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Chhapar Mela
Congress, SAD vie for Bhagat Singh’s legacy
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chhapar(Ludhiana), September 27
Annual political rallies at the Chhapar mela, like in the past, proved to be nothing more than mud-slinging contest between different political parties here today. Tone of the verbal onslaught appeared to be comparatively mild this time with no election or political upheaval in the offing in the state, at least in near future.

The state function tomorrow at Amritsar to mark the 100th birthday of national hero Bhagat Singh proved to a major bone of contention between the main rivals, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal to prove who was more patriotic.

Badal said the party is organising major function in Amritsar tomorrow where the home minister would be coming and all parties had been invited. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, president of the Punjab Congress, said Badal was unnecessarily taking credit for a function being organised by the Congress in the Centre.

Bhattal went ahead and said “Punjab government should be given a trophy for mud slinging. I will like to ask them what they got for the state when the BJP was in power in the Centre?”

Badal said after 60 years of independence we need to think seriously if we had done justice to the sacrifices of the freedom fighters. The state will honour the members of the Indian hockey team which won the Asia Cup recently.

Bhattal said the party would make all efforts to bring in a university in the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

Sukhbir Badal acting president of the SAD, said government would spend anything between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000 crore for better infrastructure in Ludhiana.

Simramjit Singh Mann, president of the SAD(Amritsar) criticised the increase in power tariff.

Lok Bhalai Party acting president Avtar Singh Mullanpuri also addressed a gathering of supporters. The CPM rally witnessed comparatively small gathering.

The dhadi jathas and the music groups engaged by the SAD and the Congress were definitely added attractions. A section of the crowd was seen shifting base according to the stature of the leader on the stage.

Bhattal was accompanied by Shamsher Dullo, Munish Tewari, general secretary and Jasbir Singh Khangura, local MLA. 


Amarinder’s confidant Madanjit joins BSP
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 27
Madanjit Singh a confidant of former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and liaison officer to the CM during his regime, today quit the Congress and joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) here.

He disclosed this in the presence of in charge, Punjab BSP affairs Narendra Kashyap, and president of the Punjab unit of the BSP Avtar Singh Karimpuri here.

Madanjit said he was dissatisfied with the policies of the Congress, so he quit the party.

Earlier, Kashyap said the BSP would now implement its social programme, in Punjab after its success in Uttar Pradesh. He said under this programme, people like Madanjit were coming to the BSP. He also disclosed that Madanjit would organise a big rally on October 26, where he would become a member of the BSP.

Kashyap also said the BSP was hopeful that it would get the support of all communities and religions in Punjab in the Lok Sabha election (2009) to contribute its share in the formation of Central government. He also lashed out at the Badal government by saying that it had failed in implementing its poll agenda, especially regarding the Dalits and poor.

Kashyap also announced that the Punjab BSP would hold a demonstration at Chandigarh on October 4 and also submit a memorandum to the Governor, Punjab, to instruct the state government to fulfil all promises, made with the people.


A question of name on plaque
Minister’s men break trauma ward stone
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, September 27
Formal inauguration of the trauma ward, to be constructed by the central government at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore at civil Hospital here was done by Punjab health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla amid controversies and tension, here today.

The minister, who earlier was to unveil the foundation stone of the new building,finally performed bhoomi pujan as the 'controversial' stone was broken up by over 12 associates of Punjab transport minister Mohan Lal Sharma despite police security last night.

Mohan Lal's men entered the hospital premises at 10 pm and damaged the foundation stone and took away the 'plate' in the presence of two station house officers assisted by 50 policemen.

High drama was witnessed in the hospital premises when supporters of Laxmi Kanta Chawla and associates of Mohan Lal Sharma had a confrontation. Mohan Lal’s supporters raised slogans against the health minister while the police dispersed the Chawla group.

Mohan Lal Sharma joined Laxmi Kanta Chawla when she reached the venue. Both ministers however, performed the puja at the pit dug by health officials for the foundation stone at the venue.

To a query on the controversy over the foundation stone, the health minister claimed she had invited Master Mohan Lal . She even disclosed the Gurdaspur civil surgeon had sent an invitation to the transport minister through the district health officer.

