TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 5 INTERVIEW With ARUN SHOURIE ‘J&KPARTIES HAVELOST LEGITIMACY, POLITICAL PROCESSIS DISTANT’ PART I Gujjars can get 21% quota under OBC: Rajasthan govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAIPUR, JULY 2 THE RAJASTHAN government hasissuedorderssayingthatfive castes, including Gujjars, are entitledtoreceive21percentreservations under the category of Other Backward Class (OBC), along with 1 percent quota as Most Backward Class (MBC). Theorders,datedJuly1,were issued by the Rajasthan Department of Personnel (DoP) after representatives of the Gujjar community had threatened to stage protests during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to Jaipur on July 7. The members of the Rajasthan Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti held a meeting with the government on Sundayandhadgivenanultimatum till Monday evening to fulfil their demands. Intwoof thefreshorders,the state government has said it has cometoitsnoticethatduringadmission in various educational institutions and recruitment in governmentdepartments,applicants were being given only the 1 percent reservation under CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mob thumbed nose at police: They are dead, take them away Day after, village empty; victims had registered with local 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 1 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 warning against false rumours but none of this mattered in the face of the murderous mob. So by the time the police arrived, the lock had been broken, three of them were lynched and when the police tried to save the remaining two, the mob turned on them instead. Two policemen, sub-inspector Yogesh Khatkal and assistant sub-inspector 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 there was no heartbeat. 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 to allow us to take them to a hospital. They did not agree and handed over the bodies only after being satisfied that 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 resourcestofundasplurge,isfuellingdemandsforcuttingduties 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 the five men lynched in Rainpada village in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Sunday. Prashant Nadkar 9 deaths, 14 cases, 3 clusters: The deadly rumour map 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 on the map near the state’s border with Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Chhattisgarh. Compiled by Maharashtra BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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. 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. “So far we have observed rumours being spread about men roaming in Toyota Innova cars, mentally challenged men being CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 1550 per quintal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jewellery seized from Choksi firm valued at 3% of book value KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JULY 2 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 3 Jaipur ■ 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 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Delhi’s lost green cover BY PRADIP KRISHEN
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