11102018-TTC-01.qxd 11-10-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.281 | 28 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, october 11,2018 NEVER MENTIONED PM, ~15 LAKH: GADKARI PAGE 7 A FIRST: UNITED KINGDOM GETS MINISTER FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION PAGE 13 /thetribunechd ! late city SAURABH SHOOTS 10M AIR PISTOL GOLD PAGE 14 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 3 J&K students arrested in Give details of Ludhiana factory door Jalandhar for terror link Rafale deal:SC locked, 4 choke to death One is cousin of Zakir Musa of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind No notice to Centre by CJI-led Bench Owner arrested, practice rampant in industrial city Tribune News Service Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Chandigarh/Jalandhar, Oct10 Three students hailing from Jammu and Kashmir were arrested from the CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology here on Wednesday morning for suspected terror links. The raid at the institute was jointly carried out by Punjab Police and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The police claimed the students were members of a recently established module of militant outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) that may have links with the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammed. Jalandhar Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said one of the arrested students, Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt from Noorpura in Pulwama, was a cousin of AGH chief Zakir Musa, aka Zakir Rashid Bhat. The other two students were identified as Zahid Gulzar of Rajpora in Srinagar and Mohammed Idriss Shah of Pulwama. Zahid and Bhatt are CT institute stu- Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt Zahid Gulzar Mohd Idriss Shah ZAKIR MUSA, AN ENGINEER WHO TOOK UP ARMS Srinagar: A former engineering student in Chandigarh, Zakir Musa is one of the most wanted militants in Kashmir. A resident of Noorpora village of south Kashmir’s Tral sub-district, he quit Hizbul Mujahideen last year and set up Ansar Ghazwat-ulHind, an Islamist group suspected to have links with Al Qaida. Musa’s outfit mainly comprised members from Puldents. Idriss, a student of St Soldier Management and Technical Institute, was visiting them when the three were picked up from a CT Institute hostel room. A search yielded weapons, including an AK-47 assault wama and Shopian. So far, 11 militants affiliated with the outfit, including two Pakistani commanders, had been killed in gunfights, he said. Musa had come home from Chandigarh for vacation when he joined the Hizb unit in Tral headed by Adil Mir in 2013. His teenage cousin Burhan Wani was part of the unit. After Wani’s death in 2016, Musa became Hizb chief. TNS rifle, three Italy-made pistols and explosives. The Police Commissioner said: “We believe they were part of a terror cell that recently set up operations here. We are keeping a watch on all educational institutes.” Trump sounds ‘warning’ to India on S-400 missile deal New Delhi, October 10 In line with the Supreme Court order relating to people with criminal antecedents contesting elections, the Election Commission of India today issued an amended Form 26, used by candidates to file an affidavit. The new format will be in force from the Assembly elections in four states scheduled for November-December, the New Delhi: Reacting to India’s decision to purchase the S-400 missile system from Russia, US President Donald Trump said, “India will find out. You will see. Sooner than you think.” Earlier, the US had warned India against a planned purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia, saying such an acquisition would attract sanctions under US law. TNS ‘US can’t dictate ties’ page 16 Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 10 Four workers were asphyxiated after a fire broke out in a locked hosiery unit in Kalyan Nagar area of Daresi in the wee hours today. The workers could not escape as the gates were locked by the owner, apparently to prevent theft. The practice of locking up workers in unsafe units is nothing new in Ludhiana. Workers are often forced to work night shifts in locked units to prevent them from ECI said in its order, quoting the SC ruling with regard to candidates who have criminal cases against them, either pending or convicted. The ECI also said the candidates should mention all details of criminal cases in which they were involved. “The matter should be published in font size of at least 12 and should be placed suitably in newspapers,” it said. All such candidates are also required to publish the declaration on TV channels on three different dates. For political parties, the poll panel said they were also “required to publish a declaration giving details in this regard on their websites as well as in TV channels and newspapers having a wide circulation in the state concerned”. — TNS Akbar’s #MeToo troublesmount Tushar Mehta appointed Solicitor General of India More allegations against minister | NSUI chief too in spot Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service ADDICTS’ HIGH WAY: TARGET SIGNBOARDS ■ Drug addicts are targeting newly installed signboards on National Highway 54, a 175-km-long stretch from Amritsar to Bathinda. Made of aluminium sheets, these are removed at night to be sold as scrap Odisha braces for cyclone ‘Titli’ landfall New Delhi: Two “very severe cyclones” Titli and Luban are brewing in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, respectively. Alerts have been issued for Odisha, north coastal Andhra, Gangetic West Bengal, Mizoram and Tripura. TNS Policemen inspect the charred hosiery unit in Kalyan Nagar, Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN taking away goods. Around 70 per cent of these units lack fire safety arrangements. The deceased have been identified as contractor Dhananjay Pandey (28) from Uttar Pradesh, pressman Satya Parkash (28) from Bihar and migrant labourers Rabhan (19) and Mohd Azad (20). The factory, Kalra Knitwears, was built under the mixed land use scheme over a 50 square yard area in a narrow bylane housing several units. Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, after visiting the scene, ordered an FIR under Section 304 (culpable homicide) of the IPC against factory owner Sumit Kalra, a resident of Haibowal, who has been arrested. The incident occurred around 3.25 am when the workers, working on the second floor, noticed smoke from the ground floor. The fire soon engulfed the ground floor, forcing them to flee to the third floor. They were, however, trapped as the rooftop gate was locked, a worker claimed. continued on page 7 Crime file advt must for candidates Karnal gurdwaras IN BRIEF New Delhi: Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has been appointed the new Solicitor General of India. The post has been lying vacant for a year since senior advocate Ranjit Kumar’s resignation in October last year.TNS New Delhi, October 10 The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to present before it the details of steps taken in the decision-making process leading to the award of the order for purchase of Rafale fighter plane from France, but refused to issue a formal notice to the government. Directing the government to file the information in three sealed covers on or before October 29, a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi directed the matter to be listed for October 30. Under a defence agreement, New Delhi is purchasing 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition. The Bench, including Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph, made it clear that the details sought “would not cover the issue of pricing or the question of technical suitability of the equipment”. It clarified that it had not taken into account the averments made in the two petitions filed by advocates ML Sharma and Vineet Dandha, terming these “inadequate and deficient”. “Our order is only for the purpose of satisfying ourselves in the matter,” the Bench noted. The court refrained from issuing a formal notice after Attorney General KK Venugopal said it’s not a public interest litigation. Terming it a matter of national security, he said, “Forty questions were asked in Parliament which have only been selectively reproduced before Your Lordships... If notice is issued, it would go to PM... pleas are political in nature, filed for political gains...” The third petition on the issue by activist Tehseen Poonawala was withdrawn. In his PIL, Sharma has alleged discrepancies in the deal. The PIL filed by Dhanda has sought a direction to the Centre to disclose details of the deal and comparative prices during the UPA and NDA governments in a sealed cover to the top court. ■ With no signboards, commuters have to seek the help of passersby. The NH has 3 railway overbridges, 5 flyovers, 3 big bridges, a foot overbridge, 31 major junctions and 171 small ones ■ Despite a large number of signboards vanishing, neither the PWD nor construction firm GR Infra have filed any complaint with the police — Balwant Garg New Delhi, October 10 The government continued to maintain silence on mounting allegations of sexual misconduct against Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar, who faced fresh charges from journalists in the still exploding #MeToo campaign. After author Ghazala Wahab and columnist Saba Naqvi revealed their encounters with Akbar today, the Opposition Congress sought the minister’s resignation, journalists Priya Ramani, but Law Minister Ravi Prerna Bindra, Shuma Shankar Prasad refused to Raha, Kanika Gahlaut and take related queries as he Suparna Sharma. briefed the media on The Congress, which the Cabinet decisions. had been going soft on “I think the minister Akbar for two days, should offer a satisfactoday changed its tory explanation or stand. Until now the resign. We demand an party was only inquiry into his condemanding a response MJ Akbar duct,” veteran Confrom Akbar and PM gress leader Jaipal Reddy Narendra Modi. But Reddy said today. said if Brett Kavanaugh, Akbar has so far faced alle- nominee for the post of gations of sexual harass- Supreme Court judge in the continued on page 7 ment at workplace from wage a poster war Backlash after CM puts off visit Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Karnal, October 10 From a solitary poster placed inconspicuously in a corner of a local gurdwara, Khalistan idealogue Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s posters now adorn the facades and walls of nearly all gurdwaras in Karnal district. These posters seem to be the Sikh community’s reply to Chief Minister ML Khattar’s “slight” after he cancelled his visit to Raj Kareyga Khalsa Gurdwara in Dachar on September 28. Scheduled to pay obeisance during the annual ‘naam simran’, which concludes on October 27, Khattar abandoned the visit on the grounds that Bhindranwale’s picture stood in one corner of the langar hall and sought that it be removed. The gurdwara committee, that had made arrangements for 100 siropas (robe of honour) and 30 kirpans, was deeply disappointed. Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and six-page Life+Style. “The CM’s staff told us that he would have kheer (rice pudding) made of jaggery instead of sugar. Nearly one lakh devotees were eagerly awaiting his arrival. But he chose to spurn our love and respect,” rued Sarabjit Singh, a sewadar. Piqued, the ‘sangat’ has now put up Bhindranwale’s posters across all gurdwaras in the district. The Nissing gurdwara’s main entrance has three posters of Bhindranwale. Dera Kar Sewa Gurdwara, Manjhi Sahib Gurdwara and Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Karnal city too have displayed his posters prominently. In Assandh’s Shekhpura, a few youngsters have mounted these on electricity poles and wherever they could. The community has announced Khattar’s boycott as also that of the BJP . "The CM refused to visit the Dachar gurdwara because of one poster. continued on page 7
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