TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, JULY 24, 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 STATES TOLD TO FOLLOW COURT DIRECTIONS: HOME Pushed by Supreme Court, Centre forms GoM, Secretary panel to frame law against lynching 12 YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW Rajnath Singh-led panel to examine report from Secys, THE EDITORIAL submit it to PM E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION PAGE RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, JULY 23 SIX DAYS after the Supreme Court denounced the “sweeping” incidents of lynching as “an affront to the rule of law” and called for a law to deal with such “horrendous acts of mobocracy”, the government Monday informed Lok Sabha that it had created a Group of Ministers (GoM) under Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a high-level committee under Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to “deliberate” and “make recommendations” for a separate penal provision on incidents of mob violence. The committee led by Gauba will submit its recommendations to the GoM in four weeks. The GoM, which includes Notes on a lynching At the spot in Alwar where 32-year-old Rakbar was lynched. Hamza Khan BY SACHIN PILOT Alwar victim’s friend said assailants claimed to be MLA’s men: Police BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, JULY 23 ASLAM KHAN, who escaped the lynching in Alwar Friday when Rakbar alias Akbar was killed on suspicion of being a cow smuggler, has told police that the men who attacked them claimed the support of an “MLA” and that they “could not be harmed”. In a statement to the Alwar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 WORLD NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE US AGAIN, TRUMP TELLS IRAN PRESIDENT policeonSundaynight,beforethe investigation was transferred to the Jaipur range, Khan said: “Keh rahe the ke MLA sahib hamare saath hain. Hamara koi kuch nahi bigadsaktahai.(Theyweresaying that the MLA is with them and that no one can harm them).” PolicealsosaidAslamheardthem MORE REPORTS PAGE 10 taking each other’s names — Dharmendra,Paramjeet,Naresh, Suresh and Vijay. Rakbar(32)wastransporting cows on foot with Aslam Khan, in his early twenties, when they were stopped, allegedly by villagers in Lalwandi, under the jurisdiction of the Ramgarh police station in Alwar district. While Rakbar was beaten to death, Aslam managed to escape. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cattle trade rules: Govt was warned within SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, JULY 23 FIFTEEN MONTHS before the controversial cattle trade rules were withdrawn by the Centre, questions were raised internally during the framing stage on whetherthecentralgovernment was “competent” to make rules under what was essentially a state subject, a Right to Information application filed by The Indian Express has revealed. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(Regulationof Livestock Market) Rules, notified on May 23, 2017 banned sale of cattle for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEMAND FOR QUOTA Maratha youth jumps to death during agitation, bandh called tomorrow EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PUNE, MUMBAI, JULY 23 THE ONGOING agitation of the Maratha community in Maharashtra demanding reservations in jobs and educational institutions turned serious on Monday after a youth, who was a member of the ‘Sakal Maratha Kranti Thok Morcha’, died after jumping into the Godavari river. Theincident,whichoccurred in the temple town of Kaygaon in Aurangabad’s Gangapur taluka, led to calls for a Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Kakasaheb Dattatraya Shinde (28), who workedasadriverforalocalShiv Sena youth leader. “As the deceased youth is from Aurangabad, there will be complete bandh in Aurangabad on Tuesday. In the rest of the state,wewillobserveabandhon Wednesday,” said Virendra Pawar, convener of Maratha Kranti Morcha. A group of Marathas from LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, JULY 23 Meet the men who beat up Agnivesh: BJP, RSS, Bajrang Dal PAK VOTES TOMORROW PAKUR, JULY 23 China Minister arrives in Bhutan on first top-level visit after Doklam SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 23 IN THE first high-level visit by a senior Chinese official after the border stand-off at Doklam last year, Bhutan is hosting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou who is on a three-day visit that started Sunday. Kong has met Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, according to Bhutanese officials. Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji and Kong also held discussions on “matters of mutual interest”, officials said. Kong, incidentally, visited India twice in last six months. SourcesinNewDelhitoldThe Indian Express that Bhutan had keptIndia“intheloop”aboutthe visit of Kong, who holds a positionequivalenttoIndia’sForeign Secretary. The timing of the visit is CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Modi meets Uganda LAST TUESDAY, hours after activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted by a mob in Jharkhand’s Pakur town, where the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) was staging a protest against his visit, the BJP affiliate’s state chief Amit Singh claimed that no one from his outfit was involved in the attack. The Indian Express visited Pakur to find that all of the eight named in the FIR are directly linkedtotheBJYM,BJPanditsaffiliates or the RSS. And that an undercurrent of resentment in Sangh outfits here at Agnivesh’s outreachtothetribalpopulation was one of the key reasons that fuelled the protest. SpeakingtoTheIndianExpress, Prasann Mishra, BJYM’s Pakur chief and one of those named in the FIR, said: “Agnivesh has been constantly issuing statements that are against the true spirit of nationalism.HesupportsNaxals. Hegivesstatementsinsupportof patthalgarhi, which has been twistedfromitsoriginalpurpose toaformof resistanceagainstthe state.Agniveshhadcomehereto instigate tribals at the behest of agents of the Church.” Pakistani election staff in Lahore sort out polling material on Monday. Pakistanis will vote Wednesday to elect a new parliament. AP REPORT, PAGE 14 Eight named in FIR Agnivesh, who was in Pakur to attend a programme of the Paharia tribe, escaped without any major injury. The FIR also lists 92 other unnamed persons as accused. Statements are being recorded under a probe ordered by Chief Minister Raghubar Das, but no arrests have been made so far. “A detailed inquiry report is awaited,” Divisional Commissioner Pradeep Kumar said. The Indian Express spoke to local BJPworkers andpoliceofficers to find out more about the eight named in the FIR — three of the accused also spoke to this newspaper while the other five were unavailable: ANANDTIWARI: Amember of the state BJP’s Kisan Morcha, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Wrong message sent by giving NGT job to judge who diluted SC/ST law: Paswan TWO KILLEDIN TORONTOAS GUNMAN OPENSFIRE PRASHANT PANDEY Gangapur taluka had warned the local administration they would take ‘Jal Samadhi’ (drowning) at 3 pm in the river toprotestonMonday.Theircontention is that the government has ignored their 31 demands, including reservation for Marathas. Convenors of the Marathi Kranti Morcha have blamed the death of the youth on Chief MinisterDevendraFadnavis’sremarks on Sunday, and called for his resignation. “Fadnavis had said that some of our people might release snakes among devotees in Pandharpur and might pelt stones. This remark has triggered the violence on Monday. We have held 58 silent morchas in the past and have never resorted to such tactics. The insulting remarks have angered the community,” said Pawar. He added that a murder case should be filed against the local administration and Fadnavis. “Despiteseveralmeetings,many of the promises given to our DALIT LEADER and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan Monday said several Dalit MPs of theNDAhave“expressedconcern” over the “wrong message” sent by the appointment of Justice A K Goel as National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairman, sayingheis“thejudgewhoruled against” the SC/ST Act. Paswan’s son and Lok Sabha member Chirag Paswan said as leader of the LJP, he would ask the government to remove Justice Goel from the post. Several SC/ST organisations, Chirag Paswan said,have threat- ened a stir on August 9 on the SC/ST Act issue. He said the government should table a Bill in Parliament to bring back the Act in its original form, or should conclude the session on August 7, so that an Ordinance could be issued on August 8 and a major protest prevented on August 9. Justice Goel was one of two judges on a Supreme Court bench — the other being Justice U U Lalit — which on March 20 laid down stringent safeguards, including provisions for anticipatory bail and a “preliminary enquiry” before registration of a caseundertheScheduledCastes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India Inc alarm bells: Govt responds to Express series: ‘Will auditors of 204 listed end menace of predatory journals’ firms quit this year LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 23 SANDEEP SINGH & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, JULY 23 RAISING QUESTIONS over the standard of corporate governance in India Inc and setting off alarmbellsinpolicycircles,auditors in as many as 204 listed companieshavesubmittedtheir resignations between January 1 and July 17 this year. This works out to an average of one auditor resigning every day. This startling data is now the subjectof aninvestigationbythe Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The reasons behind the exo- THE TOP FIVE 53 MUMBAI 35 DELHI 35 KOLKATA 30 AHMEDABAD 10 JAIPUR (Source: Ministry of Corporate Affairs) dus include the lack of adequate information on businesses, inconsistencies in revenues and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 REFERRING TO THE investigation published last week in The Indian Express on fake research paper shops in India, the Government Monday said that it has asked all universities to review by August 30 the list of academic journals that are to be recognised by the UGC. “We will end this menace of predatory journals,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said during Question Hour in Lok Sabha. Replying to a supplementary question from Prabhas Kumar Singh of BJD, Javadekar said: “What has been published in a veryreputednewspaperisreally The Express investigation report on July 19 a story that is not a good story. In one room, there are 87 journals being published, and stories like that. We have taken note of that and weare asking universities to review their recommendations about journals to be