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Two students killed in road mishap
: Karanpreet Singh (17) and Balwinder Singh (17) were on Saturday allegedly crushed to death by a truck near Tapa. The duo was riding a motorcycle when the truck hit them. Both were residents of Tajo village, over five km away from Tapa in Barnala district. Tapa Station House Officer Sanjiv Singla said both students died on the spot. He said the police had registered a case against the truck driver under Section 304-A of the IPC. The police impounded the truck as the driver had fled from the spot, he added. 

Consumer drive from Dec 24:
The Punjab Government will launch a week-long awareness campaign this month to educate consumers about their rights. The campaign will be launched on December 24 and will culminate on December 30, an official spokesman said. "Various programmes to sensitise consumers about their rights will be organised during the period," he said. The main objective of the campaign is to foster the trust between consumer and traders, the spokesman said. Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners will also redress grievances of the consumers during the week-long campaign.

Dera Bassi
Medical camp organised:
Over 240 patients were examined at a free medical camp, organised by Guru Nanak Nam Lewa Society, Dera Bassi, on Sunday. Municipal council president Baljinder Kaur inaugurated the camp.

Abducted Moga girl recovered:
A 14-year-old girl, who was allegedly abducted from Singhanwala village on the outskirts of the city by a migrant labourer early this week, has been recovered by the police. Arjun, a farm labourer hailing from Bihar, allegedly forced the girl to accompany him on a motorcycle belonging to his employer on Thursday evening. Moga Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Surjit Singh Grewal said a hunt was launched to nab the accused. Arjun was spotted along with the girl on the Barnala bypass road. On seeing the police, the youth abandoned the motorcycle and the girl and fled. The victim had been sent to her home after a medical examination, the SSP said, adding a case of kidnapping had been registered against Arjun. 

Rs 2.17 lakh looted at gunpoint
: In a broad daylight robbery, three motorcycle-borne assailants struck the office of SK Deposits and Advances on the local Mehatpur Road and looted Rs 2.17 lakh at gunpoint. The police said while one of the accused engaged officer owner Surinder Kumar in an enquiry, his accomplice bolted the door from inside. The robbers opened fire when Surinder refused to hand over the cash to them. A case has been registered. 

Undertrial gives police the slip:
An undertrial, Gurnam Singh, who was lodged at the Sangrur District Jail in a case registered against him under the NDPS Act, escaped from the police custody at Dhuri on Saturday. The Dhuri police has registered a case against head constables Meharban Singh and Harbans Singh, who were sent with the accused to a dental college in Patiala for the latter's treatment. Instead of taking him to Patiala, the constables took him to his house in Dhuri from where he fled. Both the policemen were arrested. They were later released on bail. 


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