TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● MONDAY, JULY 2, 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 This time, it’s in Maharashtra: Five lynched over child lifting rumours on social media Tripura victim was hired for Rs 500 to kill rumours Victims had come to beg at weekly market, case filed against 35: Police RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, JULY 1 MAHARASHTRA ● PLASTIC PACKAGING NORMS EASED FOR RETAILERS, TIGHTENED FOR INDUSTRIES P5 IN ANOTHER case of mob violence triggered by social media posts, five people were lynched in Dhule district of Maharashtra on Sunday morning over suspicion that they were part of a gangof “childlifters”,policesaid. Theincidenttookplaceinthe tribal hamlet of Rainpada in Sakri taluka, about 325 km from Mumbai. The mob reportedly comprised over 35 people, including some children. The five victims, along with a few others, were seen getting downfromastatetransportbus, police said. When one of them apparentlytriedtospeaktoagirl child,thevillagers,whohadgatheredfortheweeklySundaymarket, pounced on them, they said. “The accused hail from a tribal village where WhatsApp postspertaining tochildkidnappershad goneviral. Based onthe posts, the mob suspected the victims to be child lifters and thrashed them to death,” M Ramkumar, Superintendent of Police, Dhule, told The Indian Express. “The victims were nomads who had come to seek alms at CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, JULY 1 An image from a video shot on a cellphone of the attack THREE DAYS after an announcer hired by authorities in South Tripura to dispel rumours of child-lifters was lynched by a mob, his grief-stricken family is still struggling to cope with the fact that the 33-year-old lost his lifetryingtokeephisfamilyafloat — for a daily wage of Rs 500. Sukanta Chakraborty was lynched by a mob on June 28 in the Kalachhara area after a few youths confronted the government team and said they did not know the “real” situation in the villages where “child abductors were really present”. ”Thiswas plain murder in front of so many people. An announcer for a noble cause, hired by the authorities, was lynched to death. What can I say? He left behind his wife and a fivemonth-old baby boy,” says DebabrataChakraborty,theelder brother of Sukanta, speaking to The Indian Express over phone. Debabrata, a construction worker, says his brother’s body bore marks of grievous injuries caused by bricks, stones, sticks CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 11 of family found dead with blindfolds, cops point to notes on ‘mystical practices’ ONE YEAR OF GST PM rules out one slab: Milk, Mercedes can’t have same rate Over 70% jump in indirect taxpayer base in 1 year: PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 1 RULING OUT a single tax rate under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Prime Minister NarendraModihassaidmilkand Mercedes cannot be taxed at the same rate. He also indicated that there may not be any further reduction in the tax rates as the government has reduced taxes on nearly 400 groups of items. “It would have been very simple to have just one slab, but it would have meant we could not have food items at zero per cent tax rate. Can we have milk andMercedesatthesamerate?” Modi said in an interview to Swarajya magazine. “So, when our friends in Congress say that they will have just one GST rate, they are effectively saying they will tax food items and commodities, which are currently at zeroor5percent,at18percent,” he said. Swarajya posted a part-transcript of the 45-minute interview on its website on Sunday, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 The house where the bodies were found, in the Burari area of North Delhi, on Sunday. Gajendra Yadav MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 1 ELEVEN MEMBERS of a family, including seven women, were found dead under mysterious circumstances at theirresidence in Burari area of North Delhi on Sunday morning. While 10 of the dead were found hanging, with their eyes covered with pieces of cloth cut from the same bedsheet and their mouths taped, the body of 16 SPORT a77-year-oldwomanwasfound lying on the floor in another room of the house. Apolicestatementsaidsome handwrittennoteswerefoundin the house “which point towardsobservanceof somedefinitespiritual/mysticalpractices by the whole family”. Additional DCP (North) Vinit Kumar said “thesenoteshavestrongsimilaritywiththemannerinwhichthe mouths,eyesetcof thedeceased