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After sixty years, they will finally get one
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Bamial (Gurdaspur), October 30
With the decks being cleared for a bridge on the Ujj river, the 60-year-old problem of over 15 villages located along the Indo-Pak border across the river will be solved soon. The government had been reluctant in constructing the bridge for security reasons, forcing thousands of villagers to live in miserable conditions in the absence of basic civic amenities.

The bridge on the Bamial-Koj ki Chak-Pallah road will come up at a cost of over Rs 10.48 crore and the funds will be provided by Nabard. The long-pending demand of these villages is likely to be fulfilled as the proposal has got a green signal from the defence authorities.

Replying to a letter of the superintending engineer, Construction Circle, Punjab Public Works Department (Building and Roads), Pathankot, the general officer commanding of the defence authorities has issued a no-objection certificate for the construction of the bridge.

The miseries of the villagers was highlighted by The Tribune on June 28 that forced the bureaucracy and political leaders of the area to take up the issue on priority basis. Sources in the department stated that the authorities had kept a provision to blow off certain middle-spans of the bridge in case of any emergency.

In the absence of a permanent bridge residents of Donwal, Dostpur, Sarota, Kotpattian, Khoj-ki-Chak, Simbal Sokol, Jawahar Kotli, Bhawalpur, Pallah, Tinda, Gola, Talotar, Balotar and Simbal Kulian villages have to travel an additional 100 km to Jammu in case of an emergency during rains. During three months of the rains they have to rely on boats and rafts to cross the river to reach Dinanagar, Gurdaspur and Pathankot.

The government has been spending a huge amount in laying a pontoon bridge across the bridge every year. With the onset of the monsoon the administration use to dismantle the bridge, wasting lakhs of rupees.

Meanwhile, executive engineer of the PWD (B and R), construction circle, Pathankot, P.P. Chaudhary, said a team of the Nabard would visit the site in the first week of November before starting the construction of the bridge.


Gurjant’s daughters return police medal
Rajay Deep
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 30
To express their resentment against a “negative” attitude of the authorities concerned in the case relating to Gurjant Singh, who had allegedly set himself and members of his family on fire, his two daughters today returned the police medal awarded to him. The naib tehsildar took the medal on behalf of the deputy commissioner. Gurjant had received the medal for his bravery during the time of militancy in Punjab.

Meanwhile, the Agni Kaand Insaaf Dwao joint action committee arranged an antim ardas at Gurdwara Shri Haji Rattan Sahib here for Gurjant, his wife Jasveer Kaur, daughters Beant Kaur and Veer Pal Kaur, who died in the incident. Many prominent leaders of the area were present at the ceremony.

After the ceremony, members of the committee, along with Gurjant’s daughters, took out a march to the office of the deputy commissioner to submit him a memorandum and return the medal.

At about 2 pm, the protesters assembled at the gate of the Mini-Secretariat.

The protesters demanded action against police officials allegedly responsible for the incident.

They went to the office of the deputy commissioner to submit him the memorandum. However, getting no response from the authorities, they came out and threatened to block the road. Naib tehsildar Karnail Singh came to receive the memorandum on behalf of the deputy commissioner.

Convener of the committee Jagjit Singh Joga said: “We have demanded action against the police officials responsible for the death of Gurjant and members of his family.”

Daughter of Gurjant Ram Pal Kaur said: “I have returned the medal. If no action is taken against the erring policemen, who allegedly set them on fire, then we will intensify our protest.”


SGPC withdraws 16-yr-old book
Delhi panel lodges complaint with Takht
Varinder Walia /Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 30
Even as SGPC chief Avtar Singh has announced to withdraw the 16-year-old controversial book, “Sikh History”, published in Hindi by the Dharm Parchar Committee (DPC), the two-member committee of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today lodged a formal complaint with the Akal Takht secretariat, seeking strict action against the SGPC as per Sikh Maryada. The book allegedly carries blasphemous information.

