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Political rivalry takes ugly turn; 9 hurt in clash
Batala, May 31
Nine persons belonging to a Dalit community were injured in a clash in Sandalpura village here today. It is learnt that due to political rivalry, village sarpanch Harpal Singh belonging to the SAD along with his supporters allegedly clashed with the Dalits, who had supported the BSPís Lok Sabha candidate from Hoshiarpur district.

Vice-chairman of block samiti booked
Kapurthala, May 31
The district police booked Kapurthala Block Samiti vice-chairman Ranjit Singh in connection with a fight between two groups here on Saturday.

Tension prevails in Mithoo Basti
Jalandhar, May 31
Tension prevailed in Mithoo Basti locality after some members of certain Sikh organisations objected to a congregation organised by a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda, here today. 

Five of family killed in road mishap
Hoshiarpur, May 31
Five pilgrims of a family, including a woman and two children, were killed while three others were injured in a road accident in the wee hours near Bagpur today.



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Stalls set on fire
Jalandhar, May 31
Some unidentified persons set three stalls on fire in Jaimal Nagar last night.The police said the stalls of vegetables, pan-cigarette and tea owned by Jaikaran of Jaimal Nagar, Lalit Kumar of Gandhi Nagar and Rani of Muslim Colony, respectively, were destroyed in the fire. The police has registered case on the complaints of the victims at police station division No 8 in this regard. óTNS

Loverís husband, 2 others booked for manís murder
Tarn Taran, May 31
The body of Raju (26), a resident of Dao village here, was recovered here from the fields of the village late on Saturday evening. The right foot and the right ear of the body were missing.

Vienna Backlash
GSM to file PIL against govt
Phagwara, May 31
While the law and order situation has become almost normal in the Phagwara sub-division of the Kapurthala district, night curfew will still remain in force here for the next few days.

Woman gang-raped, four booked
Tarn Taran, May 31
A married woman (36) of Ludhiana was gang raped at Kalsian village, falling under police station Bhikhiwind, where she had come to attend some marriage function. A case, under sections 376, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused, identified as Jota, Sonu, Vicky and Gurmit Kaur of the same village.

 





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Political rivalry takes ugly turn; 9 hurt in clash
Balraj Mahajan

Batala, May 31
Nine persons belonging to a Dalit community were injured in a clash in Sandalpura village here today. It is learnt that due to political rivalry, village sarpanch Harpal Singh belonging to the SAD along with his supporters allegedly clashed with the Dalits, who had supported the BSPís Lok Sabha candidate from Hoshiarpur district.

According to sources, the sarpanch had openly threatened Mohan Singh and others of a Dalit community, as the latter has supported the BSP candidate. Out of this grudge, the Sarpanch and others dug up a huge pit in the way leading to the houses of the Dalits, who were allotted 68 plots in a piece of land measuring 13 canal 13 marla in the village.

The clash took place when the Dalits resisted the move. The sarpanch had allegedly brought around 150 persons. The group also resorted to firing, the sources added.

The houses of Mohan Singh, Saroop Singh and Amrik Singh were vandalised and their valuables like fridges, washing machines, wash basins, windows were broken by the miscreants.

Gopi, Mangal, Sonu, Kalu, Narinder, Yudvir singh, Bhirh Singh, Balwinder Singh, Mohan Singh were injured in the clash.

The SC families alleged that the sarpanch and other miscreants got the support of the police, including SHO Tajinder Singh of Police Station Rangal Nangal.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against Harapal Singh and 15 others under sections 452, 427, 336, 323, 148, 149 of the IPC and Arms Act. The police did not invoke the provisions of the SC/ST Act or 307 of the IPC.

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Vice-chairman of block samiti booked
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, May 31
The district police booked Kapurthala Block Samiti vice-chairman Ranjit Singh in connection with a fight between two groups here on Saturday.

Reportedly a close confidant of the district SAD president Raghubir Singh, Ranjit Singh has been booked under sections 323, 324 and 452 of the IPC at the city police station here on Sunday.

A clash took place between two groups during a function in Kapurthala on Saturday. When the injured persons belonging to a group were admitted to a private hospital, several persons belonging to the other group attacked them in the hospital itself. City SHO Daljit Singh said an FIR was lodged against Ranjit Singh and several unknown persons of Khojewal village on the complaint of Iqbal Singh of the same village. However, no arrest has been made so far, he added.

