07092017-TT-01.qxd 9/6/2017 10:28 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, september 7, 2017 jammu & kashmir chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 247 | 16 pages | ~3.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Grief, anger and resolve: ‘Enough’ Stop vigilantism in Journalist laid to rest with state honours; K’taka forms SIT, to protect ‘free thinkers’ name of cow: SC Bengaluru/New Delhi, Sept 6 The cold-blooded murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru unleashed outrage across the country today, even as the Karnataka Government set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the killing. The media fraternity and members of civil society staged protests in Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and several other cities. As the slain journalist was laid to rest in Bengaluru with state honours, ‘Gauri Lankesh amar rahe’ and ‘Gauri Lankesh zindabad’ chants filled the air. The damp weather made the mood even more sombre. A large number of people thronged the crematorium to pay their last respects, the rain washing away their tears. Unidentified motorcycleborne assailants had on Tuesday night pumped bullets into 55-year-old Gauri, known for her Left-leanings and forthright views against Hindutva politics, sending shock waves in poll-bound Karnataka. Calling the murder an “organised crime”, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced an SIT headed by Inspector General BK Singh, saying his government was open to a CBI probe, as sought by the slain journalist’s family. He instructed the police to give States to appoint senior police officers in each district Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Gauri Lankesh 1962-2017 MORE REPORTS ON PAGE 7 Gauri Lankesh’s mother Indira, brother Indrajit and sister Kavitha grieve near mortal ramains. PTI protection to free thinkers and those involved in the Left movement. On the evidence so far, he said of the four CCTV cameras installed at Gauri’s house, one had captured the image of a person wearing a helmet entering the gate and firing at her. Meanwhile, amid wide- spread condemnation, the Centre sought a detailed report from the Karnataka Government on the killing. The US Embassy in New Delhi too issued a statement condemning the murder. In the national capital, scores of journalists, who gathered at the Press Club of India, demanded justice amid calls for standing up to “forces” trying to “muzzle” the voices of dissent. Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta called it “a defining moment” in the history of Indian media. In Bengaluru, journalists took out a march, saying, “We strongly believe that such silencing methods are an attempt of divisive forces in a democratic system to stifle the media.” As politicians condemned the murder, those from the BJP and Congress were locked in a spat. After a stint with ToI, Sunday and a Telugu TV channel, Gauri took over the mantle from her father P Lankesh, a progressive writer, to run Lankesh Patrike. She started her tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike in 2005. — PTI edit: Murder of dissent New Delhi, September 6 Amid rising incidents of cow vigilantism from various parts of the country, the Supreme Court today asked states to appoint a senior police officer in every district as a nodal officer to stop violence in the name of cow protection. The order came from a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra, which said: “The senior police officer shall take prompt action and will ensure vigilante groups and such people are prosecuted with promptitude.” “Steps have to be taken to stop this…. Some kind of planned action is required so that vigilantism does not grow… Efforts have to be made to stop such vigilantism. How they (states) will do it, is their business but this must stop,” the Bench said after senior counsel Indira Jaising submitted on behalf of petitioner Tushar Gandhi that there had been 66 incidents of mob lynching and assault since July. Tushar Gandhi, greatgrandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has moved the top court seeking direction to states to check cow vigilantism. A Punjab vigilante group member unloads a cow from a truck. FILE Activist Tehseen S Poonawalla too has approached the court on the issue. Directing states to comply with its order within a week, the Bench said the nodal officers would have to ensure that cow vigilantes did not become a law unto themselves. Refusing to accede to a request by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented several BJP-ruled states, not to issue any directions, the Bench also asked the Centre to see what action can be taken against states that fail to check such vigilantism. While maintaining that it did not support violence in the name of cow protection, the Centre submitted that law and order was a state subject and it did not have any role to play in it. Cattle traders, transporters and farmers and meat traders have been at the receiving end of cow vigilante groups as many victims, including those in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal, have been killed. States were required to list the measures taken to step up security on highways, where cow vigilantes often target cattle traders. On behalf of Gandhi, Jaising said the latest was reported from West Bengal where cow slaughter was allowed. During the hearing, Justice AM Khanwilkar — who is part of the Bench — wondered why the activists were not taking up the cause of animals found slaughtered in Bihar a few days ago. 400 die in accidents daily, List details of MPs’ Separatist trio to head for nearly half youth: Report income probe:SC Delhi, dare NIA to arrest In 2016, Haryana, 12 other states saw 86% of mishaps Syed Ali Ahmed Worrying numbers 2-wheelers most prone 4,80,652 ■ Two-wheeler riders were Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 6 Haryana was among the top 13 states that accounted for more than 86.5 per cent of the total accidents reported in 2016, a report prepared by the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has said. As many as 4.80 lakh accidents were reported last year, resulting in the loss of 1.5 lakh lives — 3.2 per cent more than the previous year’s figures. The accidents further inflicted injuries to 4.94 lakh persons. An average of over 400 people died in road accidents daily, nearly half of them in the 18-35 age group. Of these, 11,234 accidents were reported in Haryana alone, while Punjab saw 6,952 accidents and Chandigarh 428. The number of fatalities in Haryana stood at 5,024 (3.3 per cent of the total deaths nationwide), while it was 5,077 (3.4 per cent) in Punjab. TOTAL ACCIDENTS 1,50,785 DEAD 4,94,624 INJURED The working age group of 18-60 accounted for a share of 83.3 per cent of the total road accident fatalities. While 68.6 per cent of the victims belonged to the 18-45 year age group, 46.3 per cent were from 18-35 age group. Minister Nitin Gadkari, while releasing the report today, said Tamil Nadu witnessed the highest number of road accidents with a percentage share of 14.9 per cent, followed by Madhya Pradesh 11.2 per cent and Karnataka 9.2 per cent. involved in 34.8% of road accidents. Cars, taxis and vans constituted 17.9%, trucks 11.2%, buses 6.6%, bicycles 1.7% and pedestrians 1.5% of accidents ■ On an average, 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour last year In case of accident deaths, Uttar Pradesh topped the list with a percentage share of 12.8 per cent, followed by Tamil Nadu 11.4 per cent and Maharashtra 8.6 per cent. The key factors behind the accidents remained road defects, engineering defects in vehicles, no facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, exceeding speed limit, drunken driving, jumping red lights, driving on wrong sides, changing lanes, overtaking, using phones while driving and not wearing helmet. Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 6 The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to furnish the details of a probe against lawmakers whose income shot up manifold within a short span of time. A Bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar — which expressed strong displeasure over the government not sharing with it details of a probe being conducted by the Central Board of Direct Taxex (CBDT) against politicians — said it must place a fresh affidavit before it by 10.30 am on September 12. “The affidavit you have filed is not even worth the piece of paper it’s written on… When an affidavit was placed, all information about any inquiry going on should be placed,” the Bench said. “The information in the CBDT affidavit is not complete. Is this the attitude of the Government of India? What have you done till now?” asked the Bench, which is hearing a PIL filed by Lok Prahari, an NGO, on the disclosure of sources of income by the candidates when they file their nominations for elections. While filing their nomination papers, candidates were disclosing their assets, assets of their spouse, children and other dependents, but they do not reveal the sources of income, SN Shukla of Lok Prahari contended. According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) that works for electoral reforms, assets of four current Lok Sabha MPs have increased 12 times while 22 others declared a five-fold increase. A newly elected Rajya Sabha MP declared an asset growth of over 21 times since his last affidavit. The Centre’s counsel asserted that the government was all for electoral reforms, but the Bench was not impressed. Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, September 6 Three top separatist leaders today announced that they would go to New Delhi later this week to hold a demonstration outside the headquarters of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is extensively inquiring into terror funding that has led to arrest of several mid-ranking separatists. Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani — part of a loose coalition jointly headed by them — said that they would go to Delhi on Saturday and dare the investigating agency to arrest them. It will be for the first time that the three will be in Delhi since the formation of their alliance last year. Their visit will coincide with Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s arrival in Srinagar. The announcement was made at a hurriedly convened press conference. Geelani, who remains under JKLF chief Yasin Malik speaks as APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (L) looks on in Srinagar on Wednesday. MOHD AMIN WAR house arrest, spoke via phone. “They (authorities) are trying to scare and defame us through the NIA (probe)… that is why this leadership has decided to straightaway go to the NIA headquarters and dare them to arrest us,” Malik said. “If they have got anything against us, make it public. We will fight NIA’s ‘terrorism’ in every lane of Kash- mir,” Malik warned. The move comes at a time when the separatists are under increasing pressure over the NIA probe into money laundering aimed at financing separatism, which has led to a crackdown and arrest of several close associates of the trio. Mirwaiz said the narrative of the Kashmir dispute was being deliberately distorted. Law unto itself, Sirsa dera didn’t care two hoots about govt norms Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 6 It seems Dera Sacha Sauda, under its head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was a law unto itself and those managing its affairs didn’t care two hoots about government agencies. For example, none of the residential colonies in the vicinity of the old dera building are approved by Haryana’s Town and Country Planning Department. The dera authorities “register” all sale deeds and the sellers/buyers do not have to visit the tehsildar’s office. “If the buyer and seller reach a deal, the dera authorities issue an allotment letter in favour of the buyer and cancel the one issued earlier in favour of the seller,” explained an insider, adding it was entirely up to the dera management whether or not to transfer any flat/house ownership in localities raised by it. The dera initially did not seek approval for raising buildings inside the new dera where most of the stadia, colleges, hospitals, manufacturing units and cinema halls are located. Later, realising that Report loss: Haryana A view of the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa . PTI FILE approval of site plans was a must for other approvals, dera officials reportedly influenced successive gov- ernments into including the area in the ‘lal dora’ (municipal limits) to circumvent the need for Chandigarh: The Sirsa district administration has issued a public notice asking people to report and claim compensation against the loss and damage during the August 25 violence, which broke out after the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The victims will have to report their losses within 15 days. PTI change of land use (CLU). Pressure tactics were used to get approvals from the registering authorities and rules were seldom followed. Also, as per the Haryana State Blood Transfusion Society rules, any organisation aiming to collect more than 500 units of blood at a donation camp needs the approval of the state authorities. But the dera organised camps where more than 15,000 units were collected and no permission was ever sought. An official with the Child Welfare Council (CWC) pointed out that despite registering its orphanages (Shahi Betiyan Basera and Shahi Asra Basera) under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, the dera had not cared to follow the laiddown rules. “Children are to be produced before the council and those below the age of six given for adoption. But the dera refused to do so even after Jyoti Bainda, chairperson of the State Commission for Protection of Children Rights, issued specific orders to this effect,” he said. The dera officials arbitrarily erected huge gates on the Chopta road opening into the forest land. A forest officer admitted that they could not muster the courage to question them about the grave violation. The dera had its own security protocol that even senior visiting officials could not skip. “When a team went inside the dera on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to check if ex-servicemen were imparting arms training to volunteers, they were frisked and asked to leave their gunmen outside. Also, a senior police officer was stopped from carrying his service revolver inside,” claimed Lekh Raj Dhot, a senior advocate from Sirsa.
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