PUNE,LATECITY FEBRUARY4,2018 18+4(NEWSLINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 7 ‘UNLESS WE WIN STATES, WE WON’T BE IN A STRONG POSITION FOR 2019’ SACHIN PILOT, Rajasthan Cong chief BIG PICTURE Modi says India’s growth story depends on NE progress SAMUDRA GUPTA KASHYAP DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 3 IN PERHAPS the first instance of corruption in the GST apparatus, the CBI has arrested a GST Commissioner and three of his colleagues from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly receiving bribes from private companies to help them avoid paying central excise. The accused officials had allegedly fixed periodic bribes to be paid by companies. GST Commissioner Sansar Chand, who is an IRS officer and headed the Kanpur sub-zone of the GST, reportedly got, among other things, a television set, a mobile phone and a fridge delivered to his Defence Colony home in Delhi by the companies. The CBI saidithadalsoseizeda“bribeinstalment” of Rs 1.5 lakh, while it wasbeingdeliveredtoanassociate of Chand. Apart from the GST Commissioner, the CBI booked his superintendents Ajay Srivastava, Aman Shah and Rajeev Singh Chandel and his officestaff SaurabhPandey,aswell as Chand’s wife Avinash Kaur and alleged middlemen and hawala operators Amit Awasthi, AmanJainandChanderPrakash. The tenth person booked, Manish Sharma, is the owner of a firm allegedly paying the Rs 1.5 lakh bribe. Apart from Aman Shah and Avinash Kaur, all the accused have been arrested. The agency, which conducted searches at the residence and offices of the accused, said it hadrecoveredRs58lakhincash, apart from diaries, pen drives and documents of properties worth crores of rupees. According to the CBI FIR registeredonFriday,theagencyhad receivedinformationthatChand and his colleagues were regularly receiving bribes from private companies to help them in matters of the Central Excise Department. “These payments pertained to either monthly or quarterly payments as protection money for omission of action by the Central Excise Department on such private parties and further CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAHARASHTRA ● STATE TO PROCURE SUGAR AT RS 3200 A QUINTAL PAGE 3 GUWAHATI, FEBRUARY 3 PM Modi with Bhutan premier Dasho Tshering Tobgay and Assam CM Sonowal at the investor meet in Guwahati. PTI and the Northeast is at the heart of it...TheActEastPolicyrequires increasedpeople-to-peoplecontact,tradetiesandrelationswith countries to the east of India, particularly ASEAN countries.” The PM said that the tag-line of the investors’ summit — ‘Advantage Assam: India’s Expressway to ASEAN’ - was not just a statement but a holis- From YouTube dieticians to online miracle diets, Internet has something for everyone struggling with weight, body image issues. How do you decide? An international ski race had to be put off as Auli didn’t get snow again. How a mountain is coping with climate change Northeast at heart of Act East, says PM DAYS AFTER the Union Budget announced an allocation of Rs 1,014.09 crore towards the revival of air connectivity and aviationinfrastructureintheregion and with days to go before three states in the region go to the polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India’s growth story would further pick up speed only if there was allround development of the Northeast. “From Imphal to Guwahati, Kolkata to Patna, eastern India should emerge as the new energy centre of the country. This is our vision, our approach,” Modisaid,inauguratingthetwoday‘GlobalInvestors’Summit’in Guwahati. Stressing on the importance of the Northeast in the Centre’s ‘Act East Policy’, he said, “We have created the Act East Policy PAGES 10-11 High and Dry GLOBAL INVESTORS’ SUMMIT Senior GST officer held for taking bribes to help evade tax WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM tic vision that coincides with India celebrating 25 years of partnership with ASEAN. “It was only recently that we had the ASEAN-India Summit celebrating 25 years of our partnership,” Modi said. The Prime Minister pointed out that Assam ranked first among Northeastern states CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BJP breaks 15-yr alliance, finds new Naga party India dominate in record fourth U-19 World Cup title GAURAV JOSHI MOUNT MAUNGANUI (NEW ZEALAND), FEBRUARY 3 SAMUDRA GUPTA KASHYAP GUWAHATI, FEBRUARY 3 THE BJP on Saturday severed its 15-year-oldalliancewiththeruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) and forged an alliance