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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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7 UP cops booked for murder in custodial death case

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Hapur (Uttar Pradesh), Oct 18 : An FIR has been lodged against seven policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), for murder in the custodial death of a 35-year-old security guard in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district on October 13.

The FIR comes a day after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took cognizance of the incident and issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP).

Pradeep Tomar, a security guard, had died allegedly after being tortured by cops in a police station in Hapur’s Pilkhuwa area on Sunday evening. His 10-year-old son, who accompanied him to the outpost, claimed that he was detained and brutally tortured during interrogation. According to police, Pradeep had been summoned to the Chijarsi outpost for interrogation in a murder case.

After his condition deteriorated, the cops rushed him to a local hospital in Hapur and later to a medical facility in Meerut where he succumbed to the torture inflicted on him. The postmortem report has also corroborated the claims of torture.

Hapur Superintendent of Police (SP) Yashvir Singh said: “The cause of death has not been specified in the report. Viscera sample has been preserved for further analysis. There is blackening on his posterior, arm and contusion on other parts of the body.”.

The NHRC has sought the status as well as action taken reports within four weeks.

The deceased’s younger brother, Kuldeep Tomar, had submitted a written complaint alleging torture at the hands of DSP Santosh Misra, Pilkhuwa SHO Yogesh Baliyan, sub-inspector Ajab Singh and four other unnamed policemen leading to his brother’s death.

While SHO Baliyan, sub inspector Ajab Singh and a constable are already under suspension, DSP Misra was transferred and put in-charge of Garhmukteshwar circle.

According to the police, Pradeep, who used to work as a security guard with a private factory in Ghaziabad, was picked up for interrogation as he was suspected of being in touch with an accused in a murder case.

Hapur ASP Sarvesh Misra said: “The charred body of a woman was recovered on August 30. The woman was later identified as Preeti, a resident of Jarcha in Noida and relative of Pradeep. Preeti was allegedly murdered by one Arun, who is also a relative of Pradeep. He was not directly linked to the murder, but could have been part of the conspiracy.”

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School Bus overturns in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad: 5 children injured

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Bhopal, Oct 18: At least five children were injured after a school bus met with an accident in Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh early on Friday.

The impact of the accident was so much that the school bus was overturned and the injured have been admitted to hospital.

More details are awaited.

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Yogi to start campaign in Western UP today with 3 rallies

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Lucknow, Oct 18 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath kickstart BJP’s election campaign in western Uttar Pradesh with three rallies on Friday.

According to BJP spokesman Harish Chandra Srivastava, the Chief Minister is scheduled to address rallies in Aligarh, Rampur and Saharanpur on Friday.

In Aligarh, he will address a rally in Iglas, where he will campaign for the BJP candidate Ram Kumar.

The second rally will be in Ajitpur Industrial Area of Rampur from where the BJP has fielded Bharat Bhushan Gupta, while the third rally will be in Nanauta ground in Saharanpur, where the BJP candidate is Kirat Singh.

The Chief Minister has already addressed rallies in eastern UP in Pratapgarh, Bahraich and Mau.

By-elections to 11 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh are being held in Gangoh (Saharanpur), Govind Nagar (Kanpur), Iglas (Aligarh), Manikpur (Chitrakoot), Zaidpur (Barabanki), Jalalpur (Ambedkar Nagar), Balha (Bahraich), Ghosi (Mau), Lucknow Cantonment (Lucknow), Rampur and Pratapgarh.

While 10 Assembly seats were vacated after the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha, the Ghosi seat was vacated after MLA Phagu Chauhan was appointed Governor of Bihar.

By-election is not being held for Tundla seat as the matter is sub judice.

Of the seats where by-polls are being held, Rampur was won by Samajwadi Party and Jalalpur by Bahujan Samaj Party in the 2017 Assembly elections. The remaining seats were won by the BJP.

Polling will be held on October 21 and counting of votes will be taken up on October 24.

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