eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE The World He Built JAIPUR,LATECITY MAY6,2018 16+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 7 Death of a jawan Nearly 700 personnel of paramilitary forces committed suicide in the last six years, a figure surpassing those killed in action. Why? BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 Guess who’s coming to dinner PM KARNATAKA RALLIES THE LAST ELECTRIFIED VILLAGE Corruption tank fills Cong coffers: Modi ‘Around 5-6 pm, the bulb came on... That night, none of us slept’ JIMMY LEIVON LEISANG (MANIPUR), MAY 5 AT 10 PM on April 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it official, tweeting that Leisang in Manipur had become “powered and empowered” as the last village in India to be electrified. The news of its fame reached Leisang a couple of days later. Village secretary Lalboi Haokip, 33, in whose house the first bulb of Leisang lit up, “between 5-6 pm on April 27”, is surprised at the sight of a “stranger”.Despitebeinglocated just 77 km from state capital Imphal, the village is up a 3-km foot climb, and not used to visitors. “We have been taken aback by so many queries about our village. I went to the nearest town and people called me up severaltimes,”hesays.Laughing, Lalboi adds, “The sudden interest has left our elders worried.” The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Senapati district, Athem Muivah, is as surprised. Told Leisang is in the district, he says he has no idea where it is and that the Kangpokpi DC might know. Later, it turns out, Leisang used to be under Senapati district, but is now part of Kangpokpi. Another reason the officials are confused is that the village was established in 1996 as Leisang Khonomphai (or L Khonomphai) and only later came to know as Leisang. Whentheyflickedtheswitch and electricity came on, Lalboi says, it was a dream come true. Speaking on behalf of the villagers who surround him, the carpenter says it had been “painful” to see neighbouring Mrinal Sen matched his strident politics with breathtaking storytelling. As he turns 95, a look at the enduring arc of his work Says Cong will be ‘PPP’ party — Punjab, Puducherry, Parivar ENS & PTI GADAG, TUMAKURU, MAY 5 Electricity poles at Leisang. The village is thrilled at its new-found fame. Jimmy Leivon villages get power as they reeled in the dark. Leisang would manage with solar lights, or through power sourced from dynamos, brought across the border from Myanmar. “That night, none of us, includingthechildren,sleptdueto the excitement. The children Three militants shot in Srinagar, J&K Police car runs over youth Govt says ‘looks deliberate’, police say probing ‘accident’ kept running around in the fields. We are very thankful to the government. No words can express how happy we are,” Lalboi says. The Power Department had been working to install the required equipment for a week leading up to April 27, he adds. There was a power cut from April 30 evening to May 1 morning, he says, but electricity has been “almost 24X7”. They don’t mind the interruption, the villagers add. SatlenHaokipdescribeshaving electricity in his home as CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I-T questions ICICI Bank chief’s husband KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, MAY 5 THE INCOME-TAX Department hasquestionedDeepakKochhar, husband of MD and CEO of ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, in connection with its ongoing investigationintoinvestmentsbytwo Mauritius-based entities in Kochhar’sNuPowerRenewables Private Ltd a few weeks before ICICIBankgavealoanof Rs3,250 crore to the Videocon Group in 2012, sources 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.Thequestioningwas likely to continue next week, the sources said. TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar Kocchar 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. The questioning follows the summons issued by the I-T Department in the last week of April under Section 131 of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 PM said, had become a “corruption tank” for the Congress, with a pipeline connected to Delhi, “where the moneyreachesdirectly”.Healso accused the top Congress leadership of auctioning tickets, party positions and even the chief minister’s post. “After the helicopter scam, coal scam, CWG scam and many others, the Congress has now Modi with BJP leaders at a rally in Tumakuru on Saturday. PTI started a tender system... There are tenders for ticket distribution, for selecting leaders, for choosing even the chief minister... Their leaders in Karnataka have been told by those above them that the person who promises to send the highest amount of money to Delhi every month will become the chief minister.” Ignored OBC group threatens to boycott BJP in its ‘Hindutva lab’ DECISION JOHNSON T A MANGALURU, MAY 5 AS PRIME Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally here on Saturday, what would have weighed on the mind of local leaders in this coastal Karnataka regionwassimmeringcastetensions within its core Hindutva brigade. 