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Tension prevails in Mithoo Basti
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 31
Tension prevailed in Mithoo Basti locality after some members of certain Sikh organisations objected to a congregation organised by a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda, here today. 

The members of the organisations allegedly uprooted a tent pitched by Baldev Singh, the Dera follower, and created disturbance in the area. Receiving information, a police party, led by the area DSP, reached the spot and solved the conflict. The DSP said the problem had emerged over some misunderstanding between two groups, which was amicably solved.

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Five of family killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, May 31
Five pilgrims of a family, including a woman and two children, were killed while three others were injured in a road accident in the wee hours near Bagpur today.

According to police sources, Sandip, his mother Jagwanti of Panchkula, his brother-in-law Ashok Kumar of Rohtak, Anch and Akansha, son and daughter of Ashok Kumar, respectively, were killed on the spot when the Ikon car (HR-12k-3682), they were travelling in dashed into a eucalyptus tree near Bagpur, 7 km from here, on Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road at about 3.30 am today.

Other occupants namely Akasta and Suman, daughters of Mohinder Singh, and Sunil, son of Ashok Kumar, were wounded. They were admitted in the local civil hospital from where were referred to PGI Chandigarh.

The sources said the entire family was coming back to their home after completing pilgrimage of Vaishno Devi. Ashok Kumar who was driving the car under drowsiness lost the control on steering due to which he dashed the car in to a eucalyptus tree.

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Loverís husband, 2 others booked for manís murder
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, May 31
The body of Raju (26), a resident of Dao village here, was recovered here from the fields of the village late on Saturday evening. The right foot and the right ear of the body were missing.

According to information, Rajuís illicit relations with a married woman, Harjit Kaur wife of Pamma, of the same village became the reason for his death.

Three persons, including the husband of Harjit, have been booked under sections 302 and 34 of the IPC by the Sadar police.

According to sources, both Raju and Harjit had eloped from their respective houses on May 23. Harjit returned home the next day but Rajuís body was recovered from the village fields late on Saturday evening.

Sukha Singh, the father of the deceased, in his statement to the police, said Pamma (the husband of Harjit), along with his brother Sahba and nephew Mukhtiar Singh might have murdered his son. The Ďaccusedí are absconding since the incident. 

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Vienna Backlash
GSM to file PIL against govt
Dharmendra Joshi/TNS

Phagwara, May 31
While the law and order situation has become almost normal in the Phagwara sub-division of the Kapurthala district, night curfew will still remain in force here for the next few days.

Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary said night curfew from 10 pm to six am would remain in force, till further orders, as a precautionary measure.

Besides, a gathering of five or more persons is prohibited as section 144 of the CrPC will also remain in force. No civilian can carry any firearms, sharp-edged weapons or even lathis during the relaxation in curfew, under section 144 of the CrPC, he added.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the night curfew will remain in force for the next few days till the cremation of Sant Ramanand, who was shot dead in Vienna of Austria on Sunday.

He is likely to be cremated on Thursday after bringing his body to Ballan where Dera Sachkhand is located.

In the meantime, General Samaj Manch (GSM), Punjab has flayed the attack on Dera Sachkhand chief Sant Niranjan Dass, his deputy Sant Ramanand and their followers in Vienna.

GSM president Fateh Singh and general secretary Garish Sharma criticised the violent protests in different parts of Punjab, including Phagwara, following the Vienna incident.

In its meeting held at the local Hanuman Garhi temple here on Sunday, the GSM demanded the suspension of the SDM of Phagwara for his alleged failure in maintaining law and order in this sub-division during protests.

The GSM also decided to file PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High-Court against the state government for its alleged failure in protecting the life and property of the public during protests.

Demanding that cases filed against rioters should not be cancelled, the GSM decided to form self-defence committees to avoid recurrence of such incidents in the future.

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Woman gang-raped, four booked

Tarn Taran, May 31
A married woman (36) of Ludhiana was gang raped at Kalsian village, falling under police station Bhikhiwind, where she had come to attend some marriage function. A case, under sections 376, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused, identified as Jota, Sonu, Vicky and Gurmit Kaur of the same village.

The victim, in her statement to the police, alleged that after the wedding on Saturday night, the accused forcibly took her to a room when she had got up during the night. The accused injured her when she resisted them.

The victim alleged that accused Jota, Sonu and Vicky raped her one by one. When the victim brought the matter to the notice of Gurmit Kaur, the mother of Jota, she refused to listen to her. The victim has been medically examined by a board of doctors who confirmed the rape. The accused are absconding. ó OC

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