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Heavy metals found in sewage of Jagadhri’s main nullah

Residents of 12 villages of Karnal district face health problems

Yamunanagar :
Heavy metals have been found in the sewage of the main nullah of Jagadhri, which falls in the ditch drain in Yamunanagar, causing health-related problems to residents of more than 12 villages of Karnal district.

Officials of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Yamunanagar, took samples from 11 different places from this nullah in August 2018.

As per report of the samples, the quantity of iron was found to be 97.732 mg per litre against the permissible limit of 3 mg per litre near Saint Thomas School, Jagadhri and 14.682 mg per litre in the ditch drain after 25 MLD STP at Yamunanagar.

The permissible limit of copper is 3 mg per litre, but it was found to be 31.61 mg per litre near Saint Thomas School. However, it was found 1.639 mg per litre in the ditch drain.

Similarly, the quantity of zinc was found to be 10.2 mg per litre near bus stand Jagadhri against the permissible limit of 5.0 mg per litre. However, it was found as 1.493 mg per litre in the ditch drain.

Sources said this nullah carried untreated industrial effluents of metal industry as well as domestic effluents of Jagadhri town.

According to information, residents of Kalri, Chandron, Hanshu Majra, Gari Birbal, Kalsaura, Sikdarpur, Dabkoli, Dabkoli Khurd, Shergarh Tapu and other villages complained a few months ago to Food and Civil Supply Minister Karan Dev Kamboj about the problems being faced by them due to the polluted water of the ditch drain.

These villages fall in the Indri Assembly constituency of Karnal district, being represented by Karan Dev Kamboj as the BJP MLA.

On the directions of Kamboj, officials of the HSPCB took samples of sewage from 11 different points of the nullah.

“People complained to me about the foul smell emanating from the polluted water of this drain and skin-related problems they were facing. They also told me that chemical foam with water is coming out from their tubewells,” said Kamboj.

He said he had asked officials of the departments concerned to solve this problem at the earliest.

Rajinder Sharma, regional officer of the HSPCB, who was transferred to Panchkula, yesterday said the samples of the said nullah were taken by them and their reports had come.

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BSF Head Constable cremated

Sonepat :
The body of the Head Constable Narender Singh of BSF, who was brutally murdered by Pakistan Rangers near the Indo-Pak border in Samba sector, was consigned to flames at his native village Thana Kalan in the district on Thursday.

Narender’s elder son Mohit lit the pyre and a contingent comprising personnel from the BSF and Sonepat police paid homage to the martyr at the village cremation ground.

Krishan Kumar Bedi, Haryana Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment; Mohinder Singh Dev, DIG, BSF; Vinay Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Sonepat; Rajbir Deswal, Additional SP; RM Kaushik, Deputy Commandant, BSF; Narender Kumar Yadav, Assistant Commandant, BSF; and the representatives of various political and social organisations were present on the occasion to pay homage.

The body of the martyr was brought from Kabwali turning on the national highway to Thana Kalan village in an open vehicle. It took around two hours to cover 6 km as residents of villages on the way had thronged the road to pay their respects.

Consoling the martyr’s relatives, the minister said the people of Haryana and the country are proud of his supreme sacrifice. He assured that all the financial and other benefits being given to martyrs’ kin would be given to the family.

Later, national spokesman of the Congress, Randeep Singh Surjewala, also reached the village to pay his homage. He asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “show his 56-inch chest and avenge Narender’s murder”. He asked the state government to give government job to the martyr’s sons.

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Ban on namaz: Panchayat, cops in damage-control mode

Rohtak :
The Haryana Government’s intelligence wing has sent a detailed report to the top state authorities regarding the panchayat held at Titoli village in the district on Tuesday, which barred the Muslim residents of the village from offering namaz, sporting beard and selecting Muslim names for their children.

However, the local administrative and police authorities remained in a denial-cum-damage control mode over the issue on Thursday, maintaining that no such diktats were passed by any panchayat and a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere prevailed in the village.

