Security nightmare as Khalistanis-Lashkar join hands to disrupt elections

New Delhi, Jan 20: The situation in the poll bound states and the National Capital has become a nightmare for the security agencies. The recent incident in which an IED was destroyed at the Ghazipur market in Delhi only goes on to show how volatile the situation is.

Prior to this a blast was reported in the Ludhiana Court, Punjab and this only added to the woes of the security agencies. While in the Delhi case, the NSG said that traces of RDX were found, the Intelligence agencies have said that this was part of a consignment that was smuggled in from Pakistan.

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ISI, anti-national elements extremely active ahead of UP, Punjab polls

New Delhi, Jan 17: With elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh fast approaching Pakistan is on overdrive mode to push its anti-India propaganda. The Intelligence Bureau and multiple agencies are keeping a close watch on the various social media accounts formed to spread hate and a disinformation campaign against India.

The Intelligence suggests that there has been a sustained effort by Pakistan and anti-India elements to disrupt the elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

Last week, the bomb disposal squad destroyed an IED found near the Gate number 1 of a wholesale market in Delhi. The bomb disposal squad of the National Security Guards destroyed the IED through a controlled explosion.

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Udta Punjab? This election season, drugs flow freely

Drug_abuse380Reu1Chandigarh, Feb 2: The main issue hogging the limelight in the poll-bound Punjab is drug menace. All political parties contesting the Punjab assembly elections 2017 have said that they would prioritise the war against drugs, if voted to power. However, in the border district of Taran Taran in Punjab, there still continues to be a free flow of drugs.

Drugs have been freely entering into this village. The Border Security Force which patrols this area says that there are certain conditions that have helped drug lords bring in heroine. The weather condition in the village is usually misty, and this has helped drug dealers give security forces the slip through.

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Punjab: Police do not rule out terror angle in Bhatinda blast

blast444g_1485906594Chandigarh, Feb 1: The blast in which three people were killed in Bathinda in poll bound Punjab was aimed at targeting Congress candidate, Harminder Singh, preliminary investigations have suggested. On Tuesday three persons were killed and 15 others were injured following a powerful car explosion.
The incident took place at Maur Mandi, about 200 km from Chandigarh, close to where Congress candidate Harminder Jassi was addressing a rally. SDM Latif Ahmed confirmed three deaths due to the blast. Punjab will be going to polls on February 4. The police are probing two versions currently.
The police is not ruling out the possibility of the incident being a terrorist attack. The use of improvised explosive devices is also not being ruled out. The police are also looking into the possibility of it being a cylinder blast since the vehicle was running on LPG.

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Punjab polls 2017: 100 candidates have declared criminal cases

punelecOut of the 1,145 candidates contesting the Punjab assembly elections 2017, 100 have declared criminal cases against them. The analysis done by Association for Democratic Reforms stated that 77 candidates have declared serious criminal cases against them. Four candidates have declared cases related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302) against them.

Eleven candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder against them. Five candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women.

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Punjab: Crorepatis rule poll list; Sidhu highest earner

sidhuGoing by the declarations made by the candidates for the Punjab assembly elections 2017, it is clear that a majority of them are crorepatis. Eighty-seven out of the 94 candidates from the Akali Dal are crorepatis. The scenario in the Congress is no different with 103 out of the 117 candidates declaring assets in crores.
A report by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that 71 of the 112 candidates of the Aam Admi Party are crorepatis. Of the 1,145 candidates in the fray, 428 have assets in crores.

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Punjab elections: Sidhu continues to keep congress guessing

New Delhi, Jan 11: When Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is back from a vacation, will hold discussions to wrap up the selection of candidates for the Punjab assembly elections, he would also have to decide on a truck with Navjot Singh Sidhu.
The cricketer-turned-politician, who recently quit the BJP, has a couple of demands which he wants fulfilled before he joins the Congress.

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Ahead of 2017 Punjab elections, IB warns of ISI-engineered communal violence

The warning of another incident of sacrilege just ahead of the Punjab assembly elections is what has worried security agencies. On October 12, 2015 several pages of the Guru Granth were found torn at Bargaari in Faridkot, Punjab.

Intelligence agencies fear a repeat of such an incident to incite communal tension just before the state goes to polls on February 4.

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