LATECITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE HIS REMARKS ON NRC STALL RAJYA SABHA 40,07,707 OUT OF NRC Shah draws NRC line: Security prime, all parties must clear stand on illegals 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’ 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE LIZ MATHEW ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 31 NEW DELHI, JULY 31 The new reservation BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Mallya: UK court seeks video of jail barrack in Mumbai REJECTING OPPOSITIONconcern over the exclusion of 40 lakh people in Assam from the draft National Register of Citizens, BJP president Amit Shah Tuesday said his party is committed to implementing the NRC “firmly and fairly... to the last full stop” because the issue is about “national security, security of borders and the citizens of this country”. Slamming the Opposition parties for their “votebank politics that have been placed above national interest”, Shah said each party must make clear its position on illegal Bangladeshis in the country. “The illegal migration has been damaging the national security ofthis country. People were being killed. The NRC is for protecting human rights, the rights of Indians. The country cannot run like this... You cannot have (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 TARUN GOGOI FORMER ASSAM CHIEF MINISTER MORE REPORTS, PAGE 9 RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, JULY 31 ON THE day that a UK court asked Indian authorities Tuesday 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 hearing the arguments, 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 12 for “the avoidance of doubt” over the availability of natural light in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 RITIKA CHOPRA For rolls, EC will synchronise with NRC: CEC Rawat 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 Commission to take a call on it once the NRC process is over. That call is likely to raise fresh challenges of its own. For, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat has said that the electoral roll is governed by a separate law and exclusion from the final NRC would not mean “automatic removal” from Assam’s voters list. Speaking to The Indian Express a day after the draft NRC was published without the Decision mature, not taken in haste: Edu Minister Chudasama GANDHINAGAR, RAJKOT, JULY 31 LAHORE, JULY 31 IMRAN KHAN’S Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting the leaders of the SAARC 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 Decision expected shortly Pakistan general elections, the party leader termed Modi’s telephone call to Khan a welcoming sign to begin a new chapter in relations 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 geography have created multiple 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, young and old, rural and 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 tracked down those who slipped 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 the draft. All they want now, 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’ names of over 40 lakh people out of 3.29 crore applicants, Rawat said that a voter, despite her absence from the final NRC, will continue to remain on the state’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 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 data of our father, and he is in the 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SATI PURAKAYASTHA, 72 Guwahati. Her entire family is in, she is out Schools ‘ready to defy’ Navratri Alternate land Godrej holiday diktat, Gujarat govt firm suggested is suitable: EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE M ZULQERNAIN WHAT NEXT-I EVEN AS Education Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, on Tuesday refused to budge on the decision to declare seven-day Navratri vacation for schools, calling it a “mature” decision of the state government, associations of private schools in Saurashtra and Surat said that they would defy the government’s order if they get support from the parents. At least 400 schools in Rajkot and over 800 in Surat have decided to protest against the government’s decision, saying that it would affect studies. At a press conference in the state capital, Chudasama justified the government’s stand while announcing the revised the dates of Navratri vacation for schools — from October 15October 21 declared last week to October 10-October 17. “The decision has been taken in consultation with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to give seven days vacation during Navratri (including a Sunday) to ensure that the people ofGujarat, especially youths, can enjoy and celebrate Navratri, the symbol of religious and spiritual tradition,” Chudasma said on Tuesday. He added that the seven-day vacation would not lead to loss of days in school’s educational activities as the same number of days have been deducted from Diwali vacation that has been curtailed — November 5November 18. Chudasama also said that the Navratri vacation would not clash with any examinations in schools or colleges, and the decision was taken while noting “thin presence of students in schools and colleges during Navratri” and “people’s sentiments associated with the festival”. “The decision was not taken in a haste. It is a mature decision,” he added, rejecting the Opposition Congress’s charge that the government took the decision for “cheap publicity”. But the government’s decision is being opposed by many schools in various parts of the state. Jatin Bharad, principal of Bharad School in Rajkot, said that the extended vacation in schools was uncalled for. “Students will obviously welcome any CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 Godrej Group suggested as “suitable” for acquisition to implement the bullet train project. Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited had contested the acquisition of its prime 39,547 sqm property in Vikhroli for the Rs 1.08 lakh crore MumbaiAhmedabad Bullet Train project in May. An affidavit filed by Uday Prasad Singh, Chief Project Manager, NHSRCL states that the Godrej Group had offered a second alternative plot situated 215 GUJARAT ● FARMERS THREATEN TO UPROOT LAND PILLARS, PAGE 5 metres westward along the existing alignment of the bullet train. A small portion of this land is also under litigation. “I say that upon the receipt of the petitioner’s second Alternate Proposal, the respondent no 4 (NHSRCL) have, after visiting the site, vide their letter dated July 26, 2018, conveyed their acceptance in principle stating that the site is prima facie suitable and they will examine in detail all other technical aspects and also submitted slight modified CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 14 WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 CEC weighs in: Exclusion from NRC doesn’t mean automatic removal from electoral roll NRC our (Cong) baby... Don’t try to make it Hindu, Muslim or Christian” Mallya outside the court in London, Tuesday. Reuters and warned that this would lead 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, 30 years... I am shocked to see how Indians became foreigners... shocked to see that even relatives of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed have not made it to the NRC.” STATING THATthe draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) could not be the basis for any action since it was only a draft, the Supreme Court Tuesday allowed 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 that what has been submitted is a complete draft NRC which, naturally being a draft, cannot be the basis for any action by any authority,” a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said. The bench also declined to go 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 “you want us to open something we want to close... Lots of people will come and tell us, give us a second chance... We will open the floodgates.” THE UNCOUNTED CRIME ON TRAINS ON RISE, WANT POWER TO FILE CASES, PROBE: RPF GUNMEN STORM AFGHAN GOVT BUILDING, TAKE HOSTAGES TRUMP SAYS COLLUSION NOT A CRIME AS FIRST RUSSIA MEDDLING PROBE TRIAL BEGINS MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 31 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 doubled in 2017 compared to the previous year, while robbery cases increased by almost 70 per cent. Data also shows that Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh topped the list of states where the most crime was reported. While a total of 71,055 crimes were reported across the country in 2017, compared to 39,355 the year before, 20,777 crimes were reported till March in 2018. Crime against women, including rape, increased from 604 in 2016 to 641 in 2017, while 193 cases were reported until March this year. Presently, the RPF investigates only criminal cases related to railway property, and relies on the Government Railway Police (GRP), under state gov- 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 *Crime on local trains was included from 2017 2018 (Till March) 11,614 1,909 1,973 1,230 666 ernments, to register FIRs and investigate cases. According to official records, Maharashtra reported 11,614 crimes till March this year, while 33,145 were reported in 2017 and 7,338 were in 2016. “The reason behind this sudden rise is that crime on local trains were taken into account. This may explain the inordinate number of 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 empower the RPF to register and investigate cases of crime related to passengers’ safety too. The proposal was accepted on Monday and now it has been forwarded to the law ministry,” 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, victims will not be put under undue 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 on rooftops and footboards, 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 aboard a moving train as one RPF company always travels in any train and they can investigate all the cases immediately,” said an official.
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