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Pradyuman murder

CBI stays neutral on conductor bail plea

Says no incriminating evidence, but must be quizzed17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

GURUGRAM: Standing by its investigation into Pradyuman Thakur murder case, the CBI neither opposed nor completely supported the bail plea of bus conductor Ashok Kumar today, saying he held many answers, especially about the botched investigation by the Gurugram police.

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CBI stays neutral on conductor bail plea

Sumedha Sharma

Tribune News Service

Gurugram, November 16

Standing by its investigation into Pradyuman Thakur murder case, the CBI neither opposed nor completely supported the bail plea of bus conductor Ashok Kumar today, saying he held many answers, especially about the botched investigation by the Gurugram police.

The court had asked the CBI to file a detailed reply, elaborating the basis of Ashok’s arrest. Responding to it, the agency clearly said its investigation till date had no evidence showing his involvement in the murder.

The statement contradicted Gurugram police’s claims of arresting him on the basis of strong evidence and submitting it to the CBI.

A 25-second video clipping was reportedly produced in court, negating Gurugram police’s CCTV analysis. The police had insisted that the video clearly showed Ashok walking out of the school washroom after Pradyuman stumbled out.

The CBI, however, said the video showed much more. The accused teenager was also on it and was seen coming out of the washroom some moments after Pradyuman.

“So far, no incriminating evidence has been found in connection with the involvement of Ashok in Pradyuman’s murder. In case any evidence about the involvement of Ashok comes forth during investigation, appropriate action will be taken as per the law. In view of facts and circumstances in the case, it is prayed that the court may pass an appropriate order of the bail application as deemed fit and proper in the interest of justice,” read the agency’s submission in court.

“Yes, we say that he is not the murderer of Pradyuman, but he is completely not off the case. We are not just investigating the murder, but also what led to the police investigation haywire and Ashok’s arrest. He was the first to be under suspicion and then arrested with confession and sequential recreation of crime. Now, he alleges that he has been tortured and framed and he is the key to know how and what went wrong with police investigation,” said a senior CBI official.

Ashok was arrested by the police within hours of the murder, which took place on September 8. The police said he had confessed to the crime. The conductor, according to the police, had said he tried to sexually assault Pradyuman and killed him when the boy resisted.

Sources claimed that the CBI did not want to oppose the bail plea initially, but went ahead with this response as another witness, the school gardener, claimed that he had been threatened into supporting the murder theory of the police.

Pradyuman murder

No action on staff yet, police await CBI report

17 Nov 2017 | 9:56 PM

CHANDIGARH: With the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and police giving two completely different stories about Pradyuman Thakur murder case at the Ryan International School, the Haryana Police are awaiting completion of investigation by the former before arriving at any conclusion about findings of their team.

HC reserves order on plea seeking CBI probe into Junaid lynching

17 Nov 2017 | 10:17 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday reserved its order on a petition seeking a CBI probe into the lynching of 17-year-old Junaid Khan, who was stabbed to death on a train in June.

Woman alleges she is being coerced to give false testimony against Dera chief

Woman alleges she is being coerced to give false testimony against Dera chief

17 Nov 2017 | 9:56 PM

NEW DELHI: A woman alleged on Friday that she was being forced by the Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s former driver Khatta Singh to level false accusations against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for the rape of two women followers.

Uncertainty over exams at Rewari, M’garh colleges

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

REWARI: Uncertainty looms large over the first semester examinations of various undergraduate (UG) courses being run by government and private degree colleges in Rewari and Mahendragarh districts.

Rs 290-cr projects for Sonepat

Rs 290-cr projects for Sonepat

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

SONEPAT: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today laid the foundation stones of 10 development works and inaugurated three projects worth around Rs 290 crore.

Khattar corners Kejri on state issues

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has smartly cornered his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal into agreeing to resolve a number of pending disputes between the two states.

Three toll plazas within 60 km, Cong leads protest

Three toll plazas within 60 km, Cong leads protest

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

SONEPAT: Activists of the Congress party led by Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda today protested against the setting up of a toll plaza near Bhigan village on the National Highway-1 in the district.

Minister tells officers to review EDC

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

CHANDIGARH: Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain has directed the officers concerned to review the rates of external development charges (EDC) in the controlled areas under municipalities and make reasonable changes to inspire the residents to develop small licensed colonies in urban areas.

