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SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:58 AM MONDAY | 23 AUGUST 2021 | JALANDHAR No relief for commuters Little Singhu in the middle of city! as trains stay cancelled Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 22 Unable to get any positive response to their demands, the sugarcane farmers announced to continue with their protest on the Dhanowali railway tracks and the Jalandhar-Phagwara stretch of the national highway here on Sunday. Even heavy transport vehicles like trucks remain stranded on the highway on the third consecutive day. From the Maqsudan bypass flyover to the PAP (connecting Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana) chowk, truck drivers parked their trucks on the highway. The sit-in on the Dhanowali railway track also forced the Railways to cancel trains. The Railways on Sunday officially communicated the cancellation of 51 trains, including Shatabdi, diversion of 12 trains and short-termination of around 23 trains. Routes of over 100 trains have been affected due to the ongoing stir, which the farmers declared to be indefinite unless their demands were not met. Besides, the Punjab Roadways and the PRTC also kept their buses off the roads on August 20, buses were plied on diverted routes today. Owing to the huge rush of passengers at the local bus stand, buses were operated via villages. The cancellation of several long-route and other passenger INBRIEF INTOXICANTS SEIZED, 5 HELD Hoshiarpur: The district police have arrested five drug smugglers and seized a huge quantity of narcotics from their possession. The Chabbewal police arrested Jaspreet Singh alias Jagroop, a resident of Bhilowal, and recovered 55 gm heroin from him. The Hariana police have arrested Natish Sharma alias Sonu, a resident of Sarajan Bazar and recovered 8 gm of heroin from him. The Model Town police arrested Sunny Kumar, a resident of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar and recovered 8 gm heroin. The Mahilpur police arrested Manjeet Singh alias Sonu, a resident of Paddi Sura Singh and recovered 9000 ml liquor from him. The Tanda police arrested Sukhdev Singh alias Raju, a resident of Miani and recovered 37,500 ml liquor from him. Separate cases have been lodged against the accused by respective police stations. OC ELDERLY MAN HIT BY CAR, DIES Hoshiarpur: An elderly man was killed in an accident after being hit by a car. The Garhdiwala police have registered a case against unidentified accused. The complainant, Gurbinder Singh, a resident of Nai Abadi Galowal, said his father-in-law Balkar Singh was going towards his village from Dasarka riding his scooty. When he reached near the Khurda turn, a car passing by hit him. He said his father-inlaw died due to severe head injury. The police have registered a case. oc DAY 3 Farmers announce to continue with theirprotest on the Dhanowali railway tracks Farmers park a tractor-trailer in the middle of railway tracks in Jalandhar on Sunday. trains continued to give tough time to passengers. The worst affected were those passengers who had come from other parts of the state. Salwinder Singh, who had come from Chandigarh to visit his relatives in Kartarpur, said, “I was aware of the protest, but I thought I would reach Chandigarh before 11 am after boarding a bus from Kartarpur around 8 am. However, the bus took nearly an hour to reach even the Jalandhar bus stand. Later, the bus could not cross Jalandhar.” Similarly, Manoj Kumar, a migrant, was stranded near Rama Mandi after he failed to find a bus for his destination later. He had to pay hefty fare to an auto-rickshaw driver to cross Phagwara. Roadways staff said they were struggling to get passengers on various routes, including Delhi, Jaipur, Ludhiana and others. Ramandeep Kaur, a student, who had come from Amritsar, kept waiting for a bus to reach Chandigarh till 2 SARABJIT SINGH pm. All national and state highways across the district were blocked by the protesting farmers. The Amritsar-Delhi Shatabdi, Amritsar-Chandigarh Intercity Express, Howrah Mail, Amritsar- Haridwar Intercity, Delhi-Pathankot Express, Amritsar-Chandigarh, Nanded Sahib, Katihar Express, Amritsar-Lal Kuan, Begumpura Express, Amritsar- Bandra Terminal and others are some of the trains which remain cancelled. Jalandhar, August 22 Pathharan te sauna gijjhe, sannu minh naal ki farak painda (We are used to sleeping on stones, how can rain affect us). The farmers, sitting on a dharna 24x7 in Jalandhar on the lines of the Singhu morcha, say that they are prepared to camp here for a long time in case the state government fails to meet their demands. With a long line of vehicles supporting