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Sikh bodies train guns on Akal Takht Jathedar
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 3
While the radical Sikh organisation, the Khalra Mission Committee (KMC), today gave an ultimatum to Akal Takht Jathedar to resign from his post, a former Akal Takht high priest alleged that the directive was issued at the behest of Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal.

In a significant turn of events, former head priest Akal Takht Giani Bhagwan Singh said the directive by the jathedar smacked of partisan approach.

He said the results of such actions would be hard to control by the SAD. He appealed to the Sikh community to oppose the decision of the jathedar.

The former head priest said those who talked of “violation of maryada” in foreign countries should look at their own actions.

He added that the jathedar by his actions had dimmed the halo of the revered seat of Akal Takht.

Echoing similar concern, the Punjab Human Rights Organisation castigated the jathedar for acting at the behest of Mr Badal and dealing a serious blow to the “Sikh maryada”.

Harmandeep Singh and Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra, chairman and member, KMC, respectively, and Justice Ajit Singh Bains (retd) and Kirpal Singh, chairman and deputy chairman, PHRO, respectively, said the decision of social boycott was made at the behest of Mr Badal and violated “religious ethos”.

Denying any connection with Sarna brothers, they asserted that they could not condone wrong actions and asked the jathedar to clarify why a “siropa” was bestowed on Mr Badal after his bail on charges of corruption.

They raised a questions on the integrity of the jathedar for not summoning Mr Badal and his wife for alleged connections with Swami Chandraswami and Ashutosh.

Mr Baldev Singh, who heads the Akhand Kirtani Jatha, in a statement said the controversy was unfortunate and the matter should be resolved through discussion. He suggested that SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar should intervene immediately.

 

SGPC chief’s allegations against ex-Jathedar
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 3
SGPC chief Avtar Singh today alleged that Prof Darshan Singh, former Jathedar, Akal Takht, had been a disciple of “dera Nanaksar” and had joined a section of Sikh’s, who performed “kachi bani” (the kirtan which do not follow parameters of Sikhism).

Addressing mediapersons here today, the SGPC chief said he was shocked that he (Prof Darshan Singh) had used derogatory language against the Jathedar, Akal Takht, who had been performing his duties ‘as per Sikh traditions’.

He said the Delhi Sikh gurdwara Management Committee had locked its officers in violation of the directives issued by the Jathedar, Akal Takht. He had no answer when his attention was drawn towards the locking of the SGPC offices at the time of unceremonious removal of Ranjit Singh as Jathedar, Akal Takht, in 1999.

In another development, Mr Avtar Singh urged mediapersons not to stage any dharna in front of Akal Takht, in protest against alleged ‘derogatory remarks’ used by Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti against a senior journalist. He promised that he would get the matter resolved.

The SGPC chief found himself in a piquant situation when he did not make any promise to get ‘Badal family’ baptised as part of the Amrit Sanchar movement.

 

Promotion of two officers to IAS upheld
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
A decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to promote two Punjab officers to the IAS from the non-state civil services (SCS) category was today upheld by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

Promotion of the two officers, Mr D.S Grewal and Mr V.K. Sharma, against the state quota for 1998 and 1999, had been challenged by five non-SCS officers whose names had not been considered for promotion against the state quota.

After the two promotions were cleared in September 2005, the affected candidates, through three separate applications, had moved the tribunal.

After hearing the arguments, Mr L.M. Goyal and Mr Jasbir. S. Dhaliwal, Vice-Chairman and Member (Judicial), respectively, dismissed their applications.

The Bench said it had gone through the contentions of the applicants regarding the year-wise preparation of the panel from the non-state civil services category.

The Bench, in its order, further said the recommendations for the promotion were made in special cases or when special circumstances came to the notice of the state which had not fixed any quota. They had only been providing a limit within the quota of promotees.

“If the Union of India for some valid reasons or for lack of proper proposal from the state government decides that no appointment from the non-SCS is to be made for any particular year, there is no illegality,” the Bench observed.

While contesting the claims of the applicants, the counsel for the respondents said the application of Mr Jarnail Singh, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Ropar, had been rejected as he had not completed eight years of service as Class-I officer.

The post of AETC was notified as Class I in 1995.

