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MLA encroaches on MC land
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 7
BJP MLA from Amritsar West Anil Joshi has allegedly encroached upon a big portion of an MC lane in the posh Medical Enclave, much to the chagrin of residents.

The encroachment, which is almost one-fourth of the lane, has been going on a war footing. A visit to the enclave showed that construction was in progress there.

Earlier, the then Congress MLA, Sawinder Singh Kathunangal, had encroached upon the green belt of the backyard of his house during the Congress regime.

Now, with a change of guard, the ruling BJP has resorted to violating municipal bylaws.

Medical Enclave is inhabited by senior doctors, bureaucrats and affluent persons who are disappointed over the development. A resident, who did not want to be identified, said the encroachment on the MC lane would create traffic bottlenecks.

Interestingly, a supporter of Joshi said a section of BJP leaders also expressed dismay over the unauthorised construction, fearing that it would send wrong signals to voters.

It is learnt that Joshi had purchased the corner house about a couple of years ago, but started expansion work on his bungalow after becoming an MLA. In other parts of the city, unchecked construction of huge shopping complexes and commercialisation are taking a toll on the natural surroundings of the Mall Road and Lawrence Road.

Mayor Sunil Dutti said he would send senior officials to get first-hand information about the encroachment on the lane. He said if any violation was detected, law would take its own course.

 

Power Crisis
Buy stake in Rajasthan N-plants, govt advised
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 7
To avoid a controversy over a nuclear plant in Punjab, the state can acquire equity in proposed nuclear power plants in Rajasthan.

The PSEB Engineers Association has given this suggestion to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as one of the measures to tide over the worsening demand and supply situation of power in the state.

The association met the Chief Minister yesterday.

In a memorandum submitted to him, it has maintained that the PSEB can invest an equity share of Rs 1,260 crore in a 1,400 MW nuclear power plant coming up in Rajasthan.

By investing the said amount, the state will get a share of 840 MW in the project. Six billion units per annum will be available to the state at Rs 2.65 per unit by 2013 from the project.

If a nuclear power plant is set up in the state, the board will again have to invest a similar amount for getting identical benefits. To avoid a controversy, power engineers have advised the government to acquire equity in Rajasthan-based nuclear power plants.

President of the association H.S. Bedi told The Tribune that the figures presented by the PSEB regarding additional generation were “too exalted”.

The PSEB, in a presentation before the Chief Minister, had claimed that 5,130 MW generation capacity could be added to the state kitty by 2012-13.

However, the association is of the view that the maximum addition by 2012 can be just 2,666 MW from projects at present under development. Besides, another 3,268 MW can be added only by making “extraordinary efforts”.

The state will have to make extraordinary efforts to bring up the Talwandi Sabo and Nabha thermal plants that are still at the conceptual stage and the Shahpur kandi project that is required urgently for optimum utilisation of the Ranjit Sagar dam project.

The engineers have suggested to the government that the state should allow the PSEB to bring up one of the thermal plants while the other can be given to some private investor.

They also maintained that the Punjab government should allocate specific budget for implementing new power projects.

The state would collect electricity duty worth Rs 3,400 crore in the next five years from consumers. The amount should be spent on implementing new generation projects.

The engineers have also urged the Chief Minister to give a professional management to the board. The administrative member of the board is always a political appointee.

Due to it, the manpower of the board is not being used to the optimum level. New thorough professional HRD and finance members should be appointed in the board, the association urged the Chief Minister.

 

Prohibitory orders not taken seriously
Raj Sadosh

Abohar, April 7
A survey today indicated prohibitory orders issued quarterly by the district magistrate under Section 144 of the CrPC were not taken seriously.

Orders prohibiting use of loud speakers, posters on walls, unauthorised use of red lights atop vehicles, besides numerous traffic rules are being taken for a ride by city residents

The DM banned the pasting of film posters on walls in the city but some seriously cinema contractors continued to flout the orders by screening southern films and displayed posters of there films at tampered to attract with students and youngsters. The district authorities had also extended prominence to less ban on loud speakers from 10 pm to 5 am but jagran parties to flouted the ban at least thrice in a week and used high sound system disturbing students during board and university examinations.

There is ban on pillion riding on two-wheelers but every third vehicle in the town has three persons riding two-wheeler here. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had imposed a ban on indigenously assembled Peter engine rehras but these are seen operating even on the day when 10 judges of the High Court were here address a seminar. Prohibitory orders on the use of music system by four wheelers, film coated windowpanes and pressure horns were extended time to again but a section of society considered all these status symbol.

Pollution check too has become a cosmetic exercise.

Many school buses using diesel are seen polluting environment during morning hours and inconvincience morning walkers.

Some former members of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha had not removed red lights atop their vehicles even after losing in recent elections. Such lights were fitted atop all vehicles used by their family members. The sub divisional magistrate on behalf of the district magistrate had warned the citizens through the public address system last year that no pamphlet could be distributed if it did not carry name of the licensed printing press but some elements not care for it.

Some individuals had pasted “VIP parking” stickers on their vehicles to mislead law-enforcing agencies besides the common people. The parents of a girl recently attacked a car used for eve teasing using such a sticker. Using tainted glasses on cars and Gypsies is also very common here. Boys still prefer to display dirty slogans on their motorbikes and four-wheelers to actual registration number on the plates. 

 

SAD-BJP panel formation soon
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar April 7
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) is likely to nominate its members for the SAD-BJP Coordination Committee within a week.

The six-member committee, with the Punjab local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia as its chairman,has been constituted for the sorting of important issues pertaining to the SAD and the BJP. In other words, this committee will be working as a bridge between the SAD and the BJP and be responsible for handling sensitive issues of both parties.

Though, the BJP has already nominated its share of three members, led by Kalia, the SAD has not done so so far. Since the committee holds an important place in the SAD-BJP coalition setup, the SAD is likely to name its three members within a period about one week. The committee is meeting at Chandigarh on April 16.

Important decisions, including division of positions of chairmen and heads of various boards and corporations, between the SAD and the BJP will be taken at the meeting. Kalia, however, said, " We have to see when the SAD nominates its members and, hopefully, it will take place within a week." 

 

Probe renaming of gateway project: Dang
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 7
Satyapal Dang, veteran CPI leader and former MLA, has urged the state government to restore the original name of the Gateway of Amritsar and probe the matter as to why its original name, “the Gateway to India”, was changed.

In a missive to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Dang urged him to restore the original name of the project, whose foundation stone was recently laid for the third time by Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, former local bodies minister.

He alleged that the Gateway to India, which was understood as a symbol of Indo-Pakistan friendship, had been reduced to a mere city-based project by the Mayor for vested political interests.

The project was first conceived and inaugurated by Badal when Dang was a member of the assembly in 1972.

The project was conceived with an aim to project and symbolise the Indo-Pakistan friendship. Later, a former Chief Minister, the late Beant Singh, had also expressed his desire to re-inaugurate the project during his tenure. However, due to the opposition from the CPI leader and other leaders, the then government shelve the project.

Releasing a copy of the letter to mediapersons, Dang said their main concern was that the project was an international project and it should reflect "India" and not the city or the state alone.

He said good relations between India and Pakistan were at an all-time high and would be further strengthened in view of the positive public opinion on both sides of the border.

 

Badal’s wife allowed to go abroad

Ropar, April 7
A local court, hearing a corruption case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family, today granted his wife Surinder Kaur permission to visit China, Hong Kong and Thailand from April 16 to 30 on personal bonds and sureties of Rs 5 lakh each.

Rupnagar special judge G.S. Saran ordered the release of Surinder Kaur’s passport after accepting an application moved by her a few days ago and granted her permission visit the countries along with a women’s delegation. — PTI

 
COMMUNITY
 


Toll Tax Row
Traffic blocked for 3 hours
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, April 7
Blockade of traffic daily for hours together near toll-plazas installed on the Build, road Operate and Transfer (BOT) - Balachaur-Dasuya and Hoshiarpur-Tanda, road have become a headache for users of these roads.

Private bus, truck and autorickshaw operators blocked traffic at Nangal Shaheedan and Lachowal toll plazas for more than three hours today in protest against the toll plazas for breaking autorickshaw truce of charging of toll once in a day instead of for every trip of their vehicle up to, April 15.

