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Two held for poppy smuggling
: The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Arpit Shukla, said here on Tuesday that special police officer (SPO) Balwinder Singh, son of Suba Singh, a resident of Mamdot, presently posted at the district police lines and a Home Guard, Parkash Singh, son of Lakhmir Singh, resident of Lakha Singh village were arrested for smuggling poppy husk from Hindumalkot town of Rajasthan. A case against them has been registered under the NDPS Act at Khuikhera police station, near here, on the recovery of 4 kg of poppy husk from their possession.

Woman killed
: A middle-aged woman was crushed to death by a bus on the Hukam Singh road on Thursday. The victim, Prem Lata, was returning home along with her husband, Chunnilal, on a rickshaw when the accident took place. She died on the spot, while her husband and the rickshaw-puller escaped unhurt.

: The Dasuya police on Thursday arrested Kuldeep Chand and Surjit Chand of Jhawan village on charges of slaugthering a calf at Sagran village.

Two dead: Usha Rani of Mohalla Ashok Nagar here succumbed to her burn injuries at the Civil Hospital on Friday. According to the police, her clothes caught fire while she was preparing food on a stove on June 1. In another incident, Gagandeep Kaur of Kandali Narangpur village succumbed to her burn injuries at the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. She got burn injuries while preparing tea.

Raid on schools
: In a surprise check of 64 government schools conducted by Dr Harbans Singh Chahal, DEO (Secondary), and 16 teams constituted by him on Friday, 22 teachers of nine schools were found absent from their duty. Surprisingly, the entire staff was missing at one of the schools.

: Activists of the district unit of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) blocked traffic here in protest against the rise in prices of essential commodities. Mr Rakesh Nayyar, Mr Gurnam Singh Khandupur, both senior DYFI leaders, among others, addressed the rally.

Resentment: Resentment prevails among local residents over the “inflated” sewerage bills being charged by the municipal council. The bills include arrears from May 2003. Mr Ashwani Ballagan, district BJP president, has demanded the withdrawal of hike in the bills.

Gesture: Mr Baldev Nayyar, district chairman, Lions Club, has adopted a girl belonging to a poor family for continuing her higher education at the Guru Nanak College for Women, Banga.

Body recovered
: The Sujanpur police has recovered a body from the Pathankot-Sujanpur road near Chottepur village, 10 km from here. Mr Malkiat Singh, SHO, Sujanpur, said it seemed that some vehicle had hit the person resulting in his death. He said the police was investigating.



Six arrested
: The police has arrested six persons here on Friday on charges of gambling. A case has been registered against them. The accused were produced in a court and bailed out.


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