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Health dept clerk held taking bribe
: A team of the Vigilance Department led by DSP Birbal Singh GIll caught Manga Singh, a clerk with the drug branch of the Health Department, while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Charnjit Singh, a medical practioner at Wazidpur village. The DSP said Charnjit Singh had told the Vigilance Department that Manga Singh was demanding Rs 40,000 in a complaint pending against him. A trap was laid and he was caught red-handed, the DSP said. Charnjit Singh said the clerk had been harassing him and threatened to implicate him in another case of selling intoxicants if he failed to pay the money. 

Gold, diamond jewellery seized
: In a joint operation, the police and the Excise and Taxation Department today confiscated gold jewellery and diamonds worth lakhs of rupees. Officials said the valuables were to be supplied to various jewellers in the state by evading taxes. Additional excise and taxation commissioner GS Sandhu said two separate cases of tax evasion were detected. Gold ornaments were being smuggled hidden inside sweet boxes in a private car, while diamonds were recovered from a person travelling in a public transport. "Prima facie, the jewellery is worth over Rs 70 lakh and we will get it evaluated from a government evaluator and then impose a fine on persons involved in the racket," Sandhu stated.



Judicial custody
: A person charged with raping a minor girl of his landlord was sent to 14-day judicial custody on Monday. The police said an FIR had been registered on a complaint of the victim. He further said the accused had established relationship with the girl and had expressed desire to marry her. Finding her alone in the house, he raped her and threatened her if she reported the matter. 

Office-bearers: Sonepat Following have been elected as office-bearers of Lions Club, Gohana, Sheeshpal Goyal - president, Praveen Goyal and Piyush Pawar - vice-presidents, Brijesh Goyal - secretary, Sumit Mittal - co-secretary, Ravi Ahuja - treasurer, Gaurav Goyal - co-treasurer, SN Gupta - PRO, Vijay Goyal - tale twitter, Mukesh Nagpal - lion tamer and Anil Goyal - membership growth secretary. — OC

Couple booked
: The district police has registered a case against Jaswant Singh and his wife, Pramjeet Kaur, of Gogpur village in the district for allegedly duping Gurvinder Singh of Salpani Kalan village in 2008 of Rs 15 lakh in lieu of sending Gurvinder Singh to abroad. Gurvinder Singh’s father, Pargat Singh, said neither his son had been sent abroad nor the duped amount had been returned to them. 

Kurukshetra SP: Karnal SP Rakesh Arya took over as new Kurukshetra SP here on Monday in place of Parul Kush Jain who has been transferred as Panchkula DC. 



Pillion-rider falls off bike, dies
: Three persons sat on a bike to go home, but the last on the pillion, Jai Krishan (57) of Ola Kotlu village, fell from the speeding vehicle. The other two did not realise it. Some villagers found Jai, a helper in the IPH Department, dead on the Nakrana road near Glassu village early morning and informed the police. A case under Sections 279 and 304, IPC, has been registered against bike driver Harbans Singh.

Cash stolen from manyari shop: Cash estimated at about Rs 25,000 is said to have been stolen by thieves from a manyari shop at Bhagedh Chowk on National Highway No. 88 (Shimla-Kangra) near Ghumarwin on Sunday night. Shop owner Mast Ram found the locks of his shop broken and money kept in the cash box missing. The police has registered a case under Sections 357 and 480, IPC. People of area, led by Pawan Kumar vice-president of local Bakroa gram panchayat, have demanded police patrolling in the area.

Social activists honoured
: The Sarv Kalyan Kari Sabha on Sunday organised a function at Tauni Devi, where its president distributed thermos kettles to the mahila mandal of six panchayats. At the function, the organisation also honoured social activists of this area and office-bearers of the sabha who have been doing commendable social work. Rajinder Rana said the sabha was making efforts for empowering youth and women of the area. A cultural programme was presented on the occasion. 

