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Girl raped by kin: The Chatiwind police has arrested Balbir Singh for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl belonging to Verpal village near Tarn Taran Road. The police has registered a case under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC in this connection on the statement of the victimís mother. She in her complaint alleged that Balbir Singh, from Dode village, was their relative and had come their home for harvesting of the paddy crop. She alleged the accused came home early on the pretext that he was not physically well.She said when she returned home she heard her daughterís cry. She ran towards the room and found her daughter profusely bleeding.

One murdered: A dead body, identified as Jaswant Singh of local Mohalla Roop Nagar, was found near Piplanwala here yesterday. According to the police, Jaswant Singh was murdered by some miscreant and who later threw his body in a ganda nullah. Model Town police has registered a case under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC and has started investigation to nab the culprit.

Two held with 400 gm opium: Mahilpur police has recovered 400gms opium from Phoolwati, wife of Vijay of Kairian (UP), and Balwinder Singh, son of Kewal Singh of Khera. According to the police both were arrested under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act in separate cases.

One held for dowry demand: After the inquiry report of Circle Inspector of Mukerian sub division, Talwara police has booked Ashvani Kumar, son of Charan Dass and Raksha Devi of Dehpur, under Sections 498 and 406 of the IPC yesterday. According to the police, Ranjit Kaur, daughter of Makhan Singh of Muradpur Narial, alleged that her husband, Ashvani Kumar, and mother-in-law used to torture and harass her for bringing more dowry.



Zonal Youth Festival: The three-day Zonal Youth Festival sponsored by the Department of Youth and Cultural Affairs, Kurukshetra University, will be hosted by Bhagwan Parshu Ram College, Kurukshetra. A spokesman, Raj Kumar Vats, said the youth festival would be held on the college premises from October 23 to 25 in which 50 teams from different colleges affiliated to KU would participate.

Three booked: The police has booked three persons for allegedly detaining Amrik Singh on his way to home and firing in the air. A police spokesman said Amrik Singh of Bibipur had lodged a complaint that he had given his piece of land measuring 10 kanals and four marlas to Kuldeep of the same village on a contract. But, after harvesting his paddy, when he was returning home on Thursday, three persons stopped him and opened fire in the air. A case under Sections 285, 341 and 336 of the IPC has been regisered.

Release on parole: HPCC spokesman Ved Prakash Vidrohi has said it was a matter of grave concern that nine hardcore criminals were recently released on parole, mostly from Bhondsi Jail in Gurgaon district. He lamented their release on parole at a dharna by traders and shopkeepers at the Moti Chowk here. The traders have been protesting against the failure of the Rewari police to apprehend the three miscreants who looted cash and jewellery from goldsmith Prahlad Bagriís house at gunpoint. He said such mass release of criminals was apparently a planned conspiracy to unleash panic in the region.



Order to relocate post office: The Centre has ordered relocation of the shifted branch post office of the Raura sector here in the town in the same vicinity and has asked the postal authorities to ensure that this post office starts functioning at its old place at the earliest. This order was received here on Friday and now, the postal authorities are searching for a proper place in the Raura sector for the same. This post office branch, which was successfully functioning in the sector since the past 40 years was shifted suddenly.

Anurag visits Ghumarwin: Wrong and anti-people policies of the Congress-led Centre have led to rampant corruption at higher places of its government, and it has in turn, resulted in the day-to-day rise in the prices of essentials. This was said by BJP Yuva Morcha national president and MP from this Hamirpur constituency Anurag Thakur in a whirlwind day-long tour of the Ghumarwin Assembly segment on Thursday. He addressed a series of public meetings after inaugurating and laying foundation stones of a number of projects at Kot, Salahon, Bharadi, Chakrana and Ghumarwin villages. He also announced a number of schemes at various places.

Pilgrimís body recovered: The police has recovered the body of a 70-year-old woman pilgrim of Manimahesh in decomposed condition near Hadsar on Thursday after 41 days of her being missing near Dhanchho, the midway place en route the Manimahesh itinerary, on August 26 during the Manimahesh pilgrimage. Chamba SP Madhu Sudan Sharma said here on Friday that the deceased had been identified as Vyasa Devi of Duhak Ghaniara village, Thural sub-tehsil in Kangra.

