TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 2019 LOK SABHA POLLS Seat-sharing talks with BJP on, get to work: Nitish to party Poll strategist Prashant Kishor joins JD(U), Bihar Chief Minister says ‘it is a matter of personal happiness’ SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, SEPTEMBER 16 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY WRITING ON THE VARANASI WALL Narur village in Varanasi gets ready to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to visit on Monday. Anand Singh In five months, Railways removes all unmanned crossings on major routes AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 5 THECITY ● LEFT UNITY SWEEPS JNU STUDENT POLLS IN THE five months since 13 schoolchildren were killed in April when a train rammed into aschoolvanatanunmannedrailway crossing near Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, the Indian Railways has managed to either manorremovealllevelcrossings in major routes across the country, thereby ridding itself of potential death traps for road users in its network. After the Kushinagar accident, which triggered a political uproar as it occurred during the Karnataka assembly election campaign, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and the Railway Thirteen children were killed in Kushinagar in April. File Board had advanced the deadline to eliminate all unmanned level crossings — either by manningorremoval—bySeptember Pak action against terror funding not satisfactory: FATF body Nepal & Bhutan can’t delink from India due to geography: Gen Rawat RAHUL TRIPATHI ARMY CHIEF General Bipin RawatsaidonSundaythatcountries like Nepal and Bhutan cannot delink themselves from India as they are more inclined towards India “because of the geography”. He also said the geography does not favour their inclination towards China. Rawat was speaking to the media after the concluding ceremonyof BIMSTECMILEX-18, a joint military exercise of BIMSTEC member nations, which was underway in Pune from September 10. Replying to a question on Nepal’s absence in the MILEX-18 and its growing ties with China, Gen Rawat said: “They cannot delink themselves from India. Countries like Nepal and Bhutan have to be naturally inclined to India because of the geography. Geography favours their inclination towards India and not towards China. As our leaders say, NeighbourhoodFirstandActEast. BIMSTEC is part of such efforts. NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 ALMOST THREE months after Pakistan was placed on the FinancialActionTaskForce(FATF) grey list for failing to curb terror funding, Pakistan’s recent action against terror financing, particularly on the “legal” front, was found to be “unsatisfactory”, according to a review by the Asia Pacific Policy Group (APPG). The APPG examines cases of all countries on the grey and blacklistsandreportstotheFATF. Official sources said that a reviewheldonSeptember11-12 in Jakarta observed that “not much has been achieved by Pakistan, especially on the legal side (like freezing of assets, attachment of funds, militant groups infrastructures etc).” The APPG also reviewed Pakistan on its compliance with the 26-point action plan, which Islamabad, in February this year, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The urban Naxal subterfuge BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR EXPRESS NETWORK ● REWARI RAPE ACCUSED AMONG 3 HELD, PAGE 8 SUSHANT KULKARNI this year. As per records, only around 600 unmanned level crossings will be left by the end of this month. Incidentally, all routes where trains have a permissible speed of up to 130 km per hour, are now free of unmanned level crossings. They have either been removed by making subways for vehicles or mannedbyengagingex-servicemen or closed. As on April this year, there were 3,470 unmanned level crossings across the Indian Railways network.Mostof them were, however, in low-traffic lines and where trains are allowed much lower maximum speeds. Over 1,300 of them now standeliminatedbywayof manning or removal.The oneswhich remain see very little traffic everyday and will be removed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 WORLD SUPER TYPHOON SLAMS INTO SOUTH CHINA AFTER CAUSING 64 DEATHS IN PHILIPPINES PUNE, SEPTEMBER 16 MoS (Defence) Subhash Bhamre, Gen Bipin Rawat in Pune, Sunday. Pavan Khengre NEPAL-CHINA EXERCISE TODAY NEPAL IS sending a contingent of 16 army personnel for a joint military exercise with China, which begins in Chengdu on Monday. REPORT, PAGE 12 We are strengthening our relationshipwithourneighbours.We are a bigger country, if we take the initiative, others will follow.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDICATING THAT the JD(U) would continue its alliance with the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) national president NitishKumartoldhisparty’sstate executiveonSundaythattalkson seat-sharing had been held, and the share of seats would be revealed at the “right” time. “Seat-sharing par baat ho gayi hai. Aap log kaam par jut jaiye (Seat sharing talks are done. You get to work),” Nitish is learnt to have said at the party meeting. Just before Nitish made this announcement, poll strategist PrashantKishorjoinedtheJD(U). Welcoming him into the party, Nitish said, “It is a matter of personal happiness for me”. Sources said Kishor would be given a key role, with an important party designation, soon. “With Prashant Kishor having met BJP president Amit Shah recently, there has been speculation about him playing a Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Prashant Kishor at the JD(U) meeting in Patna on Sunday. PTI key role in seat-sharing talks,” said a JD(U) source. After the meeting, Kishor is learnt to have shared the dining table with Nitish and top party leaders. A resident of Buxar, Kishor was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s main poll strategist for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, and ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, SEPTEMBER 16 THREE DAYS after a 26-year-old man was lynched in a village near Imphal, the Manipur police Sunday said that four policemen have been suspended and an inquiry ordered after a purported video of the incident showed that armed police personnel werepresentatthevillagewhen the victim was still alive. Sources said that police personnel were sent to the village after receiving information