13052017-btd-01.qxd 5/12/2017 11:03 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 13 MAY 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Cops accused of inaction They fit into any age A big no A couple blamed the Nandgarh police for not taking action in a property dispute case. If you don’t believe age is just a number, check out these avid gym-goers. Simon Cowell turns down American Idol reboot. P4 FORECAST P2 P3 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 42°C MIN 39°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.16 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.37 AM Family refuses to conduct last rites, wants accused behind bars Farmer killed self in front of patwarkhana, body kept in freezer Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 12 Demanding release of compensation and arrest of a patwari, his associate and another person, residents of Lehra Bega village today kept the body of farmer Jaswant Singh inside a freezer and refused to conduct his last rites. Accusing patwari Jagjit Singh, associate Tarlochan Singh and villager Raja Singh of pocketing the compensation against his 22 marla land, Lehra Bega resident Jaswant Singh had committed suicide outside the patwarkhana located at Sema village in Bhucho Mandi on Wednesday. Family members of the Land acquired for grain market ■ Accusing patwari Jagjit Singh, associate Tarlochan Singh and villager Raja Singh of pocketing the compensation against his 22 marla land, Lehra Bega resident Jaswant Singh had committed suicide outside the patwarkhana located at Sema village in Bhucho Mandi on Wednesday. ■ Family members of the deceased said the government had acquired his 22 marla land for the construction of a grain market in Bhucho Mandi but they never got the compensation. . deceased said the government had acquired his 22 marla land for the construction of a grain market in Bhucho Mandi but they never got the compensation. “The patwari, in connivance with Tarlochan Singh and Raja Singh got the compensation released in someone else’s name and prepared papers showing that the land had been com- pensated for,” said village resident Kaur Singh. Lehra Bega residents demanded that the compensation should be immediately taken back from the undeserving beneficiary and given to the family of the farmer. “The accused should be nabbed by the police. It was due to the nonchalance of the police that such embezzlement took place. Food at Sasti Rasoi cooked under unhygienic conditions Sukhmeet Bhasin Name of Cong councillor included in FIR FIRING IN THE AIR Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 12 The cooks of Sasti Rasoi are preparing food under unhygienic conditions at the Red Cross building in the city. A visit to the Sasti Rasoi by the Bathinda Tribune team today saw that workers preparing food in the backyard of the building don’t have proper equipment. As women workers are preparing chapattis on the ground in the open, garbage is burnt near the spot and ash flying in the air. There are no proper containers to keep the cooked food, which was kept in plastic bucket of used paint. There was no table provided to the workers and all things were kept on the ground. At Sasti Rasoi, people get one vegetable and four chapattis for Rs 10 per packet. However, Red Cross is giving Rs 15 per packet to Krishan Pal Goyal Company. There is no sitting arrangement for the people who want to have their food there. It is learnt that Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra has also written a letter to the state government in which he has sought Jaswant was left with no option but to commit suicide to bring the issue to the notice of the government,” said another resident Sukhjinder Singh. Meanwhile, Maur SDM Latif Ahmed and police personnel reached the house of the deceased and tried to convince the family members to cremate the body to prevent it from decomposition. “The Police Department is trying to nab the accused. We have assured the family and the protesters that an in depth inquiry will be conducted into the matter and those found guilty of embezzlement or erroneous paperwork will be brought to book,” the SDM said. Cooked food kept in a used paint bucket at the Sasti Rasoi kitchen in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA approval to raise the price of the food packet to Rs 15. The same incentive has been started in other districts as well. Continued on page 2 Bathinda, May 12 The name of Congress councillor from Ward Number 2, Malkit Singh, was included today in the FIR over opening fire in the air. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naveen Singla today issued orders in this regard to the police officials concerned. Yesterday, a case against two associates of Malkit Singh was registered after a video showing him and two others opening fire went viral on the social media. Malkit Singh is a close aide of the All India Youth Congress president and MLA from Gidderbaha, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring. The Thermal police station SHO said the name of Malkit Singh had been included in the FIR. However, no arrest has been made so far. The councilor uploaded the video on his Facebook account with the name ‘fun shan’. Later, after criticism from all quarters, he deleted the video but not before it went viral on Whatsapp. A child was also seen posing with weapons in his hands. — TNS Husband of SAD councillor