Expressing her ignorance if Mohan Lal’s name was missing from the foundation stone and from the invitation cards, the health minister said she came to know about this through certain news papers only. The minister also expressed ignorance if the foundation stone was broken.

“I feel the foundation stones should be laid only when the trauma ward be commissioned to general public,” she said .

Mohan Lal failed to control his anger and answered a question put to the health minister saying the media persons instigated his men for breaking the foundation stone.

The health minister also assured a case would be represented to the central government seeking more funds for the ward.

MLA Sujanpur Dinesh Singh Babbu , MD Punjab Health Systems Corporation Roshan Sunkaria, director health service Punjab S.K. Singh Sohal,Gurdaspur civil surgeon P.K. Mittal and senior medical officer, Pathankot, Dr Ravi Dogra and others.


VB breaks open lockers of Virk family
Jewellery worth Rs 1.81 lakh found
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today broke open three bank lockers of the family members of arrested DGP S.S. Virk here this evening.

It was an anti-climax. The three lockers at the HDFC Bank in Sector 8 collectively yielded jewellery worth Rs 1.81 lakh.

This is seen as “insignificant” in the context of the case of disproportionate assets registered against Virk.

Records of the bank indicated that the lockers were last operated on September 14 by Col Rajdeep Singh Virk (retd), brother of the DGP. The VB sealed these lockers on September 20, six days later.

Sources in the vigilance said another locker of the family in the HDFC Bank in Delhi was yet to be opened.

One of the lockers opened today was in the name of Rajdeep Virk.

This was found to be empty, said Balkar Singh Sidhu, SP, economic offence wing.

Two other lockers, one in the name of Gulshan Virk, daughter of Rajdeep Virk and the other in the name of Jaswinder Virk, wife of the DGP, yielded jewellery worth Rs 1.81 lakh.

Family members of the DGP, who were present at the spot, alleged that the VB did not have permission from the court to break open the lockers.

Sources pointed out that one of the lockers had three sets of jewellery. The most expensive was a “kundan set” valued at Rs 85,000.


Endangering People’s Health
Quacks prescribe steroids to patients
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 27
Satnam Singh, whose wife is a rheumatic patient, received a miracle drug in the form of small pellets for a quack that provided her quick relief from acute joint pains. The relief was so quick that this created an apprehension in his mind.

He got the drug tested from a government laboratory and found that they were being given steroids. The steroids provided her immediate relief, but were exposing him to harmful side affects.

Principal of the Government Medical College, Patiala, Dr Kiranjit Kaur when contacted also confirmed that quacks were endangering health of patients by administering them steroids.

She said many patients come to them with allegedly ‘desi’ drugs that are provided to them by quacks in the form of powder wrapped in papers or small pellets made in sugar. We got the drugs tested in our laboratory and found high contents of steroids in them.

Generally four types of steroids prednisone, betamethasone, dexamethasone and hydrocortisone were found in the ‘desi’ preparations of the quacks.

The steroids are generally increased doses of hormones and are recommended for acute patients as a last resort. They have to be given in a controlled manner to the patients under medical supervision.

Prolonged use of said steroids causes variety of adverse affects on the patients that can be life threatening. The major possible side effects include muscle weakness, kidney stones, diabetes, osteoporosis (weakening of bones), early cataract and weight gain.

She said, “ Generally we provide the laboratory reports of such miracle drugs to patients, who get them tested from us. We do not forward the reports to the drug authorities as the patients generally do not reveal the names of the quacks from where they fetch the medicines. Our objective is to inform the patients regarding the ill affects of so called ‘desi’ medicines that are providing them immediate relief.”

In many cases, even high-ranking officials and educated people had been found to be taking wonder drugs from the quacks, she added.

The sale of steroids is prohibited without proper prescription of doctors. However, the sources available here told that the quacks purchase these steroids in bulk from medical representatives and use them illegally to provide miracle drugs to patients coming to them.

In the recent past, a case of a quack duping patients by selling them remedy for AIDS was highlighted. A few raids were conducted by the health officials, but thing came back to square one after some time.


