<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking case, a class X student today attempted suicide by consuming a poisonous substance outside the official residence of the SP here after she was allegedly raped repeatedly by her maternal uncle and was forced into a settlement by the village panchayat when she lodged a police complaint over the issue.The girl, who is a resident of Kaithal’s Dayora Khurana, was living with her maternal uncle in a village under Sadar Police Station area, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Captain Singh said. The uncle had been repeatedly raping her following which a month ago she lodged complaint at Woman Police Station against him but she was forced into a settlement by the village panchayat, he said.However, her uncle continued to rape her and also tried to kill her.The girl consumed some posionous substance in front of the residence of the Superintendent of Police and was admitted to a hospital here in a critical condition from where she was referred to PGI, Rohtak. On receiving information about the incident, the DSP, Women Police Station in-charge Santosh Singh and other officials reached the hospital. The police registered a case of rape against the maternal uncle after recording the victim’s statement. Raids are being carried out to nab the accused, Singh added.
Kaithal, Haryana: A large number of stick-welding protesters vandalised a mall and several shops in the violence-hit district on Monday where army and police have been deployed in the wake of the Jat agitation demanding quota in government jobs.
Agitators also set afire a two-wheeler in the district, officials said.
Security personnel dispersed the violent mob to prevent further damage to public and private property.
Curfew was lifted yesterday in Kaithal by the district administration. Later, several members from non-Jat community took out a protest march against the administration for its alleged failure in providing safety to their shops and commercial establishments.
They raised slogans against the administration, official said.
Yielding to pressure from agitating Jats, Government tonight announced setting up of a committee under a senior Central minister to examine the quota demand for the community in government jobs even as fresh incidents of arson and violence left two more dead taking the toll in the eight-day long stir to 12.An announcement by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Sunday said that a committee headed by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has been formed to look into the demand for reservation in central govt jobs for Jats.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I would like to make things clear regarding the ongoing protest. Just now, we have formed a committee which will be headed by our senior Cabinet minister Venkaiah Naidu. The committee has been asked to file a comprehensive report to find the soluction of the issue as soon as possible,” he told reporters.”I appeal to to the people of Haryana to help maintain calm and peace,” he said after a meeting he had with Union ministers Sushma Swaraj and Manohar Parrikar to take stock of the situation in the state.The meeting came shortly after a delegation of Jats had a meeting with the Home Minister where it was stated that a Bill will be brought in the coming session of Haryana assembly to give OBC status to Jats in the state.Violence reported despite Centre’s assurancesEven as some fresh incidents of violence were reported, protestors started lifting blockades at some places late in the evening following Centre’s assurances. Late evening reports said that blockades from some national and state highways including Saharanpur-Ambala at Yamunanagar, Paonta Sahib-Yamunanagar, Ambala-Kaithal, Saharanpur-Pipli-Kurukshetra, Zirakpur-Parwanoo and Ladwa-Shahbad were being lifted.Normalcy was also reported to be returning to some other cities including Kaithal and officials expected that by tomorrow situation would improve considerably following today’s developments in Delhi.ReutersHaryana Home Secretary (HS) P K Das told media on Sunday evening that one person was killed at Akbarpur Barota in Sonipat district near the Munak canal headwork. The second person was killed in clash between two groups (Jats and Non-Jats) at Hansi in Hissar district, Das said. He said that some “Dhabhas” along the Delhi Ambala National Highway near Murthal in Sonipat district were damaged by protestors on Sunday.Das said in Chandigarh that efforts were on to evacuate women and children stuck due to the blockades at Bahalgarh and Samalkha on the Delhi Ambala NH. He said that there was another clash between two groups at Jhajjar where prompt police action prevented the situation from taking an ugly turn.Road and Rail traffic remain disruptedRoad and rail traffic continued to remain disrupted due to blockades at a number of places between Panipat and Delhi on Delhi Ambala NH affecting movement of vehicles to various places in North India. The NH is blocked at many places including Bahalgarh and Ganaur.The Delhi Jaipur NH was blocked near Rewari but police has got it cleared, he said, adding that Delhi-Hissar-Fazilka NH is blocked at Sampla. Das said that Delhi-Ambala and Delhi-Rohtak railway routes remain blocked disrupting movement of traffic on the two routes.Road and rail traffic remained paralyzed as essential supplies, including fuel, milk and vegetables were severely hit. ATMs were also running out of cash, official sources said. 12 persons have been killed and about 150 injured during