29072017-btd-01.qxd 7/28/2017 11:30 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 29 JULY 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Shortage of staff Asawari makes a comeback A script to remember Railway Pensioners’ Welfare Men’s Association has written a letter to Union Railway Minister. P2 Asawari Joshi, who plays Savitri, says, “I feel really happy to be back on SAB. Savitri is a very interesting character.” Raees -fame scriptwriter Niraj Shukla writes for the small screen now. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.26 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.48 AM Family demands arrest of accused Murder of youth:Protesters block road, accuse police of trying to shield culprits Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 28 Family members of the youth, who was murdered at Maur Khurd village more than 20 days ago, today blocked the Bathinda-Mansa road as a mark of protest against police inaction. The protesters demanded the arrest of the accused. They accused the police of trying to shield the culprits, who are affluent people. Meanwhile, the traffic on the road had to be diverted to the nearby villages. Buta Singh, a resident of Kotli Khurd, who used to work as a watchman at a private sheller had gone missing on July 6. His body was recovered from the premises of the sheller on July 8. Based on the statement given by the deceased’s wife, the police had registered a case against three persons, including the owners of the Family members of the youth, who was found murdered at Maur Khurd village, block the BathindaMansa road on Friday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH rice sheller. AAP MLA from Maur, Jagdev Singh Kamalu, also reached the protest venue and assured the protesters that justice would prevail. Accusing the police of tormenting the family members of the deceased in the name of interrogation, Kamalu said although the government in the state had changed, the law and order condition was still the same. The family members of the deceased were accompanied by residents of the village and members of various organisations. The protesters said the police had held a meeting with the family members a week ago and had promised that the accused would be arrested by July 27. Brothers of the deceased, Malkit Khan, Sandeep Khan and Jeewan Khan alleged that by the slow pace of inquiry into the matter, it was clear that police were trying to save the owners of the sheller and another person who had been named by the deceased’s wife in her statement. Maur DSP Surinder Kumar refuted the allegations and said the police had already begun the inquest proceedings into the case on the basis of the statements given by the family members of the deceased. He said the accused would be arrested soon. Lawyers strike work against professional tax Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 28 The District Bar Association today observed a strike against the state government’s plan to implement professional tax on lawyers. District Bar Association president Ranjit Singh Jalal said a meeting of all district bar associations was held recently in which it was unanimously decided to observe a strike on July 28 across the state. It was decided that advocates would not work today, he added. Jalal said if the state government didn’t revoke its decision to impose professional tax then they would intensify their protest. It has been learnt that the state government is planning to introduce professional tax on lawyers and doctors, a levy on liquor, additional electricity duty, increase in motor vehicle and entertainment tax. Toilet workers demand pending salaries P2 ■ Toilets workers on Friday observed a strike against the state government and Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) to demand their pending salaries at the civic body’s office. Sanitation Workers Union leader Veerbhan alleged that the workers worked under Deva Swimming Institute, which had been given the contract of maintaining toilets in the city. However, they have not been paid salaries for the last three months while the MCB has paid the company, he added. Revenue Dept staff resent DC’s conduct Sleep-well Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 28 Staff members of the District Revenue Department today voiced their concern over the “unsavoury behaviour of the Bathinda Deputy Commissioner towards them”. They requested the Deputy Commissioner to change his behaviour towards them and threatened that if the same continued, they would go on mass leave from August 2. The officers submitted a letter of their demands at the office of the Deputy Commissioner. They also sent copies of the letter to the office of the Chief Minister. During a three-hour meeting, the Revenue Department officials said during a monthly review meeting convened by Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra recently, the latter reprimanded them over some pending works. They said during the past few weeks, the Deputy Com- Submit letter of demands ■ The employees requested the Deputy Commissioner to change his behaviour towards them and threatened that if the same continued, they would go on mass leave from August 2. ■ The officers submitted a letter of their demands at the office of the Deputy Commissioner. They also sent copies of the letter to the office of the Chief Minister. ■ During a three-hour meeting, the Revenue Department officials said during a monthly review meeting convened by Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra recently, the latter reprimanded them over some pending works. ■ They said during the past few weeks, the Deputy Commissioner had assigned the department staff works not related to the department such as verification of beneficiaries of the Atta-Dal Scheme, other social welfare schemes and review of developmental works going on in different blocks of the district. . missioner had assigned the department staff works not related to the department such as verification of beneficiaries of the Atta-Dal Scheme, other social welfare schemes and review of developmental works going on in different blocks of the district. The officials said due to these jobs, the work of their own department was getting delayed. “Without complaining, we took up the non-departmental work, which