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Five fresh cases of gastroenteritis reported

Fatehabad, July 9
Five fresh cases of gastroenteritis have been reported in Jandwala Sottar village in the district, where supply of contaminated drinking water had led to an outbreak of the disease three days ago.

The Fatehabad Civil Surgeon, Dr R.C. Aggarwal, points towards a leaking rubber pipe submerged in stinking water.
The Fatehabad Civil Surgeon, Dr R.C. Aggarwal, points towards a leaking rubber pipe submerged in stinking water. The pipe supplies potable water to villagers at Jandwala Sottar. — Photo by Sushil Manav

State to raise 5 battalions of industrial security force
Sonepat, July 9
Crime situation in Rohtak range remained under control during the current year and there was sharp decline in crime cases. Recovery of stolen property was also satisfactory as compared to corresponding period last year.

Chautala criticises service tax, cess in UPA Budget
Kurukshetra, July 9
Addressing a press conference at the PWD rest house at Pipli, 5 km from here, last evening, Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala expressed satisfaction over the steps proposed in the first United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Budget for the agriculture sector.

Dadupur canal by year-end: Chautala
Kurukshetra, July 9
After inaugurating an augmentation water supply scheme constructed at a cost of Rs 32.96 lakh at Sanghaur village, 30 km from here, today, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, announced that the Haryana Government had accorded approval for the construction of Dadupur Nalvi canal and it would be completed by the end of this year.


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Hooda hails Budget, calls it pro-poor
Chandigarh, July 9
A former Haryana Congress President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has hailed the Union Budget and described it as “pro-poor and pro-farmers”.

Haryana to promote adventure tourism
Panchkula, July 9
After having revolutionised highway tourism, Haryana Tourism proposes to introduce cultural tourism and adventure tourism in a big way.

Medicinal plants on panchayat lands
Chandigarh, July 9
The Haryana Government has decided to launch a state-wide programme of planting medicinal plants on panchayat land. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the State Land Use Board, presided over by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, here last evening.

MLA’s relatives seek protection
Chandigarh, July 9
Some relatives of independent MLA from Karnal Jai Prakash Gupta today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking protection from the ruling party.

HIGH COURT
Notices to Haryana CM, SP
Chandigarh, July 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, Kaithal Superintendent of Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation in a petition seeking CBI investigation into the alleged murder of Kaithal-based journalist Parmanand Goyal.

Forest Dept’s enthusiasm costs 2 dozen trees
Sirsa, July 9
In a sheer example of non-coordination among the executing authorities, the state Forest Department has axed over two dozen fully grown trees for the construction of a road, even before it got the final approval by the authorities concerned.

Career guidance drive from July 12
Chandigarh, July 9
In Haryana a career guidance campaign would be organised from July 12 to 31 by all vocational guidance units in the employment exchanges and employment information and guidance bureaus of the universities to acquaint the students of schools, colleges and universities with the facilities available in the employment exchanges.

MLA extends support to suspended employees
Ambala, July 9
The local MLA, Mr Anil Vij, today extended support to the suspended employees of DAV Public School Ambala cantonment.

Last date for depositing forms extended
Chandigarh, July 9
The last date for depositing forms without late fee for supplementary examinations-2004 of Haryana Open School to be held in September has been extended to July 19 from July 10.

2 women shot in gang rivalry
Rohtak, July 9
Two women members of a gangster’s family were shot dead allegedly by a rival gang in Farmana village under the Meham police jurisdiction in Rohtak district, about 40 km from here, yesterday the police said today.

Woman, daughter-in-law shot dead
Sonepat, July 9
Nearly 12 persons struck at the house of Ramdhan alias Leela and shot dead his mother Mrs Mallaha Devi and brother’s wife Mrs Roshni Devi at Farmana village 15 km from here last night.

2 arrested, fake soft drinks seized
Sonepat, July 9
The Rai police raided a shop at Bahalgarh chowk, 10 km here, Wednesday evening and arrested two persons — Swaran of Ganaur and Dharambir of Bali Qutabpur — on the charge of manufacturing fake aerated soft drinks of wellknown brands Pepsi, Coke, Thums Up, Fanta, Morinda and Limca.

