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The statement of four survivors of the Khanna factory blast was recorded by SDM Purshotam Singh Sodhi at PGI Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Written by Express News Service | Published: September 20, 2012 7:58:28 am

Khanna blast: Victims’ statements recorded

LUDHIANA:The statement of four survivors of the Khanna factory blast was recorded by SDM Purshotam Singh Sodhi at PGI Chandigarh on Wednesday. Sodhi is holding a probe into the explosion triggered that a massive fire in a solvent extraction plant owned by a prominent local businessman in Ludhiana,leading to the death of 13 workers. “The statements of all the four victims are more or less the same. They said there was an explosion in batch number 10,following which,all of them ran outside. There was no one near this batch at the time of the explosion. The victims claim that they got caught up in flames outside the factory premises and sustained burn injuries. Thus,it is clear that there was an explosion first and a fire later,” Sodhi said.

Four arrested in sex racket case

SHIMLA:With the arrest of four people,the Shimla Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a sex racket in the city. A case has been registered against the main accused Hansraj Bhatia,a driver and his wife under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act. Police said among the arrested include Rajesh Kumar and Raman Kumar,who are employed in a local hotel.

Majithia conducts surprise raid,transfers 3

AMRITSAR:Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Wednesday ordered the transfer of three officials for dereliction of duty in registration of land deals after conducting a surprise raid at the Amritsar Tehsil Complex. During the raid,the minister checked land registration records and heard the problems being faced by people who had come to the Tehsil. Majithia warned officials that if they are found demanding money,they will be dealt with severely.

Father’s death forces youth to commit suicide

AMRITSAR:A 22-year-old Amritsar youth allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday after he could bear his father’s death. Police said Amarjit Singh,a resident of Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar,jumped from the roof of a multi-storey flat as he could not bear the loss of his father,who died after suffering a heart attack on Monday.

Hooda congratulates NSUI leaders

New Delhi:Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda congratulated the successful NSUI candidates of the Delhi University polls. Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) president Arun Hooda,vice-president Varun Khari and secretary Varun Chaudhary,called on Hooda at his New Delhi residence on Wednesday.

212 flying squads to check copying in Haryana

CHANDIGARH:As many as 212 flying squads have been constituted as a part of the large-scale arrangements made by the Haryana Board of School Education to check the use of unfair means in the semester examinations. “Around 5,05,572 candidates of secondary,3,69,065 candidates of senior secondary and 50,191 candidates of Haryana Open School will appear in these examinations. To check copying and use of other unfair means,212 flying squads have been constituted,” said D K Behera,Secretary of the Board.

UHBVN issues new power-supply schedule

CHANDIGARH:The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has formulated a new time schedule to supply uninterrupted eight hours power supply to the agricultural tube well consumers. The electricity would be supplied in three groups to the tube well consumers of the districts of Ambala,Panchkula,Yamuna Nagar,Kurukshetra,Kaithal,Karnal,Panipat,Sonipat,Rohtak,Jhajjar and Jind.

Pensioners reject 5 percent DA in Himachal

SHIMLA:The Pensioners Welfare Association in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday rejected the state cabinet’s decision to grant five per cent allowance to pensioners over 65 years. Association general secretary Harish Chand Gupta said Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had earlier announced a proposal to provide dearness allowance to pensioners like Punjab but now has failed to fulfil the demand.

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