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Punjab CM Badal takes aim at Congress over ‘infighting’ for tickets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a jibe at state Congress leadership over a “tug of war” on ticket allocation, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Saturday the party was a “divided house” hardly a match for Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).He said Congress was “basically an indisciplined party” divided into various factions, and due to this a squabble for ticket allocation was going amongst the leaders of the party. “The pulls and pressures within the Congress were evident from the delay in its ticket allocation,” Badal said on the sidelines of his ‘Sangat Darshan’ in Kartarpur segment here.With such intense infighting and “tug of war”, Congress could never compete the SAD, a cadre-based and disciplined party, he claimed. Badal, the chief minister of Punjab since 2007, dismissed any trouble due to defection of Lok Sabha MP Sher Singh Ghubaya’s son to Congress. “Akali Dal made Ghubaya an MLA and then an MP. Unfortunate, that even then they were not satisfied, he said adding that shift in allegiance by them was “regrettable”.Badal said that no “true Punjabi” could ever forgive Congress for “sins” like the Operation Blue Star and the killing of people during the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage.The chief minister blamed Congress for depriving the state of its waters by constructing Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.He claimed that during the past 10 years, the SAD-BJP alliance has delivered “every promise made to people” and urged the people of the state to repose faith in the alliance government for the third consecutive term.He claimed that that every vote for the alliance in the upcoming poll would be a vote for stability, development, peace and right governance in the state.

More trouble for Kejriwal: AAP candidate among 14 booked for land-grabbing case in Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fourteen people, including an AAP candidate for the next year’s state polls, have been booked in an alleged land-grabbing case here, police said today. Cases have been registered against 14 people, including AAP’s candidate from Ferozepur (Urban) Narinder Singh Sandha, in a two-year-old complaint by former Congress MLA Ravinder Singh alias Babbal, they said. Babbal had lodged a complaint with the police to investigate the matter regarding the alleged grabbing of a Waqf Board land adjacent to city police station which was earlier used for the residence of SHO and DSP.”I had come to meet the SHO and DSP for public related works at the place but was shocked to see some showrooms coming up at the location,” the complainant said, adding “certain people” had reportedly got the land allocated in their names and sold it further.”The land for a very long time housed the residence of SHO and DSP and till 2000, the police department paid rent for it to the Wakf board,” police said.However, later an SHO set up a traffic post here and the accommodation was reduced to a ramshackle, police said.”After investigations the police yesterday registered cases under relevant sections of the IPC against more than dozen persons. However, I do not know if any of them is an AAP candidate,” SSP Ferozepur R K Bakhi said.Sandha alleged the case against him was filed at the behest of the ruling dispensation as the complainant was a “close relative of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal”.”I have already given all evidence and supporting documents to the police,” he said, adding SAD and Congress were trying to implicate AAP leaders in false cases fearing defeat in the ensuing polls.Meanwhile, AAP’s Ferozepur coordinator Pankaj Ranga said the case seemed politically motivated.However, if there is any substance in it the party will surely take cognisance of the same, he added.

PM Modi to lay foundation stone for AIIMS in Bathinda tomorrow

Thu, 24 Nov 2016-10:13pm , Chandigarh , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Bathinda and Anandpur Sahib in Punjab on Friday. Modi will lay the foundation stone for AIIMS in Bathinda and address a gathering, a party spokesman said in Chandigarh on Thursday.Later in the day, the PM will attend a function related to the 350th Parkash Utsav of 10th sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh at Kesargadh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib. Modi’s Punjab visit is likely to set political temperature soaring in the state slated to go for polls early next year.

