11042019-JTR-01.qxd 4/11/2019 1:47 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE EMPLOYEES HOLD PROTEST, SEEK REGULARISATION On a call of Punjab and UT Mulazim Sangharsh Committee, a protest march was held outside DC office. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF STUDENT ROBBED OF PHONE, CASH Phagwara: Two unidentified motorcyclists snatched a mobile phone, cash and an ATM card from Ankush Thakur, a student of Lovely Professional University (LPU), on the Miherru village road, near the LPU on Tuesday. The victim hails from Uttar Pradesh. The miscreants managed to flee the spot after committing the crime. A case has been registered. OC PAGE 2 MAX 36°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 19°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:53 PM Gang of robbers busted; 7 arrested Jalandhar, April 10 Just ahead of the Lok Sabha poll, an internal blame game has ensued within the Congress with Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh levelling charges against Municipal Corporation Mayor Jagdish Raja of dilly dallying civic works in his area. Pargat Singh maintains that sewer cleaning, road sweeping work, maintenance of a park and condition of roads in his area Ravi Dubey and his wife Sargun Mehta took a few days off from busy schedule and flew to royal Jodhpur recently. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:03 AM Fellow countryman asked me to peddle drugs in exchange of food, says Nigerian Was arrested with 1 kg of heroin at naka SSP (rural) Navjot Singh Mahal shows the arms seized from arrested suspects in Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH 2 pistols, live cartridges, two magazines, four sharp weapons seized Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 10 The Jalandhar rural police today arrested a seven-member gang of robbers and seized .32 bore two pistols, six live cartridges, two magazines and four sharp-edged weapons, along with two motorcycles. The suspects have been identified as Dilbagh Singh (30) of Chak Attari Sadarwala village in Muktsar, Harpreet Singh (24) of Nizamwala, Akashdeep Singh (30) of Basti Ram Lal, Sandip Singh (24), Satnam Singh (22) of Mallanwala Khas, Simranjit Singh (26) of Baghewala and Kuldip Kumar (26) of Mohalla Government Hospital in Mehatpur, here. Addressing a press conference, Senior Superintendent of Police (Rural) Navjot Singh Mahal, accompanied by SP (investigation) Rajveer Singh, said Sub-Inspector Surinder of the CIA staff-II had received a tip-off that some persons were conspiring to loot a fuel station in Mehatpur, following which he, along with his team, nabbed seven-members of a gang at an abandoned place near a Y-Point on GT road, Darewal village. Mahal said on being quizzed, the suspects revealed that they had robbed Rs 10 lakh from a Reliance fuel station in Muktsar in August 2018 and killed the employee by opening fire at him. He said the gang members had also looted Rs 85,000 from a financier in Ferozepur and the two cases were registered in both districts, but remained unsolved. The SSP added that all suspects were well-known to each other and were planning to loot a pump in the Mehatpur town of the district. He said a case under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC had been registered against them at the Lohian police station and they would sent to police remand for further questioning. have gone for a toss. “Cool Road and 66-Feet Road, which are the arterial roads in my constituency, have remained dug up for over a year. The parks in the posh Urban Estate area are not being maintained. There are a few safai karamcharis working in my area. I had been following things up with the Mayor for six months but he has only been putting off my concerns,” he said. The MLA rued: “Now that election time is on, even the civic issues mat- ter. We are responsible to our voters and they have started asking me questions. We cannot even blame it on less funds as it is the duty of the Mayor to ensure proper recovery of the dues.” Mayor Raja says, “I think Pargat has some misunderstanding against me. I have never got any works halted in any area, be it for the wards of BJP councillors. I consider putting any spanner in development works as the biggest sin.” Interestingly, both Par- gat and Mayor were together at the residence of Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh. But both did not discuss the issue and sort out their misunderstanding. When asked if anyone, including the MP, tried to iron out the differences between him and Pargat, the Mayor said, “No one took up this issue.” “I am ready to clear all misunderstandings. If I am made to realise that I am wrong anywhere, I am ready to correct myself,” he said. Jalandhar, April 10 It was a year ago that Justine migrated to India from Nigeria, looking for a better life. He just escaped from his strife-torn country. A man whom he met during some protests in Nigeria has become the reason behind him landing in jail in Punjab. On his second errand to smuggle heroin in the state, Justine was arrested by the Jalandhar rural police this morning. Justine is the 17th foreign national (nine of them women) arrested by the Jalandhar police in the past nine months with