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Gurgaon DC, SP told to go on leave
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today announced that the DC and the SP of Gurgaon would proceed on leave as soon as the judicial probe, instituted by the government to look into what led to the violent incidents in that city, stated.

Mr Hooda, who was addressing a press conference here, that on the question of sorting out the tangle between the management and workers of Honda Scooter and Motorcycles Ltd, he and the Labour Minister, Mr Birender Singh, had a talk with the management on the issue. “They are still sticking to the position that none of the dismissed workers will be re-employed by the company. We will continue to hold negotiations with the workers and the management to try to come up with a solution”, Mr Hooda said.

Ms Promilla Issar, Principal Secretary, Labour Department, who was present at the Press conference, said since February the government had been trying to end the impasse between the management and the workers of the company. She said the government had facilitated a number of rounds of talks between the two parties, but the talks had always failed due to one reason or the other.

Ms Issar said while the services of four workers had been terminated by the company, 50 others had been placed under suspension for unsatisfactory conduct.

She said the company shut down its operations completely on Tuesday even though it did not formally announce the locking out of the factory.

Mr Hooda said he felt sad at the unfolding of events in Gurgaon. “I rushed to hospital to see the injured workers even as I was strongly advised not to go there”, the Chief Minister said. He said in the interest of justice and fairness of the probe, the government decided to ask the DC and the SP of Gurgaon to go on leave during the period of the probe.

He added that the inquiry commission, headed by Justice G.C. Garg, would start its work at the earliest and submit its report within three months. “We will insist that the probe be completed within the stipulated period”, Mr Hooda said, adding that the government would take action on the basis of the commission’s report and bring the guilty to book.

The Chief Minister said he had asked the Director-General of Police, Mr Nirmal Singh, to identify the police personnel whose conduct was particularly brutal during the incidents on Monday and Tuesday. “ The guidelines on cane charge say that a cop is not supposed to hit a protester on the head. I have asked the DGP to identify and take action against those policemen who violated those guidelines”, Mr Hooda said. He also announced that besides taking care of the medical needs of the workers injured in the police action, the government would give Rs 20,000 to each of them as assistance.

The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by the Labour Minister, the Chief Secretary, Mr G. Madhavan, and other senior government functionaries, claimed that a large number of mischievous elements had infiltrated the ranks of the protesters and they had a role to play in the violent incidents. “Seventytwo persons had been identified as taking part in the protests despite not being workers of Honda Scooter and Motorcycles Ltd”, Mr Hooda said.

He also indicated that the political adversaries of the government were involved in triggering off the trouble. The Chief Minister, however, refrained from identifying these adversaries.

The Chief Minister said 93 protesters and 30 police personnel were injured in the clashes. While nine injured workers are still in hospital, the number of policemen undergoing treatment in hospital was three, Mr Hooda said.


Justice Garg yet to receive notification
Tribune News Service

Justice G.C. Garg
Justice G.C. Garg

Chandigarh, July 27
Mr Justice G.C. Garg, Haryana Government’s choice for heading the judicial commission into the recent police lathicharge on striking workers of Honda Scooters and Motorcycles Limited, Gurgaon, is yet to receive any communication to this effect.

“I have also read about it. But, the formal notification has not reached me. These things take some time,” the retired judge told The Tribune.

Incidentally, this is not the first time that he will head an inquiry commission.

Some years back, he had headed the commission that probed the November, 1998, train accident near Khanna, Punjab, in which 210 persons were killed.

He had submitted a lengthy report to the Railway Ministry, severely indicting it.

During his tenure in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, from where he retired, Justice Garg got in the eye of a controversy when members of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association staged dharna outside his courtroom.

The provocation was the alleged attempt to forcibly evict advocate J.S. Yadav and his advocate son, Mr Parduman Yadav, from the house purchased by the Judge. Lawyers had also boycotted the Judge’s court.

Lawyers had also decided to boycott him and not host a farewell party when he retired.

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