However, the SGPC chief said he had already ordered a high-level probe into the publication of the book. It may be mentioned here that earlier the SGPC had withdrawn the book “Gurbilas Patsahi-6 “, edited by Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti (now Jathedar of Akal Takht) following strong reactions by the Sikh scholars to some objectionable contents.

Avtar Singh said the SGPC had already decided in principle to get the certification of a high-level committee of Sikh scholars for all books to be published by the SGPC in future to avoid any controversy. He said DSGMC chief Parmjit Singh Sarna had decided to lodge the complaint with the Akal Takht secretariat with a view to preventing action against them on the basis of attempting to send Birs of holy Guru Granth Sahib to Canada in a container in violation of Sikh Maryada.

Meanwhile, the Sarna brothers sought immediate resignation by the SGPC chief after opening up of the container, which was brought from Mumbai Port to New Delhi. The DSGMC chief alleged that the inquiry committee, constituted by the SGPC to look into the shipment of the Birs, had submitted a “biased report” and tried to “misguide” the Takht. He claimed that nothing objectionable was found on the opening of the container since the Birs, wrapped with Rumalas, were kept in brand new trunks. However, the SGPC chief said the unconditional apology, tendered by the Sikh organisation from Canada had vindicated the stand of the SGPC that the Birs were being sent through shipment in violation of the Maryada.

Meanwhile, Bhai Mohkam Singh, convener of the Khalsa Action Committee, has suggested both chiefs to stop levelling charges against each other on the mode of sending Birs to far-flung areas. 


Congress files defamation case against Daler
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, October 30
Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehandi is once again embroiled in controversy. This time, for allegedly using defamatory remarks against former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh and the Congress at a function held at Lodhi Club here on Saturday.

A complaint was filed against him under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC by president of the Punjab Youth Congress legal cell’s local unit Rana Harjasdeep Singh here today. Taking congnisance of the defamation case, the court of judicial magistrate Tarsem Mangla has fixed November 23 for recording the evidence of the complainant.

The complainant has said that on October 27 in the evening, a function was organised by the Lodhi Club where Daler was invited to perform. Daler, speaking from the dais during the performance, said the previous Congress regime under Capt Amarinder Singh was a rule by “decoits and gundas”. With the end of the Congress regime, he was now back to perform in Punjab.

Harjasdeep further alleged that the singer sang a song, which he claimed to have written during the bad period to throw light on those who were heading the state at that time and those who enjoyed positions of power during the previous Congress government and all Congress men, the police and media that defamed him. “Chor uchakke choudhary, gundi ran pardhan .... Babba teriyan beparvahian, uddon kutte khaan malaiyaan”. These words were uttered by Daler, referring to Cap Amarinder Singh and Congress men, added the complainant. 


Centre gets notice in Virk case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
Acting on an application filed by Punjab's former director general of the police S.S Virk, challenging the order of placing his service under suspension, the Central Administration Tribunal today issued notice to the Union of India and other respondents for November 25.

In his application, Virk has also challenged a memorandum "whereby the articles of charges were served upon him". He has also challenged the failure of Union of India to decide statutory administrative appeals filed by him on April 18 and May 25. He has also sought directions for declaring that the order of suspension no longer subsists.

Giving details, Virk asserted that he was placed under suspension during the period when the government of India was considering his case for the termination of his state-to-state deputation so as to save him from Punjab government's wrath.

Even though he was ordered to be prematurely repatriated to Maharashtra, his parent cadre, the state of Punjab refused to even acknowledge the Central government's orders and charge-sheet dated April 20 was sent to him.

His departmental appeals were at the final stages of decision by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and a clear cut case of abuse of process of law was made out. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was, in the meantime, advised by certain biased police officers to book him in a fresh case as his administrative appeal was meritorious. As they would not be able to lay hands on Virk once the appeal was accepted, the Chief Minister was advised that Virk should be picked up whether he was in Delhi or Punjab since illegal arrest would not be possible in Maharashtra.

His counsel Charanjit Singh Bakhshi added that as a result of a well-hatched conspiracy, information was collected by the intelligence wing of the Punjab police. When Virk was in Maharashtra Sadan, New Delhi, he was arrested without the prior permission of the Maharashtra government, even the Delhi government.

