Rohtak police on mission to free city of child beggars
The crime branch wing of the Rohtak Police has been tightening its noose around child beggars by questioning their parents on the reason for their begging and handing over the children into the custody of the district child protection officer. The plan is part of the 'Bhikhari Mukt Haryana' beggar-free Haryana) project launched by the state government.
As part of the plan, directions have also been issued to all police stations and posts that child beggars were to be produced before the district child protection officer.
The special drive has already been set in motion by the Director General of Police (crime) Dr KP Singh and the families of 23 child beggars had been approached. The children were handed over to the custody of the district child protection officer and their parents questioned.
"It is a tough task, but we will make all-out efforts to ensure that the city is beggar-free, also they will be sent to school," said a senior police officer from Rohtak.
"We found 23 child beggars during the first round, then produced them before the child protection officer, and called their parents for the counseling. In most cases, it was found that parents force children into begging and were found sitting nearby to monitor their collection," he added, claiming that begging would not be allowed in any form, even in the name of Shani Dev (God) and parents would not be spared as they provided the paraphernalia.
Mission stray cattle: Cases against people abandoning cattle
More than a week after the appointment of deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) as nodal officers for the protection of stray cows in districts of Rohtak, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Panipat, the Inspector General of Police (Rohtak Range) Shrikant Jadhav has launched another mission called Mission Stray Cattle (MSC).
In this regard, the IG held a second meeting of senior officers of these districts and asked them to take strict action against people who abandoned cattle once they failed to produce milk.
"You may book person(s) found leaving the animals at city or any deserted place under Sections 289, 133 and 21 of the Haryana Municipal Committee Act, the Cattle transport Act, 1871, and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960."
The member of the committee for the mission stray cattle, and awareness would be spread with advertisements, posters and banners. The information and public relations department would also be roped in to create awareness. Non-government organizations (NGOs) will also be approached to spread the mission in the school, colleges and other education institutions.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.