TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE STAGE SET FOR SPELL OF GOVERNOR’S RULE BJP ends its J&K alliance with PDP, cites national interest, security slide MANJULA SHETYE MURDER CASE Charges framed against six Byculla jail staffers EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JUNE 19 SIX STAFFERS of Byculla women’s jail have been charged under sections, including murder and criminal conspiracy, for theallegedmurderof jailinmate Manjula Shetye in June last year. A sessions court on Tuesday framed charges against the six accused, currently employed in Thane women’s jail. The six staffers — including jailor Manisha Pokharkar, and prison guards Vasima Shaikh, Bindu Naikode, Surekha Kakad, Shital Shengaonkar and Arti Shingane—werearrestedforthe assault of Shetye inside the jail on June 23, 2017. On Tuesday, based on the proposed charges made out against the six by the prosecution, the court read out the charges to the six accused. Thetrialagainstthemwillbeunder sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. On Tuesday, the six were told bythecourtthattheprosecution alleges that they had assaulted Shetye causing her murder and subsequentlydestroyedevidence related to it. They had further intimidated other inmates against givingevidenceagainstthem,the court said while explaining charges to them. All six of them pleaded not guilty. The trial will now commence against them. 14 WORLD BJP surprises PDP by pulling out, had a huddle with RSS leaders days earlier Muscular policy won’t work, J&K not enemy territory: Mehbooba RAVISH TIWARI MUZAMIL JALEEL & BASHAARAT MASOOD NEW DELHI, JUNE 19 DAYS AFTER its leadership had a huddle with the RSS, the BJP Tuesday pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, citing “the larger national interest... the deteriorating security situation”, and settingthestageforGovernor’srule in the state. BlamingthePDPforthefallof thealliancegovernment,BJPgeneralsecretaryRamMadhav,inthe presence of the party’s J&K leaders, told reporters in New Delhi that “continuance in the government had become untenable... responsibilityforthiskindof scenario lies with the other side”. “Keeping in mind the larger national interest of India’s integrity and security, keeping in mind the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state, we have decided that itistimethereinsof powerinthe state be handed over to the Governor,” Ram Madhav said. Before the announcement about the party’s withdrawal from the government, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met BJP president Amit Shah. SRINAGAR, JUNE 19 HOURS AFTER she resigned as Chief Minister of Jammu and KashmirfollowingtheBJP’sdecision to pull out of the coalition government, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said her government “did everything that we could manage to do to address the situation on the ground” because “we are convinced that a muscular policy will never work and the only wayforwardisourhealingtouch MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JUNE 19 Amit Shah after meeting his party leaders at the BJP office in New Delhi, Tuesday. Prem Nath Pandey FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Hapur lynching linked to cows, claim victim’s kin; police deny, say road rage ADITI VATSA HAPUR, JUNE 19 KIM VISITS BEIJING AS SOUTH KOREA, US HALT MILITARY DRILL INSIDE ● HALEY TO VISIT INDIA NEXT WEEK, PAGE 13 A DAY after a cattle-trader was beaten to death and a 65-yearold severely injured by a mob, the families of the victims alleged that the attack was due to a “cow-related matter” while police insisted that it was the fallout of a road rage incident. Qasim (45) was beaten to death by a mob at a sugarcane field in Hapur’s Pilakhuwa and 65-year-old Samiuddin was in- jured in the incident. Police have arrested two men — Yudhishtir Singh and Rakesh Sisodia — on the charge of murder. According to the FIR filed at the Pilakhuwa police station, the incident was the result of a scuffle between unidentified bike-borne men and the two victims. But the familyof Samiuddinandthetwo menarrestedinsistedthatitwas related to “cattle”. Hapur Superintendent of Police, Sankalp Sharma told The Indian Express that the FIR was registered on the basis of a com- plaint by Samiuddin’s brother Yasin. “This is all the complainant has told the police. We have not recovered any motorcycle from the spot. As far as the allegationsaboutattemptedcow slaughter or cattle smuggling is concerned, we are investigating the matter,” he said. Qasim, according to his family, had received a phone call hours before the incident at around 11 am Monday. “He was at home yesterday and he left immediately stating that he will CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TELANGANA TRIBAL STUDENTS CHASE A