R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Electronic shop gutted:
Valuables, including electronics goods like computers and laptops worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a devastating fire which broke out at the office of a finance company located on the second floor of Ohri Tower in Phagwara on Monday. It took 12 fire tenders and 8 hrs to control the fire. It is said that the fire broke out due to a short circuit.

Man run over by train: An unidentified middle-aged man was run over by a train near Goraya Railway Station last night. The deceased was crossing the railway lines, Railway Police said. The GRP has sent the dead body to the local Civil Hospital for post mortem.

Showroom burgled
: A marble showroom at a nearby Bilga village in Phillaur sub-division was burgled last night. The burglars entered the showroom from the roof. Sources alleged that the burglars decamped the showroom with cash of Rs five lakh and two mobile phones after breaking the safe. The police has registered a case.

Middle-aged man run over by train: An unidentified middle-aged man was run over by a train near the Goraya railway station last night. The deceased was crossing the railway lines when the incident occured said the railway police. The Government Railway Police has sent the body to civil hospital for the post-mortem examination.

Rs 5 lakh, two mobile phones looted: A marble show room was burgled in nearby Bilga village, Phillaur, on Sunday. The burglars entered the show room and decamped with Rs 5 lakh cash and two mobile phones. The police has registered a case.

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Woman beaten to death
: An addict Satnam Singh has beaten his wife to death. Gurmit Kaur, the victim, lost her life on Sunday evening in Gandiwind Sarai village. The accused was suspicious about her character and used to beat her, the police said. A case has been registered under section 302 of the IPC against the accused.

Girl commits suicide: Amandeep Kaur (20), resident of Nawen Warrian village, 25 km from here, committed suicide by consuming some poison. Sources said that the girl was repeatedly harassed by some villagers following which she took the extreme step. According to sources, Milkha Singh, Ravi, Bikramjit Singh and his brother, Harwinder Singh, have been booked under Sections 306, 452, 341, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC for forcing Amandeep Kaur to commit suicide. The accused attempted to abduct Amandeep Kaur on Friday morning when she was going to her college. Later, they to her house and started pelting stones at the house. Meanwhile, Amandeep Kaur consumed poison. She was admitted to the Community Health Centre, Sarhali, from where she was referred to the Civil Hospital here but was sent to Amritsar as her condition was very serious. She breathed her last in Amritsar Hospital yesterday evening. The accused were absconding though the police have conducted raids on their possible hide outs.

Looters’ gang busted: The City police has busted a six-member gang of looters by arresting four of the gang members when two members managed to escape. A case under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. The police sources said arrested gang members were Kuldeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Zorawar Singh and Hardeep Singh when Kulwinder Singh and Gursewak Singh escaped during a raid. An iron rod, two swords and mobile set have been recovered from the accused.


Train mishap averted: The Howrah-Jammu Tavi Express escaped an accident near Ambala City on the Ambala-Rajpura rail section on Sunday. A 1-inch crack was detected on the rail line. The train, which was on its way to Jammu, halted for half an hour until the crack was repaired. A team of the Railway Engineering Department reached the site immediately. The Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala Rail Division, PK Sanghi, said due to the alertness of the patrolling team, the accident was averted.

Kumari Selja favours FDI: Union Minister Kumari Selja strongly defended the Cabinet’s decision of allowing the FDI in the retail sector. “The FDI will benefit traders and farmers as it will bring modern technology to the country,” she said. She criticised the BJP and other parties for disrupting Parliament business for the past 10 days.

VAT goes on napkins
: The government has exempted VAT on all kinds of sanitary napkins and baby diapers. Haryana Excise and Taxation Minister Kiran Choudhry said here that the decision had been taken as a welfare measure for women and children.

Boy found  murdered: A seven-year-old boy was found murdered on the rooftop of his house at Aashauda Todran in Bahadurgarh town here on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Harish. The body bore strangulation marks around the neck. The Bahadurgarh police has started an investigation after registering a case of murder on the complaint of the deceased’s mother.

