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Mega projects: Govt to sign agreements with promoters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today agreed that his government would sign agreements with promoters of 30 mega industrial parks and units which had been issued letters of intent (LoIs) by the previous Congress government.

These projects came to a standstill after the SAD-BJP combine came to power six months ago. During the Congress regime, Rs 26,300 crore investment had been promised by these promoters in Punjab but nothing came in the past six months.

Today Badal approved the signing of agreements on the basis of LoIs issued by the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government. Badal has asked chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh to call in the promoters and proposers of these 30 projects and tell them to sign agreements with the government, sources in the government confirmed today.Another 11 promoters who had not been issued the LoIs by the previous government will be issued one, said the well-placed sources. The projects of these promoters were cleared in October/ November last year and the LoIs had been held back.Among the 30 promoters who will be signing the agreements is Ludhiana Textile Park, Quark City, Nahar Industries, JLPL and Silicon Construction.

Amarinder Singh had accused Badal of stalling the investment while Sukhbir Singh Badal, working president of the SAD, had been insisting his party was not against genuine investors and projects would be cleared after due diligence. 


Charan Ganga breach widens 
Water again enters villages
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Anandpur Sahib, August 14
Water again entered villages in Anandpur Sahib subdivision affecting rescue work as breach in Charan Ganga got wider this afternoon.

The villages situated on the banks of Charan Ganga again faced flood situation after water receded last night. Rescue work was also affected as a gush of water washed away sacks stacked to repair the breach by the Drainage Department. Work had to be started all over again. The department also started repair of the breach in the Lotan rivulet, where a 200-feet wide breach had flooded nearby fields and villages.

Meanwhile, the district administration team, which went for a survey of the affected villages, met with resentment. Irate villagers raised slogans against the administration and blamed the SDM for his failure to get Charan Ganga and Lotan rivulets desilted.

Villagers also blocked the Ropar-Nangal highway for 15 minutes. They said if the Railways could restore its services by late night, why can’t the department plug the breach in time.The Himachal Express that stood stranded near Gurdwara Kesgarh Sahib resumed its journey at 10 pm.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Ajay Kumar Sinha visited the affected villages along with ADC Baldeo Purushartha and declared a special girdawri. 


Cell to monitor atta-dal distribution
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
A cell has been created to monitor the implementation of the atta-dal scheme to be launched tomorrow.

The food and civil supplies department will monitor the distribution of food grain under the scheme and ensure it reached in the hands of the beneficiaries in correct quantity and quality and at right cost.

A spokesperson said the district administration had also been associated with monitoring the distribution of food grain. The scheme will be launched on August 15 at Ludhiana by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The food grain would be distributed through existing 14,250 ration depots and cooperative societies across the state. Special blue colour ration cards have been issued to the beneficiaries to draw wheat and dal from depots.


Atta-dal Scheme
Three Markfed officials held
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Banur, August 14
Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) today arrested three Markfed employees, including District Manager Patiala on charges of pilfering wheat meant for the atta-dal scheme from the agency’s godown here. Last week, a team of the bureau had undertaken extensive checking of the godown, counting and weighing sacks of wheat concluding that over 300 quintals of wheat was missing.. Acting on a report by Anil Kumar Sharma, DSP Vigilance Patiala, district manager HS Bains, manager Jaswinder Singh, sr asst Vijay Khanna and jr asst Naseeb Singh were booked by the VB today. Bains, Jaswinder and Vijay have been arrested from Patiala, confirmed Sharma.

A team of the Bureau led by DSP Vigilance Mohali also carried out a search at the Sector 35 Chandigarh residence of Bains this evening.

Sources in the bureau added that Bains had a checkered past and was an accused in three more cases registered at various places in the state. In one case at Banur he was facing charges of trying to sell damaged fertlisers, while another case was registered at Rajpura for an alleged paddy scam. Yet another case was registered against him at Ferozepore.

Markfed godowns in Banur and Dera Bassi were sealed on August 3 following information that wheat stocked for the atta-dal scheme was being pilfered. Markfed had stocked about one-lakh sacks of wheat at these godowns for distribution to the beneficiaries of the atta dal scheme, which is going to be, launched state wide tomorrow.

