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PUNJAB VOTES '07



Take me on if you can, CM to Akalis
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 2
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched his campaign in this constituency late last evening by addressing a roadside rally in the Badungar area. He proved a crowd-puller with people coming on the rooftops of nearby houses to listen to him.

The Chief Minister dared the top Akali leadership for a debate on the problems facing the state. The next mission of the Congress government would be to develop a new Punjab equipped with all sorts of facilities.

His campaign is being handled by a team of his kin, headed by his wife Preneet Kaur. Local Congress leaders have been holding corner meetings.

There was a riot of colour at the Chief Minister's first election rally with a majority of workers carrying colourful banners and placards. A bagpipers’ band, along with an army of supporters carrying Congress flags, took out a march through roads and streets of the Badungar area.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his wife and other district-level leaders like Mayor Vishnu Sharma and Improvement Trust Chairman K.K Sharma. He urged the people to return the Congress to power if “they were to be saved from the clutches of the Akalis who were playing politics in the guise of religion”.

“This strategy would boomerang on the Akalis and they will be thrown out of the electoral arena by the voters,” he added.

Highlighting the achievements of the Congress regime, Capt Amarinder Singh claimed his was the first government in the state to have fulfilled all election promises.

Earlier, addressing a rally at Amloh, he promised that the next Congress government would ensure 24-power supply to all sections of society.

Mrs Preneet Kaur, Mayor Vishnu Sharma and the Senior Deputy Mayor Kabir Dass also spoke.

 

Lambi: Win or lose, there will be a Badal
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Lambi (Muktsar), February 2
It is Badal versus Badal in this high-profile constituency. The SAD supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, faces his cousin, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Badal, who happens to be the son of his mentor, Teja Singh, in a fiercely contested poll battle.

Anticipating a hot electoral battle between the two cousins, the poll atmosphere had started building up in early January. Dotted with SAD and Congress flags, and people thronging both parties' electoral offices on either side of the road, the former Chief Minister's native village - Badal - looks like a battleground these days. Elderly men with flowing white beards freely deliberate on the winning prospects of both candidates and the electoral issues hogging the limelight.

Ask them who will win, and pat comes the reply in a lighter vein from Mr Balbir Singh, a farmer from Kheowali village, "Jeetu vi Badal te haaru vi Badal, kaun kidhar hunda hai vekhan waali gaal hai" (Badal will win and Badal will lose, what remains to be seen is who ends up where).

On a serious note, be it daily wager Sandhura Singh of Adhnia village or farmer Parkash Singh of Maniawala, they all say in a jiffy:"Es vaar ta phasvi takkar hai, haar-jeet da faisla bade ghat vota naal hou." (It's a tough fight and the margin of victory won't be huge).

On election issues, farmers compare procurement of their produce during the previous SAD and the incumbent Congress regime.

"Captain has revived the cotton crop and ensured swift procurement of our crops," says Sukhvinder Singh of Abulkhurana village.

However, skyrocketing prices of wheat and pulses has hit the constituency's 40 per cent Dalit voters hard. "We work as daily wagers and earn Rs 50 a day, which is not enough for us to buy wheat flour that sells at Rs 12 per kg," says Surjeet Singh of Tappa Khera village.

Surprisingly, none of them was too keen to vote on local issues. The only local angle to the electoral battle is perhaps the goodwill commanded by Teja Singh, which has bolstered the poll prospects of his son Mahesh and has turned it into a truly challenging battle of ballots.

 

‘Gapori’ versus ‘tyrant’
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi/Rajpura, February 2
As the date of polling draws near, the election scene is turning dirty with candidates hitting below the belt.

This was evident today on Chandigarh’s periphery with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and his bete noire and SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, trading charges.

"Baba aadatan gapori hai (the old man is a compulsive liar), Capt Amarinder Singh said having a dig at the Rs 4 atta and Rs 20 dal promise of Mr Badal.

At Rajpura, Mr Badal sought to revive the "vendetta politics" in Punjab by promising to probe all excesses during the Capt Amarinder Singh regime.

"Vidikiyein da badla liye ge (we will avenge the atrocities), Mr Badal promised a motley crowd at Rajpura.