were tied and taped”. He said they received a PCR CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD CUP: RUSSIA SENDS SPAIN CRASHING OUT IN PENALTY SHOOTOUT THEEDITORIAL PAGE Pilgrims make their way to Sheshnag on the Amarnath Yatra. Praveen Khanna Red flags go up over rains, but pilgrims push forward on dangerous 3-km trek ANAND MOHAN J Amarnath cave SHESHNAG, JULY 1 THE RAINS have been unrelenting. And every morning, a fiveman road-opening party from the BSF has been conducting threat assessment operations from Chandanwari to Sheshnag. In between the two base camps, is the most difficult part of the Amarnath Yatra: Pissu top mountain, a punishing 3-km trek involving a steep ascent 11,000 ft above sea level over narrow tracks covered in mud. TRACKING THE YATRA ● SHESHNAG The BSF party, the Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) warn the Nunwan base camp that the “track is dangerous”dueto“continuousrainfall”. The Sheshnag base camp director, too, requests his counterpart to not send anyone through. But despite the red flags, officials at Nunwan show the green light. “The pilgrims kept insisting that we allow them to leave Pahalgam. Many of them had startedtobecomeagitated,”says Surender Mohan, the director of Nunwan base camp. “Sometimes, people’s devotion trumps security,” says Roop Raj Bhagwan, the police officer in charge at Nunwan who had decided earlier to not allow the pilgrims through. Thisleavesthecampdirector in Sheshnag, Kishore Singh, seething. “They should not have sent the first batch to Sheshnag and it was a blunder of Himalayanproportions.Thepeople who reached our base camp had been through a lot,” he says. And so, on June 29, the first batch of pilgrims reaches Chandanwari, 16 km away, on private vans. At the security gates, they argue with officers and shrine board officials to let thempass.Finally,1,564pilgrims are let through. MUMBAI, JULY 1 TWO OF the alleged masterminds arrested when the Department of Revenue Intelligence(DRI)recentlybusted amulti-statedrugsyndicatethat has illegally supplied over 2000 kgofKetamine,ordaterapedrug, to international and domestic buyers are said to be on the run from law enforcement authori- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ties in the UK and Canada, sources told The Indian Express. According to Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials, British national Jonathan Thorn has been convicted 21 times in the UK in various drug cases, while Vietnamese-origin Canadian citizen Ngyenmanh Coung, convicted for murder in Canada, has jumped parole and has been living in India for the last few years. Last month, DRI raided four factories in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat and seized about 308 kg of Ketamine worth Rs 30 crore and raw materials that could have resulted in another 250 kg of the drug worth about Rs 25 crore. The latest seizure of Ketamine is 720 per cent more than the overall seizure of 68 kg in calendar year 2016. DRI, sources said, has informed Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the arrests of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, JULY 1 THE GOVERNMENT’S move to sell its stake in IDBI Bank to Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has met with stiff resistance from employees of the insurance and bankingsectors,whohavequestioned the rationale of investing inabankwhichisweigheddown by huge bad loans and losses. “We are anxious and seri- ously concerned about this sale. Now as a concerned and a responsible trade union in LIC, it is morally worth questioning whether IDBI Bank, a lender withhumongousbadloansclose to a third of its book, makes for a good investment for LIC,” said Rajesh Kumar, general secretary, All India LIC Employees Federation. “Given the precarious situation of Non Performing Assets (NPAs) in IDBI Bank and the in- tention of LIC to substantially raise its stake in the said bank, there is contagion risk on the policy-holders’precioussavings, whichwillgrosslyimpactthecapability of LIC to serve its policyholder. In the past few years, LIC has been struggling to raise the bonus on the policies,” Kumar said in a letter to LIC Chairman V K Sharma. On Friday, the Insurance Regulatory and Development CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PUNE, JULY 1 falls into gorge in Uttarakhand, P 6 CHIDAMBARAM CALLS IT RSS TAX: Calling GST an “RSS tax”, Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said GST has “become a bad word among business persons, traders, exporters