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Women of Indian origin murdered

durban (PTI): Three women of Indian origin have been found shot dead in a rural area to the south of Durban, police said on Friday.

The women, aged between 18 and 22, were found dead in a sugarcane field in the black rural area of Folweni, police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said.

He said residents in the area heard gun shots on Thursday night and called the police. “When the police visited the area, they found the bodies of the three women,” he said.

“They were shot several times and at this stage it could not be established whether they were sexually assaulted or not. Post-mortem investigations are taking place at the moment,” he said.

The police believe the women were abducted from another area before they were killed and their bodies dumped in the rural area.

The latest killings have caused anxiety among the people of Indian origin as more than 20 Indians have been killed in the Durban region over the past four months in incidents of robbery, car-hijackings and hold-ups.

Haryana Diwali ban on crackers

chandigarh (PTI): The Haryana government has prohibited the manufacture, sale or use of fire crackers generating noise levels exceeding 125 or 145 decibels at a distance of four meters from the point of bursting during Diwali.

An official spokesman said the decision had been based on the directives of the Supreme Court asking the government to take precautions under the Environment Protection Act 1986 to control noise pollution during the ensuing festival season of Diwali.

The spokesman added that the use of fireworks or fire crackers would not be permitted between 10 pm and 6 am. Fire crackers should not be used at any time in silence zones which is an area comprising not less than 100 meters around hospitals, educational institutions, courts, religious places or any other area declared as such by the competent authority.

He said all deputy commissioner and superintendents of police had been asked to enforce these provisions to control noise pollution during the festival season so as to comply with the orders of the apex court. The spokesman said the Haryana State Pollution Control Board had been asked to assess noise pollution levels in major cities of the state.

Three in arms licence net

chandigarh (PTI): The Punjab vigilance bureau on Friday initiated action against three Punjab civil service officers, who were allegedly involved in a duplicate arms licence scam.

A bureau spokesperson said a case has been registered against the officers identified as Arvinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Jagir Singh and L.D. Hans. The spokesperson added that these officers had issued hundreds of duplicate arm licences to persons who were not bonafide residents of Amritsar.

Pilgrims killed

guna (PTI): Eleven Sikh pilgrims were killed and 57 injured, in two road mishaps in Madhya Pradesh since Thursday night, police said. The pilgrims were returning from the Nanded Saheb gurdwara in Maharashtra, the police added.

Man robbed

ferozepur (PTI): Three motorcycle-borne persons robbed a commission agent of Rs 5 lakh at gunpoint on Mudki-Talwandi Bhai Road here, police said. Naresh Agarwal had withdrawn the money from the bank and was on his way back when he was attacked.

Kerala strike

thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Normal life across Kerala was hit on Friday as private transport vehicles kept off the roads in response to a 24-hour strike to protest the “steep hike” in automobile insurance premium.

Cop suspended

barabanki (up) (PTI): A police station house officer was suspended and a murder case registered against him in connection with the death of an accused, a police official said.

Jail protest

hajipur (PTI): Twenty-four prisoners of Hajipur divisional jail, who were on an indefinite hunger-strike since Wednesday, have called off their agitation. They withdrew the strike after the district administration assured them to punish the jail staff allegedly guilty of treating them “rudely”, official sources said.About 6,000 physically-challenged persons will be handed over necessary appliances during a fortnight-long camp in Jabalpur from Friday. The camp has been organised by the Madhya Pradesh government along with some non-government organisations.

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