And a rhetoric Capt Amarinder was not behind his arch rival in oneupmanship, promising to put the Badal family in jail again on corruption charges if voted to power again.

"The SAD is the architect of terrorism in Punjab as the Anandpur Sahib resolution laid the foundation for it which wreaked havoc with the lives of the Punjabis for almost 25 years.The Badal family played with people's emotions to come to power,” the Chief Minister alleged.

Capt Amarinder Singh urged the electorate to compare the performance of his five-year tenure and Mr Badal's three stints as Chief Minister.

Mr Badal could not undertake any development in his Lambi constituency, what to talk of the entire state, the Chief Minister said.

While the Chief Minister harped on development in the wake of mega projects, Mr Badal hit back at Capt Amarinder Singh and his coterie, claiming that the mega projects had filled the coffers of only a select few.

 

Sonia to target Badal borough
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Congress president Sonia Gandhi will concentrate on the cotton belt of Malwa. Notably, she is will address a rally in the pocket borough of the Badal family, Gidderbaha, on February 7 and 10.

Sources in the party said the programme for Ms Gandhi and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, had been carefully drafted as per a strategy under which Ms Gandhi would primarily visit rural areas that had considerable presence of the poor and the Scheduled Castes while the Prime Minister would visit urban areas.

Dr Manmohan Singh will address four rallies, one each at Amritsar and Jalandhar, on February 5 and at Patiala and Ludhiana the following day. Ms Gandhi will visit the constituencies of Jandiala, Phagwara, Sirhind and Gidderbaha, covering Majha , Doaba and Malwa regions. The PPCC had chosen the constituencies.

The chief spokesperson of the Punjab Congress, Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath, said the Prime Minister’s programme had been conveyed to the party here. He refused comment if Mr Rahul Gandhi or Ms Priyanka Gandhi would also canvass in Punjab.

Meanwhile, the Congress today expelled Ms Sonia Arora from the party. Her husband, Mr Rajinder Deepa, is contesting as a rebel against his own brother-in-law Aman Arora in Sunam. Ms Sonia, who is the sister of Mr Aman Arora, was given the party ticket last time. Mr Deepa has already been expelled.

 

Not in race for CM slot: Dullo
Our Correspondent

Abohar, February 2
PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo has categorically denied being in the race for chief ministership.

During a visit to the Balluana reserved constituency last evening, Mr Dullo was apparently disturbed over allegations levelled by the party candidate, Mr Ravinderpal Singh Sandhu, against the DCC president, Mr Gurnaib Singh Brar, accusing the latter of supporting the SAD candidate, Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon, in the Ferozepore Cantt constituency,

He, however, avoided making any direct reference to it while criticising rebels, including the PPCC general secretary, Mr Jaspinder Singh Jakhar, and Mr Babu Ram Chawla, former minister, for contesting as Independent candidates from the Fazilka and Balluana constituencies, respectively.

Mr Dullo said the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, would address rallies on February 8 at Jandiala Guru and Phagwara, and planned to visit Punjab again on February 10 to address rallies at Gidderbaha, considered the citadel of the Badals, and Phagwara.

Mr Dullo said voting the Badal-led SAD to power would lead to resurgence of the Khalistan movement.

Mr Dullo admitted that the police should have adopted other measures than resorting to a lathicharge on farmers at Barnala.

He said if voted to power, the Congress would seriously consider upgrading Abohar subdivision to the district status. Mr Sunil Jakhar and Mr Parkash Singh Bhatti, sitting MLAs, also addressed the rally.

 

‘Kanwaljit Singh will lose poll’
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 2
“Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD general secretary, will lose the Punjab Assembly elections from two constituencies because he is fighting a proxy battle in Kharar and neglecting Banur ,” said Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Congress candidate contesting the elections from the Kharar constituency.

Mr Sidhu, who was speaking at a rally organised in his support at Landran village, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh was neglecting Banur altogether and would lose as he had won only by a very small margin of 750 votes against first timer Ms Sohi last time.

He was repeating the folly again as he neglected the region at the time when he was a minister in the Akali Dal government. No development took place in the region and people were dissatisfied .

