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  • Punjab shouldn't be blamed for Delhi's pollution: Amarinder
    on December 8, 2019 at 6:24 am

    New Delhi, December 8  Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said on Saturday it was not smoke from his state that was causing pollution in Delhi and stressed on the need to find ways to dispose of paddy straw, which farmers in his state usually burn in October and November. His remarks come amid claims that stubble burning in Punjab was to be blamed for the pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region. "You keep blaming Punjab for the pollution. This morning I couldn't come from Chandigarh by chopper because of the pollution in Delhi and Punjab had bright sunshine. So we are not giving any smoke from Punjab," Singh said here. "I don't know where the smoke is coming from... it is coming from within this area,” Singh said here. "I have 13 million tonnes of rice which has just been harvested. I have got 26 million tonnes of paddy straw and unless we find a solution for that paddy straw what will the farmer do? They cannot survive and you cannot ask them to do something," he said. — PTI 

  • Attari porters end stir, onions arrive from Afghanistan
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service  Amritsar, December 7 Following talks between representatives of porters and traders and the intervention of the Central Warehousing Corporation, porters at the Attari Integrated Check Post (ICP) today called off their strike. Subsequently, import and export from Afghanistan, which had come to a standstill, was resumed today, clearing the way for about 15 trucks carrying onion and dry fruit from Afghanistan. Leaders of porters’ union Gursahib Singh and Buta Singh said the Warehousing corporation had engaged a company to pay them wages.  They accused company officials of releasing wages for loading and unloading trucks to select contractors, who exploited porters. Already, trade between India and Pakistan via the ICP has come to naught post Pulwama.Import from Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah Joint Check Post has come down from 200 trucks to 10-15 trucks daily, rendering thousands of labourers jobless.

  • SHO among 2 suspended for negligence
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Tribune News Service Patiala, December 7 Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu has suspended Samana Station House Officer (SHO) Sahib Singh and ASI Jai Parkash for negligence in the registration of a case after recovery of 1,020 narcotic drugs from a man. The action has been taken after a preliminary investigation was carried out by Superintendent of Police (Investigation) Harmeet Singh Hundal. Hundal said the officials had nabbed the man and recovered narcotic drugs from him but had failed to follow the FIR procedure properly, besides delaying the registration of the case. The case was registered against Sukhwinder Singh (Sukha) of Samana, who ran a meat shop, after the police acted on a tip-off and recovered drugs from his possession. However, after the case was registered, accused Sukhwinder Singh filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, alleging that he was falsely implicated in the case. The court sent directions to the police for an investigation. Police officials said the policemen in question had nabbed the right person and had made the recovery from him, but committed negligence by delaying the registration of case. Hundal said the action was initiated after conducting a preliminary investigation. “Now a departmental inquiry will be conducted,” he said.

  • Harassed, minor girl sent for counselling, mother cries foul
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Tribune News Service Sangrur, December 7 A widow has accused Sangur cops and officials of the District Child Protection Department of illegally detaining her minor daughter. The girl had lodged a sexual harassment case against her uncle last year. The woman met the SSP and also sent letters to other senior authorities regarding the incident. SSP Sandeep Garg said, “She met me and submitted her complaint against the District Child Protection Officer and others for taking her daughter in illegal custody. I have marked the inquiry to Gurmeet Singh, SP, Punjab Bureau of Investigations (PBI), and sought a detailed report.” The woman mentioned in her complaint, “Since Friday, I, along with my family, have been running from pillar to post to know the whereabouts of my daughter as officials have sent her to some undisclosed location. Officials are not disclosing anything as they want to help the accused, who was booked on the complaint of my daughter.” Navneet Kaur Toor, District Child Protection Department, Sangrur, denied the allegations. “The girl has been sent to a special home for counselling. We can’t disclose the location of the child,” she said. Advocate Manjit Singh, who accompanied the complainant, alleged that the officials concerned must have disclosed the location to her mother. “If officials want to send the minor girl to counselling home, they must inform her mother,” he said. When contacted, Chanchal Kumari, chairman of the Child Welfare Committee of Sangrur, denied the allegations. She said, “On the directions of the District and Sessions Judge, we have sent the minor girl for counselling for four or five days. The girl is safe. Her mother is leveling baseless allegations.”

