04102021-TT-01.qxd 10/3/2021 10:55 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 274 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH 4 GOLD MEDALS FOR INDIA AT JR SHOOTING C’SHIP SPORT /thetribunechd NIA RAIDS 9 POONCH SITES IN CROSS-LOC TRADE CASE J&K 3-PRONGED STRATEGY SHRINGLA VISITS FOR DIVERSIFYING LANKA OIL TANK CROPS INFOCUS FARMS WORLD monday | 4 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 8 die in violence after farmers’ protest in UP SKM: 4 protesters run over by SUV driven by son of MoS | Minister denies it, says 3 BJP men, driver lynched Tribune News Service Hry wants farm leaders made party to PIL in SC New Delhi, October 3 Ahead of Monday’s hearing on a PIL seeking removal of blockades at key roads connecting Delhi to NCR by farmers demanding repeal of farm laws, the Haryana Government has moved the Supreme Court to make 43 officer-bearers of farmers’ organisations party to it. In an application filed in the SC, the government has sought to implead farmer leaders Rakesh Tikait, Yogendra Yadav, Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh and others to the ongoing proceedings. BACK PAGE New Delhi, October 3 Eight persons, including four farmers, died in violence that erupted in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri after two SUVs allegedly ran over some farmers who were protesting against the visit of state Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to Banbirpur, the native village of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra. Lakhimpur Kheri DM Arvind Chaurasia confirmed tonight that "four farmers and four others were killed in the violence”. Even as UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called an emergency meeting to review the matter tonight, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha alleged that one of the SUVs was being driven by Mishra’s son, a claim the minister rejected outright saying his son was not at the spot. The minister termed the incident a conspiracy alleging that certain ele- Khattar’s video triggers row CHANDIGARH: A video purportedly showing Haryana CM ML Khattar asking his audience to take on protesting farmers went viral on Sunday. The government claimed the CM’s statement had been “distorted.” The video was tweeted by AICC media in-charge RS Surjewala. “If the entire video is viewed, the context becomes clear. This is a meeting of BJP workers. The CM goes on to say the workers should maintain discipline even while opposing wrongdoings,” a party spokesperson said. — TNS A vehicle set ablaze during violence at Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday; and (inset) police personnel at the incident site. PTI ments among protesters threw stones at the vehicles, which overturned. The minister alleged that three BJP workers and a driver were beaten to death by some elements in the protests and warned against “peaceful farmers’ protests being hijacked”. At a press conference later this evening, SKM leaders Darshan Pal and Yogendra Yadav, however, claimed that the SUV, being driven by the minister’s son, ran over farmers, “killing four and injuring over a dozen.” The SKM rejected the claims of violence by farm- ers, demanding the dismissal of Mishra, registration of murder cases against the perpetrators and investigation of the incident by a sitting Supreme Court judge. The SKM’s demand was supported by the Congress, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Samajwadi Party. Yogendra Yadav, meanwhile, said that SKM wanted the probe to be held outside Uttar Pradesh. “We also call upon the farmers across India to sit in protests outside DC offices from 10 am to 1 pm tomorrow and seek justice. We appeal for peace,” Yadav said appealing to farmers for calm even as another farm leader Rakesh Tikait said he was on the way to the spot. The incident occurred after farmers gathered along Tikonia-Banbirpur road to protest the visit of Deputy CM Maurya. The protesters had gathered at the helipad where Maurya was to arrive. They later dispersed after cops said the Deputy CM had taken another route. Yogendra Yadav named four deceased farmers —Lavpreet Singh, 20; Nachhatar Singh, 60; Daljit Singh, 35; and Gurwinder Singh, 19 —- even as the UP administration said six persons had died – two farmers and four passengers of the SUV that had overturned. The SKM’s Darshan Pal alleged that Mishra had been making provocative statements against Punjabi farmers inhabiting the Terai region and these farmers had gathered in protest today. Another morcha member continued on page 9 Sidhu adamant, wants Deol, Sahota replaced SRK’s son among 8 held after NCB raid on cruise Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 3 The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday arrested Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and seven others in connection with the seizure of banned drugs onboard a Goabound Cordelia cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Besides Aryan, those arrested are Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker, Gomit Chandigarh, October 3 Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu today reiterated his demand for rolling back the appointments of Advocate General APS Deol and police chief Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota saying the party would otherwise “suffer a loss of face”. Hours later, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said the names of 10 IPS officers had already been sent to the Centre for the police chief’s post. Keeping mum on the Advocate General’s appointment, Channi said the Centre would shortlist three names for the DGP’s post. “The name of the police chief will be finalised in consultation with Sidhu, ministers and MLAs once the Centre sends us the three names (for the selection of a regular DGP),” he said. The CM said Sidhu had already been informed about the procedure. “As far as running the government is concerned, everyone is being taken along. The party affairs are being managed by Sidhu. We have to work in coordination. If any issues remain, they can be resolved at the Weekend tourism picks up in Shimla Tribune News Service Shimla, October 3 The weekend tourism has started picking up in Shimla. On Saturday, the city witnessed over 95% occupancy in hotels. It dropped to about 40% on Sunday. “The Saturday rush was unprecedented as hotels were packed to capacity but today (Sunday) is again lean with occupancy dropping to about 40%,” said Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association president Sanjay Sood, adding they were expecting a good season in October, provided the Covid situation stayed under control. Tourists also thronged Kasauli in large numbers. INSIDE Navjot Singh Sidhu WILL CONSULT PPCC CHIEF ON DGP POST The name of the police chief will be finalised in consultation with Sidhu, ministers and MLAs once the Centre sends us three names. ❝ Charanjit Channi, CM CAPTAIN IN TOUCH WITH FARMERS’ LEADERS party forum,” he said. Channi dismissed reports of the party’s image being dented after Sidhu tendered his resignation as the PPCC chief. “The demand for justice in sacrilege cases and for arrest of main culprits behind the drug trade brought our government in 2017… and due to his failure, people removed the last CM. Now, AG & DGP continued on page 9 Tribune News Service Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan being taken for medical examination in Mumbai on Sunday. PTI Chopra and Arbaz Merchant. All have been booked under Section 27 (consump- tion of narcotic drug or psychotropic substance), Section 8C (produce, manufac- ture, possess, sell or purchase of drugs) and other provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. As per the NCB’s arrest memo, 13 gm of cocaine, 5 gm of MD, 21 gm of charas and 22 pills of ecstasy and Rs 1.33 lakh were seized after the raid. Aryan Khan, Arbaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were produced before a court today, which granted one-day NCB custody of the accused. The remaining five were arrested later in the day and would be produced before the court on Monday. Bureau officials said following a tip-off, an NCB team led by its zonal director Sameer Wankhede raided the cruise ship late on Saturday evening and recovered drugs from some of the passengers. NCB Director General SN Pradhan said the operation was the result of a two-week “painstaking investigation” and added that it could take a couple of days or week’s time to crack the case as it could possibly be linked to other cartels. Mamata wins by record margin NEW DELHI: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee defeated BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal by record 58,000 votes from Bhabanipur as the TMC won all three seats in the byelection, the results of which were declared on Sunday. Bar celebrations: EC to Bengal Chief Secy The EC on Sunday directed West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi to ensure that no celebrations take place over poll results amid fears of violence. In a letter, the EC said the state government must ensure that adequate steps were taken so that no post-poll violence happened. BACK PAGE Needleless Zydus three-dose vaccine J&K delimitation exercise hits hurdle SURVEY OF INDIA TO priced at ~1,900; govt still negotiating REDRAW BOUNDARIES Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 3 Zydus Cadila is learnt to have proposed a price of Rs 1,900 for its three-dose vaccine ZyCov-D that can be given to those above 12 years of age even as the Centre is negotiating with the pharma company to bring down the rate. A final decision on the price of the indigenously developed and world’s first DNAbased needle-free Covid-19 INDIA JAB FOR 12-PLUS ■ Indigenously developed ZyCov-D is world’s first DNAbased needle-free vaccine ■ A ~30,000 jet injector is used to administer the vaccine — first in India for 12-plus ■ One injector can administer 20,000 doses, to be given on days zero, 28 and 56 vaccine was likely to be taken this week, sources said. The government had on Thursday said the vaccine would be introduced in the nationwide anti-Covid vaccination drive shortly. “The company has proposed a price of Rs 1,900 (inclusive of taxes) for its three-dose jab. Negotiations are on. The company has been asked to reconsider all the aspects regarding the continued on page 9 New Delhi, October 3 The delimitation exercise in Jammu & Kashmir is facing some hiccups as certain revenue units in the UT were found to be overlapping. The commission, assigned the task of redrawing constituencies, is learnt to have sought the services of the Survey of India (SoI) for remapping the Assembly segments. Sources close to the development told The Tribune that new districts, tehsils and blocks, constituted earlier, On Day 1, Haryana mandis full, but procurement poor ■ The delimitation panel has asked SoI to map revenue units in such a way that segments don’t overlap ■ At present, parts of certain Assembly constituencies fall in two districts were not demarcated properly. The Delimitation Commission has now asked the SoI to map the identified revenue units in such a way that the segments don’t overlap. They said the boundary discrepancies were found by the commission, led by chairperson Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, when it visited J&K in July and interacted with district election officers of Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban. “At present, parts of certain Assembly constituencies fall in two districts,” a source said, adding that this was the result of creation of eight more districts in 2007 by the Congress-PDP coalition government headed by Ghulam Nabi Azad. This was followed continued on page 9 IN BRIEF Ruckus at Karnal grain market, Karnal-Assandh road blocked high Brisk in Punjab, moisture content Fuel prices up again, at recordhiked again on NEW DELHI: Petrol and diesel prices were no issue, dryers in some mandis Sunday to send rates soaring to record high. The petrol price Parveen Arora Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Karnal, October 3 There was chaos on the first day of procurement today, with “unscheduled” farmers arriving at the mandis on tractor-trailers brimming with paddy, demanding that they too be issued gate passes. Farmers receive a message on their cellphones via ‘Meri Fasal, Mera Byora’, informing them the date on which they must bring their crops to the mandis. Subsequently, they are issued gate passes. Owing to high moisture content, most of the paddy was not procured today. Dejected, the farmers demanded relaxation in procurement norms. “The government should raise the moisture content limit,” said Rajpal, a farmer from a nearby village. While there was a ruckus at the Karnal grain market, farmers blocked the Karnal-Assandh road outside the continued on page 9 Chandigarh, October 3 Procurement began across Punjab today, even as paddy arriving in some mandis was reported having moisture content more than the permissible limit. Farmers, commission agents and government officials, however, insisted that the moisture content was only marginally high and simply spreading the paddy under the sun for a day would work. Mohinder Kishan Chand Arora, a commission agent in Rajpura, said: “It was a bright sunny day. The farmers spread the paddy and by evening it was dry.” In Khanna, the biggest grain market in Asia, farmer Amarjit Singh of Kalal Majra said the yield had been good this year. “Farmers who had grown early maturing varieties are drying the crop before bringing the same to the mandis. Some dryers have continued on page 9 Workers at the Karnal grain market on Sunday. SAYEED AHMED was hiked by 25 paise a litre and diesel by 30 paise. BACK PAGE Dropped by Pak drone, arms seized in Jammu NEW DELHI: The security forces on Sunday seized a cache of arms near the International Border in Jammu, which was believed to have been dropped by a drone from Pakistan, the police said. J&K Five killed in blast outside Kabul mosque KABUL: A bomb exploded at the entrance of a mosque in Kabul on Sunday, killing five civilians, a Taliban spokesman said. No Taliban fighter was harmed in the attack. WORLD INLD renominates Abhay from Ellenabad HISAR: The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has renominated party general secretary Abhay Chautala for the byelection to the Ellenabad Assembly segment scheduled for October 30. INSIDE Punjab scraps exams for recruitment of cops CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Police have scrapped the examinations conducted to fill 560 posts of Sub-Inspector. The examinations were held between August 17 and 24 at various centres. TNS
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