R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Criminal nabbed
: The police nabbed a dreaded criminal Baljinder Singh on the intervening night of May 10 and 11 at a special naka laid at Maqboolpura. In an attempt to escape, Baljinder fired from his Chinese-made pistol leaving policeman Vikramjit Singh injured. Later, Baljinder was arrested. DCP Amar Singh Chahal said the accused had a criminal background. A three-day police remand of the accused has been procured.

Bassi Pathana
Liquor seized:
The police has recovered 30 bottles of smuggled liquor and held two culprits at a naka on the Nandpur Kalour road on Wednesday. 

Yoga camp
: A yoga-cum-meditation camp was organised for policemen at the Police Lines here, which concluded on Monday. While talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Gurdeep Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, stated that the camp was attended by policemen of different ranks. 

Rs 1 lakh looted
: Two miscreants decamped with Rs 1.16 lakh from a godown of a local LPG agency holder at Banjarbag on Tuesday evening. According to the police sources, two youths came on a motorcycle to the godown and pointed a revolver at an agency employee. They took a bag containing the cash from the almirah and escaped. 

Car snatched: Four unidentified persons snatched a safari car (No MH-19-AP-2090) from Pardeep Kumar, a resident of Mohalla Kamalpur, at Bhangala here on Tuesday.

NDA coaching from May 25
: District Sainik Welfare Officer Lt-Col (retd) Manmoham Singh said coaching classes for the NDA and CDS exams would commence on the premises of the Sainik Welfare Office on May 25. He said the coaching classes would be held for six weeks. 

Three women  pickpockets held
: Following the raising of an alarm by the victim of women pickpockets, a police party holding a naka at a chowk in Balachaur succeeded in nabbing three pickpockets, identified as Sheela, Sangeeta and Shalu of Sirhind Mandi, and recovered Rs 10,000 picked from the pocket of Karta Ram of Balachaur. Karta Ram had withdrawn Rs 15,000 from the Samundera branch of the State Bank of India and was returning to Balachaur in a bus. When he was about to get down from the bus at Balachaur bus stand, the women picked his pocket dexterously and fled away. Karta Ram immediately raised an alarm and the police party nabbing the three pickpockets. The police has registered a case.

Peddler held: The police arrested Surjit Ram of Langroya village at Ramraipur link road with 22 kg poppy husk on Wednesday. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against him. 

Charas seized
: The police has arrested Shakeel Kumar, resident of Rehrma Mohalla here and originally hailing from Bihar, and recovered 1 kg of charas. 

In-laws arrested: The police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested three members of the in-laws’ family of Rajwinder Kaur, resident of Kotla Bhaggu village, near here, who had committed suicide due to torture by her in-laws for dowry in February this year. The arrested persons are Sarban Singh, father-in-law, Santosh Rani, mother-in-law, and Nirmal Singh, husband, of the deceased.

Vehicle thief held
: The police has arrested a vehicle thief, Balwinder Singh, alias Kala, resident of Sunnrra Rajputan village, and recovered a stolen car and motorcycle from him on Wednesday. The DSP, Sandip Sharma, while talking to mediapersons said on a tip-off the City police, headed by SHO Amrik Singh Chahal, organised a naka near the Sugar Mill chowk and nabbed Balwinder Singh with the stolen Maruti Zen Car (DL-9-8555). The DSP said Balwinder Singh admitted that the car was stolen from a mohalla near Lovely Sweets, Jalandhar. During interrogation, Balwinder Singh said he had stolen a motorcycle (PB-10BK-9242) from outside Tagore Hospital, Jalandhar, and the police recovered the motorcycle. A case was registered. He was produced before the Judicial Magistrate, who remanded him in police custody for a day.



Autos impounded: The State Transport Authority (STA) impounded four three-wheelers (PB-65-E-0399, PB-65-E-0671, PB-65L-9939 and PB-65-D-5385) for violating various provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act. The autos were carrying over 10 school children. The three-wheelers were challaned and impounded at the Sector 11 police station.

4 DSPs from Punjab: Chandigarh will soon get four DSPs from Punjab. According to sources, the selected include Suman Kumar, Anil Joshi and Ashish Kapoor. Another official, Gursharandeep Singh, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) level official is tipped be take over as the Deputy Commandant of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB), the sources added. 

AI flight to resume from today: Exactly a week after the culmination of 10-day strike by Air India (AI) pilots, flights to the city are likely to be normal from tomorrow. The Air India Chandigarh-Delhi flight will resume at the earlier scheduled timing of 1.50 pm and return at 3.20 pm. Confirming the move, station manager, Air India, Chandigarh, MR Jindal said passengers would be offered 10 per cent discount on all online bookings. 



