TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE J&K BJP leaders bought land next to Nagrota ammo depot, Army tells ex-Deputy CM your house illegal, security risk What Army is claiming is their view, not binding on me, says Speaker Nirmal Singh; other owners include Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta MUZAMIL JALEEL NEW DELHI, MAY 11 TOP BJP leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including current Speaker Nirmal Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta, purchased, via a company, land right next to the Army’s ammunition depot in Nagrota. On a 2000-sq-m plot that is part of an estimated 12 acres boughtin2014,NirmalSinghhas begun constructing a house that has prompted a strong protest letter from the Corps Commander of the Army’s 16 CorpsLtGeneralSaranjeetSingh. In the letter, dated March 19, 2018, addressed directly to Nirmal Singh — he was Deputy CMthen—LtGenSinghsaidthat the house Nirmal Singh has constructedisillegaland“hasimplicationsonthesecurityof amajor ammunition storage facility as well as the safety of all personnel living in close vicinity of the ammunition depot.” Lt Gen Singh wrote: “May I Left: The site near Nagrota depot; Above: Nirmal Singh (left); Kavinder Gupta request you to reconsider construction of residential accommodation in close proximity of the ammunition depot being a potential safety hazard”. An Army officer at Nagrota told The Indian Express that Lt General Saranjeet Singh was constrained to write directly to Nirmal Singh because “the local administrationwasnotresponding to the Army’s repeated requests to stop construction work” which “is a serous security and safety breach”. But when contacted, Nirmal SinghtoldTheIndianExpressthat opposition to his construction is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Athawale meets Dalit teen’s family, seeks ‘proper probe’ into her death 10 WORLD Pune: Union Minister Ramdas AthawaleonFridaymetthefamily members of Puja Sakat, a 19year-oldDalitgirlfromKoregaon Bhima whose death had triggered a controversy. Puja was found dead inside a well near her residence on April 22. Her family and some organisations, including the Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prerna Abhiyan, claimed that she was murdered.However,policehave been treating Puja’s death as a suicide. TheDalitleaderlatertold mediapersons he has asked police officials to conduct a proper investigation into the death. MUSTPUSH BACKAGAINST USOVERIRAN N-DEAL:FRANCE At the funeral of Maharashtra ADGP Himanshu Roy in Mumbai on Friday. Nirmal Harindran TRUMP TO SEEK TOTAL IRREVERSIBLE DENUCLEARISATION OF KOREAS INSIDE PAGE 6 ● INDIA MAKES ROHINGYA STAND CLEAR TO MYANMAR FULLREPORT:NEWSLINE Former ATS chief Himanshu Roy commits suicide at his Mumbai residence EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MAY 11 MAHARASHTRA ADDITIONAL Director General of Police Himanshu Roy, who handled several high profile cases, committedsuicideFridayathissouth Mumbaihousebyshootinghimself with a licensed revolver. Police said Roy (54), who was battlingbonecancerandhadarelapse,wasonsickleavesince2016 Himanshu Roy. and had visited the United States for treatment.Accordingtothepolice,Roy shot himself with his revolver at his residence — Suniti building in Nariman Point — while he was alone in his bedroom around 1 pm. His wife, Bhawna was in the adjoining room. On hearing the gunshot, his wife and staff including his driverandoperatorrushedtohis bedroom and took him to the Bombay Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. In a one-pagesuicidenoteheleftbehind, Roy allegedly said that he was ending his life as he was depressed due to his illness. An officer from the Cuffe Parade police station said, “Roy woke up in the morning and went about his routine. He had breakfast, as usual. After taking his medicine he went back to sleep and woke up for lunch and satinhisbedroom.Minuteslater his wife heard the gunshot.” His body was taken to Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) Hospital for the portmortem by Friday afternoon. According to forensic experts, Roy, died due to firearm injuries. STATE TRIBUTESPOURINFOR HIMANSHUROY PEOPLEDONOTTRUST CURRENTPOLLING SYSTEM’:SENA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEXT MEET MAY 16 Cautiously, SC Collegium puts its foot down Reiterates decision to elevate Justice Joseph but says will also send names of other judges for Supreme Court SEEMACHISHTI& ANANTHAKRISHNANG NEWDELHI,MAY11 DESPITE OBJECTIONS from the Centre, the Supreme Court Collegium on Friday stood by its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice Justice K M Joseph as judge of the apex court. The move comes two weeks after the Union Law Ministry asked the Collegium to reconsider its January 10 proposal to elevate him. The five-member Collegium, comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MadanBLokurandKurianJoseph, which met this afternoon, said that “on principle,” it “unanimously agreed that the recommendation...shouldbereiterated”. The resolution added that “...the said reiteration should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required”. In