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Vigilance to probe bungling in Mukerian project
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Hoshiarpur, January 2
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has initiated an inquiry into the construction of the 18 MW Mukerian hydel power project of the PSEB. Sources available here said the technical wing of the bureau was conducting an inquiry into the alleged bungling that led to the failure of the project and wastage of crores of rupees.

The DSP, Vigilance, Hoshiarpur, Mr Gurdev Singh Sidhu, admitted that the technical wing of the department was inquiring into the aspects with regard to the construction of the project.

The work at the project had come to standstill due to eruption of water at the proposed foundation of the power houses in September 2005. However, even after two years the PSEB authorities have failed to stem the flow of water.

The consultants of the PSEB on the project suggested that the site of the power houses should be shifted either upstream or downstream. The shifting, however, also did not serve any purpose. The sources said the PSEB had suffered losses worth about 30 crores in the project.

As per the original design of the project the power houses were to be set up at 220 m. However, due to technical reason the BHEL, which was to supply turbines for the power houses, demanded that the ground level of power houses should be lowered to 219 m. The consultants on the project, AHEC, Roorkee, however, insisted on further geo-physical and technical investigations in case the level was to be lowered by 1 m.

Once a well was bored for testing, water started gushing out of it. Tenders were called recently for plugging the flow of the water from the area. A company was engaged for the purpose. However, all its efforts to plug the flow of water failed.

The experts told The Tribune that it would be difficult to plug the flow. The groundwater level in the area was at 238 m. The PSEB authorities implementing the project has already gone 20 m below the groundwater level. Now a siphon had been created bringing ground water from the surrounding area into the pit. It would only stop after the groundwater in the surrounding area subsides.

The project was conceptualised on the Mukerain hydel canal because of two reasons. There was a design fault in the Mukerain hydel canal at the place where it joins the Beas. Due to excess water flow into the canal almost every year cracks appeared at the abovesaid place. The authorities here had to put in stone rakes to control the situation every year. This led to loss of generation at the Mukerain hydel project.

To tackle the problem the PSEB authorities decided to build an escape channel and in the process also create an 18 MW powerhouse over it.

Interestingly, while the vigilance is inquiring into the matter, the PSEB has issued fresh tenders for the project.


Chief Justice favours segregation of jail inmates
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, January 2
Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Kumar Jain today assured women prisoners that he would look into their cases on the basis of merit. He suggested to the District and Sessions Judge to take up their cases expeditiously. The Chief Justice favoured lenient view in the cases relating to old-age prisoners.

Commenting on the reforms in the jails, he said he would favour segregation of the convicted prisoners and the undertrials. Reforms have to be introduced in other jails also in close coordination and support of welfare organisations as NGOs.

The Chief Justice, after inspecting the Amritsar Central Jail, interacted with the prisoners. He said the much-needed reforms to correct the inmates had made a lot of difference in their lives. The DIG (Prisons) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, had taken various steps to mentally and physically uplift the jail inmates through regular educational classes, yoga, meditation and vocational courses.

He said the correctional process launched in the jail would help the inmates lead a more meaningful life once they were out of the prison.

Talking to newspersons, the Chief Justice said as many as 2.5 crore cases were filed every year in the Indian courts. Though the Judiciary was trying to settle them as quickly as possible, there were only 12,500 judges in the entire judicial system.

A number of representatives of women prisoners and others suggested to the District and Sessions Judge to personally look into their grievances.

The Chief Justice, who was accompanied by Justice K.S. Garewal, Administrative Judge of Amritsar Sessions Division, also launched the newly constructed website of the Amritsar Jail. The website can be accessed on www.amritsarprison.org.

The website will not only give information about jail activities but also facilitate the relatives of the inmates to book their interviews online. A feedback section has been given for getting suggestions for improvement. It has been prepared with the support of the Rotary Club (Amritsar South).

