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Truck ferrying 72 labourers seized

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Tribune News Service

Bathinda, April 26

The police intercepted a truck illegally ferrying 72 Punjabi labourers on their way to Ludhiana from Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) on Sunday. The truck was intercepted on the Bathinda-Amritsar highway here. The labourers were sent to a quarantine camp.

The truck driver, identified as Jagdish Singh from Madhya Pradesh, was arrested on the charge of violating the lockdown guidelines and trying to smuggle the labourers. He reportedly dropped many persons en route. The truck owner, Jagmal Singh, has also been booked. During the interrogation, the driver reportedly claimed that the truck owner had directed him to ferry labourers from Madhya Pradesh and drop them at Ludhiana. Bathinda City DSP Gurjit Singh Romana said, “The Punjabi labourers had gone to Gwalior for some work. As the lockdown was imposed, they got struck there.”

The police had traced the persons, who the truck driver dropped on the way to Bathinda, he said.

In another incident, the police have booked a man from the district’s Akalia Jalal village, for escaping from a quarantine centre by scaling a wall on Thursday night. The accused, identified as Ranjit Singh, was later arrested and booked under Sections 188, 269, 271 and 506 of the IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act.

The case was registered on a complaint by village sarpanch Lakhvir Singh. He said 18 persons had gone to Madhya Pradesh for agricultural work during the lockdown. On their return, they were examined and put under quarantine in a school. On the night of April 23, one of them Ranjit Singh fled from by scaling a wall.

from The Tribune

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