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4 MLAs seek ‘adequate security’
Apprehend threat to life from Chautala, sons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Four Haryana MLAs have urged the State Governor, Babu Parmanand, to provide them adequate security as they apprehended “physical elimination” at the hands of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, and his two sons, Ajay and Abhey.

In a joint representation addressed to the Governor, with copies to the President, the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, two Congress MLAs, Mr Jai Prakash Barwala and Mr Dharamvir; the RPI MLA, Mr Karan Singh Dalal; and the NCP MLA, Mr Jagjit Singh Sangwan, have contended that they have been active in politics for several years.

They have political animosity with the Chautala family as they have been criticising the “wrong-doings” of the first family of the state and also exposing their “corrupt deeds”.

Mr Dalal alleged that the Chief Minister had got registered five false cases against him and his family. The Chautalas, he alleged, in conspiracy with senior officers of Faridabad district illegally demolished 18 shops belonging to his family at Palwal, the constituency which he has been representing since 1991.

Alleging that Mr Ajay Chautala and Mr Abhey Chautala had been threatening him with dire consequences, Mr Dalal said Mr Abhey Chautala had threatened him to kill him in the premises of the Assembly itself. He said the matter was reported to the Chandigarh Police, which made an entry in the daily diary.

Mr Barwala said he had contested the election from the Narwana Assembly constituency against Mr Chautala in 1996, where he lodged a criminal case against Ajay for attempt to murder. On account of political hostility between him and the Chautala family, he said he had reasonable apprehension of danger to his life at the hands of the first family of the state.

Mr Dharamvir said he was instrumental in overthrowing the Chautala Government in 1991 and since then they had been political opponents of each other.

Mr Sangwan said he had been very vocal in criticising the Chautala family both within and outside the Assembly. He alleged that he had been receiving constant threats to his life from his political opponents.

Mr Dalal also referred to an alleged incident which took place in the Haryana MLAs’ Hostel here on March 6. He alleged that about 10 persons, who claimed that they had been sent by Mr Chautala, threatened to eliminate him for criticising their mentor, the Chief Minister. The matter, he said, was reported to the Chandigarh Police, which, however, did not register any case because of the influence of the Chief Minister.

The MLAs demanded adequate security by a force other than the Haryana Police.

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