The second applicant, Ms H.K. Bahia, Additional Registrar, Cooperative Societies, was not promoted as she could not clear the UPSC interview.

Mr K.S. Palne, Additional Registrar, Cooperative Societies, was not called for interview, though he fell in the zone of consideration.

The other applicants were Dr Rajesh Sharma, SMO, MLA Hostel, Sector 4, Chandigarh, and Dr Paramjit Singh, SMO, Sector 16 General Hospital.

Initially, the state had recommended the name of five officers each against the state quota for 1998 and 1999.

 

Barnala observes bandh
Traders protest cases against 18

Our Correspondent

Barnala, February 3
The town observed a complete bandh today in protest against alleged fake police cases against 18 persons on the directions of income tax officials. Two warring factions of the Beopar Mandal here came close and with the backing of local political leaders held a rally against the income tax officials.

The have demanded the cancellation of FIRs against the 18 persons, including municipal committee president Makhan Sharma and beopar mandal president Anil Naana.

Four teams of income tax officials raided the premises of four major business firms of the city yesterday. According to sources, following the raid Mr Sharma and Mr Naana met the IT officials. On some issue they exchanged hot words following which the officials returned to Patiala without taking any action against the firms raided by them.

Later, they complained to the police that Mr Sharma alongwith his companions, misbehaved with them and interfered in their work. They also alleged that the leaders snatched official documents from them.

The police registered a case against both leaders and 16 others under Sections 477, 353, 186, 506, 148 and 149, IPC.

The rally was held at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk. Hundreds of people participated in it. Mr Malkeet Singh Keetu, MLA, supported the local business community.

A protest march was held that passed through main bazars of the town. Beopar mandal leaders presented a memorandum to SSP G. Nageshwar Rao. They have alleged in memorandum that all charges levelled by IT officials against them are fake.

 

Man threatens to commit suicide, held
Chander Parkash and Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 3
The recent suicide of Congress worker Gopal Krishan Kashyap in this city against the non-fulfillment of his demands is setting example for others to follow suit in an attempt to force authorities to accept their demands.

This is reflected from the arrest by the local police today of Punjab State Electricity Board’s Lower Division Clerk (LDC) Ram Lubhaya who created quite a scene in front of the Board Chairman’s office here this afternoon allegedly to protest against his successive transfers by the board’s management.

The Kotwali police team arrested Ram Lubhaya under Section 452, IPC, which amounts to criminal trespassing of somebody’s premises. His family members and scores of his colleagues have also been taken into preventive custody in an attempt to diffuse the potentially volatile situation.

Earlier, Ram Lubhaya along with his family members and colleagues sat in a dharna in front of Chairman Mr Y.S Ratra’s office even as he held out a threat of committing self-immolation. He also added that if the board authorities prevented him from committing suicide by getting him arrested, he would attempt the same once he reached his residence.

Ram Lubhaya added that the blame would have to be taken by Mr Y.S Ratra and Director (personnel), PSEB, if something happened to him which virtually amounted to blackmailing the board authorities.

The board authorities were shaken out of their slumber and were quick to call the police who arrested Ram Lubhaya but not before a lot of theatrics were performed by him in the Board’s premises.

Ram Lubhaya, a handicapped employee, had also submitted an affidavit to the boards’ management in which he had stated that he would immolate himself because the authorities were regularly transferring him from one place to the other without assigning any valid reason.

He said that he was posted at the Shahpur Kandi project from where he was shunted to Jalandhar and then shifted to Gurdaspur. From there, he was once again transferred back to Jalandhar. He alleged that due to this ‘negative’ attitude of the management he had been turned into a ‘mental wreck’.

Ram Lubhaya added that he was taking this extreme step because ‘the Director (personnel) was not listening to his grievances. He added that he had faxed his affidavit, listing his grievances, to the management on January 31. He had allegedly threatened that if his transfer was not cancelled by February 2, he would commit self-immolation on February 3.

 

Tribune Special
Police faces major shortage of vehicles
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
The Punjab Police is faced with a “mobility crisis”. About 2,100 of its vehicles are scheduled to be condemned within the next two months and there is no money to buy new vehicles on such a scale.

The police top brass has represented to the government that on April 1 this year the force will have just 1,700 roadworthy vehicles for the entire state as against the requirement of nearly 4,600.

