DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES POLICE: DUBEY SNATCHED PISTOL AND WAS SHOT WHEN HE FIRED `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 SIX POLICEMEN HURT IN ACCIDENT, FIRING, SAY POLICE QUESTIONS RAISED ON POLICE VERSION OF EVENTS UP Police Encounter No. 119 A day after he was held, Dubey killed in shootout Decoupling trade ties to hurt both, says China envoy Senior commanders to meet soon, says MEA after border mechanism meet SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 10 AVANEESH MISHRA KANPUR, JULY 10 LESSTHAN24hoursafterhewas arrested in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, gangster Vikas Dubey was shot dead in an alleged encounterbytheSpecialTaskForce (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police. Police claimed Dubey had firedatthemfromaweaponthat he snatched from an officer after thevehicleinwhichhewasbeing taken to Kanpur overturned on the highway on Friday morning. Police had been left with no option but to fire back in “selfdefence and in the discharge of their duties”, the STF said in a statement. The STF team had left Ujjain for Kanpur in a convoy of vehicles around 7 pm on Thursday after they were given custody of Dubey. The alleged encounter took place near the end of the Dubey was arrested in Ujjain on Thursday journey after the vehicle carrying Dubey and five policemen tipped over on its side as the driver swerved to evade a herd of cattle in its path, the STF said. “Accused Vikas Dubey was being brought in a government vehicle by a UP STF team led by Additional SP Tej Bahadur Singh. Around 6.35 am, when the convoy was near Kanhaiya Lal Hospital in the Sachendi police CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The overturned car in which police said Vikas Dubey was being taken, at Bhaunti in Kanpur on Friday. Vishal Srivastav Police stopped vehicles ahead of spot where firing occurred AVANEESH MISHRA KANPUR, JULY 10 Police convoy crossing the Bara toll plaza to enter Kanpur. ANI BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY QUESTIONS ABOUT the circumstances in which gangster Vikas Dubey was killed, and the UP Police’sversionof theevents,began to be asked almost as soon asnewsof theallegedencounter emerged on Friday morning. Severalpeoplewhoweretravellingonthehighwaycomplained that they were stopped by police and prevented from going ahead about 15 minutes before the alleged encounter took place. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Encounter impunity on record: 74 probes complete in UP, police get clean chit in all UP’S ENCOUNTER COUNTER MANISH SAHU & APURVA VISHWANATH Year FOLLOWING GUIDELINES laid down by the Supreme Court in a 2014case,theUttarPradeshgovernment will hold an inquiry into the killing of gangster Vikas Dubey who was shot dead by policemen who said he tried to flee while being moved from Madhya Pradesh. The outcome of that inquiry Accused Police killed killed 2017 28 3 2018 41 1 2019 34 1 2020 16 8 LUCKNOW, NEW DELHI, JULY 10 is anybody’s guess. For, as per records, Dubey is the 119th accused to have been killedinwhatpolicecalledcrossfiring since the Yogi Adityanath government took charge in March 2017. Magisterial inquiries have beencompletedin74encounter caseswheredeathsoccurredand thepolicehavegotacleanchitin all.Inasmanyas61cases,closure reports filed by the police have been accepted by the court. Recordsshowthatinall,there Mid-day meals out, losses pile up for dairy, poultry industries HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, JULY 10 THE SHUTTING down of schools due to Covid-19 is affecting not only children, now unable to access cooked nutritious food under the Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme, but also farmers for whom it provided an assured market. An example is the Karnataka government’s Ksheera Bhagya scheme, which offers free milk over and above the MDM food entitlement. Under it, around 64 lakh children studying in 55,683 government schools from Classes 1 to 10, and another 39.5 lakhagedsixmonthstosixyears in 64,000 anganwadi centres across Karnataka, are given 150 ml and 125 ml of milk, respectively, for five days of the week. “Thesuppliestoschoolshave totally stopped, while we continue to deliver to the CDPOs (child development project officers) in talukas (sub-districts). They deal with the village/ward level anganwadi workers, who are to go to beneficiaries even as their centres are shut,” said