TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF GANDHI SATYA PAL MALIK REPLACES N N VOHRA Keychallenge istowinpeople’s confidence:new J&KGovernor Gandhi black belt to R-Day, Nobel talks to reality shows: Govt’s yr-long Mahatma plan NEWSLINE ● AS MAHAVEDH RUNS INTO ROUGH WEATHER, STATE RECORDS RAINFALL DATA MANUALLY SIT RECOVERS MONEY FROM ‘ACCIDENTAL BENEFICIARIES’ OF COSMOS BANK CYBER ATTACK 11 ECONOMY ● Govt tells WhatsApp to set up India office AMITAV RANJAN & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, AUGUST 21 INTERNATIONAL SINGERS to virtual reality shows, symposia of Nobel peace laureates to talks by spiritual gurus, commemorative stamps and coins to Gandhi black belts — these are just some events in an elaborate government plan for year-long celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma. Starting this October 2, events and activities will not only be held across the country, but Indian missions abroad too will participate actively in propagating the teachings and life of the Father of the Nation. A committee, comprising secretaries of several central ministries,andaskedtodrawup a blueprint for year-long activities,hasdiscussedtheideaswith the President, Prime Minister andGovernorsatseparatemeetings over the last five months. Oneoftherecommendations of the committee is that all tableaux at the Republic Day paradeinJanuary2019willbebased on the theme of Mahatma Gandhi. On July 28, this wasconveyed to chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories. The MAHATMA KI BAAT TO LOGO ON TRAINS At a rescue shelter in U C College, Aluva, near Kochi on Tuesday. Nirmal Harindran ■ Gandhi kathas by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sadguru ■ Gandhi darshan on AIR and DD Kerala needs Rs 2,600 crore from Centre, says Pinarayi ■ Mahatma ki Baat to be broadcast SHAJU PHILIP ■ Branding on trains and highways ■ Heads of states to speak at UN THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUGUST 21 ■ Push to Swachh Bharat KERALA HAS sought a special package of Rs 2,600 crore from the Centre for relief and rehabilitation, following heavy rainfall andfloodsthathaveclaimed231 lives since August 8, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Tuesday following a state cabinet meeting. The state government has alsodecidedtolaunchanewlotterytohelpfunditsrehabilitation effort, he said. “The government committee has advised states to prepare tableaux inspired by events like the Champaran SatyagrahaandtheDandiMarch. Other ministries have been asked to initiate work on similarlines.TheRailways,forexample, can work around the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Two months after rape of child in Mandsaur, two get death MILIND GHATWAI Saurabh Chaudhary at the 10 m air pistol men’s final. Reuters 16-year-old from UP blows away top guns to shoot gold EXPRESSATASIANGAMES SHIVANI NAIK PALEMBANG, AUGUST 21 TOMOYUKI MATSUDA, 42, is a Japanese legend in 10m air pistol, and also the 2017 Male Shooter of the Year. Jin Jongoh, 38, is a Korean four-time Olympic gold medallist who holds the world record in air pistol — pistol faithful call him God, and in India’s shooting fraternity they say, “If there’s anyone Rajinikanth can’t beat with a pistol, it’s Jongoh”. Wu Jiayu and Wang Mengyi are China’s wonderkids in pistol who have starred in recent World Cups. Korean Lee Daemyung is the 2010 Asiad champion. Kazakh Vladimir Isschenko is a continental medallist. But none of them was better than Indian teenager Saurabh Chaudhary, who blew away one of the toughest fields in a shooting final in his first senior tournament to announce his arrival as 10m air pistol’s latest sensationattheJakabaringSportsCity of Palembang on Tuesday. None was younger than him either — at 16 years, three months, nine days, the boy from Kalina village in Uttar Pradesh becamethefirstIndiantowinan air pistol championship. Only VijayKumar—silvermedallistin the2012LondonOlympics—has nicked a medal in the event. Later, Saurabh had the Japanesemedia piqued and asking about his origins. Even the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGES 14, 15 New Governors: Lalji Tandon (Bihar); Satyadev Narayan Arya (Haryana) and Baby Rani Maurya (Uttarakhand) BHOPAL, AUGUST 21 LESS THAN two months after a seven-year-old girl was gangraped in Mandsaurtown,a sessions court on Tuesday awarded death sentence to two men arrested in the case — Irfan alias Bhaiyyu Mevati (20) and Asif Zulfikar Mewati (24). “It’s a rarest of rare case becausetheaccusedcommittedan abhorrent crime by not just raping a minor but also injuring her private parts with a knife and leaving her for dead. They don’t deserve any leniency,’’ observed Additional District and Sessions Judge Nisha Gupta as she awardedcapitalpunishmentunder the newly introduced IPC Section 376 DB (punishment for rape of a girl under 12 years of age by one or more persons). This is the 14th death sentence awarded by various courts acrossthestatesinceFebruary28. The Class III student was abductedfromnearherschoolgate on June 26, while she was waiting for her grandmother. She was found the next day and taken to hospital, where doctors confirmed that she had been brutalised. The incident triggered protests in several towns across the state. CCTVfootageledthepoliceto Irfan, who was arrested on June 27. Following his interrogation, Asif was arrested the next day. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES isplanningtobuildanewKerala, not just rebuildwhatexisted before the floods,” Vijayan said. The Chief Minister said that the UAE, which is home to thou- sands of expatriates from the state, has promised assistance worth Rs 700 core. However, official sources in Delhi said India will not be able to accept such funds from a foreign government due to a policy put in place by the former UPA government following the 2004 tsunami. At the time, the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, had said that India can cope with such situations on its CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 6 Imran responds: India, Pak need to trade & talk, discuss Kashmir EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ‘For uplift of people, must resolve conflicts’ NEW DELHI, AUGUST 21 PAKISTAN’S NEWLY elected Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday expressed willingness to re-start the stalled IndiaPakistan peace process and said the two countries must engage in dialogue to resolve their differences, including on the Kashmir issue, and start trade. In his first direct comments onIndo-Paktiessincetakingoath as Prime Minister last Saturday, 7 EXPLAINED What’s the pilgrim corridor to Pak? Khan said the best way to alleviatepovertyandupliftthepeople of the subcontinent was to resolve the differences through dialogue and start trading. “To move forward Pakistan and India must dialogue and resolve their conflicts including Kashmir,” Khan tweeted separately in both English and Urdu. This is his first response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for “meaningful and constructive engagement” through a letter to Khan. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Malik with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He moves from the Raj Bhavan in Patna to Srinagar. PTI PRAVEEN JAIN & RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 21 WINNINGTHEconfidenceof the people of Jammu and Kashmir and addressing the issues concerning regional imbalances is the top priority for Satya Pal Malik, the first politician appointed as the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir since the beginning of militancy. “It is a challenging job. The basicchallengeistowintheconfidence of the people of the state,” newly appointed Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik told The Indian Express over phone from Patna. The Bihar Governor, in this context, also recalled his association with former Jammu & 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti MohammedSayeedwithwhom he had worked in the VP Singh government. “Mufti Saheb was a friend. I have worked with him. He was a wonderful person,” Malik said. The veteran politician, who hasbeenassociatedwithformer Prime Ministers Charan Singh andVPSingh,alsosuggestedthat the appointment of a political person as Governor was a signal that the Centre was underlining theprimacyof people’sconcerns. “The signal is that the Governor should be of the people,” Malik said when asked what was the Centre’s message in the appointment of a politician as the Governor of the state. “The Prime Minister has alwaysbeenserious aboutJammu CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Who defends the defenders? BY ARUN PRAKASH SC quashes NOTA in CBI, ATS RECOVER PISTOL RS polls: Against value FSL to ascertain if weapon was used to murder Dabholkar of vote, boosts graft ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 21 QUASHING A June 2014 notification of the Election Commission that had allowed use of the None Of The Above (NOTA) option in Rajya Sabha elections, the Supreme Court Tuesday said “NOTA will destroy the concept of value of a vote and representation and encourage defection that shall open the doors for corruption which is a malignant disorder”. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said: “The introductionof NOTAinindirectelectionsmay,onafirstglance,tempt theintellectbutonkeenscrutiny, it falls to the ground, for it completelyignorestheroleof anelector in such an election and fully destroys the democratic value.” Therulingcameonapetition by Shailesh Parmar, who was Congress chief whip in Gujarat, challengingtheECdecisiontoallow NOTA in Rajya Sabha polls. NOTA was introduced in Lok Sabha polls following a 2013 decision of the SupremeCourt. The EC extended this to Rajya Sabha polls viaa notification in January 2014. Thereafter, biennial elections to 76 Rajya Sabha seats across 21 states in 2014, eight seats across three states in 2015, 70 seats across 21 states in 2016, 10 seats across three states in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, AUGUST 21 DAYS AFTER the alleged shooter in the Narendra Dabholkarmurder case, Sachin Andure, reportedlyrevealedthat hehad givena firearmtohisbrothers-in-lawfor safekeeping, the CBI and the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday recovereda7.65borepistolfromaresidence in Aurangabad’s Manjit Pride Colony. The CBI will now send the weapon to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) to ascertain if it was used by the shooters in the 2013 murder of the Pune-based