  • CM for probe into ‘nexus’ of gangsters, politicians
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Chandigarh, December 7 Taking note of media reports alleging nexus of some politicians and gangsters in the state, CM Capt Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry into the matter, promising stern action against anyone found guilty, while expressing confidence in his colleagues. He directed DGP Dinkar Gupta to probe the allegations as made out from the documents/photos that have been submitted to him. The photographs showed a notorious criminal, who had many cases against him and had links with a known gangster, and top politicians, said an official spokesperson. Capt Amarinder made it clear that “no one encouraging unlawful activities in the state will be spared and stern action shall be taken”. “I have no doubt that none of my colleagues is involved in any such nefarious activities,” the CMsaid. — TNS

  • Sharpshooter held in Fazilka for killing BJP leader
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Abohar, December 7 The special investigation team, which had been chasing a sharpshooter in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh for seven days, finally nabbed him from his friend’s house in Fazilka on Friday night. The police said Rohit Godara figured on the top 10 most-wanted criminals’ list maintained by the Bikaner range police. A cash prize for Rs 5 lakh was announced for his arrest. His name reportedly figured in 14 cases, including those of murder, robbery and loot in Sriganganagar, Churu and Bikaner districts. Rohit and five others were booked on October 24, 2019 when miscreants gunned down Bhim Saharan at a village in Sardarshahar. Bhim was a BJP leader and sarpanch of his village. Bhim was heading for some work in his car when another car intercepted him following which a group of men fired indiscriminately at him. The killers fled and Bhim died. As no suspect could be nabbed, DIG Jose Mohan formed an SIT with the Kalu police station in-charge Devi Lal and Raziasar SHO Suresh Kaswan to nab them. — OC

  • 5-day remand for accused in heroin haul
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Mohali, December 7 The NIA brought on production warrant two persons in the smuggling of 532-kg heroin worth Rs 2,700 crore and produced them in an NIA court here today. The court remanded the two accused, Sandeep Kaur and Nirbhail Singh, to five-day police custody. NIA senior prosecutor Surinder Singh argued that various aspects of the case were to be inquired and they hoped to get vital information regarding the cross-border narcotics smuggling. Defense counsels Raja Paramdeep Singh Saini and Nirmaljit Singh, opposing the police remand, said the accused had been in jail for months and the police had interrogated them several times. They further argued that when the case was handed over to the NIA, then why the investigating agency had not interrogated the accused by taking them into custody. They said the NIA instead of arresting the culprits was harassing poor people. — TNS

  • Brothers, servant held for murder
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, December 7 The Harike police have arrested three persons involved in the murder of a migrant labourer, whose body was recovered half burnt at Harike Pattan, 35 km from Tarn Taran, on Thursday morning. The body was earlier identified to be that of Anoop Singh (27), who belongs of an Amritsar-based business family. A case under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC was registered on the statement of Tarlok Singh, Anoop’s father. Dhruv Dahiya, SSP, said here today that the family had misled the police by identifying the body as that of Anoop’s but the body was that of migrant labourer Babba, who lived near the family’s house. The SSP said the three arrested accused were Anoop Singh, his brother Karandeep Singh and their domestic help Karan. Dahiya said Anoop and Karandeep had confessed to their crime. They said they had taken several loans and had some insurance policies. The accused thought that by misleading everybody that Anoop had died, they could get money from his insurance policy and could clear the debt. The SSP said Karandeep told the police that Anoop and their servant took Babba to Harike in their car. Karandeep, too, followed them in his car to keep a watch. They stabbed Babba with sharp-edged weapons and later burnt the body.

