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Punjab news digest: Vikas Barala arrested, 10-yr-old rape victim hospitalised, and more

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punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2017 21:53 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Punjab news,Chandigarh news,Vikas Barala

‘My faith somewhat restored’: Varnika Kundu after arrest of Vikas Barala, friend

Soon after the arrest of Vikas Barala (23), the son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish Kumar over charges of stalking and attempt to kidnap , complainant Varnika Kundu told HT that her faith in the system has somewhat restored. Watching her father, a senior IAS officer, give a TV interview at their home in Panchkula, Varnika’s expression changed as she received news about the two accused being arrested. Read more

Chandigarh: 34 weeks pregnant, 10-year-old rape survivor hospitalised

Lying in a private ward of a city’s government hospital, the 10-year-old rape survivor is now in the final weeks of pregnancy. Now 34 weeks pregnant, she still does not know that she is going to become a mother. The girl was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH-32), Sector 32, on Tuesday. Read more

Rakhi double murder: Neighbours arrested for killing Amritsar elderly couple for money

Police on Wednesday claimed to have cracked the Islamabad locality double murder and arrested a couple who allegedly committed the crime with an intention to loot the deceased. Subhash Chander Arora, 62, and his wife Kamlesh Rani,60, were found murdered with sharp-edged weapons on Monday. The bodies were spotted by Subhash’s sister Sushma who had come to the house to tie rakhi. Apart from valuables, some cash had also gone missing from the house. Read more

Who was with Barala’s son that night? Know the other stalker in Varnika Kundu case

The mother of Ashish Kumar Olla, 27, co-accused in the Chandigarh stalking case, is not aware that her son has been arrested twice by the police in the last week. She has been told that he has gone on a holiday and will be back soon. Ashish was on the passenger seat last Friday night when he and his friend Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, allegedly stalked DJ Varnika Kundu oin Chandigarh. While the case has made headlines, Ashish, who allegedly got off twice and sought to open Varnika’s car door forcibly, has not got as much attention as Vikas has. Read more

Now, ‘cat man’ chops off hair of 12-year-old girl in Ludhiana

A 12-year-old Ludhiana girl has claimed that a “cat man” chopped off her hair while she was sleeping at her house on Monday. The girl, Neetu, of Nirmal Nagar in the Dugri area of Ludhiana, said she saw a “cat man” on her cot and found her hair chopped around 4pm. She raised the alarm following which her parents and neighbours rushed to the room where she was sleeping. The police also reached the spot and started investigation. Read more

Punjabi women buy most sex toys, sales go up during Navratri in Gujarat: Survey

If one goes by the long list of stories that make headlines in India – what with the Censor Board cutting out all the kissing in our films, or a certain High Court judge calling peacocks celibate -- it would seem ours is a sexually deprived society. Numbers, however, paint a totally different picture: According to a recent pan-India survey, more number of Indians are taking matters into their own hands (or rather online) to enrich their sex lives. Read more

Chandigarh stalking: Half the CCTV cameras on traffic signals weren’t working that night

The Friday night stalking incident has made UT administration sit up and take notice of non-functional CCTV cameras. It has promised to make all 93 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at various traffic junctions functional by August 11. The administration is blaming the Mumbai-based company Schneider Electric India Private Limited, which was allotted the contract to maintain the cameras in 2009 for 10 years at a cost of Rs 4.44 crore. Every year, the administration pays Rs 19 lakh to the company for its maintenance, but as per the record only 50% of its cameras are functional. Read more

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First Published: Aug 09, 2017 21:33 IST

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