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“Dead” terrorist runs away
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 16
The terrorist who was registered as dead on the police records but was living in Jalandhar’s Mota Singh Nagar by the name of Harjit Singh Kahlon has run away. The terrorist who had put the blame on the serving DGP SS Virk stating that he was surviving under his patronage shook the police circles today.

The terrorist, who lived in the house number 419, in Mota Singh Nagar, was associated with the Khalistan Liberation Force and had been declared killed on police records. The terrorist lived a life keeping low profile along with his wife and mother.

The neighbours, though unwilling to comment on his life said that they did not know him. He did not mix with anyone. He got married a week after he came to live in Mota Singh Nagar. But he did not invite anyone for his wedding. The wife and mother of the terrorist too kept low profile.

The people of the locality, talking in hushed tones, said that they did not know anything about the family’s background even four years after the alleged terrorist’s family shifted here.

Tension gripped the area as the news report of Sukhwinder living under presumed identity of Harjit Singh Kahlon spread. The house was locked up from outside by the servant living in the house as the owner of the house had left the house in the night only.

Neighbours told The Tribune that Kahlon used to have visits of many body guards to his house and was seen last evening talking to a group of youngsters outside his house.

The police authorities have denied having made any arrest of the terrorist.


SAD seeks Virk’s removal, to meet PM
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 16
The SAD has decided to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the dismissal and registration of a criminal case against the Punjab DGP, Mr S.S. Virk, following the surfacing of his alleged links with terrorists.

The SAD would also seek a high-level probe in this regard, party general secretary Sukhbir Badal said here today.

He said the disclosure by a former terrorist, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, who had been declared dead by the Punjab police but was living under the name of Harjit Singh Kahlon in Jalandhar, that he was alive due to the blessings of Mr Virk, was a strong evidence in itself.

He also alleged that Chief Minister had been promoting land mafia. He said if Capt Amarinder Singh was serious about the welfare of commoners, there should be 50 per cent reservation of plots in colonies being carved out by the land mafia for commoners at low prices.

Earlier, addressing a conference by Gurpreet Singh, a Youth Akali Dal Leader, Mr Badal announced that when voted to power, his party would set up a development board for the youth.

Capt Kanwaljeet Singh, former Finance Minister, said Akali MLAs would gherao the Chief Minister during the Budget session and ask him why his government had failed to deliver the goods.


PSEB decision leaves fish farmers fuming
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, February 16
A PSEB decision has left fish farmers of the district in the lurch. The PSEB has decided against giving power connections to farmers having less than 99-year lease.

A circular issued recently, the PSEB authorities have stated that there is a feedback from field officers that the privilege of releasing tubewell connections under priority categories on leased land was being misused by ex-servicemen.

It has now been decided that the release of the connection under the said category would be allowed only if the applicant holds government land on 99-year lease.

The circular has left the fish farmers fuming. They allege that the decision indicated communication gap between government departments.

The Punjab Government had directed the Department of Fisheries to promote fish farming under the much publicised diversification programme.

Under it, the Department of Fisheries had advocated giving common land on 10-year lease to the farmers, they said.

If the power connection was not given, fish farming was not possible. Tubewells were necessary for fish ponds, they said.

The decision would also lead to revenue loss to panchayats.

Many panchayats in the district were leasing out waterlogged common land for up to Rs 10,000 per acre.

If the power connections were not given, no farmer would take waterlogged land on lease.

The farmers also questioned the logic of the PSEB to deny them connections.

The electricity board issued small power connections to the farmers and the connections were metered. It charged bills from them as per the meter reading.

In addition, the government had issued directions that meters should be issued on priority to the fish farmers.

The Department of Fisheries has taken up the matter with the PSEB.


Maluka accuses IG, MLA of conspiracy
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 16
A day after the police reportedly removed the red light from his vehicle, former Power Minister and district SAD president Sikandar Singh Maluka today accused Rampura Phul MLA Gurpreet Singh Kangar and IG Rajinder Singh of conspiring against him. However, the IG has denied this charge.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Maluka alleged that the MLA and the IG were exploring an opportunity to implicate him in a false case. He said he had been to Kotha Guru village to attend a religious function when the Dayalpura SHO along with a police party sought the documents of his vehicle. He claimed that there was no red light atop his vehicle and the “police had concocted the entire story”.

