TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● 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 Ex-ATS chief Himanshu Roy commits suicide in Mumbai ABODE OF KNOWLEDGE WEST BENGAL, P 5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli inaugurate Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service Friday. AP ● NURSING STUDENT FOUND HANGING, PROTEST AT HOSPITAL DEMANDING SUSPENSION OF 2 TEACHERS ● PARTIES PLANNING TO KILL ME, HAVE MADE A WILL STATING WHO WILL RUN TMC: MAMATA Nepal tops India’s Neighbourhood First policy, says PM, flags off Janakpur-Ayodhya bus 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 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 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. “In our talks, we discussed the initiatives between the two countries in agriculture, inland waterways and railways. These will enhance the mutual connectivity between the people Polls today: Election Commission defers voting in one seat, books Congress MLA 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 thevoterIDcardswereobtained from genuine voters in slums to offer them inducements to vote for the Congress candidate and film producer Munirathna. The decisiontriggeredsharpcriticism from the BJP, which demanded thearrestof thecandidate,while and trade of the two countries. In inland waterways, our cooperation is very important,” Modi said. Oli said India would soon send its survey team as the first steptowardsdevelopingrailway connectivity between Raxaul andKathmandu.HesaidNepal’s desire is to create a strong relationshipunderpinnedbymutual trust so that it is not affected by any “occasional or intermittent differences that are natural between neighbours”. “I am visiting Nepal at a very special time, when elections have been successfully CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 15 WORLD CANADIANSIKH MINISTERTOLD TOREMOVE TURBAN KARNATAKA 8 Polling officials collect EVMs on the eve of assembly elections, in Bengaluru on Friday. PTI the Congress accused the BJP of attempting to malign the party. The EC had sent deputy election commissioner Chandra- bhushan Kumar to assess the gravity of the situation and the statusof theprobe.TheECFriday reported that the “illegal collec- THE EDITORIAL PAGE Karnataka’s blindspots By A R VASAVI tion of EPIC cards is likely to significantly affect the conduct of free and fair election in the TRUMP-KIM MEETING: US TO SEEK ‘COMPLETE’ DENUCLEARISATION EXPRESS NETWORK ● INDIA MAKES ROHINGYA STAND CLEAR TO MYANMAR, PAGE 6 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Himanshu Roy 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. PolicesaidRoy(54),whowas 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 withhisrevolverathisresidence — Suniti building in Nariman Point—whilehewasaloneinhis bedroom around 1 pm. His wife, Bhawna was in the adjoining room. On hearing the gunshot, his wife and staff including his 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 SEEMA CHISHTI & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G Govt sent back Justice K M Joseph’s name on April 26 NEW DELHI, MAY 11 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 “...thesaidreiterationshouldalso be accompanied by the recommendationof thenamesof Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required”. Inviewof this,“themeeting,” 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY is believed that just sending Justice K M Joseph’s name back would have suggested that the apexcourtwasdirectlychallenging the Centre and so, a middleof-the-roadcoursewasadopted. Under this, the Justice Josephfile wouldbesentalongwithnames 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 name that the Centre has been seen to be particularly averse to. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE PAGE 7 ● JINNAH A GREAT MAN, NO NEED TO SHIFT PORTRAIT IN AMU, SAYS BJP MP ● MP TEENAGER RAPED, SET ON FIRE; DIES CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bhangar: Trinamool leader held after man killed at election rally EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, MAY 11 A 28-YEAR-old man was killed after people linked to a ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader allegedly attacked an independent candidate’s rally in Bhangar ahead of the May 14 panchayat elections. Sources said Hafijur Rahaman was shot in his face while was leading Ishrafiq Mollah’s rally. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead. Sources said Arabul Islam, the TMC leader and former MLA who is contesting against Mollah, in the panchayat polls, was arrested in connection with the murder. They said he was tracedthrough his mobile tower location hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s issued orders for his arrest. Police were yet to confirm Islam’s arrest till late on Friday night. Islam is the Bhangar II Panchayat Samiti chairman. He has been accused of being involved in violence in Bhangar earlier as well. Mamata had held a meeting with Islam a few months ago and instructed him to address the grievances in the area. Mollah is contesting under the banner of Jomi, Jibika, Paribesh O Bastutantra Raksha Committee (Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood, Environment and Ecosystem). The committee has been agitating against a power project in Bhangar since 2016 and fielded Mollah to prove its popularity. It blamed Islam’s men for the attack. “Bullets were fired at us but we kept going. By the time we reached Natunhati Bazaar, Arabul’s men started throwing bombs at us and shooting... Arabul was present; so was his son and brother,’’ said the committee spokesman, Hassan Mirza. He said the administration had been informed about the rally in advance. Earlier in the day, Mamata said she had instructed police to arrest whosoever was involved and asked authorities to restore peace. She told a news channel that Islam “had created some trouble”inBhangar.“Ihaveasked thepolicetoarrestArabulIslam.” CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS SCRIPT SUCCESS STORY WITH CHHATTISGARH BAKERY 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 es- cape.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 abused. I was rescued. And now I’m here,” said the 22-year-old. Beti Zindabad Bakery in Jashpur district. Express Inearly-2017,20suchvictims of trafficking,frominandaround Jashpur district, had been rescued. 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 accommoda- tion at Kansabel. But it wasn’t always easy to bring them to this point.Theirparentsweren’tconvinced 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 ambassa- dorsforadistrictthatneedssuch inspiration. “Some of the girls who left nowcometoustobuytheirsupplies, and run shops in their own villages.Besides,wheneverthere is a function across the state, the bakeryputsupstallsandgirlsget to know our story. Even in our villages, they say we have becomebigwomennow.Morerescuedgirlsarejoiningus,”saidanother victim. “Being a lady collector, it has always been my dream to see each girl of Jashpur stand on her own feet. Given their special circumstances, I was very keen to see this happen as soon as possible so that apart from being self-sufficient, they can be an inspiration for all the girls of the district. In fact, that was the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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