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Electoral rolls’ revision delays admn reshuffle
Rohtak, May 18
The revision and publication of electoral rolls in respect of all 90 Assembly segments of Haryana has provided a fresh lease of life to bureaucrats holding key posts and were supposed to be shifted in an administrative reshuffle early last month.

Panel’s no to Kadiyan to defer meeting
Chandigarh, May 18
In what may be considered a rebuff to the Haryana Speaker, Mr Raghubir Singh Kadiyan, the Delimitation Commission has turned down his request for postponing its meeting in view of Mr Kadiyan's tour of three countries.

Quota issue bid to divert attention: Ajay
Kurukshetra, May 18
Criticising the UPA government’s policies in general and the proposed reservation policy in particular, the INLD secretary-general, Mr Ajay Chautala, said the reservation should not be on caste basis but on economic basis.

Medicos block national highway
Ambala, May 18
M M Medical College students, Mullana, blocked the national highway at Ambala Cantt in protest against caste-based reservation.

I will speak against softdrinks in England too: Swami Ramdev
Karnal, May 18
After organising yoga training camps in different parts of India, yoga acharya Swami Ramdev will give yoga lessons in England, America, Canada, Australia and Belgium from July 15.

Rs 111-crore power plan for Fatehabad
Hisar, May 18
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) have prepared an ambitious plan of Rs 111 crore to strengthen the power transmission and distribution system in Fatehabad district.


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Tyagi died of cardiac arrest, says report
Jhajjar, May 18
The post-mortem examination of alleged contract killer Sanjay Tyagi, who died in police custody yesterday, confirmed he died of cardiac arrest.

Haryana doing little to safeguard consumer rights
Chandigarh, May 18
“The legislative intent of providing speedy redressal of consumer grievances, through the enactment of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), 1986, has been frustrated" in Haryana.

Sacha Sauda: CBI given more time to complete probe
Chandigarh, May 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today accepted the prayer of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for grant of more time to complete investigation in three separate cases involving the Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa.

Protest rally by INLD leaders
Panchkula, May 18
Protesting against the deteriorating law and order situation, shooting up of prices, and anti-people policies of the Congress in the state, INLD workers and local leaders held a rally here today.

Tortured by cop, family seeks justice
Chandigarh, May 18
This is the story of a Yamunanagar-based family, which has been making efforts, so far futile, since 1997, to bring a policeman to justice. The policeman, who was then posted as Inspector there, is being accused by the family of having tortured it and having kept it in illegal confinement.

Govt staff’s threat to gherao Assembly
Karnal, May 18
A large number of government employees will gherao the Haryana Assembly on May 23, the Sarv Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, threatened at a district level meeting here today.

2 get life term in murder case
Fatehabad, May 18
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Lachhman Dass Sharma, today sentenced two persons to imprisonment for life for murdering a person. The court acquitted five others in this case.

15 injured

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Electoral rolls’ revision delays admn reshuffle
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, May 18
The revision and publication of electoral rolls in respect of all 90 Assembly segments of Haryana has provided a fresh lease of life to bureaucrats holding key posts and were supposed to be shifted in an administrative reshuffle early last month.

According to sources, the Chief Minister’s office had planned a reshuffle early last month. However, the process of revision of electoral rolls began on April 4 and since the Deputy Commissioners, Sub-Divisional Magistrates and Tehsildars are designated as Returning Officers of Assembly segments they cannot be transferred till the process is completed. This put a spanner in the works.

The claims and objections from the public were invited and processed till April 25. These were finally settled on May 5. Now the rolls are slated to be finally published on May 31 when the process would end.

The sources said the pending reshuffle would be effected by the middle of June. It would involve bureaucrats at all levels both in the IAS and HCS cadres. Several key bureaucrats had retired in the past few months and major changes could be expected at the commissioners and secretaries levels.

In the districts, many Deputy Commissioners were slated to be posted out on the basis of their unsatisfactory performance. According to the sources, the CM office feels that many DCs were simply going through the motions of routine official work and unable to instill dynamism in the administration. Many others were on the chopping block because of their failure to come up with viable development schemes in their districts.

