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Akalis blame Langah episode for defeat

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Archit Watts Tribune News Service Badal (Muktsar), October 21 A majority of Akali leaders today blamed the Sucha Singh Langah episode for the party’s loss in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha byelection. The SAD today held its core committee meeting under the leadership of party patron and former CM Parkash Singh Badal at Badal village here. In the three-hour luncheon meeting, some senior leaders told party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal to keep a check on “extreme powers” given to some leaders. A senior SAD leader said it was decided to rectify all these things and start preparations for the 2019 parliamentary elections. The leaders decided to celebrate the party’s 100th anniversary in 2020 in a big way. The SAD leadership rejected the state government’s notification on far...

Temple theft: Rs 20 lakh recovered

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Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 21 The police have recovered nearly Rs 20 lakh from Vishal Marwaha, prime suspect in the Durgiana Temple burglary case. Within 24 hours of the theft, the police arrested Marwaha of Ranjhe Di Haveli and his accomplice Vipin Kumar. The duo had decamped with Rs 6 lakh in Rs 2,000 denomination currency notes from the almirah in the Durigana Temple Management Committee hall on Thursday. The almirah had Rs 13.71 lakh. The thieves did not touch the smaller currency notes. The police arrested the two last evening and a case under Sections 420, 408, 468, 470, 120-B and 34 of the IPC was registered against them. Marwaha was the accountant, while Kumar was the assistant accountant. The two were sent to police remand. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Lak...

Capt opposes MLA’s plea in City Centre case

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Our Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, October 21 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has opposed the plea of Lok Insaaf Party MLA Simarjit Singh Bains for making him party in the alleged Rs 1,144-crore City Centre scam. Questioning the locus standi, the CM has asserted that he (Bains) was stranger to proceedings. He termed the application moved by Bains to be politically motivated and sought its dismissal from the court. These assertions were made by the CM in the court of Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh here today. The CM’s written reply was filed by his lawyer Trilok Singh Sood. The lawyers of Today Homes company and several other accused also filed a reply to the application moved by Bains for making him party in the case to oppose the closure report filed by the Vigilance Bureau. Appare...

Justice Gill: Case against Bains at Sukhbir’s ‘behest’

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Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 21 Recommending the cancellation of an FIR against MLA Simarjit Singh Bains after terming it as a “clear case of political vendetta”, the Justice Mehtab Singh Gill panel has asserted that former Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, it seems, was instrumental in having him arrested and tortured. After going though the statements of Bains and his two witnesses, the panel asserted: “The then Home Minister seems to have been instrumental in having Bains arrested and tortured. He was, at that time, a sitting member of the state Assembly. Not only was he representative of his constituency, but the president of a party.” The observation came after Bains categorically told the panel that “it was on the asking of the the...

Assailants banking on cyber support to evade arrest: DGP

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Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 21 Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora today said expert cyber support available to the assailants in high-profile murder cases was helping them evade arrest. Talking to The Tribune on the sidelines of the 58th Police Commemoration Day observed at the PAP grounds here today, Arora said in most such cases, the assailants left no footprints at the crime spot. “This is the most challenging part in the investigation. These cases are similar in many ways. The assailants were not known to the victims, they did not carry any mobile phones while committing the crime and they came on motorcycles and left no footprints behind,” he said. When asked about the scrutiny of the CCTV footage on the route followed by the culprits, ...

Mystery of 39 Punjab youth taken hostage in Iraq deepens as families called for DNA sampling

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AMRITSAR: The families of 39 missing youth of Punjab reported missing in Iraq seems hoping against the hope. The family members of eight of 39 youth who were taken hostage in Iraq today spent the day in the Amritsar Government Medical College to give DNA samples on the directions of district authorities but they returned home disappointed when they were told that Forensic department was short of required test kits in the medical college.