Mewat woman buried neck deep in pit as ‘cure from spirits'; Is this incident shameful?
In yet another example of sheer backwardness of Mewat, a 30-year-old mother of three died while being treated by a local 'witch doctor' for allegedly being under the influence of spirits.
The woman, identified as Prameena, was buried till neck in a five-feet-deep pit by another woman Sahida known in the area for treating “paranormal” patients.
Onlookers claim that she was screaming for help for almost two hours even as hundreds of people stood watching as she eventually died.
Following which the panicked accused, Sahida, asked the family to take her back to their village saying spirit killed her. However when her husband resisted, a joint panchayat was called to settle the matter.
Local police although aware of the matter had not filed an FIR till filing of the report.
Sources claimed that cops were waiting for panchayat to conclude to decide on further action.
According to victim’s husband Sakir, a resident of Palwal’s Bhootpur Udawar village, his wife was behaving peculiarly since many days. He reportedly took her to many doctors but it was of no use.
“The villagers told me that she was being haunted by a spirit and only Sahida of Shah Chaukha village could cure her. I took my wife to her and she promised successful treatment.
“She buried her neck deep in a pit in her yard. Prameena screamed for two hours saying she was feeling suffocated and I insisted on her being removed but Sahida and her husband scared me away saying it was spirits trying to lure me and disrupt the treatment.
“It was when her eyes shut and she was quiet that they pulled her out. They knew she was dead but told me it was trance after escaping clutches of the spirit and asked us to go back to our village. I soon realised I had lost her and returned with her body along with my village panchayat,” Sakir said.
Ironically, while the body was driven around between two villages, local police which was well aware of the incident was waiting for a formal complaint to file the case.
The panchayat was still on till filing of the report and the post-mortem too had not been started.
2,000 this year alone, 13 vehicle thefts every day in Gurugram; Is it shameful for the government?
Even as Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has promised to permanently station a task force of 1,000-plus night patrol personnel in Gurugram to check the rising crime graph there, the city seems to have already turned into a den of vehicle lifters with an average 13 thefts reported everyday.
The menace has created panic among residents with many societies roping in private security personnel to check such incidents.
Around 2,000 vehicles have reportedly been stolen from Gurugram this year so far. The number was 1,461 during the first five months in 2017. Clearly, there has been a 32 per cent spurt.
Most of such cases are reported from Sector 50, DLF-II, Sector 53, New Colony, Sector 14, Sector 9, Sohna City and Manesar police stations areas.
Sources say most of these gangs make use of WhatsApp to advertise the sale of stolen vehicles. Investigations reveal that many gangs of vehicle lifters have their own fleets of CNG autos to ferry their members.
Vehicles lifted from Gurugram are generally taken to Mewat for disposal and further sale/purchase. Residents of many villages in the district, it is claimed, are known to be dependent on vehicle thefts for their sustenance. Youth of these villages are allegedly trained in dismantling stolen vehicles. They then sell vehicle parts to their “trusted” spare part dealers.
Dalits in Jind embrace Buddhism; Is it justified to change religion?
A group of around 100 Dalit protesters in Jind city claimed to have converted to Buddhism as their demands were not fulfilled despite protesting for the past 115 days.
Dinesh Khapad, leader of the protesters, said on Monday that they had converted to Buddhism in New Delhi on May 31.
He alleged that socially oppressed castes had been marginalised in Haryana and made a victim of politics.
Khapad said he did not have the exact number of his fellow activists who had converted as they had travelled separately to Delhi’s Ladakh Buddhist Centre. “The number was around 100,” he said.
“We have been demanding a CBI probe into the alleged suicide of my uncle Ishwar Singh and the alleged rape-murder of a Dalit girl from Jhansa in Kurukshetra. Also, the widow of a Dalit CRPF jawan, Satish Kumar from Jind’s Chhatar village, was subjected to humiliation by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government by not giving her a job. No public place has been named after the late CRPF soldier who was killed in Kathua in 2015,” he said.
Khapad’s uncle Ishwar Singh was a contractual employee of Confed at Jind. On January 19 last year, Ishwar committed suicide by hanging himself at his house. The police had found a two-page note from his possession in which the deceased had accused three persons — the then Jind DFSC Ashok Rawat, the then Julana SHO sub-inspector Ram Niwas and a government contractor— of forcing him to commit suicide.
“The authorities are shielding the accused. The police have also failed to file a chargesheet in the abetment of suicide case. I see a serious threat from the accused named in the case as the district authorities have withdrawn police security cover given to me,” claimed Khapad, a complainant in the Ishwar suicide case.
Khapad said a delegation had met Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on March 7 where he had assured action in various issues.
“We had given an ultimatum on May 20 that we will convert if he doesn’t fulfil our demands in a week. Khattar visited Jind on May 26, but our representatives were not allowed to meet him. So, we started a march towards Delhi on May 27,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jind Deputy Commissioner (DC) Amit Khatri said the widow of the CRPF jawan was illiterate and she had joined a government school as a peon. But she stopped attending duty for unsaid reasons, said the Jind Deputy Commissioner.
He said the deceased jawan had not been accorded the status of martyr due to the rules of the paramilitary forces but the district administration had approached the defence authorities to reconsider the issue.
“The administration has approved four arms licences to Dinesh Khapad but the demand for police security was never placed before me. The administration has also asked the panchayat of Chhatar to pass a resolution for naming a public place after the CRPF jawan from their village,” said the DC.
