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Raman rape case accused held
Bathinda, February 13
The Bathinda police arrested the accused who had raped a six-year-old girl at Raman Mandi yesterday.

SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar addressing mediapersons following the arrest of accused, in Bathinda on Wednesday evening. SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar addressing mediapersons following the arrest of accused, in Bathinda on Wednesday evening. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Father of two held for raping minor girl
Fazilka, February 13
A married young man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor girl in a Fazilka village.


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Station Commander Brigadier Rakesh Raina inaugurates the newly-constructed Bailey bridge at Sabuna ditch-cum-bundh. Army bridge links border villages with Fazilka town
Fazilka, February 13
Brigadier Rakesh Raina, Station Commander, threw open to public a Bailey bridge rebuilt on the Sabuna ditch-cum-bundh (DCB) in the border village of Chananwala in Fazilka sub-division today.


Station Commander Brigadier Rakesh Raina inaugurates the newly-constructed Bailey bridge at Sabuna ditch-cum-bundh. A Tribune photograph

Brother-sister duo sent to jail for abduction, rape of 13-yr-old
Barnala, February 13
Additional Sessions Judge, Barnala, BS Sandhu, today awarded imprisonment to a brother-sister duo in a case related to the abduction and rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Woman relative engineered daylight robbery in Abohar
Abohar, February 13
Taking leads from the interrogation of a criminal nabbed by the Bathinda police, the local police claimed to have cracked the mystery behind the day-light robbery at a residential place in Baba Deep Singh Nagar here on December 5.

Sewage disposal works to be linked with drain
Abohar, February 13
Decks have been cleared to link the sewage disposal works with the Sayeedwala drain through a pipeline.





 

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Raman rape case accused held
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 13
The Bathinda police arrested the accused who had raped a six-year-old girl at Raman Mandi yesterday.

The accused was identified as 21-year-old Akhilesh, a native of Bhawalpur Purulia in Uttar Pradesh. His elder sister, who is married, lived on the first floor of the victimís house.

The victimís 10-year-old cousin Rajan (named changed) helped the police in nabbing the accused. He had seen Akhilesh raping his cousin.

Addressing mediapersons late in the evening today, Bathinda SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar said Rajan saw Akhilesh taking away the girl. Before scaling a wall, he first made the girl sit on the wall and then took her along with him. She was raped near the public toilets.

After committing the crime, the accused fled from the scene.

Rajan had seen the entire episode and informed the police about the incident that took place near the GRP police post.

The GRP has registered a case under sections 376 and 506 of the IPC.

The SSP lauded ASP Alka Meena and DSP Avneet Sidhu for their efforts in cracking the case.

Meanwhile, Raman Mandi today observed a complete bandh following the rape on Tuesday evening. All big and small business establishments remained closed while expressing solidarity with the victim and her family as well as against the Raman Mandi health officials for allegedly not acting in time to provide medical aid to the victim.

Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav and SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar visited Raman Mandi. They met the victimís family and assured them of taking action against the guilty and delivering justice to the victim and her family.

Yadav said the administration was bearing the medical expenses of the victim. He added that the doctor concerned, who did not give timely medical aid to the child, will face departmental action.

He appealed to the people to maintain harmony in the area and help administration in maintaining peace.

SDM Talwandi Sabo Anil Garg and civil surgeon Dr Ajay Sahni were present.

Irate area residents sat on a dharna on the Raman-Rewari railway track, but did not stop any train as the administration assured them of nabbing the accused in the next two days.

Meanwhile, the doctors at the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, said the victim was stable now.

State SC Commission chairman Rajesh Bagha has directed the police to submit a report to his office speedily so as to provide justice to the victim and her family.

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Father of two held for raping minor girl
Our Correspondent

Fazilka, February 13
A married young man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor girl in a Fazilka village.

Giving details, Fazilka SSP Amar Singh Chahal said a minor girl (aged about 16-17 years) belonging to a labourer's family of a village on the Ferozepur road, was allegedly raped by Manga (24), the father of two children and a resident of the same village, on February 9 when she had gone to the fields to defecate.

The victim had alleged that the accused gagged her in the fields and committed the crime.

On the day of the incident, the victim's parents were out of the village to attend a marriage. "As her parents were away, she did not disclose the incident to anybody else," said Chahal.

Her parents returned on Monday and she narrated the incident to them. The girlís medical examination was conducted at the local Civil Hospital yesterday which confirmed that she was sexually assaulted.