He accused Mr Kangar and the IG of trying to tarnish his image. Expressing apprehension that he could be implicated in a false case, the ex-minister said he had shot off missives to the President, PM, CJI and Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard.

He charged the IG with putting his personal security at stake. He said he had single gunman, though officially two gunmen were deputed for his security. “One of them has been illegally withdrawn,” he alleged.

On the other hand, IG Rajinder Singh termed Mr Maluka’s allegations as baseless. He said the former minister was not allowed a red light as per the norms and the HC guidelines and if he had any authorisation for the same and he may show it and could use the red light. On the security issue, the IG said if one of the security personnel deputed for him had been withdrawn, he should have raised the matter with the police.


Two brothers killed over land dispute
Our Correspondent

Kharar, February 16
Two brothers were shot dead and another seriously injured by attackers allegedly over the possession of a piece of land in Takipur village, near here, today. One of the alleged suspects was also admitted to hospital with injuries.

One of the victim Ravinder Singh died in the village itself while his brother Balwinder Singh died after reaching PGI, Chandigarh. The third brother Kulwant Singh has been admitted to PGI, where his condition is stated to be serious.

The police has arrested Jagjit Singh, one of the four persons booked on the charges of murder. The other three persons - Baljit Singh, brother of Jagjit Singh, Ranjit Singh and Devinder Singh, both residents of Parol village - are absconding.

Fear gripped the village after the incident and a very few persons from the village were seen at the house of the deceased to mourn the tragedy. Some of the villagers alleged that the injuries on Jagjit Singh were self inflicted.

The villagers said the incident took place around 7 a.m. when Ravinder Singh was coming back to the village from his farmhouse located at a little distance. He was allegedly shot at and injured and then dragged till the gate of the house of the two suspects. When the two brothers of Ravinder Singh came to his rescue, they too were allegedly fired at and injured. They were also dragged near the spot where Ravinder was lying and fired at again.

Large blood stains outside the gate of the house of Jagjit and Baljit were seen. The police has taken samples of the blood from various spots.

Naseeb Kaur, an aunt of the deceased, alleged that Jagjit and Baljit were armed with a pistol and a .12 bore rifle at the time of the crime. She said she saw Kulwant being allegedly dragged by the suspects when she ran to the scene of crime after hearing about it.

Sher Singh, a close relative of the deceased, said the family of the victims had purchased about half an acre of land from Amarjit Singh, a cousin of Jagjit, more than 15 years ago. The family was in possession of that land, but Jagjit wanted to grab it and kept issuing threats. A complaint in this regard was made to the police about a week ago, but no action was taken by authorities concerned, he alleged.

However, Ranjit Kaur, mother of the suspects, claimed that the land was in their possession and a court case was going on in this regard. She alleged that one of her sons was attacked by members of other group.

DSP Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu, said the suspects wanted to grab the land in possession of the family of the victims. He said Jagjit one of the suspects, had very superficial injuries on his head which were inflicted by his brother Baljit.

The DSP said the weapons used in the crime were yet to be recovered. A case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and various sections of the Arms Act has been registered.


Students engaged in survey in exam season
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 16
While the state government's much-touted Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan aims at educating one and all (Padho Sare, Vadho Sare is its motto), the pressing of school students for carrying out a survey just when their exams are round the corner reflects how sincere it is to achieve its goals.

According to sources, the Education Department was carrying out a survey to find out the academic scenario among the children aged between 3 and 14 in the entire state. The survey began on February 7 and the report has to be submitted on February 23.

Though the department has also asked the school heads to engage their ex-students as volunteers for the survey, it seems they aren't enough to do the job.

Five students of plus two from Government Senior Secondary School, Parasram Nagar, were spotted conducting a door-to-door survey in various households of the locality today, while their exams are set to start from March 2.

They lamented that their computer science paper was on February 21 and they had to submit the survey report on February 22. They said they had covered 1,000 homes in Parasram Nagar and Partap Nagar for the survey, while 500 houses were yet to be covered. Sources said over 150 students were engaged in the survey in the entire district.

These students normally venture out after marking their attendance in the school. Sources said the move had irked their parents who complained that the survey was taking a heavy toll on their children's studies.

They also rued that the survey had diverted the attention of their wards. Sources said the volunteers involved in the survey were being paid Rs 1.5 for each household by the department. Sources said earlier the survey was scheduled to be done in January, but somehow it got delayed.

