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Rs 2.6 lakh looted
:A purse containing Rs 2 lakh was snatched by two motorcycle-borne miscreants at Qadian yesterday.Jaswant Kaur, along with her daughter, withdrew Rs 2 lakh from Punjab National Bank, Qadian, and was going towards the residence of her relative when two youths came on a motorcycle and snatched the purse and sped away.In the meantime, a passer-by slapped the pillion rider who fell down but the snatchers made good their escape.The police reached the spot and after verifying the facts registered a case against unidentified persons. So far no arrest has been made.

Yoga centres
: Prisoners in Punjab may soon find themselves standing head over heels, literally. For, the Department of Home Affairs and Justice is planning to open yoga centres in state prisons. In an affidavit placed before the Division Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ajay Tewari, state under-secretary Vinod Sharma said: “Drug de-addiction centres and yoga centres are proposed to be set up with the help of Directorate of Ayurveda and Department of Social Security, along with deputy commissioners concerned.” He also informed the Bench that the process was on for installing closed-circuit television cameras in district and central jails. In another affidavit, Punjab Prisons Reform Committee, headed by Justice Amar Dutt, said they would examine the feasibility of avoiding prolonged stay of jail staff in a particular jail.

4 fake travel agents booked
: Some so called travel agents here duped Surjit Singh, son of Chand of Deron of Rs 10 lakh, in the name of sending him to Canada, and also took him to the New Delhi airport to make him board an aero-plane on a fake visa.According to police sources, travel agents Gurmit Singh, son of Charan Dass of Goge Mehatpur, Iqbal Chaudhary and his brother Sumeer, sons of Kala Sarpanch and Suresh Kumar, son of Baljit Kumar, all of Panipat district in Haryana, lured Surjit Singh in the name of sending him to Canada. The air port authorities, however, denied entry to Surjit after verifying his documents, following which he returned to his house. He reported the matter to the district police, which, after verifying facts, got a case under sections 406 and 420 of the IPC registered against the above said travel agents.

youths snatched Rs 60,000 cash: Three unidentified car-borne youths snatched Rs 60,000 cash from Harbhajan Lal of Ward No 13, Tanda, near Guru Ravidass Gurdwara, Tanda, in the morning today.According to police sources, Harbhajan was going to the Sabzi Mandi on his scooter. When he reached near the Guru Ravidass Gurdwara, a speeding Indica car hit his scooter, due to which he fell on the ground. The three occupants of the car, after coming out of the vehicle, snatched Rs 60,000 cash from him and later fled along with their vehicle. Harbhajan got some injuries in his arm, due to a fall on the ground. Police is investigating the case.

Man flees from police custody: Amandeep Singh, a so called travel agent of Akhrot village (Pathankot), fled from police custody from the bus stand, Mukerian, last evening, while he was being taken back by head constable Surinder Singh and Punjab home guard jawan Anokh Singh to the Dasuya police station, after being produced at the court of Madan Lal, judicial magistrate, Mukerian.The Dasuya police arrested him under sections 406 and 420 of the IPC. Mukerian police has registered a case under sections 223 and 224 of the IPC.

Call for bandh
: The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has given a bandh call for Punjab and Delhi on November 1 to express solidarity with Sikh families of the 1984 riot victims. This was announced by AISSF president Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad after holding a meeting with the state unit of the genocide committee of riot victims here on Thursday. The AISSF chief and president of the genocide committee Rajinder Singh Sangha said the bandh would be peaceful and emergency services of healthcare would be exempted from it. 

Miraculous escape
: Ten schoolchildren and six schoolteachers had a miraculous escape when a Jalandhar-bound school bus carrying them collided with a JCT Mills bus near Chack Hakim between Phagwara and Chiherru on the national highway today. The school bus driver ran away leaving the bus behind.



Six-year-old raped
: A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man at Dhani Sanchla village in this district on Friday. The accused, Bhagwan Dass (35), a resident of UP and now living in Saniana village for the past 10 years, has been arrested by the police. The accused, according to the police, had gone to Dhani Sanchla village to consult a doctor. He noticed the girl playing outside the Anganwadi centre of the village. He allegedly took her to a secluded place and attempted to rape her. Hearing the cries of the girl, the villagers spotted the man and gave him a sound beating. A profusely bleeding girl was shifted to the hospital at Bhuna.



Man consumes poison, dies
: A 50-year-old man, Jeet Lal, was declared dead when brought to the GMCH here on Thursday. He had consumed some poisonous substance at his house, the police said, adding that after conducting the post-mortem, the body was handed over to the deceased’s family. 

Woman electrocuted: A 40-year-old woman was reportedly electrocuted at her house in Hira Kund area in Domana here on Thursday. The body had been shifted to the GMCH for the post-mortem. The police has recorded the statements of the family members of the deceased and has started the investigation. 

Train mishap: A middle-aged woman was run over by the Udhampur-Pathankot Express train at Chak Iayala village in Kathua district on Thursday, the police said. It said the body of Rajo Gujri was found lying on a railway track and it was handed over to the family members after conducting the post-mortem at a hospital and investigations were on. 

House burgled: A widow, Channo Devi, resident of Kathua, has alleged in her complaint with the police that some unidentified persons entered into her house on Thursday and stole Rs 8,000 and some gold ornaments, the police said. The Kathua police has registered a case in this regard.

Unidentified body recovered: An unidentified body of a middle-aged man was recovered near the Mahamaya temple in Bagh-e-Bahu area here on Friday, the police said. It said no injury marks were spotted on the body and the body was wearing a white kurta-payjama. The body has been shifted to the GMCH to conduct the post-mortem and the police has started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Woman stabbed to death
:Fourtyfive-year-old Anita was stabbed to death by unidentified person at Mandavli this evening. According to villagers, she was stabbed around 6 pm and was found covered in blood.Soon after the killing the villagers got together condemning the killing blocked the Haridwar-Delhi National Highway 58 in protest.SP, Rural, RL Sharma carry out the first hand investigation and persuaded the agitators to end the road blockade.


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