  • Ancient wheat variety touted as revolutionary
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Ruchika M. Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 7 A 2,000-year-old desi variety of wheat — conserved at a home for destitutes in Amritsar and offered as ‘prasad’ to benefactors — is touted to bring revolution in wheat-growing. This “climate-smart” wheat variety is presently grown on 800 acres in Jalalabad, and has the capacity to redefine agriculture in the state. Eminent agriculture scientist Prabhakar Rao says two years ago, when he visited a Pingalwara in Amritsar, grains of this wheat variety (low in gluten and glycemic content and high in folic acid) were offered to him as ‘prasad’. This variety with round seeds is believed to have originated near Mohenjodaro and only a small quantity is being cultivated in Pingalwara as a tradition. About 10 grains of this wheat are offered as prasad by Pingalwara – a tradition started by Bhagat Puran Singh, its founder, says Rao. “We conducted tests and found how this indigenous seed has the capacity to revolutionise wheat cultivation. It requires almost zero input as it is grown without any pesticide or fertiliser. The same seed is to be sown for the next season and the price realisation is high,” he told The Tribune. Rao said Sona Moti, as this variety is called, is sown on 800 acres. “Even as wheat sowing is on, buyers of this variety have already tied up with farmers, expecting the crop to give a yield of 12-15 quintals per acre (the yield of other wheat varieties varies between 16-20 quintals per acre). My work was not restricted to just finding this indigenous variety of wheat, but also in developing a sustainable business model for farmers, propagating the seeds and marketing the wheat. There is a demand for this wheat variety among consumers who are health-conscious and diabetic. So we created a platform. We have a unified payment interface, Aadhaar, direct subsidy transfer and eNaam. The traceability of the seed is assured. We have roped in 8,000 farmers,” he said. The scientist said the platform created by them has to be populated by farmers who multiply this indigenous seed, sell it and buyers again multiply and sell it further. With each new level of seed multiplication, farmers who first multiplied it and protected the seed, will get a small royalty. Rao added that against genetically modified and hybrid seeds, these indigenous seeds are not to be patented and instead should be used by as many farmers as possible. “This variety is resilient to climate change, is a long-duration crop and requires no chemicals or fertilizers. In fact, if you add urea, it will shoot up and die,” said Rao. Origin & tradition  This variety with round seeds is believed to have originated near Mohenjodaro and only a small quantity is being cultivated at Pingalwara in Amritsar as a tradition. About 10 grains of this wheat are offered as prasad by Pingalwara to all – a tradition started by Bhagat Puran Singh, its founder.

  • ED raids on Congress man’s house, offices
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 7 Enforcement Directorate officials conducted raids at the residences and offices of district Congress chief (rural) Sukhwinder Lally on Friday in a suspected case of hawala transactions by him and his associates. The raids were conducted at six places, including Lally’s residence at Nangal Shama, office of Dreamland Properties in Model Town and another office at BSF Chowk. Lally has allegedly set up businesses in Canada, US and Australia and has accounts in foreign banks with illegal capital from here. The ED officials who raided the premises on the instructions of Deputy Director Niranjan Singh are learnt to have gathered a lot of documents to build up a case for the alleged violations of FEMA and track the financial transactions of the DCC chief. Some documents pointing to “benami” properties, too, have been reportedly found. Lally has been reportedly served a summons by Niranjan Singh for December 9. Lally’s associate in Dreamland Properties Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, too, has been issued summons for the same day. PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar has convened a meeting of party workers in Jalandhar on the same day.

  • Flag Day postponed after communication faux pas
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 7 Call it a miscommunication or a faux pas, the Armed Forces Flag Day, which is annually organised on this day by the Directorate of Sainik Welfare, was this time not observed in any of the districts of Punjab today. Jalandhar DSWO Major Yashpaul said, “Since we got the communication, we postponed the celebration by three days.” Asked as to how it could be as it seemed unprecedented, he replied, “We cannot counter-question the orders.” Col Davinder Singh, DSWO, Hoshiarpur, said, “We too have got the orders. We are duty-bound. So we will observe the day on December 10.” Asked about the same, officials at the Raj Bhawan said that there was clearly some error in comprehending what Governor VP Singh Badnore had intended to convey. “Since he was away to Indore today, he wanted to inform the Sainik Welfare Directorate staff that he will not be available for flag pinning ritual this morning and that they could come to him on Tuesday for this. In no way he intended that the programmes in the entire state be postponed for three days. This is entirely a goof up on the part of the directorate,” said an official attached with the Governor. Director Sainik Welfare Punjab Brig Satinder Singh (retd) said, “We postponed the programmes today as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wanted the ceremonies to be held for a week. So we are celebrating the day on December 10. The reason is that the Governor will be in Chandigarh.”

