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Hit by ‘goonda tax’, Bathinda refinery prefers rail route

Punjab
Perneet Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 30 Almost a couple of months after the “goonda tax” row hit Guru Gobind Singh Refinery, it has received the first consignment of gravel through the rail route. Sources said around 50 wagons of gravel reached the refinery premises on Tuesday. The refinery has a rail link through the Ratangarh Kankwal station, which was specially developed for it. Till now the rail link was being utilised by the refinery solely for transportation of its petroleum products, besides polypropylene, coal and sulphur. The Tribune had reported in these columns last month that the refinery was exploring the feasibility of using rail link for the supply of material like sand and gravel. Incidentally, the refinery officials are completely tight-lipped over the issue

Furious over ‘Jojo tax’ rant, Manpreet tears into Akalis

Punjab
Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 28 The Badal family saga turned into a "no holds barred and bare all" tale in the Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday, with Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal hitting out at his estranged uncle and cousin. As he rose to give his reply on the Budget discussions, Akali MLAs started a protest, carrying banners that read, "Jojo tax band karo" (referring to allegations of "goonda tax" being collected by Manpreet's brother-in-law). The otherwise suave Manpreet reacted sharply: "Mard de bachche ho tan meri puri gal suno". From taking up the issue of drug taint on Bikram Singh Majithia (by calling him "chitta vechan wala") to highlighting how his estranged uncle (former CM Parkash Singh Badal) used t...

State residents forced to pay ‘goonda tax’ in R’sthan

Punjab
Our Correspondent Abohar, March 21 Claiming to be members of the local “Harvesting Combine Operators Union”, a number of miscreants on Tuesday intercepted harvesting combine machine driver Harjinder Singh of Bariwala (Muktsar) and his assistant Gurmeet Singh near Chak 17Z village in Sriganganagar and forcibly took away Rs 11,000, calling it as “entry fee” to operate in Rajasthan. Harjinder told the police that the miscreants forced him to halt and said no combine operator would be allowed to harvest crops unless he gives Rs 11,000 as the local union fund. “When I refused to pay the money, they took out the purse from my pocket and snatched Rs 11,000,” he alleged. The police said a case under Sections 382 and 384 of the IPC had been registered against Kulwinder Singh and his accomplices. N

Name Cong leaders collecting ‘goonda tax’: Khaira to Capt

Punjab
Perneet Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 19 Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira today urged Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to make public the names of Congress MLAs and their relatives who were involved in “goonda tax” collection and illegal mining. Talking to mediapersons after visiting the Guru Gobind Singh refinery this evening, Khaira stated that during the recent Cabinet meeting, a minister had accused a colleague’s kin of collecting “goonda tax” from contractors here. He said it was the CM’s moral responsibility to disclose the names of erring ministers, MLAs and their relatives. He said blatant illegal mining by Congress leaders, particularly in Malwa, was being reported daily. Khaira claimed that the ADGP (Intelligence) had given a detailed report, along

Now, contractors at IAF station allege ‘goonda tax’

Punjab
Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 18 Amid the uproar over collection of “goonda tax” at the Guru Gobind Singh Refinery here, contractors engaged with the Bhisiana Air Force Station have alleged similar extortion.  Pleading anonymity, a contractor carrying out construction work inside the IAF station, said, “We’ve been facing problems in getting the supply of material such as sand and gravel for the past 15 days. We are incurring losses due to the high-handedness of some elements in the local transport union.” Another contractor claimed that they had been paying “goonda tax” of Rs 2,500-3,000 per trolley of sand. But now, those extorting money were not allowing vehicles to pass despite them being ready to pay the same. They are hinting t...

Congress government in Punjab carries the ‘Goonda Tax’ legacy of SAD-BJP regime

Punjab
CHANDIGARH: The 'Goonda Tax' (forced extortion from businesses), a term more familiar in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has made inroads in Punjab during the previous regime of SAD-BJP government headed by Parkash Singh Badal. The present Congress government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh has been carrying forward the legacy of Badal's that too with impunity.