10042017-TTC-01.qxd 4/10/2017 1:35 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday,april 10, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 98 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Jhinda ousted as HSGMC president 8 killed, 7% vote in Srinagar 100 security men injured as polling stations attacked Ehsan Fazili & Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar/Budgam, April 9 The byelection to the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency was marred by violence today with at least eight protesters killed and 200 injured in clashes in Budgam, even as the polling percentage stood at a mere 7.1 per cent, the lowest since the rise of militancy in the Nineties. The violence occurred despite tight security arrangements and snapping of Internet services. The separatists have called for a two-day shutdown beginning tomorrow against the killings. As soon as polling began at 7 am in the three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, that comprise the Srinagar parliamentary constituency, a large number of polling stations were India, China navies thwart pirate attack Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 9 Even as India and China spar over the visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, the navies of the two countries coordinated on the high seas to jointly save a merchant ship from being attacked by pirates off the coast of Aden in the Arabian Sea. The Indian Navy and China’s People’s Liberation Army (Navy) jointly acted to thwart a pirate attack on board 21,000-tonne bulk carrier OS35. The 178-metre ship on way from Kelong (Malaysia) to Ade, was attacked on Saturday night and the ship captain sent out a distress signal. Indian Navy ships Mumbai, Tarkash, Trishul and Aditya responded to the call and rapidly closed in on the merchant vessel in the early hours today, establishing contact with the captain. An Indian Navy helicopter, launched from INS Mumbai, undertook aerial reconnaissance at night and yet again at sunrise, only to realise that the pirates may have fled. INS Mumbai provided air cover to the distressed merchant vessel while PLA Navy ship Yulin sent in a team of 18 to sanitise the merchant ship. The merchant vessel was safe, Indian Navy spokesperson Capt DK Sharma said. Related report on page 7 Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. attacked, electronic voting machines (EVMs) damaged, polling officials thrashed and stones hurled at security personnel. “It was not a good day for us,” Chief Electoral Officer Shantamanu admitted. He said there had been 200 incidents of violence. One polling booth was set ablaze and an attempt made to set another on fire. Several booths, where EVMs were damaged, had to be shut. “Vehicles carrying security forces and polling staff were set afire and there were several incidents of firing. At least 17 civilians and over 100 security personnel were injured,” he said. In the remote Hardu Dulwan in Char-e-Sharief area of Budgam bordering Pulwama, protesters attacked a polling booth. A security man opened fire, wounding four, including 15-year-old Faizan Dar and Jan Mohammad, who succumbed to their injuries later. The others killed were identified as Nissar Ahmed of Beerwa, Shabir Ahmed of Daulatpora Chadoora, Adil Farooq Sheikh of Chak Kawoosa, Aqib Wani of Churmura Beerwa and Aamir of Sogam Chadoora. Umar Ganai, 18, who was injured in clashes in Barsoo Ganderbal, died late in the evening. Except for security personnel, only a few civilians were seen on Budgam roads. At Ari Panthan, the native place of PDP candidate Nazir Khan, only three of the 1,700 votes had been polled till 10.45 am. Youths who came to cast their vote wore masks. In Srinagar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, who is pitted against Nazir Khan and seven more, was among the first to cast his ballot at the Model polling station in Burnhall School. His son Omar Abdullah, the NC working president and former CM, also voted. “Have contested 6 elections over 20 years & have never seen this level of violence in elections in Kashmir,” Omar tweeted later. There were no queues at polling stations in Srinagar's downtown areas which have frequently witnessed demonstrations and clashes. Women voters, accompanying their children, were seen in good numbers only at one of the polling stations at SP College. But in the Kangan Assembly segment of Ganderbal, enthusiastic voters, both young and old, stood in long queues to cast their vote. The CEO said any decision on the polling in these booths would be taken by the ECI soon. more on page 11 Barring Delhi, brisk polling in 8 Assembly seats Bhoranj (HP): 63.26% voters turned out to elect one of the five candidates in the fray. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of veteran BJP leader ID Dhiman Rajouri Garden (Delhi): 47% turnout was witnessed with 38 snag-hit VVPAT machines being replaced. It was a three-cornered contest among AAP, BJP and Congress. AAP legislator Jarnail Singh had vacated the seat to contest in Punjab polls Dholpur (Rajasthan): 82.13% polling was recorded across 231 polling stations. The seat fell vacant after BSP MLA Banwari Lal Kushwaha was convicted in a murder case Ater 60% & Bandhavgarh 65% (MP): Firing incidents were reported from two places after Congress and BJP workers clashed in Ater Assembly seat, injuring six. The MP election commission, however, dismissed reports of booth capturing Dhemaji (Assam): 66.97% 11 EVMs and 20 VVPAT machines had to be replaced after snag. Seat fell vacant after election of BJP MLA Pradan Baruah to the Lok Sabha Kanthi Dakshin (WB): 82% The seat in East Midnapore district was vacated by TMC MLA Dibyendu Adhikari, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from Tamluk seat Gundlupet 78% & Nanajanagud 76% (K’taka): The Gundlupet seat fell vacant after Cooperation Minister Mahadeva Prasad died, while Congress MLA V Srinivas Prasad quit Nanjanagud seat after being dropped from ministry PTI YAWAR KABLI PTI Protesters set a bus carrying polling staff afire in Kanihama, while they hurled stones at security forces during clashes even as EVMs were damaged and dumped during the Srinagar bypoll on Sunday. Mohan Bhagwat Pan-India law ‘must against cow slaughter’ New Delhi, April 9 RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today advocated a nationwide law against cow slaughter, calling it a “vice” that must be removed, but condemned violence by cow protection groups as it “defames” the cause. He also pitched for stepping up of cow protection efforts by bringing more people in the drive while "completely obeying the law and the Constitution". His remarks at an event to observe the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira came against the backdrop of the lynching of a Muslim man by cow vigilantes in Alwar in BJP-ruled Rajasthan that sparked protests from Opposition parties and put the saffron party on the defensive. “Nothing should be done while protecting cows that hurts the belief of some people. Nothing should be done that is violent. It only defames the efforts of cow protectors... The work of cow conservation should be carried out while completely obeying the law and the Constitution,” he said. Bhagwat said many states where RSS functionaries, a reference to BJP leaders with RSS background, have been in power have enacted such a law and expressed confidence that other governments will follow suit by dealing with local “complexities”. “Our wish is that there should be a law against cow slaughter across India,” he said. In several northeastern states, cow slaughter is not banned while beef is consumed widely. — PTI Kaithal: The rival faction of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC ad hoc) on Sunday appointed Didar Singh Nalvi as its president. At an emergency meeting at Neem Sahib gurdwara, 28 of the 41 HSGMC executive members decided to remove Jagdish Singh Jhinda from the post. Chandeep Singh Khurana, HSGMC’s legal cell head, said the executive committee would meet on May 7 to elect the new president, general secretary and other office-bearers. TNS Actor accused of assault, denies New Delhi: A man has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against Arjun Rampal, claiming the actor assaulted him with a camera flash at a nightclub, but the star has denied it. Shobhit claimed the incident took place at 3.30 am on Sunday when Rampal was being clicked. The actor allegedly grabbed the camera flash and threw it towards the crowd, injuring Shobhit. On Twitter, Rampal said he had no clue about the assault. PTI TN bypoll cancelled New Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday night cancelled the April 12 bypoll to the RK Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu, saying the electoral process had been ‘seriously vitiated’ by parties through the use of money power. The EC said the byelection would be held in ‘due course when the vitiating effect gets removed’. PTI
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