flags reading “Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Zinadabad” on the highway, a makeshift stage has been set up on a tractor from where blares booming speeches of farmers all day long. Besides, a line of parked trolleys and trucks, some serving langars, chabeel and water to farmers at a morcha — all these activities on the Jalandhar-Phawara highway resemble a mini-Singhu. Even as rain lashed the city last night, the farmers stuck to their protesting site on the national highway. They remained in high spirits though their mattreses and beddings were drenched making them scurry for cover in the wee hours. As it rained in parts of the district in the wee hours in the morning, farmers, who have had ample practice of braving heavy showers on the Delhi border protests, hurriedly put up tarpaulins on trucks and shifted to these places to protect themselves from rain. While the meeting with the government remained inconclusive today, farmers continued squatting at the highway and the rail tracks with spir- Farmers brave rains, mosquitoes and sleep on railway tracks during the ongoing protests An elderly farmer in high spirits despite the rain-soaked dharna site playing spoilsport in Jalandhar. similar storms and Delhi. We ❝We have seenwith them. Farmersrain inthere could be know how to deal knew chances of inclement weather, they came armed with tarpaulins. After rain everyone shifted to their tractor and remained covered with four tarpaulins. At villages, we have deputed families turn by turn to come at the dharna site. On our one call, lakhs can gather here in an hour. Delhi is still far, but this is our own state. ❞ Amrik Singh, DISTRICT PRESIDENT, BHARTI KISAN UNION (KADIAN) its high. The service lane was opened for the rakhi festival and spirits remained upbeat even as women farmers tied rakhis to farmers. Amrik Singh, district president, Bharti Kisan Union (Kadian), said, “We have seen similar storms and rain in Delhi. We know how to deal with them. Farmers knew there could be chances of inclement weather, they came armed with tarpaulins. After rain everyone shifted to their tractor and remained covered with four tarpaulins. At villages, we have deputed families turn by turn to come to the dharna. On our one call, lakhs can gather here in an hour. Delhi is still far, but this is our own state.” Satnam Singh, a farmer from Gurdaspur who has been camping since day one, said, “We have slept on stones, the first night we slept on rail tracks. Mosquitoes bit us. But we are used to all this. Last night after rain we pegged tents with polythene and tarpaulin. It is almost like a mini room once you stick up a tent. We have already to camp a long time. This dharna is staying put for now. Although we have hoped the state government will respond to our demands.” Ambulance stuck on flooded road NRI absconding after killing Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 22 Incessant rain on Saturday midnight that continued till Sunday evening exposed the miserable conditions of the city roads. Moreover, the unpreparedness of the civic authorities during monsoon was also revealed today after an ambulance got stuck in a pool of water on Damoria underbridge road. Severe waterlogging on roads in different parts of the city also troubled pedestrians and motorists. The ambulance coming from Doaba Chowk got stuck on the Damoria underbridge road for over 30 minutes. All tyres of the ambulance got inundated in the waterlogged road. Lastly, the vehicle was pulled out with the help of a truck. Fortunately, there was no patient inside the ambulance. The service road on the Maqsudan bypass to Sarb Multi- MC APATHY Rainwater submerges Phagwara Gate, Transport Nagar, Old Railway Road areas An ambulance remains stranded on flooded Damoria underbridge road in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH plex and the Pathankot bypass chowk stretch also troubled transporters and labours working in factories. While the rain lasted throughout the day, traffic snarls irked residents.The street vendors claimed that even the sewer water remains stagnant on the road as the drainage system is lying defunct. Apart from the vehicular rush, the commuters said the stagnant water was another lurking danger. Amid relief from the scorching heat, residents demanded attention for the damaged roads. Phagwara Gate, Transport Nagar, Old Railway Road, Ladowali Road and others remained inundated with rainwater. mother-in-law; wife injured Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, August 22 An NRI, who came from the US to his in-laws’ house at Jhungian (Jandoli) village under the Chabbewal police station, shot dead his motherin-law who was a former sarpanch