JAIPUR,LATECITY APRIL1,2018 16+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 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM AS HE READIES FOR AUGUSTA MASTERS IN THE US, A LOOK AT WHAT MAKES SHUBHANKAR SHARMA, INDIA’S TOP-RANKED GOLFER, SO SPECIAL PAGES 8-9 Who needs your data? And should you be worried? Communal clashes in Pali on Hanuman Jayanti Day to Monday Looking for quid exam, ago forCBSE new pro quo, CBI system, centres panic quizzes bankers DEEP MUKHERJEE RAHUL TRIPATHI RAJASTHAN’S PALI district was tense on Saturday afternoon as people from two communities clashed with each other after members of a community took out a procession in Jaitaran area on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, according to the police. “Members of one communityweretakingoutaprocession and preliminary reports suggest that some people allegedly started chanting inflammatory slogans outside a mosque. This resultedinstone-peltingbypeople from another community,” said Additional Director General of Police (law and order) NRK Reddy. Reddy said the dispute resulted in a clash that left several shops and vehicles charred. “The miscreants deliberately burnt around 20-25 shops and also set fire to a bus and a motorcycle. There were around a total 1,000-1,500 people who clashed during the violence,” Reddy said. Police said that around eight people were injured in the clashes. “Around eight people have been injured, including policemen, and two of the injured havebeenreferredtoJodhpur.At thispointwearedrivingtheprotesters to their homes to control the situation,” Reddy said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AFTER REGISTERING a preliminaryenquiryintotheICICIBankVideocon deal, CBI has questioned nodal officers of ICICI Bankaspartitsinvestigationinto a possible quid pro quo in the Rs 3,250 crore loan to the Videocon Group in 2012. Agency officials said they werealsostudyingrelevantdocuments of the transaction, and if they came across any evidence indicating wrongdoing, the bank’s MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, and her husband Deepak Kochhar, could be summoned for detailed questioning. They said the statements of nodal officers of the bank, who were involved in processing the loan, have been recorded as part of the PE registered weeks ago. The PE, the officials said, named Videocon group promoter Venugopal Dhoot, Deepak Kochhar, and unknown bank officials. It did not name Chanda Kochhar, and the decision on whether to include her name wouldbetakenlater,theofficials SHRADHA CHETTRI NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 JAIPUR, MARCH 31 4 EXPRESS NETWORK NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 Vehicles set on fire at Jaitaran in Pali district on Saturday. Express Governor visits West Bengal riot areas, stays off Muslim localities RAVIK BHATTACHARYA ASANSOL,RANIGUNJ,MARCH31 WEST BENGAL Governor Kesari NathTripathionSaturdayvisited theriot-affectedareasof Asansol and Ranigunj, meeting victims andofficials.Thefour-and-a-half hour tour ended without a halt at any of the minority-dominated areas, with police officers claiming they couldn’t “secure” the same for his contingent. “We do not know why, but our respected governor did not visit any minority areas in Asansol. We expected he would come and listen to us too,” said Md Nasim Ansari, Councillor of Ward No. 25. SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, MARCH 31 FOLLOWINGTHERJD’svictoryin the Araria Lok Sabha bypoll, and the sudden recent surge of communal incidents in Bihar, the BJP’s alliance partners in the state—theJD(U),LJPandRLSP— have begun a serious attempt to create “a block within the NDA” topressuretheBJPandto“assert their position more aggressively than before”. LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan has invited Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar to be chief guest at the LJP’s B R Ambedkar birth CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar said. On March 29, The Indian Express reported on the Videocon-ICICI Bank deal that raised questions of impropriety and possible conflict of interest. A PE is the first step to verify allegations of wrongdoing. As part of the procedure, the CBI collects material to determine if there is prima facie wrongdoing that may require registration of an FIR. The agency normally has three months to decide whether to close the PE or convert it into a regular FIR. It has been alleged that Dhoot provided crores of rupees to a firm promoted by Deepak Kochhar and two relatives six months after the Videocon CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Class X maths leak spreads to Jharkhand, 12 arrested EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RANCHI, MARCH 31 POLICE IN Chatra, Jharkhand, havearrestedatleast12persons, including students and coordinators of a coaching institute, in connectionwiththeallegedleak 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 BHOPAL, MARCH 31 AFTER THE jailbreak by SIMI activistsandtheirkillinginasubsequent ‘encounter’ in 2016, other SIMI activists still lodged in Bhopal Central Jail were subjected to beating and torture by jailofficials,aninvestigationteam of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has found. Prisoners, their relatives, advocates and activists had alleged in the months after the October 31 encounter near Bhopal that 21 SIMI activists, facing trial in othercases,werebeatenup,kept insolitaryconfinement,madeto chant slogans like Jai Shri Ram and denied basic needs like adequate food and sleep. InJune2017,thecommission sent a team to investigate the complaintafterfamilymembers of 21 undertrial prisoners called on it on May 24, 2017, and complainedaboutallegedsystematic harassment, religious persecution, torture, denial of medical treatment and intimidation and harassment of family members during their visits to the jail. The team interacted with prisoners, family members, jail authorities, lawyers and social activists and submitted its CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt cites Karnataka polls, BUT CASUALTIES STILL HIGH IN 2017-18 First time in 35 yrs, fewer seeks time on Cauvery than 100 Rly accidents SOWMIYA ASHOK & ANANTHAKRISHAN G NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 THE CENTRE moved the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking three-month extension forimplementingitsFebruary16 order on division of Cauvery riverwatersbetweenKarnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. Pointing out that the Karnataka Assembly elections were coming, the Centre said that Cauvery being a “very emotive” issue in the state, any move at this point to constitute a scheme under Section 6A of the Inter State River Water Disputes Act 1936 and notify it may “vitiate election process and cause seriouslawandorderproblems”. Itrecalledthatinthepast,the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 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. This, despite the fact thatsomeof the worstaccidents in recent times have kept alive the image of the Railways as an unsafe transporter. As of March 30, the total numberof accidentsrecordedin 2017-18 stood at 73 — a 29 per cent decrease from the 104 in 2016-17. In 1968-69, the number of railway accidents fell to three 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, 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 Bride Sheetal says will fight for baraat. Gajendra Yadav 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 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 facebook.com/parlehideandseek After jailbreak, encounter, SIMI activists tortured in MP jail: NHRC MILIND GHATWAI ‘IDON’TKNOWHOW MANYMOREYEARS OFSTRUGGLE FORHOMELAND’ 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 were left injured. Over a dozen houses were burnt and shops ransacked. The state government had earlier dissuaded Tripathi from visiting the riot-hit areas, when he sought to do so a day after the violence.At his pressconference at the Asansol Circuit House, the Governor said he had talked to the IGP, district magistrate and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As communal heat rises, BJP allies in Bihar show warmth TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS 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, on Thursday. 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 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 Jaipur @parlehideandseek
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