Campaign: Deputy commissioner R.L. Mehta inaugurated a tree plantation campaign here on Thursday by planting a sappling of Arjun.(tree).
Notices issued: The local management of State Bank of Patiala has issued notices to two of its employees to explain their position with regard to the delivery of non-issueable Rs 500 currency notes totalling Rs 16,000 to three customers by an ATM installed at the Paras Ram Nagar locality of the town. Official sources said N.K. Mehta, deputy general manager of the bank, zonal office, ordered an inquiry in this regard.
Man held for rape: The police arrested Mandip Kumar, a resident of Bhim Nagar, under sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC, on Wednesday night, for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl after trying to force her to marry him. The victim is a resident of Beas in Amritsar. The victim said her colleague at the Mahavir Spinning Mill, Rani, a resident of Bajwara Kalan, got arranged a loan of Rs 8,000 for her from the accused who began pressurising her to marry him. The accused allegedly abducted her to a hotel at Chintpurni and raped her on September 7.
One arrested: The police arrested Anil Handa, alias Babba, a resident of Prahlad Nagar, who was evading arrest after being awarded life imprisonment in a double-murder case on Wednesday evening. SSP Anita Punj said inspector Surjit Singh Kandhali arrested Handa on a tip-off in the old Sabzi Mandi area. Handa was produced in the court here which sent him to jail. Handa was sentenced to life imprisonment by the sessions court here.
Smack seized: The police nabbed Murgesh of Santoshi Nagar and seized 90 gm of smack from him. An FIR has been registered against him at police station number eight. He was already facing several cases of possessing illegal liquor and recovery of smack.
Award: The Bhakra Beas Management Board has been awarded the eighth annual Greentech Environmental Excellence Gold Award 2007 in hydropower sector by the Greentech Foundation, New Delhi. The BBMB was awarded the gold award for outstanding achievement in environment management at all its project stations during 2006-07.
IT survey at shop: The Income Tax department conducted a survey at a metal hardware store in Punjabi Mohalla, Ambala Sadar, on Thursday. Officials checked various documents, including receipt books and ledgers. The officials were tight-lipped about the survey.
Suicide: Sarita devi(22), daughter of Nikka Ram of Jethwin village in Jhanduta area near here, reportedly jumped into the Gobind Sagar from Allikhad bridge on the outskirts of Bilaspur town. She did not return after she was sent to fetch some commodities from a nearby shop on Wednesday evening after which a search was started by her relatives. Her body was found on the bank of Gobind Sagar on Thursday morning. The police have registered a case.
Hamir Utsav: The state-level Hamir Utsav would be organised on November 1 and 2. Deputy commissioner R. Selvam said several programmes, including cultural programmes, sports competitions and exhibitions would be organised during the utsav.