TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE HIS REMARKS ON NRC STALL RAJYA SABHA ShahdrawsNRC line:Securityprime, allpartiesmustclearstandonillegals BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Draft can’t be basis for any action, ensure process is fair: SC to Centre ‘It is the soul of Assam accord, Rajiv signed it, Cong didn’t have courage to do it’ LIZ MATHEW ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 31 Mallya: UK court seeks video of jail barrack in Mumbai Mallya outside the court in London, Tuesday. Reuters REJECTINGOPPOSITIONconcern overtheexclusionof40lakhpeople in Assam from the draft National Register of Citizens, BJP president Amit Shah Tuesday saidhispartyiscommittedtoimplementing the NRC “firmly and fairly... to the last full stop” becausetheissueisabout“national security, security of borders and the citizens of this country”. Slamming the Opposition parties for their “votebank politics that have been placed above nationalinterest”,Shahsaideach party must make clear its position on illegal Bangladeshis in the country. “The illegal migration has been damaging the national securityofthiscountry.Peoplewere being killed. The NRC is for protecting human rights, the rights of Indians. The country cannot runlikethis...Youcannothave(illegal) people from everywhere. The Opposition should explain if it has consideration for national security. How do you protect the country by encouraging and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, JULY 31 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE PAGES 7,8 ● ‘ARE WE THINKING OF ANOTHER PARTITION?’ ● GUJARAT: TWO MEN HELD IN SODOMYMURDER CASE 14 Modi is offered a sweet by Shah while Advani looks on at a meeting of the BJP parliamentary party in New Delhi on Tuesday. Neeraj Priyadarshi Mamata warns of ‘bloodbath, civil war’, Maya says NRC draft ‘anarth’ ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, JULY 31 STEPPING UP her attack on the BJP over the exclusion of 40 lakh people in Assam from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee Tuesday accused the “ruling party” of discriminating against and “questioning the Indianness of Indians” who do not support it, Banerjee met Rajnath Singh on Tuesday. Tashi Tobgyal and warned that this wouldlead to “a civil war, a bloodbath”. Speaking at a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India conclave on ‘Love Your Neighbour’, Banerjee said: “You cannot just drive away people who have been staying here for 100,200,30years...Iamshocked to see how Indians became foreigners... shocked to see that even relatives of former PresidentFakhruddinAliAhmed have not made it to the NRC.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 STATINGTHATthedraftNational Register of Citizens (NRC) could not be the basis for any action since it was only a draft, the SupremeCourtTuesdayallowed the Centre to draw up a “fair” procedure to deal with claims and objections of people left out of the list. “Court would like to observe thatwhathasbeensubmittedisa completedraftNRCwhich,naturally being a draft, cannot be the basisforanyactionbyanyauthority,” a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said. Thebenchalsodeclinedtogo into a plea by an association of transgenders on the non-inclusion of names in the NRC, saying they have had a chance to apply. “You missed the bus... because all men, women and any other could apply,” Justice Gogoi said,adding“youwantustoopen something we want to close... Lots of people will come and tell us, give us a second chance... We will open the floodgates.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CEC weighs in: Exclusion from NRC doesn’t mean automatic removal from electoral roll RASHMI RAJPUT ON THE day that a UK court askedIndianauthoritiesTuesday to submit a video of the cell at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai where they plan to keep Vijay Mallya post-extradition, the Maharashtra prisons department contested the embattled liquor baron’s claims that there was no natural light or fresh air in Indian jails. Mallya, wanted by agencies on fraud charges, appeared before the court in London where both the defence and prosecution presented clarifications on Barrack 12 at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where he is to be held. After hearingthearguments, Judge Emma Arbuthnot asked Indian authorities to submit within three weeks a video of the Barrack 12 of the Arthur Road Jail and set September 12 as the date of the next hearing. The judge asked Indian authorities to submit a “step by step video” of Barrack 12for “the avoidance of doubt” over the availability of natural light in the NEW DELHI, JULY 31 NRC our (Cong) baby... Don’t try to make it Hindu, Muslim or Christian” TARUN GOGOI FORMER ASSAM CHIEF MINISTER MORE REPORTS, PAGE 7 RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JULY 31 ASKED WHAT would happen to the voting rights of those Assam residents who don’t find their names on the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Government’s stand has been that it’s up to the Election Imran’s party says he may invite Modi, all SAARC leaders for swearing-in M ZULQERNAIN LAHORE, JULY 31 IMRAN KHAN’S Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering invitingtheleadersof theSAARC