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Police raid on shanties
: The police today conducted a raid at shanties located near Orient Cinema in BRS Nagar and recovered four stolen motorcycles and sharp-edged weapons. It also allegedly detained six persons of the shanty for questioning. Sources said the raids were conducted following complaints of the residents that the shanty had become a hub of anti-social elements. The police refused to divulge details about the raid.

Patrolling intensified
: To keep check on the ever escalating crime graph and restore the trust of the people in police, the district police have launched a beat system for which the entire town has been divided into 13 wards which will be manned by a PCR motorcycle. Flagging off the PCR bikes at the Police Lines here today, SSP Hardyal Singh Mann said all the policemen who have been put on beat duty will remain in touch with the police control room through their walkie-talkie sets.

Inter-state gang of robbers busted
:The police claimed to have busted an interstate gang of robbers involved in extortions that had taken place at various petrol pumps in the area . SSP Hardyal Singh Mann said that four members of the gang have been arrested. A pistol, sharp-edged weapons and three motorcycles have been recovered. 

: The School of Management and Commerce of Khalsa College, Patiala, organised a one-day workshop on “Communication Skills and Career Options” on the college campus. Students participated in games. A group discussion was also held. 



2 held with liquor
: Two persons were arrested with 25 quarters of countrymade liquor here. The accused has been identified as Lokender Singh, of Sector 25. While Amit Kumar, of Janta Colony, Naya Gaon, was arrested from the PGI and 13 bottles of countrymade liquor were recovered from him. 

Pt Shiv Kumar to be honoured: The eighth annual Guru Madan Lal Koser and Shobaha Koser award will be conferred upon world renowned santoor wizard Padmavibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma at a special ceremony to be held at the Tagore Theatre on February 18 at 6.30 pm.The award instituted by the Pracheen Kala Kendra carries Rs 1 lakh.



: Shruti Chaudhary, MP, has demanded compensation for farmers of southern Haryana, including Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, whose crop were destroyed in mist. She said crops of mustard, barley and vegetables were hit due to mist. She urged the Chief Minister to order for special girdawari in the affected areas along with adequate compensation to farmers. She said fog and mist had badly damaged the crops of farmers and they were forced to face a huge loss despite using costly urea and seeds.

Swift car stolen
: A Swift car was looted at gunpoint at Bata Chowk here on the Agra-Mathura national highway late on Wednesday night during its return journey from Delhi airport. Raman Lal, owner of the car, had gone to see off his newly wed son and daughter-in-law to the airport. Three persons, armed with a country-made gun, overpowered the driver as he was waiting for Raman Lal. They dumped the driver from the moving car at Dundsa village in Palwal district. An FIR has been registered. 

Minor raped
: A minor girl was raped in Neoli Kalan village near here on Wednesday. According to the police, the girl was abducted by two youths in a Scorpio while she was on her way to school. They took her to an isolated place and raped her. Villagers caught hold of one of the accused when he came to the village to drop her. He was brutally beaten up before he was handed over to the police. The victim was medically examined after which the police arrested the two youths. 

Mill gutted: A rice mill situated on the Jind road in Hansi was gutted on Wednesday. Fire brigade officials said a large pile of basmati rice awaiting milling caught fire, which soon engulfed the entire mill. The loss of rice and machinery was estimated to be Rs 50 lakh. Several fire engines which rushed to the spot doused the fire after two-hours. However, no one was injured. 

Youth held: The police on Thursday arrested a youth identified as Rajinder of Daulatpur village for injuring Rajesh of Saniana village near here. According to the police, a group of 20 labourers were going to Daulatpur in search of work in a tractor-trolley. On the way the victim got down to drink water from a pot lying in a field of Daulatpur village. The owner of the field, Rajinder, prevented him from drinking water and attacked him with a sickle seriously injuring the victim. 

7-year RI
: Sessions Judge Sneh Prashar has sentenced Satish to rigorous imprisonment for seven years, holding him guilty of raping a minor girl at Jhabua village in August last year. The judge has also imposed a fine of Rs 12,000 on the convict. Satish of UP was employed as a caretaker at a poultry farm in Jhabua village. The girl’s parents of Rajasthan were co-cultivators of a farmhouse in the vicinity of the poultry farm. After developing intimacy with the girl, Satish raped her in a nearby field on the night of August 21, 2011.

Youth jailed: District and Sessions Judge Sneh Prashar has sentenced a village youth Rajan to rigorous imprisonment for seven years, holding him guilty of raping a girl student of class XII of Zenabad village in December, 2010. Besides, the judge has also imposed a fine of Rs 9, 000 on the convict. According to the prosecution, when the girl was about to go to Rohtak by bus, she was enticed away by Rajan and taken to Gurgaon. She was kept there in confinement and repeatedly raped by the accused for two days after which she somehow managed to escape.



Kumaon Briefs

Probe ordered into irregularities in debt collection: District Magistrate, Udham Singh Nagar, PS Jangpangi has ordered a probe in the irregularities in debt collection pertaining to old loans given by Land Development Bank. The orders were given at a meeting of Kisan Bandhu held at Rudrapur on Thursday. Jangpangi also said proposals for checking the washing away of land be routed through gram pradhans. The farmers raised issues pertaining to crop damage by wild animals, soil erosion and irregularities in the grant of permission to non-members for bringing their produce to Gadarpur Sugar Mill.

Fertiliser sellers told to renew licences: Chief Agricultural Officer, Udham Singh Nagar, PK Singh has ordered all seed and fertiliser selling units to get their licences and contracts renewed for the next financial year. In a statement, PK Singh told the owners of these enterprises to deposit the requisite fee for the purpose at the earliest. He said failure to do would lead to the cancellation of contracts and licences of the said firms.

Haldwani resident commits suicide: A resident of the Gaula Par area in Haldwani reportedly committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance. The deceased has been identified as 30-year-old Pan Singh. While the reason behind Pan Singh taking the extreme step was not known, it was assumed that he ended his life on account of financial constraints. He died in a hospital. The police is investigating the case.

Woman run over by train, killed: An old woman was run over by a train and killed in Rudrapur. The deceased has been identified as Samandari Devi, 85, a resident of Bhurarani village. She was on her way to the Shanti Vihar locality of the town and crossing the railway line when the train ran over her. She was admitted to a hospital where she died.

Three nabbed trying to smuggle goods: Personnel of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) nabbed three persons in the Banbasa area of Champawat district for trying to smuggle goods into Nepal in two incidents. In the first incident, Deepak Kumar Deuha, a resident of Kailali district of Nepal, was arrested while trying to take computer parts worth about Rs 4 lakh across the border. In the second incident, two boys, identified as Brajesh Gupta and Shekhar, both residents of Banbasa, were nabbed while trying to take 90 litres of kerosene oil across the border. The kerosene oil was allegedly procured from a Public Distribution System (PDS) outlet.

Leopards kill five goats: Two leopards killed five goats near Devnagar village in the Okhalkanda area of Nainital district. According to information, the goats had been taken for grazing by their owner, Madhavanand. The owner said two leopards attacked the goats as they were grazing. While they managed to kill five of them, the others were saved with great difficulty. The incident has led to a scare in the area and villagers have sought the help of the Forest Department to trap the two leopards.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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