Blockade left hundreds of passengers including women and children in buses, cars and trucks, stranded on the either side of these tollplazas.

Later, Pritam Singh, SDM, Hoshiarpur, intervened and assured agitators that authorities of these -plazas would charge toll once in a day up to April 15 as agreed by both parties. He said the case had already been sent to the state government for making a final decision, then the agitators lifted the blockades.

Mr Bharat Bhushan Verma, a spokesman of the District Sangarsh Committee, alleged the authorities of plazas started charging toll from autorickshaw owners in the name of cars whereas there was no provision of charging toll from the autorickshaws was in the toll schedule.

Mr Ashok Rana, In charge, tollplaza at Nangal Shaheedan, said according to mutual understanding, no toll would be charged from the autorickshaws up to April 15 as the matter was pending with the state government and it was expected to be finalised before the said date. Moreover, the autorickshaws came in the category of three-wheelers.

Mr Rajesh, Project manager of PD Aggarwal Infrastructure Company, said they were enforcing the mutual understanding till a decision of the state government. He alleged that majority of the private three-wheeler, bus and truck operators were trying to evade the toll and when ever staff of the plaza resisted, they blocked the traffic causing inconvenience to the passers-by. He sought cooperation from the people and agitating operators for smooth flow of traffic to avoid harassment to the users.

 

City Centre Scam
DIG Chauhan heads probe team
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
With the investigation into the City Centre Project scam not making speedy progress, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has formed quite a large Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a DIG with an SSP, three SPs, eight DSPs and eight Inspectors as members to focus on the scam.

DIG Sharad S. Chauhan heads the SIT, whose headquarter has been based at Ludhiana only. Other members were SSP Vigilance Bureau Kanwarjeet Singh, SPs - Sandeep Goel, Darshan Singh and S S Mand.

The SIT would have DSPs Banarasi Dass, Gurcharan Singh and Ravcharan Singh apart from five others, who were yet to be named.

Highly places sources revealed that the investigation so far conducted by the Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau had not made enough progress. Further, the quantum of work was allegedly quiet heavy and could not be entrusted to Ludhiana Bureau only. The Bureau was required to run routine vigilance activities also. Moreover, the Bureau was already finding it hard to keep tab on the 19 accused booked in the FIR.

The SIT is the first dedicated team formed by the SAD-BJP regime in a case involving high profile Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

The team is akin to the SIT formed under the leadership of DIG S Chattopadhaya during the Congress regime for investigating the corruption allegations against Parkash Singh Badal and family.

 

Intoxicants seized from chemists 
Chander Prakash
Tribune News Service

Rampura (Bathinda), April 7
Sale of intoxicants by chemists seems to have started acquiring alarming proportions in the district.

The gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that four chemists located here and the neighbouring Phul town in Bathinda district, which were searched by a team set up by civil surgeon Maninderjit Singh, found all of these possessing intoxicants, used for a “kick” by addicts.

The team, led by assistant civil surgeon Indu Bhusha, which carried out the search on four chemist shops yesterday, seized a large number of intoxicants. The search team was accompanied by the district drug inspector.

Sources said the team seized 40 vials of cough syrups, 100 injections used for cattle, 410 capsules and 7,000 tablets from the shops identified as Guru Nanak Medical Agency, National Medical Hall, Nand Medical Hall and Suraj Medical.

Dr Maninderjit Singh said he would write to the director, health services, Punjab, for cancellation of licences of these four shops.

He said efforts were on to bring more such chemists into the net by conducting more raids. The searches were being conducted on the directions of Punjab health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla.

 

Airport emerging major export terminal
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, April 7
A history of sorts was created when Illusion Russian freight carrier IL-76 aircraft from Hungary carried a consignment of 1,000 bales of blankets weighing more than 45 tonnes to a destination in Europe.

