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 MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 EX-MUMBAI TOP COP’S ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HOME MINISTER ` 96 per kilo ` 124 per kilo ` 153 per kilo ` 54 per Dozen WORLD AUSTIN ARRIVES IN KABUL PAGE 12 Feud among Bulandshahr families: six murders and counting AMIL BHATNAGAR NEW DELHI, MARCH 21 A 55-YEAR-OLD man who had been given police protection after his father was murdered last year, was shot at and injured in Bulandshahr on Sunday. He is fighting for his life in hospital, buthis32-year-oldson,whowas accompanying him, was killed. The murder could be part of an ongoing blood feud between two families that began with twomurdersmorethan15years ago, police suspect. Five people from both sides had been killed before Sunday’s murder. Police said Dharmpal was attackedinBulandshahr’sDhanaura villagewhilehewastravellingina Toyota Innova with his wife, two sons,andapolicebodyguard.One of his sons, Sandeep, succumbed to his injuries. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pawar sidesteps letter fallout: ‘Let CM decide, suggest probe by Julio Ribeiro’ ATS claims Hiran murder solved, Waze is main accused Ribeiro responds: ‘Very murky...let Pawar himself investigate’ ZEESHAN SHAIKH & JAYPRAKASH S NAIDU SAGAR RAJPUT MUMBAI, MARCH 21 A DAY after former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh levelled serious charges of corruption against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar placed the onusof tacklingthefalloutof the allegations against his party’s seniorrepresentativeintheState Cabinet on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Pawar suggested an independent probe into the allegations by someone “who commands respectbothin thepolice administration and the public at large”andrecommendedretired IPS officer Julio Rebeiro for the role — Ribeiro, however, described the situation as “very murky”andsaidhewouldrefuse any such request. Pawar also acknowledged that there were “serious lapses by certain sections of the Mumbai Police” that has led to theforce’sreputationbeing“lowered in the eyes of the public”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE THE MINISTER SHOULD GO PAGE 10 MUMBAI, MARCH 21 NCP Chief Sharad Pawar at a press conference in New Delhi on Sunday. Prem Nath Pandey Prasad, Fadnavis target Maharashtra CM: ‘Why defend Waze? Resign’ SANTOSH SINGH & VIVEK DESHPANDE Prasad in Patna on Sunday. PATNA, NAGPUR, MARCH 21 THEBJPonSundaysteppedupits attack on Maharashtra Chief MinisterUddhavThackerayover theseriouscorruptionallegations levelledbyMumbai’sformerpolicechiefagainstthestate’sHome Minister, with Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanding his resignation and Opposition Leader in the State Assembly DevendraFadnavisaccusinghim of covering up an alleged “trans- Nagendra Kumar Singh fers racket”. SpeakingtoreportersinPatna, Prasad said Thackeray has “lost the moral authority” to govern and should recommend a CBI probeintoParamBirSingh’sallegationthatAnilDeshmukhasked Assistant Police Inspector Sachin CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In full control of party and state as he enters fifth year, Amarinder is guest at e-Adda today CM Rawat again: You produced only 2, why envy those who have 20 and got more rations? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LALMANI VERMA CHIEF MINISTER Amarinder Singhentershisfifthyearinpower this month, with his grip on the administration and the Congress in Punjab as strong as ever. An affirmation of this came in the recentlocalpolls,whichtheCongress swept despite the anger over thefarmlawsthatleftSinghwalking a tightrope. Like the party’s 2016 Assembly poll win, the victory was seen as a personal endorsement of Singh’s leadership. Singh will be the guest at Express e-Adda on Monday, in conversation with Executive Director, Indian Express Group, Anant Goenka and National Opinion Editor, The Indian Express, Vandita Mishra. Not a man to mince words, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh the Captain has warned the Centre repeatedly of what was at stake if the farmers’ agitation was not handled properly in the border state, while asking the farmers to find a solution through negotiations. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEHRADUN, MARCH 21 UTTARAKHAND CHIEF Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Sunday said people with fewer “units (familymembers)”hadendedup getting less government rations duringtheCovid-19lockdownas compared to those who “reproduced 20”, creating “jealousy”, sayingitwastheirfaultfornotreproducing enough. Addressing an event on International Forests Day in Nainital district, Rawat said people had never had such good quality rice, and some had even stocked and sold it. He also praisedPrimeMinisterNarendra Modi’s efforts in tackling Covid19, comparing it to America’s, which he said had “enslaved” Indiafor“200years”.Thespeech, which was shown live on Rawat’s personal Facebook account, was later taken down. The newly appointed CM, currentlyfightingfireoverhisattack on women for wearing E E X P L A I NE D CHANDIGARH, MARCH 21 Starting withfoot ● inmouth THE NEWLY appointed CM is set to face more heat over the remarks, after his comments on women regarding ripped jeans and his assertion that he wasn't in favour of Covid "impediments" at the Kumbh Mela. The