|Friday, January 28, 2000,
nominee Ranga quits as VC
kids get bravery awards
of divine curse haunts villagers
|Body of kidnapped teacher found
ROHTAK, Jan 27 The police has found the body of Anand Garg, a 23-year-old school teacher, who was kidnapped on Friday last from Sampla Mandi, 25 km from here.
dispute on seats, says Chautala
district chief joins Congress
killed over land dispute
Patrakar Sangh's session
teachers observe strike
Chautala files papers
SIRSA, Jan 27 The Indian National Lok Dal supremo and the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today filed his nomination papers here for the Rorhi Assembly constituency.
Mr Chautala was accompanied by his father and former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal, Finance Minister Sampat Singh, former Home Minister Mani Ram Godara and the Hisar and Sirsa MPs Surinder Singh Barwala and Dr Sushil Indora, besides thousands of INLD workers from different parts of the State.
Mr Chautala also announced the party candidates for Darbha, Elnabad and Dabwali constituencies. While Ms Vidya Benniwal and Mr Baghi Ram were re-nominated, Dr Sita Ram, the son of former INLD legislator, was given the ticket from Dabwali. Interestingly Mr Chautala did not name any candidate for the Sirsa Assembly segment, sparking off obvious speculations that Sirsa has been given to the BJP in the seat sharing agreement. However, Mr Chautala sought to deny that any agreement had been reached so far, but expressed confidence that it will be reached very soon.
The Chief Minister said, he will be contesting from Narwana also and will file nomination papers from there on February 2. He said, he had contested from Narwana, besides Rorhi in 1996 also. However, he had lost from Narwana in those elections.
Earlier while talking to reporters, Mr Chautala said, he will be giving representation to all the sections of the society, including the journalists, while awarding tickets for the Assembly elections.
He strongly denied the charges that he had restored the grant to Agroha Medical College for appeasing a particular community in order to get its votes in the elections. He pointed out, Agroha Medical College will enable the people from rural areas to get best medication at their doorstep.
Mr Chautala announced that Mr Mani Ram Godara will be the chairman of the campaign committee of the INLD and the elections will be contested under his guidance and leadership. He did not disclose from where and if at all Mr Godara was contesting the elections.
Mr Chautala came down heavily on his critics. He said, he had proved how best governance can be provided within a short period and within limited resources. He expressed confidence that the INLD-BJP combine will romp home with a thumping majority. He said, the results of the Assembly elections will be no different from the parliamentary results.
Mr Chautala stood in a specially decorated open jeep waving to the crowds all along the track from the place of the rally to the office of the District Revenue Officer where he filed his nomination papers.
PANIPAT (FOC): The Cooperative Minister and former legislator from Samalkha, Mr Kartar Singh Bhadana, filed the nomination as an INLD candidate on Thursday from Samalkha Assembly seat even though the party is yet to decide about the nominee for this seat.
Mr Bhadana had made his intentions clear when large billboards projecting him as the prospective INLD candidate from Samalkha were put up at various places at Samalkha, Bapoli and Panipat, inviting frowns from other leaders of the party.
The district president of the INLD, Mr Katar Singh Chokhar, had said on January 25 that till now there was no word from Mr Chautala about the nomination of Mr Bhadana. Mr Chokhar had stated that the Chief Minister would himself get the nominations of the candidates filed from Panipat, Naultha and Samalkha seats during his visit to Panipat on February 1 in connection with an election rally.
The INLD workers were furious over the self-styled manner in which Mr Bhadana has started canvassing. The youth wing of the party had even criticised him at a meeting organised at Samalkha on January 24 and urged the party leadership not to consider his name for Samalkha seat.
Senior party leaders said the reason why Mr Bhadana acted in such haste was because he was feeling insecure as the INLD may eventually give the Samalkha seat to the BJP in lieu of the Gharaunda seat, which the BJP was asking for.
ROHTAK (FOC): Mr Anand Singh Dangi filed his nomination as the Congress nominee from Meham and Mr Ram Bhaj Hooda filed his nomination as an Independent candidate from Kiloi Assembly segment on Thursday.