seizures of as many as 27 kg of contraband. Besides foreign nationals, mostly Africans, contraband is also being caught from J&K citizens. Every other day, the name of Nigerian nationals surfaces in the drug nexus which clearly continues to thrive amid the elections even as the code of conduct is in place and in the second year of the Congress government in the state which had promised to wipe out drugs in the first one month of its forming the government. With a bandana wrapped around half his face to hide his identity — as is customary with suspects arrested in similar cases — Justine while speaking to The Tribune, after a press conference held EVMs, VVPATs distributed Jalandhar, April 10 Continuing the work of assembly-wise distribution of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the district administration today disbursed 1,132 EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines among various assembly segments from the office of the Director, Land Records. Amidst tight security and electronic surveillance, the machines were sent for Jalandhar West and Jalandhar Central assembly segments. — TNS Justice Zora calls inactive workers, says nobody is upset Aakanksha N Bhardwaj PARTY LEADERS WILLING TO HELP ZORA: MANN Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 10 Justice Zora Singh (retd), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate for the Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat, when asked what initiatives were taken to reconcile with upset or inactive workers, he said he had been calling the workers on his own. He said he did not know what was the scenario earlier but now as he had come here, he realised that no one was upset. He stated this during the inauguration of the new party office at Urban Estate, Phase II. Notably, the fan following the party enjoyed in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll had got vanished. Several workers left the party these years and many remained inactive. Thus, for now, it is a Herculean task for the party to gather everyone and start the campaigning. THURSDAY | 11 APRIL 2019 | JALANDHAR Tribune News Service Issue between Pargat, Mayor flares up Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Aparna Banerji Phagwara: Money was found stolen from the donation box kept at the Chint Purni Temple, near Pandori village, on Tuesday night. The police have registered a case in this regard. OC Jalandhar, April 10 Continuing his inquiry into the case of “missing” Rs 6.66 crore, IG, Crime, Punjab, Praveen Sinha today again called Jalandhar priest Father Anthony Madasserry for interrogation at Phillaur. Father Anthony was asked to identify cops from the Khanna police, who had conducted raid on his premises. He was also asked to submit all proofs to show that he had Rs 16.65 crore at his house on March 29, the day of raid. He had claimed that he had this amount on the day of raid from book sales, but the police showed only Rs 9.66 crore in recovery. Father Anthony was asked to furnish all statements in writing. — TNS RAVI DUBEY AND SARGUN MEHTA’S TRIP TO JODHPUR Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh is bowled over by the B-Town couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. CASH STOLEN FROM TEMPLE Priest’s statement recorded again PAGE 3 KAREENA IS SPECIAL TO ME, SAIF HAS SWAG: DILJIT DOSANJH AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said other members of the party were happy and more willing to help Justice Zora Singh (retd) in campaigning. Notably, party leaders had earlier shown disappointment that the ticket was given to Justice Zora. AAP leaders Bhagwant Mann and Justice Zora Singh (retd) in Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH Shares his plan for city Justice Zora also shared his plans for the city. On the condition of NRIs in the region, he said once elected to power, he would set up an NRI cell and would head the cell himself. “I have been noticing problems of NRIs regarding their properties and various issues. Hence, I will make sure that all their problems would get resolved,” he said. He said he had remained posted as a judge in the city years ago and since then he had been seeing that the problem of solid waste management still remains here and it had not resolved yet. Besides, Singh said, he would make sure that on the lines of the Delhi model of education and health, work would also be carried out in Jalandhar. “I have noticed that poor children are not being given admission to private schools but under the economically weaker sections’ (EWS) scheme, it is necessary for the private schools to keep aside 25 per cent of the seats for the children who belong to the EWS. Hence, I will make sure that the Delhi model gets implemented here too,” said Zora. Besides, he said he would c m y b make sure that residents get free medicines as he would also establish mohalla clinics. AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said on Wednesday that other members of the party were happy and were more willing to help Justice Zora Singh (retd) in campaigning. Party leaders had earlier shown disappointment that the ticket was given to Justice Zora. Hence, it seemed that Mann actually meant that there was now