Strike by roadways workers fizzles out
A strike call given by employees of Haryana Roadways fizzled out on Wednesday as the police detained protesting workers in pre-dawn action at several depots.
Officials claimed the bus services across the state remained normal.
Union leaders had halted bus services at a few depots night, but they were restored in the morning, officials said.
Leaders blamed divided unions for the “failure” of the strike.
The Fatehabad police arrested 45 union leaders under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). Protesting employees clashed with the police as the former tried to stop buses.
In Hisar, a case under the ESMA was registered against 37 union leaders. Haryana Roadways Employees Union president Dalbir Kirmara was among those detained by the Hisar police.
They have also been booked on the charge of assaulting and obstructing government officials from performing their duty. They allegedly damaged a video camera of a videographer who was filming the protesters. A case was filed under Sections 147, 148, 186, 323, 325, 341 and 427 of the IPC.
Union leaders claimed some workers suffered minor injuries in the police action.
In Jind, the police resorted to a mild lathicharge in the wee hours when a group of union activists tried to stop buses from leaving the depot. Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri said several protesting union activists were taken into preventive custody and all of them were released before noon.
Prohibitory orders were issued in various districts; protests were not allowed within a 100-m radius of bus stands. A heavy posse of the police was deployed to prevent Roadways workers from protesting.
Haryana Roadways Workers Joint Action Committee (HRWJAC) general secretary Balwan Singh Dodwa told The Tribune the strike failed as unions associated with the Sarv Karamchari Sangh (SKS) and Bharatiya Mazdoor Mahasangh supported the state government.
“A meeting has been called in Jind to decide the future course of action against the state government which is adamant on introducing 700 private buses on several routes,” he said.
Sarbat Punia, president of the SKS-affiliated Haryana Roadways Workers Union, condemned thrashing of employees and announced a protest at district headquarters on Thursday.
In Rohtak, buses plied under police protection. Rohtak depot General Manager Rahul Jain said the bus service was smooth.
In Karnal, around 95 per cent of buses plied. The district administration deployed 50 additional private buses, and 70 tempo-travellers and Jeeps in case of emergency situation.
In Hisar, the bus service remained suspended for a couple of hours, but it was resumed soon after union leaders were detained.
In Faridabad, all 185 buses of the depot plied, as none of the employees joined the strike.
In Rewari, more than 25 employees were apprehended in the morning when they were staging a dharna in the bus stand.
43 held in Ambala
Ambala: In all, 43 Haryana Roadways employees from here were arrested under Sections 5, 6 and 7 of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), 1981, and Sections 353, 186 and 188 of the IPC. They were sent to judicial custody. The employees were booked for allegedly obstructing the movement of buses in the local depot. Rohit Jain, one of the advocates for employees, said, “A bail application has been filed in court. A notice has been issued for Thursday.”
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KU forms probe panel on marking of history papers
Role of faculty member under scanner | VC nod to CCTV cameras
The Kurukshetra University (KU) Vice-Chancellor has marked an inquiry into allegations of manipulation of marks awarded to students of ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology.
Prof Sukhdev Saini, recently appointed chairperson of the department, had noticed irregularities in the marks for MA and MPhil courses.
The role of a senior faculty member in the department was under scrutiny. Professor Saini had reportedly approached the VC, KC Sharma, with a complaint and submitted some documents.
The VC said a committee under Prof Sham Kumar, Dean, Academics, had been instituted. Professor Kumar on Tuesday said the matter was being looked into.
Information gathered by The Tribune revealed that there were 14 MPhil scholars in 2017-18 and internal assessment of five students was allegedly manipulated.
In the staff council meeting held on July 25, it was recorded in the minutes that marks awarded to MPhil students by the seminar committee were changed fraudulently by a faculty member.
The committee also recorded its concern over the incident and decided to rectify the detailed marks cards of five students whose marks were found changed in the manipulated list.
In one case, the seminar committee had given 51 marks, but the marks were changed to 71. Another student had secured 40 marks whereas it was changed to 60 in the fraudulently prepared second list.
Similarly, there were 24 students in the MA (first year) in the 2017-18 academic session and all of them got equal marks in test seminar, internal test and attendance.
Sources said prima facie, it was a case of negligence wherein the entire class of 24 students secured 17 marks out of 20 in a subject of the first semester.
Following a complaint from Professor Saini of threat from his colleagues at the department, the VC had sanctioned installation of CCTVcameras.
Professor Saini said he was attacked by a few research scholars allegedly at the behest of the erring teacher. He said a frivolous sexual harassment complaint was filed after he exposed wrongdoing.
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Tanwar, other leaders extend support to Hooda
State Congress president Ashok Tanwar, whose differences with former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda are no secret, said that Hooda was being witch-hunted as part of the BJP’s political vendetta.
“We have a difference of opinion, but are committed to ideology of the party. As we have highlighted the Rafale deal or real purpose behind demonetisation, they stooped to cheap politics. It is an attempt to divert attention and we stand united against it,” said Tanwar on FIR against Hooda in Gurugram land deal.
Similarly, senior Congress leader and former minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav said that the complaint actually brought to fore the state BJP government’s inefficiency. “The BJP government is itself an epitome of corruption and they use it as tool to divert attention. For four years, they had nothing to say and today, foreseeing their defeat, they go ahead and defame Congress leaders. The truth will soon be out. The entire party is against this attack,” he said.
Former minister and Congress leader from Mewat Aftab Ahmed has questioned the credibility of the complainant and demanded an explanation on same.
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Y’nagar villagers protest illegal mining, overloaded vehicles
Residents of several villages in Yamunanagar district on Tuesday protested in the mini-secretariat against illegal mining and overloaded vehicles.
They handed over a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to Deputy Commissioner Girish Arora. They demanded action against those involved in illegal mining and overloading.
Residents of Gumthala Rao, Sandhala, Sandhali, Lal Chhappar, Chauganwa, Hanshu Majra, Kandroli and Khukhani villages said they were living in flood-affected areas.
They claimed that the mining mafia had been carrying out mining up to 50 feet close to banks of the Yamuna on Haryana side.
They stated that deep digging had been causing land erosion on a large scale, damaging standing crops and posing a flood threat.
“Illegal mining has ruined farmers as it has caused erosion on hundreds of acres in several villages of the area,” said Shiv Kumar of Sandhala village.
Varyam Singh of Rao village, who is president of the Haryana Anti-Corruption Society, said besides illegal mining, overloaded vehicles troubled residents.
“Overloaded vehicles carrying mining material have damaged roads in the area. These are causing accidents and claiming lives,” he said.
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Minor among three booked in rape case
The police have booked three youths, including a minor, in connection with the rape of a Class X student of Farakpur locality.
The mother of the victim, in her complaint to the police, said that when she got up at 4 a.m., one of her daughters was not in her room. They searched for her in the house and other places, but could not trace her.
She said they got information that their daughter was in a nearby village.
She further said that their daughter told them that a boy (who is minor) phoned her at 3 a.m. on Monday and called her to come outside the house. When she went outside the house, the minor boy lured her on some pretext and made her sit in a car which was being driven by Sonu of Kail village.
The victim said that the third accused, Sandeep of Kail village, was following them on motorcycle.
She said that they took her to an unknown place and one of the boys (who is minor) raped her repeatedly.
Later, Sonu and the minor boy made her sit on the motorcycle. But on the way, when the minor boy called up some other boys, she got scared and jumped off the motorcycle and ran away in sugarcane fields.
The victim said that she was rescued by a farmer who was working in his fields. The farmer took her at his house and informed her parents.
The police have registered a case under Section 366-A (kidnapping) and 4 of the POCSO Act.