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Mini-truck overturns, 7 hurt:
At least seven persons, including four women, sustained serious injuries after a mini-truck ferrying at least 11 persons overturned near Delhon today. These people were on their way to attend a bhog at Shanker village. The driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn and fell into a pit dug up for constructing the road. 

Meat shops to be closed on April 5: Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Rupanjli Kartik, using powers under section 144, CrPc, has ordered the closure of shops selling meat, chicken and eggs on the occasion of Bhagwan Mahavir Jayanti, which falls on April 5. The ADC has said even serving non-vegetarian food would not be allowed at restaurants or dhabas. 



Worker ends life:
A worker at a crusher committed suicide by hanging himself on being implicated by his co-workers in a theft case. Hari Shankar’s body was found hanging by a ceiling fan in a room in the crusher located at Palli on Monday. A suicide note found from in his diary said he was ending his life as his three co-workers had implicated him in a theft of a cellphone. 

Fatehabad:Sarpanch booked: A former sarpanch of Badopal village serving life imprisonment in a case of murder has been booked for criminal intimidation after he threatened the present sarpanch, a woman, of life, while he was on parole. Prithvi Singh threatened Murti Devi and her son of liquidation, if they came out of their home for open auction of the shops constructed on a panchayat land on Monday. —TNS

12 injured:Over 12 persons were injured in a clash between two communities at Jamalpur Shekha village in Fatehabad on Sunday night. The fight ensued when some members of the Dalit community were trying to place some items, allegedly for witchcraft, in a locality inhabited by the Saini community. Members of the two communities came to blows after arguments, injuring over 12 persons. Later, the two sides reached a compromise. 

3-year RI:
Suruchi Atreja Singh, Judicial Magistrate, has sentenced Har Pal to rigorous imprisonment for three years holding him guilty of thrashing three youths and also threatening them of dire consequences if they did not fetch him jewellery from their houses, at the nearby Gokalgarh village on February 16. The police, which registered a case of causing hurt and criminal intimidation, arrested Har Pal on February 18 and then put up a chargesheet against him in the court on March 3.

Life term: Sessions Judge Sneh Prashar has sentenced Dhru Bhagat to life imprisonment holding him guilty of the murder of Hari Singh at Babdoli village in 2010. According to the prosecution, both Dhru Bhagat and Hari Singh drank heavily in a room of the upper storey of the former’s house on the night of December 2, 2010, following which when Hari Singh insisted on returning home, he fell from the roof, which resulted in his death. Subsequently, when Dhru was dragging away the body to a deserted spot, the victim’s brother, Hukam Chand, incidentally noticed all this.

One held: With the arrest of Rakesh Kumar Sinha, the Dharuhera police has solved a blind murder case of Om Prakash whose body was recovered from a place at Nihkri village on March 16. Rakesh revealed that Om Prakash was pressing him hard to return his Rs 4.50 lakh that he had borrowed from him. Later, he along with his two accomplices hatched a conspiracy following which Om Prakash was strangled to death. 



Villager killed as  tractor overturns:
Sanjay Kumar (27) of Chilla-Jodi Palangari village was killed and two others, driver Hans Raj of Barthin and Santosh Kumar, were injured seriously as the stone-loaded tractor in which they were sitting went out of control on an incline and overturned on the Rajpura-Jodi link road, 20 km from here, on Tuesday evening. Reports said villagers extricated them from beneath the tractor and rushed them to the Regional Hospital here. While Sanjay succumbed to his injuries, the condition of the two injured is said to be serious. The police has registered a case of negligent and careless driving against driver Hans Raj. It is said Sanjay was constructing his house at Jodi Palangari village and carrying stones for the purpose. 

Student falls off hostel roof, dies:
A student of NIT, Hamirpur, died on Tuesday night after falling from the lintel of a boys’ hostel.The police said Piyush Gaurav, a final-year student of B Tech in computer engineering, had gone to the hostel roof at about 7.30 pm Tuesday evening. He was reportedly talking on his mobile phone when he suddenly fell from the roof. He died on the way to the PGI in Chandigarh. 

