The Asian Age – Haryana man beaten to death by girl’s family after couple spotted sitting together

A case of murder has been registered against some members of the girl’s family.

Chandigarh – Haryana – India, 08 November 2019. A 20-year-old man was beaten to death allegedly by a girl’s family members, who had spotted her sitting with him on a motorcycle in a village in Haryana’s Rohtak district, police said on Friday.

The 15-year-old girl was seen by her family sitting on a bike with the man in the village on Wednesday, they said. “When they spotted her with the youth, they took him to their farmhouse in the nearby fields and thrashed him with a ‘lathi’ (stick) leaving him badly injured.

“Later, they called the youth’s family and told them to take him away. However, the youth succumbed to the injuries after a while,” acting SHO of Police Station (Sadar), Rohtak, Inspector Jaswant Singh said over phone.

He said a case of murder has been registered against some members of the girl’s family based on the complaint of the youth’s family.

Among those booked are the girl, her father, grandfather and some other members,” he said.

Haryana is like Panjab, but worse, talking about medieval values !
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The Hindu – ‘Kartarpur model’ may help resolve future conflicts: Manmohan Singh

“Peace and harmony is the only way forward to ensure a prosperous future. The Kartarpur model may be replicated in future too for lasting resolution of conflicts,” says the former Prime Minister.

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 06 November 2019. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hoped the “Kartarpur model” might help in resolving future conflicts, as he and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressed a special session of the Punjab Assembly to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu too said a new world of peace and sustainable development could be founded if teachings of the Sikh Guru were integrated in daily lives.

“Peace and harmony is the only way forward to ensure a prosperous future. The Kartarpur model may be replicated in future too for lasting resolution of conflicts,” the former PM said.

The Kartarpur corridor, scheduled to be opened on November 9, links the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur of Indian Punjab.

The former PM also appealed to take forward the message of mutual love and respect propagated by the Sikhism founder to ensure an equitable society.

“Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s eternal message of oneness of god, religious tolerance and peace can pave the way to end sectarian violence”, Mr Singh said, adding that it was the biggest challenge faced by the world.

“Punjab is Guru Nanak Devji’s karmabhoomi. How will we keep Guru Nanak Devji’s legacy alive if its youth is wasted with drugs, water is becoming poisonous and women are being disrespected. It is the most crucial question on his 550th birth anniversary,” Mr Singh added.

Addressing the session, the Vice-President described Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev as one of India’s most democratic spiritual leaders. Mr Naidu said his vision was timeless and “had as much relevance today as it was when it was expounded five centuries ago”.

Mr Naidu, who started his address in Punjabi, said, “It is quite appropriate that this temple of democracy is dedicating a special session to one of India’s most democratic spiritual leaders.”

“Guru Nanak ji belongs to the long illustrious tradition of India’s visionary spiritual leaders who have illumined human existence and greatly enriched the country’s cultural capital,” said Mr. Naidu, adding that the Guru saw what ordinary people could not.

“They enrich people’s lives through their insights and ideas. In fact, that is the meaning of the word ‘guru’ A guru is one who provides illumination, dispels doubts and shows the path,” he said, adding that for the first Sikh Guru, differences and multiple identities based on caste, creed, religion and language were irrelevant.

“Our world view has been continually broadened by timeless messages of enlightened pathfinders like Guru Nanakji. We, as democratic political leaders, and even as common citizens, have so much to learn from the teachings of this great personality,” Mr. Naidu said.

The vice president further said, “If we can internalise and integrate these messages in our daily lives and reshape our thinking and actions, we can certainly discover a new world of peace and sustainable development,”.

He said the respect for women and gender equality was another important lesson to be learnt from Guru Nanak Dev’s life.

“This spirit of equality began with Guru Nanak Dev’s clear recognition that there is no distinction between a Hindu and Muslim. For him, no country was foreign and no people were alien,” said the Vice-President.

He said it was worth noting that Guru Nanak initiated an inter-faith dialogue way back in the 16th century AD.