The DEO (Secondary), Ms Surinder Kaur Kataria, said they were not compelling the students to carry out the survey and those who were engaged were doing it willingly. She said some students belonging to poor families, who did menial jobs in hotels and marriage palaces, thought it was a good opportunity to make some money and they came forward for it on their own. She said a meeting of school heads was also held in which it was made clear that no student should be forced to conduct the survey.


Govt insensitive, says CPM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
The CPM today said that Punjab was governed by an insensitive government.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Balwant Singh, secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPM, said his party had launched a “jail bharo” morcha on important issues faced by the people of the state. However, the government had failed to make any statement on those issues.

He said in a democracy, it was the duty of the government to respond to the issues raised by an Opposition party. He claimed that his party got a good response from people during the “jail bharo” morcha. His party would hold a dharna in front of Punjab Raj Bhavan in the first week of April on the issues raised during the morcha. It would also hold marches in the rural areas for a week from on March 23.

He said the state government had failed on all fronts. While the health services were in bad shape, the education system had almost collapsed. Unemployment had become the biggest problem under the present government, he added.

He said the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had also been performing tasks which otherwise were within the domain of the SGPC.

Mr Balwant Singh said his party would not enter into an alliance with the Congress during the Assembly elections in Punjab. “We will try to form a third front of Left and secular forces.”


Ramoowalia for third front
Our Correspondent

Barnala, February 16
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, president, Lok Bhalai Party, felt the need of third front in the state. Talking to reporters here today Mr Ramoowaila said that Punjabis were fed up with the ruling Congress as well as Akalis as these parties had failed to meet basic needs of the public. To ensure employment and other basic facilities for the public there is strong need to form a third front in the state. Mr Ramoowaila also announced that his party would contest Barnala seat in legislative elections.

Expressing concern over increasing unemployment in the state Mr Ramoowalia said that the youths were being exploited in the state by the fake agents. In the absence of livelihood in the state more and more youth are allured by evil designs of the agents to secure future in the foreign countries. He said in this way youth wash their hand from the money whatever they had. Besides losing their money they are also get exploited physically in emirates countries.

Mr Ramoowaila said 51 youths who are being duped by fake travel agents will organise a dharna on February 22 in Jalandhar.

He said his party would support these people in getting justice. Those who are responsible for their plight should be brought to book, he asserted.


Ruckus at interview venue
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 16
Following the allegations of fraud, activists of the All-India Youth Association (AIYA) and coordination committee of the paramedical staff and Health Department today created ruckus at an interview called for the appointment of Class III and IV employees on contract basis at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur (SGTB) Hospital here.

The authorities had to cancel the interview and return the fees to the applicants.

The protesters alleged that the government had hired a private placement service company in Chandigarh to select candidates. Mr Ravinder Kumar Sultanwind, president of the association, said the Health Department authorities had hired the company for the selection of nurses, radiographer, medical social worker, radio dentist, senior laboratory technician, etc.

Mr Narinder Singh, organiser of the coordination committee, alleged that the company was exploiting the candidates as it had fixed the one-page form fees at Rs 200, which was being sold at a medical store. He said the form did not mention the last date for applying, besides there was no mention of the date or place of interview, pay scale, name of post etc.

Dr B.R. Nanda, Deputy Superintendent, SGTB Hospital, said the department had nothing to do with the interview. He said the government had hired the company and it was responsible for providing manpower.


Review of security cover exercise in futility
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
It seems the much-touted review of security cover and provision of vehicles to retired Punjab police officials has turned out to be mere eyewash. The Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk, has in the past few days ordered partial or full restoration of the security cover to at least six retired IPS officials.

Several other retired officials want their security cover to be restored and went to meet the DGP with their demands today. However, they returned empty handed as the DGP was not in his office here.

The situation has arisen after a high-level committee suggested a reduction in the deployment of constables with retired DGPs and other senior officials. This was done due to a lowered threat perception in the past few years.

Sources said the DGP had to lend an ear to his former colleagues and seniors, most of whom are agitated over the sudden withdrawal of security. Some of these officers had two or four men attached to them. The DGP has issued orders to restore the security cover of Mr P.S. Hura, Mr S.J.B. Ohri, Mr G.S. Bhullar and Mr Surjit Singh, among other retired IPS officers, according to the “threat perception”. A retired officer, who did not wish to be named, said this withdrawal of security was humiliating. The DGP could have deputed “a senior officer to explain the situation to all of us and allowed us to present our cases for security cover.”

