DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 NOTE VERBALE SENT TO PAK AUTHORITIES Hours before Jammu incident, drone over Indian mission in Pak MEA: We expect probe, no recurrence; Pak rejects charge, says no proof given BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ARUN SHARMA & KRISHN KAUSHIK Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat at his residence in New Delhi on Friday, before leaving for Dehradun. Praveen Khanna A video grab of Ved Prakash Surya with Kapil Mishra on February 23 last year MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 2 AMONG THOSE who have sent a request to be considered for ‘President’s Police Medal for Gallantry’ from Delhi Police ranks is former DCP, Northeast Delhi, Ved Prakash Surya, who was photographed standing alongside BJP leader Kapil Mishra as the latter gave a controversial speech at a pro-CAA rally on February 23 last year, a day before riots broke out in Northeast Delhi. Surya has sought the award saying he had saved the lives of hundreds of people as well as properties and performed "extraordinary"workduringtheriots. Around 25 police officers, including Surya, his JCP Alok Kumar and subordinates have put their case before the headquarters for the award. Sources said most of them have cited their role during the riots. The President’s Police Medal for Gallantry is awarded for acts of "saving life and property", or "inpreventingcrimeorarresting criminals". “The proposal is sent from the district to the police headquarters, where it is put up before a committee of senior officers and finally approved by the Delhi Police Commissioner. The file is next sent to the Home Department and then the Union Ministry of HomeAffairs,”asenior police officer said. Sources said Surya had applied a few days ago, and his application had been forwarded to theheadquartersalongwiththat of 24 police officers. "Besides this, 23 police CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LALMANI VERMA & LIZ MATHEW DEHRADUN, NEW DELHI, JULY 2 UTTARAKHAND CHIEF Minister Tirath Singh Rawat resigned late on Friday night, less than four months after taking over, and hours after holding a press conferencetotalkabouttheachievements of his government. Rawat reached Raj Bhavan at around 11 pm with Cabinet colleaguesandhandedoverhisresignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya,citingtheconstitutional provision requiring him to get elected to the Assembly within sixmonths,andtheunlikelihood of that. The BJP has called a meeting of its legislative group on Saturday afternoon at the party headquarters in Dehradun. Speaking to mediapersons after submitting his resignation, Rawat thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home MinisterAmitShahandBJPpresident J P Nadda for trusting him with the post. “Considering the constitutional crisis... I found it appropriate to resign," he said. Rawat had returned to Dehradun just hours earlier, after three days in Delhi, where he metNaddatwiceandShahonce. Amidstuncertaintyoverhiscontinuance in the post, this had been Rawat’s third visit to Delhi within a month. Rawat, who continues to be an MP, had been handpicked by the central leadership as CM, in place of Trivendra Singh Rawat, afterthelatterranfoulof theRSS as well as many within the BJP. Having been sworn in on March 10, he had time to get elected as CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP’s Adhikari at SG house, sets off firestorm — and raises questions Bengal post-poll violence: HC orders filing of cases and relief for victims EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, JULY 2 WestBengalGovernorJagdeepDhankhar,ChiefMinister MamataBanerjeeandSpeakerBimanBanerjeeaheadofthe AssemblysessioninKolkataonFriday. ParthaPaul TMC demands resignation, SG Mehta says he was there but didn’t meet APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, JULY 2 THREE TRINAMOOL Congress MPs wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, asking that Tushar Mehta be removed as Solicitor General of India for having allegedly met BJP MP Suvendu Adhikari, who is under investigation by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate, at his residence this week. That the country’s secondhighest law officer granted an “audience” to Adhikari “not only reeks of impropriety but also raises the question of integrity and taints the post occupied by the Learned Solicitor General,” the MPs, Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, and Mahua Moitra, wrote. Mehta confirmed that Adhikari had visited his residence on Thursday, but denied that he had a “meeting” with the BJP leader. “Shri Suvendu Adhikari did cometomyresidencecumoffice yesterday at around 3 pm, unannounced,” the SG said in a statement issued on Friday. “Since I was already in a prescheduled meeting in mychamber,my staff requested him to sit in the waiting room of my office building