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Race for MC presidentís post hots up
Batala, June 26
Confusion prevails among the office-bearers of the district unit of the BJP over the naming of the next President of the Batala Municipal Council. A unanimous decision has been taken to ask the state party leadership to name the candidate.

Teenager succumbs to burns
Phagwara, June 26
A teenaged girl, who sustained serious burns while preparing food in her kitchen in Thapar Colony last month, succumbed to her burn injuries at PGI Chandigarh late last night.

Man held for murder
Pathankot, June 26
The district police arrested Manoj Kumar in connection with a murder of a woman whose body was found on the roadside at Kahanpur More village on Saturday.

One nabbed with narcotics
Batala, June 26
A person was arrested for carrying narcotic drugs.



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Race for MC presidentís post hots up
BJP sends five names to high command for consideration
Ravi Dhaliwal/TNS

Batala, June 26
Confusion prevails among the office-bearers of the district unit of the BJP over the naming of the next President of the Batala Municipal Council. A unanimous decision has been taken to ask the state party leadership to name the candidate.

The BJP has now forwarded five names to the state party high command. The names are: Dharambir Seth, Harjit Singh Bhalla, Ramsharann Bhatia and Suman Handa.

Former President and BJP councillor Ambika Khanna resigned as president on April 17. The party is yet to name her successor despite the fact that more than two months have elapsed. The BJP has 19 councillors in a house of 33 with its ally SAD having six councillors. The Congress has six and an Independent completes the numbers.

Batala BJP President Ashok Moudgil denied reports that there was any misunderstanding or confusion among the party rank and file.

He said the district unit had forwarded the names to state BJP Chief Ashwani Sharma for final consideration as the stalemate could not be broken at the local level.

A section of the councillors want a woman to be the next president and the names of Suman Handa, Neelam Mahajan, Neelam Mohan Lal, Kamlesh Seth, Jaspinder Kaur are being touted as the prospective candidates.

Residents said the development works in this industrial town are suffering as the top post is lying vacant.

Dr SS Nijjar, a renowned surgeon and social activist, said ďWe want a president who concentrates on development and does not carry the nitty-gritty of local politics in his or her bag. The sooner it is resolved, the better it will be for the people.Ē

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Teenager succumbs to burns
Our Correspondents

Phagwara, June 26
A teenaged girl, who sustained serious burns while preparing food in her kitchen in Thapar Colony last month, succumbed to her burn injuries at PGI Chandigarh late last night.

The victim was identified as Sita Rani (15). The girl was first brought to ESI Hospital, Phagwara, but was referred to the PGI due to her critical condition and hundreds of the labourers demonstrated before ESI against careless behavior of the staff of ESI.

Man dies in mishap

Phagwara: A Sirsa (Haryana) resident, identified as Jasbir Singh, was run over by a train near Goraya Railway Station last night.

The deceased was crossing the railway lines when the accident took place. The Railway police has registered a case and has sent the body to the local Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination.

Five injured in road accident

Batala: Five persons of one family were seriously injured when their motorcycle collided with another motorcycle on the Batala-Gurdaspur road yesterday evening.

Balwant Singh, his wife Sukhwinder Kaur, and three children were admitted to a local hospital.

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Man held for murder
Our Correspondent

Pathankot, June 26
The district police arrested Manoj Kumar in connection with a murder of a woman whose body was found on the roadside at Kahanpur More village on Saturday.

The victim was identified as Mamta, the police said. Manojís two accomplices, Janak Singh and Rimp, are still at large, said the district police chief SK Kalia. He said the murder was an outcome of flesh trade racket carried out by Manoj. The accused with his two accomplices were running the trade in Shahpur Kandi Colony in quarter no T-3/665. They administered poison to the woman, after an altercation. A case under 
relevant Sections of the IPC and Immoral Trafficking Act has been registered.

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One nabbed with narcotics
Our Correspondents

Batala, June 26
A person was arrested for carrying narcotic drugs.

A police party headed by ASI Pratap Singh held a special naka at Hansli Bridge, City Road, Batala, on secret information.

Kulwant Singh, son of Ajit Singh and resident of Shastri Nagar was spotted in a Zen car, who was apprehended on the spot. He was carrying 4,900 narcotic tablets and 300 unlabelled narcotic injections.

The police has registered a case under Sections 21 and 22 of the NDPS Act at police station city, Batala. The police has produced the accused before the duty magistrate here today and was remanded to police custody for further interrogation.

Drug peddler held

Phagwara: The police has arrested a vehicle thief and a drug smuggler, identified as Ravi Kumar of Jalandhar, here today.

They have also recovered a stolen black Pulsar motorcycle and 10 gm of heroin from his possession.

The Phagwara SP, Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh, saidthe police has also succeeded to nab a proclaimed offender, identified as Satish Kumar of Gutu Teg Bahadur Nagar, who was wanted in different criminal cases.

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