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Phoolka quits AAP, to focus on 1984 riots cases

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New Delhi: Senior advocate H.S. Phoolka quit the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday and announced his withdrawal from politics, saying he wanted to focus to getting justice for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

AAP“Party (AAP) has happily relieved me for my old cause of justice to victims (anti-Sikh riots) of 1984,” Phoolka tweeted.

Phoolka told reporters that the Aam Aadmi Party was doing very well in Punjab and will win in the next polls.

“The 1984 riot cases are at a crucial juncture now and require my full time. So AAP has agreed to relieve me from all posts,” Phoolka said.

Later Phoolka posted on Facebook, “After detailed discussions with Kejriwal ji and with his approval, it has been decided collectively that I quit active politics and resign from party posts.”

He said the step would enable him to devote time fully “for getting justice for the victims and punishment for the culprits such as (Congress leaders) Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler”.

“As much as an inherent part as I am of AAP, my dedication to the cause of 1984 remains unaltered. At this stage, where I feel I am needed more for these cases, I must not hesitate to take a step back from everything else and give the cause my undivided attention,” Phoolka said.

On Phoolka’s resign, AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai informed, “He resigned only from the party posts, not from the party. He was and will always be an AAP member.”

Phoolka recalled that he started working on riot cases in 1984 as a young lawyer.

He wrote in his post, “It is extremely unfortunate that despite the passage of over three decades, even today we are fighting for the same thing we have been fighting for since 1984, i.e. to bring the real culprits to book.”

In his post he also appealed to Indians, including Punjabis residing in America and Canada, to gather at the UN Assembly in New York on September 25 “in large numbers to convey a loud and clear message to the Indian prime minister and world leaders and members of UNO that ‘we will not forget about the genocide of November 1984’.”

(IANS)

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

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Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)