READING FREEDOM KOLKATA,LATECITY AUGUST13,2017 20+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) 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 12 498A, Battered The remedy may now be out of reach of those who need it the most BIG PICTURE PAGES 10-11 Harmans of Moga JHARKHAND BANS BOOK BY SANTHALI AUTHOR PAGE 5 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM GORAKHPUR DEATHS: PRINCIPAL SUSPENDED, PM MONITORING SITUATION 7 red flags in 7 months: Oxygen firm warned it would cut supply Govt: Many reasons, not shortage of oxygen MAULSHREE SETH GORAKHPUR, AUGUST 12 ■ “The delay in payment is reaching six months... in case of further delay, the entire responsibility would be of BRD Medical.” ■ “We would be unable to continue supply... in case of non-payment of dues... it would not be our responsibility.” THESE WERE the last two letters sent by Pushpa Sales Pvt Limited — the company which supplies liquid oxygen to Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur where 60 children havediedsinceAugust7—tothe principal, Dr Rajeev Mishra. From February to August this year, the company sent at least sevenreminders,askingthehospital to clear its pending dues. The letters were sent by the company’s sales manager in Gorakhpur, Deepankar Sharma. Speaking to The Sunday Express, Sharma said they had also sent a legal notice to the hospital administrationonJuly31,butthere was no response. “As per the agreement, paymentsshouldbemadewithin15 days, and the arrears should never exceed Rs 10 lakh. Our payment was due since November 2016, and only two partial payments were released (in May and June). However, we CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 6 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GORAKHPUR, ALLAHABAD, LUCKNOW, NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 A woman with her child in the encephalitis ward of BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur on Saturday. Vishal Srivastav BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ‘Was handed a small pump... kept pumping for over 3 hrs’ MAULSHREE SETH GORAKHPUR, AUGUST 12 SHAILENDRA GUPTA, 24, who works as a carpenter in Bengaluru, returned home last monthtobewithhiswifeforthe delivery of their first child. Three weeksaftercelebratingthebirth of their child, Gupta and his wife CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shailendra Gupta and his wife Laxmi. Vishal Srivastav THE UTTAR Pradesh government claimed on Saturday that the deaths of children at Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das MedicalCollegeHospitalhadnot occurred due to shortage of oxygen.Thegovernmentsuspended Rajeev Mishra, principal of the college, for negligence in delayingthereleaseof paymenttothe supplier of oxygen to the hospital, and ordered a high-level inquiry. Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh told reporters in Gorakhpur that the supply of oxygen had indeed fallen in the eveningof August10,butthesituation had been controlled within a few hours — and that none of the deaths had occurred during the window of the crisis. In Lucknow, Chief Minister YogiAdityanathtoldanewsconference in the evening that a variety of ailments, not a cut in the supply of oxygen, had led to the deaths. Speaking in Allahabad CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 In murder’s wake, it’s the ghosts who fight trauma, abandonment MURDER vs MURDER 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 Go where you feel secure, RSS’s Indresh tells Ansari VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, AUGUST 12 SENIOR RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Saturday advised former Vice President Hamid Ansari to go to any country “where he feels secure”. At a press conference that Kumar addressed after a Raksha Bandhan programme organised by the Rashtriya Muslim Manch of which he is “margdarshak”, the RSS leader was asked about Ansari’s recent observation that Muslimsinthecountrywerenot feeling secure. “Unfortunately, Ansari received no support from any quarter. Even Muslims came out against him. He was secular for 10 years when he was in the chair. Now he has become a fundamentalist (kattarpanthi) Muslim,” Kumar said. “He (Ansari) was Bharatiya, now he has become communal. Hewasaleaderof allparties,but he has now become a Congressman. For all these 10 years, he didn’t feel insecure. He should point out any country in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.