97 sleepers seized: The police has seized 97 sleepers of kail trees near Nera road in the remote Churah sub-division of Chamba district during a raid conducted by a team of police officials on Thursday, according to a police report received here on Friday. The report said the police had nabbed five persons when they were allegedly smuggling the timber in the area.

Rs 10 lakh for sanitation: A sum of Rs 10 lakh has been allocated to the municipal council here by Deputy Commissioner BM Nanta for maintaining sanitation on the ground during the Dasehra festival. This was stated during a meeting here on Friday.

Body found: Body of Ashrad Khan (20) of Keharna village was found in mysterious circumstances in bushes along the roadside in Rod village on Friday. The deceased was working at a garage at Jachh. A Santro car was also found a few meters away from the body that had reportedly met with an accident after hitting a tree.



Scientistsí meeting at FRI: Scientists and expert from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be gathering at the Forest Research Institute on Sunday to discuss various issues and share their observations regarding research and development on tree-borne species like Jatropha, Karanja, Wild Appricot, Cheura, Mahua and others. The main objective of the meeting is to disseminate technologies developed by the National Oilseeds and Vegetable Oils Development Board of the Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi. The programmes are aimed to benefit small and marginal as well as tribal farmers who may get additional income through cultivations in degraded lands, particularly in the northern hill regions.

BJP leader dies: Dehradun Mahanagar BJP General Secretary Goverdhan Bharadwaj died of cardiac arrest on Friday. He had a massive heart attack at his residence during morning hours following which his family members took him to Combined Medical Institute, Hospital, Dehradun, where he passed away. Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri, State BJP president BS Chufal and Dehradun Mayor Vinod Chamoli were among prominent BJP leaders who visited the residence of Bharadwaj to express their condolence to the bereaved family.

Man booked: A man was booked for allegedly eve teasing a girl at MMD Colony, Adhoiwala, Raipur area. According to Poonum, a resident of the colony, the girl was heading towards her house when Sanjay Prasad, a native of Tehri, eve teased her. A case has been registered.

Kumaon Briefs
Swachta Utsav launched in Champawat:
The Champawat administration launched Swachta Utsav on Friday. It aims at initiating a cleanliness drive and awareness across the district. Inaugurating it, Zila Panchayat Chairperson Prema Pandey said the aim was to make every village clean and to provide potable water to them. A series of programmes will be held at various levels to promote the concept of total sanitation across the district. These will include training of officials, awareness campaigns in schools and colleges and public rallies for promoting cleanliness.

Golf championship begins today in Nainital: The All-India Railway Mid-session Golf Championship will begin at the Raj Bhawan Golf Course in Nainital on Saturday. The two-day event would see participation of golfers from the Railways. Players posted with the Railways across the country are coming to the Lake City to participate in the tournament. Railway sources say that more than 100 golfers will be competing in this yearís tourney. Chairman of the Railway Board Vinay Mittal is expected to inaugurate the tournament.

11-year-old girl stung by bees, dies: An 11-year-old girl died in Pithoragarh district after she was stung by a swarm of bees in the Devalthal area of the district. It is learnt that Rashmi was attacked by a swarm of bees while she was returning home from the forest. The people residing in the area managed to drive away the bees after lighting a fire and creating smoke. She was taken to a hospital, where she died during treatment.

Body found in canal near Haldwani: A body was found in a canal in the Halduchaur area near Haldwani. The body bore injury marks. It has been sent for a post-mortem examination. The identity of the deceased and the cause of his death are yet to be ascertained.

Farmers robbed, thrashed in Udham Singh Nagar: A group of farmers which was on its way to Nanakmatta in Udham Singh Nagar district was allegedly beaten up and robbed of Rs 20,000 by miscreants. The incident took place near Sarasariya village when they were going to sell their paddy crop in the market. The farmers belong to Fulaiyya village. The youths fled after allegedly snatching Rs 20,000 from the victims, Mohan Singh, Kundan Singh and Hari Singh. They also sustained injuries and were given treatment at the Community Health Centre in Khatima.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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