Two killed in road accident
: Two persons were killed in a road accident at Baddi Sanoura when the scooter they were travelling on dashed against a parked truck at Sanoura falling under Gaggal police post on Saturday. Kangra District Police Chief Diljeet Singh Thakur on Sunday said both the persons were rushed to Tanda hospital but succumbed to their injuries in the hospital. The police had registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A, IPC. 

Pedestrian dies in road mishap
: A speeding Alto car (HP 54 A-6525) hit a pedestrian on the Bharmar-Raja Ka Talab link road near Nakodar on Friday evening. The pedestrian identified as Milkhi Ram (50) of nearby Bhangoli village was injured seriously. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital here, but died on the way to the hospital. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A, IPC, against car driver Sanjiv Kumar. 

2 killed as car falls into gorge: An Alto car (no. applied for) lost control and fell into a 200-m-deep gorge Batees Meel near Kotla on Friday. Two car occupants died and one girl was injured seriously. The police said Joginder Singh of Bagga village died on the way to Tanda Medical College and Harnam Singh was declared brought dead by doctors at Shahpur Hospital. Injured Diksha, Harnam’s daughter, was admitted to the TMC. 

Stop localisation of news
: CM: Expressing concern over the localisation of news Chief Minister PK Dhumal said on Monday that regional editions of newspapers had fragmented the information dissemination system, depriving readers of a full picture of the happenings. He was speaking at the launch ceremony of a new Hindi daily here. The media should provide credible information to people. Recent malpractices like paid news had hurt the credibility of the media. 



Kumaon Briefs

Social workers to be nominated to social welfare board: With the Uttarakhand Social Welfare Board being reconstituted, the Social Welfare Officer in Almora Chandra Chauhan has invited applications from social workers for being nominated to various posts. The social workers have been asked to submit their applications with photographs at the District Social Welfare Office by May 14. Every district is required to send applications for one post of president and three posts of member. The directions in this regard have come from the Social Welfare Directorate in Dehradun.

Transparency in shop allotment sought: The BJP leadership in Bazpur has demanded that allotment of shops in the newly constructed shopping complex of the Municipal Board be carried out in a transparent manner. Workers of the party under the leadership of Vimal Sharma submitted a memorandum in this regard to Executive Officer Dilip Kapoor on Monday. They have demanded that the auction of all shops in the complex be done simultaneously.

Girl falls into tank, drowns: A girl died after drowning in a water tank in the Kaladhungi area of Nainital district. The incident took place in Bajuniya Haldu village on Sunday evening when 3-year Jyoti Nainwal fell into a tank near her house while she was playing. Not being able to locate her, family members started searching for her frantically only to find her body floating in the tank. The tank had been filled by a tanker for the purpose of some construction work going on nearby.

Man killed in accident: One person was killed and another injured when the mini truck in which they were travelling hit a stationary tanker in the Jaspur area of Udham Singh Nagar. It is learnt that Irshad of Jatwara mohalla was going to Jaspur after unloading his truck at Thakurdwara. He was accompanied by 35-year Shahid Hussain of Nai Basti. It was near Rahmapur village that Irshad lost control over his vehicle on account of the high beam of a vehicle coming from the opposite direction and hit a tanker. The two were injured and were being taken to Moradabad for treatment where Shahid succumbed to his injuries.

Youth thrashed to death: A youth was killed while another injured seriously following an attack on them by a group of persons. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon. It is learnt that there had been an altercation between two groups of youths on Saturday night at the Awas Vikas locality. On Sunday afternoon, while attempts were being made to sort out issues at Holi Chowk, a group of youths attacked Gaurav Arora of Awas Vikas and Manoj Pant of the Jagatpura locality with sharp-edged weapons. The attackers fled as passersby rushed to the spot. Gaurav died while the two injured youths were being taken to Haldwani for treatment. The accused attackers are learnt to be residents of Kanshiram Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. Police teams have been sent there to nab the accused.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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