R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


YAD holds protest:
With assembly elections in the state on the anvil, even the religious occasions and festivals are not being spared by political parties to score a point over their rivals. The Youth Akali Dal on Tuesday organised a Diwali function by burning "scam bomb" as a mark of protest against the series of scams, including the 2G Spectrum, that have rocked the Congress-led UPA Government.

One crushed to death
: Dead body of an unidentified person was found near T-point Hajipur at Dasuya town. According to the police, some unknown vehicle crushed him to death. Dasuya police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304A of the IPC.

Man run over by train
: A powercom employee, identified as Jagmohan Singh, of Sohal village was run over by a train near Bhattian village on the Phagwara-Phillaur rail section. The deceased died while crossing the railway lines. Railway Police has sent the dead body to the Phillaur Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination.

Rs 1.5 lakh looted by unidentified youths
: Four unidentified youths on motorcycles snatched Rs 1.5 lakh from a Malkiat Singh of Lassarra village on Monday afternoon. The victim was returning to his home after withdrawing the amount from Punjab and Sind Bank, Chack Dana village, when the robbers snatched the amount from him. and A case was registered.


CMs Diwali greetings
: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. In a message issued here on Tuesday, the Chief Minister wished peace and prosperity to the people of the state. He said the people celebrated this festival to dispel darkness so as to evoke the blessings of goddess Lakshmi.

BPL cardholders: In view of the festival season, the state government has decided to give 2.7 kg of sugar instead of 2 kg to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) cardholders. This decision of the government would benefit over 12 lakh BPL card holders.

Spurious milk: The CIA branch of the Kaithal police seized 250 litres of spurious milk and other articles, including 10 kg of glucose powder and refined oil used in preparing milk, from Balu village on Sunday. Dairy owner Anil Kumar was arrested and booked in a case. Simardeep Singh, SP, said samples of seized milk had been sent to a laboratory.

Undertrial escapes
: An undertrial prisoner on Tuesday escaped from the custody of three policemen, who were bringing him back to the district jail here after producing him in a court in Punjab. A case has been registered against Om Parkash, ASI; Magat Ram and Krishan Kumar, both head constables, said Suresh Paul, SHO. Malkiat Singh of Rania was lodged in the jail in connection with a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against him.

Boy dies
: Nitin, a two-year-old boy, of Vikas Nagar died on the spot after he fell into an open manhole while playing outside his house on Tuesday. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Residents of the locality alleged that despite complaints, no efforts were made to cover the manhole.

2 thieves held: The police has arrested two miscreants, Neeshu of UP and Amit of Palwal, who had allegedly stolen Rs 4 lakh from the residence of Amit Kumar, Executive Engineer, Public Health Department, here on Sunday. The police had also recovered the stolen amount.


Gold chain snatched
: A chain snatching incident took place in the city on the eve of Diwali. The victim Meeta Rawat, aged 35, a primary schoolteacher, was returning to her house at Vijay Park from the market when two motorcycle-borne youths confronted her near Haryana Dairy on the busy Chakrata Road around 2.30 pm. They snatched her gold chain and sped away. The two aged around 19 to 25 years were on a black motorcycle.

6 held for gambling: The police arrested six persons for gambling here on Tuesday. The six namely Jaiveer Rai, Satish, Amit, Vijay Thapa, Mahesh Singh and Shahid were arrested and a sum of Rs 17,490 recovered from their possession.

46 vehicles challaned: As part of the campaign launched by the Dehradun traffic police during the ongoing festival season, 46 vehicles were challaned and eight vehicles were seized. A total sum of Rs 4,000 was realised as fine from the offenders, here on Tuesday.

Kumaon Briefs
Education Minister lays stones of projects:
Education Minister Matbar Singh Kandari has laid down the foundation of various projects worth Rs 70.88 lakh in Almora district. These include construction of a library in Government Inter College at Hawalbagh along with laboratories and buildings at different schools and colleges of the district. The minister has stated that all the efforts are being made to create an academic atmosphere across the state for which the help of parents is also being sought. He said the government wanted to make teaching process more interactive. During his visit to Almora on Monday, the minister ordered that there should be no duplicity of appointment of teachers of a particular subject in any of the schools.

Man killed in accident: A property dealer from Haldwani lost his life after his motorcycle was hit by a vehicle on Monday night. The deceased has been identified as 52-year-old Bhuvan Losali. A resident of Gaula Road, Losali was returning home after shopping on the occasion of Dhanteras. The accident is learnt to have taken place on the Bareilly road. He was rushed to a hospital after the accident where he died while being treated. The police is trying to locate the vehicle responsible for the accident. This is the fifth instance of people having lost their lives on the Bareilly road in the past one week.

People throng markets: The festival of Dhanteras saw people of Kumaon thronging the markets in large numbers. Reports say more than 250 four-wheelers were bought in Haldwani alone. In addition to this people purchased, gold, silver and other precious articles. The markets selling utensils also witnessed a heavy rush till late at night. The festival is marked by heavy purchasing as it is said to be an auspicious occasion for procuring new articles. In addition to this, the sale of crackers also picked up at various places. The administration has designated open grounds for the sale of crackers.

Incidents of fire at Rudrapur: Two instances of an outbreak of fire have been reported from Rudrapur town. It is learnt that the cause of the fire in both the cases was a short-circuit. In the first instance a shop selling electronic items was gutted in the Indira Colony area of the town. The fire broke out after the owner had gone home after locking his shop. Articles worth lakhs of rupees are said to have been burnt in the incident. In the second instance a fire broke out at a house in Eshwar Colony. Household articles worth thousands of rupees are said to have been destroyed in the incident.

Eight vehicles impounded: Officials of the Forest Department and the police impounded eight vehicles involved in illegal quarrying on the Dabka riverbed. They were ferrying illegally mined material from the Gabuva and Bailpadav areas. The vehicles were impounded during the raids carried out in Gabuva, Bailpadav, Kaligad, Khempur and Kunwarpur. These vehicles were released only after realisation of a fine of Rs 2.40 lakh.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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