‘I TOOK DECISION ON YOUR SECURITY, SO INSTEAD OF ATTACKING MY DGP, WRITE TO ME IF YOU HAVE ANY GRUDGE’: PUNJAB CM TO BAJWA

‘OR GO TO CONGRESS HIGH COMMAND, UNLESS YOU HAVE NO CONFIDENC IN THEM EITHER’

Chandigarh, August 11:Taking strong exception to the Congress MP’s attack on the integrity and fairness of the Punjab DGP, Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked Pratap Singh Bajwa to write to him (as chief minister and home minister of the state), or to the party high command in Delhi if he had any grudge or complaint against the state government.

Tearing through Bajwa’s letter to DGP Dinkar Gupta word by word, the Chief Minister said it reflected the Rajya Sabha MP’s total frustration and desperation, and exposed his own shameless lies in the matter.

By his own admission, Bajwa had been highlighting what he alleges to be the “politico-police-drug nexus, production and distribution of illicit liquor, under State patronage and rampant illegal mining in the State of Punjab,” Captain Amarinder pointed out, adding that if the state government had to take any vindictive action it would not have waited for the Centre to provide him security. “Have we not tolerated his criticism of the state government all this time?”, the Chief Minister quipped, adding that even the opposition parties in the state could not accuse his government of being spiteful.

Making it clear that withdrawal of the state security to the Congress MP was his decision, as home minister, based on the intel inputs from the Punjab Police, Captain Amarinder said Bajwa’s personal attack on the DGP was not only misplaced but also against the culture and ethos of the Congress party, of which he is a senior member.

“If he (Bajwa) does not have confidence in me or my government, why has he not approached the party high command all this time with his grouses? Does he have no faith even in them?” asked the Chief Minister.

Even though he had made the situation clear yesterday itself, Captain Amarinder said Bajwa’s tirade against the DGP had forced him to repeat the points he had already clarified with regard to the Congress MP’s security.

For one, Bajwa was not the only person in Punjab whose security personnel had been withdrawn since the outbreak of the Covid, which required cops to be diverted to pandemic duty. As many as 6500 cops had been pulled out of personal security in the interest of the state, said the Chief Minister, adding that only six of these personnel came from Bajwa’s security.

Secondly, the decision on the state police security withdrawal from Bajwa was taken only after he got 25 personnel (+ 2 Escort drivers and a Scorpio vehicle) from the CISF under the Z security provided to him by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), pointed out the Chief Minister.

Thirdly, said Captain Amarinder, the security threat to the Badals, which Bajwa continues to harp on to justify his baseless charges against the state government and police, had been identified by the same Punjab Police, whom the MP was accusing of partisanship. It was illogical to believe that a police force which was providing security to leaders of an opposition party would withdraw police personnel from an MP of the ruling party unless without good cause, he added.

Even if Bajwa considers personal security as a prestige symbol, which seems to be the case, his ego should be satisfied by the fact that he has a security posse of more than 25 CISF personnel, the Chief Minister said. He further pointed out that it was, in fact, the MHA that had, in 2019, decided that Bajwa’s no longer required Z security as there was “no specific input indicating any specific threat” to him.

If the MHA had received any new intel inputs after July last year, they had chosen not to share it with the state government, with whom they had not consulted before restoring Bajwa’s CISF security, said Captain Amarinder.

Unfortunately, by looking at this whole affair with his own myopic vision, Bajwa had once again shown lack of political maturity, the Chief Minister said. He further said that by accusing Punjab police of politicisation of threat assessment, the MP was trying to lower the morale of a force whose credentials were above board, and which had been successfully protecting Punjab and its people from the grave threats of terrorism, narco-terror, mafia and gangsterism for the past more than 3 years.

“Does Bajwa really believe, and wants people to believe, that a police force which lacks propriety, independence and professional ethics, as alleged by him, would have achieved all this?” asked the Chief Minister.

Far from showing the `boldness, courage and determination’ that he is talking about, Bajwa, with his petty and clearly motivated actions, was only exposing that he had a political axe to grind, said Captain Amarinder. This was shocking and shameful, especially considering the crisis Punjab was going through as a result of the pandemic, he added.

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ON CM’s DIRECTIVES, CURFEW RELAXED ON NIGHT OF JANAMASHTAMI

CHANDIGARH, August 11:On the directives of Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, the Home Department on Tuesday decided to relax night curfew across the state on the intervening night of August 12 and 13 on account of Janamashtami.

According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, the partial relaxation will be only for one night. While the entire state, barring the cities of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala, were under night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am, the curfew timings were advanced to 9 pm for the three cities last week in view of the spike in the number of Covid cases.

