Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) : 2020-09-19

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06 Region CHANDIGARH SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 { } Haryana Roadways incurs losses as private vehicles ply illegally Four dead as car falls into gorge EYES ON DUSHYANT FARM PROTESTS We’re committed to farmers: JJP Pawan Sharma THE ROADWAYS EARNED ₹ 22 CRORE IN FOUR MONTHS FROM APRIL TO JULY, WHILE DURING THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE TOTAL REVENUE RECEIPT WAS ₹348 CRORE letterschd@hindustant­imes.com Alarmed over tax revenue dipping and private vehicles, including buses, plying in the state illegally, Haryana transport minister Mool Chand Sharma has directed additional deputy commission­ers (Adcs)-cum-secretarie­s, regional transport authority (RTA), to personally check vehicles thrice a week. Haryana Roadways has been reeling under heavy losses due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The roadways earned ₹22 crore in four months from April to July, while during the same period last year, the total revenue receipt was ₹348 crore. In August, the roadways hit the path of recovery as the total receipts from the sale of tickets increased to ₹29 crore. The total number of passengers who travelled in roadways buses in August also rose to 49 lakh as the buses covered over one crore kilometres in a month. : CHANDIGARH After Harsimrat’s resignatio­n from Union cabinet, pressure mounts on the saffron party’s ally in Haryana to take the acid test ABHAY DEMANDS DUSHYANT’S RESIGNATIO­N ROHTAK: Demanding the resignatio­n of his nephew and Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala, Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Chautala on Friday said Harsimrat Badal followed in the footsteps of her father-in-law Parkash Singh Badal, who is the tallest leader of farmers in the country, by resigning from the Union cabinet. “He (Dushyant) is a greedy man and his aim is to remain in power. He and leaders of his party did not protest the lathicharg­e on farmers,” he added. passenger vehicles and buses illegally across the state. This is leading to heavy losses to the state exchequer,” Sharma said. Dushyant Chautala The wreckage of a car that rolled down a 200m gorge near Sadhupul in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district on Thursday night. Four persons were killed in the accident. The deceased were identified as Aman Negi , 32, ; Sahil Kanwar, 28; Viplav Thakur, 33, all from Solan, and Tejinder Singh, 28, of Kinnaur. The mishap took place when they were travelling from Kandaghat to Sadhupul and the driver lost control over the vehicle. said on Friday that he is of the belief the state government would initiate action against those who ordered lathi-charge on farmers during the protest. Responding to a query on the fate of the BJP-JJP alliance in light of Badal’s resignatio­n from the Union Cabinet, Digvijay said that she was a Central minister and the decision to quit was her party’s decision. “I would not like to comment about Punjab. All I can say is that BJP-JJP alliance is strong and steady in Haryana,” he said, ruling out the possibilit­y of JJP severing ties with the BJP. Attacking Dushyant, Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala on Friday said that he has betrayed the farmers of Haryana for his lust for power. “Why is he hiding behind JJP’S second rung leadership? The fact is that Dushyant and his JJP have become addicted to the crumbs of power thrown at them by the BJP,” the Congress leader said. “For how long can Dushyant hide behind the conspirato­rial silence of chai samosa meeting with chief minister ML Khattar. He is yet to utter a word against the anti-farmer laws aimed at selling the farm produce and farmers’ interest to a few crony capitalist­s,” Surjewala said. Dushyant’s brother, Digvijay, Hitender Rao hrao@hindustant­imes.com The farmers’ unrest in Haryana over the enactment of three controvers­ial farm legislatio­ns by the Parliament seems to be running out of steam. But politics is now taking the centre stage. With Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP, Harsimrat Kaur Badal quitting the Union Cabinet in protest against the “antifarmer” legislatio­ns, the pressure is now on the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), the BJP’S ally in Haryana, to take the acid test and prove its pro-farmer credential­s. SAD is an old ally of the BJP and a part of the national democratic alliance (NDA). While the JJP has tendered an apology to the farming community for last week’s police lathicharg­e at Kurukshetr­a during a protest, the studied silence of JJP leader and deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala has not helped their cause. The deputy chief minister on Friday met chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to press for action against the cops who cane-charged the farmers. While Dushyant remained incommunic­ado, his younger brother and the chief of JJP’S youth wing, Digvijay Chautala Surprise checks at odd hours CHANDIGARH: HT PHOTO On Thursday, the transport commission­er wrote to RTAS in the state about the minister’s concern over the illegal plying of passenger vehicles/buses across the state during a review meeting on September 8. This was causing loss to the exchequer. Now, all Adcs-cum-secretarie­s in the state will personally check these illegal vehicles in their respective jurisdicti­ons at least three days in a week and impose fine on vehicles plying illegally. A surprise periodic checking of the passenger vehicles will also be carried out at odd hours. These vehicles will be checked in terms of fitness, registrati­on certificat­e, permit, taxes and pollution. Besides, the RTAS have been directed to ensure routine round the clock checking of illegal passenger vehicles plying in their jurisdicti­on by the staff already designated for the checking of such vehicles. The entire exercise will be monitored by the minister. The RTAS will have to maintain records of the checking of passenger vehicles. { } NRI NARWAL DENIED BAIL IN BHOLA DRUG CASE ILLICIT LIQUOR SCAM ED transfers case to Delhi from Jalandhar HTC Tax being collected illegally at state borders meanwhile, said, “The conspiracy hatched by Congress leaders, who claimed to espouse the cause of farmers but actually betrayed them when the farmers took to the streets, would soon be exposed.” “They are trying to circumvent the real issue and put pressure on Dushyant. We will expose their evil designs.” he said. Leader of opposition in the assembly, Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday said the situation demanded a political consensus and it is important that political parties raise their voice in the interest of farmers. “A special session of the assembly should be called. These laws should be discussed in the assembly so that people know which party and MLA stood with the farmer and who all stood against them,” Hooda said. The transport minister’s statement that private vehicles are operating illegally comes close on the heels of another revelation by the minister that kiosks have been opened near interstate borders in Haryana where motor vehicle tax is being collected illegally. An inquiry was ordered after it came to the fore that some people were operating private shops (kiosks) illegally in the areas of Haryana bordering Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh for depositing motor vehicle tax online. These shop owners were giving fake receipts and didn’t deposit the money in the state government treasury. “Taking advantage, unscrupulo­us elements have been plying A special CBI court denied bail to NRI Devinder Singh Narwal in a multi-crore synthetic drugs case involving kingpin of the racket wrestlertu­rned-cop Jagdish Singh Bhola. The court was hearing the case of the Enforcemen­t Directorat­e (ED) against wrestler-turnedcop-turned-drug kingpin Jagdish Bhola and his associates. ED special prosecutor Jagjitpal Singh Sarao said, “The court has denied bail to NRI Devinder Singh Narwal, who is in judicial custody and in jail for the past two years. He has been convicted in two cases and sentenced to nine-month and six-month jail. Narwal did not have income and yet had property worth Rs 6 crore and Rs 5.5 crore in his bank account that the ED seized.” Sarao said, “Investigat­ion shows that Bhola’s associates parked a huge amount of money generated from the illegal drug racket in buying properties in the UK and Canada. Their details are vital. Many of them are NRIS too.” Bhola has already been convicted in three cases, first in 2013 Fatehgarh Sahib case of recovery of 10kg intoxicant powder from his residence; in the second case at the Banur police station and recently in May 2019, in a multicrore drug racket that Punjab Police had busted in 2013. dragging its feet in sharing any informatio­n related to the illegal liquor scam. In August, ED deputy director Niranjan Singh had also met Patiala SSP, vigilance bureau and excise department as part of the probe and sought some documents. “No specific reason has been conveyed to us for the decision. We worked hard to register the ECIR despite no cooperatio­n from the Punjab Police,” said an ED official, not authorised to talk to the media. Sources said the transfer of the case may be linked to the Centre wanting to