2 illegal arms units busted; Is this a big success of the police?
Weapons supplied to gangsters Sampat Nehra, Anand Pal and Sanjit Binder
The Special Task Force (STF) has busted two illegal arms manufacturing units in the state.
Talking to mediapersons here on Monday, STF DIG B Satish Balan said that after receiving information about illegal arms manufacturing units in Jind and Jhajjar districts, DSP Rahul Dev formed two teams to raid the suspected places.
One of the teams led by Sub-Inspector Bijender Kumar raided a house at Vikas Nagar in Jind town and arrested two persons identified as Vinod, alias Khema, originally a resident of Behrana village in Jhajjar district, and Deepak of Hamidpur in Delhi. The other team led by Inspector Satish Deswal raided a house at Behrana village in Jhajjar district and arrested Dilbag and Sunil of the same village. However, one Sonu managed to escape during the raid.
The DIG claimed that the teams had seized a large stock of arms and ammunition, including five pistols of .315 bore, two pistols of .32 bore, two revolvers of .32 bore, six half manufactured pistols of .315 bore, one double-barrel gun, six cartridges of .315 bore, five cartridges of .32 bore, four cartridges of .12 bore and six empty shells of .315 bore, and grinding machines, hammer, hacksaw etc and other material generally used in arms manufacturing.
Balan said that during preliminary interrogation, the accused had confessed that their families had been manufacturing illegal arms for the past six decades.
They also confessed to have supplied these arms to noted gangsters like Sampat Nehra, Anand Pal, Sanjit Binder, Rajesh Bharti, Balraj Bhati Ashok Doga and other gangs.
The DIG said that cases had been registered against them in Jind and Jhajjar.
DSP Rahul Dev said that the pistols and revolvers were supplied between Rs 5,000 and Rs 30,000 depending on the quality, size and bore of the weapons. “They generally use iron sheets in manufacturing these illegal arms,” he said.
5 pistols of .315 bore
2 pistols of .32 bore
2 revolvers of .32 bore
1 double-barrel gun
6 cartridges of .315 bore
5 cartridges of .32 bore
4 cartridges of .12 bore
In 3 months, 134 incidents of illegal mining in M’garh; Whether the government has failed to stop illegal mining?
Illegal mining of gravel at the Krishnawati riverbed in Nangal Choudhry region has been going on unabated in spite of a crackdown by the district authorities. In the past three months, 134 cases of illegal mining and transportation of minerals were reported in the district.
Sources say the mining mafia is active in Sehbajpur, Dostpur, Nolayja, Dattal, Nangal Kalia, Biharipur, Jainpur, Maandi and Bhedanti villages. The mafia, with the help of locals, operates during the night and transports gravel to Rajasthan’s Behrod, Nimrana and surrounding areas in tractor-trailers via kuchha roads
“The mafia deploys its henchmen at several key points leading to mining sites. In case officials are on patrolling, the henchmen inform their accomplices at the sites through mobile phones,” the sources claim.
Sources say the mining authorities intensified night patrolling in the past few months. It has blocked several kuccha roads to check illegal transportation of minerals, but it has not yet succeeded to put a curb the activities of the mafia, the sources claim.
“Of the 134 incidents of illegal mining or transportation of minerals, 44 were reported in April, and 45 each in May and June. About Rs34.5 lakh as penalty has been recovered. A District Task Force (DTF) formed to check illegal mining not only conducts raids regularly, but also coordinates with gram panchayat where illegal mining is rampant,” said Vasudev, District Mining Officer, Narnaul.
He said several impounded tractor-trailers were registered in Rajasthan, indicating that gravel was brought to Haryana from Rajasthan.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Garima Mittal said Mahendragarh SDM Uttam Singh, along with officials of the police, mining and pollution control departments, had been asked to conduct a surprise inspection of the mining zone every week. “Efforts are being made to curb illegal mining on a hill which is part of Aravallis,” she added.
Youth Congress leader Abhimanyu Rao alleged the mining mafia had been political patronage.
In poll race, Cong slow to take off; Will Congress gain power in Haryana?
Party’s district, block-level committees not in place so far
As politicking gathers steam in Haryana -- which will see two elections within a span of five months next year -- the state unit of the Congress seems to be at a disadvantage. Neither its district-level nor block-level committees are in place and the lack of an organisational structure at the grassroots is hampering the party’s poll preparedness.
While the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has its hands full with the holding of various rounds of workers’ and leaders’ meetings as they strategise for the elections, the Indian National Lok Dal’s (INLD) leaders are out in the field wooing the public.
The failure of various factions within the Congress to come together on one platform and the lack of grassroots committees to mobilise the public are costing the party dear.
Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar has already -- on numerous occasions -- maintained that the approval of the organisational structure has to come from the Congress’ general secretary in charge of Haryana.
“In the absence of any appointee, that is on hold. As soon as a general secretary for Haryana is announced, these committees will be in place,” he said.
