AMRITSAR: A man taken into preventive custody at Amritsars Verka police station on the complaint of his wife,committed suicide on Thursday by slitting his throat with a knife. Kuldeep Singh (40),who used to work as knife sharpener,slit his throat after his wife Sukhwinder Kaur left the police station after lodging a complaint,where she accused him of beating her. According to sources,Sukhwinder worked at a clothes factory at Verka bypass but Kuldeep was against it. Kuldeep Singh slit his throat while he was in preventive custody. Though there is no foul play by the police,still it is a case of negligence. We are treating it as custodial death case. Magisterial probe and departmental enquiry will be held in the case, Amritsar Commissioner of Police R P Mittal said.
Illegal travel agency: Mother,son held
JALANDHAR: A mother-son duo were arrested on Thursday for cheating a number of people of Rs 60 lakh by promising to send them abroad. Twelve fake Canadian visas and other forged documents were recovered from Lakhbir Kaur and her son Sarvan Singh,both residents of Geeta Colony. Another accused and Kaurs second son Sandeep Singh is absconding. The accused were running an illegal travel agency from their home.
Man duping people by posing as cop held
Amritsar: A man,identified as Jagtar Singh alias Sonu alias Bhoot,was arrested on Thursday for duping more than 50 people by posing as a policeman. Amritsar Commissioner of Police RP Mittal said that Jagtar has admitted to duping people particularly those who came from abroad near Golden Temple. He also used to extract money from young boys and girls in juice bars and parks by threatening them to take them to police station. His brother,father and brother-in-law and another person have also been booked under various sections of IPC and Arms Act.
BSF seize heroin worth Rs 5 crore
Amritsar: The Border Security Force on Thursday seized heroin worth Rs 5 crore and three pistols from near border out-post DS Pura in Amritsar Sector late on Wednesday. The on-patrol personnel detected a movement in the fields following which they challenged the intruders. However,the intruders from Pakistan managed to flee under the cover of darkness.
Depts told to spend allocated fund
Chandigarh: To curb excess expenditure in the last month of the current financial year,the Punjab government on Thursday issued instructions to all departments to spend allocated money in phased manner throughout the year. An official spokesperson of finance department said the instructions have been issued not to grant sanction for any expenditure after March 15,2013.
Acid attacks: Amicus suggests ex-gratia
CHANDIGARH: SENIOR lawyer R S Cheema amicus curiae in a case pertaining to the grant of compensation to acid attack victims on Thursday filed a report suggesting measures that can be adopted by Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh in regard to such victims. While in case of simple injury resulting in mild disfiguration,Cheema proposed that that the government should pay Rs 1 lakh,in case of grievous injury resulting in disfiguration,the amount suggested was Rs 2 to 3 lakh. Cheema also suggested that Victim Compensation Fund should be prepared by states,from where compensation will be paid in cases where the income of the family does not exceed Rs 4.5 lakh per annum.
Case against 3 officials for rice pilferage
Chandigarh: Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Thursday lodged a case against three persons,including a regional manager of State Civil Supplies Corporation,for allegedly misappropriating 121 wagons of rice from a mill. “A case has been registered against Sher Singh,Regional Manager,PUNSUP posted at Ludhiana,clerk Hari Ram and Ranjit Singh,owner of a rice seller in Bhutta village in Ludhiana for causing a loss to the tune of approximately Rs 5.42 crore to the state exchequer,” Suresh Arora,DGP-cum-Chief Director Vigilance Bureau,Punjab said. He said that as per the records,1,54,615 bags of paddy were stored at the Baba Khajjan Dass rice sheller in the year 2011-12 but during a surprise-check,the stock was found to be short by 1,39,465 bags. The accused are absconding.
South Africa trip: Capt moves HC
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Hayana High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Punjab government on a petition filed by state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh,seeking permission to visit South Africa. Amarinder moved high court after a lower court in Mohali,on Wednesday,deferred the hearing of his case to July 30. Amarinder has averred that he wants to go abroad for 20 days from July 27 to August 15 and required permission for the same as an FIR dated September 11,2008 registered by the Mohali police against him on charges of cheating,forgery and other offences is pending. He had added that he was leading a 14-member delegation to study wildlife in South Africa. Keeping in view the urgency of the case,the high court has asked Punjab government to respond to Amarinders petition by Friday.