eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE The World He Built AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY MAY 6, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 Death of a jawan Nearly 700 personnel of paramilitary forces have committed suicide in the last six years, more that the numbers of those killed in action. Why? BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 10-11 Mrinal Sen, one of the foremost filmmakers of our time who matched his strident politics with breathtaking storytelling, turns 95 on May 14 Guess who’s coming to a Dalit dinner A DAY OF RALLIES Three militants shot in Srinagar, police car runs over youth Corruption tank fills Cong coffers: Modi Govt says incident ‘looks deliberate’, militant given gun salute at grave Says Cong will be ‘PPP’ party — Punjab, Puducherry, Parivar DECISION JOHNSON T A MANGALURU, MAY 5 CONTINUING HIS attack on the Congress in the last lap of the Karnataka poll campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday slammed it over corruption, and asserted that the party will become “Punjab, Puducherry, Parivar” Congress “after its defeat” in the state Assembly polls. The Siddaramaiah government, the Prime Minister said, had become a “corruption tank” for the Congress, with a pipeline connected to Delhi. He also accused the top Congress leadership of auctioning tickets, party positions and the chief minister’s post. “After the helicopter scam, coal scam, CWG scam and many others, the Congress has now 2018 Modi with BJP leaders at a rally in Tumakuru. PTI EXPRESS NETWORK ● YOU SPEAK A LOT, NOW ACT: RAHUL ● SHAH ALLEGES ‘FOREIGN’ HAND PAGE 6 started a tender system... The Congress delayed distributing tickets because they have a tender system for leadership and the party will make any person who can fund the party the most the chief minister. There is a tender system for the CM position,” Modi said. At an election rally in Gadag, Modi said, “After May 15 the Congress will be known as the ‘PPP’ Congress, that is Punjab Puducherry and Parivar Congress. When the Congress loses the polls, it will become a regional party.” He also claimed that while the Congress had seen a string of electoral losses, it was not as worried as now, at the prospect of a “defeat” in Karnataka. “I will tell you why... Because their ministers and leaders in Karnataka have built a tank here. A part of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Hindutva lab, BJP’s ignored foot soldiers threaten boycott JOHNSON T A MANGALURU, MAY 5 AS PRIME Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Mangaluru on Saturday, what would have weighed on the mind of local leaders in this coastal Karnataka region was simmering caste tensions within its core Hindutva brigade. Since the announcement of candidates for the eight Assembly seats in Dakshina Kannada district and five in Udupi last month, a banner of rebellion has been raised by the backward-caste Billava community, the largest in the region at over 30 per cent of the population, who also make up the mass of foot soldiers in Sangh Parivar groups. Dakshina Kannada is considered the laboratory of the BJP’s Hindutva brand of politics, and a former citadel of the party. The BJP has given a ticket to only one Billava community member in Dakshin Kannada and Udupi each, while giving six to Bunts and two to Brahmins. The Billavas, who feel the BJP has denied them political opportunities since it formed a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ELECTRIFYING On April 28, Leisang in Manipur became India’s last electrified village. They were so excited that they couldn’t sleep all night, the villagers say. Jimmy Leivon REPORT, PAGE 6 DNA MATCH HELPS CRACK KIRTI CASE Colleagues held for murder of South Mumbai salon executive MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, MAY 5 A MONTH-AND-A-HALF after 27-year-old Kirti Vyas went missing from near her home in south Mumbai, police have arrested two of her colleagues at celebrity salon chain BBlunt on charges of murdering her and disposing of the body. Investigators zeroed in on Siddhesh Tamhankar (28) and Khushi Sahjwani (42) after the DNA from two drops of blood that had seeped into a mat in the boot of Sahjwani’s car matched CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I-T questions ICICI Bank chief’s husband KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, MAY 5 THE INCOME-TAX Department has questioned Deepak Kochhar, husband of MD and CEO of ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, in connection with its ongoing investigation into investments by two Mauritius-based entities in Kochhar’s NuPower Renewables Private Ltd a few weeks before ICICI Bank gave a loan of Rs 3,250 crore to the Videocon Group in 2012, sources have told The Sunday Express. Kochhar was questioned for a few hours on May 4, the sources said. This was the first time he was questioned by any investigating agency on the transactions carried out by his companies. The questioning was TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICI Bank-Videocon-Deepak Kochhar likely to continue next week, the sources said. Kochhar and his firms have come under the scanner of the CBI and the Registrar of Companies, with the federal anti-corruption agency registering a preliminary enquiry into the alleged nexus between Kochhar and Videocon Group chairman Venugopal Dhoot. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A woman inspects her damaged house, where the militants hid out during the encounter in Srinagar on Saturday. PTI NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, MAY 5 IN AN encounter that lasted six hours, three militants were killed and an assistant commandant of the CRPF injured in Chattabal area of Srinagar city on Saturday. As protests broke out in the area after the encounter, a 22-year-old civilian, Adil Ahmad Yadoo, was crushed by a police vehicle. While the state government said the “mowing down of the youngster looks deliberate”, the J&K Police called it an “accident”, and said it had initiated proceedings against the driver of the vehicle, a bullet-proof bunker. Police identified the three militants as belonging to the Lashkare-Taiba, and said they had launched a cordon and search operation in the Chattabal area at 4 am on Saturday, following leads. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mirwaiz and mother get passports for Umrah LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, MAY 5 THE CENTRE has issued passports to J&K separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and his mother with permission to visit one country, Saudi Arabia, for pilgrimage. Sources said while the government was initially reluctant to grant the passports to Mirwaiz, the leader of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, it later agreed to his request to “take his mother for pilgrimage to Mecca”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ISHRAT’S MOTHER TO OPPOSE DISCHARGE PLEASOFVANZARA, FORMERSPNKAMIN SUJALAM SUFALAM JAL ABHIYAN BIGGEST WATER CONSERVATION DRIVE OF INDIA: CM After 2 beaten up, Dalits desert Baghpat village Adopted by Swedish parents as a child, woman finds her twin brother in Surat ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL 3 GUJARAT KAMAAL SAIYED BAGHPAT, MAY 5 SURAT, MAY 5 FORTY-EIGHT hours after members of the Gujjar community attacked two Dalit teenagers of Kamala village here, about a third of its Dalit homes stood deserted. All the young women had been sent away “as precaution”. Akash Khondwal, 19, a BA student, is on ventilator support at Meerut Critical Care Hospital. Doctors said that apart from a fractured leg and other injuries, his kidneys had been damaged in the assault, and his nails had been pulled out. The other victim, his 16-year-old nephew Manish, bears injuries all over his body. The Dalit villagers alleged that the attacks followed an order by the pradhan, Pramod Rana, at a panchayat in the Gujjar-dominated village. Of the FOR 33-YEAR-OLD Kiran Gustafsson, who was born in Surat but adopted by a Swedish couple when she was just oneyear-old, every visit to the city has primarily been about a quest to reconnect with her roots. Kiran, who arrived in Surat last Sunday to search for her biological parents, was pleasantly surprised to find that she had a twin brother too. She met her brother, who was adopted by a local resident, for the first time in 32 years on Friday. A businessman and still a bachelor, he, however, wishes to remain anonymous. Kiran works at a career counselling firm in Malmo city, Sweden. She came to Surat last week to find her parents with the help of an activist, Anjali Pawar, 16-yr-old Manish has injuries all over his body. Gajendra Yadav village population of 5,100, Dalits number around a hundred. Both the pradhan and the police deny the allegation. Police also claimed that the situation was calm after the arrest of the seven accused in the case, including Rajveer, Rajpal, Rameshwar, Pappu, Birendra and Raj Singh. An FIR has been filed under IPC Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (causing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kiran Gustafsson as a child (left); in Surat on Saturday. Express who works with the Pune unit of a Netherlands-based organisation working against child trafficking. This is her third visit to Surat. She had come here earlier in 2000 and 2005, looking for her parents, in vain. “We worked on every possible lead to find her parents, contacting local authorities ofchild welfare