was marked to us and also completed it. We submitted a report to the department concerned. However, due to our engagement in other work, the work of our department, particularly settling the court cases, could not be completed. We were pulled up in front of officials of other departments for no mistake of ours. His behavior was rude,” the officials said. They added that the Deputy Commissioner didn’t entertain their demand for more staff members and told them to manage with the strength they had. “Even during recent transfers, the officials who were transferred were not even asked to give their preferences of suggestions. Whatever little staff are left with the department are also called for non-departmental work even on gazetted holidays and festivals,” they said. They said they were ready to do work that was not related to their department if ordered by the DC but they would not tolerate admonition in public for no fault. The Deputy Commissioner said he had not received any letter from the protesting officials. He assured that in case there was something that the Revenue Department officials didn’t like during the meeting, he would talk to them and resolve the issue. A youth steals a nap on a cart loaded with fodder in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR SNIPPETS Leakage in pipeline hits water supply Gang involved in Two arrested for fraud Tribune News Service Bathinda: The police have booked three persons in two cases of fraud registered at the Civil Lines and Sangat police stations, respectively. The Sangat police have arrested two persons. In the first case, Janak Singh, a resident of Guru Teg Bahadar Nagar, Bathinda, lodged a complaint, stating that he entered into an agreement of land with Rupinder Singh, a resident the Ajit road area, Bathinda. He said he had deposited Rs 26 lakhs in the account of the accused to purchase land. After the deal took place, Janak Singh, would become the owner of 75 per cent of the land. But accused Rupinder Singh made duplicate papers to dupe him, Janak Singh said. After inquiry, the Civil Lines police have registered a case against Rupinder Singh under Sections 419, 420 and 467 of the IPC. Investigating officer Jagseer Singh said the accused would be held soon. The Sangat police have arrested two persons and registered a case on the basis of a complaint by inspector Jaskaran Singh against Somveer Singh, a resident of Haryana, and another person under Section 420 of the IPC. Both of them allegedly sold duplicate spray to farmers. The accused were arrested from Kotli Sabo village. TNS Six booked for assault Bathinda: The Maur police have booked six persons for assaulting a person and his sons at Ghuman Kalan village over some dispute. A case has been registered under Sections 324, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC. In a complaint lodged by Chamkaur Singh, it has been alleged that Darshan Singh, Des Raj, Bant Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Hansa Singh and Harbhajan Singh, residents of Ghuman Kalan village, assaulted him and his sons on July 25. Investigating officer ASI Jageer Singh said the accused would be held soon. TNS Bathinda, July 28 Along with posing a threat to the ongoing construction of flyover at Rose Garden Chowk, leakage in water pipe has hit the water supply in many areas, including Teen Koni, Vishal Nagar, Namdev Nagar and Dhir Colony for the past two days. According to information, the problem of shortage of water will remain till July 30. A number of residents alleged that without any intimation, the authorities had discontinued water supply. Kulwant Singh, a resident of Teen Koni, said, “The authorities concerned should intimate the public about the reasons due to which the water supply was hit so that the public can be prepared.” Harjot Kaur, a resident of Vishal Nagar, said, “As a housewife, it’s difficult to deal with the shortage of water at home.” Central Works SDO Hamesh Mittal said, “We had intimated about the leakage to the Water preparing fake documents busted Tribune News Service A leakage in a water pipe at the ongoing construction site of flyover at Rose Garden Chowk has affected water supply in Bathinda. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Supply and Sewerage Department in the beginning of the flyover construction work but the problem has not been addressed till date.” “We have also intimated Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra about the leakage,” he added. c m y b Triveni company DGM VV Shiwangie admitted that due to the leakage in water pipe at Rose Garden Chowk, residents were facing problems. “But we are going to provide water through tankers to the affected areas, which are facing shortage,” the DGM said. The problem will take some time because of some technical issues, he added. Surender Raga, XEN, Water Supply Department, said, “We have intimated the Triveni company repeatedly but the problem has not been resolved.” Bathinda, July 28 The CIA-2 wing of the Bathinda police have busted a gang whose members were allegedly involved in making duplicate documents, including fitness certificates, online receipts with duplicate stamps of DTO office Bathinda and Mansa, driving licences. The gang had been active for the past one year in the district. The leader of the gang operated his work from the District Courts Complex. Main accused Manpreet Singh, a resident of the Ajit road area, has been arrested. The second accused, Chanan Singh, a city resident and uncle of Manpreet Singh, is absconding. The third accused is from the Transport Department and police will disclose his name after his arrest. A case has been registered at the Civil Lines police station under Sections 419, 420, 465, 467,471, 472, 468 and 120B of the IPC. Accused Manpreet Singh was produced in the court. He has been sent on two-day police remand. Addressing mediapersons, Tarjinder Singh, incharge of the CIA-2 wing, said today, a team led by sub-inspector Gurinder Singh got a tip-off that Manpreet Singh, who worked as computer typist at the District Courts Complex, had made duplicate documents of the Transport Department with duplicate forms and stamps. The CIA-2 team arrested Manpreet Singh from Children’s Park, Bathinda, he added. Continued on page 2
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