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Govt to develop tourism circuits
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 15
To convert Punjab into a major tourist destination of India, the Punjab Tourism Department will not only develop ‘Freedom Struggle’ and ‘pilgrim’ circuits, but also introduce a Punjab luxury train with the help of the Railways ministry. The Punjab government has earmarked Rs178 crore for the two projects besides others.

“We are going to develop townships like Nabha, Malerkotla, Faridkot, Khatkar Kalan, Ferozeshah, Misriwal, Mudki, Sabhraon and Ferozepur under the ‘Freedom Struggle’ project for which the Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs 784.45 lakh. Cities like Anandpur Sahib, Kiratpur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadur Sahib, Nabha, Baba Bakala, Sri Hargobindpur, Dera Baba Nanak, Amritsar would come under the proposed ‘pilgrim circuit’ project for which the ministry has earmarked Rs 8 crore. Apart from development of existing historical monuments or religious places, these cities will be linked with a special AC bus service,” said Hira Singh Gabria, Punjab minister for Tourism and Jails, while talking to The Tribune.

Gabria said expert agencies had been selected for executing these projects. “Our most ambitious project is the ‘Incredible India-Punjab luxury train’ for which Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has already got the nod of the ministry of railways. The Union Tourism Ministry will contribute Rs 725 lakh and the Railways ministry would contribute Rs1,087 lakh while the state government’s share would be Rs1,087.50 lakh. The train would take pilgrims particularly NRIs to Delhi, Amritsar, Anandpur Sahib, Dharamsala, Patiala, Kurukshetra and Jaipur,” he said.

Enlisting other projects to be undertaken by his department, the minister said a tourist reception-cum-convention centre was being developed at Amritsar for which the Amritsar improvement trust had already given a piece of land measuring about two kanals. “We have written to the trust to provide us with three to five acres more. . An institute of hotel management is being opened at Boothgarh village in Mohali. The government is planning to conserve old forts of Punjab so that these could be show-cased to tourists particularly NRIs. Wetlands of Harike and Kanjili are also being developed,” said Gabria.


Batala bypass hits roadblock
Rs 8-cr expenditure later, land embroiled in dispute
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
After spending over Rs 8 crore to construct a strategic bypass close to the international border at Batala, its completion remains uncertain as the part of land involved is under dispute. The project, initiated in 2001, remains uncompleted due to the non-availability of land and delay in construction of a railway over-bridge.

The land for laying the 6.3 km road was initially acquired by the Punjab state Public Works Department (PWD) and handed over to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). A section of this land was, however, under litigation.

Audit has revealed that the PWD had brought this fact to the notice of the chief engineer of the project at the time of handing over the land. The affected parties too had given notice to the BRO unit at the station about an existing stay order by the court. The chief engineer, however, did not bring these facts to the notice of the director general border roads (DGBR) at the time of the submission of estimates.

To facilitate unhindered movement of vehicles bypassing the congested Batala town, Army Headquarters had, in April 2001, entrusted DGBR with the work of the extension of the existing 1.7 km bypass around the town.

Based upon estimates, the construction was sanctioned in October 2002 at a cost of Rs 12 crore. The chief engineer, according to audit reports, did not strictly adhere to the standing operating procedures in the preparation of estimates.

The scope of works included provision of a manned railway level crossing for which a provision of Rs 1.08 crore was made in the estimates. The chief engineer, without obtaining estimates and concurrence of the Railways, had based his proposals on informally gathered details. When the Railways was formally approached for provision of the crossing, it informed the BRO that a level crossing was not permissible as per procedures in vogue.

Finally in August 2005, the chief engineer sought sanction of the DGBR for construction of a bridge over the railway track instead of a level crossing. The over-bridge is estimated to cost about Rs 10 crore, for which approval is still awaited.

The comptroller and auditor general (CAG) has also termed as untenable, Border Roads Development Board’s contention that it was not aware of the stay order issued in 1994 as the fact was brought before the local BRO establishment by the parties concerned in May 2002, before the construction began.

