23022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/23/2018 1:23 AM Page 1 FRIDAY | 23 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Sports tourney Head-ing for trouble Kanika heads to Milan Days related to freedom fighters should be celebrated, says Deputy Commissioner P2 At the Milan fashion week, models walked the ramp donning turbans. P3 Not many people know that singer Kanika Kapoor was a part of fashion industry. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 11°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.16 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.55 AM Rights panel orders formation of SIT How the case unfolded CAMBRIDGE CASE Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 22 The Chairman of the State Child Rights Commission, Sukesh Kalia, today ordered the formation of a special investigation team (SIT) to look into the attempted suicide by the 15year-old student of Cambridge International School, Jalandhar, after her parents recently expressed doubts that she might have been driven to suicide by a boy of the same school. While the commission today visited the girl at the hospital, its members also met the school authorities and carried out inquiry into the status of the case from the district police. The 15-year-old student had fallen from the fourth floor of the school, badly injuring her spinal cord and receiving multiple fractures in her limbs. Ever since she regained consciousness recently, after being comatose for over a month, she had alleged that the incident happened after a boy — a Class XI student — from her own school, showed her an obscene picture of her on his mobile. The parents of the girl have sought action against the students of Class XI who called her to the fourth floor. The police had registered an FIR ■ Class IX standard students falls from the fourth floor of the school on January 10 ■ The incident was earlier termed a suicide case, but after the girl came to senses about a week ago, the abetment to suicide angle surfaced ■ Parents held a conference, alleging the girl had been shown an obscene photograph by a boy who called her to the fourth floor of the school building on the fateful day minutes before the incident ■ Police lodge an FIR against two senior boys in the division No. 7 police station under Sections 307 of the IPC, 354-D of the IPC, 67 of the IT Act and 12 POSCO Act on February 17 ■ A day later, police visit homes of Chairman of the Punjab State Child Rights Commission Sukesh Kalia during a visit to Jalandhar to the persons named in the FIR for investigation. Smart phones and investigate the alleged attempted suicide by a schoolgirl. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH relevant evidence seized by police Unanswered questions ■ Child Rights Commission orders The greatest mystery in the case remains on fall. Also, there is still no trace of the elusive investigation into the case by a two key issues – whether the showing of footage the parents have been citing they SIT of senior police officials picture to the girl was the actual trigger for her haven’t been shown in this regard. However, the parents have time and again been claiming that the partial CCTV footage released by the school is incomplete evidence and have been demanding more footage from the other camera installed on the same floor, in which, they said better visuals of the incident must have been captured. Speaking to the press after a visit to the hospital and marathon meetings with the parents, the police and school officials, the Child Right Commission Chairman Sukesh Kalia said, “We have talked to the police, parents and the principal. I’ve talked to the commissioner as well. We have directed an SIT to be formed of senior officials so that the merits and facts of the case are brought to the fore.” “I have also asked the school management to bear all medical expenses of the girl, even after she is discharged and taken home. Nor will the girl be discharged without the will of the parents,” he added. Speaking on whether the commission is probing into the possible lapses by the school in ensuring security, Kalia said, “We are still investigating. The SIT will look into the issue. In fact, we YouTuber goes places with his videos Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 21 Hey, Hello, Hi, Whatsup.... These are the words that almost every youth of the city hears nowadays. And not anyone else but a city lad makes them hear these words, as according to some of the listeners, these give them the positive vibes that nothing else would have done that. And when it’s the trend of theYouTube and digital media, how can the city be left behind? One person behind spreading these happy, go-good RAJAT SHARMA vibes is Rajat Sharma, also popularly known as ‘The Rajat code’, ‘A Decoder’, ‘Coder’ among his viewers and followers on the YouTube and other social media plat- forms. Rajat (24), a city-based budding YouTuber, has successfully broken the monotony of opting for a mainstream career. This YouTuber has set an example that no matter what happens, one should always follow what one’s truly believes in and success will follow. Rajat has given a message that to achieve something, it’s not necessary to move to mega cities. His videos are a mix of comedy, entertainment, motivation, pranks, satire, inspiration that his viewers watch keenly to pass their time. Anmol Kumar, who regularly watches his videos and is tech-savvy, said, “Ever since he has become the part of Decoder family by subscribing to ‘The Rajat Code’, he starts to believe that there is no scope for complexities once you believe in yourself and become the best version of yourself.” Rajat, who graduated in BCom, said, “Being an active performer and a speaker, studies never excited me and consciously or unconsciously Continued on page 2 wanted to visit the school as well but didn’t because we did not want students to suffer. I don’t want other students to be affected. In the investigation, if they are found at fault, we will initiate action against them.” Speaking on the parents’ demand for additional CCTV footage, he said, “I have seen the CCTV