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Chautala move aims at political gains
Premature holding of panchayat poll
Rohtak, August 21
The move of the Chautala government to hold panchayat elections before their terms expire is being seen as an attempt to regain lost ground in the countryside by forcing a political split in rural society.

Independent MLA, sons booked
Jhajjar, August 21
The Independent MLA from Jhajjar, Mr Daryao Singh Rajora, has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Arms Act and for threatening a mason, residing in Pelpa village of the district last evening.

25 booked for violence
Bhiwani, August 21
An altercation between bus owners of cooperative societies and a driver of a Tata 407 vehicle led to violence at Baliali village, a late report said. The police has registered cases against around 12 persons, including two former sarpanches. Bus service on the Baliali route has been suspended and all four buses, which were damaged in stone pelting by villagers, have been impounded.

Major Ahuja’s martyrdom day observed
Ambala, August 21
A blood donation camp was held at Ambala city to mark the third martyrdom day of Major Amit Ahuja. Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Mr R.P. Gupta, said: “The martyrs are an inspiration for the coming generation.

Rs 1 lakh looted from court premises
Rewari, August 21
Nine armed youth looted Rs 1 lakh from Subhash Yadav in court premises, here, today. When the pistol shot fired at Subhash went astray, they overpowered him and snatched away the money from him.


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4 killed in mishap
Bhiwani, August 21
Four persons were killed and one was injured in separate accidents during the past 24 hours in the district. A watchman recovered the body of a woman (25) from the Bond minor and informed the police. It has been sent to the Civil Hospital Charkhi Dadri, for postmortem examination. The body was still unidentified.

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Chautala move aims at political gains
Premature holding of panchayat poll
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 21
The move of the Chautala government to hold panchayat elections before their terms expire is being seen as an attempt to regain lost ground in the countryside by forcing a political split in rural society.

According to political analysts, though the Opposition parties have been opposing the decision, saying it to be an attempt to retain political influence in the villages if the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) loses the Vidhan Sabha poll, they have failed to notice the “hidden agenda” behind the move.

They say the real motive is to force a political division in rural society before the Assembly poll and create circumstances in which one section of rural voters, which had switched loyalties to the Congress during the Lok Sabha elections, would be forced to go back to the ruling party fold.

In the post-Lok Sabha poll scenario, the Congress appears to be a strong contender for the Assembly polls at the cost of the ruling INLD. Barring these two, no other political party has much influence in the villages. Under the circumstances, the choice before the rural voters will be either the Congress or the INLD. By holding the panchayat polls before the Assembly poll, the INLD will effectively force a split in the rural vote bank since those opposing the Congress-backed candidates in the panchayat poll will have no choice but to return to its fold.

Though on paper the local bodies’ polls are not contested along party lines, the fact remains that all political parties unofficially completely back their nominees to the hilt. The INLD leadership understands that panchayat poll invariably produces fierce straight contests between leaders of rival groups in the villages. The split will force one group to seek the backing of the INLD.

Another item on the “hidden agenda” is that in straight contests the chances are that the ruling party will fare much better in panchayat polls compared to its lacklustre performance in the Lok Sabha poll.

The INLD thinktank has the Congress to thank for this situation. After the Lok Sabha poll, the Congress leadership has failed to consolidate its gains. Even on the SYL canal issue it adopted a defensive approach which has hurt its political interests. Even otherwise, it failed to keep up the post-parliamentary poll momentum by remaining virtually inactive. The Congress attitude emboldened the ruling party to take this gamble.

According to sources, the Chief Minister’s intensive touring of the countryside in recent weeks and the sops announced for the farming community, too, were a part of this strategy. The reorganisation of the party units in the districts was also aimed at placating the rural voters and then forcing a political split. The Chief Minister announced his plans after having assured himself that the stage was set for holding elections prematurely.

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Independent MLA, sons booked
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 21
The Independent MLA from Jhajjar, Mr Daryao Singh Rajora, has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Arms Act and for threatening a mason, residing in Pelpa village of the district last evening.

