DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES THE EDITORIAL PAGE POLL DEFEAT IS NOT IDEOLOGY DEFEAT BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR PAGE 8 `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 14 FROM JAISH KILLED POST-PULWAMA: ARMY Pulwama attack main conspirator killed in gunbattle: Security forces Samjhauta case order delayed, Tral’s Mudasir Ahmad Khan plotted daughter of Pak attack on CRPF convoy: GOC 15 Corps Pulwama convoy attack.” victim wants to ADIL AKHZER HesaidtheJaishleadershipin the Valley had been targeted in come & depose SRINAGAR, MARCH 11 different operations. “The main Main accused Aseemanand in Panchkula. Jaipal Singh SOFI AHSAN PANCHKULA, MARCH 11 PRONOUNCEMENT OF the verdict in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case was deferred Monday after a Pakistani citizen, the daughter of one of the victims, filed an application before the Special NIA Court claiming that proper summons were not served to Pakistani witnesses. In her application, she claimed that all Pakistani witnesses are ready to appear before the court for evidence. Thecourtissuednoticetothe NIA and accused persons for March 14, seeking their replies to the application moved by PakistanPunjab’sHafizabadresident Rahila Wakil, daughter of victim Muhammad Wakeel, through Panipat-based advocate Momin Malik. “No visa was granted to the SECURITY FORCES Monday announcedthatthe“mainconspirator” behind the February 14 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 conspirators (of the Pulwama convoy attack), Kamran and Mudasir,werethemainheadsof Jaish-e-Mohammad. They have been eliminated. We had gone very forcefully after the Jaish-eMohammad in the last three weeks.Theaimwastoeliminate 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. Six of them were in the A Plus category,” he said. “Our main emphasis after the February 14 convoy attack was the elimination of the Jaish-e-Mohammad leadership and we have been very successful in doing that.” He said the first major operation after the Pulwama attack CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 US leadscharge,all eyeson China AS THE March 13 deadline to raise objections to list Masood Azharapproaches, Indiais part of hecticparleysacrossworld 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. NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Pune, Monday. Pavan Khengre Pawar exits polls: Won’t contest LS, 2 of family in fray AJAY JADHAV Debris of a house destroyed in the gunbattle in the Pinglesh area of Tral, Monday. PTI 48 hrs for UN list: China keeps India guessing on Azhar listing 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, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey to mobilise support. WhileForeignSecretaryVijay Gokhale met US Secretary of Gokhale with Pompeo in Washington. Indian embassy 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 foreign leaders over telephone Monday — UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, their second conversationsincetheBalakotairstrike, and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While the US role is key to shaping China’s actions, Saudi, UAE and Turkey — all are close partners of Pakistan — can play CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Day after crash, DGCA moves on Boeing model here: More checks on planes & pilots ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 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 type flown by Ethiopian Airlines crashednearAddisAbaba,killing all 157 people on board, including four Indians. Jet Airways and SpiceJet op- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Family members of Prerit Dixit, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, at their home in Surat, Monday. PTI erateatotalof 17jetsof thistype. “This is the second fatal accident of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft within a span of five months...The issue has been reviewed in DGCA today along with the Indian operators covering 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SIMPLY PUT TWOCRASHES,346 LIVES LOST P10 WORLD BLACK BOX FOUND, ETHIOPIA MOURNS VICTIMS P 11 Nails ‘hammered’ into them, 2 men ‘tortured’ to death in Bihar police custody, probe ordered RAMDIHA (EAST CHAMPARAN, BIHAR), MARCH 11 GUJARAT CONG MLA RESIGNS, THIRD TO QUIT IN 4 DAYS PAGE 4 PAGE 1 ANCHOR Taslim Ansari, Gufran Alam; Taslim’s parents at their home in Ramdiha, 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- ister Ajit Pawar’s son, will be his party’scandidatefromtheMaval Lok Sabha constituency. Incidentally, his decision comes about a month after he said that he might consider contesting from the Madha constituency since many of his supporters wanted him to do so. “I hadsaidthatIwouldthinkabout contesting the elections from Madha. However, my candidaturehadnotbeendeclaredbythe party so far. Meanwhile, there was a discussion in (my) family after demands from local party leaders, as well as our alliance partners, that Parth Pawar be made the candidate from Maval seat. We lost that seat twice (to Shiv