27122018-TTC-01.qxd 27-12-2018 01:21 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.357 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, december 27,2018 MAYA: BJP CREATING RELIGIOUS RIFT WITH NOIDA NAMAZ ORDER PAGE 7 JAPAN TO RESUME COMMERCIAL WHALING AFTER IWC PULLOUT PAGE 13 /thetribunechd INSIDE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com NIA busts terror cell, 10 held Smita Sharma Tribune News Service Despite ban, SPG officer flies at Bir Billing Palampur: Despite the December 21 ban on paragliding at Bir Billing in view of the PM’s visit to Dharamsala on Thursday, an SPG officer undertook a tandem flight on Wednesday. Senior officer of the SPG with the PMO, Yashwant Kumar Jethwa, a 1994-batch IPS officer, who has come to Dharamsala to review security arrangements for the PM’s rally, took to paragliding. PAGE 10 IIT aspirant found dead in Kota hostel, 3rd in a week Kota: IIT aspirant from Bihar Jitesh Gupta (17) was found hanging in his hostel room in Rajasthan’s Kota, the third suicide of a student since Saturday, the police said. Gupta hailed from Bihar’s Siwan district. He had been in Kota for the past three years to prepare for IIT-JEE BACK PAGE entrance test. 3-day Jor Mela begins, lakhs pay obeisance Fatehgarh Sahib: The three-day annual Shaheedi Jor Mela held to commemorate the martyrdom of the Chaar Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh began here on Wednesday amid PAGE 4 religious ceremonies. A rocket-launcher and ammunition seized by the National Investigation Agency during raids across UP and Delhi. PTI ❝The members were in an advanced stage of using preparation. They wanted to hit multiple locations remote-controlled IEDs❞ — Alok Mittal, NIA SPOKESPERSON . Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against him. “He (Suhail) was presently staying at Jafrabad, Delhi, and had tasked other team members with procuring arms, explosives and other accessories to prepare IEDs and pipe bombs,” said the NIA in its statement. Others arrested include an engineering student of a private university in Noida, a third-year graduation student in humanities, an auto-rickshaw driver, two brothers who worked as welders and two garments businessman. Saqib Iftekar, a native of Hapur and Imam in Jama Masjid, Baksar, Uttar Pradesh, has also been arrested for helping Suhail procure weapons. “So far, no criminal record of any of the arrested members of the module has surfaced. It seems they were self-trained and self-motivated through Internet,” Mittal said, alleging the agency had in its possession a video of Sohail demonstrating how to complete a bomb circuit. Mittal said the suspects had done a reconnaissance of vital government installations and planned to target political figures and other important persons. continued on page 7 Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 26 The NIA today arrested Habeeb Rehman (25) from Kalpetta (Kerala) in connection with the two-year-old IS Kasaragod module case. The case relates to the criminal conspiracy hatched by the accused from Kasaragod district of Kerala and their accomplices on Ramadan in 2015, with the intention of joining and furthering the objectives of the IS, the agency said. Fourteen accused from Kasaragod district had left India or their workplaces in Middle-East between midMay and early July 2016 before travelling to Afghanistan or Syria via Muscat in Oman and Iran. The accused then allegedly joined the Islamic State. “Accused Nashidul Hamzafar and Habeeb Rehman continued to be in touch, over encrypted social media platforms,” the agency said. Hamzafar and Rehman were reportedly in touch with other absconders in the case — Abdul Rashid Abdulla and Ashfak Majeed — as well as Bestin Vincent a suspect in a similar case in Palakad. Habeeb Rahman will be produced in a Special Court at Ernakulam on Thursday. Abhimanyu BJP’s Punjab poll chief 2019Shah team for 17 states, Chandigarh party vice-president Dushyant Gautam and former Cabinet NewDelhi, December 26 Minister from Madhya The BJP today set the ball Pradesh Narottam Mishra. rolling for the 2019 Lok Sabha In the three states of the polls, appointing election in- Hindi heartland the BJP lost charge for Chandigarh (UT) to the Congress, Shah has and 17 states, including Uttar appointed Union Minister Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal, Prakash Javadekar and SudUttarakhand, Madhya hanshu Trivedi for Rajasthan Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattis- (25 seats), UP minister garh and Telangana. Sawantra Dev Singh and DelHaryana Finance Minister hi leader Satish Upadhyay for Capt Abhimanyu Madhya Pradesh has been give the (29 seats) and charge for ChandiHaryana leader and garh as well as general secretary Punjab where the Anil Jain for ChhatBJP usually contisgarh (11 seats). tests three of 13 Senior party seats, leaving the Capt Abhimanyu leader Om Prakash rest for SAD. Mathur has been Union Minister Thawarc- given the charge for Gujarat hand Gehlot will oversee par- and Rajya Sabha member V ty’s preparations in Uttarak- Muraleedharan and party hand which has five LS seats secretary Deodhar Rao of while seasoned leader Tirth Andhra Pradesh. Singh Rawat will take care of Bihar, another key state HP’s four constituencies. which holds a major chunk