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Mass Suicide
Body of missing man found from canal
Dehradun, October 7
Members of the Kashyap Samaj submit a memorandum to Additional District Magistrate Archana Gaharwal in Dehradun on Friday The recovery of the body of Hemant (34) today from the Shakti canal in Vikas Nagar is expected to provide the missing links to the police investigating the suicide of 10 members of a family that continues to remain a mystery till date.
Members of the Kashyap Samaj submit a memorandum to Additional District Magistrate Archana Gaharwal in Dehradun on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Sangh lays siege to food supplies office in Doon
Dehradun, October 7
In support of their demands, members of the Uttaranchal Uchit Dar Vikreta Sangh today besieged the Dehradun District Food and Civil Supplies office.


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CM holds janta milan programme
Dehradun, October 7
Chief Minister BC Khanduri today asked officials to ensure that problems being faced by people are straightway addressed at the district level.


A cyclist braves rain in Dehradun on Friday
A cyclist braves rain in Dehradun on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Two bags found abandoned in city
Dehradun, October 7 Two abandoned suspicious briefcases found in different parts of the city sent the capital police in a tizzy today. Though the briefcases were reportedly left by two con men after taking out cash from these, the cops suspected they might be containing bombs.

Wildlife Week concludes
Dehradun, October 7
The Wildife Week celebrations concluded here today. Addressing a valedictory function, Uttarakhand Principal Chief Conservator (Forests) RBS Rawat reiterated the Forest Departmentís commitment towards the protection of wildlife.

 



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Mass Suicide
Body of missing man found from canal
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 7
The recovery of the body of Hemant (34) today from the Shakti canal in Vikas Nagar is expected to provide the missing links to the police investigating the suicide of 10 members of a family that continues to remain a mystery till date.

Hemant was the only missing member of the family of 10 whose body had not been recovered by the police. According to the police, Hemant, along with her two sisters and six kids, had supposedly committed suicide by jumping into the canal on Tuesday while another family member Manoj Kashyap committed suicide by hanging himself from a peepal tree at a tea estate near Telpura Chowk.

As Hemantís body was not found on the same day, the police till last evening was thinking that Hemant may be alive and may even have a hand in the possible foul play behind the incident.

However, the recovery of her body has helped the police to restrict its probe to the limited angles. Not taking anything to chance, a police team has been sent to a village in Muzaffarnagar where Shokender, husband of Rekha who died of cyst formation, resides.

The lone survivor of the incident, Kailasho, has alleged Shokender of loose character and of teasing her family. She also alleged that Shokender did not pay anything in the treatment of her daughter and his wife Rekha.

Sources said her son-in-law in Muzaffarnagar had refuted such allegations of the elderly woman and had instead accused her of the same. Thus to thoroughly examine the case, the capital police has dispatched a team to the Uttar Pradesh district.

Though the prima facie cause of the incident has come out to be depression due to the death of Rekha which led to the collective suicide of the family members, nobody, including the police, is able to digest this reason. On the other hand, the changing statements of the lone witness, Kailasho, of the case have also hampered the investigation of the police. Though she has recorded her statement with the magistrate, the cops believe she may not be in right frame of mind yet due to the excess intake of some intoxicating substance, which she took along with all deceased before jumping to the canal.

SSP Gopal Nath Goswami said, ďAt present, this will be premature to come to a conclusion on whether it is a case of collective suicide or something else. A investigation team has been formed and all angles are being probed.Ē

Meanwhile, demanding a magistrate-level probe into the matter, the Kashyap Samaj Mahasangh submitted a memorandum to the district magistrate office today.

Satish Kashyap, general secretary of the association, said this was a plot or a collective suicide, there was still a doubt in this.

As the District Magistrate was unavailable, the memorandum was submitted to the Dehradun Additional District Magistrate Archana Gaharwar.

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Sangh lays siege to food supplies office in Doon
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 7
In support of their demands, members of the Uttaranchal Uchit Dar Vikreta Sangh today besieged the Dehradun District Food and Civil Supplies office.

They were irked over a sudden inspection by the Food and Civil Supplies Minister on a holiday and the sealing of a fair price shop.

