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Paddy arrivals start at grain markets

Slow buying by private companies; government procurement to start from Oct. 1

Ambala :
Paddy arrivals have started at the grain markets in Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment. But in the absence of purchase by the government, the stocks (PR variety) remained unsold.

Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Kisan Union has sought direct payment in the farmers’ accounts.

As per the information available, 7,465 quintals of paddy (including 75 quintals of Pusa-1509 and the rest PR variety) have arrived at the City grain market. Around 8,500 quintals of PR variety have arrived at the Cantonment grain market till Wednesday.

While the MSP for Grade A is Rs 1,770, for the common grade, it is Rs 1,750 per quintal.

The stock of Pusa-1509 was purchased by private players and it managed to fetch Rs 2,450 a quintal, failing to touch the levels of Rs 2,900 a quintal of last year, Duni Chand, president of commission agents association, said. He expected the prices to improve in the coming days.

KK Malik, secretary, market committee, Ambala Cantonment, said, “Paddy arrivals have started but the government purchase will start from October 1. Farmers are being advised to bring the produce after cleaning and drying properly.”

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Woman gang-raped in friend’s presence

Faridabad :
A 20-year-old woman employed with a private company was allegedly gang-raped by four youths near IMT (Industrial Model Township) gate in Ballabgarh area of the city on night.

 The victim’s friend was present near the scene of the crime as he had been held captive by the miscreants. One suspect has been rounded up.

The incident took place at around 8 pm when the victim and her friend were riding a motorcycle on the bypass road next to the Agra canal.

“As they parked the motorcycle at a spot 50m from the main gate of IMT, four unidentified youths approached and gheraoed them,” said police sources.

The youths caught hold of them and threatened to kill them if they tried to raise an alarm.

Three of the suspects held the male friend captive near the bike while the remaining youth raped the girl in the nearby bushes. The youths took turns to rape the victim.

The victim and her kin lodged a complaint with the police at around 10 pm, it is revealed.

The victim in her statement has claimed that the incident took place when she was on her way to the market with a friend on the motorcycle which broke down near the IMT gate.

The victim hails from Ballabgarh and is employed with a company along with her male friend.

“We have got the medical examination of the victim done and have registered a case under Section 376-D of the IPC against the four youths,” said Commissioner of Police AS Dhillon.

Revealing that one suspect has already been rounded up, DCP, Ballabgarh, Rajesh Kumar said that the spot where the crime took place is usually deserted. There is little movement of traffic in the area during night.

An SIT headed by ACP Ballabgarh has been set up to probe the incident. The SIT will have Inspector CIA, SHO Ballabgarh city; SHO, women police station; and the ACP.

A spokesperson of the police department said that besides the SIT, a team of the Crime Branch headed by DCP Lokender Singh would also provide support in the investigation. Sketches of the culprits were being prepared and a team of FSL has visited the spot, he said.

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Notorious gangster killed in encounter

Gurugram :
Notorious gangster Bhanwar Singh was killed in an encounter with the district police in Manesar on Monday night.

Singh had gunned down an HSIIDC patwari in Manesar last month.

A crime unit headed by Inspector Manoj Verma got a tip-off about Bhanwar having drinks with his accomplices in a room in the fields on the outskirts of Manesar. The police team immediately reached the spot and asked them to surrender.

Verma said the accused started firing at the police team and they had to retaliate. Bhanwar got injured in cross firing and he was taken to hospital where he was declared dead, said Verma.

Bhanwar (35) had over a dozen cases registered against him across the state and was declared proclaimed offender. He was amongst top 10 in a recently prepared list of 300 wanted criminals.

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Panipat girl, who alleged molestation, takes U-turn

Panipat :
A day after a 12-year-old girl from a village of Samalkha alleged she was kidnapped and molested, she took a U-turn on Tuesday and told a judicial magistrate that nothing of the sort happened.

Recording her statement under Section 164 of the CrPC, she said she was afraid after her mother scolded her for studies.

On Monday, the girl — a Class VIII student — alleged 10 persons kidnapped her while she was on her way home from school and molested her. Later, her father and villagers found her in the fields in an unconscious condition.

The police registered a case against 10 persons under Sections 342, 365, 354-A and 34 of the IPC, and Section 10 of the POCSO Act on the complaint by the victim’s father.
Women’s police station SHO, Inspector Kiran, said the girl said before the magistrate she was not kidnapped. “She said she went out of the house after her mother scolded and hid in the fields for two hours,” the SHO added.

After the girl levelled allegation of molestation on Monday, she was taken to General Hospital, but she refused to undergo medical examination.

Jagdeep Duhan, DSP (Headquarters), said though the victim had retracted from her statement, the investigation was in progress to verify the conjectures.

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‘Honour killing’: Girl’s father, brother held

Rohtak :
Police investigation has revealed that Priyanka, the class XI girl of Bahalba village in the district who died under mysterious circumstances on Sunday, had been killed by her father and juvenile brother.

The police have arrested the girl’s father Prahlad and detained her brother.

Rohtak SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said the girl was in a relationship that was not acceptable to her family. So, they murdered her and took the body for cremation to destroy the evidence.

“The girl was forced to consume poison and then, strangled to death. As per our investigation, Priyanka’s father and brother executed the murder,” he said.

SHO (Meham) Kuldeep Singh stated that the post-mortem report of the girl had not mentioned the cause of death and the viscera had been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory at Sunaria to ascertain the cause of death.

An anonymous caller informed the police on Sunday that Priyanka’s family members had killed her and taken the body for cremation.

A police party, accompanied by a team of Fire Department officials, was immediately rushed to the cremation ground where they got the cremation stopped amidst a scuffle with the girl’s family members and fellow villagers.

The half-burnt body of the girl was removed from the pyre after dousing the fire and sent for a post-mortem examination. The police registered a case under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC against the family members of the girl on the basis of a complaint lodged by a Security Agent (SA) posted at the Meham police station.

Meanwhile, Priyanka’s parents have denied the allegations of honour killing or murder, stating that the girl had complained of chest pain and vomiting on Saturday. “We were taking her to the PGIMS for treatment, but she died on the way,” they claimed.

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