Police remand for Kuldeep, Rinku
Ambala, July 9
A city court today remanded Kuldeep alias Kala, and Rinku to police custody for seven days.

Kidnapped driver returns home
Sonepat, July 9
Satpal, a driver of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), who was allegedly kidnapped by some unidentified persons last Monday, returned hom here today.

Order on MLA’s bail plea today
Karnal, July 9
The district and sessions court has reserved its decision on the anticipatory bail plea of local Independent MLA Jai Prakash Gupta and his brother Paras Ram Gupta for two days.

23 hurt as trucks collide
Sonepat, July 9
Nearly 23 persons were injured, including two women seriously when a truck (Tata 407) carrying them collided with a truck near Kharkhauda town, 20 km from here last evening.

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Five fresh cases of gastroenteritis reported
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, July 9
Five fresh cases of gastroenteritis have been reported in Jandwala Sottar village in the district, where supply of contaminated drinking water had led to an outbreak of the disease three days ago. The health authorities have so far identified 155 cases of gastroenteritis, most of these in the Dalit localities of the village. A four-year-old girl, Meera, had died of the disease yesterday after she complained of vomiting and dysentery three days ago. More than forty victims are still taking treatment from the medical teams sent by the Health Department. The authorities, however, say the situation is under control.

On a visit to the village today, this reporter found that the supply of contaminated potable water and poor sanitary conditions were responsible for the outbreak of the disease. The supply of potable water to the villagers is being made through two tubewells of which one had been installed by the Public Health authorities while the other had been installed by the village panchayat. The well from where the water is pumped out is without any cover. The water, pumped out from the well, is stored in a pond, giving an open invitation to the spread of diseases. But what is even more shocking is the fact that the water pipes that supply potable water to villagers are leaking at several places. Lack of awareness on the part of villagers has compounded the problem. The villagers have laid rubber pipes beneath the ground to fetch water to their houses. These pipes, too, were found leaking at several places. The village streets are in poor shape with filthy water spread everywhere. Some workers of the Public Health Department were seen identifying and plugging the leakages in the pipes. The village does not have a government dispensary. However, there is a subcentre, managed by a nurse.

The Civil Surgeon, Dr R.C. Aggarwal, today visited the village and enquired after the welfare of the victims. A medical team, which includes a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse and an auxilary medical nurse, has been attending to victims from morning till late in the evening. Dr Aggarwal informed this reporter that chlorine tablets had been distributed among the villagers and they had been advised to use chlorinated water for drinking. Public announcements are being made in the village advising villagers to keep their surroundings clean. Samples of water have been taken and sent for testing.

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State to raise 5 battalions of industrial security force
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 9
Crime situation in Rohtak range remained under control during the current year and there was sharp decline in crime cases. Recovery of stolen property was also satisfactory as compared to corresponding period last year. This was stated by Dr M.S. Malik, Director General of Police, Haryana, while addressing police officers posted at Rohtak Range in Sonepat yesterday.

The DGP inquired the SPs of their contribution to uplift the image of the force, welfare of the police personnel and strengthening police-public relations. He asked them to activate wide area network (WAN) scheme for quick flow of communication.

He said Haryana was getting ready to raise five battalions of the Haryana State Industrial Security Force at a cost of Rs 42 crore. He directed the officers to check out a programme to accommodate the force for their cluster deployment near the borrowing units. He inaugurated the new building of the Sadar police station, Sonepat.

All police stations are being computerised and with ‘Polnet’, all police stations in the country will be linked.

Mr Vipin Kumar, ADGP Mr S.N. Vashisht, IGP, Mr S.S. Deswal, IGP/RTK range, Mr Vidhya Dhar. DC, Sonepat, Mr K.K. Mishra, DIG/Hq & all district SPs of the Rohtak Range were present at the meeting.

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Chautala criticises service tax, cess in UPA Budget
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 9
Addressing a press conference at the PWD rest house at Pipli, 5 km from here, last evening, Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala expressed satisfaction over the steps proposed in the first United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Budget for the agriculture sector. However, he was apprehensive of the negative effects of an increase in the service tax and cess imposed on a number of items.

