R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Man held with narcotics
: The CIA staff of Amritsar rural police has arrested Gurdev Singh, a resident of Ghanshayapur, and seized 400 gm of narcotic powder from his possession. The police has registered a case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act in this connection. The police authorities said the accused was arrested from Gehrimandi area following a tip-off and further investigations are under progress. Meanwhile, the Beas police has nabbed Kartar Singh, a resident of Baba Bakala, and recovered a country-made revolver of .22 bore from his possession. 

Lecturer comes third in marathon: Physics lecturer Bhupinder Singh of Mai Bhago Government Polytechnic College for Girls has won the third position in the Gold City Marathon walk held here recently. He bagged the position in adult age group. The marathon was organised by the Amritsar Tourism Outreach foundation with the aim to highlight the rich cultural, religion and historical importance of the holy city.

Jobs for students: Muthoot Fincorp Ltd selected three students of the BBK DAV College for Women today. College Principal Dr Neelam Kamra said these students would join the company after finishing their studies. The selected students were Shiba Ghai, Mehak Mehra and Harneet Kaur. 


Man hurt in mishap:
In a hit-and-run case, an unidentified vehicle hit a car from the rear near Railley village. The impact of the hit was so much that the car turned turtle. The owner of the car, identified as Dr Aditya, a resident of Sector 12-A, was shifted to a hospital with serious injuries. According to the victim, he was going towards his clinic in Sector 11 around 9 pm when the vehicle hit him from rear. A case has been registered.

The following have been elected as office-bearers of the Punjab Modern Complex Residents’ Welfare Association, Baltana: president PS Chauhan, vice-president Prem Nath Bhardwaj, general secretary Sunil Khurana, office secretary Golak Bihari, secretary Arvind Rana, cashier Hansraj, joint secretaries Subhash Chander and Naveen Munjal.



Teachers to gherao minister:
Teachers here have decided to gherao Geeta Bhukkal, Education Minister, at her residence on February 2 to press for their demands like promotion from basic cadres and creation of new posts through enforcement of the Right to Education Act. This was stated by Balwan Singh Dahiya, president of the Haryana Vidyalya Adhyapak Sangh-93 (affiliated to the Sarv Karmchari Sangh), here after attending a meeting at the sangh office. 

Police remand:
The police has procured a two-day remand for INLD leader Vikas Chaudhary following his arrest on Friday in connection with a suicide committed by the owner of a local photo studio. Two more accused in abetting the suicide by photographer Gulshan Bhatia have already been sent to judicial custody. Supporters of Chaudhary, a former president of the Faridabad unit of youth wing of the INLD, said he surrendered on his own, but the police claimed it arrested him.

Husband booked:
The police has registered a case against a husband for allegedly demanding more dowry. Kavita, wife of Subhash Chand, of Mathana village in her complaint lodged with the police, has alleged that her husband had been torturing her for bringing less dowry.

New Delhi
Haj applications:
The Haryana State Haj Committee reviewed its preparations for the forthcoming Haj yatra at a meeting here recently. Committee chairman Aftab Ahmad said those desiring to go for Haj and holding valid passports would have to send in their applications between March 1 and 31. Those above 70 years will be allowed to take one person with them.

Protest held
: Hundreds of ex-servicemen, peasants and members of the depressed classes from various villages of the Kanina area of Mahendragarh district, held a protest against the lackadaisical approach of the Union government in granting approval to May 10, 1951, as Army Chief Gen VK Singh’s date of birth as per his matriculation certificate at the sub-tehsil office at Kanina on Monday. The demonstration was led by Thakur Attar Lal, chief of the state unit of the All-India Rajput Mahasabha.

Train tragedy averted: The driver stopped Porbander Express near the Jhajjar road railway overbridge here on Monday when an axle of a wheel of an AC coach caught fire, The station staff brought the fire under control, averting a major tragedy. The damaged coach was detached and its occupants were shifted to other coaches following which the train left for Porbander in Gujarat after a delay of about two hours.

Youth shot dead:
A youth was shot dead by some assailants in Malcha village of the district on Sunday. Naresh of Malcha village was sitting at his liquor vend when three youths arrived there and one of them opened fire on Naresh killing him on the spot. The police has registered a case on the complaint of deceased’s father, Bhim Singh, and started investigation.



One killed in road accident: Anil Kumar of Sujanpur Tihra, who was working with the IPH Department, was killed on the spot near Annu on Monday when his bike (HP 12 E-1836) collided head-on with a scooter (HP 22-2122) coming from the opposite direction. 

Man dies of poisoning: Yudvir Singh (45) died in the DRPGMC Tanda on Monday after consuming poison by mistake.The police said Yudvir Singh of Icchhi village was under treatment and consumed poison instead of his regular medicine. He was rushed to the DRPGMC Tanda in early morning. The police is investigating the case under Section 174, CrPC.

Pradeep is Press Club chief: The local Press Club elected Pradeep Sharma its president unanimously in the biennial election held on Sunday night at the Press Club Bhavan. Outgoing club president Vinay Mahajan proposed his name for the next tenure which was unanimously accepted by club members. 


Postmortem report of double suicide out: The postmortem report of the double suicide case of Chander Prakash and his beloved Nidhi, residents of Shioli Akbarpur, Kanpur, who were found dead in a hotel room in the city on Saturday. It shows that the girl, who was seen lying dead on the bed, must have first committed suicide in bathroom where a torn bed sheet was found. The boy must have put her on the bed and then hanged himself from the ceiling fan. The family members of both the deceased took the corpses with them on Sunday. 

Kumaon Briefs

Power cuts in Nakuri: Residents of the Nakuri area of Bageshwar district are agitated over the authorities subjecting them to regular ‘blackouts’. The villagers said they were facing hardships as a result of unscheduled power cuts. The worst affected villages are Rima, Kirauli, Surkaligaon, Bafilagaon, Panchaar, Maholi, Kidai and Baikaudi. The people allege that on one hand the students preparing for the board examination are unable to study and on the other the households where marriages are taking place are also facing various problems. The villagers have threatened to launch an agitation if the situation does not improve over the next few days.

Discontinuity of bus service opposed: People of the Kotmanya area of Bageshwar district are disillusioned by the decision of the Kumaon Motor Operators Union (KMOU) decision to stop the bus service from Bageshwar to Kotmanya. The bus service, which had been introduced seven years ago, had served as a lifeline to the villages of the area. As of now, they have been left at the mercy of private vehicle owners who function in a very erratic manner. The people have expressed hope that the KMOU would restart the service once the elections were over. The KMOU authorities have also assured them on this count.

Scooter-tempo collision kills youth: A youth was killed when the scooter on which he was riding met head collided with a tempo in the Teen Pani area of Haldwani. The deceased has been identified as Kundan Giri Goswami of Baijnath in Bageshwar. He was going to Haldwani town from the Gorapadav area when the accident took place. The tempo driver fled the spot immediately after the accident. The police investigations are on in the matter.

Two held for theft: Two youths were nabbed by traders of a market in the Gadarpur area of Udham Singh Nagar district while they were allegedly involved in committing a theft. Those nabbed have been identified as Nazim and Sarfaraz. They were trying to flee after allegedly stealing a garland of currency notes from a shop on Gularbhoj Tiraha. They were handed over to the police by the traders.

Leopard fear hovers over Hawalbagh: Residents of Mahatgaon in the Hawalbagh area are living in terror of a leopard over the past 15 days. It is learnt that the wild cat has been spotted very close to the village on several occasions. Villagers said it had also killed three cattle heads over the last one week. They said they were scared to go out of their offices after the sun goes down. They have sought help of the Forest Department to trap the animal.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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