BJP’s Punjab office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The newly elected president of the Punjab BJP, Rajinder Bhandari, today announced office-bearers of the state unit. Vice-Presidents- Vijay Sampla, Vinod Sharma, Surjit Jyani, Manjit Singh Rai and Virender Kaur Thandi; general secretaries-Ashwani Kumar and Kamal Sharma; secretaries-Anil Sarin, Subhash Bhateja, Rakesh Gill and Rajender Mohan Singh Cheema; treasurer- Bal Krishan Mittal.


Bhattal meets Dullo

Khanna, September 27
Leaving nothing to chance, the newly appointed chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, visited the former PPCC chief, Shamsher Singh Dullo, at his private residence, here today.

There had been a general perception amongst the political circles that Dullo had been displeased with the recent developments that had led to nomination of Rajinder as the party chief.

Dullo said he honoured the decision taken by the party high command and assured full cooperation to her. — TNS


Residents to pay for Congress’ populist measures
Our Correspondent

Abohar, September 27
The employees of the Municipal Council will have to bear the brunt of populist measures adopted during the Congress regime.

According to a letter received from the state headquarters of the Local Bodies Department, the employees have been asked to recover Rs 112 lakh as arrears from the citizens in house tax accounts, and 211 lakh in water and sewerage accounts. The government offers 1 per cent incentive to the employees, who succeed in meeting 35-75 per cent of the target and 2 per cent above that. Those who fail in recovering at least 35 per cent of the arrears will have to face disciplinary action, the letter warns.

The Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, which has got municipal employees on deputation, is forming separate teams to recover arrears from the consumers. The authorities have been directed to submit weekly report on recoveries to the regional deputy director of the department. It has been made clear that the amount recovered from the consumers would be used for clearing debts.

The council has to pay Rs 275 lakh as employees’ provident fund, 70 lakh as contribution in the pension account, 78 lakh as electricity bills. The contractors claim approximately Rs 250 lakh against works completed by them during the last four and a half years.

However, SAD-BJP councillors have challenged the bills of the contractors alleging mass bungling. The Vigilance Department had already taken some record of the council into its custody.


Bhagat Singh remembered in Vancouver

Chandigarh, September 27
Several organisations, including the Indian-Canadian Workers Federation and the Radical Desi Youth joined hands to celebrate the birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Vancouver, Canada, today. An evening of film excerpts, poetry, talks, readings of Bhagat Singh’s writings and a photo exhibition was organised. The event marked the legacy of Bhagat Singh as well the relevance of his ideas and actions today as the people of South Asia are caught in the crossfire of US interventions, the World Bank and IMF, corporate globalisation, militarisation and crushing levels of poverty and inequality.

In Victoria, Canada, two leaders of the NDP, official opposition, Carole James and Rai Chouhan, joined the South Asian community in celebrating the 100th birth anniversary. — TNS


Punjab complains to Union govt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Punjab, which is the largest buyer of electricity from the open market in the country, has complained to the Union Government about its exploitation by power surplus states.

Aware of the fact that Punjab will have to buy electricity from the open market during the paddy season and summer, certain power surplus states deliberately jack up the rates. During the current paddy season, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had to buy power up to Rs 7.25 per unit whereas production cost of power was less than Rs 3 in all parts of the country. In fact, average cost of power generation in Punjab's hydro and thermal power plants is just Rs 1.63. Power surplus states mint money by selling electricity at very high rates to deficit states.

During the last fiscal year, the PSEB had purchased power worth Rs 3,900 crore and during the current fiscal year its power purchase was likely to cross Rs 4,200 crore.

Sources said the issue was raised by representatives of the Punjab Government recently at the meeting of power ministers of various states. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the union power minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde. The Centre was asked by Punjab representatives to impose check on the power sale and purchase market.

The present power generation capacity of Punjab is 6200 MW against the peak demand of 9000 MW during paddy season. There is a shortfall of 30 per cent.


Kidney Removal Case
Father for viscera exam outside state
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 27
Fearing manipulation in the viscera examination of the body parts of the dead child, Sonia, whose kidney was allegedly removed by the principal of the Amritsar Medical College, the relatives have demanded the test to be conducted outside the state.

