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Minor who was set ablaze dies:
A minor girl, Manju, who had been referred to Faridkot Medical College Hospital with more than 75 per cent burn injuries on October 29 died on Monday. The girl, aged 14 years, had escaped an alleged molestation bid by Raj Pal and three of his friends. But when she reported the matter to her family, who further informed the police, the accused set her ablaze. Meanwhile, the police was yet to arrest three of the accused, though Section 302 had been added to the FIR.

PSEB secy visits Batala school:
A high-level education team led by Dr Balwinder Singh, Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) secretary, inspected the local Baring Collegiate Senior Secondary School on Monday. Dr Balwinder singh himself inspected the school records, including attendance registers of students and teachers. Dr Balwinder later interacted with the students.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has honoured Sukhwinder Kaur, a resident of Kotkapura, for writing the holy Guru Granth Sahib with her hand. She was honoured during the Baba Farid Agman Purb held at Faridkot. Sukhwinder Kaur has completed 1160 Angs of the Guru Granth Sahib and intends to send it to Harmandir Sahib at Amritsar after its completion.

PCMS union to hold ‘ethics meet’:
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association on Monday decided to hold a state-level meet within a fortnight to pledge their commitment to medical ethics following the acceptance of all their pending demands by the state government. Association patron Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa and general secretary Dr Manjit Singh said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had urged the association to use its rapport with the serving doctors to help the government bring out optimum results on various health programmes. — TNS

Ferozepur man held for killing father:
The police has arrested a resident of Sirki Bazaar area here for allegedly murdering his father on Sunday. Senior Superintendent of Police Surjit Singh claimed that greed for his father's wealth made the accused, Daler Singh, kill his father Jang Singh, a trader. The accused allegedly hit his father on the head thrice. The SSP said Daler had been arrested and Rs 40,000 recovered from him.

3 booked for forging documents:
Garhdiwala police has booked Dial Singh, son of Daulat Ram, Varinder Singh and Sarpanch Darshna Devi of Koi village under Sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120 of the IPC for forging documents in order to get permit for cutting trees. According to the police, Bimla Devi, wife of late Daulat Ram, alleged that the above said persons forged documents by using thumb impression of deceased Rachna Devi, which had been verified by the Sarpanch Darshna Devi. Dial Singh had been arrested.

Tanker-truck hijacked: Mandip Singh of Doraha registered a case with Dasuya police under Sections 365, 379 and 392 of the IPC last night. He alleged that eight unidentified persons capture 20,000 litre spirit-laden tanker-truck (No NL-01D-8544) and kidnapped truck driver Fauji Yadav. The incident took place on the morning of November 2 near Uchi Bassi on Jalandhar-Pathankot highway. According to the police, the tanker-truck was going from Pathankot to Kolkata. Near Uchi Bassi the unidentified persons in Bolero jeep intercepted the truck. After overpowering the driver they fled along with the spirit-laden vehicle. The market value of the spirit is stated to be Rs 7,74,996.

Septuagenarian dies in a scuffle:
A septuagenarian man retired as a teacher died alleged during a scuffle with his son in the presence of the police at Takhanwad village in Moga district on Sunday. Tara Singh was having a dispute over property and pension money with one of his sons, Mukhtiar Singh, and wife Ranjit Kaur for the past few months. On Sunday, Mukhtiar and his mother called the police home to solve the dispute. A heated argument ensued between Mukhtiar and his father. During the scuffle, Tara Singh fell and collided with a tractor-trailer. He suffered a head injury and succumbed within minutes.

Youth consume poison:
Fearing police torture, a youth consumed poison in his house at Khalwara village today. The youth was identified as Amarjit. He has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital where he is struggling for life. The Tribune has learnt that Sadar police under the charges of assaulting his aunt, Raj Rani, booked the youth. The allegation was, however, denied by Amarjit. The police summoned the youth and threatened him to either settle matters with his aunt or to get ready for severe consequences. Amarjit consumed poison under panic when he received a message from police asking him to appear before them. Raj Rani is already admitted to the local Civil Hospital with multiple injuries.

Tarn Taran
Three youths snatch Rs 4 lakh:
Three unidentified motorcycle born youths snatched a bag containing Rs 4 lakh from a Munim of a commission agent yesterday near Patti township, 25 km from here. A case under Section 382 of the IPC has been registered. Sources said Gurpreet Singh, Munim (clerk) of Chaudhry Brothers, Kot Budha, was returning after withdrawing the amount from the Punjab National Bank on his motorcycle. The unidentified youths pushed him near Thakarkaura village. He fell down and the youths snatched his bag.

Old woman killed in road accident: Gurjit Kaur (60) died while her husband, Gian Singh (62), sustained serious injuries in a road accident near Piddi village yesterday. The couple’s motorcycle was hit by a Abohar-Fazilka bus (No PB-05, Q 0888). Gurjit Kaur, who fell down on the road, was crushed by the bus. Gian Singh has been admitted to the Amritsar hospital where his condition was stated to be out of danger. The bus driver managed to escape while a case has been registered under Sections 304A, 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC.



