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New policy will help genuine colonisers: Sukhbir
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 21
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that the policy announced for the setting up of residential colonies in the state would reduce cases of fraud and allow only genuine players to operate.

He was talking to mediapersons after the inauguration of Jaspal Bhatti’s film school here. He said the government would ensure that the coloniser owned the land on which he offered to set up a housing project. “How can we allow someone who does not own any land to come to the mega project committee and get a nod for the project?” he asked.

For all new projects, promoters would have to submit ownership documents for 50 per cent project land at the time of submission of the proposal to the committee headed by the chief secretary before it is considered by the empowered committee.

Similarly, at the time of applying for change of land use, ownership documents for at least 75 per cent of project land would have to be submitted by the promoters.

Asked about the change in attitude of the Akali government towards mega projects which it had opposed during the Congress regime, he said, “We were never against the companies which intended to set up mega projects in the state. We were against the fraudulent ways in which the Congress government was bringing them here.”

The department of housing and urban development had divided the state into three zones and a residential colony would have to be of minimum 100 acres in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

In response to a query that the policy might hit small and medium colonisers, Sukhbir said the policy had been formulated to ensure that genuine players came forward.

He also announced that Mohali would be developed as the hub of film production in Punjab on the lines of Noida. “The government would encourage entrepreneurs to set up film production units here and offer them all assistance,” he added.


Ban on Entry of Sikhs to Gurdwara
SGPC locks horns with Pak board 
Jathedar Avtar Singh writes to PM, Pervez
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 21
The SGPC has locked horns wiith the Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board following a ban on the entry of Sikhs at Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru at Naulakha Bazar, Lahore.

In a press note issued here today, SGPC chief Avtar Singh described the incident as most unfortunate which was in violation of the pact signed between both countries. The SGPC chief alleged that the board had failed to preserve and maintain gurdwaras. He held it responsible for the hooliganism at the Sikh shrine in Lahore.

The SGPC has sent missives to President Pervez Musharraf and sought his intervention to safeguard the Sikhs and their shrines in Pakistan. The SGPC chief has also urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the matter with his Pakistani counterpart.

The Daily Times, a leading daily newspaper of Pakistan, had yesterday reported that the entry of Sikh devotees into the gurdwara had been banned. The gurdwara had been in control of the board for the past 60 years. As per the report of the daily, the Sikhs claim that local hooligans had taken over their shrine at the behest of the board. However, the board’s chairman Lieut- Gen Zulfiqar Ali Khan (retd) said the gurdwara contained the shrine of a saint and it was open to both communities.

According to the daily, Sikhs’ religious symbols had been removed and replaced with those of Islam. A plaque giving details of the pir’s identity had also been put up on one of the walls.

The daily learnt that the hooligans ‘took over’ the temple after its former guard dreamt that Pir Shah Kaku had urged him to keep the Sikhs away from the temple. The board removed him after he disclosed his dream to officials.


Racial attack flayed

Amritsar, August 21
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar today condemned the racial attack on the Sikhs in Germany. He urged the German government to ensure security of all the Indian youth residing there.

He said it was an unfortunate incident and moreover it happened in a country as advance as any other western country. He also urged the Indian government to use its diplomatic channels and take up the matter with its German counterparts. — TNS


Pak cyberpunks hack official sites
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 21
Pakistani and Russian computer hackers are hacking and defacing important websites of the Indian Government and at the moment, there is little that the government can do to tackle the problem.

Pakistani hackers alone are targeting and cracking 50-60 websites daily and misusing these to spread anti-India sentiments.

This disclosoure has been made by acclaimed cyber-terrorism expert and computer security guru, Ankit Fadia. He is said to have helped the FBI in decoding Internet messages of Osama bin Laden.

Ankit, who has authored 11 books on Internet security and calls himself the “ethical hacker”, was here to interact with students of Jalandhar CT educational institutes.

“India-Pak cyber war is going steady. Pakistan-based mischievous hackers are cracking 50-60 websites of the Indian Government daily. These websites are then used to propogate anti-India feelings. They try to use hacked websites as a weapon and try to defame the government and other organisations,” he said.

