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: A Dalit boy was allegedly made the victim of an unnatural sexual act by an 18-year-old boy at Killianwali village, near here, on Tuesday. A member of the Dalit family told newsmen that the minor boy was taken to the fields by the culprit under some pretext and there this act was committed. Though the victim was under threat from the accused, he narrated the incident to his family members who took him to hospital. The police has not registered any case, so far.

Couple crushed by Army truck: An Army truck allegedly crushed a couple on the Fazilka road on Thursday evening, sources said. Jaswant Sharma (35) and his wife, Bhagwan Devi (32) were going on a bicycle from Saideka Mohan village to Mohan-ke-Hithad. The truck hit them near a petrol filling station and sped away. Bhagwan Devi died on the spot. The Army vehicle could not be traced, sources added.

Grenades seized
: The Lopoke police, under the Majitha police district, on Saturday seized three hand grenades from Shura village. S.K. Agnihotri, SP (D), Majitha police, said the grenades were more than 15 years old and were buried near an old culvert.

18 booked for assault
: Eighteen persons, including Mr Makhan Sharma, president of the Municipal Council, Barnala, were on Thursday booked by the Barnala Kotwali police in the income tax officials’ manhandling case here. They were booked following a complaint by Mr R.C. Rishi, Income Tax Officer, Barnala. According to Mr Swaran Singh, SHO Kotwali police station, about five Income Tax Department teams conducted raids on five different places here on Thursday where affected persons and traders indulged in manhandling of the teams. 

Case registered
: On a complaint by Mr Dilab Singh, son of Mr Kulwant Singh, a resident of Talla regarding alleged killing of his sister, Paramjit, by her husband and other members of his family, the Tanda police has registered a case under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC. In his complaint, Mr Dilab Singh stated that his sister was married to Jaspinder Singh of Model Town, Tanda, in 1999. He alleged that her husband, Jaspinder Singh, mother-in-law, Harpal Kaur and brother-in-law, Sarabjit Singh used to torture her.

Office-bearers: The following office-bearers of the Hoshiarpur Municipal Council Pensioners’ Union have been elected. Mr Amarjit Singh Sethi, president; Mr Gian Chand Saini, vice-president; Mr Ravinder Lal Rai, general secretary; and Mr Dwarka Dass, cashier.

Tarn Taran
PSEB staff rally
: The Technical Services Union (TSU) an organisation of employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board organised a circle-level rally on Friday to lodge a protest against the policies of the board. Mr Jagtar Singh Uppal, circle president of the union presided over the rally. Addressing the employees, the leaders warned the board that the union would intensify its agitation in case the board persisted with its anti-employee policies.



Lawyers’ demand
: Income and sales tax lawyers in the district have demanded a separate Bar room in the newly constructed income tax building here. The building was inaugurated by the Chief Income Tax Commissioner, Mr S.K. Aiyar, on Thursday.

Driver attacked
: Some youths attacked and injured the driver and conductor of a Haryana Roadways bus near Narwal village on the Assandh-Kaithal road on Thursday when they were asked to buy tickets. The staff members received injuries and a case under Section 332/353 and 186 IPC was registered against the miscreants. It is reported that the cash bag of the conductor fell in the scuffle and the driver also lost his mobile phone.

Train detained: Agitated members of the Foodgrains Dealers Association and other local residents squatted on the railway track at the railway station here on Saturday and did not allow the movement of a special train in which Mr V.N. Mathur, GM, Northern Railway, was travelling. They were protesting against officials who denied them an opportunity to meet the GM. The GM came to know about the protest and came out of the train and talked to the people. He promised to look into their grievances.


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