an official of the Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (KMF). UnderKsheeraBhagya,which had a budget of Rs 1,043 crore in 2019-20, the KMF makes whole milk powderavailabletoschools and anganwadi centres. A school child’s150-mldailymilkquotais made by adding hot water to 18 gmof thepowder,while15gmis addedinthecaseofthe125mlfor anganwadi beneficiaries. Pre-Covid, government schools in Karnataka were consuming about 47 tonnes of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Subsequently, when the Special Task Force (STF) issued a statement on the alleged encounter, its account of Dubey's killing appeared to be curiously similar to the alleged circumstances in which one of the gangster's associates had been killed only the previous day. After pictures of Dubey's body emerged, questions were asked over his seemingly clean clothes — when, in the STF's account, he had run on “kuchcha” ground, and had fallen after being shot. There had been fairly have been 6,145 operations in which119accusedhavediedand 2,258othersinjured.Intheseoperations, 13 policemen lost their liveswhichincludetheeightnear Kanpur last week. A total of 885 policemen were injured. Despite the legal framework of landmark rulings and independent inquiries, due process in encounter killings continues to be disregarded. In December last year, the Supreme Court ordered an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE WORLD INSIDE CONG SEEKS PROBE BY SITTING SC JUDGE HYD ENCOUNTER: PANEL YET TO SUBMIT REPORT PLEA IN SC ON ENCOUNTER PAGE 7 Got justice for now, say families of policemen killed in raid ASAD REHMAN LUCKNOW, JULY 10 THE FAMILIES of some of the eight police personnel killed in the failed raid in Bikru village on July 3 expressed “satisfaction” over Vikas Dubey's killing and saidtheyhadfinally“gotjustice”. Some of them, however, also called for a larger investigation into those who had “provided patronage” and “sheltered” the gangster. Kamlakant,brother-in-lawof DeputySuperintendentof Police Devendra Kumar Mishra who was among those killed, said: “Thismissionisnotoveryet.One person was killed but there are many who provided patronage and sheltered him. I request that this investigation should be completed and those who are hiding should be caught… Dubey'smolesinthepoliceforce should be tried as accused.” “We have got justice for now. But the government and police must ensure that all those involved in the killing of eight policemen are brought to justice,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS THE border working mechanism reviewed the situation on the ground in Ladakh and the “progress made” in disengagement of troops along the Line of ActualControl,Beijing’senvoyto New Delhi Friday said “the socalled‘decoupling’of China-India economic and trade relations” will “only harm others without benefit to oneself, and it will eventually hurt oneself as well”. Ambassador Sun Weidong, in a statement released by the Chinese embassy on its website, said the two countries “should meet each other halfway” to “overcome” the “complex situation” in ties and “turn it around assoonaspossible”.Hesaidboth should be “partners rather than opponents or adversaries”. While calling for building “mutual trust” and “need to respect and accommodate mutual coreinterestsandmajorconcern”, healsosaidbothmust“adhereto the principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs”. 130 CASES: PAGE 13 Maintaining that China is “neither a warlike state nor an assertive country”, Sun said “why should we fight against each other” when it “will only hurt those close to us and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN RECOVERED: 4,95,515 DEATHS: 21,604 7,93,801 TESTS: 1,10,24,491| DOUBLING RATE: 20.80** KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 2,30,599 6,875 3.07% 23.46 ■ Delhi 1,07,051 2,187 2.16% 33.33 ■ Tamil Nadu 1,26,581 4,231 3.66% 19.65 ■ Karnataka 31,105 2,228 8.11% 8.87 ■ Telangana 30,946 1,410 7.57% 9.51 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days ** Calculated over 7-day growth CASE FATALITY RATIO POSITIVITY RATE DAILY IN, DAILY OUT 7 DAYS EARLIER: 7 DAYS EARLIER: DETECTED TODAY NOW: 2.72 NOW: 7.2 RECOVERED TODAY: Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths Positives against number tested (in %); indicator of the spread of disease Becoming sick vs recovering; more recoveries for 14 days may signal the peak 2.91 6.73 26,506 19,138 BasedondailydatafromUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersincludedata frompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive Health staff dead of Covid: Insurance claims pending, states told to speed up paperwork sue of concern during a videoconference with states over Covid-19 response. “States have been asked to send the paperwork for these 63 health care workers by July 14 for early processing of insurance claims,” the source said. Whileclaimsof19healthcare workers who died have been processed and cleared so far, the NEW DELHI, JULY 10 MAJOR EXPLOSION ROCKS IRAN AGAIN, THIRD BLAST IN THREE WEEKS MORE THAN two months after the start of the LAC standoff, Beijing is pointing to anti-China sentiments in India and the fallout on trade. Its envoy’s statement that China is not “a warlike state” and both countries should meet “halfway” to repair ties could be a signal that it wants rapprochement with Delhi. TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE RAVISH TIWARI CHINA VOWS RETALIATION AGAINST U.S. OVER XINJIANG SANCTIONS The ‘halfway’ signal INSURANCE CLAIMS of as many as 63 families out of 82 health care workers who died fighting the Covid-19 pandemic are yet to be processed for want of necessary paperwork. All health care workers — estimated at 22.12 lakh — were provided a cover of Rs 50 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. The Union Health Ministry on Friday flagged this as an is- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A healthcare staff shares a patient’s report at the CWG Covid care centre in New Delhi on Friday. Amit Mehra THE COVID BUSINESS, PART 4 PAGE 6 Bhagalpur children get rice: ‘Finally, something has been done for us’ ASADISTRICT UNLOCKS AN EXPRESS SERIES DIPANKAR GHOSE BADBILLA (SULTANGANJ), JULY 10 AT 8 am Friday, Krishn Kumar walked through the bylanes of Badbilla village in Bhagalpur, with a register in hand. Born in the Musahari tola of the same village,andnowa‘shikshasevak’ at the primary school in Shahabad where children from his community study, he knocked on the doors of 28 houses with the same message. He first confirmed that the familyhadachildstudyinginthe school,andthentoldtheparents to reach the school by 9 am so that they could get 8 kg rice (per student). “When I gave them the message, the reaction was so good. They said finally, something has happenedforthem,”saidKumar. Two hours later, 28 parents left theschoolwithfoodgrainfor their children. On July 6, The Indian Express, The July 6 Express report after which govt issued order as part of a month-long series to understand the effect of Covid19 and the lockdown in smalltown India, had reported on the plight of children of the Musahari tola, a Mahadalit Rice distribution at Shahabad school on Friday. Dipankar Ghose colony, in Badbilla village. They had turned to rag-picking and begging after the mid-day meal scheme, which guaranteed one stable meal a day, came to a standstillasschoolswereclosed. Hours after the report was published, the Bihar government issued a statewide order stipulating that ration as well as money through Direct Benefit Transfer be provided to school children for 80 working days from May to July. The Patna High Court and NHRC also took suo motu cognizance of the report. According to the order, childreninclasses1-5willget8kgof ration and Rs 358 via DBT, calculatedonadailyrateof100gmand Rs 4.48 for 80 days. Students of class 6-8 will get 12 kg of ration and Rs 536, based on a daily rate of 150gmandRs6.71for80days. According to the Economic Survey 2019, there are 115 lakh children between classes 1 and 8 who avail of the mid-day meal scheme in Bihar. On Friday morning, the distribution of foodgrain began at the Musahari tola in Badbilla. Devendra Singh, principal of the primary school in Shahabad, said he got a text message from the Sultanganj Block Education Officer on Thursday night saying that ration should be distributed to “guardians of registered students”. Inthemorning,Singhassembled his staff and took stock of the rice in the school. There was enough for 32 students, at 8 kg per child, and a list of 28 students, from classes 2-5, was made. Krishn Kumar was then sent to notify the parents. “We distributed 8 kg per child...Thereareatotalof 145students in the school, and we will need more stock. We will ask for more ration, and distribute it CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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