AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY APRIL 1, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 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 GUJARAT ● NARODA GAM RIOTS: PHONE CALL RECORD CDs WERE NOT TAMPERED, SAYS SHARMA, PAGE 3 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 Nath Tripathi on Saturday visited the riot-affected areas of 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 conference he held after his visit, 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 conference at the Asansol Circuit House, the Governor said he had talked to the IGP, district magistrate and officials to get an update and was satisfied with what CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CLASH IN RAJASTHAN; MORE REPORTS, PAGE 6 As communal heat rises, BJP allies in Bihar rally together SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, MARCH 31 FOLLOWING THERJD’s victory in 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 attempt to create “a block within the NDA” to “assert their position more aggressively than before”. For the first time in many years, Food Minister Paswan has invited the Bihar chief minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AT CWG, SHADOW OF SCANDAL 7 EXPRESS NETWORK Indian boxers tested after anti-dope officials find syringe outside room MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 DALAI LAMA LAUNCHES ‘THANK YOU INDIA’ TO MARK HIS ARRIVAL THE INDIAN contingent at the Commonwealth Games found itself engulfed in a potential doping scandal Saturday after Australian anti-doping officials recovered a used syringe from a bin outside the room of senior boxers at the Athletes Village in Gold Coast. Acting on a tip-off from the housekeeping staff, officials from the Australian Sports AntiDoping Agency (ASADA) and local police raided the room shared by four boxers and seized their possessions. They also recovered the syringe, which had been stuffed inside a crushed plastic bottle and put in the bin. Sources in Gold Coast said the boxers denied the allegations initially, but the team doctor eventually confessed to the use of the syringe. He, however, insisted there had been no wrongdoing. The organising committee of the Games has now launched an investigation, and carried out dope tests on all 12 members of the boxing team, including eight CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Amul Dairy MD Rathnam BUT CASUALTIES STILL HIGH IN 2017-18 quits, cites personal reasons First time in 35 yrs, fewer than 100 Rly accidents EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VADODARA, MARCH 31 Dr K Rathnam DR K RATHNAM, the Managing Director of Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (KDCMPUL), popularly known as Amul Dairy, resigned on Saturday, citing personal reasons. The special board meeting of the cooperative has accepted Rathnam’s resignation AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 and dismissed the suggestions that the development comes in the backdrop of an allegation of corruption worth Rs 450 crore in the cooperative. Rathnam, 55, who was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE INDIAN Railways have ended this financial year with the best safety record in decades: for the first time in 35 years, the number of accidents are in two digits. Around this time last year, some of the worst accidents in recent times had dealt the image of the Railways a severe blow. As of March 30, the number of accidents recorded in 2017-18 stood at 73 — 29 per cent fewer than the 104 in 2016-17. In 1968-69, the number of railway accidents fell to three digits for the first time — to 908 from the 1,111 in the previous CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘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, the 27-year-old Dalit youth, from Basai Babas village in Hathras district of western Uttar Pradesh, has shot off letters to every government office-bearer, from the local police inspector to the state DGP, the Chief Minister to the SC/ST Commission, approached local dailies to media outlets, and 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 AFTER SIMI activists fled in an alleged jailbreak from Bhopal Central Jail in 2016 and were shot 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, made to chant slogans like Jai Shri Ram while their Quran was thrown away, and being denied basic needs like adequate food and sleep, following the October 31, 2016, encounter near Bhopal. The 21 SIMI prisoners in the jail include one convict, Abu Faisal, and 20 undertrials. Their family members had also alleged harassment during visits. 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 December 2017, after allegations that mental harassment and physical torture had resumed after a brief respite. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Bride Sheetal says will fight for a grand baraat. Gajendra Yadav 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 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 transactions and money flows in 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 Videocon Group from ICICI Bank, 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 CBDT to start inquiries especially if the transactions are reported TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICI Bank-Videocon-Deepak Kochhar 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, could emerge,” a key Income-Tax official said. The CBI, which registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the ICICI Bank-Videocon deal some weeks ago, recently questioned nodal officers ofICICI Bank as part of its investigation into a possible quid pro quo in the Rs 3,250 crore loan that the bank gave to the Videocon Group in 2012. Agency officials said they were also studying relevant documents 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 WITH PRESSUREmounting over leaks, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to implement a new measure and have examination centres print question papers, starting Monday’s exam. The untried 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, and Class 12 has Language 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-speed Internet to A4 sheets 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 station area on March 28, following a complaint from the principal of the Chatra Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV). He said he had got information from a student that some persons had got the leaked maths paper and their answers were being provided in the school. Among those arrested is a maths teacher of the school, Harmesh, and a former ABVP office-bearer. Police are understood to be in touch with their Delhi counterparts, as the gang appears to have some links with the Capital, to which the leak was initially believed to be confined. However, the same is yet to be verified. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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