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Ferozepur
Punsup inspector held in paddy scam
: The Vigilance Bureau has arrested an inspector of Punsup (a state-owned cooperative food procurement agency), a co-owner of a rice mill and another person allegedly involved in the Rs 2.65 crore paddy scam that had rocked the border district last year. Jaspal Singh, SP, said Punsup inspector Raj Kumar, rice miller Ramesh Kumar Garg and Mohan Singh of Patiala, had been arrested. He said the three were remanded to police custody by a local court.

Gidderbaha
Man held with LPG cylinders
: In a bid to contain black marketing of LPG cylinders, the police on Sunday arrested a local resident, Sonu, and seized 13 cylinders allegedly being sold by him illegally. The police said that acting on a tip-off, a raid was conducted at Sonu's house and two filled and 11 empty cylinders were found from there. SHO Ranjeet Singh said a case had been registered and further investigations were on to find out the role of gas agency, which sold out cylinders to him.

Hoshiarpur
Two injured in armed attack:
Ravi Kumar Lakhanpal and Priyag Sharma sustained bullet injuries when a group of armed robbers attacked them at the former's business premises at Darapur Urmur located near here on Saturday evening. After firing, the robbers snatched Rs 20,000 from Priyag and three gold rings from Ravi and fled in a vehicle. Police sources said three motorcycle-borne persons entered the office of Balaji Travel Agency, owned by Ravi, at about 7.15 pm and inquired about some payment. When Ravi told them that he had not received any payment, the robbers opened fire on both of them. Both the victims have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital under critical condition. The police has found three live cartridges and two empty shells of fired cartridges from the spot. SSP Balkar Singh Sidhu said robbers used a .32 bore pistol. A case has been registered at the Tanda police station.

Muktsar
Pulse Polio drive begins
: The district administration on Sunday held a camp under the National Pulse Polio Programme to administer polio vaccine drops to the children below five years. Muktsar Deputy Commissioner Arshdeep Singh himself administered polio drops to a number of children and directed the subordinate staff of the departments concerned to go door-to-door for the next two days to cover all the children. CMO Dr Gurdeep Singh said nearly 1.28 lakh children would be covered under the programme in the district.
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HARYANA

Hisar
Two killed: Karanvir Singh, a chemist and his niece, Kanwaljit, were killed when their car collided with a truck near Piranwali village on the Delhi road here on Thursday. They were going to Delhi to attend a family function when the truck collided with the car. Karanvir died on the spot while Kanwaljit died in a local nursing home.

Kaithal
Road blockade
: Residents of Dhand village resorted to a road blockade disrupting normal traffic on the Kaithal-Kurukshetra road, Dhand, Karnal, Pundri and Pehowa for over three hours on Thursday. The protesters demanded arrest of remaining three accused allegedly involved in a murder of a village youth on February 1.

Convocation: As many as 500 students of various streams in M.Tech, B.Tech and MBA were awarded degrees at the annual convocation of Haryana College of Technology and Management (HCTM) held on the college campus here on Sunday. Dr KP Isaac, member-secretary AICTE, New Delhi, was the chief guest at the convocation.

SONEPAT
Life term: Bagha Ram of Gannaur was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his wife, Seema, and her mother, Rajo, on March 3, 2010. A fine of Rs 25,000 has also been imposed on him and in case of default of the payment of fine, the convict would undergo one more year imprisonment in the jail.
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DEHRADUN

Kumaon Briefs
Missing manís body found:
The dead body of the missing property dealer from Haldwani, Sabir Hussain, has been found from the forest in the Basani area adjacent to the town. It is being assumed that he was murdered. The 35-year-old deceased had gone missing on February 16. He was residing in the Himmatpur Malla locality of the town. His wife Riffat has raised suspicion at another property dealer. She has told the police that her husband had left the house with Rs 1 lakh. The police found Rs 13,900 from him. It is alleged that Hussain was intoxicated and there are chances that he might have died from a fall in an inebriated state.

3 arrested with illegal liquor: The Haldwani police has nabbed three persons involved in the illegal sale of liquor in two separate instances. It is learnt that 106 pints and four bottles of country liquor were recovered from their possession. In the first instance, Vivek Agarwal of Rampur Road and Ravi Verma of Kalavati Colony were nabbed in the Navin Mandi area and 96 pints were recovered from their scooter. In the second instance, Sarvar Khan was nabbed from Gaula Pul and 10 pints along with four bottles were recovered from him. Further investigations are on in the matter.

Phones go dead in Haldwani: A communication crisis erupted in Haldwani on Saturday following the theft of underground cables laid by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). While thousands of landline phones remained dysfunctional, the net connectivity was also hampered. The worst affected areas were Nainital Road and Kaladhungi Road. Efforts are on by the officials to resume the services and the matter is being probed by the police. Large-scale cable thefts have also been reported by the BSNL authorities in Nainital in the past few days.

Gang of thieves busted: The Kitcha police has busted a gang of tyre thieves and has recovered eight stolen tyres and a stolen truck from them. It is learnt that the gang members had stolen the tyres at gunpoint in the Gokulnagar area from a four-wheeler that was on its way to Kitcha. Two members of the gang have been identified as Mohan and Akram of the Faridpur locality in Bareilley in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh.

Leopard takes away dog: A leopard scare is on in Bhimtal town of Nainital district. On Saturday morning, the wild cat took away a German Shepherd dog from the house of a lawyer. The locals claim to have seen the leopard roaming freely in the Ramlila Maidan, Kuantal and Industrial Area of the town. They have demanded intervention of the Forest Department for capturing the leopard at the earliest.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)
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