Man intrudes  into house: The police has arrested Rajesh, a resident of Jatusana village, for allegedly intruding into a woman’s house and making a bid to outrage her modesty on Sunday. When the woman raised an alarm, the accused managed to flee.

2 die in mishap
: Two youths were killed on the spot when their motorcycle collided with a camel cart near Kagdana village in this district last night. Raj Kumar and Rohtash were going towards Kagdana from Kumharia village when they failed to spot a camel cart due to the vehicle’s headlights, leading to the collision.


Medical camp: The Old Students Association (OSA) of Government Postgraduate College here in the town would organise a one-day heart check up camp on the college premises on December 10. This was said by association president Ram Sharma after the meeting of the executive committee of the OSA here on Monday. He said the camp would be organised in collaboration with the college authorities and Fortis Hospital, Mohali, and a team of doctors led by specialist Dr RK Jaswal of Fortis would be present to treat patients.

Gita Jayanti fest: A two-day Gita Jayanti festival began on Monday in Dronacharya College of Education at Rait. Youth were briefed about the teaching of the Bhagwad Gita and its relevance in the present scenario. The event was jointly organised by the Vivekananda Kendra, Kangra, and the management of the college. The inaugural lamp was lit by PR Agnihotri, convener, Vivekananda Kendra. Copies of Bhagwad Gita were also distributed among youths.


Tantrik blamed  for boy’s death
: Family members of Suraj, a resident of Shivaji Marg, who died for lack of treatment, blamed tantrik Baba Lamb Singh for misleading them in the name of treating his child which led to his death on November 26 and protested before the SSP office on Monday. In the absence of the SSP, public relation officer Rajiv Rothan received their complaint. Some leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal too protested against the baba on the Kanwali road on Sunday alleging that the baba sexually exploited innocent women. Jagdish Kumar, father of Suraj, had alleged that the baba did not let him go to doctors for his son treatment on November 26 assuring him that he would treat him well but the child died after some time. The baba on the other hand blamed Jagdish for seeking his help for his son though he suggested him to go to the doctors instead.

4-day remand for ITBP DIG: ITBP DIG Satpal was given a remand of four days in the case of rankers recruitment scam. He was arrested by the CBI and his bank accounts are being investigated.

Leopard kills woman: A leopard killed a woman at Joshimath, Chamoli district, on Monday. The victim, Sulochna Devi (36), had gone to the forest to collect fodder in the morning when she was attacked by the leopard. Irked residents of Joshmath gheraoed park subdivisional officer Sarvesh Dubey. They were assured that the leopard would be declared man-eater.

Gangster Act imposed on Rudrapur riots’ accused: Acting on the investigation report on communal riots that occurred at Rudrapur on October 2, 2011, the district police today slapped the Gangster Act on four persons of the town, including two city councillors. According to the police, the councillors, Noor Mohammed and Rajesh Gangwar, incited the violence by spreading religious hatred. They were also accused of running armed gangs. “The culprits are still at large and the police is trying to arrest them,” said Pankaj Bhatt, circle officer of the Rudrapur police.

Rajpura colony being neglected: A delegation of the Uttarakhand Sanitary Workers Association on Monday met the District Magistrate, Almora, and informed him of the problems being faced by residents of Rajpura, a slum colony in the town. The District Magistrate was also apprised of the neglect by all government departments in implementing their welfare schemes in their area. “A state Election Commission team camped at every colony to prepare electoral identity cards but this colony was left and the residents were not called to any camp to make or renew their lost or damaged identity cards,” said Sanjay Kumar, leader of the delegation.

Youth Cong for 12 Assembly seats: The Uttarakhand Youth Congress has demanded 12 Assembly seats for the youth wing of the party in the coming Assembly elections. The tickets being demanded by the Youth Congress will be equally distributed in the Kumaon and Garhwal regions, claimed Anand Singh Rawat, chief of the Youth Congress. “The youth is the vital force in getting power for the party in the coming elections and on that merit, we have demanded these ticket to strengthen the hands of Rahul Gandhi,” said Rawat, while briefing newsmen in the town on his way to Pithoragarh to attend the “Satta Pariwartan” rally organised by the party.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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