At the subdivisional level many HCS officers holding post of SDMs were also likely to be sent to other less important posts on the same basis. It had been found that SDM offices took four to six weeks to issue new vehicle registration certificates and driving licences. Complaints of this nature had been taken seriously by the CM office, the sources said.

The impending reshuffle would be the first major exercise after the Hooda government assumed office in March last year. Though many transfers were effected after that, but the lists came in parts and in most cases bureaucrats were shifted from one district to another at the same post. However, this might not be the case this time, the sources said.

Initially, the Chief Minister had said the bureaucrats were on 90-day probation and would stay only if they performed well. However, no major changes were made during the last year.

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Panel’s no to Kadiyan to defer meeting
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
In what may be considered a rebuff to the Haryana Speaker, Mr Raghubir Singh Kadiyan, the Delimitation Commission has turned down his request for postponing its meeting in view of Mr Kadiyan's tour of three countries. Mr Kadiyan will go to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand to participate in a course called the Short-term Executive Course for legislators, professionals, civil servants, etc. The course is run jointly by an organisation called the Indian Housing and Urban Development Society and the Australian Habitat Society. The main purpose of the Indian society and its Australian counterpart is stated to be the promotion of healthy urban living. Ms Prasanni Devi, Congress MLA from Panipat district, will also reportedly participate in the programme.

This will be Mr Kadiyan's first foreign jaunt after becoming the Speaker. His predecessor in the last INLD majority Assembly, Mr Satbir Singh, went abroad several times to participate in various conferences and meetings.

Talking to TNS, Mr Kadiyan said he would also have a stopover at Hong Kong for one day during his visit to the three countries. The Speakers of other states, including Rajasthan, would also be taking part in the programme, Mr Kadiyan said.

From May 26 to June 12 Mr Kadiyan will be abroad to participate in the programme. Mr Kadiyan was informed that the meeting would be held as scheduled and he could send to the commission any proposal or suggestion he might have on the delimitation of Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies.

Mr Kadiyan is an Associate Member of the commission in his capacity as MLA. His status as Speaker has nothing to do with the proceedings of the commission. Nevertheless, Mr Kadiyan himself is not happy at the commission turning down his request. The affable Speaker suddenly became brusque when asked what he would do about the meeting of the commission if he was to leave the country on May 26. “Do not mix up the two issues”, he said in an angry tone. 

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Quota issue bid to divert attention: Ajay
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, May 18
Criticising the UPA government’s policies in general and the proposed reservation policy in particular, the INLD secretary-general, Mr Ajay Chautala, said the reservation should not be on caste basis but on economic basis.

Mr Chautala, addressing a press conference at HUDA office, Sector 7 here, today, said the reservation if based on economic grounds would benefit to the needy persons belonging to any caste, creed and colour.

He alleged that under the present government the prices especially of the essential commodities had shot up unexpectedly and the government was trying to divert the public attention from the burning issues, including short supply of electricity and drinking water as well as the deteriorating law and order situation.

He also alleged that the government was registering false criminal cases against the INLD workers because of political vendetta and to malign their image. The government should always work in public interest and not against the public, he suggested.

Criticising the Hooda government for the short supply of electricity, Mr Chautala alleged that the Haryana Government had lost Rs 320 crore by making the terms and conditions of a power project agreed upon with Reliance Industries Limited flexible. By doing so, the government would not be able to get subsidy of Rs 120 crore from the Centre. Moreover, the material cost would increase by Rs 200 crore by delaying the project by six months, he added.

Former state Transport Minister Ashok Arora, former INLD state president Sher Singh Barshami, former Agriculture Minister Jaswinder Singh Sandhu and former MP Kailasho Saini were among those who were present on the occasion.

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Medicos block national highway
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 18
M M Medical College students, Mullana, blocked the national highway at Ambala Cantt in protest against caste-based reservation.