CAG as also found the stance of the defence ministry that construction of a level crossing was considered in the estimates on the basis of a sample estimates received from the Railways, as unacceptable.


Forest officer signs MoU with body headed by wife
Memorandum signed sans govt sanction
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
This Punjab divisional forest officer (DFO) cannot look beyond the family even while discharging his official duties. For the task of plantation, normally accomplished by officers of the forest department, he chose an NGO headed by his own wife.

And this he did by signing with the said NGO a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the behalf of none other than the Punjab Forest Department, which had not authorised him to do so.

Former DFO Hoshiarpur R.R. Kakkar, now posted as DFO Ludhiana, signed the MoU in question on May 8, on the behalf of Punjab government with Sahyogi, an NGO, bearing the address 1, DC Road - Kakkar’s own official residence at Hoshiarpur.

The MoU, whose copy is with The Tribune, states as its purpose “plantation along 77-km stretch of the Balachaur-Dasuya and Hoshiarpur-Tanda roads”, both of which are forest strips owned by the Punjab government.

Highly placed sources in forest department admit that the DFO needed the official sanction before allowing an NGO to operate on government-owned land.

Secretary, Forests, Punjab R.N. Gupta, when contacted, said the DFO in question had not asked for any official permission to sign any such agreement and that he (Gupta) would look into the matter.

Kakkar, however, maintained that he, as the in charge of a forest division, had the authority to sign MoUs with NGOs, for plantation purposes.

“The MoU states that the NGO will have to spend money for plantation and would not get anything in return. It’s just a chance that my wife happens to be the democratically elected chairperson of Sahyogi, which has on board several eminent personalities.

What’s the problem if I want to improve ecological balance by signing MoUs? I am signing such agreements in Ludhiana as well,” asked Kakkar, who also happens to be the nominee of Punjab forest department in the joint coordination committee, formed between Sahyogi and ‘Punjab government’ (read Kakkar).

The problem, of course, is that as per official records, funds are already available for plantation along the road, which the DFO seeks to afforest through Sahyogi.

As required by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), which permits felling of trees subject to conditions, Punjab PWD Department has deposited over Rs 5 crore as cost of compensatory forestation in lieu of the trees cut along the road in question and along other roads widened in Punjab in the past.

The PWD deposited another Rs 16 crore as net value towards the forestland being diverted for non-forestry use.

As per MoEF requirements, money has to be deposited prior to felling of trees.

And then it has to be used for plantation of saplings in double the area, which was diverted for widening of roads.

Kakkar, however, maintains no money is available for plantation along the stretch for which he signed the MoU with the NGO his wife heads.

Water supply plan
3,000 villages to be covered
Our Correspondent

Dasuya, July 15
Acting president of SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal and Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation, Public Relation, Science and Technology and Environment Bikram Singh Majithia inaugurated two water supply schemes worth Rs 290 lakh at Beh Nangal village and at Haler (Talwara), 80 Km from here today. These schemes would provide potable water to inhabitants of Beh Nangal, Beh Aata, Beh Dariya villages and Talwara town in Kandi area of Hoshiarpur district.

Addressing a big public rally at Talwara, Sukhbir claimed that the SAD-BJP government was working impartially.

Bikram Singh Majithia said the state government had prepared a water supply and sanitation scheme for 3000 villages. Ninety per cent of the expenditure would be borne by the state government and the remaining by the inhabitants of the respective villages. However, inhabitants of Kandi and Bet areas would have to pay only 5 per cent of the expenditure.

Besides, sewerage facility will also be provided in 100 villages. It has been decided to establish pounds in 1000 villages. The World Bank would provide Rs 1,280 crore for the project.

Referring to the prevailing working conditions in the state Public Relations Department, the minister said a change had been proposed to streamline its functioning.

Avinash Rai Khanna, MP, Mohinder Kaur Josh, Arunesh Shakar, Des Raj Dhugga and Nand Lal, all chief parliamentary secretaries, Punjab, Amarjit Singh Sahi and Sangat Singh Gilzian, both MLAs, were present on the occasion.

