21112018-TTC-01.qxd 11/21/2018 1:24 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.321 | 24 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | wednesday, november 21,2018 ! late city KEJRI ATTACKED WITH CHILLI POWDER PAGE 16 US JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP’S ASYLUM RESTRICTIONS PAGE 13 /thetribunechd Army commando, four militants killed 4 civilians injured in Shopian clashes Anantnag, November 20 Army commando Vijay Kumar of 23 Para, who belonged to Sagwan village in Bhiwani, and four Hizb militants were killed in a gunfight in Shopian district today, while three soldiers — Sepoy Shailender Singh of 34 RR and Lance Naik Somveer and Havildar Bhupinder Singh of 23 Para — were injured. At least four civilians, including two women, were injured in clashes that erupted even as the encounter was underway. “Three had bullet injuries and one pellet injuries,” a doctor said. “During a search operation, a joint team of the police, Army and CRPF zeroed in on a house in Nadigam village where the militants were holed up. They opened indiscriminate fire. In the retaliatory fire, four were killed,” a police official said. He identified them as Abid Nazir Chopan, Basharat Nengroo, Mehraj-ud-Din Najar and Malik Zada Inam-ulHaq, all residents of Shopian. “They were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen and were involved in attacks on securi- FIRST T20I WITH AUSTRALIA AT GABBA TODAY PAGE 14 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Second death sentence for ’84 riots Another murder convict in Mahipalpur killing of 2 Sikh youths will spend the rest of his life in prison Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Martyr Vijay Kumar of Bhiwani HURRIYAT LEADER SHOT DEAD, WIFE WOUNDED Anantnag: Hafizullah Mir of the separatist Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) was shot dead outside his home in Achabal area of Anantnag district, 60 km south of Srinagar, on Tuesday morning. His wife was wounded. PAGE 10 New Delhi, November 20 Twenty-two years after the first death sentence was awarded to Kishori Lal, a murder convict in the anti-Sikh riots, Delhi’s Patiala House Court today pronounced capital punishment for Yashpal Singh — convicted of murdering two Sikh youths in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey, however, awarded life sentence to Naresh Sehrawat, the second convict in the case involving the gruesome killing of 24-year-old Hardev Singh and 26-yearold Avtar Singh in South Delhi’s Mahipalpur on November 1, 1984. The court considered the failing health of 68-year-old Sehrawat while giving him a lighter sentence than Yashpal Singh, 55. “We are happy with the verdict although we would have liked to see both convicts hang. We will consult our lawyers about whether to appeal. Today is a big day for the community as the judge has delivered a fearless ver- Victim Hardev Singh’s brothers hail the verdict of Patiala House Court in New Delhi. MANAS RANJAN BHUI by one Congress leader JP Singh, who was not brought to trial since he was once acquitted in the same case on December 20, 1986. The acquittal came in the first FIR ever filed in the Mahipalpur killings on the same day as the crime. Nothing came out of that FIR too. In his judgment, ASJ Pandey said the accused came armed with iron rods, kerosene oil and other weapons with the intention to kill. They first torched the grocery shop of Singh brothers and then proceeded to murder them. “All of us were dragged out but only Hardev and our customer Avtar Singh were thrown down the first floor roof. They had no chance,” said Kuldeep Singh. Even today, Hardev’s family cannot believe that justice has finally arrived. “The police used to destroy our evidence,” said Santokh Singh, crediting the DSGMC with legal and financial help to depose before the SIT. “We have to bring JP Singh back to trial,” Singh said, recallinghow his parents died waiting to see justice being delivered. cong hails verdict p3 dict, applying a balm on the long simmering wounds of the Sikhs. We hope this sentence will encourage the families of other victims to come forward and resume the fight for justice they had given up,” 71-year-old Santokh Singh, the eldest brother of victim Hardev Singh, said. It was on Santokh Singh’s complaint that an FIR was filed on April 29, 1993, following the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Com- mission. The police closed the matter as untraced despite witness testimonies of the deceased’s four brothers, who were in Delhi today to see justice being done. They came all the way from Jalandhar’s Daroli Kalan village, where they have settled since 1985. All the brothers of victim Hardev Singh were full of praise for Jagdish Kumar, the investigating officer of the Special Investigation Team formed by the Cen- Sikh activists detained in Amritsar post attack Three HoDs at Rohtak PGIMS suspended Sunit Dhawan Tribune News Service Ruchika M Khanna & Rajmeet Singh tribune news service Chandigarh, November 20 Punjab minister OP Soni has been divested of the Environment