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50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
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Policy to minimise litigation okayed
Complaint redressal system in government departments put in place 
Chandigarh, December 30
Chief Minister BS Hooda and Principal Secretary Yudhvir Malik at a press conference in Chandigarh The Haryana Cabinet today approved the State Litigation Policy-2010, prepared on the pattern of the National Litigation Policy-2010, with the objective of conducting litigation in a collusive, coordinated and time-bound manner.

Chief Minister BS Hooda and Principal Secretary Yudhvir Malik at a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

New industrial policy lays stress on PPP model
Chandigarh, December 30
Those who framed the new industrial policy of the state took almost a year to finalise its contours.

Peeved at delays, rail commuters stone trains
Faridabad, December 30
Protesters on rail tracks at the Faridabad railway station Peeved at several trains running late, a large group of commuters today held a protest at the New Town railway station here.

Protesters on rail tracks at the Faridabad railway station on Thursday. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed




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Prove horsetrading charge: Sangwan
Bhiwani, December 30
Charkhi Dadri legislator Satpal Sangwan today defended the “merger” of the five Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) legislators with the Congress, saying this was done as per the norms.

Gorakhpur farmer on protest dies
A nurse attends to an ailing farmer at FatehabadFatehabad, December 30
A farmer on agitation against land acquisition for the proposed nuclear power plant in Gorakhpur died this aftternoon. Bhagu Ram (65) died at Maharaja Agarsen Medical College, Agroha, where he was shifted in the afternoon. He was taken ill while on dharna in the chilly weather last night.


A nurse attends to an ailing farmer at Fatehabad. A Tribune photograph 

Dumping of Blood Units
Waste management firm to blame, says probe panel

Sirsa, December 30
The health authorities have found Synergy Waste Management, a private company providing services to local doctors for the management of biomedical waste, responsible for the dumping of 82 units of blood on the roadside on December 23.

Mullanhera sets example in sex ratio
Has 1,188 girls against 1,000 boys 
Badshahpur MLA Rao Dharampal honours the panchayat of Mullapur village, which has the best sex ratio in Gurgaon Gurgaon, December 30
Mullanhera village in Gurgaon district has set an example by coming up with a positive sex ratio of 1,188 girls against 1,000 boys. The village has got the first position in the district for 2009 in this regard.




Badshahpur MLA Rao Dharampal honours the panchayat of Mullapur village, which has the best sex ratio in Gurgaon district. A Tribune photograph

A canopy erected in front of a restaurant by encroaching upon a road in Rohtak. Food joints eat into roads
All Set for New Year Revelry
Rohtak, December 30
With New Year celebrations about to begin, hotels and restaurants have made preparations in a big way. However, in this process some of these seem to have overlooked the safety aspect of commuters and have allegedly encroached upon the main road. One of the food joints located on the Delhi road here has placed a welcome gate on the road in front of its gate. 



A canopy erected in front of a restaurant by encroaching upon a road in Rohtak. Photo: Manoj Dhaka 

Polythene ban: Admn to act tough with violators
Yamunanagar, December 30
To ensure the strict implementation of the ban on storage and use of polythene bags in the district, Deputy Commissioner Ashok Sangwan today organised a meeting with principals of various educational institutions, office-bearers of the market association and local social welfare organisations in his office.

5,034 poor families get free plots
Jind, December 30
As many as 5,034 plots of 100 sq yards each have been allotted to poor families free of cost under the Mahatma Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojna in the district so far.

Dera chief administers oath against foeticide
Sonepat, December 30
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh today administered oath to thousands of those present at the satsang here against the practice of foeticide.

Minister’s escort Gypsy overturns
Ambala, December 30
An ASI and a constable of the Ambala police were injured when a police control room Gypsy overturned on the Ambala-Chandigarh road near Ambala City.

Teacher thrashes wife in classroom
Jind, December 30
A teacher of Government Primary School at Kandela village in the district was allegedly beaten up by her husband, also a teacher in the same school, this morning. The victim has lodged a complaint with the police. However, no case has been registered so far.







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Policy to minimise litigation okayed
Complaint redressal system in government departments put in place 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 30
The Haryana Cabinet today approved the State Litigation Policy-2010, prepared on the pattern of the National Litigation Policy-2010, with the objective of conducting litigation in a collusive, coordinated and time-bound manner.

It would also ensure that good cases are won and bad cases not pursued needlessly. This would reduce the load of government litigation in courts, thereby providing relief to the judiciary.

The policy also seeks to minimise litigation by putting in place an effective complaints redressal system in government departments. The need for the policy stems from the concern that pendency and delay in courts should be reduced proactively by the government.

