Villagers protest acquisition of land
Hundreds of villagers, whose land were being acquired by the Haryana State Industries and Infrastructure Development Corporation, on Sunday held a rally in Gurgaon to protest the acquisition.
The farmers had formed a 'Krishi Bhoomi Bachao Andolan' (save farmland movement) committee and recently met Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who reportedly told them that the land on which any construction activity is going on would not be acquired.
Not satisfied with the assurance, the villagers today held the protest rally at village Panchagaon here and also blocked the National Highway-8 for some time before being persuaded by senior officials to lift the blockade.
The protestors asked the government not to acquire their land and announced that they would organise a 'Mahapanchayat' (grand congregation) on June 17 if their demand is not met, officials said.
The villagers primarily hail from Mokalwas, Pukharpur, Kharkheri, Baslambi, Manesar, Punchagaon, Mohammed Jharsa and Kasan, located near NH-8, some 30 km from Gurgaon city.
Meanwhile, Sukhbir Jaunapuria, MLA from Sohna, today alleged that the political opponents of the ruling party were "unnecessarily trying to make an issue by instigating the villagers of Manesar area".
The independent MLA, who is supporting the Congress, criticised the INLD and BJP leaders for the agitation.
The MLA claimed that "maximum compensation" would be paid to those whose land had been acquired. He also assured that the owners of few houses randomly built in the acquired land would be given pieces of land nearby in exchange.
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday sought a response from Panjab University on a plea by two senators, seeking quashing of a varsity notice to hold syndicate polls and a stay on the exercise as an interim measure. The one-year term of the last syndicate had ended in December 2020, but the elections could not be held due to repeated delays in the senate polls amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
An assistant sub-inspector with the Panchkula police was killed after The deceased, ASI Ramgopal's PCR vehicle rammed into a divider on the Sector 20/21 dividing road on Thursday. The deceased, ASI Ramgopal, was a resident of Mauli, Panchkula. According to police, the PCR vehicle was moving at a high speed and overturned after ramming into a divider. Police said Ramgopal had joined the force on February 7, 1990, and was currently posted with the PCR wing, Sector 21
In view of the rainy and wildlife breeding seasons, the UT administration has announced closure of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary for general public for three months. The sanctuary, which is normally accessible from two gates in Kansal and Saketri, will remain closed from July 1 to October 1 and reopen on October 2, according to a notice issued by UT deputy conservator of forests Abdul Qayum.
The UT administration on Thursday appointed two assistant estate officers (AEOs) instead of one as was earlier the practice. A Punjab Civil Services officer, Harjeet Singh Sandhu, who was AEO for several months now, has been designated as AEO-I. A UT official said the move was aimed at clearing the backlog of cases in Estate Office and improve its working. Another PCS officer, Sorabh Kumar Arora will also hold the charge of land acquisition officer, relieving Tejdeep Singh Saini.
The 21-year-old driver of the SUV that claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl near Botanical Garden, Dhanas, on Tuesday, was arrested on Thursday, police said. The accused driver, Surbhi, 21, hails from Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, and is presently staying at Omaxe City, New Chandigarh. According to police, Surbhi is a second-year student of MA at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. She was immediately granted bail.