He further said in the Kharar constituency he had fielded his son, Mr Jasjit Singh, who was an outsider for the people of the area.

He had been totally blinded by love for his son and probably frightened by the rise of Mr Sukhbir Badal in the Akali Dal politics.But he should realise that by sailing in two boats he was sure to sink, he added. Mr Sidhu addressed public gatherings in Chapperchari, Khurd, Gidharpur, Samwara, Chanjeri and Todarmajra villages.

 

Democracy under threat: Bardhan
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 2
Lashing out at the Congress as well as the SAD-BJP alliance, the CPI general secretary, Mr A.B. Bardhan, today said democracy was in danger in Punjab.

He urged the electorate not to reduce the state to one having a two-party system.

Addressing a rally in favour of Joint Front candidate Jagjeet Singh Joga here, Mr Bardhan ridiculed that SAD leaders sought votes from people, saying that in their regime "they will be free to indulge in power theft" through "kundis", while the Congress promised wheat flour at Rs 2 per kg.

"Ask Capt Amarinder Singh why he wasn't bothered about the poor during the past five years," he averred.

Referring to the recent violence in Beas, he said a person got killed and a party was now talking of revenge.

Taking the Congress regime to task, he said though Capt Amarinder Singh started off his anti-corruption drive well, later his ministers, too, faced corruption charges.

 

Shekhar pitches in for Congress

New Delhi, February 2
Former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar today appealed to the people of Punjab to vote for the Congress in the Assembly elections.

Mr Chandra Shekhar, who has not been well for some time now, issued a written appeal extending the Samajwadi Janata Party’s support to the Congress for “peace, prosperity and stability in Punjab.”

He said he had issued instructions to his state unit to support the Congress, except in constituencies where the party has itself fielded candidates.

The former PM said it was unfortunate that parties pursuing caste and communal agenda were trying to divide society on narrow considerations, but he did not name the BJP or the Akali Dal.

Stating that the Congress had been striving for communal harmony, he said it was the duty of all patriotic citizens to defeat such forces.

Although Mr Chandra Shekhar’s party does not have any major presence in Punjab, the Congress hopes that the former PM’s personal stature and standing will make some impact on the voter. Having been a bitter critic of the Congress in general and its president Sonia Gandhi in particular, Mr Chandra Shekhar has revised his position in the last few years. — TNS

 

Party fields two from one seat
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 2
If their election campaign in anything to go by, two candidates have been contesting the elections on the General Samaj Party ticket from Bathinda. Both of them have got their election symbols too.

While Mr Bhupinder Bansal is fighting with “railway engine” as his symbol, Mr Rajbir Singh Sidhu is in the fray with “candle” as his election symbol. Mr Suresh Goyal, president of the party, said his party had finalised a list of nine candidates on January 3, including Mr Bansal's name from the Bathinda constituency.

He alleged that a couple of days later the General Categories Federation backed Mr Sidhu, a "party rebel". Mr Sidhu declared himself as official nominee of the party on January 7.

Mr Bansal, claiming the support of all active members of the party, alleged that those who had either left the party or didn’t have party membership at all were backing Mr Sidhu.

On the other hand, Mr Sidhu claimed that he was the "genuine candidate" of the party and the election results would prove it.

Returning Officer Anil Garg said as their party was neither registered nor recognised both of them would be considered Independents.

 

Disabled and discarded
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
“Since we are already rejected by society at large, various political parties, too, have ignored us,” rue disabled and handicapped persons who roughly account for 3 per cent of the total votes in Punjab.

“None of the mainstream parties have anything for us in their election manifesto,” alleges Mr B.K. Jethi, president of the Punjab Disabled Welfare Society. “Governments come and go, but no government has ever done anything for the physically challenged in the state.”

“The seriousness of the state government about the welfare of the disabled can be gauged from the fact that when a census of people with disabilities was held some time ago, I was left out, and if the president of a registered body living in a town like Khanna can be left out of a census, then one can well imagine the sincerity of the government towards redressing grievances of our community,” adds Mr Jethi.