The spokesperson said on account of Janamashtami, curfew would now be imposed between 1 am and 5 am on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

Special Chief Secretary (Home) Satish Chandra has issued detailed instructions in this regard and directed all the District Magistrate to issue orders accordingly.

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In view of spike in COVID cases, 3500 to 4000 more prisoners to be released: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

  • High Powered Committee based on Supreme Court recommendations decides to de-congest jails to 50 percent of authorized capacity
  • Includes new sections in recommending parole to prisoners
  • To ensure compliance with health protocol in jails, 9500 prisoners already released

Chandigarh, August 11:In view of the spike in COVID-19 cases and ensure the compliance with health protocols in the jails of State, it has been decided to bring the number of prisoners to the 50 percent of the authorized capacity so as to provide adequate space for keeping the prisoners under quarantine besides ensuring social distancing. In accordance with the decision, 3500 to 4000 prisoners would be released soon whereas earlier, 9500 were released.

Disclosing this here today in a press communiqué, the Jail Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that this exercise is being undertaken considering the relaxations in lockdown restrictions, Increase in number of new inmates owing to spiralling of crime rate, regarding which the recommendations were made by the High Powered Committee on the orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court.

The minister said that the average admission in Special Jails is around 3000 per month, due to which the present population of jails stands at around 17500, which is approximately 73% of total capacity. 449 prisoners and 77 prison officials have tested COVID positive till date. Most of the above cases have been detected in last few weeks though 2-levels of testing of all prisoners had started since mid-May.

Divulging more, the minister said that considering the challenges faced by the Prison Administration related to containment of COVID and related issues, 3rd meeting of the High Powered Committee was held on 31.07.2020 to achieve further decongestion of jails to bring the population down to around 50% of authorized capacity, ensure sufficient social distancing, Provide sufficient space for quarantining those being shifted from Special Jails to the regular jails.

Since 80% of total population is of Under-trials, the criteria for recommending the release of prisoners was of Under-trials only, and mainly of those accused under NDPS Act, with recovery upto intermediate quantity and not having more than 3 cases. Other sections of IPC which have been included for recommending release on Interim-bail are 379, 420,406, 452, 323, 324, 188, 336, 316, 279, 170, 337, 338, 315 and 498-A. In addition to new criteria, it has been re-iterated that interim-bail of all the prisoners presently out from jail on Interim-bail, may be extended further till the notification of Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 is in force. The Committee has also recommended that cases of COVID positive prisoners may be taken up on priority basis by concerned Judicial officers for interim-bail.

In pursuance of the directions issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the High Powered Committee (HPC) constituted with Justice R K Jain, Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court, ACS (Jails) and ADGP(Prisons) had held two (2) detailed meetings on 25-03-2020 and 02-05-2020 which saw decisions being taken to release around 3500-4000 prisoners.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab Media Bulletin-COVID-19

11th August 2020 (05:00pm)

1. Details of Samples and Cases:-

1

Total Samples taken

697327

2

Total No. of patients tested positive

25889

3

No. of patients discharged

16790

4

Number of active cases

8463

5

No. of Patients on oxygen support

139

6

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

21

7

Total Deaths reported

636

On 11th August 2020

1.

Number of new patients on oxygen support

10

2.

Number of new patients admitted in ICU

26

(Gurdaspur-2, Hoshiarpur-1, Jalandhar-15, Amritsar-4, Pathankot-1, Sangrur-1, Patiala-2)

3.

Number of new patients put on ventilator support

05

(Fazilka-1, Tarn Taran-1, Jalandhar-3)

4.

Number of new patients discharged

1055

(Ludhiana-516, Jalandhar-262, Amritsar- 49, Sangrur-60, SAS Nagar-36, Gurdaspur- 18, Ferozepur-22, Pathankot-5, FG Sahib-

17, Moga-10, SBS Nagar-28, Fazilka-26, Muktsar-1, Barnala-5)

5.

Number of new deaths reported

32

(Amritsar-3, Bathinda-1, Gurdaspur-1, Jalandhar-3, Kapurthala-1, Ludhiana-11, SAS Nagar-3, Muktsar-1, Patiala-3, Sangrur-4, Tarn Taran-1)

Patients reported positive on 11th August 2020- 1002

District

Number of cases

Source of Infection outside Punjab

Local Cases

Remarks

Ludhiana

252

2 New Cases (Interstate Travelers). 1 New case (Foreign Returned)

48 New cases (ILI). 75 Contacts of positive cases. 7 New Cases (Police Personnel). 3 New Cases (ANC). 6 New Cases (HCW). 23 New cases (Jail inmates). 28 New Cases 17 New Cases (OPD). 2 new

Cases (SARI)

Rest cases details pending as reports received late.

