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Two killed: Two persons were killed and another seriously injured when their car collided head-on with a truck, near here, late Tuesday night. City police in charge Jagrup Singh and the highway ambulance team shifted the victims to Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital. Ravi Kumar Azad, a resident of Ahuja Colony, and Satinder Singh, a resident of Azeemgarh, succumbed to injuries. A case has been registered against the truck driver.

Cash looted: Two motorcycle-borne youths looted Rs 75,000 at gunpoint from two persons working in a factory on the Tarn Taran road on Tuesday. Kulwant Rai and Raj Kumar complained to the police that two unidentified youths looted the money while they were returning from HDFC Bank, Mall Road, after withdrawing it. 

Office-bearers: The followings have been elected office-bearers of the Barnala Sports Club: ex-officio chairman -Pushpinder Kailey; senior vice-president - Neel Kamal;vice-presidents - Dr Rajdeep Singh and Dr Pardeep Sharma; general secretary - Kusum Kumar; joint secretary - Mahesh Kumar;and cashier - Rajeev Lochan. 

3 cops held: SHO Kewal Krishan and ASIs Baljeet Singh and Harbhajan Singh were suspended on graft charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act on Wednesday. Sources said SSP Parmjeet Singh Garewal took suo motto action when he learnt that the three had taken money from Malwinder Singh Malli of Kaleke village to hush up a case. SP (H) Surinder Pal Singh Parmar is heading a departmental inquiry against the three.

Man kills himself: A daily wager, Money (24), committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house in Balraj Nagar on Wednesday. The volunteers of an NGO took the body to the local Civil Hospita.

Addict dies:
An 18-year-old youth died at local civil hospital on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Gaurav (18), son of Surinder Kumar of local Bhagat Nagar. Surinder said his son was in a habit of taking drugs. He was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday where he breathed his last. Meanwhile, the district police has arrested two drug-peddlers Sukhwinder Singh and Kulwinder Singh under the NDPS Act. 

Man duped:
Mahilpur police on Tuesday night booked a local resident for duping a person on pretext of sending him abroad. Mohinder Singh Sahota resident of Mohali Phase IX complained to police that Darshan Singh, resident of ward No. 2, Mahilpur, took Rs 1.5 lakh from him to send him abroad. But neither did he fulfilled his promise nor returned his money.

Snakebite victim:
Lal Singh, a resident of Bagrian village, died after a snake bit him in the fields on Tuesday. He was admitted to the civil hospital, Amargarh, from where he was referred to the Civil Hospital, Nabha. He died on his way to Nabha. 

Career talk:
Lally Saini, a career counsellor, delivered a special lecture during the teachers’ training seminar at government senior secondary school here on Wednesday.

Rekha (21), a newlywed and a resident of Four Marla Quarters, committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance on Wednesday. Her father Vijay Sharma reported to the police that Rekha’s in-laws were harassing her for dowry. The police has registered a case against Rekha’s husband Lakhwinder Pal, mother-in-law Usha Rani, father-in-law Jatinder Sharma and sister-in-law Babbli under Sections 304B, 34 of the IPC.

Found dead:The body of a local 40-year-old resident Tarlochan Singh, son of Sher Singh, Krishana Basti, was found on the Sohian road here on Wednesday. DSP Pritpal Singh Thind said the deceased was allegedly an alcoholic and fell on the road and died there on Tuesday night. However, as family members alleged that it was murder, the local police had registered a case against Bharat Bhushan, a neighbour of the deceased, under Section 302,IPC, as they had quarrelled a few days ago.



One crushed to death:
Maan Singh (25), son of Gurdas Ram of Jogon village in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan district, employed as cleaner on a private truck, was killed on the spot after being crushed under the truck when it fell into a gorge at "Kainchi morh" near Swarghat on the Naina Devi road, about 50 km from here, on Tuesday night. The truck laden with bricks was on its way to Naina Devi from Dabhota in Nalagarh tehsil and was being driven by the deceased. Four others in the truck were fortunate enough to escape with minor as they jumped as soon as the truck started rolling down. 

Student dies: Shimla college student Paramjeet (23), son of Daulat Ram Bhatiya of Chadau village, about 45 km from here, was killed on the spot as he fell down from a mango tree which was uprooted by a sudden windstorm in the area on Tuesday evening. Paramjeet had come to his home village to cast his vote in the Hamirpur parliamentary byelection. He had climbed the tree to repair a telephone wire.

Herbs seized:
The forest authorities seized six bags of illicitly extracted medicinal herbs from the Pukhtala forest ranges in Churah forest division on Tuesday. A person was caught red-handed smuggling six bags of medicinal herbs on mules. Forests in the Chamba region are immensely rich in medicinal herbs which are extracted by pharmaceutical companies and other local people after obtaining licences from the state Forest Department. 

150 sheep killed: The government has so far failed to check a mysterious disease which early this week killed nearly 150 sheep in the Preena belt of Chamba district. The people of this belt said that the sheep were feeling a serious problem of respiration, leading to their death. This disease was badly affecting other sheep livestock too. 

Road opened:
Law and parliamentary affairs minister Prem Sarkar Aziz on Monday dedicated a road and streetlights in the precincts of a mela ground to the people living around the Sewa hydroelectric project (Stage-II) in Jammu and Kashmir state. The NHPC, which is executing the project had constructed the road and installed the street lights for the facility of the local residents. 

Student awarded:
Manish Kumar of the local Noorpur Public School has been awarded Amul Shakti Vidya Shree Award by Anand Milk Union Ltd. (AMUL), Ahmedabad, for his excellent performance in the class X examination conducted by the CBSE in March, 2006. He is one of the seven students in Himachal Pradesh who have been given this award. AMUL representative presented the award to Munish on Tuesday. 

Opium seized:
Two persons were arrested for carrying charas and opium here on Wednesday. Gurmeet Singh Walia, a resident of Patiala, and Surinder Rana were arrested near Vikasnagar petrol pump with 2.45 gm charas and 275 gm opium. They were travelling in a Maruti van (HP-01A-0394). 


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