Meanwhile, father of HS Bains, an accused in the case, threatened the Tribune photographer Manoj Mahajan when Manoj was clicking pictures of the vigilance team searching Bains’s residence in Sector 35 Chandigarh. The DSP Vigilance Mohali Satinderpal had to intervene and refrain Bains’s father from abusing the photographer.


70 Pak prisoners, 4 militants freed 

Amritsar, August 14
Reciprocating Pakistan’s gesture which released 134 Indian prisoners yesterday, the Border Security Force today released 70 Pakistani prisoners including four terrorists from jails in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi.

The prisoners crossed to their country via Wagah joint check post 26 km from here. The others who were handed over to Pak Rangers include 48 fishermen; 16 fundamentalists, two prisoners released from Punjab, three from Rajasthan jails and one from Delhi.

Amzad Ali, one of the four terrorists talking to media favoured “Zehadi movement” and said he would again join the terrorists based in Pakistan. He said he had crossed over to India through Jammu and Kashmir to carry out terrorist activities in the valley. He said he remained involved in militancy for three years before he was caught by the military in 1995.

Mohammad Umar, another terrorist released by the Indian authorities revealed he was 17 when he was caught while crossing over to India through Rajouri sector in J & K in 1992.

Shiekh Sakhi Uz Zamal, said he was caught at border 10 years ago. He said he was entering the Indian territory through Kupwara sector when he was nabbed by the Border Security Force while five of his accomplices escaped at that time. Hazi Mohammad Akram, Quetta (Pakistan) another terrorist was also caught in 1993 from Kupwara sector.

Aalam Gir Feroz Zardari, a resident of Karachi said he had entered India 16 years back and was living in Delhi. However, 16 years back he killed a person during a quarrel for which he was sentenced to life . He expressed happiness over his release and said after 16 years he would return to his land and meet his relations there.

Similar emotions were expressed by Mohammad Ramzan who entered India through Sambha sector without any passport and valid documents. He said he was returning to his country after 13 years.


Farmers’ march to Parliament on August 20
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The BJP has planned a farmers’ march to Parliament on August 20. The march has been planned to expose the Union Government on the issue of import of wheat and the alleged loss of Rs 1,400 crore to the national exchequer for this import..

For mobilising the support of farmers of Punjab for the march, the national president of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha, Vinod Pandey, today held a meeting with BJP MLAs, Ministers and other functionaries from Punjab. Harjit Singh Grewal, a senior leader, and Vineet Joshi, a youth leader of the BJP, were also present at the meeting. Pandey said that farmers from seven wheat growing states - Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi - would take part in the march.

Pandey, who has appointed Surjit Kumar Jiyani, former minister, as organiser for taking farmers to Delhi from Punjab, said there was no need to import wheat if the farmers of wheat growing states had been given adequate procurement price. The Union Government floated tender in May and at that time the price quoted in the tenders by wheat suppliers was $ 263 per tonne.

However, the tender was rejected on the plea that a fresh tender would be floated when the fresh wheat crop would arrive in the international market. And when the fresh wheat arrived, its price went up to $ 363 per tonne. The Union Government placed the order to import 5 lakh tonne of wheat at $ 325 per tonne. He said the Union Government wanted to import 50 lakh tonnes of wheat at this rate, thus causing a loss of Rs 1,400 crore to the national exchequer.


Mayor’s Post
‘SAD violating coalition dharma’
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 14
The cold war between the ruling SAD-BJP combine came to the fore today even as state BJP chief Rajinder Bhandari condemned the efforts of its alliance partner to “allure some party rebels as well as independent MCs” to stake its claim on the coveted post of Mayors in Amritsar and Jalandhar.

The state BJP also reiterated its claim on the post of the Deputy Chief Minister. Bhandari also criticised Bikram Singh Majithia, minister for information and public relations, and Sewa Singh Sekhwan, a former Akali minister, for their “misdemeanour” in allegedly working against the very spirit of “coalition dharma”.