footage. Based on that, the investigation so far has been shaped. However, if Travel agents’ offices checked Kapurthala, February 22 SDM Dr Nayan Bhullar today conducted surprise checks on various travel agents in the town. She conducted raids at Simar Enterprises, Intelligensia Overseas Solutions, Guru Kirpa International, Singh Online Service, Information Point etc and checked their documents. She appealed to all ticketing, visa, IELTS centres to strictly follow the rules laid down by the government. She said stringent action would be taken against the violators. TNS Bonded labourers hold dharna against Admn Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 22 Labourers and bonded labourers, who were working at a potato farm, held a dharna in front of the DC’s residence here today, alleging that the district administration had failed to act against those responsible for forcing them to pursue bonded labour. The workers at a potato farm in Ball Kohna, Khiwa, held the dharna, saying the civil and police administration had failed to pursue their duties. Following a meeting with the ADC on the issue, the workers held a dharna in front of the DC’s house. Leaders of labourers said as many as 57 labourers from Bihar and Nepal – after having been given a marginal advance – were being made to work at the potato farms at Ball Kohna and Khiwa without any wages for the past there years. They said the labourers Leaders of labourers said as many as 57 labourers from Bihar and Nepal – after having been given a marginal advance – were being made to work at the potato farms at Ball Kohna and Khiwa without any wages for the past three years Members of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, along with bonded labourers, stage a dharna outside the DC office in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH were only being given some food and a little money for all the work they have been doing. They said when labourers demanded their wages, the owner of the farm along with some supervisors, denied them their dues and their belongings were also misplaced by the farm administrators along with their associates. They said despite complaints to the administration regarding bonded and child labour, no action had been initiated. They said while the administration woke up and got labourers rescued from the farm after about a week of a complaint, the administra- tion was dilly-dallying on acting strict against those responsible and the naib tehsildar and labour inspector were passing the buck on action against them. They said while on the one hand their belongings were misplaced, on the other, despite bringing them to the city in the night, no arrange- c m y b ments for their food and stay had been made anywhere. They said the hapless labourers had been provided a roof by the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall authorities at the moment. They said the administration had failed to lodge an FIR in a case, which was a clear case of bonded labour and atrocities against Dalits. They said no action had been taken against anyone for misplacing their belongings. They termed the approach taken by the Nakodar SDM on the issue as “non serious”. They said their struggle would be intensified if the administration did not take quick action on the issue. there is any additional footage of the CCTV, maybe another angle or a camera in another direction, it is the job of the SIT to look into the issue deeply. Anything further on the issue can only be commented after due investigation.” Responding to allegations that parents were under pressure in the case, Kalia said, “There is no such pressure on them. I’ve talked to them separately and discussed each and every point with them, asking them their point of view on the case.” Speaking on what is being done to ascertain if it’s actually a matter of abetment to suicide, Kalia said, “The SIT shall prepare a report on its findings. They will investigate this. If need be, I’ll come again. Our concern is only that justice will be delivered looking into the due facts and merits of the case.” SHO police station number 7 Onkar Singh, ADCP Suderviszhi, Deepa Dogra Academic Director of the school and principal Kiranjit Dhillon, Deputy Director, Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, were present during the investigations. While the school director and principal came in quite late in the day, when questioned on the missing CCTV footage, academic director Deepa Dogra refused to comment, terming the matter being under legal scrutiny. NIT Registrar Jalandhar: Alumnus of the IIM Bangalore Sushendra Kumar Misra has joined NIT, Jalandhar, as its Registrar. P2 Non-payment of salaries: Staff fume Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 22 Posing a tough challenge to the ongoing Swachh Bharat Sarvekshan in the city, over 4,000 employees of the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) have threatened to go on strike if their salaries were not released within two days. “We will not collect or lift any garbage. Also, we will not clean any sewerage. The administrative staff too has joined us in the protest as they too did not get any salary this month,” said Chandan Grewal, president of Punjab Safai Karamchari Union Jalandhar. The union has threatened to announce the strike after having a tussle with the Congress MLA Pargat Singh and Bawa Henry on Wednesday. The staff rounded them outside the Mayor’s office and demanded to get their salaries released. Though officials have claimed that the salaries will be released by March 5, the employees have refused to take the claim as earlier also the government failed to release their salaries. MLA Pargat Singh is ‘Dal Badlu’: MC union workers Slamming Pargat Singh, Congress MLA from cantonment who had quit Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to join congress and calling him a turncoat, the union workers of the MCJ who held protest against city MLAs against non-payment of salaries called former a ‘Dal Badlu’ ( one who changes party for his or her own interest). “Pargat Singh earlier was Continued on page 2
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