Later, the Chief Justice inaugurated the renovated Kaveri Block of the jail and also laid the foundation stone of a model hostel building to be constructed on a model provided by the Bureau of Police Research and development. The hostel will accommodate 100 inmates and will be equipped with modern lavatory, kitchen and dining and sports facilities.


DGP admits to rise in crime graph
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
The Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk, today said the crime rate in respect of murder, rape and kidnapping for ransom increased in Punjab in 2006.

He blamed the trend on rising unemployment and spread of urbanisation.

During the just-ended year, 842 persons were murdered while attempts were made to murder another 854. In 2005 these figures stood at 743 and 723, respectively.

The DGP’s idea of blaming unemployment for the rise in crime was in contradiction to the claim of the Congress government, which says it has provided 20 lakh jobs.

Mr Virk was addressing a press conference to review last year’s performance of the police.

As many as 386 cases of rape were registered last year as compared to 366 in 2005, while kidnapping cases increased to 654 in 2006 from the previous year's figure of 514.

He went on to add that owing to easy and un-hindered registration of cases, the number of cases registered under various heads, including attempt to murder, kidnapping, rape, dacoity, theft and forgery, had increased. Interestingly, cases under the Arms Act, the Excise Act and the anti-corruption Act decreased to 9,979 in 2006 from 15,999 in 2005.

The total recovery of arms came down to 390 in 2006 from 489 in the previous year, Mr Virk said.

The police secured conviction in 167 cases last year, he said. The Police Department also created 295 posts for sportspersons and promoted 952 cops during 2006 besides recruiting 2,100 constables and 3,100 Assistant Sub-Inspectors, he added.

The NRI affairs’ cell of the state police received 318 complaints during 2006 out of which 145 had been finalised. As many as 75 complaints related to property and 15 to money disputes while nine were false cases. Besides, there were four cases of murder, two of theft and 12 of matrimonial dispute.

The number of cases registered under the NDPS Act was 4,767 from the previous year's 4,457. Mr Virk claimed that the police stepped up its drive against narco-smugglers and the recovery of drugs increased.

The DGP said undercurrents of terrorism still prevailed in the state. Responding to queries about the recent arrest of three alleged terrorists, including UK-based non-resident Indian Paramjit Singh Dhaddi from Jalandhar, the DGP said he would not like to divulge details of the arrest at this juncture as it could hamper the investigations.

Mr Virk, however, showed Dhaddi's photograph in which the accused was seen wielding guns along with his alleged accomplices. He claimed that the photograph was taken at a terrorist training camp in Pakistan. The police was tracking him from Pakistan. He had been to that country four or five months ago.

On the role of Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode in the episode, he said: “ We can produce him as a witness in court, if required”.

He also refused to comment on allegations levelled by Mr Sukhbir Badal, who yesterday said “ Mr Virk should be removed as he is a Congress man”. In his defence ,he said: “ I am impartial and do not take sides”.

On the spate of lathi charges against almost all sections of society, the DGP said some force had to be used on persons who blocked rail traffic or the highways. “ If I do not stop them from indulging in such acts, you would blame the police for not doing its duty,” he added. 


Farmers plan to intensify stir
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Imposition of the model code of conduct notwithstanding, nine organisations of farmers have decided to intensify their agitation in support of their demands by organising a symbolic two- hour “rail roko” agitation on January 4.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), said the next line of action would be decided after the January 4 protest.

“The government should not underestimate us. If the Congress government could find time to talk a few thousand commission agents in the state and put the proposed Bill on clearing farmers’ debts on hold, it should be prepared to face the wrath of the farmers also,” said Mr Ugrahan.

Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of the BKU (Ekta), said “the government is playing into the hands of a handful of industrial houses. It has not only waived their loans running into thousands of crores of rupees but is also giving them long-term benefits of several thousand crores more in the name of developing SEZs.

“But at the same time, when it comes to helping debt-ridden farmers, it starts shedding crocodile tears on the plea that its fiscal health is fragile. It has stated time and again its helplessness in clearing the ever-rising debts of 65-70 lakh farmers,” Mr Sukhdev Singh added.