Jalandhar

54

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Cases details pending as reports received late.

Amritsar

118

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23 New Cases (ILI). 57 Contacts of Positive cases. 38 New Cases (OPD)

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Patiala

118

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34 Contacts of Positive cases.. 10 New Cases. 74 New Cases (ILI)

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Sangrur

15

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1 Contact of Positive case. 8 new Cases (OPD). 1 New Case

(ILI). 2 New cases (ANC). 3 New Cases

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SAS Nagar

83

1 New Case (Interstate Traveler).

48 New Cases. 4 Contacts of Positive Cases. 28 New Cases (ILI). 1 New Case (SARI). 1

New Case (ANC)

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Hoshiarpur

77

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4 New Cases. 15 Contacts of Positive cases.

Rest cases details pending as reports received late.

Gurdaspur

13

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10 New Cases. 2 Contacts of Positive cases. 1 New cases (ILI)

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Ferozepur

20

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6 New Cases (ILI). 4 Contacts of Positive Cases.

Rest cases details pending as reports received late.

Pathankot

64

6 New Cases (Domestic Returnees). 1 New case (Foreign

Returned).

22 Contacts of Positive cases.

1 New Case (Police Personnel). 14 New Cases (OPD). 6 New Cases (ILI). 14

New Cases

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Tarn Taran

3

1 New case (Foreign Returned). 1 New

Case (Domestic Returnees).

1 New Case

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Bathinda

38

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11 New Cases. 18 New Cases (Jail inmates). 1 New Case (Police Personnel). 6 Contacts

of Positive cases. 2 New Cases (ILI)

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FG Sahib

9

2 New Cases (Interstate Travelers)

4 Contacts of Positive case. 2 New cases (OPD). 1 New Case (ILI)

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Moga

16

2 New Cases (Domestic Returnees).

6 New Cases. 7 Contacts of Positive Cases. 1 New Case (Prisoner)

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SBS Nagar

16

1 New Case (Domestic Returnees).

1 New Case (Pre operative). 3 New Cases (ILI). 8 New Cases. 1 New Case (Police Personnel). 2 Contacts of

positive case.

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Faridkot

15

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5 Contacts of Positive cases.

10 New Cases

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Fazilka

3

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2 Contacts of Positive cases. 1 New Case (ILI)

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Kapurthala

36

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2 New Cases (ILI). 24 Contact of Positive case. 8 New Cases.

2 New Cases (Police Personnel)

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Ropar

4

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2 Contacts of Positive Cases. 2 New Cases.

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Muktsar

5

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5 New Cases (OPD)

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Barnala

9

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4 New Cases (OPD). 1 Contact of Positive case. 3 New cases (ILI). 1 New case

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Mansa

34

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1 New Case. 33 Contacts of Positive Cases.

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* 18 Positive cases source of infection out of Punjab.

2. Cumulative Cases:-

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Number of active cases

Total Discharged

Deaths

1.

Ludhiana

5701

1831

3681

189

2.

Jalandhar

3296

919

2294

83

3.

Amritsar

2513

474

1940

99

4.

Patiala

3029

1164

1808

57

5.

Sangrur

1357

224

1093

40

6.

SAS Nagar

1402

684

695

23

7.

Hoshiarpur

735

142

578

15

8.

Gurdaspur

928

259

644

25

9.

Ferozepur

683

339

334

10

10.

Pathankot

618

195

410

13

11.

Tarn Taran

495

198

283

14

12.

Bathinda

911

498

401

12

13.

FG Sahib

527

140

382

5

14.

Moga

611

252

353

6

15.

SBS Nagar

391

76

308

7

16.

Faridkot

430

140

289

1

17.

Fazilka

384

83

299

2

18.

Kapurthala

468

214

238

16

19.

Ropar

376

120

250

6

20.

Muktsar

317

76

238

3

21.

Barnala

477

335

133

9

22.

Mansa

240

100

139

1

Total

25889

8463

16790

636

  • From Patiala 1 case shifted to Sangrur, 1 case shifted to Ludhiana, 2 cases shifted to out of State (WB and Haryana).
  • From Kapurthala 5 cases shifted to Tarn Taran.

Containment Zones:-

S.NO

District

Large outbreak

Total population of the area contained

1

Amritsar

Sharifpura

6502

BSF khasa

2500

2

Jalandhar

shakti nagar

541

3

Hoshiarpur

BSF camp kharkan block harta badla

1018

4

Pathankot

Prem nagar

300

Shiv nagar

220

Preet nagar

122

5

Patiala

peeli sarhak, Ragho majra

118

6

Ferozepur

Alle ke & Pioneer colony

1328

TOTAL

12649

Micro Containment Zones:-

S.No

District

S.No.