The arrest was carried out with the sole motive of humiliating him. The FIR itself was not maintainable.


Rajasansi Airport Development
Public-private tie-up mooted
Ashok Sethi

Amritsar, October 30
In a move to privatise and commercially exploit the fastest growing international airports in the non-metro segments, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has invited expression of interest (EoI) from top infrastructure giants in the country to work on a pubic-private partnership module for the development of the Amritsar airport.

The who’s who among real estate developers from across the country, including GMR group (which is presently working on the privatisation of the Delhi airport), GVK group, MGF, Larsen and Toubro and Chadda Group, besides at least 20 more companies today participated in an interactive session after the AAI made a power presentation about the major highlights in this regard.

The AAI has invited the EoI from big companies to develop the city-side segment of the airport, which would include commercial operations and maintenance of the terminal buildings and development of commercial infrastructure and cargo.

According to sources in the AAI, the projects are grossly estimated at more than Rs 300 crore and these will cater to all commercial needs of the airport operations, while 27 acres will be made available to private developers on a 30-year lease. The process is likely to take around six months and hopefully the construction will begin thereafter.

The sources said the bids for EoI had already been floated. According to the tenders on the Internet, the government plans to give the entire commercial operations to private participants while retaining the control over the air traffic control system, communication and work related to the use of parking base, maintenance of runaways, taxi tracks, etc.

The airlines which have shown keenness in Amritsar airport include Thai Airways, South African Airlines, Qatar, Korean, besides Jet Airways and Air Deccan promising additional flights to Delhi and Srinagar.


NRI Marriages
Tales of woes
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
While several women defrauded by NRI bridegrooms narrated their tale of woes here today, senior officers of the Home and NRI Departments of Punjab here today held a meeting to deal with the problems faced by such women in the state and to bring such bridegrooms to book.

Narrating her tale, Karamjit Kaur of Moga district said she, along with her young daughter, was surviving by selling animal dung cakes. Though her brilliant daughter every time tops in the class but she has no money to fund her education. Similar stories were narrated by Barjinder Kaur, Sonia and others.

The interaction with media of such women deceived by NRIs was arranged by Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, president of the Lok Bhalai Party. Ramoowalia today arranged financial help to the tune of Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 for each such woman.

Financial help was provided with the help of a Sewa Panthi Sant Nishal Singh. The Sant, who runs a private college at Yamunanagar, has also promised to provide free education to wards of such women up to postgraduation level. Tripat Kaur, principal of the college, was also present.

Meanwhile, at the official meeting, Mrs J.K. Grewal of the Indian Council of Social Welfare today gave several suggestions in writing to deal with the problem.

The council has sought registration of all marriages by including all details of both parties concerned. Instructions should be issued to the police to register FIRs against NRI bridegrooms who have cheated women. Passports of the accused should be cancelled in case these were issued by the Indian authorities concerned, information regarding accused bridegrooms should be put on a website and matrimonial disputes all such women should go direct to fast track courts. 


Punjab Jagao March from today
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 30
A radical Sikh organisation, the Dal Khalsa, has decided to woo Punjabis, including non-Sikhs, by organising a Punjab Jagao March from Akal Takht here tomorrow. With this initiative, it endeavours to make over its “radical image”.

The Dal Khalsa believes that the proposed two-day march is an attempt to rekindle love for Punjab among Punjabis, apart from focusing on the problems generated by the increasing flux of migrants to Punjab. It is also aimed at creating awareness among people about drug abuse and female foeticide.

Senior leaders of other radical Sikh organisations, including leaders of the Khalsa Action Committee like Bhai Mohkam Singh, Daljit Singh Bittu, Jasbir Singh Rode, former Jathedar of Akal Takht, and Karnail Singh Panjoli, SGPC member, will take part in the march.

It is for the first time that the Dal Khalsa, which was involved in hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1981 in protest against the arrest of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale and killing of 13 Sikhs at Chowk Mehta, has decided to woo non-Sikhs as well in its struggle against the migrants. Earlier, the aim of the Dal 
Khalsa had been attainment of a separate Sikh state.

