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Irate villagers block traffic against police inaction
Ambala, October 9
Residents of Dhulkot village today blocked on the national highway by keeping the body of village sarpanch Deep Chand on the road. The blockade that lasted for more than six hours was lifted at about 6 pm.
Protesting residents of Dhulkot village manhandle a cop in Ambala on Monday.
Protesting residents of Dhulkot village manhandle a cop in Ambala on Monday. — Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra

Woman tortured, deserted for resisting abortion
Karnal, October 9
For 28-year old Krishna, a resident of Balpabana village of Karnal district, the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act (PNDT Act) is a bane instead of a boon. Five-month pregnant she has been running from pillar to post to find a shelter for herself and her two daughters, three-year old Kamal and one-and-a-half-year-old Naina, who along with her have been thrown out of their house.

State ignoring landless: Gehlawat
Chandigarh, October 9
The Communist Party of India (ML) has accused successive governments in Haryana of ignoring the plight of the landless and farmhands in the state. The CPI (ML) will soon launch a statewide protest to focus attention on them and press for the lowering of the land ceiling, currently pegged at 18 standard acres, and force the government to transfer land to the landless”.

Airbase readies to check bird-hits
Ambala, October 9
Fighter aircraft flying at high speeds over the Ambala airbase will not have to worry about bird-hits, once the solid waste management plant becomes operational. Air Force officials at the Ambala airbase are keenly monitoring the progress of the solid waste management plant as it will go a long way towards avoiding bird-hits. The plant is going to be set up at a village on the Naraingarh road.


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Schools resent order to pay for magic shows
Fatehabad, October 9
Resentment prevails among private school owners here over a letter issued by the District Education Officer for making payment to certain persons for organising magic shows at their respective schools. The persons collecting money from the schools have been doing so against receipt books of the non-existent firm ‘Daily Day Report’ and have been using the logo of the Red Cross on receipts.

KU Registrar

Bishnoi ups ante on SEZs
Gurgaon, October 9
Mr Kuldip Bishnoi, Congress MP from Bhiwani, today gave a further ideological push to his campaign against the way SEZs were being set up, particularly in Haryana, by giving details of his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, suggesting course correction on the issue.

In charge of security sacked for assaulting journalists
Hisar, October 9
The security in charge of Agroha “dhaam”, Ram Kumar, who had allegedly assaulted some journalists during the annual fair yesterday, has been dismissed from service with immediate effect.

Condition of nomadic tribes poor in state
Fatehabad, October 9
Mr Laxman Bhai Patni, member of the National Commission for Denotified Nomadic Tribes and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, today said the social and economic condition of these tribes was very poor in Haryana and they needed government support for their upliftment. Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, Mr Patni said there were 25 denotified nomadic tribes and semi- nomadic tribes in Haryana and their total population was over 15 lakh. He said the members of these tribes had been living without basic amenities.

Jain Samaj protests against Modi govt
Rewari, October 9
Several hundred members of the Digamber Jain Samaj, including a large number of women, held a demonstration here, protesting against the alleged illegal occupation of the Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra ( holy place ) as well as destruction of the footmarks of Lord Neminath at Girnar in Gujarat by certain followers of Lord Dattatreya (an ancient Hindu sage ).

Kanshi Ram’s death mourned
Chandigarh, October 9
The Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, has expressed shock at the death of the founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Mr Kanshi Ram.

Customer care centres
Chandigarh, October 9
For the prompt redressal of grievances of electricity consumers, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam(DHBVN) has decided to set up customer care centres at all district headquarters and provide single window service.

Pinjore Heritage Festival ends on euphoric note
Pinjore, October 9
The five-day bonanza of festivities at the first-ever Heritage Festival concluded with the Euphoria concert here today. If ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh gave a majestic start to the festival, the grand finale provided by rock concert was equally captivating. Led by Palash Sen, the versatile vocalist, the band drew applause from one and all.