countries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his oath-taking ceremony as Pakistan’s next Prime Minister on August 11, a party official said on Tuesday. “The core committee of Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) heads including Mr Modi and a decision on this is expected shortly,” a leader of Khan’s party told PTI. A day after Modi congratulated Khan on his party emerging the largest in the July 25 Pakistan general elections, the party leader termed Modi’s telephone call to Khan a welcoming For rolls, EC will synchronise with NRC: CEC Rawat Decision expected shortly signtobeginanewchapterinrelations between the two countries. Incidentally, after winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi had invited leaders of all South Asian countries to attend his swearing-in. Spokesperson for Khan’s party Fawad Chaudhry also did not rule out inviting Modi to the swearing-in ceremony. “A decision about it will be taken by the party in consultation with the foreign ministry in the coming days,” he said. The PTI, led by 65-year-old Khan, emerged as the single largest party in the National CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Commission to take a call on it once the NRC process is over. Thatcallislikelytoraisefresh challenges of its own. For, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat has said that the electoral roll is governed by a separate law and exclusionfromthefinalNRCwould not mean “automatic removal” from Assam’s voters list. Speaking to The Indian Express a day after the draft NRC was published without the namesof over40lakhpeopleout of 3.29 crore applicants, Rawat said that a voter, despite her absence from the final NRC, will continuetoremainonthestate’s electoral roll if she can prove to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) that she has “sufficient documents” to prove three things. That she is a citizen of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MARATHA QUOTA STIR Fifth suicide as man ends life in Beed, 8 attempt self-immolation Fadnavis says reservation needs to stand legal scrutiny to be valid, ‘jail bharo’ agitation in Mumbai today SHUBHANGI KHAPRE MUMBAI, JULY 31 A35-YEAR-OLDmancommitted suicide at Beed district while eight protesters attempted suicide in Latur on Tuesday as the agitation by the Maratha community demanding reservation intensified. As the state witnessed the fifth suicide over the issue, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that for the quota to be valid, it needs to stand legal and constitutional scrutiny. AbhijitDeshmukh,aresident of Vida village at Beed district in Marathwada region hanged himself from a tree near his house. “We found a suicide note in which Deshmukh mentioned that he is taking this extreme Buses torched during the agitation on Pune-Nashik Highway. Express stepinsupportof Marathareservation demand,” Beed SP G Shridhar told PTI. Among the other reasons Deshmukh mentioned in his note were unemployment andunpaid bank loan, police said. In the self-immolation at- tempt,heldoutsidethetehsildar office at Ausa in Latur district — also in Marathwada region — eightprotesterspouredkerosene on themselves and attempted suicide.Butthepoliceintervened and the protesters were taken intocustody,saidLaturSPShivaji Rathod. “After convincing them to take up their demands with the government, we allowed them to go,” he added. Amid growing demand from the Opposition to announce reservation for the Marathas without waiting for the State Backward Class Commission’s report on the community’s socio-economic status, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the process needs to stand legal and constitutional CONTINUEDONPAGE2 40,07,707 OUT OF NRC THE UNCOUNTED WHAT NEXT-I School teacher, one of twins, ex-MLA, B.Ed student, social worker in Delhi ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, JULY 31 BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah framed the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as a filter to keep out “illegal” Bangla migrants — saying “Bharat ke koi bhi nagarik ko chinta karne ki zaroorat nahin hai (No citizen of India has any reason to be concerned).” On the ground, however, it’s not so simple. In a state where history and geographyhavecreatedmultiple identities intertwined over the years, the NRC has cleaved open more than one fault line: cutting across ethnicity, language, religion. Over 40 lakh — Hindu and Muslim,youngandold,ruraland urban — find themselves among the uncounted. To understand the fear and uncertainty that’s gripping an entire state in the wake of this exercise, The Indian Express trackeddownthosewhoslipped through the cracks — from a 72year-old retired school teacher in Guwahati to a 25-year-old Bengali-speaking Muslim from Lakhimpur, from a 62-year-old ex-MLA in Abhayapuri to a 26year-old social worker from Tinsukia. It found parents missing, sisters and brothers out, and children failing to finding a place in thedraft.Alltheywantnow,they said, is to be counted. RAZIB AHMED, 6 Kamrup. His twin sister is in, he is out ESHANI CHOUDHURY, 26 Tinsukia, now in New Delhi. Mother in, she & her sister out GAUTAM PAL, 50 Guwahati. He and his brother are out ‘Brother in, I am out’ Ananta Kumar Malo, 62, is a former MLA of the AIUDF