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Pickpocket held at border post: The police arrested a pickpocket, Gurpreet Singh, alias Gopi, a resident of Balbir Basti, Faridkot, at the Attari-Wagah joint check post here. He used to steal mobile phones and wallets of the tourists who come to witness the Retreat Ceremony at the border. Five mobile phones and three watches have been recovered from him. During investigation, Gopi confessed to his crime. A case under sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered.

Employees hold rally: The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation and the Punjab and UT Employees Joint Action Committee stopped movement of buses for two hours against non-implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission report at bus stand here on Tuesday. It resulted in problems to common people. Balbir Singh, district president of the federation, said if the government was not in a position to implement the report now then it must spell out a time frame when to implement it.

Arun Verma group wins club poll: The group led by Arun Verma wrested the control of the Lumbsden Club, one of the oldest clubs in the Ram Bagh gardens, by defeating the V.K. Tandon group. Arun and his team won all posts in the governing council. The other office-bearers include Rubinder Singh Ruby, vice-president, Sunil Anand, general secretary, Pawan Kumar, joint secretary, Rajan Mehra, sports secretary, Surinder Mahajan, refreshment secretary, and Jatinder Arora, finacial secretary.

A truck rammed into a temple’s wall causing severe injury to the driver on Bibiwala road in Bathinda on Tuesday.
A truck rammed into a temple’s wall causing severe injury to the driver on Bibiwala road in Bathinda on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Two hurt as truck hits wall:
After colliding with a truck, a truck-trailer rammed into a temple located at Bibiwala road here on Tuesday. According to details available, the truck-trailer loaded with pebbles was en route to Dabwali from Pathankot and collided with another truck here in the wee hours. The driver lost control over the vehicle and it rammed into a nearby temple damaging its outer wall. The driver, Hira Singh and his helper Buta Singh, both of Gurdaspur, sustained injuries. The volunteers of an NGO rushed them to the civil hospital.

Car catches fire: Due to some undisclosed reasons, an Indica car caught fire at Liberty Chowk, here on Tuesday. No one was reported to be injured and the fire reportedly was an outcome of a spark in the engine of the car. Volunteers of an NGO and fire tender of the Municipal Corporation doused the flames.

A car that caught fire at the Liberty Chowk in Bathinda on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh
A car that caught fire at the Liberty Chowk in Bathinda on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Aggarwal Sabha: The Aggarwal Sabha here organised its 5th annual function and general body meeting at the Teachers’ Home on Tuesday. Des Raj Jindal, managing director, P.P. Industries, was the chief guest on the occasion. B.L. Jindal, vice-president of the Sabha, laid stress on abandoning the reservation policy by January 2011. Minority community status benefit should be counted at the state-level instead of national, he added. A quiz competition on the life of Maharaja Aggarsain and Lala Lajpat Rai was also conducted.

Man booked for rape bid
: On the complaint of a young girl of Chagran village, the police booked Balwinder Singh of the same village under sections 376, 511, 451 and 506 of the IPC on Monday evening. Balwinder Singh entered the house of Ram Dev and allegedly attempted to rape her. But the girl raised the alarm due to which Balwinder fled.

Body found in well: The body of Ranjot Singh (27) of Kadiana was found floating in a well outside his village on Tuesday. According to police sources, Ranjot went out to stroll three days ago, but did not return. The family members searched him everywhere but could not trace him.

Nurmahal byelection:
The CPI (M) has decided to field its candidate for the upcoming Nurmahal byelection to be held on May 28. The party would declare the name of the candidate after its meeting at the Nurmahal party office on May 2.

‘Implement pay panel report’: Members of the B.Ed Teachers Front, Punjab, handed over a memorandum to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday demanding the implementation of pay commission report for teachers and postings at home stations. Vice-president of the front Chander Shekhar said despite a notification of filling of 14,000 posts of teacher the state government had not done anything so far.

Tarn Taran
Bonded labourers freed:
Two bonded labourers were injured in a clash between the bonded labourers and the labourers supporting the brick-kiln owner at Gandiwind Dhatal village, 30 km from here, on Tuesday. SDM Manjit Singh Narang, Tehsildar Jagdeep Singh Momi and SHO Bachitter Singh, Harike, reached the spot and helped normalise the situation. Kanwaljit Kaur, an activist, said as many as 40 bonded labourers’ families were got released from different brick-kilns on the initiatives of an NGO Dalit Dastan Virodhi Andholan.



Prisoner booked: The police has registered a case against Rishi, a prisoner in the Karnal Jail, under Section 186, 353 and 506 of the IPC for allegedly threatening to kill jail warden Rajesh Kumar. The complainant said the prisoner tried to create obstruction in his duty on April 24 and warned him of dire consequences and even threatened to kill him. He turned aggressive when the jail authorities did not allow him extra time to meet people who had come to visit him.

Three booked: The Karnal police on Tuesday booked three persons, Mukesh, Ravi and Mukesh, of Mahendergarh district under Sections 342, 364 A, 365 and 366 of the IPC for allegedly abducting a girl. The case was registered on the direction of the court on the complainant of Kali Ram, father of the girl. In his complaint, Kali Ram alleged that the accused kidnapped her 22-year-old daughter on March 5.

HJC candidate Rao holds road show: To woo voters of Rewari city, HJC candidate from the Gurgaon constituency Rao Narbir Singh held a road show in the main markets of the town here on Monday. Members of the Saini Samaj at the Saini Chaupal, supporters of prominent Gujjar leader Hanuman Chhabri at Maharaja Agrasen Chowk, members of the Thathera Samaj at the Gokal Bazaar and shopkeepers and traders at Old Sabzi Mandi, Kath Mandi and Railway Road Market here gave Rao a rousing reception with an assurance of their whole-hearted support in the Lok Sabha elections.

One killed in mishap: Sanjay Kumar (25), a resident of Bhiwani district, was killed while five others were injured when the tempo they were travelling in was hit by a Dumper on NH-8 at Dharuhera on Monday. One of the injured was referred to a private hospital in Girgaon, while the other four were hospitalised at Dharuhera. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the Dumper driver, who reportedly fled after abandoning the vehicle.

Boy drowns in water tank: Bhupinder (12), a resident of Padayyawas village near here, drowned in a water tank at Shahbazpur Khalsa village, 6 km from here, on Monday. It could not be ascertained how he fell into the tank. The Kasaula police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Cr PC.

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