Mr Chautala recalled that Haryana was a leading state in the collection of cess imposed upon diesel and petrol during the NDA regime and yet the Centre had failed to give the state its due share. Such taxes tried to help sick states at the cost of the progressive states, he added.

He said he wondered how the state Congress leaders who had launched propaganda against the VAT system would react to the Union Finance Minister’s commendation of it. The dual face of the Congress now stands exposed, he added.

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Dadupur canal by year-end: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 9
After inaugurating an augmentation water supply scheme constructed at a cost of Rs 32.96 lakh at Sanghaur village, 30 km from here, today, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, announced that the Haryana Government had accorded approval for the construction of Dadupur Nalvi canal and it would be completed by the end of this year.

Mr Chautala reminded the people that it was the Congress, which shelved this ambitious project. Keeping the interest of the farmers the government had decided to construct this canal so that the farmers of the area could be immensely benefited, he added.

Later, the Chief Minister heard the grievances of 60 village panchayats of Babain, Ladwa, Thaneshar blocks at a sarkar aap ke dawar programme held at Radaur. He sanctioned Rs 4 crore to undertake various development works in Kurukshetra district under the fourth phase of the programme.

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Hooda hails Budget, calls it pro-poor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
A former Haryana Congress President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has hailed the Union Budget and described it as “pro-poor and pro-farmers”.

In a statement issued here yesterday, Mr Hooda congratulated the Chairman of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Mrs Sonia Gandhi, for fulfilling the promises she had made to the people on the eve of the elections. He said the interests of the farmers had been amply safeguarded in the Budget as was clear from the massive tax relief on tractors and other agriculture implements.

Mr Hooda said the Finance Minister had also met the expectations of the salaried class by raising the income tax exemption limit to Rs 1 lakh. He said he had met the Railway Minister yesterday and urged him for early completion of the Jhajjar-Rewari railway line.

The Congress MP from Bhiwani, Mr Kuldeep Bishnoi, said the proposals of the Finance Minister for the employment guarantee programme and water and power for everyone would go a long way in fortifying the economy. The increase in outlay for water supply schemes would benefit areas like southern Haryana.

He said the decision to strengthen the public distribution system was also a welcome step. He said the raising of the income tax exemption limit would benefit over 1.5 crore persons. The exemption of family pension of the widows of military and paramilitary personnel from income tax was a laudable step.

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Haryana to promote adventure tourism
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 9
After having revolutionised highway tourism, Haryana Tourism proposes to introduce cultural tourism and adventure tourism in a big way.

The Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Tourism, Mr Bhaskar Chatterjee, said an ethnic India resort, Mhara Gaam, has been set up at Rai, near Sonepat and will be inaugurated on July 15. The resort will showcase Haryana’s culture — from the traditional village life to the typical Haryanvi cuisine. Mr Chatterjee, along with Managing Director of Haryana Tourism, Ms Navraj Sandhu, was addressing a press conference here today.

He said the concept of farm tourism, which they had introduced last year, has gone down well with foreign tourists, who want to experience the rustic farm life.

“We had almost 45 foreign tour operators visiting the farms selected under this project, and they have complemented us on successfully starting farm tourism,” informed Ms Sandhu. She said that the Raja Nahar Singh Mahal at Ballabhgarh had also been redone, while a sum of Rs 6 crore had been spent on the development of Kurukshetra as an important tourist destination. Mr Chatterjee said other than developing the tourism along the cultural lines, they were also promoting adventure tourism.

Ms Sandhu said that they proposed to introduce health tourism in a big way. “Sohna and Bhondsi are being developed as health tourism destinations,” she said.

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Medicinal plants on panchayat lands
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The Haryana Government has decided to launch a state-wide programme of planting medicinal plants on panchayat land.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the State Land Use Board, presided over by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, here last evening.

It was decided that the plantation would be done in 50 acres of panchayati land and out of it, at least 10 acres of land would be covered under medicinal plants.

The Chief Minister directed that the panchayats should also appoint ‘van rakshak’ for watch and ward of plantations on their lands. He directed that to ensure sustainability of plantations carried out under various programmes, a system should be evolved for earnmarking 25 per cent of the sale proceeds of these plants to meet the expenditure of management of such platations till their maturity and also for replanting of the area.

