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2 held with charas
: Rakesh Kumar of Gali Saletan Chowk Chabutra and Gouri of New Azaad Nagar have been arrested for allegedly possessing over 400 grams of charas. A case under Section 20/61/85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them at the B-division police station in this regard.

Govt to recruit JEs, SDOs: Sekhon
: The state government would be recruiting junior engineers and sub-divisional officers in the Irrigation Department. Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon, who is on a thanksgiving trip to various areas in Maur constituency, said the proposal had already been sent for the Cabinet's approval. 

Man kills father in Faridkot
: The police arrested Gurpreet Singh of Dhilwan Kalan village for allegedly killing his 60-year-old father Kaka Singh. A complaint was lodged by the deceased's elder son. He alleged the accused hit his father with a brick on his head, which proved fatal for him. Kaka Singh was employed in a private factory in Bariwala town of Muktsar and had come home two days back. 

Farmers to block rail traffic tomorrow
: The Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha has announced to organise "Rail Roko Agitation" in eight states across the country on April 3 to demand the implementation of the recommendations by the MS Swaminathan Committee. Morcha national general secretary Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal said their main demand was Rs 500 bonus on per quintal of wheat. The blockade, said he, would be held in eight wheat producing states, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand. 



Cattle freed: As many as 15 cattle were got freed from the possession of cattle smugglers on the Ladwa road near Shahabad on Saturday evening. These cattle were being smuggled to UP by a truck, which has been seized. The truck driver and two others managed to escape while the cattle were restored to a gaushala. 

Fertile land
: INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala on Sunday assured agitating farmers at the Poswal Chowk that if their fertile land was acquired by the Hooda regime against their wishes, such acquisition would be cancelled and the acquired land would be returned to them when his party was voted to power at the hustings in Haryana. Farmers of five villages have been staging a dharna at the chowk for the past four days demanding nullification of notices recently sent to them by the authorities for acquisition of their fertile land. 



Soil erosion blocks road:
Vehicular traffic on the Bharmour-Greema road was disrupted due to massive soil erosion alongside the hillslope near Greemadhaar yesterday. Reports here revealed that cracks had developed within a tract of about one hectare of land, adding that about 20 trees had been damaged. Officials were taking preventive measures to curb further soil erosion. 

Rs 7 lakh stolen from house: Shambhu, a scrap contractor of Baddu village near Ghumarwin, has reported to the police that someone stole Rs 7 lakh cash from his house on Saturday night. Shambhu said he had recently sold his land for Rs 35 lakh and kept Rs 16 lakh cash in the house. Out of this amount, Rs 7 lakh was found missing. The police is investigating the matter. It suspects that the theft is the handiwork of someone known to the family. 

Woman dies of burn injuries: A 30-year-old house wife from Hatli village in Chamba district succumbed to her burn injuries at the DRPGMC Tanda late Saturday night, the police said here on Sunday. The victim was identified as Vandna, Amar Singh’s wife, who had received 54 per cent burn injuries on March 25 last when she was working in the kitchen and her clothes caught fire. The body after post-mortem was handed over to her relatives today. 

Nephew booked for thrashing aunt: The local police on Sunday booked Ankush, son of Ami Chand, of Dak Gurial village for allegedly thrashing his aunt Rajani leading to her abortion. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, the complainant alleged that she was returning home after answering a call of nature on Saturday evening and the accused made objectionable signs to her. She slapped him, but in return he thrashed her and she got aborted her baby. The police after conducting her medical examination lodged an FIR under Sections 292 and 316, IPC, against the accused. 



Kumaon Briefs
Baby girl found abandoned in Champawat:
A baby girl was found abandoned in a dharamshala in the Tanakpur area of Champawat district. She is said to be one-month-old. She has been kept at a hospital, where she was brought by the person who found her abandoned. A large number of people have expressed their desire to adopt the baby. The police is making efforts to trace her parents.

One killed, 6 injured in accident: One person was killed while six others sustained injuries when the mini truck they were travelling in fell into a field after being hit by another truck from behind. They were on their way to attend the Chaiti mela at Kashipur from their village Chandpur in Bijnore district of Uttar Pradesh. The deceased has been identified as 62-year-old Puran Singh.

Youth run over by vehicle in Rudrapur: A youth was killed when he was run over by a speeding vehicle in Rudrapur. The incident took place when the victim, Taufiq Ahmed, was returning home to Rampur Pipri village after closing his shop. He was taken to a hospital but could not be saved. Efforts are on to identify the vehicle and nab the driver.

Resentment over illegal sale of liquor: A large number of residents of villages located in the vicinity of the Lamachaur area of Haldwani have expressed resentment over the illegal sale of liquor in the area. The agitated villagers staged a demonstration against the illegal trade and have warned of a mass agitation if the authorities failed to step in to check the menace. The protesters included residents of Kuriya, Meetha Amla and Bacchi Nagar villages. They alleged that liquor is being sold from shops other than the designated vend and this has led to women and children feeling insecure.

Rooms of old building gutted in Almora: Several rooms of an old building in Naughar locality of the Cheenakhan area, Almora, were gutted on Saturday evening. The cause of the fire is said to be a gas burner. Improper accessibility to the building added to the delay in bringing the fire under control. The losses incurred are yet to be tabulated. There was no loss of life in the incident.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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