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Azad writes to EC about ‘voter intimidation’ attempts by Haryana minister

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Rohtak, May 14: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has written to the Election Commission of India accusing Haryana’s Minister of State for Cooperatives Manish Grover of voter intimidation, two days after the state voted in the sixth phase of general elections.

The Congress has been accusing Grover of forcing his way into polling booths with “50 goons” and intimidating voters—complaints that led election officials to restrict the minister’s movements until voting ended on May 12.

Azad, who is leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and the All India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Haryana, has demanded appropriate action, says he was “surprised that despite such misuse of power in order to terrorise the polling process”, no action was taken.

 

His letter reads: “I was completely shocked to hear the set of circumstances enumerated before me by a delegation (of District Congress Committee, Rohtak). I have seen the videos shown to me by the delegation, I was completely taken aback by brazen misuse of muscle power by Shri Manish Grover, Minister of State, Government of Haryana, along with fifty goons and a history-sheeter namely Ramesh Lohar, in 10 cars who were carrying arms, two fake number-plates, 15 cartridges of .32 bore entered in booth numbers 142, 143, 145, 146, 149 and 150 of Rohtak city in 7-Rohtak Parliamentary Constituency along with official police commandos in order to sabotage and influence the ongoing polling for Parliamentary elections in Rohtak city”.

He also points out that the Haryana additional director-general of police tweeted about the incident.

Here is the full text of his letter.

“A delegation of local leaders from the District Congress Committee Rohtak met me today evening as I was busy in campaigning for Parliamentary Electionsin Uttar Pradesh (Eastern) and returned to New Delhi only in the evening today. I am the General Secretary in charge of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee.

I was completely shocked to hear the set of circumstances enumerated before me by the delegation. l have seen the videos shown to me by the delegation, l was completely taken aback by the brazen misuse of muscle power by Shri Manish Grover, Minister of State Government of Haryana, along with fifty goons and a history sheeter namely Ramesh Lohar, in 10 cars who were carrying Arms, 2 fake number plates, 15 cartridges of .32 bore entered in Booth no. 142, 143, 145, 146, 149, 150 of Rohtak City in 7-Rohtak Parliamentary Constituency along with the official Police Commandos in order to sabotage and influence the ongoing polling for Parliamentary Elections in Rohtak City. The Additional Director General of Police, Haryana tweeted about the same from his official twitter account. A copy of the same is enclosed with this memorandum.

Several complaints have been already made to ECl along with videos, bringing to your kind notice the terror atmosphere created during the ongoing polling on 12.5.2019. A complete set of complaints made by the election agent of Shri Deepender Singh Hooda, Congress Candidate along with a USB drive containing the videos of the incident are enclosed for your kind perusal.

An FIR was registered vide no. 0287 of 2019 Police station Shivaji Colony. Rohtak. against Ramesh Lohar along with one other under sections 25,5459 of. the Arms Act 1959 and sections 34, 188, 420, 483 of lPC. Ramesh Lohar was arrested from the spot on 12.05.2019 from the place of occurrence itself, but was surprisingly and shockingly released on 13.05.2019 by granting him police bail under the influence of the present incumbent BIP Govt of Haryana without even producing him in the court .

It is also surprising that even after such a brazen misuse of power in order to terrorize the whole polling process of election by entering the polling booth with fifty armed goons, no action till date has been taken against Sh. Manish Grover as a result of which it has sent a wrong signal to the voters of Haryana.

In view of the above, I hereby request with all humility at my command that incase no action is taken against such acts against the Minister of State, it will be a murder of democracy. The exemplary situation requires stringent action by CEC.

Alleged ‘booth-capturing’ by Haryana Minister of State for Cooperatives Manish Grover along with musclemen at Rohtak on polling day snowballs into a major row, with AICC general secretary and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad writing to the Chief Election Commissioner of India, demanding stringent action against Minister Grover.”


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Restrictions in Old City tomorrow, classwork to remain suspended in schools, colleges in Kashmir

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Srinagar, May 23: Authorities today said that class work in all schools and colleges in Kashmir will remain suspended tomorrow in view of the killing of militant commander Zakir Musa in Pulwama’s Dadsara.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that classwork in all schools and colleges will remained suspended in Kashmir.

The decision of the authorities follows in the wake of reported killing of militant commander Zakir Musa in an encounter with security forces in Dadsara Tral in Pulwama district Thursday evening.

 

SSP Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mughal told that restrictions will be put in place in Downtown area of Srinagar.

He said that reports of imposing curfew in Srinagar are baseless

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Zakir Musa killed in Tral gunfight: Reports

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Srinagar, May 23: Chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind Zakir Musa has been killed in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday evening.

The officials in Kashmir are, however, yet to confirm the killing of Musa, the chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind Hind, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda.

Sources said a gunfight erupted at Dadsara village in the Tral sub district after joint teams of forces launched a cordon and search operation after an input about presence of militants in a house.

 


“As the searches were carried, at around 7.15 pm militants opened fire which was retaliated triggering a gunfight. In the ensuing gunfight a militant was killed,” the sources said. They identified the slain militant as Zakir Musa.

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Gunfight breaks out in Dadsara Tral

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Srinagar, May 23 : Gunfight raged between security forces and militants in forests of Batipora area of Dadsara Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

An official told KNO that on specific inputs about the presence of militants, a joint team of forces including 42 RR launched search operation in the area.

On intensifying search operation towards suspected spot, hiding militants fired upon forces triggered encounter, he said.

 

As per sources, two to three militants of Zakir Moosa lead group are believed to be trapped

Meanwhile, the mobile internet services have been snapped in Police district Awantipora as precautionary measure.

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