Meanwhile, the high-level committee has excluded four senior Punjab Police officials from the purview of the new norms for security cover for serving and retired officers. The four officials are Mr S.S. Virk, Mr J.P. Birdi, Additional DGP, Intelligence, Mr Mohd Izhar Alam, Additional DGP, Administration, and Mr Sumedh Singh Saini, IG, EOW. The committee did not place them under any security category like “Z-category” or “Z-plus category”. The only other person enjoying this type of special security was Mr K.P.S. Gill, a former Punjab DGP. The security cover for these officials would not be subject to the new norms.


SAFMA delegates rue visa restrictions
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 16
Visibly upset over the denial of visas to visit Amritsar, one of the SAFMA delegates, Mr Afzaal Rehan, a senior journalist from Daily Pakistan, quoted to have said that “Golden Temple dekhne ki hasrat reh gayi”.

Echoing his sentiments, former diplomat Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi said it was a matter of regret that visa had become a major hurdle in keeping the people of both countries at bay and not allowing a free access to meaningful interaction. Returning to Pakistan after attending the five-day SAFMA meet in Hyderabad the 38-member delegation yesterday crossed over to Lahore.

Mr Qasmi strongly favoured a sustained political dialogue at all levels to resolve all pending issues to pave way for permanent peace in this region. Mr Qasmi, a columnist and a former Ambassador to Denmark, said he would favour open-minded approach to balm old wounds.

Another senior journalist Alama Siddiq Azhar pointed out that the two nations could together become a strong economic power, provided they shed mistrust and forge a fresh economic alliance.

Mr Munoo Bhai, Secretary-general, SAFMA, Pakistan, and a leading columnist with the Jang Group of Newspapers pointed out that the visa regime should be dismantled forthwith providing easy access to people to cross the boundaries at any time.


Sant alleges false cases against him
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
Sant Shamsher Singh Jangera alleged today that the Amarinder Singh government had implicated him in false cases. He said a sitting Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court or the CBI should be asked to inquire into the cases registered against him.

Addressing a press conference at the Press Club here, he said certain persons, supported by the government, had taken possession of his dera. He said that as chief of Sant Samaj, he had stood by the then Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, during the celebrations of the tercentenary of the birth of the Khalsa in 1999. However, Mr Badal ditched him when the present government implicated him in “false” cases.” The government targeted me because at one time I was with Mr Badal,” he alleged.

He said the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, and the president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, came to his rescue recently.” I would have been booked in another case if Mr Dullo had not intervened,” he claimed.

He also alleged that certain persons, who were supported by the state government, were out to kill him.


Joint project launched to desilt drain
Anirudh Gupta

FEROZEPORE: After the enormous success of Operation Sahyog launched a few years ago to remove water hyacinth from the Harike bird sanctuary, the Golden Arrow Division of the Army under the agents of the Vajra Coprs has now launched Project Sadbhvna to desilt and clean the 32-km-long Sukhbar Nala (Phida outfall drain) whose choked condition was posing grave threat to the local population.

Hundreds of Army jawans with the help of JCBs, tractors and other equipment have been put on the job to redig, clean and restore this silted drain.

Brig S.K. Kahjuria, Commander, Sehjra Brigade, who prepared the project, said the project would go a long way in ‘strengthening civil-military ties. He said Project Sadbhavan which was jointly inaugurated by the Commissioner, Mr Kubir Singh Sidhu, and GOC, 7 Infantry Division, Major-Gen Mahavir Singh, on January 11, 2006, would be completed in two phases.

While talking to The Tribune, Mr Sidhu said once completed the project would not only improve the drainage system of this border town but also help in improving ground water table in this area which had fallen drastically due to over exploitation. Mr Sidhu further said that the restoration of this drain would also help farmers of more than 50 villages in the irrigation of their fields.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Phidda Outfall Drain which is an extension of Sukhbar Nala in the only natural drainage system existing in and around Ferozepore which is capable of drawing out excessive rain or flood water from the city to the Sutlej.

