16052017-btd-01.qxd 5/15/2017 11:11 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 16 MAY 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Civic amenities Let there be peace Look who’s here! A delegation of Sucha Singh Nagar residents meets Mayor Balwant Rai Nath in his office. P2 Punjabi women singers know how to snub the ones creating nuisance. Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively make surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live. P4 FORECAST P3 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 41°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 43°C MIN 29°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.18 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.35 AM Farmer suicide: One of 3 accused held Family adamant on not performing last rites till all accused are behind bars Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 15 The police today arrested one of the three accused in the case of farmer suicide outside the patwarkhana at Sema village five days ago. Acting on a tip-off, a police party headed by ASI Jaidev Singh from the Nathana police station arrested Tarlochan Singh from the Bathinda bus stand. Bhucho DSP GS Romana said the police were working to arrest the main accused, patwari Jagjit Singh, and Raja Singh. Although the family members of farmer Jaswant Singh Cops working to arrest other accused ■ Acting on a tip-off, a police party headed by ASI Jaidev Singh from the Nathana police station arrested Tarlochan Singh from the Bathinda bus stand. ■ Bhucho DSP GS Romana said the police were working to arrest the other accused, patwari Jagjit Singh and Raja Singh. ■ SSP Naveen Singla held a meeting on Monday with a delegation of protesters and urged them not to keep the body for so long and cremate it. ■ The family and members of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) announced that they would hold a district-level protest at Lehra Bega from Tuesday ❝The Congress hadtwo promised that within months of forming the government in the state, it would waive the debt of the farmers. While that is still a distant dream, the opposite is happening. FARMER UNION LEADERS ❞ . are adamant on not conducting the last rites of the deceased till the time the main accused is apprehended, SSP Naveen Singla today held a meeting with a delegation of protesters and urged them not to keep the body for so long and cremate it. Not giving in to the assurances made by the SSP over the arrest of the remaining two accused, the family and members of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) announced that they would hold a district-level protest at Lehra Bega from tomorrow. Meanwhile, district president of the union, Shingara Singh Mann and Nathana block president Manjit Singh said apart from holding a district-level protest tomorrow, Together we fly FEEDBACK Bathinda Tribune the union would also chalk out its future course of action. They also accused the Congress government of not delivering on its promises. “The Congress had promised that within two months of forming the government in the state, it would waive the debt of the farmers. While that is still a distant dream, the opposite is happening. In the case of the farmer committing suicide at Lehra Bega, it seems the government machinery is working to shield the accused and put pressure on the family and union members to cremate the body,” they said. invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Bathinda, Mansa and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to bathinda.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Bathinda Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Bathinda Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. It should not be more than 150 words. Rampura bus fire: Driver arrested again Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 15 Two days after the Rampura bus fire incident, the police have again arrested driver Charanjit Singh, a resident of Thuliwal village. Section 304 of the IPC has also been added to the FIR registered in the case. Questions were raised after the news spread that accused Gurmail Singh and Charanjit Singh had got bail on the spot after being arrested on Sunday night. Later, IGP Chhina ordered to add Section 304 of the IPC against the driver and arrest him. FIR number 53 was registered against Charanjit Singh and Gurmail Singh under Sections 304A, 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC on May 14 on the basis of the statement of Rajan Singh, a resident of Dhilwan Maur in Barnala. Section 304 of the IPC is non-bailable offence and entails 10-year imprisonment A pair of birds fly over the Sirhind canal in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA SNIPPETS One killed in road accident Goniana Mandi: A person was killed in a road accident at Goniana Mandi on Sunday. The police have booked Jatinder Singh, a resident of Goniana Mandi, under Section 304A. A complaint was lodged by Nikka Singh from the same town in which he stated that his father Chand Singh was riding a motorcycle when accused Jatinder Singh, who was also on a bike (Pulsar PB-19H-1448) hit his father, which led to death. Five held with illicit liquor Bathinda: The police have arrested five persons with illicit liquor. Four cases have been registered against the accused at different police stations under Sections of the Excise Act. In the first case, the Kotwali police arrested Baljeet Singh, a resident of Guru Nanak Pura Mohalla, Bathinda and Gulab Singh, a resident of Tharaj, Sirsa, near the statue of Shaheed Jarnail Singh and recovered 48 bottles of illicit liqour. In the second case, the Canal Colony police arrested Ghanshayam Singh, a resident of Ganpati Enclave, Bathinda, with 24 bottles of illicit liqour from Mehna Basti. The Rama police arrested Daulat Ram, a resident of Sekhu, with 9 bottles of illicit liquor. The Maur police arrested Karamveer Singh, a resident of Bode Kalan, Moga. Two held under NDPS Act Bathinda: The police have arrested two persons under the NDPS Act in two cases. In the first case, the police have arrested Hemraj, a resident of Pannusar, Rajasthan, with one kg of opium from the Grain Market. Tarjinder Singh