Youth killed in road accident:
A 21-year-old youth of Suggar village near Palampur succumbed to his injuries at the DRPGMC Tanda. He was under treatment there following a road accident since March 14.The police said Parveen Kumar was seriously injured in a motorcycle-truck collision. He was rushed to Rajeev Gandhi Ayurvedic Medical College, Paprola, from where he was referred to the DRPGMC Tanda. He was in coma since then and succumbed to his injuries late last night. The body after postmortem was handed over to his relatives and a case registered under Sections 337, 279 and 304-A of the Indian Penal Code. 

Man succumbs to burn injuries: A 34-year-old man of Oakli village in Hamirpur succumbed to his burn injuries at the DRPGMC, Tanda, on Wednesday. The police said Dilbagh Singh was reportedly smoking when kerosene, which was spread over there, caught fire and he received 75 per cent burn injuries. He was first rushed to the District Hospital, Hamirpur, from where he was referred to the Tanda hospital. The police handed over body to his relatives after postmortem and was investigating the case under Section 174, CrPC. 

One gets 1-year imprisonment: Hans Raj, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Class I, here on Wednesday sentenced a man to one-year simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs 3,000 for outraging the modesty of a woman at Makroti village near Gaggal in May 2005. Anil Awasthi, Assistant District Attorney, who was representing the prosecution in the case, today said Shyam Lal of Makroti village at 6.30 pm on May 18, 2005, entered the house of a 38-year-old woman in the same village and outraged her modesty. When she raised an alarm, the accused broke a clay pot on her head. Following the noise the village pradhan and others rushed there and he attacked them too leaving three persons injured. The police registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 451, 354 and 326 of the Indian Penal Code.



Kumaon Briefs
Delay in construction work resented:
Mediapersons in Champawat district are agitated over the delay in the construction of the District Information Office and the Press Club. The issue had recently been taken up with the administration at a meeting of the District Level Journalists' Coordination Committee, following which a committee had been set up under the local Tehsildar. The panel would be inspecting the work being done with regard to the construction every fortnight starting Thursday. It would be submitting a fortnightly report to the office of the District Magistrate. Officials of the PWD and the contractor entrusted with the job have been asked to remain present during Thursday's inspection.

Database preparation discussed: A workshop was held under the chairmanship of Chief Development Officer (CDO) TS Brijwal at Champawat for the classification of income and expenses of the local civic bodies and preparing a database for the sanitation services being provided to the people. Officials of the gram panchayats and local municipal bodies participated in the exercise, where emphasis was laid on preparing an error-free database that would go a long way in the future planning for the district.

Seven LPG cylinders seized: The Champawat administration has seized seven LPG cylinders meant for domestic consumption that were being used for commercial purposes in the Purnagiri area of the district. The seizure came following raids carried out by Tehsildar, Purnagiri, Vijay Nath Shukla and District Supplies Officer Vinod Tewari on various commercial establishments. Proceedings have been initiated against seven businessmen for the violation of the Essential Commodities Act.

Mystery shrouds man’s death: Mystery shrouds the death of a resident of the Khatola area, Udham Singh Nagar district. The body of 50-year-old Harish Joshi was found near Gularbhoj Road. An empty bottle of pesticide was found lying close to the body. It is being assumed that Joshi committed suicide, although the reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained. The deceased was a ward boy in a hospital. Investigations are on in the matter.

Labourer commits suicide: A labourer committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in Kashipur, Udham Singh Nagar district. According to information, Vishu Biswas had fallen from a tree a few days ago. Unable to work on account of a spinal injury, he was under financial stress. It is being assumed that this led him to take the extreme step. He was an inhabitant of West Bengal and used to work as a daily wage labourer in Kashipur.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khurana)


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