A state-level empowered committee, department-level policy implementation committees and district-level policy implementation committees would be formed under the policy.

The empowered committee would identify major causes of litigation and recommend measures to minimise cases. The policy implementation committee would monitor and review litigations and take a decision on cases where financial implication is not very high. It would be mandatory for employees to seek redressal through this system before going to the courts. Every department would authorise some officers to take a final decision so that minor disputes pending in courts could be settled through Lok Adalats with active participation of these officers. The Cabinet approved the collection of toll on the recently improved Neval-Gheer-Garhi­ Birbal road, the Nuh-Pataudi-Patauda road and the Rai-Nahra-Bahadurgarh road. However, non-commercial vehicles would be exempted.

It also approved a 20 per cent hike in supply of water for brick- making and and for construction work by raising the existing rate of Rs 500 to Rs 600 per 2,500 CFT. A 20 per cent hike has been made in the rate of water supply to bulk industries, power plants and other bulk users, raising it from Rs 250 to Rs 300 per 2,500 CFT. Similarly, a 20 per cent hike has been made in the supply of drinking water from Rs 10 to Rs 12 per 2,500 CFT.

For water supplied to other states, over and above their share, the hike in the rates would be the actual cost incurred. The new rate would be Rs 40 instead of Rs 10 per 2,500 CFT now. It was also decided that a 10 per cent annual interest would be levied if due payment was not made within six months.

The Cabinet decided to exempt goods sold through Central Police Force Canteens to former Central Police Force Personnel from VAT.

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New industrial policy lays stress on PPP model
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 30
Those who framed the new industrial policy of the state took almost a year to finalise its contours.

After regaining power last year, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda directed his Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Industry, Yudhvir Singh Malik, and Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), Rajiv Arora, to revise the industrial policy of 2005 to fine-tune it to ensure all-round development instead of focusing on areas in the national capital region (NCR).

Malik and Arora spent this time in consulting various trade and industrial organisations like the CII, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Assocham and FICCI.

This followed a round of consultations with the industry. The Town and Country Planning, Excise and Taxation, Agriculture, Labour and Power DEpartments were actively involved in the process.

The news policy takes a revenue block as the “defining unit”.

The state has been divided into three zones: industrially development blocks, areas with intermediate development and industrially backward areas.

The policy recognises the public-private partnership (PPP) mode as “a significant driver for creation and development of infrastructure facilities in backward areas,” where major incentives will be given.

Recognising the role of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in industrial development, special clusters would be developed so that common facilities can be provided to the MSMEs.

The ceiling for allotment of industrial plots under the “prestigious category” has been reduced from a uniform Rs 30 crore to Rs 20 crore for “B” category areas and Rs 10 crore for the “C” category areas.

In acknowledgement of the expertise of the HSIIDC in developing industrial estates, all such estates developed by HUDA and the Industrial Department would be transferred to it for maintenance.

The HSIIDC would give more time to promoters to pay for industrial plots. It would also reduce the transaction cost on transfer and leasing of plots and introduce the one-time scheme for regularisation of previous violations.

Plots would be allotted in the industrial estates for setting up facilities for develing skills.

The policy also takes care of labour welfare measures like the industrial workers’ housing and health facilities.

Incentives to new units include interest-free loan up to 50 per cent of the tax paid on goods produced by an industrial unit, exemption from electricity duty for five years, reduction in stamp duty for agro-based and food processing units in Category B and C areas, exemption from market fee for such units, and special priority in electricity connection for mega projects, 100 per cent export-oriented units, IT industries and FDI projects. 

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Peeved at delays, rail commuters stone trains
Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 30
Peeved at several trains running late, a large group of commuters today held a protest at the New Town railway station here.

They were also angry at not being allowed to board the Palwa-Delhi EMU Special meant for women.

The passengers squatted on the rail tracks and threw stones at a goods train, the EMU train and a local train to Delhi. Four persons, including a GRPF personnel, received minor injuries.

Thousands of office-goers to Delhi and surrounding areas use the services of local trains daily. Trouble began when an EMU train (general category) did not arrive on time this morning. The commuters lost patience and squatted on the rail tracks, bringing a goods train coming from Delhi to a halt.

Just then the Palwal-Delhi EMU Special (ladies) arrived at the station on the scheduled time.This further angered the male passengers who asked the railway personnel as to why this train always ran on time, fog or no fog. They demanded that they also be allowed to board the train, which was refused by the personnel.

In the meantime, personnel of the GRPF and RPF used mild force to clear the tracks of the goods train, that had been halted, and remove the protesters. This was enough provocation and the passengers began throwing stones at the goods train.

