30092023-JTR-01.qxd 9/30/2023 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar tribune WALKATHON ORGANISED TO MARK WORLD HEART DAY SAIYAMI KHER UNDERTAKES CLEAN-UP DRIVE AT JUHU BEACH PYAAR KA PEHLA NAAM RADHA MOHANCOMPLETES 500 EPISODES 250 people, including Mini-Secretariat staff, policemen, doctors & paramedics participate in walkathon. P2 Actress Saiyami Kher has taken the lead in organising a post-visarjan clean-up drive at Juhu beach. P3 A joyous occasion for the cast & crew of Pyaar Ka Pehla Naam Radha Mohan as they completed 500 episodes. P4 » » » FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR MAX 34°C | MIN 20°C YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6.14 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:20 AM SATURDAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2023 | JALANDHAR INBRIEF MAN HELD FOR SELLING LIQUOR Phagwara: The Nakodar Sadar police have arrested a man on charge of selling illicit liquor. Investigating officer Jasvir Singh said the suspect, was identified as Harjit, a Singhpur Dona village resident. Fifteen bottles of hooch were recovered from his possession. A case under Sections 61/1/14 of the Punjab Excise Act was registered against the suspect. OC 25-YR-OLD WOMAN GOES MISSING Phagwara: A 25-year-old woman, a resident of Sangowal village, is missing for the last 13 days. Gian Singh complained to the police that his daughter left the house on September 16 and did not return home. Investigating officer Satpal said a missing report had been registered in this regard. TNS JAIL INMATE DIES ON WAY TO HOSPITAL Kapurthala: An inmate of Kapurthala Modern Jail reportedly died on Friday under mysterious circumstances. The victim, Kashmir Singh, hailing from Hamira, was undergoing imprisonment under the NDPS Act. The accused reportedly had problem in breathing after which he was taken to the Civil Hospital in Kapurthala. Duty officer Dr Navdeep Kaur said the patient was in a critical condition and referred to the Government Medical College, Amritsar, for treatment. The patient reportedly died while he was being shifted to the Amritsar hospital. OC Illegal mining: JCB machine, trailers seized during raids Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, September 29 In a drive against illegal mining in the area, the Sadar and Model Town police have seized a poclain JCB machine, a truck and four tractor-trailers laden with sand. A team from the mining department along with Sadar SHO Satish Kumar received a tip-off about illegal mining. The team conducted raids at Nara village and seized a poclain machine and a truck loded with sand. The drivers fled from the spot. The Sadar police registered an FIR in this regard and initiated further action. Meanwhile, the Model Town police seized four tractor-trailers and issued challans to drivers on the charge of illegal mining. Inspector Karnail Singh said during patrolling, four tractor-trailers carrying sand were stopped at the Dagana Kalan choe. On being questioned, their drivers could not produce any documents. An inspector of the Mining Department was called on the spot and drivers of tractor-trailers were issued challans and their vehicles were impounded. Admn to seal Phagwara sugar mill for non-payment of cane growers’ dues Our Correspondent Phagwara, September 29 Indefinite dharna by sugarcane growers under the banner of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), Doaba, entered the third day today even after assurance to farmers by Agriculture Minister Gurmeet Singh Khudian at a Mohali meeting on Thursday to resolve the issue of non-payment of arrears amounting to Rs 41.72 crore at the earliest. Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner (DC) Karnail Singh today instructed Phagwara Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Amit Kumar Panchal to seal Golden Sandhar Sugar Mills with the help of the police with immediate effect till further orders. The Officials from the administration during inspection at the sugar mill in Phagwara on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO DC also instructed the ADC to inform him immediately after sealing the mill. After receiving instructions, the ADC asked Phagwara SDM Jai Inder Singh to ensure compliance of the DC’s orders. BKU (Doaba) general secretary Satnam Singh Sahni said the indefinite dharna would continue till acceptance of their demands. Punjab Sugarfed Chairman Navdeep Singh Jeeda, Director of Agriculture Jaswant Singh and the Kapurthala district authorities held a meeting with cane farmers led by BKU Union (Doaba) president Manjit Singh Rai at Kheti Bhawan in Mohali yesterday. Responding to cane farmers concerns, the Agriculture Minister directed the Kapurthala DC to expedite the process of attaching properties of defaulter