15112023-JTR-01.qxd 11/15/2023 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar tribune CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATED WITH FUN AND FROLIC IN CITY PHYSICALLY ATTRACTED TO WOMEN, SAYS SINGER BILLIE GUNEET, VIKAS COLLABORATE FOR FILM AMERICAN SIKH Children’s Day functions were organised in various clubs and educational institutes of the city. P2 Singer Billie Eilish says she is physically attracted to women and also intimidated by their presence. P3 The amazing true story of Vishavjit Singh, a Sikh man who was born in America and wears a turban. P4 » » FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 25°C | MIN 11°C YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.29 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:55 AM » WEDNESDAY | 15 NOVEMBER 2023 | JALANDHAR INBRIEF WOMAN RUN OVER BY TRAIN Phagwara: A middle-aged woman was run over by the Amritsar-Haridwar Jan Shatabdi Express train near Phagwara railway station on Monday. The deceased, identified as Suman Kumari (50), a resident of village KotKhurd was crossing the railway track. Government Railway Police (GRP) incharge Gurbheij Singh said a case has been registered and the body handed over to family members after the post-mortem conducted at the local Civil Hospital. OC MOTORCYCLE STOLEN Phagwara: A motorcycle bearing the registration number PB-09A-5092 was found stolen from the local Professors Colony on Monday. Bike owner Manjit Singh said he went inside after parking the bike outside his house and found it stolen after a few hours. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of Indian Penal Code. OC 1 BOOKED FOR RASH DRIVING Phagwara: Shahkot police have booked an unidentified tractor driver on the charge of rash driving and endangering the lives and personal safety of others. Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Malout in Muktsar Sahib, complained to the police that his father and brother were going to Jalandhar in their car on October 6 when an unidentified tractor driver who was driving negligently hit their vehicle on the highway near the court of sub-divisional magistrate, Shahkot, leaving them seriously injured. Investigating Officer Balvir Chand said that a case under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the unidentified driver. OC Transgender shot dead, one Flouting of cracker ban held; group rivalry suspected takes AQI level to 500 Timings order flouted; traders booked for illegal cracker sale Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 14 Unidentified assailants shot dead Alisha, also known as Rohit, a transgender residing in Dakoha at Ekta Nagar in Rama Mandi late on Monday night. The motive behind the murder is believed to stem from a longstanding rivalry between two transgender groups. As per the information available, armed individuals entered Rohit’s residence and fired two shots that hit him in the back. He was immediately rushed to Johal Hospital in Rama Mandi, where despite treatment, he succumbed to his wounds. Expressing their outrage, fellow transgenders staged a roadblock outside the hospi- MULTIPLE POLICE TEAMS FORMED ■ ACP Central Nirmal Singh revealed that the victim had previously Alisha, alias Rohit. tal seeking action against the alleged perpetrators of the crime. They claimed to have filed a death threat complaint on October 28 with the Surya Enclave police against Billa and his associates, whom they accused of Rohit’s murder. The protesters criticised the police for not taking timely action, asserting that their negligence allowed the accused to carry out fatal attack on Monday night. worked with the accused group but parted ways a few months back. ■ The ACP explained that the rival group had issues with Rohit’s activities in their area, leading to a confrontation on Diwali. In a fit of rage, they attacked and killed Rohit. ■ ACP Nirmal Singh said the police had formed multiple teams and were conducting raids to apprehend those involved in the incident. In response to the mounting pressure, police registered a complaint on Monday night against Gagan Arora, Billa, Pawan and other unidentified individuals under various sections of the IPC and relevant sections of the Arms Act. The search for the accused extended late into the night, resulting in the detention of Gagan Arora on Tuesday morning. Confirming the arrest, ACP Central Nirmal Singh revealed that the victim had previously worked with the accused group but parted ways a few months back. The ACP explained that the rival group had issues with Rohit’s activities in their area, leading to a confrontation on Diwali. In a fit of rage, they attacked and killed Rohit. ACP Nirmal Singh said the police had formed multiple teams and were conducting raids to apprehend those involved in the incident. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 14 The lax attitude of the police and civil authorities in overlooking violations of the Supreme Court orders on bursting fire-crackers in the 8 pm to 10 pm window on Diwali night seems to have led to a spike in AQI levels in the city once again. The maximum AQI in Jalandhar remained at 500 on Tuesday for the second day with the average being at 233. The average AQI which had touched 291 last week owing to stubble-burning cases had dipped to less than 152 after the rainfall last Friday but increased once again after the indiscriminate use of crackers. The crackers were being burst till the wee hours of Residents burst firecrackers on Diwali. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Monday and then again on Monday night. Fewer crackers were burst on Tuesday night but the explosive sounds could be heard intermittently. Notably, the entire police staff was on duty on Diwali Leaders flag issues DC, SSP visit Civil Hospital, de-addiction centre in voter registration Tribune News Service SGPC POLL Jalandhar, November 14 SGPC member Kulwant Singh Manan and ex-MLA from Shiromani Akali Dal Gurpartap S Wadala on Tuesday handed over a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal alleging that the Sikh sangat was not able to get their votes made. Manan and Wadala told the DC that the concerned BLOs were not making the votes for the SGPC polls. Likewise, the leaders of SAD (A) also handed over a memorandum on the issue to the DC demanding that the last date for voter registration which falls tomorrow should be extended by at least two months so that every eligible voter could get the vote registered. Akali and SGPC leaders hand over memorandum to the DC. Sukhjit Singh, Jagroop Singh and other leaders of SAD (A) demanded that instead of getting votes registered individually, the BLOs should be allowed to accept such applications in bulk. Meanwhile, the Kapurthala administration has announced to hold special camps in all booths of Kapurthala sub-divisions from 10 am to 5 pm tomorrow. — TNS Nawanshahr, November 14 Deputy Commissioner Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa and SSP Akhil Chowdhury on Tuesday conducted a surprise check at the government hospital and drug deaddiction centre in Nawanshahr. During the checking, many doctors were found absent, taking serious notice of which, the Deputy Commissioner gave strict instructions to the Civil Surgeon to take action and submit a report. DC Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa along with SSP Chowdhary visited the deaddiction centre and inquired about the condition of the patients who came to take medicines and got detailed information about the medicines given to the patients by the doctor. Officials during a surprise checking in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Randhawa further gave strict instructions to the doctors and said at the time of registration of the patients, the registration should be done by taking the ID card of the patient and the medicine should be given only to the patient. He also instructed the staff of the de-addiction centre to behave properly with the patients. Meanwhile, SSP Akhil Chowdhury said, “Registration should be done with ID and after that information should be tak- Latifpura residents still grapple with post-demolition challenges, govt stands firm Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 14 Almost a year after the demolition in Latifpura, residents continue to confront adversity, facing homelessness, unsanitary conditions, and a scarcity of essentials. Despite persistent appeals, the government remains resolute in denying requests for housing in the same vicinity, the affected residents said. While some have relocated to rented accommodations, nearly 18 to 20 families are still enduring harsh living conditions in makeshift shelters, raising concerns about health and well-being due to the lack of proper sanitation facilities. Moreover, the absence of negotiations between residents and officials paints a grim picture for their future. Kuljeet Kaur, a resident, said, “We have nowhere to go, our homes were taken away, and now we’re left with nothing.” She informed that her daughter-in-law is residing with her parents in Model House as she had a one-yearold daughter to take care of. “When our homes were demolished, my granddaughter was only a month old, and we couldn’t afford to have her stay with us in these night but no FIR was lodged anywhere. “Our teams were on night patrol in the mohallas of their beat areas. We told them to remain in a persuasive mode rather than action mode. continued on page 2 Latifpura residents living in unhygienic conditions amid shortage of essential items in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH tents,” said Kuljeet Kaur. She added that despite 11 months passing since their displacement, the govern- ment remains steadfast and unwilling to allocate land for c m y b them here at Latifpura. Shabhana, another resi- dent with two children, recounts a somber Diwali experience outside makeshift tents, lamenting disrupted education and financial hardships. She insists they won’t move until they regain their homes at the same location and receive compensation for their losses. “Already we have lost everything, what else would the government take from us. They have demolished our houses without even thinking of our rehabilitation,” she added. Narinder Kumar, a rickshaw puller, expresses concern about the poor living conditions with stray dogs and cows roaming close to their tents and garbage lying scattered all around. He emphasises the impact on his children’s education due to challenging conditions and financial constraints. As the residents prepare for another winter in makeshift shelters, Kumar pleads for government intervention, stating, “Whenever it rains or strong winds blow, we fear our tents won’t hold up”. He further added that though there is no resolution in sight, they remain determined to stay put until their demands for housing in the same location and compensation for losses are met. en by counselling of the patient as to what kind of drug he takes and what is the reason for taking the drug. By counselling the patient, the patient concerned should be encouraged to give up drugs and special efforts should be made to strengthen him socially and mentally as far as possible,” he added. Chaudhary said only after counselling, the patient concerned should be sent to the doctor to take medicine and the doctor must motivate the patient to complete the course within the stipulated time, so he/she could recover and return to their family and social life. District psychologist Dr Rajan Shastri, SMO Dr Satwinder Singh Bittu, the staff members of the government hospital were also present. 5 women among nine booked on murder charge phagwara, November 14 Lohian Khas police have booked nine villagers, including five women, on the charge of murdering a co-villager. SHO Yadwinder Singh said the deceased has been identified as Santokh Singh, a resident of Mianni village. The SHO said the accused have been identified as Gumail Singh, a resident of Mianni village and his wife Sarabjit Kaur, Kulwant Singh and his wife Bakhshish Kaur. Karnail Singh and his wife Mandeep Kaur, Manpreet Singh and his mother Amarjit Kaur and his wife Baljinder Kaur, are all residents of the same village. Balwinder Kaur, wife of the deceased, complained to the police that her husband returned from Italy two months ago. She said her husband went to his fields on the afternoon of November 11 to sow mustard crop where the accused attacked him with sharp weapons. Balwinder said she and her son reached there and tried to save her husband, but the accused attacked them also and fled. She said her son-inlaw rushed his father-in-law to a Jalandhar hospital, adding that a land issue is the reason behind the crime. — OC
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