and offered him a cup of tea. When my meeting was over and thereafter my PPS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CALCUTTA High Court on Friday directed West Bengal police to register cases in all incidents of violence that took place aftertheAssemblyelections,and asked the state government to ensure medical treatment and rations to victims. A five-judge Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justices IP Mukerji, HarishTandon,SoumenSen,and Subrata Talukdar issued the order based on the recommendations of a committee of the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC), which had submitted its report to the court on June 30. “The police is directed to register cases in all matters which haveeitherbeenreportedtoitor have been placed before the NHRC or any other authority/Commission. Steps be taken to get the statements of the victims recorded under section 164 CrPC immediately, as per law,” the order said. “The State shall make all arrangements for medical CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JAMMU, NEW DELHI, JULY 2 Explosives were dropped in a drone attack on the Indian Air Force Station in Jammu last week. PTI file E SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 2 Headache before ● polls INDIA-PAKISTAN relations were back under the spotlight Friday afteritemergedthatonthenight of June 26, hours before two dronesdroppedexplosivesonan IAF base in Jammu early June 27, a drone was spotted over the premises of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The drone hovered over the High Commission premises where Indian diplomats and TIRATH SINGH Rawat’s resignation so close to elections is not likely to end BJP’s woes in Uttarakhand. Choosing a new CM will set off fresh tremors in the faction-ridden state unit, and explaining the frequent change of guard to the electorate won’t be an easy task. diplomats from other countries had gathered last Saturday for a party to commemorate “India @75”, part of the year-long celebrations to mark 75 years of independence, The Indian Express has learnt. Some Pakistan nationals too were present at the event being held outdoors in line with the Covid-19 protocol. Whenthedronewasspotted, sources said, security personnel at the High Commission immediatelyraisedanalarm.Theyalso CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THEREISa“strong”suspicionthat the Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind Sundaymorning’sdroneterrorattackontheIndianAirForceStation inJammu,butthe“involvement” of Pakistani agencies cannot be ruled out, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbagh Singh said on Friday. This is because another IED attack had been planned by the Lashkar at a crowded place in Jammu that same evening, the police chief told reporters. “We have a strong suspicion that the LeT is involved in this case,” Singh said. “Since the LeT outfit is run from Pakistan, in a wayPakistan’sinvolvementcannot be ruled out,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Another encounter in Kashmir; soldier, 5 Lashkar militants killed WORLD EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SRINAGAR, JULY 2 U.S. HANDS BAGRAM AIRFIELD TO AFGHANS AFTER NEARLY 20 YEARS UK REGULATOR SHARES COVISHIELD DATA WITH EU PAGE 14 INTHEfifthfiercegunfightinthe Valley in 10 days, five Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT) militants, including a commander, and an Army soldier were killed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama. Policeidentifiedtheslainmilitants as Nishaz Ahmad Lone, Danish Manzoor, Amir Wagay, MehranManzoorandAbuRehan. WhileLonewasthe‘districtcom- mander’ of the LeT, Rehan was a Pakistani, police said. In a statement released by police,IGP,Kashmir,VijayKumar called the operation a big success. The dead jawan wasidentifiedasKashiRao.Hewasairlifted to the Army’s Base Hospital in Srinagar, but succumbed to his wounds. Ajointteamof theJ&KPolice, Army and paramilitary forces hadcordonedoff HanjinRajpora village in Pulwama on Thursday night following inputs about the presence of militants there. Police said that as they were zeroing in on a house holding the militants,thelatteropenedindiscriminate fire in a bid to escape. The gunfight went on throughthenight.Policesaidthe trapped militants were given an option to surrender but they refused. "Due to darkness, the operation was suspended. However, the cordon remained intact throughout the night. Today, in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CDS calls Air Force a Vaccine allowed during support arm; IAF chief pregnancy: women may disagrees, says huge role make ‘informed choice’ KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JULY 2 REKINDLING THE debate on the roles within the proposed integrated theatre commands, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, Friday described the Air Force as a “support