LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 Minister Imran Khan and has expressed a commitment to build “good neighbourly relations” and pursue “meaningful and constructive engagement” for the benefit of the region, 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 underlined the need to make the Indian subcontinent “free of terror and violence” — which also outlines the NDA government’s core concern on terrorism. SHAMIK CHAKRABARTY KOLKATA, AUGUST 20 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan looks on as ministers take oath of office in Islamabad on Monday. AP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEWLY ELECTED Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is “very, very keen” on the resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan, according to Ehsan Mani, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “It’s still early days. My inten- 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 BY UNNY tion is to make Asian cricket stronger again, as it used to be. I don’t want to go into any detail at 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 SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 Nirav Modi: Arrest close as CBI sends extradition plea to UK THE INTERPOL’S National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manchester, in a letter on August 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 is currently in the UK. This morning, 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. According to officials familiar with the probe, Modi, accused of a Rs 13,600-crore bank fraud, could be provisionally arrested by the UK authorities this week and presented before a lower court there. “A provisional arrest warrant from an Indian court will help the UK authorities to immediately arrest Modi and initiate proceedings for his extradition in 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 Modi on June 29. While the communication does not give Modi’s 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. While time and distance may separate these encounters, an investigation by The Indian Express showed a startling pattern to the 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: ■In as many as 12 FIRs, police record that the criminals were intercepted on a "tip-off" from an "informer", the criminals arrived on a "motorcycle", mostly followed by them "skidding", "falling" and "opening fire". CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Azamgarh, the parents of Mukesh Rajbhar who was killed on January 26. Anand Singh 21 deaths, 20 similar FIRs, same keywords KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, AUGUST 20 THE ARMY officer who drafted the petition on behalf of 356 Army personnel in the Supreme Court is from the legal branch of the Army and is currently serving in Jammu and Kashmir. The petition, which alleges dilution of 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 posted as a legal officer at a corps headquarters in J&K, told The Indian Expressthat Army personnel who served earlier or are currently serving in counterinsurgency areas, or may serve in the future, voluntarily joined the petition which was filed by Aishwarya Bhati, advocate-onrecord, and will be argued by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi. “I did not organise anyone for 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 in the list of 356 Army personnel. Colonel Kumar also drafted the petition filed by the father of Major Aditya Kumar, conferred the Shaurya Chakra this Independence Day. He was at the centre of a controversy over the killing of three civilians 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, spread across 24 districts, 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 down the families and police stations 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- ENCOUNTERS THE FIRs PAGE 7 Facing heat at home from investors, Amrapali faces fraud charges — in Africa 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Atalji’s way BY RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD GUJARAT COPYCAT PAGE 3 ● HARDIK READY TO SHIFT FAST VENUE TO GANDHINAGAR CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 VIVEK SINHA 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 New Delhi. The Southeast African country has accused the real estate firm of defrauding it of US$13.92 million (over Rs 97 crore) by presenting two guarantees from an Italian bank which was found to be non-existent. The Amrapali case dates back to July 2013 when the Indian government, through the Exim Bank, extended a Line of Credit of US $47 million to the Government of Mozambique for construction of 1200 houses there, 400 each in the provinces of Zambezia, Tete and Cabo Delgado. As per documents accessed 16 SPORT ● GOLD FOR VINESH PHOGAT IN WRESTLING ● KOHLI TON PUTS INDIA ON ROAD TO VICTORY, P18 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● 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, residents of border village 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”. The residents are demanding 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 managed to get a temporary 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’s low excise rates, tourists from neighbouring Karnataka flock to its eight liquor vends for prices that are half the prevailing rate in Karnataka. A scenic village, 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 old Portugese outpost, and is one 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 A message of ‘thanks’ on the rooftop of a house from where two women were rescued in Kochi on Sunday NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 THE CENTRE has declared the Kerala floods as a calamity of “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. The group has representatives Need Rs 21,000 cr & cess: Kerala Finance Minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 the burden, including approaching 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 6 the central government, multilateral agencies and soft-loan providers, Isaac said. “The social cost is unimaginable, the trauma is heavy,” he said.
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