06102021-TTC-01.qxd 10/6/2021 12:47 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 5 NO. 276 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 AISHWARY BREAKS SHOOTING RECORD ON WAY TO GOLD SPORT /thetribunechd FRANCE: G20 MUST SET TERMS FOR TALIBAN RECOGNITION WORLD FOUR DAYS OF COAL SP GOVT CREATED RESERVES LEFT, CRISIS HURDLES IN HOUSING: DEEPENS BUSINESS PM BACK PAGE wednesday | 6 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com editorial Mowing down protest Oppn turns up heat with Kherivideo Plans joint action as Rahul meets Raut | TMC team visits Lakhimpur If video clip is genuine, Centre should act now Tribune News Service T New Delhi, October 5 Opposition leaders on Tuesday turned up the heat on the Uttar Pradesh Government, citing a video showing an SUV mowing down protesters, and with plans afoot for a joint political offensive against the ruling BJP on the issue. Sharing a video clip from her place of arrest at UP’s Sitapur today, Congress general secretary Priyanka Vadra asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to see the images of farmers being run over and tell why MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra’s son, accused of driving the vehicle, had not been arrested yet and why the minister had not been sacked. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BJP MP Varun Gandhi and AAP HIS newspaper is not given to tilting at windmills or raging against every red rag of political hooliganism that power-drunk rulers throw at us. But the video clip that has surfaced from Lakhimpur Kheri, and has been shared on Twitter by Opposition parties, activists and even a ruling party MP , makes it imperative for us to tell the Union government: “Stop, enough is enough.” The 30-second video in slow motion shows a group of protesting farmers peacefully walking away when a speeding vehicle from behind ploughs into the crowd, mowing down several men, only to be followed by another SUV in a mad rush in what looks like an attempt to crush the fallen ones under its wheels. The killer vehicles and those driving them allegedly belonged to the convoy of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra. If these are our representatives and their henchmen, we have had enough. We do not need them. While the almighty government has the monopoly of wisdom on what laws suit the nation, the voters in turn have every right to protest against those they find anathema; this contract between the government and the people distinguishes subjects from citizens. We cannot surrender our constitutional rights to goons in the guise of ministers. A mere monetary compensation and two cross-FIRs do not do justice to the memory of Lovepreet Singh, Nachhatar Singh, Daljeet Singh and Gurvinder Singh, the farmers who were allegedly run over by the minister’s vehicles, and journalist Raman Kashyap, whose corpse had bullet holes on the chest and arms. Three others termed BJP supporters have also died, probably lynched by the aggrieved mob. The minister should step down or be removed without further delay, and all those involved in this ghastly incident should be arrested forthwith and be made to stand trial. If the government proves that the video clip is fake, it has every reason to take action against those who doctored it and circulated it. And, of course, the Prime Minister can reinstate the minister if he gets exonerated after a fair trial. But till then, his place is in the Lakhimpur Kheri police station, not the home ministry. At times, even legitimate criticism of governments is construed as sedition. Ita fiat esto; we remain yours seditiously. ‘I’VE BEEN ARRESTED, BUT SHOWN NO FIR’ I have been arrested under Section 151, as verbally informed by a police officer. I haven’t been served any notice nor shown an FIR by the police. ❝ The Gorakhpur zone ADG interacts with family members of a victim of the Lakhimpur incident in Bahraich district of UP on Tuesday. PTI ■ Families of three of the four ■ Family members of Gur- deceased farmers performed their last rites on Tuesday winder Singh (19), allegedly killed by gunshot injuries on leader Sanjay Singh too shared the video with Varun terming it soul-shaking. The AAP SP BSP and Con, , gress reiterated their demands for sacking Mishra and arresting his son with a TMC delegation meeting the families of deceased farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri today, in signs of Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service CHANNI MEETS SHAH, RAISES UP VIOLENCE Punjab CM Charanjit Channi on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Capital and flagged the violent incident in Lakhimpur Kheri. INSIDE New Delhi, October 5 Satnam Singh (60) has not been able to sleep since Sunday. The flailing voice of his son Lovepreet (20), one of the four farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3, haunts him. “It was just like any other day. Lovepreet had attended several protests on farmers’ issues over the past months. This one was no different. Who knew it would turn fatal? I can never forget his last words. He TMC’s Sushmita Dev with victim Lovepreet’s sister Amanpreet. called me up after being hit by a vehicle along the main road and asked me to rush to the hospital. His breath was shaky. He said he was dying,” says Singh. While on the way to the hospital, Singh got the news that New Delhi, October 5 With the IAF facing a dwindling fleet of fighter squadrons, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday laid out a plan of inducting some 200 jets, but