Senior officers of the police confirmed the development while explaining that the 1,700 roadworthy vehicles included all types of vehicles. These were cars for officers, escort Gypsies, Gypsies and jeeps for police stations, motorcycles for the patrol and traffic staff besides buses to move small groups of the force. The hampered mobility of the force can be judged from the fact that jeeps and Gypsies purchased in 1989 were replaced a few months ago.

On the other hand, the 2,100 vehicles listed for condemnation at the end of the current financial year have outlived their life, which is calculated on fixed parameters of a specified number of years or the number of kilometres recorded by a vehicle. Sources said some of these vehicles were more than 12 years old.

A sum of Rs 90 crore, which is the share of the state government under a Central Government police modernisation scheme, has not been released for the past four years. In the past two years, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs stopped sending money for any new police project and started sending materials direct to the police. It sent 50 Gypsies a few months ago. Another 200 vehicles are to be sent by the MHA. Now, the Punjab Government, following a meeting with the MHA, has agreed to release this Rs 90 crore in four instalments spread over four years.

According to police records there are about 600 police stations and police posts in the state which require some kind of vehicle for mobility of the officers in charge. Then comes the requirements of the DSPs and the district SSPs. All major police lines require buses or mini buses to transport constables. Besides, officials of the crime branch, the intelligence wing and the traffic wing and personnel on VIP security duty all need jeeps and motorcycles for quick mobility.

Senior officers said an unhealthy trend had been noticed of personnel at the thana level being forced to take private vehicles for official use.

A perusal of fund allocation in the past 10 years reveals the real story. From the financial year 1996-97 to 2000-01 the government made an allocation of Rs 18.97 crore for vehicles alone. From 2000-01 till the current year the allocation for vehicles was only Rs 75 lakh. From 2000-01 the centrally sponsored modernisation scheme started under which Rs 64 crore was to be given annually for the modernisation of the police. The Punjab Government had to share a part of the burden which it never did thus slowing down the process.

Apart from getting new vehicles this fund was meant for arms and ammunition, machinery and equipment, the construction of police buildings and repair and maintenance.

 

Village that is all praise for Kalam, not govt
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 3
Even as the country’s President kept his word with the residents of Gehri Buttar village and dispatched 100 books from his collection for its library, the village still awaits a grant of Rs 1 crore announced by Finance Minister Surinder Singla for the development of the village.

President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam had visited the village to interact with cotton growers on December 10. Among the books that the village library received from the President are his personally signed autobiography “Wings of Fire”, “Mere sapno ka Bharat”, “Glimpses of India”, “Cancer and Herbs”, “Mahatma Gandhi” and “Heart diseases”.

Dr Kalam evinced keen interest in selecting these books, as these covered a wide range of topics — from environment to democracy.

The villagers, who took great pride in the fact that the President had sent books for their library, have named the library after him.

The library is housed in a single room of the village dharamshala. The library walls adorn three pictures of Dr Kalam showing him being presented with a “phulkari”.

With the arrival of books, the number of books in the library has gone up to 450.

Meanwhile, the villagers, who had high hopes of development in the wake of President’s visit, are a disillusioned lot.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Bhandari, and ADC (D) Gurkirat Kirpal Singh today visited the village library and lent a patient hearing to the villagers’ grievances.

Talking to The Tribune, Jagtar Singh, a villager, said the village had no roads and all its sewers were choked. He said the village pond was in bad shape and the waterworks didn’t have any boundary wall.

He said stray cattle created nuisance around the waterworks, which led to contamination of water. Also, the village’s primary school had a single teacher for five classes.

The Deputy Commissioner promised more books and a computer to maintain the record for the library.

About the grant of Rs 1 cr announced by Mr Singla, he said he had written to the state government as well as the Finance Minister in this regard.

He said he would ensure a grant of around Rs 25 lakh for various development works in the village before March 30.

 
POLITICS
 

Dhindsa is SAD poll panel chief
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, February 3
With the ensuing Assembly elections in mind, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, SAD, today appointed Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, secretary-general of the SAD, as chairman of the poll manifesto committee of the party. Besides, Mr Badal also predicted that the next government would be of SAD. He was addressing at “insaf rally” at the new grain market here.

