26082023-JTR-01.qxd 8/26/2023 12:58 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar tribune NIT’S 6 PROFESSORS AMONG TOP 2% SCIENTISTS IN WORLD DREW BARRYMORE’S STALKER ARRESTED AT HER FARMHOUSE NEETI MOHAN PRAISES SINGER AAKARSHIT FROM AMRITSAR Six NIT faculty members have been picked as the top two per cent of the scientists of the globe for the year 2023. P2 Drew Barrymore’s stalker Chad Michael Busto was arrested by the New York police at her farmhouse. P3 Zee TV’s reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa will feature Himesh Reshammiya, Neeti Mohan & Anu Malik as judges. P4 » » » FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6.59 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:00 AM SATURDAY | 26 AUGUST 2023 | JALANDHAR INBRIEF VILLAGER BOOKED FOR STEALING BIKE Phagwara: The Bilga police have booked a villager on the charge of stealing a motorcycle. The suspect was identified as Akbar Hussain of Rame Wal village. Mohan Singh complained to the police that the suspect stole his twowheeler parked at the village gurdwara on August 21. A case was registered against the suspect. OC WOMAN HELD FOR SNATCHING BANGLE Phagwara: The Nakodar city police have arrested a woman and booked two others on the charge of snatching a woman’s bangle. Baljit Singh, SHO, said the arrested suspect was identified as Karnail Kaur, alias Rani, of Gillan Kheri village. Krishna Garg of Rajasthan complained to the police that she came to pay obeisance at Dera Murad Shah on August 24 when the suspect stole gold bangle from her arm and fled. A case was registered against the suspect and her two accomplices Piaro and Deepo. OC 2 ARRESTED WITH 14.5-KG POPPY HUSK Phagwara: The Government Railway Police arrested Vikki and Prem of Mullapur and recovered 14.5 kg of poppy husk from them on Thursday night. A case was registered against suspects. OC Civic body’s negligence costs woman her life Sewage accumulated on roads at Manjit Nagar in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 25 Carelessness on the part of the municipal corporation (MC) officials has cost a woman her life. A middleaged woman died in Manjit Nagar locality of the Jalandhar West Assembly constituency after slipping on sewage and falling on the road last evening. Victim Neeru, who was a factory worker and resident of Ghah Mandi, was walking back home after her shift finished at 8 pm on Thursday evening. Since sewer water stagnates on the roadside, the stretch has become slippery. Poor drainage has aggravated the problem as the rainwater has also not dried on the road even after 20 days. The residents of the area say they had complained to the MC officials at least four times but to no avail. “All residents have jointly taken up the matter with the officials of the civic body, but the problem has not been resolved,” said Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Manjit Nagar. The residents said that due to waterlogging, layers of algae had deposited on road and made it slippery. “Today a woman slipped on the road and died. Tomorrow it could be our turn,” said the victim’s factory colleague. Former MC area councillor Harsimranjit S Banti, who had joined the AAP after quitting the Congress, said, “The MC officials don’t listen to the issues that we take up with them. Not just me, even AAP MLA Sheetal Angural has repeatedly called the JE and SDO concerned and even the XEN too to resolve the problem but to no avail. Obviously, it’s the MC officials who are responsible for the woman’s death. Although new pipes have been laid, sewer gets choked every alternate day. Whenever we ask the JE to arrange for a machine to clear the choked sewer, his reply is that it’s not available.” Notably, Jalandhar Lok Sabha MP Sushil Rinku hails from the same area. MC junior engineer (JE) Harinder denied that the sewer water had accumulated on the road. “It’s the rainwater that has been accumulating on the road for days’ altogether. Our men have been deployed on the main road outside the colony today. They doing the repair work,” he said. Brothers’ suicide: Week after incident, thana 1 SHONavdeepSinghtransferredtoPoliceLines Aparna Banerji the SHO. The brothers’ father Jatinder Pal Singh Dhillon had written to the state DGP , CM, Governor, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Chairman of the Human Rights Commission yesterday, seeking justice. Kuldeep Chahal, Commissioner of Police (CP), Jalandhar, confirmed that the SHO had been ‘line hazir’ (was transferred to the Police Lines). He said, “No other action has been initiated against the SHO yet.” Notably, the family of the brothers has been demanding action against the SHO and two other officials — a women constable Jagjit Kaur and ASI Balwinder Kumar — of the Division No. 1 police station. In a complaint sent to the DGP by the brothers’ 70-yearold father Jatinder Pal Singh Dhillon yesterday, he alleged that “harassed by the police officials”, Manavjit and Jashanbir Dhillon committed suicide by jumping from bridge into the Beas river in Kapurthala district on August 17. He accused police officials of falsely implicating Manavjit in a DDR under Sections 107 and 151, CrPC. He also alleged that the police officials “used their power illegally and in a biased manner” so “strict departmental enquiry may be conducted” conducted against them. Meanwhile, the Kapurthala police confirmed that no FIR had been filed against the SHO as yet. The original police complaint in the case had been made at the Talwandi Chaudhrian police station in Kapurthala. The brothers’ bodies have also not been found. Couple beaten up at Shahkot market Minor raped by father’s