11102021-TTC-01.qxd 10/11/2021 12:28 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 5 NO. 281 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 UBER CUP: INDIAN WOMEN BEAT SPAIN, SAINA INJURED SPORT /thetribunechd POST KILLINGS, 700 DETAINED IN THREE DAYS J&K EVERY GRAIN SAVED IS A GRAIN PRODUCED INFOCUS NEEDLESS PANIC, ENOUGH COAL STOCK: MINISTER BACK PAGE monday | 11 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com IN BRIEF Assam, Meghalaya ministers meet over border row SILCHAR (ASSAM): Top Assam and Meghalaya ministers met here to work out a resolution to the border dispute between the two states at Ratacherra in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills. BACK PAGE Drugs case: NCB quizzes SRK’s driver, nabs 2 more MUMBAI: The Narcotics Control Bureau has recorded the statement of actor Shah Rukh Khan’s driver in the case related to seizure of drugs from a ship. Two more persons have been nabbed. BACK PAGE SC man beaten to death over affair in R’sthan JAIPUR: A Dalit was beaten to death by a group of men in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh over his alleged love affair, following which four persons were arrested and a minor detained, the police said. BACK PAGE Father of Pak’s N-bomb AQ Khan passes away ISLAMABAD: Abdul Qadeer Khan, known as the “father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb” under the clandestine enrichment programme, died here on Sunday after a brief illness. PAGE 10 Sidhu skips wedding of CM Channi’s son Chandigarh, October 10 Days after Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi shared the stage with PCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu at a protest march in Mohali in a show of unity, the cricketer-turned-politician skipped the wedding of CM’s son on Sunday. Among those present at the function were Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, AICC general secretary Harish Rawat and party’s central observer Harish Chaudhary. While the wedding ceremony was underway at Mohali’s Sacha Dhan Gurdwara, Sidhu, minister Vijay Inder Singla and MLA Dr Raj Kumar Chabbewal landed in Jammu to pay obeisance at Vaishno Devi shrine. Apparently trying to put to rest speculation on his absence from the wedding, Sidhu tweeted: “Darshan of the primordial mother during Navratras is synergising.” —TNS Army rejigs tasking of forces along LAC Ajay Banerjee NO MOVEMENT OF UNITS Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 10 In an important development, the Army has rejigged the tasking of its force along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), thus reducing the multiplicity of commands on the 3,488-km un-demarcated divide along the Himalayan ridgeline. It also shows the Indian focus on the LAC and holding the existing positions. On Saturday, Army Chief General MM Naravane had mentioned that the Army was prepared to “stay up there at the LAC”, if the Chinese did so. A brigade of the Western Command, which was tasked along the LAC, and ■ Brigade of Western Command & key strike division now responsibility of Central Command ■ Eastern flank of HP part of the Central Command headquartered at Lucknow an important “strike division” have been made part of the area of responsibility of the Central Command. MoS’ son in 14-day court custody NEW DELHI: Union MoS Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, an accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri killings, was sent to judicial custody for 14 days in the wee hours of Sunday. Ashish was arrested on Saturday after 12 hours of questioning. The police were dissatisfied with his responses on where he was on the day of the violence. An application for police remand would come up for hearing on Monday. — TNS Priyanka raises Kheri at Varanasi rally Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 10 Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, addressing a huge gathering at the ‘Kisan Nyay’ rally in PM’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Sunday, alleged that the people had stopped expecting justice from the ruling dispensation. Claiming that only BJP leaders and PM Narendra Modi’s “billionaire friends” were safe in India, she asked the people to shun fear and stand with the Congress to “save the country”. Citing the turn of events in Lakhimpur Kheri, where four farmers were allegedly mowed down by vehicles belonging to MoS for Home Ajay Mishra, Priyanka accused the UP Police of going soft on the accused. “In ONLY BJP LEADERS SAFE The UP Police attack ❝victims and protect the the perpetrators... Only BJP leaders & PM’s billionaire friends are safe in India. this regime, victims are attacked and accused are protected. After the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the UP Police were busy stopping us from visiting the distraught families. To the accused, they were sending an invitation to come and talk. Can this happen in any other country,” asked the AICC general secretary incharge of UP citing summons , to Mishra’s son Ashish, the prime accused in the case. Priyanka recalled the killing of Scheduled Castes in UP’s Sonbhadra and the rape of a Scheduled Caste girl in Hathras to say: “The state police attack the victims and protect the perpetrators.” She asked why the PM could not travel a mere 10 km from his residence to Delhi borders to speak with the protesting farmers. “He calls himself Gangaputra, but has insulted thousands of Gangaputras continued on page 9 cong plans to meet prez, p12 Don’t make it a Hindu vs Sikh issue: Varun New Delhi, October 