portfolio. He will, however, continue to hold the charge of School Education. A rather insipid Food Processing Department has been given to Soni in exchange for the department taken away. The minor reshuffle in the Cabinet comes within days of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Though the CM did not give any reason for the withdrawal of the “plum” portfolio (Environment) from Soni, sources said he decided to do so following a large number of complaints against the minister. When contacted, Soni said: “The Environment Department is bound to take action against industrial units which do not meet pollution norms. I have not been downgraded, rather I’ve been given a bigger responsibility.” When Soni was inducted into the Cabinet in April, he was given the charge of School Education only. continued on page 7 NOV 1, 1984: FIR registered at the Mehrauli police station, chargesheet names JP Singh. A Sessions Court acquits JP Singh on December 20, 1986 APRIL 29, 1993: FIR in same case registered again at Vasant Kunj police station after Hardev Singh’s eldest brother Santokh Singh names all accused on oath before Ranganath Mishra panel We don’t think anyone of you deserves a hearing: CJI to officers ty establishments," he added. Meanwhile, militants freed a youth, Parvez Ahmad Wani, of Batmuran village of Shopian early today, after shooting him in the leg. Of the nine youths abducted from Shopian in the past few days, two were killed and six were let off with a warning. — TNS GS Paul OP Soni loses Environment portfolio NOV 1, 1984: A “mob led by then Congress leader JP Singh” and comprising Yashpal Singh and Naresh Sehrawat torches Sikh shops in Mahipalpur, killing Hardev Singh (24) and Avtar Singh (26) HARDEV SINGH by beating them and throwing them off first floor SC livid over leak of response by CBI chief to CVC’s report Dal Khalsa alleges witch-hunt by police CHRONOLOGY OF CASE Amritsar, November 20 With the preliminary investigation pointing to the possible role of local youths in Sunday’s Nirankari Bhavan grenade attack, the police raided the houses of Sikh activists in the wee hours of Tuesday. Hardliners alleged several youths were detained without any concrete proof. Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh Bittu, while expressing grief over the deaths in the attack, accused the police of a witch-hunt. “The police should conduct a probe without any bias and must not perceive it from the prism of the Sikh-Nirankari clash of 1978,” he said. SPS Parmar, IGP Border , Range, said, “We are in the process of questioning all those detained.” Sources said Gurjant Singh of Dal Khalsa and Ranjit Singh Damdami, senior vicepresident of Sikh Youth Federation (Bhindranwale), were released in the evening. So was the chief of Sikh Youth of Punjab, Paramjit Singh Mand, questioned by the Batala cops for seven hours. Mand is a lecturer in a Sathiala college. A colleague said Mand was asked about those on his Facebook list. Gurjant Singh was questioned about his whereabouts on Sunday: “The SHO took my phone. They checked the call records,” he said. Meanwhile, informed that the attackers were riding a black Pulsar, the police have impounded 35 such bikes. Tribune News Service Rohtak, November 20 The University of Health Sciences (UHS) here has suspended three heads of departments (HoDs) at the Rohtak PGIMS on the basis of a report by an inspection team of the National Human Rights Commission last year. Prof RK Karwasra, Head of the Department of Surgery; Prof RC Siwach, Head of the Department of Orthopaedics, and Dr Amit Mann, Head of the Department of Nephrology, have been suspended with immediate effect. Vice-Chancellor Dr OP Kalra said the NHRC team interacted with patients, some of whom complained that certain doctors with private practice were allegedly taking money from them for continued on page 7 Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 20 The Supreme Court today took strong exception to CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma’s confidential response to the CVC report on corruption allegations against him getting ‘leaked’ to the media and adjourned the hearing in his case to November 29. Verma’s response was filed in a sealed cover on Monday. “This is not a platform for anybody to come and express what they want. This is a platform for adjudication of legal rights… We intend to set it right,” said Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who was apparently furious at the conduct of warring CBI officials. “One of us, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, is not here till tre on February 12, 2015, to reinvestigate the cases. The SIT completed the trial in the current case in record time. “Had it not been for the SIT, we would have never got justice,” said Kuldeep Singh, another brother of the victim. Kuldeep Singh was also injured in the mob attack at their hideout in Mahipalpur on the fateful day but survived along with two of his other brothers. The mob was allegedly led Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, November 