HAFIZABAD-The Kissan Board Gujranwala Division have called on the government to ensure Rs2200 per 40kg support price for Karnal Basmati paddy and provide subsidy on electricity and diesel oil for bettering their socioeconomic conditions. Addressing a press conference here, Kissan Board Divisional President Amanullah Chattha called on all the political parties to play their vital role to save the agrarian community from liquidation. He said the present government is paying attention only to trade and industry and only 30 percent of the national income is being spent on the provision of potable water, healthcare, education to the community which consists of 70 percent of the total population. He called on the government to end step-motherly treatment with the growers and mark tangible steps for the welfare and prosperity of the growers.

Three women escape Darul Aman

Three women along with two minor children ‘dramatically’ escaped from the Darul Aman located here on Kassoke Road the other night.

According to the police, the women along with the children were lodged in the Darul Aman on the orders of a court. According to police source, Sajida Bibi, wife of Riasat Ali along with her 3-year-old daughter Qanayat Fatima and her sister-in-law Gulshan Tahira, daughter of Noor Muhammad of Kot Hassan Khan were lodged in the Darul Aman on the orders of a local Civil Judge about one and half months ago due to some domestic disputes.

Another woman Shagufta Bibi, wife of Sultan along with her 3-year-old son Hasnain was also lodged in the Darul Aman by a Civil Judge of Pindi Bhattian about 12 days ago due to her strained relations with her husband.

According to the Darul Aman In-charge, all the three women were lodged on the second floor of the building. They tied a rope in the window the other night and dramatically escaped. The police have started investigation into the incident.

Three gangs smashed

The police claimed to have smashed a gang of bike-lifters and snatchers and arrested four of its members including the ringleader.

The police also recovered nine stolen bikes and other stolen articles from their possession.

Moreover, the police also smashed a gang of rustlers, electric transformers lifters by arresting its 10 members.

The accused were identified as Mehdi Hassan, Saifullah, Imran, Altaf and Zulifqar. The gang was operating in Pindi Bhattian, Jalalpur Bhattian and Kaseesay police station areas. The police have recovered stolen cattle, four peter engines and two fans worth amounting Rs1.3 million. The police also recovered two unlicensed pistols and a rifle from their possession.

On the other hand, the police arrested Qadeer Arshad, resident of Chak 46 Fateh Iqbal Nagar Chishtian, Zaheer Arshad, Atique, Qasim and Sagheer of Mohallah Qadirabad, Hafizabad who had been involved in lifting electricity transformers from farmlands. The police have recovered copper wires and other material worth million of rupees.