Punjab govt will not interfere in Hindu deras’ decision on successors: CM
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday said that the state government will only recognise the decisions made by mahants of Hindu religious deras and Sadhu Samaj regarding their successors.
The CM made this announcement at in Patiala during the Virat Sant Sammelan organised by the Sarv Sampradaya Sadhu Mandal Patiala and Bhekh Khat Darshan Sadhu Samaj Mahamandal Punjab.
Accepting the demands put forward by the Sadhu Samaj on the occasion, Channi said that it is the tradition of Sant and Sadhu Samaj to choose their successor and the government would not interfere in anyway in the matter. Further, directions about clearing pending mutations of deras in the state would be given as per the wishes of the Sant Samaj, he said.
The CM said that the state government would recognize the will made by the “Sant” leaving for his heavenly abode regarding nominating their successor, but in case of no such will, the decision of Bhekh Bhagwan would be given credence by the Government. The CM also offered cabinet rank to Mahant Atma Ram representing the Sadhu Samaj to ensure prompt redressal to their problems.
Cabinet minister Brahm Mohindra on the occasion said that the state Government is fully committed to redress the grievances of Deras, Sants as well as Sadhu Samaj to allay the concerns of Mahant Atma Ram. He also divulged that despite being part of the governments since 1980, the amount of initiative and enterprise that has been witnessed in the last three months is unmatched.
Tibba police busted a honey-trap racket and arrested four persons, including two women, on Saturday. One of the members of the gang has yet to be caught, the police said. The FIR against them has been registered on the complaint of Nagendra Yadav of New Vijay Nagar. A fabric manufacturer, Yadav, told the police that he runs a factory near Puneet Nagar. On Friday evening, he was going to his factory on a scooter.
Bringing relief from the scorching heat, the thunderstorm witnessed in the city on Saturday evening turned the weather pleasant. Partly cloudy weather prevailed in the city since morning and rains, along with strong winds, brought down the mercury levels in the evening. As per the meteorological department, Chandigarh, the maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 40 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 27 degrees.
Division number 8 police have booked an employee of a jewellery shop for allegedly stealing items worth lakhs on Friday. Akash has been identified as Akash of Chaura Bazaar. The FIR has been registered following the statement of Lalit Chopra of Rishi Nagar. The complainant said that on Friday, they were present in the store and were attending to customers.
The joint co-coordinator of Kisan Congress, a wing of All India Congress Committee, has been booked for hurting religious sentiments by cleaning a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi installed in a park in Salem Tabri with Gursimran Singh Mand's turban. The action against Gursimran Singh Mand has been taken around 10 months after the incident. Mand had reached the spot and cleaned the statue with his turban, which sparked a row.
The cybercrime wing of Punjab Police has issued an advisory to mobile phone users to be cautious of fraudsters who have found new ways to trap and dupe people. These fraudsters pose as officers and dupe people by sending them suspicious links on WhatsApp. Three such cases have been reported in Ludhiana in the past 45 days wherein fraudsters duped people by impersonating officials. The police have solved only one case till now.