“I am not sure about the authenticity of the whole census. Going by it, 3 per cent people in the state are disabled,” he asserts.

Besides people born with natural deformities and handicaps, a fairly substantial percentage is of people who became handicapped because of injuries incurred by them during farm operations. Manual threshers, for example, are one major cause of the growing number of handicapped persons.

Though the new machines are much safer to use, accidents leading to permanent disabilities in farm operations have not been eliminated completely.

Victims of road accidents are also adding to the list of handicapped persons at an alarming pace.

No political party has ever thought of giving these persons their due by mentioning some rehabilitation programmes for them.

In July 2005, we met senior functionaries of the Punjab Government and submitted to them a memorandum containing 17 demands. A little more than a year later, in August last year, we met the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. But for lip sympathy, we got nothing,” adds Mr Jethi.

“The other day at a rally organised by Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), at Patiala, a disabled youth was thrashed, both by the organisers and the police. Why should we get this treatment? We are already rejected. Why does everyone want to maltreat us?” asks Mr Jethi.

 

Acquisitions a thorn in Raghunath’s path
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur February 2
The BJP greenhorn, Mr Dinesh Babu, is facing Congress strongman Raghunath Sahay Puri from the Sujanpur Assembly constituency. Though this constituency comprising kandi areas of the state bordering Jammu and Kashmir has been a Congress stronghold, the young BJP candidate is posing a tough challenge. The Congress lost just once from Sujanpur in the 1997 Assembly elections.

Acquisition of agriculture land by PUDA is Mr Dinesh Babu’s main agenda.The young Dinesh, along with supporters goes around the market of Sujanpur town on foot, meeting people on foot.

A graduate and farmer by profession, he says the sitting Congress minister during his stint as Urban and Housing Development Minister has done little except for forcing farmers ‘to sell their land to him.’ At least 180 families of the area are involved in litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court over acquisition of land by PUDA. “ If the SAD-BJP government is voted to power, I will try to get the lands of the farmers de-notified,” he says.

He claims that owing to a reign of terror let loose by the sitting minister, people are not openly coming out in his support. However, tacitly they are approaching him, he says.

Mr Raghunath Sahay Puri, on the other hand, is banking on his long standing in the area, development works carried out in the last five years and better poll management.

He claims that considerable development has taken place in the area in the last five years. Almost all roads and streets in the constituency have been re-laid.he town has been beautified.

 

ME & MYSELF
His battle is against graft
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Dasuya, February 2
Mr Amarjit Singh Shahi was expelled from the Congress in 2002. Having built a mass base over the past five years, this Doon School product knows the Dasuya constituency and its problems like the back of his hand. There are no jobs because there are no avenues. Economic growth and development are therefore his priorities.

A landlord, engaged in active farming and drawing a handsome rent from a market complex he owns, Mr Shahi says he has extensively toured the constituency several times during the past five years. “I know exactly what needs to be done for the people of the area, neighbouring Himachal Pradesh”.

“I am a very emotional person and it hurts me to see people’s crop fail due to lack of rain and poor irrigation, which happens so often in the area. Therefore, I am promising the people respite from inflation, more job opportunities, development and equal respect as citizens. People here are backward and therefore are easily exploited”, he says.

An animal lover, Mr Shahi says he is moved to see an injured animal. “Besides a hospital for the area, I will also ask the government to set up veterinary clinics and hospitals in the constituency”.

Having remained a Sarpanch, councillor, President of the Kisan Morcha, member of the District Planning Board and the Grievances Council, Mr Shahi says, “I have seen a lot of corruption and I just cannot tolerate it. I am not only seeking a mandate on the issue of checking corruption, but also I will quit politics the day someone raises a finger on my credentials”.

 

Something fishy about Khangura’s affidavit
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Serious doubts have arisen about the veracity of affidavits filed by a Congress candidate for the ensuing elections.

While filing his papers before the Returning Officer for the Qila Raipur constituency, the Congress candidate, Mr Jasbir Singh Khangura, submitted two affidavits as is mandatory under the directions of the Election Commission of India (EC).

