16072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/16/2017 1:28 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 1 no. 90 late city | sunday, july 16, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 36 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd ‘Hovering Angel’, farewell Jawan dies at LoC; 3 JeM ultras shot Lance Naik killed in Pak army sniper fire in Rajouri; blow to Jaish in south Kashmir A file photo of Wing Commander Mandeep Singh Dhillon with wife Prabhpreet and children. IAF/MOD O N July 4, three braveheart air warriors of the Indian Air Force led by Wing Commander Mandeep Singh Dhillon, Commanding Officer of the Tezpur-based Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) unit, met with a tragic end when their helicopter crashed in the hills of Arunachal Pradesh. Co-pilot Flight Lieutenant PK Singh and Sergeant RY Gujar, the flight gunner, were among the other aircrew members involved in the mission involving evacuation of the landslide-hit civilians. A constable from Arunachal also died in the crash. On the ill-fated day, the crew reportedly evacuated 169 civilians to safety. For “Mandy”, as Wing Commander Dhillon was fondly known, saving lives was intrinsic to his life and profession. Never the one to shy away from volunteering on such mercy missions, his grooming came about at this very ‘Hovering Angels’ unit — his first operational unit and unfortunately, his last. On a hill-flying mission in the Tawang sector last year on May 19, upon learning that a number of Army jawans were injured in a vehicle accident, Mandy volunteered to evacuate them. In a series of sorties, he evacuated 13 soldiers from Jaswantgarh to Khirmu, a helipad some distance away. With nearly 4,000 hours of flying experience, including 1,200 captain hours on the ALH alone, Dhillon was one of the highly experienced helicopter pilots. Air Vice Marshal Man- lowed by the Air Force Academy, it was only natural for him to opt for the helicopter stream. “Perhaps he wanted to add to the legacy of his father, Sqn Ldr PS Dhillon (retd), who was a Flight Engineer in Mi-4 helicopters in 1970s,” said Group Captain PB “Papa” Nair, Dhillon’s NDA coursemate. An avid sportsperson and an excellent cross-country runner from his school days, Dhillon imbibed much of his athletic prowess from his father, who was also a national coach in athletics. From the initial sense of shock to denial, slowly but surely, the ALH unit Dhillon once nurtured for over a year is coming around, as the pilots have once again taken to the skies in their angelic missions of saving lives. Recalling their life together in their near 14 years of matrimony, his wife Prabhpreet Kaur Dhillon describes her husband as someone who was very compassionate and helpful. Having grown up herself in the Air Force way of life (her father retired as an Air Commodore), Prabhpreet was well acquainted with the high-risk profession of her pilot husband. “He would always volunteer for such rescue and relief missions ahead of others. He just wanted to help others in every possible way and also performed ‘seva’ in langars at the gurdwara wherever possible,” she recalled. “He was a loving husband and a doting father to our daughter Sehaj and son Eshar.” Wing Cdr Mandeep Singh Dhillon died in a helicopter crash during a mercy mission on July 4 avendra Singh, erstwhile Commodore Commandant of ‘Hovering Angels’, was Dhillon’s first Commanding Officer in 2000. He recalls, “Mandy was one of the very bright and upcoming officers. In no time, he achieved his operational status.” “Besides being a thorough professional, he was one of the most loved persons in the station. What a great loss!” said Air Commodore KVR Raju, Air Officer Commanding, Tezpur. A second-generation IAF officer, Mandy Dhillon, who hailed from Patiala, was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. From being a cadet at the Rashtriya Indian Military College to the NDA, fol- continued on page 19 Rajouri/Srinagar, July 15 A jawan was killed in sniper fire by Pakistani soldiers at a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tarkundi sector of Rajouri district, while the security forces gunned down three Jaish-e-Mohammad militants in a forest area of Tral in Pulwama district today. Around 1 pm, a Pakistan army sniper targeted Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer, who was manning 639 forward post at the LoC. Naseer died on his way to a nearby Army medical centre. The soldier was posted with 15 JAK LI and was a resident of Ajout village in Poonch district. He is survived by his wife, Wasim Akhter. The body of martyr Mohd Naseer (inset) being taken to a Rajouri morgue on Saturday. PTI “The brave soldier attained martyrdom when Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing on an Indian forward post around 1.30 pm. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” said defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta.The unprovoked firing by the Pakistan army comes amid heavy losses suffered by it following strong retaliation by the Indian Army over the past few months. After the killing, the Indian Army opened heavy mortar shelling on Pakistan army’s forward posts opposite the Tarkundi sector around 3 pm. The exchange of fire lasted till 5.15 pm. Meanwhile, in Tral’s Wantnar Satoora forest, 60 km from Srinagar, a gunfight erupted during an anti-militancy operation around 5.30 am. “Militants fired from a cave hideout, triggering a gunfight. In the initial exchange of fire that began around 7.30 am, two militants were killed,” a police source said. The third militant entered the cave hideout. “He kept firing from inside and it took time to neutralise him,” a senior security official said. DGP Sheesh Paul Vaid said three militants were killed in the gunfight. “Of the three, two are locals and one is a foreigner,” a source said. Two of them have been identified as Pervaiz Ahmad Wani of Pahoo Pulwama and Mehrajud-Din. One of them had joined militancy last month. Sources said the killing of three JeM militants has dealt a blow to the outfit, which is trying to strengthen its base in south Kashmir. There were reports of clashes in the neighbouring areas during the antimilitancy operation. — TNS Bihar crisis deepens, Taken for ride, drowning that wasn’t Tejaswi skips event Gurdaspur selfie girls ran away from home after faking death? Patna, July 15 The political crisis in Bihar today deepened with Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, facing CBI charges, skipping a government function attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who swapped his chair with a JD-U minister after being seated next to an RJD leader. The organisers initially covered the nameplate of Tejaswi, the special guest at