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Bhadaur clash: one succumbs to injuries
87 remanded in judicial custody
Sushil Goyal and Kamlesh Sharma
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 12
The post-mortem examination of the unidentified person, who had sustained serious injuries in a clash at Bhadaur town yesterday, was conducted at the Barnala civil hospital today. He had succumbed to his injuries last night.

The clash took place between the police and the residents at Bhadaur town yesterday over the issue of demarcation of 26 kanals of land of a gurdwara.

The Barnala police today produced 87 persons against whom the police had registered cases under various Sections of the IPC including Section 307, in a Barnala court. The court sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.

As many as 31 persons, who had been arrested yesterday as a preventive measure, were today granted bail by the Barnala SDM.

There are reports that 35 persons, who were arrested in this case, were still in the custody of the police. Though the residents of town alleged that a large number of persons were still in the illegal custody of the police, the Barnala SSP had denied this.

The residents of Bhadaur, who had sustained injuries in the clash yesterday, today showed their injuries to mediapersons and the politicians. They alleged that the police opened fire without any provocation and they had been beaten up mercilessly by dragging them from their houses.

Meanwhile, tension continued to prevail in Bhadaur town though leaders of political parties, officers of the civil and police administration and some Bhadaur residents held a meeting to bring peace and resolve the issue.

In this meeting Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP from Sangrur, Mr Kewal Singh Dhillon, vice -president of the PPCC, Mr Gobind Singh Longowal, Dhanaula MLA, Mr Malkeet Singh Keetu, Barnala MLA, Mr S.R. Ladhar, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr S.K. Asthana, Barnala SSP, also participated.

Even though the police had booked Mr Balbir Singh Ghunas, MLA from Bhadaur, for indulging in violent activities yesterday, he has not been arrested by the police.

The Deputy Commissioner has ordered an inquiry into police ‘excesses’ on villagers of Bhadaur related to the demarcation of land of Nanaksar Thath gurdwara case. Following allegations by several injured villagers, who reached the site of Municipal Committee Bhadaur, Deputy Commissioner Sangrur S.R. Laddhar has ordered a probe by the Barnala SDM.

Meanwhile, the SAD has tried to give religious political colour to the clash. Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said the party had expressed concern over the violation of Sikh Rehat Maryada at Patti Bir Singh Sahib Gurdwara. He alleged in this gurdwara policemen entered with shoes on and defile religious sanctity. He said the SGPC president, Mr Avtar Singh would visit the gurdwara with its team. He said the SAD has made two committees, one religious the other political to look into the matter.

The religious committee will be headed by SGPC president Avtar Singh to take stock of the situation. Modalities will be drawn up to restore Sikh Rehat Maryada. The political committee will be headed by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa itself. This committee comprises MLA Balbeer Singh Ghunus, Bhola Singh Virk, Darshan Singh, Sukdev Singh, Sandhu Singh Ragi, Baldev Singh Chunga and Amar Singh Beer — both SGPC, members. The committee will work to get bail for the arrested people and provide medical relief to victim families.


Public money being wasted on ads: SAD
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 12
SAD MP Sukhbir Singh Badal today accused the Congress regime of resorting to "utter lies" and spending huge amount of public money on its ad campaign in print media. He stated that his party would raise the matter before the Election Commission.

Addressing a press conference at the residence of SAD leader Mr Baljeet Singh Bir Behman here today, he showed a full page ad claiming that the government will generate 20 lakh job opportunities through mega projects before December.

He challenged the Chief Minister to produce even a single individual who had been employed in any of his "mega projects". He alleged that the ad carried photographs of industries that came into existence many years back.

"While Rana Sugar Mill had come up six years ago, Nahar Spinning Mill, Lalru, was inaugurated during our government. Similarly, Vinayak Textiles Ltd came into being 10 years back," he claimed.

The SAD general secretary charged the government with befooling people by flashing pictures of old industries in ad and projecting them as mega projects.

