Farmers stage dharna: Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan (Lakhowal), led by district president Gurdev Singh Amargarh, today staged a dharna in front of office of the deputy commissioner here in support of their demands. Their demands included Rs 500 per quintal royalty on wheat, linkage of prices of crops with price index, withdrawal of hike in the prices of diesel and the LPG, 10-hour daily power supply to tube well motors and waive off of loans of farmers. They also submitted a memorandum to the district administration, enlisting their demands.The farmers were addressed, among others, by Gurdev Singh Amargarh, state vice-president of the union Shamsher Singh, district senior vice-president Pt Behari Lal and district press secretary Sarwan Singh.
Two drowned: Two persons were drowned, while a boy was killed and a girl was injured, in the Kashmir valley on Tuesday. Official sources said a vehicle coming from Tangmarg to Srinagar injured one Sajad Ahmad Mir at Wussan. The boy was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, a girl was injured when a vehicle hit her at Chennar in Ganderbal district. In another incident, Basharat Nabi Sheikh and Nazir Ahmad Mir were drowned in the Jhelum river near the NHPC powerhouse. Efforts were on to fish out their bodies.
Woman dies: A woman tourist from Ferozabad and a man from Dehradun died in the Kashmir valley on Tuesday. Police sources said a woman identified as Khushboo Agarwal, a resident of Ferozabad, suffered a heart attack. She died before she could be shifted to a hospital. Meanwhile, one Kher Singh, a resident of Dehra Dun was found dead 1 km short of Brarimarg. The cause of his death was being ascertained, sources added.
Banned crops destroyed: The police destroyed banned crops over 200 kanals in Melhora village in Pulwama on Tuesday. Official sources said, following a tip-off that some farmers had cultivated banned crops, the police along with officials of the Excise Department conducted a raid in Melhora village. The officials destroyed cannabis cultivated over 200 kanals. A case has been registered against the landowners.
Drug addict dies: Ghulam Rasool Sheikh, a drug addict, died under mysterious circumstances at a hospital here on Tuesday. Police sources said Ghulam was found in an unconscious state and was admitted to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura. A case has been registered.