Traffic on the busy highway was thrown out of gear for about two and a half hours due to the blockade. A large number of motorists were stranded.

The students had begun to congregate at Ambala Cantt from 11 am onwards. At around noon, the students went to the highway and stopped traffic. They formed a human chain to prevent vehicles to move on the highway. The medical students blocked traffic on both sides of the road.

Even as the students were blocking the traffic, a student, Sandhya Singh, claimed that she has sustained injury on her toe due to alleged manhandling by a woman constable. The students demanded that the constable must apologise for the incident.

The students stated that they would not lift the blockade till such time the Haryana Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mullana, did not meet them. They said last time too, an assurance had been given that Mr Mullana would meet them at the rest house but the meeting did not materialise.

The protesters demanded that Mr Mullana must meet them at the spot. They said the Congress-led UPA government must take back caste-based reservation. They said reservation was a bane for the country and quality of medical services would be affected if reservation continued.

Initially, the DSP, Mr Mahinder Singh, and the SDM, Mr Mukesh Ahuja, were controlling the situation. Later, the SP, Mr Amitabh Dhillon, arrived on the spot. The woman constable, whom the students accused of manhandling, went to the students and expressed regret over the incident. However, she maintained that the allegation of baton assault by her on a student was baseless.

After much persuasion by police officials, the medical students agreed to send a delegation to the Ambala Cantt PWD Rest House to meet Mr Mullana. The students insisted that the blockade would not be lifted till the delegation met the minister.

Mr Mullana met the medical students at the rest house. The delegation of medical students expressed their unhappiness with caste-based reservation.

Mr Mullana told them that a committee had been formed by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, in this regard. He said they respected the sentiments of the students.

Even as the delegation was meeting Mr Mullana, police personnel at the highway managed to convince the students to lift the blockade. 

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I will speak against softdrinks in England too: Swami Ramdev
Tribune News Service

Karnal, May 18
After organising yoga training camps in different parts of India, yoga acharya Swami Ramdev will give yoga lessons in England, America, Canada, Australia and Belgium from July 15.

Swami Ramdev said he would continue to advise people against cold drinks, pizza, burgers and fast foods in England and other countries too during his yoga sessions because of their ill effects.

To a question he said he would not face any problem in those countries for speaking against cold drinks as according to him, several organisations already were working against them there.

Forbidding yoga enthusiasts at his camps to take cold drinks, he asks them to use these as toilet cleaners.

On current issue of reservation today here, he said that there was dire need to provide primary as well professional education in national language Hindi and regional languages of the nation. If it was done, there would be no need of reservation at all, he added.

The swami said thousands of Indians had already been cured of a number of diseases including cancer, diabetes, hypertension and hormonal disorders. He had been trying to find cure for several other diseases, including muscular disorder and anaemia.

Several medium class and poor persons are of the view that it was not easy for them to meet Swamiji for advice about disease as he was surrounded by the rich and influential persons.

A 10+2 student, Aastha, surprised the Swamiji by saying publicly at the camp yesterday morning that her sister was suffering form backache. She came to the camp but her backache increased after joining the camp for two days. They tried to meet him for four days but in vain. She told the Swami to provide some time to people like her.

Replying her, the Swamiji said everyday one lakh people wanted to see him and it was not possible for him to see each and everyone personally. He had deputed 20 ayurveda experts to provide medicines for chronic diseases and one can meet any of them easily. He said he kept on meeting at least 100 poor persons everyday.

During his discourse he said statistics by the Indian Council of Medical Research stated that 20 lakh Indians were undergoing treatment for cancer. They were spending crores on medicines and even larger amounts on all kinds of expensive tests. If they did pranayamas every day, they would remain disease free, he added.

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Rs 111-crore power plan for Fatehabad
Tribune News Service

Hisar, May 18
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) have prepared an ambitious plan of Rs 111 crore to strengthen the power transmission and distribution system in Fatehabad district.