Major-Gen Mahavir Singh said that this project would go a long way in further reinforcing the civil-military relations. He said once this project was completed, it would enhance the utility of the Phidda outfall drain and help in restoring its natural flow capacity.


Ludhiana doctor heads gastro endo surgeons body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
Prof of Surgery of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Dr Kuldip Singh, has been elected as president of the Indian Association of Gastro Endo Surgeons for a term of two years (2006-2008). He was installed as President during the National Congress of Endoscopic surgery held in Bangalore. He was also nominated as a member of the Governing Council of the International Federation of Endoscopic Surgical Societies.

Dr Kuldip Singh also represents India as a member of the Governing Board of Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia Association. He began his surgical career in 1980 after his post graduation from Government Medical College, Patiala. Thereafter he worked as Registrar and consultant surgeon in Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, PGI, Chandigarh and Dayanand Medical College.

He has been in the field of laparoscopic surgery since its inception in 1990. He got his training as certified surgeon in Laparoscopic surgery from Middlesex Hospital, London. His innovation of tackling difficult gall bladder surgery through lapaproscopic system has been acknowledged worldwide.


Coaching scheme for ex-servicemen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
The Directorate of Sainik Welfare, Punjab, has drawn up a special programme to impart coaching to those ex-servicemen and their wards who had applied for recruitment as constables in the Punjab Police.

Brig J.S. Jaswal, Director, said under the programme, the documents of the applicants would be checked on March 1 and physical measurements on March 2. A medical test would be conducted on March 3. All this would be done at the District Sainik Welfare offices in Patiala, Faridkot, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur and Ropar. After such screening, the eligible candidates would be imparted coaching for which a detailed programme would be announced on March 3.


Concern over NCC funding
Our Correspondent

Abohar, February 16
Punjab may further lose representation in the Army if apathy over the release of funds for training NCC cadets is not dispensed with, said Col S.K. Varni, Group Commandant, NCC (Ludhiana zone), who was here to inspect and monitor Certificate B and C examination.

More than 70 cadets from the local DAV College, Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College and Dashmesh Girls College, Badal, appeared for the test.

Colonel Varni said he would take up the funds issue with Mr M.P. Singh, Principal Secretary, Education (Punjab), in Chandigarh on February 21.The training was virtually at the verge of collapse due to the paucity of funds, he said.

Recently, 200 students in Ludhiana had fulfilled all conditions for the C certificate examination but their camp training could not be conducted for want of funds.

There was no provision in the rules for fallowing self-funding, he added.


Stone laid for power substation
Our Correspondent

Kharar, February 16
Mr Lal Singh, Minister for Irrigation and Power, Rural Development & Panchayat, Punjab, laid the foundation stone of a 66 KV sub-station at Gharuan village, near here, today.

The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had planned to set up the 66 KV sub-station in Gharuan village keeping in view the growing demand of electricity in the Kharar — Kurali — Morinda belt. Land for the sub-station has been provided to the power board by the gram panchayat of the village free of cost. The work on the sub-station would start immediately and was likely to be completed by September. The cost of the project was about Rs 3 crore.

The sub-station would provide uninterrupted power supply to 15 villages, including, Mamupur, Barauli, Hassanpur, Sakrulapur, Bibipur, Sil, Batta, Theri, Himmatpura, etc.

The function organised in connection with the stone laying ceremony was presided over by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar MLA, and Mr Y.S. Ratra, Chairman of the PSEB.


Permission to use coloured films on vehicles withdrawn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
The Punjab Police has withdrawn permission for the use of coloured films on vehicles in the state with immediate effect.

A spokesperson of the police said in compliance with the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, all persons who had been authorised to use stickers issued by the Additional Director-General of Police, Security, in this regard had been requested to remove these. 


high court
Turban case: govt files reply
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 16
The Government of India today filed its reply to the PIL filed by the Singh Legal Foundation seeking directions to the respondents, including the Union Government, to protect the fundamental rights of its citizens in India as also abroad.

It may be recalled that on the last hearing, counsel for Singh Legal Foundation had questioned the manner in which the Union Government had filed its reply.

In its reply, the government has also provided inputs sent by the Indian mission in France, where Sikhs are allegedly facing difficulty in practicing their religion. The Foundation has also stated that there have been many instances of Sikh citizens of India being persecuted and harassed in France for wearing turban, which is part of their religious ethos. It has also alleged that the Union Government has not done anything worthwhile to resolve the issue.

