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Chandigarh: A soldier shot dead four of his relatives, including a minor, in a village in Punjab’s Sangrur district on Tuesday before the police surrounded him and shot him dead after he refused to surrender, police said.

Jagdeep Singh used a 12-bore double-barrel gun to kill two of his aunts, Labh Kaur and Karnail Kaur, his sister-in-law Gurpreet Kaur and minor Harmandeep Singh.

The killings, police said, were linked to a dispute within the family over property. Police sources said that the soldier could be drunk when he carried out the killings.

After killing his relatives, he went to the roof of his house. Village residents informed police who surrounded the house and asked him to surrender. However, he fired at the police party which returned the fire, killing him.

Some other villagers were also injured in the firing by the soldier.

Jagdeep Singh, posted in Jammu and Kashmir, was on long leave and had come to his village, 160 km from here.

(IANS)

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BSF recovers heroine worth Rs. 100 crores from Pakistani smugglers. Wikimedia Commons.

In a joint operation, Border Security Forces (BSF) troopers and the Punjab Police have recovered 22kg of heroin in Punjab’s Ferozepur sector following exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers near the international border, a BSF officer said on Saturday.

The encounter took place late on Friday following a tip-off that smugglers were trying to send heroin consignment into India.

At least one Pakistani smuggler was injured in the exchange of fire as blood stains were found during search of the area on Saturday, BSF officer D.S. Rajpurohit said.

The BSF recovered a pistol and one Pakistani Sim card.

The BSF also arrested three Indian smugglers who were waiting close to the border fence to collect the heroin consignment.

The smugglers were trying to smuggle the heroin consignment using a plastic pipe across the border fence.

The heroin is worth nearly Rs 110 crore in the international market.

The Ferozepur border is around 275 km from here.

Punjab shares a 553-km-long barbed-wire fenced international border with Pakistan. (IANS)

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Indian Farmers reason behind Smog in Pakistan

Smog in Pakistan has affected the health of people but also caused road accidents.

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  • Pakistani officials have said that stubble burning by Indian farmers has caused a thick blanket of smog in Punjab province which led to smog in Pakistan as well.

The officials with Environment Protection Department of Punjab province told Xinhua news agency on Saturday night that the smog is causing various diseases and the provincial government is taking measures to control the situation.

The department’s minister Zakia Shah Nawaz Khan said that the smog engulfed the province for the last two weeks, and is feared to continue for the coming week.

She added that the smoke from the Indian farms moved at a velocity of 7 to 8 km per hour towards Punjab pro