here on Sunday. She had come to the rescue after the accused had an argument with his wife. He fired three bullets at his mother-in-law and the wife and fled the spot. His mother-in-law died while wife was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur, from where owing to her critical condition, she was referred to a specialty hospital in Jalandhar. Getting information, a police party from PS Chabbewal reached the spot and registered a case against the accused. According to the information, Shavdeep Kaur, alias Rano, a resident of Jhungian (Jandoli) village, was married about four years ago with Mandeep Singh of Bharsinghpura under Phillaur police station in the US. Mandeep Singh had come to his in-laws’ house on Saturday and in the morning he had an argument with his wife and during this he started strangling Shavdeep Kaur. On it, her mother Balveer Kaur tried to intervene. Enraged over it, Mandeep Singh shot his mother-in-law in the neck and she fell there. In the meantime, Mandeep Singh shot at Shavdeep Kaur and escaped from there. While leaving the house, he fixed the latch from outside so that no one could come out of the house. Hearing the screams of Shavdeep, those living in nearby houses came and opened the door. They found Balveer Kaur lying dead on the ground in a pool of blood while Shavdeep was seriously injured. She was rushed to Hoshiarpur hospital from where the doctors referred her to Jalandhar in view of her serious condition. DSP Satveer Singh said the body of the deceased Balveer Kaur has been sent for a postmortem. He said on the complaint of the victim Shavdeep Kaur, a case has been registered against the accused under Sections 302 and 307, Arms Act and 25, 54, 59 of the IPC. He told that a wireless message has been issued in this regard so that Mandeep Singh could not flee abroad. Apart from this, various police parties have been dispatched to arrest the accused. 2 test positive in dist Now, sisters in BSF protecting brothers: Sampla Jalandhar, August 22 The district reported two more Covid-19 cases On Sunday, taking the tally to 63,196 cases. None of these cases belong to other districts. However, no death due to the virus was reported. The death toll stood at 1,491. As many as 61,678 patients have recovered from the disease while the number of active cases stood at 27 in Jalandhar. Two infected in Kapurthala The district recorded two cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, pushing the tally to 17,794. However, no death due to the Our Correspondent virus was reported. One more case of Covid-19 was also reported in Nawanshar, taking the tally to 11,440. No death was reported in Nawanshahr. No new case in Hoshiarpur No new Covid case was reported in the district on Sunday. So far, the total number of Covid-19 cases stands at 30,697. The number of active cases is 16 while those have cured are 29,701. — TNS/OC Hoshiarpur, August 22 Since ancient times, we have been reading and listening to stories of the goddesses putting an end to the evil. Similarly, women in the Border Security Force (BSF) are safeguarding the borders of the country from enemies. This was stated by Vijay Sampla, Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, while getting rakhis tied on his wrist by trainee recruits of the BSF at the Sub Training Centre at Kharkan Camp here on Sunday. c m y b BSF women tie rakhi to Vijay Sampla at Kharkan Camp on Sunday. He said they braved not only freezing cold in winter but also scorching heat in summer to guard the borders of the country day and night. He was participating in the programme to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with BSF jawans. The event was held under the leadership of state Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha (Punjab) vice-president Niti Talwar. Members of the morcha tied rakhis to BSF jawans. Sampla said, “On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, brothers promise to protect their sisters, but today we are feeling proud that in the BSF sisters are pro, tecting their brothers.” Former Youth Development Board (Punjab) vice-chair- man Sanjeev Talwar said in view of the internal situation in a country like Afghanistan, we felt proud of our countrymen and the forces that were protecting not only the borders but also were ensuring internal peace. Niti Talwar said every sister wanted to contribute towards the security of the country, so through this festival, she gave proof of patriotism by wishing for the long life of these ‘ranbankuras’ (brave souls). Thanking all, SS Mand, Commandant (Training), said this love of the countrymen made us more loyal to the country.
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