R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Man crushed to death
: Sukhwant Singh died at the spot when a car hit him on the Dera Baba Nanak Road on Thursday. He was standing outside Khokhar Palace on the Dera Baba Nanak Road to attend a marriage ceremony when a Indica car (No PB-18-5888) crushed him to death. The police has handed over the dead body after an autopsy to relatives on Friday. The police has registered a case under Section 304A of the IPC.

One held with 25 gm smack
: The Garhshankar police has arrested Satnam Singh, son of Bujha Ram of Donewal, and has seized 25 gm smack from him. According to the police sources, a case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

French lessons at KMV:
KMV School of Communications and Foreign Languages in collaboration with PG Department of Fashion Designing organised a 3-day workshop on French fashion terms today. Cyrille, who has been invited from Ivory Coast, was the resource person who taught students about the language and its terminology.

Masters Athletic Championship: MLA Chaudhary Mohan Lal inaugurated the 32nd Masters Athletic Championship at Sikh National College, Banga, on Friday. About 400 participants in the age group of 40 to 80 years from different districts took part in various athletic events in the two-day championship. Kesar Singh (70) a Canada-based NRI also participated.

Black flag protest: Activists of the district unit of the Punjab State Ministerial Staff Services Union held a protest rally in front of the office of the district agriculture department. They took out a “black flag protest march” in the town on Friday. A union leader said the ministerial staff would intensify the stir from December 5 if the government fails to accept its demand. Similarly, the circle Nawanshahr unit of Technical Services Union also held a dharna and rally in front of the circle office of Powercom here today.

Efforts to curb noise pollution: The activists of the Human Empowerment League (HELP), including Parvinder Singh Kittna, Piara Singh Simbli, Parvinder Singh Jassomazara and Krishan Kumar, today submitted a memorandum to Tehsildar Barjinder Singh, for submission to the Chief Minister, urging him to take immediate steps to ensure compliance with directions of the Supreme Court for curbing noise pollution.

Rs 2 lakh snatched
: In a daring incident, an unidentified motorcyclist snatched Rs 2 lakh from Ritu who was returning to her home after withdrawing the amount from a Syndicate Bank branch of local Hargovind Nagar on Thursday.



3 made DGPs
: The Haryana Government has promoted three IPS officers as DGPs with immediate effect. They are Satyendra Kumar, Sharad Kumar and R. K. Vachher.

MDI director: Prof Chandra P. Shrimali has been appointed as officiating director of the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, with effect from December 1 after Prof VK Gupta attained the age of superannuation. Prof Shrimali will also be Director of the MDI, Murshidabad. A professor of human resource and management (HRM) with 36 years’ experience, Prof Shrimali has visited academic institutes and industrial organisations in the USA, France, Germany, Austria, Canada, Italy and Belgium.

Three held
: The local police has arrested three persons, Satish and Ombir of Badli village and Virender Goyala of Khurd village in Delhi in connection with the murder of Vijay, a resident of Badli village. They have been given four-day police remand. Mainpal and his brother, Vikram, of Badli village have already been arrested in this case.

Booked for fraud
: Following a complaint by Balinder Singh of nearby Kaluwas village, the city police has registered a case of cheating and criminal breach of trust against two persons, Youssuf Haroon Khan of Maharashtra and Hanuman Sharma of Bhiwani district, who “deceitfully” withdrew Rs. 2.87 lakh from the complainant’s savings bank account in the local branch of the State Bank of India recently. The police said that while withdrawing money from an ATM booth here on October 18, when Balinder sought assistance from the two, they “fraudulently” replaced his ATM card with a fake one.

Postmaster booked: The police has registered a case of cheating and criminal breach of trust against Dharambir Singh, postmaster of the Shahdat Nagar post office, near Kosli. The case has been registered on a complaint filed by the superintendent of post offices, Gurgaon. The complainant alleged that when a client recently handed over a sum of Rs 1,01,300 to the postmaster for getting it credited to his RD account, the latter misappropriated the amount.

2 killed in mishap: A young man, Chetan (21), died while his associate Vinod, both residents of Mahendergarh district, sustained injuries when their motorcycle was hit by a car on the Rewari-Mahendergarh road at Dahina village, 25 km from here, on Thursday evening.



Tipsy patwari arrested
: The police has arrested a tipsy patwari, Pyare Lal, outside his government residence at Ghumarwin, near here, on Thursday. Reports said Pyare Lal of Matyaal village, near the Mussaur area, near Ghumarwin, was heavily drunk and was creating a nuisance in the neighbourhood. The people reported the matter to the police, which arrived immediately and arrested him and carried him for medical examination. A case has been registered. Meanwhile, he was bailed out on Friday.

Speeding bike kills pedestrian
: A pedestrian, Giano Devi (50), died on Friday near Annu after being hit by a speeding motorcycle. The deceased, a resident of Sampahal village, was going back to her home after going to the local market, when suddenly a motorcycle hit her. The woman died on the spot. The police has arrested motorcyclist Ajay Kumar and impounded his vehicle.

Youth dies  in mishap: In a hit-and-run case, Nishant, alias Anu Sharma (21), injured seriously and succumbed to his injuries on the way to a hospital at Pucca Tiyala, near here, on Thursday night. According to the police, the deceased was conversing with his friends on the Pathankot-Mandi national highway when a speeding car hit him. The driver of the car fled from the spot with his vehicle after hitting him. He was rushed to a private hospital near Pathankot where he was declared brought dead.