The SHO, GRPF, Old Faridabad, Subey Singh, said the police had not expect the passengers to resort to violence.

As the goods train left the station, the ire of the mob turned to the EMU Special (ladies) which was stopped. The protesters threw stones at the train as panicky women passengers bolted the doors and put down the shutters.

In the midst of the violence, the inter-city train headed for Delhi was also stoned. The mob scattered after about half an hour when police reinforcement arrived on the scene. A number of persons were rounded up after the incident, said unofficial sources.

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Prove horsetrading charge: Sangwan
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, December 30
Charkhi Dadri legislator Satpal Sangwan today defended the “merger” of the five Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) legislators with the Congress, saying this was done as per the norms.

He attacked the Opposition leaders for the “false propaganda” on the issue. Sangwan, addressing a press conference at the PWD Rest House here, said the Hooda government had emerged as the single largest party in the assembly during the 2009 elections and “we all five HJC legislators won the elections on the promise of development as did the Congress leaders.”

He said they had spoken to HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi about their wish to join the Congress but “he did not pay any heed. Keen to grab power, he contacted the INLD leaders too, despite our protests.”

Sangwan said Bishnoi had told them that OP Chautala was willing to make him Chief Minister. In the meantime rumours began that the HJC had entered into a pact with Chautala for Rs 400 crore and “we categorically refused to be a part of this deal.” He further clarified that they met Bishnoi on November 6, 2009, and proposed a general body meeting for November 8 to thrash out the issue, but the HJC chief did not turn up.

“We tried to contact Bishnoi on the phone but in vain,” said Sangwan.

“Later, we (all five MLAs), after exhaustive discussions and keeping in view the people’s verdict decided to join the Congress.

“On November 9, 2009, we placed a proposal of merger before the Vidhan Sabha Speaker. Rao Narender, Zile Ram Sharma, Vinod Bhayana and I were present there while Dharm Singh Chhokar could not reach in time due to a traffic jam. He sent his plea to the Speaker to join the Congress through a fax message,” explained Sangwan.

He announced that he would resign from politics if anyone proved the charge of horse-trading against him and his colleagues.

He challenged Bishnoi and Chautala to prove their charges. “We are not rebels ,”held Sangwan.

He said he planned to hold a rally at Charkhi Dadri the day he was made minister.

“ It is the prerogative of the Chief Minister to decide when to do so,” Sangwan maintained.

To a question, he said development could not go on till the mines at Dadri were re-opened. 

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Gorakhpur farmer on protest dies
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, December 30
A farmer on agitation against land acquisition for the proposed nuclear power plant in Gorakhpur died this aftternoon.

Bhagu Ram (65) died at Maharaja Agarsen Medical College, Agroha, where he was shifted in the afternoon. He was taken ill while on dharna in the chilly weather last night.

Civil Surgeon Dr OP Arya, who examined Bharu Ram today, declared him critically ill after which the authorities shifted him to the General Hospital. He was taken to Agroha in the afternoon, where he died within a few hours.

The death has triggered widespread anger among the farmers, who blame the state government for the same.

“We have been agitating for saving our land for the past over four months and the government has not bothered to talk to us,”said Hans Raj Siwach, president of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti spearheading the agitation.

He said he was on his way to Hisar with Bhagu Ram’s body for a post-mortem examination and would announce the further course of the agitation later, emphasising that there would be no let-up.

Krishan Swaroop Gorakhpuria, state vice-president of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha, also blamed the state government for the death. He said that it was strange that the government had not considered it necessary to hold talk with the farmers on dharna since 137 days.

The CPM has expressed deep grief at the death. Inderjit Singh, state secretary of the CPM, said that it was unfortunate that the state government had not resolved the issue.

The Civil Surgeon maintained that the victim suffered from a heart ailment and extreme cold seemed to have precipitated his condition.

Farmers Ram Kumar and Ram Swaroop are still at the local General Hospital with respiratory infection, while Hawa Singh, another septuagenarian, is at the dharna site, despite illness. He was examined by doctors last night.

The DC, Vijay Singh Dahiya, said the authorities had provided the necessary medical aid to the farmers on learning about their condition.

The SP, Vivek Sharma, said the Bhuna police had been asked to keep a watch on the farmers at the dharna site.

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Dumping of Blood Units
Waste management firm to blame, says probe panel
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 30
The health authorities have found Synergy Waste Management, a private company providing services to local doctors for the management of biomedical waste, responsible for the dumping of 82 units of blood on the roadside on December 23.