the ongoing Jat stir, Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal said.PTIAccording to police sources, four persons injured on Saturday in firing in Jhajjar succumbed to injuries last night. The deceased hailed from Jhajjar, Rohtak, Sonipat, Hissar and Kaithal districts. Earlier in morning, authorities clamped curfew in Kaithal city in view of the prevailing tension due to protests by Jats and counter demonstrations by non-Jats opposing quotas for them.Kaithal is the ninth Haryana town where curfew has been imposed after Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Hansi, Sonipat and Gohana town of Sonipat district.As markets and commercial establishments remained shut in the wake of violent protests by Jats seeking reservation in government jobs and educational institutions, people belonging to non-Jat communities also took out a procession in the city.The non-Jats chanted slogans in support of OBC leader and BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini, who has irked the quota seekers with his anti-Jat remarks. Jat protestors vandalized a college owned by an MP and a hotel in Sonipat where a rice mill was also set on fire.A number of buses were set ablaze at Tosham in Bhiwani district. BJP MP Dharambir’s house was also vandalized in Bhiwani. The agitation has hit rail services hard in the northern states, affecting around 1,000 trains with 736 trains cancelled and 105 diverted besides damage to rail property, causing a loss of over Rs 200 Crore to the transporter.PTIState roadways buses were moved to safer place at Kurukshetra, a report said. A railway station was vandalized at Ganaur in Panipat district. The booking office and Station Master’s room were damaged.Among other fresh incidents of violence were reported on Sunday in Haryana with Jat protesters in Bhiwani and Sonipat districts setting afire two police chowkis, shops and an ATM even as authorities mounted aerial surveillance in the worst-hit areas and the Army staged flag marches.Violence was reported in Gohana in Sonipat district; where a mob set on fire several shops, two buses and two motorcycles. In Bhiwani district, protesters late on Saturday night set on fire an ATM of a bank and burnt official records of a cooperative bank in Loharu.Violence in Hansi on Saturday night prompted authorities to impose night curfew from 8 PM to 6 AM. Police chowkis in Mundal and Kharak in rural areas of Bhiwani were also set on fire. A bus was torched at Tosham in Bhiwani.Air fares from Chandigarh and Amritsar, both cut off from the national capital by road and rail, have skyrocketed.
Five persons were on Saturday killed while several others were injured in firing by security personnel during violent protests for quota by Jat community in Rohtak, Jhajjar and Kaithal districts, taking the toll to six.Five persons were killed “when armed forces opened fire to quell arson and firing” by the protesters, an official release said on Saturday. The fifth casualty took place at Kaithal, while four other persons died in Jhajjar and Rohtak.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides, 15 people, including security personnel, were injured in Rohtak and Jhajjar today, the release said.A Haryana Dairy Corporation’s milk plant was set on fire by the protesters in Rohtak. The residents were asked to move out due to a possible gas leak from the plant, an official spokesman said.The Haryana government sought additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and more columns of Army to be deployed in Haryana by tomorrow morning to control the agitation in the state.The requisition for additional force was made by Crisis Management Group of Haryana comprising Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), and Director General of Police, who held a meeting with Union Cabinet Secretary, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Force and Director IB through video conference from Chandigarh.The release quoting an official spokesman said that 154 FIRs have been registered and persons are being identified, and stern action will be taken against them. He said the army and police personnel have been deployed in adequate number in Rohtak to control the situation.Image Courtesy: PTIAs many as 15 companies of India Reserve Battalion and Haryana Armed Police, three companies of paramilitary forces and two columns of Army have already been deployed. He said the central government is providing a chopper to Haryana for monitoring the measures to control the agitation and also spray tear gas to disperse mob specially at blockades.Bhiwani remained peaceful whereas in Hissar, two persons were injured in a village near Hansi as a result of a clash between two groups (non-Jats and protesters). Both are now out of danger, he said.”Two persons were brought dead in PGIMS here today, while another patient, who was critically injured, was operated upon but succumbed to his injuries,” hospital authorities in Rohtak said.”Another patient was brought dead at Jhajjar civil hospital with bullet injury in his head,” Jhajjar civil hospital official said.Among the five deceased, three have been identified as Parveen (Jhajjar), Krishan (Jhajjar) and Nitin (Rohtak).”Three patients, who are undergoing treatment, are very critical,” PGIMS authorities said.The Jat stir had claimed on Friady life of one unidentified person killed in a BSF firing in Rohtak after agitation turned violent. A group of people belonging to Saini community pelted stones at some shops near Jat Dharamshala Hansi and set a wine shop on fire, police added.
