14042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/14/2017 1:23 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 14 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE SUNNY CONSUMER ISSUE: LOK ADALAT PERMITS REFUND OF MONEY Þ PAGE 2 AMBEDKAR MARCH: ROHITH VEMULA FINDS PROMINENCE Þ PAGE 2 37°C MAXIMUM 18°C MINIMUM IT’S A STARSTUDDED AFFAIR Honoring outstanding talent across genres, Colors channel celebrated its 5th Golden Petal Awards at a starstudded event on Wednesday. PAGE 4 Þ 30% service votes amiss in poll results One-third of postal ballot papers for defence personnel returned undelivered in Assembly elections Tribune News Service SERVICE BALLOT PAPERS Jalandhar, April 13 Even as the debate is on over certain ‘flaws’ which appeared in the recent Vidhan Sabha elections during the use of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), there is yet another flaw that needs to be looked into. It has been found that nearly 30 per cent of the service ballot papers that were sent across on the new addresses of the defence personnel, who were registered as voters in Jalandhar, returned undelivered. In all, 11,892 Constituency Phillaur Nakodar Shahkot Kartarpur Jalandhar West Jalandhar Central Jalandhar North Jalandhar Cantt Adampur Total Issued 373 740 921 1139 1306 1687 1390 1959 2377 11892 defence personnel posted outside had their votes registered in Jalandhar. As service ballot papers were sent across on the data Undelivered 244 323 238 326 574 612 592 315 305 3529 ❝ Although none of the contesting candidates in Jalandhar lost with a thin margin, the issue remains to be seen in subsequent elections. The BLOs need to be more careful with the addresses of the Army personnel and should update the database ahead of the polls as they keep moving.❞ provided by booth level officers through post, as many as 3,529 such papers could not reach the destination. As a result, many Subhash Chander, RETIRED GOVT OFFICER voters could not exercise their right to vote. As many as 244 of 373 (65.4 per cent) Armed personnel from the Phillaur constituency could not cast their votes. From Jalandhar Central, 612 defence personnel, out of a total of 1,687, registered in the constituency could not avail their voting right. The Jalandhar West constituency too had 574 Army officials out of 1,306 (44 per cent) remained deprived of their chance to choose their representatives. “Although none of the contesting candidates in Jalandhar lost with a thin margin, the issue remains to be seen in subsequent elections. The BLOs need to be more careful with the addresses of the Army personnel and need to update the database once again just ahead of the polls as they keep moving,” said Subhash Chander, a retired government officer. Raj Kumar Tangri, Election Tehsildar, Jalandhar, said, “There is nothing unusual in the trend. The numbers of service ballot papers that have returned undelivered are almost the same as in previous elections. This is because of the frequent movement of the defence personnel from one location to another and we cannot do much about it.” Three drug peddlers held Dance, devotion mark Baisakhi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 13 In their ongoing drive against drug peddlers, the Jalandhar Police today claimed to have arrested three persons for selling drugs. The police have also recovered nearly 20 gm of heroin from their possession. The accused have been identified as Navneet Sin, alias Noni, a resident of Guru Nagar; Vinod Kumar, a resident of Basti Peerdaad and Prem Kumar, a resident of Railway Colony. Addressing media persons here today, Harvinderpal Singh Sandhu, ADCP City 2, said the three accused were arrested from different places falling in the jurisdiction of police station division no. 7. He said the accused had been booked under the NDPS Act and further investigation was underway. Youth perform Bhangra at a wheat field on city outskirts; and (right) devotees pay obeisance at a gurudwara in Jalandhar on Thursday. PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH/SARABJIT SINGH Travel agent booked for duping two of ~17 lakh our correspondent Phagwara, april 13 The Phagwara police have registered a case under Section 420 and 406 of the IPC against travel agent Charanjit Bhatia, alias Goldy of Kathgarh village in Nawanshahr. He was booked on a complaint lodged by George and Purshotam Lal, residents of Jalandhar. They accused the agent of duping them of Rs 17.60 lakh on the pretext of sending them to Canada. However, neither they could be sent abroad nor the travel agent returned their money which was transferred in his bank accounts. The police is investigating the case. Such cases have become norm of the day in the city. Zambian national nabbed with 100 gm of heroin Procurement process ‘inaugurated’ Day after wheat procurement started, MLAs launch trade at grain market Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 13 A Zambian national was nabbed with 100 gm of heroin near Choti Baradari here today. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused at the police station division number 7. Identified as Charles J Anthony, alias Pitta, the person was nabbed on suspicion by a police party led by ASI Gurmail Singh when the party was proceeding on a trip to nab drug peddlers and antisocial elements from Garha Road to Gurjaipal Nagar, as per the anti-drug drive started by the city police. A resident of Lusaka Avenue, Lusaka, Zambia, the accused was presently residing at a house near Cambridge School in Choti Baradari II. Charles J The police addressing the media along with the accused in Jalandhar on Thursday. PHOTO SARABJIT SINGH. Anthony has also been booked previously in a case under the NDPS Act. He had been previously booked under Sections 238 and 16 of the NDPS Act at the Bhargo Camp police station. The raid was carried out under the instructions of Police Commissioner, Jalandhar, Parveen Kumar Sinha under the anti-drugs cam- paign in the district during which Gurmeet Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Police Investigation, Jalandhar, Harjit Singh Dhaliwal, ADCP Investigation, Jalandhar and Jasbir Singh ACP investigation, Jalandhar, headed a raid which was carried out by a police party led by Inspector Angrez Singh, in-charge CIA, and ASI Gurmail Singh. Jalandhar, April 13 Jalandhar MLAs Rajinder Beri and Bawa Henry today inaugurated the wheat procurement process at the grain market. The wheat procurement had commenced on April 1 in the state, but the stock arrived in the district on April 11. The purchase had started yesterday. The harvesting season in the Doaba region usually starts late and so does the procurement. While inspecting the arrangements in the grain market, the MLAs said farmers would not receive any problem during the procurement process. They said the payment of the produce would be done in time so that farmers do not face any harassment. The MLAs also urged the farmers not to burn the residue of the crop Procurement process being ‘inaugurated’ at the grain market in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO. as it gives rise to air pollution. The grain markets in the district have received 1,271 tonnes of wheat so far, although only 617 tonnes of wheat have been purchased by the several procurement agencies. Officials said despite various instructions and reminders, farmers have not been maintaining the stipulated moisture level, which is 12 per cent. Most of the farmers have been bringing crop with moisture level of more than 13 per cent. They said farmers must bring totally dried wheat to avert delayed purchase. Student activists demand rollback of fee hike at PU Two killed in separate accidents Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 13 While the police action against students protesting against fee hike on the Panjab University campus had angered the student community, the slapping of sedition charges (which were withdrawn later) and the beating of students in the police custody, earned the incident the tag of one of the worst on-campus actions against students in the state in recent times. Activists and student leaders from Jalandhar reacted to the controversy. Tejinder Virli, district president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, said, “The violence took place at the behest of the Central gov- ❝ The ill-advised fee hike is against the cause of quality education. It’s a clear indication that now university fee scales are also being brought on par with private universities so that poor students have nowhere to go.❞ Tejinder Virli, DISTRICT PRESIDENT, PUNJAB AND CHANDIGARH COLLEGE TEACHERS UNION ernment. While the illadvised fee hike itself is against the cause of quality education, it’s a clear indication that now university fee scales are also being brought on par with private universities so that poor students have nowhere to go. It’s a clear conspiracy to privatise education. The PCCTU strongly condemns the police action and is with c m y b all students – whether of independent unions or associated with PCCTU, who have taken up cudgels against the crackdown. We shall oppose the fee hike until it is withdrawn.” PCCTU state president Ghanshyam Dev and woman wing convener Iqbalpreet Kaur were also part of the protests held to condemn the police action. continued on P2 Our Correspondent phagwara, april 13 A woman, Nirmala Devi of Khurampur village, was killed while her sister-inlaw, Seema Rani, sustained serious injuries when a speeding truck hit the scootor they were riding on near Hadiabad Chowk yesterday night. The injured was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Phagwara. The police have registered a case. It has also impounded the truck and arrested truck driver Angrej Singh, who is a resident of Moga. In another mishap, a 40year-old man was killed when a train ran over him, the police said. The deceased has been identified as Sandeep Aggarwal , a resident of Batala. Aggar- wal was run over by the Amritsar-Kathiar Express while he was trying to board a train at the Phagwara railway station yesterday night, the police said. His body was sent to the civil hospital for the postmortem examination. Yesterday too, a youth had a narrow escape from a rail mishap at a railway crossing in Phagwara.
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