Both candidates held a show of strength by taking out a procession of tractor trailers, jeeps, cars and two wheelers through the main markets before filing their nominations.
FATEHABAD: In a surprise development, the Haryana Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, filed his nomination from the Bhattu Kalan assembly constituency in the district on Thursday. Mr Jarnail Singh, an INLD leader from Rattia, filed his nomination from the Rattia assembly segment.
The INLD had announced earlier that the Minister would contest the forthcoming elections from the Fatehabad assembly seat. On Wednesday, the Chief Minister had given an indication that Mr Sampat Singh would contest both Fatehabad and Bhattu Kalan assembly seats. It is learnt that upon telephonic directions from the Chief Minister, Mr Sampat Singh filed his papers from Bhattu Kalan only.
23 file papers
CHANDIGARH, Jan 27 On the opening day of nominations for the Haryana Assembly elections, 23 persons filed their papers from various constituencies.
Prominent among those who filed their nomination papers were the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala (Rori); the Finance Minister, Prof Sampat Singh (Bhatu Kalan); the Cooperation Minister, Mr Kartar Singh Bhadana (Samalkha); two former ministers, Mr Phool Chand (Mullana) and Mr Anand Singh Dangi (Meham); and a former deputy Speaker of the Haryana Assembly, Mr Ved Pal (Indri).
The following is the complete list of the nominations filed in the state today: Mullana Mr Phool Chand (Cong); Indri Mr Ved Pal (Nationalist Congress Party); Nilokheri Mr Man Singh and Mr Ranbir Singh (both) Ind); Gharaunda Mr Jai Pal Sharma (Ind).
Samalkha Mr Kartar Singh Bhandana (INLD); Kiloi Mr Ram Bhaj (Ind); Meham Mr Anand Singh Dangi (Cong); Rajaund Mr Balram (Cong); Sohana Mr Yudhvir Singh (Ind); Bhiwani Mr Inder Singh (INLD); Bhatu Kalan Prof Sampat Singh (INLD) and Mr Mani Ram (Ind); Hisar Mr Raj Kumar (Ind);
Tohana Mr Nishan Singh INLD); Ratia Mr Jarnail Singh (INLD); Darba Kalan Mrs Vidya Beniwal and Mr Vinod Kumar (both INLD); Rori Mr Om Prakash Chautala (INLD) and Mr Om Prakash of Khai Shergarh (Ind); Dabwali Mr Sita Ram (INLD) and Rewari Mr Vijay and Mr Randhir Singh (both Ind).
Interestingly the two
persons who filed their nominations papers from Rori
today are not only namesakes but their fathers also share
a common name. However, while the Chief Minister belongs
to Chautala village, the other Om Prakash belongs to Khai
CPM names 7 nominees
ROHTAK, Jan 27 The CPM has decided to contest at least eight seats in the coming Haryana assembly elections.
Mr Inderjit Singh, Secretary, CPM Haryana unit, told The Tribune that names of the candidates for seven of the eight seats had been finalised. They are Mr Shardha Nand Solanki Sonepat, Mr Avtar Singh Sirsa. Mr Kishen Sarup Fatehabad, Mrs Shakuntala Jakhar Hisar, Mr Kulbhushan Arya Bhiwani, Mr Surat Singh Jundla (SC) and Mr Ved Pal Julana.
He said the CPM might contest either Ratia or Tohana seats too. The candidate for one of these seats would be finalised soon, he said.
Mr Inderjit Singh said his party and the CPI would contest the ensuing elections jointly. The CPI is also expected to announce the names of its candidates in a day or two.
The CPM leader said his party would highlight the failure of the Vajpayee government on the economic, internal security and foreign policy fronts and pro-imperialist policies being followed by it. The party would also expose the BJP on its hidden agenda.
Mr Inderjit Singh said
the CPM would stress the delinking of the SYL issue from
the territorial issue as irrigation and drinking water
was the main problem of the farmers and people of
Haryana, specially southern Haryana. The party would
demand equitable distribution of available canal water
among all regions of Haryana.
