16092023-ATR-01.qxd 9/16/2023 12:34 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar tribune FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY STUDENTS DOCUMENT RARE BIRD SPECIES AT SCIENCE CITY BEYONCE CELEBRATES 42ND BIRTHDAY IN FRENCH POLYNESIA ACTRESS NEHHA PENDSE RECALLS WORKING WITH SUNNY DEOL Girl students of GSSS, Jabbowal, documented rare species of birds at Pushpa Gujral Science City. P2 Popstar Beyonce celebrated her birthday with style, as she took a break to enjoy vacation in French Polynesia. P3 Nehha Pendse recalled her journey as a child artiste and expressed her admiration for actor Sunny Deol. P4 » » » MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6.35 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6.15 AM SATURDAY | 16 SEPTEMBER 2023 | AMRITSAR Holiday in Asr district today Chandigarh, September 15 The state government has declared a local holiday on September 16 (Saturday) in Amritsar district on the auspicious occasion of the first Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Woman held with 630 sedative pills Tribune News Service drug inspector Rohit Kumar along with the police team raided her medical store. During search, the police confiscated 630 tablets of alpraazolam from the shop. She could not produce any sale/purchase record of the same. The police arrested her and registered a case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act against her at Tarsikka police station. The police said further investigations were under progress to ascertain her backward and forward links. More arrests were likely to be made during further probe, the police said. 1992 FAKE ENCOUNTER CASE Harjit’s kin feel their struggle vindicated PK Jaiswar THE CASE Tribune News Service bear fruit and the family finally get justice after three decades. Though it is too late but it should serve as a reminder to those policemen who killed innocent people for their greed,” Rampreet Singh pointed out. Yesterday, the CBI court at Mohali convicted three cops including the then SHO, Lopoke police station, Dharam Singh, Gurdev Singh and Surinder Singh who were sentenced to life for staging the encounter in 1992. They were found guilty of criminal conspiracy, murder and fabrication of records in the case. Rampreet said that he belonged to the family of freedom fighter Bishan Singh Buttar who served in the British Indian Army and led the revolt by 21 Cavalry soldiers in Secunderabad when World War II broke out. Influenced by the Communist ideology, he had refused to go to war in Egypt for the British army. The British army had imprisoned 108 Indian soldiers. They were disarmed, charged with inciting rebellion. He was hanged in Secunderabad in 1940. “We had never expected that this could happen to our family that had made the supreme sacrifice during the freedom struggle,” he pointed out. Amritsar, September 15 Rampreet Singh, a resident of Buttar village, was two years old when his father Harjit Singh was kidnapped and killed in a fake encounter by three policemen three decades ago. He witnessed the struggle of his family to secure justice for his father. Rampreet Singh said his family was left shattered after the brutal encounter by the cops in 1992. While his mother got married again and started living separately, his grandfather Kashmir Singh made rounds of courts Harjit Singh along with Lakhwinder Singh and Jaspinder Singh were shown as killed in May 1992 and their bodies cremated as unclaimed. Harjit's father Kashmir Singh had filed a writ petition before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, alleging that his son was picked up by the police on April 29, 1992, from Thathian bus stand near Sathiala in Amritsar district and kept in Mall Mandi Interrogation Centre at Amritsar. They were shown as killed in May 1992. The matter was Harjit’s son Rampreet Singh (pic) handed over to the CBI which was 2 years old at that time. registered a case in 1998. ADA demolishes illegal colony on Majitha Road Three nabbed with 1.6 kg of contraband Birth, death certificates already digitised in city Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 Acting on a tip-off, the State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) have arrested three cross-border smugglers and confiscated 1.6-kg heroin contained in four packets from their possession. The contraband was dropped using a drone by Pakistan-based smugglers. Those arrested were identified as Gurmeet Singh and Angrej Singh of Waan Tara Singh (Tarn Taran) and Balwinder Singh, alias Billa, of Baler village in Tarn Taran. SSOC spokesman said the intelligence wing got secret information that Gurmeet Singh, Angrej and Balwinder Singh were involved in crossborder drug smuggling and had links with Pakistanbased entities that were sneaking the contraband into Indian territory through continued on page 2 Amritsar, September 15 Though the Central Government issued a notification to register all the reported births and deaths digitally from October 1, the Municipal Corporation Amritsar has already been registering births and deaths digitally for the last few years. Officials in the CM’s office stated that the process was adopted around five years back. The applicant files his papers for birth and death certification at the Suvidha Centre. All the required documents are accepted in the digital form. Then the Suvidha Centre sends the applications to the birth and death registration branch of the MC for