eye MCS/204/2017-19RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE MUMBAI,LATECITY AUGUST26,2018 SIR V S NAIPAUL 20+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM His Portion of the Earth CONG PRESIDENT’S UK VISIT KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES TOLL HAS climbed to 265 since August 8; 36 people still missing, government figures showed Saturday CHOKSI PASSPORT Mumbai Police gives clean chit to officers who cleared verification RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, AUGUST 25 IN A recent report to the Maharashtrahomedepartment, the Mumbai Police has given a clean chit to the police personnelof MalabarHillpolicestation, which had issued a police verification report (PVR) to fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi, wanted in the alleged Rs 13,578-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. Twin Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda had said thattheyhadgrantedcitizenship toChoksibasedonapoliceclearance certificate (PCC) issued by the Mumbai regional passport office (RPO), and documents received from the Securities and Exchange Board of India in May 2017. The government had come underattackforwhatwaspointed outasshortcomingsintheonline policeverificationsystemadopted by the police from states. Followingthis,theMumbaiPolice had ordered a probe to check if rulesweredeliberatelyviolatedin issuing PVR to Choksi. “Before using a police clearance certificate, the RPO had sought details from the Malabar Hill police station, under whose jurisdictionChoksi’sMumbairesidence falls. A PVR was issued by the police station after it ran a check on the Criminal Antecedents and Information System (CAIS) under four heads, including if the applicant is wanted by any court or any CONTINUEDONPAGE2 CITY PAGE 3 ● TO SECURE MONORAIL CORRIDOR, MMRDA SPENDS MORE THAN IT EARNS: RTI ● ‘DISASTERS CLAIMED 987 LIVES IN 5 YEARS’ NIKKI HALEY, US Ambassador to UN, “special prayers” for Kerala IN MUZIRIS, silt buries Men dressed as King Mahabali visit the flood relief camp at St Joseph’s Girls’ School, Kanichukulangara, on Thiruvonam, Kerala’s biggest festival, Saturday. Vignesh Krishnamoorthy BIG PICTURE PAGES 10-11 KOCHI, AUGUST 25 FORGETTING FOR a day the harrowing memories of the flood that turned their lives upside down and threw them into uncertaintyovernight,250inmates of a relief camp at Kalamassery nearherecelebratedOnam with traditionalenthusiasmSaturday. 5 held now for ‘terror plot’, ATS prepares fresh dossier for Sanatan Sanstha ban RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, AUGUST 25 DAYS AFTER the Maharashtra government decided to send a reminder to the Union government to fast-track its pending proposal on banning the radical right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha,itsAnti-TerrorismSquad (ATS) has started preparing a freshdossierontheorganisation. The ATS has already sent a status report on the recent terrorcasemadeoutbyitunderthe Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), against five people, sources told The Sunday Express. Members of various fringe Hindu radical groups, they were believed to be planning to carry out attacks in Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Solapur and Sangli. “The focus of the dossier would basically be to establish links between the accused and the Sanstha,” said an officer. “The dossier will be a detailed one to fast-track the pending proposal of the state government to ban the outfit.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 The Maze Tracing the fringe Hindu groups with members linked to four murders, terror module ■ A Hindutva activist arrested by Maharashtra ATS in a bomb plot this month was present near Gauri Lankesh’s home hours before her murder last year, discover Karnataka Police. P 5 A sumptuous dinner, games and other festivities marked the day-long celebrations at the camp at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, where elders were given onakkodi(newclothespresented on the festival). Xavier E A, 59, a daily-wage worker at nearby Glass Colony, saidhehadlosteverythinginthe flood. “But here today, I experi- Cattle dying on tracks: numbers double in one year AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, AUGUST 25 HOW DO cows die in India? Strange as it may sound, but it seems more and more are dyingaftercomingunderspeeding trains across the country, especially in the Hindi heartland of