Hardik Anand is a correspondent, who reports from Rohtak in Haryana. From petty crimes to big data stories, he is interested in covering them all.
Articles by Hardik Anand
In a ward next to 21-year-old Rohtak gangrape victim, a five-year-old girl has been battling for life since July 11, when she was brutally raped and left to die by a man of her own village in Kalanaur town of the district.
Even as doctors have described her medically fit, the Rohtak rape ‘victim’ has so far not given her statement to the magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CRPC).
Rohtak lad Dharambir Singh (27) has qualified for the Rio Olympics in 200-metre sprint event. Hailing from Rohtak’s Ajaib village, Singh broke national as well as his own previous record by clocking 20.45 seconds during the qualifying tournament in Bengaluru on Monday.
About 7,000 girl students in the state are attending schools with either non-functional toilets or no toilets at all. As per the data collected by National University of Educational Planning and Administration, 85 schools (all girls’ and co-education) in the state have no toilet facility for girls, while at another 51 schools the toilets built for girls are not in a working condition.
Ever since the second round of Jat stir for reservation began in Haryana on June 5, the Rohtak police has not been able to make even a single arrest in the cases registered during February quota stir, when the state witnessed an unprecedented violence in which 30 people were killed while properties worth over hundreds of crores of rupees was vandalised.
The speech given by chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday in Meham evoked anger among the Jat community members sitting on dharna at Jasia village in Rohtak.
‘Halwa’ cooked in ghee, delicious ‘poori’ and ‘bhaji’ and chilled mint-lime water is what protesters get in Jasia village of Rohtak twice a day.
Earlier this year, eight districts of Haryana were hit by largescale violence after members of the Jat community took to the streets demanding reservations under the OBC category.
Union minister of women and child development Maneka Gandh on Friday said Haryana’s sex ratio was so plaintive that grooms in the state were “kidnapping” girls from Uttarakhand and Assam for marriage. She, along with tourism minister Mahesh Sharma, was addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at an auditorium at Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) in Rohtak on the occasion of completion of two years of the BJP government at the Centre.
The district administration has been sending notices to Khap leaders and organisers of Jat quota protests in February, which later took a violent turn, leading to death of 30 people and destruction of property worth thousands of crores in the state.
The round 2 of the Jat agitation is about to begin with Jat groups ready to stage dharnas across the state from June 5 to protest against the high court stay on their reservation under the other backward caste (OBC) category. The intelligence inputs so far say the protests will be peaceful this time.
Even as khaps in Haryana have been non-committal on taking part in the June 5 stir called by the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) national president Yashpal Malik, several panchayats held in various parts of the state on Sunday and Monday pledged their support for the quota agitation for which they have been fighting for a long time now.
Jats from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi on Sunday resolved to resume their agitation for quota across several states in the country. A call for ‘Nyay Rally’ has been given by All India Jat Aarkshan Sangharsh Samiti’s (AIJASS) national president Yashpal Malik from June 5 to press for their demand of reservation and withdrawal of cases against Jat youths booked during the community’s quota stir in February.
Updated on May 30, 2016 03:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByHardik Anand and Bhaskar Mukherjee, Rohtak/hisar
It started with then inspector general of police (IGP) Shrikant Jadhav and continues to haunt policemen in the district. The unprecedented violence and arson during the Jat agitation in February has led to a overhaul of Rohtak police top brass as officers have been accused of dereliction of duty and even cowardice in the recent report of the Prakash Singh committee submitted to the state government.
Securing 494 marks out of 500, Anya Khairwal of Mahendergarh topped Class 10 for the 2015-16 session in the results declared by Board of School Education, Haryana, here on Monday. A student of BR Gyan Deep School, Anya attributed her success to five-hour self-study schedule besides regular school. Anya said she would like to join the Indian Administrative Service in future “to empower women and work for the people of the country”.
Radha, Radhika, Shama, Rani and many more are set to walk the ramp for a beauty pageant in Haryana. But before you book your tickets, know that these pretty names don’t depict beautiful ladies, but beautiful cows. The state is all set to host a cow show at International Institute of Veterinary Education and Research in Bahu Akbarpur village of Rohtak district on May 6 and 7. As many as 250 cows were registered till Thursday, while the event organisers said they were expecting a strength of more than 500 to participate in the show, which will also have a competition of milk-yielding.
Haryana Police cracks the whip on cops for failing to perform their duties in the violence-hit districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat and Hisar during the Jat quota agitation
The body of Major Amit Deswal of the 21 Para, who died in an encounter with Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) militants in Manipur’s Tamenglong on Wednesday, was cremated at his native village of Surehti in Jhajjar district on Friday with state honours and 21 gunshots.
Major Amit Deswal of the 21 Para, who was killed in an encounter with Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) militants in Manipur’s Tamenglong district on Wednesday, was born on Army Day (January 15) in 1985.
Yoga guru Ramdev has said he would have decapitated all those who refuse to say “Bharat Mata ki Jai” if the country’s laws did not stop him from doing so.
Director Ashwini Chaudhary’s ‘Laado’ in 2000 was perhaps the only Haryanvi film to win accolades till that time. He was awarded the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director that year. But it took the Haryanvi film industry almost 15 years to produce “Pagdi”, which won the national award in 2015. And now in 2016, with ‘Satrangi’ also bagging the national award, Haryanvi film industry sees a hope of revival, even when the industry has a few films to offer every year.
Tension gripped the city as around 5,000 Jat protesters gathered in Rohtak to press for their demands, including reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.
A khap meet organised to pay homage to those killed in the violence during the Jat agitation ended with the Jat youths deciding to pressure the government to withdraw all the FIRs registered against protesters. The meeting was held at Nandal Bhawan in Bohar village on Sunday.
In the wake of the violence during the recent Jat agitation for reservation, residents of various colonies here have started installing iron gates at the entry points as a security measure for future.
Amid the ongoing politics over the recent violence during the Jat agitation for reservation, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit the riot-hit Rohtak and other districts of Haryana soon.
The Indian Army pre-empted an international crisis by rescuing 36 foreign nationals stranded in Haryana’s Rohtak, one of the worst-hit towns ravaged by the Jat quota stir.