INLD nominee Ranga quits as
KARNAL, Jan 27 Dr M.L. Ranga, Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, today resigned from his post in order to jump into the election fray as an INLD candidate. Dr Ranga submitted his resignation to the Haryana Governor as well as the chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Mr Mahabir Prasad, in Haryana Raj Bhavan at Chandigarh. Dr Ranga confirmed the submission of his resignation to TNS in a telephonic talk.
Dr Ranga has been fielded by the INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, as the party nominee from the Bawal (Reserved) constituency.
The resignation of Dr Ranga naturally paves the way for the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr Hoshiar Singh, to take over as the acting Vice-Chancellor. Dr Hoshiar Singh is taking over as the acting Vice-Chancellor on January 28.
Otherwise also, the three-year term of vice-chancellorship of Dr Ranga was scheduled to end of February 25.
The Haryana Chief Minister went to the Vice-Chancellor's residence on the Kurukshetra University Campus at the head of 500 supporters to request Dr Ranga to accept the INLD nomination for the Bawal Vidhan Sabha constituency.
The Bawal constituency has over 80 Jat-dominated villages and 25 of other castes. By nominating Dr Ranga the INLD is envisaging to muster the support of the backward caste voters in Bawal and other constituencies in southern Haryana.
It may be added that Dr Ranga an eminent Sanskrit scholar belongs to a backward community and his native village falls in the Bawal (Reserved) constituency.
The Congress is likely to nominate Mrs Shakuntala Bhagwaria, a former Haryana Minister. Mrs Bhagwaria had won the Bawal seat on three earlier occasions. With Dr Ranga entering the fray, the contest in the Bawal constituency is likely to be very interesting.
The nomination of Dr Ranga is also an indication that Mr Chautala is overcautious in choosing the INLD nominees for the coming Assembly poll in Haryana.
According to a UNI
report Haryana Governor Mahabir Prasad has accepted the
resignation of Dr M.L. Ranga. Sources said that
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Hoshiar Singh had been directed by
the Chancellor to take charge of the Vice-Chancellor till
4 kids get bravery awards
KAITHAL, Jan 27 The Haryana Governor, Mr Mahabir Prasad, yesterday urged the citizens to rise above narrow casteist and communal considerations and dedicate themselves to the great task of nation building.
The Governor was addressing a large gathering after hoisting the national flag at a state-level Republic Day function here.
He asked the people to utilise the weapon of literacy to curb the menace of population explosion and poverty. The Governor stressed on the women's education to make India more strong and prosperous.
Reminding the people of the supreme sacrifices made by our freedom fighters, he said the people of Haryana too had played a significant role in the freedom struggle and later on in reconstruction of the country. He also paid tributes to martyrs of the Kargil operation.
The Governor appreciated the concerted efforts of farmers and industrialists of Haryana who had contributed immensely to set many national records in the fields of agricultural and industrial products.
The Governor said, "we are celebrating the golden jubilee of our republic, so it is high time to resolve for providing primary education to every child to remove untouchability and to establish a regime of strong secularism and universal brotherhood, fraternity and social justice".
As many as 14 tableaux depicting various developmental activities such as education, health, transports, social welfare, agriculture and industries were displayed. The tableaux of the Forests Department, Agriculture Department and Sugar Mills, Kaithal, were adjudged first, second and third, respectively.
The Governor also honoured four children by presenting them with state-level bravery awards. Those awarded include Sunil of Belwal village in Panchkula district, Mahesh Tanwar of Mujesar village in Faridabad district, Deepak of Bhiwani.
The fourth award was given posthumously to Parvender Kumar of Bhiwani who saved two children from drowning at the cost of his own life. His parents received this award, which consisted of a cash award of Rs 1 lakh and a citation.
It was announced on behalf of the Governor that a grant of Rs 25000 would be given to all schoolchildren who took part in the function.
