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Punjab News Highlights: Two killed, three injured in blast in Ludhiana district court complex

Punjab News Updates, Punjab News Today 22 December 2021: The blast took place in the wash room of the second floor of the court complex, at a time when the district court was functioning.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: December 23, 2021 2:48:41 pm
The explosion took place inside the court complex's record room, according to the police. (Express photo by Gurmeet singh)

Punjab News: A blast inside the district court complex in Ludhiana on Thursday left two people dead and three injured, police said.

The blast took place in the wash room of the second floor of the court complex, said police. The district court was functioning when the blast took place. Police have cordoned off the area and rescue operations are going on.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued a lookout notice against former Punjab minister and senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia, who was booked under the NDPS Act, triggering allegations of “political vendetta” from his party.

A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was registered against him on the basis of a 2018 status report of a probe into the drug racket in the state. The report was filed by anti-drug special task force (STF) chief Harpreet Singh Sidhu in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2018.

Majithia, (46), is the brother-in-law of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and brother of former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Majithia had earlier denied all charges against him.

Meanwhile, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh condemned the killings of two unidentified men for their sacrilege attempts at Amritsar and Kapurthala, saying it is “absolutely unacceptable”.

“Sacrilege is wrong but it is also wrong to kill a person. What is this way? There is a law in this land. If you take him (the accused) to the SGPC office, interrogate him and then kill him. Is this the way? This is illegal and this is absolutely unacceptable,” said Singh.

He said the accused should have been handed over to the police and added that no civilised society can and should approve of such killings.

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Punjab News Updates, Punjab News Today 22 December 2021: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi said he will visit Ludhiana to take stock of the situation. “Some anti-national and anti-state forces are trying to commit such disgusting acts and for this the government is alert and the people should also be alert,” he said.

14:48 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Two killed in blast in Ludhiana district court complex

A blast inside the district court complex here on Thursday left two people dead and three injured, police said.

The blast took place in the wash room of the second floor of the court complex, said police. The district court was functioning when the blast took place.

Police have cordoned off the area and rescue operations are going on.

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said he will visit Ludhiana to take stock of the situation.

20:29 (IST)22 Dec 2021
'My fight is not personal...always raised my voice to protect Punjab's interests,' says Sidhu

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu says, “This fight is not personal. Always raised my voice & took decisions in Punjab's interests, irrespective of personal losses. Fight is against the Mafias of Akalis, their business manager of last 5yrs @capt_amarinder and against AG-DGs, who from 5 yrs were working at their behest!

20:12 (IST)22 Dec 2021
No vaccination certificate, no salary: Punjab govt tells employees

The Punjab government has told its employees they won't get their salaries if they don't furnish their Covid vaccine certificate.

It has asked the employees to register their full or provisional vaccination certificate number with the state government's human resources portal iHRMS.

If they fail to do so, they will not be able to get their salaries, the government said in an order.

The move is being seen as the state government's attempt to encourage more and more employees to get themselves vaccinated against Covid as concerns escalate over the new variant of coronavirus, Omicron.

In the order issued on Tuesday, the state finance department asked all senior officers, head of the departments, divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners and others to ensure compliance.

According to the order, an arrangement for entering the Covid vaccination certificate number on the Integrated Human Resource Management System (iHRMS) portal has been made. (PTI)

17:30 (IST)22 Dec 2021
Majithia: Riding on power, fighting against perception

More than 101 years after Sunder Singh Majithia became the first president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), his great-grandson Bikram Singh Majithia is facing the biggest crisis in the family’s political history.

Two years before SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal joined politics, her brother Bikram Singh Majithia was the youngest leader of Majha to get elected as an MLA from Majitha in 2007. Unlike Adesh Partap Singh Karion, who first became MLA in 1997 and married Sukhbir Singh Badal’s sister, Majithia didn’t remain confined to his constituency and soon earned the tittle of ‘Majhe Da Jarnail’ in the ranks and files of SAD. Read more

15:28 (IST)22 Dec 2021
Majithia booked under sections of NDPS Act

In a correspondence to Punjab police, the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) wrote that the “LOC shall remain in force until and unless a deletion request is received by the BOI from the originator itself.”

Majithia was booked under Sections 25 (allowing premises to be used for commission of an offence), 27A (financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders) and 29 (abetment and criminal conspiracy) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Read more

13:39 (IST)22 Dec 2021
MHA issues lookout circular for SAD's Bikram Majithia

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a Look out Circular (LOC) against Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Bikram Singh Majithia, a day after a FIR was registered against him in a drugs case, ANI reported.

13:34 (IST)22 Dec 2021
Majithia: Riding on power, fighting against perception

The politics of Majithia family is much older than the Shiromani Akali Dal, second oldest party of India. Bikram Singh Majithia’s great grandfather Sunder Singh Majithia worked for the interests of Sikh community in undivided British Punjab and his grandfather Surjit Singh was deputy defence minister in the first elected cabinet of prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru.

More than 101 years after Sunder Singh Majithia became the first president of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC), his great grandson Bikram Majithia is facing the biggest crisis in family’s political history, which can be traced to Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

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13:17 (IST)22 Dec 2021
Conduct special session on sacrifice of Chaar Saahibzaade: Pargat

Punjab school and higher education minister Pargat Singh directed all educational institutions across the state to hold special sessions dedicated to the martyrdom of 'Chaar Sahibzade' (sons of Guru Gobind Singh who laid down their lives fighting the Mughals).

A lecture would be conducted by the education department through EDUSAT and will be delivered by an eminent personality on the importance of Shaheedi Jor Mel, said the minister. Students would be joining the lecture through the link. Shaheedi Jor Mela is observed at Fatehgarh Sahib every year from December 25 to 27 in remembrance of 'Chhote Saahibzaade' (two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh) — Zorawar Singh (8) and Fateh Singh (6) who were bricked alive by Mughals for speaking up against forced conversions.

The minister said that all government and private schools and colleges have been instructed to conduct special session.

12:51 (IST)22 Dec 2021
Farmers continue to block rail tracks in Punjab

Demanding a complete waiver of farm loans and compensation to the kin of those who died during the anti-farm laws stir, farmers blocked railway tracks at various places in Punjab for the second day on Tuesday, affecting the movement of 156 trains.

According to Ferozepur division railway officials, 84 trains were cancelled, 47 short-terminated and 25 short-originated.

Farmers under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee launched the agitation on Monday, demanding a complete loan waiver, compensation to the families of those who died during the year-long anti-farm laws stir and withdrawal of the criminal cases slapped against them.

They are also demanding a compensation of Rs 50,000 per acre for damaged crops, the release of the pending dues for the sugarcane crop and the abolition of the contract system. (PTI)

On the political front, Punjab Congress suffered a jolt when its veteran leader Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi quit the party and joined the BJP, accusing the Congress of putting the state's "security and communal harmony at stake".

Sodhi, a MLA for the last four terms and who is considered close to former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, announced his resignation from the Congress on Twitter and posted the letter sent to party president Sonia Gandhi.

"I cannot accept Punjab's suffocation and helplessness! Congress party has put state's security & communal harmony at stake. With deep agony, I put forth my resignation from all posts & primary membership of Congress party with immediate effect," he said.

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