LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA CHANDRABABU NAIDU SPEAKS TO PRIME MINISTER TDP pulls out ministers from Centre, but softens stance LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 A DAY after he announced his party’s decision to walk out of the government at the Centre over the denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, TDP leader and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday evening and, shortly thereafter, two TDP ministers submitted their resignations. But there were indications that the TDP had not burnt bridges or severed all links with the BJP and the Prime Minister. After resigning their posts, Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State (Science and Technology and Earth Sciences) Y Satyanarayana Chowdary, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, were careful with their statements and did not target the Prime Minister. P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Y Satyanarayana Chowdary in Parliament. Praveen Jain, Anil Sharma BY UNNY Their tone was was very different from that of Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday evening. While announcing his party’s decision, Naidu had called “the attitude of the Centre towards Andhra Pradesh... very hurtful and insulting” and warned that “resignation of the two Union ministers is the first step... We will take a call on whether to stay with NDA as a partner or 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE INDIA-SEYCHELLES Security pact ‘details’ on Internet set off alarm SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 SETTING OFF alarm bells in New Delhi, details of purported security pacts between India and Seychelles have surfaced on the Internet along with a YouTube video, complete with maps and location of proposed facilities. There has been no official word from the government so far on the texts doing the rounds. But these documents have surfaced weeks after outgoing Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar visited the Indian Ocean island in January this year to seal a renegotiated security deal. The 2018 agreement is said to be a more detailed and improved version of the 2015 pact signed between the two countries when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Seychelles. The documents on the Internet, said to be texts of both agreements, were suspected to have been leaked this week from Seychelles. Developing infrastructure on Assumption island in Seychelles is a key piece in India’s proactive maritime strategy as it counters China’s moves in the Indian Ocean CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL not when the time comes. We have always cooperated with the Centre but the spirit of cooperative federalism is missing”. But Gajapathi Raju and Chowdary trode carefully Thursday evening, calling the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 8 France India’s new Russia? BY C RAJA MOHAN SC strikes down HC order: NIA can probe, but Hadiya free to live her life ZEESHAN SHAIKH BEIJING, MARCH 8 Hadiya alias Akhila Asokan, in a Habeas Corpus petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India,” said the order issued by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. DAYS AFTER India reached out to China and advised Indian officials to skip events organised by the Tibetan government-in-exile, Beijing on Thursday asked New Delhi to shed “mental inhibitions” and “mutual suspicion” to improve bilateral ties. Using one of the most oft-repeated metaphors for India and China, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said it was time for the Chinese dragon and Indian elephant to dance together rather than fight each other. “The Chinese dragon and the Indian elephant must not fight each other but dance with each other. If China and India are united, one plus one will not equal two but 11,” Wang said at a press conference in Beijing. As reported by The Indian Express on March 2, the government, while underlining that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 THE SUPREME Court Thursday set aside the Kerala High Court order annulling the marriage of Hadiya, a 25-year-old Hindu woman who converted to Islam two years ago, to a Muslim man and said she was free to “pursue her future endeavours in accordance with the law”. “Considering the arguments advanced on both sides, in the facts of the present case, we hold that the High Court should not have annulled the marriage between appellant No.1 Shafin Jahan and respondent No.9, Dragon and elephant must not fight: China Hadiya with Shafin Jahan 4 UP encounters, 1 FIR script: suspects on bikes opened fire at cops, gunned down MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, MARCH 8 THE UTTAR Pradesh State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has started a probe into four alleged police encounters following complaints by family members that they were fake. One of the complainants is the employer of an alleged criminal who was killed, who has said that the latter was picked up from Kanpur by police and shown killed in Azamgarh the next day. As many as 43 alleged criminals have been killed in police encounters in Uttar Pradesh At the encounter site in Etawah. File since March 20 last year. Ten have been killed this year, including one on March 5. The four encounters the SHRC is investigating are of Mukesh Rajbhar, Jai Hind Yadav and Ramji Pasi in Azamgarh district, and Aadesh Yadav alias Sunder in Etawah district. In all four, the sequence of events as mentioned in the FIRs, as per SHRC sources, is the same: that suspects riding on motorcycles were intercepted by a police team during checking following a tip-off; that instead of stopping, the suspects opened fire at the cops; that police fired in retaliation, in which one of the suspects was killed while his associates escaped leaving behind the vehicle and firearms; and that in the cross-firing, policemen suffered injuries. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GAURI CASE: SUSPECT BOOKED HALL FOR EVENT LINKED TO SANATAN SANSTHA JOHNSON T A MADDUR, MARCH 8 Naveen Kumar at a Hindu Yuva Sena event in Maddur LAST NOVEMBER, the man under arrest for his alleged involvement in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh organised a “dharma sabha” of Hindu activists in a small wedding hall at his home town Maddur. The sabha was a joint venture of the Hindu Yuva Sena’s Maddur unit — headed by K T Naveen Kumar, the 37-year-old who was arrested in Bengaluru last month — and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, a sister con- cern of the Sanatan Sanstha based in Goa’s Ponda. A report on the sabha at the Annapurneshwari Kalyana Mandir — with the Karnataka co-ordinator of HJS Guruprasad Gowda and the Sanstha’s Suma Mangesh in attendance — was posted on the Sanstha’s official website sanatan.org with a December 20, 2017, dateline. As investigations progress in the Lankesh case, there is growing evidence that Kumar was closely involved with the radical Sanstha, which has been linked in Maharashtra — by the CBI and a Maharashtra police SIT — to the shooting of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, 69, in Pune on August 20, 2013, and Govind Pansare, 81, in Kolhapur on February 16, 2015. The CBI has named a senior member of the Sanstha, Dr Virendra Tawade, as a key conspirator in the Dabholkar murder. Two missing activists of the Sanstha, Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar, are suspected to be the shooters in the case. The Sanstha has also been linked to the Pansare killing by the Maharashtra SIT. Lankesh, a 55-year-old journalist-activist who had been CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE
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