18 tableaux displayed
JIND: The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, unfurled the national flag at the Republic-Day function, here on Wednesday and appealed to the youth to imbibe a disciplined way of life and rise above narrow differences to dedicate themselves to the task of restructuring the nation and leading the country towards progress and prosperity.
Mr Chautala said that the country could prosper only if the people stood united and matched the fast-changing scenario worldwide, step by step. He regretted that certain anti-national and foreign powers did not want that India to rise as a new power and progress. Their nefarious designs would have to be foiled, he stressed.
He further said that the people of Haryana had always played an important role in making history. Even today, the farmers of the state were contributing their might in the fields and brave soldiers from Haryana were protecting the borders. He said that the country had struggled for long to become a Republic.
The Chief Minister said that though the country had progressed in many fields, there had been a considerable fall in the moral values. Alcoholism and drug addiction had increased and this was destroying the new generation. The country would have to launch social welfare and nationalistic campaigns for reviving moral values.
He gave a clarion call to the people to rise above the narrow considerations of regionalism, casteism and communalism and dedicate themselves to the gigantic task of building a stronger and more prosperous India.
He appealed to the public to cooperate with the government for conducting fair and free elections in the state.
While reminding the people of the way the country had been robbed of its riches by the British, he said that today the situation had dramatically changed and the country had attained self-sufficiency in many areas.
The Chief Minister inspected a parade presented by the police, NCC, Home Guards, Girl Guides and Scouts. Mr Hanif Quraishi was the Parade Commander. School children put up an impressive drill and cultural show. As many as 18 departments of the state government presented tableaux, led by the one prepared by the Public Relations Department "Haryana on the path of progress".
KURUKSHETRA: The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Dr M.L. Ranga, unfurled the national flag and took the salute from a contingent of 10 Haryana NCC battalion at the Republic Day celebrations on the university campus. The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Hoshiar Singh, the Registrar, Mr Vineet Garg, senior teachers, officers, employees and students were also present.
Dr Ranga paid floral tributes to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives during the freedom struggle.
The Vice-Chancellor called upon the youth and countrymen to take an oath to maintain the spirit of nationality and brotherhood and stand for the defence of the country.
Highlighting the progress made by Kurukshetra University in sports, cultural, academic and other fields, the Vice-Chancellor gave credit for this to its students, teachers, and employees.
The students of the University College, Senior Secondary Model School and Music Department of the varsity presented a colourful cultural programme.
Merit certificates given
SONEPAT: The Haryana Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, awarded merit and commendation certificates to officials, sportsmen and others for their contribution to social and other fields at the district-level Republic Day function held in the Police Lines here on Wednesday.
Those honoured included Mr Dharampal, SDM, Mr Jatinder Dahiya, City Magistrate, Mr Hardeep Singh Doon, DSP, Headquarters, Mr Y.S. Gupta, Secretary, Municipal Council and Dr P.M. Gaur, non-official member of the local Lok Adalat.
Contingents of the Armed Police, Home Guards, NCC cadets and Girl Guides presented a guard of honour to the minister. They also took part in the march past.
The Minister also unfurled the national flag and took the salute at the march past.
FATEHABAD: Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Haryana unfurled the National Flag at M.M. College grounds here on Wednesday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik and Mr M.L. Sarwan, Additional Commissioner, were present on the occasion.
Mr Sandhu took the salute. Students from various schools and colleges presented a cultural programme.
HISAR: Republic Day function was held at Government College. The Finance Minister, Prof Sampat Singh, unfurled the National Flag.
He took the salute at a colourful march-past by police personnel, NCC cadets and school children. A cultural programme was presented on the occasion.
The function was also celebrated at CCS Haryana Agricultural University. The Vice-Chancellor, Mr Vinay Kumar, unfurled the flag and inspected the parade of NCC and NSS contingents from various colleges of the university, at a ceremony organised on the premises of the Giri Centre.
ROHTAK: Mr Rampal Majra, Chairman, Haryana Bureau of Public Enterprise, unfurled the National Flag and took the salute of Scouts at Government College for Women here on Wednesday.
