eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE AHMEDABAD,LATECITY JUNE 24,2018 Drawing from the Margins 18+6 (EYE) PAGES, `5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 One of the first Indian artists to come out of the closet, Bhupen Khakhar’s art was informed by radicalism. As his genius finds a market, a look at his legacy Inside the ghost villages As an Uttarakhand panel submits a report on its “bhootiya villages”, visiting three to understand why people move out SYAMA PRASAD MOOKERJEE RALLY Shah: Mehbooba govt discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh regions SUNDAY STORY PAGE 7 LALMANI VERMA Alleges ideology of Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz similar to LeT’s, Congress hits back ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, JUNE 23 FOUR DAYS after the BJP walked out of the alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Amit Shah accused the government of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of “discriminating” against Jammu and Ladakh, and alleged that her and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah’s families had accumulated wealth at the cost of the state’s people. Their “personal wealth” equals that of “the entire state”, New panel to weigh MP’s claim to GI basmati tag the BJP president said in Jammu, while addressing a rally to commemorate the “historic martyrdom anniversary” of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. He also attacked the Congress and its senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz for allegedly echoing the line of the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Jammu and Kashmir. During the time the BJP was in a coalition with the PDP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the state over a dozen times, and the Centre had given it an economic package of Rs 80,000 crore, Shah said. But even though Amit Shah and J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina in Jammu on Saturday. PTI the BJP had “repeatedly exerted pressure for equitable development (of the state), that dream did not come true”, he said. Also, “peace could not be restored, and a time came when (Army) Rifleman Aurangzeb and (Rising Kashmir) editor Shujaat Bukhari were brutally killed by terrorists.” Shah alleged that “while on the one hand pressure groups did not allow the government to function, on the other, discrimination continued with Jammu and Ladakh in matters of development”. The projects meant for these regions were not implemented on the ground by the VELIAGARAM GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL state government, he said. “Woh sarkar kaise chal sakti hai jismey Aurangzeb ko ghar se agwa kar ke maar diya jaye... ek editor ko agwa kar ke mar diya jaye (How can a government on whose watch Aurangzeb and an editor are killed, continue?),” he asked. “Woh sarkar kaise chal sakti hai jo Jammu aur Ladakh ka development na hone de (How can a government that does not allow the development of Jammu and Ladakh, continue)?” Modi, Shah said, had tried to do in four years what successive governments could not do in 70. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No-poaching pact as SP and BSP seek to build trust for 2019 NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 SHOWING THE DOOR ● BJP MLA TALKS OF EDITOR’S KILLING, WARNS JOURNALISTS ● MODI HAILS MOOKERJEE, SAYS CONG IGNORED HIM PAGE 5 PENDING A final agreement on a pre-poll alliance and seatsharing, the SP and BSP have entered into an informal understanding to not poach on each other’s ranks. Sources in both parties said the SP will not take in any BSP rebel and the BSP will, likewise, not induct any SP rebel. While neither party has issued a written directive in this regard, senior leaders of both parties described the informal understanding as a trust-building exercise to ensure that their alliance — seen in byelections for the Gorakhpur, Phulpur and MURDER AT VADODARA SCHOOL Class X student killed his junior to defame school, has no remorse: Cops EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VADODARA, JUNE 23 HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 THE TUSSLE over Madhya Pradesh’s seeking geographical indication (GI) certification for basmati paddy grown in the state has taken a new turn. A committee of agricultural scientists has been set up under R R Hanchinal, a former chairperson of the Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority, to study the claims of Madhya Pradesh and make appropriate recommendations. This is the second such committee set up by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) within three months, on an issue that has taken on political overtones with elections to the MP Assembly slated in November-December. The earlier panel, constituted in April, was headed by Punjab Agricultural University ViceChancellor B S Dhillon, and included basmati breeders such as V P Singh (developer of the blockbuster Pusa-1121 variety), DVS Panwar (HBC-19 or Taraori basmati), B Mishra (CSR-30) and A K Singh (Pusa-1509), besides D K Mishra, the director of farms CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Most students at this Tamil Nadu school are children of labourers. Arun Janardhanan Why they cried over Sir: ‘English is key... He has to be here forever’ ARUN JANARDHANAN VELIAGARAM (THIRUVALLUR), JUNE 23 KARTHICK, 13, short and unusually lean, wants to be a singer. K Kavya, 14 and in Class 9, hopes to become a tehsildar. Anu Ezhumalai, a year senior, has no serious plans yet, but her mother, a farm labourer who cleans the village’s water tanks, wants her to become a teacher or a doctor. For the three students of Veliagaram government high school, the road between their goals and their small village, located on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, is long. But one man was supposed to lead them there: their English teacher, G Bhagawan. On Wednesday, Karthick, Kavya and Anu were among the students of the school who wailed, hugged and hung on to Bhagawan, refusing to let him leave, as news broke that the 28-year-old had been transferred to another school in Tiruttani, about 40 km away. As their parents approached the local MLA to stop the transfer, the visuals of the crying students and Bhagawan breaking down went viral. Singer A R Rahman tweeted on the matter, and was retweeted by thousands, while MDMK leader Vaiko reached out to Bhagawan “to console and wish him the best”. Karthick and Kavya’s parents are illiterate. Calling Bhagawan, who joined the school four years ago, their “best teacher”, Karthick, a Class CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Police said Hapur lynching was not related to cows, new video suggests otherwise ADITI VATSA NOIDA, JUNE 23 A HAND grips his torn, bloodstained kurta, while two others hold him. He identifies himself as Samiuddin and shakes his head when he is accused of trying to slaughter cows. He is then threatened with dire conse- quences if he does not speak the truth. “We are not slaughtering them,” he says only to have his beard grabbed and pulled. He is then slapped across his face and hit in the abdomen. This is what a second video of the Hapur lynching on June 18 —the incident left a cattle trader, Qasim, dead and Samiuddin critically injured — shows. The minute-long video surfaced on social media Saturday and contradicts the Hapur Police claim that the lynching was not connected to cows or cattle. So far, police have insisted that the lynching was the fallout of a road rage incident. Asked about the new video, Hapur Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma said: “We are trying to check the authenticity of the videos and once they are verified, we will make them a part of our investigation. The FIR has been filed on the basis of the complaint that we had received CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER LYNCHING PAGE4 VADODARA POLICE on Saturday said that a class X student of a Vadodara school has confessed to killing a class IX student, whose body with 22 stab wounds was found in the school toilet on Friday. According to the police, the class X student did not know the victim, and he murdered him to bring disrepute to the school. The prime accused, whose bag containing several sharpedged weapons was found on a terrace adjacent to the school building, was detained from Valsad — nearly 200 km from Vadodara — and brought here for questioning on Saturday. Being a juvenile, police were not directly involved in questioning the accused, and an NGO was roped in for it. RANCHI, KHUNTI, JUNE 23 THE JHARKHAND Police Saturday arrested two of six men allegedly involved in the abduction and gangrape of five women last week in Khunti district of Jharkhand. Police said the accused had inserted a gun and a piece of wood in the private parts of at least two women and that the entire incident was filmed on mobile phones. Police also said that a member of the management committee of the school, from where the women were abducted, was arrested as he did not try and stop the abduction of the women or inform the police. CBDT to EC: Don’t make scrutiny of MP, MLA assets public RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 Police deployed outside the school in Vadodara on Saturday following protests by the victim’s family. Bhupendra Rana “The accused had decided to defame the school and took the extreme step (of murdering the class IX student). He did not even know the name of the victim and showed no remorse or regret of what he had done,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Vadodara City) S G Patil said. “A day before he committed the crime, the accused had not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jharkhand women were gangraped to teach them a lesson, 3 held: police PRASHANT PANDEY Kairana Lok Sabha seats and the Noorpur Assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh — remains intact for the 2019 elections. SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said no BSP leader had joined his party in the last two months. “Since SP and BSP have in principle decided to form an alliance against the BJP for the Lok Sabha elections, the workers and leaders of both parties have already stopped switching sides,” Chaudhary said. Leaders from the two parties who were planning to join any third party, too, had changed their minds after the SP and BSP announced their alliance, he claimed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The five women were part of a troupe that was to stage a street play against human trafficking in Kochang. According to the police, the crime