02042019-TTC-01.qxd 02-04-2019 01:36 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.90 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, april 2,2019 MODI URGES VOTERS TO PUNISH CONG FOR ‘HINDU TERROR’ SLUR PAGE 7 31 KILLED, 600 INJURED AS FREAK STORM HITS NEPAL PAGE 13 /thetribunechd BALLOT 2019 Indecisive BJP keeps Diya Kumari waiting Choosing a candidate for Mewar region’s Rajsamand LS seat has become a tough task for the BJP. PAGE 2 Cloud over post-poll Opposition alliance In an twist of fate, the Left Front has vowed to defeat all candidates of the grand old party in Kerala. PAGE 2 Modi, Rahul slug it out in Telugu states In a day of hectic political development in Telangana and Andhra, Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi took on each other. PAGE 7 Olympian Poonia is Cong candidate from Jaipur Rural The Congress on Monday fielded international gold medallist in discus throw and Olympian Krishna Poonia from Jaipur Rural LS seat. PAGE 11 IAF scrambled 2 Sukhois as Pak jets came too close Hizb behind Banihal car blast: Cops Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 1 Tensions continue between India and Pakistan as the Indian Air Force on Monday scrambled two Sukhoi-30 fighter jets after sighting a Pakistani drone and a group of four F-16 fighter jets along the Indo-Pak border in the Khemkaran sector of Punjab. Though sources confirmed the development, the IAF spokesperson refused to comment on the matter. Sources said the Sukhoi-30 MKI jets were deployed soon after a Pakistani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was seen hovering over the border, and the F-16s were close by. The drone retreated to the Pakistani side after the Indian jets were scrambled. Both sides continue to have combat air patrols, testing each other’s nerves. UAVs of both countries have been noticed hovering in ‘enemy’ territory. Post the Balakot airstrikes on February 26 and the air duel a day later, there have been a series of incidents of Pakistani drones coming close to the Indo-Pak border. A UAV which intruded into Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar sector was shot down by the Army. Another drone was shot down in Bikaner sector. — TNS IAF officials show a part of Amraam missile used in F-16s. FILE Pak admits to using F-16 day after Balakot airstrike New Delhi, April 1 For the first time, Pakistan today admitted to having used F-16s in the February 27 air duel with IAF fighter jets, even as it claimed to having shot down two of Indian jets without losing any of its F-16s. “We shot down two Indian jets in self-defence. India can assume any type of their choice, even F-16. Pakistan retains the right to use anything and everything in its legitimate self-defence,” the Director General of Pakistan’s Inter Service Public late city ITBP COMMAND ACTIVATED TO TAKE ON CHINESE BUILD-UP PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Pak drone, 4 F-16s seen along border in Khemkaran sector MAHA ! Relations said. Some weeks ago, Pakistan had said it had not used an F-16. Indian Air Force spokesperson Group Captain Anupam Banerjee dismissed the fresh claim, saying: “We had (on February 27) lost only one fighter jet piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The rest is a pack of lies.” On February 27, the IAF and Pakistan Air Force were locked in a duel over Nowshera in J&K. continued on page 7 Amir karim Tantray Jammu, April 1 After it learnt that Jaish-eMohammad was behind the Pulwama terror attack, the police believe that the Hizbul Mujahideen could be behind the Banihal car blast which occurred on March 30. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the accused, Owais Amin, son of Muhammad Amin of Vail in Shopian, belonged to the Hizbul. “He was arrested from Gund area of Banihal aboard a tipper on the national highway last evening while trying to flee to the Valley. “He used a Santro car, the registration number and chassis number of which were tampered with,” DGP Dilbag Singh told the media today. He said after gathering clues from the site and locals, the police launched a search with the help of the Army and other forces. “The accused, with burn injuries received during the blast, fled after he failed to trigger another blast, hitting his vehicle into a CRPF vehicle on the highway,” the DGP said. He called it a fidayeen attack similar to the one in Pulwama on February 14. “We recovered two LPG cylinders, gelatin sticks and other ammunition from the site,” he added. BSF officer among 3 killed in LoC shelling 5 jawans among 21 hurt as Pak targets Poonch posts Tribune News Service Jammu/Rajouri, April 1 A BSF Inspector and a fiveyear-old girl were killed, while 18 persons, including five security personnel, injured in heavy shelling by Pakistan on four Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district on Monday morning. Late at night, in fresh Pakistan shelling, a 48-year-old civilian, Shajat, wife of Mohd Yakub of Balnoi village, was killed while three others, including her 13-year-old son Mohd Irfan, were injured. In the exchange of fire in Shahpur, Gulpur, Digwar, Kerni, Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors in the morning, Sobia Shafiq, 5, of Bandichachian was killed in the Mankote area. BSF Inspector, identified as T Alex Lalminlun of Manipur, was killed in Krishna Ghati sector along the LoC. At least 13 civilians and five security officials, including an Army jawan and four BSF jawans, received injuries. The injured security personnel included BSF Head Constable Raj Pal Panwar A mortar shell lands near a house in Shahpur village in Poonch. 