10 BJP’s Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi today warned against attempts to turn the Lakhimpur Kheri incident into a “Hindu vs Sikh battle”, saying it is dangerous to create these fault lines and reopen wounds that had taken a generation to heal. “We must not put petty political gains above national unity,” he maintained. Varun was dropped from the party’s new national executive, hours after he shared a video of Kheri violence, seeking accountability. — TNS BJP alleges assault, 25 farmers booked Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service NARROW ESCAPE Twelve persons were hurt as a bus veered off the road on Chamba-Bharmour NH. INSIDE Hisar, October 10 The police on Sunday booked about 25 farmer activists for allegedly assaulting BJP workers while they were canvassing for the bypoll at Ellenabad in Sirsa district. In his complaint, BJP’s Ellenabad (urban) block president Jasvir Chahal alleged he, Gobind Kanda and party workers were canvassing when 25 persons — five of them identified as ELLENABAD BYPOLL SKM REFUTES CHARGE ■ BJP candidate Gobind Kanda and party workers were canvassing when the accused ‘assaulted them’ ■ SKM leader Gurnam Singh Charuni said they had only given a call to oppose the BJP without resorting to violence Narender, Rana, Sonu Barar, Gurmeet Singh and Nirmal Singh — assaulted them. He alleged the accused abused them and raised slogans against them. The police have registered a case for rioting, unlawful assembly and criminal intimidation besides various provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Samyukt Kisan Morcha leader Gurnam Singh Charuni rejected the charges, saying: “We are not supporting any candidate.” Delayed Kiratpur-Manali highway key issue Dipender Manta Tribune News Service Mandi, October 10 Inordinate delay in the completion of the Kiratpur-Manali four-lane project has emerged as a major poll issue in the Mandi parliamentary constituency. The highway is crucial for the development of Mandi and Kullu districts. It is in a pathetic state for the past many years. The condition of the Sundernagar-Aut stretch is highly deplorable. During the rainy season, the entire stretch of the highway from Mandi to Aut becomes treacherous due to deep cutting of hills for the four-laning project. With no rail connectivity and limited flights to Manali, the road is virtually CRUCIAL FOR GROWTH ■ The highway is crucial for development of Mandi, Kullu ■ Delay in four-laning has led to resentment among locals MANDI BYPOLL Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. the lifeline of the tourism industry. The delay in its fourlaning has caused strong resentment among the residents of Mandi as well as Kullu-Manali. The Kullu-Manali Hoteliers Association has time and again raised the issue with the authorities concerned, but to no avail. continued on page 9 Sources said the eastern flank of Himachal Pradesh, which was under an independent infantry brigade of ■ ‘Strike division’ of Western Command headquartered at Dehradun made part of Central Commannd ■ No movement of units , only the command structure changed the Western Command headquartered at Chandimandir, would now be part of the Central Command head- quartered at Lucknow. A “strike division” of the Western Command headquartered at Dehradun would be part of the Central Command. An independent brigade has around 6,000 troops, while the numbers in a division can vary between 12,000 and 15,000. The Western Command and its three Corps — 2 Strike Corps at Ambala, 11 Corps at Jalandhar and 9 Corps at Yol (near Palampur in Himachal Pradesh) — will only look westwards. Now the LAC, barring eastern Ladakh, which is under the Northern Command, will be the responsibility of the Central Command in Himachal and Uttarakhand. continued on page 9 2nd FIR silent on SUV deaths Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Lakhimpur Kheri, October 10 The counter-FIR in the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence involving the killing of eight persons, including four farmers, a journalist and three BJP workers, has been registered on the complaint of a local BJP worker who was in the SUV that hit protesters allegedly killing five. UP VIOLENCE COMPLAINANT JAISWAL SEEN IN A VIDEO FLEEING THAR The complainant in the FIR is Sumit Jaiswal, who was captured in viral videos of the violence escaping from a Mahindra Thar, the first of the three SUVs to allegedly hit five persons. Jaiswal, dressed in a light blue kurta, can be seen getting off the Thar and running away, with the videos in question under police probe. The cross-FIR (in which all cross-complaints against protesters are being merged) is silent on the SUVs ramming into protesters and continued on page 9 LAC talks: India presses for early disengagement New Delhi, October 10 India on Sunday pressed for early disengagement of troops at the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh at the 13th round of military talks with China that lasted for over eight hours, sources in the security establishment said. INDIAN DELEGATION LED BY LT GEN PGK MENON It is learnt that a major focus of the Corps Commander-level talks was to complete the stalled disengagement at Patrolling Point 15 (PP-15). There was no official comment on the negotiations that took place on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo border point in eastern Ladakh. The Indian delegation was led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, continued on page 9
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