No change in syllabus: The Haryana Board of School Education, Bhiwani, has made no change in the syllabus and design of question papers for Classes VI to XII for the academic session 2011-12 except in the syllabus of the first semester of Sanskrit for Classes XI and XII. The amended syllabus and design of question papers of the first semester of Sanskrit had been uploaded on the website of the board, a spokesman said. The list of approved books had been sent by the board in its circular and had also been uploaded on the website, he added.

Nominated: National General Secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Rajiv Gandhi Brigade Baldev Singh Dahiya has been nominated as a member of the state-level vigilance and monitoring committee of the Union Rural Development Ministry for Haryana.

3 held for theft: The police claims to have solved a case of missing bags of rice worth Rs 6,47,475, which were stolen from a godown of the Haryana Warehousing Corporation, Kaul, in 2009. Three Class IV employees of the corporation have been arrested in this connection. Simardeep Singh, SP, said those arrested were Hoshiyar Singh of Danoud in Bhiwani, Ram Phal of Kaithal and Ram Chand of Mudhal. The SP added that the accused had confessed to the crime. 

2 get life term: Karnal District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg has sentenced two accused in a murder case to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on each of them. According to the prosecution, three accused - Sanjit, Inderjeet and Deepak (minor) - had allegedly stabbed Mahesh, a student of Government Polytechnic, Nilokheri, on the night of April 9, 2010, due to an old enmity. The third accused, being a minor, was sent to a juvenile home. 

Woman killed
: Santosh Yadav (29), wife of Rajender Singh Yadav, was strangled to death by a youth after she opposed his bid to assault her sexually at her house at Raipur village, near Bawal, on Monday night. While her husband had gone on duty, her daughter Rekha (8) was sleeping in the courtyard of the house. The police brought the body to the Community Health Centre of Bawal where the postmortem was conducted. The police has registered a case. 

Dowry death: The police has arrested Krishan Kumar, a resident of Daroli village, in connection with the dowry death of his wife Bala Devi (25), who committed suicide by setting herself on fire at Daroli village, 17 km from here, on May 2. Krishan was produced in the court of SDJM PK Lal, who remanded him in judicial custody. On a complaint earlier filed by the deceased’s brother, the police had registered a case of dowry death against Bala’s husband Krishan, father-in-law Sube Singh and two others, all residents of Daroli village. 

Prohibitory orders: In view of the semester examinations of Chaudhary Devi Lal University and Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Government College of Engineering, Panniwala Mota, District Magistrate Yudhbir Singh Khyalia has promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC. The prohibitory orders will remain in force within the radius of 200 m of the university till May 20 and in the vicinity of the engineering college till June 2, said an official order. The District Magistrate has banned the operation of any photostat machine in the vicinity of examination centres.


Student’s body found from Sutlej: The police has recovered the body of a student Vikas Chand Kongadi of Sundergarh district, Orissa, who was said to have slipped into the Sutlej at Tatta Pani on May 2. SP Santosh Patial said here on Wednesday that some people saw the body floating on the river and informed the police. Later it was identified to be that of Vikas. Vikas was a student of Hotel Management at Kufri, Shimla, and had gone on an outing with his friends to Tatta Pani to see the hot springs there.

Annual function organised: Rajya Sabha MP Vimla Kashyap attended the annual prize distribution function of Anil Girls Saraswati Vidya Mandir High School at Nihal here on Wednesday. Himachal RSS chief Chet Ram, state HSS organising secretary Rajender Kumar and School Management Committee chairman Inder Dogra also addressed the function, while Principal Chandrawati Minhas presented the annual progress report.

Woman sustains 30 per cent burns:
Kiran Kumari, 26, wife of Rajesh Kumar of Jandru village in Dharampur, sustained more than 30 per cent burns on Wednesday after she allegedly poured kerosene on herself. According to the police, Kiran was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Sarkaghat, from where she was referred to the Zonal Hospital, Mandi. Her condition was stated to be stable. Her mother-in-law told the police that when she entered the house, she saw Kiran in flames. 

Inter-state gang busted
: With the arrest of Muradabad resident Vijay Kumar, the Baddi police claims to have solved a case pertaining to the theft of Rs 2.61 lakh from a car parked outside the Baddi-based branch of the HDFC, which took place in August last year. SP, Baddi, Gurdev Chand Sharma said Vijay was a member of an inter-state gang which had committed several such thefts in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) industrial area. It was on interrogation of two members of this gang by the Punjab police at Mandi Gobindgarh that the Baddi police learnt about it. 