and common citizens”. REPORTS, PAGES 10, 13 The virtues of formality BY MANISH SABHARWAL Sikh candidate for Oct polls among 20 killed in Afghan blast At the blast site in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan, Sunday. Reuters EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, NEW DELHI, JULY 1 A SIKH politician in Afghanistan, who was a candidate in the parliamentary elections scheduled for October, was among 20 people killed in a blast triggered by a suicide bomber targeting a vehicleintheeasterncityof Jalalabad Sunday.Officialssaidatleast10of thedeadwerefromtheminority Sikh community in the country. Most of those killed, including the politician Avtar Singh Avtar Singh Khalsa had started his poll campaign Khalsa, were travelling to meet President Ashraf Ghani. The blast, which occurred hours after Ghani had opened a hospital inJalalabad, damagedshopsand buildings around Mukhaberat square in the city, the provincial governor’s spokesman said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DALITS ALLEGE ATTACK, BOYCOTT; MARATHAS SAY IT’S A BID TO GET NEW HOMES SUSHANT KULKARNI ● 48 killed as bus Union Minister Arun Jaitley said higher revenue collection would enhance the capacity to rationalise rates. He said GST has been implemented in a least disruptive manner. ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR Tension between Marathas, Dalits in ‘dispute-free’ Latur village EXPRESS NETWORK ‘HIGHER REVENUE TO AID RATIONALISATION’ CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DRI inter-state drug bust: 2 ‘masterminds’ Concerned over IDBI Bank stake sale on the run from law in UK and Canada to LIC, say insurance and bank staff KHUSHBOO NARAYAN Union Minister Piyush Goyal at the ‘GST Day’ event in New Delhi on Sunday. Renuka Puri OUTSIDE THE Gram Panchayat office of Rudrawadi village in Maharashtra’sLaturdistrict,four police constables are deployed round the clock and a police vehicle visits every two hours. There is visible tension between Maratha and Dalit communities of the village with a population of little more than 700. An FIR says “suspicion of a love affair” between a Dalit boy with a Maratha girl sparked the dispute in the village, which has in the past won awards for being a Tantamukta Gaon (disputefree village). While both communities, the Marathas and the DalitsbelongingtoMatangcaste, agree to this, they have separate versionsof whathappenedlater. The FIR states that morethan 20 people from Maratha communityattacked the boy on May 9 and also assaulted those who wenttorescuehim.NitinShinde, son of village sarpanch Shalubai Shinde from the Dalit community,said,“Aftertheattackonthe boy over suspicion of a love af- fair, there were repeated attacks on us. We registered a police complaint but no one was arrested immediately. A group of them forcefully entered our housestwodaysafterthefirstattack and brutally hit us with sticks. Around the same time, a girl from our community was to get married. Some of us, along with the bride and groom, had gone to the village temple located in the Maratha locality. Though we have never entered the temple, we were allowed to prayfromthestairs.Butthatday, we were stopped from even go- Family members of Mukhind Kasbe, who belongs to the Dalit community and had initially left Rudrawadi village. They have now come back. Sushant Kulkarni ing close to the temple and attacked.” Another member of the Dalit community, Tukaram Shinde, who is complainant in the case lodged in connection with the May 9 attack, says, “We were afraid because of the attacks and later, the rest of the village started boycotting our families. We were stopped from going to shops. So, our 12 families left the village and came to Udgir tehsil headquarter to demand rehabilitation.Wehavebeenlivinginan old college hostel. We do not want to live in that village. Recently, nine of the families went back, but my family and the families of Sarpanch Shinde andhisrelativewillcontinueour demand.” Police have so far arrested 22 persons. Initially, the FIR was lodged under IPC sections pertainingtoattackandcriminal intimidation and sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.Policelater invoked sections of social boycott under the same Act.Mostof thearrestedpersons are now on bail. DSP Shridhar Pawar said, “The complainants have alleged social boycott and relevant sections have been invoked.Ourprimaryinquirydoes not suggest this type of boycott CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.