BSF Head Constable cremated
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
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
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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After BSF man’s killing, PM urged to act against Pak army
After knowing about the brutal killing of Head Constable Narender Singh of the BSF allegedly by the Pakistan Rangers, residents of his native village, Thana Kalan, in the district are in the state of shock.
They have urged the Prime Minister to avenge his martyrdom.
Union Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh, who was participating in a programme at Murthal, condemned the killing. He said that India would take revenge.
Congress MP from Rohtak, Deepender Singh Hooda, also condemned the killing of Narender and demanded that India should reply in the same language. “People are with the Indian Army and strict action must be taken against Pakistan as well as terrorist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. We are proud of the supreme sacrifice of Narender,” he said.
Village Sarpanch Balram said that the villagers have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to avenge Narender’s martyrdom. “The gram panchayat will raise a memorial on panchayat land. The school and stadium in the village will be named after him.”
Narender’s uncle Ashok and other villagers said that the body was being brought by road from Jammu to the village by Narender’s family members. They are likely to reach the village early morning tomorrow. Narender is survived by his wife and two sons.