  • Taksalis woo Dhindsa
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 7 Fuelling speculation of a new political combination, rebel Akali leaders Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Sewa Singh Sidhwan met Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa here on Saturday to invite the latter to functions to mark the 99th foundation day of the Shiromani Akali Dal. Sources said Brahmpura and Sidhwan wanted Dhindsa to join their function instead of the ones planned by the Badal family-led SAD. The rebel Akalis had formed SAD (Taksali) last year before the Lok Sabha elections, claiming they were the “real” Akali Dal. Dhindsa, who is not having cordial relations with the SAD, confirmed the development, but said he was yet to make up his mind. Sources in the SAD (Taksali) said they were also trying to rope in two MLAs of the Lok Insaf Party and some rebel Congress and AAP leaders to join their front not for the SAD anniversary function necessarily, but for making a third front. Dhindsa resigned as head of the SAD legislature party in the Raja Sabha a few months ago. He had also not campaigned for the party in the Lok Sabha elections.

  • Dhillon is Youth Cong prez
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 7 A former SOPU president and Ropar district Congress president Barinder Dhillon has won the election to the post of president, Punjab Youth Congress, counting for which was held here today. Apart from the president, the polling was also held over three days (December 5-7) for electing four vice-presidents, 11 general secretaries and 28 district presidents. The results would be officially declared by Monday by the Indian Youth Congress. As per information, Dhillon defeated his nearest rival Jaswinder Jassi by 22,000 votes by polling 29,000 against 8,000 polled by Jassi. Gurjit Dhindsa came third. Others candidates in the race were Dhanwant Singh Jimmy, Iqbal Singh Grewal, Jaswinder, Parvinder Lapran, Vaneshwar Khera (Bunny) and Daman Bajwa. The posts of general secretaries in general category went to Mohit Mohindra, son of Cabinet minister Brahm Mohindra, who got the highest votes followed by Kiranpreet Pahra, brother of Gurdaspur MLA Barindermeet Pahra, Akash Deep Majithia and Dilraj Sarkaria, nephew of Cabinet minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria. Amit Bawa has been elected general secretary in the OBC category.

  • Shagun given to 28 underage brides, labour officials in dock
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Karam Prakash Tribune News Service Patiala, December 7 The Labour Department has once again landed itself in the soup as a few assistant labour commissioners have admitted to disbursing funds for the marriages of underage girls — an act which promotes child marriage. In a written reply to the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) at a meeting on Thursday, the Patiala assistant labour commissioner admitted to wrongdoings in the disbursement of funds under the Shagun scheme. While admitting to the irregularities, Moga assistant labour commissioner stated that there was no mention of age of the girl child at the time of marriage under the BOCW Board Punjab-2015 amended rules. However, he said that future directions given by the board would be adhered to give benefits appropriately. Significantly, the Patiala assistant labour commissioner clarified in the said meeting that orders had already been issued for the recovery of money from the beneficiaries. Under the scheme, every registered person is entitled to receive a help of Rs 30,000 for the marriage of his/her daughter. Sources said PAC members were already miffed at the late reply by labour officials as they had overpassed the 15-day deadline to reply. Moreover, PAC officials were said to be not satisfied with the replies, sources informed. Notably, the first-ever audit of the BOCW Welfare Board had revealed that the state Labour Department gave financial assistance to at least 28 underage girls for their marriage under the Punjab government’s flagship Shagun scheme from 2013 to 2018. The audit was conducted in seven circles — Jalandhar-1, Jalandhar-2, Moga, Patiala, Gurdaspur, Sangrur and Amritsar. The SDM of the respective areas, too, are under scanner as the claims for financial assistance were approved by them. Vijay Walia, director of the Centre for Social Change and Equity, an organisation fighting for the rights of construction labourers, said, “It appears that the state promoted a crime because the SDM cleared these cases without a proper check. If there is child marriage in an area, the case is filed in the SDM court only. Here, the SDM himself, seemingly, promoted the crime.” Meanwhile, after the meeting, the PAC chairman has already asked the Chief Secretary of the Labour Department to take action within 15 days against the erring officials. AAP Legislator Kulwant Singh Pandori, PAC member, said, “We demand immediate action against the officials concerned for the irregularities.”