The Fazilka Sadar police swung into action after receiving the medico-legal report in the case and the statement of the girl was recorded by woman police officials in the presence of the Sadar SHO.

During the preliminary interrogation, the accused confessed to having committed the crime, said the SSP.

The police has registered a case against the accused under Section 376 of the IPC. He was arrested today following which his medical examination was conducted at the Civil Hospital today.

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Army bridge links border villages with Fazilka town
Our Correspondent

Fazilka, February 13
Brigadier Rakesh Raina, Station Commander, threw open to public a Bailey bridge rebuilt on the Sabuna ditch-cum-bundh (DCB) in the border village of Chananwala in Fazilka sub-division today.

The bridge had collapsed about four years ago. It connected over half a dozen villages to Fazilka town. "The rebuilt bridge would facilitate the movement of about 20,000 residents of these villages," said Brigadier Raina.

Brigadier Raina reiterated the commitment of the Indian Army towards the security and development of the border areas.

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Brother-sister duo sent to jail for abduction, rape of 13-yr-old
Tribune News Service

Barnala, February 13
Additional Sessions Judge, Barnala, BS Sandhu, today awarded imprisonment to a brother-sister duo in a case related to the abduction and rape of a 13-year-old girl.

The court awarded 10-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 under Section 376 of the IPC and five years' imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 under Section 363 of the IPC to Nirmal Singh. The court awarded five years' imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 under Section 363 of the IPC to Nirmal Singh's sister Gurmeet Kaur.

On the basis of the statement of the father of the girl, who belonged to Pakho Kalan village, a missing complaint was initially registered at Rurreke Kalan police station in Barnala. However, after the investigations, the police registered a case against Gurmeet Kaur and her brother Nirmal Singh on February 29, 2012 under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC.

On February 15, 2012, Gurmeet Kaur lured the girl and took her to the residence of her brother Nirmal Singh at Beer Talab village in Bathinda district.

Nirmal Singh continuously sexually exploited the girl. However, the girl succeeded in running away on March 14, 2012 and reached Talwandi Sabo, from where she was able to board a bus, going towards her village. But unfortunately, she was again caught by Gurmeet Kaur near Handhiaya. However, the police recovered her on March 16.

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Woman relative engineered daylight robbery in Abohar

Abohar, February 13
Taking leads from the interrogation of a criminal nabbed by the Bathinda police, the local police claimed to have cracked the mystery behind the day-light robbery at a residential place in Baba Deep Singh Nagar here on December 5.

Sources said two women of the colony, namely Balwinder Kaur and Veerpal Kaur, were nabbed while the mastermind, Baljinder Kaur, was at large.

Baljinder is the sister-in-law of Major Singh at whose place the heist was committed. She knew that the latter goes to Bathinda every morning, as he was employed there, leaving behind his wife and daughter. She also knew that the family had about 600 grams of gold besides cash.

She is believed to have hatched the conspiracy by roping in Balwinder Kaur and Veerpal Kaur. Balwinder spoke to her brother Raghubir Singh Rana at Bathinda, who further contacted Ranbir Singh Goga, Lakhbir Singh and Gurjeet Singh of Parasram Nagar in Bathinda. While the women conducted a recce, the men executed the plan. Two of them forced entry into Major Singh's house and decamped with gold and silver ornaments and cash.

A case under Sections 382 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered. ó OC

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Sewage disposal works to be linked with drain

Abohar, February 13
Decks have been cleared to link the sewage disposal works with the Sayeedwala drain through a pipeline.

The Railways have given clearance to use its land for laying 20-metre cement pipes to complete the project that was initiated about a year ago.

Sub-divisional magistrate Gurmail Singh along with the Local Bodies Department executive engineer Sandeep Singh, Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) SDE Hakam Singh, Municipal Council executive officer Bhushan Aggarwal and engineer Rohtas Garg inspected the disposal works on Wednesday.

Notably, the state government had released Rs 64 crore after hearing of a PIL by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in which some farmers had pleaded that they had been ruined due to discharge of dirty water in their fields, as the sewage channel was lying incomplete.

The then principal secretary Suresh Kumar had finalised the plan for linking the disposal works with the Sayeedwala drain by laying a 9-km-long cement pipes

PWSSB SDE Hakam Singh said the work on connecting the disposal works with the drain would be completed by Friday.

The linking of the sewage disposal works with the drain would provide relief to residents who had to face inconvenience as sewage had submerged the residential and commercial areas.

The Principal Secretary of the Local Bodies Department has to file an affidavit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 21 in connection with the sewage problem in the sub-divisional town. ó OC

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