sugar mill owners. He also asked the Kapurthala district authorities to make sure that all pending dues of cane farmers were cleared in a time-bound manner. Reiterating that farmers would not be allowed to suffer at the hands of defaulter mill owners, the Agriculture Minister said the state government stood firmly with them. He said strict action would be initiated against the defaulter mill owners, who were trying to shun their responsibility of paying Rs 41.72 crore to cane farmers. Huge quantity of plastic carry bags seized from two factories Tribune News Service The police conduct an inquiry at the crime spot in Kartarpur. Woman murdered Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 29 A 65-year-old woman was murdered at Arya Nagar in Kartarpur on Thursday. The assailants entered woman’s house and attacked her and her daughter with sharp weapons. The woman received head injuries and died on-the-spot while condition of her daughter Meena Rani was stated to be critical. The teams of the CIA staff, forensics and the Kartarpur police station reached the spot soon after the incident and started investigation. The teams recovered CCTV footages of the area and were trying to collect evidences about the suspects. Husband of the deceased, Gurmeet Singh, had returned from the US a few days ago. The family runs a general store and Gurmeet was reportedly at the shop when the incident happened. The body of the deceased bore deep cuts on the back and hands. The post-mortem of the deceased was conducted at the Civil Hospital. Jalandhar, September 29 In a special drive against stocking and manufacturing of plastic carry bags, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) raided two factories and seized huge quantity of banned material. Executive engineer Sandeep Kumar said the PPCB had launched a special campaign against storing and manufacturing of plastic carry bags. He said raids were conducted on the premises of 15 plastic-manufacturing industries by the board. Large quantity of illegal plastic carry bags were seized during raids by the team, he added. The team comprising Gaurav Kashyap and engineer Manwinderjeet Hundal, headed by Kumar, visited M/s Kivi Overseas located in Wariana Complex. The team found that the unit was manufacturing plastic bags on its Eight booked on charge of former sarpanch’s murder Arrest suspects or would not cremate body: Kin Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, September 29 A case has been registered against eight persons for the murder of former sarpanch Surjit Singh Ankhi (50), a resident of Meghowal Ganjian village. He was shot dead by unidentified assailants. The victim’s post-mortem was conducted today at the Civil Hospital in Hoshiarpur. His family members and friends said the body of the sarpanch would not be cremated until the culprits were arrested. According to information, the former sarpanch left his house around 7 pm yesterday. He was sitting at panch Karam Chand’s grocery shop on the village ring road. Two unidentified bikeborne persons came on the spot and opened fire at former sarpanch. He received bullets injuries on the stomach, arm and chest. After committing the crime, the assailants fled from the spot on their bike. Ankhi was brought to the Civil Hospital in Hoshiarpur. Seeing his critical condition, doctors referred him to a private hospital where he was declared brought dead. In a statement to the police, Jagtar Singh, broth- er of the deceased, said he was absolutely sure that Sarabjit Singh, alias Saba, presently residing in the USA, Bhajji, Daljit Singh, Saba and Sona (both brothers), Karnail Singh and Mahla (both brothers), Jagbir Singh, all residents of Meghowal Ganjian village killed his brother. Ankhi remained sarpanch of the village twice. Presently, his wife Satnam Kaur was the village sarpanch. According to the police, the family had alleged that the reason behind murder was political rivalry between Saba and Ankhi. Saba was defeated in a tough contest during the election for the sarpanch. Ankhi is survived by two daughters Avneet Kaur (14), Harsirat Kaur (12) and son Tanveer Singh (10). DSP Talvinder Kumar, Bulhowal police station SHO Hardevpreet Singh, CIA in-charge Inspector Balwinder Singh, Inspector Harkwal Singh and Nasrala police chowki’s SubInspector Maninder Singh are investigating the matter. Talwinder said on the statements of the family of the deceased, eight persons had been booked and seven detained. He said the arrested suspects were being interrogated. 