processing. After verification, the MC issues the digitally signed birth or death certificate which also has a QR code. The beneficiary Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Granth Sahib A spokesperson for the state government said all the offices of Punjab Government, Boards/Corporations and government educational institutions will remain closed on Saturday in the district. A notification in this regard has been issued by the Personnel Department. — TNS Amritsar, September 15 On the directions of Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) Chief Administrator Deep Shikha Sharma and Additional Administrator Rajat Oberoi, a team of the Amritsar Development Authority (ADA) led by District Town Planner Gursevak Singh Aulakh pulled down an unauthorised colony and constructions at Nag village on Majitha Road here on Friday. The roads and illegally constructed houses were demolished with the help of a ditch machine. ADA District Town Planner Gursevak Singh Aulakh said despite issuing regular notices and asking the owner of the illegal colony to stop the construction work, being carried out by him without permission, he did not pay School teachers accused of assault, mgmt starts inquiry Amritsar, September 15 The Amritsar rural police arrested a woman, identified as Ninderjit Kaur, a resident of Kartar Nagar area falling under the Tarsikka police station here today. The police recovered 630 sedative pills from her possession. She runs a medical store in Sohi medical store. Police authorities said that Tarsikka police station got a tip off that the accused, who runs a medical store, was involved in illegal selling of intoxicant. Following this, ADA employees demolish the illegal colony in Amritsar on Friday. attention to the government orders and continued with the construction work. Owing to the violation of government bylaws, this action was taken under the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA), 1995. Aulkah said till now nine new unauthorised colonies being developed without the permission of the competent authority had been demolished in the past. The District Town Planner (Regulatory) said apart from this, notices had also been issued to some other colonies and if no adequate response or documents were received in this regard within the time given in the notice, a similar action would be taken against continued on page 2 Four arrested with weapons, heroin Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 In a shocking incident, a parent was beaten up by two teachers of a private school after an argument. The incident occurred at Khalsa College Public School when Upkaar Singh, the complainant, went to drop his kids to school in the morning. According to the complaint lodged by Upkar Singh, his daughter Nimratpal Kaur studies in Class IV and Sahajdeep Singh in Class II at the school. Like any other day, he went to drop his children to school at 7.30 am. He requested a teacher standing at the school entrance to take his children inside due to the rain. While he was having a conversation with the teacher, the school support coach Gurpreet Singh and PT teacher Jasbir Singh entered into an argument with him, forcefully taking him off the motorcycle, resulting in a scuffle, in which he was assaulted. Meanwhile, Upkaar Singh has submitted a complaint against the said teachers to the Cantonment police and also to the school principal for action. The school management on behalf of Principal Amarjeet continued on page 2 The four accused in the custody of Amritsar rural police on Friday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 Acting on a tip-off shared through the recently launched drug tip number (9780077033), the Amritsar rural police on Friday arrested four persons and seized four weapons, ammunition and 263-gm heroin from their possession. They were identified as Satnam Singh, alias Sagar, of Manawala, Vishavnath Singh of Bashambarpura village, Gurpreet Singh of Naushehra Khurd village and Nishan Singh of Manawala. Superintendent of Police (PBI) Gurpartap Singh Sahota said the police got a tip-off that Satnam Singh, alias Sagar, was having ille- gal weapons and drugs. Following this, a police team led by Chatiwind police station SHO Harpal Singh was formed and a raid was conducted at the residence of Satnam Singh. During the raid, the police also nabbed three other suspects and recovered four pistols of .30 bore, five magazines, six live rounds and 263-gm heroin from their possession. A car (PB10-Z-0115) was also seized from the house. A case under relevant provisions of the Arms Act and the NDPS Act was registered against them and their backward and forward links were being looked into, said Sahota. Cong sarpanch’s spouse, son booked for murder attempt Tarn Taran, September 15 Four persons including the husband and son of Congress Sarpanch of Padhri Kalan village have been booked in an attempt to murder case by Chabal police on Thursday. The case was registered on the complaint of one Salwinder Singh of the same village who is associated with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and was injured in a firing incident in the village on Wednesday night. Investigating Officer ASI Manpreet Singh said the accused named in the case are Dilbag Singh, husband of the village Sarpanch, Jagandeep Singh, the Sarpanch’s son and Gurdev Singh, a family sympathiser besides an unidentified person. Salwinder Singh, in his complaint to the