DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 14 FROM JAISH KILLED POST-PULWAMA: ARMY Key conspirator of Pulwama attack killed in gunbattle: Security forces Samjhauta case order delayed, daughter of Pak victim wants to come & depose Main accused Aseemanand in Panchkula. Jaipal Singh SOFI AHSAN PANCHKULA, MARCH 11 PRONOUNCEMENTOFtheverdict in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case was deferred Monday afteraPakistanicitizen,thedaughter of one of the victims, filed an applicationbeforetheSpecialNIA Court claiming that proper summonswerenotservedtoPakistani witnesses. In her application, she claimed that all Pakistani witnesses are ready to appear before thecourtforevidence. Thecourtissuednoticetothe NIA and the accused for March 14, seeking their replies to the application moved by Pakistan Punjab’s Hafizabad resident Rahila Wakil, daughter of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Tral’s Mudasir Ahmad Khan plotted attack on CRPF convoy: GOC 15 Corps ADIL AKHZER SRINAGAR, MARCH 11 SECURITY FORCES Monday announced that the “main conspirator”behindthe February14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama that left 40 personnel dead had been killed in a gunbattle in Tral in south Kashmir Sunday night. He was identified as Jaish-eMohammad’s Mudasir Ahmad Khan, a resident of Tral who had been active in the area since 2018. Mudasir was one of two militants killed in the gunbattle with security personnel. Lt Gen K J S Dhillon, General OfficerCommandingof Srinagarbased15Corps,addressingajoint pressconference,said:“Mudasir was the main conspirator of the attack on the Pulwama training centre (in 2017) and also the Pulwama convoy attack... He helped, coordinated the Pulwama convoy attack.” He said the Jaish leadership in the Valley had been targeted in different operations. “The main conspirators (of the Pulwama convoy attack), Kamran and Mudasir, were the main heads of Jaish-eMohammad. They have been eliminated. We had gone very forcefully after the Jaish-eMohammad in the last three weeks. Theaim was to eliminate them at the earliest so that they are not able to carry a Pulwamalike attack again.” “In 21 days, we have eliminated 18 terrorists, 14 of them from the Jaish-e-Mohammad. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 US leadschargeat UN,all eyesonChina AS THE March 13 deadline to raise objections to list Masood Azhar approaches, Indiais part of hecticparleysacross world capitals. With the US leading the charge and only Beijing standing in the way, Delhi has redoubled its efforts in Washington and China, as well as with the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Whether Beijing finally signs off on the listing remains to be seen. Two of my family already in fray: Pawar in Pune. Pavan Khengre Pawar exits polls, Fadnavis says he senses the wind AJAY JADHAV Debris of a house destroyed in the gunbattle in the Pinglesh area of Tral, Monday. PTI Delhi reaches out, Beijing keeps it guessing on Azhar listing tomorrow SHUBHAJIT ROY & SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, BEIJING, MARCH 11 WITH 48 hours to go before the United Nations Security Council 1267 sanctions committee’s deadline to designate Jaish-eMohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist ends, New Delhi Monday reached out to key players, including the US, Day after crash, DGCA moves on Boeing model here: More checks on planes & pilots ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 EXPRESS NETWORK GUJARAT CONG MLA RESIGNS, THIRD TO QUITIN 4 DAYS PAGE 7 Gokhale with Pompeo in Washington. Indian embassy FROMADDITIONALengineering andmaintenancecheckstominimum flying experience for pilots, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Monday issued a fresh set of directives to be followed by Jet Airways and SpiceJet, which use the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The move comes a day after this Boeing model flown by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board, including four Indians. Jet Airways and SpiceJet operate a total of 17 jets of this model. “This is the second fatal accident of Boeing 737 MAX air- Family members of Prerit Dixit, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, at their home in Surat, Monday. PTI craft within a span of five months...The issue has been re- viewed in DGCA today along with the Indian operators cover- DGP SUSPENDS 5 COPS, MURDER FIR FILED Nails ‘hammered’ into them, 2 men ‘tortured’ to death in Bihar police custody, probe ordered SANTOSH SINGH ing all reported snags/defects of significant nature along with rectification actions taken on theseaircraft,”theregulatorsaid Monday. Whilethe DGCA hasstopped short of grounding the aircraft, authorities in China and Indonesia have forced the plane out of service as a precaution. China’s Civil Aviation Administration said its decision is in line with the principle of “zerotoleranceforsecurityrisks” and that it would consult the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing. Indonesia, too, grounded the aircraft to “ensure flight safety”. A spokesman for Ethiopian Airlines said the carrier had grounded its remaining CONTINUEDONPAGE2 EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT TWOCRASHES,346 LIVESLOST P6 WORLD RAMDIHA (EAST CHAMPARAN), MARCH 11 TWOMEN, picked upinacaseof robbery and murder, were allegedly tortured to death in police custody in Sitamarhi on March 7. Photos and a video clip of their bodies being washed before their burial showed marks of nails hammered into them. Their families have shared these with the police, an FIR has been registered for murder of the two and five policemen have been suspended. PAGE 1 ANCHOR Taslim Ansari, Gufran Alam; Taslim’s parents at their home in Ramdiha in East Champaran. Santosh Singh Confirming the custodial death and calling it “unacceptable,” Bihar Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey told The Indian Express: “We suspended five policemen including Chandra Bhushan Singh, the officer-in-charge of Dumra po- lice station, in Sitamarhi. They will also face departmental action. If they do not surrender, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BLACK BOX FOUND, ETHIOPIA MOURNS FOR VICTIMS P 14 Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey to mobilise support. WhileForeignSecretaryVijay Gokhale met US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo in Washington,SaudiministerAdel al-Jubeir’s concluded his second trip to India in three weeks after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Modi also spoke to two CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ED: Nirav’s creditor firms that received PNB fraud money linked to his siblings Diversion of $927 million established so far by ED KHUSHBOO NARAYAN & SADAF MODAK MUMBAI, MARCH 11 THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED) has unearthed new evidence in its probe against fugitive diamond trader Nirav Modi that creditor firms in the United Arab Emirates which received money through fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) of Punjab National Bank were incorporated in British Virgin Islands and Modi’s siblings Neeshal Modi and Purvi Modi were the ultimate beneficial ownersof thesefirmsuntil2012. In its 122-page supplementary complaintfiled on February 28inaMumbaicourt,theEDsaid thatTriColorGemsFZE,Diagems FZC, Pacific Diamonds FZE and Universal Fine Jewellery FZE, wereincorporatedbyconsulting firmTridentTrustCompany,BVI. Between December 2011 and October 2012, these firms allegedly received $76.14 million from LoUs of PNB. So far, the ED has established the money trail of $927 million of the$1015million allegedlydivertedbyModiusingtheLoUsof CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PUNE, MARCH 11 NCP CHIEF Sharad Pawar announced Monday that he will not contest the Lok Sabha elections,sayingtwoof hisfamilyare already in the fray and that he wanted to make way for a younger generation in electoral politics. After meeting party leaders, Pawarsaid:“Seniorpartyleaders had appealed to me to contest theLokSabhaelectionsfromthe Madhaseat.However,Idiscussed the issue in our family and decided that many members from onefamilyshouldnotcontestthe elections. My daughter Supriya SuleisalreadycontestingtheLok Sabha election from Baramati. Theintentionistogivetheyouth an opportunity in electoral politics.” According to Pawar, party leaders demanded that Parth Pawar, his grand-nephew, be givenaticket.HesaidParth,who is also former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s son, will be his party’s candidate from the Maval Lok Sabha constituency. Incidentally, his decision comes about a month after he said that he might consider contesting from the Madha con- DECISION 2019 stituency since many of his supporters wanted him to do so. “I hadsaidthatIwouldthinkabout contesting the elections from Madha. However, my candidature had not been declared by the party so far. Meanwhile, there was a discussion in (my) family after demands from local party leaders, as well as our alliancepartners,thatParthPawar be made the candidate from Maval seat. We lost that seat twice (to Shiv Sena) and everyoneinthepartybelievesthatthis canbereversedif ayoungergenerationleaderisgiventheopportunity to contest,” said Pawar. Pawar did not contest the LS polls in 2014 but was elected to theRajyaSabha.Then,hehadleft the Madha seat, which he representedfrom2009to2014,toparty leaderVijaysinhMohitePatil,who won. He earlier represented Baramati in Lok Sabha, which CONTINUEDONPAGE2 FULL COVERAGE PAGES 4, 5 No, yes, no again: Pawar steps back, paves way for Parth AJAY JADHAV PUNE, MARCH 11 NCP CHIEF Sharad Pawar’s decisionnotto contestthe LokSabha elections comes just about a month after he had said that he mightconsiderfightingfromthe Madha constituency. To be sure, the