Director (Airport) Arun Talwar said it was a memorable day for this airport, rated as the fastest growing passenger airport in the country with 40 per cent growth a year. He said at present more than six lakh passengers were using the facility at the airport and recently saw a flurry of cargo activity to the benefit of exporters of this border state

Talwar said the very first lot triggered a series of responses from various leading export houses across northern India as the airport provided destinations to many parties of the world, including Europe, the USA, Canada, West Asia, South Asian countries and Australia and New Zealand.

The airport authorities recently handed over the cargo complex to a private company which would provide the state-of-the-art handling facilities foreseeing a bright future for this airport. He said at present a small facility was provided due to lack of infrastructure and after the privatisation of cargo handling exporters were vying to get their products on board to reach out to the international market.

S.K. Khanna, the Chairman of the Amritsar Swadeshi Woollen Mills which exported the first ever large consignment of blankets, said they were happy to get the blankets exported to Europe through this airport as it saved them time and money.

He said more consignments were in pipeline and two more similar air freight carriers would be touching down at the Amritsar airport next week.

 

PWD staff to hold protest
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 7
The Punjab PWD, B and R Branch Joint Action Committee has condemned the action of the administration in deputing 60 per cent of the staff of the local office of Chief Engineer, Punjab PWD, B and R Branch, on the duty to conduct a survey of people living below poverty line. The committee passed a resolution to this effect at a meeting here today.

Darshan Singh Lubana of the committee said with the deployment of 60 per cent of its staff on various duties, the working at the office of Chief Engineer had come to a standstill for the past six months. Earlier, the same staff performed election duties.

If the district administration did not withdraw the staff from the survey duty, the committee would hold a protest in front of the office.

 

Confusion over theme of World Health Day

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 7
The Union government having failed to communicate the theme of the year on the celebration of World Health Day to the state health department, various constituents of the health and family welfare department have been asked to adopt the subject adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Interestingly, the state health authorities seemed to have failed to conceive the theme from the website of the WHO and instead of conveying ‘international health security’ as the subject, they have communicated ‘Invest in health, build a safer future’, which erroneously is the aim of the day. The perusal of a circular addressed to all civil surgeons in the state showed that the directorate of the health and family welfare had not received any communication from its counterpart in the Union government on the theme for celebrating World Health Day that falls on Saturday.

“The theme for celebrating World Health Day on April 7 has been taken from website. Enclosing its photo copy, we are writing to you to submit a detailed report within 15 days of the celebration of the day. The theme from the Indian government has not been received yet and it will be forwarded to you for further action on receipt,” reads a communication sent by the office of director health and family welfare, Punjab, to all districts. — OC

 

Land ceiling for relief to farmers waived
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Sikhawala (Muktsar), April 7
In a significant step which could bring the much-needed relief to debt-ridden farmers in this region, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the government had removed the upper limit of 10 acres fixed for awarding compensation to farmers for loss suffered by them on account of damage to crops due to natural calamities, including rain and hailstorm.

Earlier, the government had been awarding compensation only for 10 acres even though there was loss to crops on more area.

Farmers had been suffering huge losses on account of the limit fixed for awarding relief.

Badal, who took the decision during a sangat darshan organised at five villages of the Lambi assembly segment here today, telephoned the financial commissioner (revenue) and the finance secretary, Punjab, to remove the limit immediately.

He said henceforth, the affected farmers would get compensation for the actual loss suffered by them.

The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to give compensation to all farmers who had suffered losses on account rain and hailstorm within 12 days.

The Chief Minister said he would meet central ministers, including the agriculture minister, in Delhi and urge them to make arrangements for a relief package for debt-ridden farmers of Punjab on the pattern the ones given to southern states.

Urging government officials to be more responsive to the problems of commoners, he expressed displeasure over the absence of the chief engineer, irrigation and drainage, for two days continuously during the sangat darshan held by him.

Badal, who held sangat darshan at Punjaba, Kakhanwali, Sikhawala, Roranwali and Fatuhi Khera villages today, directed the secretary, irrigation, to include the Faridkot circle of the irrigation branch (covering UBDC and Kotla branch) under the command area development authority.

He also announced that new waterworks would be constructed at Kakhanwali village.

About 600 people belonging to scheduled caste community were given plots of 5 marlas each.

He directed the Punjab Mandi Board to set up a purchase centre at Sikhawala village within 10 days.

