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Punjab News: 2010



Close circuit cameras to keep an eye on highways and strategic points in cities

Punjab police being equipped with latest weaponry

Distributes grant of Rs. 45 Crore for development

Chandigarh, May 18:

Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister today said that Punjab police was preparing a master plan for crime detection and prevention in the State using state of art technology.

Speaking to the media persons during Sangat Darshan at Jalalabad, Mr. Badal said that maintenance of law and order in the state was the first priority of the state government and Punjab Police was using the latest software and data base of National Crime Bureau (NCB) to exchange information on criminals operating in the neighboring states, their modus operandi, pattern of crime by various groups/gangs operating in the region and chalking out joint strategy to pre-empt their strikes. He said that state police especially police of districts falling on inter-state borders were having regular bilateral/trilateral meetings to nab these gangs. Mr. Badal said that for the first time Punjab police has constituted a special core group to crack white collared crimes like cyber crimes and online frauds to nip these crimes in the bud.

Emphasizing on taking preventive measures to check the crime, Mr. Badal said that a plan has been chalked out to install close circuit cameras on National and state highways besides crowded and all strategic and sensitive points in the towns and cities and ultra modern Police control rooms have been set up at range level to monitor the developments and respond quickly in the case of eventualities.

Mr. Badal said that the days of archaic 303 guns are over and Punjab Police was being equipped with latest weaponry to get better of automatic weapons being used by the criminals these days. He said that Punjab has already sought Rs. 200 crores special modernization grant from the Union Government as being the border state Punjab has to be treated differently.

Questioning the silence of Congress MPs on clean chit to Tytler, Mr. Badal said that Congress MPs were deliberately maintaining silence on this crucial issue as they do not want to offend 10 Janpath. He said that Shiromani Akali Dal had been fighting for the justice to the families of 7000 innocent Sikhs brutally killed by congress goons and securing charge sheet against Sajjan Kumar in murder case was a big milestone in our 26 years long struggle. He said that party would continue to fight till Tytler Sajjan and other accused of 84’ riots were given exemplary punishment.




Chandigarh, May 18:

Government agencies and private millers procured more than 102.17 lakh tonnes of wheat till last evening as compared to  106.66 lakh tones in previous year on the day.

Out of total procurement of 102.17 lakh tonnes of wheat in all the procurement centers of Punjab, Government agencies procured 101.65 lakh tonnes of wheat (99.5%) till date whereas private traders procured 51325 tonnes (0.5%) of wheat. Till May 17, PUNGRAIN had procured 16.95 lakh tonnes (16.6%) whereas MARKFED procured 23.72 lakh tonnes (23.2%). PUNSUP procured 22.93 lakh tonnes (22.4%), PSWC procured 11.20 lakh tonne (11.0%) whereas PAIC was able to procure 10.34 lakh tonnes (10.1%) of wheat.

The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 16.49 lakh tonnes (16.1%). 

The spokesman added that District Ferozepur with 11.69 lakh tonnes of wheat procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas District Sangrur with 9.23 lakh tonnes  at second slot and district Patiala with 8.22 lakh tonnes ranked at third position.


Shiromani Akali Dal

84' massacre issue rocks Punjab again



Chandigarh, May 18:

The Shiromani Akali Dal today stepped up its offensive against the clean chit given by former Chief Minister Captain Amaridner Singh to the prime accused of 1984 massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. The party noted that Amarinder had now become the only public figure in the country to come to the defense of the Tytler and Sajjan.

“Tomorrow, Captain Singh will back track on his stand on the Operation Blue star also.” said three senior Akali leaders and Ministers, Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Bibi Upinder jit Kaur and Gulzar Singh Ranike. They also said that  Amarinder’s statement and its timing raised serious questions as it came at a time when the CBI was also trying hard to wriggle out filing charge-sheet in the case. Thus Amarinder was trying to undo what the SAD and the Sikh community had achieved through hard and 26 year long struggle.

In a statement here, Mr. Brahampura,  Bibi Upinderjit Kaur and Mr. Ranike leaders said,  “It is shocking that he has suddenly emerged from hibernation to defend his friends, Tytler and Sajjan. And in doing so, he has set a unique and unenviable record of becoming not only the only Sikh but the only political leader from any political party in the country to rise to the defense of the massacre accused. This is something no one even from within the Congress has done so far. Why is he doing it and stabbing the Sikh community in the back?”

The Akali leaders asked Amarinder why he had been befooling the Sikh masses all these years by pretending to raise his voice against the alleged killers of  defenseless and innocent men, women and children .

Earlier yesterday, Mr. Balwinder Singh Bhunder and Mr. Sewa Singh Sekhwan also attacked Amaridner saying that the the Captain’s action was a desperate attempt by him curry political favour with the Nehru-Gandhi family  in order to secure the leadership of the state Congress unit.

"It is unholy deal. Amarinder seems to have told the Congress High Command, 'I will betray my community if you reward and rehabilitate me politically.' He has clearly sold his conscience to the Sonia parivar  in his desperation  to secure a few petty political loaves " said  Mr. Bhunder and Mr. Sekhwan.   

The SAD leaders leaders further said that Amarinder's action had rubbed salt in the wounds of the hapless survivors as also heaped insult on the efforts of the eminent legal and civil rights activists of the country who had produced evidence-backed reports against the Congress leaders for their role in the inhuman massacre.

He has also dealt  a severe blow to the image of the Sikh community by openly opposing its demand for punishment to the guilty.., said Mr. Bhunder and Mr. Sekhwan.

The Akali leaders further said that the clean chit was in line with the similar clean chit given by the CBI’s and was a part of the process to derail the probe in 26 years old cases of 84’ riots against Tytler and Sajjan. They said that Captain, who tried to emerge as votary of Sikh cause by resigning from Congress Party after Operation Blue Star, has shown his real double face, by disowning his own statement made as the Convener of Sikh Forum.

They said that Shiromani Akali Dal, after 26 years long struggle, could secure filing of charge sheet against Sajjan Kumar and now Captain Amarinder’s deliberate statement on the day of charge sheet was a blatant and crude attempt to derail the judicial proceedings at the crucial juncture of conviction of Tytler and Sajjan. They said that SAD had been demanding setting up of Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the supervision of full bench of Supreme Court that should reopen and reinvestigate all 84’ riot cases and Special courts should do day to day hearing as being done 2002 Gujarat riot cases. They said that instead of supporting the demand of justice by SAD, the Captain was trying to scuttle on going probes and cases by giving misleading statements to weaken the cases.


Outsiders welcome, not at expense of loyalists: Amarinder


Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said, while everybody was welcome into the Congress, but it will not be at the expense of the interests of the workers and leaders who have always stood by the party against all odds.

Reacting to the media reports that some leaders from the Akali Dal-BJP alliance like Jagdish Sahni and others were keen to join the party, Capt Amarinder Singh maintained, while people will be welcome to join the Congress, but at the same time the interests of all those leaders and workers who have long time association and involvement with the party and have stood firm against all odds like vendetta and victimization will be safeguarded come what may.

The former Chief Minister said, there was a strong sense of alienation among several leaders of the ruling alliance and they were looking forward to join the Congress. He observed, given the huge response and show of strength of the party recently at Amritsar and Patiala, these leaders from the ruling alliance now wanted to join the Congress at the earliest.

Capt Aamrinder said, if anybody from ruling alliance is so keen to join the Congress today, the credit must go to those hundreds and thousands of workers and leaders within the party who ensured that party remained strong despite so much victimization at the hands of this government. Hence it is important that the interests of all these leaders and workers are watched and looked after at all costs.



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