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Unmanned crossing claims motoristís life
Residents block rail traffic in protest
Jalandhar, June 15
Irked over the death of Vikrant Mehta, a resident of Mohalla Gobindgarh, in an accident involving a Maruti car and the Malwa Express train at an unmanned level crossing near Amritsar bypass, residents of the Abadi and Chaugitti localities pelted stones at a train and blocked rail traffic on the Jalandhar- Pathankot section this afternoon.
Residents of Kot Ram Das block rail traffic on the Jalandhar cantonment-Pathankot track to protest against the death of a person at an unmanned level crossing near Chaugitti in Jalandhar on Friday.
Residents of Kot Ram Das block rail traffic on the Jalandhar cantonment-Pathankot track to protest against the death of a person at an unmanned level crossing near Chaugitti in Jalandhar on Friday. ó A Tribune photograph

Four booked for sodomising teenager
Hoshiarpur, June 15
The police has booked Gopal, Sonu, Mani and Sukha, residents of Bhatrana under Sections 377, 506 and 34 of the IPC for allegedly sodomising a 15-year-old boy of Bhatrana village.


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At last city residents got respite from the scorching heat following rain in the region on Friday.
At last city residents got respite from the scorching heat following rain in the region on Friday. ó Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Two held with heroin
Jalandhar, June 15
The police today arrested two brothers and seized heroin worth Rs 1 crore, one pistol and 14 cartridges from the accused who were identified as Jagtar Singh Tari and Pritam Singh Parwana.

No woman to be questioned in police stations
Phagwara, June 15
In a significant development, the Punjab Government has instructed all SSPs to issue orders to all police stations not to summon any woman for interrogation in police station in any case. This was stated by Punjab social security minister Swarana Ram here today.

 

 

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Unmanned crossing claims motoristís life
Residents block rail traffic in protest

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 15
Irked over the death of Vikrant Mehta, a resident of Mohalla Gobindgarh, in an accident involving a Maruti car and the Malwa Express train at an unmanned level crossing near Amritsar bypass, residents of the Abadi and Chaugitti localities pelted stones at a train and blocked rail traffic on the Jalandhar-Pathankot section this afternoon. The protesting residents lifted their sit-in after Assistant Traffic Manager (ATM) Baldev Singh gave a written assurance to them that the railway authorities would replace the unmanned crossing with a manned one within two months.

The victim, owner of a grocery shop based in the Karol Bagh locality here, was heading to his shop in his Maruti car at around 1.30 p.m. Probably, he could not notice the approaching train due to a blind curb while crossing the unmanned crossing No 3-C. The train hit the car and dragged it against a wall along the rail line, resulting in the death of Mehta.

As the news of the death of Vikrant Mehta spread, residents of adjoining localities - Abadi Mohalla and Chaugitti - converged on the accident spot and started raising slogans against the railway authorities. They alleged that the unmanned level crossing had turned into an accident-prone area due to the negligence of the railway authorities. A section of the protesters alleged that the railway authorities had replaced the manned crossing at the place with an unmanned one about 10 years back. The protesters also stopped a goods train carrying liquid fuel and pelted it with stones.

The brewing up tension subsided when ATM Baldev Singh emerged on the spot and assured the residents that a properly manned level crossing would be set up at the place within two months. Residents lifted the dharna and the rail traffic was resumed after about an hour when they elicited a written assurance from the ATM.

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Four booked for sodomising teenager
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, June 15
The police has booked Gopal, Sonu, Mani and Sukha, residents of Bhatrana under Sections 377, 506 and 34 of the IPC for allegedly sodomising a 15-year-old boy of Bhatrana village. According to the police, Amandeep son of Harbans Lal stated that on June 3 Gopal met him at a avillage fair and asked him to accompany him.