On the last hearing, the Union Government had placed on record a single-page document, without any accompanying information about the same. The document says that the French Government, in December 2003, imposed a ban on sporting of religious symbols by students in public schools. Apart from banning the wearing of head-scarves by Muslim girls, the law also affected Sikh boys wearing turbans to schools.

After the Government of India took up the issue of allowing Sikh students to wear turbans to schools, the French Government informed it that, while there was no limitation on Sikhs to practice their faith, the law was equally applicable to students of all communities and religions.

The document also said that since September 2004, when the new session started in schools, three Sikh students have been expelled while five have been barred from attending school. The appeal preferred by the parents of the students against the expulsion was disallowed by French courts.

It had also been pointed out that the French Government, as a compromise, has allowed Sikh students to wear “patka” to schools. However, no such compromise had been offered to students of other faith, the document says, adding that no appeals have been made in higher courts at France.

After hearing the counsel, the Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Surya Kant adjourned the matter to March 30.


Four cops suspended
Tribune News Service

Moga, February 16
Four cops have been suspended after they reportedly misbehaved with CPI leader Jagroop near Nachhatar Singh Memorial Hall here.

Sources said the cops allegedly thrashed the CPI leader’s driver and when he resisted their act they misbehaved with him too.

The suspended cops were posted at City I police station and they include- ASI Balwant Singh Sodhi, Jagsir Singh, Amarjit Singh and Prem Kumar.


Sunam renamed 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
The Punjab Government has renamed the city of Sunam as Sunam Udham Singh Wala with immediate effect.

A notification in this regard had already been issued by the Department of Revenue and Rehabilitation. 


DSP-Jalandhar, singer K. Deep booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The police today evening booked Punjabi singer K. Deep and a Jalandhar-based DSP of the Punjab Police for violating orders of the District Magistrate Ludhiana by playing, high-pitched music after 10 pm at a party organised in the house of the singer in Shamsher Avenue last night.

The Sarabha Nagar police booked K. Deep, DSP Rajinder Singh Cheema, DJ Tarun and two others Ashwani and Hardeep under Sections 188, 353, 186, 506 of the IPC and for violating the Noise Control Act.


PSEB official held for graft
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, February 16
The Vigilance Bureau today caught a PSEB executive engineer posted at Gidderbaha while he was accepting bribe from a farmer at his office.

Sources said complainant Gurdarshan Singh of Kauni village, had a 5 HP motor connection and had applied for shifting it to some other place. He had submitted his plea to the SDO, Doda, who had forwarded it to the executive engineer.

Executive engineer Madan Gopal Singla, demanded Rs 5,000 for the job and the deal was struck in Rs 2,000. A Vigilance team headed by SSP I.S. Randhawa laid a trap and caught him red-handed while accepting bribe. He was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.


2 officials held for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau yesterday nabbed the in charge of the CIA wing of the police at Zira and a revenue patwari in separate cases for accepting bribes.

A spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau alleged Pushpinder Singh, Sub-Inspector, In charge, CIA, Zira, was caught redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,500 from one Mr Gurjant Singh. The complainant had approached the bureau and alleged that Pushpinder Singh was demanding Rs 2,500 for not implicating his father in a false police case. He was kept under illegal confinement at CIA, Zira.

In another case Mr Jagjit Singh, a revenue patwari posted in Sangrur district, was allegedly nabbed red- handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 1000, spokesperson added. A case has been registered against him.


8,000 duplicate CDs seized

Samana, February 16
The police today recovered 8000 duplicate CDs from a shopkeeper Charanjit, who used to prepare the duplicate CDs and sold these in other states. The police raided the premises at the instance of a representative of the T. Series Company. The police has registered a case under Sections 51, 52, 63, 64 of the Copy Rights Act and 420 of the IPC. — OC


GACL gives in to truckers’ demands
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 16
Finally after 46 days, the truck operator union today called off strike after the management of the Gujarat Ambuja Cement Limited (GACL) here agreed to increase their freight charges.

GACL has increased freight charges for truck operators to Rs 2,950 per 100 km for carrying 9 ton load.

The truck operators were on strike since December 30 and had stopped providing trucks to the GACL. They were demanding increase in freight charges and were against the overloading of trucks.

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