20042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/20/2017 1:36 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 20 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE APATHY: MC GRAPPLES WITH ENCROACHERS IN ITS OWN BACKYARD Þ PAGE 2 PU CRACKDOWN: UNIONS EXTEND SOLIDARITY TO STUDENTS Þ PAGE 2 NO WORDS TO SAY… Shah Rukh finds it tough to describe himself PAGE 3 Þ SUNNY 40°C MAXIMUM 25°C MINIMUM ANTI-DRUG CRACKDOWN Varsities with foreign students under scanner Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 19 The police have begun a survey of foreign students in the state as part of its anti-drug crackdown. Universities, especially in Doaba region, have been asked to provide details of all foreign students who were admitted into universities since their inception and also of those who left the course in between and went ‘missing’ from the campus. Meanwhile, the department has also sought details from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) about those students who had landed in India, but did not report at the university concerned in the state. Jalandhar Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha said the universities, especially catering to African students in the region, had been asked to cooperate and thus, were providing all necessary support to the police. The police have ordered a crackdown after it arrested more than nine students hailing from Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria in various cases under the NDPS Act in the last two years and had recovered Police seek details ■ The police have gone tough after it had arrested over nine students hailing from Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria in various cases under the NDPS Act in the last two years ■ Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha said the universities, especially those catering to African students in the region, had been asked to cooperate with the authorities ■A recent intelligence report said nearly 15 to 20 students who took admission to a Phagwara-based university last year, had arrived in India, but have not reported at the university to date. Details have been sought from the MEA in this regard. huge amounts of heroine from their possession. According to a recent intelligence report, nearly 15 to 20 students who took admission to a Phagwara- based university last year, had arrived in India, but have not reported at the university to date. The department has now alerted the intelligence agencies in New Delhi about these ‘missing students’. “We have received inputs that some international drug syndicates are running drug rackets from various universities here in the region. The members of such syndicates take admission in a university here, study for a year and later quietly leave the course in between to run drug cartels in nearby areas,” said a highly placed official. The officials further revealed that though international drug cartels were earlier running under a single head with a well organised network of des- ignated people, with the advent of social media, they had changed their modus operandi and were now working in small groups formed in various parts of their operation area. The group working in a particular area is unaware about the other groups located nearby and are too working for the same syndicate, the officials added. It is only because of this modus operandi that the state police had been unable to track high-profile murder cases like that of RSS leader Brig Jagdish Gagneja to date. Canadian Defence Minister in city today Illegal buildings: Sidhu seeks Harjit Sajjan to be special guest at Unique Home on way to his native village Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 19 Nearly 60 abandoned girls from the Unique Home are preparing to receive their special guest tomorrow. On his way back from Amritsar and before proceeding to his ancestral village in Hoshiarpur, Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan will have a 50minute halt at this special home at Badshahpur village on Nakodar road. The Canadian minister will reach the place before 1:30 pm where he will be received by in-charge of the Home, Parkash Kaur, and its trustees. The trustees have planned a small function in their hall which will include a presentation on the Home, short cultural items by the girls, a tour around the building, an open interaction of the minister with the inmates, to be followed by snacks and tea. The staff of the Unique Home shared that some Indian families now settled in Harjit Singh Sajjan arrives at Sri Guru Ramdas Jee International Airport at Rajasansi in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Canada had urged the Sikh minister to see the working of the Home which is a shelter to abandoned girls for the past 24 years. At the Home, Parkash Kaur, 65, a turbaned Sikh woman, is called ‘mother’ by all girls in the Home as she ensures their good education at top schools of the city, provides them expensive branded clothes and accessories and fulfils all their motherly needs. The Home has been host to many dignitaries including Nita Ambani, Chairperson of Reliance Foundation. No minister, MP to accompany Sajjan As the minister will tour Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur tomorrow, no political leader from any party is likely to meet him. While none of the Congress leaders are catching up with him because of the stand shown by CM Captain Amarinder Singh, even Union MoS Vijay Sampla will not be meeting him when Sajjan visits his home in Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha constituency tomorrow. Sampla said, “I checked up with the DC who told me that he has no information about his visit. Then I kept the BJP core committee meeting at Ludhiana for tomorrow. Now that his visit is confirmed, I cannot cancel the meeting. Otherwise, it would have been my privilege to welcome him in my area. I am also a bit hesitant as there has been no invitation for me and the Canadian minister is on his private tour.” Also, as the DCs of Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur maintained that they did not get any schedule about the visit of Harjit Sajjan, it is primarily the police officials who will be overseeing the security arrangements of his visit. Village panchayats pass resolution against drugs Two drug peddlers held Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 19 Calling it a big boost to the drive against drugs in the state, the Jalandhar rural police today arrested two drug peddlers in two separate incidents. The police have recovered more than 2 kg of intoxicant powder from their possession. Moreover the property of these drug peddlers will also be attached. The accused have been identified as Amir Singh, 50, alias Amiri and Mohinder Singh, 60, residents of Dharme Dian Chhanna village in Mehatpur. Addressing the media persons here today, SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said both the accused had amassed a huge property including farming land, big houses, cars and tractors from drug smuggling. “As the drive against drugs intensified, Amiri got alarmed and forged their identity and Aadhar Card. Both of them are already facing several cases of drug peddling and smuggling at various police stations. They used to smuggle drugs from Ferozpur to sell at local markets,” SSP added. He said since they had no other source of income, it was impossible for them to amass property, therefore the property that had been made by them through drug trade would be attached. A case has been registered. Ludhiana April 19 Now, village panchayats have come forward to eradicate the drug menace. Panchayats have passed a resolution to act as watchdog to prevent entry of drug peddlers and sale of drugs in their villages. As many as 100 village panchayats of the district took part in a special meeting headed by the Inspector General (IG), Jalandhar zone, Arpit Shukla, which was held in Jagraon. Residents also discussed other possible solutions to prevent the menace of drugs from spreading in the area during the informal session with the IG. Shukla has started these meetings in vulnerable belts, which are afflicted with drugs problem. Villages are being chosen on the basis of internal feedback or intelligence inputs. “Three panchayats of Kamalpura, Bassian and Kulghena passed a resolution to prevent the entry of drug peddlers, drugs and its sale in their villages through all possible means and with the help of the police. I have urged villagers to act as watchdog to wipe out the menace completely. I have also assured full-fledged support of the Police Department for the cause,” said IG Shukla IG Arpit Shukla addresses village panchayats in Jagraon on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ❝ Now, detailed interrogation of drug peddlers, big or small, will be done by a DSP rank officer. The sole motive is to bust the supply chain and catch the big fish involved in the notorious trade.❞ Arpit Shukla, IG, JALANDHAR ZONE while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune. Later, the IG also honoured the sarpanches of three villages, which had passed the resolution, for standing shoulder to shoulder with the police. Interestingly, the IG also held an informal interaction with villagers, who raised the issue of collusion of policemen with drug peddlers. One of the villager said when they passed on information about drug ped- dlers to the police it got leaked, which hinted involvement of policemen with smugglers. IG Shukla said, “Strict action will be taken against the guilty if I notice involvement of policemen with drug peddlers. It may lead to suspension or dismissal from the service.” The police and panchayts would also get drug addicts admitted to de-addiction centre for rehabilitation, added the IG. names of officials involved Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 19 Cracking a whip on corrupt officials who felicitated the construction of more than 81 illegal buildings in the city in 2005, Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu today sought names of officials who were posted during that period. While confirming this, Joint Commissioner Dr Jai Inder Singh said he had received a call from the minister in the morning who asked him to forward the names of officials who were posted during that time. “Although we have identified the officials including the senior town planner, municipal town planner and also the assistant town planner posted here during that time, we are now scrutinising their jurisdiction areas allocated to them. We will be sending the report in the next few days,” said Dr Jai Inder. ❝ Although we have identified the officials including the senior town planner, municipal town planner and also the assistant town planner posted here during that time, we are now scrutinising their jurisdiction areas allocated to them. We will be sending the report soon.