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Moga cops arrest accused in SAD leaderís killing case
Moga, December 11
The Moga police has arrested a gangster and a drugs smuggler, who was allegedly involved in a shootout that took place at Khai village in the Nihau Singh Wala sub-division on July 6, this year, in which a SAD leader Gurmail Singh, his brother and one of the assailants were killed.

BSF remembers its 1971 Indo-Pak war martyrs
Ferozepur, December 11
The Border Security Force (BSF) today organised a function to commemorate those brave officers and men who had sacrificed their lives to recapture Raja Mohtam BOP (border outpost) from the Pakistani army on this day during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
DIG BSF (Operations) Chaman Rana lays a wreath at a BSF memorial at the Raja Moham border outpost in Ferozepur on Tuesday. DIG BSF (Operations) Chaman Rana lays a wreath at a BSF memorial at the Raja Moham border outpost in Ferozepur on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph




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Seeking adequate medical facilities in Jalalabad
NGOs to continue protest despite Dy CMís assurance
Fazilka, December 11
Members of nearly a half a dozen NGOs of Jalalabad town in Fazilka district, who have been staging a chain hunger strike under the banner of the Sangharsh Committee for the last five days seeking adequate medical facilities in the town, have decided to continue the strike despite an assurance by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal that the demand would be fulfilled.

Sanjeev KumarWheel-chair cricket series against Pak
Aboharís special boy in Indian team
Abohar, December 11
Sanjeev Kumar of Telupura village in Khuyiansarwar sub-tehsil of Abohar sub-division will be the only Indian player from Punjab to play against Pakistan in a wheel-chair cricket series.


Sanjeev Kumar

A jeep overloaded with crop residue that was impounded for flouting of traffic rules in Fazilka. Campaign to curb overloading of vehicles launched
Fazilka, December 11
Fazilka DSP Ram Parkash claims to have launched a campaign against vehicles overloaded with crop residue and other materials to prevent road mishaps resulting in casualties and damages to vehicles.

A jeep overloaded with crop residue that was impounded for flouting of traffic rules in Fazilka. A Tribune photograph





 

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Moga cops arrest accused in SAD leaderís killing case
Tribune News Service

Moga, December 11
The Moga police has arrested a gangster and a drugs smuggler, who was allegedly involved in a shootout that took place at Khai village in the Nihau Singh Wala sub-division on July 6, this year, in which a SAD leader Gurmail Singh, his brother and one of the assailants were killed.

SSP Surjit Singh Grewal said that the gangster, Gurjant Singh, had been arrested from Lehra Bega village of Bathinda district.

A .12 bore gun has also been recovered from his possession, the SSP said.

It may be mentioned that Gurmail was the Sarpanch of his village and also the president of the local truck union besides a member of the district panning board.

Preliminary investigations revealed that there was a personal enmity between the victim and the accused gangster, which led to the bloodshed.

At least, five persons attacked Gurmail Singh on July 6 and opened fire at him. There was an exchange of fire between them for a few minutes.

Gurmail and his brother Karam Singh died while Gurmailís nephew Hardeep Singh sustained injuries in the shootout. The SAD leader and his brother were declared brought dead at the Moga district hospital.

When the Sarpanch was attacked, his gunman had also returned fire in self defence leaving one of the attackers, Dharamjit Singh, dead. His body was recovered from a deserted vehicle, which was used in the crime.

Investigations had revealed that Gurjant Singh was a confidant of the deceased Akali leader before he was arrested by the Moga police with 80 kg of poppy husk, about five years ago.

Gurjant Singh was first arrested in August 2007 for possessing poppy husk. He believed that the Akali brothers had implicated him in the case.

Gurjant Singh was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in October 2010.

He obtained a month's parole in August 2011 on the approval of the Moga police and then again in April 2012 without any approval from the police.

Gurjant was to report back to jail on May 13 but did not do so and was declared a fugitive.

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Five persons had attacked SAD leader Gurmail Singh at Khai village of Moga district on July 6.
Gurmail Singh, his brother and one of the assailants were killed in the shootout. Gurmailís nephew was injured in the incident.
The Moga cops arrested Gurjant Singh, who was allegedly involved in the shootout, from Lehra Bega village of Bathinda district.

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BSF remembers its 1971 Indo-Pak war martyrs
Our Correspondent

Ferozepur, December 11
The Border Security Force (BSF) today organised a function to commemorate those brave officers and men who had sacrificed their lives to recapture Raja Mohtam BOP (border outpost) from the Pakistani army on this day during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.

While paying floral tributes at a BSF memorial at the Raja Mohtam BOP today, DIG BSF (Operations) Chaman Rana said the BSF was proud of its officers and men who had showed exemplary courage to maintain the national integrity, in true spirit of its motto, "Duty unto Death" and embraced martyrdom for the sake of the motherland.

