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State simmers, Umer Khan kin ok with autopsy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Umar Khan’s body was handed over to his relatives after post-mortem on Wednesday evening. Former Congress legislator Zahida Khan was also present during the time and has claimed that a strategy will be made after burial of the deceased in his ancestral village.It is believed that the family agreed to post-mortem after the police found about the deceased’s alleged involvement in cow smuggling activities.However, some organisations have demanded monetary compensation and a government job to next of kin of the victim. PUCL in a statement released on Wednesday alleged that the police have tried to cover up another case of cow vigilantism by presenting the entire incident as a fight between two criminal groups.It also alleged that the government has failed to provide security to dairy farmers and given the cow vigilantes a free hand.‘Crime rate down’…Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Wednesday claimed that the crime rate in the state has come down. He said that the police department would corroborate with IT students to check cyber crime. On the issue of the religious freedom bill, he said the bill was passed by the BJP government but remained with the then governor. After some amendments, the bill was again sent to the governor….‘Pilot counters’Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Wednesday accused the BJP-led governments in his state and Gujarat of shying away from their responsibility to take action against cow vigilantes and said such elements were now terrorising the people. Speaking about killing of Umar Khan allegedly by cow vigilantes, Pilot said that CM Raje was in that district when the incident took place.

Alwar killing: Strict action will be taken, says Gulab Chand Kataria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strict action would be taken against the culprit, he may be of any community, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said on Monday, while responding to the recent Alwar lynching incident.“The body has been sent for the post-mortem. A case has been registered. One suspect has been detained. According to the preliminary report, the involvement of four or five persons could be possible. We will take strict action against the culprit, be it Hindu or Muslim,” Kataria said.The minister also informed that one person has been arrested, adding five others could also be involved in the incident.On Sunday, three Muslim youth were allegedly beaten up and one of them was shot dead by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district while they were transporting cows from Haryana’s Mewat district to Bharatpur in Rajasthan.This is second such incident in Alwar in past seven months.In April, a 55-year-old dairy farmer, Pehlu Khan, from Haryana was beaten to death allegedly by cow vigilantes.Meanwhile, the alleged lynching incident of Ummar Khan at Alwar has again put the state government of a backfoot. Alleged to be a cow herder, Khan was shot dead – as his family claims – by cow vigilantes. Interestingly, while the police has initiated an investigation and arrested a suspect late on Sunday night, there are several missing links in the matter due to which even the cops are taking the investigation cautiously.On Monday, various organizations came in support of the deceased’s family and held an agitation in Jaipur raising several demands. Terming it a government failure, the agitators demanded that investigation in the matter be conducted through a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or under a range Inspector General. Further, the agitators also demanded dismissal of Ramgarh station house officer, suspension of Alwar district SP while also demanding a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the aggrieved family, a plot of land and a government job to the next of kin. The agitators also demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for Tahir – the man who had accompanied Ummar – while also asking that the false cases of cow smuggling against Ummar and Tahir be dropped.The agitators have even demanded that the Home minister must provide a plan for the protection of Meos in Alwar and Bharatpur district.The state government has even come out in the matter saying it is taking every step to solve the case soon. “Action has been taken against those who are behind this crime. I am closely following the case and all the accused in the matter will be arrested. One person has been arrested till now. It is my duty to arrest the criminals” said Gulab Chand Katariya, Home Minister.

Vasundhara Raje govt adopts wait-and-watch policy in crises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was jubilation all around as the farmers’ satyagrah in Nindar came to an end. The Rajasthan government is busy patting itself on the back after it managed to get the farmers, on an agitation for nearly a month, out of the pits and into their homes.Assurances offered by the state included re-conducting a survey and no demolitions till then, which could have been offered much earlier. However, the issue was allowed to linger in indecisiveness and fester. The opposition had a field day while the government machinery was in inertia.The recently-concluded farmers’ agitation is just another example of the Rajasthan’s governent’s incapacit to handle crises. A committee to look into the demands was announced almost a fortnight after the farmers held the public and government to ransom.It was no different than the government’s predicament in the case of gangster Chatar Singh’s killing in Jaisalmer. Protests and rallies were held by dozens before the government accepted the demand of a CBI inquiry. The Raje government of Rajasthan has time and again proved that it has a poor crisis response. Issues are allowed to escalate.According to Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, “We cannot act arbitrarily and in haste. A situation is accessed from all aspects before the government reacts or takes decisions.” But political observers attribute this to several reasons; the wait and watch policy of the government, over-dependence on bureaucracy and more importantly, absence of a core team to deal with such situations.As per a senior minister, “We have been found lacking in dealing with most difficult situations. What makes matters worse is that there is simply no damage control. There is no forum to discuss openly and offer solutions.” This scenario in the year prior to elections spells trouble for the Raje government.