“The world needs such spiritual leaders, who can engage in a meaningful dialogue to exchange ideas in order to promote peace, stability and cooperation,” said Mr Naidu. Mr Naidu also said Guru Nanak Dev insisted on earning one’s livelihood by hard work.

“Work, worship and share (kirt karo, naam japo and vand chhako) was the motto he placed before his disciples. Earn by honest labour and share the earnings with the needy,” said Mr Naidu.

Underlining the message of Guru Nanak Dev, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh too stressed the need to protect nature so that future generations do not suffer from environmental pollution.

Recalling the Guru’s thought “pavan guru, pani pita, mata dharat mahat” (air is the guru, water the father, and earth the mother), the Chief Minister underlined the intrinsic bond between the nature and mankind.

This ideology needed to be preserved in letter and spirit to ensure that future generations did not suffer from environmental pollution, as evident from the prevailing air pollution in the entire northern region, including the national capital, said Mr. Singh.

He appealed to everyone to preserve the nature and natural resources to make Punjab clean, green and pollution free in line with the Guru’s philosophy by making the optimal use of groundwater, diversifying into less water-intensive crops and stop burning paddy straw besides checking the use of chemical fertilisers.

Earlier, the session started with MLAs and MPs from Punjab and Haryana taking part in it.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, Punjab and Haryana Governors, VP Singh Badnore and Satyadev Narayan Arya, also attended the special session.

It is for the first time after the carving of Haryana out of Punjab in 1966 that legislators of both states sat together in the Punjab assembly for this special event.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kartarpur-model-may-help-resolve-future-conflicts-manmohan-singh/article29900646.ece

The Print – Modi government is clueless about Indian economy, lacks talent to fix it, says Shekhar Gupta

At ThePrint’s Democracy Wall in Sonipat, Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta spoke on a wide range of topics, free speech, Pakistan & Delhi’s notorious smog.

Revathi Krishnan

Sonipat – Haryana – India, 4 November 2019. The Narendra Modi government is currently clueless about the economy and needs help, as it “lacks talent in economic management”, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta said Monday.

Speaking at ThePrint’s free speech campus initiative Democracy Wall, organised at the O P Jindal Global University in Sonipat, Haryana, Gupta said the government lost all its qualified economists as it is “talent averse”, attributing this talent deficit to the likes of BJP leaders who disregarded Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee’s scholarship.

But he also said that just because someone has won a Nobel Prize that does not mean one has to agree on everything. “I don’t agree with Abhijit Banerjee on many things,” he said.

On free speech

The audience at the event mainly comprised law and journalism students, who had several questions for Gupta.

Asked about a quality that good leaders should have, Gupta quipped: “I am no Kautilya who can think of an idea for a Chandragupta.”

A student asked Gupta to explain where free speech ends and hate speech begins. He replied it’s extremely easy to distinguish the two, and characterised hate speech as incitement to violence and hatred against someone.

Gupta also said there is a huge difference between hate speech and criticism, saying: “I have never blocked, reported or muted anyone.”

He further said that values like free speech, democracy and equality come under threat when society starts taking them for granted. “There is a constant need for reminders, the Emergency was one such reminder,” he added.

Pakistan is no threat to India

Speaking about Pakistan and its dominance as an issue in Indian politics, Gupta explained that the issue is not with foreign policy, but India’s domestic policy.

He said: “In today’s world, to think you will completely black out a country, that too a nuclear weapon state and a neighbour, is unsustainable.”

Gupta also explained that people are bored of Pakistan as it is no threat to India, and that it is a cheque that has been encashed, which is why in the recent Haryana and Maharashtra elections, issues like Pakistan and Article 370 did not have any resonance.

People are emotional but not stupid,” he added.

On Delhi’s notorious smog, Gupta said it cannot be reduced by only asking Haryana and Punjab to stop stubble burning, but by sitting down and talking to Pakistan, as the air moves from west to east.