of For Uttar Pradesh, which 40 seats, will be handled by sends as many 80 MPs to the general secretary Bhupendra Lok Sabha and where region- Yadav, also a Shah confidant. al parties such as MayawatiGeneral secretary Arun led BSP and Akhilesh Yadav’s Singh for Odisha (21 seats), SP pose a serious challenge to Arvind Limbavali for TelanBJP’s prospects, party presi- gana (17), national spokesperdent Amit Shah has picked his son Nalin Kohli for Manipur three key men — Gujarat (2) and Nagaland (1) and Nitin leader Govardhan Jhadapia, Naveen for Sikkim (1). Vibha Sharma Tribune news Service PHOTO: TWITTER@CA The gifted boy from Adelaide, who wants to don the Baggy Green one day, has had three life-saving surgeries for a heart ailment. PAGE 14 of bomb-making material like potassium nitrate, potassium chlorate and sulphur were recovered during the raids. A cache of handmade weapons, 12 pistols, hundreds of live bullets rounds, 100 mobile phones, 135 SIM cards and Rs 7.5 lakh in cash were also seized, said Mittal. Of the 10 arrested, five are from Amroha and the rest from Seelampur and Jafrabad localities of northeast Delhi. The alleged mastermind, 29-year Mohammed Sohail, alias Hazrath, was arrested from Amroha in western Uttar Pradesh on December 20 and a case was registered under sections of the Explosive Substances Act and 3 Indian siblings killed in US blaze Co-captain Schiller Seven-year-old Archie Schiller co-captained the Australian cricket team for the Boxing Day Test against India at the MCG on Wednesday. late city MET DEPT NOW SAYS NORTH TO SEE SEVERE COLD WAVE PAGE 16 Kerala youth wanted in 2016 IS-radicalised module planned fidayeen attacks | 17 sites in Delhi, UP raided case arrested New Delhi, December 26 The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today claimed to have busted a “highly radicalised” suspected IS-inspired terror module “Harkat-Ul-Harb-eIslam” (war for the cause of Islam) allegedly planning suicide attacks on vital installations, sensitive locations and crowded places in and around Delhi and NCR. The agency arrested 10 suspects in early morning searches across 17 locations in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh with support of the Anti-Terrorism Squad besides Delhi Police and their UP counterparts. Six persons reportedly associated with the module are being interrogated. “The members were in an advanced stage of preparation. They were just waiting for the successful assembly of bombs and wanted to hit multiple locations using remote-controlled IEDs, fidayeen attacks using suicide vests and pipe bombs,” Alok Mittal, NIA spokesperson and Inspector General, told mediapersons. A homemade rocket launcher, material for suicide vests, 100 alarm clocks (to be used as timers), 25 kg ! Golfer Randhawa held for Punjab to HC: Can’t poaching in UP’s Dudhwa reschedule election Washington, December 26 Three Indian teenage siblings were among four persons killed in a fire at a house in the US state of Tennessee, just two days before Christmas, according to media reports. The fire killed a woman and three Indian teens from Telangana who were staying with her family through the holidays in a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee. “Kari Coudriet—of Collierville, Tennessee—as well as Sharron (17), Joy (15) and Aaron (14)—teen siblings of the Naik family from India— all died in the fire,” a paper reported, citing a statement issued by the Collierville Bible Church. “A fire started around 11 pm at the Coudriet home (on December 23). The family was hosting, housing and celebrating Christmas with three teenagers attending an academy here in the states. The Naik family are missionaries in India that our church supports,” the church said. — PTI process at this point Tribune News Service Lucknow, December 26 World-class golfer Jyoti Randhawa was arrested on Wednesday on charges of poaching in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve’s protected area. A telescope-mounted .22 bore rifle, 80 live cartridges, three empty shells and deer hide were seized from his possession, field officer Ramesh Pandey said. His SUV (HR-26 DN-4299) was impounded. The Delhi-based golfer was married to actress Chitrangada Singh for 13 years. They were divorced in 2014. In the top 100 Official World Golf Ranking between 2004 and 2009, Randhawa (46) has a farmhouse in the DudhwaKatarniaghat forest area. He and former Navy officer Mahesh Virajdar, who, sources said, was court-martialled four years ago for financial irregularities, were booked under the Wildlife Tribune News Service Jyoti Randhawa (L) with seized rifle on his SUV bonnet. PTI ABOUT WILDLIFE SANCTUARY ■ The Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, 200 km from Lucknow, is part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. ■ The sanctuary covers an area of 400.6 sq km in the Terai belt of Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district. ■ Brought under ‘Project Tiger’ in 1987, it provides a link between Dudhwa and Kishanpur tiger habitat in Nepal. Protection Act, 1972, and the Indian Forest Act, 1927. Declined bail, they were sent to 14-day judicial custody by a local court. Randhawa has won 16 titles, eight of these on the Asian Tour. He also has a Japan Tour title to his credit and had topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2002. Chandigarh, December 26 Just two days after the competent authority was given 48 hours to pass fresh orders upon receiving complaints regarding eligibility of candidates for the panchayat polls, the state of Punjab on Wednesday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for modification, review or recalling of orders. One of the grounds taken by the state was that the election petition was the only remedy available to the petitioner-candidates. Punjab Additional Advocate-General Ramiza Hakim requested for early hearing on the application before the Vacation Bench of Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa and Justice Manjari Nehru Kaul. Taking a Rejected panchayat poll candidates had moved the court note of the request, the Bench fixed the case for further hearing on Thursday. In its 12-page application, the state asserted that the grievance by the petitioners in the writ petition could only be gone into in an election petition after the evidence came on record. It was added that proper alternative remedy available to the petitioners was, in fact, election petition. It could be filed after the election result was declared. Referring to judgments on the issue, the state submitted that the courts had time and again held that the issue of disputed question of law continued on page 7 Haryana Police on collision Third glut in row, potato farmers reap heavy losses course with state judiciary Cold stores full with old stock | Growers forced to dump crop on streets | Many give up cultivation Aparna Banerji Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 26 The Haryana Police, it seems, are on a collision course with the judiciary. Having shot off a ‘confidential’ complaint to the Punjab and Haryana High Court against an Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) , alleging misbehaviour, they have now sought permission to withdraw it. The High Court is believed to have refused to give its consent to withdrawal of the complaint and is reportedly looking into the matter. Sources in the judiciary Want complaint against addl sessions judge dropped;HC won’t do so call it an attempt by the police to even things out. A senior officer, in the know of the things, said the move had come after “critical orders” by the judge, who, while hearing a case, had in his April 4 order virtually rapped the police for unfair investigation. The police complaint, he claimed, was an offshoot of that. An Assistant Commissioner of Police, Panchkula, when contacted, said he knew nothing about the complaint as the officer-complainant had been transferred out of the district. A senior High Court functionary said the complaint was pending and the police had indeed sought permission to withdraw it. The complaint was submitted on June 12 by Panchkula’s then Assistant Commissioner of Police to the Registrar, Punjab and Haryana High Court, through “proper channels”. Among other things, it was alleged that the judicial officer had continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Alawalpur (Jalandhar), Dec 26 Sacks of potato line both sides of the road at Alwalpur village in Jandu Singha. Distressed by glut for the third consecutive season, farmers are unable to find buyers for the produce. In sheer desperation, they are giving away sacks of potatoes for free. At least 12 of them have stopped cultivating the crop. “Either we let the crop rot on village streets or give it away to Gujjars for free,” says a local farmer. In Jandu Singha alone, as many as 10 famers have given up potato farm- ing since they are unable to meet the input cost. Jaswinder Singh Sangha, who grows potato on 440 hectares, has over 15,000 sacks (about 700 tonnes) of last year’s produce lying in his cold store. “We spend at least Rs 50,000 per acre on cultivation, besides Rs 500 on each sack. The sacks that we earlier sold for Rs 600 to 700 each are now being dumped by our men. It’s better to give it for free than let the crop rot,” he observes. “For the past three years, my cold store has incurred Rs 4 to 6 crore losses. There isn’t enough money to meet Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. Sacks of potatoes lie along a road in Jandu Singha village, Jalandhar. 3,000 sacks at ❝There are no buyers. I’ve sold have given up potato throwaway rates. Small farmers cultivation.❞ — Bhupinder Singh, JANDU SINGHA FARMER the maintenance cost. With the government calling for diversification, many farmers switched to potato farming, but for the past three years, all that we have reaped is loss. We thought the government would fix MSP and take measures to revive potato farming this year, but noth- ing has been done,” he says. Another farmer, Gurpaljit Singh, says: “ The cold stores are full with last year’s crop. Until these are lifted, we don’t have space to store new produce. I am planning to give up potato farming.” At Maqsoodan Mandi, 60 tractor-trolleys carrying 12,000-13,000 quintal of potatoes arrived every day. The number is now down to 40. Rupinder Minhas, secretary, Market Committee, says: “The old produce is fetching Rs 20 to 70 per sack in the market. Since the new produce is ready, no one is willing to buy the old stock and the stores are full.”
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