committees,” Pawar told The Sunday Express. According to Pawar, Kiran’s mother, Sindhu Goswami, was deserted by her husband for unknown reasons when she was pregnant. She delivered twins a boy and a girl - on May 8, 1985 at New Civil hospital. Abandoned by her husband, Sindhu started working as a house maid in Ghoddod Road area in Surat, forced to look after their children alone. Through a friend, she handed both her newborns to Nari Gruh as her employer did not allow her to keep them at her home. She quit this job for another opportunity that promised better pay. However, she would still visit her children at the Nari Gruh and spend time with them. After some time, the superintendent of Nari Gruh advised her to give her children up for adoption after there were regular inquiries. When he was threemonths-old, Sindhu gave her son to a local Brahmin family for his “better future”, says Pawar, who has been handling the case since Kiran contacted her to help find her biological parents. A year later, a Swedish couple, Kjell Ake Gustafsson and Maria Gustafsson, adopted the girl on April 27, 1987, and after completing the court procedures, flew to Malmo with Kiran. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR NOW, MAHI RIVER FEEDS NARMADA MAIN CANAL TO MEET DRINKING WATER NEEDS AVINASH NAIR PADAL (KHEDA ), MAY 5 IN A novel attempt to satiate the drinking water requirements of two-thirds of Gujarat’s population, the state government, for the first time, has begun diverting water from Mahisagar river basin to the Narmada main canal, which primarily feeds’state’s drinking water-grid. Faced with acute shortage of Narmada water, the government has started an inter-basin transfer of water, by “lifting” over 350 cusecs (cubic feet per second) from the Mahi right bank canal (lying in east-west direction) and dumping it into the Narmada NARMADA RATIONING THE LIFELINE AN EXPRESS SERIES main canal, which passes 22 metres above Mahi canal in northsouth direction at Padal village of Kheda district, located about 90 km from Ahmedabad district. “About four crore people in Gujarat or two-thirds of the’state’s population currently get Narmada water. Now, water from Mahisagar river is being used for the first time to feed the Narmada-based drinking water system. This water transfer is taking place by drawing water Narmada main canal Mahi command area Narmada river from Mahi Right Bank Canal using submersible pumps and releasing it into the Narmada Main canal at Padal where both these canal systems intersect each other,” MB Joshi, General Manager (Technical), Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd, told The Sunday Express. The new infrastructure costs over Rs 26 crore. This is in addition to an ex- Water from the Mahi river being lifted and drained into Narmada canal that supplies drinking water to two-thirds of Gujarat’s population. Javed Raja isting system through which excess Narmada water is drained into Mahi river. “Just like we have a structure to release water from the Narmada main canal into the Sabarmati river, similarly, here too we had built an escape structure to release excess water from the Narmada main canal into the Mahi canal. This year, since it is a distress year for Narmada, we do not have much water in the Narmada main canal. But we have excess water in Mahi and so we have built a new infrastructure at the same spot to lift Mahi water and put it into the Narmada main canal,” Joshi added, referring to the existing two radial gates (which cur- rently lie shut) built on the Narmada main canal that control the flow of excess Narmada water into the Mahi irrigation canal. Mahi right bank canal that emanates from the Wankbori dam and irrigates the Mahi command area in Kheda and Anand districts is under the control of the water resources department of the state government while the Narmada canal is under the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL). This round-the-clock transfer of water from the Mahisagar river basin is meant to help supplement the scarce water resources of the 56,000-km-long Narmada canal network that is currently supplying only drinking water to 165 urban centres and over 8,624 villages. Currently, only 800 km of this network contain water which includes 458 kilometers of Narmada main canal. The rest has been shut due to water scarcity. Compared to the 31 per cent water in the Sardar Sarovar Dam (as on April 27, 2018), the water level in Kadana dam located further upstream (beyond Wanakbori) on the river Mahisagar stands at 59 per cent of the total gross storage of 1,249 MCM (million cubic metre). Officials say that Kadana currently has an inflow of 395 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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