The students from different schools presented a colourful cultural show, Mr Shaurya Jeet, Mrs Shakuntala Suhag, Mr Raghuvender Malik and Mr Sunil, were presented citations for bringing laurels to the district in various fields.
SIRSA: The Health Minister, Mr Om Parkash Mahajan, hoisted the flag at the local Police Lines and took the salute. The parade was led by Mr Sanjay Kumar, ASP. A cultural show was presented by students of the local institutions.
Families of Kargil martyr, teachers, workers and students were also honoured on the occasion.
YAMUNANAGAR: Mr Ashok Arora, Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, unfurled the National Flag here on Wednesday at Tejli Sports Complex. He took the salute from the police, Home Guards, NCC cadets, Scouts and Girls Guides.
Mr J.N. Kapoor an educationist and Ms Shalini Malhotra, yoga expert were honoured on the occasion. The speaker presented 40 tricycles and wheelchairs provided by the District Red Cross Society.
43 honoured at R-Day
AMBALA, Jan 27 Mr Dhir Pal Singh, Minister, Town and Country Planning unfurled the National Flag on the occasion of Republic Day here yesterday. Due to the rain, the function scheduled for the Police Lines was shifted to a shed of the new Anaj Mandi at Ambala City.
The minister honoured 43 citizens, for their achievements in different fields. Kanwaljit Singh and Bal Kishan Bindal were honoured as they had persuaded their family members to donate the eyes of their fathers when they expired a few months back.
A local journalist, Mr Tajinder Walia, a lecturer of SD College Mrs Usha Sehgal and a teacher of PKR Jain Public School, Ms Deepender Walia, were awarded honour certificates for donating blood as many as 65 and 26 and 17 times, respectively.
The minister also honoured 14 prominent citizens and two officers for collecting handsome amounts for the cyclone-hit of Orissa. The SDM of Naraingarh, Mr Satbir Saini, the District Industry Officer, Mr S.P. Goel, Mr Harcharan Singh Bhatia, Mr Bharat Bhushan Jain, Mr Jitender Kumar Goel, Mr Kirti Prashad Jain, Mr R.P. Mittal, Mr Anil Aggarwal, Mr Luxmi Sagar, Mr Ashok Jain, Mr Giyan Chand Aggarwal, Dr Jai Dev, Mr Ranbir Singh Fauji, Mr Krishan Lal Sachdeva, Mr Krishan Lal Gulati and Mr Atul Jain were also honoured.
The secretary, District Sainik Board, Mr V.S. Narwal, was honoured for collecting Rs 42 lakh for the Chief Minister War Heroes Relief Fund and Rs 4 lakh for the Prime Minister Relief Fund while the Principal of PKR Jain Public School, Mrs Jasmohinder Singh, and Mr Tarun Kapoor were awarded for collecting handsome amounts for the Kargil Relief Fund. Mr Subhash Gulati, Secretary, District Child Welfare Council, was honoured for the extraordinary achievements of the council. The Principal of MDSD College, Ms Kiran Angara, and Mrs Reena Nagrath, Principal, DAV Public School, were also honoured on this occasion.
A class V student, Heena Bakshi, and Mrs Yogesh of Saha village were presented with the bravery awards. Gymnasts Naresh Dutta and Sanjeev Sharma and national level hockey player Amandeep Singh were also honoured by the Minister. Six employees of the Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, Mr Jagdish Lal, Mr Mam Chand, Mr Joginder Singh, Mr Amar Singh and three employees of Ambala City Municipal Council Mr Lada Ram, Mr Mangal Sain and Mr Som Nath were given appreciation letters for their commendable work.
Fear of divine
curse haunts villagers
PUNDRI (Karnal), Jan 27 Fear has set in among the residents of this Brahmin-dominated village, 15 km from Panipat, following a spate of deaths in the past few months due to what they call is an "unexplained illness". While the health authorities have ruled out the outbreak of any epidemic, saying that most of the deaths were normal deaths, the villagers are not convinced and believe that this could be the fallout of some divine curse. Their belief has been fuelled by deaths of at least six persons since January 1, most of whom, they say, showed similar symptoms.
