12 convicts in Mirchpur case still absconding
More than eight years after Dalit villagers were beaten up by upper caste residents in Mirchpur, the police have not been able to arrest 12 convicts in the case even as a status report has to be filed in the Delhi High Court tomorrow.
Narnaund SHO Sadhu Ram said here today that 10 of the convicts had been sentenced to life imprisonment and the remaining two for two years and one year in jail. Hansi SP Vijender Vij said they had formed four teams to nab the convicts.
The Delhi HC had on August 24 reversed the acquittal of 20 accused and upheld the conviction of 13 others for their involvement in arson and assault on the residents of a Scheduled Caste locality in the village on April 21, 2010. A differently abled teenaged girl and her father had died in the violence.
Nine of the convicts had surrendered in the court while the police arrested 10 others who were awarded jail terms for different periods.
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Barring ABVP, student bodies announce indirect poll boycott
The state government’s decision to hold student body elections in colleges and universities after 22 years may run into rough weather with student organisations except the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday resolving to boycott indirect elections scheduled to be held on October 12.
The National Students’ Organisation of India (NSUI), Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) announced a protest against the government’s ‘undemocratic’ exercise which, according to them, amounted to favouring the ABVP.
Announcing a statewide agitation against indirect elections, their leaders asserted that student bodies would hold a protest across the state on October 8, followed by submission of memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Haryana visit the next day.
State NSUI president Divyanshu Budhiraja questioned the logic of holding indirect elections when direct elections were being held in Delhi, Chandigarh and Rajasthan.
While Manohar Lal Khattar government wants to hold direct elections for the post of Mayor, it wants to conduct indirect elections to students’ bodies, which defies logic,” he stated.
President of INSO Digvijay Chautala feared that indirect elections would lead to large-scale horse-trading and law and order problems in university and college campuses.
State SFI president Shahnawaz alleged that through indirect elections, the government was trying to establish the ABVP in educational institutions across the state in the run-up to parliamentary and Assembly elections.
“Efforts are being made to prop up the ABVP in educational institutions through indirect elections by the college and university authorities apparently under pressure from the BJP government,” he alleged.
“While a statewide strike will be observed on October 11, elections to students’ bodies should not be allowed to be held on October 12,” he added.
Chief Minister’s take
Asked to comment on the state government's decision to hold indirect student elections, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the step of the state government should be appreciated as student elections were being conducted in the state after a gap of 22 years. When his attention was drawn to the demand for direct student elections, he said Lyngdoh Committee had said in its report that indirect elections should be conducted in the first year.
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State’s 1st ETP fails to generate power
The state’s first effluent treatment plant (ETP) has failed to generate a single unit of electricity even nine months after the start of its trial run.
As per the authorities, the plant, which is located on the Karnal-Kachwa road in the district, was to generate nearly 1,500 units of electricity per day from stubble, animal excreta, waste from slaughter houses, sewage, biodegradable and solid waste.
The Karnal Municipal Corporation (KMC) allotted the project, costing around Rs 1.15 crore, to Delhi-based Growdiesel Ventures Limited to utilise waste in an environment-friendly manner on operational and maintenance basis for five year.
Now, the KMC has stopped the payment of the company after not getting satisfactory results.
“During trial run, the company has failed to deliver the desired results. So, we have stopped the payment. We have asked the company to show the results otherwise we will scrap the tender,” said Rajiv Mehta, Commissioner, KMC. The company started the trial run in January. In the initial days, the project worked smoothly, but later it stopped functioning.
The authorities associated with the project blamed poor supply of electricity for non-functioning of the project. However, sources in the KMC said that the project remained shut for nearly three months due to various reasons, including non-availability of stubble, segregation of waste and electricity. “We have started the trial run in January and the plant has generated 1000 standard cubic metres of methane gas so far,” said Sanjay Chauhan, project manager.
About non-generation of electricity, he admitted that due to non-availability of smooth supply of power, the plant remained closed for sometime.
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Shut meat shops during Navratras : Hindu outfits
Administration should ensure we are not harassed : Meat sellers
More than 20 Hindu outfits under the aegis of the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti have approached the district administration, demanding closure of meat shops in the city during nine-day Navratras.
The samiti submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh. It said in view of the upcoming Navratras, the sentiments of Hindus should be respected.
The samiti also demanded a permanent closure of meat shops operating within a km of Sheetla Mata temple.
Last month, the Municipal Corporation had sealed a mosque in Sheetla Colony here as part of its sealing drive against illegal structures within a 300-metre radius of the Air Force ammunition depot.
Mahaveer Bhardwaj, the convener of the samiti, said: “Over the years, several illegal meat shops have come up around Sheetla Mata temple. Carcasses are put up outside the shops, hurting sentiments of lakhs of devotees visiting the temple. These shops should be shut down.”
He further said meat shops should be closed during Navratras. “We want the administration to get this done or we will have to take things in our hands,” he added.
Last year too, the city had witnessed a similar situation. The district unit of the Shiv Sena had forced 500 meat shops to be shut during the Navratras.
In March 2017, the Shiv Sena had targeted meat shops and several outlets selling non-vegetarian food, while the administration and police kept silent.
Vikram Singh of the Bharat Bachao Sangathan said, “There is permission for only 298 meat shops, but Gurugram has more than 2,000 illegal outlets.”
Meanwhile, meat sellers and restaurant owners refused to give in. They sought protection from the police and administration.
“We have licences and have been operating for the past 40 years. They issued a diktat, asking people not to rent us (Muslims) homes and shops. And now, they want to snatch our livelihood. The administration should ensure we are not harassed like last year,” said Hanif Ahmed, a meat seller in Sheetla Colony.
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Rohtak PGI resident docs go on indefinite strike over pay anomalies
Resident doctors and house surgeons serving at the PGIMS here went on an indefinite strike over pay anomalies.
PGIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA) president Dr Jangveer Grewal and vice president Dr Gaurav Nandal said the resident doctors had been denied the benefit of the Seventh Pay Commission for the past two years.
“When our salaries were finally fixed in accordance with the Seventh Pay Commission, we started getting salaries lesser than what we used to get under the Sixth Pay Commission. We took the matter to the authorities, but to no avail. Hence, we have been forced to go on strike,” they maintained.
Health care services at OPDs, indoor wards, operation theatres, labour rooms, ICUs, casualty wing, ICUs and Trauma Centre will be affected.
Terming the strike as “illegal, planned and motivated”, University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof OP Kalra has advised the doctors to join duty, failing which strict disciplinary action would be initiated against them.
“We had heard the grievances of the resident doctors and promptly conveyed their concerns to the state authorities. Still, they went on a strike, and that, too, without any prior intimation. This will be taken seriously,” he said, adding that patient care would not be allowed to suffer.