Palash Sen performs on the concluding day of the Heritage Festival at Pinjore on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Palash Sen performs on the concluding day of the Heritage Festival at Pinjore on Monday.

Panchayats get Rs 14 lakh honorarium
Bhiwani, October 9
As many as 472 panchayat representatives, including 462 sarpanches and chairmen, of 10 panchayat samitis were today given Rs 14 lakh as honorarium as per the announcement made by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Team to nab Pinki set up
Jagadhri, October 9
The District and Sessions Judge today ordered the Superintendent of Police to constitute a special team to arrest Punjab police Inspector Gurmeet Singh Pinki, held guilty of murder of Ludhiana resident Avtar Singh Gola.




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Irate villagers block traffic against police inaction
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 9
Residents of Dhulkot village today blocked on the national highway by keeping the body of village sarpanch Deep Chand on the road.

The blockade that lasted for more than six hours was lifted at about 6 pm. The villagers were agitated over the lackadaisical approach of the police in arresting those responsible for the death of the village sarpanch.

Sarpanch Deep Chand (32), had met with an accident on October 3 while he was travelling on his motor cycle. He was taken to GMCH-32 in Chandigarh where he died yesterday.

A delegation had met the district administration officials on Sunday and demanded that action be taken against those responsible for his death. They alleged that he was done to death. They had set a deadline for late last night for arresting a the culprits.

Today, when Deep Chand’s body was brought to the village, the villagers decided to take the body to the national highway and block it.

The villagers raised slogans against the police and demanded a speedy justice in the case. SDM Mukesh Ahuja and DSP Mahinder Singh tried to pacify the villagers but to no avail.

Deep Chand’s mother, Sihoti Devi, maintained that her son had been murdered. “He was killed by those persons who had attempted to grab panchayat land. The police must arrest those who killed my son,” she said.

She said it was being said that Deep Chand had met with an accident. However, barring an injury on his head, there are no other injuries on his body. She wondered as to how her son met with an accident and did not suffer any injuries on different parts of the body. 

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Woman tortured, deserted for resisting abortion
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Krishna
Krishna

Karnal, October 9
For 28-year old Krishna, a resident of Balpabana village of Karnal district, the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act (PNDT Act) is a bane instead of a boon. Five-month pregnant she has been running from pillar to post to find a shelter for herself and her two daughters, three-year old Kamal and one-and-a-half-year-old Naina, who along with her have been thrown out of their house.

Refusing to get an abortion done and doctors refusing to reveal the sex of her yet unborn child, she was tortured first by giving electric shocks by her husband who works as a mason and his family members before being hanged. Taking her to be dead they left her. However she escaped to be harassed later by the local administration at Karnal.

“My husband wants a male child, We could only a find quack who agreed to tell us the sex of the child. He said it’s a male but my husband didn’t believe it and wanted me to have an abortion,” informs Krishna. “He would beat me up and lock me in the house. I was also given electric shocks. He with his brother’s help tried to hang me, I, however, escaped when he left me taking me to be dead,” she adds.

Her miseries did not end here. Her parents too turned her out when she approached them for help. Coming from a nuclear family she, however, cannot relate to what is happening. “I have a younger brother and no body is prepared to help me. My parents too told me to handle my situation himself”

Mr R.K. Kharab, ADC of Karnal referred her to the local ‘mahila ashram.’ She was turned back from there too and later referred to the local orphanage-MDD Bal Anath Ashram, where she is staying now. The police meanwhile, refused to register an FIR or take any action.

Krishna’s is not an isolated case. According to Mr Raj Singh Chaudhary, co-ordinator, Shakti Vahini, Haryana who is helping her get justice, nearby five similar cases have come to notice in the past. “The cases of women with daughters being turned out of their houses are rising and this is a side-effect of the PNDT Act,” he states. “While the government is rejoicing at the success of the implementation of the PNDT Act, it need to consider the ‘other’ side of it also,” he adds.

For the first time in March this year a court in Palwal sentenced a doctor and his assistant to two years in jail and also slapped a fine of a Rs 5000. This was the first conviction with a prison term under the Pre natal Diagnostic techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act.