Cases were registered against Mr Rajora and his three sons, Ram Kumar, Surender and Joginder. None of the accused were arrested and no weapon had been recovered so far.

Mr Rajora had been supporting the INLD government, but defected to the Congress before the Lok Sabha elections in February. Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala had rebuked him, alleging backstabbing.

The complainant, Mr Balbir Singh, had given an affidavit to the police against Mr Rajora and his three sons. He alleged that Mr Rajora had given him a contract for the construction of a temple in his neighbourhood in June 2003. He added that his brother Banwari Lal, and he, both masons, had agreed to complete the construction for Rs 1.85.

The complainant alleged that Mr Rajora had promised him that he would get his son recruited in the Haryana police. The MLA had told him that recruitment in the police was being made for Rs 2 lakh per candidate, he added.

The complaint further said he and his son Sewak Ram, who was to be recruited in the police, and Mr Mahavir Saini, a resident of the Jhajjar Chhawani locality went to the residence of the MLA to strike a deal for the construction of the temple in exchange for the recruitment of his son in the police. The MLA had assured him that he would get a government job in any other department if a job in the police could not be secured, he claimed.

The complainant said he got suspicious after some time as his son was not recruited though a year had passed. The construction of the temple was completed, and on August 13, he along with his son went to the residence of the MLA asking for Rs 1. 85 lakh, he added. The complainant alleged that, Mr Rajora and his three sons turned violent and one of his sons took out a countrymade pistol and pointed it on his forehead, asking them to go.

The person who attended the telephone at the house of the MLA said he had gone out of the state, probably to Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, and other members of the family were also not present in the house.

He claimed that the family members had discussed the case and had said Mr Rajora was being implicated.

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25 booked for violence
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 21
An altercation between bus owners of cooperative societies and a driver of a Tata 407 vehicle led to violence at Baliali village, a late report said. The police has registered cases against around 12 persons, including two former sarpanches. Bus service on the Baliali route has been suspended and all four buses, which were damaged in stone pelting by villagers, have been impounded.

Villagers met the SDM yesterday at District Headquarters and submitted him a memorandum. They alleged that the bus drivers often bypass stopages on the route, their flying squads misbehave with girl students and women and they ply buses on routes not allotted to them.

A case under Sections 148, 149, 341, 379, 427 and 506 of the IPC has been registered against Kailash, Ram Karan, Rajender, Mohan, Ashok, Dalip, former sarpanch Mahender, Kewal Singh, Anil, Subhash, Sohan, Mukhtyar, Sunil, Manoj, Hari Gopal, Rajender, Mahender, Surender, Ramesh, Dalpat, Raj Kumar, Anil , Surender, Hanukan and Sunita on a complaint of Satish of Kungar village.

Following the altercation between the driver of the Tata 407 the bus owners, the villagers pelted buses passing through Baliali village with stones.

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Major Ahuja’s martyrdom day observed
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 21
A blood donation camp was held at Ambala city to mark the third martyrdom day of Major Amit Ahuja.

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Mr R.P. Gupta, said: “The martyrs are an inspiration for the coming generation.

They do not belong to any particular religion, caste or creed, instead they belong to the whole nation.”

The blood donation camp was organised by the NSS wing of DAV College, Ambala city, the district Red Cross Society and the Health Department.

Martyr Major Amit Ahuja’s elder brother Atul Ahuja donated blood at the camp. Over 110 units of blood were collected.

Mr Gupta said the soldiers had made supreme sacrifice to defend the nation’s territorial integrity.

He said a number of martyrs belong to Haryana. He appealed to the teachers to provide invaluable information about the martyrs to the students.

Major Amit Ahuja’s father Yashpal Ahuja said they had formed a trust in the memory of Major Ahuja.

The trust gives scholarship to poor students. He gave scholarships to 10 students.

Major Ahuja was an alumnus of DAV College and he had got B.Sc degree in 1997.

A conference hall in the college had been named after him.

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Rs 1 lakh looted from court premises
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 21
Nine armed youth looted Rs 1 lakh from Subhash Yadav in court premises, here, today.

