DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES THE EDITORIAL PAGE NEP:TRICK OR TREAT? BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA PAGE 10 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY JAMMU & KASHMIR Sajad freed, party says can’t go out; Mufti’s detention extended Mehbooba still held under PSA, some raise questions ‘Five days short of a year, have been informed that I am a free man’ NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JULY 31 SRINATH RAO MUMBAI, JULY 31 THE POLICEMEN in whose presence a mob in Palghar lynched two sadhus and their driver in April had chosen not to interveneforfearthatthey too would be killed, the most senior officer present at the spot has told investigators. The 21-strong squad includingRiotControlPolice(RCP)personnel at Gadchinchle village on April16night,wascarryingrifles, rubberbullets,teargasshells,and stungrenades—buttheydidnot use their considerable arsenal to prevent the murders. Afterafour-monthinvestigation into the killings, the Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID) filed two chargesheets against 126peopleearlierthismonthata magistrate’s court in Dahanu town—a4,955-pagechargesheet againstvillagersforattemptingto murder the policemen, and a 5,291-page chargesheet against the the same men for murdering the sadhus and their driver. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CITY L-G REJECTS DELHI GOVT DECISION TO REOPEN HOTELS PAGE 3 MSMEs Mehbooba Mufti People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone after his release from house arrest, in Srinagar on Friday. Express has changed. So have I. Jail was not a new experience. Earlier ones were harsh with usual dosesof physicaltorture.Butthis was psychologically draining. Much to share hopefully soon.” Around 1.15 pm, authorities CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Online open, 3.7 lakh get domicile in a month, 78% of them in Jammu DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JULY 31 IN THE month following the launch of the online mode for applyingfordomicilecertificates in the Union Territory under the new rules, over thrice as many people from Jammu have been granted the same as compared to Kashmir. While the majority of the3.7 J&K ONEYEARAFTER AUGUST5 AN EXPRESS SERIES lakh-odd granted domicile certificates are already permanent residents of the Union Territory, a significant proportion have been given out to those who despitelivingorservinginthestate for years were not considered residents of the state due to provisionsof Artice35A,whichnow stands repealed. Sources in the Ministry of HomeAffairs(MHA)saidthatbetween June 22, when the online facility was launched, and last week, over 2.9 lakh people were granted domicile certificates in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Amid surge, Andhra ramps up tests, says won’t shut down SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, JULY 31 AMIDST A record surge in the number of novel coronavirus cases, Andhra Pradesh has ruled out the re-imposition of a lockdown and is insisting that a focus on testing will help contain further spread of the disease. Thenumberof thoseinfected inthestatehasincreasedover10 times from a month ago — from 14,595 on June 30 to 1,40,933 on July 31. With that, it has overtaken Delhi's tally to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E X P L A I NE D Police afraid to take on the mob: Palghar lynching case chargesheet NEARLY A year after he was detained amidst a clampdown on the political leadership in Jammu and Kashmir at the time of the abrogation of Article 370, People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone was on Friday officially “released” from house arrest. However, he has been told not to step out or speak to the media. Assoonashisreleasewasannounced,Lone took to Twitter to say,“Finally5daysshortof ayear I have been officially informed that I am a free man. So much E Testingas ● strategy ANDHRA PRADESH is hoping that as it steps up testing, and identifies and isolates infected people, it will be able to slow down the spread of the infection. The strategy has worked well in Delhi. But not so much in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu or Uttar Pradesh. TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 151 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN 16,38,870 RECOVERED: 10,57,805 DEATHS: 35,747 TESTS: 1,88,32,970| DOUBLING RATE: 20.56** KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 4,11,798 11,147 2.45% ■ Tamil Nadu 2,39,978 5,864 3.16% 22.76 ■ Delhi 1,34,403 1,093 0.77% 93.33 ■ Andhra 1,30,557 10,167 8.72% 8.26 ■ Karnataka 1,18,632 6,128 5.63% 12.79 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days 29.33 ** Calculated over 7-day growth CASE FATALITY RATIO POSITIVITY RATE DAILY IN, DAILY OUT 7 DAYS EARLIER: 7 DAYS EARLIER: DETECTED TODAY NOW: 2.18 NOW: 8.70 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 2.38 8.35 55,078 37,222 DataasonJuly30,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive Indian-descent Birmingham man leads a common(wealth) cause PAGE 1 ANCHOR MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, JULY 31 A FORTNIGHT ago, a BritishIndian entrepreneur in Birmingham launched a public campaign against the 2022 Commonwealth Games over “perceived