R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Five Pak nationals held
: Alert jawans of the Border Security Force today nabbed five Pakistan nationals, including a Pakistani spy near the Indo-Pak Border here on Saturday, it is learnt. While four of them, including a father-son duo, entered the Indian Territory near the Chhanna border post inadvertently while grazing their animals, the Pakistani spy was trying to sneak into the Indian Territory from near the Saharan border post. A BSF official told that the Paksitani spy, identified as Mohammad Asim, of Basike Kalan village of Narowal district, was caught by the 74th Battalion of the BSF.

Simranjit Mann backs Khalsa College stir: Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), on Saturday backed Khalsa College teachers in their protest against the conversion of the college into a private university. Speaking on the occasion, he criticised the college management committee and termed it as an attempt to destroy the heritage of the Sikhs.


Rs 15 lakh looted: Miscreants looted Rs 15 lakh from a Punjab trader on the Kalanwali-Rori road on Saturday. Niranjan Goyal, an iron trader from Mandi Gobindgarh, had come to Kalanwali to collect his payments. He was going towards Sardulgarh in his car when a Scorpio donning a red beacon stopped him. Five youths descended from the Scorpio and decamped after snatching Rs 15 lakh from the trader at gunpoint.


Boy dies of snake bite: Ravi (19) of Jol Bhodwan village under Ghumarwin subdivision died after he was bitten by a snake in his house on Friday night. The victim was rushed to the Ghumarwin Civil Hospital, then to the Regional Hospital here and then referred to IGMC Hospital, Shimla. But he died on way to Shimla. Doctors both at Ghumarwin and Regional Hospital here claimed that they had given anti-venom dose to Ravi, but his condition worsened and he had to be refered to Shimla.

Two killed in road accident: In a head-on collision between a Tavera and a truck coming from opposite sides at Chatta village on the Jassur-Talwara road on Saturday morning, two Tavera travellers died on the spot, while five others were injured. According to information, accident victims hailing from Kamai Devi, near Mukerian in Punjab, were going to Kukhera Mata in Jawali subdivision. The deceased have been identified as Bidhi Chand and Daulat Ram. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal a case under Sections 279, 304 (A) and 337, IPC, has been registered against the truck driver who fled the spot.

12 LPG cylinders seized: A team of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, led by Kangra ADC P Mandal, conducted raids to see the misuse of LPG cylinders meant for domestic use here on Friday.The team conducted raids at Kandwal, Nurpur, Jassur, Raja Ka Bagh and Nagabari and confiscated 12 LPG cylinders, out of which nine were being misused by hotels and dhaba owners and the remaining three by vehicle owners who had fitted these in their vehicles for using fuel. According to Balwant Singh, District Food and Civil Controller, Kangra, over 100 LPG cylinders (meant for domestic use) have been confiscated from the district in the past one month.

Six die as vehicle falls into gorge: Six tourists from Delhi were killed when the Tavera they were travelling in, rolled down a deep gorge near Meenas in the Nerwa area of Chopal. The mishap took place at Rowala Mod, 29 km from Nerwa. The vehicle (DL-4CM-8149) rolled down killing six of the seven occupants. The deceased have been identified as Satish, Ashu, Kuku, Ravi and Sunil, all belonging to Delhi, and Chandan Singh belonging to Baswa village of Shillai.


Woman hit  by train
: An old woman lost her life when she accidentally came in front of a train in the Lachiwala area on Saturday morning. According to the Kotwali police station, Dulari Devi probably could not hear the sound of the approaching train. The police identified her as a resident of Nai Basati Race Course and has informed her family of the tragedy.

Cyclist dead: A cyclist, who was hit by an unidentified vehicle last week, breathed his last during treatment at a hospital on Friday night. Vinod, a resident of Subhash Nagar, had sustained injuries in a road accident near Milan Vihar.

Bike thieves held: The police has arrested two persons and recovered three bikes which were allegedly stolen by them from Rishikesh. Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested Babbla and Naresh, residents of Balmiki Basati. They told the police that they changed the colour of the bikes after allegedly stealing them to avoid getting caught. The three bikes were recovered from different places on their identification.

Karamchari sangh: Members of the Uttarakhand Ministerial Collectorate Karamchari Sangh had decided to lock the office premises of the district administration as well as those which are located in the tehsil on Monday. It would be followed by the Sunder Kand Path on Tuesday. This was stated by Rajinder Kumar, state president of the sangh, here today. He said: “The people are getting affected due to the absence of karamcharis.” “We have been sitting on protest since Wednesday but no action has been taken yet by the administration. They will not resume their work till their demands were met he added.

Kumaon Briefs
Mystery shrouds woman’s death:
A newly married woman died under mysterious circumstances in the Shani Bazar area of Haldwani. The deceased, Hina Parveen of Moradabad, was married to Hanif on April 10. It is learnt that Hina was found lying on a bed with a red mark around her neck. The deceased’s parents alleged that their daughter had been killed for dowry. The police is investigating the matter.

Unscheduled power cuts: Residents of Ramnagar are irked over unscheduled power cuts. They say their routine has been badly hit as cuts also hamper water supply to residential areas. Similarly, the functioning of hospitals, where various tests are being conducted, is hit. The people have asked the administration to ensure that they get uninterrupted power supply.

One killed in mishap: One person was killed while one sustained serious injuries when their motorcycle was hit by a truck on the Rampur road in Haldwani. The deceased has been identified as 19-year-old Yogesh Bhandari of Khanasyu in the Okhalkanda block. He had gone to the State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttaranchal hub at Rudrapur and had taken lift from Ravindra Singh while on his way back to Haldwani. While Yogesh was killed on the spot, the condition of Ravindra is serious. The driver of the truck fled the spot.

Jeep falls into gorge, 1 killed: One person was killed while 11 others sustained serious injuries when the Jeep they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Pithoragarh district. The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Surendra Singh. The injured are under treatment at BD Pande Hospital in Pithoragarh.

Water schemes: Residents of the rural areas of Almora are agitated over the alleged failure of the administration to repair various water schemes that were devastated in a rain-related disaster during the monsoon last year. Residents of Sirauniya village and its adjoining areas in the Lamgarah block staged a demonstration at the Collectorate on Friday. They said they were being forced to travel up to a distance of 5 km to fetch water for their daily needs. They have threatened to launch an agitation if their concerns were not addressed at the earliest.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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