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Forty bank lockers were broke open by robbers after they made their way into the strong room of Punjab and Sind Bank Reru Branch on Pathankot Road by using a gas cutter to break the iron-gate. Some currency notes of 1000 denomination were also found burnt on the floor.

punjab Updated: Dec 30, 2013 18:39 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla
Sanjeev Bhalla
Hindustan Times

Robbers broke 40-lockers of Punjab & Sindh Bank- January 19

Forty bank lockers were broke open by robbers after they made their way into the strong room of Punjab and Sind Bank Reru Branch on Pathankot Road by using a gas cutter to break the iron-gate. Some currency notes of 1000 denomination were also found burnt on the floor. Police is still clueless on the identification of crime. Bank however paid Rs 3crores as compensation to 26 of the claimants.

14-year old Minor gang-raped by three persons- February 7

14 year old minor girl of Lohian village Mandala Channa was gang raped by three persons of the same village. Later she was referred to Government Medical College Amritsar for treatment observing her deteriorating health conditions due to excessive bleeding and beyond control stomach pains. Nakodar police booked Sher Singh (30), his younger brother Charanjit Singh (22) and Balwinder Singh (25) for kidnapping, rape and threatening to kill the girl in case she disclosed their identity to anyone including her parents or reporting the matter to the police.

14 School children died in mishap near Nakodar - March 4

Thirteen children were killed on the spot and nine injured when a truck collided head-on with their school van on the Jalandhar-Nakodar highway near Nakodar on March-4 morning. One of the injured died later after months of treatment. The children from Akal Academy School in Boparai Kalan village in Nakodar were on their way to school when a truck ferrying bricks collided with their mini-bus (Tempo Traveller) near Gohir village. The impact of the accident was such that the roof of the bus was sheared off. Bags, books, tiffin boxes, water bottles, torn caps and sweaters lay strewn at the accident spot.

ASI murdered while performing duty at Phagwara- April 2

Gurdev Singh (52), an ASI posted with highway patrol party with Kapurthala office, was shot dead by four assailants near a restaurant located on the Phagwara-Jalandhar road on April 1-April 2 intervening night. The assailants fled from the spot in a white Verna car having the registration number PB 08 6162. The assailants reportedly fired four shots at the ASI. Two days later, Police arrested two of the accused, Tarvinder Singh alias Tally, an NRI and Pushpinder Singh alias Noni Lahoria.

16 injured in midnight attack on two families at Mothanwala- May 13

Robbers left 16 persons injured in a midnight attack on two families of Mothanwala and Kamalpur Bhatha villages in Kapurthala district in the wee hours of May 13. The assailants took away cash and jewellery from both places. Nine persons were admitted to the civil hospitals at Sultanpur Lodhi and Kapurthala, while seven critically injured were taken to a hospital in Jalandhar. Most victims suffered serious head injuries besides limb fractures. The masked assailants armed with swords, hockey sticks and sickles first struck at the house of Maksudan Sahni, a building contractor, at Kamalpur Bhatha village around 12.45 am. Around 1.30 am, the assailants targeted house of Ajit Singh at nearby Mothanwala village.

Fearless journalist dies in road mishap - September 22

Principal correspondent of Hindustan Times Jasdeep Malhotra was killed in a road mishap near Mukerian on Pathankot-Jalandhar highway when his car fell in 20-feet deep gorge after hitting roadside tree and a signboard while trying to overtake a truck. Pathankot SSP SK Kalia and two others were seriously injured in the mishap. Known for investigating reporting and raising public related issues through his stories, Malhotra had highlighted as to how mafia in Pathankot were collecting lakhs in shape of 'goonda-tax' on sand and gravel.

9 drowned as boat capsized in Sultanpur Lodhi- October 3

Nine people drowned in a boat capsize in Mand area near Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district on October-3 morning. The boat was ferrying 17 youngsters, mostly in the 17 to 25 age group. The youngest victim is 13 and the oldest 74. Eight swam to safety. All the victims hail from Munda village in Tarn Taran district. The victims were crossing the river to attend a two-day annual 'Amavas' fair organised in memory of Bhai Lalo Ji in a gurudwara at Dalla village of Sultanpur Lodhi sub-division in Kapurthala. The current in the water was strong when the boat capsized near Rampur Gore village.

Sweepers ransacked the MC office in protest, throw garbage in senior deputy mayor's office- October 3

To mark the protest against non-payments of dues to a private contractor by Municipal Corporation, workers of different safai unions ransacked the office of Municipal Corporation. They broke the doors of the office of senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia, threw garbage on his table. A day after a violent protest by, the city police lodged a first information report (FIR) after getting a written complaint from MC Commissioner Manpreet Singh Chhatwal against unidentified persons. No arrests have been made so far.

20 Pilgrims die when tempo overturns into a Gorge new Hoshiarpur- October 10

Twenty pilgrims were killed while 40 others were injured when an overloaded mini-truck carrying them fell in a gorge in Manguwal village in the district early Thursday. The pilgrims were returning from Chintpurni shrine in Himachal Pradesh and were headed to Begowal falling in Punjab's Kapurthala district. The vehicle driver lost control resulting in the accident along the Punjab-Himachal border. The dead included 13 women and four children.

BSP marked protest, blocked national highway for six hours, put city on ransom- November 19

BSP leaders from across the state held a massive demonstration in the city by blocking traffic for more than six hours in protest against police inaction in three cases pertaining to Dalits in Jalandhar. Police remained mute spectator and the jam caused lots of inconvenience to the commuters and led to the massive disruption in the movement of vehicles along the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar-Phagwara and Jalandhar-Amritsar highways. To save the skin, Police later registered an FIR against "unidentified" people who blocked the traffic. All the senior leadership of Bahujan Smaj Party was present on this occasion.

Man killed four of his family in Phagwara- November 29

Following a matrimonial dispute, a resident of Gurhe village in Jalandhar district killed four members of his family in the wee hours of November 29. Baljinder Singh, the accused, reached the house of his in-laws at Kotrani village, along with two to three of his unidentified accomplices, killed his wife,four-year-old daughter Sumani, sister-in-law and her sister-in-law's son by hitting them on their heads with iron rods. Two others were injured in the gruesome attack. The accused was later found unconscious on the roadside, reportedly hit by an unidentified vehicle, three days later.

Door-to-door garbage collection could not start off in city Despite of the claims of providing neat and clean city, Jalandhar Municipal Corporation failed to kick the door-to-door garbage collection in the city amidst protests by different safai mazdoor unions. It was presumed that from August 15, the project would be introduced. The company Jindal Ecopolis has also setup their infrastructure for the purpose and had conducted door-to-door survey for the purpose. But fearing protests by a certain group of sweeper unions, the project was set aside by MC. The whole year, city people witnessed open-garbage dumps, authorized as well as unauthorized and these disturbed the normal routines of people also.

Four-laning of Ropar-Phagwara road fail to start

The ambitious project of SAD-BJP government of four laning of Ropar-Phagwara road failed to start in this year despite of the promise made by deputy chief minister promised to start during this year. Two lane at present, the 82-km road will be divided into four lanes to connect Doaba and Majha region directly with state capital. Around 800 Nawanshahr shopkeepers had held many protests against government in this year, against proposed four laning of Ropar-Nawanshahr-Phagwara road.

First Published: Dec 25, 2013 21:13 IST