09082017-JTR-01.qxd 8/9/2017 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 9 AUGUST 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Dharnas cause traffic jam ‘Ah nahi hona chahida si’ What a scary moment! Two dharnas were held here on Tuesday afternoon, one by truck operators, the other by BSP. P2 A happy family in Sargodha was jolted out of their peace by Partition. P3 Padma Lakshmi testifies that Teamsters ‘threatened’ her. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 31°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.11 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.45 AM KS Pannu to re-probe role of DSP Benipal former Akali MLA Sarabjit Makkar, whose nephew Ram Jalandhar, August 8 Simran Singh Makkar, is the More than two years after the main accused in the case. role of supervisory officer The incident dates back to and then ACP April 21, 2011. Harpreet Singh The orders to Benipal in the this effect were Gurkirat Singh issued on August 4 Sekhon, alias Gikki, by officiating murder came in Additional Chief dock for appearing Secretary, Home in court and deposAffairs, MS Sanding against the proshu. Pannu, who is GIKKI ecution story, the MURDER CASE said to be proceedmatter has been reing on ex-India opened now. leave, has reportedly asked A fresh inquiry has been Benipal through DGP Punmarked against him with IAS jab and Jalandhar Police officer Kahan Singh Pannu, Commissioner to appear which is surely set to rattle before him on August 29. Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Another ATM looting; ~2.23 lakh gone The government has deputed Gurtej Singh, a superintendent from the office of the DGP to assist Pannu in , the case. After Benipal had appeared as defence witness and cast aspersions on the prosecution story in May 2015 in the Gurdaspur court where the trial had been shifted, DA (Legal) Jalandhar had brought the matter to the notice of senior police officials. He had then been issued chargesheet on December 18, 2015. Benipal, who is now SP, had then submitted his reply on February 8, 2016. The government had then marked an inquiry in KS Pannu the case with retired Additional District and Sessions Judge Amarjit Singh Katari. The inquiry report- ed submitted by him on July 8, 2016, had exonerated the PPS officer of the accusations against him and his file had been closed by the police (then under Akali rule) within 20 days. However, Gikki’s father Rajbir Singh Sekhon had sought a re-inquiry into the matter. He wrote, “Inspector Sakattar Singh had deposed in the court regarding the recovery of the revolver of the accused used in the crime from the house of the accused Ram Simran Singh Makkar on April 25, 2011. But ACP Model Town Benipal deposed in the court that the weapon used in the Call of duty PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 8 A few days after the Kapurthala police claimed to have arrested three gangsters involved looting 34 ATMs across Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh over the past four years, another incident came to light where miscreants targeted an ATM in Bhogpur, near here. The looters took away Rs 2.23 lakh from an ATM of Punjab and Sind Bank. The ATM was reportedly targeted at around 3 am on Monday and the incident came to light after a safai karamchari came to the bank to clean it and found the machine broken. He called the bank manager after which the police was informed. The police said the accused broke the ATM using gascutters. It was reported that the bank’s ATM was lying out of service and there was no security guard outside the premises. SHO Bhogpur Surjit Singh said the CCTV was lying dysfunctional and they came to know about the incident in the morning. A case under Section 457 of the IPC has been registered against unknown persons. crime was handed over to him at his house on April 24, 2011, by the relatives of the accused. The motive was to weaken the police story, spoil the prosecution case and give benefit for acquittal to the accused....Even in the final judgment, District and Sessions Judge Gurdaspur, SK Garg, mentioned that the role and the conduct of Harpreet Singh Benipal was not appreciated and duly condemned.” Even senior police officials of Benipal had then condemned his role, as his statements and those of Sakattar Singh remained contradictory. Now, braid-chopping incident reported in city Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service ACP Deepika Singh , who is to lead the I-Day parade, takes part in rehearsals at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium in Jalandhar on Tuesday. House of Shiv Sena leader burgled lakh from the house. The police have registered a case. In another theft, goods worth Rs 50,000 were reportedly stolen from the house of Surinder Singh in New Adarsh Nagar here on Monday night. The police have registered a case. — OC phagwara, August 8 The house of Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Palta was reportedly burgled in Phagwara late on Monday night. The burglars entered the house after breaking locks of the house and took away gold ornaments worth Rs 2 Rural police nab 2 gangsters Son of ex-serviceman among two arrested, both POs Tribune News Service 2 minors missing Two minors Manpreet (10) and Kulbir (10) have been reportedly missing under mysterious circumstances from nearby Jamalpur village since Tuesday morning. Both had gone outside from their houses to play around 2 pm, but did not return. The police have registered a case. — OC PHAGWARA: Jalandhar, August 8 In yet another incident of braid cutting in Punjab, a woman staying in Tagore Nagar here today claimed that her tresses were “mysteriously” cut while she was taking afternoon nap at her house. Fortytwo-year-old Raj Rani, the victim, said she was sleeping on the first floor of her house and her son Sahil had gone down to take bath. Suddenly, she saw a shadow over her and lost consciousness. “When I got up, I saw my son and other family members shouting loudly and showing me my tresses lying nearby,” said Raj Rani. Even her family members seemed to be clueless about the incident. They were even gripped by superstitious thoughts. According to Raj Rani’s