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New Year strike on noisy Indians

Hong Kong (AP): About 20 Pakistanis armed with beer bottles and iron bars attacked a group of Indians in the wee hours of New Year’s day, fatally wounding one and injuring another, police said.

Authorities opened a murder investigation after 21-year-old M.S. Gurry died of his head wounds on Thursday, said police spokesman Ricky Chong.

Gurry was a Hong Kong resident, said Chong, who was unable to provide the name of the Indian’s hometown.

There were no immediate arrests in the attack that allegedly took place early Wednesday after the Pakistanis became angry at the noise the Indians were making in a playground in Wanchai district earlier, Chong said.

The police were not able to say how many Indians were in the group that was attacked or whether any of the Indians fought back. It is unclear whether nationalistic sentiment played any role in the assault.

Officials at the Indian and Pakistani consulates here said they had no immediate comment.

The injured man was identified as 28-year-old G. Singh.

Snatched teen rescued by kin

AMRITSAR (PTI): A 17-year-old girl, who was repeatedly raped after being kidnapped, was rescued by a relative after 16 months, her parents claimed on Friday.

Her parents alleged reluctance on the part of police to get the victim medically examined. The girl’s father claimed that after she was rescued by her cousin four days ago, she was produced before city superintendent of police Shiv Kumar Verma, who referred her to the civil lines police station where a written complaint was filed.

“Civil lines police, after accepting the written complaint, referred us to the police post at Company Bagh for further course of action. But the police is hardly bothered to get the girl medically examined for initiating any action against the accused,” he alleged.

The police said the matter was still under investigation and whatever was required would soon be done.

The victim said she was kidnapped on August 8, 2001, by her neighbour Sajjad Ali and his wife. “They came to my school and took me with them, saying my father was in hospital in a serious condition. But they took me to Chandigarh threatening dire consequences,” she said.

The victim’s cousin, a Samajwadi Party activist who had gone to Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh, spotted the girl.

Her parents alleged that the police registered an FIR after six months and that, too, on the intervention of some social workers. “They were not ready to lend us an ear,” they added.

Tourists die in boat capsize

Bacolod (Philippines) (AP): Two Indian tourists drowned when their small boat with eight other Indians capsized in rough seas in central Philippines, police said.

The accident on Wednesday killed Surinder Singh, 30, and Harmesh Singh, 44, when huge waves overturned the boat off Sipalay City, said the provincial police command in Negros Occidental.

The other Indians on the boat returned to Manila.

Currency arrests

Ahmednagar (PTI): A branch manager of a cooperative bank has been arrested for allegedly circulating fake currency notes. A daily collection agent for the Nagar Mahila Credit Cooperative Society has also been arrested. Police seized fake currency notes of Rs 100 denomination from them.

IPS shuffle

Lucknow (PTI): In a minor reshuffle in the police department, the Uttar Pradesh government has transferred six IPS officers, including the district police chiefs of Varanasi and Azamgarh. Gorakhpur deputy inspector-general of police S.K. Saxena and DIG (special investigation) R.R. Bhatnagar swapped places, a spokesman said.

Freak death

Allahabad (PTI): A labourer working in his field was killed when he was accidentally shot by the Provisional Armed Constabulary during its training exercise at a village near here, police said. The incident took place when a bullet fired by a PAC personnel hit Babulal’s chest, killing him on the spot.

Fog crash

Phagwara (PTI): Four persons, including a mother and two daughters, were killed while two children sustained injuries in an accident involving their car on GT Road. The accident was caused due to fog, police said.

Chit cheat held

Madurai (PTI): A woman, who has cheated people to the tune of Rs 8 lakh through a weekly savings chit run by her, was arrested. More than 100 women had enrolled in her chit firm, paying weekly recurring amounts ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 100.

Putting behind the dark clouds of terrorism, the Kashmir government is organising a festival in Delhi showcasing the eternal beauty and rich culture of the state. It aims at promoting the state as a tourist destination and reviving the handicraft industry.

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