It has come to light that while the affidavits were apparently prepared and signed by the candidate on January 25, the notary public attested the contents of the affidavits on January 24. Simply put, this means that the affidavit had been attested by the notary even before it was prepared and signed.

In 2003, the EC issued a notification, asking all candidates to file affidavits, stating their own assets and liabilities as well as those of close family members.

Later, following a judgment of the Supreme Court, the EC made it mandatory for the candidates to file an affidavit on conviction in criminal cases/pending criminal cases, if any.

“What did the notary sign? A blank stamp paper? This is a very serious issue as under our law, an affidavit carries sanctity. So much so, that it has been made binding upon the notary attesting the document to verify the genuineness of the person who signs the affidavit as well as the person who identifies such a person. In this case, it is clear that the notary did not do so,” says a Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer.

The stamp papers on which Mr Khangura’s affidavits were prepared were bought from a stamp vendor, Mr Pawan Kumar, who sells the same at the Mini Secretariat, Ludhiana. The date on which these were bought is mentioned as January 22, 2007.

A Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate, Mr Jaswinder Singh, identifies the candidate in the affidavit, which clearly says that these were prepared and the contests verified by the candidate on January 25 at Ludhiana.

 

Notice to Khanna, Mittal
Tribune News Service

Nangal, February 2
The BJP MP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, a former BJP minister and party candidate from Nangal, Mr Maddan Mohan Mittal, and the SE (Headquarters, BBMB), Nangal, were served notice for violating the Model Code of Conduct. General Secretary of the BJP Arun Jaitley and Mr Mittal had addressed the party workers in the government accommodation of Mr Khanna in Nangal.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Alok Shekhar, said they had videographed the function addressed by Mr Jaitley and others in the official accommodation of Mr Khanna.

Earlier in the day, general secretary of the BJP Arun Jaitley raised the issues of increasing prices of the basic commodities and acquisition of agricultural land at a low price.

He was campaigning for Mr Maddan Mohan Mittal, former minister and party candidate for Nangal.

 

Rajpura rally: SAD-BJP show of strength
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 2
In its first show of strength here ahead of the February 13 elections, the SAD-BJP alliance today gave a clarion call to voters to throw out the “corrupt and inefficient” Amarinder Singh government. The star campaigners of the alliance Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD supremo, and Mr Arun Jaitley, general secretary of the BJP addressed an election rally in support of the sitting MLA from Rajpura, Mr Raj Khurana, who recently switched over from the Congress to the BJP.

Mr Sahib Singh Verma, a former Chief Minister of Delhi, came down heavily on the Congress-led UPA government for its failure on all fronts, particularly price rise.

 

Kang seeks divine blessings
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 2
Congress candidate from Morinda constituency Jagmohan Singh Kang visited Mata Jayanti Devi temple with his family members to pay obeisance at the temple.

Hundreds of people from the area and other devotees also accompanied Kang. He addressed a huge gathering in the village and appealed to vote for the Congress for peace and overall development of the area.

Sarpanches and panches of the area announced their unflinching support to Kang during the elections and assured him that the Congress would win.

Kang said whatever promises the party had made during the last elections, they had fulfilled these. “There was the time of turmoil when communal and divisive forces tried to divide the state by playing politics on the basis of religion.

That time in 1992 under the leadership of Beant Singh, Chief Minister, the Congress uprooted the communal and terrorist forces and started the peace process and development. Whatever setback Punjab had to faced is known to you”, said Kang.

 

Independent, 3 others held for defacing public property
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 2
The police arrested an Independent candidate who is contesting Punjab elections from Kharar constituency and three others on a charge of defacing public property.

Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon, SSP, said Bhajan Singh Shergill and three others were arrested and later released as the offence was bailable.

They were booked under Section 3 of The Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997, at the Phase I police station.

According to the police, the others who were arrested along with the Independent candidate were Varinder Singh, Sanjeev and Sunil Chauhan, all residents of Kurali.

 

Ishwar Kaur makes poll promises
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 2
Ms Ishwar Kaur Baidwan, contesting the Punjab elections from the Kharar constituency as an independent, said here today she would ensure that senior citizens were given a monthly pension of Rs 3,000 and unemployed an allowance of Rs 1,500 per month.

