Chaos as leaders leave little room for mourners

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Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Bamla (Bhiwani), November 3

The body of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide on November 1 over the “delay” in  implementation of the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme, was brought to his hometown early this morning after a postmortem at Lady Hardinge Hospital, Delhi. “I don’t know why the Delhi Police kept me and my two brothers in detention for the whole day yesterday,” said a crestfallen Dilawar Singh, Grewal’s eldest son. He said they were let off after being told the family would be paid a compensation of Rs 10 lakh and one member given a government job. Jaswant Singh, angry with Union Minister VK Singh for calling his father “mentally unstable”, said: “My father served the forces for 30 years. Post-retirement, he was elected sarpanch. But the minister thinks he was unstable.”Senior state Congress leaders thronged the deceased’s house. Among them were former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, CLP leader Kiran Choudhry, AICC secretary Randeep Surjewala, Ashok Tanwar, Deepender Hooda, Kumari Selja, Kuldeep Bishnoi, Shruti Choudhry and Subhash Batra. They were all there much before AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi.The leaders gathered around the body in the courtyard, leaving little room for the mourners. Women were heard pleading that they be allowed to pay their last respects, but to no avail. There was utter chaos as the police jostled with the crowds to make way for Rahul.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reached at noon and headed straight for the cremation ground. He later met the bereaved family and announced Rs 1-crore aid. He said his government had decided to declare Grewal a martyr. To a query if the parties were needlessly politicising the issue, he said he was doing so for the welfare of the defence veterans “while Prime Minister Narendra Modi does it to snatch their rights”. TMC’s Derek O’Brien, Bhiwani MP Dharambir (BJP) and INLD’s Dadri MLA Rajdeep Phogat also paid their respects.

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Aamir Khan to attend wrestler Geeta Phogat’s wedding on Nov 20

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Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Charkhi Dadri, November 4International wrestler Geeta Phogat will tie the knot with fellow-wrestler Pawan Kumar at their native village Balali on November 20. Pawan Kumar hails from Nangal Thakran village of Delhi. He won bronze in 86-kg category at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Both met at a wrestling competition about a year-and-a half ago.The family sais Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, who essayed the role of Mahabir Phogat in his upcoming flick ‘Dangal’ which is scheduled to be released on November 23, had accepted the invitation. the part of their celebrations. Several other celebrities are expected to attend the function.Mahabir, father of Geeta, said preparations were in full swing for the big day. The Phogat family was shot first to limelight when Geeta won the first-ever gold medal in women’s wrestling in the 55-kg freestyle category at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.Her sisters — Babita, Vinesh, Priyanka and Ritu — too, have done well in the sport.

Fulfill my husband’s demand: OROP protester’s wife to Centre

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Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Bamla (Bhiwani), November 2

Away from political buzz in New Delhi, Kitabo Kaur in the district’s Bamla village waits for the body of her husband #SubedarRamKishan2 YEARS OF BJP GOVT: Bhiwani residents unhappy as situation turns worseGrewal, who consumed poison at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday over One Rank-One Pension (OROP) scheme.“My husband was a brave man. I cannot believe that he committed suicide. He left the village on October 31 to participate in the One Rank-One Pension (OROP) protest in Delhi. He seemed to be in a good mood,” Kitabo Kaur (60) said. “He sacrificed his life for OROP. The Centre should fulfill his demand,” she said.The deceased’s son Kulwant Grewal said that on Tuesday, he got a call from his elder sister Poonam, who is married in Delhi, about the failing health of their father.“Four of my brothers left after receiving the call, without knowing what had happened,” he said. Kitabo Kaur and Ram Kishan have five sons and two daughters; the eldest of them, Dilwar Singh, works as a head constable in the Haryana Police.Kulwant said that after his father retired in 2004, he was elected sarpanch of the village. “His initiatives as sarpanch got him Nirmal Gram Puruskar from then President Pratibha Patil in 2008 at a function in Hisar. Because of his friendly and social nature, people used to call him pardhanji.”The family said Ram Kishan was engaged in OROP protest for one-and-a-half years.The family demanded a martyr status for Ram Kishan and cremation with full state honours. The family said it was unaware when the body would arrive from Delhi, as it failed to establish contact with other members of the family in Delhi.Keep OROP away from politics, tweets Vij Ambala: Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday advised the political parties to keep ‘One Rank, One Pension’ issue away from politics. He questioned the Congress leaders about not implementing it during their regime. He tweeted…“It would be better if OROP is kept away from politics. The Congress leaders shedding tears of a crocodile must explain why it was not done during their regime.” Vij’s tweet came after the Congress and AAP targeted the Modi government over suicide by an ex-serviceman from Haryana.

