R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Man run over by train, dies: A man, in his early fifties, was killed when a train ran over him while he was trying to cross the tracks near Burjawala railway crossing in Malout town this morning. The deceased has been identified as Raj Kumar, son of Hari Ram, a shopkeeper at Meena Bazaar, Malout. The railway police has  registered a case in this  connection.

March against drug abuse held: The Youth Akali Dal (Patiala) organised “chetna march” against drug addiction here today. A large number of party workers along with members of various social organisations took part in the march, which started from the Sheranwala Gate and after passing through various markets of the city, culminated at Gur Mandi.



2 snatching cases: Two cases of snatching were reported in the city today. In the first case, a woman reported that three unidentified pedestrians snatched her gold chain near the local bus stand at Ram Darbar yesterday. She added that they also tried to outrage her modesty. The police has registered a case . In the other case, Sanjay Chadha of Sector 45 reported that an unidentified motorcyclist sped away after snatching his mobile phone from near his residence. A case was registered under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC.

Two cars collide: Two vehicles collided near Chawla hospital light point Phase 7, at around 6.15 pm today. The cars belonged to advisor Bikramjit Singh Majithia public relation and Revenue Minister of Punjab, respectively. Advisor Harpal Juneja was not in his SUV car at the time of the incident. Ajay Sandhu, a resident of Mohali, was driving the other car at the time of accident. Though both the vehicles were damaged badly yet their occupants escaped unhurt. The matter was solved after both the parties reached at a compromise. 


Goyal Prizes: To honour eminent scientists of the country, the Organizing Committee for Goyal Prizes, Kurukshetra University, is organising an award ceremony of Goyal Prizes at the University Senate Hall here on April 7. Dr Surinder Deswal, Registrar, said Prof Thirumalachari Ramasami, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, will be the chief guest while Lt Gen (Retd) Dr DDS Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor of the university, will preside over the function.

Bid to suicide:
A young woman Rekha of the nearby Mirpur village, who consumed poison under compelling circumstances, died at the Civil Hospital here on Monday. On a complaint by the deceased’s brother, Praveen, the police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law. In his complaint, Praveen stated that Rekha, who got married to Deepak in April, 2004, was persistently subjected to cruel treatment for dowry by her husband and in-laws and now when the situation became unbearable, she took the extreme step.

Two arrested: With the arrest of a notorious gangster Vinod Bagri and his accomplice, Birender, the Bawal police has solved a puzzling criminal case in which the duo had made a bid on the life of Laxman in a land dispute at Bawal on March 15. The gangsters, who had gone into hiding after committing the crime, were apprehended by the Bawal police from Bawda town of Kolhapur district in Maharashtra, on a clue provided by the cyber cell of the district police here. They were today produced in a local court, which remanded them in two-day police custody.


Boy drowns: Satyam, 24, resident of Naya Gaon, was drowned in Asan lake where he had gone with seven of his friend for swimming on Monday evening. His father, Bacha Ram, a labourer, had accused that his friends pushed him into the lake water.

Kumaon Briefs

AC mechanic killed in cylinder blast: An air conditioner mechanic was killed while carrying out a routine check on Ranikhet Express at Kathgodam railway station on Monday evening. The cause of his death is said to be a cylinder blast. The deceased, Sheel Kishore Rajput (42), was a resident of Izzatnagar, Bareilley, and had been working as a master craftsman with the Railways for the past 22 years. It was during a routine check that the cylinder used for filling gas in the air conditioner vacuum burst, killing him on the spot. The impact of the blast was such that even residents of the adjoining colonies came out in fear.

Residents want hoardings removed: Residents of villages on the Bhimtal-Ranibahgh road are agitated over the failure of the administration to get hoardings removed from the roadside. People say that the hoardings are an invitation to accidents. Officials, however, claimed that they keep on giving notices to various establishments and at times themselves get the hoardings removed, but they keep on re-appearing after every few days.

Additional District Education Officer gheraoed: Residents of the rural areas near Bhimtal are annoyed over public schools failing to adhere to the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. They said schools were not giving admission to children from marginalised sections of society as provided in the Act. Some of the residents led by Youth Congress leaders even gheraoed the Additional District Education Officer at Bhimtal on this issue. The agitators have threatened to launch a mass agitation on this issue.

Two arrested for misbehaving with girls: Two students of Government Polytechnic, Nainital, have been arrested for allegedly misbehaving with girl students. It is alleged that the accused, Deepak Kumar and Deepak Kandpal, misbehaved with three girl students residing at Mallital. They also allegedly snatched a cellphone belonging to one of the girls.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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