view of this, “the meeting,” it said, “stands deferred for being held at 4.45 pm on Wednesday, 16th May, 2018”. Today’sunanimousreiteration comes as a relief to those looking totheCourt’snextmovesinitsbid to assert its independence with the Centre. It is believed that just sendingJusticeKMJoseph’sname back would have suggested that the apex court was directly challenging the Centre and so, a middle-of-the-road course was adopted. Under this, the Justice Joseph file would be sent along withnamesofotherjudgesforthe Supreme Court. This, after “detailed discussions” at the next Collegium meeting. Govt sent back Justice K M Joseph’s name on April 26 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Such a move is also seen as softening the act of reiterating a name that the Centre has been seen to be particularly averse to. There are some indications thatseparatefilescouldbesent— oneforJusticeKMJoseph’sname andtheotherformorejudges.But it remains to be seen what the Centre does when it formally receives the reiteration. Accordingtocurrentnorms,a unanimous reiteration must be agreed to by the Centre and the Judge must be sworn in. The Collegium had last met on May 2 to reconsider the case of Justice K M Joseph in view of the letter from the government. Also on the agenda then was considering names of judges from High Courts of Calcutta, Rajasthan and Telangana & Andhra Pradesh for elevation to the apex court “in view of the concept of fair representation”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Polls today: EC defers voting in one seat, books Cong MLA PM offers Rs 100-crore aid to Nepal, DECISION 2018 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, MAY 11 THE ELECTION Commission Friday deferred polls to one assembly constituency in Bengaluru on the eve of voting fortheKarnatakaassemblypolls after 9,896 voter ID cards were found in a flat in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar two days ago. A police probe supervised by the EC named the Congress candidate, Munirathna, as an accused. The police probe found that the voter ID cards were obtained from genuine voters in slums to offer them inducements to vote for the Congress candidate and film producer Munirathna. The decision triggered sharp criticism from the BJP, which demanded the arrest of the candidate,whiletheCongressaccused the BJP of attempting to malign the party. KARNATAKA FULL COVERAGE, P 7 8 Polling officials collect EVMs on the eve of assembly elections, in Bengaluru on Friday. PTI THE EDITORIAL PAGE Karnataka’s blindspots By A R VASAVI The EC had sent deputy election commissioner Chandrabhushan Kumar to assess the gravity of the situation and the statusof theprobe.TheECFriday reported that the “illegal collection of EPIC cards is likely to sig- nificantly affect the conduct of free and fair election in the constituency’’. The commission also claimed that the polls were being postponed in RR Nagar since it was not possible to return the EPIC cards to the voters before polls on Saturday. Polls in RR Nagar were deferred to May 28. Accusing Munirathna of attemptingtoinducevotersbycollecting voter ID cards, police said he had engaged a private survey companytoapproachvotersand collect their details and offered water cans for votes. The BJP, whose workers bargedintoaflatinRRNagarand discovered the alleged plot called the ECI decision “a victory of democracy’’. BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje called for the arrest of Munirathnaandhisassociates whowereinvolvedinthealleged inducement exercise. “We request the EC to order the arrest of Munirathna and othersonthe basis of the FIR registered by the police,’’ she said. While Union Cabinet Minister Piyush Goyal termed the EC decision “extraordinary”, Union Minister and BJP incharge of poll preparations in Karnataka Prakash Javadekar, tweeted: “Postponement of RR Nagarassemblypollhasexposed Congress in Karnataka as it is caught red hand in rigging the election there. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 flags off Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service YUBARAJ GHIMIRE KATHMANDU, MAY 11 SAYING THAT Nepal is at the top of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a Rs 100 crore package to develop Janakpur,whileinvokingmythological links between the two countries. Later in the day, addressing a joint press conference after his meeting with Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Oli in Kathmandu, Modi said that “India supports a united, prosperous and strong Nepal”. “Prime Minister Modi and I have just concluded bilateral talks on the entire gamut of our relationshipinanatmosphereof warmthandcordialitythatcharacterisesthedeepfriendshipand Narendra Modi with K P Oli in Janakpur Friday. Reuters understandingbetweenourtwo countries,” Oli said, adding that the two sides agreed to address “all matters” by September 19 — Nepal’s Constitution Day. “Wereiteratedourfirmcommitment to take our relations forward on the basis of equality, mutual trust, respect and benefit. Relations between neigh- bours are different from that of others. Neighbourhood constitutes