12042019-JTR-01.qxd 4/12/2019 1:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE COMPOSTING UNIT INAUGURATED AT GYMKHANA CLUB Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner inaugurates two-tonne composting unit at Gymkhana Club. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF NIHANG FOUND HANGING FROM TREE Jalandhar: A Nihang Sikh was found hanging from a tree at Dakoha village here on Thursday morning. Dressed in the blue attire of Nihangs, the man was found hanging from the tree with his scarf. Unable to ascertain his identity, the police have ruled it as a suicide. SHO, Dakoha police station, Sewa Singh said: “He was found hanging from a tree. The victim is not from this village. It seems a case of suicide. A case has been registered.” TNS WHAT’S ON JALANDHAR PROMOTION: Actors Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt to promote upcoming film ‘Kalank’ at LPU; 10:30 am PLAY: Play ‘Bullaah’ to be staged at KL Saigal Memorial; 6:30 pm PAGE 2 PRIYANKA CHOPRA, NICK ON MET GALA HOST COMMITTEE MAX 36°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:54 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:02 AM Faced trouble after GST, DeMo; say enough protests staged against these Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 11 On November 8, 2016, when the Central Government declared demonetisation, the most prized possession of people turned to be a burden. Later, on July 1, goods and services tax (GST) was introduced and again people from all walks of life, especially industrialists, were the most affected by the decision. They said till now, they had been bearing the brunt of the two decisions which the government made. Several protests and meetings were held and letters were written just to let the government know about problems faced by small traders in these years. But now, the traders say that they had done enough protests and now, their votes would speak for them. They said their time had come and they would reply the government through votes. For industrialists, demonetisation and the GST were the issues which troubled them. Ravinder Dhir, president of Veopar Sena, said the industrialists suffered too much and now, they know that their votes would raise their voice. The traders said they had suffered a lot in these years but nobody thought about them. “We are not favouring or are against any particular party. But the state government too did not help us in solving our problems,” they said. Members of the Veopar Sena had held a protest in Pathankot on October 7 last year ahead of the Gurdaspur bypoll, against the Central Government for imposing demonetisation and GST on the public. The traders had said the Centre’s move was troubling them. Jalandhar Chamber of Industries and Commerce had also written a letter to the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister, mentioning the plight of manufactur- Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 11 Hundreds of supporters from the Valmiki community today held a protest march in the city. The march commenced from the Desh Bha- DESECRATION OF VALMIKI TEMPLE ers and traders. Representatives of the industries had said the government should do something to save the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). “Our sales had reduced by almost 50 per cent and it is the right time when the government should take some measures to provide relief to the industry in the region,” they had said. The Veopar Sena had also held a protest at 11 pm till midnight on June 30, 2017, the time which coincided with the GST launch by Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH village, in Faridkot district. Mahinder Singh Hamira, the president of the Valmiki Mahibi Sikh Morcha Community said: “On February 25, a total of 40 persons belonging to upper castes destroyed the 35-year-old Valmiki temple in the village and broke the idols of their deity. The upper caste Jat community tried to occupy the land of temple illegally. However, the police did not take any action against the miscreants. Hamira said the members of the Valmiki community also protested against the SHO, Sadak Police division, and the DSP Faridkot. Thereafter, losing all hopes, the community members, intensified demonstration and appealed to the DC to initiate an action against the miscreants and the corrupt police officials. Besides, Joginder Singh, the leader of another Valmiki association, and other dissidents demanded that a case under Section 295-A of SC/ST Prevention Act should be registered against the miscreants and an inquiry should be initiated against the SHO and DSP. FRIDAY | 12 APRIL 2019 | JALANDHAR Minor rapes five-year-old daughter of migrant labourer Our Correspondent SUSPECT BOOKED UNDER IPC, POCSO ACT Hoshiarpur, April 11 An 11-year-old boy allegedly raped a fiveyear-old daughter of a migrant labourer at his neighborhood in New Fatehgarh Mohalla here. As soon as the matter was reported, people of the ward along with BJP councillor Meenu Sethi informed the police after which the Model Town police immediately sent the victim to the local Civil Hospital. After her medical examination, they started investigating the case by lodging an FIR under Section 376, IPC, and POCSO Act against the suspect, who is also a son of a migrant labourer from Bihar. The parents of the victim Model Town SHO Inspector Bharat Masih said on the basis of a complaint and the medical examination of the victim, the minor suspect had been booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the POSCO Act. The police were investigating the case. had gone to work while both of her elder sisters were away to school. In the afternoon, the boy, who lives in the neighbourhood, entered their room and allegedly raped the girl. He fled the spot after committing the crime. When her mother returned home, the victim told her about the incident, after which she was taken to a hospital. Model Town Station House Officer (SHO) Inspector Bharat Masih said on the basis of a complaint and the medical examination of the victim, the minor suspect had been booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POSCO) Act. The police were investigating the case,the SHO said Randomisation of poll duties for staff Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 11 The district administration today conducted randomisation to deploy manpower for the ensuing Lok Sabha poll in the presence of officials