The Times of India – Bodies of woman, baby found stuffed in suitcase on train

Manish Sirhindi

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 24 April 2018. Bodies of a woman and a baby were found stuffed inside a suitcase on board the Dadar-Amritsar Express on Saturday, prompting the government railway police (GRP) to initiate investigations.

The unidentified bodies were found in bogey number S-4 after some passengers reported about foul smell emanating from an abandoned suitcase after the train crossed the Nabha railway station. As the train reached Dhuri railway station, a team of GRP boarded the express train and pulled out the suitcase, in which they found the two bodies.

While the cops could not establish the identities of the two, they said the woman appeared to be in her late twenties and the baby girl was four to five-month old. Jagjit Singh, ASI, GRP, said that the passengers reported foul smell from bogie number S-4 as the train crossed the Nabha railway station.

On reaching Dhuri, he, along with a team of cops, entered the said bogie and found the two bodies in the suitcase under seat number 41.

He said the cops then shifted the bodies to the mortuary of the Dhuri civil hospital for a post-mortem examination and registered a case under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.

Jagjit said upon preliminary investigations the cops spotted an injury mark at the back of the head of the woman while it appeared that the baby girl had been strangulated to death. However, only an autopsy of the bodies would establish the exact cause of the death, the GRP cop said. – Religious procession begins from Sri Akal Takht Sahib to commemorate S Jassa Singh Ahluwalia’s legacy

Sikh24 Editors

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 23 April 2018. Commemorating the third centenary birthday celebrations of Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, a religious procession was commenced from Sri Akal Takht Sahib under the patronage of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and leadership of ‘Panj Piares’ on April 22.

This religious procession will conclude at Gurdwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib (Delhi) on April 26.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib was placed in the golden palanquin beautified with flowers by the head granthi of Sri Harmandr Sahib Giani Jagtar Singh on this occasion.

Congratulating the Sikh masses on this occasion, the SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal shed light on the contributions made by Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia for the high spirit of Sikhism.

DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK said that the Sikh community has a great history and it should be proud of having blessed with great people like Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia.

Head of Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal Baba Balbir Singh, Tarna Dal’s chief Baba Nihal Singh Harian Welaan Wale, Chief of Dal Baba Bidhi Chand Baba Avtar Singh Sursingh, several SGPC executives & officials, along with representatives of various Sikh bodies were also present on this occasion.

Hoepertingen : Gurdwara School visit – Antwerpen Middenstatie

Hoepertingen Gurdwara
23 February 2018

Granthi, teacher and students

Guru Ram Dass Sikh Study & Cultural Centre
Smisstraat 8
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Antwerpen Middenstatie
24 April 2018

Middenstatie – Central Station

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Man in Blue – Missing Indian Sikh pilgrim returns home today

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

Lahore – Panab – Pakistan, 24 April 2018. A Sikh pilgrim who had arrived in Pakistan from India to attend the annual Baisakhi festival but went missing later has been traced and will be sent back home on Tuesday (today) via the Wagah border.

Amarjeet Singh, 23, had arrived from India on April 12 and was scheduled to return with a group of over 1,700 pilgrims on April 21, the last day of his visa duration.

“But a couple of days before his visa expired, probably April 18, he left the group in Nankana Sahib and went missing. Since the issue was so sensitive, the law enforcement agencies made extensive efforts to get any clue in this regard,” said an official source in the evacuee trust property board (ETPB).

His mother was also worried as her son did not return on April 21 with the others.

Amarjeet, he added, was later found in Sheikhupura where he had been residing at the residence of his friend. “Now he is in the custody of a law enforcement agency. And in a day or two, he will be sent back to India,” he said.

When contacted, ETPB secretary Tariq Wazir said that Amarjeet would be sent back to India on Tuesday. “Actually he had left the group and gone to meet his friend in Sheikhupura, near Nankana.

But after a couple of days, family of Amarjeet’s friend contacted us on its own, confirming his stay at their home,” the ETPB secretary told Dawn on Monday.

“They will hand over Amarjeet to us on Tuesday after which we will send him back to India,” he added.

Earlier, the ETPB administration had informed the ministries of interior and foreign affairs and other departments concerned about Amarjeet gone missing. The foreign office had confirmed the report as well.

The Hindu – What is AFSPA, and where is it in force?

Here is what you need to know about the Act that has seen a lot of controversy surrounding it

Net Desk

Op/Ed, 23 April 2018. The Centre has announced that it revoked the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya from April 1. Here is what you need to know about the Act that has seen a lot of controversy surrounding it.

What does the AFSPA mean?

In simple terms, AFSPA gives armed forces the power to maintain public order in “disturbed areas”. They have the authority to prohibit a gathering of five or more persons in an area, can use force or even open fire after giving due warning if they feel a person is in contravention of the law.

If reasonable suspicion exists, the army can also arrest a person without a warrant; enter or search a premises without a warrant; and ban the possession of firearms.

Any person arrested or taken into custody may be handed over to the officer in charge of the nearest police station along with a report detailing the circumstances that led to the arrest.

What is a “disturbed area” and who has the power to declare it?

A disturbed area is one which is declared by notification under Section 3 of the AFSPA. An area can be disturbed due to differences or disputes between members of different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities.

The Central Government, or the Governor of the State or administrator of the Union Territory can declare the whole or part of the State or Union Territory as a disturbed area.

A suitable notification would have to be made in the Official Gazette. As per Section 3 , it can be invoked in places where “the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary”.

The Ministry of Home Affairs would usually enforce this Act where necessary, but there have been exceptions where the Centre decided to forego its power and leave the decision to the State governments.

What’s the origin of AFSPA?

The Act came into force in the context of increasing violence in the Northeastern States decades ago, which the State governments found difficult to control.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Bill was passed by both the Houses of Parliament and it was approved by the President on September 11, 1958. It became known as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958.

Which States are, or had come under this Act?

It is effective in the whole of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (excluding seven assembly constituencies of Imphal) and parts of Arunachal Pradesh. The Centre revoked it in Meghalaya on April 1, 2018. Earlier, the AFSPA was effective in a 20 km area along the Assam-Meghalaya border.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the impact of AFSPA was reduced to eight police stations instead of 16 police stations and in Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts bordering Assam.

Tripura withdrew the AFSPA in 2015. Jammu and Kashmir too has a similar Act.

How has this Act been received by the people?

It has been a controversial one, with human rights groups opposing it as being aggressive. Manipur’s Irom Sharmila has been one if its staunchest opponents, going on a hunger strike in November 2000 and continuing her vigil till August 2016. Her trigger was an incident in the town of Malom in Manipur, where ten people were killed waiting at a bus stop.