General secretary of the organisation Kanwarpal Singh said the activist of the organisation would first perform “ardas” at the Takht before launching the march. It would halt at Phagwara after passing through parts of Jalandhar district. The activists would interact with Punjabis during the two-day march. 


Taking care of students’ financial needs
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 30
Having passed her high school from a not-so-famous school in Boroda, there were no surprises that Hema Mistry expected her life to unfold, till today when she bagged a Rs 2.19-lakh scholarship offered by the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS).

Born in a modest family with income less than Rs 1 lakh a year, Hema’s joy knew no bounds as she was handed over the scholarship certificate by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a function held on the CIIS campus. Speaking to The Tribune, she said her father went into depression and had been unemployed ever since. Her family was supported by her maternal uncle and she studied her entire life on scholarships.

With limited sources of income, her parents were never sure whether she could go for higher studies, let alone admission to a professional college. But with the full scholarship that she has bagged, irrespective to her origin and domicile, Hema is now a proud girl.

Hema was not alone who stood tall among many. Mahajot Singh Sandhu, whose father is a forest manager with an income of less then Rs 7,000 a month and is suffering from cancer, the CIIS provided a full scholarship to him. It would enable this aspiring mechanical engineer to go ahead with his studies. Having secured 91 per cent marks in his plus II examination, Mahajot was uncertain of his future. But, with the scholarship in his hands, career is no longer a worry for him.

For Harpreet Kaur, a resident of Jalandhar, whose father is a welder and has to support a family of five members with an income of Rs 4,000 a month, pursuing her mechanical degree was out of question. She secured 85 per cent marks in her plus II examination. “The day I get a job, I would help my father shoulder the responsibility of my brothers and sister”, said a beaming Harpreet after getting the scholarship.

Anshul Garg from Ambala, son of a retired sergeant, who owns a toy shop, and Shubi Raj from Patiala, who is being brought up by her mother after his father expired, were the other two students of this institute to have got the full scholarship. Both are pursuing Bachelor of Technology in applied computer sciences at the CIIS.

There were 260 meritorious students of the institute who were handed over full or partial scholarships today worth Rs 2 crore. Lt Col B.S. Sandhu, president of the CIIS Educational Society, said envisaged a few years ago, the scholarships were instituted in the memory of his wife late Ranjit Kaur Sandhu, a philanthropist. He said the institute was keen on extending financial help to the deserving talents facing financial constraints.


Protest day observed

Chandigarh, October 30
On a call given by the All-India State Employees Coordination Committee, government and semi-government employees today observed a protest day to demand reversal of anti-employees policies of the UPA government.

Ranbir Dhillon, general secretary of the committee, said employees of Punjab, MP, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Goa, UP, Assam, Manipur and Uttarakhand, held protest rallies at tehsil and district headquarters.

The UPA government had kept the doors closed to negotiate on a 15-point demands charter. — TNS


Plant saplings, students told

Sangrur, October 30
Renowned environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, who has created history by cleaning the holy Kali Bein river near Sultanpur Lodhi through kar sewa, today asked the people to become eco-friendly for keeping the environment clean and setting up of a pollution-free society.

He was here to attend a function organised by the Punjab Eco Friendly Association at General Gurnam Singh Public School today.

Baba Seechewal was honoured by the association by presenting him a shawl and a memento. — TNS


Three accidents snuff out 7 lives
Tribune News Service

Kharar/Ropar, October 30
Seven persons, including a four-year-old child, were killed and 28 injured in three road accidents today.

The first accident took place at 3.30 am near Khanpur on Kurali road. All five car occupants were killed. In their early twenties, the victims were from Samona village in Himachal Pradesh and were returning home after Dusshera celebrations and attending a marriage party. Among the killed were two brothers-- Ashwini Kumar, who was working as a watchman with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, and his brother Rajinder Kumar, working as a private security guard.

