TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 7 INTERVIEW With ARUN SHOURIE ‘J&KPARTIES HAVELOST LEGITIMACY, POLITICAL PROCESSIS DISTANT’ PART I Cracks in PDP: Ex-minister says Mehbooba let her family hijack party NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JULY 2 DAYS AFTER it lost power in J&K, cracksarebeginningtoappearin the PDP with a former minister speaking out against Mehbooba Mufti’s leadership, and claiming that several MLAs and PDP stalwartstoowereunhappywiththe state of affairs in the party. Shia leader Imran Raza Ansari, who was a PDP minister in the alliance government with the BJP that collapsed last month, told The Indian Express: “The party has been hijacked by vested interests. She (Mehbooba) chose her cronies overelectedmemberstorunthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT & POLITICS ● Encounter killings: SC seeks UP reply on plea ● Assam NRC deadline is July 30: SC, PAGE 6 Mob thumbed nose at police: They are dead, take them away Day after, village empty; victims had registered with Dhule police Govt set to announce highest increase in MSP for paddy crop Meanwhile, borrowing gets harder, govt has lesser money to spend RAVISH TIWARI DHULE, JULY 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HIKE ALSO FOR PULSES IN KHARIF CROP Rs 200-hike will exceed that of UPA-I in poll yr; cost Rs 12,000 cr RASHMI RAJPUT ALL FIVE men had registered with the local police, they had valid Aadhaar cards, they were sheltered inside a locked room of the Rainpada village panchayat in Dhule district, officials had sent out alerts on local TV warningagainstfalserumours— but none of this mattered in the face of the murderous mob. So by the time the police arrived, the lock had been brokenandthreelynched.When the police tried to save the remaining two, the mob turned on them instead. Two policemen, SI Yogesh Khatkal and ASI Ravindra Randhir, were injured and the assault continued until all five were killed. “They are dead, now you can take them away.” That’s what a policeman recalled someone from the mob telling them. Some in the mob even checked for a pulse to make sure. That the mob got away with murder was hardly a surprise — against hundreds of men armed withsticks,stonesandrodswere just eight policemen with lathis. “They were over 3,500 and we were just eight. When we learnt that two were still alive, we pleaded that we be allowed to take them to a hospital. They did not agree and handed over the bodies only after being satisfied that none was alive,” one of the members of the police team told The Indian Express. JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SHAJI VIKRAMAN & HARISH DAMODARAN CREDIT SQUEEZE MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, JULY 2 ■ Borrowing costs up 1-1.5 percentage points ALLRULINGpartiesseektoopen the public spending tap in their lastyearbeforeelections.Butthat option may be closing for the NarendraModigovernment.The reasonisn’tjusthighglobalcrude prices and a weak rupee, which, far from helping raise additional resources to fund a splurge, is fuelling demands for cutting duties on petrol and diesel. A bigger worry is the growing challenge to government borrowings for financing even budgeted expenditures. ■ FPI pullout from debt market, banks hesitant to buy securities NEW DELHI, JULY 2 Inda Bhosale with her children. Her husband, Raju, was one of five men killed on Sunday by a mob in Rainpada in Dhule district of Maharashtra. Prashant Nadkar Maharashtra’s deadly rumour map: 9 deaths, 14 cases, 3 clusters SRINATH RAO & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, JULY 2 WHILE POLICE in Dhule scramble for clues to track the source of the rumours that led to the lynching of five persons on Sunday, data compiled from across Maharashtra point to an intriguing geographical pattern. It shows that the spate of violence in the state, sparked by rumours on WhatsApp of childlifting, is concentrated in three clusters, large chunks of which borderGujarat,MadhyaPradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Chhattisgarh. Compiled by Maharashtra Police, the data also shows that 14 cases of “strangers” being attacked were registered over the last 25 days in 12 districts in the north, west and northeast of the state, leading to 60 arrests. Police have identified these clustersasAurangabadRuraland City, Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon and Nashik; Beed, Parbhani, Nanded and Latur; and, Gondia and Chandrapur (see map on Page 2). Mapping these cases, senior officers also said that the rumours that led to nine deaths in districts including Dhule, Aurangabad City, Aurangabad Rural and Gondia fall into four broad categories. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE GOVERNMENT appears all set for the highest ever singleyear raise in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy from this Kharif season to honour its Budgetannouncementtoensure MSP is kept at least at one and half timesof theproductioncost. A highly placed government source told The Indian Express thatthegovernmentisconsidering raising the paddy MSP to the tune of about Rs 200 per quintal. The MSP for common grade of paddy was Rs 1,550 per quintal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jewellery seized from Choksi firm is just 3% of book value KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JULY 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 9 AN INDEPENDENT valuation of the gems and jewellery seized from Mehul Choksi-owned Hyderabad Gems SEZ Ltd has pegged its value at about Rs 103 crore, which is less than 3 per centof thevalueof Rs3,840crore declared in the firm’s books, sources told The Indian Express. The government-approved valuer has also valued the gems and jewellery seized by the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RED CORNER NOTICE AGAINST NIRAV MODI PAGE 7 ■ Tight liquidity, banks don’t have cash as in post-noteban phase Consider this. DuringApril-June,theCentre borrowed Rs 144,000 crore throughprimaryauctionsalesof government securities. Not only CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Delhi’s lost green cover BY PRADIP KRISHEN
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