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ASI held on graft charge:
Vigilance Bureau sleuths on Monday caught an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Joginder Singh, posted at Lakhewali police station in Muktsar district, red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from a farmer of Bhangchari village. Senior Superintendent of Police (Vigilance), Ferozepur range, PPS Parmar said, “While acting upon the complaint of Buta Singh of Bhangchari village, a trap was laid and the ASI was caught accepting the bribe from him at Lakhewali." Parmar said a few villagers had lodged a complaint of assault against Buta Singh a few days ago, but both the parties later reached a compromise. “The ASI, however, was still demanding a bribe,” he said.

Complaint filed against asst prof:
Over 30 students of Government Medical College here on Monday complained to the Head of the Eye Department against Assistant Professor Dr Harsimran Singh for making casteist remarks in class. Department Head Dr Dharamvir Chalia said he had already brought the matter to the notice of Minister of Research and Medical Education, SC/BC Commission and the college principal. However, Dr Harsimran Singh has refuted the allegations.

BJP leader booked:
Sanaur police has booked Rameshwar Singh, BJP (rural) president, Patiala, and a few farmer union members for violating the orders issued by the District Magistrate under Section 144, prohibiting the gathering of four or more persons. The SHO, against whom the dharna was held, has proceeded on leave. No arrest has been made. Police said Rameshwar Singh Rameshwar Singh and other farmer leaders were booked for holding a dharna against the local SHO with regard to a dowry death case.

Vanity numbers fetch Rs 33 lakh:
The auction of vanity numbers for vehicles fetched Rs 33 lakh for the district administration here on Monday. The highest bid was made for number 0001 and was auctioned for Rs 4.1 lakh against its reserve price of Rs 50,000. A total of 116 registration numbers for the series PB 12 T went under the hammer. The other vanity numbers from 0002 to 0009 had a reserve price of Rs 10,000. While 0002 was auctioned for Rs 2 lakh, number 0003 was sold for Rs 1.54 lakh.

Degree college at Chamkaur Sahib: SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar will lay the foundation stone of a degree college at Chamkaur Sahib on April 17. The college, to be built over 5.5 acres, will start functioning from the next academic session. Makkar said the four-storey college building would be built by spending over Rs 10 crore.

Three held in robbery case:
With the arrest of three persons, the district police on Monday claimed to have solved a robbery case that took place in Moonak on January 28. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harcharan Singh Bhullar said the police had arrested Raj Kumar, Kala Singh and Sahib Singh, all from Patiala district. He said the police had recovered gold ornaments, three pistols along with 17 live cartridges, a mobile phone and two motorcycles from their possession. Another accused, Ranjit Singh of Karnal district was yet to be arrested, he added.

5 kg opium seized, one arrested: A team of the CIA staff on Monday arrested Bheru Lal, a resident of Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan, and seized 5 kg of opium from his possession. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harcharan Singh Bhullar said Bheru Lal had been arrested from the Saron-Bhojowali road near Bhojowali village (Dhuri). He claimed the accused had confessed that he had to supply the contraband at a rate of Rs 80,000 per kg to his clients at different places.


UT SP relieved:
Superintendent of Police Gursharandeep Singh Grewal, who joined the UT police on deputation from Punjab in 2011, was relieved today. Grewal had applied for six-month leave and will resume work in his parent cadre after he returns from leave.

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