On the occasion, Madan Lal, Commandant 80 Battalion, PK Rathore, Commandant 143 Battalion, Malkit Singh Toor, Commandant 137 Battalion and Marcus Masih DC (G) besides other BSF officials also paid respects to the martyrs.

The DIG recounted that on December 5, 1971, the Raja Mohtam BOP situated on the western front near Mamdot had been captured by Pakistani troops. Assistant Commandant RK Wadhwa led his men from the 31 Battalion BSF through heavily mined area facing intense enemy artillery fire to recapture the BOP. Later, when Pakistani army launched a counter offensive, Wadhwa regrouped his men in exemplary fashion by going from trench to trench in utter disregard to his personal safety to repulse the attack.

However, in the process he was wounded in the shelling by the enemy and succumbed to his injuries on December 11, 1971.

Wadhwa was decorated with the Mahavir Chakra (MVC) posthumously.

It is pertinent to mention that Wadhwa was the only BSF officer to have awarded the MVC till date.

A large number of area residents besides senior civil and police officials and family members of the officers and the martyrs also attended the commemorative function and paid tributes to the martyrs.

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Seeking adequate medical facilities in Jalalabad
NGOs to continue protest despite Dy CMís assurance
Our Correspondent

Fazilka, December 11
Members of nearly a half a dozen NGOs of Jalalabad town in Fazilka district, who have been staging a chain hunger strike under the banner of the Sangharsh Committee for the last five days seeking adequate medical facilities in the town, have decided to continue the strike despite an assurance by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal that the demand would be fulfilled.

The residents of Jalalabad, a high-profile constituency represented by the Deputy Chief Minister, are agitating against the pitiable medical conditions in the town for nearly one and a half decades.

The five-decade-old "Civil Hospital" in the town is in fact a 24-bed Community Health Centre, as per the official record.

Some representatives and mediapersons had met Sukhbir Badal during his visit to the area two days ago. Badal, in turn, had directed his OSD Manish Kumar to resolve the issue within two days.

"Nothing has emerged since then. Even the in-charge of the Jalalabad constituency, Satinderjit Singh Manta, and other SAD leaders had met the protesters at the dharna site outside the hospital but in vain," regretted Ranjiv Dahuja, the president of the NGOs' co-ordination committee and another activist Dev Raj Sharma.

The town has been facing shortage of specialists. Ironically, the hospital has a surgeon without an anaesthetist and an ambulance without a driver. A blood bank is yet to come up even as a building for the purpose was constructed a decade ago.

The hospital is deemed to cater to the medical needs of urban and rural populace of around one lakh people, but it works only as a "first-aid post" because most of the patients have to be referred to hospitals at other places.

The NGOs have been demanding that the CHC should be upgraded to a 100-bed civil hospital, posts of specialised doctors should be created, vacant posts of paramedical staff be filled and some class IV employees who have allegedly been responsible for vitiating the atmosphere at the hospital be shifted.

Dahuja warned that if their demands were not fulfilled they would observe "town bandh" followed by fast-unto-death by three activists in the first phase.

However, OSD Manish Kumar, while talking to this correspondent, said action had been ordered against the class IV employees who are creating trouble in the hospital.

Further, Manish Kumar said that it was not feasible to upgrade the CHC to a Civil Hospital but the Deputy Chief Minister had asked the health department authorities to prepare a project for setting up a 100-bed hospital at Jalalabad.

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Wheel-chair cricket series against Pak
Aboharís special boy in Indian team
Our Correspondent

Abohar, December 11
Sanjeev Kumar of Telupura village in Khuyiansarwar sub-tehsil of Abohar sub-division will be the only Indian player from Punjab to play against Pakistan in a wheel-chair cricket series.

The Indian Association for Disabled People has asked Sanjeev to attend the preparatory camp at New Delhi to be held from December 18-23 as the Indian team has to fly to Lahore in Pakistan to play matches from December 24-29.

His selection came in the light of his performance in the Asian Special Olympics.

Notably, an NRI woman of Abohar origin had sponsored his foreign visits twice for such tournaments. The state government awarded him Rs one lakh in recognition of his achievements in national and international tournaments of badminton and cricket.

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Campaign to curb overloading of vehicles launched
Our Correspondent

Fazilka, December 11
Fazilka DSP Ram Parkash claims to have launched a campaign against vehicles overloaded with crop residue and other materials to prevent road mishaps resulting in casualties and damages to vehicles.

"The Fazilka sub-division police has directed the officials deployed at nakas to impound overloaded vehicles," said the DSP.

During the campaign, the police today impounded an overloaded jeep plying on a Fazilka road violating all safety norms.

The transporters have been asked to reflect upon the hazards of overloading, including accidents, deterioration of road infrastructure and hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic.

"They were asked to load their vehicles as per the permissible limits for the safety of commuters and national assets," said DSP.

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