police, said he was at a village street on Wednesday night when the accused fired at him, leaving him injured. The police officer said that the accused have been booked under Section 307 and 34 of IPC read with Section 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. Salwinder Singh is under treatment at a hospital in Amritsar. The accused are absconding and the police were conducting raids at their possible hide-outs. — OC c m y b his entire life seeking justice for his son Harjit Singh. He died of cancer in 2019. “I wish my grandfather Kashmir Singh had been alive today to see his struggle City beats Centre’s deadline of October 1, process began five years back Charanjit Singh Teja DIGITAL PROCESS ■ Applicant files his papers for birth/death certification at Suvidha Centre. ■ All the required documents are accepted in digital form. ■ Suvidha Centre sends applications to the birth & death registration branch of MC for processing ■ After verification, the MC issues digitally signed birth or death certificate which also has QR code. ■ Beneficiary can get a copy of digitally signed certificate from e-sewa portal anywhere, anytime. can get a copy of the digitally signed certificate from Punjab Government’s e-sewa portal anywhere and anytime. The state government had introduced the digitisation of several services through e-sewa in 2011. It took time to digitise all the data and shift the manual processing of applications Residents of Ward No.2 irked over lack of civic amenities to digital mode. Now, the digitisation of the delivery of as many as 283 services, including caste, birth and death certificates, residence certificate, old age pension, marriage services, arms renewal, general caste certificate, nonencumbrance certificate, backward area certificate and others has been done. It is worth mentioning here that the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023 which was passed by Parliament during the Monsoon Session this year will come into force from October 1. The Act allows the use of birth certificate as a single document for admission to an educational institution, issuance of a driving licence, preparation of voter’s list, Aadhaar number, and registration of marriage or appointment to a government job. Miscreants target two finance firm employees Tribune News Service The Putlighar market where no urinals have been provided in Amritsar. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR WARD WATCH WARD NO 2 AMRITSAR Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 15 Ward number 2 consists of Putlighar and Khalsa College area on GT Road. The densely populated locality of Putaligarh has several developmental issues. Former councillor Surinder Chaudhary has been representing the area for the last five terms and claims to have provided concrete streets, sewer lines and water supply to every household. But still several streets in the Putaligarh area are not in good shape and need repair or recarpeting. Street numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Putaligarh area have potholes and are in need of repair. Ex-councillor Surinder Chaudhary said, “Overall, the condition of streets is good but after seven-eight years, the cemented streets need repair. There are some streets where potholes had emerged in the past. I have raised the issue in the MC General House and wanted funds for repair but could not succeed. Next time, we will recarpet these streets.” Apart from this, a large number of people from the rural areas visit the Putaligarh main market for shopping. During the wedding season, people spend hours in one of the busiest markets of the city. Iron- ically, there are no urinals in the main market. The MC claimed to have spent crores in the main market for development but visitors complain about the lack of public conveniences. “Not only visitors, shopkeepers also face inconvenience due to the non-availability of urinals. It looks odd when visitors attend to nature’s call in the open. There is no space in the market for urinals but the MC should think about it and find some solution. People have to visit Gawal Mandi or railway track to ease themselves. Women customers also face problems in the market,” said Bittu, a local shopkeeper. Chaudhary said the non-availability of public conveniences is a major issue but expressed helplessness in finding any solution as there is no space in the market for construction. Amritsar, September 15 Three armed persons robbed two finance firm employees in two separate incidents in rural areas here on Thursday. In the first incident, robbers decamped with ~69,000 while in another case, they looted ~10,000 from the victims, respectively. Naresh Kumar of Dharmkot village told the Mehta police that he worked in a finance firm as a collection agent. He had gone to Chananke village for collecting instalments. He said while returning, he came near a government school where three motorcycleborne persons stopped him. He said the accused had their faces covered. They snatched his kit bag containing Rs 69,400, licence, ATM cards and the papers of the bike. Mehta police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC against unidentified miscreants and launched a probe. Similarly, Sakatar Singh of Talwandi Ghuman village told the police that he worked with Kahlon finance at Talwandi Ghuman as a collection agent. He said on Thursday, after collecting continued on page 2
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