Talking about the world order and India’s place in it, Gupta explained that for India to have a place on top, it needs to work on its strengths.

He listed three main strengths, India’s social composition and diversity, the talent of its population, and its democratic system and institutions. Gupta stressed on the need to develop and focus on these strengths to become a key player in the world.

Modi govt is clueless about Indian economy, lacks talent to fix it, says Shekhar Gupta

The Print – Increase in wind speed drops pollution levels, a day after Delhi records worst air quality

The SC-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared public health emergency Friday, following which Delhi government decided to shut all schools.

New Delhi – India, 02 November 2019. Pollution levels in Delhi and neighbouring cities dropped marginally on Saturday with a slight increase in the wind speed, a day after the region recorded its worst air quality forcing authorities to shut schools, ban all construction activities and declare a public health emergency.

The city’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 407 at 10 am. It was 484 at 4 pm on Friday, according to official data.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Ghaziabad and Greater Noida recorded AQIs of 459 and 452, respectively, at 10 am on Saturday. On Friday, they had an AQI of 496 at 4 pm, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

Weather experts said there is a significant improvement in wind speed and it will increase gradually. Winds gusting up to 20-25 kilometers per hour are likely in the region from Sunday to Tuesday, they said.

Scattered rainfall in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi is likely on November 7 and 8 under the influence of Cyclone Maha and a fresh western disturbance, the weather office said.

This rainfall, however light, will be significant in terms of reducing the effect of stubble burning, and will wash away pollutants, they said.

On Friday, the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared the public health emergency, following which the Delhi government decided to shut all schools.

The EPCA also banned construction activities in Delhi-NCR till 05 November.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed Delhi a “gas chamber” and blamed stubble burning in neighbouring Haryana and nearby Punjab for the apocalyptic haze shrouding the city.

The share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution stood at 46 per cent on Friday, the highest so far, according to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR.

The AQI entered the ‘severe plus’ or ’emergency’ category late Thursday night in Delhi, the first time since January this year.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’. Above 500 falls in the ‘severe plus’ category.

Increase in wind speed drops pollution levels, a day after Delhi records worst air quality

Dawn – Smog blamed on Indian farmers begins to hit Lahore

Intikhab Hanif

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 31 October 2019. Moderate smog has started developing in Lahore because of the lowering minimum temperature, humidity and calm wind at night that is allowing the contributing pollutants, being generated mostly by Indian Punjab farmers by burning massive crop residue, to penetrate the bordering areas.

“We have already taken adequate steps to prevent local contributions to smog, and are ready to combat those from Indian Punjab,” said Environment Protection Secretary Salman Ejaz on Wednesday.

He contradicted reports suggesting development of hazardous level smog in Lahore. “This is false as our authentic data shows much lower levels that are not dangerous at all as yet,” he said.

Chief Meteorologist in Lahore Sahibzad Khan said there was no smog. It was merely smoke and haze, he said, indicating chances of rain and strong westerly winds on Saturday and Sunday.

This would provide relief, though temporary, against smog or whatever, he said.

Human rights group Amnesty International earlier said that the Air Quality Index in Lahore had reached 484 at 10am, adding that the threshold for hazardous level of air quality was 300.

It blamed the Punjab government for exposing people to hazardous air risks in violation of their human rights to life and health. Smog was witnessed in the bordering areas of Lahore and those in the south along the canal on Wednesday morning.

Haziness, and nose and eye irritation was a clear indication of the beginning of the phenomenon which is pestering Lahore and other Punjab cities in October and November for the past few years.

The main cause is stated to be the burning of crop residue mainly by Indian Punjab farmers. Smog that develops as a result causes worst health threatening conditions in the Indian side up to Delhi.

The Environment Protection Department (EPD) observatory at the Met department’s Jail Road observatory on Wednesday recorded 128 AQI (Air Quality Index) at 12.50pm.

The AQI at Wagah was 280. According to the EPD smog policy, AQI ranging between 101 and 200 indicates slight, 200 to 300 moderate and 400 to 500 hazardous air pollution.

