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TOBA TEK SINGH, Jan 13: Three robbers escaped police following an encounter with them at an orchard at Chak 380-JB, on Monday night. Reports said three armed men burst into cotton trader Ghulam Husain Rahmani's house at Chak 377-JB and snatched Rs35,000 in cash, which he had brought from a Gojra's commission agent earlier in the morning. They fled towards Chak 380-JB where a police team reached on receiving information.

The robbers fired from the orchard and the police returned it. A number of villagers also gathered there, but the robbers escaped. The police recovered a motorcycle and arms from the orchard.

WOMEN ABDUCTED: Two women were abducted in different parts of the district on Tuesday. A woman was abducted by five people, two of them women, at Chak 358-GB. Muhammad Kabir, the father of the woman, told Rajana police that her daughter was alone at home when two women of same village took her towards farms from where three unidentified men abducted her.

Meanwhile, a woman was abducted at Faiz Colony. Her father informed the city police that a suspect, Asghar Ali, had developed illicit relations with her daughter and he took her away along with Rs65,000 in cash and gold ornaments worth hundreds of thousands of rupees.

ELECTION: District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Iqbal Naroo, exercising powers of election tribunal, declared Haji Muhammad Irshad elected to a Kissan/worker seat of Chak 217-GB, on Tuesday. Declaring the election of Advocate Noor Ahmad Toor invalid, the court said a candidate, lawyer by profession, was not eligible to contest on a Kissan/worker seat.