A spokesperson for the DHBVN said here today that the state power utilities planned to construct 18 substations in the district, besides augmenting the capacity of nine existing substations of different capacities.

To strengthen the power distribution system in the district, the nigam plans to rehabilitate 12 overloaded and lengthier feeders into two or three feeders of proper length and load.

The spokesman said the DHBVN planned to add 1,350 new distribution transformers in the existing network of 10,800 transformers. The length of the power transmission and distribution lines was also planned to be increased, he added.

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Tyagi died of cardiac arrest, says report
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, May 18
The post-mortem examination of alleged contract killer Sanjay Tyagi, who died in police custody yesterday, confirmed he died of cardiac arrest. The body was handed over to his parents today who alleged he was killed by the police. Tyagi had surrendered before the Delhi police last month and was brought here on transit remand in connection with the murder of a cable operator in Bahadurgarh.

SP, K.K. Rao told reporters Tyagi was a heart patient and he was taken to a private hospital yesterday when he suffered a heart attack. He told his mother was also called and she was by his side when he died. Mr Rao denied that he was killed by the police and alleged those behind the killing of cable operator, Ashok Sharma, were reportedly inciting Tyagi’s family to level charges against the police.

Parents of Tyagi, including father Omkar Singh, mother Suman and uncle Shiv Kumar who arrived here to take the body alleged Sanjay was killed by the police in cold blood. The police had laid seize to nab him a month ago from his hideout in a nearby village but he managed to escaped. After that, he preferred to surrender before the Delhi police as he had come on the target list of the Haryana police after he shot dead a cable operator for supari.

He was facing 16 cases of murder in Delhi and Haryana besides many other cases of attempt to murder, extortion and robbery. He was also associated with Krishan Dichao gang as a sharp shooter.

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Haryana doing little to safeguard consumer rights
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
“The legislative intent of providing speedy redressal of consumer grievances, through the enactment of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), 1986, has been frustrated" in Haryana. This scathing observation has been made by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India (CAG) in his report for the year ended March 31, 2005, placed before the Assembly in its Budget session.

According to a survey, almost 86 per cent of the consumers said the government was not doing enough to safeguard consumer rights.

The CPA, passed to provide for simple, speedy and inexpensive redressal of consumers’ grievances, came into effect in 1987. The Act, applicable to all non-commercial goods and services, provided for the establishment of a three-tier quasi-judicial redressal machinery at the national, state and district levels. A major amendment was made to the Act in 2003 to discourage adjournments and create additional benches to offset increasing pendency.

In May, 2004, on the recommendations of a Parliamentary Standing Committee, the Union Government advised the state government to set up four additional benches. But, till date, not even a single additional bench has been constituted. “Even the solitary bench of the State Consumer Commission, Haryana, continues to function from a rented house in Sector 8, Chandigarh, which is woefully inadequate in space and lacking in infrastructure,” rues Mr Pankaj Chandgothia, president of the Chandigarh Consumer Court Bar Association.

Mr Chandgothia added that 100 to 200 cases were fixed every day, but the small courtroom had seating arrangements for only 25-odd persons and the pendency was so heavy that court files were kept in open corridors instead of in almirahs. “Consumer conveniences, such as sitting space, chairs, water coolers, toilets, etc. were not provided in any of the district forums or at the state commission”, notes the CAG report.

According to the CAG report, the Haryana Government was sanctioned a one-time grant of Rs 2.10 crore in 1995-96 by the Central Government to strengthen the infrastructure of consumer courts in the state, but the funds remained unutilised. The proposed state commission building in Panchkula is still incomplete.

Apart from the redressal machinery (Consumer Courts), Sections 7 and 8A of the CPA mandates the state government to establish the State Consumer Protection Council (SCPC) and District Consumer Protection Councils (DCPCs) in each district, to promote and protect the rights of consumers by disseminating information and through consumer education. The SCPC is to be headed by the Minister in charge of Consumer Affairs and the DCPC is to be headed by the Collector and comprise various official and non-official members and is to meet at least twice a year.

