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Dead: One Rajiv Nagpal of Sai Vihar colony here succumbed to his injuries at the PGI on Sunday. An unidentified jeep had reportedly hit him on the Seetogunno road here last week. Post-mortem was conducted at the civil hospital here on Monday, sources said. The police had registered a case in this regard.

Injured: President of the Shri Guru Nanak Canter Union Nishan Singh in his complaint with the police here on Monday said that some persons in a Bolero jeep had intercepted his car near the railway crossing on Sunday night and fled after injuring him with hockey and sharp-edged weapon. He was shifted to the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital by some friends and relatives. The city police was investigating, sources said.

Man murdered: Jaspal Singh, a resident of Muglani Kot village, was allegedly killed by Amarjit Singh, sarpanch of the village, along with Shamsher Singh, his accomplice, by pushing him off the roof of his residence late Sunday evening. A case under Sections 302, 452 and 34, IPC, has been registered. The accused are absconding. Baghel Singh, father of the victim, in his complaint lodged with the police alleged that the two accused entered his house and pushed his son off the terrace into the street which led to serious head injuries. His son died on the spot. An old enmity was given as the cause of the murder.

Man dies in accident: Amrik Singh of Pheruman village was killed while his wife was seriously injured in a road mishap when their motorcycle collided with a speeding truck near the Cheema Baath road here on Monday. The police has registered a case under Section 304-A, 279, 427 and 338, IPC, against the accused truck driver Gurmit Singh of Nawanshahr.

Celebrated: The All India Shri Nam Dev Mandir Sabha celebrated the festival of Basant Panchami with great enthusiasm at local historical Bhagat Namdev Mandir. Thousands of devotees of Bhagat Namdev from all over the country attended the function. Former minister Dr Harbans Lal was the chief guest whereas president of Sant Namdev Trust Kulwant Singh Bariha presided over the function.

Remembered: A declamation contest and a quiz were organised in the memory of Vir Haquiqat Rai and Lakshmi Devi here on Monday. The Dainik Prathna Sabha organised a fair on the occasion. Haquiqat Rai was beheaded in Lahore for refusing to embrace Islam. Born in 1728 to the family of a businessman of Sialkot (now in Pakistan), he was married to Lakshmi Devi of this town.

: The Zira police registered a case under the NDPS Act against one Jagraj Singh of Akalsar road in Moga. The SSP informed that the police recovered 300g of opium from his possession.

23-year-old murdered: Five persons allegedly murdered Sukhwinder Singh (23), son of Gurtej Singh, resident of Khai Basti, Lehragaga, with sharp-edged weapons and bricks etc at Lehragaga, about 40 km from here, on Monday. SP (D) Bhupinderjit Singh Virk said the deceased allegedly had relations with the wife of an accused. A case had been registered against five persons, Baljit Singh, Jatinder Pal Singh and three unidentified persons under Section 302, IPC. However, all had fled from the scene after the crime.


Contest: As part of the anniversary celebrations of Guru Ravidas, a drawing competition was organised on the PGI campus on Sunday. Over 300 students took part in the competition which was graced by Anu Chatrath, a councillor of the municipal corporation of Chandigarh.

APPOINTED: Sunil Kumar, a lecturer in chemistry at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, has been appointed officiating principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22. He has been transferred as a lecturer against the post of a principal in GMSSS-22 with immediate effect.

CELEBRATED: Basant Panchami was celebrated today at Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 43, with traditional zeal and fervour. Students were briefed about the importance of Basant Panchami and after the customary Saraswati vandana, kite-making activity was carried out. A kite-flying competition was also held. The function concluded with rhymes on Basant.

Chain snatched: Two youths snatched a gold chain from a woman in Phase VII on Monday. Balwinder Kaur told the police that she was sitting in the courtyard of her house when two youths came on a motorcycle. They parked the vehicle outside the gate. One of them approached her on the pretext on inquiring about some address. When she started directed him, the youth snatched her gold chain and both the youths fled on the motorcycle. A case was registered.