Addressing a news conference here in the evening, DSP Narayan Chand maintained that representatives of the Titoli village panchayat as well as leaders of the Dhobi-Muslim community residing in the village had met the Deputy Commissioner on Thursday and maintained that the situation in the village was peaceful.

“Members of the Dhobi-Muslim community, led by Rajbir Singh, Titoli resident and president of the Rajak Samaj Sudhar Samiti, Haryana, said there was no resentment among the community members against any decision taken at the panchayat held on September 18. They said some vested interests had tried to vitiate the social harmony prevailing in the village but they will keep the brotherhood intact,” the DSP stated.

In a separate undertaking submitted to the district administration, a delegation of Titoli residents led by village sarpanch Pramila’s brother-in-law Suresh Kumar, who claims to be the sarpanch’s representative, maintained that no ban had been imposed on religious practices, lifestyle or customs of the Muslim community.

On being questioned about the intelligence report on unconstitutional diktats passed by the panchayat held at Titoli village, the DSP asserted that they were keeping a close watch on the situation in the village and no unconstitutional action would be allowed at any cost.

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Ahead of polls, Punjabis float new outfit

Chandigarh :
With elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assembly scheduled to be held next year, the influential Punjabi community has started to flex its muscles.

As a first step, prominent Punjabi leaders, including three former state ministers and a former Rajya Sabha member, on Thursday announced the formation of a new front — the Punjabi Morcha — to fight for the rights of the Punjabi community.

Formed under the presidentship of AC Chaudhary, the front will be formed by merging certain existing social organisations headed by community leaders such as the Haryanvi Punjabi Welfare Sabha, Akhil Bhartiya Jagriti Manch and Haryana Punjabi Morcha.

“In Haryana, nearly 35 per cent of the total population is Punjabi but the community has not been given adequate representation by any political organisation,” Chaudhary asserted. He claimed that at one point of time, the community had 13 MLAs in the Haryana Assembly. However, the number has reduced drastically over the years as the parties have started giving step-motherly treatment to the community, he rued.

Subhash Batra, a former Home Minister, stated that political parties had forced the Punjabi community to join hands and fight for its rights.

Senior Supreme Court advocate and former Rajya Sabha member RK Anand underlined the need for the community to be united, saying the new front would an ideal platform for raising issues related to the community.

Meanwhile, these persons were elected office-bearers of the Punjabi Morcha: president—AC Chaudhary; conveners—RK Anand and Dharamveer Gaba; chairman—Subhash Batra; general secretary—Parikshit Madan; and senior vice-president—Sant Kumar.

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Markets in Kosli shut over Rewari gangrape

Kosli (Rewari) :

The bandh call given by the Jan Sangarsh Samiti against the gangrape evoked an overwhelming response on Wednesday as traders and shopkeepers kept their establishments shut from 9 am to 12 noon to express solidarity with the victim.

Representatives of the samiti and Yuva Shakti Jhaal took out a protest march in the town and submitted a memorandum to SDM Uttam Singh seeking immediate arrest of the other two suspects, government job to the victim and monetary aid to the victim’s family.

The protesters decided to convene a mahapanchayat of 51 villages in Kosli on Friday to decide further course of action. They called upon people and social outfits of surrounding districts to support them in getting justice for the victim.

“Our struggle will continue till the victim gets justice and demands are met. This unfortunate incident has caused an irreparable loss to the victim and her family. The government should come forward to offer her a respectable job to bring her out of trauma,” said Hansraj, convener of the samiti.

He said local residents were ready to launch a decisive struggle for help to the victim and maximum punishment to the accused.

“The state government has been given a two-day ultimatum to accept our demands. We will not hesitate in taking any stringent step in the mahapanchayat scheduled on Friday as residents want justice at the earliest,” said Hansraj.

Krishan, a youth who participated in the protest, said they wanted capital punishment for the culprits. Rajesh, another protester, decried the police for alleged sluggish action and demanded action against the cops responsible.

The Bar Association of Kanina in Mahendragarh on Wednesday announced that no member would defend the accused in court. A similar decision had earlier been taken by the Bar associations if Kosli and Rewari.

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