Microcontainments

Total population of the area contained

1

Amritsar

1

BAGH RAMANAND

525

2

Amarkot

229

3

Friends Avenue, Ranjit Avenue

125

4

Sohian Kalan(Revisit)

16

5

Pawan Nagar, Gali No. 17

250

6

Sabzi Mandi, Majitha

604

7

Mustfabad, Balmiki Gali

1000

8

jujhar singh avenue

500

TOTAL

3249

2

Hoshiarpur

1

ward no.4 garhshankar

493

2

ward no 11 garhshankar

601

3

ward no 7

476

TOTAL

1570

3

Ludhiana

1

Jeewan Nagar Stno17.5 and 18

2110

2

Stno 5 and 6 New Model Town amloh Road Khanna

650

3

St no 8, New Moti Nagar

296

4

Stno7 Dashmesh Nagar Nr Gill Chownk

162

5

Stno 11, Durgapuri Haibowala kalan

1352

6

Aspeen 4 Tower , Centra green

,Pakhowal Road

18

7

Lolouri kalan

2330

8

Phase - 1 Dugri

1907

9

jodhan Nr Bus stand

200

10

Rajguru Nagar

1100

11

Machiwara sahib

293

12

Sakti Vihar Haibowal Kalan

270

13

Shiwala Road , Chorra Bazar

30

14

New Azad Nagar

244

TOTAL

10962

4

Patiala

1

NEW OFFICERS COLONY

162

2

DAMILA VIHAR

118

3

NEAR ARYA SMAJ

96

4

BAJWA COLONY ST NO 01 PATIALA

29

5

GURU NANAK NAGAR ST NO 13 PATIALA

57

6

SOODAN STREET ARYA SAMAJ PATIALA

31

7

ST.NO 20,AZAD NAGAR PATIALA

74

8

ST.NO 33,AZAD NAGAR PATIALA

111

9

Shiva Enclave Nabha

260

10

Ajit Nagar, Nabha

205

11

Bank street, Nabha

160

12

Gharamma patti

214

13

Agarsain Colony

167

14

Gher Sodian, Chappal bazar, Patiala

156

15

Gher Sodian, Near Gurdwara Rajvanshi, Patiala

22

16

Dooma vali Gali, Gher sodia, Patiala

45

TOTAL

1907

5

Jalandhar

1

Adarsh Nagar , shahkot

196

2

Kot bahadur Khas (Rainak bazar)

231

3

Gopal Nagar

170

4

Abaadpura

1212

5

Azad nagar

498

6

Sangat Nagar , St 2

130

7

Adarsh Nagar

65

8

Mohalla Ravidas pura , Nakodar

700

9

Guru Ram Das Nagar

282

10

shiv raj garh

67

TOTAL

3551

6

Muktsar sahib

1

Khajoor Wali Gali, Sri Muktsar Sahib

1560

2

Bank Road, Mithan Wali Gali, Sri Muktsar Sahib

412

TOTAL

1972

7

Mansa

1

arvind nagar mansa city

390

8

Fatehgarh sahib

1

tewana feed rurki

120

2

surjit nagar MGG

350

3

vill sanghol

122

TOTAL

592

9

Gurdaspur

1

Navi abadi bank colony batala

780

2

harnam nagar batala

102

TOTAL

882

10

Sangrur

1

Baguana Basti,Sangrur

191

2

Sunami Gate Phirni Road, Sangrur

240

3

Gandhi Basti,Dhuri

226

TOTAL

657

11

Fazilka

1

Nai Abadi, Abohar

120

2

Mohkam Arrain, Jandwala Bhime Shah Block

320

3

Vijay Colony, Fazilka

328

4

Chaudhriyan Gali , Fazilka

62

5

PS City Quarters, Jalalabad

99

6

Shakti nagar

324

TOTAL

1253

12

Moga

1

vedant nagar

346

2

Bukan wala village

118

TOTAL

464

13

Bathinda

1

ajit road

100

2

Nayi basti

950

TOTAL

1050

14

Barnala

1

KC road stno 5 to 6

400

2

Aastha colony

750

3

lakhi colony

1750

4

kacha colg road 8 to 9

400

TOTAL

3300

16

Faridkot

1

Backside bijli street kotkapura, faridkot

87

17

Mohali

1

Maple leaf restaurant sec 115

15

2

LIC colony mundi karari

100

TOTAL

115

18

Ropar

1

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