LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE #METOO LIST GROWS; EX-EDITOR ADHIKARI QUITS THINK TANK, TOI EDITOR SENT ON LEAVE, BS REPORTER QUITS Six women speak up, accuse Minister M J Akbar of sexual harassment when he was Editor Akbar in Nigeria with a trade team, doesn’t respond to allegations BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY KRISHN KAUSHIK & SOMYA LAKHANI 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Feet of clay By HARISH DAMODARAN AT LEAST six women journalists have come on record to accuse Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour when he worked as a newspaper editor. Akbar, on a visit to Nigeria with a trade delegation, did not ALAKA SAHANI Union MoS (External Affairs) M J Akbar NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 9 respond to an email, calls and WhatsApp messages sent to him seeking his comment. He is the first political public figure to feature in the growing list of men — CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Tara writer accuses actor Alok Nath of raping her MUMBAI, OCTOBER 9 ■ MORE REPORTS, P 8 ■ LAW EXPLAINED, P 12 WRITER-PRODUCER Vinta Nanda Tuesday accused actor Alok Nath ofsexually assaulting her on multiple occasions 19 years ago when they worked together on the sets of the 1993 TV show Tara. Nanda detailed the account on Facebook Monday in which she referred to Nath as “the most sanskaari (cul- Nakkeeran editor held, freed after court order ‘Neither denying nor agreeing’ tured) person”, before naming him the next day. Speaking to ABP News, Nath said: “Neither I am denying this CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Attacks on 2ND SAIL ACCIDENT IN 4 YRS migrants reach Surat; 68 FIRs, 550 arrests so far ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, OCTOBER 9 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HOURS AFTER journalist R Gopal, editor of Tamil bi-weekly Nakkeeran, was arrested for a series of reports which allegedly had damaging references to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the court ordered his release on Tuesday. Gopal was arrested under Section 124 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) — “assaulting President, Governor etc with intent to compel or restrain the exercise of any lawful power”. He R Gopal was produced before the 13th Egmore Metropolitan Magistrate Gopinath, who refused to grant his remand and questioned the validity of the IPC section. According to the FIR filed by Chennai Police, 35 Nakkeeran workers have been booked under Section 124 IPC, including editor in-charge Kovai Lenin, chief deputy editor Aaraavayal,14 reporters and 10 administrative staff. Nakkeeran had reported that Purohit and his secretary, R Rajagopal, had held several meetings with Nirmala Devi, an assistant professor of Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai, in Virudhunagar district, who was arrested in April on the basis of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AHMEDABAD, SURAT, OCTOBER 9 THE EXODUS Migrant workers queue up to board a UP-bound train at Kalupur station in Ahmedabad on Tuesday amid attacks on north Indians in Gujarat following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha. Javed Raja Migrants flee, Congress MLA Thakor faces heat and questions PARIMAL DABHI “Never asked anyone to attack migrants,” Thakor said. GANDHINAGAR, OCTOBER 9 THE SPATE of attacks in Gujarat against migrant workers from north India — a fresh wave was reported Tuesday — has pushed Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor and his party into a corner, with fingers being pointed at the alleged role played by the Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena (GKTS), an organisation he heads, in instigating the violence. After audio clips of ‘plot’ to target TMC, Mukul Roy says phone tapped A video clip purportedly showing Thakor allegedly inciting people in north Gujarat to act against migrants has added fuel to the allegations against the Radhanpur MLA and the GKTS. “I have never asked anyone to drive SUKRITA BARUAH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 9 DAYS AFTER two audio clips of his purported conversation with BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya were circulated on social media, BJP leader Mukul Roy said on Tuesday that he had filed a case in the Delhi High Court alleging that his phone was being tapped. “I have filed a case stating that my phone is being tapped... Let the administration and police answer the court,” he told The Indian Express. “My phone is being tapped by the Kolkata Police. I am aware that some audio clip is doing the rounds. My rights and privacy are being breached,” said Roy. Asked if the audio clips were authentic, Roy said, “First let them (police) say why they are tapping