Rewari chargesheet names 38 witnesses
The police on Tuesday filed a 492-page chargesheet naming 38 witnesses in the Rewari gangrape case, 32 days after the crime took place. After the chargesheet was filed in the Kanina court, the matter was scheduled for hearing on Wednesday.
“The witnesses include residents of Naya Gaon village, policemen and others who were part of the investigation,” said Kanina police station incharge Ashok Saini.
On September 12, a 19-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped from the Kanina bus stand while on way back from coaching classes, taken to a room adjoining a tubewell, drugged and gangraped.
A zero FIR was lodged by the women police station on September 13. An SIT led by Mewat SP Naazneen Bhasin had arrested the three prime accused — Armyman Pankaj, Nishu Phogat and Manish — a few days later.
Five others were also arrested, of whom three are out on bail.
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Students plan protest today, police on toes
Members of various students’ organisations, barring the ABVP, the student wing of the ruling BJP, plan to boycott and oppose the student union elections slated to be held across the state in the proposed indirect format on Wednesday.
The police authorities as well as intelligence agencies have been put on an alert in view of the situation.
Rohtak SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said on Tuesday that police personnel had been deployed at strategic locations while a number of policemen in plain clothes were also keeping a watch.
“We are prepared to get the student union elections conducted in a smooth and peaceful manner and prevent any untoward incident during the poll process,” he maintained.
Six to seven well-equipped companies of the police force were ready to tackle any situation. The CIA branches as well as the intelligence wing of the police force are also keeping a vigil on the activities of persons with doubtful character to ensure the maintenance of peace, law and order, he claimed.
The SP said police check-posts had been put up around Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU) as well as the local colleges and police personnel had been deployed on the gates of these educational institutions.
“The entry of outsiders has been banned and students are being frisked thoroughly. If any student is found carrying a weapon or posing a threat to law and order, strict action would be taken against him/her,” he added.
Meanwhile, the agitation against the indirect elections, which began on the campus of MDU here, has spread to the local colleges as well.
A protest demonstration was held in front of the All-India Jat Heroes’ Memorial College.
Whether the government should conduct the student union elections with the direct system?
Students’ poll subject to decision on petition : HC
Issues notice of motion to state and other respondents for Nov 12
A day before the student union elections in Haryana, Justice Rajan Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court made it clear that the poll would be subject to the decision on a writ petition challenging the process.
Justice Gupta also issued a notice of motion to the state and other respondents for November 12 on a bunch of petitions filed by Anita Kumar, research scholar in Maharishi Dayanad University (MDU), and other petitioners.
Kumar had challenged the government’s decision of not allowing research scholars to contest the poll, in accordance with the recommendations of Tankeshwar Committee. The petitioner’s argument was that the elections were required to be conducted as per the recommendations of Lyngdoh Committee, not Tankeshwar Committee.
Appearing for the petitioners, Ravinder Singh Dhull and Sukhvinder Singh Nara argued that the government had not formed a grievance redress mechanism for the elections, as per the recommendations of Lyngdoh panel.
Justice Gupta’s Bench was also told that the petitioners were feeling aggrieved as they could neither contest elections nor cast their vote despite the fact that Lyngdoh Committee had allowed them both.
Dhull further submitted that an opportunity of hearing was not given to the research scholars and no reason was assigned as to why the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee, duly accepted by the Supreme Court and made mandatory, were given a go-by by the Haryana Government.
Anita Kumar, a research scholar of MDU, and other petitioners had challenged the government’s decision of not allowing research scholars to contest the poll.
Should the boycott of this election be filed in the High Court?
Rampal, 14 others get life term for murder of 5 people in 2014
Self-styled godman Rampal and 14 others were awarded life term for the murder of five people in Satlok Ashram in Barwala in 2014.
ADJ DR Chalia announced the quantum of punishment to all 15 convicts, including three women, in the FIR number 429.
The convicts were also slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh each.
The same court will announce the punishment in another murder case (FIR number 430) on Wednesday.
Rampal and 13 of his aides had been held guilty in the case by the court. The case (FIR 430) pertains to the murder of a woman.
Is this a right decision?
Women key to society’s growth: Khattar
Hodal (Palwal) :
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar claimed that several steps had been taken to ensure safety and empowerment of women in the state.
Speaking at a function organised to welcome ‘Mahila Marathon Relay Race’, organised to mark the birth centenary year of late BJP leader Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia, Khattar said as the safety and progress of women was vital for the development of society as a whole, the state government was fully sensitive towards it. Besides opening of women police stations in all districts, the strength of women cops was being raised considerably and efforts were on to ensure their strength to be at least 20 per cent of the total state police force.
Claiming that the move had enabled and motivated reporting of more cases, which earlier used to go unreported, he said it had resulted in higher awareness in the society. The state government had made provisions of capital punishment for those found guilty of raping a girl aged 12 years or below. Besides, the government had launched Ujjawala Yojana for women, under which free gas connections are being provided to them, the chief minister claimed.
Earlier, welcoming the relay race into Haryana, he expressed hope that the event will prove a grand success. The marathon started from Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) on October 12. After passing through Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, it reached Haryana on Monday.
Paying his tributes to Vijayaraje Scindia, Khattar said she served society throughout her life and promoted women empowerment. He added that daughters in the state had excelled at national and international levels in various fields, such as sports, education, Army and space.