Amarinder flays SAD, AAP for raising 1984 riots ahead of elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Thursday accused the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of trying to gain “cheap” political mileage by raking up 1984 anti-Sikh riots.Addressing a press conference, he said he owed no explanation to anyone much less Akalis, who had never raised the issue even once despite being in power, till it was election time in the state. “AAP had also chosen election time to raise the issue, with the clear intent of making political gains,” he said, dismissing the charges of protecting the guilty of riots. Singh said he had resigned as an MP in 1984 in protest against “Operation Bluestar” and personally visited several gurudwaras and other places to meet the riot victims for four days.To a question about the alleged role of Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the anti-Sikh riots, the PCC president said the matter was sub-judice and it was for the court to establish whether he was guilty or not. He said that when he met the victims immediately after the riots, nobody named Tytler and his name cropped up only six months later during the Delhi elections. Singh demanded from SAD an explanation on why the NDA government, of which it is a constituent partner, had failed to do anything in the matter despite being in power.To a question on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue, he said he would resign from Lok Sabha and all party MLAs will quit the state Assembly if the pending Supreme Court judgement went against the interests of Punjab. Accusing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of allegedly putting the state on the back foot due to his inability to have the case properly defended in court, he said Parkash Singh Badal-led Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had been indulging in double standards over the issue.Accusing Badal of “shedding crocodile tears” when the case was at its culmination stage in the apex court, after having earlier brought the state to its knees by selling off its interests to Haryana, Singh said “There was enough documentary evidence to show Badal s complicity against the interest of Punjab”.Replying to a question about his opposition to Punjabi Suba movement, the PCC chief said he had opposed it right from the day one. He alleged that the Akalis had a single point agenda of making Punjab a “Sikh majority” state and in the process, had compromised on precious resources like land, water and hydro- electric power.

Balloons with ‘message’ in Urdu for PM Modi found at Dinanagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two balloons with a message, written in Urdu and purportedly addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were found at Ghesal village in Dinanagar which had witnessed a terror attack last year, police said on Saturday.Police got the message, written on a piece of paper and pasted on the yellow-coloured balloons, translated. It read: “Modiji, Ayubi ki talwaren abhi hamare paas hain. Islam zindabad.” The balloons were first seen by a villager near his house yesterday and when he found the note written in Urdu, he handed them over to the police.Notably, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was visiting the border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot on Saturday to monitor the arrangements made for the villagers who have been evacuated in the apprehension of retaliation from Pakistan to the Army’s surgical strikes on terrorist launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) recently.In July, the police had recovered a balloon from Jhande Chak village near Dinanagar. It had a picture of the Pakistani flag painted, along with ‘I love Pakistan’ written on it.Three heavily-armed terrorists in army fatigues had stormed a police station at Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district last year, killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police (SP), before they were gunned down in a day-long operation by the security forces.

Punjab Congress Legislature Party assures one job per family on forming government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Congress Legislature Party leader Charanjit Singh Channi assured one job per family on Thursday, if his party forms government in the state after Assembly election in 2017.Congress party will have a separate department to ensure that this promise is accomplished in the first year of the governance, he said. The senior Congress leader is at present undertaking ‘Jawani Sambhal Yatra’ on the issues of drugs, unemployment and goonda raj allegedly unleashed by the Parkash Singh Badal government.The week-long yatra would culminate at Talwandi Sabo on October 3. Slamming the Badal government for its “dismal record” on the issue of giving unemployment allowance despite making tall promises, Channi said as per the official figures, only 1,913 unemployed were given allowance since 2012 till now.He said his party’s RTI cell activist Jasdeepak Singh had procured the information under the RTI Act. He called upon the people in the state to assess the promises made by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab in the context of the performance of the Kejriwal government in Delhi.With regard to Delhi, he said the total number of placements made by directorate of employment from February 2015 till date was 117 through online employment portal and 1,300 through employment summits. The total number of unemployed registered with the employment directorate till date was 13,49,794, he said.

After Indian Army’s surgical strikes across LoC, Punjab govt orders evacuation of villages on border

Chandigarh: The Punjab government has ordered the evacuation of villages in a 10-km belt along the border with Pakistan following the surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC.

File photo of the Indian Army. AFP

File photo of the Indian Army. AFP

The union home ministry on Thursday directed the Punjab government to get the border villages evacuated.

Local authorities were using loudspeakers to announce to residents in the border villages to leave their homes and villages and move to safer zones.

The authorities have ordered the closure of schools and other institutions in the border belt.

Punjab’s border districts include Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Abohar and Fazilka.

Informed sources said the Border Security Force (BSF) was mobilising its troops and strengthening the security along the border belt.