Trucker held: The Indora police during patrolling stopped a truck (PB 05C-9935) at Milwan on Thursday night and found that the registration number on its number plate was fake. The truck driver failed to produce any document to the police. The truck was on its way from Milwan to Mukerian. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, the police has arrested truck driver Harbans Lal and also impounded the truck. The accused was produced in the court on Friday and sent to three-day police remand.



Girl injured in landmine blast:
One girl was injured in a landmine explosion near the Line of Control (LoC) at Karnah in Kupwara district, the police said today. The girl, identified as Masrat Fatima, “came into contact” with a pressure landmine at a nullah while collecting firewood. The police said the landmine “seems to have been carried away by flowing water from near the LoC”. Masrat, who was injured in her right hand, has been admitted to hospital.

Respite from cold wave: Even as the cold wave conditions had gripped the Kashmir valley much before the advent of “Chillai Kalan”, the harshest 40-day period of winter that begins from December 21, the city today saw a sunny day and witnessed above normal temperature after a week of gloomy weather. During the past week, the Valley had witnessed below freezing point night temperatures and extreme cold wave conditions during the daytime as well.



Raksha Morcha slams govt: The Uttarakhand Raksha Morcha has slammed the state government for not constituting an Armed Forces Tribunal in the state. PC Thapliyal, spokesman said both the Congress and the BJP had not been able to establish a tribunal in the past 11 years because of which the serving as well as the retired defense personnel had to make rounds of Uttar Pradesh Armed Forces Tribunal. The party would take initiative in setting up the tribunal by taking it up with the Center, he said.

Traders stage dharna: Freehold traders, who were unhappy over the state government’s policy on the Chakrata widening issue sat on a dharna on Chakrata Road on Friday. President of the Chakrata Road Traders Association Virender Rawat said if the state government did not pay heed to their protest, then they would turn their dharna into a hunger strike. He said the members were ready to wage a legal battle on this issue in the Nainital High Court as well.

J&K students visit RIMC: A team of 25 students from Jammu & Kashmir visited Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) on Friday as a part of “Sadbhavna” tour. Major Rajesh Sharma, officer in charge of the trip, said the tours are organised regularly by the Indian Army for rural children in order to give them the required exposure. In a brief interaction with the RIMC cadets, the students said they were very impressed by Dehradun, its vegetation, beauty and surrounding. They were also happy to know about the RIMC, its history and heritage.

Officials hold rally: Officials of the Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan, PTC Mazdoor Union, the Uttarakhand Gram Prahri Union and the Daily Wagers Labour Union held a rally from Clock Tower to the Secretariat here yesterday. President of the PTC Mazdoor Union Vishal Singh said they had been working under various drinking water schemes for last 34 years, which included collecting water charges from people. No permanent employee was involved under this schemes, despite that they had not been considered among the 24,000 daily wagers who had been regularised by the state government.

Kumaon Briefs

Body found in bushes: A 12-year-old boy was found murdered in the Chorgaliya area of Nainital district. It is learnt that his neck had been severed with a sharp-edged weapon and his body had been dumped in wild bushes. He had left his house on Wednesday to take his goats for grazing and had not returned. The victim has been identified as Irfan Ali of Kalega Khatta in the Hanspur Rensali range. The police has booked two brothers Ghanshyam and Jogendra on the charges of murder. Jogendra has been nabbed and the weapon of offense has been allegedly recovered from him. The two had allegedly murdered the boy for having resisted their attempts to steal one of his goats.

Chain snatched in Haldwani: The incidents of chain snatching continue unabated in Haldwani. The latest incident pertains to the snatching of a chain belonging to a medical practitioner Dr Ritu Tripathi. Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched her chain on the Nainital road while she was returning home. Although her brothers chased the snatchers, the latter managed to flee taking advantage of a marriage procession. Reports say that over the last three months, there have been no less than 30 snatchings reported in the town. Police investigations are on in the matter.

2.5 kg of charas seized: Some persons have been nabbed and the officials have seized 2.5 kilograms of charas from them. They were nabbed near Jadapani village in the remote Dhari area of Nainital district. The accused include two sadhus. They are said to be the residents of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. They were caught when the officials were carrying out a routine check of vehicles passing through a check point. The accused have been identified as 65-year-old Amanchain Puri, 30-year-old Sukhram Puri, 87-year-old Gyani and 38-year-old Ashok Kumar. The charas is said to be worth Rs 2.5 lakh in the market. Investigations are being carried out by the revenue police in the matter.

MC office raided: Chief Development Officer (CDO) and Mukhya Nagar Adhikari (MNA) DS Garbyal was appalled at seeing the state of affairs in the Haldwani Municipal Corporation when he carried out a surprise check in the office on Thursday afternoon. Not only did he find a large number of personnel not present at their seats, but also discovered that the attendance register had not been signed by a large number of officials. He got a further shock when the staff told him that the attendance was marked only in the evening. Pulling up the officials, he ordered that the functioning should be streamlined at the earliest and asked them to ensure that the public did not suffer at all for the works that were to be done by the officials.

Man stung by bees dead: A man was killed in the Shakti farm area of Udham Singh Nagar district after he was stung by a swarm of honey bees. The deceased has been identified as 60-year-old Santosh Roy of Panch Quarter Tok of Baikunthpur. It is learnt that he had gone to attend to a field located close to his house when a swarm of bees attacked him. His neighbour Prabhat was also stung by the bees when he came to help Santosh. Just when the villagers were trying to scare away the bees by lighting a fire and generating smoke, Santosh succumbed to the his injuries.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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