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P4 » » FORECAST CLEAR SKY MAX 14°C | MIN 4°C YESTERDAY MAX 12°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5.45 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 7:19 AM » SUNDAY | 15 JANUARY 2023 | JALANDHAR Sombre yatra after MP’s demise With no usual sloganeering, music & excitement, march to be kept simple Deepkamal Kaur PHAGWARA DROPPED FROM YATRA ROUTE Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 14 The Bharat Jodo Yatra will resume on a sombre note from Lyallpur Khalsa College in Jalandhar on Sunday afternoon as a mark of respect for Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh, who passed away marching with Rahul Gandhi in Phillaur on Saturday. There will be no showering of rose petals or the loud chanting of ‘Bharat Jodo’ slogans. The yatra will pass through the streets without the usual excitement with no music systems at work. Even as bhangra teams had been readied to welcome Rahul Gandhi at Lyallpur Khalsa College, the venue of his scheduled halt, this part has been deleted to make the yatra look plain and simple. On Sunday, Rahul and all big Congress leaders are scheduled to attend the last rites of the MP at his native Dhaliwal Qadian village. The yatra will start after everyone is back from there. The plan of Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh to hold a 20-minute hockey match with him and other Olympians at Lyallpur INBRIEF COUPLE BOOKED FOR ~3.2L FRAUD Phagwara: The Bilga police have booked a travel agent couple for allegedly duping a village resident of ~3.2 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and investigating officer Jaswinder Singh said the accused are Gurwinder Singh of Talwann village and his wife Lovneet Kaur. Raman Kumar, a resident of Mian Wal village, had complained to the police that he had paid ~3.2 lakh to the accused for facilitating his migration abroad, but the accused did not send him abroad. Besides, the couple did not even return his money. The DSP said a case has been registered against the accused after an inquiry under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC and Section 13 of the Punjab Travel Professionals Regulation Act. OC Phagwara: Though former Congress president Rahul Gandhi returned to Phagwara after expressing condolences to the family members of the deceased MP, Chaudhary Santokh Singh, in Jalandhar on Saturday, and camping near Konica Resorts, the entire route passing through the city was dropped from the roadmap of Bharat Jodo Yatra. The march was expected to reach Phagwara around 3 pm on Saturday, but the scenario changed with the sudden demise of the MP during the event. OC NO BHANGRA AT LYALLPUR KHALSA MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh being shifted to an ambulance near Phillaur on Saturday. ‘Ambulance lacked devices, father could have been saved’ ■ No bhangra teams would welcome A deserted road in Phillaur after the suspension of Bharat Jodo Yatra on Saturday. MALKIAT SINGH Khalsa College too has been shelved. The big cut outs of Rahul Gandhi and other glitzy posters put up on the route are also likely to be taken off. Leader of Opposition and Congress veteran Partap Bajwa too said: “We will keep it very simple tomorrow. The mood in the Congress is low but the yatra is to proceed for there are plans lined up and hundreds of national padyatris tagging along”. Even today, Chaudhary Santokh Singh and his son Vikramjit Chaudhary had planned a lot of activities during the course of yatra, includ- ing a meeting with Harley Davidson bikers, industrialists of Goraya and interaction with farmers which could not be materialised. Other than a Sarv Dharam Samaj stage with clergy heads of all religions set up at Phillaur and a short interaction with the inmates of Man held for hurling ‘petrol bomb’ Hoshiarpur, January 14 The district police have arrested the main accused in the case of an attempt by unidentified persons to set a house on fire by throwing a petrol bomb in Sun City Colony of Hoshiarpur in wee hours on WANTED TO SET UNCLE’S HOUSE ON FIRE OVER PROPERTY DISPUTE January 5. Two more accused are still absconding. Arrested accused Simranjit Singh ,alias Simran, is the nephew of the complainant, Amarjit Singh. SSP Sartaj Singh Chahal said SP Manpreet Singh Dhillon-led team investigated the matter after the Model Town Police registered an Continued on page 2 HIT BY CAR, NRI HURT SERIOUSLY Mahilpur: An NRI standing outside his house at village Tuto Majara was hit by an uncontrolled car and was seriously injured. According to the information, the NRI from Canada, Hardeep Singh, was standing in front of his newly built house when suddenly a car driven by Tuto Majara, a resident of Balihar, went out of control and hit him. The accident left him with a fractured leg and several other injuries. He was admitted to Civil Hospital Mahilpur, later he was referred to Civil Hospital Hoshiarpur as his condition was serious. OC SHOP BURGLED IN PHAGWARA Phagwara: A shop for money exchange was reportedly burgled in Bohani village on Fridaynight. Shop owner Gagandeep Singh said cash amounting to ~42,000 and a few electronics gadgets were found stolen from the shop. The police said a probe had been initiated into the incident. OC c m y b Deepkamal Kaur Rahul at Lyallpur Khalsa College, the venue of his scheduled halt. This part has been deleted to make the yatra look simple ■ Even the big cut-outs of the former AICC president and other glitzy posters put up on the yatra route are also likely to be taken off Tribune News Service Kusht Ashram, only an interaction with the ex-servicemen could be organised. Col Balbir Singh, who represents the ex-servicemen association in Jalandhar, had met Rahul while walking past Phillaur and thanked him for ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme. Jalandhar, January 14 Everyone in the city who knew Chaudhary Santokh Singh also knew that he was a fitness freak, who took good care of his health. They still can’t believe that he suffered a heart attack and left them like this all of a sudden. Even though he was 76, he made sure that he was regular at the gym. He was the first visitor of the day at a private gym near his house for many years going as early as 4.30 am. Almost a year ago, his son Vikramjit Chaudhary set up a gym for him and the MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh family at their own place. Vikramjit said his father had no history of heart ailment, “My father was neither diabetic nor hypertensive. He was regular with his medical check-ups. He was also particular about his diet and never consumed any outside food.” Family members said his wife Karamjit Kaur was so concious about her husband’s health that she would nicely pack all his meals and fruits whenever he was to leave for any tour. “We have not seen him consume any biscuit, carbonated drinks or any extra cup of tea,” said a party councillor. Talking to reporters, Vikramjit turned emotional as he said, “My father would not have died like that had the ambulance in which he was taken to the hospital been equipped with high-energy shock-giving devices to revive the patients of cardiac arrest.”
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