Punjab shares a 553-km border with Pakistan.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has called an emergency meeting of the cabinet on Thursday evening.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal falls ill, cancels all engagements

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday cancelled all his engagements as he was unwell. A spokesperson for the Chief Minister’s Office said Badal (88) has been advised rest and to avoid travelling by doctors who examined him in the morning. No details of the nature of his illness were, however, available.The chief minister is scheduled to visit the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Wednesday morning for a medical checkup and consultation.Badal was scheduled to visit Jalandhar today to attend the ‘Rasam Kriya’ of slain RSS leader Brigadier (retd) Jagdish Gagneja but had to cancel it at the last moment, said the spokesperson.

RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja who was shot at last month dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja, who was shot at in Jalandhar by unidentified assailants in August, died at a hospital in Chandigarh on Thursday morning. Gagneja, 65, breathed his last at 9.16am at the Hero DMC Heart Institute, Dr G S Wander, Director of the Institute, said.Brigadier (retd) Gagneja was attacked by bike-borne assailants on August 6 in Jalandhar. He was rushed to the Ludhiana hospital in a critical condition the next day. After police failed to get clues in the murder of the Vice President of the Punjab unit of the Sangh, the case was handed over to the CBI recently.Besided family members of the deceased, many senior RSS and BJP leaders including Phul Chand Jain, Anil Sareen, Commissioner of Police Jatinder Singh Aulakh and Dr Rishi Pal, ADC Ludhiana district were present at the hospital to pay their last respects.Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal expressed grief over the demise of Gagneja. “It’s a huge loss to the state and the country. Punjab has lost a forceful voice which articulated the concerns of the state and its people while remaining selflessly away from pubic glare and shunning personal glory,” he said.All his life, he served the nation in the true traditions of a soldier, maintaining a low profile even while contributing in a most significant way to the welfare of Punjab and Punjabis, he said. “We have lost a great champion of Hindu Sikh unity and communal harmony but the ideals to which he devoted his life would be upheld by the people,” he said.The self-effacing and humble manner in which he took up Punjab’s causes at various national forums will serve as an example to those who place the interests of the state above their own, said the Chief Minister in his condolence message.Badal’s Advisor on National Affairs Harcharan Bains told reporters that the Chief Minister is away to Patna to participate in the International Sikh Conference to mark the 350th Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh and would visit the bereaved family on his return.In a statement, Badal said the attack on Gagneja was an attempt to disturb the hard-earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in the state for which he worked hard all his life.”But the designs of those who committed this heinous crime will never be allowed to succeed,” he said.Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the death of Gagneja. The Chief Minister appealed to the people of Punjab to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state at all costs.”This will be the best and the greatest tribute to the departed leader,” said Badal. Gagneja will be cremated in Jalandhar in the evening.

Punjab: Akali Dal MLA Farzana Khatoon’s house attacked by mob over allegations of sacrilege

