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 SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES POLICE: DUBEY SNATCHED PISTOL AND WAS SHOT WHEN HE FIRED ● `5.00, 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 PUNE, MUMBAI, JULY 10 KANPUR, JULY 10 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 AdditionalSP Tej BahadurSingh. 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 Dubey was being taken, at Bhaunti in Kanpur. Vishal Srivastav Police stopped vehicles ahead of spot where encounter occurred AVANEESH MISHRA KANPUR, JULY 10 Police convoy crossing the Bara toll plaza to enter Kanpur. ANI 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. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY UP’S ENCOUNTER COUNTER 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 In 4 days, send claim papers of healthcare workers who died fighting Covid: Centre to states RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, JULY 10 VOCAL FOR LOCAL INSURANCE CLAIMS of as many as 63 families out of 82 health care workers who died fighting theCovid-19pandemicareyetto 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 issue of concernduringavideoconference 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. Whileclaimsof 19healthcare workers who died have been processed and cleared so far, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE COVID BUSINESS, PART 4 PAGE 8 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Encounter impunity on record: 74 probes complete in UP, police get clean chit in all MANISH SAHU & APURVA VISHWANATH Lockdown in Kalyan Dombivali & Mira Bhayandar also extended EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE AVANEESH MISHRA 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 Lockdown imposed in Pune from July 14, extended in Thane 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 INSIDE CONG SEEKS PROBE BY SITTING SC JUDGE HYD ENCOUNTER: PANEL YET TO SUBMIT REPORT PLEA IN SC ON ENCOUNTER PAGE 8 Got justice for now, say families of policemen killed in raid NEW DELHI, JULY 10 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”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 130 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN RECOVERED: 4,95,515 DEATHS: 21,604 7,93,801 TESTS: 1,10,24,491| DOUBLING RATE: 20.80** 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 Decoupling trade ties to hurt both, says China envoy SHUBHAJIT ROY TO BREAK the chain of transmission amid an “alarming” rate of spread of Covid-19 cases, the Pune district administration on Friday announced a 10-day lockdown in the municipal limits of Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and someadjoiningareasfromJuly14 to July 23. WithCovid-19casesalsocontinuing to rise in Thane despite it beingunderlockdown,theThane MunicipalCorporation(TMC)on Friday extended the restrictions till July 19. TMC had earlier announced a lockdown from July 2 to July 12. Similarly, the 10-day lockdown imposed in Kalyan Dombivali till July 12 by the municipalcorporationwasextended till July 19. In Mira Bhayandar, wherealockdownwasinforcetill July 11, the civic body extended the same till July 18. Pune Divisional CommissionerDeepakMhaisekarsaidthe firstfivedaysofthelockdownwill bestringentwithexemptiononly for supply of milk and medicine aswellasoperationof clinicsand hospitals.Inthenextfivedays,essential services such as sale and supply of vegetables and groceries will be allowed after a review of the situation. Thedecisiontoimposealockdown was taken at a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation, attended by Deputy Chief Minister and Pune District’s GuardianMinister,AjitPawar,and senior officials. ThelockdownwillbeapplicableinthejurisdictionofPuneand Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations; Pune police and Pimpri-Chinchwad police commissionerates, Pune, Khadki and Dehu Road cantonments as well as22villagesinsemi-urbanareas. The ‘halfway’ signal More than two months after the start of the LAC standoff, Beijing is pointing to antiChina sentiments in India and the fallout on trade. Its envoy’s statement that China is not “a warlike state” and both should meet “halfway” to repair ties could be a signal that it wants rapprochement with Delhi. 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: NOW: RECOVERED TODAY: 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 2.72 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 6.73 7.2 26,506 19,138 BasedondailydatafromUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersincludedata frompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive At 7,862, highest spike in cases in Maharashtra TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, JULY 10 WITH 7,862 new cases, Maharashtra on Friday witnesseditshighesteversingleday record in fresh Covid-19 infections, taking the state burden to 2.38 lakh. Mumbai with 1,337 new cases has till now reported 90,461 infections. With 226 deaths registered on Friday, the toll in the state stands at 9,893. In Mumbai, which saw 73 more people succumbing to the virus, the toll is 5,205. The Brihanmumbai MunicipalCorporation(BMC)labelled275deathsas“deathsdue to other causes” in Mumbai on Friday. These deaths occurred between March and June. On 2,38,461 TOTALPOSITIVECASES INMAHARASHTRA Total number of active cases 95,647 Number of deaths 9,893 Total number of people discharged 1,32,625 Number of people tested 12.53 lakh Total number quarantined 46,560 Number of new cases 7,862 June 18, The Indian Express had reported that the BMC death CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Bhagalpur students get rice: ‘Finally, something has been done’ ASADISTRICT MAHARASHTRA COURT ACQUITS 19 ACCUSED IN CASE LINKED TO KANDAHAR HIJACK 3-STOREY BMC BUILDING FOR HOSPITAL USED AS ‘GUESTHOUSE’, CIVIC BODY UNDER ATTACK PAGE 4 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 happened for them,” said Kumar. Two hours later, 28 parents lefttheschoolwithfoodgrainfor their children. The July 6 Express report after which govt issued order On July 6, The Indian Express, 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 Rice distribution at Shahabad school on Friday. Dipankar Ghose Musahari tola, a Mahadalit 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 fromMayto July. ThePatnaHigh Court and NHRC also took suo motu cognizance of the report. According to the order, chil- dreninclasses1-5willget8kgof 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, CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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