Prabhjit Singh

A special correspondent, Prabhjit Singh is the bureau chief at Bathinda. He specialises in investigative stories, with rural reporting being his passion.

Articles by Prabhjit Singh

Bathinda wedding dancer shooting: Accused back in jail as court rejects ‘accidental death’ theory

Lucky and a co-accused had attained bail on the argument that the challan had not been filed; and had also cited the reported move of the police to convert section 302 (murder) into 304A (accidental death, punishable by up to two years in jail).

Dancer Kulwinder Kaur, nicknamed Janu, was shot dead on the spot while performing on stage as the accused, Lucky, fired a shot in allegedly inebriated state at a wedding function in Maur last December.(PHOTO COURTESY: FACEBOOK)
Dancer Kulwinder Kaur, nicknamed Janu, was shot dead on the spot while performing on stage as the accused, Lucky, fired a shot in allegedly inebriated state at a wedding function in Maur last December.(PHOTO COURTESY: FACEBOOK)
Updated on Jul 05, 2017 09:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Gangrape accused let off by Bathinda police, victim awaits justice

Three weeks on, 4 accused mentioned in FIR for gangrape are moving freely.

(Representative Image)
(Representative Image)
Updated on Jul 03, 2017 01:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

Taksal chief Dhumma hailed as heir to ‘warrior’ Bhindranwale at SGPC function; Badals mark presence

The function marked the launch of a Dharam Parchar Lehar (religious propagation drive), presided over by Badungar who said, “Sant Jarnail Singh (Bhindranwale), along with his associate Maj Gen Shabeg Singh and other Sikh warriors, stood against the tyranny of the State during Operation Bluestar.”

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar at a religious congregation in Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar at a religious congregation in Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2017 09:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Bathinda wakf land scam: Three weeks on, no arrest and little action

The matter relates to at least 18 acres of the Bathinda Wakf Board — custodian of properties donated for Muslim community welfare — and the district court had ordered vacation of the land on February 2

Wakf board executive officer (EO) Mohammad Ashraf said he had been writing to the district administration and the police about the encroachment in the past as well, but to no avail.(HT File Photo)
Wakf board executive officer (EO) Mohammad Ashraf said he had been writing to the district administration and the police about the encroachment in the past as well, but to no avail.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2017 01:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Bathinda SSP, DSP under scanner for release of accused in drug case

The two officers — Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Navin Singla and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Gurjit Singh Romana — are now under the scanner for the release of accused Gobind Gupta, a drug trader.

(Representative Image)
(Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 08, 2017 10:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Bathinda Wakf land scam: Ex-Gidderbaha councillor, 4 others booked

They are accused of grabbing the 18-acre land on the Bathinda outskirts and selling it by carving out an illegal colony

Updated on Jun 07, 2017 10:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Wakf land scam: Wall around encroached land razed in Bathinda, DC orders FIR against accused

Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Navin Singla on Sunday confirmed that a case was being registered against five colonisers.

Bathinda deputy commissioner (DC) and Wakf Board officials ordered the demolition drive under which the boundaries of the illegal plots were razed.(HT Photo)
Bathinda deputy commissioner (DC) and Wakf Board officials ordered the demolition drive under which the boundaries of the illegal plots were razed.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 07, 2017 09:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

In Bathinda wedding dancer killing, state now wants stricter punishment; anticipatory bail plea dismissed

The killing of Kulwinder Kaur, alias Janu, had occurred on the night of December 3, 2016, in apparent celebratory firing.

Kulwinder Kaur(Photo: Facebook)
Kulwinder Kaur(Photo: Facebook)
Updated on May 18, 2017 12:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Bathinda farmer’s suicide: Kin refuse to cremate body, demand arrest of accused patwari

The deceased, Jaswant Singh (70), was from Lehra Bega village of Bhucho sub-division. The compensation amount was due for 22 marlas of land acquired for a grain market, the family said.

