framed against CM's son
to end dowry system
annual function held
rescued from kidnappers
Rohtak traders' bandh today
ROHTAK, Oct 11 Various traders'organisations have decided to observe a bandh tomorrow to protest against the arrest of certain Quilla Road traders and the registration of criminal cases against them.
The main bazars here had also remained closed yesterday. Members of the traders' organisations held a meeting in Durgiana Bhavan today and decided to observe a bandh on Monday as well so as to pressurise the administration to concede their demands. Besides the representatives of different associations, the meeting was also attended by leaders of the BJP, the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). Mr Naresh Chand Jain, president, Rohtak Traders Association, chaired the meeting.
Speaker after speaker criticised the administration for adopting an "indifferent" attitude towards the problems of the trading community, particularly the harassment they had to face at the hands of sales tax officials. They also criticised the Deputy Commissioner for his "cold" attitude towards a deputation of traders that met him yesterday in a bid to resolve the tangle.
The Rohtak Traders Association urged BJP leaders to seek the intervention of their party high command in getting the Deputy Commissioner transferred. The association decided that in future it would not meet the Deputy Commissioner for redress of their grievances. It would prefer to meet the Commissioner, Rohtak division, instead.
The district unit of the INLD submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner condemning the arrest of the traders and demanded that the criminal cases registered against them should be withdrawn immediately. The memorandum suggested ending of the stalemate by freeing the arrested traders unconditionally.
Mr Luxmi Chand Gupta, president, Haryana Beopar Mandal, warned the government and the administration to change its attitude towards the traders failing which the business community would have to take "harsh decision". He said had the administration acted wisely the problem could have been solved.
The district BJP president, Mr Pardeep Jain, described the confrontation between the traders and the sales tax officials as "unfortunate". He charged that certain senior officers were trying to project the HVP-BJP government as anti-trader. He said Mr Sri Kishan Dass, local MLA and minister in charge of the Sales Tax Department, should have taken the initiative to resolve the tangle.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the minister has advised the traders to call off the agitation. He has given an assurance that their problems would be solved, including the release of the arrested traders and cancellation of the cases registered against them.
Bansi government 'has lost people's trust'
ROHTAK, Oct 11 The Bansi Lal government in Haryana had lost confidence of the people and its popularity reached lowest ebb. If an election was held now the ruling Haryana Vikas Party ministers and MLAs would not be able to save even their security deposit. It was stated by former PWD Minister Dharamvir Yadav who had been sacked by the Chief Minister for his revolt against him last month.
Mr Yadav speaking at meet the press programme of the Haryana Union of Journalists (HUJ) here today said that it was most unfortunate that the present government was not doing anything to the fulfill aspirations of people but had been 'befooling' with false promises and tall claims. Claiming that development work in the state had already come to an 'halt' he said there was resentment among the ministers and MLAs of the ruling coalition and the voters had made up their mind to teach the present government a lesson in the next elections he said while it was not known when the elections in the state would be held but said there was no doubt that the HVP would be the largest loser.
Expressing his faith in the HVP, he said he would not resign from the party but if he was ousted then he would contest the next elections of the state Assembly as an independent candidate. He added that he had not recovered any offer from any other party in the state. Mr Yadav said that the main cause of his revolt was the failure of the government to continue the pace of development work and non-acceptance of several demands put by him for the development of his constituency. Giving details of the demands he said these included launching a housing project, setting up of a new mandi, upgradation of the schools and laying of some link roads in the Rewari and Kossli areas.
He alleged that the CM himself had been the main "stumbling block" in clearing the proposal and the majority of the funds were being diverted to the home district of Mr Bansi Lal claiming that nearly all ministers in the state were a 'helpless lot' he said even the transfer of class four employee needed the CM's nod.
Regarding his future plans Mr Dharamvir said he had started an extensive tour of his constituency to tell the people about the truth and his position on various issues. He said he would welcome an inquiry by the CBI into the allegations of corruptions levelled against him. He said the probe be conducted against all ministers to find the truth. He admitted that some of the ministers in the present government were quite honest.
Villagers allege government apathy
ROHTAK, Oct 11 Residents of over a dozen villages of the Beri constituency in Jhajjar district are up in arms against government's alleged inaction regarding draining of flood water from their villages.