Commissioned: A radiotherapy machine, a dedicated cancer pathology laboratory and first Rural Indus Cancer Detection Centre were commissioned at Indus Super Speciality Hospital in Phase I. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Dr Navtej Singh, medical manager and consultant radiologist, claimed that the radiotherapy machine was the first high-energy medical linear accelerator (15m V) was the first to be used in Punjab and the tricity.

Low water supply: Parts of residential and industrial areas of the town will be supplied water at low pressure on February 12 and 13 as old machinery is being replaced at Kajauli water works. According to a press note of the department, residential Phases I to VII and Industrial Phases I to V will not get the noon supply of water on both the days.


Police remand: District and Sessions Judge Sidharth Sarwal, Ghumarwin, has remanded Ashok Kumar of Plasla village, Sardar Singh of Gandhir village and Rulia Ram of Kutheda village in police custody till February 13. A leopard skin was seized from their possession.

Houses, cowsheds gutted: Four houses and four cowsheds were gutted while one house was partially damaged in a devastating fire at Garuli village here on Sunday night. The loss to property was assessed to be around Rs 15 lakh. However, no loss of life was reported. The Naib Tehsildar, Banjar, said 13 families were affected and an immediate relief of Rs 21,500 was distributed to them. Banjar Nagar Panchayat president Vijay Thakur has demanded establishment of a fire station there.

AIDS awareness camp: The Himachal Pradesh Green Foundation for Drug Reforms and Environmental Protection in Himalayas, an NGO, organised an AIDS awareness camp at the ITBP (2nd Battalion) premises at Babeli, about 5 km from here, on Sunday. As many as 150 ITBP cadets and 13 soldiers volunteered to give blood samples for tests. The cadets were given information about HIV and AIDS. Lectures were delivered as to how to protect themselves from the deadly virus and the disease.

3.75 kg charas seized: The Mandi district police on Monday arrested three persons under the NDPS Act after allegedly recovering 3.75 kg of charas from their possession today in three different cases. According to the police, three persons have been identified as Dalip Singh, a resident of Rangcha (Bali chowki), Ramroop, resident of Budhsham, Panipat, and Rajinder Singh, resident of Patreli, Panipat. Dalip Singh was arrested last evening and has been sent to three days police remand by the judge while the other two would be brought before the judge here tomorrow. The police claimed that Dalip was carrying 1 kg charas with him while walking towards Larji dam near Aut police station on the highway. The alert police patrol searched him and arrested him after recovering charas from him. The patrol police searched another suspect Ramrup near the dam and recovered 1.25 kg charas. The police arrested Rajinder Singh near Thalot after it recovered 1.75 kg of charas from his possession.

Raising day: DIG central range P.L. Thakur on Monday lauded the efforts of the CRB battalion Pandoh for rending its services during emergency and meeting difficult situation of law and order in remote areas of the state. Addressing the gathering at the raising day of the battalion at Pandoh Thakur said the community policing has gained acceptance among people and getting people’s cooperation in the state. The CRB has been doing tremendous service in difficult law and order times or floods and serving in the remote areas in the state, he added.

Rajgarh youth dies
: Sohan Singh (24), son of Nain Singh, a resident of Dhamla village under Rajgarh subdivision, died under suspicious circumstances on Sunday. Reports said passengers of a private bus noticed Sohan Singh lying unconscious at Sheilesh Kenchi. He was rushed to a hospital by the bus passengers but he breathed his last near Sanoura village. Eyewitnesses said he had a deep head injury. The police has sent his body for a post-mortem.

Woman suffer burns: Durga Devi (32), wife of Daulat Ram, a resident of Tikkri village in the Renuka area, received more than 50 per cent burns as a kerosene stove burst at her residence. She was rushed to Dadahu referral hospital in a critical condition from where she was referred to the Nahan district hospital. A case has been registered.

Office-bearers elected: The following have been elected unanimously as office bearers of the local block unit of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers association- president Onkar Dhiman, senior vice-president Rajesh Sahotra and general secretary Tilak Raj.

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