LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PRIME MINISTER INAUGURATES EASTERN EXPRESSWAY AN EXPRESS SERIES On bypoll eve, Modi targets Congress: they worship family, not the country AVISHEK G DASTIDAR BAGHPAT, MAY 27 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE No longer sea-blind BY C RAJA MOHAN Mob attacks police station in Porbandar over eve-teasing rumours, two cops injured EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAJKOT, MAY 27 TWO POLICEMEN were injured and around two dozen vehicles were damaged as a mob indulged in rioting following rumours that a girl was harassed by some boys, near fishing harbour in Porbandar late on Saturday night. Police said the trouble started when people belonging to Kharva community assembled near Bandar police chowki of Kirtimandir police station and demanded that the boys who allegedly harassed a Kharva girl be handed over to them. “The mob from Kharva community claimed that boys from other community had harassed a girl from their community. We were trying to persuade the mob, saying that no such incident had been reported. But soon the mob turned violent,” Suresh Patel, in-charge police inspector of Kirtimandir police station, told The Indian Express on Sunday. According to the police, the violence continued for around two hours before police released teargas and used force to disperse the rioters. “The rioters damaged eight police vehicles, including cars, a bus, a motor-bike and some private vehicles of police staff. Later on, they started pelting stones on police, injuring two police constables. To control the situation, we had to lob 21 tear gas shells and resort to lathicharge,” Patel said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 VIRTUALLY PICKING up from where he had left off in Cuttack a day earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted a scathing attack on the Congress Sunday, saying the party that has “worshipped only one family cannot worship democracy”. “Unke liye unka parivaar hi desh hai, aur mere liye desh hi mera parivaar hai (For them their family is their country, while for me the country is my family), Modi said in Baghpat in western Uttar Pradesh, where he inaugurated the 135-km greenfield Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The Congress, Modi said, had no faith in democracy and constitutional institutions, referring to the move to bring an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India. “We have recently seen how they put the faith in the country’s highest court in danger. The country has seen that they have suspected the Election Commission, EVMs, the even the RBI and its policy,” he said. Speaking on what was the first day of the final year of his government, the Prime Minister seemed to be firmly in election campaign mode. “You can gauge the speed of our government’s work by this: in 10 years, the Congress could connect only 59 panchayats with optic fibre network. We have connected 1 lakh panchayats in just four years,” he said. The Congress, he said, had lost its bearings seeing the kind of development that his government was bringing. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In 3 jail circles with 67% arrests, their share is far more inside than outside BIHAR PATNA, MAY 27 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari at their roadshow i n New Delhi, Sunday. Renuka Puri In Baghpat, BJP songs set 2019 tone: lion vs jackals, marriage of thieves AVISHEK G DASTIDAR BAGHPAT, MAY 27 A UNITED Opposition is “unity of destruction”, a “marriage among thieves”. Numerous songs on themes such as these set the tone in UP’s Baghpat Sunday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and other BJP leaders converged to declare open the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. LIZ MATHEW & RAVISH TIWARI With a day to go for bypolls across the country, including in Kairana about an hour away, these songs also gave a glimpse into how the emerging unity in Opposition ranks might be used in the BJP’s campaign for the 2019 general elections. “Yeh bandhan toh naash ka bandhan hai, choron ka sangam hai,” went one song. Describing the Opposition alliance as one made of disparate entities — “kahin ka eent kahin ka rora, Bhanumati ne jaise kunba ho joda” — another song tried to il- 4 YEARS DONE THE LAST LAP NEW DELHI, MAY 27 ‘Politics is not about hatred’ “justice to all and appeasement of none” in the last four years. The Home Minister spoke to lustrate how inorganic the association is. “Majboori mein yeh gatbandhan banaya hai” (the alliance is a result of compulsion), it said. The songs, all set to popular Bollywood tunes, even borrowed from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s iconic qawwali “Mere rashk-e qamar” to fit in the lines “Mere Modi dear, tu ne angrezon par aisa jadoo chalaya, maza aa gaya” (My dear Modi, you have cast such a spell on the English, it made us happy). The song was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Opposition parties need each other’s support... we are not scared: Rajnath PAGE 4 The Indian Express on the day the Modi government completed four years. He listed the achieve- ments of the government, and said that the opposition parties were getting together as they “need each other’s support”, but the BJP “is not scared”. Good governance would prevail over caste equations in the elections of 2019, Singh, a former president of the BJP and one of its most senior leaders, said. The Home Minister denied that the BJP-led government was indulging in the “politics of hatred”. “You may have seen there is an increase in such incidents and criticism in the election year. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Two Australia cricketers, three from England involved in fixing in India: Al Jazeera sting EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GUJARAT NEW DELHI, MAY 27 GOVT RENEWS PUSH TO IMPROVE STATE’S MMR, IMR NUMBERS ● Former office bearers of Mangrol civic body booked for corruption PROHIBITION IN SANTOSH SINGH BJP not afraid of Oppn unity: Rajnath Singh AMID THE opposition’s allegations of “fear and insecurity” in the country under the Narendra Modi-led government, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said politics should not be done by “breaking society into pieces and creating hatred”. Singh has urged “all those who are indulging in such politics” to introspect, and said that the BJP-led NDA government has followed a policy of Bihar’s prohibition crackdown: 2 years later, OBC, EBC, SC, ST face brunt Former Pakistan player Hasan Raza (left) and ex-Mumbai Ranji player Robin Morris in the Al Jazeera documentary FIVE INTERNATIONAL cricketers — two from Australia and three from England — were allegedly involved in spot-fixing in Test matches involving India, according to a purported sting operation conducted by Al Jazeera. The Doha-based news channel did not identify the five players but said their names have been forwarded to the ICC, which has launched an inquiry. Overall, three Test matches involving India were tainted by spot-fixing, claimed the channel which broadcast the results of the purported sting in the form of a 54-minute documentary titled ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’. These Tests were identified by the channel’s investigative reporter David Harrison, who conducted the purported sting, as the England Test in Chennai (December 16-20, 2016), the Australia Test in Ranchi (March 16-20, 2017) and the Sri Lanka Test in Galle (July 26-29, 2017). No Indian international has been mentioned in the documentary. But the purported sting Test for Oppn unity and BJP strength in UP elections today LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, MAY 27 MONDAY’S VOTE for the vacant Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh will test the potential of a united opposition in the state that the BJP swept in 2014 and 2017. The Lok Sabha byelection in Kairana — and the Assembly byelection in Noorpur in Bijnor district, which too, is scheduled for Monday — is a prestige battle for the BJP after the defeats at the hands of the SP-BSP alliance in the Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in March. In Kairana, Tabassum Begum of Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) is contesting against the BJP’s Mriganka Singh, the daughter of the late BJP leader Hukum Singh, whose death in February has necessitated the byelection. Tabassum Begum has the support of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BYPOLLS: FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 6 ON APRIL 6, marking two years since he introduced prohibition in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that “it’s the poor people from the SC, ST and OBC class who have been benefitted the most”. But figures compiled by jail officials show that these same groups — among the state’s weakest and the most marginalised — also faced the brunt of the government’s crackdown. Their share of inmate population in the eight central, 32 district and 17 sub jails across Bihar, after they were arrested for violating prohibition laws since April 2016, far outstrips their share in the state’s population, according to the figures that were accessed by The Indian Express. Scheduled Castes, for example, account for 27.1 per cent of arrests while their share in population is just 16 per cent. Scheduled Tribes make up 6.8 per cent of those arrested but form only 1.3 per cent of the population. And the OBC share is 34.4 per cent of the arrests, and 25 per cent of Bihar’s population. A senior jail official told The Indian Express that “80 per cent” of those who have been held in BY UNNY EXPRESS NETWORK ● NAIDU SLAMS MODI: ONLY SLOGANS IN LAST 4 YEARS, PAGE 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PART I TOMORROW: FACES BEHIND THE FALLOUT his jail over the last two years under the