eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE The Time of Our Singing NEWDELHI,LATECITY APRIL11,2021 Amit Chaudhuri and Pratap Bhanu Mehta discuss the idiosyncrasies of Indian classical music PAGES 16, 17, 18 22PAGES,`6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR,` 12SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA VIOLENCE DURING FOURTH PHASE, EC bars leaders from entering district DECISION 2021 WEST BENGAL MAMATA & MODI TRADE CHARGES, Phase 5 campaign curtailed by a day Bengal on edge: Four killed in CISF firing after mob storms polling booth Police: Rumour led to mob attack in Cooch Behar DEEPTIMAN TIWARY 15-day lockdown likely in Maharashtra, from Apr 12 Curbs in Delhi, 50% seating in public transport Mob tried to seize weapons, booth: CISF RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & RITIKA CHOPRA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM COOCH BEHAR, NEW DELHI, APRIL 10 EC frowned on this but uses martyr icon in its Bengal ad PHASE 76% POLLINGIN4TH In run-up, Mamata slammed Central forces, urged voters to ‘gherao’ them Security personnel at the polling booth in Sitalkuchi, in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, on Saturday. Partha Paul PAGE6 RAVIK BHATTACHARYA COOCH BEHAR, APRIL 10 THE DEATH of four people in firing by the CISF in "self-defence", during polling in Cooch Behar in northBengalonSaturday,comes after days of trading of charges between the Trinamool and BJP over the presence of Central forces for the elections. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjeehasrepeatedlyaccused theCentralforcesof actingatthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 12 US note echoes 8 earlier ones but its no-consent clause for China, India SHUBHAJIT ROY THE ELECTION Commission Saturday invoked the armed forces in its print advertisement urging West Bengal’s electors to come out and vote, even as it advises political leaders and candidates to desist from making any reference to Defence personnel in their poll campaign. The ad that appeared on the day of the fourth phase of polling displays the silhouette of the 'AmarJawanJyoti'andasketchof cartoonistRKLaxman's'Common Man' as paying homage to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE US Navy’s controversial public statement on its freedom of navigationoperation(FONOP) in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone echoes its previous statements as per a new Standard Operating Procedure beginning November 2020 – with one telling change. The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet issued statements after nine Freedom of Navigation operations in which it challenged “excessive maritime claims” made by allies and adversaries alike — CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, APRIL 10 NEW DELHI, APRIL 10 Battleground Chhattisgarh The lessons not learnt, and why Naxals continue to hold out in the state REPORT,PAGE6 Hamidul Mian’s grieving family. Partha Paul RITIKA CHOPRA E Bad optics given Quad ● spotlight THE US Navy’s new SOP has created concern in India especially given the Quad grouping. Delhi’s view is that underlining “without India’s consent,” is counter-productive and “bad optics.” More so, since this language has been used with China, not Japan. And US has not picked on Canada or Australia so far. In Kerala, two medical students dance their way to healing hate and hearts PAGE 1 ANCHOR VISHNU VARMA KOCHI, APRIL 10 TILL TWO weeks ago, Janaki Omkumar and senior Naveen Razakwerejustregularstudents at Thrissur Medical College in Kerala, busy with exams. Today, they are social media stars and fast becoming mascots for communal harmony in a state that just finished voting in a bruising election with sharp overtones of NEW DELHI, APRIL 10 Empty streets in Mumbai on Saturday. Ganesh Shirsekar NEW DELHI, APRIL 10 E X P L A I NE D IN A violent turn to the Assembly elections in West Bengal, four persons, including an 18-year-old, were killed in firing by CISF personnel at a polling station in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district where voting was underway for the fourth phase Saturday morning. Police said local residents stormed the polling station following rumours in the area and tried to snatch weapons of the security personnel who retaliated by opening fire. The dead have been identified as Hamidul Mian (31), Monirujjaman Mian (28), Noor Alam Mian (20) and Samiul Haq (18),allfromJorpatkivillage.The firstthreeweremigrantworkers who had returned home to vote while the fourth worked at a cyber cafe in the village. Four others, including one withabulletinjury,areundergoing treatment at the Mathabhanga hospital. In a separate incident in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE religion and a lingering undertone of alleged “love jihad”. It started with a 30-second video that Janaki and Naveen posted of them dancing, in their navy blue scrubs, to Boney M’s classic Rasputin, in the empty corridors of their college, that went viral. This week, a lawyer put up a Facebook post referring to their different religious backgrounds and cautioning Janaki’s parents. The outrage across the state in response has seen student unions in colleges organise similar dance competitions as their message against hate; a ‘Rasputin Challenge’ by the stu- A video grab of Janaki Omkumar, Naveen Razak dents’ unit of the Indian Medical Association inviting video entries on Instagram; and Milma, Kerala’s biggest milk cooperative,featuringJanakiandNaveen in a Facebook post titled “when you set hearts on fire”. AnoverwhelmedJanaki,who hasbeenbesiegedbyphonecalls andrequestsforselfies,aswellas gainedthousandsof followerson social media, says she and Naveenneveranticipatedthisreaction. Speaking on the phone from Thrissur, the third-year medical student says, “I read his (the lawyer’s) comments just CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CENTRAL Industrial SecurityForce(CISF)saiditsmen were forced to open fire near a polling booth in Cooch Behar in West Bengal on Saturday, leading to the death of four, as an attempt was made to snatch their weapons. According to CISF sources, a violent mob tried to disrupt polling in the Sitalkuchi Assembly segment at least twice. It was after the second attempt that CISF personnel fired, leading to the casualties. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, APRIL 10 AS MAHARASHTRA observed the first day of a weekend lockdown after five days of daytime restrictions and night curfews, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday indicated thatthestategovernmentwould likely impose a longer lockdown of up to 15 days to break the chain of infection, starting Monday, April 12. At a meeting of representa- tives from the rulingthree-party Maha Vikas Aghadi, and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, he sought the cooperation of all parties for any decision that the state will take in this regard. Thackeray was assured support by all those present, including formerChief Ministerandleader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis. Fadnavis demanded that the government spell out a detailed plan to allay the fears of people about job losses and livelihood CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS CHIEF Minister Arvind Kejriwal ruled out a lockdown, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Saturday evening announced a fresh set of curbs. These include a complete ban on all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious and festival-related gatherings; not more than 50 guests at marriages and 20 at funerals; upto 50%of capacity in public transport, restaurants, bars, cinema halls; and no spectators at sports events. Besides, all incoming passengers from Maharashtra will have to carry negative RT-PCR reports not older than three days. MORE REPORTS PAGE 4
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