The other victims were identified as taxi drivers Sanjay Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Vinod Kumar, who worked as a driver in Baddi.

DSP Joginder Singh said the car smashed into a truck (PB 12 A 4629) coming from Mohali.

"We established the identities of the deceased by calling up different numbers mentioned on the visiting cards found in the pockets of the deceased. We traced the car owner, Dinesh, said SHO Manjit Singh. The driver,Nirmal Singh, has been booked and has absconded. In yet another accident, three vehicles met with an accident near Dhanauri in Morinda, killing a child, Sukhbir, and the driver of the Indica car, Puran Singh. Eight persons sustained serious injuries. Shamsher Singh from Patiala and his family were in the Indica car while their acquaintances were trailing them in a Sumo car. The Indica collided head-on with a truck. The Sumo driver smashed into the Indica car as well as the truck. Sukhbir and Puran died on the spot. Sukhbir’s three sisters and parents sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the PGI.The injured are Shamsher, Sukhwidner Kaur, Ramandeep, Baljeet, Gulzar Kaur, Ajaib Singh, Baljinder, Hardeep, Divy Kaur, Piara Singh and Gurvinder. The Morinda police has booked the driver of the truck (PB 23 E 3481), who has absconded. In the third accident 19 passengers were injured in Anandpur Sahib. the bus (PB 23 A 9817) of Libra Roadways, bound for Patiala from Nangal, met with an accident at 6.50 am near Daadi in Bunga Sahib as it was trying to overtake a truck. A speeding pickup van from the opposite direction collided with it. Eight persons got fractures while the rest had head injuries.


MC issues ultimatum to encroachers
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 30
The Patiala municipal corporation has served a 10-day ultimatum on encroachers in the municipal limits to remove encroachments.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune here today, mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli said the corporation would launch an anti-encroachment drive in the town after Diwali and remove all temporary and permanent encroachments.

Keeping in view the festival season, a 10-day period was being given to violators to remove encroachments, as the corporation did not want to disrupt the business of shopkeepers, he said.

The anti-encroachment squad of the corporation would carry out its drive soon after Diwali and all permanent encroachments would be pulled down, he asserted.

He said in certain cases illegal structures had been built in narrow alleys in the walled town.

He added that the corporation had decided to give a 30-day period, starting from November 1, for regularisation of illegal water and sewerage connections in the municipal limits.

During this period, illegal connections would be regularised on the payment of a token fee and no penalty would be levied.

Thereafter, heavy penalties would be levied on those still holding illegal connections.

According to an estimate, there were over 45,000 illegal water and sewerage connections in the town, he added.

Referring to outstanding dues in house tax, Kohli said the Rajindra Gymkhana and Mohindra Club was one of the biggest defaulters as it owed the corporation Rs 38 lakh.

Kohli said during a recent drive to collect outstanding dues, the corporation made a recovery of Rs 1.62 crore.

The mayor said the corporation had chalked out ambitious plans to keep the town clean.


Symposium on Punjab murals opens

Patiala, October 30
A three-day symposium on ‘Punjab Murals - Themes, Context, Patronage and Techniques’ was inaugurated by Swarn Singh Boparai, vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, here today.

The symposium was organised by the department of fine arts under the guidance of Prof B.N. Goswami, visiting professor of the fine arts department. Prominent artist and poet Imroz, along with other eminent delegates, were given a hearty welcome by Saroj Rani, head of the department of fine arts. In the inaugural session, Dr Goswami gave a lecture-cum-slide presentation on the wall paintings of Punjab.

In the second session, Rupinder Singh, assistant editor, The Tribune, gave a presentation and shared his journalistic point of view on the paintings. This was followed by Dr Sumohindra’s presentation on the comparative study of techniques in Punjab and Rajasthan murals. — TNS


HC stays discharge of low medical soldier
Vijay Mohan/TNS

Chandigarh, October 30
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the discharge of an Army junior commissioned officer (JCO) who had been placed in low medical category.

The bench has directed that the petitioner, Naib Sub Babu Lal will not be discharged till further orders. The bench has fixed February 7 as the next date of hearing.