The CAG report points out that though a few councils were formed from time to time, these remained “completely non-functional”, which directly resulted in the lack of awareness among consumers about their rights. District Consumer Information Centres (DCICs) were to be set up in each district, with financial assistance promised by the Central Government. However, “no efforts were made to set up” any DCICs to derive benefits under this important scheme.

In July, 2003, the Union Department of Consumer Affairs introduced a scheme of opening Consumer Clubs in schools to create consumer awareness among students. It approached the state to send proposals for the sanction of grants, but the state government ignored the scheme.

“The total disinterest of the Haryana Government in the consumer movement has adversely affected the protection of consumer rights in the state. The most affected are the rural areas, where people are not even aware of the existence of Consumer Courts”, laments Mr Chandgothia. “When the Haryana Government is not even obeying the mandatory provisions of the CPA regarding the creation of the SCPC, DCPCs and additional benches of the state commission, the recommendatory measures such as Consumer Clubs and the Consumer Welfare Fund would be nothing but a distant dream.”

Several posts of president/member/supporting staff have been lying vacant over a long period of time in various district fora. Thus, the purpose of setting up consumer forums to provide quicker justice to consumers within a stipulated time could not be met to a large extent. The pendency in the state commission has risen to alarming proportions. In the face of the apathy of the Haryana Government and seeing no viable alternative, ultimately the National Consumer Commission had to intervene and by an administrative order passed in March, 2006, transferred 500 of the over 15,000 pending cases to the UT Chandigarh State Commission, to expedite their disposal and alleviate the sufferings of the consumers of Haryana. 

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HIGH COURT
Sacha Sauda: CBI given more time to complete probe
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today accepted the prayer of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for grant of more time to complete investigation in three separate cases involving the Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa.

In its application, the CBI had stated that due to fear psychosis generated by 
the dera management, people were not coming forward to assist it in the investigations. It had, therefore, sought three more months to complete the investigations.

It may be recalled that the CBI had been directed by the High Court to probe three cases involving the dera.

While one of the cases being investigated by the CBI pertains to murder of journalist Ram Chander Chattarpati in 2003, another relates to the alleged murder of dera follower Ranjeet Singh.

Ranjeet's father Joginder Singh had sent a letter to the High Court, alleging that his son was killed after he tried to part ways with the dera.

The third case pertains to the anonymous letter sent by an alleged female resident of the dera, which alleged that women residents of the dera were being sexually exploited at the dera. Following the receipt of the letter, the High Court had ordered investigation by the CBI in this case also.

While the CBI had sought extension of time, the dera management had opposed the same, instead praying that the investigation into the allegation that lady inmates at the dera were being sexually exploited be ended as nobody had come forward to provide any information to the CBI. However, the CBI counsel had opposed the dera plea.

Sometime back, the Bench headed by Mr Justice Amar Dutt had reserved its judgement on the CBI plea.

Today, the Bench of Mr Justice Amar Dutt and Mr Justice A.N. Jindal Singh, while allowing the CBI to continue its investigations, directed the agency to submit its progress reports to the court on a monthly basis.

Observing that there were two reasons why no substantial progress had been made by the CBI in the matter, the court said that one was the shortage of manpower, which resulted in the agency failing to provide adequate staff to the officer investigating the cases. The second reason, it said, was the hindrance created by the followers of the dera, which also resulted in extremely hostile environment against the investigation.

Saying that though the show of indignation by followers of the dera was not unexpected, the Bench expressed dismay over the fact that the investigation into the cases was hampered due to protests by the followers. It hoped that the CBI would be able to sort out the problems on its own without involving the court.

The Bench also said it hoped that responsible persons of the dera would make concerted efforts to ensure that the process of law was not stalled by any act of the followers. It added that it was only through such efforts by both the sides that the cloud that has been cast over the functioning of the dera can be removed.

At the same time, referring to the series of protests orchestrated by dera followers at various places, including Chandigarh, the Bench asked the governments to take necessary steps to ensure that the roadblocks in the ongoing investigations were removed.