Later Kamal Sharma, state general secretary of the BJP, issued a strong-worded press statement, expressing the party’s anguish against the Akali leaders, who have been “threatening” the political alliance. However, he said the BJP would continue to support the mature policies of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and not the atrocities and “high-handedness” of a chosen few.

However, the state BJP president and Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, were conspicuous by their absence at the press conference.

Taking exception to the statements of former Akali minister Sekhwan, made at Jalandhar yesterday, Sharma said, “It is conclusive that on basis of maximum seats won by the BJP with the alliance, Jalandhar and Amritsar will have Mayors from the BJP. The BJP categorically states that this fact is non-negotiable”.

Sharma said the party was perturbed by the misdemeanour of some SAD workers to allure some rebels as well as Independents when the alliance already enjoys absolute majority in all the four corporations.

In an oblique reference to the attempts of SAD leadership which resorted to rigging and booth-capturing during the recently held MC poll, the BJP general secretary said his party condemned all electoral excesses committed in the recently concluded corporation elections and was prepared to sacrifice anything in order to safeguard democratic norms and values.

Today, the BJP also succeeded in bringing three Independent candidates, Arun Pappal, Surinder Chowdhry and Lakhanpal, into the party fold.


Partition separated them, death united them 
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Kotfatha (Bathinda), August 14
As India and Pakistan celebrate the 60th anniversary of their freedom, punctuated by a tragic Partition, a unique case has come to light where the happiness of reunion of a separated family proved too much for a brother and sister.

Both the brother and the sister, who were Muslims, died a few months ago after they came into contact with each other, 60 years after the Partition, through letters and the Internet. While Mid Singh, who was only a 13-year-boy at the time of the Partition, was saved by a local Dhillon family from religious fanatics, his sister Wajira also managed to get a safe exit to Pakistan.

About six months ago, Mid Singh, who later converted to Sikhism, received a pleasant surprise when he got a letter from his sister living in a village near Lahore. After that both of them started interacting with each other through the Internet. Mid Singh’s nephews, who have a roaring business in Pakistan, also talked frequently to their maternal uncle on phone.

Mid Singh got his passport ready to visit his sister in Pakistan. However, his meeting with his sister could not materialise as the fate had decided otherwise.

Mid Singh, who could not bear this happiness, died of cardiac arrest. Unable to bear the shock, Wajira also died in Pakistan.

Now, Jarnail Singh, a local resident, with whose brother Mid Singh stayed as his son for decades together, has decided to send his photographs and passport to his nephews so that the separated members of the family could reunite through photos.

Recalling memories, Jarnail Singh said while the mother, brother and three maternal uncles of Mid Singh were murdered in front of Mid Singh’s eyes during the Partition, Mid Singh saved himself by hiding behind the bullock.“Mid Singh managed to reach my brother Bakhtaur Singh’s house. As the situation was volatile, Bakhtaur Singh kept Mid Singh hidden inside a box for days together and when the peace returned to the area, he was sent to Rajasthan for a few years. Afterwards he was brought back to this village,” said Jarnail Singh.

He said now every resident of the village remembered Mid Singh. A photograph of Mid Singh hanging on the wall of one of the rooms in the house of Dhillon family has become a part and parcel of the family. 


Candles lit for peace
Varinder Walia and Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Wagah, August 14
The silence of the night was shattered by chants of “Hind-Pak dosti zindabad” by delegates of India and Pakistan who gathered here to mark the Independence of both countries late this evening.

The peaceniks embraced each other, exhibiting strong bonds of friendship. Songs by Indian and Pakistani singers emphasised softening of the Radcliff Line that divided them. The artistes enthralled the audience with songs on “Hind-Pak dosti”. The delegates also lit the Wagah post with candles for peace.

Earlier, a star-studded concert -featuring the likes of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, composer A.R. Rahman and Pakistan Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan — was cancelled due to security concerns.

Pak delegates, including MPs, were accorded a warm welcome by people on their arrival at the venue.

Secretary general, Safma, Imtiaz Alam said no one could stop the residents of Amritsar and Lahore from coming together as the populations of the two Punjabs wanted peace and friendship.

He said the coming five years are very important and during this period the citizens of the two neighbouring countries would be able to interact with each other at the Wagah joint check post.