Sukhbir speaks

The state government had constituted a development authority for making all-round development in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Bathinda. This was stated by acting president of the SAD Sukhbir Badal at the PWD Rest House, Dasuya, 40 km from here, today. Master plans for the abovesaid cities would be completed within the next three months and after finalising these development would be done on a war footing.

A list of 40 towns of the state had also been submitted to the union government for getting funds.

When asked to comment on the ongoing dispute between Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikh clerics, he said in democracy everyone had a right to promote his religion but not at the cost of hurting the religious sentiments of any community.

Commenting on the recent statement of Shamsher Singh Dullo in which he had alleged that the state government was being run by the jathedars, Sukhbir said Dullo should first clarify his stand that whether he was with the Sikh community or with the dera chief. On the toll plazas, he said he would take up this issue with the Chief Minister.


Punjabi University violating rules?
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 15
It seems that recruiting more persons than the posts advertised has become a norm in Punjabi University in violation of rules. An investigation into the recruitments carried out in the university over the past few years supports this.

About 23 extra appointments have been carried out in the university in addition to the posts advertised.

As per the data available with The Tribune, the university advertised two posts of lecturer in English on April 11, 2003. However, an additional lecturer was recruited against the same. On September 7, 2003, the university authorities recruited three lecturers against two advertised posts.

In the Department of Psychology one post of lecturer and two technical assistants was advertised on February 20, 2004. However, here also two lecturers were recruited against one post. Both technical assistants were recruited after relaxing the qualifications.

In Statistics Department one post of professor was advertised on July 23, 2004. However, against the said advertisement one professor and one reader were recruited. The reader’s post had never been advertised.

In Punjabi Department post of one lecturer was advertised on February 3, 2004, but two were recruited. In the Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Research two posts of lecturer were advertised on April 11, 2003, and two on October 9, 2005. Against the said advertisements three lecturers each were kept.

Similar cases were found in recruitment to Forensic Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology, Sociology, Biotechnology and Punjab Historical Studies Departments.

In Punjabi Department, Bathinda regional campus, one post of lecturer was advertised but two were recruited. In Law Department posts of one reader and two lecturer were advertised on May 17, 2006, but two readers and four lecturers were recruited. The two additional lecturers were selected for Bathinda regional centre sans advertisement.

Two posts of medical officers were advertised but three were recruited.

Spokesperson of the university B.S. Sandhu said it was generally written under the advertisements issued that posts could be increased or decreased. He said it was a general practice that the university had been following. But the experts on the matter said recruiting more persons than the post advertised was in rare cases.


MC poll: SAD forms committees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Acting president of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal today constituted screening committees for the four major cities of Punjab where civic polls are scheduled for next month. Senior leaders of the political affairs committee of the SAD have been nominated as coordinators of the committees.

Each screening committee will comprise the president of the local urban unit of the party, the local MP, local MLAs and local members of the SGPC. Besides, some other leaders have been included to give representation to all sections of society.

As per the list released from the party head office, Gurdev Singh Badal and Sewa Singh Sekhwan will be the coordinators for Jalandhar city, Balwinder Singh Bhunder for Ludhiana, Tota Singh for Amritsar and Bibi jagir Kaur for Patiala city.

Sukhbir said these committees would interact with the local committees to be constituted by the BJP and would discuss the distribution of seats between the two parties. They would also screen the eligible candidates to be put up by the party in the elections. These committees would forward their suggestions to the party head office by July 20.

Badal said in addition the SAD had also formed campaign committees for all the four cities in which all senior leaders of the party had been included. The screening committee would be as under: Jalandhar City -- Naresh Gujral, Sarbjit Singh Makkar, Avinash Chander, Jagbir Singh Brar, Gurcharan Singh Channi, Kulwant Singh Mann and Baljit Singh Neela Mahal. Ludhiana -- Hira Singh Gabria, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Amarjit Singh Bhatia, Harish Rai Dhanda, Darshan Singh Shiwalik, Balwinder Singh Bains, Kanwalinder Singh Thekedar, Inderjit Singh Makkar, Vijay Danav, Naresh Dhigan and Madan Lal Bagga. Amritsar -- Raminder Singh Bularia, Dalbir Singh Verka, Malkiat Singh, Bawa Singh, Rajinder Singh Mehta, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, Jaswinder Singh and Gurpartap Singh Tikka. Patiala -- Surjit Singh Rakhra, Indermohan Singh Baja, Surjit Singh Kohli, Savinder Singh Sabharwal, Chhaju Ram Sofat and Sohan Lal Jalota.


