06042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/6/2017 12:31 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 6 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE CRIME: DALIT MAN ALLEGES FALSE IMPLICATION IN CASE ÞPAGE 2 PHAGWARA: VILLAGERS ACCUSE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF GRAFT Þ PAGE 2 HISTORY REVISITED Damanpreet Singh, who is playing Ranjit Singh in the historical show Maharaja Ranjit Singh, shares his on-set experience and more … CLOUDY 33°C MAXIMUM PAGE 4 Þ 17°C MINIMUM MC staff may have to wait for salary, says Mayor Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 5 Mayor Sunil Jyoti today took the newly elected Congress MLAs and councillors head on for not allowing him to pass the municipal budget on March 31 this year and said the civic body might not be able to pay the salaries to its employees for this month. ❝ We have sent the budget to the state government for approval. Even though I have power to utilise 10 per cent of the total budget, I cannot do so as I too have to take sanction from the state government.❞ SUNIL JYOTI, MAYOR A huge traffic jam on the Old GT Road during a protest by students and parents against private schools at Company Bagh Chowk in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Parents protest steep fee structure of private schools Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 5 Under the banner of the Punjab Parents’ Association, residents today held a protest against private schools outside the office of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation. They condemned the schools for the unreasonable hike in their fees and forcing the students to buy books from bookshops prescribed by the schools. Apart from the Punjab Parents’ Association, other associations, including Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Club, Flying Udaan Club and Human Rights Club, extended their support to the cause. The protesters said they would not submit any memorandum to the administration but they wanted their demands to be fulfilled. They have already written a letter to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder ORGANISATIONS EXTEND SUPPORT Apart from the Punjab Parents’ Association, other associations, including Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Club, Flying Udaan Club and Human Rights Club, extended their support to the cause Students and parents hold a demonstration at Company Bagh Chowk. Singh seeking a proper committee and action against the private schools. Kamaldeep Singh, president of the association, said, “We have already submitted many memorandums to officers, but to no avail.” In a letter to the Chief Min- ister, they have stated that the private schools should immediately roll back the raised fee structure. They said that the High Court had restricted private schools over unreasonable annual charges and fees. However, such things have been going unchecked, they added. Sale of books: Vendors still have monopoly Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 5 Even as the District Education Officer has issued a notice directing all schools in the city not to allow vendors to sell books on the campus, it seems the orders have not been implemented in the right spirit. Some schools such as Police DAV Public School and Delhi Public School sell books on their campus while others have tied up with vendors, who set up temporary shops near the campus for sale of books. The parents of students studying in such schools were directed to visit these shops. Parents rued that since the books mentioned in the lists provided by the schools were available only TEMPORARY SHOPS SET UP NEAR SCHOOLS Some schools such as Police DAV Public School and Delhi Public School sell books on their campus while others have tied up with vendors, who set up temporary shops near the campus for sale of books. The parents of students studying in such schools were directed to visit these shops. with one vendor, they had no option but to go to him. “There is no competition as the vendor had his monopoly this year too. A temporary shop was set by him at PPR Market. It was just that we didn’t get the books from school and had to go to a new outlet instead,” said a parent, whose child is studying at St Joseph’s Convent School. A similar arrangement was made by the management of Cambridge International School that had its new outlet at Chhoti Baradari Market nearby. Parents said these vendors had made sets as usual with copies, stationery and other items and their bills range from Rs 4,500 to Rs 8,000 per student. A parent, whose child is in Class IX at MGN Public School, said the school authorities asked him to visit an adjoining shop at Adarsh Nagar. “The vendor made brisk business. A big problem was that he didn’t even have a credit card machine or PayTM facility and the parents were forced to make cash payments,” he alleged. Continued on page 2 “Despite laws, the private schools have been asking parents to buy books published by doubtful publishers and useless uniforms, which should be stopped,” he added. He said they demanded that the salaries of private school teachers should be on a par with government 3 