DREAM — ALL THE WAY TO DELHI SHRADHA CHETTRI NEW DELHI, JUNE 19 CARRYING THEIR certificates in files adorned with colourful tribal motifs, they walked in a line out of the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station — all 84 of them, eager and excited. They had reached Delhi on Sunday after a 30-hour train journey from Hyderabad. Now, these students from two residentialinstitutionsfortribalchildren in Telangana were on their way to make a dream come true — admission to colleges in the National Capital. Last year, 12 students from one of the two institutions — Telangana Tribal Welfare ResidentialGurukulam—gotadmissions in colleges under Delhi Students from Telangana with their admission forms at the arts faculty of Delhi University, Tuesday. Abhinav Saha University for the first time, sparking a buzz back home. This time, students from schools undertheTelanganaSocialWelfare CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Omar for early polls, Rahul says BJP-PDP set fire to J&K Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar after the fall of her government. Shuaib Masoodi TRUMP,GOP TOMEETAMID FUROREOVER SEPARATIONS policy...Kashmirisnotanenemy territory”. Speaking to The Indian Express,Mehboobasaid:“Weare in good spirits. We have no regrets”. She said her party did not wanttoattemptanothergovernment formation. “I have sent my resignation to the Governor Sahib (N N Vohra), saying we don’t want to explore any other alliance,’’ she said. “Our alliance with the BJP was against the temperament of our people. But there was a much bigger reason for this alliance. The situation in J&K is not Residential Gurukulam, too, have joined the queue — both the institutions are affiliated to the state board. “The 12 who got admissions lastyeararedoingverywellhere, studying at Miranda House, Hansraj and Hindu colleges. Now, they are helping us with the admission process. We want ourchildrentogetopportunities like others,” says Veriya Naik, physical director at a tribal welfare school who is accompanying the students. “Theireducationisfundedby the Telangana government. From Class V to the undergraduate level, these residential schools provide free education to children from marginalised sectionsandtribalpocketsof the state,” says Naik. Telanganahas169tribalwelfare and 268 social welfare schools,accordingtothegovernment’s official website — they CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CONGRESS and National Conference (NC) are not looking at the option of forming a new government in J&K with the PDP after Mehbooba Mufti resigned Tuesday as Chief Minister following the BJP’s withdrawal from her government. Reacting to the state government’s collapse, NC leader Omar Abdullah called for fresh elections while the Congress indi- Governor’s rule, then polls, says Omar. Shuaib Masoodi cated that it preferred the imposition of Governor’s rule at this juncture. In 2014, both the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After 9 days, Kejriwal ends L-G office sit-in, officers back at work EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 19 DELHI CHIEF Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday called off his nine-day sit-in at the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to protest against an alleged strike by Delhi IAS officers. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said the sit-in had been called off afterbureaucratsstartedattending meetings at the Secretariat. Kejriwal and three Cabinet colleagues had been on a sit-in protest in Baijal’s office since June 11, demanding that the Lt Governor intervene in ending the alleged strike by IAS officers, and grant approval for the doorsteprationdeliveryscheme. Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain had also started a hunger strike and were hospitalised. Both were discharged Tuesday. According to Sisodia, IAS of- ficers attended several meetings Tuesday, following which Kejriwal left the waiting room at the Lt Governor’s office. After leaving the Lt Governor’s office, Kejriwal went to his house immediately and addressed a gathering of MLAs and party volunteers. “The protest was a battle for democracy as the PM was trying to infringe on the federal structure of the country by sponsoring the IAS officers’ strike,” he said. He also said that 99 per cent officers had worked for the betterment of Delhi but the battle will end only when Delhi is granted full statehood. Senior AAP leaders said that the sit-in and protest marches that followed have given the party a clear issue to contest the 2019 general elections. Earlierintheday,LtGovernor Baijal,inhisfirstcommunication to those protesting since the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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