Panipat girl, who alleged molestation, takes U-turn
A day after a 12-year-old girl from a village of Samalkha alleged she was kidnapped and molested, she took a U-turn on Tuesday and told a judicial magistrate that nothing of the sort happened.
Recording her statement under Section 164 of the CrPC, she said she was afraid after her mother scolded her for studies.
On Monday, the girl — a Class VIII student — alleged 10 persons kidnapped her while she was on her way home from school and molested her. Later, her father and villagers found her in the fields in an unconscious condition.
The police registered a case against 10 persons under Sections 342, 365, 354-A and 34 of the IPC, and Section 10 of the POCSO Act on the complaint by the victim’s father.
Women’s police station SHO, Inspector Kiran, said the girl said before the magistrate she was not kidnapped. “She said she went out of the house after her mother scolded and hid in the fields for two hours,” the SHO added.
After the girl levelled allegation of molestation on Monday, she was taken to General Hospital, but she refused to undergo medical examination.
Jagdeep Duhan, DSP (Headquarters), said though the victim had retracted from her statement, the investigation was in progress to verify the conjectures.
Is the victim giving such a statement under pressure?
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‘Honour killing’: Girl’s father, brother held
Police investigation has revealed that Priyanka, the class XI girl of Bahalba village in the district who died under mysterious circumstances on Sunday, had been killed by her father and juvenile brother.
The police have arrested the girl’s father Prahlad and detained her brother.
Rohtak SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said the girl was in a relationship that was not acceptable to her family. So, they murdered her and took the body for cremation to destroy the evidence.
“The girl was forced to consume poison and then, strangled to death. As per our investigation, Priyanka’s father and brother executed the murder,” he said.
SHO (Meham) Kuldeep Singh stated that the post-mortem report of the girl had not mentioned the cause of death and the viscera had been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory at Sunaria to ascertain the cause of death.
An anonymous caller informed the police on Sunday that Priyanka’s family members had killed her and taken the body for cremation.
A police party, accompanied by a team of Fire Department officials, was immediately rushed to the cremation ground where they got the cremation stopped amidst a scuffle with the girl’s family members and fellow villagers.
The half-burnt body of the girl was removed from the pyre after dousing the fire and sent for a post-mortem examination. The police registered a case under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC against the family members of the girl on the basis of a complaint lodged by a Security Agent (SA) posted at the Meham police station.
Meanwhile, Priyanka’s parents have denied the allegations of honour killing or murder, stating that the girl had complained of chest pain and vomiting on Saturday. “We were taking her to the PGIMS for treatment, but she died on the way,” they claimed.
Has Haryana become a stronghold of women crime?
Six years on, Panipat dyers await water discharge plant
Members of the Panipat Dyers’ Association are waiting for the approval of a zero liquid discharge (ZLD) plant for the past six years. They alleged that the proposal of a ZLD of 100-MLD capacity had been prepared by HSVP engineering wing but it was stuck in files.
The Part 2 of Sector 29 was established by the Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP, then HUDA) in 2003, especially for dyeing units. As many as 350 registered dyeing units are operational here while the total plots in the sector are 600.
Bheem Rana, president, the Panipat Dyers’ Association, said dyeing industry was the mother of textile industry. But it was facing shortage of water as it needs approximately 42 MLD of water daily. Only 15 MLD water is being supplied through canal and ground water. As much as 40 MLD water is discharged daily, which goes waste, he stated.
“The problem can be resolved only after installation of a ZLD plant here. We have been demanding one for the past six years and the engineering wing of HSVP had made a proposal of a 100-MLD ZLD two years ago”, Rana said.
The department had also prepared a detailed project report (DPR) of the ZLD and sent it to the government for approval. The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs937 crore and it would be established in around 40 acres. After the ZLD plant, the dyeing industry would become self-sufficient and 98 per cent of the total discharged water can be reused by the industry, he added.