Rs 543 crore sanctioned to district farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, the state government sanctioned five hundred crore rupees as agricultural contribution subsidy to farmers of thirteen districts of the state affected in the Kharif constituency in the year 2016-17. The announcement was made by senior politician, Gulab Chand Kataria, Minister of Disaster Management, Assistance and Civil Defense.The said amount of a whopping Rs 543 crore has been allocated to the district collectors. Kataria chaired a monthly review meeting of Disaster Management and Assistance Department in the Secretariat.“The state government has provided agricultural input grant of about 6,000 crore in the last three years to the affected farmers of the state. So far in 2017, assistance amount of Rs 148 crore has been allocated through district collectors for animal conservation activities and animal camps,” the minister informed.Interestingly, the state government has further allocated a sum of nearly one hundred crore after the recent floods in several districts of the state.

Over a dozen injured after clash between two groups in Etah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least a dozen people were injured in Kochidera village in the district after two groups clashed over a property dispute, police said today. The incident took place yesterday after Gulab and Chandrapal had a heated argument over a property dispute, police said, adding people from both sides sustained injuries. Those injured have admitted to a hospital, they said. An FIR have been lodged in this case and further investigations are underway. No arrest has been made so far.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Murder in Rajasthan by cow vigilantes: Three arrested, Raj HM offers shocking defence of mob

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 55-year-old man died at a hospital in Rajasthan’s Alwar district after allegedly being beaten by a group of cow vigilantes, with the police tonight arresting three persons in connection with the case.The deceased, Pehlu Khan, and four others, including his two sons, were beaten brutally by some locals at Behror who suspected they were smuggling cows, police officials said.Reacting on the episode, state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said it was “alright” if some people caught those who were illegally transporting animals but maintained that “no one has the right to take the law in their own hands”, even as an NGO claimed the five men were thrashed in the presence of police and demanded action against the force personnel.The incident took place on Saturday when as many as 16 people were allegedly transporting 36 bovine animals illegally in six pick up vans.They were on their way towards Haryana from Jaipur when the vigilantes intercepted two of their vehicles in Behror on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway.Pehlu Khan, his sons Aarif (22) and Irshad (25) were in the first van, while two more persons Ajmat (28) and Sharif (24) were in the second. All of them were thrashed and their vans damaged.The remaining vans were stopped by the police in which 11 people were found and arrested under relevant sections of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, ASI of Behror police station Vikram Singh said.The five men who were beaten were admitted to a district hospital where Pehlu Khan died on Monday night. The condition of the others injured is learnt to be stable, the ASI said, adding that they had not been placed under arrest so far.Following Khan’s death, a case of murder was registered against six persons namely Om Yadav, Hukamchand Yadav, Naveen Sharma, Sudhir Yadav, Rahul Saini and Jagmal, while 200 other “unidentified” people were listed as accused.Late tonight the Alwar police arrested three persons in connection with the case. “Three accused have been arrested tonight and the hunt for others is on,” SHO Behror police station Ramesh Chand said.Home Minister Kataria said it was “alright” that some people caught those who were illegally transporting animals, while maintaining that “no one has the right to take the law in their own hands”.Police will take appropriate action against those who took law in their own hands, Kataria said. NGO People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the thrashing of Pehlu Khan leading to his death. PUCL general secretary Kavita Srivastava also demanded the arrest of SHO Behror and removal of SP Alwar over the incident.She claimed that Khan and others had documents of the purchase of animals from Jaipur which they produced before the police. “Members of VHP, Bajrang Dal and Hindu Jagran Manch thrashed them near Behror in front of the police,” she alleged, while demanding action against the police officials.Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday condemning the incident in Alwar, Rajasthan, in which a Muslim was killed over suspicion of cow smuggling and said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) doesn’t support any such violence.‘We do not support such incidents. One should respect and protect the holy cow. We do not support any such violence,’ Ahir told ANI. Resonating similar sentiments, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said that private institutions should not be involved in such acts and take the law in their hands. ‘We condemn such incidents. There are a number of states that have laws for the protection of cow. If such laws are broken then there are number of government institutions to punish the guilty,’ Yechury told ANI.Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has shockingly defended the lynch mob – describing them as Gau Bhakts (cow protectors) – and blamed the victims.”The cow protectors have done a good job by protecting cows from smuggling. But they have violated the law by beating people brutally,” he told ANI.”The police had stopped few vehicles that were carrying cows. Some of them fled. The cow protectors caught them, drove the smugglers out and beat them,” he added.