Sheemla Mahajan (35) complained of intense shivering and backache on January 8. Her husband, Ram Niwas says his wife told him that she was feeling as if she had been paralysed. "It was around 5.15 a.m. when I prepared tea for her. We kept on talking till 7 a.m. Then she asked me to shut the door as she could not bear the chill anymore. A few seconds later she was no more", he said. Ram Niwas says that her wife never had any health problem and her unexplained demise has baffled everybody.
Subhash Gupta (37) started sweating profusely and complained of numbness in his limbs on Divali. His elder brother, Jai Narain said: "He was quite alright. Together we had performed pooja and were up till 3.15 a.m. I don't know what happened to him suddenly and he died within couple of minutes."
A registered medical practitioner (RMP) Satya Narain claims he knows at least eight cases where the patients showing symptoms of shivering and sweating had died mysteriously. "Jai Bhagwan (28), Sheemla Mahajan (35), Bishambhar (70), Balwant Tyagi (80), Mahender Tyagi (45), Mamman, Subhash Gupta (37), Subhash Tyagi (30), all showed similar symptoms before they died. All of them died before they could be taken to any hospital in Panipat," he claims.
However, doctors say that there was no common link between these deaths and the villagers had probably got paranoid after people incidentally started dying in quick succession. Dr H.O. Bhatia, Senior Medical Officer, PHC, Gharuanda told TNS that a team had conducted a door-to -door survey in the village yesterday. According to the investigations 22 persons had died in the village in the past one year but there were no common symptoms. The deceased were from different age groups and had died of various afflictions like tuberculosis, heart attack, cancer or had committed suicide by taking poison. Then there were certain elderly people who had due to intense cold weather. The symptoms such as shivering and sweating, which the villagers had described could occur if a person was having fever or there was a stroke, he added.
Dr Bhatia said most of the deaths were natural deaths and there was no need to get panicky. "Still we have put a medical team in the village and we will be examining water samples and take blood samples of the villagers for further investigations," he added.
on the other hand, are propounding various theories and
are attaching supernatural element to these deaths.
"We had performed yagna in the village when people
started dying suddenly after Divali. This helped showing
down of the death rate. But now in January again the same
phenomenon has started all over again," says Satish
Body of kidnapped teacher
ROHTAK, Jan 27 The police has found the body of Anand Garg, a 23-year-old school teacher, who was kidnapped on Friday last from Sampla Mandi, 25 km from here.
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr P.K. Aggarwal, today claimed that the alleged kidnappers and killers of Mr Garg have been arrested. The arrested persons, he said, belonged to Kheri-Sampla, the native village of the deceased.
Though Anand Garg was kidnapped on Friday, the police was informed by his family members on January 22. The police, Mr Aggarwal said, swung into action and deployed policemen in plain clothes to watch the movements of the kidnappers.
The telephone installed at the residence of Anand Garg was tapped with the help of the Telecom Department. When the deceased's family received a telephone call for a ransom of Rs 5 lakh, the police was able to identify the PCO booth from where the call was made. The kidnappers again telephoned the family and scaled down the ransom to Rs 2 lakh when the father of the deceased expressed inability to pay up Rs 5 lakh.
Initially the kidnappers had fixed a remote place near the Tilyar lake for receiving the ransom, but went away when the family members failed to reach the appointed place in time. Next day, they asked the family members to reach Rohtak railway station, where they would find a note in the bathroom of 5th and 6th compartment of the Intercity Express scheduled to leave Rohtak for Delhi at 11..40 am.
The note directed the family that the bag containing the ransom amount should be thrown out of the moving train at the Chulana railway crossing. The family members, however, did not throw the money at the fixed spot.
The kidnappers rang up the same evening from a PCO booth in front of Bahadurgarh railway station and asked the father of the deceased to reach Sampla railway station and ignore the note which they had left in the bathroom of the last compartment of the D-J train which reaches Sampla at 8 p.m on its way from Delhi to Jind.