The Chief Minister also directed the board that the design of check dams for soil and water conservation purposes in Shivalik hills be improved in view of the fast velocity of waters. He said that the slope of the checkdams or suface dam should be cemented so as to check seepage and damage to the structure. The Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, would identify suitable species of medicinal and other plants, which could be grown in saline or brackish water.

The Chief Minister directed that the water-logged areas in the state should be reclaimed on priority basis and brackish water should be treated for irrigation purposes. He directed the Vice-Chancellor, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Mr M.K. Miglani, to take steps for proper marketing facilities for agro-based products.

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MLA’s relatives seek protection
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 9
Some relatives of independent MLA from Karnal Jai Prakash Gupta today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking protection from the ruling party.

In their petition, Mr Yogesh Gupta and his wife, Ms Sakshi Gupta, have claimed that acting on behalf of the Haryana Government, top officers of Karnal police have been making life difficult for them.

Mr Gupta is a Municipal Councillor in Karnal and is also Managing Director of Karnal Communications Network, which offers cable TV services in Karnal.

The petitioners have also alleged that the police officers have been threatening them to sell their cable business to a Panipat-based company — Ashirvad Cable Network — owned by one Surender Sood.

In the petition, Mr Gupta and his wife have also stated that while earlier their uncle, Mr Jai Prakash Gupta, was close to the Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, the two fell out recently.

Mr Gupta has alleged that last month, when he was out of Karnal, some cops came to his house and asked his wife about his whereabouts. She was told that Superintendent of Police, Karnal, Vikas Arora wanted to see Mr Gupta. She was also slapped and humiliated by the cops. The petitioner has stated that top district police and administration officers had told him that they were acting on the orders of the Chief Minister. They were also allegedly told that the Chief Minister wanted them to sell their cable TV network to Ashirvad Cable Network.

After hearing the counsel for the petitioners, the Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy issued notice to the respondents for August 6 and also restrained them from harassing or humiliating the petitioners.

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HIGH COURT
Notices to Haryana CM, SP
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, Kaithal Superintendent of Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation in a petition seeking CBI investigation into the alleged murder of Kaithal-based journalist Parmanand Goyal.

Taking up the petition filed by Mr Goyal’s son Naresh Goyal, the court, which had previously not issued notices to these three, issued notices to them also. The case will now come up on August 11.

SP files reply

The Superintendent of Police of Sirsa today filed his reply to the writ filed by former MLA Om Prakash Hitler seeking security on the ground that he faces threat to his life.

In his affidavit, the police officer has stated that Mr Hitler has criminal background and is involved in a number of heinous offences.

The case was later adjourned to August 8.

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Forest Dept’s enthusiasm costs 2 dozen trees
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 9
In a sheer example of non-coordination among the executing authorities, the state Forest Department has axed over two dozen fully grown trees for the construction of a road, even before it got the final approval by the authorities concerned.

In an ambitious project announced by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr O.P. Chautala, there was a proposal to construct a four-laned bypass road connecting the Sirsa-Hisar road with the Sirsa-Dabwali road. Announced under the “Sarkar Aapke Dwar” scheme, the much-awaited road was proposed to connect the Choudhary Devi Lal University.

Interestingly, the proposed project was to be constructed over the canal minor passing, a few steps away from the residence of the CM, on the Barnala road. There was a proposal to convert the canal minor into a channel where canal water would be passed through pipes. The 3.10-km project was estimated to cost Rs 2.50 crore by March 3, 2005. There was also a proposal to fell more than 300 fully grown trees. But in the absence of any coordination among different departments, the authorities had started working on the project, assuming the project would be cleared as the CM had announced it.

“It seems the authority was under pressure as the CM himself is involved in the project and this might be the reason that the departments were eager to start even before the final approval on felling those trees,” said a top functionary in the state administration.

Inquiries made by The Tribune revealed that the project had yet to get the final approval from the main agency, the Irrigation Department. Sources said technical experts were yet to visit the site before giving its node.

“It is yet to be decided if the canal minor can be converted in to a channel,” said the sources. It is only after checking all the aspects about the feasibility and other technicalities about the conversion of open canal water in to channel, green signal will be given.