about the lynching but that their vehicles were blocked by locals and they reached the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mayawati: Need respectable seat share, or else will fight polls alone AVANEESH MISHRA LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 16 BSP CHIEF Mayawati said on Sunday that while she was not opposed to joining an anti-BJP alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, her party would go it alone if it does not get a “respectable share” of seats. “Our party is not against the alliance, but our stand is very clear — that we will ally with a political party only if we get a respectable share of seats. Otherwise, our party feels it better to contest the elections alone,” she said. Addressing a press conference,heldforthefirsttimeather new residence at 9, Mall Avenue Mayawati snubbed Bhim Army chief. PTI here, the BSP chief also snubbed Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar, days after he said that he and his “bua” (aunt) Mayawatihavethe“sameblood”. Manipur lynching video shows armed policemen were present, four suspended village on foot. Imphal West SP Jogeschandra Haobijam told The Indian Express: “Four Manipur police personnel, including one sub-inspector, who were at the spot, have been suspended on Sunday.” According to Jayanta Singh, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Range 1, “strong action” had been taken against police personnel seen in the video. “An inquiry has been initiated against them,” he said. Mohammad Farooque Khan, whohailedfromLilongHaoreibi, Thoubal district was lynched at Tharoijam in Imphal West district by a mob on suspicion that was also credited with the victory of the Grand Alliance in the 2015 Bihar Assembly polls. Hewasmadeadvisortothechief minister for a brief period. Earlier, Kishor hinted at the move, tweeting that he was “excited to start my new journey from Bihar”. While Kishor, till Mohammad Farooque Khan was killed on September 13 he had stolen a two-wheeler between 3-4 am on September 13. Two others with Khan had managedtoescapebutareyetto be identified by police. Atleastfivepeople,including anIndianReserveBattalion(IRB) constable, have been arrested. Haobijam said, “The hunt is on for those accused who are still absconding. We willarrest them soon.” Of theseveralvideoscirculating on social media after the incident, one video shows armed police personnel were present on September 14 and that Khan was still alive at the time. In the video, at least three khaki-clad men, two wielding guns,areseenaroundKhan,who ismovingslightly,lyinginafield. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “For some years now, I have seen that some people, for their vestedpoliticalinterests—some in their defence, some to show themselvesasyoung—areforcefully trying to establish relationships, such as brother-sister or bua (aunt)-bhatija (nephew) with me. Moreover, under a planned conspiracy, the person involvedinthebloody andcastiest Dalit oppression case in Shabbirpur village of Saharanpur... as per the BJP’s plans, this person who recently came out of jail... is now announcingarelationof bua,andof blood, with me,” Mayawati said. “I want to tell people of his kindthat,inreality,Icannothave a relationship with them... With CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 YEARS ON LEHMAN’S LESSONS FOR INDIA PART II WHAT GOVT OVERDID, OR DIDN’T DO 9 EXPLAINED ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BHIM ARMY CHIEF FREE, VILLAGE STILL TRAPPED IN CASTE TENSION DEEPTIMAN TIWARY SHABBIRPUR (SAHARANPUR), SEPTEMBER 16 ON MAY 5, 2017, a mob of Thakurs allegedly broke into the two-room house of Paramal Singh, an 85-year-old Dalit, assaulted him and his son, and then set everything on fire. The mob targeted the houses of Dalits in the village after a Thakur youth was killed, allegedly during stone-pelting by Dalits over a rally to commemorate Maharana Pratap. Over 16 months later, Singh sits quietly on a charpoy in his courtyard. His house is empty, except for a change of clothes. With the Rs 7,000 that he got as compensation from the government, he is planning to first fix the doors, which are currently covered by plastic sheets. The family once supplemented its income with the work it got from Thakurs in the village. Singh’s son, who was injured in the attack, is a daily wagelabourerwhousedtowork in the farms owned by the Thakurs.“Henowgoesoutof the village to work. We don’t work for Thakurs anymore. We are used to living with less. But dignityisimportant,”saysSingh, Paramal Singh’s house was among those set on fire during the violence in Shabbirpur village in May 2017. Gajendra Yadav with a smile. The incidents of arson and violence in Shabbirpur seem to have caused a lasting social chasm in the village, despite the interdependency of communities.Thenumber of Dalitlabourers working for Thakurs has reduced considerably. Thakurs are now forced to work on their fields themselves, or hire labour from outside the village. It was the May 2017 violence thatsnowballedintoanagitation in Saharanpur, and led to the birth of Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar as the new leader of Dalits in Western Uttar Pradesh. Jailed for his alleged roleintheviolencethatfollowed in Saharanpur, Chandrashekhar wasreleasedonFriday,afterover a year. While Dalits blame a “Thakur” chief minister for the new-found aggression of the Rajputs, Thakurs feel the rise of theBhimArmyhasemboldened them, to the extent that they are provoking them. “Though there have been no fightsinthevillageafterlastyear, there is constant tension between the two communities. After Chandrashekhar’s rise, Dalits are needlessly trying to provoke us. If we are going by our bike or car, they stand in the middle of the village road, and pretend as if they can’t hear our honking,” says Avresh Pundir, a Rajput from the village. Rajputs live in a part of the village from where they have to cross the Dalit settlements to reach the main road. Sudhir Pundir, another Rajput, says all efforts by the administration to reach a peaceful settlement with the Dalits have failed. “It was never like this. Very few Dalits come to our fields now. Some interested parties have played politics and everyone is suffering,” he says. Dal Singh (62) — his house CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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