The committee, comprising the Deputy Civil Surgeon, Dr GS Somani, the medical superintendent of the general hospital, Dr Gobind Gupta, Dr DP Gill, Blood Transfusion Officer of the blood bank in the general hospital, Rajnish Dhaliwal, Drug Control Officer, and Ashwani Sharma, a laboratory technician in the blood bank, completed its probe today.

The officiating Civil Surgeon, Dr Viresh Bhushan, had constituted the committee to look into the matter.

The authorities had recovered 82 bags of blood - 77 filled and five empty - from the roadside near Panjuana village on the Sirsa-Dabwali road on December 23.

While 75 bags of blood belonged to the local Shiv Shakti Blood Bank, two filled and five used bags of blood belonged to three local doctors - Dr Ashok Bishnoi of Bishnoi Orthopedic Hospital, Dr Gurdeep Singh Shergill of Medicity Hospital and Dr Anjani Agarwal of Sanjeevani Hospital. The health authorities had lodged a compliant with the police as well as the State Pollution Control Board, besides constituting a committee to probe the matter.

The committee recorded the statements of Dr RM Arora, Director of Shiv Shakti Blood Bank, Dr Bishnoi, Dr Shergill and Dr Agarwal.

The committee also recorded the statement of Harish Kapur, general manager of Synergy Waste Management.

Dr Somani, who headed the inquiry committee, said the doctors converned produced the agreements they had inked with the service provider for the management of biomedical waste. They maintained that the blood units recovered from the roadside had been handed over by them to the field staff of Synergy Waste Management for disposal in accordance with the rules.

Harish Kapur of Synergy Waste Management, while admitting that the company had been providing services to the doctors, maintained that the biomedical waste collected by them was disposed of in the facilities installed by the company at Hisar. He denied that the company ever dumped the waste in the open.

Dr Somani said the committee had reached the conclusion that in case the blood bank authorities had dumped their expired units in the open, the bags belonging to the other three doctors could not have been found from the same place. He said it appeared that workers of the service provider had acted in a negligent manner by dumping the waste collected from the doctors in the open instead of taking it to their facilities.

Neeraj Agarwal, Director of Synergy Waste Management, however, denied that the fault lay with his workers.

“Though I am not aware of the outcome of the inquiry, but I can produce the record of each and every kg of waste handed over to my company by the doctors registered with us,” he said.

Agarwal added that when Shiv Shakti Blood Bank did not hand over the expired units of blood to his company, how could his workers have dumped these on the roadside.

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Mullanhera sets example in sex ratio
Has 1,188 girls against 1,000 boys 
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 30
Mullanhera village in Gurgaon district has set an example by coming up with a positive sex ratio of 1,188 girls against 1,000 boys. The village has got the first position in the district for 2009 in this regard.

The achievement of the village stands out in view of the fact that as against the national sex ratio of 927 girls against 1,000 boys, Haryana has only 846 girls against 1,000 boys.

The sex ratio in Gurgaon district is even more dismal with just 843 girls against 1,000 boys. It is also curious to note that the sex ratio has been found skewed in the areas where the people are more “educated” and well off.

The panchayat of Mullanhera was presented with a cheque for Rs 1 lakh for its commendable achievement by Badshahpur MLA Rao Dharampal at a function organised by the Health Department at the village chaupal today.

The state government has started a scheme to honour the top-ranking village panchayat in each district with Rs 1 lakh. The amount has to be spent on generating awareness to check female foeticide.

Presenting the cheque, Rao Dharampal congratulated the village people for this achievement and said the amount was only a motivation and other development works would also be undertaken on a priority basis in the village as a reward for showing courage to fight against the menace of female foeticide. He said Mullanhera had shown a path to other villagers to follow.

Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Rajender Kataria exhorted the villagers to continue with their mission against female foeticide.

The Civil Surgeon, Dr Parveen Kumar Garg, said a primary health centre had been opened at Mullanhera and two doctors, a lab technician, an ANM and a pharmacist appointed there. 

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Food joints eat into roads
All Set for New Year Revelry
Bijendra Ahlawat/TNS

Rohtak, December 30
With New Year celebrations about to begin, hotels and restaurants have made preparations in a big way. However, in this process some of these seem to have overlooked the safety aspect of commuters and have allegedly encroached upon the main road.

One of the food joints located on the Delhi road here has placed a welcome gate on the road in front of its gate. The food joint has occupied around 10 ft of the road space, inconveniencing commuters and posing a threat to their safety.

“In fact, one lane on the main road, primarily meant for slow-moving vehicles, two-wheelers and pedestrians, has been occupied by some hotels and restaurants to erect welcome gates,” claimed Abhishek, a local resident. He said though everyone was free to organise New Year functions, it should be ensured that no one encroached upon the main road or caused inconvenience to commuters.