On the Chief Minister's charge regarding sale of SAD tickets for forthcoming elections, he alleged that Captain Amarinder Singh was making such statements merely out of frustration as he didn't have any issue of public interest.

Coming down heavily on the government for "ignoring farmers' interests", he alleged that it never presented a clear picture on any of the issues concerning the farming community before the Centre be it farmer suicides or natural calamities that hit their crop.

He claimed that wheat production, which was 200 lakh tonnes in the SAD regime, had come down to 92 lakh tonnes in the Congress rule. He said while the production had taken a dip, the government was taking pride in claims of smooth procurement.

He said suo motto notice taken by the high court on farmer suicides had exposed the Congress government, which had been denying farmer suicides.

On allegations regarding his family's role in the murder of dreaded gangster Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, he said they were ready to face any enquiry in the matter. He claimed that he never met Dimpy in his life.


Congress sells party ticket, says Dhindsa
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
SAD secretary-general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said here today political posts in the Congress, including party ticket and the posts of Chief Minister and ministers, were being sold.

“The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is on record having sold ticket during the 2002 Vidhan Sabha poll. Even the office of the Chief Minister was sold for hundreds of crores of rupees, which was later collected through scams like the one in Ludhiana City Centre.

The Akali leader also alleged that legislators, chairmen and ministers in the present government had been surviving for the past five years by paying ‘hafta’ to one of the Chief Minister’s advisers. Posts in the party and in the government had been put on sale for the past five years and this has resulted in unprecedented corruption. This also resulted in the police acting like an autonomous body,” said the Akali leader.

In a statement here released by the media office of the SAD, Mr Dhindsa said the proof of sale of Congress ticket in 2002 was provided by senior Congress leaders, like Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Mr Jagmit Singh Brar. “There was a revolt within the Punjab Pardesh Congress on the issue of the sale of Vidhan Sabha ticket.

Mr Dhindsa said the Congress was run as an underworld organisation. He was reacting to a statement in which the Chief Minister had alleged that money played a role in the allotment of SAD ticket. He described the Chief Minister’s statement as a reflection of the well known Congress culture and mindset.

Mr Dhindsa also said the functioning of the SAD as a party had always been the most transparent in the country, with even a minor district level functionaries being consulted on the selection of party’s candidates.

Meanwhile, the SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today asked Capt Amarinder Singh to quit office owning moral responsibility for suicides by debt-ridden farmers of the state and observations made by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard. The Akali leader also alleged that the Chief Minister was playing politics with the misery of the farmers by getting the Prime Minister’s package delayed due to electoral considerations. “It is heartless and inhuman to link a grave human tragedy like the one afflicting the farmers today with petty and cheap gains in the elections.

He said only a package of Rs 30, 000 crores would be suffice to take the farmers out of their present travails and lift the farm economy out of the stagnation and regression.


8 held for killing woman, children
Eliminated to save family property
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, October 12
To get rid of his wife and children, a Havildar of the Army, in connivance with his mother, brothers and sisters, killed them.

Mr R. N. Dhoke, SSP, Hoshiarpur, said here today that the bodies of the woman and her three children were found in the Mukerian hydel channel on the evening of October 8. These were later identified as Jaswinder Kaur, wife of Vir Singh of Bhagran village, her daughters, Kamalpreet Kaur (9) and Anterpreet Kaur (2) and son Simranjit Singh (7).

On seeing the condition of the bodies, it was presumed that some one brutally murdered them with sharp- edged weapons and threw the bodies in the canal.

On the complaint of Mr Jagir Singh of village Dugri, father of deceased Jaswinder Kaur, an FIR under Sections 302, 201 and 120-B of the IPC was registered at the Mukerian police station.

