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Cartridges seized
: The Government Railway Police (GRP) Ambala has recovered 4,000 cartridges near the parcel yard of Ambala Cantt railway station on Wednesday, which were kept in eight boxes. The police said the consignment was booked for Meerut from Karnal. 

One killed
: A person died on the spot on Wednesday night when a speeding car hit him on the NH-2. The police has registered a case in connection with the incident. A case has been registered.

Rs 6 lakh stolen
: In a broadday light incident, a bag containing Rs 6 lakh was allegedly stolen by smashing a windowpane of an Opal Corsa car parked outside a gas agency near Ambedkar Chowk here on Thursday. The police has registered a case. 

Man killed: A man was killed and three others were injured critically when their jeep collided with a tractor-trolley on the Beri-Dubaldhan road near Dubaldhan village here on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Rajesh of Dubaldhan village while the injured are Ramesh, Virender and Suresh of the same village. 

Cops suspended:
ASI Wazir Singh and constable Suraj Bhan, who allegedly indulged in unscrupulous practices during checking of vehicles at the Bhiwadi barrier at Dharuhera recently, have been suspended by SSP Vikas Arora. While they have been sent to the Police Lines, the SSP has also deputed DSP Krishan Lal to conduct a departmental probe against them. 

Prohibitory orders:
ML Kaushik, DC, has promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in the vicinity of 200 metres of examination centres in view of the exams of Chaudhary Devi Lal University here. The examinations are scheduled to begin from January 21.



Man killed in mishap: One person was killed when his motorcycle collided head-on with a four-wheeler in the Khatima area of Udham Singh Nagar district. The deceased, Ramesh (30) of Uttar Pradesh, was returning home after visiting a relative along with his sister when the accident took place. His sister, Raj Lakshmi, was seriously injured in the accident.

Kumaon Briefs
Two arrested for illegal refilling of cylinders
: The police in Haldwani has nabbed two persons involved in illegal refilling of cooking gas cylinders. Those arrested have been identified as Sartaj Hussain of Nai Basti and Irfan who resides near Bholanath Building. In a raid carried out following a tip off, the police recovered 16 gas cylinders meant for domestic use that were being refilled illegally. Other equipment used for carrying out the refilling exercise was also confiscated from the room in the Kathgodam area of the town.

Woman commits suicide: In a bizarre incident reported from the Ramnagar area of Nainital district, a woman committed suicide as she was unable to cope up with the toothache that she was experiencing. Identified as 48-year-old Devki Devi of Khumad of the Salt area of Almora district, she was having a tooth diseases. Despite having being treated at regular intervals, her tooth ache had not subsided. In a bout of depression, she consumed a pesticide at her house. Although she was rushed to a hospital in Ramnagar for treatment, the doctors could not save her.

Fish die due to cold wave: Reports of a large number of fish dying in Naukuchiatal on the account of the prevailing cold wave conditions has come to light. A team of officials of the Fisheries Department are learnt to have recovered 22 kg of fish from a person who had taken it out from the lake. A large number of people who had been taking out fish from the lake had fled seeing the officials. The cause of death of fish is being said to be the lack of oxygen in the lake on the account of the severe cold.

Two killed in road accident: Two persons, including a doctor, died when the jeep in which they were travelling over turned after hitting a hillside in Almora district. The cause of the accident is said to be brake failure. The jeep was on its way from Pipna in Salt to Maulekhal. The accident took place near Jollykhan. The deceased have been identified as 30-year-old Dr Yogesh Kumar who was deployed at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Painsiya and 47-year-old Mohan Ram of Ramdagar village.

Severe cold conditions in Kumaon: Severe cold wave conditions continue to prevail across Kumaon. With most of the areas not getting to see any sunshine, people complained of bitter cold. The foggy conditions during the day and frost during the night have made living conditions difficult for the people, particularly those residing in the hilly areas of the region. Over the last 15 days, the Kumaon region has been in the grip of extreme cold with snowfall and rainfall lashing the region repeatedly.

Burglaries on the rise as cops busy on poll duty:
The police is among the most overworked section of the official setup during the ongoing poll season. While they are busy attending to the law and order requirements of the poll staff, thieves are having a ball in the bigger urban centres of the Terai. The number of thefts and burglaries from shops and houses has gone up dramatically over the last few days in places like Haldwani. It is being related that since a majority of the police personnel are involved in poll-related activity, the patrolling and crime prevention in localities has taken a back seat.

Water crisis in Jageshwar area: The residents of the Jageshwar area of Almora district have been facing water crisis for almost a month. The residents of over 12 villages have been facing a tough time procuring drinking water. The prevailing cold wave conditions have made things worse for them. They say the problem is on account of the failure of the authorities to get the damaged pipelines and non-functional pumping stations repaired. They have demanded that the water supply be resumed at the earliest failing which they would be compelled to launch an agitation.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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