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Rs 30 lakh looted
: In a broad daylight robbery today, unidentified youths decamped with cash and valuables worth Rs 30 lakh from a residence in Kamal Vihar Colony in Bashirpura locality after holding the house owner’s kid at gunpoint. The miscreants entered the house of Narinder Kumar when his wife Praveen Kumari was present with her sister and three children. The robbers locked two kids in a room and put a gun on the temple of the third kid and then directed Praveen Kumari to handover the valuables and cash, said Praveen Kumari. In a complaint to the police, she alleged that 12 robbers after getting the keys of the cupboard took away the jewellery and cash worth Rs 30 lakh. The Additional Police Commissioner, Rajpal Sandhu, said the police had registered a case and initiated investigations in the case. 

Poppy husk seized
: The police arrested two persons --- Santokh Singh and Amarjit Singh of Latianwal village --- with 10 kg poppy husk. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered. 

35 donate blood
: The Blood Donors Council organised a blood donation camp to commemorate the death anniversary of Bhagat Puran Singh, founder of Pingalwara, at Blood Donors Complex here on Friday. As many as 35 units of blood were collected.

2 houses burgled
: Two houses were burgled in New Model Town and Friends Colony here on Friday night. The houses belonged to Dr Amrik Singh Parhar and NRI Bhagu Ram Kaler. Burglars decamped with gold ornaments and cash. The police has registered separate cases. 

Man booked for rape
: The police booked Sooraj for allegedly raping a woman on the pretext of marriage. A resident of Daulatpur locality, Sooraj had been booked under Sections 376 and 420 of the IPC. He is absconding.

No nominations so far
:Even as three days have passed, the district still has to see a candidate filing his nomination for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections. The process for filing of nomination papers began on August 4. The district has six SGPC constituencies with nine seats — seven for general categories and two for reserved categories.




One held for car theft
:The district police claims to have solved a Bolero car theft case, which occurred at Pinjore, here today. Accused Satish Bagadi, a resident of Charkhi Dadri, Bhiwani, was arrested from Chandigarh and has confessed to committing the crime, said the police. He has been remanded in judicial custody. 



Militant sympathiser arrested
: The security forces nabbed a sympathiser of militants from the Manu area of Kalakot tehsil in Rajouri district on Friday. An official press note issued here stated that a joint column of the Rashtriya Rifles and the police apprehended Nisar Husain, 27, a resident of Sunigala, from Kalakot tehsil. He was later handed over to the police. 

CRPF vehicle collides with car, 11 hurt
: Eleven persons, including seven CRPF jawans, were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a car in the Bemina area of the city on Saturday, the police said. A CRPF vehicle collided with a private car near Police Public School at Bemina, resulting in injuries to seven jawans and four civilians, it said. The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital and a case was registered in this regard.

JeM militant arrested: The security forces on Friday arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant in Pulwama district, officials said. The JeM militant, Mukhtar Ahmad Khanday, was arrested at Awantipora on Friday night. Two hand grenades were recovered from his possession.



National award  for student: The title of “Inspire award-child scientist” has been conferred on Ayush Garg, a student of Shri Guru Ram Rai Inter-college, Mothrowala. His model on the topic, ‘Eyes of the blind’, has won the national award. He had participated in a national-level competition conducted by the Science and Technology Department under its inspire scheme to promote basic science among students. On the occasion, education mission chairman, SGRR, announced to give him a scholarship and free accommodation. Ayush will now present his model at the Inspire National Competition to be held in Delhi from August 14 to August 16.

Meena is IGP  (Law & Order): RS Meena, who was the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Kumaon region, has been given the charge of IGP (Law and Order) at police headquarters, Dehradun. While Additional Director-General of Police (ADG) SK Bhagat, who had the charge of CID and Law and Order, will now take care of CID and administration. 

61 donate blood: The IMA Blood Bank of Uttarakhand organised a voluntary blood donation camp at Jetking, Dehradun, yesterday. The camp saw 61 donations while more than 100 people participated in the blood donation drive. The camp was organised by Anil Rawat, Jetking, while the camp was coordinated and led by the social marketing officer of IMA, Blood Bank, Rajneesh Kumar. The IMA Blood Bank hold camps on a daily basis in Uttarakhand to meet the ever-increasing need of blood and blood components.

Kumaon Briefs

Water-borne diseases: Rush of patients at Base Hospital
Base Hospital, Haldwani, has been witnessing a heavy influx of patients with symptoms of viral fever, typhoid, jaundice and other water-borne diseases. Following this, the authorities have started admitting emergency patients to the eye ward. All beds are full and patients are being attended to after making arrangements for them to lie down on the floor. Besides the local patients, a large number of people from the hilly regions of Kumaon are also coming at the hospital.

Smelly mist leads to commotion in Haldwani
Residents of Haldwani had to undergo an extreme discomfort on Friday evening on account of a smelly mist that engulfed the town and led to a large number of people throwing up. The local authorities have sought thehelp of the Uttarakhand State Pollution Control Board to determine the cause of the phenomenon. Rumours of gas leak from a nearby industrial unit had led to a commotion in the town. However, these rumours were soon dispelled.

Manch seeks death sentence for rape convicts
A large number of women activists of the Shoshit Mahila Nyaya Manch have launched an agitation seeking death sentence for rape convicts. Stating that a new manch has been constituted to put pressure on the authorities to include rape in the category of heinous crimes, the women said the crime graph against women had been going up in the region. They also staged a protest in support of their demand at Buddha Jayanti Park, Haldwani, on Friday.

Woman held for abetment to suicide
The Rudrapur police has arrested a woman on the charge of abetting her husband in suicide. Sachin Gupta had allegedly committed suicide on Thursday. The victim’s father has accused his wife, Rakhi, of having forced him to take this extreme step. The couple had been married for just a month and the victim was “mentally disturbed” since then. The complainant has also submitted a CD to the police that contains a talk between the couple. Investigations are on in the matter.

Administration accused of ignoring demands
Demanding the broadening and metalling of a stretch of the road between Sirsa and the State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttaranchal (SIDCUL) hub via the Shaktifarm area in Udham Singh Nagar district, traders and public representatives resorted to a bandh in Shaktifarm. Residents of the town carried out a protest mark accusing the administration of ignoring the genuine demands of the people of the area. Private buses and tempos remained off roads in support of the demand.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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