Singhu Border incident should be probed by sitting judge, demands Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

Identification of anti-social elements inciting religious sentiments and defaming most peaceful and well-organized farmers agitation need of the hour

Haryana Police should ensure strict surveillance

Chandigarh, October 16:Punjab Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, on Saturday, demanded an inquiry from the sitting judge to find out the actual causes of the incident which took place at Singhu Border yesterday.

S. Randhawa said, this is very sensitive issue, which related to the religious beliefs of the people and on the other hand associated with the farmers who had been peacefully protesting from almost a year against the draconian farm laws of centre government, adding that, "at this crucial juncture, it was very important to identify anti-social elements inciting religious sentiments and defaming the farmers agitation as these kind of desperate attempts aimed to sabotage this most peaceful and well-disciplined agitation were already being made by some disgruntled elements."

Being a Home Minister of the state, the Deputy Chief Minister categorically mentioned, the Haryana Government as well as Police could not disassociate itself from this incident as the responsibility of maintaining law and order lies with the concerned state government. Stressing upon the need to be vigilant and ensure strict monitoring by Haryana Police, S. Randhawa also pointed out that why strict security arrangements were not made where a large number of people were gathered and religious scriptures were adorned?

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Dy CM Randhawa conducts late night surprise checking at Punjab Police nakas adjoining international border

Punjab Police fully capable to safeguard security, law & order of State and sovereignity of nation: Randhawa

Nefarious designs of Union Government and Opposition to defame Punjab won't be allowed to succeed: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

Home Minister reiterates zero tolerance towards cross border smuggling of drugs and weapons

Ajnala/Dera Baba Nanak, October 16:The Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Friday-Saturday midnight conducted surprise checking of the Punjab Police nakas alongside the India-Pakistan International border at Amritsar (Rural), Batala and Gurdaspur Districts.

S. Randhawa who personally took stock of the ground situation at the Punjab Police nakas at Jagdev Khurd, Gagomahal, Dariya Moosa, Singpura, Ghonewala bridge and Dera Baba Nanak, directed the Punjab Police to remain forever vigilant and categorically made it clear that any laxity with regard to the security and law & order would not be tolerated at any cost and dereliction of duty in this matter would be strictly dealt with and offenders strongly punished.

S. Randhawa was accompanied by IG Border Range Mohnish Chawla, SSP Amritsar (Rural) Rakesh Kaushal and SSP Batala Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar.

Patting the back of police personnel who are discharging their duty with devotion, the Home Minister said that during this checking programme chalked out at short notice, he is fully satisfied with Punjab police doing full justice to its duty.

The Deputy Chief Minister who also holds the Home Portfolio, said that Punjab Police is fully capable of safeguarding the security and Law & Order of the State as well as the sovereignty of the country. He also said that the nefarious move by the Union Government to weaken the States' Police Forces by extending the jurisdiction of the BSF to 50 Kms won't be allowed to succeed.

Sounding a note of caution to the police officers and personnel of the border region, the Deputy Chief Minister added that zero tolerance policy should be adopted in the matter pertaining to the cross border smuggling of drugs and weapons and any carelessness in this regard would be simply intolerable.

Divulging further, S. Randhawa said that some anti social elements with their narrow interests are spreading baseless rumours about the law & order situation along the International border of Punjab. He warned such elements and said that Punjab and it's people are fully safe

Warning those indulging in rumour mongering about danger from Pakistan, S. Randhawa said that Punjab didn't let the wrong designs of such anti-State people to succeed during tough times of the past and now when there is peaceful atmosphere in the State with people professing all the religions living peacefully with each other, the Punjabis know fully well how to give a befitting reply to such rogue forces as it has done always.

Reiterating once again that Punjab is in safe hands, the Deputy Chief Minister said that every sacrifice would be made when the need arises. He said that Punjab is the sword arm of the nation which has always defended it on every front. He also mentioned that the recent decision on BSF are a mere ploy by the Central Government to instill unnecessary fear and such plans would never be allowed to succeed.

“The Punjab Government stands by the security forces as they defend and secure our borders.