“The implementation of the Act was required. However the Act needs to be amended as people from the lower class always desire a male child.” Ironically, despite everything that has happened Krishna would, still like to go back to her husband. “I want to go back to my husband and stay with him,” she asserts. She is, however, ambitious and states that she would like to get her daughters educated. Come what may she wants her third child whether it is him/her says with confidence. 

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State ignoring landless: Gehlawat
Naveen. S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
The Communist Party of India (ML) has accused successive governments in Haryana of ignoring the plight of the landless and farmhands in the state. The CPI (ML) will soon launch a statewide protest to focus attention on them and press for the lowering of the land ceiling, currently pegged at 18 standard acres, and force the government to transfer land to the landless”.

This was stated by Mr Prem Singh Gehlawat, in charge of the CPI (ML) in Haryana, while talking to The Tribune at Haryana Raj Bhavan today. Mr Gehlawat had earlier met the Governor Dr A.R Kidwai, to submit a memorandum to protest against high-handedness against CPI (ML) workers by the Uttar Pradesh Police in Pilibhit and Sitapur. The CPI (ML) is demanding the withdrawal of cases against 138 workers of the party arrested for pressing the government to implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The CPI (ML) observed a nationwide protest against the incident today.

The CPI (ML) leader said almost all northern sates were discriminating against farm workers and the landless. Punjab and Haryana in particular still showed signs of a feudal society with the landlord exploiting the workers. “We have given a call to our workers to march to Parliament House on November 13 to focus attention on the plight of the working class. If we do not get a positive response from the government to our demands, we will give a call to gherao Parliament”, Mr Gehlawat said.

His party is demanding that Red Card holders in the country should be given wheat and rice at Rs 2 per kg and kerosene at Rs 2 per litre.

Specifically pointing out how land mafias and feudal lords were working to deprive the landless of their rights, he cited the example of Uplana village in Karnal district where the government allotted 1,487 acres of its own land in 1982 to 389 landless families. These families were asked to pay a tenancy fee at the rate of Rs 3,750 in 10 instalments. But some landlords of the area engineered the murder of two beneficiaries in 1984-85, creating a scare among the others.

Nearly a quarter of a century later, no land had been transferred to the landless. On the other hand landlords had usurped this government land in connivance with officials and today the government had less than 300 acres left in its name. The CPI (ML) wrote to the Karnal Deputy Commissioner on September 16 last month asking him to investigate the “misappropriation” of land that he said “rightfully belongs to the landless”.

Mr Gehlawat said he met the Haryana Governor to submit a memorandum that conveyed the sentiments of the CPI (ML) workers from Haryana. The party had demanded an unconditional apology from the police in Uttar Pradesh for the incident and the withdrawal of cases against all 138 CPI (ML) workers. He also raised some issues pertaining to welfare of the farm workers in the state with the Haryana Governor.

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Airbase readies to check bird-hits
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 9
Fighter aircraft flying at high speeds over the Ambala airbase will not have to worry about bird-hits, once the solid waste management plant becomes operational.

Air Force officials at the Ambala airbase are keenly monitoring the progress of the solid waste management plant as it will go a long way towards avoiding bird-hits. The plant is going to be set up at a village on the Naraingarh road.

A fighter aircraft engine can suffer extensive damage if it hits a bird during flight. The high speed of impact may cause irreparable loss to the multi-crore aircraft. Fighter pilots make efforts during flights to avoid any flock of birds which may be sighted near the airbase.

Besides setting up of the solid waste management plant, there are certain measures which have been adopted at the Ambala airbase to ensure that birds stay away.

A special type of gun is used which creates loud noise and bright light near the runway. The gun is fired at regular intervals. This keeps away the birds. Special strips are used which cause flashes of light. The grass and shrubs within the airbase is regularly pruned and a high level of cleanliness is maintained so that birds are not attracted to the base.