  • 5 armed robbers strike at bank in Amritsar, loot Rs 7.8L
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 7 In a daylight robbery, armed youths reportedly looted Rs 7.85 lakh from a branch of Punjab and Sind Bank located at Chhajalwindi village under Khilchian police station here today. Five armed youths arrived at the bank in a while Maruti Brezza car. They first attacked guard Bakshish Singh and snatched his rifle. Then they barged into the bank and pointed pistols at manager Ram Narayan and cashier Sandeep Kumar. Ram Narayan told the police that the robbers demanded cash from the staff. One of the accused entered the cashier’s cabin and took away a trunk containing Rs 7.85 lakh. The robbers also took away the digital video recorder of the CCTV cameras. They also took away the rifle they had snatched from the guard. Amritsar Rural police chief Vikram Jeet Duggal claimed that they had vital clues about the robbers and would arrest them soon. “With the help of pictures of history sheeters shown to the bank staff, we have identified two suspects and raids are on at their suspected hideouts,” said Duggal, adding that the rest of them would also be identified.

  • HC slaps Rs1-lakh costs on Agri Dept officials
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 7 Taking cognisance of inordinate delay in filing complaint under the Insecticides Act, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has slapped costs of Rs 1 lakh. The amount is to be deposited by officers/officials responsible for causing the delay. The direction came in a case where the complaint was filed after a delay of more than four years and eight months. Dismissing the complaint, Justice Harnaresh Singh Gill made it clear that responsibility would be fixed by the Agriculture Director within a month of receiving the order. The costs would then be deposited by the erring officers/officials with Sangrur District Legal Services Authority. The matter was brought to the High Court’s notice after two petitions were filed by Raj Kumar Gupta and other petitioners. Their counsel argued that the sample was drawn on August 20, 2013, and the report of public analyst was dated September 5, 2013. But the complaint was instituted on May 9, 2018, after four years, eight months and four days. He argued that the offences carried punishment up to two years. As such, the present complaint was not maintainable. Justice Gill asserted: “The court finds that the continuation of the complaint and the consequential proceedings arising there from against the petitioners in both petitions are not legally justified and sustainable because the delay in filing the complaint cannot be brushed aside.” He added that the present proceedings had rather resulted in the misuse of the process of law, defeating the ends of justice. Accordingly, the complaint and all consequential proceedings arising there from were liable to be quashed. He said the complaint was found to have been filed by the Agriculture Department at a belated stage not only in the case in hand.

  • Farmer kills self at dharna against stubble fire FIRs
    on December 8, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Jaito (Faridkot), December 7 A farmer who had been on a protest dharna along with others in Jaito demanding cancellation of FIRs in stubble burning cases allegedly committed suicide by consuming some pesticide today. The deceased, Jagseer Singh (52) was a resident of Kotra Korianwala village in Bathinda. He owned 3 acres of land and was under a debt of about Rs 10 lakh. He had joined the BKU-Sidhupur group’s dharna going on for over a month at the Tehsil Complex here on Thursday, said Jagjeet Singh Dallewal, state president of the union. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. The protesting farmers are demanding the cancellation of FIRs, removal of red entries in their revenue record for burning stubble and waiver of fines imposed by the Punjab Pollution Control Board. Sticking to their demands, the farmers shifted their protest dharna from Tehsil Complex to the local civil hospital and after the death of Jagseer Singh today. They announced that they would not allow the postmortem of the deceased till their demands were met and the victim’s family was adequately compensated. It is alleged that Jagseer Singh ended his life by consuming some pesticide which he had bought from a shop situated close to the dharna site. He reportedly drank the poisonous chemical and walked to the site where he collapsed. The Additional Deputy Commissioner and Faridkot SP reached the civil hospital and tried to prevail upon the protesting farmers, but the latter remained adamant on their demands. Earlier, the protesters alleged that the state government had failed to provide any permanent solution to the problem of stubble burning. “Had it been the time of any election, no one would have dared to lodge a single case against any farmer in the matter,” claimed a farm union leader. Month-long protest Jagseer Singh (52) was a resident of Kotra Korianwala village in Bathinda. He had joined the BKU-Sidhupur group’s dharna which was going on for over a month  The demands were cancellation of FIRs, removal of red entries in their revenue record for burning stubble and waiver of fines imposed by the Punjab Pollution Control Board