admitted that the new inductions would not meet the mandated 42 squadrons even in a decade from now. He said the S-400 air defence system to be imported from Russia would be inducted this year. continued on page 9 Puneet Singh Chandhok, president, India World Forum, said security guards of the gurdwara were handcuffed and CCTV cameras damaged. Later, the men left the place. “They not only abused the sanctity of the holy place but also vandalised it,” he said. Gurnam Singh, president, gurdwara committee, spoke to Taliban intelligence officials over the incident. DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the persons who entered the gurdwara pretended to be Taliban officials, whereas Taliban leaders in the Afghan government had denied any link with the assailants. exploding political activity ahead of 2022 UP elections. Rahul Gandhi is also expected to visit Lakhimpur tomorrow continued on page 9 Ajay Banerjee 42-SQUADRON TARGET STILL FAR IAF is unlikely to meet its target of 42 squadrons over the next 10-15 years. It will have around 35 squadrons by the next decade. VR Chaudhari, AIR FORCE CHIEF Tribune News Service ❝ INDIA TO GET RUSSIA’S S-400 SYSTEM THIS YEAR ■ The Russian S-400 air defence system provides an “umbrella coverage” against air-borne threats ■ The system’s radars can track around 300 targets ■ It can shoot down three dozen targets over a range of 400 km ‘No two-finger test done in rape case’ New Delhi, October 5 Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday said no ‘twofinger test’ was conducted during medical examination of a woman IAF officer who had alleged rape at an IAF academy in Coimbatore. He said the rules of the force were clear and strict on such issues. Punitive action would be taken based on the report of a high-level inquiry into the case, he said. — TNS Ravinder Saini HIMACHAL Tribune News Service Shimla, October 5 The Congress today formally announced its candidates for the Mandi Lok Sabha and the three Assembly seats where bypolls are to be conducted on October 30. Pratibha Singh (65), wife of former CM Virbhadra Singh, will contest from Mandi. A two-time MP from the seg- BYPOLL ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES Arki: Sanjay Awasthy Fatehpur: Bhawani Pathania Jubbal-Kotkhai: Rohit Thakur ment in 2004 and 2013, she is expected to give a tough fight continued on page 9 Tribune News Service Jhajjar, October 5 After investigating 58 cases registered under the NDPS Act in the past nine months, the police have found that narcotics were being supplied to Haryana, Punjab and Delhi from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Nagaland. As many as 73 persons 73 HELD SINCE JAN ■ Police launched a special campaign against drug peddlers in January this year ■ As many as 73 persons involved in drug trafficking were arrested during the drive involved in the racket were arrested while a large quantity of narcotic drugs such as ‘ganja’ (cannabis), opium and Prominent trader among three shot by ultras in Valley HC advances Pb drugs case hearing by month Srinagar, October 5 A prominent Kashmir Pandit, Makhan Lal Bindroo, was among three civilians shot dead by suspected militants in separate incidents in Srinagar and Bandipora. Bindroo (68), who owned Srinagar’s famous pharmacy Bindroo Medicate, was shot point-blank at his pharmacy. Bindroo was one of the few from the community who didn’t migrate out at the onset of militancy in 1990. PAGE 9 Tribune News Service ‘doda post’ (poppy straw) were seized. “A special campaign against drug peddlers was launched in January this year on getting a tip-off that drug traffickers were using a route passing through Jhajjar district to supply drugs in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi. Under the drive, night patrolling was intensified and vehicle-checking continued on page 9 Trio win Nobel in physics for decoding climate complexities, warming Stockholm, October 5 Japanese-born American Syukuro Manabe, German Klaus Hasselmann and Italian Giorgio Parisi won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for work that helps understand complex physical systems such as earth’s changing climate. In a decision hailed by the UN weather agency as a sign Giorgio Parisi (Italy) K Hasselmann (Germany) of a consensus forming around manmade global warming, one half of the 10- S Manabe (Japan-US) million Swedish crown ($1.15million) prize goes in equal parts to Manabe (90) and Has- selmann (89) for modelling earth’s climate and reliably predicting global warming. The other half goes to Parisi for discovering in the early 1980s “hidden rules” behind seemingly random movements and swirls in gases or liquids, which can also be applied to aspects of neuroscience, machine learning and starling flight formations. “Manabe and Hasselmann laid the foundation of our knowledge of the earth’s climate and how humanity influences it. Parisi is rewarded for his revolutionary contributions to the theory of disordered materials and random processes,” the Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement. “Hasselmann, who is at the Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Chandigarh, October 5 In a bonanza for retired Punjab Government employees, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi today directed the Finance Department to pay revised pension with effect from July 1, 2021, to over 3 lakh pensioners. The move is in line with the 6th Punjab Pay Commission recommendations and will incur an additional expenditure of Rs 1,887 crore during the