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Vinod Khanna, Gujral allege booth-capturing

Jalandhar, May 10
Barring stray incidents of scuffle and exchange of heated arguments between Congress and SAD-BJP supporters, voting passed off peacefully, with 52 per cent (un-official figure) of the 11.42-lakh-strong electorate exercising their franchise in the Jalandhar parliamentary constituency, a prestigious seat from where Mr Naresh Gujral, son of a former Prime Minister, Mr Inder Kumar Gujral, and Rana Gurjit Singh, a close confidant of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, are contesting.

Swaran Kaur (75) and Kartar Kaur (90) come out of A.S. Senior Secondary School, Khanna, after casting their votes.
Swaran Kaur (75) and Kartar Kaur (90) come out of A.S. Senior Secondary School, Khanna, after casting their votes. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Punjab page: Heavy turnout in Punjab villages

Police fire into air to disperse mob
SAD leader held for ‘buying’ votes released on bail
Abohar, May 10
The police reportedly fired three rounds into the air to disperse a mob that had gheraoed a police team led by the SHO of the Sadar police station this evening. The SAD and Congress spokesmen blamed each other for the disturbance.

SAD worker shot at in village near Kharar
Kharar, May 10
A SAD worker was shot at and seriously injured by two scooter-borne persons while he was distributing poll slips to voters at Dabali village, about 10 km from here, this afternoon.

Sukhbir booked for attacking Cong supporter
Faridkot, May 10
A criminal case has been registered against SAD-BJP alliance candidate from the Faridkot parliamentary constituency, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, and his associates for his alleged involvement in the fatal attack on Mr Dhananjay Kumar, a supporter of the Congress candidate, Ms Karan Brar, at Kotli Sanger village of Muktsar district today.

Poll violence in border areas claims one life
Batala, May 10
In wide-spread incidents of poll-related violence in Amritsar, Batala, Rayya and Serai Amanat Khann (Tarn Taran constituency) one person was killed while over dozen injured even as SDM, Batala, recommended re-polling in Purana Pind following smashing of Electronic Voting Machine by a close confidant of a Cabinet Minister.

Daughter-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh after casting her vote
Daughter-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh after casting her vote in Patiala on Monday.  — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Fatehgarh Sahib




SAD supporters’ names missing from voters’ list
Patiala, May 10
Hundreds of people, most of them committed Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) supporters, could not vote today. The reason was simple: their names had been struck off the voters’ list. Most of these voters complained of irregularities in the conduct of the elections. “I have been voting for the past over 20 years.

Poll peaceful in Ropar, but lacklustre affair
Mohali, May 10
Barring a firing incident that led to grave injuries to an Akali supporter in Kharar, elections to the Ropar Lok Sabha constituency remained a peaceful but lacklustre affair. Only 56 per cent of the total votes were cast in the constituency.

Relatives and attendants of Pritpal Singh, an Akali worker of Dhavali village, Kharar, Ropar district, who was shot at outside a polling station on Monday. — Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
Relatives and attendants of Pritpal Singh, an Akali worker of Dhavali village, Kharar, Ropar district, who was shot at outside a polling station

Sidhu protests against poll disruption
Amritsar, May 10
The BJP contestant, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, today staged a dharna in front of the polling booth in the Shakti Nagar area after the voting was over, in protest against the alleged disruption of polling by Congress workers in the afternoon.

BJP leader Mr Tarun Chugh being manhandled by police at Andh Vidhyalay polling booth in Amritsar
BJP leader Mr Tarun Chugh being manhandled by police at Andh Vidhyalay polling booth in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Nominees told to furnish poll details ads
Amritsar, May 10
The Election Commission has directed all candidates to submit complete accounts of the advertisements issued by them to various newspapers and the electronic media. A letter by the election observer here has asked them to send complete details of the bills relating to the advertisements.

