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Moga Molestation Case: Punjab’s education minister’s insensitive statement; says everything happens by God’s will

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Punjab’s education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, gave birth to a new controversy by making an insensitive remark over the death of a 13-year old girl, who along with her mother was pushed out of a bus after confronting an alleged molestation in Moga district of Punjab.

He said, “Nobody can stop accidents; whatever happens, happens by God’s will.”

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government of the state is also facing some despised criticism over the handling of the case. The bus in which such a brutal incident happened belongs to the Orbit Company, which is owned by the Badals, the family that governs Shiromani Akali Dal.

On the other hand, the girl’s family has refused to cremate her or to allow a post-mortem. The family is aiming to file a case against Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The family has also rejected a compensation of Rs 20 lakh and a government job for the mother.

Meanwhile, Congress leader, Randeep Singh Surjewala, tagged Rakhra’s statement as a crude form of disrespect towards women reflecting the ‘arrogance of power.’

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Heroin worth Rs. 100 crore seized by BSF in Punjab

22kg heroine was recovered during a combat between Pakistani smugglers and BSF troopers

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22kg heroin seized in Punjab
BSF recovers heroine worth Rs. 100 crores from Pakistani smugglers. Wikimedia Commons.

In a joint operation, Border Security Forces (BSF) troopers and the Punjab Police have recovered 22kg of heroin in Punjab’s Ferozepur sector following exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers near the international border, a BSF officer said on Saturday.

The encounter took place late on Friday following a tip-off that smugglers were trying to send heroin consignment into India.

At least one Pakistani smuggler was injured in the exchange of fire as blood stains were found during search of the area on Saturday, BSF officer D.S. Rajpurohit said.

The BSF recovered a pistol and one Pakistani Sim card.

The BSF also arrested three Indian smugglers who were waiting close to the border fence to collect the heroin consignment.

The smugglers were trying to smuggle the heroin consignment using a plastic pipe across the border fence.

The heroin is worth nearly Rs 110 crore in the international market.

The Ferozepur border is around 275 km from here.

Punjab shares a 553-km-long barbed-wire fenced international border with Pakistan. (IANS)

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