of the district administration and representatives of political parties at the District Administrative Complex here. During the randomisation, ~17.34 lakh in cash seized Members of the Valmiki community during a protest at the DC office in Jalandhar on Thursday. PAGE 4 TV actor Vivek Dahiya has recently taken up initiative to encourage those in his hometown to vote. Now, our votes will give a befitting reply, say traders Aakanksha N Bhardwaj TELEVISION ACTOR VIVEK DAHIYA JOINS A CAUSE Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas have been announced as part of Met Gala Host Committee. Valmiki community members take out protest march in city gat Yadgar Hall and concluded at the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC). The protesters also held a dharna. The irate mob got involved in a tussle with commuters. The police were deployed to control the situation. The protest affected the traffic for over an hour on the routes leading to the DC Complex. The protesters threatened the commuters and tried to hit their vehicles. As many as 500 devotees of Valmiki Mahibi Sikh Morcha Community; Shiromani Rangretta Dal; Aadvasi Guru Gyannath Puran Sangarsh Dal; and other organisations of the Valmiki community alleged that the police had failed to initiate any action against miscreants who were involved in the desecration of the Valmiki temple at Kauni PAGE 3 Phagwara, April 11 A flying squad nabbed two persons travelling in a Pajero vehicle and recovered Rs 17,34,500 in cash as undisclosed money from them here today. SP Phagwara, Mandeep , Singh, said Manprit Singh and Jaswinder Singh were nabbed at a naka on the Phagwara-Chandigarh highway today. Kapurthala DC DPS Kharwanda said the case had been referred to the ED and the cash was deposited in the treasury. A case has been registered. — TNS Deputy Commissioner-cumDistrict Election Officer Varinder Kumar Sharma said over 18,000 employees from the Centre and state government, banks and public sector undertakings would be assigned several duties during the poll. He said as per need, the services of the employees would be used for counting and polling. They will be assigned duties as supporting staff, micro- observers and booth level officers (BLOs). Sharma said the randomisation was aimed at assigning duties to the staff in the days to come. The DC said the randomisation was to be done for the deployment of 2,329 polling parties at 1,863 booths of the district. He said a total strength of 9,316 employees would be deputed as presiding officers (PRO), APRO and polling officers (PO) during the poll. He said around 1,000 micro observers would be deployed on the polling day across the district. He said there were 15.74 lakh voters in the district. Sharma said of this, 8.22 lakh voters were male, 7.52 lakh voters were female and 23 were third gender voters, adding that the district administration was dutybound to ensure that every voter was able to exercise their franchise freely. Newborn girl found in garbage dump Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 11 In a shocking incident, a commuter today spotted a newborn girl in a roadside garbage dump near Milap Chowk. After getting information, the police personnel from the Police Division 4 rushed to the spot and shifted the body to the Civil Hospital for autopsy. Area SHO Kamaljit Singh said the body was found around 10.30 am. As per MC cleanliness workers, the body was not spotted in the dump when they lifted the garbage from it. Hence, it was concluded that the body was thrown after 9.30 am. The newborn baby was wrapped in a coloured polythene. However, it was yet to ascertain how she was killed. He said he had registered a case against unidentified persons and CCTV camera footage of nearby areas were being verified to nab culprits. In a similar incident, a newborn girl wrapped in a polythene bag was found aban- doned in a drain at Balmiki Hadiabad on February 24 this year. Some passers-by heard the cries of the infant and brought her to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. Moreover, alarms on the abandoning of fetuses were also raised last year when two underdeveloped fetuses were found wrapped in a polythene bag at a garbage dump near Khalsa School. Since July 2018, at least five such incidents have been reported from the district. 800 cartons of countrymade liquor seized Tribune News Service Degree of pride Students of Doaba College in a jubilant mood after receiving degrees during the convocation ceremony on the college campus in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH c m y b Jalandhar, April 11 As many as 800 cartons of countrymade illicit liquor were seized by the City Police Commissionerate at GNA Chowk here today. DCP Paramvir Singh Parmar and ADCP City-2, Par, minder Singh Bhandal said after receiving information, the Cantt Police Division had set up a check post at the chowk. The liquor cartons, brought here on a mini-truck, were meant to be supplied to another place on the Pratapur road. The police speculated that the liquor was supposed to be used in the upcoming poll. However, they further said they were investigating the matter. A suspect, identified as Kuldeep Singh, a resident of TarnTaran, was arrested by the police team, whereas another person, Nand Lal of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, managed to flee the spot. An FIR under the Excise Act has Police officials with the suspect and the seized illicit liquor in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO been lodged against them. Illicit liquor seized from Tanda, two women booked Hoshiarpur: Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer Isha Kalia said the Excise and Taxation Department had seized 1,20,000 ml of illegal liquor from two places. The team recovered around 50,000 ml of illicit liquor stored in plastic cans from a pond at Johlan village in Tanda city last night. During a search operation conducted at various houses in Tanda, 70,000 ml of illicit liquor stored in cans was recovered. Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Avtar Singh Kang said in the case of liquor seizure at Johlan village, a woman, Darshna, was booked, while in Tanda, another woman Bachni had been booked under Section 61 of the Excise Act. A few days ago, the Excise and Taxation Department had recovered 88, 20,000 ml of liquor worth Rs 40 lakh. — OC
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