from the SC-reserved Abhayapuri South constituency. He does not know why or how he was excluded from the draft. “My brother used the same legacy dataof ourfather,andheisinthe NRC draft but I am not. My wife is also in the NRC through her legacy. I think there must have been some minor problem. I am CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SATI PURAKAYASTHA, 72 Guwahati. Her entire family is in, she is out Alternate land Godrej suggested is suitable: bullet train agency to HC SAILEE DHAYALKAR MUMBAI, JULY 31 THE NATIONAL High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) told the Bombay High Court Tuesday that it has found an alternate parcel of land that the GodrejGroupsuggestedas“suitable” for acquisition to implement the bullet train project. Godrej and Boyce ManufacturingCompanyLimited had contested the acquisition of itsprime39,547sqmpropertyin VikhrolifortheRs1.08lakhcrore Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project in May. An affidavit filed by Uday Prasad Singh, Chief Project Manager,NHSRCLstatesthatthe Godrej Group had offered a second alternative plot situated 215 metres westwards along the existing alignment of the bullet train. A smallportion of thisland is also under litigation. “Isaythatuponthereceiptof the petitioners second Alternate Proposal, the respondent no 4 (NHSRCL)have,after visitingthe site,videtheirletterdatedJuly26, 2018,conveyedtheiracceptance inprinciplestatingthatthesiteis primafaciesuitableandtheywill examineindetailallothertechnical aspects and also submitted slightmodifiedsketchforthepetitioners’ consideration,” stated the five-page affidavit. The affidavit further states, “...once the modifiedsketchsubmitted by the respondent no 4 (NHSRCL)...is acceptable to the petitioners coupled with encumbrance free and clear title to the land, a totally fresh Land AcquisitionProposalwillbesubmitted to the collector, Mumbai Suburban District.” An earlier alternative plot of land offered by the Godrej CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR THE EDITORIAL PAGE CRIME ON TRAINS ON RISE, WANT POWER TO FILE CASES, PROBE: RPF TO CENTRE The new reservation MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR CITING INCREASING crime against passengers on trains, particularly theft, robbery and crime against women, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has sought permission from the Railway Ministry to widen their powers to include filing FIRs and investigating cases. According to data accessed by The Indian Express, theft aboard trains across the country doubledin2017comparedtothe 16 WORLD US WARNS IMF AGAINST BAILOUT PACKAGE FOR PAK NEW DELHI, JULY 31 previous year, while robbery casesincreased by almost 70per cent. Data also shows that Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh topped the list of states where the most crime was reported. Whileatotalof 71,055crimes werereportedacrossthecountry in 2017, compared to 39,355 the year before, 20,777 crimes were reportedtillMarchin2018.Crime against women, including rape, increasedfrom604in2016to641 in 2017, while 193 cases were reported until March this year. Presently, the RPF investigates only criminal cases related SURGE IN CASES States 2016 2017 Maharashtra Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Tamil Nadu Bihar 7,338 7,692 5,358 668 2,681 33,145* 8,383 7,341 1,839 2,855 2018 (Till March) 11,614 1,909 1,973 1,230 666 *Crime on local trains were included from 2017 torailwayproperty,andrelieson the Government Railway Police (GRP),under stategovernments, to register FIRs and investigate cases. According to official records, Maharashtra reported 11,614 crimes till March this year, while 33,145werereportedin2017and 7,338 were in 2016. “The reason behind this sudden rise is that crime on local trains were taken into account. This may explain theinordinatenumberof crimes reported from Maharashtra,” said an RPF official. Sources told The Indian Express that two proposals to widen the ambit of the RPF were sent to the Centre earlier, but were both rejected. “Recently, a proposal was first sent to the Railway Ministry seeking amendments in the RPF Act to empowertheRPFtoregisterand investigatecasesof crimerelated to passengers’ safety too. The proposal was accepted on Mondayandnowithasbeenforwardedtothelawministry,”said a senior RPF official. “In the proposal, the RPF has cited crime figures along with the experiences that passengers faced while lodging their complaints. By empowering the RPF, victimswillnotbeputunderundue inconvenience by being forced to run from one place to another.” The RPF, which comes under the Centre, presently lodges cases under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act and the Indian Railway Act, 1966. They also register offences of ticketless travelling, travelling onrooftopsandfootboards,trespassing, chain pulling, forged tickets, touting, illegal vending, smoking, bringing dangerous and offensive goods on railway premises, an official said. “Now, if suspects are caught by the RPF, they handed over to the GRP. But with the amendment, they can register cases aboardamovingtrainasoneRPF company always travels in any train and they can investigate all the cases immediately,” said an official.
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