2 motorcycles stolen Banned plastic carry bags seized from two factories by the pollution control board in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO premises. Around two tonnes of carry bags were seized from the unit premises. Later, the team inspected M/s Marvel International in Bhagat Singh Colony and found that the unit was manufacturing plastic carry bags. The team seized 473-kg bags from the premise of the company. Kumar said teams were constituted to keep surveillance and prevent movement of stocked plastic carry bags. He said the Punjab Govern- ment had imposed a complete ban on manufacturing, stocking, distribution, recycling, selling and using plastic carry bags in the state with effect from April 1, 2016. Kumar said action was taken against both factories for violating the orders. He also directed other units not to manufacture any carry bags. He said if any factory was found violating guidelines, strict action would be taken against its owners. Our Correspondent Phagwara, September 29 A Hero Honda motorcycle bearing registration number PB-09T-3478 parked outside Punjab National Bank was stolen yesterday. The twowheeler belonged to Suman Singh, a resident of Vikas Nagar in the city. The victim had come to bank for some work. When he came out of the bank after finishing the work, he found that his bike was stolen. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. In another incident, a Splendor motorcycle bearing registration number PB-9W-2901 was stolen near Gupta Hospital in Hargobind Nagar last night. The bike owner, Mahinder Kumar, a resident of Jagatpur-Jattan village, had come to hospital to inquire about the health of his relative. Kumar found his bike stolen when he came out of the hospital. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC against an unknown suspect. Sukhpal Khaira’s arrest: Bholath MLA not new to run-ins with law enforcement agencies Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 29 The arrest of Congress leader and Bholath legislator Sukhpal Khaira from his house at Chandigarh by the Punjab Police has prompted state’s various Opposition parties to launch a tirade against the AAP This also felt much like . a deja vu moment. Controversy’s baby, firebrand leader Sukhpal Khaira has previously faced cases and arrests multiple times. Often registration of cases coincide with him being vocal about the current situation of politics under the then ruling dispensations. He has often been among a few leaders, who speak about certain issues that no one else addresses. Khaira has regularly spoken against people, including a bevy of state’s senior political leaders like his oldest constituency rival Bibi Jagir Kaur and Congress leader Rana Gurjit Singh. He had constantly taken on the then SAD and Congress governments and their CMs during his tenure in the party and the AAP . Ever since the formation of the AAP government in the state, Khaira has been among the most vocal critics of Chief Minister Congress leader Sukhpal Khaira addresses mediamen. FILE PHOTO Bhagwant Mann and the ruling dispensation. Ironically, the case in which he was presently arrested was filed against him in 2015 during the tenure of the SAD c m y b government in Punjab. Khaira has alleged it was a false case registered to target him by the then government. He also said that the 2015 NDPS Act case had already been quashed by the Supreme Court. In a statement, the AAP retorted that the SIT probing the matter had found enough evidence to prove Khaira’s alleged involvement in the case. Incidentally, cases against Khaira have mostly added to his popularity. On November 11, 2021, Khaira was arrested on money laundering charges by the ED. He served 78 days sentence at the Patiala Central Jail in this connection. Released 22 days before the Assembly elections, Khaira won from the Bholath constituency with a margin of over 9,000 votes. As many as 37,254 votes were cast in his favour. Other previous cases against Khaira include, brief detention in May 2020 by the police when he was at the Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall to hold a candle march in support of kabaddi player Arvinderjit Singh Pehalwan in Jalandhar. Thirty persons, including Khaira, were booked under Section 188 of the IPC and 31(2) of the Disaster Management Act and 3(2) of the Epidemic Disease Act for organising candle march without prior permission. Khaira was booked in April this year on a complaint by Kapurthala SDM Sanjiv Sharma, which was sent to CM and Chief Secretary, under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 189 (threat of injury to public servant), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 500 (punishment for defamation) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC. Another case was registered against him in connection with his ancestral family land dispute. During majority of his run-ins with the law enforcement agencies, Khaira’s son Mehtab Khaira held the fort during his father’s absence.
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