Mr Badal said the names of other members of the poll manifesto committee would be announced later. These members would be taken from various sections, including farmers, traders and Dalits, etc. At the rally he was handed over Rs 1 lakh for party fund by Mr Ranjit Singh Ballian, former SAD MLA from Sangrur, and a bag of Rs 1.25 lakh by Mr Parkash Chand Garg, national vice-president of the SAD.

The rally was also addressed among others by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP from Sangrur, Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Mr Gobind Singh Longowal, Mr Malkeet Singh Keetu and Mr Parminder Singh Dhindsa, all MLAs, Baba Tek Singh Dhanaula, executive member of the SGPC, and Mr Ramesh Singla, former MLA.

 
COMMUNITY
 

Move to set up Indo-Thai cultural centre in Punjab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
An Indo-Thai cultural centre is proposed to be set up in Punjab with focus on projecting Thailand’s culture, and other common links between Thailand and Punjab, with an aim to establishing an international education centre where Thai students could come and study.

This was stated by the CEO of the Indo-Thai Friendship Association, Mr S.S. Chawla, at an interaction with the media persons here today. He said that an entertainment complex with Thai spa facilities was also proposed to be set up in Punjab.

Mr Chawla said efforts would be made for Thailand to be the theme country at the Chandigarh Carnival to be held in November this year, so as to promote Thai culture, cuisine, art and craft and its tourism industry. He said he would bring a small delegation from Thailand for participation in the summit on infrastructure and real estate on March 4 with possible investment of Rs 100 crore.

He said there were 85,000 persons of Indian origin in Thailand, of which 54,000 were Punjabis, who harboured a strong desire to synergise their resources with the efforts of the state government to take Punjab on a higher economic trajectory.

Mr Chawla, who also met the Punjab Governor and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister said in the first week of August an expo would be organised in Bangkok and a mini-Punjab would be created there to showcase the investment opportunities available here. He also proposed twin-city concept between Bangkok and Chandigarh to the Governor, many agricultural technologists would be keen to do contract farming in Punjab, he added.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, the Secretary-General of the International Punjabi Chamber for Service Industry, Dr Gulshan Sharma, highlighted the three-pronged agenda for year 2006 which aimed at bringing more investment, creating larger employment opportunities and accelerating development in Punjab.

 

Govt’s promise to 15 war widows unkept
Kiran Deep
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 3
Despite tall claims of the state government about various welfare schemes for war widows, at least 200 war widows in the state, including 15 of Ropar district, have been running from pillar to post to get 10 acres each for the past several years.

Two war widows in the district have died before getting the compensation.

The government had promised to grant 10 acres each to widows of Army personnel who had died in the 1961, 1965 and 1971 wars.

The cases of compensation for these war widows were still pending before the Punjab Government.

The reason the war widows had been suffering was that they did not apply for compensation in time.

Talking to The Tribune, the war widows said they had made every possible effort, but in vain.

During the Republic Day function here, the matter was brought to the notice of the Governor.

“My husband, Gurdev Singh, died in the 1965 war. We have not got any response regarding the 10 acres promised,” said Gurdial Kaur of Lakhmipur village.

“My husband, Nathal Singh, died in the 1965 war. We tried and met a number of persons, but nothing happened,” said Sudhan Kaur of Mauli Baidwan village.

Others who expressed government neglect to the taking up of their cases were Rattan Devi of Malikpur, Shakuntla Devi of Rangeelpur and Tej Kaur of Ladran.

District Sainik Welfare Officer M.P.S. Kakra said 115 cases of war widows in the district had been settled.

He said only 17 cases of war widows who did not apply in time were pending with the state government.

The government would provide them compensation in cash in lieu of land, he added.

 

Village prepares to welcome Lakhanpal
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, February 3
Residents of Lakhanpal village, near Zandiala Manzaki in this subdivision, along with members of newly appointed Punjab Chief Secretary K.R. Lakhanpal’s family, are busy preparing to welcome the village boy who has brought the name of the village on the map of the state.

When The Tribune visited the village on yesterday, the villagers were found in joyful mood. Sarpanch Kamlesh Rani and Ramesh Kumar, an advocate, said they would soon organise a function to honour Mr Lakhanpal. The villagers would soon visit Chandigarh to meet him.