institutionalised racism”. Over just a weekend, he galvanised support from heads of local churches, mosques and temples, Labour and Tory Members of Parliament, influ- ential media and business persons from different backgrounds including Pakistani and Indian, besides both black and white Britons. In the couple of weeksthatfollowed,the campaign led to the president of the CommonwealthGames Federation,LouisMartin, steppingdownfromthe board of the organising Ammo committee, a revamp of Talwar important decisionmaking bodies, and promises to address issues of ‘colonialinjustice’,amongothers. TheBirminghamGameshave `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 comeunderheavycriticisminthe wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, with some academics in the United Kingdom even questioning the relevance of the CWG as a concept. Themanwhostarted it all was Ammo Talwar, whorunsamusicagency in Birmingham. He says hehadtheideaof apublic campaign after readingalocalnewsreporton “systemic racism and an almostentirelywhiteexecutive board of the 2022 CWG organising committee”. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 During the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at Gold Coast, Australia. AP file BASHAARAT MASOOD & P VAIDYANATHAN IYER SRINAGAR, JULY 31 THE J&K ADMINISTRATION on Fridayextendedthedetentionof former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti by three months for the second time under the Public Safety Act (PSA)evenasasectionof officials in the administration said they werenotsureof theneedtocontinue with her detention. She is the only political leader still detained under PSA. An order issued by Home Secretary ShaleenKabrasaidthe HomeDepartmentconsideredit necessary to extend the detention following recommendations by law-enforcing agencies to that effect. Mehbooba Mufti’s detention under PSA was scheduled to expire on August 5. But some senior officials told The Indian Express they were CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 On Delhi riot probe note, HC tells Spl CP: Why the need, show 5 such letters PRITAM PAL SINGH NEW DELHI, JULY 31 THE DELHI High Court on Friday asked Special Commissioner of Police Praveer Ranjan what was the “necessity” for him to issue a letter to chiefs of teams probing the Northeast Delhi riots, which statedthatarrestsof“someHindu youth”fromriot-hitareashasled to a “degree of resentment among the Hindu community”. Justice Suresh Kumar Kait also asked him to place before the HighCourt“fivesuchletters” issuedbyhimorhispredecessor. “... Such types of letters are not known under CrPC to instruct the officers. However, it is notindisputethatseniorofficers are duty-bound to guide the officer time and again as per the current situation going on at the particulartime,”JusticeKaitsaid. Will attend House if party issues whip: MLA in Pilot camp DEEP MUKHERJEE Delhi Police Special CP Praveer Ranjan “Accordingly, I hereby direct Respondent No. 4 (Ranjan) to send five such letters which he or his predecessor issued on receipt of complaint/input/representation in a sealed cover within two days,” he said. As reported by The Indian Express,Ranjan’sJuly8orderhad also stated that “due care and precaution”mustbetakenwhile making arrests. The order, addressed to senior officers heading probe teams, asked them to “suitably” guide the investigating officers. The order was challenged in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JAIPUR, JULY 31 AT LEAST one of the rebel MLAs in Rajasthan loyal to former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilothassaidthatif theCongress party issues a whip, he and the other MLAs will attend the upcoming Assembly session that is set to be convened on August 14. Speaking to The Indian ExpressonFriday,GajendraSingh Shaktawat, MLA from VallabhnagarinUdaipurandone of the 18 legislators in the Pilot camp, said, “We are with Sachin Pilot and will abide by whatever decisionhetakes.Wehavenever spoken about leaving the Congress party. If the Congress issues a whip, I will definitely attend the Assembly session. We will raise our voice from within by being inside the party.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Army to retain additional troops in Ladakh for the long haul India for return to pre-standoff sites, military talks likely SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JULY 31 CHINESE AMBASSADOR Sun Weidong’s claim on Thursday about the location of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Pangong Tso and his refusal to clarify the LACpointtoascenariowherethe IndianArmywillhavetoincrease its permanent deployment on the disputed and tense border. A senior Army officer told The Indian Express on Friday: “Our preparationsandactivitieswillbe basedontheactionsoftheadversary. As long as they retain capability, we have to be prepared for it because intent can change. We will maintain troops on the LAC according to that assessment.” This means that the Army will have enhanced deployment on the disputed Ladakh border till total disengagement by troops at the points of friction and completion of total de-escalation by the two forces. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AUSTRALIA ENVOY TARGETS CHINA OVER LAC, SOUTH CHINA SEA PAGE 5
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