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The veteran Uttarakhand movement activist Baba Mathura Prasad Bamrara is no more. It’s really a very sad, shocking and disheartening news and an end of a protracted chapter of relentless struggle. I personally knew Baba Mathura Prasad Bamrada who breathed his last today.

He was a relentless fighter who was imprisoned number of times in separate Uttarakhand movement. In 1978 under the leadership of then MP from Tehri Garhwal, late Trepan Singh Negi Mathura Prasad Bamrara voluntrily courted arrest at Boat Club while forcibly marchig towards parliament and was in Tihar Jail for ten days.

Since then he was involved in every struggle and movement of separate Uttarakhand state having dedicated his entire life for this noble cause. Mathura Prasad Bamrara in actual sense was a symbol of struggle who dedicated his entire life for Uttarakhand and its problems at the expense of his family who suffered tremendously, financially and otherwise. During the separate Uttarakhand phase during the nineties too till the formation of the separate state he was fully involved in the struggle to achieve separate Uttarakhand state.

His entire family was in financial jeopardy during his entire phase of struggle. In addition to this sordid story, what is more shocking and anguishing is the fact that the successive governments that ruled Uttarakhand during the last 18 years provided no financial assistence to him or his financially shattered family, not also for his basic treatment of various ailments he was suffering from.

The tragedy of the whole episode is that he was constrained to sit on hunger strike during the previous Congress chief minister Harish Rawat’s tenure to include him as a recognized ANNDOLANKARI officially and provide employment to his son. He even held several press conferences with the help of his well wishers to draw the attentiontowards his genuine plight but of no awail. Baba Bamrara’s old age phase was extremely challenging carrying so many ailments with no facility for privileged government treatment.

After suffering so much despite his lifelong relentless struggle neither was he declared an official Uttarakhand andolankari, nor his son got employment in any of the government department and he finally met a sad end today. Sounds really bad for a veteran movement activist to meet such a sad end. Om Shanti. May God give peace to the departed soul and sufficient strength to the bereaved family tobear this most irrepetable loss.
SUNIL NEGI

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As is Delhi increasingly in the grip of life taking pollution, similarly is it the victim of massive chain snatching crimes and subsequent assaults, particularly the women being the worst sufferers. In almost every street, nook and corner, parks, market place, cinema houses, residential colonies or in busy areas these dreaded criminals, majority of them being the delinquents below eighteen years have created havoc and the law enforcing agency, the police, already short of staff is extremely complacent to deal with these termites who’d made the lives of Delhi’s women a hell.

Moving around with gold wearings and handy mobiles has become a risky affair with women and college going girls, the most affected. What is more worrisome is that these professional gangs now also operate from expensive and ostentatious marriage ceremonies where they mix themselves wearing facinating attire and clandinely rob the expensive jewellery and cash. Today, out of the fear and risk to one’s life, especially inaction from the side of the police authorities the women have given up wearing gold chains or ornaments n keeping their expensive mobiles intact in purse than hanging around.

Even the family members of the higher ups have been the victims of these snatchers but fortunately they get their stolen ornaments or properties back in record time, thanks to their status and influence. If we go by the Delhi Police records there had been a whopping six fold increase in cases of snatchings compared to previous years and the resolution rate is surprisingly less than 30%.

But now there seems to be a little ray of hope for DELHITES as the Delhi High Court has issued directives to the state government to make the law on chain snatching stricter by amending the panel provisions terming the chain snatching as a very serious matter. It sought a detailed report from the Delhi govt as well and simultaneously issued notices to DP, civic body MCD and the state govt seeking replies.

An enlightened Delhi advocate Prashant Manchanda after feeling concerned have filed a writ petition in the DHC saying that the myriad increase in chain snatching incidents in the capital have made the people, especially the foreign tourists completely insecure.

SUNIL NEGI