31012019-btd-01.qxd 30-01-2019 23:00 Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE PENSIONERS BURN STATE GOVERNMENT’S EFFIGY PAGE 2 Members of Punjab and UT Pensioners’ Sangharsh Committee also held a protest against state government FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF TICKET WINDOW SHIFT INCREASED Bathinda: The second shift of the ticket window in the Bathinda West area of the city railway station was started on Wednesday. Earlier, the ticket window situated on the other side of the city railway station used to remain open till 2 pm but now the ticket window service would be available round the clock. Residents of Partap Nagar, Arjun Nagar, Parasram Nagar, Yogi Nagar, Gopal Nagar and Multania Road would be directly benefitted with the move. Initially, the Ambala railway division had decided to start the ticket window on trial basis and had planned to continue it if the sale of tickets would be satisfactory, said officials at the Bathinda railway station. For a long time, residents of many areas in the city had been raising the demand for the ticket window service. Keeping in view the interest and convenience of the passengers, the higher officials of Ambala division decided to increase the ticket window shift from one to two. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.50 DIESEL ~65.75 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA PROTEST: Paramedical Health Workers to stage protest over privatisation of health services/centres at Civil Hospital, Bathinda; 12:30 pm RAGINI TANDAN’S LIFE IN THE FAST LANE The singer’s current claim to fame, Lamberghini, is standing tall at 80 million hits MAX 19°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 7°C Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, January 30 A one-week delay in registering an FIR in the killing of two Sikh protesters at Behbal Kalan in October 2015 and the alleged tampering with bullets which led to their killing, has landed many police officers in a difficult situation. After the questioning of former Moga SSP Charanjit Singh, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Punjab police on Tuesday amended the three-year-old FIRs in the police firing cases at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura. With these amendments in the FIR, the SIT seems to have a plan of arraying more persons as accused in these cases. All these new accused in the FIR are likely to be police officers and political leaders, say insiders. On Tuesday, the SIT added Section 34 and 120-B of the IPC (criminal acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention and criminal conspiracy) and Section 218 and 201 of the IPC (public servant framing incorrect record or writing and causing disappearance of the evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender) in both these FIRs, earlier registered under Section 302 and 307 of the IPC at Bajakhana and Kotkapura police stations, respectively. The addition of Section 201 and 218 of the IPC in the FIR at Bajakhana is to deal with the controversial issue of tampering with the bul- SUNSET THURSDAY 6:06 PM Temperature dips; another wet spell predicted in next few days Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 30 With an overcast sky, city residents witnessed another chilly day with maximum temperature coming down to 18 degree Celsius on Wednesday. The city had witnessed bright sunny days in the past about a week. As per the Agri-Met Department of the regional station of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Bathinda, the maximum temperature was recorded at 18 degree Celsius and minimum temperature was 5.5 degree Celsius on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 20.5 degree Celsius and minimum temperature was 2.2 degree Celsius. As per the department officials, weather was most likely to remain cloudy on Thursday and there was prediction of rain as well. Friday was also expected to remain cloudy and the sky would clear for the next few days after that. The department officials said the temperature often increased on cloudy days as compared to clear/ sunny days as evaporation process slowed down. But due to overcast sky and windy conditions, people tend to feel more cold (atmosphere gets cold). Apart from the clouds, the city was also engulfed in a mild fog during the day as well as evening hours. KNOWING THE COURT OF LAW ON TV THURSDAY | 31 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA In a first, Bathinda to host kite festival Tribune News Service THE EXTRAVAGANZA A view of the overcast sky in the city on Wednesday. PHOTOS: VIJAY KUMAR DRIVING IN FOGGY CONDITIONS ■ Experts suggest that while driving in fog, one should use headlights on low beam, along with wipers and demisters. It will also be safe to maintain extra distance from the vehicle moving ahead ■ The moisture in the air may continuously gather on the windshield. Adjust the defroster and windshield wiper speed as necessary. Use emergency signal ■ It is also advisable to use fog lights or driving lights (if equipped) as many vehicles now come with factory-fitted fog or driving lights Bathinda, January 30 In a first, Bathinda district administration is all set to organise a kite festival to celebrate the Basant season (spring) in a grand manner and to connect the youth with their cultural roots. Titled ‘Bathinda Kite Festival and Fete-2019’, this oneof-its-kind extravaganza would see passionate kite flyers exhibiting their skills through giant-sized kites of various shapes, besides enjoying the beats of music. The fest would be held at the local Multipurpose Sports Stadium on February 2 and 3. Deputy Commissioner Praneet presided over a meeting here on Wednesday to ensure a successful gala. The DC said Bathinda would be the first district in the state to hold the festival during Basant. It would also make Punjab the first state in the entire north India to hold such a festival. He further said that the district administration would hold this fest with the active assistance of District Olympic Association and Malwa Heritage Society. The occasion would see contests, such as kite flying, kite making, rangoli making, stone painting, collage making, visible painting, treasure hunt, wooden ring, Caring two hoots Faridkot: The court of District and Sessions Judge, Faridkot, on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on the anticipatory bail application of three cops for February 1. SP Bikramjit Singh and Inspectors Pardeep Singh and Amarjit Singh Kular, all accused in the case of police firing on protestors at Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015, and killing of two protestors, have filed for anticipatory bail after former Moga SSP Charanjit Singh was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab police last week. As the advocates here were observing a strike and work was suspended on Wednesday, there was no hearing and argument on the anticipatory bail applications of the three police officials. The hearing in the case was adjourned, despite many senior members of the SIT being present in the court to oppose the anticipatory bail to the accused cops and the court also serving a notice to the state to hear the bail applications. time seen with suspicion. Thus, it is important