A mob allegedly attacked the house of local Akali Dal MLA Farzana Nissara Khatoon while protesting alleged sacrilege of a religious book forcing police to open fire, police said on Saturday.Six policemen including a DSP was injured as protesters who numbered around 300-400 indulged in stone pelting, torched a car and a room meant for security men outside the MLA’s house. The legislator who was in the house was safe, DSP Randhir Singh said on the incident that occured in Malerkotla town in Sangrur district last night. Farzana is the wife of former Punjab Police DGP Mohammad Izhar Alam.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As tension prevailed in the area, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged on Saturday to people to maintain peace and communal harmony while the opposition Congress and Aam Aadmi Party alleged it was a conspiracy to destabilise the state ahead of Assembly elections next year and demanded a judicial probe.
ALSO READ Desecration of holy book: Is Punjab getting back to militancy days?Congress leader Amarinder Singh claimed that the people wanted to meet the MLA in connection with the incident when her security personnel “fired indiscriminately” at them.The cause
ALSO READ Desecration of holy book: Parts of Punjab still tense, bandh observed amidst tight securityThe trouble started when some people allegedly found torn pages of a religious book near Jarag Chowk in Malerkotla. Protesting over the incident, a group of 300-400 people first blocked the Sangrur-Ludhiana highway. “They damaged three vehicles of the MLA including setting a car on fire. Then they also burnt down the room meant for security men outside the house of the legislator,” said the DSP.Police and security men of Khatoon fired in the air to disperse the crowd. The mob pelted stones at police personnel injuring to six policemen including a DSP, said police. Heavy police force has been deployed in the wake of the incident. DIG (Patiala Range) B S Sidhu said, “Situation (in Malerkotla) is peaceful now.” A case has been registered in this regard, police said, adding that no arrest has been made so far.
ALSO READ Punjab: CBI likely to visit Faridkot to probe holy book sacrilege incidentDGP (Law and Order) Hardeep Singh Dhillon along with IG (Patiala Zone) Paramjit Singh Umra Nangal visited the area and reviewed the situation on Saturday.CM Parkash Singh Badal speaksStrongly condemning the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged the people to remain calm and said that nobody would be allowed to disturb the hard earned peace and communal harmony in the state. He appealed the people in general and especially the Muslim brethren to maintain peace, amity and communal harmony at all cost.Expressing deep anguish over the incident, Badal said it was time to display the ethos of religious tolerance, unity and brotherhood. He also warned the anti-social elements saying strict action will be taken against them.What does Amarinder Singh has to say?Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh expressed apprehension that the incident in Malerkotla was “conspiracy at the behest of the ruling party to disturb peace and destabilise Punjab” ahead of elections.Amarinder said that there appeared to be a pattern in these incidents. In Fatehgarh Sahib, less than a year ago a holy book was desecrated leading to protests and firing on people in which two protesters were killed, he said. “Now again, the pages of a holy book were torn out in a clear act of provocation and when the people wanted to meet the local MLA, whose husband Izhar Alam is an ex-DGP, his security personnel fired indiscriminately at them injuring so many,” he alleged.Demanding a time-bound independent probe, the PCC president said an “atmosphere of instability and uncertainty” will suit the Chief Minister since he has realised that he had “lost the trust” of the people.AAP’s takeAam Aadmi Party (AAP) termed the incident extremely unfortunate. Sangrur MP and senior leader AAP, Bhagwant Mann while demanding a judicial probe into all such incidents which have occurred in recent times in Punjab, said those responsible for attempting to create a communal wedge between various communities by resorting to desecration must be brought to book.Mann said prior to Malerkotla incident, alleged desecration of holy book was also engineered by certain anti-social elements to divide and create communal divisions between Punjabis on caste and religious lines. Mann said Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also controls Punjab police, has “completely failed” in putting an end to such incidents of alleged sacrilege which have been occurring at regular intervals for the past many months.

Arvind Kejriwal recommends ‘Udta Punjab’ to ruling Badals

Amidst the controversial release of ‘Udta Punjab’ yesterday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday cornered his Punjab counterpart Parkash Singh Badal and said the movie aptly shows active involvement of politicians in the prevailing drug menace in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-ruled state. Kejriwal said Punjab’s situation is quite bad as the politicians are freely distributing drugs in the state. “Watched Udta Punjab. Movie shows politicians running drug rackets, drugs distributed freely during elections. Punjab situation quite bad,” he tweeted.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Chief Minister showered praise on ‘Udta Punjab’ and said Badal must watch this ‘powerful film’ to see what they have done to Punjab. “Just watched ‘Udta Punjab’. Very powerful. Badals must watch it to see what they have done to Punjab,” he said in a series of tweets.After coming under scrutiny of the censor board, ‘Udta Punjab’ finally hit the screens yesterday and the social media was abuzz with views from celebrities and eminent politicians.The CBFC had issued a fresh release certificate to ‘ Udta Punjab’ after the Bombay High Court passed the film with just one cut and three disclaimers.’Udta Punjab’, the movie which stars Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh in lead role, has been passed with A-certificate.

Govt has nothing to with ‘Udta Punjab’, says Punjab Dy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal

With the opposition accusing the ruling SAD-BJP combine in Punjab of using influence to “censor” ‘Udta Punjab’, a Hindi film that delves into the drug menace in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday said the government has “nothing to do” with the film and that it is a matter between the producers and the censor board. He also hit out at the opposition, asking it to stop spreading “canards” about a “government ban” on the release of the film which allegedly shows Punjabis in poor light.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”For us, the film in question is one of the countless such films produced for commercial reasons. Whether to allow its release or not is an issue between the producers and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The government has nothing to do with it,” Sukhbir said here in a statement.”It is for the censor board to see whether the film meets or violates the fundamental principles of balance between freedom of expression on one hand and deliberately or inadvertently blackening the face of a state, a community or a faith on the other,” he added.Sukhbir said he would not “pre-judge” the issue before the film is out in the market.”We are in favour of anything that lends social, psychological or thematic support to our all-out war on drugs. For all I know, the film in question may even be an attempt to correct the distorted picture of Punjab as a drug haven painted by some opportunistic non-Punjabi persons, political parties and leaders who are using abusive language against the bravest and most competent and patriotic people of Punjab. If so, we will welcome the film and even support it and similar films aimed at image correction of Punjabis,” he said.The Deputy Chief Minister said it is “absurd” to suggest a governmental intervention at this stage.”Neither Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, nor I, nor anyone else at political or administrative level in the government or the party has seen the film so far. So, how can we take a call on whether or not the film will affect the peaceful atmosphere in the state by hurting the sentiments of the people through a vulgar and humiliating presentation of present day Punjab and Punjabis,” said Sukhbir who is also the president of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). The Deputy Chief Minister said he is not surprised at the strong reaction to alleged insult to Punjab in the film by blackening the face of every Punjabi, adding, “if true, it is most painful and disgraceful.”Sukhbir rubbished the “propaganda” against Punjab as the “land of terrorists and drug addicts”, adding that those who indulge in this kind of a propaganda need to educate themselves.”Punjabis are leading the rest of the country in every sphere, occupying top positions in various fields such as science, technology, education, IT, nano-technology, agriculture, industry etc. Punjabis dominate the social and political life across the world. Naturally, they react strongly to any demonisation of their character, such as calling them terrorists, rapists, drug addicts etc.,” he said, adding that whether ‘Udta Punjab” indulges in the “demonisation” will be considered only after it has been cleared by the censor board.However, he said he hoped what he had read about the content of the film was wrong.”I merely read about the contents of the film in a national daily and like every other proud Punjabi, was deeply pained by this description of the people of my state. I know every Punjabi considers themselves children of our great gurus. We may have a few problems but Punjabis know better than anybody else in the world how to face and defeat challenges. Drugs were one such challenge before. In the last few years, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has launched the Punjab government’s war on drugs,” he said.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal hits out at AAP over its decision to gherao his residence

Punjab Chief Minster Parkash Singh Badal on Friday hit out at AAP Youth wing’s decision to gherao his residence saying there is no “honesty and seriousness” behind the move.”I have waged struggles all my life in defence of democratic values. But I see no honesty and seriousness behind AAP announcing a gherao of my residence. Their eyes are merely on newspaper and television headlines,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP’s Youth Wing has decided to gherao Badal’s residence in Chandigarh on May 16 to protest “anti-people and anti-farmers polices” of the SAD-BJP government.The Chief Minister said his “doors have always been open” for everyone to discuss, in a constructive and meaningful way, any issue concerning the state, adding his government will not allow “AAP’s dramatic tantrums to weaken and dilute the state’s struggle for justice” on the river water issue.”The biggest issue facing the people of the state is that of SYL Canal. River water is the lifeline of the state. On this depends not only the present and future of farmers but also of the entire economy and therefore the welfare and prosperity of every Punjabi,” Badal said.”It is disgraceful how AAP continued to indulge in double speak on this critical issue. They do not tire of raising slogans and at the same time continue to betray the state’s interests through unbelievable flip-flops on the issue in the Supreme Court,” he alleged.”Why is their leader, Arvind Kejriwal, still unwilling to support Punjab on the river waters issue. Is this a proof of their love for Punjab,” Badal asked.Badal said Punjab AAP leaders should march to Kejriwal’s residence in Delhi to ask him to stop betraying the state on SYL in the apex court and also tell him to “implement at least half of the welfare schemes which we have implemented for the welfare of farmers in Punjab.””We give free power to the every farmer, Rs 50,000 interest-free loan per crop, life insurance of Rs five lakh, Rs 50,000 as medical care and Punjab is the only state to have set up a Kisan Vikas Chamber on the lines of the FICCI and CII,” he claimed.

