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DETENTION OF SIKH ASYLUM SEEKERS IN US

Capt seeks Centre’s help, but has no data

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Though Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged the External Affairs Minister to help the 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, detained as illegal immigrants at Oregon in the US, the state government does not have any data on such persons.

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Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20

Though Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged the External Affairs Minister to help the 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, detained as illegal immigrants at Oregon in the US, the state government does not have any data on such persons.

Capt Amarinder tweeted: “Like to bring this to your notice @SushmaSwaraj ji @MEAIndia and request your intervention regarding media reports of detention of Sikhs & other illegal immigrants held in allegedly inhuman conditions at the Oregon detention centre in the US and to provide necessary help.”

While the Centre is yet to respond, the state machinery began a process to identify the Sikh detainees. Unlike the case of nearly 40 persons who went missing in Iraq in 2014, the government has not established any control room where the families of the victims can approach.

Sources in the police said the issue of political asylum seekers was different from that of other persons stuck in a problem abroad. “Many of these persons may be wanted for some crime in India or can be sympathisers for a separatist movement,” a source said.

Home Department Secretary Kumar Rahul said the government had asked the Ministry of External Affairs to provide names and addresses of the Sikh detainees.

Sources said the phenomenon of Punjabis seeking political asylum was the byproduct of terrorism era in the 1980s and 90s. A number of persons, including genuine claimants, would seek such an asylum citing human rights abuse, fake police encounters and political witch-hunting in Punjab.

It was quite common to see notices in newspapers, especially vernacular, in which the applicants said they had no relation with certain Akali leaders (who were considered anti-Khalistani). Some alleged victimisation and prosecution for being supporters of SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann. They even submitted letters of recommendation by Mann in this regard.

CM on Twitter

Like to bring this to your notice @SushmaSwaraj ji @MEAIndia and request your intervention regarding media reports of detention of Sikhs & other illegal immigrants held in allegedly inhuman conditions at Oregon detention centre in the US and to provide necessary help.

Jalandhar youth faces deportation

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: Having gone to the US in October 2016, a city youth, who had dreams to make it big in life, is now detained at the Otero Processing Centre in Texas, facing deportation, while his family back home hopes for his safety.

Alarm bells for would-be NRI brides

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: The mandatory registration of NRI marriages within seven days has left the Punjabi diaspora confused.

Withdraw plea against Bluestar detainees: CM

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has urged the Centre to withdraw its appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the award of compensation to those arrested and detained in the Jodhpur prison following the Operation Bluestar.

Drug racket: Canadian names aides

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: The police have unearthed a major inter-state racket in connection with the drugs module busted three days ago and named three drug lords, operating from UP, Madhya Pradesh and Kolkata in the FIR.

52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, held at Oregon detention centre in US

52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, held at Oregon detention centre in US

20 Jun 2018 | 11:23 AM

WASHINGTON: A group of 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, has been held at a detention centre in the US State of Oregon for being part of a large contingent of illegal immigrants seeking asylum, an American lawmaker has said.

Accused of theft, Dalit boy tied to tree, given shocks

Accused of theft, Dalit boy tied to tree, given shocks

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

MUKTSAR: A 17-year-old Dalit boy of Thandewala village was allegedly tied to a tree, half-stripped, thrashed and given shocks by some farmers over suspicion that he stole two bottles of soft drink, a pressure cooker and “ghee” from their fields on Saturday night.

Ranjit Singh recounts his fight against French ban on turban

Ranjit Singh recounts his fight against French ban on turban

20 Jun 2018 | 12:42 PM

JALANDHAR: Bhai Ranjit Singh (82), who fought a legal battle against the French Government to keep intact his identity as a turbaned Sikh, rues that neither any Sikh outfit nor the Indian Government helped him in his two-decade-long fight.

Vigilance raids Verka milk plants in Ludhiana, Mohali

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Following allegations of adulteration in Verka dairy products levelled by the Bains brothers of the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) last week, the Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday carried out a detailed inspection of Verka plants in Mohali and Ludhiana.

Referendum row

AAP rift widens, Kejriwal refuses to meet Khaira

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Wednesday faced the ire of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his alleged support to ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’, a Sikh radicals’ campaign to ‘liberate Punjab’.

Make amends in 15 days: Sidhu to Jalandhar Mayor

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has given a deadline of 15 days to Jalandhar Mayor to set his house in order on illegal constructions in the town.

Sukhbir: Cong hand in glove with mafia

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday alleged that attacks on government officials as well as large-scale illegal sand mining were continuing unabated because the Congress government was patronising the mafia.

