Haryana's 2012: From Maruti Violence to Olympic Glory
A series of rape incidents, a minister going behind bars in an air hostess
suicide case and sexual abuse of women and child inmates in a shelter home
brought infamy to Haryana in 2012, overshadowing the glory its sports persons
achieved at the London Olympics.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda government remained busy warding off Opposition attacks on
many fronts including the law and order scene following a fresh bout of labour
unrest at Maruti Suzuki's plant in Manesar in which a senior company executive
was killed and cancellation of mutation of a land deal involving businessman
Robert Vadra's company.
The year also saw senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka taking on the Haryana
government for his frequent transfers, Jats reviving their agitation for quota
in government jobs, and Haryana Janhit Congress-BJP trying to consolidate their
political base in the state.
In July, violence broke out at Maruti Suzuki plant following an alleged scuffle
between a worker and a supervisor. A general manager (HR) was killed in the
incident and 100 others were injured. The company declared a lockout at the
plant which was lifted a month later. During the lockout overall production loss
was pegged at around Rs 1,400 crore.
The state government had to face another embarrassment when minister and
Independent MLA Gopal Kanda was embroiled in the suicide case of 23-year-old
Geetika Sharma. After high drama, Kanda surrendered and is lodged in a jail in
Delhi. Geetika in her suicide note said she was ending her life due to
"harassment" by Kanda and his aide.
With the Kanda issue yet to die down, a series of rape incidents took place in
September-October with the victims including some Dalit girls. Amid an outrage,
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi visited the family of a Dalit teenaged girl in Jind
district, who had immolated herself after being gang-raped.
Facing flak from all quarters, a rattled Hooda formed a three-member committee
at district levels to investigate, monitor and ensure speedy prosecution of such
However, what added to the public outcry, was suggestions by khap panchayats to
do away with the marriageable age limit, claiming it will check such crimes, and
also that consumption of chowmein was behind the growing incidents of rapes as
it creates hormonal imbalance.
Adding to the khap sermons, another panchayat banned disc jockeys for "creating
noise in marriages and other functions" in Hisar.
Earlier in May, instances of sexual abuse, bonded labour and other forms of
torture of inmates of Apna Ghar in Hooda's home district - Rohtak - came to
light after a NCPCR team carried out a surprise raid and rescued several inmates
including minors and women. The shelter's home caretaker and her son-in-law were
among those arrested and the state government handed over the investigations to
Another incident in November caught police on the wrong foot when a 20-year-old
girl student was hacked to death in full public view on the campus of Guru
Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology in Hisar, allegedly by a male
student after the girl rejected his friendship offer.
Since mid-October, the DLF land issue grabbed headlines and the Hooda government
was slammed by Opposition BJP and INLD besides activist-turned politician Arvind
The issue of Haryana's first proposed nuclear power plant to be set up in
southern district of Fatehabad also remained alive for major part of the year,
with former army chief General V K Singh joining a group of farmers to lend
support in their protest to the project. However, by October, majority of
farmers accepted the compensation award for acquisition of land for the proposed
nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village.
September saw the Supreme Court directing the Haryana Assembly Speaker to decide
on disqualification petitions pertaining to five Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC)
MLAs who defected from their party to join Congress after the ruling party fell
short of attaining simple majority on its own in the 90-member assembly
following the 2009 state elections.
Jats started an agitation in February-March demanding quote in state and central
government jobs but later suspended it on the assurances of the state government
In August, the NIA filed its second charge sheet in the 2007 Samjhauta Express
blast case before a designated court and named Kamal Chauhan and absconding Amit
along with others who allegedly planted the bombs on the cross-border train.
In September, in a blow to Bollywood producer-director Subhash Ghai, the Punjab
and Haryana High Court quashed the sale deed of around 20 acres of land
purchased by his production house Mukta Arts in Badhsa village in Jhajjar.
In June, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, who remained in the
news earlier for his brief marriage to Anuradha Bali alias Fiza Mohammed,
severed his ties with the ruling outfit to join Haryana Janhit Congress (BL),
party floated by his late father Bhajan Lal. In August, Fiza was found dead
under mysterious circumstances at her Mohali residence.
On the economic front, the Reliance India Limited (RIL) Special Economic Zone (SEZ)
in Gurgaon was shelved and Mukesh Ambani led Company was asked by the State
Government to return the 1,383.68 acres of land it got from the government back
to the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC).
Also, Nano City - a dream project of Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia, which was
recommended to be scrapped by HSIIDC for failing to set up the project in
Haryana, was finally scrapped.
Earlier, at the London Olympics while boxer Vijender Singh disappointed,
grapplers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt brought laurels to the country and
their state by winning a silver and a bronze respectively.
Shooter Gagan Narang and shuttler Saina Nehwal, who have their roots in Haryana,
also won bronze medals at the Olympics. The four medal winning players were
honoured by the state government with cash awards amounting to over Rs 6 crore,
besides being showered with luxury cars and other expensive gifts.
In December, senior INLD leader Abhay Chautala took over as Indian Olympic
Association (IOA) President at the culmination of a controversy marred election
feud with IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh and his team.
The Census 2011 data for Haryana, whose figures were released by the state
government this year, showed that about 96 per cent of households are living in
good or livable houses with only 4 per cent of the households, that is 2,09,270
are living in dilapidated houses.
In April, Hooda laid the foundation stones of six major industrial units in the
Industrial Model Township at Kheri Saad village in Rohtak district including
those of the Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited,
Nippon Carbide, Sabarkantha Cooperative - a unit of Amul Dairy, involving a
total investment of Rs 3,411 crore.
Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, who was last year sentenced in teenaged girl
Ruchika molestation case and after spending few months in prison was released on
bail, was in the news again in June when he paid the highest amount of Rs
9,05,001 for a fancy number for the new Mercedes brought by him for his lawyer
In May, Shena Aggarwal, a resident of non-descript town Yamunanagar in Haryana,
topped the UPSC civil services examination.
Towards May end, the closure of Haryana's two thermal power plants generating
1,200 MW of power because of technical snag caused massive power shortage in the
state, leading to unscheduled load shedding.
In May, the construction of second campus of All India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS) began, with Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Hooda
laying the foundation stone of AIIMS Outreach OPD at village Badhsa in Jhajjar.
In July, the Haryana government approved the extension of Delhi Metro from
Mundka to Bahadurgarh.
In October-November period, the foundation stone of a medical college in Karnal
named after late astronaut Kalpana Chawla was laid. Haryana also saw its
longest-serving DGP Ranjiv Dalal retire while senior IPS officer Alok Joshi was
appointed as Secretary, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
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