Five arrested: The police on Friday arrested Makhan Singh, Sukhpal Singh and Gurtej Singh Kalanwali, kingpins of an inter-state opium smuggling gang, and seized 10 kg of opium and a countrymade pistol at the Abohar - Sriganganagar border. The accused were already facing trial for offences under the NDPS Act and after getting bail had resumed the activities. In another incident, the police arrested Ashok Kumar and Raj Kumar, residents of Indira Nagri here, as they were planning a robbery. The police recovered a countrymade pistol with live cartridges from their possession.
Effigy burnt: Members of the local chapter of the Computer Teachers Union burnt the effigy of the Education Minister Harnam Das Johar here on Friday. The computer teachers, who are employed by the government on contractual basis, demanded regularisation. Earlier, they held a meeting and carried out a protest march.
Man run over by truck: Harnam Dass, a resident of Gandhi Camp, was run over by a truck on Saturday morning near the railway crossing on the Batala-Gurdaspur Road. The victim died on the spot. The victim’s relatives blocked traffic as a protest against the inaction of the policemen at the nearby police post which allowed the truck driver to get away. DSP Naresh Kumar suspended the policemen on duty at the police post. A case has been registered.
3 killed in mishap: Three persons — Inderjit Singh, his wife Sukhwinder Kaur and Dilbagh Singh— were killed and many as nine persons were injured when a Maruti Zen car and a Tata Safari collided at Banga on Friday.
Ayurvedic camp: Raja Diagnostic Centre and Hospital here is organising a free Ayurvedic camp at Jain Upasra on Sunday for the treatment of chronic diseases like arthritis, obesity, diabetes, blood pressure, stress, cervical pains, skin disorders etc. Free medicines would also be distributed to the patients.
Gurmat Chetna camp: Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, organised a three-day ‘Gurmat Chetna’ camp at Dhahan Kaleran, about 20 km from here, to mark the 400th anniversary of Guru Arjun Dev. Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general-secretary, SGPC, inaugurated the camp. A documentary film ‘Rehat Piari Mujhko’ and a slide show on the life, philosophy and teachings of the ten Gurus were also shown.
Workshop: A workshop on “Impact of adverse sex ratio on development of Punjab” was organised jointly by the Regional Resource Centre in collaboration with the district administration and NGOs’ coordination society, Upkar and Punjab Voluntary Health Association here at Shivalik Public School on Friday. Ms Sarita, in-charge of the women wing of Upkar, presided over the workshop. A group discussion for identifying practical solutions at community, district and state level was also held.