Jat riots: Parkash Singh Committee report points at ‘negligence’ by officials

The Parkash Singh Committee, probing the role of police and civil administration officials during the Jat reservation stir, on Friday submitted its report to Haryana government, pointing towards “negligence” on the part of certain officials in controlling the situation.The committee submitted its report to the Manohar Lal Khattar government, official sources said, adding, it pointed to “negligence” on part of certain officials and “concerted efforts” to control the situation by others in the report.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jat stir held in February this year resulted in blockades of roads, including national highways, violence and extensive damage to public and private properties in many districts, including Sonipat, Rohtak and Jhajjar.
ALSO READ Haryana: Jat reservation notification all set to be issuedFormer police official Prakash Singh is understood to have done a thorough study of existing structures, procedures and systems for maintenance of law and order in the state and suggested such improvements in these, as he deems necessary, to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future.
ALSO READ Murthal gangrapes: Eyewitness receives threat call, says warned of serious consequences for speaking against JatsSingh, now retired, was Member, National Security Advisory Board during 2013-14 and is one of the foremost experts of the country on Internal Security.At present, he is Associate Fellow of the Joint Special Operations University (US) and President, Indian Police Foundation and Member, Advisory Board of Vivekananda International Foundation.

Murthal outrage: Haryana admits to possibility of rapes during Jat agitation

Chandigarh: After denying outright any incidents of rapes during the violent Jat agitation in February this year, the Haryana government on Monday admitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court that there could be a possibility that rapes could have happened then.

The admission by the Haryana government came up during hearing of a case by the high court in Chandigarh on Monday.

Submitting a report by way of an affidavit filed by Inspector General of Police, South Range-cum-incharge, Special Investigation Team (SIT), Mamta Singh, the state police has include section 376-D (rape) of the Indian Penal Code to the FIR No. 118 registered on 30 March this year regarding the incidents at along National Highway No. 1 (NH-1) near Murthal in Haryana’s Sonipat district.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The section (of rape) has been included on the basis of complaint of Delhi resident Bobby Joshi that women were allegedly sexually assaulted by the agitators. The state government said that it had received anonymous letters alleging that the rapes took place.

In February this year, the Haryana government had emphatically told the high court that no such incidents of rape or molestation were reported from Sonipat district during the Jat agitation. The government had submitted a status report in the high court in this regard.

The preliminary status report was submitted following investigations into the mass gang-rape allegations by an all-women SIT constituted by the Haryana government. The SIT report said that no victim of the alleged mass gang rape or molestation had come forward to complain.

The high court, taking suo moto notice of the reports in the media about the mass gang rapes, had asked the Haryana government and police to submit a status report.

It had appointed lawyer Anupam Gupta as amicus curie in the matter.

The high court on Monday also questioned the Manohar Lal Khattar government on the appointment of the Parkash Singh Committee to look into the incidents of violence during the Jat agitation, asking it to clarify its constitutional and legal status.

At least 30 people were killed and over 320 injured in the nine-day long Jat agitation for reservation.

Jat stir: Haryana govt admits to possibility of rapes during violent agitation

Chandigarh: After denying outright any incidents of rapes during the violent Jat agitation in February this year, the Haryana government on Monday admitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court that there could be a possibility that rapes could have happened then.

The admission by the Haryana government came up during hearing of a case by the high court here on Monday.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Submitting a report by way of an affidavit filed by Inspector General of Police, South Range-cum-in-charge, Special Investigation Team (SIT), Mamta Singh, the state police has include section 376-D (rape) of the Indian Penal Code to the FIR No. 118 registered on 30 March this year regarding the incidents at along National Highway No. 1 (NH-1) near Murthal in Haryana’s Sonipat district.

The section (of rape) has been included on the basis of complaint of Delhi resident Bobby Joshi that women were allegedly sexually assaulted by the agitators. The state government said that it had received anonymous letters alleging that the rapes took place.

In February this year, the Haryana government had emphatically told the high court that no such incidents of rape or molestation were reported from Sonipat district during the Jat agitation. The government had submitted a status report in the high court in this regard.

The preliminary status report was submitted following investigations into the mass gang-rape allegations by an all-women SIT constituted by the Haryana government. The SIT report said that no victim of the alleged mass gang rape or molestation had come forward to complain.

The high court, taking suo moto notice of the reports in the media about the mass gang rapes, had asked the Haryana government and police to submit a status report.

It had appointed lawyer Anupam Gupta as amicus curie in the matter.

The high court on Monday also questioned the Manohar Lal Khattar government on the appointment of the Parkash Singh Committee to look into the incidents of violence during the Jat agitation, asking it to clarify its constitutional and legal status.

At least 30 people were killed and over 320 injured in the nine-day long Jat agitation for reservation.