Shiv Dhar Dube, father of the child, talking to the media here today said he had no faith in the chemical lab in Patiala under the jurisdiction of the State Health Department and the police. He said the viscera test should be conducted either from forensic lab in Hyderabad or in some other states.

However, principal Dr JPK Shergill had already denied the allegations and pointed out that certain higher-ups in the department were trying to defame her reputation.

Demanding the CBI probe into the alleged removal of kidney and death due to subsequent falling health, Dube also demanded registering of a case against the principal and other involved in the case.


No special grant for Indo-Pak border farmers
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The Union Government has refused to give any special grant to help farmers who own land along the fence in Punjab on the Indo-Pak border.

Sources today said the state government had discussed the issue with the Union Government authorities. However, they refused to concede the demand for extending special help to such farmers. The Punjab Government had sought Rs 5,000 per acre as financial help for such farmers.

Among the reasons cited by the state government were that such farmers are allowed to grow only limited number of crops. They are not allowed to sow sugarcane and other crops having a height above certain level because of security reasons. Farmers are allowed to stay in their fields only for a few hours during the day. Owing to these reasons, they suffer a production loss to the tune of Rs 5,000 per acre per crop.

It has been estimated that about 17,200 acres of land is across the fence in Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and Ferozepore districts.

Earlier, in 2000, the Union Government had give one-time special grant to these framers at the rate of Rs 3,000 per acre.

Sources said that the Union government had turned down the state government's demand taking the plea that no other state had asked for such a grant.


PAU told to generate resources
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, September 27
The Punjab government has asked Punjab Agricultural University authorities to generate own resources .It is learnt Guru Angad Dev Vetetrinary and Animal Sciences University(GADVASU) has also been asked to generate own resources.

PAU vice-chancellor Dr M.S. Kang confirmed Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal asking him to get land use changed and sell or lease out it.

The university has 1 km stretch from gate no 2 to gate no 1 on the Ferozepur Road,ideal for commercial purposes. There is a small portion of land in-between where a private building stands. Land prices on the Ferozepur Road are the highest here ranging from Rs 1 lakh per sq yard to more than Rs. 1 lakh.

The university is in financial crisis for five years and the government has been allocating Rs 80 crore only per year plus Rs 10 crore for the Veterinary College converted into a veterinary university. The PAU authorities had been pressing for raise in grant-in-aid to the university but to no avail despite assurances by former CM Amarinder Singh.

Finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal agreed to raise the grant to Rs 100 crore. Even this is not sufficient for research and development, claims Dr Kang.

Dr Kang said, “Salary component is Rs 94 crore and are left with Rs 6 crore.Money is needed to replenish Pension Fund which is depleting fast. There is 10 per cent raise in salary every month. Besides Rs 2.5 crore is needed for pensions every month.”

Dr Kang disclosed some portion of the front view of the PAU land was in dispute.

Meanwhile Dr V. K. Taneja, VC Guru Angad Dev Veterinary university, denied he had been asked to generate own funds or sell the land.

There is a prime 64 acres which was part of experimental area of PAU on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road in the midst of the town. The market price of this land is more than Rs 1 lakh per sq yard on the front side (Ferozepur Road).

Distribution of assets between PAU and GADVASU was made on 70-30 ratio and GADVASU has got 225 acres in all from PAU although, the veterinary university is not doing research work.

Budget of the GADVASU for current year is Rs 42.22 crore and the state government allocation is Rs 25 crore. Out of this, the salary component is Rs 20 crore and the university continues to face financial difficulties. The government had promised to extend assistance of Rs 4 crore for research and got only Rs 1 crore last year.


Doordarshan, AIR to go off air today
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 27
All India Radio and Doordarshan viewers across the country will not be able to hear or watch their favourite programmes tomorrow since all employees will be on a day’s casual leave.

More than 38,000 employees of various cadres having affiliation to the National Federation of Akashvani and Doordarshan Employees (NFADE) have already submitted their casual leave applications to their respective station heads.

Manjit Singh, state coordinator of the outfit, said their major demand was scrapping of the Prasar Bharti Act, 1990.


Bankers strike work against merger

Patiala September 27
The employees of State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) today struck work to protest the proposed merger of their bank with State Bank of India.