The police arrested eight persons — Balbir Singh, son of Mehnga Singh, his mother Mohinder Kaur, his brother-in-law Lakhwinder Singh and his wife Gurdeep Kaur of Chhanniya, his sisters, Pritam Kaur and her husband Harjinder Singh of Pandori Arayian and Sukhwant Kaur of Rachhpalman and Guru Singh, alias Chhotu ,son of Moti Lal Singh of Ranchi. He said his one more brother Daljodh Singh and his sister Bhajan Kaur were still at large. The arrest warrants of Vir Singh had been obtained and he would also be arrested.

The SSP said according to the statement of Mr Jagir Singh, his daughter was married to Vir Singh, son of Mehnga Singh of village Bhagran in 1994, who is presently working as Havildar in the Army.

Due to her alleged torture by her in-laws, Jaswinder Kaur started living separately, but her expenditure was borne by her out of the compensation fixed by the Army.

Later, Vir Singh made an affidavit fraudulently and stated that both Jaswinder Kaur and his younger brother Daljodh Singh were co-habiting in the same house as husband and wife and she had no claim on the compensation fixed by the Army.

Jaswinder Kaur then moved a fresh application on December 12, 2005, in the court of JMIC, Dasuya, for seeking a maintenance of Rs 6000 from her husband and requested to set aside the claims of Vir Singh. She also sought share in the family property.

On October 7, Jaswinder Kaur was sleeping in her single room house along with her three children. Balbir Singh scaled the wall and killed all four of them with some sharp-edged weapon. Daljodh Singh and Guru Singh helped him to dispose of the bodies in the nearby Mukerian hydel channel at midnight.

The SSP said that Vir Singh planned the murder along with his brothers, mother and sisters. He also promised to pay Rs 50,000 each to all three main accused. 


Shootout claims life, PSEB engineer held
Sons, nephews also arrested
Our Correspondent

Abohar, October 12
The police has arrested Surinder Singh Behal, Additional Sub-Divisional Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, his two sons and nephews under Sections 302, 148, 149, 323, 427 IPC following a mid-night shootout here.

Those arrested were identified as Behal’s sons — Yadwinder Singh Yadu and Harpreet Singh — and nephews — Arminder Singh, son of Harbhajan Singh Behal, and Surinder Singh, son of Rajinder Singh Behal.

The shootout claimed the life of Pawan Kumar, a juice seller who had rushed to the site of clash at street 6. He succumbed to the bullet injury in the Civil Hospital.

Inspector Satish Malhotra had rushed to Prem Nagar at 11.10 pm last night, along with a large number of policemen, on getting information about the clash there.

On-the-spot investigation indicated that Arminder Singh, while parking his Indica car (DL 3 CS 5172) in a hired garage, slapped a motorcyclist who was standing at a corner of the street.

A resident of the same locality, Lucky, son of Hans, having some grudge with Arminder objected to the behaviour of the latter.

The motorcyclist sped away but Arminder and his relatives reportedly resorted to firing, using different kind of weapons, with Lucky.

They allegedly chased him as he tried to take shelter in a neighbour’s house, forcing scared women of the house to hide under the beds.

In the melee, a shot fired from the revolver hit Pawan Kumar, a spectator on face. He was rushed to the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital immediately but succumbed to the injuries later. The Sub-Divisional Engineer was also hurt and put under treatment at the Civil Hospital in police custody.

The SSP, Mr Arpit Shukla, said the SP(H), Mr Harjinder Singh, had been asked to investigate the case.


Kin demand probe into Kanshi Ram’s death
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 12
The family members of the founder of the BSP, Kanshi Ram, today demanded a CBI inquiry into death of the leader alleging that BSP supremo Mayawati was responsible for it. They also expressed their desire to embrace Budhism on October 14 in Lucknow.

While addressing a press conference here, Kanshi Ram’s two brothers, Darbara Singh, Harbansh Singh and sister Swarn Kaur alleged that Mayawati kept people in dark about their brother’s (Kanshi Ram) death. He had died on October 7 while the news of his death was released to the people on October 8 midnight.