assaulted Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 12 The husband of a SAD councillor was allegedly beaten up by Congress leaders in the parking area of Adesh Hospital here today as the former was not willing to join the Congress. SAD councillor from Ward Number 4 in Rampura, Bindu Bala, alleged that for the last few days, Congress leaders were pressuring them to leave SAD and join their party as they wanted to remove SAD leader and Rampura Nagar Council president Sunil Bitta from his post. “But we refused to leave SAD as we are loyal to our party,” she said. The councillor added that her husband Vinod Kumar today went to Adesh Hospital Councillor’s side ■ SAD councillor from Ward Number 4 in Rampura, Bindu Bala, alleged that for the last few days, Congress leaders were pressuring them to leave SAD and join their party as they wanted to remove SAD leader and Rampura Nagar Council president Sunil Bitta from his post . to meet a relative and bring some medicine from there. She said as per plan, when he was coming back, 20-25 persons headed by Congress leader and former sarpanch from Mehraj, Gurpreet Singh Bira, came and beaten him up. She alleged that the incident took place on the directions of Congress MLA Gurpreet Singh Kangar. Her husband has been admitted to the Bhucho Civil Hospital, she added. The councillor further alleged that the police were not taking any action in the case. The incident took place around 2.30 pm, but till evening, no police official had came to record his statement or registered a case, she added. Bhucho police post incharge SI Gurpreet Kaur said, “We received information regarding the incident that took place at Adesh Hospital. We sent a police team but nobody was found there. Later, we came to know that the injured had been admitted to the Bhucho Civil Hospital. We have sent the team there. A probe would be conducted into the incident and the accused will be booked.” SAD leader and Zila Parishad chairman Gurpreet Maluka alleged that MLA Gurpreet Singh Kangar was pressuring SAD leaders to join the Congress and also getting them booked under false cases. He said workers of SAD would stage a protest tomorrow against the police if a case was not registered in this regard. He also alleged that the law and order situation in the area was deteriorating day-by-day. Congress MLA from Rampura, Gurpreet Singh Kangar, refuting the allegations, said it was a fabricated statement. Earlier, Maluka used to beat Congress workers and got them registered under false cases, but now, his party has brought peace, he added. Kangar said he was in Chandigarh and unaware of the incident. c m y b Farmers call off protest as govt pays compensation DEATH AT RALLY Nikhila Pant Dhawan Earlier offer rejected ■ The protesters had earlier turned down the offer of Rs 5 lakh compensation made by the district administration twice in the past five days. Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 12 The state government finally gave in to the demands of the family members and farmer unions and handed over Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family of farmer Mukhtiar Singh who had died during a Labour Day rally in Bathinda on May 1. The farmer unions also lifted their protest and the family allowed the autopsy on the body, which had been lying in the mortuary of the Civil Hospital in Bathinda. Mukhtiar Singh (68) had passed away near Arya Samaj during the Labour Day rally. Claiming that he had participated in the rally to get his debt waived by the government, his family and members of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) refused autopsy on the body and also announced that the last rites of the body would not be conducted till the state government didn’t give Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family, a government job to his son and waive his debt. . Two days ago, the farmers had blocked the BathindaMansa flyover for several hours and had shifted the protest to the Bathinda-Lehra Dhurkot village link road. The protesters turned down the offer of Rs 5 lakh compensation offered by the district administration twice in the past five days. Calling this a victory of the farmer fraternity, district president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), Shingara Singh Mann, said, “Finally, the government approved Rs 10 lakh compensation for the family and also assured that a government job for Bhagwan Singh, son of the farmer, will also be approved. We have also been assured that the debt of Mukhtiar Singh’s family will also be waived soon. Since all our demands have been met, we have decided to lift our protest and have ended the road blockade.” PMO acts on city doctor’s letter Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 12 The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), acting on the letter of city doctor Dr Vitull K Gupta, has forwarded the matter over clarity on generic medicines to Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, for appropriate action. In his letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Vitull had requested to clarify on the way by which a person could know if a medicine was generic or non-generic and other issues pertaining to generic drugs. Dr Vitull said a reply from the PMO was a positive step and hoped that the office would consider the suggestions of radical changes in the pharma policy to ensure almost equal Continued on page 2
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