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Anna Hazare begins hunger strike over Lokpal

first_imgRebuffing the Maharashtra government’s pleas for restraint, veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday commenced on an indefinite hunger strike at his village in Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district over the Centre’s failure to appoint the elusive Lokpal and resolve farmers’ problems.The octogenarian Mr. Hazare, who has a history of ‘hunger agitations’, hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of “deceiving the people” with false promises of appointing the Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas across the States.  The activist, who began his fast on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary, has refused to budge until the Modi government immediately came out with an ordinance to appoint ombudsmen at the Centre and the States.Mr. Hazare further demanded that Centre implement the Swaminathan Commission report for agrarian reforms and establish social security measures for farmers.“It has been more than five years since the Lokpal Bill became the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Yet, the Act has not been implemented… Narendra Modi has been hoodwinking the people of this country despite the Supreme Court rapping him thrice on this account. But such is the PM’s arrogance that he chooses to ignore even the apex court,” Mr. Hazare said.“The Swaminathan Committee recommendations have been hanging fire till date. Farmers have no security today. They are committing suicide in droves and yet this [BJP] government continues with its hollow promises of loan waiver,” he added.However, Mr. Hazare stated that his fast was not directed towards any individual or political party, but was solely for the benefit of the country and society.Maharashtra amends Lokayukta ActEarlier on Tuesday, the Devendra Fadnavis government, in a bid to preempt Mr. Hazare’s agitation, had amended the 1971 Lokayukta Act to bring the office of the Chief Minister in the ambit of State’s ombudsman, the Lokayukta.However, State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, who had successfully placated Mr. Hazare in the past, was forced to cancel his visit to Ralegan Siddhi on Wednesday after the activist refused to meet him.“I have asked him [Mr. Mahajan] not to come this time and waste his time…the keys for resolving this [Lokayukta implementation] imbroglio is in Delhi and he [Girish Mahajan] cannot solve this issue,” said Mr. Hazare.However, speaking in Mumbai, Mr. Mahajan said he was hopeful that the matter would be resolved soon and that Mr. Hazare would be pacified.On January 28, Mr. Hazare had warned Mr. Modi of his intention of going on a hunger strike over the non-implementation of the Lokpal Act.last_img read more

Woman gang-raped in Jaipur

first_imgA woman in her 20s was allegedly tortured and raped by five persons, including a doctor and a suspended police constable, in the city, the police said on Thursday.The accused left the woman in a semi-naked state on Agra road here on Wednesday, they said. The woman alleged that she was tortured and gang-raped on Tuesday night, they added. “A case has been registered against five persons — Kapil Sharma, Deepesh Chaturvedi, Dr Anurag and two others who are unidentified,” DCP (East) Rahul Jain said. The DCP said the case is being probed from all angles.Previous rape case The woman had lodged a case of rape against Mr. Sharma, who was then a police constable, at the Jyoti Nagar police station in 2018. She alleged that Mr. Chaturvedi, who posed as an official of the State Human Rights Commission, assured her of getting Mr. Sharma arrested. However, when she did not find any official in the SHRC by the name, she reached Mr. Chaturvedi’s residence where she was allegedly raped and tortured on Tuesday. An FIR was lodged under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 376-d (gang-rape) of the IPC. “The suspended police constable has been detained and is being interrogated,” Mr. Jain said. The woman has been admitted to a hospital, he said.last_img read more