Cracks appear in SAD (A)
Varinder Walia

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 15
Cracks have appeared in the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) over the issue of the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) even as Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the party today met at Fatehgarh Sahib to resolve differences.

Secretary-general of the party Bhai Ram Singh, who had announced that the SAD(A) had dissociated from the KAC , however, hoped that matter would be resolved in the PAC meeting .

Most of the senior Akali leaders close to Mann stayed away from the march today. On the other hand , Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti , jathedar, Akal Takht, who was specially invited to participate in the Khalsa march by the organisers, also stayed away. SGPC members of the ruling Akali Dal were also absent from the march. However, Kanwarpal Singh, a spokesman of the Dal Khalsa, said Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa , chief, Damdami Taksal participated in the march.

On the other hand the Sikh Nation Organisation , headed by Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa, has alleged that Jathedar Vedanti had lost all moral right to continue.


Majlis Ahrar decries Musharraf
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
National president of the All-India Majlis Ahrar Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Sani Ludhianvi today condemned Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf for letting loose a reign of terror on innocent Muslims in Pakistan at the behest of the United States of America and in the name of fighting terrorism.

At a press conference here today, the Majlis leader observed it was an irony that Musharraf was reaping the whirlwind. He alleged that Musharraf himself was supporting terror and victimising innocent Muslims.

The Maulana said this was a lesson for the Muslim League, which was responsible for the foundation of Pakistan. He asked, "What has happened to the Muslim League claims of one rule of Islam and Shariat?" He said when the Majlis Ahrar opposed the creation of Pakistan in 1947, it (the Majlis) was accused of betrayal.

He said every Indian Muslim felt proud of himself. "Because we are not holed up in our mosques and killed by our own Army just to please the foreign powers like the US", the Maulana remarked, adding that Musharraf had created such a hype about Lal Masjid to win the sympathy of the US to continue in power.

He regretted that Muslims were being killed in an Islamic country by the Islamic army and that too for none of their own faults.


Contractual docs up in arms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Contractual doctors providing health care in the rural-sector in Punjab are up in arms against an order of the Punjab Government that had in a way reduced their salaries.

These doctors are termed as “medical service providers” and were given contracts to manage and operate village level dispensaries in April 2006.

Latest orders issued on June 28, by the rural and panchayat department meant that the doctors, about 1190 in total, will now pay a fixed sum to pharmacists hired by them. The Government says the pharmacist has to be paid Rs 5,000 and the doctors will have to pay a cheque in advance to the pharmacist to get their own wages released.

The doctors say this is a breach of their original contract, any change should have been re-negotiated between the government and the service providers, said Dr Param Pal Singh, who along with a delegation of doctors met the secretary rural development and Panchayats.

As per the original contract, medical service providers were paid Rs 30,000 per month out of which they were to pay the wages of the para-medical staff like pharmacists, water bills, electricity bills and also were responsible for the sanitation of the village-level dispensaries. Notably, doctors say the Punjab Government pays Rs 4, 500 to doctors doing house jobs, while fixing a higher wage for pharmacists.


Dehar resumes generation of power
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 15
The Dehar power project of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) again has started generating 900 MW of power. Since the PSEB has a major share in the power generated by the BBMB, the board is likely to benefit the most from the generation at Dehar. Besides, it will also provide power free of cost to the PSEB.

The Dehar power house at Slapper in Himachal was flooded following the heavy monsoon rain last year. Flood waters entered the turbines.All six turbines of the project had to be shut down due to the deposition of silt in them which did heavy damage to the machinery.