Visual sighting of birds is carried out in which Air Force personnel are specially deployed at the landing and take-off points of the runway. If birds are sighted over the airbase, then the fighter pilots can be advised to even hold till such time the birds are scared away.

Meanwhile, Group Captain V.K. Vij, Chief Administrative Officer, Ambala airbase, today said they would organise a number of events to mark the platinum jubilee of the Indian Air Force. He said they would generate awareness about the Air Force so that more and more youth opt for this service.

He said CDs of a film on the Air Force had been sent to different colleges for screening. “Our officers will also go to senior secondary schools and colleges to inspire the youth to join the force,” he said.

He said painting and other competitions would be held in schools to mark the platinum jubilee. He said they would make an effort to ensure that an airshow took place over Ambala Cantonment.

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Schools resent order to pay for magic shows
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 9
Resentment prevails among private school owners here over a letter issued by the District Education Officer for making payment to certain persons for organising magic shows at their respective schools. The persons collecting money from the schools have been doing so against receipt books of the non-existent firm ‘Daily Day Report’ and have been using the logo of the Red Cross on receipts.

The scam, running into lakhs, is being carried out in the name of the Red Cross.

Deputy Commissioner O.P. Sheoran has said he will look into the matter.

District Education Officer Hari Singh Rinwa has issued letters to all private schools in the district, ordering those to contribute Rs 5 per student to a person for conducting magic shows.

The letter, quoting directions of the Deputy Commissioner, says the funds so collected will go to the district Red Cross, which has authorised the persons to collect money on its behalf. School owners allege a big scam in the name of organising magic shows, maintaining that that the organisers have contributed a paltry sum and grabbed a major share.

The amount collected runs into lakhs as there are over 400 private schools in the district, with many having a strength of at least 1,000 students.

District Red Cross secretary Naresh Jhajhra has confirmed that Mr Bharat Bhushan, Mr Vinod Kumar and Mr Sunil Kumar have been authorised to collect money from schools as they have agreed to pay Rs 20,000 to it.

He has not given a satisfactory answer as to why the Red Cross authorities have allowed the collection of about Rs 8 lakh to a private party against a paltry contribution of Rs 20,000 to the Red Cross.

Mr Rinwa says he has issued letters in accordance with directions given to him from above. Mr Sheoran says Mr Rinwa is not authorised to issue any such letter and nobody is authorised to use the logo of the Red Cross on private receipt books.

He says organising magic shows at government schools against payment of money is banned, but there is no ban for private schools.

He says there is no compulsion on the private school authorities and it is wrong on the part of Mr Rinwa to issue letters in this regard.

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KU Registrar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
The Haryana Governor and Chancellor of Kurukshetra University (KU), Dr A.R. Kidwai, has appointed Dr V.K. Aggarwal, Professor, Department of Law of the university, as Registrar.

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Bishnoi ups ante on SEZs
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 9
Mr Kuldip Bishnoi, Congress MP from Bhiwani, today gave a further ideological push to his campaign against the way SEZs were being set up, particularly in Haryana, by giving details of his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, suggesting course correction on the issue.

Mr Bishnoi reiterated his charge that there was bungling of about Rs 6,000 crore in the state government’s handing over of the construction of an SEZ to the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance group of industries.

He said he had made out a case for imposing a ceiling on the maximum land on which an SEZ could be set up and for imposing a cap on the maximum number of SEZs that could be set up in a state.

The letter made out a case for allocating SEZs to states in a manner that backward states also got a fillip in terms of industrialisation. It also suggested that in case the government acquired agricultural land in backward and remote areas, it must lay down reasonable floor rates on land and give a financial stake in SEZs to farmers so that were not the losers.

He claimed that the information provided by the government on the information sought by him under the Right to Information Act was sketchy as it had not answered as to why the HSIDC was not setting up the SEZ on its own.

He stated that the government was evasive in its reply on his query about the ecological impact of the SEZ and it had not taken the approval of the National Capital Region Board, which was mandatory, before going in for the SEZ.