Leaders of various organisations of farmers, including the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, the Punjab Kisan Union, the Bharti Kisan Union (Dakonda) and the Zamin Bachao Samiti (Barnala), accused the government of favouring only a handful of industrial houses or multinational companies while ignoring the interests of its own farmers.

“Though agitations by the farmers have forced the state to change its policy of not acquiring fertile agricultural land for SEZs or multiplexes, the state could not restore fertile farmland given to the Trident group at Barnala,” said Mr Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti.

Meanwhile, the organisations have appealed to other organisations to join the January 4 “ rail roko” protest.


Farmers protest outside DC’s office
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, January 2
Braving severe cold and dense fog 600 farmers led by farmer leader Mr Satnam Singh Pannu today gathered outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office for courting arrest as part of protest against the government for not fulfilling of their demands.

However, the district administration did not arrest them. Mr Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu, convener, Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC), said they would again gherao the District Collector’s office tomorrow. He said farmers would not relent and their agitation would continue till the government accepted their demands. The farmers’ protest entered in 14th day today. He said farmers would intensify their agitation. He said they would not allow implementation of anti-farmer policies of the government.


He gave his prime to the country, but was forgotten
Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepore, January 2
Having spent the prime of his life being tortured by Pakistani forces, Gurbaksh Ram, a former Indian spy, is a disillusioned man today.

Gurbaksh, who was sent to Pakistan for espionage, is fighting an altogether different battle today, not against the enemy but against the lack of initiative on part of the authorities in acknowledging his services.

He has even threatened to sit on fast in front of the Parliament House on January 23 if he is not given his due and will subsequently immolate himself on January 26. Narrating his tale, Gurbaksh said he was lured into spying by an official of an elite intelligence agency in September, 1987. Lured by tall promises, Gurbaksh, who had just completed diploma in civil draftsmanship from the ITI, Ferozepore, agreed to undertake the perilous task. He was imparted training at several covert places in Delhi and Agra, where he was detailed about various facets of spying.

After a new identity, Gurbaksh ventured into Pakistan through Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir, from where his guide took him to Lahore. Gurbaksh settled in Okara district and started fruit business there. At the same time, he also started gathering vital information about the composition of Pakistani forces.

For almost two years, he kept on collecting and supplying information to the authorities back home. But on becoming apprehensive of getting identified and arrested, he decided to come back to India. While returning, he was arrested near the Indian border by the Field Intelligence Unit of the Pakistani army in 1989.

Gurbaksh said he was interrogated by the Pakistani military agencies at Gora Jail, Sialkot, for three years and later, after a summary court martial, he was sentenced to 14-year rigorous imprisonment and sent to Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore.

He said while he was confided in Pakistani jail, the authorities kept paying his mother a meager monthly sum of Rs 600, but that too was discontinued after March, 1992. Since that time, no one bothered to inquire about the welfare of his family, averred Gurbaksh. “Umpteen letters written by my brother Harjinder Kumar to the PMO, MEA and other authorities fell on deaf ears, he continued.

After having completed his sentence, Gurbaksh was repatriated to India on June 30, 2006, along with scores of other Indian detainees in Pakistan. However, that moment of ecstasy was short-lived as Gurbaksh returned home only to find that his parents were not alive. Moreover, the apathetic attitude of the authorities towards his family added to his misery.


Govt fails to implement vital decisions
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Failure to issue an ordinance by the Punjab Government to set up Guru Gobind Singh rural university has deflated the move on this important project. The Council of Ministers at its meeting on December 15 had given its approval to the proposal on the university.

However, the government failed to issue the ordinance in this regard. As the Election Commission has enforced the code of conduct now, this cannot be issued, it is learnt.

The university, in which only students from the rural areas were to be admitted, was to be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 181 core at Talwandi Sabo where 80 acres was available. The project was conceived by the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr S.S. Boparai, and was backed by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

There are many other important decisions that the state government failed to implement because of the enforcement of the code of conduct. The government had opened the tenders for providing health insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh to each family living below the poverty line. The lowest bidder was a bank that has launched its health insurance subsidiary. However, the final order could not be passed in this regard, it is learnt.