rationalist. Andure, a Commerce graduate from Aurangabad, was ar- rested last week from his residence by the CBI for his alleged role in the killing. Besides the revolver, the agencies also recovered three live cartridges, a dagger and a sword during searches carried out on Tuesday. “Andure claims that after killing Dabholkar on August 20, 2013, he handed over the weapon to Pune resident Amol Kale. Then, when Kale visited himathisAurangabadresidence in 2014, he gave Andure a weapon.Andureisnon-committal if this was the same weapon hehadusedtokillDabholkarthe previous year, or if this weapon wasusedinsubsequentmurders of other rationalists, or why Kale asked him to keep this weapon safe,” said an official requesting anonymity. “Andure said he later gave thispistolandotherweaponsfor safekeeping to his brothers-inlaw Shubham Swarale and Ajinkya Swarale. On Monday night,when the brothers-in-law were questioned, they disclosed that they had given these to a friend, Rohit Rege. The said friend’s house was searched and the weapons were recovered. We are now probing if this weapon was used in the killing,” the official added. Late Tuesday, based on CBI’s complaint, the Aurangabad police arrested the three under Arms Act. Amol Kale, accused in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, is being treated as a persononinterestbytheCBIand CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR | EXPRESS INVESTIGATION FAMILIES SAY NOT GIVEN FIRS, POST-MORTEM REPORTS, SOME NOT EVEN BODIES EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUZAFFARNAGAR, LUCKNOW, MATHURA, AUGUST 21 WHILEFIRafterFIRhasonestory whenitcomestoUPencounters, asTheIndianExpressinvestigation found,thefamiliesof thosekilled have very different versions. Relatives of the alleged criminals killed in encounters complain of harassment from police, including being named in “false cases”, at least one of which was later stayed by court. Many say they shifted homes as a result. Several families say police didn’t hand over even the bodies to them, others claim to have not been given either the FIR or the post-mortem report. One post- mortemreportindicatestheman hadbeendead“three-four”days. The Indian Express reporters visitedhomesof27familiesacross the state to record their stories. Of the 63 killed, families of more than 20 have moved the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC),staterights panel (SHRC), National Commission for Minorities (NCM), or other forums. In 39 cases, police probe is on, the NHRC has ordered investigation into 17 while four are being probed by the SHRC. ‘No body’ ■ The family of Chhannu Sonkar, who was killed on January 8 in an encounter in Azamgarh, doesn’t have a copy BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY COPYCAT ENCOUNTERS of the FIR or the post-mortem. Chhannu, 24, carried a reward of Rs 25,000 and brother Jhabbu saysthiswasbecausepolicekept targeting their youngest sibling. “Heserved six yearsin jailfor a murder. Since then,police kept implicatinghimanddemanding bribes.” About the encounter, Jhabbu says, “We were told he was in- Parents of Jai Hind Yadav, who was killed in Azamgarh volved in five thefts that day. Is it possible? He allegedly stole some jewellery and looted someone’s bike. But it was his bike, we have the papers.” Headds,“Whenweaskedfor the body, police scolded us. His post-mortem was done at 8 pm and there were over 30 vehicles fullof policemenonstandby.The post-mortem and cremation were done stealthily. We were sent away before the body was completely burnt.” Station House Officer, Jahanganj Police Station, NadeemAhmeddeniesthefamily’s claims, pointing to Chhannu’s “criminal background”. On the day of the encounter, he adds, Chhannu stole a bike. “The family is making a false allegation that he was booked in five cases.” Adding that he had been posted to the police station after theencounter,Ahmedsaid:“The body was handed over to the family and they completed the formalities.” ■ The family of Mukesh Rajbhar, killed on January 26 at Azamgarh,saystheywerenotallowed to see his body and that it was cremated amid huge police presence.NamingSP,Azamgarh, they say it was on the police officer’s Facebook page that they came to know about the reward in Rajbhar’s name. “Iam challenging anyone,including media, to present their proof... They are threatening (witnesses) against giving a statement,” says father Nandlal Rajbhar. Current SP, Azamgarh, Ravi Shankar Chhabi says, “What is there to say in encounters? Anyone can allege anything. We will say what we have to in court.” ■ Shivpujan, the father of Jai Hind Yadav, killed on August 3, 2017, in Azamgarh, says he wasn’t given his son’s body and was told to “sign some papers I could not read”. “The cremation happened in police custody... They call it an encounter. But then the other side should have also suffered injuries.” Jai Hind’s body morethan20wounds,asperthe post-mortem. SHO,Mehnagar,PremKumar Yadav, who was posted to the police station after the encounter, says as per records, the body had been given to the family. Sub-Inspector, Mehnagar Police Station, Mithlesh Tiwari, who was at the police station at the time of the encounter, says, “The final rites were conducted CONTINUEDONPAGE5
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