“Russian hackers generally do it for the sake of fun or for money. Geographical boundaries come in the way of the government to bring the culprits to book,” he said.

He warned people against shopping online in cyber cafes as they could fall prey to the hackers. 


Gang busted, man having terror links held
Chander Parkash and Anirudh Gupta
Tribune News Service

Ferozepur, August 21
The district police today arrested six members of a gang, including its head, which had floated a new organisation to achieve “Sikh mission” and to put a check on the activities of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

One assault rifle along with 35 cartridges, two pistols of .12 bore with five cartridges, one pistol of .303 bore with three cartridges and one Innova of white colour without registration number were seized from the members of International Liberation Revolutionary Force (ILRF) led by its head Athwinder Singh.

Athwinder, who was once a member of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), which was headed by Pargat Fauji, was involved in a number of terrorist-related cases in Punjab and Haryana. He was declared a proclaimed offender in April.

In a letter pad of the newly floated organisation, which was seized from the accused, it was mentioned that as the previous Sikh leaders, including the Sikh clergy, had failed to achieve the “Sikh mission” so they had floated the new organisation to achieve the same. They had also made an appeal to all Panthic organisations to come on a common platform to fight dera culture.

Ferozepur SSP D.P. Singh said the modus operandi of the accused would have been that they would kidnap prominent persons for ransom.

He said Harpal Singh, in charge, CIA, police station, received information that Athwinder, along with his accomplices, was planning to commit kidnappings of prominent persons of Hakumat Singh Wala village under police station Ghall Khurd.

A police party was rushed to the spot, which arrested them. Those arrested include Athwinder of Nanewal village of Barnala district, Harjit of Rampura Phul, Bikkar Singh and Badal Singh of Barnala district and Gurwinder Singh and Bhupinder Singh of Malout.

The SSP said one of the members of the gang was a bachelor in engineering.


Govt focuses on resource mobilisation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Six months after forming the government, the ruling SAD-BJP combine in Punjab today started a crucial internal debate on how to mobilise additional resources and decide what subsidies can be really afforded by the state in these times of dwindling revenue and increasing burden on the state exchequer.

Chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal the meeting was held at the CM’s residence this afternoon and was attended by senior SAD and BJP leaders, including the presidents of both parties, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Rajinder Bhandari, respectively. BJP and SAD MPs also attended the meeting.

Another round of discussion is scheduled for August 27, and sources said a major decision was expected soon as the state was spending more than its earning and indulging in borrowing to just survive on a day-to-day basis. Though no decision was taken today, the sources said a few leaders from both sides made its clear during the discussions that freebies like free power had to be rationalised if the state was to survive in the long run and come out of the abyss of debt that was having an adverse impact on development work in the state.

A consensus could not be reached due to dissenting voices within the SAD who believe freebies like free power to farmers --- costing about Rs 2,600 crore annually --- had to continue. Also, free power to SC families and other doles and grants should continue.

The BJP, it is learnt, has let its displeasure be known over a plan to tax residents of urban areas through house tax or user charges in municipal areas. The party has made it clear that all residents --- rural and urban --- had to share the cost of development.The BJP feels that the burden of taxes was more on urban areas whereas subsidies in the case of rural areas were not yielding much for the state.

The sources said as of now two streams of thought had emerged within the ruling coalition. One of these favoured the rationalisation of freebies and putting a cap on some of them.

The sources said the discussion on the posts of mayor for Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala was almost conclusive. The parties would go by the old formula.


8 cases against Tangri sent to review panel
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
In its ongoing efforts to review police cases, the ruling SAD-BJP combine in Punjab has ordered that all eight cases — including those under the explosives act and the arms act -— registered against Ludhiana-based Jagdish Tangri be reviewed by a special committee set up to take a fresh look at cases registered on the basis of alleged political vendetta.