Centre had intervened, saying proper precautions must be taken. ripped jeans, said, “... Har ghar mein per unit 5 kilo ration dene ka kam kiya. Jiske 10 thai toh 50 kilo aa gaya, 20 thai toh quintal aa gaya, 2 thai toh 10 kilo aa gaya. Logon ne store bana liye, kharidar saamne dhoondh liye. Itna badhiya chawal aaya, kabhi apne aap bhiliyanahinsaamanyajeevanke liye (Every household was given CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After spending 16 yrs in prison, convict dies before remission case comes to SC PAGE 1 ANCHOR ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & MAYURA JANWALKAR NEW DELHI, BARDEZ, MARCH 21 SHAILESH MAPARI, a resident of Bardez taluka in Goa, was convicted of killing his friend Sagar Chodankar in September 2004 and sentenced to life imprisonment two years later. His appeal against conviction was dismissed by the Bombay High Court on September 5, 2007. On March 3 this year, his SpecialLeavePetition(SLP)challengingtheHighCourtorderwas rejected by a Supreme Court Bench of Justices S K Kaul and Hemant Gupta. However, the SC was “surprised” that Mapari’s case had not been forwarded for remission despite the fact that he had been in prison for over 16 years. Though life imprisonment ordinarilymeansimprisonment until death, the executive at its discretioncanorderearlyrelease — and many states accordingly considerreleasinglifeconvictsaftertheycomplete14yearsinjail. Apparently annoyed, the court said in its order that “this is an assistance which should be forthcoming from the Goa Legal Services Authority itself”, and “We thus, consider appropriate to direct that the case of the petitioner be taken up for consideration by the competent au- Shailesh Mapari's brother Umesh at home in Moitem village in Bardez. Mayura Janwalkar thority of the respondent state for release/remission in accordance with the norms of the respondent state”. The court ordered that the “decisionbeplacedbeforeusbefore the next dateof hearing”,on April 19, 2021. But what was not known to the court then is that Mapari, who was lodged in Colvale central jail, had died on December 21, 2020. He reportedly suffered a stroke in prison and was rushed to hospital, but could not be saved. FarawayinMoitemvillagein Bardez taluka of North Goa, Mapari’s brother Umesh (48), says the odds were always stacked against them. “A lot of people would tell us that life CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ADAYaftertheUnionMinistryof Home Affairs said the Mansukh Hiran murder case would be transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), whichisprobingthebombscare outsideMukeshAmbani’shouse, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) claimed to have solvedthecasewiththearrestof two persons. The ATS has also named suspended Assistant Police Inspector (API) Sachin Waze, who isin NIA custodyin connection with the bomb scare, as the “main accused” in its remand application in the case. Shivdeep Lande, DIG, ATS, posted on social media: “We have solved the mysterious Mansukh Hiran murder case. From the bottom of my heart, I salute my ATS officers and men who worked day and night and got results. This is one of the toughest cases in my career.” Lande posted the message, along with his own image, after theATSarrestedNareshGor (31) and Vinayak Shinde (51). According to ATS officials, Gor is a cricket bookie and Shinde a constable convicted in a 2006 case of abetment in connection with a police “encounter” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At the release of BJP’s manifesto in Kolkata Sunday. Partha Paul Will implement CAA in first cabinet meeting: BJP in Bengal manifesto it, the BJP has been walking the tightrope on the matter. Shah said the BJP will take KOLKATA, MARCH 21 strictmeasuresagainstillegalinfiltration, while ensuring Rs THE BJP on Sunday released its 10,000peryearforeveryrefugee manifesto for West Bengal family for five years through dipromising to implement the rectbenefittransfer,toensurean Citizenship (Amendment) Act at “infiltration-free” and “appeasethe first Cabinet meeting if it ment-free” Bengal. He also came to power. It also promised promised OBC reservation for to provide one job per Mahishya, Tili and other family in the state, with Hinducommunities;Rs “chaakri” emerging as a 3,000 monthly pension major poll issue. for Matuas and Unveiling the maniDalpatis; and making festo, called “Sonar Bengali mandatory in Bangla Sankalpa Patra”, schools till Class 10. Union Home Minister With an eye on DECISION Amit Shah said, “We women voters, the 2021 have decided that we party promised free edWEST willimplementtheCAA BENGAL ucation to girls from KG in the first Cabinet to PG, free public transmeeting itself, besides approv- port for all women, and 33% ing the Ayushman Bharat and reservation for them in governPM-Kisan for the benefit of the ment jobs. poor.” A Sonar Bangla fund worth WhiletheCAAwaspassedby Rs 11,000 crore to promote art the Modi government in and literature, a Tagore Prize on December2019,itisstilltocome the lines of the Nobel Prize, a Rs into force as Rules have not been 20,000 crore Iswar Chandra notified.Withpoll-boundAssam Vidyasagar Fund to help infraopposedtotheCAAevenaslarge structure development of sections in West Bengal support CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANTANU CHOWDHURY & ATRI MITRA
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