no resentment or disappointment. He added that no one should consider Zora Singh as an outsider as he had dealt with cases of whole Punjab. The suspect in police custody in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH 17TH FOREIGN NATIONAL CAUGHT IN NINE MONTHS Justine is the 17th foreign national (nine of them women) arrested by the Jalandhar police in the past nine months with seizures of as many as 27 kg of contraband. Besides foreign nationals, mostly Africans, contraband is also being caught from J&K citizens. to announce the heroin haul caught from him, says: “This was my second errand to smuggle heroin. I had previously smuggled a smaller heroin packet. A fellow Nigerian, Peter, helped me when I migrated to India a year ago. I had met him during some protests in that country. When I came to India and needed help, he spotted me and helped me, giving me food when I was hungry. In return, he began asking me to smuggle some packets, which he put in my bag.” Justine claims he did not know what was being put in his bag. At present, a resident of Dwarka, New Delhi, he was caught at a naka in Adampur this morning with 1 kg of hero- in. Among other Nigerians caught by the police, in the majority of the cases, the suspects were coming from Delhi. “The rural police have also intimated the Delhi Police about many of these cases and the police said talks were on for formation of inter-state teams to check the steadily rising recovery of drugs stashes, most of which come from Delhi-based foreignimmigrant peddlers. However, even as drugs pour into the state, the police are yet clueless on the supply chain. SSP (rural), Jalandhar, Navjot Singh Mahal, said: “Much of the drugs come in from the sea route. We do not know the specific source yet but the Golden Triangle is largely to blame. We are in talks with the Delhi Police and will also be seeking the help of the STF to dig into elements behind the supply of drugs in the region.” The SSP said Justine was arrested during checks at an Adampur naka today. The police spotted a foreigner who was carrying a backpack. He said on suspicion, the police personnel stopped him and frisked him following which one kg of heroin was caught from him. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of NDPS Act has been registered against Justine. The police said he would be sent to remand for further questioning regarding the source. As stated earlier, Justine said he had been given the contraband by another Nigerian national, Peter. the SSP said in nine months, the police had seized 27 kg of heroin and arrested 17 foreigners, including nine women. Future of budding cricketers under dist association’s training at stake Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 10 Players, being trained under the Jalandhar District Cricket Association (JDCA) at Burlton Park academy, alleged today that the JDCA has fall into the wrong hands, putting the future of the players at stake. “For the past 25-30 years, the JDCA is being run by a single person. Surjit Rai Bitta has been holding the post of general secretary. However, as per the recommendations of the ‘Lodha Committee 2016’, no person can run any cricket association more than nine years,’’stated the players. They said other officebearers of the JDCA had also been disqualified as per the Supreme Court’s judgement. Mandeep Singh, a former player of the academy said neither the secretary, nor the president of the association Rakesh Rahore were entitled to govern the district cricket body, as in the Lodha Committee recommendations, it had been clearly mentioned that non-cricketers, politicians and government employees were prohibited to run any cricket association. “Whereas, the secretary and the president are noncricketers and politicians respectively,” he added. Around sixty players, who organised a press conference today said the authorities were charging a sum of Rs 2,600 per month from the players, which was unlawful as the JDCA was an affiliated body of Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and the expenditure was borne by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) every year. The JDCA gets more than 30 lakh every year from the PCA for the management and maintenance of the ground. However, presently the JDCA don’t have it’s own ground and has been dependent on municipal corporation’s land. Quoting a report, the players said: “The JDCA has received Rs 40 lakh as subsidy for the development and augmenting of the ground and other facilities, besides the subsidy for all District Cricket Associations has been increased to Rs 50 lakh per annum.” “Currently, several players, under different categories are having training at the academy, but poor players don’t get chance to play matches and there is unavailability of well-qualified coaches.” said Mandeep. The players demanded that there should be no political interference in the governing body of the JDCA. Only skilled cricketers should be hired to command the association. The players said they would submit a memorandum to the District Commissioner in this regard. Budding players address the media in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH
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