Hundred of employees gathered before the SBoP head office at Sherawala gate and held a dharna. They blocked the traffic on the road for about two hours and raised anti-government slogans. Hundreds of bank employees from the region also joined the local bankers today.

The general secretary of the State Sector Bank Employees’ Association, N.K. Gaur, said most of the employees of the seven state banks were against the proposed merger with the SBI.

Managing director of SBoP A.C. Varma said the strike on the issue of merger as preemptive as there was no move towards its merger with SBI. — TNS


Amarinder’s bail plea: Saini haunts HC proceedings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Whenever any case relating to former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, his family or aides comes up in the high court, Vigilance Bureau director Sumedh Singh Saini’s name invariably finds a mention. And the context in which Saini’s name appears may not be exactly to his liking. Today was no different.

Even as the counsel for Capt Amarinder Singh, R.S. Cheema, was in full flow explaining the contours of blanket bail and its pros and cons, a casual reference to the manner of arrest of B.I.S. Chahal on June 10 in Ludhiana outside the Vigilance office focussed the attention on Saini and the awesome power he enjoys in the state.

Justice Ranjit Singh, known for his matter-of-fact style and restraint, for a moment shed his inhibition and made strong observations against the Vigilance director. Cheema, on his part, highlighted the fact in the past 15 years; it was for the first time that an officer of the rank of an IG had been appointed as the Vigilance director.

The judge in a cold but hard-hitting observation referred to some rumours stemming from Chahal’s disclosure (about Saini’s comments) to a judicial magistrate. And what might make the gravity of observations on Saini clear is the fact that Justice Ranjit Singh found the entire scenario quite disturbing and wanted rule of law to be followed strictly.

Meanwhile, R.S. Cheema continued to hammer on the validity of the petitioner’s apprehensions that he might be arrested or implicated in one case or the other. There were frequent references to Chahal and former DGP S.S. Virk to buttress the theory of ‘politics of vendetta’ being allegedly pursued by the present Akali-BJP regime.

Captain Amarinder Singh has sought blanket bail or a 10 days’ notice before arrest in any case registered or to be registered against him by the Punjab government or it’s any agency or instrumentality, including the Vigilance Bureau or Punjab Police.

The lengthy arguments saw citations of apex court judgments like Gurbax Singh Sibia, Adri Dharan Dass, among others and Cheema was particularly keen to explain the meaning of the term ‘blanket’ when tagged with the bail.

Cheema referred to a news-item which had appeared in a vernacular daily that the Vigilance was also making up a case over the alleged sale of Gulmohar tourist complex in Pathankot for pittance against Amarinder, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh and Lal Singh. He said that the Vigilance expected a cheating of Rs 20 crores.

The Vigilance was also keen on building up a disproportionate assets case while the Ludhiana City Centre case was already out in the open, Cheema added, stressing on the reasonability of the petitioner’s fears of arrest.

The judge asked the counsel for the state, Mukesh Berry, that if he wanted to counter anything said by Cheema he was permitted to do so. At this, Berry sought time till Wednesday to file his reply and the hearing in the case was thus adjourned to October 3.

Importantly, the hearing on Amarinder’s plea seeking permission to go to the UK and Dubai too was adjourned to October 1. The judge said since the petitioner had cited different reasons for going to the two countries, the order would have to take care of that. Amarinder wanted to go to the UK for medical treatment while to Dubai for investment.


Notice to Punjab local govt secretary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The high court today issued notice for October 30 to the Punjab local government secretary, commissioner and assistant commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, on a PIL by Tejinder Singh, a journalist.

The petitioner has sought directions to the aforesaid respondents to taken steps to end encroachments by private hospitals, shopkeepers, rehriwalla-phariwalas and others in the city. The petitioner averred that by not leaving any space for parking either in the front or at the back of the buildings, it had become increasingly difficult for the public and the traffic to pass through.

He also highlighted the fact that district and municipal authorities, despite directions issued by the high court in 2003, had failed to take action to end the encroachments.


Complainant told to pay Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 27
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here has ordered Surjeet Kaur of Ghanauri Kalan village in Dhuri tehsil, to pay Rs 5,000 compensation to woman doctor Sumandeep Grewal, posted at the Sangrur civil hospital, for filing a frivolous complaint against the doctor before the forum.