Earlier, greeting each other on the Independence Day of Pakistan (Aug 14) and India, participants of both countries resolved to call upon leadership of both countries to continue with the ongoing peace process. The resolution condemned terrorism and all forms of violence. 

Note journalist and founder of the Hind-Pak Dosti Manch Kuldip Nayyar called upon people of both countries to take forward the peace process.

Earlier, members of the manch, the South Asia Free Media Association, parliamentarians and delegates carried a torch from Jallianwala Bagh to Wagah joint checkpoint to herald peace.

Nayyar appealed to both governments to take positive measures to bring peace in the subcontinent. He also sought easing of visa restrictions and allowing free movement of intellectuals, businessmen, writers and journalists.

SAFMA secretary-general Imtiaz Alaz, Begum Hasnain, Samina Gurki, Shakila Rasheed, Mohammad Pervez Malik, Chowdhary Manzoor Ahmad, all members of the National Assembly, Pakistan, Mohammad Iblis Khokhar, Col Haider Ali Khan, Samiullah Khan, BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior journalist Satnam Manak participated in the procession.

The resolutions passed appreciated the supreme sacrifices made by Shaheed Bhagat Singh and other freedom fighters of the two nations who were instrumental in freeing their countries from the shackles of foreign rule.

Also, opening of visa centres at Amritsar and Lahore and relaxing of visa procedure so that buses plying between Amritsar and Lahore did not run empty was sought.


Areas under land preservation Act not forest, says AG
Says forest dept had only regulatory control over such land 
Vishal Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Would mere mentioning of some areas covered under the Punjab Land Preservation Act,1900, in the annual administrative reports of the forest department make these areas forest lands? The advocate-general, Punjab, has opined that it cannot be so.

The forest department exercised only regulatory control over the notified areas and it was in that context that such areas found mention in the annual reports, which carried a list of forest lands also, of the department, according to the legal opinion tendered by the AG .

Importantly, these areas were never recorded in the government record as forest areas at any point of time. “Mere regulatory role cannot tantamount to transmuting the nature of the land from a non-forest and inhabited one to a forest one,” the AG has emphasised.

The AG stated that since the lands notified under the PLPA were never a forest land nor the government had any proprietary control over them and these lands were never acquired to constitute a reserved forest, the provisions of Indian Forest Act, 1927, were not applicable to them.

Significantly, the AG also asserted that even the Section 2 of the Forest Conservation Act,1980, was not applicable to the lands covered under the PLPA. Another notable argument given by the AG was that the expert committee constituted, following apex court directions in 1996, had acted “erroneously and against the law” by including the areas notified under PLPA in a list of forest areas.

Since these areas were never a part of any government record as forest areas and even in the administrative reports of the forest department these were mentioned as areas “closed under PLPA”, the committee’s move was misguided and misconceived.

As the state government realised this faux pas of the committed by the forest department and expert committee and its ramifications, it ordered a detailed exercise to be conducted by the revenue department.

Under this exercise, reports of the DCs of Ropar, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur and Nawanshahar were prepared regarding the areas notified under PLPA. BThe areas were notified into two categories: Firstly, areas having scrub or forest cover and Secondly, areas under cultivation and habitation.

Finally, the same state government filed an affidavit, as regarding the second category of land, by J.S Kesar, Financial Commissioner and Secretary to the government (Forest and Wildlife Preservation), in 1999 before the apex court.

The affidavit acknowledged the error in including the areas notified under the PLPA as forests and expressed intention to exclude areas under cultivation/habitation prior to December 12,1996 from the list of forests in Punjab.

Critical of this move of the state government to seek Centre’s approval as totally unnecessary, the AG sad that since the land under PLPA was never a forest land there was no need to go to the Centre. Also, under Article 246 (3) of the Constitution, Land was a subject matter exclusively vested in the state.

The ministry of forests and environment, vide communication dated August 10, 2006, agreed to the state government’s request for delisting 707 hectares of cultivable and inhabitated land comprising villages Nada and Karoran, but imposed conditions that only agricultural activities would be carried out there. The AG expressed the opinion that these conditions were null and void and had no sanctity in the eyes of the law.


