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Missing girl recovered:
The city police have recovered a college girl along with her close relative (Mausa) Pardeep Singh of the border village Bakayanwala after a long chase in Himachal Pradesh. Both were brought back today, sources said. As per the details available, the victim, a first year student of the Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) alleged that the accused fleeced her under some pretext in the state of Himachal Pradesh, where she was sexually assaulted after administering some drugs forcibly. A case under sections 363 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered. In another incident, the city police arrested on Monday another college-going girl along with two boys from the Basant Nagar locality.

Three held under Arms Act: Three persons were arrested under the Arms Act for possessing illegal weapons in the Sriganganagar district today, the police said. Different police parties recovered .12 bore pistol from Brij Lal of Kishanpura, .12 bore pistol along with 32 live cartridges from Gurwinder Singh of village 55RB while a 315 bore pistol and 20 live cartridges were recovered from Jeet Singh of village 5KK.

Youth commits suicide: Honey Kumar (19) of Sunam allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Sunam, 13 km from here. He reportedly consumed poison on Monday evening, but died on Tuesday morning. SHO (City), Sunam police station, Harjinder Singh said the police had registered a case against three persons, Vishal Kumar, Bharat Bhushan and Narinder Kumar on the complaint of the father of the deceased. Vishal’s sister had reportedly borrowed Rs 15,000 from Honey, but on May 12 when Honey went to their house to get back his money, a quarrel took place there, due to which a case had been registered. The accused threatened Honey either to withdraw the case or be ready to face consequences.

School timings changed: In view of the heat wave in the region, the District Magistrate on Tuesday ordered a change in the timings of all government and private primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools in the district. The schools will now open at 7.30 am and close at 12.30 pm. The change will remain in force till the start of summer vacation.

Morcha from today: The CPI (ML) Liberation will start an indefinite morcha in the form of a dharna after May 20 in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here to compel the SAD-BJP government to allot 10-marla plots to landless labourers as per the promise made by the SAD during the previous Assembly elections.



Ex-minister dead: Former minister and HPCC president Rao Nihal Singh (84) on Monday passed away after a prolonged illness. He was admitted to the Apollo hospital, Delhi, for the past 20 days.

Student looted: A teenager, Umed Gujjar (13), along with his two accomplices reportedly looted Rs 3,800 from Sanjiv Yadav, a student of class XII of a local senior secondary school, here on Monday. Sources said the incident took place when Sanjiv along with his classmate Sunil was taking lunch in a park. The miscreants allegedly thrashed them and snatched Rs 3,800 from Sanjiv. The police arrested Gujjar (13) and seized Rs 2,300 from him. He was granted bail on Tuesday.



Nepalese gets 7-year jail:
Chamba Sessions Judge RL Azad yesterday convicted accused Man Bahadur, a resident of Gadelitar in Gandegi district of Nepal and temporary resident of Chhana Morh, near Chamera dam site in Chamba district, for possessing charas and sentenced him to undergo rigorous imprisonment for seven years and to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh. In default of payment of fine, the convict shall further undergo rigorous imprisonment for one year.

Exponent of music dies:
Piyush Sawami, 76, an exponent of classical music in Mandi town today breathed his last after he suffered a sudden asthmatic attack at Chandigarh where he had gone to stay with his son. President of the Progressive Writers Association Dinu Kashyap has expressed grief over the demise of Sawami. His three daughters are also music teachers, he stated.



Woman, son commit suicide: A woman, along with her son, allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a speeding train at Ramnagar area of Nainital district, the police said today. Gita (26) took her four-and-a-half-year-old son, Vivek, and left the house last night following a tiff with her husband Virendra Singh Rawat, an Assam Rifles' jawan. This morning, someone informed the police that the bodies of a woman and child were lying on the rail track.


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