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Violence after killing of 2 brothers
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 22
The killing of two youths in Angarh today triggered unprecedented rowdiness as hundreds of raged people belonging to a particular community, went around, smashing vehicles, attacking buildings, including a private hospital, thereby creating panic in the city, a day after Divali celebrations.

The police identified the deceased youths as Sonny and Ganju, aged 13 and 16, respectively . They were brothers. The police has also arrested one person in connection with the killings .

The unruly mob left a trail of destruction, with the police remaining a mute spectator initially.

However, more police force was requisitioned to handle the violent mob. Life in this area was totally paralysed in the evening.

The district police chief, Mr S.S.Srivastva, said preliminary reports pointed out that the trouble started over gambling. Mr Kaustab Sharma , S.P. (City), said action would be taken against the chowki in charge if he was found guilty.

Though most shops were already closed on Sunday, the mob forced down shutters of the remaining business establishment in Hathi Gate and adjoining areas .The mob also staged a protest in front of police stations.



Vedantiís message on Bandi Chhor Divas
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, October 22
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, congratulated Sikh devotees around the globe on Bandi Chhor Divas and directed them to follow the principles laid down by the Gurus.

In a message issued from Akal Takht, he said that Punjab, the home of the Gurus, had developed social evils like casteism, rituals, gurudom, addiction and falling of moral values. Besides, he said a deliberate attempt was being made to put doubts on history and bani (hymns) of Gurus with a view to creating division in the panth.


Two killed, six injured in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 22
Two persons, including a four-year-old girl, were killed and six persons were injured when a four-wheeler hit them on the Sangrur-Mehlan road yesterday. Three of them were on a rickshaw while others were on foot when the mishap took place.

They were going to pay their obeisance at the samadh of Baba Sidh on the Sangrur-Mehlan road here.

According to information, four-year-old Sheenu, daughter of Mr Sanjiv Kumar, died on the spot, while Sunita, wife of Mr Sanjiv Kumar, died on the way to DMC Hospital.

Seven injured persons, including Sunita, were admitted to the local Civil Hospital after the mishap. Four injured persons, Garry (8), daughter of Mr Sanjiv Kumar; Sunita, wife of Mr Sanjiv Kumar; Anju (14) and Puja (16), both daughters of Mr Lok Nath, were referred to a government hospital in serious condition. Parveen (40), wife of Mr Lok Nath; Mr Lok Nath (45), and Mr Akash (9), a son of Mr Kala, were given treatment at the local Civil Hospital.


Noted film producer dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Noted film producer Manoj Punj died in Mumbai this afternoon following a massive heart attack. He was in his late 30s.

Manoj Pun is credited with a number of Punjabi films which won national awards. These include Shaheed-e-Mohabbat Buta Singh, Des Hoya Pardes and Zindagi Khubsurat Hai. All these films feature noted folk singer Gurdas Mann.

He was also the producer of Waris Shah - Ishq da Waris.

Top film personalities, actors, directors, producers and singers have condoled the untimely and sudden death of Manoj Punj who had in his short span, they said, done a yeoman service to Indian cinema in general and Punjabi cinema in particular.

Among those who have condoled his death include director Manmohan Singh, singer Harbhajan Mann, actor Darshan Aulakh, music director Gaurav Trehan and comedian Jaspal Bhatti.


3 minor fires on Divali
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, October 22
Three minor fires were reported from the township on Divali yesterday.

In the first incident, a rehri of crackers, belonging to Mr Sham Lal, caught fire when a cracker burst near it in the bus stand area. The fire spread to the nearby area gutting two more rehris. However, no loss of life was reported.

Sources said the second incident occurred in the Durga Mandir area where a store belonging to Mr Sushil Kumar was gutted in the fire. In the last incident, the paddy crop of a farmer of Uppalheri village, Mr Avtar Singh, was destroyed in the fire.


Husband, father-in-law booked for murder
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, October 22
Ramandeep Kaur (19), a newly married girl, was allegedly hanged to death by her husband and her father-in-law at Chaudhry Wala village (near Naushehra Pannuan), 14 km from here, last evening.

Police sources said here today that a case under Section 304-B, IPC, has been registered against the accused though no accused has been arrested yet. The accused have been identified as Soni and his father Balkar Singh.

Dalbir Kaur, mother of the deceased, in her complaint to the police said that her daughter was married to Soni only six months back .She alleged that her in-laws were demanding more and more dowry and used to harass her mentally and physically to press her to bring a motor cycle from her parents. She alleged that Soni and his father, Balkar Singh, hanged her with her dupatta in the house.


Man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, October 22
A 28-year-old man committed suicide at his residence in the Old Rajpura town yesterday.

According to police sources, Darshan Singh hanged himself from a ceiling fan when he was alone in his house in Kallar Bhaini village in Old Rajpura. His wife had gone to her parentsí house at Dhakasnu village, near here, on October 20.

The incident came to light when his landlord noticed that he had not come out of the house last morning. Later, Darshan was found hanging from the fan when the door was broken open by the police.


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