Investigation further revealed that three departments namely forest, PWD (B&R) and irrigation are involved in the project. Construction of road will be looked after by the PWD (B&R) and the Forest Department will be responsible for clearing the site of the tress. The third and most important element involved in the project is the Irrigation Department that will convert the canal minor into a channel.

When contacted, the Executive Engineer, PWD (B&R), Mr O.P. Bhola, said the department had deposited Rs 35 lakh with the Forest Department as compensation for felling the trees. “The road will be constructed by our department and this is the only role the department has to play,” he said.

When contacted, Forest Department officials confirmed they had got the requisite compensation from the PWD (B&R) and the Irrigation Department had sent the file to its headquarters in Chandigarh.

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Career guidance drive from July 12
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
In Haryana a career guidance campaign would be organised from July 12 to 31 by all vocational guidance units in the employment exchanges and employment information and guidance bureaus of the universities to acquaint the students of schools, colleges and universities with the facilities available in the employment exchanges.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Haryana Employment Department said that this campaign aimed at acquainting the people about the facilities available at the employment exchanges for their vocational guidance. Also, it would apprise the students who would pass out from high and higher secondary schools and colleges about the vacancies and training facilities available for them. He said that the campaign would also help in enabling the students to choose the vocation of their choice keeping in view their ability, aptitude and achievements.

He said that experts would deliver talks on various occupational fields during the campaign. An exhibition of occupational material available with the employment exchanges would also be put up during the week.

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Last date for depositing forms extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The last date for depositing forms without late fee for supplementary examinations-2004 of Haryana Open School to be held in September has been extended to July 19 from July 10.

While stating this here today, an official release said that the last date with a late fee of Rs 300 would be July 30, as notified earlier.

He said the ‘re-appear candidates’ of Haryana Open School and those intending to appear under Credit Transfer Policy could deposit their forms without any late fee up to July 19 and with late fee of Rs 300 up to July 30 at the headquarters of the Board in Bhiwani and at the study centres situated in the districts.

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MLA extends support to suspended employees
Tribune news Service

Ambala, July 9
The local MLA, Mr Anil Vij, today extended support to the suspended employees of DAV Public School Ambala cantonment.

Mr Anil Vij met the suspended employees who are sitting on a dharna. Mr Vij said the employees were working in the interest of the school and the students. “They have put their job on stake and I will support any person who is against corruption,” he said.

He demanded that the government must intervene in the matter and a full investigation must be carried out so that the truth can emerge. “The investigation must look into records of the new DAV Public School, the old DAV Public School and the DAV senior Secondary School,” he said.

Mr Vij said that the suspended employees had taken the right step by refusing to hand over the records to the management since an inquiry into the matter had already been ordered. “The suspension of these employees is a high-handed action,” he said.

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2 women shot in gang rivalry

Rohtak, July 9
Two women members of a gangster’s family were shot dead allegedly by a rival gang in Farmana village under the Meham police jurisdiction in Rohtak district, about 40 km from here, yesterday the police said today. The deceased have been identified as Roshni and her mother-in-law Malloh. The shooting incident was said to be the outcome of Wednesday’s shooting incident in which an undertrial gangster, Kulbir, was shot at by a shooter of the rival gang in the court complex in broad daylight.

According to reports received here, more than 10 armed assailants arrived in two cars at Farmana village at around 2 am on Thursday. They barged into the house of Mangal Singh, who was involved in the Sonepat shooting incident. The assailants opened fire from rifles on the two women who were asleep. Both Roshni, sister-in-law of Mangal Singh, and her mother-in-law Malloh, died on the spot.

The assailants drove away after committing the crime.

The Meham police on getting information rushed to the spot and sent the bodies for a post-mortem examination.

A case of murder was registered at Meham police station in this connection. —PTI

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Woman, daughter-in-law shot dead
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 9
Nearly 12 persons struck at the house of Ramdhan alias Leela and shot dead his mother Mrs Mallaha Devi and brother’s wife Mrs Roshni Devi at Farmana village 15 km from here last night. According to a report, Mr Ram Mehar brother of Ramdhan alias Leela, however, escaped as he was sleeping elsewhere.

All alleged assailants escaped in two cars.

The police arrived after five hours in the village and took possession of both bodies for a postmortem examination.