A large number of affected farmers complained that they would not be able to sow the rabi crop if the government did not take appropriate steps to pump out the flood water from their fields.
They allege that the flood water has not only destroyed their crops but was spreading diseases in the area. Several people had been suffering from diarrhoea, vomitting and fever.
The district administration appears to have taken their problem in a 'casual' manner. The villagers alleged that the measures adopted by the district administration to drain out the flood water were not sufficient. They said a majority of the pump sets installed by the administration were not working due to non-availability of power or low voltage. In addition, no team of doctors had been sent to any of the affected village.
If is learnt that several head of cattle had died due to various diseases within the past few days in these villages. As many as six buffaloes had reportedly died due to various diseases in Dhaur village alone. The worst affected villages are Dighal, Dhaur, Gochhi, Vazirpur, Baghpur, Sheira and Mohammadpur. People were reportedly selling their cattle at much cheaper rate due to acute shortage of fodder. Karan Singh, a farmer of Dhaur village, said he had to sell his ox worth Rs 8,000 at a loss of Rs 3,000.
Meanwhile the Deputy
Commissioner Mr Anil Kumar claimed that the district
administration had installed 25 electric and diesel pump
sets in the affected villages and the flood water would
be drained out soon.
Charges framed against CM's son
HISAR, Oct 11 The Sessions Court here has framed charges of attempt to murder against Haryana Vikas Party MP and Chief Minister's son Mr Surinder Singh, and former minister, Mr Joginder Singh Jogh.
Mr Surinder Singh and Mr Joginder Singh Jogh are facing the charges of attempt to murder on the complaint filed by an Independent contestant from the Mandi Adampur Assembly constituency in 1996, Mr Om Prakash.
After Mr Bansi Lal assumed power in 1996, the Haryana Government had withdrawn the case. However, Mr Om Prakash sought a directive from the Punjab and Haryana High Court for reopening the case.
The Sessions Court
rejected the plea of Mr Om Prakash seeking the transfer
of the case to other court, as he had apprehended that
justice would not be done to them. The court has fixed
October 14, the date for recording statements of
Call to end dowry system
JIND, Oct 11--- Mrs Suman Krishan Kant , wife of Vice-President Krishan Kant today inaugurated a health check-up campaign for primary school children at a function held at Government High School, Defence Colony, here yesterday.
She urged people to give higher education to their children, besides taking care of their health.
Speaking at the function, Mr Dharamvir, Commissioner, Hisar division, said special facilities would be provided and students of 464 primary schools in the district would be covered in the campaign.
In an other function organised by the district Red Cross Society, Mrs Suman Krishan Kant distributed tricycles, artificial limbs and blankets among the poor and handicapped persons.
Later she presided over a mahila sammelan and called upon the women to work for the eradication of social evils like the dowry system from the society. She asked them to create awareness among the people about the bad affects of liquor and persuade them to give up drinking.
College annual function held
ROHTAK, Oct 11 The Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of the Pt. B.D. Sharma PGIMS here held its annual function at the Dental College Auditorium on Friday evening. The Speaker of the Haryana Assembly, Mr Chatter Singh Chauhan, was the chief guest.
Mr Chauhan stressed the need for a better relationship between the doctors and patients. He said the PGIMS had so far the good reputation as far as the case of the patient and the cleaniness was concerned. He, however, appealed to the junior doctors to be more disciplined and patient friendly to improve the image of the institute.
The post-graduate doctors and interns staged a cultural programme. The chief guest presented momentos to the office-bearers of the RDA.
Trader rescued from kidnappers
HISAR, Oct 11 The police has rescused a trader from the captivity of his kidnappers who were demanding a huge ransom.
A spokesman for the police said that on receiving the information that the abductors were coming to collect the ransom, the police laid a trap.
The spokesman said, on the evening of October 9, some unidentified persons came in a Maruti and asked one trader Ashok Kumar of Bhagat Singh Chowk to accompany them. As Ashok walked towards them they forcibly put him in the vehicle.
The kidnappers took him to a house in the city from where he contacted his relatives. They in turn reported the matter to the police which swung into action and nabbed the kidnappers.
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