TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MOVE COMES IN ELECTION YEAR In name of fake news, Govt frames rules to blacklist journalists EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 A protest by Dalits in Jodhpur on Monday. Rajasthan, MP, UP and Punjab saw widespread protests in which scores were injured, hundreds detained. PTI BHARAT BANDH OVER ALLEGED DILUTION OF SC/ST ATROCITIES ACT Nine killed as angry Dalits take to the streets, Madhya Pradesh most affected Two killed in UP, one in Rajasthan; protesters hold up road, rail traffic THE DEAD EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, LUCKNOW, JAIPUR, CHANDIGARH, APRIL 2 AT LEAST nine persons were killedandscoresinjuredMonday as Dalit anger exploded on the streets in different parts of the country on the day the Centre filed a petition in the Supreme Court, asking it to review its March 20 order that called for changes in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Protesting this alleged dilution of the law, Dalits tried to enforce a Bharat Bandh and its impact was felt most in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. They repeatedly clashed with police and blocked rail and road traffic at several places. In the violence that followed, vehicles and public properties, including police posts, were torched. Of the nine dead, six were killedin MadhyaPradesh,twoin Uttar Pradesh and one in BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MADHYA PRADESH Rakesh Jatav, Gwalior Deepak Jatav, Gwalior Bimal Prasad, Dabra Akash Garg, Bhind Mahavir Rajawat, Bhind Rahul Pathak, Morena RAJASTHAN Pawan Kumar, Alwar UTTAR PRADESH THE EDITORIAL PAGE The CBSE’s examination BY ASHOK THAKUR & S S MANTHA ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 SEEKING A review of the Supreme Court judgment that forbids arrest without prior sanction for offences under the ScheduledCastesandScheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the government told the top DALIT PROTESTS Amreesh, Muzaffarnagar Ankur, Meerut Rajasthan. Officials said seven of the nine killed were Dalits. Hundreds were detained across states following incidents of arson, firing and vandalism. The Union Home Ministry, which sent 800 anti-riot police personnel to Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, instructed all CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 court Monday that potential for misuse was not a valid ground for reading down stringent provisions of the Act and diluting it would deprive SC, ST communities the rights guaranteed under the Constitution. Approachingthecourtonthe day Dalits protested across the country, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in its NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 On Dalits, despite PM push, BJP plays catch-up RAVISH TIWARI & LIZ MATHEW CASTEIST ELEMENTS USING DALITS, TRIBALS AS SCAPEGOATS: MAYA review petition, said: “Alleged potential of misuse would not deserve to be considered as a valid, justifiable or permissible ground for reading down stringent provisions of the PoA (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989... such a principle, if extended to offences created under other provisions of law, AFTER LEADING the BJP to a full majority in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually took it upon himself to facilitate a tighterembracebetweentheBJP and Dalits. He personally steered a yearlong overdrive to signal the Hindutva party’s commitment to Hindu iconoclast B R Ambedkar who has over the years emerged an icon for Dalits across the country. Startingwithlayingthefoundation stone of Dr. Ambedkar WORLD KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 AT LEAST 13 Union Ministers, including I&B Minister Smriti Irani, over the last two days, have tweeted a link to a website which claims to have busted “four major fake news stories.” Seven of the ministers added the same comment: “Raise your voice against the fake news.” The website, www.thetruepicture.in, according to whois.com — a domain registration and hosting service provider — was registered last year. It shares its landline telephone number with BlueKraft Digital Foundation, which is the “technology and knowledge” partner to Exam Warriors, the latest book authored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help children fight exam stress. The Indian Express visited the address in Connaught Place mentioned on BlueKraft’s website where two individuals said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cabinet Secretary’s Feb 26 note quotes Foreign Secretary, says participation by senior leaders, govt functionaries in Dalai Lama events not desirable, should be discouraged FIR lodged by Pradeep Rathod’s father says accused No 1 & 2 threatened to kill his son for riding a horse Kejriwal says sorry again, Jaitley drops his case SOURAV ROY BARMAN & ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 WINNIE MANDELA DIES AT 81 WHAT IT CALLS FAKE: AN FIR AND A NOTE BY CABINET SECRETARY AFTER APOLOGIES to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Union Minister Nitin GadkariandAmitSibal,thesonof CongressleaderKapilSibal,Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday apologised to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. JaitleyandKejriwalwithfour other AAP leaders Monday moved a joint plea before Additional Chief Metropolitan MagistrateSamarVishalseeking to settle a criminal defamation case connected to alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association. The matter has been listed for disposal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law advised Asansol violence: Woman goes to cops for help, ‘run over by police car’ ICICI borrowers on their foreign loans There is no link, brother-in-law not relative under Companies Act, says ICICI Bank 8 Govt files review plea: Potential misuse of law not a valid ground IN AN unprecedented move in anelectionyear,theInformation and Broadcasting Ministry has amendedguidelinesforjournalists’ accreditation stating that if ajournalistisfoundtohave“created and/or propagated” fake news, the journalist’s accreditation will be suspended or permanently cancelled. In a press release issued Monday evening, it said that the Press Council of India and News Broadcasters Association (NBA), the two regulatory bodies for print and television media respectively, will determine whether the news is fake or not. While I&B Minister Smriti Irani said that both these bodies were not “regulated/operated” by the government, her Ministry’s statement was the one that defined the punishmentandleftboththedefinition of fake news and the nature of the complaint open-ended. Once a complaint is registered for “determination of fake news,” the Ministry’s statement said, the accreditation of the journalist who “created and/or propagated the fake news” will be “suspended till such time the determination regarding the Look who is busting fake news for 13 Ministers: site with Exam Warriors link SANDEEP SINGH & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 WHILE ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar’s transactions with Videocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot are under the scanner of investigative agencies, another potential conflictof-interestlinkhasemerged,this time with a Singapore-based financial services company founded by Deepak Kochhar’s brother. TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar Avista Advisory, founded by Rajiv Kochhar, who is the brother-in-law of Chanda Kochhar, got the mandate to restructure foreign currencydenominated debt deals worth over$1.7billionof sevencompanies over the last six years. All these companies were borrowersof ICICIBankatthesametime. In at least one of these deals, ICICI Bank was the lead bank of the lenders. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SFIO seeks green signal to investigate ICICI Bank loan to Videocon Group SANDEEP SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 THE MUMBAI office of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has sought a go-ahead from its headquarters in New Delhi to investigate the matter relating to the Rs 3,250 crore loan extended by ICICI Bank to Videocon Group in 2012 because “the quantum involved is several thousand crores” and it concerns “public money”. It is learnt that the Mumbai SFIO received a complaint relatingtoICICIBank,VideoconGroup and their promoters in February 2018. The complaint, sources said,alleged“corporatemalpractice, surreptitious transactions and round tripping of money”. Seeking guidance from the Director,SFIO,theMumbaioffice wrote to the head office on February 27, stating that the “casehasgotissuespertainingto laundering of money, evasion of taxes and banking transactions. Considering the present environment, the allegations made inthecomplaintrequiretobeinvestigated”. It pointed out that since “the quantum involved is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAVIK BHATTACHARYA ASANSOL, APRIL 2 ON MARCH 28, a day after communal violence over Ram Navami celebrations spread to AsansolinWestBengal,42-yearold Pratima Devi allegedly protested near the Asansol Northpolicestation,demanding that the police pay a visit to her locality Ram Krishna Dangal oneof theworst-hitareas.There, her family alleges, she fell unconscious after the police fired tear gas shells during a clash and was mauled by a police car. While the car sped off, she was taken to a hospital, only to be declared brought dead on arrival, said her son Sandip Routh (21), who claimed he was present at the incident spot — Roopkatha Cinema Hall at Dhadka area, which is around 500 metres from the police sta- (From left) Pratima Devi’s younger son Sajeeb, daughter Anjali, elder son Sandip and husband Sailendra at their home in Asansol on Monday. Subham Dutta tion. The police denied that any suchanincidenthadtakenplace. “Not a fact,” said Asansol Police Commissioner L M Meena. Asansol Mayor Jitendra Tiwari, however, said Rs 2 lakh will be given to the family as compensation. “I have received a complaint regarding the incident and sent it to higher ups for a proper investigation,” he added. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GRIEF AT END OF 4-YEAR WAIT: CASKETS FROM MOSUL FLOWN HOME TO PUNJAB KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR JALAL USMA (AMRITSAR), APRIL 2 “COFFINNUMBER10,Gurcharan Singh. His family, please come forward...” That’s when Gurjit Singh stepped forward from a crowd at the Amritsar airport cargo terminal and stood before acasketwithaname,anaddress andatagthatsimplyread‘No.10’. After an agonising four-year wait, Gurjit was with the families of 31 other Indians from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Monday to claim the mortal remains of relatives who went missing in Mosul, Iraq in 2014. The Centre had recently con- The remains of two victims from West Bengal was brought back to Kolkata on Monday. Partha Paul firmedthat39Indianswhowere reported missing were killed by IS militants. Of those who died, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, two from West Bengal and six from Bihar. The mortal remains were brought from Baghdad Monday by Union Minister of State for ExternalAffairsVKSinghinaspecialAirForceplane,whichlanded in Amritsar at 2.20 pm. Amid massive protests by Dalit groups acrossthestate,thecoffinscarrying the mortal remains were escorted out of the cargo terminal of the Amritsar International Airport to their destination by Punjab police vehicles. The long distances, traffic congestion and state-wide protests meant severe delays. For many families, the remains of their kin had to be kept at mortuaries, to be handed over on Tuesday, sources said. In Punjab,remainsof sevenIndians killed in Mosul were kept at the Jalandhar civil hospital mortuary, two in Hoshiarpur and and another two in Balachaur. In Himachal Pradesh, mortal remains of three men were kept at the Nurpur civil hospital mortuary while one was kept in the mortuary of a hospital in Tanda, Kangra district. Gurjit Singh was with his village sarpanch Kanwar Mann to receive the casket. His brother, Gurcharan (35) had left for Iraq in 2013 and is survived by his wife, two children, parents, two sistersandabrother.Hisremains reached his native village Jalal Usmaat5.45pmonMondayand he was cremated an hour later. Before the cremation, Gurcharan’swifeHarjitKaur,sisters Gurmeet Kaur and Malkeet Kaur and mother Joginder Kaur had demanded the coffin be opened. While nodal officer and Tehsildar Baljinder Singh convinced the family not to open it at home, he had to agree to their demand at the cremation ground. “Letmelookatthefaceof my son. Please open it. Let me see my child for once,” she said on Monday. When the officers resisted, a crowd gathered at the cremation ground became restiveandthecasketwasforced open only to stun the family. Gurcharan’s younger sister Malkeet Kaur picked up a plastic bag from the coffin which included a cap. “My brother was a baptised Sikh. He never wore a cap. This corpse cannot be his. Eventhepairof shoesthatarelying here is not his,” she said. But Gurcharan’s family was not alone. Families of the Mosul victims, who arrived at the airportfrom10amMondayandreceived the remains with tears and demanded that the coffins be opened. The district administration, however, refused to do so citing time constraints. “In the last 10 days, my relatives have come to my house at least thrice expecting the arrival of my son Dharminder’s body. Eventually, he has come in this casket. I will take him home in whatever shape he has arrived. I had never expected I will receive himinthisshape”,saidRajKumar, aresidentof villageTalwandiZira in Gurdaspur district. Gurpinder Kaur from BhoewalvillageinAmritsar,who has spearheaded the families’ struggle to locate their missing kinoverthelastfouryears,wasat theairporttoreceivetheremains of her brother Manjinder Singh. “It is extremely sad that we were not allowed to open the caskets at the airport. All the families wanted to open the caskets and at least see their kin in whatever shape they have returned”, Gurpinder said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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