The state government had accepted the main demands of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the state government recognised aided schools. The most important demand was to give pension on the 1992 pattern to the employees who retired after May 31, 2003, from these institutions. However, a notification in this regard also could not be issued because final approval to the decision on the file could not be given by the authorities.

The state government was to take a decision to abolish abiana ( canal water charges) pending against farmers. The pending charges recoverable from the farmers are to the tune of Rs 161 crore for the past four years. The Irrigation Department had levied the water charges in an arbitrary fashion. Even those farmers who had not utilised canal water for irrigation were asked to pay the charges. Protesting against such levying of the water charges, farmers at various places had refused to pay these. Finding no solution to the problem, the government had planned to waive the charges and abolish abiana. However, the government again failed to take a final decision on this issue, it is learnt.

And it also failed to formulate a code of conduct to settle disputes between farmers and commission agents with regard to loans advanced by the latter to the former. The government had set up a committee under the chairmanship of Mr Lal Singh, a senior Minister. The committee had talked to commission agents in this regard a number of times. The Chief Minister had announced that the government was in the process of finalising the code. However, the code did not materialise.


Final list of SAD candidates by Jan 10, says Badal
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Sherpur (Sangrur), January 2
In an announcement for small farmers with holdings up to three to four acres, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), today said that the SAD-BJP alliance would provide tube well power connection on priority to end wait for tube well connection. He also announced in March or from April 1 the SAD-BJP would start the supply of wheat flour at Rs 4 per kg and pulses at Rs 20 per kg to all poor. He also promised the SAD-BJP would give Rs 50,000 every year to one youth and sports club in every village of the state.

To a question Mr Badal said the SAD would release its second and final list of candidates by January 10. He claimed the SAD had not held talks with the SAD (Longowal) on seats so far. However talks with the BJP regarding seats was on final stage. He termed Capt Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Vikas Yatra a “fraud and stunt” He said the SAD-BJP would form boards for big and small industries with the chairman, having Cabinet rank status. The SAD-BJP government would review land acquisition policy and mega projects.

Mr Badal was here today in connection with a rally, organised by SAD candidate, Gobind Singh Kanjhla, from Sherpur Assembly constituency. Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, patron of the SAD; Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, secretary-general of the SAD, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, a BJP leader and former MP; Mr Parkash Chand Garg, national vice-president of the SAD; Mr Gaganjit Singh Barnala and Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, both MLAs; and Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, general secretary of the SAD, were the speakers among rally.

Mr Badal lashed out at the Amarinder government by saying that it had snatched all facilities, given by the previous SAD-BJP government, from the poor people. Capt Amarinder Singh had politicised bureaucracy.

Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu said Mr Amarinder Singh had made Punjab “Sonia di chirriya (sparrow) from “Sone di chirriya”. He challenged Capt Amarinder Singh to hold candidate discussion on Punjab’s development.

Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said Punjab wanted to see Mr Badal as next Chief Minister of the state. Amarinder Singh always told a lie.


Setback to SAD in Dhuri
Jhundan announces candidature
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Dhuri (Sangrur), January 2
In a major setback to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its candidate, Mr Gaganjit Singh Barnala, in the Dhuri Assembly constituency, Mr Iqbal Singh Jhundan, a leader of the SAD, today raised a banner of revolt against the party leadership when he announced his candidature as an independent candidate from Dhuri in protest against the allotment of SAD ticket to Mr Barnala for the Dhuri seat.

In the February 2002 Assembly elections, Mr Gaganjit Singh Barnala had secured 25538 votes as the SAD candidate while Mr Jhundan had secured 23979 votes as a candidate of the Panthic Morcha. Thus, Mr Jhundan had lost to Mr Barnala with just 1559 votes. At that time Mr Jhundan was a leader of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, then led by Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra. Later with the merger of Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal with the SAD, Mr Jhundan also joined the SAD.