Two killed after oral duel:
Two youths were stabbed to death here on Saturday night following a minor altercation on a dance floor at a marriage in the Shiv Nagar area. The deceased, Sumit and Jitendra, had an oral duel on the dance floor with two other youths dancing in the function. However, some elders intervened and the function proceeded peacefully thereafter. But when the deceased were returning home with their friends after the function, the youths with whom they had an altercation and their friends attacked them near Surya Nagar Colony. The deceased were repeatedly stabbed resulting in their death.

As many as 200 research papers were presented during the 5th International Conference on Computing and Communication Technology, 2011 (ICCACT 2011) at the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) here on Friday. More than 300 representatives from different nations, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, UK and the USA, participated in the conference. KB Singh, vice-president, Reliance Power, who was the chief guest, lauded the APIIT for organising the high-profile conference.

Bus runs over engg student:
Rahul, a final-year student of Somany College of Engineering, was killed and his companion, Krishan Kumar, injured when they were hit by a private bus on the Mahendergarh-Rewari road on Saturday night. The deceased was a resident of the Kosi Kalan area in UP. The mishap took place when they were going to relieve themselves after parking their motorcycle on the roadside. The bus, travelling from Kanina, was on its way to Rewari. Both were going to attend their friend’s marriage at Kheri Talwana village. The bus driver fled after abandoning the bus.

Set on fire:
Savita (23) was set on fire allegedly by her husband and other in-laws at Kawali village under Kharkhoda police station on Tuesday night. On the complaint of the victim’s father, Sumer Chand, a case of dowry death has been registered against husband Sandeep, father-in-law Mahender, mother-in-law Krishna and sisters-in-law Manju and Suman. Sumer Chand alleged Savita was ill-treated for dowry since her marriage on November 23, 2009.



Boy killed in accident:
An eight-year-old boy, Vikas, died and his parents Devender Singh Negi and Deepa Negi, two-year-old sister Reshu and driver Suredner Singh were injured when the car in which they were travelling collided with a bus coming from the opposite side in the Gullar-Vyasi area on Monday afternoon. The family was traveling from Delhi to Rudrapur. The post-mortem of the child’s body was done and the injured were admitted to a hospital. No FIR was registered till the filing of this report. As such the police post at Muni-ki Reti has not made any arrests. According to sources, the driver of the car tried to overtake the bus and came right in front of another bus coming from the opposite side and banged into it. The child sitting on the front seat died on the spot.

Transfers: The Uttarakhand government on Monday effected some more transfers. Additional Secretary (Finance) Kunwar Singh has been given the additional charge of Additional Secretary to the Chief Minister and Vinay Shankar Pandey appointed MD of the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). Earlier, Umesh Chander Kabadwal was holding the charge of MD (GMVN), he will continue to hold the charge of Additional Secretary (Sports). Vinay Shankar Pandey was early holding the charge of Chief Development Officer, Pauri.

Woman injured: A 50-year-old woman, Chandra, who lived near the railway track and made her living through alms, got her foot severed when she was crossing the railway track in the afternoon. The GRP personnel took her to Doon Hospital.

Kumaon Briefs

Woman killed in mishap:
A woman was killed while her five-year-old son was seriously injured in an accident on the Almora-Bhawali road on Sunday evening. The accident took place when the four-wheeler they were travelling in collided with a dumper that was on its way to Garud from Haldwani. The deceased has been identified as 30-year-old Kapoori Devi of Garud. She originally hailed from Uttar Pradesh. Her husband runs a business in Thal.

Illegal liquor seized:Officials of the Excise and Prohibition Department carried out a series of raids in the Chorgaliya area of Nanital district and seized liquor that was being sold illegally. The officials were helped by villagers in carrying out the raids. Besides the seizure of 138 pouches of illegally distilled liquor, two persons, including a woman, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the trade. Those arrested have been identified as Anjali of Julabagad and Bhupendra of Aminakheda. The raids had been ordered by the District Magistrate.

Over 100 vehicles challaned:Carrying out a special drive against two-wheeler drivers violating traffic norms in Haldwani, the police challaned more than 100 vehicles on Sunday. The police has been carrying out regular checks against those violating norms for the past one month and the drive on Sunday was particularly focused on two-wheelers. The areas where violators were challaned included Rampur crossroads, Kaladhungi crossroads, Tikoniya and Bareilley Road. According to police sources, the checking of vehicles would be further intensified in the future. Haldwani has been reeling under traffic snarls and related problems on account of frequent rules violations and unruly movement of vehicles on the roads.

Villagers threaten indefinite fast:Residents of villages located near Dwarahat have threatened to resort to an indefinite fast to air their grievance over the alleged failure of the administration to build a road to the Kafda-Tipaula stretch. The villagers are agitated over the fact that of the 17-km approved road, only a stretch of 5 km has been built. They said despite tenders for the construction of the remaining part had been passed in July, contractors had not started work on the same.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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