It is due to the sacrifices of our security forces that the people of the country sleep in peace”, said S. Randhawa.
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Singla unveils Statue of First Sikh Ruler Baba Banda Singh Bahadar at Fatehgarh Sahib

Highlights his role as land reformist who accorded proprietary rights of land to landless farmers

Chandigarh/Fatehgarh Sahib, October 16:Public Works Minister Vijay Inder Singla today unveiled statue of first Sikh ruler Baba Banda Singh Bahadar here today at state level function. Terming his role as epoch making, Mr. Singla said that his contribution to bestowed proprietary rights of land to landless farmers will be remembered as historical and remarkable. He said that he is the first ruler of punjab who initiated the land reforms and provide proprietary rights to peasants. Highlighting his entire journey from Lachhman Dass to Baba Banda Singh Bahadar, he said that he set the stage to root out Mughal Empire. He stated that the Baba Banda Singh Bahadar laid down his life for the cause to root out the tyranny of contemporary Mughal Rulers.

Talking about the development agenda of the state government led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, the Cabinet Minister said that land of Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur will become number one spot in terms of development.

Speaking about the ongoing farmers struggle, Mr. Singla said that the Union Government led by Narinder Modi want to grab the land of farmers which were bestowed by Baba Banda Singh Bahadar but the farmers of the state would not tolerate this and give befitting reply. He said that farm struggle against three black farm laws will continue with full vigour.

The Cabinet Minister said that Punjabis have immense contribution in freedom movement. He said that today a 12 feet high statue of Baba Banda Singh Bahadar has installed at the Chowk which will be known as Baba Banda Singh Bahadar Chowk onwards. He said that he was well known acquantice of Kuljit Singh Nagra from the times of his father and this legacy will continue. He also talk about the Lakhimpur incident and the contribution of congress to ensure justice.

Earlier, MLA Fatehgarh Sahib Kuljit Singh Nagra underlined the entire journey of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur to eradicate the Mughal oppression. He said that development of this pious land is just a Sewa of people of the area. He also demanded more funds for development from Mr. Singla with lighter notes. He termed his victory as a triumph of common man, sarpanches, panches, block samiti member of the district. He said that every panchayat of the district has enough funds in their accounts. He said that he has the plan to develop the Fatehgarh Sahib as self sufficient constituency in terms of development with environment friendly methods. He said that his mission is inevitable to provide transparent governance in the district so the interests of the people would be safeguarded.

He also highlighted the four lane road projects and development of the link roads of the district as model for entire state. He added that the development shows from roads and now the district become a model with specially allocated Rs. 404 crore for various road projects of the district.

On this ocassion, MLA Bassi Pathana Gurpreet Singh GP acknowledged the role of Kuljit Singh Nagra for overall development of Fatehgarh Sahib. He said that opposition also acknowledged his contribution towards development of the district such as road projects. He said that the government had spent minimum Rs. 50 lakh in every village of his constituency. Hailing the contribution of Mr. Singla to built Landran junction, he expressed gratitude towards PWD Minister for this project.

Chairman Safai Karamchari Commission Gejja Ram, Deputy Commissioner Surbhi Malik, District President Congress Committee Subhash Sood were also present.

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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS RECRUITMENT EXAMINATION FOR 6635 ETT TEACHERS

• TWO CASES OF IMPERSONATION CAUGHT AT ONE EXAMINATION CENTER EACH IN ABOHAR AND JALALABAD

• 19963 CANDIDATES APPEARED AT 95 EXAMINATION CENTERS

Chandigarh, October 16:On the directions of Education Minister Pargat Singh to complete the various recruitment processes related to the department in time, the Education Recruitment Directorate today conducted recruitment examination for 6635 posts of ETT teachers.

The Secretary School Education Ajoy Sharma while expressing satisfaction over the arrangements made by the department said that the recruitment examination has been conducted very efficiently by the Directorate of Recruitment. He also said that the department has started the process for the recruitment of 18,900 teachers which would be completed soon and the appointment letters would be handed over to the selected candidates.

Giving details, SCERT Director and Recruitment Board Officer Dr. Jarnail Singh Kaleke said that 95 examination centers were set up in 7 districts of the state in which out of 22982 candidates, 19963 appeared for the examination which comes around to 86.86 percent. He added that the vigilant supervisory staff of the department in the examination centers caught 2 impersonation cases. One case came to light in Jalalabad examination center and another in Abohar examination center where another person was caught giving examination instead of the candidate. Further action has been taken in both the cases.