was pre-planned and carried out with “an intention of vengeance and to teach the victims a lesson”. The accused were allegedly Patthalgarhi supporters and members of the Maoist splinter group, People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), said police. According to sources, Johan Jonas Tidu, the alleged second-in-command of the Patthalgarhi movement in the region, had planned the abduction. Additional Director General (Operations) and Jharkhand police spokesperson R K Mullik CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 WORLD DAYS AFTER SUMMIT, US EXTENDS NORTH KOREA NUKE THREAT ALERT 3 GUJARAT ENGINEERING STUDENT FOUND HANGING IN HIS HOSTEL ROOM ● Arrest warrant issued against Nirav Modi THE CENTRAL Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is learnt to have told the Election Commission (EC) that the scrutiny of assets declared by lawmakers in their poll affidavits cannot be disclosed to the public. The Commission, in letters written to CBDT in November 2017 and April this year, had sought clarification on whether the poll panel could allow the public to access reports on the verification of election affidavits by the Director General of Income Tax (Investigation) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The EC, The Sunday Express has learnt, is of the view that since a verification report is not an investigation report, its disclosure should not be restricted under Section 24 of the RTI Act, which exempts certain organisations from being covered under this law. This includes the Director General of Income Tax (DGIT). The Commission has further argued that such disclosures are in the interest of voters and will empower aggrieved or interested persons (such as losing candidates) to file a complaint or an FIR against the elected lawmaker under Section 125A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 for providing false information in the election affidavit. But in its response sent last month, the CBDT has told the EC that disclosing the verification report is not “feasible” since it would be in contravention of Section 138 of the Income Tax Act. Section 138 prescribes a general prohibition on furnishing any information with regard CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Assam’s increasing man-elephant conflict, they all blame ‘Laden’ ABHISHEK SAHA RONGJULI (GOALPARA), JUNE 23 AT AROUND 3.30 am on June 1, at village Patpara Pahartoli adjacent to a forest area in Assam’s Goalpara district, Manoj Hajong (25) and his brother Bidyadhar Hajong (28) were woken up by shouts that there was an elephant outside their hut. The Hajong brothers rushed outside, to see a lone elephant, about 9 feet in height and with- out a tusk, walking away after eating the rice crop kept in the verandah of the hut. Manoj, a driver by profession, sprinted behind the elephant to chase it away, Bidyadhar on his toes. At the same time, three young neighbours of the Hajongs — armed with sticks which held lit jute twines — ran towards the elephant from the other side. Trapped, the furious elephant turned, let out a cry and sprang towards Manoj. It kicked Manoj and threw him to the ground, crushed him to death and went off towards the forest. Bidyadhar ran out of its way. “I saw Manoj die... what could I do? It was ‘Laden’. Had I tried to do anything which offended the giant, I would not have been alive today. We call it ‘Laden’ because people get paralysed with fear when they see him attacking,” says Bidyadhar, a farmer in his 30s. The elephant he is talking about is around the same age, over 4 tonnes in weight, and Goalpara district’s only loner A file photo of the tusker, which inhabits Goalpara forests, and is named ‘Laden’ for “leaving people paralysed in fear” elephant. Over two years and the 300 sq km of forest area he is rumoured to operate in, ‘Laden’ is accused of killing several people and damaging huts. Villagers in the affected areas do not know much about Osama bin Laden or the al-Qaeda. What they do know is that the name ‘Laden’ stands for “someone who scares”. Since 2016, Goalpara district officials have attributed 20-25 deaths to elephant trampling. This year, they have listed eight. Every other day in the past few weeks, ‘Laden’ has hit the headlines in the local press because of his “atrocities”. But several forest and district administration officials as well as experts say it is unlikey ‘Laden’ is responsible for all he is accused of. “No doubt this elephant has killed people, but so have elephants in herds. He is targeted by public because his atrocities are prominent,” says Goalpara Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) A Goswami. Officials name two deaths this year in Goalpara for example — of Tilottoma Nath (50) and Satish Rabha (55) — as not caused by ‘Laden’, unlike what was reported by the local press. Goalpara has around 103 reserve forests, covering 20 per cent of the district’s land mass. Approximately 42 wild elephants are known to live in these forests, divided into two major herds. Due to anti-elephant barricading in the nearby Garo Hills region of Meghalaya, the area of movement of these elephants has become restricted, increasing the chances of man-animal conflict. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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