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Man found murdered: Ramandeep Singh, a resident of Friends Colony, Sultanwind road, was allegedly killed by his maternal uncle, Gurmit Singh, along with his brother, Ratan Singh, and brother-in-law Sukha on Saturday night. The matter came to light when the mother of the deceased was going to gurdwara here on Sunday. Gurmit Singh absconded after the incident while Ratan Singh surrendered to the police. The deceased reportedly had illicit relations with his maternal aunt and wife of Gurmit Singh.

New SSP takes over
: Mr L K Yadav took over as SSP here on Saturday. The outgoing officer, Dr Jatinder Jain, was given an emotional send-off by officers and citizens of Batala. Dr Jain was known for his crusade against drugs and corruption. The new SSP, Mr L K Yadav, belongs to the 1996 batch of the IPS. Prior to the present posting, he was holding the charge of SSP, Muktsar.

Heart diseases’ camp: The local branch of the Rotary Club International organised a free heart check-up camp here on Sunday. The camp was organised at the local Nijar Hospital. Dr FJS Randhawa from Randhawa Hospital, Amritsar, examined the patients and out of 112, 62 were recommended for bypass surgery.

Bride alleges torture: A case of torture of a housewife for dowry by her husband and mother-in-law was reported at the Tanda police station on Saturday. According to police sources, a case under Sections 406, 498-A, IPC, has been registered against Mr Parwinder Singh, son of Mr Jaspal Singh, and his mother, Ms Manjit Kaur of Miani, on a complaint by Ms Kulwant Kaur, of Bhadurpur. In her complaint Ms Kulwant Kaur stated that she was married to Parwinder Singh on March 3, 2000. Her parents gave sufficient dowry but after a few months her husband and mother-in-law started torturing her for more dowry. She alleged that they demanded a car and share in the property of her parents. But when she did not fulfil their demand, they tried to kill her by setting her on fire.

Youth hangs self: The body of one Mohit Khanna (27), a resident of New Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, was found hanging in his house on Monday morning. The body was found by the victim’s father. He added that his son was mentally unstable and was undergoing treatment for that. The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the IPC.

Store burgled: A medical store in Shastri Market was burgled and cash of Rs 7,000 was stolen. The owner of the store said he found the locks broken when he came to the store at 9 am on Monday.



Groom missing: The marriage of 22-year-old Mamtesh of Gadimundo village could not take place on Saturday as the girl’s family kept waiting for the barat which failed to turn up. The girl’s family alleged that Amarjit, the boy whom Ms Mamtesh was supposed to marry, had demanded a car in dowry. On the other hand, the boy’s family claimed that Amarjit went missing on Saturday morning and a report had been lodged at the Chappar police station.

Wheat crop burnt: Fires at different places destroyed wheat crop in 22 acres in five villages of Radaur block here on Saturday. Short circuits reportedly caused the fires. The sarpanch of Bapa village, Mr Surmukh Singh, and his brothers, Jaspal, Swaran, Harcharan and Lakhmir suffered a major loss as their wheat crop in 10 acres was burnt. Mr Dilip Singh of Satgoli village lost his wheat crop in three acres and Satvinder of the same village lost one acre of the crop. Sources said in Topra Kalan village, fire destroyed wheat crop over one acre each belonging to Mr Tilak Raj, Mr Bant Singh and Mr Balwant Singh Mr Tilak Raj suffered a double loss as the fire also destroyed his cane crop over one-and-a half acre. Mr Angrez Singh of Palwela village also lost his entire wheat crop over three acres. The crop of Mr Sher Singh of Naharpur village was lost in a separate fire.



Bomb blast condemned: The Muslim Jama Masjid Committee here has strongly condemned the bomb explosions in Jama Masjid in Delhi and expressed sympathies with those who were injured in this blast. It urged the Centre to provide full financial aid and free treatment to the injured, according to its president, Mr Shan Ali.

Lathicharge flayed: The Himachal Pradesh State Journalists Federation has strongly condemned the lathicharge by police on peacefully protesting journalists at Kathmandu in Nepal for demanding restoration of democracy and also freedom of expression in that country.

RAPE Case registered: The Mandi police has registered a case of rape under Section 341, 376, 451 and 506, IPC, against Kashmir Singh (27), a resident of Bhetab under Jogindernagar police station for allegedly raping a 16-year-old Gaddi girl from Balakrupi here. The rape victim has alleged in the FIR that she was taken to the nearby forest on April 7 and raped.

Two booked: The Mandi Sadar police arrested two persons and recovered stolen telephone cables and other articles from their jeep (HP 33A-1214) on Saturday. The police has impounded the vehicle.

Case registered: The Mandi police has registered a case under Section 467, 468, 471 and 34, IPC, against Diwakar Ram, Pradhan, Gram Panchayat, Kahnoo, under Karsog police station for furnishing a fictitious employment exchange number in respect of his son for the post of teacher at the primary school.

BMS plea: The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), a right wing trade union outfit of the BJP, on Sunday demanded that the state government should declare anganwadi workers as government employees and provide economic security cover to workers in the unorganised sector in the state.

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