In July, 2002 — four months after the previous Congress government was sworn in — the Punjab police had raided Tangri’s “den” in Gur Mandi in Ludhiana and allegedly recovered a huge cache of arms, a huge quantity of liquor, pirated CDs and pornographic material. A cluster of “illegal” shops built on municipal land was also demolished in the much-publicised operation using bulldozers and the deployment of several policemen. Newspapers had then carried the photographs of seizures while national television had telecast it live.

Notably, Tangri and his immediate family faced eight cases. The police had then alleged that arms were also supplied through Tangri to fan riots in the western part of the country. Cases were registered under sections 4 and 5 of the Indian explosives act, sections 25,54 and 59 of the arms act and sections 302/ 115/ 384/ 148/ 149/149 of the IPC.

Sources in the Punjab police confirmed yesterday that Tangri’s cases had been referred to the review committee and directions to do so had come from the “top”.

Committees have been set up at the district level headed by the deputy commissioners concerned to look into cases registered allegedly on the basis of political vendetta during the previous Congress regime. The sources said that with the evidence on record, it remained to be seen how Tangri’s cases could be included in the “political vendetta” category.

Tangri was the chief of the Shiv Sena (Rashtravadi).

Media reports on the cases registered during July, 2002, reveal the seizure of swords, knives and guns from a shop which was allegedly used as a store called “shashtr ghar” by Tangri and his men. He was allegedly sheltering persons engaged in illegal duplicate CD preparation and also holding his own darbar in the market to lord over this parallel administration of justice. Allegations of collecting “hafta” (protection money) from shopkeepers in the area were also levelled against him.

The ruling combine has referred about 180 cases registered during the Congress regime, including those of sedition.


Guns ’n bricks at Pbi varsity
Four students injured; 15 detained
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala August 21
Six youths were injured in a fierce fight between two groups outside the main gate of Punjabi University here this noon.Sources said the groups first had an altercation on the campus. They moved out and one group, belonging to Safidpur village, got outsiders and attacked the rival group at the main gate with .12 bore guns, revolvers and sharp-edged weapons.

The other group retaliated with bricks. This intimidated onlookers who ran helter-skelter to save themselves from the rampant firing. Some took shelter in nearby shops.

Four students injured seriously were admitted to Rajindra Government Hospital. They were identified as Rajvinder Singh Dhanola, president of YOI group in university, Malwinder Singh and Gurinder Singh, both law student, and Jatinder Pal Singh of MA Statistics. Two more injured, Lal Singh and Harvinder Singh, were suspected to be outsiders.

Rajvinder Singh, talking to The Tribune, said the rival group from Safidpur village opened fire at them indiscriminately. “We defended ourselves with bricks and stones.” Personal rivalry is said to be the reason behind the fight.

The SHO concerned and the SSP were not available for comment, despite repeated attempts to contact them on the phone. The police has not registered a case. It is alleged that some students owe allegiance to the ruling political party.

The police has rounded up 15 students from the hostels of the university to prevent further escalation of tension between the groups. A few students who received minor injuries in the clash were allowed to go after first-aid.



TN also for more power to states
Tribune News Service

Khurana (Sangrur), August 21
If there is any thing more common in the ideology of Punjab and Tamil Nadu then it is more powers for the states, as both are staunch supporters of it.

In reply to a question here today, Governor, Tamil Nadu, Surjit Singh Barnala said even in his address in the Tamil Nadu Assembly there was a mention about more powers to the states. During his visit Barnala along with former Punjab minister Ranjit Singh Ballian and two former MLAs from Dhuri Gaganjit Singh Barnala and Surinder Singh Dhuri took a round of the Jyotisar Physiotherapy Kendra here. 


Bittu released
Our Correspondent

Nabha, August 21
Daljit Singh Bittu, senior vice-president of the SAD(A), was today released from the maximum security jail here. Bittu was lodged there since May 31 when he was arrested from Fatehgarh Sahib on the charges of sedition while leading a Khalsa march in protest against the dera chief. He was granted bail on Monday by a sessions court of Fatehgarh Sahib.

He was welcomed by Sikh Students Federation president Paramjit Singh Ghazi, Mandhir Singh and SAD(A) leader Surinder Pal Singh Tharua among others. Bittu said the Khalsa Action Committee had already finalised their protest programmes till October 20, the date on which a mass rally would be organised at Guru Sar Mehraj.