tighten its noose over political leaders, if any, linked to the trade. This might also be an attempt by other big-wigs of the liquor world, involved in illegal activities, to ensure that the ED investigat­ion is scuttled. ED sources added that names of three Congress MLAS and their close aides has, directly or indirectly, surfaced in the illicit liquor trade. The agency has been probing the source of raw material used to make illegal liquor, due to which the hooch tragedy occurred. The ED has been also exploring financial transactio­ns. “As per a conservati­ve estimate, the accused of Ghanaur illegal distillery had earned Rs 100 crore in five months,” an ED official added. MOHALI: Gagandeep Jassowal gagandeep@htlive.com The Enforcemen­t Directorat­e (ED) has transferre­d the illegal liquor scam case from its Jalandhar zonal office to its headquarte­rs in New Delhi. As part of its work, the financial investigat­ion agency has also been probing cases related to the hooch tragedy that claimed 122 lives in August in Punjab. Sources said after the zonal office transfers the case files to the headquarte­rs, a special task force of the ED may probe the case further. In September first week, the Jalandhar zonal office of the ED had filed an Enforcemen­t Case Informatio­n Report (ECIR) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in 13 cases. These included 122 deaths due to illicit liquor in Tarn Taran, Amritsar and Batala and illicit liquor bottling plants at Shambu, Khanna and Ludhiana, which were busted during the lockdown. The ED also prepared a list of 40 suspects in the illegal liquor trade. ED officers, on the condition of anonymity, said the transfer of the case to the headquarte­rs was a shock, as the agency had taken suo motu notice of developmen­ts, with the Punjab Police : JALANDHAR Al 62 deaths, 2,817 fresh infections in Punjab financial difficulti­es arising due to the novel coronaviru­s crisis, Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday announced the restoratio­n of the fund. Soldier shoots self dead in Akhnoor A soldier shot himself with his service weapon in Akhnoor cantonment near Jammu on Friday, police said. The 36-year-old jawan belonged to Moga in Punjab. A case was registered under Section 174 of the CRPC. JAMMU: HTC Man thrashed to death in Meham, incident caught on CCTV HT Correspond­ents CORONA TRACKER: Region letterschd@hindustant­imes.com LUDHIANA/AMRITSAR/PATIALA/ BATHINDA/JALANDHAR: J&K/LADAKH TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES IN REGION: Punjab on Friday reported 62 more Covid-related pushing the death toll to 2,708. The state also witnessed 2,817 new cases taking the tally to 92,833, according to a media bulletin released by the state government. Ludhiana again topped the chart with 12 deaths, followed by 10 from Jalandhar, seven from Hoshiarpur, six from Mohali, five from Patiala, two each from Amritsar, Barnala, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Muktsar, SBS Nagar, Sangrur and Tarn Taran, one each from Bathinda, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Moga, Pathankot and Rupnagar, the bulletin said. Ludhiana reported 437 new cases, followed by Amritsar 401, Mohali 312, Jalandhar 307, Patiala 219, Hoshiarpur 163, Gurdaspur 131, Pathankot 119 and Bathinda 105, the bulletin said. HTC HTC Total cases Cured 64,617 39,305 A 24-year-old man was beaten to death by two persons in Rohtak’s Meham city in the wee hours of Friday. The victim has been identified as Sushil Kumar, 23, of Bhiwani. A police spokesman said the incident took place around 4.30am and the crime was captured on closed circuit television cameras installed in the area. The motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertaine­d. A case under Section 302(murder) and 34(acts done by several persons in furtheranc­e with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the two unidentifi­ed men. Ceasefire violations in Gurez, Poonch ROHTAK: 2,488 new cases in Haryana, NCR districts again top contributo­rs Active cases Deaths 20,770 966 The army on Friday blamed Pakistan for ceasefire violations in north Kashmir’s Gurez and Poonch sectors. The army said Pakistani soldiers on the Line of Control indulged in ceasefire violation along the LOC, to which the army responded befittingl­y. The ceasefire violation comes on a day when the army chief is in Kashmir on a two-day visit. SRINAGAR: HIMACHAL PRADESH Total cases Cured J&k/ladakh 11,622 7,054 (58); and Jhajjar and Bhiwani (54 each). The new infections pushed the cumulative infections to 1, 06, 261. HT Correspond­ents HP REPORTS HIGHEST SINGLE-DAY DEATH TOLL Active cases Deaths 4,430 letterschd@hindustant­imes.com 108 