R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Convener booked:
A case has been registered against Lakhwinder, convener of Textile Mazdoor Union, along with union leader Rajwinder Singh under Sections 341, 323 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of Labour Commissioner’s driver.


Dhaba owner arrested: Ram Chander, a dhaba owner at Dabri Najad village on National Highway No. 21 (Chandigarh-Manali), was arrested by the police after its Special Investigation Unit raided his dhaba and recovered 48.550 km of “bhukki” from there on Wednesday. SP Santosh Patial said the raid was conducted on a tip-off. He said a case had been registered under the NDPS Act.

80 pc cases of eye problems curable: On the occasion of World Sight Day, Chief Medical Officer, Hamirpur, SK Soni said the theme of the day this year was “Eye care to all”. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said the national percentage of blindness was 1.49 per cent, but it was .87 per cent in the state. There were 45,000 blind persons in the state and 80 per cent cases of eye problems leading to blindness could be prevented through early treatment. He said the state government had launched a special programme for eye examination of schoolchildren.


Relief sought for riots’ victims:
A delegation of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Uttarakhand met Governor Margaret Alva at Raj Bhawan today, submitting a memorandum of their demands. General secretary of the organisation Maulana Altaf Husain led the six-member delegation. The memorandum demanded that an impartial inquiry be initiated into the incidents of communal tension that had occurred in Rudrapur recently and those found responsible for it be punished. It also demanded that the people affected should be compensated adequately for the loss of life and property. The memorandum also put forth the demand that no political party be allowed to organise any yatras in Haldwani, keeping in mind the sensitivity of the situation.

Suicide by labourer: Birju Nepali, a 24-year-old labourer, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at his residence in Maldevta on Thursday. He was admitted to a local hospital in Raipur from where he was referred to Government Doon Hospital. However he died during treatment. The police said it was yet to be established whether he consumed poison or there was some foul play behind the incident.

Vendor dies: A chowmin kiosk vendor, who sustained burn injuries after a cylinder exploded three days ago, died today at Coronation Hospital. A vendor at Balawala was working at his shop when the cylinder exploded. In the mishap, he sustained 65 per cent burns and was shifted to the hospital. He was declared dead by the doctors operating upon him.

Kumaon Briefs
Burglars decamp with Rs 9.50 lakh:
In a daring attempt, some burglars broke the windshield of a car parked close to a police post near Rudrapur and decamped with Rs 9.50 lakh. It is learnt that the car owner, Umesh Sharma, who is a resident of Awas Vikas colony, is in the business of supplying labour to various industrial units in the area. On Wednesday, he was on his way to disburse the wages amongst labourer. He had withdrawn money from an ATM and had gone to another bank to deposit a cheque when some motorcycle-borne persons broke the glass of his car and fled with the money. The CCTV footage has not yielded any information about the accused. Police investigations are on in the matter.

4 wild cats die during treatment: Four young ones of a wild cat have died while they were being treated at a facility in Almora. They had been recovered from a field in Jyoli village a couple of days back. The attempt by the Forest Department officials to feed them proved futile. It is learnt that they had been unwell and were not responding to the treatment. They have been buried and their photographs have been sent to the Wildlife Institute on India at Dehradun to ascertain their pedigree.

2 run over by trains in US Nagar: A man and a woman were killed in separate incidents when they were run over by trains in Udham Singh Nagar district. It is learnt that in the first instance, a man was run over by a train near Sirauli at an unmanned railway crossing. The deceased is yet to be identified. In the second instance, a woman, appearing to be in her early seventies, was killed near Pul Bhatta. She has not been identified either. The dead bodies have been sent for post-mortem analysis.

Women hold demonstration: The women residents of the Dineshpur area of Udham Singh Nagar are agitated over the rampant illegal sale of liquor in the area. They have threatened to march and hold a demonstration in the district headquarter if the police fails to check the illegal sale over the next five days. On Wednesday, the women had turned out in large number to stage a demonstration in Dineshpur. The protestors included residents of the Khataula, Madnapur, Amritnagar, Motipur and Radhakantpur localities.

Agitation over delay in construction work: A large number of villagers residing in the Chaubati-Muvani stretch of Didihat are agitated over the delay in construction of a road joining the two destinations. The people claim that a population of 15,000, residing in 20 villages of the area, is being deprived of transport connectivity. They say that the demand for the road is almost 15 years old. The villagers point out that the road has been constructed till the two ends of Chaubati and Chamubend, while a small stretch of half a kilometre still needs to be built. The residents of the area had even held a demonstration in Didihat on Wednesday.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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