Kanshi Ram did not embrace Budhism, but he was cremated as per the Budhism rituals by Mayawati. However in 2003, he had made announcement that he would embrace to Budhism along with five crore Dalits from all over the country at Parivartan Chowk in Lucknow on October 14, 2006. On the same day 50 years ago, Dr B.R. Ambedkar had adopted Budhism along with five lakh Dalits, said Darbara Singh.


A name in Punjabi folk dances
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Gill Surjit, one of the most sought after directors for Punjabi folk dances — Bhangra, Gidha, Summi and Jhumar is himself a versatile artiste.

For 15 years, he represented Punjab either as a folk dancer, a choreographer or as in charge of Punjabi culture troupes at Republic Day functions in Delhi.

He was choreographer of folk dances in popular Punjabi films such as ‘Asan Nu Maan Vatna Da’ and ‘Jee Aiyaan Nu’. And “Jago”, one of the most colourful and amusing events of Punjabi culture, that was the main attraction in Harbhajan Mann’s latest Punjabi film ‘Dil Apna Punjabi’ was choreographed by Gill Surjit. Obviously, ‘ Dil Apna Punjabi’ has been rated as one of the best movies made in India and abroad. He was also lyricist of Punjabi films such as “Jor Jatta Da”, “Jatt Punjab De”, and “Kaun Dilan Diya Jane”. One of the songs in “Asan Nu Mann Vatna Da” was written by him.

Famed Punjabi folk singers, including late Surinder Kaur, Mohinder Kapoor, Suresh Wadkar, Savita Sathi, Harbhajan Mann, Jaspinder Narula, Gursewak Mann, Pammi Bai, Malkiat Singh, Palwinder Dhami of Hira Group of the UK, Gurmeet Bawa, Sarabjit Kaur and Amar Noori have rendered their voices to the lyrics penned by Gill Surjit.

Surinder Kaur had sung his song “Wanga di chhankar, tamasha wanga da, wanga lai bahar, tamasha wanga da”. However, the song that made him a popular was “Shaher Patiala de, munde muchhfut gabroo ne sohne.” This song had become a rage in the countryside in the 80s.

He choreographed various popular programmes such as Hulle- Hullare for Doordarshan. He was a choreographer of the Gidha team which took part in the Festival of India in Russia and of the Bhangra team which participated in the Festival of India in Germany. As a folk dancer, he represented India at the sixth International Folk Dance Festival held in Tunisia and also as a member of the cultural delegation that visited Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, and Italy.

Gill Surjit represented Punjabi University in the First Commonwealth Youth Festival held at Delhi long back. He was also coach of the Bhangra team that performed at the ninth Asian Games in Delhi.

As a Bhangra dancer, he has been to Canada, the USA, Singapore, Dubai, Thailand and many other countries. His talent has been duly recognised. He has been honoured with various awards, including the Nand Lal Noor Puri Award, the Patiala Rattan Award, the Harbhajan Singh Ankhi award and the Sur-Punjab-De Award.

After doing postgraduation in Punjabi from Punjabi University Patiala, he has travelled a long distance. He started as a Bhangra dancer in Mohindra College, Patiala, from where he did his graduation.

He has never encouraged obscenity which in recent past had become a hallmark of most of the Punjabi videos, in the performing arts.

“My effort always it to depict the Punjabi culture in its true spirit and theme”, he adds.


Dullo’s appeal to secular parties

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 12
“The decision to form a poll alliance in the coming state Assembly elections with the communist parties and BSP is neither in his hand and nor in the hands of the Chief Minister.

“It is up to the party high command to decide and they are bound to obey its decision. But all secular forces, who are interested in defeating the communal forces like the SAD and BJP in the coming elections, should join hands with the Congress as the Congress is committed to root out the communal parties,” said Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, president, PPCC, here yesterday.

He had come here to preside over the state-level function organised in connection with the Balmiki’s birth anniversary celebrations by the Rashtriya Balmiki Sabha at Madho Pur. — OC


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