2018 MORE REPORTS, PAGE 3 Since the announcement of candidates for the eight Assembly seats in Dakshina Kannada district and five in 2ND MISHAP AT FLYOVER 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 killedandanassistantcommandant of the CRPF injured in Chattabalareaof Srinagarcityon Saturday. In the protests that brokeoutintheareaaftertheencounter, a 22-year-old civilian, Adil Ahmad Yadoo, was crushed by a police vehicle. As the state government said the “mowing down of the youngster looks deliberate”, the J&K Police called it an “accident” and said it had ini- tiated proceedings against the driver of the vehicle, a bulletproof bunker. Police identified the three militants as belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba, and said they had launched a cordon and searchoperationintheChattabal areaat4amonSaturday,following leads. “The hiding terrorists fired upon the joint search party,”itsaid,resultingintheencounter. Two of the killed militants were identified as Fayaz Ahmad Hamal and Showkat Tak, both locals. Hamal belonged to KhanqahindowntownSrinagar, and police said had links with militantsbeforeformallyjoining the LeT in April 2017. Tak, from Pulwama, was reportedly an ‘A++’categorymilitant,andadistrict commander of the LeT who joined militant ranks in October 2011. Hundreds participated in the funeral held for Hamal, at Khanqah. Police also claimed to have foiled a possible attack, and said it had recovered AK-47 rifles, magazines, Underbarrel Grenade Launchers (UBGLs), grenades, wire cutters, medical kits and navigational maps from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Hands tied, can’t fire contractor: Odisha officials SAMPAD PATNAIK BHUBANESWAR, MAY 5 THE CONTRACTOR in charge of building a Bhubaneswar flyover that has now caved in twice in nine months cannot be fired because the contract does not hold him accountable for deaths at the site, state public works department officials told The Sunday Express. A worker, Ajay Gumit, was killed and another seriously in- jured after a portion of the 880metre flyover collapsed on Thursday. A 41-year-old man had died and 11, including the man’s eight-year-old daughter, were injured after a concrete slab of the same flyover in Bhubaneswar’s Bomikhal area came down in September last year. Odisha Public Works Department (OPWD) officials, however, said they “cannot revokethelicenceof thecontractor CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KIRTI VYAS MISSING SINCE MARCH Colleagues held for murder of S Mumbai woman 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 found in the boot of Sahjwani’s car matched Vyas’s DNA. Vyas was last seen on March 16 morning in Sahjwani’s Ford EcoSport after Sahjwani and Tamhankar picked her up from outside her home in Bharat Nagar, Grant Road, and allegedly offeredtodrophertowork.Vyas was a finance manager at BBlunt’s Andheri (West) branch. Tamhankar was Vyas’s junior in the same department, while Sahjwani was a trainer in another department. Acaseofmurderanddestruc- Accused being produced at court on Saturday. Express tion of evidence among other sectionsof theIndianPenalCode was registered against Sahjwani and Tamhankar at the DB Marg policestationonFridaynight.The accused were produced before a court on Saturday, which remanded them in police custody until May 11. As Vyas, a patient of type-2 diabetes, left home for work on thedayof herdisappearance,she found Sahjwani and Tamhankar waiting in Sahjwani’s car near her building. She got in with them, but did not reach office, At an election rally in Gadag, Modi said, “After May 15 (when poll results will be declared), the Indian National Congress will be reduced to ‘PPP Congress’— P for Punjab, P for Puducherry, and P for Parivar (family).” He also claimed that while the Congress had seen a string of electoral losses, in Maharashtra, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 and her phone remained switched off. A missing person complaint was registered after hersisterShefaliapproachedthe DB Marg police station. On April 5, the case was handed over to the Crime Branch. “Tamhankar and Sahjwani were the last two people seen with Kirti. The Crime Branch had sent the Ford EcoSport vehicle in whichtheduohadpickedupKirti to the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory(FSL)inMumbai.They found blood samples in the boot CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur Udupilastmonth,abannerof rebellion has been raised by the backward caste Billava community, the largest in the region at over 30 per cent of the population,whoalsomakeupthemass of footsoldiers 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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