School celebrates annual day:
Army School Akhnoor celebrated its annual day function at the Sangha Auditorium in Akhnoor here on Wednesday. The celebrations began with the welcome speech by principal of the school KCS Mehta. Mehta welcomed the chief guest and Guest of Honour Maj-General Rakesh Sharma; Payal Sharma, convener, FWO; Brig SN Rai and Brig SP Mehta. On the occasion, students presented a cultural programme, including a Dogri dance, English skit, Punjabi songs, Rajasthani dance and a Krishna Lila. 

Shops gutted
: At least seven shops and a godown were completely gutted in a fire incident in a market place at Boniyar in the Uri area of Baramulla district on Wednesday, the police here said. 

Pandits hail Muslim support: The Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS) has welcomed the confidence shown by the Muslim majority community in supporting the only Pandit woman, Asha Jee, who got elected as sarpanch in the elections held in Wussan village of Baramulla district on Sunday. “The KPSS is overwhelmed by the response, trust and confidence that has been shown by the majority community of the village. It is a milestone and has strengthened and paved the way for the derailed process of re-conciliation in this turmoil-hit place,” Sanjay K Tickoo, president of the Kashmir-based KPSS, said here today. 


Seven SIs transferred: The SSP has transferred seven sub-inspectors of the city police. Naveen Chander Semwal has been the SHO of the Raiwala police station. Rajiv Rauthan has been made the Clemet Town SHO from Dhara Chowki in charge. Rajener Singh Kholia will be the in charge of the Defense Colony Chowki. Vibha Verma has been transferred to Raipur PS. Harpal Singh is the new in charge of Dhara Chowki and Deepak Nautiyal has been made the in charge of Laksham Chowki.

Man booked: A resident of Ladpur has been booked for allegedly using foul language with a girl and slapping her after she objected to it. According to the compliant filed by the victim, the accused, Abhyankar Gaur (29), approached the girl at Kaulgarh Chowk when she was going for some work. He allegedly used foul language with her and when she objected to it, he allegedly slapped her.

Lecture series: The department of civil engineering, Graphic Era University, organised an expert lecture series by eminent professors from the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, on “Structural masonry systems” with focus on economic alternatives and earthquake-resistant systems. These lectures were held on May 9 and May 11. Dr KS Jagdish, Emeritus Professor, the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, delivered a lecture on “Structural masonry and earthquake-resistant systems” on Tuesday.

Sanitation work: Sushil Kumar, Executive Engineer (Dehradun Municipal Corporation) on Tuesday asked officials to ensure that sanitation work was done properly in the city. He also asked them to buy an ambulance, a drain cleaner machine and Tata S vehicle to pick up filth from residential areas. 

Rs 3.06 crore for District, Women Hospitals: A budgetary allocation to the tune of Rs 3.06 crore has been passed for District, Base and Women Hospitals in Almora. The allocation was made at a meeting held under the chairmanship of District Magistrate DS Garbyal. The DM has asked the authorities of all the three hospitals to ensure that patients do not face any problem at these hospitals. He has ordered that medicines be given to patients from the hospitals only.

Man held for ‘misbehaving’ with women: The police has arrested a person for allegedly misbehaving with women of the Gaula Labour Basti area of Lal Kuan. The accused, Bhaskar Joshi, is also one of the prime accused in the 2008 Preeti Sharma-rape-cum murder case. He is currently on bail. According to information, Joshi had allegedly misbehaved with women late Monday night and had threatened them with dire consequences if they reported the matter to the police. However, he was nabbed by the police on Tuesday.

Training in disaster management: As many as 25 persons, including six women, from Atal Adarsh Grams in Almora district are being trained in disaster management. A team of instructors from Dehradun is imparting training to them in Patlibar village of the Someshwar region. The trainees also include six women. The training will continue till May 17.

26-year-old commits suicide: A resident of Damua Dhunga locality in Haldwani allegedly committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance. The deceased, Dheer Singh (26), alias Bablu, had been living with his wife Pooja at his in laws’ house for the past couple of months. Hailing from Amroha (UP), he had married Pooja last year. The reason behind the extreme step is yet to be known.

Shyamlatal-Purnagiri road sought: Residents of the Sukhidhang area have demanded the construction of a motorable road from Shyamlatal to Purnagiri. They said the construction of the road was vital from the tourism point of view and serving the interests of the people living en route. They said it would also help villagers of nearly 12 villages to market their agricultural and horticultural produce. They also handed over a memorandum to the District Magistrate in this regard.

Free legal aid cell: State Governor Margaret Alva has asked members of the High Court Bar Association to activate the free legal aid cell to facilitate poor litigants. She was addressing members of the newly elected executive body of the association, which had called on her on Wednesday.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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