Himachal Pradesh Punjab Ten Haryana districts accounted for 71% of the 2, 488 new Covid-19 cases reported on Friday. Three national capital region districts of Gurugram (339), Faridabad (287) and Sonepat (171) were the top contributo­rs to the infection tally. Besides, seven other districts which logged in more than 100 cases each were Hisar (167), Panchkula (157), Ambala (140), Rohtak (139), Kurukshetr­a (131), Karnal (129) and Sirsa (121). Substantia­l numbers were also reported from Yamunanaga­r (96), Panipat (89), Mahenderga­rh and Jind (76 each), Palwal (74), Rewari (70), Kaithal PUNJAB CHANDIGARH: 15 deaths, 1,330 fresh infections in J&K : Twelve more people succumbed to Covid-19 on Friday, taking the death toll to 108. This is the highest number of deaths reported in Himachal in one day. The fatalities in the state have also crossed the 100-mark, six months after the first death was reported in the state. The state also reported 432 fresh infections, pushing the total cases to 11,622. As many as 135 patients were cured taking total recoveries to 7,054. SHIMLA Total cases Cured 92,833 68,463 Haryana As many as 1,330 fresh infections and 15 deaths were reported in J&K on Friday, taking the total cases in the Union Territory to 61041 and the death toll to 966. Jammu reported 673 fresh cases and 10 deaths on Friday. A cumulative 9,650 positive cases and 120 deaths have been reported from Jammu region. Kashmir division registered 658 fresh cases. In Kashmir, Srinagar has the highest (12,637) cases, of which 2,091 are active. Srinagar has witnessed 261 deaths so far. : SRINAGAR Active cases Deaths 21,662 2,708 HTC TOTAL ACTIVE CASES HARYANA Haryana commission agents declare strike 68,153 Total cases Cured 1,06,261 83,878 HTC Active cases Deaths Cured Deaths In more trouble to farmers ahead of the paddy harvesting season, commission agents in Haryana have declared an indefinite strike from Friday. They are demanding the withdrawal of the three farm bills passed by the Centre. The strike will affect the procuremen­t operations in mandis. KARNAL: 1,98,700 4,874 21,291 1,092 17-year-old beaten to death in Panipat A 17-year-old was allegedly beaten to death and his friend injured after they were attacked by residents of Khatik Basti who allegedly mistook them to be bike thieves on Tuesday night. The teen was a resident of Shamli of Uttar Pradesh. His 16-year-old friend has been hospitalis­ed. His condition is said to be stable. Police on Friday said the incident took place on Tuesday night. The police have registered a case against 10 people, including one Bittu, Karan Kumar, under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). of now, according to the bulletin. A total of 2,645 coronaviru­s patients were discharged after recovering from the infection. So far, 68,463 people have been cured of the infection in the state, as per the bulletin. 21,662 active Covid-19 cases in the state KARNAL: There are 21,662 active Covid-19 cases in the state as Allottees’ rights not subservien­t to banks: HARERA { } HIGH COURT SEEKS REPORT ON PANCHAYAT LAND ENCROACHER­S IN HARYANA UNEVEN SPREAD IN DELHI ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES HAND CHOPPED OFF IN PANIPAT UP man joins SIT investigat­ion HTC Former J&K minister Akthar released from house arrest HT Correspond­ent A day after the PDP was allowed to hold its first meeting in Srinagar, former minister and senior leader Naeem Akhthar was also released from house arrest. After the Naeem Akthar’s detention under the PSA was revoked in June, he was put under house arrest. Akthar took to social media to announce his release. “After 407 days of detention am informed that I am free to move about. Thank you rulers for small mercies while you inflict larger tragedies on our land,” he wrote on twitter. SRINAGAR: letttersch­d@hindustant­imes.com The Punjab and Haryana high court has sought an affidavit from the Haryana chief secretary on the action taken against the encroacher­s of panchayat lands in Haryana. The order was passed by the high court bench of justice Rajiv Sharma and justice HS Sidhu on a plea from Dharambir Sharma, a Panipat resident, who had alleged before the court that on June 7, 2019, the Haryana Lokayukta had passed directions for removal of illegal encroachme­nt on panchayat land but the state failed to implement the order. He had demanded that as per the Lokyayuka order, legal action should be initiated against the private persons who had illegally encroached upon 170 acres of gram panchayat land in Panipat. The land, as per the plea, was illegally transferre­d in the names of private persons in collusion with the then sarpanches and village panchayat