TheIndian EXPRESS LATECITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CHANDRABABU NAIDU SPEAKS TO PRIME MINISTER TDP pulls out ministers from Centre, but softens stance to keep lines open When in responsible position, they (BJP) have to balance things, face such situations, says TDP ANANTHAKRISHNAN G LIZ MATHEW INSIDE ● PAINS ME TO SEE PEOPLE BEING PERSUADED TO SAVE THE GIRL CHILD: MODI, P3 ● RIO TAKES OATH AS NAGALAND CM, PAGE 5 9 THEIDEASPAGE Enforced decline Ongoing systematic attempt to alter JNU's character by forcing changes NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 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 Their tone was was very differentfromthatof 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 willtakeacallonwhethertostay with NDA as a partner or not when the time comes. We have Modi, Shah to flag off first BJP govt in Tripura today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY fice. “Sarkar will be living in one room of the party office guest house with his wife,” said CPM state secretary Bijan Dhar. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UP rights panel probes four encounters, finds uncanny similarities in FIR details THE EDITORIAL PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANISH SAHU 13 WORLD VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN LANKA 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 whowaskilled,whohassaidthat 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 since March 20 last year. Ten have been killed this year, including one on March 5. ThefourencounterstheSHRC is investigating are of Mukesh At the encounter site in Etawah. File Rajbhar,JaiHindYadavandRamji Pasi in Azamgarh district, and Aadesh Yadav alias Sunder in Etawahdistrict.Inallfour,thesequence of events as mentioned in the FIRs, as per SHRC sources, is the same: that suspects riding onmotorcycleswereintercepted byapoliceteamduringchecking following a tip-off; that instead of stopping,thesuspectsopened fire at the cops; that police fired inretaliation,inwhichoneof the suspects was killed while his associates escaped leaving behind the vehicle and firearms; and that in the cross-firing, policemen suffered injuries. The Indian Express found that the injured policemen were discharged from hospital within days,andthatinthreeof thefour cases, the identities of the “associates” remain unknown. “Reports have been sought from District Magistrates of Etawah and Azamgarh on the four encounter killings,” a senior SHRC official said. JAI HIND YADAV, 22 KHILWA VILLAGE, TARWA POLICE STATION AREA, AZAMGARH Namedin13criminalcases(in- China responds: Dragon BSP goes door-to-door in and elephant must not eastern UP, seeks votes for SP fight but dance together LALMANI VERMA & SARAH HAFEEZ ZEESHAN SHAIKH BEIJING, MARCH 8 GORAKHPUR, PHULPUR, MARCH 8 DAYSAFTERIndiareachedoutto 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 ADDRESSING A rally in Gorakhpur Wednesday to drum up support for party candidate Praveen Nishad, SP president Akhilesh Yadav told the crowds “so many political parties have come together and the BSP too hasextendedsupport...thisisno longer an ordinary election... it is the first time that such an equation has been formed, such large number of votes have united”. He never mentioned Mayawati. Nor was her photograph on the board at the rally venue — it had Babasaheb Ambedkar,RamManoharLohia, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh himself apart from Peace Party leader Dr Ayub, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday. AP equaltwobut11,”Wangsaidata press conference in Beijing. As reported by The Indian Express on March 2, the government, while underlining that this is a “very sensitive time” for bilateral relations with China, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Akhilesh Yadav at a poll rally in Gorakhpur. Express Nishad Party leader Sanjay Nishad, father of the SP candidate. But BSP flags fluttered in the wind as the crowds heard Akhilesh thank all parties aligned against the BJP. FarfromGorakhpur,60-yearoldRajendraPatelwalkedintothe BSP office in Phulpur. He was at a lossforwords,unabletodecipher what the newspapers were saying — that Behenji had extended supporttoarchrivalSPintheLok Sabha bypolls. “Aap hi batayiye humkyakarein?Cyclekajhanda lagayeinyasirfneelakurtapehne aur neela jhanda lagayein?” (What am I supposed to do? Should I carry the (SP) flag with the cycle or the blue (BSP) flag?) One of the five in the BSP office had a solution: “There is no need to carry the cycle flag. That will be wrong. Why should we