TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, KOLKATA, `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 10 YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW 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 BY SACHIN PILOT BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY WORLD Alwar victim’s friend said assailants claimed to be MLA’s men: Police 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 15 At the spot in Alwar where 32-year-old Rakbar was lynched. Hamza Khan HAMZA KHAN NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE US AGAIN, TRUMP TELLS IRAN PRESIDENT LALMANI VERMA E PAGE NEW DELHI, JULY 23 Son and MP Chirag says LJP will ask Govt to remove Justice (retd) A K Goel AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION Rajnath Singh-led panel to examine report from Secys, THE EDITORIAL submit it to PM RAHUL TRIPATHI 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 4 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 TWO KILLEDIN TORONTOAS GUNMAN OPENSFIRE 4 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. The judges noted that there had been “instances of abuse” of the Act by “vested interests” for political or personal reasons. This ruling angered the Dalits CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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- PAKISTAN VOTES TOMORROW CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Justice Goel (R) was named NGT chief the day he retired. Paswan, son have objection THE TOP FIVE (Source: Ministry of Corporate Affairs) NEW DELHI, JULY 23 PAKUR, JULY 23 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 localBJPworkersandpoliceofficers 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, 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 threatened 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. SANDEEP SINGH & ANIL SASI PRASHANT PANDEY Eight named in FIR NEW DELHI, JULY 23 India Inc alarm bells: auditors of 204 listed firms quit this year Meet the men who beat up Agnivesh: BJP, RSS, Bajrang Dal 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 toaformofresistanceagainstthe state.Agniveshhadcomehereto instigate tribals at the behest of agents of the Church.” Wrong message sent by giving NGT job to judge who diluted SC/ST law: Paswan Pakistani election staff in Lahore sort out polling material on Monday. Pakistanis will vote Wednesday to elect a new parliament. AP REPORT, PAGE 15 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 significant since polls are likely to be held in Bhutan in October. While Bhutan has formal diplomatic relations with 53 countries, it does not have official bilateral relations with its northern neighbour. The Chinese Ambassador to India liaises with Bhutanese Ambassador in New Delhi for official communication. Sources said Prime Minister Tobgay had briefed India about Bhutan’s current state of relations with China during his visit earlier this month. BhutanandChinahaveunresolved border issues, and the WEST BENGAL P3 53 MUMBAI 35 DELHI 35 KOLKATA 30 AHMEDABAD 10 JAIPUR dus include the lack of adequate information on businesses, inconsistencies in revenues and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt responds to Express series: ‘Will end menace of predatory journals’ LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 23 ● BAITHAKKHANA BAZAR: 2 DEAD AS FIRST FLOOR OF 150-YR-OLD BUILDING COLLAPSES 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 The Express investigation report on July 19 Singh of BJD, Javadekar said: “What has been published in a veryreputednewspaperisreally a story that is not a good story. In one room, there are 87 journals being published, and stories like CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR INSIDE FOR 13 YEARS, THIS MAN TERRORISED AN ENTIRE STATE FROM JAIL DIPANKAR GHOSE DURG, JULY 23 ● Bihar: Inmates say girl buried at shelter, police dig Modi meets Uganda 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:“Ourinvestigations 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 eightmonthslater.Tapangotacquitted 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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