DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2018, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES THE EDITORIAL PAGE NEHRU’S LESSON FOR RAHUL BY MAHESH RANGARAJAN PAGE 10 BJP workers, cop among four held for Gujarat paper leak EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, VADODARA, DECEMBER 3 GUJARAT POLICE on Monday arrested four persons, including two BJP workers and a police sub-inspector, in connection with the paper leak that led to the cancellation of the police recruitment examination in the state on Sunday. A woman candidate was also arrested by Gandhinagar police. Police said that primary investigation has revealed that the paper was leaked from Delhi, and the person who got the question paper has been identified as Yashpal Solanki, who reportedly works with Vadodara municipality and remains untraceable. On Sunday, hours before 8.75 lakh candidates were set to appear in the written examination for nearly 9,000 posts of Lok Rakshak Dal at 2,440 exam centres across the state, Lok Rakshak Recruitment Board chairman and Additional Director General of Police Vikas Sahay announced the cancellation of the examination, saying that the paper has got leaked and he had received the answer-key on his WhatsApp. Soon after, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered the Home Department to probe the leak. Following preliminary investigation, an FIR was lodged in Gandhinagar late Sunday night. The FIR has named five persons — Yashpal Solanki, who has been identified as a resident of Lunawada; Manhar Patel, a resident of Arjan Vav in Aravalli district, Mukesh Chaudhary, a resident of Edrana in Banaskantha district, Sub-Inspector P V Patel, working with the wireless department of state police; and Rupal Sharma, caretaker of Shri Ram Hostel in Gandhinagar. Except Solanki, the remaining four have been arrested, who have been sent to 10 days in police custody. SHO, BYSTANDER SHOT DEAD IN BULANDSHAHR, SEVERAL INJURED AN ICIJ-EXPRESS INVESTIGATION Policeman killed by mob claiming cow slaughter in west UP village Diagnostic labs buy used machines; no checks by regulator, testing is voluntary Inspector tried to pacify crowd, was attacked; police chowki targeted, vehicles torched From endoscopes to MRI machines, patients can’t verify and law is silent JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, KOLKATA, MUMBAI, DECEMBER 3 AMIL BHATNAGAR & MANISH SAHU BULANDSHAHR, LUCKNOW, DECEMBER 3 A POLICE Station House Officer was among two persons shot dead in mob violence Monday in a Bulandshahr village in western UP where cars were torched and policemen attacked by men alleging slaughter of cows and demanding immediate action. Police opened fire after the mob began stoning policemen at the police chowki in Siyana village. SHO Subodh Kumar Singh, who was injured and was attacked again while being taken to hospital, died before he could be treated — a video clip that did the rounds showed the Inspector’s body in a Tata Sumo vehicle while protesters recorded the scene. Shots could be heard in the background. UP Additional Director General (Law & Order) Anand Kumar said the “post-mortem report has confirmed gunshot injury to Subodh Kumar Singh in addition to injuries caused by a hard and blunt object. The entry of the bullet is near the left eyebrow.” Singh’s firearm and mobile phone are yet to be recovered. Another policeman accompanying Singh sustained critical injuries and was referred to a hospital in Meerut. A bystander, who police identified as a youth named Sumit, died of a gunshot injury as the two sides traded fire. Police CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The charred remains of SHO Subodh Kumar Singh’s vehicle set on fire by a mob in Bulandshahr, Monday. Gajendra Yadav Son of a policeman, he had probed lynching of Dadri victim Akhlaq ABHISHEK ANGAD NOIDA, DECEMBER 3 STATION HOUSE office Subodh Kumar Singh, who died in a clash between police and a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr on Monday, was the first investigating officer in the murder of Dadri resident Mohd Akhlaq, who was lynched in 2015 by a crowd over rumours of cow slaughter and beef consumption. “He was the IO from September 28, 2015 to November 9, 2015. He was sub- PAGE 4 WORLD US-CHINA TRADE TRUCE GIVES BOTH SIDES POLITICAL BREATHING ROOM QATAR WILL PULL OUT OF OPEC AMID TENSION WITH SAUDI PAGE 13 SHO Subodh Kumar Singh sequently transferred to Varanasi,” said Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar. Subodh was, at the time, in-charge of Jarcha police station in Noida and was instrumental EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VADODARA, DECEMBER 3 UNITED STATES Consul General Edgard D Kagan on Monday said that his country would not take part in the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit, scheduled to take place next month, till the unresolved trade issues between the two countries are settled. Speaking to mediapersons in Vadodara, Kagan said, “From our standpoint in terms of focusing EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, DECEMBER 3 INDIA’S MOST successful woman athlete at the Olympics, having won a silver at Rio 2016, P V Sindhu has ensured that women’s singles becomes the marquee match at every finals in international badminton. Part of the last two World Championship finals, the Olympic final against Carolina Marin, the 2017 Super Series Finals decider and the 2018 Asian Games title clash, the shuttler has taken Indians along on a dizzy ride over the last two years. Guiding her at every step and figuring out plans to take on the world’s best shuttlers, dubbed the golden generation of women’s singles, is coach Pullela Gopichand, India’s second All England champ after Prakash Padukone. On Tuesday, Sindhu and Gopichand will be the guests at the Express Adda in Mumbai. Gopichand, Sindhu EXPLAINED BEHROR, DECEMBER 3 SIMPLY PUT WHY IS PARIS BURNING? PAGE 12 ABHISHEK SAHA GOROIMARI, DURRUNG, GUWAHATI, DECEMBER 3 BHIMA-KOREGAON CASE: SC ASKS FOR CHARGESHEET P6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 our resources, one of our critical resources, which is primarily our senior officials, we feel it is very difficult to put people away to take part in something like Vibrant Gujarat (Summit) when we have all these unresolved (trade) issues. We are clear with the Government of Gujarat as well as the Centre (Government of India) that while in principle we recognise that there is value inside Vibrant Gujarat (Summit) for us, it is important to have ultimate progress in the outstand- ing trade issues before we redirect our focus to be able to think about how we would participate in Vibrant Gujarat (Summit).” He also said that the US government has “tremendous respect and appreciation for the Gujarat government” and the “actions it has taken over the years to address the investment climate issues”. “We have participated in Vibrant Gujarat (Summit) in previous editions and we recognise PAGE 7 for 1,000 medical devices, we should be able to also address the refurbished sector soon,” he said. With nobody watching, it is difficult to tell how widespread the use of pre-owned equipment is. Dr Deepak Mishra, Director (Laboratory Sciences) at Kolkata’s Tata Medical Centre, and president of Indian Association of Pathologists & Microbiologists, said: “Only 20 per cent of India’s labs are in the organised sector and many of them use second-hand units. Nobody knows what the other 80 per cent are using.” NABL CEO Anil Relia, underlining that only 1,038 medical labs out ofan estimated one lakh were accredited to NABL as of August this year, said: “Pathological and diagnostic laboratories are required to provide details ofall major equipment while applying for accreditation and we verify during on-site assessment if the equipment comply with quality requirements of ISO 15189.” Nothing is illegal In New Kondli on the outskirts of Delhi, a narrow, dark stairway leads to the first floor of a four-storeyed residential block. There is no nameplate on the door and the woman in the flat is not very helpful: “What service CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT JASDAN: NAKIA FILES NOMINATION, SAYS WILL BEAT ‘GURU’ PAGE 4 GOVT TO ALLOW POWER PLANTS TO HIKE TARIFFS PAGE 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE SILENCE of the Congress on lynchings across Alwar is in stark contrast to the noise it makes on crime, and law and order, in its assembly election campaign in eastern Rajasthan. From its manifesto to public rallies, social media and posters, the Congress un- derscores public security and the rising crime rate in Alwar, but steers clear of mob violence fearing a Hindu backlash. Not far from Delhi, where senior party leaders routinely target the BJP state government on mob violence, is Behror — ground zero of cow vigilantism in Rajasthan and where Pehlu Khan was lynched by cow vigilantes in 2017. In the Ramgarh RAJASTHAN DECEMBER 7 constituency 80 km away, Rakbar Khan was killed by a mob in July and Umar Khan was killed by “gau rakshaks” in November 2017. With just two days left before campaigning ends, none of the frontrunners brings up the lynching directly. Of the nine candidates in Behror, eight are Yadavs and the community accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 2.2 lakh electorate. Baljit Singh Yadav, a Congress CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 40 Lakh Out, Only 7 Lakh Claims In As NRC Deadline Nears E ‘Freeze’ on legacy persons, cut-off date on documents leave people with scarce options EXPRESS NETWORK Singh said. Even after the Dadri lynching, he went to the village every day to quell rumours and keep the peace, Singh said, adding that Subodh held multiple meetings with representatives of both communities to make sure the situation did not escalate. After Akhlaq’s death, a Muslim wedding in the village was under a cloud, and he made sure it was not stopped under pressure, Singh said. A resident of Tarigawa village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district, Subodh was the son of Ram Pratap Singh, who also served in EXPRESS NETWORK FAULTY HIP IMPLANT: GOVT TO HAND SC REPORT OF ITS EXPERTS INDICTING JOHNSON & JOHNSON For Congress, sharp surge in Alwar crime is poll issue to slam BJP, Pehlu Khan a footnote DECISION 2018 EXPLAINED BY UNNY PAGE 1 ANCHOR Kagan at Statue of Unity. PTI APURVA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL in the prompt arrest of the accused, his colleagues said. Trial is yet to begin in the Dadri lynching as the city court is still hearing arguments on charges against the 18 accused. All of them are out on bail. Anurag Singh, circle officer posted in Lucknow, said he had worked alongside Subodh on several assignments, including raids where the police team came under fire. “He was not one to run the other way. He always faced the challenge with bravery, head on. On at least three occasions, I saw him refuse to back down from such a situation,” NOBODY HAS kept an exact count, but it is estimated that 5070 per cent of medical equipment in use in India’s private healthcare facilities — from unregulated path labs to some of the super speciality hospital chains — are pre-owned. The bulk of these secondhand equipment — from flexible endoscopes to MRI machines — are sold online by third-party traders, ill-equipped to provide reliable maintenance services. An investigation by The Indian Express, in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), into the big, unregulated medical bazaar has found that no regulator ever checks these pre-owned machines, before or after sale. And that for most tests and procedures, patients have no means to verify if the equipment is hazardous, faulty or if the test results are inaccurate. The National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is there to ensure quality but accreditation is voluntary and not even two per cent of the country’s estimated 1 lakh diagnostic laboratories have opted for it. The Medical Device Rules 2017 too is silent on pre-owned machines which are 35-50 per cent cheaper than new products. Niti Aayog member V K Paul accepts that a “policy gap exists” on the use of pre-owned and refurbished medical equipment. “As the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) sets the benchmark Sindhu, Gopichand US won’t take part in Vibrant Gujarat till trade issues remain unresolved, says Consul General are star guests at Express Adda today CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HOW POLICE CRACKED THE CASE `4.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 A FORTNIGHT to go for the deadline, Hanif Ali (48), a resident of Majortop village in Kamrup district of Assam, has not been able to file a claim against his exclusion from the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), published on July 30. He has spent the past month searching for his “actual” grandfather. The final draft NRC had listed 2.8 crore people, leaving out 40 lakh applicants, with the Supreme Court fixing December 15 as the last day for them to submit ‘Claims and Objections’. So far, only around seven lakh claims have been filed — indicating the difficulty those excluded face in getting onto the NRC list. Hanif Ali at his home Under ‘Objections’, people could raise objections to inclusion of a name in the NRC. Hanif Ali, whose two sons work as tailors in Guwahati, used ● Reasons: red tape and no-shows THE RESPONSE in the NRC claims round — around 7 lakh till Saturday — is lower than expected. This could mainly be due to two reasons. Many genuine citizens are facing problems in filing claims because of the revised norms, and face the possibility of being left out. Many “illegal migrants”, who had taken a chance by applying for inclusion in the NRC, have not come forward in the claims round fearing detection. the ‘legacy’ data of his grandfather Mokrum Ali, whose name he knew was in the 1951 NRC from Goalpara district. But during the ‘family tree verification’ process, NRC officials found that the Mokrum Ali whom Hanif Ali listed was a different man with the same name. Hence, Ali and his 20-member family were left out. While Ali hoped to give the legacy data of his father Rustom Ali, whose name appears in the 1966 voters’ list, in the Claims round, this has been ruled out following a decision of the Supreme Court. The Standard Operations Procedure of the Claims and Objections round accepted by the court says that a person cannot use a different legacy person than the one used during the initial application. Hence Hanif set out on a journey to trace his ancestors, to a riverine island in Goalpara district. “I travelled to Tiapara, around 120 km away from Majortop. After weeks, I found out that my grandfather lived not in 62 Tiapara (as he had mentioned in the NRC papers) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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