4 LeT MILITANTS KILLED IN PULWAMA ENCOUNTER Anantnag: Four local Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed and four security forces personnel, including three Army men, were injured in a gunfight between security forces and militants at Lassipora in Pulwama district on Monday morning. The injured personnel are all out of danger. PAGE 10 and Constables Ajay Tiwari and Vijender Sharma. Sepoy Bahadur Singh of an RR unit, attached with another unit, was also injured in Dabraj. Around 9 am, troops of Pakistan army’s Baloch unit used forward post ‘Kabristan’ to target Indian forward areas in Gulpur sector in which a civilian, Mohd Sharief, was critically injured. Around 4.30 pm, the Pakistan army again resorted to unprovoked heavy shelling and firing in Gutrian, Qasab and Shahpur areas. This is the fourth consecutive day of ceasefire violation along the LoC by Pakistan. 687 ‘Cong-linked’ FB Akalis name candidates for Charges against cops probed accounts removed Fatehgarh, Patiala, Anandpur by priest to bepocketing~6.66cr Accused Khanna police of Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 1 Ahead of the LS polls, Facebook today removed 687 pages and accounts linked to the Congress, saying these accounts engaged in coordinated “inauthentic behaviour by creating fake accounts and peddling misrepresentations”. The Congress, however, denied association with the development, saying none of the deleted pages was party’s official page or run by its verified accounts. Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said the party had sought details of deleted material and would respond after a proper scrutiny. Facebook’s unprecedented move comes at a time when it’s facing worldwide pres- ‘NOT OFFICIAL PAGE’ ■ The Congress said none of the deleted pages was party’s official page or run by its verified accounts ■ Party spokesman Manish Tewari said they had sought details of deleted material from Facebook and would respond after a proper scrutiny sure to prevent political use of its platform. The firm is fresh from the “Cambridge Analytica” controversy that erupted in the US in which Facebook was accused of allowing its platform to be used for influencing voters. Nathaniel Gleicher, head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, said: “We removed 687 continued on page 7 Ruchika M Khanna calls or messages. The Khanna police had claimed to have Chandigarh, April 1 recovered ‘unaccounted’ The Punjab Police today money totalling Rs 9.66 crore ordered a probe into allega- from six persons, including a tions that a Khanna police couple, during a search at a team had in a joint raid with naka in Doraha. the Income Tax These persons, it Department and claimed, were associatEnforcement Direced with four priests, torate “pocketed” Rs including Father 6.66 crore that Anthony Madaseserry, belonged to a busiFather Jose Palakuzha, ness establishment of Father Paul and Father Father Anthony four Christian priests. Shine. Father Anthony Madasserry Punjab Police chief claimed that the monDinkar Gupta said he had ey from various businesses asked IG (Crime) Praveen Sin- was “legal and accounted for” ha to look into the charges and and had been taken away folsubmit a report at the earliest. lowing raids on their resiMeanwhile, the Khanna dences and that the police had police have turned silent with “under-reported” the confisDhruv Dahiya, SSP not cated money, “pocketing” , responding to either phone nearly Rs 6.66 crore. Tribune News Service Jupinderjit Singh Chandigarh, April 1 The Shiromani Akali Dal today “officially” declared the names of its five candidates for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for May 19. Prem Singh Chandumajra will be fielded again from Anandpur Sahib, former minister Surjit Singh Rakhra from Patiala and former bureaucrat Darbara Singh Guru from Fatehgarh Sahib. Earlier, the party had announced the candidature of SGPC ex-chief Bibi Jagir Kaur and Vidhan Sabha exSpeaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, but their names were formally included in the list declared today. Candidates for Ferozepur and Bathinda seats have not Tribune News Service Darbara Singh Guru Surjit Singh Rakhra been named, even as the leadership had earlier given the go-ahead for the candidature of party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal from these seats. Over the past few days, the SAD has stepped up political activity in these constituencies, with the Badals (including party patriarch Parkash Singh Badal) holding meetings and attending rallies. This had sent the Congress camp into a tizzy, forcing it to re-strategise its poll game- Prem Singh Chandumajra plan. No decision has so far been taken by the Congress as regards these two seats. The party is waiting for the SAD to declare its candidates. Sukhbir Badal said the names of candidates for the remaining five seats (Sangrur, Ludhiana, Faridkot, Bathinda and Ferozepur) would be declared