eye MCS/204/2020-22RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE LET’S CALL IT QUITS MUMBAI,LATECITY Steadfastness is a virtue, but only if it doesn’t come at a personal cost. Letting go is the new script PAGES 12, 13, 14 SEPTEMBER19,2021 16PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM KEY PUNJAB CLP MEET TODAY; DRAMA JUST MONTHS BEFORE POLLS ` 104 per kilo ` 132 per kilo ` 163 per kilo ` 60 per Dozen The Indian Express wishes its readers a Happy Anant Chaturdashi We are closed today. There will be no edition of the newspaper on Monday, September 20, 2021. Kabul bomber was deported by India 5 yrs ago: Magazine with IS links EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 A MAGAZINE known to be associated with the Islamic State has claimedthatthesuicidebomber who targeted the Kabul airport as it thronged with people seeking to leave last month, killing over 200 people, had been arrested in India five years ago and then deported to Afghanistan. Identifying the bomber as “Abdur Rahman al-logri”, the pro-IS magazine Sawt-al-Hind (Voiceof India)said,“Thebrother wasarrested5yearsagoinIndia, when hehad traveled to Delhi to carry out an Istishadhi (martyrdom)operationontheciw(cow) worshipping Hindus in revenge for Kashmir.” The magazine said it was he who was behind the Kabul airport bombing, adding thatit had killed 250 people, including 13 Americans and a dozen “apostate” Taliban. SourcesintheIndiansecurity establishment did not confirm or deny the claims made by the magazine. In 2017, the Indian intelligenceagencieshaddeported an Afghan national staying in Lajpat Nagar, Delhi, on suspicions of working for the Islamic State, and the US forces had CONTINUEDONPAGE2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 THE NEW CHIEF Bhupendra Patel’s dizzying rise — from a young man who sold firecrackers, to owner of a construction firm, to 17th CM of Gujarat Forcedtoquit,Capthitsout:Sidhu isanti-national...myoptionsopen CM misread early signs, leadership kicked the can until it was too late Sunil Jakhar may be new CM; 78 of 80 Cong MLAs attend CLP meet KANCHAN VASDEV MANRAJ GREWAL SHARMA CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 18 AFTER A months-long drama thatplayedoutfromChandigarh to Delhi, Congress veteran Amarinder Singh Saturday resigned as Chief Minister of Punjab, stating he was feeling “humiliated” by the party leadership and suggesting that all courses of action were open to him. He also made it clear that hewouldopposeanyattemptby the Congress to name Navjot Singh Sidhu as his replacement, calling him an "anti-national" and"dangerous"forthecountry. Consensus seemed to be emerging on Saturday night around Sunil Jakhar as the new CM, though the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) failed to reach a decision. Amarinder'sresignationcame minutesbeforetheMLAswereto meet at the Punjab party headquarters. The emergency CLP meeting, ostensibly to remove him,wasannouncedbyCongress Punjabin-chargeHarishRawaton Friday night. Amarinder claimed hehadnotbeeninformeddespite being the CLP leader, and hinted that it was the last straw. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 18 THEFIRSTwarningsignhadcome very early, on August 8, 2017, barely five months after CaptainAmarinderSingh took charge as Chief Minister of Punjab. As manyas33newlyelected MLAs wrote him a letter seeking a probe into the allegedroleofformerAkaliminister Bikram Singh Majithia in a drugs case citing statements to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh after submitting his resignation, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Kamleshwar Singh On road, Capt looks down from posters but his is an absence amid talk of crises VANDITA MISHRA AMRITSAR, SEPTEMBER 18 ACROSS AMRITSAR, especially along thewider avenues outside the walled city, Captain Amarinder Singh looks down from tall billboards, wearing a slight, close-mouthed smile. As in the Modi poster — which is conspicuously absent in this city — Singh is framed alone, against a stark single-colour backdrop, and next to his photo, is a government achievement or claim. “Sarkari schoolan ‘ch muft sikhia (free education in government schools)”. Or “Sarkari schoolan ‘ch pre primary classan shuru (pre-primary classes startedingovernmentschools)”, among others. But talk to students and the young, and their parents, across sections and classes in the city, and it is clear that a much more compelling message is to be found in the ubiquitous advertisements of coaching centres thatpromisetopreparestudents CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT & POLITICS Ajay Maken, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Harish Rawat and Harish Chaudhary in Chandigarh on