“Four such gates have been erected on the main road in the city by the owners of some hotels and restaurants, hindering the smooth flow of traffic. The authorities concerned should conduct a survey and initiate action against those guilty,” demanded Virender Phogat, another resident.

He added that hundreds of posters, banners and hoardings had been placed on main roads, displaying New Year greetings by leaders and activists of various parties. Phogat said the authorities should not allow such publicity material on the main road as it often acted as a distraction for drivers.

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Polythene ban: Admn to act tough with violators
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, December 30
To ensure the strict implementation of the ban on storage and use of polythene bags in the district, Deputy Commissioner Ashok Sangwan today organised a meeting with principals of various educational institutions, office-bearers of the market association and local social welfare organisations in his office.

Teams have been constituted by the administration to ensure that the ban is adhered to by shopkeepers across the city.

Sangwan said polythene bags had serious environment implications, including soil and water contamination and clogging of drains and sewers. He said the administration would seek the assistance of educational institutions to create awareness against the use of polythene bags. He urged people to take a pledge not to use polythene.

“Polythene bags and plastic bottles have choked drains and sewer lines in the city and these form the biggest chunk of municipal waste. If people are sensitised about the hazards posed by the use of polythene bags, it will help improve the situation,” said the president of a social welfare organisation, Pawan Kumar.

Sources said open drains terminating in the Yamuna at 15 points remained choked for most part of the year due to polythene bags.

The Deputy Commissioner said the administration would initiate strict action against erring shopkeepers and vendors, including imposing hefty fines. He said a public campaign would also be launched for the success of the drive.

The administration would also organise seminars in schools and colleges to educate children regarding the ill-effects of polythene. Besides, awareness rallies involving NGOs would also be held, he added. Initially, the administration would provide eco-friendly carry bags to shopkeepers at a nominal rate, he added.

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5,034 poor families get free plots
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Jind, December 30
As many as 5,034 plots of 100 sq yards each have been allotted to poor families free of cost under the Mahatma Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojna in the district so far.

The authorities had received several thousand applications for plots from rural areas under the project launched by the state government about two years ago.

According to Deputy Commissioner Abhay Singh Yadav, the work of allotting these plots has been completed in 225 villages of the district. He said the work on identification of land for plots was over in 162 villages while the preparation of the gift deeds of the plots had been completed in 135 villages.

He said the work of identification of land and the beneficiaries was under way in the remaining villages and would be completed in due course.

The beneficiaries under this scheme are those families who hail from the BPL category and do not have a house in the village at the time of applying for the plot.

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Dera chief administers oath against foeticide
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 30
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh today administered oath to thousands of those present at the satsang here against the practice of foeticide.

He said foeticide was a sin and a blot on society.

He cautioned that if this practice continued, the skewed gender ratio would result in increased crime against women.

“If anyone is not in a position to bring up a girl child, he should leave the infant with the dera’s Shahi Betian Bashera,” he announced.

He also asked all those at the sangat to shun the intake of liquor, tobacco, opium and ghutka.

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Minister’s escort Gypsy overturns

Ambala, December 30
An ASI and a constable of the Ambala police were injured when a police control room Gypsy overturned on the Ambala-Chandigarh road near Ambala City.

The Gypsy was escorting Revenue Minister Shiv Charan Sharma, who was coming from Chandigarh after attending the Cabinet meeting and was passing through Ambala City.

The Gypsy skidded near Chaman Vatika Public School and overturned. ASI Partap Singh and constable Rajesh were injured in the mishap.

They were taken to the Civil Hospital at Ambala City. Later, Partap Singh was shifted to the PGI, Chandigarh.. — OC

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Teacher thrashes wife in classroom
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Jind, December 30
A teacher of Government Primary School at Kandela village in the district was allegedly beaten up by her husband, also a teacher in the same school, this morning. The victim has lodged a complaint with the police. However, no case has been registered so far.

The accused fled from the spot after the incident. The couple reportedly had estranged relations for the past some time and were living separately.

The incident took place when the victim teacher, Sushila, reached the office in the school to record her attendance, when her husband, Sushil Kumar, confronted her. They got engaged in a verbal duel, which turned violent when the husband allegedly picked up a stick and followed his wife into her classroom and beat her up in front of her students. The woman also hit back, resulting in a clash between the two. Meanwhile, staff members and the Headmaster of the school reached there and intervened to stop the fight. The police also reached the school and recorded the statement of the victim and the staff.

By the time the police reached the spot, Sushil Kumar had fled.

The victim later lodged a complaint with the police. The couple, who have three kids, were not on talking terms though they were posted in the same school. The functioning of the school was hit for more than an hour due to the incident.

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