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Tribune News Service Jalandhar/Hoshiarpur/ Phagwara, March 19 To give out a message of peace and harmony, the city police, including paramilitary forces, the RAF commandants, conducted a flag march today. The Commissioner of Police, Kuldeep Singh Chahal, and DCP (Headquarters) Vatsal Gupta led the flag march at Model Town and nearby areas. Addressing the mediapersons, Police Commissioner Kuldeep Chahal, said the flag march was a message to people that the police were always ready to serve them. He added that the atmosphere was calm across the state and there was no need to panic. He appealed to the public not to believe in rumours and cooperate with the police. The Police Commissioner warned that those spreading rumours would be punished. He added that in order to ensure the safety of the residents, numerous check-points had been set up throughout the city and all vehicles entering or exiting the city were being inspected. Replying to media queries regarding the arrest of Amritpal Singh, Chahal confirmed that the pro-Khalistan leader was chased down by the police for 20-25 km. “We have recovered a number of weapons and two cars have also been seized. The search is still underway to arrest him and a few of his aides,” he added. In Nawanshahr, police and paramilitary forces led by SSP Bhagirath Singh Meena conducted a flag march today across the district. The SSP informed the residents that the situation was totally under control and there was no need to panic. He also warned those spreading rumours and trying to dis- Amritpal’s ‘larger than life’ aura gone, says DIG Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service (Clockwise from top) Commissioner of Police Kuldeep Singh Chahal addresses RAF personnel in Jalandhar on Sunday; a huge posse of Border Security Force personnel assembles in Nakodar ahead of a march; and paramilitary forces conduct a flag march to maintain law and order in Jalandhar city on Sunday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH turb the law and order that strict action would be taken against them. He appealed to the residents to cooperate with the police. In Hoshiarpur, a massive flag march was taken out today at Hoshiarpur by the police and paramilitary forces. The march was led by Deputy Commissioner Komal Mittal and SSP Sartaj Singh Chahal to maintain law and order in the district and instill confidence among the people. The flag march started from Session Chowk and ended at the bus stand passing through various markets. Deputy Commissioner Komal Mittal, while talking to reporters, said the district administration and police were fully committed to the safety of the people and there was complete peace in Hoshiarpur district. She appealed to the peo- ple not to panic and that full vigilance was being maintained in the district. SSP Sartaj Singh Chahal warned mischievous elements from creating trouble and said anyone found disrupting the law and order situation in Hoshiarpur district would have to face strict action. The SSP said interstate and inter-district check-posts have been set up at various places in the district and appealed to the people to cooperate with the police administration and be fully alert. SDM Preetinder Singh Bains, SP Headquarters Manjit Kaur and other senior police officers were present on the occasion. In Phagwara, the police conducted a flag march at several places today. The flag march was led by Kapurthala SSP Raj Pal Sandhu. The flag march was carried out with an aim of boosting the morale of people. The SSP said the situation in the district was peaceful. He urged the people to maintain brotherhood and avoid rumours. The SSP added that the police would take an action against those spreading rumours. Phagwara SP Mukhtiar Rai was also present. Nakodar, March 19 DIG Jalandhar Range Swapan Sharma today said Amritpal Singh was spreading antiIndia sentiment and his aura had been broken with the slew of arrests of his aides. The DIG said the search for Amritpal Singh was on and he would be nabbed soon. Interacting with mediapersons today on the sidelines of a flag march at Nakodar, the DIG said: “There was an aura around Amritpal; with the operation, it has broken. He was influencing youths and trying to spread anti-India sentiment. Jaldi mil jayega. We are also looking into all available footage. We are into it.” On the second day of the crackdown on preacher Amritpal Singh and his aides, the demeanour of the police remained much relaxed compared to the evasiveness of key officials yesterday. Today they mingled with the mediaperons and took a volley of questions and held flag marches across several areas of the district. Ahead of the flag march at the DSP office in Nakodar, officials monitored news on a flat screen TV, playing screen grabs of the viral video of a fleeing Amritpal. The video, officials tacitly remarked, goes to show that Amritpal wasn’t all brawn and courage, as