the function whose seat was next to the Chief Minister’s, but later removed it. The function was held to mark the World Youth Skills Day. Nitish, who was seated next to Labour Resources Minister and RJD leader Vijay Prakash, subsequently swapped his chair with JD-U minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, who was to his right. This was seen as an attempt by the Chief Minister to maintain distance from the RJD minister. The episode gave an indication of how the acrimony between the two grand alliance partners was growing with each passing day in the wake of the CBI registering an FIR against Tejaswi and others in connection with a land-for hotels scam case. The developments on the SHARAD MEETS SONIA ■ Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Saturday met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi amid the worsening ties between his party and Lalu Prasad-led RJD. ■ Sources in the Bihar grand alliance, which included all these three parties, said the two discussed the prevailing political situation during the near 40minute meeting ■ They are believed to have discussed options to defuse the crisis after Nitish Kumar made it clear that Tejaswi will have to come clean dais came a day after RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav rejected the possibility of his son Tejaswi putting in his papers, a move seen as being dismissive of the JD-U putting pressure on the Deputy CM to quit. When the reporters bombarded the CM with questions on Tejaswi skipping the function, he only smiled and extended Skill Day greetings. Labour Minister Vijay Prakash, who is from the RJD, said, “I do not know why Tejaswiji did not come for the function.” With both the JD-U and the RJD hardening their stand, the rift within the alliance has widened. — PTI Gurdaspur, July 15 In a dramatic turnaround of events, the two girls believed to have drowned in the Upper Bari Doab Canal while clicking selfies early Friday morning had concocted the story to run away from home, the younger sister of one of them told the police late last night. The news of drowning had resulted in scores of divers, Army and police personnel being deployed for close to 18 hours. Around 10 pm yesterday, the administration substantially reduced the flow of water in the canal in the area where the girls were said to have drowned. An hour later, the Army divers informed the administration that they could not locate the bodies despite scouting every inch of the canal. Police officers then started expressing doubts about whether the girls had actually drowned or the story was cooked up. The focus then shifted to Sophia, the younger sister of Lovepreet Kaur (21), who was believed to have slipped in the canal along with her friend Nisha (18). After two hours of sustained questioning, Sophia finally wilted and told the cops that the “entire incident had been cooked up”. She told the police that leave alone getting drowned, the girls had not even gone near the bridge and had just slipped into a waiting car. At one point of time during her questioning, Sophia said her sister and her friend had gone to Mumbai, “where they wanted to eke out a decent living”. However, the police felt it could be another diversionary tactic. SSP BS Virk has sent police teams to various cities, including Chandigarh. He said a case would be registered only after the girls were found. “As of now, no case can be made out because neither have the bodies been traced, nor have the girls surfaced,” he added. — TNS India in semis, Muguruza Wimbledon champ Skipper Mithali Raj hit her career’s sixth ton (109) as India crushed NZ by 186 runs to enter semifinals of Women’s World Cup in England on Saturday. Spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad was the wrecker-in-chief, claiming 5/15. REUTERS REPORT P23 Garbine Muguruza clinched her first Wimbledon title beating US’ Venus Williams 7-5 6-0 in the final on Saturday. AP/PTI REPORT P22 Pastor shot dead outside Ludhiana church Govt to withdraw cattle sale-purchase rules Nikhil Bhardwaj INDERJEET VERMA Tribune News Service Blood splattered outside the Ludhiana church where pastor Sultan Masih (inset) was shot dead. Ludhiana July 15 The pastor of a local church was shot dead by two assailants at Peerubanda Mohalla around 8.45 pm today. The bike-borne assailants fired multiple shots at the pastor, killing him on the spot. The deceased, Sultan Masih, sustained two bullet injuries in the chest and one in the head. Masih also runs a school for poor children inside the Temple of God church. He is sur- vived by his wife Sarabjit and sons — Alishah (26) and Hanok (18). Members of the community assembled outside the church and expressed anger at the attack. Police Commissioner RN Dhoke later visited the scene and urged them to maintain peace. Dhoke said CCTV cameras installed at the church captured the images of the assailants, but they could not be identified since it was dark. continued on page 19 Says notified rules ‘violate’ Article 14 by singling out cattle without rational nexus Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 15 The Centre is all set to withdraw the “controversial” rules on prevention of cruelty to animals with admission at the top echelons that the “rules are legally suspect”. Following the Supreme Court order staying implementation of the Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock market) Rules 2016, it Today’s issue consists of 36 pages, including eight-page Spectrum and four-page Bathinda Tribune. was concluded after an interministerial consultation that the notified rules “violate Article 14 for having singled out cattle as a species that requires particular protection without rational nexus”. A senior official said besides examination of several representations, the government had completed the legal consultations. “The government had maintained it would be open to suggestions,” he said. Quoting the inter-ministerial consultation paper, the official said: “The rules were legally suspect on the ground that these mandated the traders to furnish a declaration that cattle has not been brought to the market for sale for slaughter, which is ultra vires. In fact, it is beyond the scope of the parent Act — Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which does not prohibit slaughter. Besides, they infringe on the competence of state governments.” Highlighting the disquiet among the top leadership on account of rampaging cow vigilantes, the official said the Centre had also accepted the argument that “evidences would be needed to show why particular kind of animals were useful and therefore not allowed for slaughter”. The Centre would come up with a fresh set of clauses.
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