Now, police to hold sangat darshans
Tribune News Service

Moga, August 14
Ishwar Chander Sharma, DIG (Ferozepur Range), said the police administration would hold sangat darshans to redress grievances of the people on the lines of civil administration. He was here today to take stock of the security arrangements regarding Independence Day celebrations. He said they had received directions from N.P.S Aulakh, DGP, in this regard.

The DIG stated that he would visit sangat darshans being held under his range spreading over Ferozepur, Muktsar and Moga districts. He pointed out that this programme would be organised once a week at each district administrative blocks except this district, where two such programmes would be held every week. Of this one would be held at the district headquarters and the other in a rural area.


Fear in town as youths go on rampage
Tribune News Service

Bareta (Mansa), August 14
There was fear in this town following a large number of youths’ storming its lanes and bylanes late last night with unsheathed swords in hands and damaging four- wheelers, scooters, one shop, generator sets and street lights and raising provocative slogans.

The residents, who assembled in the local grain market today held a march to protest against laxity on the part of police in maintaining law and order in the town, bordering Haryana.

Many shopkeepers kept business establishments closed for half an hour to express resentment over yesterday’s happening.

Ram Singh, SSP, who along with other senior police officials visited the town, said none was coming forward to make a complaint in connection, with yesterday’s incident. He said however, police officials had recorded statements of a section of people of the town and action would be taken according to the contents of those statements.

He said extra security had been deployed in the town .The policemen had been put on job to identify and arrest all those, who were involved in yesterday’s hooliganism.

Sources said yesterday night, a diwan was held by a religious body in the town. Certain youths, who could not be identified, stormed into the local grain market and other lanes and bylanes of the town. They damaged cars, scooters, streetlights and other things. They also took away various valuables from the cars after damaging these.

Mangat Rai, MLA, Budhlada, in whose Assembly segment this town falls, alleged residents were being terrorised under a well planned conspiracy and the police had become mute spectator to what had been happening in the area for the past many months.

Baghirath Lal, vice- president, the Karyana association, Punjab, alleged though they tried hard to get a case registered against those, who were involved in these unlawful activities, a section of religious-cum-political leaders of the area jumped into the scene and promised all culprits would be taken to task in three days.

Many residents said people were not coming out with a complaint as they felt terrorised and moreover they were destined to live in this town only hence they would not be able to have enmity with any one. They wanted the government to ensure their safety.

Cheta Singh, SHO, local police station, said residents were not under fear and every thing was normal. 


Nam Charcha cancelled
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, August 14
Organisers of the Dera Sacha Sauda branch here have cancelled Nam Charcha (religious congregation) to be held on August 15, at Dera Banjer Bagh here.

According to Chanan Ram in charge of the local branch a congregation as per rituals of the dera was to be held on August 15. Meanwhile, a depuation of the All- India Sikh Students Federation led by national president Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad met deputy commissioner D. K. Tiwari and gave him a memorandum seeking a ban on the congregation of the Dera on August 15.


Visa blues for Indo-Pak bus service officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
One of the threads in the important Indo-Pak peace process, the Amritsar-Lahore-Nankana Sahib bus service, had almost snapped yesterday. The Pakistan visas, issued to the drivers of the Punjab transport buses and liaison officers on board this bus, had expired yesterday.

A senior functionary of the Punjab government spoke to the union ministry of external affairs (MEA) seeking immediate intervention or else the continuation of the bus service was in jeopardy. Today, the MEA sent a fax message to the Punjab government informing that the visas had been granted by the Pakistan High Commission at New Delhi. A special messenger was dispatched to collect the visas.

The bus service between Amritsar and Lahore departed as per schedule. The police sources confirmed. 


‘Teej to be made annual event’
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 14
Teej would now be made an annual event in Patiala division. The division commissioner of Patiala, S.K. Ahluwalia, informed here today.

He said the recently organised Teej festival at Patiala received enormous response from general public. Thousands of people took part in the festival. The minister for education Upinderjit Kaur had presided over the function.

