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Punjab not to implement amended Motor Vehicles Act yet

“We will take a call after studying the penalty amount that is abnormally high,” state Transport Minister Razia Sultana told reporters in Jalandhar city.

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Chandigarh, Sep 2 : Congress-ruled Punjab on Monday refused to implement stricter amended Central Motor Vehicles Act at the moment, citing the whopping penalty for traffic violations which would put additional burden on the common man.

“We will take a call after studying the penalty amount that is abnormally high,” state Transport Minister Razia Sultana told reporters in Jalandhar city.

The amended Act has penalties up to 10 times more than the previous amounts. It came into effect on September 1.

“We will implement the Act after reviewing the penalties with the Chief Minister,” she added.

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Dalit girl gangraped by 3 in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow, Sep 24 : A 15-year-old Dalit girl was gangraped by three men in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi district and who also recorded the crime in their mobile phones.

One of the accused was cornered by villagers at a paddy field and beaten

The other two accused escaped by firing in the air with a country-made pistol, according to a complaint filed the mother of the girl.

According to police, the incident took place on Saturday when the girl had gone to collect fodder at a neighbouring village for her livestock when the three men attacked her. In her police complaint, she said they dragged her to a secluded place and took turns to rape her.

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Hamirpur bypoll record 51% voter turnout

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Hamirpur, Sep 24 (IANS) Voter turnout in bypoll for Hamirpur assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh was recorded to be 51 per cent, said the district election office.

Last time the voter turnout was recorded to be 63.69 per cent.

Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Arvind Kumar Pandey said that 51 per cent polling took place in the bypoll to Hamirpur Assembly constituency amid rain.

Counting of votes will take place on September 27.

Initially the polling was slow due to rain and some reports of technical faults in EVMs as till 9 a.m. only 5.60 per cent polling was recorded which gradually rose to 13.63 per cent by 11 a.m. and by 1 p.m. it went to increase to 22.9 per cent. By 3 p.m. the polling increased to 32.95 per cent whereas by 5 p.m. it was recorded to be 42.05 per cent.

The authorities made arrangements of boats to ferry the voters from the flood affected villages to the polling booths.

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Cow Vigilantes beat up alleged cow smuggler in Alwar

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Jaipur, Sep 23 : Almost two-and-a-half years after Pehlu Khan was lynched in Alwar district of Rajasthan, another alleged cow smuggler Munfed Khan was badly beaten by a mob in the Shahjahanpur area of the same district on Monday.

Khan has sustained several fractures due to the beating. He was saved by the police and admitted to the hospital, police said.

Khan was travelling with 7 cows in a vehicle when he was caught by a mob at Khusa Ki Dhani area of Shahjahanpur area.

Ajay Singh, SHO, Shahjahanpur, said: “The police had put up barricades to nab the cow smugglers. However, a speeding vehicle crossed the ckeck-post and went ahead taking a kid under its wheel leaving him injured. There were three people in the vehicle and seven cattle. While police was chasing it, villagers also followed them and got hold of Munfed Khan while two others escaped.”

A case has been registered against 50-60 villagers who thrashed Khan.

However, two smugglers escaped police chase early on Monday in Shahjahanapur in Alwar.

Meanwhile in another case, police had paraded 13 accused half-naked in Behrod area of Alwar for around a kilometre from Shahjanpur to “instil fear among the criminals”.

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