Rohtak Baarat

Rohtak, Sep 10: A 102-year-old man in Haryana’s Rohtak carried out ‘Baraat’ and rode a wedding chariot to prove him alive in the official records, which had pronounced him dead.

Duli Chand, a resident of Gandhra village in Rohtak district, wore a garland of notes, as is customary for a groom, and took out the procession from Mansarovar Park to Canal rest house in Rohtak city to press the state government to restore his pension which was stopped in March this year.

Naveen Jaihind, a former chief of the Haryana unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said Duli Chand was shown as “dead” in the government records, and his old-age pension was stopped.

Jaihind, who accompanied Duli Chand, said the centenarian is alive and he has his Aadhaar card, family ID, and bank statements to prove it.

Duli Chand and his supporters even carried placards on the way to the government office, one of them read ‘thara fufa zinda hai (Your uncle is still alive)’.

At the end of his glorious ride, Duli Chand, and Jaihind, met former minister and BJP leader Manish Grover and demanded restoration of his pension, showing him his papers.