DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 THE CENTRE said on Tuesday that two new Covid-19 strains have been detected in three states—Maharashtra,Keralaand Telangana — but there is no scientific evidence to suggest that the recent surge being reported by the first two states is linked to these variants. This is in addition to the three other strains — from UK, South Africa and Brazil — reported earlier. Responding to Wipro founder Azim Premji’s suggestion on engaging private players to accelerate Covid-19 vaccination, the Centre said private hospitals would “be utilised in large numbers” in the next phase of vaccinating the 27 crore priority group, set to begin in March. E ● Precaution iskey WHILE FIVE Covid-19 variants have been detected so far, there is no evidence to suggest that these new strains are responsible for the upsurge being reported in states such as Maharashtra. Surveillance and containment measures, and Covid-appropriate behaviour remains key. Addressing the weekly briefing, Dr V K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, said the Indian SARSCoV-2 Genomic Consortia CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bengal BJP leader arrested in drug case SWEETY KUMARI & RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 23 THE KOLKATA POLICE Tuesday arrested Rakesh Singh, West Bengalstatecommitteemember of the BJP and convenor of the party’s basti (slum) cell, from Galsi in Purba Burdwan district in connection with a case in which 23-year-old Pamela Goswami, one of the state secretaries of the BJP Yuva Morcha, was arrested for allegedly possessing 76 gm of heroin. Singhwassummonedby the policeunderSection160CrPCaf- Rakesh Singh was named by Pamela Goswami ter his name cropped up during the investigation in the drug case. Hehad conveyedto the police in writing he would not be available since he had a prior appointment in Delhi. His petition against the summons was turned down by the Calcutta High Court. Police sources said he has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 CALL FOR VIOLENCE ABSENT (IN TOOLKIT): JUDGE Citizens conscience keepers, says court, gives Disha bail, slams police for ‘scanty’ proof Conspiracy, sedition: ruling raises bar for State ‘Sedition cannot be invoked to minister to wounded vanity of governments’ ANAND MOHAN J APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 OBSERVING THAT “citizens are conscience keepers of government in any democratic Nation” and “cannot be put behind the barssimplybecausetheychoose to disagree with the State policies”, and that the “offence of sedition cannot be invoked to minister to the wounded vanity of governments”, a Delhi court granted bail Tuesday to Bengaluru activist Disha Ravi. Arrested February 13 by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 Disha’s mother at her home near Bengaluru. Darshan Devaiah B P Mother: Waiting to hug her... stand by our kids in fight for justice DARSHAN DEVAIAH B P BENGALURU, FEBRUARY 23 Disha Ravi after being granted bail on Tueday. Prem Nath Pandey “I AM waiting to hug her once she comes back home.” That was Manjula Nanjaiah, themotherof activistDishaRavi, soon after her daughter was granted bail by a Delhi court in thetoolkitcaseTuesdayevening. Speaking to The Indian Express, Manjula said: “This was difficultforanyonebutwhenour children havenot done anything wrong, why do we need to fear? CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY BY RULING that “mere engagement with persons of dubious credentials” is not a crime, the Delhi trial court, which granted bailtoclimateactivistDishaRavi Tuesday, has, effectively, raised the bar for the State to initiate prosecution for being part of a “larger ● conspiracy.” This is significant given this charge is now recurrently levied in cases related to riots and protests. “Any person with dubious credentials may interact with a number of persons during the course of his social intercourse. As long as the engagement/interaction remains within the four corners of law,people interacting with such persons, ignorantly, innocently or for that matter even fully conscious of their dubious credentials, cannot be painted with the same hue,” Additional Sessions Judge CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E EXPLAINED KAUNAIN SHERIFF M E X P L A I NE D Two new strains in 3 states, but not linked to surge, says Centre JOURNALISM OF COURAGE don’t bother for scars any more. To get blemish free skin use NO SCARS. It helps to reduce and remove, scars and marks. Odisha rape: Meeting in jail, bank transfers led police to accused AN UNEXPECTED encounter inside a jail, a crucial mistake spotted in records, an elaborate three-month intelligence operation in an Odisha village, suspiciousbanktransfers—andalastminute escape bid. 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