Mr Jhundan today organised a gathering of his supporters at the local Kranti Chowk where he announced his decision to contest against the official candidate of the SAD, Mr Gaganjit Singh Barnala, from Dhuri Assembly constituency as an independent candidate in protest.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Jhundan said that with the allotment of the SAD ticket to Mr Barnala there was a disappointment among the party workers as they felt that this decision of the party was against their sentiments as Mr Barnala’s performance as an MLA in the Dhuri constituency was zero. He also alleged that Mr Barnala had neither done any work in the constituency nor had participated in the election campaigns of the party candidates for the elections to the Lok Sabha, SGPC, and other elected bodies.

In reply to a question regarding Mr Jhundan’s announcement, Mr Parkash Singh Badal said at Sherpur today that such things always happened at the time of allotment of party tickets. He said those aspirants who did not get the party ticket they raised banner of revolt but in the end they led a wretched existence.


Shift Razia Sultana’s husband: SAD
Our Correspondent

Malerkotla, January 2
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the SAD, today demanded transfer of all police and civil officials, including Mr Mohamad Mustfa, IG, Punjab, and husband of local Congress MLA Razia Sultana, in view of the Assembly elections.

Mr Badal said SAD secretary-general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa would meet the Chief Election Commissioner tomorrow to seek transfer of these officers from Punjab. He demanded that Mr Mustfa be sent to the Police Lines, Chandigarh, so that he couldn’t influence the elections at Malerkotla.

He was here to attend a rally organised by Hindu organisations today.


‘Chandumajra joining Badal not to affect third front’
Tribune News Service

Mansa, January 2
Senior vice-president of the SAD (Amritsar), Mr Daljeet Singh Bittu, today stated that the coming together of Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra and Mr Parkash Singh Badal would not have any effect on the third front.

He also announced that Mr Harcharan Singh Burjhari would be the party’s candidate from Joga Assembly constituency.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Bittu said the third front would soon announce its candidates and hoped people would opt for third alternative this time.

He advocated industrialisation of the state for generating employment opportunities for Punjabi youth.

He said industrialisation should take place in such a manner that the state’s youth having technical and professional qualifications got jobs. 


Depts issue orders in back date
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Although the Election Commission has enforced the code of conduct in Punjab, it is being violated by certain departments. Sources said that transfer orders were being issued in back dates by these departments.

For instance, a PCMS doctor was posted out today from Patiala by the Health Department. He was told that though his transfer was ordered on December 29, the orders were being made available to him today.

The code of conduct was enforced in the afternoon of December 29. Immediately after serving the transfer orders to the doctor, he was relieved of his charge, it is learnt.

Such violations have been reported from other departments also. " The only way to stop such a practice was for the state Chief Electoral Officer to call for the diary and despatch registers of all important departments on the day the code of conduct was enforced. He should have countersigned them, disallowing any opportunity to the authorities to diary and despatch any government letter with regard to transfers, etc, in back dates", said a senior officer, who had been closely associated with the conduct of elections in the state in the past.



Cold wave claims 3 more lives
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 2
The intense cold wave sweeping the region has claimed three more lives in the past 24 hours here, taking the toll to 11 in the past one month. Most of the victims were beggars.

Sources said the body of a beggar was found on the Maal Godam road here today. Sahara volunteers intimated the GRP, which after completing the formalities handed over the body to the NGO for performing the last rites. Similarly, another beggar who was lying seriously ill at Gandhi Market breathed his last after he was taken to a hospital. Sahara chief Mr Vijay Goyal said they were disbursing 30 blankets daily among the beggars and homeless, apart from putting up bonfires near public places like bus stands and railway station.

Meanwhile, in another tragic incident 8-year-old Puran Singh, son of a migrant labourer, who was suffering from TB, died here today.


Six die in mishaps
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 2
Six persons died in four mishaps during the 24 hours in the district as dense fog enveloped the region for the second day.

