The Telegraph – Child dies after 110 hours in borewell

Doctors at the hospital said the child was brought dead

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 12 June 2019. A two-year-old child who was stuck in a 150 ft-deep unused borewell here was pulled out on Tuesday morning after almost 110 hours, but could not survive, officials and doctors said.

Fatehveer Singh was brought out around 4:45am by National Disaster Response Force personnel. He was taken to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, 130 km away, in an ambulance, Sangrur deputy commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said.

Doctors at the hospital said the child was brought dead.

The autopsy report said Fatehveer died due to hypoxia “a few days back”.

The body was then flown back to the village in a helicopter arranged by the Punjab government. Fatehveer, who turned two on Monday, had been stuck in the shaft of the seven-inch-wide borewell at a depth of 125 ft. Rescue workers had dug along the shaft to reach the boy.

Opposition parties in Congress-ruled Punjab have accused the state government of “negligence”, while residents of the village where Fatehveer lived have alleged delay in rescue efforts.

The only child of his parents, Fatehveer fell into the borewell in a field while playing at Bhagwanpura village around 4 pm on Thursday. The borewell was covered with a cloth and the boy accidentally stepped on it. His mother tried to rescue him, but failed, the officials said.

A massive rescue operation was launched to bring the child out. Officials managed to supply oxygen but no food or water could be provided to him. “They didn’t use the proper technique to rescue him early on. Trial and error methods were adopted for days,” a relative said.

Villagers alleged that ultimately Fatehveer was pulled out of the borewell with clamps fastened to his hands. “If they had to use this method, they could have done it much before,” said a villager.

The Tribune – Another Patiala man held for terror links

Tribune News Service

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 19 November 2018. The district police claimed to have arrested a member of the Khalistan Gadar Force from Dirba. He has been identified as Patiala resident Jatinder Singh (28), an accomplice of Shabnamdeep Singh (24).

The latter, said to be a member of a Pakistan-sponsored terror module, was arrested early this month by the Patiala police.

The Patiala police reached Dirba and took the suspect into custody. Addressing a press conference on Monday evening, Sandeep Garg, Sangrur SSP, said, “Jatinder Singh was wanted by the Patiala police in an FIR dated October 31 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act.

A team of the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) arrested him on Monday from the main market of Dirba. He belongs to Patiala, but since the registration of the FIR there, he had been hiding at the house of his relative in Dirba.”

The SSP said Jatinder told the CIA team that he and Shabnamdeep had committed crimes in Punjab and Haryana.

“He has confessed to his involvement in setting liquor vends afire. He was also involved in the theft of two-wheelers. He made video clips of the crimes and sent the same to his handlers to foreign countries to get funds,” the SSP added. – United Akali Dal stages protest outside Sangrur Jail seeking release of Sikh youths who hurled shoe on Sukhbir Badal

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Sangrur – Panjab – India, 09 November 2018. The United Akali Dal leaders headed by general secretary S. Gurdeep Singh Bathinda staged a 24 hour demonstration before the Sangrur jail against illegal detention of six Sikh youths who had hurled a shoe on Sukhir Badal’s cavalcade last month.

The Sikh protesters had staged protest against Sukhbir Badal when he was going to convene a party meeting at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib along with his cavalcade.

Taking on the Police administration for imposing attempt to murder charges on the protesting Sikh youths, the UAD general secretary Gurdeep Singh Bathinda said that no one can murder his rival by hurling a shoe at him. He added that if the arrested Sikh youths will not be released by November 15 then they will intensify agitation.

Meanwhile, the SSP Sangrur Sandeep Garg has said that a special investigation team has been constituted to thoroughly probe the case. “We will take further action as per the findings of the SIT,” he added.

It may be recalled here that an FIR in this concern was registered against around 35-36 protesters including Baba Bachittar Singh and Baba Amarjit Singh by the Sangrur police under different sections on the complaint of SAD (Badal) spokesperson Vinarjit Goldy.

Later, the Police had arrested six protesters including Baba Bachittar Singh, Davinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Manjit Singh, Gurjit Singh and were falsely indicted under section 307 (attempt to murder).

The Tribune – SIT to probe case against protesters

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 29 October 2018. Political leaders on Monday organised a protest in front of the Police Lines here, demanding quashing of the attempt-to-murder case against local residents and the release of six persons who were arrested for trying to intercept the cavalcade of SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and throwing a shoe at his vehicle on October 4.

Meanwhile, Patiala Range IG AS Rai has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the matter. Sangrur SSP Sandeep Garg said, “The SIT will work under the Patiala SSP. We will take action as per the findings of the inquiry.”

Leaders of Lok Insaaf Party, SAD (Amritsar), AAP rebel group and the Bargari Morcha participated in the protest.

“Throwing a shoe and trying to intercept Sukhbir’s vehicle do not amount to attempt to murder. But, the police have registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC. It shows that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is siding with the Badals,” alleged Gurnaib Singh, organisational secretary of SAD (A).