current fiscal. Channi also directed that the revised pension be released to the pensioners in one go, a spokesperson said. The Chief Minister also approved paying retirement benefits, including leave encashment and gratuity, worth around Rs 915 crore to 42,600 pensioners having retired between January 1, 2016, and June 30, 2021, in one go instead of the earlier decision to pay in instalments. The spokesperson said both the decisions entailed an expenditure of around Rs 2,802 crore. — TNS Lovepreet was no more. “He died on the way. He never reached the hospital,” said Singh, his voice choking on tears. “We just want justice. We don’t want any compensation or help,” said a distraught Amanpreet Kaur, Amanpreet Kaur, LOVEPREET’S SISTER Cong list out, Pratibha to Traffickers sourcing narcotics from fight from Mandi LS seat MP, Andhra, J’khand: Haryana cops Pratibha Chauhan ~1,887-crbonanza for pensioners in Pb, 3L to benefit victim’s sister. The family claimed that Lovepreet had been shot after being mowed down by an SUV “driven by Minister of Home Ajay Mishra’s son”. Three of the four deceased farmers cremated today were Lovepreet Singh, Nachhatar Singh (60) and Daljit Singh (35). On the insistence of the family and farm leaders, the UP administration constituted a fresh medical board to conduct a second postmortem on Gurwinder Singh (19), who allegedly died of gunshot wounds. NO COMPENSATION, WANT ONLY JUSTICE My brother was killed brutally... We don’t want any monetary compensation. Justice is all we demand. ❝ GS Paul Handcuff security men, damage CCTV cameras Sunday, refused to cremate the body, demanding a second post-mortem NewDelhi, October 5 One of the FIRs UP Police have registered in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence mentions that the October 3 violence that killed eight persons was part of a “wellplanned conspiracy” by MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish Mishra. The FIR, registered at the Tikonia police station by Jagjit Singh, alleges Ashish, accompanied by 15 to 20 armed persons, was going in a three-vehicle convoy. “Ashish was seated on the left side of his vehicle and fired at farmers as it rammed into them. Due to the firing, a farmer, Gurwinder Singh, died on the spot. Three other continued on page 9 ‘Rush, I’m dying’: Victim’s last words haunt father IAF plans to induct 200 fighter jets Amritsar, October 5 A group of unidentified heavily armed men, suspected to be Taliban officials, entered Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul forcefully and vandalised it on the pretext of conducting search in the complex. CONGRESS FAMILY OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS INSISTS ON 2ND AUTOPSY Suspected Taliban men vandalise Kabul gurdwara Tribune News Service Priyanka Vadra, Min’s son fired, his vehicle rammed into farmers: FIR Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, said he did not want to wake up from what he described as a beautiful dream. I am retired and a bit lazy lately,” he added. Hasselmann developed models that became instrumental in proving carbon dioxide emissions cause rising temperatures in the atmosphere. — Reuters Chandigarh, October 5 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today advanced the hearing of Punjab drugs menace case by almost a month. The suo motu or “court on its own motion case” against the state of Punjab, earlier scheduled to be heard on November 15, will now be taken up for hearing by the newly constituted Bench of Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice Ashok Kumar Verma on October 13, just before the High Court closes down for the Dasehra break. The direction came after counsel for the parties, including the state, said continued on page 9 DELAYED BY COVID Sept 2013: HC takes suo motu note of retired IPS officer Shashi Kant’s letter on drug menace Jan 2015: Kant says he’ll reveal names of drug-lords figuring in a list given to then CM in 2007 Feb 2017: HC calls for details of accused initially named in drug cases, but exonerated by an SIT May 2018: DGP Sidddharth Chattopadhyaya submits a report in a sealed cover March 2020: Case listed on regular basis till HC goes into restrictive functioning due to Covid IN BRIEF ~5K reward for saving lives of accident victims NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Roads and Highways has launched a scheme, ‘Good Samaritans’, whereby ~5,000 will be given to those saving the lives of accident victims by rushing them to hospital. TNS Registration of old cars to cost 8 times more NEW DELHI: Starting from April next year, vehicle owners will have to shell out ~5,000 for renewal of registration of the cars older than 15 years, which is eight times more than what they currently pay. PTI Clean chit to Modi: SC to hear Jafri’s plea on Oct 26 NEW DELHI: The SC on Tuesday deferred to October 26 the hearing on Zakia Jafri’s petition challenging clean chit to the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in the 2002 post-Godhra riots. TNS Transfer of two HC judges from region notified NEW DELHI: The Centre has notified the transfer of 15 HC judges, including Justice Jaswant Singh (Punjab & Haryana HC to Orissa HC) and Justice Anoop Chitkara (HP to Punjab & Haryana HC). BACK PAGE Govt mulls amending Forest Conservation Act NEW DELHI: The Environment Ministry has proposed to amend the Forest Conservation Act to do away with the requirement of prior approval for development of border infrastructure on forest land. PTI
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