employer Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 25 A couple was beaten up by employees of a finance company at Shahkot today. A gruelling CCTV camera footage of the incident has gone viral on social media. Couple Malkiat Singh and Rano, residents of Bhodiwal village, Dharamkot (Moga), had come to Shahkot to buy clothes when employees of a finance company arrived at the market on motorbikes. They beat up Malkiat and created ruckus in the market while passersby gathered at the spot. Rano tried to free Malkiat from the suspects but she too was thrashed by them. Under treatment at a hospital, Rano said she and her husband had come to buy clothes from a shop at Shahkot when four employees of a finance company came on motorcycles. She alleged that they surrounded her and Malkiat and A doctor examines the victim in Shahkot. TRIBUNE PHOTO tried to take them away on their two-wheelers. They also vandalised their motorcycle and broke their mobile phone. Rano alleged that her husband had undergone a leg surgery. She said the suspects hit repeatedly on that particular leg of Malkiat. Rano alleged that when she tried to free her husband, the suspects pulled her clothes and pushed her. She also received injuries. Rano said they had paid back almost the entire loan taken to buy a motorcycle. She said only Rs 5,000 were to be paid to the finance company. She said Tarewal of Lakha village had given surety to the firm that they would pay the balance amount. Rano demanded that the police should take action against suspects. The couple has lodged a formal complaint at the Shahkot police station in this connection. Jalandhar, August 25 Two men hailing from Jabbowal Sudhar village in Kapurthala have been arrested by the Sutlanpur Lodhi police for the rape of a nineyear-old speech and hearing impaired minor on August 23. The suspects have been identified as Charanjit Singh and Gurlal Singh. They lived in the same house at the village. The minor girl lived with her father, who was employed by the suspects at their house. A case was registered against the duo under Sections 376 of the IPC (Sexual assault) and Section 6 of the POCSO Act. Both suspects were arrested on Friday. Lakhwinder Singh, SHO, Sultanpur Lodhi police station, said, “Charanjit and his aide Gurlal raped the child who cannot speak or hear. The duo have been arrested. The victim’s family hails from Bihar and stays at the suspects’ house.” — TNS Protest over choked sewer in Hargobind Nagar Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 25 Residents of Hargobind Nagar held a dharna outside the Municipal Corporation (MC) office and raised slogans against officials for not paying heed to this perennial choked sewer problem. The residents also met the MC Commissioner and discussed the issue in detail. They said the choked sewer had been troubling them for a long time and the matter was Residents of Hargobind Nagar protest against the municipal corporation in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO raised numerous times with the authorities concerned but to no avail. The residents said the MC officials visit their area but no solution was found to resolve the problem permanently. The residents rued that there was a fear of outbreak of diseases due to stagnant water as it had become a breeding ground for the mosquitoes. “Even potable water supplied to our houses is dirty,” they said. They asked the MC Commissioner to find a permanent solution for the choked sewer. “Otherwise, we would intensify our protest and hit the roads,” they said. Four youth booked for raping model Boy kidnapped Phagwara, August 25 A young girl (model by profession) was allegedly raped by four youths near Haveli on the national highway in Phagwara sub-division. On a complaint lodged by the model, a resident of Jalandhar, the police have registered a case under Sections 376, 120B and 506 of the IPC against four suspects, identified as Rahul, Pritpal, Luv and Gurdial, all residents of Jalandhar, on the charges of raping and blackmailing the victim. The victim told the police last night that the suspects called her to a building near Haveli on the pretext of shooting a scene on August 16. She alleged that the suspects served her intoxicants mixed in soft drinks and raped her when she fell unconscious. Phagwara, August 25 On a complaint of Manjit Rai of Gobindpura locality, the police have registered a case against an unknown person for kidnapping complainant’s minor brother. Manjit told the police that his younger brother Ashu (12), a Class IV student, went to school on August 22 but did not return home. He suspected that his brother was kidnapped by an unknown person. — OC Khedan Watan Punjab Diyan-II: Torch relay gets rousing welcome in district DC assures cane farmers of pending payment disbursal Govt ignored Kapurthala: Residents Our Correspondent Jalandhar, August 25 The torch relay for the second season of Khedan Watan Punjab Diyan was accorded a grand welcome upon its arrival in Adampur town of the district. As the torch relay entered Adampur from Hoshiarpur, it was handed over to international swimmer Aman Ghai and others following which the relay moved towards the city. Aman is a SAF Games gold medallist and has also won eight medals in the recently held World Police Games. On reaching the Circuit House, Lok Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Rinku, MLA Raman Arora, Punjab Agri Export Corporation Limited Chairman Mangal Singh, Olympian Surinder Singh Sodhi, Additional Deputy Commissioner Amit Mahajan and others received the torch relay which started from Ludhiana on August 22. Rinku, addressing the players and coaches, said that the