gangsters held, two flee Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 5 The Jalandhar (Rural) police today arrested three members of the notorious Akhtar gang. The police also recovered 330 gram of intoxicants, sharp-edged weapons, a motorbike and Tata Ace four-wheeler. Those arrested have been identified as Akhtar Ali, a resident of Nakodar, Harwinder Kumar, a resident of Allowal, and Ashok Kumar, a resident of Lidhran Colony. Jalandhar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said working on information, the Lambra police had arrested the accused while they were preparing to execute a robbery. He said during the raid, two members of the gang managed to escape. The police have registered an FIR against the arrested persons under Section 379, 399, 402, 457 and 380 of the NDPS Act. c m y b school teachers. “Quality education should be provided at government schools to make it affordable,” he added. The association also demanded implementation of the Right to Education Act, 2010. As per the RTE Act, government must ensure that 25 per cent children of poor families get admission to the private schools. They said the district education officers who had failed to take action against the private schools violating the rules should not go scot-free. The Mayor said the Congress MLAs could not play any positive role in maintaining the sanctity of the house and instead flared up things to create chaos in the annual meeting. He added that since the budget could not be passed, a majority of the development projects might be stalled due to non-payment of pending dues. “We have sent the budget to the state government for approval. Even though I have power to utilise 10 per cent of the total budget, I cannot do so as I too have to take sanction from the state government,” said Jyoti. He said MC employees might have to wait for their salaries for some days. Also, hinting towards Congress MLA Pargat Singh, the Mayor said after flaring up things, the MLA went down and while his party councillors were fighting in the House, he was sitting relaxed in a separate room. Condemning the statement of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who said today that the MC elections would be held in June, the Mayor said since the tenure of the present House was till September 24, there was no need to hold the elections four months in advance. Thieves strike at ATM kiosk Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 5 Miscreants broke open an ATM of the UCO Bank branch at Alawalpur and stole Rs 21,000. The CCTV camera footage showed that some men got inside the ATM around 2 am. As per information, the thieves used gas cutters to break open three cash boxes to steal the cash. According to the police, the accused managed to disconnect the wires of the machine’s inbuilt camera. The accused also sprayed an unknown chemical on the camera installed outside the kiosk. The incident came to the fore this morning when nearby shopkeepers informed the bank authorities about the broken locks. The UCO Bank ATM that thieves targeted at Alawalpur near Adampur in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Police Commissioner visits Gagneja murder spot Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 5 The newly appointed Police Commissioner, Praveen Sinha, along with DCP Rajjit Singh today visited the spot near Jyoti Chowk where Punjab RSS unit’s former co-president Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (retired), was shot on August 7 last year. Later, while talking to The Tribune, Sinha said though as an intelligence officer he had seen the entire CCTV footage and looked into every detail pertaining to the case, there was nothing like visiting the spot of the incident. “Gagneja’s unsolved murder case has become a serious challenge for us. Though the case has been referred to the CBI for further investigation, I along with my officials have also Newly appointed Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha visits the spot where RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja was killed, in Jalandhar on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ❝ Gagneja's unsolved murder case has become a serious challenge for us. Though the case has been referred to the CBI for further investigation, I along with my officials have also visited the spot. We will provide all support to CBI officials in cracking the case.❞ PRAVEEN SINHA, POLICE COMMISSIONER visited the spot. We will provide all support to CBI officials in cracking the case,” said Sinha. Also, he said the other three murders of RSS workers, including the killing of Khubi Dass on April 23 in Khanna, Amit Sharma on January 14 in Ludhiana and Naresh Kumar on January 18 last year, showed similar modus operandi. “It seemed that all these three murders were carried out by the same group but we are yet to trace the accused,” said Sinha, adding that with the cracking of Gagneja’s murder, other cases will also be solved soon. Sinha said the delay in cracking these high profile murder cases was primarily due to the fact that while the police had restrictions of jurisdiction, the criminals had none.
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