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Punjab seeks report on killing of two brothers 

IANS  |  Chandigarh  

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday said his government has sought a report on the killing of two youths by the police near Ludhiana.

He told media in Ludhiana, 110 km from here, that the Ludhiana deputy commissioner has also been asked to investigate the matter and submit a report immediately.

The two youths, both brothers in their 20s, were allegedly killed in a gunfight with the police in Jamalpur area of Ludhiana district Saturday morning. Both of them – Harinder Singh and Jatinder Singh – were accused in an attempt to murder case.

The incident took place when police entered a house where the victims were staying. A scuffle broke out between them and the police team and shots were fired. The brothers were killed in the shootout.

Senior police officers in Ludhiana said the shootout took place following a scuffle.

Some other people staying in the same house fled when the incident took place.

The opposition Congress condemned the “cold-blooded killing of two brothers”. Punjab Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa alleged that it was a staged shootout.

Bajwa said “no bigger evidence is needed to prove that the law of jungle prevailed in Punjab and there is total breakdown of the chain of command”. “Those in power are dictating terms at every level in the state and no one is safe,” he said in a statement.

He said the contradictory versions put up by police had exposed everything.

Sports centres to come up in border districts

IANS – Chandigarh, Union Minister of State for Sports Sarbananda Sonowal today announced to set up multi-purpose sports centres in Punjab’s border districts of Ferozepur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur.

Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal asked the Union Minister, who called on the former here, to generously help the state in combating the curse of drugs by funding sports projects and related infrastructure, especially in the border districts of the state.

He apprised the Union Minister that the state government was already making strenuous efforts for promoting sports to check drug addiction in the state but this daunting task could not be accomplished without adequate support of the Union government.

An official release quoting Badal said there was a lot of scope for the promotion of the sports activity in the border districts of the state for which the Union Government must pay some attention.

Responding to the issue, Sonowal apprised the Chief Minister that the Union Government would set up a multi-purpose sports centre in each block of the border district at a cost of Rs 1.75 crore over an area of seven acres.

He asked the Chief Minister to send the requisite proposal for these centres so that work on them could be started in a phased manner. The Union Minister also assured Badal that the Union Government was not averse to the idea of setting up such centres even in the other blocks of the state

Courtesy: IANS

Courtesy: IANS

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