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In charge of security sacked for assaulting journalists
Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 9
The security in charge of Agroha “dhaam”, Ram Kumar, who had allegedly assaulted some journalists during the annual fair yesterday, has been dismissed from service with immediate effect.

This was stated by Mr Nand Kishore Goenka, president of the Agroha Nirman Samiti, and Mr Bajrang Dass Garg, convener of the fair, in a joint statement here today.

Meanwhile, the Hisar-based journalists held a meeting under the chairmanship of veteran journalist Rishi Saini to chalk out the further course of action. Following the meeting, a delegation of journalists met the SSP, Mr Arshinder Singh Chawla, and apprised him of the situation. With the SSP’s intervention, Mr Garg was called at the DPRO’s office where he regretted the incident. The security in charge, Ram Kumar, was also called there and he apologised before the journalists.

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Condition of nomadic tribes poor in state
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 9
Mr Laxman Bhai Patni, member of the National Commission for Denotified Nomadic Tribes and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, today said the social and economic condition of these tribes was very poor in Haryana and they needed government support for their upliftment. Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, Mr Patni said there were 25 denotified nomadic tribes and semi- nomadic tribes in Haryana and their total population was over 15 lakh. He said the members of these tribes had been living without basic amenities.

They did not have any permanent dwellings. Their children did not go to school, as there was none in the surroundings of their hutments. The youths of these tribes did not get any employment.

The commission member said members of these tribes were hard working and eked out their livelihood by making household items. But the police and the authorities rarely adopted a sympathetic attitude towards them. They youths complained that the authorities did not allow display of their items for sale on footpaths. The police beat them up very time there was any incident of theft in the area. It did not even care to verify whether they were actually involved in the crime.

Mr Patni said that the present commission was set up by the Union Government in February 2006 with Mr Bal Bishan as its Chairman. It was given a year to submit a report on the condition of these tribe. He said he had so far toured the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh , Meghalaya and Punjab and had now come to Haryana .

He said there were 400 nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes in the country and there total population was 15 crore. He said the commission would submit a partial report to the government by November this year. 

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Jain Samaj protests against Modi govt
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 9
Several hundred members of the Digamber Jain Samaj, including a large number of women, held a demonstration here, protesting against the alleged illegal occupation of the Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra ( holy place ) as well as destruction of the footmarks of Lord Neminath at Girnar in Gujarat by certain followers of Lord Dattatreya (an ancient Hindu sage ).

They also raised slogans against the Modi Government, alleging that priests of the Dattatreya sect, in connivance with the Gujarat Government, had illegally occupied their holy place which had remained a place of worship for the Digamber Jain Samaj.

Mr Satender Kumar Jain, president, and Mr Arvind Kumar Jain, secretary of the Jain Samaj, said that the case regarding illegal occupation of their Siddha Kshetra was pending with the Gujarat High Court. They also expressed indignation at the "hurdles" created by the priests in performance of puja there.

Later, they submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

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Kanshi Ram’s death mourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
The Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, has expressed shock at the death of the founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Mr Kanshi Ram.

Dr Kidwai said Mr Kanshi Ram emerged as the tallest leader among the Dalits after Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar and left an indelible mark on national politics.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, described Mr Kanshi Ram as a great leader who awakened the Dalit community in the country. He said Mr Kanshi Ram worked throughout his life for the uplift of the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of society. The void created by his death in Dalit politics was difficult to fill.

The President of the Indian National Lok Dal, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has also expressed grief at the death of Mr Kanshi Ram.

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Customer care centres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
For the prompt redressal of grievances of electricity consumers, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam(DHBVN) has decided to set up customer care centres at all district headquarters and provide single window service.

A spokesman of the DHBVN said here today that the consumers were facing problems regarding the correction of bills, replacement of meters, restoration of supply, new connections, and extension or reduction of load. At present a consumer was supposed to contact several officials for even petty jobs. Owing to the lack of coordination among various officials, the consumer faced a lot of harassment, which marred the image of the nigam.

