TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SENDS LETTER TIMED WITH SWEARING-IN PM to Imran: Need to engage, fight terror Imran keen we begin with cricket: New PCB chief Pak Foreign Minister Qureshi calls for a ‘continued uninterrupted dialogue’ SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 SIGNALLING AN outreach to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to newly elected Pakistan Prime MinisterImranKhanandhasexpressed a commitment to build “good neighbourly relations” and pursue “meaningful and constructive engagement” for thebenefitof theregion,sources said on Monday. This was part of Modi’s letter to Khan, which was written on August 18, the day he was sworn in as the new Prime Minister. In the letter, Modi has also underlinedtheneedtomakethe Indian subcontinent “free of terror and violence” — which also outlines the NDA government’s core concern on terrorism. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHAMIK CHAKRABARTY KOLKATA, AUGUST 20 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan looks on as ministers take oath of office in Islamabad on Monday. AP Officer behind 356 Army men’s plea drafted it for Maj Aditya’s father too E X P R E SS I N V E ST I GAT I O N BUSINESS AS USUAL NEWLYELECTEDPakistanPrime Minister Imran Khan is “very, very keen” on the resumption of bilateral cricket between India andPakistan, accordingtoEhsan Mani, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “It’sstillearlydays.Myinten- BY UNNY SUSHANT SINGH tion is to make Asian cricket stronger again, as it used to be. I don’twanttogointoanydetailat this stage but obviously, cricket between Pakistan and India is important to world cricket. So, that is one thing we will have to sit down, consider and address. Fortunately, we have a Prime Minister who is very, very keen on that,” Mani told CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Declaring Kerala floods ‘severe’ calamity, Centre clears way for more aid NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 Nirav Modi: Arrest close as CBI sends extradition plea to UK KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, AUGUST 20 THE INTERPOL’S National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manchester,inaletteronAugust 16, asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to submit an extradition request and a provisional arrest warrant issued by an Indian court against fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi to the United Kingdom government, sources told The Indian Express. Accordingly, the CBI sent the extradition request and provisional arrest warrant on Monday. “The Accused in Interpol, PNB fraud Manchester, incase formed us over the weekend that Nirav Modi iscurrentlyintheUK.Thismorning, we sent an extradition request to the MEA, to be forwarded to the UK authorities concerned to start the extradition process,” CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said. Accordingtoofficialsfamiliar withtheprobe,Modi,accusedof a Rs 13,600-crore bank fraud, could be provisionally arrested by the UK authorities this week and presented before a lower courtthere.“Aprovisionalarrest warrantfromanIndiancourtwill helptheUKauthoritiestoimmediately arrest Modi and initiate proceedingsforhisextraditionin a UK court,” said a source. The Interpol’s latest communication to the CBI follows the Red Corner Notice (RCN) issued by the global agency against ModionJune29.Whilethecommunication doesnotgiveModi’s In Azamgarh, the parents of Mukesh Rajbhar who was killed on January 26. Anand Singh 21 deaths, 20 similar FIRs, same keywords EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, MUZAFFARNAGAR, AUGUST 20 SINCE THE Uttar Pradesh government took charge in March 2017, there have been 2,351 shootouts and 63 encounter deaths,spreadacross24districts, until August 4 this year. The government has cited this as evidence of its resolve to clean up the state of crime and criminals. In May, the NHRC directed the state to constitute a fivemember team to investigate 17 of these cases. Last month, the Supreme Court issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the encounters. The Indian Express tracked downthefamiliesandpolicestations linked to 41 of these 63 encounters and accessed FIRs in case of 20, related to 21 deaths. In the remaining 21 cases, either FIRs have not been made avail- COPYCAT ENCOUNTERS THE FIRs PAGE 6 able to the family or the family has moved and could not be traced, while serving police officers declined to share details or said they didn't have them as they were newly posted. Whiletimeanddistancemay separatetheseencounters,aninvestigation by The Indian Express showed a startling pattern tothe FIRs lodged by the police — similar description of the sequence of events leading to the encounter, of the encounter itself, of the police response, and of what followed. In many cases, even the words and phrases used are identical. Consider the following key findings of the investigation: ■Inasmanyas12FIRs,police recordthatthecriminalswereintercepted on a "tip-off" from an "informer",thecriminalsarrived on a "motorcycle", mostly followed by them "skidding", "falling" and "opening fire". CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 Facing heat at home from investors, Amrapali faces fraud charges — in Africa Atalji’s way VIVEK SINHA THE EDITORIAL PAGE BY RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD THE CITY ● UMAR KHALID ATTACKER WAS ARRESTED 4 YRS AGO TOO PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 MOZAMBIQUE HAS terminated a contract it signed three years ago with Noida-based