Water Bodies ‘disappearing’ fast in Bhiwani

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Garbage dumped at a site encroached upon by residents in Bhiwani. Photo: Indervesh Duhan

Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, November 1

Several water bodies have been encroached upon by people living nearby without the fear of law here. Moolchand pond which was spread over four acres has now been shrunk to half of its size. It has not been #desilted for decades and water which once used to serve as lifeline for residents has now become a pollution zone for the residents.Similarly, Noonsar pond at Halwas gate here which has been reduced to half of its size. The situation is no better at Bichwana pond near Kanhiya Ram Hospital as it has turned into a garbage dumping ground. Dhobi Talab near Geeta Bhawan which was spread over on nearly three acres has also been encroachment and turned into a dumping ground.Social activist Capt Pawan Kumar Anchal said that due to gross negligence on part of the authorities, solid waste, plastic garbage, waste water and sewage of the city were being dumped in ponds.Consequently, ponds had been reduced to tanks of sewage and other dirty material, he said. “As a result of dumping of waste in the ponds, a lot of problems and health hazards have cropped up. The pond, which was a source of potable water and place of worship, has now become a source of stinking water and public nuisance,” he said.Sources said that then DCVikas Gupta in 2009-10 had approved Rs 40 lakh to revive water bodies, but to no avail. Bir Yadav, a resident, said: “The problem lies in laxity in implementation of the existing laws and poor maintenance of the land records in the rural and urban areas which give an opportunity to encroachers to draw benefit.”He said: “Due to encroachment, Bhiwani faces the problem of waterlogging during rainy season and scarcity of water in summer season due to lack of water management.” Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain said that the department had started GIS mapping of land and suitable action would be taken after legal recourse.

Waterlogging: Farmers begin dharna, seek special girdawari in Dadri

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Farmers stage a dharna outside the SDM’s office in Charkhi Dadri on Monday. Tribune photo

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CHARKHI DADRI, OCTOBER 24Farmers today started an indefinite dharna outside the SDM’s office, demanding a special girdawari of the fields hit by waterlogging for months now.Over 10 villages under Charkhi Dadri have been facing the problem of waterlogging for months together, thus suffering a massive damage to their crops.Farmers today carried out a protest march against the state government for its failure to drain out water.Kisan Sabha president Master Sher Singh said that they had brought the problem to the knowledge of the government several times but to no avail. The farmers’ leader said the insurance companies should compensate the loss of crops suffered by the waterlogged fields. He added that the government should implement the Swaminathan Commission report to bail out farmers.Sources said the administration has deployed pumpsets to drain out water but farmers were not satisifed with the speed of work.

93 rape cases registered every month in state: RTI

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Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, October 24

As many as 93 rapes are reported in the state every month, one fifth of which occur in Gurgaon district alone.This was revealed through in RTI filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court by a local activist Capt Pawan Kumar Anchal.According to the information, 655 rape cases were registered in the state from January to July. Of these, maximum were registered in the National Capital Region districts of Gurgaon and Faridabad.As many as 136 cases were under filed under the Indian Penal Code in Gurgaon followed by Faridabad which reported 72 cases.Sonepat registered 47 rape cases, Kurukshetra (12), Panchkula (5) and Narnaul (4).According to the RTI information, a total of 122 dowry death cases were registered in the state from January to July. Maximum cases of dowry deaths (15) have been reported from Gurgaon.At least 13 such cases were reported in Faridabad followed by Palwal and Panipat at 11 each.As many as 10 dowry death cases were registered in Karnal.Capt Anchal said a total of 627 cases were registered in the state under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.Maximum cases were reported from Faridabad (86), followed by Karnal (63) and Yamunagar (53). Comparatively, eight more cases were registered in 2016 under the POCSO Act every month than last year.A total of 983 cases were registered under the Act in 2015.

Some MP, MLAs still corrupt: Karnal MP

Karnal MP Ashwani Kumar Chopra at a function organised by the Punjabi Jagriti Manch in Bhiwani today. Photo by Indervesh Duhan

Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, October 23

Exposing the state government’s zero-tolerance approach towards corruption, Karnal MP Ashwani Kumar Chopra today alleged that corruption was still prevalent among some bureaucrats, MPs and MLAs and he would take up the issue with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.Chopra said this while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function organised by the Punjabi Jagriti Manch here.Responding to a query on government’s anti-corruption agenda, he said: “Some officers are still corrupt, even some of the MPs and MLAs were also engaged in corruption. I would bring the matter to the notice of the Chief Minister soon.” On being asked about the names, Chopra said that he need not to name them in the public and their misdeeds would be exposed before the media at the right time.He said that it was quite tough to get time from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring the matter to his knowledge, but he would soon meet the Chief Minister.On barring the entry of Kurukshetra MP Raj Kumar Saini by khaps to Charkhi Dadri, he said that everybody had the freedom of speech in a democratic set up and Saini should have come despite opposition from the khaps.Dubbing the Punjabi community as hardworking, he said that he was on a mission to unite the Punjabi community in the state and it was for the first time that the power centre had been shifted from Rohtak, Hisar, Sirsa to Karnal.