The DHBVN had decided to set up customer care centres at all district headquarters, for up to 75,000 consumers. Since Faridabad and Gurgaon had a large number of consumers, Faridabad would have four centres and Gurgaon two.

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Pinjore Heritage Festival ends on euphoric note
S.D. Sharma

Pinjore, October 9
The five-day bonanza of festivities at the first-ever Heritage Festival concluded with the Euphoria concert here today.

If ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh gave a majestic start to the festival, the grand finale provided by rock concert was equally captivating. Led by Palash Sen, the versatile vocalist, the band drew applause from one and all.

Palash opened the concert with a soulful song “Aaj na chhorenge”. He established instant rapport with the audience and then came a demand for his song “Pichak dhoom”. Music lovers broke all norms to have a closer look of their favourite star, putting security personnel on their toes.

Palash dolled out “Tu hi meri zindagi… -phir aana tu meri gali.”

Ably supported by accomplished musicians, Palash coalesced the western Indian classical and folk music in all his pop songs. In “Pehli saans”, he brought the emotional longings for love while “Sohniye”, the next presentation, was replete with Punjabi folkfore. It was followed by filmi number “Dil chahta hai”.

The band presented songs from their latest album “Mehfooz” which has lyrics by Gulzaar and Palash himself. The songs “Roshni”, “Dil Savera”, “Mehfooz” and many more enraptured the crowd.

Palash weaved a composition in the western rhythmic format with which he created some magical moments.

Requests poured in and the group obliged the audience in the concert that went on for three hours. The event a spectacle for the eyes and provided gratification to the ears.

Palash Sen was supported by DJ Bhaduri, Hitesh Madaan, Benjamin Pintoo, Ashwani Verma, Ms Vaishali Baruah and Krutika.

Earlier, J&K Chief Minister Gulam Nabi Azad complimented the Tourism Minister and her team. Prominent among those present on the occasion included former Union Minister Venod Sharma, Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana, Haryana Tourism Head Vijay Vardhan and other senior officials of the district administration.

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Panchayats get Rs 14 lakh honorarium

Bhiwani, October 9
As many as 472 panchayat representatives, including 462 sarpanches and chairmen, of 10 panchayat samitis were today given Rs 14 lakh as honorarium as per the announcement made by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mohinder Kumar, had disbursed honorarium worth Rs. 21 lakh to the village watchmen and Rs 40 lakh under various welfare schemes on September 23.

Addressing the Panchayati Raj representatives, Mr Mohinder Kumar said since the state government was quite active in regard to the welfare of these institutions and gram panchayats had been authorised to get developmental works up to Rs. 3 lakh done at their own end without sanction from the government. — OC

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Team to nab Pinki set up
Tribune News Service

Jagadhri, October 9
The District and Sessions Judge today ordered the Superintendent of Police to constitute a special team to arrest Punjab police Inspector Gurmeet Singh Pinki, held guilty of murder of Ludhiana resident Avtar Singh Gola.

Pinki did not appear in the court today and his counsel moved an application that Pinki was medically unwell.

The counsel for Pinki submitted in court that Pinki was willing and ready to surrender before the law.

The judge, Mr Virender Singh, adjourned the hearing till October 17.

On September 30, the court held him guilty of murder and issued non-bailable arrest warrants for October 9.

Mr Shashi Kant Sharma, district attorney, said the court asked the Superintendent of Police to constitute a team.

He said the court also asked him to inform the Haryana DGP for compliance of the non-bailable arrest warrants.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr K.V Ramana, said a special team had been set up to arrest Pinki.

Police sources said the team would be led by an official of the rank of DSP.

Mr Karnail Singh Panjoli, an SGPC member from Faridkot, who was here along with members of the family of the victim, urged the Punjab Chief Minister to form a special team to investigate the lifestyle maintained by some Punjab cops.

He alleged that several persons who were once terrorists had been recruited in the Punjab police.

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