2017 Punjab elections: Congress leader Amarinder Singh asks CM Parkash Singh Badal to prepare for ‘political exile’

Taking a dig at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said that rather than dreaming of forming a government again in 2017, Badal should prepare himself for “political exile” that the people will impose upon him.”Given the current circumstances and the anger prevailing among people against the Badals, the exile will be the only option available to them as people will chase them down for all the sins of omission and commission during their two tenures,” Singh said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state Congress chief’s reaction comes in the wake of Badal’s statement on Monday who asked the former to be prepared for a third “consecutive defeat”. The former Chief Minister said Badal had “failed” all sections of the state, including farmers, youth, industry, employees etc.”This is because he could never look beyond his family and clan with seven MLAs of his family in the Vidhan Sabha and four of them being ministers and another in the central government,” Singh said.Responding to the CM’s claims that he would be forming the government for the third consecutive term in 2017, the PCC president asked Badal to name a single assembly segment that would guarantee a win for Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) .”Leave aside Punjab, you better worry about your feudal fiefdom of Lambi which is certain to write your political obituary this time,” Singh charged.

Be prepared for third ‘consecutive defeat’, Parkash Badal to Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday claimed that the SAD-BJP alliance would win the 2017 state assembly election.Speaking on the sidelines of Sangat Darshan programme in Lambi assembly segment here, the Chief Minister said Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh should be prepared for the “third consecutive defeat” as he (Badal) claimed that the alliance would give a “crushing defeat” to him (Amarinder) and his party in the 2017 state assembly polls. Badal said this time also “wise” people of the state would show “door to him” (Amarinder) in their ‘royal style’ of politics.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Captain sahib must stop day dreaming because people of state will send him to political oblivion by ensuring his defeat in 2017,” he said. The Chief Minister alleged that the state Congress President knows well that he won’t come to power so he was “desperately promising the moon” to everybody.

Story of unusual troop movement by Indian Army near Delhi in January 2012 is correct: Manish Tewari

The Indian Express had earlier claimed the report is a meticulous reconstruction and a very sober interpretation of the movement of two key Army units towards New Delhi on the night of January 16-17. The then Army Chief had later said the report in The Indian Express on unusual troop movements in the direction of the capital in mid-January was ‘absolutely stupid’.

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DDCA files defamation suits against Arvind Kejriwal, Kirti Azad in Delhi HC

Jaitley has sought damages of Rs 10 crore from them. Apart from this, the six Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders are also facing a criminal defamation case filed against them in the trial court by the minister.

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Bihar: ASI and contractor shot dead, Ram Vilas Paswan attacks CM Nitish Kumar

“He (Nitish) used to take pride in being called ‘Sushashan Babu’. After engineers, doctors and traders, even policemen are not safe. There is no government in Bihar. Extortion is being done openly. The situation in the state has become worse than what it was in 1990 when RJD ruled the state. When we used to say that jungle raj will be back if Lalu Nitish combine came to power, they used to react strongly. See, jungle raj is back in such a short span of rule,” Paswan said.

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Mamata Banerjee says no communal tension in West Bengal, calls Malda violence a ‘scuffle’

She announced that next year’s Business summit will be held on January 20-21. “Several people had told us if we could postpone the dates by two weeks this year so that many more can come and join us. That is why we decided to hold the summit from January 20, 2017,” she said. The Bengal Global Business Summit, she said, attracted investment proposals worth Rs 2.50 lakh crore.

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Odd-even scheme will not be extended beyond January 15, says Gopal Rai

A total of 13,528 calls, including 395 complaints regarding buses, autos or traffic, have been received on two helpline numbers, he added.

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Ram Temple seminar at DU – BJP should not use varsities to spread communalism: AAP

He said that the BJP has not learnt from its mistakes and is “hell bent” on repeating them despite facing a drubbing in Delhi and Bihar.

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Subramanian Swamy says building Ram Mandir in Ayodha had Rajiv Gandhi’s support

Swamy, who is the chairman of AVAP, delivered the inaugural address at the seminar which will see historians, archaeologists and law experts discussing various topics including “Lord Ram’s character and values, and their impact on Indian culture”, “History of the Ram temple and related archaeological findings”, “Legal issues around Ram temple” and “Experience and future of Ram temple”.

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