The note directed the complainant to throw the money bag near the unmetalled road between Sampla and Ismaila, but the father of the deceased did not throw the money bag at that spot also. These notes and information gathered from its informers leg the police to the culprits and finally it succeeded in arresting the suspect on Republic Day.
Mr Aggarwal said during interrogation, the arrested persons have confessed that they had taken Anand Garg to an abandoned factory situated at an isolated spot on the Sampla-Geejhi road where they strangulated him with a bicycle chain and dumped the body in one of the rooms and covered it with bricks and stones.
The incident has sent shock waves in Sampla and its adjoining areas. The agitated residents blocked traffic for some time today to protest against the murder of the school teacher, but lifted it after the aggrieved family told them that they were satisfied with the police investigation.
Ex-minister faces inquiry
SONEPAT, Jan 27 The Haryana Government has ordered an inquiry into the assets of former state minister Ramesh Chander Kaushik following public complaints relating to the acquisition of wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.
According to officials sources, it has also appointed Mr Siri Singh, DSP, CID (Crime Branch), as the inquiry officer.
The inquiry officer arrived here yesterday and recorded the statements of a member of the Sonepat Municipal Council and some other persons in this connection.
Reacting sharply to the inquiry, Mr Kaushik charged Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala with adopting a vindictive and revengeful attitude as he along with four others had left the INLD and joined the Congress. He also alleged that he was being implicated in a false case.
Mr Kaushik, it may be
recalled, had won the Kailana Assembly seat on the HVP
ticket and defeated the Samata Party (now INLD) candidate
and former minister Ved Singh Malik. Mr Kaushik was the
Labour and Employment Minister in the erstwhile Bansi Lal
Government and left the HVP along with other 16
legislators in protest against the
"undemocratic" style of functioning of Mr Bansi
Lal. Later on, Mr Kaushik joined the HVP (Democratic) and
extended his support to Mr Chautala, who formed the
government with the support of the HVP (Democratic) on
July 24 last year. Thereafter, Mr Kaushik resigned from
the INLD and joined the Congress with others.
No dispute on seats, says
SONEPAT, Jan. 27 INLD supremo and Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has declared that there is no dispute on the sharing of seats between his party and the BJP.
Talking to mediapersons at Gohana town, 35 km from here, yesterday, he, however, did not disclose the exact number of seats on which the candidates of both parties would contest the elections. He also made it clear that only the winning candidates of both parties would get the ticket.
He claimed that the alliance candidates would win at least 85 of the 90 Assembly seats as it had done in the Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, addressing a rural gathering at Ahulana village, Mr Chautala said if his party was voted to power again, his government would provide a Rs 10-crore grant-in-aid to this village for its allround development. He also joined the "Bhoomi poojan" ceremony held for the construction of a cooperative sugar mill in the village. The village has donated land worth Rs. 2.86 crore for the sugar mill.
HVP district chief joins
PANCHKULA, Jan 27 The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), suffered a setback when the president of the district committee, Mr Jaswant Singh Atkar, announced the dissolution of the committee and joined the Congress here today.
Announcing the shift of loyalties from the HVP to the Congress, Mr Atkar, along with Mr Rajesh Bhasin, city president of the party, said the party had lost its way and the top leaders had an indifferent attitude towards the office-bearers and had shown complete disinterest in reviving the dead party.
Even when Mr Bansi Lal was in power, he did not give his consent for any development works in the area. Though work was done on a broader base, nothing was ever undertaken on our recommendation and completed to our satisfaction. We had no option but to leave the party, he said.
Mr Atkar said he, along with other members of the party, had weighed all pros and cons and decided in favour of the Congress. Mr Chandra Mohan, twice MLA from the Kalka constituency, has done a lot of work in the township. No other party has been able to show results in comparison, he said.
Thiara withdraws resignation
CHANDIGARH, Jan 27 Mr Resham Singh Thiara, a senior Akali leader, today withdrew his resignation after meeting the president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at his residence.
Mr Resham Singh had resigned as senior vice-president of the Nawanshahr district unit of the SAD. He had also resigned as member of the District Planning Board to protest against the denial of the party ticket to him for Nawanshahr byelection.