The post of the general secretary for Haryana has been lying vacant since senior party leader Kamal Nath was named the Congress chief of Madhya Pradesh in April.
The delay in the formation of the district Congress committees and block Congress committees is weighing heavy on the minds of the Congress leaders who are out in the field organising their programmes without any infrastructural support.
Though the Haryana Chief Minister has denied reports of an early Assembly election in Haryana, various political parties are already in election mode on the premise that elections could be held with the parliamentary poll next year.
Not wanting to be caught napping, parties and leaders are in a state of readiness to deal with such an announcement.
The Congress, however, seems to be in no such rush, much to the disappointment of senior party functionaries.
Former Speaker Kuldeep Sharma rued the delay in the appointments. “We are approaching the election year and the countdown has started. The non-formation of the committees is worrisome because when we go into elections, a strong party structure is important,” he said.
Other senior leaders of the party also opined that having the infrastructure in place well before elections would help the leaders reach out to the public to expose the present BJP government in the state.
At present, the Congress -- divided into various factions -- is holding programmes across the state but these are being held in the individual capacity of the leader more as a show of strength to the party high command to claim one-upmanship over one another.
Work for farmers’ welfare, Hooda advises Dhankar; Is Hooda's advise right?
Former CM, Deepender lauded for contribution towards getting Metro link for Jhajjar’s
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, his son and Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda and Jhajjar MLA Geeta Bhukkal rode by Metro from Mundka in Delhi to the City Parkstation here.
They arrived here to attend the ‘Nagrik Abhinandan’ ceremony organised by local Congress leaders to honour the father-son duo for their contribution in extension of the trainup to Bahadurgarh.
During the ceremony, Congress leaders gave them credit for the Metro link. The state government was decried for the delay in the project and not letting Deepender to speak during the inauguration on June 24.
“As per protocol, the state government is bound to invite the MP concerned for such programmes and give time to express views. The BJP government violated protocol by not allowing Deepender to speak during the inaugural function of the Metro link,” said Hooda during the ‘Nagrik Abhinandan’.
The former Chief Minister said his government and Deepender had left no stone unturned to bring the Metro to Bahadurgarh to facilitate thousands of people working in various fields here and to usher in a new era of development.
It was for the first time that the Haryana Government paid a share of expenses borne by the Delhi Government to ensure extension of the Metro to Bahadurgarh, he added.
Hooda announced extension of Metro to other parts of the state if the Congress was voted to power in the next Assembly elections. He suggested to Deepender to boycott government programmes in the future as the BJP government did not have faith in protocol.
Blaming the BJP government for the deteriorating condition of farmers in the state, he advised Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar to work for betterment of farmers instead of dancing over their destruction.
“It is surprising that famers are struggling to earn their livelihood due to erroneous government policies while the Agriculture Minister is dancing instead of bailing them out of the crisis,” said Hooda.
He added that farmers had reached the verge of devastation during the BJP regime. Deepender, Bhukkal and Congress MLA Raghubir Kadian also spoke on the occasion.
2-day Haryana BJP meetings end; Will the BJP come back to power again?
Leaders confident of taking leverage of welfare schemes for 2019
The two-day meetings of the state executive of the Haryana BJP concluded on Sunday evening, with the party leaders hoping to cash in on the success of their various welfare schemes for “Mission 2019”.
The second day of the meeting saw the participation of senior level party leaders, including the Chief Minister, MPs, Union ministers and MLAs from Haryana.
Addressing the meeting at the HUDA Convention centre here, Anil Jain, Rajya Sabha MP and in charge of the state BJP, claimed that the work and achievements of both the state and Union government had a far-reaching impact and would surely pave the way for strengthening the party roots at various levels.
Dwelling on the recent hike in the MSP of various crops, Jain said while it benefited lakhs of farmers, it was for the first time in the post-Independence era that a government had increased the MSP of crops by 150 per cent.
Describing the PM as “Kisan Ratan”, he said it would result in additional income of Rs 73,000 crore to the farming sector.
Asking the party leaders to fan out in their respective constituencies to create awareness among the people at booth level, Jain said the success and impact of the national-level schemes launched by the Union Government could be made a plank for the smooth return in the next polls. He said while the BJP government opened 33 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts, a benefit of Rs 67,000 crore had been provided through various schemes in the past four years.
Claiming that the progress made on various fronts during the Modi regime had been more than the 70 years of governance, he said it was time that the masses must be contacted and taken into confidence over the results gained or to be achieved in near future.
He said while the meeting reviewed the work done at the ground level since the last visit of BJP president Amit Shah, he announced that senior leaders of the party were being assigned the responsibility at the district level in which focus would be the booth access.
“The party will work to get all 10 Lok Sabha and a minimum of 65 Assembly seats in the next polls,’’ he added. State BJP chief Subhash Barala and CM Manohar Lal Khattar also addressed the meeting.