Meanwhile, official sources said the Chief Minister had constituted a SIT, under Karnal IGP Subhash Yadav, to re-investigate the Jhansa rape-murder case.
Clash over WhatsApp post: One killed, 3 hurt; Will there be such conflicts now?
One Love Johar of Delhi Camp colony was killed and three others — Umesh, Kamal and Monu — of his family were injured after they were allegedly attacked by a group of armed youths in the colony here on Sunday night.
On the complaint of deceased’s brother Ajai, a case of murder and attempt to murder has been registered at the Civil Lines police station against eight persons. The accused have been identified as Dinesh, alias Bunty, his wife Geeta and his two sons, his cousin Mukesh and three others.
Demanding immediate arrest of the accused, Love’s kin, including his wife Kavita, blocked the Bahalgarh Road on Monday morning, disrupting the traffic movement.
Civil Lines SHO Narender reached the spot and persuaded the protesting members of the family to lift the blockade. He assured them that the accused would be arrested soon. Love Johar’s body was handed over to his family after a postmortem at the Civil Hospital.
The SHO said there was a dispute among the members of a WhatsApp group over a photograph posted and it resulted in heated arguments on the group. Following this, Love Johar was asked to meet other members of the group. When the victim came out of his house on Sunday night, he was allegedly attacked with sticks and sharp weapons and he died on the spot, said the SHO. Three others were also injured and admitted to a private hospital, the SHO added.
Hooda takes on BJP over governance; Will Hooda be successful in encompassing the government?
Samalkha (Panipat) :
Giving a clarion call to oust the BJP government in next year’s Vidhan Sabha elections, Congress leader and two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched the second phase of his “Jan Kranti Rath Yatra” from Samalkha.
Considering Panipat to be auspicious, Hooda had launched his tirade against Om Prakash Chautala from Panipat in 2001 and ended up staying at the helm of affairs as Chief Minister for two consecutive terms. Braving the heat, when temperatures stayed north of 40 degree Celsius, the mood of the people was palpable. The grain market overflowed with supporters, outnumbering capacity.
Those who could not manage a chair or squat anywhere returned to their vehicles, parking these on the main Grand Trunk Road to catch a glimpse of Hooda travelling in a makeshift rath on a modern-day bus. More than the number, it was the mood that enthused party workers and supporters. Every time Hooda questioned the BJP government over “failed promises”, cheer ripped through the tin covered “anaj mandi”.
Hooda was apparently in sync with the mood of party workers and supporters, who felt powerless on account of being part of the opposition, repeatedly raising slogans in favour of Hooda and his son Deepender, Member of Parliament from Rohtak.
The only other Congress leaders the crowds cheered for were Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Hooda received an overwhelming applause each time he said the BJP government had failed on every count.
“It was important that I was voted out of power, do you know why? The answer is that it has given the people a chance to evaluate my 10 years of governance and compare it to the government subsequent to mine,” he said.
The rally was scheduled for 10 am, but Hooda arrived at the venue around 1.40 pm in his specially designed rath. He was accompanied by Kuldeep Sharma, former Speaker and sitting MLA; former MLA Dharam Singh Chhokkar, organiser of the rally; Phool Chand Mulana, former president, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee; and Raghubir Singh Kadyan, former Speaker.
The crowds kept coming since the morning from various segments of Karnal, Panipat and Rohtak parliamentary constituencies. Incidentally, the Congress does not have any sitting MLA in the entire stretch of the GT Road belt between Samalkha and Kalka.
All Congress leaders, including Hooda, who addressed the rally from either the temporary stage or Hooda’s rath, said the BJP had failed to fulfil its major pre-poll promises on the basis of which it had come to powser.
There was disillusionment among all sections in the state, be it farmers, government employees, students, youth, traders or industrialists, on account of which they called the BJP’s policies anti-people, they said.
Hooda said instead of helping farmers or getting Swaminathan report implemented to improve the condition of farmers, the government had been issuing notices for forcible acquisition of land of farmers in debt to auction these for recovery. He promised that land of no debt-ridden farmer would be acquired if the Congress formed the government in Haryana next year.
Coming down heavily on the government, Hooda said the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna had been launched by the BJP government to benefit insurance companies and not farmers. Four companies which had carried out crop insurance made profits to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore and collected premium of around Rs 22,000 crore, he pointed out.
He said the government had failed to provide the jobs it had promised and on the other hand, due to inept pleading in the High Court, even those who were in service had been dismissed. He asked the government to make legislative provisions to re-induct the 50,000 people who had lost their government service jobs. He said if voted to power, his government would do the needful. He criticised functioning of the Haryana Service Selection Commission, accusing it of selling jobs for cash.
Hooda cited several instances of the BJP government having failed to live up to its promises and listed what his government would undertake to deliver after the next elections if given an opportunity to serve the state and its people. He announced between six and eight such rallies every day in all parliamentary constituencies till the 2019 General Election.
Rally triggers woes for locals
- Hundreds of people reached the rally venue on foot in the scorching heat due to massive traffic jams.
- Traffic in both service lanes remained disrupted and people parked their vehicles on roads and flyover in Samalkha.
- People seating on mats and chairs stood up when Bhupinder Singh Hooda started his speech.
- Peoples reached the rally on tractor-trailers with pink turbans and Congress flags in their hands.
- People want to listen to Hooda and they started hooting when former Speaker Raghubir Singh Kadyan was addressing the rally.
- Common people had to face problems due to traffic jams on the National Highway-1.