Mr Salman Ejaz said Punjab did not witness smog during most parts of the current month because of extended monsoons and some strong westerly weather systems that pushed back the pollutants from the fields of Indian Punjab.

“NASA Satellite pictures are showing huge crop residue burning in the east Punjab cities Amritsar and Jalandhar. The local contribution is 20 per cent. And we are not having full impact of the smog causing pollutants from the Indian side because of the (favourable) wind direction,” he said.

Pollution caused by Panjab and Haryana farmers reaches from New Delhi to Lahore !
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https://www.dawn.com/news/1513953/smog-blamed-on-indian-farmers-begins-to-hit-lahore

Hindustan Times – Will meet Centre to press for SGPC general elections: Taksalis

Sekhwan hailed Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh’s statement where he said that if the entire Sikh community stood by it, the takht could play the role it played during the 18th century.

HT Correspondent

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 28 October 2019. Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali), a splinter group of the SAD, said on Monday that its deputation would soon meet officials in the Union home ministry to press for holding of general elections of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex institution that manages the affairs of gurdwaras in the county.

“We have decided to meet the home ministry to urge it to conduct gurdwara elections, which is the constitutional right of the Sikhs. Not holding these is grave injustice to Sikhs. If all kinds of other elections are conducted, why not this one?

Ten years, which is equal to two tenures of the SGPC general House have passed, but why is the Union government not conducting elections?,” said SAD (T) president and former Khadoor Sahib MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura after presiding over a meeting of the party core meeting on Monday.

He added that the SGPC passed budget in crores of rupees, and claimed that not holding elections of the institution was discrimination with the Sikh community.

He added, “To strengthen the party among the masses, our district presidents have been told to hold gatherings in respective areas and constitute units on circle level. We are also holding a religious function in each district to celebrate the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak.”

On the controversy over the stage at Sultanpur Lodhi, Brahmpura added, “Following the directions of the Akal Takht, we will attend the function being organized by the SGPC but as devotees.”

Former Punjab minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan hailed Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh’s statement where the jathedar had said that if the entire Sikh community stood by it, the takht could play the role it played during the 18th century.

“I urge the jathedar to play this role and my party stands with him,” Sekhwan added.

SAD (T) also congratulated Justin Trudeau for retaining the Prime Minister’s post in Canada and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for holding a key position in Canadian parliament.

On the result of the recent bypolls in Punjab, Brahmpura said, “Both the ruling Congress and the SAD have faced a debacle in these elections as they lost their prestige seats, Dakha and Jalalabad, respectively. This is a sign that people have been left disappointed by both these parties.”

At the core committee meeting, former deputy speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh; former MP Rattan Singh Ajnala; former MLAs Manmohan Singh Sathiala and Ujagar Singh Wadali were also present.

Do the Gurdwaras managed by the SGPC belong to the Modi sarkar or to the Badal parivar ?
Of course not, they belong to the Sarbat Khalsa, and not to jathedars, pardhans, nor to former or present ministers.
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The Tribune – Diwali pollution: For first time this season, Delhi’s air quality plummets to ‘severe’

New Delhi – India, 28 October 2019. A layer of haze enveloped the national capital a day after Diwali as the city’s air quality on Monday plummeted to the “severe” category for the first time this season with a large number of revellers brazenly flouting the Supreme Court-enforced two-hour limit for bursting crackers.

Delhi’s apprehensions came true despite the top court’s order that only green firecrackers, which cause 30 per cent less pollution, can be manufactured and sold, and the Arvind Kejriwal government organising a mega laser show in an effort to dissuade people from bursting crackers.

According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, levels of PM2.5, tiny particulate matter of diameter 2.5 or less than 2.5 microns that can enter deep into the lungs, reached as high as 735 at Delhi University.

Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 463 at 11.30 am, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

The AQI at Pusa, Lodhi Road, Airport Terminal T3, Noida, Mathura Road, Ayanagar, IIT Delhi, Dhirpur, and Chandni Chowk was 480, 436, 460, 668, 413, 477, 483, 553 and 466, respectively.

However, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Delhi’s overall AQI stood at 348 at 11.30 am on Monday. It was 337 at 4 pm on Sunday.

SAFAR said an increase in the wind speed will help disperse pollutants and the pollution levels are expected to come down by evening.

It had earlier predicted that Delhi’s overall AQI would enter the “severe” category between 1 am and 6 am on Monday, primarily due to firecracker emissions, unfavourable weather and a significant spike in stubble burning.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 “satisfactory”, 101-200 “moderate”, 201-300 “poor”, 301-400 “very poor”, and 401-500 “severe”. Above 500 is “severe-plus emergency” category.

The satellite towns of Ghaziabad (378), Greater Noida (364), Gurgaon (359) and Noida (375) recorded their AQI in the very poor category, according to CPCB data.

Ambala, Hisar and Kurukshetra in Haryana recorded their AQI at 370, 380, and 377, respectively. In Uttar Pradesh’ Muzaffarnagar, Moradbabad, Meerut, it was 414, 393 and 330.

The AQI in Punjab’s Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Khanna stood at 334, 314, 321 and 301, respectively.

Last night, people reported violation of the Supreme Court-enforced two-hour window in Malviya Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Kailash Hills, Burari, Jangpura, Shahdara, Laxmi Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Sarita Vihar, Hari Nagar, New Friends Colony, Hauz Khas, Gautam Nagar, Dwarka among others places.

Residents in Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad also reported extensive fireworks much beyond the timeframe.

People could also be seen bursting crackers before 8 PM, however, the intensity remained low.

After last year’s Diwali, Delhi’s AQI had crossed the 600-mark, which is 12 times the safe limit. The AQI post-Diwali was 367 in 2017 and 425 in 2016.

With Delhi’s air quality plummeting to dangerous levels around Diwali every year, the Supreme Court in 2018 banned polluting firecrackers and ordered that only green firecrackers, which is said to cause 30 per cent less pollution, can be manufactured and sold.

But the green pyrotechnics have failed to draw good response both from sellers and buyers, primarily due to lack of variety, limited stock and high prices.

The Delhi government had organised a four-day laser show from October 26 to encourage people not to burst crackers this Diwali and Chief Minister Kejriwal had said the move aims at encouraging a “community and pollution-free Diwali”.

Last year also, people continued to buy the conventional firecrackers and use them.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/diwali-pollution-for-first-time-this-season-delhi-s-air-quality-plummets-to-severe/853024.html

The Print – BJP to form govt in Haryana with JJP, Dushyant Chautala could be deputy CM

Incumbent CM Khattar said the two parties will meet the Governor in Chandigarh Saturday to stake the claim to form the government in state.

Chandigarh – Haryana – India, 25 October 2019. The BJP is set to return to power in Haryana after the Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) extended support to the party late Friday night.

In a press conference in New Delhi, BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah announced the alliance that will stake claim to power in the state Saturday.

“Accepting the mandate by the people of Haryana, leaders of both parties (BJP-JJP) have decided that BJP-JJP will form the government together, in Haryana. CM will be from BJP & Deputy CM will be from JJP,” Shah said. He was flanked by Chautala and Manohar Lal Khattar.

According to the coalition arrangement, the JJP has been offered the deputy chief minister’s post in the state. Khattar will return as CM.

“We will meet the Governor tomorrow in Chandigarh to stake the claim to form the govt in state,” Khattar said at the press conference.

Chautala said his party’s aim was to provide a stable government in Haryana. “To give a stable govt to Haryana it was important for BJP & JJP to come together. I would like to thank Amit Shahji and Naddaji. Our party had decided that for the betterment of the state it is important to have a stable government.”

The development comes a day after the Haryana assembly elections threw up a hung verdict with the BJP emerging as the single-largest party with 40 seats, six short of the majority. The Congress ended up with 31 seats while the JJP secured 10 constituencies in the 90-member assembly. The majority is 46.