top priority in our foreign policy,” said Oli. Modi responded by saying that this was his third visit to Nepal since assuming office in 2014, and it showed his government’s “deep commitment” to further strengthen ties with Nepal. “We are committed to support Prime Minister Oli’s vision that Nepal should not be a land-locked country but a landandwater-linkednation,”hesaid. “Inourtalks,wediscussedthe initiatives between the two countries in agriculture, inland waterways and railways. These willenhancethemutualconnectivity between the people and trade of the two countries. In inlandwaterways,ourcooperation is very important,” Modi said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS SCRIPT SUCCESS STORY WITH BAKERY IN CHHATTISGARH TOWN DIPANKAR GHOSE KANSABEL (JASHPUR), MAY 11 FOR NINE years, she was one of the many girls who went missing. Born to Adivasi parents in a village in tribal-dominated Jashpur district, where trafficking has always been a problem, she left home at the age of 13. There was no money at home, and a local middlemen had promisedasteadyincometothe girl and her parents. They had thought their daughter would be paid, and would visit them often. But she found herself working in homes where she was constantly abused, paid very little, with no contact with the outside world. Until one day, in the beginning of 2017, she found a way to escape.Ayear-and-a-half later,she stands beaming almost as brightly as her red uniform, a proud member of a self-help group of victims of human trafficking who now run their own self-sustaining bakery in a small town in Jashpur district. “I wasn’t allowed to go out of the house where I found myself workinginDehradun.Therewas lotsof abuse,andnowaytogetin touch with my family. The only entertainment was that I was allowedtowatchtelevisionsometimes.OnedayIwatchedashow called ‘Savdhan India’, where someone said that if you dial the number 100, the police come. I took someone’s phone, and dialled the number, and told them about how I was mistreated and Beti Zindabad Bakery in Jashpur district. Express abused. I was rescued. And now I’m here,” said the 22-year-old. Inearly-2017,20suchvictims of trafficking,frominandaround Jashpur district, had been res- cued. Some like the 22-year-old had worked in homes, others foundthemselvesinprostitution rings.Theywereallsenttoagovernment-run Vigyan Ashram in Pune, where they did a twomonth course in baking. And on August 15, 2017, they stood proudly in front of the “Beti Zindabad Bakery” in Kansabel, all co-owners under the Jeevan Swasahayata Samuh. From traffickingvictims,theyhadbecome businesswomen. “We needed to find a way to give them gainful employment, so that they were rehabilitated. Themessagewasimportantand two-fold. First, for the girls and their families, that you can earn yourmoneyhere,andthereisno reason to send your children to places where you do not know if you will see them again. Second, to ensure that these girls, once rescued,becomesymbolsof success so that they can inspire others,” said Ignatia Toppo, District Programme Officer of the WomenandChildDevelopment Department. The journey was not easy. “We provide free accommodation at Kansabel. But it wasn’t always easy to bring them to this point. Their parents weren’t convinced that this was a viable future. But we brought them here, showed them how their daughters were working in a lovely environment. Slowly, they came around,” said Prabha Tigga, of Jeevan Jharna, an NGO. AtKansabel,from7amevery day, the shop is bustling. One room has a counter displaying cakes, bread, cream rolls and chocolates. Another room houses the equipment, bought with loans from the state government. “We didn’t want them to be completely dependent on us. So the state government helped set themupwithloans,”saidToppo. While the Zilla Vyapar Udyog gave them a Rs 5 lakh loan, the WomenandChildDevelopment Department gave Rs 1.5 lakh. According to the 21-year-old president of the Jeevan Swasahayata Samuh, the shop makes at least Rs 1,500 daily. “During weddings etc, it goes up to Rs 2,500. We pay back Rs 8,800 of the loan every month, Rs 4,000 as monthly rent, and Rs 5,250 as electricity bill. Then there are expenses for supplies etc. At the moment, we are not taking our salaries, because we want to pay off the loans, which weareclosetodoing.Sowekeep the money for the future of the shop,” she said. The group of 20 girls who started the venture is now down to 10, with many of them now married. But even after leaving the bakery, the others have become anti-trafficking ambassadorsforadistrictthatneedssuch inspiration. “Some of the girls who left now come to us to buy their supplies, and run shops in their own villages. Besides, whenever there is a function across the state, the bakery puts up stalls and girls get to know our story. Even in our villages, they say we have become big women now. More rescued girls are joining us,” said another victim.“Being a lady collector, it has always been my dream to see each girl of Jashpur stand on her own feet. CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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