recognised by the UGC for promotion and accreditation. They will review byAugust30 and giveafinalrecommendation.” Responding to another supplementary question raised by Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury,Javadekarsaid:“We are rectifying these things... We do not want any predatory journals to exist.” According to Javadekar, a UGC Standing Committee has, after due verification, removed over 4,000 sub-standard journals. He said the committee has recognised26,000journalsason May 2, 2018. In a series of investigative reports published across three days starting July 19, The Indian Express reported on how India has emerged as one of the biggest markets for a business in CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FOR 13 YEARS, HE TERRORISED AN ENTIRE STATE FROM JAIL DIPANKAR GHOSE DURG, JULY 23 HIS NAME is Tapan Sarkar alias “Dada”. For nearly two decades, from his first brush with the law at the age of 16 in 1986, he gave shape to one of Chhattisgarh’s most notorious criminal gangs. And then, in 2005, not for the first time in his life, he was arrested. This time,the charge of murder stuck, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Today,13yearslater,Sarkaris backontheradar,withpoliceinvestigating an intricate network of crime and illegality stretching across the state from his Barrack No.8 in Durg Central Jail. On July 12, DIG (Prisons) K K Gupta finally ordered the breakup of the gang. Sarkar was transferred to Ambikapur jail, where he is in solitary confinement. Twelve other members of his gang were sent, three each, to Bilaspur, Jagdalpur, Raipur and Ambikapur. Investigators of the Cyber Analysis Wing of Durg Police have found evidence of at least 21 SIM cards, four of them used exclusively by Sarkar. There are multipleinstruments,atleast30, where these SIMs are swapped. “Calls routinely used to come and go to other members outside. Some to lawyers, and many to politicians,” a senior police officer said. Durg Police have also registered three FIRs against Sarkar and others, two of them for extortion. One of them — under sections of cheating (420), forgery of valuable security (467), forgery for purpose of cheating Tapan Sarkar’s gang has now been moved out of Durg jail (468) and criminal conspiracy (120B) — alleges that Sarkar made the owners of Yash Group, the real estate operators who were in prison for a chitfund scamcase,signoverprimeproperty in Bhilai worth crores on a back-dated stamp paper. Speaking to The Indian Express, G P Singh, IG (Durg Range),said:“Our investigations have revealed that they got an agreementsignedonback-dated stamppaper.Someonetookitinside the jail, where it was typed and an agreement signed.” According to police records, Sarkar was born in Kolkata but spentmostof hisearlyyears,until Class IX, in Chhattisgarh’s Dongargarh where his father, a Railways employee, was posted. Once his father retired, Sarkar and his five siblings moved to Durg, 40 km from Raipur. He even enrolled for B Com at the local college. But by then, he had made it to police records. His first registered crime was as a Class X student,undersections324 (voluntarily causing hurt with weapons),506B(criminalintimidation), and 294 (obscene acts or songs). Speaking to The Indian Express,AshokSharma,whowas the S-I at the time in Durg, said: “Hewastheboyyoucalledif you wanted someone beaten up. Back then, he had some strange moral principles, too. He would not steal or rob...but threatening someone, or assaulting them, was not a problem.” Sharma, who is now a DySP in Durg, said Sarkar began “building his gang” once he got the contract for the cycle and motorcycle parking stand at the Durg railway station in the 1990s. “He made a lot of money through commissions, and his namebegancirculatinginBhilai, whereeveryoneneededmuscle. Politicians met him and asked him to ‘make someone understand’. Owners of liquor businesses asked him to take care of someone entering their turf. Extortion was routine. Everyone seemedtoowehimafavour,and he built a massive network. When you met him, he was calm, even well-spoken, not aggressive,” the officer said. By 2000, Sharma said Sarkar had begun “giving other criminals shelter”. “Sometimes, these people would take contracts on their own, but they were all part of Tapan’sgang.Therewasoneperson called Kanhaiya Yadav, who was infringing on Tapan’s turf. They shot him and dumped his body in a gorge called Chilfi ghati. The skeleton was found eight monthslater.Tapan got acquitted in the case, but some members of his gang were convicted,” Sharma said. In February 2005, another gangster Mahadev Mahar was killed at a park in Bhilai. Five months later, police arrested Sarkar and many others of his gang for their role in the murder. “He was challenging them in their illegal liquor business. The post mortem had evidence of bulletwounds,knifeinjuriesand blunt force trauma,” Sharma said. Sarkar remained in jail even as the case was heard, and a court sentenced him to life imprisonmentin2015.Buthisstory didn’t end there. “About five months ago, some people coming out of jail cametousandrevealedthekind of racket that is going on inside,” G P Singh, IG, said. According to prison officials, Durg central jail has 11 barracks, with at least eight members of Sarkar’s group in each. “Much of Sarkar’s network was out of CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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