24022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/24/2018 12:48 AM Page 1 SATURDAY | 24 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Hawk Riders Club In full bloom All about the look Riders taking part in ‘Chardi Kalan’ trip from Jalandhar all set for adventure. P2 On the inaugural day of the annual Rose Festival, people add to the hues with their presence. P3 Surbhi Chandna, who looked glamorous in Ishqbaaaz, will be seen in a starkly contrasting avatar. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 12°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.17 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6.54 AM Bonded labourers: Book owners, demand protesting workers Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 23 The 57 bonded labourers, including child workers, rescued from an agricultural farm at Nakodar, have alleged that the administration is siding with the wealthy owners of the farm where they were employed and not registering an FIR against the owners of the farm where they were employed. PMU Punjab state president Tarsem Peter condemned the district administration for rather initiating action against the labourers and booking them under Sections 188 and 283 of the IPC. He called upon labourers from across the village to join the dharna against the Bonded labourers as well as activists of the PMU hold a dharna at the DC office in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH administration. Even as activists of the PMU as well as bonded labourers rescued from farms at Bal Kohna and Khiwa villages here continued their fourth day dharna at the DC office for inaction against the owners of the farm for employing them, they demanded action against the farm owners, failing which the dharna would be intensified. The labourers have been left to roam on the streets on their own without any action being taken against the owners of the farm where they were being employed as bonded labourers. SDM Nakodar Amrit Singh was not available for comments as he was on leave. They alleged that rather than providing justice for the bonded labourers, the SDM, who had called them to his office, could not ensure any action against their employers. They alleged that since the owner of the potato farm was a big landowner, no action was being initiated in the case. They said while the Labour Department might have issued challans for the violation of labour laws to the owners of the farm, no further action was being taken in the case, even though as per the statements of the 57 bonded labourers, recorded by the School bus overturns, eight students among 12 injured police, FIRs should be registered as per the law for the bonded labour and Dalit atrocities. They alleged that neither had they been provided their wages for the past three years, nor had the belongings of the labourers, which were misplaced by the farm owners, been made available to them despite over a week of the incident. They said as the first dharna in this regard, effigies of the farm owners as well as SDM, Nakodar, would be burnt on February 25. On the occasion, PMU activists Tarsem Peter, Hans Raj Pabwan, secretary Kashmir Singh Ghugshore, Veer Kumar, Iqbal Singh, among others, addressed the dharna. Father, son among 5 nabbed for smuggling Gang of thieves busted, four held Hoshiarpur: The district police have nabbed five smugglers including a fatherson duo and recovered large quantities of poppy husk and liquor. Bullowal police on a secret tip-off stopped a car during the blockade laid at Rehsiwal village and recovered 3 kg of poppy husk. Four persons including father son duo, Buta Ram and Ajay Kumar of Meghowal Ganjian, Satpal of Abadpura and Diwan Chand, a resident of Chowgitti were arrested. OC Our Correspondent Nakodar, February 23 The Nakodar police have arrested four persons, involved in different crimes. The accused have been identified as Kishan Singh Kishan, a resident of Nidoki village in Kapurthala, and Kamaldeep Singh alias Bhaturi, a resident of Sidhawan Dona village in Kapurthala, Ram Lal and Raja, both residents of Kahlwan village, in Kapurthala. Mukesh Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Nakodar, said the police have registered cases under Sections 379, 482 and 420 of the IPC and Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The DSP said three motorcycles, 260 gm of intoxicating powder, 8 mobiles and a purse were recovered from them. They have confessed to their involvement in many incidents of snatchings in Nakodar and adjoining areas. Two accused had been facing many cases in Kapurthala district, added the DSP . Singh is king The school bus that overturned, injuring 12 persons, including 8 students, near Hoshiarpur on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Our Correspondent Factfile Hoshiarpur, February 23 A school bus overturned and rested on its right while taking a turn at the cross road outside the indoor stadium at around 4 pm in the evening. The bus was of Little Flower School located at the Una Road. It was enroute to dropping the school children. Two teachers, driver, conductor and 8 students were injured in the accident while several others sustained minor injuries. A loud noise was heard at the spot after which the people around ran to rescue the children. Around 30 children were there in the bus. Members of NGOs including the Red The bus was of Little Flower School located at the Una Road. It was en-route to dropping the school children. Two teachers, driver, conductor and 8 students were injured in the accident while several others sustained minor injuries. A loud noise was heard at the spot after which the people around ran to rescue the children. Cross volunteers reached there and extended help to the injured. According to doc- 3 arrested with 300 gm of heroin Jalandhar, February 