PUNE,LATECITY APRIL1,2018 18+4(NEWSLINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 7 The Battle for Karnataka Is more than a battle for the state, for both Cong, BJP. What is at stake, why this is an evenly matched contest, and what it means for 2019 BIG PICTURE And should you be worried? BANK OFFICIALS QUESTIONED ICICI-Videocon deal: CBDT, CBI begin probes MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, MARCH 31 4 EXPRESS NETWORK DALAILAMALAUNCHES ‘THANKYOUINDIA’TO MARKHISARRIVAL ‘Am I not a Hindu? Don’t I have same Constitution?’ asks UP Dalit groom SARAH HAFEEZ KASGANJ, MARCH 31 “AM I not a Hindu?” asks Sanjay Kumar. Over the past few months, the27-year-oldDalityouth,from Basai Babas village in Hathras districtof westernUttarPradesh, has shot off letters to every government office-bearer, from the localpoliceinspectortothestate DGP, the Chief Minister to the SC/ST Commission, approached localdailiestomediaoutlets,and released videos on social media, seeking help to take out his baraat through his bride’s Thakur-dominated village. On March 15, he moved the Allahabad High Court. “When the Constitution says we are all equal, and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath says we are all Hindus, and he heads a Hinduvadi party, why am I facing such a situation?” asks Kumar, a Block Development Council member. “Am I not a Hindu then?... There cannot be separate rules for people governed by one Constitution.” The wedding is now just 20 daysaway,andthereisnobreakthrough. Last week, Kasganj District Magistrate R P Singh, along with Superintendent of Police Piyush Srivastava, visited bride Sheetal’s village Nizamabad, in neighbouring CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS HE READIES FOR AUGUSTA MASTERS IN THE US, A LOOK AT WHAT MAKES SHUBHANKAR SHARMA, INDIA’S TOP-RANKED GOLFER, SO SPECIAL PAGES 10-11 Who needs your data? NHRC report out, backs torture claims of SIMI men in Bhopal jail AFTERSIMIactivistsfledinanalleged jailbreak from Bhopal CentralJailin2016andwereshot down in an ‘encounter’, 21 other SIMI men in the prison were subjected to torture by officials, a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team has found. The prisoners had alleged they were kept in solitary confinement,madetochantslogans like Jai Shri Ram while their Quranwasthrownaway,andbeing denied basic needs like adequate food and sleep, following the October 31, 2016, encounter nearBhopal.The21SIMIprisonersinthejailincludeoneconvict, Abu Faisal, and 20 undertrials. Their family members had also allegedharassmentduringvisits. After their case was taken up by activists and taken to the NHRC, it had sent a team to the Bhopal Central Jail in June 2017 to investigate. The commission had sent a second team in December2017,afterallegations that mental harassment and physicaltorturehadresumedafter a brief respite. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM RITU SARIN & RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 Governor K N Tripathi with a riot victim in Asansol Saturday. Subham Dutta Governor visits West Bengal riot areas, stays off Muslim localities RAVIK BHATTACHARYA ASANSOL, RANIGUNJ, MARCH 31 WEST Bengal Governor Kesari NathTripathionSaturdayvisited theriot-affectedareasof Asansol and Ranigunj, meeting victims and officials. The four-and-ahalf-hour tour ended without a halt at any of the minority-dominated areas, with police officers saying “he never asked to go” and “if he had, it would have been difficult to take him there”. Asked about this at a press conferenceheheldafterhisvisit, the Governor did not reply. In the riots that broke out on March 26, a day after Ram Navami, Mahesh Mondol and Sibtullah Rashidi were killed in Ranigunj and Asansol in West Burdwan district respectively, while many people were injured. Over a dozen houses were burnt and shops ransacked. The state government had earlier dissuaded Tripathi from visiting the riot-hit areas a day after the violence. At his press conferenceattheAsansolCircuit House, the Governor said he had talked to the IGP, district magistrate and officials to get an updateandwassatisfiedwithwhat he had been told. “I have come here with a message of peace and I appeal to all the people to be in harmony and respect each other,”Tripathisaid.“Everybody should respect each other’s religious festivals.” Tarik Anwar, a schoolteacher of Muslim-dominated Chelidangathatsawclashes,said, “WeheardthattheGovernorwas coming. We expected him to meetus.Heistheheadofthegovernment, not any community. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CLASH IN RAJASTHAN; MORE REPORTS, PAGE 4 As communal heat rises, BJP allies in Bihar rally together SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, MARCH 31 FOLLOWINGTHERJD’svictoryin the Araria Lok Sabha bypoll, and the recent surge of communal incidents in Bihar, the BJP’s alliance partners in the state — Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), Ramvilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) — have begun a serious attempttocreate“ablockwithin theNDA”to“asserttheirposition more aggressively than before”. For the first time in many years, Food Minister Paswan has invited the Bihar chief minister to be the chief guest at the LJP’s celebration of B R Ambedkar birth anniversary in Patna on April 14. And MoS HRD Kushwaha has spoken with Nitish at least twice in the last fortnight. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ALONG WITH the CBI, the investigation wing of the Income-Tax (I-T) Department, too, has commenced what is being described as a “suo motu” inquiry into transactionsandmoneyflowsin the ICICI Bank-Videocon case. Officials in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) told The Sunday Express that following The Indian Express report on the Rs 3,250 crore loan to the VideoconGroupfromICICIBank, the investigation wing in Mumbai has commenced a preliminary enquiry. The focus of the scrutiny would be the “money trail” among the key players and bankers, and a decision would soon be taken on what action could be taken by the I-T Department. “Investigation wings do not need any instructions from the CBDTtostartinquiriesespecially if the transactions are reported TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar to be of the stated amounts. So the DG Mumbai will examine all aspects of the loans and company transactions and, by next week, a clear picture of violations,if any,couldemerge,”akey Income-Tax official said. The CBI, which registered a preliminaryenquiry(PE)intothe ICICI Bank-Videocon deal some weeks ago, recently questioned nodalofficersofICICIBankaspart of itsinvestigationintoapossible quidproquointheRs3,250crore loan that the bank gave to the Videocon Group in 2012. Agency officials said they werealsostudyingrelevantdocuments of the transaction, and if CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A day to Monday’s exam, a new CBSE system, centres panic SHRADHA CHETTRI NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 WITHPRESSUREmountingover leaks, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to implement a new measure and have examination centres print question papers, startingMonday’sexam.Theuntried measure has seen only one dummy run, last week. On Monday, when the CBSE starts implementing this, Class 10 has French/Sanskrit/Urdu-B paper,andClass12hasLanguage Elective. All the centre superintendents in Delhi received a circular intimating them about this on Saturday, sending confusion down the ranks. With just a day to make the preparations, from high-speedInternettoA4sheets to calling in computer teachers, the superintendents, who are CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Class X maths leak spreads to Jharkhand, 12 arrested EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RANCHI, MARCH 31 POLICE IN Chatra, Jharkhand, have arrested at least 12 persons, including students and coordinators of a coaching institute, in connection with the alleged leak of the Class X maths paper of the CBSE. According to a press statement issued by police, an FIR was registered at Sadar police stationareaonMarch28,following a complaint from the principal of the Chatra Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV). He saidhehadgotinformationfrom astudentthatsomepersonshad got the leaked maths paper and their answers were being provided in the school. Among thosearrestedisamathsteacher of the school, Harmesh, and a former ABVP office-bearer. Policeareunderstoodtobein touch with their Delhi counterparts,asthegangappearstohave CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SCHOOL PRINCIPAL QUESTIONED, PAGE 2
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