Family members with the dead body Jaswant in Lehra Bega village at Bathinda on Monday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Family members with the dead body Jaswant in Lehra Bega village at Bathinda on Monday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2017 11:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Lehra Bega (Bathinda) | By, Lehra Bega (bathinda)

Face to face | I am just helping Manpreet: Vinu Badal

In a free-wheeling conversation with HT, Vinu said entering a public life and meeting people was spontaneous for any member of a political family. She, however, seemed reluctant to join active politics as of now. Excerpts:

Vinu Badal(HT Photo)
Vinu Badal(HT Photo)
Published on May 08, 2017 07:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

Narada was world’s first journalist! That’s what RSS is saying in Punjab

FATHER FIGURE: Distributes pamphlets saying the media in Punjab had already recognised Narada as ‘father of media’

A poster pasted on the wall during a seminar by the RSS in Mansa.(HT Photo)
A poster pasted on the wall during a seminar by the RSS in Mansa.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2017 09:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Another Badal ‘bahu’ set to play part in public life

In a post on social media on Saturday, Manpreet’s media adviser Harjot Sidhu had announced: “Vinu Badal will listen to people’s problems on Sunday and resolve them on the spot. All the pubic representatives and workers of the party are requested to come. Place: Circuit house, Time: 11am.”

Vinu Badal gave ear to people’s problems. “After seeking votes during the assembly elections for my husband and the Congress, it’s time to listen to people’s problems and resolve them,” she told HT.(HT Photo)
Vinu Badal gave ear to people’s problems. “After seeking votes during the assembly elections for my husband and the Congress, it’s time to listen to people’s problems and resolve them,” she told HT.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2017 08:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

No one killed Bathinda orchestra girl Kulwinder: Drunk shooter gets bail as cops drop murder charge

The district police had also replaced the murder charges under Section 302 IPC with that of an accidental death under Section 304-A, which eventually helped the culprits, especially Lucky Goel alias Billa who fired the shot, in attaining bail on February 6, 2017, two months after their arrest.

Kulwinder Kaur, also known as Janu was killed by a gunshot while performing at a marriage party at Maur in Bathinda district.(HT File Photo)
Kulwinder Kaur, also known as Janu was killed by a gunshot while performing at a marriage party at Maur in Bathinda district.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2017 11:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Bathinda: More complaints of truckers’ extortion surface

The truck allegedly snatched by self-acclaimed union members.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
The truck allegedly snatched by self-acclaimed union members.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2017 09:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Talwandi Sabo

‘Extortion’ of truckers: Bathinda DC holds marathon meetings to resolve tussle

Aggrieved truckers accuse Congress leader Khushbaaz Jatana of shielding and patronising extortion mafia

Truck operators of Rama Mandi interacting with mediapersons during a press conference in Bathinda on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Truck operators of Rama Mandi interacting with mediapersons during a press conference in Bathinda on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2017 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Punjab farmers to get bonanza in 3 months, bigger than UP debt waiver: FM Manpreet Badal

Manpreet said on the state government will come up with a viable solution to the farmer’s debt issue in the budget session. “The state is meticulously working on this issue and after three months, the farmers of Punjab will get a big bonanza,” he said. He said Punjab will take a stride bigger than that of Uttar Pradesh in respect of farmer’s debt waiver.

Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal addressing the Congress rally on Baisakhi at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda on Thursday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal addressing the Congress rally on Baisakhi at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda on Thursday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 13, 2017 11:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda) | By, Talwandi Sabo (bathinda)

Baisakhi fair: It’s celebration time for ruling Cong; AAP, Akalis vow to make presence felt

The Congress is all set to celebrate the formation of its government in Punjab during the Thursday’s Baisakhi fair at Talwandi Sabo. The political conferences during the event will also test how aggressively the opposition — Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) — can take on chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s show of strength.

