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Lenders warned: The district administration has decided to come down heavily on private moneylenders charging a high rate of interest. DC Praveen Kumar said on Saturday that a hefty rate of interest was being charged in the black market. He said the practice was unethical as well as against the law and warned of action against private parties doing so.

Man beaten to death: Yudhvir (35) was killed by Jaibir, Ajit and Mukesh at Buroli village, 15 km from here, on Saturday night. The police said old enmity led to the murder. The three called Yudhvir out of his house, took him to an isolated place and beat him to death with lathis and stones. The Khol police has registered a case of murder. The accused were at large.

Rs 98,000 looted: A youth looted Rs 98,000 from the dicky of a motorcycle at Shiv Chowk here on Friday. The youth stole the money when his two accomplices kept the motorcyclist, Kanwar Singh Yadav of Beriawas village, engaged in chatting. Kanwar Singh, who had withdrawn the money from a bank here, had parked his motorcycle there after keeping the amount in the dicky. A case of theft has been registered.

Torchlight procession: Safai karamcharis of the local municipal council took out a torchlight procession from the main markets of the town here on Friday. Raising slogans against the state government, vice-president Suresh Kumar Bohat and general secretary of the employees’ union Mahender Kumar Chawaria rued the apathetic approach of the state government towards their 17-point charter of demands lying pending with the higher authorities for a long time. They warned that if the government’s lackadaisical approach persisted, they would be forced to intensify their stir.

Baby found dead: The body of a newborn girlchild was found near drain No. 6 adjoining Kabir Ashram here on Sunday morning. After receiving information from a local resident, Virender, the police reached the spot and brought the body to the local Civil Hospital, where doctors declared that the child was born dead. The police is investigating the case.

Body found: The police found the body of Raj Singh (35) of Nuran Khera village from a distributary near Revli village on Saturday evening. The body was handed over to the family members after a postmortem examination in the Civil Hospital. The police has registered a case.



Journalist’s murder flayed
: The state unit of the United Communist Party of India has condemned the broad daylight murder of crime reporter Jyoti Dey in Mumbai yesterday and said it clearly showed that the underworld still ruled the financial capital of the country. A member of the political committee of the party, Har Gopal Singh said it was a sad commentary on the performance of law and other agencies and made it obvious that the writ of the underworld ran in the metropolis.


Militant hideout busted in Reasi
: The security forces busted a militant hideout and seized some arms and ammunition in Reasi district on Saturday. Official sources said, acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the Rashtriya Rifles and the police busted a militant hideout belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in the Mahore area of Reasi district.


Chain snatched: In yet another incident, two motorcycle-borne persons allegedly snatched a chain from a woman at Sevla Khurd. The incident took place on Saturday evening when the woman had gone to a market. The victim, Indira Thapa, raised the alarm following which some people chased the bikers, but failed to caught hold of them. The Patelnagar police said a team had been formed to trace the snatchers and they would soon be arrested.

Pedestrian killed: A 47-year-old pedestrian was killed when he was hit by a motorcycle at Rishikesh, Dehradun, on Saturday. The biker fled the spot. SN Nautiyal, a resident of Lakadhghaat, had gone to Rishikesh with his daughter when the accident took place.

New panel: The unit of the UKD led by district chief NK Gusain held a party meeting on Sunday to form a new committee of the party, which was dissolved earlier. Addressing the meeting, Gusain said: “We will appoint only disciplined and dedicated volunteers as party workers.” He also congratulated the newly elected members of the party and urged them to work for the welfare of the masses.

Protest over graft: To mark their protest against corruption, Punya organisation burnt an effigy of the Central Government at Clock Tower on Sunday. They also submitted a memorandum to the District Magistrate addressed to the Centre. In the memorandum, they flayed the use of police force on innocent people during Ramdev’s satyagraha in Delhi , the discontinuation of hydroelectricity projects in the state and for not having accountability of black money.

Kumaon Briefs
Man booked for fraud:
A case of fraud pertaining to getting a license for mining in Chamoli district has come to light in Haldwani. According to the information, Kavita Joshi of Amravati Colony has approached the police stating that her husband Lalit Joshi and one of his friends Bhuvan Chandra Upadhyay of Himmatpur Malla had decided to enter into a partnership for mining by floating a joint firm. She further alleges that Bhuvan took a sum of Rs 7.75 lakh from her husband on the pretext of getting the formalities done but her husband’s name was not put on the affidavit given for obtaining the licence. She managed to get the issuance of the license stopped and when she asked for money, Bhuvan allegedly intimidated her. The police has registered a case and initiated investigations.

5 suffer from food poisoning: Five members of a family in Ramnagar were taken ill after they suffered from a bout of food poisoning. The family of Umesh Chandra of the Maldhanchaur locality had consumed chapattis with salted curd following which they complained of nausea. They have been admitted to a government hospital for treatment.

Jawan’s wife commits suicide: Wife of a soldier from Khatima, who had died in Nasik a couple of days ago, allegedly committed suicide at her residence by consuming phenyl. According to the information, the body of Navin Chandra Joshi had been transported from Nasik to his residence at Rajiv Nagar in Khatima on Saturday morning. He was employed with an artillery unit of the Indian Army. Just when his body was being taken away for cremation, his wife Pooja Joshi consumed phenyl. She was rushed to a Community Health Centre where doctors referred her to the Sushila Tiwari Memorial Hospital in Haldwani. She died there late at night. The couple is survived by a one-and-a-half-year old daughter.

Pantnagar-Delhi flight starts: Air traffic between Pantnagar and Delhi has finally started thus giving a boost to the aviation sector in the state. According to the reports, the first flight being operated by Kingfisher Airlines brought 35 passengers to Pantnagar on Saturday afternoon and returned with 40 passengers. The airlines is expected to run a flight to Pantnagar four days a week. The arrival of the flight was delayed by about three hours on the very first day. The starting of the service had been hanging fire for about three years now.

6 held with stolen cash, jewellery: The Kashipur police claims to have nabbed six persons while they were in the process of distributing amongst themselves the cash and jewellery that they had stolen from the house of Sher Ali of the Shyamnagar locality. According to the information, the police was tipped off about six persons having gathered on the banks of a seasonal stream near the Moradabad road. They were rounded up and were interrogated by a team of officials. It was during the course of sustained interrogation that they confessed to their crime. Those arrested have been identified as Intezar, Shanti Swaroop, Ranjit Singh, Naresh, Surendra and Rampal of Shyamnagar. They had allegedly stolen Rs 1.05 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 50,000 on June 6. Further investigations are on in the matter.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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