READING FREEDOM JAIPUR,LATECITY Tryst with whom? What sort of destiny? Seventy years after Independence, the peculiar dignity and anxiety that freedom bestows on us allows us to make or unmake ourselves AUGUST13,2017 16+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ‘PEOPLE ARE SCARED... THIS IS A GOVT OF AGENCIES’ TOMORROW THE MAMATA INTERVIEW SUNDAY STORY PAGE 7 498A, Battered With SC ordering safeguards against alleged misuse of ‘dowry law’, the criminal remedy may now be further out of reach of those who need it the most BIG PICTURE PAGES 8-9 The Harmans of Moga WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM GORAKHPUR HOSPITAL DEATHS Principalsuspended,govtsays hedelayedpaymentforoxygen MURDER MAULSHREE SETH & ABANTIKA GHOSH GORAKHPUR, NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 BLAMING Dr R K Mishra, principal of the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur,fordelayingpayment to the oxygen supplier, the Uttar PradeshgovernmentonSaturday announced his suspension. Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh said the government had released funds on August 5, but Mishra cleared the payment on August 11, after the deaths of atleast60childrenoverfivedays this month. “Owing to laxity, the principalof BRDMedicalCollege hasbeensuspendedwithimmediate effect,” he said at a press conference in Gorakhpur. AshutoshTandon,Ministerof Medical Education, said Mishra had forwarded a letter from the oxygen supplier, dated August 1, following which the state government had released funds on August 5. He said the principal claimed that he got the money in his account on August 7, but failed to explain why he did not release it immediately. Singh also said the hospital administration did not inform Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath aboutthependingpaymentduring his two recent visits to the hospital — on July 9 and August 9.Thegovernmenthasordereda high-level inquiry by a principal secretary-rank officer. While the state government maintained that none of the deathswererelatedtodisruption CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In murder’s wake, it’s Doklam: EU the ghosts who fight embassies trauma, abandonment wait, watch India, China must vs resolve standoff: US commander MURDER SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION PART 4 ARUN JANARDHANAN KANNUR, AUGUST 12 NINETY-SIX killings in two decades, the death count split evenly. Justice long delayed; the law taking a course; rivals drawing their hitmen from the same social pool. If these are the political dimensions of the turf war betweentheCPI(M)andtheBJPRSS in Kannur, Ground Zero of the violence in Kerala, there’s a Muhammed Shafi, convicted in the murder of a rebel CPI(M) leader, arrives for his wedding in Chokli, Kannur, on July 9. Express deep, personal element, too. Which begins after the slash of a sword, or the flash of a bomb. It’s the anguish and the helplessness of the survivor. Of the parents, wives and children CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JD(U) rift deepens, Yogi silent on children’s deaths, party removes Sharad Yadav as RS leader A woman with her child in the encephalitis ward of BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur on Saturday. Vishal Srivastav blames encephalitis on filth SARAH HAFEEZ ALLAHABAD, AUGUST 12 UTTAR PRADESH Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Saturday blamedtheoutbreakof Japanese encephalitis on polluted groundwater and the apathy of previous state governments towardscleanliness,butwassilent on reports that a cut in oxygen Oxygen cylinders supplied on Saturday. Vishal Srivastav supply had resulted in the deaths of over 60 children at a government hospital in Gorakhpur over the past two days. During a three-hour Ganga Gram Sammelan programme in Allahabad,atwhichhepromised to make UP free of open defecation with toilets for every rural home under the Swachh Bharat CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANAND MISHRA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 BRINGING ITS factional fight out in the open, the JD(U) on SaturdayremovedSharadYadav as its leader in the Rajya Sabha, replacinghimwithRCPSingh,a closeaideof BiharChief Minister Nitish Kumar. “R C P Singh has been elected leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha, replacing Sharadji,” confirmed Bihar JD(U) chief and Rajya Sabha member Bashishta Narayan Singh. He said the decision has been communicated to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. A letter, signed by nine JD(U) MPs — seven from Rajya Sabha and two from Lok Sabha — has been handed to Naidu. While the JD(U) has 10 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur AS THE standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Doklam nears eight weeks, diplomats of major European countries in New Delhi have adopted a “wait and watch” attitude while formulating the possible line that they can take in case of any escalation of the ongoing crisis. Embassies of the three major Europeancountrieshavebeenin constant touch with their governments, besides being briefed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the developing situation. Speaking on condition of anonymity,thediplomatstold The Sunday Express that the Indian government has not requested them to issue a statement so far. They said that in all theirbriefings,theMEAhasconveyed that it is, diplomatically, fully in control of the situation. “Your MEA has not asked us toissueanystatementsofar,and we are still in a wait-and-watch mode. You see, besides the United States, no one else has spoken so far,” said a diplomat. The European Union (EU) office in New Delhi, the diplomats said, had already conveyed its dilemma about taking a clear stance to the EU headquarters last month. These countries are also grappling with a similar dilemma and would not want to openly antagonise Beijing because of the economic ties they share with China. This is despite CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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