Tanwar demands Health Minister’s resignation over dengue deaths

Tanwar demands Health Minister’s resignation over dengue deaths

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

KARNAL: State Congress president Ashok Tanwar today demanded the resignation of Health Minister Anil Vij over rising number of deaths due to dengue.

Rajputs burn effigy of director Bhansali

Rajputs burn effigy of director Bhansali

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

JHAJJAR: Members of the Rajput community today organised a protest march and also burnt the effigy of Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, accusing him of twisting historical facts while making movie ‘Padmavati’ based on the life of the 13th-14th century queen of Chittorgarh.

Overhaul of dal-roti scheme in the works

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

CHANDIGARH: The government is contemplating scrapping its dal-roti scheme in its present form and instead pass on the benefits to the poor through the direct benefit transfer (DBT) system.

Rain damages paddy stock at Narnaund mandi

Rain damages paddy stock at Narnaund mandi

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

Paddy stock at the Narnaund grain market was damaged in the rain that lashed the region today. The produce was lying in the open

Farmers block road, burn CM’s effigyDadupur-Nalvi canal

Farmers block road, burn CM’s effigy

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

YAMUNANAGAR: Farmers today burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister and blocked the National Highway-73 in front of the Mini-Secretariat here in protest against denotification of the Dadupur-Nalvi canal.

Pact with UK for cold chain centre at horticulture varsity

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

CHANDIGARH: Haryana and the United Kingdom (UK) have agreed to work jointly to set up a Clean Cold Chain Regional Centre in Horticulture University at Karnal to prevent post-harvest losses in perishable horticulture crops.

Vet diploma admission after verdict, says High Court

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

CHANDIGARH: Acting on a petition alleging that the last date for admission to veterinary and livestock development diploma was extended and qualifying marks in the eligibility entrance test reduced to favour newly set up private colleges, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that admission would be subject to result of the writ petition.

Independence of media must be protected: VC

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

KURUKSHETRA: A seminar on ‘Credibility of Media and Challenges Before Journalists,’ was organised by the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology on the National Press Day at Kurukshetra University here today.

Cop booked for intimidating residents of Rohtak colony

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

ROHTAK: The police today registered a case against a constable for intimidating residents of a colony here.

Haryana’s shame

Govt doc held on rape charge

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

KURUKSHETRA: Dr Shailender Mamgain, a senior physician at Lok Naik Jai Prakash Civil Hospital here, has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a patient.

Suicide: Police clueless about husband, in-laws

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

KARNAL: The police are clueless about the whereabouts of the three accused even 25 days after Atasha (23) allegedly committed suicide at her father’s house in Ashoka Nursery on October 22.

Man gets 10-yr jail for raping minor

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

PANIPAT: Additional District and Sessions Judge Shashi Bala Chauhan has awarded 10-year imprisonment to a person for raping an 11-year-old girl.

Seven get life term for property dealer's murder

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

HISAR: A local court today awarded life imprisonment to seven persons and seven-year jail to another person for the murder of property dealer Sanjay Sharma, who was a nephew of a personal advisor to former minister Savitri Jindal, here today.

Photo gallery on 48-kos pilgrim sites opened

Photo gallery on 48-kos pilgrim sites opened

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

KURUKSHETRA: Chief Secretary DS Dhesi today inaugurated a photo gallery depicting various pilgrim sites of the traditional 48-kos yatra of Kurukshetra.

Mobile app launched to ensure cleanliness

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

KURUKSHETRA: The Jind district administration today launched a mobile app, which would enable residents to send pictures of dirty spots to the authorities for "immediate action", as part of the clean Jind mission.

Delhi prof returns excess TA to varsity

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

REWARI: A Delhi-based professor has returned the excess Travelling Allowance (TA) of Rs 2,000 to Indira Gandhi University at Meerpur in the district after 34 months.

Six held for loot bid

17 Nov 2017 | 12:53 AM

SONEPAT: A joint team of the local Sadar police station and the CIA unit of the Sonepat police have busted a gang of six robbers for allegedly attempting to loot a van of the Union Bank of India containing Rs 70 lakh on the outskirts of the town on October 27.

Khattar, Kejriwal resolve: Smog-free Delhi by 2018

Khattar, Kejriwal resolve: Smog-free Delhi by 2018

16 Nov 2017 | 11:31 AM

CHANDIGARH:After a war of words, Haryana and Delhi Chief Ministers Manohar Lal Khattar and Arvind Kejriwal today reached a broad consensus on “sustained efforts” to make Delhi smog-free next winter.

