31122017-btd-01.qxd 12/30/2017 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 31 DECEMBER 2017| BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Financial crunch mars 2017 Sound of independence Aneri glams up In 2017, the civic body faced several hurdles. A financial crisis kept the MC on its toes. P2 Chandigarh’s indie musicians released singles and EPs on alternate social media platforms. P3 The actress known for her simple style is seen in an all-new avatar. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 22°C MIN 06°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 04°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 5.38 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 7.25 AM AAP all out in support of thermal plant employees Khaira seeks review of power purchase pacts with pvt plants Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service The protest by the Aam Aadmi Party led to traffic snarls at Fire Brigade Chowk in Bathinda on Saturday. PHOTOS: VIJAY KUMAR Fire Brigade Chowk preferred spot for protests Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, December 30 After Ambedkar Park, Children’s Park and Teacher’s Home, it is the turn of Fire Brigade Chowk to become the preferred choice of protesters to raise their voice and stage agitations. This week only, the spot witnessed two major protests, one of them was staged today. Hundreds of AAP workers, including leaders, and employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant today staged a protest outside the fire station’s gate at Fire Brigade Chowk. Besides blocking the entry and exit to the fire brigade station, they also blocked the one side of the road con- A protest being staged outside the fire brigade station in Bathinda on Saturday. necting the chowk with Arya Samaj Chowk. A few days ago, former MLAs Sikander Singh Maluka and Sarup Chand Singla, accompanied by workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal, had also staged a protest at Fire Brigade Chowk against the state government’s decision to completely shut down the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant and two units of the thermal plant in Ropar. Jaswinder Singh, fire officer at the fire station, agreed that it was becoming a cause of concern for the fire brigade department. “They don’t seek permission from us before staging such agitations right in front of the gate of the fire station. We have tried to stop such agitations from being held here, but in vain,” he said. He further added that at the behest of the fire officials’ request, the demonstrators leave some space for the passage of fire tenders. “In case of an unfortunate fire incident, precious 15-20 minutes will be lost in clearing the crowd and making the way for fire tenders,” he added. Continued on page 2 Two-day police remand for gangster Gangster Amritpal in police custody in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Bathinda, December 30 The Bathinda police today produced gangster Amritpal Singh in the court, which sent him to two-day police remand. Amritpal was arrested yesterday after he was discharged from the Bathinda Civil Hospital. Two cases were registered against him on December 15. He was booked for firing at a police team. A case was registered against him at the Nathana police station for looting a Fortuner car. Amritpal is being investigated by the CIA-I wing of the Bathinda police. Gangsters Manpreet Singh and Prabhdeep Singh were killed in a police encounter on December 15 while Harwinder Singh and Gurwinder Singh were arrested. Harwinder Singh and Gurwinder Singh were sent to judicial custody after their police remand ended. Gangster Amritpal had arranged a meeting of Harwinder, Gurwinder, Prabhdeep and Manpreet. After their meeting, a plan was made to take away a car. Later, they took away a Fortuner car. After the encounter, Amritpal was referred to Faridkot medical college on December 15. Later, he was referred to the PGI in Chandigarh. On December 22, Amritpal was admitted to the Bathinda Civil Hospital. The police had approached the hospital authorities on the same day to arrest Amritpal, but a team of doctors had turned down their demand, saying he was yet to recover fully. He was getting treatment in the prisoners’ ward of the Civil Hospital. A police team of the CIA-II wing was deployed with him. Rajinder Kumar, in charge of the CIA-I wing, said Amritpal would be produced again in the court on January 1. c m y b Bathinda, December 30 A large number of workers and leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today staged a protest against the state government’s decision to completely shut down the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant in Bathinda and two units of the Ropar Thermal. Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira, MP Prof Sadhu Singh, MLAs Baljinder Kaur, Rupinder Kaur Ruby, Jagdev Singh Kamalu, halqa in-charges and others were present during the protest here. They flayed the government for its decision. Questing the decision, Khaira accused the Finance Minister of going back on the Congress’s biggest poll promise. “Capt Amrinder Singh had vowed to make the thermal plant functional again. Manpreet Badal also promised its employees that the decision of the SAD-BJP government will be rolled back. But when the ball was in their own court, they retracted from their promise,” he said. Khaira demanded that instead of shutting down the thermal plant, the Congress must review the power purchase agreements signed by the SAD-BJP government with private thermal plants and make sure that the state-run ther- AAP leaders and workers stage a protest at Fire Brigade Chowk in Bathinda on Saturday. VIJAY KUMAR AAP’s Deepak Bansal questions Cong ■ Bathinda (Urban) president of AAP Deepak Bansal made sure that the city residents were apprised of the effects of shutting down the thermal plants. ■ In leaflets and pamphlets distributed in the city in his name, Deepak Bansal questioned the Congress “Should the common man trust your manifesto or the promises made by Captain Amrinder Singh during his visit to Bathinda”? Through the pamphlets, residents were urged to participate in the protest in large numbers. . mal plants are not shut down. “I feel sorry that Manpreet Badal made no efforts to ensure that the thermal plants are not closed,” he added. While addressing the protesters, Talwandi Sabo MLA Baljinder Kaur said AAP had warned the voters that the promises made by both SAD and Congress were false. “They made promises to lure the voters and this is what AAP pointed out earlier as well. Our words have been proven true by the Congress now. It is closing down schools and thermal plants which is opposite of what they had promised,” she said. Bathinda (Rural) MLA Rupinder Kaur Ruby also flayed the state government for “rendering” thousands of employees working on a contractual basis unemployed by shutting down the thermal plants. “The government is promising that it will adjust all employees in other thermal plants and Powercomm department. The Congress has already shown how much it honours its promises,” she added.
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