According to the Panchayat department officials, a total of 143 acres of agricultural land was under illegal occupation in the district. The officers added that the maximum encroachment, of around 90 acres, was in Majri block.
The STF has already filed the chargesheet in the case against four other accused identified as Sukhmander Singh, a dismissed Punjab Police Sub-Inspector (SI), Lovepreet Singh, Jyoti and Maninder Singh.
The statement by the police said, “a minor explosion was reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Head quarters in sector 77, SAS Nagar at around 7:45 PM. No damage has been reported. Senior officers are on the spot and investigation is being done. Forensic teams have been called.”
The journey to take Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga to Punjab was cut short with police in Haryana intercepting the Punjab Police convoy, the Delhi Police filing an FIR against Punjab personnel for abducting Bagga, and eventually managing to bring him back from Kurukshetra to the national capital.
The forest area was to be developed by GMADA in a 35-acre area at a cost of around Rs 32 crore. The decision was taken by the GMADA to increase the green belt. A tender in this regard was issued on April 4, and it was to be opened on April 21.
While dismissing former Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini's plea, the court added: “Anything said in this order is only for the purpose of disposal of this bail application and will not affect the merits of the main trial in any manner.”
College principal and director Dr Bhavneet Bharti told The Indian Express that the college has 100 seats of MBBS and 98 students have already joined the classes started on February 14 while the remaining two students will also join in a day or two.
The ‘Urban Forest’ will be developed in the reserved green belt in Sector 97. It will be the biggest forest area developed in the city so far by GMADA. Earlier, parks were developed in all the phases but there was no dedicated forest cover in the city like the ones that exist in neighbouring Chandigarh.
What is more concerning is that out of the 206 cases registered between January 1, 2020, and January 29, 2022, not a single person has been convicted so far and as many as 142 cases are still under investigation.
The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Isha Kalia and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harjeet Singh chaired the meeting with the retailers. During the meeting the administration raised the issue of higher rates of sand and gravel.
“In the peak hours it becomes messy here, the bus drivers stop at the busy turn, the traffic police too fail to stop these drivers. The other problem is of auto drivers who park their vehicles in the same place,” he added.
Advocate Dhillon said that complainant Neetu Kapoor had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court to transfer the investigation to the CBI in 2014 following which the investigation agency had registered a case in 2016 but then filed a closure report.