A tractor-trailer was involved in two of these mishaps that occurred last night. Sources said the trailer on its way from Bathinda to Gidderbaha first hit a motor cycle rider injuring him seriously and then collided head-on with a car coming from Gidderbaha. The car was crushed and Sahara volunteers extricated the injured out of it. Sources said the trailer driver was reportedly drunk. Later, motor cycle rider, Vinod, and car occupants — Murli and Subhash — succumbed to their injuries.

In another accident, a Canter collided with a Jeep coming from opposite direction near Jeeda village on the Bathinda-Kotkapura road this morning. Two persons were killed in the mishap. The deceased were identified as Gurvinder Singh and Swaran Singh.

A car rammed into a Canter near Bhucho Mandi in the morning, leading to the death of car driver Kuldeep Singh. Four others were injured, one of them seriously, in the accident.


Vidya Sagar is Rotary (Mid Town) chief
Our Correspondent

Patiala, January 2
Mr Vidya Sagar has been elected as President of the Rotary club, Patiala (Mid Town) for the Rotary year 2008-09.

This was disclosed by Mr O.P. Gupta, secretary, Rotary club (Mid Town) here today.


Publishers told to pay compensation
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
Mr. Gurdev Singh, president District Consumer Forum, while deciding case of Mr. Naveen Behal advocate, relating to the wrong publication of the provisions of order 21 rule 56 CPC in the book of civil law, in its order has imposed a penalty of Rs.10,000 on Chawla Publication Chandigarh as compensation and Rs.500 as cost of the complaint.

Mr. Behal through his counsel Mr. Vinay Sood had filed a complaint in the forum alleging that Mr Behal had purchased one Code of Civil Procedure amended upto year 2006 for Rs.250 from Chawla Publications Chandigarh and on the basis of the code he had prepared a document in a case but in the court he came to know about the wrong publication. He has mentioned that it is a matter of deficiency in service. He said judicial officials were also using the same CPC, which was not correct and it might cause legal and technical difficulties to the public and legal luminaries.

After hearing both parties the court decided the complaints. The court has also directed the Chawla Publications to give a notice in the press within one month after making the correction in the book.


PSIF Director's purse snatched
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 2
Two motorcycle-borne youth snatched the purse of Mrs Rekha Mann, winner of the National Mahilla Excellence Award, here yesterday.

In her complaint, Mrs Mann, who is also the Chairperson and Director, Punjab State Industrial Federation, said she was returning home with her daughter when the incident occurred. Her purse contained, among other things, three mobile phones, one camera, two ATM cards, a photo identity card and Rs 20,000 in cash.

Mrs Mann has submitted her complaint to the Civil lines police station.


Protesting teachers to intensify stir

Chandigarh, January 2
The protesting members of the Substitute Computer Teachers Union, Punjab, today decided to intensify their agitation till their demands were not met.

The president of the union, Mr Baljinder Singh, came down heavily on the Punjab Government alleging that no government representative had come to negotiate with them. He alleged that the authorities concerned were making “back date” appointments in the place of the retrenched computer teachers. — TNS


Teachers block traffic
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
The newly selected 120 ETT and B.Ed. teachers today staged a dharna in front of the Zila Parishad office and blocked the Sirhind- Chandigarh Road in front of the office in protest against the non- issuance of appointment letters to them.

They were raising slogans against the Zila Parishad and demanding appointment letters immediately and declared that they would continue to sit on road till the appointment letters were given to them.

The selected teachers told The Tribune that on December 28 a list of selected 120 teachers was put on the notice board of Zila Parishad office and it was written that the selected candidates could take their appointment letters from the office on January 2.

They said that as per the notice they came today to take appointment letters but to their surprise appointment letters were given to only three candidates.

When contacted Secretary of the Zila Parishad, said they were not issuing appointment letters as they got a fax from district headquarters in this regard and they had sought an explanation from the headquarters as election code had come into force. He said they would act as per the directions of the headquarters.


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