While police termed this a “routine security measure” in anticipation of Republic Day and said it is carried out every year, residents raised apprehensions against the backdrop of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Commuters at the plaza, who found themselves stuck for “20-30 minutes”, expressed disappointment with the implementation. “The point of getting FASTag was that we would be able to quickly pass through the plaza. But have seen no benefit so far,” said Dhaan Singh, a taxi driver traveling to Manesar.
Police Tuesday arrested one of the men, Jainarayan (28) from Sector 22. “The accused is a history-sheeter and was involved in several cases of loot. He was arrested on four occasions earlier,” said Gurgaon Police PRO Subhash Boken.
After shooting at the party, the five-men gang drove towards another Lohri function organised in the area. Finding their way blocked, they made a U-turn and rammed into a reversing car, in which the complainant was taking his brother to the hospital.
Drawing a parallel between the Independence struggle and the current scenario, Azad pointed that the slogan chanted during then — “Desh bachao, Samvidhaan bachao” — is being chanted again, and the same demands — “freedom of speech, freedom of press, right to organise processions” — are being made again.
Residents of Alipur village in Gurgaon, both the accused Narendra and Rohit, revealed that they held a grudge against the gangster because of a property dispute and family friction, and so they plotted his murder.
The councillors sought their removal under Section 75 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 (Election Rules), claiming to be “grieved” by “the way the corporation is being run without taking councillors into confidence”.
In an order passed on that date, the Commission stated that the case file had been “perused” and the SPIO had “neither furnished any information to the appellant nor has he replied to the showcause notice”.
Officials said a decision to shut schools will be taken later. “Since weekends are holidays, we will review the air quality on Sunday and take a decision,” said B N Singh, district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar.