eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY OCTOBER 21, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 8 ‘WITH A MAJORITY GOVT... IF HARD DECISIONS HAVE TO BE TAKEN, TAKE THEM NOW’ BIMAL JALAN, Former RBI governor SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 On Our Plates The Wait Sabarimala has been thwarted by faith, politics and patriarchy. Is it really as black and white as that? 59 KILLED IN AMRITSAR TRAIN TRAGEDY POLICE Commemoration Day Will finish infra projects before your polls: India to Sri Lanka SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 INDIA HAS assured Sri Lanka of completing development projects on time, some of them preferably before the January 2020 elections in the island nation, The Indian Express has learnt. Both sides also decided to sensitively handle the issue of fishermen, especially in the coming months, without “use of force”, as has been the practice in recent years, sources said. Visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held bilateral talks, one-on-one and then followed by a delegation-level interaction, but both leaders did not make any public statements. While connectivity and infrastructure projects are a priority for India, New Delhi has decided that it will not specify projects of importance, as it does not want to attract undue attention from domestic and international players. “We want to go ahead with the India-assisted projects without any major challenges, and do not want to get undue attention. There are players in Sri Lankan domestic political arena, as well as outside...we are mindful of those sensitivities,” an Indian CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 15 WORLD SAUDIS SAY KHASHOGGI WAS KILLED IN CONSULATE FISTFIGHT, TRUMP ACCEPTS THEIR EXPLANATION OVER 130 KILLED IN BLASTS DURING AFGHAN ELECTIONS Braked but couldn’t stop in time, sped after people threw stones: train driver AVISHEK G DASTIDAR, NAVJEEVAN GOPAL & KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR ‘Cremation ground had never seen so many pyres at same time’ NEW DELHI, AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 20 DIVYA GOYAL For the Railways, it was ‘trespass’, not an accident; no CRS inquiry AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 20 IN HIS written statement to the Railways administration, Arvind Kumar, the driver of the local Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train that crushed 59 people near Amritsar Friday evening has claimed that he did, in fact, apply the emergency brakes but continued with the journey as people “started attacking the train by throwing stones”. “Suddenly I saw a crowd of people near the track. I constantly sounded the horn as I immediately applied the emergency brake. Despite applying emergency brake, some people were run over by the train. The train was almost coming to a halt when a very large crowd started attacking the train by throwing stones. Considering the safety of my passengers, I proceeded with the train,” Kumar has said in his statement. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Brothers Gaurav (left) and Rahul Dogra cremated their sister Amisha, her husband Aman Dogra, and the couple’s two children in Amritsar Saturday. Gurmeet Singh Sidhus say organisers issued repeated warnings; blame Rlys, allege conspiracy KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR, NAVJEEVAN GOPAL & KANCHAN VASDEV AMRITSAR, CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 20 A DAY after at least 59 people were mowed down by a train as they watched a Ravan effigy being burnt, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu defended the participation of his wife, former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, in the Dussehra day celebration that did not have all required permissions, and whose organisers appeared to have ignored the proximity of the venue to a busy railway line. Both Navjot Singh and Navjot Kaur told The Sunday Express separately that announcements were repeatedly made at the Dhobi Ghat Dussehra celebration asking people to beware of passing trains. “Announcements were made by the organisers every five minutes from the stage asking people to stay clear of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 6 SMOKE FROM funeral pyres and griefstricken wailing — Amritsar’s Shivpuri Durgiana Cremation ground had never seen something like this before, according to those who manage it. The day after a train ran over and killed 59 people at the Jaura Phatak railway crossing, tearful family members of 31 victims performed the last rites of the victims here. “This is the first time that so many pyres are burning at this cremation ground at the same time,” said Dharmenda, the manager of the facility. Gaurav Dogra stood quietly, his hands folded, his eyes on four pyres in a row. “That is my sister, her husband, and their two beautiful children. Our entire family has been finished. Our children only wanted to get CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Victory after winning Lawyer-activist at centre of just a single vote in Kathua row accused of rape farcical J&K civic poll IISc governing BIG PICTURE BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 20 IN ONE ward in the Valley, a candidate won where just three votes were cast; in Baramulla, a candidate won securing the lone vote cast; and in Srinagar, nobody won, even the three candidates did not cast votes. These are among the results of the Jammu and Kashmir urban local bodies election announced Saturday, which sharply underline that the turnout in Kashmir — 4.27 per cent — was the lowest in any election held in the state since 1951. Until now, 1989 has been considered the worst year as far as election turnouts go — when militancy took hold of the Valley. In the Lok Sabha elections that year, the turnout was only 5.18 per cent in the Baramulla and Anantnag parliamentary seats that went to the polls — the candidate from Srinagar was elected unopposed. Till the results of the ULB polls ME TOO PAGES 10-11 council orders action against decorated prof EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Outside a counting centre on Saturday. Shuaib Masoodi PAGE 7 THE J&K TALLY KASHMIR, LADAKH PARTY LEADS Congress 12 BJP 6 Independents 9 All or most vacant 11 JAMMU Congress 5 BJP 15 Independents 12 were announced on Saturday, the candidates were faceless. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOHNSON T A JAMMU, NEW DELHI, OCT 20 THE GOVERNING council of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has ordered disciplinary action against a decorated professor of the institute following investigations by the institute’s Internal Committee Against Sexual Harassment of a complaint brought against the professor by a student pursuing a doctoral degree at the institute. “The process of disciplinary action is not over yet. The process needs to be completed before anything can be shared,” IISc registrar V Rajarajan said when contacted regarding the council’s decision. The registrar, who is also ex officio secretary of the governing council of IISc, however, indicated that disciplinary CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI names its No. 2 Asthana as Accused No. 1 in bribery case; lens on RAW official SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 IN A development with wide ramifications, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked its Special Director Rakesh Asthana in a bribery scandal, naming him as an accused in an FIR filed earlier this week. Asthana is No. 2 in the CBI hierarchy. The FIR has also named Samant Kumar Goel, Special Director of India’s external intelligence agency (R&AW), but not as an accused. CBI filed the FIR on Tuesday. It named Asthana as Accused Number 1 for demanding and taking bribe from a businessman who was under investigation in the Moin Qureshi corruption case by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by Asthana. According to sources, CBI has put telephone intercepts, WhatsApp messages, money trail and a statement before the magistrate under Section 164. Text messages sent to Asthana seeking a reaction went unanswered. Exposing faultlines within, the CBI on September 21, had said that it had informed the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) that it was investigating Asthana in six cases of corruption. The CBI has also said Asthana was maligning Director Alok Verma’s image and trying to “intimidate” officials by sending a “frivolous” complaint to the CVC against Verma. Reacting to this, Asthana wrote to the government with a complaint against Verma, saying EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ‘We are all MeToo’ Jaising wrote: “Although thesurvivor has not named the person who raped her, the obvious reference is to Talib Hussain.” She quoted the “Cab-Rank rule”, and said that “it states that ordinarily no advocate will withdraw from engagements once accepted without sufficient cause. In my opinion the allegations made in the FirstPost article are sufficient cause for me to take the decision to withdraw from this case.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI is probing Rakesh Asthana in as many as six cases of alleged corruption that the Director had sought to impede his functioning, interfere in investigations and malign his reputation. The CBI moved against Asthana after the arrest of Dubai-based middleman Manoj Prasad on a complaint from Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Satish whose role was being investigated by the CBI SIT under Asthana in the Qureshi corruption case. Qureshi was raided by the Income-Tax department in February 2014, and his BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) messages with former CBI Director A P Singh led to Singh’s resignation as member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Three years later, a case was registered by the CBI in February 2017. This was one of the many important cases being handled by the SIT headed by Asthana. Satish gave a statement before the Magistrate on October 4, naming Asthana, Prasad and Prasad’s relative, Somesh Srivastava, and gave details of how he had paid Rs 3 crore over a period of 10 months from December 2017 to stay away CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rajkot farmer arrested for parcel bomb, police say he also killed two in 1999 BENGALURU, OCTOBER 20 BAKERWAL ACTIVIST Talib Hussain, who was recently released on bail after spending two months in jail on charges of rape by a close relative of his estranged wife, has been accused of rape by another woman. The news portal Firstpost published an anonymous account Saturday by a woman who alleged she was raped by “a man leading the protests against the Kathua sexual assault”. The account did not name Hussain. Subsequently, in a public statement, senior Supreme Court advocate Indira Jaising announced that she intended to stop appearing on behalf of Talib Hussain, a decision she had taken in “view of full support of the #MeToo movement”. From saatvik to sinful, the thali is as varied as Indian culture and geography RAJKOT, OCTOBER 20 THE RAJKOT Rural police on Saturday arrested a 68-year-old man Rajkot city and claimed to have cracked the case of a parcel bomb that was sent to a principal of a private school in Upleta town, a week ago. Police also claimed that the arrest of the accused also helped them to crack a 19-year-old murder case in which two persons were killed through a parcel bomb in Upleta town in 1999. Police said that Natha Dobariya, a farmer from Upleta town, had sent the bomb through a courier with an intent to kill Vallabh Dobariya, the principal of Krishan Shaikshanik Sankul, to settle a 12-year-old GUJARAT ● SURAT RAPE, MURDER SUSPECT HELD FROM BIHAR, P 3 property dispute. “To hide his identity, Natha Dobariya had sent the parcel containing the bomb from Amreli with a letter addressed to the principal. In the letter, the accused stated that he was a former student of the school and that he was sending the gift as a token of gratitude to the principal. The courier was delivered at the school on October 12. However, when Vallabh Dobariya partially opened the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Coming up in New Delhi, a tribute to 34,000 policemen, etched in stone RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 FROM FOILING a robbery in Arunachal Pradesh and fighting militancy in J&K to facing Pakistani Army tanks in the 1965 war armed with just .303 rifles and nabbing Ajmal Kasab during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, the stories of courage and sacrifice of over 34,000 policemen, since 1947, will be etched in stone Sunday at the unveiling of the National Police Memorial. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the memorial in Chanakyapuri on October 21 observed as police commemoration day. The design was con- ceptualised by the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)’s Advaita Gadanayak and includes a 30-feet-tall granite pillar, weighing 238 tonnes, procured from Khammam district of Telangana. Other than this central sculpture, the memorial has a Wall of Valour, engraved with the names ofpolice personnel. “A 60-feet-long river flowing at the base of the sculpture was painstakingly drawn up by architects and skilled workmen in 11 months. The weight, the solidity and the singularity of the art-piece reflect the burden ofcarrying all brave martyred police personnel on our shoulders, at one time,” says the concept note on National Police Memorial. At the event Sunday, the Prime Minister will also unveil the country’s first national police museum, depicting the history and uniform and gear of central and state police forces, which is part of an underground facility at the memorial premises. The museum project is being steered by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in coordination with central armed police forces (CAPFs). The custom to observe October 21 as police commemoration day started with a decision to pay homage to ten policemen killed in an ambush by Chinese troops in 1959 in Ladakh’s Hot Spring area. Several police and CAPF personnel who died in the line of duty are also remembered on the occasion. National Police Memorial in New Delhi will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. Amit Mehra Ashish Kumar Tiwary, barely in his late twenties, was the lone Shaurya Chakra awardee for the CRPF in 2011. A native of Jharkhand, CRPF commando Tiwary was engaged to gather intelligence on the presence of Maoist Commander Sidhu Soren in West Midnapur in 2010. Later, he spearheaded the raid on a Maoist hideout with a strength of 40-50 Naxals. Tiwary and his team gunned down Soren but he died after suffering grievous injuries. A Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) policeman showed exemplary courage when they took on Pakistani Army during the 1965 war. Pakistan’s Army had attacked and infiltrated into Indian Territory through Jaisalmer at a time when the RAC guarded the country’s borders. Then, one section of RAC personnel with .303 rifles and limited ammunition stood against thousands of Pakistani Army soldiers supported by tanks, shielded vehicles and heavy artillery. Under heavy artillery fire, the RAC mounted a courageous response and fought to the end. It is among the rare incidents when so many police personnel made the supreme sacrifice while defending the country’s honour. The RAC personnel killed were Sohan Singh, Kripal Singh, Budh Singh, Lakh Ram, Pema Ram, Sujan Singh and three head constables: Umapati, Samundar Singh, Jagat Singh The daring acts of the RAC are mention in an incident on December 2, 1965, when a platoon took on dacoits in the Chambal region in which the platoon commander and six RAC constables died. Also mentioned is Dhanwade Ravindra Baban, a CRPF commando from Maharashtra, who was sent to in Kashmir after the killing of Burhan Wani. On August 26, 2017, three terrorists entered the District Police Line (DPL), Pulwama that housed over 400 families and is spread over 100 acres. Baban and his team took on three militants but finally fell to Armour Piercing Incendiary (API) bullets, used by the terrorists for the first time.
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