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Posted at: Jan 17, 2019, 6:42 AM; last updated: Jan 17, 2019, 6:42 AM (IST)

Claim lopsided

Apropos ‘The real butchers of Punjab’ (Jan 16), despite holding a responsible position, the writer has tried to alter facts and shield the real butchers. How can the allegations of the killings of 25,000 innocent Sikh youths in staged encounters by KPS Gill and his troops be ignored? How can the hundreds of fake encounters be ignored? What about the custodial death of Akal Takht acting jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaunke? Please justify the inscription of jebkatri on the forehead of a woman by an SP-rank officer. The biased article has hurt the sentiments of the general public of Punjab. It is unfortunate that the writer has ignored the rapes of women by the black sheep of the Punjab Police, in the guise of kharkus. There are several unanswered questions. 

GS Sekhon, by mail 

KPS Gill did well

The article ‘The real butchers of Punjab’ (Jan 16) reminds me of March 7, 1990, when militants fired on innocent people in Abohar’s ‘12 number Bazar’. As many as 32 persons were killed and almost double injured. It has been 19 years, but every time I read the news that Punjab may head towards those black days again, my heart sinks. There is a huge number of people who have seen their innocent kin swept away in that flood of blood, and salute Gill, who defeated the rump of terrorism, though not completely.

Namrata Sharma Watts, Abohar

Arhtiya nexus

Refer to the editorial ‘Low prices and farm crises’ (Jan 16); the question remains, who will bell the cat? An effort was made by the Punjab Government about a decade ago for making direct payment of produce to farmers through bank accounts, thereby eliminating the middleman, the arhtiya. But the scheme fell flat owing to the powerful politician-arhtiya nexus. Now, Haryana is contemplating such a style of payment to farmers, the success of which is doubtful. Farmers are simple, especially with regard to farm produce management and sale in mandis. Unless they are confident and convinced about the scheme, their exploitation is inevitable.

MPS Chadha, Mohali

Gau politics

Refer to ‘From schools and clinics to cow politics’ (Jan 16); although the irony is inescapable, the positive aspect of it cannot be ruled out. Now, politicians have started paying attention to every social issue which demands attention. The recently launched gau sewa campaign will improve the condition of cows and will improve the deteriorating conditions of gaushalas. It will help tackle the menace of stray cows on roads, which will reduce accidents. All this may yield some good. 

Rabina Makkar, Jalandhar

Guard against misuse

Refer to the news report ‘Capt for tie-up with world-class companies for sexed semen tech’(Jan 16); while the technology to segregate the female-producing ‘X’ chromosome can help in eliminating unwanted male calves, this technology is fraught with danger if it begins to be used for human beings also to have only sons. It should be used with caution.

Basant Singh Brar, Bathinda

Beware of fake friends

Technology has become so advanced that it has become a threat not only for people, but also for our soldiers (‘Troops getting FB requests from fake stars’; Jan 16). It is good to socialise on the Internet, but one should be aware of ‘fake’ friends. People are misusing the social platform for unscrupulous activities. The Army and the Government of India should organise awareness sessions regarding ‘honey traps’ and different ways used by such offenders. 

Kulwinder jit Kaur, Jalandhar

Rohtang tunnel

Reference to ‘Rohtang tunnel shut after avalanche threat’ (Jan 15); the Director-General, Border Roads Organisaton, has already announced that the tunnel will be opened to the public by the year-end. The fixing of internal fittings will take time. People should exercise patience to avoid interfering in engineers’ efforts towards the timely completion of the passage. Prior to the helicopter era, we  the Punjab Government employees of pre-1970s, deployed in Lahaul, used to trek over the Kuzam pass and move via Lossar, Kaza, Sumdo, Tapri, Rampur etc . Those posted at Pangi used to trek along the Chenab, via Kishtwar, Batote, Jammu etc.        

KL Noatay, Shimla

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