Bhabhori leopard-killer won’t go unpunished: HP govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Himachal Pradesh Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri today assured the Assembly that those involved in the brutal killing of a leopard in Bhabhori forests area would not escape punishment. Replying to calling attention motion of Gulab Singh (BJP) on killing of the leopard on March 22, he said the information in this regard was given by the up-pradhan of Khukar village, adjoining the forest area. It appeared the leopard was trapped in wires and was killed. His head, legs, paws, tail were chopped off, he added. Investigation is underway and over two dozen persons have been questioned but so far no credible information or clue had been received, he said. The forest and the wildlife departments have been alerted and the villagers of Khajur village asked to immediately contact the forest department in case any information was received in this connection, he said. Meanwhile, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dhani Ram Shandil said 3,89,168 people are covered under the social security pension scheme in the state. When Suresh Bhardwaj (BJP) pointed out some pensioners have not got pension for the past six months, Shandil said pensions are disbursed quarterly in all areas except far-flung ones where it is done half-yearly. Revenue Minister Kaul Sigh Thakur informed the House the state suffered losses to the tune of Rs 863.96 crore and Rs 121.50 crore respectively due to heavy rains during monsoon and winters this year but no Central funds have been received. In reply to another question, the Forest Minister assured an inquiry will be conducted into dumping of silt from the mining site in Sapru river and forest land.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

27 officers having doubtful integrity holding sensitive posts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 27 out of 63 officers having doubtful integrity in various government departments in Himachal Pradesh are holding sensitive posts, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh informed state Assembly during the Question Hour. In reply to a question to Narinder Thakur (BJP), Singh said that some of these officers are functioning on sensitive posts as non-sensitive posts are not available in the cadre. The chief minister said that the officers having doubtful integrity are the ones against whom the criminal or departmental proceedings are pending in courts or at departmental level or who have been acquitted on technical grounds with reasonable suspicion on their integrity during trial. The reply said that two Food Safety Officers, including a woman, in Health Safety and Regulation department, 14 officers having doubtful integrity (some Senior Engineers, Executive Engineers and Assistant Engineers) in Himachal Pradesh States Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL) have been given sensitive postings. Similarly, out of 12, four such officers in the Public Works Department are serving on sensitive posts. Five Block Development Officers having doubtful integrity in Rural Development department and a Tehsildar in Revenue department are serving on sensitive posts. In reply to supplementary that why some officers are working sensitive posts when non-sensitive posts are available at the headquarters of HPSEB and pointed out that it was defiance of high court orders wherein it has been mentioned that officers of doubtful integrity cannot be posted on sensitive jobs, the chief minister said that the government would look into the matter. In reply to another question of Gulab Singh Thakur, Randhir Sharma, Ravinder Ravi, Suresh Kumar and Virender Kanwar (all BJP), the chief minister said the state government had received in-principle approval of 61 national highways announced by Union Ministry of Surface Transport and highways in September 2016, and of four more roads earlier this month. Singh said it was a long and cumbersome procedure to get final approval from the Centre and the state government is in the midst of completing formalities, including appointment of consultants for preparing Detailed Project Reports (DPRs).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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