new law were “regular users or alcoholics”. Former inmates and social activists alleged that the government crackdown has not targetted the big fish “who run liquor mafias across the state”. The Indian Expressaccessed detailed records (see box, page 2) ofthe social profile of inmates arrested CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE ● DEMONETISATION: NITISH SLAMS ROLE OF BANKS, PAGE 6 SHARE IN POPULATION VS SHARE IN ARRESTS POPULATION ARRESTS: 2016-2018 10,38,04,637 1,22,392 34.4% 25% 27.1% 26% 14.4% 12.5% 19.2% 16% 1.3% Source: Census 2011, jail survey of arrests from April 2016 to March 2018 India, Pak coast guards meet today; fishermen, trafficking top agenda NEW DELHI, MAY 27 INDIA AND Pakistan will hold a meeting of their coast guard officials on Monday in New Delhi, sources said here on Sunday. Top on the agenda will be the issue of fishermen and illegal trafficking, they said. This comes even as former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is facing death sentence in Pakistan on charges ofespionage, and that has soured relationship between the two countries. This is the second time after the surgical strikes in September 2016 that security establishment officials from Pakistan will be visiting. In January-February this year, Islamabad sent a fourmember team of counter-terrorism and intelligence specialists ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ASSAM’S EX-TOP COP IS TEACHING KIDS A LESSON — IN SCHOOL to attend an SCO meeting. On Monday, the chief of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman will be representing Pakistan, while the Indian side will be represented by Indian Coast Guard director general Rajender Singh. In July 2016, Indian Coast Guard officials had visited Islamabad for the previous round of talks. The Indian Coast Guard and PMSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on October 3, 2005, that came into effect on March 16, 2006, envisaging cooperation between ICG and PMSA through exchange of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT 10 WORLD TORA AGARWALA GUWAHATI, MAY 27 THE DAY after he retired, Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay went back to school. Sahay, who has been in the police force for 34 years, is now a fulltime Mathematics teacher at the Sonaram Higher Secondary School in Guwahati’s Bharalumukh area. Sahay was DGP till April 30. But the seeds of his new career were sown in 2016 when Sahay visited the school as the guest of honour for a tree plantation programme. “I happened to tell him TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com that we were in need of a Maths teacher,” says Dwinjendra Nath Barthakur, principal, Sonaram Higher Secondary School. The school, established in 1894, counts former Assam Chief Minister Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi and eminent literary fig- Former Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay at Guwahati’s Sonaram Higher Secondary School. ure Hemchandra Goswami among their former headmasters. However, despite being one of the oldest and the most reputed schools in Assam, the students have managed without a fulltime Maths teacher since 2016. “Even though I teach Chemistry, I would pitch in and teach them Maths. So did the Statistics teacher,” says Barthakur, “And that is how we managed for two years.” Sahay expressed an interest in the job the moment he heard of this requirement. “He even asked me to send him textbooks,” says Barthakur. This was in August 2017. This year, the day after he retired, May 1, Sahay called the principal. On May 7, he began his new career. “I have never worked as a teacher before but I am a certified police trainer and that helps,” says Sahay, who was born into an economically disadvantaged family in Bihar. “I used to work as a part-time tutor to supplement my income in my younger days,” he says. Sahay now teaches every day of the week, holding one-hour lessons on Calculus. “The new Class XI batch will join a couple of months later, and perhaps I will begin to teach two lessons when they do,” he says, adding 6.8% ST SC OBC EBC Gen Gen: General category (upper caste), OBC: Other Backward Classes, EBC: Extremely Backward Classes, SC: Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe SHUBHAJIT ROY BUSINESS AS USUAL THE FALLOUT that a new Maths teacher has just been hired. “I am quite conversant in Calculus so it has not been too difficult, but I definitely need to do my homework every day,” he says, “We never stop learning, one must always be socially relevant, physically active and mentally engaged.” Meanwhile, the 11 students who have chosen Mathematics as their subject in the Sonaram HS school are ecstatic that they finally have a teacher — that too someone of Sahay’s stature. “He carries on teaching like a regular person, and that is what the students like about him the most,” says Barthakur. 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