North India, a fact that has prompted the Railway Ministry to sit up and take note. The Uttar Pradesh-based North Central Railway alone has seen 1,300 cases of cattle being run over since April this year. This is a sharp 271 per cent jump from 349 cattle deaths during this period last year. From just about 2,183 cases across the Indian Railways in 2015-16, the number had jumped to over 10,105 in the financialyearendingMarch2018, signifyinga362percentrise.This year,sinceApril,6,900cattlehave died after being hit by running trains, a 112 per cent jump from the same period last fiscal. A majority of the cases are happening in North Central CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Race is not an issue now, says Tebbit, who devised loyalty test for UK-Asians EXPRESSINENGLAND SRIRAM VEERA LONDON, AUGUST 25 “TEBBIT TEST is immaterial now. If Iwereinchargeof cricket,football or athletics in the country, I would be choosing BritishAsians, Blacks and people from Ethiopia. I cheer for them. Race isn’t an issue like it used to be. MORE REPORTS, P 5 Tragedy is forgotten for a day, Kerala camps celebrate Onam SHAJU PHILIP The Rebuilding restored history Tebbit’s preferred candidate for PM is Home Secretary Sajid Javid, whose parents came to the UK from Pakistan. Sriram Veera The time to talk stuff like ‘whetherit’sintheblood’isgone now. It has gradually washed away. Assimilation has already occurred. The more non-ethnic English get into the English cricket team, the more it will become obvious that door is open to full integration.” Thetypicalliberalview—but when articulated by Norman Tebbit,themanwhoframedthat cricket test, it comes as a surprise. Lord Tebbit, 87, is at home in Bury St Edmonds, around the corner from The Angel Hotel where Charles Dickens wrote CONTINUEDONPAGE2 enced the love of people, many of whom were unknown to me until now.” Xavier said all inmates of the camp were treated as guests, as volunteers, members of the local club, councillors of Kalamassery municipality, and government officials prepared the dinner. “Others in the vicinity have abandoned their own CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 History by Rahul: Cong not involved in ’84 riots As Akali Dal slams him, Chidambaram says, ‘Cong was in office in 1984, no one denies it. We’re not absolving Cong’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 25 WADING INTO fresh political controversy, Rahul Gandhi has said that the Congress was not involvedinthemassacreof Sikhs thatfollowedIndiraGandhi’sassassination in 1984. In an immediate response, the Shiromani Akali Dal accused the Congress presidentof rubbingsaltintothe wounds of the Sikh community. Speaking at an interaction withUK-basedParliamentarians and local leaders in London on Friday, Rahul said the anti-Sikh riots were a “tragedy” and “a painful experience”, but added that the Congress was not involved in them. “I think any violence done against anybody is wrong. There are legal processes ongoing in India,butasfarasI’mconcerned, anything done that was wrong during that period should be punished and I would support that 100 per cent,” he was Rahul at LSE Friday. PTI A REMINDER FOR HIM ■ 2005 Nanavati report on the anti-Sikh riots named several Congress leaders: Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, Kamal Nath ■ Soon after report was tabled, PM Manmohan Singh apologised to “the Sikh community” on behalf of government ■ In a 2014 interview, Rahul had said, “some Congressmen were probably involved” quoted by PTI as telling the audience. “I have no confusion in my mindaboutthat.Itwasatragedy, it was a painful experience. You say that the Congress party was involved in that, I don’t agree withthat.Certainlytherewasviolence, certainly there was tragedy,” he added. With the statement triggering sharp reactions, former Union minister and senior CongressleaderPChidambaram sought to come out in support of Rahul, while saying, “We are not absolving the Congress.” Speaking at a press meet in Kolkata, Chidambaram said, “The Congress was in office in 1984, nobody is denying that. Now, you can’t hold Rahul Gandhiresponsibleforthat —he was 13 or 14 years of age then... He has not absolved anyone. We are not absolving the Congress of it.WhatRahulGandhihassaid is there on the AICC website. The full text is there, you can have a look at it.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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