with the newly formed Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) headed by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio. Elections to Nagaland’s 60 Assembly seats are slated for February 27. “We have forged an alliance with the NDPP and have arrived atanagreementonseat-sharing. NDPP will field candidates in 40 seats and the BJP in the remaining 20. We are also confident of winning the election and forming the next government in Nagaland,” Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is the BJP’s in-charge for the Nagaland elections, said at a pressconferenceinGuwahation Saturday. Lok Sabha member NeiphiuRio,whosharedthedais with Rijiju, said, “Unlike earlier NPF-BJP alliances, this is a wellworked-out pre-poll alliance. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Indian team celebrates after winning the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Saturday. India beat Australia by 8 wickets. PTI AS CELEBRATIONS began in the India Under-19 dressing room at theBayOvalinNewZealand,the players spilled beverages on the floor. Coach Rahul Dravid didn’t want to be a wet blanket on the day his team had won the World Cup but he politely told this group of young men to continue partying but without dirtying the place. It was quintessential Dravid. And the boys quickly moved the ‘party’ outside. Earlier, this noisy bunch had danced in the background as Dravidwasbeinginterviewedby the official broadcaster. Dravid looked amused before he delivered a sobering line. “Hopefully it’s a memory they(theplayers)willcherishfor alongtime,andhopefullyit’snot amemorythatdefinesthemand they will have a lot of bigger and better memories as they go on ahead in their careers,” Dravid said on Saturday. The Under-19 players would have heard similar words of wisdom from the coach in the runup to the World Cup, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Another UP official Accused assaulted 5 other men Film for or against Rajputs: Cracks now posts: Tiranga excuse, leaving same mosque: police in one Karni Sena ‘bhagwa’ killed man KASGANJ VIOLENCE MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, FEBRUARY 3 AFTER THE Bareilly District Magistrate raised questions in a Facebook post over how the Kasganj violence was fomented, a government officer in Saharanpur district has posted about the Tiranga Yatra that preceded the incident, and said “bhagwa (saffron)” was behind the death of one person in it. On Saturday, after she was asked for an explanation, Rashme Varun, the Deputy Director (Statistics), Saharanpur division, removed her Facebook post. Speaking to The Sunday Express, Varun said her use of the word bhagwa was wrong, but said her mistake was unin- ATTACK ON J&K STUDENTS IN HARYANA tentional. She also reiterated that it couldn’t be established how Chandan Gupta, who died in Kasganj, had been killed. “I want to explain that in the crowd, when firing was going on, bullet fired by anybody could have hit the youth who died,” she said. Sixteen people have been arrested so far for the killing, including alleged main accused Saleem Javaid and Rahat Qureshi, who was arrested from Kanpur on Saturday. In her post, which went viral on Saturday, Varun also talked about “bhagwa” taking over a rally held on Ambedkar Jayanti in Sadak Dudhli in Saharanpur district. She wrote, “Toh yeh thi Kasganj ki Tiranga rally. Koi nayi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M HAMZA KHAN & DEEP MUKHERJEE MAHENDRAGARH, FEB 3 A DAY after two students from Jammu and Kashmir were assaulted in Mahendragarh, Haryana, police said the six accused had, the same day, assaulted five Muslim men as they walked out of a mosque after their Friday prayers. According to Mahendragarh Superintendent of Police Kamaldeep, the Muslim men were the “original targets” of the attackers and the two students had been assaulted “mistakenly”. On Saturday, police said they had registered two separate FIRs against the six accused: one for allegedlyassaultingAftabAhmad and Amjad Ali, the two students from J&K who studied at Central University of Haryana in JAIPUR, FEBRUARY 3 Aftab Ahmad, one of the two Kashmiri students who was beaten up in Mahendragarh, on Saturday. Manoj Kumar Mahendragarh,andtheotherfor allegedly assaulting five Muslim labourers—Sadik,Sharik,Intazar, Rehman and Aslam — from Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in UP. Two of the accused were arrested on Saturday. “When we came out of the mosque,agroupof 10mencame on five bikes and asked us to remove