sport the SP symbol? We will go around as BSP, tell our supporters that they have to transfer their votes to the SP. That is how we will do it.” In Gorakhpur and Phulpur, whose Lok Sabha members stepped down last year to becomeChief MinisterandDeputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GAURI LANKESH CASE: SUSPECT BOOKED HALL FOR EVENT LINKED TO SANATAN SANSTHA JOHNSON T A MADDUR, MARCH 8 LAST NOVEMBER, the man underarrestforhisallegedinvolvement in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh organised a “dharma sabha” of Hindu activists in a small wedding hall at his home town Maddur. Thesabhawasajointventure 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 aMaharashtrapoliceSIT—tothe allowed. The judgment and order passed by the High Court is set aside. Respondent No.9, Hadiya alias Akhila Asokan, is at liberty to pursue her future endeavours according to law,” stated the Bench. The court also said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) can go ahead with its probe in the matter. “We clarify that the investigations by the NIA in respect of any matter of criminality may continue in accordance with law,” said the Bench, also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The NIA had been 8 BY C RAJA MOHAN Signalling the shift in power, the CPM said that former chief minister Manik Sarkar on Friday moved to his new residence — the party’s state committee of- Hadiya with Shafin Jahan move but unfortunately, due to unavoidable circumstances, we had to take this move. We are stepping down as ministers, but ourpresidenthassaidwewillbe continuing as part of NDA,” Chowdary told reporters. The beauty of democracy, he said,wastobringunanimityand make everyone happy and this was the BJP’s responsibility. “When they are in responsible France India’s new Russia? Biplab Deb will take oath as Chief Minister Friday. Abhisek Saha THE SUPREME Court Thursday set aside the Kerala High Court order annulling the marriage of Hadiya, a 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 factsof thepresentcase,wehold that the High Court should not have annulled the marriage between appellant No.1 Shafin Jahan and respondent No.9, Hadiya alias Akhila Asokan, in a Habeas Corpus petition under Article226of theConstitutionof India,” said the order issued by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justiceof IndiaDipakMisra. “She (Hadiya) appeared before this Court on November 27, 2017,andadmittedhermarriage with appellant No.1. In view of the aforesaid, the appeal stands always cooperated with the Centre but the spirit of cooperative federalism is missing”. But Gajapathi Raju and Chowdary treaded carefully Thursdayevening,callingthedevelopments “unfortunate”. Chowdary said even the Prime Ministercalledtheirdecisionunfortunate. “We will be happy when marriages happen, not when divorces happen. It is not a good LUCKNOW, MARCH 8 AGARTALA, MARCH 8 NEARLYAweekafteritended25 years of Left rule in Tripura, the BJPisallsettotakechargeforthe first time in the state Friday in a high-profile ceremony that will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. Theswearing-inattheAssam RiflesgroundwillseeTripuraBJP chief Biplab Deb, 48, take charge as Chief Minister with Jishnu Debbarma as his deputy. Debbarma will also hope to get the votes required to become an MLA from Charilam Monday after voting was put off in the reserved constituency due to the death of the CPM candidate. SC strikes down HC order: NIA can probe, but Hadiya free to live her life Naveen Kumar at a Hindu Yuva Sena event in Maddur shootingof rationalistsNarendra Dabholkar,69,inPuneonAugust 20,2013,andGovindPansare,81, inKolhapuronFebruary16,2015. 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 Jaipur CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 cluding attempt to murder, and under gangster Act, arms Act). Reward: Rs 15,000 Quoting from the FIR, police saytheylaidatrapforYadavnear Ramghat Khuti village in Mehnagar police station area on August3lastyearfollowingatipoff. In the afternoon, the policemenreportedlyspottedamotorcyclewiththreepeopleonit,and signalled it to stop. The FIR says the three men instead opened fire, and in the retaliatory firing, ‘wanted criminal’ Jai Hind was killed while his associates fled, leaving the motorcycle behind. In the firing, the FIR states, Mehnagar police station SHO Chandra Bhaskar Dwivedi and Constable Vinay Singh suffered a bullet injury each. JaiHind’sfather Shiv Pujan Yadav, a farmer CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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