The Army had, earlier this year, revised its policy to discharge troops placed in low medical category. Over the next few months, the Army plans to release over 15,600 personnel placed in permanent low medical category.

According to reports, the reason cited by the policy to discharge troops was that the manpower of personnel below officer rank (PBOR) was in excess to authorised strength.

The petitioner, who is from the Artillery, had contended that he was being discharged from service even though a medical board had recommended that he be retained in service in low medical category (LMC).


Continuing at own pay scale after promotion unsustainable, says HC
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that an employee’s consent to continue at his own pay scale, while holding a higher post, is unsustainable on the face of it

The ruling by Justice S.D. Anand follows two petitions against the Punjab State Electricity Board and others. The conceded position in the matter was that the pay scale of the promoted post was denied to the petitioners while promoting them to the post of line superintendent. They were directed to enjoy the promotion in their own pay scale.

In an attempt to defend the stand taken in the matter, the respondents raised the plea that an additional pay of Rs. 20 was being handed over to the petitioners. Further, the petitioners had consented to have the promotion in their own pay scale. 


Court seeks records pertaining to Virk’s arrest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
Justice H.S. Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today asked for records pertaining to intimation sent by Punjab to the Central government or Maharashtra, regarding Punjab's former director general of police S.S Virk arrest, taking up a bail application filed by Virk.

As the matter came up for hearing this morning in a jam-packed courtroom, Punjab's additional advocate general Reeta Kohli, during the course of arguments, told the court that intimation regarding Virk's arrest from Delhi was duly forwarded to the Punjab chief secretary and the home secretary. The State Vigilance Bureau about the arrest did not directly inform Maharashtra.

The case will now come up for further arguments on Wednesday on the issue of permissibility to arrest officer of one state from another and whether information about Virk's arrest was in actual communicated to Maharashtra.

Earlier during the hearing, counsel representing 1971-batch Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Virk started that the former DGP has been moving applications about his willingness to make statements.


Farmers’ march against SEZs
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 30
On a call of the Ujarra Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan for a bandh today, the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU), Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union and Bharti Kisan Union (Krantikari) held a demonstration here today and took out a march through the town.

The protesters were addressed among others by state assistant secretary of the Lok Sangram Manch Karam Deol, a state-level leader of the PRSU, Navkiran, a leader of Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union, Hari Ram, and a leader of the Democratic Teachers Front, Tarsem Lal.

The leaders flayed the governments for acquiring the lands of the farmers throughout the country for setting up special economic zones (SEZs). They said these SEZs would not play any role in the development of the country but would ruin the farmers and the poor. 


Amritsar Shooting
Accused surrenders

Amritsar, October 30
Harinder Singh, the main accused in the killing of a Dalit boy, Shankar Das, in a road-rage case, which resulted in violence here about four days back, surrendered before the district police chief here today.

He had been absconding since the incident . The police had issued a look-out notice against him, besides issuing arrest warrant against him. The process of attachment of his movable and immovable properties had been initiated and his bank accounts had also been frozen.

Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, SSP, during a press conference here said Harinder was identified on the basis of the registration number of the vehicle. He rued that some vested interests provoked the relatives of the deceased with a view to taking political mileage out of it. He said the accused was involved in 12 cases of murder and attempt to murder. However, he had been acquitted in most of these.

He said Harinder had got the arms licence fraudulently. A separate inquiry had been ordered in this regard. — OC


Gang of thieves busted

Phagwara, October 30
The police today claimed to have busted an inter-district gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of its two main members identified as Paramjit Singh of Kot Badal Khan village and Jagjit Singh, alias Sonu of Rajowal village. A case has been registered.

The police said it had recovered 17 stolen scooters and motorcycles. The gang members were arrested while they were waiting for customers for stolen vehicles at a bus stand near Darveshpindand village. The gang members told the police that Paramjit had returned from Malaysia a few months back. When he found himself unable to repay his loan taken from different people, he formed a gang and started stealing vehicles. The gang would sell these vehicles on fake registrations and other documents. — OC


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