Mr Resham Singh told newspersons in the room of the Punjab Revenue Minister, Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, that his differences with the party leadership had been resolved and he would support the party candidate, Mr Jatinder Singh Kariha, in the byelection.
Mr Sekhwan said the SAD candidate had all chances of winning the election as there was a division in the ranks of the Congress over the allotment of the ticket. He said the 'third front', raised by the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, had also become a divided house as the BSP had put up its candidate and Mr Kuldeep Singh Wadala had expressed his desire to support Mr Kariha.
1 killed over land dispute
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 27 Mr Ajaib Singh, a resident of Bahadurgarh village, 2 km from here, died due to the alleged beating by his son, grandson and son-in-law during a clash.
According to Mr Paramraj Singh Umranangal, SSP, Ajaib Singh had 33 acres of land. He distributed the land between his two sons after keeping his share with him. He said his son Harnam Singh, along with grandson Harinder Singh, and son-in-law encroached upon the land of his brother Nishan Singh and his father.
The younger brother Nishan Singh and Ajaib Singh objected to this encroachment and ploughing of their fields. The panchayat of the village was called for a compromise, but it could not reach on any understanding.
The next morning when Ajaib Singh was going to take the bath, the three accused beat him and he was taken to the hospital, where he was declared dead. The SSP said a case has been registered against the accused and arrested them.
Teachers forced to work on Jan 26
SONEPAT, Jan 27 The Principal of Government College at Gohana in this district has created history by declaring Republic Day as a "working day" and forced the lecturers and other members of staff to be present for the day despite all government and private offices and educational institutions being closed.
According to official sources, the Principal has reportedly directed them to attend the college to complete the Income Tax performas.
Neither any Republic Day function was held at the college nor staff members were allowed to attend the function held by the administration in the town.
It is alleged that the Principal had flouted the administrative instructions that had directed the government employees to attend the district as well as sub-divisional level functions.
Meanwhile, the Government Employees Welfare Association has condemned the act of the Principal and demanded strict action against him.
The SDM of Gohana, it might be recalled, had expressed unhappiness over the style of functioning of the Principal. The SDM was also contemplating to send a formal complaint against him to the Director, Higher Education.
Haryana Patrakar Sangh's session
GURGAON, Jan 27 The Haryana Patrakar Sangh has decided to hold its two-day annual session here from January 29.
According to sangh president K.B. Pandit, the session, to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, will organise a workshop on the last-day of the session on collection of news during elections. Senior journalists from the print media will take part in the workshop.
Mr Anil Arya convenor of the session, and district president of the sangh Sukhvir Chauhan said that burning issues relating to journalists in the country with a special reference to Haryana would be taken up for deliberations.
Varsity teachers observe strike
HISAR, Jan 27 Teachers of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University today observed a strike in protest against the non-implementation of revised pay-scale of Rs 15,400-22,400 to the professors appointed on or after January 1, 1996.
The decision to observe the strike was taken by the executive committee of the Haryana Agriculture University Teachers Association.
Teachers took out a procession on the campus and raised slogans in support of their demands.
They submitted a memorandum to HAU Administration and the state government demanding immediate implementation of the revised pay scale to the teachers.
Independent gathers support
AMBALA, Jan 27 Some Congress and BJP leaders have reportedly resigned from the party and announced their support for Mr Anil Vij, former MLA of Ambala Cantonment who will contest the Assembly election as an independent candidate for the second time.
Mr Bharat Bhushan Sharma, a former Joint Secretary of the Youth Congress and Mr Banti Sharma who had contested the municipal election as a Congress candidate last time have declared their support to Mr Vij. A former ward President of the BJP, Mr Shakti Dhawan also announced his support to Mr Vij on Wednesday.
Mr Narender Bangali,
Vice-President of Municipal Council, while addressing
workers said first phase of the campaign had completed.
Mr Giyan Chand Sharma, Mr Som Sahgal, Mr K.K. Chautani
and Mr Satpal Dhall also spoke on the occasion.
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