Amrapali group of developers for a residential project to be built there with financial assistance from NewDelhi.TheSoutheastAfrican country has accused the real estate firm of defrauding it of US$13.92 million (over Rs 97 crore)bypresentingtwoguarantees from an Italian bank which was found to be non-existent. TheAmrapalicasedatesback toJuly2013whentheIndiangovernment,throughtheEximBank, extended a Line of Credit of US $47milliontotheGovernmentof Mozambiqueforconstructionof 1200 houses there, 400 each in the provinces of Zambezia, Tete and Cabo Delgado. As per documents accessed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE ARMY officer who drafted the petition on behalf of 356 Army personnel in the Supreme Court is from the legal branch of theArmyandiscurrentlyserving inJammuandKashmir.Thepetition,whichallegesdilutionof the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) without specific amendment to that effect, was admitted in the Supreme Court last week and will be heard next on September 4. Colonel Amit Kumar, an officer with 18 years of service and currently postedas alegalofficer at a corps headquarters in J&K, toldTheIndianExpressthatArmy personnel who served earlier or are currently serving in counterinsurgencyareas,ormayservein the future, voluntarily joined the petition which was filed by Aishwarya Bhati, advocate-onrecord,andwillbearguedbysenior advocate Mukul Rohatgi. “Ididnotorganiseanyonefor this. Once people came to know, which happens in the world of social media, they sent their vakalatnama to Bhati. In fact, we have more than 400 additional vakalatnamas lying with her even now,” Colonel Kumar said. A Brigadier, currently re-employed, is among the 74 officers inthelistof 356Armypersonnel. Colonel Kumar also drafted the petition filed by the father of Major Aditya Kumar, conferred the Shaurya Chakra this IndependenceDay.Hewasatthe centre of a controversy over the killing of three civilians CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 22 SPORT ● GOLD FOR VINESH PHOGAT IN WRESTLING ● KOHLI TON PUTS INDIA ON ROAD TO VICTORY, P24 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ON BORDER WITH KARNATAKA, A GOA VILLAGE WANTS BARS SHUT AGAINST DRUNK TOURISTS PANJIM, AUGUST 20 CLAIMING HARASSMENT and molestation of women and sightings of semi-naked drunk men relieving themselves in public,residentsof bordervillage Surla in Goa have threatened to lock their homes and stage a roadblock with their children and belongings, asking the government to pay heed to a “possible law and order situation” that is “waiting to explode”. Theresidentsaredemanding cancellation of liquor licences of the eight bars that operate within Surla’s limits. The village, with its 94 homes and an official population of 460 adults, have managedto getatemporary ban on these bars until September 20, but now wants them permanently closed. This is the first time a village in tourist state Goa is resisting alcohol tourism with efforts of this scale. Residents say because of Goa’slowexciserates,tourists from neighbouring Karnataka flock to its eight liquor vends for pricesthatarehalf theprevailing rateinKarnataka.Ascenicvillage, Surla also offers a panoramic view of the Western Ghats and its gushing waterfalls, hosts an NEW BORDER ROW Maharashtra Mhadei wildlife sanctuary Surla G O A Arabian Sea Karnataka SMITA NAIR Residents of Surla village in Goa have a problem, say situation can explode oldPortugeseoutpost,andisone of the access points into the Mhadhei wildlife sanctuary. Says Ganu Gaonkar, a part of the Surla ‘Action Committee’, “We have reached a point of no return. We ask the government, who will take responsibility for our response when our women are molested? We are not against decent tourists or families, but only those who visit for cheap liquor.” The local village temple is serving as the movement’s headquarters, and on the access road to Surla are huge banners asking visitors “not to urinate” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 THE CENTRE has declared the Keralafloodsasacalamityof “severe nature”, paving the way for national assistance in various forms, officials said. “Keeping in view the intensity and magnitude of the floods/landslides of 2018 in Kerala, this is a calamity of a ‘severe nature’ for all practical purposes,” the Home Ministry said. Officials said the central government has also scaled up its relief and rescue operations. Apart from the central command and control room at North Block, a WhatsApp group of senior officials has been operational for seamless coordination, officials said. Thegrouphasrepresentatives CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A message of ‘thanks’ on the rooftop of a house from where two women were rescued in Kochi on Sunday Need Rs 21,000 cr & cess: Kerala Finance Minister LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 THE KERALA government will need at least Rs 21,000 crore to reconstruct basic infrastructure following the unprecedented floods that have claimed at least 216 lives since August 8, and will look at various options to meet theburden, includingapproaching the GST Council to allow the state to levy a cess, State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac told The Indian Express. The state will also approach 11 EXPLAINED Ghats: What the expert prescribed FULL COVERAGE PAGE 7 the central government, multilateral agencies and soft-loan providers, Isaac said. “The social costisunimaginable,thetrauma is heavy,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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