Mobile internet services have been blocked by Rohtak administration in Rohtak and Jhajjar after violence broke out during Jat agitation for quota in Rohtak on Thursday leaving at least 15 persons injured. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will convene an all-party meet on Friday to find a way out of the impasse. On Thursday, police and the paramilitary troops staged a flag-march to get the town roads cleared from protesters who blocked these in support of their reservation demand.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Traders and advocates clashed outside the court premises at Rohtak during the protest,in which several vehicles were also damaged. Advocates of the district court were protesting against non-inclusion of Jat community in the OBC category outside the court premises from where traders of the city were passing in a procession to submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, police said.Police and paramilitary forces resorted to lathi-charge and teargas shells to control the situation on Thursday, during which unidentified persons torched some motorcycles and pelted stones. Prohibitory orders were clamped in Rohtak, banning assembly of five or more persons.In Chandigarh, an all-party meeting has been convened on Friday and a decision in this regard was taken by the Chief Minister at an emergent meeting of the Cabinet. Khattar reviewed the situation arising out of the ongoing agitation.The state cabinet appealed to the agitating Jats to call off their agitation in the larger interest of the state.The administration and the police were fully alert to meet any eventuality and the government has kept all its options open to deal with the situation, Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar told reporters after the Cabinet meet. Leader of the Opposition Abhay Chautala demanded a special session of the Haryana Assembly to discuss the issues related to Jat reservation.Normal life was badly hit in the state as the Jat agitation for quotas on Thursday spread to more parts of Haryana after talks between community leaders and the government failed to break the deadlock.The agitation spread to Kaithal, Karnal, Jind and other districts, disrupting road and rail traffic as protestors blocked various highways and railway lines.While college and university students had on Wednesday joined the protest at Rohtak, on Thursday students from various places, including Hisar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal also joined them.Jats are demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions under OBC category.While rail and road traffic has been worst hit in the Rohtak-Jhajjar region, the epicentre of the protests, Bhiwani, Sonipat, Hisar have also been adversely hit by the agitation.The protesters, who last evening rejected Khattar’s offer to enhance quota for economically backward classes to include Jats, blocked roads in many places in Panipat which also affected movement of vehicles towards Uttar Pradesh.Due to the blockades set up by the agitators, Haryana Roadways suspended its bus services on many affected routes. The Rohtak administration imposed prohibitory orders in the entire district banning assembly of five or more persons.Rohtak is the native place of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the parliamentary constituency represented by his son,Deepinder.”Section 144 has been imposed with immediate effect from Thursday in Rohtak,” Additional Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri said.Noting that the protesters have been asked to clear the blockades and disperse, he said, “We have warned them first and are hoping they will comply.”As the protests continued, supply of milk, vegetables, fruits and other items on the national highway connecting Rohtak with other parts of the state and NCR was also affected.A day after holding talks with the chief minister, All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti’s national president, Yashapal Malik told PTI,”We reject the offer, it is not technically viable. It is illegal and cannot be implemented.” “We (Jats) cannot be fooled once again, we have been fighting for our right for several years now. The agitation has further spread to Kaithal, Faridabad, Karnal, Palwal on Thursday and by Friday, it will cover entire Haryana,” Malik said.Jat and Khap leaders had held a four-hour long meeting with Khattar and some of his ministers here on Wednesday during which the chief minister had announced enhancement of the reservation quota under EBC and the annual income ceiling from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.The Chief Minister had announced an enhancement of the quota of reservation for Economically Backward Classes in the state from 10 to 20 per cent but the community remained adamant about their demand for reservation under OBC category.A committee constituted under the chairmanship of the chief secretary to study all the aspects of reservations for Special Backward Classes, will submit its report before the forthcoming budget session of state Assembly next month, Khattar had said. The committee will consider all suggestions, including bringing an appropriate bill, in this regard, he had said.Meanwhile, blockade also continued on roads from Rohtak to Delhi, and roads to Sonipat, Jhajjar remained blocked while those leading to Hisar, Jind and Bhiwani were also affected.Railway traffic on the Rohtak-Delhi section was affected due to the agitation, officials said, adding many trains had been cancelled or diverted through alternative routes.Jat protesters have blocked Badahurgarh-Delhi road at Bahadurgarh affecting vehicular movement to Delhi from Haryana. They have also blocked Saharanpur-Kurukshetra road at Pipli, Ladwa in Kurukshetra district and Radaur of Yamunanagar district while several roads in Hisar and Hansi also remained blocked.A ‘kutcha’ road, which was being used by people for going to Bhiwani as the protesters had blocked main road, was dug up by protesters at Charkhi-Dadri on Thursday.Managements of private schools, which fall in the affected areas, have also declared holidays due to the stir while Maharishi Dayanand University announced postponement of some of its undergraduate and postgraduate examinations that were scheduled to be held between February 17-22.A group of Kurukshetra University students, belonging to the Jat community, held a demonstration in the KU on Thursday over the reservation issue. They held demonstration in front of Vice-Chancellor’s office and raised slogans against the BJP-led state government.Later, the students led a procession to Jat Dharamsala at Kurukshetra, where other members from the community joined them. They sat on ‘dharna’ on Kurukshetra-Pehowa road and blocked vehicular traffic.Police diverted the traffic from Panorama chowk to Pehowa road via out-ring road from Jhansa road. The protesters also blocked all main roads in Jind district including those leading to Patiala, Panipat, Kaithal, Rohtak, Gohana, Hansi and Bhiwani.Meanwhile, INLD senior leader Abhay Singh Chautala, who is also Leader of Opposition in Haryana assembly, on Thursday demanded that a session of state assembly be convened immediately on the Jat stir issue.Chautala said a two-line resolution should be passed in the assembly and later forwarded to the Centre favouring reservation for Jats and other communities, including Jat-Sikhs, Tyagi, Ror and Bishnois. The reservation benefit which the Jats are getting in four states should be implemented in entire country, he said in a statement. Chautala also appealed to various communities to maintain peace and brotherhood and not lend an ear to any rumour which may disturb peace.