55 pc voter turnout at Sirhind, Amloh
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 10
The polling process passed off peacefully, with no untoward incident being reported from the Sirhind and Amloh Assembly constituencies of the district falling in the Ropar parliamentary constituency. Mr S. K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election officer, and Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, told this correspondent at the Bassi Pathana polling station.

3 special observers appointed for Faridkot
Faridkot, May 10
Two of the three special observers appointed by the Election Commission (EC) to ensure the counting of votes without any hindrance on Thursday in Faridkot Parliamentary constituencies comprising nine Assembly segments, including Faridkot, Kotkapura, Panjgrain, Muktsar, Malout, Gidderbaha, Lambi, Moga and Baghapurana have resumed their duties here today.

Zaffarwal votes after 20 years
Pathankot, May 10
A one-time terrorist, Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, who had also headed the Khalistan Commando Force, a militant outfit, today cast his vote at Zaffarwal village, 60 km from here.

Badal expels SAD general secretary
Chandigarh, May 10
SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today expelled general secretary Baldev Singh Mann from the primary membership of the party “for ever”.

They still drink polluted water
Hamira (Kapurthala): In spite of the election din and taking of strong notice by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) of the plight of residents of six villages around Jagatjit Distillery, nothing has practically changed for them. The poor residents, who even don’t know that the PSHRC has intervened in their case, have been forced to drink polluted water for decades allegedly because of discharge of polluting effluents.

Mann decries PM’s remarks on interlinking of rivers
Phagwara May 10
SAD(A) President Simranjit Singh Mann today criticised PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s on announcement at Ludhiana on the interlinking of rivers in country.


Ram V. Sutar A sculptor par excellence
Amritsar, May 10
What stood as a contentious issue for years between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh over the Chambal Dam project on the border of two states was surprisingly resolved by a ‘sculptor’.

Harassment for dowry denied
Amritsar, May 10
Mr Harbans Singh, who was along with members of his family was booked for demanding dowry from Kamaldeep Kaur on the complaint of her father and California resident Mr Avtar Singh Chahal, yesterday denied the allegations of Mr Chahal.

Freedom fighter cremated
Hoshiarpur, May 10
The mortal remains of veteran freedom fighter Gurbachan Singh (92) who died day before yesterday, were consigned to flames at his native village Shareshatpur yesterday.

Intruder shot
Amritsar, May 10
Security personnel shot a Pakistani intruder along the Indo-Pak border near Harbhajan post on Saturday.

Commando dies as gun goes off
Bathinda, May 10
Iqbal Singh (30), a commando with the Punjab Armed Police, died after he suffered bullet injuries when his gun went off accidentally while he was on duty at an inter-state checkpost at Pathrala village of this district today.


Report on Red Cross exhibition by DC, SSP sought
Amritsar, May 10
Taking cognizance of a complaint lodged by Mr Tarsem Singh Bholla, former councillor, who accused the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP, Amritsar of starting Red Cross exhibition for a financial consideration, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a report from the state’s Home Department in this regard. The PSHRC has called for the submission of a report on May 31.


28 PCS officers hope to get appointment letters
Chandigarh, May 10
Even after more than five months of the declaration of results of the Punjab Civil Service (Executive) and Allied Services examination, selected candidates are yet to get their appointment letters.

Diarrhoea under control, says Faridkot DC
Faridkot, May 10
Mr Hussan Lak, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, said here today that the situation in the three localities, including Sukhchain Pura, Balmiki and Himmatpura Bassis of Jaito in this district, which were under the grip of diarrhoea during the last week was now under control. Seven out of twelve patients who were earlier admitted to the local Civil Hospital have been discharged and others would be relieved soon.

Cheema new Moga SSP
Moga, May 10
Mr Gautam Cheema, a Security Officer of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has been posted Senior Superintendent of Police, Moga in place of Mr Mukhwinder Singh Chhina who has been transferred by the Election Commission following a complaint by Akali and BJP leaders.


4 held for selling liquor despite ban
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 10
The Deputy Commissioner and the SSP here today caught persons selling liquor outside their liquor shops.


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