Saturday. Kamleshwar Singh PAGE 7 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 THE CONGRESS central leadership’s decision to replace Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Saturday signalled that the “weak” high command, often faultedforitsindecisiveness,isbeginningtoassertitselfwithRahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra playing key roles. The decision has triggered a debate within the party and leadersaresharplydividedonits merit. Many of the leaders of the G-23 grouping, for instance, are unhappy with his ouster. Some of them have already reached outtohim.Thebigquestionnow is: Will there be leadership change in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh too where factions have been at loggerheads? In Punjab’s case, the party leadership, sources said, proceeded with so much care and caution that all legal pros and cons of replacing Singh were weighed even late Friday night. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Another arrest in ‘terror plot’, police say Journalist held for error in accused was working with Chhota Shakeel report gets bail, court says JAYPRAKASH S NAIDU & MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 DAYS AFTER six men, including two allegedly trained by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), were arrested in connection with a terror plot, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, Delhi Police and intelli- gence officials conducted a joint operationtoarrestanallegedassociate of Chhota Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim’s right-hand man. The accused, Zakir Hussain Shaikh, was arrested by the ATS from Jogeshwari in Mumbai, with officials claiming that he was coordinating with Chhota Shakeel and that he was also in touch with one of the six arrested accused, Dharavi resident Jaan Mohammed alias Sameer Kaliya (47). Officials also said that Shaikh’syoungerbrother,whois currently in Pakistan and closely working with Chhota Shakeel, had in 2001 planned to target senior BJP leader LK Advani but fledtotheneighbouringcountry when the plan was foiled. Police allege that Shaikh, who has been booked under the UAPA, was informed by his youngerbrotherthattheISIwere CONTINUEDONPAGE2 All-weather border outposts: Ministries in blame game as Ladakh project fails ITBP,MHAofficialssayBOPinsulation, construction poor;NPCCrejectscharge DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 ATAtimewhenIndiantroopsare still in a faceoff with the Chinese alongtheLineofActualControlin easternLadakh,aninfrastructure projectfortroopsguardingtheregion has turned out to be a nonstarterafterfiveyearsofworkand investment of crores of rupees. And the failure of the project has also pitted two key ministries of the government — Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Jal Shakti — against each other. The project involved construction of over 40 integrated Border Outposts (BOPs) an- nounced by the government in 2015. These BOPs were supposed to be the first of their kind in the region with freeze-proof toilets, running water and temperature maintained above 22 degree Celsius at all times. Theprojectwasseenasasignificantstepinimprovingborder infrastructure for troops on the frontline at a time when infrastructureontheChinesesidewas seen to be years ahead of India. ThefirstBOP, as apilotforthe project, was sanctioned to be built for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Lukung, on the western bank of Pangong Tso. The lake area saw serious confrontation between Indian and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rahul, Priyanka move sparks debate, turns lens on Jaipur, Raipur MANOJ C G THE REBEL MAJHA BRIGADE, LED BY MINISTERS WHO WERE HANDPICKED BY AMARINDER ADMISSION OF FAILURE, DESPERATE BID TO SALVAGE SITUATION: OPP theEnforcementDirectorate.That letter gathered dust. Saturday, monthsbeforetheAssemblyelectionsarenotified,comestheCM’s resignation in a burst of anger. Between these two points is the journey of a powerful Chief Ministerwho,criticssay, failed to sense resentment on the ground; who saw in dissenting voicesmerelyambitious rivals and a high command that kept kicking the political can down the road — untilitwastoolate. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The construction of over 40 integrated border outposts was announced by the government in 2015 ‘nothing to create enmity’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 18 ADAYaftertheAmbalaPolicearrestedajournalistoveranerrorin areportaboutthearrestofaterror suspect, a court granted him bail, saying“therewasnothing...which can create enmity between classes”, as claimed in the FIR. Police had arrested reporter Sunil Brar and booked News EditorSandeepSharmaof Dainik Bhaskar newspaper,on the complaint of a sub-inspector, under Sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 177 (furnishing false information), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Babul Supriyo with TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata on Saturday. ANI RELATEDREPORT,PAGE6 2 months after he was dropped at Centre, BJP MP Supriyo joins TMC ATRI MITRA & LIZ MATHEW KOLKATA, NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 TWO MONTHS after he was removed as Union Minister of State, sitting BJP MP Babul Supriyo Saturday joined the Trinamool Congress, admitting hewasdisappointedatwhathad happened despite his "hard work and good work". Supriyo, who was removed as part of a major rejig in the Narendra Modi Council of Ministers in July, said he would resign as MP. "I will do whatever is right politically and ethically. I will work as per the leadership's instructions." Speaking to The Sunday Express,Supriyosaidhehadbeen unhappy that, "after my hard work and good work, it (the removal) happened to me". "I, like many others, feel I did some good work as MoS." He said TMC MP Derek O' Brien, who was "a good friend", hadaskedhimifhewantedtojoin the TMC. "It was unexpected... I can just say that I responded to a good opportunity." CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UP village empties out as 12 die after fever; officials test for dengue, malaria PAGE 1 ANCHOR ASAD REHMAN KANPUR, SEPTEMBER 18 SILENCE ENVELOPS Kursauli village under Kalyanpur Block of Kanpur Nagar district on Saturday afternoon, with many houses locked. With panic spreading due to the death of at least 12 people in the last one monthhereduetoa“mysterious fever”, many have left. On Saturday, another death was reported, of village head Amit Singh's aunt Geeta, 40. Anil Kumar (40), who works at a private company in Kanpur city, says his children and wife are at his in-laws’ house, while he stayed behind to look after their buffalo. “If people did not havecattleandfarms,thevillage would have been empty. There is not a single house which does nothavecasesof fever,andmany have gone to houses of relatives. Some have even rented houses in nearby areas,” says Kumar. A list prepared by health officials shows the first death due to the“mysterious fever”to beof 14-year-old Tannu Prajapati, on August 20. Nine of the other 11 deadwereyounggirlsorwomen — Parwati (62), Julie (23), Sonali (19), Laxmi Prajapati (40), Laxmi Devi (45), Chama Tiwari (28), Urmila(35),NirmalaTewari(65), Vaishnavi (11). The two men who died were Shiv Ram Prajapati (56) and Maan Singh (55). Geeta Singh's death is still to be recorded. Additional Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Kanpur Nagar district Dr Subodh Prakash admitted they were yet to figure outtheexactcauseof thedeaths. "Most of the people who died were not tested for dengue or malaria, while all those who tested positive for dengue have Following the deaths, officials said they were carrying out fogging in Kursauli village, Kanpur. Vishal Srivastav recovered. Zero malaria cases have been found in the tests done,” Prakash said, adding that a three-member committee has been set up under the District Public Health Expert to do a death audit. “The neighbouring villages don’t have this problem," he pointed out. Tannu's father is a daily wager, like most earning members in this village of around 1,200 people. Says her sister Arti, “At least four people in the family hadfever.TannufellillonAugust 18, and died while we were taking her to Hallett (Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital).Ourbrotherwhoisfive recovered." Pradeep Tewari, 48, a farmer, says that at least 50 of the 180odd houses in the village are locked. Tewari's aunt Nirmala Tiwari (65) and sister-in-law Chama Tewari (28) died following fever, within days of each other. He drops his voice saying he doesn't want to alarm family members still battling the fever, including his uncle Chandrashekhar (70), who is on oxygen support at home. Sarpanch Amit Singh says theyareinshockabouthisaunt's death. “She was healthy. When shecaughtafeverthreedaysago, we took her to a private hospital. Her situation worsened and she was referredtoanotherhospital, whereshepassedaway,"hesays. Mohini Gupta's daughter Vaishnavihasbeentheyoungest casualty. The 11-year-old died within three days of getting the fever. “She had a stomach ache, was vomiting and had a high fever. My younger son also fell ill but recovered. We spent more than Rs 1 lakh on the treatment, borrowingfromlocalsandmoneylenders,” says Gupta. Her husbandsells chaat from acart,sheadds."Howwillwerepay that money?" CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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