Sena) and everyone in the partybelievesthatthiscanbereversed if a younger generation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nirav Modi’s creditor firms that received PNB money linked to siblings: ED complaint 10% quota: SC will decide March 28 if it needs to go to larger bench ANANTHAKRISHNAN G MUMBAI, MARCH 11 SANTOSH SINGH EXPRESS NETWORK NCP CHIEF Sharad Pawar announced Monday that he will not contest the Lok Sabha electionssayingtwoof hisfamilyare already in the fray and that he wanted to make way for a younger generation in electoral politics. After a meeting with party leaders,Pawarsaid:“Seniorparty leaders had appealed to me to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Madha seat. However, I discussed the issue in our family anddecidedthatmanymembers from one family should not contest the elections. My daughter Supriya Sule is already contesting the Lok Sabha election from Baramati.Theintentionistogive theyouthanopportunityinelectoral politics.” According to Pawar, party leaders demanded that Parth Pawar, his grand-nephew, be givenaticket.HesaidParth,who is also former deputy chief min- DECISION 2019 KHUSHBOO NARAYAN & SADAF MODAK EXPLAINED DGP SUSPENDS 5 COPS, MURDER FIR FILED TWOMEN,pickedupin acase of robbery and murder, were allegedly tortured to death in police custody in Sitamarhi on March 7. Photos and a video clip of theirbodiesbeingwashedbefore 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. PUNE, MARCH 11 lice station, in Sitamarhi. They will also face departmental action. If they do not surrender, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE ENFORCEMENTDirectorate (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 Understanding (LoUs) of PunjabNationalBankwereincorporated 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 28 in a Mumbai court, the ED said that Tri Color Gems FZE, Diagems FZC, Pacific Diamonds FZE and UniversalFine Jewellery FZE, were incorporated by consulting firm Trident Trust Company, 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$1015millionallegedlydivertedbyModiusingtheLoUsof PNB. The agency has also included Modi’s wife Ami Modi and his three companies in UK and Switzerland — Nirav Modi Diversion of $927 million established so far by ED Ltd, Yanike Properties Ltd and Diamond Holdings S.A. — as accusedintheRs6498-crorefraud. The key findings of the agency, as per the complaint: ■ Modi’s sister Purvi Modi transferred $26 million out of the$89millionreceivedthrough LoUs by Fine Classic FZE, her Dubai-based “shadow entity” to Ami Modi for purchase of two properties in the United States. ■ Pacific Diamonds FZE allegedly diverted at least $171 crore to Modi’s father Deepak Modi and his firm Chang Jiang S.A. Sources said Pacific Diamonds also allegedly diverted at least $1.4 million of the LoU funds to two firms owned by Preeti Pradyotkumar Kothari, wife of fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi. ■ Deepak Modi is an alleged beneficiaryof twoUScompanies which “routed $42.8 million to BaileyBanks& Biddle, USA,from Nirav Modi group dummy companiesinDubaiandHongKong”. According to the ED investigation, in 2017, Nirav Modi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 DECLINING TO pass any interim order on petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to provide 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education to economicallybackwardsections in the general category, the Supreme Court will consider them on March 28 to decide whether they need to be sent to a Constitution Bench. “If it requires consideration by a larger bench, we will do it,” a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan GogoiandJusticesDeepakGupta and Sanjiv Khanna observed when the petitions came up Monday. Appearing for a petitioner, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan said the matter will “ultimately have to go to a Constitution Bench”. He submitted that the decisionof theSupremeCourtin M Nagaraj & Others vs Union Of India & Others case made it clear that 50 per cent limit (on reservation) “goes to the basic structure” (of the Constitution). The petitioners have contendedthatthe10percentquota goes against the Supreme Court ruling that total reservation should not exceed 50 per cent. One of the petitions, by NGO CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 we spend our time here at 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 sothatRajkumarcouldgetaccess to better medical facilities. But soon, he started hawking on the streets along with his father, Ramkesh.Itwasthenthathewas introduced to sports by an NGO, Prabha Institute of Fine Arts Culture and Crafts for Handicapped and Disabled Persons.SpecialOlympicsBharat, thenationalfederationfordevelopment of sports for persons with intellectual disabilities, 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,hasearned 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 age. He’s very disciplined... He is trying to pull off double jumps CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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