After Patiala, Batala MC floats tenders for completed projects

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

BATALA: First, the Patiala Municipal Corporation tried to swindle public money by advertising tenders for already completed works and now the Batala Municipal Committee has invited tenders for projects finished long ago.

BKU activists lay siege to Rampura police station

BKU activists lay siege to Rampura police station

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

BATHINDA: Activists of the BKU Ekta Ugrahan on Wednesday laid a permanent siege to the Rampura police station to protest the alleged failure of the police in arresting Amarjeet Sharma, a Congress leader from Bhagta Bhaika, in connection with the abetment to suicide case registered against him.

Judge gets promotion 3 years after retirement

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Three years after his retirement, Justice JS Khushdil finally got a promotion.

Ujjain SP refuses to meet woman, cops send her back

Ujjain SP refuses to meet woman, cops send her back

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

HOSHIARPUR: The 27-year-old woman from Dasuya, who had gone to Madhya Pradesh to meet an IPS officer, has agreed to come back after the latter refused to meet her.

Govt schools to be graded by July 5

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: As part of grading more than 3,700 high and senior secondary schools in the state, the Director General School Education (DGSE) has sought details such as board results (2017-18), record of attendance, co-curricular activities and available infrastructure from school heads within a week.

Now, online admissions in govt colleges

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: To streamline the higher education system in the state, all government colleges will adopt the online admission system from the next academic session.

Stationery scam

Raids on to nab Sangrur traders

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

SANGRUR: A VB team from Mohali on Wednesday conducted raids at the residences of Sangrur-based traders — Mittals — in Punia Colony for their arrest in connection with the FIR registered in the stationery scam on June 7 in Mohali.

Revenue official booked for graft

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

MOGA: The Vigilance Bureau has booked a registry clerk posted in the tehsildar’s office at Baghapurana for allegedly overcharging for the registration of land.

Gang of bike thieves busted

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

FAZILKA: The Fazilka police claimed to have busted a gang of bike thieves by nabbing four persons and recovering 15 motorcycles and a scooter from their possession.

Murder: Man gets life term

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

ABOHAR:A court in Sriganganagar on Wednesday sentenced Gaura Singh, alias Amandeep Singh, to life imprisonment for killing Manjit Singh at Chunawadh village on March 16, 2006.

2 killed as car collides with Army vehicle

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

KATHUA: Two persons were killed and another seriously injured when a car they were travelling in collided with an Army bus on the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway on Tuesday night.

Woman ends life

21 Jun 2018 | 1:41 AM

Abohar: Sandeep Kaur (41) reportedly ended her life by jumping into a water reservoir near her house in Haripura village at Hanumangarh.

Referendum issue: Khaira finds NRI support but Delhi leadership remains miffed

Referendum issue: Khaira finds NRI support but Delhi leadership remains miffed

21 Jun 2018 | 1:52 AM

CHANDIGARH: As AAP’s NRI supporters rally behind Punjab Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira, the party's top leadership remains upset, with national convener Arvind Kejriwal refusing to meet him on Wednesday.

Growers feel pinch as farm wages go up

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

JALANDHAR: Thousands of Punjab paddy growers are feeling labour pangs for a large number of migrant labourers have not returned to Punjab from their native places in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Sacrilege: 10 dera men sent to judicial custody

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

MOGA: A judicial court in Moga on Tuesday sent 10 followers (premis) of the Dera Sacha Sauda to 14-day judicial custody. They were arrested in connection with the ongoing probe into cases of sacrilege at Bargarhi and Burj Jawahar Singh Wala villages in Faridkot district and an incident of rioting in Moga district.

No groundwork, late sowing ‘diktat’ goes unheardTransplantation begins today, officially

No groundwork, late sowing ‘diktat’ goes unheard

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: The government steps to make farmers plant early maturing and less water-consuming paddy varieties, either forcefully or by creating awareness, stand exposed as transplantation officially begins on Wednesday.

HC quashes plaint against Sony India

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: Nearly six years after Sony India Private Limited and others were summoned by a Patiala court on the allegation that the video CDs for gaming console contained scenes depicting “excessive nudity”, besides representing women in an indecent manner, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed the proceedings.

Briefly

Another fraud case against banker

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

ABOHAR: The police on Tuesday registered another case under Section 420 of the IPC against Devi Lal of Basant Nagar here, who is posted as manager, Bank Staff Thrift and Credit Society, Bathinda.