At the old house of the Chief Secretary, construction work was on. Ms Vidyawati, aunt of Mr Lakhanpal, and Gulshan Kumar, his cousin, said Mr Lakhanpal studied till matric in Khalsa High School at the nearby Bandhala village and went to his aunt’s (bhua) house in New Delhi for further studies.

The sarpanch said they were hopeful that the village son would actively work for the development of the state.

 

Industrialists resent issuing of water bills
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 3
Up in arms against “unjustified” water bills issued to them by the Punjab State Industrial and Export Corporation (PSIEC), owners of over 750 export-oriented industrial units in all four Focal Points of the city have decided not to pay the bills.

The PSIEC is learnt to have imposed water bills, ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,500, on each of those industrial units where submersible pumps have been installed by the owners on their own and are managing these through their own power source.

The bills have generated a lot of heat as industrialists feel that the bills are “unjustifiable”.

Their plea is that if individual pump set units have been installed by them on their industrial premises after bearing the cost and if they are also not drawing power or water from the PSIEC, they should not be charged by the corporation.

“PSIEC’s step is unprecedented and uncalled for. If the PSIEC authorities have failed to provide water and other infrastructure facilities, then the fault lies with them and not with us,” lamented R.K. Gandhi, Narinder Saggu, and Sukhdev Raj, presidents of the Sports and Surgical Complex Association, the Jalandhar Focal Point Extension Association, the Punjab Leather Federation, respectively.

 

Canadian minister visits Golden Temple
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 3
Mr Michael de Jong, Minister of Government House Leader, Ministry of Labour and Citizens Services, British Columbia, paid his obeisance at the Golden Temple here today.

He was accompanied by Mr Moe Gill, Councillor, city of Abbotsford, Canada. He was honored by Mr Avtar Singh, SGPC chief, with a siropa, a picture of the Golden Temple and a set of religious books.

Talking to media persons, Mr Jong said it was his second visit to the Holy City. Earlier, he had visited Harmandar Sahib during his visit in 1999 on the occasion of centenary celebrations at Anandpur Sahib. He said it was his religious visit.

 

Ex-Austrian envoy visits  SOS village
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 3
A former Austrian Ambassador to India, Mr Karl Peterlik, and his wife, Ms Helga Peterlik, visited the SOS Children’s Village here yesterday.

According to Lieut-Col Harinder Singh (Retd), village Director, they stayed at the village, for about one-and-a-half hours and enjoyed yoga display and a variety programme by the children.

Mr Peterlik complimented the village authorities for dedicated service to the children.

 

Postal officials felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
A felicitation function to honour the postal officials of Punjab circle for their services in promotion of International Money Transfer service was held here today. The function was presided over by Mr K. L. Khanna, Post Master General of Punjab circle and attended by Mr M.L. Kalia, Director Postal Services. As many as 68 officials from all over Punjab circle were presented awards.

 
COURTS
 

Judge’s murder trial shifted to Chandigarh
Maneesh Chhibber
High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today shifted the trial in the case of the murder of Vijay Singh, Presiding Officer, Labour Court, Chandigarh, to Chandigarh from Patiala. Vijay Singh was murdered at Patiala on October 14 last year.

The order in this regard was passed by Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla on a petition filed by Dr Ravdeep Kaur, an accused in the case.

Vijay Singh, who held the rank of Additional District and Sessions Judge and was son of former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), was found dead in the Polo Ground by his friends. His body had over 20 stab wounds.

The Patiala police had arrested two persons — Dr Ravdeep Kaur and Manjeet Singh, a religious preacher — for having planned and committed the murder.

In her petition, Dr Ravdeep Kaur had claimed that she could not expect a fair trial at Patiala.

She had pointed out how not even a single lawyer had accepted her case after her arrest. This, she stated, was a pointer to the fact that a fair trial, as guaranteed under the Constitution, would not be available to her.

Dr Ravdeep had allegedly given Rs 5 lakh to Manjeet, a resident of Shiekhupura village of Patiala district, to murder the Vijay Singh.

During the hearing of her petition, her counsel told the court that her right to have a lawyer of her choice was being denied and unless the trial was shifted out, there would be no free trial. She had prayed that the trial be shifted to any place outside Punjab.

After hearing her counsel, Mr Justice Bhalla ordered the shifting of the trial to Chandigarh.