sister-in-law Suman, she too felt the same “evil wind” encircling her room at around 5 am the same day but was saved miraculously. “I was sleeping in my room when I suddenly felt some heaviness in the air and started feeling dizzy. However, the ‘wind’ passed by and I was saved miraculously,” claimed Suman. The victim shows her cut hair in Jalandhar on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH A headache for cops The incidents are proving to be a headache for the police as well as they are yet to ascertain the IPC sections under which they can lodge an FIR pertaining to such cases. According to SHO Sukhbir Singh, the police though have filed a formal complaint and begun investigation in the matter DEO office site restored to Central govt Mutation revised after inquiry conducted by Additional Deputy Commissioner Deepkamal Kaur Jalandhar, August 8 The Jalandhar Rural police today arrested two accused allegedly involved in a murder case in Adampur. Ranjeet Singh, alias Raja (31), and Kamaljeet Singh, alias Kamal (30), were arrested with two pistols, six cartridges and heroin. The police said the two were gangsters and were involved in robberies, snatching and drug peddling. Ranjeet Singh, who had done a job in Sonalika Company in Hoshiarpur, had allegedly brutally murdered one Deepa of Kapurthala after striking a deal worth Rs 12-13 lakh with Kala Mama from the same district. He was declared a proclaimed offender in seven cases. The other gangster had robbed Rs 2 lakh, along with currency of dollars, pounds and euros and a laptop, from Bhogpur. He was also Tribune News Service The accused in police custody in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH involved in the smuggling of heroin in Nangal and Zirakpur. Son of ex-servicemen, a proclaimed offender: Kamaljeet Singh’s father is an exserviceman from the Army and his mother is a teacher. A case under the SC/ST Act is already registered against him in which he is a proclaimed offender. He had remained in Italy from 2010 to 2016. Both Kamaljeet and Ranjeet were known to each other and would often meet at a dera situated in Adampur. A case had been registered against him under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act for the smuggling of heroin in which he remained in jail for three months and was later released on bail. Apart from it, two accused involved in drug peddling, Manpreet Singh, alias Money (23), and Mandeep Singh (34), were arrested from Kartarpur. A total of 70 gm of heroin was recovered from their possession. She, however, said that as the as the staircase to the first floor goes from inside the house, it was not possible that someone had come from outside to cut Raj Rani’s hair. “Also, as the house is not connected to other houses through roofs, it is not possible that someone had come from the rooftop to do the act.” Raj Rani said while she, along with her family, was hearing about the braid-cutting incidents for the past many days, she did not believe these to be true. She could not imagine that she too would become a victim of the same act. The first braid-cutting incident was reported in Rajasthan, followed by Haryana and Delhi. Recently, similar incidents were reported in many parts of Punjab, including Muktsar, Bathinda, Malout and Ludhiana. The incidents are, meanwhile, proving to be a headache for the police as well as they are yet to ascertain the IPC sections under which they can lodge an FIR pertaining to such cases. According to area SHO Sukhbir Singh, the police though have filed a formal complaint and begun investigation in the matter. Jalandhar, August 8 Timely inquiry sought by the District Education Officer (Secondary) has helped the administration restore 5 kanal 14 marlas of her office land in the Mission Compound area at Basti Guzan with the Central government in Jalandhar. The market value of the land is well above Rs 5 crore. After an inquiry was marked by DC Varinder Kumar Sharma to ADC (G) Gurmeet Singh Multani, it came to light that the Revenue Department staff, including the patwari and tehsildar, had erroneously done five mutations in the name of heirs of one family (whose power of attorney has been claiming ownership on the basis of an allotment done 60 years ago) on a single day on June 23, that too without consulting senior admin- c m y b The DEO office in Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH istration officials. Prior to this, the land with khasra number 279/70 was in the name of the Central government in the revenue records. After the inquiry, another startling fact has come to light that there is no original allotment letter even with the claimants. Further, the photostat copy of the allotment let- ter that they have does not bear any khasra number, making it completely invalid. Noting all these points, the administration (in a clear bid to save the Revenue Department staff) asked the Tehsildar, Jalandhar-2, Harminder Singh, to review own orders. After this, a fresh mutation has been done to rectify the mistakes and bring the land again in the name of the Central government. Suspecting that a land mafia could be involved in the entire game, the District Education Officer (Secondary) Neelam Kumari had brought the matter to the notice of the DC on June 22. She had produced evidence to show that the land had been brought in the name of one Tarlochan Kaur, who is said to be based in the UK. She is the daughter-in-law of the original claimant Wazir Kaur, who had reportedly got it allotted on March 18, 1957, the same year when the DEO office moved in this building. Tarlochan Kaur Virdi, whose date of birth is November 20, 1939, had given the power of attorney from the UK to Jasjit Singh, a resident of Link Road here, in 2015. A monthly rent of Rs 814 was being passed onto Jasjit Singh since 2014 by the DEO office staff. The office of the DEO claims that it does not now have any proof of Tarlochan Kaur being alive. Even the POA did not bear the correct khasra number, making the matter even more dicey. DC Varinder Kumar Sharma said the DEO office has been asked not to pay any rent further to the attorney holder.
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