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Horror ‘elope’

Jaipur, Feb. 2 (PTI): Two Class X students were today assaulted and robbed of jewellery worth Rs 1.5 lakh by two friends who had promised to help the couple to elope, police said.

The couple were taken into hiding in a nearby forest where they were assaulted. The friends beat up the boy and left with the jewellery he had brought. The girl, recovered later, narrated the incident to the police. A search is on for the boy who is suspected to have been killed. The accused are absconding.

Crash claim

Thane (PTI): A deaf and mute person, who lost his leg after a lorry hit him in December, 1970, has been awarded a compensation of Rs 1,69,000 by a motor accident claims tribunal. Dilip Mhatre was aged 10 during the accident.

Tannery raid

Kanpur: A tannery, allegedly owned by a ruling Samajwadi Party MLA, has been sealed following a raid which revealed that the unit was engaged in production despite a ban imposed in view of the ongoing Kumbh mela. Irfan Solanki, MLA from Sisamau, could not be contacted.

Jumbo dead

Dehradun (PTI): A three-year-old elephant was found dead at Haridwar’s Rajaji National Park on Friday. The body was spotted by a patrol team. Internal dehydration appeared to have caused the death, forest officials said.

US honour

Washington (PTI): US President Barack Obama has presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Rangaswamy Srinivasan, an Indian American scientist, for his groundbreaking work with laser technology.

Uphaar case

New Delhi (PTI): Real estate baron Gopal Ansal, one of the convicts in the 1997 Uphaar fire case, has moved a Delhi court seeking a joint trial in two other criminal cases against him. The cases, lodged in 2006 and 2007, accused him of fudging the judicial records of the Uphaar case and passing lewd remarks against one of the complainants, respectively.