02102018-JTR-01.qxd 10/2/2018 1:22 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 2 OCTOBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Nawanshahr girl bags award Love travels far & wide Let peace be Dr Deepika Kainth bags 'Best Postgraduate Student' award at AIIMS, New Delhi. P2 Two fresh faces of B-town, Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain spread a lot of positive energy. P3 As we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti today, small screen stars share how much they can still relate to his teachings. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.12 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.22 AM Buses to Canada, Oz? MURDER OF BSP LEADER IN APRA Activists hold protest, seek arrest of accused Body still lying in hospital mortuary as kin refuse cremation Our Correspondent Space above ticket counters at the Jalandhar bus stand bear huge hoardings of immigration companies on which names of foreign destinations are more prominently displayed than the names of cities to which the buses are departing. SARABJIT SINGH Two held; laptops, cell phones recovered Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 1 Under the search operation conducted by the Jalandhar Police Commissionerate to curb robbing and snatching incidents, the CIA staff has arrested two robbers here on Monday. The accused, Raju (22) and Vishal (19), were involved in theft and robbing incidents on the Gujja Peer Road, Ziptech Computers, Export Cloth store and Swami Electronics. The accused were arrested from Pathankot Chowk. Raju, a native of Bihar, was living here at the Friends Colony. He was working as a waiter. Vishal, a resident of Kapurthala, runs a dance school. The items robbed Man killed in tempo-car collision The CIA staff show the recovered items in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO by them were distributed among them and Raju’s friend Mintu, who is still absconding. The CIA offi- cials said cases under 457 and 380 of the IPC have been registered against them. The recovered items include seven laptops, a laptop charger, three Jio dongles and 40 mobile phones. Stark contrast in observance of birth anniversaries of Gandhi, Bhagat Singh Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 1 Events organised by the Congress government in the state to celebrate the birth anniversaries of two iconic freedom fighters – Bhagat Singh and Mahatma Gandhi — are marked with a stark contrast this year. As compared to the lacklustre event at Khatkar Kalan, which marked the 111th birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh in the state on September 28, the Congress government has ambitious plans to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. October 2 is being marked with walkathons, ‘swachhathon’ and ‘shanti marches’ as well as scheme-disbursal camps across the state. While the Chief Minister gave a miss to an event held to mark Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary celebrations at Khatkar Kalan, the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations will be held with the Chief Minister himself inaugurating a camp in SAS Nagar. However, government functionaries said it was because it was the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. While Amarinder was earlier supposed to address a rally at Khatkar Kalan on September 28, it was, instead, attended by Cabinet Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot. Phagwara, October 1 Seven days after the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Ram Swaroop in Apra village, the body of the deceased is still lying at the mortuary of a hospital in Phillaur. BSP activists and the family of the deceased today refused to cremate the body till the arrest of the killers. Hundreds of BSP activists, along with family members and relatives of the deceased, staged a protest and gheraoed the residence of Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh and his son PPCC general sectretary Vikramjit Singh in Phillaur. However, the latter were not present at their residence. Police personnel were deputed near the dharna site to prevent any untoward incident. BSP leaders Mohan Lal, Lal Chand Aujla, Sat Paul Phagwara, October 1 One person was killed on the spot while two others sustained injuries when a tempo in which they were returning to Atta village, near Goraya, collided with a car near Singla Resorts, located between Goraya and Phagwara, today. Investigating Officer Sukhwinder Singh said the car driver managed to flee the spot. The deceased was identified as Roop Lal, a resident of Atta village. His two injured sons, Jatinder and Tarjinder, were admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The police have registered a case under Sections 279, 304-A, 337, 338 and 427, IPC, against the unidentified car driver. The body of the deceased was sent to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. — OC Two held with intoxicants A man cleans the statue of Mahatma Gandhi near the MC office on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH On October 2, the CM will launch a camp to facilitate beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojna (MGSVY) in Mohali and will also launch the Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana, for the provision of interest-free loans to self-help group members for the purchase of vehicles, on the same day. As many as 90 such camps will be held across the state at the subdivision level. In various districts, including Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Nawashahr, Gandhi Jayanti will also be marked by walkathons, cyclothon, sadbhavna marches and camps, among other events. While Amarinder had inaugurated the renovated muse- um of Bhagat Singh at Khatkar Kalan during a state-level function to mark Martyrs’ Day, March 23, earlier this year, he had also dedicated the day to youth empowerment, launching the Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO) programme against drugs. However, Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary on September 28 did not witness any major event in the state. Jalandhar DC Varinder Kumar Sharma said: “We have received instructions from the state government for the camps as well as observing