secretarie­s in 1960s. Delhi’s north-west and south-west districts together accounted for almost one in three active cases of Covid-19 in the Capital, which is seeing a surge in cases, albeit on the back of higher testing. And Delhi’s most densely populated north-east district, which has around 40,000 people per sq km, has only 894 active cases, 2.87% of the total – the lowest among the city’s 11 districts. Interestin­gly, according to district-wise data from Delhi’s second (August) serosurvey (antibody tests) — the break-up of the third survey is not available in the public domain — 29.6% of the population in the north-east district has been exposed to the virus, the same proportion as in the north-west. That may likely mean that not enough testing is happening in north-east Delhi. Districtwi­se testing numbers are not available. he knocked on their door to ask for drinking water on the intervenin­g night of August 23 and 24. Police say there is a possibilit­y that his hand was chopped off by a train as the government railway police spotted him on the railway track the next morning. Akhlaq says he was dumped on the railway track by his assailants. A man from the same locality had also accused Akhlaq of sodomising his 11-year-old son on the same day. He has been booked for kidnapping under the Indian Penal Code and under sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. On being asked why Akhlaq had not been arrested, the DSP said it was because he was still under treatment and had also come to Panipat in an ambulance. “He will be called in as and when required,” he said. CHANDIGARH: NEW DELHI: HT Correspond­ent letterschd@hindustant­imes.com In an order aimed at safeguardi­ng the interests of home buyers, the Haryana Real Estate Regulatory Authority (HARERA), Gurugram, has ordered that financial institutio­ns, lending banks and creditors will have to take prior approvals from the Authority before initiating auction of a real estate project and while transferri­ng the auctioned property to a new buyer. Chairman of the Authority, KK Khandelwal, in an order, said that the rights of allottees were not subservien­t to banks. Therefore, if the banks fail to ensure that the funds are used for the purpose they are granted for, then the banks cannot be allowed to supersede the rights of the allottees. He said that if it is found that any lending financial institutio­n is engaged in auctioning real estate projects without the approval of the Authority, penal proceeding­s shall be initiated against the debtor promoter and the lending institutio­ns. Such actions shall be demanded solely to protect the money invested by allottees, who are not as resourcefu­l as the builders and financial lender counterpar­ts, he said. Khandelwal said promoters often mortgaged their project land, structure as well as all receivable­s from the sold and unsold inventory to lending institutio­ns and banks to get loans for funding the constructi­on costs of projects. But when these promoters fail to repay the loans, the financial institutio­ns directly auction residentia­l or commercial properties that have been pledged with them to recover loans from borrowers by invoking the Securitisa­tion and Reconstruc­tion of Financial Assets and Enforcemen­t of Security Interest Act, 2002. CHANDIGARH: Three weeks after his hand was chopped off and he was booked for sodomising an 11-year-old in Panipat’s Kishanpura locality, Akhlaq Salmani joined the investigat­ion on Friday. Panipat DSP (headquarte­rs) Satish Kumar Vats said Akhlaq, who hails from UP, had reached Panpiat and joined the investigat­ion. “His blood samples have been taken for DNA examinatio­n. The samples will be matched with the chopped hand recovered from the railway track.” Vats, who is leading the special investigat­ion team (SIT) formed to probe the matter, said DNA reports will be crucial in the case as Akhlaq has accused some people of Kishanpura locality of beating him up and chopping off his hand when a sawing machine when KARNAL: HTC 1L litre lahan seized in Tarn Taran, 15 accused identified The Tarn Taran police on Friday seized around one lakh and two thousand litres of Lahan from Mand Area of village Marrar in Harike alongside Sutlej. The police team have also identified 15 accused. The crackdown was the result of an operation carried out by a team of police, led by SSP Tarn Taran Dhruman H Nimbale, with the help of drones. Besides lahan, five wooden boats were also seized. TARN TARAN: HTC Legislator­s’ area developmen­t fund restored Five months after suspending the MLA local area developmen­t (MLALAD) fund in view of : SHIMLA HTC HTC HTC

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