during this week. A meeting of the party’s top leadership is expected to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. ‘Have we ever asked for anything?Why ignore us then?’ 100 YEARS OF Martyrs’ descendants wonder why there’s been no effort to include them in centenary commemoration JALLIANWALA BAGH PART-I In the run-up to the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, The Tribune launches a special series to revisit the epochal tragedy that shaped the course of the freedom struggle Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 1 Tek Chand’s grandfather took a bullet in the chest a century ago when Gen Reginald Dyer’s troops fired at peaceful protesters on April 13, 1919. He and his father went unrecognised as “kin of freedom fighter” for 90 years, but he took it all in his stride. What upsets him today is the admission by the Amritsar district administration and the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust that they don’t have a list of the martyrs’ descendants. “Eh ki drama hai?” Tek Chand asks. He is the grandson of Khushi Ram, whose name appears at serial number 32 on the original list of martyrs. He leads a life of penury in one of the many ser- pentine lanes of Chowk Pasia. “Have we ever asked them for anything? Why do they treat us like beggars?” he asks and starts flipping through an old file. He then brings out a laminated paper, and says: “Read this!” It’s a certificate issued by the Department of General Administration of the Punjab Government in 2010. It reads: “Tek Chand is the grandson of Khushi Ram, who got martyred at Jallianwala Bagh. This certificate is issued to him as kin of the martyr.” He is one among those who have valid certificates to prove they are genuine descendants of the martyrs. However, it seems no effort has been made to contact them ahead of the centenary of the massacre. “What further proof do they want?” he wonders. The monument to Jallianwala Bagh martyrs in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR GOVERNMENT’S LIST OF 501 The Punjab Government and Amritsar administration have furnished the list of martyrs on various occasions, including before High Court, where they claimed having a list of 501 who were killed, injured or went missing on April 13, 1919. Titled ‘Kacha File Register No. 117’, it was prepared on November 12, 1919. TNS Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including six-page Bathinda Tribune. Last week, the local authorities had claimed that they didn’t have any list of the descendants of the martyrs, so it was difficult to honour them. However, The Tribune team came across three such cases in which both certificates as well as identity cards were issued by the Department of General Administration. In 2007, the state government had recognised the martyrs of 1919 as freedom fighters. Sunil Kapur, grandson of martyr Wasoo Mal, has a long list of names and addresses of the martyrs’ descendants. “The government must tell us what efforts it has made to contact us or others,” he asks. Former chairman of the National Commission for Minorities Tarlochan Singh, recently inducted as a member of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust, accepts that had the efforts started well in time, the situation could have been avoided. The apathy has left Tek Chand and others bitter about the centenary commemoration. Satpal Sharma and Mahesh Behal, grandsons of Amin Chand (No. 310) and Hari Ram (No. 19), respectively, have similar certificates, but none of them has been contacted by the government. “They need not worry. I am 82 and won’t ask for a government job,” Sharma mocks. Mahesh Behal, president of the Shaheed Parivar Samiti, says his grandfather Hari Ram’s picture hangs in the Trust secretary’s office. “He just needs to turn around.” TOMORROW Painting that influenced generations Yogi’s ‘Modi ji ki sena’ remark riles Opposition New Delhi, April 1 Yogi Adityanath’s remark dubbing the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena” (Modi’s army) during an election campaign for the BJP created a political firestorm on Monday, with the Opposition leaders attacking the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister for “insulting and humiliating” the force. The Election Commission has also asked the District Magistrate of Ghaziabad to submit a report so that it can be checked whether there was any violation of the model code of conduct as it has already asked parties to “desist” from indulging in any propaganda involving defence forces during their Lok Sabha poll campaigns. At a rally on Sunday, Adityanath, while campaigning for sitting MP and Union minister VK Singh in Ghaziabad, said what was “impossible” for the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party is possible under the BJP rule. “Congress ke log aatankwadiyon ko biryani khilate the aur Modi ji ki sena aatankwadiyon ko goli aur gola deti hai (Congress people would feed biryani to terrorists, while Modi’s army gives them bullet or bomb). This is the difference,” he said. The remarks have also not gone down well with the military with sources indicating that it was “upset”. Lt Gen HS Panag (retd) said, “Such comments lead to the politicisation of the Army.” — PTI
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