177 Indians starving in Gulf
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
As many as 177 Indian workers are on the brink of starvation in Dubai and Kuwait.Two Chandigarh-based travel agents sent these persons to Kuwait and Dubai. The bait was high salaries and board and lodging. All of them paid sums ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh to the agents. The workers belong to Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

Their ordeal has been mentioned in a fax sent by the victims to the Lok Bhalai Party chief, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia. They have also forwarded an MMS clip in which their employers are shown whipping them for refusing to work.

About those without food and water in Kuwait, a youth said they were sent to work for the Sahara Al Roala Company. They had been working for the past 45 days but they have no water and electricity and have not been paid anything so far.

When they asked for salaries, they were beaten up. The Indian embassy had assured them of help but things turned worse after that. Their employer beat them and said it was his country and rules favoured him.

The youths have appealed to Ramoowalia to take up the matter with the foreign affairs ministry and arrange for their safe passage home.


Bhagat Singh, Bose took shelter here
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 21
Even as the Central government, in consultation with the state government, has decided to celebrate the birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh from next month, it remains to be seen if the ruling party evinces interest to preserve the Bara Makan in the local Islamabad locality where Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev took shelter in 1928 after shooting the ASP of Lahore, J.P. Saunders.

It was in the rented house of freedom fighter Sohan Singh Josh in Bara Ghara where the young revolutionaries took shelter after shooting the British police officer. The incident later came to be known as the Lahore conspiracy case.

Apart from sheltering revolutionaries on the run, Bara Makan or Bara Ghara was also the headquarters of an underground monthly Punjabi magazine called “Kirti”.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose also took shelter during his escape from Kabul through the Holy City.

Neither the local administration nor the state government has bothered to preserve the heritage associated with the freedom fighters. Bara Makan, the only Hindu area surrounded by a Muslim population before the Partition, has already lost its essence with the large-scale renovation of houses and the lane.

The lane is now under the shadow of tall buildings. Portions of the two gates of the lane are intact but the well from where the “fugitives of the British government” used to fetch water has been filled up and a building constructed over it.

Being a Muslim-dominated village, it was named Islamabad in the early 20th century.

Bara Makan (as per official records) had six houses on either side of the lane. It was said to be a haven for revolutionaries because of its strategic location.

Giving a firsthand account, Josh says in his autobiography “My Tryst with Secularism” that “on December 17, in the afternoon, a British officer was killed by some revolutionaries outside the police headquarters. On the same night somebody knocked at my door in Bara Ghara. I was all alone in the house. I opened the door and to my utter surprise I found Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev standing there.”


Sorry, says Outlook
Tribune Reporters

Amritsar, August 21
Outlook, an English magazine, has apologised for portraying Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale as a villain in its issue and publishing his caricature showing him carrying weapons in his beard.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) in a strongly worded ultimatum had sought unqualified apology from the magazine.

In the apology and clarification given in the latest issue of the magazine, the editor has said that they regret it.

Moga: Various Sikh organisations, including radicals, took out a protest march and burnt copies of a magazine for portraying Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in bad light here today.

Amid heavy police bandobast the protest march began from Bibi Kahan Kaur Gurdwara and concluded at Joginder Singh Chowk.

Volunteers of the SAD (A), SAD (1920), AISSF (Grewal) and Mehta groups participated in it. 


42 schools defy DC’s order
Our Correspondent

Barnala, August 21
Deputy Commissioner V.K.Ohri has taken strong notice of flouting his orders to keep schools closed on August 20. According to sources, 42 schools in Barnala, Shaina, Mehal Kalan and Tapa blocks were found open yesterday despite the DC declaring it a holiday under the Negotiable and Instruments Act . The DC had ordered the closure of all schools and government offices on the death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.

Baba Gandha Singh Public School Barnala, headed by SGPC’s internal committee member Baba Tek Singh Dhanaula, was also found open yesterday. The DC said notices would be issued to all schools open yesterday.