Hearing will re-start on July 3, when the CBI will also submit its progress report to the court.

Verdict reserved

Mr Justice Baldev Singh of the High Court on Thursday reserved his judgement on the plea filed by the former Chairman of Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC), Mr K.C. Bangar, seeking anticipatory bail in a case registered against him by the State Vigilance Bureau, Sirsa.

On October 18, 2005, Mr Bangar, who had been appointed chairman of the HPSC by the previous the Om Prakash Chautala government, had been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In his plea for directions to the government not to arrest him, Mr Bangar has asserted that the case against him was politically motivated and false.

Today, after hearing the parties, Mr Justice Baldev Singh reserved his order.

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Protest rally by INLD leaders
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 18
Protesting against the deteriorating law and order situation, shooting up of prices, and anti-people policies of the Congress in the state, INLD workers and local leaders held a rally here today.

Led by former Haryana Agriculture Minister Jaswinder Singh, the protesters passed through various sectors and converged outside the mini secretariat. Later a delegation met the Deputy Commissioner and gave a memorandum of demands to him.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Jaswinder Singh alleged that the Hooda government had been implicating INLD leaders and workers in criminal cases.

Besides the steep rise in prices of various commodities, the government had failed to provide basic civic amenities, alleged Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, INLD spokesperson. Those who addressed the gathering included Mr Ram Gopal Mehta, district president of the INLD.

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Tortured by cop, family seeks justice
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
This is the story of a Yamunanagar-based family, which has been making efforts, so far futile, since 1997, to bring a policeman to justice. The policeman, who was then posted as Inspector there, is being accused by the family of having tortured it and having kept it in illegal confinement.

Mrs Raj Rani, wife of Mr Kapoor Chand Goyal, has written to the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, highlighting how she, her husband and a son, were tortured by the policeman, Mr Arun Nehra. She has sent copies of her letter to the Chief Justice of India, the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the Director-General of Police, Mr Nirmal Singh, besides others.

The torture for the Goyals, is still continuing as a criminal case has now been registered against them and their supporters at the behest of Mr Nehra, who is now posted as DSP, Gohana, allegedly to “disuade them from persuing a criminal complaint” filed against him in a Yamunanagar court.

Mrs Raj Rani alleged that her husband, who trades in agricultural implements, along with his son, who was minor at that time, was tortured by Mr Nehra to force him to come to an agreement with his neighbour in a civil dispute. She was also allegedly tortured in the police station. The Goyals were also allegedly implicated in a false case.

Following representations to the then Prime Minister, an inquiry was conducted by the then DSP, Crime Branch, Mr R.K. Aggarwal, who reportedly indicted Mr Nehra.

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Govt staff’s threat to gherao Assembly
Tribune News Service

Karnal, May 18
A large number of government employees will gherao the Haryana Assembly on May 23, the Sarv Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, threatened at a district level meeting here today.

The president of sangh’s district unit, Mr Om Prakash Sihmar, and its secretary, Mr Satpal Saini, said thousands of government employees would hold a demonstration outside the Haryana Secretariat and gherao the Assembly in favour of their long-pending demands.

Their main demand was implementation of decisions taken during the meeting of the sangh’s representatives with Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on March 9.

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2 get life term in murder case
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, May 18
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Lachhman Dass Sharma, today sentenced two persons to imprisonment for life for murdering a person. The court acquitted five others in this case.

Mrs Santosh, a resident of Bhuna, had lodged an FIR against the convicts, Mohinder and Balraj, besides Ravi, Subhash, Rai Sahib, Gurdev and Rakesh, for killing her husband Kuldeep by firearm weapon on June 22, 2004. The court sentenced the main accused, Mohinder and Balraj, to life imprisonment. 

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15 injured

Karnal, May 18
At least 15 persons received multiple injuries and 25 minor injuries as a Karnal-bound bus, being run by a cooperative society, dashed against a tree at Nangla Megha village here today. — TNS

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