Dalits protest in Bihar against order on SC/ST Act; Is their Protest is Fair ?
Patna : Thousands of Dalit members on Monday staged protests across Bihar on Monday against the dilution of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, disrupting rail and road traffic, police said.
With posters, banners and flags, supporters of the Bhim Army and other Dalit organidations, halted over a dozen long-distance trains, and as a result, passengers were stranded at Patna, Gaya, Jehanabad, Bhagalpur, Ara, Darbhanga, Araria, Nalanda and Hajipur railway stations.
"Train services have been badly disrupted due to the protest, leaving hundreds stranded at railway stations," an East Central Railway official told IANS over the phone from Hajipur, the zonal headquarters.
At some places, the protesters have also blocked national and state highways.
In Patna, hundreds of Bhim Army workers took to the streets to protest and enforce a shutdown.
"In several localities in Patna, supporters of the Bhim Army forced shops to close and blocked roads by burning tyres," a district police official said.
According to reports, the protests were supported by the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal and left parties.
Of Bihar's total 10.5 crore population, scheduled castes account for 15.5 lakhs.
Khattar blames past govts for present ills; Is he right ?
Karnal : Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar admitted on Friday that Nuh was a backward district, but blamed the policies of previous governments for it. He was reacting to a Niti Aayog report which had declared Nuh as the most backward district of the country.
The Niti Aayog had recently released the baseline ranking for 101 aspirational districts of the country based on 49 indicators across five sectors, comprising health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion and skill development and basic infrastructure.
“We do not know on which parameter it is declared as a backward district, but we admit that it is backward. We are making all-out efforts to improve the level of education, health, income of people and infrastructure. It will soon be equal to other districts,” he said.
He was talking to the media here on the second day of his visit to his constituency. “Previous governments had neglected the district, due to which it was not developed, leading to this ranking.”
Asked about payment of income tax of legislators, Khattar admitted the Assembly had paid income tax of MLAs for six years. He blamed the previous government for this. “This was done by the previous government. No change has been done and it has continued,” he said.
Ambedkar statues vandalised in Allahabad, Siddharthnagar; Is this Good for Indians to disrespect to our leaders ?
Lucknow : A large number of protesters have collected at the site of the vandalised statue of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar at Trivenipuram in the Jhunsi area of Allahabad.
Speaking to this reporter, Allahabad SSP Akash Kulhary described the situation as under control.
He said the protesters were demanding the lodging of an FIR against the culprits which had already been done at the Jhunsi police station against unidentified persons.
The police are searching for the culprits who reportedly vandalised the statue on Friday night.
Condemning the incident in a tweet, Samajwadi party state president Naresh Uttam said, “The feudal forces in the state under the BJP rule are constantly attacking the statues of Baba Saheb Ambedkar. The BJP government is continuously humiliating the Father of the Indian Constitution. The Prime Minister, the President and even the UP Governor are silent on the issue.”
Meanwhile, another incident of vandalisation of Ambedkar statue was reported from Siddharthnagar.
The incident occurred at Guhaniya village under Domariyaganj police station.
Following this, angry protesters started gathering.
Rs 4.72 lakh, $10,000 robbed at gunpoint; Is there any control in Crime ?
Kharar : Four miscreants targeted a forex-cum-property dealer at Sunny Enclave during broad daylight here on Friday and robbed him of Rs 4.72 lakh and US $10,000 at gunpoint.
The incident took place around 3.40 pm on the premises of AG Properties and Western Union Money Transfer.
Amit Saini, owner of the shop, had gone to his home for lunch and his brother Sumit Saini was present in the shop.
Sumit told mediapersons that a young man entered their shop and started seeking information about the dollar rate. As he was talking to that person, three other persons entered the shop.
He said one of the four miscreants had covered his face with a piece of cloth, while two were wearing helmets. They had pistols in their hands. Sumit was asked to get aside in the shop and they took away Rs 4.72 lakh and $10,000 from the shop.
They also took away the DVR of CCTV cameras installed in the shop. The robbers also snatched the mobile phone of Sumit. Before fleeing, they left Sumit inside the shop and pulled down the shutter of the shop. Sumit, who was locked inside the shop, got a call on his mobile, which the robbers left behind while escaping.
In the meantime, Amit returned and saw the shop closed. He called up his brother, who informed him that he was locked up inside the shop. Amit opened the shop and called the police.
Inspector Satnam Singh, SHO of the Kharar City police station, and Avtar Singh, in-charge of the police post in Sunny Enclave, reached the spot. Sumit informed the police that the amount that was robbed had been left by costumers for purchasing foreign currency.
Onlookers told the police that the robbers were seen escaping on motorcycles. “The robbers probably threw the owner’s mobile back suspecting that with this mobile, their location would be traced by the police,” said an investigating officer.
Yogi Adityanath govt trying to defame, harass political opponents: Akhilesh Yadav; Is Yogi Govt. works with revenge policy ?
Lucknow : Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday alleged that the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh was trying to defame and harass its political opponents in the name of inquiries, adding that it would reap the fruits of what it was sowing in the future.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also accused the Yogi Adityanath government of “speaking lies and hoodwinking the people” as regards the projects launched by the previous SP government in the state.
“The BJP-led state government only wants to defame and harass its political adversaries, as a result of which senior SP leader Azam Khan is being harassed in the name of recruitment in the Jal Nigam...though this government is not giving jobs, it is raising questions on the ones already given,” Yadav told reporters here.
“Whether it is the Lucknow-Agra Expressway or the Gomti riverfront project of the previous government, this government is only speaking lies and hoodwinking the people...the political opponents are being humiliated through the investigating agencies...but it is also a fact that they will have to reap the fruits tomorrow of what they are sowing today,” he added.
Referring to Yogi Adityanath inaugurating an elevated road in Ghaziabad on Friday, Yadav said it was already inaugurated earlier.
“He (Adityanath) charged us with spreading ‘parivarvad’ (dynasty politics) in his speech...I want to ask, which one is the ‘Yadav lane’ on the elevated road (that he inaugurated),” he added.
Admitting that he had reached this place in politics because of “parivarvad”, the SP chief said he also had to face several challenges in his political career.
“I admit that I am standing here today because of dynasty politics, but I have also had to prove my mettle before the public,” he said and asked Adityanath whether he would have reached this high if it was not for “parivarvad”.
To a question on Union minister Ramdas Athawale inviting Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati to join the NDA, Yadav said, “Athawaleji is a very good minister. When I was an MP, no one else used to entertain the House as much as him.”
To another question, he said the BJP was worried because of an understanding between the SP and BSP and wondered what would happen when there would be an understanding between “45 political parties” all over the country.
Alleging that atrocities on Dalits had gone up under the BJP-led government in the state, the SP chief asked the ruling party to do some development work.
“Teachers, shiksha mitras and others are getting lathis, instead of jobs...the government is not able to find a way to give jobs on the existing vacancies,” he said.
Yadav refused to reply to a query on an “understanding” between the SP and BSP for the coming Legislative Council election.