❞ Dr Jai Inder Singh, JOINT COMMISSIONER, MUNICIPAL CORPORATION Interestingly, the buildings in controversy were made during the tenure of Congress leader and former Cabinet minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh. Out of the 81 buildings in question, 15 were constructed in the up market area of Model Town. However, following the disclosure, a vigilance enquiry was ordered to probe the matter. Although an inquiry was conducted, Our Correspondent Phagwara, April 19 Tersem Singh of Narur village was killed when the bike he was riding was hit by a speeding vehicle on the highway here today. The vehicle driver escaped. In another accident, four members of a family sustained serious injuries when a car which they were travelling in from Amritsar, was hit by a cattle fodder loaded truck near Sugar Mills Chowk on the highway on Wednesday. The injured Harminder Singh, his wife Harpreet, daughter Harleen and a relative Sharanpreet were first admitted to a Phagwara hospital, but were later referred to DMCH, Ludhiana. The police have registered a case and impounded the truck. The car was badly smashed in the accident, the police said. The family was going to Ludhiana after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple. Rinku promises fillip to civic works ❝ I continue to don the role of a councillor for the Tribune News Service c m y b it could not reach to any conclusion following which, Additional Chief Secretary of the state had ordered another inquiry last year. A committee comprising of Joint Commissioner Dr Jai Inder Singh, Chief Vigilance Officer AK Kansal and Chief Engineer Mukul Soni was constituted to investigate the charges. The committee later formed five sub committees which carried out independent inquiries and recently submitted the report to the Committee. Dr Jai Inder informed that while some buildings were found to have violations which are compoundable in nature, but some were constructed even without an approved building plan. Now, with Sidhu removing Kansal from the post as well as from the probe committee, the two-member committee will now carry out the investigations further. One killed, 4 injured in mishaps people of my ward while also being an MLA. Since the corporation elections are fast approaching, I have to get the civic work done in my area.❞ Sushil Rinku, MLA, JALANDHAR WEST A MONTH LATER Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 19 Nearly a month after the state Assembly elections, the residents of Jalandhar West constituency are seeing one change. While the previous MLA, Bhagat Chunni Lal, also a minister in the SAD-BJP government, was hardly seen, the new Congress councillor-turned-MLA Sushil Rinku has made his presence felt. More so, because of his close affiliation with cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh. With no minister from Jalandhar, it is Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjit Singh who is presiding at all functions of the government in Jalandhar too. Being his right hand man with a robust style like the Rana (both have moustaches pointing upwards), Rinku too remains active and visible at all events. In a month’s time, Rinku has made visits to some sites to check the ongoing development work at Kapurthala road. “I have told the officials about some points where they need to have more road gullies so that water does not stagnate and there is no subsequent road breakage. Since the streetlight poles along the road need to be shifted and it is a long and cumbersome process, work on the road cannot start till then. Still, I have got the estimates made and will try to get the road re-constructed in a time-frame of two months before the onset of the monsoon,” he claims. The first-time MLA adds, “Since a part of the road also falls in the constituency of the minister and he is taking keen interest, I am confident that the work will certainly be done on priority basis.” Having served twice as a councillor (his name still figures as the councillor of ward 46 on the MC website), Rinku says he is doing double duty. “I continue to don the role of a councillor for the people of my ward while also being an MLA,” he said. Asked as to who would represent his ward now, he said, “Let us see. I have not made up my mind”. Rinku’s wife Sunita Rinku was a councillor in the previous MC House. “Since the MC elections are fast approaching, I have to get the civic work done in my area,” he adds. With the financial budget not getting passed for the year 2017-18 and no funds other than that meant for salaries coming, Rinku claims he will surely find a way out. “I will get the funds directly from the CM. I will also try to convince the contractors to resume work as they are now insecure about the forthcoming payments.” Rinku also plans to get the municipal area extended in his constituency so as to add up Jalandhar Vihar, Jalandhar Kunj and Jalandhar Prime colonies falling along Kapurthala road. Though these colonies fall within the octroi limit, the area could not be included last time. “The residents here can not vote for the MC elections which we intend to do now,” he said while sharing his plan. Hawala cash worth ~9 lakh recovered from cloth trader Jalandhar, April 19 The city police today recovered Rs 9 lakh hawala money from a cloth merchant at Sikka Chowk near Lal Rat- tan cinema. The accused have been identified as Sahil Chadda, a wholesale cloth merchant in Shekhan Bazaar. According to area SHO Balbir Singh, Sahil had a cousin in Philippines who used to send him hawala money. Singh said the Enforce- ment Directorate had been informed about the catch and he would be handed over to ED officials in the morning tomorrow.—TNS
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