31032018-JTR-01.qxd 3/31/2018 12:35 AM Page 1 SATURDAY | 31 MARCH 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Beautification of chowk Dancing diva Bank account hacked Students of Hansraj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya do the beautification of Workshop Chowk . When Sonal Mansingh gives you an audience, it’s an experience of a lifetime. P3 Actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee’s bank account has been reportedly hacked. P4 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 15°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.41 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6.12 AM Paramilitary forces deployed in city Protest on April 2 over Supreme Court orders on the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act Teachers allege threats ahead of rally Tribune News Service Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 30 Ahead of the April 2 nationwide bandh call on the Supreme Court (SC) orders regarding the alleged dilution of the provisions in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, paramilitary forces have already been deployed in the Dalit-dominated Doaba region. The Jalandhar city police have already got deployed one company of the CRPF from the Sarai Khas camp. The recently set up blue-uniformed Rapid Action Force personnel from the force have been deployed at various important intersections of the city, certain sensitive and volatile areas and are standing guard to ensure that there are no untoward incidents. Meanwhile, senior police officials have already started holding backdoor talks with various Dalit groups on the issue, urging them not to block the national highways and hold protests peacefully. “The strength of all police stations has been enhanced and gazetted officers have been deployed at every police station for better communication and coordination,” said IG Jalandhar Praveen Sinha. Though the district administration has not urged the commercial establishments to keep their premises shut, it is intending to hold a meeting with various market committees, asking them to tell the shopkeepers to maintain peace. Precautions are Members of the All India Adi Dharam Mission, All India Adi Dharam Sadhu Samaj, BSP (Ambedkar) Shiv Sena Socialist have also given their Paramilitary forces deployed in Jalandhar on Friday, three days ahead of the bandh call by the SC community over the Supreme Court orders regarding SC/ST Act. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH What the protest is about The apex court, in a judgment on March 20, has removed a provision for automatic arrests of those accused under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and made it mandatory for the police to conduct a preliminary inquiry within seven days of a complaint before filing the first information report (FIR). The judgment also stated that public servants can be arrested under this law only with the written permission of their public authority support to Bharat Bandh against the provisions of the SC/ST Act. In this regard, Jalandhar Tribune spoke to a few of the experts to determine the seriousness of the issue. State SC Commission Chairman Rajesh Bhagha, while giving reference of the cases in which hazardous atrocities were occurred to the SC/ST community, said, “We should infer from the cases like Abohar’s Bheem Tank case in which his arms and feet were chopped off and killing of two SC boys in Machhiwara.” “Therefore, it’s necessary for the apex court to look into both sides of the coin. If it thinks the Act is being misused, it should also take into account the incidents, where it has benefited the community. People have already fought many battles to make the SC/ ST Act a reality and weakening the Act would only bring discontentment among the distressed community.” He further suggested that if the authorities and the court really want to do something, it should make the caste-rid- den country into a caste-free country where people would belong to only one caste. “The top court’s verdict of banning automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the SC and the ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989, is completely insensitive as the law protects the marginalised communities against discrimination and atrocities. It has weakened the Act and along with the feeling of fear, there is resentment among the community,” he expresses his opinion. He further said, “Even today caste system has a major role to play in society and atrocities done to the community people are not new. We have enough number of examples to quote. If the court fears of any wrongdoing of the Act, it should work in the direction of removing the shortcomings RCF gets ‘stones & bricks’ consignment Stones packed inside boxes of a consignment that came from Mumbai to the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 30 The rail coach factory authorities at Kapurthala got a shock when they received a consignment of “stones and bricks” in place of stainless steel wires from a supplier. Whether the consignment was actually sent by the supplier or was “tampered” enroute is yet to be ascertained by the RCF authorities and an inspection is being carried out of the entire consignment of the 243 boxes received from the supplier. RCF PRO Manjeet Singh said though the supplier had been supplying material for the past many years, such a thing had happened for the first time with the RCF . “We have ordered a departmental inquiry into the matter and will take appropriate action against those found guilty,” said Singh. The consignment was sent by Hindustan Inox, a Mumbai-based company manufacturing stainless steel wires. These wires are used to repair coaches. c m y b and proper investigation should be conducted by officials on their part. The government should also intervene in the matter and take the responsibility that the Act wouldn’t be diluted.” Agreeing to this, Congress SC leader Jagdish Samrai said, “If the court thinks that the Act is being misused, diluting the Act won’t be fruitful. Rather it should be made more stringent. For instance, if people are breaking traffic rules, we should not dilute the rules. In fact, making the rules stricter would command people to follow these. And, otherwise too misuse happens in other cases as well. Whenever the government launches any scheme, doesn’t it get dissipated? Hence, before bringing out any conclusion and making the law ineffective, the Supreme Court needs to review its verdict.” See also P2 Jalandhar, March 30 The Government School Sikhiya Bachao Manch teachers today said that the state government was preventing teachers from holding an agitation at Dinanagar by issuing threats to them. State activists of the Union Government School Sikhiya Bachao Manch which includes teachers from across various unions of the state, plan to hold a collective rally at Dinanagar on April 1 against the state government’s education policies. Teachers from various districts had received threats and they were also being prevented from hiring buses to the rally venue. They said private bus operators were scared that cases would be filed against them too if they took the protesting teachers to the rally. The teachers’ union president Nishant said, “Teachers at Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Pathankot, among other districts, had received threats not to make it to the rally. None of the bus providers was willing to go with us because they have clearly told us that a case would be registered against them if they ferry teachers for the huge stir to be held on April 1.” He added, “Since we are not able to make any arrangements for the travel, we are now making do with alternative arrangements. What other choice do we have? All transporters are Continued on page 2 Special squads formed to curb illegal mining Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 30 Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma has constituted “special mining squads” comprising senior officials of the district administration to keep a strict vigil over illegal mining. Meanwhile sources said, the effort was not expected to bear any result as similar squads were constituted earlier also, but these remained functional only on paper. In 2015 also, a squad headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner as nodal officer was constituted in every district. Executive officers, comprising SDMs, senior police officials and others from drainage, forest, and revenue and industries departments, were made part of the team. Contrary to the surprise raids to be conducted by them, officials could not join hands together and allegedly gave a free hand to the sand mafia to conduct the “loot”. According to some officials, the shadiest part remained of local level police officials who did not provide adequate security to the team to conduct surprise checks, following which the teams formed at the district level could not stop the illegal mining that happened openly in every village situated on the river bed.
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