TheIndianEXPRESS LATE CITY PUNE, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 20+6 (NEWSLINE) PAGES Rs. 3.00 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA NATIONAL NETWORK Modi govt’s exception for Kodnani, tells SIT not to seek death for her (P6) IndianExpress.com PAGES 10, 11 Edit & Op-ed IN MODI’S RISE, A SURGE FROM BELOW twitter.com/IndianExpress INTERNATIONAL Chemical weapons: Obama rejects Putin claim blaming Syrian rebels (P12) by Swapan Dasgupta ■ RECOVERY WILL NEED SUSTAINED RISE IN INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION facebook.com/IndianExpress IndianExpress.com/Apps PAGE 19 Sport Most expensive player Bale has a bitter-sweet debut PUNENewsline ● ‘RAPE BID’ ON NUN: MAN DETAINED ● NEW-LOOK WAITING ROOMS AT RLY STATION ● BOOK TICKETS FOR WILDLIFE DESTINATIONS ONLINE In PM mode, Modi tones down stand on Pak QUICK TAKES Agni V tested for second time NEW DELHI: India Sunday successfully test fired its longest range n-capable missile, Agni V, for the second time. The 5,000-kmplus missile was tested in the presence of the Strategic Force Command team. P2 Congress media hand hits at govt REWARI ❚ At ex-servicemen rally, CM hails their sacrifices, says ‘weak Delhi’ behind ‘weak borders’ JAIPUR: The Congress’s media cell chief in pollbound Rajasthan, Sunil Sharma, has taken potshots at the UPA and CM Ashok Gehlot on his Facebook page, raising infrastructure, education and healthcare issues. P6 REWARI (HARYANA), SEPTEMBER 15 A UK’s deputy PM opposes visa bond Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at a relief camp in Bassikalan village in Muzaffarnagar Sunday. GAJENDRA YADAV Akhilesh offers justice, faces anger: ‘Where was the govt then?’ LONDON: Deputy PM Nick Clegg has opposed the controversial 3,000 pounds visa bond scheme, which would affect visitors from certain countries including India. Business as Usual DIPANKAR GHOSE & APURVA By UNNY MUZAFFARNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 15 WHEREVER Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav went, anger followed. A week after communal violence tore through Muzaffarnagar district, killing at least 39 and leaving thousands homeless, Akhilesh Sunday toured few of the affected vil- lages — mostly aboard a helicopter and with heavy police escort. He promised government jobs and swift justice to the victims but got a tepid response from locals. His first stop was Kawaal village some 15 km from the city where a triple murder involving two Jats, Gaurav and Sachin, and a Muslim, Shahnawaz, ostensibly heightened tensions between the two communities. Akhilesh first MUZAFFARNAGAR VIOLENCE visited Shahnawaz’s father Salim and then the families of Gaurav and Sachin in the neighbouring Malikpura village. As he left Kawaal, villagers waved black flags and chanted slogans against the government for failing to control the situation. They also alleged that the chief minister met local politicians and people from outside instead of listening to grievances of villagers of the region. After visiting Kandhla town, which now houses close to 16,000 refugees, Akhilesh stopped at Bassikalan, where close to 5,000 have taken CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maharashtra IPS officer In hiding trail, IM shows it is way ahead in tech use ‘attempts suicide’ SAGNIK CHOWDHURY MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 15 A SENIOR IPS officer posted as Additional Director General (Housing) in Mumbai, Ranjit Kumar Sahay, allegedly attempted suicide at his Malabar Hill residence by immolating himself late Saturday night. Doctors at Bombay Hospital, where he was admitted, said Sahay sustained 55 per cent burns and was in a critical state. Although the reason was not immediately clear, as it is under police investigation, it has emerged that Sahay had recently complained of harassment at workplace and leveled serious allegations against his immediate superior, DG (Housing) Praveen Dixit, accusing him of favouring a private player for police housing projects. Sahay had written three or four letters to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Amitabh Rajan and Chief Secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia on irregularitiesintheMaharashtraStatePolice Housing and Welfare Corporation. A 1986 batch officer, Sahay earlier served as Chief Vigilance Officer in the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation. During this stint, he had sent a report to the state Anti Corruption Bureau, alleging kickbacks in contracts for bus tyre retreading. Later, the ACB sought government sanction for an inquiry against then MSRTC MD Deepak Kapoor, a high-profile 1991 batch IAS officer who was formerly private secretary to Praful Patel. When contacted, Additional Chief Secretary(Home)Rajansaid,“Istudied the papers and after applying my mind, Irecommendedtothegovernmentthat the ACB be given permission.” Rajan said he also received Sahay’s letters on allegations pertaining to the police housing corporation. Soon after his transfer to the corporation in August, Sahay alleged Dixit was favouring B G Shirke Construction Technology Pvt. Ltd while awarding contracts. Dixit rubbished the allegations. “There is no scope of any irregularties, as everything we do is subject to close scrutiny. Any decision taken is screened by five auditors,” he said. Javed and Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu — have found that they were close on the heels of the IM men on several ocINVESTIGATIONS against arrested casions but never managed to pick up Indian Mujahideen operatives Yasin the crucial intelligence to nab them. Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar have Tahseen Akhtar is now suspected to revealed that security agencies, seeking be the interim leader of the IM in India. to keep tabs on terror activities, may While Yasin was suspected to have be far behind their targets when it been out of India since the Mumbai comes to tech competence. tripleblastsofJuly13,2011,sourcessaid Encryptionofmessages the others have been movwhether on e-mail or chats, in cities TERROR’S ing around Belgaum like dead dropping of e-mails Mangalore, and PRIZE CATCH and use of GPRS phones Hyderabad but managed are among the methods beto remain under the radar ing employed by Yasin and of security agencies. BHATKAL company to prevent detec“Every small message tion by security agencies. among them is encrypted. The nature of the technology used The use of regular phones is almost and operations of the IM have also led non-existent. They use only GPRS investigators to believe that it is aligned phones. They are a small group but with the Lashkar-e-Toiba in Pakistan, very tech savvy. State police forces are which is known to be a tech-savvy terror two decades behind in technology usoutfit, rather than al-Qaeda, to which age to track such covert operations,” the IM has been linked in recent times. security sources said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Several agencies reviewing the timeline of movement of Yasin and his MORE REPORTS ON PAGE 3. NEWSLINE missing associates — Waqas alias JOHNSON T A BANGALORE, SEPTEMBER 15 YASIN Mole helped Orissa’s ‘perfect’ encounter ASHUTOSH BHARDWAJ SILAKOTA (MALKANGIRI), SEPTEMBER 15 A RAVI KANOJIA RAVISH TIWARI MOLE within the rebel camp helped police carry out Orissa’s biggest ever encounter early Saturday morning, leaving 13 Maoists dead and causing a major setback to the Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist). The mole, a Koya tribal, and his interlocutor were part of a small team of 40 policemen, led by Malkangiri SP Akhileshwar Singh, that carried out the assault at Silakota village. The seniormost of the rebel leaders present, however, escaped in the attack. It was the precise information provided by the Koya tribal that helped police reach the remote spot, near Silakota, where the Maoists were camping. It is a small clearing less than 100 metres in length and breadth surrounded by Phoosa hills and thick forests. The nearest road is over 10 km away. Heavy rain Friday night also helped. “Yes, the information was precise. We knew our targets. They were in three tents, and there were three sentries. We crossed the layer of sentries, but they had taken shelter in the tents due to the rain,” 1 PAGE ANCHOR The encounter site deep inside ASHUTOSH BHARDWAJ the forest. Singh told The Indian Express. The downpour also drowned out the sound of police movement. Confident of the precise nature of the information, the SP said they didn’t feel the need to call it additional troops or Central forces. “A small team is always handy in such cases,” he said. According to one Silakota villager, the Maoists had arrived at the spot just hours before the attack. “We had no information about them. Normally whenever they come, they inform us and seek food from us,” the villager said. The team led by Singh left their CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 » THE ‘URBAN MAOIST’ FRONT » SMALL FORCE THAT PROVIDES THE CUTTING EDGE PAGE 9 DDRESSING his first public rally after his nomination as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate two days ago, Narendra ModiSundaystruckabalanced note, apparently in tune with his new stature, as he raised issues of national security, especially pet target Pakistan. At a massive rally for exservicemen here, he shed his trademark “Mian Musharraf”-type belligerence and repeatedly invoked Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s global diplomacy while talking about the sacrifices made by the armed forces, terrorism and the neighbourhood situation. Former army chief V K Singh shared the dais with Modi at the rally. “Atalji’s diplomacy not only forced the world to discuss the issue of global terrorism, it also ensured that the world stopped listening sympathetically to Pakistan,” Modi said, adding that in the nine years of the UPA rule Pakistan had climbed back to its previous position. Modi, ex-Army chief V K Singh at Rewari rally Sunday MODI, ADVANI MEET GUJARAT CM Narendra Modi and senior leader L K Advani bumped into each other at a party to celebrate the 90th birthday of Ram Jethmalani Sunday night. Sources said Modi touched Advani’s feet and sought his blessings. Party leaders downplayed this gesture, saying it was not unusual. In what will provide some comfort to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is exploring possibilities of talks with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Modi stopped short of the BJP’s stand that dialogue with the neighbouring country be halted. “Pakistan recently got a new democratically elected government, which has offered hope that it would keep aside anti-India sentiments and begin reconciliation,” he said, adding, “But the way our soldiers have been killed along CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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