31072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/31/2017 1:23 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, july 31, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 105 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd 1,500-kg heroin seized, biggest ever, off Gujarat Narcotics worth ~3,500 cr in vessel from Iran Manas Dasgupta Ahmedabad, July 30 In the largest single drug haul to date, the Coast Guard has seized about 1,500-kg heroin, valued at over Rs 3,500 crore, from a foreign ship off Porbandar along the Gujarat coast. An official spokesman for the Ministry of Defence today said the ship — “Henry Panama” — was coming from Iran and was destined for the Alang ship-breaking yard in Bhavnagar district for dismantling. The Coast Guard had intelligence inputs that the ship on its last journey was carrying a huge amount of narcotics for delivery in India. The input was received on July 25, after which the Coast Guard mounted a vigil on foreign ships headed to the Gujarat coast. Coast Guard ship “Samudra Pavak” intercepted the foreign merchant vessel in the high seas and seized the drug. The bags containing heroin were concealed in a horizontal pipe on top of “Henry Panama”. Two other ships were checked before the seizure was made in the merchant vessel. The eight crew members, all Indians, allegedly No deadline extension for tax returns New Delhi, July 30 The last date for filing income tax returns (ITRs) for the financial year 2016-17 would not be extended beyond tomorrow’s deadline, a top official said today. “The last date for filing ITRs remains July 31. There are no plans to extend this deadline. The department has already received over two crore returns electronically. The department requests taxpayers to file their return in time,” the official said. On reports of the e-filing website facing some glitches, the official said no major glitches had been reported with http://incometaxindiaefiling.go v.in, barring a few times when the portal was “interrupted for maintenance”. The linking of Aadhaar number with PAN has been made mandatory for filing of ITR, beginning July 1. — PTI The packets of heroin seized from a ship on Sunday. PTI WAS BOUND FOR SHIP-BREAKING YARD ■ ‘Henry Panama’ was headed for Bhavnagar yard for dismantling ■ Bags containing heroin were concealed in a horizontal pipe ■ The eight-member Indian crew has been arrested had knowledge about the drugs and were arrested. The authorities were now trying to identify those behind procuring such a huge consignment of drugs from Iran. “A joint investigation by the Coast Guard, Intelligence Bureau, Gujarat Police, Customs, Navy and other agencies has begun,” the spokesperson said. China’s army can defeat any invader: Xi Beijing, July 30 Chinese President Xi Jinping today said the People’s Liberation Army is capable of vanquishing “all invading enemies” and praised its combat readiness as he reviewed a massive military parade to mark the 90th founding anniversary of the world’s largest armed force. Dressed in camouflage, Xi inspected 12,000 troops in various formations from an open-top military jeep at the parade held in Zhurihe — Asia’s largest military training centre in the middle of a desert in Inner Mongolia. Over 100 fighter jets flew overhead and almost 600 types of weaponry were on display on the occasion. Xi said the PLA should strictly follow the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China and “march to wherever the party points to”. While there was no reference in his speech to over a month-long India-China military standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim section, his remarks came in the midst of a shrill official media campaign and assertions by the foreign and defence ministries here accusing Indian troops of trespassing into Chinese territory at Doklam. A spokesman said Zhurihe was selected to highlight PLA’s combat readiness, but stressed war-zone trainings was long scheduled. — PTI Edit: China-India standoff Geelani’s Jammu aide quizzed by NIAover funds from Pak Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Jammu, July 30 Tightening its noose on separatists, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today picked another Hurriyat leader, Devinder Singh Behl, from his house in Bakshi Nagar, Jammu. One of the few non-Muslim separatist leaders, he was detained for over four hours. Behl is chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF), a constituent of the Hurriyat Conference (Geelani group) and also a member of the Hurriyat’s legal cell. He has been attending the funerals of militants across the Valley, raising anti-India slogans. NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal said, “We conducted searches at the residence and office of Devinder Singh Devinder Singh Behl being taken from his Jammu house. Behl, chairman, JKSPF dur, ing which the team seized four cellphones, a tablet, incriminating documents and financial papers.” He said they were probing his role as a courier as he was suspected to be routing funds from Pakistan-based handlers. On July 24, the NIA, while on a hawala money trail, had arrested separatist leaders from Kashmir, including the son-in-law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Altaf Fantosh, Nayeem Khan, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah (Shahid-ul Islam), Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar (Bitta Karate) and Ayaz Akber. Eyewitnesses said the NIA team reached Behl’s house at 1.30 pm with a team of more than 20 officials headed by a DIG-rank official. Soon, people started gathering outside, raising slogans against Behl and the separatists. Sensing trouble, the NIA took the help of the police and CRPF commandos (Cobra unit), who safely escorted Behl to a vehicle. “We have seen several Hurriyat leaders coming to his house. The government must take stern action against him and other separatists for fomenting trouble,” said Varun Sahni, a former spy who spent years in a Pakistani jail and whose house is only a few metres away from that of Behl’s. Infant’s body dumped Braid choppers now with ‘save the girl’ note strike in Palwal too Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 30 In a bizarre incident, the body of a year-old girl was found dumped in a drain on the outskirts of Bhattu Kalan village of Fatehabad on Saturday evening, with a note — having the words “Save the Girl” in English — attached to an earthern pot nearby. A passerby, Roshan Lal, noticed the body last evening near the railway crossing on the Chopta road at Bhattu Kalan. The police said prima facie it could not be ascertained whether the child was dumped after being killed or drowned in the sewage. There were no external injuries on the body. A team of the crime wing, led by Joginder Singh, vis- ited the scene. “The victim has not been identified so far. We have sent the body to the Fatehabad hospital for a post-mortem and the report is likely to be received by tomorrow,” said Jai Bhagwan, SHO of Bhattu Police Station. The SHO said the viscera would be sent for a DNA analysis to the Forensic Science Lab, Madhuban (Karnal). No missing person’s report of a girl child had been filed in the district, nor had anyone approached the police to claim the body so far, the officer said. The police have shared the girl’s pictures with police stations in neighbouring Rajasthan to ensure no such missing person’s report had been filed there, he said. Bijender Ahlawat Tribune News Service Palwal, July 30 After Mewat, Mahendragarh and Rewari districts, a gang targeting women with braids now seems to have struck in Hathin subdivision of Palwal district, with five such cases being reported in the past 48 hours. This even as the local authorities appealed to the people not to pay heed to such “rumours”. A resident of Sarai village claimed, “My relative Asha (31) and her mother-in-law Lajja (55) were shocked to find their chopped braids lying on the floor on Saturday morning. They fell unconscious.” He said the incident triggered panic in the neighbourhood. Rahisan (42), wife of Jubair Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. of Lakhnaka village, too was reported to have fainted after discovering her braid had been chopped off while she was asleep. Similar reports were reported from Raniyala Khurd and Mahluk villages in the district. Suresh Kumar Chahal, SDM, Palwal, said no formal complaint has been lodged with either the police or the district administration. He said he had asked the Public Relations Department to carry out an awareness drive in rural areas to “dispel such rumours”. Meanwhile, the first police case has been registered in Ferozpur-Jhirka on the complaint of Anjum of Saakras village. The victim’s hair samples have been sent to a lab. /thetribunechd
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