He further said that the candidates who have been found involved in the cases of impersonation would be blacklisted and legal action would be taken by the department as per the rules. He also divulged that strict action would be taken in the cases of plagiarism or impersonation in the recruitment examinations of the education department.

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Rupnagar police busts inter-state gang involved in illegal arms trade

Five arrested with five country made pistols : SSP Vivek Sheel Soni

Chandigarh/Rupnagar, October 16:Under a special operation launched by the District Rupnagar Police, an inter-state gang involved in illegal arms business was busted with arrest of five persons and recovery of 5 desi (country made) pistols.

Divulging more details, SSP Rupnagar Mr. Vivek Sheel Soni said that on a tip-off, Inspector Satnam Singh in charge CIA Staff Rupnagar and police teams had conducted a raid and nabbed five persons with arms who were engaged in illegal arms smuggling from other states.

Mr. Soni said that Rupngar Police has arrested Luvdeep Singh alias Bhau son of Daljit Singh resident of Masita Road village Kot Ise Khan district Moga, Pardeep Singh alias Babbu son of Balvir Singh resident of village Bagli Kalan police station Samrala district Ludhiana and Harpreet Singh alias Happy son Sarabjit Singh resident of village Mira Kot police station Kambo District Amritsar Rural in this case. 3 cartridges and 3 desi (homemade) pistols .32 bore were recovered from them. A case has been registered against the three accused under Section 25/54/59 Arms Act at Police Station City Rupnagar.

He further said that Inderpreet Singh alias Preet Gurthari son of Sukhmandar Singh resident of village Gurthari, Bhikhi police station, district Mansa was arrested and 01 cartridge and 01 desi pistol .32 bore was recovered from him. The case has been registered. On interrogation of the accused, Harmandeep Singh alias Harman son of Hardev Singh, resident of House No. B-5/64, Preet Nagar, Jadiala Road, Tarn Taran was arrested and 01 cartridge and 01 desi pistol .32 bore were also recovered from him.

Mr. Soni said that Five pistols with .32 bore and 5 live cartridges were recovered from all the accused. The accused said during interrogation that they had bought the weapons from Balwari (Madhya Pradesh) for Rs 20,000 per pistol and had already sold about 25 such weapons.

Mr. Joshi said that the accused were being interrogated further which would definitely lead to more important revelations.

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Sangrur Police busts interstate illegal Arms Supply racket; two held

Kingpin is a serving army man from UP

handigarh/Sangrur, October 16: The Sangrur district police on Saturday busted an interstate illegal arms supply racket with the arrest of two persons after recovering two country-made weapons along with ammunition from their possession.

Those arrested have been identified as Pawan Kumar resident of district Aligarh (UP) and Kulwinder Singh resident of Karaiwala district Shri Muktsar Sahib.

SSP Sangrur Swapan Sharma, during a press briefing, said that following the rise in incidents of illegal weapons supply in the district Sangrur and surrounding areas, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by DSP (D) Yogesh Kumar, Inspector Deepinder Singh Incharge Crime Branch and team was formed.

During a month long rigorous investigation the SIT has been able to bust this interstate racket, he said, adding that this was one of many trips Pawan made in Punjab, when he was nabbed.

Earlier, Pawan has supplied several weapons in the general area of Amritsar and Tarn Taran.

Revealing Investigations, the SSP said that accused Pawan was working on the behest of Chanchal Kumar resident of district Aligarh (UP), who is a serving army man, posted in an army formation in Mau.

Apparently, Chanchal Kumar was in contact with illegal arms manufacturer based out of MP and he has several conduits, who have been making trips to deliver country-made weapons to anti-social elements in the state.

The special investigation team revealed that Madhya Pradesh has become a hub of illegal arms manufacturing. Investigation in the previous cases also points to Madhya Pradesh as a point of origin of these country-made weapons.

SSP Swapan Sharma said that recovery of large quantity of arms and ammunition is likely in the coming days.

Meanwhile, in the last six months, Sangrur police has registered 17 cases under Arms Act and recovered 32 country made weapons.
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