Newly elected councillors meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
A meeting of newly elected councillors of the municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala was held at Punjab Congress Bhavan here today.

The meeting was presided over by Shamsher Singh Dullo, president of the Punjab Congress. Senior leaders Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Jagmeet Singh Brar addressed the councillors.

Most of the councillors complained about police atrocities and the use of government machinery by the ruling party to win these elections. The actions of the police authorities and election officials during the poll were condemned.

Raj Pal Singh, media in charge of the Congress, said a resolution was adopted to empower the party high command to decide the leader and the deputy leader of the opposition in these corporations.

Commenting on the “vendetta politics” of the Akali-BJP alliance government, Dullo said the claim of the BJP on urban support had been proved hollow by the election results of the four corporations where the BJP lagged behind the Congress in terms of numbers.

The combine won only due to the brazen use of muscle power, rigging and booth capturing, alleged Dullo.


Collector rates hiked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab government today hiked the collector’s rates of all properties by 50 per cent over the existing rates. The collector’s rates are the minimum base price at which the value of a property is calculated for the purpose of paying stamp duty.

Orders in this regard were issued here this evening and all deputy commissioners were asked to implement the same with immediate affect. The DCs had also been asked to give details about the prevailing collector’s rates in the respective districts with details of all urban and rural rates.

Officials said if a person was paying 7 per cent for a property worth Rs 10 lakh, now with the enhanced rates the same property would be valued at Rs 20 lakh.


Records pertaining to registrar safe
Tribune News Service

Patiala August 21
The controversy surrounding the burning of records of the office of dean (colleges) of Punjabi University here last night remained shrouded in mystery even today.

Vice-chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai said it seemed to be a deliberate attempt to reduce the chance of bail to registrar B.S. Sandhu. The judicial remand of the registrar would end on August 24 and his bail application in the graft cases was also to come up before the court. However, fortunately the entire records pertaining to the case against Sandhu were safe.

The university had handed over the possession of the room in which the records were burnt to the police.

Meanwhile, the police today pressed sniffer dog squads and forensic teams into service. The forensic experts have collected samples and taken photographs of the site.

The organisations, including FEAR, fighting against the VC have demanded a high-level inquiry into the burning of the records. They are alleging that after the registrar was caught by the vigilance while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from the owner of private BEd college, his co-conspirators were in panic. They did not want that the records regarding affiliations granted to 53 private colleges in past three years should fall in the hands of vigilance. So, the records were destroyed, they added.

Interestingly, the security officer of the university has given a detailed account of how the fire was caused. He had stated in newspapers that the record was first placed on tables, kerosene was sprinkled over it and then it was set on fire. How he came to know all this is still a mystery.


Mann speaks up for Dalit girls
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 21
The president of the SAD (A), Simranjit Singh Mann, today flayed the state government for failing to check atrocities on Dalits. He visited Faridpur, about 30 km from here, where four Dalit girls were allegedly victimised by a landowner.

Mann said the girls had gone to answer the call of nature in a field. The owner of the field allegedly abused them and forced them to pick up the “dirt” from his field with their hands.

This evoked a protest in the Dalit community of the area but the police failed to take action against the accused.

Mann said the police was acting as a “private army” of leaders of the party.


Licences of 9 ration depots suspended

Bathinda, August 21
The district food and supplies control (DFSC) authorities today suspended six licences of ration depots as the owners had failed to lift the stock of atta and dal from Punsup points to distribute them to beneficiaries.

The licences of three ration depots were suspended for not keeping enough kerosene. However, an unsigned pressnote issued by the district public relations office on behalf of the deputy commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, claimed that the licences of 15 ration depots had been cancelled. — TNS


BIG 92.7 FM in Patiala 

Patiala, August 21
The BIG 92.7 FM radio was formally launched in Patiala in the presence of Punjabi pop star Harbhajan Mann.It would be available in Sangrur, Malerkotla, Dhuri, Nabha, Bhadson, Amloh, Sirhind, Rajpura, Gobindgarh, Banur, Patran, Bhawanigarh and Samana town falling in the periphery of about 60 km from Patiala. 


Book on last Sufi poet

Amritsar, August 21
The book, “Ishak Allah Di Zaat,” which included the rare poetry of Hazrat Sakhi Sabar Baba Madho Shah, the last Sufi poet will be released in Jalandhar tomorrow.

The book has been edited by noted Punjabi writer Harkanwal Korpal, a resident of Amritsar, who had collected the poetry of the last Sufi poet by visiting various Sufi deras in Punjab and Lahore.

The poetry of this Sufi was sung by great singers like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. — TNS


High Court
Hearing on Raninder’s plea adjourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
A Division Bench, comprising Justice Uma Nath Singh Singh and Justice Rajive Bhalla, today adjourned the hearing on the pre-arrest notice plea of Raninder Singh, son of former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, and his kin Raminder Singh.

The petitioner have sought 10 days’ notice before arrest in any case to be registered against them anywhere in and by state of Punjab or any other state instrumentality or state agency, including the Vigilance Bureau and the Punjab police. The hearing was deferred for September 18 for arguments.

Earlier, during the hearing, the counsel for the petitioners Udai Lalit, assisted by Himmat Singh Shergill, cited Supreme Court judgments, in the context of the discretion of the court as asserted by the Bench, and also mentioned about the judgment of a single bench of the High Court.

He also submitted that there was nothing concrete against the petitioners yet they were being subjected to harassment due to political vendetta, even though petitioners had been cooperating with the investigation.

State counsel Rupinder Khosla had alleged that the petitioners were not cooperating with the investigating officers and pointed out that there was sufficient material against them to prove their involvement in the matter, including the Hawala transactions.

The petitioners’ counsel also averred that the Punjab Chief Minister was trying to implicate Capt Amarinder Singh and members of his family in fake cases and pressurising the police to fabricate evidence against them.

Cases against Poohla

On a petition alleging the involvement of Nihang Tarna Dal chief Ajit Singh Poohla in some murders in Majitha district, Amritsar and Ludhiana and seeking a CBI probe into the matter, the High Court has directed that a special investigation team, headed by the SSP, Amritsar, would investigate the matter and submit its report on next date of hearing.

Justice Surya Kant had issued the aforesaid directions on a petition filed by Ranjit Singh and Pritam Singh, both residents of Gurdaspur district.

In their petition against the state of Punjab, SSP, Majithia, and SHO, police station, Beas, the petitioners have averred that though a case was registered on June 2, 1991, the police had failed to investigate the crime till date as the accused was having proximity with senior police officials.

The petition also referred to the cases registered in police station Verowal, Amritsar district, in July, 1980, and at the Kotwali police station in Ludhiana.

The case will now come up for hearing on November 11.

Notice to minister

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, issued notices to the state of Punjab, minister for food supplies and consumer affairs Adesh Pratap Singh and principal secretary in the food supplies ministry Tejinder Kaur on a PIL.

The court also directed that the advocate-general H.S. Mattewal should appear before the Bench tomorrow. The PIL, filed by advocate H.C. Arora, sought directions to the aforesaid respondents to initiate the process of filling the vacancy of president of Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. The post has been lying vacant since June 10, 2007.

The petitioner also sought directions to the respondents to make appointments to the vacant posts of presidents and members of various district consumer forums for which recommendations had been sent by the statutory selection committee.

The Bench pointed out to additional advocate-general, Punjab, Rita Kohli, that it was taking a serious note of the matter. 


Bail for Dimpa’s gunmen
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, August 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted bail to five gunmen of Jasbir Singh Dimpa, former Congress MLA from Beas, and to Jaswant Singh Billa, former chairman, Rayya Marketing Committee, who were in judicial custody in connection with the murder of an Akali worker during the Assembly elections this year.

However, the case pertaining to granting of bail to Harmanbir Singh Gill, SP, and brother of an MLA would be taken up on August 28.

The Beas police had booked Dimpa in connection with the murder of an Akali worker during electioneering for Beas poll.

Dimpa and his 15 supporters were also booked on charges of attempt to murder, rioting and trespassing at Doullen Nangal village.


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