intention to contest was not expressedasemphaticallyasthe decision, now, not to. At that time, he had only said that he could ‘consider’ the option since a lot of his supporters wanted him to contest from Madha. “I have been urged by party leaders to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Madha. I will think about it,” Pawar had said in Pune on February 9. That itself was a change from his earlier stated position, expressed ahead of the 2014 elections,thathewouldnolongerbe contesting Lok Sabha elections. “I have been involvedin electoral politics for more than four decades and now it is time to take a backseat and make way for young generation,” Pawar had said on January 5, 2014. At that time, he was representing the same Madha con- stituency in the Lok Sabha, having vacated his home constituency of Baramati for his daughter Supriya Sule in the 2009 elections. In 2014, Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil was fielded by NCP from Madha, in place of Pawar. Mohite-Patil managed to win the elections with a narrow margin. Pawar, in the meanwhile, got himself elected to the Rajya Sabha. In the run-up to the current round of elections, amidst reports of factional fighting in Madha, Pawar was requested by his supporters to reconsider his stand of not fighting any more elections, and he dropped enough indications that he was willing to re-enter the fray. The impression that he wouldcertainlycontestgotreinforced, when he said, publicly, that no one else from his family, apart from his daughter Supriya Sule, would contest the elections. This was at a time when there were reports that his nephew and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, Ajit’s son Parth Pawar and nephew Rohit Pawar were all wanting to contest the elections. “Parth CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Brothers, hawkers, top ice skaters: For this Delhi duo, lack of funds is hurdle ANDREW AMSAN NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 IT’S A busy Sunday morning for the Tiwari brothers — Rajkumar and Manjesh — at Old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar. With Holi around the corner and the wedding season not far, business is brisk for the two young roadside hawkers of imitation jewellery. Their eyes are on the lookout for anti-encroachment teams. But their minds are far away — on an ice-skating rink in Gurgaon, and a tournament coming up in Australia in two months. The brothers are among the country’s top ice figure skaters and their journey from a tworoom rented house in congested Paharganj to the glitzy world of ice-skating can easily inspire a Bollywood script. But on the ground, the reality is grim. Struggling for funds, they stumble from one tournament to the next. And without a coach,mostof whattheyinitially learned about the sport was from the Internet. Rajkumar, 26, suffers from a hyperactivitydisorder,butwona Special Olympics gold in 2013 and now competes in the open category; Manjesh is just 11. The two have already won a bagful of medals at various national meets. But then, says Rajkumar, “If wespend our time hereat the stall, how will we perfect our art? We have no choice because themoneyweearnherehelpsus run our family.” Their immediate concern is to scrape together enough to send Manjesh to the Oceania International Novice figureskating competition in Melbourne Rajkumar, Manjesh at their stall in Sadar Bazar. Abhinav Saha thisMay.“Manjeshhasqualified, he is more talented than me. He picks up moves much quicker and is a natural. But we should be training right now,” says Rajkumar. Manjesh won his first nationalmedalonborrowedskates and went on to win medals at all ice figure skating nationals from 2014-17. But the brothers say theywereforcedtoskipthreeinternational meets last year. The Tiwaris, a family of eight, migrated from UP’s Gorakhpur so that Rajkumar could get access to better medical facilities. But soon, he started hawking on the streets along with his father, Ramkesh. It was then that he was introduced to sports by an NGO, Prabha Institute of Fine Arts Culture and Crafts for Handicapped and Disabled Persons. Special Olympics Bharat, the national federation for development of sports for personswithintellectualdisabilities, guided him to the skating rink. “WemovedtoDelhiwithjust Rs 150... It’s a very expensive sport but when you see your child on the TV or in the papers, you feel so proud,” says Lilavati, their mother. Since moving to the general category, Rajkumar has bagged three national silvers and eight goldmedalsattheAllIndiaOpen Challenge tournaments. Manjesh, meanwhile, has earned praise from experts such as Crystal Araujo, who has coached US champion Karen Chen. “They are both really good, Manjesh especially. In skating, you need to start young and I think Manjesh is at the proper CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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