my phone. Then I will CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONG TELLS RUPANI TO FOLLOW ‘RAJ DHARMA’ ● No one is fleeing, says Ahmedabad Collector ● Maya, Mamata condemn attacks, Nitish in touch with Rupani CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A SECTION of teachers employed by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has alleged that a primary school in Wazirabad is segregating Hindu and Muslim students in different sections. Attendance records of the North MCD Boys’ School, Wazirabad village, Gali Number 9, accessed and analysed by The Indian Express, as of October 9, show the section-wise break up of students: ■ Class IA: 36 Hindus, IB: 36 Muslims ■ IIA: 47 Hindus, IIB: 26 Muslims and 15 Hindus, IIC: 40 Muslims ■ IIIA: 40 Hindus, IIIB: 23 Hindus and 11 Muslims, IIIC: 40 Muslims, IIID: 14 Hindus and 23 Muslims ■ IVA: 40 Hindus, IVB: 19 Hindus and 13 Muslims, IVC: 35 Muslims, IVD: 11 Hindus and 24 Muslims ■ VA: 45 Hindus, VB: 49 Hindus, VC: 39 Muslims and 2 Hindus, VD: 47 Muslims MCD schools offer education only till Class V and according to the Right To Education Act, each section should ideally have 30 students at the primary level. C B Singh Sehrawat, the teacher put in-charge of the school on July 2 after the principal was transferred, denied deliberately segregating the students on the basis of religion. “Reshuffling of sections is standard procedure which happens in all schools. This was a management decision to try and do the best we can to see that there is peace, discipline and a good learning environment in the school. Children fought sometimes.” Asked if the fights were on the basis of religion, he said, “Of course children this young don’t know about religion, but they squabble over things. Some children are vegetarian, so there may be differences, and so on. We need to look after the interests of all teachers and students.” A source in the school, however, said that the reshuffling of sections based on religion began only in July this year after Sehrawat took over. The academic session began in April. “The principal was transferred on July 2, after which a teacher was put in charge until a new principal is posted. He initiated these changes and teachers were not consulted in the matter. When some teachers tried to bring it up with him, he responded with aggression and told them that it was none of their concern and that they CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DIPANKAR GHOSE BHILAI, OCTOBER 9 IN A MAJOR industrial accident, nine workers were killed and 14 others injured following a blast in a gas pipeline during a “scheduled maintenance job” at SAIL’s flagship Bhilai Steel Plant Tuesday morning, officials said. According to Chhattisgarh Police, the death toll could rise as the condition of some of the injured are “very serious”. Police said search and rescue operations ended by late afternoon, and that a fire triggered by the blast has been contained. “In an unfortunate incident at around 10.30 am today in SAIL Bhilai Steel Plant, there was a fire in gas pipe line of Coke Oven Battery Complex 11 during a scheduled maintenance job. Some persons working at the site sustained burn injuries. Injured persons were immediately rushed to the BSP Hospital for medical care and aid. Meanwhile, the fire has been controlled,” said a statement issued by SAIL’s Corporate Affairs Division. “So far, nine persons have lost The blast triggered a fire at the steel plant, Tuesday. PTI their lives and 14 are undergoing medical treatment. All resources have been mobilised to provide adequate care to the injured. SAIL collective stands by the families of the affected and will ensure that no stone is left unturned in providing all kinds ofsupport,” it said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 9 SBI bailout offer for NBFCs: will buy assets worth Rs 45,000 cr ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, OCTOBER 9 STATE BANK of India (SBI) on Tuesday offered to bail out the liquidity-starved non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), hit by a series of debt repayment defaults by crisis-ridden IL&FS and its subsidiaries, with its proposal to buy good quality assets worth Rs 45,000 crore from NBFCs. SBI, which earlier planned to purchase assets worth Rs 15,000 crore, has decided to buy additional assets of up to Rs 30,000 ECONOMY ● RUPEE PLUNGES TO NEW RECORD LOW OF 74.39 AGAINST DOLLAR, PAGE 15 crore. “SBI steps up target for purchase of good quality portfolio of assets from NBFCs, as it believes that there is good opportunity to expand its loan portfolio at attractive rates. The bank is looking for opportunities CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 13 WORLD My rights and privacy breached: Mukul Roy INSIDE Delhi school divided: Hindu and