur police station in Sultanpur Lodhi in the wee hours of August 19. The Kapurthala police have, however, denied the charges. In a video that has gone viral, Gandiwind resident (presently residing at Mehtamwal Hydrabad Bet in Sultanpur Lodhi) Rajvinder Singh alleged that after he painstakingly rescued two cattle from the river amidst floods and informed the local police about it, he was unable to find the owners of the animals. Because of this, he took them Owner alleges cattle theft, rescuer denies charges to his house at Mehtamwal and from there to the Gandiwind village (his in-laws’ place) in Tarn Taran for safekeeping. Rajvinder alleged that the owners arrived at his house late at night when he was away and his pregnant wife was taken to the police station where she remained from 12 am to 4 am (August 19). Gurdev Singh from Passan Qadim village, the owner of the cattle, said Rajvinder had the intention of stealing his animals and his wife was taken to the police station for a mere 10 minutes. In the video, Rajvinder alleged, “It took me two hours to rescue the two cattle with a rope. I waited at the bundh, informed the Sultanpur Lodhi police, but when the owner could not be traced, I brought the cattle home. Due to non-availability of fodder, I shifted the cattle to Gandiwind village in Tarn Taran. Later, the owners called and asked me if their cattle were with us to which I replied in the affirmative. In the evening, the owners came to our village and harassed my wife. The men entered our home when my wife was alone. Our village lady sarpanch was also with them. The sarpanch held my wife by her arm and pushed her into a private car. She was taken to the police station. My wife was kept at the police station from 12 am to 4 am. There wasn’t a lady constable there to take care either.” Gurdev Singh, resident of Passan Qadim village said, “I had left two of the cattle – a calf and a heifer — to graze at the Baupur bundh when a home trip in between took longer than expected. Upon tracing the man who took away the cattle, we contacted them and got to know that the cattle had been taken to Gandiwind. If he was not a thief, why were the cattle taken to Gandiwind? We approached the family because we believed the man would have sold the cattle by morning. The woman was at the police station for a mere 10 minutes. Then we set off to Gandiwind where the cattle were handed over to us. Our pregnant heifer also lost its calf in the commotion. We will file charges for the same.” The SHO, Kabirpur police station, said, “The man (rescuer) has not been vouched for by any of his neighbours. His intention was to steal the cattle. The cattle owners have also pressed charges. His wife was kept at the police station for only 10 minutes.” c m y b resorted to a protest”. Notably, unverified reports circulating on the social media throughout the day suggested the arrest of woman journalist and her brother. Nevertheless, the police authorities remained silent on the matter. The family of the deceased held a similar protest at the Jyoti Chowk yesterday, obstructing the movement of traffic till late evening. DCP Jagmohan Singh said the police possessed substantial leads and the suspects would be apprehended soon. Two held for murder, snatching Suspects snatched woman’s earrings on August 15 Our Correspondent Phagwara, August 20 The Nakodar Sadar police have arrested two Nurmahal area residents on charges of murder and snatching. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sukhpal Singh said the suspects had been identified as Sunil Kumar, a resident of Chuheki village falling under the Nurmahal police station, and Ajay Kumar, alias Landi, a resident of Nakodar Road Colony, Nurmahal. The DSP said the suspects had snatched the earrings of Kulwinder Kaur (55), a resident of Dherian village, on the evening of August 15 on the Nakodar-Shankar road. The woman suffered serious injuries in the incident. She succumbed to her injuries at a hospital here on August 16. He said joint teams of the Nakodar and Nurmahal police traced the suspects. A case under Sections 323, 307 and 379-B of the IPC was registered against unidentified suspects on the basis of a The suspects in police custody in Nakodar. VICTIM SUCCUMBED TO INJURIES ON AUG 16 Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sukhpal Singh said the suspects had snatched the earrings of Kulwinder Kaur (55), a resident of Dherian village, on the evening of August 15 on the NakodarShankar road. The woman suffered serious injuries in the incident. She succumbed to her injuries at a hospital here on August 16. statement by Gurmail Singh, husband of the deceased. Section 302 of the IPC was added to the FIR. A motorcycle bearing registration number PB-08-OP-9315 used by the suspects in the crime had also been impounded. Station House Officer (SHO) GS Nagra said the snatched earrings and a sharp weapon had been recovered from the possession of the suspects, who are hardened criminals. Three cases were pending against them at the Nurmahal police station. Yeoman service TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH BKU activists hold dharna, seek relief package for deluge-hit