20 Haryana Roadways buses are reportedly cutting short trips on long routes in an attempt to avoid payment of overtime to drivers and conductors, resulting in harassment to passengers. Sharing his plight on Facebook, Hisar-based Salaudeen Kagdana wrote that when he boarded an early morning bus to Chandigarh, the conductor handed him a ticket for Kaithal, asking passengers to catch another bus from there. The conductor said they had to return from Kaithal as the department had decided to discontinue overtime payment. The bus staff claimed they had been told to return midway en route to destinations to ensure their duty hours did not exceed eight hours a day. The roadways authorities at Hisar, however, denied any such directions, alleging that members of the employees’ union were indulging in such tactics to annoy them. A driver on the Hisar-Panipat route said he got a call to return from Safidon in Jind district. Similarly, a conductor on a Hisar-Gurgaon bus claimed returning from Jhajjar, leaving the passengers at the bus stand there. Dalbir Kiramara, a Roadways Talmel Committee member, said the officials at bus depots had cut short the long-route journeys to ensure the staff were on duty for only eight hours as “the orders from the Transport Department clearly state that the General Managers and Transport Managers would be responsible for overtime and the amount would be deducted from their salaries”. Arvind Sharma, Transport Manager, Hisar, denied any such directions. “They are doing so to annoy the authorities. continued on page 7 Today’s issue is of 24 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Bathinda Tribune. FEB 20, 2015: BJP-led government forms SIT to reinvestigate serious criminal cases which were filed in the NCT of Delhi in 1984 riots and were closed NOV 14, 2018: ASJ Ajay Pandey of Patiala House Court finds Yashpal and Sehrawat guilty HIGH DRAMA IN APEX COURT ■ CJI adjourns hearing to Nov 29, says a member of Bench unavailable till Nov 28 ■ CBI Director’s advocates contradict each other ■ Senior counsel Fali Nariman accuses advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan of mentioning Alok Verma’s plea on Monday without any authorisation ■ Sankaranarayanan tells SC was authorised by Verma’s advocate-on-record to seek more time November 28… We don’t think anyone of you (Verma and other CBI officers) ■ Verma’s advocate-on-record supports Sankaranarayanan ■ Nariman says he (as senior counsel) should have been informed about mentioning ■ SC refuses clarifications by Sankaranarayanan, says ‘nobody is under cloud’ ■ SC hands over three sets of reports (purportedly leaked to media) to Nariman ■ Nariman clarifies it was a report of CVC proceedings deserves a hearing,” the CJI said, adjourning the hearing. continued on page 7 Haryana buses cut short long-route trips Bengal minister picks Drivers, conductors say being done to deny overtime; authorities blame staff FEB 9, 1994: Delhi Police close the case as untraced. Metropolitan Magistrate accepts the closure report ladylove over job, quits Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Kolkata, November 20 Kolkata Mayor and West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services and Housing Minister Sovan Chatterjee (54), who fell in love with a college teacher, today resigned from the Council of ministers after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked him to choose between his ladylove and job. Chatterjee’s resignation has been accepted by the CM, who has also asked him to quit as Mayor. Chatterjee’s extramarital affair with the political science teacher, married to a university professor, has figured in the media several times in the past, causing much embarrassment to the Mamata government. The resignation comes after Mamata gave Sovan a dressing down over the slow progress of a scheme to allot houses under the Gitanjali continued on page 7 Sushma opts out of 2019 poll race Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 20 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today opted out of the 2019 General Election, citing health issues. Once considered among BJP’s prime ministerial candidates, she said she would not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “Candidates are decided by the party. But I have made up my mind that I won’t be contesting,” Swaraj was quoted as saying in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. “This is in keeping with my health,” the 66year-old Vidisha (Madhya Pradesh) MP who underwent , a kidney transplant in 2016, said, adding she had conveyed the decision to the BJP . Swaraj was believed to be among those not enthused when PM Narendra Modi was anointed the BJP’s chief campaigner in 2013. But while LK Advani was marginalised and relegated to the “margdarshak mandal” along with Murli Manohar Joshi, Swaraj was inducted into his Cabinet. A prominent leader at the national level, she got elected to the Haryana Assembly at 25 and later served as Delhi’s first woman CM.
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