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2 years on, no headway in Behbal Kalan killings

Punjab
Tribune News Service Kotkapura, October 14 Members of Sikh organisations staged a protest here today to mark the second anniversary of the death of two Sikh protesters in police firing at Behbal Kalan village in Faridkot district. They alleged that two probe commissions, the CBI and the state police had all failed to nail the culprits. Gurjit Singh (25) and Krishan Bhagwan Singh (45) were shot dead on October 14, 2015, at Behbal Kalan village, 11 km from here, during a protest against the Bargari sacrilege. Though Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had held SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal responsible for the killings, no action had been taken against any accused in these incidents, which had led to protests across the state, alleged Sikh leaders, including “parallel” jathed...

Langah shifted to Kapurthala jail

Punjab
Gurdaspur: Former SAD Cabinet Minister Sucha Singh Langah was taken to Kapurthala jail after a local court sent him to 14-day judicial custody. The police drove the Akali leader to Kapurthala after he contended that he was not safe in Gurdaspur Central Jail as “being a political leader, he had developed enmity with a lot of inmates”. TNS Juvenile offenders escape, nabbed Faridkot: Two juvenile offenders escaped from the observation home in Faridkot on Friday after dodging the security guards. Both offenders, in the age group of 13-15, had been arrested by the Jaitu police two days back for theft. After two hours of search, the boys were nabbed and sent back to the observation home. A case has been registered. TNS Farmers block Malout highway Muktsar: Farmers of Bhai Ka Kera vil...

After clash, procurementsuspended

Punjab
Abohar, October 13 A clash between a labour union president and an arhtiya late last night led to a strike by union members. As a result, cotton and paddy purchase at the new grain market here remained suspended for several hours today. Union members staged a dharna outside the Market Committee office. Union president Vijay Kumar alleged that arhtiya Tejinder Singh was found making labourers work till 10.30 pm in violation of labour laws and the terms agreed upon before the beginning of the purchase season. “He misbehaved with me and later managed to get the local police raid my house after midnight,” he alleged. Tejinder alleged that union leaders tore his clothes. SDM Poonam Singh and others tried to persuade labourers to lift the dharna, but the union insisted on an FIR agai...

Ex-cop Pinky stripped of medal

Punjab
New Delhi, October 13 Gallantry medals given to three cops — one each from Punjab, MP and Jharkhand — have been withdrawn after they were found to be involved in fake encounter, murder and corruption cases. The three are former Punjab SI Gurmeet Singh Pinky, MP’s Additional SP Dharmendra Choudhary and Jharkhand SI Lalit Kumar. Pinky was given the medal for gallantry in 1997 on a proposal submitted by the state for his bravery during service. In its recommendation letter, the government had issued an integrity certificate. However, Pinky was booked in a 2001 murder case in which he was convicted and given life imprisonment in 2006. Subsequently, he was dismissed from service. — TNS The Tribune

Youth’s murder: Residents protest police inaction

Punjab
Sangrur, October 13 Demanding the arrest of killers of Hardeep Singh, who was killed on March 23, the family members of the deceased along with the residents of surrounding villages blocked the Sangrur-Ludhiana road for four hours today. They have announced to stage a protest if the police fail to arrest the accused within 15 days. The protesters have formed a 13-member struggle committee to take further action in this regard. They alleged that some Congress leaders of the area were pressurising the police not to take action against the accused. The protesters included leaders of various NGOs, residents from Sangala, Sangali, surrounding villages and leaders of various farmer unions. However, the blockade was lifted after Malerkotla DSP Yogi Raj and Amargarh DSP Palwinder Singh Cheema r...

Bank manager booked for pocketing relief

Punjab
Our Correspondent Fazilka, October 13 The Fazilka police have booked the manager of Canara Bank for “fraudulently” withdrawing compensation amount of Rs 8,600. Nirmal Singh, a resident of Katehra village of Fazilka district, lodged a complaint with the police that his relative Anup Singh of Muthianwali village had opened an account in the favour of his late grandfather Devi Lal when Anup was posted as a manager in Fazilka. He withdrew Rs 8,600 deposited by the government against crop compensation in his grandfather’s account by allegedly misusing his authority. Anup has been booked under Section 420 of the IPC. The Tribune