Dhaliwal, in-charge, CIA-2, said the accused came here for delivering opium to someone. A case has been registered against him under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. In the second case, the Rama police have arrested a person held with 4 kg of poppy husk. A case has been registered against Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Singhpura (Haryana), under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. Five held for gambling Bathinda: The Kotwali police arrested five persons from Subash Market for gambling. A case has been arrested against Om Parkash, a resident of Quila Road, Jaswant Singh, resident of Amarpura Basti, Dev Singh, a resident of Naruana Road, Darshan Singh, a resident of Nehianwala and Surjit Singh, a resident of Guru Nagri, under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the IPC. The police have recovered Rs 3,520 from the accused. TNS The private bus that caught fire. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH after trial. Its hearing can be held at the sessions court. However, Section 304A is bailable. IGP Mukhwinder Singh Chhina said the police had got a video from the CCTV footage from the Stallco fac- tory in which it was clear that the driver had not stopped the bus after the fire broke out even as passengers were jumping off the moving bus. Former bar association president advocate Jatinder Rai Khattar said the police were doing injustice to the victims because the incident had taken place due to the negligence of the driver. "He should have been booked under Section 304 right in the beginning," he added. Another dog-bite incident reported in city Only 15 challans in 3 months for buses flouting norms Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 15 Another incident has been reported in which a stray dog bit a person near the railway station in the city. After getting information, volunteers of the NGO Naujawan Society reached the spot and took the injured to the Civil Hospital. The injured has been identified as Kaka, a resident of Nihal Singhwala village. While the stray dog menace continues to haunt city residents, the higher authorities are still deliberating over a plan to construct a dog pound in the city. In view of the increase in dog-bite cases, the UT Administration, had announced to set up a dog pound (Animal Birth Control Hospital) to address the stray dog menace. So far, the MC and the district Administration have only been exchanging letters and nothing concrete has come out of it. The rise of the stray dog menace in the city can be gauged from the fact that doctors at the Civil Hospital treated as many as 1,040 dogbite victims in the past one year. In most of the cases, people were taken to private hospitals for anti-rabies treatment. A doctor at the Civil Hospi- Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service The number of dog-bite cases is on the rise in Bathinda. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH Admn deliberates over dog pound plan ■ While the stray dog menace continues to haunt city residents, the higher authorities are still deliberating over a plan to construct a dog pound in the city . tal said, “The stray dog menace is on the rise these days. Two dog-bite cases, on an average, are being reported every day at the hospital.” Even a few months ago, the Mayor was bitten by a stray dog when he was inspecting c m y b some project in Sanjay Nagar area, near his home. Earlier, an incident was reported in the city in which a stray dog had bitten two children — Javin (7) and Orvin (6) — while they were playing on the road. As per the census conducted in 2009, there were 5,237 stray dogs within the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation. Now, the number has increased manifold. The contract for the project has been given to an Aligarhbased company, Tripura Foundation, and workers of the company are conducting sterilisation of dogs in the city. The drive has failed to provide respite to the residents from stray dogs. City resident Gagan Singh said, “Stray dogs are a big problem but the authorities concerned don’t take any action in this regard. The administration should wake up to the issue as the lives of the people are invaluable.” Another resident Sushma Garg said parents didn’t allow their kids to play on the roads just for the fear of stray dogs. Bathinda, May 15 It seems the Transport Department and the traffic police are going soft on private bus operators as in last three months, only 15 challans have been issued to bus owners and drivers in the city. Most of these challans are for wrong parking and pressure horns while little action has been taken by traffic police officials against the modified buses. It is due to the lenient attitude of the traffic police that the modified air-conditioned buses are plying on roads, putting the lives of passengers at risk. Apart from this, overspeeding is also a major issue, which has been ignored by the police, which leads to a high number of accidents. Even after the incident of Rayia Transport Company (RTC) bus, which caught fire near Rampura town, the traffic police have not taken a lesson and have not launched a crackdown on such buses. Traffic in-charge Bharpur Singh said it was out of their purview as it came under the district transport office. Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra said he had talked to the regional transport officer (RTO) and directed him to keep a check on such violations. He has also issued directions to make a list of buses, which have been modified. He said no bus that was violating the norms would be allowed to ply on the roads. Warning stating that no laxity over such issues would be tolerated has been issued by the state government. The Chief Minister’s office has asked the officials concerned to expedite the process of review of bus permits and take all illegally plying buses off the roads at the earliest. Apart from modification, these buses also violate other norms. They have tinted glasses beyond the prescribed limit and curtains put up on the windows. Pressure horns are also used in such buses while many have wrong registration number plates.
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