Former Cong MLA Jassi fasts to support Jhumba
Former Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi, along with 21 members of the party, went on a maun vrat (silent fast) for three days on Wednesday.
The workers will sit on a fast from 9 am to 5 pm every day against the 'false' cases registered against district Congress president (urban) Mohan Lal Jhumba.
Jassi alleged that the Punjab government was trying to silence the Congress forcefully.
Jhumba has been booked in two different cases, one for alleged attack on an Akali worker and another for an alleged threat to the former Congress district president. Both cases were registered against Jhumba after he accused the canal colony SHO of misbehaving with him and demanded his transfer. Both cases were registered two days after the SHO was transferred by Bathinda MLA Sarup Chand Singla.
Jassi asked chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and DGP Sumedh Saini to dismiss all cases against Jhumba and free the arrested party workers, otherwise the struggle would intensify.
Four FIRs have been registered against a private collection company for causing financial loss to the tune of ₹28 lakh to the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam for not depositing the money it had collected from customers. The FIRs were registered on the complaints of the sub-divisional officers of Israna, Beholi, Panipat City, and Madlauda.
Five armed robbers struck at Punjab National Bank's branch in Detwal village of Mullanpur Dakha on Thursday evening and fled with Rs 13 lakh cash within four minutes. The robbers faced no resistance as the bank had no security guard. At the time, five bank employees were present in the bank. According to bank staff, two of the robbers flashed guns, while one held out a sharp-edged weapon.
Reacting to the controversy that erupted after a fair-price shop in Karnal district was found forcing customers to purchase national flags (priced at ₹20 each) before providing them ration under the public distribution system, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar clarified that no one can force ration-card holders to buy the Tricolour. “No person will be denied any service if he does not wish to purchase the national flag,” the CM said in a statement.
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said legislators of the ruling BJP-JJP alliance were themselves displeased with the prevailing state of affairs. “The MLAs of the coalition have exposed their government,” Hooda said. The Congress leader said, “The government has constituted several special investigation teams (SITs) to probe the many scams unearthed in the state, but the SITs' reports never see the light of the day.”
Amid the outbreak of lumpy skin disease (LSD) among bovines, the non-availability of goat pox vaccine and scarcity of government-appointed veterinarians has left farmers high and dry, forcing them to approach private veterinary clinics that charge an exorbitant fee for their services. “The administration has failed to vaccinate animals or spray disinfectants,” said Ramesh Kumar of Bhiwani, whose herd has not contracted the infection so far as he regularly disinfects the shed.