LATE CITY CHANDIGARH, WEDNESDAY MARCH 5, 2014 22+6 (NEWSLINE) PAGES Rs. 3.00 TheIndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA IndianExpress.com PAGES 12, 13 Edit & Op-ed SOLDIERS OF THE PARTY NATIONAL NETWORK Gopal Kanda granted bail in airhostess suicide case facebook.com/IndianExpress INTERNATIONAL back forces, accuses West of fomenting a ‘coup’ (P14) ■ THE CHIEF MINISTER IS NOW THE CHIEF AGITATOR — CALLING BANDHS AND STAGING SIT-INS IndianExpress.com/Apps PAGE 21 Sport Graeme Smith announces retirement as SA struggle Putin calls by Christophe Jaffrelot (P3) twitter.com/IndianExpress ChandigarhNewsline ● OURT CONVICTS SAJI MOHAN IN GRAFT CASE ● PLEA ASKS FOR REMOVING BARRICADES IN FRONT OF PUNJAB CM HOUSE For ‘cheering’ Pakistan in India match, university in Meerut suspends 67 Kashmiri students AMIT SHARMA & MIR EHSAN MEERUT, SRINAGAR, MAR 4 A LARGE private university in Meerut has suspended 67 Kashmiri students for allegedly cheering Pakistan during the India-Pak match at the Asia Cup on Sunday. The students were told to vacate their hostel rooms, and were escorted by police and univer- sity officials to nearby Ghaziabad. Some students are now back with their families in the Valley. Groups of students were watching the match on TV in the community hall of the hostel at the Swami Vivekananda Subharti University (SVSU). A clash broke out soon after India lost, a result which the Kashmiris allegedly celebrated. No action was taken ARCHIVE Clashes allegedly began after Afridi won Pak the game against the other group. G S Bansal, the warden of the hostel, said the Kashmiri students had been punished for being “anti-national”. “By raising pro-Pakistan slogans, the Kashmiri boys did an antinational act, and that was why we suspended them and did not take any action against the others,” Bansal told The Indian Express. SVSU vice-chancellor Manzoor Ahmed said the suspension was a “precautionary measure”. “There was strong resentment against the students who had shouted anti-national and pro-Pakistan slogans after Pakistan won the match. So as a precautionary measure, we temporarily suspended students of J&K for three days. We arranged for two buses to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 You told us go to hell, says Supreme Cong-RJD pact likely 20 4 today; Kerala Guv Court, sends Subrata Roy to jail resigns, may contest ELECTIONS THE WARMUP POLL DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED RAVI KANOJIA CUSTODY UNTIL MARCH 11 ❚ Bench asks him to revert with proposal to redeem investors TODAY FULL ELECTION COVERAGE PA G E S 8 , 1 0 UTKARSH ANAND & ANANYA BHARDWAJ Business as Usual NEW DELHI, MARCH 4 By UNNY T HE Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered custody in jail for Sahara chief Subrata Roy until March 11 after slamming the group’s “dilatory tactics” and trashing its claim of having already refunded investors. Roy, after issuance of a non-bailable arrest warrant by the court, had been kept in a guest house in SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, MARCH 4 THE RJD and Congress are likely to announce a seat-sharing agreement for Bihar on Wednesday. The Congress has agreed to leave the “contentious” Madhubani seat for the RJD, and Lalu Prasad has agreed to give 12 seats — one more than his earlier offer — to the Congress. The RJD will also leave a seat for the NCP. Late on Tuesday evening, Kerala Governor Nikhil Kumar resigned, sending out an additional signal for the coming RJD-Congress alliance. Lucknow by the Uttar Pradesh police for the last three days. The ardent appeal by Roy, who had already tendered his “unconditional apology” to the court, for suggesting an alternative so as to stave off judicial custody, failed to move the bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar. “We tried to accommodate you but you said go to hell. We tried again and again CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 » MORE REPORTS, PAGE 7 A protester threw ink at Sahara chief Subrata Roy at the Supreme Court Tuesday. LS poll effect: Punjab gives reservation to Jats EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, MARCH 4 Isher Judge Ahluwalia, author of Transforming Cities: Postcards of Change, with Maharashtra CM Chavan and The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta AMIT CHAKRAVARTY at Express Adda in Mumbai on Tuesday. WITH an eye on the Lok Sabha elections, the Punjab government, in a hurriedly called cabinet meeting on Tuesday, decided to declare Jats and Jat Sikhs of Punjab as “backward classes.” The move comes in the wake of a similar decision taken by the Haryana government. The cabinet also decided that economically weaker persons from among the general categories will be extended the benefits of reservation. These reservations will be in addition to those already in place and will not affect the existing quota of any section, an offi- cial release stated. The cabinet also decided to set up a commission to work out the modalities for the implementation of the decision. Earlier, state ministers had strongly condemned the Centre’s decision to exclude Jats and Jat Sikhs of Punjab from the benefits of reservation extended to Jats in other states. In another significant decision, the cabinet gave its nod to fill up 1,230 vacant post of patwaris. It also approved supplementary grants worth Rs 5101.68 crore for 2013-14 to be presented before the ongoing Assembly session and cleared a proposal for seeking vote on account from April 1 to July 31 for Rs 25292.96 crore. Attacker, victim: 2 faces of Gujarat riots come together for ‘Hindu-Muslim’ unity TANVIR A SIDDIQUI AFP FILE S K MOHAN REUTERS FILE AHMEDABAD, MARCH 4 A T A SEMINAR organised in Thaliparamba in Kerala’s Kannur district on Monday, two men sat together, smiling and talking. Twelve years ago, these men had entered India’s collective consciousness through their pictures published in the news media — images that went on to become iconic reminders of the Gujarat riots of 2002. One of the 1 PAGE ANCHOR CENTRE: Qutubuddin Ansari (right) and Ashok Mochi in Thaliparamba, Kannur on Monday. ON EITHER SIDE: The iconic images of the two men taken on February 28, 2002, as riots raged in Ahmedabad. Mochi allegedly burnt 40 Muslim homes. men was seen as the victim, wearing a shirt streaked with blood, pleading for mercy with folded hands, his Nikhil Kumar likely Cong candidate in Aurangabad, Sheila could go to Kerala eyes brimming with tears. The other appeared as the ruthless perpetrator of the violence, wearing a black beard and saffron Bajrang Dal bandana, standing with a leg on a signboard and both hands aloft, in one of which he held an iron rod. Behind him burnt a large fire. The first picture — of a tailor named Qutubuddin Ansari — was taken in Naroda Patiya, which saw some of the worst violence of the riots. The other picture, of Shahpur cobbler Ashok Bhavanbhai Parmar, or Ashok Mochi, was taken in Dudheshwar. On Monday, participating in a seminar cal‘ed ‘A decade of genocide’, organised by the CPM, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KUMAR (LEFT), DIKSHIT MOVE TO GIVE U.P. GUV A FRESH TERM Late Tuesday night, the government was moving to give UP governor B L Joshi, an old loyalist of the Gandhi family, a fresh five-year term. Joshi has been on extension for the past two years. Papers were to move early morning to beat the announcement of elections, but the government first faced the task of getting President Pranab Mukherjee on board.
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