President of the forum M.D. Sharma also mentioned as the forum had found the complaint frivolous and dismissed it with costs quantified at Rs 1,000.

Surjeet Kaur visited Dr Sumandeep Grewal in 2004 for treatment of abdominal pain. The doctor asked Surjeet Kaur to undergo various tests. Thereafter, it was diagnosed that Surjeet Kaur had some unnatural growth in the abdominal area, which was to be removed by surgical operation. Accordingly an operation was done on September 14, 2004 in civil hospital, Sangrur. Despite this the pain in the abdominal area remained .

When her condition did not improve she was taken to DMC hospital at Ludhiana where Dr Sandeep Sharma advised her to undergo various tests, in which it was ascertained that some surgical sponge -like article was still in the abdominal area which was operated on by Dr Grewal. Due to this Surjeet Kaur had to undergo second operation on March 11, 2005.

During the proceedings of the case, doctor Grewal denied she had left any surgical sponge in the abdominal area of Surjeet Kaur. Two other gynaecologists in their affidavits also stated there was no evidence on record to show that any surgical sponge was left in the abdominal area of Surjeet Kaur.


8 acquitted in blast case
Tribune News Service

Ropar, September 27
The court of district additional sessions judge G.S. Saran today acquitted eight persons in a bomb blast case outside the dera of Bhaniarewala Baba in Nurpur Bedi on January 10, 2005. Those acquitted are Sant Singh, Amarjeet Singh, Parminder Singh, Amritpal Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Avtra Singh and Gurdev Singh. They had been booked under Sections 3 and 4 of the Explosives Act.


Inside Babudom
Four sensitive posts lying vacant in Punjab Police
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Even though there is a constant race among officials to seek out important postings, still four sensitive and important posts in the Punjab Police have been lying vacant for varying periods of time.

There are claimants too and in the past a few names have been discussed but no decision has been taken. The post of IG, Ferozepore Zone (stationed at Bathinda) has been vacant for more than five months now. IG, Patiala Zone, M.K. Tewari is holding dual charge. Tewari’s work spreads across more than 300 km.

There are two other IG-level officials, one stationed at Jalandhar Zone and the other based at Amritsar and is the IG, border zone.

The post of IG,Ferozepore, is vacant despite the fact that Malwa region continues to be sensitive in view of the prevailing tension between followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikh organisations.

Another important post lying vacant for more than two months is IG, intelligence. The last incumbent V.K. Bhawra has gone on study leave and since then the names of several IG-level officials have propped up as possible replacements. The post deals with analysing all inputs generated by intelligence officers in the field and normally an officer who enjoys the confidence of the chief minister and the DGP is posted there.

The last important post that is vacant is that of the AIG-CID, Amritsar. 


Landran students clash; 3 hurt
Tribune News Service

Kharar, September 27
Two groups of students clashed at Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, today leaving three seriously injured.

The incident took place at 11 am in the college campus. Police sources said one of the student leaders, Hardev Singh, who wanted to hold student union elections and was dismissed by the college management for misconduct, approached another group for holding the elections today.

This led to a tiff between the two groups, resulting in the clash. The two groups attacked each other with sharp-edged weapons and kirpans.

The injured, Rishi, Gagandeep Singh and Raj Brar, sustained serious head injuries. Rishi was admitted to Fortis Hospital in Mohali and Gagandeep and Raj Brar to the PGIMER.

The Majat police has booked Hardev Singh, Manpreet Sekhon, Harjeet Singh, Kulbir Singh and Harkirat Singh, alias Goldy, under Sections 307, 326, 148, 149 of the IPC. No arrest has been made.

The management of the college suspended six students in the evening after investigating the case. They are: Harkirat, Gagandeep, Jasjit, Kushaldeep Singh Sekhon, Kulbir Singh and Baldeep Singh.

The college claimed it was taking care of the injured students and that their parents had been informed.


Drug peddlers arrested

Rajpura, September 27
The Rajpura police today nabbed two drug peddlers, Sahib Singh and Bant Lal, and recovered 10 kg poppy husk and other narcotics from their possession. — TNS


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