23 The Jalandhar Rural Police today arrested three alleged drug smugglers with 300 gm of heroin and a Maruti car. The accused were identified as Vijay Kumar, Jatinder Kumar and Baldev Singh. They are habitual criminals and had met in a Ludhiana jail before becoming partners in various crimes. Many cases have already being registered against the trio. According to police sources, the accused were nabbed from Kingra Cho village falling in the jurisdiction of the Bhogpur police station. During search of the three accused, the police recovered 270 gm of heroin along with a Maruti car bearing registra- tion No. CH-03-D-8700 from Vijay Kumar, 15 gm of heroin from Jatinder Kumar, alias Sonu, and 15 gm of heroin from Baldev Singh, alias Debu. Many more FIRs are lodged against all accused and they had been in jail together. A case has been registered. Arms seized Staff of the CIA, conducting checks of anti-social elements at Adda Tadi, arrested Ravinder Singh (35) and recovered a 7.65 mm pistol along with two live cartridges, a .315 bore pistol and two live cartridges from him. An FIR under Section 25 of the Arms Act was registered at the Bhogpur police station in this regard. tors, all the injured were out of danger. The injured driver, conductor and a student were currently under special observation of the doctors owing to their serious injuries. The injured include, driver Manpreet Singh, conductor Pawan Kumar, Rajesh Sharma wife of Ghanshyam, a resident of Pahadi Katra and Manjeet Kaur, a resident of Ramesh Nagar. Those among the injured students are Sanya, Chand, Manpreet, Kamya, Avneet, Amneet, Priya and Sneha. The team of District Red Cross Society immediately reached the spot and helped the injured and brought them to hospital. The President of Sri Rashtriya Rajput Karani Sena Laxmi Thakur and also reached with their teams to help injured. MLA Sunder Sham Arora, SDM Jatinder Jorwal, DSP Sukhwinder Singh, PS city in-charge Jagdish Atri reached there. MLA Arora took account of the accident and assured of every possible help. District Red Cross team would be providing every help to the wounded. A Dastar March being held by members of the Guru Ramdass Sewa Society and the Preet Dastar Academy in Jalandhar on Frdiay. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Residents welcome Canadian PM on social media ‘Trudeau is cool and down to earth, who freely roams around streets there without any security unlike our leaders’ Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, February 23 Finally, five days after landing in India, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today. Modi welcomed his Canadian counterpart with a hug and also greeted his wife and three children, followed by a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapari Bhawan. However, the cold reception given to Trudeau on his arrival to India has not gone well with the Sikh community which later decided to welcome Trudeau in their own style through social sites. The residents also accused Modi Government of snubbing Trudeau and not lending him a warm welcome on first day as he usually does with other foreign guests. #welcomejustintrudeau was the campaign started by Punjabis while he visited Amritsar where through tweets, status and comments, punjabis across the state welcomed the Trudeau family c m y b and said, “Canada has truly been a land of opportunity for the Indian diaspora especially Sikhs. Our children and families are settled there and we are happy that they have a leader like Justin Trudeau,” said Yashpal Singh whose daughter lives in Canada. Canada is the second home to Punjabis and we are quite satisfied our children are in a nation where there is no discrimination with Sikhs rather they are given equal freedom and rights like white people, he added. Even Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann too using the same hash tag welcomed Trudeau through their tweets. Moreover, many resi- dents also visited Amritsar on February 21 to have a glimpse of the Trudeau family. “Every house in Punjab has one or the other family member settled in Canada, so it becomes the responsibility of the Centre and state government to establish good relations with Canada as it is the house to many Indian citizens,” said Poonam, sharing that India-Canada ties are important as 1.4 percent of the population resides in Canada. Another resident Jaswinder Kaur accusing the Modi-led government said, “It has been seen that on many occasions PM Modi usually breaks protocol to go to the airport to receive important heads of governments personally and even hugs his foreign counterparts, as he did last month with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but no such welcome has been given to Trudeau. The Canadian PM has not even received any welcome message on Twitter from PM despite knowing that a large population of Sikhs resides in Canada,” she added. Apart from posting a message on social sites to welcome his favourite politician, this 21 year old Manmeet Kaur who calls herself a big fan of Trudeau had also gone especially to Amritsar to meet PM Trudeau. Sharing her experience she said, “I was so excited since the day I heard Trudeau will be visiting Amritsar. I asked my father to take me to Amritsar as having a look of PM from even quite a far distance would be like a cherry on cake. I saw Trudeau and his family while they were having pictures near the Sarovar. He looks as handsome as we see him in pictures. I also posted message on my Twitter account, giving a warm welcome to him, as my brother who lives in Canada usually tells me about the cool nature and down to earth personality of Trudeau, who freely roams around the streets there without any security unlike our leaders,” she added.
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