Punjab Our Correspondent Phagwara, August 20 Following a call given by the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha, activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Doaba, staged a dharna for about two hours before the Phagwara residence of Union Minister Som Prakash. The farmers first assembled at Sugar Mill Chowk and then marched towards the Union Minister’s house to stage a protest. Addressing the protesters, BKU general secretary Satnam Singh Sahni, Kripal Singh Musapur and Kulwinder Kala Sarpanch Atholi said the recent floods caused terrible destruction in Punjab. They said the Modi government at the Centre should declare the floods as a natural disaster and release a relief package of ~10,000 crore, especially for Punjab. They said the entire crop of this season and the crop for the next season were at risk and the farmers should be given adequate compensation. The Morcha demanded that a master plan be prepared to conserve the waters of the Ghaggar and its tributaries. Union Minister Som Prakash arrived to receive the demand letter from the protesters and interacted with them. He assured the farmers that he would put forth the demands before the government. Among those present included Jamruhi Kisan Sabha’s Jaswinder Singh Dhesi, Baljit Singh Hardaspur, Tarsem Singh Dhillon, Santokh Singh Lakhpur, Davinder Singh Sandhwan, Baljinder Singh Bahram, Manjit Singh Lallhia, Sharanjit Singh Atholi, Avtar Singh Mangi, Harjit Singh Dhesi, Pavitar Singh Johal and Mukhtiar. Farmer leaders, including Singh Jassomazara, were also present. Army jawans rescue people from a flooded area at Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala. Words don’t match your actions, Mehtabpur youth tells BJP leaders Says no prior arrangements made to prevent floods in village Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, August 20 BJP leaders had to face the ire of a youth during their recent visit to the flood-affected Mehtabpur village. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. In the viral video, the youth can be seen raising objections to the fact that the BJP leaders were talking of compensation but says they should first make it clear as to why the village gets flooded time and again and that no prior arrangements are made to prevent floods. He also described the compensation being talked about as meagre. MP from Hoshiarpur and Union Minister of State Som Prakash along with Jangi Lal Mahajan, BJP MLA from Mukerian Assembly segment, district BJP president Sanjeev Minhas and former Cabinet minister Tikshan Sood had reached the village along with other party leaders and a public meeting was organised by the local BJP leadership. Meanwhile, a youth from the village came on to the stage and holding the mike, welcomed the guests and then started levelling allegations. In the video, the young man could be seen saying the road to Miani village was inundated and people had fallen sick there. “We had been asking the administration for a boat ‘ADMN FAILED TO ARRANGE BOAT’ We for a ❝two had been asking the administrationbut weboat for days to deliver medicines to them, could not get it. Finally, we used the pot used to make jaggery as a boat and delivered the medicines and other essential items on time. A youth for two days to deliver medicines to them, but we could not get it. Finally, we used the pot used to make jaggery as a boat and delivered the medicines and other essential items on time,” he said. The boats were just meant for photo-ops of the leaders and officials, he said. “The administrative officers advised us to leave the village as water level was rising and when we asked them where had they set up tents for food, they had no answer. When we asked about our belongings and cattle, they said nothing will happen to them. We then said if nothing happens to them, then we are also safe,” he said. People of the village could be seen clapping and supporting him and cheering him up. He said, “We do not need your false sympathy because you have not done anything for us. Secondly, even if we need any help, our brothers and sisters inside the country and abroad will not let us face any kind of shortage and we are getting continuous help from their side.” ❞ In the video, Jangi Lal Mahajan, BJP MLA from Mukerian Assembly constituency, could be seen trying to pacify the people by saying that it was not the fault of the BJP or its elected representatives but that of the AAP-led state government. A local BJP activist of the village, Arvind Kumar Pintu, said all this happened because of mismanagement of the minister’s programme and the reported personal rivalry of the said youth with a local BJP leader. The sarpanch of Mehtabpur village, Captain Dilbag Singh, said he was not there in the programme but it had come to his knowledge that in the presence of Union Minister Som Prakash and BJP MLA from Mukerian Jangi Lal Mahajan, a speech was given by a young man from the village, during which he had not behaved properly. He said it was not the right thing to do and instead the minister could have been asked to bestow favours on the village.
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