LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA CLASS II BOY SUSTAINS HEAD INJURY IN SHOPIAN Outrage in Valley after street protesters stone school bus JOURNALISM OF COURAGE J Dey killing: Chhota Rajan, eight others get life term SADAF MODAK & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, MAY 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The Wuhan window BY SHYAM SARAN GOVT & POLITICS ● IF DALITS COME AND EAT AT MY HOME, I WILL BE PURIFIED: UMA PAGE 6 Rehan Goursi, who sustained a head injury in the Shopian school bus attack, in a Srinagar hospital Wednesday. Shuaib Masoodi 11 EXPLAINED HOW WILL IN-FLIGHT WiFi WORK? DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA ● IN CM SEAT, HIS SON LOOKS TO TAKE LEGACY FORWARD, P 10 CM promises to track down attackers, Omar says amnesty being misused BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, MAY 2 OUTRAGE MOUNTED across the Valley Wednesday when street protesters, for the first time, stoned a school bus carrying children, leaving a class II student with a serious head injury, another injured and the rest traumatised. The incident drew sharp reactions from parents and authorities who questioned the targeting of a school bus while mainstream parties condemned what Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called a “senseless and cowardly act”. Opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the amnesty granted last year to stone-pelters was being misused by “goons... determined to use the opportunity given them to pelt CM TO MIRWAIZ, ALL CONDEMN MEHBOOBA MUFTI Senseless and cowardly act, will deliver justice OMAR ABDULLAH Goons misusing amnesty MIRWAIZ FAROOQ Hooliganism will tarnish movement S A S GEELANI Keep strict vigil, need to maintain discipline more stones”. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the separatist Hurriyat said the incident was “quite disturbing” and “such hooliganism” will “tarnish our movement”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘I have seen my son in a pool of blood, this is not a human act’ BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, MAY 2 STILL INhis blood-stained school uniform, Rehan Goursi occasionally opens his eyes in the neurosurgery ward ofthe Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar. And every time he does that, he complains of intense pain.’ A class II student of Rainbow International School in Shopian, Rehan was injured when the school bus he was travelling in was stoned by protesters enforcing a bandh Wednesday morning. A stone hit him on the head, causing a frontal bone fracture. As he watched his son on the hospital bed, Nooruddin Goursi, a school teacher posted in Keller Officer’s murder: Anguished SC issues contempt notice Shopian, said he got a call from the school and was told to reach the hospital: “Look at him, he is still in his school uniform... When I used to see pictures of children from Myanmar and Syria, I always felt suffocated. Today, I realise fully what this pain is. I have seen my son in a pool of blood. This is not a human act. We need to keep our children away from it. We need to guard our children.” As the bus came under attack, its driver sped away and headed straight to school. “His (Rehan’s) principal took him to hospital in his own vehicle. They also accompanied me to the hospital,” Goursi said. At the hospital, Goursi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 WORLD MACRON THANKS AUSTRALIAN PM’S ‘DELICIOUS WIFE’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Shail Bala Sharma was chased and shot dead NEW DELHI, MAY 2 CALLING THE killing of Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala Sharma during a court-ordered antiencroachment drive in Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh Tuesday as “extremely serious”, the Supreme Court Wednesday took suo motu cognizance of the incident and warned that it would stop passing orders if the situation continued. “We might stop passing any orders if you are going to kill people,” a visibly upset bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta told the counsel appearing for Himachal Pradesh when Tuesday’s developments were brought to its attention. Sharma was allegedly chased and shot dead by Vijay Thakur, the owner of Narayani guest house in Kasauli, following an altercation during the demolition drive ordered by the apex court against unauthorised structures in 13 hotels across the hill resort in Himachal Pradesh. Taking suo motu cognizance of the incident based on reports in the The Indian Express and The Tribune newspapers and issuing contempt notice, the court said: “It is quite clear that some of the appellants are acting with complete impunity and have absolutely no regard for the rule of law or the orders of this Court”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bala’s husband Dr V D Sharma at Barin, her home. Pradeep Kumar In her last hours, the last words: ‘We are only following court orders’ NAVJEEVAN GOPAL KASAULI (HP), MAY 2 ON TUESDAY, Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala Sharma and her team reached the Narayani guest house in Kasauli around 11.30 am. Her’s was one of four teams that had moved out from a government guest house in Dharampur to carry out a Supreme Court order to demolish illegal constructions at hotels and guest houses in Kasauli, a hill town in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Three hours later, Shail Bala Sharma was dead — allegedly chased and shot by Narayani guest house owner Vijay Thakur who also injured Gulab Singh, a member