 

Aujla to head housing corporation

Chandigarh, April 7
Punjab director-general of police G.S. Aujla was today appointed the chairman-cum-managing director of the Punjab police housing corporation. He will be based in Chandigarh.

The posting orders were issued by the state home secretary. He replaces DGP S.S. Virk, who has been placed under suspension. — TNS

 

Another case against Nihang chief 
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Beas, April 7
The Beas police today slapped yet another case against the controversial Nihang chief of the Taruna Dal, Baba Ajit Singh Poohla, and seven other Nihangs for allegedly ploughing standing crop of a farmer at Lakhuwal village near here.

Earlier, Baba Poohla was arrested on July 29, 2004, at Baba Bakala from his headquarters at Jhutha Kartarpur, near here, in a joint raid conducted by the Nawanshahr and the Beas police, but released on bail later.

The seven other Nihangs who have been booked along with Baba Poohla are Gurmail Singh Gela, Khasi, Dya Singh, alias Bhoot, Karnail Singh, alias Kela, Ranjit Singh Rania, Gurcharn Singh Channa, Saathi and Onkar Singh on a complaint of Santokh Singh.

All of them had been putting up in the headquarters of the Taruna Dal at Baba Bakala.

District police chief Lok Nanth Angra said the land which was encroached upon by the Nihangs had been restored to the original owner.

The controversial Nihang chief is already facing a number of criminal cases, including the murder of Nihang Sukhdev Singh at Mazaar Sayeed Jora Peer Behram in Nawanshahr police district on June 20, 2002.

 

Two vehicle thieves held

Amritsar, April 7
The Majitha police today claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves that indulged in stealing of cars, tractors, motorcycles and scooters from Majitha and its neighbouring areas, including Amritsar. Two persons have been arrested so far.

Lok Nath Angra, district police chief, Majitha, said the accused were Amandeep Singh, Ravi Sharma, Gurmeet Singh and Gurdial Singh, all residents of Jandiala. Angra said Amandeep and Ravi were arrested during naka.

The police recovered three cars and a motorcycle on their disclosures. A case has been registered. — OC

 

Grandfather rapes minor 
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, April 7
A minor, from here who was married off by her mother a few months ago, was allegedly raped by her paternal grandfather for two years.

Police sources said on the victim’s complaint, a case under Section 376 of the Indian Panel Code (IPC) was registered against the accused.

When her statement was recorded by the police, she alleged raped by grandfarher on April 4, 2007. A case was registered against the accused.

Sources said the minor alleged raped by two other persons also, Inquiries by the police found allegations of the minor against them false and baseless and they were not booked.

In another case, the police arrested Jawahar Lal and Vijay Kumar, residents of the town, on the charge of extorting money a audio cassettes’ seller posing as authorised agents of leading casette manufacturing company and checking genuineness.

Police sources said four persons, Jawahar Lal, Vijay Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar and Gora, went to a number of audio cassette shops in the town today and asked shopkeepers they were checking whether they were selling genuine cassettes as they were authorised by the cassette company for it.

The accused made the shopkeeper to give them money otherwise a case would be registered against him for selling fake cassettes of a leading company.

Sources added two accused Jawahar Lal and Vijay Kumar, who were arrested during questioning disclosed they had been taken money from other shopkeepers also in the same fashion.

A case has been registered.

 

Earmark Rs 180 cr for aided colleges: PCCTU
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, April 7
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) today asked Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal to earmark Rs 180 crore in the Punjab budget for 2007-08 to ensure payment of 95 per cent grant-in-aid to about 140 government-aided colleges of the state for the payment of salaries to the staff, clearance of pending arrears and payment of other allowances.

Talking to The Tribune today, state secretary of the PCCTU (Punjabi University area) P.K. Sharma said a deputation of the PCCTU would soon meet the Punjab finance minister in this regard.

Sharma said the PCCTU had also appealed Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to expedite the release of “lapsed salary grants” of the aided college staff as he (Badal) had ordered the authorities concerned recently to release the same. 

 

WLC College to have admission office in city
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 7
WLC College, India, here has announced the setting up of its admission office in Amritsar as part of expansion plans.