Three vehicle thieves held

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

PHAGWARA: The police have busted an inter-district gang of vehicle thieves and arrested its three members identified as Gagandeep and Shivam of Daddal Mohalla and Kamaljit of New Satnampura.

Garbage pit in college ground demolished

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

SANGRUR: Two days after The Tribune highlighted the attempts of the local authorities to construct a garbage pit in the playground of Ranbir College in a news report “Garbage pit in college ground irks Sangrur residents”, the authorities on Tuesday demolished the under-construction pit.

Couple booked for Rs 1.1-cr land fraud

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

PHAGWARA: The Satnampura police on a complaint lodged by Shashipal Singh of Pandhwa village have registered a case under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC against Jaswinder Singh and his wife Surinder Kaur, both residents of Mohali, on the charge of duping the victim of Rs 1,11,90,000 on the pretext of selling a plot in Mohali.

Demands not met, farmers protest outside DCoffice

Demands not met, farmers protest outside DCoffice

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

FAZILKA: On the second consecutive day, farmers staged a demonstration opposite the office of the Deputy Commissioner on Tuesday to protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands.

Row over site puts passport centre project in limbo

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

FEROZEPUR: The proposal to set up Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) in this border town has reportedly got stuck owing to tug-of-war between officials of the Postal Department and the Amritsar passport office over the allocation of requisite space.

SGPC to send jatha to Pak

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

AMRITSAR: The SGPC has announced to send a jatha to Pakistan to commemorate the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh on June 21.

Held for peddling in 2006, Pak woman repatriated

Held for peddling in 2006, Pak woman repatriated

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

AMRITSAR: Seven months after two Pakistan sisters were released, the plea of their accomplice in a drugs case Nasreen Akhtar (65) has been heard.

Chemical-laced fruit destroyed, none punishedmission tandarust Govt’s drive against food adulteration in full swing

Chemical-laced fruit destroyed, none punished

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

JALANDHAR: Even as officials of the Health Department have begun hectic drives to check food adulteration under the Tandarust Punjab Mission, they are facing hurdles in penalising wholesalers and vendors, who are using harmful chemicals to ripen fruit.

After video clip, Mann traces Pakistani youth to Ferozepur jail

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

SANGRUR: Four days after receiving a video message from an unidentified person belonging to Punjab Province of Pakistan seeking his help in locating his mentally challenged son, Sangrur AAP MP Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday succeeded in locating the youth in the Ferozepur jail.

Another ‘wilful’ defaulter held

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

SANGRUR: Officials of Punjab Agriculture Development Bank (PADB) have arrested another alleged wilful defaulter, who has not been paying instalments of 10 loans worth Rs 60 lakh.

To curb quota misuse in panchayat polls, govt to amend rules

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: To eliminate chances of any manipulation in deciding the reservation of panchayats for women and Scheduled Castes (SCs), the forthcoming panchayat elections will be held on the basis of district-wise population data.

CM to hand over job letters to 2,500 teachers

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: Education Minister Om Parkash Soni on Tuesday said the problem of shortage of schoolteachers would be redressed soon as Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh would hand over the appointment letters to 2,500 teachers during his visit to Amritsar on June 29.

Cong protests fuel price hike

Cong protests fuel price hike

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

MUKTSAR: Former Congress MLA from Muktsar Karan Kaur Brar and PPCC general secretary Jagjit Singh ‘Honey Fattanwala’, on Tuesday held two parallel protests against the Central government for the rise in fuel prices and that, too, just about 1 km away.

In Sangrur, officials feed mangoes to stray cattle

In Sangrur, officials feed mangoes to stray cattle

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

SANGRUR: After confiscating chemically treated mangoes from the Bhawanigarh vegetable market under the “Tandarust Punjab” mission, health officials reportedly made stray cattle eat those, inviting sharp criticism from locals.

Capt backs Sidhu, says won’t allow illegal construction

Capt backs Sidhu, says won’t allow illegal construction

20 Jun 2018 | 1:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: Even as opposition against Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu gets stiffer, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said nobody could carry out illegal constructions just to benefit from the proposed regularisation policy on unauthorised colonies.

Punjab BJP chief Malik targets PPCC president Jakhar

Punjab BJP chief Malik targets PPCC president Jakhar

17 Jun 2018 | 10:37 PM

NEW DELHI: State BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik on Sunday fired salvo in the National Capital against PPCC president and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar asking him to direct his agitation against Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for “misgovernance and neglect of farmers”.

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