She was speaking at a press conference here today.

 

Rs 2 lakh for Dilbagh’s kin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal today announced a financial help of Rs 2 lakh for the family of Dilbagh Singh who was killed in Beas violence. Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, secretary of the SAD, today said the party president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had decided to give Rs 2 lakh from the party fund to the family of the deceased.

 
 


95 found absent during poll rehearsal
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 2
As many as 95 employees were found absent during the first rehearsal conducted for the polling staff in Kharar constituency at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, here today.

Taking strict notice of the absence the authorities concerned have informed Deputy Commissioner-cum-district election officer Tejveer Singh about this.

Mr Tejveer Singh said all employees who remained absent during the first rehearsal would be given notices tomorrow, asking them as to why action should not be taken against them under Section 134 of the Representation of People’s Act.

He said rehearsals for the Banur and Morinda constituencies were also being conducted and he wanted the maximum attendance there.

The poll rehearsal today was conducted in two groups in the presence of SDM-cum-returning officer Sandeep Hans and 15 supervisors. The election rehearsal for the first group was held at 9 a.m., which was attended by 592 employees from various departments. The second one was held at 12.30 p.m. and was attended by 624 employees.

There are 220 polling booths in the constituency. One presiding officer and three polling officers will be deployed at polling booths which have less than 1,200 voters while those having voters more than 1,200 will have one presiding officer and four polling officers.

 

Symposium on fungal biology ends
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 2
A two-day National Symposium on the topic “Researches in Fungal Biology: Emerging Trends” organised by the Department of Botany, Punjabi University, concluded here today.

More than 100 scientists and researchers from various parts of India participated in this symposium. The valedictory session was chaired by Prof. K.G. Mukherjee, Delhi. This event provided a common platform for scientific deliberations on four major areas of fungal biology covering diversity and conservation, fungal biotechnology, role of mycorrhiza in environment amelioration and pathological aspects of fungi.

The scientists emphasised that impetus should be given to falling interests of botanists in the field of fungal taxonomy.

During the symposium, 17 plenary lectures were delivered by senior scientists from different universities and institutions. Apart from it, 46 research papers were presented in the form of oral and poster presentations.

 

9 cops suspended for thrashing 4 youths
Our Correspondent

Batala, February 2
The local SSP today placed nine police personnel who were the gunmen of the SHO, Civil Lines police station, and the Inspector, Mr Harbir Singh of the special staff, under suspension.

These police personnel had allegedly beaten up four teenagers near the cinema road area. They were sitting in two official gypsies when they saw four teenagers quarreling with a person. The cops who were drunk approached the boys and without any provocation started beating them up. They fled away when passers-by intervened but one of them was apprehended and handed him over to the police.

On receiving the complaint the SSP ordered the DSP (City) to inquire into the matter. After a through probe the nine police personnel were found guilty and placed under suspension. These personnel were medically examined and tested positive for alcohol consumption.

 

Student found dead
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 2
Deepak Mangla, a final year MBBS student of Government Medical College here, was found dead in his hostel room under mysterious circumstances here yesterday.

The police has sent the body for the post-mortem examination and initiated an inquiry after registering a case under Section 174 of the CrPC at Majitha road police station. The body was found in room No 30 of F-block of the hostel.

Mr SS Srivastava, district police chief, who visited the hostel said preliminary investigations revealed that Deepak Mangla who was from Mansa district was drug addict and he might have died of overdose. However, he added that anything concrete could be said only after post-mortem reports. He said the police would take the data of calls made or received by him on his mobile.

Vishal Garg, a friend of the deceased, told media persons that he got a call from Deepak’s parents that he was not picking up the mobile phone. He said when he went to his room, he found the door bolted from outside. He said when he checked he found Deepak dead and informed the college authorities.

 

Dental college students protest
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 2
Students of all dental colleges of Punjab staged a protest in front of the Government Dental College, Patiala. They were protesting against the indifferent attitude of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences (BFUMS) management.

The students claimed that the BFUMS VC, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, had backed out from his promises he had made earlier.

 





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