our skull caps. They also CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TEN days into the release of Padmaavat, one of the outfits spearheading the protests against the film, Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena (SRRKS), struggled to maintain a united front following the release of a letter attributed to its Maharashtra unit saying it felt “proud” watching it. While the protests against the film by Rajput outfits, including the SRRKS, centre on the premise that it violates Rajput honour, the letter said the film actually valorizes them. The SRRKS held a press conference in Jaipur disowning the letter, that also promised help with Padmaavat’s release nationwide, but the outfit’s national vice-president and Rajasthan head Yogendra Singh Katar, in whose name the note dated February 2 was issued, remained unreachable, with his phone switched off. The Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS), which is also leading the anti-Padmaavat protests, took a swipe at the SRRKS, saying that “fake Karni Senas” are spreading the “fake news” that the agitation has been withdrawn. “There are other duplicate outfits that are trying to imitate the Karni Sena. This is similar to the phenomenon that when one product does well in the market, other pirated versions of it are released,” SRKS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi killing: ‘She keeps asking for Ankit... says it’s all over’ ANAND MOHAN J & SOMYA LAKHANI NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 3 THE MAN she wanted to marry killed, her parents arrested for the crime and her house bolted shut. With nowhere to go after 23-year-old photographer Ankit Saxena was stabbed to death allegedly by her father in West Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar, this 18year-old woman has stayed at the Khyala police station since the murder two days ago. “We tried to convince the woman’s family members to take her back. But they were unwilling so we produced her be- fore the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). There are cases when adults are produced before the CWC when they have nowhere to go or face threats. The woman has told the CWC she does not want to stay with her family,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Singh. Her extended family — some living in the same colony and others in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur and Gorakhpur — told The Sunday Express they were “afraid” to take her in. On Saturday afternoon, her maternal aunt, cousins and 12year-old sister visited her at the police station. Javid Ahmad Lone, father of Suhail, 16, who was among the 3 killed, in Ganawpora village of Shopian. Shuaib Masoodi The police requested them to take the woman home. “She kept crying, she was delirious...We told police we can’t take her home with us. She kept asking about Ankit, her parents and said it was all over for her,” said her aunt. Saxena was stabbed to death near his house on Thursday night, after an altercation with four family members of the woman. Her parents, uncle and 16-year-old brother opposed her “relationship” with Saxena. While her parents and uncle are in judicial custody, her brother was sent to a juvenile home. On Saturday morning, as armed paramilitary personnel and Delhi police commando units were stationed across five lanes surrounding the colony, the woman’s relatives sat inside their home glued to the television set. “We have not stepped outside since Friday, we haven’t opened our beauty parlour either. We fear we will be attacked... Obviously we can’t bring her here,” said the woman’s cousin, who runs the parlour. On Friday, her cousin was asked to vacate the parlour. The woman’s maternal aunt said, “We have been living here for nine years now, but will probably sell the house and go to Gorakhpur... itni bandaami aur itne darr ke baad yahan kaise rahe (How can we stay here after this infamy and fear)?” A few lanes away, shutters were pulled down on the parlour run by the woman’s mother — a desk with cans of wax lay outside. “On Friday, Bajrang Dal members threatened me, asked why I rented out my shop to someone from a minority community. They said if I don’t empty the shop, they would destroy it. I fear for my life and that of wife and children,” said Vinod Kumar, 38, the landlord. The West Delhi unit chief of the Bajrang Dal, Jagjit Singh Goldie said, “Humne parlour band kara diya hai... (We shut the beauty parlour down).”
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