Teej is a traditional monsoon festival of Punjab and has great importnace.

He said the festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. Teej also marks the celebration of the monsoons. Swings are put up for the women on the occasion.

It was also decided that competitions like giddha, group dance, mehandi, swinging, charkha, painting, folk singing etc would be organsied for schools students during the function.

Besides, the festival would also be utilised as an opportunity to present and preserve traditional art forms like those performed by the Bazigar community.


Man electrocuted, dies
Tribune News Service

Kharar, August 14
Davinder Singh (21), a resident of Balongi, who had got electrocuted on Sunday morning, breathed his last at PGIMER in the wee hours today.

Davinder was draining off water from the balcony of his home on Sunday morning when he came in contact with high tension wire of 11 kv and got electrocuted. He fell down from the balcony and broke his spine. He was rushed to PGIMER, Chandigarh, where he died today at 3 am.

Meanwhile, father of the victim Ajaib Singh, who has estranged relations with his wife since last 10 years, held the latter responsible for Davinder’s death. He reached PGIMER with the wife of Phillaur MLA Sarwan Singh and gave statement against his wife and her second husband Kuldeep Singh. The MLA’s wife had got Ajaib married to Davinder’s mother and hence, had been roped in to settle the matter.

Ajaib Singh’s statements have been recorded and proceedings under Section 174 CrPc have been initiated. Postmortem will be conducted tomorrow.


Council president takes charge
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, August 14
Sunita Malhotra was today installed president of municipal council, Bassi Pathana.

Hundreds of SAD (B) BJP workers led by Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli, senior SAD(B) leader of the area, councillors and prominent citizens of the town attended the installation ceremony held in the council office. On this occasion, Sunita Malhotra donated electrical goods worth Rs 25,000 to the council. Earlier, she had donated Rs 1 lakh to the council for maintenance of cleanliness.

Addressing the function, Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli said with the donation, a contract had been given to safai workers to clean the entire town. He said 13 sweepers have been engaged to clean the drains, sewerage and streets within one month. Similarly, council president also donated chlorine tablets for treatment of drinking water. Lalli called upon the citizens to co-operate in maintenance of cleanliness in the town.


Akali Dal leader arrested
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 14
Inderjit Singh, a senior leader of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD), was arrested by the CIA police staff today for his alleged involvement in kidnapping, snatching and demanding bribe on behalf of senior police officials including the district police chief.

Police sources said Inderjit Singh, a resident of Bhagta Bhai ka town of the district and a close confidant of a senior Akali leader, was arrested by the police when the district police chief Nau Nihal Singh ordered registration of a criminal case against him after he got evidence establishing his involvement in demanding money from Chamkaur Singh on behalf of senior police officials.

The sources said Inderjit Singh had demanded Rs 1.30 lakh from Chamkaur Singh in lieu of ensuring that the accused involved in the murder of his mother are not spared in an inquiry being conducted against them by a senior police official.

Jaswinder Kaur was murdered by her husband Gurcharan Singh, son Amritpal Singh and neighbour Shamsher Singh about four months ago in Bhagta Bhai ka town. Chamkaur Singh, the other son of the deceased, got an FIR registered against the accused. While Gurcharan Singh was arrested, the inquiry against the other two accused was going on.


Minor raped by father, cousin
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Bakshi Wala (Mansa), August 14
A girl (17) of Bakshi Wala village of this district gave birth to a boy a few months ago.

She was first allegedly raped by her father. After that, her cousin, who came to this village to work as farm labourer during paddy transplantation season, raped her for weeks.

When term of her pregnancy became old she was taken to a hospital Jakhal town of neighbouring Haryana. The baby boy, she delivered, was given to a family living in Mughal Majra village of Kurukshetra district of Haryana by the accused.

Police sources said matter came to light when Mewa Singh complained to Bareta police station that Malli Singh, who was his brother, had raped his own daughter.

Ram Singh SSP added two accused Malli Singh and Gurpreet Singh had been arrested and remanded in judicial custody. He said the child was yet to be recovered. He said blood samples of both accused Gurpreet Singh and Malli Singh had been taken and would be sent for DNA test.


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