that the FIR should be given in a natural way describing the incident as it happened and not with afterthoughts or in a premeditated fashion, insiders in the SIT said. While the two protestors had died on October 14, 2015 at Behbal Kalan, the police registered a case in these killings against unknown persons on October 21, 2015. However, the police had shown promptness in registering a case against unknown persons, alleging that the protesters attacked a police party at Behbal Kalan. The case was registered on October 14, 2015. As the police has not claimed the excuse of selfdefence in the opening of firing and the killing of two persons in both these FIRs, so it is set to spell trouble for these policemen now, said legal experts. ■ Titled ‘Bathinda Kite Festival and Fete-2019’, this one-of-its-kind extravaganza will see passionate kite flyers exhibiting their skills through giant-sized kites of various shapes, besides enjoying the beats of music ■ The fest will be held at the local Multipurpose Sports Stadium on February 2 and 3 ■ The occasion will see contests, such as kite flying, kite making, rangoli making, stone painting, collage making, visible painting, treasure hunt, wooden ring, best out of waste and tambola, in which nearly 1,000 students from different schools of the district will participate ❝Master Chef Bathinda competition would also be held at IHM institute in which participants would exhibit their culinary skills ❞ Praneet, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER best out of waste and tambola, in which nearly 1,000 students from different schools of the district would participate. Apart from this, ‘Master Chef Bathinda’ competition would also be held at IHM institute in which participants would exhibit their culinary skills, Praneet stated. The Deputy Commissioner said the winners of the kite flying contest would get Rs 5,100, Rs 2,100 and Rs 1,100 as prizes, respectively, whereas winner of other competitions would also be awarded with certificates and mementos. There would be effective arrangements of refreshments as well as clean drinking water on both days for the participating students. The DC also elaborated that artistes of international repute would also exhibit their kite-flying skills at the event. The added attraction would be the cultural programmes, in which, apart from bhangra and giddha, artistes from other states would present their folk arts and dance forms. There would be a live musical band also to enthrall the audience. During this fest, a food court comprising different cuisines would also be set up to satiate the appetite of the food lovers. The Deputy Commissioner directed all officers to make sure that strict and foolproof arrangements are put in place for the safety of participants and visitors. Also, it should be ensured that Chinese string is not used during the contest, he added. Private hospitals referring suspected swine flu patients to civil hospital No hearing on anticipatory bail application of three cops lets, allegedly fired by the police and the killing of two persons. In January, 2018, the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission had also alleged in its findings that bullets used were tampered with in police custody and it amounted to the destruction of evidence. It is alleged that after tampering with the bullets, there were efforts by the police to make it unclear whether an SLR (self-loading rifle), an AK-47 or some other gun was used in the firing and this ambiguity was to give the benefit of doubt to the police. As the police had registered an FIR in the killing of two protesters at Behbal Kalan a week after the incident, on October 21, 2015, so it was registered in a premeditated manner, not the natural way describing the incident as it happened. A delayed FIR is most of the PAGE 4 Colors will soon introduce a new series titled Courtroom, which intends to reiterate the role of the court of law SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:21 AM Weather gives the chills Delay in registering FIR may spell trouble for police BEHBAL KALAN INCIDENT PAGE 3 Sameer Singh Tribune News Service The vehicle of Lok Jan Shakti Party’s president parked on Bathinda-Mansa highway in violation of parking norms. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Bathinda, January 30 The number of suspected swine flu cases has been rising in the district from the past few weeks. A number of private hospitals in the city have also been referring suspected swine flu cases of category A (mild) and category B (moderate) to the local civil hospital for treatment. As per the doctors in the paediatrics unit of Women and Children Hospital, there has been a significant increase in the number of suspected (with mild/ moderate symptoms) swine flu cas- es from the past five-six days. The doctors at the paediatrics unit added that on an average, they come across 15-20 suspected swine flu patients in the outpatient department (OPD) on daily basis. The doctors, however, added that a number of patients with viral infection have also been visiting the unit for treatment. Sources said apart from the suspected swine flu patients directly visiting the civil hospital, a large number of patients are being referred here by private hospitals. Dr Manu Gupta, district nodal officer, swine flu, said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ludhiana duo held with habit-forming tablets Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 30 In its ongoing campaign against the menace of illegal drug sale, the Mansa police on Wednesday arrested a Ludhiana-based man and a woman with 1.37 lakh habit-forming tablets. The accused have been identified as Nirmal Singh, a resident of Dakha village of Ludhiana, and his accomplice Manpreet Kaur from the same village. Nirmal was earlier booked by the Ludhiana police in 2013 when he was caught carrying 20-kg poppy husk. Divulging more details about the case, Mansa SSP Mandhir Singh said the duo was arrested by a team c m y b from the Boha police station, led by ASI Amreek Singh. The police team had laid a ‘naka’ near a drain of Gamiwala village in Boha where they stopped a Hyundai Accent car bearing registration number of Chandigarh. During checking, Alplazolam and Calvidol tablets were recovered from the car, driven by Nirmal. Mandhir Singh further stated that the accused tried to make fast money by purchasing the habit-forming drugs from Haryana for Rs 1.25 lakh. They had paid a sum of Rs 80,000 out of the total amount and promised to pay the remaining to the seller in Haryana after the sale of tablets in Punjab. They paid Rs 1,000 for one small case (of 500 tablets) of Calvidol which was to be further sold to the addicts for Rs 1,700 to Rs 1,800. Similarly, they bought the small packet of Alplazolam for Rs 450 from Haryana, which was to be further sold to the addicts in Punjab for Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200. The SSP said a case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act had been registered against both the accused and further investigation was on. The accused from whom habit-forming tablets were recovered in custody of Mansa police on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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