The turbines have remained out of operation since August 2006. The repair of power house could not be started till January this year. Y.P. Sharma, after taking over as chief engineer (power) BBMB, undertook repair of the power houses . Now all six turbines have become functional in four months and generate 900 MW of power. The generation at the Dehar power house, besides Punjab, will help ease the power position in Haryana and Rajasthan,other partner states in the BBMB.

The total loss of power generation, while the power house remained non-functional, was 1,63,000 MW.


Diarrhoea or Enteritis?
Two dead at Shahpur Kalan
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 15
After Badrukhan village diarrhoea/gastroenteritis has affected Shahpur Kalan village, near Cheema Mandi. Diarrhoea or gastroenteritis has affected about 20 persons in the past seven days in this village. Two persons, including a baby girl, have died so far. Talking to The Tribune over the phone from the village this evening, SMO of Longowal primary health centre O.P. Khangwal said following reports regarding outbreak of diarrhoea in the village, a team led by him today camped there and examined about 77 patients.

Khangwal said as per reports available to him during the past seven days, Sarwan Singh (80) and Beer Kaur (9) died of diarrhoea or gastroenteritis. He said they were treated by private medical practitioners. He also said these diseases had broken out in Sameer Patti (Basti) of the Shahpur Kalan village as many of the affected persons belonged to this area.


Firing in village
Villagers rue police inaction
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 15
Residents of Shivdaspur village here today alleged that the police had failed in taking action against those who created terror in their village by opening fire last week.

Speaking to mediapersons, Swarn Singh, Ram Singh and Kuldip Kaur alleged that despite registering a case against the five accused, the police was reluctant in arresting them. They alleged that the five persons - Harbans Singh, Najjar Singh, Jaswant Singh, Jarnail Singh and Saba Singh - had bought land in the village from Jasmer Singh, who is a drug addict. Jasmer's family members then moved court and got a stay on the sale of the land. However, the five suspects came to the village and opened fire, terrorising the villagers.

The villagers said although the police registered a case against the suspects, no action has been taken against them so far.

SSP Nilabh Kishore, when contacted, stated that the matter was still under investigation and no arrest could be made until the allegations are proved.

Meanwhile, the villagers demanded that a senior police official carry out the investigations, adding that ample evidence against the accused could be found in the village.


Master plan for Malout
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Malout, July 15
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that a master plan for the development of the town would be prepared.

Badal, accompanied by his wife Surinder Kaur Badal, made the announcement at a sangat darshan programme here. Badal heard grievances of local residents as it rained heavily.

They said he and his wife had special affection for the area and it was their duty to make Malout a developed town of the state. The problems relating to water supply and sewerage here would be sorted out within four months, he said.

The Chief Minister said a grant of Rs 80 lakh had been sanctioned to the municipal committee for levelling streets roads.


Dera Issue
Dullo’s statement unacceptable: Bir
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 15
Bir Devinder Singh, former deputy speaker of Punjab, said the statement of Shamsher Singh Dullo, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (officiating), criticising the authority of the Akal Takht, was highly objectionable and unacceptable to all those Congressmen who subscribe to the Sikh faith.

In a statement that appeared in the press, Dullo had criticised the edict pronounced by the Akal Takht jathedar on the dera standoff with the Sikhs.

Bir Devinder further said Dullo has not been authorised to speak on behalf of the entire Congress party on such sensitive issues. “Dullo must know and understand that the Akal Takht is an inseparable institute of the Sikh faith; its glory and relevance can not be questioned under any circumstance,” he added.

Bir Devinder said it was imperative to work wholeheartedly to achieve greater inter-faith harmony and peace in Punjab. Politicians of all parties must exercise restraint while commenting upon the dera issue, bearing in mind its religio-political overtones. Any unsavoury comment made by a person holding an important office can not only be misunderstood, but also has the capacity to add fuel to fire.

Bir Devinder further added that though the Constitution guaranteed complete freedom of religion or faith to all the citizen of the country, it also did not allow any person to indulge in activities that caused hurt to members of other faiths.

He said that the Congress leadership, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh were worried about the situation in Punjab.