Congress MP flays BJP over stalled projects

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

ROHTAK:Congress MP from Rohtak Deepender Hooda said here today that different developmental projects involving an expenditure of Rs 2 lakh crore, which he got sanctioned during the Congress regime, had been stalled due to the lackadaisical approach of the BJP government.

Automated tax collection at Delhi-Gurugram border soon

Automated tax collection at Delhi-Gurugram border soon

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

CHANDIGARH: The BJP government today virtually hijacked the meeting between Chief Minister Manohr Lal Khattar and his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, convened to discuss the issue of smog in Delhi, to flag long-pending inter-state issues.

Succumbing to Delhi CM’s pressure: INLD

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) today accused Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar of succumbing to pressure from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who, the party alleged, was levelling false accusations against farmers for the air pollution.

Inviting Kejri for talks on smog unwise: Hooda

Inviting Kejri for talks on smog unwise: Hooda

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

CHANDIGARH: Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said today that inviting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to Chandigarh over air pollution was an unwise decision of CM Manohar Lal Khattar, as the Delhi CM merely wanted to use the opportunity for political mileage.

No power disconnection for Faridabad housing society

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

FARIDABAD: The builder was allowed to hand over possession of 2,225 flats a few years ago on the condition that he would build and maintain a sewage treatment plant till the time of sewerage connection.

Photojournalist returns Rs 6 lakh

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

ROHTAK: Jitender Rimpi, a photojournalist with a Hindi daily, deposited a bag containing Rs 6 lakh in cash at a local police post today.

Refresher course on environment studies begins

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

SONEPAT: Prof SP Bansal, Vice-Chancellor of BPS Women University, Khanpur Kalan, today inaugurated a 21-day refresher course on environment studies organised at the university’s UGC Human Resources Centre.

CM to lay stones for Rs 259-cr projects

16 Nov 2017 | 1:58 AM

SONEPAT: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will launch more than 12 development projects, review the implementation of development and welfare schemes and hear public grievances during his two-day visit to the district from November 16.

Rs 13.19 cr aid to 2,105 SC beneficiaries

16 Nov 2017 | 1:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation has provided financial assistance of over Rs 13.19 crore including Rs 1.38 crore as subsidy to 2,105 beneficiaries under various schemes up to October, 2017.

Three touch live wire, suffer burns

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

YAMUNANAGAR: Three persons suffered serious burn injuries after being electrocuted while decorating a house with Chinese lights for a weeding function in Adarsh Nagar Colony of Yamunanagar yesterday.

Ill-effects of smog

Education officer roped in to educate students

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

REWARI: The Department of School Education, Haryana, has asked district education officers (DEOs) and district elementary education officers (DEEOs) to make students aware of the ill-effects of smog on human health as well as the effective measures that can be adopted to bring the pollution level down.

Theft accused admit to 26 robberies

Theft accused admit to 26 robberies

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

PANIPAT: The police have arrested three members of a theft gang involved in 26 cases of robbery.

GST reduced on plywood, farm implements

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government has implemented all the decisions taken by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in its 23rd meeting held at Guwahati on November 10 to reduce tax on plywood, scientific instruments and agriculture implements.

Y’nagar residents to get piped cooking gas soon

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

YAMUNANAGAR: Residents of Jagadhri, Bilaspur and Chhachhrauli towns in the district will soon get piped natural gas (PNG) for cooking.

Govt nod to criminal plaint against Cong MLA

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government has granted sanction for filing a criminal complaint in court in respect to the alleged imputations made by Congress MLA from Murthal Jai Singh Dahiya concerning the conduct of IPS officer Bharti Arora in discharge of her duties as Director and Principal of Motilal Nehru Sports School, Rai.

Rai school functioning without resources: MLA

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

SONEPAT: Motilal Nehru School of Sports at Rai in the district is facing a shortage of essential resources.

MC cleans drain after protest

MC cleans drain after protest

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

The Municipal Corporation started cleaning the drain on Sanoli road after protest by former Mayor Bhupender Singh on Wednesday, who marched to the MC office with slabs of the drain loaded on a cart.

Finally, govt plans student union polls

16 Nov 2017 | 1:36 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government has decided to evolve a foolproof and modernistic system of free, fair and peaceful elections to student councils and pilot it in a few campuses in the next semester of the current academic session.

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