TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `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 NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 EXPRESS NETWORK ● FEMALE FOETICIDE A MATTER OF DEEP SHAME: PM, P 7 ● NEIPHIU RIO TAKES OATH AS NAGALAND CM, P8 11 THEIDEASPAGE Enforced decline Ongoing systematic attempt to alter JNU's character by forcing changes 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. Their tone was was very P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Y Satyanarayana Chowdary in Parliament. Praveen Jain, Anil Sharma different from that of ChandrababuNaiduWednesday 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 not when the time comes. We have always cooper- Tripura rolls out saffron red carpet today for first BJP govt ESHA ROY ated with the Centre but the spirit of cooperative federalism is missing”. But Gajapathi Raju and Chowdary treaded carefully Thursday evening, calling the developments “unfortunate”. Chowdary said even the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS 13 BY UNNY EXPLAINED Why Andhra, Centre can’t agree on special status PAGE 8 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE MANISH SAHU France India’s new Russia? BY C RAJA MOHAN Biplab Deb will take oath as Chief Minister Friday. Abhisek Saha throw from the Raj Bhavan, directly from the airport. This is a departure from oath-taking ceremonies in Tripura that have so fartakenplaceattheRajBhavan. Apart from Modi and party president Amit Shah, the list of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 WORLD VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN LANKA NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 ZEESHAN SHAIKH BEIJING, MARCH 8 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday. AP 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 this is a “very sensitive time” for bilateral relations with China, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 faronthetextsdoingtherounds. 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. The2018agreementissaidto beamoredetailedandimproved version of the 2015 pact signed betweenthetwocountrieswhen Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Seychelles. 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 since March 20 last year. Ten have been killed this year, including one on March 5. 2015 pact during PM visit was revised in Jan this year The documents on the Internet, said to be texts of both agreements, were suspected to havebeenleakedthisweekfrom Seychelles. On Tuesday, Seychelles President Danny Faure was quoted by Seychelles News Agency as telling the national assembly:“Assumptionbelongsto Seychelles and Seychellois. Land on Assumption has not been sold or leased to the Government of India.” Developing infrastructure on Assumption is a key piece in India’s proactive maritime strategy as it counters China’s moves in the Indian Ocean region. “The 2015 agreement was a very basic agreement with key areas outlined. Following renegotiation, a lot of the concerns from the Seychelles side was accommodated in the revised text of the agreement in January 2018. The new text also spelt out specifics and the nitty-gritties in greater detail,” sources said. Unlikein2015whenthejoint project monitoring committee was chaired by the Indian envoy, the 2018 version had the Indian envoyandtheSeychellesForeign Secretary as co-chairs. The same template was followed for the joint working groupwiththeIndianenvoyand the Seychelles Foreign Secretary as co-chairs. ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GAURI LANKESH CASE: SUSPECT BOOKED HALL FOR EVENT LINKED TO SANATAN SANSTHA JOHNSON T A MADDUR (MANDYA), MARCH 8 LAST NOVEMBER, the man under arrest for his alleged involvement in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh organised a “sabha” of Hindu activists in a wedding hall at his home town Maddur in Karnataka. 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 concern 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 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 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, and admitted her marriagewithappellantNo.1.Inview of the aforesaid, the appeal stands allowed. The judgment Hadiya with Shafin Jahan and order passed by the High Court is set aside. Respondent No.9,HadiyaaliasAkhilaAsokan, 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 into a so-called “larger conspiracy” behind the alleged forced religious conversion of Hadiya and others in Kerala. “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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UP rights panel probes 4 encounters with 1 FIR script: suspects on bikes fired at cops China responds: Dragon India-Seychelles security pact and elephant must not ‘details’ on Internet set off alarm fight, but dance together SHUBHAJIT ROY 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL LUCKNOW, MARCH 8 AGARTALA, MARCH 8 IT’S BEING touted by the BJP as one of its biggest ceremonies of a chief minister taking oath, and the largest swearing-in function in the northeast. With the BJPIPFT combine ending the Left’s 25-year rule in Tripura, Prime MinisterNarendraModiiskeepinghispre-electionpromisethat he will be present at the oathtaking ceremony of BJP’s first chief minister in the state. While the ceremony will begin at 10 am Friday, the Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive at the Agartala airport at noon. He willreachthevenue,themassive Assam Rifles grounds, a stone’s 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 At the encounter site in Etawah. File 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 atip-off;thatinsteadof stopping, the suspects opened fire at police; that police fired in retaliation,inwhichoneof thesuspects 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 Named in 13 criminal cases (including 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, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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