Congress leaders and police officials inspecting preparations for the rally.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Congress leaders and police officials inspecting preparations for the rally.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 12, 2017 11:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Bhagwant Mann, too, will skip AAP’s Baisakhi rally

After the Aam Aadmi Party’s central leadership deciding to skip the Baisakhi event due to municipal polls in Delhi, the party’s star campaigner and Lok Sabha member Bhagwant Mann also confirmed his unavailability on Tuesday. The party’s Thursday conference is crucial for its 20 MLAs to take on the Congress regime and establish themselves as a strong opposition.

Lok Sabha member Bhagwant Mann of the AAP.(HT File Photo)
Lok Sabha member Bhagwant Mann of the AAP.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2017 06:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

AAP’s central leaders skip Baisakhi date with Punjab

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) central leadership will give the Baisakhi celebrations in Punjab’s Talwandi Sabo a miss on April 13.

The AAP’s Punjab leadership cited “hectic campaigning” for the Delhi municipal elections for no central leader attending the public meeting at Talwandi Sabo.(HT Photo)
The AAP’s Punjab leadership cited “hectic campaigning” for the Delhi municipal elections for no central leader attending the public meeting at Talwandi Sabo.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2017 03:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Poison flowing into Ghaggar, treatment plants just on paper

For more than a decade, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has been turning a blind eye to the brazen flow of toxic waste into the Ghaggar, which has turned into a drain for industrial units at Dera Bassi and townships along its banks up to Ottu near Sirsa, where it enters Haryana.

Untreated sewage flowing into the Ghaggar on the outskirts of Sardulgarh town in Mansa district.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Untreated sewage flowing into the Ghaggar on the outskirts of Sardulgarh town in Mansa district.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 08:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Ghaggar, a ‘drain’ of toxic effluents for villages of Punjab and Haryana

Over two dozen villages in the adjoining districts of Mansa in Punjab and Sirsa in Haryana share a common drain of toxic effluents — the ‘nullah’ that was once the mighty Ghaggar river, three decades ago. “Oh, you are asking about the

Ghaggar river in Sardulgarh town of Mansa district.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT photo)
Ghaggar river in Sardulgarh town of Mansa district.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Apr 09, 2017 11:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Sardulgarh (Mansa) | By, Sardulgarh (mansa)

Harike headworks’ repair after 60 years is only on paper

The much-awaited repairs of the Harike headworks to enable its waters reach the tail end villages remain only on paper for over a year.

The headworks’ 14 of total 31 gates at its main barrage have gone defunct due to rust. Another 8 of the total 14 canal regulation gates have also gone beyond repairs. About 600 cusecs of water is flowing to Pakistan round-the-clock in the absence of repairs of these defunct and choking gates.(HT Photo)
The headworks’ 14 of total 31 gates at its main barrage have gone defunct due to rust. Another 8 of the total 14 canal regulation gates have also gone beyond repairs. About 600 cusecs of water is flowing to Pakistan round-the-clock in the absence of repairs of these defunct and choking gates.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2017 02:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

AAP’s Deepak Bansal blames radical slant for his debacle in Bathinda

The Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) Bathinda Urban candidate Deepak Bansal on Tuesday blamed the party’s senior leadership cozying up to the Sikh radicals for his debacle in the assembly polls here, stating that the “Hindu community of Bathinda drifted away from teh AAP for this reason only”.

AAP’s bathinda Urban candidate Deepak Bansal.(HT File Photo)
AAP’s bathinda Urban candidate Deepak Bansal.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 14, 2017 09:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Badal survives clash of titans

Punjab’s outgoing chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was all smiles after the poll verdict, as he prevailed over Congress’s chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh, retaining his Lambi assembly seat.