  • Sarpanch murder case: SAD holds protest outside Batala SSP office
    on December 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Batala (Punjab), December 7 Seeking action against the accused in the Akali leader Dalbir Singh Dhilwan murder case, a large number of SAD activists led by party president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday held a four-hour long demonstration outside Batala SSP’s office. Heavy police force was deployed outside the office of Batala Senior Superintendent of Police to thwart any untoward incident. Even after three weeks, the Punjab Police have failed to arrest the main accused in the case, Badal said. He also demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder case for which he said his party would move the Punjab and Haryana High Court.                   Slain leader Dhilwan’s son Attinderpal Singh also demanded a CBI inquiry into his father’s murder, saying the local police were acting under pressure and a fair probe would be possible only by an independent agency. Badal and Attinderpal also questioned the working of the police, which has not been able to arrest the main accused in the case so far. Former Akali sarpanch (village head) Dalbir Singh Dhilwan, 51, was allegedly shot dead by his neighbour Balwinder Singh and his two sons Major Singh and Mandeep Singh at his native village Dhilwan in Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district on November 18. The accused had pumped six bullets into Dalbir, while having a walk along with his son Sandeep Singh on the village outskirts. Later, his legs were chopped off with a sharp-edged weapon. Dalbir was a two-time village head and also the vice president of Batala unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal had earlier written to the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), alleging that Punjab minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa was behind the murder. Former minister Bikram Singh Majithia has linked the murder with gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpura, alleging that the latter acted at the behest of Randhawa, who has since denied the allegations. A case of murder (under section 302 of IPC) and the Arms Act (under sections 25, 54 and 59) was registered against the seven accused, Dalbir’s three neighbours and four others, in this regard.  — PTI

  • AAP MLA Manuke alleges her car was followed in Ludhiana in a bid to attack
    on December 7, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Ludhiana, December 7 An Aam Aadmi Party legislator in Punjab alleged on Saturday that some people followed her in a vehicle in a possible bid to attack her. According to Saravjit Kaur Manuke, the MLA from Jagraon in Ludhiana district, a car followed her vehicle on Friday night and tried to hit it from behind. The car was being driven rashly in a zigzag manner on the highway, said Manuke, who was accompanied by her husband and was returning to Jagraon from Ludhiana city after taking part in a debate on a TV channel. “We saved ourselves by driving our vehicle into the police station at Chaukiman. There were four to five people in the car that was following us,” she said. Manuke said they informed the SSP of the Ludhiana Rural Police district about the incident. Mullanpur DSP GS Bains said the suspects had been identified and an investigation was on. PTI

  • Enforcement Directorate raids Jalandhar Congress chief’s house, office
    on December 7, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 7 Enforcement Directorate officials on Friday conducted a raid at the residences and offices of district Congress chief Rural Sukhwinder Lally in a suspected case of hawala transactions by him and his associates. The raids were conducted at six places, including Lally’s residence in 1-acre land at Nangal Shama, office of Dreamland Properties in Model Town and another office at BSF Chowk. The BSF Chowk office of Lally has the picture of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh put up outside and has also been visited by him in the past.  Lally is learnt to have set up businesses in Canada, US and Australia and also has accounts in foreign banks using illegal flight of capital from here. The ED officials who raided the premises on the instructions of Deputy Director Niranjan Singh are learnt to have gathered a lot of documents to build up a case for the alleged violations of FEMA and track the financial transactions of the DCC chief. Some documents pointing to benami properties too have been reportedly found. Lally has been reportedly served summon by Niranjan Singh for December 9. Lally’s associate in Dreamland Properties Bhupinder Singh Bhinda too has been issued summons for the same day. PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar also has convened a meeting of party workers in Jalandhar that day.