arm” but IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKSBhadauriadisagreed,saying “airpower has a huge role”. Speaking at an event organised by the Global Counter TerrorismCouncil,GeneralRawat said the “Air Force is required to provide support to the ground forces”and“donotforgetthatAir Force continues to remain a supporting arm to the armed forces, justasartillerysupportortheen- Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat gineer support the combatant arms in the Army”. “They will be a supporting arm.Buttheyhaveacharter,they have an air defence charter and supporting the ground forces in times of operations. This is the basic charter which they have to understand,” he said. Speaking at the same event later, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, without referring to the remarks of the CDS, said: “It CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JULY 2 FIVE-AND-A-HALF months into the immunisation programme againstCovid-19,IndiaonFriday allowed vaccination for pregnant women, paving the way for theentireadultpopulationof the country to be vaccinated. TheUnionHealthMinistryaccepted the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory GrouponImmunisation(NTAGI) to allow pregnant women to make an “informed choice” on taking the vaccine. The decision followed national-level consultations “to build consensus on Covid vaccination of pregnant women”, the Ministry said. TheMinistryhadsaidonMay 19 that vaccination was recommended for lactating women. Whether pregnant women could be vaccinated was under deliberation by NTAGI, it had said at the time. On Friday, the Ministry said: “The consultation unanimously welcomedtherecommendation of NTAGI to vaccinate pregnant women. The consultation included professional bodies like FOGSI (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India), representatives of State Governments,CSOs(civilsociety organisations), NGOs, Development Partner agencies, and technical experts.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12.5 lakh pvt school students ‘missing’, Haryana sounds alert Class1 Class3 Class5 Class7 Class9 7,030 7,386 Total 1,41,714 8,023 12,140 14,327 16,556 17,002 16,652 17,065 OVER 12.5 lakh students of privateschoolsinHaryanahavenot enrolled for the current academic session almost three months after it began, prompting the Directorate of School Education tosend out adirective to district officials expressing "apprehensions"thattheymight have dropped out. The data submitted by private schools to the Haryana Education Department shows that 17.31 lakh students had enrolled for the 2021-22 academic NO. OF STUDENTS WHO MIGRATED FROM PVT SCHOOLS TO GOVT IN LAST TWO MONTHS 16,234 CHANDIGARH, JULY 2 session as of June 28, against 29.83lakhlastyear.Thestatehas 14,500 government schools and 8,900 private schools. The directive by the Directorate of School Education this week says, “(The details) of as many as 12.51 lakh students, who used to study in private schools,hasnotbeenupdatedon MIS (management information system).You are directed tohold meetings with heads/managements of private schools to get updated the data of these 12.51 lakh students so that the apprehensions of their dropping out can be minimised." Officials say some of these 7,867 SUKHBIR SIWACH 1,432 PAGE 1 ANCHOR Rawat resigns, BJP to have third CM in Uttarakhand in four months E X P L A I NE D Officer in Kapil Mishra video, others seek medals for riot duties in Delhi Suspect LeT, but can’t rule out Pak hand in IAF base terror: DGP Class11 Source: Haryana Education Department A still from a video of teachers urging people to send their children to government schools, in Batta village in Kaithal district children might not have been enrolled by the schools themselves over fee issues, and some could have moved to government schools. However, there willbeotherswhohavedropped out as they have no access to the online mode during the pandemic-induced lockdown, said an official. “Students, especially from rural areas, might have found it difficult to continue their studies. Further, a large numberof peoplehavelosttheir jobs during the pandemic," the official added. Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar told The Indian Express he was surprised by the "huge gap" in the number of those enrolled this year and the last academic session. "We will get the issue examined.” Ram Mehar, member of the management of a private school in a Fatehabad village, said, “The general belief is that schools won’t open this year also. Under these circumstances, some private school students, mainly from junior classes, have not joined any school for the ongoing session." RajeshChaubara,alabouractivist from Chaubara village of Fatehabaddistrict,saidheknows many who are not able to send CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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