Outgoing Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at Badal village on Saturday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Outgoing Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at Badal village on Saturday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 11, 2017 11:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Liquor licence fee: Excise dept yet to recover Rs 380 crore, ex-SAD minister, Doda top list

The Punjab excise and taxation department has been struggling to recover around Rs 380 crore from bigwigs in liquor trade to fill the huge gap of revenue collection in the current fiscal ending March 31. And the major defaulters include firms owned by former Akali minister Jagdish Singh Garcha and his son, and murder accused liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda.

Of the stipulated target of Rs 380 crore, Star Wines and Royal Wines, in which the Garchas are main stakeholders, owe Rs 40.75 crore to the excise department, as per the notices served to these firms on February 21.(HT File Photo/Representative Image)
Of the stipulated target of Rs 380 crore, Star Wines and Royal Wines, in which the Garchas are main stakeholders, owe Rs 40.75 crore to the excise department, as per the notices served to these firms on February 21.(HT File Photo/Representative Image)
Updated on Mar 01, 2017 10:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Sikh outfit condemns dera followers’ murder, points finger at Badals

Eknoor Khalsa Fauj — an outfit formed by Sikh clerics — has condemned the Saturday’s killing of two Dera Sacha Sauda followers, a man and his son, at Khanna and demanded a “clean and thorough investigation”.

Eknoor Khalsa Fauj founder jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh(HT File Photo)
Eknoor Khalsa Fauj founder jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh(HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2017 11:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

War on waterlogging: Marshes turn farms again after years in 270 villages of Malwa

Six months after his brother committed suicide due to continuous crop failure for five years, Hardev Singh’s land has turned fertile this rabi season. The beleaguered family’s 12 acres had remained unproductive due to waterlogging for half a decade till ‘mission sem roko (halt waterlogging)’, came up as a succour for farmers like him at Kundli village of Fazilka district.

Farmer Karamjit Singh (left) shows his first wheat crop after eight years at Rahurianwali village; and (below) a rejuvenated pond at Kundal village, in Fazilka district, being shown by executive engineer, irrigation, Manoj Bansal.(Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Farmer Karamjit Singh (left) shows his first wheat crop after eight years at Rahurianwali village; and (below) a rejuvenated pond at Kundal village, in Fazilka district, being shown by executive engineer, irrigation, Manoj Bansal.(Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 24, 2017 11:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Muktsar/Fazilka | By, Muktsar/fazilka

With help from Israel and Spain, Russia done, UK next on Punjab’s kinnow export map

Scissors from Israel for safe plucking, and wax from Spain for better shelf life, were key steps that Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (PAIC) took over a month ago to compete as a global exporter of the citrus fruit kinnow to as far as Russia and the UK, competing with neighbouring Pakistan.

Eight containers , 192 MTs in all, would be heading for the UK over the next 2 weeks, while the consignment already shipped to Russia was of 144 MTs in six containers.(HT Photo)
Eight containers , 192 MTs in all, would be heading for the UK over the next 2 weeks, while the consignment already shipped to Russia was of 144 MTs in six containers.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2017 10:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Punjab polls: Badal vs Capt, Lambi heads for mother of all battles

Three days ago, an audio clip of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal virtually pleading a villager for mandate in a telephonic conversation went viral. The same day, his daughter-in-law, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, appealed to the masses at a rally here: “Badal Sahib di pagg di laaj rakheo” (keep the dignity of the Badal’s turban).

Capt Amarinder Singh is taking on Punjab chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal from Lambi in the Punjab assembly elections 2017.(HT Photo)
Capt Amarinder Singh is taking on Punjab chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal from Lambi in the Punjab assembly elections 2017.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2017 08:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Lambi | By

Punjab polls: At Lambi, Capt, Rahul vow to end Parkash Singh Badal politically

Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday brought party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to Lambi and vowed to politically end five-time chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul GAndhi during a rally at Lambi on Thursday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul GAndhi during a rally at Lambi on Thursday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 02, 2017 11:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Lambi/Gidderbaha | ByPrabhjit Singh and Navrajdeep Singh
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