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Eyeing polls, BJP-ruled Haryana goes slow on traffic fines

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Chandigarh, Oct 5 : The BJP-ruled Haryana, which was on a spree on imposing fines to motorists for road safety violations, now seems to be going slow on traffic fines owing to its negative impact on assembly polls slated for October 21.

From September 14, the police launched a state-wide awareness drive for three days about the amended Motor Vehicles Act (MVA), 2019 that came into effect on September 1.

Officials told IANS that after the awareness drive a direction was issued to the police to rather ‘go slow’ for the time being on imposing fines to the motorists.

Sample the case of Gurugram.

The entire district of Gurugram has registered 97 per cent drop in the issuance of traffic fines since the announcement of the elections on September 21.

On an average nearly 2,000 traffic fines are being imposed every day. These days there number is around 50.

“There was a general resentment against the government as some of the BJP-ruled states like Himachal Pradesh have not implemented the new motor vehicle act and Gujarat has reduced the enhanced fines,” a senior police official admitted to IANS, requesting anonymity.

He said the instructions from the government were verbal till the next government came in.

“But we are issuing warnings to the violators,” he added.

Haryana, which was among the first states to implement stricter penalties for traffic violations, has collected fines of Rs 52.32 lakh, with nearly Rs 10 lakh from just Gurugram, in just four days from September 1.

In the initial days of the amendment in the motor vehicle law, scooter rider Mukul was fined Rs 16,000 in Kaithal town for not carrying documents of his vehicle.

Another scooter rider Dinesh Madan was fined Rs 23,000 by the Gurugram traffic police for multiple traffic violations. He was not carrying documents and the pollution certificate and was not wearing the helmet.

In another case, jumping the traffic light proved extremely expensive for an auto driver in Gurugram’s Sikanderpur area. He was fined Rs 32,500.

Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Digvijay Singh Chautala in his election campaigns is pledging to repeal the new motor vehicle act.

Likewise, Congress de facto chief ministerial candidate and two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

“By implementing the new motor vehicle act, the Khattar government is not only challaning the people, but also robbing them,” Chautala, who is the Indian National Student Organisation (INSO) president, said.

Slamming the government, Hooda said: “The government showed hurry to implement the amended Act as it is an anti-people government. When we come to power, we will reduce the fines.”

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Priyanka to meet Unnao victim’s family; Akhilesh on dharna

Priyanka Gandhi, who was on a two-day visit to the state left for Unnao to meet the family members of the victim.

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Lucknow, Dec 7 : The death of the Unnao rape victim has stirred up the Uttar Pradesh politics with Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra rushing to meet the victim’s family in Unnao, and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav sitting on a ‘dharna’ outside the Vidhan Sabha, here on Saturday.

Akhilesh Yadav, sat on a protest along with senior party leaders to protest against the police inaction in the case, a day after she breathed her last at the Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi.

Priyanka Gandhi, who was on a two-day visit to the state left for Unnao to meet the family members of the victim.

Earlier in the day, Priyanka Gandhi took a swipe at the Yogi Adityanath government in the state. She tweeted: “It is a failure of all of us that we could not give her justice. Socially, we are all guilty, but it also shows the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.”

She questioned as to why atrocities on women were rampant in the state and given the previous incident in Unnao, why no protection was provided to the victim. “Keeping in mind the previous incident of Unnao, why did the government not give immediate protection to the victim? What action was taken against the officer who refused to register her FIR? Everyday there are cases of atrocities against women in Uttar Pradesh, what action is the government taking on this?”, she tweeted.

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Girl gang-raped by minors in Bulandshahr, 4 arrested

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Bulandshahr A 15-year-old girl was allegedly held hostage and gang-raped by three minors in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district, police said on Saturday.

According to the police, the incident happened four days ago and the accused were the victim’s relatives who also got the crime video uploaded on the social media.

According to the police, the 15-year-old girl had gone to the field to fetch some vegetables when the minors held her hostage and gang-raped her in the Pahasu area of the district.

Bulandshahr Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) S. K. Singh told IANS that the police have arrested three minors in this connection.

He said the fourth accused who had posted the video on the internet was also arrested.

The arrests were made within two hours after the uncle of the rape victim registered a case with the police on Friday evening, said the police.

The SSP said that the incident happened on December 3, but the girl kept silent for three days. She revealed the ordeal only after her video went viral on the social media.

The incident was reported hours after the Unnao rape case victim died in the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.

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Mamata calls for second freedom struggle against NRC, CAB

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Kolkata, Dec 6 : Calling for launching a “second freedom struggle” to resist any NRC exercise or the CAB by hitting the streets, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked workers of her Trinamool Congress to ensure the BJP-led NDA government could not snatch people’s rights to live in India.

Claiming that West Bengal has already seen 30 deaths due to suicide or depression related to any possible National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise, she held central leaders of the BJP responsible for the situation.

“They make provocative speeches, statements. If they provoke anybody through their speeches, and it leads to loss of lives, then they have to take responsibility,” Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool supremo, said.

Asserting that her government would not allow any NRC exercise in Bengal, she said elsewhere her party would give support to others to resist any such efforts.

“We will launch another freedom struggle against NRC and CAB. We could not take part in the first freedom struggle which gave us our freedom. But we will take part in the second freedom movement. We will resist NRC and CAB,” she said at the Solidarity Day rally organised by her party.

Dwelling on the CAB, she wondered how could one differentiate between religions in giving citizenship by going against the letter and spirit of the Indian Constitution.

Banerjee, however, said she would support if the aim was to give citizenship to everybody irrespective of religion and caste.

“But if anybody tries to snatch our citizenship, we won’t spare them, we will launch a democratic protest,” she said, urging Trinamool workers to fearlessly build up a movement in booths, blocks, villages, towns and cities.

Banerjee said she did not believe in differentiating between Hindus and Muslims and called upon the majority to give protection to the minority.

“They want to drive out Biharis and Rajasthanis from Bengal. But we won’t allow that. This is our protest. We will hold procession, rallies and meetings,” she said.

Banerjee asked workers whether they were prepared to come out on to the streets if anybody faced atrocities. “Will you come out on to the streets or not, will you be ready for a struggle?” she asked. The audience responded with a loud “yes”.

Refering to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Trinamool supremo said: “I know Hasina ji gives protection to Hindus as they are minorities. Similarly in Bengal, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians are minorities. Here the majority will give protection to the minority. This is our responsibility.”

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