LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 bought in 2014, Nirmal Singh has begun constructing a house that has prompted a strong protest letter from the Corps Commander of the Army’s 16 Corps Lt General Saranjeet Singh. In the letter, dated March 19, 2018, addressed directly to Nirmal Singh — he was Deputy CM then — Lt Gen Singh said that the house Nirmal Singh has constructed is illegal and “has implications on the security of a major 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 administration was not responding to the Army’s repeated requests to stop construction work” which “is a serous security and safety breach”. But when contacted, Nirmal Singh told The Indian Express that opposition to his construction is NEW DELHI, MAY 11 2002 Ode massacre: HC acquits 3, upholds conviction of 19 others ‘Communal frenzy turns normal humans into murderous monsters’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, MAY 11 Polling officials collect EVMs on the eve of Karnataka assembly elections, in Bengaluru on Friday. PTI 23 persons were killed at Ode village in Anand district, two days after Godhra train fire incident in 2002. While reading out the operative portion of the judgment, Justice Kureshi said, “We have seen the senselessness of the violence and the loss of innocent human lives. We cannot imagine the pain suffered by the victims who perished in the raging fire. We cannot judge the depth of sorrow and despair that the members of the families of the victims would have felt while helplessly watching their relatives being killed in front of their eyes in most gruesome manner.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Polls today: EC defers voting in DECISION 2018 one seat, books Congress MLA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, MAY 11 THE ELECTION Commission Friday deferred polls to one assembly constituency in Bengaluru on the eve of voting for the Karnataka assembly polls 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, Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday dismissed Ahmedabad city town planning officer Ashutosh Pandya for his alleged involvement in cases of corruption and irregularities. According to sources, the first report highlighting the alleged corruption and misappropriation charges against Pandya, an employee of Urban Development Department, was sent by the Ahmedadad Municipal Corporation in 2016. FULL REPORT PAGE 3 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, while the Congress accused the BJP of attempting to malign the party. The EC had sent deputy elec- tion commissioner Chandrabhushan Kumar to assess the gravity of the situation and the status of the probe. The EC Friday reported that the “illegal collection of EPIC cards is likely to significantly 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 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, while invoking mythological 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 relationship in an atmosphere ofwarmth and cordiality that characterises the deep friend- Narendra Modi with K P Oli in Janakpur Friday. Reuters ship and understanding between our two countries,” Oli said, adding that the two sides agreed to address “all matters” by September 19 — Nepal’s Constitution Day. “We reiterated our firm commitment to take our relations forward on the basis of equality, mutual trust, respect and benefit. Relations between neighbours 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 landand water-linked nation,” he said. KARNATAKA FULL COVERAGE, P 7 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Karnataka’s blindspots By A R VASAVI 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, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, which met this afternoon, said that “on principle,” it “unanimously agreed that the recommendation...should be reiterated”. 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’s unanimous reiteration comes as a relief to those looking to the Court’s next moves in its bid to assert its independence with the Centre. It is believed that just sending Justice K M Joseph’s name 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 with names of other judges for the Supreme Court. This, after “detailed discussions” at the next Collegium meeting. Such a move is also seen as softening the act of reiterating a Govt sent back Justice K M Joseph’s name on April 26 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY name that the Centre has been seen to be particularly averse to. There are some indications that separate files could be sent — one for Justice K M Joseph’s name and the other for more judges. But it remains to be seen what the Centre does when it formally receives the reiteration. According to current norms, 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”. Later on May 9, three members of the Collegium — Justices Gogoi, Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had an informal meeting with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PM offers Nepal Rs 100-cr aid to develop Janakpur, bus service YUBARAJ GHIMIRE Gujarat CM fires Ahmedabad city town planner over corruption Reiterates decision to elevate Justice Joseph but says will also send names of other judges for Supreme Court SEEMA CHISHTI & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G Kathua and Unnao incidents are barbaric, but calling these the darkest hour since Independence is an overstatement. THE IDEAS PAGE 9 Govt has zero tolerance against corruption: Vijay Rupani Cautiously, SC Collegium puts its foot down CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A case of selective outrage A DIVISION BENCH of the Gujarat High Court on Friday upheld the conviction of 19 people and acquitted three others who were sentenced by a special trial court in the Ode massacre in Anand district during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. The court also confirmed the acquittal of 23 of the 47 accused sentenced by the trial court in 2012. While pronouncing the verdict, the Division Bench of Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice B N Karia said that communal frenzy turns “perfectly normal human beings momentarily into murderous monsters, leaving nothing but a trail of death and destruction for the victims and his own family alike”. The judgment notes that although the court can’t reduce the “pain and agony ofthe relatives of the victims and accused,” it “tried to give judgment as soon as possible to at least reduce the anxiety arising out of the uncertainty.” NEXT MEET MAY 16 12 WORLD Ex-ATS chief Himanshu Roy commits suicide in Mumbai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TRUMP-KIM MEETING: US TO SEEK ‘COMPLETE’ DENUCLEARISATION CANADIAN SIKH MINISTER TOLD TO REMOVE TURBAN GOVT & POLITICS ● INDIA ON ROHINGYA: WANT SAFE, SPEEDY RETURN, PAGE 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, MAY 11 MAHARASHTRA ADDITIONAL Director General of Police Himanshu Roy, who handled several high profile cases, committed suicide Friday at his south Mumbai house by shooting himself with a licensed revolver. Police said Roy (54), who was battling bone cancer and had a relapse, was on sick leave since 2016 and had visited the United States for treatment. According to the police, 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 Himanshu Roy driver and operator rushed to hisbedroom and took him to the Bombay Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. In a one-page suicide note he left behind, 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 sat in his bedroom. Minutes later 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. Late on Friday evening, he was cremated at the Chandanwadi crematorium at around 10.30 pm with state honours. Union Minister for State for Social Justice and RPI leader Ramdas Athavle, DGP Satish Mathur, Mumbai Police commissioner D D Padsalgikar and several senior bureaucrats and police officers were present at the crematorium to pay their respects. 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 promised a steady income to the 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. A year-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 working in Dehradun. There was lots of abuse, and no way to get in touch with my family. The only entertainment was that I was allowed to watch television sometimes. One day I watched a show 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 abused. I was rescued. And now I’m here,” said the 22-year-old. In early-2017, 20 such victims of trafficking, from in and around Jashpur district, had been rescued. Some like the 22-year-old had worked in homes, others found themselves in prostitution Beti Zindabad Bakery in Jashpur district. Express rings. They were all sent to a government-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 trafficking victims, they had become businesswomen. “We needed to find a way to give them gainful employment, so that they were rehabilitated. The message was important and two-fold. First, for the girls and their families, that you can earn your money here, and there is no 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, become symbols of success so that they can inspire others,” said Ignatia Toppo, District Programme Officer of the Women and Child Development 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 daugh- ters were working in a lovely environment. Slowly, they came around,” said Prabha Tigga, of Jeevan Jharna, an NGO. At Kansabel, from 7 am every 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 them up with loans,” said Toppo. While the Zilla Vyapar Udyog CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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