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LOOTERS BOOKED: Based on specific information, the Lopoke police booked five looters who were planning to loot a petrol station. A case under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them. The accused are Harchand Singh, a resident of Bijliwal village, Balwinder Singh of Chogwan village, Nirmal Singh of Khadoor Sahib, Jasdev Singh of Baba Bakala and Darshan Singh of Batala. Mr R. P. S. Bajwa, SSP Majitha police district, said the police had received specific information that the accused, who were armed, were planning to loot petrol stations and banks near Kohali Rest house. When the police raided the spot, they fled. The police has been raiding various spots to arrest the culprits.

WOMAN COMMITS SUICIDE: Ms Rajwinder Kaur, a resident of Shahpur, reportedly committed suicide by consuming a pesticide here on Monday. The police has registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC at the Beas police station falling under Majitha police district against five persons, including in-laws and husband of the woman. According to the complaint lodged by Ms Lakhwinder Kaur of Ghariar village and mother of Rajwinder, the accused are Mukhtiar Singh (husband), Naranjan Singh (father-in-law), Jeet Kaur (mother-in-law), Avtar Singh (brother-in-law) and Paramjit Kaur, sister-in-law of Rajwinder.

OPIUM SEIZED: Mr Kapil Dev, SSP, in a press note issued here on Tuesday said the Sangat police had seized 500 grams of opium from Mr Manjeet Singh, a resident of Kot Mehtab Singh village in Amritsar district. A case has been registered in this connection.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr P. D. Goyal has been nominated to the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, Mr Wazir Chand Mangla, patron of the district unit of the sabha, stated this in a press note issued here on Tuesday.

TWO ARRESTED: The police arrested two car thieves here on Tuesday. Mr Narindra Bhargav, SSP, said a police party stopped a Maruti car (CH 03-3772) at the Simble chowk. Those travelling in the car failed to produce documents of the car. They later admitted that they had stolen the car from the office of the Municipal Council in Pathankot. They also admitted that they had stolen two Maruti cars. The accused have been identified as Anurag Sharma and Arun Rana, both local residents. Abohar

KILLED IN MISHAP: A BSF jawan was crushed to death here on Tuesday. Sources said Mr Amrender Kumar Misra (35) was posted as a caretaker of the temple at the brigade headquarters of the BSF. He had come to the town on his bicycle to get the wall clock of the temple repaired. As he was returning to the headquarters, a mini bus (PB 04-9660) reportedly hit him outside the Balaji temple on the college road. He died on the spot. The city police has registered a case.

INJURED: Eight persons, including two women, were injured in a clash over irrigating the fields with canal water at Sayeedwala village on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road here on Tuesday. They included Ms Kamla Devi, Ms Parvati Devi, Mr Mahender Kumar, Mr Daulat Ram, Mr Vinod Kumar and Mr Prabh Dayal. All were admitted to the Civil Hospital here. The police has registered a case against both the factions.



LIFE SENTENCE: Mr Virender Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, Jind, while pronouncing the judgment in a murder case on Tuesday, convicted Khazana, Chander and Jora of Sandeel village in this district and sentenced them to life imprisonment. The Judge also ordered them to pay a fine of Rs 2500 each. In default of payment of fine, they would undergo imprisonment for another six months. According to the prosecution, following a land dispute between two families in Sandeel village, Khazana, Chander and Jora murdered Rajinder Singh of the same village on February 15, 2003 and threw his body in a field. The body of Rajinder Singh was recovered from the field the following day.

CASES AGAINST OFFICIALS: The District Electoral Officer, Mr Anurag Agarwal, has ordered the registration of cases under Section 134 of the Representation of People Act against 37 officials and employees who failed to attend the pilot rehearsal in the local RKSD College here on Tuesday. The Deputy Commissioner has clarified through a Press note that any employee not attending election duty would be treated as a criminal. He has warned that anyone failing to attend the next rehearsal on May 8 and 9 would be strictly dealt with.

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