When the pistol shot fired at Subhash went astray, they overpowered him and snatched away the money from him.

Three gangster tried to whisk away with the money in two separate cars.

After being informed, the police rushed to the spot and intercepted the Alto as well as the Maruti and caught the six gangsters with Rs 68,000, and the other three managed to flee with Rs 32,000 on their motorcycle.

They have been identified as Aman, son of Rattan Singh, Jaswant son of Vikram Singh, Pradeep Kumar son of Abhey Singh, all residents of Dhanora village, of Rewari district, Manoj Kumar son of Chander Bhan of Nurpur village near Dhanora and Jai Kumar son of Dharambir of Khor village of Gurgaon district.

DSP Rewari City Jag Pravesh Dahyia said Subhash, a resident of Inchhapuri village of Gurgaon had come to the office of the registrar to secure the registration deed of his plot. He had brought the money for this purpose.

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4 killed in mishap
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 21
Four persons were killed and one was injured in separate accidents during the past 24 hours in the district.

A watchman recovered the body of a woman (25) from the Bond minor and informed the police. It has been sent to the Civil Hospital Charkhi Dadri, for postmortem examination. The body was still unidentified.

In another incident, a labourer crushed to death in the mines located at Pichopa Kalan village. He was transporting stones for crushing. The deceased has been identified as Guddu Dass of Chhattisgarh.

Two persons were killed when the jeep in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Kadma village. One person has been identified as Mahabir of Satnal Baas whereas the other dead was still unidentified. Driver of the jeep Sandeep, who sustained serious injuries in the accident, has been admitted to the Civil Hospital. The police has registered a case.

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2 sisters jump into well, die
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 21
Two sisters allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the village well at Jandli Khurd village, near here, on Thursday night. The two sisters, Birma Devi (26) and Saroj Rani (24), were married to two brothers of this village.

They jumped into the well after throwing their kids, Aman (3) and Mohit (2), into the well. The sisters had an altercation between them before they took this extreme step.

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Mixed response to truckers strike

SONEPAT: The nationwide strike of the truck and tempo operators’ union has evoked a mixed response from the truck operators and Tata 407 Tempo Unions, as the vehicles of these union are not being sent to Delhi. But a significant number of these vehicles are seen going to other states.

However, from the movement of the vehicles on different roads of the district, including the Sonepat-Rohtak, Rohtak-Gohana-Panipat and Sonepat-Meerut highways, it appeared that more then 60 per cent of the load vehicles are off road.

The transporters held a meeting and unanimously supported the strike call given by the All-India Truck and Tempo Operators Union.

A report from Panipat said the transporters’ strike in this district had evoked a mixed response today, as no vehicle was being sent to Delhi from here, but the vehicles were seen going to other parts of the state and many of them to other states.

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Train services hit for 4 hours
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 21
Train service on the Delhi-Ambala-Kalka (DUK) section of the Northern Railway was disrupted for four hours following the missing of at least 130 “paddle roll clips” from the railway track between Ganaur and Sandal Kalan Railway stations last evening. This led to suspension of trains between Sandal Kalan and Ganaur Railway station for four hours.

Technical staff arranged new paddle roll clips for normalising train service on this section. This process took four hours. It is stated that driver of 2 KDM passenger train bound for Delhi noticed the fault on the Railway track and he informed the authorities. The staff checked the track and found paddle roll clips missing and stopped running of trains. 

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University toppers
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 21
Students of Ambala have done well in MA (Political Science) previous examination of Kurukshetra University.

Manisha Rani of Gandhi Memorial National College, Ambala Cantonment, has secured third position in the examination.

GMN College students Deepa Walia in 2000-2001 and Tripati Sharma in 2001-2002 had secured gold medals in MA (Political Science). Sonia of Arya Girls College has secured first position in MA previous examination. Dimple, also of Arya Girls College, has secured fifth position.

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250 cylinders stolen
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 21
Thieves stole 250 LPG cylinders from a gas agency godown here last night. The police registered a case. The thieves entered the godown by breaking the boundary wall of the godown.

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