WHOSE FORT IS IT ANYW AY? eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE KOLKATA,LATECITY JUNE3,2018 18+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (EX KOLKATA `7, `12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 12 ‘INTHISVERYRAPIDLYCHANGINGWORLD,WE NEEDAREALANDTRUSTEDFRIEND.THAT’SINDIA’ KENJI HIRAMATSU, the Ambassador of Japan to India In apex body of NREGA, members of spiritual groups, RSS weekly editor SUNDAY STORY PAGE 7 The bricks in the wall The Class 12 results have celebrated ‘toppers’. In a system that reduces children to mere percentages, what is it to not make the cut KHASI-PUNJABI CLASH Shillong stays tense after violence, night curfew in parts of city BIG PICTURE PAGES 8-9 SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 THE EDITOR of RSS publication Panchjanya, members of a few Hinduspiritualorganisationsand the CEO of a drone company are amongpeopledraftedas“non-official members from various states”intheapexbodyresponsibleformonitoringtheimplementation of the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural EmploymentGuarantee(MGNREGA)Act. TheRuralDevelopmentMinistry, in a notification issued last month,appointedthemasmembers of the Central Employment GuaranteeCouncil(CEGC),witha tenureofoneyearstartingJune20, when the term of the present committeeexpires.TheCEGCwas formedtomonitortheimplementation of the 2005 Act that promises 100 days of employment a yeartoeveryruralhousehold. Prominent among those drafted for the last year of the current government is Hitesh Shanker, Editor, Panchjanya Weekly, who has been named a non-official member from Delhi. From Uttarakhand, the ministry has nominated Sanjay Chaturvedi, convener of Divine International Foundation (DIF), which describes itself as “a separate entity of Divya Prem Sewa Mission” started by RSS pracharak Ashish Gautam. This Haridwar-based mission lists yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali as one of its CSR partners. Anothernominatedmember is G Vasudev from Vivekanand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THANE, JUNE 2 ACTOR-PRODUCER Arbaaz Khan, the brother of superstar Salman Khan, was questioned forfivehoursbytheThanePolice in connection with the alleged Indian Premier League (IPL) betting racket on Saturday. While police claimed Arbaaz had accepted having placed bets in the past, the actor told reporters while leaving the office of the Anti-Extortion Cell that he had answered all the police’s questions, and would cooperate with the investigation. Meanwhile, bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad, whose ABHISHEK SAHA SHILLONG, JUNE 2 AFTER THE VICTORY Newly elected RLD MP from Kairana Tabassum Hasan with party leaders Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary in New Delhi on Saturday. Tashi Tobgyal Protests over youth crushed by CRPF vehicle, grenade blasts put Srinagar on edge NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JUNE 2 SRINAGAR REMAINED on edge on Saturday after three grenade explosions in the span of three hours, and fierce protests over the death of a 21-year-old who had been run over and killed by a CRPF vehicle a day earlier. Qaiser Amin Bhat, who was among the hundreds who had turned out to protest against the firing of tear gas shells outside the Jama Masjid on May 25, was knockeddownbyaCRPFvehicle at Srinagar’s Nowhatta. Doctors at the Sher-eKashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, where he was taken, said Bhat died of “lung contusion” late Friday evening. Another youth, Younus, who IPL: Arbaaz questioned, police say he placed bets MOHAMED THAVER Khasi outfits call for eviction of ‘trouble makers, illegal settlers’, residents of ‘Punjabi Lane’ say we belong here A SUGAR RUSH Ganna was the big issue in the Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll. There are no easy solutions to problem of ‘permanent farm surplus’ questioning had thrown up Arbaaz Khan’s name, was produced before a court and remanded in police custody until June6.Theelectronicequipment used by Jalan had been sent for forensic examination, officers said. Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe said, “Duringhis(Khan’s)questioning he has said that he has placed bets in the past. He, however, said that he does not remember the amount for which he has placed bets. We are verifying these claims.” Thane Anti Extortion Cell senior inspector Pradeep Sharma said, “We questioned CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 was also admitted to the hospitalwithinjuries,isreportedtobe stable. While Bhat’s family said he fell as the vehicle hit him, the CRPF spokesperson in Srinagar alleged that a mob charged at one of their vehicles in which one of the officers of the 28th Battalion, Second-in-Command SSYadav,wastravelling.“Theofficer was there to survey the deployment on Friday. The vehicle came under attack from hundreds of youth in the area. They attempted to move out of there and had they not done that, they would have been overpowered and lynched,” he said, adding that the officer was accompanied by four escort personnel and a driver. “The personnel in the vehicle were carrying weapons but they did not fire, 11 WORLD despitecomingunderattack,”he said. Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, however, said the presence of forces in the area was “like a red rag to a bull”. “A lot of people had gathered in the area to protest against the firing of tear gas shells inside the mosquelastFriday.Therewasno visiblepolicepresencethereyesterday but the people saw one paramilitary vehicle and it caught their attention.” Bhat’s funeral, which was held at the ‘marytrs’ graveyard’ onSaturdaymorning,sawheavy police deployment. As protestersgatheredtotakeoutafuneral procession, police fired tear gas shells and allowed only a few members of the family at the funeral. After both his parents died in One more BJP worker found dead, Bengal CID to probe SWEETY KUMARI KOLKATA, JUNE 2 TRUMP CONFIRMS HIS JUNE 12 SUMMIT WITH KIM JONG-UN IS STILL ON EXPRESS NETWORK ● IRANI: OPPN UNITY SIGN OF MODI’S POPULARITY PAGE 6 2010, Bhat and his two sisters had been living with their aunt in Srinagar’s Dalgate. As the evening progressed, Srinagar grew tense as news of the grenade explosions came in. Six people, including four CRPF personnel and two civilians, were injured in the grenade explosions. Thefirstgrenadeexplodedat FatehKadal,whichhadbeencordoned off following clashes at Bhat’s funeral. Three CRPF personnel and a woman were injured here. This was followed by two more grenade explosions — one at Maisuma in central Srinagar, injuring one CRPF jawan and a civilian, and the other near the police control room. No injuries were reported in the third explosion. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THREEDAYSafteran18-year-old member of the BJP’s youth wing was found hanging from a tree in Balarampur in West Bengal’s Purulia district, a second BJP worker has been found dead in another village in the same area. Dulal Kumar, 32, a member of the local BJP OBC cell, was found hanging from an electricity transmission tower in Balarampur’s Dabha village Saturday. As the BJP accused the Trinamool Congress of carrying out a campaign of political murders, the state government called in the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to probe both deaths, and removed the district superintendent of police. Hours before he was sent to the state Armed Police, Purulia SP Joy Biswas had told The Sunday Express that prima facie it appeared that Dulal Kumar had committed suicide, while the earlier death — that of Trilochan Mahato in Balarampur’s Supurdi village on May 30 — had been murder due to personal enmity. “He (Kumar) had gone out to attend to nature’s call and did not come back. People had been searching for him since last night, and he was finally found CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India, Pak had a ‘deal’ to end Kargil conflict, but New Delhi backed off, claims new book NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN CHANDIGARH, JUNE 2 A NEW book by a Pakistani journalist claims Pakistan and India had a “done deal” through backchannel diplomacy to end the Kargil confrontation at the endof June1999,amonthbefore it finally wound to a close with the withdrawal of Pakistani troops from their encroachments on the Indian side, and that India backtracked from it because it was confident that US pressurewouldforcePakistanto pull back. Nasim Zehra had reported this “deal” at the time, and it was not denied by the Indian side. Her book From Kargil to The Coup: Events That Shook Pakistan, which was released in Pakistan last week, contains more details, but is mostly an indictment of a “clique of generals” headed by then Pakistan Army Chief Pervez Musharraf, who planned and implemented the Kargil operation in secrecy and autonomously of the civiliangovernmentof NawazSharif. Released days after The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace by two former headsof theIndianandPakistani intelligence agencies caused a backlash in Pakistan against the Pakistani co-author Lt Gen Asad Durrani (retd) for appearing to endorse the view that the Pak military had made several wrong decisions, Zehra’s book is a narration of how the military No matter who decides to adopt it, the Red Fort needs to be restored — to the people Indian soldiers after taking back Tiger Hill in 1999. Archive took that country to the brink in KargilwithouttheSharif government’sauthorisation,andfinally pinnedtheblameonhim,claiming that Pakistan would have achieved all the objectives of the operation if only the political leadership hadn’t panicked and succumbed to US pressure. The book also comes at a time when Sharif, judicially oustedasPrimeMinisterin2017 and disqualified for life by the Pakistan Supreme Court, is embroiled in a battle of wits with the Pakistan Army, and has been painted as “pro-India” weeks ahead of national elections in which his party remains a powerful contender. According to the author, an influential media voice in Pakistan, though the book may beseenasbeing“pro-Sharif”ata fraught time for him and the country, it is also about the former Prime Minister’s naivete back in 1999. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PARTS OF Shillong remained tenseforthethirdstraightdayas protesters clashed with security personnel until late Saturday night and authorities declared a seven-hour night curfew across the city. Late Friday night, the Army conducted a flag march in the restive areas after protesters set a house near the Them Iew Mawlong locality on fire and threw stones and petrol bombs at security personnel. Police have so far arrested 10 people in connection with the violencethatbeganonThursday following an altercation between a Khasi boy and a Punjabi womaninThemIewMawlong,a Punjabi settlement in Shillong with around 350 households. Sunny Singh, a resident of Shillong’s ‘Punjabi Lane’, as the Them Iew Mawlong locality is also called, said he hadn’t slept the last two nights. “A few metres from here, the house of a Punjabifamilywassetonfirelast night. We are scared for our lives,” said Singh, who is in his late 20s and works in a bank. On Saturday morning, several men from the area huddled anxiously on the road, both ends of which had been cordoned off by the police. Around 350 families live in ‘Punjabi Lane’. Abhishek Saha Singhandtheotherresidents of the locality say the anger directed at the community is part of along-standingdemandfrom sections of the Khasi society to get them evicted from the area. Gurjeet Singh, general secretary of the Gurudwara Committee of Punjabi Lane, and Billu Singh, headman of the Harijan Panchayat Committee, allege the violence is part of a larger agenda. “Since the 1980s, they (Khasis)havebeencallingusillegal settlers and asking for us to be shifted out of this place. But we have been living here forever and we will stay here. That is our stand. Though several political leaders have over the years spoken of rehabilitating us to some other location, we have never seen anything concrete. It has just been empty talk,” he said. He said his ancestors, mostly Dalits from Punjab, had come to Shillong around 200 years ago, brought by the British to work as cleaners and sweepers. Soon after the incident, severalorganisationsinShillong,including the powerful Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), reiterated their demand for the “eviction” of the “illegal settlers”. Calling the residents of Punjabi Lane “trouble-mongers who often harass Khasi people”, KSU general secretary Donald Thabah said, “We demand that theillegalsettlersinthatareaare immediatelyevicted.Thosewho assaulted the minor Khasi boy shouldbebookedunderstringent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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