TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 AMU: JINNAH PORTRAIT ROW Police, students clash; over two dozen injured EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, MAY 2 OVER TWO dozen people were injured when Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students clashed with police on Wednesday. The clash was triggered as police prevented a students’ march against an attempt by activists of RSS affiliate Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) to storm into the campus earlier in the day. The HJM activists had tried to force the varsity to remove MohammadAliJinnah’sportrait from AMU Students Union hall. The police resorted to canecharge and tear gas shelling to disperse the students as they gathered to protest against HJM activists’ alleged assault on the university guards. The attempt to storm into the campus forced cancellation of a function to confer AMU Students Union’s life membership on formerVice-PresidentHamidAnsari, who was present on the campus. “...around eight to 10 workers claiming to be from some right-wing organisation arrived at the university gates and CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The Wuhan window BY SHYAM SARAN Rehan Goursi, who sustained a head injury in the Shopian school bus attack, in a Srinagar hospital Wednesday. Shuaib Masoodi 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,leavingaclassIIstudent 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 mainstreampartiescondemned what Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called a “senseless and cowardly act”. Opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the amnesty grantedlastyeartostone-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 STILLINhisblood-stainedschool uniform,RehanGoursioccasionally opens his eyes in the neurosurgerywardoftheShriMaharaja 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 wasstonedbyprotestersenforcing 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 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 In her last hours, the last words: Officer’s murder: Anguished SC issues ‘We are only following court orders’ contempt notice NAVJEEVAN GOPAL KASAULI (HP), MAY 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 2 CALLING THE killing of Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala Sharma during a court-ordered antiencroachmentdriveinKasauliin Himachal Pradesh Tuesday as “extremely serious”, the SupremeCourtWednesdaytook suo motu cognizance of the incident and warned that it would stop passing orders if the situation continued. “We might stop passing any ordersif youaregoingtokillpeople,” a visibly upset bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta told the counsel appearing for Himachal Pradesh when Tuesday’s developments Shail Bala’s husband Dr V D Sharma at Barin, her home in Mandi. Pradeep Kumar were brought to its attention. Sharmawasallegedlychased and shot dead by Vijay Thakur, the owner of Narayani guest houseinKasauli,followinganaltercation during the demolition CONTINUED ON PAGE 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 demolishillegalconstructionsathotels andguesthousesinKasauli,ahill 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. On Tuesday morning, The Indian Express caught up with Shail Bala Sharma was chased and shot dead Sharma when she showed up at the Narayani guest house. She wascarryingpapersthathaddetails of the unauthorised structuresthatweretobedemolished. A member of her team was using a portable public address system, announcing that the guest house and the adjoining Shivalik hotel should be vacated to make way for the demolition squad. Thakur and Shivalik’s owner Ved Garg stepped out the moment the announcement was made. Quietly but firmly, Sharma told them she was only following court orders. They ar- gued with her over the area that was to be demolished. “Khali karwa do samaan (remove the goods),” Sharma told Thakur and his mother Narayani after whom the guest house had been named. Thakur said he had a“sanctionedmap”of afloor.But sherepeated:“Weareonlyabidingbycourtorders.”Officialsand armed policemen stood beside her. Gargwouldn’tgiveup.Hedemanded court orders, saying the court had not defined the boundary of structures to be demolished. “We are not picking any fight, but just interpreting thecourtorder,”hesaid.Sharma told him to “interpret in court, and not here”. She also told Garg she would speak to him on the premises of the Shivalik hotel. At11.40am,Sharmawentinside the Narayani guest house. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR RLY PROBATIONERS TO VISIT GERMANY FOR STUDY TOUR, LEARN FROM EUROPE’S LARGEST NETWORK AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, MAY 2 IN A first, the current batch of railway probationers undergoing training will make a five-day trip to Germany this summer and get to know Deutsche Bahn (DB),thelargestrailwaynetwork in Europe, shortly before they formally begin their career. The batch of 239 soon-to-be officers from various railway services is currently at the National Academy of Indian Railways, Vadodara. Railway BoardChairmanAshwaniLohani met them on Tuesday for an in- The Railways Ministry believes exposure to a world-class system like DB will instill benchmarks of best global practices teraction and a lecture on leadership and management. Since the batch is large, the probation- ers will go to Germany in groups of around 35 each starting June. Designed as a no-frills work trip, the week-long engagement in Berlin will see probationers staying at a budget hotel and attending all their daily activities, handheld by DB, in official attire. Thebatchhas27probationers from the Traffic Service, 13 from RailwayProtectionForce,33from Accounts, 17 from Personnel, 19 from Civil Engineering, 33 from MechanicalEngineering,30from Electrical Engineering, 41 from Signaling Engineering and 26 from Stores services. PolicymakersintheRailways Ministry believe this kind of exposure to a world-class railway system like DB will instillbenchmarks of best global practices in the officers before they begin their career. The focus of the trip will be on getting the probationers acquainted with operations, customer service, revenue generation processes, station development and safety-related activities, as well as various engineering practices that go into running such a large, technologically advanced system. It will also include a study of Germany’s high-speed rail. Railways currently sends only mid-career and senior level officers to global management schools like Carnegie Mellon CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A SPECIAL CBI court on Wednesdayhandedlifesentence togangsterRajendraNikaljealias ChhotaRajanandeightothersfor 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 inwhichChhota Rajan,whofaces 70 other cases and has been lodged in Tihar Jaileversincehe Journalist was deported to J Dey was India in 2015, shot dead has been in 2011 convicted. The court acquitted two others accused in the case — former journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulson. Dey,56,whowasearlierwith The Indian Express, was working with Mid-Day when he was gunned down in Powai on June 11, 2011. “By committing murder of JDeywhowasareputedjournalist, 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 but 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,endedbrieflyWednesday 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 productioninvariousregionallanguages’ CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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