On the way he called Sonu and both took Amandeep near the village cremation ground. Mani and Sukha also reached the spot. Gopal and Sonu allegedly sodomised him while Mani and Sukha video graphed the crime on their mobile phones. They threatened Amandeep with dire consequences if he reported the matter to anyone. Amandeep narrated the incident to his father, an employee of the Civil Supplies Department, Phagwara. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Woman, brother held for killing husband

Garhshankar Police has arrested Kulwinder Kaur, wife of Balraj Kumar of Bilron and her brother Parshotam Kumar, of Atwal Mazara under sections 302 and 34 of the IPC today. According to the police, Kulwinder Kaur allegedly poisoned Balraj Kumar on June 6, due to which the latter died the next day in a private hospital. Kulwinder Kaur told the police that her husband used to beat her on petty issues and forbade her to go to her parents's house. She with the help of her brother she arranged some poison and gave it to Balraj Kumar in his meal.

Suicide bid

Avtar Singh, of Dolowal village allegedly tried to commit suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling of a room. According to the police, Suniha Kumari alleged that her husband Avtar Singh, who was an addict, locked himself inside the bedroom on the night of June 13. She got suspicious when he did not respond when she called him for his meal. She broke into the room with the help of her neighbours Rajiv Kumar and panch Rani. They immediately rescued him.

One booked for dowry harassment

Dasuya Police today has booked Sandip Kumar, a resident of Bhagat Nagar, Phagwara road, under Sections 498 A, for allegedly torturing and maltreating his wife for more dowry. According to the police Neha, a resident of ward No 10, stated that she was married to Sandip Kumar on July 3. Soon after the wedding her husband began torturing and maltreating her for dowry. Sandip Kumar demanded Rs 2 lakh more from her father despite having been paid Rs 1.50 lakh as dowry from by her father.

Liquor seized

Tanda Police today has arrested Ramesh Kumar son of Surjan of local ward No 8 and seized 30180 ml illicit liquor from him. According to the police sources, he was booked under sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

Body found

A dead body of a boy aged about 15 years was found near T-point on Hoshiarpur-Bajwara bypass in the morning on Friday. According to the police, the boy seems to have been crushed under some vehicle last night. The body is yet to be identified. Sadar Police has registered a case in this connection.

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Two held with heroin
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 15
The police today arrested two brothers and seized heroin worth Rs 1 crore, one pistol and 14 cartridges from the accused who were identified as Jagtar Singh Tari and Pritam Singh Parwana.

Acting on a tip off, the accused, residents of Billicho village near Nakodar, were arrested at the parking lot of Wonderland Fun Park on Nakodar road by a team of special anti-narcotics cell of Amritsar police. The accused were waiting to hand over the consignment to their clients. The team was led by sub-inspector Harvinder Singh.

It is learnt that the accused fired at the police party but the officials were able to escape unhurt. After which the search of the vehicle yielded recovery of one kilogram of heroin worth Rs 1 crore in international market. Tari, according to police officials, had earlier been booked in a case by the CIA Staff Jalandhar and was out on bail. A case has been registered at Lambra Police station against the brothers. The vigilance bureau arrested one additional SHO sub-inspector Mohan Singh for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 2000 from Ranbir Singh, a resident of Parbhat Nagar. Mohan Singh has been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act.

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No woman to be questioned in police stations

Phagwara, June 15
In a significant development, the Punjab Government has instructed all SSPs to issue orders to all police stations not to summon any woman for interrogation in police station in any case. This was stated by Punjab social security minister Swarana Ram here today.

He said the government had decided to stop lifting of night soil on the heads by safai karamcharis in the state. He said a special component plan of Rs 1,250 crore had been approved by the state cabinet for the welfare of the Dalits. He said the government had also decided to exempt tuition fees of the students belonging to the SC category in medical institutions. The minister said the state government had increased the financial aid from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 for the Dalits.

Answering a question about any steps for the welfare of the farmers, Swarana Ram said the government had distributed Rs 76 crore among the farmers hit by natural calamities. He said the eight-hour uninterrupted power supply was being supplied to the paddy farmers. ó OC

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