 

Govt stand sought on relief to Bant Singh
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the counsel for Punjab Government to seek instructions about the government stand with regard to the PIL seeking grant of Rs 10 lakh compensation immediately to the family of Mansa farm labour Bant Singh, who was left without both his arms and a leg in an attack by the family of three persons involved in his daughter’s gang-rape.

Enraged by the refusal of Bant Singh to succumb to temptations and threats by the landlords, whose sons had gang-raped his daughter in 2002 - the trial court has already sentenced the accused to life imprisonment, the landlords engineered an attack on him on January 6, which resulted in amputation of both arms and a leg.

In his PIL, Mr Ujjal Singh Sahni, convener of the Panchkula chapter of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), has sought directions to the DGP, Punjab, and SSP, Mansa, to immediately arrest the persons involved in the crime and also ensure suitable safeguards to ensure that such incidents against the down-trodden, especially Dalits like Bant Singh, are not repeated.

He has also prayed for directions to the law-enforcement agencies to submit a status report regarding the investigation in the case in the court.

Hearing will resume on February 10.

 
ADMINISTRATION
 

Sarpanch suspended

Kharar, February 3
The sarpanch of Kumbra village. Ms Surinder Kaur, has been suspended by the Deputy Director, Panchayats.

The suspension order stated that during her tenure as sarpanch, she allegedly violated the provisions of the Panchayat Act, by making excess payments to lawyers, thereby misutilising funds causing financial loss to the village panchayat.

She has been directed not to take part in the activities of the panchayat. OC

 
CRIME
 

ASI run over, truck driver held
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 3
A policeman deployed on a checkpost near Pathrala village on the Dabwali road was run over by a truck last night. The deceased has been identified as ASI Gurdas Singh.

According to sources, a special task force had signalled the truck, in which 65 buffaloes were being smuggled to a Saharanpur slaughter house, to stop near Ruldu Singhwala village, but the driver rammed the truck into a police vehicle and fled. The task force team sent a wireless message to the Sangat police station, following which checkposts were set up at different points.

Gurdas, Pathrala police post in charge was also present on a checkpost along with a police party. When he asked the truck driver to stop the latter crushed him to death and fled after breaking the barrier. The driver didn’t stop here and went ahead to break the sales tax barrier at Doomwali. On spotting a police party chasing him, he jumped out and the truck overturned in a field.

The police has arrested the driver, Shar Khan, and his three accomplices, besides impounding the truck. A case has been registered under Sections 289, 307, 302 and 34 of the IPC against them.

Sources said the accused were involved in the smuggling of animals from Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab.

Meanwhile, Gurdas’s body was handed over to his family after a postmortem examination.

 

Teacher having Pak links held
Tribune News Service

Tarn Taran, February 3
The Tarn Taran police today arrested a divinity teacher of Khadoor Sahib’s school for allegedly having connections with India’s one of the most wanted Pakistan-based terrorist, Ranjit Singh Neeta, and Switzerland-based top militants.

Talking to The Tribune here today, Mr Parmjit Singh Grewal, district police chief, said that fake currency was also seized from the arrested teacher.

Mr Grewal said the teacher, who had been identified as Palwinder Singh (31), a divinity teacher of Baba Gurmukh Singh and Baba Uttam Singh School, Khadoor Sahib, was planning to indulge in some big terrorist activity. He said Neeta had promised the accused to adjust his two brothers in foreign country if he carried out some subversive activities.

The SSP claimed that maps of Harike waterworks and the Army unit of Patti was seized from the accused.

A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act and the DPSA had been registered at Verowal police station.

 

1.10 lakh kg lahan seized
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 3
The Majitha police in a major crackdown today arrested 10 persons, including the Sarpanch and two women, allegedly involved in running illegal distilleries. The police has seized more than 1.10 lakh kg of “lahan” from the 
accused.

The arrested persons have been identified as Piara Singh and his wife, Bachan Kaur (15,000 kg), Narinder Singh, Sarpanch (15,000 kg), Bakhshish Singh (13,000 kg), Balwinder Singh (17,000 kg), Gurdip Singh (20,000 kg), Avtar Singh (10,000 kg), Malkit Singh (50 litres) and Beero (20,000 kg), according to Ms Vibhu Raj, district police chief, Majitha.

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