Villagers said it was a revenge of the murder of Kulbir Singh alias Doctor by Mangal brother of Ramdhan alias Leela in the Judicial complex on July 7.

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2 arrested, fake soft drinks seized
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 9
The Rai police raided a shop at Bahalgarh chowk, 10 km here, Wednesday evening and arrested two persons — Swaran of Ganaur and Dharambir of Bali Qutabpur — on the charge of manufacturing fake aerated soft drinks of wellknown brands Pepsi, Coke, Thums Up, Fanta, Morinda and Limca.

According to a report, the police also seized a large number of fake aerated water bottles of the brands, empty bottles and other materials used for manufacturing such bottles, including an oxygen cylinder, LPG stoves and several chemicals.

The police has registered a case and rounded up three servants for interrogation.

The police action followed a complaint by Mr Ashish Yadav, General Manager of Hindustan Coca Cola Limited, Gurgaon, and Mr Gurmukh Singh Sardana, General Manager of Pepsi Soft Drinks Limited, Panipat.

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Police remand for Kuldeep, Rinku
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 9
A city court today remanded Kuldeep alias Kala, and Rinku to police custody for seven days.

Rana, who was also involved in the encounter, was sent to judicial custody for seven days after it was submitted in the court that he was a minor. He has been sent to juvenile home till July 16.

Kuldeep, alias Kala, and Rinku have been sent to police remand till July 16. The state counsel submitted in the court that police remand was required to trace out the source of the arms and ammunition.

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Kidnapped driver returns home
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 9
Satpal, a driver of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), who was allegedly kidnapped by some unidentified persons last Monday, returned hom here today.

According to a report, Satpal was allegedly kidnapped by the Delhi police and taken to Delhi where he was tortured and forced to withdraw his complaint from the Delhi High Court, the CBI and the Vigilance Department.

Satpal said he had gone to Delhi a few months back to a relative’s house, who had a dispute with a police official there. Both he and his relative had gone to the office of the SP there and made a complaint against the police officials. Later, he was picked up by the officials of the Crime Branch, Adarsh Nagar (Delhi), and a case was registered against him at the behest of sub-inspector Pradeep Kumar. Satpal also alleged that he was threatened by the inspector a number of times, forcing him to take back his complaint, but he did not yield to the pressure. This he alleged, was the main cause of his kidnapping by the Delhi police.

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Order on MLA’s bail plea today

Karnal, July 9
The district and sessions court has reserved its decision on the anticipatory bail plea of local Independent MLA Jai Prakash Gupta and his brother Paras Ram Gupta for two days. The matter will come up for hearing on Saturday. The court has extended the stay on the arrest of the Gupta brothers till Saturday.

The MLA was booked under Sections 406, 420, 120-B, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC along with his brother and a former DM of Confed, Mr V.P. Gupta, in 2002 on the complaint of Confed for alleged irregularities in paddy milling at a rice mill allegedly owned by the MLA and his brother. The police had later added Section 13-1(D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against the MLA and his brother. — TNS

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23 hurt as trucks collide
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 9
Nearly 23 persons were injured, including two women seriously when a truck (Tata 407) carrying them collided with a truck near Kharkhauda town, 20 km from here last evening.

All the injured belonged to Asauda village and had gone to Rajlu Garhi village for mourning the death of a relative. When they were returning, a buffalo came in front of the truck and as the driver tried to save it, it collided with a truck. Mrs Bharpai (40) and Mrs Luxmi (55) who received serious injuries were admitted to the community health centre at Kharkhauda town. Others were discharged after first-aid.

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2 held for sodomising student

Jhajjar, July 9
The police arrested two students of Jawahar Navodya School in Kiloi village of the district yesterday on the charge of sexually exploiting their fellow student. According to police sources, Vikas, a student of Class X, in the school told his parents that he was being sodomised by three senior students of his school for the past three months.

The students were identified as Neeraj, Sandeep and Sanjeet, all students of Class XI. — OC

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Minor Dalit raped
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 9
Nearly 12 persons forced entry into the house of a Dalit at Nahri village, 25 km from here last night and manhandled the members of the family and raped a minor girl. The girl was taken to the civil hospital here for medical examination. Parents of the girl have informed the police of the incident.

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