The Union Government is ready to bear 50 per cent of the total cost of the project under Namami Gangey project and the state government has to give 25 per cent of the total cost, said Lalit Goel, an exporter. But the important part is that the government is asking the industry to bear the 25 per cent cost but industries are not in the condition to do so, he said.
Vinod Khandelwal, president, Haryana Chamber of Commerce, Panipat chapter, said a proposal was sent to the ministry around one and a half year ago. The plant is the basic need of the dyeing industry and government has to take up this proposal on priority basis, he added.
Should the government manage it quickly?
Rewari gangrape accused in five-day police remand
Kanina Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Piyush Sharma on Monday sent Rewari gangrape case accused — main suspect Nishu Phogat, tubewell room owner Deen Dayal and Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP) Sanjeev — to five days’ police custody and directed the prosecution to produce them on September 21.
No one was allowed enter the courtroom till the time the accused were inside.
The prosecution had demanded seven days’ police remand, pleading that their custody was required for ascertaining the whereabouts of other accused.
Rakesh Lamba, advocate for Deen Dayal, pleaded in the court that the investigation was shoddy and Deen Dayal was being implicated. “Deen Dayal was not present at the spot when the crime was perpetrated. He was in Kosli on account of some domestic work. The tubewell room (where the girl was allegedly raped) does not have any lock. It remains open every time. Hence, there is no question of handing over the keys of the room to the accused,” he added.
Advocate Sandeep Yadav, who represented Sanjeev in the court, said the SIT had deliberately made Sanjeev an accused in the case just to save its skin as two other main suspects were still absconding. He said the victim had not named Sanjeev in the FIR.
Meanwhile, Dushyant Yadav, president of the Kosli Bar Association in Rewari, said the association had decided that none of its member would defend the accused.
A panchayat of 20 villages announced a bandh in Kosli on Wednesday in protest against the incident.
AAP activists protest in K’shetra
Kurukshetra : Activists of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Jan Sangharsh Manch protested here on Monday against the Rewari gangrape case. They burnt effigies of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and demanded his resignation. AAP organisational secretary Sumit Hindutani said the state government had failed in ensuring women’s safety and there was a sharp rise in the crime against women. They demanded stringent punishment for the accused.
Will gangrape accused get severe punishment?
Chit fund firms in Hisar, Fatehabad under scanner
In view of the recent chit fund scam involving Future Maker Life Care Private Limited, the police have put firms in Hisar, Fatehabad and Jind region, which have come up in the last two years, under scanner.
According to information, at least 10 firms are operational in Hisar, Fatehabad and Adampur town of Hisar district under the names of Trade Mart, Wealth Way, X way, Success Mantra Life Care, VDST, C done, Global Share, RMCL and Malwanchal Private Limited.
According to sources, villagers of the Adampur block are more inclined towards these chit fund firms. They added that villagers of Badopal, Gorakhpur, Chobara, Bhuna, Jandli, Sishwal, Chindarh, Sadalpur, Fatehabad, Hisar and Adampur were the biggest investors.
“Those who earn well later float their own venture after learning the ropes of this multi-chain marketing business. Radhey Shyam, a motivator-cum-agent, also launched his own firm. Another person who also earned crores from Future Maker later parted ways with Radhey Shyam and incorporated his own firm. He has gone into hiding now,” said a Hisar resident, who has been closely following these firms.
Sources said nearly 10 more such firms were expected to be floated in Hisar in the next three months to attract more people.
Meanwhile, the police on Friday arrested a promoter of chit fund firm Trade Mart, Naveen of Bangaon village in Fatehabad, on the basis of the complaint of one Pradeep Siwach.
SP Shiv Charan said the firm had opened two accounts in the Central Bank of India branches in Hisar and Bhatinda and started collecting money from gullible persons. The accounts had been sealed and an amount of Rs 15 lakh had been recovered from him. Raids were being conducted to arrest his accomplices.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said they had failed to procure police remand of Radhey Shyam and Sunder Singh Saini, were still in judicial custody. “Our team is still carrying out investigations in Haryana”, he added.