Jitender Gupta, president of the sangh, said it was unfair that the minister inspected various shops on a national holiday entered one of the shops forcefully and sealed it.

He later met officials and complained that all the shopkeepers were receiving less quantity of kerosene and asked him to ensure that they were given the desired quantity. Gupta also said they had been complaining that electronic weights were not being used at the RFC godown in Transport Nagar. He said if the administration failed to accept their demands, they would launch an indefinite protest.

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CM holds janta milan programme

Dehradun, October 7
Chief Minister BC Khanduri today asked officials to ensure that problems being faced by people are straightway addressed at the district level.

He issued these directives at a Janta Milan programme at his residence, where a large number of people came up with their problems. He also gave on-the-spot directions for their resolution to officials. The Chief Minister said the people should first establish a contact with district-level officials. Coming to the state headquarters unnecessarily resulted in a wastage of time and money, he added.

On the occasion, Shachu Dobhal, a farmer from gram panchayat Panchiyana of Pratap Nagar tehsil, informed the Chief Minister about the damage caused to his crops due to incessant rain. At this, the CMi directed the District Magistrate, Tehri, to send a report on the matter within 10 days.

A delegation of pensioners of the Urban Development Department, led by chairperson of the Kaushalya Dabral Sangharsh Vahini Sushila Dhyani, also met the Chief Minister and apprised him of their problems. The CM directed his Additional Secretary to initiate action on an expeditious basis to coordinate with the department concerned and resolve the issue. ó TNS

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Two bags found abandoned in city

A bomb disposal squad checks the contents of a briefcase that was found on Municipal Road in Dehradun on Friday
A bomb disposal squad checks the contents of a briefcase that was found on Municipal Road in Dehradun on Friday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir

Dehradun, October 7
Two abandoned suspicious briefcases found in different parts of the city sent the capital police in a tizzy today.

Though the briefcases were reportedly left by two con men after taking out cash from these, the cops suspected they might be containing bombs.

According to the police, they received the information that two suspicious briefcases were found abandoned each near Drona International School on Municipal Road and at CMI Chowk following which the cops rushed to the spot.

Senior police officials, including the SSP, the SP (City) and CO along with a dog squad and a bomb disposal squad, reached the spot. CO Premendra Dobhal said having checked the contents of the briefcases, they found there was nothing inside but some documents. The police then on the basis of mobile phone numbers found from the documents called up the persons whom the briefcases belonged to. Both told the police that their briefcases were taken away by unidentified men.

One of them, Arvind Tiwari, a Race Course native, said he was putting luggage in his car when an unidentified man came there. The con men told Arvindís driver the oil was leaking from the car and as the drive looked towards the car, the latter ran away with the briefcase. Another victim Pawan Kumar said he was standing with his luggage when suddenly a man came from behind and ran away with the bag before he could even react. A total of Rs 11,000 said to have been missing from the luggage of the duo. Meanwhile, the incident has also exposed the laxity on the part of the police in tackling such incident. The dog squad and the bomb disposal squad did not seem fully equipped and there was a lack of staff to defuse a possible bomb. On the other hand, the cops also seemed taking the matter lightly. Neither traffic diversions were made, nor the area was sealed. ó TNS

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Wildlife Week concludes
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 7
The Wildife Week celebrations concluded here today.

Addressing a valedictory function, Uttarakhand Principal Chief Conservator (Forests) RBS Rawat reiterated the Forest Departmentís commitment towards the protection of wildlife.

He said the week was meant to make society aware of the significance of faunal wealth in the forest eco-system. He appreciated schoolchildren and villagers for making this yearís week a success.

State Chief Wildlife Warden SS Sharma elaborated upon programmes and functions organised during the week. He said a large number of schoolchildren were taken to the Rajaji National Park. Wildlife sensitisation programmes were also held in adjoining villages.

The forest front line staff, veterinary officials and heads of the eco-development committee were given certificates of excellence. Among those who were honoured were senior lawyer SD Pant, veterinary officer Dr NS Negi and former honorary wildlife warden Ranjeev Mehta.

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