DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SADAF MODAK & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, JUNE 17 Pradeep Sharma at NIA office Thursday. Ganesh Shirsekar Soni—hadcarriedoutthekilling. Special Judge Prashant Sitre sent the three men to NIA custody till June 28. With this, 10 people havebeen arrested in the case so far. The NIA said Mothkuri and Soni had smothered and killed Hiran in a red Tavera vehicle on March 4 and thrown his body into a creek. Two others arrested last week, Santosh Shelar and Anand Jadhav, are alleged to have been in the vehicle too. TheNIAsaidit hadrecovered the vehicle in which Hiran was killed and sent it for forensic analysis. The four men were given "huge amounts of cash" which has been recovered, and a probe is on to find out the source, it said. "AfterHiran’smurder,Sachin CONTINUEDONPAGE2 SAKSHI DAYAL GURGAON, JUNE 17 A42-YEAR-OLDmanfromJhajjar in Haryana succumbed to burn injuries sustained Wednesday night near the farm protest site at the Tikri border with Delhi, with his relatives alleging that fourmenassociatedwiththeagitation had set him on fire. The deceased has been identified as Mukesh, a bus driver, from Kasar village. Police said they have arrested one of the men named in the complaint filed by Mukesh's brother, Madan Lal. “We have arrested one of the accused,Krishan,whohailsfrom Jindandhadbeenmentionedby name in the FIR. He was participating in the farmers’ protest at the Tikri border,” said Inspector Jaibhagwan, Station House Officer (SHO) of Sector 6, where the FIR was registered on the basis of Lal’s complaint. “Investigationshaverevealed that the victim and the accused weredrinkingliquortogetheron Wednesday evening, when they got into an argument that escalated into a fight. It was during the fight that the accused set fire to thevictim. Efforts are on to arrest the other people involved in thecrime.Furtherinvestigations are being conducted,” he said. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, however, denied that farm protesters were responsible for the incident and appealed to the Haryana government to carry out a “fair investigation”. Describing Mukesh's death as CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY (Fromleft) Natasha Narwal,Devangana KalitaandAsif Iqbal Tanha outsidethegatesof TiharThursdayevening. Gajendra Yadav Hugs, cheers outside Tihar: ‘Still feel someone will come, arrest us… happy to see roads, people’ JIGNASA SINHA & ANAND MOHAN J NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 TWO DAYS after the Delhi High Court granted bail to student activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha–arrestedinMay2020for theirallegedroleintheNortheast Delhi riots conspiracy case and later booked under the UAPA anti-terror law — they were released on Thursday evening. While Narwal had got interim bail in May this year to attend her father’s funeral, and Tanha was out on two-week interim bail to write his exams, Kalita had not stepped out of jail in over a year. “Therewasthisanxiouswait... Abhi bhi lagta hai koi aayega (Istill feel like someone will come) and will arrest us. I am happy to step KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 KERALA BJP CHIEF BOOKED OVER BRIBERY CHARGES PAGE 7 out, see the roads and people. I want to thank the Delhi High Court. The points raised by them — right to dissent and protest — are very important. The past year was very difficult, but we were luckybecausewehadeachother,” said Kalita, soon after her release. “Wewereanxious,especially after the Delhi HC order and police delay. This was unexpected. Ithoughtweweren’tgoingtoget out.Today,theyclosedtheentire Serum could begin Covovax trial on children in India next month SERUM INSTITUTE of India (SII) is likely to begin clinical trials of Novavax’sCovid-19vaccinecandidate on children in July, sources at the Pune-based vaccine manufacturer said. The recombinant nanoparticle protein-based vaccine — NVX-CoV2373 — developed by the American biotechnology firm has been branded Covovax in India. SII, which is partnering with Novavax, expects to launch Covovax in India by September. Drive-through vaccination in Delhi Thursday. Abhinav Saha Earlier this week, Novavax announced excellent results fromitsPREVENT-19phase3trialsat119sitesintheUnitedStates and Mexico, reporting an overall efficacy of 90.4 per cent — on a par with Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’smRNAshots,andbetter than both OxfordAstraZeneca (Covishield) and Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine. A day after Novavax announceditstrialdata,DrVKPaul, head of India’s Covid-19 Task Force,hadurgedSIItobeginclinical trials in the paediatric population without delay, given the impressivesafetyprofiledemonstratedbythevaccinecandidate. “Thereisanimportant,interesting,andpositivedevelopment CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 women’s jail to let us out. We couldn’t meet other inmates,” said Narwal. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE OPENING THE UAPABLACKBOX BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA PAGE 8 THE CITY DAY AFTER BMC PROPOSES, MAYOR SAYS PROPERTY TAX WILL NOT BE INCREASED SUSHANT’S FLATMATE GETS INTERIM BAIL FOR WEDDING PAGE 3 ‘Toxic’ childhood to cycle factory to Indian hockey team for Tokyo Olympics PAGE 1 ANCHOR MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 AROUND 13 years ago, Savitri Devi enrolled the youngest of her three daughters at a hockey academy in Haryana’s Sonepat so that she could escape the “toxic” atmosphere at home. “My husband would get drunk, and become abusive and violent. Whenever he came home,my daughter usedto shut hereyes,closebothherearswith her fingers and hide behind me. That was no way to live. The hockey ground felt safer,” says Devi, who worked as a domestic helpandatacyclefactorytofeed her family. Today, that daughter is set to make her maiden appearance for India on the world’s biggest sporting stage — the Olympic Games. Neha Goyal, 24, is part of the16-memberIndianwomen’s hockey team that was announced Thursday for the Tokyo Games next month. From working alongside her mother and sisters at the cycle factory straightening spokes for about Rs 2,000 a month to Team India, it has been an incredible journey for the promising midfielder. “Her coach says this is a big `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Antilia case: Encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma among 3 arrested 42-yr-old dies of burns near Tikri protest site; family says was killed REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday arrested retired Mumbai Police officer Pradeep Sharma and two others for their alleged involvement in the Antilia bomb scare caseandthemurderof businessman Mansukh Hiran. TheNIAtoldtheSpecialCourt that Hiran was murdered at the behestof Sharmaanddismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze. It said the two others arrested on Thursday — Satish Tirupati Mothkuri and Manish ● Neha Goyal, 24, is headed to Tokyo for the Olympics next month. Express deal,” says Devi, now 55. “And I trust her.” She is talking about Pritam Siwach, an Arjuna Awardee and a member of India’s 2002 CWG gold medal-winning women’s team. Siwach, 46, runs a hockey academy in Sonepat -- a modest facility, a mid-sized ground with an uneven playing surface. "Neha was 11 when I spotted her loitering near the ground every day. She didn’t speak a lot. So one day, I gave her a skipping rope. She showed a lot of stamina so I thought, ‘why not try to teach her hockey?’” she recalls. Siwach promised Neha “two proper meals” if she would play. “I wanted to convince her parents so I went to her home, which wasn’t too far from the academy,” Siwach says. But,sheadds,Nehawas“embarrassed” to invite her. “It was basically just one very small, dimly lit room. If you took 10 small steps, you’d hit a wall,” Siwach says. There was a small TV on a wooden plank on one corner, a makeshift kitchen on the other side, and a cot. The family of five lived next to an open drain. In an earlier interview, Neha had recalled her struggles: “All I remember is my father coming home drunk and things getting out of control. He didn’t have a job.” And yet, her teammates confide, she has always been CONTINUEDONPAGE2 40:30:30 FORMULA SUBMITTED IN SC Marks of Classes 10 and 11 will count in Class 12, results out by July 31 Students not satisfied with assessment formula have the option of taking exams later; court accepts scheme CBSE’S ASSESSMENT PLAN ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & ARANYA SHANKAR NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 ENDING UNCERTAINTY over results of the Class 12boardexaminationshitbytheCovid-19pandemic, the CBSE informed the Supreme Court Thursday that marksforthetheorycomponent will be calculated according to a 40:30:30 formula based on the student’sperformanceinClasses 12, 11 and 10, respectively. For the practical and internal assessmentcomponent,thestudent will be assessed according totheactualmarkssubmittedby the school to CBSE. Schools will have to finalise the results and upload marks on the Board’s link by July 15, after which CBSE will declare the results by July 31. Students not satisfied with such an assessment process CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Max TOTAL MARKS Class 10 Class 11 Class 12 Marks* 30% 30% 80 70 60 50 30 24 21 18 15 9 24 21 18 15 9 Theory Practical 40% max marks 32 20 28 30 24 40 20 50 12 70 Total 52 58 64 70 82 * Maximum marks for theory vary depending on the subject. While Maths, History, languages etc carry max of 80 marks for theory and 20 for practicals, Carnatic Music (Vocal) and Comp Science, for instance, carry a maximum of 30 for theory and 70 for practicals The solution,the option THIS FORMULA, which the SC has also accepted, ends the uncertainty over the Class 12 results with students getting ready to apply for college admission. Students not satisfied with this formula have the option to take the examination “when the situation is conducive”. Delhi Police officers showed up in Bengaluru, quizzed Twitter MD for 2 hours in Cong ‘toolkit’ case MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 A TEAM of the Delhi Police Special Cell visited Bengaluruon May31 to question Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari in connection with posts by BJP leaders alleging a “Congress toolkit” plot, which had led the Congress to lodge a complaint of “forgery”. Police had earlier visited Twitter India’s office in New Delhi, and summoned the Congress’s social media head Rohan Gupta and party spokesperson M V Rajeev Gowda,whofiledthecomplaint. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, whose tweet was among those flagged by Twitter as “manipulated”, is yet to be summoned for questioning. A senior officer said the New Delhi Range of the Special Cell had approached Maheshwari days after police tried to serve a notice on Twitter at the social media company’s offices in the National Capital Region. The police team had failed to locate the company’s Gurgaon office, and had found the one in Delhi locked on May 24. “Another notice was sent to Maheshwaribytheinvestigating officer to join the investigation and, this time, the IO told him that they would come to his house for questioning,” the officer said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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