Security lapse at dera chief’s satsang
Our Correspondent

Abohar, July 15
Exposing poor security arrangements today some persons managed to reach Budhranwali village with swords in a tractor-trailer but the organisers of “Guru Manyo Granth” samagam prevented them from heading towards Dera Maujpur Dham at the same village in neighbouring Sadulshehar subdivision.

The police had virtually fortified the dera by deploying 10 companies of the RAC, STF and Home Guards and positioned anti-riot squads and fire-fighting vehicles. SP Sriganganagar and scores of DSPs were camping in Budhranwali to ensure incident-free satsang by Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

The Sikh advisory committee also held a parallel function at a small gurdwara, 200 m away from Dera Maujpur Dham.


Sikh bodies hold march
Neeraj Bagga
Tribune News Service

Rhode (Baghapurana), July 15
A number of Sikh organisations, including radical groups, under the banner of the Khalsa Action Committee took out a march, the first of the six marches announced by the committee, from the native village of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, 32 km from Moga, today. Before the march, led by Panj Piaras, began, ardas was offered at Gurdwara Kirtan Prakash. A large number of Nihangs participated in it.

The administration made heavy police arrangements with traffic and women police at hand. Even BSF personnel were also deployed at certain places.

Apart from convener of the committee Bhai Mohkam Singh, former Jathedar of the Akal Takht Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode, head of Damdami Taksal Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma, Ravi Inder Singh, Kanwarpal Singh and SGPC members from opposition were present.


Sikh leaders condemn raid on gurdwara
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 15
Senior Sikh leaders today condemned the raiding of a gurdwara in Talwara village by the district police on July 2. In a meeting held on the premises of the gurdwara, the leaders demanded strict action against the SHO who raided the shrine.

Sikh leaders, including president of Damdami Taksal (Sarawan) Baba Ram Singh, SAD (A) vice-president Dhian Singh Mand, SAD (A) general secretaries Bhai Ram Singh, Mahinder Pal Singh and Surinder Singh said the police had outraged the `Sikh maryada', adding that the police’s action reminded them of Operation Blue Star.

The police had allegedly seized religious books from the library of the gurdwara. However, the police denied the allegations, stating that the SHO had gone to the gurdwara to pay obeisance and on his way back was handed over two religious books by the gurdwara granthi.

The Sikh leaders said the police was trying to give a twist to the whole incident.


15-lakh grant for development
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 15
Former Samana MLA Surjit Singh Rakhra today announced a grant of Rs 15 lakh for the upgradation of existing facilities and further development of Mathura Colony, Jagdish Colony and Tej Bagh Colony of Ward No. 27.

Rakhra announced this grant at a function held here in the presence of municipal councillor Seema Sharma and other residents of the ward.

Later, social worker Kanika Sharma awarded trophies to Rakhra and other district-level Akali leaders.

Rakhra promised the residents of the ward that development projects, which were stalled during the previous Congress regime due to some reason or the other, would now be undertaken on priority basis.


Rs 4,000-cr plan for canal system

Chandigarh, July 15
Acting president of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal here yesterday said a Rs 4,000 crore plan had been prepared to strengthen the canal system.

There was a proposal to link various rivers for the optimum utilisation of their water in the state, he added. A committee under the chief secretary had been set up in this regard. There was also a programme to provide canals in areas where these did not exist at present, he said. — TNS


Honour killing: 3 arrested
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 15
The district police succeeded in arresting three of the nine suspects wanted in connection with the brutal murder of a couple of Rauli village after abducting them from their rented accommodation in Kangna village, under the Shahkot police station.

However, the remaining six suspects, who directly or indirectly helped the Jat girl Baljeet Kaur’s father Kartar Singh Nihang, her brothers Joginder Singh and Satnam Singh in kidnapping and eliminating her and her Valmiki husband Ashwani Kumar on July 12, were still at large, said Shahkot DSP Diljinder Singh Dhillon while talking to The Tribune.

While one of the six suspects, who are absconding, included Baljeet Kaur’s brother Satnam Singh, the DSP refused to name the five other suspects fearing that they would flee if their names were made public.

The suspects included the driver of the taxi that had been hired for kidnapping.


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