The Tribune – Drop murder bid charge against protesters: Khaira

Tribune News Service

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 5 October 2018. Rebel AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira on Thursday backed six local residents, who along with others had shown black flags to SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and threw a shoe at his vehicle on October 4. Khaira met them in Sangrur jail.

He said his group would launch an agitation if the attempt to murder charge was not withdrawn against them.
Earlier, Lok Insaf Party (LIP) leaders also met them and SAD Amritsar workers held a protest in their support.
Khaira also met the families of the arrested persons, Bachitar Singh, Amarjeet Singh, Manjit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Devinder Singh and Gurjant Singh.

Meanwhile, SAD Amritsar workers held a protest and demanded withdrawal of attempt to murder charge and release of the arrested persons.

Sangrur SSP Dr Sandeep Garg said: “The SP (headquarters) is conducting an investigation into the matter. We will take action after receiving the report.”

The Tribune – MP meets Pakistan youth after kin sought help via video

Tribune News Service

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 28 June 2018. The family of Pakistani youth Mohammed Asif, who had crossed the border to get killed by BSF personnel, has made a video, requesting Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann to get through to him.

Following this, Mann went to the Ferozepur jail to meet the 24-year-old youth and informed his family that he was safe.

“When I showed Asif the video, he identified the person as Malik Mohd, a social worker in Kasur district. The youth told me that he did not want to share his problem and the reason why he crossed the border. He was arrested by the Mamdot police on May 28 and sent to the Ferozepur jail on May 30,” the MP said.

Mann said: “Asif is from Jalloke village, which falls under the Usman Wala police station of Kasur district. His father is Khalil Numberdar while Malik is his friend.”

The man, who had sought Mann’s help, did not disclose his identity. Mann contacted the BSF authorities and finally got through to two youngsters Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Naees, who were arrested on May 28.

“Initially, I showed the video to Naees, but he did not identify the man in the video. Then, I showed it to Asif. Now, I have to see what I can do to help the youth,” Mann said.

The MP also got the number of Asif’s father and called him up. “I told him his son had tried to cross the border and was in the Ferozepur jail,” he said.

“We thank Mann sahib for locating our missing son. We hope he will get him released,” said the youth’s father. – SGPC Announces Plan for ‘One Village, One Crematorium’ Campaign

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Sangrur – Panjab – India, 02 May 2018. Speaking with Sikh24 earlier today, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said that the ‘One Village, One Gurdwara’ campaign begun by SGPC is receiving robust response from Punjab masses.

A campaign named ‘One Village, One Gurdwara’ was launched by the SGPC in February 28, 2018, to ensure existence of a single centralised Gurdwara Sahib in each village of Punjab. The initiative came into being over rising count of caste based Gurdwara Sahib in villages across Punjab.

SGPC President Longowal informed Sikh24 that under this campaign, Sikh masses of one village adopted the Gurdwara Sahib constructed by schedule class and closed other four Gurdwaras.

Longowal further informed that the SGPC is planning to launch another campaign named ‘One Village, One Crematorium’ to prosper affection among Sikhs irrespective of their caste. He added that there is no room for caste based discrimination in the Sikh community.

“People hungry of name and fame establish new Gurdwara Sahib in villages to use it as their personal property.

Sikhi was plaintiff of treating every human equally irrespective of caste, creed and colour but these villagers of Punjab have violated the Sikh tenets by naming Gurdwara as per caste names,” SGPC President Longowal had told Sikh24 at the launch of the campaign in February.

The Tribune – Granthi held for thrashing boy

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Sangrur – Panjab – India, 27 April 2018. The police arrested a granthi (priest*) of a gurdwara on Friday after a video of a nine-year-old boy with injury marks on his back alleging that he was beaten up by the priest* for not washing his hands went viral on Thursday evening. The Sunam police had registered a case on Thursday against Granthi Sher Singh.

The victim on Thursday showed injuries to his teachers at Government Primary School, Surajkund. He alleged that the granthi of a gurdwara on Kacha Paha Road, Sunam, Sher Singh, thrashed him with a wire for not washing his hands before the morning prayers in the village gurdwara.

Teachers prepared a video clip of the boy showing his injuries and uploaded it on social media. Sunam-based social worker Jatinder Jain, after seeing the video, took up the matter with the city police station, Sunam.

“After seeing the video, I along with locals went to the gurdwara, where Sher Singh said he slapped the boy, but failed to give any satisfactory reason for it,” said Jain.

Jain said the boy and his elder brother, after the death of their father three years ago, were left in the gurdwara for religious education by their mother, who is a resident of Ajnaunda village as she did not have required financial resources to provide them education and other facilities.

The police after medical examination of the victim, sent both brothers to Pingalwara on Thursday evening. On Friday, their mother reached Pingalwara and brought both of them to her house.

“I had left both sons at the gurdwara because we did not have required resources to provide education and other facilities to them. Now I have decided that they will stay with me,” she said.

Sunam SHO Bharpur Singh said they had arrested Sher Singh. “We have registered a case against Sher Singh under Sections 323 of the IPC and Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act-2015,” he said.

* A granthi is like a protestant minister and definitely not a priest
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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.