the walkathons and other events. It is the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi, hence there is a special thrust on the celebrations. The Martyrdom Day of Bhagat Singh earlier this year was also observed with a similar zeal with the launching of the DAPO drive, so there is no comparison.” SAD leader and Adampur MLA Pawan Tinu said: “Plans to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti have been furthered by the Congress high command. There is a push from Rahul Gandhi. The Congress is not doing anything to propagate Bhagat Singh’s ideology. Despite promises, in its policies as well, the Congress is sidelining the youth. Unemployment, drugs and the strife on the post-matric scholarship scheme are indications of the same.” c m y b Phagwara, October 1 The police have arrested two drug peddlers and seized 200 intoxicating capsules from them on Sunday night. They had been identified as Gurinderjit Singh of Gobindpura, and Ajay Kumar of Chachoki village. — OC Police personnel deployed near the protest site on Monday. ASHOK KAURA Virk, Ram Saroop Saroya and Amrit Bhonsle threatened to intensify the stir throughout the state if the accused were not arrested. The protesters submitted a memorandum to Varinderpal Bajwa, SDM, Phillaur. Activists of the party alleged that the deceased was facing a threat to his life for the past several months. He informed the matter to the police also, but to no avail. Mohan Lal alleged that though the Phillaur police had claimed that five of the accused had been arrested, but another accused Sarabjit Singh, alias Badhunga, was still roaming freely. “Badhunga is a dreaded gangster and a proclaimed offender. The family of the deceased had earlier lodged a complaint against the gangster with the authorities concerned, including the DGP . The gangster had also attacked the victim in the past,” said Mohan Lal. His cousin Vinay said: “In 2007, Swaroop was assaulted by six men at his shop. He was again attacked in 2016. We had submitted complaints to the Chief Minister, the DGP the SSP and the , Commissioner of Police, months ago. But no action was taken in this regard.” DSP Amrik Singh Chahal said the police would leave no stone unturned to nab the killers. Cong fails to strengthen itself in Bholath, Banga Had lost security deposit on both seats in the 2017 elections Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 1 One-and-a-half years since the Assembly poll, the Congress government in the state which stands strong with 78 seats on its side has still not been able to consolidate its position in two constituencies of Doaba – Bholath and Banga - where it lost its security deposit. In the 2017 Assembly poll, in Bholath, the party had got a vote percentage of only 6.05 per cent while it was 10.94 per cent in Banga. Ranjit Singh Rana, who contested from Bholath, has not been able to establish hold owing to which the seat is being overseen by Khadoor Sahib MLA Ramanjit Sikki. But Sikki too is rarely seen here and contacting him on phone is not that easy for local residents. As a result, a huge void remains in Bholath for the Congress since the time Sukhpal Khaira joined the Aam Aadmi Party. The recent zila parishad and block samiti polls gave former SAD MLA Jagir Kaur a Not strong in Adampur too Yet another constituency of Doaba where the Congress is not so strong is Adampur. Ever since former minister and PPCC chief Mahinder Singh Kaypee lost to SAD leader Pawan Tinu, he has not been active here. More than Kaypee, Kawaljit Lally has had a stronger presence, especially with his son Mehtab Lally winning the zila parishad poll here. But despite his win, Adampur was one of the few block samiti zones of the state where Congress did not gain a majority and remained on half-mark. good chance to regain her position and get her daughter elected on one seat, especially since Khaira opted out of the elections. Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjit Singh too has not been taking any interest in his adjoining constituency. In Banga, the Congress expelled its previous MLA Tirlochan Soondh after he was denied ticket and he announced to contest independently. Satnam Kainth, whom the party picked, faced a drubbing defeat. Unfortunately, he passed away soon after the elections. The situation left a huge vacuum for the party which it has not been able to fill even though the parliamentary polls are now approaching. The recent zila parishad and block samiti elections for Banga were largely handled by Nawanshahr district Congress chief Satvir S Palli Jhikki, but being a reserved seat, he cannot be projected from here. Soondh, how- ever, has been waiting for a reentry into the party ahead of the parliamentary poll. “I hope that the party would take me in a few months. I have helped the Congress in the block samiti elections. I am meeting people and getting their work done since I am maintaining good relations with all ministers,” he said. Yet another constituency of Doaba where the Congress is on a weak foot is Adampur. Ever since former minister and PPCC chief Mahinder Singh Kaypee lost to SAD leader Pawan Tinu, he has not been active here. More than Kaypee, Kawaljit Lally has had a stronger presence, especially with his son Mehtab Lally winning the zila parishad poll here. But despite his win, Adampur was one of the few block samiti zones of the state where Congress did not gain a majority and remained on half-mark. Nigerian woman held with heroin Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 1 A drug peddler based in Nigeria was arrested by the CIA Staff Commissionerate here today. The accused was identified as ENE Gift Chiner. She was in the city to deliver the intoxicants to her clients. The CIA staff seized 200 gm of heroin from her. CIA in charge Ajay Singh said as per information, she was arrested from the rear side of Sai Dass Public School where she was waiting for her clients. A case under Sections 21/61/65 of the NDPS Act has been filed against her. She was sent to a twoday remand. She is at present staying at Dwarka in New Delhi and had done her graduation from Delhi University. The accused in police custody in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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