The BJP had earlier contemplated cobbling together a coalition of Independents and smaller parties but faced flak after the controversial Haryana Lokhit Party chief Gopal Kanda offered his unconditional support. Kanda faces charges of abetment to suicide, forgery and fraud in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

BJP to form govt in Haryana with JJP, Dushyant Chautala could be deputy CM

The Asian Age – ‘Are you Pakistanis’? BJP’s Tik Tok star to those who can’t say ‘bharat mata ki jai’

Phogat said at a rally held in Balsamand village in Adampur in Hisar district.

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 09 October 2019. BJP’s Adampur candidate and TikTok sensation Sonali Phogat on Tuesday asked a group of people if they were from Pakistan when they did not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ at her rally in the constituency.

“Pakistan se aaye ho kya? Pakistani ho kya? Agar Hindustan se aaye ho to Bharat Mata ki Jai bolo. (Have you come from Pakistan? Are you Pakistanis? If you are from India chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’),” she told a few people in the crowd at the rally who remained silent after she asked the audience to raise the slogan.

The rally was held in Balsamand village in Adampur in Hisar district.

Phogat (40) then repeated her chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.

Turning to that section in the crowd again, on her right, she said, “I feel ashamed that people like you too are Indians, who would not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ for petty politics.” In a video of Phogat’s purported outburst, which went viral on social media, she is seen further telling them, “Those who cannot say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, their vote has no value”.

“Shame on those who cannot chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai.” However, later during her speech, she promised to build a college in the area, which drew loud cheers and chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ from the audience.

Phogat, who is pitted against sitting Congress MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi, said she will defeat him like Smriti Irani ousted Rahul Gandhi from his stronghold Amethi.

Later in the evening, the BJP candidate clarified her remarks, saying she did not dub the group of people in the crowd as “Pakistanis”. “I asked them ‘have you come from Pakistan’,” she told the media in Adampur.

She claimed that many of them were youths. They later met her and were apologetic for not chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.

Haryana goes to polls on October 21.

https://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/091019/are-you-pakistanis-bjps-tik-tok-star-to-those-who-cant-say-bharat-mata-ki-jai.html

The Tribune – Opium, smack new freebies, suspect Gurugram police

In what has set alarm bells ringing for the police, drugs, especially opium, seems to be the new “freebie” to woo voters.

Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram – Haryana – India, 01 October 2019. According to police records, over 7 kg of opium was seized this year in comparison to only 20 gm last year, registering a 350 per cent hike in seizures. With the majority of seizures being done in the last two months, the police suspect that free drugs and free liquor are being used to woo voters.

A special crackdown has been planned and vulnerable areas, especially urban slums like Nathupur, Chakkarpur, Sector 9A, Rajiv chowk, Naharpur Rupa, Firoz Gandhi colony and areas near the Dwarka expressway, Rajendra park, Surat nagar, and ghettos of Sohna, Manesar, Bilaspur, and Farrukhnagar have been put on vigil.

According to the police records, there has been a massive hike in the haul of all drugs except marijuana. Only 1.13-kg charas/sulfa was recovered last year against 6.36-kg seized in the last two months. Smack seizure, which stood at only 31 gm last year, is 987 gm this year.

Last year, the recovery of poppy husk was zero, but the figure stands at 1.79 kg this year. The smuggling of marijuana, which is conventionally the highest used drug in Gurugram owing to its party drug status, has reduced considerably. Compared to 619.95 kg last year, only 307.41 kg was seized this year.

“The drugs that have seen a hike in seizures are not the ones conventionally used in Gurugram, as they are not party drugs.

Users of these drugs are primarily migrants or people from rural backgrounds. They form the major voter base in elections. The transit and trade of these drugs have increased, especially in the last three months. We have launched a special crackdown in the city and on borders to curtail smuggling,” said a senior Gurugram police officer.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/opium-smack-new-freebies-suspect-gurugram-police/841221.html