Three months after they left their villages in Haryana, Arun Saini and Sarvjeet Singh from Jagdishpura village in Kaithal, called home on January 18, 2015, from an undisclosed location in Syria.They were accompanied by Jogga Singh and Kuldeep Singh from the neighboring Bodda village in Pehowa, Kurukshetra. All four, in their early 20s, were trying to escape the abject poverty back home and work as migrant labourers in Lebanon.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Their journey was, however, cut short once they crossed the Jordanian border to enter Syria, where they were arrested by pro-government forces and are currently languishing in a prison.”I don’t know where Syria is, but I have heard about Islamic State (IS) and the war,” says Jimmy, the 15-year-old brother of Sarvjeet. “My brother did not go to join IS. He went to work there and earn money for family,” he said.Last week, deputy prime minister of Syria, Walid al Moualem, who was in New Delhi on a state visit, disclosed that four Indian nationals trying to join IS are currently confined in a prison in Damascus.dna has found that these four Indians were economic migrants, and not IS supporters.Officials from the ministry of external affairs, on condition of anonymity, confirmed the information. “We were informed by the Syrian government a few months ago. It came to our notice that they were non-Muslims and most probably migrant labourers who were entrapped by the agent,” the officer said.The Indian embassy in Damascus is in touch with the authority in Syria to investigate further on the case. “We are trying to verify their identities, how they reached Syria and inspect their travel documents. It is likely that they were caught because they entered Syria illegally.”The Syrian government has also asked its counterparts in India to take back the four men. A decision is likely to be taken on their deportation, once their identities are verified, in the coming days. “If they have valid passports and are not found guilty, except for illegal travel, we will soon start the process of bringing them to India.”Raj Kaur, mother of Kuldeep Singh, said that the family has failed to get any further information on the whereabouts of her son. “We filed an FIR with the local police that our son is missing in Syria. A few days ago, the police came for inquiry, but we have heard no news of our son since then.”The villages around Kaithal and Kurukshetra, like many others in Haryana and Punjab, are filled with families wherein young men are working as migrant labourers in the Gulf and West Asia.There are more than 6 million Indians working there as unskilled or semi-skilled laborers. In view of the deteriorating security situation, India has issued advisories to avoid travel to Syria, Iraq, and Libya.But this didn’t deter the four families. After hearing from others about a local agent, Surjeet Singh, who was promised a job in Lebanon and safer transport, the families of the four reportedly paid Rs 4 lakh each. dna made several calls to the agent Surjeet Singh, but could not reach him.The four then left from Haryana on September 24, 2014, to Amman in Jordan. After spending nearly three months there, they moved to Syria, probably to reach Lebanon in January. It is not clear if they were assisted by a local recruit or they travelled on their own.Both Arun and Sarvjeet called their families. “We got a call around 10 am and he informed us that the agent was going to take them to Lebanon. That was the last we heard,” said Sheela Rani, sister-in-law of Arun.His elder brother is paralysed on one side and continues to work as a local water supply contractor. One of the three sisters is yet to be married, while the father works as a farm labourer.She too denied the likeliness of Arun joining IS. “Our family is in a critical condition, financially. We have to look at our neighbours and relatives for financial help. Hamne socha Arun bahar chala jayega toh ghar ke haalat theek ho jayenge,” says Sheela Rani.The ageing mother of Sarvjeet, Surendra Kaur, who works as a domestic help and earns Rs 2,500 monthly, waits for her eldest son to return and shoulder the mantle of the family.”After his father’s death, he is the one who has to take care of us. We took loans to send him abroad so that he can earn money. I hope he returns soon.”