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Villages in Haryana ban entry of outsiders, relatives

March 26, 2020 06:28 AM


Villages in Haryana ban entry of outsiders, relatives
To ease pressure on jails, Hry allows extension of parole

Sunil Rahar/Bhaskar Mukherjee

ROHTAK/HISAR : With the number of coronavirus cases rising in the state, many village panchayats in Sonepat, Bhiwani and Hisar districts have banned entry of outsiders and relatives.

Sarpanch of Bhiwani’s Hassan village Pratap Singh said the entry of outsiders, including residents’ relatives, had been barred as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19.

“We have sealed the boundaries of village and only people going to fields are being allowed to pass through it. Strict action will be taken against violators,” he said, adding that grocery shops were open.

Villagers have been advised against allowing people from entering their homes, said Jai Singh of Sonepat’s Mundlana village.

“We have always welcomed people to our village but we must take precautions in this critical time. We have sealed the village borders till April 14. The elderly have been warned against holding gathering and playing cards has been banned in the village for the time being,” he said.

Sarpanch of Bhiwani’s Garwa village Sonia Rahar said people returning to the village have been asked to get themselves checked before entering the village.

In Hisar’s Pabra village, youth clubs have taken the responsibility of ensuring that strange people do not enter the village. They have sealed the village by keeping tyres, and bricks on all entries.

Rajender Kumar of Jagriti Manch Pabra village said, “People are taking the virus lightly. When the Prime Minister asked all people to stay at home many people went to the town for the express purpose to see whether the instructions were being followed or not.”“Thus, we have decided to seal all entry and exit points of the village,” he added.

HT Correspondent

Chandigarh : Fearing spread of coronavirus infection, the Haryana government has decided to reduce the pressure caused due to large number of prison inmates.

As per directions of the Supreme Court, the inmates or prisoners already on parole or furlough will get an extension of four-week special parole. Similarly, prisoners who return to the jail on time in a peaceful manner will also be given six weeks of special parole.

Jails minister Ranjit Singh said inmates who are over 65 and are not involved in more than one case, drug cases, booked under Section 379B of POSCO Act and those who were not convicted in a cases of rape or acid attack will also be given six weeks of special parole on the basis of good conduct. Foreign prisoners are not included in this, Singh said.

Inmates whose sentence is not more than seven years and against whom no other case is pending in court and those who owe no penalty will also be given six to eight weeks of special parole based on good behaviour. He also said that, special parole will be given to those prisoners whose maximum sentence is up to seven years and if there is a case pending in which they are out on bail and have already returned peacefully. Those convicted in cases like overdose of drugs or Section 379B or POSCO Act, rape and acid attack will

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