The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday paid tributes to the Delhi gangrape victim and 17 school children, who died recently in a road mishap in Jaladhar. Assembly speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal led the members of the house in paying tributes.
On Monday, Ram Singh, the prime accused in the December 16 gangrape of a 23-year-old girl, allegedly committed suicide in a high-security cell in Tihar Jail in Delhi.
The house also eulogised the services rendered by late Hira Lal Sibal, father of union minister Kapil Sibal, who had died recently due to old age.
The house paid tributes to former minister Satyapal Saini and at least eight freedom fighters who died in the interim period between the last meeting of the assembly and the present session.
The members of the house observed a two minute silence in mark of respect to the departed souls.
Prominent among those present in the house included chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, leader of opposition Sunil Kumar Jakhar and parliamentary affairs minister Madan Mohan Mittal of BJP.
After the obituary references, the house was adjourned for the day by the speaker.