torch relay aimed to connect the youth of the state with Phagwara, August 25 At a meeting with the sugarcane growers and members of farmer unions, Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Karnail Singh on Friday said efforts were on for the release of outstanding dues of farmers pending with the sugar mill. He reiterated that their payment would be released shortly as the process of selling attached properties of the mill was on. He said a meeting of the district-level committee would be held shortly to fix reserve price of the properties. The DC also assured the sugarcane growers that legal advice would be taken and requisite action initiated against irregularities committed at the mill. Prominent among those present at the meeting were Jai Inder Singh, SDM, Phagwara, representatives of farmer unions, including Satnam Singh, Davinder Singh, Kirpal Singh and Baljit Singh, Baljit Verma, General Manager (Cane), and others. Jalandhar, August 25 Residents, especially the villagers affected by the floods, have begun to allege that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has been ignoring their district. The residents have alleged that even as there was spate of floods in the district, especially in Sultanpur Lodhi and Bholath, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann did not visit the area even once. “We have been in floodwaters for the past one month. Our houses are crumbling with each passing day. Our lives have become miserable. Three persons have died and another one is still missing. But no one has come and asked us how we are managing. Does the government even exist?” asked Paramjit Singh, an activist of the Baupur Mand area. Sardul Singh, another villager from Sultanpur Lodhi, said, “We were expecting a government minister to visit our area on the Independence Day but no one came. Our DC was asked to hoist the flag. We are of the view Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 25 The police station Division No. 1 SHO, Navdeep Singh, has been transferred to the Police Lines amidst an ongoing inquiry against him in case of alleged harassment of Dhillon brothers. The action comes a week after brothers Manavjit Singh and Jashanbir Singh jumped into the Beas river from the Goindwal bridge following alleged harassment and humiliation of Manavjit by Officials, sportspersons and residents welcome the torch at Adampur in Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH sports and revive its environment. The MP also appealed to interested youngsters to register themselves on the portal www.khedanwatanpunjabdia.com for taking part in these games. Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included coaches Umesh Sharma, Sandeep Singh, Pradeep Kumar, Navavtar Rana, Amrik Singh, and others. The state-level matches of hockey, athletics, and equestrian games would be held in Burlton Park, PAP , and Sports College from October 1 and 6. Meanwhile, before going to Jalandhar, the torch relay reached Phagwara amid rousing welcome. Players, officials and AAP leader Joginder Singh Mann gathered at the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway to receive the torch. District Sports Officer Lovejit Singh, international hockey player Ripudaman Kumar Singh and international kabaddi umpire Amrik Singh were also present on the occasion. In Hoshiarpur Cabinet Minister Bram Shankar Jimpa, Deputy Commissioner Komal Mittal and Mayor Surinder Kumar gave a grand welcome to the torch march today. The torch march started from Lajwanti Stadium and passed through different areas of the city before reaching the indoor stadium, from where it was sent to Jalandhar. Chand Dogra, SP (Headquarters), former Olympian Manjit Kaur, Arjuna Awardee Saroj Bala, Asian medallist Pradeep Dogra, Preet Kohli, Assistant Director, Youth Services, Gurpreet Singh, District Sports Officer, coaches and players were also present on the occasion. — TNS c m y b She alleged that the suspects clicked her photos and shot video when she was unconscious. When she objected after regaining consciousness, the suspects showed her the photographs and threatened to kill her. Gurpreet Singh, Superintendent of Police, said, “The police are investigating the matter. No arrests have been made so far.” — OC Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Villagers shift their belongings from Baupur Mand village. TRIBUNE PHOTO that the AAP government is deliberately ignoring Kapurthala as none of its leaders has won from the four Assembly seats in the district during the 2022 elections.” Rana Inder Partap Singh, an Independent MLA from the area, has been asking, “A 40-km stretch of Kapurthala right from Dhilwan side to Harike and back upto Gidderpindi in Jalandhar has been affected due to floods from the Beas and Sutlej rivers. The crop on 40,000 acres has been destroyed. The animals have drowned. People have lost so much in floods. Leave the CM, no minister of the AAP government has come to see and assess losses in our area.” He said, “The CM or minister should have visited Kapurthala. Only then they could have learnt about the factors that led to so much trouble and losses. Now, they would depend on their SDOs, who actually have failed miserably to do their work.” “When I raised the issue of non-disbursal of crop relief, the government released Rs 2.5 crore, which actually means Rs 500 to Rs 600 per acre. Is it a joke?” the MLA said. AAP leader and ex-minister Joginder Mann said, “There is nothing like that. Such perception is being wrongly built around the government in our district. Everything is being properly taken care of.”
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