Malobika Sengupta, CEO of the college, said 15 per cent of the total seats would be reserved for underprivileged students.

In the 11th year of its operation, the college offered undergraduate and post-graduate courses in business, fashion, media, advertising and graphic design, hospitality, retail, banking, information technology, hospital administration and politics and social work, said Sengupta.

She added that the highlight of the courses was the traineeship programme, wherein the students got hands-on experience in the second half of the day. Students could also seek transfer to the 15 other campuses of the college in different cities.

She said the admissions would start soon and classes were expected to be on by August in Amritsar.

 

Boparai writes to education minister
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 7
Reacting to the reports of government moves against him,vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Swaran Singh Boparai has written to minister for higher education Upinderjit Kaur.

In the letter provided to the media here today, the vice-chancellor has upheld his decision to approve the appointments in the syndicate meeting held on March 29 despite reservations expressed by government representatives.

The vice-chancellor, in the letter, has stated that the government representatives opposed the agenda items in the meeting without any basis on directions of some powerful person.

The government officials conveyed on phone to the university registrar that only budget items may be taken in the syndicate meeting. It is the prerogative of the vice-chancellor, who is chairman of the syndicate, to decide what would constitute the agenda.

“In view of the government instruction, however, I asked the syndicate section to show me the agenda of budget meetings before I joined the university. I found that up to 40 items, other than budget items, had been taken up even in the budget meeting of the syndicate.

“I, therefore, allowed other items also in the meeting, because salaries of teachers working in the university for the past two-four months had not been paid as their appointments had to be approved by the syndicate. I had no choice,” he said.

The government representatives were requested time and again to point out any defect in the appointments. Eminent persons, including Dr Bhagat Singh, former vice-chancellor, and Dr S.S. Johl, famous agri-economist and former vice-chancellor,were also on the university syndicate. They also urged the government representatives to point out the shortcomings in the appointments, rather than seeking their postponement, he added.

Only one shortcoming was alleged in one of the appointments which was verified there and then. It was clear that the DPI,Colleges, had been taken for a ride by the joint action committee (seeking vice-chancellor's removal) and fed wrong information, the vice-chancellor stated in his letter.

The letter was released after it was alleged in a section of the media that the higher education minister had met the Governor of Punjab seeking his removal.

Meanwhile, reliable sources here said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has called the members of the joint action committee seeking the removal of the vice-chancellor to Chandigarh on Monday to discuss developments. The sitting and former SAD leaders, including Virsa Singh Valtoha, Ajaib Singh Makmailpur and many others, have joined the protests seeking the removal of the vice-chancellor.

 

Trident begins construction on 376 acres
Our Correspondent

Barnala, April 7
Trident authorities starts civil work at much opposed acquired land of 376 acres.

When the state government holding talks with farmer organisations to resolve the land acquisition now, Trident group has started construction work at the land acquired for the mega project.

The group plans to expand the paper unit and set up power generation plant in the first phase followed by the setting up a sugar mill.

On the other hand SAD-BJP alliance assuming power has prevailed upon farmers union leaders to come for dialogue and had deliberated on at two meetings Badal had with them. Next meeting on the issue is slated for April 22.

Without waiting for the outcome of the April 22 talk, Trident group authorities has started the civil works for raising infrastructure for the expansion of paper unit. Trident acquired 376 acres in Fatehgarh Chhana, Dhaula and Sanghera villages.

The state government’s industry department had issued two notifications to acquire 376 acres. The department after facing resistance awarded the land to Trident group on February 17, 2006 for its expansion plans involving Rs 2000 crore. Since then affected farmers lead by the BKU (Ekta) Ugrahan were opposing the acquisition. Their protest got violent on two occasions in the past leading to clashes and cases were registered against farmers.

On the other hand BKU leaders Joginder Singh Ugrahan, state president BKU Ekta (Ugrahan) has reiterated to stand by the farmers. He made it clear Trident had purchased 100 acres at Dhaula and Chhana villages on their own and if they had undertook works in that portion, the union had no objection but if they started works in controversial land they would oppose it.

 


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