of her team. TRUMP DICTATED LETTER PRAISING HIS HEALTH, SAYS DOCTOR 3 GUJARAT LAND ACQUISITION RULES NOT BEING FOLLOWED FOR BULLET TRAIN PROJECT: AHMED PATEL TO PM CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 17 YEARS LATER , SP CONVICTED OF BEATING UP MAN IN POLICE CUSTODY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAJKOT, MAY 2 Manoj Ninama outside Bhuj court on Wednesday. His one year jail term has been stayed for a month. Vimal Joshi A MAGISTERIAL court in Bhuj town of Kutch on Wednesday convicted Manoj Ninama, a superintendent of police in the state Intelligence Bureau, of beating up a person in police custody, 17 years ago. Ninama was Deputy Superintendent of Police (Bhuj) at the time of the incident in 2001. The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Vinay Modh sentenced him to one year of imprisonment and also fined Rs 1,000 for beating up one Mohammed Sama, who was arrested in an extortion case. Convicting Ninama under Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), the court also ordered the police officer to pay the victim Rs 10,000 as compensation. However, the court granted a stay on the sentencing for 30 days after Ninama moved an application and sought time to appeal against the verdict. This is another blow to Ninama after his suspension for his role in the alleged irregularities in police recruitment in Rajkot in 2015. Ninama, who is currently posted in Ahmedabad, was, however, acquitted of other charges under IPC sections 504 (insult to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 343 (wrongful confinement) for want of evidence. “The court believed in our case that Ninama beat up the man for two days in 2001 while the latter was in police custody in connection with a case of extortion registered against him. The testimony of witnesses and papers of medical examination of the victim after he was beaten up proved clinching evidence against the accused,” Hemsingh Chaudhary, advocate of Sama, told The Indian Express after the court delivered its verdict. Chaudhary added that Sama and his nephew were involved in a land dispute case. In the meantime, the nephew struck a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A SPECIAL CBI court on Wednesday handed life sentence to gangster Rajendra Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan and eight others for the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. The court observed that Dey’s reports on Rajan would have hurt the gangster’s “ego”, leading him to “mastermind” the attack. This is the first major case in which Chhota Rajan, who faces 70 other cases and has been lodged in Tihar Jail ever since he Journalist was deported to J Dey was India in 2015, shot dead has been convicted. in 2011 The court acquitted two others accused in the case — former journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulson. Dey, 56, who was earlier with The Indian Express, was working with Mid-Day when he was gunned down in Powai on June 11, 2011. “By committing murder of J Dey who was a reputed journalist, a clear message was sent to the media and, through the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra with (from left) Justices R K Agrawal, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph at the newly constructed creche at the Supreme Court Wednesday. Express SC Collegium meets, defers decision on Justice Joseph... ...And signals new postings for ‘fair representation’ from 4 high courts EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 2 THE MUCH-AWAITED meeting of the five-member Supreme Court Collegium, the first since the unprecedented January 12 press conference by four of its most senior judges and which was scheduled in the shadow of the impeachment move against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, ended briefly Wednesday evening. It did not take a decision in the matter of Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph whose name it had initially recommended on January 10 for elevation to the Supreme Court, only to be BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY returned by the government. The resolution adopted by the Collegium and uploaded on the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I&B rewrites its letter firing NFDC chief, drops all charges against her AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, MAY 2 IN AN embarrassment to the NDA government, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has had to backtrack on the reasons for sacking Nina Lath Gupta as head of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) by withdrawing all its accusations of impropriety. The I&B Ministry was forced to issue a fresh termination order on April 24 removing Paragraph 2 in the first sacking order of February 27 which had cited irregularities and “failure to adhere to prescribed procedures” by Gupta as reasons for firing her from the post of NFDC Managing Director. Paragraph 2 had charged Gupta with “procedural lapses” in releasing advertisements to select private channels beyond the 5 per cent limit prescribed in the Electronic Media Policy; not refunding the 15 per cent commission to ministries that got advertisements issued through NFDC; and charging one ministry Rs 4.29 crore in excess of actual expenditure. The Ministry also held her responsible for “non-adherence to the standard operating procedures required of a co-producer under the NFDC’s ‘Film production in various regional languages’ CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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