was earlier being deemed by many. Flag marches were held in Jalandhar (city), Nakodar, Shahkot and Mehatpur among other areas. The DIG and the SSP took questions patiently, much like a similarly relaxed Commissioner of Police, Jalandhar, Kuldeep Singh Chahal had taken hours ago on the sidelines of another flag march in the Model Town area of Jaland- Specially abled take Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom day to be observed in Lahore part in sports meet Pak foundation alleges threat, no cooperation I Lahore HC to hear plea today Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Jalandhar, March 19 Around 140 specially abled athletes from MGN Senior Secondary School, St Joseph’s Convent School, Udaan Special School, Mother Teresa Home and Shri Durga Dass Special School participated in the Unified Sports Meet organised by the Punjab chapter of Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) in Jalandhar on Saturday. The athletes were taught various techniques in football, basketball, baggo board and fun races were conducted on the occasion. The organisers said the event was the last one under the IG-7 project of SOB. Every participant was awarded a certificate and medal to motivate them and boost their morale. Nanaki Singh of SOB Punjab said the objective of the project is to make all members of society accept, respect and recognise the hidden potential in these children so that they also have equal opportunities, and chances to grow. — TNS Hoshiarpur, March 19 Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation, Pakistan, will pay tributes to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru at Shadman Chowk in Lahore. Foundation chairman Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi told this correspondent from Lahore over the phone that the foundation would hold a function to pay tributes and light the candles on the 92th death anniversary of Bhagat Singh and his com- Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi shows the poster of the martyrdom day function at Bhagat Singh Chowk (Shadman) in Lahore. c m y b panions on March 23 at 4 pm at Bhagat Singh Chowk (Shadman) in Lahore. He said the foundation had sent an application to Chief Secretary, Punjab (in Pakistan); Inspector General, Punjab police; Home Secretary, Punjab, DIG operations; Additional Inspector General, special branch, CCPO Lahore; and Deputy Commissioner, Lahore to provide foolproof security to observe the martyrdom day. Qureshi said their application was not even considered by any of the said officers and they were yet to receive a reply. “So, we have now filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court requesting to direct the Punjab government and the police to provide us security. The court would be hearing our writ on Monday. Separatists and terrorists are threatening me not to observe the day. They even came to my home last night and threatened me of dire consequences if we hold the programme, but I am not afraid. We will definitely hold the programme to pay homage to the martyrs,” said Qureshi. WILL CATCH HIM SOON aura ❝There was anwith around Amritpal; the operation, it has broken. He was influencing youths and was trying to spread anti-India, anti-national sentiment. Jaldi mil jayega (he’ll be arrested soon). ❞ Swapan Sharma, DIG JALANDHAR RANGE har this morning. As per the police, one of the reasons the Waris Punjab De chief got away was that he was driving hi-tech vehicles, more sophisticated than the ones with the police. Jalandhar SSP Swarandeep Singh said, “Amritpal Singh was in a Mercedes and police teams were in a Scorpio. The abandoned Isuzu recovered from Salema village in Mehatpur is most likely the car which was used by Amritpal during the chase. We are on the lookout for the Mercedes used by him.” Meanwhile, the DIG remained evasive on questions regarding the involvement of Central agencies in the Amritpal case. He also maintained that Amritpal Singh hadn’t been booked under the National Security Act. While seven of Amritpal Singh’s associates had been arrested yesterday following a seven to eight-hourlong car chase, four of them had been flown by aircraft to a jail in Dibrugarh in Assam today. Despite the now extended ban on the Internet for another day, the police said the marches were being held to restore a sense of normalcy. They said the situation is peaceful and everything is under control. 2 peddlers held in Bilga Phagwara, March 19 Bilga police have arrested two drug peddlers on the charge of selling intoxicating tablets. Investigating Officer (IO) Anwar Masih said 430 intoxicating tablets were recovered from the possession of the accused identified as Karan Mahe, alias Karan, a resident of Sagar Pur village, and Balbindar Kumar, alias Mani, a resident of Thamann Wal village. The IO said a case under Sections 22(b), 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. — OC
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