Muslim students assigned to separate sections RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, OCTOBER 9 away or attack migrants. Also, it is an old video,” Thakor said. But he admitted that “there could be some instances” (of GKTS members being involved in the attacks). “I am not denying it. They will face punishment. However, that does not mean that the entire organisation is responsible for it. This is a conspiracy to finish me and my organisation. After the fast, I will go to Bihar and instill faith in its people,” he said. 4 THE SPATE of attacks on north Indians that began a week ago following the rape of a 14month-old girl in Sabarkantha reached Surat on Monday night where four migrant workers of embroidery factories were beaten up by seven unidentified men with sticks and cricket bats in Varachha area of the city. Though police have registered a case of rioting against unknown persons, they claimed that the attackers were “robbers” who snatched away mobile phones of migrant workers — all hailing from Uttar Pradesh. In Ahmedabad city, police lodged two fresh FIRs and arrested six persons on Monday night for attacks on migrant workers. They also held flag marches in different parts of the city. So far, 68 FIRs have been filed and about 550 people arrested from across the state in connection with attacks on migrants. The cyber cell of Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) arrested Rahul Thakor and nine others allegedly for spreading hate messages against nonGujaratis. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Cyber Cell, Rajdeepsinh Zala told The Indian Express that Rahul Thakor is the convener of social media cell of Thakor Sena. 9 workers are killed, 14 hurt in blast at SAIL Bhilai plant ATHLETE CAN’T GO SO ROMANIAN COACH WILL COME TO HIM KAVANAUGH TO HEAR FIRST ARGUMENTS AS SC JUSTICE TURKEY TO SEARCH SAUDI CONSULATE FOR MISSING JOURNALIST ANDREW AMSAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 9 IN THE first such move of its kind, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has decided to relocate a national camp coach to an athlete’s hometown in Kerala to facilitate training and ease the teenage long-jump prodigy’s concern about “college attendance”. At a recent AFI meeting, it was decided that national jump coach Bedros Bedrosian, a Romanian, will move to Sreeshankar Murali’s hometown in Palakkad to focus on him and another long jumper Neena Varakil. Since the facilities in Palakkad are inadequate, the federation is in discussions to set up a facility for the youngsters. “We decided during our committee meeting that Sreeshankar’s studies should not be affected. We see him as a potential medal winner at the Tokyo Olympics (2020) and decided to assign Bedrosian to him. He will be travelling to Sreeshankar’s hometown, and we are in talks for setting up facilities for them to train. This will ensure his studies don’t get affected and he trains regularly. We have done well at the Asian level but it’s not enough. We need to compete at the world level,” AFI president Adille Sumariwalla told The Indian Express. The AFI has also decided to rope in more coaches, including Bedros’s replacement, for the various national camps. “We are in the process of signing up coaches from Cuba and New Zealand to enable our athletes to continue their evolution as topclass competitors. We are sure we will have them in place before the end of the first camp after the Asian Games,” Sumariwalla said. Sreeshankar gave up an engineering course and opted for a Sreeshankar set new national record of 8.20 m recently B.Sc in Maths at Palakkad’s Victoria College to focus on jumps. “I am really glad that the federation is willing to set up a facility in Palakkad for us. I am happy that Bedros sir will be coming to monitor us but I will continue to train directly under my father,” Sreeshankar, 19, said. Sreeshankar’s father Murali was an international triple jumper while mother K S Bijimol is an 800m Asian junior medallist. Murali says he is relieved that his son will not have to worry about “college attendance”. “Education is really important. This move will ease his concern because they are very strict about attendance here. They don’t allow you to write your exams if you don’t have a certain percentage of attendance. He can now focus on training without worrying about college,” Murali said. Sreeshankar has seen a lot of highs and lows this year. He missed the Commonwealth Games due to an appendix rupture that kept him in the ICU for three days. “I felt all my energy was sapped. I couldn’t even complete my warm-up rounds, let alone jumping. I lost a lot of strength in my legs but I had my father pushing and supporting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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